Roman Safiullin – Wikipedia

Russian tennis player

Roman Safiullin
Роман Сафиуллин
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Safiullin in 2021

Country (sports)  Russia
Residence Podolsk, Russia
Born (1997-08-07) 7 August 1997 (age 24)
Podolsk, Russia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2015
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Rishat Safiullin
Prize money US$764,230
Career record 9–10 (47.4%)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 143 (7 March 2022)
Current ranking No. 147 (16 May 2022)
Australian Open 2R (2021)
French Open 2R (2021)
Wimbledon Q2 (2021)
Career record 3–4 (42.9%)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 239 (7 February 2022)
Current ranking No. 298 (16 May 2022)
Last updated on: 16 May 2022.

Roman Rishatovich Safiullin[a] (born 7 August 1997) is a Russian tennis player. Safiullin became junior champion at the 2015 Australian Open,[2] defeating South Korean Hong Seong-chan. Safiullin has a career high ATP singles ranking of No. 143 achieved on 7 March 2022 and doubles of No. 239 achieved on 7 February 2022.

Safiulin was born in Podolsk, Russia, to a Tatar father[3][4] and Russian mother.

On the junior tour, Safiullin has a career high combined ranking of No. 2 achieved on 26 May 2014. His biggest junior title, after his Australian Open title, is the Grade A Trofeo Bonfiglio where he beat Andrey Rublev in the final.[5]

2020: Maiden Challenger titles in singles and doubles[edit]

Safiullin claimed his maiden challenger tour titles in singles and doubles with Pavel Kotov (tennis) in Cherbourg, France in February 2020.[6]

2021: Grand Slam debut[edit]

He made his Grand Slam debut at the 2021 Australian Open where he reached the second round by defeating Ilya Ivashka. He also qualified for the 2021 French Open reaching also the second round with a win over Carlos Taberner.[7] As a result he reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 156 on 14 June 2021.[8]

2022: ATP Cup debut and semifinalist, top 150 debut, first ATP semifinal & top 10 win[edit]

On his debut, he reached the semifinals at the 2022 ATP Cup after winning 2 singles and 3 doubles matches with teammate Daniil Medvedev.[9] As a result he moved 21 positions up in the rankings to a new career-high in the top 150 in singles of World No. 146 on 10 January 2022.[10][8]

At the 2022 Australian Open, he qualified as lucky loser after the withdrawal of Casper Ruud where he lost to Alex Molcan.[11][12]

Safiullin qualified for Marseilles after beating Ernests Gulbis and Julian Lenz. After qualifying, he beat 7th seed Alexei Popyrin and fellow qualifier Tomáš Macháč to reach his first ATP Tour-level quarterfinal. There, he claimed his first top-10 win by beating top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, for the best win in his career, to reach his first semifinal on the ATP Tour.[13][14] He lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets with two tiebreaks.[15]

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]


(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; (NMS) not a Masters tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player’s participation has ended.

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Other finals[edit]

Challenger and Futures/World Tennis tour finals[edit]

Singles: 26 (20 titles, 6 runners-up)[edit]

