Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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Gustavo Kuerten known as “Guga” is a former No. 1 player from Brazil. Kuerten captured Roland Garros titles three times – in 1997, 2000 and 2001. He defeated Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the quarterfinals in all three years he won the French Open. This made his win even more remarkable since Kafelnikov was playing some of his best tennis. Kuerten also validated his three victories by beating two top ten players on his way to the title in all three events. So the road was not easy for Guga, who definitely showed amazing fortitude of character, a unique game with solid ground strokes and agility on the clay. After his victories, Kuerten not only left his tears on the court after  winning,  he also literally left a heart as well, drawing one on the red clay after his last match.   After claiming title in 1997, Kuerten suffered an early round defeat at Roland Garros in 1998, to a young, unkown player, Marat Safin. He felt the pressure of becoming an ambassador to tennis in Brazil. Lar...
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