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Go Soeda (添田 豪, Soeda Gō, born September 5, 1984) is a male Japanese tennis player. He started playing tennis at the age of 4 and turned professional in April 2003. He has won 18 ATP Challenger Tour singles titles, and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world no. 47 on 23 July 2012.[1] He is currently coached by Davide Sanguinetti.[2]

Go Soeda
添田 豪
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Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceTokyo, Japan
Born (1984-09-05) September 5, 1984 (age 35)
Kanagawa, Japan
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned proApril 2003
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachDavide Sanguinetti
Prize money$1,892,729[1]
Singles
Career record53–87
Career titles0
18 Challengers
Highest rankingNo. 47 (23 July 2012)
Current rankingNo. 134 (09 September 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2013, 2015)
French Open1R (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)
Wimbledon2R (2012, 2013)
US Open1R (2011, 2012, 2013)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2012)
Doubles
Career record7–21
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 232 (20 May 2013)
Current rankingNo. 377 (27 March 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2013)
French Open2R (2012)
US Open1R (2012)
Last updated on: 30 October 2017.
Go Soeda
Medal record
Representing  Japan
Men's Tennis
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 2006 Doha Team
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Doha Singles
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Guangzhou Singles
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Guangzhou Team

CareerEdit

Junior careerEdit

As a junior, he compiled a 49–48 win/loss record in singles (and 47–47 in doubles), achieving singles ranking of no.25 in December 2002 and doubles ranking of no.43 in September 2002.[3]

2002-04Edit

Soeda began playing professional tournaments regularly in 2002 before turning professional in 2003. He played primarily on Asian ITF Futures event. Soeda rose steadily through his ATP ranking over the next three years. He ended 2004 as ranked world no.493.

2005-07Edit

In 2005, Soeda won two Futures tournament in Japan and Sri Lanka, and he made his debut in an ATP World Tour event in Ho Chi Minh City, losing to top seed Mariano Puerta in the first round. The following year, Soeda had a very steady year at the Challenger level, reaching the quarterfinals or better seven times, including his first Challenger final in Aptos. He also won the Japan F4 Futures. Soeda entered the world's top 200 in August and finished 2006 ranked no. 182.

Go made his first Grand Slam main-draw appearance at the 2007 Australian Open in January and lost to ninth seed Mario Ančić in the first round. In August 2007, Soeda defeated Eduardo Schwank to win his first Challenger title in Manta, and he reached the Brisbane Challenger final in November.

2008-10Edit

In 2008, Soeda won four Challenger titles at Kyoto, Busan, New Delhi, and Toyota. He also won the most singles title in the 2008 ATP Challenger Series (tied with three players). In September, he beat wildcard Bai Yan in the China Open first round to record his first ATP main-draw win. He lost to third seed Fernando González in three sets. In October 2009, Soeda earned his sixth Challenger title in Tiburon by beating Ilija Bozoljac in the final.

In 2010, Soeda won his second Manta Challenger title in April. In the grass-court swing, he advanced to the Nottingham Challenger final before losing to Ričardas Berankis. He participated in the 2010 Wimbledon Championships main draw as a lucky loser, but he fell in the first round to Martin Fischer. Two weeks later, he reached the second round in Newport, beating eighth seed Taylor Dent in three sets.

2011: Reaching the top 100Edit

Soeda reached the second round of the SA tennis Open, beating seventh seed Rainer Schüttler. In March, he claimed his eighth Challenger title in Pingguo by beating Matthias Bachinger in the final. This result launched him into the world top 100 for the first time in his career, climbing to no. 91. Soeda took part in the 2011 French Open, losing to 12th seed Mikhail Youzhny in the first round. At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, he received entry from a lucky loser spot, but lost to eventual semifinalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

After winning the Wuhai Challenger title, Soeda qualified for the 2011 US Open, losing to Kevin Anderson in the first round. In the Asian swing, Soeda reached his first quarterfinal of an ATP World Tour event at the Thailand Open, beating Karol Beck and Tobias Kamke. His run was ended by Donald Young in straight sets. The following week, he received a wildcard and faced world no. 2 Rafael Nadal in the Japan Open first round, losing in straight sets.[4]

2012: Reaching the top 50Edit

2012 started for Soeda at the Chennai Open, coming through qualifying. He beat Frederico Gil and fifth seed Ivan Dodig respectively to reach the quarterfinal, and he upset defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets.[5] His first semifinal in an ATP event came to an end, losing to top seed Janko Tipsarević in straight sets. Following the tournament, Soeda moved up in rankings to world no. 99 and back into the top 100 for the first time since April 2011. He won three Challenger titles from January to April, at Honolulu, Pingguo, and Kaohsiung. In the 2012 French Open, Soeda was eliminated in first round by Dmitry Tursunov.

