33 Facts About Michael Llodra


Michael Llodra is a French former professional tennis player.

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Michael Llodra was a successful doubles player with three Grand Slam championships and an Olympic silver medal, and has had success in singles, winning five career titles and gaining victories over Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych, Robin Soderling, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nikolay Davydenko, Janko Tipsarevic and John Isner.

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Michael Llodra is a well-known supporter of French football club Paris Saint-Germain, and has often been seen wearing the club's shirt prior to tennis matches.

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Michael Llodra reached his first Grand Slam final, the Australian Open men's doubles, with Fabrice Santoro.

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Michael Llodra won his first Grand Slam title, the Australian Open men's doubles, with Santoro.

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Michael Llodra made his first appearance in the fourth round of a Grand Slam singles tournament at that year's French Open.

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Michael Llodra won his first ATP singles title two weeks later at 's-Hertogenbosch.

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On 20 November 2005, Michael Llodra again teamed with Santoro to win the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, a competition which pitted the top eight doubles teams in the world against one another.

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In singles, Michael Llodra won two tournaments in the course of two months, the first in Adelaide, where he defeated Jarkko Nieminen in the final, and the other in Rotterdam, where he edged out Robin Soderling in a third-set tiebreak.

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Michael Llodra then entered the French Open, where he upset Tomas Berdych in the second round and went on to reach the fourth round, losing to Latvian Ernests Gulbis in straight sets.

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Michael Llodra started off the season with opening-round losses in Brisbane and Sydney.

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Michael Llodra made the second round of the Australian Open, losing to Juan Monaco in five sets.

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Michael Llodra lost to Marco Chiudinelli in the opening round in Rotterdam.

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Michael Llodra beat two well-known players on the rise: seventh seed Marcos Baghdatis and top seed Robin Soderling.

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Michael Llodra won at Eastbourne, beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in straight sets in the final.

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Michael Llodra lost in the first round at the French Open, the second round at Wimbledon to Andy Roddick in four sets, and made the third round at the US Open before retiring against Tommy Robredo.

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Michael Llodra then held three match points against world No 5 and eventual champion Robin Soderling, but eventually lost in a third-set tiebreak.

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In singles, Michael Llodra reached the quarterfinals in Marseille, losing to Robin Soderling in straight sets.

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Michael Llodra reached the quarterfinals in Madrid, losing to finalist Rafael Nadal.

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Michael Llodra lost in the first round at the French Open and in the round of 16 at Wimbledon.

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At the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, Michael Llodra reached the semifinals, after upsetting tenth and seventh seeds John Isner and Juan Martin del Potro, even though he was the lowest-ranked player in the draw.

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Michael Llodra faced David Ferrer for a place in the final, but lost.

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At the Dubai Open, Michael Llodra stunned world No 8 and Australian Open 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets, but lost to Dmitry Tursunov in the next round.

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Michael Llodra was in the men's doubles finals of the French Open with Nicolas Mahut, but lost to the Bryan brothers in the final.

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In 2014 Michael Llodra played fewer tournaments and had less success in singles than the previous years.

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Michael Llodra suffered first-round losses at the Australian Open and French Open, and skipped Wimbledon.

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Michael Llodra did get a win at the US Open, defeating Daniel Gimeno-Traver in straight sets.

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Michael Llodra's game is all dinks and slices and sly changes of pace.

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Michael Llodra was one of the last remaining serve-and-volleyers in the top ranks of men's professional tennis, a tactic aided by his left-handed serve which allowed him to create unusual angles.

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Michael Llodra has been called the 'best serve and volleyer in the world' by the website Essential Tennis.

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Michael Llodra later admitted making the comments in interviews with French media and complained that the fine was too high.

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Michael Llodra did not make matters better for himself during an interview with a reporter from the Chinese news Web site SINA.

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Michael Llodra denied his comments were racist during his 2011 French Open first round defeat at the hands of Belgian qualifier Steve Darcis, comparing the atmosphere on court to that of a north African souk while veteran Moroccan umpire Mohammed El Jennati was in the chair.

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