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Old 06-01-2011, 09:23 AM   #1216
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Do you miss some routines in tennis?

Not much. On the contrary, I feel relieved. Not having to train every day, doing physical training, having to care full for a tournament next week, is comforting. Now, I train when I want when I want. No one compels me hours and I'm not exposed to a regime so strict.

Is it free from pressure then?

Yes, the pressure was brutal. And if you are Top 10 or you were, like my case, every tournament you are bound to be a champion or at least play very well. In that regard, the pressure was very great bore.

What do you engage in a few years?

Mainly to see my daughter grow up. That is my passion at this time. I want to travel with my wife (Carolina Cerezuela) and my daughter, but differently. If I go out at night to eat with my friends, I can do.

Apart from the senior circuit, do not become more involved with tennis?

Surely I will. For example, I was appointed ambassador of Spanish tennis, then I have not detached at all.
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:33 AM   #1217
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What has not changed in the racketeers?

Remains the same as when it started. Fee books, video games, movies, a computer. I was really bored doing nothing and in tournaments there are many dead hours, that burn playing Play Station.

What does the tattoo on his right arm?

It's a dolphin, my favorite animal. I got it tattooed when I was 22, after suffering a back injury that I almost withdrew. I did the tattoo, then, to remember the good times in bad.

How does the Colombian tennis?

Progress is evident. Santiago Giraldo is among the 50, Alexander has been at some time. Are becoming more tournaments at home and that more players are coming. It is no coincidence improving Colombian tennis and I will continue to grow.
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:35 PM   #1218
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moya was during this weekend just 30 minutes away from my home and i didn't know it. Imagine how i felt!!! He was in Knokke together with Mc Enroe. Moyke won the final in two sets from Krajicec Richard.
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look for the optima open and you'll find many vidio's from several players who were retired, including moyke!!!
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go to the Chengdu Open website.
this is the next tournement in which moya will play
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Group A : Younes El Aynaoui, Wayne Ferreira, Marat Safin, Pete Sampras
Group B : Thomas Enqvist, Carlos Moya, Mark Philippoussis, Paradorn Srichaphan

October 27, 2011 (Thursday)
Start at 3:30 pm Group B Enqvist vs Srichaphan
Start not before 4:45 pm Group A Safin vs Ferreria
Start not before 6:45 pm Doubles Enqvist/TBC vs Safin/TBC
Start not before 7:30 pm Group B Moya vs Philippoussis
Start not before 8:30 pm Group A Sampras vs El Aynaoui

October 28, 2011 (Friday)
Start at 3:30 pm Group B Moya vs Srichaphan
Start not before 4:45 pm Group B Enqvist vs Philippoussis
Start not before 6:45 pm Doubles Moya/TBC vs Philippoussis/TBC
Start not before 7:30 pm Group A Sampras vs Ferreira
Start not before 8:30 pm Group A Safin vs El Aynaoui

October 29, 2011 (Saturday)
Start at 2:30 pm Group A Ferreira vs El Aynaoui
Start not before 3:30 pm Group B Philippoussis vs Srichaphan
Start not before 4:45 pm Doubles Srichaphan/TBC vs Ferreira/TBC
Start not before 5:30 pm Group B Enqvist vs Moya
Start not before 7:00 pm Group A Sampras vs Safin

October 30, 2011 (Sunday)
Start at 2:00 pm Doubles Group A 3rd / B 4th vs Group B 3rd / A 4
Start not before 2:45 pm 3rd & 4th Place Group A 2nd vs Group B 2
Start not before 4:00 pm Final Group A 1st vs Group B 1st
Followed by Prize Ceremony

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Enjoying all your posts here, Claudine ... and I clicked 'like' on Facebook's Optima Open ... what a pity you couldn't see carlos win it live! Que lastima ...
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http://www.atpchampionstour.com/news175.html


