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Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgian: ნიკოლოზ ბასილაშვილი, translit.: nik'oloz basilashvili, pronounced [nikʼɔlɔz bɑsilɑʃvili];[2] born 23 February 1992) is a Georgian professional tennis player. In July 2018, he made it into the main draw of the German Open in Hamburg as a qualifier and went on to win the tournament, defeating Leonardo Mayer in the final, thereby becoming the first Georgian player since Alex Metreveli to win an ATP tournament. In October 2018, Basilashvili won his second ATP title at the China Open by defeating world No. 4 Juan Martín del Potro in the final. In 2019, Basilashvili completed his first title defense by winning the German Open for a second successive year. He achieved a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 16 on 27 May 2019.

Nikoloz Basilashvili
ნიკოლოზ ბასილაშვილი
Nikoloz Basilashvili 2, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Basilashvili at the 2015 Wimbledon qualifying tournament
Country (sports) Georgia
ResidenceTbilisi, Georgia
Born (1992-02-23) 23 February 1992 (age 27)
Tbilisi, Georgia
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro2008
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJan De Witt
Prize moneyUS$4,271,703
Singles
Career record81–90 (47.4% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 16 (27 May 2019)
Current rankingNo. 16 (24 June 2019)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2018, 2019)
French Open3R (2017)
Wimbledon3R (2015)
US Open4R (2018)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2016)
Doubles
Career record10–28 (26.3% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
2 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 148 (27 May 2019)
Current rankingNo. 168 (15 July 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2018)
French Open2R (2018)
Wimbledon1R (2017)
US Open1R (2017)
Team competitions
Davis Cup10–7 (58.8%)
Last updated on: 28 July 2019.

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Personal lifeEdit

Basilashvili was born 23 February 1992 in Tbilisi, Georgia. His father, Nodar, is a dancer of the Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet, his mother, Natalia, worked as a physician.[3] He has a brother, Tengiz. Apart from his native language he also speaks Russian and English.[4]

Basilashvili started playing tennis at age 5. From 2007–2011 he was coached in Sacramento, CA, United States. When he was 15 his family moved to Russia. In 2011, Basilashvili announced that he may play for Russia, but decided to keep playing under Georgian flag.[5]

On 28 September 2013 he married Neka. Their son, Lukas, was born on 4 May 2015.[4]

CareerEdit

Junior careerEdit

Nikoloz did not play at any Grand Slams during his junior career. He reached a career high combined (singles and doubles) of world No. 59 on 5 January 2009. He ended his junior career with a 35–22 record on singles and 14–17 on doubles.[6]

Basilashvili played in his first ITF Junior Circuit tournament in late 2006 at the G2 Jerry Simmons Tournament. He lost in the first qualifying round.[7] In 2007, he managed to break through the qualifying of two G4 tournaments in Israel and a G3 in Romania. Nikoloz lost in the Round of 16 in all of them. Later that year, he reached his first semifinal at any junior tournament doing that in doubles for the first time at the US Junior Hard Court Championships, partnering Patrick Daciek. In singles, he reached that round at the G4 USTA Illinois losing to Filip Krajinovic, in September.[8][9]

In 2008, Nikoloz won his only junior title, the G4 Tennis Express tournament, defeating Raymond Sarmiento in three sets. The Georgian played mostly at G1 and GA tournaments that year, breaking through the qualifiers of the Eddie Herr Tennis Championship and the Orange Bowl. He reached the round of 16 in the former and the quarterfinals in the latter. The Orange Bowl was his last junior tournament.[10]

Senior careerEdit

In 2015, he qualified for his first Grand Slam tournament – Roland Garros, losing in the first round to Thanasi Kokkinakis. He also managed to qualify for Wimbledon later that year, where he beat Facundo Bagnis and 15th seed Feliciano López, advancing to the third round of a major for the first time in his career. Additionally, he managed to qualify for the US Open, where he lost to Feliciano López in the first round in straight sets.

