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Florin Mergea (Romanian pronunciation: [floˈrin ˈmerdʒe̯a]; born 26 January 1985) is a Romanian tennis player and a doubles specialist. He has reached the final of the ATP World Tour Finals in 2015 and won an ATP Masters title at the Mutua Madrid Open earlier that year. He achieved a career-high ATP ranking of World No. 7 in doubles (July, 2015) and World No. 243 in singles (May 2005).

Florin Mergea
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Mergea at the 2016 French Open
Country (sports) Romania
ResidenceBucharest, Romania
Born (1985-01-26) 26 January 1985 (age 34)
Craiova, Romania
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2003
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,662,883
Singles
Career record3–4
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 243 (9 May 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2006)
WimbledonQ2 (2004)
US OpenQ1 (2005)
Doubles
Career record149–118
Career titles7
Highest rankingNo. 7 (13 July 2015)
Current rankingNo. 226 (28 May 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2015)
French OpenSF (2014)
WimbledonSF (2015)
US OpenQF (2015)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsF (2015)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2015)
French Open2R (2015)
Wimbledon3R (2014)
US Open1R (2014, 2015)
Last updated on: 30 October 2017.

His current doubles partner is fellow Romanian Adrian Barbu. Florin Mergea is presently coached by Alex Pop-Moldovan and managed by the McCartney Group, Vienna.

Contents

Tennis careerEdit

JuniorsEdit

As a junior Mergea compiled a singles win/loss record of 87–33, reaching as high as No. 2 in the world in July 2003 (and No. 1 in doubles). Along the way, he beat future top ten singles players like Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Gaël Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.[1] As well as winning the Boys' Singles at Wimbledon in 2003 and being runner-up in the Boys' Singles tournament at the 2003 Australian Open, he won the Boys' Doubles in 2002 alongside compatriot Horia Tecău.

SeniorsEdit

The transition to the seniors tour proved difficult for Mergea. After turning pro in 2003, he struggled to make a breakthrough. Injuries hampered his career and in spite of reaching no. 103 in the doubles rankings, his lack of singles success and limited support drained his motivation. In 2010, Mergea decided to retire from tennis, a decision he turned around months later, with the help of his wife, Daiana. With renewed focus on the doubles game, his rankings rose steadily, playing alongside the likes of Andrei Daescu and Philipp Marx. After reaching thirteen challenger finals within little over a year, Mergea won his first ATP title in October 2013, when he teamed up with Lukas Rosol for the Erste Bank Open, Vienna.[2]

Tour success continued in 2014, as he won the Royal Guard Open in Vina del Mar, with veteran Oliver Marach, and his first ATP 500 title at the International German Open in Hamburg, with Marin Draganja. Furthermore, siding with the Croatian, Mergea reached the French Open semifinal.

After starting 2015 with Dominic Inglot and reaching two finals, his injury plagued British partner needed time to recover. This gave way to the formation of his partnership with Rohan Bopanna, whom he had played with successfully at the Shanghai Masters the previous season. Together, they found consistency in their results, while winning the Madrid Masters and the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. In November, the team were the last to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.[3] There, in spite of their seeding, they reached the final against the year-end number one team of Mergea's Davis Cup and former juniors' partner, Horia Tecău, who played alongside Jean Julien Rojer.

Significant finalsEdit

Year-End ChampionshipsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2015 London Hard (i)   Rohan Bopanna   Jean-Julien Rojer
  Horia Tecău
4–6, 3–6

Masters 1000 finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2015 Madrid Clay   Rohan Bopanna   Marcin Matkowski
  Nenad Zimonjić
6–2, 6–7(5–7), [11–9]
Runner-up 2016 Madrid Clay   Rohan Bopanna   Jean-Julien Rojer
  Horia Tecău
4–6, 6–7(5–7)

Olympic FinalEdit

Doubles: 1 final (1 silver medal)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Hard   Horia Tecau   Marc Lopez
  Rafael Nadal
2–6, 6–3, 4–6

