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Alison Kim

From The Editor

It's been a captivating three months since our last issue, and at the center of it all has been the battle for World No. 1. Though Rafa finally dethroned the Swiss on the eve of the US Open, don't expect this marks the end of the story. In this issue of DEUCE, we take a look at the ongoing Rafa-Roger rivalry.

It is only fitting that we feature American James Blake, who has taken part in many of the US Open's most memorable matches. A two-time quarterfinalist, will this finally be Blake's year at Flushing Meadows?

We also profile Argentine Lucas Arnold Ker, whose brave story of survival serves as true inspiration. On a lighter note, we introduce the Battistone brothers of double-handled racquet fame and go behind-the-scenes with the ATP's new calendar boys.

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

Alison Kim
Editor, DEUCE Magazine

In This Issue

Riding The Roller Coaster

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Riding A Roller Coaster

As a player who so often produces his best tennis when riding a wave of emotion, it’s little wonder that James Blake has endured a career of extremes. What’s next for this Top 10 star?

Zimonjic and Nestor


'Prince' & 'Pride' Are Living Large

After an agonizing four-month wait for their first title of the year, Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic have become the hottest team of 2008.

Stefan Edberg


A Champion's Reflection

Seventeen years ago, the US Open showcased a maestro at work as Stefan Edberg put together a flawless display of tennis to defeat Jim Courier. The legendary sportsman reflects on the win, his rivalries and the state of tennis today.

Lucas Learns To Live Again


Lucas Learns to Live Again

Lucas Arnold Ker has endured enough tragedy to last a lifetime. But after fearing that all might be lost, the Argentine has bravely breathed renewed purpose into his life and career.

Seeing Is Believing


Seeing Is Believing

America’s little-known Battistone brothers may just be the most unusual pro duo the game has seen.

A Different View For 2009


A Different View For 2009

Never shy to practice shirtless, for years ATP players have worked on their games as well as their all-round tans in the build-up to matches at tournaments around the world. On the court, spectators marvel at their speed and skill, power and endurance... off the court, legions of fans admire their physiques.

The Last Time... With Nikolay Davydenko


The Last Time... Nikolay Davydenko

Spend just a little time with Nikolay Davydenko and you'll quickly discover that the steely Russian has a quick wit and a great sense of humor.

On The Rise... Juan Martin del Potro


On The Rise... Juan Martin del Potro

One month ago, a No. 65-ranked Juan Martin del Potro was just one player amongst the promising crop of youngsters. But with a string of 19 match wins and four titles heading into his favorite tournament, the US Open, the 19-year-old suddenly finds himself poised for Top 10 status.

Scoreboard & Calendar


Scoreboard and Calendar

As the summer winds up, the sprint to Shanghai heats up.

Greg Sharko


Shark Bites

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


Rafael Nadal - New World No. 1

Video tribute to Rafael Nadal, who from mid April through the Olympics won eight titles to rise to become the new World No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings.

ATP World Tour 2009 Player Calendar - Extra

TV Show Extra! takes a behind-the-scenes look at the ATP World Tour 2009 Player Calendar.

Favorite Foods

ATP World Tour players share which foods they like to eat when away from the courts.

DEUCE Profile - Ernests Gulbis

DEUCE Magazine catches up with fast-rising Latvian star Ernests Gulbis

ATP Tennis Show - Verdasco Bares All

Spaniard Fernando Verdasco bares all for Cosmopolitan UK's 'Everyman' male cancer awareness campaign.

Nestor Opens Stock Market

Canadian hero Daniel Nestor pays a visit to the Toronto Stock Exchange during the Rogers Cup.

Battistone Brothers Twin-Handle Racquets

America's Battistone brothers, Dann (left) and Brian, played with the twin-handle Natural Power Grip racquet during the Indianapolis Tennis Championships. Watch them talk about the racquet.

Spotlight on Juan Martin del Potro

Argentine teenager Juan Martin del Potro goes under the spotlight after winning his first two career ATP titles in back-to-back weeks.


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