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Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Preview

CITY:   Monte-Carlo, Monaco
SITE:   Monte-Carlo Country Club
DATE:    April 15-22, 2012
PRIZE MONEY: €2,950,475
DRAW:   56 singles/24 doubles
SURFACE:   Clay

Welcome to the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the year on the ATP World Tour to be held at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. The nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments bring together the best fields in tennis at the most prestigious venues. This year’s draw consists of 14 of the Top 20 players in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, including seven of the Top 10. Reigning seven-time champ Rafael Nadal is the lone former winner in the field.

This is one of three outdoor clay-court ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments (Rome, Madrid) while four others are on hard courts in North America (Indian Wells, Miami Cincinnati, Toronto), while two are later in the year (Shanghai, Paris). The 2012 ATP World Tour ends with the exciting Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the official year-end tournament held in London.

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SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAY ATP RANKING POINTS & PRIZE MONEY BREAKDOWN                                                      
The South African Airways ATP Rankings are the official rankings in men’s tennis, which began on Aug. 23, 1973. Points are calculated from a player’s performance in the four Grand Slams, the eight mandatory ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, four 500 ATP World Tour tournaments and two 250 ATP World Tour tournaments. The season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London will count as an additional 19th tournament for the eight players who qualify. Below is the ATP Rankings points and prize money breakdown:

SINGLES                W         R-UP          SF         QF        R16      R32      R56    
Rank Points         1000        600           360       180        90         45        10         
Prize Money     € 460,250  225,680    113,580  57,755  30,000  15,810  8,535    

DOUBLES               W          R-UP          SF          QF        R16     R32 
Rank Points          1000        600           360        180       90        0             
Prize Money     € 142,500   69,780      35,000    17,970  9,290   4,900

2012 UPDATE – The first two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments of the season began on hard courts with the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami where Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic won the titles:
                       Champion       Finalist
Indian Wells  Roger Federer    John Isner
Miami           Novak Djokovic  Andy Murray

2011 ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 WINNERS – Last season all nine tournaments were won by the Top 4 players. Novak Djokovic captured a record five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, the most in a season, compiling a 33-2 match record.  Nadal was runner-up four times to Djokovic while capturing the title in Monte-Carlo.  Andy Murray won two of the last three ATP Masters 1000 titles while Roger Federer won in Paris to close out the year.  Here is a look at the finals:
                        Champion       Finalist
Indian Wells  Novak Djokovic  Rafael Nadal
Miami           Novak Djokovic  Rafael Nadal
Monte-Carlo  Rafael Nadal       David Ferrer
Madrid          Novak Djokovic  Rafael Nadal
Rome           Novak Djokovic  Rafael Nadal
Montreal       Novak Djokovic   Mardy Fish
Cincinnati     Andy Murray       Novak Djokovic
Shanghai      Andy Murray       David Ferrer
Paris            Roger Federer     Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 
  
