(born September 7, 1986 in Orenburg
, Russian SFSR
, Soviet Union) is a professional Uzbek
tennis player. His career high rank is #39, achieved on August 30, 2010. He is coached by his mother.
Istomin broke into the top–200 late in 2005 and finished the year at #196.
Istomin received the Asian Wildcard into the 2006 Australian Open
where he played world number one Roger Federer
. Federer won in three straight sets, 6–2, 6–3, 6–2.He spent much of 2006 in the top–200, reaching a career-high of #186 on May 1, and finished the year at #200 in singles.
Istomin was slightly less successful in 2007, spending the entire year outside the top–200 in singles, but rallying towards the end of the year to finish at #230, again claiming the Asian Wild Card entry spot for the 2008 Australian Open
He had a better year in doubles, however, and reached his career-high of #157 on June 18.
Istomin entered the 2008 Australian Open
as the Asian Wild Card. He lost in the second round to local favorite Lleyton Hewitt
in four sets. Following victories in a number of Challenger
tournaments, he finished the season ranked at #105.
Istomin again received the Asian Wild Card into the 2009 Australian Open
. He played Vincent Spadea
of the USA in the first round and won in straight sets, 6–2 7–5 6–4.2009 Australian Open – Men's Singles#Section 1
He lost to Richard Gasquet
in the second round. He had a... Read More