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Grega Žemlja (born 29 September 1986) is a retired Slovenian tennis player. He has won five singles titles and one doubles title on the ATP Challenger Tour. In 2012, he reached the third round of the US Open, the first Slovenian male player ever to reach that stage in a Grand Slam tournament. He is also the first Slovenian ATP player who in 2013 reached third round at Wimbledon. He reached his highest ATP ranking of World No. 43 in singles in May 2013, becoming the first Slovene ATP player to reach the top 50. Žemlja also became the first Slovene player earning over 1 million US dollars in prize money, and he is the highest-paid Slovene player in history. He represents his country as a member of Slovenia Davis Cup team.

Grega Žemlja
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Country (sports) Slovenia
ResidenceKranj, Slovenia
Born (1986-09-29) 29 September 1986 (age 33)
Jesenice, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2004
Retired2017
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachŽiga Janškovec
Prize money$1,242,858
Official websitegrega-zemlja.com
Singles
Career record49–52
Career titles0
6 Challengers, 11 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 43 (15 July 2013)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2010, 2011, 2013)
French Open2R (2010, 2013)
Wimbledon3R (2013)
US Open3R (2012)
Doubles
Career record15–24
Career titles0
1 Challenger, 3 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 252 (21 November 2011)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2013)
French Open2R (2013)
Wimbledon1R (2013)
US Open1R (2013)
Last updated on: 21 August 2018.
Zemlja, 2013

Tennis careerEdit

2009Edit

2009 was Žemlja's first year at the main draw on the ATP Tour. For the first time in his career he qualified for the main draw of Wimbledon where he lost in first round against Albert Montañés. He was the second Slovenian male player ever to play in the main draw of the Grand Slam tournament.

2010Edit

For the first time in his career he qualified for the main draw of the Australian Open where he lost in first round against Benjamin Becker. He became the first ever Slovenian male player to play in the main draw of Australian Open.

Žemlja qualified for the 2010 French Open and scored a major upset over the #26 seed Juan Mónaco 7–6(8–6), 3–6, 7–5, 6–3, in his first ever Grand Slam victory. He became the first Slovenian male player to win a single match in the Grand Slam tournament. He also became the first Slovenian male player to perform in three different Grand Slam tournaments on three different surfaces.

For the first time in his career he participated in the ATP World Tour 500 series tournament at 2010 Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C. where he lost the second round match against Andy Roddick.

Together with Slovenia Davis Cup Team he won the 2010 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II, ensuring Slovenia to advance to Europe/Africa Zone Group I.

2011Edit

For the second consecutive year, he qualified for the main draw of Australian Open where he lost the first round match against Marcos Baghdatis in five sets.

As a lucky loser, he also qualified for the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. He became the first Slovenian male player to win a single match in the main draw of Wimbledon, but lost his second round match against Gaël Monfils.

2012Edit

He played at 2012 Qatar Open in Doha and lost 2–6, 3–6 against Roger Federer in second round.

He received a wild card to participate in the 2012 Wimbledon Championships,[1] where he lost the second round match against Fernando Verdasco.

On August 6, 2012 he entered the top 100 of the ATP Rankings.

For the first time in his career he qualified for the main draw of the US Open. Beating Ricardo Mello and Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in first two rounds, he became the first Slovenian male player ever to reach the third round of the Grand Slam tournament. In the third round[2] he lost against Janko Tipsarević.

At 2012 Erste Bank Open tournament in Vienna, Austria, he reached his and Slovenian first male historic ATP Final,[3] where he lost 5-7, 3-6 to Juan Martín del Potro. With that result he became the first Slovenian male tennis player to reach TOP 50 on ATP rankings.

2013Edit

At 2013 Australian Open for the first time he directly entered Grand Slam tournament. He lost 6–7(6–8), 6–7(5–7), 0-1 retiring in 1st round against Marcel Granollers. He also played his first Men's Doubles Grand Slam tournament.

He played against Roger Federer for the second time in his career in Rotterdam at 2013 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament of ATP 500 series. He lost 3-6, 1-6 in 1st round.

For the first time in his career he played in main draw of ATP 1000 Masters series at 2013 Miami Masters. As a first Slovenian he reached 3R and lost 4-6, 4-6 against Gilles Simon.

