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Oct/17

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Press Conference Flashback: Thomas Muster US Open 1995

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U.S. OPEN

August 30, 1995

Thomas Muster

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

Q. Thomas, can you please tell us when you left Croatia after the tournament there, and how long it took you to get to the United States and your flight?

THOMAS MUSTER: I left on Sunday night, took private plane to Paris. Slept at the airport and left in the morning 11 o’clock, Concord, arrived there at 9 o’clock; practiced at 3.

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GREG SHARKO: First quarterfinal for Mats here at the Lipton since’88 when he won it.

Q. Have you got some sort of momentum thing going now, I mean, having won so easily the last couple of rounds?

MATS WILANDER: Yeah, I have got the momentum going for me now for sure, yeah. I think the last two matches I have sort of played a little better than I thought I was able to play at this stage, but I think that momentum changed the last couple of weeks and winning a couple of close matches and even since the French Indian Wells I won 7-5 in the third, which has been unusual for me for the last year, and when you suddenly feel like you are going to win again, then everything changes; perspective changes completely.

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Oct/17

17

They won’t give up: Thiemo DeBakker

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By Scoop Malinowski

The Dutch junior star won the Wimbledon boys title in 2006 (def. Marcin Gawron). He reached a career high singles ATP ranking of 40 in 2010 when he reached two ATP Tour semifinals (Barcelona and New Haven).

DeBakker also has career wins over Tomas Berdych, John Isner (at Wimbledon 2R after the Isner vs Mahut marathon) and Jo Tsonga. He reached the third round at Roland Garros in 2010.

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MONTE CARLO OPEN

April 23, 1996

Andre Agassi

MONTE CARLO, MONACO

Q. Andre, I guess it’s not easy to play a match in these conditions when you are expecting something else?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yes, that’s right.

Q. So how did you handle the match?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, you know, there’s not much you can really do except try to, you know, stay relaxed and yet not so relaxed that you forget about what you’re doing. I think the most difficult is the first few games right when you come out, make sure your feet get moving quick or else you cannot find your rhythm sometimes for an entire set.

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Oct/17

13

Remember How Great Lleyton Hewitt Was?

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By Scoop Malinowski

I’m gonna catch some flak for this but I think Hewitt, at his best, his feistiest, most fired up and tenacious, could put a beating on anyone from tennis history…Federer, Nadal and Djokovic included.

Heck, we saw what Hewitt did to Pete Sampras in that U.S. Open final of 2001. Hewitt slammed Poor Pete to the tune of 76 61 61. And it wasn’t like Pete was tired from a long semi – he bested Safin, the defending champ, in straight sets. In his semi, Hewitt blasted Kafelnikov 1-2-1.

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By Johan Kriek

Just saw the premier opening at a movie theatre of the “Battle of the Sexes” . We were invited and my coaches came and it was fun!

Bobby Riggs the gambler and showman who was a terrific professional (probably more professional in gambling but he called it hustling) vs Billie Jean King the trailblazer and living icon in women’s tennis.

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Sep/17

23

Reflections So Far On Laver’s Cup

Did they have to make it World v Europe? Couldn’t they have made it like World against Eastern Europe? Then with a little free geographic license, we could’ve had teams like Rafa, Kyrgios, Tsonga, Kev Anderson, Qball and Shapovalov v Fed, Zverev, Berdy, Cilic and I don’t know a couple of other players. But to put Nadal and Fed on the same team to be matched up against Qball and Sock is almost criminal. I mean you have four Americans on the World Group and America can’t even get past the second round of Davis Cup.

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Sep/17

19

Best Tennis Players You’ve Never Heard Of

I’m watching Liam Broady, the Brit, completely dismantle Ernests Gulbis in St. Petersburg and asking, “How come I’ve never seen this chap Broady play before? The Brit is good, like real good, and he’s a Matthew McConaughey look-alike. He is the fastest dude I’ve ever seen on a tennis court. Kind of moves like the […]

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Sep/17

15

Forgotten Players

David Nalbandian

Dominik Hrbaty: Former Slovakian won six ATP singles title was also known for tormenting Roger Federer with two three set wins over the Swiss maestro in Cincy and Paris Bercy before Fed finally won their last meeting at Wimbledon in Hrbaty’s final tournament in 2008.

Jiri Novak: The Czech baseliner won seven singles titles and over $7.6 million with a career singles record of 337-260. Best win was arguably the rout of Pete Sampras in the 2000 Davis Cup tie in LA, 76 63 62.

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