Julien Benneteau

Julien Benneteau

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Julien Benneteau (born December 20, 1981 in Bourg-en-Bresse) is a professional male tennis player from France. His career best singles ranking is ATP World No. 32, which he reached in July 2010. He formerly resided in Boulogne Billancourt and now lives in Geneva. He is generally regarded as one of the best singles players on the tour to have not won a title.

In the 1996 Orange Bowl Bennetau won the Boys 16s singles title.At the 2006 French Open, Benneteau reached the quarter-finals by defeating Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis, Radek Štěpánek and Alberto Martín. There he was defeated in straight sets (6–2, 6–2, 6–3) by fourth-seeded player Ivan Ljubičić of Croatia.

The Frenchman finished the 2008 season in the Top 50 for the second time in three years. During the season he reached two ATP finals: at Casablanca, where he lost to fellow countryman Gilles Simon and in his final tournament of the season at Lyon (lost to Robin Söderling).

In May 2009, he entered the Interwetten Austrian Open in Kitzbühel as a lucky loser and reached his third career final, falling to Spain's Guillermo García-López 6–3, 6–7(1), 3–6.In the quarterfinals of the 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, he played a remarkable 53-point rally with then World No. 2 Andy Murray in the second set of a 6–4, 3–6, 1–6 loss. He lost the rally when he smashed a lob that grazed the net and went wide.

His best career victory was undoubtedly...
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