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Julien Benneteau's career

Published 0818 GMT (1618 HKT) December 18, 2018
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Julien Benneteau ended his 18-year pro career in October. He made 10 singles finals but ... Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Benneteau didn't win any of them. It is an Open Era record in tennis. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
He said his most painful loss in a final came against Joao Sousa in Kuala Lumpur in 2013 when he held a match point. Stanley Chou/Getty Images
Another tough loss in a final came in Sydney in 2012 against Jarkko Nieminen. Rain pushed back the final, which the Frenchman said affected him. GREG WOOD/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Cedric Pioline (pictured) and Pat Dupre lost their first nine finals before winning on the 10th attempt. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
But Benneteau also experienced success, including making the quarterfinals of his home grand slam, the French Open. Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Benneteau beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in his career. The Frenchman also led Federer by two sets at Wimbledon in 2012 before the Swiss rallied. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Weeks later on the grass at Wimbledon, Benneteau combined with Richard Gasquet to win bronze in doubles at the London Olympics. AFP/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Benneteau excelled in doubles. In 2014 he combined with Edouard Roger-Vasselin to end France's 30-year men's doubles drought at Roland Garros. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
In his farewell Davis Cup outing in September, Benneteau (seen here with his son) and Nicolas Mahut won in doubles against Spain. DENIS CHARLET/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Benneteau played the last match of his career in October but he is staying in tennis. He is now France's Fed Cup captain, replacing Yannick Noah (left). CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/AFP/Getty Images