Gilles Müller (Luxembourgish pronunciation: [ˈʒil ˈmylɐ]; born 9 May 1983) is a retired tennis player from Luxembourg. He is a two-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist and the most successful male tennis player in the history of his country. Müller won two titles on the ATP World Tour and achieved a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 21 on 31 July 2017. He was known for his powerful left-handed serve and excellent net skills. Following his retirement, Müller was appointed as Luxembourg's Davis Cup team captain.
|Born||9 May 1983|
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||233–213 (52.2%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 21 (31 July 2017)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2015)|
|French Open||2R (2012, 2015)|
|US Open||QF (2008)|
|Olympic Games||3R (2016)|
|Career record||61–88 (40.9%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 74 (1 May 2017)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2016, 2017)|
|French Open||1R (2005, 2006, 2013, 2015, 2016)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2014, 2015)|
|US Open||2R (2015, 2016)|
In 2001, the year in which he would turn pro, Müller reached the final of the Boys' Singles at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, where he was defeated by Roman Valent of Switzerland (6–3, 5–7, 3–6). Müller also won the Boys' Singles final at the 2001 US Open, defeating Taiwan's Yeu-Tzuoo Wang (7–6, 6–2). He finished the year 2001 as the world No. 1 junior, posting a singles record of 72–26 throughout his junior career.
2004–2005 and success against top playersEdit
Starting 2004 ranked 193, Müller had several victories over top players, including Andre Agassi in the semifinals of the 2004 Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C., Rafael Nadal in the second round of the 2005 Wimbledon Championships, and Andy Roddick in the first round of the 2005 US Open. He reached two ATP finals during that time span, losing to Lleyton Hewitt at the Washington Open in 2004 and to Andre Agassi at the LA Open in 2005.
2008: First Grand Slam quarterfinalEdit
At the 2008 US Open, Müller, ranked 130 at the time, had to go through the qualification tournament. He reached the main draw and advanced to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career, earnining a win over fifth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko in the fourth round. He lost to defending and eventual champion Roger Federer in straight sets (6–7, 4–6, 6–7).
2009–2013 and injuriesEdit
On 19 January 2009, Müller beat Spaniard Feliciano López (6–3, 7–6, 4–6, 4–6, 16–14) in an epic four-hour, 24-minute match in the first round of the 2009 Australian Open. His run in the tournament ended in the third round by the eighth-seeded Juan Martín del Potro.
Müller registered his 100th singles win by defeating Australian Marinko Matosevic (7–6, 6–4) in Atlanta. He also reached the Atlanta Open final, losing to Andy Roddick (6–1, 6–7, 2–6) after the American came back from one set and one break down to win what would be his last final on the ATP World Tour.
Müller's final match in 2013 was at the 2013 French Open where he lost in round 1 to Roberto Bautista Agut. He finished the year at No. 368 in the world rankings after missing the second half of the season with an elbow injury.
2014: Back inside the top 50Edit
In January, Müller returned to playing tennis and competed mostly on the Challenger Tour, winning five titles.
Müller lost to Federer in the first round of the 2014 Swiss Indoors before falling in the qualifying rounds of the Paris Masters. He finished the season with a ranking of No. 47 and was elected Luxembourg's Sportsman of the Year.
2015: Breaking the top 40Edit
Müller began 2015 at the Aircel Chennai Open, where he made the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka. He then competed in the Sydney International losing in the semifinals to Viktor Troicki, the eventual champion. He put together his best Australian Open campaign to date, losing in the fourth round to world No. 1 and eventual champion Novak Djokovic (4–6, 5–7, 5–7). His performance during the entire month saw him crack the top 40 for the first time in his career on 2 February.
He had a strong showing in Rotterdam, defeating David Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov, and then lost to Wawrinka in the quarterfinals. However, he fell out of the top 50 for the first time of the year on 11 May because he didn't defend his titles on the Challenger Tour.
Müller had a strong start to the grass court season, reaching the semifinals of the Topshelf Open as well as the quarterfinals at Queen's, beating defending champion Dimitrov for the second time in two meetings since the beginning of the year. He then lost to eventual champion Andy Murray.
Müller finished the season with a world ranking of No. 38 and was elected Luxembourg's Sportsman of the Year for the second year in a row.
