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Horacio Zeballos

Horacio Zeballos Jr.
Horacio Zeballos (19826056265).jpg
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceBuenos Aires, Argentina
Born (1985-04-27) 27 April 1985 (age 36)
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro2003
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachAlejandro Lombardo
Prize money$5,674,791
Singles
Career record91-133
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 39 (4 March 2013)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2010, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018)
French Open4R (2017)
Wimbledon2R (2018)
US Open2R (2009, 2016)
Doubles
Career record244-153
Career titles17
Highest rankingNo. 3 (9 September 2019)
Current rankingNo. 4 (12 July 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2019)
French OpenSF (2013)
WimbledonF (2021)
US OpenF (2019)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (2020)
Olympic Games1R (2021)
Medal record
Last updated on: 12 July 2021.

Horacio Zeballos Jr. (locally [o'?asjo se'?a?os];[1] born 27 April 1985) is an Argentine professional tennis player. His career-high singles ranking is world No. 39, and his career-high doubles ranking is world No. 3 (first reached in September 2019). In doubles, he has reached the men's doubles finals at the 2019 US Open and Wimbledon 2021 alongside Marcel Granollers. In singles, he has reached the fourth round at the French Open, doing so in 2017.

Zeballos won his first ATP title at the 2013 VTR Open in Chile on 10 February. In the final, he beat Rafael Nadal, becoming one of only four players (with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray) to beat Nadal in a clay-court final.[2]

He has also reached the final in the St. Petersburg Open in Russia, losing to Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky. He reached the doubles final at the Movistar Open in Santiago, Chile in 2010 with partner Potito Starace. They lost to top seeds ?ukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach. He won the title in doubles at the Copa Telmex with Sebastián Prieto. Zeballos won the 2009 ATP Newcomer of the Year award.

Personal life

Zeballos is an Argentine of Spanish descent. He enjoys music, ping-pong, and swimming. His father is also named Horacio Zeballos, and his mother is named Carolina. He has one sister, Carolina Jr. His favorite surface is clay, and he is coached by Alejandro Lombardo.

Tennis career

Zeballos has competed primarily on the ATP Challenger Tour, where he has won five singles titles and six doubles titles.

2009: First ATP singles final

He reached his first ATP Tour final at the St. Petersburg Open, defeating Yuri Schukin, Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr., Ernests Gulbis and Igor Kunitsyn before falling in the final to Stakhovsky in a third-set tiebreak.

2010: First ATP doubles title

Zeballos started the singles season in a slump, falling in the first round four times, but had an excellent start to the doubles season. In his first tournament, the Heineken Open, Zeballos and Rogier Wassen defeated world no. 1 team Bob and Mike Bryan. Zeballos then reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open with countryman Leonardo Mayer, and reached the final at the Movistar Open with Italian Potito Starace. Zeballos then turned to the clay in the Copa Telmex in Argentina, where in the first round, he defeated countryman and former French Open champion Gastón Gaudio. It was Zeballos' first ATP singles win since he reached the final in St. Petersburg. Zeballos next defeated former world no. 1 Carlos Moyá and reached his first ATP quarterfinal since October, where he then lost to countryman Juan Mónaco. In doubles, Zeballos and countryman Sebastián Prieto were the fourth seeds and won the title against Simon Greul and Peter Luczak. It was Zeballos' first career ATP title. The next week, at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Zeballos lost in the first round to ?ukasz Kubot. He made it to the doubles semifinals, with partner Mónaco.

Zeballos was selected for the Argentine Davis Cup team for the first time. He played doubles with David Nalbandian against the Swedish pair of Robert Lindstedt and Robin Söderling. They won in straight sets. Zeballos reached a career milestone as he defeated his first-ever top-25 player, 24th ranked Gilles Simon, in the second round at the Sony Ericsson Open. He then lost in the third round to eventual finalist Tomá? Berdych.