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 15 (7 titles, 8 runners-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–1)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (1–1)
Olympic Games (0–1)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (2–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (4–4)
Finals by Surface
Hard (1–4)
Clay (5–2)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2013 Vienna Open, Austria 250 Series Hard (i)   Lukáš Rosol   Daniel Nestor
  Julian Knowle
7–5, 6–4
Win 2–0 Feb 2014 Chile Open, Chile 250 Series Clay   Oliver Marach   Juan Sebastián Cabal
  Robert Farah
6–3, 6–4
Win 3–0 Jul 2014 German Open, Germany 500 Series Clay   Marin Draganja   Alexander Peya
  Bruno Soares
6–4, 7–5
Loss 3–1 Jan 2015 Auckland Open, New Zealand 250 Series Hard   Dominic Inglot   Raven Klaasen
  Leander Paes
6–7(1–7), 4–6
Loss 3–2 Feb 2015 Open Sud de France, France 250 Series Hard (i)   Dominic Inglot   Marcus Daniell
  Artem Sitak
6–3, 4–6, [14–16]
Loss 3–3 Apr 2015 Grand Prix Hassan II, Morocco 250 Series Clay   Rohan Bopanna   Rameez Junaid
  Adil Shamasdin
6–3, 2–6, [7–10]
Win 4–3 May 2015 Madrid Open, Spain Masters 1000 Clay   Rohan Bopanna   Marcin Matkowski
  Nenad Zimonjić
6–2, 6–7(5–7), [11–9]
Win 5–3 Jun 2015 Stuttgart Open, Germany 250 Series Grass   Rohan Bopanna   Alexander Peya
  Bruno Soares
5–7, 6–2, [10–7]
Loss 5–4 Jun 2015 Halle Open, Germany 500 Series Grass   Rohan Bopanna   Raven Klaasen
  Rajeev Ram
6–7(5–7), 2–6
Loss 5–5 Nov 2015 ATP World Tour Finals, United Kingdom Tour Finals Hard (i)   Rohan Bopanna   Jean-Julien Rojer
  Horia Tecău
4–6, 3–6
Loss 5–6 Jan 2016 Sydney International, Australia 250 Series Hard   Rohan Bopanna   Jamie Murray
  Bruno Soares
3–6, 6–7(6–8)
Win 6–6 Apr 2016 Romanian Open, Romania 250 Series Clay   Horia Tecău   Chris Guccione
  André Sá
7–5, 6–4
Loss 6–7 May 2016 Madrid Open, Spain Masters 1000 Clay   Rohan Bopanna   Jean-Julien Rojer
  Horia Tecău
4-6, 6-7(5-7)
Loss 6–8 Aug 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil Olympics Hard   Horia Tecău   Marc López
  Rafael Nadal
2–6, 6–3, 4–6
Win 7–8 Apr 2017 Barcelona Open, Spain 500 Series Clay   Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi   Philipp Petzschner
  Alexander Peya
6–4, 6–3

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 2008 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Australian Open A A 2R QF 3R 3R 1R 0 / 4
French Open 2R 2R SF 3R QF 1R 0 / 6
Wimbledon A 1R 1R SF 3R 3R 0 / 5
US Open A 1R 2R QF A A 0 / 2
Win–Loss 1–1 1–3 6–4 9–3 7–3 4–3 0 / 18
Year End Championships
Tour Finals Did Not Qualify F DNQ 0 / 1
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A QF 1R 2R A 0 / 3
Miami A A A 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 3
Monte Carlo A A A 1R QF 2R 0 / 3
Madrid (Clay) A A A W F 1R 1 / 3
Rome A A A 2R SF 2R 0 / 3
Canada A A A 2R SF A 0 / 2
Cincinnati A A A QF 2R A 0 / 2
Shanghai A A SF A A A 0 / 1
Paris A A 1R QF A A 0 / 2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 3–2 8–7 8–7 3–5 1 / 18
Year End Ranking 115 64 24 11 26 53

