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Kiefer Announces Retirement

Nicolas Kiefer© Getty ImagesNicolas Kiefer won six ATP World Tour titles during his career.

Former World No. 4 Nicolas Kiefer has announced his retirement from professional tennis at the age of 33. The German wishes to spend more time with girlfriend, Anna, and their four-month old daughter, Mabelle Emilienne.

Speaking on his official web site, Kiefer said, "At the start of the new year, you set yourself targets and I achieved mine on 11 August. With the birth of our daughter Mabelle Emilienne, my greatest wish has been fulfilled. From now on, I would like to accompany and shape this new life. Therefore, after deep thought, I've decided to end my career as a tennis professional."

The right-hander reached a career-high No. 4 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings on 10 January 2000, the same year that he reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open (l. to Norman) and the US Open (l. to Safin). Kiefer achieved his best Grand Slam result when he reached the Australian Open semi-finals in 2006 (l. to Federer) and also advanced to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon (l. to Woodbridge) as a 19 year old in 1997.

During his 15-year career, Kiefer won six ATP World Tour titles, with his last triumphs coming in 2000 in Hong Kong (d. Philippoussis) and Dubai (d. Ferrero). He also reached the final of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Canada in 2008 (l. to Nadal).

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