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BARCELONA SATURDAY PREVIEW – FAMILIAR FACES NADAL, FERRER, VERDASCO,JOINED BY RAONIC IN SEMIS
• Three Spaniards have made the semi-finals at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell for the second year in a row, guaranteeing a Spanish finalist for the 16th straight year here. A Spaniard also has won this title nine years in a row (since 2003).

• The first semi-final pits No. 3 seed David Ferrer against No. 11 seed and top Canadian Milos Raonic
for the fourth time. The No. 2 Spaniard has beaten Raonic all three times they have played, with the most dominant win coming in their lone clay court meeting in Monte Carlo last year, 61 63). Before this week Raonic had five Top 10 wins but never defeated a Top 8 player, but he broke through in the quarter-finals, upsetting World No. 4 Andy Murray. Can he make it two breakthroughs in two days as he faces World No. 6 Ferrer? The Valencia resident is appearing in the semi-finals here for the sixth straight year, having been a finalist in 2008, ‘09 and ‘11 and a semi-finalist in 2007 and 2010. Ferrer is trying to reach his 29th career ATP World Tour final (14-14 mark), fourth this year (3-0) and 18th on clay (8-9 record) while Raonic is trying to reach his sixth ATP final (3-2 mark) and first on clay.

• In the second semi-final, top seed and World No. 2 Rafael Nadal brings a 12-0 career mark (5-0 on clay, 11-0 in sets) against No. 9 seed and 2010 champion Fernando Verdasco. Nadal has a 19-match winning streak on clay since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Rome final last May. As if his domination of Monte Carlo weren’t enough with his eighth straight title last week, Nadal also has dominated Barcelona, winning the title the last six times he has played in Barcelona (did not play two years ago), and currently riding a 32-match winning streak here (winning the last 28 sets in Barca). Nadal is trying to reach his 69th career final (47-21 mark), third this season (1-1) and 38th on clay (33-4 record) while Verdasco is aiming to reach his 18th final (5-12), second this year (0-1) and 11th on clay (3-7).
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• April Streak on Clay – Nadal has won 75 straight matches on clay in the month of April. During his clay court streak in April he has won 13 titles – eight 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.

CLAY COURT DOMINATOR – Nadal has the best career match record on clay in the Open Era with a 239-18 mark (.930) and he’s 33-4 in clay finals. Here's a year-by-year look at Nadal's clay court supremacy since 2005, compiling a 212-8 match record (.963) and 32-4 mark in clay court finals on the ATP World Tour:
      
           W-L  Clay Finals
2012 – 8-0  1-0
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: Nadal has won 37 semi-finals in a row on clay (only loss Carlos Moya: ’03 Umag)

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

Pista Central –

(3) David Ferrer (ESP) vs (11) Milos Raonic (CAN) Ferrer Leads 3-0
11 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 David Ferrer 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4
11 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R16 David Ferrer 6-1 6-3
11 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard    R32 David Ferrer 7-5 7-6(7)

Ferrer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Auckland (d Rochus); Buenos Aires (d Almagro); Acapulco (d Verdasco); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 27-4 (15-1 on clay)
YTD Titles: 3/Career Titles: 14
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 6

• Ferrer, 30, the No. 2 Spaniard, is making his sixth straight semi-final showing here in his 10th appearance (24-9 mark) and trying to reach his fourth final (2008,’09, ’11, l. to Nadal each time)
• Opened with a 60 63 win over Serbian Filip Krajinovic and followed with a 60 62 victory over countryman Albert Montanes and saved three match points in 67(4) 76(7) 63 over Feliciano Lopez
• Has held serve 31 of 32 games this week (97%), saving six of seven break pts., and winning 79% of first serve pts. and 64% of second serve pts…Has broken opponents 11 of 30 games (37%)
• The Valencia resident (behind Nadal) is co-leader (w/Federer) on the ATP World Tour with three titles…His three titles ties a career-high (also in 2007)
• He is playing in his eighth tournament of the year (27-4 record, 15-1 on clay, 12-3 on hard) and last week lost in the opening round (after bye) to Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci in Monte Carlo…Won three of first four tournaments in Auckland (d. Rochus), Buenos Aires (d. Almagro) and Acapulco (d. Verdasco)
• In his other tournaments he didn’t win, reached quarter-finals at the Australian Open and Miami (l. to Djokovic in both) and third round at Indian Wells (l. to Istomin)

