Marcelo Melo

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Marcelo Melo
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Country  Brazil
Residence Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Born (1983-09-23) September 23, 1983 (age 30)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Height 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 1998
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,698,854
Singles
Career record 1–0 (ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
0 Challengers, 2 Futures
Highest ranking No. 273 (November 21, 2005)
Doubles
Career record 249–180 (ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 13
Highest ranking No. 5 (November 4, 2013)
Current ranking No. 5 (May 12, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2014)
French Open QF (2010, 2012)
Wimbledon F (2013)
US Open SF (2013)
Other Doubles tournaments
Tour Finals SF (2013)
Olympic Games QF (2012)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open SF (2010)
French Open F (2009)
Wimbledon SF (2010)
US Open QF (2013)
Last updated on: March 6, 2014.

Marcelo Pinheiro Davi de Melo (born September 23, 1983) is a Brazilian tennis player. He is the younger brother of Daniel Melo and grew up in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He stands at a height of 2.03 m (6 ft. 8 in.). Alongside regular teammate André Sá, he reached the men's doubles semifinals at Wimbledon in 2007 and the quarterfinal at the 2007 US Open. In 2009, he reached the mixed doubles final at the French Open with American Vania King, becoming the seventh Brazilian to reach the final of a Grand Slam and the first since Gustavo Kuerten.

2007[edit]

After playing with different Brazilian partners in doubles, including André Sá, Melo went through a relatively successful period of his career, reaching the semifinals of Wimbledon doubles,[1] with some games lasting four hours. Melo and Sá reached the quarterfinals of the US Open. Also, in 2007, they won the tournament title of ATP 250 Estoril.[2]

Melo underwent an anti-doping test in 2007, which was positive. He had taken medication containing banned substances for a headache, and Melo was suspended for two months. He returned to competition in November 2007, and at the first opportunity won the Buenos Aires Challenger without André Sá, who also was not in Adelaide triumph, the first week of 2008, when Melo played with the Argentine Martin Garcia.[2]

2008[edit]

In 2008, Melo partnered with André Sá and had a good campaign, winning three ATPs together—Costa do Sauípe, Poertschach and New Haven. They came to play in the Masters Cup, in which the top eight doubles in the world compete, but they ended the year ranked No. 9 in the Champions Race; this was because Melo was injured in Wimbledon and took time to recover, and Melo and Sá had not made any major campaign in the Masters Series and Grand Slams. Melo and Sá later went on to play as reserves in the Masters Cup.[3] They also participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[4][2]

2009[edit]

In 2009, Melo and Sá won one ATP and reached the final of two other competitions. In Roland Garros, Melo reached the final of the Mixed Doubles with American player Vania King, losing the final by two sets to one. This was the first time since 2001 that a Brazilian reached the final of a Grand Slam. In ATP 500 Hamburg, a tournament that had once been a Masters Series, Melo and his partner the Slovak Filip Polasek finished as the runners-up. At the end of the year, Melo announced the end of his partnership with André Sá and his new partnership with Bruno Soares.[2]

2010[edit]

In 2010, Melo and Soares reached the final of the ATP 250 Auckland at the beginning of the year. After that, they did not play well until May, when Melo won the title of the ATP 250 Nice. At Roland Garros, they defeated the brothers Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan—the world's top doubles players—and reached the quarterfinal. They subsequently reached the semifinals of ATP 500 Hamburg, the final of the ATP 250 Gstaad, the third round of the US Open, the final of the ATP 250 Metz, and the semifinals of the ATP 500 Tokyo and ATP 250 Stockholm.[2]

2011[edit]

In 2011, Melo and Soares won two consecutive titles in the ATP 250 Chile and Brazil, and were runners-up in the ATP 500 Acapulco. They reached the semifinals of the ATP 250 Nice and Eastbourne, and Melo reached the Newport semifinal with André Sá. In August, Melo and Soares competed in the semifinals of the ATP 500 Washington. In September, playing with Lukas Dlouhy, Melo reached the final of the ATP 250 Metz. In October, with Soares, he reached the semifinals of the ATP 500 Valencia and the Japan Open Tennis Championships, and later the final of the ATP 250 Stockholm. In November, Melo and Soares reached the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 Paris. At the end of the year, Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares ended their partnership.[2]

2012[edit]

