2000 IN REVIEW
The Spaniard compiled his best results in Challenger play, winning three titles and putting together a 41-21 match record...In his second appearance of season at Barletta Challenger, defeated countryman Tommy Robredo to win title...In July, dropped only one set en route to his second title at Ulm Challenger (d. D. Sanchez)...His lone ATP match win of season came in Umag where he beat compatriot Mantilla before losing to eventual champion Rios in 2nd RD...His third title of year came at Linz Challenger (d. Kempes)...Also a SF at Lugano, Kiev and Monchengladbach Challengers...In doubles, won Challenger titles in Furth and Seville (w/Nicolas) and a finalist in six other Challengers.
1992 -- Finished second at Spain #2 Satellite (22 points) and sixth at Spain #7 Satellite (21 points)...1993 -- Finished runner-up at Spain #6 Satellite (39 points) and picked up 17 points in two other Spanish circuits...Made Tour debut and defeated countryman Berasetegui in 1st RD of San Marino...1994 -- Placed fifth at Spain #7 Satellite (21 points)...Advanced to first Challenger QF in Monte Carlo…1995 -- Played in three Spanish Satellites, picking up 26 points...1996 -- Captured Croatia #2 Satellite (48 points) in July and finished third in Spain #7 Satellite (42 points)...In doubles, won first career Challenger title in Cairo (w/Berasetegui)...1997 -- Finished second at Spain #7 Satellite (36 poins) and reached QF at Montauban and Scheveningen Challengers...1998 -- Winner at Spain #8 Satellite (52 points) and fourth at Spain #4 Satellite (19 points)...Reached first career Challenger SF in Budva…In doubles, won Challenger titles in Montauban, Budva and Skopje (w/Nicolas)...1999-Improved over 100 positions with success on all levels...Advanced to his first ATP SF in Prague, losing to Dosedel as a lucky loser...Also a QF in Bastad...Qualified for first Grand Slam event at Roland Garros, falling to countryman Corretja in 1st RD...Began early part of season with runner-up at two Spanish Satellites and third place at another Spanish circuit...In doubles, posted a 3-4 record in Challenger finals...Finished a year-end best No. 73 in doubles...Earned a career-high $141,519.
The only child in the family began playing tennis at age six with instruction from his parents...Father, Arcadi, is a taxi driver; mother, Conchita, is a housewife...As a junior won the singles and doubles titles in the Catalunya Championships and runner-up in the Spanish Junior Championships in 1989...Favorite player growing up was Frenchman Yannick Noah...Enjoys soccer and favorite team is Espanol de Barcelona...Favorite singer is Julio Iglesias...Coached by Paul and Antonio Serrano, staff members of the tennis academy run by former Spanish stars Emilio Sanchez and Sergio Casal.