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Horacio Zeballos Jr. (Spanish pronunciation: [oˈɾasjo seˈβaʝos]; born 27 April 1985) is an Argentine professional tennis player on the men's circuit. His career-high singles ranking is world no. 39. His highest doubles ranking to date has been world no. 18, in April 2019. He has played most of his tennis in Challenger events. He qualified for the US Open and defeated Michael Berrer in the first round for his first win at Grand Slam level, before losing to Tomáš Berdych in four sets in the second round.
|Residence||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Born||27 April 1985|
Mar del Plata, Argentina
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Plays||Left-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 39 (4 March 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 295 (1 April 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2010, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018)|
|French Open||4R (2017)|
|US Open||2R (2009, 2016)|
|Highest ranking||No. 18 (1 April 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 18 (1 April 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2019)|
|French Open||SF (2013)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2010, 2017, 2018)|
|US Open||SF (2010)|
|Last updated on: 1 April 2019.|
He reached the final in the St. Petersburg Open in Russia, losing to Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky. He also reached the doubles final at the Movistar Open in Santiago in 2010, partnered with Potito Starace. They lost to top seeds, Łukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach. He then won the title in doubles at the Copa Telmex with Sebastián Prieto. Zeballos won the 2009 ATP Newcomer of the Year award on 17 February 2010.
Zeballos won his first pro title in 2013 at the VTR Open in Chile on 10 February. In the final, he beat Rafael Nadal, becoming one of only four players (with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray) to beat the former world no. 1 in a clay-court final.
Zeballos is an Argentine of Spanish descent. He enjoys music, ping-pong, and swimming. His father is also named Horacio Zeballos, and his mother is named Carolina. He has one sister, Carolina Jr. His favorite surface is clay, and he was coached by Alejandro Lombardo until 22 March 2012.
Zeballos has competed primarily on the ATP Challenger Tour, where he has won five singles titles and six doubles titles.
2009: First ATP Singles FinalEdit
He reached his first ATP Tour final at the St. Petersburg Open, defeating Yuri Schukin, Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr., Ernests Gulbis and Igor Kunitsyn before falling in the final to Stakhovsky in a third-set tiebreak.
2010: First ATP Doubles TitleEdit
Zeballos started the singles season in a slump, falling in the first round four times. He lost to countryman Juan Mónaco in Auckland and German Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Australian Open, before losing in three sets after taking the opener against Łukasz Kubot in Santiago. He retired in the second set when already a set down against Spain's Marcel Granollers in his first clay match of the year in Brazil. Horacio, though, had an excellent start to the doubles season. In his first tournament, the Heineken Open, Zeballos and Rogier Wassen defeated world no. 1 team Bob and Mike Bryan. Zeballos then reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open with countryman Leonardo Mayer, and reached the final at the Movistar Open with Italian Potito Starace. Zeballos then turned to the clay in the Copa Telmex in Argentina, where in the first round, he defeated countryman and former French Open champion Gastón Gaudio. It was Zeballos' first ATP singles win since he reached the final in St. Petersburg. Zeballos next defeated former world no. 1 Carlos Moyá and reached his first ATP quarterfinal since October, where he then lost to countryman Juan Mónaco. In doubles, Zeballos and countryman Sebastián Prieto were the fourth seeds and won the title against Simon Greul and Peter Luczak. It was Zeballos' first career ATP title. The next week, at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Zeballos lost in the first round to Łukasz Kubot. He made it to the doubles semifinals, partnered with Mónaco, when Mónaco withdrew.
Zeballos then was selected for the Argentine Davis Cup team for the first time. He played doubles with David Nalbandian against the Swedish pair of Robert Lindstedt and Robin Söderling. They won in straight sets. Next, Zeballos played the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Zeballos lost to Ricardo Mello. Then, he redeemed himself by winning his first-round match at the Sony Ericsson Open against Andreas Seppi. After that, Zeballos reached a career milestone as he defeated his first-ever top-25 player, 24th ranked Gilles Simon in the second round. He then lost in the third round to eventual finalist Tomáš Berdych.
His next tournament was the US Men's Clay Court Championships. He defeated Taylor Dent in the first round and then Israeli Dudi Sela. He then defeated world no. 11, Fernando González, for his first top-15 win and the biggest one of his career. He then faced eventual champion Juan Ignacio Chela in the semifinals, where he lost in straight sets.
At the Monte Carlo Masters he lost in the first round in straight sets to Spain's Tommy Robredo and in the Barcelona Open to Pablo Cuevas. He then lost to John Isner in Rome, but defeated Peter Polansky in Belgrade in his next match. In the second round of the Serbia Open, he lost to Filip Krajinović. However, he beat new rival Krajinovic in the ARAG World Team Cup, where Argentina won in the title when Zeballos defeated American Robby Ginepri in the second rubber of the final. In the first round of the French Open, Zeballos defeated qualifier Martin Fischer. He lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the second round. At Wimbledon, Horacio lost to Lu Yen-hsun in the first round, but in doubles with partner Leonardo Mayer, defeated fifth seeded pair of Łukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach. Horacio later won a Davis Cup doubles rubber with Eduardo Schwank, and Argentina went into the semifinal.
