Marcelo Melo

Marcelo Melo

Marcelo Melo
Country (sports)  Brazil
Residence Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Born (1983-09-23) September 23, 1983
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Height 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 1998
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,796,891
Singles
Career record 1–0 (ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
0 Challengers, 2 Futures
Highest ranking No. 273 (November 21, 2005)
Doubles
Career record 330–215 (ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 18
Highest ranking No. 1 (November 2, 2015)
Current ranking No. 1 (November 2, 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (2015)
French Open W (2015)
Wimbledon F (2013)
US Open SF (2013, 2014)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals F (2014)
Olympic Games QF (2012)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open SF (2010)
French Open F (2009)
Wimbledon SF (2010)
US Open QF (2013)
Last updated on: October 13, 2015.

Marcelo Pinheiro Davi de Melo (born September 23, 1983) is a Brazilian tennis player. He is the younger brother of Daniel Melo and grew up in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He stands at a height of 2.03 m (6 ft. 8 in.).

Primarily a doubles specialist, his career-high doubles ranking is World No. 1, which he achieved in November 2015. Melo shares with Bruno Soares the best Brazilian doubles player position of all time. In 2015, Melo became the first Brazilian male ever to win a French Open doubles title, playing alongside with Croatian Ivan Dodig.

Alongside regular teammate André Sá, he reached the men's doubles semifinals at Wimbledon in 2007 and the quarterfinal at the 2007 US Open. In 2009, he reached the mixed doubles final at the French Open with American Vania King, becoming the seventh Brazilian to reach the final of a Grand Slam and the first since Gustavo Kuerten. Playing with Ivan Dodig, he also reached the Wimbledon's doubles final in 2013; he won the doubles title of Masters 1000 Shanghai in 2013; and reached the doubles final on the ATP World Tour Finals in 2014. In men's doubles, Melo reached at least the semifinals of all four Grand Slams.

2007

After playing with different Brazilian partners in doubles, including André Sá, Melo went through a relatively successful period of his career, reaching the semifinals of Wimbledon doubles,[1] with some matches lasting four hours. Melo and Sá reached the quarterfinals of the US Open. Also, in 2007, they won the tournament title of ATP 250 Estoril.[2]

Melo underwent an anti-doping test in 2007, which was positive. He had taken medication containing banned substances for a headache, and Melo was suspended for two months. He returned to competition in November 2007, and at the first opportunity won the Buenos Aires Challenger without André Sá, who also was not in Adelaide triumph, the first week of 2008, when Melo played with the Argentine Martin Garcia.[2]

2008

In 2008, Melo partnered with André Sá and had a good campaign, winning three ATPs together—Costa do Sauípe, Poertschach and New Haven. They came to play in the Masters Cup, in which the top eight doubles in the world compete, but they ended the year ranked No. 9 in the Champions Race; this was because Melo was injured in Wimbledon and took time to recover, and Melo and Sá had not made any major campaign in the Masters Series and Grand Slams. Melo and Sá later went on to play as reserves in the Masters Cup.[3] They also participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[2][4]

2009

Marcelo Melo at Delray Beach 2009

In 2009, Melo and Sá won one ATP and reached the final of two other competitions. In Roland Garros, Melo reached the final of the Mixed Doubles with American player Vania King, losing the final by two sets to one. This was the first time since 2001 that a Brazilian reached the final of a Grand Slam. In ATP 500 Hamburg, a tournament that had once been a Masters Series, Melo and his partner the Slovak Filip Polasek finished as the runners-up. At the end of the year, Melo announced the end of his partnership with André Sá and his new partnership with Bruno Soares.[2]

2010

In 2010, Melo and Soares reached the final of the ATP 250 Auckland at the beginning of the year. After that, they did not play well until May, when Melo won the title of the ATP 250 Nice. At Roland Garros, they defeated the brothers Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan—the world's top doubles players—and reached the quarterfinal. They subsequently reached the semifinals of ATP 500 Hamburg, the final of the ATP 250 Gstaad, the third round of the US Open, the final of the ATP 250 Metz, and the semifinals of the ATP 500 Tokyo and ATP 250 Stockholm.[2]

