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The Mikhail Youzhny Cheering thread

07-18-2002, 02:22 PM
Come on Mikhail, its time to fulfill your potential :)

Get into the top twenty

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07-18-2002, 02:42 PM
Go Mikhail :D

good luck against Nicolas Lapentti later :)

07-18-2002, 02:49 PM
Misha had a great win today over Hicham :)

go Misha !!!!!!!!

07-18-2002, 02:52 PM
He is cute :drool: :lick:

07-18-2002, 07:29 PM
Daniel, is there a guy on the tour who you don't think is cute :rolleyes:

Mikhail beat Nicolas Lapentti 6-2 6-4

and now meets Younes El Aynaoui

Good luck Mik


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07-18-2002, 07:59 PM
Congrats Misha, Best luck against Younes :bounce:

07-18-2002, 09:00 PM
Good luck in your next match, Mikhail!

07-19-2002, 09:18 AM
Gooooo Mikhail!!!!!
good luck in your next match!

07-19-2002, 12:26 PM
Misha d. El Aynaoui 6-3 6-2 :bounce:

a great win and now into semis :)

good luck tomorrow Misha :)

07-19-2002, 01:35 PM
Grab your first title Misha :angel:

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07-19-2002, 08:16 PM
Yay good job Misha! :bounce: Good luck tomorrow!

07-20-2002, 01:58 PM
Misha in the final :bounce:

now go and win it please :)

07-20-2002, 07:47 PM
Go misha!!

You can do it :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

07-21-2002, 03:54 AM
Go Mikhail
Good luck in the finals

07-21-2002, 02:18 PM
Misha won the title :)
6-3 3-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 :bounce:

way to go Misha !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the 1st of many :)

Mrs. B
07-21-2002, 02:26 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! Mihkail Youznhy!!! :bounce:

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07-21-2002, 03:22 PM
Thnx for the pics MrJ :D
Congrats Misha on your 1st title :bounce:

07-21-2002, 03:28 PM
Youzhny takes first title

Youzhny was playing in his first final

Russian Mikhail Youzhny upset third seed Guillermo Canas to claim the first ATP title of his career at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.
Youzhny had to come from behind to beat his Argentine opponent but finally prevailed 6-3 3-6 3-6 6-4 6-4.

The Russian was 1-4 down in the final set but came through to win in a three-hour battle against a clay specialist.

Youzhny used his power to move his opponent around the court and force the errors.

The 20-year-old secured victory on his second match point, blasting a powerful forehand into the open court after a weak service return by Canas.

It was the second year in a row that Canas had to settle for being runner-up - last year he lost to Gustavo Kuerten.

As well as the $64,850 (41,000) first prize, Youzhny, who reached the last 16 at Wimbledon before being beaten by eventual champion Lleyton Hewitt, takes home a car.

Youzhny, who reached the semi-finals in Casablanca and Munich in April, took the first set in 31 minutes after breaking Canas in the eighth game.

Canas tires

But the 24-year-old Argentine fought back, taking the both the second and third sets.

In the fourth set, however, Youzhny looked much the sharper of the players and Canas seemed to wilt after a series of long baseline rallies.

The Russian broke in the third game and took the set in 37 minutes.

Canas started the fifth set better, breaking Youzhny in game four after the Russian had served two double faults.

But Youzhny broke back in the seventh and again in the ninth, which proved enough for victory.

"He simply played too well. I also gave my best, but I just didn't manage it," said world number 19 Canas.

"It's really hard to come second for the second time after last year. Next year I'll try to take the car."

07-21-2002, 07:39 PM
Congrats, Mikhail! Well done!

Does anyone know what will be his ranking next week?

07-21-2002, 08:07 PM
somewhere in the 40's

07-21-2002, 08:26 PM

:) :)

07-22-2002, 10:12 AM
:D :D :D :D yay Congrats mikhail!!!!

07-22-2002, 04:37 PM
WOW!!! Well done Misha :D

07-22-2002, 04:41 PM
Hi Nina :)

good to see you here :)

Misha is now #44 :) and climbing

07-22-2002, 04:46 PM
YAAAY! Congrats Mikhail! :bounce:

07-23-2002, 06:29 PM
Is there any website about him?

07-23-2002, 06:35 PM
Not yet ;)

Mikhail Youzhny beat Bartlomiej Dabrowski 7-6 6-0 to advance to the second round of the tournament in Sopot :)

Go Misha

Continue your unbeaten streak :D

07-24-2002, 05:21 PM
Hi Eggy :)

Does anybody know if Misha speaks English? I was just wondering

the cat
07-25-2002, 02:21 PM
Yes Nina, Mikhail speaks English. In the articles about his great win, all his quotes were in English. Thus, he must speak English! :)

07-26-2002, 05:51 AM

Hoping Mikhail can make it 2 in a row this week at Sopot. ;)

08-11-2002, 03:52 PM
Where is he playing now? :confused:

08-12-2002, 01:00 PM
I hope he isn't injured? He was listed to play in Indianapolis but must have withdrawn :sad: :( :confused:


U ARE MISSED :( :( :(

08-13-2002, 12:32 AM
I don't know for a fact, but I think Misha doesn't like hard courts...
He skipped the whole US hard court season last year (except for the US Open) and after that played only Tashkent, Moscow and St.Petersburg.

