Paul-Henri Mathieu (born 12 January 1982) is a retired French tennis player. He won four singles titles on the ATP World Tour. His best singles performance in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament was reaching the semifinals of the 2005 Canadian Open. He achieved a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 12 in April 2008.
|Born|| 12 January 1982
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Retired||31 October 2017|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 12 (7 April 2008)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2006, 2008)|
|French Open||4R (2002, 2008)|
|Wimbledon||4R (2007, 2010)|
|US Open||3R (2004, 2010)|
|Olympic Games||QF (2008)|
|Highest ranking||No. 103 (15 September 2008)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2005, 2009, 2017)|
|French Open||2R (2002)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2003, 2007)|
|US Open||1R (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009)|
|Davis Cup||F (2002)|
|Last updated on: 13 November 2017.|
Mathieu was born in Strasbourg, France. He first began playing tennis at age 3, with his older brother Pierre-Yves. Between 1997 and 2000 he trained at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
As a junior, Mathieu posted a singles record of 42–15 (and 34–12 in doubles), reaching as high as No. 6 in the world in January 2000 (and No. 19 in doubles the same month). Mathieu won the boys' singles title at the 2000 French Open, (defeating Tommy Robredo in the final)
2002 was Mathieu's breakthrough year. He made the fourth round of the French Open, losing to Andre Agassi in five sets, despite having a two-set lead. Later on in the year, he confirmed his potential by winning back-to-back tournaments in Moscow and Lyon. He holds the distinction of being the last player to beat Pete Sampras before his retirement, which he did at the 2002 TD Waterhouse Cup. On 14 October, he became world no. 36, and his progress won him the ATP Newcomer of the Year award for 2002. He also nearly won the Davis Cup in 2002 with the French Davis Cup team, but lost the deciding rubber of the final to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, once more after relinquishing a two-set advantage.
In 2005, he achieved his best result in an ATP Masters Series event, knocking out Andy Roddick on his way to the semifinals at Montreal. He had a record of 2–2 in the four Davis Cup matches he played that year. He won both his matches against the Swedish opponents Thomas Johansson and Joachim Johansson, but lost to Russia's Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev in the quarterfinal tie.
2006 saw him equal his best result at a Grand Slam tournament by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open. In May a career-high ranking of no. 32 was attained. In the third round of the French Open, he lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in a gruelling encounter which lasted 4 hours and 53 minutes, but amazingly only saw 42 games played (Nadal won the match 5–7, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4, with the first set lasting 93 minutes and each of the following sets longer than an hour). Many tennis players and commentators, including two-time French Open runner-up Àlex Corretja, hailed it as a classic.
2007 started poorly for Mathieu when he injured himself at the Australian Open during a 1st round encounter against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco and was forced to retire from the match. This was unfortunate as Mathieu was up 2 sets and 3–0 in the 3rd set tiebreak at the time. After returning from his injury, he reached the 4th round in Miami, beating then world number 5 Fernando González of Chile along the way, before bowing out to Andy Murray in 3 sets.
On 29 April 2007, Mathieu won his 3rd career title, the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca defeating Álbert Montañés 6–1, 6–1. At Wimbledon, he reached round 4 for the first time, defeating Radek Štěpánek, No. 17 seed (15th-ranked) David Ferrer, and 15th seed (12th-ranked) Ivan Ljubičić. He attained a career high ranking of 28 in singles after this result, entering the world's top 30 for the first time. The week after Wimbledon, he beat Italian Andreas Seppi 6–7, 6–3, 7–5 in a difficult final to claim his fourth ATP Tour title in Gstaad, Switzerland. He rose to No. 23 in the rankings, making his top 25 breakthrough.
At the Montreal Masters, he produced one of the comebacks of the season to beat 15th seed Guillermo Cañas. Trailing 4–6, 0–4, he managed to up his level of play to win 13 of the next 14 games and record a win by the score of 4–6, 7–5, 6–0. He followed that up with a win over Mario Ančić in round 2. In round 3, he ran into Rafael Nadal, and actually won the first set 6–3 before losing the next two 6–3, 6–2.
At the 2012 French Open, Mathieu won his first round match from two sets down before defeating John Isner in five sets, 18–16 in the decider in what proved to be the second longest match in French Open history and fourth longest in Grand Slam history. He lost in the third round to the Spaniard Marcel Granollers. Mathieu defeated Igor Andreev of Russia in the Swiss Open [6–3, 7–6 (4)].
At the 2015 Generali Open Kitzbühel, Mathieu reached the final as a qualifier, after wins over Kenny de Schepper, Martin Kližan, Federico Delbonis and Nicolás Almagro. He lost in the final to Philipp Kohlschreiber 2–6, 6–2, 6–2.
Mathieu played the last singles and doubles match of his career in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament - the 2017 Rolex Paris Masters. Rank world no. 265 in the ATP singles rankings coming into the tournament, he lost in the second and final singles qualifying round to Vasek Pospisil. He and his partner Benoît Paire lost in the doubles main draw first round to the American pair of Nicholas Monroe and Jack Sock.
Mathieu is known for his exceptionally clean groundstrokes on both wings, with his heavy topspin forehand probably being his biggest weapon.
