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Marcus Daniell (born 9 November 1989) is a professional tennis player from rural Wairarapa in New Zealand.[1] He reached his highest ATP doubles ranking of 34 on 29 January 2018 after reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

Marcus Daniell
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Country (sports) New Zealand
ResidenceBarcelona, Spain
Born (1989-11-09) 9 November 1989 (age 29)
Masterton, New Zealand
Height1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro2008
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachDavid Sammel, Ian MacDonald, Rob Smith
Prize money$757,319
Singles
Career record2–1 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 500 (21 July 2014)
Doubles
Career record107–96 (at ATP level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 34 (29 January 2018)
Current rankingNo. 44 (26 August 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2018)
French Open3R (2016)
Wimbledon3R (2015, 2017)
US Open3R (2016)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2018)
Wimbledon3R (2019)
US Open1R (2019)
Last updated on: 29 August 2019.

Tennis careerEdit

While mainly playing in futures events, Daniell received a doubles wild card entry to play in the 2010 Heineken Open, an ATP 250 event in his home country of New Zealand. With new doubles partner, Horia Tecău, they had an improbable run to the finals of the event. The pair first dispatched fellow New Zealanders the Statham brothers, 6-3, 6-2. Daniell and Tecău then won a three set showdown against the third seeded Spaniards Tommy Robredo and Marcel Granollers, 3-6. 7-6(5), 10-8. In the semifinal match Daniell and Tecău faced Johan Brunström and Jean-Julien Rojer who had defeated grand slam winners Lukáš Dlouhý and Leander Paes. Daniell and Tecău prevailed 3-6, 7-6(4), 10-8 to set up a final with Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares. In the championship match, Daniell and Tecău won against the Brazilians 7-5, 6-4, each player winning their first ATP World Tour title.[2]

Daniell was to represent New Zealand in both the singles and the doubles, paired with Rubin Statham, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.[3] However, he had to withdraw due to an ongoing back injury, leaving Statham to compete in the singles alone.[4]

Daniell competed with Michael Venus at the 2016 Summer Olympics, losing a close first round match to Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 3-6, 6-7.[5]

2015Edit

Daniell first teamed up with Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner in the ATP Challenger grass series leading up to Wimbledon. They followed their runner-up finish to Ken and Neal Skupski at Surbiton by beating the same opponents a week later in the final at Ilkley.

2016Edit

Daniell won the Stuttgart Open with Artem Sitak before again teaming up with Demoliner. They reached their first ATP World Tour final when runners-up in the Swedish Open.

2017Edit

Daniell and Demoliner reached three ATP World Tour finals, at São Paulo, Lyon and Chengdu, although they were unable to win any of them, and improved their ranking as a team to World number 15. He achieved his best win when, having had to qualify for the Swiss Indoor tournament in Basel because Demoliner was playing in Vienna, he and new partner Dominic Inglot beat the top seeds, the world's second-ranked pair of Henri Kontinen and John Peers, in the first round. They eventually lost in the semi-final to Fabrice Martin and Édouard Roger-Vasselin.

2018Edit

After losing in first-round match tie-breaks in both Brisbane and Auckland, Daniell and Inglot won through to the quarter-finals in the Australian Open. In a high quality three-set match, where they saved match points in both the second and third sets, they lost to the eventual tournament winners, Oliver Marach and Mate Pavić, 4-6, 7-6 (10), 6-7 (5). Daniell also played in the Mixed Doubles, teaming up with Chinese player Xu Yifan. They drew third seeds and eventual semi-finalists Ekaterina Makarova and Bruno Soares as their first-round opponents and, although winning the second set, were outclassed in the match tie-break, the final score being 6-3, 5-7, 10-2.

Daniell and Artem Sitak teamed up for the doubles in the Davis Cup tie against China, but were beaten by Gong Mao-Xin and Zhang Ze. He then returned to the ATP tour with Inglot, losing in the first round in Montpellier before finishing runners-up to Michael Venus and Raven Klaasen in Marseille. Although Daniell had previously faced a New Zealander (Rubin Statham) in a Challenger doubles final, this was the first time that New Zealanders had been on opposite sides of the net in an ATP World Tour doubles final. Daniell and Inglot then moved to Dubai, where they lost in a match tie-break in the first round to second seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecău.

