Bruno Soares

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Bruno Soares
Soares WM13-005 (9465848785).jpg
Country  Brazil
Residence Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Born (1982-02-27) February 27, 1982 (age 32)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2001
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money U$ 2,190,679
Singles
Career record 2–0
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 221 (March 22, 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open Q2 (2004)
Wimbledon Q1 (2004)
US Open Q1 (2004)
Doubles
Career record 252–156
Career titles 17
Highest ranking No. 3 (October 7, 2013)
Current ranking No. 3 (June 23, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2012)
French Open SF (2008, 2013)
Wimbledon QF (2009, 2014)
US Open F (2013)
Other Doubles tournaments
Tour Finals SF (2013)
Olympic Games QF (2012)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2012, 2014)
French Open SF (2014)
Wimbledon F (2013)
US Open W (2012)
Last updated on: June 28, 2014.

Bruno Fraga Soares (born February 27, 1982, in Belo Horizonte) is a professional tennis player from Brazil. His highest singles ranking on the ATP Tour is World No. 221, which he reached in March 2004. Primarily a doubles specialist, his career-high doubles ranking is World No. 3, which he achieved in October 2013. He and his partner Dušan Vemić reached the semifinals of the 2008 French Open, losing to eventual champions Pablo Cuevas and Luis Horna. In the 2012 US Open, Soares won the mixed doubles title with Ekaterina Makarova.[1] He was the third Brazilian tennis player to achieve this, after Maria Bueno and Thomaz Koch.

International career[edit]

2008[edit]

In early 2008, Soares won the São Paulo Challenger for the second time, rising in the doubles rankings and gaining the opportunity to compete in the main tournament circuit, the ATP tours. In 2008, Soares made a great campaign. Playing without a permanent partner, he reached the semifinals of Roland Garros and the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open. In addition, he won his first ATP doubles title in Nottingham, a grass tournament before Wimbledon.[2]

In November 29, he married Bruna Alvim.[citation needed]

2009[edit]

In 2009, Soares partnered with Kevin Ullyett from Zimbabwe, a high level doubles player who had won 32 titles and remained ranked among the top 10 for several years. They reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon and Roland Garros, the semifinals of the Masters 1000 Rome and Madrid, the final of the ATP New Haven, and won his second ATP doubles title in Stockholm. At the end of the year, with the retirement of Ullyett, Soares announced a new partnership with Marcelo Melo.[2]

2010[edit]

In 2010, Melo and Soares reached the final of the ATP 250 Auckland at the beginning of the year. In May, they won the title of the ATP 250 Nice. In Roland Garros, Soares defeated the brothers Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan—the world's top doubles players—and reached the quarterfinals. Subsequently, Soares and Melo reached the semifinals of the ATP 500 Hamburg, the final of the ATP 250 Gstaad, the third round of the U.S. Open, the final of the ATP 250 Metz, and the semifinals of the ATP 500 Tokyo and the ATP 250 Stockholm.[2]

2011[edit]

In 2011 at the South American Clay tournaments—a series of four ATP tournaments in Latin America—Melo and Soares won two consecutive titles in the ATP 250 of Chile and Brazil, and were runners-up at the ATP 500 Acapulco. In April, Soares was runner-up of the Masters 1000 Monte Carlo, playing alongside Juan Ignacio Chela. He competed in the semifinals of the ATPs 250s in Nice and Eastbourne. In August, the Melo and Soares arrived at the semifinals of the ATP 500 Washington. In October, with Soares and Melo reached the semifinals of the ATP 500 Valencia and Tokyo, and the final of the ATP 250 Stockholm. Partnered with Nicolas Almagro he was a quarterfinalist in the Masters 1000 Shanghai. In November, Soares and Melo were quarterfinalists in the Masters 1000 Paris. At the end of the year, Melo and Soares ended their partnership.[2]

2012[edit]