In the grass-court season, Soeda reached the second round in the Queen's Club championships. Then he was into the 2012 Wimbledon Championships and advanced to the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time, beating Igor Kunitsyn in straight sets. He was beaten by ninth seed Juan Martín del Potro in four sets. In July, Soeda reached the semifinals of the Atlanta Open, knocking out Xavier Malisse and Igor Kunitsyn on the way. Then he faced his country's no. 1 Kei Nishikori and upset him soundly. This was the first pairing of two players from Japan in an ATP quarterfinal since the Open era began.[6] He eventually lost to Gilles Müller in straight sets. Soeda broke him into world's top 50 for the first time in his career, ranked no.47 after the tournament.

Soeda represented Japan at his maiden Olympics in London 2012.[7] He competed in singles and doubles, partnering Nishikori. In singles, he fell in the first round to Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, and lost to defending champions Swiss pairing of Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round of doubles. In the US Open 2012, Soeda lost in first round to 23rd seed Mardy Fish with two tiebreakers. In the later season, he reached the second round of the Thailand Open and the Stockholm Open.

2013Edit

Soeda began the 2013 season in Chennai, reaching the quarterfinals for the second straight year. He defeated Evgeny Donskoy and Prakash Amritraj in the first two rounds, but he lost to eventual champion Janko Tipsarević. He then participated in the 2013 Australian Open and won over wildcard Luke Saville in the first round, before losing to world no. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Following this event, Soeda successfully defended his title in the Maui Challenger, defeating Mischa Zverev in the final, and he reached the second round in Delray Beach by beating Marinko Matosevic in three sets.

Soeda bounced back from a first-round loss in the 2013 French Open by qualifying for the 2013 Wimbledon Championships without losing a set, and he beat Andreas Haider-Maurer to reach the second round for two consecutive years in this event. He was then defeated by world no. 9 Richard Gasquet in four sets.[8] He managed to qualify for the 2013 US Open, but fell in the first round to Marcos Baghdatis. In the Asian swing, Soeda reached the second round in the Thailand Open, beating fellow qualifier Santiago Giraldo.

2014Edit

Soeda faced world no. 4 and the previous year's finalist Andy Murray in the 2014 Australian Open first round, losing in straight sets.[9] In September, he advanced to the second round in the Malaysian Open, before losing to Marinko Matosevic. Soeda recorded nine semifinal or better results at Challenger events in the year. These included winning the title in Busan, Nanchang, and Toyota. He ended 2014 ranked within the top 100 for the second time in his career.

2015Edit

Soeda started 2015 season by playing in Australia and won through the opening round of the 2015 Australian Open, beating qualifier Elias Ymer. He was beaten by 31st seed Fernando Verdasco in the second round. In Houston, Soeda defeated former world no. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the first round.[10] After winning another Challenger title in Seoul, he was into the main draw at the 2015 French Open and 2015 Wimbledon Championships, but he faced seeded players in the first round, losing to Philipp Kohlschreiber and John Isner. During the American hard-court season, Soeda made it into the quarterfinals in Atlanta, knocking out Alexandr Dolgopolov and fourth seed Adrian Mannarino on the way, but was beaten by Gilles Müller.

Davis CupEdit

Soeda made his Davis Cup debut for Japan in 2005, Asia/Oceania zone group I relegation play-offs against Thailand. He played in the singles rubber and beat Sanchai Ratiwatana in straight sets. To date, Soeda has compiled a 25-12 win/loss record overall (23-10 in singles and 2-2 in doubles). He received the Davis Cup Commitment Award in April 2014.

In the 2012 Davis Cup World Group first round against Croatia, Soeda faced Ivan Dodig in the first singles rubber and defeated him in a 4 hour, 5 minute match.[11] This victory was Japan’s first win in a World Group match (In their previous two World Group matches, Japan lost 0-5). He was beaten by Ivo Karlovic in reverse singles, and Japan lost 2-3. He scored another notable win in the 2013 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs against Colombia. He lost to Santiago Giraldo in five sets, but defeated Alejandro Falla in the deciding rubber to put Japan back in the World Group for 2014.[12]

Playing styleEdit

Soeda is an offensive counterpuncher. Due to his relatively small size (5'10"), Soeda lacks the power and stature to effectively dictate points. Instead, he relies on quickness to retrieve opponent's shots, as well as a relatively flat, penetrating two-handed backhand. As noted by commentator Nick Lester in the BB&T Atlanta Open, Soeda plays a conventional style of tennis, approaching and finishing points at the net when possible.[13]

