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- Age: 26 (27.11.1987)
- Birthplace: Pereira, Colombia
- Residence: Bradenton, USA
- Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
- Weight: 166 lbs (75 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 2004
- Coach: Mauricio Hadad
As of 09.12.2013
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*Singles & Doubles combined
*Singles & Doubles combined
Began playing tennis at age two...Nicknamed "Santi"...Most inspirational people in his life are his family... His parents are Elsa and Eduardo, who is a private constructor...Has one older sister Carmina, nicknamed "Car", who used to play Fed Cup for Colombia and now works as a marketing CEO at Ripley in Colombia... Also has one older brother, Daniel, nicknamed "Dani", who works as a General CEO of Zona Franca Internacional de Pereira... Likes to watch movies, (drama and comedy), read (novels) and listen to music (reggaeton and electronic music)... His hobbies, besides reading and watching movies, are swimming and horse riding in the mountains in his beloved Pereira.
Adapts well on all courts surfaces… He is a member of the Colombian Davis Cup team… Would like to be a politician… At the end of July 2013, he moved to Bradenton to work with his new coach and current Davis Cup Captain, the Colombian Mauricio Hadad. His team is complemented by the physical trainer and physiotherapist, the dutch Niels Renzenbrik, by the American nutritionist Andrew Terman and also the support of his mental performance optimizer, the Spanish Adolfo Gómez, and his manager Carmiña Giraldo.
2012 -- The No.2 Colombian (behind No. 54 Falla) finished in Top 65 for a 3rd consecutive year, highlighted by SF in Acapulco (l. to Ferrer) and QF in Brisbane (l. to Simon). Became highestranked Colombian on July 16 at No. 39...Played his last tournament at Cali Challenger on Sept. 10 (won 1R) and underwent appendicitis surgery next day and another surgery a couple of days later due to peritonitis...In Grand Slam play, reached personal-best 3R at Roland Garros (d. Falla, Tomic, l. to Murray). Lost in 2R at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic) and 1R at Wimbledon, US Open (l. to Raonic in both). Made Olympics debut in London and reached 2R (d. Harrison, l. to Darcis)...In limited Challenger play (8-2 record), reached final in hometown Bogota (l. to Falla) and SF in Pereira...Compiled records of 12-10 on clay, 8-8 on hard and 1-2 on grass...Went 0-6 vs. Top 10 opponents and highest ranked win came over No. 17 Nishikori in Indian Wells...
2011 -- The top Colombian finished a year-end best No. 55, with 8 QF or better, including his 1st career ATP World Tour final in Santiago (l. to Robredo)…Had 29 career match wins from 2006-10 and personal-high 30 in 2011...Reached a career-high No. 44 on Feb. 28 after reaching QF in Acapulco...Went 0-6 vs. Top 10 opponents and both his Top 20 wins came over Melzer (No. 12 in Stuttgart, No. 20 in Shanghai) and compiled marks of 15-13 on clay,13-12 on hard, 2-2 on grass...Earned a career-high $499,086...
2010 -- The top Colombian finished in Top 100 for first time, highlighted by a personal-high 20 match wins…His best ATP World Tour results were QFs in Chennai (l. to Cilic) in January and in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in June…Went 16-4 in Challenger play and won title in Pereira (d. Lorenzi)…Represented Colombia in Davis Cup World Group play-off tie vs. USA in September, beating No. 21 Querrey in straight sets before losing fifth and decisive rubber to Fish 8-6 in fifth set…Compiled marks of 9-15 on hard and 7-5 on clay…Earned a career-high $378,942.
2009 -- The No. 2 Colombian (behind No. 81 Falla) finished a year-end best just outside Top 100, highlighted by three Challenger titles and a 38-14 match record…Opened campaign with title in Salinas (d. Russell) and his lone tour-level win of season came in Davis Cup play vs. Uruguay in March…Followed by qualifying into first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells (l. to N. Lapentti)…One month later, won title at San Luis Potosi Challenger (d. Lorenzi)…For third year in a row qualified at Roland Garros (l. to Istomin in four sets)…Played eight weeks in a row to finish year, winning 19 of 26 matches, highlighted by SF in Cali and Quito, title at Sacramento (d. Levine) and runner-up at Guayaquil (l. to N. Lapentti)…Earned a career-high $96,412.
2008 -- Compiled a 19-17 match record in Challenger level play, reaching final in Furth (l. to Koellerer) and SF at Cali…Qualified into main draw five times, including back-to-back at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami…Made second straight showing at Roland Garros as a qualifier (l. to Serra)…
2007 -- The Colombian No. 2 (behind Falla) finished in Top 150 for first time (at No. 139) and improved his year-end ranking for third straight season...Posted his lone ATP-level win in Davis Cup against Venezuela (d. Romero) in September (went 1-5)...Enjoyed an excellent season on Challenger circuit (25-11 mark), winning two titles in Bogota (d. Saretta) and Quito (d. G. Lapentti) from four finals...Also finished runner-up in San Luis Potosi (l. to Vicente) and Bogota (l. to Daniel)...Reached a career-high No. 115 in April, having started season at No. 175.
2006 -- Claimed two Futures titles in three finals, winning at Colombia #3 and Brazil #6...Reached two Challenger finals in home country, titling in Bogota (d. Echagaray) and finishing as runner-up in Medellin (d. Canas in SF, l. to Guccione)...In doubles, won Brazil #4 Futures title and reached Cuenca Challenger final (w/Salamanca).
2005 -- Won first Futures title at Colombia #6
The Colombian lost to Anderson in Bogota QFs…
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