Andrey Kuznetsov (tennis)
Kuznetsov playing at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships
|Residence||Balashikha, Moscow Oblast, Russia|
22 February 1991 |
Tula, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||49–62 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draws, and in Davis Cup)|
7 Challengers, 7 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 39 (25 April 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 44 (1 August 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2016)|
|French Open||3R (2015)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2014, 2016)|
|US Open||3R (2014)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2016)|
|Career record||8–13 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draws, and in Davis Cup)|
6 Challengers, 3 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 161 (13 May 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 299 (27 June 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||1R (2016)|
|Last updated on: 18 July 2016.|
|2013 Kazan||Mixed doubles|
Kuznetsov won the Boys' Singles title at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships. On 25 April 2016, he achieved his singles career-high of world No. 39.
- 1 Career
- 2 Playing style
- 3 ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finals
- 4 Singles performance timeline
- 5 Davis Cup
- 6 Wins over top 10 players
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Andrey Kuznestov started playing tennis at age six, coached by his father Alexander. In 2001, his family moved to Balashikha, attending the sports club there. His father resumed coaching Andrey and his elder brother Alexey.
According to some mass media reports, Andrey allegedly had problems with his back since his childhood, so he attended manual therapies. But Andrey's coach and father declined it, stating he had problems with his hip and the therapy could be described as tough fitness.
2006–09: Grand Slam Junior title
Kuznetsov played his first ITF junior tournament at the 2006 Black Gold of Udmurtia, but received a walkover in the qualifying round. His first notable achievement was at the Governor Cup in Naberaznaya Martynova, reaching the semi-finals there. He reached his first final at the NBU Cup in Uzbekistan. Most of the tournaments were on a clay court, but in 2007 he played on carpet and hard. In this season he reached three finals in singles, winning once, and three doubles finals in doubles, winning twice. His best season was in 2008, when he won three singles titles and played well in doubles. Andrey's last junior tournament became the 2009 Wimbledon, winning his first Grand Slam title. For the first time in 43 years a Russian won the Wimbledon since Soviet Vladimir Korotkov achieved that feat in 1965 and 1966.
As a junior Kuznetsov posted an 80–24 win/loss record in singles, reaching a combined ranking of No. 3 in the world in July 2009.
2010–15: Top 100 and unsteadiness
He made his first main draw Grand Slam appearance at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships where he lost in five sets to seeded Romanian Victor Hănescu. He defeated the 11th seed of the 2013 Australian Open, Juan Mónaco in straight sets in the first round to reach the second round of a grand slam for the first time.
At Wimbledon in 2014, Kuznetsov recorded his first win over a player ranked inside the world's top ten by defeating seventh seed David Ferrer in five sets. The win also took Kuznetsov to the third round of a grand slam for the first time. Later that year, in the US Open, he defeated Fernando Verdasco in the second round, but lost to Andy Murray in the third round.
2016: Russia's Number One
Andrey debuted in 2016 at the Qatar Open, losing in the quarterfinals to Rafael Nadal in three tight sets. At the 2016 Australian Open, he got his best ever result in a grand slam, beating Dudi Sela to make it to the fourth round. In the following tournaments he successfully got beyond the first rounds. Reaching the second round of the Miami Open, Kuznetsov became Russia's new number one male tennis player, replacing Teymuraz Gabashvili, who lost in Miami in the first round. Kuznetsov in the second round confidently defeated 4th-seeded Stan Wawrinka, the second time he won against a top-10 player. He then proceeded to beat Adrian Mannarino in the third round 2–6 7–5 6–0.
Kuznetsov is an aggressive baseliner. He likes to hit it very hard and especially cross-court. While his forehand used to be somewhat of a weakness, it has now developed into a competent shot which he can use as a weapon. On the other hand, his main weakness is his second serve.
ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finals
Singles: 21 (14–7)
|Runner-up||1.||29 March 2009||6th of October City, Egypt||Clay||Reda El Amrani||6–1, 1–6, 1–6|
|Winner||2.||14 June 2009||Mestre, Italy||Clay||Matteo Viola||3–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|Winner||3.||16 August 2009||Moscow, Russia||Clay||Jonathan Eysseric||6–4, 6–4|
|Winner||4.||10 October 2009||Astana, Kazakhstan||Hard||Andrey Kumantsov||6–2, 4–6, 6–2|
|Winner||5.||27 March 2010||Almaty, Kazakhstan||Hard (i)||Alexander Peya||6–3, 7–6(7–1)|
|Runner-up||6.||4 July 2010||Kassel, Germany||Clay||Farrukh Dustov||4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||7.||24 July 2010||Poznań, Poland||Clay||Denis Gremelmayr||1–6, 2–6|
|Winner||8.||11 September 2011||Oviedo, Spain||Clay||Taro Daniel||7–5, 6–1|
|Runner-up||9.||2 October 2011||Umag, Croatia||Clay||Dušan Lajović||4–6, 6–0, 5–7|
|Winner||10.||29 January 2012||Cairo, Egypt||Clay||Laurent Recouderc||6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||11.||5 February 2012||Cairo, Egypt||Clay||Pavol Červenák||6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||12.||29 April 2012||Naples, Italy||Clay||Jonathan Dasnières de Veigy||7–6(8–6), 7–6(8–6)|
|Winner||13.||16 September 2012||Todi, Italy||Clay||Paolo Lorenzi||6–3, 2–0 ret.|
|Winner||14.||23 September 2012||Trnava, Slovakia||Clay||Adrian Ungur||6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||15.||30 September 2012||Lermontov, Russia||Clay||Farrukh Dustov||6–7(7–9), 6–2, 6–2|
|Runner-up||16.||24 November 2013||Tyumen, Russia||Hard||Andrey Golubev||4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||17.||4 May 2014||Ostrava, Czech Republic||Clay||Miloslav Mečíř||2–6, 6–3, 6–0|
|Runner-up||18.||17 August 2014||Meerbusch, Germany||Clay||Jozef Kovalík||1–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||19.||26 July 2015||Scheveningen, Netherlands||Clay||Nikoloz Basilashvili||7–6(7–3), 6–7(4–7), 3–6|
|Winner||20.||30 August 2015||Manerbio, Italy||Clay||Daniel Muñoz de la Nava||6–4, 3–6, 6–1|
|Winner||21.||6 September 2015||Como, Italy||Clay||Daniel Brands||6–3, 6–3|
Doubles: 18 (9–9)
|Winner||1.||5 April 2009||Suiz, Egypt||Clay||Robert Varga|| Radu Albot
|Winner||2.||10 May 2009||Teplice, Czech Republic||Clay||Mateusz Kowalczyk|| Michal Tabara
|4–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–8]|
|Runner-up||3.||6 December 2009||Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia||Hard||Evgeny Kirillov|| Marcel Granollers
|Winner||4.||17 April 2010||Vercelli, Italy||Clay||Ilya Belyaev|| Juan-Martin Aranguren
|Runner-up||5.||4 July 2010||Kassel, Germany||Clay||Denis Matsukevitch|| Ivo Klec
|1–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–12]|
|Runner-up||6.||31 July 2011||Dortmund, Germany||Clay||Teymuraz Gabashvili|| Dominik Meffert
|Runner-up||7.||13 August 2011||Samarkand, Uzbekistan||Clay||Radu Albot|| Mikhail Elgin
|6–7(4–7), 6–2, [7–10]|
|Runner-up||8.||21 August 2011||Moscow, Russia||Clay||Deniss Pavlovs|| Mikhail Fufygin
|4–6, 7–6(14–12), [8–10]|
|Runner-up||9.||13 January 2012||Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Stanislav Vovk|| Andis Juska
|Runner-up||10.||3 March 2012||Casablanca, Morocco||Clay||Evgeny Donskoy|| Walter Trusendi
|6–1, 6–7(5–7), [3–10]|
|Winner||11.||6 June 2012||Nottingham, Great Britain||Grass||Evgeny Donskoy|| Olivier Charroin
|Runner-up||12.||29 July 2012||Oberstaufen, Germany||Clay||Jose Statham|| Andrei Daescu
|Winner||13.||18 November 2012||Marbella, Spain||Clay||Javier Marti|| Emilio Benfele-Alvarez
|Winner||14.||4 May 2014||Ostrava, Czech Republic||Clay||Adrian Menendez-Maceiras|| Alessandro Motti
|4–6, 6–3, [10–8]|
|Winner||15.||10 August 2014||Prague, Czech Republic||Clay||Toni Androic|| Roberto Maytin
|Winner||16.||5 January 2015||Happy Valley, Australia||Hard||Aleksandr Nedovyesov|| Alex Bolt
|Runner-up||17.||27 July 2015||Scheveningen, Netherlands||Clay||Aslan Karatsev|| Ariel Behar
|Winner||18.||19 September 2015||Istanbul, Turkey||Hard||Aleksandr Nedovyesov|| Aleksandre Metreveli
|6–2, 5–7, [10–8]|
Singles performance timeline
Current through the 2016 Summer Olympics.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||Q1||A||2R||A||2R||4R||0 / 3||5–3|
|French Open||A||Q3||1R||1R||Q3||3R||2R||0 / 4||3–4|
|Wimbledon||1R||Q2||1R||2R||3R||Q2||3R||0 / 5||5–5|
|US Open||A||A||A||1R||3R||A||0 / 2||2–2|
|Win–loss||0–1||0–0||0–2||2–4||4–2||3–2||6–3||0 / 14||15–14|
|ATP World Tour Finals||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||1R||Q1||A||3R||0 / 2||2–2|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||1R||A||A||4R||0 / 2||3–2|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||0 / 1||0–2|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||2R||A||Q1||A||0 / 1||1–1|
|Madrid Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||0 / 1||1–1|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Shanghai Masters||A||A||A||A||A||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|Paris Masters||A||A||Q1||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||1–3||0–0||0–2||5–2||0 / 7||6–7|
|Summer Olympics||NH||A||NH||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|Davis Cup||A||A||A||Z1||Z1||PO||0 / 3||5–0|
|Hard Win–Loss||0–2||0–1||0–2||0–4||2–2||3–4||9–5||0 / 20||14–20|
|Grass Win–Loss||2–1||0–0||0–0||1–2||0–2||0–0||2–1||0 / 6||5–6|
|Clay Win–Loss||0–0||2–3||2–1||5–10||2–2||2–6||4–3||0 / 25||17–25|
|Overall Win–Loss||2–3||2–4||2–3||6–16||4–6||5–10||15–9||0 / 64||53–64|
|Year-end Ranking||231||222||78||134||92||79||$ 1,516,879|
- indicates the outcome of the Davis Cup match followed by the score, date, place of event, the zonal classification and its phase, and the court surface.
