2004 IN REVIEW
The Spaniard finished with his second-best year-end ATP Entry Ranking (No. 81) of his career…Compiled a 6-7 record in ATP level play but compiled an outstanding 37-21 mark in Challengers…Posted best ATP result in Umag where he reached QF (l. to eventual champ Canas)…In only Grand Slam appearance of year, reached 2nd RD at US Open…Also reached 2nd RD at Casablanca and Palermo…Reached QF or better at 11 Challenger events…Won three Challenger titles in four finals appearances, all coming in an eight week span…Claimed first title of season at Turin (d. Gamonal) in late May…Two weeks later won title in Lugano (d. Haehnel)…His third title came three weeks later at Montauban (d. O. Hernandez)…Two weeks later reached final at Rimini (l. to Tenconi) in mid-July…Finished an eight week stretch with a 25-5 record…Finished year strongly, reaching SF in two of the last four Challengers, in Szczecin (l. to Massa) and at Seville (l. to O. Hernandez).
1994-Won Spain #4 Satellite...1995-Won doubles title at Spain #1 Satellite (w/Lopez-Moron, 49 points)...Also a finalist at Istanbul Challenger (w/Gomez-Diaz)...1996-Finished runner-up at Spain #2 Satellite...1997-Began season by winning Spain #2 (63 points) and Spain #4 (62 points) circuits...Won his first Challenger title in Seville (d. Lopez-Moron)...1998-Played first full season on ATP circuit and reached first final in Casablanca (l. to Gaudenzi)...Missed one month in August due to left knee injury...1999-Advanced to three SF on Challenger circuit... 1999-Struggled in ATP tournaments (2-10) and his best success came in Challenger play (23-20 record) with SF results in Salinas, Lugano and Seville...2000-Compiled best pro season, winning first ATP title and finished in Top 100 for first time...Recovered from knee injury in 1999 and opened season in late February by qualifying and reaching final in Delray Beach (l. to Koubek)...In July, advanced to QF in Amsterdam before winning ATP title in San Marino (d. Bruguera)...In rest of season, reached SF in Bucharest and Shanghai and QF in St. Petersburg...2001-Finished just outside Top 100 and won 18 matches for second straight year…Won first career Grand Slam match at Australian Open en route to 3rd RD (d. Stoliarov, d. Coria, l. to M. Norman)…Advance to 2nd RD in Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome and Hamburg and reached 3rd RD in Barcelona…Reached 2nd RD at Roland Garros by defeating Clavet in 1st RD before losing to Safin in five sets…Advance to QF in Amsterdam and 3rd RD at Kitzbuehel…In doubles, reached SF in Doha (w/Portas)…
2002--Began year with QF appearance in Chennai… Won 1st RD match at Australian Open and at Roland Garros…Reached first SF in Challenger action at Valencia (l. to Ferrer)…Reached SF at Sassuolo Challenger before again losing to Ferrer…Advanced to QF at Scheveningen and Geneva Challengers…Finished year on Challenger circuit, but failed to advance past 2nd RD in final six tournaments…Ended year with a 16-14 Challanger record…2003-Appeared in three ATP events, including Roland Garros, but was winless in all three…Reached only Challenger final of year at Lugano (l. to Moyano)…Reached four Challenger SF, including back-to-back weeks at Montauban and Scheveningen…Also SF at San Marino and Genova…Was 25-20 in Challengers, including 24-17 record on clay.
Full name is Alex Patricio Calatrava...Began playing tennis at age nine...Born in Germany where parents were working before moving to Spain in 1980...Father, Jose, met his wife, Gabrielle, who is French, while working for a produce export company in Germany...Uncle Santiago Calatrava, is a renowned architect and designed roof of Athens Olympic stadium…Attended school in the United States from 1989-91, including one year of high school in Palm Springs, Calif., and one year of independent study in Indian Wells, under guidance of Jose Higueras...Played tennis in California and ranked as the state's No. 1 junior in 1991...Speaks Spanish, English, French and German...Considers clay as favorite surface and serve as best shot…Coached by Jose Altur and Javier Piles, who also works with David Ferrer.