At 2013 French Open he reached second round where he lost 1-6, 7-5, 1-6, 4-6 against Kei Nishikori. In Men's Doubles partnering Aljaž Bedene they lost 5-7, 1-6 against Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi/Jean-Julien Rojer in 2nd round. This is the first historic win in 1st round of Grand Slam Slovenian Men's Doubles and first Slovene Men's Doubles performance in Rolland Garros.

At 2013 Wimbledon Championships, he beat Michael Russell and 29th seed Grigor Dimitrov, becoming the first Slovene player in the third round of Wimbledon, where he lost in straight sets to Juan Martín del Potro. Partnering Aljaž Bedene in the first round of men's doubles they lost against Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana. This was the first Slovene men's doubles team at Wimbledon.

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Legend (Singles)
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 (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2012 Vienna Open, Austria 250 Series Hard (i)   Juan Martín del Potro 5–7, 3–6

Davis CupEdit

Singles performances (18–10)Edit

Edition Round Date Against Surface Opponent Result Outcome
2005 Europe/Africa Zone Group II 1R 3-04-2005   Ivory Coast Hard (I)   Valentin Sanon 6–4, 6–4, 7–5 Win
QF 7-15-2005   Latvia Clay   Ernests Gulbis 5–7, 6–3, 6–1, 6–4 Win
SF 9-25-2005   Portugal Clay   Rui Machado 3–6, 3–6, 6–2, 4–6 Loss
2006 Europe/Africa Zone Group II 1R 4-07-2006   Algeria Clay   Slimane Saoudi 7–5, 6–2 Win
4-09-2006   Lamine Ouahab 3–6, 6–2, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6 Loss
RPO 7-21-2006   Ireland Grass   Kevin Sorensen 6–2, 7–5, 6–1 Win
7-23-2006   Conor Niland 6–4, 6–2 Win
2007 Europe/Africa Zone Group II 1R 4-06-2007   Estonia Carpet (I)   Jürgen Zopp 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–3), 6–3 Win
4-08-2007   Mait Kunnap 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 6–7(2–7), 6–3 Win
QF 7-22-2007   Morocco Hard   Younes El Aynaoui 6–7(2–7), 2–6, 4–6 Loss
2008 Europe/Africa Zone Group II RPO 7-18-2008   Tunisia Clay   Malek Jaziri 3–6, 6–1, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 Win
2009 Europe/Africa Zone Group II 1R 3-06-2009   Egypt Carpet (I)   Sherif Sabry 7–5, 7–6(8–6), 6–2 Win
QF 7-10-2009   Lithuania Clay   Ričardas Berankis 6–1, 6–4, 6–3 Win
7-12-2009   Dovydas Sakinis 6–4, 2–6, 6–1 Win
SF 9-18-2009   Latvia Carpet (I)   Andis Juška 6–1, 6–1, 6–4 Win
9-20-2009   Ernests Gulbis 2–6, 6–3, 3–6, 5–7 Loss
2010 Europe/Africa Zone Group II 1R 3-05-2010   Norway Hard (I)   Erling Tveit 6–2, 6–2, 7–6(7–2) Win
QF 7-09-2010   Bulgaria Clay   Todor Enev 6–2, 6–1 Win
SF 9-17-2010   Lithuania Hard (I)   Ričardas Berankis 7–6(7–2), 6–4, 6–3 Win
9-19-2010   Laurynas Grigelis 6–3, 7–6(7–4), 6–3 Win
2011 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R 3-04-2011   Finland Clay (I)   Jarkko Nieminen 6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 3–6 Loss
3-06-2011   Micke Kontinen 2–6, 6–3, 6–3, 6–3 Win
2R 7-08-2011   Italy Clay   Fabio Fognini 6–1, 4–6, 4–6, 4–6 Loss
7-10-2011   Simone Bolelli 5–7, 3–6 Loss
2012 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R 2-10-2012   Denmark Hard (I)   Kristian Pless 6–0, 6–1, 6–4 Win
2R 4-06-2012   South Africa Hard   Izak van der Merwe 1–6, 6–3, 3–6, 4–6 Loss
2013 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R 1-02-2013   Poland Hard (I)   Łukasz Kubot 3-6, 2-6, 0-6 Loss
3-02-2013   Jerzy Janowicz 6–7(4–7), 3–6, 3–6 Loss

