Simon Aspelin

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Simon Aspelin
Simon Aspelin at the 2009 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open 01.jpg
Country (sports) Sweden
ResidenceLondon, England
Born (1974-05-11) 11 May 1974 (age 45)
Saltsjöbaden, Sweden
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1998
Retired17 July 2011
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,121,037
Singles
Career record0–2
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 436 (17 August 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonQ1 (1998, 1999)
Doubles
Career record348–303 (53%)
Career titles12
Highest rankingNo. 7 (3 March 2008)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2006)
French Open3R (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
WimbledonQF (2004, 2006, 2009)
US OpenW (2007)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsF (2007)
Mixed doubles
Career record14–20
Career titles0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2006, 2008, 2009)
French OpenQF (2000)
Wimbledon3R (2008)
US Open2R (2007)

Simon Aspelin (pronounced [²siːmɔn aspɛ¹liːn]; born 11 May 1974) is a former professional tennis doubles player from Sweden who turned professional in 1998. His success mainly came in doubles, winning 12 titles and reaching World No. 7 in March 2008. In men's doubles, Aspelin won the 2007 US Open and the Silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Simon Aspelin at the 2010 US Open

A memorable part of Aspelin's career was when he and doubles partner Todd Perry were playing in the 2006 Wimbledon Championships men's doubles quarterfinals as the eighth-seeded doubles team against third-seeded Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor. Knowles and Nestor won the match by winning the final set 23–21.

At the 2007 U.S. Open, seeded tenth with his partner Julian Knowle, Aspelin achieved the greatest triumph of his career by winning the U.S. Open, his first Grand Slam. In the first two rounds, they won against Kubot/Skoch and got a walkover over Calleri/Horna. They went on to upset the eighth seeds Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram in the third round. In the quarterfinals, they shocked the top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan, having lost to them only weeks before. In the semifinal, they held off unseeded Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut, before winning the final in two sets over the ninth seeds, Pavel Vízner and Lukáš Dlouhý. He had never before reached a Grand Slam semifinal. This win put them into the No. 5 position in the ATP Doubles Race, and also gave Aspelin his career-high ranking of No. 13. His Davis cup record in March 2009 is 3–5 in doubles.

Another notable performance in 2007 was the final against Knowles/Nestor in Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, which he lost with Julian Knowle.

In the 2008 Summer Olympics, he and fellow Swede Thomas Johansson defeated French pair Michaël Llodra and Arnaud Clément 7–6, 4–6, 19–17 in the semi-finals. The match that lasted 4 hours and 46 minutes. They went on to win the Silver medal.

Prior to his pro career, Aspelin competed for four seasons at Pepperdine University, in Malibu, Calif. He was one of just two Waves to earn All-American status all four seasons,[1] and was inducted into the Pepperdine Hall of Fame in the fall of 2010. Aspelin was the 1997 West Coast Conference Player of the Year and helped Pepperdine to four consecutive league titles. The Waves competed in the NCAA postseason all four years, making the quarterfinals in 1995, the round of 16 in 1996 and regional play in 1994 and 1997. Pepperdine’s final ITA ranking was no worse than 12th in any of his four seasons, and was #5 at the conclusion of the 1995 season. The Waves posted a 90-24 record in dual matches during his time. Though a doubles expert as a professional, Aspelin did more in singles at the NCAA Championships while an athlete at Pepperdine. In singles, he reached the quarterfinals in 1996, the third round in 1995 and the second round in 1997. He was ranked in the ITA’s top 25 in singles at the end of each of his final three seasons. In doubles, he made the quarterfinals in 1994 and the first round in 1995. Over the four seasons, he had a 77-20 record in dual singles matches. At the time of his departure, he ranked third in career victories at Pepperdine (he’s now tied for fifth) and fifth in career winning percentage (.794, he’s now eighth). [2]

In May 2011, he was inducted into the ITA Hall of Fame.[3]

In July 2011, Aspelin announced his retirement from professional tennis. He played his last tournament in Båstad, where he reached the final but failed to claim his thirteenth ATP title.[4][5]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2007 U.S. Open Hard Austria Julian Knowle Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
7–5, 6–4

Olympics[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 Silver)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Silver 2008 Beijing Olympics Hard Sweden Thomas Johansson Switzerland Roger Federer
Switzerland Stan Wawrinka
3–6, 4–6, 7–6 (7–4) , 3–6

Career finals[edit]

