Frederik Nielsen

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Frederik Nielsen
Dimitrov Nielsen French Open 2013 (cropped) (cropped).jpg
Frederik Nielsen at Roland Garros 2013.
Country (sports) Denmark Denmark
Residence Lyngby, Denmark
Born (1983-08-27) 27 August 1983 (age 33)
Lyngby, Denmark
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 2001
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 914,312
Career record 20–31 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draws)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 190 (15 August 2011)
Current ranking No. 394 (16 January 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2012)
French Open Q2 (2011)
Wimbledon Q3 (2007)
US Open Q1 (2010, 2011)
Career record 57–47 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draws)
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 17 (1 April 2013)
Current ranking No. 145 (16 January 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2014)
French Open 2R (2013)
Wimbledon W (2012)
US Open 2R (2012, 2013, 2016)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals SF (2012)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2013)
French Open 2R (2013)
Wimbledon 3R (2013)
Team competitions
Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R (2012, 2013, 2015)
Last updated on: 27 January 2017.

Frederik Løchte Nielsen (born 27 August 1983) is a professional male tennis player. He is a former Wimbledon Men's Doubles champion, in 2012, and now competes mainly on the ATP Challenger Tour in both singles and doubles. Nielsen is coached by fellow Dane John Larsen and is a member of the Denmark Davis Cup team. His grandfather is former grand slam finalist Kurt Nielsen.

In 2012, Nielsen won the Wimbledon Men's Doubles Championship with Britain's Jonathan Marray.[1] He thus became the first Dane ever to win a Wimbledon Championship title, his grandfather, Kurt Nielsen, having won the Wimbledon Junior Championship Boys' Singles title in 1947. Nielsen and Marray, who had only played three tournaments together previously, became also the first wildcard pairing to win the Wimbledon Men's Doubles.

Nielsen decided to end his partnership with Marray following the 2012 season in order to concentrate on his singles career.[2] He partnered Grigor Dimitrov at Wimbledon the following year without success, and as a result dropped out of the world doubles top 50. His singles ranking also failed to rise, and to date he has only made the main draw of a grand slam singles event on one occasion. More recently, he has partnered Johan Brunström in tournaments, winning at the Aircel Chennai Open in 2014.

Debut and early years[edit]

Made ATP singles debut in Copenhagen, losing to Magnus Larsson in the first round d 6-1, 6-1. In 2003, made his Davis Cup debut in the Europe/Africa Zone Group II tie against Tunisia at Hillerod, Denmark and defeated Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-4 in the dead rubber, Denmark winning 4-1. Won singles title at Futures event in Vietnam.

In 2004, teamed with countryman Rasmus Norby to win 5 Futures doubles titles. Reached 1 Futures Singles final. In 2005, claimed 1 doubles Futures title. Won 2 titles in 4 Futures singles finals. In 2006, won doubles title at 2 Challengers and 7 Futures. Also won 3 Futures singles titles.

In 2007, won doubles titles at 3 Challengers and Futures. 2-time singles winner at Futures. In 2008, in doubles, Nielsen won 2 Challengers and 1 Futures, all three with different partners. In 2009, won titles at 3 Challengers in doubles and 1 Futures in singles.

In 2010, came out as doubles winner at 2 Challengers and 3 Futures. Won singles Futures event in Italy. In 2011, won 5 Challengers doubles titles with 3 partners. Finalist at 3 other events.

2012: Wimbledon doubles champion[edit]

Nielsen represented Denmark at the 2012 Hopman Cup alongside Caroline Wozniacki, but the pair could not get past the Group Stages. Nielsen had a 1–4 Win-Loss record at the event, 1-1 in doubles and 0-3 in singles. He played much higher ranked opponents in Tomáš Berdych, Grigor Dimitrov and Mardy Fish. He managed to win 1 set against Fish but eventually lost 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. Nielsen and Wozniacki still managed to pull out the doubles match against Fish and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 7-5, 6-3 and won their only tie against USA.

Nielsen won the 2012 Wimbledon Championships doubles crown alongside Jonathan Marray.

He then played at the Australian Open and qualified for the main draw at a Grand Slam for the first time but lost to Kevin Anderson 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round. In February, Nielsen was selected for the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie against Slovenia, which Denmark lost 5-0.

Nielsen had been friends with Jonny Marray since their early days on the senior tour,[3] but had only played together twice before in 2006[4] and 2008.[5]

Playing doubles with Marray in June, their first pairing of the year, they reached the Nottingham Challenger finals, losing out to Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot in three tight sets 4-6, 7-6(9), 8-10. They compiled a 10-6 match record in 6 tournaments.

