Florian Mayer

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Not to be confused with Florian Meyer.
Florian Mayer
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Country (sports)  Germany
Residence Bayreuth, Germany
Born (1983-10-05) 5 October 1983 (age 32)
Bayreuth, West Germany
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 2001
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Tobias Summerer (2009–present)[1]
Prize money US$ 6,044,513
Singles
Career record 228–223
Career titles 2
11 Challengers
Highest ranking No. 18 (6 June 2011)
Current ranking No. 59 (22 August 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2014)
French Open 2R (2004, 2011, 2012)
Wimbledon QF (2004, 2012)
US Open 3R (2011, 2013)
Doubles
Career record 47–99
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 47 (18 June 2012)
Current ranking No. 429 (18 July 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2008, 2011)
French Open 2R (2015, 2016)
Wimbledon 2R (2005, 2007)
US Open 3R (2004, 2010)
Team competitions
Davis Cup QF (2008, 2011, 2014)
Last updated on: 18 July 2016.

Florian Mayer (born 5 October 1983) is a German professional tennis player. He plays on both the ATP Tour and the Challenger Tour.

Mayer reached his career-high singles ranking of world No. 18 in June 2011. Also in 2011, Mayer won his first ATP title after four previous defeats in ATP finals. In addition, he has won 11 Challenger events.

At the 2004 Wimbledon Championships, Mayer reached the quarter-finals, which is his best Grand Slam result to date. He received the ATP Newcomer of the Year award in 2004. Eight years later, Mayer made his second Grand Slam quarter-final, once again at Wimbledon.

The biggest win of his career came at the 2011 Shanghai Rolex Masters when he upset eleven-time grandslam champion Rafael Nadal in the round of 16.

Mayer is known for his unorthodox style of play. He has a long backswing on his forehand and backhand and uses a lot of different slices and spin on his backhand side. He is also known for his jumping backhand dropshots which catches many of his opponents on the backfoot.

Career[edit]

2009[edit]

Florian made a return from injury reaching the final of the Nouméa Challenger but losing to Brendan Evans. Mayer then qualified for the main draw of the Australian Open by beating Sergei Bubka, Blaž Kavčič and Amer Delic. There he beat Lamine Ouahab in the first round, and then lost to Juan Martín del Potro in the second round.

2010[edit]

Mayer reached the third round at the 2010 Australian Open, defeating Philipp Petzschner and Viktor Troicki. He then lost to Juan Martín del Potro in four sets. At Wimbledon in 2010, Mayer beat 11th seed Marin Čilić in straight sets to reach the second round, where he defeated Mardy Fish in four sets. He then lost to Lu Yen-hsun in the third round. He also reached the quarterfinals at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, losing to Gaël Monfils, and the semifinal in Hamburg, losing to eventual champion Andrey Golubev. At the Shanghai Rolex Masters, he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round, after defeating Kevin Anderson and Mikhail Youzhny in the first two rounds. Mayer reached the final at the If Stockholm Open, after beating Jarkko Nieminen in a tight semifinal, saving a match point. Mayer also beat world No. 5 Robin Söderling and two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist Feliciano López en route to the final, where he lost 4–6, 3–6, to the 16-Grand Slam titles holder Roger Federer.

He went 23–18 on the season and earned $513,955.

2011[edit]

Mayer started the new season in style. In preparation for the Australian Open. he reached the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International and the semifinals of the Medibank International in Sydney. At the first Grand Slam tournament of the season in Melbourne, Mayer surprisingly defeated Doha finalist Nikolay Davydenko in four sets, only to lose against Japanese Kei Nishikori in the second round. Two weeks later, he came through to his second semifinals of the year in Zagreb. On his way to this stage, he defeated top seed Marin Čilić, 6–3, 6–4. He lost the semifinal against countryman Michael Berrer. With this result, he was the new German no. 1 in the ATP Ranking. At the 2011 BMW Open in Munich, Mayer reached his fourth career final. He was again not able to capture his maiden ATP World Tour title, after losing to Nikolay Davydenko in three sets. Two days after this loss, he managed to beat Viktor Troicki in three sets in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open. He had to retire in the second round against Thomaz Bellucci. He rose to a new career-high rank of no. 28.

Mayer reached the quarterfinals of the Italian Open in Rome. After three straight-set wins, Mayer could not keep up the momentum against Andy Murray, after having won the first set. He went on to lose, 6–1, 1–6, 1–6.

Again he rose to a new career-high rank of no. 21.

By winning three out of three matches at the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf, Mayer was the key player in the German team to capture the trophy for the fifth time. He improved to no. 19. The German, however, could not overcome the second round of Roland Garros and Wimbledon, losing in fourth sets in both cases against Alejandro Falla and Xavier Malisse, as he did in the Australian Open. In addition, he lost his Davis Cup quarterfinal match against Richard Gasquet, despite serving for the match in the third set.

