Rainer Schüttler

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Rainer Schüttler
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Schüttler at the 2009 US Open
Country  Germany
Residence Altstätten, Switzerland
Born (1976-04-25) 25 April 1976 (age 38)
Korbach, West Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 1995
Retired 11 October 2012
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $7,407,508
Singles
Career record 327–337
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 5 (26 April 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (2003)
French Open 4R (2003)
Wimbledon SF (2008)
US Open 4R (2003)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals SF (2003)
Olympic Games 2R (2000, 2008)
Doubles
Career record 124–172
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 40 (11 July 2005)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2004, 2007, 2010)
French Open QF (2007)
Wimbledon QF (2005)
US Open 2R (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Silver medal.svg Silver Medal (2004)
Last updated on: 9 November 2012.
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Germany
Men's tennis
Silver 2004 Athens Doubles

Rainer Schüttler (born 25 April 1976 in Korbach, Hesse) is a retired German professional tennis player. As of 2013, he is the most recent male German player to reach the singles final of a Grand Slam tournament, finishing as runner-up at the 2003 Australian Open. Schüttler also won a Silver medal in doubles at the 2004 Summer Olympics and achieved a career-high ranking of World No. 5 in April 2004.

Personal life[edit]

He began playing tennis at the age of nine. He resides in Switzerland.

Career[edit]

Schüttler at the 2007 US Open

2003[edit]

In 2003, Schüttler became the first German since Boris Becker in 1989 to advance to the fourth round at all Grand Slams. He became the first German to reach a Grand Slam final, at the Australian Open, since Michael Stich was the runner-up at Roland Garros in 1996. En route to the final, which he lost in straight sets to Andre Agassi, he defeated Andy Roddick who would end the season as world no 1.

2004[edit]

In 2004, Schüttler reached his first career ATP Masters Series final in Monte Carlo by beating Gustavo Kuerten in the first round, Lleyton Hewitt in the third round, Tim Henman in the quarter-final and Carlos Moyá in the semi-final. He however lost to Guillermo Coria in the final. That week, he would reach a career high ranking of No. 5. Schüttler won a silver medal for Germany in tennis men's doubles with partner Nicolas Kiefer at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. 2004 was the sixth straight year in, which he finished in the ATP top 50.

2008[edit]

In 2008, Schüttler reached his first career semi-final at Wimbledon by beating Santiago Ventura, James Blake, Guillermo García-López, Janko Tipsarević, and Arnaud Clément 6–3, 5–7, 7–6, 6–7, 8–6. His match with Clément was over 5 hours, completed in two days to reach the semi finals, and in which Schuettler saved a match point at 6–5 down in the fifth set. He was defeated by eventual champion Rafael Nadal 1–6, 6–7, 4–6. His achievement was a big surprise, since he entered the tournament ranked 94th and with a streak of 13 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments without making it past the second round.

2009[edit]

Schüttler started off his 2009 season at the Chennai Open, beating Prakash Amritraj 6–2, 4–6, 6–1. In the second round, he beat Simon Greul 6–4, 6–2, and in the quarter-finals, he defeated Björn Phau 6–2, 7–5. Unfortunately Schuettler had to withdraw from his semifinal match against Somdev Devvarman because of a wrist injury. He also withdrew from the tournament in Sydney. At the Australian Open, he was seeded 30th but lost in the first round to Dudi Sela 1–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–4. He also participated in the doubles with Yen-Hsun Lu, but they were defeated by Łukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach. In the first round in Rotterdam, he lost to Mario Ančić. He played in the Open 13 in Marseille, defeating Laurent Recouderc in the first round 6–1, 6–4.

He competed at the ARAG World Team Cup in Germany, helping his country reach the final, where they lost to Serbia.

In the second round at Wimbledon, though seeded 18th he was upset by Israeli Dudi Sela 7–6, 6–3, 6–2.[1]

2010[edit]

He reached the second round of the 2010 Australian Open defeating Sam Querrey in four sets. However he lost to Feliciano López in four sets, too. At the 2010 French Open he again suffered a first round exit. This time against Guillermo García-López of Spain in straight sets. He reached the semifinal of the 2010 Aegon Championships at the Queens Club in London. He lost to Sam Querrey in three sets 7–6, 5–7, 3–6. Despite his good form he was defeated by Denis Istomin in the second round of Wimbledon in five sets. At the quarterfinal of the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles Schüttler could not manage to close out the match against Sam Querrey despite serving for it at 5–4 and 6–5 in the deciding set. He was knocked out in the first round of the 2010 US Open after losing to Benoît Paire. At the PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok Schüttler beat Ricardo Mello in round one for a second round berth against Ernests Gulbis. He lost 6–7, 7–6, 4–6 in a close match. In 2010 Schüttler and his former Davis Cup companion Alexander Waske founded the Schüttler Waske Tennis-University, a tennis academy for professional tennis players.

2011[edit]

Schüttler started the tour at the 2011 Qatar ExxonMobil Open where he confronted Teymuraz Gabashvili in the singles, but lost 3–5, 6–7. He also played doubles with Guillermo García-López confronting Marco Chiudinelli and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, to whom they lost 1–6 2–6.