2011

In 2011, Melo and Soares won two consecutive titles in the ATP 250 Chile and Brazil, and were runners-up in the ATP 500 Acapulco. They reached the semifinals of the ATP 250 Nice and Eastbourne, and Melo reached the Newport semifinal with André Sá. In August, Melo and Soares competed in the semifinals of the ATP 500 Washington. In September, playing with Lukas Dlouhy, Melo reached the final of the ATP 250 Metz. In October, with Soares, he reached the semifinals of the ATP 500 Valencia and the Japan Open Tennis Championships, and later the final of the ATP 250 Stockholm. In November, Melo and Soares reached the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 Paris. At the end of the year, Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares ended their partnership.[2]

2012

Marcelo Melo playing at grass

In 2012, playing with Ivan Dodig, Melo was the runner-up at ATP 500 Memphis and reached the quarterfinals of Roland Garros and Wimbledon. He was also a quarterfinalist at the Masters 1000 Madrid with Marin Cilic. Melo participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics with Bruno Soares; they reached the quarterfinals after defeating the duo Berdych and Stepanek by 24–22 in the last set.[5][6]

In the second half of 2012, Melo was a semifinalist in the Masters 1000 Cincinnati, and reached the third round of the US Open playing with Dodig. In October, partnered with Cilic, Melo was a semifinalist in the Masters 1000 Shanghai. With this, Melo reached the best rank in his career for a second time, reaching the 18th position worldwide. Playing with Soares, Melo won his 10th ATP doubles title in the ATP 250 Stockholm, reaching the 17th position worldwide. In the Masters 1000 Paris, Melo reached the semifinals, partnered with Cilic.[2]

2013

Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig

In 2013, Melo won the ATP 250 Brisbane in preparation for the Australian Open, along with Tommy Robredo; this was his 11th ATP title. In February, Melo defeated the Bryan brothers in the US partnered with Bruno Soares in the Davis Cup. In March, Melo reached the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 Indian Wells with Dodig, and in May he reached the third round of Roland Garros. At Wimbledon 2013, Melo performed the best campaign of his career, reaching the final of the tournament. With this, Melo attained his best career ranking, reaching 14th position.[2]

In the US Open 2013, he reached the semifinals for the first time in his career and again broke his personal record, reaching 11th position.[2] Melo won his first Masters 1000 title in October; playing with Dodig, they won Masters 1000 Shangai, defeating Roger Federer and also the Bryan brothers. Melo became for the first time a world top 10 player, reaching the 8th position of the ATP rankings.[2] He also reached the semifinals of the Masters 1000 Paris, first reaching the world doubles top 5.[2]

2014

In 2014, Melo's best results were the semifinal of the US Open, the final of the ATP World Finals, the final of the Masters 1000 Monte Carlo and Canada, the final of the ATP 500 in Rio and Tokyo, and the title of the ATP 250 Auckland. Remained in the top 10 world doubles throughout the year.[2]

2015

Melo at Roland Garros 2015

In 2015, Melo had an awesome first half, reaching for the first time the semi-finals of the Australian Open, winning the ATP 500 Acapulco, and reaching the semifinals of the first 3 Masters 1000 of the year consecutively: Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo. In June, he won the first Grand Slam of his career, winning the title of Roland Garros with his partner Ivan Dodig and defeating the Bryan brothers in the final. At Wimbledon, Melo repeated his 2014 result.

Melo then began to approach the Bryan brothers. The Americans began failed to defend precious points and Melo started to gain on them. In Cincinatti, Melo reached his 4th Masters 1000 level semi-final in the year. In October, Melo won three back-to-back tournaments, first in Tokyo, followed by the Shangai Masters (with Raven Klaasen). In Vienna, playing alongside Lukasz Kubot, Melo guaranteed his future place at the top of the ATP Doubles Ranking by advancing to the semi-final.[7] Melo and Kubot eventually won the tournament.

