Olivier Rochus

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Olivier Rochus
Olivier Rochus.jpg
Country (sports)  Belgium
Residence Dion-Valmont, Belgium
Born (1981-01-18) 18 January 1981 (age 36)
Namur, Belgium
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned pro 1999
Retired 2014
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $4,809,475
Career record 237–274
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 24 (17 October 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2005)
French Open 3R (2001, 2006)
Wimbledon 4R (2003)
US Open 4R (2004)
Career record 98–121
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 29 (5 July 2004)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
French Open W (2004)
Wimbledon 3R (2005)
US Open 3R (2006, 2009)
Last updated on: 14 January 2013.

Olivier Rochus (French pronunciation: ​[ɔlivie ʁɔʃu]; born 18 January 1981) is a retired Belgian tennis player. He has won two singles titles in his career and in 2004 won the French Open doubles title partnering fellow Belgian Xavier Malisse. Rochus' career-high singles ranking is World No. 24.

At 1.65 metres (5 ft 5 in) tall, he was the shortest player on the ATP World Tour.[1]


He is the younger brother of Christophe Rochus, also a former top-40 tennis player.


Rochus was a partner of Roger Federer on the junior circuit, winning the boys' doubles title at Wimbledon in 1998.

As a junior, he compiled a singles win/loss record of 81–30 (42–20 in doubles), reaching as high as No. 11 in the world in 1997 (and No. 16 in doubles the following year). Rochus reached at least the quarterfinals of all four junior slams (including the semifinals of the French and Wimbledon).


He won his first title in Palermo in 2000, defeating his brother in the semifinals and Diego Nargiso in the final. In 2003, he achieved his greatest Master Series result, reaching the quarter-finals of the Hamburg Masters.[2]

He has represented Belgium at two Olympic Games in both the singles and the doubles competitions at Athens and Beijing.[3]

In May 2006, he reached the final of the ATP tournament in Munich, setting up the first ever all-Belgian men's singles final against Kristof Vliegen. He won that final in straight sets.

In June, Rochus faced World No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarter-finals of the tournament in Halle. Rochus held four match points in the second set at 5–6 and in the tie-break. He could not close out the match and eventually lost in three tiebreaks.


He reached the final of the 2009 If Stockholm Open, after winning to Swede Andreas Vinciguerra in the first round, eighth seed Feliciano López, and Jarkko Nieminen. In the semi-finals, he beat best Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci. In the final, he met former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis, but lost in two sets.

One week later at the 2009 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, he won his first match against French qualifier Vincent Millot. He faced World No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but lost in two short sets.

His next tournament was the Davidoff Swiss Indoors, where he first won his three qualifying matches. In the first round of the tournament, he lost to his former double partner and World No. 1 Roger Federer.

The last tournament of his tennis season was the AXA Belgian Masters (Challenger), where he met countryman Steve Darcis in the semifinal.


At the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open he defeated Richard Gasquet and the 2007 titlist and second seed Novak Djokovic.

In the Nice tournament, one week prior to Roland Garros, he pulled off another upset, defeating 2009 French Open finalist Robin Söderling.

He defeated Raven Klaasen of South Africa at the Hall of Fame Campbell's Tennis Championship, but lost to Mardy Fish in the final in three sets.


In March, Rochus lost in the fourth round in Miami to Roger Federer, after defeating Blaž Kavčič, Marcos Baghdatis, and Mikhail Youzhny in the first three rounds. In July, he made it to the final in Newport, where he was defeated by John Isner in straight sets.


Rochus had his best success earlier in 2012, reaching the final in Auckland. He lost to Nicolás Almagro in the first round of Wimbledon 2012.[4]

In 2013, he played mostly on the Challenger circuit, never advancing beyond the second round of an ATP event.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 10 (2 titles, 8 runners-up)[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 (2–8)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–6)
Clay (2–0)
Grass (0–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 25 September 2000 Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia, Palermo, Italy Clay Italy Diego Nargiso 7–6(16–14), 6–1
Runner-up 1. 11 February 2002 Copenhagen Open, Copenhagen, Denmark Hard (i) Germany Lars Burgsmüller 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 3 March 2003 Copenhagen Open, Copenhagen, Denmark (2) Hard (i) Slovakia Karol Kučera 6–7(4–7), 4–6
Runner-up 3. 15 January 2005 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard Chile Fernando González 4–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 1 May 2006 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay Belgium Kristof Vliegen 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 24 September 2007 Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open, Mumbai, India Hard France Richard Gasquet 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 25 October 2009 Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 6. 11 July 2010 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States Grass United States Mardy Fish 7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 10 July 2011 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States (2) Grass United States John Isner 3–6, 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 8. 14 January 2012 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand (2) Hard Spain David Ferrer 3–6, 4–6

