Luxembourg’s most successful ever tennis player is still hunting for his first ever Grand Slam title, but this year looks like his best chance to date
GILLES MULLER ended Rafael Nadal’s enthralling run of form in 2017 and shocked the tennis world with a five-set victory at Wimbledon.
However, seeing off Nadal is nothing new for Muller – after beating the Spaniard 12 years ago at Wimbledon. But, who is he?
Who Gilles Muller?
Muller began playing tennis at age five, before turning pro in 2001.
The 34-year-old resides in Leudelange, but was born and raised in Schifflange.
After joining the Bob Board School of Tennis in Montreuil when he was 17, he witnessed a rapid rise in his junior career.
Luxembourg may only have an estimated population of 569,000, but Muller has remarkably won the Sportsman of the Year fan-voted poll.
Within the world of tennis he is renowned for his powerful left-handed serve and sublime net skills.
What has Gilles Muller won?
Despite turning pro in 2001, it took the Luxembourg until January 2017 to win his first ATP World Tour title at the Sydney International tournament.
He has won two titles on the ATP World Tour, but lost the quarter-final of the 2008 US Open to Roger Federer.
Nadal has had his fair share of victories against Muller – knocking him out of the US Open and the third round of Wimbledon in 2011.
The world ranked No. 26 also led the Davis Cup team to a surprise victory against Finland.
Muller’s sublime form on grass lately saw him earn 16th place at this year’s Wimbledon.
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