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Istomin: "It's The Biggest Win For Me"

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Istomin© Getty ImagesIstomin registered his first Top 10 win Tuesday.

Denis Istomin ended a 10-match losing streak to players ranked inside the Top 10 on Tuesday, upsetting fifth-ranked David Ferrer 6-4, 6-3 to reach the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

BNPParibasOpen.com sat down with Istomin to discuss his success in California and his season goals following his victory over Ferrer.

Today, you notched your first Top 10 victory. Where does today’s performance rank in your career highlights?
I’m really happy to win today. It’s the biggest win for me in my career. It’s very good for my future tennis. I’m starting to believe in myself more and I will keep working hard to continue this way. I hope to maintain the same level.

Have you considered establishing a residence in California with the success you’ve found here this year, reaching your second ATP World Tour final in San Jose and now achieving your best ATP World Tour Masters 1000 run to date? What is it about California that enables you to find your game?
I don’t know. Maybe my last life was here in California! I like playing here. I enjoy the sun and the desert. It’s a really nice place. San Jose is great too.

You earned a physical culture degree last summer in Uzbekistan. Talk about what this degree involved and how you’ve benefited from it...
It’s helped me a lot. I was reading a lot of things about tennis, especially for physical conditions. A lot of people helped me with this degree and I appreciated their help. I know a lot about tennis, but this has helped me with my return in tennis. I’ve started to play better on return, making more breaks, so it’s helped a lot. I hope it will help me in the future and maybe I can do some coaching later on.

You’re one of the few players on the ATP World Tour who has their mother coaching them full-time. How rewarding is it for you to be producing some of your best tennis this year with her in your corner?
I have a great friendship with her, so we’re able to work hard and keep looking to improve my game. She watches other players and learns from them. It’s really good to be coached by someone in your family, because the person wants to help you to do well.

What are your goals moving forward for this season? Is lifting your first ATP World Tour trophy your top priority or do you have aspirations of breaking into a higher ranking echelon?
Of course I want to win my first title, but the most important thing is to do my best and keep going to try and improve. A higher ranking will come with that.

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