Juan Sebastián Cabal

Juan Sebastián Cabal Valdés (Spanish pronunciation: [xwan seβasˈtjaŋ kaˈβal];[a] born 25 April 1986)[1] is a Colombian professional tennis player who is a former world No. 1 in doubles.

Juan Sebastián Cabal
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Cabal at the 2021 French Open
Full nameJuan Sebastián Cabal Valdés
Country (sports) Colombia
ResidencePanama City, Panama
Born (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 35)
Cali, Colombia[1]
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJeff Coetzee
Prize moneyUS$4,470,211
Singles
Career record7–4 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 184 (28 February 2011)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ1 (2011, 2012)
French OpenQ2 (2011)
WimbledonQ1 (2011)
US OpenQ1 (2010, 2011)
Doubles
Career record348–210 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles19
Highest rankingNo. 1 (15 July 2019)
Current rankingNo. 13 (13 September 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2018)
French OpenF (2011)
WimbledonW (2019)
US OpenW (2019)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (2018, 2019)
Olympic GamesQF (2021)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2017)
French OpenSF (2021)
WimbledonQF (2016)
US OpenQF (2015, 2017)
Last updated on: 13 September 2021.

He reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 184 in February 2011, but has achieved most of his success in doubles. Cabal is a three-time Grand Slam Champion, having won both the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open in 2019 in men's doubles, alongside compatriot Robert Farah, as well as the 2017 Australian Open in mixed doubles with Abigail Spears. He also finished runner-up in men's doubles at the 2011 French Open, partnering Eduardo Schwank, and the 2018 Australian Open with Farah.

Cabal has won 19 doubles titles on the ATP Tour, including two at Masters 1000 level, and became world No. 1 in doubles for the first time on 15 July 2019. He has spent a total of 29 weeks at the top of the doubles rankings, and he and Farah were the 2019 ATP Doubles Team of the year. Cabal has represented Colombia in the Davis Cup since 2008, as well as at the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.

Professional careerEdit

2011: ATP, Grand Slam debut and final, New partnership with Farah, Top 25 year-end rankingEdit

2011 is considered as Cabal ATP and Grand Slam debut, and also considered the best year for his doubles performance at the 2011 French Open with Argentine Eduardo Schwank making history for Colombian tennis, as they defeated the No. 1 ranked pair in the semifinals, brothers Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan, 7–6(4), 6–3 and then lost the final to Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi.

In his second Gram Slam tournament, the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, he debuted in the first round with fellow countryman Robert Farah. They defeated the 4th seeded pair at the tournament, consisting of Pakistani Aisam Qureshi (8 in the world) and India's Rohan Bopanna (9 in the world), 2–6, 6–2 and 21–19. In the second round, they lost in three sets to the couple formed by American Michael Russell and Mikhail Kukushkin Kazakhstan, 6–4, 6–2, 6–3. He finished 2011 ranked No. 25 in the world largely thanks to his French Open run.

2013: First ATP final with FarahEdit

In the 2013 Australian Open, he partnered again with Robert Farah and reached the quarterfinals. In 2013, they also reached the final at the ATP250 2013 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur. He finished the year ranked No. 43 in the world.

2014: First two ATP titles, seventh finalEdit

In 2014, Cabal and Farah reached six ATP finals, winning titles at the ATP500 2014 Rio Open and the ATP250 2014 Winston-Salem Open. They also reached the final of the ATP1000 event in Miami where they lost to Bob and Mike Bryan. He also reached a seventh final in his home country's ATP250 event, the 2014 Claro Open Colombia in Bogota with compatriot Nicolás Barrientos. He finished the year ranked No. 22 in the world.

2015: Two more ATP 250 titles, Top 20 debutEdit

In 2015, Cabal and Farah added a further two titles winning the 2015 Brasil Open and the 2015 Geneva Open and reaching another three finals. In February he reached a career-high ranking of No. 18 in the world. In Grand Slam events the pair struggled reaching the second round in Australia, Wimbledon and the US, and losing in the 1st round at the French Open. He finished the year ranked No. 25 in the world.

2016: Four ATP titlesEdit

2016 was the pair's most successful year in terms of the number of titles, winning four. At the 2016 Australian Open, they had their best Grand Slam result of the year, reaching the third round. In February they won two events in South America, the 2016 Argentina Open in Buenos Aires and the 2016 Rio Open. In May they reached the final in 2016 BMW Open in Munich, and then won the ATP250 event in Nice for a second time in their career. They finished the season by winning the 2016 Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Cabal finished the season ranked No. 30 in the world.

