Philipp Petzschner (born 24 March 1984) is a professional German tennis player. He is known for his hard-hitting forehand and bursts of speed around the court. His career-high doubles ranking is world No. 9, which he achieved in April 2011.
As a junior Petzschner reached as high as No. 8 in the world in 2002 (and No. 1 in doubles). He reached the semi-finals of the 2001 Jr Wimbledon tournament, and won the 2002 French Open Jr doubles event.
In 2008 he qualified for Wimbledon, where he fell to Croatian Mario Ančić in the second round.
In October, he captured his first ATP title in Vienna, after he won his qualifying round matches and defeating top seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round.
At the 2009 Australian Open, he was defeated by Brian Dabul in the first round. At Roland Garros, Petzschner reached the second round after defeating Canadian Peter Polansky in five sets. There, he lost to Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in straight sets. At the 2009 Gerry Weber Open, he took revenge for that defeat. He won in three sets before losing to Olivier Rochus from Belgium in the second round. At Wimbledon, he beat Rajeev Ram in the first round, then Mischa Zverev in the second round, but lost to Lleyton Hewitt in the third round. He reached the last sixteen in Washington, D.C. and Montreal. Petzschner was defeated by Juan Carlos Ferrero in the second round of the 2009 US Open after leading two sets to love.
He was not able to defend his title in Vienna as he had to pull out due to an injury.
He lost in the first round of the 2010 Australian Open when comfortably leading two sets to love against Florian Mayer. In February, he won his first doubles title with Jürgen Melzer at the 2010 PBZ Zagreb Indoors. At the same event, he reached the singles semifinal, where he lost to Michael Berrer. In late February, he reached his second semifinal of the season in Memphis, but he was defeated by American John Isner. At the Gerry Weber Open in Halle/Westfalen in June, Petzschner lost to world no. 2 Roger Federer in a tough semifinal encounter. At Wimbledon he competed as the 33rd seed and Petzschner was defeated after a comeback of eventual champion and world no. 1 Rafael Nadal in five sets after leading 2–1 in the third round. In the Wimbledon Championships Doubles, Petzschner won his first Grand Slam title with Jürgen Melzer. They were the first unseeded players to win this competition in five years. This also made Petzschner the first German man to win a Grand Slam tournament since Boris Becker won the Australian Open in 1996.
At the 2010 US Open Petzschner lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic in the second round.
At the end of August, he qualified for the World Tour Doubles Finals in London with Jürgen Melzer. They were knocked out in the group stage of the competition, finishing third.
Petzschner finished the year as world no. 57 in singles and world no. 20 in doubles. He earned a career-high prize money of $702,058, with a match record of 21–19 in singles and 22–16 in doubles.
Petzschner and Melzer reached the doubles quarterfinal at the 2011 Australian Open, when they lost to Bob and Mike Bryan. In singles play, Petzschner was defeated in five sets by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round of the tournament. In Rotterdam, Petzschner won his third doubles title partnering Jürgen Melzer.
The height of Petzschner's season was reached when he and his partner Jürgen Melzer won the US Open Men's Doubles final, defeating the sixth seeded Polish team of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski. A controversy occurred at 2–2 in the second set, when a ball bounced on Petzschner's left shin and the chair umpire ruled the play valid. When asked, Petzschner nodded ambiguously, even though the video replay later confirmed that the ball was returned illegally. Nevertheless, the incident did not affect the match's final result 6–2, 6–2.
Petzschner reached his first singles quarterfinal of the season in Dubai, defeating Andreas Seppi and Philipp Kohlschreiber, before falling to Tomáš Berdych. He represented Germany in the Davis Cup first-round tie against Croatia in Zagreb. Partnering Christopher Kas, he defeated Ivo Karlović and Ivan Dodig in five sets to give Germany a 2–1 lead. In the deciding fifth rubber, Petzschner replaced Florian Mayer and secured Germany's quarterfinal spot with a three-set win against Karlović.
