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Viktor Troicki Q&A: The Danger Man

Cincinnati, U.S.A.

Troicki© ATPViktor Troicki enjoys the roller-coasters in Cincinnati.

World No. 32 Viktor Troicki advanced to the third round of the Western & Southern Open for the first time in his career on Wednesday, cruising past wild card Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 6-0.

Following his win over the Australian, ATPWorldTour.com sat down with Troicki to discuss his favourable matchup with Hewitt, his love for roller coasters and who he would like to trade places with for a day in this feature Q&A.

Today you defeated Lleyton Hewitt for the second time this season. Why do you think you match up so well against him?
Today I played great. I’m happy that I won against him. I like his game. He plays pretty flat and clean, which is where I like the ball to be. He’s not such a big server, so I take advantage of that, so that’s one of the keys.

This is your fourth visit to Cincinnati. What separates this event from other ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments?
It has the Kings Island theme park next to it. So if you lose, that’s good. You can go on the roller coasters, which I like. That’s what makes it special here.

So I take it you’re a bit of a thrill seeker?
Yes, I am. The more dangerous it is, the more I like it!

You seem to thrive in team environments, having clinched the Davis Cup title two years ago and winning all five of your singles matches en route to leading Serbia to the Power Horse World Team Cup title in Dusseldorf this year. Do you like being able to mix it up every now and then by competing as part of a team?
I love when we are playing as a team. I love these competitions. We normally play well in the Davis Cup and the World Team Cup. It’s a special time for all of us. We really enjoy being together and we have a lot of fun. I guess that’s why we play so good.

If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be and why?
Right now, it would be LeBron James. He’s the best athlete for sure in the world. He won everything this year. He would make for an interesting day.

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