MONTE-CARLO WINNERS IN THE OPEN ERA
This tournament was first held in 1897. The tournament became “open” in 1969 and has been part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 siince 1990. Rafael Nadal is the only player to win seven straight titles:
Year      Final
2011     (1)Rafael Nadal d. (4)David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5
2010     (2)Rafael Nadal d. (6)Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 6-1
2009     (1)Rafael Nadal d. (3)Novak Djokovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
2008     (2)Rafael Nadal d. (1)Roger Federer 7-5, 7-5
2007     (2)Rafael Nadal d. (1)Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4
2006     (2)Rafael Nadal d. (1)Roger Federer 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-6(5)
2005     (11)Rafael Nadal d (6)Guillermo Coria 6-3, 6-1, 0-6, 7-5
2004     (3)Guillermo Coria d. (4)Rainer Schuettler 6-2, 6-1, 6-3
2003     (1)Juan Carlos Ferrero d. Guillermo Coria 6-2, 6-2
2002     (2)Juan Carlos Ferrero d. Carlos Moya 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
2001     (2)Gustavo Kuerten d. Hicham Arazi 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
2000     (8)Cedric Pioline d. Dominik Hrbaty 6-4, 7-6(3) 7-6(6)
1999     (13)Gustavo Kuerten d. (9)Marcelo Rios 6-4, 2-1 (ret)
1998     (14)Carlos Moya d. (10)Cedric Pioline 6-3, 6-0, 7-5
1997     (7)Marcelo Rios d. (12)Alex Corretja 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
1996     (1)Thomas Muster d. (16)Albert Costa 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
1995     (9)Thomas Muster d. (2)Boris Becker 4-6, 5-7, 6-1, 7-6, 6-0
1994     (6)Andrei Medvedev d. (5)Sergi Bruguera 7-5, 6-1, 6-3
1993     (11)Sergi Bruguera d. Cedric Pioline 7-6, 6-0
1992     Thomas Muster d. (16)Aaron Krickstein 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
1991     (9)Sergi Bruguera d. (2)Boris Becker 5-7, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6
1990     (12)Andrei Chesnokov d. Thomas Muster 7-5, 6-3, 6-3
1989     (14)Alberto Mancini d. (2)Boris Becker 7-5, 2-6, 7-6, 7-5
1988     (1)Ivan Lendl d. (7)Martin Jaite 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3
1987     (4)Mats Wilander d. Jimmy Arias 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, 6-3
1986     (3)Joakim Nystrom d. (4)Yannick Noah 6-3, 6-2
1985     (1)Ivan Lendl d. (2)Mats Wilander 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
1984     Henrik Sundstrom d. (2)Mats Wilander 6-3, 7-5, 6-2
1983     (5)Mats Wilander d. Mel Purcell 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
1982     (2)Guillermo Vilas d. (1)Ivan Lendl 6-1, 7-6, 6-3
1981     (2)Jimmy Connors/(3)Guillermo Vilas 5-5 (unfinished-rain)
1980     (1)Bjorn Borg d. (5)Guillermo Vilas 6-1, 6-0, 6-2
1979     (1)Bjorn Borg d. (3)Vitas Gerulaitis 6-2, 6-1, 6-3
1978     (5)Raul Ramirez d. Tomas Smid 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
1977     Bjorn Borg d. Corrado Barazzutti 6-3, 7-5, 6-0
1976     (1)Guillermo Vilas d. Wojtek Fibak 6-1, 6-1, 6-4
1975     Manuel Orantes d. (4)Bob Hewitt 6-2, 6-4
1974     Andrew Pattison d. (2)Ilie Nastase 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
1973     (1)Ilie Nastase d. Bjorn Borg 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
1972     (1)Ilie Nastase d. (3)Frantisek Pala 6-1, 6-0, 6-3
1971     (3)Ilie Nastase d. (1)Tom Okker 3-6, 8-6, 6-1, 6-1
1970     Zeljko Franulovic d. Manuel Orantes 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
1969     (2)Tom Okker d. (5)John Newcombe 8-10, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3

DEFENDING THE MONTE-CARLO TITLE
Since 1980, only four players have successfully defended their Monte-Carlo title, Bjorn Borg in 1980, Thomas Muster in 1996, Juan Carlos Ferrero in 2003 and Rafael Nadal from 2006-11.
2011 Rafael Nadal   Won (d. David Ferrer)
2010 Rafael Nadal   Won (d. Fernando Verdasco)
2009 Rafael Nadal   Won (d. Novak Djokovic)
2008 Rafael Nadal   Won (d. Roger Federer)
2007 Rafael Nadal   Won (d. Roger Federer)
2006 Rafael Nadal   Won (d. Roger Federer)
2005 Guillermo Coria   Final (l. to Rafael Nadal)   
2004 Juan Carlos Ferrero   First Round (l. to Alex Corretja)
2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero   Won (d. Guillermo Coria)
2002 Gustavo Kuerten    Did not play
2001 Cedric Pioline   First Round (l. to Jiri Novak)
2000 Gustavo Kuerten    First Round (l. to Karol Kucera)
1999 Carlos Moya    Quarterfinals (l. Jerome Golmard)
1998 Marcelo Rios    Did not play
1997 Thomas Muster    Second Round (l to Fabrice Santoro)
1996 Thomas Muster   Won (d. Albert Costa)
1995 Andrei Medvedev    First Round (l. to Richard Fromberg)
1994 Sergi Bruguera    Final (l. to Andrei Medvedev)
1993 Thomas Muster    Semifinals (l. to Sergi Bruguera)
1992 Sergi Bruguera    Second Round (l. to Goran Prpic)
1991 Andrei Chesnokov   Quarterfinals (l. to Boris Becker)
1990 Alberto Mancini    Second Round (l. to Henri Leconte)
1989 Ivan Lendl    Did not play
1988 Mats Wilander    Third Round (l. to Claudio Pistolesi)
1987 Joakim Nystrom    Second Round (l. to Thomas Muster)
1986 Ivan Lendl    Did not play
1985 Henrik Sundstrom    Semifinals (l. to Ivan Lendl)
1984 Mats Wilander    Final (l. to Henrik Sundstrom)
1983 Guillermo Vilas   Quarterfinals (l. to Corrado Barazzutti)
1982 No defending champion   Rain cancelled Final 
1981 Bjorn Borg    First Round (l. to Victor Pecci)
1980 Bjorn Borg   Won (d. Guillermo Vilas)

