Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2011.
- Plays with one-handed backhand
- Nickname is "Basti" or "Knaitel"
- Speaks German, English and French
- Started playing tennis aged six
- Father, Hans-Joachim, is a pensions advisor and got him started playing tennis; mother, Waltraud, is a secretary; brother, Jorg
- Favourite surface is clay
- Favourite shot is backhand
- Idol growing up was Marcelo Rios
- Hobbies include soccer (supports VfB Stuttgart), music and going to the cinema
- Wants to break into the Top 100, "everything after that is a bonus"
- Has trained since 1989 at the First-Line Tennis Academy in Murr, near Stuttgart
- Physical trainer is Frieder Schomezler (since 2008)
- Coached by Robert Lopez (since 1989)
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