2000 IN REVIEW
The veteran Brazilian enjoyed most of his doubles success during year with Argentine Daniel Orsanic as they reached three SF, including Roland Garros…Also teamed in Davis Cup (w/Kuerten) to lead Brazil to SF, winning two of three matches during year...His best results came on his favorite clay court surface with SF in Mexico City in February and in Barcelona in April...Followed up with four straight QF in Munich, TMS - Rome, TMS - Hamburg and St.Polten with three different partners...His best performance in a Grand Slam came at Roland Garros (w/Orsanic), only to lose to eventual champions Woodbridge-Woodforde 64 76...Played well on grass at Wimbledon, reaching 3rd RD (w/Suk) and in final Grand Slam of year at US Open (w/Orsanic)…Defeated Bhupathi-Paes in 1st RD at Flushing Meadows...Closed indoor season with QF at TMS - Stuttgart (w/Albano), defeating US Open champions Hewitt-Mirnyi in 2nd RD...In addition to Davis Cup, played in Sydney Olympics (w/Kuerten)...Finished No. 14 on ATP Team Race (w/Orsanic) and No. 33 individually.
Began his career in native land of Brazil where he played in 41 of 42 tournaments between 1986-90 before going abroad...1989-Won first pro title at age 19 at Lins Challenger...In doubles, won title at Sao Paulo-3 Challenger...1990-Won Campos and Sao Paulo Challengers and a finalist in two other Brazilian Challengers...1991-Closed season by reaching his first ATP final in Buzios (l. to Arrese) and followed with runner-up in Sao Paulo (l. to Miniussi)...Won first ATP title in Sao Paulo (w/Gomez) and finalist in three other tournaments...1992-Won first ATP singles title in Bologna (d. Furlan), his lone singles final outside Brazil...Later in year, won title in Buzios (d. Herrera) and followed with runner-up in Sao Paulo (l. to Mattar)...Reached RD 16 at Roland Garros, upsetting Lendl en route for best Brazilian showing since 1981...Also beat Chang at Olympics...Finished as No. 1 Brazilian for second straight year...1993-Won Natal Challenger title in singles and best ATP result was QF in San Francisco...Won doubles title in Mexico City (w/Lavalle)...1994-In limited singles play, best finish was SF in two Brazilian Challengers...1995-Won Asuncion Challenger title and SF at Sao Paulo Challenger...1996-Won titles at Belo Horizonte and Seoul Challengers and finalist at Medellin Challenger...1997-Reached three Challenger SF and QF in four others...1998 - Enjoyed singles success with three SF in his homeland...1999 - His best results came in doubles with a personal-best three titles -- Casablanca (w/Meligeni), Merano (w/Arnold) and Stuttgart (w/Orsanic)...Finished No. 49 in doubles.
Began playing tennis at age six...He and older brothers, Eduardo and Alexandre, run a tennis academy in Sao Paulo called Oncins Tennis...Both played mostly Challenger tournaments in mid-1980s...Enjoys playing soccer, like all of his countrymen, volleyball and going to beach...Favorite soccer team is Corinthians and favorite vacation spot is Itaparica, an island off coast of Brazil...Has a 22-13 career Davis Cup record (12-8 in singles) in 23 ties since 1991...Participated in 1992 Barcelona and 2000 Sydney Olympics...Wife, Luciana (married Nov. 21, 1996); son, Lucas (born Apr. 6, 1998).