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Dolgo's Need For Speed

Miami, U.S.A.

Dolgopolov© Getty ImagesAlexandr Dolgopolov has been on an impressive run of form in March.

Alexandr Dolgopolov is on the verge of a return to the Top 20 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time in more than a year after a stunning run in March. The Ukrainian knocked out Rafael Nadal en route to the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (l. to Federer) and has backed it up with another strong showing at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami, where he is due to face Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. sat down with the 25-year-old ‘Dolgo’ during the Australian Open in January to talk about his need for speed away from the tennis court and his karaoke ambitions. 

If you could have any other job, outside of tennis, what would you like to do?
I would race cars for a living. I like cars. My first car was a Subaru STI, 300 horse power. I started with sports cars, really. I still have it now, but I’m trying to sell it because I have a faster one!

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You’ve had fun with rapping at the player party in Umag the past couple of years, is it something you like to do in your free time?
Yeah, when I come back home I go to the karaoke sometimes. It’s a pretty popular place to go and I don’t always want to hang out in some nightclub because it’s too loud and I’m getting older! [Karaoke] is fun. You can go out and sing a few songs with your friends. I don’t have a favourite artist. I’m a guy who doesn’t really have favourites in anything. I like different types of music, but I wouldn’t name one person. It always changes. I listen to pretty much all the music out there.

Have you got any travel pet peeves?
It annoys me when there’s delays, or you don’t get your bags. A lot of things can annoy you when you’re travelling, but you get used to it. You can get mad, but it just happens time after time.

Who would be your dream mixed doubles partner?
I wouldn’t ever want to play mixed doubles actually! Because it’s quite tough for us when you’re playing five sets. If you have doubles, it’s too much I think. Singles is quite enough.

What are three things you couldn’t live without?
Water, food and sun.

What are your worst bad habits?
Speed is one of them. Sometimes I drive too fast! Most of the time not on public roads, so that’s a good thing! I’m getting older, so I’m calming down a bit. Probably also I would say going out (partying). But now I’m also stopping doing that as much. I don’t have a lot of bad habits, I would say. 

What is the last film you saw?
Wolverine, yesterday in my room. It wasn’t bad.

What has been your most embarrassing moment on a tennis court?
I haven’t had many… I fell over the net once in a practice session. I was sliding and I didn’t get my balance right and I fell over the net. But I didn’t get too embarrassed. It was a funny moment.

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