Significant finals

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 2 (1–1)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2013 Wimbledon Grass Ivan Dodig Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 2015 French Open Clay Ivan Dodig Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 7–5

Mixed Doubles: 1 (0–1)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
Runner-up 2009 French Open Clay Vania King Bob Bryan
Liezel Huber
7–5, 6–7(5–7), [7–10]

Masters 1000 finals

Doubles: 4 (2–2)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2013 Shanghai Hard Ivan Dodig David Marrero
Fernando Verdasco
7–6(7–2), 6–7(6–8), [10–2]
Runner-up 2014 Monte Carlo Clay Ivan Dodig Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
3–6, 6–3, [8–10]
Runner-up 2014 Toronto Hard Ivan Dodig Alexander Peya
Bruno Soares
4–6, 3–6
Winner 2015 Shanghai (2) Hard Raven Klaasen Simone Bolelli
Fabio Fognini
6–3, 6–3

ATP career finals

Doubles: 36 (18 titles, 18 runners-up)

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (1–1)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–1)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (2–2)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (3–6)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (12–8)
Titles by Surface
Hard (10–10)
Grass (0–3)
Clay (8–5)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
Winner 1. April 29, 2007 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay André Sá Martín García
Sebastián Prieto
3–6, 6–2, [10–6]
Winner 2. January 6, 2008 Next Generation Adelaide International, Adelaide, Australia Hard Martín García Chris Guccione
Robert Smeets
6–3, 3–6, [10–7]
Winner 3. February 11, 2008 Brasil Open, Costa do Sauípe, Brazil Clay André Sá Albert Montañés
Santiago Ventura
4–6, 6–2, [10–7]
Winner 4. May 18, 2008 Hypo Group Tennis International, Pörtschach, Austria Clay André Sá Julian Knowle
Jürgen Melzer
7–5, 6–7(3–7), [13–11]
Runner-up 1. June 9, 2008 Queen's Club Championships, London, Great Britain Grass André Sá Daniel Nestor
Nenad Zimonjić
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 5. August 17, 2008 Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven, United States Hard André Sá Mahesh Bhupathi
Mark Knowles
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 2. March 1, 2009 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, Delray Beach, United States Hard André Sá Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
4–6, 4–6
Winner 6. May 25, 2009 Interwetten Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay André Sá Andrei Pavel
Horia Tecău
6–7(9–11), 6–2, [10–7]
Runner-up 3. June 14, 2009 Queen's Club Championships, London, Great Britain Grass André Sá Wesley Moodie
Mikhail Youzhny
4–6, 6–4, [6–10]
Runner-up 4. July 26, 2009 International German Open, Hamburg, Germany Clay Filip Polášek Simon Aspelin
Paul Hanley
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. January 11, 2010 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard Bruno Soares Marcus Daniell
Horia Tecău
5–7, 4–6
Winner 7. May 22, 2010 Open de Nice Côte d’Azur, Nice, France Clay Bruno Soares Rohan Bopanna
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
1–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Runner-up 6. August 1, 2010 Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Bruno Soares Johan Brunström
Jarkko Nieminen
3–6, 7–6(7–4), [9–11]
Runner-up 7. September 26, 2010 Open de Moselle, Metz, France Hard Bruno Soares Dustin Brown
Rogier Wassen
3–6, 3–6
Winner 8. February 5, 2011 Movistar Open, Santiago, Chile Clay Bruno Soares Łukasz Kubot
Oliver Marach
6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 9. February 12, 2011 Brasil Open, Costa do Sauípe, Brazil Clay Bruno Soares Pablo Andújar
Daniel Gimeno-Traver
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Runner-up 8. February 26, 2011 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Bruno Soares Victor Hănescu
Horia Tecău
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 9. September 25, 2011 Open de Moselle, Metz, France Hard (i) Lukáš Dlouhý Jamie Murray
André Sá
4–6, 6–7(7–9)
Runner-up 10. October 23, 2011 If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Bruno Soares Rohan Bopanna
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 11. February 26, 2012 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, Memphis, United States Hard (i) Ivan Dodig Max Mirnyi
Daniel Nestor
6–4, 5–7, [7–10]
Winner 10. October 21, 2012 If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Bruno Soares Robert Lindstedt
Nenad Zimonjić
6–7(4–7), 7–5, [10–6]
Winner 11. January 6, 2013 Brisbane International, Brisbane, Australia Hard Tommy Robredo Eric Butorac
Paul Hanley
4–6, 6–1, [10–5]
Runner-up 12. July 6, 2013 Wimbledon Championships, London, United Kingdom Grass Ivan Dodig Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 12. 13 October 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters, Shanghai, China Hard Ivan Dodig David Marrero
Fernando Verdasco
7–6(7–2), 6–7(6–8), [10–2]
Winner 13. 11 January 2014 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard Julian Knowle Alexander Peya
Bruno Soares
4–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Runner-up 13. 22 February 2014 Rio Open, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Clay David Marrero Juan Sebastián Cabal
Robert Farah
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 14. 20 April 2014 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Ivan Dodig Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
3–6, 6–3, [8–10]
Runner-up 15. 10 August 2014 Rogers Cup, Toronto, Canada Hard Ivan Dodig Alexander Peya
Bruno Soares
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 16. 5 October 2014 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan Hard Ivan Dodig Pierre-Hugues Herbert
Michał Przysiężny
3–6, 7–6(7–3), [5–10]
Runner-up 17. 16 November 2014 London, United Kingdom Hard (i) Ivan Dodig Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
7–6(7–5), 2–6, [7–10]
Winner 14. 1 March 2015 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Hard Ivan Dodig Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Santiago González
7–6(7–2), 5–7, [10–3]
Winner 15. 6 June 2015 French Open, Paris, France Clay Ivan Dodig Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 7–5
Runner-up 18. 8 August 2015 Citi Open, Washington, United States Hard Ivan Dodig Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
4–6, 2–6
Winner 16. 11 October 2015 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan Hard Raven Klaasen Juan Sebastián Cabal
Robert Farah
7–6(7–5), 3–6, [10–7]
Winner 17. 18 October 2015 Shanghai Rolex Masters, Shanghai, China (2) Hard Raven Klaasen Simone Bolelli
Fabio Fognini
6–3, 6–3
Winner 18. 25 October 2015 Erste Bank Open, Vienna, Austria Hard Łukasz Kubot Jamie Murray
John Peers
4–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–6]

