Frederik Løchte Nielsen (born 27 August 1983) is a professional tennis player. He is currently the top ranked player from Denmark in ATP doubles world rankings. A former Wimbledon men's doubles champion, he peaked at no. 17 in the rankings in April 2013. Nielsen has reached five other doubles finals on tour, winning on two occasions.
Nielsen in 2013.
|Born||27 August 1983|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||US$ 1,108,892|
|Career record||27–33 (Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 190 (15 August 2011)|
|Current ranking||No. 482 (6 May 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2012)|
|French Open||Q2 (2011)|
|US Open||Q1 (2010, 2011)|
|Highest ranking||No. 17 (1 April 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 34 (13 May 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2019)|
|French Open||3R (2019)|
|US Open||2R (2012, 2013, 2016)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||SF (2012)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2013)|
|French Open||2R (2013)|
|Davis Cup||Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R (2012, 2013, 2015)|
|Last updated on: 6 May 2019.|
Nielsen's parents were both tennis players and he began playing tennis at the age of three. Having turned professional in 2001, he began competing on the ITF circuit, winning a singles title every year between 2005 to 2010. He continued to play in ITF and ATP Challenger tournaments, garnering considerable success on the double circuit where he won multiple titles during the period.
Nielsen made a transition on to the main ATP Tour beginning 2012. He represented Denmark at the Hopman Cup that year, playing some tight matches against top-ranked opponents including Tomas Berdych and Mardy Fish, while also winning in doubles with Caroline Wozniacki. Nielsen entered the 2012 Wimbledon Championships with Jonathan Marray as wildcard entrant, but the duo went on to win the tournament upstaging such higher-ranked opponents as the Bryan brothers en-route to the title. He became only the second Danish player to ever win a Grand Slam and the first wildcard entrant to win Wimbledon men's doubles title.
Partnering Johan Brunström, Nielsen reached the finals of the 2012 Moselle Open and the 2013 Heineken Open, before winning his first tour-level title at the 2014 Aircel Chennai Open. He continued to play on the Challenger tour in singles, while enjoying success in doubles on the main ATP circuit, winning again at the 2019 BMW Open. He is currently coached by former Danish Davis Cup player Patrik Langvardt.
Debut and early yearsEdit
Nielsen made his ATP singles debut in Copenhagen, losing to Magnus Larsson in the first round d 6-1, 6-1. In 2003, he made his Davis Cup debut in the Europe/Africa Zone Group II tie against Tunisia at Hillerod, Denmark and defeated Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-4 in the dead rubber, Denmark winning 4-1. Nielsen also won the singles title at the Futures event in Vietnam.
In 2004, Nielsen teamed with countryman Rasmus Nørby to win 5 Futures doubles titles. Reached 1 Futures Singles final. He won 1 doubles Futures title and 2 titles in 4 Futures singles finals in 2005. In 2006, he won doubles title at 2 Challengers and 7 Futures. Also won 3 Futures singles titles.
In 2007, Nielsen won doubles titles at 3 Challengers and Futures. 2-time singles winner at Futures. In 2008, Nielsen won 2 doubles Challengers and 1 Futures, all three with different partners. In 2009, he won 3 Challengers tournaments in doubles and 1 Futures title in singles.
In 2010, Nielsen won 2 Challengers and 3 Futures in Men's doubles. He also won singles Futures event in Italy. The following year, he won 5 Challengers doubles titles with 3 different partners; he was the finalist at 3 other events.
2012: Wimbledon doubles championEdit
Nielsen represented Denmark at the 2012 Hopman Cup alongside Caroline Wozniacki, but the pair could not get past the Group Stages. Nielsen had a 1–4 Win-Loss record at the event, 1-1 in doubles and 0-3 in singles. He played much higher ranked opponents in Tomáš Berdych, Grigor Dimitrov and Mardy Fish. He managed to win 1 set against Fish but eventually lost 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. Nielsen and Wozniacki still managed to pull out the doubles match against Fish and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 7-5, 6-3 and won their only tie against USA.
He then played at the Australian Open and qualified for the main draw at a Grand Slam for the first time but lost to Kevin Anderson 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round. In February, Nielsen was selected for the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie against Slovenia, which Denmark lost 5-0.
Playing doubles with Marray in June, their first pairing of the year, they reached the Nottingham Challenger finals, losing out to Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot in three tight sets 4-6, 7-6(9), 8-10. They compiled a 10-6 match record in 6 tournaments.
