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Murray© Dubai Duty Free Tennis ChampionshipsAndy Murray faces Roger Federer in the Dubai final.

DUBAI SATURDAY PREVIEW - FEDERER VS MURRAY IN BLOCKBUSTER DUBAI FINAL

• Fans are in for a treat at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Saturday as two of the game’s greats, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, will square off for the ATP World Tour 500-level title
• Federer has won Dubai more times than anyone with four titles (Djokovic is the only other multiple champion here with three titles); meanwhile, Murray had never been past the quarter-finals before this year
• Murray is on a 22-match winning streak at the 500-level and below (last loss came in February 2011)
• Federer has held his last 58 service games (hasn’t been broken since Rotterdam SFs vs Davydenko)
• Since last year’s US Open, Federer has won 32 of his last 34 matches (losses to Nadal and Isner) while Murray has won 31 of his last 34 matches (losses to Berdych, Ferrer and Djokovic)
• Murray is playing two of the Big Four in the same event for the seventh time (has beaten two in one event once in first six tries); this is Murray’s first time playing Djokovic and Federer at the same tournament
• Murray leads Federer in their head-to-head, 8-6, and with Federer winning both of their Grand Slam meetings, Murray leads Federer in their best-of-three-sets/non-Grand Slam head-to-head, 8-4; also, Murray leads Federer in their Middle East head-to-head, 2-0 (2008 Dubai, 2009 Doha)

Murray vs Two Of Big Four At Same Tournament
• Murray has played two ‘Big Four’ players at the same tournament six times before:
 2008 Toronto                      d. Djokovic in QFs l. to Nadal in SFs (straight sets)
 2008 US Open                     d. Nadal in SFs  l. to Federer in F (straight sets)
 2009 Indian Wells                d. Federer in SFs l. to Nadal in F (straight sets)
 2010 Australian Open           d. Nadal in QFs  l. to Federer in F (straight sets)
 2010 Toronto                       d. Nadal in SFs  d. Federer in F    only time beating both
 2010 ATP World Tour Finals  l. to Federer in RR l. to Nadal in SFs

• This is the first time Murray is playing both Djokovic and Federer at the same tournament

WHAT’S AT STAKE
Winner   $409,170 and 500 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Runner-up  $184,470 and 300 South African Airways ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY
Federer Appearing in his 102nd career ATP World Tour level final.,....71-30 in finals (1-0 in 2012)
Murray  Appearing in his 32nd career ATP World Tour level final…….22-9 in finals (1-0 in 2012)

ROAD TO THE FINAL
(3) Andy Murray (GBR #4)
1st Rd: d. (Q) Michael Berrer (GER #116)  63 46 64 (2:06)
2nd Rd: d. (Q) Marco Chiudinelli (SUI #185)  63 64 (1:22)
QF: d. (5) Tomas Berdych (CZE #7)   63 75 (1:51)
SF: d. (1) Novak Djokovic (SRB #1)   62 75 (1:22)
 
(2) Roger Federer (SUI #3)
1st Rd: d. Michael Llodra (FRA #40)   60 76(6) (1:07)
2nd Rd: d. Feliciano Lopez (ESP #15)   75 63 (1:15)
QF: d. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS #34)   63 64 (1:09)
SF: d. (8) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG #10)   76(5) 76(6) (1:59)

Saturday  Championship FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads – 

Centre Court

(3) Andy Murray (GBR) vs (2) Roger Federer (SUI) Murray Leads 8-6
05 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard F Roger Federer 6-3 7-5
06 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati  Hard R32 Andy Murray 7-5 6-4
08 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard R32 Andy Murray 6-7(6) 6-3 6-4
08 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard F Roger Federer 6-2 7-5 6-2
08 ATP Masters Series Madrid (Spain) Hard SF Andy Murray 3-6 6-3 7-5
08 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard RR Andy Murray 4-6 7-6(3) 7-5
09 Doha (Qatar) Hard SF Andy Murray 6-7(6) 6-2 6-2
09 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (USA) Hard SF Andy Murray 6-3 4-6 6-1
09 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard SF Roger Federer 6-2 7-6(8)
09 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  Hard RR Roger Federer 3-6 6-3 6-1
10 Australian Open (Australia) Hard F Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 7-6(11)
10 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (Canada) Hard F Andy Murray 7-5 7-5
10 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard F Andy Murray 6-3 6-2
10 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  Hard RR Roger Federer 6-4 6-2