HOW THE NO. 1 SEED HAS FARED IN MONTE-CARLO
Since 1980, the top seed has won seven titles with Nadal accomplishing the feat two of last three years:
Year Top Seed                    Result
2011 Rafael Nadal               Won (d. David Ferrer)
2010 Novak Djokovic           SF (l. to Fernando Verdasco)
2009 Rafael Nadal               Won (d. Novak Djokovic)
2008 Roger Federer             Final (l. to Rafael Nadal)
2007 Roger Federer             Final (l. to Rafael Nadal)
2006 Roger Federer             Final (l. to Rafael Nadal)
2005 Roger Federer             Quarterfinals (l. to Richard Gasquet)
2004 Juan Carlos Ferrero (2)  First Round (l. to Alex Corretja)
2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero       Won (d. Guillermo Coria)
2002 Lleyton Hewitt              First Round (l. to Carlos Moya)
2001 Marat Safin                  First Round (l. to Arnaud Di Pasquale)
2000 Yevgeny Kafelnikov      Second Round (l. to Dominik Hrbaty
1999 Carlos Moya                Quarterfinals (l. Jerome Golmard)
1998 Pete Sampras              Third Round (l. to Fabrice Santoro)
1997 Pete Sampras              Second Round (l to Magnus Larsson)
1996 Thomas Muster            Won (d. Albert Costa)
1995 Pete Sampras               Second Round (ret.against Paul Haarhuis)
1994 Michael Stich                Third Round (l. to Yevgeny Kafelnikov)
1993 Stefan Edberg               Semifinals (l. to Cedric Pioline)
1992 Boris Becker                  Third Round (l. to Aaron Krickstein)
1991 Stefan Edberg                Second Round (l. to Magnus Larsson)
1990 Stefan Edberg                Third Round (l. to Juan Aguilera)
1989 Mats Wilander                Semifinals (l. to Alberto Mancini)
1988 Ivan Lendl                     Won (d. Martin Jaite)
1987 Boris Becker                   Second Round (l. to Jimmy Arias)
1986 Mats Wilander                 Semifinals (l. to Yannick Noah)
1985 Ivan Lendl                      Won (d. Mats Wilander)
1984 Ivan Lendl                      Quarterfinals (l. to Henrik Sundstrom)
1983 Ivan Lendl                       First Round (l. to Shlomo Glickstein)
1982 Ivan Lendl                       Final (l. to Guillermo Vilas)
1981 Bjorn Borg                       First Round (l. to Victor Pecci)
1980 Bjorn Borg                       Won (d. Guillermo Vilas)

