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Bjorn Phau: The Biofile

Phau© AFP/Getty ImagesBjorn Phau's career highlight came in 2006 when he upset Andre Agassi in Dubai.

Germany's Bjorn Phau is competing in the semi-finals of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors. He reveals his favourite sport outside of tennis, strangest match played, fiercest competitor encountered, greatest career moment and more in this Biofile with Scoop Malinowski.

First Tennis Memory: Playing with my father at my home club.
 
Tennis Inspirations: Definitely seeing Boris Becker, Andre Agassi and Michael Chang playing tennis. My idols at the top.
 
Greatest Sports Moment: Beating Andre Agassi in Dubai in 2006.
 
Most Painful Moment: A lot of painful moments, like in every tennis player’s career. It’s always tough to lose if you are up 5-1, 5-2, or like close to winning. Like, for example, two years ago, when I was up in the quarter-final in Stuttgart against Janko Tipsarevic, serving for the match 40-15 on my serve. I lost the match.
 
First Famous Tennis Player You Met Or Encountered: Boris Becker. I actually met in the junior team training camp. That’s the first time I met him.
 
Closest Tennis Friends: Alex Peya and Dustin Brown.
 
Funniest Player Encountered: I would say Yannick Noah [smiles].
 
Embarrassing Tennis Memory: Actually last year, losing to Jarkko Nieminen love and one in Sydney. He beat me up and I played horrible. And it was really embarrassing the way I played.
 
Strangest Match: Maybe I think it was in 1998 when I played the Futures in Greece. Played in the evening and it was dark and it was only light from one side and the lights were yellow. It was like three degrees and it was starting to snow and we continued to play. That was maybe the most strange match.
 
Current Car: BMW.
 
Favorite Sport Outside Tennis: Soccer.
 
Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: Roger Federer, Usain Bolt, Lionel Messi.
 
Fiercest Competitor Encountered: Xavier Malisse. I don’t know. I had a bad record (0-6). I don’t like to play him. Somehow he's dangerous for me and I haven’t beaten him.
 
People Qualities Most Admired: Just being polite and truthful and faithful.

Courtesy of Scoop Malinowski, tennis-prose.com

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