|Rubber outcome||No.||Rubber||Match type (partner if any)||Opponent nation||Opponent player(s)||Score|
|5–0; 25–27 October 2013; Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia; Europe/Africa Second round play-off; Hard(i) surface|
|Victory||1||III||Doubles (with Konstantin Kravchuk)||South Africa||Raven Klaasen / Tucker Vorster||2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4), 6–2|
|Victory||2||IV||Singles (Dead rubber)||Dennis O'Brien||6–2, 6–3|
|4–1; 12–14 September 2014; Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia; Europe/Africa Second round play-off; Hard(i) surface|
|Victory||3||I||Singles||Portugal||Gastão Elias||6–2, 6–4, 6–4|
|4–1; 6–8 March 2015; Sport Complex Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg, Novy Urengoy, Russia; Europe/Africa First round; Hard(i) surface|
|Victory||4||IV||Singles||Denmark||Frederik Nielsen||7–5, 6–3, 6–2|
|5–0; 4–6 March 2016; Kazan Tennis Academy, Kazan, Russia; Europe/Africa First round; Hard(i) surface|
|Victory||5||I||Singles||Sweden||Isak Arvidsson||4–6, 6–1, 6–1, 6–4|
Wins over top 10 players
|1.||David Ferrer||7||Wimbledon Championships, London, Great Britain||Grass||2R||6–7(5–7), 6–0, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2||118|
|2.||Stan Wawrinka||4||Miami Open, Miami, United States||Hard||3R||6–4, 6–3||51|
- Wimbledon report – Boys singles final
- Inna Varyukhina (27 May 2014). "Они начинают... Екатерина Косминская и Андрей Кузнецов" [They begin... Ekaterina Kosminskaya and Andrey Kuznetsov] (in Russian). korch.com.ru. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
- Maria Vorobyova, Andrey Simonenko (16 September 2014). "Андрей Кузнецов: теперь и со звездами выхожу играть на победу" [Andrey Kuznetsov: Now I go for a win against stars] (in Russian). R-Sport. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
- Nikolay Mysin (2 October 2012). "Тульский пряник. Как 21‑летний Андрей Кузнецов из Тулы стал третьей ракеткой России" [Tula Gingerbread. How 21-years old Andrey Kuznetsov from Tula became the third Russian racket] (in Russian). Sovetsky Sport. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
- Anna Kozina (7 July 2009). ""Большой шлем" к лицу Андрюше" ["Grand Slam" suits Andrey] (in Russian). Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
- "Kuznetsov dumps Ferrer out". SportingLife. 25 June 2014.
- "Андрей Кузнецов станет первой ракеткой России после «Мастерса» в Майами" [Andrey Kuznetsov becomes number-one racket of Russia after the Miami Masters] (in Russian). Eurosport. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
- Greg Baum (15 January 2016). "Australian Open 2016: Well, look who's still here". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
- Hannah Wilks (6 January 2016). "Rafael Nadal vs Andrey Kuznetsov ATP Doha tennis live: Nadal targets return to Qatar Open semifinals". livetennis.com. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
- Live Tennis Staff (21 January 2015). "Novak Djokovic Australian Open 2015 second round – Faces Andrey Kuznetsov as he hopes flu bug has gone". livetennis.com. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
- Joely Cook (28 May 2015). "French Open: Nadal – Almagro Second Round Recap". Vavel. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
- Patrick Mouratoglou (13 July 2011). "The young guns set to challenge big four". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 29 March 2016.