At the US Men's Clay Court Championships, he defeated Taylor Dent, Dudi Sela, and world no. 11 Fernando González for his first top-15 win and the biggest one of his career. He then faced eventual champion Juan Ignacio Chela in the semifinals, where he lost in straight sets.

At the US Open, Zeballos with partner Eduardo Schwank reached the semifinals in doubles.

2011-2012

Zeballos played mostly on the Challenger circuit in singles. He did not make it past the second round in any ATP events. He had more success in doubles. In 2012, he made it to the semifinals in Viña de Mar and Buenos Aires. At Roland Garros, he and partner Oliver Marach made it to the quarterfinals, where they were beaten by the Bryan brothers.

2013: First ATP singles title

Zeballos won his first ATP singles title at Viña del Mar, where he defeated Rafael Nadal in three sets in his comeback tournament.[2] This victory made Zeballos one of the only four players who have beaten Nadal in a final on clay (the others are Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray).

2017: French Open fourth round

Zeballos' first match in the 2017 Australian Open was a 5-hour and 15 minute loss to Ivo Karlovi?, the second longest match by time at the Australian Open in the Open Era.

At Roland Garros, he had his best performance at a Grand Slam, reaching the fourth round. He was beaten by 6th seed Dominic Thiem in straight sets.

2019-2021: New partnership and Doubles success: US Open final, Top 3 debut, Four ATP Masters 1000 titles, Wimbledon final

Zeballos won his first ATP Masters 1000 Doubles Title at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open with Nikola Mekti?. They defeated sixth-seeded ?ukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the final. Zeballos became the first ATP Masters doubles champion from Argentina since 1997 after Luis Lobo at the Hamburg Masters.

With his new partner Marcel Granollers he has won 5 titles thus far, starting in August 2019, and also made his first Grand Slam doubles final at the 2019 US Open, losing to the World No. 1 and top seeded pair Farah/Cabal. He reached a career-high ranking of World No. 3 in doubles on 9 September 2019 following the US Open. The pair won 3 Masters 1000: the 2019 Canadian Open, the 2020 Italian Open and the 2021 Mutua Madrid Open.[3]

Significant finals

Grand Slam tournament finals

Doubles: 2 (2 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2019 US Open Hard Spain Marcel Granollers Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
4-6, 5-7
Loss 2021 Wimbledon Grass Spain Marcel Granollers Croatia Nikola Mekti?
Croatia Mate Pavi?
4-6, 6-7(5-7), 6-2, 5-7

Masters 1000 finals

Doubles: 4 (4 titles)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2019 Indian Wells Masters Hard Croatia Nikola Mekti? Poland ?ukasz Kubot
Brazil Marcelo Melo
4-6, 6-4, [10-3]
Win 2019 Canadian Open Hard Spain Marcel Granollers Netherlands Robin Haase
Netherlands Wesley Koolhof
7-5, 7-5
Win 2020 Italian Open Clay Spain Marcel Granollers France Jérémy Chardy
France Fabrice Martin
6-4, 5-7, [10-8]
Win 2021 Madrid Open Clay Spain Marcel Granollers Croatia Nikola Mekti?
Croatia Mate Pavi?
1-6, 6-3, [10-8]

ATP career finals

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-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 (1-1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0-1)
Clay (1-0)
Grass (0-0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (1-0)
Indoor (0-1)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Nov 2009 St. Petersburg Open, Russia 250 Series Hard (i) Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2, 6-7(8-10), 6-7(7-9)
Win 1-1 Feb 2013 Chile Open, Chile 250 Series Clay Spain Rafael Nadal 6-7(2-7), 7-6(8-6), 6-4