Then Nielsen and Marray received a wild card at the All England Club and began their 2012 Wimbledon Championships with a 5-set win over Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, one of 4 teams they beat en route that qualified for Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. In the third-round, they edged out another five set victory this time against Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-5 in 5th set, followed with victory over James Cerretani and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the quarters in five sets again. In the Semi-Finals they caused the biggest upset by beating No. 2 seeds Bryans in 4 sets 6-4, 7-6(9), 6-7(4), 7-6(5). In the title clash they defeated the No. 5 seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau in 5-sets 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-3. Marray was first British doubles champion at Wimbledon since 1936 and Nielsen was first Dane to win the doubles crown.

Following Wimbledon, they played together in 4 tournaments (2-4 record), losing first round in Winston-Salem, second round at Us Open losing to Jesse Levine and Marinko Matosevic having beaten the Italian duo of Flavio Cipolla and Fabio Fognini in the first round. They had a quarter-final in Basel losing out to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.

Nielsen and Marray made their debut at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, qualifying for the season finale as a result of their Wimbledon crown, and reached the Semi-Finals losing out to eventual champions Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 4-6, 3-6. In the Round-Robin stage the pair defeated top pairs including Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna 6-4, 6-7(1), 12-10, Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 7-6(3), 4-6, 12-10 losing only to Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau in the Group Stage.

Nielsen finished the year as top Danish player in doubles, a year-end best No. 21 individually and No. 9 in ATP Doubles Team Rankings with Marray. He also earned a career-high $334,901 in 2012 courtesy of his win at Wimbledon.

2013: Doubles career high ranking[edit]

At the start of 2013, Nielsen partnered Johan Brunstrom for the first time since September 2012 at Metz, they reached the final of 2013 Heineken Open at Auckland losing out to Colin Fleming and Bruno Soares in two tough sets 6-7(1), 6-7(2). Dropped to 1-2 overall in tour-level finals. They lost in the first round of 2013 Australian Open to Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 3-6, 4-6.

The Dane then partnered Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov for World Tour Masters 1000 Miami and Indian Wells reaching second round of the former and Semi-Finals his first at Masters event losing out to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 4-6, 2-6. Played with André Sá in 2013 Power Horse Cup at Düsseldorf and fell in the Semis to Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich. Along with Matkowski, reached Semis of 2013 Aegon International losing to Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray 11-9 in Match Tie-Break. Played with Eric Butorac at the 2013 Winston-Salem Open, reached Semi-Finals where they lost out to Daniel Nestor-and Leander Paes 3-6, 2-6.

2014: ATP 250 doubles title[edit]

Nielsen helped Denmark get promoted to 2015 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I.

Nielsen partnered Johan Brunstrom and they entered the 2014 Aircel Chennai Open in January, the pair did not lose a single set on their route to the finals and went on to win the title defeating Marin Draganja and Mate Pavic 6-2, 4-6, 10-7. This was Nielsen's first title other than Wimbledon.

In January at Copenhagen during the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II First Round Cyprus tie, he won both his singles and doubles matches partnering Thomas Kromann.

He then partnered Igor Sijsling for the 2014 Heineken Open and reached the quarters to only go down to the top seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 5-7, 5-7. He played at the Australian Open alongside Brunstrom and reached the second round before going down to Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in a tight three-setter 6-0, 5-7, 3-6.

Next he played at the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II Luxembourg tie in April, winning both his singles and the doubles alongside Thomas Kromann, leading Denmark to a 5-0 victory, and to the Final Round in the Europe/Africa Zone Group II.

Partnering Brunstrom, he reached the semis at the 2014 Düsseldorf Open losing out to Martin Emmrich and Christopher Kas 0-6, 5-7. At the 2014 French Open the pair lost in the first round to Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 5-7, 2-6. They next participated in the Wimbledon Championships falling in the second round.

In September, he played the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II Denmark vs. Moldova tie, winning the first singles rubber and the doubles match but losing the reverse singles, thereby helping promote Denmark to the 2015 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I.

He also won 3 ITF $15000 doubles titles at Switzerland, Dublin, Great Britain in March, July and October respectively with different and 1 ATP Challenger doubles title at Charlottesville Men's Pro Challenger in 2014.