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SATURDAY, October 29, 2011
El Aynaoui (MAR) def. Ferreira (RSA) 7-6(6), 6-1
El Aynaoui (MAR) / Chen (CHN) def. Srichaphan (THA) / Chu (CHN) 3-2
Sampras (USA) def. Safin (RUS) 6-1, 6-7(6), 10-8
Moya (ESP) def. Enqvist (SWE) 6-4, 6-4
Philippoussis (AUS) def. Srichaphan (THA) 6-3, 6-1

FRIDAY, October 28, 2011
Moya (ESP) def. Srichaphan (THA) 6-2, 6-4
Enqvist (SWE) def. Philippoussis (AUS) 6-7(4), 7-6(6), 10-6
Moya (ESP) / Shen (CHN) def. Philippoussis (AUS) / Zeng (CHN) 6-1
Sampras (USA) def. Ferreira (RSA) 6-3, 6-2
El Aynaoui (MAR) def. Safin (RUS) 4-6, 7-5, 11-9

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011
Safin (RUS) def. Ferreira (RSA) 6-2, 6-3
Enqvist (SWE) def. Srichaphan (THA) 6-3, 6-3
Enqvist (SWE) /Chen (CHN) def. Ferreira (RSA) /Li (CHN) 6-4
Moya (ESP) def. Philippoussis (AUS) 7-5, 6-2
El Aynaoui (MAR) def. Sampras (USA) 6-4, 7-6(2)
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MOYA ENDS EL AYNAOUI’S FAIRY-TALE RUN TO CLINCH THE
2011 CHENGDU OPEN, NO. 1 RANKING

Sampras Topples 2009 Chengdu Open Champion Enqvist to Claim Third Place

Spaniard Carlos Moya and Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui faced off in the finals of the 2011 Chengdu Open, with Moya clinching the title 6-2, 7-6(6), and the No. 1 ranking on the ATP Champions Tour.

El Aynaoui, the dark horse contender who had defeated Pete Sampras, Marat Safin and Wayne Ferreira en route to the finals, saw his Chengdu dreams dashed by the indefatigable Moya. El Aynaoui was noticeably nervous, his jitters only magnified when Moya broke him in the first game.

“Sometimes in tennis if you want to do too well, if you want to play too good, then the opposite [happens],” said El Aynaoui after the match. “I was tight, I was nervous. I was not the favorite in the first two matches—no one expected me to win, so I was playing relaxed. Today, I knew I had a chance. It was the last match, so I said to myself, ‘C’mon you have to play well,’—and then the opposite [happened].”

“It was a few points here and there,” Moya said. “He just played one bad game—the first game of the match. So it’s easier when you’re up a break to play your game, to play more relaxed.”

The day before Moya had predicted that the final would come down to a few points, and that “whoever wins these key points will win the match.”

He was right.

El Aynaoui had five break points to level the match at 2-3 in the first, but couldn’t convert. Once winning his seven-deuce service game, Moya hit the accelerator. “He had five break point chances—if he had taken one of them, it’s 3-all and the match starts again,” Moya said. “He didn’t convert any of them, it was 4-2, and then the next game I played much more relaxed and I could break him—and the first set was over.”

Both players had opportunities to break in the second set, but neither could convert, sending the match to a tiebreaker. After saving a match point with an ace at 5-6, El Aynaoui was dismayed at 6-all as the second of two Moya lobs kissed the corner of the baseline and Moya was able to put away the point with a breathtaking lunging backhand volley. Moya then closed out the match with a service winner out wide.

“At 6-all, with the two lobs that I did—that one on the line—I was lucky. That ball goes one centimeter behind the line, it’s out, 7-6 him, and who knows what happens the next point. It’s just a matter of taking the important points—and most of them went on my side. It was a great match, a great event for me, and I really enjoyed playing here.”

Moya, who came into the Chengdu Open trailing Mark Philippoussis by 100 points in the South African Airways rankings, now pulls ahead of him in the South African Airways rankings by 220 points. After falling to Philippoussis in the Bogota finals, Moya went on to win the titles in Sao Paulo, Knokke-Heist and now Chengdu.