08-13-2002, 12:12 PM recently spoke with Mikhail (with some translation through his coach, Boris Sobkin). Here is what he had to say:

SportsLine: There seems to be a lot of good young players from Russia these days, (yourself, Marat Safin, Nikolay Davydenko, Dmitry Tursunov). What do you attribute that to?

Mikhail Youzhny: I have good coaching and we have access to better conditions than ever before. All other Russian players left Russia to train, but I stayed in Moscow.

SportsLine: When did you first begin to feel like you had a shot at a pro career?

Mikhail Youzhny: When I was starting with Boris seven years ago.

SportsLine: How do you think your game measures up against the best players on tour right now?

Mikhail Youzhny: I play and practice now against the top players. I beat (Marat) Safin in practice, but practice is different than playing.

SportsLine: What are your goals for 2001?

Mikhail Youzhny: I want to play well and make the top 50. We never plan for ranking, only what to improve in the game.

SportsLine: What has been your high point so far?

Mikhail Youzhny: Reaching the semifinal in Copenhagen (February, 2000).

SportsLine: What types of adjustments have you needed to make over the past year as your competition has gotten tougher?

Mikhail Youzhny: We have improved all parts (of my game), but the most difficult and biggest improvement was the serve. We will work on it more to make it more consistent and get better placement.

SportsLine: What is the strongest part of your game?

Mikhail Youzhny: I don't want everybody to know.

SportsLine: What is the best thing about being a tennis player?

Mikhail Youzhny: I like to travel. I like to look around the world and I like to meet people.

SportsLine: Who is your favorite player to watch?

Mikhail Youzhny: It was Stefan Edberg, but now there is nobody.

SportsLine: Is there someone you most look forward to playing?

Mikhail Youzhny: All players - I look forward to every match.

SportsLine: At this stage, do you still find yourself getting discouraged with your game?

Mikhail Youzhny: I want everything to improve. I am never totally satisfied. If we are satisfied we have to quit, even if I am No. 1.

SportsLine: What are your career goals?

Mikhail Youzhny: To be No. 1 and to win Grand Slams.

SportsLine: Are you ever intimidated by an opponent?

Mikhail Youzhny: No, I want to play against the strong players. I never think about the quality of the players. I never lose before the match.

SportsLine: What are some of the sacrifices you have had to make because of the demands of your schedule?

Mikhail Youzhny: There is one main problem: It's difficult for me to stay away from my family. We always come home.

SportsLine: What would you like to pursue after you retire?

Mikhail Youzhny: I want to maybe coach, maybe open a tennis club in Moscow. Moscow's facilities do not compare to the rest of the world, that is why most Russian players play somewhere else. There are no saunas, no pools and no fitness (facilities) at the tennis clubs. The tennis courts are in one part of the city, everything else is in another. I want to organize a real, normal tennis club for Moscow.

Mikhail's Unofficial Website (

08-13-2002, 07:53 PM
Misha should play some more hard court events, its madness he doesn't

he better make the most of the last slam

the cat
08-30-2002, 08:24 PM
What has happened to Mikhail Youzhny? After winning his first ATP title about 6 weeks ago, he has dissappeared. I assume he is injured. But I don't know for sure.

08-31-2002, 04:39 AM
In a Russian Website, his coach said he was ill but that's far as I can understand.

09-24-2002, 02:59 PM
Misha`s father is dead. How sad. I knew him, he was a very sincere man...

09-24-2002, 03:46 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

Poor Misha....

09-25-2002, 04:48 AM
:sad: such sad news :sad:

09-26-2002, 11:35 AM
My coach told me a different story to what fresh said yesterday. They were going somewhere on Monday, Misha and his dad, Misha was driving, they hit some Jeep, the guy in the car stopped, went out of the car, so did Misha's father, they started arguing, that idiot hit Misha's dad probably really hard, Misha got out of the car but his dad was already dead :sad: The man drove away :fiery: , they are now trying to find him

This is even worse :sad:

09-26-2002, 02:38 PM
Oh my God! That's horrible!! :sad:

09-26-2002, 03:23 PM
OMG, that is so tragic.... It is so unfair....
I really hope that they can find that bastard..... :fiery:

09-26-2002, 07:53 PM
Nina, if what you`re saying is true, that`s not just sad, it`s shocking.

bubble, unfortunately there are a lot of people of that sort in Moscow.

the cat
09-27-2002, 02:38 AM
That's terrible news! :( Nina, you are factual and reliable. But I hope that's not true. I hope Mr. Youzhny didn't die in such a terrible way. Because that could ruin Mikhail's life.

If what you said is true Nina, Mikhail Youzhny's father died after he was attacked. Is that why he suffered a heart attack? OMG! His poor family.

My prayers go out to the Youzhny family.