Legend (singles)
ATP Challenger tour (1–0)
ITF Futures tour (19–6)
Titles by surface
Hard (17–5)
Clay (3–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Apr 2014 Uzbekistan F1, Qarshi Futures Hard Uzbekistan Temur Ismailov 2–6, 7–5, 6–1
Loss 1–1 Aug 2014 Russia F5, Kazan Futures Clay Russia Anton Zaytsev 3–6, 4–6
Win 2–1 Aug 2014 Russia F6, Kazan Futures Clay Russia Richard Muzaev 6–1, 4–6, 6–1
Win 3–1 Nov 2014 Greece F11, Heraklion Futures Hard Serbia Ivan Bjelica 6–0, 3–6, 6–3
Win 4–1 Nov 2014 Greece F12, Heraklion Futures Hard Serbia Denis Bejtulahi 4–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–4
Win 5–1 Nov 2014 Turkey F42, Antalya Futures Hard Ukraine Denys Mylokostov 7–6(9–7), 6–3
Win 6–1 Dec 2014 Turkey F43, Antalya Futures Hard Portugal Frederico Ferreira Silva 6–1, 1–2 ret.
Loss 6–2 Feb 2016 Turkey F5, Antalya Futures Hard South Korea Hong Seong-chan 2–6, 5–7
Win 7–2 Feb 2016 Turkey F8, Antalya Futures Hard Bulgaria Dimitar Kuzmanov 3–6, 7–5, 7–5
Win 8–2 Aug 2016 Egypt F21, Sharm el-Sheikh Futures Hard Czech Republic Michal Konečný 6–2, 6–1
Loss 8–3 Sep 2016 Egypt F23, Sharm el-Sheikh Futures Hard Tunisia Anis Ghorbel 7–5, 2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Win 9–3 Oct 2016 Israel F14, Meitar Futures Hard Israel Daniel Cukierman 6–0, 6–4
Win 10–3 Oct 2016 Egypt F30, Sharm el-Sheikh Futures Hard Spain Pablo Vivero González 6–2, 7–6(7–5)
Loss 10–4 Nov 2016 Egypt F32, Sharm el-Sheikh Futures Hard Czech Republic Michal Schmid 3–6, 6–0, 6–7(5–7)
Win 11–4 Nov 2017 Egypt F34, Sharm el-Sheikh Futures Hard Turkey Cem İlkel 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
Win 12–4 Mar 2018 Russia F3, Kazan Futures Hard (i) Uzbekistan Jurabek Karimov 6–2, 6–1
Win 13–4 Mar 2018 Egypt F10, Sharm el-Sheikh Futures Hard Czech Republic Jaroslav Pospíšil 6–1, 6–1
Loss 13–5 Jun 2018 Uzbelistan F4, Namangan Futures Hard Turkey Cem İlkel 1–6, 6–7(12–14)
Win 14–5 Oct 2018 Vietnam F4, Tây Ninh Futures Hard Vietnam Lý Hoàng Nam 7–6(9–7), 6–4
Win 15–5 Nov 2018 Vietnam F5, Tây Ninh Futures Hard Vietnam Lý Hoàng Nam 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Win 16–5 Nov 2018 Thailand F8, Nonthaburi Futures Hard Uzbekistan Sanjar Fayziev 7–5, 4–6, 6–4
Win 17–5 Mar 2019 M25 Kazan, Russia World Tennis Tour Hard (i) Uzbekistan Sanjar Fayziev 6–3, 1–6, 6–4
Win 18–5 Apr 2019 M25 Shymkent , Kazakhstan World Tennis Tour Clay Russia Alen Avidzba 7–6(7–2), 6–2
Win 19–5 Apr 2019 M25 Shymkent , Kazakhstan World Tennis Tour Clay Ukraine Vladyslav Manafov 7–5, 6–3
Loss 19–6 May 2019 M25 Namangan , Uzbekistan World Tennis Tour Hard Netherlands Tim Van Rijthoven 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 4–6
Win 20–6 Feb 2020 Cherbourg, France Challenger Hard (i) Italy Roberto Marcora 6–4, 6–2

Doubles: 11 (4 titles, 7 runners-up)[edit]

Challengers (1–0)
Futures (3–7)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2014 Kazan, Russia Futures Clay Croatia Marin Bradarić Russia Ilia Shatskiy
Russia Alexander Zhurbin
5–7, 1–6
Loss 0–2 Aug 2014 Kazan, Russia Futures Clay Russia Alexander Bublik Russia Andrei Levine
Russia Anton Zaytsev
1–6, 3–6
Win 1–2 Mar 2016 Hammamet, Tunisia Futures Clay Austria Lenny Hampel Russia Ivan Nedelko
Finland Henrik Sillanpää
6–1, 6–3
Loss 1–3 Aug 2016 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Futures Hard Czech Republic Michal Konečný Brazil Pedro Bernardi
Guatemala Christopher Díaz Figueroa
6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–2), [7–10]
Loss 1–4 Mar 2018 Kazan, Russia Futures Hard (i) Russia Teymuraz Gabashvili Russia Alexander Pavlioutchenkov
Russia Evgeny Tyurnev
4–6, 6–3, [6–10]
Win 2–4 Apr 2018 Qarshi, Uzbekistan Futures Hard Russia Konstantin Kravchuk India Saketh Myneni
India Vijay Sundar Prashanth
3–6, 7–5, [10–7]
Loss 2–5 Jun 2018 Andijan, Uzbekistan Futures Hard Russia Konstantin Kravchuk Belarus Sergey Betov
Belarus Yaraslav Shyla
4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Loss 2–6 Jun 2018 Namangan, Uzbekistan Futures Hard Russia Konstantin Kravchuk Uzbekistan Sanjar Fayziev
Uzbekistan Khumoyun Sultanov
6–7(6–8), 7–5, [8–10]
Loss 2–7 Nov 2018 Tây Ninh, Vietnam Futures Hard Vietnam Lý Hoàng Nam Philippines Francis Alcantara
Sweden Markus Eriksson
7–5, 4–6, [7–10]
Win 3–7 May 2019 Namangan M25, Uzbekistan World Tennis Tour Hard Russia Evgenii Tiurnev Uzbekistan Sanjar Fayziev
Uzbekistan Khumoyun Sultanov
7–6(7–5), 6–3
Win 4–7 Feb 2020 Cherbourg, France Challenger Hard (i) Russia Pavel Kotov France Dan Added
France Albano Olivetti
7–6(8–6), 5–7, [12–10]

Record against other players[edit]

Record against top 10 players[edit]

Safiullin’s record against players who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who are active in boldface. Only ATP Tour main draw matches are considered:

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

  • He has a 1–2 (33.3%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
Season 2022 Total
Wins 1 1
*As of 19 February 2022
  • The Russian Cup in the nominations:
    • Team of the Year — Boys Under-16: 2013.[b][16]
    • Junior of the Year: 2015.[17]


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