At the 2011 Australian Open, he played ninth seed Fernando Verdasco in the first round, but lost 1–6, 3–6, 2–6. He then played several Challenger series tournaments.

At Wimbledon, he defeated Thomaz Bellucci in the first round, but lost to Feliciano López in the second 6–7, 7–6, 2–6, 2–6.

Retirement[edit]

Schüttler retired in October 2012 and now coaches Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2003 Australian Open Hard United States Andre Agassi 2–6, 2–6, 1–6

Olympic finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 silver medal)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Silver 2004 Athens Olympics Hard Germany Nicolas Kiefer Chile Fernando González
Chile Nicolás Massú
2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–7(7–9), 4–6

Masters Series finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2004 Monte Carlo Clay Argentina Guillermo Coria 2–6, 1–6, 3–6

Career finals[edit]

Singles: 12 (4–8)[edit]

Wins (4)
Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP International Series Gold (1)
ATP Tour (3)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 4 January 1999 Doha, Qatar Hard United Kingdom Tim Henman 6–4, 5–7, 6–1
2. 17 September 2001 Shanghai, China Hard Switzerland Michel Kratochvil 6–3, 6–4
3. 29 September 2003 Tokyo, Japan Hard France Sébastien Grosjean 7–6(7–5), 6–2
4. 6 October 2003 Lyon, France Carpet (i) France Arnaud Clément 7–5, 6–3
Runners-up (8)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 5 April 1999 Chennai, India Hard Zimbabwe Byron Black 4–6, 6–1, 3–6
2. 3 January 2000 Doha, Qatar Hard France Fabrice Santoro 6–3, 5–7, 0–3 ret.
3. 24 September 2001 Hong Kong, China Hard Chile Marcelo Ríos 6–7(3–7), 2–6
4. 22 October 2001 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Russia Marat Safin 6–3, 3–6, 3–6
5. 29 April 2002 Munich, Germany Clay Morocco Younes El Aynaoui 4–6, 4–6
6. 13 January 2003 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard United States Andre Agassi 2–6, 2–6, 1–6
7. 8 September 2003 Costa do Sauipe, Brazil Hard Netherlands Sjeng Schalken 2–6, 4–6
8. 19 April 2004 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Argentina Guillermo Coria 2–6, 1–6, 3–6

Doubles: 7 (4–3)[edit]

Wins (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
1. 16 July 2001 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Argentina Guillermo Cañas Australia Michael Hill
United States Jeff Tarango
4–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–4
2. 3 January 2005 Chennai, India Hard Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-hsun India Mahesh Bhupathi
Sweden Jonas Björkman
7–5, 4–6, 7–6(7–4)
3. 14 April 2008 Houston, United States Clay Latvia Ernests Gulbis Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
Spain Marcel Granollers Pujol
7–5, 7–6(7–3)
4. 4 May 2008 Munich, Germany Clay Germany Michael Berrer United States Scott Lipsky
United States David Martin
7–5, 3–6, [10–8]
Runners-up (3)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 20 October 2003 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Germany Michael Kohlmann Austria Julian Knowle
Serbia and Montenegro Nenad Zimonjić
6–7(1–7), 3–6
2. 15 August 2004 Summer Olympics, Athens, Greece Hard Germany Nicolas Kiefer Chile Fernando González
Chile Nicolás Massú
2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–7(7–9), 4–6
3. 4 July 2005 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Germany Michael Kohlmann Czech Republic František Čermák
Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
6–7(6–8), 6–7(11–13)

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 W–L
Australian Open LQ LQ LQ 1R 2R 4R 3R F 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R LQ 14–13
French Open LQ LQ 1R 1R 1R 2R 4R 1R 1R 1R LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R 4–12
Wimbledon LQ LQ 1R 2R 3R 2R 3R 4R 3R 1R 1R SF 2R 2R 2R 19–13
US Open LQ LQ 1R 3R 2R 1R 4R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 7–12
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–4 5–4 5–4 5–4 15–4 2–4 2–4 0–4 0–2 6–4 1–4 2–4 0–3 0–0 44–50
Indian Wells Masters 1R QF SF 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 11–11
Miami Masters LQ LQ 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R LQ LQ 1R 3R 1R 2R 5–11
Monte Carlo Masters 1R 1R 1R 2R F 1R 1R 6–7
Rome Masters LQ 1R 1R QF 1R 1R 3–5
Madrid Masters LQ LQ 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 0–5
Canada Masters 1R 1R SF 1R 2R 5–5
Cincinnati Masters 3R QF SF 1R LQ 9–4
Shanghai Masters Not ATP Masters Series 3R 2–1
Paris Masters 1R 1R QF 1R 1R 2–5
Hamburg Masters LQ LQ LQ 3R 2R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R NMS 7–10
Summer Olympics NH Not Held 2R Not Held 1R Not Held 2R Not Held 2–3
Titles 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Year-end ranking 446 332 117 109 47 45 43 33 6 42 88 97 99 33 85 84 132 855

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Paradorn Srichaphan
ATP Most Improved Player
2003
Succeeded by
Joachim Johansson
Preceded by
Igor Andreev
ATP Comeback Player of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Marco Chiudinelli