“I was very happy to be playing in this country for the first time in such a magnificent stadium,” said El Aynaoui. “Today I tried to give my best, but Carlos was too good. I tried to push it to a third set, but he’s one of the best players on the senior tour.”

For the second day in a row, Sampras beat up on his younger opponent, defeating the 37-year old Enqvist 6-4, 6-4 in just 52 minutes. “It was nice to play against Thomas again,” Sampras said. “He was a great competitor back in the day, I thought he was physically a little bit hurt [this week] with the knee—it took a lot of class that he came out to play this week.”
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LEGENDS ARRIVE IN SICHUAN PROVINCE TO CONTEST THE 2011 CHENGDU OPEN
Asia's Only ATP Champions Tour Event Hosts Star-Studded Field

Today the third annual Chengdu Open - An ATP Champions Tour Event welcomed six of the eight storied players who will contest the October 27-30 tournament at the Sichuan International Tennis Center. Headlined by Pete Sampras (USA), 14-time Grand Slam singles Champion, and the top three ranked players on the ATP Champions Tour, Mark Philippoussis (AUS), Carlos Moya (ESP) and Thomas Enqvist (SWE), the 2011 Chengdu Open will also feature Marat Safin's (RUS) debut on the ATP Champions Tour, as well as fan-favorites Paradorn Srichaphan (THA), Younes El Aynaoui (MAR) and Wayne Ferreira (RSA). Together, the legends own 154 ATP Tour singles titles and over $100 million in career prize earnings.

Vice President of the Chinese Tennis Association and the Deputy Director of the General Tennis Administration Center, Miss Li Lin Wei highlighted: “The 2011 Chengdu Open – An ATP Champions Tour Event caps off a spectacular Golden October of tennis in China after the hosting of the China Open in Beijing, and the ATP Masters Series 1000 in Shanghai. The hosting of the 2011 Chengdu Open – An ATP Champions Tour Event will once again bring to Western China, and indeed the nation, a wave of tennis excitement, and we sincerely hope that all players and officials will enjoy a wonderful week in Chengdu.”

Sampras, who returns to Chengdu after creating a media storm with his participation in last year’s tournament, mentioned that how last year’s experience drew him back to Chengdu to compete again in 2011. “The stadium was fantastic, the Intercontinental we have here is a beautiful hotel, and the combination of everything is the reason why I wanted to come back, so I’m happy to be here and hopefully I will play some decent tennis. This is a well-run event from all the folks at IMG.”

The player experience at the Chengdu Open also has Enqvist, the 2009 Chengdu Open Champion who finished third here in 2010, delighted to be coming back for more. “It’s a very strong field. I’m very happy to be back three times, and I’m really looking forward to playing this week here against all these great players.”

Competition will be fierce, with the top spot on the South African Airways ATP Champions Tour Rankings on the line. Moya, who has won the last two ATP Champions Tour Events in a row, enters the Chengdu Open looking to dethrone Mark Philippoussis, who won the first three events of 2011. “I’m just 100 points away from him,” Moya said. “This is my first year on the Tour, and it would be great for me to end it as No. 1, but there are many great players in every tournament. Hopefully I can make it— it will be tough.” Moya and Philippoussis will square off on the first day of play, Thursday October 27.

Paradorn Srichaphan, whose career-high ranking of World No. 9 made him the highest ever ranked men’s singles player from Asia, returns to Chengdu after making his ATP Champions Tour debut in Chengdu last year. Ferreira, who competed in a record 56 consecutive Grand Slams on the ATP Tour, will be making his first appearance in Chengdu, as will El Aynaoui, who debuted on the ATP Champions Tour in London in 2009 by posting wins over Mark Philippoussis and the 2010 Chengdu Open Champion, Greg Rusedski.

Director General of the Chengdu Sports Bureau, Qin Wenlin, addressed the players and media: “We are so pleased that this premier international tennis tournament is returning to our wonderful city once again, and we expect that in its third edition the tournament will be a success in all aspects.”

