Roko Karanusic
Roko Karanusic
Roko Karanusic
Roko Karanusic
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  • 2008 IN REVIEW

    The Croat reached first ATP QF and won two Challenger titles in three finals to finish in Top 100 for first time...Compiled a 28-10 Challenger record...Opened year by qualifying into Australian Open (l. to Kohlschreiber)...Followed with QF at Heilbronn Challenger and title at Belgrade (d. Petzschner)...Reached 2nd RD at hometown tournament in Zagreb (d. Kavcic, l. to Tipsarevic)...Over next two months in Challenger play, advanced to SF at St. Brieuc and QF at Rijeka and Zagreb (l. to C. Rochus at all three)...Lost in 1st RD at Roland Garros as qualifier (l. to M. Gonzalez), and reached 2nd RD on grass at Queen’s in London (l. to Djokovic) and Wimbledon (l. to Lopez)...In July, received walkover against Ljubicic to reach first ATP QF at Umag (l. to M. Gonzalez)...Defeated Sweeting for first Grand Slam win at US Open (l. to Nishikori)...Made Top 100 debut on July 28 at No. 99... Advanced to SF at Ljubljana Challenger (l. to Bozoljac)...Notched first Davis Cup victory by defeating Alves in dead fifth rubber in Croatia’s World Group playoff win against Brazil...In October, won Kolding Challenger title (d. K. Beck) and closed with runner-up at Eckental Challenger (l. to Gremelmayr)...Earned a career-high $221,190.


    2000--Reached final at Italy Futures #12…2001--Won first Futures title at Czech Republic #1 and finished runner-up at Slovenia #3…Also captured Futures doubles title at Zagreb (w/Zovko)…2002--Claimed one Futures title in three finals, titling in Spain…Won consecutive doubles titles at Croatia Futures (w/Zovko)…2003--Began year with two Futures titles in three finals and three other SF in first six events…Made ATP debut in June by qualifying into Umag (l. to Wawrinka)…Also made Grand Slam debut as qualifier at US Open (l. to Chela)…Doubles runner-up at Helsinki Challenger (w/Tipsarevic)…2004--Made first Australian Open appearance as qualifier, a five-set loss to Arthurs…Followed with first Challenger final at Cerbourg (l. to Jeanpierre)…2005-- Made Davis Cup debut for Croatia in 1st RD vs United States (l. to B. Bryan in dead rubber)…Reached three Challenger finals in a four-week span, at Montauban (l. to Roger-Vasselin), Tampere (l. to Pashanski) and Graz (l. to Vik)…Notched first ATP match win in October in Tokyo (d. Udomchoke)… 2006--Finalist at Istanbul Challenger (l. to Peya)…In doubles, runner-up at Chiasso Challenger (w/Hadad)...2007--The No. 4 from Croatia recorded his first ATP win over Gabashvili in Newport in July (l. to Moodie)…Went 2-8 in ATP play, including two Davis Cup rubbers versus Great Britain at Wimbledon in September…Beat Reister en route to Basel 2nd RD (l. to Gonzalez) in October…On Challenger circuit won title in Donetsk (d. Norman) and runner-up in Eckental (l. to Gremelmayr).


    Began playing at age six with his father, Vibor, who was a tennis coach and taught his son until 13...Then practiced at nearby club in Zagreb with local association...Mother, Zlata, is an economist...During junior career, reached SF at Canadian Open and QF at US Open in 2000...Considers strength his forehand and favorite surfaces grass and indoor hard courts...Off-court interests include listening to The Doors and reading literature of Dostojevski and Hesse...Says he never had any sports idols, only admired musicians like Jim Morrison...Has a 1-3 career Davis Cup singles record in three ties since making debut in 2005...Coached by Alan Maric.


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