Gilles Müller

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Gilles Müller
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Country (sports) Luxembourg Luxembourg
Residence Leudelange, Luxembourg
Born (1983-05-09) 9 May 1983 (age 33)
Schifflange, Luxembourg
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 2001
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 3,812,860
Singles
Career record 181–169
Career titles 0
11 ATP Challenger Tour
Highest ranking No. 34 (16 February 2015)
Current ranking No. 37 (22 August 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2015)
French Open 2R (2012, 2015)
Wimbledon 3R (2005, 2011)
US Open QF (2008)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 3R (2016)
Doubles
Career record 46–70
Career titles 0
3 ATP Challenger Tour
Highest ranking No. 101 (29 February 2016)
Current ranking No. 118 (25 July 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2016)
French Open 1R (2005, 2006, 2013, 2015, 2016)
Wimbledon 2R (2014, 2015)
US Open 2R (2015, 2016)
Last updated on: 27 July 2016.

Gilles Müller (born 9 May 1983) is a Luxembourgish professional tennis player. He was a US Open quarterfinalist in 2008 and is the most successful male tennis player in the history of his country. He was born and raised in Schifflange and he resides in Leudelange. His career-high ATP singles ranking is world No. 34.[1]

Career[edit]

Junior tennis[edit]

In 2001, the year Müller turned pro, he reached the final of the Boys' Singles at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, but was defeated by Swiss Roman Valent, 3–6, 7–5, 6–3. Later that year, Müller won the Boys' Singles final at the 2001 US Open by defeating Taiwanese Yeu-Tzuoo Wang, 7–6, 6–2. Müller finished the year 2001 as the World No. 1 junior, posting a singles record of 72–26 throughout his junior career.

2004/05: Success against top players[edit]

Remarkable results against top players were Müller's victories over Andre Agassi in the semifinals of the 2004 Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C., over Rafael Nadal in the second round of 2005 Wimbledon, and over Andy Roddick in the first round of the 2005 US Open.[2]

2008: First Grand Slam quarterfinal[edit]

At the 2008 US Open Gilles Müller, then ranked 130, had to go through the qualification tournament. He reached the main draw, where he consecutively beat Laurent Recouderc, former No. 2 Tommy Haas, Nicolás Almagro, and fifth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, advancing to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career. He had not been sure that he would even qualify, and so he had not even booked a hotel room for the tournament. He then lost to defending champion and eventual winner Roger Federer, 6–7, 4–6, 6–7.

2009/2010: Injuries[edit]

On January 19, 2009, Müller beat Spaniard Feliciano López, 6–3, 7–6, 4–6, 4–6, 16–14, in an epic four-hour, twenty-four minute match in the first round of the 2009 Australian Open. Müller beat local favorite Bernard Tomic, 3–6, 6–1, 6–4, 6–2 in the second round, eventually losing in the third to eighth seed Juan Martín del Potro.

2011: US Open 4th round[edit]

Müller at the 2011 US Open

In September 2011, he advanced to the fourth round of the US Open, beating Frenchman Édouard Roger-Vasselin, Latvian Ernests Gulbis, and Russian Igor Kunitsyn in the first three rounds. He then lost to Rafael Nadal, whom he had already faced and lost to in the third round of Wimbledon the same year.

2012: Third ATP final[edit]

Gilles Müller posted his 100th singles win by defeating Australian Marinko Matosevic (7–6 (7/5), 6–4) in Atlanta Open.[3] He reached the finals of Atlanta open, losing to Andy Roddick, 6–1 6–7 2–6, which was notable for being Roddick's last professional final before his retirement later that year.[4]

2013: Injury time-out[edit]

Müller's final match in 2013 was at 2013 French Open where he lost in round 1 to Roberto Bautista Agut.

He finished 2013 at No 368 in the world rankings after missing the second half of the year with an elbow injury.[5][6]

2014: Back in the Top 50[edit]

In January, Müller returned to play and competed mostly on the challenger circuit, winning 5 titles.

Müller qualified for Wimbledon where he lost to Roger Federer in round 2. Jamie Delgado made his debut as a player-coach by partnering and coaching Müller in the doubles, where they reached the second round.[7][8]

Müller/Delgado's best doubles result was reaching the semi-finals of the Tilia Slovenia Challenger.

