11 July 1989 |
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 24 (27 April 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 24 (27 April 2015)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2014)|
|French Open||3R (2014)|
|US Open||4R (2012)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2012)|
|Highest ranking||No. 75 (27 April 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 75 (27 April 2015)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2013)|
|French Open||1R (2013)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2012, 2013)|
|US Open||1R (2012, 2013)|
|Last updated on: 26 April 2015.|
Martin Kližan (born 11 July 1989) is a Slovak professional tennis player. Winner of the boys' singles title at the French Open in 2006, Kližan turned pro in 2007 and has a career-high singles ranking of world no. 24, achieved in April 2015.
- 1 Career
- 2 ATP career finals
- 3 Challenger career finals
- 4 Singles performance timeline
- 5 Doubles performance timeline
- 6 Wins over top-10 players per season
- 7 References
- 8 External links
In 2005, he won the European Junior Championship in the under-16 category, in both singles and doubles. In doubles, his partner was another Slovak player Andrej Martin. Kližan then went on to win the 2006 French Open boys' singles competition.
As a junior, Kližan posted a 54–21 win/loss record in singles (58–18 in doubles) and reached the no. 1 combined world ranking in 2007.
Junior Slam results – Singles:
|Junior Grand Slam Tournaments|
2007–11: Start of pro career
In 2007, Kližan turned pro.
In 2010, Kližan qualified for the US Open. In his first main-draw Grand Slam tournament appearance, he lost to former world no. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the first round. Later in the year Kližan won his first Challenger tournament as a wildcard in his hometown of Bratislava at the Slovak Open.
2012: Challenger success and breakthrough
In 2012, Kližan made it to five Challenger tour finals, winning four, in the space of just two months between March and May. He made it to the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career at the 2012 French Open, before succumbing to Nicolas Mahut in four sets, despite taking the first. These results propelled him into the top 100 of the rankings for the first time in his career. He also reached the semifinals in Kitzbuhel. In his Wimbledon, debut he defeated Juan Ignacio Chela 11-9 in the fifth set in the first round.
At the 2012 US Open, Kližan advanced to the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career, upsetting fifth seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round in four sets. Prior to the upset, Klizan had never beaten a player ranked higher than 49th on the ATP Tour. He beat Jérémy Chardy in straight sets to reach the fourth round, then lost to Marin Čilić. He then won two Davis Cup matches against Portuguese João Sousa and Gastão Elias.
Kližan continued his good form two weeks after the US Open by winning his first ATP tournament, beating Fabio Fognini in the final of the 2012 St. Petersburg Open. Due to this result he finished the year as World No. 30. At the end of the previous year he was no. 117.
2013: Best ranking and downfall
In 2013, considering the past season, Klizan was expected to reach at least the top 20. However, with his inconsistent nature, Klizan alternated good results with very bad ones. After first-round losses at the start of the season, he reached the quarterfinals in Rotterdam. Due to this result, he reached his career-high singles ranking of world no. 26.
He went on with poor results until the semifinals in Casablanca. At the 2013 French Open, he lost in the second round against eventual champion Rafael Nadal, despite winning the first set. Subsequently he took part of a Challenger tournament in Caltanissetta, Italy, where Klizan suffered a shocking loss from non-ranked player Pablo Carreno Busta at the first round. Afterwards Klizan returned to the main tour and after reaching the quarterfinals in Umag and winning the first round match in Montreal against Thomaz Bellucci, lost in every first round of every tournament, peaking at the 2013 US Open, where he lost 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 to Donald Young. He didn't play for six weeks due to a wrist injury and withdrew from Saint Petersburg where he was the defending champion.
2014: Return to form
Klizan started the year with a first round loss at the Nouméa, New Caledonia Challenger to World No. 258 Kimmer Coppejans. After such a negative start, he found a very good form at the subsequent Australian Open. As a lucky loser, starting from the qualifications, he reached the third round, his best result in Australia, but lost to another lucky loser: Stephane Robert.
He continued his good form at the 500 tournament of 2014 Rio de Janeiro. Starting again from the qualification, he reached the second round. This result made Klizan return in the top 100 of the ranking, at World No. 97. In São Paulo Kližan reached quarterfinals, where he lost to semifinalist Thomaz Bellucci.
