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Alison Kim

From The Editor

Which of Rafael Nadal’s six Roland Garros triumphs stands out in your memory? As the Spaniard prepares to go for a record-breaking seventh crown in Paris, we asked six greats - Chang, Kuerten, Moya, Gilbert, Wilander and Agassi - to walk down memory lane and reflect on one of his title runs. We share their insights with you here.

Of course, one man is extra keen to stop Nadal as he also attempts to rewrite history books this coming fortnight. Novak Djokovic has a chance to become the first man since Rod Laver completed the calendar year Grand Slam in 1969 to hold all four major titles. Can he do it, or will he come up just shy of the mark like Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Nadal?

In this issue, we also profile Gilles Simon, who doesn’t necessarily look the part with his small stature, but has arguably been France’s most consistent player in this golden age of tennis. Continuing the theme of ‘appearances can be deceiving’,  we feature Feliciano Lopez and Fabio Fognini. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out what they’re really like behind the good looks and swagger.

We hope you enjoy this issue of DEUCE, and invite you to check back in the weeks leading up to Wimbledon as we add features on the 20th anniversary of Andre Agassi’s triumph at the All England Club, last year’s surprise quarter-finalist Bernard Tomic and more.

Alison Kim
Editor, DEUCE Magazine

In This Issue


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Remember Paris

As Rafael Nadal embarks on a mission to become the first player to win seven Roland Garros titles, DEUCE turns to a host of former champions to analyse one of the most remarkable records in tennis history: Nadal’s 45-1 record on the red dirt of Paris.

Agassi: 20 Years On...

Twenty years ago, Andre Agassi wrestled away the Wimbledon trophy from the world’s finest serve and volleyers. It was a title few believed he was destined to win.

Chasing Laver

Will Novak Djokovic succeed where Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal all fell short? He heads to Paris aiming to become the first man to hold all major titles since 1969.

Murray: Cometh The Hour

Can he? Will he? Won’t he? These are the questions that plague Andy Murray throughout the year, but never more so than during the four-week grass-court season.

Paes, Stepanek
Quick Step To The Top

When Leander Paes teamed up with Radek Stepanek at the start of 2012, doubles teams got twitchy. Within 28 days of the new season, their fears were realised.

Gilles Simon: The Contrarian

Frenchman Gilles Simon is on the verge of the Top 10 again, determined to develop a big game to ensure he achieves success on the sport’s grandest stages.

Lopez Steps Out Of The Shadows

Long overshadowed on court by his own appearance and his successful countrymen, Spaniard Feliciano Lopez is now a Top 20 contender with dreams of Olympic glory.

Understanding Fabio

With good looks and a certain swagger, Fabio Fognini comes across as confident - maybe even cocky at times. But there's more to the Italian than meets the eye.

Ebden Riding High

Matthew Ebden exemplifies the notion that nothing can replace the value of hard work. At 24, the Australian has come into his own on the ATP World Tour.

Weber, Federer
The Halle Mark

An ATP tournament in Halle once seemed like a far-fetched idea, but through the vision of the Webers, the Gerry Weber Open celebrates its 20th edition as a world-class event.

On The Rise... Bernard Tomic

Self-taught and hugely talented, Australia's long-awaited successor to Lleyton Hewitt has already cracked the world's Top 30 and has set his sights on getting to the very top.

The Last Time... With John Isner

The World No. 11 and Wimbledon marathon man reveals the last time he shared a hotel room, slipped on his diet, lost something important and more...

Shark Bites
Shark Bites

ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a look at the numbers behind Novak Djokovic’s pursuit of Grand Slam history, the Big 3’s dominance and Rafael Nadal’s spring season.


ATP World Tour Uncovered - Pete Sampras On Novak Djokovic

In season 4, episode 19, ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Rio catches up with 14-time major champion Pete Sampras, who reveals to Justin Gimelstob the advice he gave Novak Djokovic when the Serbian became World No. 1 last July. View Global TV Schedule.

Tomas Berdych Player Profile 2012

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

Bopanna, Bhupathi
ATP World Tour Uncovered - Bhupathi & Bopanna

In season 4, episode 16, ATP World Tour Uncovered profiles the new Indian pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupathi. View Global TV Schedule.

Top 8 Shots
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals - Top 8 Points

Watch the Top 8 points from the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as voted for by you, the fans!

David Ferrer Player Profile 2012

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

ATP World Tour Uncovered - Kings Of Clay & Grass

In season 4, episode 24, ATP World Tour Uncovered Presented by Rio reveals the all-time greats on clay and grass according to the FedEx ATP Reliability Index. View Global TV Schedule.

Nestor Miryni
ATP World Tour Uncovered - Nestor Mirnyi

In season 4, episode 23, ATP World Tour Uncovered Presented by Rio focuses on Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor, the No. 1 team in the world after displacing the Bryans.

ATP World Tour Uncovered - Laver

In season 4, episode 23, ATP World Tour Uncovered Presented by Rio talks to tennis legend Rod Laver about winning his first Grand Slam title 50 years ago. View Global TV Schedule.

Significant Others
ATP World Tour Uncovered - Significant Others

In season 4, episode 24, ATP World Tour Uncovered Presented by Rio features the heart of a player's support team: the significant other. View Global TV Schedule.


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