Doubles: 31 (17 titles, 14 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-2)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (4-0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (2-1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (11-11)
Titles by surface
Hard (4-6)
Clay (13-6)
Grass (0-2)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (16-12)
Indoor (1-2)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Feb 2010 Argentina Open,
Argentina
250 Series Clay Argentina Sebastián Prieto Germany Simon Greul
Australia Peter Luczak
7-6(7-4), 6-3
Loss 1-1 Feb 2010 Chile Open,
Chile
250 Series Clay Italy Potito Starace Poland ?ukasz Kubot
Austria Oliver Marach
4-6, 0-6
Win 2-1 May 2011 Bavarian Championships,
Germany
250 Series Clay Italy Simone Bolelli Germany Andreas Beck
Germany Christopher Kas
7-6(7-3), 6-4
Loss 2-2 Sep 2013 Malaysian Open,
Malaysia
250 Series Hard (i) Uruguay Pablo Cuevas United States Eric Butorac
South Africa Raven Klaasen
2-6, 4-6
Loss 2-3 Feb 2014 Argentina Open,
Argentina
250 Series Clay Uruguay Pablo Cuevas Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Marc López
5-7, 4-6
Win 3-3 Feb 2016 Brasil Open,
Brazil
250 Series Clay Chile Julio Peralta Spain Pablo Carreño Busta
Spain David Marrero
4-6, 6-1, [10-5]
Win 4-3 Jul 2016 Swiss Open,
Switzerland
250 Series Clay Chile Julio Peralta Croatia Mate Pavi?
New Zealand Michael Venus
7-6(7-2), 6-2
Win 5-3 Aug 2016 Atlanta Open,
United States
250 Series Hard Argentina Andrés Molteni Sweden Johan Brunström
Sweden Andreas Siljeström
7-6(7-2), 6-4
Win 6-3 Sep 2016 Moselle Open,
France
250 Series Hard (i) Chile Julio Peralta Croatia Mate Pavi?
New Zealand Michael Venus
6-3, 7-6(7-4)
Loss 6-4 Feb 2017 Ecuador Open,
Ecuador
250 Series Clay Chile Julio Peralta United States James Cerretani
Austria Philipp Oswald
3-6, 1-2 ret.
Win 7-4 Apr 2017 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships,
United States
250 Series Clay Chile Julio Peralta Germany Dustin Brown
United States Frances Tiafoe
4-6, 7-5, [10-6]
Loss 7-5 Aug 2017 Winston-Salem Open,
United States
250 Series Hard Chile Julio Peralta Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tec?u
3-6, 4-6
Loss 7-6 Sep 2017 St. Petersburg Open,
Russia
250 Series Hard (i) Chile Julio Peralta Czech Republic Roman Jebavý
Netherlands Matwé Middelkoop
4-6, 4-6
Loss 7-7 Jan 2018 Brisbane International,
Australia
250 Series Hard Argentina Leonardo Mayer Finland Henri Kontinen
Australia John Peers
6-3, 3-6, [2-10]
Win 8-7 Feb 2018 Argentina Open (2),
Argentina
250 Series Clay Argentina Andrés Molteni Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
6-3, 5-7, [10-3]
Win 9-7 Jul 2018 Swedish Open,
Sweden
250 Series Clay Chile Julio Peralta Italy Simone Bolelli
Italy Fabio Fognini
6-3, 6-4
Win 10-7 Jul 2018 German Open,
Germany
500 Series Clay Chile Julio Peralta Austria Oliver Marach
Croatia Mate Pavi?
6-1, 4-6, [10-6]
Loss 10-8 Feb 2019 Córdoba Open,
Argentina
250 Series Clay Argentina Máximo González Czech Republic Roman Jebavý
Argentina Andrés Molteni
4-6, 6-7(4-7)
Win 11-8 Feb 2019 Argentina Open (3),
Argentina
250 Series Clay Argentina Máximo González Argentina Diego Schwartzman
Austria Dominic Thiem
6-1, 6-1
Win 12-8 Mar 2019 Indian Wells Masters,
United States
Masters 1000 Hard Croatia Nikola Mekti? Poland ?ukasz Kubot
Brazil Marcelo Melo
4-6, 6-4, [10-3]
Loss 12-9 Jun 2019 Eastbourne International,
United Kingdom
250 Series Grass Argentina Máximo González Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
6-3, 6-7(4-7), [6-10]
Loss 12-10 Jul 2019 Swedish Open,
Sweden
250 Series Clay Argentina Federico Delbonis Belgium Sander Gillé
Belgium Joran Vliegen
7-5(7-5), 5-7, [5-10]
Win 13-10 Aug 2019 Canadian Open,
Canada
Masters 1000 Hard Spain Marcel Granollers Netherlands Robin Haase
Netherlands Wesley Koolhof
7-5, 7-5
Loss 13-11 Sep 2019 US Open,
United States
Grand Slam Hard Spain Marcel Granollers Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
4-6, 5-7
Win 14-11 Feb 2020 Argentina Open (4),
Argentina
250 Series Clay Spain Marcel Granollers Argentina Guillermo Durán
Argentina Juan Ignacio Londero
6-4, 5-7, [18-16]
Win 15-11 Feb 2020 Rio Open,
Brazil
500 Series Clay Spain Marcel Granollers Italy Salvatore Caruso
Italy Federico Gaio
6-4, 5-7, [10-7]
Loss 15-12 Sep 2020 Austrian Open Kitzbühel,
Austria
250 Series Clay Spain Marcel Granollers United States Austin Krajicek
Croatia Franko ?kugor
6-7(5-7), 5-7
Win 16-12 Sep 2020 Italian Open,
Italy
Masters 1000 Clay Spain Marcel Granollers France Jérémy Chardy
France Fabrice Martin
6-4, 5-7, [10-8]
Loss 16-13 Mar 2021 Mexican Open,
Mexico
500 Series Hard Spain Marcel Granollers United Kingdom Ken Skupski
United Kingdom Neal Skupski
6-7(3-7), 4-6
Win 17-13 May 2021 Madrid Open,
Spain
Masters 1000 Clay Spain Marcel Granollers Croatia Nikola Mekti?
Croatia Mate Pavi?
1-6, 6-3, [10-8]
Loss 17-14 Jul 2021 Wimbledon Championships,
United Kingdom
Grand Slam Grass Spain Marcel Granollers Croatia Nikola Mekti?
Croatia Mate Pavi?
4-6, 6-7(5-7), 6-2, 5-7