Doubles (12)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP International Series Gold (3)
ATP Tour (8)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5)
Clay (5)
Grass (1)
Carpet (1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 7 February 2000 Marseille Hard Sweden Johan Landsberg Spain Juan Ignacio Carrasco
Spain Jairo Velasco, Jr.
7–6(7–2), 6–4
Runner-up 1. 15 July 2001 Båstad Clay Australia Andrew Kratzmann Germany Karsten Braasch
Germany Jens Knippschild
6–7(3–7), 6–4, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 2. 29 July 2001 Kitzbühel Clay Australia Andrew Kratzmann Spain Àlex Corretja
Spain Luis Lobo
3–6, 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 24 February 2002 Buenos Aires Clay Australia Andrew Kratzmann Argentina Gastón Etlis
Argentina Martín Rodríguez
6–3, 3–6, [4–10]
Runner-up 4. 14 April 2002 Estoril Clay Australia Andrew Kratzmann Germany Karsten Braasch
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
3–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 19 May 2003 St. Pölten Clay Italy Massimo Bertolini Armenia Sargis Sargsian
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 6–7(8–10), 6–3
Winner 3. 7 July 2003 Båstad Clay Italy Massimo Bertolini Argentina Lucas Arnold
Argentina Mariano Hood
6–7(3–7), 6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 14 September 2003 Bucharest Clay South Africa Jeff Coetzee Germany Karsten Braasch
Armenia Sargis Sargsian
6–7(7–9), 2–6
Runner-up 6. 11 July 2004 Båstad Clay Australia Todd Perry India Mahesh Bhupathi
Sweden Jonas Björkman
6–4, 6–7(2–7), 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 7. 17 July 2004 Stuttgart Clay Australia Todd Perry Czech Republic Jiří Novák
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 9 January 2005 Adelaide Hard Australia Todd Perry Belgium Xavier Malisse
Belgium Olivier Rochus
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Runner-up 9. 17 January 2005 Auckland Hard Australia Todd Perry Switzerland Yves Allegro
Germany Michael Kohlmann
4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 4. 31 January 2005 Delray Beach Hard Australia Todd Perry Australia Jordan Kerr
United States Jim Thomas
6–3, 6–3
Winner 5. 14 February 2005 Memphis Hard (i) Australia Todd Perry United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 20 June 2005 Nottingham Grass Australia Todd Perry Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
6–4, 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 11. 25 July 2005 Indianapolis Hard Australia Todd Perry Australia Paul Hanley
United States Graydon Oliver
2–6, 1–3 ret.
Runner-up 12. 10 October 2005 Tokyo Hard Australia Todd Perry Japan Satoshi Iwabuchi
Japan Takao Suzuki
4–5(3–7), 4–5(13–15)
Runner-up 13. 14 January 2006 Auckland Hard Australia Todd Perry Romania Andrei Pavel
Netherlands Rogier Wassen
2–6, 7–5, [4–10]
Winner 6. 23 October 2006 St. Petersburg Carpet Australia Todd Perry Austria Julian Knowle
Austria Jürgen Melzer
6–1, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 14. 14 January 2007 Auckland Hard South Africa Chris Haggard South Africa Jeff Coetzee
Netherlands Rogier Wassen
7–6(11–9), 3–6, [2–10]
Winner 7. 26 May 2007 Pörtschach Clay Austria Julian Knowle Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
Czech Republic David Škoch
7–6(8–6), 5–7, [10–5]
Winner 8. 17 June 2007 Halle Grass Austria Julian Knowle France Fabrice Santoro
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 9. 15 July 2007 Båstad Clay Austria Julian Knowle Argentina Martin García
Argentina Sebastián Prieto
6–2, 6–4
Winner 10. 7 September 2007 U.S. Open Hard Austria Julian Knowle Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 15. 17 November 2007 Tennis Masters Cup, Shanghai Hard (i) Austria Julian Knowle The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 16. 16 August 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing Hard Sweden Thomas Johansson Switzerland Roger Federer
Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka
4–6, 3–6, 7–6(7–4), 3–6
Runner-up 17. 11 April 2009 Casablanca Clay Australia Paul Hanley Poland Łukasz Kubot
Austria Oliver Marach
6–7(4–7), 6–3, [6–10]
Runner-up 18. 17 May 2009 Madrid Clay South Africa Wesley Moodie Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
4–6, 4–6
Winner 11. 26 July 2009 Hamburg Clay Australia Paul Hanley Brazil Marcelo Melo
Slovakia Filip Polášek
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 19. 25 October 2009 Stockholm Hard (i) Australia Paul Hanley Brazil Bruno Soares
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 20. 14 February 2010 Rotterdam Hard (i) Australia Paul Hanley Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
4–6, 6–4, [7–10]
Winner 12. 27 February 2010 Dubai Hard Australia Paul Hanley Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
India Leander Paes
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 21. 17 July 2011 Båstad Clay Sweden Andreas Siljeström Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
3–6, 3–6

