Ilija Bozoljac

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Ilija Bozoljac
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Country (sports)  Yugoslavia (2002–2003)
 Serbia and Montenegro (2003–2006)
 Serbia (2006–present)
Residence Belgrade, Serbia
Born (1985-08-02) August 2, 1985 (age 33)
Aleksandrovac, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 2002
Plays Right-handed (two-handed both sides, occasionally one-handed forehand)
Prize money $742,198
Singles
Career record 11–20 (35.48% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
4 Challengers, 9 Futures
Highest ranking No. 101 (29 January 2007)
Current ranking
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2007)
French Open 2R (2006)
Wimbledon 2R (2008, 2010)
US Open Q3 (2010, 2011)
Doubles
Career record 9–18 (33.33%)
Career titles 0
15 Challengers, 2 Futures
Highest ranking No. 99 (22 February 2016)
Current ranking No. 1245 (13 August 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 2R (2017)
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (2013)
Last updated on: 13 August 2018.

Ilija Bozoljac (Serbian Cyrillic: Илија Бозољац, pronounced [ǐlija boˈzoːʎats];[tone of the surname?] born August 2, 1985) is a Serbian professional tennis player and coach.

On 29 January 2007, Bozoljac reached his best singles ranking of world No. 101. On 22 February 2016, he peaked at world No. 99 in the doubles rankings.

Bozoljac's strongest weapon is a very powerful serve that he can hit at up to 245 km/h (152 mph), along with powerful groundstrokes.

He is a coach of Bosnian-Herzegovian tennis player Damir Džumhur.

Professional career[edit]

2006[edit]

2006 was arguably Bozoljac's best year. In January, he had his best result at the ATP level in Zagreb, beating no. 170 Dudi Sela to qualify, and then beating no. 77 Daniele Bracciali and no. 34 Feliciano López, before losing to no. 81 Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

2008[edit]

In May, Bozoljac narrowly missed qualifying into the 2008 French Open, losing to no. 75 Eduardo Schwank in the qualifying round.

In June, Bozoljac entered the main draw of 2008 Wimbledon as a lucky loser, after beating Nick Monroe and Robert Smeets, but losing to Stefano Galvani in the qualifying round in five sets.

2010[edit]

Bozoljac qualified for Wimbledon and progressed to the second round, where he was defeated in four tight sets by defending champion Roger Federer.

He was a reserve player on the Serbia Davis Cup team when they won the Davis Cup title.

2013[edit]

Bozoljac began 2013 by returning to the ITF Men's circuit, taking three singles titles in the opening three months.[1]

In April, Ilija and his doubles partner Nenad Zimonjić beat Bob and Mike Bryan in the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals against the United States, winning 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13 in a performance described by Sports Illustrated as "Bozo goes Beast Mode...there was Bozoljac playing out of his mind in a five-set win that left everyone shaking their heads".[2] Bozoljac was praised by the Bryan brothers and by U.S. team captain Jim Courier, who said "Let's all tip our hats to his performance. We had him 15-30 a couple times, and the guy came up with some incredible shots."[3]

Style of play[edit]

Bozoljac is known for his unique style of play. He often changes the way he performs forehands and backhands, hitting double-handed forehands and single-handed backhands. He also has a strong serve, but he has to limit the strength of his serve due to a back injury. Nevertheless, he still serves well over 200 km/h.

Personal life[edit]

Bozoljac was born on August, 2, 1985 in Aleksandrovac, Serbia, to Jelena and Miroljub Bozoljac. He started playing tennis in TK Partizan in Belgrade and turned pro in 2002. He's married to Andrijana Basarić since 2011 and they have two daughters named Lola (b. 2012) and Nika (b. 2015). They live in Belgrade, Serbia.

