Jürgen Melzer (born 22 May 1981) is an Austrian professional tennis player. He reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 8 in April 2011, and a doubles ranking of world No. 6 in September 2010. He is a left-handed tennis player, but is right-handed in everyday life. He has a younger brother, Gerald Melzer, with whom he has played doubles in several tournaments.

Jürgen Melzer
Jürgen Melzer, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Melzer at Wimbledon in 2015
Country (sports) Austria
ResidenceDeutsch-Wagram, Austria
Born (1981-05-22) 22 May 1981 (age 38)
Vienna, Austria
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro1999
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand), born right-handed
CoachGalo Blanco
Prize moneyUS$10,383,188
Singles
Career record350–334 (51.2% in ATP Tour events)
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 8 (18 April 2011)
Current rankingNo. 1328 (18 November 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2011)
French OpenSF (2010)
Wimbledon4R (2010, 2013)
US Open4R (2010)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (2008)
Doubles
Career record344–276 (55.5% in ATP Tour events)
Career titles16
Highest rankingNo. 6 (27 November 2010)
Current rankingNo. 36 (18 November 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2005)
French OpenQF (2005)
WimbledonW (2010)
US OpenW (2011)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (2010, 2011)
Olympic Games2R (2008, 2012)
Mixed doubles
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2009)
French Open2R (2006)
WimbledonW (2011)
US Open1R (2008, 2011, 2012)
Team competitions
Davis CupQF (2012)
Last updated on: 18 November 2019.

In 1999, he won the boys' singles event at Wimbledon. For many years, he was known as one of the best players on the tour not to have progressed past the third round of a Grand Slam event. He ended this streak by reaching the semifinals of the French Open in 2010, losing to Rafael Nadal after coming from two sets down to defeat Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.[1] As of the end of 2018, he remains the only person to defeat Djokovic from two sets to love down. He has also had success in doubles, winning the men's doubles event at Wimbledon in 2010 and the US Open in 2011 with Philipp Petzschner, as well as the mixed doubles event at Wimbledon in 2011 with his then future (and later ex-) wife Iveta Benešová.

CareerEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Melzer married Iveta Benešová, a WTA Tour tennis player, on 14 September 2012 and divorced in 2015.[2]

Junior careerEdit

As a junior, Melzer reached as high as world no. 26 in 1998 (and no. 24 in doubles), and won the 1999 Jr Wimbledon title.

Early yearsEdit

In 1998, Melzer started playing in Futures in his country, where he won his first two matches, but lost the next four.

In 1999, he started playing outside of Austria in Futures and Challengers. He competed in his first main-draw match in the 1999 CA-TennisTrophy in Vienna, Austria, where he defeated Lars Burgsmüller, before losing to then world no. 11 Nicolas Kiefer in two sets.

In 2000, Melzer continued playing in Futures and Challengers, but was only able to reach one quarterfinal. He also made his Grand Slam debut at the 2000 Wimbledon, but lost to Australian Mark Philippoussis in four sets.

In 2001, he reach his first Futures final event at Poprad, Slovakia, losing to Juraj Hasko. However, he captured his first title at the Challenger in Mönchengladbach, Germany over local hero Jens Knippschild in three sets. He had his first top-100 and top-20 win over Fabrice Santoro, then world no. 18 in the 2001 CA-TennisTrophy, but lost in the next round to Michel Kratochvil in two tiebreaks.

In 2002, he regularly competed in Challenger events, reaching two finals, but losing in both attempts to Alexander Popp in Heilbronn, Germany and to Luis Horna in Fürth, Germany. He reached his first ATP Tour quarterfinal in the 2002 Internationaler Raiffeisen Grand Prix, defeating Sargis Sargsian and Andrea Gaudenzi in straight sets, before losing to eventual champion Nicolás Lapentti. However, he did better in the 2002 Croatia Open by reaching the semifinals, defeating Vincent Spadea, Agustín Calleri, and Victor Hănescu, before losing to eventual champion Carlos Moyá. He also won his first Grand Slam match at the 2002 US Open over Jack Brasington, before losing to Nicolás Massú in four sets. At the 2002 CA Tennis Trophy, he earned one of the biggest wins of his career by defeating then world no. 2 Tommy Haas to reach the quarterfinals, before losing to Jiří Novák in two sets.

The start of 2003 was not a good one for the Austrian, as he lost three consecutive Tour-level main-draw matches, including his Australian Open debut. He rebounded in April by reaching the semifinals, losing to then world no. 2 Andre Agassi. He also made his French Open debut, but lost to David Ferrer. At Wimbledon, Melzer upset then world no. 15 Fernando González, to earn his first Wimbledon victory, but lost to Jonas Björkman in four sets the following round. Melzer reached his first ATP Tour final at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships without defeating a player in the top 100, but lost to Robby Ginepri in the final. In the 2003 US Open, Melzer reached the second round again, but lost Juan Carlos Ferrero. Before the end of the year, Melzer earned another top-20 victory over Tommy Robredo in the 2003 CA Tennis Trophy.