Horacio next played the Atlanta Tennis Championships. He was fourth seed and received a bye into the second round, where he lost to Taylor Dent. He then lost in Los Angeles, won one match in Washington, and lost in New Haven to Máximo González. At the US Open, Horacio recorded the biggest win of his career. In singles, he lost to Igor Andreev. In doubles, with Eduardo Schwank, he won the first round and in the second round, came back from serving 2–4, 15–40 in a third set to win in a tiebreak against the world no. 4 team, Max Mirnyi and Mahesh Bhupathi. They then defeated Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecău for Horacio to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. They defeated Kubot and Marach to get to the semifinals. Their great run was ended there, losing to Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.
Horacio then went to play two tournaments in France, the first being Davis Cup. In Argentina's loss to France, he and Schwank lost to Michaël Llodra and Arnaud Clément. Horacio next made his Davis Cup singles debut against Clement. He lost the match. A month later, Horacio played in Moscow, Russia. He made it to the quarterfinals, with a great upset of Janko Tipsarević on the way. After losing in St. Petersburg, Horacio made his way back to the Challenger tour. In his first three tournaments, he made two quarterfinals and lost in the second round of the Copa Topper to countryman Juan Pablo Brzezicki.
Horacio started the season playing Challengers. First, in São Paulo, he beat Júlio Silva, before falling to 448th ranked qualifier Rafael Camilo. He rebounded in Bucaramanga by beating veteran Iván Navarro in the first round, before losing to Moroccan Reda El Amrani in the second.
His victories were good enough to maintain his ranking of 108, and to get into the main draw of the Movistar Open in Santiago. Horacio beat qualifier Ricardo Hocevar in the first round, before taking on David Nalbandian in the second.
Zeballos played mostly on the Challenger circuit in singles. He did not make it past the second round in any ATP events. He had more success in doubles. He made it to the semifinals in Viña de Mar and Buenos Aires. At Roland Garros, he and partner Oliver Marach made it to the quarterfinals, where they were beaten by the Bryan brothers. He partnered with João Souza in Båstad and again reached the quarterfinals.
2013: First ATP Singles TitleEdit
Zeballos won his first ever ATP singles title at Viña del Mar, where he defeated Rafael Nadal in three sets in his comeback tournament. This victory made made Zeballos one of the only four players who had ever beaten Nadal in a final on clay (Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray).
Zeballos' first match in the 2017 Australian Open was a 5-hour and 15 minute loss to Ivo Karlović, the second longest match by time at the Australian Open in the Open Era.
At Roland Garros, he had his best ever performance at a Grand Slam, reaching the fourth round. He was beaten by 6th seed Dominic Thiem in straight sets.
2019: First ATP Masters 1000 Doubles TitleEdit
Zeballos won his maiden ATP Masters 1000 Doubles Title at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open with Nikola Mektić. They defeated 6th seed Łukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the final. Zeballos became the first ATP Masters doubles champion from Argentina since 1997 after Luis Lobo at the Hanburg Masters.
Masters 1000 finalsEdit
Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||2019||Indian Wells Masters||Hard||Nikola Mektić|| Łukasz Kubot
|4–6, 6–4, [10–3]|
ATP career finalsEdit
Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Nov 2009||St. Petersburg Open, Russia||250 Series||Hard (i)||Sergiy Stakhovsky||6–2, 6–7(8–10), 6–7(7–9)|
|Win||1–1||Feb 2013||Chile Open, Chile||250 Series||Clay||Rafael Nadal||6–7(2–7), 7–6(8–6), 6–4|
Doubles: 20 (12 titles, 8 runner-ups)Edit
|Win||1–0||Feb 2010||Argentina Open, Argentina||250 Series||Clay||Sebastián Prieto|| Simon Greul
|Loss||1–1||Feb 2010||Chile Open, Chile||250 Series||Clay||Potito Starace|| Łukasz Kubot
|Win||2–1||May 2011||Bavarian Championships, Germany||250 Series||Clay||Simone Bolelli|| Andreas Beck
|Loss||2–2||Sep 2013||Malaysian Open, Malaysia||250 Series||Hard (i)||Pablo Cuevas|| Eric Butorac
|Loss||2–3||Feb 2014||Argentina Open, Argentina||250 Series||Clay||Pablo Cuevas|| Marcel Granollers
