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Vladimir Nikolayevich Voltchkov (Belarusian: Уладзімір Мікалаевіч Валчкоў, Uladzimir Mikalaevič Valčkoŭ; Russian: Владимир Николаевич Волчков; born April 7, 1978) is a Belarusian tennis player. Voltchkov reached the semi-finals at the 2000 Wimbledon Championships, where, as a qualifier, he lost to Pete Sampras in straight sets. He represented Belarus in both the Davis Cup and the Olympic games in 2000, also won the Wimbledon juniors competition in 1996. His career high singles ranking was World No. 25.

Vladimir Voltchkov
Uladzimir Valčkoŭ
Уладзімір Валчкоў
Владимир Волчков
Voltchkov 2006 Kremlin Cup.jpg
Country (sports) Belarus
ResidenceMinsk, Belarus
Born (1978-04-07) April 7, 1978 (age 41)
Minsk, Soviet Union
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1995
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,309,401
Singles
Career record67–87
Career titles0
8 Challengers
Highest rankingNo. 25 (April 30, 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2002)
French Open2R (2004)
WimbledonSF (2000)
US Open2R (2001)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2000)
Doubles
Career record36–43
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 71 (Jun 9, 2003)
Team competitions
Davis CupSF (2004)

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Tennis careerEdit

JuniorsEdit

Voltchkov had excellent results as a junior capturing the Wimbledon juniors title defeating Ivan Ljubičić in 1996. He compiled a singles win/loss record of 69-34, reaching as high as No. 7 in the world in 1996.

Junior Slam results:

Australian Open: -
French Open: 3R (1996)
Wimbledon: W (1996)
US Open: 3R (1995, 1996)

Pro tourEdit

His highest achievement came in 2000, inspired by the film Gladiator.[1] After watching the movie four times, he went on to reach the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Championships as a qualifier, causing the British press to dub him "The Vladiator". En route to the semi-finals he beat Juan Ignacio Chela, Cédric Pioline, Younes El Aynaoui, Wayne Ferreira and Byron Black before losing to eventual champion Pete Sampras. Voltchkov has a 30–16 career Davis Cup record (17–11 in singles)[2]

Career finalsEdit

Singles (13 titles)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (8)
Futures (5)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. March 23, 1998 Ashkelon Hard   Eyal Ran 7–5, 6–4
2. November 16, 1998 Puebla Hard   Christophe Rochus 6–3, 6–3
3. February 1, 1999 Hamburg Carpet   Axel Pretzsch 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
4. May 3, 1999 Ljubljana Clay   Dinu Pescariu 7–5, 6–7(3–7), 6–4
5. May 8, 2000 Fergana Hard   Igor Kunitsyn 4–6, 6–0, 6–4
6. July 15, 2002 Manchester Grass   Karol Beck 6–4, 7–6(7–2)
7. October 28, 2002 Aachen Carpet   Marc Rosset 7–6(7–4), 6–4
8. January 24, 2005 Wrexham Hard (i)   George Bastl 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
9. March 14, 2005 Sarajevo Hard (i)   Michal Mertiňák 7–6(7–1), 6–3
10. March 20, 2006 Andong Hard   Aleksandar Vlaski 6–2, 7–5
11. August 20, 2007 Moscow Clay   Artem Sitak 7–6(7–4), 6–1
12. September 3, 2007 Kempten Clay   Marcel Zimmermann 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
13. November 5, 2007 Redbridge Hard (i)   Frederik Nielsen 6–1, 4–6, 6–4

Singles (1 runner-up)Edit

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. September 9, 2002 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–7(6–8), 5–7

Doubles wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. February 10, 2003 San Jose, United States Hard (i)   Lee Hyung-taik   Paul Goldstein
  Robert Kendrick
7–5, 4–6, 6–3

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