Andrey Kuznetsov (tennis)

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Andrey Kuznetsov
Андре́й Кузнецо́в
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Kuznetsov playing at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships
Country (sports)  Russia
Residence Balashikha, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Born (1991-02-22) 22 February 1991 (age 25)
Tula, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2009
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,484,853
Singles
Career record 49–62 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draws, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
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)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2016)
Doubles
Career record 8–13 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draws, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
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)
Wimbledon 1R (2013)
Last updated on: 18 July 2016.
Andrey Kuznetsov
Medal record
Representing  Russia
Tennis
Universiade
Gold medal – first place 2013 Kazan Mixed doubles

Andrey Alexandrovich Kuznetsov (Russian: Андре́й Алекса́ндрович Кузнецо́в, born 22 February 1991) is a professional Russian tennis player.

Kuznetsov won the Boys' Singles title at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships.[1] On 25 April 2016, he achieved his singles career-high of world No. 39.

Career[edit]

Early life[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3][4]

2006–09: Grand Slam Junior title[edit]

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.[5]

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[edit]

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.[6] Later that year, in the US Open, he defeated Fernando Verdasco in the second round, but lost to Andy Murray in the third round.

At the 2015 Australian Open, he got into the second round, but lost to Novak Djokovic.

2016: Russia's Number One[edit]

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.[7] 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.

Playing style[edit]

Kuznetsov is an aggressive baseliner.[8][9] He likes to hit it very hard and especially cross-court.[10] 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.[11]

Patrick Mouratoglou in 2011 noted his flat shots, nice serve and volley play and a great forehand, but also felt his shot placement and movement should be improved.[12]

ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finals[edit]

Singles: 21 (14–7)[edit]

Legend
Challengers (7–4)
Futures (7–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 29 March 2009 6th of October City, Egypt Clay Morocco Reda El Amrani 6–1, 1–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 14 June 2009 Mestre, Italy Clay Italy Matteo Viola 3–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 3. 16 August 2009 Moscow, Russia Clay France Jonathan Eysseric 6–4, 6–4
Winner 4. 10 October 2009 Astana, Kazakhstan Hard Russia Andrey Kumantsov 6–2, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 5. 27 March 2010 Almaty, Kazakhstan Hard (i) Austria Alexander Peya 6–3, 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 6. 4 July 2010 Kassel, Germany Clay Uzbekistan Farrukh Dustov 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 24 July 2010 Poznań, Poland Clay Germany Denis Gremelmayr 1–6, 2–6
Winner 8. 11 September 2011 Oviedo, Spain Clay Japan Taro Daniel 7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 2 October 2011 Umag, Croatia Clay Serbia Dušan Lajović 4–6, 6–0, 5–7
Winner 10. 29 January 2012 Cairo, Egypt Clay France Laurent Recouderc 6–4, 6–3
Winner 11. 5 February 2012 Cairo, Egypt Clay Slovakia Pavol Červenák 6–3, 6–3
Winner 12. 29 April 2012 Naples, Italy Clay France Jonathan Dasnières de Veigy 7–6(8–6), 7–6(8–6)
Winner 13. 16 September 2012 Todi, Italy Clay Italy Paolo Lorenzi 6–3, 2–0 ret.
Winner 14. 23 September 2012 Trnava, Slovakia Clay Romania Adrian Ungur 6–3, 6–3
Winner 15. 30 September 2012 Lermontov, Russia Clay Uzbekistan Farrukh Dustov 6–7(7–9), 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 16. 24 November 2013 Tyumen, Russia Hard Kazakhstan Andrey Golubev 4–6, 3–6
Winner 17. 4 May 2014 Ostrava, Czech Republic Clay Slovakia Miloslav Mečíř 2–6, 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 18. 17 August 2014 Meerbusch, Germany Clay Slovakia Jozef Kovalík 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 19. 26 July 2015 Scheveningen, Netherlands Clay Georgia (country) Nikoloz Basilashvili 7–6(7–3), 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Winner 20. 30 August 2015 Manerbio, Italy Clay Spain Daniel Muñoz de la Nava 6–4, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 21. 6 September 2015 Como, Italy Clay Germany Daniel Brands 6–3, 6–3

Doubles: 18 (9–9)[edit]

