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Radu Albot (born 11 November 1989) is a Moldovan professional tennis player. He is the first player from Moldova to win ATP singles (2019 Delray Beach Open) and doubles (2015 Istanbul Open) titles.

Radu Albot
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Country (sports) Moldova
ResidenceChișinău, Moldova
Born (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 29)
Chișinău, Moldova
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro2008
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$2,605,521
Singles
Career record62–77 (44.6% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 40 (27 May 2019)
Current rankingNo. 41 (17 June 2019)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2019)
French Open2R (2018, 2019)
Wimbledon3R (2018)
US Open3R (2017)
Doubles
Career record34–42 (44.7% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 56 (29 April 2019)
Current rankingNo. 59 (17 June 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2018, 2019)
French OpenQF (2015)
Wimbledon1R (2015, 2018)
US OpenSF (2018)
Last updated on: 17 June 2019.

Albot has won 1 ATP World Tour singles title, 1 ATP World Tour doubles title, 7 singles and 8 doubles Challenger titles in his career, as well as 14 singles and 7 doubles Futures titles. He has been a regular member of the Moldovan Davis Cup team since 2007 and holds his country's records for the most singles wins (28) and total wins (41).

His ATP singles ranking of No. 99 on August 3, 2015 made him the first Moldovan to break into the top 100. Albot achieved a career high ranking of No. 40 on May 27, 2019. He finished in Top 100 in the year-end rankings for the past three years (2016, 2017, 2018).

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Tennis careerEdit

2013-2016: First ATP doubles titleEdit

Radu Albot has achieved many firsts for a Moldovan professional tennis player. In September 2013 he won the ATP Challenger event in Fergana, Uzbekistan, becoming the first player from his country to win an ATP Challenger tournament. At the 2014 US Open, he won three straight matches in the men's qualifying tournament to gain a berth in the main draw, becoming the first Moldovan to play in the main draw of a Grand Slam Tournament.

In May 2015, Albot teamed up with Dusan Lajovic to win the doubles title at the inaugural 2015 Istanbul Open, becoming the first Moldovan to win an ATP Tour level event. In October 2015, Albot together with his doubles partner František Čermák managed to reach the 2015 Kremlin Cup final, being defeated by Andrey Rublev and Dmitry Tursunov in the decisive set. In June 2016, he qualified for the 2016 Wimbledon Championships and won his first Grand Slam match in 4 attempts, defeating Gastao Elias in the first round.

2017-2019: First ATP singles titleEdit

In June 2017, Radu Albot reached the quarter-finals of the 2017 Antalya Open beating Joao Sousa and Paolo Lorenzi, before losing to Andreas Seppi in straight sets. In the same year, he played for the first time in the main draw of all four Grand Slam tournaments. He received direct entry into the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon tournaments. Albot qualified for the 2015 US Open tournament and won two main draw matches before being defeated by Sam Querrey in the third round, his best singles finish at a Grand Slam to date. He equalled this achievement at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships, defeating Pablo Carreno Busta in the first round before eventually losing in the third round to John Isner.

In February 2018, Radu Albot reached the quarter-finals of the 2018 New York Open, winning matches against Bjorn Fratangelo and John Isner, but being eliminated by Kei Nishikori in the decisive third set. In September 2018, he reached his first ATP Tour level singles semifinals at the 2018 Moselle Open where he lost against the eventual champion of the tournament, Gilles Simon. At the 2018 US Open, he and partner Malek Jaziri reached the doubles semifinals.

In early February 2019, Radu Albot reached the semifinals of the 2019 Open Sud de France tournament, beating on his way Philipp Kohlschreiber, Ernests Gulbis and Marcos Baghdatis, before losing to the eventual champion of the tournament, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets. In late February 2019, he won the 2019 Delray Beach Open, making history as the first Moldovan to win an ATP singles title, knocking out Ivo Karlovic, Nick Kyrgios, Steve Johnson and Mackenzie McDonald. He defeated in the final Dan Evans of Great Britain in a closely fought three-set match.[2] In May 2019, Albot reached the 2019 Geneva Open semifinal losing in the penultimate round against Nicolás Jarry in straight sets.

