Igor Andreev

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Igor Andreev
И́горь Андре́ев
Igor Andreev Hopman Cup 2010.jpg
Country (sports)  Russia
Residence Moscow, Russia
Born (1983-07-14) 14 July 1983 (age 35)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2002
Retired 2013
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $4,510,376
Singles
Career record 237–231
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 18 (3 November 2008)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2006, 2008, 2009)
French Open QF (2007)
Wimbledon 4R (2009)
US Open 4R (2008)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 3R (2004, 2008)
Doubles
Career record 59–83
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 59 (18 July 2005)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2004, 2005)
French Open 3R (2005)
Wimbledon 2R (2009)
US Open 2R (2004, 2005, 2008)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (2006)

Igor Valeryevich Andreev (Russian: И́горь Вале́рьевич Андре́ев, translit. Andreyev)[1] (born 14 July 1983) is a retired professional tennis player from Russia, born in Moscow. He won three titles, reached the quarterfinals of the 2007 French Open and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world no. 18 in November 2008.

Tennis career[edit]

2003[edit]

Andreev made his ATP debut in September 2003 in Bucharest, Romania as a qualifier and defeated top seed Nikolay Davydenko 7–5, 6–7, 6–0 in the first round, before losing in the next round to José Acasuso.

At the Moscow ATP tournament later the same month, Andreev defeated the top seed Sjeng Schalken in straight sets, 6–3, 6–1, and made his first ATP quarterfinal appearance, eventually losing to Paul-Henri Mathieu 6–2, 3–6, 5–7. He entered the St. Petersburg tournament in October 2003 as a wildcard, and defeated fourth seed Max Mirnyi 6–4, 7–6 before losing to Sargis Sargsian in the second round.

2004[edit]

Andreev finished in the top 50 of the ATP rankings for the first time in his career. During the same year, he also reached two ATP finals: Gstaad, Switzerland in July (losing to Roger Federer), and Bucharest, Romania in September (losing to José Acasuso). He won a personal best 28 matches in the year, and made his Davis Cup debut.

Andreev made his Grand Slam debut at the 2004 Australian Open, where he lost in the first round to France's Olivier Patience, 4–6, 4–6, 7–6 (4), 6–1, 6–2. At the French Open, he knocked out defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero in the second round before losing to eventual champion Gastón Gaudio 6–4, 7–5, 6–3 in the fourth round.

He won his first ATP doubles title in Moscow in October 2004 with Nikolay Davydenko, defeating Mahesh Bhupathi and Jonas Björkman 3–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the final.

2005: Three ATP titles[edit]

Andreev's first ATP singles title came in April 2005 in Valencia, Spain, beating Spaniard David Ferrer 6–3, 5–7, 6–3 in the final after having taken out Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. Andreev made the third round at both the French Open and Wimbledon, and reached the quarterfinal at the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament in New Haven, Connecticut. He then reached the final of the event at Bucharest, losing to Florent Serra 6–3, 6–4.

Andreev continued his consistent performance of the year by winning the Palermo event in September 2005, beating Filippo Volandri of Italy 0–6, 6–1, 6–3 in the final, and the Kremlin Cup at Moscow in October, defeating Nicolas Kiefer 5–7, 7–6, 6–2 in the final.

2006[edit]

In the first half of the season, Andreev experienced seven first-round losses, and highlights included reaching the finals at Sydney and the quarterfinals at Indian Wells, losing both matches to James Blake. A knee injury forced Andreev to miss the second half of the clay court season, including Roland Garross.

2007: First Grand Slam quarterfinal[edit]

Andreev with his doubles partner Maria Kirilenko at the US Open

Andreev returned in 2007, and made an immediate impact with an impressive showing at the French Open. Unseeded, he beat former world no. 1 Andy Roddick 3–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 in the first round, then Nicolás Massú, Paul-Henri Mathieu and Marcos Baghdatis in the fourth round to make his first Grand Slam quarterfinal, which he lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic 6–3, 6–3, 6–3.

