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Gustavo Kuerten's career in photos

Gustavo Kuerten with the French Open trophy in 1997

Gustavo Kuerten was almost unknown when he won the French Open in 1997. At 66, he was the second-lowest ranked Grand Slam winner

Gustavo Kuerten

Blessed with a magnificent backhand, Kuerten - nicknamed Guga - was also the first Brazilian to win a Grand Slam title

Gustavo Kuerten celebrates winning the 2000 French Open

Three years later, he collected his second title at Roland Garros, beating Sweden's Magnus Norman in the final

Gustavo Kuerten celebrates beating Pete Sampras

Later that year, he beat Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi in successive matches to claim the prestigious Masters Cup

Gustavo Kuerten shakes hands with Andre Agassi

By beating Agassi in the final, he also became the first South American to claim the year-end world number one spot

Gustavo Kuerten at the Cincinnati Masters

In 2001, Kuerten enjoyed his best-ever season with a career-high six titles - including the Cincinnati Masters

Gustavo Kuerten with the French Open trophy in 2001

He was triumphant once again at Roland Garros, only the fourth player in history to lift the trophy three times or more

Gustavo Kuerten after winning the 2001 French Open

He cemented his place as a Roland Garros legend by drawing a heart in the clay and then lying in it after beating Alex Corretja in the final

Gustavo Kuerten

His exploits made him a hero in football-obsessed Brazil, where many young people were inspired to take up tennis

Gustavo Kuerten

Kuerten gave every trophy he won to his younger brother Guilherme, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Guilherme died last year

Gustavo Kuerten receives treatment on a hip injury

Kuerten underwent his first bout of hip surgery in 2002 but the latter part of his career would be blighted with injury problems

Gustavo Kuerten beats Roger Federer at the 2004 French Open

However, he found inspiration at Roland Garros in 2004 when he beat world number one Roger Federer in straight sets

Gustavo Kuerten with the Costa do Sauipe

Later in 2004, he won the last of his 20 career titles - on home soil in Costa do Sauipe

Gustavo Kuerten gives the French Open trophy to Rafael Nadal

Kuerten was back at his spiritual home last year when he presented the trophy to the new King of Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal

Gustavo Kuerten waves to the crowd in Miami

Kuerten announced this year he would bow out after nearly 14 years. The Brazilian president paid tribute to an "extraordinary man"

Gustavo Kuerten

After defeat by Paul-Henri Mathieu, Kuerten breaks down in tears as he is handed a slice of clay court

Gustavo Kuerten

But the Brazilian composes himself and flashes one last smile for the Roland Garros crowd before bowing out

see also
Second op for Kuerten
23 Sep 04 |  Tennis
Kuerten shocks Federer
29 May 04 |  Tennis
Kuerten wins third French title
25 May 08 |  French Open
Kuerten faces hip operation
22 Feb 02 |  Tennis

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