Murray FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Brisbane (d Dolgopolov); SF: Australian Open (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 14-1
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 22
Date of Birth: May 15, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 4

• Murray is appearing in his second ATP World Tour final of the year (in first week of season captured Brisbane title, d. Dolgopolov 61 63)
• In his fourth appearance in Dubai (9-3 record; previous best results are QFs in 2008-09)…This week has held serve 38 of 46 games (83%) while breaking opponents a tournament-high 16 times in 43 games (37%)…Has hit 25 aces and serving at 66% on first serves (60% on year)
• Has won last 22 matches at ATP World Tour 500-level and below (last loss: Baghdatis in 2011 Rotterdam 1st Rd. last February - so in last 12 months is 22-0 at 500-level and below)
•  In SFs, ended Djokovic’s 18-match win streak in Dubai (Murray’s seventh career win over a No. 1)
• Federer is only one of Big Four that Murray leads in H2H (8-6 v Federer, 5-7 v Djokovic, 5-13 v Nadal)
• The 24-year-old Scot is appearing in his 32nd career ATP World Tour level final (22-9 record)

Federer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Rotterdam (d Del Potro); SF: Doha (W/O vs Tsonga); Australian Open (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 15-2
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 71
Date of Birth: August 8, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 3

• Federer is appearing in his second ATP World Tour final of year (won first final in Rotterdam - d. del Potro, 61 64) and enters on an eight-match winning streak since Davis Cup loss to Isner on Feb. 9
• The Swiss superstar is making his ninth appearance in Dubai (33-4 record; four-time champion in 2003-04-05,  ‘07, also runner-up twice, to Nadal in 2006 and to Djokovic in 2011)…Leads the tournament in aces (35) and has held serve all 42 games (saving both break points)… Has won last 58 service games (last time broken: third game second set vs Davydenko in Rotterdam SFs)…Also leads in second serve pts. won (69%) and No. 3 in first serve pts. won (84%)
• Has won 32 of last 34 matches (losses since US Open: Nadal in Australian Open SFs, Isner in Davis Cup)
• Playing in 102nd ATP World Tour level final (71-30 mark) and has won at least one ATP World Tour title for 12 straight years, best among active players (Roddick has 11)

DOUBLES FINAL - (3) Fyrstenberg/Matkowski (POL/POL) vs. (4) Bhupathi/Bopanna (IND/IND)
• No. 3 seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski won their first two matches of the week in straight sets and lost a set in their semi-final win over Erlich/Ram (64 36 104)
• Fyrstenberg and Matkowski are playing their 32nd ATP World Tour doubles final together (11-20 record- they have never reached an ATP World Tour doubles final with another player)
• No. 4 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna have won all three matches in straight sets
• Bhupathi and Bopanna are playing their first ATP World Tour doubles final together
• Doubles final W-L: Fyrstenberg (11-20), Matkowski (11-20), Bhupathi (49-40), Bopanna (5-12)
• The only one of the four doubles finalists to have won this title is Bhupathi, and he has done it three times with different partners: 1998 with Paes, 2004 with Santoro and 2008 with Knowles