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 title)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 (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (1–0)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Feb 2019 Delray Beach Open, United States 250 Series Hard   Dan Evans 3–6, 6–3, 7–6(9–7)

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-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 (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 May 2015 Istanbul Open, Turkey 250 Series Clay   Dušan Lajović   Robert Lindstedt
  Jürgen Melzer
6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Loss 1–1 Oct 2015 Kremlin Cup, Russia 250 Series Hard (i)   František Čermák   Andrey Rublev
  Dmitry Tursunov
6–2, 1–6, [6–10]

ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Tour TitlesEdit

Singles (21)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Challengers (7)
Futures (14)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 11 October 2010 Antalya Hard   Denys Molchanov 6–3, 4–6, 7–5
2. 21 February 2011 Antalya Clay   Ruan Roelofse 7–5, 6–4
3. 28 March 2011 Antalya Hard   Alejandro González 7–5, 6–3
4. 4 April 2011 Antalya Hard   Yannik Reuter 6–3, 7–6(7–1)
5. 11 April 2011 Antalya Hard   Peter Gojowczyk 6–3, 6–2
6. 23 May 2011 Cesena Clay   Walter Trusendi 2–6, 6–2, 7–6(7–1)
7. 20 February 2012 Antalya Hard   Aleksandr Lobkov 7–6(7–5), 6–3
8. 27 February 2012 Antalya Hard   Ádám Kellner 7–6(7–5), 6–2
9. 26 March 2012 Antalya Hard   Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrol 6–1, 6–3
10. 16 April 2012 Antalya Hard   Tomislav Brkić 6–1, 4–6, 6–1
11. 23 April 2012 Antalya Hard   Tomislav Brkić 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–3)
12. 28 May 2012 Bacău Clay   Roman Borvanov 7–5, 6–4
13. 26 February 2013 Antalya Hard   Reid Carleton 6–1, 6–4
14. 5 March 2013 Antalya Hard   Marsel İlhan 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(9–7)
15. 29 September 2013 Fergana, Uzbekistan Hard   Ilija Bozoljac 7–6(11–9), 6–7(3–7), 6–1
16. 28 February 2015 Kolkata, India Hard   James Duckworth 7–6(7–0), 6–1
17. 5 June 2016 Furth, Germany Hard   Jan-Lennard Struff 6–3, 6–4
18. 19 June 2016 Fergana, Uzbekistan Hard   Konstantin Kravchuk 6–4, 6–2
19. 17 July 2016 Poznań, Poland Clay   Clement Geens 6–2, 6–4
20. 5 November 2017 Shenzhen, China Hard   Hubert Hurkacz 7–6(8–6), 6–7(3–7), 6–4
21. 28 October 2018 Liuzhou International Challenger, China Hard   Miomir Kecmanović 6–2, 4–6, 6–3

Doubles (15)Edit

Legend (Doubles)
Challengers (8)
Futures (7)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. 28 July 2008 Oradea Clay   Andrei Ciumac   Steven Goh
  Zakary van Min
7–6(7–5), 6–7(5–7), [10–3]
2. 11 May 2009 Bucharest Clay   Andrei Ciumac   Florin Mergea
  Costin Pavăl
6–1, 6–2
3. 31 August 2009 Kempten Clay   Jiří Školoudík   James Lemke
  Richard Waite
6–1, 6–2
4. 24 May 2010 Pitești Clay   Andrei Ciumac   Ivan Anikanov
  Artem Smirnov
2–6, 6–3, [10–7]
5. 7 March 2011 Antalya Clay   Denys Molchanov   Roman Jebavý
  Adrian Sikora
6–7(3–7), 6–3, [12–10]
6. 16 May 2011 Aosta Clay   Yasutaka Uchiyama   Hiroki Moriya
  Shuichi Sekiguchi
4–6, 7–5, [10–7]
7. 14 April 2012 Mersin, Turkey Clay   Denys Molchanov   Alessandro Motti
  Simone Vagnozzi
6–0, 6–2
8. 5 May 2012 Ostrava, Czech Republic Clay   Teymuraz Gabashvili   Adam Pavlásek
  Jiří Veselý
7–5, 5–7, [10–8]
9. 21 October 2013 Kazan, Russia Hard   Farrukh Dustov   Egor Gerasimov
  Dzmitry Zhyrmont
6–2, 6–7(3–7), [10–7]
10. 3 March 2014 Guangzhou Hard   Christopher Rungkat   Claudio Grassi
  Ricadro Ghedin
1–6, 7–5, [10–7]
11. 7 April 2014 Mersin, Turkey Clay   Jaroslav Pospíšil   Thomas Fabbiano
  Matteo Viola
7–6(9–7), 6–1
12. 10 May 2014 Rome, Italy Clay   Artem Sitak   Andrea Arnaboldi
  Flavio Cipolla
4–6, 6–2, [11–9]
13. 20 July 2014 Poznań, Poland Clay   Adam Pavlásek   Tomasz Bednarek
  Henri Kontinen
7–5, 2–6, [10–8]
14. 10 August 2014 San Marino, San Marino Clay   Enrique López-Pérez   Franko Škugor
  Adrian Ungur
6–4, 6–1
15. 15 February 2015 Launceston, Australia Hard   Mitchell Krueger   Adam Hubble
  Jose Rubin Statham
3–6, 7–5, [11–9]

