From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Andrey Golubev (Template:Lang-ru, born July 22, 1987) is a Kazakh professional tennis player of Russian origin. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 33, achieved in October 2010. He has participated in all Grand Slam tournaments, the first being the 2008 US Open, as well in the main draw of ATP Masters Series and ATP International Series events. He has won three Challenger tournaments and reached the final of the 2008 St Petersburg Open. He won the 2010 International German Open, an ATP World Tour 500 series event.
- 1 Tennis career
- 2 Change in nationality
- 3 ATP career finals
- 4 Singles performance timeline
- 5 Top 10 wins per season
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Golubev's first senior ITF experience came primarily on the satellite tour in 2003. The first ranking point(s) earned by Golubev were from a four-week satellite tour in Serbia, and he gained another from a satellite event in Italy. In 2004, he turned his focus to attempting to qualify for futures and challenger events. His first appearance in the main draw of one of these events was from a wild card in the Arpa Ceramic Cup in Reggio Emilia, Italy, where he lost to world #219 Salvador Navarro, but did manage to win a set.
This performance earned him enough ranking points to qualify for a futures event in Helsingør, Denmark, where he had a strong run to the semifinals. He would get to at least the quarterfinals of three other events, all in Italy, including making his first final in L'Aquila, losing to Mathieu Montcourt. By the end of 2004, he was ranked as the 561st player in the world, with 25 ATP Entry Ranking points.
Golubev continued to enter futures events in 2005, with his best performances a semifinal and a quarterfinal, until Mid-May, when he won events on back-to-back weeks, the first in Grottaglie, the other in Teramo. The Grottaglie event was the first time that Golubev had ever been seeded in the main draw of a futures event, and as the #7 seed he survived losing the first set in the semifinals before beating #1 seed Malek Jaziri of Tunisia in the finals. Because of this win, he earned a special exemption for the Teramo event, where he continued his good form by beating #5 seed Alessandro Accardo in the final, having already taken out the tournament's #1 seed in the semis.
The schedule of rankings changes meant that both these events were added to the points count on the week of June 6, 2005, lifting Golubev up into the top 500 for the first time in his career.
In late July, Golubev earned his first direct acceptance into a challenger event, a clay court tournament in Valladolid, Spain. He was the lowest ranked player to receive direct acceptance, and managed to win his first match against a Spanish wildcard ranked outside the top 1000 in the world, before losing to an Australian qualifier.
In August, he won three straight qualifying matches to make the field for a challenger in Pamplona, where he would again make the second round. However, unable to consistently achieve strong results in the challengers, Golubev resumed playing futures events in September, making the finals in a November event in Sint-Genesius-Rode, Belgium. The ranking points from this event would be enough to move Golubev into the top 400 for the first time on November 21, 2005, and he finished the year ranked 393rd. Later in June, he earned a second wild card in Reggio Emilia, but lost his first round match.
Golubev also moved into the top 1000 in doubles in 2005, after making the semifinals of a futures event with Marco Gualdi. He would also move up by making the quarterfinals at three straight challengers, with three different partners. In September, at a futures event in Porto Torres, Italy, he teamed with Adriano Biasella and won the tournament, losing only a single set. He finished the year ranked #552 in doubles.
Despite finishing the 2005 season with a career-high ranking, Golubev struggled to start the 2006 season, not making it beyond the quarterfinals of a futures event until mid-May and dropping back below the 400th ranking place in mid-March. He returned to the top 400 after making the finals in Vicenza, rising to a new career-high ranking, but in this tournament he benefited from drawing a wild card in his first match, and getting both a withdrawal and a retirement from other opponents.
He returned to the challenger circuit for the start of June, qualifying for an event in Turin, where he lost in the first round, but his ranking suffered a major blow when his two wins from the previous season dropped off, sending him down to #448. Despite this setback, Golubev had a major breakthrough in Milan, where, as a wild card, he won back-to-back challenger matches for the first time, progressing to the quarterfinals before losing to Sydney Olympic bronze medalist Arnaud Di Pasquale.
His next three attempts at qualifying for challengers, though, all failed, so he again returned to the futures circuit, but with more success than his early season appearances, making finals at both Modena and Piombino, and returning him to the top 400. He briefly dropped back below this line, but came back up after a good challenger performance in Grenoble, where he won five straight matches, four in three sets, to qualify and make the quarterfinals.
Golubev again focused on futures play to end the season, and had some significant success. He defeated Adrian Mannarino in the final of an event in Rodez to set a new career-high ranking of #336, then made back to back finals in November, losing in Redbridge, England, and winning over Jeroen Masson in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, further boosting his ranking to #303, and ending the year ranked #305 in the world.
Golubev's ranking also improved in doubles, though not by as wide a margin. After making two tournament finals in June, he moved into the top 500, and nearly ended up in the top 400 before inactivity at the end of the season cost him points and dorpped him back below #500. He finished the year ranked 510th in doubles.
