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Andrei Gennadyevich Cherkasov was born on July 4 in 1970 in Ufa, a Soviet tennis player, master of sports of Russia. He has been playing tennis since he was seven, the first coach was N. Rogova, and Paul Feldmanis became the main coach. Five-time European Junior Champion, three singles and two doubles. Two-time winner, in 1990 and 1991, the Kremlin Cup. The only one of the domestic tennis players who won the bronze at the Olympic Games (Barcelona, 1992) in singles.
Andrei Cherkasov made his way to the quarter finals in three tournaments of the Grand Slam series, it was U.S. Open in 1990, Australian Open in 1990 and Rolland Garos in 1992. He participated in many games in the national teams of the USSR and Russia in the Davis Cup, during which time he played 30 matches in the national team, of which seventeen wins and thirteen defeats.
In 1993, Cherkasov played against Andrea Gaudenzi, it was the quarter-finals of the championship in Tel Aviv, this legendary match lasted six minutes to four hours and ended in victory for the Russian. Until 2009, this match was a record among three-set games with a time-break in the third set. In 2008, this result was repeated in the match between Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya in the semifinal of the competition in Chennai. But a year later, the same Rafael Nadal defeated Serb Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the tournament from the Masters series in Madrid. This match lasted four hours and three minutes, nine minutes breaking the sixteen-year record of Cherkasov and Gaudenzi.
Throughout his career as a tennis player, Cherkasov earned more than two million US dollars. Today, Andrei Cherkasov continues his coaching work and often gives interviews to various sports publications, as a sports expert. For example, this year Cherkasov gave an extensive interview about the features of Rolland Garos, and also analyzed future confrontations in singles for the popular site “Championship.com”. Also in Moscow there is a tennis school, named after him.
An interesting fact is that Andrei Gennadyevich in his interview predicted the outcome of the Australian Open finals this year between Maria Sharapova and Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenka. Victoria won this match, far surpassing Maria and, at the same time, recouped for the match in Stuttgart.