Marsel İlhan (Uzbek: Marsel Qahhorovich Hamdamov; born 11 June 1987) is a Turkish professional tennis player, ranked No. 1 in Turkey and with a career-high singles ranking of world No. 77 in March 2015. He is the first ever Turkish player to reach the 2nd round in a Grand Slam tournament, as well as the first Turkish player to win a Challenger Tournament and also the first Turkish player to enter the top 100 in the world ranking (first ranked 96th in September 2010).
|Born||11 June 1987|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
4 Challengers, 19 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 77 (2 March 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 765 (05 August 2018)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2010)|
|French Open||2R (2011)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2010, 2015)|
|US Open||2R (2009, 2011, 2015)|
|Highest ranking||No. 564 (25 May 2009)|
|Last updated on: 31 May 2018.|
Early Tennis CareerEdit
Born in Uzbekistan, he emigrated to Turkey with his mother in 2004 and he started to play for the Taçspor Tennis Club of İstanbul. He was initially sponsored by Kia Motors Turkey. After several years of intensive training with his new coach Can Üner, a former Turkish tennis player, he made an unprecedented jump within one year from No. 1320 to No. 320 in 2007.
At the 2009 US Open, İlhan qualified for the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. In doing so, he became the first Turkish player in the modern era to do so. In the first round, he defeated Christophe Rochus from Belgium in a five-set thriller. It was his first career ATP and Grand Slam win. He lost his second-round match against John Isner in straight sets.
In the first qualification round of 2010 Australian Open he defeated Canadian Peter Polansky 6–1, 6–2. In the second qualification round he beat British No.2 Alex Bogdanovic with the same score 6–4, 6–4. In the 3rd qualification round Marsel lost 1–2 to German tennis player Dieter Kindlmann after a tough game in which he lost the first set 5–7, won the second easily 6–1 and lost the final set 9–11, in a game that lasted well over 3 hours.
However, due to Gilles Simon's injury a spot opened up for an additional player to appear on the main draw. Marsel became the "Lucky Loser" and progressed to the 1st round of Australian Open 2010. Marsel Ilhan proved that he was a worthy "Lucky loser" as he easily defeated former World No. 4 Sébastien Grosjean in 3 sets 6–4, 6–3, 7–5. In the second round Marsel lost to world No. 11 Chilean Fernando González in three sets: 3–6, 4–6, 5–7.
In the first round of Wimbledon 2010 he defeated Brazilian Marcos Daniel 3–2, where he made a superb comeback from 0–2 and eventually won the match. In the second round, he played against current World No. 37 player, Victor Hănescu and lost in four sets: 4–6, 4–6, 6–3 and 3–6.
On 20 September 2010 he won his second ATP Challenger Tournament, in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina on clay by beating Pere Riba in the final 2–0, 6–0, 7–6. In the following Challenger Cup, the 2010 Türk Telecom İzmir Cup, he reached the final and despite losing, his ranking increased to a career-record 96th in the world - the highest ever for a Turkish tennis player.
He got his highest ATP ranking position (No. 87) as of January 2011. Therefore, he played directly in the maindraw 2011 Australian Open for the first time during a Grand Slam tournament in his professional career. He lost in the first round to world No. 10 Russian Mikhail Youzhny in 3 sets 6–2, 6–3, 7–6.
In the 2011 Indian Wells Masters, he lost against Milos Raonic from Canada in straight sets 6–2 and 7–6. Marsel had participated the second ATP Masters tournament Miami as a qualifier after negative results from the beginning of 2011. However, he reached the second round in Miami again, but in this round he lost to world No. 17 Serbian Viktor Troicki in 2 sets 6–3, 6–3.
In late May, he qualified as a "Lucky Loser" into his first French Open and progressed to the first round. Marsel defeated former World No. 2 Tommy Haas 6–4, 4–6, 7–6, 6–4 in the first round. However, after a gruelling 3h 58m battle with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, he succumbed in five sets 4–6, 6–1, 2–6, 6–4, 11–13.
|Grand Slam tournaments (0)|
|ATP World Tour Finals (0)|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)|
|ATP World Tour 500 (0)|
|ATP World Tour 250 (0)|
|ATP Challenger Tour (4–10)|
|Runner-up||1||August 20, 2007||Karshi||Hard||Denis Istomin||1–6, 4–6|
|Winner||2||July 13, 2008||Ramat HaSharon||Hard||Ivo Klec||6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||3||May 17, 2009||Izmir||Hard||Andrea Stoppini||6–7, 2–6|
|Winner||4||September 20, 2010||Banja Luka||Clay||Pere Riba||6–0, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||5||September 26, 2010||Izmir||Hard||Somdev Devvarman||4–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||6||July 10, 2011||Scheveningen||Clay||Steve Darcis||3–6, 6–4, 2–6|
|Runner-up||7||September 25, 2011||Izmir||Hard||Lukáš Lacko||4–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||8||July 29, 2012||Astana||Hard||Evgeny Donskoy||3–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||9||July 21, 2013||Eskişehir||Hard||David Goffin||4–6, 7–5, 2–6|
|Winner||10||March 10, 2014||Kazan||Hard||Michael Berrer||7–6(8–6), 6–3|
|Runner-up||11||July 21, 2014||Astana||Hard||Ričardas Berankis||5–7, 7–5, 3–6|
|Runner-up||12||November 3, 2014||Mouilleron-le-Captif||Hard||Pierre-Hugues Herbert||2–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||13||April 13, 2015||Mersin||Clay||Kimmer Coppejans||2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||14||September 26, 2016||İzmir||Hard||Cem İlkel||6–2, 6–4|
Singles performance timelineEdit
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||Q1||2R||1R||Q1||Q3||Q2||1R||Q1||1–3||0 / 3|
|French Open||A||Q1||Q3||2R||Q2||Q1||Q2||1R||1R||1–3||0 / 3|
|Wimbledon||Q1||Q1||2R||Q1||Q2||A||1R||2R||Q1||2–3||0 / 3|
|US Open||Q1||2R||Q1||2R||Q1||Q1||Q3||2R||Q1||3–3||0 / 3|
|Win–Loss||0–0||1–1||2–2||2–3||0–0||0–0||0–1||2-4||0–1||7–12||0 / 12|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||1R||Q1||A||A||A||A||0–1||0 / 1|
|Miami Masters||A||A||2R||2R||Q1||A||A||A||A||2–2||0 / 2|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0–0||0 / 0|
|Madrid Masters||A||A||A||Q1||A||A||A||Q2||A||0–0||0 / 0|
|Rome Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||A||1–1||0 / 1|
|Canada Masters||A||A||A||Q2||A||A||A||A||0–0||0 / 0|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||Q1||1R||A||A||A||Q2||0–1||0 / 1|
|Shanghai Masters||NMS||A||1R||1R||A||Q1||A||A||0–2||0 / 2|
|Paris Masters||A||A||Q1||Q1||A||A||A||A||0–0||0 / 0|
|Hamburg Masters||A||NMS||0–0||0 / 0|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||1–2||1–4||0–0||0–0||0–0||1–1||0–0||3–7||0 / 7|
|Summer Olympics||A||Not Held||A||Not Held||0–0||0 / 0|
|Year End Ranking||215||155||90||111||215||185||104||114|
- Marsel İlhan Wimbledon'da - Hürriyet
- ILHAN CREATES HISTORY FOR TURKEY