From The Editor
To call Roger Federer’s summer ‘amazing’ might be a bit of an understatement. In two short months, the Swiss maestro completed the career Grand Slam, reclaimed the Wimbledon crown and World No. 1 ranking, became the all-time Grand Slam titles leader, and welcomed two beautiful baby girls with wife Mirka. It’s hard to imagine that Federer, who chases a record-tying sixth straight US Open title this fortnight, endured his share of frustration and heartbreak just months earlier.
Agonising losses, misfortunes and missteps are all a part of sport, but the ability to persevere often sets the best apart. In this issue of DEUCE, we feature Andy Roddick, Tommy Haas and Israeli Davis Cup hero Dudi Sela – players who have all shown such resilience in recent months – and profile Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram, a lethal new pairing wrought by unfortunate circumstance.
On a different note, be sure to take a trip down memory lane with Rod Laver as we commemorate the 40th anniversary of his Open Era Grand Slam, and don’t forget to keep your eyes open for the endless parade of celebrities at Flushing Meadows. As Justin Gimelstob notes, there will be plenty!
I hope you enjoy this edition of DEUCE, and I welcome your comments.
Editor, DEUCE Magazine
In This Issue
Tommy Haas has endured more setbacks than fathomable, but still counts himself among the lucky. Is the heart and resilience he displayed at Roland Garros and Wimbledon a sign that the best is yet to come as he starts his ‘third career’ at 31 years of age?
Twelve months ago Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi were both in the right place at the right time. Brought together through misfortune, the duo was quick to establish itself as a top team and is now close to qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November.
US Open Series winner Sam Querrey proves that there is always room for one more member of a player’s entourage.
Former ATP pro Justin Gimelstob takes an insider’s look at celebrities’ love affair with tennis as A-listers including Dustin Hoffman, Justin Timberlake and Kate Winslet flock to the courts.
On the 40th anniversary of his Open Era Grand Slam, legendary Aussie Rod Laver looks back on his fateful performances of '69 and a feat that may ultimately stand the test of time.
Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin is coached by his mother... and he couldn’t be happier.
Australian Lleyton Hewitt talks about the last time he met a childhood hero and the strange autograph requests he's gotten from Fanatics.
Dudi Sela has used his heroic Davis Cup performances for Israel to establish himself as a force on the ATP World Tour circuit.
All roads lead to London following the US Open as the race heats up to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and home favourite Andy Murray have already secured their places. But who will join them?
ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a special look at Roger Federer as the Swiss chases a sixth US Open title.
See if American Andy Roddick gets a passing grade in the ATPWorldTour.com tie-break quiz.
Fernando Gonzalez, Tommy Haas, Mikhail Youzhny and Philipp Petzschner talk about the atmosphere and their favourite matches at the US Open.
Novak Djokovic steals the show at the Roger Cup Players Evening as he disrobes on the catwalk during the Fashion Show. Video courtesy of TennisTV.com. Watch Live Matches
Juan Martin del Potro discusses his toughest opponents.
Former World No. 2 Tommy Haas reflects on the contributing factors to his recent success and assesses his chances of winning the US Open at 31 years of age.
Three ATP World Tour veterans - Lleyton Hewitt, Tommy Haas and Juan Carlos Ferrero - talk about their resurgence in form this season and their motivation for continuing on. Video courtesy of TennisTV.com. Watch Live Matches
German Benjamin Becker talks about his dramatic rise in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings.