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- Pronounced: ROH-kus
- Age: 35 (15.12.1978)
- Birthplace: Namur, Belgium
- Residence: Auvelais, Belgium
- Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
- Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 1996
- Coach: Ananda Vandendooren
As of 03.03.2014
*Singles & Doubles combined
*Singles & Doubles combined
Full name is Christophe Philippe Rochus...Nicknamed “Rokkon”...Father, Jean-Paul, is a doctor; mother, Anne, is a dentist...Has two younger brothers, Olivier, who finished as No. 11 junior in the world in 1997 and No. 19 in ‘98, and Pierre...Childhood hero was former No. 1 Stefan Edberg...Enjoys skiing, golf (six handicap) and listening to music of U2, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Marley...Owns two Jack Russell terrier dogs...Considers drop shot as his best shot and clay as favorite surface...Has a 6-14 career Davis Cup record (4-10 in singles) in 13 ties...Girlfriend, Sophie; daughter, Elena (born Feb. 12, 2007); son, Arthur (born Oct. 26, 2008...Coached by Ananda Vandendooren.
1998 -- Reached first Challenger final at Puebla (l. to Voltchkov); In Challenger doubles, reached final in Tampere (w/Knowle) and SF at Pribham
1999 -- Finalist at Cairo Challenger (l. to Alami)
2000 -- Reached Grand Slam-best 4th RD at Australian Open (d. No. 15 seed A. Costa, l. to Kafelnikov) as a qualifier. Won first Challenger title at Poznan (d. Voinea). Fell to brother Olivier in first ATP SF at Palermo. In doubles, won first ATP title in Chennai (w/Boutter).
2001 -- Finished as No. 2 Belgian for second consecutive year (behind Malisse). Reached QF in Atlanta, Bastad and Bucharest and 3rd RD at AMS Paris.
2002 -- Reached QF in Copenhagen, Amersfoort and Sopot. Lost memorable 1st RD match at Wimbledon to younger brother Olivier (four sets) in first meeting between two brothers at All-England Club since 1988 (Sanchez brothers).
2003 -- Qualified an ATP equal-best seven times (along with Cermak). Represented Belgium in Davis Cup World Group 1st RD tie against Spain, going 0-2 in singles against Ferrero and Moya. Reached first career ATP final in Valencia (l. to Ferrero). In doubles, reached final at Napoli Challenger (w/Hadad).
2004 -- Reached SF in Casablanca and QF in Valencia. Challenger finalist at St. Brieuc (l. to Mutis) and Geneva (l. to Wawrinka). Qualified into AMS Paris and reached 2nd RD (d. Volandri, l. to Massu). In doubles, won title at St. Brieuc Challenger (w/ Vanhoudt) and finalist at Cordenons Challenger (w/ Merati).
2005 -- The Belgian No. 3 (behind O. Rochus, Malisse) compiled his best season with a year-end high ranking of No. 52 and career-high 18 match wins... Broke Top 50 for first time at No. 45 on July 11... Reached three ATP SF -- Scottsdale (l. to Arthurs), ATP Masters Series Hamburg (l. to Gasquet) and St. Poelten (l. to Melzer)... Posted his first career Top 10 win (1-15) over No. 6 Gaudio in 3rd RD of Hamburg... In doubles, reached final in Kitzubhel (w/brother Olivier)...
2006-- Finished in Top 85 for fifth time in last seven years highlighted by reaching his second career ATP final...Began season with an 1-4 record before reaching final in Rotterdam in February (l. to Stepanek)...Posted wins over Lisnard, Dent, Parmar and Nieminen en route...One month later advanced to 4th RD at AMS Miami (l. to Ljubicic)...On clay, reached QF in Casablanca (l. to Simon) in late April and did not win back-to-back matches again rest of season, finishing with a 5-16 mark...Went 8-11 on hard and 6-11 on clay courts...In doubles, reached final in Doha (w/brother Olivier)...Earned a career-high $427,765...
2007-- Best results came in Challenger play with runner-up at Como (l. to M. Gonzalez) , SF at Rijeka (l. to Cilic) and QF in two other stops...Went 3-9 in ATP level tournaments.
2008 -- The Belgian moved back into Top 100 with strong results on Challenger circuit...Compiled a 41-15 record with two titles in five finals...In ATP action, went 4-5 highlighted by one QF...In March, reached SF at Tanger and QF at Meknes Challengers...Then reached final in next three Challenger tournaments, titling at St. Brieuc (d. Granollers) and Zagreb (d. Berlocq)...In between was a finalist at Rijeka (l. to Massu)...Followed with SF at Prostejov Challenger...Qualified for five ATP-level tournaments, including Warsaw (d. Simon, l. to Fognini) and Wimbledon (l. to Blake)...In July, reached clay court QF at Amersfoort (l. to Darcis)...Returned to Challenger circuit and reached finals at Manerbio (l. to Crivoi) and Orleans (l. to Mahut).
The No. 2 Belgian (behind brother Olivier at No. 57) finished in Top 100 for fourth time in five years…His best ATP World Tour results came in back-to-back weeks in February when he reached QF in Memphis (d. Fish, l. to Hewitt) and followed with SF in Delray Beach (d. Querrey, l. to Korolev)…Also advanced to 3rd RD in Barcelona (l. to Nadal) and Roland Garros for first time (l. to Tsonga)…Helped his country into ‘10 Davis Cup World Group by winning first single match vs. Ukraine’s Marchenko in September…Went 8-15 on hard, 7-10 on clay and 0-3 on grass.
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