Raonic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Chennai (d Tipsarevic); San Jose (d Istomin); F: Memphis (l Melzer)
YTD W-L: 21-4 (4-1 on clay)
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: December 27, 1990
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 25

• Raonic, 21, is appearing in his fourth ATP World Tour semi-final of the season with a 21-4 match record (4-1 on clay) and he’s tryng to reach his first career final on clay (SF in Estoril last yr.)
• The top Canadian is making his first appearance in the semi-finals here (6-1 mark) after defeating Alejandro Falla 64 76(3), Igor Andreev 64 61, No. 6 seed/No. 13 ranked Nicolas Almagro 63 63 (his first career Top 20 win on clay and No. 2 seed/No. 4 ranked Andy Murray 64 76 (highest-ranked win)…Leads tournament in aces (33), first serve pts. won (82%) and No. 2 in second serve pts. won (65%) and No. 4 in service games won (38 of 40, 95%)…Last year reached third round (l. to Dodig)
• Reached a career-high No. 24 ranking on Feb. 27 and comes in No. 25…Will move to No. 23 thus far and No. 21 if reaches final
• His best results were a pair of ATP World Tour titles in Chennai (d. Tipsarevic) in first week of campaign and San Jose (d. Istomin) on Feb. 19…Also runner-up for second straight year in Memphis (l. to Melzer)… His only pre-final losses came at Australian Open (l. to Hewitt in 3rd Rd.), in Indian Wells (l. to No. 3 Federer in 3R), Miami (W/O vs. Murray in 3R) and Monte Carlo (Montanes in 1R)
• Last month in Miami sprained his ankle in a warm-up before doubles match, then retired in second round doubles match at 1-2 (w/Anderson) before withdrawing from 3rd Rd. (vs. No. 4 Murray)
• In San Jose, defended his title and held serve 41 of 42 games in four matches…In Memphis, was only broken once en route to the final before losing serve twice to Melzer in title match
• This year leads ATP World Tour in service games won (93%) and 1st serve pts. won (82%) and No. 2 in break points saved (73%), in aces (333, behind Isner’s 353 but will become leader next week) and No. 4 in 2nd serve pts. won (58%)
• In opening week of season, held serve all 48 games, defeating No. 10 Almagro in the semi-finals and No. 9 Tipsarevic in the final (in three TBs)
• In first round Davis Cup tie in Vancouver vs. France, defeated Julien Benneteau and lost in doubles rubber…Withdrew from reverse singles on Sunday due to left knee pain
• Has a 3-1 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this year after defeating No. 4 Murray on Friday (6-9 in his career)…Looking to defeat Top 10 opponents in back-to-back matches for first time

(1)Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs (9) Fernando Verdasco (ESP) Nadal Leads 12-0
05 Doha (Qatar) Hard R16 Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-4
05 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-2
05 Stuttgart (Germany) Clay R16 Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2
06 London / Queen's Club (England) Grass R16 Rafael Nadal 2-6 7-6(3) 7-6(3)
07 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R32 Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4
08 Roland Garros (France) Clay R16 Rafael Nadal 6-1 6-0 6-2
09 Australian Open (Australia) Hard SF Rafael Nadal    6-7(4) 6-4 7-6(2) 6-7(1) 6-4
09 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay QF Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3
09 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay QF Rafael Nadal 6-4 7-5
10 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay F Rafael Nadal 6-0 6-1
10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard QF Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-3 6-4
11 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati) Hard R16 Rafael Nadal 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 7-6(9)
Other meeting:
03 Hamburg CH (Germany) Carpet QF Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-5

 Rafael Nadal Fernando Verdasco
 Sets Won: 27 4
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 5 3

 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 5 0
 Hard: 6 0
 Grass: 1 0
 
Nadal FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (d Djokovic); F: Australian Open (l Djokovic); SF: Doha (l Monfils); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Federer); ATP Masters 1000 Miami (W/O vs Murray)
YTD W-L: 25-3 (8-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 47
Date of Birth: June 3, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 2

