Philipp Petzschner

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Philipp Petzschner
Philipp Petzschner 2011.jpg
Country (sports)  Germany
Residence Pulheim, Germany
Born (1984-03-24) March 24, 1984 (age 32)
Bayreuth, Germany
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2001
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 3,747,722
Singles
Career record 88–107
Career titles 1
1 ATP Challenger Tour
Highest ranking No. 35 (14 September 2009)
Current ranking No. 1231 (27 June 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2012)
French Open 2R (2009, 2011)
Wimbledon 3R (2009, 2010)
US Open 2R (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2012)
Doubles
Career record 149–141
Career titles 6
19 ATP Challenger Tour
Highest ranking No. 9 (4 April 2011)
Current ranking No. 36 (27 June 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2011)
French Open 3R (2012)
Wimbledon W (2010)
US Open W (2011)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals RR (2010, 2011)
Olympic Games 1R (2012)
Mixed doubles
Career record 5–7
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2011)
Wimbledon 2R (2009, 2011, 2012)
US Open QF (2012)
Other mixed doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2012)
Team competitions
Davis Cup SF (2007)
Last updated on: 27 June 2016.

Philipp Petzschner (born March 24, 1984) is a professional German tennis player. He is known for his hard-hitting forehand and bursts of speed around the court. His career-high doubles ranking is world no. 9, which he achieved in April 2011.

Career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

As a junior Petzschner reached as high as No. 8 in the world in 2002 (and No. 1 in doubles). He reached the semi-finals of the 2001 Jr Wimbledon tournament, and won the 2002 French Open Jr doubles event.

2007[edit]

In 2007 US Open qualifying, he defeated fellow German player Benjamin Becker in the first round, before losing to Tommy Haas in four sets.

2008[edit]

In 2008 he qualified for Wimbledon, where he fell to Croatian Mario Ančić in the second round.

In October, he captured his first ATP title in Vienna, after he won his qualifying round matches and defeating top seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round.

2009[edit]

At the 2009 Australian Open, he was defeated by Brian Dabul in the first round. At Roland Garros, Petzschner reached the second round after defeating Canadian Peter Polansky in five sets. There, he lost to Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in straight sets. At the 2009 Gerry Weber Open, he took revenge for that defeat. He won in three sets before losing to Olivier Rochus from Belgium in the second round. At Wimbledon, he beat Rajeev Ram in the first round, then Mischa Zverev in the second round, but lost to Lleyton Hewitt in the third round. He reached the last sixteen in Washington, D.C. and Montreal. Petzschner was defeated by Juan Carlos Ferrero in the second round of the 2009 US Open after leading two sets to love.

He was not able to defend his title in Vienna as he had to pull out due to an injury.

2010[edit]

He lost in the first round of the 2010 Australian Open when comfortably leading two sets to love against Florian Mayer. In February, he won his first doubles title with Jürgen Melzer at the 2010 PBZ Zagreb Indoors. At the same event, he reached the singles semifinal, where he lost to Michael Berrer. In late February, he reached his second semifinal of the season in Memphis, but he was defeated by American John Isner. At the Gerry Weber Open in Halle/Westfalen in June, Petzschner lost to world no. 2 Roger Federer in a tough semifinal encounter. At Wimbledon, Petzschner was defeated after a comeback of eventual champion and world no. 1 Rafael Nadal in five sets after leading 2–1 in the third round. In the Wimbledon Championships Doubles, Petzschner won his first Grand Slam title with Jürgen Melzer. They were the first unseeded players to win this competition in five years. This also made Petzschner the first German man to win a Grand Slam tournament since Boris Becker won the Australian Open in 1996.

At the 2010 US Open Petzschner lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic in the second round.

At the end of August, he qualified for the World Tour Doubles Finals in London with Jürgen Melzer. They were knocked out in the group stage of the competition, finishing third.

Petzschner finished the year as world no. 57 in singles and world no. 20 in doubles. He earned a career-high prize money of $702,058, with a match record of 21–19 in singles and 22–16 in doubles.

