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Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray faces Marcos Baghdatis in the Brisbane quarter-finals.

BRISBANE FRIDAY PREVIEW – MURRAY-BAGHDATIS, TOMIC-ISTOMIN SQUARE OFF IN QUARTER-FINALS
The top half quarter-finals will be played on Friday at the Brisbane International featuring a pair of former Australian Open finalists, and the No. 1 player from Australia against the No. 1 player from Uzbekistan.

In the first quarter-final on Pat Rafter Arena, top seed and World No. 4 Andy Murray looks to even his career mark (2-3) against unseeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. They played a doubles quarter-final together on Thursday, losing a 15-13 Match Tie-break to No. 2 seeds and US Open champions Melzer-Petzschner. Both players have taken a different route to the quarter-finals with Murray losing the opening set in both of his early rounds while Baghdatis has yet to drop a set. Murray has been runner-up the past two years at the Australian Open and Baghdatis was a finalist in 2006. They split last year’s two meetings with Baghdatis winning in straight sets in the first round of Rotterdam in February before Murray prevailed in three sets in the first round of Tokyo in October (en route to the title). Murray is coming off his fourth consecutive No. 4 finish last season and five ATP World Tour titles, which was second to Novak Djokovic (10). Baghdatis is coming off his fifth Top 50 finish (at No. 44) in the past six years and his best result was a runner-up in Kuala Lumpur (l. to Tipsarevic), his 11th career final. Baghdatis has compiled some of his best results Down Under, reaching his first Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in 2006 (l. to Federer) and winning his last ATP World Tour title in Sydney two years ago. This is his second straight quarter-final in Brisbane (l. to Roddick).

In the next quarter-final, No. 8 seed Bernard Tomic looks to reach his first career ATP World Tour semi-final as he takes on Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan for the first time. Tomic, who is the top Australian ranked No. 42 at 19 years, 2 months, is the youngest player in the Top 50 South African Airways ATP Rankings. Istomin, the top player from Uzbekistan, comes in ranked No. 73. Two years ago he finished a year-end best No. 40 and reached his first ATP World Tour final in New Haven (l. to Stakhovsky). The 25-year-old Moscow resident has not completed a match this week. He was up a set and trailed 2-3 in the second set of his first round match against No. 4 seed Florian Mayer, who retired with a groin injury. In the second round, Tommy Haas withdrew due to a calf injury, giving Istomin a walkover into the quarter-finals. Tomic enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2011, reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Wimbledon (as a qualifier) and posting a pair of Top 10 wins (d. No. 5 Soderling, No. 9 Fish). Last year he came into Brisbane ranked No. 208.

FRIDAY TOP HALF QUARTER-FINAL FEDEX ATP Head 2 Head – In Order of Play

Pat Rafter Arena

(1)Andy Murray (GBR) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) Baghdatis Leads 3-2
06 Wimbledon (England) Grass R16 Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-4 7-6(2)
07 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard R64 Marcos Baghdatis 6-1 6-2
10 Roland Garros (France) Clay R32 Andy Murray 6-2 6-3 0-6 6-2
11 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard R32 Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 6-1
11 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R32 Andy Murray 7-6(4) 2-6 6-4

Murray FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
W(5): London / Queen's Club (d Tsonga); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (d Djokovic); Bangkok (d Young); Tokyo (d Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (d Ferrer); F: Australian Open (l Djokovic); SF(5): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Djokovic); Roland Garros (l Nadal); Wimbledon (l Nadal); US Open (l Nadal); QF: ATP Masters 1000 Paris (l Berdych)
YTD W-L: 2-0
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 21
Date of Birth: May 15, 1987
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 4

• Murray, 24, made his Brisbane debut on Tuesday night, coming back from a set down to defeat Mikhail Kukushkin 57 63 62…He followed on Wednesday night with a 46 76(4) 60 victory over Gilles Muller… It’s the first time since 2007 San Jose he’s come back twice from a set down in a tournament
• The Scotsman is coming off his fourth consecutive No. 4 finish last season and five ATP World Tour titles, which was second to Novak Djokovic (10)
• Prior to this week, his last singles match was Nov. 21 (l. to Ferrer) at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London (afterwards withdrew due to groin strain)
• Has an impressive 21-9 career mark in finals on ATP World Tour (14-4 since 2009)
• New coach Ivan Lendl is expected to arrive in Australia on Friday

Baghdatis FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
F: Kuala Lumpur (l Tipsarevic); SF: s-Hertogenbosch (l Dodig); QF(5): Brisbane (l Roddick); Rotterdam (l Ljubicic); Washington (l Young); Winston-Salem (l Isner); Basel (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 2-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: June 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 44

