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Andrey Kuznetsov (tennis)
Russian tennis player

Andrey Kuznetsov (tennis)

Andrey Kuznetsov (tennis)
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Quick Facts

Intro Russian tennis player
A.K.A. Andrey Aleksandrovich Kuznetsov
Is Athlete Tennis player
From Russia
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 22 February 1991, Tula, Tula Oblast, Russia
Age 31 years
Residence Balashikha
Stats
Height: 185
Weight: 71
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Andrey Alexandrovich Kuznetsov (Russian: Андре́й Алекса́ндрович Кузнецо́в, born 22 February 1991) is a professional Russian tennis player.

Kuznetsov won the Boys' Singles title at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships. On 25 April 2016, he achieved his singles career-high of world No. 39.

Career

Early life

Andrey Kuznestov started playing tennis at age six, coached by his father Alexander. In 2001, his family moved to Balashikha, attending the sports club there. His father resumed coaching Andrey and his elder brother Alexey.

According to some mass media reports, Andrey allegedly had problems with his back since his childhood, so he attended manual therapies. But Andrey's coach and father declined it, stating he had problems with his hip and the therapy could be described as tough fitness.

2006–09: Grand Slam Junior title

Kuznetsov played his first ITF junior tournament at the 2006 Black Gold of Udmurtia, but received a walkover in the qualifying round. His first notable achievement was at the Governor Cup in St. Petersburg, reaching the semi-finals there. He reached his first final at the NBU Cup in Uzbekistan. Most of the tournaments were on a clay court, but in 2007 he played on carpet and hard. In this season he reached three finals in singles, winning once, and three doubles finals in doubles, winning twice. His best season was in 2008, when he won three singles titles and played well in doubles. Andrey's last junior tournament became the 2009 Wimbledon, winning his first Grand Slam title. For the first time in 43 years a Russian won the Wimbledon since Soviet Vladimir Korotkov achieved that feat in 1965 and 1966.

As a junior Kuznetsov posted an 80–24 win/loss record in singles, reaching a combined ranking of No. 3 in the world in July 2009.

2010–15: Top 100 and inconsistencies

He made his first main draw Grand Slam appearance at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships where he lost in five sets to seeded Romanian Victor Hănescu. He defeated the 11th seed of the 2013 Australian Open, Juan Mónaco in straight sets in the first round to reach the second round of a grand slam for the first time.

At Wimbledon in 2014, Kuznetsov recorded his first win over a player ranked inside the world's top ten by defeating seventh seed David Ferrer in five sets. The win also took Kuznetsov to the third round of a grand slam for the first time. Later that year, in the US Open, he defeated Fernando Verdasco in the second round, but lost to Andy Murray in the third round.

At the 2015 Australian Open, he got into the second round, but lost to Novak Djokovic.

2016: Russia's number one

Andrey debuted in 2016 at the Qatar Open, losing in the quarterfinals to Rafael Nadal in three tight sets. At the 2016 Australian Open, he got his best ever result in a grand slam, beating Dudi Sela to make it to the fourth round. In the following tournaments he successfully got beyond the first rounds. Reaching the second round of the Miami Open, Kuznetsov became Russia's new number one male tennis player, replacing Teymuraz Gabashvili, who lost in Miami in the first round. Kuznetsov in the second round confidently defeated 4th-seeded Stan Wawrinka, the second time he won against a top-10 player. He then proceeded to beat Adrian Mannarino in the third round 2–6, 7–5, 6–0. In the fourth round he lost to Nick Kyrgios 6–7, 3–6.

Kuznetsov debuted at the Olympic Games. In the first round he was forced to retire before the start of the third set of the match against Roberto Bautista Agut because of injury.

2017: First 3 ATP single semifinals and first doubles final

After a first round loss to fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Doha, Kuznetsov made his maiden ATP semifinal appearance in Sydney where he fell to fellow first time semifinalist Dan Evans in another three setter. In the first round of the Australian Open, he pushed fifth seed Kei Nishikori to five sets. In the first round of the Davis Cup World Group, he teamed up with Konstantin Kravchuk in Russia's doubles rubber against Serbia but they lost in four sets to Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjić. A week later, he lost to Troicki and Zimonjić again, this time in the doubles final of the Garanti Koza Sofia Open. He ended a three match losing streak at the Miami Open where he reached the second round.

