Blaž Kavčič

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Blaž Kavčič
Blaz Kavcic - 2011 Wimbledon.jpg
Country  Slovenia
Residence Ljubljana, Slovenia
Born (1987-03-05) 5 March 1987 (age 27)
Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 2005
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Blaž Trupej
Prize money $1,167,895
Official website en.blazkavcic.com
Singles
Career record 51–68
Career titles 0
12 Challengers, 2 Futures
Highest ranking No. 68 (6 August 2012)
Current ranking No. 105 (24 November 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2013)
French Open 2R (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Wimbledon 1R (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
US Open 3R (2014)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2012)
Doubles
Career record 10–11
Career titles 0
1 Challenger, 3 Futures
Highest ranking No. 178 (13 May 2012)
Current ranking No. 1219 (25 August 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open 1R (2011, 2012)
Last updated on: 31 August 2014.

Blaž Kavčič (born 5 March 1987 in Ljubljana) is a Slovenian professional tennis player. He turned professional in 2005.

He considers clay his favourite surface. He was the highest ranked Slovenian male player ever, achieving a career-high of World No. 68 in August 2012. He became first Slovenian ATP singles player to: achieve a Top 100 ranking, win a Grand Slam main draw match and perform at the Summer Olympics. He became the second Slovene ATP player earning over 1 million US dollars in prize money and highest ever paid Slovene player in history.

Tennis career[edit]

2005–2009[edit]

Kavčič turned professional in 2005 playing exclusively on the ATP Futures and ATP Challenger Series circuit for three seasons. In 2006, Kavčič made his Davis Cup debut for Slovenia.

In 2008 he qualified for ATP events – in Zagreb, where he lost to Roko Karanušić. In Pörtschach he defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili in the first round before losing to Igor Kunitsyn. He finished the year ranked No. 260.

In 2009 he didn't play in any of ATP Tour main draws. He played in qualifications of three Grand Slams, but all lost. He also played in Davis Cup.

2010[edit]

In 2010 he reached the second round in Houston on clay, but lost to big serving Sam Querrey.

Kavčič played in the 2010 French Open where he won his first grand slam match by defeating Eduardo Schwank. He became the first Slovenian male player to directly qualify for a Grand Slam tournament without having to go through qualifying rounds.

Together with Slovenia Davis Cup Team he won the 2010 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II, ensuring Slovenia to advance to Europe/Africa Zone Group I.

2011[edit]

In 2011 at Chennai Open he reached his first career quarterfinal on the ATP Tour. He lost there against Tomáš Berdych from Czech Republic.[1]

In the 2011 Australian Open he reached the second round for the first time in his career. He was the first Slovenian ATP player in 2R of Australia.

As a first Slovenian player on ATP Masters 1000 series he performed at 2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami and lost in three sets in the first round against Olivier Rochus.

At Serbia Open he lost his second quarterfinal match in straight sets against Novak Djoković.

At 2011 Swedish Open he lost his third quarterfinal match against Tomáš Berdych.

In the 2011 US Open he played his first tournament where he lost in 1R. He also played his first Grand Slam Men's Doubles and lost in first round.

2012[edit]

In the 2012 Australian Open he lost in the second round against Juan Martín del Potro.

In the 2012 French Open he lost in straight sets in the second round against Novak Djokovic.

At 2012 Summer Olympics he reached second round where he lost against David Ferrer. He is the first Slovenian who competed at Men's Singles Tennis competition at Olympic Games.[2]

2013[edit]

At the 2013 Australian Open, Kavcic made it to the third round of a grand slam for the first time in his career, defeating the 29th seed Thomaz Bellucci and local wildcard James Duckworth, before losing to 7th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.

In the 2013 French Open he lost in five sets in the second round against Andreas Seppi.

Singles titles (14)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Challengers (12)
Futures (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 21 August 2006 CroatiaČakovec Clay Republic of Macedonia Predrag Rusevski 6–3, 6–3
2. 4 September 2006 CroatiaZagreb Clay Slovenia Rok Jark 6–4, 7–5
3. 25 May 2009 ItalyAlessandria Clay United States Jesse Levine 7–5, 6–3
4. 23 June 2009 RomaniaConstanța Clay Germany Julian Reister 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
5. 21 August 2010 UzbekistanQarshi Hard New Zealand Michael Venus 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–5)
6. 5 September 2010 CroatiaRijeka Clay Spain Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–5)
7. 26 September 2010 SloveniaLjubljana Clay Belgium David Goffin 6–2, 4–6, 7–5
8. 12 September 2011 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBanja Luka Clay Spain Pere Riba 6–4, 6–1
9. 28 April 2012 BrazilSão Paulo Clay Brazil Júlio Silva 6–3, 7–5
10. 10 June 2012 GermanyFürth Clay Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky 6–3, 2–6, 6–2
11. 26 August 2013 ThailandBangkok Hard South Korea Suk-Young Jeong 6–3 6-1
12. 9 June 2014 UzbekistanFergana Hard Russia Alexander Kudryavtsev 6-4 7-6(8)
13. 16 June 2014 ChinaTianjin Hard Russia Alexander Kudryavtsev 6-2 3-6 7-5
14. 7 July 2014 SloveniaPortoroz Hard Luxembourg Gilles Muller 7-5 6-7(4) 6-1

