Gilles Müller

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Gilles Muller
Muller RG13 (2) (9374409009).jpg
Country (sports)  Luxembourg
Residence Leudelange, Luxembourg
Born (1983-05-09) 9 May 1983 (age 32)
Schifflange, Luxembourg
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 2001
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 3,328,680
Career record 157–155
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 34 (16 February 2015)
Current ranking No. 42 (1 February 2016)[1]
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 2R (2012)
Career record 39–62
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 125 (14 September 2015)
Current ranking No. 125 (1 February 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2016)
Wimbledon 2R (2014, 2015)
US Open 2R (2015)
Last updated on: 1 February 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.


Junior tennis[edit]

In 2001, the year Muller 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.

Tournament 1999 2000 2001
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A SF
French Open Q1 Q1 3R
Wimbledon A A F
US Open A A W

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]

Muller 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.

2014: Back in the Top 50[edit]

In January, Müller was ranked No.366. He returned to play and competed mostly on the challenger circuit, winning 5 titles. In June, he qualified for 2014 Wimbledon Championships where he lost to Roger Federer in round 2. He lost in round 1 at the US Open to Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6, 5-7, 6-7, 7-6, 1-6. In September, 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, and at the Japan Open to Gilles Simon. He 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 2nd.

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 11th.

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 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.

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: 3 (0–3)[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 (0–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
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

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[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]


Challengers (11)
Futures (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. April 9, 2001 Kuwait City, Kuwait Hard Chile Hermes Gamonal 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(8–6)
2. February 11, 2002 Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard Germany Maximilian Abel 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–3)
3. April 22, 2002 Montego Bay, Jamaica Hard France Julien Cassaigne 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
4. August 26, 2002 Florianópolis, Brazil Clay Brazil Rodrigo Monte 3–6, 7–6(8–6), 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 7–6(9–7), 6–7(1–7), 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, 7–6(7–2)
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 7–6(7–4), 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 7–6(7–4), 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 7–6(7–5), 5-7, 6-4
15. July 20, 2014 Recanati, Italy Hard Serbia Ilija Bozoljac 6–1, 6-2


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, 6–7(5–7), [10–7]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Current till 2016 Australian Open

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 2R LQ 3R A 2R 1R 1R A 4R 2R 9–10
French Open A 1R 1R LQ A 1R A Q2 2R 1R A 2R 2–6
Wimbledon A 3R 1R 2R LQ 1R Q3 3R 1R A 2R 1R 6–8
US Open A 2R 1R LQ QF A A 4R 2R A 1R 1R 9–7
Win–Loss 0–1 3–4 1–4 2–2 4–1 2–3 0–0 6–3 2–4 0–2 1–2 4–4 2–1 26–31
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A 3R 1R A A A A A 2R 1R A 2R 3–5
Miami Masters 1R 1R 1R A A 1R A A 2R 1R A 2R 1–7
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Madrid Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Rome Masters A A A A A A A A Q2 A A A 0–0
Canada Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 3R 2–1
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 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 1R A A Q2 A 0–1
Hamburg Masters A A A A A Not Masters Series 0–0
Win–Loss 0–1 2–2 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–2 0–2 0–0 2–6 0–0 6–17
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–3
Year End Ranking 69 76 105 117 95 248 134 54 67 368 47 38 $3,245,083

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
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
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)
5. Russia Nikolay Davydenko 5 US Open, New York, United States Hard 4R 6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(12–10)
6. France Richard Gasquet 10 Marseille, France Hard 1R 2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
7. France Gilles Simon 10 Tokyo, Japan Hard QF 6–3, 6–4


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