Kuznetsov began his clay season in Monte Carlo where he qualified for the main draw following wins over established players Julien Benneteau and Mikhail Youzhny. He then lost to the ninth seed Tomas Berdych after taking the first set. He reached his second quarterfinal of the year at the inaugural Hungarian Open where he upset the third seed Fabio Fognini en route. After a three set first round loss to Tsonga at the Mutua Madrid Open, Kuznetsov advanced to his second ATP semifinal in singles at the Geneva Open where he fell to world No. 3 and defending champion Stan Wawrinka in straight sets. At the French Open, he took a set off world No. 1 Andy Murray in the first round. In the SkiStar Swedish Open he made it to his third career semifinal, also his third semifinal this year. He first beat German tennis player Jan-Lennard Struff in only 2 sets. He then defeated no.1 seed, Pablo Carreño Busta, after Carreño Busta retired in the third set. He then beat 7th seed Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals in straight sets to eventually lose to Alexandr Dolgopolov in the semifinals.

Playing style

Kuznetsov is an aggressive baseliner. He likes to hit it very hard and especially cross-court. While his forehand used to be somewhat of a weakness, it has now developed into a competent shot which he can use as a weapon. On the other hand, his main weakness is his second serve.

Patrick Mouratoglou in 2011 noted his flat shots, nice serve and volley play and a great forehand, but also felt his shot placement and movement should be improved.

Career finals

ATP career finals

Doubles: 1 (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 (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 12 February 2017 Sofia Open, Sofia, Bulgaria Hard (i) Russia Mikhail Elgin Serbia Viktor Troicki
Serbia Nenad Zimonjic
4–6, 4–6

Junior significant finals

Junior Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2009 Wimbledon Grass United States Jordan Cox 4–6, 6–2, 6–2

Other finals

Universiade medal matches

Mixed Doubles: 1 (1 gold medal)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Gold 2013 Kazan Universiade Hard Russia Elena Vesnina Japan Shota Tagawa
Japan Hiroko Kuwata
6–4, 3–6, [12–10]

Futures and Challenger finals

Singles: 21 (14 titles, 7 runners-up)

Legend
Challengers (7–4)
Futures (7–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 28 March 2009 6th of October City, Egypt Clay Morocco Reda El Amrani 6–1, 1–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 13 June 2009 Mestre, Italy Clay Italy Matteo Viola 3–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 3. 15 August 2009 Moscow, Russia Clay France Jonathan Eysseric 6–4, 6–4
Winner 4. 10 October 2009 Astana, Kazakhstan Hard (i) Russia Andrey Kumantsov 6–2, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 5. 27 March 2010 Almaty, Kazakhstan Hard (i) Austria Alexander Peya 6–3, 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 6. 4 July 2010 Kassel, Germany Clay Uzbekistan Farrukh Dustov 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 25 July 2010 Poznań, Poland Clay Germany Denis Gremelmayr 1–6, 2–6
Winner 8. 10 September 2011 Oviedo, Spain Clay Japan Taro Daniel 7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 2 October 2011 Umag, Croatia Clay Serbia Dušan Lajović 4–6, 6–0, 5–7
Winner 10. 29 January 2012 Cairo, Egypt Clay France Laurent Recouderc 6–4, 6–3
Winner 11. 4 February 2012 Cairo, Egypt Clay Slovakia Pavol Červenák 6–3, 6–3
Winner 12. 29 April 2012 Naples, Italy Clay France Jonathan Dasnières de Veigy 7–6(8–6), 7–6(8–6)
Winner 13. 16 September 2012 Todi, Italy Clay Italy Paolo Lorenzi 6–3, 2–0 ret.
Winner 14. 23 September 2012 Trnava, Slovakia Clay Romania Adrian Ungur 6–3, 6–3
Winner 15. 30 September 2012 Lermontov, Russia Clay Uzbekistan Farrukh Dustov 6–7(7–9), 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 16. 24 November 2013 Tyumen, Russia Hard (i) Kazakhstan Andrey Golubev 4–6, 3–6
Winner 17. 4 May 2014 Ostrava, Czech Republic Clay Slovakia Miloslav Mečíř Jr. 2–6, 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 18. 17 August 2014 Meerbusch, Germany Clay Slovakia Jozef Kovalík 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 19. 26 July 2015 Scheveningen, Netherlands Clay Georgia (country) Nikoloz Basilashvili 7–6(7–3), 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Winner 20. 30 August 2015 Manerbio, Italy Clay Spain Daniel Muñoz de la Nava 6–4, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 21. 6 September 2015 Como, Italy Clay Germany Daniel Brands 6–4, 6–3

Doubles: 18 (8 titles, 10 runners-up)

Legend
Challengers (5–7)
Futures (3–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 000000002009-04-05-00005 April 2009 Suiz, Egypt Clay Hungary Róbert Varga Moldova Radu Albot
Romania Teodor-Dacian Crăciun
6–2, 6–4
Winner 2. 000000002009-05-09-00009 May 2009 Teplice, Czech Republic Clay Poland Mateusz Kowalczyk Czech Republic Michal Tabara
Czech Republic Roman Vogeli
4–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–8]
Runner-up 3. 000000002009-12-05-00005 December 2009 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia Hard Russia Evgeny Kirillov Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Gerard Granollers Pujol
3–6, 2–6
Winner 4. 000000002010-04-17-000017 April 2010 Vercelli, Italy Clay Russia Ilya Belyaev Argentina Juan-Martín Aranguren
Argentina Alejandro Fabbri
6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Runner-up 5. 000000002010-07-04-00004 July 2010 Kassel, Germany Clay Russia Denis Matsukevitch Slovakia Ivo Klec
Germany Alexander Satschko
1–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–12]
Runner-up 6. 000000002011-07-30-000030 July 2011 Dortmund, Germany Clay Russia Teymuraz Gabashvili Germany Dominik Meffert
Germany Bjorn Phau
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 000000002011-08-13-000013 August 2011 Samarkand, Uzbekistan Clay Moldova Radu Albot Russia Mikhail Elgin
Russia Alexander Kudryavtsev
6–7(4–7), 6–2, [7–10]
Runner-up 8. 000000002011-08-19-000019 August 2011 Moscow, Russia Clay Latvia Deniss Pavlovs Russia Mikhail Fufygin
Russia Sergei Krotiouk
4–6, 7–6(16–14), [8–10]
Runner-up 9. 000000002012-01-13-000013 January 2012 Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Russia Stanislav Vovk Latvia Andis Juška
Latvia Deniss Pavlovs
6–7(1–7), 3–6
Runner-up 10. 000000002012-03-02-00002 March 2012 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Russia Evgeny Donskoy Italy Walter Trusendi
Italy Matteo Viola
6–1, 6–7(5–7), [3–10]
Runner-up 11. 000000002012-06-16-000016 June 2012 Nottingham, Great Britain Grass Russia Evgeny Donskoy France Olivier Charroin
Austria Martin Fischer
4–6, 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 12. 000000002012-07-29-000029 July 2012 Oberstaufen, Germany Clay New Zealand Jose Statham Romania Andrei Dăescu
Romania Florin Mergea
6–7(4–7), 6–7(1–7)
Winner 13. 000000002012-11-17-000017 November 2012 Marbella, Spain Clay Spain Javier Martí Spain Emilio Benfele Álvarez
Italy Adelchi Virgili
6–3, 6–3
Winner 14. 000000002014-05-03-00003 May 2014 Ostrava, Czech Republic Clay Spain Adrián Menéndez-Maceiras Italy Alessandro Motti
Italy Matteo Viola
4–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Winner 15. 000000002014-08-09-00009 August 2014 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Croatia Toni Androić Venezuela Roberto Maytín
Mexico Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela
7–5, 7–5
Winner 16. 000000002015-01-11-000011 January 2015 Happy Valley, Australia Hard Kazakhstan Aleksandr Nedovyesov Australia Alex Bolt
Australia Andrew Whittington
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 17. 000000002015-07-27-000027 July 2015 Scheveningen, Netherlands Clay Russia Aslan Karatsev Uruguay Ariel Behar
Brazil Eduardo Dischinger
0–0, ret.
Winner 18. 000000002015-09-19-000019 September 2015 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Kazakhstan Aleksandr Nedovyesov Georgia (country) Aleksandre Metreveli
Russia Anton Zaitsev
6–2, 5–7, [10–8]

Singles performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH

Current through the 2017 US Open.