2017: Two more ATP 250 titlesEdit

In 2017, Cabal and Farah started the year by once again reaching the third round at the 2017 Australian Open. They returned to South America, defending their title at the 2017 Argentina Open and reaching the final again in Rio. They then won the ATP250 event in Munich. He then reached his first Grand Slam semifinal since 2011 at the 2017 French Open with Farah, where they lost to Michael Venus and Ryan Harrison.

2018: Australian Open final, First Masters 1000 title, Top 10 debutEdit

In May 2018, at the 2018 Italian Open, Cabal and Farah won their first Masters 1000 title against Pablo Carreño Busta and João Sousa. With the win, Cabal reached the top 10 for the first time in his career.

2019: Two Grand Slam doubles titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, World No. 1Edit

In 2019, the most successful year for Cabal and Farah, they won their first ever grand slam men's doubles title at Wimbledon in 2019, defeating Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Édouard Roger-Vasselin in a thrilling 5 set match that required 4 tie-break sets; this victory helped Farah and Cabal to both ascend to world No. 1 in the week following the conclusion of the Championships.[2]

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS P NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

DoublesEdit

Current through the 2021 US Open.

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 2R QF 1R 2R 3R 3R F 1R 2R 2R 0 / 10 16–10
French Open A A A F 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R SF QF SF SF SF 0 / 11 28–11
Wimbledon A A A 3R 1R 3R 3R 2R 2R 2R 3R W NH QF 1 / 10 20–9
US Open A A A 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R SF W 2R 1R 1 / 11 16–10
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 8–3 3–4 7–4 3–4 3–4 3–4 9–4 14–4 16–2 6–3 8–4 2 / 42 79–40
Year-end championship
ATP Finals Did not qualify SF SF DNQ 0 / 2 3–5
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A 1R 2R A 2R 1R A 1R QF NH 0 / 6 4–6
Miami Open A A A A QF 1R F 2R A 1R 1R 2R NH 2R 0 / 8 10–8
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A 2R A 2R 1R SF A QF 2R NH SF 0 / 7 10–7
Madrid Open A A A A 2R A SF QF 1R 2R SF 1R NH 2R 0 / 8 9–8
Italian Open A A A A 2R A 1R QF 1R A W W 2R 1R 2 / 8 13–6
Canadian Open A A A A A A 1R A A 2R 2R 1R NH QF 0 / 5 2–5
Cincinnati Masters A A A SF 2R A 2R 2R A 2R F F 1R SF 0 / 9 15–9
Shanghai Masters NH A A A A A QF QF 2R 2R SF QF NH 0 / 6 10–6
Paris Masters A A A A A A 2R 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R A 0 / 6 4–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 6–6 1–2 12–8 10–8 4–6 5–6 13–8 16–8 1–2 6–6 2 / 63 77–61
National representation
Summer Olympics A Not Held 1R Not Held 2R Not Held QF 0 / 3 3–3
Davis Cup Z1 Z1 Z1 Z1 Z1 PO PO PO Z1 PO PO RR QR 0 / 1 13–9
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 0 / 3 14–11
Career statistics
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 3 1 5 0 2 19
Finals 0 0 0 1 1 1 7 5 5 6 4 7 2 3 42
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 0–1 12–5 24–22 21–21 42–26 39–25 32–21 43–20 39–23 51–20 13–9 31–16 348–210
Year-end ranking 194 221 142 25 46 43 22 25 30 23 5 1 2 62.37%

Mixed doublesEdit

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R A QF 1R W QF QF 1R 1R 1 / 9 11–8
French Open A 1R QF 2R 1R 1R 2R QF 1R NH SF 0 / 9 8–8
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R QF 3R QF A NH A 0 / 8 8–8
US Open A A A 1R QF 1R QF 2R A NH A 0 / 5 5–5
Win–Loss 0–1 0–3 2–3 1–3 5–4 3–4 9–3 8–4 2–2 0–1 2–1 1 / 31 32–29

Major finalsEdit

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2011 French Open Clay   Eduardo Schwank   Max Mirnyi
  Daniel Nestor
6–7(3–7), 6–3, 4–6
Loss 2018 Australian Open Hard   Robert Farah   Oliver Marach
  Mate Pavić
4–6, 4–6
Win 2019 Wimbledon Grass   Robert Farah   Nicolas Mahut
  Édouard Roger-Vasselin
6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 7–6(8–6), 6–7(5–7), 6–3
Win 2019 US Open Hard   Robert Farah   Marcel Granollers
  Horacio Zeballos
6–4, 7–5

