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Andrei Pavel
Country (sports) Romania
ResidenceArizona, United States[1]
Born (1974-01-27) 27 January 1974 (age 47)
Constanța, Romania
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Turned pro1995
RetiredSeptember 23, 2009
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$5,123,329
Career record277–266
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 13 (25 October 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1999, 2004)
French OpenQF (2002)
Wimbledon3R (2000, 2002)
US Open4R (2000, 2004)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
Career record137–130
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 13 (30 April 2007)

Andrei Pavel (born 27 January 1974) is a Romanian tennis coach and former professional tennis player. He is currently coaching the no. 60 male tennis player Marius Copil.


Andrei Pavel in 2009 during his last singles match
Andrei Pavel in 2009 during his last singles match

Andrei began playing tennis at age eight, and moved to Germany at age sixteen.

Pavel has turned professional in 1995. He has won three singles titles, including the ATP Masters Series tournament in Montreal/Toronto in 2001. He has also won seven doubles titles, the latest title being the Open Seat Barcelona, in 2007.

Pavel played what John McEnroe considers to be the best first round match at a Grand Slam he has ever seen at the U.S Open in August 2006, where he lost to Andre Agassi in four sets; 6–7(4), 7–6(8), 7–6(6), 6–2; taking three and half hours. Had Pavel won, it would have been Agassi's last match in a professional tournament.

His best single result over the course of his career took place in 2001, when he captured the Masters Series title in Montreal. For his efforts during that week alone, Pavel earned $400,000. When playing Andy Murray in the Australian Open in 2009, Pavel was forced to retire from the game in the second set due to a recurring back injury. He had lost the previous set. Andrei entered the 2009 French Open, where he was defeated by Tommy Haas 6–1, 6–4, 6–4.

He played his last singles match in his homeland tournament in Bucharest in 2009, where he lost in the first round to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay. In the same tournament he teamed up with his old friend Gabriel Trifu, losing in the quarter finals to Spaniards Ramírez Hidalgo / Ventura. He also played two more exhibition matches, one facing Goran Ivanišević, while in the other he paired up with Ilie Năstase against the Mansour Bahrami / Yannick Noah pair. The week before, he had been the captain of Romania's Davis Cup team, where they lost to Sweden 3–2 in the qualifying rounds.

Pavel's career-high singles ranking was World No. 13 in October 2004.

After 19 years of living in Germany, he moved to Arizona, US.[2] He spends his summers in Romania.[3]


At the start of 2011, former world number one Jelena Janković announced her decision to work with Andrei Pavel on a trial basis. The Serbian player did not perform up to the mark in 2010 and had dropped to as low as number eight in the WTA rankings.[4]

Since the 2012 Indian Wells Masters, Pavel has been coaching Tamira Paszek, a world top-50 tennis player and dual Wimbledon quarter-finalist.[5]

Career finals

Singles (3 wins, 6 losses)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (1)
ATP International Series Gold (1)
ATP Tour (1)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. Apr 1998 Tokyo, Japan Hard Zimbabwe Byron Black 6–3, 6–4
Loss 1. Apr 1999 Munich, Germany Clay Argentina Franco Squillari 4–6, 3–6
Loss 2. Jun 1999 s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Australia Patrick Rafter 6–3, 6–7(7–9), 4–6
Win 2. May 2000 St. Pölten, Austria Clay Australia Andrew Ilie 7–5, 3–6, 6–2
Win 3. Jul 2001 Montreal, Canada Hard Australia Patrick Rafter 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 6–3
Loss 3. Oct 2003 Paris, France Carpet United Kingdom Tim Henman 2–6, 6–7(6–8), 6–7(2–7)
Loss 4. Apr 2005 Munich, Germany Clay Argentina David Nalbandian 4–6, 1–6
Loss 5. May 2006 Portschach, Austria Clay Russia Nikolay Davydenko 0–6, 3–6
Loss 6. Jul 2007 Umag, Croatia Clay Spain Carlos Moyà 4–6, 2–6

