Martin Kližan

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Martin Kližan
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Country (sports)  Slovakia
Residence Bratislava, Slovakia
Born (1989-07-11) 11 July 1989 (age 26)
Bratislava, Slovakia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 2007
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Martin Damm
Prize money $2,382,183
Career record 79–74
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 24 (27 April 2015)
Current ranking No. 36 (31 August 2015)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2014)
French Open 3R (2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2012)
US Open 4R (2012)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2012)
Career record 28–32
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 75 (27 April 2015)
Current ranking No. 75 (27 April 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2013)
French Open 1R (2013, 2014, 2015)
Wimbledon 2R (2014)
US Open 1R (2012, 2013, 2014)
Last updated on: 26 April 2015.

Martin Kližan (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmarcin ˈkliʒan]; born 11 July 1989) is a Slovak professional tennis player. Winner of the boys' singles title at the French Open in 2006, Kližan turned pro in 2007 and has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 24, achieved in April 2015.


Junior career[edit]

In 2005, he won the European Junior Championship in the under-16 category, in both singles and doubles. In doubles, his partner was another Slovak player Andrej Martin. Kližan then went on to win the 2006 French Open boys' singles competition.[2]

As a junior, Kližan posted a 54–21 win/loss record in singles (58–18 in doubles) and reached the no. 1 combined world ranking in 2007.

Junior Slam results – Singles:

Tournament 2006 2007
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 3R
French Open W A
Wimbledon 1R 1R
US Open 2R A

2007–11: Start of pro career[edit]

In 2007, Kližan turned pro.

In 2010, Kližan qualified for the US Open. In his first main-draw Grand Slam tournament appearance, he lost to former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the first round.[3] Later in the year Kližan won his first Challenger tournament as a wildcard in his hometown of Bratislava at the Slovak Open.

2012: Challenger success and breakthrough[edit]

In 2012, Kližan made it to five Challenger tour finals, winning four, in the space of just two months between March and May. He made it to the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career at the 2012 French Open, before succumbing to Nicolas Mahut in four sets, despite taking the first. These results propelled him into the top 100 of the rankings for the first time in his career. He also reached the semifinals in Kitzbuhel. In his Wimbledon, debut he defeated Juan Ignacio Chela 11–9 in the fifth set in the first round, before losing in five sets to Viktor Troicki in the second round, despite being 2–1 up in sets.

At the 2012 US Open, Kližan advanced to the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career, upsetting fifth seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round in four sets.[4] Prior to the upset, Klizan had never beaten a player ranked higher than 49th on the ATP Tour. He beat Jérémy Chardy in straight sets to reach the fourth round, then lost to Marin Čilić. He then won two Davis Cup matches against Portuguese João Sousa and Gastão Elias.

Kližan continued his good form two weeks after the US Open by winning his first ATP tournament, beating Fabio Fognini in the final of the 2012 St. Petersburg Open. Due to this result he finished the year as World No. 30. At the end of the previous year he was No. 117.

2013: Best ranking and downfall[edit]

In 2013, considering the past season, Klizan was expected to reach at least the top 20. However, with his inconsistent nature, Klizan alternated good results with very bad ones. After first-round losses at the start of the season, he reached the quarterfinals in Rotterdam. Due to this result, he reached his career-high singles ranking of world no. 26.

He went on with poor results until the semifinals in Casablanca. At the 2013 French Open, he lost in the second round against eventual champion Rafael Nadal, despite winning the first set. Subsequently he took part of a Challenger tournament in Caltanissetta, Italy, where Klizan suffered a shocking loss from non-ranked player Pablo Carreno Busta at the first round. Afterwards Klizan returned to the main tour and after reaching the quarterfinals in Umag and winning the first round match in Montreal against Thomaz Bellucci, lost in every first round of every tournament, peaking at the 2013 US Open, where he lost 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 to Donald Young. He didn't play for six weeks due to a wrist injury and withdrew from Saint Petersburg where he was the defending champion.

2014: Return to form[edit]

Klizan At 2014 Winston-Salem Open

Klizan started the year with a first round loss at the Nouméa, New Caledonia Challenger to World No. 258 Kimmer Coppejans. After such a negative start, he found a very good form at the subsequent Australian Open. As a lucky loser, starting from the qualifications, he reached the third round, his best result in Australia, but lost to another lucky loser: Stephane Robert.

He continued his good form at the 500 tournament of 2014 Rio de Janeiro. Starting again from the qualification, he reached the second round. This result made Klizan return in the top 100 of the ranking, at World No. 97.[5] In São Paulo Kližan reached quarterfinals, where he lost to semifinalist Thomaz Bellucci.

