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Horacio Zeballos

Horacio Zeballos, Jr.
Country  Argentina
Residence Buenos Aires, Argentina
Born (1985-04-27) 27 April 1985
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 2003
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,132,770
Career record 51–80
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 39 (4 March 2013)
Current ranking No. 123 (17 November 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2010, 2013, 2014)
French Open 2R (2010, 2012, 2013)
Wimbledon 1R (2010, 2013)
US Open 2R (2009)
Career record 78–64
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 32 (25 October 2010)
Current ranking No. 79 (17 November 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2010)
French Open SF (2013)
Wimbledon 2R (2010)
US Open SF (2010)
Last updated on: 22 November 2014.
Horacio Zeballos
Medal record
Competitor for  Argentina
Pan American Games
Gold 2007 Rio de Janeiro Men's Doubles

Horacio Zeballos, Jr. (born 27 April 1985 in Mar del Plata) is a professional Argentine tennis player on the men's circuit. His career-high singles ranking is world no. 39, which he achieved in March 2013. His highest doubles ranking to date has been world no. 32, in October 2010. He has played most of his tennis on the Challenger events. He qualified for the US Open and defeated Michael Berrer in the first round for his first win at Grand Slam level, before losing to Tomáš Berdych in four sets in the second round.

He reached the final in the St. Petersburg Open in Russia, losing to Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky. He also reached the doubles final at the Movistar Open in Santiago in 2010, partnered with Potito Starace. They lost to top seeds, Łukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach. He then won the title in doubles at the Copa Telmex with Sebastián Prieto. Zeballos won the 2009 ATP Newcomer of the Year award on 17 February 2010.

Zeballos won his first pro title in 2013 at the VTR Open in Chile on 10 February. In the final, he beat Rafael Nadal, becoming only the third player (after Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic) to beat the former world no. 1 in a clay-court final.[1]


  • Personal 1
  • Tennis career 2
    • 2009 2.1
    • 2010 2.2
    • 2011 2.3
    • 2012 2.4
    • 2013 2.5
    • 2014 2.6
  • ATP career finals 3
    • Singles: 2 (1-1) 3.1
    • Doubles: 5 (2-3) 3.2
  • Challenger finals: 18 (10–8) 4
  • Singles performance timeline 5
  • Doubles performance timeline 6
  • Wins over top 10 players per season 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Zeballos is of native Argentine and Spanish descent. He enjoys music, ping-pong, and swimming. His father is also called Horacio Zeballos, and his mother is called Carolina. He has one sister, Carolina, Jr. His favorite surface is clay, and he was coached by Alejandro Lombardo until 22 March 2012.

Tennis career

Zeballos has competed primarily on the ATP Challenger Tour, where he has won five singles titles and six doubles titles.


He reached his first ATP Tour final at the St. Petersburg Open, defeating Yuri Schukin, Oleksandr Dolgopolov, Jr., Ernests Gulbis and Igor Kunitsyn before falling in the final to Stakhovsky in a third-set tiebreak.


Zeballos started the singles season in a slump, falling in the first round four times. He lost to countryman Juan Mónaco in Auckland and German Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Australian Open, before losing in three sets after taking the opener against Łukasz Kubot in Santiago. He retired in the second set when already a set down against Spain's Marcel Granollers in his first clay match of the year in Brazil. Horacio, though, had an excellent start to the doubles season. In his first tournament, the Heineken Open, Zeballos and Rogier Wassen defeated world no. 1 team Bob and Mike Bryan. Zeballos then reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open with countryman Leonardo Mayer, and reached the final at the Movistar Open with Italian Potito Starace. Zeballos then turned to the clay in the Copa Telmex in Argentina, where in the first round, he defeated countryman and former French Open champion Gastón Gaudio. It was Zeballos' first ATP singles win since he reached the final in St. Petersburg. Zeballos next defeated former world no. 1 Carlos Moyá and reached his first ATP quarterfinal since October, where he then lost to countryman Juan Mónaco. In doubles, Zeballos and countryman Sebastián Prieto were the fourth seeds and won the title against Simon Greul and Peter Luczak. It was Zeballos' first career ATP title. The next week, at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Zeballos lost in the first round to Łukasz Kubot. He made it to the doubles semifinals, partnered with Mónaco, when Mónaco withdrew.

