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Marinko Matosevic

Marinko Matosevic
Marinko Matosevic 5, 2015 Wimbledon Championships - Diliff.jpg
Marinko Matosevic at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Born (1985-08-08) 8 August 1985 (age 36)
Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro2003
Retired2018
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,041,040
Singles
Career record63-95 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 39 (25 February 2013)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (2015)
French Open2R (2014)
Wimbledon2R (2014)
US Open1R (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Doubles
Career record18-45 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 114 (19 November 2012)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (2012)
French Open2R (2014)
Wimbledon2R (2013)
US Open3R (2012)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian Open2R (2011)
Last updated on: 28 December 2021.

Marinko Matosevic (Croatian: Marinko Mato?evi?,[1] pronounced [mar?:?ko mat?:?e?it?]; born 8 August 1985) is a retired Australian professional tennis player.[2] His career-high singles ranking is World No. 39, which he achieved in February 2013. Matosevic defeated top players including Milos Raonic, Marin ?ili?, Nikolay Davydenko, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and John Isner.

Fans referred to Matosevic affectionately through his nickname "mad dog".[3]

Personal life

Matosevic was born in Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is of Croat descent. During his childhood, Matosevic's parents, Branko and Ljubica, moved the family to Melbourne, Australia and he now competes for his adopted country. While growing up he played soccer along with tennis and is a fan of cricketer Shane Warne as well as following the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League.

Tennis career and background

Starting tennis at age 10, he trained at the Universal Tennis Academy from age 13. Marinko was unable to obtain an ITF junior ranking.[4] After achieving an ATP ranking inside the top 300 with Jay Salter, at the age of 24 Jay Salter hired Marc Kimmich as Marinko Matosevic coach[5][6] of Pure Tennis Academy as his coach. Working with Kimmich as his coach Marinko was able to increase from 300 to the top 150 over the next 3 years.[7] Marinko was last coached by former ATP Professional and doubles specialist Mark Woodforde.[8]

Matosevic won five futures titles and four ATP Challenger titles. His biggest title was in July 2010 at the $75,000 Comerica Bank Challenger in Aptos, California where, in a heated match with American Donald Young, he won the title in straight sets.

2010

In January 2010, he played his first Grand Slam match in Melbourne at the Australian Open and lost in the first round.

He entered the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, in Indian Wells as a qualifier. He beat Michaël Llodra in the first round before losing out to No. 9 seed Tsonga.

Matosevic won his first challenger tournament at the 2010 Comerica Bank Challenger beating the Donald Young in the final. A second challenger title followed in Calabasas when he beat Ryan Sweeting.

2011

In February, Matosevic was seeded number 1 for the 2011 Caloundra International, on the ATP Challenger Tour. In the first round, he defeated Chinese qualifier Wu Di. In the second round, he faced fellow Australian Brydan Klein and won. In the quarterfinals, Matosevic lost to Danai Udomchoke from Thailand. He then went to America, where he entered the qualifying draw for the 2011 Delray Beach International Tennis Championship. He qualified, defeating Raven Klaasen, Bobby Reynolds and Igor Kunitsyn. He then took the place of number one seed Andy Roddick after he withdrew. In the first round, he lost to Dudi Sela of Israel.

2012: Breakthrough, first ATP final

After an unsuccessful start to the 2012 season (which included four consecutive losses in home tournaments) Matosevic entered the 2012 Caloundra International as the No. 2 seed and steamrolled his way to the title where he defeated Greg Jones in the final.

Matosevic continued his form when he entered the 2012 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships and qualified for the main draw. In the first round he ousted Ivo Karlovi?, he followed up the victory with a second round win over Alex Bogomolov, Jr. In the quarterfinals Matosevic defeated Ernests Gulbis to reach the semifinal. In the semifinal Matosevic played Israeli Dudi Sela where he defeated him to reach his first ever ATP final, where ultimately he lost to South African Kevin Anderson in straight sets.

Matosevic lost to Luxembourg's Gilles Müller in the opening round of Atlanta Open on 16 July.[9]

In the first round of the US Open, Matosevic led Croatian 12th seed Marin ?ili? by two sets to love before losing in five sets. In November Matosevic was voted the most improved player on the ATP Tour. In addition, Matosevic ended the year at World No. 49 and Australia's No. 1 player in singles.

2013: Reaching the Top 40

Serving at Roland Garros in 2013

Matosevic began 2013 poorly with first round losses at the Brisbane International to Kei Nishikori and the Apia International to Bernard Tomic, both matches losing in straight sets. Like the 2012 US Open, Matosevic was defeated by Marin ?ili? in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open. Nonetheless, Matosevic rebounded, and reached the semi-finals of Memphis by defeating Go Soeda, and upsetting 4th seed Sam Querrey and 7th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov before he retired against Kei Nishikori. As a result he entered the top 40 reaching a career-high of World No. 39 on 25 February 2013. Soeda got his revenge however, by ousting Matosevic in the first round of Delray Beach.

At the Monte Carlo Masters, Matosevic earned one of the biggest victories of his career, defeating former top ten player Fernando Verdasco in the first round.[10] He lost to eight-time champion Rafael Nadal in the next round. Matosevic upset Milos Raonic in the round of 16 at the Citi Open. In the quarterfinals of the same event he fell in a third set tiebreak to Dmitry Tursunov.

2014

Matosevic's season began at the Brisbane International where he defeated Julien Benneteau and Sam Querrey. He was defeated by Roger Federer in the quarter-finals in straight sets. During the second set, he was treated briefly for his shoulder injury which has persisted since the end of last season. He reach the quarterfinals of the 2014 Apia International Sydney defeating Florian Mayer and Andreas Seppi on the route but lost to Sergiy Stakhovsky. At the Australian Open, Matosevic was defeated by Kei Nishikori in five sets. At the French Open, he reached the second round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his thirteenth attempt, defeating Dustin Brown in four sets.[11] It was his first ever win at a Major tournament, and his first ever win in a best-of-5 sets match. The following week, Matosevic made the final of the 2014 Aegon Trophy, but lost to Marcos Baghdatis. Matosevic won his second grand slam match by defeating the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in four sets in the first round of Wimbledon. Matosevic made it to the quarterfinals of the BB&T Atlanta Open where he fell to John Isner. In the first round of the Western & Southern Open Matosevic beat Nicolas Mahut in two sets. On match point the chair umpire overruled a Matosevic ace, after Matosevic won the match on his second serve he verbally berated the chair umpire and spit on the court.

2015

After gaining a wild card into Brisbane ATP tournament Matosevic lost first round to American Steve Johnson.[12] Following his first round exit from the Brisbane ATP tournament Marinko was invited to fill in for Matthew Ebden at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

At the Australian Open, Matosevic recorded his first victory at the event after five previous unsuccessful attempts, defeating Alexander Kudryavtsev in five sets in the opening round.[13] He then faced former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray in the second round but lost in straight sets. Matosevic then played in Memphis but lost in the first round. His next tournament was at Delray Beach where he caused an upset over World number 20 and second seed John Isner in the first round. He then lost in the second round to Yoshihito Nishioka. After Delray Beach, he played in Acapulco where he defeated Marcel Granollers before losing to eventual champion David Ferrer. Following this was a string of first round losses at Indian Wells, Irving, Miami, Houston, Barcelona, Estoril, Geneva, French Open and Rosmalen. This continued at Wimbledon as Matosevic let a two-set lead slip before losing to Liam Broady. Matosevic ended the year with a ranking of No. 296.

2016

Matosevic reached the second round of qualifying for the 2016 Australian Open before heading to North America where he qualified for and reached the quarter final of Dallas and Puebla challengers. In April, Matosevic headed to Asia and qualified for and reached the quarter finals of Santaizi and Busan challengers before heading to the United Kingdom with limited success. In August and September, Matosevic has his best singles results reaching the semi-finals of Bangkok and Nanchang challengers before ending the season in October. Matosevic ended 2016 with a ranking of No. 221.