With the media and fans aglow with the legendary tennis players in town, Grand Slam Champions Moya and Sampras were asked what advice they would give to Li Na, who has struggled ever since winning her first Grand Slam at Roland Garros this year. Sampras immediately quipped, “I never won the French Open, so I’m going to let Carlos take that.” After much laughter, Sampras, who at his induction to the Tennis Hall of Fame had described the two years after he won his first Grand Slam as “going by in a fog”, continued on in a more serious vein: “I will say for Li Na there’s a lot of pressure to win after winning the French, a popular woman in this country, dealing with the fans, the media, the sponsors, it’s a lot to take on. Just keep working hard, and hopefully she’ll find some form—but we’ve all experienced it, as far as that first major: when you win it, the aftermath can be a little overwhelming. She’ll be fine, she’s a great player.”

With the appetite of Chinese tennis fans whetted by a golden month of tennis, the Chengdu Open will serve up tantalizing match-ups, played over four days with the eight players divided into two round robin groups of four players. The first group features Safin, Ferreria, Sampras and El Aynaoui; the second group consists of Enqvist, Moya, Philippoussis and Srichaphan, pitting the top three ATP Champions Tour players against one another during round robin play. The winner in each group will advance to the final on Sunday, while the second-place finishers in each group will play-off for third place. Matches are best-of-three sets, with the deciding set played as a Champions' tiebreak, with the winner being the first to reach 10 points with at least a two-point margin.

The event will be broadcast on CCTV 5 and is part of the historic CCTV-IMG Sports Management Company venture which is a 20-year exclusive joint venture formed by IMG Worldwide, Inc., the global sports and entertainment company, and China Central Television (CCTV), the world's largest television broadcaster. For information on how to order tickets online or by phone, visit the Chengdu Open website at: http://chengduchampions.com/2011/tickets.php.
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UNDEFEATED IN ROUND ROBIN PLAY, MOYA AND EL AYNAOUI TO
FACE OFF IN 2011 CHENGDU OPEN FINALS

2009 Chengdu Open Champion Enqvist to Battle Sampras in the Playoff for Third Place

Spaniard Carlos Moya and Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui will face off in the finals of the 2011 Chengdu Open, after both tore through round robin play to advance to the finals undefeated.

On the third day of play, ATP Champions Tour No. 2 Moya took on No. 3 Thomas Enqvist, who he defeated in Sao Paulo in May, 7-6(0), 6-3. In Chengdu, Moya again emerged the victor, 6-4, 6-4. Both players displayed their athleticism, crisscrossing the court in all dimensions with sharply angled forehands, slice backhands and arcing lobs, but Moya got the breaks he needed to edge Enqvist.

“It was a very close match,” Moya said. “I was lucky to win those few key points. You get these points and you have the chance to win the match.”

“Today I lost against a better player,” said Enqvist. “That’s how it is.”

Moya, who won 44 career singles titles on the ATP Tour, is also the 1998 Roland Garros champion, and 1997 US Open runner-up to Pete Sampras. He won three Masters Series events and was a finalist at three others, and reached the No. 1 ranking in 1999.

Moya is also well known for paving the way for another famous fellow Majorcan, Rafael Nadal. Nadal’s uncle and coach, Toni Nadal, credits Moya for opening a new era for Spanish tennis: “He played very well on hard courts when it seemed impossible to do for a Spanish player. He changed a bit of the mentality of the game, showing that Spain could be good not only on clay, but also on hard surfaces.”

Moya is looking to capture his third ATP Champions Tour title in four attempts, having won the titles in Sao Paulo and Knokke-Heist earlier this year after making the finals in Bogota. Moya will claim the ATP Champions Tour South African Airways No. 1 Ranking regardless of whether he wins or loses in the final—having entered the tournament just 100 points behind the reigning No. 1, Mark Philippoussis, Moya can garner 400 points with a first place finish, and 300 points if he comes in second. With a 6-3 , 6-1 win over Paradorn Srichaphan in the final day of round robin play, Philippoussis will receive 80 points.

