Quarter-final Line-Up Complete At AEGON Masters Tennis
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The quarter-final line-up at the 2010 AEGON Masters Tennis will be headlined by a mouth watering match-up between Greg Rusedski and Goran Ivanisevic and a clash between South African Airways Rankings leader Thomas Enqvist and home favourite Tim Henman. In the other quarter-finals, Patrick Rafter faces Henri Leconte, and Cedric Pioline meets Todd Martin.
Rusedski booked his place in the last eight with a trouble-free 6-4, 6-2 victory over Russia’s Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Ivanisevic breezed through his final group stage match 7-5, 6-3 against Younes El Aynaoui. Rusedski is anticipating a tough challenge against Ivanisevic, a fellow big-serving left-hander.
“My record against Goran is even worse than my record against Tim (Henman)!” said Rusedski, who trails Ivanisevic 9-1 in their head-to-head. “It’s not a great record, I only ever beat him once on Tour. I played him on the Champions Tour in the Algarve this year, he wasn’t playing too well and I still couldn’t beat him. Goran for me is always a challenge, I always find him a tough opponent.”
Henman’s quarter final against Enqvist will be the first time the pair have met on the ATP Champions Tour. During their careers on the main tour they met a total of six times, with the Swede leading the head-to-head 4-2.
All singles matches (and some of the doubles matches) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be screened live in the UK on ITV4.
In our exclusive video, we show you a few match highlights, take you into the locker-room before the match begins, and ask Goran if he feels guilty for beating Tim in 2001.
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KAFELNIKOV REVELS IN RUSSIAN WORLD CUP BID SUCCESS
Former World No. 1 tennis player Yevgeny Kafelnikov was delighted and surprised to hear the news on Wednesday afternoon that his homeland of Russia had beaten England to become a World Cup host nation for the first time in 2018.
Kafelnikov beamed with joy at the moment when FIFA President Sepp Blatter made the hotly anticipated announcement that Russia had pipped the bids of both England and Spain and Portugal to host one of the world’s biggest sporting events in 2018.
“I’m very happy that we’re going to see such a big event in our country,” said Kafelnikov, who is competing this week at the AEGON Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in London. “It’s important that we have eight years to be able to complete all the infrastructure that the bidding committee has promised, but I’m sure we will be able to do that.”
“I am a big football fan,” he continued. “So I’ll definitely use every opportunity to watch every match I can, especially every match that Russia is playing in. One of the host cities will be Sochi which is my home town where I was born and grew up so I will definitely be watching there.”
Kafelnikov was also quick to admit that he had been expecting bid rivals England to win the crucial FIFA vote in Zurich on Wednesday.
“To be fair I really thought England was going to get it,” he said. “England is such a major football country and has such a football empire I really thought they would have the strongest bid. So this is a big surprise to me, a big, big surprise.”
Kafelnikov is also a good friend of Russian Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovic, a man who is believed to have been very influential in securing support for the Russian bid.
“I will call Roman to congratulate him and I’m sure when I see him next we will celebrate,” he said. “He’s definitely a huge factor in developing football in Russia. He’s invested so much money into football so to see it reaping rewards with the World Cup coming to Russia is a great thing.”
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