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- Age: 25 (26.12.1987)
- Birthplace: Volgograd, Russia
- Residence: Astana, Kazakhstan
- Height: 6' (183 cm)
- Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Coach: Anastasia Kukushkina
As of 02.12.2013
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*Singles & Doubles combined
*Singles & Doubles combined
Began playing tennis at age six with father Alexander who coached him until age 17…Mother, Tatiana…Has one older sister, Ekaterina...Likes to play on hard courts, best shots are ground strokes…Moved to Kazakhstan in 2008…Has no specific goals in terms of rankings or results but just wants to give his best on the court…Likes movies and reading Russian books…Best friends on the tour are Andrey Golubev and Yuri Schukin…Married to coach Anastasiia Kukushkina (November 19, 2011) who he's worked with since May 2009.
2012 -- The top player from Kazakhstan finished just outside the Top 100 despite missing the final 2 months of the season. Underwent left hip surgery on Sept. 25 and 2 weeks later had right hip surgery on Oct. 8...In Grand Slam play, advanced to career-best 4R at Australian Open with wins over Garcia-Lopez, No. 23 Troicki and No. 15 Monfils (both in 5 sets) before retiring vs. Murray due to hip injury...On clay, qualified in Monte-Carlo and beat No. 20 F. Mayer and Volandri before losing to eventual champ Nadal in 3R. In May, reached QF in Nice (d. Querrey, Tomic, l. to Baker in 3rd set TB) and 2R at Roland Garros (d. Gulbis in 5 sets, l. to Seppi in 5)...Struggled with hip in 2nd half of season and played final tournament at US Open (ret. vs. Nieminen)...Compiled records of 8-7 on clay, 4-5 on hard and 0-3 on grass. Went 0-3 vs. Top 10 opponents and posted 2 Top 20 wins...
2011 -- The top player from Kazakhstan finished in Top 100 for 2nd straight season, highlighted by QF in Basel (l. to Nishikori) as a lucky loser...Prior to Basel, only time he won back-to-back matches on ATP World Tour came in May when he defeated Querrey and Lindell in ATP World Team Cup in Düsseldorf...In limited Challenger play, compiled an 11-3 mark with a runner-up at Penza, Russia and title on home soil in Astana (d. Bubka) in back-to-back weeks in July...Reached a career-high No. 56 on Sept. 19 and went 0-2 vs. Top 10 opponents while compiling marks of 6-14
on hard, 3-7 on clay and 1-3 on grass...
2010 -- The No. 2 Kazakhstani player (behind Golubev) finished in Top 60 for first time in his career after jumping from No. 132 previous year…He captured his first ATP World Tour title in St. Petersburg (d. Youzhny) and became second player from Kazakhstan to win an ATP title (Golubev won Hamburg in July)…Finished with a personal-high 17 match wins, including a 14-6 record on hard courts…Posted impressive Challenger match record of 32-14 with titles in Braunschweig (d. Daniel) and Penza (d. Kravchuk) and a runner-up in Istanbul…Earned a career-high $281,378...
2009 -- Qualified in Moscow and advanced to his 1st ATP World Tour SF (l. to Youzhny)…Captured Penza Challenger title (d. Marchenko) in Russia...
2008 -- Qualified and won his 1st ATP World Tour matches in Barcelona with wins over No. 24 Nieminen and Cuevas (l. to Montanes in 3R)…Qualified in back-to-back weeks in Moscow and St. Petersburg, reaching 2R…Qualified and won Barletta Challenger title (d. Pashanski) in Italy...
2007 -- Picked up challenger titles at Saransk (d. Sergeyev) and Samarkand (d. Jorquera)…Qualified for 1st ATP tournament in St. Petersburg (l. to Ledovskikh)...
On 20 October, lost his second ATP World Tour final in two sets to Gasquet at Moscow…Dropped to 1-9 lifetime against Top 10 opponents…Was attempting to become the second qualifier in tournament history (since 1990) to win the title…
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