ACAPULCO SATURDAY PREVIEW – COUNTRYMEN FERRER, VERDASCO MEET FOR 14th TIME, FIRST IN FINAL
• The championship at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel on Saturday features the reigning two-time champion and top seed against the No. 8 seed and 2004 runner-up. Both finalists have not dropped a set en route to the final. This is the third straight year it’s an all-Spanish final in Acapulco – Ferrer d. Almagro last year and Ferrer d. Ferrero in 2010.
• World No. 6 David Ferrer brings a sparkling 17-1 match record on the season against No. 8 seed and Madrid native Fernando Verdasco, who holds a 7-6 career head-to-head mark against his countryman, including 6-3 on clay. This is their first meeting in a final on the ATP World Tour. Ferrer is on a 14-match winning streak in Acapulco and he owns a career mark of 17-3 here. He is trying to become the first three-time winner on the ATP World Tour this season. Verdasco is making his first final showing in Acapulco since 2004 (l. to Moya) and his first since last July in Gstaad (l. to Granollers). His last title came in Barcelona in April 2010 (d. Soderling). Verdasco is also in the doubles final (w/Marrero) and he’s trying to become the first double winner this season on the ATP World Tour.
• This is the fourth all-countrymen final on the ATP World Tour this season, the second in a row:
- Buenos Aires David Ferrer d. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
- Vina del Mar Juan Monaco d. Carlos Berlocq (ARG)
- Doha Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. Gael Monfils (FRA)

WHAT’S AT STAKE
Winner $277,915 and 500 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Runner-up $125,300 and 300 South African Airways ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY
Ferrer Appearing in his 28th career ATP World Tour final……13-14 in finals (2-0 in 2012)
Verdasco Appearing in his 17th career ATP World Tour final……5-11 in finals (0-0 in 2012)

ROAD TO THE FINAL

(1)David Ferrer (ESP # 6)
1st Rd d. (WC) Santiago Gonzalez (MEX #N/R) 61 62
2nd Rd d. Lukasz Kubot (POL #54) 63 63
QF d. Pablo Andujar (ESP #50) 62 64
SF d. Santiago Giraldo (COL #80)  75 64

(8) Fernando Verdasco (ESP #27)
1st Rd d. Filippo Volandri (ITA #56) 60 62
2nd Rd d. Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG #33) 64 62
QF d. No. 2 Nicolas Almagro (ESP #12) 64 76(5)
SF d. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI #29) 63 63

Saturday Championships FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads –

Cancha Central

(1)David Ferrer (ESP) vs (8) Fernando Verdasco (ESP) Verdasco Leads 7-6 (6-3 on clay)
04 Chennai (India) Hard R32 David Ferrer 1-6 7-5 6-0
04 Valencia (Spain) Clay QF Fernando Verdasco 6-2 6-3
05 Barcelona (Spain) Clay R64 David Ferrer 6-3 6-4
07 Roland Garros (France) Clay R32 Fernando Verdasco 4-6 7-6(2) 6-3 6-3
07 Stuttgart (Germany) Clay R16 Fernando Verdasco 7-5 6-3
08 Valencia (Spain) Clay QF David Ferrer 6-3 1-6 7-5
08 ATP Masters Series Hamburg Clay R16 Fernando Verdasco 7-6(4) 6-2
09 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R16 Fernando Verdasco 6-2 6-1
10 Barcelona (Spain) Clay SF Fernando Verdasco 6-7(3) 7-5 6-1
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome Clay SF David Ferrer 7-5 6-3
10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Fernando Verdasco 5-7 6-7(8) 6-3 6-3 7-6(4)
11 Valencia (Spain) Hard R32 David Ferrer 6-3 6-2
12 Auckland (New Zealand) Hard SF David Ferrer 6-3 6-4

Ferrer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Auckland (d Rochus); Buenos Aires (d Almagro); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 17-1
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 13
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 6

• Ferrer enters his third final of the season, the second in as many weeks, with a career-best 17-1 start…He’s trying to become the first three-time winner on the ATP World Tour this season – Roger Federer and Milos Raonic are the other two-time winners
• Last week he captured his 13th career ATP World Tour title in Buenos Aires and in January he repeated the title in Auckland, d. Olivier Rochus)…Has a 13-14 career mark in ATP World Tour finals
• The No. 2 Spaniard (behind No. 2 Nadal) is ranked No. 6 (career-high is No. 4, set February 25, 2008)
• This is his sixth appearance at this event (17-3 record; winning the title the past two years)

Verdasco FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Auckland (l Ferrer); QF: Sao Paulo (l Ramos)
YTD W-L: 8-4
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: November 15, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 27