Doubles Performance timeline[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.
Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 3R 1R 2R 2R 2R 3R QF 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R 0 / 12 13–12 52.00
French Open A A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 3R 3R 1R 3R 0 / 12 11–12 47.83
Wimbledon A A A 1R 2R 1R 2R QF 1R QF 1R 1R QF 2R 3R 0 / 12 14–12 53.85
US Open A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R QF 2R W 2R 1R QF A 1 / 11 16–10 61.54
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–4 2–4 2–4 2–4 6–4 7–4 8–4 8–3 3–4 5–4 6–4 3–3 1 / 47 54–46 54.00
ATP World Tour Finals
Tour Doubles Finals A A A SF A NH A A A A F A A A A 0 / 2 6–3 66.67
Davis Cup
Davis Cup Doubles A A A A SF A A A PO PO SF QF PO PO QF 0 / 8 6–6 50.00
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held A Not Held F Not Held 0 / 1 4–1 80.00
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A A A 1R A 1R 1R SF 1R 1R 1R SF 1R 0 / 9 6–9 40.00
Miami A A A 2R 2R 2R A 1R 1R 1R 2R QF 1R 2R 1R 0 / 11 6–11 35.29
Monte Carlo A A A A 1R 1R A A 2R QF SF QF 2R SF A 0 / 8 7–8 46.67
Hamburg A A A 1R QF 1R A A 1R QF SF QF Madrid (C) 0 / 7 5–7 41.67
Madrid (Clay) Held as Hamburg F 2R A 0 / 2 4–2 66.67
Rome A A A QF 2R 2R A A 2R QF 2R 2R 1R 2R A 0 / 9 6–9 40.00
Canada A A A A A A A A 1R QF 2R 2R 1R 2R A 0 / 6 3–6 33.33
Cincinnati A A A A A A A A 2R QF QF QF A 1R A 0 / 5 5–5 50.00
Stuttgart A A A A A Held as Madrid (Hard) Shanghai 0 / 0 0–0
Madrid (Hard) Held as Stuttgart A A A 1R 1R QF QF Shanghai 0 / 4 2–4 33.33
Shanghai Held as Stuttgart Held as Madrid (Hard) 2R 2R A 0 / 2 2–2 50.00
Paris A A A A A A A A 1R 1R SF QF QF 1R A 0 / 6 5–6 45.45
Career statistics
Tournaments Played 0 0 3 22 26 31 22 23 30 25 31 27 30 24 15 309
Titles 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 1 4 0 1 1 0 12
Finals Reached 0 0 0 1 2 2 3 2 7 2 6 1 4 2 1 33
Hard Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–2 11–9 9–10 12–14 3–8 9–11 30–15 23–15 22–19 24–20 10–18 22–14 5–6 5 / 164 180–161 52.79
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 3–3 1–2 1–1 3–2 5–4 3–2 4–1 0–2 5–2 3–3 2–3 1 / 26 30–26 53.57
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 13–10 15–12 9–14 13–8 7–8 8–8 5–7 17–8 7–6 19–9 3–6 9–7 5 / 107 126–104 54.78
Carpet Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–2 4–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1 / 12 12–12 50.00
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–3 25–21 28–26 22–31 19–19 20–23 44–29 35–25 44–30 31–28 35–29 28–23 16–16 12 / 309 348–303 53.46
Win % 25% 54% 52% 42% 50% 47% 60% 58% 59% 53% 55% 55% 50% 53.46%
Year End Ranking 355 322 111 51 50 55 40 45 17 19 8 22 23 26 74 $2,121,037

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pepperdinesports.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/100610aaa.html
  2. ^ https://pepperdinewaves.com/hof.aspx?hof=38
  3. ^ http://www.itatennis.com/AboutITA/News/Class-of-2011-Announced-for-ITA-Men_s-Collegiate-Tennis-Hall-of-Fame.htm[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Lindstedt-Tecau Retain Bastad Title; Aspelin Retires From Pro Tennis". atpworldtour.com. Association of Tennis Professionals. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Swedish Doubles Player Simon Aspelin to Retire". 10sballs.com. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.

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