Davis Cup[edit]

Singles performances (16–8)[edit]

Edition Round Date Against Surface Opponent Result Outcome
2006 Europe/Africa Zone Group II
1R
7-Apr-2006 Algeria Algeria Clay Rachid Baba-Aisa 6–0, 6–1 Win
2008 Europe/Africa Zone Group II
1R
11-Apr-2008 Cyprus Cyprus Hard Marcos Baghdatis 4–6, 3–6, 4–6 Lose
13-Apr-2008 Photos Kallias 6–1, 6–1 Win
RPO
20-Jul-2008 Tunisia Tunisia Clay Haithem Abid 6–3, 3–6, 3–6, 7–5, 6–2 Win
2009 Europe/Africa Zone Group II
1R
6-Mar-2009 Egypt Egypt Carpet Karim Maamoun 6–0, 6–2, 6–2 Win
8-Mar-2009 Mahmoud Ezz 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4 Win
QF
10-Jul-2009 Lithuania Lithuania Clay Gvidas Sabeckis 6–2, 6–3, 6–1 Win
SF
20-Sep-2009 Latvia Latvia Carpet Andis Juška 3–6, 4–6, 2–6 Lose
2010 Europe/Africa Zone Group II
R
5-Mar-2010 Norway Norway Hard Stian Boretti 6–2, 6–4, 6–2 Win
QF
9-Jul-2010 Bulgaria Bulgaria Clay Grigor Dimitrov 1–6, 6–1, 6–0, 6–3 Win
11-Jul-2010 Todor Enev 6–2, 6–1 Win
SF
17-Sep-2010 Lithuania Lithuania Hard Ričardas Berankis 6–3, 2–6, 6–7(9–11), 4–6 Lose
19-Sep-2010 Laurynas Grigelis 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5) Win
2011 Europe/Africa Zone Group I
1R
4-Mar-2011 Finland Finland Clay Harri Heliovaara 4–6, 6–2, 6–3, 6–4 Win
6-Mar-2011 Jarkko Nieminen 3–6, 4–6, 6–4, 4–6 Lose
2R 8-Jul-2011 Italy Italy Clay Potito Starace 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 4–6 Lose
2012 Europe/Africa Zone Group I
1R
10-Feb-2012 Denmark Denmark Hard Frederik Nielsen 6–2, 6–4, 6–4 Win
2R
6-Apr-2012 South Africa South Africa Hard Ruan Roalofse 6–7(5–7), 6–1, 6–1, 6–3 Win
8-Apr-2012 Izak van der Merwe 6–7(3–7), 4–6, 4–6 Lose
2013 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R 1-Feb-2013 Poland Poland Hard (I) Jerzy Janowicz 3–6, 3–6, 5–7 Lose
PO
13-Sep-2013 South Africa South Africa Clay Ruan Roalofse 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 Win
2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group I
1R
31-Jan-2014 Portugal Portugal Hard (I) Gastão Elias 7–6(16–14), 6–1, 6–4 Win
2-Feb-2014 João Sousa 7-5, 7–5, 6–2 Win
2R
4-Apr-2014 Israel Israel Clay Amir Weintraub 6–4, 5–7, 3-6, 6–3, 4-6 Lose

Doubles performances (4–2)[edit]

Edition Round Date Partnering Against Surface Opponent Result Outcome
2011 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2R 9-Jul-2011 Grega Žemlja Italy Italy Clay Potito Starace
Daniele Bracciali
6–7(3–7), 6–7(4–7), 2–6 Lose
2012 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R 11-Feb-2012 Grega Žemlja Denmark Denmark Hard Thomas Kromann
Frederik Nielsen
6–4, 6–7(7–5), 6–4, 7–5 Win
2R 7-Apr-2012 Grega Žemlja South Africa South Africa Hard Raven Klaasen
Izak van der Merwe
7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7), 1–6, 4–6 Lose
2013 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R 2-Feb-2013 Grega Žemlja Poland Poland Hard (I) Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Marcin Matkowski
6–3, 2–6, 6–2, 4–6, 13–11 Win
PO 13-Sep-2013 Blaž Rola South Africa South Africa Clay Raven Klaasen
Nikala Scholtz
7-5, 6-1, 7-6(7–4) Win
2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R 1-Feb-2014 Grega Žemlja Portugal Portugal Hard (I) Gastão Elias
João Sousa
6-3, 7-5, 7–6(7–5) Win

