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Mikhail Youzhny Biofile

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Status: ATP #24.

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 160

DOB: June 25, 1982 In: Moscow, Russia

Tennis Inspirations: “When I was six-years-old my hero was Stefan Edberg, I liked how he played. (Did you ever meet him?) Once I met him on the bus, we were sitting together on the same bus [smiles].”

Hobbies/Interests: “Reading books, soccer.”

Childhood Dream: “I wanted to receive my driver’s license!”

Favorite Movies: “I like Russian movies.”

Musical Tastes: “Russian music, Lesopoval, Mikhail Tanich.”

First Car: “A gray Lada.”

Early Tennis Memory: “When I won my first tournament in Russia, at my club Spartak. For me, it was a strong tournament. I played two or three good players. 7-5 6-4 in the final. I won a trophy and they take a Polaroid photo (age 13).”

Pre-Match Feeling: “A little bit excited. Feeling all I have to do on court. Before the match sometimes I try to remember how I play good in our matches, what I’m doing if I play before with this opponent. I try to remember how I play against him, what I’m doing on the court.”

Favorite Meal: “Russian and Italian, sometimes sushi or a Chinese restaurant.”

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “I don’t like breakfast at all [laughs].”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Strawberry and chocolate I think.”

Greatest Sports Moment: “It looks like Davis Cup (d. Mathieu from two sets down in decisive match of final vs. France in Paris in 2002). It was greatest moment for my name – Davis Cup – but I have a family situation in this time. So that’s why, for me, maybe it was not good feelings like it was for all our persons. (Mikhail’s dad Mikhail passed away two months, one week earlier.)”

Most Painful Moment: “The worst tennis moment I think was … a lot of tough moments in every new years. Every new years were really tough, like, another problem, another problem. I think it was when I lost to Volchkov. Belarus we play against first round and I lost final point to Volchkov in Davis Cup 2004.”

Favorite Tournaments: “Tough question. I think it’s home tournaments – St. Petersburg and Moscow.”

Closest Tennis Friends: “Actually I have good contact with almost all players but I prefer good contact with Schuettler, Erlich, Ram from Israel.”

Funniest Players Encountered: “It’s tough question [smiles]. I saw Agassi-Bagdhatis match was a funny match. I cannot say funny players but it was a really nice match. When it was cramps to Bagdhatis it was really funny moment. I understand it was really tough for him but I really liked what he was doing. I understand if I was in his position I would do the same. It was really funny. I liked how Bagdhatis made it.”

Toughest Competitor: “I think Roger [smiles]. I lost to him ten times (0-10 career record vs. Federer) [smiles].”

Embarrassing Memory: “I lose 6-0 6-0 to Coria in Stuttgart, I don’t remember exactly the year. I was former champion of Stuttgart [laughs] in 2004. And I have a lot of break points, I cannot win any games. After, my manager tell me, You are really smart. Because you lost 6-0 6-0 and now we play three sets for the same purse for the same money [smiles].”

Best Ever Felt On Court: “I think the best match was against Nadal (U.S. Open 2006). Now, in my career, I think it was the best match because it was very high level from first ball until the last.”

Favorite Vacation Spot: “I like Cypress and Thailand I think was very nice.”

People Qualities Most Admired: “I like to see kindness and honesty.”

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