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The statistical tribute to Nicolas Kiefer (1994-2010)

Voo de Mar
12-30-2010, 12:54 PM
When he appeared in the late 90's along with Tommy Haas as potential successors of Becker and Stich, I knew they had relatively slim chances to win at least one major, on the other hand, taking into account Kiefer's stunning 1999 season (22 year-old then), I'd say he finishes his career as an underachiever - mainly given only 6 titles, and the fact he hasn't won a Masters Series tournament. In the already mentioned '1999' season, he was working with Bob Brett and they implemented an interesting tactics - Kiefer was playing almost all his service games from the back of the court but every time adopting serve and volley tactics at break point down, often at game point too. And it was working perfectly, and suddenly in 2000 his career in some sense collapsed, he never regain his composure after that. Interesting player overall, around 2004 changed his tactics to become a regular serve and volley player (at least after the 1st serve) on faster surfaces. Definitely very talented guy with stroke of genius, good to watch on every surface.

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Kiwi after winning the longest match in his career against Marc Gicquel at the Roland Garros 2006

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=113490&d=1172266254

Win/loss:
Career Singles (Tour Level Only): 368 - 277 (.570)
Career Doubles (Tour Level Only): 95 - 125 (.431)

Career Singles (incl. ITF Challengers and ITF Pro Circuits): 394 - 301 (.566)
Career Doubles (incl. ITF Challengers and ITF Pro Circuits): 103 - 131 (.440)

Number of tournaments played in singles:
- Main Tour (Grand Slams and ATP Tour): 260
- Challengers: 25
- Satellites: 1

CAREER TITLES in singles: (6 ATP + 1 Challenger)
95 - Germisch
97 - Toulouse (26)
99 - Tokyo (65), Halle (68), Tashkent (74)
00 - Dubai (81), Hong Kong (96)

Finalist: (13 ATP + 1 Challenger)

Best results in Grand Slam:
Australian Open (semifinalist 2006; quarter-finalist 1998, 00)
Wimbledon (quarter-finalist 1997)
US Open (quarter-finalist 2000)
Best results in Masters Series:
Indian Wells (quarter-finalist 2005)
Key Biscayne (quarter-finalist 1999, 04)
Hamburg (quarter-finalist 2008)
Canadian Open (finalist 2008; semifinalist 1999, 04)
Stuttgart / Madrid (semifinalist 2007; quarter-finalist 1997)
# Played once at the Masters (semifinalist 1999)
# World Team Cup winner in 1998

CAREER TITLES in doubles: (3 ATP)
98 - Ostrava (D.Prinosil)
02 - Los Angeles (S.Grosjean)
03 - Tokyo (J.Gimelstob)

Finalist: 1 ATP + 1 Challenger


Career High Singles: 4 (10 Jan 2000)
Career High Doubles: 56 (17 Feb 2003)

Singles ranking history at the end of the year (1994-2010):
1212 - 205 - 127 - 32 - 35 - 6 - 20 - 41 - 72 - 58 - 21 - 22 - 48 - 49 - 38 - 116 - 722.

Prize Money: $7,480,465

* Detailed singles statistic (including Challengers, Futures & Satellites):
5-setters: 12-11
Tie-breaks: 132-100
TB's in the deciding set: 17-10
The longest winning match: 4 hours 50 minutes; M.Gicquel 6-0, 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 11-9 (Roland Garros 2006)
The longest losing match: 4 hours 32 minutes; M.Safin 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-7 (US Open 2002)
The longest winning tie-break: 12-10 twice
The longest losing tie-break: 11-13 Albert Portas (Halle 2000)
The most served aces: 23 - Arnaud Clement defeated in 5 sets (Roland Garros 2005)

The other tributes:
Carlos Moya (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=173997&highlight=moya) Dominik Hrbaty (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=173977) Sebastien Grosjean (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=173782) Alberto Martin (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=173607&highlight=martin) Taylor Dent (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=173391&highlight=dent) Mariano Zabaleta (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=161330&highlight=zabaleta)
Guillermo Canas (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=159556&highlight=Canas) Fabrice Santoro (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=154899&highlight=Santoro) Marat Safin (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=153948&highlight=safin) Thomas Johansson (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=146101&highlight=johansson) Andrei Pavel (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=137150&highlight=pavel) Jonas Bjorkman (http://www.menstennisforums.com/search.php?searchid=1640259&highlight=bjorkman) Gustavo Kuerten (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=124201&highlight=kuerten)
Felix Mantilla (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=120967&highlight=Statistical) Davide Sanguinetti (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=119396&highlight=tribute) Kenneth Carlsen (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=111739&highlight=carlsen) Tim Henman (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=108551&highlight=tribute) Wayne Arthurs (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=104420&highlight=tribute) Sjeng Schalken (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=100578&highlight=tribute) Greg Rusedski (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=99403&highlight=tribute)

