“WTA Monterrey Outright bets and Draw Analysis.” by Ardeal

Monterrey tournament is ongoing and I’m trying to make it as short as possible so as many as you guys will be able to back my outright/futures picks. The tournament is held in the city of Monterrey (540m altitude), Mexico, on hard courts and has featured a 32-player draw. The 2018 tournament winner was Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, who defeated Babos in the final.

Top remaining seeds in Monterrey are as follows: #5 Kerber (1), #19 Muguruza (2), #33 Pavlyuchenkova (3), #67 Azarenka (5), #58 Flipkens (6), #66 Mladenovic (7) and #71 Rybarikova (8). The only seed that lost so far is Riske- and she lost in the first round against Vickery. read more

Open 13 (Marseille). Stefanos Tsitsipas v Hubert Hurkacz. Match Preview and Free Betting Tip #TipstersClub (by Ardeal)

Indoor tennis started and I have to say I love it! This is the best time of the season, along with the short grass court part. I love it because there is enough data to compile odds, enough data to see how each player has played in the past on this surface, but also there are a lot of courts covered by streamings and that is the best way to analyze a match.

Tsitsipas is the #12 in the world right now, reaching this ranking after this superb run to the Semis of Australian Open. The fact that he didn’t do anything after that is no surprise, as he stated several times that his physical condition isn’t that what he hoped for and he is really tired after the long AO campaign.

Stef played Sofia where he won 7-6 6-4 against Struff and then lost to Monfils 6-3 7-6. He then played Rotterdam where he lost to Dzumhur 6-4 1-6 7-5, as a 1.19 favorite to win the match. I saw all matches after the Australian swing and I have to say he is was not fully fit and not even close to fully committed to the matches played.

Most of the tennis-followers say that Tsitsi is the new Federer and is a breath of fresh air on the ATP tour. I might have to disagree with this as I don’t really rate him that much. It is hard to compare a kid to Federer, and comparing a kid that can barely break serve to that level of achievement is pure insanity.

Tsitsipas played 14 matches in 2019 and won 8 of them, 5 of them came in Australia. So, besides of the Australian run, he has won 3 other matches. He managed to lose to Norrie (Hopman Cup), Federer (Hopman Cup), Seppi (Sydney), Monfils (Sofia), and Dzumhur (Rotterdam). 4 of those mentioned losses came as him being a favorite. During those 14 matches played in this year, he managed to play 42 sets of tennis, and of those 42 sets of tennis, he played a stunning amount of tie-breaks (13 tie-breaks). That is 30,95% chance of playing a tie-break in a set. That is nearly an Ivo/Isner level of tie-breaks played.

In 2019, in his official ATP matches, he managed to hold serve 87% of times (which is really good), but break only 14% of all return games. That is really low for a player ranked #12. These numbers show us a clear story of Tsitsipas. He is over-achieving by winning a lot of close matches, and also tie-breaks in the end.

Stefanos will face in this match, top-ranked Polish player, Hubert Hurkacz. One thing you need to know about Hubert is that he is a great server and possesses a great power when serving. He is also playing a lot of tie-breaks in his matches, but he is still between ATP challenger level and rising to the ATP full-time. He played 11 matches in 2019 and win 7 of them, while during those 11 matches he played 27 sets of tennis. During those 27 sets, he played 11 tie-breaks (4 of them came against Karlovic tho).

Hubert loves playing indoors as he can use his services at full value. Indoors there isn’t any wind and the temperature is constant. Hubert started the Marseille campaign with a surprising win over Krajinovic, being a 2.84 underdog in that clash. This is the first time he plays Marseille, which is not surprising as he played in the past mostly in Challenger events. Hubert’s stats for his 2019 ATP matches are a bit misleading and cannot be considered fully as he played 4 sets against Karlovic. He has an 88% hold percentage (out of 49 service games played) and 4% break percentage (out of his 50 return games played).

Anyway, we can see a clear pattern here, and having two players that rely on their serves, while return this poorly we can clearly expect them to have a close encounter with a tie-break at least. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if HH will win a set, or the match in the end, considering the form Stef is currently. Even a close loss will make this bet a winner here.

The two players have played a match in the NextGen Finals last year, a match won by Tsitsipas 4-1 4-3 4-1, but that really doesn’t matter as they played with special rules there (no-deuce most important).

Hurkacz +3.5 Games @ 2.05 (10 units) with Pinnacle (via SportMarket)

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Delray Beach Open. Nick Kyrgios v John Millman. Match Preview and Free Betting Tip #TipstersClub (by Ardeal)

American outdoor hard court swing starts with Delray Beach Open and we do have a match to be excited about, on a betting way at least. But to that a bit later.

