Fernando Gonzalez is one of the few active players to have reached at least the quarter-final round of all four Grand Slam tournaments. He played his first major final at the 2007 Australian Open, losing to top-ranked Roger Federer. He is the fourth male tennis player in history to have won each Olympic medal (gold in doubles and bronze in singles at Athens 2004, and silver in singles at Beijing 2008). Throughout his career, he has defeated many former number-one players, including Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer (all while they held the top spot).
Gonzalez became a professional in 1999. In the early stages of the year he played mainly at futures level. He reached his first challenger quarter-final in Edinburgh. Also in 1999, he played his first ATP tournament in Washington, defeating Ivan Ljubicic in the first round before losing to Marc Rosset.
In June 2009 Gonzalez entered Wimbledon as 10th seed, he lost in the third round to Juan Carlos Ferrero.
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