Jozef Kovalík

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Jozef Kovalík
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Country (sports)  Slovakia
Born (1992-11-04) 4 November 1992 (age 25)
Bratislava, Slovakia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Plays Right-handed (Double Handed Backhand)
Prize money $382,694
Singles
Career record 6–14
Career titles 0
2 Challenger, 9 Futures
Highest ranking No. 83 (20 August 2018)
Current ranking No. 83 (10 September 2018)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2016, 2017)
French Open 1R (2017, 2018)
Wimbledon Q3 (2016)
US Open 1R (2016)
Doubles
Career record 0–0
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 245 (02 April 2018)
Current ranking No. 311 (28 May 2018)
Last updated on: 08 June 2018.

Jozef Kovalík (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈjɔzɛf ˈkɔʋaliːk]; born 4 November 1992) is a Slovak tennis player playing on the ATP Challenger Tour. On 9 January 2017, he reached his highest ATP singles ranking of 109 and his highest doubles ranking of 366 achieved on 9 January 2012.

Career[edit]

Kovalík together with Filip Horanský won bronze medal in doubles at 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.

He won his first title on August 17, 2014, after beating second seed Andrey Kuznetsov.[2] He became the fourth player to win a ATP Challenger title while ranked outside the top 300.[3]

He played his first match at ATP level on January 5, 2016 in Chennai, where he lost in the first round.[4]

He played his first match at Grandslam on January 18, 2016 in Australian Open, where he lost to fellow qualifier Marco Trungelliti in the first round.[5]

At 2016 BNP Paribas Open Kovalík won his first match at ATP level, defeating another qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round.[6] He lost in two tight tie-breaks in the subsequent round, to fellow up-and-coming talent Dominic Thiem. Despite the loss his tennis was of an extremely high quality. Kovalík was able to win cheap points of his first serve, utilised an effective/kicking second serve, and consistently hit his groundstrokes with great accuracy, power and depth. In addition he remained mentally composed on key points and played intelligent tennis throughout. During the match he was watched by fellow Slovak and coach of Novak Djokovic Marian Vajda. In 2016 Kovalík won Capri Watch Cup. His second title on the ATP Challenger Tour.

At the 2018 Sofia Open he had his best ATP tournament yet, reaching semifinals and losing to Marius Copil in straight sets, 6-4 6-2.[7] Kovalík reached another ATP level semifinal at 2018 German Open in Hamburg, where he lost to the defending champion Leonardo Mayer.[8] After this tournament Kovalík moved into Top 100 for the first time.[9][10]

Tour titles[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (3)

Singles[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 14 April 2013 Itajaí Clay Brazil Rogério Dutra da Silva 6–4, 3–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 17 August 2014 Meerbusch Clay Russia Andrey Kuznetsov 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 1 June 2015 Mestre Clay Argentina Máximo González 1–6, 3–6
Winner 4. 10 April 2016 Napoli Clay Belgium Arthur De Greef 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 13 May 2017 Rome Clay Italy Marco Cecchinato 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 29 October 2017 Lima Clay Austria Gerald Melzer 5–7, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 7. 23 June 2018 Poprad Clay Belgium Arthur De Greef 6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 8. 14 July 2018 Braunschweig Clay Germany Yannick Hanfmann 2–6, 6–3, 3–6

Doubles[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 8 January 2012 São Paulo Hard Brazil José Pereira Brazil Fernando Romboli
Brazil Júlio Silva
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 9 April 2017 Sophia Antipolis Clay Belarus Uladzimir Ignatik France Tristan Lamasine
Croatia Franko Škugor
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 23 June 2017 Scheveningen Clay Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas Belgium Sander Gillé
Belgium Joran Vliegen
2–6, 6–4, [10–12]
Winner 4. 30 September 2017 Rome Clay Slovakia Martin Kližan Belgium Sander Gillé
Belgium Joran Vliegen
6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 5. 31 March 2018 Marbella Clay Slovakia Martin Kližan Argentina Guido Andreozzi
Uruguay Ariel Behar
3–6, 4–6

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2017
1. Croatia Marin Cilic No. 6 Chennai, India Hard 2nd Round 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 7–5

References[edit]

  1. ^ ATP Profile
  2. ^ Josh Meiseles (2014-08-17). "Challenger Spotlight: Albert Montanes Celebrates Eighth Title". Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  3. ^ "21-year-old Jozef Kovalik wins first ATP Challenger title". Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Nevyužil vedenie 6:1 a 3:1. Kovalíkovi nevyšiel debut v hlavnej súťaži" (in Slovak). 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2016-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Kovalík v grandslamovej premiére neuspel s Trungellitim". SME (in Slovak). Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Slovenský tenista vyhral prvý zápas na turnaji ATP". SME (in Slovak). Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Basic Stuns Wawrinka To Reach Maiden ATP World Tour Final". 10 February 2018. Retrieved 29 July 2018. 
  8. ^ "Mayer Saves MP, Returns To Hamburg Final". 28 July 2018. Retrieved 29 July 2018. 
  9. ^ "Basilashvili Makes Top 40 Debut, Mover Of The Week". 30 July 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018. 
  10. ^ "Kovalík debutuje v najlepšej stovke, Horanský si vylepšil kariérne maximum". SME (in Slovak). 30 July 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018. 

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