2011[edit]

Petzshcner and Melzer reached the doubles quarterfinal at the 2011 Australian Open, when they lost to Bob and Mike Bryan. In singles play, Petzschner was defeated in five sets by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round of the tournament. In Rotterdam, Petzschner won his third doubles title partnering Jürgen Melzer.

The height of Petzschner's season was reached when he and his partner Jürgen Melzer won the US Open Men's Doubles final, defeating the sixth seeded Polish team of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski. A controversy occurred at 2–2 in the second set, when a ball bounced on Petzschner's left shin and the chair umpire ruled the play valid. When asked, Petzschner nodded ambiguously, even though the video replay later confirmed that the ball was returned illegally. Nevertheless, the incident did not affect the match's final result 6–2, 6–2.

Petzschner reached his first singles quarterfinal of the season in Dubai, defeating Andreas Seppi and Philipp Kohlschreiber, before falling to Tomáš Berdych. He represented Germany in the Davis Cup first-round tie against Croatia in Zagreb. Partnering Christopher Kas, he defeated Ivo Karlović and Ivan Dodig in five sets to give Germany a 2–1 lead. In the deciding fifth rubber, Petzschner replaced Florian Mayer and secured Germany's quarterfinal spot with a three-set win against Karlović.

At the 2011 BMW Open in Munich, he reached his first singles semifinal of the season. He defeated Ivan Dodig, Mikhail Youzhny, and Potito Starace, before losing to Florian Mayer. At the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf, Petzschner won the deciding doubles match partnering Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final against Argentina. In singles, he gave Germany a 1–0 lead against Russia, defeating Igor Andreev in straight sets.

Petzschner reached his second career singles final in Halle, on grass. He retired injured while trailing compatriot Kohlschreiber love-two in the second set.

2012[edit]

Petzschner reached the finals of the UNICEF Open, losing to David Ferrer in straight sets.[1]

2015[edit]

Petzschner failed to qualify for any ATP singles events this year. However, in doubles he and partner Jonathan Erlich achieved success by reaching the Wimbledon semifinal as qualifiers. His year-end doubles ranking was no. 50.

2016[edit]

At the beginning of the year Petzschner and partner Alexander Peya got to three finals (Doha, Rotterdam and Acapulco), but lost them all.

In March he reached a quarterfinal of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in three and a half years at the Miami Open.

Playing style[edit]

Petzschner has a powerful serve (up to 230 km/h) and forehand. His slice backhand is very flat and dangerous, which he utilises so much to the extent that he comparably rarely hits a topspin or flat two-handed backhand.[2] He is also an excellent player at the net, which makes him a better doubles player.

Personal life[edit]

He married singer Dewi Sulaeman of the pop group Bellini in September 2010. They have one adopted son.

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 2 (2–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2010 Wimbledon Championships Grass Austria Jürgen Melzer Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
6–1, 7–5, 7–5
Winner 2011 US Open Hard Austria Jürgen Melzer Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6–2, 6–2

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. October 12, 2008 Bank Austria-TennisTrophy,
Vienna, Austria
Hard (i) France Gaël Monfils 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1. June 12, 2011 Gerry Weber Open,
Halle, Germany
Grass Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber 6–7(5–7), 0–2 ret.
Runner-up 2. June 23, 2012 UNICEF Open,
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherland
Grass Spain David Ferrer 3–6, 4–6

Doubles: 12 (6 titles, 6 runners-up)[edit]

Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam tournaments (2–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–3)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (3–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 12 October
2008
Bank Austria-TennisTrophy,
Vienna, Austria
Hard (i) Austria Alexander Peya Belarus Max Mirnyi
Israel Andy Ram
1–6, 5–7
Winner 1. 7 February
2010
PBZ Zagreb Indoors,
Zagreb, Croatia
Hard (i) Austria Jürgen Melzer France Arnaud Clément
Belgium Olivier Rochus
3–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Winner 2. 3 July
2010
Wimbledon,
London, England
Grass Austria Jürgen Melzer Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
6–1, 7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 18 July
2010
MercedesCup,
Stuttgart, Germany
Clay Germany Christopher Kas Argentina Carlos Berlocq
Argentina Eduardo Schwank
6–7(5–7), 6–7(6–8)
Winner 3. 13 February
2011
ABN AMRO Tournament,
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Hard (i) Austria Jürgen Melzer France Michaël Llodra
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 3–6, [10–5]
Winner 4. 16 July
2011
MercedesCup,
Stuttgart, Germany
Clay Austria Jürgen Melzer Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Marc López
6–3, 6–4
Winner 5. 10 September
2011
US Open,
New York, United States
Hard Austria Jürgen Melzer Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 7 January
2012
Brisbane International,
Brisbane, Australia
Hard Austria Jürgen Melzer Belarus Max Mirnyi
Canada Daniel Nestor
1–6, 2–6
Winner 6. 19 October
2014
Erste Bank Open,
Vienna, Austria
Hard (i) Austria Jürgen Melzer Germany Andre Begemann
Austria Julian Knowle
7–6(8–6), 4–6, [10–7]
Runner-up 4. 8 January
2016
Qatar ExxonMobil Open,
Doha, Qatar
Hard Austria Alexander Peya Spain Feliciano López
Spain Marc López
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 14 February
2016
ABN AMRO Tournament,
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Hard (i) Austria Alexander Peya France Nicolas Mahut
Canada Vasek Pospisil
6–7(2–7), 4–6
Runner-up 6. 27 February
2016
Mexican Open,
Acapulco, Mexico
Hard Austria Alexander Peya Philippines Treat Huey
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–7(5–7), 3–6

ATP Challenger Tour titles[edit]

Singles (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 14 October 2007 Rennes, France Hard (i) Luxembourg Gilles Muller 6–3, 6–4

Doubles (19)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 22 August 2004 Mönchengladbach, Germany Clay Christopher Kas Karsten Braasch
Franz Stauder
3–6, 6–2, 7–64
2. 21 November 2004 Eckental, Germany (1) Carpet (i) Christopher Kas Daniele Bracciali
Petr Luxa
6–4, 7–65
3. 6 February 2005 Wolfsburg, Germany Carpet (i) Alexander Peya Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
Lovro Zovko
6–2, 6–4
4. 22 May 2005 Dresden, Germany Clay Christopher Kas Bart Beks
Martijn van Haasteren
6–72, 6–2, 6–4
5. 9 October 2005 Mons, Belgium (1) Carpet (i) Christopher Kas Tomas Cibulec
Tom Vanhoudt
7–64, 6–2
6. 13 November 2005 Eckental, Germany (2) Carpet (i) Christopher Kas Torsten Popp
Jasper Smit
6–3, 7–5
7. 29 January 2006 Heilbronn, Germany Carpet (i) Christopher Kas Lukas Dlouhy
David Skoch
6–72, 6–3, [10–4]
8. 26 February 2006 Besançon, France Hard (i) Christopher Kas Jean-Claude Scherrer
Lovro Zovko
6–2, 6–2
9. 23 April 2006 Cardiff, Great Britain Hard (i) Alexander Peya Filip Prpic
Björn Rehnquist
4–6, 6–3, [10–7]
10. 9 September 2007 Donetsk, Ukraine Hard (i) Simon Stadler Patrick Briaud
Nicholas Monroe
3–6, 7–5, [10–6]
11. 14 October 2007 Rennes, France Hard (i) Björn Phau Filip Polasek
Igor Zelenay
6–2, 6–2
12. 4 November 2007 Aachen, Germany Carpet (i) Alexander Peya Dominik Meffert
Mischa Zverev
6–3, 6–2
13. 11 November 2007 Eckental, Germany (3) Carpet (i) Alexander Peya Philipp Marx
Lars Uebel
6–3, 6–4
14. 24 February 2008 Besançon, France Hard (i) Alexander Peya Yves Allegro
Horia Tecau
6–3, 6–1
15. 3 May 2009 Tenerife, Spain Hard (i) Alexander Peya James Auckland
Josh Goodall
6–2, 3–6, [10–4]
16. 13 March 2013 Dallas, United States Hard Jürgen Melzer Eric Butorac
Dominic Inglot
6–3, 6–1
17. 22 February 2015 Wroclaw, Poland Hard (i) Tim Puetz Frank Dancevic
Andriej Kapas
7–64, 6–3
18. 11 October 2015 Mons, Belgium (2) Hard (i) Ruben Bemelmans Rameez Junaid
Igor Zelenay
6–3, 6–1
19. 8 November 2015 Eckental, Germany (4) Carpet (i) Ruben Bemelmans Ken Skupski
Neal Skupski
7–5, 6–2

