Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo
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- Age: 35 (06.01.1978)
- Birthplace: Alicante, Spain
- Residence: Alicante, Spain
- Height: 6' (183 cm)
- Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 1998
As of 09.12.2013
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*Singles & Doubles combined
*Singles & Doubles combined
Full name is Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo...Began playing tennis at age eight with his parents...Father, Jose Maria, owns a sports shop; mother, Jeanine, is a housewife...Has two older sisters, Rebeca and Raquel...Enjoys all sports and going out with his friends...Considers clay as favourite surface...His wife, Cristina, is a teacher; has two daughters Martina and Valeria.
2012 -- The oldest player in year-end Top 100 (34y,11m). Compiled his best results in Challengers with 30-14 match record and titles in San Luis Potosi (d. Lorenzi) in April and following month in Tunis (d. Chardy). Also runner-up in Pereira (l. to Salamanca)...In ATP World Tour play, went 3-12 and won a round in São Paulo (d. Machado, l. to Volandri) as a qualifier, Washington (d. Ebden, l. to Dolgopolov) and US Open (d. Devvarman, l. to Querrey). Played Challengers after US Open with SF in Madrid...Compiled records of 2-2 on hard, 1-7 on clay and 0-3 on grass...
2011 -- Had Challenger success after Wimbledon, going 25-16 with final in Seville, 5 SF and 2 QF...
2010 -- The Alicante native finished in Top 100 for first time since ‘06…Compiled a 47-20 match record and won three Challenger clay court titles, in Pozoblanco (d. Bautista-Agut), Kosice (d. Krajinovic) and Rabat (d. Granollers)… Also reached finals in Rijeka (l. Kavcic) and St. Brieuc (d. Przysiezny) and SF four other times…Went 1-4 in ATP World Tour play with his lone win in Santiago (d. Crivoi, l. to No. 11 Gonzalez) in February.
2009 -- Advanced to QF in Bucharest. In Challengers reached 2 SF and 6 QF...
2008 -- In Challengers, won title in La Serena. Reached 3 other finals and 4 more SF...
2007 -- The Spaniard dropped out of Top 100 after going 9-18 in ATP play...Reached his fifth career ATP SF in Casablanca, with wins over a trio of Frenchmen -- Simon, Ascione and Grosjean (l. to Montanes)…Then went three months and six tournaments without an ATP win until Umag, when he beat Gaudio (l. to Canas)…In doubles, went 12-18, with three runner-up finishes in Vina del Mar, Buenos Aires, Costa do Sauipe (all w/Montanes)…On Challenger circuit was runner-up in Trnava (w/Junqueira)...Finished a year-end best No. 71 in doubles.
2006 -- Put together an outstanding season by finishing a year-end best No. 56 with a personal-high 25 match wins...Enjoyed success on his favorite clay surface with a 22-14 mark, highlighted by a SF in first ATP tournament of year in Vina del Mar (l. to Acasuso) and followed with QF in Buenos Aires (l. to Moya)...Did not win back-to-back matches again until May when he advanced to 3rd RD at AMS Rome with wins over Coria and Safin (l. to Ancic)...Turned in his best Grand Slam result at Roland Garros with a 4th RD showing (d. Ferrer, l. to Ljubicic)...In July, reached SF in Amersfoort (l. to Massu) and in his final two clay court stops in Bucharest and Palermo, advanced to QF and SF, respectively...Finished European indoor circuit with a 1-3 mark...His best hard court result came in New Haven where he reached 3rd RD with a win over No. 5 Blake (l. to Malisse)... Went 3-4 on hard courts and 3-3 vs. Top 10 opponents...Earned a career-high $321,465.
2005 -- Reached QF in Vina del Mar (l. to Volandri) and Bucharest (l. to Hanescu)...Won Ljubljana Challenger (w/Dell'Aqua) and reached final at Santiago Challenger (l. to Silva)...Advanced to SF or better at five Challengers...
2004 -- Made debut in other three Grand Slam tournaments and lost in 1st RD in each...Advanced to QF at Acapulco (l. to Canas) and Gstaad (l. to Andreev)...Finalist at Zagreb Challenger (l. to Garcia)...
2003 -- Advanced to SF in Sopot (l. to Ferrer) and QF in Amersfoort (l. to Sluiter)...Reached SF or better at five Challengers, including title run in Kosice (d. Zib) and runner-up at Zagreb (l. to Vliegen)...Made Grand Slam debut at US Open and lost in 1st RD to Sanguinetti in five sets...
2002 -- Put together a 28-17 match record in Challengers, winning titles in Brasov (d. Zovko) and Barcelona (d. Portas), first of his career...Also reached QF in eight other Challengers...
2001 -- Winner at France #1, Yugoslavia #3 and France #9 Futures and runner-up at Yugoslavia #2 Futures...Played first full year of Challengers, compiling a 19-14 match record...Reached SF at Mantova, San Benedetto, Sopot and Seville Chs. and QF in three others...Won first ATP match in Bucharest (d. Savolt) before losing in 2nd RD...
2000 -- Winner at Morocco #2 Futures and finalist at Morocco #3 and Romania #1 Futures...Advanced to SF at Spain #1, #15 and Romania #2 Futures...
1999 -- Winner at Morocco #1 and Morocco #3 Futures and SF at Spain #3, #4 Futures...
1998 -- Reached 2nd RD at five Futures tournaments in Spain...
The Spaniard retired due to a right ankle injury, on 13 February, at end of 1st set versus Souza at Sao Paulo 1R...On 20 February, pulled out of Buenos Aires ahead of 1R match versus Arguello with a right ankle injury...In doubles, partnered Almagro, fell in Houston SFs (l. to J. Murray/Peers)…
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