Florin Mergea

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Florin Mergea
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Mergea at the 2016 French Open
Country (sports)  Romania
Residence Bucharest, Romania
Born (1985-01-26) 26 January 1985 (age 31)
Craiova, Romania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2003
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,199,194
Singles
Career record 3–3
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 243 (9 May 2005)
Current ranking N/A
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Q2 (2006)
Wimbledon Q2 (2004)
US Open Q1 (2005)
Doubles
Career record 114–85
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 7 (13 July 2015)
Current ranking No. 13 (23 May 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2015)
French Open SF (2014)
Wimbledon SF (2015)
US Open QF (2015)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals F (2015)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2015)
French Open 2R (2015)
Wimbledon 3R (2014)
US Open 1R (2014, 2015)
Last updated on: 25 May 2016.

Florin Mergea (Romanian pronunciation: [floˈrin ˈmerd͡ʒe̯a]; born 26 January 1985) is a Romanian tennis player and a doubles specialist. He has reached the final of the ATP World Tour Finals in 2015 and won an ATP Masters title at the Mutua Madrid Open earlier that year. He achieved a career-high ATP ranking of World No. 7 in doubles (July, 2015) and World No. 243 in singles (May 2005).

His current doubles partner is Rohan Bopanna. Florin Mergea is presently coached by Alex Pop-Moldovan and managed by the McCartney Group, Vienna.

Tennis career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

As a junior Mergea compiled a singles win/loss record of 87–33, reaching as high as No. 2 in the world in July 2003 (and No. 1 in doubles). Along the way, he beat future top ten singles players like Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Gaël Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.[1] As well as winning the Boys' Singles at Wimbledon in 2003 and being runner-up in the Boys' Singles tournament at the 2003 Australian Open, he won the Boys' Doubles in 2002 and 2003 alongside compatriot Horia Tecău.

Tournament 2002 2003 W–L
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 2R F 6–2
French Open Q3 3R 2–1
Wimbledon 2R W 7–1
US Open QF SF 7–2
Win–Loss 5–3 17–4 22–7

Seniors[edit]

The transition to the seniors tour proved difficult for Mergea. After turning pro in 2003, he struggled to make a breakthrough. Injuries hampered his career and in spite of reaching no. 103 in the doubles rankings, his lack of singles success and limited support drained his motivation. In 2010, Mergea decided to retire from tennis, a decision he turned around months later, with the help of his wife, Daiana. With renewed focus on the doubles game, his rankings rose steadily, playing alongside the likes of Andrei Daescu and Philipp Marx. After reaching thirteen challenger finals within little over a year, Mergea won his first ATP title in October 2013, when he teamed up with Lukas Rosol for the Erste Bank Open, Vienna.[2]

Tour success continued in 2014, as he won the Royal Guard Open in Vina del Mar, with veteran Oliver Marach, and his first ATP 500 title at the International German Open in Hamburg, with Marin Draganja. Furthermore, siding with the Croatian, Mergea reached the French Open semifinal.

After starting 2015 with Dominic Inglot and reaching two finals, his injury plagued British partner needed time to recover. This gave way to the formation of his partnership with Rohan Bopanna, whom he had played with successfully at the Shanghai Masters the previous season. Together, they found consistency in their results, while winning the Madrid Masters and the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. In November, the team were the last to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.[3] There, in spite of their seeding, they reached the final against the year-end number one team of Mergea's Davis Cup and former juniors' partner, Horia Tecău, who played alongside Jean Julien Rojer.

Significant finals[edit]

Year-End Championships[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2015 London Hard (i) India Rohan Bopanna Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tecău
4–6, 3–6

Masters 1000 finals[edit]

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2015 Madrid Clay India Rohan Bopanna Poland Marcin Matkowski
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–2, 6–7(5–7), [11–9]
Runner-up 2016 Madrid Clay India Rohan Bopanna Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tecău
4-6, 6-7(5-7)

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 13 (6 titles, 7 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–1)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (1–1)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (4–4)
Finals by Surface
Hard (1–4)
Clay (4–2)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 20 October 2013 Erste Bank Open, Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Czech Republic Lukáš Rosol Canada Daniel Nestor
Austria Julian Knowle
7–5, 6–4
Winner 2. 9 February 2014 Royal Guard Open, Viña del Mar, Chile Clay Austria Olivier Marach Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. 20 July 2014 International German Open, Hamburg, Germany Clay Croatia Marin Draganja Austria Alexander Peya
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 1. 17 January 2015 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard United Kingdom Dominic Inglot South Africa Raven Klaasen
India Leander Paes
6–7(1–7), 4–6
Runner-up 2. 8 February 2015 Open Sud de France, Montpellier, France Hard (i) United Kingdom Dominic Inglot New Zealand Marcus Daniell
New Zealand Artem Sitak
6–3, 4–6, [14–16]
Runner-up 3. 11 April 2015 Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco Clay India Rohan Bopanna Australia Rameez Junaid
Canada Adil Shamasdin
6–3, 2–6, [7–10]
Winner 4. 10 May 2015 Madrid Open, Madrid, Spain Clay India Rohan Bopanna Poland Marcin Matkowski
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–2, 6–7(5–7), [11–9]
Winner 5. 14 June 2015 MercedesCup, Stuttgart, Germany Grass India Rohan Bopanna Austria Alexander Peya
Brazil Bruno Soares
5–7, 6–2, [10–7]
Runner-up 4. 21 June 2015 Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany Grass India Rohan Bopanna South Africa Raven Klaasen
United States Rajeev Ram
6–7(5–7), 2–6
Runner-up 5. 22 November 2015 ATP World Tour Finals, London, United Kingdom Hard (i) India Rohan Bopanna Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tecău
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 16 January 2016 Apia International Sydney, Sydney, Australia Hard India Rohan Bopanna United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Brazil Bruno Soares
3–6, 6–7(6–8)
Winner 6. 25 April 2016 BRD Năstase Țiriac Trophy, Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Horia Tecău Australia Chris Guccione
Brazil André Sá
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 8 May 2016 Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid, Spain Clay India Rohan Bopanna Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tecău
4-6, 6-7(5-7)

Doubles 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.
Tournament 2008 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L
Australian Open A A 2R QF 3R 0 / 3 6–3
French Open 2R 2R SF 3R 0 / 4 8–4
Wimbledon A 1R 1R SF 0 / 3 4–3
US Open A 1R 2R QF 0 / 2 1–2
Win–Loss 1–1 1–3 6–4 9–3 0–0 0 / 11 17–11
Year End Championships
Tour Finals A A A F 0 / 1 3–2
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A QF 1R 0 / 2 2–2
Miami A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Monte Carlo A A A 1R QF 0 / 2 1–2
Madrid (Clay) A A A W F 1 / 2 8–1
Rome A A A 2R SF 0 / 2 2–2
Canada A A A 2R 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati A A A QF 0 / 1 1–1
Shanghai A A SF A 0 / 1 3–1
Paris A A 1R QF 0 / 2 0–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 3–2 8–7 6–5 1 / 11 17–14
Year End Ranking 115 64 24 11

Challenger career finals[edit]

