Mayer at the 2013 French Open
|Born||5 October 1983|
Bayreuth, West Germany
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Coach||Tobias Summerer (2009–2018)|
|Career record||243–261 (48.21%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 18 (6 June 2011)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2014)|
|French Open||2R (2004, 2011, 2012)|
|Wimbledon||QF (2004, 2012)|
|US Open||3R (2011, 2013)|
|Career record||51–111 (31.48%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 47 (18 June 2012)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2008, 2011)|
|French Open||2R (2015, 2016, 2017)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2005, 2007)|
|US Open||3R (2004, 2010)|
|Davis Cup||QF (2008, 2011, 2014)|
Mayer reached his career-high singles ranking of world No. 18 in June 2011. Also in 2011, Mayer won his first ATP title after four previous defeats in ATP finals.
At the 2004 Wimbledon Championships, Mayer reached the quarter-finals, which is his best Grand Slam result to date. He received the ATP Newcomer of the Year award in 2004. Eight years later, Mayer made his second Grand Slam quarter-final, once again at Wimbledon.
Mayer was known for his unorthodox style of play. He had a long backswing on his forehand and backhand and used a lot of different slices and spin on his backhand side. He was also known for his jumping backhand dropshots which caught many of his opponents on the backfoot.
Florian made a return from injury reaching the final of the Nouméa Challenger but losing to Brendan Evans. Mayer then qualified for the main draw of the Australian Open by beating Sergei Bubka, Blaž Kavčič and Amer Delic. There he beat Lamine Ouahab in the first round, and then lost to Juan Martín del Potro in the second round.
Mayer reached the third round at the 2010 Australian Open, defeating Philipp Petzschner and Viktor Troicki. He then lost to Juan Martín del Potro in four sets. At Wimbledon in 2010, Mayer beat 11th seed Marin Čilić in straight sets to reach the second round, where he defeated Mardy Fish in four sets. He then lost to Lu Yen-hsun in the third round. He also reached the quarterfinals at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, losing to Gaël Monfils, and the semifinal in Hamburg, losing to eventual champion Andrey Golubev. At the Shanghai Rolex Masters, he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round, after defeating Kevin Anderson and Mikhail Youzhny in the first two rounds. Mayer reached the final at the If Stockholm Open, after beating Jarkko Nieminen in a tight semifinal, saving a match point. Mayer also beat world No. 5 Robin Söderling and two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist Feliciano López en route to the final, where he lost 4–6, 3–6, to the 16-Grand Slam titles holder Roger Federer.
He went 23–18 on the season and earned $513,955.
Mayer started the new season in style. In preparation for the Australian Open. he reached the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International and the semifinals of the Medibank International in Sydney. At the first Grand Slam tournament of the season in Melbourne, Mayer surprisingly defeated Doha finalist Nikolay Davydenko in four sets, only to lose against Japanese Kei Nishikori in the second round. Two weeks later, he came through to his second semifinals of the year in Zagreb. On his way to this stage, he defeated top seed Marin Čilić, 6–3, 6–4. He lost the semifinal against countryman Michael Berrer. With this result, he was the new German no. 1 in the ATP Ranking. At the 2011 BMW Open in Munich, Mayer reached his fourth career final. He was again not able to capture his maiden ATP World Tour title, after losing to Nikolay Davydenko in three sets. Two days after this loss, he managed to beat Viktor Troicki in three sets in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open. He had to retire in the second round against Thomaz Bellucci. He rose to a new career-high rank of no. 28.
Mayer reached the quarterfinals of the Italian Open in Rome. After three straight-set wins, Mayer could not keep up the momentum against Andy Murray, after having won the first set. He went on to lose, 6–1, 1–6, 1–6.
Again he rose to a new career-high rank of no. 21.
By winning three out of three matches at the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf, Mayer was the key player in the German team to capture the trophy for the fifth time. He improved to no. 19. The German, however, could not overcome the second round of Roland Garros and Wimbledon, losing in fourth sets in both cases against Alejandro Falla and Xavier Malisse, as he did in the Australian Open. In addition, he lost his Davis Cup quarterfinal match against Richard Gasquet, despite serving for the match in the third set.
Two weeks later, he reached the Hamburg ATP 500 quarterfinals, losing in straight tiebreaks to third seed Nicolás Almagro. However, in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 of Montreal and Cincinnati, he lost in first round to Richard Gasquet and Ivo Karlović, respectively. Mayer then reached the third round in the US Open (won to Mannarino and Lisnard, but lost in the round of 32 to fifth seed Ferrer), to achieve his best Grand Slam result of the year. He won his first title in Bucharest, defeating Pablo Andújar in the final 6–3, 6–1. On 13 October 2011, Mayer defeated world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in a brilliant display of tennis 7–6, 6–3.