Team competition finals[edit]

Outcome No. Date Team competition Surface Partner/Team Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. November 15–17, 2013 Davis Cup, Belgrade, Serbia Hard (i) Serbia Novak Djokovic
Serbia Dušan Lajović
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
Czech Republic Lukáš Rosol
Czech Republic Jan Hájek
2–3

ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Futures finals[edit]

Singles: 25 (13–12)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (4–10)
ITF Futures (9–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 22 August 2005 Bukhara, Uzbekistan Hard Uzbekistan Denis Istomin 4–6, 7–6(7–2), 5–6 ret.
Runner-up 2. 10 July 2006 Poznań, Poland Clay Czech Republic Jan Hájek 4–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 4 September 2006 Donetsk, Ukraine Clay Czech Republic Tomáš Cakl 6–4, 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up 4. 22 October 2007 Rimouski, Canada Carpet (i) United States Brendan Evans 7–6(7–3), 4–6, 4–6
Winner 5. 8 September 2008 Ljubljana, Slovenia Clay Italy Giancarlo Petrazzuolo 6–4, 6–3
Winner 6. 15 September 2008 Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina Clay Spain Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 1 June 2009 Nottingham, Great Britain Grass United States Brendan Evans 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 8. 12 October 2009 Tiburon, California, United States Hard Japan Go Soeda 6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 9 November 2009 Knoxville, Tennessee, United States Hard (i) United States Taylor Dent 3–6, 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 10. 15 February 2010 Belgrade, Serbia Carpet (i) Slovakia Karol Beck 5–7, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 11. July 11, 2011 Aptos, United States Hard Lithuania Laurynas Grigelis 2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 12. September 29, 2013 Fergana, Uzbekistan Hard Moldova Radu Albot 6–7(9–11), 7–6(7–3), 1–6
Winner 13. February 15, 2014 Kolkata, India Hard Russia Evgeny Donskoy 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 14. July 20, 2014 Recanati, Italy Hard Luxembourg Gilles Müller 1–6, 2–6

Doubles: 27 (17–10)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challenger (15–7)
ITF Futures (2–3)
Result Date Tournament Category Surface Partner Opponents Score

Performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2015 Banja Luka Challenger.

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q2 2R A Q1 Q1 Q2 A A Q2 Q1 1–1
French Open A A A 2R Q1 Q3 1R Q2 Q1 A A Q1 A 1–2
Wimbledon A A A Q2 Q1 2R Q2 2R Q1 A A Q1 A 2–2
US Open A A A Q2 Q1 Q1 A Q3 Q3 A A Q1 A 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–5
National representation
Davis Cup Z2 A A PO PO A 1R Alt SF QF F 1R A 3–2
Win–Loss 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 3–2
ATP Masters Series 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A Q1 A A A A A A A A 0–0
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A Q2 A A A A A A A A 0–0
Madrid Open1 A A A Q2 A A A Q1 A A A A A 0–0
Canadian Open A A A A A A A Q1 A A A A A 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Career statistics
Tournaments 0 0 1 2 5 1 1 4 1 0 3 0 0 18
Overall Win–Loss 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–3 2–5 1–1 1–1 1–4 1–1 0–0 0–3 0–1 0–0 11–20
Year-end ranking 834 567 207 136 182 141 183 149 227 485 237 207 852 35%

1 Held as Hamburg Masters (outdoor clay) until 2008, Madrid Masters (outdoor clay) 2009 – present.

Doubles[edit]

Current through 2018 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
French Open A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Wimbledon A A A A 1R A A 1R A A A A A A 2R 1R 1–4
US Open A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–4
National representation
Davis Cup Z2 A A PO PO A 1R Alt SF QF F 1R A A A 4–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–6
Career statistics
Tournaments 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 12
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 3–3 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 9–18
Year-end ranking 545 817 339 255 468 171 489 136 446 900 282 254 110 640 333 33%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harvey, Luke (13 March 2013). "Bozoljac wins in Lille". ITF Pro Circuit. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  2. ^ Nguyen, Courtney (April 18, 2013). "23 highlights from the 2013 season". SI.com. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013.
  3. ^ Cripe, Chadd (April 7, 2013). "Advantage Serbia: Unlikely doubles pair outlasts Americans Bob and Mike Bryan in five-set thriller". Idaho Statesman.

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