2004–2006Edit

In 2004, the Austrian reached his first third round of a Grand Slam at the 2004 Australian Open with victories over Tomas Behrend, and Galo Blanco, before losing to Sjeng Schalken. Melzer made his Master Series debut at the 2004 Indian Wells Masters, losing to Victor Hănescu. He then won his first Master Series matches at the 2004 Miami Masters with victories over Ivo Karlović, and then world no. 8 Tim Henman, but lost to Todd Martin in straight sets in the third round. He next reached the quarterfinals of the 2004 Hamburg Masters with victories over Nicolás Massú, Irakli Labadze, and Marat Safin, but lost to former world no. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. Melzer then reached the semifinals of the 2004 Internationaler Raiffeisen Grand Prix, losing to Xavier Malisse in three sets. He then won his first French Open match over Wayne Ferreira, but then lost to Lleyton Hewitt in four sets.

In the 2004 Canada Masters, he reached the quarterfinals, losing to Nicolas Kiefer, with straight-set victories over Andre Agassi and Fernando González. In the 2004 US Open, he reached the third round for the first time, but lost to Michaël Llodra. In his last tournament of the year, he reached the third round of the 2004 Paris Masters, losing to Marat Safinin straight sets.

In 2005, he reached the quarterfinals of the 2005 Next Generation Adelaide International, losing to Juan Ignacio Chela. In the 2005 Australian Open he reached the third round, losing to then world no. 2 Andy Roddick in a tough three-setter. At the 2005 SAP Open, he lost in the semifinals to Cyril Saulnier, but earned his third victory over Andre Agassi en route. He reached his second semifinal of the year at the 2005 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, but lost to Andy Roddick. He reached his second ATP tour final at the 2005 International Raiffeisen Grand Prix, but lost to Nikolay Davydenko in three sets. At the 2005 French Open and 2005 Wimbledon, Melzer reached the third round and lost to Guillermo Coria on both occasions. He then lost six straight main-draw matches in the 2005 Generali Open to Fernando Verdasco, and the 2005 Rogers Cup, 2005 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, 2005 Pilot Pen Tennis, 2005 US Open, and 2005 Open de Moselle. He then continued his bad run with second-round loses at the 2005 BA-CA Tennis Trophy, the 2005 Mutua Madrileña Masters Madrid, and the 2005 St. Petersburg Open.

In 2006, he continued his bad run with a 1–8 record and a seven-match losing streak in the first three months, with his only win coming in the 2006 Medibank International over Juan Ignacio Chela. He then rebounded in the 2006 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, where he reached his third final without dropping a set, but lost to Mardy Fish. He also reached the semifinals of the 2006 BMW Open, losing to eventual champion Olivier Rochus, and the quarterfinals of the 2006 Hypo Group Tennis International, losing to Jiří Novák. However, he fell in the first rounds of the 2006 French Open and Wimbledon. At the 2006 Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, he reached the semifinals, but was upset by eventual champion Mark Philippoussis. He also reached the quarterfinals of the 2006 Interwetten Austrian Open Kitzbühel and the 2006 Pilot Pen Tennis. He then suffered two losses to Juan Mónaco in the third round of the 2006 Mercedes Cup and the first round of the 2006 Orange Warsaw Open. At the US Open, he lost to Alessio di Mauro, thus not winning a single Grand Slam match in the year. He then reached back-to-back finals at the 2006 BCR Open Romania and the 2006 Open de Moselle. He won his first ATP Tour title at the 2006 BCR Open Romania, defeating Filippo Volandri in straight sets in the final, with victories over Gilles Simon and Paul-Henri Mathieu. In the 2006 Open de Moselle, however, he lost to Novak Djokovic. He ended the year with a quarterfinal showing at the 2006 Bank Austria-TennisTrophy, losing to Andy Roddick, but earned his first win over Juan Carlos Ferrero. He made a first-round exit at the 2006 St. Petersburg Open, losing to Lukáš Dlouhý.

2007–2009Edit

In 2007, Melzer began the year with a first-round exit at the 2007 Qatar ExxonMobil Open and a semifinal exit at the 2007 Medibank International, withdrawing against James Blake. Melzer reached the second rounds of the 2007 Australian Open, the 2007 M.K. Championships, the 2007 Indian Wells Masters, and the 2007 Miami Masters. He also reached the final of the 2007 Tennis Channel Open, losing to Lleyton Hewitt. He also reached the quarterfinals of the 2007 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships and the 2007 BMW Open. In the Masters Series on clay, he lost in the first rounds of the 2007 Monte Carlo Masters and the 2007 Rome Masters, and the third round of the 2007 Hamburg Masters, losing to Fernando González. After that, he suffered back-to-back losses to Juan Mónaco in the 2007 Hypo Group Tennis International and the 2007 French Open. He then suffered a left wrist injury in his first-round loss to Nikolay Davydenko in the 2007 Gerry Weber Open which caused him to miss two months of tennis, including Wimbledon. He came back at the 2007 Cincinnati Masters, reaching the third round and losing to Lleyton Hewitt. From then on, he was unable to secure back-to-back wins.