In 2012, Soares partnered with Eric Butorac and went to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and won his 6th ATP doubles title in the ATP 250 Brazil. He also reached the third round at Roland Garros. On July, he ended his partnership with Butorac and began a new partnership with Alexander Peya. In the first tournament of the new partnership, they were runners-up of the ATP 250 Bastad.[2] Participating at London 2012 with Marcelo Melo, Soares reached the quarterfinals after defeating the duo Berdych / Stepanek by 24–22 in the last set.[3][4]

At the U.S. Open in 2012, along with Peya, Soares reached the quarterfinals of the Men's doubles. In that tournament, partnered with Ekaterina Makarova, Soares won the biggest title of his career by becoming champion of Mixed doubles. In the first round they defeated the seeded number 2 couple Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond. In the second phase they defeated Bob Bryan and Kim Clijsters.[5] Since the Gustavo Kuerten triple crown at Roland Garros 2001, Brazil not won a Grand Slam professional title.[6] Soares / Makarova won $150,000 as a prize for the title.[7]

After the mixed doubles title at the U.S. Open, Soares took an impressive winning streak, winning the doubles match of the Davis Cup in Brazil against Russia and won four titles in five consecutive tournaments played. He won the ATP 250 Kuala Lumpur and the ATP 500 Tokyo, both playing with Peya; they played the Masters 1000 Shanghai but lost in the second round. Partnered with Melo he won the ATP 250 Stockholm, and the ATP 500 Valencia playing with Peya. In the Masters 1000 Paris, Soares and Peya were quarterfinalists.[2]

2013[edit]

Soares at the French Open 2013
Bruno Soares and Alexander Peya

2013 was the best year in the Soares' career. In January, he won the ATP 250 Auckland,[8] alongside Scottish Colin Fleming. In February, partnered with Melo he defeated Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan at the Davis Cup in the United States. In the same month, he and Peya won the ATP 250 Brasil—Soares' third win in that tournament—[9] and reached the semifinals of the ATP 500 in Memphis and Acapulco.[2]

In March, Soares reached the semifinals of the Masters 1000 Indian Wells. In April, he won the ATP 500 Barcelona. In May,for the second time in his career, he was runner-up of a Masters 1000 in Madrid, losing only to the world leaders the Bryan brothers. At this point, Soares approached the top 10 doubles, staying at 11th place.[2][10] In Roland Garros, Soares and Peya reached the semifinals of the tournament. With that, Soares entered the top 10, ranking 6th for doubles. Soares equaled Carlos Kirmayr's number 6 in the world in 1983 as the second-best doubles tennis player in Brazil's history.[11]

In preparation for Wimbledon, Soares was runner-up in the ATP 250 Queens and champion of the ATP 250 Eastbourne, reaching its 200th victory.[12] At Wimbledon, Soares was knocked out in the third round of the men's doubles. In mixed doubles, Soares reached the final of the tournament for the first time, partnered with the American Lisa Raymond.[13] He was runner-up at the ATP 500 Hamburg in July. In August, Soares and Peya won a Masters 1000 title for the first time at the Masters 1000 Canada. With that, Soares arrived at the best doubles ranking of his career, number 4 in the world, equaling Cássio Motta as the best Brazilian doubles player of all time.[2]

At the U.S. Open, Soares "retired" James Blake in the first round of the men's doubles. In mixed doubles, Soares reached the semifinals partnered with Anabel Medina Garrigues. In men's doubles—for the first time in his career—Soares reached a Grand Slam final. However, Peya suffered a muscle strain near the end of the semifinals game against Melo and Dodig. In the U.S.Open final, Soares could not play well because of the problem, and in the second set, Peya almost abandoned the game. Soares and Peya eventually lost the final by 2 sets to 0.[14] With these results, Soares qualified in anticipation for the ATP Finals for the first time in his career.

