Robert Farah (tennis)

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Robert Farah Maksoud
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Farah at the 2018 French Open
Country (sports) Colombia
ResidenceBogota, Colombia
Born (1987-01-20) 20 January 1987 (age 32)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada[1]
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro2010
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeUniversity of Southern California
Prize money$3,218,027
Singles
Career record4–9 (at ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 163 (6 June 2011)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2011)
French OpenQ2 (2011, 2012)
WimbledonQ2 (2011, 2012)
US Open1R (2011)
Doubles
Career record263–151 (at ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles16
Highest rankingNo. 1 (15 July 2019)
Current rankingNo. 1 (26 August 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2018)
French OpenSF (2017, 2019)
WimbledonW (2019)
US OpenW (2019)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (2018)
Olympic Games2R (2016)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2019)
French OpenF (2017)
WimbledonF (2016)
US OpenSF (2016)
Last updated on: 6 September 2019.

Robert Charbel Farah Maksoud (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈroβeɾt ˈfaɾa];[2][3] born 20 January 1987)[1] is a Canadian-born Colombian professional tennis player. Currently, he is ranked No. 1 in the world in men's doubles. Farah has a long-standing doubles partnership with countryman Juan Sebastián Cabal, with whom he has won 15 ATP titles, including the 2019 Wimbledon title and two Italian Open titles. He currently resides in Bogota, Colombia.

Family[edit]

Maksoud is the son of a family of Lebanese descent.[citation needed] His mother is a teacher at the French Liceo Paul Valery de Cali.[citation needed] His father is a tennis player (not recognized at professional level).[citation needed] In 2006, he became a professional tennis player.

College Tennis[edit]

Farah played college tennis at the University of Southern California from 2006 to 2010. He finished his senior season as the number one ranked player in singles, while additionally ranked second in doubles. He won the 2008 NCAA Men's Doubles National Championship, partnering Kaes Van’t Hof. He occasionally played doubles with future ATP pro Steve Johnson.[4]

ATP Tour[edit]

Farah's consistent doubles partnership with fellow countryman Juan Sebastián Cabal began at Wimbledon 2011, when they defeated the pair consisting of Pakistani Aisam Qureshi (8 in doubles) and Indian Rohan Bopanna (9 in the world), in a tight three set match that went to 21–19 in the final set, before losing in second round against American Michael Russell and Kazakhstani Mikhail Kukushkin in straight sets.

In the 2013 Australian Open, Farah and Cabal made their first appearance in the quarterfinals.

In 2016, Farah reached his first grand slam final, in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon partnering Anna-Lena Grönefeld. They lost in straight sets to Henri Kontinen of Finland and Heather Watson of the UK.

In 2017, Farah and Cabal reached their first men's doubles grand slam semifinal at the French Open. In the same tournament he reached the final of the mixed doubles partnering Gronefeld where they lost to Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski in 3 sets.

In July 2018, Farah was given a suspended three month suspension and fined £3,800 for promoting a gambling website on his twitter. Farah would only serve the suspension if there were further breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.[5]

Exactly a year after his suspension, Farah and countryman Cabal won their first ever grand slam men's doubles title at Wimbledon in 2019, defeating Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Édouard Roger-Vasselin in a thrilling 5 set match that required 4 tie-break sets; this victory means that Farah and Cabal both will ascend to world No. 1 in the week following the conclusion of the Championships.[6]

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2018 Australian Open Hard Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Austria Oliver Marach
Croatia Mate Pavić
4–6, 4–6
Win 2019 Wimbledon Grass Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal France Nicolas Mahut
France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 7–6(8–6), 6–7(5–7), 6–3
Win 2019 US Open Hard Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Spain Marcel Granollers
Argentina Horacio Zeballos
6–4, 7–5

Mixed doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2016 Wimbledon Grass Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld United Kingdom Heather Watson
Finland Henri Kontinen
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Loss 2017 French Open Clay Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
India Rohan Bopanna
6–2, 2–6, [10–12]

Masters 1000 finals[edit]

Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2014 Miami Open Hard Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(8–10), 4–6
Win 2018 Italian Open Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Spain Pablo Carreño Busta
Portugal João Sousa
3–6, 6–4, [10–4]
Loss 2018 Cincinnati Masters Hard Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–4, 3–6, [6–10]
Win 2019 Italian Open (2) Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal South Africa Raven Klaasen
New Zealand Michael Venus
6–1, 6–3
Loss 2019 Cincinnati Masters Hard Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Croatia Ivan Dodig
Slovakia Filip Polášek
6–4, 4–6, [6–10]

