Xavier Malisse

Xavier Malisse

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Xavier Malisse (born 19 July 1980) is a Belgian tennis player. Born in Kortrijk, Belgium, he is the only men's player from his country to have been ranked in the top 20 of the ATP tour. He is sponsored by Prince and Lotto. His nickname is "The X-Man".


Malisse turned professional in 1998. In his professional career, he has reached 11 finals in which he has won three: Delray Beach in 2005 and 2007, and Chennai in 2007. Malisse and Olivier Rochus won the French Open doubles championship in 2004. His best performance in Grand Slam singles competition was at the 2002 Wimbledon championships, where he reached the semifinal, beating Britain's Greg Rusedski in five sets en route, as well as former champion Richard Krajicek. He eventually lost to runner-up David Nalbandian, again in five sets.Malisse started the 2006 tennis season reaching the finals in Adelaide and the second round of the Australian Open losing a five-set match to Thomas Johansson.

One of Malisse's most notable matches occurred at the 2005 U.S. Open. In the fourth round, he was down two sets to Andre Agassi and was two points from elimination (down 5–3) in the third-set tiebreaker when he fought back to take that set. In the next set, he dominated Agassi. Agassi later remarked that Malisse was "hitting winners off of both sides." CBS Announcer Mary Carillo remarked that Malisse is "oozing with talent." Just as it looked that Andre Agassi was tiring, Agassi came firing back,...
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