2016: Fourth and fifth ATP finalsEdit
At the 2016 Ricoh Open, he reached the final, losing to the defending champion Nicolas Mahut in straight sets. At the 2016 Aegon Open Nottingham, he reached the semifinals, falling to second-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay.
Müller represented Luxembourg in singles at the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning in the first round against Jerzy Janowicz and then beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round before losing to Roberto Bautista Agut (4–6, 6–7).
He finished 2016 with a ranking of No. 34 and was again elected Luxembourg's Sportsman of the Year.
2017: Career-best yearEdit
Müller finally won his maiden ATP World Tour title at the 2017 Sydney International, over a decade after his first final. He saved a match point in the first round against Alexandr Dolgopolov. This came less than a week after he lost in the men's doubles final of the 2017 Brisbane International, playing alongside Sam Querrey.
Then, at the 2017 Ricoh Open aged 34, Müller set up the oldest ATP World Tour tournament singles final in 41 years against Ivo Karlović, aged 38. He won the match in two straight tiebreaks (7–6, 7–6), claiming his second ATP World Tour title in the process.
Despite being ranked 26 in the world, Müller's excellent form on grass in the last 12 months saw him earn a seeding of 16th at Wimbledon, where he made the quarterfinals after defeating world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in a five-set thriller, winning (6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6, 15–13) in 4 hours and 48 minutes. The Luxembourger would subsequently have his run at The Championships ended by the eventual runner-up Marin Čilić, who beat him in another match that went five sets (6–3, 6–7, 5–7, 7–5, 1–6), after Müller experienced physical fatigue during the 5th set.
After reaching a career-high singles ranking of 21 on 31 July and ending the season ranked world No. 25, he was elected Luxembourg's Sportsman of the Year for the fourth year in a row.
2018: Final seasonEdit
Müller entered an ATP tournament as a defending champion for the first time in his career at the 2018 Sydney International, ousting John Millman before subsequently losing to Benoît Paire. He then reached the third round of the 2018 Australian Open, ultimately bowing out to Pablo Carreño Busta in four sets.
Müller announced on 16 July that he would retire at the end of the season. He played his last match on the ATP World Tour at the 2018 US Open, losing in a five-setter to Lorenzo Sonego in the first round.
Müller competed in 30 ties after he was first nominated in 2000. Out of 73 matches, he won 56 and lost 17, which made him Luxembourg's most successful Davis Cup player. Following his retirement in 2018, Müller was appointed as Luxembourg's Davis Cup team captain.
ATP career finalsEdit
Singles: 8 (2 titles, 6 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Aug 2004||Washington Open, US||International||Hard||Lleyton Hewitt||3–6, 4–6|
|Loss||0–2||Jul 2005||Los Angeles Open, US||International||Hard||Andre Agassi||4–6, 5–7|
|Loss||0–3||Jul 2012||Atlanta Open, US||250 Series||Hard||Andy Roddick||6–1, 6–7(2–7), 2–6|
|Loss||0–4||Jun 2016||Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands||250 Series||Grass||Nicolas Mahut||4–6, 4–6|
|Loss||0–5||Jul 2016||Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, US||250 Series||Grass||Ivo Karlović||7–6(7–2), 6–7(5–7), 6–7(12–14)|
|Win||1–5||Jan 2017||Sydney International, Australia||250 Series||Hard||Dan Evans||7–6(7–5), 6–2|
|Loss||1–6||May 2017||Estoril Open, Portugal||250 Series||Clay||Pablo Carreño Busta||2–6, 6–7(5–7)|
|Win||2–6||Jun 2017||Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands||250 Series||Grass||Ivo Karlović||7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–4)|
Doubles: 2 (2 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Aug 2015||Atlanta Open, US||250 Series||Hard||Colin Fleming|| Bob Bryan
|6–4, 6–7(2–7), [4–10]|
|Loss||0–2||Jan 2017||Brisbane International, Australia||250 Series||Hard||Sam Querrey|| Thanasi Kokkinakis
ATP Challengers and ITF Futures titlesEdit