Müller lost in the first round at the US Open to Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6, 5-7, 6-7, 7-6, 1-6. Müller returned to the ATP World Tour and lost at the 2014 Moselle Open in round 2 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in round 2 to Richard Gasquet at the 2014 ATP Shenzhen Open

At the Rakuten Japan Open, he lost in the second round to Gilles Simon. Müller and Jamie Delgado's final doubles match was also at the Rakuten Japan Open where they lost in the first round,[9] and Delgado retired from playing to concentrate on coaching Müller.[5]

Müller lost to Roger Federer in round 1 of the 2014 Swiss Indoors before falling in the qualifying rounds of the Paris Masters. He finished 2014 with a ranking of No. 47 and was elected Luxembourg's Sportsman of the Year.

2015: Career-best year[edit]

Müller commenced 2015 at the Aircel Chennai Open, where he made the quarter finals, losing to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka. He then competed in the Sydney International losing in the semi finals to Viktor Troicki, also the eventual champion. He played his best Australian Open ever in singles, beating Roberto Bautista Agut and John Isner en route to the fourth round, where he lost to world number 1 and eventual champion Novak Djokovic in three competitive sets (4-6 5-7 5-7) in the pair's first encounter. His performance during the entire month saw him break the top 40 for the first time in his career on February 2.[6]

After losing to Ričardas Berankis in his first match in Zagreb, he had another strong showing in Rotterdam, defeating David Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov, before losing to Wawrinka in the quarter finals again. He then lost his first match in his next three tournaments, in Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami, though he won his two singles and his doubles match in the Davis Cup tie against Madagascar and reached the semi finals of the challenger in Irving. He only played three tournaments during the clay court season, reaching the quarter finals in Estoril before losing in the first round in Madrid and reaching the second round of the French Open for only the second time in his career, again losing to Novak Djokovic. Since he didn't defend his titles on the challenger tour, he fell out of the top 50 for the first time of the year on May 11.

Müller had a strong start to the grass court season, reaching the semi finals of the Topshelf Open, eventually losing to David Goffin, and the quarter finals at Queen's, where he beat defending champion Grigor Dimitrov for the second time in two meetings since the beginning of the year, before falling to eventual champion Andy Murray. He carried his good form into Wimbledon, but was drawn against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round, losing to him in five sets (6-7 7-6 4-6 6-3 2-6).

His next tournament was Atlanta, where he had reached the semi finals or better in both his previous appearances. He reached the semi finals again, eventually losing to Marcos Baghdatis in three sets (7-6 3-6 6-7). Partnering Colin Fleming, and beating second seeds and defending champions Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock in the first round, he also reached his first ATP World Tour doubles final here, losing to the Bryan brothers (6-4 6-7 4-10). He then competed at the Citi Open, losing to Richard Gasquet in three sets in the second round, and at the Rogers Cup, where he reached the third round, defeating Gaël Monfils in the second before falling to Andy Murray.

He suffered a couple of first-round exits at the Western & Southern Open and the US Open, but rebounded for a quarter finals-run at the Moselle Open, falling to Gilles Simon, and a semi finals-run at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, where he defeated Kevin Anderson and Jérémy Chardy before avenging his loss the previous week in a 6-3 6-4 victory against Simon, recording his first top 10 win in two years. He then lost to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka. He lost to Gasquet again in the first round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters, but reached another quarter final in Stockholm. After losing to eventual champion João Sousa in the first round of the Valencia Open, he withdrew out of his final tournament at the BNP Paribas Masters, citing fatigue.

Müller finished the year with a ranking of No. 38 and was elected Luxembourg's Sportsman of the Year for the second year in the row.

Müller was in the best form of his career, for which he gave much credit to Jamie Delgado. Müller said “He’s definitely a great coach because he knows a lot.”[5] However Müller split from Delgado, who went on to join Andy Murray as his assistant coach.[10]

2016: 4th and 5th career final[edit]

Müller launched his 2016 campaign as a seeded player at the Aircel Chennai Open, but lost in the second round to qualifier Thomas Fabbiano. He fared better at the Sydney International, where he reached the semi finals for a second straight year, beating up-and-comers Borna Ćorić and Dominic Thiem - also the tournament's second seed, and extending his domination over Jérémy Chardy to 3-0, but losing to Grigor Dimitrov.

He then competed at the 2016 Australian Open where he would try to defend his 4th round points from last year. He got of to a good start beating 20th seed Fabio Fognini in four sets. He then had a disappointing five set loss to John Millman. Müller then chose to compete at the 2016 Garanti Koza Sofia Open. He started in the first round against Malek Jaziri. Müller won in straight sets. His second round match was against Ričardas Berankis. It was a closer match but Müller still got through in straight sets. In the quarterfinals he would face 3rd seed Guillermo García-López. He would win his third straight match in straight sets. In the semifinals he played the number 1 seed Roberto Bautista Agut. He then lost in straight sets.

