A Brief Biography
Filippo Volandri is an Italian professional male tennis player. He turned pro in 1997, and as of January 2006, had earned over $1,300,000 in prize money. His biggest win of his career to date has been dispatching world number one Roger Federer in straight sets 6–2, 6–4 at the Rome Masters in 2007, having entered as a wild card. He further proved himself by beating the highly-tipped world number 12 Tomáš Berdych in the quarter-final. This victory promoted Volandri as the first Italian to contest the event\'s semi-finals since 1978. In September 2006, he lost the final of the Bucharest ATP tournament against Jürgen Melzer. Volandri won the second title of his career in September 2006, beating Nicolás Lapentti in the final of the Sicily International in Palermo. From 2008-09, Volandri was caught up in some doping offence scandal that provoked a three month ban from the ATP.