• Verdasco is appearing in his first ATP World Tour final this season and has a 5-11 career record in ATP World Tour finals (3-6 on clay)…His last final came in Gstaad last July (l. to Granollers)…His last title came in Barcelona in April 2010 (d. Soderling)
• The Madrid native has a 10-3 match record in the tournament and his best result was a runner-up showing in 2004 (l. to Moya) and he also advanced to the quarters in 2010 (l. to Monaco)
• Ranks as the No. 5 Spaniard behind No. 2 Nadal, No. 6 Ferrer and No. 12 Almagro and No. 15 Lopez

DOUBLES FINAL – ALL-SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURES PAIR OF UNSEEDED TEAMS

• The all-unseeded doubles final matches Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez against David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco.
• Both teams have dropped one set en route to the final. Granollers and Lopez are 0-2 in finals together, losing last season in Zagreb and Stuttgart while Marrero and Verdasco are 1-0 in finals. They are trying to capture their second straight title together after winning in Buenos Aires last week.
• Here are the career ATP World Tour doubles finals records of each player: Granollers (6-7), Lopez (5-5), Marrero (3-4) and Verdasco (2-2).

DELRAY BEACH SATURDAY PREVIEW – ISNER TO MEET ANDERSON, MATOSEVIC-SELA SQUARE OFF
• The semi-finals on Saturday at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships are headlined by the No. 1 and 7 seeds, and two unseeded players trying to breakthrough to capture their first career ATP World Tour title.

• In the opening semi-final, Aussie qualifier Marinko Matosevic meets Dudi Sela for the second straight year here in Delray Beach. Last year Sela rallied in the first round to defeat Matosevic 36 61 62.
The 26-year-old Matosevic, ranked No. 173, is appearing in his first career ATP World Tour semi-final. He’s trying to become the first qualifier to reach the final here Evgeny Korolev won the title in 2009.
Sela is appearing in his first ATP World Tour semi-final since Chennai in January 2010. He’s trying to advance to his second career ATP World Tour final. In 2008 Beijing he lost to Roddick in the title match.

• In the evening match, top seed and No. 2 American John Isner  takes a 3-2 career head-to-head advantage against No. 7 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa. Isner is a career-high No. 11 this week in the South African Airways ATP Rankings and he has a 9-3 match record on the season. His last semi-final came at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris in November last season.  Anderson is appearing in his first semi-final here and his last semi-final came in Vienna last October.

SATURDAY SEMI-FINALS ATP FED-EX HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

Stadium

(Q) Marinko Matosevic (AUS) vs Dudi Sela (ISR) Sela Leads 1-0
11 Delray Beach (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Dudi Sela 3-6 6-1 6-2
Other meetings:
10 Vancouver CH (Canada) Hard QF Dudi Sela 6-4 4-6 7-6(4)
11 Tokyo Q (Japan) Hard -- Dudi Sela 7-6(4) 3-6 6-4

Matosevic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 3-2
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: August 8, 1985
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 173

• Matosevic is appearing in his first  career ATP World Tour semi-final after qualifying into the main draw and posting wins over Ivo Karlovic 63 64, No. 6 seed Alex Bogomolov Jr. 46 61 63 and 2010 champion Ernests Gulbis 36 61 61…Came in ranked No. 173 and will move to around No. 142 and if he reaches the final around No. 127…Reached a career-high No. 131 on Mar. 7, 2011
• Has won his last 11 matches…Prior to coming here, the Melbourne resident won the Caloundra Challenger on home soil on Feb. 12, defeating countryman Greg Jones…Then qualified with three wins
• Opened the season losing in the first round in Brisbane (l. to Haas) and the Australian Open (l. to Monfils), both as wild cards
• The last qualifier to reach the final/win the title in Delray  Beach was Evgeny Korolev three years ago
• Jarkko Nieminen is the last qualifier to reach an ATP World Tour final, win a title in Sydney in January
• No. 2 this week in service games won (31 of 34, 91%) and No. 4 in return games won (12 of 34, 35%)

