Marinko Matosevic

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Marinko Matosevic
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Marinko Matosevic playing at Roland Garros 2013
Country  Australia
Residence Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Born (1985-08-08) 8 August 1985 (age 29)
Jajce, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 2004
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,626,172
Singles
Career record 57–75 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 39 (25 February 2013)
Current ranking No. 75 (24 November 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
French Open 2R (2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2014)
US Open 1R (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Doubles
Career record 18–39 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 114 (19 November 2012)
Current ranking No. 348 (4 August 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2012)
French Open 2R (2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2013)
US Open 3R (2012)
Last updated on: 15 July 2013.

Marinko Matošević (born 8 August 1985) is an Australian professional tennis player. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 39, which he achieved in February 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Matosevic was born in Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is of Croatian descent. During his childhood, Matosevic's parents, Branko and Ljubica, moved the family to Melbourne, Australia and he now competes for his adopted country. While growing up he played soccer along with tennis and is a fan of cricketer Shane Warne as well as following the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League.

Tennis career and background[edit]

Starting tennis at age 10, he trained under Jay Salter at the Universal Tennis Academy in Melbourne, Australia from age 13.

Matosevic currently has five futures titles and two ATP Challenger titles to his credit. His biggest title was in July 2010 at the $75,000 Comerica Bank Challenger in Aptos, California where, in a heated match with American Donald Young, he won the title in straight sets.

2010[edit]

In January 2010, he played his first Grand Slam match in Melbourne at the Australian Open and lost in the first round.

He entered the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, in Indian Wells as a qualifier. He beat Michaël Llodra in the first round before losing out to No. 9 seed Tsonga.

Matosevic won his first challenger tournament at the 2010 Comerica Bank Challenger beating the Donald Young in the final. A second challenger title followed in Calabasas when he beat Ryan Sweeting.

2011[edit]

In February, Matosevic was seeded number 1 for the 2011 Caloundra International, on the ATP Challenger Tour. In the first round, he defeated Chinese qualifier Wu Di. In the second round, he faced fellow Australian Brydan Klein and won. In the quarterfinals, Matosevic lost to Danai Udomchoke from Thailand. He then went to America, where he entered the qualifying draw for the 2011 Delray Beach International Tennis Championship. He qualified, defeating Raven Klaasen, Bobby Reynolds and Igor Kunitsyn. He then took the place of number one seed Andy Roddick after he withdrew. In the first round, he lost to Dudi Sela of Israel.

2012: Breakthrough[edit]

After a horror start to the 2012 season (which included four consecutive losses in home tournaments) Matosevic entered the 2012 Caloundra International as the number 2 seed and steamrolled his way to the title where he defeated Greg Jones in the final. Matosevic continued his form when he entered the 2012 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships and qualified for the main draw. In the first round he ousted Ivo Karlović, he followed up the victory with a second round win over Alex Bogomolov, Jr.. In the quarterfinals Matosevic defeated Ernests Gulbis to reach the semifinal. In the semifinal Matosevic played Israeli Dudi Sela where he defeated him to reach his first ever ATP final, where ultimately he lost to South African Kevin Anderson in straight sets. Matosevic lost to Luxembourg's Gilles Müller in the opening round of Atlanta Open on 16 July.[1]

In the first round of the US Open, Matosevic led Croatian 12th seed Marin Čilić by two sets to love before losing in five sets. In November Matosevic was voted the most improved player on the ATP Tour. In addition, Matosevic ended the year at World No. 49 and Australia's No. 1 player in singles.

2013[edit]

Matosevic began 2013 poorly with first round losses at the Brisbane International to Kei Nishikori and the Apia International to Bernard Tomic, both matches losing in straight sets. Like the 2012 US Open, Matosevic was defeated by Marin Čilić in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open. Nonetheless, Matosevic rebounded, and reached the semi-finals of Memphis by defeating Go Soeda, and upsetting 4th seed Sam Querrey and 7th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov before he retired against Kei Nishikori. Soeda got his revenge however, by ousting Matesovic in the first round of Delray Beach.

At the Monte Carlo Masters, Matosevic earned one of the biggest victories of his career, defeating former top ten player Fernando Verdasco in the first round.[2] He lost to eight-time champion Rafael Nadal in the next round. Matosevic upset Milos Raonic in the round of 16 at the Citi Open. In the quarterfinals of the same event he fell in a third set tiebreak to Dmitry Tursunov.

