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Simon Aspelin

Simon Aspelin (born May 11, 1974 in Saltsjöbaden) is a professional doubles player (tennis) from Sweden who turned professional in 1998. Aspelin has achieved a career-high singles ranking relevant as of March 23, 2007, of World Number 436 which he reached on August 17, 1998.

A memorable part of Aspelin's career was when he and doubles partner Todd Perry were playing in the 2006 Wimbledon Championships men's doubles quarterfinals as the eighth-seeded doubles team against third-seeded Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor. Knowles and Nestor won the match by winning the final set 23–21.

At the 2007 U.S. Open, seeded tenth with his partner Julian Knowle, Aspelin achieved the greatest triumph of his career by winning the U.S. Open, his first Grand Slam. In the first two rounds, they won over Kubot/Skoch 6–2 6–2 and got a walkover over Calleri/Horna. They went on to upset the eighth seeds Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram in the third round. In the quarterfinals, they shocked the top seeds Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan 7–5 6–4, having lost to them only weeks before. In the semifinals, they held off unseeded Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut 7–6(2) 1–6 6–3, before winning the final 7–5 6–4 over the ninth seeds, Pavel Vizner and Lukas Dlouhy. He had never before reached a Grand Slam semifinal. This win put them into the #5 position in the ATP Doubles Race, and also gave Aspelin his career-high ranking of #13. His Davis cup record is 2–5 in doubles.

Another notable performance in 2007 was the final against Knowles/Nestor in Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, which he lost with Julian Knowle.

In the 2008 Summer Olympics, he and fellow Swede Thomas Johansson defeated French pair Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clement 7–6 (6), 4–6, 19–17 in the semi-finals. The match that lasted 4 hours and 46 minutes.

Career titles

Grand Slam men's doubles finals (1)

Wins (1)

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score in Final
2007 U.S. Open Julian Knowle Lukáš Dlouhý
Pavel Vízner
7–5, 6–4

Runner-ups (0)

Doubles (10)

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (9)
Titles by Surface
Hard (4)
Clay (4)
Grass (1)
Carpet (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. February 7, 2000 Marseille Hard Johan Landsberg Juan Ignacio Carrasco
Jairo Velasco Jr.
7–6, 6–4
2. May 19, 2003 St. Pölten Clay Massimo Bertolini Sargis Sargsian
Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 6–7, 6–3
3. July 7, 2003 Båstad Clay Massimo Bertolini Lucas Arnold
Mariano Hood
6–7, 6–0, 6–4
4. January 31, 2005 Delray Beach Hard Todd Perry Jordan Kerr
Jim Thomas
6–3, 6–3
5. February 14, 2005 Memphis, Tennessee Hard (i) Todd Perry Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–4
6. October 23, 2006 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet Todd Perry Julian Knowle
Jürgen Melzer
6–1, 7–6
7. May 26, 2007 Pörtschach Clay Julian Knowle Leoš Friedl
David Škoch
7–6, 5–7, [10-5]
8. June 17, 2007 Halle Grass Julian Knowle Fabrice Santoro
Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 7–6 (5)
9. July 15, 2007 Båstad Clay Julian Knowle Martin García
Sebastián Prieto
6–2, 6–4
10. September 7, 2007 U.S. Open, New York City Hard Julian Knowle Lukáš Dlouhý
Pavel Vízner
7–5, 6–4

Runner-up (16)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final '''Score
1. July 15, 2001 Båstad Clay Andrew Kratzmann Karsten Braasch
Jens Knippschild
6-7 6-4 6-7
2. July 29, 2001 Kitzbühel Clay Andrew Kratzmann Alex Corretja
Lukas Lobo
3-6 6-4 3-6
3. February 24, 2002 Buenos Aires Clay Andrew Kratzmann Gastón Etlis
Martín Rodríguez
6-3 3-6 4-10
4. April 14, 2002 Estoril Clay Andrew Kratzmann Karsten Braasch
Andrei Olhovskiy
3-6 3-6
5. September 14, 2003 Bucharest Clay Jeff Coetzee Karsten Braasch
Sargis Sargsian
6-7 2-6
6. July 11, 2004 Båstad Clay Todd Perry Mahesh Bhupathi
Jonas Björkman
6-4 6-7 6-7
7. July 17, 2004 Stuttgart Clay Todd Perry Jiří Novák
Radek Štěpánek
2-6 4-6
8. January 9, 2005 Adelaide Hard Todd Perry Xavier Malisse
Olivier Rochus
6-7 4-6
9. January 17, 2005 Auckland Hard Todd Perry Yves Allegro
Michael Kohlmann
4-6 6-7
10. June 20, 2005 Nottingham Grass Todd Perry Jonathan Erlich
Andy Ram
6-4 3-6 5-7
11. July 25, 2005 Indianapolis Hard Todd Perry Paul Hanley
Oliver Graydon
2-6 1-3 ret.
12. October 10, 2005 Tokyo Hard Todd Perry Satishi Iwabuchi
Takao Suzuki
4-5 4-5
13. January 14, 2006 Auckland Hard Todd Perry Andrei Pavel
Rogier Wassen
2-6 7-5 4-10
14. January 14, 2007 Auckland Hard Chris Haggard Jeff Coetzee
Rogier Wassen
7-6 3-6 2-10
15. November 17, 2007 Tennis Masters Cup, Shanghai Hard (i) Julian Knowle Mark Knowles
Daniel Nestor
2-6 3-6
16. August 16, 2008 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing Hard Thomas Johansson Roger Federer
Stanislas Wawrinka
4-6 3-6 7-6 3-6

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