Moving on to Indian Wells, Daniell teamed as a one-off with Diego Schwartzman. After a tough opening match, and a much easier second round, they lost in the quarter-finals to Bob and Mike Bryan, 7-5, 6-1. The following week in Miami he and Inglot faced the Bryan brothers in the first round, winning the first set but losing the second and being well-beaten in the match tie-break. They used the Marrakech tournament to start their clay court season, winning in the first round but losing in the second to Divij Sharan and Jan-Lennard Struff. In that match Daniell aggravated an injury to his right wrist which he had picked up during the Davis Cup tie against China, and announced later that he would miss the rest of the clay court season to concentrate on his rehabilitation.[6][7] After the French Open it was revealed that Inglot had decided to seek another partner for the grass court season, due to his uncertainty over whether or not Daniell would be fit, and that Daniell would be teaming up with fellow New Zealander Artem Sitak's former partner in Wesley Koolhof.[8]

Daniell returned to tournament play at Queen's Club in London. He and Koolhof lost in qualifying, but became lucky losers and beat the wildcard combination of Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka in the first round, before going down to Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in a match tie-break. In their last tournament before Wimbledon, Daniell and Koolhof lost in the first round at Eastbourne to Ryan Harrison and Nicholas Monroe, again in a match tie-break.

At Wimbledon Daniell and Koolhof lost to qualifiers Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan in the first round, while in the mixed doubles he and Nadiia Kichenok won their first match, but lost in the second round to 10th seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Abigail Spears. They then returned to the European clay courts, losing in the quarter-finals of the Swedish Open, the semi-finals of the German Open in Hamburg (to Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic), and the first round in Kitzbühel, the latter to Jürgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner, who had also beaten them in Sweden.

In their last tournament before the US Open, Daniell and Koolhof played at Winston-Salem, losing in the quarter-finals to eventual champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau. At Flushing Meadows they won their first round match, but lost the second to fourth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.

Daniell then travelled to Korea, where he joined the rest of the New Zealand Davis Cup team in Gimcheon. Scheduled to play the doubles rubber with Artem Sitak, Daniell had to withdraw on the morning of the match due to a recurrence of a back injury, his place being taken by Ajeet Rai. New Zealand lost the tie 2-3, being relegated to Asia/Oceania Group II for the first time in five years.

Daniell and Koolhof next played in Shenzhen, losing in the quarter-finals to Max Mirnyi and Philipp Oswald. They found Marach and Pavic too strong again in the China Open, losing 14-12 in a match tie-break in the quarter-finals. Daniell returned to play a Challenger event in his home city of Barcelona after that match, losing in his third successive quarter-final, and then teamed up again with Koolhof to play in the Stockholm Open. They were the only seeded team to reach the semi-finals, where they beat Julien Benneteau and Lucas Pouille, and they met the British pair of Luke Bambridge and Jonny O'Mara in the final. Losing the first set, they held four set points in the second set tie-break, but were unable to convert any, and then a fifth set point went by as well. Bambridge and O'Mara won on their second match point, the score being 7-5, 7-6 (8).

Their next event was the Austrian Open, where they lost in a first round match tie-break to Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski. Daniell's final tournament for the year was a Challenger event in Eckental, Germany, where he teamed up with his former long-term partner in Marcelo Demoliner. They were top seeds, but both their first two matches went to three tie-breaks, winning both the deciders 10-7. Their semi-final was against the German fourth seeds, Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies, who had raucous vocal support from the local crowd. Yet another match tie-break was required, with the crowd going wild as Krawietz and Mies prevailed 10-8. They went on to win the title.

2019Edit

Daniell and Koolhof began their year in Brisbane, needing tie-breaks of one kind or another in all three matches on their way to the final, where they defeated fourth seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (6). It was the fourth ATP World Tour title for each of them, but their first together. In Auckland they lost in a very close quarter-final, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), to the eventual champions, Ben McLachlan and Jan-Lennard Struff, in a match which didn't start until 11.15 pm due to Struff having had a three hour singles quarter-final match earlier that evening.