Nicolas :wavey:

Voo de Mar
12-30-2010, 12:55 PM
The most interesting matches in Kiefer's career in my subjective view:


:) Stuttgart-ind. 1997, 3R: P.Haarhuis 6-7(5) 7-6(3) 7-5

His second biggest result at the time (a couple months earlier was a Wimbledon quarter-finalist) after one of the best 3-set matches of the season. Haarhuis had a match point at 5:4* in the 2nd set, and another one at *5:2 in the 3rd set, but Kiefer broke 11 years older opponent for the first time and won 5 straight games in total!
Kiefer during his career came back three times from a double break in a set which would have been his last in a match:
- 4-6 7-6(4) 6-2 against M.Martelli (Hamburg '97... from 0:4 in the 2nd set)
- 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(0) against B.Black (Stuttgart '98... from 1:5 in the 3rd set)
He did not save a match point in both matches...

:o Australian Open 1998, QF: N.Escude 6-4 6-3 4-6 1-6 2-6

Kiefer was a huge favorite in that match but choked at mini-match point at 4:4 in the 3rd set and lost the momentum against the unexperienced Frenchman. Kiefer had to wait 8 years to finally advance to the semifinal in Melbourne...

:) Cincinnati 1999, 2R: P.Goldstein 2-6 6-4 7-6(10)

Untypical match, Kiefer needed 10 match points to win it, wasn't forced to save any match point in the progress. The only '12-10' tie-break which I know, without saving a set/match point for the winner.

:o Rotterdam 2000, QF: C.Pioline 6-2 3-6 5-7

Kiefer finished the '99 season as No. 6 in the world, began the 00' season with Doha-SF, Australian Open-QF and Doha-title which moved him to No. 4. Against Pioline led 4:2 in the 3rd set... actually it was the last moment when he would have been considered as the future No. 1 or a Grand Slam winner. After loss to Pioline, the German lost 5 matches in a row, gaining just one set in them...

:o US Open 2002, 1R: M.Safin 3-6 6-4 6-4 4-6 6-7(4)

Fantastic match, one of the best 5-setters of the year on Arthur Ashe stadium. In the 5th set, Safin wasted 6 break points at 2:1, then at 3:2 were 4 consecutive breaks of serve. In the 10th game, Kiefer began to suffer cramps, Safin in the following game (saved one mini-mp), and at the change of ends before the 12th game, both needed physical treatment! Kiefer won the 12th game saving two match points, having bigger problems with legs than Safin. At 3:6 in the tie-break, Kiefer collapsed on the court and couldn't get up.

:o Athens-Olympics 2004, F: with R.Schuettler - F.Gonzalez/N.Massu 2-6 6-4 6-3 6-7(7) 4-6

Probably the worst defeat in Kiefer's career. He was a mentally stable player throughout his singles career but had negative ratio in tight matches in doubles and experienced one of those matches playing to gain the Olympic gold medal. Actually it was a nightmare, the Germans were on fire, led 6:2 in the 4th set tie-break, 4 consecutive match points, at 6:3 Kiefer was serving twice and made a tactical mistake - didn't risk the first serve even once...

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:o Moscow 2005, F: I.Andreev 7-5 6-7(3) 2-6

Arguably it's the biggest nightmare in his singles career. Kiefer in years 2001-2008 lost 10 consecutive finals which is the 2nd "best" result in the Open era. His final against Andreev was No. 8 in the unfortunate streak, he led *4:0 in the 2nd set, then was two points away from the title at 5:4* and 6:5 only to lose after more than 3-hour battle

:):) Australian Open 2006,

1R: P.Srichaphan 6-7(5) 4-6 7-6(5) 6-1 6-2

Very nice turn around in his career. He got two warnings for verbal abuse and throwing the racquet in the 3rd set, saved a match point at *4:5 and four rounds later advanced to the only Grand Slam final after a marathon win over...

