Quantcast
nodot nodot
Pro Tennis Showcase
January 24, 2011

Subscribe to Match Reports

Pro Tennis Showcase Archive

Player Profile Index (Men)
Player Profile Index (Women)

Contact Tennis Server

Tennis Server
HOME PAGE

Do You Want To Be A Better Tennis Player?

Then Sign Up For A Free Subscription to the Tennis Server INTERACTIVE
E-mail Newsletter!

You will join 25,000 other subscribers in receiving news of updates to the Tennis Server along with monthly tennis tips from tennis pro Tom Veneziano that won't be found on the web site.
 
Best of all, it is free!

Player Profiles:
 
Top Pros (Women)
tennis ball Serena Williams
tennis ball Na Li
tennis ball Agnieszka Radwanska
tennis ball Victoria Azarenka
tennis ball Simona Halep
tennis ball Petra Kvitova
tennis ball Angelique Kerber
tennis ball Maria Sharapova
tennis ball Jelena Jankovic
tennis ball Dominika Cibulkova
 ... more profiles
 
Top Pros (Men)
tennis ball Rafael Nadal
tennis ball Novak Djokovic
tennis ball Stanislas Wawrinka
tennis ball Roger Federer
tennis ball Tomas Berdych
tennis ball David Ferrer
tennis ball Juan Martin del Potro
tennis ball Andy Murray
tennis ball John Isner
tennis ball Richard Gasquet
 ... more profiles
 
Tennis Features Icon TENNIS FEATURES:

BETWEEN THE LINES - Ray Bowers takes an analytical and sometimes controversial look at the ATP/WTA professional tour.
 
PRO TENNIS SHOWCASE - Tennis match reports and photography from around the world.
 
TURBO TENNIS - Ron Waite turbocharges your tennis game with tennis tips, strategic considerations, training and practice regimens, and mental mindsets and exercises.
 
TENNIS ANYONE? - USPTA Pro John Mills' quick player tip.
 
WILD CARDS - Each month a guest column by a new writer.
 
TENNIS SET - Jani Macari Pallis, Ph.D. looks at tennis science, engineering and technology.
 
MORTAL TENNIS - Greg Moran's tennis archive on how regular humans can play better tennis.
 
MENTAL EQUIPMENT - Explore the mental side of the game with Dr. John Murray.
 
TENNIS WARRIOR - Tom Veneziano's Tennis Warrior archive.
 
HARDSCRABBLE SCRAMBLE - USPTA pro Mike Whittington's player tip archive.
 
TENNIS EQUIPMENT TIPS.

Tennis Community Icon TENNIS COMMUNITY:


Tennis Book, DVD, and Video Index
 
Tennis Server Match Reports
 
Editor's Letter
 
Become a Tennis Server Sponsor

Explore The Tennis Net Icon EXPLORE THE TENNIS NET:

Pro Tennis Calendar & Event Links
 
Tennis News and Live Tennis Scores
 
Tennis Links on the Web
 
nodot
Pro Tennis Showcase Banner
 
Green Dot
 
Tennis Warehouse Logo
 
Green Dot

 
nodot
Australian Open 2011, Melbourne, Australia
January 24, 2011
Editorial by Jane Voigt.


 

Jane Voigt Photo
Jane Voigt

New Kid on The Block
 
January 24, 2011 -- "Aggressive to the point of psychosis," is how Andy Roddick described Alexandr Dolgopolov.
 
But Roddick's characterization only captures an initial reaction to the 22-year-old Ukrainian's style of tennis. Robin Soderling knows what it feels like to be at the opposite end of a court from Dolgopolov, the unlikely kid that halted the big Swede's quest for his first major title.
 
"He has a great backhand and he's moving very well," Soderling began. "He's a great counter puncher. He has a good chance to do really well, I think."
 
Few would have bet the #46-ranked youth would topple Soderling: his record was too good, his force would overwhelm, and his experience in majors outranked the kid's. But Dolgopolov defeated Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (#13 seed) in the previous round in five sets. And fans and media who have followed him over his early career knew the cork would pop sooner rather than later.
 
Dolgopolov recovered from his five-setter with Tsonga, looking fresh, nimble, and calm throughout his five-set victory over the 4th seed. He never showed signs of giving up or any emotion, for that matter. He didn't yell 'come on' at the end of a point or after every point as some do, annoyingly. Instead he portrayed the epitome of centered and calm.
 
