1999 IN REVIEW
Finished in Top 100 for third consecutive season…Began season with a career-best 3rd RD effort at Australian Open (l. to Philippoussis)…Defeated No. 7 Henman in 1st RD at London-indoor…At Key Biscayne, reached 3rd RD (l. to eventual finalist Grosjean)…Did not win consecutive matches again until QF in Washington (d. Henman, l. to Kiefer) in August…Reached U.S. Open-best 3rd RD (l. to Rios), helping him to a career-high No. 53 on Sept. 13…Compiled 9-10 record on hard and 1-7 on clay…Earned a career-best $219,008.
1994-Winner at Perth Challenger (d. Kinnear)...Runner-up at Dutch Satellite (53 points) and QF at Reunion Island Challenger...1995-Made one of biggest ranking jumps (168) in Top 100...Won first ATP Tour title in Tel Aviv (d. J. Sanchez) and went from 129 to No. 92...Qualified at Australian Open and beat Palmer in five sets before losing to Sampras in 2nd RD...Won Hambuhren Challenger (d. Wilkinson)...Led his country to Davis Cup win over Great Britain with 2-0 singles mark and five-set doubles win (w/Kucera) over Broad-Henman...1996-Advanced to SF in San Jose and Seoul...Missed six weeks after spraining right ankle in first match of year in Adelaide...Reached Grand Slam-best 3rd RD at Wimbledon...In doubles, advanced to first Tour final in Ostrava (w/Kucera)...1997-Compiled his best results indoors (14-6 record) during season, capturing his second career ATP Tour title in Shanghai (d. Volkov), reaching SF in St. Petersburg and QF in Copenhagen and Beijing…1998-Reached final in Ostrava (after qualifying), defeating Ivanisevic, Raoux, Medvedev and Enqvist before falling to Agassi…Also reached QF in Moscow and the final at Kiev Challenger (l. to Zimonjic).
CAREER TITLES (2): 1995-Tel Aviv; 1997-Shanghai. FINALIST: 1998-Ostrava.
CAREER DOUBLES FINALIST (1).
GRAND SLAM RECORD
Began playing tennis at age seven with his father, Jan, who is a coach at Bratislava University...Mother, Zita, works in the office...Enjoys all sports and favorite music is soul...In addition to native language, speaks English, German and Russian...Member of the Slovak Davis Cup team and has a 16-4 career record (9-1 in singles) in 11 ties...Played in Atlanta Olympics...Wife, Monika (married Aug. 17, 2002)...Fitness coach is Michal Kovarcik and tennis coach is former Tour player Branislav Stankovic, who finished No. 86 in 1987.