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2017 Australian Open Hard   Abigail Spears   Ivan Dodig
  Sania Mirza
6–2, 6–4

Masters 1000 finalsEdit

Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2014 Miami Open Hard   Robert Farah   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–7(8–10), 4–6
Win 2018 Italian Open Clay   Robert Farah   Pablo Carreño Busta
  João Sousa
3–6, 6–4, [10–4]
Loss 2018 Cincinnati Masters Hard   Robert Farah   Jamie Murray
  Bruno Soares
6–4, 3–6, [6–10]
Win 2019 Italian Open (2) Clay   Robert Farah   Raven Klaasen
  Michael Venus
6–1, 6–3
Loss 2019 Cincinnati Masters Hard   Robert Farah   Ivan Dodig
  Filip Polášek
6–4, 4–6, [6–10]

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 42 (19 titles, 23 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (2–2)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (2–3)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (5–4)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (10–14)
Finals by surface
Hard (5–10)
Clay (12–12)
Grass (2–1)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (17–22)
Indoor (2–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jun 2011 French Open,
France
Grand Slam Clay   Eduardo Schwank   Max Mirnyi
  Daniel Nestor
6–7(3–7), 6–3, 4–6
Loss 0–2 Jun 2012 Rosmalen Championships,
Netherlands
250 Series Grass   Dmitry Tursunov   Robert Lindstedt
  Horia Tecău
3–6, 6–7(1–7)
Loss 0–3 May 2013 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur,
France
250 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Johan Brunström
  Raven Klaasen
3–6, 2–6
Loss 0–4 Jan 2014 Brisbane International,
Australia
250 Series Hard   Robert Farah   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Daniel Nestor
7–6(7–4), 4–6, [7–10]
Loss 0–5 Feb 2014 Chile Open,
Chile
250 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Oliver Marach
  Florin Mergea
3–6, 4–6
Win 1–5 Feb 2014 Rio Open,
Brazil
500 Series Clay   Robert Farah   David Marrero
  Marcelo Melo
6–4, 6–2
Loss 1–6 Mar 2014 Brasil Open,
Brazil
250 Series Clay (i)   Robert Farah   Guillermo García-López
  Philipp Oswald
7–5, 4–6, [13–15]
Loss 1–7 Mar 2014 Miami Open,
United States
Masters 1000 Hard   Robert Farah   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–7(8–10), 4–6
Loss 1–8 Jul 2014 Colombia Open,
Colombia
250 Series Hard   Nicolás Barrientos   Sam Groth
  Chris Guccione
6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–3), [9–11]
Win 2–8 Aug 2014 Winston-Salem Open,
United States
250 Series Hard   Robert Farah   Jamie Murray
  John Peers
6–3, 6–4
Win 3–8 Feb 2015 Brasil Open,
Brazil
250 Series Clay (i)   Robert Farah   Paolo Lorenzi
  Diego Schwartzman
6–4, 6–2
Win 4–8 May 2015 Geneva Open,
Switzerland
250 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Raven Klaasen
  Lu Yen-hsun
7–5, 4–6, [10–7]
Loss 4–9 Jul 2015 Swedish Open,
Sweden
250 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Jérémy Chardy
  Łukasz Kubot
7–6(8–6), 3–6, [8–10]
Loss 4–10 Aug 2015 German Open,
Germany
500 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Jamie Murray
  John Peers
6–2, 3–6, [8–10]
Loss 4–11 Oct 2015 Japan Open,
Japan
500 Series Hard   Robert Farah   Raven Klaasen
  Marcelo Melo
6–7(5–7), 6–3, [7–10]
Win 5–11 Feb 2016 Argentina Open,
Argentina
250 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Íñigo Cervantes
  Paolo Lorenzi
6–3, 6–0
Win 6–11 Feb 2016 Rio Open,
Brazil (2)
500 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Pablo Carreño Busta
  David Marrero
7–6(7–5), 6–1
Loss 6–12 May 2016 Bavarian International,
Germany
250 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Henri Kontinen
  John Peers
3–6, 6–3, [7–10]
Win 7–12 May 2016 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur,