Mayer withdrew from the Australian Open due to injury. He couldn't win consecutively until the Miami Masters, where he defeated Ivan Dodig and Indian Wells finalist John Isner. He then lost in the fourth round to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Mayer reached quarter-final of Shanghai Masters and defeated French Open finalist David Ferrer.
Mayer first played in Doha. He defeated Michał Przysiężny, then third seeded Andy Murray who returned from injury layoff, then Victor Hanescu who upset Fernando Verdasco. He then lost to Gaël Monfils in the semi-finals. He reached the fourth round for the first time at the Australian Open. He defeated 14th seed Mikhail Youzhny in the second round, then 20th seed Jerzy Janowicz in straight sets in the third round. In the fourth round, he was defeated by 3rd seed David Ferrer in 4 sets.
Mayer won the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, defeating Andreas Seppi in the quarter final, world No. 7 Dominic Thiem in the semifinal and Alexander Zverev in the final, for his first victory in his career on German soil and his first victory at an ATP 500 tournament. Mayer won the final 6–2, 5–7, 6–3. As a result of this victory, Mayer's ranking rose 112 places from 192 to 80.
Mayer is an all-court player known for his unique and creative style of play. He has an unusually long take-back on both his forehand and two-handed backhand and generally hits more top-spin than flat on both wings. Despite his height, his groundstrokes and serve lack power, but are consistent and unpredictable. He uses a variety of spins on both wings to mix his shots up and hit drop-shots. He is well known for his double-handed backhand slice, similar to that of Fabrice Santoro and Jimmy Connors, and often pulls off jumping backhands and jumping slice drop-shots which catch his opponents off guard. His drop-shots are particularly effective on clay and grass, where he has had most success. Despite having a weaker, top-spin serve, Mayer occasionally serve and volleys and is also known for his two-handed backhand cutting volley. He also often uses a Chip and charge tactic during points to finish points off. This makes him unpredictable and tricky to play against.
Mayer's biggest weaknesses are his lack of match consistency and fitness, having had inconsistent results throughout his career and a relatively small build. He has also suffered from numerous injuries throughout his career, most notably his groin injury in 2015 that prevented him from playing for more than a year. However, he has since made a comeback, winning his second title at the 2016 Halle Open.
ATP career finalsEdit
Singles: 7 (2 titles, 5 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Aug 2005||Orange Warsaw Open, Poland||International||Clay||Gaël Monfils||6–7(6–8), 6–4, 5–7|
|Loss||0–2||Aug 2006||Orange Warsaw Open, Poland||International||Clay||Nikolay Davydenko||6–7(6–8), 7–5, 4–6|
|Loss||0–3||Oct 2010||Stockholm Open, Sweden||250 Series||Hard (i)||Roger Federer||4–6, 3–6|
|Loss||0–4||May 2011||Bavarian Championships, Germany||250 Series||Clay||Nikolay Davydenko||3–6, 6–3, 1–6|
|Win||1–4||Sep 2011||Romanian Open, Romania||250 Series||Clay||Pablo Andújar||6–3, 6–1|
|Win||2–4||Jun 2016||Halle Open, Germany||500 Series||Grass||Alexander Zverev||6–2, 5–7, 6–3|
|Loss||2–5||Jul 2017||German Open, Germany||500 Series||Clay||Leonardo Mayer||4–6, 6–4, 3–6|
Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||0–1||May 2005||Bavarian Championships, Germany||International||Clay||Alexander Waske|| Mario Ančić
|3–6, 6–1, 3–6|
Team competition: 2 (2 titles)Edit
|Win||1–0||2005||World Team Cup, Germany||Clay|| Tommy Haas
| Guillermo Cañas
Juan Ignacio Chela
|Win||2–0||2011||World Team Cup, Germany||Clay|| Philipp Kohlschreiber
| Juan Mónaco
Juan Ignacio Chela
ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit
Singles: 25 (14–11)Edit
|ATP Challenger (13–9)|
|ITF Futures (1–2)|
|Loss||0–1||Dec 2002||Gran Canaria, Spain||Futures||Clay||Rafael Nadal||6–7(3–7), 4–6|
|Loss||0–2||Feb 2003||Lisboa, Portugal||Futures||Clay||Juan Pablo Brzezicki||3–6, 2–6|