MULTIPLE ATP WORLD TOUR  MASTERS 1000 WINNERS ON CLAY (since 1990)
                             No.
Rafael Nadal           14 ’05-11 Monte-Carlo, ’05-07, 09-10 Rome, ’10 Madrid, ’08 Hamburg
Thomas Muster        6 ’90, ’95-96 Rome, ’92, ’95-96 Monte-Carlo
Roger Federer          5 ’02, ’04-05, ‘07 Hamburg, ’09 Madrid
Gustavo Kuerten       4  ’99, ‘01 Monte-Carlo, ‘99 Rome, ’00 Hamburg
Andrei Medvedev      4 ‘94 Monte-Carlo, ’94-95, ‘97 Hamburg
Novak Djokovic         3 ’11 Madrid, ’08, ’11 Rome,
Juan Carlos Ferrero   3  ’01 Rome, '02-03 Monte-Carlo
Marcelo Rios             3  ‘97 Monte-Carlo, ‘98 Rome, ‘99 Hamburg
Sergi Bruguera         2  ’91, ‘93 Monte-Carlo
Guillermo Coria        2  ’03 Hamburg, ’04 Monte-Carlo
Jim Courier              2  ’92-93 Rome
Carlos Moya             2  ‘98 Monte-Carlo, ’04 Rome

DIFFERENT ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 TITLES
Can it be done? Winning all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles is perhaps the most difficult task in professional tennis. Andre Agassi is the closest to accomplishing this feat having won seven of the nine different shields. Roger Federer has won seven different ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles while Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have six each. Here is a look at the leading multiple ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title winners with total and different tournaments won among active players:

Roger Federer (19)   7  '02 & '04-’05, ‘07 Hamburg, '04-06, ‘12 Indian Wells, '04 & ‘06 Toronto,
‘05-06 Miami, ’05, ’07 & ’09-‘10 Cincinnati, ’06 & ‘09 Madrid, ’11 Paris
Rafael Nadal (19)  6 ’05-11 Monte-Carlo, ’05-07, ’09-10 Rome, ’05 Montreal & ‘08 Toronto, ’05 &     ‘10 Madrid, ‘07, ’09 Indian Wells, ’08 Hamburg       
Novak Djokovic (11) 6 ’07 & ’11-12 Miami, ’07, ’11  Montreal, ’08, ’11 Indian Wells, ’08 & ’11 Rome,
’09 Paris, ’11 Madrid
Andy Murray (8)  5  ’08  & ’11 Cincinnati, ’08 Madrid, ’09 Miami, ’09 Montreal/’10 Toronto,  ’10-11 Shanghai                             
Andy Roddick (5)    3    '03 Montreal, '03 & ‘06 Cincinnati, '04 & ‘10 Miami     
Juan Carlos Ferrero (4)  3   ‘01 Rome, ‘02 & ‘03 Monte-Carlo, ‘03 Madrid                              
Nikolay Davydenko (3)  3 ’06 Paris, ’08 Miami, ’09 Shanghai

WINNING ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 TOURNAMENTS BACK-TO-BACK
Last year, Djokovic became the first player to win back-to-back titles at least twice in a season. The Indian Wells, Miami back-to-back title sweep has been accomplished eight times since 1991:

Player                   ATP Masters 1000 Titles
Novak Djokovic         2011 Indian Wells, Miami; Madrid, Rome, Montreal (three in a row)
Rafael Nadal             2010 Monte-Carlo, Rome, Madrid
Rafael Nadal             2009 Monte-Carlo, Rome
Andy Murray            2008 Cincinnati, Madrid
Rafael Nadal             2008 Hamburg, Toronto
David Nalbandian      2007 Madrid, Paris
Rafael Nadal             2007 Monte-Carlo, Rome
Rafael Nadal             2006 Monte-Carlo, Rome
Roger Federer           2006 Indian Wells, Miami
Rafael Nadal             2005 Monte-Carlo, Rome
Roger Federer            2005 Indian Wells, Miami
Marat Safin               2004 Madrid, Paris
Andy Roddick           2003 Montreal, Cincinnati
Andre Agassi            2001 Indian Wells, Miami
Marcelo Rios            1998 Indian Wells, Miami
Patrick Rafter           1998 Toronto, Cincinnati
Andre Agassi            1995 Montreal, Cincinnati
Pete Sampras            1994 Indian Wells, Miami
Andrei Medvedev      1994 Monte-Carlo, Hamburg
Michael Chang          1992 Indian Wells, Miami
Jim Courier                1991 Indian Wells, Miami
 