2017

Matosevic lost in the first round of qualifying for the 2017 Australian Open before playing on the Asian challenger circuit between February and May; failing to pass round 1 in any. From July to August Matosevic played in North America also unable to pass round 1. In September, Matosevic won his first challenger match for the year at Gwangju, ultimately reaching the quarter final. In October, Matosevic reached the semi-final of OEC Kaohsiung as a lucky loser, before playing further Asian challenger events until November. Matosevic ended 2017 with a ranking of No. 377.

2018

Matosevic commenced the year qualifying for and reaching the quarter final of the Playford Challenger. He lost in the first round of 2018 Australian Open men's singles qualifying. He has since played at the Burnie International, again being knocked out in the 1st round of qualifying. The Launceston International saw him progress to the round of 16, before being knocked out by Alexander Sarkissian. After a knockout in the round of 32 at the Morelos Open, Matosevic played the Oracle Challenger Series, being knocked out in the second round of qualifiers.

Matosevic retired from professional tennis in February 2018.[14]

ATP career finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0-0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP Masters 1000 Series (0-0)
ATP 500 Series (0-0)
ATP 250 Series (0-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-1)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Finals by setting
Outdoors (0-1)
Indoors (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Mar 2012 Delray Beach, United States 250 Series Hard South Africa Kevin Anderson 4-6, 6-7(2-7)

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0-0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP Masters 1000 Series (0-0)
ATP 500 Series (0-0)
ATP 250 Series (0-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-1)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Finals by setting
Outdoors (0-0)
Indoors (0-1)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Feb 2013 San Jose, United States 250 Series Hard Australia Lleyton Hewitt Belgium Xavier Malisse
Germany Frank Moser
0-6, 7-6(7-5), [4-10]

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures Finals

Singles: 16 (9-7)

Legend
ATP Challenger (4-3)
ITF Futures (5-4)
Finals by surface
Hard (8-4)
Clay (0-2)
Grass (1-1)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Sep 2007 Indonesia F6, Denpasar Futures Hard Japan Kento Takeuchi 6-4, 4-6, 4-6
Loss 0-2 May 2008 Mexico F5, Guadalajara Futures Clay Mexico Victor Romero 4-6, 2-6
Win 1-2 May 2008 Mexico F7, Morelia Futures Hard Mexico Miguel Gallardo-Valles 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Win 2-2 May 2008 Mexico F8, Puerto Vallarta Futures Hard United States Nima Roshan 6-3, 6-7(8-10), 6-3
Loss 2-3 Sep 2008 Australia F6, Kawana Futures Hard Australia Colin Ebelthite 4-6, 6-7(3-7)
Loss 2-4 Oct 2008 Australia F9, Sale Futures Clay Australia Nick Lindahl 4-6, 0-6
Win 3-4 Oct 2008 Australia F10, Happy Valley Futures Hard Australia Greg Jones 6-1, 7-6(7-3)
Win 4-4 Dec 2008 Australia F12, Sorrento Futures Hard Australia Adam Feeney 6-3, 7-6(7-4)
Win 5-4 Feb 2009 Australia F2, Berri Futures Grass Australia Colin Ebelthite 6-3, 6-4
Loss 5-5 Mar 2009 Melbourne, Australia Challenger Hard Australia Bernard Tomic 7-5, 4-6, 3-6
Loss 5-6 Jun 2010 Ojai, United States Challenger Hard United States Bobby Reynolds 6-3, 5-7, 5-7
Win 6-6 Jul 2010 Aptos, United States Challenger Hard United States Donald Young 6-4, 6-2
Win 7-6 Oct 2010 Calabasas, United States Challenger Hard United States Ryan Sweeting 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Win 8-6 Feb 2012 Caloundra, Australia Challenger Hard Australia Greg Jones 6-0, 6-2
Win 9-6 May 2012 Athens, Greece Challenger Hard Belgium Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 6-4
Loss 9-7 Jun 2014 Nottingham, United Kingdom Challenger Grass Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 3-6

Doubles: 5 (1-4)