Doubles finals: 31 (14–17)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–0)
ATP Challenger Tour (14–17)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–6)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (9–11)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
Winner 1. 8 August 2004 Timișoara, Romania Clay Romania Horia Tecău Romania Marius Călugăru
Romania Ciprian Petre Porumb
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 21 August 2004 Samarkand, Uzbekistan Clay Germany Sebastian Fitz France Jean-François Bachelot
Netherlands Melle Van Gemerden
2–6, 6–3, 1–6
Winner 3. 9 October 2004 Rome 2, Italy Clay Austria Werner Eschauer Italy Francesco Aldi
Italy Francesco Piccari
6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 4. 2 July 2006 Constanța, Romania Clay Romania Horia Tecău Greece Konstantinos Economidis
Netherlands Antilles Jean-Julien Rojer
6–7(1–7), 1–6
Runner-up 5. 5 November 2006 Seoul, South Korea Hard Thailand Danai Udomchoke Austria Alexander Peya
Germany Björn Phau
4–6, 2–6
Winner 6. 30 June 2007 Almaty 2, Kazakhstan Clay Romania Teodor-Dacian Crăciun Kazakhstan Alexey Kedryuk
Russia Alexandre Kudryavtsev
6–2, 6–1
Winner 7. 9 September 2007 Brașov, Romania Clay Romania Horia Tecău Romania Adrian Cruciat
Romania Marcel-Ioan Miron
5–7, 6–3, [10–8]
Runner-up 8. 30 September 2007 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Horia Tecău Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Santiago Ventura
2–6, 1–6
Winner 9. 2 March 2008 Cherbourg, France Hard (I) Romania Horia Tecău Switzerland Jean-Claude Scherrer
Brazil Márcio Torres
7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 10. 27 April 2008 Cremona, Italy Hard Romania Horia Tecău Argentina Eduardo Schwank
Serbia Dušan Vemić
3–6, 2–6
Winner 11. 17 May 2008 Marrakech, Morocco Clay Portugal Frederico Gil United Kingdom James Auckland
United Kingdom Jamie Delgado
6–2, 6–3
Winner 12. 29 June 2008 Constanța, Romania Clay Romania Horia Tecău Brazil Júlio Silva
Italy Simone Vagnozzi
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 13. 3 August 2008 Timișoara, Romania Clay Romania Adrian Cruciat Spain Daniel Muñoz-de la Nava
Spain Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo
6–3, 4–6, [9–11]
Runner-up 14. 21 June 2009 Constanța, Romania Clay Romania Adrian Cruciat Chile Adrián García
Spain David Marrero
6–7(5–7), 2–6
Winner 15. 10 September 2011 Brașov, Romania Clay Romania Victor Anagnastopol Czech Republic Dušan Lojda
France Benoît Paire
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 16. 21 April 2012 Rome, Italy Clay Romania Andrei Dăescu Germany Dustin Brown
United Kingdom Jonathan Marray
4–6, 6–7(0–7)
Runner-up 17. 14 July 2012 Timișoara, Romania Clay Romania Andrei Dăescu Montenegro Goran Tošić
United States Denis Zivkovic
2–6, 5–7
Winner 18. 29 July 2012 Oberstaufen, Germany Clay Romania Andrei Dăescu Russia Andrey Kuznetsov
New Zealand Jose Rubin Statham
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 19. 18 August 2012 Cordenons, Italy Clay Germany Philipp Marx Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
7–5, 5–7, [7–10]
Winner 20. 25 August 2012 Segovia, Spain Hard Italy Stefano Ianni Russia Konstantin Kravchuk
Germany Frank Moser
6–2, 6–3
Winner 21. 1 September 2012 Como, Italy Clay Germany Philipp Marx Australia Colin Ebelthite
Czech Republic Jaroslav Pospíšil
6–4, 4–6, [10–4]
Winner 22. 14 October 2012 Rennes, France Hard Germany Philipp Marx Poland Tomasz Bednarek
Poland Mateusz Kowalczyk
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 23. 4 November 2012 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Germany Philipp Marx Sweden Johan Brunström
South Africa Raven Klaasen
6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–5), [5–10]
Runner-up 24. 11 November 2012 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard Germany Philipp Marx Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
Russia Michail Elgin
7–6(7–5), 2–6, [6–10]
Runner-up 25. 3 March 2013 Cherbourg, France Hard Germany Philipp Marx Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 26. 24 March 2013 Rimouski, Canada Hard Germany Philipp Marx Australia Samuel Groth
Australia John-Patrick Smith
6–7(5–7), 6–7(7–9)
Runner-up 27. 31 March 2013 Le Gosier, Guadeloupe Hard Germany Philipp Marx Israel Dudi Sela
Chinese Taipei Jimmy Wang
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 28. 11 May 2013 Rome, Italy Clay Germany Philipp Marx Germany Andre Begemann
Germany Martin Emmrich
6–7(4–7), 3–6
Runner-up 29. 10 August 2013 City of San Marino, San Marino Clay Italy Daniele Bracciali United States Nicholas Monroe
Germany Simon Stadler
2–6, 4–6
Winner 30. 7 October 2013 Rennes, France Hard(I) Austria Oliver Marach United States Nicholas Monroe
Germany Simon Stadler
6-4, 3–6, 10-7
Winner 31. 28 October 2013 Geneva, Switzerland Hard(I) Austria Oliver Marach Czech Republic Frantisek Cermak
Austria Philipp Oswald
6-4, 6–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profil Florin Mergea" (in Romanian). tenisdecamp.ro. December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Portret Florin Mergea" (in Romanian). Decat o Revista. 12 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dodig/Melo Triumph In Paris". www.atpworldtour.com. 8 November 2015. 

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