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Martin Kližan
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Kližan at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports)  Slovakia
Residence Bratislava, Slovakia
Born (1989-07-11) 11 July 1989 (age 29)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 2007
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Dominik Hrbatý
Prize money $4,537,698
Singles
Career record 132–128 (50.77%)
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 24 (27 April 2015)
Current ranking No. 49 (24 September 2018)[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)
Doubles
Career record 36–53 (40.45%)
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 73 (4 May 2015)
Current ranking No. 344 (30 July 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2013)
French Open 1R (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
Wimbledon 2R (2014)
US Open 1R (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Last updated on: 4 August 2018.

Martin Kližan (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmartiŋ ˈkliʒan];[a] 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.

Career[edit]

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 compatriot 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 and 58–18 in doubles. He reached the boys' No. 1 combined world ranking on 1 January 2007.

2010–11: Top 100 debut[edit]

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. He would subsequently break into the top 100 in September of the following year.

2012: Top 50 debut[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. He competed in men's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as the men's doubles with Lukáš Lacko.[4]

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.[5] 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, where he lost to Marin Čilić. He then won two respective Davis Cup matches against João Sousa and Gastão Elias in a tie against Portugal.

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 after having finshed the previous year as World No. 117.

2013: Loss of form[edit]

Coming into 2013, Kližan was expected to reach at least the top 20. However, with his inconsistent nature, Kližan 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 participated in a Challenger tournament in Caltanissetta, Italy, where Kližan suffered a shocking loss to non-ranked player Pablo Carreno Busta in the first round. Afterwards, Klizan returned to the main tour and after reaching the quarterfinals in Umag and winning his first-round match in Montreal against Thomaz Bellucci, lost in the first round of every tournament, peaking at the 2013 US Open, where he lost to Donald Young. He did not play for six weeks due to a wrist injury and withdrew from St. Petersburg, where he was the defending champion.

2014: Return to form[edit]

Kližan started the year with a first-round loss at the Nouméa, New Caledonia Challenger tournament to World No. 258 Kimmer Coppejans. After such a negative start, he found very good subsequent form at the Australian Open. Starting from qualifying, his achieved his best result in Australia by reaching the third round as a lucky loser, where he lost to another lucky loser: Stephane Robert.

He continued his good form at the 500 tournament in Rio. Starting again from qualifying, he reached the second round. This result saw Kližan return to the top 100 of the rankings at World No. 97.[6] In São Paulo, Kližan reached the quarterfinals, where he lost to semifinalist Thomaz Bellucci.

Starting from qualifying once more, Kližan surprisingly won the BMW Open, beating Mikhail Youzhny and Tommy Haas en route to the final, where he defeated top seeded Fabio Fognini. It was the second final and second title in Kližan's main-circuit career. He won both titles beating Fognini in the final.[7] At Roland Garros, Kližan had his best French Open result to date. 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 lost in the first round in four sets to former champion Rafael Nadal.

At the China Open, Kližan got revenge by turning the tables on Nadal, defeating him in the quarterfinals.[8]

2015–16: Top 25 debut, 2 ATP 500 titles[edit]

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

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

He played two singles matches and also the doubles match in a Davis Cup tie against Slovenia, which Slovakia won 5–0. Originally, the Slovak nominations were announced without Kližan, but he later changed his decision and decided to partake in the tie.[9]

In April, Kližan won his third ATP title in Casablanca, defeating Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the final. In Barcelona, he reached the semifinals, where he lost to eventual champion Kei Nishikori.

At the 2015 French Open, Kližan defeated Frances Tiafoe in the first round and lost to Gilles Simon in the second round.[10] He then received wild card into challenger in Prostějov.[11] He defeated fellow Slovak player Norbert Gombos in the first round, but lost in the second round to young Serbian player Laslo Djere.

At Wimbledon, Kližan lost in the first round to Fernando Verdasco.