Doubles (6 titles, 5 runners-up)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Sep 1998 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Gabriel Trifu Romania George Cosac
Romania Dinu Pescariu
7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–4)
Loss 1. Feb 1999 Saint Petersburg, Russia Carpet Netherlands Menno Oosting United States Jeff Tarango
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
6–3, 3–6, 5–7
Loss 2. Jan 2005 Doha, Qatar Hard Russia Mikhail Youzhny Spain Albert Costa
Spain Rafael Nadal
3–6, 6–4, 3–6
Win 2. Jul 2005 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Czech Republic Leoš Friedl Belgium Christophe Rochus
Belgium Olivier Rochus
6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–0
Loss 3. Sep 2005 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Victor Hănescu Argentina José Acasuso
Argentina Sebastián Prieto
3–6, 6–4, 3–6
Win 3. Jan 2006 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Netherlands Rogier Wassen Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Todd Perry
3–6, 7–5, [4–10]
Win 4. May 2006 Munich, Germany Clay Germany Alexander Waske Austria Alexander Peya
Germany Björn Phau
6–4, 6–2
Win 5. Jul 2006 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Czech Republic Jiří Novák Switzerland Marco Chiudinelli
Switzerland Jean-Claude Scherrer
6–3, 6–1
Loss 4. Feb 2007 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard Germany Alexander Waske Czech Republic Martin Damm
India Leander Paes
3–6, 7–6(7–5), [7–10]
Win 6. Apr 2007 Barcelona, Spain Clay Germany Alexander Waske Spain Rafael Nadal
Spain Bartolomé Salvá-Vidal
6–3, 7–6(7–1)
Loss 5. May 2009 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Romania Horia Tecău Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil André Sá
7–6(11–9), 2–6, [7–10]

Singles performance timeline

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 W ‑ L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A LQ 1R A 4R A 2R 3R 1R 4R 2R 2R LQ 1R 1R 11–10 52
French Open A A A A A A A 2R A 1R 1R 1R QF A 2R 1R 1R LQ A 1R 6–9 40
Wimbledon A A A A LQ A LQ 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R 3R A 2R 2R 2R 2R A 1R 9–11 45
US Open A A A A LQ A 1R 1R 1R 1R 4R 2R 1R A 4R[a] 1R 1R 2R A 1R 8–11 42
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–4 0–2 3–4 5–3 2–4 8–4 0–1 8–3 2–4 2–4 2–2 0–1 0–4 34–41 45
Olympic Games
Singles NH 1R Not held 1R Not held 1R Not held 1R Not held A NH N/A
ATP Masters Series 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A A A LQ A 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R 1R LQ A A
Miami Masters A A A A A A A A A 3R 3R 4R QF 2R QF 1R 1R LQ A A
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A 2R LQ 2R 3R A 3R A A 1R A A
Rome Masters A A A A A A A A A A 3R 1R 2R A QF 1R A A A A
Madrid Masters(Stuttgart) A A A A A LQ LQ LQ 2R QF QF 2R 1R LQ 3R 1R A 1R A A
Canada Masters A A A A A A A A A A 2R W 2R A 1R 2R A A A A
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R A 1R 1R A LQ A A
Paris Masters A A A A A 1R A A LQ A 1R 1R 1R F 3R 1R A A A
Hamburg Masters A A A A A A A A A A SF 1R 2R A 3R 1R A LQ A
Year-end ranking 460 548 489 311 408 214 135 118 68 41 27 28 26 69 18 80 113 75 1142 600 NA

a 2004 US Open counts as 3 wins, 0 losses. Roger Federer walkover in round 4, after Pavel withdrew because of a back injury, [6] does not count as a Pavel loss (nor a Federer win).


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  4. ^ – Kei Nishikori, Jelena Janković and Andy Murray appoint new coaches Archived December 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Interviu exclusiv Andrei Pavel "De la Indian Wells lucrez cu Tamira Paszek". Archived from the original on 2012-07-19.
  6. ^ BBC Sport (September 6, 2004). "Agassi sets up Federer tie". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved July 30, 2012.