In the Australian Open they beat the wildly popular home pair of Lleyton Hewitt and John-Patrick Smith in three sets, before falling to Michael Venus and Raven Klaasen in the second round. With yet another injury break intervening, it was another month before Daniell played again, he and Koolhof losing in the first round in Acapulco to Feliciano and Marc López.

Phoenix was their next stop, where they lost a very tight quarter-final match in the Phoenix Challenger to eventual champions Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, 6-7 (8), 6-4, 12-10. Daniell and Koolhof went in different directions after that, with Daniell losing in the first round of a Challenger at Sophia Antipolis in France, and then partnering David Marrero to victory in the Challenger tournament in Murcia.

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 12 (4 titles, 8 runners-up)Edit

Legend
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 (4–8)
Titles by surface
Hard (3–3)
Clay (0–4)
Grass (1–1)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (3–6)
Indoor (1–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jan 2010 Auckland Open, New Zealand 250 Series Hard   Horia Tecău   Marcelo Melo
  Bruno Soares
7–5, 6–4
Win 2–0 Feb 2015 Open Sud de France, France 250 Series Hard (i)   Artem Sitak   Dominic Inglot
  Florin Mergea
3–6, 6–4, [16–14]
Win 3–0 Jun 2016 Stuttgart Open, Germany 250 Series Grass   Artem Sitak   Oliver Marach
  Fabrice Martin
6–7(4–7), 6–4, [10–8]
Loss 3–1 Jul 2016 Swedish Open, Sweden 250 Series Clay   Marcelo Demoliner   Marcel Granollers
  David Marrero
2–6, 3–6
Loss 3–2 Mar 2017 Brasil Open, Brazil 250 Series Clay   Marcelo Demoliner   Rogério Dutra Silva
  André Sá
6–7(5–7), 7–5, [7–10]
Loss 3–3 May 2017 Lyon Open, France 250 Series Clay   Marcelo Demoliner   Andrés Molteni
  Adil Shamasdin
3–6, 6–3, [5–10]
Loss 3–4 Oct 2017 Chengdu Open, China 250 Series Hard   Marcelo Demoliner   Jonathan Erlich
  Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss 3–5 Feb 2018 Open 13, France 250 Series Hard (i)   Dominic Inglot   Raven Klaasen
  Michael Venus
7–6(7–2), 3–6, [4–10]
Loss 3–6 Oct 2018 Stockholm Open, Sweden 250 Series Hard (i)   Wesley Koolhof   Luke Bambridge
  Jonny O'Mara
5–7, 6–7(8–10)
Win 4–6 Jan 2019 Brisbane International, Australia 250 Series Hard   Wesley Koolhof   Rajeev Ram
  Joe Salisbury
6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Loss 4–7 Apr 2019 Hungarian Open, Hungary 250 Series Clay   Wesley Koolhof   Ken Skupski
  Neal Skupski
3–6, 4–6
Loss 4–8 May 2019 Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, Netherlands 250 Series Grass   Wesley Koolhof   Dominic Inglot
  Austin Krajicek
4–6, 6–4, [4–10]

Challenger and Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (2 title, 2 runners-up)Edit

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (0–0)
ITF Futures Tour (2–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (2–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2009 Israel F6, Ramat HaSharon Futures Hard   Noam Okun 6–7(4–7), 2–6
Loss 0–2 Oct 2011 Mexico F12, Veracruz Futures Hard   Luis Díaz Barriga 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 1–2 Jul 2013 Great Britain F13, Ilkley Futures Grass   Tom Farquharson 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Win 2–2 Jul 2014 Great Britain F13, Ilkley Futures Grass   Lewis Burton 6–2, 7–5