At the 2011 BMW Open in Munich, he reached his first singles semifinal of the season. He defeated Ivan Dodig, Mikhail Youzhny, and Potito Starace, before losing to Florian Mayer. At the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf, Petzschner won the deciding doubles match partnering Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final against Argentina. In singles, he gave Germany a 1–0 lead against Russia, defeating Igor Andreev in straight sets.
Petzschner reached his second career singles final in Halle, on grass. He retired injured while trailing compatriot Kohlschreiber love-two in the second set.
Petzschner reached the finals of the UNICEF Open, losing to David Ferrer in straight sets.
Petzschner failed to qualify for any ATP singles events this year. However, in doubles he and partner Jonathan Erlich achieved success by reaching the Wimbledon semifinal as qualifiers. His year-end doubles ranking was no. 50.
At the beginning of the year Petzschner and partner Alexander Peya got to three finals (Doha, Rotterdam and Acapulco), but lost them all.
In March he reached a quarterfinal of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in three and a half years at the Miami Open.
Petzschner won the Swedish Open with partner Julian Knowle.
Petzschner won the title at the Stuttgart Open, partnering Tim Pütz as a wild card entry.
Petzschner has a powerful serve (up to 230 km/h) and forehand. His slice backhand is very flat and dangerous, which he utilises so much to the extent that he comparably rarely hits a topspin or flat two-handed backhand. He is also an excellent player at the net, which makes him a better doubles player.
He married singer Dewi Sulaeman of the pop group Bellini in September 2010. They have one adopted son.
Grand Slam finals
Doubles: 2 (2 titles)
|Win||2010||Wimbledon Championships||Grass||Jürgen Melzer|| Robert Lindstedt
|6–1, 7–5, 7–5|
|Win||2011||US Open||Hard||Jürgen Melzer|| Mariusz Fyrstenberg
ATP career finals
Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)
|Win||1–0||Oct 2008||Vienna Open, Austria||Intl. Gold||Hard (i)||Gaël Monfils||6–4, 6–4|
|Loss||1–1||Jun 2011||Halle Open, Germany||250 Series||Grass||Philipp Kohlschreiber||6–7(5–7), 0–2 ret.|
|Loss||1–2||Jun 2012||Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands||250 Series||Grass||David Ferrer||3–6, 4–6|
Doubles: 15 (8 titles, 7 runner-ups)
|Loss||0–1||Oct 2008||Vienna Open, Austria||Intl. Gold||Hard (i)||Alexander Peya|| Max Mirnyi
|Win||1–1||Feb 2010||Zagreb Indoors, Croatia||250 Series||Hard (i)||Jürgen Melzer|| Arnaud Clément
|3–6, 6–3, [10–8]|
|Win||2–1||Jul 2010||Wimbledon, United Kingdom||Grand Slam||Grass||Jürgen Melzer|| Robert Lindstedt
|6–1, 7–5, 7–5|
|Loss||2–2||Jul 2010||Stuttgart Open, Germany||250 Series||Clay||Christopher Kas|| Carlos Berlocq
|Win||3–2||Feb 2011||Rotterdam Open, Netherlands||500 Series||Hard (i)||Jürgen Melzer|| Michaël Llodra
|6–4, 3–6, [10–5]|
|Win||4–2||Jul 2011||Stuttgart Open, Germany||250 Series||Clay||Jürgen Melzer|| Marcel Granollers
|Win||5–2||Sep 2011||US Open, United States||Grand Slam||Hard||Jürgen Melzer|| Mariusz Fyrstenberg
