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- Pronounced: vas-ke
- Age: 38 (31.03.1975)
- Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
- Residence: Frankfurt, Germany
- Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
- Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 2000
- Coach: Carsten Arriens
As of 20.05.2013
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*Singles & Doubles combined
*Singles & Doubles combined
Began playing tennis at age two, but not seriously until 14 and did not play juniors...Nickname is "Al"...Father, Andreas is a banker and played high level German club tennis; mother, Gudrun, is a kindergarten teacher and competed in track and field...Grandfather was German champion in figure skating...Considers his younger brother, Sebastian, his most dedicated motivator and best friend...Speaks German, English and French...Played at San Diego State University from 1997-2000...Credits college coaches John Nelson and Larry Willens who believed he could become a Top 100 pro...Enjoys playing soccer, computer games and go-cart racing... Considers his serve best shot and likes fast surfaces (indoor hard or carpet and grass)...Represented Germany in Davis Cup.
1998 -- Earned first points by reaching QF at German Futures event
1999 -- Won title at Zell Futures (d. Weinzierl); Doubles finalist at Futures events in Laguna Nigel and Phoenix (w/Motevassel)...
2000 -- Reached three Futures finals, defending the title in Zell (d. Weinzierl)...Runner-up at Montgomery (l. to Melo) and Houston (l. to Moodie)...In doubles, won Futures titles in Mobile (w/Boruszewski) and reached final at Zell (w/Kauffmann)...Also won Challenger title in Guadalajara (w/Armando)...
2001 -- Reached SF at two Challenger events, in Aschaffenburg (l. to Greul) and Puebla (l. to Gallardo Valles)...Made ATP doubles debut at Doha and reached SF (w/Heuberger)...Won Challenger doubles title at Freudenstadt (w/Stauder)...Claimed two Futures doubles titles and reached one other final...
2002 -- Made Grand Slam debut by qualifying at Wimbledon and reaching 2nd RD (d. Gaudenzi, l. to Saretta)...Also qualified at US Open...Reached 3rd RD at Tokyo (d. Onoda and Moya, l. to Dupuis) and Basel (d. Bastl, l. to Federer); Won Leon Challenger (d. Heuberger); Posted a 23-13 Challenger record...Made Grand Slam doubles debut at Wimbledon and reached 2nd RD (w/Zovko)...Also reached 2nd RD at Tashkent (w/Groen)...
2003 -- Played 17 ATP events...Reached 2nd RD at Estoril and Munich...Won Challenger title in Lubeck (d. Verkerk)...Reached final at Freudenstadt Challenger (l. to Fraile)...Was 11-7 in Challengers...Won doubles title at Freudenstadt Challenger (w/Stauder)...
2004 -- Reached QF at Munich (d. Ivanisevic and Spadea, l. to Muller; Won title at Eckental Challenger (d. Burgsmuller); Finalist at Challengers in Seville (l. to Hernandez) and Milan (l. to Bastl); Had a 31-21 Challenger record; Made Davis Cup debut and played doubles in two ties, teaming with Haas for wins over Israel and Slovakia; Reached QF at AMS Hamburg (w/Kohlmann); Won eight Challenger doubles titles in nine appearances while compiling a 42-8 record...
2005 -- Broke into the Top 100 for the first time; Finalist at Luebeck Challenger (l. to Sluiter)... Made first ATP appearance of the year as a wild card in Munich (l. to Pavel)... Made ATP Masters Series debut with wild card in Hamburg (l. to Robredo)... Also received wild card into Halle and defeated Rafael Nadal in 1st RD for second career Top 10 win and to end the Spaniard's 24-match winning streak...Lost to Ferrer in 2nd RD... Reached 2nd career ATP QF on grass in Newport (l. to Goldstein)... Reached his second QF of the year in Ho Chi Minh City...Defeated Sluiter in a three tie-break match, then got past countryman Burgsmuller in two tie-breaks... Defeated by eventual champion Bjorkman...In doubles, had career-best Grand Slam result at Australian Open teaming with Melzer to reach SF; Reached first career ATP final (w/Mayer) in Munich...Helped Germany to ATP World Team Championship title with three doubles wins (w/Haas)...Teamed with Haas for five set Davis Cup win against the Czech team of Cermak-Friedl...Finished No. 36 in doubles...
2006 -- Finished just out of Top 100 in singles while equaling his career high for wins...He also ended the year just outside the Top 25 (No. 26) in doubles...Played well during European clay Challenger season… Reached two QF in January before reaching Besancon Challenger SF in February (l. to Dancevic) and then winning Wolfsburg Challenger (d. Wang)...Reached 2nd RD at consecutive ATP events in Houston, Casablanca and Munich...Reached Roland Garros 2nd RD for first time with win over Vicente (l. to Haas)...In September Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie against Thailand, defeated Srichaphan in straight sets, to clinch tie for Germany...Reached 3rd RD in Tokyo (l. to Suzuki)...In October, reached Kolding Challenger SF (l. to Llodra) and won title in Nottingham (d. Pless)...In doubles, reached a Grand Slam SF for second year in a row, doing so at Roland Garros w/Pavel (l. to Bryans)...Also reached 3rd RD at US Open (w/Kohlmann)...Claimed ATP titles in Houston (w/Kohlmann) and Munich (w/Pavel) while also reaching Casablanca final (w/Kohlmann)...Was 4-0 in doubles at ARAG ATP World Championship (w/Kohlmann)...Claimed doubles title at Belgrade Challenger and reached Mexico City final (w/Kohlmann)...Earned a career high $364,635.
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