Doubles performances (11–8)Edit

Edition Round Date Partnering Against Surface Opponents Result Outcome
2005 Europe/Africa Zone Group II 1R 3-05-2005   Rok Jarc   Ivory Coast Hard (I)   Claude N'Goran
  Valentin Sanon
6–2, 6–2 ret. Win
SF 9-24-2005   Portugal Clay   Frederico Gil
  Leonardo Tavares
4–6, 2–6, 4–6 Loss
2006 Europe/Africa Zone Group II 1R 4-08-2006   Rok Jarc   Algeria Clay   Lamine Ouahab
  Slimane Saoudi
2–6, 2–6, 4–6 Loss
RPO 7-22-2006   Luka Gregorc   Ireland Grass   James Cluskey
  Stephen Nugent
6–7(7–9), 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 7–5 Win
2007 Europe/Africa Zone Group II 1R 4-07-2007   Luka Gregorc   Estonia Clay (I)   Mait Kunnap
  Jürgen Zopp
2–6, 6–3, 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 4–6 Loss
QF 7-21-2007   Morocco Hard   Reda El Amrani
  Younes El Aynaoui
6–7(2–7), 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 Win
2008 Europe/Africa Zone Group II 1R 4-12-2008   Marko Tkalec   Cyprus Hard   Marcos Baghdatis
  Photos Kallias
6–7(4–7), 6–4, 2–6, 6–4, 1–6 Loss
RPO 7-19-2008   Luka Gregorc   Tunisia Clay   Haithem Abid
  Malek Jaziri
6–3, 5–7, 6–7(5–7), 5–7 Loss
2009 Europe/Africa Zone Group II 1R 3-07-2009   Marko Tkalec   Egypt Carpet (I)   Karim Maamoun
  Sherif Sabry
6–2, 6–3, 6–3 Win
QF 7-19-2009   Andrej Kračman   Lithuania Clay   Ričardas Berankis
  Vadim Pinko
7–6(7–2), 6–3, 6–3 Win
SF 9-19-2009   Luka Gregorc   Latvia Carpet (I)   Ernests Gulbis
  Deniss Pavlovs
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–2, 2–6, 6–4 Win
2010 Europe/Africa Zone Group II 1R 3-06-2010   Luka Gregorc   Norway Hard (I)   Erling Tveit
  Stian Boretti
7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–5), 7–5 Win
QF 7-10-2010   Bulgaria Clay   Grigor Dimitrov
  Ivaylo Traykov
6–7(3–7), 7–6(7–2), 7–6(14–12), 6–3 Win
SF 9-18-2010   Lithuania Hard (I)   Ričardas Berankis
  Laurynas Grigelis
7–5, 6–4, 1–6, 3–6, 3–6 Loss
2011 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R 3-05-2011   Luka Gregorc   Finland Clay (I)   Harri Heliovaara
  Jarkko Nieminen
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–4, 7–5 Win
2R 7-09-2011   Blaž Kavčič   Italy Clay   Simone Bolelli
  Daniele Bracciali
6–7, 6–7, 2–6 Loss
2012 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R 2-11-2012   Blaž Kavčič   Denmark Hard (I)   Thomas Kromann
  Frederik Nielsen
6–4, 6–7, 6–4, 7–5 Win
2R 4-07-2012   Blaž Kavčič   South Africa Hard   Raven Klaasen
  Izak van der Merwe
7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7), 1–6, 4–6 Loss
2013 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 1R 2-02-2012   Blaž Kavčič   Poland Hard (I)   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
6–3, 2–6, 6–2, 4–6, 13-11 Win

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A LQ 1R 1R LQ 1R A A LQ LQ 0–3
French Open A A A A LQ 2R LQ LQ 2R LQ A LQ LQ 2–2
Wimbledon A A A A 1R LQ 2R 2R 3R LQ A LQ LQ 4–4
US Open A A LQ A LQ LQ LQ 3R 1R A A LQ A 2–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–2 3–2 3–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 8–11
Statistics
Overall Win–Loss 2–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 4–3 7–4 2–6 11–8 13–21 0–1 1–2 1–3 2–1 49–52
Win % 67% 75% 67% 100% 57% 64% 25% 58% 38% 0% 33% 25% 66% 48%
Year End Ranking 335 340 323 267 175 142 116 55 121 872 174 155 570 N/A

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Melanie Oudin receives wild card into Wimbledon". Yahoo! News. Associated Press. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Janko Tipsarevic topples Grega Zemlja in the third round – US Open 2012". bettor.com. 2012-09-02. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
  3. ^ "Del Potro beats Zemlja to win 12th title at Vienna". bigstory.ap.org. 2012-10-22.

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