(born January 27, 1974 in Constanţa
) is a tennis
coach and former professional tennis player from Romania
. He is currently coaching former world No. 1 and the current world No. 15 of the WTA
, Jelena Janković
Andrei began playing tennis at age eight, and moved to Germany at age sixteen.
Pavel has turned professional in 1995. He has won three singles titles, including the ATP Masters Series
tournament in Montreal/Toronto
in 2001. He has also won seven doubles titles, the latest title being the Open Seat Barcelona
, in 2007.
Pavel played what John McEnroe
considers to be the best first round match at a Grand Slam he has ever seen at the U.S Open in August 2006, where he lost to Andre Agassi
in four sets; 6–7(4), 7–6(8), 7–6(6), 6–2; taking three and half hours. Had Pavel won, it would have been Agassi's last match in a professional tournament.
His best single result over the course of his career took place in 2001, when he captured the Masters Series title in Montreal
. For his efforts during that week alone, Pavel earned US$400,000. When playing Andy Murray
in the Australian Open in 2009
, Pavel was forced to retire from the game in the second set due to a recurring back injury. He had lost the previous set. Andrei entered the 2009 French Open
, where he was defeated by Tommy Haas
6–1, 6–4, 6–4.
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