Moya, however, is not content with this accomplishment, instead focusing on finishing the year as No. 1. “It’s pretty good: my first year [on the ATP Champions Tour] and having the chance to end as No. 1,” said Moya. “I’m having fun out there, playing those familiar faces that I used to play ten years ago, and it’s a great feeling. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow. There are still two tournaments left to go and many points out left there, so anything can happen.”

El Aynaoui defeated Ferreira 7-6(6), 6-1 to post three wins in round robin play. Though Ferreira played his best tennis of the tournament in the first set, he literally couldn’t catch a break. He held three set points in the tiebreaker, including one on his own serve at 6-5, but he double-faulted to let El Aynaoui back in. After a lengthy backhand rally, Ferreira sent a crosscourt forehand sailing long, which El Aynaoui followed by slamming an ace out wide to take the set. Energized by his come-from-behind first set win, El Aynaoui burst out of the gates in the second set just as Ferreira faded. Bounding around the court with the infectious joy and unbridled energy of a puppy, El Aynaoui broke Ferreira twice in the second with fist pumps aplenty.

Indeed, the lanky 40-year old El Aynaoui is the talk of the town, surging into the final after dismantling Sampras, Safin and Ferreira. Notably, El Aynaoui had energy to spare in his three set win over Safin the day before, prompting Safin to comment, “Younes is very fit and he had more gas at the end of the match. He’s in good shape. He moved very well, saved the match point and he was brave when it counted. He was very pumped up.”

El Aynaoui shared, “I still enjoy practicing and I play a lot of tennis still. I do a lot of activities with my kids so I try to keep fit for that. I enjoy running, biking, or whatever. I have to exercise. That’s what keeps me going.”

Moya also noted El Aynaoui’s fitness. “The final will be tough for sure. Younes is playing very well and he beat good players this week. He’s very fit, he’s in good shape, he runs a lot. We have a similar game, we rely on our serve and forehand and try to slice with our backhand, so it’s pretty similar, it will be a few points here and there. Whoever wins these key points will win the match.”

El Aynaoui, a five-time ATP Tour titlist is an iconic figure in Morocco whose fame transcends the sports arena. In 2003, he was named by readers of the leading Moroccan newspaper L’Economiste as their favorite role model for society—ahead of their prime minister. In tennis circles, he is renowned for his role in the classic 2003 Australian Open quarterfinal against Andy Roddick. El Aynaoui set up the clash with Roddick (who would reach the World No. 1 ranking later that year) by defeating then World No. 1, Lleyton Hewitt, in the fourth round, and then battled Roddick in a five-set, five-hour thriller. The 4-6, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, 21-19 epic broke the record for the longest fifth set in Grand Slam tennis history (only just broken in 2010 by the Isner-Mahut Wimbledon marathon) and is remembered as one of the best matches of the decade. Though Roddick came out on top, both players sustained a stunning quality of play throughout.

El Aynaoui is tickled about his dream run to the final in Chengdu. “I’m very pleased with the way I’m playing, especially beating Pete and Marat back to back, so it’s really fun for me to be in the final. Coming here, I was really excited. I knew I had to play [Pete], so I was thinking about it a few weeks before the tournament. Not only [did] I play him, but I beat him!” he said with a laugh. “[Pete and I] are the same age, so we played together, [but] he was way up there—I was watching him play on TV in the finals every time—I never [got to] play him!”

Indeed, Sampras reminded fans of his legacy as he served and volleyed into the playoff for third place, defeating Safin 6-1, 6-7(6), 10-8 in front of a record crowd. Sampras came out guns blazing. In the first set in particular, Sampras couldn’t miss and Safin couldn’t compete.