|Loss||5–3||Jan 2012||Brisbane International, Australia||250 Series||Hard||Jürgen Melzer|| Max Mirnyi
|Win||6–3||Oct 2014||Vienna Open, Austria||250 Series||Hard (i)||Jürgen Melzer|| Andre Begemann
|7–6(8–6), 4–6, [10–7]|
|Loss||6–4||Jan 2016||Qatar Open, Qatar||250 Series||Hard||Alexander Peya|| Feliciano López
|Loss||6–5||Feb 2016||Rotterdam Open, Netherlands||500 Series||Hard (i)||Alexander Peya|| Nicolas Mahut
|Loss||6–6||Feb 2016||Mexican Open, Mexico||500 Series||Hard||Alexander Peya|| Treat Huey
|Loss||6–7||Apr 2017||Barcelona Open, Spain||500 Series||Clay||Alexander Peya|| Florin Mergea
|Win||7–7||Jul 2017||Swedish Open, Sweden||250 Series||Clay||Julian Knowle|| Sander Arends
|6–2, 3–6, [10–7]|
|Win||8–7||Jun 2018||Stuttgart Open, Germany (2)||250 Series||Grass||Tim Pütz|| Robert Lindstedt
Team competition: 1 (1 title)
|Win||1–0||2011||World Team Cup, Germany||Clay|| Florian Mayer
| Juan Mónaco
Juan Ignacio Chela
ATP Challenger Tour finals
Singles: 5 (1–4)
|Loss||0–1||Nov 2006||Eckental, Germany||Carpet (i)||Ernests Gulbis||3–6, 0–6|
|Loss||0–2||Jul 2007||Oberstaufen, Germany||Clay||Gabriel Trujillo Soler||4–6, 4–6|
|Win||1–2||Oct 2007||Rennes, France||Hard (i)||Gilles Muller||6–3, 6–4|
|Loss||1–3||Jan 2008||Heilbronn, Germany||Carpet (i)||Andrey Golubev||6–2, 1–6, 1–3 ret.|
|Loss||1–4||Feb 2008||Belgrade, Serbia||Carpet (i)||Roko Karanusic||7–5, 1–6, 6–7(5–7)|
Doubles: 39 (21–18)
|Loss||0–1||Nov 2002||Eckental, Germany||Carpet (i)||Simon Stadler|| Yves Allegro
|6–4, 6–7(0–7), 4–6|
|Loss||0–2||Aug 2003||Geneva, Switzerland||Clay||Emilio Benfele Álvarez|| Álex López Morón
|4–6, 7–5, 6–7(7–9)|
|Loss||0–3||Sep 2003||Aschaffenburg, Germany||Clay||Jan Frode Andersen|| Karsten Braasch
|Win||1–3||Aug 2004||Mönchengladbach, Germany||Clay||Christopher Kas|| Karsten Braasch
|3–6, 6–2, 7–6(7–4)|
|Win||2–3||Nov 2004||Eckental, Germany||Carpet (i)||Christopher Kas|| Daniele Bracciali
|Win||3–3||Feb 2005||Wolfsburg, Germany||Carpet (i)||Alexander Peya|| Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
|Loss||3–4||Feb 2005||Lübeck, Germany||Carpet (i)||Lars Übel|| Pavel Šnobel
|6–7(5–7), 7–5, 5–7|
|Win||4–4||May 2005||Dresden, Germany||Clay||Christopher Kas|| Bart Beks
Martijn van Haasteren
|6–7(2–7), 6–2, 6–4|
|Loss||4–5||Jul 2005||Rimini, Italy||Clay||Christopher Kas|| David Škoch
|3–6, 7–6(7–1), 1–6|
|Loss||4–6||Sep 2005||Budapest, Hungary||Clay||Lars Übel|| Leonardo Azzaro
|3–6, 7–5, 3–6|
|Win||5–6||Oct 2005||Mons, Belgium||Carpet (i)||Christopher Kas|| Tomáš Cibulec
|Win||6–6||Nov 2005||Eckental, Germany (2)||Carpet (i)||Christopher Kas|| Torsten Popp
|Loss||6–7||Nov 2005||Helsinki, Finland||Hard (i)||Christopher Kas|| Yves Allegro
|6–4, 1–6, 4–6|
|Loss||6–8||Nov 2005||Sunderland, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Christopher Kas|| Frank Moser
|4–6, 7–6(7–3), 4–6|
|Win||7–8||Jan 2006||Heilbronn, Germany||Carpet (i)||Christopher Kas|| Lukáš Dlouhý
|6–7(2–7), 6–3, [10–4]|
|Loss||7–9||Feb 2006||Bergamo, Italy||Carpet (i)||Christopher Kas|| Daniele Bracciali
|5–7, 6–0, [11–13]|