In 2016, he qualified for his first Australian Open, losing the first round in straight sets to Roger Federer. Later that same year, in July, Basilashvili reached his first ATP tournament final – the Austrian Open Kitzbühel, where he lost to Paolo Lorenzi in two sets. He recorded his first win over a Top 10 player in October, when he defeated world number 10 Tomáš Berdych at the Vienna Open.

In February 2017, Basilashvili participated at the Sofia event, grabbing victories over Adrian Mannarino, 1st seed Dominic Thiem and 8th seed Martin Kližan, before losing to 3rd seed and eventual champion Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals. Basilashvili continued his good form at the Memphis Open, where he defeated 1st seed Ivo Karlović and went on to subsequently reach the final, losing to Ryan Harrison in straight sets. In June 2017, Basilashvili achieved a then career-high singles ranking of 51. He reached three semifinals and one final throughout the year. At the 2017 French Open, after defeating Gilles Simon and Viktor Troicki, Basilashvili lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the third round, winning just one game in three sets.[11]

In July 2018, he made it into the main draw of the German Open in Hamburg as a qualifier and went on to win the tournament, defeating Leonardo Mayer 6–4, 0–6, 7–5 in the final and becoming the first Georgian player since Alex Metreveli to win an ATP tournament. After winning his first title, Basilashvili moved to No. 35 in the world standings, his highest ever singles ranking and also the highest ever by a player from Georgia in the post-Soviet era. In October 2018, he won his second ATP title by upsetting top seed Juan Martín del Potro in the final of the China Open. In December in Doha, he lost to Novak Djokovic in three sets after beating Albert Ramos Viñolas and Andrey Rublev.

In 2019, he lost in four sets to the later semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open after beating two qualifiers in four and five sets. At the ATP 500 tournament in Rotterdam in February, he beat Hyeon Chung and Márton Fucsovics before losing to 1st seed Kei Nishikori. His performance earned him his career-high ranking of 19. He then played the Dubai Duty-free championships where he beat Karen Khachanov and Roberto Bautista Agut before falling to Borna Coric of Croatia. At Indian Wells he suffered an upset to Prajnesh Gunnashwaren of India.

At the 2019 US Open Basilashvili defeated Márton Fucsovics from Hungary in the first round.

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 5 (3 titles, 2 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 (3–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (3–1)
Indoor (0–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2016 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria 250 Series Clay   Paolo Lorenzi 3–6, 4–6
Loss 0–2 Feb 2017 Memphis Open, United States 250 Series Hard (i)   Ryan Harrison 1–6, 4–6
Win 1–2 Jul 2018 German Open, Germany 500 Series Clay   Leonardo Mayer 6–4, 0–6, 7–5
Win 2–2 Oct 2018 China Open, China 500 Series Hard   Juan Martín del Potro 6–4, 6–4
Win 3–2 Jul 2019 Hamburg European Open, Germany (2) 500 Series Clay   Andrey Rublev 7–5, 4–6, 6–3

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (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 medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (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.

SinglesEdit

Current through the 2019 Hamburg European Open.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A Q1 1R 1R 3R 3R 0 / 4 4–4 50%
French Open A A A A A A 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 0 / 5 2–5 29%
Wimbledon A A A A A Q1 3R Q2 2R 1R 2R 0 / 4 4–4 50%
US Open A A A A A Q2 1R Q1 1R 4R 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 0–2 3–4 5–4 3–3 0 / 16 13–16 45%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A A A A Q2 A 1R 1R 2R 0 / 3 0–3 0%
Miami Open A A A A A A A A 1R 2R 4R 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A 1R A 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Madrid Open A A A A A A A A Q1 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Rome Masters A A A A A A A A A 2R 3R 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Canada Open A A A A A A A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A Q1 1R 3R A 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Shanghai Masters A A A A A A 1R Q1 1R 2R 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Paris Masters A A A A A A A Q2 Q1 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 2–6 4–6 4–5 0 / 19 10–19 35%
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 1R Not Held 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Career statistics
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 9 27 28 17 90
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 2 / 2 1 / 1 3 / 5
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 4–8 8–10 25–27 29–28 20–16 3 / 90 86–90 49%
Year-end ranking 556 635 585 264 447 178 113 94 59 21 48.86%

