Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.
- Began playing at age seven
- Nicknamed "Benni"
- Father, Jorg, works in a tax office; mother, Ulrike, works at a retail store; one younger sister, Kathrin
- No relation to former No. 1 and six-time Grand Slam title winner Boris Becker
- Played four years from 2001-05 at Baylor University in Texas and earned All-America honors last three years
- Captured NCAA singles title (d. Michael Kogan of Tulane) and helped Baylor to its first team title in 2004 (d. UCLA)
- Majored in Finance and International Business and is one semester short of earning his degree
- Favourite surface is hard courts and considers his serve and forehand as most important parts of his game
- A big soccer and basketball fan and favorite soccer team is 1. FC Koln and follows NBA Dallas Mavericks because of countryman Dirk Nowitzki
- Idolised Becker and Andre Agassi growing up
- Voted Sportsman of the Year in November, 2006, in his home province Saarland in Germany by 38 percent of the viewers of German local television channel SR
- Named 2006 ATP Newcomer of Year.
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