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Biofile with Paul-Henri Mathieu

Status: Winner of four ATP singles titles. Has career wins over Sampras, Roddick, Safin, Novak, Moya, Robredo, Schalken, Youzhny, Gonzalez, Ljubicic, Ferrer, Stepanek, Ancic and Kuerten. Current ATP rank is #63. Career high rank was #12 in 2008.

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 163

DOB: January 12, 1982 In: Strasbourg, France.

Tennis Inspiration: “Boris Becker.”

Nickname: “Paulo.”

Hobbies/Interests: “I like to watch DVDs. I used to play golf a little bit. And sleeping [laughs].”

Favorite Movie: “Gladiator.”

Musical Tastes: “Coldplay.”

First Job: “Tennis, man.”

First Car: “Audi. (Color?) Gray.”

Early Tennis Memory: “I was sleeping with my racquet when I was young [laughs].”

Favorite Meal: “Pancakes, chocolate.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Mint.”

Pre-Match Feeling: “Little bit of stress. But I like the pressure when I step on the court.”

Greatest Sports Moment: “I think when I beat Pete Sampras (in three sets in 2002 on Long Island — Mathieu was the last player to defeat the 14-time Grand Slam winner in his ATP career).”

Most Painful Moment: “Davis Cup final (2002 in Paris — lost fifth and deciding rubber in five sets to Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny after building a two-set lead).”

Favorite Tournament: “French Open.”

Closest Tennis Friends: “Different guys — [Richard] Gasquet, [Arnaud] DiPasquale and [Arnaud] Clement, all different guys.”

Funniest Players Encountered: “I don’t know. Funniest player…I don’t know [laughs].”

Toughest Competitors: “Nadal. I think he puts a lot of pressure on you and he’s running everywhere.”

Favorite Vacation Spot: “Mauritius.”

Funny Tennis Memory: “I laugh all the time on the court. We try to laugh because we enjoy it.”

Embarrassing Tennis Moment: “When you play a match and you feel really bad physically. And you know you’re not going to win the match. It’s tough when you’re on the court.”

People Quality Most Admired: “Generous.”

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