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Philipp Petzschner

Philipp Petzschner
File:Philipp Petzschner 2011.jpg
Country 23x15px Germany
Residence Pulheim, Germany
Born (1984-03-24) March 24, 1984 (age 36)
Bayreuth, Germany
Height Script error: No such module "convert".
Turned pro 2001
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $3,521,259
Career record 88–107
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 35 (September 14, 2009)
Current ranking No. 421 (January 19, 2015)
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)
Career record 128–121
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 9 (4 April 2011)
Current ranking No. 185 (19 January 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2011)
French Open 3R (2012)
Wimbledon W (2010)
US Open W (2011)
Last updated on: 19 January 2015.

Philipp Petzschner (born on March 24, 1984 in Bayreuth, Germany) 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.



As a junior Petzschner reached as high as no. 8 in the world in 2002 (and no. 1 in doubles).

Tournament 2000 2001 2002
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 2R QF
French Open A Q3 2R
Wimbledon A SF QF
US Open 2R 2R A


He entered the 2007 US Open as a Qualifier entry. He defeated fellow German player Benjamin Becker in the first round 2–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–1 before losing to other fellow German player Tommy Haas in four sets.


In 2008 he managed to qualify for the Wimbledon Championships where he fell to Croatian Mario Ančić in the second round 1–6, 4–6, 7–6, 6–4, 3–6.

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


At the 2009 Australian Open he was defeated by Brian Dabul in the first round. In Paris at the second Grand Slam of the year 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 revench for the second round defeat in Paris against Fernando Verdasco. He won in three sets before losing to Olivier Rochus from Belgium in the second round. At the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, he beat Rajeev Ram in the first round, then Mischa Zverev in the second round, but lost to Lleyton Hewitt in the third round. After this 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 2:0 sets. He was not able to defend his title in Vienna as he had to pull out due to an injury.


He lost the first round of the 2010 Australian Open when comfortably leading two sets to love, only to lose the next three sets 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 managed to reach 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 number two Roger Federer in a tough semifinal encounter 6–7, 4–6. In the Wimbledon Championships singles Petzschner was defeated after a comeback of eventual champion and world number one Rafael Nadal in five sets after leading 2–1 sets in the third round. In the Wimbledon Championships Doubles Petzschner won his first major-title with Austrian 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 Finals in London with Jürgen Melzer. Petzschner and Melzer were knocked out in the group stage of the competition finishing third. They won one out of three matches which came in the second match when they defeated Leander Paes and Lukáš Dlouhý in three sets. 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.


The height of Mr. 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 Fystenberg and Marcin Matkowski. A controversy occurred at 2–2 in the second set, when a ball bounced on Mr. 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, and the team of Petzschner and Melzer split a $ 420,000 champion's purse.

Earlier in the year, the pair also 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.

Petzschner reached his first 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 Ivo Karlović.

At the 2011 BMW Open in Munich he reached his first 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 6–7, 0–2.


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

Playing style

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

He married Dewi in September 2010. They have one son.

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 2 (2–0)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2010 Wimbledon Championships Grass 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Robert Lindstedt
23x15px Horia Tecău
6–1, 7–5, 7–5
Winner 2011 US Open Hard 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Mariusz Fyrstenberg
23x15px Marcin Matkowski
6–2, 6–2

ATP career finals

Singles: 3 (1–2)

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) 23x15px Gaël Monfils 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1. June 12, 2011 Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany Grass 23x15px Philipp Kohlschreiber 6–7(5–7), 0–2 ret.
Runner-up 2. June 23, 2012 UNICEF Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherland Grass 23x15px David Ferrer 3–6, 4–6

Doubles: 9 (6–3)

Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam tournaments (2–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (3–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. October 12, 2008 Bank Austria-TennisTrophy, Vienna, Austria Hard (i) 23x15px Alexander Peya 23x15px Max Mirnyi
Template:Country data ISR Andy Ram
1–6, 5–7
Winner 1. February 7, 2010 PBZ Zagreb Indoors, Zagreb, Croatia Hard (i) 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Arnaud Clément
23x15px Olivier Rochus
3–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Winner 2. July 3, 2010 Wimbledon, London, England Grass 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Robert Lindstedt
23x15px Horia Tecău
6–1, 7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 2. July 18, 2010 MercedesCup, Stuttgart, Germany Clay 23x15px Christopher Kas 23x15px Carlos Berlocq
23x15px Eduardo Schwank
6–7(5–7), 6–7(6–8)
Winner 3. February 13, 2011 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Michaël Llodra
23x15px Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 3–6, [10–5]
Winner 4. July 16, 2011 MercedesCup, Stuttgart, Germany Clay 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Marcel Granollers
23x15px Marc López
6–3, 6–4
Winner 5. September 10, 2011 US Open, New York, United States Hard 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Mariusz Fyrstenberg
23x15px Marcin Matkowski
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 3. January 7, 2012 Brisbane International, Brisbane, Australia Hard 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Max Mirnyi
23x15px Daniel Nestor
1–6, 2–6
Winner 6. 19 October 2014 Erste Bank Open, Vienna, Austria Hard (i) 23x15px Jürgen Melzer 23x15px Andre Begemann
23x15px Julian Knowle
7–6(8-6), 4–6, [10-7]

Singles performance timeline

Current through 2015 Australian Open.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 1R 2R A A Q2 1–4
French Open A A 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R A 2–5
Wimbledon A 2R 3R 3R 1R 2R 1R A 6–6
US Open 2R A 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R Q2 5–6
Win–Loss 1–1 1–1 4–4 3–4 2–4 3–4 0–3 0–0 0–0 14–21

Doubles performance timeline

Current as far as the US Open.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 2R 3R QF 3R 8–5
French Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 2–6
Wimbledon 2R QF 2R W QF SF 18–5
US Open 2R QF 1R 1R W 2R 1R 11–6
Win–Loss 2–3 0–1 6–2 2–4 8–3 12–3 9–4 0–2 39–22


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

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