One of the joys of brackets is that someone will step up and do something amazing and change the course of a tournament. Martin Kližan has taken the U.S. Open and turned into the opportunity of a lifetime! In just a few short days, Martin Kližan has made a name for himself, as well as advanced into the 4th round. On September 3rd, he will be matched up against another tournament surprise, number 13 seed, Croatian Marin Čilić .
Oh, what a week it has been for Martin Kližan!
Earlier in the week, on August 30, at the U.S. Open, Martin Kližan, an unknown, even within the tennis world, beat fifth-seeded power player Jo-Wilifried Tsonga, shocking the tennis world. Before this match, Martin Kližan never beat anyone above a number 39 ranking.
Tsonga did not play as if he was hurt. Nor did he look tired. Kližan was just that powerful and strong. Known as a clay court specialist, lefty Kližan was not expected to get into the third round. Not since 2007 had the mega-talented Tsonga failed to make the third round of a tournament. Tsonga did not seem injured nor particularly tired. Kližan was very intense and relentless in his game plan and was never out of position. He stuck to his game and took this opportunity to play his best.
Then, on September 1, Martin Kližan played another seeded Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy, ranked number 32, and easily beat him in straight sets. Again, rarely forced out of position, Kližan played a steady match. He rarely made mistakes and always kept slightly ahead of Chardy, forcing the Frenchman to make some costly mistakes.
As Martin Kližan's continues to trend on twitter, tennis fans all over the world are frantically looking up who this newbie player even is! Here is a short profile of this power left-hander:
Full Name: Martin Kližan
Birthday: July 11, 1989
Zodiac sign: Cancer
Hometown: Bratislava, Slovakia
Stats: 6 feet 3 inches, 170 pounds.
ATP Rank: No. 52
Highest ATP Rank: No. 48 on August 13, 1012
Plays: Martin Kližan plays left-handed with a two-handed backhand.
Parents: Milan and Darina Kližan are Martin's parents.
Coach: Karol Kucera
Turned Pro: 2007
Career Record: 14-21
Total prize money: $463,088
Idol: Marat Safin
Hobbies: Martin enjoys playing computer games as well as a variety of sports including football. (soccer)
Favorite Surface: Clay
Other facts about Martin Kližan: Martin Kližan started to play tennis at the age of 5. ...He won the 2006 Roland Garros junior title. ...He has a sister, Natalia, who works in London. ...He speaks six languages including Slovak, English, Czech, Croatian, Polish and a bit of Russian. ...Before his August 30, 2012 win against Jo-Wilifried Tsonga, Kližan never beat a player with a higher ranking than number 49.
Georgia Makitalo is a lifelong tennis fan whose biggest thrill was attending to the U.S. Open in 2001.
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