• Baghdatis, 26, is appearing in the quarter-finals for the second straight year…One year ago, lost to No. 8 Andy Roddick in straight sets…This is the fourth straight year (5-3 mark) the Cypriot is playing in Brisbane 
• Last season finished at No. 44, his fifth Top 50 showing in six years, highlighted by 11th career final in Kuala Lumpur (l. to Tipsarevic), semi-final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and five quarter-finals
• Has played well Down Under with a 19-7 career mark at the Australian Open, reaching the final in 2006 (l. to Federer), and capturing his fourth career ATP World Tour title in Sydney two years ago
• Went 1-5 vs. Top 10 opponents and his lone Top 10 win came over No. 5 Murray in 1R in Rotterdam in February…Has a 17-29 career Top 10 mark vs. Top 10 foes
• Coached by former Andy Murray mentor Miles Maclagan (since July 2011)

Denis Istomin (UZB) vs (8) Bernard Tomic (AUS)   First Meeting

Istomin FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
QF: San Jose (l Verdasco)
YTD W-L: 1-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 7, 1986
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 73

• Istomin, 25, is appearing in the quarter-finals here for the first time after defeating No. 4 Florian Mayer 76(5) 2-3 ret. (groin) and getting a walkover vs. Tommy Haas (calf)…Last year in his Brisbane debut he lost in second round to Matthew Ebden 
• The top player from Uzbekistan finished in the Top 100 at No. 73 for second straight year with his best ATP World Tour result the quarter-finals in San Jose (l. to Verdasco) in February…Struggled most of season with a 12-22 match record
• Played well in Challengers with a 21-2 match record, capturing four titles in six tournaments…In August won back-to-back titles on home soil in Samarkand (d. Jaziri) and Karashi (d. Kavcic)…Following month, captured consecutive titles in Istanbul (d. Kohlschreiber) and Tashkent (d. Zopp)
• Two years ago, finished a year-end best No. 40 and reached his first ATP World Tour final in New Haven in August (l. to Stakhovsky)

Tomic FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
QF(2): Wimbledon (l Djokovic); Tokyo (l Fish)
YTD W-L: 2-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 21, 1992
South African Airways  ATP Ranking: 42

• Tomic, 19, is into the quarter-finals for the first time after defeating Frenchman Julien Benneteau 62 46 75 and Japanese qualifier Tatsuma Ito 61 62 to improve his career mark to 2-3 in Brisbane…Last year ranked No. 208 and lost to No. 37 Florian Mayer 62 62 in 1R
• He is appearing in his first career ATP World Tour quarter-final on Aussie soil and trying to advance to his first semi-final
• The top Aussie ranked No. 42 at 19 years, 2 months is the youngest player in the Top 50 South African Airways ATP Rankings
• He compiled a 16-15 match record last season and reached quarter-finals at Wimbledon (as a qualifier), posting his first Top 10 win over No. 5 Soderling (l. to Djokovic)…Also QF in Tokyo and 3R at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (d. No. 9 Fish, l. to Dolgopolov)

SEMI-FINAL HEAD-TO-HEADS

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs Gilles Simon (FRA)  Simon Leads 1-0
11 Sydney (Australia) Hard QF Gilles Simon 6-4 6-3

Andy Murray (GBR) vs Denis Istomin (UZB)    First Meeting

Andy Murray (GBR) vs Bernard Tomic (AUS)    First Meeting

Gilles Simon (FRA) vs Denis Istomin (UZB)    First Meeting

Gilles Simon (FRA) vs Bernard Tomic (AUS)    First Meeting

DOHA FRIDAY PREVIEW - TOP FOUR SEEDS IN SEMI-FINALS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
For just the third time in the 20-year history of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, the Top 4 seeds have made it through to the semi-finals, and they’ll all play Friday for spots in the final.

The first two occasions the Top 4 seeds made the semi-finals came in the tournament’s inaugural year of 1993 (No. 1 Stefan Edberg, No. 2 Goran Ivanisevic, No. 3 Boris Becker and No. 4 Andrei Cherkasov) and last year (No. 1 Rafael Nadal, No. 2 Roger Federer, No. 3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko).

In the first semi-final, No. 2 seed Roger Federer takes an 8-3 career mark against No. 3 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The two met eight times on the ATP World Tour in 2011, with Federer six times. He took the first two meetings (Doha and Rome), Tsonga won the next two (Wimbledon and Montreal) then Federer bouncing back to win their next four (US Open, Paris and twice at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals). Not only has Federer won their last four meetings, he has also won 20 matches in a row, his longest winning streak since winning 21 matches in a row in 2009 (a streak that was actually snapped by Tsonga in Montreal). There is one interesting stat in Tsonga’s favor, however: the Frenchman has a winning record against World No. 3s (he is 7-6 against them).

“When you beat him, you know you can do it,” Tsonga said of Federer. “But it’s difficult anyway to play against Federer, because when he plays his best level, it’s better than every player.”

The second semi-final pits No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal against No. 4 seed Gael Monfils. Both men have been to final here before but have never gone all the way - Nadal’s best result was a runner-up finish in 2010 (to Davydenko), while Monfils’ best result was a runner-up finish in 2006 (to Federer). Now they will both try to get to that final stage again but it might be tough for Monfils, as Nadal has a significant 8-1 lead in their head-to-head series, with seven of those eight victories coming in straight sets. But a good omen for Monfils is his only career win over Nadal did come right here in Doha, in the quarter-finals in 2009 (Nadal was playing his first tournament back after a right knee tendinitis lay-off, and after that loss went on to win the Australian Open title).

“It will be tough. I have to play like I did tonight,” Monfils said after an impressive 62 63 quarter-final victory over No. 5 seed Viktor Troicki on Thursday night. “I know what Rafa will give me and he knows what I will give him. It will be a strong match from the baseline.”

FEDERER 20-MORE WIN STREAKS – Federer has won at least 20 consecutive matches seven different times during his career, the most of any player:
No. Year(s)
41 (2006-07) 23 (2004)
35 (2005) 21 (2009)
26 (2004-05) 20 (2011-present)
25 (2005)  

Friday Semi-final FedEx ATP Head 2 Head – In Order of Play

Center Court

(2) Roger Federer (SUI) vs (3) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)   Federer Leads 8-3
08 ATP Masters Series Madrid (Spain)  Hard (I) R16  Roger Federer   6-4  6-1
09 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal   Hard QF  Jo-Wil. Tsonga   7-6(5) 1-6 7-6(3)
10 Australian Open (Australia)   Hard SF  Roger Federer   6-2  6-3 6-2
11 Doha (Qatar)    Hard SF  Roger Federer   6-3  7-6(2)
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome  Clay R32  Roger Federer   6-4  6-2
11 Wimbledon (Great Britain)   Grass QF  Jo-Wil. Tsonga 3-6 6-7(3)6-46-4 6-4
11 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal   Hard R16  Jo-Wil. Tsonga 7-6(3) 4-6    6-1
11 US Open (U.S.A.)    Hard QF  Roger Federer   6-4   6-3   6-3
11 ATP Masters 1000 Paris   Hard (I) Final  Roger Federer   6-1  7-6(3) 
11 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals-London Hard (I) RR  Roger Federer   6-2  2-6  6-4
11 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals-London Hard (I) Final  Roger Federer   6-3 6-7(6) 6-3 

Federer FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
W(4): Doha (d Davydenko); Basel (d Nishikori); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (d Tsonga); Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (d Tsonga); F(2): Dubai (l Djokovic); Roland Garros (l Nadal); SF(5): Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Nadal); US Open (l Djokovic); QF(3): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Melzer); Wimbledon (l Tsonga); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Berdych)
YTD W-L: 3-0
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 70
Date of Birth: August 8, 1981
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 3

• Federer, 30, is appearing in the semi-finals (or better) for the sixth straight time in seven overall Doha appearances… Opened on Tuesday with a 62 62 win over former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko in a repeat of last year’s final (Federer won 63 64), followed with a 62 63 victory over Slovenian qualifier Grega Zemlja and outsted top Italian Andreas Seppi 63 57 64  …The reigning champion has a 26-3 career mark in Doha …Won back-to-back titles in 2005 (d. Ljubicic) and ’06 (d. Monfils)
• Has held serve 29 of 33 games this week (88%) and leads in second serve points won (63%)
• The Swiss superstar comes in with an 20-match winning streak and his last loss came to Djokovic in the semi-finals at the US Open (held two match points) on Sept. 10…Since the loss, won a pair of Davis Cup wins in September and titles in his hometown of Basel (d. Nishikori), ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London (d. Tsonga in both)…Went 10-9 vs. Top 10 opponents last season, winning last seven
• He reached  his 100th career ATP World Tour level final (70-30 mark) in London and he is No. 4 on Open Era titles list behind Jimmy Connors (109), Ivan Lendl (94) and John McEnroe (77)
• Has finished in Top 3 for nine straight years, joining Jimmy Connors (11), Ivan Lendl (10) and Pete Sampras (9) as only players to accomplish the feat
• Has advanced to QFs or better in a record 30 consecutive Slams going back to ‘04 Wimbledon…His streak of at least one Slam title for eight consecutive years came to an end
• Compiled a 20-4 mark in Slams and his best result was final at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal in four sets)…In SF, he snapped Djokovic’s 43-match winning streak with four-set victory…Then followed with QF at Wimbledon (l. to Tsonga in five sets after holding two-set lead)…It was first time in a Slam he lost 2-0 set lead…At US Open, lost to Djokovic in SFs for second year in a row (held two M.Ps.)

Tsonga FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
W(2): Metz (d Ljubicic); Vienna (d Del Potro); F(4): Rotterdam (l Soderling); London / Queen's Club (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (l Federer); Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (l Federer); SF(4): Doha (l Federer); Wimbledon (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Montreal (l Djokovic); Beijing (l Berdych); QF(2): Marseille (l Youzhny); US Open (l Federer)
YTD W-L: 3-0
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: April 17, 1985
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 6

• Tsonga, 26, is back in the semi-finals for the second straight year…He opened with a 76(5) 67(5) 61 win over Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri on Tuesday (saving all five break points), then posted a 76(8) 63 victory over Italian Flavio Cipolla and followed with a 62 61 triumph over Spaniard Albert Ramos… Last year he made his debut here and lost in the semi-finals to Federer
• Going back to last November’s ATP Masters 1000 tourn. in Paris, the Frenchman has reached the semi-finals or better in three straight tournaments for first time in his career…Reached final in Paris and followed with runner-up at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London (l. to Federer both times)
• Leads the tournament this week in service games won (31 of 33, 94%), break pts. saved (9 of 11, 82%) and No. 2 in aces (23, Karlovic leads w/28)
• The top Frenchman is coming off a career-best season in which he finished No. 6 and reached six finals (2-4), including the year-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London (l. to Federer)… En route to third Top 10 finish in four years, won a pair of indoor titles (Metz, Vienna) and runner-up in three other tournaments, including ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (l. to Federer)
• Played well from June to rest of season with a 38-13 match record after 17-11 start in first five months…In early part of year, advanced to final in Rotterdam (l. to No. 4 Soderling), SF in Doha (l. to Federer) and QF in Marseille (l. to Youzhny) …Went 10-13 vs. Top 10 opponents during season
• In June, reached first career grass court final at Queen’s Club in London (l. to Murray) and followed with SF at Wimbledon where he defeated No. 6 Ferrer and No. 3 Federer in five sets (from two sets down) before losing to eventual winner Djokovic in four sets
• Then at US Open advanced to QFs for first time (d. No. 8 Fish in five sets), losing to Federer…
Afterwards, moved back into the Top 10 on Sept. 12

(1)Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs (4) Gael Monfils (FRA) Nadal Leads 8-1
05 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo  Clay R64 Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2
06 ATP Masters Series Rome (Italy) Clay SF Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-2
08 ATP Masters Series Paris (France) Hard R16 Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2
09 Doha (Qatar) Hard QF Gael Monfils 6-4 6-4
09 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard SF Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4
09 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Rafael Nadal 6-7(3) 6-3 6-1 6-3
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay QF Rafael Nadal 6-1 6-3
10 Tokyo (Japan) Hard F Rafael Nadal 6-1 7-5
11 Barcelona (Spain) Clay QF Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-2

Nadal FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
W(3): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (d Ferrer); Barcelona (d Ferrer); Roland Garros (d Federer); F(7): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Djokovic); Wimbledon (l Djokovic); US Open (l Djokovic); Tokyo (l Murray); SF: Doha (l Davydenko); QF(3): Australian Open (l Ferrer); London / Queen's Club (l Tsonga); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Fish)
YTD W-L: 3-0
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 46
Date of Birth: June 3, 1986
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 2

• Nadal, 25, is making his third straight semi-final or better appearance in Doha (14-4 mark)…Opened Tuesday by defeating German Philipp Kohlschreiber 63 67(2) 63 and followed with a 62 62 win over German qualifier Denis Gremelmayr…On Thursday, defeated No. 7 seed Mikhail Youzhny 64 64…Last year lost in the semi-finals to Davydenko and reached the final two years ago (l. to Davydenko)…Also three-time doubles champ
• Stands No. 2 this week in second serve pts. won (59%) and service games won (31 of 34, 91%)
• He is looking to reach his 67th career final (46-20) and earn his first hard court title since October 2010 in Tokyo (d. Monfils)…His last title came at Roland Garros on June 5 last season…Since then has been runner-up three times – Wimbledon, US Open Tokyo
• Last season the World No. 2  finished in Top 2 for seventh straight year and compiled a 3-7 mark in finals with all three titles coming on clay, including his record-tying (w/Borg) sixth Roland Garros crown…Has won at least one Grand Slam title for seven straight years
• Six of his runner-up efforts came to Djokovic, including Wimbledon and the US Open
• In Davis Cup, led Spain to title (d. Argentina) by going 6-0 in singles…Clinched title with win over Juan Martin del Potro in fourth rubber…Overall, advanced to QF or better in 14 of 16 tournaments

Monfils FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
W: Stockholm (d Nieminen); F: Washington (l Stepanek); SF(3): San Jose (W/O vs Raonic); Halle (l Kohlschreiber); Bangkok (l Young); QF(6): Barcelona (l Nadal); Roland Garros (l Federer); Hamburg (l Simon); ATP  Masters 1000 Montreal (l Djokovic); ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Djokovic); Valencia (l Granollers)
YTD W-L: 3-0
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: September 1, 1986
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 15

• Monfils, 25, is making his fifth visit to Doha and owns a 12-4 lifetime mark after defeating  Rui Machado 75 63 on Tuesday, Benjamin Becker 75 46 75 on Wednesday and No. 5 seed Viktor Troicki 62 63 on Thursday…His best result was a runner-up in 2006 (l. to Federer)…In his last appearance three years ago, he reached the semi-finals (l. to Roddick)
• Has been broken seven times this week (28 of 35, 80%), most among semi-finalists, and has broken opponents 15 times (in 37 games, 41%), most in the tournament
• Looking to reach his 16th career ATP World Tour final (4-11 record)…Went 1-4 vs. Top 10 opponents last season (d. No. 7 Ferrer at Roland Garros) and has 19-37 career mark
• The No. 3 Frenchman (behind Tsonga, Simon) finished in Top 20 for fourth straight year and reached a career-high No. 7 on July 4 after 3R at Wimbledon…Ranked in Top 10 for most of season (32 weeks), from Apr. 4 to Nov. 7
• He captured his fourth career ATP World Tour title in Stockholm (d. Nieminen) and was runner-up in Washington (l. to Stepanek)…Also SF in three other tournaments and QF in six others, including Roland Garros (d. No. 7 Ferrer, lone Top 10 win of year), his best Grand Slam showing of season

POTENTIAL FINAL HEAD-TO-HEADS –

Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs Roger Federer (SUI)                                  Nadal Leads 17-9
04 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (USA) Hard R32 Rafael Nadal           6-3  6-3
05 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (USA) Hard F Roger Federer             2-6 6-7(4) 7-6(5)6-3 6-1
05 Roland Garros (France) Clay SF Rafael Nadal                          6-3 4-6 6-4  6-3
06 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard F Rafael Nadal                                       2-6 6-4 6-4
06 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo  Clay F Rafael Nadal               6-2 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6(5)
06 ATP Masters Series Rome (Italy) Clay F Rafael Nadal               6-7(0)7-6(5) 6-4 2-6 7-6(5)
06 Roland Garros (France) Clay F Rafael Nadal                            1-6 6-1 6-4   7-6(4)
06 Wimbledon (England) Grass F Roger Federer                          6-0 7-6(5) 6-7(2) 6-3
06 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard (I) SF Roger Federer            6-4 7-5
07 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo  Clay F Rafael Nadal               6-4 6-4
07 ATP Masters Series Hamburg  Clay F Roger Federer                2-6 6-2 6-0
07 Roland Garros (France) Clay F Rafael Nadal                            6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4
07 Wimbledon (England) Grass F Roger Federer                          7-6(7)4-6 7-6(3) 2-6 6-2
07 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard (I) SF Roger Federer             6-4  6-1
08 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo        Clay F Rafael Nadal          7-5  7-5
08 ATP Masters Series Hamburg  Clay F Rafael Nadal                    7-5 6-7(3) 6-3
08 Roland Garros (France) Clay F Rafael Nadal                              6-1 6-3 6-0
08 Wimbledon (England) Grass F Rafael Nadal                              6-4 6-4 6-7(5) 6-7(8) 9-7
09 Australian Open (Australia) Hard F Rafael Nadal                       7-5 3-6 7-6(3)3-6 6-2
09 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay F Roger Federer            6-4  6-4
10 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay F Rafael Nadal               6-4  7-6(5)
10 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I) F Roger Federer          6-3  3-6  6-1
11 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (USA) Hard SF Rafael Nadal                6-3  6-2
11 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay SF Rafael Nadal              5-7  6-1 6-3
11 Roland Garros (France) Clay F Rafael Nadal                               7-5 7-6(3) 5-7 6-1
11 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  Hard RR Roger Federer             6-3 6-0

                                   Rafael Nadal Roger Federer
 Sets Won:                           50               35
 Tiebreak Sets Won:              9                  9

 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay:                                 12                 2
 Hard:                                 4                  5
 Grass:                                1                  2

 Environment:
 Indoor:                              0                  4
 Outdoor:                           17                 5  


Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Roger Federer (SUI)   Federer Leads 6-1
06 Doha (Qatar) Hard F Roger Federer 6-3 7-6(5)
08 ATP Masters Series Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Roger Federer 6-3 6-4
08 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo  Clay R16 Roger Federer 6-3 6-4
08 Roland Garros (France) Clay SF Roger Federer 6-2 5-7 6-3 7-5
09 Roland Garros (France) Clay QF Roger Federer 7-6(6) 6-2 6-4
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris  Hard SF Gael Monfils 7-6(7)  6-7(1) 7-6(4)
11 Roland Garros (France) Clay QF Roger Federer 6-4 6-3 7-6(3)

Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)  Nadal Leads 6-3
07 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Rafael Nadal 7-6(3) 6-2 6-1
08 Australian Open (Australia) Hard SF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2 6-3 6-2
08 ATP Masters Series Indian Wells  Hard R16 Rafael Nadal 6-7(4) 7-6(3) 7-5
09 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard QF Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris Hard QF Rafael Nadal 7-5 7-5
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard QF Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2
11 London / Queen's Club (Great Britain)Grass QF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7(3) 6-4 6-1
11 ESP vs. FRA WG SF (Spain) Clay RR Rafael Nadal 6-0 6-2 6-4
11 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  Hard RR Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(2) 4-6 6-3

Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)  Tsonga Leads 2-1
08 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard SF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-0 6-3
09 Tokyo (Japan) Hard SF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-3
10 Montpellier (France) Hard SF Gael Monfils 7-6(2) 2-6 6-4
Other Meeting:
03 France F14 (Valescure) Hard R16 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2 6-3
 

CHENNAI FRIDAY PREVIEW - TOP 4 SEEDS FACE BREAKTHROUGH OPPONENTS IN QUARTER-FINALS
The Top 4 seeds at the Aircel Chennai Open have all made it through to the quarter-finals on Friday, and standing between them and an all-star semi-final line-up are four underdogs chasing an upset. Two of the surprise quarter-finalists are Japanese qualifiers and this marks the first time since October 1973 in Osaka two Japanese men have reached the quarter-finals in an ATP World Tour level tournament.

First up is No. 4 seed Milos Raonic of Canada against Israel’s Dudi Sela. Raonic, who went from No. 156 to No. 31 in 2011 and was named ATP World Tour Newcomer of the Year, had few problems with Romanian No. 1 Victor Hanescu in his opening match and will now face Israeli No. 1 Sela. Sela, who took out No. 6 seed Fabio Fognini earlier in the week, is trying to reach his first ATP World Tour semi-final since right here two years ago. This is a first-time meeting.

Next is No. 2 seed Nicolas Almagro of Spain against Japanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita. After a somewhat disappointing finish to 2011 - he lost seven of his last nine matches of the year - Almagro will play his first match of 2012 today, after a first round bye and a second round walkover here. Although he is playing a Top 10 player for the first time, Sugita is brimming with confidence, upsetting No. 8 seed Olivier Rochus to get to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final. This is a first-time meeting.

Next is top seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia against Belgian wild card David Goffin. Unlike Almagro, Tipsarevic ended 2011 strong, going into the US Open ranked No. 20 and finishing the year at No. 9 (he won his first two ATP World Tour titles in the fall, at Kuala Lumpur and Moscow). He looked good in a 62-minute win over Indian wild card Yuki Bhambri in his opening match here in Chennai and now plays another wild card, Goffin, who upset No. 7 seed Xavier Malisse earlier this week, is playing a Top 10 player for the first time. This is also a first-time meeting.

On Court 1, No. 3 seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland faces another Japanese qualifier, Go Soeda. Wawrinka has been very strong in Chennai the last two years, reaching the final in 2010 (losing to Marin Cilic) and going one step further with a title in 2011 (beating Xavier Malisse in the final). His title here last year was his first on hardcourts, his other two ATP World Tour titles coming on clay. Like the other three unseeded quarter-finalists today, Soeda did pull off an upset to get here - he beat No. 5 seed Ivan Dodig - but he is 0-8 against Top 20 players (and 2-19 in sets, winning a set on Mariano Puerta in 2005 and Fernando Gonzalez in 2008). This is also a first-time meeting.

Friday Quarter-final FedEx ATP Head 2 Head – In Order of Play by Court

Centre Court

Dudi Sela (ISR) vs (4) Milos Raonic (CAN)      First Meeting

Sela FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 2-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 4, 1985
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 83

• Sela, 26, enters his second quarter-final in Chennai with a 6-2 career mark…Made his debut in 2009 and lost in 2R…Following year, advanced to semi-finals (l. to Wawrinka)…This week, defeated No. 6 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy 60 61 and followed with a 46 62 64 victory over Frenchman Benoit Paire
• Last season the top-ranked Israeli finished in the Top 100 for the fifth straight year with successful Challenger campaign…Compiled a 27-8 record and captured three titles, all within a month span
• Qualified for ATP Challenger Tour Finals in Sao Paulo and reached final (l. to Stebe)
• In Grand Slam play, won a round at Wimbledon (l. to Simon) and US Open (l. to Federer)

Raonic FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
W: San Jose (d Verdasco); F: Memphis (l Roddick); SF(2): Estoril (l Verdasco); Stockholm (l Monfils); QF: Halle (l Petzschner)
YTD W-L: 1-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: December 27, 1990
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 31

• Raonic, 20, made his main draw Chennai debut on Wednesday, defeating Romanian Victor Hanescu 61 64…Last year lost in the final round of qualifying to Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin
• The top Canadian earned ATP Newcomer of the Year honors for breakout season with first ATP World Tour title (San Jose) and 31 match wins, which is what his final ranking was last year…Only player born in 1990s to win an ATP World Tour singles title
• Also runner-up in Memphis (l. to Roddick) and semi-finalist in Estoril and Stockholm…Made Grand Slam debut at Australian Open (as qualifier) and advanced to 4R (d. No. 10 Youzhny), losing to No. 7 Ferrer in four sets
• Underwent right hip surgery on July 5 after suffering injury in 2R (June 22) at Wimbledon (vs. Muller) and returned two months later

(Q) Yuichi Sugita (JPN) vs (2) Nicolas Almagro (ESP)    First Meeting

Sugita FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 2-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 18, 1988
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 235

• Sugita, 23, qualified into the main draw for the second straight year and this week has defeated No. 8 seed Olivier Rochus 63 64 in the first round and Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei 76(5) 64…Last year he defeated Dustin Brown before losing in next round to Robin Haase in three sets
• He comes in ranked No. 235 and reached a career-high No. 162 on Jan. 31
• On Sept. 16, played in Davis Cup World Group playoff tie vs. India and defeated Somdev Devvarman in straight sets in opening rubber…Japan won tie and will play in World Group next month vs. Croatia
• Compiled a 16-14 match record in Challenger play…His best result was a semi-final at Fergana, Uzbekistan in May and on home soil in Toyota in last event in November
 
Almagro FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
W(3): Costa Do Sauipe (d Dolgopolov); Buenos Aires (d Chela); Nice (d Hanescu); F(2): Acapulco (l Ferrer); Hamburg (l Simon); SF(4): Auckland (l Nalbandian); Barcelona (l Ferrer); Bastad (l Ferrer); Gstaad (l Verdasco); QF(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Montreal (l Tsonga); Kuala Lumpur (l Nishikori)
YTD W-L: 1-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: August 21, 1985
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 10

• Almagro, 26, has yet to play a singles match after receiving a walkover Thursday over Belgian Steve Darcis who withdrew due to a right shoulder injury
• Last season the No. 3 Spaniard (behind No. 2 Nadal, No. 5 Ferrer) finished a year-end best No. 10, won a career-high three ATP World Tour titles in five finals, all on clay, and 47 matches…In February, won back-to-back titles in Costa do Sauipe (d. Dolgopolov),  Buenos Aires (d. Chela)…In May, picked up 10th title in  Nice (d. Hanescu)…Runner-up in Acapulco (l. to Ferrer)  and Hamburg (l. to Simon) …Has won a title every year since 2006
• After his runner-up in Hamburg, re-entered the Top 10 on July 25, moving from No. 14 to No. 10… First broke into Top 10 on Apr. 25 and was there for 3 weeks
• Went 1-7 vs. Top 10 and compiled marks of 32-9 on clay, 13-12 on hard courts…His 32 match wins on clay was a tour-best and earned a career-high $1,326,007

(1) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs (WC) David Goffin (BEL)   First Meeting
 
Tipsarevic FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
W(2): Kuala Lumpur (d Baghdatis); Moscow (d Troicki); F(3): Delray Beach (l Del Potro); Eastbourne (l Seppi); St. Petersburg (l Cilic); SF(3): Chennai (l Malisse); Belgrade (W/O vs Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada (l Fish); QF(2): Washington (l Monfils); US Open (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 1-0
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: June 22, 1984
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 9

• Tipsarevic, 27, the No. 2 Serb (behind No. 1 Djokovic), is making his fifth appearance in Chennai (10-4 record) with back-to-back semi-finals in 2010-11 and quarter-finals in 2009…The top seed opened with a 61 63 win over Indian teenager wild card Yuki Bhambri on Thursday
• Last year made biggest jump into Top 10 from previous season, climbing from No. 49 to No. 9 to earn alternate spot at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London…Came in for Andy Murray who withdrew and went 1-1 in round robin play, losing to Tomas Berdych in three sets and defeating Djokovic
• The Belgrade native reached a career-high five ATP World Tour finals, winning first two titles of his career (Kuala Lumpur, Moscow)…Also advanced to his first Grand Slam QF (US Open)and first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 SF in Montreal…Played the final seven weeks of regular season
• He came into 2011 with a 134-138 career match record and was 25-23 last year before putting together a career-best 54-26 mark
 
Goffin FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 2-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: December 7, 1990
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 174

• Goffin, 21, a wild card entry in the tournament, has been the surprise of the week so far, rallying in his first two matches to advance to his first career ATP World Tour quarter-final…In the first round, he defeated No. 7 seed and countryman Xavier Malisse 46 62 63 and followed with a 46 64 62 win over German Andreas Beck
• Last year he qualified and defeated top Indian Somdev Devvarman in 1R before falling in two tie-breaks to eventual champion Stanislas Wawrinka
• His only other ATP World Tour tournament came in Kuala Lumpur in late September when he defeated Aussie Matthew Ebden (l. to Tursunov)
• In October, won back-to-back Futures titles in France #19 and #20 and closed season with QF at Geneva Challenger on Nov. 11

Court 1

(3) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) vs (Q) Go Soeda (JPN)   First Meeting

Wawrinka FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
W: Chennai (d Malisse); SF(2): Buenos Aires (l Chela); Basel (l Federer); QF(5): Australian Open (l Federer); Acapulco (l Dolgopolov); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Federer); Gstaad (l Granollers); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Montreal (l Fish)
YTD W-L: 1-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: March 28, 1985
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 17

• Wawrinka, 26, the reigning champion (d. Malisse) and 2010 runner-up (l. to Cilic), enters with a 10-2 career mark in Chennai…In his opening round match on Wednesday, he rallied to defeat French lucky loser Edouard Roger-Vasselin 36 63 75
• Last season the No. 2 Swiss finished in the Top 20 (at No. 17) for the first time since 2008 when he was a year-end best No. 13
• Overall, reached quarter-finals or better in eight tournaments, including first Grand Slam of season at Australian Open (d. Berdych, Roddick, l. to Federer)
• Helped his country back into Davis Cup World Group by defeating Hewitt in fifth and decisive rubber in five sets (coming back from 1-2 sets down)…Switzerland will host the U.S. next month in 1R tie

Soeda FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
QF: Bangkok (l Young)
YTD W-L: 2-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 5, 1984
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 120

• Soeda, 27, is making his second main draw showing after losing in the first round in 2009 (l. to Dlouhy)…After winning three qualifying matches in straight sets, opened with a 62 67(4) 75 win over Portugal’s Frederico Gil and followed with a 76(6) 63 victory over No. 5 seed Ivan Dodig of Croatia
• The Japanese No. 2 (behind No. 25 Nishikori) is looking to reach his first career ATP World Tour semi-final…Last October he advanced to his first ATP quarter-final in Bangkok (l. to Young)…He comes in ranked No. 120 and reached a career-high No. 90 on Apr. 11
• He finished with a 7-7 match record in ATP World Tour level play, including a 4-0 mark in Davis Cup play in three ties…He and Kei Nishikori led Japan into this year’s Davis Cup World Group (vs. Croatia) with a playoff win over India Sept. 16-18
• Played in three Grand Slam tournaments for the first time (Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open) and lost in the first round in each (qualified in last two)
• Played well in Challengers with a 29-16 match record and two titles in China…In March, won title in Pingguo and on July 31 captured in Wuhai…Also SF in Singapore and Busan

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