2014[edit]

Matosevic's season began at the Brisbane International where he defeated Julien Benneteau and Sam Querrey. He was defeated by Roger Federer in the quarter-finals in straight sets. During the second set, he was treated briefly for his shoulder injury which has persisted since the end of last season. He reach the quarterfinals of the 2014 Apia International Sydney defeating Florian Mayer and Andreas Seppi on the route but lost to Sergiy Stakhovsky. At the Australian Open, Matosevic was defeated by Kei Nishikori in five sets. At the French Open, he reached the second round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his thirteenth attempt, defeating Dustin Brown in four sets.[3] It was his first ever win at a Major tournament, and his first ever win in a best-of-5 sets match. The following week, Matosevic made the final of the 2014 Aegon Trophy, but lost to Marcos Baghdatis. Matosevic won his second grand slam match by defeating the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in four sets in the first round of Wimbledon. Matosevic made it to the quarterfinals of the BB&T Atlanta Open where he fell to John Isner. In the first round of the Western & Southern Open Matosevic beat Nicholas Mahut in two sets. On match point the chair umpire overruled a Matosevic ace, after Matosevic won the match on his second serve he verbally berated the chair umpire and spit on the court.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 4 March 2012 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, Delray Beach, United States Hard South Africa Kevin Anderson 4–6 6–7(2–7)

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 17 February 2013 SAP Open, San Jose, United States Hard (i) Australia Lleyton Hewitt Belgium Xavier Malisse
Germany Frank Moser
0–6, 7–6(7–5), [4–10]

Challenger and Futures Finals[edit]

Singles: 16 (9 Titles, 7 Runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challengers (4–3)
ITF Futures (5–4)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 30 September 2007 Denpasar, INA Hard Japan Kento Takeuchi 6–4, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 4 May 2008 Guadalajara, MEX Hard Mexico Victor Romero 4–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 18 May 2008 Morelia, MEX Hard Mexico Miguel Gallardo-Valles 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 4. 25 May 2008 Puerto Vallarta, MEX Hard Australia Nima Roshan 6–3, 6–7(8–10), 6–3
Runner-up 5. 21 September 2008 Kawana, AUS Hard Australia Colin Ebelthite 4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 6. 19 October 2008 Sale, AUS Hard Australia Nick Lindahl 4–6, 0–6
Winner 7. 26 October 2008 Happy Valley, AUS Hard Australia Greg Jones 6–1, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 8. 7 December 2008 Sorrento, AUS Hard Australia Adam Feeney 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 9. 22 February 2009 Mildura, AUS Grass Australia Colin Ebelthite 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 1 March 2009 Melbourne, AUS Hard Australia Bernard Tomic 7–5, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 6 June 2010 Ojai, USA Hard United States Bobby Reynolds 6–3, 5–7, 5–7
Winner 12. 18 July 2010 Aptos, USA Hard United States Donald Young 6–4, 6–2
Winner 13. 24 October 2010 Calabasas, USA Hard United States Ryan Sweeting 2–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 14. 12 February 2012 Caloundra, AUS Hard Australia Greg Jones 6–0, 6–2
Winner 15. 13 May 2012 Athens, GRE Hard Belgium Ruben Bemelmans 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 16. 8 June 2014 Nottingham, UK Grass Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 3-6, 4-6

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.

Current till 2014 French Open.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q1 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 5 0–5 0.00
French Open Q2 Q1 Q2 Q2 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2 33.33
Wimbledon Q1 Q2 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 4 1–4 20.00
US Open Q1 Q2 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 4 0–4 0.00
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–3 0–3 0–4 2–4 0 / 15 2–15 11.76
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A 2R 1R 2R 3R 2R 0 / 5 5–5 50.00
Miami Masters A A Q2 1R 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3 0.00
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2 33.33
Rome Masters A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Madrid Masters A A A A 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2 33.33
Canada Masters A A Q2 Q1 QF Q2 0 / 1 3–1 75.00
Cincinnati Masters A A A 1R A 2R 0 / 2 1–2 33.33
Shanghai Masters A A Q1 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0.00
Paris Masters A A A Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–4 6–5 4–5 0 / 16 12–16 42.86
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0 / 1 0–1 0.00
Year End Ranking 186 138 203 49 61 $762,086

Grand Slam doubles performance timeline[edit]

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only after a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through to the 2014 Australian Open.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1–5
French Open A A 1R 1R 2R 1–3
Wimbledon A A A 2R 1R 1–2
US Open A A 3R 1R 2–2
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 3–3 1–4 1–3 5–12

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
United States Alex Bogomolov, Jr.
ATP Most Improved Player
2012
Succeeded by
Spain Pablo Carreño Busta

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