|1.||9 April 2001||Kuwait City, Kuwait||Hard||Hermes Gamonal||4–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(8–6)|
|2.||11 February 2002||Glasgow, United Kingdom||Hard||Maximilian Abel||7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–3)|
|3.||22 April 2002||Montego Bay, Jamaica||Hard||Julien Cassaigne||6–3, 7–6(7–4)|
|4.||26 August 2002||Florianópolis, Brazil||Clay||Rodrigo Monte||3–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–1|
|1.||21 July 2003||Valladolid, Spain||Hard||Iván Navarro||6–4, 6–3|
|2.||19 April 2004||Napoli, Italy||Clay||Arnaud Di Pasquale||7–6(9–7), 6–7(1–7), 6–1|
|3.||28 June 2004||Córdoba, Spain||Hard||Nicolás Almagro||6–1, 6–2|
|4.||7 April 2008||Humacao, Puerto Rico||Hard||Iván Miranda||7–5, 7–6(7–2)|
|5.||26 May 2008||Izmir, Turkey||Hard||Kristian Pless||7–5, 6–3|
|6.||5 June 2011||Nottingham, Great Britain||Grass||Matthias Bachinger||7–6(7–4), 6–2|
|7.||2 April 2014||Guadalajara, Mexico||Hard||Denis Kudla||6–2, 6–2|
|8.||27 April 2014||Shenzen, China||Hard||Lukáš Lacko||7–6(7–4), 6–3|
|9.||4 May 2014||Taipei, Taiwan||Carpet||John-Patrick Smith||6–3, 6–3|
|10.||11 May 2014||Gimcheon, South Korea||Hard||Tatsuma Ito||7–6(7–5), 5–7, 6–4|
|11.||20 July 2014||Recanati, Italy||Hard||Ilija Bozoljac||6–1, 6–2|
|1.||6 August 2001||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg||Clay||Mike Scheidweiler|| Steve Adamson
|1.||21 June 2004||Andorra la Vella, Andorra||Hard||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Santiago González
|2.||12 September 2010||Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France||Hard||Édouard Roger-Vasselin|| Andis Juška
|6–0, 2–6, [13–11]|
|3.||30 September 2012||Orléans, France||Hard||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Xavier Malisse
|6–2, 6–7(5–7), [10–7]|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||2R||2R||Q1||3R||A||2R||1R||1R||A||4R||2R||2R||3R||0 / 12||12–12|
|French Open||A||A||A||Q1||Q2||1R||1R||Q1||A||1R||A||Q2||2R||1R||A||2R||1R||1R||1R||0 / 9||2–9|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||Q1||3R||1R||2R||Q2||1R||Q3||3R||1R||A||2R||1R||2R||QF||2R||0 / 11||12–11|
|US Open||A||A||A||Q1||Q1||2R||1R||Q1||QF||A||A||4R||2R||A||1R||1R||1R||2R||1R||0 / 10||10–10|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||3–4||1–4||2–2||4–1||2–3||0–0||6–3||2–4||0–2||1–2||4–4||2–4||6–4||3–4||0 / 42||36–42|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||A||Q1||3R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||A||2R||2R||3R||2R||0 / 8||5–8|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||1R||Q1||Q1||1R||A||A||2R||1R||A||2R||1R||3R||2R||0 / 10||2–10|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||2R||2R||0 / 3||2–3|
|Madrid Open||NH||A||A||Q1||A||A||A||Q1||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||2R||A||0 / 2||1–2|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q2||A||A||A||A||A||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||A||Q2||Q1||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||3R||2R||A||A||0 / 2||3–2|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||A||A||A||1R||A||2R||A||0 / 2||1–2|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Masters Series||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||Q2||A||2R||A||A||0 / 2||1–2|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||2–2||0–2||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–0||0–1||2–2||0–2||0–0||2–6||3–5||5–5||1–4||0 / 31||15–31|
|Summer Olympics||A||Not Held||A||Not Held||A||Not Held||2R||Not Held||3R||Not Held||0 / 2||3–2|
|Davis Cup||Z2||Z2||Z2||Z1||Z1||Z1||Z1||Z1||Z2||A||Z3||Z2||Z2||Z2||Z2||Z2||A||A||Z2||0 / 0||35–11|
|Win–Loss||3–0||2–3||3–0||2–1||3–1||1–2||2–0||1–3||2–0||0–0||5–0||3–1||2–1||2–0||2–0||2–0||2–1||0–0||1–0||0 / 2||38–13|
|Titles / Finals||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 2||2 / 3||0 / 0||2 / 8|
|Hard Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||3–0||1–2||12–8||13–13||10–10||2–5||5–4||4–5||1–1||15–11||14–14||4–4||3–5||25–18||22–17||16–12||6–10||1 / 132||156–139|
|Clay Win–Loss||3–0||1–2||0–0||1–0||0–0||4–5||3–5||0–0||2–0||0–1||0–0||0–0||4–2||0–4||2–0||3–3||0–2||5–4||1–4||0 / 30||29–32|
|Grass Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–0||0–0||3–3||0–4||1–1||0–1||1–3||1–1||2–1||4–5||0–0||1–1||5–3||13–5||11–2||3–5||1 / 37||45–36|