QF: S.Grosjean 6-3 0-6 6-4 6-7(1) 8-6

Eight years after a 5-set loss to Escude at the Aussie Open quarterfinal, Kiefer has a better luck this time against another Frenchman. A longer match than the scoreline would suggest (4 hours 48 minutes), with 18 breaks of serve (!), finished in controversial circumstances. In the 12th game of the final set (6:5 for Kiefer) Grosjean lost a point, distracted by Kiefer's racquet throw, during an exchange at the net. Grosjean couldn't accept the decision of the referee but won the game nevertheless, only to lose the next two games.

:) Roland Garros 2006, 2R: M.Gicquel 6-0 6-1 5-7 3-6 11-9

Very funny match on Court No. 2, Kiefer led two-sets-to-love after just one hour, then suffered a left wrist injury, and needed another six hours to get out of the court as the winner! The match was halted due to rain for an hour at 3:4 in the 4th set and 2:2 in the 5th set :crazy:
In the next round retired after losing the 1st set 1-6 to Berdych. Kiefer after Roland Garros was always playing his next tournament in Halle, and it happened also after RG '06 but one year later (!), where he lost in the 1st round to... Berdych :D Kiefer didn't play 12 months (two surgeries in 2006) due to injury he suffered in that match with Gicquel.

:o Hamburg 2008, QF: A.Seppi 3-6 7-5 5-7

Kiefer was down *2:5 (15-30) in the 2nd set, won 7 games in a row, and had a break point to lead with a double break, he had another break points leading 3:1 and 4:2, led 5:3 and lost the last four games, and the match in 3 hours 14 minutes.

:) Toronto 2008, SF: G.Simon 6-7(4) 6-3 7-6(5)

At the age of 31 finally reaches a Masters Series final after a tight battle with Simon, who was two points away from the win at 5:5 in the final tie-break.

Certinfy
12-30-2010, 12:57 PM
Lovely work once again :)

Mungo
12-30-2010, 01:06 PM
Did he retire?

TennisOnWood
12-30-2010, 01:07 PM
Thanks Voo

fast_clay
12-30-2010, 01:14 PM
i remember reading about kiefer and haas in aussie tennis mags back in 1992,93,94... these were the heirs to the german tennis thrones of becker and stich... and, for the most part the had the potential to be worthy successors...

both of them however were blighted by injury... rendering them unable to even get close to emulating the great kraut stock that went before them...

keifer had all the skills, and was a much better player at the end of his career... maybe by necessity, employing a more proactive attacking game that was akin to a genuine all court player and not just another very able backcourt ball striker...

a worthy addition to your stats tributes tally voo... well done again...

Voo de Mar
12-30-2010, 01:17 PM
Jelena's translation of his last interview as a player (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=10628742&postcount=32)..

Jelena
12-30-2010, 01:26 PM
Well done Voo (as always) :)

Gillouthe best
12-30-2010, 02:49 PM
Great work as usual

JMG
12-30-2010, 03:31 PM
Tashkent:
http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/2459/kiefertashkent.jpg

Sapeod
12-30-2010, 04:11 PM
Great career, Kiwi.

Have a great life :)

Kezzi
12-30-2010, 04:28 PM
Nice tribute, well done Voo! :yeah:

Voo de Mar
12-30-2010, 04:30 PM
Nice tribute, well done Voo! :yeah:

Have you seen about Grosjean? :p I see he is one of your faves.

Kezzi
12-30-2010, 04:43 PM
Have you seen about Grosjean? :p I see he is one of your faves.
Yeah, I just saw it. :) Of course you mentioned the AO match against Arnaud. :p I'm sad I never got to see them play doubles together, in the beginning of the year Arnaud was happy like a child in a candy store to have his best friend with him. :awww: :)

ChinoRios4Ever
12-30-2010, 06:41 PM
:o Athens-Olympics 2004, F: with R.Schuettler - F.Gonzalez/N.Massu 2-6 6-4 6-3 6-7(7) 4-6

Probably the worst defeat in Kiefer's career. He was a mentally stable player throughout his singles career but had negative ratio in tight matches in doubles and experienced one of those matches playing to gain the Olympic gold medal. Actually it was a nightmare, the Germans were on fire, led 6:2 in the 4th set tie-break, 4 consecutive match points, at 6:3 Kiefer was serving twice and made a tactical mistake - didn't risk the first serve even once...

