From The Editor
On the eve of the Australian Open, the tennis world asks can Novak Djokovic dominate as he did last year? Will Rafael Nadal conquer the challenge of Djokovic? And if Roger Federer can regain top spot in the South African Airways 2012 ATP Rankings.
DEUCE finds that even at 30 years of age, Federer's enthusiasm for the sport is undimmed. His strong finish to the 2011 ATP World Tour season, which culminated in him clinching a record sixth title at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, certainly indicated, he could, one day, surpass Pete Sampras' record of 286 weeks at World No. 1.
In this issue, we also profile three other 30-somethings who have left their mark on the sport - Lleyton Hewitt, a former World No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion; a big-serving giant, Ivo Karlovic, who has a picked up a cult following on Twitter; and, Tommy Haas, who is determined to round out his career on a high.
There's also in-depth features on Kevin Anderson, Alex Bogomolov Jr., the 2011 ATP Most Improved Player of the Year, Kei Nishikori, and Top 10 doubles team Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski. Plus a light-hearted interview with Nicolas Almagro.
Enjoy this issue of DEUCE.
Editor, DEUCE Magazine
In This Issue
Ever since Lleyton Hewitt became the Australian Open's youngest qualifier in 1997, he has competed with burning desire. Now, fast-approaching 31, DEUCE looks back at his career highs and what drives him on.
At 6' 10", Ivo Karlovic is the tallest player on the ATP World Tour. Yet he's made an art form of communicating his dry wit in the shortest of short-form mediums, Twitter.
Respected by his peers for his relentless work ethic on and off court, Kevin Anderson is giving South African tennis fans reason to cheer again.
Tommy Haas may be 33 and ranked inside the Top 200, but he is determined to enjoy the time he has left competing.
An injury scare and a new set of faces inspired Alex Bogomolov Jr. to live up to his true potential. In 2011, he was voted the ATP's Most Improved Player of the Year.
Ivan Ljubicic has called time on his playing career, but still feels a responsibility to the game. The Croat reflects on his journey and shares what’s next in this DEUCE Extra!
Kei Nishikori went someway in uplifting a nation after tragedy last year. Now the Japanese star is finally poised to fulfil his potential on the ATP World Tour.
Santiago Giraldo is among a small group of friendly globetrotters from Colombia, who are making inroads on the ATP World Tour.
Having shaved more than 300 places off his ranking since the start of 2011, Cedrik-Marcel Stebe is a young German on the rise and dreaming big.
Ivan Dodig became a professional tennis player through sheer hard work. Now, he is determined to stay in the Top 50 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings.
World No. 10 Nicolas Almagro reveals the last time he lost something important, he forgot a special occasion, visited a country for the first time and more...
The 'Polish Power' are hoping to buck a trend of early season losses and build consistency on the back of their US Open and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals performances.
ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a look at the numbers behind the Australian Open.
In season 4, episode 1 of ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Rio, 14-time major champion Pete Sampras previews the 2012 season with Justin Gimelstob. View Global TV Schedule.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer launched the 2012 ATP World Tour season at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at sunset Sunday in Doha's spectacular Katara amphitheatre. See the 360 image
In season 4, episode 1, ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Rio takes a look at the 2011 off-season, with insight from Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Mardy Fish. View Global TV Schedule.
Join Juan Martin del Potro at 880 feet above Sydney as he experiences the Sydney Tower Eye sky walk.
Andy Murray discusses his new coaching relationship with Ivan Lendl after his first-round win at the Brisbane International on Tuesday night.
Russia's Alex Bogomolov Jr., is enjoying his time in Sydney and talks about his excitement at being seeded for the upcoming Australian Open.
In season 4, episode 5, ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Rio profiles the European indoor hard court swing, in Montpellier, Zagreb, Rotterdam and Marseille. View Global TV Schedule.