THREE-TIME WINNERS
Last season Novak Djokovic became the first player in ATP World Tour history (since 1990) to win five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in one year. The previous best was Roger Federer (2005-06) and Rafael Nadal (2005), who won four in a season. Here is a look at the players who have won at least three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in the same year:
2011    Novak Djokovic  Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Rome, Montreal
2010    Rafael Nadal  Monte Carlo, Rome, Madrid
2009    Rafael Nadal  Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Rome
2008    Rafael Nadal  Monte-Carlo, Hamburg, Toronto
2007    Rafael Nadal  Indian Wells, Monte-Carlo, Rome
2006    Roger Federer  Indian Wells, Miami, Toronto, Madrid
2005    Roger Federer           Indian Wells, Miami, Hamburg, Cincinnati
2005    Rafael Nadal              Monte-Carlo, Rome, Montreal, Madrid
2004    Roger Federer  Indian Wells, Hamburg, Toronto                                                         
2002    Andre Agassi          Miami, Rome, Madrid
1998    Marcelo Rios           Indian Wells, Miami, Rome
1995    Andre Agassi           Miami, Montreal, Cincinnati
1995    Thomas Muster        Monte-Carlo, Rome, Essen* (held for one year & moved to Stuttgart in 1996)
1994    Pete Sampras          Indian Wells, Miami, Rome
1990    Stefan Edberg          Indian Wells, Cincinnati, Paris   

ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 CAREER TITLE LEADERS
There have been 57 different ATP World Tour Masters 1000 winners since 1990. Of those 57 winners, 32 have won at least two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. There are six former ATP World Tour Masters 1000 champions playing in this year’s tournament (bold):
Player               Masters 1000 Titles
Rafael Nadal     19  Richard Krajicek 2 
Roger Federer   19  David Nalbandian 2
Andre Agassi    17  Patrick Rafter  2
Novak Djokovic 11  Michael Stich  2
Pete Sampras    11  Juan Aguilera  2
Andy Murray      8  Tomas Berdych 1
Thomas Muster  8  Guillermo Canas 1
Michael Chang   7  Roberto Carretero 1
Boris Becker      5  Albert Costa  1
Jim Courier         5  Sebastien Grosjean 1
Gustavo Kuerten  5  Tommy Haas  1 
Marcelo Rios        5  Tim Henman  1
Andy Roddick      5  Thomas Johansson 1
Marat Safin         5  Petr Korda  1
Stefan Edberg        4  Ivan Ljubicic  1
Juan Carlos Ferrero  4  Felix Mantilla  1
Andrei Medvedev     4  Magnus Norman 1 
Nikolay Davydenko  3  Karel Novacek  1
Thomas Enqvist      3   Andrei Pavel  1
Carlos Moya           3  Mikael Pernfors  1
Sergi Bruguera       2  Mark Philippoussis 1
Andrei Chesnokov  2  Cedric Pioline  1
Guillermo Coria      2  Albert Portas  1
Alex Corretja          2  Tommy Robredo 1
Wayne Ferreira       2  Greg Rusedski  1
Guy Forget             2  Emilio Sanchez  1
Lleyton Hewitt         2  Robin Soderling  1
Goran Ivanisevic      2  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1 
Chris Woodruff        1
 
ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 CAREER MATCH WINS LEADERS (Since 1990)
                        W-L Titles
Roger Federer  253-76   19
Rafael Nadal    219-46   19
Andre Agassi   209-73    17
Pete Sampras  190-70    11

TOURNAMENT FAST FACTS *
Former Champions:  1 – Rafael Nadal (2005-11)
Former Finalists:  3 – David Ferrer (2011) Fernando Verdasco (2010), Novak Djokovic (2009)
Wild Cards:  4 – Benjamin Balleret, Jean-Rene Lisnard, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Potito Starace
Qualifiers: 7 – To be completed Sunday
Youngest in Draw: Bernard Tomic (19 years, 5 months)
Oldest in Draw: Radek Stepanek (33 years, 4 months)
Top Country Breakdown: Spain (10), France (5), Italy (4), Argentina (3), Croatia (3), Serbia (3).. Two Each: Czech Republic, Germany, Monaco.
2012 ATP Tournament Winners in Draw (11): David Ferrer (3), Novak Djokovic (2), Milos Raonic (2). One Each –  Nicolas Almagro, Kevin Anderson, Tomas BerdychJurgen Melzer, Juan Monaco, Andy Murray, Jarkko Nieminen, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga   Note: Andujar in Casablanca final; Monaco in Houston final