Starting again from the qualifications, Klizan surprisingly won the Munich Open, beating Mikhail Youzhny and Tommy Haas en route to the final, where he defeated top seeded Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. It was the second final and second title in Klizan's main circuit career. He won both titles beating Fognini in the final.[6] At the Roland Garros Klizan made his best result to date in the French slam. He reached the third round after defeating World no. 11 Kei Nishikori in straight sets and Robin Haase.

At the beginning of the grass season he reached the quarterfinals where he was beaten by Richard Gasquet in Eastbourne. At Wimbledon he was ranked no. 51, and lost in the first round in 4 sets to the former champion Rafael Nadal. At the Beijing Open Klizan reversed the tables on Nadal in a shock 6-7 6-4 6-3 victory bringing him to a semi-final against Berdych.[7]

2015: Continued success[edit]

Kližan played at 2015 Australian Open as 32nd seed. He retired his second round match against João Sousa.

Kližan won his third ATP doubles title at Rio Open, partnering Philipp Oswald.

He played two singles matches and also a doubles match in the Davis Cup tie against Slovenia. Slovakia won 5-0. Originally the Slovak nomination was announced without Kližan, but he later changed his decision and decided to play in the Davis Cup match.[8]

In April, Kližan won his third ATP title in Casablanca, defeating Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the final.

In Wimbledon Kližan lost in the first round to Fernando Verdasco.

At 2015 French Open Kližan defeated Frances Tiafoe in the first round and lost to Gilles Simon in the second round.

In July, Kližan played for Slovakia in Davis Cup again. He won both his singles matches in Romania.[9]

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (3 titles)[edit]

Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (3–0)
Finals by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (2–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 23 September 2012 St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Italy Fabio Fognini 6–2, 6–3
Winner 2. 4 May 2014 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay Italy Fabio Fognini 2–6, 6–1, 6–2
Winner 3. 12 April 2015 Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco Clay Spain Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6–2, 6–2

Doubles: 3 (3 titles)[edit]

Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–0)
Finals by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (3–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 27 July 2013 ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag, Umag, Croatia Clay Spain David Marrero United States Nicholas Monroe
Germany Simon Stadler
6–1, 5–7, [10–7]
Winner 2. 24 May 2014 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, Nice, France Clay Austria Philipp Oswald India Rohan Bopanna
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
6–2, 6–0
Winner 3. 21 February 2015 Rio Open, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Clay Austria Philipp Oswald Spain Pablo Andújar
Austria Oliver Marach
7–6(7–3), 6–4

Challenger career finals[edit]

Singles: 9 (6–3)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 21 November 2010 Slovakia Bratislava, Slovakia Hard Austria Stefan Koubek 7–6(7–4), 6–2
Runner-up 1. 17 April 2011 Italy Rome, Italy Clay Netherlands Thomas Schoorel 5–7, 6–1, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 14 August 2011 San Marino San Marino, San Marino Clay Italy Potito Starace 1–6, 0–3 RET
Winner 2. 11 September 2011 Italy Genoa, Italy Clay Argentina Leonardo Mayer 6–3, 6–1
Winner 3. 17 March 2012 Morocco Rabat, Morocco Clay Italy Filippo Volandri 6–2, 6–3
Winner 4. 24 March 2012 Morocco Marrakech, Morocco Clay Romania Adrian Ungur 3–6, 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 3. 13 May 2012 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic Clay Argentina Horacio Zeballos 6–1, 4–6, 6–7(6–8)
Winner 5. 20 May 2012 France Bordeaux, France Clay Russia Teymuraz Gabashvili 7–5, 6–3
Winner 6. 12 August 2012 San Marino City of San Marino, San Marino Clay Italy Simone Bolelli 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 4. 25 March 2014 Colombia Barranquilla, Colombia Clay Uruguay Pablo Cuevas 3-6, 1-6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q1 A A 1R 3R 2R 3–3
French Open Q2 A A Q3 A 2R 2R 3R 2R 5–4
Wimbledon A A A A Q1 2R 1R 1R 1R 1–4
US Open A A A 1R A 4R 1R 2R 2R 5–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 5–3 1–4 5–4 3–4 14–16
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–3
Year End Ranking 395 606 234 155 117 30 110 34

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 2R A 1–1
French Open A 1R 1R 0–2
Wimbledon 1R 1R 2R 1–3
US Open 1R 1R 1R 0–3
Win–Loss 0–2 1–4 1–3 2–9

Wins over top-10 players per season[edit]

Season 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score Klizan
1. France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6 US Open, New York, United States Hard 2R 6–4, 1–6, 6–1, 6–3 52
2. Japan Kei Nishikori 10 French Open, Paris, France Clay 1R 7–6(7–4), 6–1, 6–2 59
3. Spain Rafael Nadal 2 Beijing, China Hard QF 6–7(7–9), 6–4, 6–3 56


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Canada Milos Raonic
ATP Newcomer of the Year
Succeeded by
Czech Republic Jiří Veselý
(ATP Star of Tomorrow)