 
Melzer at the 2008 US Open

In 2008, Melzer reached the second round of his first three tournaments, including the 2008 Australian Open. He again failed to secure back-to-back wins, compiling a 3–9 record in his next nine tournaments and putting him out of the top 100 since April 2003. It was not until the 2008 Hypo Group Tennis International that he recorded back-to-back wins by reaching the quarterfinals, losing to Igor Kunitsyn in three sets. He carried his good performance through the 2008 French Open with a third-round exit to Frenchman Gaël Monfils, having led two sets to one. On grass, he was able to reach the quarterfinals of the 2008 Ordina Open and the third round at Wimbledon. He then returned to clay at the 2008 Austrian Open and reached his seventh final, but lost once again to Juan Martín del Potro. Melzer made a good performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics by reaching the final eight, losing to eventual Gold Medalist Rafael Nadal. He then had a good performance by reaching the third rounds of the 2008 Pilot Pen Tennis and the 2008 US Open. Melzer made a good year end with quarterfinal results in the 2008 Thailand Open and the 2008 Bank Austria-TennisTrophy, which put him back to the top 40.[3]

 
Melzer at the 2009 US Open

In 2009, Melzer again made a poor first quarter of the year, only managing one back-to-back win in his first ten tournaments, and it was at the 2009 Australian Open, where he reached the third round, losing to Andy Murray. It was not until the 2009 Internazionali BNL d'Italia that he recorded back-to-back wins, including a win over Nikolay Davydenko, but lost to Fernando González in the following round. He then reached the quarterfinals of the 2009 Interwetten Austrian Open Kitzbühel and the 2009 Gerry Weber Open once again, and the third round of the 2009 French Open and Wimbledon for the second year in a row. He reach his first semifinal of a year at the 2009 ATP Studena Croatia Open Umag, but lost to eventual champion Nikolay Davydenko. He also reached the quarterfinals of the 2009 Pilot Pen Tennis with a victory over Victor Hănescu, but lost in the following round to Fernando Verdasco. In the semifinal of 2009 PTT Thailand Open Melzer lost to eventual champion Gilles Simonin two sets. At the 2009 Shanghai ATP Masters 1000, Melzer defeated a then-world no. 5 Juan Martín del Potro, before losing to Feliciano López. This was his second victory over a top-5 player. The first was his win over a then-world no. 2 Tommy Haas in 2002. He ended 2009 on a high note by winning his second career title at the 2009 Bank Austria-TennisTrophy over Marin Čilić in straight sets, which included a victory over Radek Štěpánek in the quarterfinals.[3]

2010: French Open semi-finalEdit

 
Melzer at the 2010 US Open
 
Melzer with the 2010 "Austrian Sportsman of the Year" trophy

Melzer lost in the first round of the Australian Open at the start of the season, but then reached the semifinals in Zagreb, losing to defending/eventual champion Marin Čilić. After a quarterfinal appearance in Rotterdam, where he lost to Nikolay Davydenko, Melzer reached the semifinals in Dubai, where he lost to Mikhail Youzhny. Later in the year, Melzer reached the quarterfinals of the ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid, losing to Nicolás Almagro. Melzer followed this up with his best result in a Grand Slam to date by reaching the semifinals of the French Open. He beat Dudi Sela and Nicolas Mahut before he caused a significant upset by defeating ninth seed David Ferrer in straight sets, followed by a four-set win over Teymuraz Gabashvili (who had beaten Andy Roddick in the previous round), and by a five set triumph over Novak Djokovic, coming back from a two-set deficit for the first time in his career.[1] He was eventually defeated by four-time champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets.

Melzer followed this up by reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon, where he was defeated by Roger Federer in their first career meeting.[4] However, at the same tournament, he achieved his greatest success by winning the doubles title with German partner Philipp Petzschner.

After playing a few clay-court tournaments, reaching the final in one, and having good results in the others, Melzer moved on to the hard-court season, losing to Peter Polansky in the first round of Montreal and Ernests Gulbis in the second round of Cincinnati. He then played the US Open, where he reached the fourth round for the third consecutive Grand Slam tournament, having never been past the third round prior to the French Open. He played Roger Federer for a spot in the quarterfinals, having also played him in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Federer once again defeated him in straight sets.

At the Shanghai Masters in October, Melzer recorded one of the biggest wins of his career against world no. 1 Rafael Nadal. This was Melzer's first victory against Nadal and the first time he had beaten a reigning no. 1. He then lost to Argentina's Juan Mónaco in the quarterfinals.

In the last week of October, he won his third career title, defending his 2009 victory at the Vienna Open against his compatriot Andreas Haider-Maurer in a thrilling final; coming back from a set and a break down at 4–5 down (Haider-Maurer serving at 15–0) and three points away from defeat, to put up a heroic comeback and clinch the three set epic victory.[5]

On 3 November, he was named Austrian Sportsman of the Year.[6]

Melzer's final tournament of the year as a singles player was the Paris Masters, where he advanced to the quarterfinals, before losing to world no. 2 Roger Federer.