Challenger career finalsEdit

Doubles finals: 31 (14–17)Edit

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 (0–0)
ATP Challenger Tour (14–17)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–6)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (9–11)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
Winner 1. 8 August 2004 Timișoara, Romania Clay   Horia Tecău   Marius Călugăru
  Ciprian Petre Porumb
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 21 August 2004 Samarkand, Uzbekistan Clay   Sebastian Fitz   Jean-François Bachelot
  Melle Van Gemerden
2–6, 6–3, 1–6
Winner 3. 9 October 2004 Rome 2, Italy Clay   Werner Eschauer   Francesco Aldi
  Francesco Piccari
6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 4. 2 July 2006 Constanța, Romania Clay   Horia Tecău   Konstantinos Economidis
  Jean-Julien Rojer
6–7(1–7), 1–6
Runner-up 5. 5 November 2006 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Danai Udomchoke   Alexander Peya
  Björn Phau
4–6, 2–6
Winner 6. 30 June 2007 Almaty 2, Kazakhstan Clay   Teodor-Dacian Crăciun   Alexey Kedryuk
  Alexandre Kudryavtsev
6–2, 6–1
Winner 7. 9 September 2007 Brașov, Romania Clay   Horia Tecău   Adrian Cruciat
  Marcel-Ioan Miron
5–7, 6–3, [10–8]
Runner-up 8. 30 September 2007 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Horia Tecău   Marcel Granollers
  Santiago Ventura
2–6, 1–6
Winner 9. 2 March 2008 Cherbourg, France Hard (I)   Horia Tecău   Jean-Claude Scherrer
  Márcio Torres
7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 10. 27 April 2008 Cremona, Italy Hard   Horia Tecău   Eduardo Schwank
  Dušan Vemić
3–6, 2–6
Winner 11. 17 May 2008 Marrakech, Morocco Clay   Frederico Gil   James Auckland
  Jamie Delgado
6–2, 6–3
Winner 12. 29 June 2008 Constanța, Romania Clay   Horia Tecău   Júlio Silva
  Simone Vagnozzi
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 13. 3 August 2008 Timișoara, Romania Clay   Adrian Cruciat   Daniel Muñoz-de la Nava
  Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo
6–3, 4–6, [9–11]
Runner-up 14. 21 June 2009 Constanța, Romania Clay   Adrian Cruciat   Adrián García
  David Marrero
6–7(5–7), 2–6
Winner 15. 10 September 2011 Brașov, Romania Clay   Victor Anagnastopol   Dušan Lojda
  Benoît Paire
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 16. 21 April 2012 Rome, Italy Clay   Andrei Dăescu   Dustin Brown
  Jonathan Marray
4–6, 6–7(0–7)
Runner-up 17. 14 July 2012 Timișoara, Romania Clay   Andrei Dăescu   Goran Tošić
  Denis Zivkovic
2–6, 5–7
Winner 18. 29 July 2012 Oberstaufen, Germany Clay   Andrei Dăescu   Andrey Kuznetsov
  Jose Rubin Statham
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 19. 18 August 2012 Cordenons, Italy Clay   Philipp Marx   Lukáš Dlouhý
  Michal Mertiňák
7–5, 5–7, [7–10]
Winner 20. 25 August 2012 Segovia, Spain Hard   Stefano Ianni   Konstantin Kravchuk
  Frank Moser
6–2, 6–3
Winner 21. 1 September 2012 Como, Italy Clay   Philipp Marx   Colin Ebelthite
  Jaroslav Pospíšil
6–4, 4–6, [10–4]
Winner 22. 14 October 2012 Rennes, France Hard   Philipp Marx   Tomasz Bednarek
  Mateusz Kowalczyk
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 23. 4 November 2012 Geneva, Switzerland Clay   Philipp Marx   Johan Brunström
  Raven Klaasen
6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–5), [5–10]
Runner-up 24. 11 November 2012 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard   Philipp Marx   Lukáš Dlouhý
  Michail Elgin
7–6(7–5), 2–6, [6–10]
Runner-up 25. 3 March 2013 Cherbourg, France Hard   Philipp Marx   Sanchai Ratiwatana
  Sonchat Ratiwatana
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 26. 24 March 2013 Rimouski, Canada Hard   Philipp Marx   Samuel Groth
  John-Patrick Smith
6–7(5–7), 6–7(7–9)
Runner-up 27. 31 March 2013 Le Gosier, Guadeloupe Hard   Philipp Marx   Dudi Sela
  Jimmy Wang
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 28. 11 May 2013 Rome, Italy Clay   Philipp Marx   Andre Begemann
  Martin Emmrich
6–7(4–7), 3–6
Runner-up 29. 10 August 2013 City of San Marino, San Marino Clay   Daniele Bracciali   Nicholas Monroe
  Simon Stadler
2–6, 4–6
Winner 30. 7 October 2013 Rennes, France Hard(I)   Oliver Marach   Nicholas Monroe
  Simon Stadler
6-4, 3–6, 10-7
Winner 31. 28 October 2013 Geneva, Switzerland Hard(I)   Oliver Marach   Frantisek Cermak
  Philipp Oswald
6-4, 6–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Profil Florin Mergea" (in Romanian). tenisdecamp.ro. December 2014.
  2. ^ "Portret Florin Mergea" (in Romanian). Decat o Revista. 12 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Dodig/Melo Triumph In Paris". www.atpworldtour.com. 8 November 2015.

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