Player Profiles

(8) Jurgen Melzer

  • DOB: 22/05/1981
  • Nationality: AUT
  • Became Pro: 1999
  • Height: 1.83
Jurgen Melzer - semi-finalist last season.

Player Profile

The stubborn Austrian had been something of a journeyman on the ATP World Tour - until last season.

Then, somewhat surprisingly for a man who will turn 30 on the opening day of this year's tournament, Melzer suddenly exploded into life.

Playing some excellent claycourt tennis, he made the semi-finals at Roland Garros 12 months ago, shocking Novak Djokovic in the last eight and only losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

That run, backed up by plenty of other impressive results on the tour, helped take him into the world's top 10 for the first time earlier this year.

Melzer will do well to match his achievements of 2010, but showed he's up for such a challenge by reaching the semi-finals in Monte Carlo recently, beating Nicolas Almagro and Roger Federer in the process.

The awkward left-hander is not a player many will want in their section of the draw.

Ten-year Grand Slam History

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Australian Open ---QFR1R3R2R2R1R3
French Open -R2-R2SFR3R3R2R1R3
Wimbledon -R4R1R1R4R3R3-R1R3
US Open ----R4R2R3R2R1R1

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Murray: Pleased with his French Open progress so far Murray: Pleased with his French Open progress so far Rafael Nadal - five-time winner in Paris. Novak Djokovic - flying start to 2011. Roger Federer - has struggled against the top two in 2011. Andy Murray - solid from the back of the court. Robin Soderling - runner-up the last two years. Tomas Berdych - can let his head go down. David Ferrer - winner in Acapulco on clay this season. Jurgen Melzer - semi-finalist last season. Gael Monfils - health concerns. Mardy Fish - not a great record on clay. Andy Roddick - poor form. Nicolas Almagro - outside chance at Roland Garros. Mikhail Youzhny - stuttering season so far. Richard Gasquet - flamboyant Frenchman.
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