(born 18 January 1981) is a Belgian tennis
player. He was born in Namur
, Belgium, and currently resides in Auvelais
He was a partner of Roger Federer
on the junior circuit.
He has won 2 singles titles in his career and in 2004 won the French Open
doubles title partnering fellow Belgian Xavier Malisse
He is the younger brother of Christophe Rochus
, also a tennis player.
He has represented Belgium at two Olympic Games in both the singles and the doubles competitions at Athens
In May 2006, he reached the final of the ATP tournament in Munich
, setting up the first ever all-Belgian men's singles final against Kristof Vliegen
. He won that final in straight sets (6–4, 6–2).
In June, Rochus faced World No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarter-final of the tournament in Halle
, Rochus held four match points in the second set at 5–6 and in the tie-break (6–4 and 7–6). He could not close out the match and eventually lost 7–6, 6–7, 6–7.
Perhaps his biggest win was at Wimbledon in 2002, where he overcame top ten player Marat Safin
in four sets 6–2 6–4 3–6 7–6(1). Safin was able to get a measure of revenge at the 2006 U.S Open, defeating Rochus 6–3, 6–2, 6–3.
He reached the final of the 2009 If Stockholm Open
after winning to Swedish Andreas Vinciguerra
in the first round. Eight seed Feliciano López
, Finnish Jarkko Nieminen
. In the semi-finals he beat best Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci
. In the... Read More