Dolgopolov's unconventional style could have startled some unfamiliar eyes, which was at times Soderling's undoing. Dolgopolov buggy whipped his forehand and stepped into it, looking rather classic -- low to high. Then he buggy whipped his hips, launched from the court as if in flight, his back arched and his legs curled below him. Instead of watching where his shots landed and how they affected the point, some eyes were riveted on Dolgopolov in a type of awe or stupor... what did he just do? Yet he went about his business, unfolding this play of leaps and artistic athleticism that thrilled after the initial fascination drifted away.
 
He played with a two-handed backhand on topspin drives, but flattened them out when necessary. His underspin shots twisted away from Soderling, at times, leaving the big guy off balance and instantly on the defensive because his return had no bite and less depth.
 
Dolgopolov's serve quickly cracks a speedy sound. Like Roscoe Tanner, Dolgo's motion is fast and compact. There's no high toss followed by a fall of the ball, lift off and contact. Instead, his knees bend as his hips lean awkwardly into the net while the ball is tossed. Bingo... there goes the serve. He served almost twice as many aces, 11, as Soderling.
 
Dolgopolov's stature is unlike Canadian Milos Raonic, another new name that made his way through qualification and to the fourth round when he met a very determined and consistent David Ferrer. Raonic is six-five.
 
The Kiev native is a fit six-feet, but appears smaller. He glides over the court with foot speed many pray for and dream about. His combination of foot speed and expressive strokes are compelling. Winning points and the match elevated his style to a new frontier.
 
His style of tennis seemed as if it were developed in an otherworldly dimension or maybe it was a long period of incubation that created his flair. His upbringing could have been a factor.
 
He is the son of Oleksandar Dolgopolov, a former ATP pro and tennis coach. His mother was a gymnast who won gold and silver medals at the European Championships. When Alexandr was very young -- 3 to 10 -- he traveled with his father on the ATP tour. Oleksandar coached former ATP star Andrei Medvedev, the man who came close to defeating Andre Agassi in the 1999 French Open final.
 
"I was always around the players' lounge playing with all the stars there," Dolgopolov began. "Everybody knew me. I was in the tennis circuit. Andrei hit with me. For sure Thomas Muster was playing with me like the most, and Marc Rosset. When there's a kid on tour, all the players try to play with him. I had a nice time."
 
At the young age of ten, Dolgopolov started to practice professionally. "Less school and more into tennis," he said.
 
In 2008, he hired Aussie Jack Reader. "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."
 
His rise in the ATP rankings was steady until a year ago, when he broke into the top 100. He's ranked #46 currently.
 
Dolgopolov has been in Australia since December. His tolerance for heat isn't the best as was vividly seen last summer during the steamy days of Rogers Cup in Toronto. His foot speed worked okay, but once it ended his head dropped. He looked as if he'd pass out. This pattern annoyed several opponents. Philip Petzschner was so disturbed by the ups and downs displayed by Dolgopolov that he wouldn't shake his hand or acknowledge him after being defeated.
 
"This year I got a lot stronger physically," he began. "I worked out consistently in preparation for the year. I don't have to risk that much as I did last year. So I can really get my game up. I don't need to do like stupid shots, miss a lot. I'm getting more consistent."
 
Dolgopolov admits that he likes the stage of center court. He likes to compete, which takes any player to the victory celebration. He tries to stay positive, staying away from the struggle that some players feel. He doesn't spend much time watching other players, but admires Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
 
"Everybody has something in his game that is interesting to watch. But I'm not into watching tennis, apart from being on tour. I like to, you know, relax and keep away from tennis."
 
Away from tennis Alexandr Dolgopolov said he likes to drive fast cars, especially his Subaru.
 