“I don’t know where my forehand went,” said Safin. “It disappeared completely.” Despite the humbling experience, for Safin playing with Sampras “is a pleasure and a challenge. When I look at him I still see the same guy I saw on TV when I was growing up. I treat him with a lot of respect.”

2009 Chengdu Open champion and 2010 third-place finisher Enqvist also looks forward to playing Sampras in the playoff for third place, noting that he will have the opportunity to “play one of the legends, one of the best players who ever played. Every time you step on the court with Pete, it’s an honor.”

In a rare treat for doubles fans, Safin and Srichaphan will take on Ferreira, an Olympic doubles silver medalist, and his partner Philippoussis, in a 45-minute or one-set doubles match (whichever is shorter) to open play at 2pm on Sunday October 30th. The playoff for third place between Enqvist and Sampras will begin not before 2:45pm, with the final between Moya and El Aynaoui to start not before 4pm.

The 2011 Chengdu Open is being broadcast on CCTV 5 and is part of the historic CCTV-IMG Sports Management Company venture, which is a 20-year exclusive joint venture formed by IMG Worldwide, Inc., the global sports and entertainment company, and China Central Television (CCTV), the world's largest television broadcaster. For ticket information and the complete tournament schedule, visit the Chengdu Open website at: http://chengduchampions.com/2011/.
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ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR NO. 2 MOYA TAKES DOWN NO. 1
PHILIPPOUSSIS IN FIRST DAY OF ROUND ROBIN PLAY

Safin Wins Debut Match on ATP Champions Tour; Sampras Falls to El Aynaoui

The 2011 Chengdu Open began with a bang, featuring four scintillating matchups. The match of the day was a tense showdown between the ATP Champions Tour No.1 and No.2 players, Mark Philippoussis and Carlos Moya, who are separated by just 100 points in the ATP Champions Tour South African Airways Rankings. They had last met in the Bogota finals in May, where Philippoussis defeated Moya in three sets, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-4; in Chengdu, Moya gained the edge, winning 7-5, 6-2.

After breaking Philippoussis in the opening game, Moya was able to weather the go-for-broke play of the aggressive Philippoussis until he was serving for the first set, 5-4. Philippoussis crushed forehands and chipped and charged to break back and level the set at 5-all, but Moya’s consistency gave him the leverage he needed to break back. He closed out the first set with an inside out forehand winner. Moya broke Philippoussis in the first game of the second set and didn’t look back.

“Carlos played the bigger points better than me tonight, it’s as simple as that,” said Philippoussis. “I never led once in the match, I was always playing from behind: lost the first service game, had a break point to get back to 4-all, and he held, got back to 5-all and he broke me—I never really got ahead, never got a chance to put some pressure on him, I was always the one under pressure the whole match, and he took advantage of that.”

“He’s a great player. Huge serve,” Moya said of Philippoussis. “I was very focused on my return. I had a chance to win the first set a bit easier. He had a terrible first game with three or four double faults, but after that he started getting a bit better and I got a bit nervous when I had to close the first set, but then I started to play much better…[hit] good returns, tried to move him and it worked out pretty well. First time, first match here: it’s a great way to start the tournament, beating Mark who is No. 1 in the rankings right now.”

With Moya and Philippoussis playing in the same round robin group, the stakes are high for each day of round robin play, as the player with the best record in each group will have the chance to play in the finals for 400 South African Airways Ranking points; losing in the finals will merit 300 points. In contrast, the player with the second-best record in each group can only win 250 points if successful in the playoff for third place; if coming in fourth, there are only 150 points to gain.

Earlier that afternoon Safin also got off to a great start, storming his way through his first match on the ATP Champions Tour, defeating Wayne Ferreira 6-2, 6-3. Safin looked every bit his old self, ripping backhand winners crosscourt, down the line, and inside out, pummeling the lines and pushing Ferreira onto his back foot.

After the match, Ferreira remarked, “Marat was very difficult to play. He still serves very hard and gets a lot of first serves in. He steps in and hits the ball very flat and very hard – [my second serve] came back very quickly. If I had served a little better—“

“He would have had a little bit more of a chance,” Safin joked. “A little bit.”

“I have to get the first serve in, otherwise he’s very hard to play,” Ferreira continued with a smile.

Safin was able to shake off his debut jitters, confessing, “I was nervous to play against players that I’d grown up with for my professional career. It’s a pleasure to be on the same court with them. We spent a lot of years together on the tour as opponents; here we are more like friends—like a family.”

When asked about his decision to join the ATP Champions Tour, Safin, who retired from the ATP World Tour in 2009, joked, “I’m a junior senior,” before continuing: “I’m getting older. I know a few guys that are older than me that are still playing on the ATP World Tour—I don’t know what they’re doing—but I decided to move with my group of people to the “real” tennis world. I’m really comfortable here. They are more my level than the players on the ATP World Tour.”

Local Chengdu fans were no doubt delighted about Safin’s decision, sporting Russian flags and posters (including one that featured a picture of Safin gazing into the distance and the words “How to Quit U”) to symbolize their support. “It’s nice to come to a country where somebody knows you,” Safin said, “and when they pull out the posters, it’s even better. I really want to say thank you—I really appreciate it. It’s a warm nice feeling.”

To the dismay of the fans, Pete Sampras fell to the spry El Aynaoui, 4-6, 6-7(2), who served well, stroked implausible passing shots, and frequently handcuffed the serve and volleying legend at the service line. El Aynaoui broke Sampras twice to serve for the first set 5-2, but Sampras broke back and held to force El Aynaoui to serve out the first set 6-4. Sampras again fell into a hole early, getting broken in the first game of the second set but broke back at 1-2, and forced a tiebreaker, which El Aynaoui dominated.

Enqvist defeated Srichaphan 6-3, 6-3 in a close match featuring crisp footwork, clean ball-striking and winners off both wings from both players.

Given their similarly aggressive styles of play, Enqvist said the key difference in the match simply came down to “who hit the ball first. I was able to play a little bit more aggressively with a little bit less mistakes. It was a good match—and as always in tennis, it’s a couple of things that decide which way it’s going to go.”

After the first day of play, Safin and El Aynaoui sit atop Group A with one win each, while Enqvist and Moya lead Group B.

The 2011 edition of the Chengdu Open also features a new twist designed to catalyze the grassroots tennis movement in China: 45 minutes or one set of Pro-Am doubles. On Day One, Ferreira and Enqvist returned to the court with their amateur doubles partners, Li Haodong and Chen Tianxing, with Enqvist and Chen squeaking out a 6-4 win. In a testament to the growing popularity of tennis in China, the two amateurs played quite solidly, with sound shot selection and execution.

Chen shined in particular. “He plays tennis four times a week, and you can really see that, he played fantastic,” Enqvist said.

Moya and Srichaphan will open play on Friday October 28, followed by Enqvist and Mark Philippoussis, Sampras versus Ferreira, and Safin against El Aynaoui. Moya and Philippoussis will face off once again, this time in doubles, with their amateur partners, Shen Yi and Zeng Yuan.

The 2011 Chengdu Open is being broadcast on CCTV 5 and is part of the historic CCTV-IMG Sports Management Company venture, which is a 20-year exclusive joint venture formed by IMG Worldwide, Inc., the global sports and entertainment company, and China Central Television (CCTV), the world's largest television broadcaster.For ticket information and the complete tournament schedule, visit the Chengdu Open website at: http://chengduchampions.com/2011/.


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1. Carlos Moya
1500
2. M. Philippoussis
1280
3. Thomas Enqvist
530
4. Y. El Aynaoui
450
5. Mats Wilander
350
6. Thomas Muster
340
7. Tim Henman
300
7. Richard Krajicek
300
7. Aaron Krickstein
300
10. Pete Sampras
280
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http://www.jotdown.es/2011/10/carlos...te-es-puntual/
here you can find a very long interview with moyke about doping and many other things
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