Doubles: 39 (24 titles, 15 runners-up)Edit

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (8–6)
ITF Futures Tour (16–8)
Titles by Surface
Hard (16–10)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (5–1)
Carpet (1–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Mar 2009 New Zealand F3, Wellington Futures Hard   Joel Lindner   G.D. Jones
  Daniel King-Turner
2–6, 4–6
Loss 0–2 Sep 2009 Israel F5, Ramat HaSharon Futures Hard   Miloslav Mečíř   John Paul Fruttero
  G.D. Jones
6–3, 2–6, [4–10]
Win 1–2 Sep 2009 Israel F6, Ramat HaSharon Futures Hard   Amir Weintraub   John Paul Fruttero
  G.D. Jones
6–1, 6–7(4–7), [10–5]
Loss 1–3 May 2010 Australia F3, Ipswich Futures Clay   Logan Mackenzie   Brydan Klein
  Dane Propoggia
2–6, 3–6
Win 2–3 Jun 2010 USA F13, Loomis Futures Hard   Michael Venus   Nima Roshan
  Rubin Statham
6–4, 6–4
Win 3–3 Feb 2011 Turkey F5, Antalya Futures Hard   Michael Venus   Alexander Rumyantsev
  Dmitri Sitak
2–6, 6–1, [11–9]
Win 4–3 Jun 2011 Mexico F7, Morelia Futures Hard   Artem Sitak   Ruben Gonzales
  Chris Kwon
6–0, 6–3
Win 5–3 Apr 2012 Switzerland F3, Fällanden Futures Carpet (i)   Márton Fucsovics   Adrian Bodmer
  Philipp Oswald
6–7(3–7), 6–3, [10–8]
Win 6–3 Apr 2012 Turkey F15, Antalya Futures Hard   Gero Kretschmer   Tomislav Brkić
  Mislav Hižak
6–0, 6–2
Win 7–3 May 2012 Israel F8, Ramat HaSharon Futures Hard   Chen Ti   Noam Behr
  Noam Okun
7–6(7–1) ret.
Win 8–3 May 2012 Israel F9, Ramat HaSharon Futures Hard   Chen Ti   Aviv Ben Shabat
  Noam Okun
6–0, 6–2
Loss 8–4 Sep 2012 Great Britain F15, Roehampton Futures Hard   Manuel Sánchez   Jean Andersen
  Ruan Roelofse
2–6, 6–4, [10–12]
Win 9–4 Nov 2012 Cambodia F1, Phnom Penh Futures Hard   Richard Gabb   Peng Gao
  Wan Gao
6–0, 6–0
Win 10–4 Dec 2012 Cambodia F2, Phnom Penh Futures Hard   Richard Gabb   Wan Gao
  Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
6–1, 7–6(7–5)
Win 11–4 Dec 2012 Cambodia F3, Phnom Penh Futures Hard   Richard Gabb   Peng Gao
  Wan Gao
7–5, 6–2
Loss 11–5 Dec 2012 Hong Kong F3, Hong Kong Futures Hard   Kaden Hensel   Sekou Bangoura
  Daniel Nguyen
4–6, 2–6
Win 12–5 May 2013 Greece F7, Marathon Futures Hard   Richard Gabb   Keith-Patrick Crowley
  Tucker Vorster
6–1, 6–1
Win 13–5 Jul 2013 Great Britain F13, Ilkley Futures Grass   Richard Gabb   George Coupland
  Joe Salisbury
6–3, 4–6, [10–8]
Win 14–5 Jul 2013 Great Britain F14, Felixstowe Futures Grass   Richard Gabb   Robin Goodman
  Euan Mcintosh
7–6(9–7), 6–4
Loss 14–6 Jul 2013 Ireland F1, Dublin Futures Carpet   Richard Gabb   John Morrissey
  Colin O'Brien
4–6, 7–6(7–1), [7–10]
Loss 14–7 Sep 2013 Turkey F34, Antalya Futures Hard   Richard Gabb   Dekel Bar
  Tobias Blomgren
6–2, 4–6, [8–10]
Win 15–7 Sep 2013 Turkey F34, Antalya Futures Hard   Richard Gabb   Matteo Marfia
  Francesco Vilardo
6–2, 7–5
Loss 15–8 Nov 2013 Toyota, Japan Challenger Carpet (i)   Artem Sitak   Chase Buchanan
  Blaž Rola
6–4, 3–6, [4–10]
Win 16–8 Feb 2014 West Lakes, Australia Challenger Hard   Jarmere Jenkins   Dane Propoggia
  Rubin Statham
6–4, 6–4
Win 17–8 Feb 2014 Australia F1, Happy Valley Futures Hard   Dane Propoggia   Takuto Niki
  Yasutaka Uchiyama
6–3, 6–2
Loss 17–9 Apr 2014 León, Mexico Challenger Hard   Artem Sitak   Sam Groth
  Chris Guccione
3–6, 4–6
Win 18–9 Jul 2014 Granby, Canada Challenger Hard   Artem Sitak   Jordan Kerr
  Fabrice Martin
7–6(7–5), 5–7, [10–5]
Loss 18–10 Aug 2014 Vancouver, Canada Challenger Hard   Artem Sitak   Austin Krajicek
  John-Patrick Smith
3–6, 6–4, [8–10]
Loss 18–11 Aug 2014 Canada F8, Winnipeg Futures Hard   Philip Bester   Dimitar Kutrovsky
  Saketh Myneni
5–7, 5–7
Loss 18–12 Nov 2014 Traralgon, Australia Challenger Hard   Artem Sitak   Brydan Klein
  Dane Propoggia
6–7(6–8), 6–3, [6–10]
Loss 18–13 Nov 2014 Yokohama, Japan Challenger Hard   Artem Sitak   Bradley Klahn
  Matt Reid
6–4, 4–6, [7–10]
Loss 18–14 Jun 2015 Surbiton, UK Challenger Grass   Marcelo Demoliner   Ken Skupski
  Neal Skupski
3–6, 4–6
Win 19–14 Jun 2015 Ilkley, UK Challenger Grass   Marcelo Demoliner   Ken Skupski
  Neal Skupski
7–6(7–3), 6–4
Win 20–14 Mar 2016 Puebla, Mexico Challenger Hard   Artem Sitak   Santiago González
  Mate Pavić
3–6, 6–2, [12–10]
Win 21–14 Mar 2016 San Luis Potosí, Mexico Challenger Clay   Artem Sitak   Santiago González
  Mate Pavić
6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Win 22–14 Mar 2017 Irving, US Challenger Grass   Marcelo Demoliner   Oliver Marach
  Fabrice Martin
6–3, 6–4
Win 23–14 Jun 2017 Surbiton, UK Challenger Grass   Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi   Treat Huey
  Denis Kudla
6–3, 7–6(7–0)
Win 24–14 Apr 2019 Murcia, Spain Challenger Clay   David Marrero   Rameez Junaid
  Andrei Vasilevski
6–4, 6–4
Loss 24–15 Jun 2019 Ilkley, UK Challenger Grass   Leander Paes   Santiago González
  Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
3–6, 4–6

