(, ; born May 23, 1985 in Tbilisi
, Georgian SSR
) is a tennis player
from Russia. He was born in Georgia but moved to Moscow, Russia
. He turned pro in 2001.
He began his career at the age of six. He was nicknamed "Tsunami" because of his energy.
Gabashvili made his debut in 2004 in Båstad
, where he lost to Olivier Patience
, Gabashvili faced Roger Federer
in the first round, losing 3–6, 2–6, 4–6.
In the first round of the 2007 U.S. Open
, Gabashvili defeated World No. 7 Fernando González
in five sets, 6–4, 6–1, 3–6, 5–7 and 6–4. In the fourth set, Gabashvili served for the match at 5–4, but hit three consecutive double faults. He lost the game and the set, but came back in the fifth and final set to win the match.2009
In the first round of the 2009 U.S. Open
, he lost in straight sets to American Jesse Levine
, 7–5, 6–1, 6–2.2010
In the third round of the 2010 French Open
, he beat Andy Roddick in straight sets, 6–4, 6–4, 6–2. However, he was beaten in the fourth round by Austria's Jurgen Melzer in four sets, 6–7 6–4 1–6 4–6.
At the 2010 U.S. Open
, Gabashvili played World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the first round, losing 6–7(4), 6–7(4), 3–6.
Gabashvili speaks Russian, Georgian, Spanish and English. His brother, Levan
for Dinamo Tbilisi
, until he started to attend college at Seward County Community......