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Stefan Koubek (born January 2, 1977 in Klagenfurtmarker) is a tennis player from Austria. Koubek plays left-handed with a double-handed backhand. His idol when growing up was Thomas Muster. Koubek has won three titles, two of which have come on hardcourts; despite this, he says his favorite surface is clay.

His nickname is Cooley or Stef. Koubek's hobbies include sports cars, video games, golf and skiing.

Tennis career

Koubek turned professional in 1994, losing his first match in St Pöltenmarker. Between 1994 and 1998, Koubek mostly played in ATP Futures and ATP Challenger Series events.

In 1997 he jumped up 184 positions in the rankings, thanks to good results in Challenger tournaments, reaching finals in Ulmmarker and Alpirsbachmarker. 1998 saw Koubek win his first Challenger event in Alpirsbachmarker; later that same year he lost to Younes El Aynaoui in the final of Maia. Koubek compiled a 33-20 record for the year.

Koubek won his first ATP title in 1999 at Atlantamarker as a qualifier. He achieved this losing only one set in the whole tournament, overcoming Sébastien Grosjean in the final 6–1 6–2. Koubek reached the fourth round in his French Openmarker debut, losing to Alex Corretja; to date this is his best performance at this event. Koubek made the final of Bournemouthmarker, losing to Adrian Voinea, and helped his country Austria back into the World Group of Davis Cup by defeating Sweden 3–2 in a promotion tie. Koubek was second only to Albert Costa in wins on clay during the 1999 season, with 28 match victories.

In 2000 Koubek won his second title on the hardcourts at Delray Beachmarker, defeating Alex Calatrava. He reached the semi finals at Mexico Citymarker, losing to Juan Ignacio Chela. He reached his highest singles rank to date on March 13, 2000, when he became the world number 20.

Koubek started off 2002 with his best ever performance at a Grand Slam tournament by making the quarter finals of the Australian Openmarker. In the first round, Koubek came back from a 0–6 1–6 1–4 15-40 deficit to eventually defeat Cyril Saulnier, 0–6 1–6 7–6(6) 6–4 8–6. In the next round he again came back from two sets to love down against James Blake, winning in 5 sets. Koubek then defeated Kristian Pless in the third round, and Fernando González in the fourth, before losing to Jiří Novák in the quarterfinals.

In the remainder of 2002, Koubek's best result was a quarterfinal appearance at the Hamburg Mastersmarker, losing to Tommy Robredo. Koubek then finished the year with seven consecutive first round losses.

Koubek rebounded in 2003 by winning his third career title in Dohamarker. Koubek won the tournament without dropping a set, defeating Jan-Michael Gambill in the final, and briefly holding the top spot in the ATP Champions Race. Koubek's form remained inconsistent, again losing seven consecutive first-round matches after his victory in Dohamarker, before making the semi-finals in Munichmarker, where he lost to Roger Federer. In Davis Cup, Koubek defeated the Belgian brothers Christophe and Olivier Rochus to help return Austria to the World Group.

Koubek made the third round at the 2004 French Openmarker before losing to David Nalbandian. In Thomas Muster's debut as Davis Cup captain, Koubek was instrumental in preserving Austria's status in the World Group, winning both singles matches over Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski.

Koubek tested positive for glucocorticosteroids at the 2004 French Openmarker after receiving an injection for an injured wrist; he was subsequently suspended for three months. The ITF rejected Koubek's appeal of the suspension, though acknowledging that Koubek had not used the drugs to enhance performance.Koubek forfeited his points and prize money from Roland Garrosmarker, though his results subsequent to Roland Garrosmarker were not disqualified.

As a result of injuries and his suspension, Koubek struggled in 2005, and his ranking fell outside the top 100. Koubek spent most of the year playing events on the Challenger circuit. His best results on the tour were a third round in Kitzbühelmarker, losing to Nicolás Massú, and a semifinal in the Helsinkimarker Challenger, where he lost to Björn Rehnquist.

At the start of 2006, Koubek was ranked 182nd in the world. Koubek played a mixture of Challengers and ATP events during the year; as a qualifier, Koubek made the final of the ATP event in Zagrebmarker, losing in straight sets to local favourite Ivan Ljubičić. Koubek reached the third round in Stuttgartmarker and the Generali Open, and the semifinals in Mumbaimarker. He finished the year ranked number 80. In doubles Koubek won his first title at the Generali Open with Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Koubek finished the 2007 season ranked in the top 50. The year began 2007 by making the final in Chennaimarker, losing to Xavier Malisse. At the Australian Openmarker, he was knocked out in the first round by Wayne Arthurs, in Arthurs' final Australian Open appearance; Koubek lost the match despite leading two sets to love. He played in Austria's first-round defeat in Davis Cup, losing 4–1 to Argentinamarker in Linzmarker. In Sopotmarker Koubek came back from a 6–0 4–0 deficit to defeat Agustín Calleri 0–6 7–6 7–5, where Calleri served for the match three times and saved 5 match points in the process, which broke a streak 21 consecutive games lost after losing 6–4 6–0 to Daniel Koellerer in Kitzbühelmarker . Koubek was disqualified in Metzmarker against Sébastien Grosjean while leading 5–7 7–6 4–2 after using abusive language to the tournament supervisor Thomas Karlberg while disputing a call. Koubek said he directed the "Fuck you" at the situation and not at Karlberg personally.

Koubek started 2008 by making the third round at the Australian Openmarker before falling to Paul-Henri Mathieu in 5 sets, a match in which he lead a break of serve in each set, but was not able to close the match out. In March Koubek suffered back problems and will have surgery to alleviate bulging discs, which is a potentially career threatening injury.

Career finals


Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (3)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. April 26, 1999 Atlanta, United Statesmarker Clay Sébastien Grosjean 6–1, 6–2
2. February 28, 2000 Delray Beach, U.S. Hard Alex Calatrava 6–1, 4–6, 6–4
3. December 30, 2002 Doha, Qatarmarker Hard Jan-Michael Gambill 6–4, 6–4

Runner-ups (3)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. September 13, 1999 Bournemouth, United Kingdommarker Clay Adrian Voinea 1–6, 7–5, 7–6
2. January 30, 2006 Zagreb, Croatiamarker Carpet (i) Ivan Ljubičić 6–3, 6–4
3. January 1, 2007 Chennai, Indiamarker Hard Xavier Malisse 6–1, 6–3

Doubles (1)


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