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Current to 2019 Italian Open.

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 3R QF 2R 0 / 4 6–4
French Open 1R 3R 1R A 0 / 3 2–3
Wimbledon 3R 1R 3R 1R 0 / 4 4–4
US Open 2R 3R 2R 2R 0 / 4 5–4
Win–Loss 3–3 4–4 5–4 4–3 1–1 0 / 15 17–15
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A QF A 0 / 1 2–1
Miami Open A A 1R 1R A 0 / 2 0–2
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Madrid Open A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Italian Open A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Canadian Open A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Cincinnati Masters A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Shanghai Masters A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Paris Masters A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–2 0 / 3 2–3

Mixed Doubles performance timelineEdit

Grand Slam tournaments
Tournament 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Australian Open A 1R A 0–1
French Open A A A 0–0
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1–2
US Open A A 0–0
Win–Loss 0–1 1–2 1–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marcus Daniell gets his own Big Day Out". stuff.co.nz. 15 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Home Town Hero". heinekenopen.co.nz. 16 January 2010. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Daniell hoping for another big upset at Games". Stuff.co.nz. NZPA. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  4. ^ Ford, Greg (2 October 2010). "Kiwi athletes hope rules will be relaxed at games". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Rio 2016 | New Zealand Olympic Team". New Zealand Olympic Team. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Kiwi doubles player in race to be fit for French Open". Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Marcus Daniell to miss French Open". Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Big changes for Kiwi doubles players for grass court season". NZ Herald. Retrieved 20 June 2018.

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