Delray Beach Open is a 250 ATP event that is held in Delray Beach, Florida since 1993. The current title holder is American Frances Tiafoe. In the past years, we did saw a lot of big servers prevail here and the only one that won this title twice in the past 10 years is Ernests Gulbis. The last 5 years this title has been won by Cilic, Karlovic, Querrey, Sock, and Tiafoe. We definitely can see a pattern here. The seeds list for 2019 tournament is rather disappointing with Del Potro (injury problems), Isner (out of form), Tiafoe, Johnson, Millman, Seppi, Fritz, and Mannarino. The 8th seed of Delray Beach is Mannarino, who is ranked #51 in the world and has a 0-6 record in 2019. Just imagine…

They use a Plexipave outdoor hard court that’s rather bouncy and from past experience plays quite slow and heavy at night. Wind is always a big factor, while there might be also some medium-high humidity in the air.

The match I am thinking about most in a betting fashion is the ultimate battle between tennis styles, the match between two fellow Aussies, Nick Kyrgios and John Millman.

The years of these two couldn’t have been more different too. Nick played 4 matches in 2019 and lost 3 of them, while during those 4 matches he played 11 sets of tennis (4 of them were tie-breaks). He lost to Chardy in Brisbane, to Tomic in Kooyong Exhibition, and to Raonic in Australian Open round 1 clash. He hasn’t been impressive at all this year, while in addition to his poor form he had some serious injury issues. Last year he had a hip injury in August and ended the year in December with an elbow injury, while this year he was bitten by a spider and had some swallowed up ankle. Nothing working in his favor right now, not even the Goddess Fortune didn’t do her magic in the draw as he has to face one of the most serious players on tour.

Besides being a very serious player, Millman is also a very hard worker and one of the biggest fighters there is in ATP rankings. He isn’t that flashy and doesn’t try trick-shots as Nick does, but you can put money on him and you know he will give everything. John has a 5W-4L this year and has defeated Sandgren, Tiafoe, Fucsovics, Delbonis, and Dzumhur so far this year. Last year in February, John played Montpellier indoors and lost in the 2nd round, and also won a Challenger event in Kyoto. The sad thing about his career is that he didn’t even win an ATP event so far, but I think that might change this year, as he truly deserves it!

Motivation is a big part of my bet’s arguments, as Kyrgios usually just clowns around during these small tournaments and loses very often as a big favorite (lost to Chardy as 1.37 fave and Tomic as 1.58, while in second part of 2018 he lost to Nishikori in Wimbledon as 1.40, in Atlanta against Norrie as 1.23, in Tokyo against Gasquet as 1.56, in Shanghai as 1.25 against Klahn, and withdrew before playing Basic in Moskow). We can surely see a pattern here and combining this lack of motivation in small tournaments with his physical problems is a perfect mixture to make Millman favorite here.

Millman will do his best to win a couple of matches here and maybe do a nice run and give himself the possibility to win his maiden ATP title.

These two players have met before, back in 2017 during the US Open first round, and then Millman did win the clash 3-1 (6-3 1-6 6-4 6-1), which also shows us, that him losing a set clearly won’t make him stop fighting. This match is the ultimate betting opportunity in my opinion and that’s why I have shared this #FreeTip with you guys!

I would definitely back Millman at a bookie that doesn’t void a retirement after one set played, as Kyrgios might retire at any point, as he has done in the past.

Millman to win @ 2.03 (10 units) with Matchbook (via SportMarket)

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Australian Open WTA Final – Naomi Osaka v Petra Kvitova – Match Preview and Free Betting Tips #AusOpen #TipstersClub (by Ardeal)

The Australian Open final on the women side will take place 26th of January after 9:30 CET. The match couldn’t have been more interesting as, let’s say, we do have the most in-form two girls facing each other on Rod Laver Arena for the Australian Open trophy. The first contender is Japanese Naomi Osaka, ranked no. 4 in the world, and the holder of the US Open trophy (2018). She will face Czech Petra Kvitova, ranked no. 6.

Amazing enough is that they both play for the perfect Slam Final record, but also for the world no. 1 ranking, a ranking that neither of them have been. read more

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Australian Open 2019. Alex Bolt v Jack Sock match preview and free tip. (Ardeal)

The match that caught my attention from the ATP side of the first round ist he clash of two players ranked outside the top-100. Homeboy and wildcard, Alex Bolt (ranked #155) will face American ranked #105 in the world, Jack Sock.

Alex played 5 times in the Australian Open, from those he only played twice in the main draw and is yet to win a main draw match. Interesting is that he never lost a match in Australian Open (qualification or main draw) without winning at least one set, and he never lost at the spread offered. In 2017 he won 3 qualification matches (against Copil, Bachinger, and Benneteau) while being the underdog in 2/3 matches. He then lost to Nishioka in the first round (6-4 1-6 6-2 6-4, covering the spread as a 2.47 underdog). In 2018 he got a WC for the main draw and faced Troicki (Bolt was 3.74 underdog) where he lost in 5 sets, after being 2 sets up. He lost at 6 games, covering the +6.5 offered spread once again. read more

Australian Open 2019. Venus Williams v Mihaela Buzarnescu match preview and free tip. (Ardeal)

One of the best matches to bet in the first round of Australian Open is one in the WTA draw; a match between veteran American, Venus Williams, and lefty Romanian, Mihaela Buzarnescu.