|Win||8–9||Feb 2006||Besançon, France||Hard (i)||Christopher Kas|| Jean-Claude Scherrer
|Win||9–9||Apr 2006||Cardiff, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Alexander Peya|| Filip Prpic
|4–6, 6–3, [10–7]|
|Loss||9–10||May 2006||Dresden, Germany||Clay||Christopher Kas|| Yves Allegro
|Win||10–10||Sep 2007||Donetsk, Ukraine||Hard||Simon Stadler|| Patrick Briaud
|3–6, 7–5, [10–6]|
|Loss||10–11||Oct 2007||Mons, Belgium||Hard (i)||Alexander Peya|| Tomasz Bednarek
|2–6, 7–5, [8–10]|
|Win||11–11||Oct 2007||Rennes, France||Hard (i)||Björn Phau|| Filip Polášek
|Loss||11–12||Oct 2007||Kolding, Denmark||Hard (i)||Alexander Peya|| Frederik Nielsen
|6–4, 3–6, [8–10]|
|Win||12–12||Nov 2007||Aachen, Germany||Carpet (i)||Alexander Peya|| Dominik Meffert
|Win||13–12||Nov 2007||Eckental, Germany (3)||Carpet (i)||Alexander Peya|| Philipp Marx
|Win||14–12||Feb 2008||Besançon, France (2)||Hard (i)||Alexander Peya|| Yves Allegro
|Loss||14–13||Nov 2008||Bratislava, Slovakia||Hard (i)||Alexander Peya|| František Čermák
|Loss||14–14||Feb 2009||Heilbronn, Germany||Carpet (i)||Benedikt Dorsch|| Karol Beck
|Win||15–14||May 2009||Tenerife, Spain||Hard (i)||Alexander Peya|| James Auckland
|6–2, 3–6, [10–4]|
|Loss||15–15||Nov 2011||Ortisei, Italy||Carpet (i)||Alexander Waske|| Dustin Brown
|Win||16–15||Mar 2013||Irving, United States||Hard||Jürgen Melzer|| Eric Butorac
|Loss||16–16||Nov 2014||Eckental, Germany||Carpet (i)||Andreas Beck|| Ruben Bemelmans
|3–6, 6–4, [8–10]|
|Loss||16–17||Nov 2014||Helsinki, Finland||Hard (i)||Jonathan Marray|| Henri Kontinen
|Win||17–17||Feb 2015||Wrocław, Poland||Hard (i)||Tim Pütz|| Frank Dancevic
|Loss||17–18||Mar 2015||Irving, United States||Hard||Benjamin Becker|| Robert Lindstedt
|Win||18–18||Oct 2015||Mons, Belgium (2)||Hard (i)||Ruben Bemelmans|| Rameez Junaid
|Win||19–18||Nov 2015||Eckental, Germany (4)||Carpet (i)||Ruben Bemelmans|| Ken Skupski
|Win||20–18||Mar 2018||Irving, United States (2)||Hard||Alexander Peya|| Radu Albot
|Win||21–18||May 2018||Aix-en-Provence, France||Clay||Tim Pütz|| Guido Andreozzi
Kenny de Schepper
|6–7(3–7), 6–2, [10–8]|
Junior Grand Slam finals
Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)
|Loss||2001||French Open||Clay||Markus Bayer|| Alejandro Falla
|6–3, 5–7, 4–6|
|Win||2002||French Open||Clay||Markus Bayer|| Ryan Henry
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q2||Q1||1R||1R||1R||2R||A||A||Q2||0 / 4||1–4||20%|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||2R||1R||1R||A||A||0 / 5||2–5||29%|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||3R||3R||1R||2R||1R||A||A||0 / 6||6–6||50%|
|US Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||Q3||2R||2R||2R||2R||1R||Q2||A||0 / 6||5–6||45%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||1–1||1–1||4–4||3–4||2–4||3–4||0–3||0–0||0–0||0 / 21||14–21||40%|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||A||2R||A||Q2||0 / 3||3–3||50%|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||3R||3R||A||Q1||A||A||0 / 2||4–2||67%|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||3R||Q1||A||Q2||A||A||0 / 1||2–1||67%|