P.S. - I know crimes like this go on everwhere in the world. But it's no wonder so many Russian athletes don't want to live in Moscow. Or live in Russia for that matter. I remember when Elena Dementieva bought a car a couple of years ago. She said she wouldn't buy a sports car because she lived in Moscow. She was intimating that a sports car would be stolen very fast. So she bought a practical car instead. And that's a 100% Moscow girl saying that! :eek: And Marat Safin has had his family's Moscow apartment broken into. And he recently had his BMW SUV stolen in Moscow. Like I said. These crimes can happen anywhere. But it's no wonder that so many great Russian athletes don't want any part of living in Russia. And 1984 Winter Olympic figure skating bronze medalist Kira Ivanova was murdered last year in Moscow.

I know Russia has great history. And it's a country that many millions of people around the world are enthralled with. But if world class Russian athletes and their families aren't safe in Russia, why would they want to live there if they had the choice? :confused:

the cat
09-27-2002, 02:17 PM
What makes this tragedy even worse is that Mikhail Youzhny is incredibly loyal to Moscow and Russia. Here's a young guy who could have been training in a great tennis facility and living the good life in Spain or America for the past few years . But he chose to stay in Moscow to train and live in inferior training and living conditions. In a recent interview, Mikhail said that one of his dreams is to someday open a tennis club in Moscow that had the proper training facilities with a sauna, a pool and a weightroom. I admire Misha for his dreams and his loyalty to Moscow! :) So how is Mikhail Youzhny re-paid for his loyalty to Moscow? He's re-paid by apparently having his father killed in Moscow by a stranger with a bad temper. This is so terrible! I only hope Mikhail can someday emotionally recover from this and still have a fine tennis career. But that might be asking for alot. Because not only did Mikhail apparently see his father die. But Mr. Youzhny's death may have been caused by someone attacking him over a minor car accident. What a waste! What a loss!

God bless the Youzhny family!

12-01-2002, 09:45 PM
from the Davis Cup Final

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12-01-2002, 09:48 PM
congrats Mikhail on an incredible comeback win for your country. nice way to finish off the year, along with a final showing in St. Petersburg. now Misha's two biggest wins of his career have both been from 2 sets down. :) :D

12-01-2002, 10:54 PM
MISHA!!! Thank you very much!!! I have no words to describe how proud we are and all Russia. It's the best you could do for your father (in rememberance to your father). Thank yo uvery much again! You were unbelievable .............. just can't express what I feel today!!! I have tears of joy....................

12-01-2002, 10:58 PM
SEE? We wanted it really badly and we got it!!!!!!!!! Great!!! Thank you all!!! I love you all, love,love!!

Mrs. B
12-02-2002, 11:12 AM
I'm not Russian but really happy about the outcome, especially Misha's heroic comeback after being 2 sets to love down...
At the start of the 5th set i lighted a candle for Misha's dad (even if i don't know him, i believe in prayers) and asked him to look over his son who was probably playing the most important match of his life...


Big hugs to Misha & congrats to the Russian team. And Marat was an incredible supporter, standing there and prodding Misha on as the match wore on. Also Misha's bro...
aww, bless him.... what a hero!!!

12-02-2002, 04:30 PM
:) Sorry I couldn't post yesterday but I sure was cheering for Misha and the Russians. After what poor Misha went through with the death of his father, this victory makes everything even more emotional... he deserves all the praise and accolades he gets! Well done, Misha, for coming back and having the strength to win for your country. You're a role model! and a hero! ;)

12-03-2002, 07:51 AM
I have this feeling that Misha will be a player to watch next year...almost like Marat 2 years ago...

12-04-2002, 05:21 PM
I was told (by a very reliable source ;) ) that Misha will be awarded the on Dec 6. I don't know how to translate it but it's the highest, the top award (if you can call it an award ) that a sportsman in Russia can get. Marat and Zhenya obvoiusly already have it

12-04-2002, 08:03 PM
:eek: Wow!! Congrats to Misha, he most definitely deserves it! :)

12-04-2002, 08:10 PM
Congrats to Misha!!! He really deserves it!!! He's been great!!! Nina, where did you know it from? Btw, where do you live in Russia, if so? In siant-Petersburg misha said on teh press-conference that "as he thinks he deservse more attention to himself regarding the high level of his play........... but he thinks it's good to not to be so popular as Marat or Zhenya" but I guess now he'll have it all!!!! He wanted ti himself!

12-05-2002, 09:53 AM
I live in Moscow, and you? Director of the tennis club I play at told me yesterday, he's very much involved in it, he also travelled with the team to Paris, I'll talk to him and will tell you some intersting stories if he has any :)

12-05-2002, 10:20 PM
Cool, thanks Nina. And I'm from Piter. Did you ever get to meet Misha or his brother? I read something about awarding at anyway the Cup is already in Moscow and tomorrow all the players will "cheer it up"!!

12-06-2002, 08:37 AM
nice pic of Misha with his girlfriend :)

12-06-2002, 09:20 AM
Hey Jessi!!! Nice pic! Where did you get if from? And when was it taken? Have you seen Andrey nad his girlfriend?

12-06-2002, 09:21 AM
I ment Andrey with his girlfrined..................