38 years young and ranked #37 in the world, Venus didn’t get any seedings in the Australian Open draw and has, let’s say, a hard road ahead if she wants to achieve something during these two weeks.

Venus had a decent 2018 with 17 wins and 11 losses, from those 12 wins and 7 losses on hard courts. Her best results came at the beginning of the year, a reason why I do back her here. She took a set off Kerber in Sydney back then and lost to Bencic in the 1st round of Australian Open (a hard opponent to face in R1). After those two matches, she got to the Indian Wells SF and tot e Miami QF. read more

Benoit Paire v Kenny De Schepper | 06.11.2018 | Mouilleron-Le-Captif Challenger | Tennis | Match preview and Free Tip by Ardeal

There are a couple of more weeks with at least average quality tennis to be played (ATP Challenger level), with the last one finishing 25th of November 2018, in Andria (Italy). This week we have 4 tournaments to be played, and nice to see such a well-balanced mixture, with two Challengers played indoors in Europe (Bratislava and Mouilleron le Captif), one played on hard outdoor in USA (Knoxville), and one in Uruguay on outdoor clay (Montevideo).

 

The match I will analyze today is the first-round match between two Frenchies, held in France.  The match will have facing no. 53 in the world, Benoit Paire, and no. 209, Kenny De Schepper.  Benoit Paire is a 29 years-old Frenchie, with a height of 196cm and using a Right-Handed Forehand and a Two-Handed Backhand. He is being coached, currently, by Jean-Charles Diame. Kenny De Schepper is a 31 years-old Frenchie, with a height of 203cm and using a Left-Handed Forehand and a One-Handed Backhand. He is being coached, currently, by Henri Fabrega.

Paire’s style of play is characterized by its flashiness, unpredictability and at times inconsistency. The main strength of his game is his double-handed backhand, known for its speed and spin. Paire often uses topspin backhands crosscourt at great speed and acute angles to set up a powerful backhand down-the-line to finish off points. In contrast, his forehand is relatively less powerful and consistent, particularly when played on the defense, to the extent that he’s been known to hit backhands inside-out. Paire is also known for his ability and willingness to play drop-shots often on both the forehand and backhand wing throughout matches. Paire possesses a powerful but inconsistent first serve and serves-and-volleys on occasion. Above all, Paire is known for his flashiness on the court. He is known to hit a variety of high-risk shots and trick shots, such as the frontal and back tweener, jumping tweener, drop shots that backspin towards the net and topspin backhands at extremely acute angles, even when unnecessary to win the point. Because of this, he often lightens the mood in matches and wins the crowd’s favor. Of course, because of the same flashy shots, he takes he is known to be one of the most inconsistent players on tour. He is also known to be a choker and to be losing his head when his shots don’t bring the desired results in a short time. He is a player that “loves a good tank”, and there are plenty of examples where he didn’t really bother to do anything on the court.

De Schepper’s style of play can be characterized almost to be opposite to this clash’s opponent. He is known to fight for every ball, run around the court from side to side and slicing, or hitting deep almost every ball, but rarely attacking for a winner, and only when in a great position. He is also known for his good serve that slides away from the opponent and having 2.03m and 104kg one can definitely assume that the power in the service is also very good. The only aspect that is worth mentioning is that Kenny had some back problems which have limit his swing and power used during his service motion. Nevertheless, he possesses a fine service, combined with a good defense and an excellent reach and touch at the net. His movement is shaky, but at least he has the head to fight till the end no matter what the result is.

 

Benoit Has played a lot of tennis this year, with 65 matches (won 32 matches) played in singles and 19 matches (won 9 of them) played in doubles. He had some average results during this year, like the SFs in Pune and Sydney in January, and couple of 3rd rounds in Masters tournaments. Since Wimbledon, he has struggled to find some form, winning only twice 2+ consecutive matches, and one of those times his opponent retired (Pospisil). The fact that he hasn’t played any Challenger Tour matches in 2018 shows us that his ranking level allowed him to get in many main-draws, or at least find some spots in the qualifications of all important matches. It is for the first time since 2008 where he didn’t play any Challenger matches the entire year (besides the actual one). Last year he played in April Sophia Antipolis Ch (lost the final to Bedene), and also the current event (Mouilleron-Le-Captif Challenger) where he retired in the first round 6-1 5-4 up to Romain Barbosa. Unfortunately for us, his results in this particular Challenger event are good, with a trophy in 2015, a semifinal in 2016 and that mentioned retirement in 2017. Fact is that he hasn’t really “crushed” any of his opponents, losing sets in 6/9 matches that have been finished. The other wins that occurred in straight sets, came against Lestienne (13-10), Janvier (12-8), and Eysseric (12-7). Paire managed to lose as the favorite in the past months to Struff (7-6 6-3 in Winston Salem), Maden (6-4 3-6 6-3 in Metz), Gerasimov (6-4 6-4 in Moskow), Popyrin (6-3 6-3 in Basel), and Fucsovics (6-4 6-4 in Paris Bercy). To top all these bad recent results he also had some physical problems during 2018 and took medical time-outs several times.

