Andrei Cherkasov

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Andrei Cherkasov
Андрей Черкасов
AndreiCherkasov-RG1994.jpg
Cherkasov at the 1994 French Open
Country  Soviet Union
 Russia[1]
Residence Moscow, Russia
Born (1970-07-04) 4 July 1970 (age 44)
Ufa, Soviet Union
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 1988
Retired 2000
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,260,051
Singles
Career record 193–214
Career titles 2
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)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games Bronze medal.svg Bronze Medal (1992)
Doubles
Career record 26–47
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 141 (3 August 1998)
Olympic medal record
Men's Tennis
Bronze 1992 Barcelona Singles

Andrei Cherkasov (Андрей Черкасов; born 4 July 1970 in Ufa) is a former professional tennis player from Russia.

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)[edit]

Singles finals 6 (2–4)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 January 1989 Sydney Hard United States Aaron Krickstein 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 5 November 1990 Moscow Carpet (i) United States Tim Mayotte 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 2. 11 February 1991 Brussels Carpet (i) France Guy Forget 3–6, 5–7, 6–3, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 2. 4 November 1991 Moscow Carpet (i) Switzerland Jakob Hlasek 7–6(7–2), 3–6, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 3. 17 May 1993 Bologna Clay Spain Jordi Burillo 6–7(4–7), 7–6(9–7), 1–6
Runner-up 4. 19 September 1993 Bucharest Clay CroatiaGoran Ivanišević 2–6, 6–7(5–7)

Doubles finals 2 (0–2)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 20 May 1990 Umag Clay Russia Andrei Olhovskiy Czech Republic Vojtech Flegl
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 10 November 1991 Moscow Carpet (i) Russia Alexander Volkov Germany Eric Jelen
Germany Carl-Uwe Steeb
4–6, 6–7

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Played for the Soviet Union until its breakup in 1991

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