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

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q2 Q2 Q1 Q2 Q2 1R 1R 2R 1–3
French Open A A A A A Q1 Q2 1R 1R 2R 2R 2–4
Wimbledon A A A Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 2R 2R 3R 4–3
US Open A A A Q2 Q1 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 2–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–3 3–4 3–4 2–2 9–15
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A A 1R 1R 3R 2–3
Miami Open A A A A A A A A 1R 2R 2R 2–3
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A Q1 A 2R 1–1
Madrid Open A A A A A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Italian Open A A A A A A A A A A 2R 1–1
Canadian Open A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A A Q1 A 0–0
Shanghai Masters A A A A A A A A Q2 Q2 0–0
Paris Masters A A A A A A Q1 Q2 A A 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–2 5–5 6–9
Career statistics
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 11 17 23 13 72
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 1 1 / 1
Overall Win–Loss 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–2 5–1 7–4 2–5 4–11 9–17 12–23 20–12 62–77
Year-end ranking 726 503 281 225 169 168 121 97 87 98 44.6%

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R A 3R1 3R 4–2
French Open QF A 1R A 1R 3–3
Wimbledon 1R A A 1R 0–2
US Open 1R A A SF 4–2
Win–Loss 3–3 0–1 0–1 6–2 2–2 11–9
  • 1: Retired of tournament, doesn't count as a lost match

Davis CupEdit

Singles performances (28–8)Edit

Doubles performances (13-9)Edit

Record against top-10 playersEdit

Opponent Highest ranking Matches Won Lost Win % Last match
  Roger Federer 1 1 0 1 0% Lost (6–4, 5–7, 3–6) at 2019 Miami Open 2R
  Marin Čilić 3 1 0 1 0% Lost (3–6, 4–6) at 2016 Olympics 2R
  David Ferrer 3 1 0 1 0% Lost (6–4, 5–7, 1–6, 0–6) at 2015 US Open 1R
  Kei Nishikori 4 1 0 1 0% Lost (6–4, 3–6, 1–6) at 2018 New York Open QF
  Kevin Anderson 5 1 0 1 0% Lost (4–6, 3–6) at 2018 Acapulco 1R
  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 5 1 0 1 0% Lost (1–6, 3–6) at 2019 Montpellier SF
  Gilles Simon 6 2 0 2 0% Lost (1–6, 3–6) at 2018 Metz SF
  David Goffin 7 2 0 2 0% Lost (6–2, 6–7(7–9), 6–7(7–9)) at 2017 Gstaad 2R
  Fernando Verdasco 7 3 0 3 0% Lost (2–6, 6–3, 1–6) at 2019 Mutua Madrid Open 1R
  John Isner 8 4 1 3 25% Lost (3–6, 3–6, 4–6) at 2018 Wimbledon 3R
  Mikhail Youzhny 8 1 1 0 100% Won (4–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–5) at 2017 Gstaad 1R
  Marcos Baghdatis 8 1 1 0 100% Won (6–2, 7–6(7–2)) at 2019 Montpellier QF
  Jack Sock 8 1 0 1 0% Lost (4–6, 6–7(2–7)) at 2017 Delray Beach 1R
  Stefanos Tsitsipas 8 1 0 1 0% Lost (6–7(2–7), 2–6) at 2018 Indian Wells 1R
  Nicolás Almagro 9 2 1 1 50% Won (7–6(8–6), 6–3) at 2017 Marrakesh 1R
  Ernests Gulbis 10 1 1 0 100% Won (7–6(7–5), 4–6, 6–4) at 2R
  Pablo Carreño Busta 10 1 1 0 100% Won (3–6, 6–0, 6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–1) at 2018 Wimbledon 1R
Total 25 6 19 24% * Statistics correct as of 10 June 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATP Rankings
  2. ^ Shmerler, Cindy (25 February 2019). "Radu Albot, Trained on Wooden Courts of Moldova, Earns His Country's First Title". Retrieved 26 February 2019.

External linksEdit