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Tuesday Briefing - Memphis, Marseille, Buenos Aires

Isner© Getty ImagesAmerican John Isner reached the Memphis final in 2010.

MEMPHIS TUESDAY PREVIEW –  SIX AMERICANS FEATURED ON STADIUM, LED BY TOP SEED ISNER 
• There are five first round matches on Tuesday’s schedule at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships with six Americans on Stadium. The 2010 champion and two finalists are on the slate.

• In the opening match, former World No. 4 and 2002 finalist James Blake takes on countryman Ryan Sweeting for the second time.  Sweeting won the previous meeting in the first round of Washington in August 2010. Blake is making his 2012 debut on the ATP World Tour. He’s been sidelined due to a knee injury. The 32-year-old Tampa resident jumped from No. 135 in 2010 to No. 59 last season.
Sweeting broke through to capture his first ATP World Tour title last April (d. Nishikori) in Houston.

• In the second match, 2010 champion Sam Querrey meets Colombian left-hander Alejandro Falla for the third time (tied 1-1). Querrey is working for the second week with former Top 4 ranked ATP World Tour pro Brad Gilbert, who won the title here in 1986 and ’89. The 24-year-old Querrey enters with a 12-4 career mark in Memphis and he’s reached the quarter-finals or better in four of five previous trips.
Falla is making his second Memphis appearance (second round in 2008).

• In the evening session, top seed and No. 2 American John Isner takes  a 2-0 career mark against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Isner won both previous meetings in Atlanta in 2010-11 in three sets. Isner comes in ranked a career-high No. 13 this week and he helped lead the U.S. to a 5-0 first round Davis Cup win over Switzerland by defeating World No. 3 Roger Federer in the second rubber. Muller returns to Memphis for the first time in four years and in his last appearance he lost to top seed Andy Roddick in the first round.

• In the final match, American teenagers Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock, both wild cards, meet for the first time as pros. Harrison is coming off his third career ATP World Tour semi-final last week in San Jose (l. to eventual champ Raonic) and he improved from No. 94 to No. 73 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. Sock, who won the US Open junior title two years ago and the US Open mixed doubles crown last year, is ranked No. 306.     

TUESDAY FIRST ROUND FED-EX HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

Stadium

James Blake (USA) vs Ryan Sweeting (USA)  Sweeting Leads 1-0
10 Washington (USA) Hard R64 Ryan Sweeting 3-6 6-3 6-4
Other Meeting:
11 Sarasota CH (USA) Clay SF James Blake 6-2 7-6(15)

Blake FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: December 28, 1979
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 61
  
Sweeting FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 2-4
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: July 14, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 78

Sam Querrey (USA) vs Alejandro Falla (COL)  Tied 1-1
07 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R128 Alejandro Falla 7-6(5) 6-1 6-4
08 Nottingham (Great Britain) Grass R32 Sam Querrey 6-3  6-4

Querrey FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 1-4
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 6
Date of Birth: October 7, 1987
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 99

Falla FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Auckland (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 4-3
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 14, 1983
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 60

(1)John Isner (USA) vs Gilles Muller (LUX)  Isner Leads 2-0
10 Atlanta (USA) Hard R16 John Isner 4-6 7-6(6)  7-6(7)
11 Atlanta (USA) Hard SF John Isner 7-5 6-7(3)  6-1

Isner FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 4-2
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: April 26, 1985
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 13

Muller FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 2-5
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 9, 1983
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 69

(WC) Ryan Harrison (USA) vs (WC) Jack Sock (USA)    First Meeting

Harrison FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: San Jose (l Raonic)
YTD W-L: 5-4
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 7, 1992
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 73

Sock FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-1
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 24, 1992
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 306

Court 1

(Q) Robert Kendrick (USA) vs Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) First ATP Meeting
Other Meeting:
07 Naples CH (U.S.A.) Clay R16 Robert Kendrick 6-4 6-2

 

MARSEILLE TUESDAY PREVIEW – FIVE FRENCHMEN HIGHLIGHT DAY TWO SCHEDULE, LED BY GASQUET 
• First round action continues on Tuesday at the Open 13 with five French players on Centre Court, including an all-French meeting between a former champion and his doubles partner.

• In the opening match of the day, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and Belgian qualifier David Goffin meet for the first time. Mannarino comes in with an 1-4 match on the season while Goffin last month advanced to the quarter-finals in Chennai. This is the Belgian’s second ATP tournament of the year.

• In the second match on, Nicolas Mahut brings a 4-0 career mark against wild card Arnaud Clement, who won the title six years ago and was runner-up in 1999. Clement has a 20-13 career mark in Marseille.  Mahut is 4-4 on the season and his best ATP World Tour result was the quarter-finals in Montpellier. The two have played doubles on and off over the years and they won the title in Metz in 2004 and were semi-finalists here in 2010-11.

