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Old 11-09-2010, 10:03 PM   #316
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Biofile with Alexsandr Dolgopolov


Status: ATP #55. Has career wins over Clement, Gonzalez, Tomic, Seppi, Lu, Youhzny and Zverev. Member of Ukraine’s Davis Cup team.

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 192

DOB: November 7, 1988 In: Kiev, Ukraine

First Tennis Memory: “Probably traveling with (Andrei) Medvedev when my father (Oleksandr) coached him, being on court and having fun. We were friends. I was always there, he was winning some tournaments, I was there. When I took the balls and the racquet I was small, sitting there watching him play. I don’t remember the cities. One tournament, I got lost at the tennis courts. I remember I was surrounded one time. I couldn’t really write – I was just writing my name as a signature, because they know I was always on the court with him. I was really a popular kid then. Because all the players played with me. And I was having some fun.”

Tennis Inspirations: “Thats’s a tough one. I just enjoy the game. I want to be the best – one time – in the world. So I’m just going to that goal and having fun on the court. We have some small goals with records, but not any in particular, win any tournaments. I just go out and try to show the best game and beat the guys in the game.”

Nicknames: “Some players call me Dolgo.”

Hobbies/Leisure Activities: “I really like to drive my car. I like racing – not professional – we have some tournaments, they’re like drag racing. I have a Subaru. So I like to do that. Just hang out with my friends, but I don’t have much time to do that. I come back for a week maximum. Just rest, go to movies, meet my friends, that’s it.”

Last Book Read: “Was a Russian book.”

Favorite Movies: “I actually like all the movies. I watch all kinds of stuff. When I’m at home, every two days I go to the cinema. So I like to watch movies. I don’t have a movie that I like the best, I have a lot of them.”

Musical Tastes: “I listen to all sorts of music in my life, now I’m into club music, dancing music, something like that.”

Pre-Match Feeling: “Just happy to go on the court. Think about the player I’m going to play. I think about how I’m going to play him. It’s all different, depends on the player I play.”

Favorite Meal: “That’s a tough one. Probably spaghetti and Russian meat.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Coffee.”

Current Car: “Subaru Impreza WRX STI (black).”

Greatest Sports Moment: “Well, probably that’s the first point in the ATP (age 16 or 17). I remember I was really happy to do that. That happened in Ukraine, I got a wildcard. I got my first ATP point. That was a big moment. Now, I haven’t won some big events. Probably, as well, I remember winning a Challenger. That was pretty big. Every moment I got was special but the first ATP point was pretty big. I mean, I didn’t win a Grand Slam yet. Or any Masters Series, so I can’t say anything about big wins. So that was probably the biggest moment I remember now. And I’m getting higher now, so it’ll come.”

Most Painful Moment: “Losing final qualies Australian Open when I was 18. From a triple match point and four match points in the match, with 5-4, love-40, his serve, third set, and lost (vs. Sam Warburg).”

Favorite Tournament: “Well, for now, I like the clay. Roland Garros would be my favorite.”

Closest Tennis Friends: “All the USSR countries, all the Russian guys. But I’m really well with everyone. I know most of the players. I’m not preferring the Russian guys because I speak the language better, I mean, I’m friends with everyone. Everyone is nice on the Tour. There’s not like guys who are not nice off the court, so.”

Funniest Players Encountered: “That’s a tough one. Daniel Koellerer on the court, is really doing some stupid **** on the court [smiles]. There’s a lot of players you can see doing fun stuff.”

Toughest Competitors: “I had a lot of tough matches. This year, probably the toughest matches were Tsonga and Clement. I had five sets with them. That was the toughest matches I had. I played Nadal in Madrid. That was really tough to play him, clay court especially.”

Strangest Match: “Nothing in particular.”

Funny Tennis Memory: “I remember in a practice I was running for a drop shot and I was sliding on the clay courts. Then I couldn’t get my balance and I just fell over the net [smiles] and that was the funniest.”

Embarrassing Tennis Memory: “Losing from four match points – that was embarrassing for me. But nothing I would want to change or anything.”

Favorite Players To Watch: “Well, it used to be Marcelo Rios. He was really fun to watch. He was really improvising on the court. Now, I don’t know, tennis has gotten more monotone and everything. Running and physical. Because everyone is hitting so fast, you can’t really play that style. I mean, Roger’s got some of that still in him. He still does that playing style – volleys and drop shots, slices. I like to watch his game the most probably. (Did you meet Rios?) I met him when I was small. Not really in person, that I remember. The second time my father was with Medvedev was in 1998, that time when Rios won in a row Indian Wells and Miami. I was at the tournaments and I was always killing my parents to go to the matches. He was always playing night matches and I was, Let’s go watch him. Let’s go watch him [smiles]. I really like to watch his matches. I was crazy about him that time. The style of his game was incredible. He could pull out any of the shots in any moment. It was really fun. You don’t know what the guy can do. He wasn’t playing the same game all the time. He was really variative, tough to play, I think.”