Legend
ATP Challenger (1-1)
ITF Futures (0-3)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-3)
Clay (0-1)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Aug 2007 Indonesia F1, Makassar Futures Hard Australia Sadik Kadir South Korea Kwon Oh-Hee
South Korea Lee Chul-Hee
4-6, 3-6
Loss 0-2 Oct 2007 Australia F6, Sawtell Futures Clay Australia Nick Lindahl Australia Miles Armstrong
Australia Strahinja Bobusic
walkover
Loss 0-3 May 2008 Mexico F8, Puerto Vallarta Futures Hard Australia Andrew Roberts United States Mason Fuller
United States Ikaika Jobe
2-6, 1-6
Loss 0-4 Feb 2011 Burnie, Australia Challenger Hard New Zealand Jose Statham Canada Peter Polansky
Canada Philip Bester
4-6, 6-3, [12-14]
Win 1-4 Nov 2015 Traralgon, Australia Challenger Hard Australia Dayne Kelly Australia Omar Jasika
Australia Bradley Mousley
7-5, 6-2

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.

Singles

Tournament 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 Q1 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R Q2 Q1 Q1 0 / 6 1-6 14%
French Open A A A Q2 Q1 Q2 Q2 1R 2R 1R A A A 0 / 3 1-3 25%
Wimbledon A A A Q1 Q2 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R A A A 0 / 5 1-5 17%
US Open A A A Q1 Q2 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 4 0-4 0%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-3 0-3 0-4 2-4 1-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 / 18 3-18 14%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A 2R 1R 2R 3R 2R 1R A A A 0 / 6 5-6 45%
Miami Open A A A A A Q2 1R 1R 2R 1R A A A 0 / 4 1-4 20%
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A A A 2R 1R A A A A 0 / 2 1-2 33%
Madrid Open A A A A A A A 1R 2R A A A A 0 / 2 1-2 33%
Canadian Open A A A A A Q2 Q1 QF Q2 A A A A 0 / 1 3-1 75%
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A 1R A 2R A A A A 0 / 2 1-2 33%
Shanghai Masters Not Held A A Q1 1R A Q1 A A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Paris Masters A A A A A A Q1 A A A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0-1 1-4 6-5 4-5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 / 18 12-18 40%
National representation
Davis Cup A A A A A Z1 Z1 Z1 A A A A A 0 / 0 2-2 50%
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1
Overall win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-3 2-10 17-19 18-25 22-22 3-16 0-0 0-0 0-0 63-95
Year-end ranking 616 610 294 186 138 203 49 61 75 296 221 377 410 40%

Doubles

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 6 1-6 14%
French Open A A 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 3 1-3 25%
Wimbledon A A A 2R 1R A 0 / 2 1-2 33%
US Open A A 3R 1R A A 0 / 2 2-2 50%
Win-loss 0-1 0-1 3-3 1-4 1-3 0-1 0 / 13 5-13 28%

References

  1. ^ "?ili? katastrofalan u Londonu - izgubio od autsajdera Mato?evi?a".
  2. ^ "Former world number 39 retires at the age of 33".
  3. ^ "Tennis player Marinko 'Mad Dog' Matosevic kicks, curses after Cincinnati win". 11 August 2014.
  4. ^ [1] ITF Junior Profile - Marinko Matosevic (ITF)]
  5. ^ Official Tennis Australia Profile - Marinko Matosevic (Tennis Australia)
  6. ^ Up and Comer Marinko Matosevic no Longer an Aussie Mystery (Herald Sun)
  7. ^ ATP World Tour Rankings - Marinko Matosevic (ATP World Tour)
  8. ^ Coach Mark Woodforde Puts Comment By Marinko Matosevic Behind Him (SMH)
  9. ^ "Gilles Muller brings up milestone over Aussie Marinko Matosevic". Herald Sun. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ Matosevic earns clay test against Nadal - ABC Grandstand Sport - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  11. ^ Valkerie, Baynes (27 May 2014). "Marinko Matosevic breaks grand slam drought and is only Aussie man left in French Open". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ Matosevic Beaten Brisbane International (SBS)
  13. ^ "First Open wins for Gajdosova, Matosevic". Ninemsn. 19 January 2015. Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "Former world number 39 retires at the age of 33".

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