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- Age: 32 (13.04.1981)
- Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
- Residence: Stuttgart, Germany
- Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
- Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 2000
- Coach: Martin Schweer
As of 09.12.2013
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*Singles & Doubles combined
*Singles & Doubles combined
Began playing tennis at age six...Father, Rainer, is an English and History teacher while his mother, Henriette, is a council employee...Has one older sister, Gwendolyn, who is also a teacher (born in 1975)...Both parents played tennis for fun...Lists his parents and Boris Becker as inspiration for playing tennis...Grew up playing in the First Line Tennis Academy in Stuttgart for over 15 years and still trains there...Favorites surfaces are hard and clay courts...After completing his last year of school, was required to complete 10 months of compulsory Army service but only served two, as elite athletes receive eight months exemption...A big fan of Dallas Mavericks and countryman Dirk Nowitzki and follows Stuttgart in German Bundesliega (soccer)...Says if he wasn't a tennis player he would be a soccer player.
2010 -- The German went 2-7 through first two months of year, highlighted by 2nd RD exits at Auckland (l. to Robredo) and Acapulco (l. to Schwank)...Made Davis Cup debut for Germany versus France in Davis Cup 1st RD at Toulon in early March, beating Tsonga 46 62 10 ret. (foot) in dead singles rubber...At ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells he beat Gasquet 76(6) 76(7) and No. 12 seed Monfils 16 62 63 en route to 3rd RD, pulling out due to illness prior to match with No. 22 Melzer...Rose to a career-high No. 55 on 22 March…Compiled a 3-8 record during spring European clay swing, including qualification at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome…Advanced to QFs at 's-Hertogenbosch (l. to Becker) and Stuttgart (l. to Ferrero)…Made four 1st RD exits in Grand Slam play…Dropped out of Top 100 on 20 September…In doubles play, advanced to first ATP World Tour final at Buenos Aires (w/Luczak) in February…
2009 -- The veteran German compiled his best career season with a 15-15 record in ATP World Tour level play and 23-10 in Challengers…He finished in Top 100 for second time in his career (2006)…In April, reached final at Rome Challenger (l. to Decoud)…Qualified at Roland Garros (l. to Crivoi) and Wimbledon (d. Yani, l. to Djokovic)…In July, reached SF at Turin Challenger and QF at ATP World Tour stop in Hamburg (l. to Ferrer)…Following month, advanced to SF at Trani Challenger…Put together his best month in September with title at Todi Challenger (d. Ungur) and SF at Genova Challenger and Bucharest ATP event (l. to Monaco)…Compiled marks of 8-5 on clay and 6-9 on hard…Earned a career-high $305,269...
2008 -- Compiled his best results on Challenger level with 38-21 record, winning back-to-back clay titles in Freudenstadt (d. Bachinger) and Alphen aan den Rijn (d. Navarro)…Also runner-up at Tarragona (l. to A. Martin) and SF at Dresden, Graz, Napoli and Ecktental…Advanced to QF in four other tournaments...
2007 -- Struggled in ATP World Tour level play, winning two of 12 matches, but played well in Challengers…Captured back-to-back clay titles in Almaty, Kazakhstan in June-July…Also QF at Dallas Challenger…Injured right wrist, which resulted in surgery...
2006 -- Posted his best career season to finish in Top 100 of ATP Rankings for first time...Put together a combination of consistent ATP results (11 match wins) and an outstanding Challenger season (25-7 record and three titles)...Played two ATP events in first month of year...After 1st RD defeat in Chennai, claimed first career ATP win in Delray Beach (d. Fish, l. to Lee)...Made ATP Masters Series debut as qualifier in Miami and reached 4th RD...Picked up wins over Srichaphan, Hrbaty and Henman before falling to Roddick in three sets...Reached Challenger final in Chiasso (l. to Eschauer)...Returned to ATP action, reaching 2nd RD in Munich (d. Pashanski, l. to Melzer)...The following week, won Challenger title in Dresden (d. Tipsarevic)...Later in May, claimed title at Ettlingen (d. Berrer)...Made Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon, losing to Robredo in four sets...Claimed third Challenger title of the season at Cordoba (d. Kim)...At hometown event in Stuttgart, reached 3rd RD with wins over Schuettler and Youzhny (l. to Acasuso)...Made US Open debut (l. to Fish)...Reached 2nd RD at ATP events in Mumbai, Stockholm and Lyon...In doubles, reached SF in Mumbai (w/Gremelmayr)...Also reached Challenger finals in Joplin, Ettlingen and Dnsseldorf...Earned a career-high $212,425.
2005 -- Made two ATP appearances, falling in three sets in 1st RD in Stuttgart and Ho Chi Mihn...Opened year with back-to-back wins at Indian Futures, and won a third title in India in late spring...Claimed titles in Mumbai (d. Sherwood), Delhi (d. Sipaeya) and Bangalore (d. Cerovic)...Won Oberstaufen Challenger (d. Portas) and reached Busan Challenger final (l. to Phau)...Reached Freudenstadt Challenger doubles final (w/Fitz)...
2004 -- Finalist at Calgary Futures (l. to Adaktusson)...Reached SF at Banja Luka Challenger (l. to Eschauer)...
2003 -- Made ATP debut in his hometown of Stuttgart, losing in three sets to Vanek...Claimed Challenger title in Dallas (d. Gimelstob)...Doubles winner at Furth Challenger (w/Gremelmayr)...
2002 -- Enjoyed great success in Finland, winning singles (d. Fogues) and doubles (Vlasov) titles at Vantaa Futures...Later in year, reached SF at Tampere Challenger (l. to Gasquet)...Also reached final at Donetsk Challenger (l. to Browne) and SF at Samarkand Challenger (l. to Mazarakis)...
2001 -- Earned first career Challenger title at Aschaffenburg (d. Verkerk)...
2000 -- Claimed first career Futures title in Berlin (d. Settergren)...The following week, reached Futures SF (l. to Cuadrado)...
1999 -- Posted a 2-5 Futures record and a 1-2 Challenger mark...