As a result of winning the Wimbledon doubles championship, Melzer and his doubles partner Philipp Petzschner qualified for a doubles team spot in the ATP World Tour Finals, but his bid to qualify as a singles player ended when Andy Roddick defeated Ernests Gulbis in the third round of the Paris Masters, giving Roddick an insurmountable lead in qualifying points for the last individual spot in the ATP World Tour Finals.

2011: Entering the top tenEdit

 
Melzer at Wimbledon in 2011

Melzer started the year at the Australian Open. He reached the third round without dropping a set, before defeating 21st seed Marcos Baghdatis in the third round after Baghdatis retired with Melzer leading. He was defeated by Andy Murray in the fourth round. Despite the loss, Melzer cracked the top 10 for the first time in his career.

Since then, Melzer failed to chalk up any back-to-back wins until appearing at the 2011 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Seeded ninth, he finally won consecutive matches as he beat Robin Haase, and Nicolás Almagro, to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in this tournament. There, he pulled off a surprise two-set win over no. 3 ranked and second seed Roger Federer to reach the semifinal stage for the first time in an ATP Masters 1000 tournament. However, he failed to reach his first final in such a tournament after losing against David Ferrer.[7]

In the 2011 US Open men's doubles final, he arguably had his greatest success of the year when he and his doubles partner Philipp Petzschner won a controversial decision over the Polish team of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski to claim the trophy. During a net exchange, a ball ricocheted off Petzschner's left shin, though he denied it. Instant replay of the telecast clearly confirmed the illegal return. Jurgen/Petzschner broke through in that game and won the match in straight sets, splitting a $420,000 purse.[8]

2012Edit

In singles, Melzer had an inauspicious start to the year, exiting in the first round in Brisbane and the Australian Open. He did make the final in Brisbane in doubles, partnering Philipp Petzschner, and he won the tournament in Memphis against Canadian Milos Raonic.

In Monte Carlo, he made the quarterfinals in doubles, partnering Florian Mayer. After that, he had a series of quick exits in singles: the first round at the French Open, the second at Wimbledon, and the first at the US Open. However, he made it to the semifinals at Wimbledon in doubles.

He partnered with Leander Paes in Canada and made it to the semifinals, losing to the Bryan brothers.

The fall went somewhat better in singles, with a quarterfinal showing in Shanghai and a semifinal in Valencia. He also made quarterfinal showings in Beijing and Shanghai and a semifinal in Vienna, with various partners. However, the Paris Masters was back to a first-round exit in singles against Grigor Dimitrov and a first-match defeat in doubles.

2013Edit

Melzer made the quarterfinals in Brisbane, where he was eliminated by Grigor Dimitrov. At the Australian Open, he was defeated in the third round in straight sets by Tomáš Berdych.

He made the final in Zagreb, only to lose to Marin Čilić in straight sets. He went out in the first round at Indian Wells, but made it to the quarterfinals in Miami, losing to David Ferrer in three sets. He was eliminated in the third round at Monte Carlo by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

He made a quick first-round exit at the French Open, but made it to the fourth round at Wimbledon, losing to young rising player Jerzy Janowicz.

At Wimbledon, he made it to the quarterfinals in doubles.

His only singles tournament victory was in Winston-Salem, where he defeated Gaël Monfils, when the Frenchman had to retire in the second set. After that, Melzer was defeated in the first round of the US Open in straight sets by Evgeny Donskoy. He made it to the semifinals in Kuala Lumpur, losing to Portuguese João Sousa in three tight sets.

2014Edit

Melzer pulled out of the Australian Open with a shoulder injury. At the ATP 500 Barcelona, he reached third round after defeating Jerzy Janowicz, but lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber. At the Rome Masters he defeated John Isner and Marin Čilić to reach third round, where he lost to Andy Murray. The Austrian won over David Goffin at Roland Garros to reach second round, where he fell to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. At s-Hertogenbosch, he defeated Fernando Verdasco in quarter-finals and lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in semifinals. Melzer defeated Guillermo García-López on first round of the Paris Masters and lost again to Tsonga in second round.

2015Edit

 
Jürgen Melzer with his brother Gerald in 2015

Melzer failed to qualify for Wimbledon in 2015. Notably, he faced his younger brother Gerald in the first round qualifying and won in straight sets. Jürgen described it as the "worst tennis day of my life and I hope we will never play each other again.".[9]

2016Edit

In July, Melzer upset world No. 9 Dominic Thiem at the Austrian Open after a long injury absence. This was his first victory over a top-10 player in over five years. In the next round, the quarterfinal, he lost to his brother Gerald.

2017Edit

Melzer qualified for the Australian Open, but lost to the later champion Roger Federer in the first round.

