Chilean Fernando Gonzalez played the last match of his career as he lost to the Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in the first round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. He gave everything on court but that still wasn’t quite enough and Mahut won the match in three tough sets 7-5 46- 7-6 (3).
Gonzalez had to undergo a hip surgery in 2010 and wasn’t able to play many tournaments last year. His decision to retire from tennis came as he still doesn’t feel 100% fit to play.
Gonzalez claimed 11 ATP Titles throughout his colourful career. He beat some of the biggest names in tennis, including the Swiss legend Federer, Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt, all whilst they held the no.1 ranking spot.
The Chilean also captured the singles silver medal from the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the doubles gold from the 2004 Athens Olympics, where he teamed up with Nicolas Massu.
His best Grand Slam result came in 2007 as he reached the Australian Open final, where he got beaten by Federer 7-6 (2) 6-4 6-4.
Gonzalez was famous for his big forehand that most of his opponents were scared of. He was a truly great player and he will be remembered for many more years to come.