In 2012, playing with Ivan Dodig, Melo was the runner-up at ATP 500 Memphis and reached the quarterfinals of Roland Garros and Wimbledon. He was also a quarterfinalist at the Masters 1000 Madrid with Marin Cilic. Melo participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics with Bruno Soares; they reached the quarterfinals after defeating the duo Berdych and Stepanek by 24–22 in the last set.[5][6]

In the second half of 2012, Melo was a semifinalist in the Masters 1000 Cincinnati, and reached the third round of the US Open playing with Dodig. In October, partnered with Cilic, Melo was a semifinalist in the Masters 1000 Shanghai. With this, Melo reached the best rank in his career for a second time, reaching the 18th position worldwide. Playing with Soares, Melo won his 10th ATP doubles title in the ATP 250 Stockholm, reaching the 17th position worldwide. In the Masters 1000 Paris, Melo reached the semifinals, partnered with Cilic.[2]

2013[edit]

In 2013, Melo won the ATP 250 Brisbane in preparation for the Australian Open, along with Tommy Robredo; this was his 11th ATP title. In February, Melo defeated the Bryan brothers in the US partnered with Bruno Soares in the Davis Cup. In March, Melo reached the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 Indian Wells with Dodig, and in May he reached the third round of Roland Garros. At Wimbledon 2013, Melo performed the best campaign of his career, reaching the final of the tournament. With this, Melo attained his best career ranking, reaching 14th position.[2]

In the US Open 2013, he reached the semifinals for the first time in his career and again broke his personal record, reaching 11th position.[2] Melo won his first Masters 1000 title in October; playing with Dodig, they won Masters 1000 Shangai, defeating Roger Federer and also the Bryan brothers. Melo became for the first time a world top 10 player, reaching the 8th position of the ATP rankings.[2] He also reached the semifinals of the Masters 1000 Paris, first reaching the world doubles top 5.[2]

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2013 Wimbledon Grass Croatia Ivan Dodig United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 4–6

Mixed Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
Runner-up 2009 French Open Clay United States Vania King United States Bob Bryan
United States Liezel Huber
7–5, 6–7(5–7), [7–10]

Masters 1000 finals[edit]

Doubles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2013 Shanghai Hard Croatia Ivan Dodig Spain David Marrero
Spain Fernando Verdasco
7–6(7–2), 6–7(6–8), [10–2]
Runner-up 2014 Monte Carlo Clay Croatia Ivan Dodig United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3-6, 6-3, [8-10]

