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Karol Beck (born 3 April 1982 in Zvolen) is a male tennis player from Slovakia, who turned professional in 2001. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 36, achieved in August 2005. Beck reached the fourth round of the 2004 US Open and the quarterfinals of the 2005 Montreal Masters, defeating Nikolay Davydenko en route to both runs.

Karol Beck
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Country (sports) Slovakia
ResidenceZvolen, Slovakia
Born (1982-04-03) 3 April 1982 (age 37)
Zvolen, Czechoslovakia
Turned pro2001
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,110,846
Singles
Career record65–116
Career titles0
10 Challengers, 7 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 36 (22 August 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2005)
French Open1R (2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012)
Wimbledon3R (2004, 2011)
US Open4R (2004)
Doubles
Career record33–51
Career titles0
19 Challengers, 7 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 62 (17 October 2010)
Last updated on: 22 October 2018.

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CareerEdit

On 25 October 2004, Beck lost in the final of the St. Petersburg Open to Mikhail Youzhny 6–2, 6–2.

On 13 February 2006 the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced Beck had tested positive for the beta agonist clenbuterol during the 2005 Davis Cup semifinal for Slovakia against Argentina, which Slovakia won 4–1. As a consequence, the ITF suspended him from the game for two years until 31 October 2007.[1]

2007Edit

Beck finished serving his suspension and began playing again in November as an unranked player. He had to go through qualifying rounds in every tournament.

Without a ranking, he chose Tunis challenger as his first tournament to qualify in. He qualified and won his first round match to get his first ranking points. The next week, he had a wild card entry into qualifying for the Dnepropetrovsk challenger, and qualified to pick up some more points.

He qualified a couple more times at challengers and futures tournaments before winning his final tournament of 2007, the Czech F6 Futures, to finish up the year at No. 581, after playing in just 5 tournaments.

2008Edit

He began 2008 from where he left off in 2007, qualifying into and winning his first tournament, Germany's F1 Futures, to get into the top-500.

2009Edit

Beck took part in the 2009 Wimbledon Championships ranked as 143rd in the world. He was a lucky loser due to the withdrawal of then-World No. 1, Rafael Nadal. He was drawn against 21st seed Feliciano López in the first round and won a thrilling five set encounter 1–6, 7–5, 6–3, 4–6, 10–8 to reach the second round of a grand slam tournament for the first time since the 2005 Australian Open. In the second round, he would meet another Spaniard, this being Nicolás Almagro. He played another 5-setter, but, this time, he lost 4–6, 6–7, 6–3, 6–3, 5–7.

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (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)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 25 October 2004 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i)   Mikhail Youzhny 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 2 (0–2)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (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 (0–2)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 7 February 2010 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Harel Levy   Rohan Bopanna
  Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
2–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Runner-up 2. 13 June 2010 London, United Kingdom Grass   David Škoch   Novak Djokovic
  Jonathan Erlich
6–7(8), 6–2, [10–3]

Challenger career finalsEdit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 6 August 2001 Togliatti, Russia Hard   Alexander Peya 2–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 8 July 2002 Bristol, England Grass   Alexander Peya 6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 15 July 2002 Manchester, England Grass   Vladimir Voltchkov 4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Runner-up 3. 4 November 2002 Bratislava, Slovakia Carpet (I)   Antony Dupuis 6–4, 4–6, 6–7(1–7)
Winner 2. 20 January 2003 Heilbronn, Germany Carpet (I)   Jürgen Melzer 6–2, 5–7, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 4. 17 February 2003 Andrezieux, France Hard (I)   Thierry Ascione 4–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 2 February 2004 Wrocław, Poland Hard (I)   Jan Hernych 6–7(4–7), 6–2, 6–2
Winner 4. 31 May 2004 Surbiton, England Grass   Wesley Moodie 6–4, 6–4
Winner 5. 14 March 2005 Sunrise, United States Hard   Davide Sanguinetti 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 13 October 2008 Kolding, Denmark Hard (I)   Roko Karanušić 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 17 November 2008 Helsinki, Finland Hard (I)   Dmitry Tursunov 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 26 January 2009 Heilbronn, Germany Carpet (I)   Benjamin Becker 4–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 6 July 2009 Pozoblanco, Spain Hard   Thiago Alves 6–4, 6–3
Winner 7. 8 February 2010 Bergamo, Italy Hard (I)   Gilles Müller 6–4, 6–4
Winner 8. 15 February 2010 Belgrade, Serbia Carpet (I)   Ilija Bozoljac 7–5, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 8. 8 March 2010 Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina Hard (I)   Édouard Roger-Vasselin 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 0–1 ret.
Winner 9. 11 October 2010 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard   Gilles Müller 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 9. 13 March 2011 Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina Hard (I)   Amer Delić W/O
Winner 10. 7 August 2011 Segovia, Spain Hard   Grégoire Burquier 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 10. 6 November 2011 Eckental, Germany Carpet (I)   Rajeev Ram 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 11. 17 June 2012 Nottingham, Great Britain Grass   Grega Žemlja 6–7(3–7), 6–4, 4–6

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 2R 3R A A A LQ Q1 1R 1R A 3–5
French Open A 1R 1R 1R A A A Q1 1R A 1R A 0–5
Wimbledon 2R 1R 3R 1R A A LQ 2R 2R 3R 1R LQ 7–8
US Open A 1R 4R 1R A A LQ 1R Q1 1R 1R LQ 3–6
Win–Loss 1–1 0–4 6–4 2–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 2–3 0–4 0–0 13–24
Career Statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1
Year End Ranking 117 66 44 57 N/A 582 145 114 103 101 141 360

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 3R 2–2
French Open 1R 2R 2R 2–3
Wimbledon 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R 3–6
US Open 2R 2R 2–2
Win–Loss 0–1 1–2 2–3 6–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 12–13

See alsoEdit

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