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Blaž Kavčič (born 5 March 1987) is a Slovenian professional tennis player. He turned professional in 2005.

Blaž Kavčič
Blaz Kavcic - 2011 Wimbledon.jpg
Country (sports) Slovenia
ResidenceDubai, UAE
Born (1987-03-05) 5 March 1987 (age 32)
Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro2005
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachMiha Mlakar
Prize money$1,800,041
Official websiteen.blazkavcic.com
Singles
Career record56-85
Career titles0
15 Challengers, 2 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 68 (6 August 2012)
Current rankingNo. 197 (5 November 2018)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2013)
French Open2R (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Wimbledon2R (2015)
US Open3R (2014)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2012)
Doubles
Career record13-16
Career titles0
2 Challenger, 3 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 178 (13 May 2012)
Current rankingNo. 441 (26 February 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open1R (2011, 2012)
Last updated on: 26 February 2018.

He considers clay his favourite surface. He was the highest ranked Slovenian male player ever, achieving a career-high of World No. 68 in August 2012, until Aljaž Bedene began to play for Slovenia again in January 2018, overtaking him with a career high ranking of 49. He became first Slovenian ATP singles player to: achieve a Top 100 ranking, win a Grand Slam main draw match and perform at the Summer Olympics. He became the second Slovene ATP player earning over 1 million US dollars in prize money and highest ever paid Slovene player in history.

Tennis careerEdit

2005–2009Edit

Kavčič turned professional in 2005 playing exclusively on the ATP Futures and ATP Challenger Series circuit for three seasons. In 2006, Kavčič made his Davis Cup debut for Slovenia.

In 2008 he qualified for ATP events – in Zagreb, where he lost to Roko Karanušić. In Pörtschach he defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili in the first round before losing to Igor Kunitsyn. He finished the year ranked No. 260.

In 2009 he didn't play in any of ATP Tour main draws. He played in qualifications of three Grand Slams, but all lost. He also played in Davis Cup.

2010Edit

In 2010 he reached the second round in Houston on clay, but lost to big serving Sam Querrey.

Kavčič played in the 2010 French Open where he won his first grand slam match by defeating Eduardo Schwank. He became the first Slovenian male player to directly qualify for a Grand Slam tournament without having to go through qualifying rounds.

Together with Slovenia Davis Cup Team he won the 2010 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II, ensuring Slovenia to advance to Europe/Africa Zone Group I.

2011Edit

In 2011 at Chennai Open he reached his first career quarterfinal on the ATP Tour. He lost there against Tomáš Berdych from Czech Republic.[2]

In the 2011 Australian Open he reached the second round for the first time in his career. He was the first Slovenian ATP player in 2R of Australia.

As a first Slovenian player on ATP Masters 1000 series he performed at 2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami and lost in three sets in the first round against Olivier Rochus.

At Serbia Open he lost his second quarterfinal match in straight sets against Novak Djoković.

At 2011 Swedish Open he lost his third quarterfinal match against Tomáš Berdych.

In the 2011 US Open he played his first tournament where he lost in 1R. He also played his first Grand Slam Men's Doubles and lost in first round.

2012Edit

In the 2012 Australian Open he lost in the second round against Juan Martín del Potro.

In the 2012 French Open he lost in straight sets in the second round against Novak Djokovic.

At 2012 Summer Olympics he reached second round where he lost against David Ferrer. He is the first Slovenian who competed at Men's Singles Tennis competition at Olympic Games.[3]

2013Edit

At the 2013 Australian Open, Kavcic made it to the third round of a grand slam for the first time in his career, defeating the 29th seed Thomaz Bellucci and local wildcard James Duckworth, before losing to 7th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.

In the 2013 French Open he lost in five sets in the second round against Andreas Seppi.

Singles titles (19)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Challengers (17)
Futures (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 21 August 2006 Čakovec Clay   Predrag Rusevski 6–3, 6–3
2. 4 September 2006 Zagreb Clay   Rok Jark 6–4, 7–5
3. 25 May 2009 Alessandria Clay   Jesse Levine 7–5, 6–3
4. 23 June 2009 Constanța Clay   Julian Reister 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
5. 21 August 2010 Qarshi Hard   Michael Venus 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–5)
6. 5 September 2010 Rijeka Clay   Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–5)
7. 26 September 2010 Ljubljana Clay   David Goffin 6–2, 4–6, 7–5
8. 12 September 2011 Banja Luka Clay   Pere Riba 6–4, 6–1
9. 28 April 2012 São Paulo Clay   Júlio Silva 6–3, 7–5
10. 10 June 2012 Fürth Clay   Sergiy Stakhovsky 6–3, 2–6, 6–2
11. 26 August 2013 Bangkok Hard   Suk-Young Jeong 6–3, 6–1
12. 9 June 2014 Fergana Hard   Alexander Kudryavtsev 6–4, 7–6(10–8)
13. 16 June 2014 Tianjin Hard   Alexander Kudryavtsev 6–2, 3–6, 7–5
14. 7 July 2014 Portoroz Hard   Gilles Muller 7–5, 6–7(4–7), 6–1
15. 21 March 2015 Shenzhen Hard   André Ghem 7–5, 6–4
16. 4 September 2016 Bangkok Hard   Go Soeda 6–0, 1–0 ret.
17. 16 July 2017 Winnipeg Hard   Peter Polansky 7–5, 3–6, 7–5
18. 24 July 2017 Granby Hard   Peter Polansky 6–3, 2–6, 7–5
19. 16 Sep 2018 Shanghai Challenger Hard   Hiroki Moriya 6–1, 7–6(7–1)