Two weeks later, he reached the Hamburg ATP 500 quarterfinals, losing in straight tiebreaks to third seed Nicolás Almagro. However, in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 of Montreal and Cincinnati, he lost in first round to Richard Gasquet and Ivo Karlović, respectively. Mayer then reached the third round in the US Open (won to Mannarino and Lisnard, but lost in the round of 32 to fifth seed Ferrer), to achieve his best Grand Slam result of the year. He won his first title in Bucharest, defeating Pablo Andújar in the final 6–3, 6–1. On 13 October 2011, Mayer defeated world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in a brilliant display of tennis 7–6, 6–3.

2012[edit]

Mayer withdrew from the Australian Open due to injury. He couldn't win consecutively until the Miami Masters, where he defeated Ivan Dodig and Indian Wells finalist John Isner. He then lost in the fourth round to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Mayer reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time since 2004 Wimbledon. In the quarter finals, he lost to top seed Novak Djokovic.[2]

2013[edit]

Mayer reached quarter-final of Shanghai Masters and defeated French Open finalist David Ferrer.

2014[edit]

Mayer first played in Doha. He defeated Michał Przysiężny, then third seeded Andy Murray who returned from injury layoff, then Victor Hanescu who upset Fernando Verdasco. He then lost to Gaël Monfils in the semi-finals. He reached the fourth round for the first time at the Australian Open. He defeated 14th seed Mikhail Youzhny in the second round, then 20th seed Jerzy Janowicz in straight sets in the third round. In the fourth round, he was defeated by 3rd seed David Ferrer in 4 sets.

2016[edit]

Mayer won the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, defeating Andreas Seppi in the quarter final, world No. 7 Dominic Thiem in the semifinal and Alexander Zverev in the final, for his first victory in his career on German soil and his first victory at an ATP 500 tournament. Mayer won the final 6-2, 5-7, 6-3. As a result of this victory, Mayer's ranking rose 112 places from 192 to 80.

Playing Style[edit]

Mayer is an all-court player known for his unique and creative style of play. He has an usually long take-back on both his forehand and two-handed backhand and generally hits more top-spin than flat on both wings. Despite his height, his groundstrokes and serve lack power, but are consistent and unpredictable. He uses a variety of spins on both wings to mix his shots up and hit drop-shots. He is well-known for his double-handed backhand slice, similar to that of Fabrice Santoro and Jimmy Connors, and often pulls off jumping backhands and jumping slice drop-shots which catch his opponents off guard. His drop-shots are particularly effective on clay and grass, where he has had most success. Despite having a weaker, top-spin serve, Mayer occasionally serve and volleys and is also known for his two-handed backhand cutting volley. He also often uses a Chip and charge tactic during points to finish points off. This makes him unpredictable and tricky to play against.

Mayer's biggest weaknesses are his lack of match consistency and fitness, having had inconsistent results throughout his career and a relatively small build. He has also suffered from numerous injuries throughout his career, most notably his groin injury in 2015 that prevented him from playing for more than a year. However, he has since made a comeback, winning his second title at the 2016 Halle Open.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–4)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 7 August 2005 Orange Warsaw Open, Sopot, Poland Clay France Gaël Monfils 6–7(6–8), 6–4, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 6 August 2006 Orange Warsaw Open, Sopot, Poland Clay Russia Nikolay Davydenko 6–7(6–8), 7–5, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 24 October 2010 If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Switzerland Roger Federer 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 1 May 2011 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay Russia Nikolay Davydenko 3–6, 6–3, 1–6
Winner 1. 25 September 2011 BRD Năstase Țiriac Trophy, Bucharest, Romania Clay Spain Pablo Andújar 6–3, 6–1
Winner 2. 19 June 2016 Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany Grass Germany Alexander Zverev 6–2, 5–7, 6–3

Challenger titles[edit]

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (13)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 28 July 2003 St. Petersburg, Russia Clay Slovakia Michal Mertiňák 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–1
2. 15 March 2004 Mexico City, Mexico Clay Chile Adrián García 6–4, 6–3
3. 5 June 2006 Fürth, Germany Clay Germany Torsten Popp 6–3, 6–1
4. 24 July 2006 Tampere, Finland Clay Latvia Ernests Gulbis 7–6(7–4), 2–6, 6–3
5. 14 August 2006 Graz, Austria Hard Germany Rainer Schüttler 6–4, 5–7, 6–2
6. 16 March 2009 Bangkok, Thailand Hard Thailand Danai Udomchoke 7–5, 6–2
7. 31 May 2009 Karlsruhe, Germany Clay Jamaica Dustin Brown 6–2, 6–4
8. 10 January 2010 Nouméa, France Hard Italy Flavio Cipolla 6–3, 6–0
9. 21 March 2010 Sunrise, United States Hard France Gilles Simon 6–4, 6–4
10. 9 June 2012 Prostějov, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Jan Hájek 7–6(7–1), 3–6, 7–6(7–3)
11. 6 July 2013 Braunschweig, Germany Clay Czech Republic Jiří Veselý 4–6, 6–2, 6–1
12. 13 August 2016 Portorož, Slovenia Hard Russia Daniil Medvedev 6–1, 6–2
13. 21 August 2016 Meerbusch, Germany Clay Germany Maximilian Marterer 7–6(7–4), 6–2

Performance timelines[edit]

Current through the 2016 US Open.

