On August 9, 2004, Juan Ignacio Chela reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 15.
Chela was involved in a controversy during a third round loss to Lleyton Hewitt in the Australian Open in 2005, when he attempted to spit at Hewitt.
As part of the Argentine team for the Davis Cup, he holds a record of 6 victories and 4 losses, the most important of his victories on April 2006, giving Argentina the third point to beat defending champion Croatia in quarterfinals.
Although Ferrero was known as one of the best clay court player during his prime, he has distinguished himself as an all-court and all-round player through his solid performance on hard court tournaments. He actually said during an interview that he prefers to play on hard courts.
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