September 2007

 

September 2007

Mark and his wife Dawn were featured in the ATP Magazine Deuce! The article provided a challenge. It was to see if Mark and Daniel knew each other better than their wives did. Who won? The longtime partners or the wives? Check it out here!

Lukas Dlouhy and Pavel Vizner knocked Mark and Daniel out of the US Open with a 6-4, 6-4 victory. The loss marks the end of the currently longest active partnership in tennis. This was the final regular season tournament that Mark and Daniel were playing together. They still have the Masters Cup at the end of the year but now they will look to move their separate ways and try and find success with new partners.

Mark and Zi Yan lost their mixed doubles semifinal to Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka 7-6, 6-4. They had a chance to serve out the first set but did not capitalize.

Hats off to Mark and Daniel for a stellar career together. Hopefully they will remain the close friends that they are. They will now move their separate ways and best of luck to both of them in their careers. Mark is going to play with Bhupathi at the Madrid and Paris Masters Series events in the fall but I have not been told about the other tournaments yet.

A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MARK!!! He is now 36 years old which is hard to believe! Hopefully he can get two wins on his birthday. It is also Daniel’s birthday too! So if you see them on the grounds in NY, be sure to wish them a Happy Birthday! A win over Dlouhy/Vizner would be fitting! And remember to check out the new forum!

Mark and Zi Yan defeated Andy Ram and Nathalie Dechy in the mixed doubles quarterfinals 6-4, 6-4 to move on to the semifinals!! They will face Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka for a spot in the final.

Mark and Daniel advanced to the quarterfinals at the US Open by defeating Justin Gimelstob and Amer Delic 6-3, 7-6!! They will now face Lukas Dlouhy and Pavel Vizner, whom they beat in the French Open final for a spot in the semifinals. However, Dlouhy/Vizner were able to get revenge on Knowles/Nestor in Cincinnati, so lets hope Mark and Daniel pay them back! Notable seeds to go out in Mark and Daniels half are the 3 seeds Bjorkman/Mirnyi and the 7 seeds Llodra/Clement. Good luck guys in the quarterfinals! Ellen Whitton of Florida sent a few great pictures of Mark from the match! Thank you Ellen!

Mark and Zi Yan advanced to the quarterfinals in the mixed doubles winning 6-7, 6-1, 10-5 over Aspelin/Uhlirova! James Carr of Georgia was kind enough to submit a couple pictures from the match. Thanks James!

Mark’s brother in law Scott sent a nice email to the webmaster letting him know that he and his friends enjoy the site and are regular visitors! He even went ahead and participated in the quiz competition! Here is Mark with two of his brother in laws. Scott is in the middle. Thanks for the kind words!

Mark earns career win # 600!!! He and Daniel won a match that looked lost in the 2nd set. After losing the first set in a tiebreaker, Knowles/Nestor then were down 1-3 in the 2nd set and it looked like Mark was going to have to wait for that elusive win. But the duo was able to turn the tables and get two breaks to win the set, and then they absolutely rolled over Vliegen/Allegro in the 3rd. The score was 6-7, 6-4, 6-1. Congratulations to Mark on achieving this terrific milestone! Hopefully photos and maybe an interview from the US Open site will be avaliable.