From The Editor
Spotted any Nikolay Davydenko groupies at the tennis lately? You know, the ones who butt heads with the Federerphiles, the Rafaelites and the J-Block? I guess not.
Well, the time has come to give due respect to Davydenko, who for too long has been underappreciated by fans and media. Look beyond his focused, workman-like exterior and you’ll find a guy with a great sense of humour, a compelling story and, while not flamboyant, a spectacular game.
And now, more than ever, Davydenko matters. He comes into the Australian Open having beaten both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the same tournament – two consecutive times! At 28, he may just be ready to win his first Grand Slam title. Nobody should be surprised if he does. His crisp, flat ball-striking off both wings, complemented by his exceptional movement, allows Davydenko to clip breathtaking winners from almost any shot that comes his way. In this issue we peel back the mask and reveal Kolya’s personality, drive and new-found self-belief.
Also in this issue we look at perhaps the most gifted athlete in the game today, Frenchman Gael Monfils, who captivates fans with his sinewy, full-length slides and stretches as he covers every inch of the court. Is he ready to cement a place in the Top 10?
We introduce you to the little-known Horacio Zeballos, who won just five ATP World Tour matches last year but finished as the third-ranked Argentine at No. 45 in the year-end South African Airways ATP Rankings due to an exceptional run on the ATP Challenger Circuit. At 28, Taylor Dent is far from a new face on the ATP World Tour, but he tells why he feels that his career is just beginning.
And we look at Roger Federer’s 10 most astonishing records and contemplate whether any will be broken during his lifetime.
I hope you enjoy this edition of DEUCE, and I welcome your comments.
Editor, DEUCE Magazine
In This Issue
Gael Monfils is perhaps the best athlete on the ATP World Tour. But can that athleticism be harnessed for the greater good?
Like Mozart and Michelangelo, Roger Federer’s body of work ranges from exceptional to sublime. The Swiss has set multiple records that will likely stand the test of time.
Fernando Gonzalez's high-octane game is at odds with his down-to-earth, off-court demeanour. It's an unusual, but successful mix.
After being told his career was over, Taylor Dent is making every day count as he continues a remarkable comeback.
Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach are defying conventional wisdom that suggests that specialisation is the key to doubles success.
Don't label Argentine's fast-rising new star Horacio Zeballos a clay-court specialist. Last year, he rose 164 places into the Top 50.
Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka discusses the last time he met a childhood hero, let his diet slip and looked at his Beijing Olympics gold medal.
Roger Federer begins the 2010 season in pursuit of another Sampras record. And the ATP World Tour returns to Santiago and Nice.
ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a look at the Australian Open, players beating Federer and Nadal and major milestones.
In season 2, episode 1, ATP World Tour Uncovered travels to Doha for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, where Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal help launch the 2010 season with a game of tennis on a magic carpet. Tune in to ATPWorldTour.com every Wednesday for the latest features and watch the full episode on television. View Global TV Schedule.
In season 2, episode 1, ATP World Tour Uncovered profiles talented and fiery Frenchman Gael Monfils, whom many insiders have tipped to go to the very top. Tune in to ATPWorldTour.com every Wednesday for the latest features and watch the full episode on television. View Global TV Schedule.
In season 1, episode 13 of ATP World Tour Uncovered, take a look back on an extraordinary 2009 season, which included Roger Federer's historical Grand Slam achievements and Juan Martin del Potro's breakthrough at the US Open.
In this DEUCE exclusive, Fabrice Santoro talks about playing 20 of the 24 players to have ever held the No. 1 South African Airways ATP Ranking. Read the full story.
In season 1, episode 13, take a behind-the-scenes tour of The O2 arena, including private player locker rooms and areas, home to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.