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

Andrei Cherkasov
Андрей Черкасов
AndreiCherkasov-RG1994.jpg
Cherkasov at the 1994 French Open
Full nameAndrei Gennadievich Cherkasov
Country (sports) Soviet Union
 Russia[1]
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Born (1970-07-04) 4 July 1970 (age 49)
Ufa, Soviet Union
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1988
Retired2000
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$2,260,051
Singles
Career record193–214
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 13 (10 June 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1990)
French OpenQF (1992)
Wimbledon1R (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994)
US OpenQF (1990)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesSF (1992)
Doubles
Career record26–47
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 141 (3 August 1998)

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CareerEdit

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 boys' 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 finalsEdit

Singles finals 6 (2–4)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Jan 1989 Sydney Hard   Aaron Krickstein 4–6, 2–6
Win 1. Nov 1990 Moscow Carpet (i)   Tim Mayotte 6–2, 6–1
Loss 2. Feb 1991 Brussels Carpet (i)   Guy Forget 3–6, 5–7, 6–3, 6–7(4–7)
Win 2. Nov 1991 Moscow Carpet (i)   Jakob Hlasek 7–6(7–2), 3–6, 7–6(7–5)
Loss 3. May 1993 Bologna Clay   Jordi Burillo 6–7(4–7), 7–6(9–7), 1–6
Loss 4. Sep 1993 Bucharest Clay  Goran Ivanišević 2–6, 6–7(5–7)

Doubles finals 2 (0–2)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. May 1990 Umag Clay   Andrei Olhovskiy   Vojtech Flegl
  Daniel Vacek
4–6, 4–6
Loss 2. Nov 1991 Moscow Carpet (i)   Alexander Volkov   Eric Jelen
  Carl-Uwe Steeb
4–6, 6–7

NotesEdit

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

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