The last of the great fiery giants, Fernando Gonzalez, has retired from professional tennis, widening the gap left by Marat Safin. The owner of one of the most powerful forehands in the game played his final match today in Miami losing to Nicolas Mahut, the Frenchman winning 7-5, 4-6, 7-6.
It can’t have been an easy match for Mahut knowing you’re ending someones career but true to form Fernando went down in style after defending three match points. Unfortunately the match ended on his double fault after years plagued with injury but Fernando seemed to lost in the moment as the crowd went wild to really care how the last point went down.
Gonzo leaves with 11 titles to his credit – 9 on clay.
“I don’t have the energy to get up in the morning, train like I have to train, travel like I have to travel. And I’ve been doing this for many years. If I’m not going to be 100 per cent, I think I have to do something else.”