2018: Retirement from singlesEdit

 
Melzer at the 2018 US Open

Melzer announced his retirement from the ATP Tour in singles, with the Vienna Open marking his final appearance.[10] Ranked at world No. 426, he upset No. 22 Milos Raonic in the first round.[11] This victory was his 350th and final career win, because he withdrew from the second round due to illness.[12]

2019: First title in 5 yearsEdit

Melzer won the doubles title at the Sofia Open, partnering Nikola Mektić.[13]

Significant finalsEdit

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (2 titles)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2010 Wimbledon Grass   Philipp Petzschner   Horia Tecău
  Robert Lindstedt
6–1, 7–5, 7–5
Win 2011 US Open Hard   Philipp Petzschner   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
6–2, 6–2

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2011 Wimbledon Grass   Iveta Benešová   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Elena Vesnina
6–3, 6–2

Masters 1000 finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2010 Shanghai Hard   Leander Paes   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
7–5, 4–6, [10–5]
Loss 2014 Paris Hard (i)   Marcin Matkowski   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
7–6(7–5), 5–7, [10–6]

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 13 (5 titles, 8 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–2)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (4–6)
Finals by surface
Hard (4–3)
Clay (1–4)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (2–6)
Indoor (3–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2003 Hall of Fame Open, United States International Grass   Robby Ginepri 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 1–6
Loss 0–2 May 2005 St. Pölten Open, Austria International Clay   Nikolay Davydenko 3–6, 6–2, 4–6
Loss 0–3 Apr 2006 US Clay Court Championships, United States International Clay   Mardy Fish 6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Win 1–3 Sep 2006 Romanian Open, Romania International Clay   Filippo Volandri 6–1, 7–5
Loss 1–4 Oct 2006 Moselle Open, France International Hard (i)   Novak Djokovic 6–4, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 1–5 Mar 2007 Las Vegas Open, United States International Hard   Lleyton Hewitt 4–6, 6–7(10–12)
Loss 1–6 Jul 2008 Austrian Open, Austria Intl. Gold Clay   Juan Martín del Potro 2–6, 1–6
Win 2–6 Nov 2009 Vienna Open, Austria 250 Series Hard (i)   Marin Čilić 6–4, 6–3
Loss 2–7 Jul 2010 German Open, Germany 500 Series Clay   Andrey Golubev 3–6, 5–7
Win 3–7 Oct 2010 Vienna Open, Austria (2) 250 Series Hard (i)   Andreas Haider-Maurer 6–7(10–12), 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Win 4–7 Feb 2012 US National Indoor, United States 500 Series Hard (i)   Milos Raonic 7–5, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 4–8 Feb 2013 Zagreb Indoors, Croatia 250 Series Hard (i)   Marin Čilić 3–6, 1–6
Win 5–8 Aug 2013 Winston-Salem Open, United States 250 Series Hard   Gaël Monfils 6–3, 2–1 ret.