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 2R 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R 3R 2R A 2R 4R A A 0 / 10 12–10 54.55
French Open 2R 1R 1R 1R A A A 2R 2R 1R A 1R 1R 0 / 9 3–9 25.00
Wimbledon QF 3R 2R 2R A A 3R 2R QF 1R A 1R 1R 0 / 10 15–10 60.00
US Open 2R 1R 2R 1R A A 1R 3R 1R 3R A 1R 1R 0 / 10 6–10 37.50
Win–Loss 7–4 2–4 3–4 4–4 0–1 1–1 3–3 5–4 5–3 3–4 3–1 0–3 0–3 0 / 39 36–39 48.00
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters Q1 1R 2R 2R 1R A 1R 1R 2R 3R 2R A A 0 / 9 3–9 25.00
Miami Open Q2 4R 1R 3R 1R A 2R 4R 4R 2R 3R A A 0 / 9 12–8 60.00
Monte-Carlo Masters A 2R Q1 1R Q1 A A 2R 1R 3R A 2R A 0 / 6 5–6 45.45
Madrid Open 1R A A A A A A 2R 1R 2R A A A 0 / 4 2–4 33.33
Italian Open 1R 1R A A A A A QF 2R A A 1R A 0 / 5 4–5 44.44
Canadian Open A A A A A A A 1R 2R 2R A A A 0 / 3 1–3 25.00
Cincinnati Masters A A A 1R A A 1R 1R 2R 1R A A A 0 / 5 1–5 16.67
Shanghai Masters Not Held 2R 3R QF 2R QF A A 0 / 4 10–4 71.43
Paris Masters A A A A A A A 2R 1R A A A 0 / 2 1–2 33.33
German Open 3R 1R 1R 2R A Not Masters Series 0 / 4 3–4 42.86
Win–Loss 2–3 4–5 1–3 4–5 0–2 1–1 3–4 12–9 5–8 8–7 1–1 1–2 0–0 0 / 52 42–50 45.65
National Representation
Summer Olympics 1R Not Held A Not Held A Not Held A 0 / 1 0–1 0.00
Davis Cup PO A PO A QF A PO QF 1R 1R QF A A 0 / 5 9–8 52.94
Win–Loss 0–3 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 6 9–9 50.00
Career statistics
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Career
Tournaments played 17 25 21 24 9 6 19 26 25 25 7 9 8 221
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 1 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 1 2 / 6
Overall Win–Loss 19–19 21–25 26–21 18–25 2–10 3–6 23–18 45–26 23–26 29–26 8–6 4–9 7–7 228–224
Win % 50% 43% 55% 42% 17% 33% 56% 64% 47% 53% 57% 31% 50% 50.44%
Year-end Ranking 35 72 56 55 409 61 37 23 28 40 147 217

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 2R A 1R 2R A 1R A A 0 / 6 2–5
French Open A 1R A 1R A A A 1R A 1R A 2R 2R 0 / 6 2–6
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 2R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 4 2–4
US Open 3R 1R 2R 1R A A 3R 2R A 1R A 1R 0 / 8 5–8
Win–Loss 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–4 1–1 0–0 2–2 2–3 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 0 / 24 11–23

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

Season 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Total
Wins 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 1 12
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score FM Rank
2004
1. Argentina Guillermo Coria 3 Wimbledon, London, England Grass 2R 4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 6–4 66
2005
2. Argentina Guillermo Coria 9 Sopot, Poland Clay SF 6–4 , 5–7 , 6–3 95
2006
3. Spain Tommy Robredo 7 Sopot, Poland Clay 2R 6–2, 6–4 60
2007
4. Russia Nikolay Davydenko 3 Halle, Germany Grass 2R 6–4, 6–4 37
2010
5. Russia Mikhail Youzhny 8 Shanghai, China Hard 2R 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–1 48
6. Sweden Robin Söderling 5 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) QF 7–6(10–8), 6–1 47
2011
7. Austria Jürgen Melzer 8 Rome, Italy Clay 2R 6–4, retired 28
8. Spain Rafael Nadal 2 Shanghai, China Hard 3R 7–6(7–5), 6–3 23
2012
9. United States John Isner 10 Miami, United States Hard 3R 6–4, 6–2 19
2013
10. Spain David Ferrer 4 Shanghai, China Hard 3R 6–4, 6–3 50
2014
11. United Kingdom Andy Murray 4 Doha, Qatar Hard 2R 3–6, 6–4, 6–2 40
2016
12. Austria Dominic Thiem 7 Halle, Germany Grass SF 6–3, 6–4 192

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.flo-mayer.de/team/
  2. ^ Chadband, Ian (4 July 2012). "Wimbledon 2012: Novak Djokovic steamrollers Florian Mayer for a place in the semi-finals". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Rafael Nadal
ATP Newcomer of the Year
2004
Succeeded by
Gaël Monfils