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 34 (16 titles, 18 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (2–1)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (2–3)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (3–3)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (9–11)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–7)
Clay (11–11)
Grass (2–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (14–17)
Indoor (2–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2012 Swiss Open, Switzerland 250 Series Clay Colombia Santiago Giraldo Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Marc López
4–6, 6–7(9–11)
Loss 0–2 May 2013 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, France 250 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Sweden Johan Brunström
South Africa Raven Klaasen
3–6, 2–6
Loss 0–3 Jan 2014 Brisbane International, Australia 250 Series Hard Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Canada Daniel Nestor
7–6(7–4), 4–6, [7–10]
Loss 0–4 Feb 2014 Chile Open, Chile 250 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Austria Oliver Marach
Romania Florin Mergea
3–6, 4–6
Win 1–4 Feb 2014 Rio Open, Brazil 500 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Spain David Marrero
Brazil Marcelo Melo
6–4, 6–2
Loss 1–5 Mar 2014 Brasil Open, Brazil 250 Series Clay (i) Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Spain Guillermo García-López
Austria Philipp Oswald
7–5, 4–6, [13–15]
Loss 1–6 Mar 2014 Miami Open, United States Masters 1000 Hard Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(8–10), 4–6
Win 2–6 Aug 2014 Winston-Salem Open, United States 250 Series Hard Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Australia John Peers
6–3, 6–4
Win 3–6 Feb 2015 Brasil Open, Brazil 250 Series Clay (i) Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Italy Paolo Lorenzi
Argentina Diego Schwartzman
6–4, 6–2
Win 4–6 May 2015 Geneva Open, Switaerland 250 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal South Africa Raven Klaasen
Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-hsun
7–5, 4–6, [10–7]
Loss 4–7 Jul 2015 Swedish Open, Sweden 250 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal France Jérémy Chardy
Poland Łukasz Kubot
7–6(8–6), 3–6, [8–10]
Loss 4–8 Aug 2015 German Open, Germany 500 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Australia John Peers
6–2, 3–6, [8–10]
Loss 4–9 Oct 2015 Japan Open, Japan 500 Series Hard Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal South Africa Raven Klaasen
Brazil Marcelo Melo
6–7(5–7), 6–3, [7–10]
Win 5–9 Feb 2016 Argentina Open, Argentina 250 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Spain Íñigo Cervantes
Italy Paolo Lorenzi
6–3, 6–0
Win 6–9 Feb 2016 Rio Open, Brazil (2) 500 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Spain Pablo Carreño Busta
Spain David Marrero
7–6(7–5), 6–1
Loss 6–10 May 2016 Bavarian International, Germany 250 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Finland Henri Kontinen
Australia John Peers
3–6, 6–3, [7–10]
Win 7–10 May 2016 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, France 250 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Croatia Mate Pavić
New Zealand Michael Venus
4–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Win 8–10 Oct 2016 Kremlin Cup, Russia 250 Series Hard (i) Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Austria Julian Knowle
Austria Jürgen Melzer
7–5, 4–6, [10–5]
Win 9–10 Feb 2017 Argentina Open, Argentina (2) 250 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Mexico Santiago González
Spain David Marrero
6–1, 6–4
Loss 9–11 Feb 2017 Rio Open, Brazil 500 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Spain Pablo Carreño Busta
Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
4–6, 7–5, [8–10]
Loss 9–12 Apr 2017 Hungarian Open, Hungary 250 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal United States Brian Baker
Croatia Nikola Mektić
6–7(2–7), 4–6
Win 10–12 May 2017 Bavarian International, Germany 250 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal France Jérémy Chardy
France Fabrice Martin
6–3, 6–3
Loss 10–13 May 2017 Geneva Open, Switaerland 250 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tecău
6–2, 6–7(9–11), [6–10]
Loss 10–14 Jan 2018 Australian Open, Australia Grand Slam Hard Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Austria Oliver Marach
Croatia Mate Pavić
4–6, 4–6
Loss 10–15 Feb 2018 Argentina Open, Argentina 250 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Argentina Andrés Molteni
Argentina Horacio Zeballos
3–6, 7–5, [3–10]
Win 11–15 May 2018 Italian Open, Italy Masters 1000 Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Spain Pablo Carreño Busta
Portugal João Sousa
3–6, 6–4, [10–4]
Loss 11–16 Aug 2018 Cincinnati Masters, United States Masters 1000 Hard Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–4, 3–6, [6–10]
Loss 11–17 Jan 2019 Sydney International, Australia 250 Series Hard Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Brazil Bruno Soares
4–6, 3–6
Win 12–17 Apr 2019 Barcelona Open, Spain 500 Series Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Win 13–17 May 2019 Italian Open, Italy (2) Masters 1000 Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal South Africa Raven Klaasen
New Zealand Michael Venus
6–1, 6–3
Win 14–17 Jun 2019 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom 250 Series Grass Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Argentina Maximo González
Argentina Horacio Zeballos
3–6, 7–6(7–4), [10–6]
Win 15–17 Jul 2019 Wimbledon Championships, United Kingdom Grand Slam Grass Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal France Nicolas Mahut
France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 7–6(8–6), 6–7(5–7), 6–3
Loss 15–18 Aug 2019 Cincinnati Masters, United States Masters 1000 Hard Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Croatia Ivan Dodig
Slovakia Filip Polášek
6–4, 4–6, [6–10]
Win 16–18 Sep 2019 US Open, United States Grand Slam Hard Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal Spain Marcel Granollers
Argentina Horacio Zeballos
6–4, 7–5

