Julien Benneteau

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Julien Benneteau
Julien Benneteau (June 11, 2013) (cropped).jpg
Country  France
Residence Geneva, Switzerland
Born (1981-12-20) December 20, 1981 (age 32)
Bourg en Bresse, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2000
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Loic Courteau
Prize money $7,556,098
Singles
Career record 244–253
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 25 (17 November 2014)
Current ranking No. 25 (17 November 2014)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2006, 2012, 2013)
French Open QF (2006)
Wimbledon 4R (2010)
US Open 3R (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2012)
Doubles
Career record 219–163
Career titles 10
Highest ranking No. 5 (3 November 2014)
Current ranking No. 5 (17 November 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2007)
French Open W (2014)
Wimbledon QF (2010, 2014)
US Open SF (2004, 2007)
Other Doubles tournaments
Tour Finals SF (2014)
Olympic Games Bronze medal.svg Bronze Medal (2012)
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (2010, 2014)
Last updated on: November 20, 2014.
Julien Benneteau
Medal record
Competitor for  France
Olympic Games
Bronze 2012 London Doubles

Julien Benneteau (born December 20, 1981 in Bourg-en-Bresse) is a French professional tennis player. His career-high singles ranking is ATP World No. 26, which he reached in April 2012. He formerly resided in Boulogne-Billancourt and now lives in Geneva. Benneteau is generally regarded as one of the best singles players on the tour who has not won a title, finishing as runner-up in ten ATP tournaments. He reached the quarterfinals of the 2006 French Open and the semifinals of the 2014 Cincinnati Masters. Benneteau has also had success in doubles, winning the Bronze medal in men's doubles at the 2012 London Olympics (parterning Richard Gasquet) and the 2014 French Open men's doubles title with fellow Frenchman Édouard Roger-Vasselin, thus becoming the first team from France to win the Men's Doubles discipline in 30 years (after Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte did it in 1984).

Tennis career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

In the 1996 Orange Bowl Benneteau won the Boys 16s singles title.

As a junior Benneteau reached as high as No. 17 in the world in 1999 (and No. 1 in doubles).

Tournament 1998 1999
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A
French Open 1R 2R
Wimbledon A 1R
US Open A QF

Pro tour[edit]

At the 2006 French Open, Benneteau reached the quarterfinals by defeating Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis, Radek Štěpánek, and Alberto Martín. There, he was defeated in straight sets by fourth-seeded Ivan Ljubičić of Croatia.

The Frenchman finished the 2008 season in the top 50 for the second time in three years. During the season, he reached two ATP finals, at Casablanca, where he lost to fellow countryman Gilles Simon, and in his final tournament of the season at Lyon, where he lost to Robin Söderling.

In May 2009, he entered the Interwetten Austrian Open in Kitzbühel as a lucky loser and reached his third career final, falling to Spain's Guillermo García-López.

In the quarterfinals of the 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, he played a remarkable 53-shot rally with the then World No. 2 Andy Murray in the second set of a three-set loss.[2] He lost the rally when he smashed a lob that grazed the net and went wide.

His best career victory was undoubtedly achieved on 11 November 2009 at the 2009 Paris Masters, when he scored a huge upset over World No. 1 Roger Federer in the second round in front of his home crowd.

He reached the third round of French Open 2012, losing to World No. 8 Janko Tipsarević.[3]

In the third round of the Wimbledon 2012, Benneteau led Federer by two sets before eventually being defeated in five sets. This notably followed the five-set upset of second seed Rafael Nadal by World No. 100 Lukáš Rosol the evening before, also on Centre Court.[4] Federer went on to win the title. In the 2012 Olympics in London, he captured the bronze medal in doubles with Richard Gasquet.

Wimbledon 2013

At the 2013 ABN AMRO Open in Rotterdam, Benneteau again beat top seed and defending champion Federer in the quarterfinals. He beat compatriot Gilles Simon in the semifinals, but was not able to overcome Juan Martín del Potro in the final, disappointingly failing yet again to clinch a title. Durint the clay season, he beat Nicolás Almagro at the Rome Masters but lost to Benoit Paire in second round. At Roland Garros he lsot in third round to Roger Federer.

At the Eastbourne grass tournament, the Frenchman beat Kevin Anderson in first round and lost to Bernard Tomic in second round. At Wimbledon he lost to Fernando Verdasco in second round. The player was defeated by Andy Murray at the third round of the Cincinnati Masters. At the US Open he defeated Jeremy Chardy in second round and lost to Tomas Berdych in third round.