Zeballos then was selected for the Argentine Davis Cup team for the first time. He played doubles with David Nalbandian against the Swedish pair of Robert Lindstedt and Robin Söderling. They won in straight sets. Next, Zeballos played the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Zeballos lost to Ricardo Mello. Then, he redeemed himself by winning his first-round match at the Sony Ericsson Open against Andreas Seppi. After that, Zeballos reached a career milestone as he defeated his first-ever top-25 player, 24th ranked Gilles Simon in the second round. He then lost in the third round to eventual finalist Tomáš Berdych.

His next tournament was the US Men's Clay Court Championships. He defeated Taylor Dent in the first round and then Israeli Dudi Sela. He then defeated world no. 11, Fernando González, for his first top-15 win and the biggest one of his career. He then faced eventual champion Juan Ignacio Chela in the semifinals, where he lost in straight sets.

At the Monte Carlo Masters he lost in the first round in straight sets to Spain's Tommy Robredo and in the Barcelona Open to Pablo Cuevas. He then lost to John Isner in Rome, but defeated Peter Polansky in Belgrade in his next match. In the second round of the Serbia Open, he lost to Filip Krajinović. However, he beat new rival Krajinovic in the ARAG World Team Cup, where Argentina won in the title when Zeballos defeated American Robby Ginepri in the second rubber of the final. In the first round of the French Open, Zeballos defeated qualifier Martin Fischer. He lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the second round. At Wimbledon, Horacio lost to Lu Yen-hsun in the first round, but in doubles with partner Leonardo Mayer, defeated fifth seeded pair of Łukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach. Horacio later won a Davis Cup doubles rubber with Eduardo Schwank, and Argentina went into the semifinal.

Horacio next played the Atlanta Tennis Championships. He was fourth seed and received a bye into the second round, where he lost to Taylor Dent. He then lost in Los Angeles, won one match in Washington, and lost in New Haven to Máximo González. At the US Open, Horacio recorded the biggest win of his career. In singles, he lost to Igor Andreev. In doubles, with Eduardo Schwank, he won the first round and in the second round, came back from serving 2–4, 15–40 in a third set to win in a tiebreak against the world no. 4 team, Max Mirnyi and Mahesh Bhupathi. They then defeated Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecău for Horacio to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. They defeated Kubot and Marach to get to the semifinals. Their great run was ended there, losing to Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.

Horacio then went to play two tournaments in France, the first being Davis Cup. In Argentina's loss to France, he and Schwank lost to Michaël Llodra and Arnaud Clément. Horacio next made his Davis Cup singles debut against Clement. He lost the match. A month later, Horacio played in Moscow, Russia. He made it to the quarterfinals, with a great upset of Janko Tipsarević on the way. After losing in St. Petersburg, Horacio made his way back to the Challenger tour. In his first three tournaments, he made two quarterfinals and lost in the second round of the Copa Topper to countryman Juan Pablo Brzezicki.


Horacio started the season playing Challengers. First, in São Paulo, he beat Júlio Silva, before falling to 448th ranked qualifier Rafael Camilo. He rebounded in Bucaramanga by beating veteran Iván Navarro in the first round, before losing to Moroccan Reda El Amrani in the second.

His victories were good enough to maintain his ranking of 108, and to get into the main draw of the Movistar Open in Santiago. Horacio beat qualifier Ricardo Hocevar in the first round, before taking on David Nalbandian in the second.


Zeballos played mostly on the Challenger circuit in singles. He did not make it past the second round in any ATP events. He had more success in doubles. He made it to the semifinals in Viña de Mar and Buenos Aires. At Roland Garros, he and partner Oliver Marach made it to the quarterfinals, where they were beaten by the Bryan brothers. He partnered with João Souza in Båstad and again reached the quarterfinals.


Horacio had a great run at Viña del Mar, making it to the final in singles, where he played and defeated Rafael Nadal, in Nadal's comeback tournament.[1]


In the first round of the 2014 Heineken Open, Zeballos beat Filippo Volandri in straight sets 6-0, 7-6.