|Win||1–0||Jul 2003||St. Petersburg, Russia||Challenger||Clay||Michal Mertiňák||4–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–1|
|Win||1–2||Nov 2003||Gran Canaria, Spain||Futures||Clay||Iván Navarro||6–4, 6–2|
|Loss||1–1||Feb 2004||Wolfsburg, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Michal Tabara||4–6, 3–6|
|Win||2–1||Mar 2004||Mexico City, Mexico||Challenger||Clay||Adrián García||6–4, 6–3|
|Win||3–1||Jun 2006||Fürth, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Torsten Popp||6–3, 6–1|
|Win||4–1||Jul 2006||Tampere, Finland||Challenger||Clay||Ernests Gulbis||7–6(7–4), 2–6, 6–3|
|Win||5–1||Aug 2006||Graz, Austria||Challenger||Hard||Rainer Schüttler||6–4, 5–7, 6–2|
|Loss||5–2||May 2007||Dresden, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Yuri Schukin||6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)|
|Loss||5–3||Jun 2007||Prostějov, Czech Republic||Challenger||Clay||Sergio Roitman||6–7(1–7), 4–6|
|Loss||5–4||Jun 2007||Braunschweig, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Óscar Hernández||2–6, 6–1, 1–6|
|Loss||5–5||Jan 2009||Nouméa, New Caledonia||Challenger||Hard||Brendan Evans||6–4, 3–6, 4–6|
|Win||6–5||Mar 2009||Bangkok, Thailand||Challenger||Hard||Danai Udomchoke||7–5, 6–2|
|Loss||6–6||Apr 2009||Sofia, Bulgaria||Challenger||Clay||Ivo Minář||4–6, 3–6|
|Win||7–6||Jun 2009||Karlsruhe, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Dustin Brown||6–2, 6–4|
|Loss||7–7||Aug 2009||Istanbul, Turkey||Challenger||Hard||Illya Marchenko||4–6, 4–6|
|Win||8–7||Jan 2010||Nouméa, New Caledonia||Challenger||Hard||Flavio Cipolla||6–3, 6–0|
|Win||9–7||Mar 2010||Sunrise, United States||Challenger||Hard||Gilles Simon||6–4, 6–4|
|Loss||9–8||Apr 2010||Rome, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Federico Delbonis||4–6, 3–6|
|Win||10–8||Jun 2012||Prostějov, Czech Republic||Challenger||Clay||Jan Hájek||7–6(7–1), 3–6, 7–6(7–3)|
|Win||11–8||Jul 2013||Braunschweig, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Jiří Veselý||4–6, 6–2, 6–1|
|Win||12–8||Aug 2016||Portorož, Slovenia||Challenger||Hard||Daniil Medvedev||6–1, 6–2|
|Win||13–8||Aug 2016||Meerbusch, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Maximilian Marterer||7–6(7–4), 6–2|
|Loss||13–9||Sep 2017||Szczecin, Poland||Challenger||Clay||Richard Gasquet||6–7(3–7), 6–7(4–7)|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||2R||1R||2R||3R||1R||2R||3R||2R||A||2R||4R||A||A||1R||1R||0 / 12||12–12||50%|
|French Open||A||A||A||2R||1R||1R||1R||A||A||A||2R||2R||1R||A||1R||1R||1R||1R||0 / 11||3–11||21%|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||QF||3R||2R||2R||A||A||3R||2R||QF||1R||A||1R||1R||2R||1R||0 / 12||16–12||57%|
|US Open||A||A||A||2R||1R||2R||1R||A||A||1R||3R||1R||3R||A||1R||1R||2R||1R||0 / 12||7–12||37%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||7–4||2–4||3–4||4–4||0–1||1–1||3–3||5–4||5–3||3–4||3–1||0–3||0–3||2–4||0–4||0 / 47||38–47||45%|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||Q1||1R||2R||2R||1R||A||1R||1R||2R||3R||2R||A||A||A||A||0 / 9||3–9||25%|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||Q2||4R||1R||3R||1R||A||2R||4R||4R||2R||3R||A||A||1R||A||0 / 10||12–9||57%|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||2R||Q1||1R||Q1||A||A||2R||1R||3R||A||2R||A||1R||1R||0 / 8||5–8||38%|
|Madrid Open||NH||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||2R||A||A||A||2R||Q2||0 / 5||3–5||38%|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||1R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||QF||2R||A||A||1R||A||2R||Q1||0 / 6||5–6||45%|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||2R||2R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 3||1–3||25%|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||1R||1R||2R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 5||1–5||17%|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Held||2R||3R||QF||2R||QF||A||A||1R||Q1||A||0 / 6||10–5||67%|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 2||1–2||33%|