Singles performance timeline[edit]

ATP profile cites incorrect 48–68 W–L statistics (correct 49–68). His win 6–2, 6–4, 6–4 vs Stian Boretti
from Norway in 1st round of 2010 Davis Cup: Slovenia vs. Norway match on 5 Mar 2010 is missing.
[3]

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A LQ 1R 2R 2R 3R 2R 5-5
French Open A A A A 2R 2R 2R 2R LQ 4–4
Wimbledon A A A LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R A 0–4
US Open A A A LQ A 1R 1R LQ 3R 2–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 2–4 2–4 3–3 3-1 11–15
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Miami A A A A A 1R A 1R 0-0 0–2
Rome A A A A A LQ 1R LQ 0-0 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0-0 0–3
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 2R Not Held 1–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0-0 1–1
National Representation
Davis Cup 1R A PO 3R W 2R 2R PO 2R 16–8
Win–Loss 1–0 0–0 2–1 3–1 4–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 2-1 16–8
Career statistics
Overall Win–Loss 1–0 0–0 3–3 3–2 7–8 13–18 6–15 11–15 7-7 51–68
Win % 100% 0% 50% 60% 47% 42% 29% 42% 50% 43%
Year End Ranking 493 440 260 125 112 92 92 102 N/A
*As of 31 August 2014

Head–to–head statistics[edit]

Head-to-head vs. Top 10 ranked players[edit]

W–L record against players who have been ranked World No. 10 at that time or before in their career. World No. 1 players are in boldface.

Opponent Highest ranking Matches Won Lost Win % Last match
Switzerland Roger Federer 1 1 0 1 0% Lost (2–6, 1–6, 6–7(4–7)) at 2014 Australian Open
Serbia Novak Djokovic 1 2 0 2 0% Lost (0–6, 4–6, 4–6) at 2012 French Open
United States Andy Roddick 1 1 0 1 0% Lost (3–6, 7–5, 4–6, 2–6) at 2010 French Open
Australia Lleyton Hewitt 1 3 2 1 66% Lost (6–3, 4–6, 6–7(4–7)) at 2013 San Jose
Germany Tommy Haas 2 1 0 1 0% Lost (1–6, 6–4, 4–6) at 2013 Hamburg
Croatia Ivan Ljubičić 3 1 0 1 0% Lost (6–7(5–7), 6–3, 1–6, 5–7) at 2011 US Open
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 4 2 0 2 0% Lost (4–6, 5–7, 3–6) at 2012 Australian Open
Spain David Ferrer 5 1 0 1 0% Lost (2–6, 2–6) at 2012 London Olympics
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 5 1 0 1 0% Lost (2–6, 1–6, 4–6) at 2013 Australian Open
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 6 2 0 2 0% Lost (3–6, 3–6) at 2011 Båstad
France Richard Gasquet 7 2 0 2 0% Lost (3–6, 3–6) at 2014 Marseille
France Gael Monfils 7 1 0 1 0% Lost (3–6, 1–6) at 2013 Umag
Russia Mikhail Youzhny 8 2 0 2 0% Lost (6–1, 1–6, 3–6) at 2013 Dubai
Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 8 2 1 1 50% Won (3–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–4) at 2013 Zagreb
Serbia Janko Tipsarević 8 2 0 2 0% Lost (4–6, 4–6) at 2011 Queen's Club
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek 8 1 1 0 100% Won (6–7(3–7), 4–6, 6–1, 2–0 ret.) at 2014 Australian Open
Chile Nicolás Massú 9 1 0 1 0% Lost (7–5, 3–6, 2–6) at 2009 Umag
Croatia Marin Čilić 9 1 0 1 0% Lost (3–6, 6–7(5–7)) at 2013 Zagreb
Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka 9 1 0 1 0% Lost (6–4, 2–6, 1–6) at 2013 Casablanca
Total 28 4 24 14% *As of 31 August 2014

Full head-to-head list (51-68)[edit]

Career W–L record in singles matches on ATP World Tour, Grand Slam, Davis Cup and Summer Olympic Games. The World No. 1 players are in boldface. (as of 31 August 2014)

References[edit]

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