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Olivier Rochus

Olivier Rochus
File:Olivier Rochus.jpg
Country 23x15px Belgium
Residence Dion-Valmont, Belgium
Born (1981-01-18) 18 January 1981 (age 35)
Namur, Belgium
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Turned pro 1999
Retired 2014
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $4,809,475
Singles
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)
Doubles
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 (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 Script error: No such module "convert". tall, he is, as of 2012, the shortest player on the ATP World Tour.[1]

Career

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

Juniors

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).

Junior Slam results:

Australian Open: QF (1998)
French Open: SF (1997)
Wimbledon: SF (1997)
US Open: QF (1997)

1999–2008

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.

2009

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.

2010

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.

2011

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.

2012-13

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

Singles: 10 (2 titles, 8 runners-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 series (0–0)
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 23x15px Diego Nargiso 7–6(16–14), 6–1
Runner-up 1. 11 February 2002 Copenhagen Open, Copenhagen, Denmark Hard (i) 23x15px Lars Burgsmüller 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 3 March 2003 Copenhagen Open, Copenhagen, Denmark (2) Hard (i) 23x15px Karol Kučera 6–7(4–7), 4–6
Runner-up 3. 15 January 2005 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard 23x15px Fernando González 4–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 1 May 2006 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay 23x15px Kristof Vliegen 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 24 September 2007 Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open, Mumbai, India Hard 23x15px Richard Gasquet 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 25 October 2009 If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) 23x15px Marcos Baghdatis 1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 6. 11 July 2010 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States Grass 23x15px Mardy Fish 7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 10 July 2011 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States (2) Grass 23x15px John Isner 3–6, 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 8. 14 January 2012 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand (2) Hard 23x15px David Ferrer 3–6, 4–6

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

Legend
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 23x15px Xavier Malisse 23x15px Michaël Llodra
23x15px Fabrice Santoro
7–5, 7–5
Winner 2. 9 January 2005 Next Generation Adelaide International, Adelaide, Australia Hard 23x15px Xavier Malisse 23x15px Simon Aspelin
23x15px Todd Perry
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 1. 31 July 2005 Generali Open, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay 23x15px Christophe Rochus 23x15px Leoš Friedl
23x15px Andrei Pavel
2–6, 7–6(7–5), 0–6
Runner-up 2. 8 January 2006 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Doha, Qatar Hard 23x15px Christophe Rochus 23x15px Jonas Björkman
23x15px Max Mirnyi
6–2, 3–6, [8–10]
Runner-up 3. 15 October 2006 If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) 23x15px Kristof Vliegen 23x15px Paul Hanley
23x15px Kevin Ullyett
6–7(2–7), 4–6
Runner-up 4. 20 July 2008 Austrian Open, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay 23x15px Lucas Arnold Ker 23x15px James Cerretani
23x15px Victor Hănescu
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 5. 7 February 2010 PBZ Zagreb Indoors, Zagreb, Croatia Hard (i) 23x15px Arnaud Clément 23x15px Jürgen Melzer
23x15px Philipp Petzschner
6–3, 3–6, [8–10]

Singles Performance Timeline

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
23x15px Australian Open A 1R 1R 2R 1R 4R 2R 2R 1R A 1R A 2R 1R A 7–11
23x15px French Open LQ 3R 2R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R Q3 2R 1R 1R A A 7–11
23x15px Wimbledon 3R 2R 3R 4R 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R Q1 1R 2R 1R 1R A 13–13
23x15px 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
23x15px Indian Wells A A 1R 3R 1R 2R 3R 3R 2R A 1R A 1R Q2 A 6–9
23x15px Miami A A 1R 2R 2R 2R 4R 3R 1R Q1 3R 4R 1R 2R A 12–10
23x15px Monte Carlo A A A 1R 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R Q1 1R 2R 1R A A 5–9
23x15px Madrid1 A A 1R QF 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R A A 1R 1R A A 5–9
23x15px Rome A A A 1R A 1R 1R 2R A A A A A A A 1–4
23x15px Toronto / Montreal A A A A A 3R A A A A A A A A A 2–1
23x15px Cincinnati A A A A A 3R A 1R A A A Q1 Q2 A A 2–2
23x15px Shanghai2 A 1R A 1R A 3R 1R A 1R A A A A A A 2–5
23x15px 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

Current through the 2013 Australian Open.

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
23x15px Australian Open 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 5–8
23x15px French Open 1R W 3R 3R 3R QF 1R 1R 1R 15–8
23x15px Wimbledon 2R 3R 2R 2R 1R 3R 7–6
23x15px 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

References

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Preceded by
Juan Carlos Ferrero
ATP Newcomer of the Year
2000
Succeeded by
Andy Roddick