France
250 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Mate Pavić
  Michael Venus
4–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Win 8–12 Oct 2016 Kremlin Cup,
Russia
250 Series Hard (i)   Robert Farah   Julian Knowle
  Jürgen Melzer
7–5, 4–6, [10–5]
Win 9–12 Feb 2017 Argentina Open,
Argentina (2)
250 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Santiago González
  David Marrero
6–1, 6–4
Loss 9–13 Feb 2017 Rio Open,
Brazil
500 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Pablo Carreño Busta
  Pablo Cuevas
4–6, 7–5, [8–10]
Loss 9–14 Apr 2017 Hungarian Open,
Hungary
250 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Brian Baker
  Nikola Mektić
6–7(2–7), 4–6
Win 10–14 May 2017 Bavarian International,
Germany
250 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Jérémy Chardy
  Fabrice Martin
6–3, 6–3
Loss 10–15 May 2017 Geneva Open,
Switaerland
250 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Jean-Julien Rojer
  Horia Tecău
6–2, 6–7(9–11), [6–10]
Win 11–15 Aug 2017 Los Cabos Open,
Mexico
250 Series Hard   Treat Huey   Sergio Galdós
  Roberto Maytín
6–2, 6–3
Loss 11–16 Jan 2018 Australian Open,
Australia
Grand Slam Hard   Robert Farah   Oliver Marach
  Mate Pavić
4–6, 4–6
Loss 11–17 Feb 2018 Argentina Open,
Argentina
250 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Andrés Molteni
  Horacio Zeballos
3–6, 7–5, [3–10]
Win 12–17 May 2018 Italian Open,
Italy
Masters 1000 Clay   Robert Farah   Pablo Carreño Busta
  João Sousa
3–6, 6–4, [10–4]
Loss 12–18 Aug 2018 Cincinnati Masters,
United States
Masters 1000 Hard   Robert Farah   Jamie Murray
  Bruno Soares
6–4, 3–6, [6–10]
Loss 12–19 Jan 2019 Sydney International,
Australia
250 Series Hard   Robert Farah   Jamie Murray
  Bruno Soares
4–6, 3–6
Win 13–19 Apr 2019 Barcelona Open,
Spain
500 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Jamie Murray
  Bruno Soares
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Win 14–19 May 2019 Italian Open,
Italy (2)
Masters 1000 Clay   Robert Farah   Raven Klaasen
  Michael Venus
6–1, 6–3
Win 15–19 Jun 2019 Eastbourne International,
United Kingdom
250 Series Grass   Robert Farah   Maximo González
  Horacio Zeballos
3–6, 7–6(7–4), [10–6]
Win 16–19 Jul 2019 Wimbledon Championships,
United Kingdom
Grand Slam Grass   Robert Farah   Nicolas Mahut
  Édouard Roger-Vasselin
6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 7–6(8–6), 6–7(5–7), 6–3
Loss 16–20 Aug 2019 Cincinnati Masters,
United States
Masters 1000 Hard   Robert Farah   Ivan Dodig
  Filip Polášek
6–4, 4–6, [6–10]
Win 17–20 Sep 2019 US Open,
United States
Grand Slam Hard   Robert Farah   Marcel Granollers
  Horacio Zeballos
6–4, 7–5
Loss 17–21 Feb 2020 Mexican Open,
Mexico
500 Series Hard   Robert Farah   Łukasz Kubot
  Marcelo Melo
6–7(6–8), 7–6(7–4), [9–11]
Loss 17–22 Oct 2020 Sardegna Open,
Italy
250 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Marcus Daniell
  Philipp Oswald
3–6, 4–6
Loss 17–23 Feb 2021 Great Ocean Road Open,
Australia
250 Series Hard   Robert Farah   Jamie Murray
  Bruno Soares
3–6, 6–7(7–9)
Win 18–23 Mar 2021 Dubai Tennis Championships,
United Arab Emirates
500 Series Hard   Robert Farah   Nikola Mektić
  Mate Pavić
7–6(7–0), 7–6(7–4)
Win 19–23 Apr 2021 Barcelona Open,
Spain
500 Series Clay   Robert Farah   Kevin Krawietz
  Horia Tecău
6–4, 6–2

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In isolation, Sebastián is pronounced [seβasˈtjan].

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Player profile – Juan Sebastian Cabal". Association of Tennis Professionals.
  2. ^ "Colombian History: Cabal/Farah Triumph In Wimbledon Final Thriller". ATP Tour. 13 July 2019.

External linksEdit