In July, Kližan again played Davis Cup for Slovakia and won both his matches.[12]

At the US Open, he won his first match against Florian Mayer. However, in the second round he lost to 27th seed Jérémy Chardy. In September, he reached the semifinals in Metz.

Kližan started 2016 with first-round losses in Doha and Sydney. In the first round of the Australian Open, he lost in a five-setter to 24th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

In February, Kližan reached the semifinals in Sofia, where he lost to Viktor Troicki.

He subsequently won his fourth title in Rotterdam, beating Gaël Monfils in the final, coming back from a set down. On his way to the title, Kližan saved eight match points (five against Roberto Bautista Agut and three against Nicolas Mahut).[13]

Kližan seized his second ATP 500 title at the 2016 German Open, defeating Pablo Cuevas in the final in straight sets.[14]

2017: Injuries[edit]

Kližan started the season with in Chennai, where he received a bye in the first round and lost in the second round to Aljaž Bedene. This was followed by a first-round loss in Sydney, where he retired with a foot injury. He then lost a tight, five-set match against No. 4 seed Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open.[15]

Kližan reached the quarterfinals in both Sofia [16] and Rotterdam.[17] As he was the defending champion in Rotterdam, his ranking dropped substantially after these tournaments.[18] In Acapulco, Kližan lost in the first round to top seed Novak Djokovic.[19]

At the 2017 BNP Paribas Open, Kližan lost in the second round to Pablo Cuevas and in the first round of Miami in first round to Benoît Paire. This was followed by a first-round loss in Marrakesh to qualifier Laslo Djere. Kližan qualified for the main draw of the 2017 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, but he lost to Nicolás Almagro in the first round, after receiving two game penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct in the third set.[20] In Budapest, Kližan defeated two qualifiers: Maximilian Marterer and Bjorn Fratangelo, before losing to top seed and eventual winner Lucas Pouille.[21] In Munich, Kližan defeated Nicolás Kicker and Mischa Zverev, before losing to Chung Hyeon in quarterfinals.[22]

At the 2017 French Open, Kližan defeated Laurent Lokoli in the first round before losing to World No. 1 Andy Murray.[23] This was followed by two Challengers, where he played as the top seed. In Prostějov, Kližan lost in the second round to qualifier Markus Eriksson (ranked 476 at the time).[24] In Poprad-Tatry, he lost to Roberto Carballés Baena in the quarterfinals.[25]

Kližan played one grass tournament before Wimbledon. In Antalya, he retired in his first-round match against Marsel İlhan.[26] At Wimbledon, Kližan retired in the first round again, this time he played Novak Djokovic.[27] After the points from winning the 2016 German Open were deducted, Kližan dropped out of the top 100.[28]

2018: 10th ATP title[edit]

Kližan reached the round of 16 at the Sofia Open, where he was defeated by Stan Wawrinka in three sets. In March, Kližan won the Indian Wells Challenger tournament.[29] At the Barcelona Open later in the year, he beat Novak Djokovic for the first time in five encounters (1–4).[30] Kližan then lost in quarterfinals to Rafael Nadal.[31] In Munich, Kližan qualified into the main draw and reached the quarterfinals, where he lost to Chung Hyeon.[32]

Kližan qualified for the main draw at Roland Garros, where he lost in the second round to Gaël Monfils.[33] During the grass season, Kližan did not play at any ATP tournaments.[34]

Coming into the 2018 Generali Open Kitzbühel with a career record of 127–128 in singles, Kližan ensured his record would have more wins than losses by not only reaching the semifinals, but by also going on and winning the whole tournament. Kližan did just that, defeating Denis Istomin in the final, top seed Dominic Thiem as well as Dušan Lajović in the quarterfinals, against whom he saved two match points.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline[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.
Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open A A A Q1 A A 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 5 3–5 38%
French Open Q2 A A Q3 A 2R 2R 3R 2R 1R 2R 2R 0 / 7 7–7 50%
Wimbledon A A A A Q1 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 6 1–6 14%
US Open A A A 1R A 4R 1R 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 6 5–6 45%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 5–3 1–4 5–4 3–4 0–4 1–3 1–1 0 / 24 16–24 39%

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In isolation, Martin is pronounced [ˈmaɾtin].

