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Rainer Schüttler (German pronunciation: [ˈraɪnɐ ˈʃʏtlɐ]; born 25 April 1976) is a retired German professional tennis player. As of 2019, he is the most recent male German player to reach the singles final of a Grand Slam tournament, finishing as runner-up at the 2003 Australian Open. Schüttler also won a Silver medal in doubles at the 2004 Summer Olympics and achieved a career-high ranking of World No. 5 in April 2004.

Rainer Schüttler
Rainer Schüttler - Queen's Club 2011.jpg
Schüttler at the 2011 Queen's Club
Country (sports) Germany
ResidenceAltstätten, Switzerland
Born (1976-04-25) 25 April 1976 (age 43)
Korbach, West Germany
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1995
Retired11 October 2012
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 7,407,508
Singles
Career record327–337 (49.2%)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 5 (26 April 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (2003)
French Open4R (2003)
WimbledonSF (2008)
US Open4R (2003)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (2003)
Olympic Games2R (2000, 2008)
Doubles
Career record124–172 (41.9%)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 40 (11 July 2005)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2004, 2007, 2010)
French OpenQF (2007)
WimbledonQF (2005)
US Open2R (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesSilver medal.svg Silver Medal (2004)

Personal lifeEdit

He began playing tennis at the age of nine. He resides in Switzerland.

CareerEdit

2003Edit

In 2003, Schüttler became the first German since Boris Becker in 1989 to advance to the fourth round at all Grand Slams. He became the first German to reach a Grand Slam final, at the Australian Open, since Michael Stich was the runner-up at Roland Garros in 1996. En route to the final, which he lost in straight sets to Andre Agassi, he defeated Andy Roddick who would end the season as world no 1.

2004Edit

In 2004, Schüttler reached his first career ATP Masters Series final in Monte Carlo by beating Gustavo Kuerten in the first round, Lleyton Hewitt in the third round, Tim Henman in the quarter-final and Carlos Moyá in the semi-final. He however lost to Guillermo Coria in the final. That week, he would reach a career high ranking of No. 5. Schüttler won a silver medal for Germany in tennis men's doubles with partner Nicolas Kiefer at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. 2004 was the sixth straight year in which he finished in the ATP top 50.

2008Edit

In 2008, Schüttler reached his first career semi-final at Wimbledon by beating Santiago Ventura, James Blake, Guillermo García-López, Janko Tipsarević, and Arnaud Clément 6–3, 5–7, 7–6, 6–7, 8–6. His match with Clément was over 5 hours, completed in two days to reach the semi finals, and in which Schuettler saved a match point at 6–5 down in the fifth set. He was defeated by eventual champion Rafael Nadal 1–6, 6–7, 4–6. His achievement was a big surprise, since he entered the tournament ranked 94th and with a streak of 13 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments without making it past the second round.

2009Edit

Schüttler started off his 2009 season at the Chennai Open, beating Prakash Amritraj 6–2, 4–6, 6–1. In the second round, he beat Simon Greul 6–4, 6–2, and in the quarter-finals, he defeated Björn Phau 6–2, 7–5. Unfortunately Schuettler had to withdraw from his semifinal match against Somdev Devvarman because of a wrist injury. He also withdrew from the tournament in Sydney. At the Australian Open, he was seeded 30th but lost in the first round to Dudi Sela 1–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–4. He also participated in the doubles with Yen-Hsun Lu, but they were defeated by Łukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach. In the first round in Rotterdam, he lost to Mario Ančić. He played in the Open 13 in Marseille, defeating Laurent Recouderc in the first round 6–1, 6–4.

He competed at the ARAG World Team Cup in Germany, helping his country reach the final, where they lost to Serbia.