Doubles: 34 (16 titles, 18 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (2–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (1–1)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (3–3)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (10–14)
Finals by surface
Hard (8–9)
Clay (4–5)
Grass (3–2)
Carpet (1–2)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (11–9)
Indoor (5–9)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2002 Hall of Fame Open,
United States
International Grass   Alexander Popp   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
5–7, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Jul 2003 Hall of Fame Open,
United States
International Grass   Julian Knowle   Jordan Kerr
  David Macpherson
6–7(4–7), 3–6
Loss 0–3 Jul 2003 Austrian Open,
Austria
Intl. Gold Clay   Alexander Peya   Martin Damm
  Cyril Suk
4–6, 4–6
Win 1–3 Oct 2005 St. Petersburg Open,
Russia
International Carpet (i)   Julian Knowle   Jonas Björkman
  Max Mirnyi
4–6, 7–5, 7–5
Loss 1–4 Apr 2006 US Clay Court Championships,
United States
International Clay   Julian Knowle   Michael Kohlmann
  Alexander Waske
7–5, 4–6, [5–10]
Win 2–4 May 2006 Grand Prix Hassan II,
Morocco
International Clay   Julian Knowle   Michael Kohlmann
  Alexander Waske
6–3, 6–4
Win 3–4 Jul 2006 Hall of Fame Open,
United States
International Grass   Robert Kendrick   Jeff Coetzee
  Justin Gimelstob
7–6(7–3), 6–0
Loss 3–5 Oct 2006 Moselle Open,
France
International Hard (i)   Julian Knowle   Richard Gasquet
  Fabrice Santoro
6–3, 1–6, [9–11]
Loss 3–6 Oct 2006 Vienna Open,
Austria
Intl. Gold Hard (i)   Julian Knowle   Petr Pála
  Pavel Vízner
4–6, 6–3, [10–12]
Loss 3–7 Oct 2006 St. Petersburg Open,
Russia
International Carpet (i)   Julian Knowle   Simon Aspelin
  Todd Perry
1–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss 3–8 Feb 2007 US National Indoor,
United States
Intl. Gold Hard (i)   Julian Knowle   Eric Butorac
  Jamie Murray
5–7, 3–6
Loss 3–9 Oct 2007 St. Petersburg Open,
Russia
International Carpet (i)   Todd Perry   Daniel Nestor
  Nenad Zimonjić
1–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss 3–10 Jan 2008 Auckland Open,
New Zealand
International Hard   Xavier Malisse   Luis Horna
  Juan Mónaco
4–6, 6–3, [7–10]
Loss 3–11 May 2008 St. Pölten Open,
Austria
International Clay   Julian Knowle   Marcelo Melo
  André Sá
5–7, 7–6(7–3), [11–13]
Win 4–11 Jun 2008 Rosmalen Championships,
Netherlands
International Grass   Mario Ančić   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Leander Paes
7–6(7–5), 6–3
Win 5–11 Aug 2009 Connecticut Open,
United States
250 Series Hard   Julian Knowle   Bruno Soares
  Kevin Ullyett
6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Win 6–11 Oct 2009 Japan Open,
Japan
500 Series Hard   Julian Knowle   Ross Hutchins
  Jordan Kerr
6–2, 5–7, [10–8]
Loss 6–12 Nov 2009 Vienna Open,
Austria
250 Series Hard (i)   Julian Knowle   Łukasz Kubot
  Oliver Marach
6–2, 4–6, [9–11]
Win 7–12 Feb 2010 Zagreb Indoors,
Croatia
250 Series Hard (i)   Philipp Petzschner   Arnaud Clément
  Olivier Rochus
3–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Win 8–12 Jul 2010 Wimbledon,
United Kingdom
Grand Slam Grass   Philipp Petzschner   Robert Lindstedt
  Horia Tecău
6–1, 7–5, 7–5
Loss 8–13 Oct 2010 Thailand Open,
Thailand
250 Series Hard (i)   Jonathan Erlich   Christopher Kas
  Viktor Troicki
4–6, 4–6
Win 9–13 Oct 2010 Shanghai Masters,
China
Masters 1000 Hard   Leander Paes   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
7–5, 4–6, [10–5]
Win 10–13 Feb 2011 Rotterdam Open,
Netherlands
500 Series Hard (i)   Philipp Petzschner   Michaël Llodra
  Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 3–6, [10–5]
Win 11–13 Jul 2011 Stuttgart Open,
Germany
250 Series Clay   Philipp Petzschner   Marcel Granollers
  Marc López
6–3, 6–4
Win 12–13 Sep 2011 US Open,
United States
Grand Slam Hard   Philipp Petzschner   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
6–2, 6–2
Loss 12–14 Jan 2012 Brisbane International,
Australia
250 Series Hard   Philipp Petzschner   Max Mirnyi
  Daniel Nestor
1–6, 2–6
Win 13–14 Oct 2014 Vienna Open,
Austria
250 Series Hard (i)   Philipp Petzschner   Andre Begemann
  Julian Knowle
7–6(8–6), 4–6, [10–7]
Loss 13–15 Nov 2014 Paris Masters,
France
Masters 1000 Hard (i)   Marcin Matkowski   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 7–5, [6–10]
Loss 13–16 May 2015 Istanbul Open,
Turkey
250 Series Clay   Robert Lindstedt   Radu Albot
  Dušan Lajović
4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Loss 13–17 Oct 2016 Kremlin Cup,
Russia
250 Series Hard (i)   Julian Knowle   Juan Sebastián Cabal
  Robert Farah
5–7, 6–4, [5–10]
Win 14–17 Feb 2019 Sofia Open,
Bulgaria
250 Series Hard (i)   Nikola Mektić   Hsieh Cheng-peng
  Christopher Rungkat
6–2, 4–6, [10–2]
Win 15–17 Apr 2019 Grand Prix Hassan II,
Morocco (2)
250 Series Clay   Franko Škugor   Matwé Middelkoop
  Frederik Nielsen
6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Loss 15–18 Jul 2019 Croatia Open,
Croatia
250 Series Clay   Oliver Marach   Robin Haase
  Philipp Oswald
5–7, 7–6(7–2), [12–14]
Win 16–18 Jul 2019 German Open,
Germany
500 Series Clay   Oliver Marach   Robin Haase
  Wesley Koolhof
6–2, 7–6(7–3)

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 11 (5–6)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (5–5)
ITF Futures (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (4–1)
Clay (1–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–3)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2001 Slovak Rep. F4, Poprad Futures Clay   Juraj Hasko 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Win 1–1 Aug 2001 Mönchengladbach, Germany Challenger Clay   Jens Knippschild 4–6, 6–1, 6–3
Loss 1–2 Jan 2002 Heilbronn, Germany Challenger Carpet (i)   Alexander Popp 6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 1–3 Jun 2002 Fürth, Germany Challenger Clay   Luis Horna 4–6, 2–6
Loss 1–4 Jan 2003 Heilbronn, Germany Challenger Carpet (i)   Karol Beck 2–6, 7–5, 6–7(5–7)
Loss 1–5 Nov 2003 Aachen, Germany Challenger Carpet (i)   Alexander Peya 6–7(2–7), 1–6
Win 2–5 Mar 2004 Boca Raton, USA Challenger Hard   Thomas Enqvist 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
Loss 2–6 Feb 2008 Wrocław, Poland Challenger Hard (i)   Kristof Vliegen 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 3–6 Mar 2013 Dallas, USA Challenger Hard   Denis Kudla 6–4, 2–6, 6–1
Win 4–6 Feb 2017 Budapest, Hungary Challenger Hard (i)   Márton Fucsovics 7–6(8–6), 6–2
Win 5–6 Mar 2017 Wrocław, Poland Challenger Hard (i)   Michał Przysiężny 6–4, 6–3