Then Nielsen and Marray received a wild card at the All England Club and began their 2012 Wimbledon Championships with a 5-set win over Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, one of 4 teams they beat en route that qualified for Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. In the third-round, they edged out another five set victory this time against Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-5 in 5th set, followed with victory over James Cerretani and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the quarters in five sets again. In the Semi-Finals they caused the biggest upset by beating No. 2 seeds Bryans in 4 sets 6-4, 7-6(9), 6-7(4), 7-6(5). In the title clash they defeated the No. 5 seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau in 5-sets 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-3. Marray was first British doubles champion at Wimbledon since 1936 and Nielsen was first Dane to win the doubles crown.
Following Wimbledon, they played together in 4 tournaments (2-4 record), losing first round in Winston-Salem, second round at Us Open losing to Jesse Levine and Marinko Matosevic having beaten the Italian duo of Flavio Cipolla and Fabio Fognini in the first round. They had a quarter-final in Basel losing out to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.
Nielsen and Marray made their debut at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, qualifying for the season finale as a result of their Wimbledon crown, and reached the Semi-Finals losing out to eventual champions Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 4-6, 3-6. In the Round-Robin stage the pair defeated top pairs including Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna 6-4, 6-7(1), 12-10, Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 7-6(3), 4-6, 12-10 losing only to Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau in the Group Stage.
Nielsen finished the year as top Danish player in doubles, a year-end best No. 21 individually and No. 9 in ATP Doubles Team Rankings with Marray. He also earned a career-high $334,901 in 2012 courtesy of his win at Wimbledon.
2013: Doubles career high rankingEdit
At the start of 2013, Nielsen partnered Johan Brunstrom for the first time since September 2012 at Metz, they reached the final of 2013 Heineken Open at Auckland losing out to Colin Fleming and Bruno Soares in two tough sets 6-7(1), 6-7(2). Dropped to 1-2 overall in tour-level finals. They lost in the first round of 2013 Australian Open to Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 3-6, 4-6.
The Dane then partnered Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov for World Tour Masters 1000 Miami and Indian Wells reaching second round of the former and Semi-Finals his first at Masters event losing out to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 4-6, 2-6. Played with André Sá in 2013 Power Horse Cup at Düsseldorf and fell in the Semis to Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich. Along with Matkowski, reached Semis of 2013 Aegon International losing to Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray 11-9 in Match Tie-Break. Played with Eric Butorac at the 2013 Winston-Salem Open, reached Semi-Finals where they lost out to Daniel Nestor-and Leander Paes 3-6, 2-6.
2014: ATP 250 doubles titleEdit
Nielsen partnered Johan Brunstrom and they entered the 2014 Aircel Chennai Open in January, the pair did not lose a single set on their route to the finals and went on to win the title defeating Marin Draganja and Mate Pavic 6-2, 4-6, 10-7. This was Nielsen's first title other than Wimbledon.
In January at Copenhagen during the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II First Round Cyprus tie, he won both his singles and doubles matches partnering Thomas Kromann.
He then partnered Igor Sijsling for the 2014 Heineken Open and reached the quarters to only go down to the top seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 5-7, 5-7. He played at the Australian Open alongside Brunstrom and reached the second round before going down to Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in a tight three-setter 6-0, 5-7, 3-6.
Next he played at the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II Luxembourg tie in April, winning both his singles and the doubles alongside Thomas Kromann, leading Denmark to a 5-0 victory, and to the Final Round in the Europe/Africa Zone Group II.
Partnering Brunstrom, he reached the semis at the 2014 Düsseldorf Open losing out to Martin Emmrich and Christopher Kas 0-6, 5-7. At the 2014 French Open the pair lost in the first round to Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 5-7, 2-6. They next participated in the Wimbledon Championships falling in the second round.
In September, he played the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II Denmark vs. Moldova tie, winning the first singles rubber and the doubles match but losing the reverse singles, thereby helping promote Denmark to the 2015 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I.