• In the third match, former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko and German Andreas Beck square off for the second time. The Russian won their previous meeting in July 2004 in Stuttgart. Davydenko
is coming off his best result of the season in Rotterdam where he took eventual champion Roger Federer to three sets before falling in the semi-finals. Beck is 2-2 on the season.

• In the evening session, Japanese No. 2 Go Soeda and No. 5 seed Richard Gasquet of France meet for the first time. Soeda is making his debut in Marseille and he’s ranked No .82 this week, one spot off his career high from last week. Last month the 27-year-old Japanese native advanced to his first career ATP World Tour semi-final in the first week of the season in Chennai (l. to Tipsarevic). Gasquet is a three-time quarter-finalist this year, including last week in Rotterdam. The Frenchman is making his fifth appearance in Marseille (4-4 mark) and his best result was the quarter-finals in 2007.

• In the final match, French wild card Paul-Henri Mathieu and Karol Beck of Slovakia play each other for the third time (tied 1-1). Mathieu is playing in his third tournament of the season (2-2 record) and he’s gone from being unranked to No. 417. He reached the semi-finals here in 2008 and the quarter-finals in ’07. Beck is 1-4 on the season and ranked No. 94.

Tuesday First Round FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads – In Order of Play

Centre Court

Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs (Q) David Goffin (BEL)   First Meeting

Mannarino FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 1-4
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: June 29, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 126

Goffin FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Chennai (l Tipsarevic)
YTD W-L: 2-1
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: December 7, 1990
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 164

Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs (WC) Arnaud Clement (FRA) Mahut Leads 4-0
06 Casablanca (Morocco) Clay R16 Nicolas Mahut 6-3 7-6(6)
07 London / Queen's Club (Great Britain)Grass SF Nicolas Mahut 6-3 7-6(4)
07 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R128 Nicolas Mahut 6-3 3-6 7-6(5)  6-4
11 Metz (France) Hard R16 Nicolas Mahut 3-6 7-5 6-3
Other Meetings:
04 Grenoble CH (France) Hard R32 Nicolas Mahut 6-4 6-2
05 Orleans CH (France) Hard SF Nicolas Mahut 6-2 7-6(5)
10 Cherbourg CH (France) Hard SF Nicolas Mahut 7-6(9)2-6 6-3
11 Granby CH (Canada) Hard QF Arnaud Clement 6-1 7-5
11 Rennes CH (France) Hard R16 Nicolas Mahut 6-3 6-3

Mahut FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Montpellier (l Berdych)
YTD W-L: 4-4
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: January 21, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 84

Clement FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: December 17, 1977
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 155

Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs Andreas Beck (GER) Davydenko Leads 1-0
04 Stuttgart (Germany) Clay R32 Nikolay Davydenko 6-3 6-3

Davydenko FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Rotterdam (l Federer)
YTD W-L: 4-4
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 21
Date of Birth: June 2, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 40

Beck FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 2-2
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: February 5, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 96

Go Soeda (JPN) vs (5) Richard Gasquet (FRA)  First Meeting

Soeda FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Chennai (l Tipsarevic)
YTD W-L: 4-2
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 5, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 82

Gasquet FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Sydney (l Istomin); Montpellier (l Kohlschreiber); Rotterdam (l Davydenko)
YTD W-L: 7-4
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 6
Date of Birth: June 18, 1986
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 15

(WC) Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) vs Karol Beck (SVK) Tied 1-1
05 London / Queen's Club (England) Grass R32 Karol Beck 6-2 4-6 7-6(5)
05 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal Hard QF Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1 6-2

Mathieu FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 2-2
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: January 12, 1982
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 417

Beck FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 1-4
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 3, 1982
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 94

Court 1

Matthias Bachinger (GER) vs (Q) Albano Olivetti (FRA)      First Meeting

Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) vs (Q) Roberto Bautista-Agut (ESP) First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
11 Valencia Q (Spain) Hard -- Igor Kunitsyn 6-4 7-6(6)

 

BUENOS AIRES TUESDAY PREVIEW – FORMER CHAMPS ALMAGRO, NALBANDIAN, MONACO IN ACTION 
• A big first round Tuesday line-up includes three former Copa Claro champions and four Argentines on Estadio Central.

• In the first match on, Spaniard Albert Ramos and No. 8 seed and last year’s runner-up Juan Ignacio Chela meet for the first time. Ramos is coming off his first career ATP World Tour semi-final in Sao Paulo over the weekend and Chela enters with a 19-11 career mark in Buenos Aires. The 32-year-old Chela is the oldest player in the main draw.

• In the second match, Italian Filippo Volandri, who was runner-up here in 2006, and No. 5 seed, 2007 champion Juan Monaco square off for the third time (tied 1-1). Volandri was runner-up in Sao Paulo on Sunday (l. to Almagro) and it was his first ATP World Tour final since October 2006. Monaco has played well in Buenos Aires, compiling a 17-7 career record. He also was runner-up in 2009.