Doubles: 10 (6–4)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (6–2)
ITF Futures (0–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–2)
Clay (3–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 1999 Austria F3, Schwaz Futures Clay   Alexander Peya   Daniel Caracciolo
  Fernando Las Heras
1–6, 7–6, 4–6
Loss 0–2 Aug 1999 Morocco F1, Tangiers Futures Clay   Philipp Müllner   Tim Crichton
  Todd Perry
3–6, 4–6
Win 1–2 Feb 2002 Andrézieux, France Challenger Hard (i)   Julian Knowle   Aleksandar Kitinov
  Todd Perry
6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–1
Loss 1–3 Feb 2008 Wrocław, Poland Challenger Hard (i)   Werner Eschauer   James Cerretani
  Lukáš Rosol
7–6(9–7), 3–6, [7–10]
Win 2–3 Aug 2008 Graz, Austria Challenger Clay   Gerald Melzer   Julien Jeanpierre
  Nicolas Renavand
1–6, 7–6(10–8), [10–4]
Win 3–3 Mar 2013 Dallas, USA Challenger Hard   Philipp Petzschner   Eric Butorac
  Dominic Inglot
6–3, 6–1
Win 4–3 Oct 2016 Mons, Belgium Challenger Hard (i)   Julian Knowle   Sander Arends
  Wesley Koolhof
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–4)
Win 5–3 Apr 2017 Sarasota, United States Challenger Clay   Scott Lipsky   Stefan Kozlov
  Peter Polansky
6–2, 6–4
Loss 5–4 Jan 2019 Koblenz, Germany Challenger Hard (i)   Filip Polášek   Zdeněk Kolář
  Adam Pavlásek
3–6, 4–6
Win 6–4 May 2019 Aix-en-Provence, France Challenger Clay   Kevin Krawietz   Frederik Nielsen
  Tim Pütz
7–6(7–5), 6–2

Performance timelinesEdit

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.

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q2 1R 3R 3R 1R 2R 2R 3R 1R 4R 1R 3R A 2R A 1R A 0 / 13 14–13 52%
French Open A A A A 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R 3R 3R SF 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R A A Q2 0 / 13 16–13 55%
Wimbledon A 1R Q1 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R A 3R 3R 4R 3R 2R 4R 1R Q2 A Q1 Q3 0 / 13 16–13 55%
US Open A A A 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 3R 2R 4R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R Q2 A Q1 0 / 14 13–14 48%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–2 2–4 5–4 6–4 0–4 3–3 7–4 7–4 11–4 7–4 1–4 5–4 1–3 3–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 0 / 53 59–53 53%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A Q1 1R 3R 1R 2R 2R 3R 4R 3R 2R 1R A 2R A A A 0 / 11 6–11 35%
Miami Open A A A A Q1 3R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 3R 2R 3R QF A 2R A A A 0 / 11 10–11 48%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A Q1 A A 1R A 1R A 1R 2R SF 2R 3R 1R A A A A 0 / 8 7–8 47%
Madrid Open Not Held A A A 2R A 1R A 2R QF 2R 2R 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 8 6–8 43%
Italian Open A A A A Q1 A 1R A 1R A 3R 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R Q1 A A A 0 / 8 4–8 33%
Canadian Open A A A A A QF 1R A 1R A 1R 1R A 1R 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 8 3–8 27%
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A 1R 1R A 3R A 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 9 4–9 31%
Shanghai Masters Not Held 3R QF 2R 1R 2R A A A A A 0 / 5 7–5 58%
Paris Masters A A A A A 3R A A 1R A A QF A 1R A 2R A A A A 0 / 5 5–5 50%
German Open A A A A A QF 1R 1R 3R Q1 Not Masters Series 0 / 4 5–4 56%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 10–6 2–8 0–3 4–9 2–2 7–8 12–9 5–7 3–9 7–8 3–6 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 77 57–77 43%
National representation
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held 1R Not Held QF Not Held 1R Not Held A Not Held 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Davis Cup PO 1R Z1 Z1 PO 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R Z1 1R QF 1R Z1 Z1 Z1 Z1 PO 0 / 10 22–29 43%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–2 3–2 0–5 2–1 1–1 2–2 4–3 1–3 4–0 2–2 2–3 0–4 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 0 / 13 25–32 44%
Career statistics
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Career
Tournaments 1 3 1 9 18 23 25 26 24 24 27 26 21 24 24 20 11 3 1 1 312
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
Finals 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 1 1 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 13
Overall Win–Loss 1–1 0–5 1–1 10–11 14–20 27–27 26–26 33–26 23–25 30–26 36–29 51–25 22–23 20–25 25–27 16–20 9–12 4–3 0–2 2–0 350–334
Win % 50% 0% 50% 48% 41% 50% 50% 56% 48% 54% 55% 67% 49% 44% 48% 44% 43% 57% 0% 100% 51.17%
Year-end ranking 491 358 168 91 79 39 54 41 60 34 28 11 34 29 27 113 155 306 186 288 $10,168,649

DoublesEdit

Current through the 2019 Paris Masters.