 

His current opponent would be clearly the underdog in any serious match between these two and is priced also 3.15 by Pinnacle to win this match. But… And here is a big but. De Schepper ties the direct meetings with Paire (2-2), both having won 1-each in the past 3 years. Paire won in Cherbourg Challenger (indoor back in the days Paire played a lot of these tournaments), while De Schepper won 2-1 in Umag last year (on clay- which is his worst surface of all to play on). To be perfectly honest, De Schepper had a shitty year in 2018, with a record of 27W-32L in singles and 4W-7L in doubles. He started the season with a semifinal in Noumea CHallenger and a final in Koblenz, but after that nothing fell the right way for this gentle giant. He got some good results recently, with a semifinal in Mallorca (start of September) and with a semifinal in Orleans (end of September). His past two matches have been both lost, being the favorite, both lost in close fashion 7-6 6-4, to Stakhovsky in Antwerp Q, and Bonzi in Eckental Challenger.

 

My main bet on this match, despite me thinking that “King Kenny” will win it, is the +3 Asian Handicap on the big lefty French player. Kenny has played a tie-break in 7 out of his last 8 indoor matches (the only one that had no tie-break was a clear win over Maden 6-0 6-4). He covered the +3 handicap in 7 out of the last 9 matches (but two of them were voids as mentioned before). The reason why the Asian Handicap is the main bet is that Paire is known to tank sets and lose them 6-1 or 6-2, which virtually would guarantee to win this bet. Benoit has a fairly inconsistent serve and the fact that this match will be played in an unimportant “venue” is also a bonus that can push him to tank. Of Course, Kenny is a limited player that can do only “this” much, but with a little help (which I am sure he will get) he might also get the win. Paire can get frustrated very rapidly and start hitting unforced-error after unforced-error. How do I see the match? I see some long rallies, easy holds from Kenny and a lot of unforced errors from Benoit from his forehand side. I don’t want to seem over-confident of this bet, but I think that Kenny will win it 6-2 7-6 or something like that, winning at least a set is a banker in my book.

Kenny De Schepper +3 games @ 1.91 with 10 units

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Craig29-147s and his results at TipstersClub.Com continue to AMAZE!

After 8 months since TipstersClub.Com has opened its premium service, we can undoubtedly say that there are good tipsters in the team, tipsters that have proven long-term profits in the past years, but we also can say that all tipsters, BUT ONE, have found some bad variance during these months.

That tipster that has delivered month in and month out is Craig29x147s!

If you haven’t read Craig’s bio page (Link to Craig’s Bio) you should definitely do it, even as a light read. Long story short he is a former top 100 professional snooker player. Back in the day, he played O’Sullivan, Hendry, Davis (these are all world champions, just FYI if you didn’t follow snooker at all) and so on.

After quitting the professional sportsman life he started gambling and poker,  providing a living from these. Combining a fine knowledge about the sport and mental aspects of all professional sportsmen, and also a mathematical thinking with a gambling education (created for years and years of gambling), makes him the tipster to follow! After having won several years his money via snooker betting and poker he started betting on his other beloved sport: golf. Analyzing each week the performances, watching tons of golf and using stats and personal approaches to the sport and betting he managed to end past years with an ROI higher than 15%, which insane on the number of bets taken.

He has been self-sustaining, financially, for at least 15 years now and that is something I would, personally, search in a premium tipster. The general opinion about the sports betting is mostly wrong, as people tend to follow only sports they understand and they can partly analyze themselves. The true story about paying a premium tipster is that you have to blindly follow what he sells, from betting tips, minimum odds, bookies and to most important staking plan. Never doubt what a professional is tipping and, IF you found a true expert in that sport and with a betting experience, don’t ever judge the picks he made. I know a lot of persons that don’t follow golf at all and have subscribed to Craig… Placing the bets from Monday to Wednesday… and just checking the results on Sunday (most of the times collecting profits too).

Now about the results, which is the best way to draw a more eloquent picture. As you know he is tipping two sports, divided into 3 services (Snooker, Golf Places Model, Golf Outright Model).

I will analyze each service on its own and all together (best option to purchase all services to be able to trick the variance more easily).

Combined stats: 

If you would have followed all tips from all 3 services you would have had 7 out of 8 months in profit, and having unbelievable stats!

Growth graph:

Statistics:

So let’s draw this even more and introduce the money part into the ecuation:

Total Profit 257.08 units
ROI 29.95%
1 unit = 10 € Profit: +2,570.80 €
1 unit = 20 € Profit: +5,141.60 €
1 unit = 50 € Profit: +12,854.00 €
1 unit = 100 € Profit: +25,708.00 €

Just consider that you had to pay following prices for the entire year (and still would have 4 months left):

Package Price / Period
Golf Places Model €200.00 / year
Golf Outright Model €120.00 / year
Snooker €250.00 / year
TOTAL €570.00 / year

Even with a €10.00 / unit stake you would have made +2,000.80 €

Outright Model stats: 

If you followed the outright model service, you would have got 6/8 profitable months, and an amazing 118% ROI! All these came from outright betting, each-way betting, and first-round-leader betting!