Golubev's first tournament of 2007 was a first for him, as he attempted to qualify for his first ATP International Series event, the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha. He lost his first match in straight sets, but continued his attempts to qualify for large events when he entered qualifying for the Australian Open. In Melbourne, he won his first qualifying match against Ernests Gulbis, but lost the second and failed to advance. Still, the ranking points that this attempt garnered moved Golubev into the top 300 for the first time in his career.
Through the early months of the year, Golubev continued to attempt to qualify for both ATP and challenger events, with no success. He made the final round of qualifying on several occasions, including losing to Radek Štěpánek at the Open 13 in Marseille.
He was able to gain direct acceptance to a challenger event in Rome in May, his first appearance in a main draw since September 2006, making the quarterfinals. His first challenger semifinal appearance came in Sassuolo a month later, as he won six straight matches to move into the top 250 for the first time. This made it easier to earn direct acceptance to challengers, and also helped him enter Wimbledon qualifying. In his first major event on grass, Golubev defeated #1 seed Olivier Patience, but fell short in the final round, losing his first five-set match to Wang Yeu-Tzuoo, and failing to qualify.
Wang would serve as Golubev's nemesis again, later in July at Recanati, where Golubev beat Rainer Schüttler and Gilles Müller to make his first challenger-level final, where he again lost to Wang, this time managing to take a set from him. This performance lifted him into the top 200 for the first time in his career.
He would continue to play challengers for the remainder of the season, with his best result coming in Grenoble, where he made the semifinals. In late October, Golubev again attempted to qualify for an ATP tour event, this time the Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel. This time, he was successful, not dropping a set in qualifying, and so made his first career ATP International Series main draw. He would actually improve on this, winning his first ATP match over American Amer Delic, and winning a set from #8 seed Paul-Henri Mathieu before losing the next two to go out. He would finish his season ranked #177.
Golubev played fairly few doubles matches in 2007, but did record his first career challenger victory at Mantua with Francesco Piccari, and again teamed with Piccari to make the semi-finals in Cordenons. He reached a new career high doubles ranking of #350 after these results, and finished the year at #389.
Golubev began the season by qualifying for his second ATP event, the Next Generation Adelaide International, but lost to a man he had beaten in Australia the year before, Ernests Gulbis, in the first round. In Australian Open qualifying, Golubev again fell short at the second round, but this time he quickly moved on to a challenger event in Heilbronn, Germany, where he reeled off eight straight wins, including beating #1 seed Florian Mayer and Philipp Petzschner in the final, winning his first career challenger event, and putting him to a new career-high ranking of 135. Despite being inactive, shifts from other players moved Golubev to his current career-high of No. 132 on February 11.
Golubev again attempted to qualify for the Open 13 in Marseille, but fell just one set short, losing to Ivan Dodig. He then went on a long losing streak, failing to win a singles match between mid-February and mid-April. This included a failure in his first attempt to qualify for an ATP Masters Series event, losing in the first qualifying round at Monte Carlo.
He won a match in qualifying for the Open Sabadell Atlántico in Barcelona to end a seven-game losing streak, but did not win consecutive matches until a quarterfinal in a challenger in Sanremo. He attmpted to qualify for both Wimbledon, and, for the first time, the French Open, but failed in both attempts, losing in the second round of Wimbledon qualifying.
Golubev reached another new milestone at the Canada Masters in Toronto, beating Phillip King and Rohan Bopanna to qualify for his first career ATP Masters series event main draw. He lost his first round match, though, to veteran Thomas Johansson of Sweden.
Golubev continued his attempts to qualify for ATP level events, succeeding at the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, but losing in the first round to Florent Serra. and falling one match short in Washington, D.C., at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.
Golubev entered qualifying for the US Open for the first time in 2008, losing in the final round to Switzerland's Stéphane Bohli. However, when Juan Carlos Ferrero pulled out of the tournament, Golubev was chosen as the lucky loser to replace him, and made his Grand Slam debut against an American wildcard, Brendan Evans. Golubev defeated Evans in three sets, but then lost to seventh seed David Nalbandian in the second round.
Golubev has had another year of only light doubles play, with his best result a semifinal with Francesco Piccari in Córdoba.
He reached the final of the 2008 St. Petersburg Open. His first win came against Olivier Rochus, where he prevailed 6–1, 6–4. He then surprised home hero Marat Safin in the second round, beating the Russian 6–4, 6–2 to progress to the quarterfinals. His next opponent was Mischa Zverev, whom he beat 6–7, 6–4, 7–6. He then went on to beat Victor Hănescu 6–3, 6–0 in the semifinals, but lost to Andy Murray 1–6, 1–6 in the final.