In the second round at Wimbledon, though seeded 18th he was upset by Israeli Dudi Sela 7–6, 6–3, 6–2.[1][permanent dead link]

 
Schüttler at the 2011 French Open

2010Edit

He reached the second round of the 2010 Australian Open defeating Sam Querrey in four sets. However he lost to Feliciano López in four sets, too. At the 2010 French Open he again suffered a first round exit. This time against Guillermo García-López of Spain in straight sets. He reached the semifinal of the 2010 Aegon Championships at the Queens Club in London. He lost to Sam Querrey in three sets 7–6, 5–7, 3–6. Despite his good form he was defeated by Denis Istomin in the second round of Wimbledon in five sets. At the quarterfinal of the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles Schüttler could not manage to close out the match against Sam Querrey despite serving for it at 5–4 and 6–5 in the deciding set. He was knocked out in the first round of the 2010 US Open after losing to Benoît Paire. At the PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok Schüttler beat Ricardo Mello in round one for a second round berth against Ernests Gulbis. He lost 6–7, 7–6, 4–6 in a close match. In 2010 Schüttler and his former Davis Cup companion Alexander Waske founded the Schüttler Waske Tennis-University, a tennis academy for professional tennis players.

2011Edit

Schüttler started the tour at the 2011 Qatar ExxonMobil Open where he confronted Teymuraz Gabashvili in the singles, but lost 3–5, 6–7. He also played doubles with Guillermo García-López confronting Marco Chiudinelli and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, to whom they lost 1–6, 2–6.

At the 2011 Australian Open, he played ninth seed Fernando Verdasco in the first round, but lost 1–6, 3–6, 2–6. He then played several Challenger series tournaments.

At Wimbledon, he defeated Thomaz Bellucci in the first round, but lost to Feliciano López in the second 6–7, 7–6, 2–6, 2–6.

RetirementEdit

Schüttler retired in October 2012 and has coached Sergiy Stakhovsky and Vasek Pospisil. He coached former Women's Tennis Association (WTA) world number one Angelique Kerber from November 2018-July 2019.

Since November 2018, he coached former world no.1, Angelique Kerber. In July 2019, Kerber announced they had split on social media.[1]

Major finalsEdit

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2003 Australian Open Hard   Andre Agassi 2–6, 2–6, 1–6

Olympic finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 silver medal)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Silver 2004 Athens Olympics Hard   Nicolas Kiefer   Fernando González
  Nicolás Massú
2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–7(7–9), 4–6

Masters Series finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2004 Monte Carlo Clay   Guillermo Coria 2–6, 1–6, 3–6

ATP Career finalsEdit

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

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP International Series Gold (1)
ATP Tour (3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1. 4 January 1999 Doha, Qatar Hard   Tim Henman 6–4, 5–7, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 5 April 1999 Chennai, India Hard   Byron Black 4–6, 6–1, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 3 January 2000 Doha, Qatar Hard   Fabrice Santoro 6–3, 5–7, 0–3 ret.
Winner 2. 17 September 2001 Shanghai, China Hard   Michel Kratochvil 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 24 September 2001 Hong Kong, China Hard   Marcelo Ríos 6–7(3–7), 2–6
Runner-up 4. 22 October 2001 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i)   Marat Safin 6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 29 April 2002 Munich, Germany Clay   Younes El Aynaoui 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 13 January 2003 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard   Andre Agassi 2–6, 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 7. 8 September 2003 Costa do Sauipe, Brazil Hard   Sjeng Schalken 2–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 29 September 2003 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Sébastien Grosjean 7–6(7–5), 6–2
Winner 4. 6 October 2003 Lyon, France Carpet (i)   Arnaud Clément 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 19 April 2004 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Guillermo Coria 2–6, 1–6, 3–6

Doubles: 7 (4–3)Edit

Wins (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
1. 16 July 2001 Stuttgart, Germany Clay   Guillermo Cañas   Michael Hill
  Jeff Tarango
4–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–4
2. 3 January 2005 Chennai, India Hard   Lu Yen-hsun   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Jonas Björkman
7–5, 4–6, 7–6(7–4)
3. 14 April 2008 Houston, United States Clay   Ernests Gulbis   Pablo Cuevas
  Marcel Granollers Pujol
7–5, 7–6(7–3)
4. 4 May 2008 Munich, Germany Clay   Michael Berrer   Scott Lipsky
  David Martin
7–5, 3–6, [10–8]
Runners-up (3)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 20 October 2003 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i)   Michael Kohlmann   Julian Knowle
  Nenad Zimonjić
6–7(1–7), 3–6
2. 15 August 2004 Summer Olympics, Athens, Greece Hard   Nicolas Kiefer   Fernando González
  Nicolás Massú
2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–7(7–9), 4–6
3. 4 July 2005 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Michael Kohlmann   František Čermák
  Leoš Friedl
6–7(6–8), 6–7(11–13)

Performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 W–L
Australian Open LQ LQ LQ 1R 2R 4R 3R F 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R LQ 14–13
French Open LQ LQ 1R 1R 1R 2R 4R 1R 1R 1R LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R A 4–12
Wimbledon LQ LQ 1R 2R 3R 2R 3R 4R 3R 1R 1R SF 2R 2R 2R A 19–13
US Open LQ LQ 1R 3R 2R 1R 4R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 7–12
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–4 5–4 5–4 5–4 14–4 2–4 2–4 0–4 0–2 6–4 1–4 2–4 1–3 0–0 44–50
Year-End Championships
Masters Cup Did Not Qualify SF Did Not Qualify 2–2
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A 1R QF SF 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R A 11–11
Miami Masters A LQ LQ A 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R LQ LQ 1R 3R 1R 2R A 5–11
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A 1R 1R 1R 2R F 1R A A A 1R A A A 6–7
Rome Masters A A A LQ A A 1R 1R QF 1R 1R A A A A A A A 3–5
Hamburg Masters LQ A LQ LQ 3R 2R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R NMS 7–10
Canada Masters A A A A 1R A A 1R SF 1R A A A A 2R A A A 5–5
Cincinnati Masters A A A A 3R A A QF SF 1R A A A A LQ A A A 9–4
Stuttgart Masters A A A A 1R 1R 1R Not ATP Masters Series 0–3
Madrid Masters Not ATP Masters Series 1R 1R 2R A A A 1R 1R A A A 0–5
Shanghai Masters Not ATP Masters Series 3R A A A 2–1
Paris Masters A A A A 1R A A 1R QF 1R A A A 1R A A A A 2–5
National Representation
Summer Olympics NH Not Held 2R Not Held 1R Not Held 2R Not Held A 2–3
Career statistics
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Career
Titles 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Year-end ranking 446 332 117 109 47 45 43 33 6 42 88 97 99 33 85 84 132 855

1 Third-round match at the 2003 Australian Open was a walkover (so does not count as a win)

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total
Wins 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 3 7 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 19
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score SR
1997
1.   Thomas Enqvist 7 Chennai, India Hard 1R 6–6, ret. 229
1999
2.   Tim Henman 7 Doha, Qatar Hard F 6–4, 5–7, 6–1 124
3.   Carlos Moyá 2 Chennai, India Hard QF 6–1, 3–0, ret. 71
2001
4.   Juan Carlos Ferrero 5 Hong Kong, Hong Kong Hard QF 6–3, 7–6(8–6) 44
5.   Juan Carlos Ferrero 5 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) 1R 7–6(10–8), 6–4 46
2002
6.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 4 Doha, Qatar Hard QF 7–5, 6–4 43
7.   Thomas Johansson 8 Munich, Germany Clay 1R 7–5, 6–3 29
8.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 5 Cincinnati, United States Hard 1R 6–3, 6–2 26
2003
9.   Andy Roddick 10 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard SF 7–5, 2–6, 6–3, 6–3 36
10.   Andy Roddick 6 Indian Wells, United States Hard QF 6–3, 6–2 15
11.   Jiří Novák 9 Rome, Italy Clay 3R 6–4, 7–6(7–2) 13
12.   Andre Agassi 1 Montreal, Canada Hard QF 2–6, 6–2, 6–3 8
13.   Sébastien Grosjean 10 Tokyo, Japan Hard F 7–6(7–5), 6–2 8
14.   Guillermo Coria 4 Tennis Masters Cup, Houston, United States Hard RR 6–3, 4–6, 6–2 6
15.   Andy Roddick 1 Tennis Masters Cup, Houston, United States Hard RR 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–3) 6
2004
16.   Tim Henman 7 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay QF 6–3, 6–1 6
17.   Carlos Moyá 8 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay SF 7–6(7–5), 6–4 6
2008
18.   James Blake 8 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 2R 6–3, 6–7(8–10), 4–6, 6–4, 6–4 94
2009
19.   Gilles Simon 7 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–4, 6–4 29

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nguyen, Courtney (13 November 2018). "Coaching Carousel: Wimbledon champ Kerber hires former ATP pro Rainer Schuettler". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 15 November 2018.

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