Singles finalsEdit

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (18–12)
Outcome W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2006 Aptos, United States Hard   Alex Kuznetsov 1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Win 1–1 Aug 2007 Manta, Ecuador Hard   Eduardo Schwank 6–4, 6–2
Loss 1–2 Nov 2007 Brisbane, Australia Hard   Joseph Sirianni 6–1, 0–6, 3–6
Win 2–2 Mar 2008 Kyoto, Japan Carpet (i)   Matthias Bachinger 7–6, 2–6, 6–4
Win 3–2 Apr 2008 Busan, South Korea Hard   Yen-Hsun Lu 6–2, ret.
Win 4–2 May 2008 New Delhi, India Hard   Yen-Hsun Lu 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Loss 4–3 Nov 2008 Yokohama, Japan Hard   Hyung-Taik Lee 5–7, 3–6
Win 5–3 Nov 2008 Toyota, Japan Carpet (i)   Hyung-Taik Lee 6–2, 7–6(9–7)
Win 6–3 Oct 2009 Tiburon, United States Hard   Ilija Bozoljac 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Win 7–3 May 2010 Manta, Ecuador (2) Hard   Ryler DeHeart 7–6(7–5), 6–2
Loss 7–4 May 2010 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass   Ričardas Berankis 4–6, 4–6
Win 8–4 Mar 2011 Pingguo, China Hard   Matthias Bachinger 6–4, 7–5
Win 9–4 Jul 2011 Wuhai, China Hard   Raven Klaasen 7–5, 6–4
Win 10–4 Jan 2012 Honolulu, United States Hard   Robby Ginepri 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Loss 10–5 Mar 2012 Singapore, Singapore Hard   Yen-Hsun Lu 3–6, 4–6
Win 11–5 Mar 2012 Pingguo, China (2) Hard   Malek Jaziri 6–1, 3–6, 7–5
Win 12–5 Apr 2012 Kaohsiung, Taiwan Hard   Tatsuma Ito 6–3, 6–0
Win 13–5 Jan 2013 Honolulu, United States (2) Hard   Mischa Zverev 7–5, 7–5
Loss 13–6 Jul 2013 Beijing, China Hard   Yen-Hsun Lu 2–6, 4–6
Loss 13–7 Nov 2013 Yokohama, Japan (2) Hard   Matthew Ebden 6–2, 6–7(3–7), 3–6
Win 14–7 May 2014 Busan, South Korea (2) Hard   Jimmy Wang 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Win 15–7 Jun 2014 Nanchang, China Hard   Blaž Kavčič 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(7–3)
Win 16–7 Nov 2014 Toyota, Japan (2) Carpet (i)   Tatusma Ito 6–4, 7–5
Win 17–7 May 2015 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Chung Hyeon 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Loss 17–8 Nov 2015 Yokohama, Japan (3) Hard   Taro Daniel 6–4, 3–6, 3–6
Loss 17–9 Jan 2016 Bangkok, Thailand Hard   Mikhail Youzhny 3–6, 4–6
Win 18–9 Jul 2016 Winnipeg, Canada Hard   Blaž Kavčič 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–2
Loss 18–10 Sep 2016 Bangkok, Thailand Hard   Blaž Kavčič 0–6, 0–1 (ret)
Loss 18–11 Oct 2016 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Hard   Jordan Thompson 7–5, 5–7, 1–6
Loss 18–12 May 2017 Busan, South Korea Hard   Vasek Pospisil 1–6, 2–6

Performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q2 2R 1R 2R Q2 1R Q3 2–5
French Open A A A A 1R 1R 1R Q1 1R Q1 A 0–4
Wimbledon Q3 Q2 Q2 1R 1R 2R 2R Q1 1R Q2 Q2 2–5
US Open Q3 Q1 Q1 Q1 1R 1R 1R Q1 Q1 Q2 Q3 0–3
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–3 1–3 2–4 0–1 1–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 4–17
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Year-end Ranking 206 114 238 120 120 60 103 100 132 126 150

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 1–1
French Open 2R A 1–1
Wimbledon A A 0–0
US Open 1R A 0–1
Win–Loss 1–2 1–1 2–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b ATP World Tour Profile
  2. ^ 添田豪 公式ブログ – Go! Soeda! - (2010-01-05). "新年!!". Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  3. ^ ITF Juniors Profile
  4. ^ "Nadal charges through in purple haze". Reuters. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Soeda upsets Wawrinka in Chennai quarters". TENNIS.com. Retrieved 26 October 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Soeda tops Japanese teammate Nishikori in Atlanta". CBS Sports. Retrieved 26 October 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "ITF announces entries for Olympic Tennis Event" (PDF).
  8. ^ "RICHARD GASQUET FINDS HIS RANGE TO EASE PAST SOEDA". Wimbledon.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "Andy Murray beats Go Soeda in Australian Open first round". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Go Soeda rallies to beat Lleyton Hewitt at Houston Open". ESPN. Retrieved 18 September 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ "Game of two halves in Japan". Davis Cup. Retrieved 11 October 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  12. ^ "Soeda seals Japan's place back in top flight". Davis Cup. Retrieved 20 October 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1_XXTqwpHY

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