Davis CupEdit

Singles performances (16–8)Edit

Edition Round Date Against Surface Opponent Result Outcome
2006 Europe/Africa Zone Group II
1R
7-Apr-2006   Algeria Clay Rachid Baba-Aisa 6–0, 6–1 Win
2008 Europe/Africa Zone Group II
1R
11-Apr-2008   Cyprus Hard Marcos Baghdatis 4–6, 3–6, 4–6 Lose
13-Apr-2008 Photos Kallias 6–1, 6–1 Win
RPO
20-Jul-2008   Tunisia Clay Haithem Abid 6–3, 3–6, 3–6, 7–5, 6–2 Win
2009 Europe/Africa Zone Group II
1R
6-Mar-2009   Egypt Carpet Karim Maamoun 6–0, 6–2, 6–2 Win
8-Mar-2009 Mahmoud Ezz 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4 Win
QF
10-Jul-2009   Lithuania Clay Gvidas Sabeckis 6–2, 6–3, 6–1 Win
SF
20-Sep-2009   Latvia Carpet Andis Juška 3–6, 4–6, 2–6 Lose
2010 Europe/Africa Zone Group II
R
5-Mar-2010   Norway Hard Stian Boretti 6–2, 6–4, 6–2 Win
QF
9-Jul-2010   Bulgaria Clay Grigor Dimitrov 1–6, 6–1, 6–0, 6–3 Win
11-Jul-2010 Todor Enev 6–2, 6–1 Win
SF
17-Sep-2010   Lithuania Hard Ričardas Berankis 6–3, 2–6, 6–7(9–11), 4–6 Lose
19-Sep-2010 Laurynas Grigelis 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5) Win
2011 Europe/Africa Zone Group I
1R
4-Mar-2011   Finland Clay Harri Heliovaara 4–6, 6–2, 6–3, 6–4 Win
6-Mar-2011 Jarkko Nieminen 3–6, 4–6, 6–4, 4–6 Lose
2R 8-Jul-2011   Italy Clay Potito Starace 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 4–6 Lose
2012 Europe/Africa Zone Group I
1R
10-Feb-2012   Denmark Hard Frederik Nielsen 6–2, 6–4, 6–4 Win
2R
6-Apr-2012   South Africa Hard Ruan Roalofse 6–7(5–7), 6–1, 6–1, 6–3 Win
8-Apr-2012 Izak van der Merwe 6–7(3–7), 4–6, 4–6 Lose
2013 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R 1-Feb-2013   Poland Hard (I) Jerzy Janowicz 3–6, 3–6, 5–7 Lose
PO
13-Sep-2013   South Africa Clay Ruan Roalofse 6–1, 6–3, 6–4 Win
2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group I
1R
31-Jan-2014   Portugal Hard (I) Gastão Elias 7–6(16–14), 6–1, 6–4 Win
2-Feb-2014 João Sousa 7–5, 7–5, 6–2 Win
2R
4-Apr-2014   Israel Clay Amir Weintraub 6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 6–3, 4–6 Lose

Doubles performances (4–2)Edit

Edition Round Date Partnering Against Surface Opponent Result Outcome
2011 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2R 9-Jul-2011 Grega Žemlja   Italy Clay Potito Starace
Daniele Bracciali
6–7(3–7), 6–7(4–7), 2–6 Lose
2012 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R 11-Feb-2012 Grega Žemlja   Denmark Hard Thomas Kromann
Frederik Nielsen
6–4, 6–7(7–5), 6–4, 7–5 Win
2R 7-Apr-2012 Grega Žemlja   South Africa Hard Raven Klaasen
Izak van der Merwe
7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7), 1–6, 4–6 Lose
2013 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R 2-Feb-2013 Grega Žemlja   Poland Hard (I) Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Marcin Matkowski
6–3, 2–6, 6–2, 4–6, 13–11 Win
PO 13-Sep-2013 Blaž Rola   South Africa Clay Raven Klaasen
Nikala Scholtz
7–5, 6–1, 7–6(7–4) Win
2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R 1-Feb-2014 Grega Žemlja   Portugal Hard (I) Gastão Elias
João Sousa
6–3, 7–5, 7–6(7–5) Win

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q2 1R 2R 2R 3R 2R 1R A Q2 1R 5–7
French Open A A A A 2R 2R 2R 2R Q2 1R A Q2 4–5
Wimbledon A A A Q3 1R 1R 1R 1R A 2R Q1 Q1 1–5
US Open A A A Q3 A 1R 1R Q2 3R* A Q2 1R 2–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 2–4 2–4 3–3 3–1 1–3 0–0 0–1 0–1 12–20
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 2R Not Held A NH 1–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1
Career statistics
Overall Win–Loss 1–0 0–0 3–3 3–2 7–8 13–18 6–15 11–15 7–7 3–10 0–0 1–2 1–5 56–85
Win % 100% 50% 60% 47% 42% 29% 42% 50% 23% 50% 17% 40%
Year-end ranking 493 440 260 125 112 92 92 102 105 151 217 102 N/A

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATP Profile
  2. ^ "Tomas Berdych destroys Blaz Kavcic; moves into the semi-finals – SkiStar Swedish Open 2011". blogs.bettor.com. 7 January 2011. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Tomas Result: David Ferrer races past Blaz Kavcic". sportsmole.co.uk. 31 July 2012.

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