1999 IN REVIEW
Improved singles ranking 70 positions with success in Challenger play, compiling a 24-15 record…Won titles in Cordoba (d. Motomura) and Samarkand (d. Alvarez) and advanced to SF in Ho Chi Minh…Also QF at New Delhi…His lone Tour appearance came in his hometown of Tashkent, where he lost in 1st RD to eventual finalist Bastl…Compiled a 3-4 record in Davis Cup play, losing in World Group playoff tie to Czech Republic…In doubles, won first career ATP Tour title in his hometown (w/Rosset) and won back-to-back Challengers in Cordoba (w/Iwabuchi) and Istanbul (w/Motomura)…Also a finalist in Singapore (w/Ran)…Finished No. 130 in doubles.
1994 - Won singles (60 points) and doubles (w/Tomashevich, 47 points) titles at his native Uzbekistan Satellite...Qualified in his first ATP Tour event in Prague...Reached QF at Tashkent Challenger...1995 - Improved 140 positions in the ATP Tour Rankings with success on Satellite, Challenger and Tour levels...Finished second at Philippines #1 Satellite (42 points) and then won Uzbekistan Satellite (59 points) for second consecutive year...Won first career Tour match in Prague (as lucky loser)...Qualified four consecutive weeks in ATP Tour stops in Tel Aviv, Vienna, Essen and Paris-indoor...1996 - Won Madras Challenger title (d. Paes)...Had three victories to lead Davis Cup victory over Thailand...Best Tour result through first half of year was QF in Seoul...Represented Uzbekistan at Olympics and beat Noszaly in 1st RD before falling to Washington...In doubles, won Samarkand Challenger (w/Frontera)…1997 - Reached SF in Ljubljana, Kosice and Furth Challengers and compiled 20-13 in Challenger play… In doubles, reached first Tour final in Chennai (w/Ran)…1998- Reached Challenger finals in Samarkand (l. to F. Jonsson) and Ahmedabad (l. to Dupuis)…Also SF at Prague Challenger and QF at Eisenach Challenger…In doubles, advanced to SF in three Challengers.
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Began playing tennis at age seven...Reached the final of the European Junior Championships in 1990...Played on the former Soviet Union national junior team, which also consisted of Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Andrei Medvedev and Sargis Sargsian...A member of the Uzbekistan Davis Cup team and has a 38-12 career record in 19 ties (26-7 in singles)...Favorite surface is clay...Wife, Oksana (married June 18, 1993); daughter, Alisa (born March 18, 1994).