He also won 3 ITF $15000 doubles titles at Switzerland, Dublin, Great Britain in March, July and October respectively with different and 1 ATP Challenger doubles title at Charlottesville Men's Pro Challenger in 2014.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||2012||Wimbledon||Grass||Jonathan Marray|| Robert Lindstedt
|4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5), 6–7(5–7), 6–3|
ATP career finalsEdit
Doubles: 6 (3 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit
|Win||1–0||Jul 2012||Wimbledon, United Kingdom||Grand Slam||Grass||Jonathan Marray|| Robert Lindstedt
|4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5), |
|Loss||1–1||Sep 2012||Moselle Open, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Johan Brunström|| Nicolas Mahut
|Loss||1–2||Jan 2013||Auckland Open, New Zealand||250 Series||Hard||Johan Brunström|| Colin Fleming
|Win||2–2||Jan 2014||Chennai Open, India||250 Series||Hard||Johan Brunström|| Marin Draganja
|6–2, 4–6, [10–7]|
|Loss||2–3||Apr 2019||Grand Prix Hassan II, Morocco||250 Series||Clay||Matwé Middelkoop|| Jürgen Melzer
|Win||3–3||May 2019||Bavarian Championships, Germany||250 Series||Clay||Tim Pütz|| Marcelo Demoliner
ATP Challenger Tour finalsEdit
Singles: 3 (0–3)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||6 July 2008||Dublin, Ireland||Carpet (i)||Robert Smeets||6–7(5–7), 2–6|
|Runner-up||2.||14 November 2010||Loughborough, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Matthias Bachinger||3–6, 6–3, 1–6|
|Runner-up||3.||15 November 2014||Champaign, United States||Hard (i)||Adrian Mannarino||2–6, 2–6|
Doubles: 47 (30–17)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||24 January 2005||Wrexham, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Tuomas Ketola|| Mark Hilton
|Runner-up||2.||17 October 2005||Kolding, Denmark||Carpet (i)||Rasmus Nørby|| Stephen Huss
|6–1, 6–7(4–7), [8–10]|
|Winner||1.||30 October 2006||Rimouski, Canada||Hard (i)||Kristian Pless|| Jasper Smit
Martijn van Haasteren
|Winner||2.||20 November 2006||Shrewsbury, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Philipp Marx|| Lars Burgsmuller
|Runner-up||3.||5 February 2007||Bergamo, Italy||Carpet (i)||Kenneth Carlsen|| Jerome Haehnel
|3–6, 6–2, [4–10]|
|Runner-up||4.||24 September 2007||Grenoble, France||Hard (i)||Martin Pedersen|| Jasper Smit
Martijn van Haasteren
|Winner||3.||15 October 2007||Kolding, Denmark||Hard (i)||Rasmus Nørby|| Philipp Petzschner
|4–6, 6–3, [10–8]|
|Winner||4.||22 October 2007||Barnstaple, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi|| Jasper Smit
Martijn van Haasteren
|6–2, 6–7(4–7), [10–2]|
|Winner||5.||19 November 2007||Shrewsbury, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Rasmus Nørby|| Edward Allinson
|Winner||6.||17 March 2008||Sarajevo, Bosnia||Hard (i)||Johan Brunström|| Alexander Peya
|Runner-up||5.||12 May 2008||Aarhus, Denmark||Clay||Martin Pedersen|| Dawid Olejniczak
|6–7, 6–2, [8–10]|
|Runner-up||6.||30 June 2008||Dublin, Ireland||Carpet (o)||Jonathan Marray|| Prakash Amritraj
|Winner||7.||24 November 2008||Toyota, Japan||Carpet (i)||Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi|| Ti Chen
|Winner||8.||25 May 2009||Carson, United States||Hard (o)||Harsh Mankad|| Carsten Ball
|Winner||9.||20 July 2009||Recanati, Italy||Hard (o)||Joseph Sirianni|| Adriano Biasalla
|6–4, 3–6, [10–6]|
|Winner||10.||9 November 2009||Jersey, Great Britain||Carpet (i)||Joseph Sirianni|| Henri Kontinen
|7–5, 3–6, [10–2]|
|Runner-up||7.||5 April 2010||Monza, Italy||Clay||Martin Fischer|| Daniele Bracciali
|Winner||11.||26 July 2010||Granby, Canada||Hard (o)||Joseph Sirianni|| Sanchai Ratiwatana
|4–6, 6–4, [10–6]|
|Runner-up||8.||20 September 2010||Bangkok, Thailand||Hard (o)||Yuichi Sugita|| Sanchai Ratiwatana
|Winner||12.||8 November 2010||Loughborough, Great Britain||Carpet (i)||Henri Kontinen|| Jordan Kerr
|Winner||13.||3 January 2011||Nouméa, New Caledonia||Hard (o)||Dominik Meffert|| Flavio Cipolla
|7–6(5–7), 5–7, [10–5]|
|Winner||14.||7 February 2011||Bergamo, Italy||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Mikhail Elgin
