Vilas, the Latin American man with the most Grand Slam titles in singles


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Vilas, the Latin American man with the most Grand Slam titles in singles

Genius and figure. Guillermo Vilas turns 69 and it’s worth it, in this day, the review of his great career in the Grand Slam tournaments. The famous Argentine southpaw He is the Latin American man with the most Grand Slam titles in singles. Four glasses in Major, spread over three of the four maximum appointments, speak for themselves of his sporting greatness.

A figure on the professional circuit in the 1970s, Vilas dreamed of winning some great championship. And boy did he make his dream come true. Over the course of three years, from 1977 to 1979, he won four Grand Slams, making him the highest male champion in the history of the Major in all of history.

Seven men from the region, from five different countries, won a Grand Slam in singles. And VIlas is the record man, since he triumphed at Roland Garros 1977, the US Open 1977 and the Australian Open 1978 and 1979. Meanwhile, he lost the finals of Roland Garros 1975, 1978 and 1982 and Australia 1977.

Among the Argentines, He was followed by Gastón Gaudio, who won the only Grand Slam definition between two Latin Americans, in which he beat the also Albiceleste Guillermo Coria at Roland Garros 2004, and later Juan Martín del Potro, owner of the US Open 2009, with a victory over the Swiss Roger Federer in the decisive duel.

In the Vilas review, it was Roland Garros, in his clay ally, when he was crowned for the first time in a Major. And he did it with a record of games yielded in a final, since he crushed the American Brian Gottfried 6-0, 6-3 and 6-0. Months later, he recovered to beat none other than local Jimmy Connors, who was the No. 2 ATP, in a defining clash of the US Open, on clay, with partials of 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 and 6 -0.

In 1978, Vilas won for the first time in Australia, on grass, by beating local John Marks in the definition by 6-4, 6-4, 3-6 and 6-3. Already in 1979, his success in Melbourne was achieved by beating the American John Sadri in the final with a score of 7-6, 6-3 and 6-2.

The Latin American who follows Vilas with the most Grand Slam cups in singles is Gustavo Kuerten, with the particularity of being the man in the region with the most titles in the same Major. The Brazilian celebrated at Roland Garros in 1997, 2000 and 2001. And his plus was that he won the three great finals he played.


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