Olivier Rochus

Olivier Rochus
Olivier Rochus
Country  Belgium
Residence Dion-Valmont, Belgium
Born 18 January 1981 (1981-01-18) (age 30)
Namur, Belgium
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned pro 1999
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career prize money $4,111,641
Career record 226–247
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 24 (17 October 2005)
Current ranking No. 68 (14 November 2011)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open 4R (2005)
French Open 3R (2001, 2006)
Wimbledon 4R (2003)
US Open 4R (2004)
Career record 87–102
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 29 (5 July 2004)
Current ranking No. 410 (2 May 2011)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
French Open W (2004)
Wimbledon 3R (2005)
US Open 3R (2006, 2009)
Last updated on: 5 May 2011.

Olivier Rochus (born 18 January 1981) is a Belgian tennis player. He was born in Namur, Belgium, and currently resides in Auvelais, Belgium.



He was a partner of Roger Federer on the junior circuit, winning the Boys' Doubles title at Wimbledon in 1998.

He has won two singles titles in his career and in 2004 won the French Open doubles title partnering fellow Belgian Xavier Malisse.

He is the younger brother of Christophe Rochus, also a tennis player.

He won his first title in Palermo in 2000, defeating his brother in the semifinals and Diego Nargiso in the final, 7-6(14), 6-1.

Perhaps his biggest win was at Wimbledon in 2002, where he overcame top-10 player Marat Safin in four sets, 6–2 6–4 3–6 7–6(1). Safin was able to get a measure of revenge at the 2006 U.S Open, defeating Rochus, 3-6, 2-6, 3-6.

He has represented Belgium at two Olympic Games in both the singles and the doubles competitions at Athens and Beijing.[1]

In May 2006, he reached the final of the ATP tournament in Munich, setting up the first ever all-Belgian men's singles final against Kristof Vliegen. He won that final in straight sets, 6–4, 6–).

In June, Rochus faced world no. 1 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Halle. Rochus held four match points in the second set at 5–6 and in the tie-break (6–4 and 7–6). He could not close out the match and eventually lost. 7–6, 6–7, 6–7.


He reached the final of the 2009 If Stockholm Open, after winning to Swede Andreas Vinciguerra in the first round, eighth seed Feliciano López, and Jarkko Nieminen. In the semifinals, he beat best Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci. In the final, he met former world no. 8 Marcos Baghdatis, but lost in two sets, 1-6, 5-7.

One week later at the 2009 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, he won his first match against French qualifier Vincent Millot. He faced world no. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but lost in two short sets.

His next tournament was the Davidoff Swiss Indoors, where he first won his three qualifying matches. In the first round of the tournament, he lost to his former double partner and world no. 1 Roger Federer.

The last tournament of his tennis season was the AXA Belgian Masters (Challenger), where he met countryman Steve Darcis in the semifinal.


At the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open he defeated Richard Gasquet, 7–6, 1–6, 6–4, and the 2007 titlist and second seed Novak Djokovic, 6–2, 6–7, 6–4.

In the Nice tournament, one week prior to Roland Garros, he pulled off another upset, defeating 2009 French Open finalist Robin Söderling, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4.

He defeated Raven Klaasen of South Africa at the Hall of Fame Campbell's Tennis Championship, but lost to Mardy Fish in the final in three sets.


In March, Rochus lost in the fourth round in Miami to Roger Federer, after defeating Blaz Kavcic, Marcos Baghdatis, and Mikhail Youzhny in the first three rounds. In July, he made it to the final in Newport, where he was defeated by John Isner, 3-6, 6-7(6).

Career finals

Singles: 9 (2 titles, 7 runner-ups)

Legend (pre/post 2009)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP Masters Series /
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 series (0–0)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 series (2–7)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–5)
Clay (2–0)
Grass (0–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 25 September 2000 Italy Palermo, Italy Clay Italy Diego Nargiso 7–6(16–14), 6–1
Runner-up 1. 11 February 2002 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark Hard (i) Germany Lars Burgsmüller 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 3 March 2003 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark Hard (i) Slovakia Karol Kučera 6–7(4–7), 4–6
Runner-up 3. 15 January 2005 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Hard Chile Fernando González 4–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 1 May 2006 Germany Munich, Germany Clay Belgium Kristof Vliegen 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 24 September 2007 India Mumbai, India Hard France Richard Gasquet 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 25 October 2009 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 6. 11 July 2010 United States Newport, United States Grass United States Mardy Fish 7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 10 July 2011 United States Newport, U.S. Grass United States John Isner 3–6, 6–7(6–8)

Doubles (2)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tours (1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (1–0)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 24 May 2004 French Open, Paris, France Clay Belgium Xavier Malisse France Michaël Llodra
France Fabrice Santoro
7–5, 7–5
2. 9 January 2005 Adelaide, Australia Hard Belgium Xavier Malisse Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Todd Perry
7–6(7–5), 6–4

Performance timeline


To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only after a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the 2011 US Open.

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 1R 4R 2R 2R 1R 1R
French Open LQ 3R 2R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R LQ 2R 1R
Wimbledon 3R 2R 3R 4R 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R LQ 1R 2R
US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 4R 3R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R


External links

Preceded by
Juan Carlos Ferrero
ATP Newcomer of the Year
Succeeded by
Andy Roddick

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