Benneteau reached the final of the 2013 Malaysian Open for the second year running after beating Stan Wawrinka, but was once again beaten in the final, this time by unseeded João Sousa in three sets. He had won the first set and was within a game of winning the title at 5-4 in the second set and having a match point. At Valencia he won over Feliciano López in first round and lost to David Ferrer in second round. He collected first round losses at the Shanghai and Paris Masters.

In the 2014 season, Benneteau beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Feliciano López to reach the Indian Wells Masters quarter-finals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. At the Miami Masters he won over Ernests Gulbis and was defeated by Tommy Robredo. During the clay season, he claimed the Bordeaux Challenger but lost to Facundo Bagnis at the first round of Roland Garros. At Eastbourne, Benneteau took wins over Yen-Hsun Lu and Gilles Simon after which he lost to Sam Querrey in quarter-finals. At Wimbledon he again lost in first round to Gilles Müller.

The Frenchman began the 2014 US Open Series with a second round loss at Washington. At the Canada Masters he defeated Lleyton Hewitt and Ernests Gulbis to reach round of 16, where he was defeated by local Milos Raonic. The player upsetted Stan Wawrinka to reach the Cincinnati Masters semifinals, where he lost to David Ferrer. At the US Open, he lost in first round to Benoit Paire.

At the Malaysian Open, Benneteau defeated Pablo Cuevas and Ernests Gulbis to reach his third consecutive final at the tournament, where he lost to Kei Nishikori.

Significant finals[edit]

Olympic finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 bronze medal)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Bronze 2012 London Grass France Richard Gasquet Spain David Ferrer
Spain Feliciano López
7–6(7–4), 6–2

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 2014 French Open Clay France Édouard Roger-Vasselin Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Marc López
6–3, 7–6(7–1)

Masters 1000 finals[edit]

Doubles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2007 Monte Carlo Clay France Richard Gasquet United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
2–6, 1–6
Winner 2009 Shanghai Hard (i) France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6-2, 6-4
Runner-up 2010 Toronto Hard France Michaël Llodra United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 2011 Paris Hard (i) France Nicolas Mahut India Rohan Bopanna
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
2–6, 4–6
Winner 2013 Monte Carlo Clay Serbia Nenad Zimonjić United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4–6, 7–6(7–4), [14–12]
Runner-up 2014 Shanghai Hard France Édouard Roger-Vasselin United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 6–7(3–7)

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 10 (10 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–9)
Finals by Surface
Hard (0–7)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. May 18, 2008 Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco Clay France Gilles Simon 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 2. October 20, 2008 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Lyon, France Carpet (i) Sweden Robin Söderling 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 1–6
Runner-up 3. May 18, 2009 Interwetten Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Spain Guillermo García-López 6–3, 6–7(1–7), 3–6
Runner-up 4. February 15, 2010 Open 13, Marseille, France Hard (i) France Michaël Llodra 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. August 27, 2011 Winston-Salem Open, Winston-Salem, United States Hard United States John Isner 6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. January 15, 2012 Apia International Sydney, Sydney, Australia Hard Finland Jarkko Nieminen 2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 7. September 30, 2012 Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard (i) Argentina Juan Mónaco 5–7, 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 8. February 17, 2013 ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 6–7(2–7), 3–6
Runner-up 9. September 29, 2013 Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard (i) Portugal João Sousa 6–2, 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 10. September 28, 2014 Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard (i) Japan Kei Nishikori 6–7(4–7), 4–6