12-07-2002, 02:40 AM
A Bit Old, but hasn't been posted here, so :)

Dec. 2, 2002

The Toast of Russia
Russia's winning Davis Cup team is being celebrated back home by the country's leaders and media

Moscow's Sport Express newspaper read simply: "The Heroes of Russia."

Russia's newspaper of record, Izvestia, had this front-page headline: "The Davis Cup is Russian."

And the country's leading financial paper, Kommersant, included extensive coverage of Russia's Davis Cup victory on its first page.

Everyone, it seems, is caught up in tennis mania in Russia.

Even President Vladimir Putin got in the act. He called Russia's first Davis Cup title "a great, brilliant victory for Russian sports."

And former President Boris Yeltsin was on hand for the entire weekend of Russia's historic win over France in the Davis Cup Final in Paris.

"Did I bring them luck - yes, you can say that, that I was their good luck charm," said Yeltsin.

Russia's on-court good luck charm, however, was 20-year-old Mikhail Youzhny, a relative newcomer to Davis Cup competition. The Moscow resident was just 1-4 in Davis Cup play entering this weekend's final, but now finds himself part of Russian sports history after winning the fifth and deciding match in five thrilling sets.

It is one of Russia's greatest sporting achievements in recent memory.

For his success, Youzhny made the cover of the big newspapers including the Kommersant, which had Putin's historic visit to China buried on page nine.

It was not so long ago that Youzhny, then just a 13-year-old ballboy, posed for pictures alongside Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Todd Martin - the winning U.S. team at the 1995 Davis Cup Final in Moscow.

Today, he has some new pictures, and headlines, to add to his scrapbook.

12-07-2002, 10:05 PM
Hey madeten! I got the pic of Misha and his girlfriend from the website. Here is the link:

12-11-2002, 09:12 AM
heartbreaking picture :)

12-16-2002, 05:11 PM
Hope Misha can take off in 2003 in a big way :)
he should be ready to hit the big time :)

Go Misha go !!!!!!!!!!!!

He really should crack the Top 20 at least in 2003

01-01-2003, 05:33 AM
Misha won his first match of the new season yesterday over David Sanchez 4-6, 6-4, 6-4! :D :bounce: keep it up, Youzhny ;)

01-01-2003, 04:40 PM
Misha is in quaterfinal!!!! Good luck, tfu,tfu,tfu!!!

01-01-2003, 04:44 PM
tfu, tfu, tfu ;)

01-01-2003, 04:49 PM
Misha only lost 4 games today against Stepanek! :bounce:

01-02-2003, 03:15 PM
The Hero - Mikhail Youzhny
Enter the site The Hero - Mikhail Youzhny with keywords mikhail youzhny, misha,
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01-02-2003, 06:08 PM
Go Misha for the title!

But first beat the model JMG in semis! :D

01-02-2003, 06:35 PM
Go Misha :bounce:

brr.. I don't like Gambill

01-02-2003, 07:05 PM
Me either! That would be a good start!

01-02-2003, 07:42 PM
C'mon, Misha, take out the Ken Doll!!!!!!! :bounce::bounce:

*still shocked Roger couldn't do it* :eek:

01-02-2003, 10:25 PM

btw, i like your new avatar madten. :)

01-03-2003, 09:53 AM
go beat that guy!!!!!

The Hero - Mikhail Youzhny
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01-05-2003, 01:05 PM
thanx Leo. I love it too

01-14-2003, 10:28 AM
Congrats Misha on safely cruising to the next round of AO! :bounce:

Russian revelation progresses
Tuesday, 14 January, 2003

Fans were given a glimpse of the future of men's tennis today when Richard Gasquet took on Mikhail Youzhny in the first-round of Australian Open 2003.

The pair, already tipped as one of the sport's star rivalries of tomorrow, faced-off on Showcourt 2 - a clear indication of the esteem in which they are already held in the game. And they both came into the match in top form, Gasquet fresh from a giant-killing spree at Kooyong and Youzhny revelling in his new-found status as his nation's No.1 sporting hero having clinched the deciding fifth rubber of Russia's Davis Cup tie against France over Paul-Henri Mathieu.

French 16-year-old Gasquet claimed the first set 6-3 against his 20-year-old opponent, but the outcome did not really reflect the flow of play, the teenager making seven winners to Youzhny's 12 and getting just 36 per cent of first serves in.

Gasquet's serve continued to let him down in the second set, his usually-ballistic delivery missing time after time, forcing him to rely on his second serve and seriously undermining his confidence. In just 24 minutes Russian Davis Cup hero Youzhny had levelled the match, taking the second set 6-0.

Looking heat-weary Gasquet, who just last week netted the scalps of Younes el Aynaoui and Mark Philippoussis, could do little more than appeal to his player box for an explaination as to why his form had deserted him.

The third set was little better for the Frenchman but provided clear illustration of the big-hitting game that carried Russia over the line in Paris just six weeks ago. Able to pick up the pace on his forehand at will, Youzhny simply drove his younger opponent off the court, notching up another 10 clean winners to bring his total winners to 32 with a 6-1 scoreline.

The fourth set brought some relieve to Gasquet and, from trailing 2-5 and after facing match points at 3-5, he was able to claw his way back to 4-5 before eventually surrendering 4-6.

