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Miami Saturday Briefing - Djokovic, Federer, Roddick Open Campaigns

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer, who has won the Miami title in 2005-06, plays against wild card Ryan Harrison Saturday.

• The seeds on the top half of the draw make their first appearances of the tournament Saturday as the second round continues at the Sony Ericsson Open; the World No. 1 and two former No. 1s are on Stadium. The trio have combined to win six of the past eight titles here.

• The first men’s match on Stadium is No. 31 seed Andy Roddick against Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller. Ranked No. 34, Roddick is at his lowest ranking since July 30, 2001 (at No. 35), but he now has a big opportunity to build that ranking up again, as he lost his opening match here in Miami last year (and he is a two-time champion here, in 2004 and 2010). The American in fact didn’t win any matches from Miami until the grass court season last year, so he has a few months to add points onto his total this year; he opens the tournament against the big-serving Muller - Roddick lost their first meeting but has won comfortably in their two meetings since.

• Next up is World No. 3 Roger Federer against American wild card Ryan Harrison; Federer has been arguably the hottest player on the ATP World Tour since the US Open, winning 39 of his last 41 matches (and six of eight tournaments) and now starting to creep up on Rafael Nadal’s No. 2 ranking (he is less than 800 points away. Federer won titles here in 2005-06. He could have a tricky opening match as he faces the talented Harrison, who did push him to a tight two-setter in their only previous meeting last March in Indian Wells. The No. 73-ranked teenager, who is looking for his first career Top 10 win (0-10), will need a monumental effort to stop Federer’s 76-match win streak against players ranked outside the Top 20. Federer last loss to a player outside the Top 20 on June 13, 2010 against No. 32 Lleyton Hewitt in the final of Halle.

• At night, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic faces Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis; Djokovic’s title defenses at Dubai and Indian Wells were unsuccessful, as he fell in the semi-finals of both tournaments, but now he has another chance to reassert his dominance as the 2011 champion here in Miami (he is also the 2007 champion here); although he dominates his head-to-head with Baghdatis, 6-0, Baghdatis has won at least a set in each of their last five meetings, and the Cypriot has beaten reigning World No. 1s twice before (both times during the 2010 season and on hard courts, Federer at Indian Wells and Nadal at Cincinnati).

• Two more Top 10 players, No. 5 David Ferrer, a semi-finalist here in 2005-06, and No. 8 and top American Mardy Fish, who reached the semis here last year, are in action on Grandstand. Ferrer meets 19-year-old Aussie Bernard Tomic, who is the youngest player in the Top 50. Fish takes on Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic.

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SATURDAY SECOND ROUND FED-EX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play by Court

Stadium

Gilles Muller (LUX) vs (31) Andy Roddick (USA) Roddick Leads 2-1
05 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Gilles Muller 7-6(4) 7-6(8) 7-6(1)
06 Indianapolis (U.S.A.) Hard QF Andy Roddick 6-2 6-3
08 Memphis (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Andy Roddick 6-4 7-6(4)

  MULLER RODDICK
Age 28 (09.05.1983) 29 (30.08.1982)
Birthplace Luxembourg Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.
Residence Leudelange, Luxembourg Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Ranking (High) 63 (No. 42 on Oct. 3, 2011) 34 (No. 1 on Nov. 3, 2003)
YTD Won/Lost (On Hard) 4/7 (4/7) 5/4 (5/4)
YTD/Career Titles 0/0 0/30
Career Won/Lost 92/101 594/202
Miami W-L 1-4 (2R - 2012) 31-10 (Winner - 2004, '10)
Career Prize Money $1,759,166 $20,158,389
Coach Benoit Carelli Larry Stefanki

MULLER FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 28-year-old left-hander fired 27 aces on Thursday to post his first career win (1-4) in Miami over Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. 57 64 76(5) in two hours, 36 minutes
• Coming into this week, lost in the first round in 2004-05-06 and ’09, winning one set (1-8)

2012 in Review:
• The Luxembourg native enters the second round with a 4-7 match record on the season and he’s playing in his eighth ATP World Tour event…He’s not won back-to-back matches on the ATP World Tour this season, losing in the Brisbane, San Jose and Indian Wells
• Last week at the Dallas Challenger, reached the quarter-finals, losing to Tommy Haas
 
RODDICK FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 29-year-old American has a 31-10 career record here…Last year came in ranked No. 8 and lost in the opening round (after a bye) to Pablo Cuevas 64 76(4)
• This is the first time he comes into Miami ranked outside the Top 20 since 2001 when he was No. 119
• Two years ago defeated Tomas Berdych in the final 75 64…In 2004, he captured the title (d. Coria, who retired) and he also was a semi-finalist in 2008 (d. Federer in QF, l. to eventual champ Davydenko)
• Five of his losses have come to Top 10 opponents (has a 5-5 mark)
• Made his breakthrough here in 2001 when he defeated former No. 1 Marcelo Rios (2nd Rd.) and No. 4 ranked Pete Sampras (3rd Rd.) before falling to No. 7 Lleyton Hewitt in the quarter-finals

2012 Highlights:
QF: San Jose (l Istomin); Delray Beach (l Anderson)

2012 in Review:
• The Austin, Texas resident enters with a 5-5 mark on the season with his best results a pair of quarter-finals in San Jose (l. to Istomin) and Delray Beach (l. to Anderson)
• In his last tournament in Indian Wells, after a bye, rallied to defeat Lukasz Kubot 46 76(5) 63 (after the Pole served for the match at 5-4 in the second set)…Then lost to No. 7 Berdych 63 46 62 in third round
• He retired in the second round of the Australian Open (vs. Hewitt) on Jan. 19 due to a right hamstring injury and injured his ankle in the second set of his seconde round match vs. Denis Kudla on Feb. 15 in San Jose but continued on to win the match in three sets
• His No. 34 ranking is his lowest since July 30, 2001 when he was ranked No. 35

(3) Roger Federer (SUI) vs (WC) Ryan Harrison (USA) Federer Leads 1-0
11 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R16 Roger Federer 7-6(4) 6-3

  FEDERER HARRISON
Age 30 (08.08.1981) 19 (07.05.1992)
Birthplace Basel, Switzerland Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Residence Bottmingen, Switzerland Austin, TX, U.S.A.
Ranking (High) 3 (No. 1 on Feb. 2, 2004) 73 (No. 65 on Feb. 27, 2012)
YTD Won/Lost (On Hard) 19/2 (19/1) 10/6 (9/6)
YTD/Career Titles 3/73 0/0
Career Won/Lost 829/188 29/35
Miami W-L 40-11 (Winner 2005-06) 1-2 (2R - 2012)
Career Prize Money $69,723,311 $674,871
Coach Paul Annacone Grant Doyle

FEDERER FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 29-year-old Swiss has reached the quarter-finals (or better) in eight of his 13 previous appearances…Has a 40-11 career mark and his wins total is No. 3 in tournament history behind Andre Agassi (61) and Pete Sampras (42)…Last year he lost in the semi-finals to rival Rafael Nadal 63 62
• He captured back-to-back titles in 2005 (d. Nadal in five sets) and ‘06 (d. Ljubicic in three tie-breaks)... Also a runner-up in 2002 (l. to Agassi in four sets), his only loss to an American in a final (15-1)
• In 2007, he defeated Querrey and Almagro before losing to qualifier (ranked No. 55) Guillermo Canas in a third set tie-break in the 4th Rd.
• He captured the doubles title in 2003 (w/Mirnyi) and one of two players (Richard Krajicek) in tournament history (since 1985) to win both titles during their career

2012 Highlights:
W: Rotterdam (d del Potro); Dubai (d Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (d Isner); SF: Doha (W/O vs Tsonga); Australian Open (l Nadal)
 
2012 in Review:
• The 30-year-old Swiss native comes in with a sizzling 22-2 match record on the season and a 15-match winning streak since a Davis Cup four-set loss to John Isner on Feb 10
• Has captured three straight ATP World Tour titles in Rotterdam (d. del Potro) on Feb. 19, Dubai (d. Murray) on Mar. 3 and Indian Wells last Sunday (d. Isner) …During streak, has only dropped three sets, to Davydenko in semi-finals of Rotterdam and to Raonic in 3rd Rd. and Bellucci in 4th Rd. last week…Did not drop a set in final three rounds (d. No. 9 del Potro, No. 2 Nadal, No. 11 Isner)
• Has won 39 of last 41 matches (losses since US Open SF: Nadal in Australian Open SFs, Isner in Davis Cup), capturing six titles in eight 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…His 73 career titles is No. 4 in Open Era
•  He is the all-time leader in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 match wins (252) and has a career mark of 252-75 with 19 ATP Masters 1000 titles, tied with Nadal (19)…Overall is 19-12 in finals

ON A ROLL – Federer is 39-2 since falling to Djokovic in the US Open semi-finals last September, winning titles in six of his past eight tournaments:
           W-L
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 – (d. Isner in Final)        39-2

HARRISON FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 19-year-old American rallied on Thursday to defeat Italian Potito Starace 67(6) 64 64 to post his first career win (1-2) in Miami

2012 Highlights:
SF: San Jose (l Raonic)

2012 in Review:
• The Austin, Texas resident enters with a 10-6 record on the season and last year didn’t win his 10th match until late July in Los Angeles where he reached the semi-finals (l. to Fish)
• Last week in Indian Wells, he advanced to the fourth round for the second straight year (l. to No. 13 Simon in three sets)
• Last month in San Jose, he reached his third career ATP World Tour semi-final in San Jose, falling to eventual champion Milos Raonic…In the first round, hit a career-high 27 aces in three-set win over No. 8 Olivier Rochus and saved two match points in his second round victory over Robby Ginepri…Jumped from No. 94 to No. 73 afterwards…Reached a career-high No. 65 on Feb. 27
• Prior to San Jose, he made his Davis Cup debut vs. Switzerland and helped U.S. to 5-0 victory, defeating Michael Lammer in two tie-breaks in dead rubber
• He is looking for his first career Top 10 victory (0-10) and in January, lost to No. 4 Andy Murray in four sets in the first round at the Australian Open

(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) Djokovic Leads 6-0
07 ATP Masters Series Rome (Italy) Clay R16 Novak Djokovic 6-2 7-5
07 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass QF Novak Djokovic 7-6(4) 7-6(9) 6-7(3)4-6 7-5
09 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 6-1 7-6(1)  6-7(5) 6-2
10 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-7(2) 6-3 6-4
11 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R32 Novak Djokovic 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-4
11 Basel (Switzerland) Hard QF Novak Djokovic 2-6 6-2 6-3

  DJOKOVIC BAGHDATIS
Age 24 (22.05.1987) 26 (17.06.1985)
Birthplace Belgrade, Serbia Limassol, Cyprus
Residence Monte-Carlo, Monaco Limassol, Cyprus
Ranking (High) 1 (No. 1 on July 4, 2011) 42 (No. 8 on Aug. 21, 2006)
YTD Won/Lost (On Hard) 14/2 (14/2) 15/7 (15/7)
YTD/Career Titles 1/29 0/4
Career Won/Lost 408/113 221/145
Miami W-L 18-4 (Miami - 2007, '11) 4-5 (3R - 2006, '10)
Career Prize Money $35,546,866 $4,823,376
Coach Marian Vajda Miles Maclagan

DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 24-year-old reigning champ has an 18-4 career mark and last year was his third final…Last season he rallied to defeat No. 1 Nadal 46 63 76(4) in the title match
• He won the title in 2007 (d. No. 2 Nadal in QF, Murray in SF, d. Canas in F) and was runner-up in ’09 (l. to Murray)
• En route to last year’s final, dropped only 18 games, posting wins over Denis Istomin 60 61, wild card James Blake 62 60, countryman/No. 16 Viktor Troicki 63 62, Kevin Anderson 64 62 and No. 14 seed Mardy Fish 63 61…In his five matches, was not broken in 40 service games (saving 13 break points)

2012 Highlights:
W: Australian Open (d Nadal); SF: Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Isner)

2012 in Review:
• The World No. 1 is 14-2 on the season and he’s coming off a 76 36 76 loss to American John Isner, who fired 20 aces in last Saturday’s semi-final in Indian Wells
• His best result was winning fifth career Grand Slam title (third in a row) at Australian Open (d. Murray and Nadal in back-to-back five-setters in SFs and final)
• Since the beginning of last season, has compiled a sizzling 84-8 match record (70-6 in 2011)
• Prior to Indian Wells, reached the semi-finals in Dubai on March 2, falling to No. 4 Andy Murray
• This is the 38th consecutive week the Serb stands No. 1 (since July 4, 2011 after Wimbledon title) in the South African Airways ATP Rankings


BAGHDATIS FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 25-year-old Cypriot enters with a 4-5 career match record here and his previous best result was the third round in his debut in 2006 (l. to No. 5 Davydenko in three sets) and in 2010 (l. to No. 9 Cilic)
• Last year he lost in his opening round (after a bye) to Olivier Rochus in three sets
• He opened on Thursday with a 61 64 win over Argentine Leonardo Mayer

2012 Highlights:
SF: Sydney (l Benneteau); Zagreb (l Lacko); QF: Brisbane (l Murray)

2012 in Review:
• The Cypriot is 15-7 on the season and he owns the most match wins of any player outside the Top 30
• Playing in his eighth ATP World Tour event of year, his previous best results were the semi-finals in Sydney (d. No. 11 del Potro in QF, l. to Benneteau) in January and Zagreb (l. to Lacko) last month…Also a  quarter-finalist in Brisbane (l. to Murray) in opening week of campaign
• Last week reached the third round. at Indian Wells (l. to Dolgopolov); did not win back-to-back matches at other three events (incl. 2nd Rd. loss at Australian Open)
• Has an 0-3 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this season (17-32 in career) and has lost seven in a row since defeating No. 5 Murray in the first round of Rotterdam in February last year

Grandstand

Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs (5) David Ferrer (ESP) Ferrer Leads 1-0
10 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Hard R32 David Ferrer 6-3 6-4

Tomic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Brisbane (l Murray); QF: Delray Beach (l Isner)
YTD W-L: 10-5 (9-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 21, 1992
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 36

Ferrer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Auckland (d Rochus); Buenos Aires (d Almagro); Acapulco (d Verdasco); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 19-2 (9-2 on hard)
YTD Titles: 3
Career Titles: 14
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 5

(Q) Sergei Bubka (UKR) vs (14) Gael Monfils (FRA)  First Meeting

Bubka FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 1-3 (1-3 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: February 10, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 182

Monfils FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Doha (l Tsonga); Montpellier (l Berdych)
YTD W-L: 10-3 (10-3 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: September 1, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 14

(Q) Frank Dancevic (CAN) vs (8) Mardy Fish (USA) Fish Leads 2-0
09 Delray Beach (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Mardy Fish 7-5 6-3
10 Newport (U.S.A.) Grass QF Mardy Fish 6-7(6) 6-4 6-4

Dancevic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 1-1 (1-1 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 26, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 132

Fish FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 4-4 (3-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 6
Date of Birth: December 9, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 8

(11) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) vs Ivo Karlovic (CRO) Tied 1-1
07 Nottingham (Great Britain) Grass QF Ivo Karlovic 7-6(10) 7-5
11 Roland Garros (France) Clay R128 Juan Martin Del Potro 6-7(7)   6-3   7-5 6-4

del Potro FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Marseille (d Llodra); F: Rotterdam (l Federer); SF: Dubai (l Federer); QF: Sydney (l Baghdatis); Australian Open (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Federer)
YTD W-L: 19-5 (19-5 on hard0
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: September 23, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 11

Karlovic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Zagreb (l Youzhny)
YTD W-L: 8-5 (8-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: February 28, 1979
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 54

Court 1
(17) Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER)  First Meeting

(28) Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Sam Querrey (USA)  Querrey Leads 5-1
08 Las Vegas (U.S.A.) Hard F Sam Querrey 4-6 6-3 6-4
09 London / Queen's Club (Great Britain)Grass R32 Sam Querrey 7-5 6-3
10 Los Angeles (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Sam Querrey 7-6(8) 4-6 6-0
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto Hard R32 Kevin Anderson 7-6(4) 4-6 6-4
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome Clay R64 Sam Querrey 7-6(1) 1-0 ret
12 Memphis (USA) Hard R16 Sam Querrey 7-6(4)  6-4
Other meeting:
07 Sacramento CH (USA) Hard R32 Sam Querrey 6-3 3-6 6-3

(12) Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs (Q) David Goffin (BEL)   First Meeting

Court 2
(Q) Bjorn Phau (GER) vs (20) Fernando Verdasco (ESP) First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
02 Eckental CH (Germany) Carpet SF Bjorn Phau 6-3 6-0

Albert Ramos (ESP) vs (15) Feliciano Lopez (ESP)   First Meeting

Court 3
(21) Juan Monaco (ARG) vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)   First Meeting

Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) vs I23) Marin Cilic (CRO)   Cilic Leads 2-0
10 Chennai (India) Hard R32 Marin Cilic 6-2 6-4
11 Zagreb (Croatia) Hard R16 Marin Cilic 7-6(3) 6-2

Court 6
(Q) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs (27) Viktor Troicki (SRB) Troicki Leads 3-0
09 Hamburg (Germany) Clay R16 Viktor Troicki 6-7(2) 6-4 7-6(6)
10 Halle (Germany) Grass R32 Viktor Troicki 6-1 7-6(4)
10 Tokyo (Japan) Hard QF Viktor Troicki 6-2 3-6 6-4
Other meeting:
08 Monza CH (Italy) Clay R32 Viktor Troicki 6-2 6-1
 
Court 7
(30) Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs Benjamin Becker (GER) Benneteau Leads 1-0
10 FRA vs. GER WG 1st RD (France) Hard RR Julien Benneteau 6-2 7-5

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