|German Open||A||A||A||3R||1R||1R||2R||A||Not Masters Series||0 / 4||3–4||43%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||2–3||4–5||1–3||4–5||0–2||1–1||3–4||12–9||5–8||8–7||1–1||1–2||0–1||2–4||0–1||0 / 58||44–56||44%|
|Summer Olympics||Not Held||1R||Not Held||A||Not Held||A||Not Held||A||Not Held||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Davis Cup||A||A||A||PO||A||PO||A||QF||A||PO||QF||1R||1R||QF||A||PO||A||A||0 / 5||10–9||53%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–3||0–0||2–0||0–0||0–1||0–0||2–0||0–2||2–2||2–1||1–0||0–0||1–1||0–0||0–0||0 / 6||10–10||50%|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||1R||1R||2R||A||1R||2R||A||A||1R||A||A||1R||1R||0 / 8||2–7|
|French Open||A||1R||A||1R||A||A||A||1R||A||1R||A||2R||2R||2R||1R||0 / 8||3–8|
|Wimbledon||1R||2R||1R||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 4||2–4|
|US Open||3R||1R||2R||1R||A||A||3R||2R||A||1R||A||1R||1R||2R||A||0 / 10||6–10|
|Win–Loss||2–2||1–3||1–3||1–4||1–0||0–0||2–2||2–3||0–0||0–2||0–1||1–2||1–2||2–3||0–2||0 / 30||13–29|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 3||2–3|
|Miami Open||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||1R||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 5||0–5|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||QF||2R||A||2R||A||A||A||0 / 3||4–3|
|Madrid Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||SF||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 2||4–2|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||SF||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 2||3–2|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Held||A||1R||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 2||0–2|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 2||0–2|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||6–4||4–6||2–5||0–2||1–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||0 / 20||13–20|
|Titles / Finals||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1|
Record against other playersEdit
Record against top 10 playersEdit
Mayer's record against players who have been ranked world No. 10 or higher.
Statistics correct as of 13 May 2019.
Only ATP Tour, Grand Slam and Davis Cup matches are considered.
|Number 1 ranked players|
|Juan Carlos Ferrero||2005–2010||5||1–4||20%||0–2||1–1||0–1||0–0|
|Number 2 ranked players|
|Number 3 ranked players|
|Juan Martín del Potro||2006–2012||5||2–3||40%||1–2||1–1||0–0||0–0|
|Number 4 ranked players|
|Number 5 ranked players|
|Number 6 ranked players|
|Number 7 ranked players|
|Number 8 ranked players|
|Number 9 ranked players|
|Number 10 ranked players|
|Pablo Carreño Busta||2017–2018||2||0–2||0%||0–0||0–2||0–0||0–0|
Wins over top 10 playersEdit
|1.||Guillermo Coria||3||Wimbledon, London, Great Britain||Grass||2R||4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 6–4||66|
|2.||Guillermo Coria||9||Sopot, Poland||Clay||SF||6–4, 5–7, 6–3||95|
|3.||Tommy Robredo||7||Sopot, Poland||Clay||2R||6–2, 6–4||60|
|4.||Nikolay Davydenko||3||Halle, Germany||Grass||2R||6–4, 6–4||37|
|5.||Mikhail Youzhny||8||Shanghai, China||Hard||2R||6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–1||48|
|6.||Robin Söderling||5||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||QF||7–6(10–8), 6–1||47|
|7.||Jürgen Melzer||8||Rome, Italy||Clay||2R||6–4, retired||28|
|8.||Rafael Nadal||2||Shanghai, China||Hard||3R||7–6(7–5), 6–3||23|
|9.||John Isner||10||Miami, United States||Hard||3R||6–4, 6–2||19|
|10.||David Ferrer||4||Shanghai, China||Hard||3R||6–4, 6–3||50|
|11.||Andy Murray||4||Doha, Qatar||Hard||2R||3–6, 6–4, 6–2||40|
|12.||Dominic Thiem||7||Halle, Germany||Grass||SF||6–3, 6–4||192|
|Hamburg||3R||1R||1R||2R||A||2R||SF||QF||QF||QF||A||2R||1R||F||1R||0 / 13||20–13|
|Halle||1R||2R||QF||QF||A||A||A||QF||2R||QF||A||QF||W||QF||2R||1 / 11||19–10|
|Stuttgart||2R||1R||QF||1R||A||A||QF||1R||A||2R||A||A||QF||1R||2R||0 / 10||9–10|
|Munich||A||1R||1R||1R||A||A||A||F||A||QF||A||1R||2R||A||1R||0 / 8||7–8|
- Chadband, Ian (4 July 2012). "Wimbledon 2012: Novak Djokovic steamrollers Florian Mayer for a place in the semi-finals". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 1 September 2012.