People Qualities Most Admired
: “Well, for me, it’s most important, it’s people are honest. Say what they think about you. I don’t like people who come and go, depending on your successes. So, I mean, the people who are with me from the small age or people who don’t care how I do, are the best people that I really want them with me.”

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Alexandr was named the Number 4 Newcomer of the Year:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Ten...-The-Year.aspx

Ljubicic vs.Dolgopolov . Highlights .Beijing ATP. 2010 :

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Brisbane International: Dolgopolov vs Roddick Highlights

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Medibank International Sydney 2nd round: Dolgopolov defeats QUERREY 6-4 6-3

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R2 vs Becker on non-televised Court 7 tomorrow Will we get to see any of Dolgopolov at the AO this year?

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Wow, this forum is pretty empty, and I didn't know he used to have a different name.

That was a great win he had over Tsonga. Into the 4th round now.

I wrote an article about that match.
http://www.tennis-brain.com/2011/01/...-in-topsy.html

I like watching him, and hope he continues to do well.
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Yeeeeeeeeeeeah Dolgo !!
It was a great tennis today
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Dolgopolov out-surfs Tsonga

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Bravoo Alex !!
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R2 vs Becker on non-televised Court 7 tomorrow Will we get to see any of Dolgopolov at the AO this year?

Take down Becker
Answer: Yes, quite a bit

QF first time in the main draw at AO. Not too shabby.
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Amazing Dolgo !!!

Keep going
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Dolgopolov sends shocked Soderling home

Alexander Dolgopolov stood tallest on the second Monday of Australian Open 2011, shocking fourth-seeded Swede Robin Soderling in five sets 1-6 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-2. The lesser-known Dolgopolov was in his element for the majority of the encounter, regularly wrong-footing his opponent with a dangerous mix of spins.

The opening set barely jolted the centre court crowd as Soderling did what any spectator might expect: pound the 46th-ranked Dolgopolov into submission. While the Ukrainian struggled with the heer velocity and depth of Soderling's ground strokes, the Swede was relentless, dropping only a single game in the first 21 minutes of the match.

One might watch Soderling and simply be in awe of the utter accuracy of his backcourt bullets. More often than not, they find the lines, which explains his failure to drop a single set, prior to today's match, in 2011.

However, in the second set, Dolgopolov snuck into the match. As if someone had let him in through the back door, he quietly but surely began to rattle the mammoth Swede. Cleverly, he began to use his slice to keep the less nimble Soderling off balance, complimenting those low balls with come uncanny retrieving from the back of the court.

But if there was one shot that the cool-headed Swede had not accounted for, it was the jumping-jack Dolgopolov forehand. Seemingly whipping the ball with every inch of his 183 cm frame, Dolgopolov curved an array of winners past the Soderling forehand time after time. He broke the fourth seed to lead 5-2, and closed the set out a game later.

Soderling was rattled. Dictating play against his Ukrainian opponent seemed to come at too high a cost, which was most evident when he frequently sent forehands wide and long. Meanwhile, Dolgopolov's sneaky ascent quickly turned into the match of his life as he took the third set with the loss of only a single game.

In the fourth set, the Swede conjured up a last stand. Willing his shots back into the court, and playing with some newfound purpose, he went up 4-0, although it must have been the most difficult 4-0 lead he had ever created. He relinquished one of the two breaks, but still managed to close out the set 6-4.

Going into the fifth, it was no secret that the Swede was vulnerable. Despite breaking in the first game, he gifted the break straight back to the 22 year old and promptly sent down 4-1. Once a player notorious for his inability to remain level headed, Soderling has made great strides in improving his mental fortitude. Today, however, his mental demons returned to taunt him.

Dolopolov refused to let up, finishing the match 6-2 in the fifth on his fourth match point.





"I started not really well. I was serving really bad," said Dolgopolov. "I mean, with a player like that on the baseline, he's really good. So, I mean, the first set I was struggling, and a break down in the second. I came back somehow and started to play better and better with every set. I'm really happy I'm through to the quarterfinal."



"I think it's like two matches in a row I win five setters. I feel well physically and really happy I got some wins against those kind of players, you know."



Dolgopolov will next face either Andy Murray or Jurgen Melzer in the quarterfinals.


