Pro Tennis Internet Network

Sunday Preview - Federer Chases History, Isner Eyes Breakthrough

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer is chasing his fourth BNP Paribas Open crown.

• One player will go for an historic fourth BNP Paribas Open title while the other will seek a first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title on Sunday as Roger Federer and John Isner square off in the final.

• Swiss No. 3-ranked Roger Federer has been arguably the hottest player on the ATP World Tour over the last six months, winning 38 of 40 matches since the US Open, the only losses coming to Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the Australian Open and to John Isner in Davis Cup play - having beaten Nadal in the semi-finals on Saturday, he now has a chance at avenging both of those losses right here in back-to-back days.

• Federer is in his 103rd ATP World Tour final (he is 72-30 in career) and his 31st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (18-12 record); his 18 ATP Masters 1000 titles is the second-most ever (Nadal has 19). He is going for his fourth career BNP Paribas Open title, which would be the most in the history of the event (he is currently tied with Jimmy Connors and Michael Chang with three titles here) 

• American John Isner has already had a breakthrough two weeks at Indian Wells, not only scoring his first win over a reigning World No. 1 against Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals and reaching his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final, but now assuring himself of breaking into the Top 10 - currently at No. 11, he will be No. 10 if he loses in the final and No. 8 if he wins (replacing Mardy Fish as American No. 1).

• Isner is playing in his ninth ATP World Tour final (he is 3-5 in career); this is also his biggest career final, his previous biggest finals coming at 500-level events at Washington DC in 2007 and Memphis in 2010, finishing runner-up at both (his six other finals came at the 250-level and he is 3-3 in those). He is is trying to become the first American champion here since Andre Agassi in 2001 and the first player to win both singles and doubles titles in the same year since current U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier in 1991.

• Federer leads Isner in their head-to-head, 2-1; Federer won their first two meetings on outdoor hard courts (2007 US Open, 2010 Shanghai) but Isner won their most recent meeting in four sets on clay on Feb. 10 in a first round Davis Cup tie in Switzerland. Isner saved 11 of 12 break points in that match. Isner is 2-7 against Top 3 players; he lost his first seven but has won his last two matches against Top 3 players (d. No. 3 Federer in Davis Cup this year, d. No. 1 Novak Djokovic here on Saturday).

Winner:  $1 million and 1,000 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: $500,000 and 600 South African Airways ATP Ranking points

Isner:     Appearing in his 9th ATP World Tour final……………………….3-5 in finals (0-0 in 2012)   
             Appearing in his 1st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final
Federer: Appearing in his 103rd ATP World Tour level final…………….72-30 record (2-0 in 2012)
             Appearing in his 31st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final…...18-12 record

ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 TITLE LEADERS – With a win on Sunday, Federer would tie Nadal for most career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles (since 1990):
                            No. (Grand Slam Titles) 
1) Rafael Nadal      19    10
2) Roger Federer    18    16
3) Andre Agassi      17    8
4) Pete Sampras      11   14
5) Novak Djokovic   10     5


(11) John Isner (USA) vs (3) Roger Federer (SUI) Federer Leads 2-1
07 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Roger Federer 6-7(4) 6-2 6-4 6-2
10 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai  Hard R32 Roger Federer 6-3 6-4
12 SUI vs. USA WG 1st RD (Switzerland)Clay (I) RR John Isner 4-6 6-3 7-6(4) 6-2

Age 26 (26.04.1985) 30 (08.08.1981)
Birthplace Greensboro, North Carolina Basel, Switzerland
Residence Tampa, Florida Bottmingen, Switzerland
Ranking (High) 11 (11 on February 27) 3 (No. 1 on Feb. 2, 2004)
YTD Won/Lost (On Hard) 14/4 (12/4) 21/2 (21/1)
YTD/Career Titles 0/3 2/72
ATP Masters 1000 Finals W-L 0-0 18-12
Career Won/Lost 135/91 828/188
Indian Wells W-L 12-4 (Finalist – 2012) 38-8 (Winner-2004-05-06)
Career Prize Money $3,230,058 $68,723,311
Coach Craig Boynton Paul Annacone


Tournament Highlights:
• The 26-year-old American is appearing in the final for the first time after posting wins over Frederico Gill 75 63, No. 22 Juan Monaco 75 75, Aussie qualifier Matthew Ebden 64 75, No. 13 Gilles Simon 63 16 75, and No. 1 Novak Djokovic 76(7) 36 76(5) in 2:45…Leads the tournament with 65 aces and second serve pts. won (63%) and has held serve 59 of 64 games (92%, saving 13 of 18 break pts.)…Hit a tournament-high serve of 144 mph (232 KmH) on Saturday
• Also in the doubles final (w/Querrey) and will face M. Lopez-Nadal in the final on Sunday
• Has a 12-4 career mark with all four losses to Top 10 opponents…His previous best result is fourth round in 2009 (l. to No. 6 del Potro) and 2010 (l. to No. 3 Nadal)…Also lost in the third round last year (l. to No. 8 Roddick)…Made debut in 2008 and lost to No. 4 Davydenko in second roun

2012 Highlights:
SF: Delray Beach (l Anderson); QF: Memphis (l Melzer)
2012 in Review:
• The No. 2 American (behind No. 8 Fish) will break the Top 10 on Monday for the first time and he’s appearing in his first final of the season and first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title match…His previous best result was a semi-final showing in Delray Beach (l. to eventual champ Anderson)
• Also a quarter-finalist in Memphis  last month (l. to eventual winner Melzer)…Has a 14-4 match record on the year and last year didn’t win his14th and 15th matches until Newport in July
• 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)
• Last month, 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)

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• Has a career record of 31-24 and appearing in his first ATP Masters 1000 final…Last November he closed out the campaign with a semi-final showing in Paris-Bercy (l. to Tsonga)…His previous best result prior to Paris  was the fourth round in 2009-10, in Indian Wells
• The last American to win an ATP Masters 1000 title was Andy Roddick in Miami in 2010 (d. Berdych) and last player outside Top 10 to win a title was No. 26 Ivan Ljubicic here two years ago (d. Roddick)


Tournament Highlights:
• The World No. 3 has a 38-8 career record here and he’s appearing in his fourth final…He captured three straight titles in 2004 (d. Henman), ’05 (d. Hewitt) and ’06 (d. Blake)…Since then, has reached the semi-finals or better in four of the past five years (2008-09, ’11-12)
• Opened on Sunday night with a 64 61 win over American teenage wild card Denis Kudla and followed on Tuesday night with a 67(4) 62 64 victory over No. 27 seed and top Canadian Milos Raonic…Then came back to beat top Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 36 63 64 on Wednesday, followed with a 63 62 victory over No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro on Friday and beat rival No. 2 Rafael Nadal 63 64 on Saturday
• Has held serve 51 of 56 service games (91%) and has hit 45 aces, No. 2 behind Isner (65) while winning 79% of first serve pts.

2012 Highlights:
W: Rotterdam (d Del Potro); Dubai (d Murray); SF: Doha (W/O vs Tsonga); Australian Open (l Nadal)

2012 in Review:
• The 30-year-old Swiss native comes into his third final with a sizzling 21-2 match record on the season, having won his last 14 matches since a Davis Cup four-set loss to John Isner on Feb 10
• Won back-to-back ATP World Tour titles in Rotterdam (d. del Potro) on Feb. 19 and Dubai (d. Murray) on Mar. 3…During streak, has only dropped three sets, to Nikolay Davydenko in semi-finals of Rotterdam and to Milos Raonic here on Tuesday and Thomaz Bellucci on Wednesday
• Has won 38 of last 40 matches (losses since US Open SF: Nadal in Australian Open SFs, Isner in Davis Cup), capturing five titles in seven tournaments…Has captured  at least one ATP World Tour title for 12 straight years, best among active players (Roddick has 11)
• In Dubai, held serve 52 of 53 games, losing serve only time in final vs. Murray…Also led tournament with 39 aces…It was his fifth career Dubai crown and 72nd career title, which is No. 4 in Open Era

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• He is the all-time leader in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 match wins (251) and has a career mark of 251-75 with 18 ATP Masters 1000 titles, trailing only Nadal (19)
• He has won seven different tournament titles – Hamburg (four times), Indian Wells (three times), Cincinnati (four times), Miami (twice), Toronto (twice), Madrid (twice) and Paris (once) while runner-up in three others – Monte Carlo (three times), Rome (twice) and Shanghai…18-12 overall in finals

ON A ROLL – Federer is 38-2 since falling to Djokovic in the US Open semi-finals last September:
2011 Davis Cup - vs. Australia                                        2-0
2011 Basel – (d. Nishikori in Final)                                  7-0
2011 ATP Masters 1000 Paris - (d. Tsonga in Final)          12-0
2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (d. Tsonga in Final) 17-0
2012 Doha – (W/O vs. Tsonga in SF)                              20-0
2012 Australian Open – (l. to Nadal in SF)                       24-1
2012 Davis Cup – vs. U.S. (l. to Isner)                             24-2
2012 Rotterdam – (d. del Potro in Final)                           28-2
2012 Dubai - (d. Murray in Final)                                     33-2
2012 Indian Wells – (vs. Isner in Final)                             38-2


• The Spanish duo of Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal meet the all-American squad of John Isner and Sam Querrey in an all-unseeded championship on Sunday. Isner is trying to become the first player to win both titles here in the same year was Jim Courier in 1991 (w/Javier Sanchez).

• Lopez and Nadal have not dropped a set in four matches en route to their fourth career ATP World Tour final together (3-0). They won the title two years ago, defeating Nestor-Zimonjic 76 63. In their march to the title match, they have defeated No. 3 seeds Llodra-Zimonjic in the first round, No .7 Paes-Stepanek in the quarter-finals and No. 6 Fyrstenberg-Matkowski in the semi-finals.

• Lopez and Nadal have a 25-8 career record together, winning titles in Doha in 2009 (d. Nestor-Zimonjic), here in 2010 and Doha last year (d. Bracciali-Seppi). Lopez is 5-6 in his career in finals while Nadal is 7-3 in doubles finals.

• Isner and Querrey battled through three straight Match Tie-break wins, including a victory over No. 4 seeds Liindstedt-Tecau in the second round (63 57 10-5). In the semi-finals on Friday they defeated No. 2 seeds Mirnyi-Nestor 64 62.

• The Americans are 42-24 together in ATP World Tour level play and they are 2-2 in finals. They won titles in Memphis in 2010 (d. Hutchins-Kerr) and ATP Masters 1000 Rome last May (d. Fish-Roddick W/O). They were finalists in ATP Masters 1000 Rome in 2010 (l. to Bryans) and last year in Houston (l. to Bryans). Both Isner and Querrey are 3-2 in doubles finals in their career.

Search News

© Getty Images


Get Your ATP
Fan Credential

  • Insider News
  • Daily Results
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Ticket Offers

© Copyright 1994 - 2015 ATP Tour, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No part of this site may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any way or by any means (including photocopying, recording or storing it in any medium by electronic means), without the written permission of ATP Tour, Inc.

Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Enable Mobile