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- Age: 29 (27.12.1984)
- Birthplace: Nice, France
- Residence: Neuchatel, Switzerland
- Height: 6' (183 cm)
- Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 2002
- Coach: Jan De Witt
As of 03.03.2014
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*Singles & Doubles combined
*Singles & Doubles combined
Began playing tennis at age six...Nickname is "Gilou"...As a junior, he was inspired by Michael Chang, saying, "He showed me that you don't have to be tall in order to be a great player"...Father, Daniel, works for an insurance company while mother Mireille is a doctor...Older brother Jean-Marie is an engineer...Favorite French player all-time is Cedric Pioline...Hobbies include video games, rollerblading and movies...Fiancé, Carine; sons, Timothé (born September 2, 2010) and Valentin (September 9, 2013)...
Considers his backhand his best shot...Friends on tour include fellow Frenchmen Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Josselin Ouanna...If he could choose a tournament to win one day it would be Roland Garros...As a kid, always dreamed of playing on a packed center court...Best moment in his career thus far is beating No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of Madrid in October 2008...Fitness trainer is Paul Quetin.
2013 -- The No. 3 Frenchman (behind No.9 Gasquet, No. 10 Tsonga) finished in Top 20 for 3rd year in a row and 5th time in 6 years...Captured 11th title in Metz (13 days after birth of second son, Valentin) and defeated Tsonga in 2nd all-French final of year...In June, reached his 1st career grass court final at Eastbourne...SF in Bucharest and back-to-back at Rotterdam and Marseille...In Grand Slam play, went 6-3. At Roland Garros fell to Federer in 5 sets in 4R. Also 4R at Australian Open (l. to Murray) and fell in 1R at Wimbledon (l. to Lopez). Withdrew from US Open due to hip injury (ret. in Cincinnati)...Compiled records of 23-14 on hard, 10-8 on clay and 3-2 on grass. Went 3-7 vs. Top 10 opponents...
2012 -- The No. 3 Frenchman (behind No. 8 Tsonga, No. 10 Gasquet) finished in Top 20 for 4th time in 5 years...In late April, captured his 10th career ATP World Tour title in Bucharest (d. Fognini) and in late September runner-up in Bangkok (l. to countryman Gasquet)...Reached SF in 5 events – Brisbane (l. to Dolgopolov), Montpellier (l. to Monfils), ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo (l. to Nadal), Nice (l. to Almagro) and ATP Masters 1000 Paris (l. to Janowicz)...Had records of 21-12 on hard, 19-10 on clay and 3-3 on grass. Went 5-6 vs. Top 10 opponents with 3 wins over No. 9 Tipsarevic along with No. 5 Tsonga and No. 6 Berdych...
2011 -- The No. 2 Frenchman (behind No. 6 Tsonga) finished in the Top 15 for 3rd time in 4 years and won titles in Sydney (d. Troicki) in January and Hamburg (d. Almagro) in July…Also reached a SF in Bangkok (l. to Murray) and 5 QF...Came back 12 times on ATP World Tour main draw from a set down this year (Wawrinka, Tsonga led with 13)...Went 3-9 vs. Top 10 opponents and compiled marks of 22-16 on hard, 15-9 on clay and 2-2 on grass...
2010 -- The Frenchman posted fifth straight Top 50 finish despite being limited to just four events in first half of year due to a right knee injury…Was 0-4 in ATP action before returning in June…In first stop back reached QF in Eastbourne and 3rd RD at Wimbledon (l. to Murray)…Best results came from a title in Metz (d. Kohlschreiber, Zverev), 500 level events with QFs in Washington (l. to Nalbandian) and Beijing (l. to Djokovic) and SF in Valencia (l. to Granollers)…Won pair of dead rubbers as France reached Davis Cup final…Compiled 19-13 mark on hard, 3-2 on grass and 1-2 on clay courts.
2009 -- The No. 3 Frenchman (behind No. 10 Tsonga, No. 13 Monfils) finished in Top 15 for second straight year capturing his sixth career ATP World Tour title…Advanced to his first Grand Slam QF at Australian Open (l. to champion Nadal)…Reached back-to-back SFs in Marseille (l. to Llodra) and Dubai (l. to champion Djokovic)…Davis Cup debut against Czech Republic and losing to Berdych and Stepanek in France’s 3-2 first round loss in Ostrava…On clay, made personal-best 3rd RD at Roland Garros (l. to Hanescu)…On grass, had career-best 4th RD at Wimbledon (l. to Ferrero)…In October, won first ATP World Tour title of season in Bangkok, first of career in Asia, defeating Serbian No. 2 Troicki in straight sets…Went 1-6 vs. Top 10 opponents (d. No. 8 Davydenko) and compiled marks of 34-15 on hard, 7-10 on clay and 4-2 on grass…Surpassed $1 million for second straight year.
