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Monte-Carlo Final Briefing

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Nadal© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal aims to end a seven-match final losing streak to Novak Djokovic.

MONTE-CARLO FINAL PREVIEW - NADAL AIMS FOR 8TH STRAIGHT TITLE, DJOKOVIC 1ST MONTE CARLO CROWN
• It’s a dream final between the Top 2 players on the ATP World Tour, but there’s extra incentive Sunday - one is going for his first Monte Carlo Rolex Masters title, while one is going for his eighth straight crown here.

• World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has shown some strong endurance this week, rallying from a set down in two of his four previous rounds to reach his second final in Monte Carlo (he was runner-up in 2009 to Nadal). This is one of only three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments he has never won (also Cincinnati, where he is a three-time runner-up, and Shanghai, where his best results are two semi-finals). Djokovic is playing in his 45th ATP World Tour level final (30-14 mark) and 19th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (11-7 record).

• World No. 2 Rafael Nadal hasn’t needed to show too much endurance this week since he has won all four of his previous rounds in straight sets, losing just 25 games in eight sets (an average of three games a set); he has dominated this event, winning it the last seven years and now on a 41-match winning streak here. The 25-year-old Spaniard is playing in his 68th ATP World Tour level final (46-21 mark) and his 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (19-10); Nadal is trying to become the first player to win 20 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles (he is currently tied with Roger Federer with all-time lead of 19).

• Nadal leads Djokovic in their overall head-to-head series, 16-14, and he also leads their overall clay court meetings, 9-2; but Djokovic has won their last seven meetings, all in finals, including two clay court meetings (in the finals of Madrid and Rome last year - both in straight sets). However, in their last meeting, Nadal did lead 4-2 in the fifth set of a 57 64 62 67(5) 75 loss in the final of the Australian Open in January (at 5:53, it was the longest Grand Slam final in the Open Era).

• Nadal is 13-8 against reigning No. 1s (13-6 against Federer, 0-2 against Djokovic); more relevantly, Nadal is 3-0 against reigning No. 1s in Monte Carlo (beating Federer in the 2006-07-08 finals). He also is 14-0 here against Top 10 opponents.

• This is the sixth No. 1 vs. 2 seeded final in Monte Carlo since 1982 (No. 2 Vilas beat No. 1 Lendl in ‘82, No. 1 Lendl beat No. 2 Wilander in ‘85 and No. 2 Nadal beat No. 1 Federer in 2006-07-08). This will be the 12th straight ATP Masters 1000 final (18 of 19) a Top 4 ranked player has won the title.

WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner: € 460,260 and 1000 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: € 225,680 and 600 South African Airways ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY –
 Djokovic: Appearing in his 45th ATP World Tour level final………………30-14 in finals (2-0 in ’12)
 Appearing in his 19th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final……11-7 in finals (1-0 in ’12)
 Appearing in his 11th clay court final…………………………….7-3 in finals (first in ’12)
 Nadal: Appearing in his 68th ATP World Tour level final………..…….46-21 in finals (0-1 in ’12)
 Appearing in his 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final…...19-10 in finals (first in ’12)
 Appearing in his 37th clay court final…………………………….32-4 in finals (first in ’12)

ROAD TO THE FINAL
(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB #1)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Andreas Seppi (ITA #44) 61 64 (1:28)
3rd Rd: d. (16) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR #21) 26 61 64 (1:39)
QF: d. Robin Haase (NED #55) 64 62 (1:17)
SF: d. (6) Tomas Berdych (CZE #7) 46 63 62 (2:42)

(2) Rafael Nadal (ESP #2)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN #48) 64 63 (1:26)
3rd Rd: d. (Q) Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ #68) 61 61 (1:00)
QF: d. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI #26) 75 64 (1:47)
SF: d. (9) Gilles Simon (FRA #15) 63 64 (1:50)

Mr. April on Clay – Nadal has won 71 straight matches on clay in the month of April. During his clay court streak in April he has won 12 titles – seven in Monte-Carlo and five in Barcelona. His last loss on clay in April came on Apr. 8, 2005 to Igor Andreev in the quarter-finals of Valencia.

Open Era Clay Court Title Leaders – Nadal is No. 3 in the Open Era clay court titles leaders list:
  No.
1) Guillermo Vilas 45
2) Thomas Muster 40
3) Rafael Nadal 32
4) Bjorn Borg, Manuel Orantes 30
6) Ivan Lendl, Ilie Nastase 28
8) Jose-Luis Clerc 21
9) Mats Wilander 20
10) Andres Gomez, Carlos Moya 16

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FED EX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS –

Court Central

(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs (2) Rafael Nadal (ESP) Nadal Leads 16-14
06 Roland Garros (France) Clay QF Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4 ret
07 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard F Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-5
07 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard QF Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4
07 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay QF Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-3
07 Roland Garros (France) Clay SF Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-4 6-2
07 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass SF Rafael Nadal 3-6 6-1 4-1 ret
07 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal Hard SF Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-3
07 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard RR Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4
08 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-2
08 ATP Masters Series Hamburg Clay SF Rafael Nadal 7-5 2-6 6-2
08 Roland Garros (France) Clay SF Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-2 7-6(3)
08 London / Queen's Club Grass F Rafael Nadal 7-6(6) 7-5
08 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-1 7-5
08 Beijing Olympics (China) Hard SF Rafael Nadal 6-4 1-6 6-4
09 ESP vs. SRB WG 1st RD (Spain) Clay RR Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4 6-1
09 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay F Rafael Nadal 6-3 2-6 6-1
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome Clay F Rafael Nadal 7-6(2) 6-2
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay SF Rafael Nadal 3-6 7-6(5) 7-6(9)
09 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (U.S.A.)Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-1 6-4
09 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-3
09 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard RR Novak Djokovic 7-6(5) 6-3
10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard F Rafael Nadal 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2
10 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard RR Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-2
11 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard F Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-2
11 ATP Masters 1000 Miami Hard F Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-3 7-6(4)
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay F Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome Clay F Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4
11 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass F Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3
11 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard F Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-4 6-7(3) 6-1
12 Australian Open (Australia) Hard F Novak Djokovic 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7(5)7-5

 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal
 Sets Won: 37 42
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 2 7
 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 2 9
 Hard: 11 5
 Carpet: 0 0
 Grass: 1 2

DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 24-year-old Serb comes into his second final with a 15-5 career record and on Saturday rallied to defeat No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych 46 63 62…On Friday beat Robin Haase 64 62…Also posted wins over No. 16 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 26 61 64 on Thursday and Andreas Seppi 61 64 on Tuesday
• In his last appearance two years ago, lost in the semi-finals to Fernando Verdasco…In ’09, reached final (l. to Nadal in three sets)…Also a semi-finalist in ’08 (retiring vs. Federer due to illness)
• Has broken opponents 17 of 42 games (40%) and has held serve 37 of 45 games (82%)
• Two of his five losses have come to No. 1 Federer, in his debut in three sets in 2006 and in ’08…In ‘07, came in No. 7 and after a bye, beat Gaston Gaudio before losing to David Ferrer in the third round

2012 Highlights:
W: Australian Open (d Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (d Murray); SF: Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Isner)
YTD W-L: 24-2 (4-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 30
Date of Birth: May 22, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 1
2012 in Review:
• The World No. 1 is playing in his third final in five tournaments (in first event on clay)…He’s coming off his second title of the season at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Miami on Apr. 1 when he defended his crown, defeating No. 4 Andy Murray
• Has a 24-2 match record and he opened the season by defending his Australian Open title on Jan. 29 …Has an 11-7 mark in ATP Masters 1000 finals (six different titles) and 30-14 in his career
• Prior to Miami, lost in the semi-finals to Isner 76 36 76, in Indian Wells, and to Murray in Dubai
• En route to winning his fifth Grand Slam title (third in a row) Down Under (d. Murray and Nadal in back-to-back five-setters in SFs and final)…His 5:53 marathon win over Nadal was longest Slam final ever
• Has a 94-8 match record since the beginning of last year (went 70-6 in 2011)
• This is the 42nd consecutive week the Serb stands No. 1 (since July 4, 2011 after Wimbledon title) in the South African Airways ATP Rankings

NADAL FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The reigning seven-time champion has a 43-1 career record with 41 consecutive match wins…He opened with a 64 63 win over Jarkko Nieminen on Wednesday and followed with a 61 62 victory over qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin, 75 64 over Stanislas Wawrinka and 63 64 over No. 9 seed Gilles Simon
• No. 1 in service games won (95%, 35 of 37 held) and break pts. saved (80%, 8 of 10) and No. 2 in first serve pts. won (78%) while breaking serve 38% (14 of 37 games), converting 14 of 25 break pts (56%)
• Has only lost six sets (84-6) during streak (in 2005-06 SF & F, ’09 F, ’11 SF)…Last year he beat countryman Ferrer 64 75 in the final…Two years ago only lost 14 games en route to title over Verdasco
• His lone loss came in the third round to Guillermo Coria in 2003 (did not play in 2004 due to injury)
• Since the loss to Coria in ’03, has captured titles over Coria in 2005, World No. 1 Federer from 2006-08, Djokovic in ’09, Verdasco in ’10 and Ferrer last year …Has a 14-0 mark against Top 10 opponents
• In 2008, won doubles title (w/Robredo), first player to win both titles in same year since Nastase in 1973

Final Results in Monte-Carlo:
2011 - d. No. 6 David Ferrer 64 75 2007 - d. No. 1 Roger Federer 64 64
2010 - d. No. 12 Fernando Verdasco 60 61 2006 - d. No. 1 Roger Federer 62 67 63 76
2009 - d. No. 3 Novak Djokovic 63 26 61 2005 - d. No. 9 Guillermo Coria 63 61 06 75
2008 - d. No. 1 Roger Federer 75 75

2012 Highlights:
F: Australian Open (l Djokovic); SF: Doha (l Monfils); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (W/O vs Murray)
YTD W-L: 21-3 (4-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 46
Date of Birth: June 3, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 2

2012 in Review:
• The 25-year-old Mallorcan native is 21-3 on the season and he’s appearing in his second final in five tournaments…On Jan. 29, was runner-up at the Australian Open, losing to Djokovic 57 64 62 67 75 in a record 5:53 marathon…Has reached the last four Grand Slam finals (1-3 mark) going back to Roland Garros (10-5 lifetime in finals)
• Prior to here, his last match was Mar. 28 in Miami where he defeated No. 6 Tsonga in the quarter-finals before withdrawing from SF (vs. Murray) due to left knee injury…It was only second walkover he’s given in 777 matches (’04 Estoril)
• Prior to Miami, he reached the singles semi-finals (l. to Federer) and captured his eighth career doubles title (w/M. Lopez) in Indian Wells…Did not drop a set in five matches during doubles play
• Opened the season by reaching the semi-finals in Doha (l. to Monfils)…Hs last title came in June at Roland Garros (d.Federer)…Has played 12 events since

CLAY COURT KING – Nadal has the best career match record on clay in the Open Era with a 235-18 mark (.928) and he’s 32-4 in clay finals. Here's a year-by-year look at Nadal's clay court supremacy since 2005, compiling a 208-8 match record (.963) and 31-4 mark in clay court finals on the ATP World Tour:
   W-L Clay Finals
2012 – 4-0 0-0
2011 – 28-2 3-2 (l. to Djokovic twice)
2010 - 22-0 4-0
2009 - 23-2   3-1 (l. to Federer)
2008 - 24-1   4-0
2007 - 31-1   5-1 (l. to Federer)
2006 - 26-0   4-0
2005 - 50-2   8-0

 Note: The only players to beat Nadal in a clay court final are Djokovic and Federer (twice each)

DOUBLES PREVIEW – BRYANS LOOK FOR THIRD MONTE-CARLO TITLE VS. RIVALS MIRNYI-NESTOR
• Top seeds and two-time Monte-Carlo champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan take on No. 2 seeds Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Daniel Nestor of Canada in the first No. 1 vs 2 final in three years. All four players are trying to capture their third Monte Carlo crown.
• The Bryans have not dropped a set en route to the final and they are attempting to capture their second title of the year, the first since opening with a title in Sydney (d. Ebden-Nieminen). They followed with a runner-up at the Australian Open (l. to Paes-Stepanek) in their 20th career Grand Slam final (11-9). Since then they reached two quarter-finals and one semi-final. Two weeks ago here they helped the U.S. defeat France in the Davis Cup quarter-finals, defeating Benneteau-Llodra in straight sets.
• This is the Bryans' fifth career final in Monte-Carlo (2-2). They won the title in 2007 and last year and were finalists in 2005 and ’09. They have an 18-5 career mark in Monte-Carlo. The Bryans are trying to become the first team with 20 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles (19-13). Nestor has won 25.
• The Bryans have a 76-42 career record in doubles finals and last year they finished as the No. 1 team for a record seventh time in the past nine years. They went 8-3 in finals.
• Mirnyi and Nestor have dropped two sets en route to their fourth final of the season. They opened the year with a title in Brisbane and a month later added title in Memphis. In their last outing in Miami, they reached the final (l. to Paes-Stepanek). They have a 22-5 match record on the season.
• Mirnyi won titles here in 2003 (w/Bhupathi) and ’06 (w/Bjorkman) while reaching the final two years ago (w/Bhupathi). Nestor won back-to-back titles in 2009-10 (w/Zimonjic).
• While the Bryans are trying to earn their 77th title together, Mirnyi has 43 career titles and Nestor 77. Mike Bryan is the active doubles titles leader on the ATP World Tour with 78.

ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 DOUBLES TITLE LEADERS (since 1990)
 No.
Daniel Nestor 25 Todd Woodbrdige 18
Bob-Mike Bryan 19 Mark Knowles 17

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