Serbia and Montenegro (2003–2006)
August 2, 1985|
Aleksandrovac, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed both sides, occasionally one-handed forehand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 101 (29 January 2007)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2007)|
|French Open||2R (2006)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2008, 2010)|
|US Open||Q3 (2010, 2011)|
|Highest ranking||No. 99 (22 February 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 1260 (16 July 2018)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Davis Cup||F (2013)|
|Last updated on: 16 July 2018.|
Ilija Bozoljac (Serbian Cyrillic: Илија Бозољац, pronounced [ǐlija boˈzoːʎats];[tone of the surname?] born August 2, 1985) is a Serbian professional tennis player. Bozoljac 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 now coach for the Bosnian Damir Džumhur.
On 29 January 2007, Bozoljac achieved his career-high singles ranking of world no. 101.
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.
Bozoljac qualified for Wimbledon and progressed to the second round, where he was defeated in four tight sets by defending champion Roger Federer.
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". 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."
Style of play
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.
Bozoljac was born on August, 2, 1985 in Aleksandrovac, Serbia, to parents Miroljub and Jelena Bozoljac. He starts play tennis in TK Partizan in Belgrade. Ilija turned pro 2002. He's married for Andrijana Basaric (m.2011-present) and have a one daughter Lola. They live in Belgrade, Serbia.
Team competition: 1 (0–1)
|Runner-up||1.||November 15–17, 2013||Davis Cup, Belgrade, Serbia||Hard (i)|| Novak Djokovic
| Tomáš Berdych
Singles finals (13–13)
|ATP Challenger Tour (4–10)|
|ITF Futures (9–3)|
|Runner-up||1.||22 August 2005||Bukhara, Uzbekistan||Hard||Denis Istomin||4–6, 7–6(7–2), 5–6 ret.|
|Runner-up||2.||10 July 2006||Poznań, Poland||Clay||Jan Hájek||4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||3.||4 September 2006||Donetsk, Ukraine||Clay||Tomáš Cakl||6–4, 3–6, 7–5|
|Runner-up||4.||22 October 2007||Rimouski, Canada||Carpet (i)||Brendan Evans||7–6(7–3), 4–6, 4–6|
|Winner||5.||8 September 2008||Ljubljana, Slovenia||Clay||Giancarlo Petrazzuolo||6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||6.||15 September 2008||Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina||Clay||Daniel Gimeno-Traver||6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||7.||1 June 2009||Nottingham, Great Britain||Grass||Brendan Evans||7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||8.||12 October 2009||Tiburon, California, United States||Hard||Go Soeda||6–3, 3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||9.||9 November 2009||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States||Hard (i)||Taylor Dent||3–6, 6–7(6–8)|
|Runner-up||10.||15 February 2010||Belgrade, Serbia||Carpet (i)||Karol Beck||5–7, 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||11.||July 11, 2011||Aptos, United States||Hard||Laurynas Grigelis||2–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||12.||September 29, 2013||Fergana, Uzbekistan||Hard||Radu Albot||6–7(9–11), 7–6(7–3), 1–6|
|Winner||13.||February 15, 2014||Kolkata, India||Hard||Evgeny Donskoy||6–1, 6–1|
|Runner-up||14.||July 20, 2014||Recanati, Italy||Hard||Gilles Müller||1–6, 2–6|
- Harvey, Luke (13 March 2013). "Bozoljac wins in Lille". ITF Pro Circuit. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- Nguyen, Courtney (April 18, 2013). "23 highlights from the 2013 season". SI.com. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013.
- 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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