|Carpet Win–Loss||0–0||1–1||0–0||0–0||1–1||1–2||0–1||0–0||0–1||Discontinued||0 / 5||3–6|
|Overall Win–Loss||3–0||2–3||3–1||2–2||13–9||21–23||13–20||3–6||7–6||5–9||2–2||17–12||22–21||4–8||6–6||33–24||35–24||32–18||10–19||2 / 204||233–213|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||2R||2R||A||0 / 4||2–4|
|French Open||1R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||1R||1R||A||A||0 / 5||0–5|
|Wimbledon||1R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||1R||1R||A||0 / 6||2–6|
|US Open||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||2R||2R||A||A||0 / 4||2–4|
|Win–Loss||0–3||0–3||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||1–2||2–4||2–4||1–2||0–0||0 / 19||6–19|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||SF||QF||0 / 2||5–2|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||2R||A||0 / 2||1–2|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Madrid Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||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||0–0||0–1||0–1||4–4||2–1||0 / 7||6–7|
|Titles / Finals||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 2|
Wins over top 10 playersEdit
|1.||Andre Agassi||6||Washington, United States||Hard||SF||6–4, 7–5||124|
|2.||David Nalbandian||10||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||3R||7–6(7–4), 3–6, 6–4||78|
|3.||Rafael Nadal||3||Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Grass||2R||6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4||69|
|4.||Andy Roddick||3||US Open, New York, United States||Hard||1R||7–6(7–4), 7–6(10–8), 7–6(7–1)||68|
|5.||Nikolay Davydenko||5||US Open, New York, United States||Hard||4R||6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(12–10)||130|
|6.||Richard Gasquet||10||Marseille, France||Hard||1R||2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)||70|
|7.||Gilles Simon||10||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||QF||6–3, 6–4||43|
|8.||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||9||Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Hard||2R||6–4, 6–3||37|
|9.||Tomáš Berdych||9||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||1R||7–6(9–7), 6–1||36|
|10.||Alexander Zverev||10||Rosmalen, Netherlands||Grass||SF||7–6(7–5), 6–2||28|
|11.||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||10||Queen's Club, London, United Kingdom||Grass||2R||6–4, 6–4||26|
|12.||Rafael Nadal||2||Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Grass||4R||6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6, 15–13||26|
Record against top 10 playersEdit
Müller's ATP-only record against players who have been ranked world No. 10 or higher. Statistics correct as of 12 October 2020.
|Number 1 ranked players|
|Juan Carlos Ferrero||2007||1||0–1||0%||0–0||0–0||0–1|
|Number 2 ranked players|
|Number 3 ranked players|
|Juan Martín del Potro||2000–2012||2||0–2||0%||0–2||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|
|Roberto Bautista Agut||2013–2017||6||1–5||17%||1–3||0–2||0–0|
|Number 10 ranked players|
|Pablo Carreño Busta||2015–2018||4||1–3||25%||1–1||0–2||0–0|
- "Gilles Muller - Biography". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- "Britain go into the unknown". BBC Sport. 5 April 2004.
- "Luxembourg team profiles". BBC Sport. 7 April 2004.
- "Gilles Muller brings up milestone over Aussie Marinko Matosevic". Herald Sun. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
- "Roddick lifts Atlanta trophy". Archived from the original on 25 July 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "Aegon Championships 2015: Jamie Delgado plots friend Andy Murray's downfall as Gilles Müller knocks out holder Grigor Dimitrov". Independent. 18 June 2015.
- "Australian Open: Novak Djokovic's downfall plotted by Jamie Delgado". BBC Sport. 25 January 2015.
- "Karlovic, Muller set-up oldest final in 41 years". The Times of India. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017.[permanent dead link]
- "Rafael Nadal beaten by Gilles Müller after an epic at Wimbledon 2017 – as it happened". Guardian. 10 July 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
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