01-14-2003, 10:33 AM
Misha has been receiving some attention lately.

Youzhny was too good for Gasquet (Allsports)

01-15-2003, 12:46 AM
Good Luck in Round 2, Misha! :bounce: hope to see you in the finals ;)

01-16-2003, 07:10 AM
6-2, 0-2. deuce

01-18-2003, 08:28 AM
6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: First question, please.

Q. No Kafelnikov, no more Safin. You are a very, very important name for Russia now.
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: Yeah, is bad luck for Russia because Marat have injury and Yevgeny lost second round. But, no, play tournaments, for us doesn't matter. You think only about for you next opponent, because, you know, we don't thinks -- want our country, plays for our country to win. But if we lost, we don't think about this.

Q. Why do you think you won today?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: Today I play very good and I think he have many mistakes, not like usually I think. Usually he plays maybe great. But I play good today.

Q. You have a lot of improvements on your forehand. Do you agree? I mean your forehand was working well today. Your backhand is better.
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: You know, I try improve everything but, you know, all times I have good forehand. It's maybe now many journalists says, everybody thinking about my backhand. But, you know, it's forehand all times it was good at. Maybe it was backhand was little bit better, but not like everybody spoke about this.

Q. This is your first tournament since the Davis Cup.
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: No, not the first.

Q. Sorry, your first Grand Slam since the Davis Cup. Does that give you something for the big matches here, that you played in that environment and won?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: Of course you have four Grand Slams in every year. We try our best game. In the year, it was for this four tournaments.
It was very tough match in Davis Cup, but after Davis Cup we go towards good practice. And I play two tournaments before Australia Open. Here I have good shape, you know. I like here and I want to play here.

Q. Did you gain confidence from winning that match? Did that give you something that you can take...?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: No, it's different matches. It's very big difference. Because now, play Mikhail Youzhny, in Davis Cup, play Russia, I play for the country. It's Davis Cup and tournament's not the same. But at Davis Cup, of course it was very important match in my career. It was very big nerves.
But after this match when I play the first, second, third round, it's nerves not like on Davis Cup. Here it's easy.

Q. Are you happy with your position in this tournament? Do you feel that you're a very dangerous opponent now for anybody that meets you?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: No. Now I want to beat Roddick. I don't think what's happens if I beat Roddick. Okay, if I beat Roddick, maybe I come to the studio and we spoke about next player.
But no, before first match, you think only first round. But if I win first round, I think only about second round. It's step by step.

Q. Marat looks like he might not be fit for the Davis Cup. Can you say how much of a blow that would be to the team?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: You know, we don't spoke about Marat Safin. We have three more weeks before Davis Cup. Maybe Marat ready.
If not, we have good players. We have Kafelnikov, we have Davydenko, we have Stoliarov.
But of course if Marat play, we have big chance. If he does play, it's very big problems for Russians, but we can play, we try play without Marat.

Q. Have you set yourself any targets, any goals for 2003?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: No, I want to improve my games and I don't think about tournaments, about ranking now. I want -- I think only about our game. If I am improve serve, backhand, volley, forehand, everything, I think my ranking going up. Because, you know, we have just -- we know what we must to do of going up.

Q. What do you have to do? What exactly do you have to do?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: I want to improve my serve. If I serve bit better, I think for me will be easier.

Q. First and second?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: No, I need to improve. If I improve only serve, my game going up five, ten position.
But, no, it's if I want to going up not five, ten, if I need improve all my games, everything. It's backhand, forehand, volley, serve - everything.

Q. Why do you think grass before the Davis Cup final was your better surface like results? You have better results on grass. Why do you think?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: No, I don't think it's -- it was good results on grass. But I win tournament on clay. I have not bad results on hard because, you know, I like grass. You need players every surface.
But, you know, I never think about grass, clay or hard.

Q. Which one is your favorite?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: For me I think doesn't matter. I like play in clay, hard, indoor, outdoor.

Q. So the match of your life, you don't know where you want to play you're saying?

Q. Would winning here compare with winning the Davis Cup, what happened to you?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: Nothing special for me. It was after -- after Davis Cup, it was very tough first week because too many televisions, journalists, Mayor of Moscow, President of Russia, Yeltsin. Everybody. We just running.
But after that, we going to Thailand, practice to Thailand. We start to forget about Davis Cup and just practice and try improve our game and try.

Q. Everybody ask to you from Russian president, everybody, first question was, "How did you do it?"
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: No, it was -- in Davis Cup of course it's many spectators who is just there, maybe they don't know who's Youzhny. Russian journalists before this match spoke only about Kafelnikov and Safin.
But for captains in France, for players, for coaches, team who is near on the team, who is near on the tennis, everybody knows who is number three in Russians. I think everybody knows if I go to court I can lost, I can win. Because I stay in my ranking, it was like the same.
For us, it was tough match but is not sensations.

Q. Are you confident of beating Andy Roddick?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: Now I play good. But if it's enough beat Roddick, it's okay. If not enough, I go to practice and maybe I beat him next time.
But I want to go into court and play my best game for today, for tomorrow. That's it. If it's enough for winner, it's okay. But if I lost, no problem.

