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Tomic© Getty ImagesBernard Tomic is contesting his first ATP World Tour semi-final.

BRISBANE SATURDAY PREVIEW – BLOCKBUSTER SEMI-FINAL FEATURES TOP 3 SEEDS, AUSSIE TEEN
The semi-finals at the Brisbane International on Saturday feature the top three seeds and the No. 1 Australian making his ATP World Tour final four debut.

In the first semi-final on Pat Rafter Arena, No. 3 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine takes on No. 2 seed and World No. 12 Gilles Simon of France.  Both players are appearing in the semi-finals here for the first time. In their previous meeting, Simon won 64 63 in the quarter-finals of Sydney last year en route to the title. The 23-year-old Dolgopolov is one of the young up-and-coming stars on the ATP World Tour. The Ukrainian finished a year-end best No. 15 last season, captured his maiden ATP World Tour title and advanced to his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. He was one of 10 ATP World Tour first-time winners last season. Simon, a two-time winner on the ATP World Tour last season (Sydney, Hamburg), has finished in the Top 15 in three of the past four years. He ranked a career-high No. 6 on Jan. 5, 2009 and  reached a Grand Slam-best quarter-final at the Australian Open in ‘09.

In the second match, top seed and World No. 4 Andy Murray is expected to have new coach Ivan Lendl in his box for the first-time meeting against No. 8 seed and top Aussie Bernard Tomic, who is making his ATP World Tour semi-final debut.  Murray, who has been runner-up at the Australian Open the past two years, is trying to capture his first career title Down Under. He is coming off his fourth consecutive No. 4 finish last season and five ATP World Tour titles, which was second to Novak Djokovic (10). Tomic, who is ranked No. 42 at 19 years, 2 months, is the youngest player in the Top 50 South African Airways ATP Rankings. 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. He will break the Top 40 on Monday, around No. 37 thus far, and if he reaches the final, will move to around No. 35, and if he wins the title, around No. 32.

SATURDAY SEMI-FINAL FEDEX ATP Head 2 Head – In Order of Play

Pat Rafter Arena

(3) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs (2) Gilles Simon (FRA) Simon Leads 1-0
11 Sydney (Australia) Hard QF Gilles Simon 6-4 6-3

Dolgopolov FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
W: Umag (d Cilic); F: Costa Do Sauipe (l Almagro); SF(3): Acapulco (l Ferrer); Nice (l Hanescu); Metz (l Tsonga); QF(4): Sydney (l Simon); Australian Open (l Murray); Winston-Salem (l Haase); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (l Nishikori)
YTD W-L: 3-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: November 7, 1988
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 15

• Dolgopolov, 23, is appearing in his first semi-final in Brisbane after defeating Colombian Alejandro Falla 76(3) 62 in the first round, Russian qualifier Igor Andreev 67(3) 76(9) 62 (after saving three match points) in two hours and 39 minutes on Wednesday and No. 6 seed Radek Stepanek 46 63 63…Has a 5-2 career mark and the past two years lost in the 2R– l. to Stepanek in 2010 and l. to Roddick last year
• This week is No. 2 in return games won (14 of 40, 35%) and has been broken eight times (most among semi-finalists), holding 32 of 40 games (80%)
• Last season ranked No. 15 and became the first player from Ukraine since Andrei Medvedev was No. 16 in 1995 to finish in Top 20
• Looking to reach his third career ATP World Tour final (1-1), the first on hard courts
• One of the most improved players on the ATP World Tour, jumping from No. 48 in 2010 to a year-end best No. 15…Among his achievements were a maiden ATP World Tour title in Umag (d. Cilic) on July 31, Grand Slam quarter-final at Australian Open (d. No. 4 Soderling, l. to Murray) and first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles crown (w/Malisse) in Indian Wells, defeating Bryans and Federer-Wawrinka

Simon FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
W(2): Sydney (d Troicki); Hamburg (d Almagro); SF: Bangkok (l Murray); QF(5): Dubai (l Gasquet); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Federer); Casablanca (l Starace); Estoril (l Raonic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 3-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 9
Date of Birth: December 27, 1984
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 12