Doubles: 7 (2 titles, 5 runners-up)[edit]

Grand Slam tournament (1–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 series (0–2)
ATP World Tour 250 series (1–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–3)
Clay (1–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 5 June 2004 French Open, Paris, France Clay Belgium Xavier Malisse France Michaël Llodra
France Fabrice Santoro
7–5, 7–5
Winner 2. 9 January 2005 Next Generation Adelaide International, Adelaide, Australia Hard Belgium Xavier Malisse Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Todd Perry
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 1. 31 July 2005 Generali Open, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Belgium Christophe Rochus Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
Romania Andrei Pavel
2–6, 7–6(7–5), 0–6
Runner-up 2. 8 January 2006 Qatar Open, Doha, Qatar Hard Belgium Christophe Rochus Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–2, 3–6, [8–10]
Runner-up 3. 15 October 2006 Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Belgium Kristof Vliegen Australia Paul Hanley
South Africa Kevin Ullyett
6–7(2–7), 4–6
Runner-up 4. 20 July 2008 Austrian Open, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Argentina Lucas Arnold Ker United States James Cerretani
Romania Victor Hănescu
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 5. 7 February 2010 PBZ Zagreb Indoors, Zagreb, Croatia Hard (i) France Arnaud Clément Austria Jürgen Melzer
Germany Philipp Petzschner
6–3, 3–6, [8–10]

Singles Performance Timeline[edit]

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 2R 1R 4R 2R 2R 1R A 1R A 2R 1R A 7–11
French Open LQ 3R 2R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R Q3 2R 1R 1R A A 7–11
Wimbledon 3R 2R 3R 4R 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R Q1 1R 2R 1R 1R A 13–13
US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 4R 3R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R Q2 A 8–13
Win–Loss 2–2 3–4 3–4 4–4 3–4 7–4 7–4 1–4 1–4 1–1 1–4 1–3 1–4 0–2 0–0 35–48
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A 1R 3R 1R 2R 3R 3R 2R A 1R A 1R Q2 A 6–9
Miami A A 1R 2R 2R 2R 4R 3R 1R Q1 3R 4R 1R 2R A 12–10
Monte Carlo A A A 1R 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R Q1 1R 2R 1R A A 5–9
Madrid1 A A 1R QF 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R A A 1R 1R A A 5–9
Rome A A A 1R A 1R 1R 2R A A A A A A A 1–4
Toronto / Montreal A A A A A 3R A A A A A A A A A 2–1
Cincinnati A A A A A 3R A 1R A A A Q1 Q2 A A 2–2
Shanghai2 A 1R A 1R A 3R 1R A 1R A A A A A A 2–5
Paris A A 2R A A 1R 2R Q1 Q2 A A A A A A 2–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 1–4 6–6 2–4 10–9 5–7 3–5 3–5 0–0 2–3 4–3 0–4 1–1 0–0 37–52
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–10
Year-end ranking 68 114 64 48 66 27 36 48 122 57 113 67 90 200 580

1Held as Hamburg Masters (outdoor clay) until 2008, Madrid Masters (outdoor clay) 2009–present.
2Held as Stuttgart Masters (indoor hard) until 2001, Madrid Masters (indoor hard) from 2002–08, and Shanghai Masters (outdoor hard) 2009–present.

Doubles Performance Timeline[edit]

Current through the 2013 Australian Open.

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 5–8
French Open 1R W 3R 3R 3R QF 1R 1R 1R 15–8
Wimbledon 2R 3R 2R 2R 1R 3R 7–6
US Open 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 5–9
Win–Loss 1–3 8–3 5–4 6–4 4–4 3–3 2–1 0–3 0–2 3–3 0–1 32–31


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Juan Carlos Ferrero
ATP Newcomer of the Year
Succeeded by
Andy Roddick