ATP Challenger & ITF Futures[edit]

Singles: 5 (3–2)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (1–2)
ITF Futures (2–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 7 June 2010 Maracaibo, Venezuela Hard Peru Iván Miranda 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 2. 21 June 2010 Barquisimeto, Venezuela Hard Ecuador Iván Endara 6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 12 July 2010 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Colombia Carlos Salamanca 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(7–3)
Runner–up 4. 16 September 2011 Aguascalientes, Mexico Clay Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal 6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Runner–up 5. 6 August 2012 Aptos, USA Hard United States Steve Johnson 6–3, 6–3

Performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (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.

Doubles[edit]

Current through the 2019 US Open.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 2R QF 1R 2R 3R 3R F 1R 0 / 8 14–8
French Open A A 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R SF QF SF 0 / 8 15–8
Wimbledon A 3R 1R 3R A 2R 2R 2R 3R W 1 / 8 15–7
US Open A 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R A SF W 1 / 8 13–7
Win–Loss 0–0 3–2 3–4 7–4 1–3 3–4 3–4 7–3 14–4 16–2 2 / 32 57–30
Year-end championship
ATP Finals Did not qualify SF 0 / 1 2–2
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A 2R 1R A 1R QF 0 / 4 3–4
Miami Open A A A A F 2R A 1R QF 2R 0 / 5 7–5
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A 2R 1R SF A QF 2R 0 / 5 7–5
Madrid Open A A A A SF A 1R 2R SF 1R 0 / 5 6–5
Italian Open A A A A 1R QF 1R A W W 2 / 5 11–3
Canadian Open A A A A A A A A 2R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A 2R A A F F 0 / 3 7–3
Shanghai Masters A A A A QF QF 2R 2R SF 0 / 5 8–5
Paris Masters A A A A 2R 2R 1R 2R 2R 0 / 5 3–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 11–6 8–7 4–6 3–4 13–8 13–6 2 / 39 52–37
National representation
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held 2R Not Held 0 / 1 1–1
Davis Cup PO Z1 Z1 PO PO PO Z1 PO PO QR 0 / 0 11–6
Win–Loss 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 0 / 1 12–7
Career statistics
Titles 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 2 1 5 16
Finals 0 0 1 1 6 5 5 5 4 7 34
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 4–3 16–14 21–17 35–20 37–24 33–21 33–15 39–23 45–13 263–151
Year-end ranking 160 83 64 48 23 27 30 27 5 63.53%

Mixed doubles[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 1R 2R 1R 1R QF 0 / 5 3–5
French Open A A A 2R 2R 1R F SF 2R 0 / 6 10–6
Wimbledon A 1R 2R 1R A F A 2R A 0 / 5 6–5
US Open A A A 2R 1R SF A A A 0 / 3 4-3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 1–1 2–3 1–3 8–4 4–2 4–3 3–2 0 / 19 22–19

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ATPtennis.com – Players – Profiles – Profile
  2. ^ fedecoltenis (11 September 2014). "SALUDO ROBERT FARAH". YouTube (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  3. ^ Ministerio TIC Colombia (7 July 2017). "#BajemosElTono - Robert Farah, tenista profesional". YouTube (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Robert Farah Player Profile". USC Athletics. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Robert Farah suspended for three months for endorsing betting". BBC Sport. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Colombian History: Cabal/Farah Triumph In Wimbledon Final Thriller". ATP Tour. 13 July 2019.

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