47 Facts About Denis Istomin

1.

Denis Olegovich Istomin was born on 7 September 1986 and is an Uzbek professional tennis player.

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Denis Istomin has won two singles titles and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No 33 in August 2012.

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Denis Istomin was born in Orenburg to Russian parents Oleg and Klaudiya Istomin.

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Denis Istomin's father moved the family to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, when Denis was 3 months old.

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5.

Denis Istomin is good friends with Varvara Lepchenko, who previously played for Uzbekistan.

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6.

Denis Istomin is one of the few top ATP Professional players, along with Janko Tipsarevic and Hyeon Chung, to wear glasses while playing.

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7.

Denis Istomin broke into the top–200 late in 2005 and finished the year at No 196.

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8.

Denis Istomin received the Asian wildcard into the 2006 Australian Open, where he played world No 1 Roger Federer.

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Denis Istomin spent much of 2006 in the top 200, reaching a career-high of No 186 on 1 May, and finished the year at No 200 in singles.

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10.

Denis Istomin was slightly less successful in 2007, spending the entire year outside the top 200 in singles, but rallying towards the end of the year to finish at No 230, again claiming the Asian Wild card for the 2008 Australian Open.

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Denis Istomin entered the 2008 Australian Open as the Asian wild card.

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12.

Denis Istomin lost in the second round to local favorite Lleyton Hewitt in four sets.

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13.

Denis Istomin again received the Asian wild card into the 2009 Australian Open.

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14.

Denis Istomin played Vincent Spadea of the US in the first round and won in straight sets.

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15.

Denis Istomin first competed in the 2010 Aircel Chennai Open, but was defeated in the first round by Dudi Sela.

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16.

Denis Istomin was defeated in the third round by No 3 seed Novak Djokovic.

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17.

Denis Istomin made his first semi-final at an ATP level tournament at the 2010 SAP Open, in San Jose.

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18.

Denis Istomin was later defeated by No 1 seed and eventual winner Rafael Nadal in the second round.

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19.

Denis Istomin started the year at number 40 in the ATP rankings, but had a poor run in the Australian swing, starting the year with a second round exit in Brisbane and then losing first round matches in the next two weeks in Sydney and then in the Australian Open.

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20.

Denis Istomin's poor run continued on grass, with first round exits at Queen's and Eastbourne.

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21.

Denis Istomin then beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in Wimbledon but lost to Mardy Fish, a top ten player then, in the second round.

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22.

Denis Istomin travelled to his home country, Uzbekistan, to compete in two Challengers, both of which won.

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23.

Denis Istomin then moved to the US hard courts, losing in the second round of both the new Winston-Salem Open and the US Open, beaten by Julien Benneteau.

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24.

Denis Istomin had an uneventful end of the season, with a second round loss to Viktor Troicki in Kuala Lumpur's indoor courts, and, failing to qualify for further ATP 250, ATP 500 and ATP 1000 tournaments, ended the season with two early exit showings in the Bratislava and Helsinki Challengers.

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25.

Denis Istomin finished the year at the 74th place of the rankings, still well inside the top-100.

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26.

Still ranked No 73 after the tournament, Denis Istomin had to play the qualifying in Sydney, winning his three matches to qualify to the main draw, where he had an impressive run into the semi-finals as he swept past Pablo Andujar, Ryan Sweeting and 18-ranked Richard Gasquet, before losing to Jarkko Nieminen.

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27.

The following week, at the Australian Open, Denis Istomin was stopped by World No 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round.

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28.

Denis Istomin made the fourth round of the tournament, beating No 32 seed Juan Ignacio Chela and then the No 5 player in the world, David Ferrer.

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29.

Denis Istomin lost in five sets to Mikhail Youzhny to end his bid for a quarterfinal appearance.

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30.

At the Olympics, representing Uzbekistan, Denis Istomin made the round of 16, losing to eventual silver medalist Roger Federer.

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31.

Denis Istomin finished the year poorly, losing in all remaining tournaments in either the first or second round.

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32.

Denis Istomin then went on to enter the Apia International in Sydney, winning his first round and second round matches against James Duckworth and Fernando Verdasco to advance to the quarter-finals.

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33.

Denis Istomin reached the semi-finals of the US National Indoor Tennis Championships where he beat John Isner, Lleyton Hewitt and Michael Russell before losing to eventual champion Feliciano Lopez.

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34.

Denis Istomin would start the new year in the 2014 Apia International Sydney Tournament.

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35.

Denis Istomin beat his first round opponent Pablo Andujar and then pulled off a huge upset to down 7th seed Croatian player Marin Cilic in straight sets.

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36.

Denis Istomin played Novak Djokovic in the third round of the 2014 Australian Open.

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37.

Denis Istomin won all four points in the game consecutively with an ace down the middle, a running cross-court forehand passing shot, a backhand cross-court that was placed exactly on the line and an around-the-net backhand from behind the baseline, all of which were considered extremely risky shots.

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38.

Denis Istomin won his first ATP world tour title at the Nottingham Open, where he defeated Sam Querrey in the final.

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39.

Denis Istomin won a doubles title with Alexander Bury later that year.

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40.

Denis Istomin earned first tour-level win of 2016 against Borna Coric at the Miami Open.

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41.

Denis Istomin reached third round in Wimbledon where he lost to David Goffin in four sets.

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42.

Denis Istomin, then ranked 117 in the world, earned a wildcard to the 2017 Australian Open and upset defending champion and world No 2 Novak Djokovic in the second round, coming back from 2 sets to 1 down to win in five sets.

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43.

Denis Istomin then went on to defeat Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round, advancing to the fourth round where he lost to Grigor Dimitrov.

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44.

Denis Istomin made US$200,000 in prize money in total from the 2017 AO.

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45.

At the 2018 Asian Games, Denis Istomin won the gold medal in the men's singles which would earn him a spot at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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46.

At the 2021 French Open, Denis Istomin made a surprise run through qualifying and qualified for the main draw.

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47.

At the 2020 Olympics, Denis Istomin faced Sumit Nagal in the first round where he lost in three sets.

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