2008: Best ranking, world no. 18[edit]

Notable performances included reaching the quarterfinals of Buenos Aires, Dubai, Miami, and Monte Carlo.

Andreev at the 2008 Pilot Pen Tennis tournament

2009[edit]

Heavily favored Russia was hosted by Israel in a Davis Cup quarterfinal tie in July 2009 on indoor hard courts at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Russia, winner of the 2002 and 2005 tournaments, was the top-ranked country.[2] Asked if he was nervous, Andreev replied with a smile: "Nervous? Why should I be nervous? Everything is fine."[3] Harel Levy, world no. 210, then beat Andreev 6–4, 6–2, 4–6, 6–2 in the opening match. Dudi Sela (world no. 33) followed by beating Youzhny, and the next day Israelis Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich beat Safin and doubles specialist Kunitsyn.[4] With the tie clinched for Israel, best-of-three sets were played, with the outcomes of little to no importance.[5] Dudi Sela hurt his wrist in the first set. Israel won 4–1.[6]

2010: Injuries and ranking downfall[edit]

After the Australian Open, Andreev played the 2010 Brasil Open, his first clay court tournament of the year. Seeded no. 4 in the tournament, Andreev made a run to the semifinals and eventually lost to Łukasz Kubot 6–2, 2–6, 4–6.

His next successful tournament was the Malaysia Open where he reached the semifinals, taking out defending champion Nikolay Davydenko on the way before falling to Mikhail Youzhny in three sets.

2011–2013 and retirement[edit]

A knee injury thwarted Andreev in 2011, and in 2012 a shoulder injury prevented him from achieving decent results in almost every tournament. He lost ranking points and struggled to win a match in the qualifying round of small tournaments. The situation became worse in 2013. After not having played since the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in April, he lost in every first round match of the qualifying draw of every tournament he tried to play until the French Open 2013. At Wimbledon 2013 Andreev appeared in the main draw as a protected ranking player and in the first round he faced Polish Łukasz Kubot losing 6-1, 7-5, 6-2. Andreev announced his final retirement from tennis due to the multiple injuries that ruined his career after 2010 and 2011.

Playing style & equipment[edit]

Andreev is an offensive baseliner. He possessed one of the more powerful forehands on tour. ATP professional Marcos Baghdatis describes Andreev's forehand as being "more deadly than Nadal's" Andreev is sponsored by Sergio Tacchini for clothes[7] and Babolat Aero Pro Drive GT[8] for racquets and Babolat All-Court III for shoes.

Personal life[edit]

He supports both FC Moscow and FC Dynamo Moscow and is an avid follower of the Russian national football team.

He was in a relationship with fellow Russian player Maria Kirilenko for several years,[9][10] before they split in 2011.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 9 (3–6)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Year-End Championships (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (3–6)
Finals by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (2–5)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 12 July 2004 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Switzerland Roger Federer 2–6, 3–6, 7–5, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 19 September 2004 Bucharest, Romania Clay Argentina José Acasuso 3–6, 0–6
Winner 1. 4 April 2005 Valencia, Spain Clay Spain David Ferrer 6–3, 5–7, 6–3
Winner 2. 26 September 2005 Palermo, Italy Clay Italy Filippo Volandri 0–6, 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 18 September 2005 Bucharest, Romania Clay France Florent Serra 4–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 10 October 2005 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Germany Nicolas Kiefer 5–7, 7–6(7–3), 6–2
Runner-up 4. 16 January 2006 Sydney, Australia Hard United States James Blake 2–6, 6–3, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 5. 13 July 2008 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Romania Victor Hănescu 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 20 July 2008 Umag, Croatia Clay Spain Fernando Verdasco 6–3, 4–6, 6–7(4–7)

Doubles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Year-End Championships (0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–1)
Finals by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 18 October 2004 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Russia Nikolay Davydenko India Mahesh Bhupathi
Sweden Jonas Björkman
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 17 October 2005 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Russia Nikolay Davydenko Belarus Max Mirnyi
Russia Mikhail Youzhny
1–6, 1–6

Performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Current till 2013 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 2R 3R 1R 3R 3R 1R 2R Q2 A 8–8
French Open 4R 3R A QF 2R 3R A 2R 1R Q1 13–7
Wimbledon 2R 3R A 1R 2R 4R 1R 2R 2R 1R 9–9
US Open 1R 2R A 2R 4R 1R 2R 1R 1R A 6–8
Win–Loss 4–4 6–4 2–1 5–4 7–4 7–4 1–3 3–4 1–3 0–1 36–31
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters 1R 1R QF A 1R 4R 2R 2R Q1 A 6–7
Miami Masters 1R 3R 2R 1R QF 3R 2R 2R Q1 A 9–8
Monte-Carlo Masters 1R 1R 1R 3R QF 1R 2R A A Q1 6–7
Rome Masters 1R 1R A 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R A Q1 4–7
Madrid Masters A A A 1R 1R A 1R Q2 2R Q1 1–4
Canada Masters 2R 1R A A 3R 2R A A A A 4–4
Cincinnati Masters A 1R A Q2 3R 2R A Q2 Q1 A 3–3
Shanghai Masters Not Masters Series 1R Q1 A A A 0–1
Paris Masters A A 2R A 2R A A A A A 2–2
Hamburg Masters A 1R A 3R 1R Not Masters Series 2–3
Win–loss 1–5 2–7 5–4 5–5 13–9 5–7 2–5 3–3 1–1 0–0 37–46
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–2 3–4 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–9
Year-end ranking 50 26 91 33 19 35 79 115 110 1013

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 2R 2R 1R 1R A 1R 2R A 3–6
French Open 2R 3R A 1R A 1R A A 3–4
Wimbledon 1R A A 1R A 2R A A 1–3
US Open 2R 2R A A 2R A A 1R 3–4

Top 10 wins[edit]

Season 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Total
Wins 0 3 1 1 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 11
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2004
1. Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 4 French Open, Paris, France Clay 2R 6–4, 6–2, 6–3
2. United States Andre Agassi 9 Queen's Club, London, United Kingdom Grass 2R 4–6, 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–3)
3. Germany Rainer Schüttler 8 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay SF 6–2, 3–6, 7–6(8–6)
2005
4. Argentina Mariano Puerta 10 Bucharest, Romania Clay QF 4–6, 6–1, 6–1
2006
5. United States Andy Roddick 3 Indian Wells, United States Hard 4R 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–1
2007
6. Chile Fernando González 5 Davis Cup, La Serena, Chile Clay RR 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–2
7. Chile Fernando González 5 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 2R 6–2, 2–6, 6–3
8. United States Andy Roddick 3 French Open, Paris, France Clay 1R 3–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4
9. France Richard Gasquet 7 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay QF 7–5, 6–2
2008
10. France Richard Gasquet 8 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard 2R 6–3, 6–4
2010
11. Russia Nikolay Davydenko 6 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard (i) 2R 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 6–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beumers, Birgit (18 May 2018). "Pop Culture Russia!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle". ABC-CLIO – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ "Israel drops Russia 2–0 in Davis Cup", Russia Today, 10 July 2009, accessed 11 July 2009 Archived 13 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Shvidler, Eli "Davis Cup / Three days to go / Andreev poses powerful threat", Haaretz, 7/8/09, 11 July 2009
  4. ^ "Netanyahu: Davis Cup team has filled nation with pride", The Jerusalem Post, 11 July 2009, accessed 11 July 2009[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Dimon, Ricky, "Singles rubbers dead as Israel finishes off Russia", Tennis Talk, 11 July 2009, accessed 11 July 2009
  6. ^ "Israel completes Davis Cup win over Russia" Miami Herald, 12 July 2009/accessed 12 July 2009[dead link]
  7. ^ "Sergio Tacchini Official Website". Sergio Tacchini. Archived from the original on 14 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Igor Andreev Tennis Warehouse profile". Tennis Warehouse. 
  9. ^ Kirilenko Backs Boyfriend Andreev to Beat Federer Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Account Suspended". www.mariakirilenko.com. 

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