ATP career finals

Singles: 2 (1-1)

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–1)
Finals by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 1 November 2009 St. Petersburg Open, Saint Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Sergiy Stakhovsky 6–2, 6–7(8–10), 6–7(7–9)
Winner 1. 10 February 2013 VTR Open, Viña del Mar, Chile Clay Rafael Nadal 6–7(2–7), 7–6(8–6), 6–4

Doubles: 5 (2-3)

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–3)
Finals by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents Score
Winner 1. 21 February 2010 Copa Telmex, Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Sebastián Prieto Simon Greul
Peter Luczak
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Runner-up 1. 7 February 2010 Movistar Open, Santiago, Chile Clay Potito Starace Oliver Marach
Łukasz Kubot
4–6, 0–6
Winner 2. 1 May 2011 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay Simone Bolelli Andreas Beck
Christopher Kas
7–6(7–3), 6–4
Runner-up 2. 29 September 2013 Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard (i) Pablo Cuevas Eric Butorac
Raven Klaasen
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 16 February 2014 Copa Claro, Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Pablo Cuevas Marcel Granollers
Marc López
5–7, 4–6

Challenger finals: 18 (10–8)

ATP Challenger Tour (10–8)
Finals by Surface
Hard (3–1)
Clay (8–6)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 22 June 2008 Recanati, Italy Hard Grega Žemlja 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 28 September 2008 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Marcos Daniel 4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 2. 1 February 2009 Bucaramanga, Colombia Clay Carlos Salamanca 7–5, 6–2
Winner 3. 22 March 2009 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Santiago González 7–6(7–3), 6–0
Runner-up 2. 3 May 2009 Pereira, Colombia Clay Alejandro Falla 4–6, 6–4, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 19 July 2009 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Marcos Daniel 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Winner 4. 26 July 2009 Manta, Ecuador Hard Vincent Millot 3–6, 7–5, 6–3
Winner 5. 9 August 2009 Campos do Jordão, Brazil Clay Thiago Alves 6–7(7–4), 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 20 September 2009 Cali, Colombia Clay Alejandro Falla 4–6, 3–6
Winner 6. 4 October 2009 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Gastón Gaudio 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 6 March 2011 Salinas, Ecuador Hard Andrés Molteni 5–7 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 6. 15 May 2011 Bordeaux, France Clay Marc Gicquel 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 1 April 2012 Barranquilla, Colombia Clay Alejandro Falla 4–6, 1–6
Winner 7. 13 May 2012 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Martin Kližan 1–6, 6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Winner 8. 4 November 2012 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay Julian Reister 6–3, 6–2
Winner 9. 11 November 2012 São Leopoldo, Brazil Clay Paul Capdeville 3–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–2)
Winner 10. 6 January 2013 São Paulo, Brazil Hard Rogério Dutra da Silva 7–6(7–5), 6–2>
Runner-up 8. 15 July 2014 Svijany, Czech Republic Clay Andrej Martin 6-1, 1-6, 4-6

Singles performance timeline


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 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 2014 Australian Open.
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R A A 1R 1R 0–3
French Open A 2R A 2R 2R Q2 3–3
Wimbledon A 1R A A 1R 0–2
US Open 2R 1R 1R Q1 1R 1–4
Win–Loss 1–1 1–4 0–1 1–1 1–4 4–11
Overall Win–Loss 5–5 16–28 5–6 3–9 9–12 38–60
Year-End Ranking 45 110 109 85 56

Doubles performance timeline

Current till US Open 2013.
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 3R A A 1R 2–2
French Open 1R 2R A QF SF 8–4
Wimbledon A 2R A A 2R 2–2
US Open A SF 2R 1R 3R 7–4
Win–Loss 0–1 8–4 1–1 3–2 7–4 19–12

Wins over top 10 players per season


  1. ^ a b "Tennis: Nadal denied title in comeback tournament", Global Post, 10 February 2013.

External links

Preceded by
Kei Nishikori
ATP Newcomer of the Year
Succeeded by
Tobias Kamke
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