If you ever saw a better stats sheet, please share… But I doubt you have seen something like this after almost 400 bets with huge odds:

With an advised 100 units starting bankroll on outright betting, you would have tripled it during these months! That ROI and an average stake of 0.45 units make the results even sweeter!

Places Model stats: 

You can see a steady and confortable (also easy to get odds) profit and growth of the bankroll. The Places Model had 4/8 profitbal months since the start in February. All these results came from Places bets (top5, 10, 20, 30, 40) and first-round places bets:

The stats speak for themselves:

With a starting bank of 120 units and an average stake of 0.82 units you would have increased your bankroll during these months with a +40,30% margin!

Snooker stats: 

It is important to state that we started the snooker betting in the end of the competitional season, and the stakes during these past months have been rather small (average stake 1.03 units)compared to what they will become.

Betting snooker during these months would have brought you a 4/8 profitable months and a small profit:

As you can see, there was no big involvement during the summer break, and this month Craig will start to increase the stakes and drift the bets won % as the competitional snooker has fully started.

What to expect from each service?

Snooker – reliable profits, medium stakes, small variance, 1.50-4.00 odds (money-line, outrights, asian handicaps, centuries bets, totals)

Outright model – huge profits, small stakes, high variance, huge odds (first round leaders, each-way and outright winners)

Places model – good profits, bigger stakes, low variance, medium to high odds (Top5, 10, 20 and 40 for first round or tournament)

If you will follow him blindly, you won’t regret it for sure- That I can guarantee. There are at least 25 more tournaments in 2018, in golf, and in each week you will have at least one tournament taking place… which can be translated in having bets week in, week out.

These packages are meant for people that look at betting in a professional way, punters that can follow blindly a professional tipster and ask no questions. The Places model will use lower prices, top 5, top 10, top 20 and top 40 markets for the outright or first round leader market, used from usual bookies. The outright model will use the usual outright betting for the event or first-round leader, combined with the each-way betting on most of the bets (considering that the prices will be high tho).

We have adjusted the prices of the golf packages, making them more affordable and also we have introduced the long-term packages, where there is a discount included in the price!

Our suggestion is to purchase all 3 packages because:

  • Variance can be tricked better (whenever golf is down, snooker might help, and vice-versa)
  • The prices are affordable and spreading the bets along more bets with same ROI is wise decision
  • Craig will gain more money via subscriptions and we can keep him in the team even longer
  • Spread the bets around more bookies, and more sports is always wise
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    ‘The Colonel’ Mikhail Youzhny Gives Final Salute

    “I can say I had a great career. I never thought I could play until 2018 and I can play at a high level,” Youzhny told ATPWorldTour.com.

    “I was one of the youngest guys from my age who went into the Top 100 and from all the times, I was at a high level. All the time I can say I was a professional, that’s why I maybe stayed later in the tennis career.”

    Starting to write an article about a tennis-player that I have been watching almost his entire career, a tennis-player that is now retired, that is a hard thing to do. A hard thing? You might ask. Yes! It is hard because he has done so much in his 20 years of pro-tennis, but also hard because it makes you feel old and you can feel the time passing by.

    This is my first article about any player, and to be honest, I am pretty sad and sorry that I have, sort of, to do it. You will read something about Youzhny everywhere these days, and this article is meant to keep his memory alive despite retiring.

     

    Mikhail Youzhny was born on 25th June 1982 in Moskow, Russia to Mikhail, a Soviet army colonel and Lubov, a professional tennis player. He has started playing tennis at age 6 and turned pro at age 17. It was his father who had steered him and older brother Andrei into tennis and sacrificed his career in the Soviet army to support them; it was because of his father that Boris Sobkin became his coach at the age of 10.

    At the age of 13, he was a ballboy for a Russia – United States Davis Cup final in Moscow. His juniors career brought him 3 doubles titles and a runner-up title, and one singles title and 1 runner-up (Australian Open Final in 1999), having a decent record in the 4 years of juniors activity (45W-23L in singles and 28W-16L in doubles) and reached a career high of #20 in those junior rankings.

    Playing Style, Coaching and equipment

    Talking about Mikhail Youzhny, one has to mention the powerful and consistent groundstrokes on both sides, combined with the deadly accurate backhand slice. However, while his backhand slice was a good defensive weapon, his main attacking weapon was his one-handed backhand hit with topspin, which he used successfully cross-angled, but down-the-line too.

    He used as backhand grip around 3/4 of the way from Continental toward Modified Eastern. His grip is close enough to Modified Eastern to allow him to hit topspin with reasonable comfort, but most players would hit stronger topspin with a grip right on Modified Eastern or closer to Full Eastern. Youzhny’s backhand grip would work well for the slice, but it changes to an Eastern forehand grip for his slice.

    According to The New York Times columnist Christopher Clarley, Youzhny’s one-handed backhand was one of the more unusual ones on tour, hit with a “free left arm accompanying his right arm as he swings through the ball.”

    He was also noted for his good court sense and often used drop shots to mix up his game, and he is very talented at volleying, not surprisingly those great doubles results.