Sela FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Chennai (l Raonic)
YTD W-L: 6-5
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 4, 1985
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 75

• Sela is appearing in his first ATP World Tour semi-final since January 2010 in Chennai and his fourth career semi-final showing…His lone ATP World Tour final came in Beijing in October 2008 (l. to Roddick)
• Has a 5-2 career mark in Delray Beach and this week has lost only one set en route to wins over wild card Denis Kudla 64 63, Jarkko Nieminen 64 64 and No. 5 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 64 67(4) 60
• Comes in with a 6-5 match record on the season and opened the campaign with a quarter-final in Chennai (l. to Raonic) and followed with a first round  at the Australian Open (l. to Bellucci)
• Last month, lost in the second round in Zagreb (l. to Karlovic) and back-to-back first round exits in San Jose (l. to Ebden) and Memphis (l. to Becker)

(1)John Isner (USA) vs (7) Kevin Anderson (RSA) Isner Leads 3-2
08 Las Vegas (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Kevin Anderson 7-6(2) 7-5
08 London / Queen's Club (Great Britain) Grass R64 John Isner 7-6(5) 6-4
10 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (USA)Hard R64 John Isner 6-3 7-5
10 Atlanta (USA) Hard SF John Isner 6-3 6-7(7) 6-3
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard R16 Kevin Anderson 6-3 7-6(4)

Isner FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Memphis (l Melzer)
YTD W-L: 9-3
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: April 26, 1985
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 11

• Isner is appearing in his first  ATP World Tour semi-final since the last tournament of last season at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (l. to Tsonga) in November
• The No. 2 American (behind No. 8 Fish) comes in ranked a career-high No. 11 with a 9-3 match record on the season…Last week he advanced to the quarter-finals in Memphis (l. to Melzer)
• Leads the tournament this week in aces (32), service games won (29 of 30, 97%), break points saved (7 of 8, 88%) and No. 2 in second serve pts. won (64%)
• Opened the season with opening round loss (after bye) to countryman Bobby Reynolds, then reached the third round at the Australian Open (l. to Lopez in five sets)
• Three weeks ago, posted the biggest win of his career over No. 3 Roger Federer in four sets in Davis Cup first round tie in Switzerland (saved 11 of 12 break points)…Then beat Marco Chiudinelli in dead rubber as U.S. won 5-0 to reach the quarter-finals vs. France next month (in Monte-Carlo)

Anderson FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: San Jose (l Raonic)
YTD W-L: 8-4
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: May 18, 1986
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 36

• Anderson is appearing in his first ATP World Tour semi-final since last October in Vienna (l. to del Potro)…He is trying to reach his third career ATP World Tour final (1-1)…Last February won his first ATP World Tour title in his hometown of Johannesburg (d. Devvarman)
• Has a 5-2 mark in Delray Beach and last year advanced to the quarter-finals…No. 2 this week in aces (29) and has won 32 of 38 service games (84%)
• Two weeks ago in San Jose, the top South African reached his first quarter-final of the season, losing to eventual champion Milos Raonic 75 76…Last week lost in the second round in Memphis (l. to Querrey)
• He comes in with an 8-4 match record on the season and in January he lost in the first round in Auckland (l. to Mannarino) and followed with third round at the Australian Open (l. to No. 7 Berdych)

POTENTIAL FINAL HEAD-TO-HEADS

John Isner (USA) vs Marinko Matosevic (AUS)    First Meeting

John Isner (USA) vs Dudi Sela (ISR)    Isner Leads 1-0
11 Winston-Salem (U.S.A.) Hard R32 John Isner 7-6(3) 6-2

Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Marinko Matosevic (AUS)  Anderson Leads 1-0
10 Baton Rouge CH (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Kevin Anderson 2-6 7-5 6-6 ret

Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Dudi Sela (ISR)   Tied 1-1
10 Eastbourne (Great Britain) Grass R32 Dudi Sela 5-7 6-3 ret
11 Johannesburg (South Africa) Hard R16 Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-4
Other meeting:
07 Yuba City CH (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Dudi Sela 6-2 6-7(2)  6-2

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