Marcus Daniell (born 9 November 1989) is a professional tennis player from rural Wairarapa in New Zealand. He reached his highest ATP doubles ranking of 34 on 29 January 2018 after reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.
|Country (sports)||New Zealand|
|Born||9 November 1989|
Masterton, New Zealand
|Height||1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Coach||David Sammel, Ian MacDonald, Rob Smith|
|Career record||2–1 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 500 (21 July 2014)|
|Career record||97–88 (at ATP level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 34 (29 January 2018)|
|Current ranking||No. 56 (13 May 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2018)|
|French Open||3R (2016)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2015, 2017)|
|US Open||3R (2016)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2018)|
|Last updated on: 15 June 2019.|
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.
Daniell was to represent New Zealand in both the singles and the doubles, paired with Rubin Statham, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. However, he had to withdraw due to an ongoing back injury, leaving Statham to compete in the singles alone.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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
|Win||1–0||Jan 2010||Auckland Open, New Zealand||250 Series||Hard||Horia Tecău|| Marcelo Melo
|Win||2–0||Feb 2015||Open Sud de France, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Artem Sitak|| Dominic Inglot
|3–6, 6–4, [16–14]|
|Win||3–0||Jun 2016||Stuttgart Open, Germany||250 Series||Grass||Artem Sitak|| Oliver Marach
|6–7(4–7), 6–4, [10–8]|
|Loss||3–1||Jul 2016||Swedish Open, Sweden||250 Series||Clay||Marcelo Demoliner|| Marcel Granollers
|Loss||3–2||Mar 2017||Brasil Open, Brazil||250 Series||Clay||Marcelo Demoliner|| Rogério Dutra Silva
|6–7(5–7), 7–5, [7–10]|
|Loss||3–3||May 2017||Lyon Open, France||250 Series||Clay||Marcelo Demoliner|| Andrés Molteni
|3–6, 6–3, [5–10]|
|Loss||3–4||Oct 2017||Chengdu Open, China||250 Series||Hard||Marcelo Demoliner|| Jonathan Erlich
|Loss||3–5||Feb 2018||Open 13, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Dominic Inglot|| Raven Klaasen
|7–6(7–2), 3–6, [4–10]|
|Loss||3–6||Oct 2018||Stockholm Open, Sweden||250 Series||Hard (i)||Wesley Koolhof|| Luke Bambridge
|Win||4–6||Jan 2019||Brisbane International, Australia||250 Series||Hard||Wesley Koolhof|| Rajeev Ram
|Loss||4–7||Apr 2019||Hungarian Open, Hungary||250 Series||Clay||Wesley Koolhof|| Ken Skupski
|Loss||4–8||May 2019||Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, Netherlands||250 Series||Grass||Wesley Koolhof|| Dominic Inglot
|4–6, 6–4, [4–10]|
Challenger and Futures finalsEdit
Singles: 4 (2 title, 2 runners-up)Edit
|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
|Loss||0–1||Mar 2009||New Zealand F3, Wellington||Futures||Hard||Joel Lindner|| G.D. Jones
|Loss||0–2||Sep 2009||Israel F5, Ramat HaSharon||Futures||Hard||Miloslav Mečíř|| John Paul Fruttero
|6–3, 2–6, [4–10]|
|Win||1–2||Sep 2009||Israel F6, Ramat HaSharon||Futures||Hard||Amir Weintraub|| John Paul Fruttero
|6–1, 6–7(4–7), [10–5]|
|Loss||1–3||May 2010||Australia F3, Ipswich||Futures||Clay||Logan Mackenzie|| Brydan Klein
|Win||2–3||Jun 2010||USA F13, Loomis||Futures||Hard||Michael Venus|| Nima Roshan
|Win||3–3||Feb 2011||Turkey F5, Antalya||Futures||Hard||Michael Venus|| Alexander Rumyantsev