Doubles: 17 (10 titles, 7 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (2–4)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (6–3)
Finals by Surface
Hard (7–5)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. September 29, 2003 Open de Moselle, Metz, France Hard (i) France Nicolas Mahut France Michaël Llodra
France Fabrice Santoro
7–6(7–2), 6–3
Runner-up 1. October 6, 2003 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Lyon, France Carpet (i) France Nicolas Mahut Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
1–6, 3–6
Winner 2. October 23, 2006 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Lyon, France Carpet (i) France Arnaud Clément Czech Republic František Čermák
Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
6–2, 6–7(3–7), [10–7]
Runner-up 2. April 15, 2007 Monte Carlo Masters, Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay France Richard Gasquet United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
2–6, 1–6
Winner 3. March 3, 2008 Tennis Channel Open, Las Vegas, United States Hard France Michaël Llodra United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 4–6, [10–8]
Winner 4. October 12, 2009 Shanghai ATP Masters 1000, Shanghai, China Hard France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6–2, 6–4
Winner 5. October 26, 2009 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Lyon, France (2) Hard (i) France Nicolas Mahut France Arnaud Clément
France Sébastien Grosjean
6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Winner 6. February 15, 2010 Open 13, Marseille, France Hard (i) France Michaël Llodra Austria Julian Knowle
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 3. August 15, 2010 Rogers Cup, Toronto, Canada Hard France Michaël Llodra United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 4. February 20, 2011 Open 13, Marseille, France Hard (i) France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Netherlands Robin Haase
United Kingdom Ken Skupski
3–6, 7–6(7–4), [11–13]
Runner-up 5. November 13, 2011 BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France Hard (i) France Nicolas Mahut India Rohan Bopanna
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
2–6, 4–6
Winner 7. April 21, 2013 Monte Carlo Masters, Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Serbia Nenad Zimonjić United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4–6, 7–6(7–4), [14–12]
Winner 8. August 4, 2013 Citi Open, Washington, D.C., United States Hard Serbia Nenad Zimonjić United States Mardy Fish
Czech Republic Radek Štepánek
7–6(7–5), 7–5
Winner 9. February 23, 2014 Open 13, Marseille, France Hard (i) France Édouard Roger-Vasselin Australia Paul Hanley
United Kingdom Jonathan Marray
4–6, 7–6(8–6), [13–11]
Winner 10. June 7, 2014 French Open, Paris, France Clay France Édouard Roger-Vasselin Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Marc López
6–3, 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 6. October 5, 2014 China Open, Beijing, China Hard Canada Vasek Pospisil Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tecău
7–6(8–6), 5–7, [5–10]
Runner-up 7. October 12, 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters, Shanghai, China Hard France Édouard Roger-Vasselin United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 6–7(3–7)

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R A 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R A 3R 3R 2R 8–10
French Open 1R 1R 3R 1R QF 1R 4R 1R 2R 2R 3R 3R 1R 15–13
Wimbledon A A 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 4R 2R 3R 2R 1R 9–11
US Open A 1R 1R A 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 3R 3R 1R 9–11
Win–Loss 0–1 0–3 3–3 0–3 7–4 0–4 3–4 2–4 6–4 4–3 8–4 7–4 1–4 41–45
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A A A 1R 3R 4R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R QF 10–9
Miami Masters A A 4R 2R A 1R 4R 2R 2R 2R 3R 2R 3R 12–10
Monte Carlo Masters A 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R A 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R 2R 6–11
Rome Masters A A A 2R A 1R A 1R 2R A A 2R A 3–5
Madrid Masters A A A A 2R A A 1R 1R A A 1R A 1–4
Canada Masters A A 1R A 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R A 2R 1R 3R 4–8
Cincinnati Masters A A A A 1R 2R 1R QF 3R 2R 1R 3R SF 8–9
Shanghai Masters Not Masters Series 1R A A A 1R QF 3–3
Paris Masters A A A A 3R A A 3R A 2R 2R 1R 2R 7–6
Hamburg Masters A A A A A 2R 1R Not Masters Series 1–2
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 3–3 2–4 7–6 6–7 3–5 5–9 5–7 4–5 5–6 3–9 17–7 61–69
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–10
Year End Ranking 253 138 65 165 40 68 43 46 44 52 34 35 26

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 2R 2R 1R QF 3R 1R 2R A 1R 3R 3R 12–10
French Open 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R QF 2R A 3R 3R 3R A 2R W 20–12
Wimbledon A A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R A QF 2R 1R QF QF 13–10
US Open A A A A SF QF 1R SF 2R 1R 2R A QF 2R 1R 17–9
Win–Loss 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 6–4 4–4 3–4 8–4 5–3 2–3 7–3 3–2 3–3 7–4 11–3 62–41
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A 1R A QF 1R A 2R 2R QF 2R 2R 8–8
Miami Masters A A A A A 1R A A 1R QF A A A A 2R 3–4
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A 2R 1R A F 2R A A 2R 1R W QF 13–7
Rome Masters A A A A A A A A A 2R 1R A A 2R A 2–3
Madrid Masters A A A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 1R 0–2
Canada Masters A A A A A A A 1R 1R A F A 1R 1R 1R 4–6
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A 2R A A 2R A 1R 2R SF 4–5
Shanghai Masters Not Masters Series W A A A 1R F 8–2
Paris Masters 1R 1R A 1R SF QF A 1R A 2R A F 2R 2R 2R 10–10
Hamburg Masters A A A A A A A QF QF Not Masters Series 4–2
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 3–2 1–4 0–0 9–6 3–5 9–2 6–4 6–3 3–5 8–7 9–7 57–48
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 0–2 0–0 2–2 2–2 10–15
Year End Ranking 200 304 268 94 50 59 67 26 48 32 38 52 97 26

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