On October 7, 2013, Soares became the No. 3 doubles player in the world; his best position of his career and the best position in the history of Brazilian tennis—surpassing Cassio Motta, who was No. 4 doubles in 1983.[15] At the end of October, Soares and Peya became two-time champions of the ATP 500 Valencia, defeating the Bryan Brothers in the final.[16]

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2013 US Open Hard Austria Alexander Peya India Leander Paes
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
1–6, 3–6

Mixed doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2012 US Open Hard Russia Ekaterina Makarova Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6–7(8–10), 6–1, [12–10]
Runner-up 2013 Wimbledon Grass United States Lisa Raymond France Kristina Mladenovic
Canada Daniel Nestor
7–5, 2–6, 6–8

Masters 1000 finals[edit]

Doubles: 5 (1 title, 4 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2011 Monte Carlo Clay Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2013 Madrid Clay Austria Alexander Peya United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
2–6, 3–6
Winner 2013 Montreal Hard Austria Alexander Peya United Kingdom Andy Murray
United Kingdom Colin Fleming
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 2013 Paris Hard (i) Austria Alexander Peya United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3-6, 3-6
Runner-up 2014 Indian Wells Hard Austria Alexander Peya United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4-6, 3-6

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 36 (17 titles, 19 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (1–4)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (4–3)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (12–11)
Finals by Surface
Hard (8–8)
Clay (6–7)
Grass (3–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. June 16, 2008 Nottingham Open, Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett South Africa Jeff Coetzee
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
6–2, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 1. August 10, 2008 Legg Mason Tennis Classic, Washington, United States Hard Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett France Marc Gicquel
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
6–7(6–8), 3–6
Runner-up 2. August 29, 2009 Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven, United States Hard Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett Austria Julian Knowle
Austria Jürgen Melzer
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 2. October 25, 2009 If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Paul Hanley
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 3. January 11, 2010 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard Brazil Marcelo Melo New Zealand Marcus Daniell
Romania Horia Tecău
5–7, 4–6
Winner 3. May 22, 2010 Open de Nice Côte d’Azur, Nice, France Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo India Rohan Bopanna
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
1–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Runner-up 4. August 1, 2010 Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo Sweden Johan Brunström
Finland Jarkko Nieminen
3–6, 7–6(7–4), [9–11]
Runner-up 5. September 26, 2010 Open de Moselle, Metz, France Hard Brazil Marcelo Melo Jamaica Dustin Brown
Netherlands Rogier Wassen
3–6, 3–6
Winner 4. February 5, 2011 Movistar Open, Santiago, Chile Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo Poland Łukasz Kubot
Austria Oliver Marach
6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 5. February 12, 2011 Brasil Open, Costa do Sauípe, Brazil Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo Spain Pablo Andújar
Spain Daniel Gimeno-Traver
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Runner-up 6. February 26, 2011 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo Romania Victor Hănescu
Romania Horia Tecău
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. April 17, 2011 Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. October 23, 2011 If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Brazil Marcelo Melo India Rohan Bopanna
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
1–6, 3–6
Winner 6. February 19, 2012 Brasil Open, São Paulo, Brazil Clay (i) United States Eric Butorac Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
Brazil André Sá
3–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Runner-up 9. July 15, 2012 Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden Clay Austria Alexander Peya Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 7. September 30, 2012 Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard (i) Austria Alexander Peya United Kingdom Colin Fleming
United Kingdom Ross Hutchins
5–7, 7–5, [10–7]
Winner 8. October 7, 2012 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan Hard Austria Alexander Peya India Leander Paes
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 9. October 21, 2012 If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Brazil Marcelo Melo Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–7(4–7), 7–5, [10–6]
Winner 10. October 28, 2012 Valencia Open 500, Valencia, Spain Hard (i) Austria Alexander Peya Spain David Marrero
Spain Fernando Verdasco
6–3, 6–2
Winner 11. January 12, 2013 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard United Kingdom Colin Fleming Sweden Johan Brunström
Denmark Frederik Nielsen
7–6(7–1), 7–6(7–2)
Winner 12. February 17, 2013 Brazil Open, São Paulo, Brazil Clay (i) Austria Alexander Peya Czech Republic František Čermák
Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
6–7(5–7), 6–2, [10–7]
Winner 13. April 28, 2013 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain Clay Austria Alexander Peya Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Canada Daniel Nestor
5–7, 7–6(9–7), [10–4]
Runner-up 10. May 12, 2013 Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid, Spain Clay Austria Alexander Peya United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 11. June 16, 2013 AEGON Championships, London, United Kingdom Grass Austria Alexander Peya United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 5–7, [3–10]
Winner 14. June 21, 2013 AEGON International, Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass Austria Alexander Peya United Kingdom Colin Fleming
United Kingdom Jonathan Marray
3–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Runner-up 12. July 21, 2013 International German Open, Hamburg, Germany Clay Austria Alexander Peya Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6–3, 1–6, [8–10]
Winner 15. August 11, 2013 Rogers Cup, Montreal, Canada Hard Austria Alexander Peya United Kingdom Andy Murray
United Kingdom Colin Fleming
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 13. September 7, 2013 US Open, New York, United States Hard Austria Alexander Peya India Leander Paes
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
1-6, 3-6
Winner 16. October 27, 2013 Valencia Open 500, Valencia, Spain Hard (i) Austria Alexander Peya United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7-6(7-3), 6-7(1-7), [13-11]
Runner-up 14. November 3, 2013 BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France Hard (i) Austria Alexander Peya United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3-6, 3-6
Runner-up 15. January 3, 2014 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Doha, Qatar Hard Austria Alexander Peya Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych
Czech Republic Jan Hájek
2-6, 4-6
Runner-up 16. January 11, 2014 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard Austria Alexander Peya Austria Julian Knowle
Brazil Marcelo Melo
6-4, 3-6, [5-10]
Runner-up 17. March 16, 2014 BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, United States Hard Austria Alexander Peya United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4-6, 3-6
Winner 17. June 15, 2014 Aegon Championships, London, United Kingdom Grass Austria Alexander Peya United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Australia John Peers
4-6, 7-6(7-4), [10-4]
Runner-up 18. June 21, 2014 Aegon International, Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass Austria Alexander Peya Philippines Treat Huey
United Kingdom Dominic Inglot
5-7, 7-5, [8-10]
Runner-up 19. July 20, 2014 International German Open, Hamburg, Germany Clay Austria Alexander Peya Croatia Marin Draganja
Romania Florin Mergea
4-6, 5-7

