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Leander Paes looks ahead to what 2017 might bring

India's most decorated tennis player Leander Paes said on Tuesday that 2017 will be a year of world records for him.

"2017 will be a year of world records. There are couple of world records I wanna achieve and that's why I still go in there and put in the hard yards which at my age is not fun anymore like it was when I was 19," the 43-year-old Paes told reporters.

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Coaching legend Nick Bollettieri highly impressed by Germany's Female Tennis contingent

American Nick Bollettieri is the world's most famous tennis coach. Top class players, including idols such as Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova, have been nurtured at his academy in Florida since 1978. We spoke with the coaching legend during the US Open in New York about Porsche Team Germany's players and the arduous route to the top.

Mr Bollettieri, Sabine Lisicki trains with you in Bradenton. What did you say to her after her first round defeat at the US Open?

"I didn't see her after the match. When she comes to the academy to practise then I'll tell her she has to improve her serve. It's something I'm always telling her. She's a great player, one that keeps fighting and never gives up. But without a really good serve, she will struggle. And physically, she simply has to get even better."

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Exclusive Interview with Leander Paes: 2012 and the Olympic Dream

leander_paes1Leander Paes has been the foremost flagbearer for Indian tennis for over two decades now. During these years, the champion has gone through the whole gamut of highs and lows, in singles and doubles, for self and for country in a career fuelled by passion. That zest does not seem to have dimmed one bit as he heads into a scarcely less dazzling twilight of his career, as he turns 39 later this month. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to catch up with the doubles veteran at Roland Garros, in a freewheeling discussion that revolved around his success this season, his goals for the year, the inevitable elephant in the room - the Olympics, while even finding time to take a short trip down memory lane to talk about his first Davis Cup partner.

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Exclusive Interview with Janko Tipsarevic, top seed at the 2012 Chennai Open

janko_tipsarevicJanko Tipsarevic finally broke into the top 10 of ATP Tour rankings for the first time in late 2011, virtually 10 years after turning Pro. While 2011 proved to be the most successful season and a year of the many firsts for the 27-year old Serb, it also turned out to be a rather frustrating year as the Serb battled many an injury. We bring you a quick recap of his accomplishments this year.

The Serb won his first ever ATP Tour title at Proton Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur in October 2011 by defeating Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets in the final. Tipsarevic didn't have to wait too long for his second title, as he captured the Kremlin Cup in Moscow in quick succession. Entering the tournament as the top seed, Tipsarevic took the title defeating the defending champion Viktor Troicki in straight sets in the first all-Serbian final in tennis history. In November 2011, Janko broke into the top 10 at the ATP World rankings for the first time, reaching a career high ranking of No.9.

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Getting to know the rising star of Men's Tennis: Milos Raonic

milos_raonicMilos Raonic, the 21 year old Canadian tennis star was ranked 156 in the ATP Tour rankings at the beginning of 2011. Coming into the year, Raonic and his coach Galo Blanco each wrote down what they believed his year-end ranking would be and sealed it in an envelope – Raonic wrote 47 and Blanco 31. Raonic finished the year at 31!

Raonic did not have the best of starts to the new season as he failed to qualify for the main draw of the Chennai Open 2011. However, the Canadian caught the attention of the tennis world by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open. Raonic continued his impressive run by winning the SAP Open title at San Jose in February 2011 and finishing runner-up at Memphis the following week. Further, he was instrumental in re-establishing Canada in the Davis Cup. However, Raonic suffered a set back at the Wimbledon Championships where he sustained a hip injury and was out of action for six weeks. Following his return to the circuit, he picked up right from where he left off by reaching the semifinals of the Stockholm Open.

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