Gilles Müller

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Gilles Müller
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Country (sports) Luxembourg
ResidenceSchifflange, Luxembourg
Born (1983-05-09) May 9, 1983 (age 36)
Schifflange, Luxembourg
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro2001
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,369,466
Singles
Career record72–83
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 59 (1 August 2005)
Current rankingNo. 71 (25 July 2011)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2009)
French Open1R (2005, 2006, 2009)
Wimbledon3R (2005, 2011)
US OpenQF (2008)
Doubles
Career record17–33
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 147 (10 October 2005)
Last updated on: 26 June 2011.

Gilles Müller (born May 9, 1983) is a Luxembourgish professional tennis player. He was a US Open junior champion and is the most successful male tennis player in the history of his country. He was born, raised and currently resides in Schifflange.

Career

Junior tennis

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 by a score of 3–6, 7–5, 6–3. Later that year, Müller managed to win the boys' singles final at the 2001 U.S. Open by defeating Taiwanese Yeu-Tzuoo Wang by a score of 7–6(5), 6–2. Müller finished the year 2001 as the world's No.1 Junior.

2004/05

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

Müller stated to have lost a lot of confidence when he was not able to confirm the good results achieved in 2005 and had to go back to playing tennis on a Challenger level. There were moments, Müller said, where he asked himself whether he should even continue playing tennis at all, seeing as the earnings were not covering the expenses.

2008

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 5th-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, advancing to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career. In fact, he was not sure that he would even qualify and so he did not even book a hotel room for the tournament. He then lost to defending and eventual champion Roger Federer by a score of 7–6(5), 6–4, 7–6(5).

2009

On January 19, 2009, Müller beat Spaniard Feliciano López by a score of 6–3, 7–6(5), 4–6, 4–6, 16–14 in an epic four hours, twenty-four minutes long 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.

Singles titles

Wins (10)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (6)
Futures (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. April 9, 2001 Kuwait Kuwait City, Kuwait Hard Chile Hermes Gamonal 4–6, 7–63, 7–66
2. February 11, 2002 United Kingdom Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard Germany Maximilian Abel 7–64, 7–63
3. April 22, 2002 Jamaica Montego Bay, Jamaica Hard France Julien Cassaigne 6–3, 7–64
4. August 26, 2002 Brazil Florianópolis, Brazil Clay Brazil Rodrigo Monte 3–6, 7–66, 6–1
5. July 21, 2003 Spain Valladolid, Spain Hard Spain Iván Navarro 6–4, 6–3
6. April 19, 2004 Italy Napoli, Italy Clay France Arnaud di Pasquale 7–67, 16–7, 6–1
7. June 28, 2004 Spain Córdoba, Spain Hard Spain Nicolás Almagro 6–1, 6–2
8. April 7, 2008 Puerto Rico Humacao, Puerto Rico Hard Peru Iván Miranda 7–5, 7–62
9. May 26, 2008 Turkey Izmir, Turkey Hard Denmark Kristian Pless 7–5, 6–3
10. June 5, 2011 United Kingdom Nottingham, Great Britain Grass Germany Matthias Bachinger 7–6(4), 6–2

Runners-up (13)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. April 21, 2003 Italy Napoli, Italy Clay France Richard Gasquet 6–4, 6–4
2. March 29, 2004 Ecuador Salinas, Ecuador Hard Colombia Alejandro Falla 56–7, 6–2, 6–2
3. June 21, 2004 Andorra Andorra la Vella, Andorra Hard United States Kevin Kim 6–4, 6–0
4 August 16, 2004 United States Washington, D.C., U.S. Hard Australia Lleyton Hewitt 6–3, 6–4
5. July 25, 2005 United States Los Angeles, U.S. Hard United States Andre Agassi 6–4, 7–5
6. April 17, 2006 Bermuda Bermuda Clay Spain Fernando Vicente 2–6, 6–2, 7–63
7. October 8, 2007 France Rennes, France Hard Germany Philipp Petzschner 6–3, 6–4
8. October 15, 2007 Denmark Kolding, Denmark Hard Slovakia Lukáš Lacko 7–63, 6–4
9. February 14, 2010 Italy Bergamo, Italy Hard (i) Slovakia Karol Beck 6–4, 6–4
10. March 7, 2010 France Cherbourg, France Hard (i) France Nicolas Mahut 6–4, 6–3
11. October 17, 2010 Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Slovakia Karol Beck 6–74, 6–4, 7–5
12. January 8, 2011 New Caledonia Nouméa, New Caledonia Hard France Vincent Millot 7–66, 2–6, 6–4
13. February 13, 2011 Italy Bergamo, Italy Hard (i) Italy Andreas Seppi 3–6, 6–3, 6–4

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Career SR Career W-L Career %
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 2R LQ 3R A 2R 0 / 6 5–6 45.45
French Open A 1R 1R LQ A 1R A LQ 0 / 3 0–3 00.00
Wimbledon A 3R 1R 2R LQ 1R LQ 3R 0 / 5 5–5 50.00
US Open A 2R 1R LQ QF A A 0 / 3 5–3 62.50
Win–Loss 0–1 3–4 1–4 2–2 4–1 2–3 0–0 3–2 0 / 17 15–17 46.87

"A" means that the player did not play at the event.

"LQ" means that the player lost in the qualifying rounds of the tournament.

"*" means that the tournament is ongoing.

Doubles titles

Wins (3)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (2)
Futures (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
1. August 6, 2001 Luxembourg Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Clay Luxembourg Mike Scheidweiler Canada Steve Adamson
Netherlands Raoul Snijders
6–4, 6–3
2. June 21, 2004 Andorra Andorra la Vella, Andorra Hard Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi Mexico Santiago González
Mexico Alejandro Hernández
6–3, 7–5
3. September 12, 2010 France Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France Hard France Édouard Roger-Vasselin Latvia Andis Juška
Latvia Deniss Pavlovs
6–0, 2–6, [13–11]

Runners-up (6)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
1 February 11, 2002 United Kingdom Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard Luxembourg Mike Scheidweiler Switzerland Yves Allegro
Belgium Arnaud Fontaine
6–3, 6–4
2 January 24, 2005 Germany Heilbronn, Germany Carpet Belgium Gilles Elseneer France Sébastien de Chaunac
Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
6–2, 3–6, 6–3
3 June 27, 2005 Spain Córdoba, Spain Hard France Nicolas Mahut Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky
Belarus Vladimir Voltchkov
7–5, 5–7, 6–1
4 February 19, 2007 France Besançon, France Hard France Grégory Carraz Germany Christopher Kas
Austria Alexander Peya
6–4, 6–4
5 July 30, 2007 Spain Segovia, Spain Hard Switzerland Michel Kratochvil India Rohan Bopanna
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
7–68, 6–3
6 April 28, 2008 Spain Lanzarote, Spain Hard Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi South Africa Rik de Voest
Poland Łukasz Kubot
6–2, 7–62

Sources

External links

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