 

Earlier Columns from this Event:
 
January 23, 2011 Australian Open: You Don't Say
January 22, 2011 Australian Open: Aching Aussie Hearts
January 21, 2011 Australian Open: Venus
January 20, 2011 Australian Open: The Others
January 19, 2011 Australian Open: Back From the Brink
January 18, 2011 Australian Open: The Unluck of The Draw
January 17, 2011 Australian Open: Spanning The Globe
January 16, 2011 Australian Open: Off To The Races
 

Green DotGreen DotGreen Dot

Player Profile Index (Men) | Pro Tennis Showcase Archive | Player Profile Index (Women)

SUBSCRIBE TO THE TENNIS SERVER PHOTO FEED

join our mailing list
* indicates required

All Tennis Server photography is copyrighted by the photographer and/or the Tennis Server, and all rights are reserved. You may not copy these images without permission. While you are welcome to create hyperlinks to Tennis Server web pages, you may not embed these images into other web pages or blogs without permission. To request permission, please use this contact form. Please be sure to clearly indicate exactly which photograph(s) you are requesting permission to use, as terms and conditions will vary depending on the photographer and the photograph.


 

nodot
nodot
Google
Web tennisserver.com
nodot nodot
The Tennis Server
Ticket Exchange

Your Source for tickets to professional tennis & golf events.
 
Wimbledon Tickets 6/22-7/6
 
Rogers Cup Tickets Toronto 8/4-8/10
 
Western & Southern Open Tickets Cincinnati 8/9-8/17
 
US Open Tickets 8/25-9/8
 

 

Tennis MindGame

 
Popular Tennis books:
 
Smart Tennis by John Murray
 
Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis-Lessons from a Master by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison
 
The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance by Jeff Greenwald
 
The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
 
Most Recent Articles:
 
Tennis Warrior: Who's in Charge on the Tennis Court? You or Your Emotions? by Tom Veneziano.
 
April 2014 Tennis Anyone: Set, Lay, Press and Brush by John Mills.
 
April 2014 Turbo Tennis: The Concept Of Control In Tennis by Ron Waite.
 
April 2014 Wild Cards: Revenge of the Yankees! Great Britain Dominates The U.S. In San Diego by Vince Barr.
 
April 7, 2014 Between The Lines: Becoming A Superstar -- Risers Of First Trimester 2014 by Ray Bowers.
 
March 2014 Turbo Tennis: Seven Universal Strategies, Tactics and Tennis Principles by Ron Waite.
 
March 2014 Tennis Anyone: Position of Receiver's Partner by John Mills.
 
Tennis Warrior: Coping with adversity in tennis by Tom Veneziano.
 
March 2, 2014 Between The Lines: The Power Nations In Pro Tennis by Ray Bowers.
 
December 2013 Wild Cards: Tennis Channel's Top 100 Players Of All Time List Constitutes A Double Fault! by Vince Barr.
 

 

 

 

 
 
Featured events in the Tennis Server Ticket Exchanges:
 
  Featured Tickets:
BNP Paribas Open Tickets Indian Wells CA Tennis Garden
Sony Open Tennis Tickets Miami Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
 

  Featured Tickets:
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 9 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 10 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 11 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 12 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters

  Featured Tickets:
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 16 Fourth Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 15 Fourth Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 14 Men's Third Round Women's Fourth Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 13 Men's Third Round Women's Fourth Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 12 Third Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona

  Featured Tickets:
Sony Open Tennis Session 9 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 2nd Round Women's Singles 3rd Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 10 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 2nd Round Women's Singles 3rd Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 11 Tickets Miami Men's & Women's Singles 3rd Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 12 Tickets Miami Men's & Women's Singles 3rd Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center

  Featured Tickets:
Sony Open Tennis Session 17 Tickets Miami Men's & Women's Singles & Doubles Quarterfinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 18 Tickets Miami Men's & Women's Singles & Doubles Quarterfinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 19 Tickets Miami Women's Semifinals Men's Singles Quarterfinals Men's Doubles Semifinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 20 Tickets Miami Women's Semifinals Men's Singles Quarterfinals Men's Doubles Semifinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center

 
 
"Tennis Server" is a registered trademark and "Tennis Server INTERACTIVE" is a trademark of Tennis Server. All original material and graphics on the Tennis Server are copyrighted 1994 - by Tennis Server and its sponsors and contributors. Please do not reproduce without permission.

 

Tennis Server
Cliff Kurtzman
Editor-in-chief
2323 Clear Lake City Boulevard
Suite 180-139
Houston, Texas 77062-8120
Phone: (281) 480-6300
Fax: (281) 480-7715
Online Contact Form
How to support Tennis Server as a Sponsor/Advertiser
Tennis Server Privacy Policy