I started off my career around 2 months ago - have been playing regularly and am now in the year 2006, which is my 3rd year on tour, under new player I created (James Zeiner). Started playing under level Pro 1 (because I wasn't sure how good that would be) - switched slowly up to Master 1 by the 2004 French Open. Started off ranked no. 500 I believe. Not the first time I've played the game, I've had the demo version for almost 1.5 years, but only recently purchased the full version
Here's my Career in Review thus far:2004:
Won future event Spain F1 & Andrezieux (+ Qualifying) - gained enough points to enter Memphiss ATP 250 . Won Memphis as a qualifier, defeating Roddick in semis then Henman in the final. Then properly broke through onto the ATP World Tour rapidly, reaching finals in Indian Wells and Miami (l. both to World No. 1 Federer). I climbed to World number 16 after Miami. Then won Monte Carlo and Madrid back-to-back for my first set of Masters 1000 titles (!). I entered Roland Garros seeded 7, but lost in the 4th round to an inspired Guillermo Canas in straight sets. I then entered Halle and won my first grass court tournament, beating Federer in a close final. Federer got his revenge when he beat me in the 2004 Wimbledon Semi Final in 4 sets. In US Summer Hard Court Season: I lost to Guillermo Coria in Toronto, didn't play Cincinnati and retired from US Open quarter-final against Gaudio. But I had gained enough points to rise to No. 3 in the world when Paris Masters came around - survived a thriller against Ferrero in R3 before going on to win my 3rd Masters 1000 title, beating Jonas Bjorkman in the final. I qualified for the World Tour Finals - beat Henman and Moya but lost to Gaudio in round-robin, then thrashed by Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals.
Ended the year Ranked No. 2, with a W/L records of 74-8.2005
Opened in Sydney ATP 250 tournament - defeated Federer in 3 sets in the final.
2005 Australian Open: Was a very tough draw for me, but I managed to win the title, beating Nadal (4 sets), Gaudio (5 sets), Coria (5 sets) and Agassi (3 sets) back-to-back as the No. 2 seed!
Lost in the Dubai final (retired "hurt"), but won both Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back, defeating rising star Nadal both times. Continued win streak by winning Monte Carlo and Madrid, beating Federer and Puerta (Nadal in Madrid SF). Then won Roland Garros 2005, defeating Hewitt in QF, Nadal in SF and Coria in the Final, becoming World No. 1 for the first time! Skipped Halle and went into Wimbledon for the grass season. Had a shaky 4th round match against Fernando Gonzalez where I had to save 3 match points before winning. Went on to reach the Final, losing to Federer in 4 sets. I got upset in the 3rd round of Montreal, rebounded by winning Cincinnati without dropping a set or being broken, but lost in R3 of the US Open.
After and up-and-down summer hardcourt season, I won my first China Open title (beating Coria in the final), lost to Henman in the Basel semifinals and then was upset in R3 of the Paris Masters (failing to defend my title). Appeared in my 2nd World Tour Finals where I beat Nadal and Agassi but lost to Coria in Round Robin, beat Roddick in the SFs then lost to Federer in the final.
Still ended the year ranked No. 1 with a 70-8 record for the season (at one point I was 50-1 on the season)2006:
Successfully defended my Sydney title, defeating Nadal and Federer back-to-back. Am now participating in the Australian Open as defending champion.Total W/L record to date
2005 AO: Zeiner def. Agassi 6-2, 6-3, 6-1
2005 RG: Zeiner def. Coria 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2
2004 Monte Carlo: Zeiner def. Federer 6-3, 6-4
2004 Madrid Masters: Zeiner def. Roddick 7-6, 6-0
2004 Paris Masters: Zeiner def. Bjorkman 6-4, 6-0
2005 Indian Wells: Zeiner def. Nadal 6-1, 7-6
2005 Miami Masters: Zeiner def. Nadal 6-3, 6-4
2005 Monte Carlo: Zeiner def. Federer 7-6, 7-6
2005 Madrid Masters: Zeiner def. Puerta 6-1, 6-0
2005 Cincinnati: Zeiner def. Roddick 6-3, 6-2
Notable Head 2 Head Records (as of 2006 Australian Open):
Zeiner tied with Federer at 6-6
Zeiner leads Nadal 7-0
Zeiner leads Roddick 8-0
Zeiner leads Coria 5-2
Zeiner leads Agassi 5-0
Zeiner leads Safin 4-0
Zeiner leads Hewitt 2-1
Zeiner leads Henman 3-1
Zeiner leads Gaudio 4-2
Current streaks of 20 wins on new-line synthetic (slow) hard court; 17 straight wins on clay. 5 clay titles, 4 synthetic titles, 3 hard titles, 1 grass title.
32 weeks at No. 1 (all consecutive so far), 1 year ended at No. 1 (2005)