He then played at the 2016 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. He beat Andreas Seppi In his opening match after losing the first set. He then lost to 2nd seed Marin Čilić in two tiebreaks. Then Müller competed at the 2016 Abierto Mexicano Telcel. He had a disappointing loss to Donald Young where he lost in straight sets. Müller's next tournament was the 2016 BNP Paribas Open. He started off against Víctor Estrella Burgos winning in straight sets. In the second round he faced 4th seed Rafael Nadal. He managed to take a set but eventually lost.

Müller's next tournament was the 2016 Miami Open. He lost in the first round to Fernando Verdasco. Then Müller competed at the 2016 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. He lost in the first round to Gaël Monfils despite leading 5-2 in the opening set. Müller then played at the second major of the year at the 2016 French Open losing in the first round in straight sets to Marcos Baghdatis.

Müller's next event was the 2016 Ricoh Open as the 7th seed. Müller snapped a 4 match losing streak by beating Robin Haase in straight sets. He then followed this win with another win over Guillermo García-López also in straight sets. He then played the number 1 seed David Ferrer. He came back from being a set down. He advanced to the fourth final of his career by defeating 3rd seed Ivo Karlovic in the semifinals. Müller was looking to win his first ATP final but lost to 8th seed and defending champion Nicolas Mahut in straight sets. Müller's next tournament was the 2016 Aegon Championships. He started against wildcard and local favorite James Ward. He won in straight sets. In the second round Müller played 7th seed John Isner. Isner hit 43 aces and had 10 match points but Müller came back to win. He then played Bernard Tomic in the quarterfinals. He lost in three sets.

Müller's next tournament was the 2016 Aegon Open Nottingham. He was seeded 8th. In the first round he got a bye. In the second round he defeated Jiří Veselý in straight sets. In the third round he faced Mikhail Youzhny. Müller lost the first set but came back to win. He defeated 4th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Müller played 2nd seed Pablo Cuevas. He lost after winning the first set.

His next tournament was Wimbledon. In the first round he managed to come back from a 2-set deficit to defeat Santiago Giraldo in 5 sets. It was a match that stretched over a period of two days and in which Müller was forced to save four match points during the deciding set. He then lost to Andrey Kuznetsov in straight sets in the second round. Müller continued his grass season at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships as the 3rd seed. Müller defeated Víctor Estrella Burgos in straight sets in the second round. Müller then came from a set down to beat 6th seed Adrian Mannarino in the quarterfinals. Müller advanced to his 5th career ATP final and 2nd of the season after defeating 8th seed Donald Young in straight sets. In the final Müller faced 2nd seed Ivo Karlović. Müller won the first set and had 3 match points but failed to win losing in three sets.

Müller represented Luxembourg in singles at the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning in the first round against Jerzy Janowicz, then beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round before losing to Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6(4).

Davis Cup[edit]

Müller has competed in 30 ties since his first nomination in 2000. He has won 54 matches and has lost 17 making him the most successful Luxembourgish Davis Cup player.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (5 runners-up)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
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 (0–5)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. August 16, 2004 Legg Mason Tennis Classic, Washington, United States Hard Australia Lleyton Hewitt 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. July 25, 2005 Countrywide Classic, Los Angeles, United States Hard United States Andre Agassi 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. July 22, 2012 BB&T Atlanta Open, Atlanta, United States Hard United States Andy Roddick 6–1, 6–7(2–7), 2–6
Runner-up 4. June 12, 2016 Ricoh Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass France Nicolas Mahut 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. July 17, 2016 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, USA Grass Croatia Ivo Karlović 7–6(7–2), 6–7(5–7), 6–7(12–14)

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

Legend (Doubles)
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 (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. August 2, 2015 BB&T Atlanta Open, Atlanta, United States Hard United Kingdom Colin Fleming United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–7(2–7), [4–10]

Challengers and Futures[edit]

Singles[edit]

