Marsel İlhan

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Marsel İlhan
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Country  Turkey
Residence Istanbul, Turkey
Born (1987-06-11) 11 June 1987 (age 27)
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $819,138
Singles
Career record 15-35
Career titles 0
3 Challengers, 6 Futures
Highest ranking No. 87 (17 January 2011)
Current ranking No. 104 (24 November 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2010)
French Open 2R (2011)
Wimbledon 2R (2010)
US Open 2R (2009, 2011)
Doubles
Career record 0–4
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 564 (25 May 2009)
Current ranking No. 1203 (26 May 2014)
Last updated on: 27 October 2014.
Marsel İlhan
Medal record
Competitor for  Turkey
Men's Tennis
Mediterranean Games
Silver 2009 Pescara Singles
Silver 2013 Mersin Singles

Marsel İlhan (Uzbek: Marsel Qahhorovich Hamdamov; born on 11 June 1987) is a Turkish tennis player, ranked No. 1 in Turkey and with a career-high singles ranking of World No. 87 in January 2011.[1] He is the first ever Turkish player to reach the 2nd round in a Grand Slam tournament, as well as the first Turkish player to win a Challenger Tournament and also the first Turkish player to enter the top 100 in the world ranking (first ranked 96th in September 2010).[2][3]

Early Tennis Career[edit]

Born in Uzbekistan, he emigrated to Turkey with his mother in 2004 and he started to play for the Taçspor Tennis Club of İstanbul. He was initially sponsored by Kia Motors Turkey. After several years of intensive training with his new coach Can Üner, a former Turkish tennis player, he made an unprecedented jump within one year from No. 1320 to No. 320 in 2007.[4]

2007–2008[edit]

During 2007 and 2008 he won several Future Tournaments and in July 2008, he won his first ATP Challenger title at Ramat Hasharon Israel Open by defeating Ivo Klec from Slovakia by 2 sets 6–4, 6–4.

2009[edit]

At the 2009 US Open, İlhan qualified for the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. In doing so, he became the first Turkish player in the modern era to do so[citation needed]. In the first round he defeated Christophe Rochus from Belgium in a 5-set thriller 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 7–5, 7–5. It was the first time a Turkish man made the second round of a major, following his earlier achievement of being the first Turkish qualifier in a major. It was his first career ATP and Grand Slam win.[5] He lost his second round match against John Isner 6–3, 6–4, 7–6.

İlhan, in October qualified for the 2009 PTT Thailand Open. He defeated his first round opponent Benjamin Becker 4–6, 7–6, 6–3 but then lost to Jürgen Melzer 4–6, 2–6 in the 2nd Round.

2010[edit]

In the first qualification round of 2010 Australian Open he defeated Canadian Peter Polansky 6–1, 6–2. In the second qualification round he beat British No.2 Alex Bogdanovic with the same score 6–4, 6–4. In the 3rd qualification round Marsel lost 1–2 to German tennis player Dieter Kindlmann after a tough game in which he lost the first set 5–7, won the second easily 6–1 and lost the final set 9–11, in a game that lasted well over 3 hours.

However due to Gilles Simon's injury a spot opened up for an additional player to appear on the main draw. Marsel became the "Lucky Loser" and progressed to the 1st round of Australian Open 2010. Marsel Ilhan proved that he was a worthy "Lucky loser" as he easily defeated former World No. 4 Sébastien Grosjean in 3 sets 6–4, 6–3, 7–5. In the second round Marsel lost to world No. 11 Chilean Fernando González in three sets: 3–6, 4–6, 5–7.

In the first round of Wimbledon 2010 he defeated Brazilian Marcos Daniel 3–2, where he made a superb comeback from 0–2 and eventually won the match. In the second round, he played against current World No. 37 player, Victor Hănescu and lost in four sets: 4–6, 4–6, 6–3 and 3–6.

On 20 September 2010 he won his second ATP Challenger Tournament, in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina on clay by beating Pere Riba in the final 2–0, 6–0, 7–6.[6] In the following Challenger Cup, the 2010 Türk Telecom İzmir Cup, he reached the final and despite losing, his ranking increased to a career-record 96th in the world - the highest ever for a Turkish tennis player.[2]

2011[edit]

He got his highest ATP ranking position (No. 87) as of January 2011. Therefore, he played directly in the maindraw 2011 Australian Open for the first time during a Grand Slam tournament in his professional career. He lost in the first round to world No. 10 Russian Mikhail Youzhny in 3 sets 6–2, 6–3, 7–6.

In the 2011 Indian Wells Masters, he lost against Milos Raonic from Canada in straight sets 6–2 and 7–6. Marsel had participated the second ATP Masters tournament Miami as a qualifier after negative results from the beginning of 2011. However, he reached the second round in Miami again, but in this round he lost to world No. 17 Serbian Viktor Troicki in 2 sets 6–3, 6–3.

In late May, he qualified as a "Lucky Loser" into his first French Open and progressed to the first round. Marsel defeated former World No. 2 Tommy Haas 6–4, 4–6, 7–6, 6–4 in the first round. However, after a gruelling 3h 58m battle with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, he succumbed in five sets 4–6, 6–1, 2–6, 6–4, 11–13.

Career Finals[edit]

Singles (3–9)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP World Tour 500 (0)
ATP World Tour 250 (0)
ATP Challenger Tour (3–9)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1 August 20, 2007 Uzbekistan Karshi Hard Uzbekistan Denis Istomin 1–6, 4–6
Winner 2 July 13, 2008 Israel Israel Open Hard Slovakia Ivo Klec 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 3 May 17, 2009 Turkey Izmir Cup Hard Italy Andrea Stoppini 6–7, 2–6
Winner 4 September 20, 2010 Bosnia and Herzegovina Banja Luka Clay Spain Pere Riba 6–0, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 5 September 26, 2010 Turkey Izmir Cup Hard India Somdev Devvarman 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6 July 10, 2011 Netherlands Scheveningen Clay Belgium Steve Darcis 3–6, 6–4, 2–6
Runner-up 7 September 25, 2011 Turkey Izmir Cup Hard Slovakia Lukáš Lacko 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 8 July 29, 2012 Kazakhstan President's Cup (tennis) Hard Russia Evgeny Donskoy 3–6, 4–6
Winner 9 March 10, 2014 Russia 2014 Kazan Kremlin Cup Hard Germany Michael Berrer 7-6(6), 6–3

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L SR
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A LQ 2R 1R LQ LQ LQ 1–2 0 / 2
French Open A LQ LQ 2R LQ LQ LQ 1–1 0 / 1
Wimbledon LQ LQ 2R LQ LQ A 1R 1–2 0 / 2
US Open LQ 2R LQ 2R LQ LQ 2–2 0 / 2
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 2–2 2–3 0–0 0–0 0–1 5–7 0 / 7
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A 1R LQ A A 0–1 0 / 1
Miami Masters A A 2R 2R LQ A A 2–2 0 / 2
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A A A 0–0 0 / 0
Madrid Masters A A A LQ A A A 0–0 0 / 0
Rome Masters A A A A A A A 0–0 0 / 0
Canada Masters A A A LQ A A 0–0 0 / 0
Cincinnati Masters A A LQ 1R A A 0–1 0 / 1
Shanghai Masters NMS A 1R 1R A LQ 0–2 0 / 2
Paris Masters A A LQ LQ A A 0–0 0 / 0
Hamburg Masters A NMS 0–0 0 / 0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–6 0 / 6
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A Not Held A Not Held 0–0 0 / 0
Career Statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Year End Ranking 215 155 90 111 215 185

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