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 2R SF 3R 3R 2R 1R 3R QF 3R 1R A 1R A 2R A A 0 / 12 18–12 60%
French Open A A A A A 1R QF 3R A 2R 2R 1R A 3R 2R 3R A A A A 2R 0 / 10 12–10 55%
Wimbledon A A A A 1R A 3R 1R A 2R 1R W QF SF QF 2R 2R A A 1R 2R 1 / 13 22–12 65%
US Open A A A A 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 3R 1R W 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R A 3R QF 1 / 16 20–15 57%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–3 12–4 5–4 2–4 4–4 3–4 9–3 15–2 10–4 5–4 4–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 4–3 2 / 51 72–49 60%
Year-end championship
ATP Finals Did Not Qualify RR RR Did Not Qualify 0 / 2 2–4 33%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A 1R QF SF A 1R 1R 2R A A A 1R A A A A 0 / 7 6–7 46%
Miami Open A A A A A A A A 2R 1R SF 1R SF 1R 1R A 2R A A A A 0 / 8 8–8 50%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 2R 2R QF QF 1R A A A A 2R 0 / 6 6–6 50%
Madrid Open Not Held A A A A A A A 1R 1R A 2R 2R QF 2R A A A A 0 / 6 3–6 33%
Italian Open A A A A A A 1R A 1R A 2R A A 2R 2R 2R 1R A A A 2R 0 / 8 4–8 33%
Canadian Open A A A A A A A A A A 2R QF A SF 2R 1R A A A A 1R 0 / 6 4–5 50%
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A A 1R A 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R A A A A 1R 0 / 8 1–8 11%
Shanghai Masters Not Held SF W 2R QF A A A A A A 1R 1 / 5 9–4 69%
Paris Masters A A A A A A A 1R 2R A A A A 2R A F A A A A 2R 0 / 5 6–5 55%
German Open A A A A A A A 2R A A Not Masters Series 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 3–3 5–5 0–1 8–7 6–6 4–5 6–8 4–5 7–6 2–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–6 1 / 60 48–58 45%
National representation
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held A Not Held 2R Not Held 2R Not Held A Not Held 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Davis Cup PO 1R Z1 Z1 PO 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R Z1 1R QF 1R Z1 Z1 Z1 Z1 PO QR 0 / 10 14–12 54%
ATP Cup Not Held 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 0 / 12 16–14 53%
Career statistics
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Career
Tournaments 1 0 0 3 10 13 18 23 14 21 27 24 18 20 21 20 15 4 3 8 23 286
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 16
Finals 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 6 2 3 3 4 3 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 4 34
Overall Win–Loss 3–2 0–0 0–2 3–4 11–10 9–13 22–17 39–21 18–13 22–20 34–25 31–23 28–16 24–20 19–19 23–18 10–17 5–4 3–3 9–9 31–20 344–276
Win % 67% 0% 43% 52% 41% 56% 65% 58% 52% 58% 57% 64% 55% 50% 56% 37% 56% 50% 50% 61% 55.48%
Year-end ranking 330 650 505 181 83 101 28 22 53 46 26 8 13 29 51 35 107 162 214 134 36

Mixed doublesEdit

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R A A QF A A 2R A A A A A A A 0 / 3 3–3
French Open 2R 1R A A A A A A 1R A A A A A 0 / 3 1–3
Wimbledon A A A A A W 1R A 1R 1R A A A 1R 1 / 5 4–4
US Open A A 1R A A 1R 1R A A A A A A A 0 / 3 0–3
Win–Loss 1–2 0–1 0–1 2–1 4–1 0–0 1–3 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1 / 14 8–13

Record against top 10 playersEdit

Melzer's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been no. 1 in boldface.

* Statistics correct as of 18 November 2019.

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

  • He has a 13–60 (.178) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
Season 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Total
Wins 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 13
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score JM Rank
2002
1.   Tommy Haas 2 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) 2R 6–4, 6–3 95
2004
2.   Tim Henman 8 Miami, United States Hard 2R 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 7–6(7–4) 64
2005
3.   Andre Agassi 10 San Jose, United States Hard (i) QF 6–3, 6–1 36
2006
4.   Tommy Robredo 7 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay 2R 6–2, 7–5 81
2008
5.   Stan Wawrinka 10 Olympics, Beijing, China Hard 2R 6–4, 6–0 51
2009
6.   Juan Martín del Potro 5 Shanghai, China Hard 2R 7–5, 2–1, ret. 43
2010
7.   Marin Čilić 9 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard QF 7–6(10–8), 7–5 31
8.   Fernando Verdasco 9 Madrid, Spain Clay 3R 7–5, 6–3 30
9.   Novak Djokovic 3 French Open, Paris, France Clay QF 3–6, 2–6, 6–2, 7–6(7–3), 6–4 27
10.   Rafael Nadal 1 Shanghai, China Hard 3R 6–1, 3–6, 6–3 12
11.   David Ferrer 7 Paris, France Hard (i) 3R 7–6(8–6), 2–6, 6–3 12
2011
12.   Roger Federer 3 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay QF 6–4, 6–4 9
2016
13.   Dominic Thiem 9 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay 2R 6–3, 7–5 421

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