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Michael Russell returns to the top 100

Congrats to Mike for returning back to the top 100 after all the injury problems and doing it without the help of wildcards and getting out there winning Challengers and even winning a Futures last year.

He started 2006 at 253 and he was only that high cause he won the Orlando Challenger as a qualifier. Russell finished 2006 at 143 and after winning 2 Challengers and losing to Hewitt in 5 sets he is now ranked 94th.

In the past 4 years he has had three knee operations, a torn hamstring and ankle problems.

Last American male to make the 4th round of RG in 2001 when he lost to Guga after having a match point. Just hope he can be healthy for the year.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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Last American male to make the 4th round of RG in 2001 when he lost to Guga after having a match point. Just hope he can be healthy for the year.
that match is already a RG legend despite being a 4th round match and despite 1 of the players was 'unknown'

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Re: Michael Russell returns to the top 100

Always great when players make a comeback without patronage.

Keep it up Mike!
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Too bad he couldn't hold that break in the 3rd set against Hewitt, but he didn't get any handouts or ask for any which is good as well.

Hope he can win some matches on the main tour, though flying from Hawaii to Delray to play, could be a challenge.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Solid stuff from Russ this year. He got his ranking back up the hard way and is now playing the best tennis of his career, I'm looking for Mike to crack the top 50 this year, the guy can play on everything.
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YTD Record : 13-1
Sets W/L: 28-3 (Only sets lost were to Hewitt in a five set defeat)
those are damn good stats

and he can get Sweeting rather easily tomorrow

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Solid stuff from Russ this year. He got his ranking back up the hard way and is now playing the best tennis of his career, I'm looking for Mike to crack the top 50 this year, the guy can play on everything.
YTD Record : 13-1
Sets W/L: 28-3 (Only sets lost were to Hewitt in a five set defeat)
I like your confidence, just hope he doesn't get injured and he was out for a few months last year as well. Mike likes the clay, but he is no fan of the grass.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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It is great to see him healthy, I hope he plays a full schedule this year.

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Nice Stuff Mike.
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I hope he does well.

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Wow, nice to see him back like this.
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way too go Mike, keep doing your thing.

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Excellent job, Mike aka Mighty-Mouse. I met him last year at a Challenger. Great guy. Super happy for him that he didn't give up and it has paid off for him. Would love to see him get a great result at The French Open.
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Re: Michael Russell returns to the top 100

with the way his game looks now I'd give him more chances in HC than clay

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