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

  • He has a 4–10 (28.6%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
Season 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 4
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score Basilashvili
Rank
2016
1.   Tomáš Berdych 10 Vienna Open, Vienna, Austria Hard (i) 1R 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 7–5 107
2017
2.   Dominic Thiem 8 Sofia Open, Sofia, Bulgaria Hard (i) 2R 6–4, 6–4 87
2018
3.   Juan Martín del Potro 4 China Open, Beijing, China Hard F 6–4, 6–4 34
2019
4.   Alexander Zverev 5 Hamburg European Open, Hamburg, Germany Clay SF 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–5) 16

ATP Challenger & ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 20 (15–5)Edit

Legend
ATP Challengers (5–1)
ITF Futures (10–4)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 24 August 2009 Sochi, Russia Clay   Mikhail Fufygin 2–6, 7–5, 7–5
Winner 2. 18 June 2012 Kazan, Russia Clay   Ivan Sergeyev 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 3. 2 July 2012 Yerevan, Armenia Clay   Arthur De Greef 0–6, 1–6
Runner-up 4. 6 August 2012 Moscow, Russia Clay   Boy Westerhof 4–6, 4–6
Winner 5. 13 August 2012 Moscow, Russia Clay   Alexander Lobkov 6–3, 7–6(7–0)
Winner 6. 10 September 2012 Tbilisi, Georgia Clay   Toni Androić 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(7–1)
Winner 7. 3 December 2012 Antalya, Turkey Hard   Volodymyr Uzhylovskyi 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 8. 10 December 2012 Antalya, Turkey Hard   Guillermo Olaso 6–2, 6–2
Winner 9. 12 August 2013 Appiano, Italy Clay   Matteo Trevisan 7–5, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 4 November 2013 Antalya Turkey Hard   Robin Kern 6–4, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 11 November 2013 Antalya, Turkey Clay   Marc Rath 1–6, 3–6
Winner 12. 20 January 2014 Kaarst, Germany Carpet (i)   Miloslav Mečíř 2–6, 7–5, 6–3
Winner 13. 19 May 2014 Karshi, Uzbekistan Hard   Chase Buchanan 7–6(7–2), 6–2
Runner-up 14. 17 November 2014 Andria, Italy Carpet (i)   Ričardas Berankis 4–6, 0–1 ret.
Winner 15. 8 December 2014 Doha, Qatar Hard   Ramkumar Ramanathan 7–6(7–5), 6–2
Winner 16. 15 December 2014 Doha, Qatar Hard   James Marsalek 6–1, 6–2
Winner 17. 5 March 2015 Ra'anana, Israel Hard   Lukáš Lacko 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 18. 26 July 2015 Scheveningen, Netherlands Clay   Andrey Kuznetsov 6–7(3–7), 7–6(7–4), 6–3
Winner 19. 21 March 2016 Guangzhou, PR China Hard   Lukáš Lacko 6–1, 6–7(6–8), 7–5
Winner 20. 14 May 2016 Heilbronn, Germany Clay   Jan-Lennard Struff 6–4, 7–6(7–3)

Doubles: 6 (2–4)Edit

Legend
ATP Challengers (0–1)
ITF Futures (2–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1. 7 March 2010 McAllen, USA Hard   Chen Ti   Jared Easton
  Matheson Klein
7–5, 4–6, [10–4]
Runner-up 2. 28 February 2011 Brownsville, USA Hard   Boris Nicola Bakalov   Devin Britton
  Greg Ouellette
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 18 November 2013 Antalya, Turkey Clay   Miljan Zekić   Tom Schonenberg
  Matthias Wunner
0–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 16 December 2013 Doha, Qatar Hard   Yahor Yatsyk   Evan Hoyt
  Skander Mansouri
4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Winner 5. 27 January 2014 Kaarst, Germany Carpet (i)   Alexander Bury   Uladzimir Ignatik
  Dimitar Kutrovsky
4–6, 6–4, [10–6]
Runner-up 6. 12 April 2015 Naples, Italy Clay   Alexander Bury   Ilija Bozoljac
  Filip Krajinović
1–6, 2–6

