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- into Russian: Марсель Граноллерс. Translation complete.
Submitted for translation by GigaByTe26 17.07.2009
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Full name is Marcel Granollers Pujol...Began playing at age five...Father, Javier, is a commercial director and mother Montse, is a teacher... Also has a younger brother, Gerard (20), who reached a career-high ATP Ranking of No. 684 in August 2008...Speaks Spanish and English...Enjoys football and supports R.C.D. Espanyol...Played his only junior Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros in 2004 and captured doubles title (w/Andujar)...Considers clay his favorite surface...Coached by David de Miguel and Alex Calatrava.
This is a Spanish name; the first family name is Granollers and the second is Pujol.
Marcel Granollers Pujol (born April 12, 1986, in Barcelona) is a professional tennis player from Spain who turned professional in 2003. As of June 20, 2007, Granollers Pujol was ranked number 184 in the singles rankings. He reached his highest singles ranking of World Number 44 on February 16, 2009, and his highest doubles ranking of World Number 51. As of late 2008, Granollers is the second-youngest of the many Spanish players in the ATP Top 100 (after Rafael Nadal).
Granollers Pujol made the first round of the Wimbledon tournament in 2006, but lost to Andrei Pavel. In the qualifying rounds, he beat Stéphane Robert, Konstantinos Economidis and Marco Chiudinelli.
In 2007, Granollers Pujol won the Napoli and Rome Challengers for doubles with Flavio Cipolla, and the Maspalomas Challenger for doubles with Marc López. At the 2007 French Open, he made the second round of the men's doubles tournament with Feliciano López before they lost in three close sets to the number 4 seeds Fabrice Santoro and Nenad Zimonjić, who won 7–5, 1–6, 6–4. He lost at the French and Wimbledon Championships both times in the second round of qualifying for the main draws.
2008 saw Grannolers Pujol qualify for the 2008 Australian Open Singles Draw, but lost to Evgeny Korolev 7–5, 6–2, 6–0 in the first round. He reached the quarterfinals of the 2008 Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Mexico, an International Series Gold tournament, before losing to José Acasuso, 7–6(2), 6–3. On April 20th, he won his first ATP singles title at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, defeating James Blake in the final. The previous day, he and Pablo Cuevas lost in the doubles final. Following Rafael Nadal's announcement that he would not play the Davis Cup Final at Argentina in November 21-23, Spain's Captain Emilio Sánchez announced that Marcel Granollers would replace Nadal. This was Granollers' first Davis Cup appearance, although he didn't play any matches.