• Simon, 27, is also appearing in his first semi-final in Brisbane after opening with a 63 64 win over American Ryan Sweeting on Monday and following with a 63 75 victory over Aussie wild card James Duckworth on Wednesday and 76(2) 64 triumph over Colombian Santiago Giraldo in the QFs
• Has a 4-3 career tournament mark (3-1 in Brisbane, 1-2 in Adelaide)
• This week is No. 3 in second serve pts. won (57%) and has held 28 of 32 games (88%)
• The No. 2 Frenchman (behind No. 6 Tsonga) captured a pair of ATP World Tour titles (Sydney, Hamburg) last season to finish in Top 15 for the third time in past four years
• Came back 12 times in ATP World Tour main draw level from a set down to win match
• Has a 9-2 career mark in ATP World Tour finals, winning at least one title every year since 2007


(1)Andy Murray (GBR) vs (8) Bernard Tomic (AUS)      First Meeting

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: 3-0
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 21
Date of Birth: May 15, 1987
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 4

• Murray, 24, is coming off his best match of the week on Thursday as he defeated Marcos Baghdatis 62 62 to reach his first semi-final in Brisbane…In his first two wins, he came back from a set down to defeat Mikhail Kukushkin 57 63 62 and Gilles Muller 46 76(4) 60…It was the first time since 2007 San Jose he’s come back twice from a set down in a tournament
• This week leads the tournament in return games won (13 of 36, 36%), No. 2 in first serve pts. won (81%), No. 3 in aces (22) and has held serve 32 of 37 games (86%)
• 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 arrived in Australia on Friday and is expected to be in his box for the SF

Tomic FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
QF(2): Wimbledon (l Djokovic); Tokyo (l Fish)
YTD W-L: 3-0
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 21, 1992
South African Airways  ATP Ranking: 42

• Tomic, 19, is appearing in his first career ATP World Tour semi-final after defeating Frenchman Julien Benneteau 62 46 75, Japanese qualifier Tatsuma Ito 61 62 and Denis Istomin 63 76(4) to even his career mark at 3-3 in Brisbane…Last year ranked No. 208 and lost to No. 37 Florian Mayer 62 62 in 1R
• This week is No. 2 in aces (25) and has won 30 of 34 service games (88%) while breaking opponents 11 of 32 games (34%)
• The top Aussie ranked No. 42 at 19 years, 2 months is the youngest player in the Top 50 South African Airways ATP Rankings…Will move to around No. 37 thus far and No. 35 if he reaches the final and around No. 32 if he captures the title
• He is trying to become the first Aussie teenager to reach final/win an ATP World Tour title since Lleyton Hewitt (19 yrs., 10 mons.) won the Sydney title in January 2001
• 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)…Has a 2-5 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents


POTENTIAL FINAL HEAD-TO-HEADS

Andy Murray (GBR) vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)  Murray Leads 2-0
06 UKR v. GBR EAGI 2nd Rd. PO (Ukraine)Clay RR Andy Murray 6-3 6-4 6-2
11 Australian Open (Australia) Hard QF Andy Murray 7-5 6-3 6-7(3)  6-3

Andy Murray (GBR) vs Gilles Simon (FRA)   Murray Leads 8-1
07 ATP Masters Series Rome (Italy) Clay R64 Gilles Simon 6-1 1-6 6-3
08 ATP Masters Series Hamburg  Clay R32 Andy Murray 6-3 6-3
08 ATP Masters Series Madrid (Spain) Hard F Andy Murray 6-4 7-6(6)
08 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard RR Andy Murray 6-4 6-2
10 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R32 Andy Murray 6-1 6-4 6-4
11 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay R16 Andy Murray 6-3 6-3
11 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay R32 Andy Murray 6-4 3-6 6-0
11 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard QF Andy Murray 6-3 6-3
11 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard SF Andy Murray 6-2 3-6 6-2

Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)  Dolgopolov Leads 3-0
10 Brisbane (Australia) Hard R32 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 6-4
11 Sydney (Australia) Hard R32 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7(3)6-1 6-2
11 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard R16 Alexandr Dolgopolov 5-7 6-1 6-0

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

DOHA SATURDAY PREVIEW - TSONGA & MONFILS IN ALL-FRENCH TITLE MATCH
For just the third time in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open’s 20-year history there will be a French champion, as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils have set up an all-French final at the ATP World Tour 250 event (the first two French winners were Fabrice Santoro in 2000 and Nicolas Escude in 2004). This is the first all-French final since Marseille in February 2010 (Michael Llodra d. Julien Benneteau).

Jo-Wifried Tsonga, the No. 3 seed, advanced to the final when No. 2 seed Roger Federer withdrew before the semi-final match due to a back injury. Regardless, Tsonga has now made three straight ATP World Tour finals for the first time in his career (he was a runner-up to Federer in his last two tournaments of 2011, at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London). Tsonga is playing in his 13th career final, going 7-5 in his first 12 (7-4 in hard court finals and 0-1 in grass court finals).

Gael Monfils, the No. 4 seed, upset No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the semi-finals, just the second time in 10 career meetings he has beaten Nadal (and both those wins have come right here in Doha). Monfils is playing in his 16th career final, going 4-11 in his first 15 (the 25-year-old is 3-7 in hard court finals, also going 1-3 in clay court finals and 0-1 in carpet finals).

Tsonga leads the head-to-head series, 2-1, winning their first two meetings easily (60 63 at Bangkok in 2008 and 63 63 at Tokyo in 2009) but then succumbing in a close three-setter in their third meeting (76(2) 26 64 at Montpellier in 2010 - Monfils won 89 points, Tsonga 86).

“It’s always really tough to play against Jo because he has a powerful game, the kind of game where it’s tough to manipulate him from the baseline,” Monfils said of playing Tsonga. “It’s also always tougher to be in a final against a friend. You want to show you’re the best, but sometimes you’re going too fast and sometimes you’re a bit shaky. You have to find a balance.”

With Monfils not in the Top 10 anymore - he has been as high as No. 7, but is now No. 16 - he is the underdog on paper today. He also has a losing record of 20-37 against Top 10 players, not a good omen as he squares off with World No. 6 Tsonga today. But when that record is broken down further, there is one encouraging sign: while he is 8-26 against players in the No. 1-No. 5 range, Monfils has a winning record of 12-11 against players in the No. 6-No. 10 range.

WHAT’S AT STAKE
 Winner:    $175,380 and 250 South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking points
 Runner-up:   $92,360 and 150 South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY
 Tsonga:   Appearing in his 13th career ATP World Tour final……..He is 7-5 lifetime in finals (2-4 in ’11)
 Monfils:    Appearing in his 16th career ATP World Tour final……..He is 4-11 lifetime in finals (1-1 in ‘11)

Saturday Final FedEx ATP Head 2 Head – In Order of Play

Center Court

(3) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs (4) Gael Monfils (FRA)  Tsonga Leads 2-1
08 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard (I) SF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-0 6-3
09 Tokyo (Japan) Hard SF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-3
10 Montpellier (France) Hard (I) 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
 
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, after getting a walkover vs. Federer in the semi-finals, is in his third straight ATP World Tour final going back to last November in Paris (Bercy)…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 reached the final in Paris and followed with runner-up at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London (l. to Federer in each)
• 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

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: 4-0
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 13-4 lifetime mark after defeating  Rui Machado 75 63 on Tuesday, Benjamin Becker 75 46 75 on Wednesday, No. 5 seed Viktor Troicki 62 63 on Thursday and top seed Rafael Nadal 63 64 on Friday…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 eight times this week (37 of 45, 82%) and has broken opponents 18 times (in 46 games, 39%), No. 3 in the tournament
• He is appearing in 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 20-37 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

CHENNAI SATURDAY PREVIEW - TIPSAREVIC & ALMAGRO STILL ALIVE IN SEMI-FINALS
The World No. 9 and World No. 10 are one win away from an all-star clash in the final of the Aircel Chennai Open, but they will both face some talented challengers in Saturday’s semi-finals.