|Runner-up||9.||21 February 2011||Wolfsburg, Germany||Carpet (i)||Dominik Meffert|| Matthias Bachinger
|6–3, 6–7(3–7), [7–10]|
|Winner||15.||4 April 2011||Monza, Italy||Clay||Johan Brunström|| Jamie Delgado
|5–7, 6–2, [10–7]|
|Winner||16.||25 July 2011||Recanati, Italy||Hard (o)||Ken Skupski|| Federico Gaio
|Winner||17.||1 August 2011||Segovia, Spain||Hard (o)||Johan Brunström|| Nicolas Mahut
|6–2, 3–6, [10–6]|
|Runner-up||10.||8 August 2011||Binghamton, United States||Hard (o)||Treat Conrad Huey|| Juan Sebastian Cabal
|Runner-up||11.||7 November 2011||Knoxville, United States||Hard (i)||Adam Hubble|| Steve Johnson
|6–3, 4–6, [11–13]|
|Winner||18.||23 January 2012||Heilbronn, Germany||Hard (i)||Johan Brunström|| Treat Conrad Huey
|6–3, 3–6, [10–6]|
|Runner-up||12.||23 April 2012||Kaohsiung, Taiwan||Hard (o)||Daniel King-Turner|| John Paul Fruttero
|7–6(8–6), 5–7, [8–10]|
|Runner-up||13.||10 June 2012||Nottingham, Great Britain||Grass||Jonathan Marray|| Treat Conrad Huey
|4–6, 7–6(11–9), [8–10]|
|Winner||19.||2 November 2014||Charlottesville, United States||Hard (i)||Treat Conrad Huey|| Lewis Burton
|3–6, 6–3, [10–2]|
|Winner||20.||23 August 2015||Vancouver, Canada||Hard (o)||Treat Conrad Huey|| Yuki Bhambri
|7–6(7–4), 6–7(3–7), [10–5]|
|Winner||21.||4 October 2015||Tiburon, United States||Hard (o)||Johan Brunström|| Carsten Ball
|Winner||22.||18 October 2015||Fairfield, United States||Hard (o)||Johan Brunström|| Dustin Brown
|6–3, 5–7, [10–5]|
|Winner||23.||15 November 2015||Knoxville, United States||Hard (i)||Johan Brunström|| Sekou Bangoura
|Winner||24.||24 January 2016||Manilla, Philippines||Hard (o)||Johan Brunström|| Francis Casey Alcantara
|Runner-up||14.||17 April 2016||Gwangju, Korea||Hard (o)||David O'Hare|| Sanchai Ratiwatana
|Runner-up||15.||1 May 2016||Taipei, Taiwan||Carpet (i)||David O'Hare|| Hsieh Cheng-peng
|Winner||25.||1 April 2017||Saint-Brieuc, France||Hard (o)||Andre Begemann|| David O'Hare
|Winner||26.||18 March 2018||Drummondville, Canada||Hard (i)||Joris De Loore|| Luis David Martínez
|Winner||27.||6 May 2018||Seoul, South Korea||Hard (o)||Toshihide Matsui|| Chen Ti
|Winner||28.||27 May 2018||Loughborough, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Joe Salisbury|| Luke Bambridge
|3–6, 6–3, [10–4]|
|Winner||29.||17 June 2018||Nottingham, Great Britain||Grass||Joe Salisbury|| Austin Krajicek
|Runner-up||16.||4 November 2018||Charlottesville, United States||Hard (i)||Toshihide Matsui|| Harri Heliövaara
|Winner||30.||11 November 2018||Knoxville, United States||Hard (i)||Toshihide Matsui|| Hunter Reese
|Runner-up||17.||11 May 2019||Aix-en-Provence, France||Clay||Tim Pütz|| Kevin Krawietz
|Grand Slam tournaments|
Current through the 2019 Bavarian Championships.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||2R||A||A||A||A||3R||0 / 4||3–4|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||A||1R||A||A||0 / 3||1–3|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||W||2R||2R||3R||1R||A||SF||1 / 6||14–5|
|US Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||A||A||2R||A||1R||0 / 4||3–4|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||7–2||3–4||2–3||2–1||1–3||0–0||4–2||2–1||1 / 17||21–16|
|ATP Finals||Did Not Qualify||SF||Did Not Qualify||0 / 1||2–2|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||1–1|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||SF||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||3–1|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||4–4||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0 / 5||4–5|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||2–2||2–0||2–0||1–1||0–2||1–1||3–0||1–1||0–2||3–0||1–2||2–1||2–1||1–1||0–0||0 / 0||21–14|
|Titles / Finals||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||1 / 2||0 / 1||1 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||1 / 2||3 / 6|
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- "My Wimbledon: Jonathan Marray". 30 June 2014.
- "Nottingham Challenger". ITF Tennis. 23 October 2006.
- "Dublin Challenger". ITF Tennis. 6 July 2008.