Cherkasov at the 1994 French Open
|Country (sports)|| Soviet Union
4 July 1970 |
Ufa, Soviet Union
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 13 (10 June 1991)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1990)|
|French Open||QF (1992)|
|Wimbledon||1R (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994)|
|US Open||QF (1990)|
|Olympic Games||Bronze Medal (1992)|
|Highest ranking||No. 141 (3 August 1998)|
|Olympic medal record|
Born in Ufa, Soviet Union, Cherkasov first came to the tennis world's attention as an outstanding junior player. In 1987, he was ranked the World No. 3 junior player and finished runner-up in the boy's singles at the US Open (lost to David Wheaton in the final).
Cherkasov turned professional in 1988. In 1990, Cherkasov claimed his first top-level singles titles when he won the inaugural Kremlin Cup in Moscow, defeating Tim Mayotte in the final 6–2, 6–1. He also reached the quarter-finals of the 1990 Australian Open and US Open.
1991 saw Cherkasov successfully defend his Kremlin Cup title, saving two match points in a 7–6, 3–6, 7–6 win in the final against Jakob Hlasek. Cherkasov reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 13 in June that year.
In 1992, Cherkasov was a quarter-finalist at the French Open and won a men's singles Bronze Medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, notably rallying from 2 sets down to beat Pete Sampras in the third round.
In 1993, Cherkasov saved three match points in 3-hour, 54-minute quarter-final victory over Italy's Andrea Gaudenzi at Tel Aviv, to win 6–7, 7–6, 7–5 in what was the longest best-of-three set match in tour history.
In the end, his two victories at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow proved to be the only top-level titles of Cherkasov's career. He retired from the professional tour in 2000, having earned prize-money totalling $2,259,875.
Career finals (8)
Singles finals 6 (2–4)
|Runner-up||1.||15 January 1989||Sydney||Hard||Aaron Krickstein||4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||1.||5 November 1990||Moscow||Carpet (i)||Tim Mayotte||6–2, 6–1|
|Runner-up||2.||11 February 1991||Brussels||Carpet (i)||Guy Forget||3–6, 5–7, 6–3, 6–7(4–7)|
|Winner||2.||4 November 1991||Moscow||Carpet (i)||Jakob Hlasek||7–6(7–2), 3–6, 7–6(7–5)|
|Runner-up||3.||17 May 1993||Bologna||Clay||Jordi Burillo||6–7(4–7), 7–6(9–7), 1–6|
|Runner-up||4.||19 September 1993||Bucharest||Clay||Goran Ivanišević||2–6, 6–7(5–7)|
Doubles finals 2 (0–2)
|Runner-up||1.||20 May 1990||Umag||Clay||Andrei Olhovskiy|| Vojtech Flegl
|Runner-up||2.||10 November 1991||Moscow||Carpet (i)||Alexander Volkov|| Eric Jelen
- Played for the Soviet Union until its breakup in 1991