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No words for this, everytime i see this i want to cry. :sobbing:

Great work Voo, as usual. :yeah:

Voo de Mar
12-30-2010, 06:43 PM
No words for this, everytime i see this i want to cry. :sobbing:

:hug: Amazing spirit of Chilean players.

Federerhingis
12-30-2010, 06:51 PM
i remember reading about kiefer and haas in aussie tennis mags back in 1992,93,94... these were the heirs to the german tennis thrones of becker and stich... and, for the most part the had the potential to be worthy successors...

both of them however were blighted by injury... rendering them unable to even get close to emulating the great kraut stock that went before them...

keifer had all the skills, and was a much better player at the end of his career... maybe by necessity, employing a more proactive attacking game that was akin to a genuine all court player and not just another very able backcourt ball striker...

a worthy addition to your stats tributes tally voo... well done again...

Indeed Kiefer had those, he had incredible hands and was a fine volleyer.

Voo de Mar
12-31-2010, 08:40 AM
I think it is worth mentioning, Kiefer's matches in 3 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments against Federer when the Swiss was at his peak.


Wimbledon 2005, 3R: 2-6 7-6(5) 1-6 5-7
US Open 2005, 4R: 4-6 7-6(3) 3-6 4-6
Australian Open 2006, SF: 3-6 7-5 0-6 2-6

Always the same scenario - Kiefer gives his best but it allows him only winning the tight 2nd set... Federer won all those three majors, the set lost to Kiefer at Wimbledon, was the only one he slipped away in London '05; was close to lose also the 4th set - Kiefer led *5:3 (30-15)

Jimnik
12-31-2010, 08:50 AM
Wimbledon 2005, 3R: 2-6 7-6(5) 1-6 5-7
US Open 2005, 4R: 4-6 7-6(3) 3-6 4-6
Australian Open 2006, SF: 3-6 7-5 0-6 2-6

Always the same scenario - Kiefer gives his best but it allows him only winning the tight 2nd set... Federer won all those three majors, the set lost to Kiefer at Wimbledon, was the only one he slipped away in London '05; was close to lose also the 4th set - Kiefer led *5:3 (30-15)
Indeed I remember it well, bad choke from Kiwi. Then again Federer also choked the previous game with 2 DFs to gift Kiefer the break. I remember Fed saying afterwards he was already mentally preparing for a 5th set.

Very aesthetically appealing game style and yes he probably underachieved but the same can be said of many players. I don't think he ever had enough mental and physical (some bad injuries) strength to make it to the top.

Henry Chinaski
12-31-2010, 02:48 PM
Nice player to watch. Shame he was such a finals gimp. What did he end his career with? Like 10 in a row?

Voo de Mar
12-31-2010, 03:00 PM
Nice player to watch. Shame he was such a finals gimp. What did he end his career with? Like 10 in a row?

10 - the second worst streak in the Open era.

fran70
12-31-2010, 03:43 PM
Thanks Voo for this new tribute :yeah:

Satanic Pasteur
12-31-2010, 04:07 PM
Kiefer was said to be the fastest runner of the ATP at 100 meters. Very muscular legs indeed.

Ouragan
01-01-2011, 02:02 PM
He just needs to go to Hollywood and hug his long lost twin brother Colin F.

NicolasKiefer44
01-01-2011, 05:33 PM
Voo this is awesome! I love stats, and I am a stat man myself for music. I am going to make some coffee now and sit and enjoy reading it all. VERY well done, I bow to you :)

I was always thrilled in his last few years that Kiwi always gave Roger a good match and took a set off Roger many times in Slam matches. I always loved to watch him play and I was lucky to see him play a few times.

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k255/mikewayne4/backhandslide.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k255/mikewayne4/TENNIS-HOPMAN-AUS-KIEFER-_2.jpg

propi
01-01-2011, 06:03 PM
Have a great life beyond tennis, Kiwi :(
I first saw him beating badly Mantilla few weeks before Roland Garros, never saw him before and thought he would be really good:yeah:
But this thread has brought Paul Haarhuis to my memory my favourite Dutch along with Schalken :sad:

kfh_9118
01-01-2011, 10:20 PM
thanks for doing the tribute on Kiwi :worship:

Sad he's retired, but not unexpected though.
He's been my favourite players since 1999, definitely an underachiever player :sad: