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Alison Kim

From The Editor

What Novak Djokovic has accomplished in the past five months has been staggering, made even more remarkable considering it comes in an era largely defined by the record-shattering dominance of Roger and Rafa. When Djokovic made his ATP World Tour debut back in 2004, Federer was already the world’s No. 1 player – a distinction the Swiss has since shared with only Nadal. Now Djokovic is poised to overtake the top spot after compiling a perfect 37-0 record and seven titles to start 2011.

What exactly makes Djokovic impossible to beat? In this issue of DEUCE, Justin Gimelstob deconstructs Djokovic’s game with the help of Pete Sampras and Jim Courier.

It’s well known that the Davis Cup final sparked Djokovic’s winning streak, but it also impacted another player. Viktor Troicki has quietly risen into the Top 20 this season fueled by self-belief after clinching the title for Serbia.

Spain has had its share of success on the global stage, but it hasn’t always been that way. Jason Goodall traces its transformation into a tennis powerhouse in recent years. We also spotlight Nicolas Almagro, the Spanish Armada’s newest addition to the Top 10, and Oscar Hernandez, who is determined to play tennis again after a routine procedure went wrong.

Though he’s currently ranked in the Top 20, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is making his own comeback of sorts – but this time without a coach. Find out why he’s decided to fly solo. And be sure to check out the profile on up-and-coming Lithuanian Richard Berankis, who has earned Federer’s stamp of approval.

Enjoy this issue, and keep an eye out for DEUCE Extra! features on Andy Roddick, Richard Gasquet and Dmitry Tursunov in the coming weeks.

Alison Kim
Editor, DEUCE Magazine

In This Issue

The Temperamental Talent

Coach Jose Perlas likens his protégé Nicolas Almagro’s volatility to nuclear energy. “If we use it for war, then it is bad. If we use it to make electricity, then it is good.” Read Almagro’s story in DEUCE.

Deconstructing Djokovic

This season no player on the ATP World Tour has solved the riddle that is Novak Djokovic. Justin Gimelstob breaks down why the Serb is on a 39-match winning streak entering Paris.

Andy Roddick: Survival Of The Fittest

In the never-ending battle for survival on the ATP World Tour, all players must evolve to remain in the hunt. Andy Roddick is the first to admit that he's no exception to the rule.

Mr. Spontaneity: Tsonga Flies Solo

Without a coach for the first time in seven years, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is hoping to build on the lessons he learned in 2008 in order to regain the spontaneity in his game.

Richard Reinvigorated

Richard Gasquet comes to Wimbledon, the site of his best Grand Slam performance, with the opportunity to return to the Top 10 for the first time since 2008.

Dmitry Tursunov: Fear And Loathing

Perennial prankster Dmitry Tursunov is as complex a character as you would find in a Dostoyevsky novel - a honest and insightful thinker who recently made peace with his dying father.

Out Of The Shadows

By breaking into the Top 15, Viktor Troicki is proving that in the land of Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, Serbia has another player of star quality.

Mark Knowles: The Family Man

Family has been integral to Mark Knowles’s success. Now, supported by his wife and three children, the doubles star aims to collect the elusive Wimbledon title on his 20th visit.

Oscar Down, But Not Out

A routine operation on a slipped disc nearly resulted in the end of Oscar Hernandez’s tennis career. At the age of 33, Hernandez is determined to return to the game he loves.

Nestor’s Great Hands, Golden Touch

Canada’s leading tennis writer Tom Tebbutt reflects on Daniel Nestor’s distinguished career as the doubles veteran reaches the 800-match wins plateau.

Spanish System
Spain’s Generation Game

Under a ‘pay it forward’ system in which each generation nurtures the next, Spain has developed into a tennis powerhouse and become an attractive training ground for young talent.

On The Rise... Richard Berankis

The former US Open junior champion and ITF poster child has a winning attitude and game that has earned Roger Federer’s favour and driven his steady climb on the tour.

The Last Time... With Robin Soderling

The World No. 5 and two-time Roland Garros finalist reveals the last time he met a childhood idol, lost something important and being famous helped him.

Shark Bites
Shark Bites

ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a look at the numbers behind Roland Garros, Novak Djokovic’s perfect season and Rafael Nadal’s clay campaign.


ATP World Tour Uncovered - Novak Djokovic Streak

In season 3, episode 19, ATP World Tour Uncovered looks at Novak Djokovic's blazing start to the 2011 season. View Global TV Schedule.

ATP World Tour Uncovered - Wimbledon 2011

In season 3, episode 24, ATP World Tour Uncovered looks at the world's most prestigious tournament, Wimbledon. View Global TV Schedule.

Rafael Nadal
Player Vignette - Rafael Nadal

Watch Rafael Nadal's ATP World Tour Player Profile Delivered By FedEx. And be sure to visit the FedEx Reliability Zone

ATP World Tour Uncovered - Bhupathi & Paes

In season 3, episode 14, ATP World Tour Uncovered profiles the Indian Express, Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes and their growing off-court interests. View Global TV Schedule.

Wimbledon 2011 - Last Time With Baghdatis

Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis reveals at Wimbledon on Thursday the last time he forgot a family members birthday, played another sport that might have caused him an injury and more... Watch more videos at

ATP World Tour Uncovered - Llodra & Zimonjic

In season 3, episode 16, ATP World Tour Uncovered profiles one of 2011's new leading doubles teams, Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic. View Global TV Schedule.

ATP World Tour Uncovered - Robin Soderling

In season 3, episode 19, ATP World Tour Uncovered profiles Swedish powerhitter Robin Soderling. View Global TV Schedule.

David Ferrer
Player Vignette - David Ferrer

Watch David Ferrer’s ATP World Tour Player Profile Delivered By FedEx. And be sure to visit the FedEx Reliability Zone

Wimbledon 2011 - Troicki Last Time

Serbia's Viktor Troicki reveals the last time he cooked for himself, missed a flight, lost something important and more... Watch more videos at


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