• In the third match, No. 2 seed and reigning champion Nicolas Almagro brings a 5-1 career mark against veteran Italian Potito Starace. Although Almagro has owned the head-to-head record, the past three clay court matches all went the distance (three sets). Almagro is coming off his 11th career ATP World Tour title on Sunday in Sao Paulo. The 26-year-old Spaniard has a 12-5 career record in Buenos Aires. Starace is looking to get on track as he enters with a 2-5 record on the season.

• In the evening session, 2008 champion David Nalbandian takes on American lucky loser Wayne Odesnik for the first time.Nalbandian has a 16-7 career record in Buenos Aires and he’s reached the quarter-finals or better the past four years. The 30-year-old Argentine is coming off his best result of the season in Sao Paulo where he advanced to the quarter-finals. Nalbandian is ranked No .85.

• In the final match, top seed and 2010 runner-up David Ferrer of Spain meets Argentine qualifier Andres Molteni, who is making his ATP World Tour main draw debut ranked No .237. The No. 5-ranked Ferrer has an 8-1 match record on the season and he opened the year with his 12th career ATP World Tour in Auckland. He then followed with a quarter-final showing at the Australian Open.

Tuesday First Round FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads – In Order of Play

Estadio Central – 

Albert Ramos (ESP) vs (8) Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)    First Meeting

Ramos FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Sao Paulo (l Almagro); QF: Doha (l Tsonga)
YTD W-L: 4-5
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: January 17, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 59

Chela FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Vina del Mar (l Berlocq)
YTD W-L: 5-3
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 6
Date of Birth: August 30, 1979
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 31

Filippo Volandri (ITA) vs (5) Juan Monaco (ARG) Tied 1-1
04 Palermo (Italy) Clay SF Filippo Volandri 6-1 6-4
08 ATP Masters Series Hamburg Clay R64 Juan Monaco 6-1 4-0 ret
Other Meeting;
05 Biella CH (Italy) Clay QF Filippo Volandri 1-6 6-3 6-4

Volandri FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Sao Paulo (l Almagro)
YTD W-L: 4-5
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: September 5, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 56

Monaco FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Vina del Mar (d Berlocq)
YTD W-L: 5-1
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: March 29, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 20

Potito Starace (ITA) vs (2) Nicolas Almagro (ESP) Almagro Leads 5-1
06 Poertschach (Austria) Clay R16 Potito Starace 4-6 6-4 6-1
07 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Nicolas Almagro 7-6(2) 6-3
07 Valencia (Spain) Clay F Nicolas Almagro 4-6 6-2 6-1
09 Acapulco (Mexico) Clay R16 Nicolas Almagro 7-6(1) 6-7(5) 6-3
09 Bastad (Sweden) Clay R16 Nicolas Almagro 2-6 6-1 6-1
10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Nicolas Almagro 4-6 6-4 6-4 7-6(5)

Starace FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 2-5
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: July 14, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 71

Almagro FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Sao Paulo (d Volandri); SF: Chennai (l Raonic); QF: Auckland (l Kohlschreiber)
YTD W-L: 11-3
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 11
Date of Birth: August 21, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 11

David Nalbandian (ARG) vs (LL) Wayne Odesnik (USA)  First Meeting

Nalbandian FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Sao Paulo (l Volandri)
YTD W-L: 4-2
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 11
Date of Birth: January 1, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 85

Odesnik FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 21, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 107

(1)David Ferrer (ESP) vs (Q) Andres Molteni (ARG)  First Meeting

Ferrer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Auckland (d Rochus); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 8-1
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 12
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 5

Molteni FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: March 15, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 237

Estadio 2

(3) Gilles Simon (FRA) vs Rui Machado (POR)    First Meeting

(7) Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs Eric Prodon (FRA)  First Meeting

Frederico Gil (POR) vs (Q) Federico Delbonis (ARG)  First ATP Meeting
Other meetings:
10 Rome-2 CH (Italy) Clay R16 Federico Delbonis 3-6 6-1 6-4
11 ATPMasters 1000 Monte Carlo Q  Clay -- Frederico Gil 6-2 6-0

Estadio 3

Benoit Paire (FRA) vs (Q) Javier Marti (ESP)   First ATP Meeting
Other meetings:
10 Portugal F3 (Portugal) Hard R16 Benoit Paire 6-4 6-3
11 Palermo CH (Italy) Clay R32 Benoit Paire 6-3 7-6(5)

Blaz Kavcic (SLO) vs (Q) Igor Andreev (RUS)   Andreev Leads 1-0
10 Belgrade (Serbia) Clay R32 Igor Andreev 6-3 6-2

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