* Does not include qualifiers

MAIN DRAW HIGHLIGHTS
• The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season, gets underway Sunday with seven of the Top 10 and 14 of the Top 20 overall competing. The only former champion in the field is reigning seven-time winner Rafael Nadal, who is 39-1 lifetime at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. Last season Nadal compiled a 28-2 record on clay with his lone losses to rival Novak Djokovic in the Madrid and Rome finals. The 25-year-old Mallorcan has put together an eye-popping 204-8 mark (.962) on clay since 2005. The last player to win the Monte-Carlo title prior to Nadal's dominance was Guillermo Coria in 2004.
• Although Nadal is the favorite to win an eighth straight title, World No. 1 and Monte-Carlo resident Djokovic is the top seed for the second time in three years. In his last appearance two years ago Djokovic lost in the semi-finals. He reached the final in 2009 and semi-finals in '08.  Djokovic opens his season clay court campaign against a qualifier or Andreas Seppi and the first seed he could meet is No. 16 Alexandr Dolgopolov in the third round. In the quarter-finals, he could take on No. 5 David Ferrer
or No. 11 Juan Monaco. Ferrer reached the final last year and the Spaniard has a 21-8 career mark in Monte-Carlo, reaching the quarter-finals or better in six of the past seven years. Monaco is making his fifth visit to Monte-Carlo and he is 4-4 with a third round in '09 his best result.
• In the second quarter of the draw, No. 3 seed and two-time semi-finalist Andy Murray opens against the winner of Viktor Troicki and Jean-Rene Lisnard. The first seed Murray could meet is No. 15 Jurgen Melzer in the third roundand in the quarter-finals, Murray could take on No. 6 Tomas Berdych or No. 12 Kei Nishikori. Berdych's best result was the semi-finals in '07 and he plays a qualifier or former Top 10 Marin Cilic in the second round. Nishikori is making his debut in Monte-Carlo.
• In the bottom half of the draw, No. 4 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the highest seed in the third quarter. The Frenchman opens against Philipp Kohlschreiber or a qualifier. In the third round, he could meet No. 13 and 2010 runner-up Fernando Verdasco. Former World No. 3 and Monte-Carlo resident Ivan Ljubicic is playing his final tournament and he takes on countryman Ivan Dodig. Tsonga could face No. 7 seed Janko Tipsarevic or No. 9 Gilles Simon in the quarter-finals. Tipsarevic will open against the winner of Milos Raonic-Albert Montanes.
• In the final quarter, No. 2 Nadal opens against the Radek Stepanek-Jarkko Nieminen winnerand in the third round. Nadal could meet No. 14 Florian Mayer. In the quarter-finals, countrymen No. 8 Nicolas Almagro and No. 10 Feliciano Lopez are possible opponents. Lopez has a tough opener against Swiss No. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka, who reached the semi-finals in '09. Lopez has never won back-to-back matches in eight previous appearances.

SUNDAY FIRST ROUND FED EX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

Court Central

Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) vs Ivan Dodig (CRO)  Ljubicic Leads 2-1
10 Umag (Croatia) Clay R16 Ivan Ljubicic 4-6 6-4 6-2
10 Stockholm (Sweden) Hard QF Ivan Ljubicic 4-6 6-2 6-4
11 Zagreb (Croatia) Hard QF Ivan Dodig 6-4 6-4

Ljubicic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Marseille (l Tipsarevic)
YTD W-L: 3-5
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: March 19, 1979
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 41

Dodig FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Zagreb (l Baghdatis)
YTD W-L: 6-10
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: January 2, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 59

Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs (WC) Jean-Rene Lisnard (MON) Troicki Leads 1-0
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R64 Viktor Troicki  7-6(4) 6-1

Troicki FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Doha (l Monfils); Rotterdam (l Del Potro)
YTD W-L: 8-9
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: February 10, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 27

Lisnard FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 2-1
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 25, 1979
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 397


