Players > Monaco, Juan
Juan Monaco - Argentina
||Buenos Aires, Argentina
||6'1'' (185 cm)
||170 lbs (77 kg)
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On the Court
Made his ATP debut at Buenos Aires in 2004 while ranked No. 233, surprising both No. 59 Nicolas Lapentti and No. 41 Juan Ignacio Chela to reach the quarterfinals, where he lost to No. 4 Guillermo Coria. Upset No. 13 Nicolas Massu in the first round at Costa Do Sauipe. In his Mastesr 1000 debut, upset No. 19 Gustavo Kuerten to reach the third round ar Miami. In his Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros, made the second round before losing to Coria. Broke into the Top 100 that August and finished the year ranked No. 72.
Reached the finals at Casablanca in April 2005 shortly after falling back out of the Top 100. Was up and down the rest of the season, finishing the year ranked No. 92. Made it to the second round of the Australian Open to start 2006, then reached the third round at Roland Garros.
Started 2007 with a bang, reaching the quarterfinals at Auckland as a qualifier to move into the Top 70 for the first time. Recorded his first tour victory at Buenos Aires, with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Alessio Di Mauro to move up to No. 58. Added a second title at Poertschach in May, defeating Gael Monfils to jump to No. 35. Reached the foruth round at Roland Garros, then won Kitzbuehl to climb to No. 25 in the world. Battled to the fourth round of the US Open to reach the top 20 for the first time.
Reached the Auckland semifinals to begin 2008, then had to retire due to injury from the Vita del Mar final, but moved up to No. 14 in the world. Was still at No. 14 entering Poertschach in May, but dropped out of the Top 20 after losing in the first round at the French Open. Injuries cost him two months after Warsaw in June, and he finished the season ranked 49th.
Dropped out of the Top 50 at the beginning of 2009 but climbed back to 56th by reaching the Buenos Aires final. Re-entered the Top 50 after reaching the Rome quarterfinals, upsetting No. 4 Andy Murray in the second round. Rallied all the way to No. 30 by year's end.
Had arguably the best start to a season in his career to open 2010, reaching the finals at Santiago, the semis at Buenos Aires, the semis at Acapulco and the quarterfinals of Indian Wells to move to No. 26. The success dried up again thanks to injuries, which saw him miss the three months including WImbledon before he turned things around with a trip to the Shanghai semifinals to close the season rank 25th.
Floated between No. 30 and No. 45 throughtout the first eight months of 2011 before leaping to No. 27 with a fourth-round appearance at the US Open. Reached the finals of Valencia and the quarterfinals at Paris. Lost to No. 2 Rafael Nadal in singles play in the Davis Cup as Argentina took on Spain.
Took his first ATP title since 2007 in January of 2012, winning Vina del Mar with a three-set win over Carlos Berlocq. Was back to No. 20 in the world two weeks later. Charged to the semifinals at the Miami Masters with an upset of No. 8 Mardy Fish in the quarterfinals to climb to a career-best No. 16.