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2012 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Jonathan Marray Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5), 6–7(5–7), 6–3

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 4 (2–2)[edit]

Grand Slam Tournaments (1–0)
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 (1–2)
Finals by Surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 7 July 2012 Wimbledon Championships, London, United Kingdom Grass United Kingdom Jonathan Marray Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5), 6–7(5–7), 6–3
Runner-up 1. 23 September 2012 Moselle Open, Metz, France Hard (i) Sweden Johan Brunström France Nicolas Mahut
France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
6–7(3–7), 4–6
Runner-up 2. 12 January 2013 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard Sweden Johan Brunström United Kingdom Colin Fleming
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–7(1–7), 6–7(2–7)
Winner 2. 5 January 2014 Aircel Chennai Open, Chennai, India Hard Sweden Johan Brunström Croatia Marin Draganja
Croatia Mate Pavić
6–2, 4–6, [10–7]

Challenger finals[edit]

Nielsen has won Wimbledon Men's Doubles, 2012 and 1 ATP 250 Title.

Singles: 3 (0–3)[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour (0–3)
Outcome No. Date (Final) Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 6 July
Dublin, Ireland Carpet (i) Australia Robert Smeets 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Runner-up 2. 14 November
Loughborough, United Kingdom Hard (i) Germany Matthias Bachinger 3–6, 6–3, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 15 November
Champaign, United States Hard (i) France Adrian Mannarino 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 37 (24–13)[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour (24–13)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 24 January 2005 Wrexham, United Kingdom Hard (i) Finland Tuomas Ketola United Kingdom Mark Hilton
United Kingdom Jonathan Marray
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 17 October 2005 Kolding, Denmark Carpet (i) Denmark Rasmus Nørby Australia Stephen Huss
Sweden Johan Landsberg
6–1, 6–7(4–7), [8–10]
Winner 1. 30 October 2006 Rimouski, Canada Hard (i) Denmark Kristian Pless Netherlands Jasper Smit
Netherlands Antilles Martijn van Haasteren
6–2, 6–4
Winner 2. 20 November 2006 Shrewsbury, Great Britain Hard (i) Germany Philipp Marx Germany Lars Burgsmuller
Germany Mischa Zverev
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 5 February 2007 Bergamo, Italy Carpet (i) Denmark Kenneth Carlsen France Jerome Haehnel
Monaco Jean-Rene Lisnard
3–6, 6–2, [4–10]
Runner-up 4. 24 September 2007 Grenoble, France Hard (i) Denmark Martin Pedersen Netherlands Jasper Smit
Netherlands Antilles Martijn van Haasteren
3–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 15 October 2007 Kolding, Denmark Hard (i) Denmark Rasmus Nørby Germany Philipp Petzschner
Austria Alexander Peya
4–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Winner 4. 22 October 2007 Barnstaple, United Kingdom Hard (i) Pakistan Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi Netherlands Jasper Smit
Netherlands Antilles Martijn van Haasteren
6–2, 6–7(4–7), [10–2]
Winner 5. 19 November 2007 Shrewsbury, United Kingdom Hard (i) Denmark Rasmus Nørby United Kingdom Edward Allinson
United Kingdom Ian Flanagan
6–3, 6–2
Winner 6. 17 March 2008 Sarajevo, Bosnia Hard (i) Sweden Johan Brunström Austria Alexander Peya
Croatia Lovro Zovko
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 5. 12 May 2008 Aarhus, Denmark Clay Denmark Martin Pedersen Poland Dawid Olejniczak
Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
6–7, 6–2, [8–10]
Runner-up 6. 30 June 2008 Dublin, Ireland Carpet (o) United Kingdom Jonathan Marray India Prakash Amritraj
Pakistan Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi
3–6, 6–7(6–8)
Winner 7. 24 November 2008 Toyota, Japan Carpet (i) Pakistan Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi Chinese Taipei Ti Chen
Poland Grzegorz Panfil
7–5, 6–3
Winner 8. 25 May 2009 Carson, California (2), United States Hard (o) India Harsh Mankad Australia Carsten Ball
United States Travis Rettenmaier
6–4, 6–4
Winner 9. 20 July 2009 Recanati, Italy Hard (o) Australia Joseph Sirianni Italy Adriano Biasalla
