1998 IN REVIEW
Saw limited action in Tour singles play (3-3), but finished with his third Top 50 doubles ranking in four seasons...Reached 2nd RD in Marseille, Key Biscayne and Barcelona, where he lost to Enqvist, Kuerten and Kafelnikov, respectively...In doubles, continued successful partnership with longtime partner Tomas Carbonell as duo reached finals in Antwerp and Lyon...They also advanced to SF in Rotterdam, Estoril, Mercedes Super 9 in Hamburg and Gstaad...Played in Peugeot ATP Tour World Team Championship for second straight year and went 2-1...Won Braunschweig Challenger title in June...Finished No. 13 in Team Rankings (w/Carbonell) and No. 41 individually.
1988-Winner at Madeira-2 Challenger...1989-Finalist at the Zaragoza and Rio de Janeiro Challengers...1990-QF in Athens and finished as champion at the Azores Challenger...Won three Challenger doubles titles at Ljubljana (w/C. Costa), Messina (w/Lopez) and Casablanca (w/Baguena)...Doubles SF at Tour stops in Umag (w/Pimek) and Stuttgart (w/Mordegan)...1991-Won his first Tour doubles title at Kitzbnhel (w/Carbonell)...Also won Venice Challenger (w/Arrese)...1992-Won doubles titles in Athens (w/Carbonell) and Sao Paulo (w/Perez)...1993-Doubles finalist at Tour event in Umag (w/Arrese)...1994-Reached SF in St. P÷lten...In doubles, won the title in Umag (w/Perez) and reached finals in Santiago and Buenos Aires (both w/Carbonell)...1995-Won four doubles titles with Carbonell: Casablanca, Oporto, Stuttgart-outdoor and Valencia...Challenged for ATP Tour World Doubles Championship before finishing No. 12 in Team Rankings...1996-Improved singles ranking 350 positions from 1995...Played in 11 singles tournaments with best ATP Tour result QF in Barcelona (d. Medvedev, l. to Muster)...Won Seville Challenger (d. El Sawy)...In doubles, compiled a 31-22 record (w/Carbonell) and won title in Estoril and Andorra Challenger...Finished No. 13 in Team Rankings...Surpassed $1 million in earnings...1997-QF in singles in Marbella and won Braunschweig Challenger (d. Mantilla)...Compiled 21-20 doubles record on Tour, 10-8 in Challengers...Reached three SF and went 1-1 in Challenger finals.
CAREER DOUBLES TITLES (9). FINALIST (10).
GRAND SLAM RECORD
AUS. OPEN 0-2 1ST- 1ST-
FRENCH OPEN 2-3 - 1ST1ST3RD
WIMBLEDON 1-1 - 2ND- -
US OPEN 1-1 - 2ND- -
Began playing tennis at age 8 under the guidance of his father and brother...One of best soccer players on ATP Tour...Enjoys music (Rod Stewart, Mecano and Catalan rock group Sopa de Cabra).