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- Age: 29 (23.05.1985)
- Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
- Residence: Moscow, Russia
- Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
- Weight: 182 lbs (83 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 2001
- Coach: Guillermo Canas
As of 19.01.2015
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Began playing at age six at school...Born in Tbilisi, Georgia and moved to Moscow at age nine...Father, Besiki, mother, Ana...Has one younger brother, Levan, and one younger sister, Ekaterina...His idols growing up were Michael Jordan...Does not have a favorite surface (enjoys playing on all) and considers return as strength in his game...Considers wife and parents the most inspirational people in his life...Wife, Maria Melihova, a graduate from the University of North Florida in 2009...Daughter, Nicole, born 6 September, 2012 in Boca Raton, FL...Has made Miami his American home...Trained at Barcelona Total Tennis Club for five years...Coached by Guillermo Canas (since April 2011) on a trial basis.
2014 -- The No. 2 Russian (behind No. 48 Youzhny) finished in Top 70 for 2nd time (also 2008) with a career-high 19 match wins...Reached 3 ATP World Tour QFs during year: Delray Beach (d. No. 15 Nishikori in 2R, l. to eventual champion Cilic), Barcelona (d. No. 5 Ferrer in 2R, l. to Gulbis) and Umag (l. to eventual champion Cuevas)...In Grand Slam play, reached 3R at Australian Open (l. to Federer) and US Open (l. to Berdych), 2R at Roland Garros (l. to L. Mayer) and 1R at Wimbledon (l. to Puetz)...Compiled records of 10-14 on hard, 8-10 on clay and 1-1 on grass. Went 1-7 vs. Top 10 opponents with lone win over No. 5 Ferrer in Barcelona. Earned a career-high $667,456...
2013 -- The Russian finished in Top 100 for 1st time since 2010 and 3rd overall, jumping 102 ranking spots…Qualified for season-ending ATP Challenger Tour Finals in São Paulo and reached SF (l. to Volandri)…Best results came in Challengers, winning 2 titles in 4 finals and posting a 43-22 record. Won back-to-back titles at Karshi and Samark and, in May, also reached finals at Kenitra and Tashkent…His best ATP World Tour result was QF in Moscow (l. to eventual champ Gasquet)…In Grand Slam play went 0-1, fell in 1R as a qualifier at Wimbledon (l. to Bautista Agut), fell in qualifying at Roland Garros (l. to Struff in Q3) and US Open (l. to Dancevic in Q1)…Went 2-1 on hard and 0-1 on grass…
2010 -- The Russian finished in Top 100 for second time in three years, highlighted by QF appearance in New Haven in August (l. to Istomin)…Turned in his best career Grand Slam result at Roland Garros where he qualified and reached 4th RD with wins over Koellerer, Zemlja and No. 8 Roddick in straight sets before losing to Melzer in four sets…Went 10-17 in ATP level play and 16-11 in Challengers with four SF showings.
2009 -- The Russian finished just outside Top 100 after reaching a career-high No. 59 early in season in February…His best ATP World Tour results were QF showings on clay in Casablanca (l. to Serra) in April and Båstad (l. to Robredo) in July…Made his Davis Cup debut in 1st RD vs. Romania and beat Crivoi in dead rubber…In Challenger play, compiled a 16-8 record and reached final in Braunschweig (l. to Hernandez) and SF at Furth, both in Germany…In September, also advanced to SF at Trnava Challenger in Slovakia…Played in all four Grand Slam tournaments for second time in his career and posted his lone win over countryman Kunitsyn at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal)...Earned a career-high $337,833.
2008 -- The Russian reached four ATP QF and won four Challenger titles to finish in year-end Top 100 for first time...Established personal-best ATP match wins (13) and went 29-10 in Challenger play...In February, reached consecutive ATP indoor QF in Rotterdam (l. to Simon) and Zagreb (l. to Ljubicic)...Followed with three clay court Challenger titles in May-June, at Telde (d. Andujar), Karlsruhe (d. Kamke) and Milan (d. Hartfield)...Continued clay success at ATP level, reaching QF in Amersfoort (l. to Gicquel) and Bucharest (l. to Gasquet)...Earned a career-high $260,489.
2007 -- Advanced to first ATP QF at Memphis and 3rd RD at AMS Indian Wells (l. to Haas). Beat No. 7 Fernando Gonzalez in five sets for first Top 10 win en route to US Open 2nd RD. Rose to career-high No. 71 on Mar 19... In doubles, reached maiden ATP final at Indianapolis (w/ Karlovic).
2006 -- Compiled consistent Challenger results (13-13 record) to finish just outside Top 100 of ATP Rankings...Reached 2nd RD at ATP stop in Barcelona (d. Andreev, l. to Wawrinka)...Then took a set off countryman Safin at AMS Rome...In June-July, reached SF at Challengers in Furth, Braunschweig and Poznan...Reached 2nd RD in Stuttgart and Washington, D.C. ...In US Open debut, defeated Daniel (l. to Blake)...Reached 2nd RD in Moscow, defeating Muller before falling to Davydenko...In final ATP tournament at AMS Paris, took place of Federer as a lucky loser and advanced to 3rd RD (l. to Nieminen)...Afterwards, climbed from 130 to No. 103...In doubles, claimed title at Grenoble Challenger (w/Korolev)...
2005 -- Opened season with win over Blake to reach Delray Beach 2nd RD (l. to Spadea). Also reached 2nd RD at ATP stop in Moscow (d. Muller, l. to Mirnyi). Reached three Challenger finals, claiming title at Poznan (d. A. Garcia). Runner-up at Barcelona (l. to Roitman) and Reunion Island (l. to Kohlschreiber). Finished 26-17 in Challengers...Doubles winner at Reunion Island (w/Robert)...
2004 -- Made ATP debut in Bastad, losing in three sets to Patience. Also played in Moscow, losing to Sargsian. Reached Challenger final in Bukhara, Uzbekistan (l. to Mertinak). Was 19-19 in Challengers. Claimed doubles title at Togliatti Challenger (w/ Vlasov).
2003 -- Claimed four Futures titles while posting a record of 29-6. Claimed doubles title at La Palma, Spain, futures event...
2002 -- Won Futures doubles title in Saransk, Russia (w/Pavlioutchenkov).
Starts the season by failing to convert one match point versus Verdasco at 6-5, 30/40 in 7-6(4) third-set loss in Doha 1R on 5 January...Makes a doubles SF exit (w/Marrero), losing to Knowle-Oswald...
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