Davis Cup matchesEdit

2015 Davis Cup Europe Group III
Round Date Opponents Final match score Location Surface Match Opponent Rubber Score
RR July 15, 2015   Albania 3–0 San Marino Clay Singles 2 Rel Pelushi 6–0, 6–0 (W)
RR July 17, 2015   Malta 3–0 San Marino Clay Singles 2 Bernard Cassar Torregiani 6–1, 6–0 (W)
Play-off July 18, 2015   Estonia 2–0 San Marino Clay Singles 2 Jürgen Zopp 3–6, 6–2, 6–4 (W)
2016 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II
Round Date Opponents Final match score Location Surface Match Opponent Rubber Score
1R
March 4–6, 2016   Denmark 0–5 Tbilisi Carpet (indoor) Singles 1 Christian Sigsgaard 7–6(7–4), 1–6, 4–6, 4–6 (L)
Doubles (with George Tsivadze) Sigsgaard/Nielsen 6–7(3–7), 1–6, 2–6 (L)
Play-off
July 15–17, 2016   Zimbabwe 3–2 Tbilisi Hard Singles 2 Mark Fynn 6–3, 6–3, 6–2 (W)
Doubles (with
Nodar Itonishvili)
Lock/John Lock 6–3, 6–3, 6–7(6–8), 4–6, 4–6 (L)
Singles 3 Benjamin Lock 6–3, 6–4, 6–2 (W)
2017 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II
Round Date Opponents Final match score Location Surface Match Opponent Rubber Score
1R
February 3–5, 2017   Finland 3–2 Tbilisi Carpet (indoor) Singles 1 Eero Vasa 2–6, 6–1, 6–4, 6–1 (W)
Doubles (with George Tsivadze) Heliövaara/Niklas-Salminen 4–6, 0–6, 3–6 (L)
Singles 3 Emil Ruusuvuori 6–2, 6–4, 6–4 (W)
2R
April 7–9, 2017   Lithuania 2–3 Tbilisi Hard Singles 1 Tadas Babelis 6–3, 6–2, 6–0 (W)
Doubles (with George Tsivadze) Grigelis/Mugevičius 4–6, 3–6, 3–6 (L)
Singles 3 Laurynas Grigelis 6–0, 6–1, 6–0 (W)
2018 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II
Round Date Opponents Final match score Location Surface Match Opponent Rubber Score
1R
February 3–4, 2017   Morocco 1–3 Marrakech Clay Singles 2 Amine Ahouda 6–3, 3–6, 3–6 (L)
Doubles (with Aleksandre Metreveli) Ahouda/Ouahab 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–2 (W)
Singles 3 Lamine Ouahab 1–6, 3–6 (L)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATP Rankings
  2. ^ "The pronunciation by Nikoloz Basilashvili himself". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  3. ^ Николоз Басилашвили
  4. ^ a b Nikoloz Basilashvili - Bio
  5. ^ Басилашвили: принял российское гражданство, потому что не мог найти спонсора
  6. ^ "Nikoloz Basilashvili's Juniors Profile". ITF. 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "Jerry Simmons ITF Junior Circuit - South Carolina". ITF. October 31, 2006. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "US Junior International Hard Court Championships". ITF. August 24, 2007. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "USTA ITF Junior Circuit - Illinois". ITF. September 23, 2007. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  10. ^ "Dunlop Orange Bowl". ITF. December 14, 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  11. ^ "Rafael Nadal races into French Open fourth round with one-sided win". bbc.com. June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.

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