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 3R 1R 1R QF 2R 3R 0 / 6 8–6
French Open A A A SF QF QF 2R 3R SF 2R 0 / 7 18-7
Wimbledon A A A 1R QF 2R 2R 2R 3R QF 0 / 7 11–7
US Open A A A QF 2R 3R 2R QF F 0 / 6 15–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 7–3 9–4 6–4 3–4 9–4 12–3 6–3 0 / 25 52–25
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R SF F 0 / 6 7–6
Miami A A A A QF 1R 1R 1R 1R QF 0 / 6 4–6
Monte Carlo A A A A 2R QF F 1R 2R QF 0 / 6 5–6
Rome A A A A SF 2R A A 2R 2R 0 / 4 3–4
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A SF 1R 2R A F QF 0 / 5 7–5
Canada A A A A 2R A 2R A W 1 / 3 5–2
Cincinnati A A A A 2R A 2R 2R QF 0 / 4 3–4
Shanghai Not Held 2R A QF 2R A 0 / 3 2–3
Paris A A A QF 2R A QF QF F 0 / 3 4–3
Hamburg A A A A NM1 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 7–9 0–5 11–8 1–5 10–5 1 / 34 27–31
Year End Ranking 241 1637 192 23 22 35 19 19 3

Mixed doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R A QF 2R QF 0 / 5 5–5
French Open A QF 2R QF 1R QF 0 / 5 7–5
Wimbledon 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R F 0 / 6 9–6
US Open A 1R 1R QF W SF 1 / 5 10–4
Win–Loss 0–1 3–4 3–4 4–3 8–3 11–4 1 / 20 29–19

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