• Nadal, 24, the six-time champion (2005-09, ‘11), has a 33-1 career match record in Barcelona, winning 32 matches in a row since his only loss to countryman Alex Corretja in the second round in 2003…
Trying to reach his seventh final…Opened with a 61 62 win over countryman Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and followed with a 62 63 victory over qualifier Robert Farah and 62 62 over No. 5 seed/No. 9 ranked Janko Tipsarevic…Has won 66 of 68 sets during streak (’06 QF vs. Nieminen, ’08 F vs. Ferrrer)…Has held serve 20 of 23 games (87%) and won 16 of 25 return games (64%), converting 16 of 32 break pts
• Last year defeated countryman Ferrer 62 64 in the third final (lost 21 games in tourn.)
• The 25-year-old Mallorcan native is 25-3 on the season and last week he captured a record eighth straight title at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (d. Djokovic)…Held serve 42 of 45 games and didn’t lose a set en route to his first title since Roland Garros last June (went 12 events since Paris)
• Opened the season by reaching semi-finals in Doha (l. to Monfils) and followed with runner-up at the Australian Open, falling 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 last week, 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 gave 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

Final Results in Barcelona:
2011 - d. No. 6 David Ferrer 62 64 2007 - d. No. 28 Guillermo Canas   63 64
2009 - d. No. 13 David Ferrer 62 75 2006 - d. No. 15 Tommy Robredo   64 64 60
2008 - d. No. 5 David Ferrer 61 46 61 2005 - d. No. 58 Juan Carlos Ferrero 61 76 63
 
Verdasco FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Acapulco (l Ferrer); SF: Auckland (l Ferrer); QF: Sao Paulo (l Ramos)
YTD W-L: 15-8 (11-4 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: November 15, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 20

• Verdasco, 28, who captured the title here two years ago (d. Soderling), is appearing in the semi-finals for the second time after posting wins over Steve Darcis 63 61, No. 13 seed Kevin Anderson 64 64 and No. 8 seed Kei Nishikori 4-2 ret. (abdominal)…Has held serve all 21 games (saving five break pts.) … Has a 14-6 mark here (QF in ’09)
• Has a 15-8 match record on the season (10-4 on clay) and appearing in his third ATP World Tour semi-final or better…Reached his 17th career ATP World Tour final (5-12) in Acapulco (l. to Ferrer) on March 3…Also a semi-finalist in Auckland (l. to Ferrer) and quarter-finalist in Sao Paulo (l. to Ramos)
• Last week in Monte Carlo, posted wins over Olivier Rochus and Ivan Dodig, both in three sets from a set down before losing to top Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 75(7) 62 in the third round
• Has an 0-4 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this season and trying to break an eight-match losing streak since defeating No. 10 Almagro in the semi-finals of Gstaad last July…Overall has a 15-59 career mark
…Has a pair of wins over World No. 2 Djokovic in 2010 Monte Carlo (SF) and Rome (QF)


POTENTIAL FINAL HEAD-TO-HEADS

Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs David Ferrer (ESP)  Nadal Leads 13-4
04 Stuttgart (Germany) Clay QF David Ferrer 6-3 6-7(3) 7-5
05 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard SF Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3
05 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay SF Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-4 7-5
05 Roland Garros (France) Clay QF Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-2 6-0
07 Barcelona (Spain) Clay SF Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-1
07 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R16 David Ferrer 6-7(3)6-4 7-6(4) 6-2
07 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard RR David Ferrer 4-6 6-4 6-3
08 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay QF Rafael Nadal 6-1 7-5
08 Barcelona (Spain) Clay F Rafael Nadal 6-1 4-6 6-1
09 Barcelona (Spain) Clay F Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-5
09 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal (Canada)Hard R32 Rafael Nadal 4-3 ret
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard R16 Rafael Nadal 7-6(5)6-4
10 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay SF Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-3
10 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay F Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-2
11 Australian Open (Australia) Hard QF David Ferrer 6-4 6-2 6-3
11 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay F Rafael Nadal 6-4 7-5
11 Barcelona (Spain) Clay F Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-4

Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs Milos Raonic (CAN)  Nadal Leads 2-0
10 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R16 Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4
11 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R16 Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-3

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs David Ferrer (ESP) Tied 7-7
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
12 Acapulco (Mexico) Clay F David Ferrer 6-1 6-2

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs Milos Raonic (CAN) Tied 2-2
11 San Jose (U.S.A.) Hard F Milos Raonic 7-6(6) 7-6(5)
11 Memphis (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Milos Raonic 6-4 3-6 7-6(5)
11 Estoril (Portugal) Clay SF Fernando Verdasco 6-4 ret
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome Clay R64 Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-4

BUCHAREST SATURDAY PREVIEW – TWO-TIME WINNER SIMON, THREE UNSEEDED PLAYERS IN SEMI-FINALS
• The semi-finals at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Saturday are led by the top seed and former two-time Bucharest champion along with a trio of unseeded players attempting to reach their first career ATP World Tour final.

• In the opening match on Central, top seed and No. 2 Frenchman Gilles Simon enters with a 13-1 career mark in Bucharest against first-time ATP World Tour semi-finalist Matthias Bachinger of Germany. Simon won the previous meeting in three sets in the quarter-finals of Bangkok last September. It was Bachinger’s previous best ATP World Tour resut. Simon won back-to-back titles here in 2007-08 and he is coming off a semi-final last week at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo (l. to eventual champ Nadal).

• In the second semi-final, Italian Fabio Fognini meets Hungarian qualifier Attila Balazs for the first time. Fognini, who was a quarter-finalist here three years ago, is appearing in his first semi-final of the season and first since Umag last July. Balazs, a 23-year-old who is ranked No. 450, is playing in his first career ATP World Tour main draw. He is the first Hungarian to reach an ATP semi-final since Attila Savolt in Sopot 2002 (l. to Squillari). He is trying to become the lowest-ranked player to reach an ATP World Tour final this year.

SATURDAY SEMI-FINAL FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

(1)Gilles Simon (FRA) vs Matthias Bachinger (GER) Simon Leads 1-0
11 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard QF Gilles Simon 3-6 6-3 6-2

Simon FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Brisbane (l Dolgopolov); Montpellier (l Monfils); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Nadal);   QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Isner)
YTD W-L: 19-10 (8-5 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 9
Date of Birth: December 27, 1984

• Simon, 28, the No. 2 Frenchman (behind No. 5 Tsonga) enters his fourth ATP World Tour semi-final of the season (0-3), second in as many weeks (ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo) with a 19-10 match record (8-5 on clay)…His other semis came in opening week in Brisbane (l. to Dolgopolov) and in February in Montpellier (l. to Monfils)…Also advanced to quarters in Indian Wells (l. to No. 11 Isner)
• Prior to Monte Carlo, played in Davis Cup QF tie vs. U.S. and lost to Isner in second rubber in straight sets and defeated Ryan Harrison in fifth (dead) rubber
• The 2007-08 Bucharest champion has a 13-1 career mark and appearing here for the first time in four years (d. Moya)…Previous year (d. Hanescu in final)…After a bye, opened with a 64 62 win over Dudi Sela and followed with a 36 61 63 victory over No. 7 seed Lukasz Kubot…Has held serve 17 of 21 games (81%), saving 11 of 15 break pts. (73%) while breaking opponents 10 of 22 games (45%)
• Has a 9-2 career record in ATP World Tour finals (4-1 on clay) and has won at least one title for past five years (2007-11)

Bachinger FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 6-8 (4-1 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 2, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 120

• Bachinger, 25, is appearing in his first career ATP World Tour semi-final after defeating Italian Filippo Volandri 36 61 63, No. 4 seed Viktor Troicki 63 46 76(2) and countryman/qualifier Daniel Brands 64 61 …Has hit 19 aces this week, No. 2 in tournament and winning 75% of first serve pts., while breaking opponents 13 of 35 games (37%)
• The German’s previous best ATP World Tour result was a quarter-final in Bangkok last September (l. to Simon)
• Comes in with a 6-8 match record on the season (4-1 on clay) and has already surpassed his match wins total of 4-10 last year…Reached second round in Doha, Zagreb and Casablanca, his other ATP World Tour wins coming into this week
• Trying to become the first German to reach an ATP World Tour final this season and the last German to advance to a final/win a title was Florian Mayer in Bucharest last September

Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs (Q) Attila Balazs (HUN) First Meeting

Fognini FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 5-5 (4-2 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 24, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 57
 
• Fognini, 24, is appearing in his first ATP World Tour semi-final of the season and the first since Umag last July (l. to Cilic)…Also a semi-finalist in Santiago in February 2011 (l. to Robredo)
• The No. 2 Italian (behind No. 46 Seppi) is attempting to reach his first career ATP World Tour final …His previous best result here was the quarter-finals three years ago…Has posted wins over Joao Souza 75 76(5), No. 5 seed Marcos Baghdatis 75 76(4) and countryman/No. 6 seed Andreas Seppi 64 67(4) 64 in three hours, three minutes (longest match of week)…Also first win in five meetings vs. Seppi
• Was sidelined earlier this year with a foot injury and comes in with a 5-5 match record (4-2 on clay)
• Has won 43% of return games (17 of 40), converting 17 of 34 break points and winning 60% of second serve pts.
• The last Italian to reach an ATP World Tour final/win title was Seppi in Eastbourne on grass last June

Balazs FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 4-1 (3-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: December 27, 1988
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 450

• Balazs, 23, is making his ATP World Tour main draw debut this week after qualifying with three straight-set wins…In main draw, defeated Lukas Lacko 67 76 64, Potito Starace 63 64 and Xavier Malisse 46 63 64…Leads tournament in service games won (38 of 42, 90%), saving 27 of 31 break pts.
• He is first Hungarian to reach an ATP World Tour semi-final since Attila Savolt in Sopot in 2002 (l. to Squillari)…Last Hungarian to reach a final was Balazs Taroczy in Indianapolis in 1984 (l. to Gomez)
• The No. 3 Hungarian in the South African Airways ATP Rankings (behind No. 356 Adam Kellner, No. 405 Denes Lukacs) is playing in his first pro tournament this season outside Croatia…Lost in first round of qualifying in Zagreb in February and played in four Futures events (two in Feb., two in March), reaching semi-finals at Croatia #4
• Has played most of his career in Futures, compiling a 151-48 match record (12-9 in finals), and 19-26 mark in Challengers with one title….Reached a career-high No. 153 on Oct. 11, 2010
• The last qualifier to win an ATP World Tour title was Jarkko Nieminen in Sydney in January

POTENTIAL FINAL HEAD-TO-HEADS
Gilles Simon (FRA) vs Fabio Fognini (ITA)  Simon Leads 3-0
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome Clay R32 Gilles Simon 6-7(6) 6-2 6-3
09 Estoril (Portugal) Clay R16 Gilles Simon 6-0 7-5
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay R32 Gilles Simon 6-3 6-2
Gilles Simon (FRA) vs Attila Balazs (HUN)  First Meeting

Matthias Bachinger (GER) vs Fabio Fognini (ITA) First ATP Meeting
Other meetings:
06 Freudenstadt CH (Germany) Clay QF Matthias Bachinger 7-6(6) 6-3
07 Furth CH (Germany) Clay R32 Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-4
Matthias Bachinger (GER) vs Attila Balazs (HUN)  First Meeting


DOUBLES FINAL – TOP SEEDS LINDSTEDT-TECAU MEET CHARDY-KUBOT IN TITLE MATCH

• The top-seeded duo of Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania takes on the first-time squad of Jeremy Chardy of France and Lukasz Kubot of Poland.

• Lindstedt and Tecau are 6-7 lifetime together in finals and last year they went 2-5 in title matches, including a runner-up at Wimbledon for the second straight year. This is their second ATP World Tour final of the season (Rotterdam in February). In 2010 they were 4-1 in finals together.

• Lindstedt is 12-14 in career finals on the ATP World Tour while Tecau is 9-9. They have a career match record of 80-48 since first teaming up in 2010. They are 14-8 this season.

• Chardy and Kubot have dropped only one set en route to the final this week. Chardy is 1-3 in his career in ATP World Tour finals while Kubot is 6-5. He captured the title here two years ago (w/Marach).

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