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Sergei :worship:
 

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Held his nerve did he? First GS main draw? Good for the game in that case.
 

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Very easy draw on his best surface, so he should have won this. Challenger-level match-up.
 
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Well done Sergei!
 

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So according to Wikipedia this Bubka is related to the legendary pole vaulter i.e. his son... The question's been bugging me since I first saw his name pop up here and this result finally got me to search for an answer. Congrats to him then - can't be easy following in such large sporting footsteps.
 

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In the yesterday interview to the Ukrainian tennis portal Bubka explained his recent relative successes by the new coach. The coach name was not announced yesterday. Some people said in the beginning of this year that Bubka Sr. hired again Bob Brett for his son. Bob already worked with Bubka Jr 7-8 years ago. Could anyone confirm these rumors?
 

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Gilbert just said Tsonga needs to watch out for Bubka. Also he served a 157 mph serve but it was out, Is that true?
 

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yes its true but apparently it was out so it wont count in the record books

thats insane though, i always knew sergei had a huge serve but thats nuts
 

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Younger Bubka wins 1st Grand Slam match at U.S. Open

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NEW YORK - It was after an early exit at the 2003 Australian Open junior tournament that the younger, tennis-playing Sergei Bubka truly understood what a big deal the older, pole-vaulting Sergei Bubka - his father - is.

"I was 15. I lost in the first round. And there was a really big press conference. ... We had to move to the main interview room," he said. "It was all because of my father."

The 24-year-old Bubka, who bears a strong resemblance to Dad, won his Grand Slam main-draw debut Tuesday at the U.S. Open by beating Austria's Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

He entered the U.S Open ranked 207th and needed to win three matches in qualifying to get into the field at a major tournament for the first time. Next up is a second-round match against 11th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who was the runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open and reached the Wimbledon semifinals last month.

Bubka's father won a gold medal in the pole vault at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and still owns the outdoor and indoor world records for the event that he set in the 1990s. The elder Bubka was re-elected last week as a vice president of track and field's governing body, the IAAF, and followed his son's match by checking the scores online from South Korea, where his sport's world championships are being held.

They spoke on the telephone after the tennis match.

"He's very happy that I am improving, that finally I broke through this step," the son said. "Hopefully, I'll go further."

The best advice his father ever passed along?

"He always says that if you can beat yourself, you can beat anyone - because you often fight with yourself. Sometimes, it's hard to get up in the morning and make yourself work, but you have to push yourself," the younger Bubka explained.

He said his father was pleased to see him choose a sport other than pole-vaulting so they wouldn't always be compared. Still, it can be tough to share his famous father's name, although he made clear he doesn't wish he had another.

Time after time, that's what people want to talk about. Sometimes, after a tough loss, Bubka said, he'll think to himself: "Leave me alone, please. I'm just a regular guy."

During the victory over Haider-Maurer, Bubka occasionally felt his ears popping, which he figured might simply have been a result of nerves - or could have been connected to the injuries he got in a traffic accident in July 2010. Heading to the airport after losing his second match at a lower-tier Challenger Tour event in Canada, Bubka was riding in the back seat of a car that collided with a truck, he said.

He hurt his neck, was left with a scar from 14 stitches in his forehead, and has dealt with headaches and dizziness in the aftermath. Bubka tried to return to tennis in August 2010, but lost in qualifying at a tournament in New Haven, Conn., then in qualifying at the U.S. Open, before sitting out until November.

The best part of Bubka's game is his serve: He hit 25 aces Tuesday and was broken only once. He said he hit a 156 mph (252 kph) fault during a qualifying match at Montreal this month; if that serve had landed in, it would have matched the mark for the fastest on record.

"I have a big serve, so I build my game around that," said Bubka, who was born in - and represents - Ukraine, but moved to Monte Carlo when he was 7.

Nowadays, he feels as confident as ever about his tennis and says his immediate goal is to pull his ranking up into the top 100.

And eventually, he hopes, he'll make a name for himself in his sport.

"Everybody, every week, asks me: 'Oh, are you the son of the famous pole vaulter?' I just hope that I will continue improving," he said, "and that I will be known (as) 'Sergei Bubka the tennis player,' not 'the son of the great pole vaulter."'


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The best advice his father ever passed along?

"He always says that if you can beat yourself, you can beat anyone - because you often fight with yourself. Sometimes, it's hard to get up in the morning and make yourself work, but you have to push yourself," the younger Bubka explained.
Interesting piece of advice there.

He said his father was pleased to see him choose a sport other than pole-vaulting so they wouldn't always be compared. Still, it can be tough to share his famous father's name, although he made clear he doesn't wish he had another.

Time after time, that's what people want to talk about. Sometimes, after a tough loss, Bubka said, he'll think to himself: "Leave me alone, please. I'm just a regular guy."

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Nowadays, he feels as confident as ever about his tennis and says his immediate goal is to pull his ranking up into the top 100.

And eventually, he hopes, he'll make a name for himself in his sport.

"Everybody, every week, asks me: 'Oh, are you the son of the famous pole vaulter?' I just hope that I will continue improving," he said, "and that I will be known (as) 'Sergei Bubka the tennis player,' not 'the son of the great pole vaulter."'
Confirms what I thought... Some may think it only an advantage to share a famous name but, while it may be beneficial in a financial sense for instance, it can also be a huge obstacle when trying to find one's own way in life. No wonder people like Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie opted to forego their real surname when starting out in showbiz; to avoid the intense scrutiny and inevitable comparison and, instead, succeed - or fail - based on their own merits.
 
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