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Martin Kližan
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Country Slovakia
ResidenceBratislava, Slovakia
Born(1989-07-11) 11 July 1989 (age 24)


Bratislava, Slovakia
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro2007
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,493,191
Singles
Career record51–54
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 26 (4 March 2013)
Current rankingNo. 51 (24 June 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2014)
French Open3R (2014)
Wimbledon2R (2012)
US Open4R (2012)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2012)
Doubles
Career record16–23
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 78 (29 July 2013)
Current rankingNo. 96 (26 May 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2013)
French Open1R (2013)
Wimbledon1R (2012, 2013)
US Open1R (2012, 2013)
Last updated on: 24 June 2014.
Martin Kližan (born 11 July 1989 in Bratislava) is a Slovak professional tennis player. Winner of the boys' singles title at the French Open in 2006, Kližan turned pro in 2007 and has a career-high singles ranking of world no. 26, achieved in March 2013.

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        Career

        Junior career

        In 2005, he won the European Junior Championship in the under-16 category, in both singles and doubles. In doubles, his partner was another Slovak player Andrej Martin. Kližan then went on to win the 2006 French Open boys' singles competition.

        As a junior, Kližan posted a 54–21 win/loss record in singles (58–18 in doubles) and reached the no. 1 combined world ranking in 2007.

        Junior Slam results – Singles:

        Australian Open: 3R (2007)


        French Open: W (2006)


        Wimbledon: 1R (2006, 2007)


        US Open: 2R (2006)

        2007–11: Start of pro career

        In 2007, Kližan turned pro.

        In 2010, Kližan qualified for the US Open. In his first main-draw Grand Slam tournament appearance, he lost to former world no. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the first round. Later in the year Kližan won his first Challenger tournament as a wildcard in his hometown of Bratislava at the Slovak Open.

        2012: Challenger success and breakthrough

        In 2012, Kližan made it to five Challenger tour finals, winning four, in the space of just two months between March and May. He made it to the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career at the 2012 French Open, before succumbing to Nicolas Mahut in four sets, despite taking the first. These results propelled him into the top 100 of the rankings for the first time in his career. He also reached the semifinals in Kitzbuhel. In his Wimbledon, debut he defeated Juan Ignacio Chela 11-9 in the fifth set in the first round.

        At the 2012 US Open, Kližan advanced to the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career, upsetting fifth seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round in four sets. Prior to the upset, Klizan had never beaten a player ranked higher than 49th on the ATP Tour. He beat Jérémy Chardy in straight sets to reach the fourth round, then lost to Marin Čilić. He then won two Davis Cup matches against Portuguese João Sousa and Gastão Elias.

        Kližan continued his good form two weeks after the US Open by winning his first ATP tournament, beating Fabio Fognini in the final of the 2012 St. Petersburg Open. Due to this result he finished the year as World No. 30. At the end of the previous year he was no. 117.

        2013: Best ranking and downfall

        In 2013, considering the past season, Klizan was expected to reach at least the top 20. However, with his inconsistent nature, Klizan alternated good results with very bad ones. After first-round losses at the start of the season, he reached the quarterfinals in Rotterdam. Due to this result, he reached his career-high singles ranking of world no. 26.

        He went on with poor results until the semifinals in Casablanca. At the 2013 French Open, he lost in the second round against eventual champion Rafael Nadal, despite winning the first set. Subsequently he took part of a Challenger tournament in Caltanissetta, Italy, where Klizan suffered a shocking loss from non-ranked player Pablo Carreno Busta at the first round. Afterwards Klizan returned to the main tour and after reaching the quarterfinals in Umag and winning the first round match in Montreal against Thomaz Bellucci, lost in every first round of every tournament, peaking at the 2013 US Open, where he lost 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 to Donald Young. He didn't play for six weeks due to a wrist injury and withdrew from Saint Petersburg where he was the defending champion.

        2014: Return to form

        Klizan started the year with a first round loss at the Noumea, New Caledonia Challenger to World No. 258 Kimmer Coppejans. After such a negative start, he found a very good form at the subsequent Australian Open. As a lucky loser, starting from the qualifications, he reached the third round, his best result in Australia, but lost to another lucky loser: Stephane Robert.