Kazakhstan Andrey Golubev
6–4, 3–6, [10–6]
Winner 10. 9 November 2009 Jersey, Great Britain Carpet (i) Australia Joseph Sirianni Finland Henri Kontinen
Finland Jarkko Nieminen
7–5, 3–6, [10–2]
Runner-up 7. 5 April 2010 Monza, Italy Clay Austria Martin Fischer Italy Daniele Bracciali
Spain David Marrero
3–6, 3–6
Winner 11. 26 July 2010 Granby, Canada Hard (o) Australia Joseph Sirianni Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana
4–6, 6–4, [10–6]
Runner-up 8. 20 September 2010 Bangkok (2), Thailand Hard (o) Japan Yuichi Sugita Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana
3–6, 5–7
Winner 12. 8 November 2010 Loughborough, Great Britain Carpet (i) Finland Henri Kontinen Australia Jordan Kerr
United Kingdom Ken Skupski
6–2, 6–4
Winner 13. 3 January 2011 Nouméa, New Caledonia Hard (o) Germany Dominik Meffert Italy Flavio Cipolla
Italy Simone Vagnozzi
7–6(5–7), 5–7, [10–5]
Winner 14. 7 February 2011 Bergamo, Italy Hard (i) United Kingdom Ken Skupski Russia Mikhail Elgin
Russia Alexander Kudryavtsev
Runner-up 9. 21 February 2011 Wolfsburg, Germany Carpet (i) Germany Dominik Meffert Germany Matthias Bachinger
Germany Simon Stadler
6–3, 6–7(3–7), [7–10]
Winner 15. 4 April 2011 Monza, Italy Clay Sweden Johan Brunström United Kingdom Jamie Delgado
United Kingdom Jonathan Marray
5–7, 6–2, [10–7]
Winner 16. 25 July 2011 Recanati, Italy Hard (o) United Kingdom Ken Skupski Italy Federico Gaio
India Purav Raja
6–4, 7–5
Winner 17. 1 August 2011 Segovia, Spain Hard (o) Sweden Johan Brunström France Nicolas Mahut
Croatia Lovro Zovko
6–2, 3–6, [10–6]
Runner-up 10. 8 August 2011 Binghamton, New York, United States Hard (o) Philippines Treat Conrad Huey Colombia Juan Sebastian Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 7 November 2011 Knoxville, Tennessee, United States Hard (i) Australia Adam Hubble United States Steve Johnson
United States Austin Krajicek
6–3, 4–6, [11–13]
Winner 18. 23 January 2012 Heilbronn, Germany Hard (i) Sweden Johan Brunström Philippines Treat Conrad Huey
United Kingdom Dominic Inglot
6–3, 3–6, [10–6]
Runner-up 12. 23 April 2012 Kaohsiung, Taiwan Hard (o) New Zealand Daniel King-Turner United States John Paul Fruttero
South Africa Raven Klaasen
7–6(8–6), 5–7, [8–10]
Runner-up 13. 10 June 2012 Nottingham, Great Britain Grass United Kingdom Jonathan Marray Philippines Treat Conrad Huey
United Kingdom Dominic Inglot
4–6, 7–6(11–9), [8–10]
Winner 19. 2 November 2014 Charlottesville, Virginia, United States Hard (i) Philippines Treat Conrad Huey United Kingdom Lewis Burton
United Kingdom Marcus Willis
3–6, 6–3, [10–2]
Winner 20. 23 August 2015 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Hard (o) Philippines Treat Conrad Huey India Yuki Bhambri
New Zealand Michael Venus
7–6(7–4), 6–7(3–7), [10–5]
Winner 21. 4 October 2015 Tiburon, California, United States Hard (o) Sweden Johan Brunström Australia Carsten Ball
Australia Matt Reid
7–6(7–2), 6–1
Winner 22. 18 October 2015 Fairfield, California, United States Hard (o) Sweden Johan Brunström Germany Dustin Brown
Australia Carsten Ball
6–3, 5–7, [10–5]
Winner 23. 15 November 2015 Knoxville, Tennessee, United States Hard (i) Sweden Johan Brunström United States Sekou Bangoura
Australia Matt Seeberger
6–1, 6–2
Winner 24. 24 January 2016 Manilla, Philippines Hard (o) Sweden Johan Brunström Philippines Francis Casey Alcantara
Indonesia Christopher Rungkat
6–2, 6–2

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 2R A A A 1–3
French Open A A 2R 1R A 1R 1–3
Wimbledon Q1 W 2R 2R 3R 1R 10–4
US Open A 2R 2R A A 2R 3–3
Win–Loss 0–0 7–2 3–4 2–3 2–1 1–3 0–0 15–13
Year-end Championship
World Tour Finals DNQ SF Did Not Qualify 2–2
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 1 / 2 0 / 1 1 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 2 / 4
Year-end ranking 99 21 60 94 108 144


  1. ^ "Wimbledon champions Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen secure ATP world tour finals' berth". The Daily Telegraph. London. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Wimbledon 2013: Champion Jonathan Marray ready for defence
  3. ^ "My Wimbledon: Jonathan Marray". 30 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nottingham Challenger". ITF Tennis. 23 October 2006. 
  5. ^ "Dublin Challenger". ITF Tennis. 6 July 2008. 

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