Starting again from the qualifications, Klizan surprisingly won the Munich Open, beating Mikhail Youzhny and Tommy Haas en route to the final, where he defeated top seeded Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. It was the second final and second title in Klizan's main circuit career. He won both titles beating Fognini in the final. At the Roland Garros Klizan made his best result to date in the French slam. He reached the third round after defeating World no. 11 Kei Nishikori in straight sets and Robin Haase.
At the beginning of the grass season he reached the quarterfinals where he was beaten by Richard Gasquet in Eastbourne. At Wimbledon he was ranked no. 51, and lost in the first round in 4 sets to the former champion Rafael Nadal. At the Beijing Open Klizan reversed the tables on Nadal in a shock 6-7 6-4 6-3 victory bringing him to a semi-final against Berdych.
He played two singles matches and also a doubles match in the Davis Cup tie against Slovenia. Slovakia won 5-0. Originally the Slovak nomination was announced without Kližan, but he later changed his decision and decided to play in the Davis Cup match.
ATP career finals
Singles: 3 (3 titles)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Winner||1.||23 September 2012||St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, Russia||Hard (i)||Fabio Fognini||6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||2.||4 May 2014||BMW Open, Munich, Germany||Clay||Fabio Fognini||2–6, 6–1, 6–2|
|Winner||3.||12 April 2015||Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco||Clay||Daniel Gimeno-Traver||6–2, 6–2|
Doubles: 3 (3 titles)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Winner||1.||27 July 2013||ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag, Umag, Croatia||Clay||David Marrero|| Nicholas Monroe
|6–1, 5–7, [10–7]|
|Winner||2.||24 May 2014||Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, Nice, France||Clay||Philipp Oswald|| Rohan Bopanna
|Winner||3.||21 February 2015||Rio Open, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Clay||Philipp Oswald|| Pablo Andújar
Challenger career finals
Singles: 9 (6–3)
|Winner||1.||21 November 2010||Bratislava, Slovakia||Hard||Stefan Koubek||7–6(7–4), 6–2|
|Runner-up||1.||17 April 2011||Rome, Italy||Clay||Thomas Schoorel||5–7, 6–1, 3–6|
|Runner-up||2.||14 August 2011||City of San Marino, San Marino||Clay||Potito Starace||1–6, 0–3, ret.|
|Winner||2.||11 September 2011||Genoa, Italy||Clay||Leonardo Mayer||6–3, 6–1|
|Winner||3.||17 March 2012||Rabat, Morocco||Clay||Filippo Volandri||6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||4.||24 March 2012||Marrakech, Morocco||Clay||Adrian Ungur||3–6, 6–3, 6–0|
|Runner-up||3.||13 May 2012||Prague, Czech Republic||Clay||Horacio Zeballos||6–1, 4–6, 6–7(6–8)|
|Winner||5.||20 May 2012||Bordeaux, France||Clay||Teymuraz Gabashvili||7–5, 6–3|
|Winner||6.||12 August 2012||City of San Marino, San Marino||Clay||Simone Bolelli||6–3, 6–1|
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Year End Ranking||395||606||234||155||117||30||110||34|
Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
Wins over top-10 players per season
|1.||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||6||US Open, New York, United States||Hard||2R||6–4, 1–6, 6–1, 6–3||52|
|2.||Kei Nishikori||10||French Open, Paris, France||Clay||1R||7–6(7–4), 6–1, 6–2||59|
|3.||Rafael Nadal||2||Beijing, China||Hard||QF||6–7(7–9), 6–4, 6–3||56|
- ITF Juniors Profile
- "ATP 2010 stats". Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- "Jo-Wilfried Tsonga upset at Open". Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- "Rebríček ATP vedie Nadal, Kližan je opäť v prvej stovke" (in Slovak). Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- "Klizan Beats Fognini to Win BMW Open Final". Retrieved 4 May 2014.
- "Rafael Nadal crashes to defeat against Martin Klizan in the China Open". Retrieved 3 October 2014.
- "Kližan sa rozhodol, proti Slovincom nakoniec bude hrať". SME (in Slovak). Retrieved 12 April 2015.
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