The first semi-final pits No. 2 seed Nicolas Almagro of Spain against No. 4 seed Milos Raonic of Canada. It was a narrow escape for Almagro in the quarter-finals - he had to fight off three match points to get past No. 235-ranked Japanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita, 46 76(8) 64. And it’s only going to get tougher now as the No. 10-ranked Spaniard takes on No. 31-ranked Raonic, who won his first two matches in straight sets, blasting 24 aces along the way. He has three Top 10 wins (one over Mikhail Youzhny, two over Fernando Verdasco), but he has lost his last five matches against Top 10 players. Almagro and Raonic are playing for the first time. Almagro, who is trying to reach his first career ATP World Tour final on hard courts, is 10-4 in clay finals.

The second semi-final pits top seed Janko Tipsarevic against Japanese qualifier Go Soeda, who is the only non-Top 4 seed to break through to the final four here, upsetting No. 3 seed and defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-finals (which was his first Top 20 win). Now in order to get to his first ATP World Tour final, World No. 120 Soeda will have to get his first Top 10 win against the No. 9-ranked Tipsarevic - but Tipsarevic hasn’t lost to anyone outside the Top 100 since Wimbledon last June (he retired against former Top 15 player Ivo Karlovic) and hasn’t lost to anyone outside the Top 100 in a complete match since Delray Beach last February (losing to former World No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro). This is a first-time meeting.

Following the singles semi-finals on Centre Court are the doubles semi-finals, a stacked line-up featuring the Top 4 seeded teams. First up is No.1-seeded all-Indian duo Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna against No. 4-seeded all-Israeli duo Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram; second up is No. 2-seeded all-American duo Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram against No. 3 seeds Leander Paes and Tipsarevic (an Indian-Serbian duo). Bhupathi and Paes are both former World No. 1s in doubles with multiple Grand Slam titles to their name - they also won this tournament five times together (1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2011) but neither has won it with another partner.

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

Centre Court

(2) Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs (4) Milos Raonic (CAN)   First Meeting

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: 2-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: August 21, 1985
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 10

• Almagro, 26, who had a bye, then  received a walkover Thursday over Belgian Steve Darcis, played his first match Friday, saving three match points in a 46 76(8) 64 win over Japanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita in the quarter-finals
• 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…Has a 10-4 career mark in finals, all on clay
• 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

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: 2-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: December 27, 1990
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 31

• Raonic, 20, is appearing in the semi-finals for the first time after making his main draw Chennai debut on Wednesday, defeating Romanian Victor Hanescu 61 64…On Friday, defeated top Israeli Dudi Sela 76(4) 63…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

(1)Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs (Q) Go Soeda (JPN)    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: 2-0
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 (11-4 record) and this is his third straight semi-final showing…He was a quarter-finals in 2009…The top seed opened with a 61 63 win over Indian teenager wild card Yuki Bhambri on Thursday and followed with a 62 36 62 quarter-final victory over Belgian wild card David Goffin on Friday
• 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

Soeda FastFacts:
2011 Highlights:
QF: Bangkok (l Young)
YTD W-L: 3-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 5, 1984
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 120

• Soeda, 27, is making his ATP World Tour semi-final debut…This is his second main draw showing in Chennai 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 Frederico Gil and followed with a 76(6) 63 victory over No. 5 seed Ivan Dodig of Croatia and 64 64 triumph over No. 3 seed/def. champ Stanislas Wawrinka
• The Japanese No. 2 (behind No. 25 Nishikori) is looking to reach his first career ATP World Tour final… Last October he advanced to his first ATP quarter-final in Bangkok (l. to Young)…He comes in ranked No. 120 and he 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

POTENTIAL FINAL HEAD-TO-HEADS

Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)        First Meeting

Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs Go Soeda (JPN)        First Meeting
 
Milos Raonic (CAN) vs Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)        First Meeting

Milos Raonic (CAN) vs Go Soeda (JPN)   First ATP Meeting
Other Meeting:
10 Granby CH (Canada) Hard SF Milos Raonic 6-2 2-6 7-6(5)

 

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