(WC) Benjamin Balleret (MON) vs (9) Gilles Simon (FRA)  First Meeting

Balleret FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 1-3
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: January 15, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 337

Simon FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Brisbane (l Dolgopolov); Montpellier (l Monfils); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Isner)
YTD W-L: 13-9
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 9
Date of Birth: December 27, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 13

OTHER FIRST ROUND HEAD-TO-HEADS – Not including qualifiers

Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Denis Istomin (UZB)   Tomic Leads 1-0
12 Brisbane (Australia) Hard QF Bernard Tomic 6-3 7-6(4)

Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) First Meeting

Juan Monaco (ARG) vs Robin Haase (NED)   Monaco Leads 2-1
07 ATP Masters Series Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Juan Monaco 6-4 6-4
08 ATP Masters Series Indian Wells  Hard R64 Juan Monaco 6-2 6-4
11 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R64 Robin Haase 6-4 6-4 3-6 6-2

Michael Llodra (FRA) vs Fabio Fognini (ITA)   Llodra Leads 1-0
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R64 Michael Llodra 6-3 6-3

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA)  Anderson Leads 1-0
10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Kevin Anderson 6-7(4)   6-4   5-7 6-4 7-6(2)

Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs Marcel Granollers (ESP)   First Meeting

Lukasz Kubot (POL) vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT)   Melzer Leads 2-0
06 Vienna (Austria) Hard R16 Jurgen Melzer 6-4 3-6 6-1
10 Vienna (Austria) Hard R16 Jurgen Melzer 7-6(3)  7-6(2)
Other meeting:
01 Linz CH (Austria) Clay R32 Jurgen Melzer 6-1 6-2
 
Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs Albert Ramos (ESP)     First Meeting

Donald Young (USA) vs Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)    First Meeting

Milos Raonic (CAN) vs Albert Montanes (ESP)    First Meeting

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs Olivier Rochus (BEL)  Verdasco Leads 2-0
05 Kitzbuhel (Austria) Clay R32 Fernando Verdasco 7-5 6-3
08 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R64 Fernando Verdasco 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-1 6-1

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) vs Potito Starace (ITA)   Tied 2-2
07 Roland Garros (France) Clay R64 Potito Starace 6-2 6-4 6-2
08 Las Vegas (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Potito Starace 7-6(5) 6-0
12 Sao Paulo (Brazil) Clay R16 Carlos Berlocq 3-6 6-2 6-3
12 Acapulco (Mexico) Clay R16 Carlos Berlocq 6-1 6-4
Other meetings (Starace leads 7-0):
01 Italy F1 (Tortoreto Lido) Clay R32 Potito Starace 6-3 6-0
05 Braunschweig CH (Germany) Clay R16 Potito Starace 6-3 6-1
08 Sunrise CH (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Potito Starace 6-4 6-2
08 San Marino CH (San Marino) Clay QF Potito Starace 6-3 6-2
10 Biella CH (Italy) Clay R32 Potito Starace 7-6 7-5
10 Turin CH (Italy) Clay SF Potito Starace 6-3 4-6 6-3
10 San Marino CH (San Marino) Clay QF Potito Starace 6-4 6-4
 
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)  Tied 1-1
07 Vienna (Austria) Hard QF Stanislas Wawrinka 6-7(8) 6-3 6-4
08 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Hard R16 Feliciano Lopez 6-4 6-4

Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)  Stepanek Leads 4-3
03 Marseille (France) Hard R32 Jarkko Nieminen 6-2 4-6 7-6(1)
03 Munich (Germany) Clay QF Jarkko Nieminen 6-1 6-1
06 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R32 Radek Stepanek 6-4 7-6(5)
08 ATP Masters1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R64 Radek Stepanek 6-3 3-6 6-3
11 Washington (USA) Hard R16 Radek Stepanek 6-4 3-6 6-2
12 Brisbane (Australia) Hard R16 Radek Stepanek 7-6(3) 6-2
12 Sydney (Australia) Hard R16 Jarkko Nieminen 7-6(5) 5-7 6-1
Other meeting:
10 Prostejov CH (Czech Republic) Clay QF Radek Stepanek 7-5 6-4

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