"Well, for sure he doesn't give you any cheap points," Dolgopolov said about Murray. "I just watched the first set. He had like two unforced errors. It's really tough to play him. He has a good serve. If you start to play slow, he starts to bring up the rhythm and play winners. If you risk too much, you miss. He's an uncomfortable player to play."
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Alexandr Dolgopolov - 24.01.11


Q. There were not too many people looking at you when you were playing four years old in Monte Carlo Country Club with Medvedev and others. What is the memory from there to today?
ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Well, I had a lot of good times, you know. I was on tour all the time when my father was a coach. Then I started to play myself.

It's a lot of work. Now I'm happy something's paying off and I'm getting my goals together and getting up there.

Q. Why didn't you pick up your father as a coach if he was such a good coach to bring Andrei No. 4 in the world?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Actually, he was coaching me until like 19 years old. Like only a few years he's not coaching me. It was a pretty tough time. We got a bit tired of each other because I always see him. It's pretty tough relationship, like father and coach.

So we decided it's better, and everybody's happy now.

Q. Your current coach is an Australian, Jack Reader. How did you get involved with him and what's he done for your game?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Well, my manager met us like two years ago. He's done a lot of my physical and mental, you know. I've got a lot more solid, consistent in the game. Maybe not so much in the tennis.

I was playing really well, but he just gave me the right way to play, got my game together.

Q. What are your thoughts on today's game? You've made it to the quarterfinals. What were your expectations and thoughts on today's game?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Well, I started not really well. I was serving really bad. I mean, with a player like that on the baseline, he's really good. So, I mean, the first set I was struggling, and a break down in the second.

I came back somehow and started to play better and better with every set. I'm really happy I'm through to the quarterfinal.

Q. There was some medical treatment in the third set. Did you notice that and try to make him run a bit more?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Yeah, I think he got something, tape on his leg. I went to the toilet break, so I didn't really see that a lot. I was just trying to stay focused and play my game.

Q. We don't know your next opponent yet. If it's Andy Murray, what sort of match would you expect with Andy Murray?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: For sure a tough match because he stays in the rallies, he really sees the ball good. It's tough to play winners with him. I mean, a tough, physical match. I need to play really solid to beat that kind of player.

Q. You're a cosmopolitan player: Ukrainian with an Australian coach and an Italian manager, Corrado Tschabuschnig. Why do you have an Italian manager?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: There's a lot of nice people in the world, so you just meet them all over.

I'm happy with my team now and I'm doing well.

Q. Is he here?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: He's not here now. He's been on the other slams, but not here now. Maybe he'll come for my match if I win another one.

Q. When you were very young and when you were touring with your father, what are the players that you remember meeting?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Well, for sure Thomas Muster was playing with me like the most, and Marc Rosset; they were playing the most with me. But I met pretty much all the players.

When there's a kid on tour, all the players try to play with him. I had a nice time.

Q. Anyone you liked in particular?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Well, I don't really remember it much, you know, because the first time we were traveling, I was like three, four, five years old, yeah.

And the second time I was like 10 years old. I was practicing already. I remember a few players. But not really much.

Q. Is this the best win of your career?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Yeah, for sure. I think it's like two matches in a row I win five setters. I feel well physically and really happy I got some wins against those kind of players, you know.

Q. If it is Andy Murray that you play next, what do you like about his game? What is going to be tough for you?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Well, for sure he doesn't give you any cheap points. I just watched the first set. He had like two unforced errors. It's really tough to play him. He has a good serve.

If you start to play slow, he starts to bring up the rhythm and play winners. If you risk too much, you miss. He's an uncomfortable player to play.

Q. Did you expect a little bit more from the world No. 4?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Not really. He was playing, I mean, well. I was just trying to stay in there. Probably I was doing good on the return, so that helped me win the match. Because he was serving well, and I was returning a lot, like 215. I saw the speed sometimes. I was guessing well reading the serve.

I can't say he played bad or something else. I was just trying to play my game.

Q. On the ATP website, I saw one of your hobbies is computer programming.

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Yeah, that used to be. But now I don't have any time to do that. We did one game. We actually finished it. I mean, the game is done, but we didn't have time. I'm not into it now anymore.

Q. What was the game?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: It was an online game, a Russian game. I was into it because I used to play them. But then I tried to make my own. We didn't really finish it.

Q. What sort of game was it?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: It's like an office game. You know, you have your character and you like evolve him. You have fights there. Just like an online life.