|Win||3–3||Feb 2016||Brasil Open, Brazil||250 Series||Clay||Julio Peralta|| Pablo Carreño Busta
|4–6, 6–1, [10–5]|
|Win||4–3||Jul 2016||Swiss Open, Switzerland||250 Series||Clay||Julio Peralta|| Mate Pavić
|Win||5–3||Aug 2016||Atlanta Open, United States||250 Series||Hard||Andrés Molteni|| Johan Brunström
|Win||6–3||Sep 2016||Moselle Open, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Julio Peralta|| Mate Pavić
|Loss||6–4||Feb 2017||Ecuador Open, Ecuador||250 Series||Clay||Julio Peralta|| James Cerretani
|3–6, 1–2 ret.|
|Win||7–4||Apr 2017||U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, United States||250 Series||Clay||Julio Peralta|| Dustin Brown
|4–6, 7–5, [10–6]|
|Loss||7–5||Aug 2017||Winston-Salem Open, United States||250 Series||Hard||Julio Peralta|| Jean-Julien Rojer
|Loss||7–6||Sep 2017||St. Petersburg Open, Russia||250 Series||Hard (i)||Julio Peralta|| Roman Jebavý
|Loss||7–7||Jan 2018||Brisbane International, Australia||250 Series||Hard||Leonardo Mayer|| Henri Kontinen
|6–3, 3–6, [2–10]|
|Win||8–7||Feb 2018||Argentina Open (2), Argentina||250 Series||Clay||Andrés Molteni|| Juan Sebastián Cabal
|6–3, 5–7, [10–3]|
|Win||9–7||Jul 2018||Swedish Open, Sweden||250 Series||Clay||Julio Peralta|| Simone Bolelli
|Win||10–7||Jul 2018||German Open, Germany||500 Series||Clay||Julio Peralta|| Oliver Marach
|6–1, 4–6, [10–6]|
|Loss||10–8||Feb 2019||Córdoba Open, Argentina||250 Series||Clay||Máximo González|| Roman Jebavý
|Win||11–8||Feb 2019||Argentina Open (3), Argentina||250 Series||Clay||Máximo González|| Diego Schwartzman
|Win||12–8||Mar 2019||Indian Wells Masters, United States||Masters 1000||Hard||Nikola Mektić|| Łukasz Kubot
|4–6, 6–4, [10–3]|
Challenger finals: 21 (12–9)Edit
|Winner||1.||22 June 2008||Recanati, Italy||Hard||Grega Žemlja||6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1.||28 September 2008||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Marcos Daniel||4–6, 6–4, 4–6|
|Winner||2.||1 February 2009||Bucaramanga, Colombia||Clay||Carlos Salamanca||7–5, 6–2|
|Winner||3.||22 March 2009||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Santiago González||7–6(7–3), 6–0|
|Runner-up||2.||3 May 2009||Pereira, Colombia||Clay||Alejandro Falla||4–6, 6–4, 2–6|
|Runner-up||3.||19 July 2009||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Marcos Daniel||6–4, 6–7(5–7), 4–6|
|Winner||4.||26 July 2009||Manta, Ecuador||Hard||Vincent Millot||3–6, 7–5, 6–3|
|Winner||5.||9 August 2009||Campos do Jordão, Brazil||Clay||Thiago Alves||6–7(7–4), 6–4, 6–3|
|Runner-up||4.||20 September 2009||Cali, Colombia||Clay||Alejandro Falla||4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||6.||4 October 2009||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Gastón Gaudio||6–2, 3–6, 6–3|
|Runner-up||5.||6 March 2011||Salinas, Ecuador||Hard||Andrés Molteni||5–7 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||6.||15 May 2011||Bordeaux, France||Clay||Marc Gicquel||2–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||7.||1 April 2012||Barranquilla, Colombia||Clay||Alejandro Falla||4–6, 1–6|
|Winner||7.||13 May 2012||Prague, Czech Republic||Clay||Martin Kližan||1–6, 6–4, 7–6(8–6)|
|Winner||8.||4 November 2012||Montevideo, Uruguay||Clay||Julian Reister||6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||9.||11 November 2012||São Leopoldo, Brazil||Clay||Paul Capdeville||3–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–2)|
|Winner||10.||6 January 2013||São Paulo, Brazil||Hard||Rogério Dutra da Silva||7–6(7–5), 6–2>|
|Runner-up||8.||15 July 2014||Svijany, Czech Republic||Clay||Andrej Martin||6–1, 1–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||9.||22 May 2016||Mestre, Italy||Clay||Gastao Elias||6–7, 2–6|
|Winner||11.||19 June 2016||Poprad, Slovakia||Clay||Gerald Melzer||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||12.||9 July 2016||Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Roberto Carballés Baena||6–3, 6–4|
Singles performance timelineEdit
Current through 2018 Shanghai Masters.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
Doubles performance timelineEdit
Current through the 2019 Australian Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
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- "Tennis: Nadal denied title in comeback tournament", Global Post, 10 February 2013.
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