2008 -- The No. 2 Frenchman (behind Tsonga) won three ATP titles in four finals and broke into Top 10...It was first time since 1986 two Frenchmen finished in Top 10 (No. 4 Yannick Noah, No. 6 Henri Leconte)...Led ATP circuit with 14 match wins after losing the first set...After a 13-12 record through mid-May, finished with a 38-15 mark...
In February, reached QF in Marseille (l. to Mathieu) and SF in Rotterdam (l. to Soderling)...Won Casablanca title as a qualifier (d. Bennteau)...In July, won Indianapolis title (d. Tursunov) and a week later advanced to his first AMS SF in Toronto (d. Federer, l. to Kiefer)...Following 3rd RD showings at Beijing Olympics (l. to Blake) and US Open (l. to del Potro in five sets), returned to clay in Bucharest and repeated title (d. Moya)...
In October, reached first AMS final in Madrid (d. No. 1 Nadal in SF, l. to Murray) to break into Top 10 (No. 16 to No. 10)...Followed with SF in Lyon (l. to Soderling), 3rd RD at AMS Paris (l. to Roddick) and closed with debut at Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai where reached SF (l. to Djokovic)...One of three players (Murray, Roddick) to beat top trio of Nadal, Federer and Djokovic during season...Compiled marks of 32-18 on hard, 12-6 on clay and 4-2 on grass and went 4-8 vs. Top 10 opponents...Played most tournaments (29) among Top 10...Surpassed $1 million for first time.
2007 -- Finished as No. 3 Frenchman (behind No. 8 Gasquet, No. 25 Mathieu) highlighted by his first two ATP titles -- Marseille (d. Baghdatis) and Bucharest (d. Hanescu) and 35 match wins...In March, reached 3rd RD at AMS Indian Wells with win over No. 7 Robredo (l. to Chela)...On clay at AMS Rome, defeated No. 10 Murray and Canas (l. to Robredo)...Compiled a 17-8 mark after Wimbledon with QF in Bastad (l. to Ferrer), Umag (d. No. 4 Davydenko, l. to Canas) and New Haven (d. No. 4 Davydenko, l. to Mathieu), SF in Sopot and winner in Bucharest (d. Hanescu)...Went 4-5 vs. Top 10 opponents...Compiled marks of 18-10 on clay, 14-11 on hard and 2-3 on grass...
2006 -- Reached first ATP final in Valencia (l. to Almagro) and won 24 matches, 18 more than previous year...In first tournament at New Caledonia Challenger, captured title (d. deVoest) and followed at Australian Open with wins over Massu and Berdych before losing to T. Johansson in 3rd RD, a Grand Slam-best showing...Then returned to Challenger play at Andrezieux in France and reached final (l. to Elseneer)...
In April, reached Valencia final with wins over Vik, Sanguinetti, Seppi and Verdasco before losing to Spaniard Almagro...Continued success with 3rd RD at AMS Monte-Carlo (d. Berdych, l. to Ljubicic), SF in Casablanca (ret. to Bracciali) and 3rd RD at AMS Hamburg (d. No. 9 Gaudio, l. to Mirnyi)...In June, reached QF in Nottingham and three months later in Palermo... Finished with records of 15-10 on clay, 7-9 on hard and 2-3 on grass...
2005 -- Compiled a 17-15 match record in Challenger play, winning his first career title in New Caledonia to begin season (d. Phau)...Won his first ATP match over No. 27 T. Johansson in Marseille before losing in next round to J. Johansson...In April, advanced to first ATP QF in Casablanca (l. to Monaco)...Made his Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros, losing to countryman Patience in four sets in opening round...In July, advanced to 3rd RD at Stuttgart (l. to Zabaleta) and followed with SF at Poznan Challenger (l. to A. Garcia)...
2004 -- Had a combination of success in Futures and Challenger level tournaments, winning four Futures titles and reaching two Challenger finals...Spent most of first half of season in Futures then in June advanced to his first Challenger final in Furth (l. to Vanek)...Two months later, reached final at Graz Challenger (l. to J. Minar)...Qualified for his first ATP tournament in Metz and lost in 1st RD to countryman Gicquel...
2003 -- Won his first Futures title at Lisboa in June and also at Montego Bay in September...Closed season with runner-up at Rodez (France) Futures...
On 14 January, saved 7 match points versus Brands in 16-14 fifth-set win in Australian Open 1R; beat Cilic in five sets in 2R; lost to Tsonga in 3R…On 11 February, withdrew from Rotterdam on-site due to a back injury...
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