Oct/14

20

Basel, Valencia and Singapore

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Nadal and Federer could meet in Basel.

Isner, Kozlov are in Valencia.

Serena will try to lockdown the WTA number one ranking in Singapore.

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Oct/14

17

Where Are They Now: Wayne Ferreira

By Steve Pratt Taking in the excitement and fun at the 2014 USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships was USTA Northern California section’s coach, Wayne Ferreira, smiling and relaxed in a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses. Tennis fans from a generation ago should recognize the name: a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist, Ferreira saw his share of […]

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Oct/14

16

My Biofile Interview with Nikolay Davydenko

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We did this Biofile in 2005 at US Open when Davydenko had just entered the ATP top five. What a great player Daveydenko was, so machine like, technically perfect and smooth too. He just always seemed to run into Federer deep in the majors. Four times Davydenko reached a Grand Slam semifinal (2 US, 2 FO). Davydenko’s pinnacle came in 2009 when he won the World Tour Finals in London (def. Del Potro) but he also had some spectacularly impressive wins over Nadal, he even leads the head to head with Rafa 6-5. Overall, the Ukrainian born Russian won twenty one ATP singles titles…

Childhood Heroes: “Maybe movie heroes. Batman, Superman I guess [smiles]. (Tennis?) I don’t know. Who was good before? Ivan Lendl. Yannick Noah.”

Early Tennis Memory: “My memory was starting after the Futures, my first qualifying of ATP Tour in Amsterdam and I make semis (2000). I lost to Sluiter in semis.”

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Oct/14

15

Flyers Jacub Voracek Can’t Get Enough Of Federer

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For a Biofile interview, I asked the Philadelphia Flyers right wing who his favorite athlete to watch is and he replied instantly, “Federer. I know just about everything about him.” He added that he travels to watch him play, attending the US Open semifinals and finals for the last five years. He enjoys the action so much at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center that he plans to continue to visit Flushing Meadows more times in the future.

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Oct/14

13

Moscow, Stockholm and Vienna

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Three solid draws this week on the ATP circuit.

Vienna is bolstered by having David Ferrer and Andy Murray as the top two seeds. Also competing back on the main tour will be Victor Estrella Burgos who has played two Challengers since his sensational run at the US Open, where the 34 year old first time main draw entry reached the third round, falling to Milos Raonic 676767. Austrian upstart Dominic Thiem is also playing his home and favorite tournament.

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Oct/14

10

Biofile: Tim Smyczek Interview

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I did this Biofile with Tim in Delray Beach a couple of years ago…

First Tennis Memory: “I used to follow my brother Alex around to lessons. And it was a big deal if I could hit the ball over the fence. I was really happy when I could hit the ball over the fence.”

Tennis Inspirations: “Right now, David Ferrer. Between him and maybe Lleyton Hewitt.”

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Oct/14

6

Shanghai

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Shanghai Masters results:

Dimitrov d. Istomin.
Gasquet d. Chardy.
Lu d. Granollers (3 sets).
Karlovic d. Cilic (3 sets)
Monaco d. J. Sousa
Isner d. P. Andujar (3 sets)

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Oct/14

5

Biofile: Olivier Rochus Interview

Status: 33 year old veteran retired from ATP this week. Won two ATP singles titles (Munich, Palermo), earned $4.7 million in career prize money, even has a clay court win over Nadal, 62 62, also won the 2004 French Open doubles title with Malisse. Reached career high ATP ranking of #24 in Oct. 2005. First […]

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Oct/14

4

Biofile: Stefan Kozlov Interview

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Age: Sixteen.

First tennis memory: “Playing in the rain with my dad (Andrei). When it was raining we kept playing with soft balls. Really good memory.”

Tennis inspirations: “My dad. Probably Federer. He’s a complete player.”

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Oct/14

2

Biofile: Goran Ivanisevic Interview

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Status: Former Wimbledon champion. Winner of 22 ATP singles titles, nine doubles, and nearly #20,000,000 in career prize earnings. Reached ATP World Tour career high ranking of #2. Olympic bronze medalist in singles and doubles in ’92. Reached final of French Open doubles in ’90 (with Korda) and ’99 (with Tarango). Won Davis Cup with Croatia in 2005 and Hopman Cup in ’95. Currently coaches US Open champion Marin Cilic.

DOB: September 13, 1971 In: Split, Yugoslavia

Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco

First Tennis Memory: “Oh, it was a long time ago. When I picked up the racquet and I got to play. Best memory.”

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