Golubev began the year by reaching his first Australian Open 2nd round by upsetting Ivan Ljubičić 3–6, 6–3, 2–6, 3–6 but losing to Mardy Fish in the following round 6–2, 1–6, 6–3, 6–3. He then rech the final of the 2010 Intersport Heilbronn Open challenger losing to Michael Berrer 3–6, 6–7. he then suffered first round losts in the 2010 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament and 2010 PBZ Zagreb Indoors. He then came back to the challengers of the 2010 GEMAX Open, where he retired in the quarterfinals against Ilija Bozoljac, 4–6, 3–5 ret. Representing Kazakhstan against South Korea, he was able to win both of his matches in straight sets. At the challengers of the 2010 BMW Tennis Championship, he fell in the second round to Michael Berrer.
He was able to qualify in the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, but lost to Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6–3, 6–4 in the first round. At the 2010 Tennis Napoli Cup challengers, he fell to Rui Machado, 6–3 6–3 in the semifinals. He then reached the second round of the 2010 Grand Prix Hassan II and as a qualifier in the 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, falling to Richard Gasquet and David Ferrer, respectively. Andrey fell in the qualifier of the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia. In a Davis Cup tie against China, he again won both his matches to give Kazakhstan a play-off spot.
He then suffered first-round loses in the 2010 French Open, 2010 Aegon Championships, Aegon International, and 2010 Wimbledon Championships. However, he reach the semifinals of the challenger 2010 UniCredit Czech Open, losing to Radek Štěpánek, 6–3, 6–2. At the 2010 Swedish Open, he lost in the second round to Tommy Robredo, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2. Golubev played world no.6 and defending champion Nikolay Davydenko in the 2010 International German Open to earn a spot in the quarterfinals, and then defeated Denis Istomin, 6–4, 6–1 to earn a semifinal berth. He then defeated Jürgen Melzer in the final, 6–3, 7–5, earning his first ATP World Tour title and becoming the first man from Kazakhstan to win an ATP World Tour title. Golubev followed this up by reaching the final of the 2010 Malaysian Open, losing to US Open semifinalist Mikhail Youzhny, having won the first set.
Golubev lost to Rafael Nadal in the first round of the US Open in straight sets, but he led early in each of the sets 3–1 in the first, 3–0 in the second, and 3–1 in the third, and was able to hold to force the second set into a tiebreak. The final score was 4–6, 6–7, 5–7.
Change in nationality
For the first years of his career, up to and including 2008 Wimbledon, Golubev competed as an athlete from Russia. However, before the 2008 Canada Masters, he changed his affiliation, appearing on the draw as an athlete from Kazakhstan, and his ATP profile now reflects this.
ATP career finals
Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)
|Grand Slam (0–0)|
|ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)|
|ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–0)|
|ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–2)|
|Runner-up||1.||20 October 2008||St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, Russia||Hard (i)||Template:Flagicon Andy Murray||1–6, 1–6|
|Winner||1.||25 July 2010||International German Open, Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Template:Flagicon Jürgen Melzer||6–3, 7–5|
|Runner-up||2.||27 September 2010||Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Hard (i)||Template:Flagicon Mikhail Youzhny||7–6(9–7), 2–6, 6–7(3–7)|
Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||August 2, 2014||Bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||Template:Flagicon Daniele Bracciali|| Template:Flagicon Henri Kontinen
Template:Flagicon Jarkko Nieminen
Singles performance timeline
Current till 2015 US Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||Q2||Q2||1R||2R||1R||2R||Q1||1R||1R||0 / 6||2–6||25.00|
|French Open||A||Q1||2R||1R||1R||Q1||Q1||1R||1R||0 / 5||1–5||16.67|
|Wimbledon||Q3||Q2||1R||1R||1R||A||A||1R||A||0 / 4||0–4||0.00|
|US Open||A||2R||1R||1R||1R||Q2||Q3||1R||Q2||0 / 5||1–5||16.67|
|Win–Loss||0–0||1–1||1–4||1–4||0–4||1–1||0–0||0–4||0–2||0 / 20||4–20||16.67|
|Titles–Finals||0–0||0–1||0–0||1–2||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||1 / 3||1–2||33.33|
|Year End Ranking||177||89||133||36||147||161||82||74||$2,024,068|
Top 10 wins per season
Wins over top 10 players per season
|1.||Template:Flagicon Nikolay Davydenko||6||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||3R||6–4, 6–4|
|2.||Template:Flagicon Robin Söderling||5||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Hard (i)||QF||6–3, 6–2|
|3.||Template:Flagicon Tomáš Berdych||7||Davis Cup, Ostrava, Czech Republic||Hard (i)||RR||7–5, 5–7, 6–4, 6–2|
|4.||Template:Flagicon Stanislas Wawrinka||3||Davis Cup, Geneva, Switzerland||Hard (i)||RR||7–6(7–5), 6–2, 3–6, 7–6(7–5)|
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