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José Acasuso
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Country  Argentina
Residence Buenos Aires
Born 20 October 1982 (1982-10-20) (age 38)
Posadas, Misiones, Argentina
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 1999
Retired 23 February 2012
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $3,642,422
Career record 193–183
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 20 (14 August 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2002, 2003)
French Open 4R (2005)
Wimbledon 1R (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009)
US Open 3R (2009)
Career record 95–89
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 27 (6 February 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2006)
French Open QF (2009)
Wimbledon 1R (2003, 2005, 2009)
US Open 2R (2005)

José Javier "Chucho" Acasuso ( born 20 October 1982) is a former professional male tennis player from Argentina. Like many of his fellow countrymen, he favoured clay. He was known for his strong serve and his hard groundstrokes off both sides. His clothes sponsor was Topper and his racquet sponsor Head.


Acasuso began playing tennis at the age of two, when his father took his brother and sister to his grandfather's tennis club. Reportedly, he got the nickname of "Chucho" from the fact that, when he was a child, he used to say his name was "José Acachucho." Acasuso played both basketball and tennis up until the age of 12, and then gave up basketball for tennis. Like Carlos Moyà, Acasuso is a natural left-hander, but plays tennis right-handed.

Acasuso turned professional in 2000, playing futures and challenger events. In 2001, he made an immediate impact in his first ATP tournament in Buenos Aires, where he defeated former No. 10 player Félix Mantilla in the last round of the qualifying to make the main draw, and then defeated compatriots Franco Squillari in the quarter-finals and Gastón Gaudio in the semi-finals. However, he lost in the final to then-number-1 player Gustavo Kuerten 6–1, 6–3. Later in the year, he won his first challenger event in Bermuda and finished the year ranked at 86 in the world an improvement of 89 places from the previous year.

In 2002, he was on the Argentine team that won the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf. He won his first ATP title in Sopot, defeating Franco Squillari in three sets. He was also a finalist in Bucharest, losing to David Ferrer, and in Palermo to the Chilean Fernando González. He ended the year ranked 41st in the world.

After the previous two successful years, Acasuso's results began to decline and he ended up spending more time out due to injuries. He did not win a title in 2003. In 2004, however, he reached the final of Sopot again, this time losing to Rafael Nadal. Acasuso then went on to win his second career title in Bucharest by beating Russian Igor Andreev in two sets.

Acasuso reached the fourth round of the 2005 French Open, his best ever result in any of the Grand Slam events. He defeated number-2-seeded Andy Roddick in five sets, coming back from 2 sets to love down and a break of serve to win. He then lost to fellow Argentine Mariano Puerta for the second time in the year. He also improved his results away from his favoured clay surface by making the quarter finals on hard courts in Cincinnati and on carpet in Basel.

In 2006, Acasuso won his third ATP title in Viña del Mar over Nicolás Massú and also made his debut for Argentina in the Davis Cup against Sweden in the singles. He then played against Croatia in the doubles with David Nalbandian. They won their match and the tie to play against Australia in the semi-finals.

After reaching his first Tennis Masters Series semi-final in Hamburg, where Acasuso defeated Simon Greul, Ivan Ljubičić, Sébastien Grosjean, and Fernando Verdasco, before losing to Radek Štěpánek in straight sets, he was ranked inside the top 30 for the first time in his career. Acasuso lost in the final of Stuttgart to David Ferrer in five sets, after having a 5–1 lead in the fourth set and served for the match twice.

In the 2006 Davis Cup tie between Argentina and Australia, Acasuso ended the run of 11 consecutive wins that Lleyton Hewitt was on of winning in 5 set matches, when he defeated him 1–6, 6–4, 4–6, 6–2, 6–1 in a match that was completed over two days. Of the win Acasuso said "I've beaten higher-ranked players in the past but to win at home in a Davis Cup semi-final with 14,000 people watching me here makes it one of the most important wins of my career". Acasuso was a late substitute for Juan Ignacio Chela in the deciding fifth rubber of the 2006 Davis Cup Final against Marat Safin of Russia. Safin won 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 7–6 to win the Davis Cup for Russia.

Acasuso, together with Sebastián Prieto, has won three doubles titles: in 2005 in Stuttgart and Bucharest, and in 2006 in Viña del Mar. Prior to that Acasuso won a doubles title partnering Flávio Saretta at Umag in 2004.

He was previously coached by Horacio de la Peña, Daniel Orsanic and later worked with Gabriel Markus.

In the 2008 Davis Cup final, Acasuso was once again a late substitute in what turned out to be the tie-deciding fourth rubber. He replaced an injured Juan Martín del Potro and was defeated by Fernando Verdasco of Spain in a five-set match.

Acasuso made the final of the 2009 Viña del Mar event, where he lost to Fernando González 6–1, 6–3. His most notable match in 2009 was his second round match at French Open 2009 against the eventual champion Roger Federer in which he lost in four sets. In this match he missed four set points in the first set and three set points in the third set while leading that set by 5–1

On 24 February 2012, Acasuso officially announced his retirement from professional tennis.