Challengers (11)
Futures (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. April 9, 2001 Kuwait City, Kuwait Hard Chile Hermes Gamonal 4–6, 7–63, 7–66
2. February 11, 2002 Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard Germany Maximilian Abel 7–64, 7–63
3. April 22, 2002 Montego Bay, Jamaica Hard France Julien Cassaigne 6–3, 7–64
4. August 26, 2002 Florianópolis, Brazil Clay Brazil Rodrigo Monte 3–6, 7–66, 6–1
5. July 21, 2003 Valladolid, Spain Hard Spain Iván Navarro 6–4, 6–3
6. April 19, 2004 Napoli, Italy Clay France Arnaud Di Pasquale 7–67, 6–71, 6–1
7. June 28, 2004 Córdoba, Spain Hard Spain Nicolás Almagro 6–1, 6–2
8. April 7, 2008 Humacao, Puerto Rico Hard Peru Iván Miranda 7–5, 7–62
9. May 26, 2008 Izmir, Turkey Hard Denmark Kristian Pless 7–5, 6–3
10. June 5, 2011 Nottingham, Great Britain Grass Germany Matthias Bachinger 7–64, 6–2
11. April 2, 2014 Guadalajara, Mexico Hard United States Denis Kudla 6–2, 6–2
12. April 27, 2014 Shenzen, China Hard Slovakia Lukas Lacko 7–64, 6–3
13. May 4, 2014 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet Australia John-Patrick Smith 6–3, 6–3
14. May 11, 2014 Gimcheon, South Korea Hard Japan Tatsuma Ito 7–65, 5–7, 6–4
15. July 20, 2014 Recanati, Italy Hard Serbia Ilija Bozoljac 6–1, 6–2

Doubles[edit]

Challengers (3)
Futures (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents Score
1. August 6, 2001 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Clay Luxembourg Mike Scheidweiler Canada Steve Adamson
Netherlands Raoul Snijders
6–4, 6–3
2. June 21, 2004 Andorra la Vella, Andorra Hard Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi Mexico Santiago González
Mexico Alejandro Hernández
6–3, 7–5
3. September 12, 2010 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France Hard France Édouard Roger-Vasselin Latvia Andis Juška
Latvia Deniss Pavlovs
6–0, 2–6, [13–11]
4. September 30, 2012 Orléans, France Hard Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý Belgium Xavier Malisse
United Kingdom Ken Skupski
6–2, 6–75, [10–7]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Current till 2016 US Open

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 2R 2R Q1 3R A 2R 1R 1R A 4R 2R 9–10
French Open Q1 Q2 1R 1R Q1 A 1R A Q2 2R 1R A 2R 1R 2–7
Wimbledon A A 3R 1R 2R Q2 1R Q3 3R 1R A 2R 1R 2R 7–9
US Open Q1 Q1 2R 1R Q1 QF A A 4R 2R A 1R 1R 1R 9–8
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 3–4 1–4 2–2 4–1 2–3 0–0 6–3 2–4 0–2 1–2 4–4 2–4 27–34
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A Q1 3R 1R A A A A A 2R 1R A 2R 2R 4–6
Miami Masters A 1R 1R 1R Q1 Q1 1R A A 2R 1R A 2R 1R 1–8
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Madrid Masters A Q1 A A A Q1 A A A A A A 1R A 0–1
Rome Masters A A A A A A A A A Q2 A A A A 0–0
Canada Masters A A A A A A A A A A A A 3R 2R 3–2
Cincinnati Masters A A Q1 A A A A Q1 A A A A 1R A 0–1
Shanghai Masters Not Masters Series A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Paris Masters A A A A A A A A 1R A A Q2 A 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 2–2 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–2 0–2 0–0 2–6 2–4 8–21
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 5
Overall Win–Loss 2–2 13–9 21–23 13–20 3–6 7–6 5–9 2–2 17–12 22–21 4–8 6–6 33–24 27–19 183–1711
Year-end Ranking 195 69 76 105 117 95 248 134 54 67 368 47 38 52%

1 Including Win-Loss 2000 (3–0), 2001 (2–3), 2002 (3–1)

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

Season 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Total
Wins 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 8
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2004
1. United States Andre Agassi 6 Washington, United States Hard SF 6–4, 7–5
2. Argentina David Nalbandian 10 Tokyo, Japan Hard 3R 7–6(7–4), 3–6, 6–4
2005
3. Spain Rafael Nadal 3 Wimbledon, London, England Grass 2R 6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
4. United States Andy Roddick 3 US Open, New York, United States Hard 1R 7–6(7–4), 7–6(10–8), 7–6(7–1)
2008
5. Russia Nikolay Davydenko 5 US Open, New York, United States Hard 4R 6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(12–10)
2013
6. France Richard Gasquet 10 Marseille, France Hard 1R 2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
2015
7. France Gilles Simon 10 Tokyo, Japan Hard QF 6–3, 6–4
2016
8. France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 9 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Hard 2R 6–4, 6–3

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Marie Muller
Flagbearer for  Luxembourg
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent