Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Kafelnikov (Russian: Евгений Александрович Кафельников) (yehv-GYEH-nee kah-FYELL-nee-koff; KAH-fyell-nee-koff in Russian) is a former World No. 1 tennis player from Russia. During his career, he won two Grand Slam singles titles (one French Open and one Australian Open), four Grand Slam doubles titles, and the men's singles Gold Medal at the Olympic Games.
In 1995, Kafelnikov defeated World No. 1 Andre Agassi in the quarter-finals of the French Open before losing to eventual champion Thomas Muster in the semi-finals. A year later, in 1996, Kafelnikov captured both the men's singles and the men's doubles titles at the French Open. In the singles final, he beat former Wimbledon champion Michael Stich in straight sets 7-6, 7-5, 7-6. But he lost in the 1st round of Wimbledon to 21 year old,Tim Henman.
In 1999, Kafelnikov won his second Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open. He defeated Thomas Enqvist in four sets in the final. In May that year, he reached the World No. 1 men's singles ranking. However he lost seven straight matches thereafter, and relinquished the No. 1 ranking after six weeks.
Kafelnikov was in the Australian Open final again in 2000, but was defeated in four sets by Andre Agassi. That summer, he won the men's singles Gold Medal for Russia at the Olympic Games in Sydney. In the final, he defeated Tommy Haas of Germany in an exciting five-set match 7-6, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
In 2002, Kafelnikov was part of the Russian team which won the Davis Cup for the first time. In Russia's semi-final win over Argentina, Kafelnikov saved two match points in a singles rubber against Gaston Gaudio in winning the five-set, four-hour and ten-minute match 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 2-6, 8-6. The following day, he partnered Marat Safin in the longest doubles match in Davis Cup history. The pair eventually lost the six-hour and 20-minute match 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 17-19. Russia eventually overcame Argentina 3-2, and went on to defeat France 3-2 in the final.
Kafelnikov also won his third French Open men's doubles title in 2002. He reached the French Open men's doubles final for the fourth time in 2003, when he finished runner-up.
Kafelnikov retired from the professional tour in 2004, having won 26 singles and 27 doubles titles.
Since retiring, Kafelnikov has tried his hand at becoming a professional poker player, with a few impressive finishes at the 2005 World Series of Poker.
Grand Slam singles finals
Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final 1996 French Open Michael Stich 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 1999 Australian Open Thomas Enqvist 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-6
Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final 2000 Australian Open Andre Agassi 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
- Kafelnikov.com.ar : pictures, profile, biography, titles and quotes
- Official ATP Profile
- Davis Cup record
- Kafelnikov the Poker Player
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