Birthplace: Alicante, Spain
Plays: Right-handed (two-hands backhand)
Turned Pro: 1998
Full name is Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo...Began playing tennis at age eight with his parents...Father, Jose Maria, owns a sports shop; mother, Jeanine, is a housewife...Has two older sisters, Rebeca and Raquel...Enjoys all sports and going out with his friends...Considers clay as favorite surface...Coached by Diego Dinomo.
1998 -- Reached 2nd RD at five Futures tournaments in Spain...
1999 -- Winner at Morocco #1 and Morocco #3 Futures and SF at Spain #3, #4 Futures...
2000 -- Winner at Morocco #2 Futures and finalist at Morocco #3 and Romania #1 Futures...Advanced to SF at Spain #1, #15 and Romania #2 Futures...
2001 -- Winner at France #1, Yugoslavia #3 and France #9 Futures and runner-up at Yugoslavia #2 Futures...Played first full year of Challengers, compiling a 19-14 match record...Reached SF at Mantova, San Benedetto, Sopot and Seville Chs. and QF in three others...Won first ATP match in Bucharest (d. Savolt) before losing in 2nd RD...
2002 -- Put together a 28-17 match record in Challengers, winning titles in Brasov (d. Zovko) and Barcelona (d. Portas), first of his career...Also reached QF in eight other Challengers...
2003 -- Advanced to SF in Sopot (l. to Ferrer) and QF in Amersfoort (l. to Sluiter)...Reached SF or better at five Challengers, including title run in Kosice (d. Zib) and runner-up at Zagreb (l. to Vliegen)...Made Grand Slam debut at US Open and lost in 1st RD to Sanguinetti in five sets...
2004 -- Made debut in other three Grand Slam tournaments and lost in 1st RD in each...Advanced to QF at Acapulco (l. to Canas) and Gstaad (l. to Andreev)...Finalist at Zagreb Challenger (l. to Garcia)...
2005 -- Reached QF in Vina del Mar (l. to Volandri) and Bucharest (l. to Hanescu)...Won Ljubljana Challenger (w/Dell'Aqua) and reached final at Santiago Challenger (l. to Silva)...Advanced to SF or better at five Challengers...
2006 -- Put together an outstanding season by finishing a year-end best No. 56 with a personal-high 25 match wins...Enjoyed success on his favorite clay surface with a 22-14 mark, highlighted by a SF in first ATP tournament of year in Vina del Mar (l. to Acasuso) and followed with QF in Buenos Aires (l. to Moya)...Did not win back-to-back matches again until May when he advanced to 3rd RD at AMS Rome with wins over Coria and Safin (l. to Ancic)...Turned in his best Grand Slam result at Roland Garros with a 4th RD showing (d. Ferrer, l. to Ljubicic)...In July, reached SF in Amersfoort (l. to Massu) and in his final two clay court stops in Bucharest and Palermo, advanced to QF and SF, respectively...Finished European indoor circuit with a 1-3 mark...His best hard court result came in New Haven where he reached 3rd RD with a win over No. 5 Blake (l. to Malisse)... Went 3-4 on hard courts and 3-3 vs. Top 10 opponents...Earned a career-high $321,465.
2007 -- The Spaniard dropped out of Top 100 after going 9-18 in ATP play...Reached his fifth career ATP SF in Casablanca, with wins over a trio of Frenchmen -- Simon, Ascione and Grosjean (l. to Montanes)…Then went three months and six tournaments without an ATP win until Umag, when he beat Gaudio (l. to Canas)…In doubles, went 12-18, with three runner-up finishes in Vina del Mar, Buenos Aires, Costa do Sauipe (all w/Montanes)…On Challenger circuit was runner-up in Trnava (w/Junqueira)...Finished a year-end best No. 71 in doubles.
2010 -- The Alicante native finished in Top 100 for first time since ‘06…Compiled a 47-20 match record and won three Challenger clay court titles, in Pozoblanco (d. Bautista-Agut), Kosice (d. Krajinovic) and Rabat (d. Granollers)… Also reached finals in Rijeka (l. Kavcic) and St. Brieuc (d. Przysiezny) and SF four other times…Went 1-4 in ATP World Tour play with his lone win in Santiago (d. Crivoi, l. to No. 11 Gonzalez) in February.
- Braşov Challenger - Braşov, Romania (2002)
- Barcelona Challenger - Barcelona, Spain (2002)
- Košice Challenger - Košice, Slovakia (2003, 2010)
- Ljubljana Challenger - Ljubljana, Slovenia (2005)
- La Serena Challenger - La Serena, Chile (2008)
- Rabat Challenger - Rabat, Morocco (2010)
- Open Diputación - Pozoblanco, Spain (2010)
- Braşov Challenger (with Salvador Navarro) - Braşov, Romania (2004)
- IPP Trophy (with Santiago Ventura) - Geneva, Italia (2005)
- Internazionali di Monza E Brianza (with Tomas Tenconi) - Monza, Italia (2006)
- Timişoara Challenger (with Daniel Munoz-de la Nava) - Timişoara, Romania (2008)
- Ipsos Bucharest Challenger (with Santiago Ventura) - Bucharest, Romania (2008)
- Morocco Tennis Tour (with Santiago Ventura) - Rabat, Morocco (2009)
- Marrakech Challenger (with Santiago Ventura) - Marrakech, Morocco (2009)
- Trofeo Dimiccoli & Boraccino (with Santiago Ventura) - Barletta, Italy (2009)