Thiemo de Bakker

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Thiemo de Bakker
Thiemo de Bakker 1, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Thiemo de Bakker at the 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying
Country (sports)  Netherlands
Residence 's-Gravenzande, Netherlands
Born (1988-09-19) 19 September 1988 (age 28)
The Hague, Netherlands
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,543,645
Career record 63–78
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 40 (19 July 2010)
Current ranking No. 334 (20 February 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2010, 2011, 2016)
French Open 3R (2010)
Wimbledon 3R (2010)
US Open 3R (2010)
Career record 16–24
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 115 (10 February 2014)
Current ranking No. 235 (1 February 2016)
Last updated on: 1 February 2016.

Thiemo de Bakker (born 19 September 1988) is a Dutch tennis player.


Junior career[edit]

De Bakker finished 2006 as the ITF Junior Champion, after having won the Boys' Singles title at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships.

Early career[edit]

Serving during the Ricoh NTK 2006 in Amsterdam

De Bakker received a wild card into the ATP Amersfoort event in July 2006 and defeated top 100 and French Open Quarterfinalist Julien Benneteau in the 1st round, winning in straight sets 6–3, 6–3. In the 2nd round he faced Frenchman Marc Gicquel and lost in 3 sets. As he was the reigning Junior Champion, De Bakker received a wild card into the main draw of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, where he would lose in 5 tight sets to qualifier Wayne Arthurs.

In October 2006, De Bakker won his first senior international title in a Futures event in Albufeira, Portugal, where he beat Briton Morgan Phillips in the final. This was followed by another win in a Futures tournament two weeks later in San Miguel, Portugal. He reached a career high ATP ranking of 228 on 25 August 2008.


On 22 March 2009, he finished as runner-up in the Caltanissetta Challenger tournament to compatriot Jesse Huta Galung, losing in straight sets. On 5 May 2009, as a qualifier and ranked 236, he defeated the 5th seed Rainer Schüttler in the first round of the BMW Open in Münich in straight sets, before losing to former world number one, Lleyton Hewitt. De Bakker would follow this up in the 2009 Ordina Open, by qualifying for the tournament and losing in the second round to Rainer Schüttler, after defeating Björn Phau in three tight sets. De Bakker hit a rich vein of form in the month of August, winning four Challenger tournaments, and bumping his ranking from 256 to 122, in the span of one month. His form continued in Davis Cup competition, by beating World Number 13 Gaël Monfils in 4 sets, and putting the Netherlands up 1–0 on France, but lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four tight sets. De Bakker would finish the year ranked 96th.


De Bakker started 2010 in much the same way he finished 2009. He reached the quarter-finals of the 2010 Aircel Chennai Open, after defeating the eighth seed, Rajeev Ram, and compatriot Robin Haase, he lost to Janko Tipsarević. This would boost his ranking to number 81 in the world, and gave him a high enough ranking to receive direct entrance into the 2010 Australian Open – Men's Singles. In his first Grand Slam in three years, the Dutchman was paired up against the 6th seed Andy Roddick. After losing the first set, de Bakker lost the second and third set by one break each.

De Bakker's next tournament was his first ever Masters event, the 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. He started off winning his opening match against Marcos Daniel in straight sets, before advancing to the third round after beating 30th seed Janko Tipsarević where he retired just after five games of play at 3–2 first set. In the third round, he fell to eventual finalist Andy Roddick. De Bakker played his second Masters event two weeks later the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, winning his first round match against Rajeev Ram in straight sets, before falling again to the eventual finalist, this time Tomáš Berdych with the same scoreline as in Indian Wells.

De Bakker's next Masters event was the 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, where he had to qualify this time. After defeating Eduardo Schwank, de Bakker lost to the five-time reigning champion, and world number two, Rafael Nadal. De Bakker lost this match in less than an hour, winning one game in a two sets loss. He then appeared at the 2010 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell. He took out World No.58 Alejandro Falla, followed by a victory over world No.92 Daniel Gimeno-Traver. In the round of 16, he scored a win over World No.16 (and former World #1) Juan Carlos Ferrero. Before the match, Ferrero had an 18–2 record on clay for the year. He followed it up with his best career victory, with a superb performance to take out World No.10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, his first win over a top 10 player. However, his run came to an end against World No.8 Robin Söderling in the semifinals. Thiemo rose to a career high World No.50 as a result of his semifinal appearance there. Following his performance at Barcelona, de Bakker received a Special Exempt to enter the main draw of Rome Masters where he faced Viktor Troicki in the first round, but retired due to a groin injury.[1] At the 2010 French Open, he made a third round showing where he lost to an injured Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets. At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, de Bakker advanced to the third round of the men's singles tournament after defeating Colombian Santiago Giraldo in a hotly contested five sets win, followed by a more comprehensive defeat of an exhausted John Isner, the winner of the longest tennis match in history, which finished on its third day of play on 24 June, before losing in the third round to Paul-Henri Mathieu of France. De Bakker also participated in the men's doubles tournament, in which his partner was his Dutch colleague Haase. After defeating Viktor Troicki and Christopher Kas in the first round, they lost to the Ratiwatana twins, who entered the main tournament as lucky losers, in 4 sets. At the 2010 Pilot Pen Tennis, Thiemo reached his second ATP semi-final. Sergiy Stakhovsky defeated him in two sets.[2]