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 27 (13–14)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–1)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (1–1)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–4)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (13–8)
Titles by Surface
Hard (6–6)
Grass (0–3)
Clay (7–5)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
Winner 1. April 29, 2007 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay Brazil André Sá Argentina Martín García
Argentina Sebastián Prieto
3–6, 6–2, [10–6]
Winner 2. January 6, 2008 Next Generation Adelaide International, Adelaide, Australia Hard Argentina Martín García Australia Chris Guccione
Australia Robert Smeets
6–3, 3–6, [10–7]
Winner 3. February 11, 2008 Brasil Open, Costa do Sauípe, Brazil Clay Brazil André Sá Spain Albert Montañés
Spain Santiago Ventura
4–6, 6–2, [10–7]
Winner 4. May 18, 2008 Hypo Group Tennis International, Pörtschach, Austria Clay Brazil André Sá Austria Julian Knowle
Austria Jürgen Melzer
7–5, 6–7(3–7), [13–11]
Runner-up 1. June 9, 2008 Queen's Club Championships, London, Great Britain Grass Brazil André Sá Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 5. August 17, 2008 Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven, United States Hard Brazil André Sá India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 2. March 1, 2009 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, Delray Beach, United States Hard Brazil André Sá United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4–6, 4–6
Winner 6. May 25, 2009 Interwetten Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Brazil André Sá Romania Andrei Pavel
Romania Horia Tecău
6–7(9–11), 6–2, [10–7]
Runner-up 3. June 14, 2009 Queen's Club Championships, London, Great Britain Grass Brazil André Sá South Africa Wesley Moodie
Russia Mikhail Youzhny
4–6, 6–4, [6–10]
Runner-up 4. July 26, 2009 International German Open, Hamburg, Germany Clay Slovakia Filip Polášek Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Paul Hanley
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. January 11, 2010 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard Brazil Bruno Soares New Zealand Marcos Daniell
Romania Horia Tecău
5–7, 4–6
Winner 7. May 22, 2010 Open de Nice Côte d’Azur, Nice, France Clay Brazil Bruno Soares India Rohan Bopanna
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
1–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Runner-up 6. August 1, 2010 Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Brazil Bruno Soares Sweden Johan Brunström
Finland Jarkko Nieminen
3–6, 7–6(7–4), [9–11]
Runner-up 7. September 26, 2010 Open de Moselle, Metz, France Hard Brazil Bruno Soares Jamaica Dustin Brown
Netherlands Rogier Wassen
3–6, 3–6
Winner 8. February 5, 2011 Movistar Open, Santiago, Chile Clay Brazil Bruno Soares Poland Łukasz Kubot
Austria Oliver Marach
6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 9. February 12, 2011 Brasil Open, Costa do Sauípe, Brazil Clay Brazil Bruno Soares Spain Pablo Andújar
Spain Daniel Gimeno-Traver
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Runner-up 8. February 26, 2011 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Brazil Bruno Soares Romania Victor Hănescu
Romania Horia Tecău
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 9. September 25, 2011 Open de Moselle, Metz, France Hard (i) Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Brazil André Sá
4–6, 6–7(7–9)
Runner-up 10. October 23, 2011 If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Brazil Bruno Soares India Rohan Bopanna
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 11. February 26, 2012 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, Memphis, United States Hard (i) Croatia Ivan Dodig Belarus Max Mirnyi
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–4, 5–7, [7–10]
Winner 10. October 21, 2012 If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Brazil Bruno Soares Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–7(4–7), 7–5, [10–6]
Winner 11. January 6, 2013 Brisbane International, Brisbane, Australia Hard Spain Tommy Robredo United States Eric Butorac
Australia Paul Hanley
4–6, 6–1, [10–5]
Runner-up 12. July 6, 2013 Wimbledon Championships, London, United Kingdom Grass Croatia Ivan Dodig United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 12. 13 October 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters, Shanghai, China Hard Croatia Ivan Dodig Spain David Marrero
Spain Fernando Verdasco
7–6(7-2), 6–7(6–8), [10–2]
Winner 13. 11 January 2014 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard Austria Julian Knowle Austria Alexander Peya
Brazil Bruno Soares
4–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Runner-up 13. 22 February 2014 Rio Open, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Clay Spain David Marrero Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
4-6, 2-6
Runner-up 14. 20 April 2014 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Croatia Ivan Dodig United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3-6, 6-3, [8-10]

Doubles 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.

Current till 2014 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 0 / 7 3–7
French Open 2R 2R 1R QF 2R QF 3R 3R 0 / 8 12–8
Wimbledon SF 3R 2R 2R 2R QF F QF 0 / 8 20–8
US Open QF 3R 2R 3R 2R 3R SF 0 / 7 15–7
Win–Loss 8–3 5–4 3–4 6–4 3–4 8–4 11–4 7-3 0 / 30 51–30
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A 1R 2R 1R 1R A QF QF 0 / 6 5–6
Miami Masters A 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 0 / 7 4–7
Monte Carlo Masters A 2R 1R A A 2R 1R F 0 / 5 5–5
Rome Masters A 1R 2R A A A A QF 0 / 3 2–3
Madrid Masters A 2R 2R A 2R QF 1R 1R 0 / 6 4–6
Canada Masters A A 2R 1R A 2R QF 0 / 4 2–3
Cincinnati Masters A A 2R 1R A SF 1R 0 / 4 4-4
Shanghai Masters NMS NMS A A A SF W 1/ 2 7–2
Paris Masters A QF 1R 1R QF SF SF 0 / 6 9–6
Win–Loss 0–0 5–6 4–8 0–5 4–5 0–1 16-8 1 / 33 36–37
Career Statistics
Titles–Finals 1–0 4–1 1–3 1–3 2–3 1–1 2-1 10–11
Year End Ranking 34 19 36 39 27 20 6 $165,437

Mixed doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R QF SF 1R 1R 2R 0 / 6 6–6
French Open A 2R F A QF A SF 0 / 4 6–4
Wimbledon 2R 1R 2R SF 1R 2R 3R 0 / 7 8–7
US Open A 2R 1R A A A QF 0 / 3 3–3
Win–Loss 1–1 2–4 7–4 7–2 2–3 1–2 8–4 0 / 20 23–20

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