Q. Do you ever play in this tournament which you admire the most because he does what he wants, because he practice well, one or two in this tournament which you like a lot?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: Many -- not many last years, it's Agassi. I like how he play, everything, what he doing.

Q. And Steffi Graf, too, or no?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: Only Agassi (smiling).

01-18-2003, 08:29 AM
go Misha go !!!!!!!!!!
Misha into another Slam 4th rd :)

keep going :D

01-18-2003, 11:11 AM
GO KICK ANDY!!! i mean his...a....ssshhhh!!!

01-18-2003, 11:44 AM
Well done Misha !!!!!!!!!

Good luck ;)

01-18-2003, 11:49 AM
"No. Now I want to beat Roddick. "

Go and do it, Misha ;)

01-18-2003, 12:11 PM

Russian Mikhail Youzhny celebrates his victory over Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, in Melbourne. Youzhny won 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
(AP Photo/David Callow)

01-18-2003, 12:13 PM
Well done Misha :D

Now beat Andy, I'm sure he can do it :)

01-18-2003, 12:19 PM

01-18-2003, 12:20 PM

01-18-2003, 10:06 PM
Come on, Misha!!! kick Pandy's ass for a 3rd straight time! :bounce:

01-19-2003, 12:19 PM
don't you just love Misha's new look...FILA looks good on him

01-19-2003, 05:14 PM
definetely better than Sergio Tacchini IMO, Fila are not sponsoring him though I guess because he plays in Adidas shoes and had Tacchini shorts during his first match, I hope the sponsors will play more attention to him after the AO.

01-20-2003, 07:56 AM
He lost :sad: should have won the third :sad:

here's his interview:

Q. What was the point that you felt that match turned? What did you feel was the turning point?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: No, there's no turn. Very tough match. I won first two sets, but after break was very bad game because was 2-All, maybe three easy mistakes.
After it was also the same, but at 5-4, was deuce. After serve, two easy mistakes.
Fourth and fifth sets, Andy plays better already because I'm a little bit tired. He started better serve. I have chance sometimes. Fourth set, it was 4-3 or 4-2, but he played good today.

Q. For all Andy's physical abilities as a tennis player, his reputation is of being that not strong mentally. Were you surprised today that he was able to come back as hard and as long as he did?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: No, is not surprise for me. All matches on fifth sets is very tough for players because everythings, it's mental, everythings. If you play fifth sets, no. In beginning, of course, it's better, you play better sometimes.
No, today it was play tough. After three sets, for me it was very tough.

Q. You probably are aware that the tournament's heat policy came into effect during your match.
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: When I play first match, for me it was the same. It's not was sun. I don't have.

Q. He comes from south Florida where it's hotter than this all the time. Of course, you come from Russia where it's a little colder. Do you think that had an effect?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: Before Australia Open we practice one month, three weeks in Thailand. It was every times in Thailand 34, 32. It's every day was 32. It's here play easy of Thailand practice. Thailand practice, it was very tough because weather was unbelievable. It's not like here. Here for me, play easy. Before Australia Open, it was a good practice for one months. It was good weather. After this practice, it's here pretty easy.

Q. You came back in Paris from two sets down. I guess it happens to everybody.

Q. Could you feel it slipping away? Could you feel that it wasn't going to be your day?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: No, it was usually, like the same every match. Sleep well, breakfast well. No, it's all the same.

funny English ;)

01-20-2003, 08:40 AM
he should've...but it's hard to win on someone so annoying...ANDY! I hate him...hate is such a strong word...maybe loathe, abhor, ...@#$%!

01-20-2003, 02:23 PM
Misha :sad: you were so close :sad:

01-23-2003, 10:07 AM
hey guys, how do you know about Mishas clothing sponsor? Where do you get this information, please?

01-26-2003, 07:11 AM
Where's his next tournament?

01-26-2003, 06:14 PM
Milan Indoor

01-26-2003, 06:38 PM
but how come Misha isn't in the draw for Milan? did he withdraw or something? i'm so confused and disappointed. but i guess he'll definitely be playing for Davis Cup next week. :)

01-27-2003, 06:11 PM
Hhhm, I think it's strange too.... he was in the Entry list at Milan Indoor last week, but he isn't playing...... I think he decided to stay in Moscow and prepare himself for DC. As he did well in AO maybe he isn't in a good shape, I mean climate changes, flights.... you know......

01-27-2003, 06:21 PM
Yes, you are right. His brother clearly said that Misha will be focusing only on DC and will skip any ATP tournaments before the first rubber with Czechs.

Not much choice, because Marat is injured and Kafel - well, who knows in what shape he is.

01-28-2003, 08:55 AM
oh, so the the once two-man team is now a one man team.
i'll be missing misha since the DC will be weeks from now.

01-30-2003, 10:01 PM
Youzhny Close To Signing Fila Deal
By Richard Pagliaro

Mikhail Youzhny was cloaked in the Russian flag following his heroic comeback from a two-set deficit in the decisive match to defeat Paul-Henri Mathieu and lift Russia to its first Davis Cup championship in history last month. Now, the 27th-ranked Russian is close to signing a three-year shoe and clothing contract with Fila.