Doubles performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup - / Fed Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current till 2015 US Open.
Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R SF 0 / 8 7–8
French Open 2R 2R 1R QF 2R QF 3R 3R W 1 / 9 19–8
Wimbledon SF 3R 2R 2R 2R QF F QF QF 0 / 9 23–8
US Open QF 3R 2R 3R 2R 3R SF SF 1R 0 / 9 19–9
Win–Loss 8–3 5–4 3–4 6–4 3–4 8–4 11–4 11–4 13–3 1 / 35 68–33
Year-End Championship
Tour Finals A A A A A A SF F 0 / 2 6–3
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A 1R 2R 1R 1R A QF QF SF 0 / 7 8–7
Miami A 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R SF 0 / 8 7–8
Monte Carlo A 2R 1R A A 2R 1R F SF 0 / 6 7–6
Rome A 1R 2R A A A A QF QF 0 / 4 3–4
Madrid A 2R 2R A 2R QF 1R 1R 2R 0 / 7 4–7
Canada A A 2R 1R A 2R QF F 2R 0 / 6 5–6
Cincinnati A A 2R 1R A SF 1R 2R SF 0 / 6 6-6
Shanghai Not Held A A A SF W QF W 2 / 4 12–2
Paris A QF 1R 1R QF SF SF 2R 0 / 7 9–7
Hamburg A 2R Held as Madrid (Clay) 0 / 1 1–1
Win–Loss 0–0 6–7 4–8 0–5 3–4 14–7 9–7 11–7 15–7 2 / 56 62–54
Career Statistics
Titles–Finals 1–0 4–1 1–3 1–3 2–3 1–1 2-1 1–5 13–17
Year End Ranking 34 19 36 39 27 20 6 6 $2,166,269

Mixed doubles performance timeline

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R QF SF 1R 1R 2R 1R QF 0 / 8 8–8
French Open A 2R F A QF A SF A A 0 / 4 6–4
Wimbledon 2R 1R 2R SF 1R 2R 3R A A 0 / 7 8–7
US Open A 2R 1R A A A QF A A 0 / 3 3–3
Win–Loss 1–1 2–4 7–4 7–2 2–3 1–2 8–4 0–1 2–1 0 / 22 25–22

References

  1. ^ Melo semifinalist at Wimbledon
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l
  3. ^ Sá and Melo come as reserves at Masters Cup
  4. ^ Sports Reference
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