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Who is Pedro Martinez's coach? Former player quietly mentoring Spaniard

Tom Avery November 9, 2021
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After reaching a career-high ranking in 2021, yet another Spaniard is making waves on the tennis circuit. Here we check out the star in more detail, including who Pedro Martinez’s coach is.

The 24-year-old achieved a career-high ranking of number 59 in the world after coming from two sets down to defeat Australian James Duckworth in the 2021 US Open first round.

In the next round at Flushing Meadows, he lost in four sets to Russian sensation Andrey Rublev.

Martinez achieved the biggest win of his career to date when he ousted his compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut in Kitzbuhel, en-route to making his first ATP Tour semi-final and final. He lost in the final in three-sets to ATP Tour Finals qualifier Casper Ruud.

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In 2020, Martinez led the tour by qualifying for six tour-level events in the season including the first two Grand Slams of the year, the Australian and French opens, as well as Rio de Janeiro and Rome (ATP).

Also in 2020, Martinez earned his first tour-level win by beating Dominik Koepfer in Australia before losing to US Open champion Daniil Medvedev in the round of 64.

In the same year, he also secured his first ATP Masters 1000 win at Rome by beating former Wimbledon semi-finalist Sam Querrey.

Continuing his breakthrough 2020, Martinez also reached his first Grand Slam third round at Roland Garros. But he matched that feat at this year’s Australian Open before losing in four sets to Serb Dusan Lajovic.

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Martinez has advanced to five of his six career Challenger finals on home clay in Spain, where he lifted the titles in Marbella and Seville.

At this year’s French Open, Martinez defeated NextGen star Sebastian Korda in straight sets in the first round before losing in straight sets to eventual finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in the next round.

Fresh after his giant-killing in France, Martinez advanced to the third round of Wimbledon by beating Gael Monfils in the second round.

Martinez has also secured wins this year against the likes of Benjamin Bonzi, Lucas Pouille, Flavio Cobolli, Giles Simon, Alexander Bublik and Botic van de Zandschulp.

Who is Pedro Martinez’s coach?

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Pedro Martinez’s coach is ATP player Daniel Gimeno-Traver. The 36-year-old won 12 Challenger Tour events and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world number 48.

Gimeno-Traver famously beat Novak Djokovic on the way to reaching the junior French Open quarter-finals. The Spaniard reached one ATP tournament final and his best run at a Grand Slam came at the 2010 US Open, where he reached the third round.

In his professional career, Gimeno-Traver managed to secure three top-ten wins, all of which that came on the clay surface. The right-hander beat Nikolay Davydenko (world number six), Jurgen Melzer (eight) and Richard Gasquet (nine).

Gimeno-Traver is currently ranked 615 in the world and last played an ATP match in October 2021 when attempting to qualify for a Challenger event in Barcelona.

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