Tournament/Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A Q1 A 2R A 2R 4R 1R 0 / 4 5–4
French Open A A Q3 1R 1R Q3 3R 2R 1R 0 / 5 3–5
Wimbledon A 1R Q2 1R 2R 3R Q2 3R 1R 0 / 6 5–6
US Open A A A A 1R 3R A 3R 1R 0 / 4 4–4
Win–loss 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–2 2–4 4–2 3–2 8–4 0–4 0 / 19 17–19
Year-End Championships
ATP World Tour Finals A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A 1R Q1 A 3R 1R 0 / 3 2–3
Miami Open A A A A 1R A A 4R 2R 0 / 3 4–3
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A 1R 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3
Madrid Open A A A A A A A 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2
Italian Open A A A A 2R A Q1 A A 0 / 1 1–1
Canadian Open A A A A A A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Shanghai Masters A A A A A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1
Paris Masters A A A Q1 A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 0–0 0–2 6–5 1–4 0 / 14 8–14
National representation
Summer Olympics NH A NH 1R NH 0 / 1 0–1
Davis Cup A A A A Z1 Z1 PO PO 1R 0 / 5 7–0
Career statistics
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Tournaments 2 4 4 5 19 8 12 21 20 95
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finals Reached 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hard Win–Loss 1–2 0–2 0–1 0–2 2–6 5–3 6–5 21–14 5–10 0 / 45 40–45
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 2–3 2–3 0–0 2–2 0–2 0 / 13 7–13
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–2 5–10 2–2 4–7 6–5 9–8 0 / 37 30–37
Overall Win–Loss 1–2 1–4 2–4 2–5 9–19 9–8 10–12 29–21 14–20 0 / 95 77–95
Win % 33% 20% 33% 29% 32% 53% 45% 58% 41% 45%
Year-end Ranking 301 231 222 78 134 92 79 46 $ 2,618,696

Davis Cup

Participations: (8–1)

Group membership
World Group (0–1)
WG Play-off (2–0)
Group I (6–0)
Group II (0–0)
Group III (0–0)
Group IV (0–0)
Matches by surface
Hard (8–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Matches by type
Singles (7–0)
Doubles (1–1)
  • Increase Decrease indicates the outcome of the Davis Cup match followed by the score, date, place of event, the zonal classification and its phase, and the court surface.
Rubber outcome No. Rubber Match type (partner if any) Opponent nation Opponent player(s) Score
Increase5–0; 25–27 October 2013; Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia; Europe/Africa Second round play-off; Hard(i) surface
Victory 1 III Doubles (with Konstantin Kravchuk) South Africa South Africa Raven Klaasen / Tucker Vorster 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4), 6–2
Victory 2 IV Singles (Dead rubber) Dennis O'Brien 6–2, 6–3
Increase4–1; 12–14 September 2014; Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia; Europe/Africa Second round play-off; Hard(i) surface
Victory 3 I Singles Portugal Portugal Gastão Elias 6–2, 6–4, 6–4
Increase4–1; 6–8 March 2015; Sport Complex Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg, Novy Urengoy, Russia; Europe/Africa First round; Hard(i) surface
Victory 4 II Singles Denmark Denmark Martin Pedersen 6–1, 6–4, 7–5
Victory 5 IV Frederik Nielsen 7–5, 6–3, 6–2
Increase5–0; 4–6 March 2016; Kazan Tennis Academy, Kazan, Russia; Europe/Africa First round; Hard(i) surface
Victory 6 I Singles Sweden Sweden Isak Arvidsson 4–6, 6–1, 6–1, 6–4
Increase3–1; 17–18 September 2016; National Tennis Center, Moscow, Russia; World Group play-offs; Hard surface
Victory 7 I Singles Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6–3, 6–4, 5–7, 7–5
Victory 8 IV Mikhail Kukushkin 6–1, 6–2, 6–2
Decrease1–4; 3–5 February 2017; Čair Sports Center, Niš, Serbia; World Group; Hard(i) surface
Defeat 9 III Doubles (with Konstantin Kravchuk) Serbia Serbia Viktor Troicki / Nenad Zimonjić 3–6, 6–7(3–7), 7–6(7–5), 4–6

Wins over top 10 players

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score AK
Rank
2014
1. Spain David Ferrer 7 Wimbledon, London, Great Britain Grass 2R 6–7(5–7), 6–0, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2 118
2016
2. Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 4 Miami, United States Hard 3R 6–4, 6–3 51
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