        He continued his good form at the 500 tournament of 2014 Rio de Janeiro. Starting again from the qualification, he reached the second round. This result made Klizan return in the top 100 of the ranking, at World No. 97. In São Paulo Kližan reached quarterfinals, where he lost to semifinalist Thomaz Bellucci.

        Starting again from the qualifications, Klizan surprisingly won the Munich Open, beating Mikhail Youzhny and Tommy Haas en route to the final, where he defeated top seeded Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. It was the second final and second title in Klizan's main circuit career. He won both titles beating Fognini in the final. At the Roland Garros Klizan made his best result to date in the French slam. He reached the third round after defeating World no. 11 Kei Nishikori in straight sets and Robin Haase.

        At the beginning of the grass season he reached the quarterfinals where he was beaten by Richard Gasquet in Eastbourne. At Wimbledon he was ranked no. 51, and lost in the first round in 4 sets to the former champion Rafael Nadal.

        ATP career finals

        Singles: 2 (2 titles)

        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 (2–0)
        Finals by Surface
        Hard (1–0)
        Clay (1–0)
        Grass (0–0)
        Carpet (0–0)
        OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfaceOpponent in the finalScore in the final
        Winner1.23 September 2012St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, RussiaHard (i)Italy Fabio Fognini6–2, 6–3
        Winner2.4 May 2014BMW Open, Munich, GermanyClayItaly Fabio Fognini2–6, 6–1, 6–2

        Doubles: 2 (2 titles)

        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 (2–0)
        Finals by Surface
        Hard (0–0)
        Clay (2–0)
        Grass (0–0)
        Carpet (0–0)
        OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponents in the finalScore in the final
        Winner1.27 July 2013ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag, Umag, CroatiaClaySpain David MarreroUnited States Nicholas Monroe
        Germany Simon Stadler
        6–1, 5–7, [10–7]
        Winner2.24 May 2014Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, Nice, FranceClayAustria Philipp OswaldIndia Rohan Bopanna
        Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
        6–2, 6–0

        Challenger career finals

        Singles: 9 (6–3)

        OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
        Winner1.21 November 2010Bratislava, SlovakiaHardAustria Stefan Koubek7–6(7–4), 6–2
        Runner-up1.17 April 2011Rome, ItalyClayNetherlands Thomas Schoorel5–7, 6–1, 3–6
        Runner-up2.14 August 2011City of San Marino, San MarinoClayItaly Potito Starace1–6, 0–3, ret.
        Winner2.11 September 2011Genoa, ItalyClayArgentina Leonardo Mayer6–3, 6–1
        Winner3.17 March 2012Rabat, MoroccoClayItaly Filippo Volandri6–2, 6–3
        Winner4.24 March 2012Marrakech, MoroccoClayRomania Adrian Ungur3–6, 6–3, 6–0
        Runner-up3.13 May 2012Prague, Czech RepublicClayArgentina Horacio Zeballos6–1, 4–6, 6–7(6–8)
        Winner5.20 May 2012Bordeaux, FranceClayRussia Teymuraz Gabashvili7–5, 6–3
        Winner6.12 August 2012City of San Marino, San MarinoClayItaly Simone Bolelli6–3, 6–1

        Singles performance timeline

        Tournament20072008200920102011201220132014W–L
        Grand Slam Tournaments
        Australian OpenAAAQ1AA1R3R2–2
        French OpenQ2AAQ3A2R2R3R4–3
        WimbledonAAAAQ12R1R1R1–3
        US OpenAAA1RA4R1R3–3
        Win–Loss0–00–00–00–10–05–31–44–310–11
        Career statistics
        Titles–Finals0–00–00–00–00–01–10–01–1
        Year End Ranking39560623415511730110

        Doubles performance timeline

        Tournament201220132014W–L
        Grand Slam Tournaments
        Australian OpenA2RA1–1
        French OpenA1R1R0–2
        Wimbledon1R1R0–2
        US Open1R1R0–2
        Win–Loss0–21–40-11–7

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