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The beginning of a new year is often filled with excited anticipation, promising hope and limitless possibilities. Last season proved frustrating at times for Roger Federer, but he begins 2009 with renewed focus, just one title away from tying Pete Sampras’s Grand Slam record. With his rivalry against Rafael Nadal now expanded to include Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, does he have what it takes to reclaim his No. 1 ranking?

In this issue, we feature the two stars of the 2008 Australian Open – Djokovic, whose self-belief helped make him a Grand Slam champion, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who electrified the crowds on his unexpected run to the final. Who will make their mark this year? Be sure to keep your eyes on Spanish Davis Cup hero Fernando Verdasco and 20-year-old Croat Marin Cilic.

We also invite you to visit the ATP World Tour’s new destination of Johannesburg, with South Africans Kevin Anderson and Jeff Coetzee giving you a peek of what’s in store for the players.

I hope you enjoy this edition of DEUCE, and I welcome your comments emailed to

Alison Kim
Editor, DEUCE Magazine

In This Issue

Roger Federer

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Federer's No. 1 Focus

Having been deposed to World No. 2, does Roger Federer have what it takes physically and mentally to become just the second player after Ivan Lendl to reclaim his place as ATP World Tour Champion?

Novak Djokovic


The 'Djoker' Comes Of Age

The on-court impersonations first catapulted an up-and-coming Novak Djokovic into the spotlight two years ago, but the Serbian has since established himself as a Grand Slam champion embracing the expectations and responsibilities of a top contender. Read More in DEUCE.

Fyrstenberg and Matkowski


Chasing Pole Position

They are the fire-and-ice doubles combination of the ATP World Tour: combustible strongman Marcin Matkowski and ‘ice man’ Mariusz Fyrstenberg. But the Polish countrymen make the eclectic mix work and are poised to become an entrenched Top 5 team and genuine contender to become 2009 ATP World Tour Doubles Champions.

Johannesburg skyline


Home Court: Johannesburg

Johannesburg native Kevin Anderson and South African doubles star Jeff Coetzee share the appeal and sights of the new ATP World Tour destination.

Adam Helfant


An Interview With Adam Helfant

You won’t find any sporting memorabilia in Adam Helfant’s executive office at ATP headquarters in London. No signed photographs on the walls, no autographed footballs, tennis balls or shoes, despite his many years working with some of the biggest names in world sports. He has some memorabilia from his days at Nike, but he says it’s packed away.

Marcos Baghdatis


The Unpredictable Slam

Surprise finalists have almost become an expected sensation in Melbourne. With an early spot in the calendar and often sweltering conditions, the Aussie Open provides a test incomparable to any other Slam.

old balls


25 Uses of Old Tennis Balls

What happens to the hundreds of millions of tennis balls produced each year after they’ve paid their dues on the courts? Like many tennis players, some are still working hard long after they’ve lost the last of their felt.

Marin Cilic


On The Rise Marin Cilic

Marin Cilic has built on an outstanding junior career to become Croatia’s highest-ranked player and one of the brightest young talents on the ATP World Tour circuit. His compatriots predict a Top 10 future, but Cilic is just happy to take his career one step at a time.



The Last Time... Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga talks about [almost] meeting his childhood hero Pat Rafter and the moments when being a celebrity can be an advantage.



Scoreboard & Calendar

A look ahead at the first few months of the 2009 ATP World Tour.

Shark Bites


Shark Bites

ATP World Tour stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a look at the numbers behind the stories on the ATP circuit.


Johannesburg 2009 - Ferrer Tames Lions

David Ferrer visited the Lion and Rhino Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site, during the SA Tennis Open. Video courtesy SuperSport.

Dubai 2009 - Gasquet Visits English School

Richard Gasquet visited The English College in Dubai on Sunday to sign autographs and answer questions. Click here to Watch Live and for Full Match Downloads. Video courtesy

Dubai 2009 - Murray's Maiden Voyage

No. 2 seed Andy Murray made his maiden voyage aboard a luxury yacht off the coastline of Dubai on Sunday. Click here to Watch Live and for Full Match Downloads. Video courtesy

Johannesburg 2009 - Baghdatis Visits Apartheid Museum

Marcos Baghdatis visted the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg during the SA Tennis Open. Video Courtesy SuperSport.

What Australia Means To Me...

Fabrice Santoro, Tommy Robredo and the Bryan brothers reveal what reminds them of Australia.


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