    Youzhny was good on all surfaces and was noted for his all-court game and was noted for his ability to be able to change surfaces quickly without difficulty. However, his favorite surface was hard indoors.

    Youzhny was known on tour for his post-match military salute at the end of the match. Honoring his late father, Youzhny placed his racquet on his head while saluting the crowd instead of the hat that Russian military protocol dictates.

    Boris Sobkin was Youzhny’s coach since the age of 10 because of Youzhny’s father’s interference, while his fitness trainer is Oleg Mosiakov. Youzhny wore Adidas clothing and Barricade 7.0 shoes and used a Head Graphene XT Extreme Pro racquet.

    Year-by-Year Career

    1998

    Mikhail’s first professional match was in Russia, on hard courts, against #589 Denis Glazov, in 1998. He lost that match from set up, 5-7 6-3 6-2, but everybody could have seen the talent and potential this young lad had. During 1998 he managed to reach a quarter-final in Russia F2, which was a great result considering he was there a wild card.

    1999

    Mikhail started playing regularly in on the pro-circuit in 1999, and during August (as a 17 years-old youngster) he managed to win his first two ITF titles WITHOUT DROPPING A SET:
    – Belarus F1 on indoors carpet, defeating #593 Michael Llodra (who will be in the next years a top player too, career high of #21, 5 singles titles and 26 doubles titles, from which 3 Slam doubles titles)
    – Russia F2 on hard, defeating #894 Ben Qiang Zhu

    October came and he won another 2 ITF titles:
    – Great Britain F10 on hard, defeating #568 Tom Spinks
    – Great Britain F11 on hard, defeating Helge Koll Frafjord

    It was clear he was too good for the ITF level (32-14 record for the 18 months spent on this level) and this is where he did the transition to the Challenger level, without playing an ITF match since.

    In his first Challenger even he managed to get to the QF of Nuembrecht CH in November 1999, losing to #114 Martin Damm but also winning against #55 Jeff Tarango during that week.

    2000

    The year 2000 was another transition year for young Youzhny, now from Challenger level to ATP level. This year he reached his first Challenger final (Cherbourg CH) and won his first Challenger title funny enough, on clay(Samarkand CH).

    Notable wins during this season were on ATP level, in Moskow, where he managed to defeat #36 Fabrice Santoro and #60 Thomas Johansson, reaching his first ATP quarter-final (lost to #35 Marc Rosset). This year he faced for the first time, GOAT-to-became, Roger Federer (#29 at the time), to whom he lost 5-7 6-4 6-3 in Stockholm.

    2001

    At the age of 18, the Russian youngster was saying goodbye to the Challenger level and started grinding the ATP level, also breaking the top 100 for the first time (after the wins in Australian Open over #115 Diaz and #62 Zabaleta). He then managed to reach the SF of Copenhagen where he lost to #47 Vinciguerra a 3-set battle. During 2001 he represented for the first time Russia in Davis Cup, losing 3-0 to #5 Magnus Norman, and 2-1 to #25 Thomas Johansson in a dead-rubber match. Reaching his first Masters R16 came in the next week. His first R16 in a Slam came the same year, in Wimbledon, having defeated #31 Voltchkov, #69 Dupuis, and #25 Santoro, just to lose in 4 sets to #10 Pat Rafter (runner-up in that year). He ends the year with a 20-21 record, all matches played on ATP level and Davis Cup.

    2002

    The year 2002 is a break-through year for young Youzhny, as he manages to win his first ATP title in Stuttgart, on clay, defeating #19 Canas in the final, but also winning his first match against a top-10 opponent, in #7 Tommy Haas, in Munich. He ends the year with a 31-24 record, a final in St. Petersburg, lost to #7 Grosjean, and a 5-set win in Davis Cup against #36 Mathieu. At the end of 2002, he manages to reach his all-time high ranking of #32.

    2003 and 2004

    The year 2003 brings Mikhail a SF in Doha, a R16 in Australian Open, a SF in Halle (lost another 3-setter to Federer), a SF in Lyon and a 29-28 record for the year. He managed to gather a couple of more top-10 wins, all 4 wins to Jiri Novak (as #7, #10, #10, and #9).

    In 2004 Mikhail manages to become a stable ATP player, winning constantly matches against top-10 opponents (#6 Schuettler, #4 Coria, #9 Nalbandian, and #8 Henman). HIs first top-5 win comes this year too, in the first round of Dubai, against #4 Guillermo Coria. He manages to win his second ATP title too, in St. Petersburg, defeating Karol Beck in the final. He ended the year with a 42-27 (61%) record.

    2005 and 2006

    Most notable results of 2005 were the 5-set loss in Australian Open against Rafael Nadal and QF in Cincinnati lost against Roddick. He ends the year with a 23-23 (50%) record. In 2006 Mikhail ends 2006 with a 25-21 (54%) record, but this year brings him his first Slam semi-final in US-Open, where he managed two top-5 wins too, against #5 Robredo, and #2 Rafa Nadal. He managed to win 1 doubles title (along with Max Mirnyi) and reach 2 more doubles finals.