Q. You will play in the coming weeks in Buenos Aires and Acapulco if I am not wrong. Why these tournaments, and what do you expect from both cities, both tournaments?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Well, I'm more comfortable on clay because still sometimes my legs hurt, and I don't want to be staying on hard too much. I'm used to clay more. I think I can do good results there.

You know, I have a bit of a problem. I need visas. I'm not sure I'll make all the tournaments I want, but I'll try to go there.

Q. Who else is in the same management company with you with Tschabuschnig? Because you are the strongest, but there are more.

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: There's Viktor Troicki is pretty good, then Marcel Granollers, Igor Kunitsyn. Quite a few players. Ivan Dodig.

Q. What do you think about this new generation of players, Tomic, Nishikori, Berankis?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: I played pretty much all of them, and I think they're all pretty good. I think they're all going to be top 50 players. They all have good games. Everyone has something. They just need to grow up and get their game more consistent.

Q. Some of us know your father, but we don't know your mother. Where is she and what does she do?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: She just helps my sister studying, doing nothing much. Just family.

Q. Where?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: In Kiev. She used to be a gymnast.

Q. You seem very relaxed. Do nerves come into play now?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Not really. I started pretty bad today, but I can't say it was the nerves or something. I just was not in the match. My body wasn't listening to me.

I mean, I'm trying to get used to playing. That's my goal, you know, to be top 20, top 10. You need to beat those kind of players to be there, so...

Of course, sometimes you have nerves. Like on the match points I didn't play too good, but I was too close. So, I mean, that's normal, I think.

Q. You played Andy Murray in the Davis Cup a few years ago. What do you remember about that match?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: I remember I was expecting more.

Q. More from you or more from him?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: No, more from him, because he played not too fast. I thought he has a really big pace. I didn't play those kind of players in real life. I just saw it on TV. TV makes it look much faster.

When I came out there, I just realized I'm playing faster, hitting the shots, but I make too much unforced and he was just overplaying me. I wasn't consistent enough to even win a set.

Q. Do you like playing counter punchers like him?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Well, I mean, you have to play everybody. I just try to do my game and make him struggle with the shots, break some rhythm.

But he's, for sure, a tough player to play.

Q. Do you see similarities between his and your game? The way you talk about his game, it sounds as though you're talking about your own.

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Yeah, it's a bit similar. I think he's also trying to play uncomfortable for the player, first of all. For sure he can hit some winners. So it's pretty close game, I think.

Q. What would you say is your best quality as a tennis player, and what as a human person?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Sorry. I don't really understand the question.

Q. What is the best quality of yours as a tennis player? Outside of the tennis court, what is your best quality as a person?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: On the tennis court, probably I play relaxed. You know, I enjoy the tennis. I don't get tight too much. I play really freely. Sometimes it pays off. I have fun. I try to fight every point, do the right things.

Q. In terms of strokes?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Strokes, I try to also do all the strokes, play different shots. I can't say I have a best shot because sometimes I play winners from everywhere, and sometimes I also struggle and you can't really explain it.

One match I serve 15, 20 aces, and today I served 23% in the first set. I'm trying to make my game more consistent.

And off the court, probably I try to be honest with all people.

Q. If you could beat the No. 4 in the world, do you feel confident you can beat the No. 5 in the next round?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Well, I think every match is different. I'm very happy I won today. But, I mean, the day after tomorrow is going to be like a completely different match.

I need to, you know, forget about this match and go into the next round. I mean, it's a good run, and you can make it even better.

Q. You say you try to be honest. Were you surprised when you got a letter from the Tennis Integrity Unit or not?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: I wasn't really surprised because I knew some guys, you know, like Russian guys, they got those letters. They were asked some questions. I wasn't really surprised of that. I just had a few questions to answer, so...

Q. Tipsarevic the other day said that these letters come mostly to the Russian players and eastern European countries and he thinks it's not fair. Do you agree with that?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: I don't know. I don't ask the other players do they get them or not. It's really like each player's business what he gets. If it's like that, probably those countries are more poor. Maybe more players are involved in some kind of something. I'm not really informed to comment that.

Q. You've been out here since December 5. Have you been in Adelaide training?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Yeah, I've been for like 10 days in Adelaide. Then I came to Melbourne to practice with the Aussie guys playing in the playoffs.

Q. Then Brisbane obviously, and Sydney.

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Then I went to Brisbane a week before the tournament.

Q. Do you think that's helped you, that extra time to get used to surface?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Yeah, for sure, because I don't really like the heat. I got used to it more here.

Q. When you're not playing tennis, what do you like to do?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: Not really, I don't like to watch sports. I don't even watch TV when I'm off the court. I just like to relax with my friends, drive my car.

Q. Which is what?

ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV: A Subaru.


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