Legend
Challengers (6–6)
Futures (3–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 5 April 2009 Suiz, Egypt Clay Hungary Robert Varga Moldova Radu Albot
Romania Teodor-Dacian Craciun
6–2, 6–4
Winner 2. 10 May 2009 Teplice, Czech Republic Clay Poland Mateusz Kowalczyk Czech Republic Michal Tabara
Czech Republic Roman Vogeli
4–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–8]
Runner-up 3. 6 December 2009 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia Hard Russia Evgeny Kirillov Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Gerard Granollers-Pujol
3–6, 2–6
Winner 4. 17 April 2010 Vercelli, Italy Clay Russia Ilya Belyaev Argentina Juan-Martin Aranguren
Argentina Alejandro Fabbri
6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Runner-up 5. 4 July 2010 Kassel, Germany Clay Russia Denis Matsukevitch Slovakia Ivo Klec
Germany Alexander Satschko
1–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–12]
Runner-up 6. 31 July 2011 Dortmund, Germany Clay Russia Teymuraz Gabashvili Germany Dominik Meffert
Germany Bjorn Phau
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 13 August 2011 Samarkand, Uzbekistan Clay Moldova Radu Albot Russia Mikhail Elgin
Russia Alexander Kudryavtsev
6–7(4–7), 6–2, [7–10]
Runner-up 8. 21 August 2011 Moscow, Russia Clay Latvia Deniss Pavlovs Russia Mikhail Fufygin
Russia Sergei Krotiouk
4–6, 7–6(14–12), [8–10]
Runner-up 9. 13 January 2012 Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Russia Stanislav Vovk Latvia Andis Juska
Latvia Deniss Pavlovs
6–7(1–7), 3–6
Runner-up 10. 3 March 2012 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Russia Evgeny Donskoy Italy Walter Trusendi
Italy Matteo Viola
6–1, 6–7(5–7), [3–10]
Winner 11. 6 June 2012 Nottingham, Great Britain Grass Russia Evgeny Donskoy France Olivier Charroin
Austria Martin Fischer
4–6, 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 12. 29 July 2012 Oberstaufen, Germany Clay New Zealand Jose Statham Romania Andrei Daescu
Romania Florin Mergea
6–7(4–7), 6–7(1–7)
Winner 13. 18 November 2012 Marbella, Spain Clay Spain Javier Marti Spain Emilio Benfele-Alvarez
Italy Adelchi Virgili
6–3, 6–3
Winner 14. 4 May 2014 Ostrava, Czech Republic Clay Spain Adrian Menendez-Maceiras Italy Alessandro Motti
Italy Matteo Viola
4–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Winner 15. 10 August 2014 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Croatia Toni Androic Venezuela Roberto Maytin
Mexico Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela
7–5, 7–5
Winner 16. 5 January 2015 Happy Valley, Australia Hard Kazakhstan Aleksandr Nedovyesov Australia Alex Bolt
Australia Andrew Whittington
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 17. 27 July 2015 Scheveningen, Netherlands Clay Russia Aslan Karatsev Uruguay Ariel Behar
Brazil Eduardo Dischinger
0–0, ret.
Winner 18. 19 September 2015 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Kazakhstan Aleksandr Nedovyesov Georgia (country) Aleksandre Metreveli
Russia Anton Zaitsev
6–2, 5–7, [10–8]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won tournament; reached (F) final, (SF) semifinal, (QF) quarterfinal; (R#) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a (RR) round-robin stage; reached a (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent from tournament; played in a (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; won a (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or (NH) tournament not held.
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 through the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Tournament/Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L
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
Year-End Championships
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
National representation
Summer Olympics NH A NH 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Davis Cup A A A Z1 Z1 PO 0 / 3 5–0
Career statistics
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L
Tournaments 3 6 6 15 10 12 9 61
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finals Reached 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
Win % 40% 33% 40% 27% 40% 33% 63% 45%
Year-end Ranking 231 222 78 134 92 79 $ 1,516,879

Davis Cup[edit]

Participations: (5–0)[edit]

Group membership
World Group (0–0)
WG Play-off (0–0)
Group I (5–0)
Group II (0–0)
Group III (0–0)
Group IV (0–0)
Matches by Surface
Hard (5–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Matches by Type
Singles (4–0)
Doubles (1–0)
Rubber outcome No. Rubber Match type (partner if any) Opponent nation Opponent player(s) Score
Increase5–0; 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 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
Increase4–1; 12–14 September 2014; Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia; Europe/Africa Second round play-off; Hard(i) surface
Victory 3 I Singles Portugal Portugal Gastão Elias 6–2, 6–4, 6–4
Increase4–1; 6–8 March 2015; Sport Complex Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg, Novy Urengoy, Russia; Europe/Africa First round; Hard(i) surface
Victory 4 IV Singles Denmark Denmark Frederik Nielsen 7–5, 6–3, 6–2
Increase5–0; 4–6 March 2016; Kazan Tennis Academy, Kazan, Russia; Europe/Africa First round; Hard(i) surface
Victory 5 I Singles Sweden Sweden Isak Arvidsson 4–6, 6–1, 6–1, 6–4

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score Kuznetsov Rank
2014
1. Spain David Ferrer 7 Wimbledon Championships, London, Great Britain Grass 2R 6–7(5–7), 6–0, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2 118
2016
2. Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 4 Miami Open, Miami, United States Hard 3R 6–4, 6–3 51

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wimbledon report – Boys singles final
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Anna Kozina (7 July 2009). ""Большой шлем" к лицу Андрюше" ["Grand Slam" suits Andrey] (in Russian). Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Kuznetsov dumps Ferrer out". SportingLife. 25 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ Greg Baum (15 January 2016). "Australian Open 2016: Well, look who's still here". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Joely Cook (28 May 2015). "French Open: Nadal – Almagro Second Round Recap". Vavel. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  12. ^ Patrick Mouratoglou (13 July 2011). "The young guns set to challenge big four". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 

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