Russian tennis player who turned pro in 1999; by 2013, he had won eight singles career titles and nine doubles career titles.
He used to be a ball boy at the Davis Cup for Russia vs. USA matches.
He was graduated from the University of Moscow with a Ph.D. in Philosophy.
He married his wife, Yulia, with whom he fathered his son, Maxim, in 2009.
He lost to Rafael Nadal at the 2008 US Open.