(born 22 June 1982 in Maaseik
) is a former Belgian tennis
player. He plays right-handed and he turned professional in 2001.
He was a semi-finalist in Chennai
in 2006 and in May of the same year, he reached the final of the ATP tournament in Munich
, setting up the first ever all-Belgian men's singles final against Olivier Rochus
. In July, Vliegen reached the second round of Wimbledon.
In Doha, the first tournament of the year he defeated Spaniard Óscar Hernández
with 6-1, 6-7 and 6-7. In the next round he faced German Philipp Kohlschreiber
. He was defeated in three straight sets 4-6, 7-6 and 6-4. At the Australian open he met Italian Simone Bolelli
but lost in three long sets 6-7, 5-7 and 6-7. One week later he started in the SA Tennis Open
as the seventh seed. In the first round he won in two straight sets of unranked Ross Hutchins
. In the next round he defeated Czech Jan Minar
. In the quarterfinals he lost to world number 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
in straight sets 4-6 and 1-6. At the Open 13
in Marseille he faced Czech Jan Hernych
in the first round but lost in three sets: 6-3, 3-6 and 6-4.
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