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2001 French Open Clay Germany Markus Bayer Colombia Alejandro Falla
Colombia Carlos Salamanca
6–3, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 2002 French Open Clay Germany Markus Bayer Australia Ryan Henry
Australia Todd Reid
7–5, 6–4

Performance timelines[edit]

Current till 2016 Wimbledon Championships

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R A 2R 3R QF 3R A A A 1R 0 / 6 8–6 57%
French Open 1R A A 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R A A A 0 / 6 2–6 25%
Wimbledon 2R A QF 2R W QF SF A A SF A 1 / 7 22–6 79%
US Open 2R A QF 1R 1R W 2R 1R A 1R 1 / 8 11–7 61%
Win–Loss 2–3 0–1 6–2 2–4 8–3 12–3 9–4 0–2 0–0 4–2 0–1 2 / 27 43–25 63%
National Representation
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 1R Not Held 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Davis Cup A SF QF Absent QF 1R Absent PO 1R 0 / 5 4–5 44%
Win–Loss 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–3 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 0 / 6 4–6 40%
Year-End Championships
World Tour Finals Did Not Qualify RR RR Did Not Qualify 0 / 2 2–4 33%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters Absent 2R A 1R Absent 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Miami Masters Absent 1R SF A 1R Absent QF 0 / 4 5–4 56%
Monte Carlo Masters Absent 2R Absent 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Madrid Masters Absent 2R Absent 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Rome Masters Absent 2R Absent 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Canada Masters Absent QF QF 1R Absent 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Cincinnati Masters Absent 2R 2R 1R Absent 0 / 3 0–3 0%
Shanghai Masters Not Held 2R A 2R QF Absent 0 / 3 2–3 40%
Paris Masters Absent 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 1–3 4–6 3–4 0–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 0 / 19 12–191 39%
Career statistics
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Career
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 2 / 3 3 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 0 1 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 3 6 / 12
Overall Win–Loss 7–11 1–2 17–13 17–21 22–16 34–26 21–21 4–7 5–1 7–11 14–9 149–1412
Win % 39% 33% 57% 45% 58% 57% 50% 36% 83% 39% 61% 51.38%
Year-end ranking 71 138 41 55 20 10 38 158 184 50 $1,520,861

1 including Hamburg Masters 2002 (1R)
2 including Overall Win-Loss 2001 (0–1) and 2002 (0–2)

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A Q2 Q1 1R 1R 1R 2R A A Q2 A 0 / 4 1–4 20%
French Open A A A 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R A A A 0 / 5 2–5 29%
Wimbledon A A 2R 3R 3R 1R 2R 1R A A A 0 / 6 6–6 50%
US Open A 2R Q3 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R Q2 A 0 / 6 5–6 45%
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 1–1 4–4 3–4 2–4 3–4 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 21 14–21 40%
National Representation
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 2R Not Held 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Davis Cup A 0–2 0–0 Absent 2–0 0–0 Absent 0–0 0–0 0 / 4 2–2 50%
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 3
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 1–2 10–9 15–25 21–19 24–22 10–17 3–5 1–2 0–0 0–0 88–1071 45%
Year-end ranking 312 185 66 80 57 63 115 206 421 749 $2,226,360

1 including Overall Win-Loss 2003 (2–3), 2004 (1–1) and 2005 (0–2)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Philipp Petzschner". Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  2. ^ Lin, Charles (2010). "USO Day 4: Djokovic wins over Petzschner in rowdy evening match", essentialtennis.com, 3 September 2010.

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