    2007 and 2008

    The year ’07 starts very good with another ATP trophy (1st 500 ATP title) in Rotterdam (indoors), winning against #8 Ljubicic, and a runner-up in Dubai (lost to #1 Federer), winning against #2 Nadal in the QF too. 2007 is set to become Youzhny’s most successful year (total wins) with a 50-24 (68%) record.

    2008 will leave a mark on Russian’s career as it’s the year where he settles the biggest win of his career (6-0 6-1 over #2 Nadal in the Chennai Final), and win his 4th ATP title. Another top-5 win, over #4 Davydenko, will boost him into the QF of Australian Open. He ends the year with a 28-22 (56%) record. This year he managed to get his highest ranking No. 8 (28 January 2008)! He won 2 doubles titles in 2007 (along with Zimonjić and Kohlschreiber) and 2 doubles titles in 2008 (both along with Zverev).

    2009 and 2010

    These two years will be the best years of Youzhny’s career, as he wins 3 ATP Titles (Kremlin Cup, Munich, and Malaysian Open) and reaching another 6 finals.

    2009 will have a record of 48-30 (62%), while 2010 43-19 (69%), 2010 being the best Youzhny year in the win % department.

    In 2010 he managed to get to his 2nd and final Slam Semi-Final, where he lost to #1 Rafael Nadal. He won Queen’s doubles title along with Moodie in 2009, and Halle title along with Stakhovsky in 2010.

    2011

    The first time in 5 years where Mikhail doesn’t manage to get at least to an ATP final, comes with nothing notable, but a set won against #3 Federer in Wimbledon and a record of 29-25 (54%). He still, somehow, won a doubles title in Dubai, along with Stakhovsky.

    2012

    Fortune, in facing no Top-40 opponents, and some good form will bring the 8th singles title in Zagreb, defeating #97 Lukas Kacko in the final. He managed to win the doubles title of Zagreb too, along with Baghdatis. The year is set to continue in a good way, ending 2012 with a 33-21 (61%) record.

     

    2013

    The last really good year of Youzhny’s career will bring him titles no. 9 and 10 (last singles titles), and another runner-up. He won against Haase in Swiss Open, and against Ferrer in Valencia (second ATP 500 title). The year ends on a rise with a 39-24 (62%) record.

    2014-2017

    These can be called the drop of Youzhny’s level and career, having not won a single title, neither reaching a final.

    2014 ends with 18-23 (44%) record, and 2015 with 21-28 (43%) record. 2015 is the year Youzhny drops out of the top-100 for the first time in many years.
    The year 2016 is the year Youzhny decides it’s time to step on the Challenger tour once again, where he wins 3 consecutive Challenger events to start 2016 (Bangkok Challenger x2, and Manila Challenger), getting again in the top-100 and getting some ATP main draw entries once again. He ends 2016 with a 34-20 (63%) record, but only 17-18 (49%) on ATP level.

    2017 comes with a 31-28 (53%) all-level record, as he won another 2 Challenger events (in Ningbo and Ho Chi Minh, in October 2017), but only a 10-20 (33%) record on ATP level. It seems Youzhny has found a way to keep grinding the top-100, by playing and winning Challenger events. It is clear that his quality is too good for the Challenger level, but a bit bad for ATP level, which is really sad.

    2018

    2018 is called the last season of the career of Mikhail Youzhny and finishes in the same bad ATP record we got used to in the past years, 7-18 (28%). He needs to play a couple of qualification matches in each tournament to get his entry but doesn’t manage to win consistently on the ATP Level.

    His last tournament was played in St. Petersburg, his most successful tournament on ATP level, reaching 3 finals, and winning 1 title. Unfortunately, he lost to Bautista-Agut (6)6-7 6-3 3-6 in the R16, despite having 2 set points in the 1st set and missing 2 BPs in the 3rd at 3-3 40-15*. Kind of ironically to lose your last match in this way, being up in all 3 sets and still losing.

    Olympics

    Youzhny participated in three Olympics: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

    In Athens, he reached the quarterfinals and ended up losing to silver medalist Mardy Fish. He also played doubles in Athens, partnering up with Marat Safin, but ended up losing to Bob and Mike Bryan in the first round.

    In Beijing, Youzhny reached the third round but lost to Novak Djokovic. In the doubles competition, he and Dmitry Tursunov reached the second round, losing to eventual champions Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka in two sets.

    In London, he lost in the first round to Julien Benneteau. At the doubles he was more successful; he and his partner Nikolay Davydenko reached the second round, losing in two tiebreaks to Bob and Mike Bryan. In the mixed doubles, however, he and teammate Elena Vesnina lost in the first round in straight sets to the Argentine team of Gisela Dulko and Juan Martin Del Potro.