Challenger finals: 23 (12-11)

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (12-11)
Finals by Surface
Hard (3-1)
Clay (9-10)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 22 June 2008 Recanati, Italy Hard Slovenia Grega ?emlja 6-3, 6-4
Runner-up 1. 28 September 2008 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Brazil Marcos Daniel 4-6, 6-4, 4-6
Winner 2. 1 February 2009 Bucaramanga, Colombia Clay Colombia Carlos Salamanca 7-5, 6-2
Winner 3. 22 March 2009 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Mexico Santiago González 7-6(7-3), 6-0
Runner-up 2. 3 May 2009 Pereira, Colombia Clay Colombia Alejandro Falla 4-6, 6-4, 2-6
Runner-up 3. 19 July 2009 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Brazil Marcos Daniel 6-4, 6-7(5-7), 4-6
Winner 4. 26 July 2009 Manta, Ecuador Hard France Vincent Millot 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
Winner 5. 9 August 2009 Campos do Jordão, Brazil Clay Brazil Thiago Alves 6-7(7-4), 6-4, 6-3
Runner-up 4. 20 September 2009 Cali, Colombia Clay Colombia Alejandro Falla 4-6, 3-6
Winner 6. 4 October 2009 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Gastón Gaudio 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Runner-up 5. 6 March 2011 Salinas, Ecuador Hard Argentina Andrés Molteni 5-7, 6-7(4-7)
Runner-up 6. 15 May 2011 Bordeaux, France Clay France Marc Gicquel 2-6, 4-6
Runner-up 7. 1 April 2012 Barranquilla, Colombia Clay Colombia Alejandro Falla 4-6, 1-6
Winner 7. 13 May 2012 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Slovakia Martin Kli?an 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(8-6)
Winner 8. 4 November 2012 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay Germany Julian Reister 6-3, 6-2
Winner 9. 11 November 2012 São Leopoldo, Brazil Clay Chile Paul Capdeville 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(7-2)
Winner 10. 6 January 2013 São Paulo, Brazil Hard Brazil Rogério Dutra da Silva 7-6(7-5), 6-2>
Runner-up 8. 15 July 2014 Svijany, Czech Republic Clay Slovakia Andrej Martin 6-1, 1-6, 4-6
Runner-up 9. 22 May 2016 Mestre, Italy Clay Portugal Gastao Elias 6-7, 2-6
Winner 11. 19 June 2016 Poprad, Slovakia Clay Austria Gerald Melzer 6-3, 6-4
Winner 12. 9 July 2016 Båstad, Sweden Clay Spain Roberto Carballés Baena 6-3, 6-4
Runner-up 10. 7 Nov 2016 Bogota, Colombia Clay Argentina Facundo Bagnis 6-3, 2-6, 6-7(4-7)
Runner-up 11. 9 Oct 2017 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Nicolás Kicker 7-6(7-5), 0-6, 5-7