References[edit]

  1. ^ ATP Profile
  2. ^ ITF Juniors Profile
  3. ^ "ATP 2010 stats". Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Martin Klizan Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  5. ^ "Jo-Wilfried Tsonga upset at Open". Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Rebríček ATP vedie Nadal, Kližan je opäť v prvej stovke" (in Slovak). Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Klizan Beats Fognini to Win BMW Open Final". Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Rafael Nadal crashes to defeat against Martin Klizan in the China Open". Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Kližan sa rozhodol, proti Slovincom nakoniec bude hrať". SME (in Slovak). Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Kližan na Roland Garros skončil. Nezaslúžil som si vyhrať, vravel". SME (in Slovak). Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  11. ^ David Ševčík (1 June 2015). "Prostějovský turnaj přilákal devět tenistů z první stovky" (in Czech). Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Kližan rozhodol, proti Copilovi získal tretí slovenský bod" (in Slovak). 2015-07-19. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  13. ^ "Slovak beats Monfils for fourth ATP World Tour crown". 14 February 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Klizan Saves His Best For Last In Hamburg Final". 17 July 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  15. ^ Stan Wawrinka hits Australian Open first round opponent Martin Klizan where it hurts in epic five-set victory
  16. ^ "Dimitrov Surges Into Sofia Semis". 10 February 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Tsonga Ousts Cilic, Now Faces Berdych In Rotterdam". 17 February 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Kližan v rebríčku výrazne klesol, je až v ôsmej desiatke sveta". SME (in Slovak). 13 February 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Djokovic Fights Through Acapulco Debut". 28 February 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  20. ^ "Martin Klizan loses the plot against Nicolas Almagro in Monte Carlo". 18 April 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  21. ^ "Na semifinále čaká od júna. Kližan prehral v Budapešti vo štvrťfinále". SME (in Slovak). 28 April 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Zverev Survives All-German Battle In Munich". 6 May 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  23. ^ "Kližan prinútil Murraya k plánu B, C i D, do 3. kola ide svetová jednotka" (in Slovak). 1 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  24. ^ "Iba nedávno trápil svetovú jednotku. Kližan prehral v Prostějove so 476. hráčom sveta". SME (in Slovak). 7 June 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  25. ^ "Kližan podľahol Španielovi, v Poprade končí už vo štvrťfinále". SME (in Slovak). 22 June 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  26. ^ "Kližan nedohral zápas v Turecku". SME (in Slovak). 27 June 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  27. ^ "Kližan skrečoval zápas proti Djokovičovi". SME (in Slovak). 4 July 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  28. ^ "Kližan sa prepadol o 74 miest, novou slovenskou jednotkou je Gombos". SME (in Slovak). 4 July 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  29. ^ "Klizan Claims Indian Wells Challenger Crown". 5 March 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  30. ^ "Klizan Stuns Djokovic To Reach Third Round". 25 April 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  31. ^ "Nadal Forced To Rally In Barcelona". 27 April 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  32. ^ "Zverev Moves Into Munich Semi-Finals, Chung Next". 4 May 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  33. ^ "Kližan na Roland Garros skončil, proti Monfilsovi nezískal ani set". SME (in Slovak). 30 May 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  34. ^ "Kližan nebude štartovať na tráve. Chcem sa vrátiť na pozície, na ktorých som bol". SME (in Slovak). 18 June 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  35. ^ "Klizan Charges To Kitzbühel Crown". 4 August 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Canada Milos Raonic
ATP Newcomer of the Year
2012
Succeeded by
Czech Republic Jiří Veselý
(ATP Star of Tomorrow)