ATP career finals

Singles: 11 (3–8)

Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP Championship Series (0–1)
ATP Tour (3–7)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2001 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 1–6, 3–6
Win 1–1 Jul 2002 Sopot, Poland Clay Argentina Franco Squillari 2–6, 6–1, 6–3
Loss 1–2 Sep 2002 Bucharest, Romania Clay Spain David Ferrer 3–6, 3–6
Loss 1–3 Sep 2002 Palermo, Romania Clay Chile Fernando González 7–5, 3–6, 1–6
Loss 1–4 Aug 2004 Sopot, Poland Clay Spain Rafael Nadal 3–6, 4–6
Win 2–4 Sep 2004 Bucharest, Romania Clay Russia Igor Andreev 6–3, 6–0
Win 3–4 Jan 2006 Viña del Mar, Chile Clay Chile Nicolás Massú 6–4, 6–3
Loss 3–5 Jul 2006 Stuttgart , Germany Clay Spain David Ferrer 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–3), 5–7 4–6
Loss 3–6 Aug 2007 Sopot, Poland Clay Spain Tommy Robredo 5–7, 0–6
Loss 3–7 Feb 2008 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina David Nalbandian 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Loss 3–8 Feb 2009 Viña del Mar, Chile Clay Chile Fernando González 1–6, 3–6

Doubles: 11 (5–6)

Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP Championship Series (1–0)
ATP Tour (4–6)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2004 Amersfoort, Netherlands Clay Peru Luis Horna Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
Czech Republic David Škoch
0–6, 6–2, 5–7
Win 1–1 Jul 2004 Umag, Croatia Clay Brazil Flavio Saretta Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
Czech Republic David Škoch
4–6, 6–2, 6–4
Loss 1–2 Sep 2004 Bucharest, Romania Clay Spain Óscar Hernández Argentina Lucas Arnold Ker
Argentina Mariano Hood
6–7, 1–6
Loss 1–3 Feb 2005 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Sebastián Prieto Czech Republic František Čermák
Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
2–6, 5–7
Loss 1–4 Feb 2005 Bahia, Brazil Clay Argentina Ignacio González King Czech Republic František Čermák
Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
4–6, 4–6
Loss 1–5 Jul 2005 Båstad, Sweden Clay Argentina Sebastián Prieto Sweden Jonas Björkman
Sweden Joachim Johansson
2–6, 3–6
Win 2–5 Jul 2005 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Argentina Sebastián Prieto Argentina Mariano Hood
Spain Tommy Robredo
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Win 3–5 Sep 2005 Bucharest, Romania Clay Argentina Sebastián Prieto Romania Victor Hănescu
Romania Andrei Pavel
6–3, 4–6, 6–3
Loss 3–6 Oct 2005 Metz, France Hard Argentina Sebastián Prieto France Michaël Llodra
France Fabrice Santoro
2–5, 5–3, 4–5(4–7)
Win 4–6 Jan 2006 Viña del Mar, Chile Clay Argentina Sebastián Prieto Czech Republic František Čermák
Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
7–6(7–2), 6–4
Win 5–6 Feb 2008 Viña del Mar, Chile Clay Argentina Sebastián Prieto Argentina Máximo González
Argentina Juan Mónaco
6–1, 3–0, ret.

Team competition finals: 2 (2 runner-up)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. December 1–3, 2006 Davis Cup, Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Argentina David Nalbandian
Argentina Agustín Calleri
Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela
Russia Marat Safin
Russia Nikolay Davydenko
Russia Mikhail Youzhny
Russia Dmitry Tursunov
Runner-up 2. November 21–23, 2008 Davis Cup, Mar del Plata, Argentina Hard (i) Argentina David Nalbandian
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
Argentina Agustín Calleri
Spain David Ferrer
Spain Fernando Verdasco
Spain Feliciano López
Spain Marcel Granollers

Singles performance timeline

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 1R A 2–8
French Open 2R 1R 1R A 4R 2R 1R 2R 2R Q3 Q1 7–8
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A 1R A A 0–6
US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 3R A A 5–9
Win–Loss 1–3 1–4 1–4 0–3 4–4 1–3 1–3 2–3 3–3 0–1 0–0 14–31
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A 1R A 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R A A 3–6
Miami A 1R 2R A 2R 2R 2R 4R 1R A A 6–7
Monte Carlo A A 1R A A 2R 1R 1R 1R A A 1–5
Rome A 1R A A A 2R 3R 2R 1R A A 4–5
Madrid A 2R A A 3R 1R A Q2 1R A A 2–4
Canada A A 2R A 1R QF A 3R A A A 6–4
Cincinnati A A 1R A QF 1R A 2R 2R A A 5–5
Shanghai NH NMS Not held Not ATP Masters Series 1R A A 0–1
Paris A A A A A 1R Q2 A A A A 0–1
Hamburg A A A A A SF 3R 2R ATP 500 series 7–3
Win–Loss 0–0 1–3 2–5 0–0 6–5 11–9 6–5 8–7 1–7 0–0 0–0 34–41
Career statistics
Tournaments played 12 19 19 17 26 22 19 24 21 3 1 183
Titles–Finals 0–1 1–3 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 3–11
Overall Win–Loss 8–12 23–19 11–19 18–16 27–26 33–21 22–19 27–26 21–21 1–3 2–1 193–183
Year-end ranking 86 41 101 67 40 27 65 48 51 253 255
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