Fila executive Martin Mulligan told SportsBusiness Journal writerDaniel Kaplan that the Italian sportswear company is close to signing Youzhny to the deal that would pay him "in the low six figures annually." ;) Typically, player endorsement contracts contain bonus clauses, which could pay Youzhny substantially more money should he meet the contract incentives.

The signing would give Fila its first prominent male player since Mark Philippoussis, who signed with Fila three years ago, but has been sidetracked by three knee surgeries that have limited his play in recent years.

Fila has had much more success with women endorsers as it has three top-10 players third-ranked Kim Clijsters, sixth-ranked Jennifer Capriati and eighth-ranked Jelena Dokic under contract.

Clad in a red Fila shirt and white shorts, the 20-year-old Youzhny advanced to the Australian Open fourth round where he held a two sets to love lead over Andy Roddick before the ninth-seeded Roddick rallied by rushing the net repeatedly to register a 6-7 (4-7), 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2.

I hope the deal won't bring any bad luck/injuries to Misha. And congrats boy :D

01-31-2003, 09:50 AM
:)) i don't think FILA is cursed. but that's nice for Misha to get attention

02-05-2003, 06:33 AM
go mikhail


:bounce: go mikhail! :bounce:

:bounce: top 20, Mikhail will be there! :bounce:

02-08-2003, 05:30 AM
Youzhny Ensures Tie is Level Overnight
Mikhail Youzhny is becoming something of a five-set specialist. The 22-year-old Russian has played in six so far in his career and won five, his most recent victory coming against Czech Radek Stepanek in the second match of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas 2003 World Group first round tie between Czech Republic and Russia in Ostrava - 36 76(8) 67(6) 62 63.

At the end of the first day the score in Ostrava is tied at 1-1, Jiri Novak winning the days opening singles match against Nikolay Davydenko.

Stepanek had a great start in his Davis Cup debut in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. He lead 3-0 in the first set and had a breakpoint for 4-0 against Youzhny, the hero of last year's final in Paris-Bercy. The break of serve by the Czech No. 2 in the second game of the first set was, however, one of just two for Stepanek in the whole match which lasted four hours and 15 minutes. It wasn't enough.

"I felt pretty comfortable on the court in the fourth and fifth set having a lot of confidence," Youzhny said. Immediately after the match Stepanek could barely find the words to explain his loss. "I am sorry. I am not sad, but I know that I had some chances," he said after one of the longest matches of his career.

Stepanek won the first set but the 20-year-old Russian set up a 3-0 lead at the beginning of the second. The Czech No. 2, four years older than his opponent and ranked 55 on the ATP Entry Ranking, fought back to level the set at 3-3 and despite also leading in the tie-break failed to take a set point, eventually losing the tie-break 10-8.

"This was one of the most important points of the match. I tried to focus on the tie-break although I was 0-4 down," Youzhny said. Tie-break drama also resolved the third set the home player supported by a noisy crowd turning the tables on Youzhny.

Ultimately, success for the younger but more experienced Youzhny was built on more aggressive play in final two sets. The Russian started to use his good serve and strong backhand more and more and Stepanek didn't have an answer to it. "I knew the best parts of his game were his movement and his backhand. I tried to attack some of his backhands but I wasn't successful enough. "I was little bit afraid to take the risk," Stepanek said afterwards.

With the tie now level at 1-1 the decision as to whether Russia can continue to defend last year's title will be made on Sunday. In tomorrows programme Czech pair Martin Damm and Cyril Suk will take on Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Youzhny in the doubles. After todays marathon five-setter much will depend on how Youzhny recovers overnight. "Radek played his best tennis on this surface and I can probably thank him that he made Youzhny tired for Saturday's doubles," joked Czech captain Robert Krechler.

Marat where are you when we need you? Just kidding. Rest those painful wrists of yours. (but i meant it half-truly)

02-09-2003, 07:21 AM
Misha with Zhenya...great pic :D g

02-09-2003, 08:26 AM
I think it was taken when they both missed that ball although it was a really simple short lob :o they both screamed "I" but ended up missing :o

02-10-2003, 11:36 AM
(what is lol?)

02-10-2003, 08:10 PM
loughing out loud!!!!

02-10-2003, 09:33 PM
Yay for Misha and Russia! Great win!! :bounce:

02-13-2003, 12:29 PM
what a very cute pic... thanks a lot for posting it!

btw, Misha has a flu and witdrew from Rotterdam and Dubai :(

02-13-2003, 10:31 PM
poor Misha :sad: get better soon. we'll miss you while you're gone!

02-20-2003, 08:12 AM
please follow this award soon!

02-24-2003, 12:51 AM
Good Luck to Misha in Dubai!! :bounce: I think he opens against Sjeng Schalken.

02-27-2003, 12:10 AM
GO MOKHAIL! :fiery:

Davai Misha
02-27-2003, 05:23 PM
Hello everyone,

I'm new on this board, just wanted to say hello:)
I'm also a fan of Mikhail Youzhny;)

Good luck, Misha!:cool:

02-28-2003, 12:06 AM
Misha crashed out of Dubai in the first round :sad: Next up it's Indian Wells. Good Luck to him; maybe Youzhny can take his first TMS title there. :D

Davai Misha
02-28-2003, 09:33 AM
:( I'm upset, but Schalken is always hard to play!