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (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.

Singles

Current through 2018 Wimbledon.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R A A 1R 1R Q1 A 1R 1R 0-5
French Open A 2R A 2R 2R Q2 Q1 1R 4R 2R 7-6
Wimbledon A 1R A A 1R A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1-6
US Open 2R 1R 1R Q1 1R Q1 Q1 2R 1R A 2-6
Win-Loss 1-1 1-4 0-1 1-1 1-4 0-1 0-1 1-3 3-4 2-3 10-23
Year-End Ranking 45 110 109 85 56 123 124 71 66 173

Doubles

Current through the 2021 Wimbledon.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W-L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 3R A A 1R 1R 2R A 1R 1R QF 3R 1R 0 / 9 8-9 47%
French Open 1R 2R A QF SF 2R 1R 1R QF 2R 1R 3R 2R 0 / 12 16-12 57%
Wimbledon A 2R A A 2R A A 1R 2R 2R 3R NH F 0 / 7 11-7 61%
US Open A SF 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R F 2R 0 / 11 14-11 56%
Win-Loss 0-1 8-4 1-1 3-2 7-4 1-3 1-3 0-3 5-4 3-4 10-4 4-3 6-3 0 / 39 49-39 56%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A 1R A A A A A SF W NH 1 / 3 8-2 80%
Miami Open A A A A 1R 2R A A 1R A QF NH 1R 0 / 5 3-5 38%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A A SF NH SF 0 / 2 5-2 71%
Madrid Open A A A A 2R A A A A A 2R NH W 1 / 3 5-2 71%
Italian Open A A A A A A A A A 1R QF W QF 1 / 4 9-3 75%
Canadian Open A A A A A A A A A A W NH 1 / 1 6-0 100%
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A A A A 2R QF 0 / 2 3-2 60%
Shanghai Masters A A A A A A A A A QF 2R NH 0 / 2 3-2 60%
Paris Masters A A A A A A A A A A 2R 2R 0 / 2 1-2 33%
Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1-2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 6-3 21-7 7-2 5-2 4 / 23 41-19 68%
Year-End Ranking 79 33 88 63 40 79 72 45 38 29 4 3

References

  1. ^ "The pronunciation by Horacio Zeballos himself". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Tennis: Nadal denied title in comeback tournament", Global Post, 10 February 2013.
  3. ^ https://www.atptour.com/en/news/mektic-pavic-granollers-zeballos-madrid-2021-doubles-final

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Kei Nishikori
ATP Newcomer of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
Tobias Kamke

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