Alex Calatrava

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Alex Patricio Calatrava is a former tour tennis player from Spain
Spain
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, who turned professional in 1993. The right-hander won one singles title (2000, San Marino
San Marino
San Marino, officially the Republic of San Marino , is a state situated on the Italian Peninsula on the eastern side of the Apennine Mountains. It is an enclave surrounded by Italy. Its size is just over with an estimated population of over 30,000. Its capital is the City of San Marino...

). He reached his highest singles ATP
Association of Tennis Professionals
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-ranking on February 12, 2001, when he became World number 44.

Calatrava defeated up and coming British star Alex Bogdanovic
Alex Bogdanovic
Aleksa Bogdanovic , also known as his British nickname Alex, is a Serbian-British tennis player born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Alex was brought to England by his parents Dušan and Amelija when he was seven and took up tennis as a means of making new friends.Bogdanovic turned professional in 2002...

 in 5 sets at Wimbledon Championships in 2004.

In July 2005 Calatrava was humbled by an emerging young talent from Serbia
Serbia
Serbia , officially the Republic of Serbia , is a landlocked country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Carpathian basin and the central part of the Balkans...

. The player in question was Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who has been ranked world no. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals since 4 July 2011. He has won four Grand Slam singles titles: the 2008 and 2011 Australian Open, the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, and the 2011 US Open...

. The Serb dispatched Calatrava nonchalantly 6-1, 6-4 success in Umag
Umag
Umag is a coastal city in Istria, Croatia.The city hosts the yearly Croatia Open ATP tennis tournament on clay courts.-Geography:It is the westernmost city of Croatia, and the municipality includes Savudrija which is westernmost point of Croatia....

, Croatia
Croatia
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.

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Calatrava was born in Germany while his parents lived there, returning to Spain live in 1980. His Spanish father, Jose, met his French mother, Gabrielle, while working Germany. Calatrava's uncle is the renowned architect Santiago Calatrava
Santiago Calatrava
Santiago Calatrava Valls is a Spanish architect, sculptor and structural engineer whose principal office is in Zürich, Switzerland. Classed now among the elite designers of the world, he has offices in Zürich, Paris, Valencia, and New York City....

.

Calatrava lived in California from 1989 to 1991 and attended a high school for one year in Palm Springs
Palm Springs
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. He also lived a year in Indian Wells, Riverside County under the guidance of Spanish coach José Higueras
José Higueras
José Higueras is a tennis coach and former professional tennis player from Spain.Between 1976 and 1984, Higueras won 16 top-level singles titles. A semi-finalist at the French Open in 1982 and 1983, he reached the World No. 6 singles ranking in 1983...

. He was the number one ranked junior player in California in 1991.

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