On the Court
Made his ATP level debut at Miami in 2000, winning via retirement over Galo Blanco, 6-4, 0-6, 4-1 RET. His Grand Slam debut came at the US Open that fall, where he received a wild card and lost in five sets to No. 27 Jan-Michael Gambill.
He recorded his first victory over a Top 10 player at Scottsdale in 2001, upsetting No. 9 Thomas Enqvist in the second round. He lost in the first round at both the US Open and Wimbledon .
Began 2002 with a full docket of ATP events, reaching the second round of the Australian Open and moving into the Top 100 following a trip to the quarterfinals at Long Island .
Enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2003, reaching the quarterfinals of Sydney and the third round of the Australian Open to kick off a campaign that saw him go 37-24. Made his Davis Cup debut for the US , losing to Croatia ’s Ivan Ljubicic in a first-round match. Reached his first final at Delray Beach , falling to Gambill. Entered the Top 50 for the first time after reaching the final at Nottingham, then made the third round at Wimbledon, the quarters at Washington D.C. , the finals at Cincinnati and the second round of the US Open to soar to No. 23. His first ATP level victory came at Stockholm , defeating Robin Soderling in three sets, and joining the Top 20 at No. 19.
Reached the finals of San Jose and Halle in 2004. Competed in the Summer Olympics in Athens and came away with the silver medal, losing the title match to Nicolas Massu, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6. Went 1-1 in the Davis Cup final against Spain .
Struggled throughout 2005, dropping out of the Top 100, then the Top 200. Did not win an ATP-level tournament again until Houston in 2006, jumping 91 spots in the rankings back to 121st. Took on more Challenger level events and wound up making several ATP quarterfinals to finish the year at No. 49.
Began 2007 by reaching the semifinals at Auckland , then the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, his deepest penetration to date at a Grand Slam. Slumped off at mid-season before fighting back to reach the New Haven final.
Nearly fell out of the Top 100 again in 2008, then stormed to the finals at Indian Wells, unseating No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko, No. 7 David Nalbandian and No. 1 Roger Federer before falling to No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the final. Reached the semifinals at Los Angeles , the final at New Haven and the quarterfinals at the US Open to surge to No. 25.
Started 2009 successfully, with a third-round appearance at the Australian Open and a runner-up slot at San Jose . Posted a tournament win at Delray Beach , defeating Evegeny Korolev.
Underwent a dramatic weight loss before the 2010 season, dropping some 30 pounds, then kicked off the season by reaching the Sydney semifinals. Did the same at Delray Beach , then reached the fourth round at Miami and the finals at Queen’s Club. Got red-hot during the summer, winning Newport over Olivier Rochus and Atlanta over John Isner. Reached the finals at Cincinnati and the fourth round at the US Open to reach No. 19 in the world.
In early 2011, he reached the semifinals at Memphis and Delray Beach to move up to No. 15. He jumped to a career-best No. 11 by reaching the semifinals at Miami, upsetting No. 6 David Ferrer in the quarterfinals before falling to No. 2 Novak Djokovic. He joined the Top 10 for the first time in his career after reaching the third round of Rome, then pushed up to No. 8 when he made the Wimbledon quarterfinals, falling there to No. 1 Rafael Nadal in four sets. Had a second straight strong US Open series, winning Atlanta for a second straight year over John Isner, then reaching the finals at Los Angeles and the Rogers Cup, and reaching the Cincinnati semifinals - to reach No. 7. Qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals but went 0-3 in round-robin play.
Remained in the Top 10 until early April of 2012, when a heart condition sidelined him, forcing him to miss two months. Returned for Wimbledon and reached the fourth round. Last competition of 2012 was the US Open, where he went four rounds deep before losing to Roger Federer.
Grand Slam Titles/Finals: None
Year-End Singles Rankings: 2011: 8th; 2010: 16th; 2009: 55th; 2008: 24th; 2007: 39th; 2006: 47th; 2005: 225th; 2004: 37th; 2003: 20th; 2002: 84th; 2001: 141st: 2000: 305th.
Off the Court
Is the son of Tom and Sally, and has a younger sister named Meredith. After moving from Minnesota to FLorida, he lived with Andy Roddick's family and attended the same high school - Boca Prep - as Roddick. Is an avid baseball fan who has taken batting practice with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, hitting home runs in both teams' home stadiums. Married wife Stacey Gardner in September of 2008. Gardner, a lawyer, had previously spent time on the game show "Deal or No Deal".