A relatively popular, well-liked player despite his inconsistent career results, Mathieu is often affectionately known by his initials, PHM. His favourite surfaces are clay and hard, and he admired Boris Becker while growing up. His brother Pierre-Yves is now a tennis coach in Strasbourg. In March 2012, Mathieu became a father for the first time when his wife, Quiterie Camus, gave birth to the couple's first child, a son named Gabriel. Their second child, a daughter named Inès, was born in March 2017.
|Winner||1.||6 October 2002||Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia||Carpet (i)||Sjeng Schalken||4–6, 6–2, 6–0|
|Winner||2.||13 October 2002||Open Sud de France, Lyon, France||Carpet (i)||Gustavo Kuerten||4–6, 6–3, 6–1|
|Runner-up||1.||28 September 2003||Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia, Palermo, Italy||Clay||Nicolás Massú||6–1, 2–6, 6–7(0–7)|
|Winner||3.||29 April 2007||Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco||Clay||Álbert Montañés||6–1, 6–1|
|Winner||4.||15 July 2007||Swiss Open, Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Andreas Seppi||6–7(1–7), 6–4, 7–5|
|Runner-up||2.||14 October 2007||Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Nikolay Davydenko||5–7, 6–7(9–11)|
|Runner-up||3.||5 October 2008||Moselle Open, Metz, France||Hard (i)||Dmitry Tursunov||6–7(6–8), 6–1, 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||26 July 2009||International German Open, Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Nikolay Davydenko||4–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||5.||8 August 2015||Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||Philipp Kohlschreiber||6–2, 2–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||6.||7 February 2016||Open Sud de France, Montpellier, France||Hard (i)||Richard Gasquet||5–7, 4–6|
|Winner||1.||13 September 2008||Romanian Open, Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Nicolas Devilder|| Mariusz Fyrstenberg
|7–6(7–4), 6–7(9–11), [22–20]|
|Runner-up||1.||25 July 2010||International German Open, Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Jérémy Chardy|| David Marrero
|3–6, 6–2, [8–10]|
Current till 2017 US Open.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||Q1||1R||A||A||1R||4R||1R||4R||2R||A||A||A||1R||Q2||1R||1R||1R||0 / 10||7–10|
|French Open||A||Q1||1R||4R||1R||A||3R||3R||3R||4R||3R||1R||A||3R||1R||1R||1R||2R||1R||0 / 15||17–15|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||2R||1R||A||1R||1R||4R||3R||2R||4R||A||1R||2R||1R||Q3||1R||Q3||0 / 12||12–12|
|US Open||A||Q1||Q1||1R||1R||3R||1R||2R||1R||2R||1R||3R||A||2R||1R||2R||1R||2R||Q1||0 / 14||9–14|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–1||4–4||0–3||2–1||2–4||6–4||5–4||9–4||4–4||5–3||0–0||3–3||1–4||1–3||0–3||2–4||0–2||0 / 51||44–51|
|Summer Olympics||NH||A||Not Held||A||Not Held||QF||Not Held||A||Not Held||A||NH||0 / 1||3–1|
|ATP Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||Q1||A||A||A||4R||3R||3R||3R||3R||2R||A||A||1R||2R||Q1||A||A||0 / 8||11–8|
|Miami Masters||A||Q1||A||Q1||1R||A||2R||1R||4R||4R||3R||1R||A||A||A||1R||Q1||1R||A||0 / 9||7–9|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||Q2||Q2||A||1R||A||1R||2R||1R||1R||1R||1R||A||2R||A||1R||Q2||A||Q1||0 / 9||2–9|
|Rome Masters||A||A||A||A||1R||A||1R||2R||A||1R||2R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||0 / 6||2–6|
|Madrid Masters||Not Held||A||A||A||1R||A||3R||1R||1R||1R||A||A||Q2||2R||A||A||A||0 / 6||2–6|
|Canada Masters||A||A||A||A||2R||A||SF||1R||3R||1R||2R||2R||A||Q2||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 7||8–7|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||Q1||A||A||2R||A||2R||1R||1R||1R||3R||2R||A||1R||A||Q2||A||Q1||A||0 / 8||5–8|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Masters Series||1R||Q1||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Paris Masters||A||Q2||Q1||A||1R||1R||3R||3R||1R||1R||1R||A||A||2R||A||A||Q2||1R||Q2||0 / 9||5–9|
|Hamburg Masters||A||A||A||A||1R||A||1R||3R||2R||1R||NM1||0 / 5||3–5|
|Titles / Finals||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||2 / 2||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||2 / 3||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 0||4 / 10|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||0 / 3||0–3|
|French Open||1R||2R||1R||A||1R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||A||1R||1R||0 / 9||1–9|
|Wimbledon||A||A||1R||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||0 / 3||0–3|
|US Open||A||A||A||1R||A||A||1R||1R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||0 / 5||0–5|
|Win–Loss||0–1||1–1||0–2||0–1||0–2||0–1||0–2||0–1||0–2||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–1||0–0||0–3||0–2||0 / 20||1–20|
|1.||Albert Costa||7||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||1R||6–4, 6–3|
|2.||Marat Safin||4||Moscow, Russia||Carpet (i)||SF||7–6(7–3), 6–4|
|3.||Rainer Schüttler||8||Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||2R||6–4, 3–6, 6–3|
|4.||Carlos Moyá||6||Davis Cup, Alicante, Spain||Clay||RR||6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–3|
|5.||Andy Roddick||5||Montreal, Canada||Hard||1R||7–5, 6–3|
|6.||Nikolay Davydenko||3||Sydney, Australia||Hard||2R||6–4, ret.|
|7.||Fernando González||5||Miami, United States||Hard||3R||6–3, 7–6(8–6)|
|8.||Nikolay Davydenko||4||Davis Cup, Moscow, Russia||Clay (i)||RR||2–6, 6–2, 6–1, 7–5|
|9.||Fernando González||6||Estoril, Portugal||Clay||1R||6–2, 6–4|
|10.||Nikolay Davydenko||5||Summer Olympics, Beijing, China||Hard||2R||7–5, 6–3|
|ATP Newcomer of the Year