2004 IN REVIEW
The Swiss No. 2 finished in Top 125 for third time in last four years…He set a career-high with seven ATP level match wins, highlighted by QF in Casablanca where he lost to eventual champion Ventura…Won first career Wimbledon match, defeating Saretta before falling to Henman in 2nd RD…Reached 2nd RD in two of his last three events of season…Played in Davis Cup QF match against France, losing in straight sets to Clement…Best Challenger result came as he reached the SF at Aix En Provence…Reached QF or better in three Challenger events…Compiled a 10-14 record in Challengers…Earned a career-high $170,539.
1995-Finished third at Switzerland #2 Satellite (29 points) and fourth at Britain #4 Satellite (30 points)...Runner-up in doubles at Switzerland #2 (47 points, w/Manai)...Made Challenger debut in Geneva, losing in 1st RD...1996-Advanced to QF at Samarkano and Portoroz Challengers...Finished runner-up at Switzerland #2 (51 points) and France #5 (42 points) Satellites...Also fifth in doubles at Switzerland #2 and Malaysia Satellites...1997-Made Davis Cup debut in 1st RD vs. Sweden, losing in dead rubber to Larsson...Played in Davis Cup playoff tie vs. Korea and went 1-1 in singles, helping his country into '98 World Group...Posted his first ATP match victory over countryman Rosset in Basel before losing to No. 4 Kafelnikov in three sets...Finished season by reaching his first Challenger final in Wismar (l. to Vinck)...Also QF in four other Challengers...1998-Improved almost 100 ranking positions (96) with consistent Challenger results (15-15 record)...Captured first title in Wolfsburg (d. Dier) and advanced to SF at Segovia Challenger...One of four players (Grosjean, Karbacher, Nainkin) to lead ATP in qualifying with six...1999-His best results came in Challenger play, advancing to SF in Hamburg and Yokohama along with QF in Lubeck, Magdeburg and Madrid... 2000-His best result came in final event of season in Prague where he reached final (l. to J. Vacek)...Also advanced to QF in Wolfsburg, Lubeck, Wrexham and Puebla Challengers...His lone ATP match win came over J. Delgado in Copenhagen...In doubles, reached first Challenger final in Manchester (w/Allegro) and closed year with three straight runner-up efforts in Eckental (w/Kohlmann), Puebla and Prague (both w/Liukko)...
Broke a bone in his left hand in April and missed nearly two months of action...
2001-Finished with career-best season at No. 112…Qualified into main draw in five ATP level tournaments, including three Grand Slam events (Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open)…Enjoyed most of his success at Challenger level, compiling 19-15 record and capturing title in Fergana…Defeated El Aynaoui in 1st RD of Australian Open for first career Grand Slam win…2002-Reached first ATP QF in Rotterdam (l. to Ljubicic)…Compiled 13-16 record at Challenger level including finals appearances in Leon (l. to Waske) and Wrexham (l. to Burgsmuller)…Reached 2nd RD in 's-Hertogenbosch by defeating Muller, but was forced to retire in match against Federer with a back injury…Returned to ATP action a month later, but lost in 1st RD at Gstaad, Amersfoort and Indianapolis…Recorded first victory at US Open (d. Saoudi)…2003-Split time between ATP and Challenger events…Made Wimbledon debut…Reached 3rd RD at Indianapolis (d. Levy, d. Ancic, l. to Ginepri)…One week later, reached 2nd RD in Washington, D.C. (l. to Agassi)…Reached QF or better in eight Challenger events…Reached SF in Bangalore (l. to Elseneer)…Won title at New Delhi Challenger (d. Udomchoke)…Reached QF at his last four events of season.
Full name is Ivo Michael Heuberger...Began playing tennis at age six...Has two older brothers, Reto, and Patric; father, Josef, is a teacher; mother, Iris, is a tax accountant...The Swiss 14s, 16s and 18s junior champion...Enjoys skiing, basketball and soccer...Admires retired former No. 1 Stefan Edberg and six-time No. 1 Pete Sampras for their attacking style of play...Considers hard courts and grass as favorite surface and enjoys playing on fast courts in general...Has a 1-7 career Davis Cup singles record in six ties.