    Davis Cup

    He played 11 years for Russia in Davis Cup, gathering wins in singles over C. Rochus, Mathieu, Stepanek, Ratiwana, Llodra, Blake, Gasquet, Petzschner, Zimonjic, Hanescu, Bopanna, Devvarman, Leo Mayer, Mello, and Bellucci. Combined with that singles record he managed to win against Marach/Peya, Calleri/Nalbandian, Sluiter/Van Lottum, and Garcia/Gonzalez. He won the Davis Cup in 2002 and 2006 (in 2002 he won the deciding match against Mathieu, coming from 0-2 down to win 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-4, and in 2012 he won the doubles match along with Tursunov against the Argentines).

    “If you really want to do something, and you give 100 percent of your time to this goal, you’ll have a chance to receive back from your investment,” Youzhny said.

    As a summary of records in singles:

    All-time, All level: 627-472 (57%)

    Slams: 101-68 (60%)
    Masters: 88-117 (43%)
    All ATP: 499-416 (55%)
    Qualifying ATP: 11-3 (79%)
    Challengers: 66-30 (69%)
    ITF Futures: 32-14 (70%)
    Davis Cup: 15-11 (58%)

    Most Match Wins In History By A Russian

    Player | Record

    1. Yevgeny Kafelnikov 609-306
    2. Mikhail Youzhny 499-416
    3. Nikolay Davydenko 482-329
    4. Marat Safin 422-267
    5. Andrei Chesnokov 344-259

    Most ATP Match Wins In History

    Rank | Player | Match | Wins

    1. Jimmy Connors 1256
    2. Roger Federer 1168
    3. Ivan Lendl 1068
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    46. Mikhail Youzhny 499

    Awards and personal life

    Youzhny was awarded by the Russian government with the title “Honoured Master of Sports” in 2003 for his participation in Russia’s Davis Cup victory the previous year.

    Youzhny began studying for a degree in philosophy at the University of Moscow in 2005, specializing in the philosophy and attitudes of tennis. He obtained his Ph.D. in December 2010. His thesis was entitled “Professional Tennis Players on the Court” and “was about other players and how they compared up against one another”.

    When asked about his thesis, he said “I wrote it slowly when I had the time … You find out about other players and try to compare them with you. You look at what you have to do against them or what changes they may make before their matches or during your match with them.”

    Youzhny married Yulia on 22 November 2008 in Moscow; the couple has two sons, Maxim born 4 December 2009 and Igor born 4 July 2012.

    Opinions about Mikhail Youzhny

    Novak Djokovic:

    “Mikhail […] has one of the nicest and most efficient one-handed backhands on the tour. It seems a little bit unorthodox the way he holds his racquet, then [he] releases with two hands and in the end with one hand. But he’s a very talented player.”

    Milos Raonic:

    “Incredible person, first of all. Him, his coach Boris as well, have been some of the kindest people to me since I broke out on tour[…] He’s always around, he always finds opportunities, creates opportunities for himself, plays well and he’s been a real pleasure to have on tour.”

    Tomas Berdych:

    “I remember him since I started on the tour, and that’s already quite a few years… He’s a guy who has been around for a while. He’s achieved a lot and he was always a very, very tough opponent for me.”

    Karen Khachanov:

    “When he was at his best form he was playing really well, beating top guys and was a Top 10 player at a time. He is a good example for Russian players. He won the Davis Cup two times. When he was younger, he was faster and hit flatter and more powerful, but he was always tough to beat. He and his coach, Boris, were always helping and following me, giving me good advice. He has been a great influence.”

    Nicolas Kiefer:

    ”I saw him and my first question was always, ‘You’re still around? You’re still playing?’ He said, ‘Yeah, well I love this sport and it’s great.’…As you can see, he’s very competitive, but he also enjoys it.

    Tarpishchev:

    “He was always a true team player, giving his all each and every time for the team,” he said. “We will really miss him.”

     

    Memorable Moments

    • Bloody match

    This match was played at Sony Ericsson Open in Miami when Mikhail Youzhny, one of the players, created a ruckus on the court with his insane antic. During the third set of his match against the Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, the Russian player started to hit his racquet against his head after a making a backhand unforced error in a crucial point, as he was having the break point to tie the set on 5-5. At the end, Youzhny prevailed in the third set tie-break by seven points to five, but that blood on his face will be one of the most historical images forever.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpm0gxvaW6M

     

    • “Sorri”

    The 27-seeded Russian scraped “SORRI” into the clay with his right foot in the middle of his 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 loss to No. 6 David Ferrer on Saturday.

    “There was a lot of people. That’s why I write ‘sorry.’ Because I can’t show them a nice game,” Youzhny said. “The way we played in the beginning, it was not really interesting for people.”

    “People in the stands may not have noticed, but I think I had to do this,” Youzhny said.

     

    • Davis Cup 2002 Trophy and  3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 win over Mathieu

    Tarpishev dropped the former World No.1 Yebgeny Kafelnikov, visibly unfit in the previous days, and lifted the spirit of 20-year-old Mikhail Louzhny, brought here as a practice hitter. A clash meant to define their respective careers in the coming years.

    Never before had anyone recovered from two sets down to win a decisive fifth rubber in a Davis Cup final. ”The first two sets were not so good, but afterward I played like I can play” said Youzhny

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkQYhP-tpJ4

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