|2–6, 6–1, [11–9]|
|Win||4–3||Jun 2011||Mexico F7, Morelia||Futures||Hard||Artem Sitak|| Ruben Gonzales
|Win||5–3||Apr 2012||Switzerland F3, Fällanden||Futures||Carpet (i)||Márton Fucsovics|| Adrian Bodmer
|6–7(3–7), 6–3, [10–8]|
|Win||6–3||Apr 2012||Turkey F15, Antalya||Futures||Hard||Gero Kretschmer|| Tomislav Brkić
|Win||7–3||May 2012||Israel F8, Ramat HaSharon||Futures||Hard||Chen Ti|| Noam Behr
|Win||8–3||May 2012||Israel F9, Ramat HaSharon||Futures||Hard||Chen Ti|| Aviv Ben Shabat
|Loss||8–4||Sep 2012||Great Britain F15, Roehampton||Futures||Hard||Manuel Sánchez|| Jean Andersen
|2–6, 6–4, [10–12]|
|Win||9–4||Nov 2012||Cambodia F1, Phnom Penh||Futures||Hard||Richard Gabb|| Peng Gao
|Win||10–4||Dec 2012||Cambodia F2, Phnom Penh||Futures||Hard||Richard Gabb|| Wan Gao
|Win||11–4||Dec 2012||Cambodia F3, Phnom Penh||Futures||Hard||Richard Gabb|| Peng Gao
|Loss||11–5||Dec 2012||Hong Kong F3, Hong Kong||Futures||Hard||Kaden Hensel|| Sekou Bangoura
|Win||12–5||May 2013||Greece F7, Marathon||Futures||Hard||Richard Gabb|| Keith-Patrick Crowley
|Win||13–5||Jul 2013||Great Britain F13, Ilkley||Futures||Grass||Richard Gabb|| George Coupland
|6–3, 4–6, [10–8]|
|Win||14–5||Jul 2013||Great Britain F14, Felixstowe||Futures||Grass||Richard Gabb|| Robin Goodman
|Loss||14–6||Jul 2013||Ireland F1, Dublin||Futures||Carpet||Richard Gabb|| John Morrissey
|4–6, 7–6(7–1), [7–10]|
|Loss||14–7||Sep 2013||Turkey F34, Antalya||Futures||Hard||Richard Gabb|| Dekel Bar
|6–2, 4–6, [8–10]|
|Win||15–7||Sep 2013||Turkey F34, Antalya||Futures||Hard||Richard Gabb|| Matteo Marfia
|Loss||15–8||Nov 2013||Toyota, Japan||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Artem Sitak|| Chase Buchanan
|6–4, 3–6, [4–10]|
|Win||16–8||Feb 2014||West Lakes, Australia||Challenger||Hard||Jarmere Jenkins|| Dane Propoggia
|Win||17–8||Feb 2014||Australia F1, Happy Valley||Futures||Hard||Dane Propoggia|| Takuto Niki
|Loss||17–9||Apr 2014||León, Mexico||Challenger||Hard||Artem Sitak|| Sam Groth
|Win||18–9||Jul 2014||Granby, Canada||Challenger||Hard||Artem Sitak|| Jordan Kerr
|7–6(7–5), 5–7, [10–5]|
|Loss||18–10||Aug 2014||Vancouver, Canada||Challenger||Hard||Artem Sitak|| Austin Krajicek
|3–6, 6–4, [8–10]|
|Loss||18–11||Aug 2014||Canada F8, Winnipeg||Futures||Hard||Philip Bester|| Dimitar Kutrovsky
|Loss||18–12||Nov 2014||Traralgon, Australia||Challenger||Hard||Artem Sitak|| Brydan Klein
|6–7(6–8), 6–3, [6–10]|
|Loss||18–13||Nov 2014||Yokohama, Japan||Challenger||Hard||Artem Sitak|| Bradley Klahn
|6–4, 4–6, [7–10]|
|Loss||18–14||Jun 2015||Surbiton, UK||Challenger||Grass||Marcelo Demoliner|| Ken Skupski
|Win||19–14||Jun 2015||Ilkley, UK||Challenger||Grass||Marcelo Demoliner|| Ken Skupski
|Win||20–14||Mar 2016||Puebla, Mexico||Challenger||Hard||Artem Sitak|| Santiago González
|3–6, 6–2, [12–10]|
|Win||21–14||Mar 2016||San Luis Potosí, Mexico||Challenger||Clay||Artem Sitak|| Santiago González
|Win||22–14||Mar 2017||Irving, US||Challenger||Grass||Marcelo Demoliner|| Oliver Marach
|Win||23–14||Jun 2017||Surbiton, UK||Challenger||Grass||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Treat Huey
|Win||24–14||Apr 2019||Murcia, Spain||Challenger||Clay||David Marrero|| Rameez Junaid
|Loss||24–15||Jun 2019||Ilkley, UK||Challenger||Grass||Leander Paes|| Santiago González
Doubles performance timelineEdit
Current to 2019 Italian Open.
|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|
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