Good luck in Indian Wells, Misha:)

02-28-2003, 10:50 PM
Hey MYF! :wavey: Welcome to the Mikhail Youzhny thread.

03-01-2003, 04:25 PM
Misha, Misha.......... I think he going through a black line now....... I hope he'll find his game after his sickness.
Com'on MISHA!!!!

Davai Misha
03-01-2003, 09:22 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
Hey MYF! :wavey: Welcome to the Mikhail Youzhny thread.


Davai Misha
03-06-2003, 04:44 PM
Hi all!:)

I'm thinking about creating an Mikhail Youzhny Website:)
Of course, this would be a lot of work, so I'd like to ask first...what do you think about it?

And a question to all russians here, cause I don't get any information about that here:
How popular, or let's say how known, is Misha already in Russia?

Thank you,

03-07-2003, 03:52 AM
MYF ,It's a very good idea to create a website for Misha.He is only
raising to the top and he's becoming very popular in all over the world and your site will be very usefull.I can send you articles and pics from Russian mags.For exaple,there is "Sport club"mag where lots of pics of him:with his father amd mom ,his girlfriend,and without shirt....
I can't say that he is very popular...still Jenya and Marat are first.
But after his match on the Davis Cup I think many people know him.

Davai Misha
03-07-2003, 11:19 AM
Thank you silberiangirl!:)
That would be so great if you could send me the articles&pics:D
I wasn't sure at first, if I should really take the time and create the site, but now I think I will really do this!
So...I'm gonna start soon;)


03-08-2003, 03:10 AM
Great news, MYF. I'm sure the site will be great, good luck. :) I've always wanted to make a website of my own for one of my faves but it's just way too complicated for me. :o

03-08-2003, 06:54 AM
I can scan some pics from other Russian magazines as well :)

Davai Misha
07-02-2003, 05:21 PM
Hey all, back again! :D :wavey:

I hope to see you back here soon :wavey:
About the website: I still want to do that and have already worked a lot for it. But I'm going to Australia for half a year, so I wouldn't be able to update the site during this time and that would be a shame. That's why I decided to start the site when I'll be back in the beginning of next year. I wished it would be earlier but it's just not possible to me to keep it updated when I'm down under!

Best wishes,

07-07-2003, 07:40 AM
Can someone tell me if Misha is playing this week? Thanks :D

Davai Misha
07-07-2003, 12:22 PM
hi jessi :)
misha is playing bastad this week!

good luck, misha!! :D

07-07-2003, 12:28 PM
He won 7-6 7-6 against Ollie Rochus :bounce: :D well done!

07-07-2003, 09:37 PM
hi jessi :)
misha is playing bastad this week!

good luck, misha!! :D

Hi MYF :) Yes, i found out Misha is playing Bastad this week when i checked the draws last nite ;) He beat O.Rochus today in two tiebreak sets. :eek::bounce: Keep going Misha! :angel:

07-09-2003, 01:55 AM
Youzhny/Voinea lost today in dubs... It's okay, he's still in the singles as the #4 seed. Keep it going, Misha! :)

07-09-2003, 03:49 PM
Misha won today 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 over tough dirtballer Franco Squillari. :)

Davai Misha
07-09-2003, 05:09 PM
Misha won today 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 over tough dirtballer Franco Squillari. :)

:D :D :D :D :D Well done, Misha! Keep it on! :)

07-10-2003, 11:19 AM
Keep going Misha :D

07-10-2003, 03:43 PM
Youzhny will play Zabaleta in the quarterfinals tomorrow. Good Luck on getting through to your 3rd semifinal of 2003, Misha!

07-12-2003, 08:25 AM
Misha lost to Zabaleta 64 57 16 :( :sad:

07-12-2003, 09:58 AM
:sad: :sad:

07-12-2003, 05:16 PM
:sad: :sad:

Next tournament is Stuttgart, where Misha will be defending a title for the first time in his career! :D Good Luck!

07-16-2003, 04:12 AM
Misha is playing doubles again this week. And, oh yeah, he is the "One to Watch" on I guess that's cool.

07-16-2003, 05:55 PM
Youzhny d. Lapentti 6-3, 2-6, 6-3! :bounce: Great win over an in-form Nicholas Lapentti. Keep it going, Misha!

10-01-2003, 02:03 PM
anything recent?

10-02-2003, 10:16 PM
misha lost to koubek in the first round in moscow :(
6:7 0:6!

10-11-2003, 12:09 PM
I talked with Misha on Friday. EuroNews showed a bit of it. He seems to be very confident at the moment. After a difficult season I begin to regain my form he said.
Good luck Misha. You are the main Russia`s hope. :bounce:

10-12-2003, 08:25 PM
so you joined the tourney in lyon? lucky you :) so you talked to him before the semis??? but doesnt matter that he lost. i mean he reached the semis. really good result, i think.