|Madrid Open||NH||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||A||Q1||A||A||A||0 / 1||1–1||50%|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||3R||1R||2R||A||A||A||A||0 / 3||3–3||50%|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||A||Q1||A||A||A||0 / 2||1–2||67%|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Held||1R||A||Q2||1R||A||A||A||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|German Open||A||Q1||A||A||1R||A||A||A||Not Masters Series||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||3–4||6–6||4–3||0–1||1–1||0–0||0–0||0 / 16||14–16||47%|
|Summer Olympics||Not Held||A||Not Held||A||Not Held||2R||Not Held||0 / 1||1–1||50%|
|Davis Cup||A||A||A||A||A||A||SF||QF||A||A||QF||1R||A||A||PO||0 / 5||2–2||50%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||2–0||1–2||0–0||0–0||0–0||0 / 6||3–3||50%|
Current through the 2018 European Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||2R||3R||QF||3R||A||A||A||1R||1R||A||0 / 7||8–7||53%|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||1R||1R||1R||3R||1R||A||A||A||1R||1R||0 / 8||2–8||20%|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||A||2R||A||QF||2R||W||QF||SF||A||A||SF||A||2R||3R||1 / 9||25–8||76%|
|US Open||A||A||A||A||A||2R||A||QF||1R||1R||W||2R||1R||A||1R||A||A||2R||1 / 9||12–8||60%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||2–3||0–1||6–2||2–4||8–3||12–3||9–4||0–2||0–0||4–2||0–1||1–3||3–3||2 / 33||47–31||60%|
|ATP Finals||Did Not Qualify||RR||RR||Did Not Qualify||0 / 2||2–4||33%|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||A||1R||A||A||A||1R||1R||0 / 4||1–4||20%|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||SF||A||1R||A||A||QF||QF||A||0 / 5||7–5||58%|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|Madrid Open||NH||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||1–1||50%|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||QF||QF||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 3||3–3||50%|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 3||0–3||0%|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Held||2R||A||2R||QF||A||A||A||1R||A||A||0 / 4||2–4||33%|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|German Open||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||Not Masters Series||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||2–2||1–3||4–6||3–4||0–2||0–0||0–0||2–2||2–3||0–1||0 / 24||14–24||37%|
|Summer Olympics||Not Held||A||Not Held||A||Not Held||1R||Not Held||A||Not Held||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Davis Cup||A||A||A||A||A||A||SF||QF||A||A||QF||1R||A||A||PO||1R||A||A||0 / 5||4–5||44%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||1–0||1–1||0–0||0–0||1–1||0–3||0–0||0–0||1–0||0–1||0–0||0–0||0 / 6||4–6||40%|
Wins over top 10 players
|1.||Stan Wawrinka||10||Vienna, Austria||Hard (i)||1R||6–7(5–7), 6–2, 7–6(7–5)||125|
|2.||Fernando Verdasco||8||Halle, Germany||Grass||1R||3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4||59|
|3.||Jürgen Melzer||10||Miami, United States||Hard||2R||6–3, 6–4||66|
|4.||Tomáš Berdych||7||Halle, Germany||Grass||SF||7–6(9–7), 2–6, 6–3||71|