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. February 17, 2013 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Netherlands Jesse Huta Galung Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
7–5, 3–6, [8–10]

Challenger finals[edit]

Singles: 15 (10–5)[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour (10-5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 22 March 2009 Caltanissetta, Italy Clay Netherlands Jesse Huta Galung 2–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 2 August 2009 Tampere, Finland Clay Australia Peter Luczak 6–4, 7–6(9–7)
Winner 3. 15 August 2009 Vigo, Spain Clay France Thierry Ascione 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 4. 23 August 2009 San Sebastián, Spain Clay Serbia Filip Krajinović 6–2, 6–3
Winner 5. 6 September 2009 Brasov, Romania Clay Spain Pere Riba 7–5, 6–0
Winner 6. 22 July 2012 Bercuit, Belgium Clay Romania Victor Hănescu 6–4, 3–6, 7–5
Winner 7. 9 September 2012 Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands Clay Germany Simon Greul 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 6 October 2012 Belém, Brazil Hard Brazil Ricardo Hocevar 6–7(1–7), 6–7(4–7)
Winner 9. 14 October 2012 San Juan, Argentina Clay Argentina Martín Alund 6–2, 3–6, 6–2
Runner-up 10. 10 March 2013 Santiago, Chile Clay Argentina Facundo Bagnis 6–7(2–7), 6–7(3–7)
Winner 11. 20 April 2014 Santiago, Chile Clay Australia James Duckworth 4–6, 7–6(12–10), 6–1
Runner-up 12. 29 June 2014 Marburg, Germany Clay Argentina Horacio Zeballos 6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 13. 27 May 2015 Bordeaux, France Clay Australia Thanasi Kokkinakis 4–6, 6–1, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 14. 25 October 2015 Las Vegas, USA Hard Slovenia Grega Žemlja 3–6, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 15. 31 October 2015 Monterrey, Mexico Hard Dominican Republic Víctor Estrella Burgos 7–6(7–1), 4–6, 6–3

Doubles: 2 (2–0)[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour (2–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 15 August 2009 Vigo, Spain Clay Netherlands Raemon Sluiter Spain Pedro Clar-Rosselló
Spain Albert Ramos-Viñolas
7–5, 6–2
Winner 2. 11 September 2011 Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands Hard Netherlands Antal van der Duim Netherlands Matwé Middelkoop
Netherlands Igor Sijsling
6–4, 6–7(4–7), [10–6]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R 1R Q3 Q2 Q3 Q2 1R 0–3
French Open A A Q2 3R 1R A 1R Q1 Q2 1R 2–4
Wimbledon 1R A A 3R A A 1R A Q2 Q1 2–3
US Open A A A 3R 1R Q1 1R Q1 Q1 Q2 2–3
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 6–4 0–3 0–0 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–2 6–13
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held A Not Held 0–0
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A 3R 1R A A Q1 1R 2R 3–4
Miami Masters A A A 2R A A 1R 3R Q2 A 3–3
Monte Carlo Masters A A A 2R A A Q2 A Q2 Q1 1–1
Rome Masters A A A 1R 1R A Q1 A A A 0–2
Madrid Masters A A A A 2R A A A A A 1–1
Canada Masters A A A 2R A A A A A 1–1
Cincinnati Masters A A A 2R A A A A A 1–1
Shanghai Masters Not Held A 2R A A A A A 1–1
Paris Masters A A A 1R A A A A A 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 7–8 1–3 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 11–15
Career Statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Year End Ranking 444 249 96 43 223 124 146 144 99


External links[edit]

Preceded by
United States Donald Young
ITF Junior World Champion
Succeeded by
Lithuania Ričardas Berankis