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Madrid Final Briefing

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Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer is bidding for a record-equalling 20th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown.

SUNDAY PREVIEW - FEDERER GOES FOR 20TH ATP MASTERS 1000 TITLE, BERDYCH NO. 2

• One player will try to tie the record for most ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles while the other will try to win his first such title in six and a half years, all in the final of the Mutua Madrid Masters on Sunday.

• Having played his last match 44 days earlier, World No. 3 Roger Federer made his return to the ATP World Tour on Wednesday with a nail-biting win over Milos Raonic, coming from a set down and saving all seven of the Canadian’s break points in the second and third sets to prevail, 46 75 76(4); since that escape he has cruised past No. 14 seed Richard Gasquet, No. 5 seed David Ferrer and No. 7 seed Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets to reach the final; Federer is now an impressive 44-3 since last year’s US Open semi-finals (l. to Djokovic in five sets).

• Federer is playing his 104th ATP World Tour final (73-30 mark) and 32nd ATP Masters 1000 final (19-12 ). Only rival Rafael Nadal has won more ATP Masters 1000 titles with 20).  Federer will rise from No. 3 to No. 2 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings if he wins this title (it would be his first time at No. 2 since the week of March 14, 2011).

• After being stopped in his two previous ATP Masters 1000 clay semi-finals in Monte Carlo, World No. 7 Tomas Berdych has now broken through to his first ATP Masters 1000 clay final, not losing a set en route to the final and scoring some particularly impressive wins in his last three matches against Top 20 players Gael Monfils, Fernando Verdasco and Juan Martin del Potro (whom he had lost to three times in a row). Berdych is playing in his 14th ATP World Tour final (7-6 mark) and third ATP Masters 1000 final (he is 1-1 in his first two, winning Paris in 2005 and finishing runner-up at Miami in 2010).

• Federer leads Berdych in their head-to-head, 10-4; Federer was actually 8-1 against him as of the end of 2009 but Berdych has closed the gap a little, winning three of their five matches since the start of 2010. However, Federer has won both of their clay court meetings in straight sets (in 2005-06).

WHAT’S AT STAKE
Winner:  €585,800 and 1,000 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: €287,225 and 600 South African Airways ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY
Federer Appearing in his 104rd ATP World Tour level final…………….73-30 record (3-0 in 2012)
Appearing in his 32st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final…...19-12 record
Appearing in his 25th ATP World Tour clay final………………9-15 record
Berdych Appearing in his 14th ATP World Tour level final………………7-6 record (1-0 in 2012)   
Appearing in his 3rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final…….1-1 record
Appearing in his 5th ATP World Tour clay final………………...2-2 record

ROAD TO THE FINAL

(3) Roger Federer (SUI #3)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Milos Raonic (CAN #23)    46 75 76(4) (2:13)
3rd Rd: d. (14) Richard Gasquet (FRA #18)  63 62 (0:58)
QF: d. (5) David Ferrer (ESP #6)   64 64 (1:22)
SF: d. (7) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB #8) 62 63 (1:07)

(6) Tomas Berdych (CZE #7)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Kevin Anderson (RSA #35)   64 63 (1:20)
3rd Rd: d. (12) Gael Monfils (FRA #14)   61 61 (0:50)
QF: d. (15) Fernando Verdasco (ESP #19)  61 62 (1:06)
SF: d. (10) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG #11) 76(5) 76(6) (2:18)

ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 TITLE LEADERS – Federer is trying to tie Nadal for most career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles (since 1990):

                            No.  
1) Rafael Nadal      20
2)  Roger Federer  19
3) Andre Agassi    17
4) Novak Djokovic 11
    Pete Sampras    11

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS –
 
Manolo Santana Court

(3) Roger Federer (SU) vs. (6) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Federer Leads 10-4
04 Athens Olympics (Greece) Hard R32 Tomas Berdych 4-6 7-5 7-5
05 ATP Masters Series Hamburg  Clay R32 Roger Federer 6-2 6-1
06 Roland Garros (France) Clay R16 Roger Federer 6-3 6-2 6-3
06 Halle (Germany) Grass Final Roger Federer 6-0 6-7(4) 6-2
06 Wimbledon (England) Grass R16 Roger Federer 6-3 6-3 6-4
07 CZE v. SUI WG PO (Czech Republic)Carpet RR Roger Federer 7-6(5) 7-6(10) 6-3
08 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 Roger Federer 6-4 7-6(7) 6-3
08 Beijing Olympics (China) Hard R16 Roger Federer 6-3 7-6(4)
09 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 Roger Federer 4-6 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4 6-2
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-7(3) 7-6(6)
10 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass QF Tomas Berdych 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-4
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto Hard QF Roger Federer 6-3 5-7 7-6(5)
11 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard QF Tomas Berdych 6-2 7-6(3)
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris  Hard SF Roger Federer 6-4 6-3

                                    Roger Federer Tomas Berdych
 Sets Won:                            28                   13
 Tie-break Sets Won:               6                     4
 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay:                                    2                      0
 Hard:                                   5                      3
 Carpet:                                1                       0
 Grass:                                  2                      1

FEDERER FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 30-year-old Swiss native is appearing in his fifth final in nine visits…He’s trying to become the first three-time winner in the tournament’s 11-year history
• Owns a 33-6 career match record  and 2-2 in finals…Three years ago defeated No. 1 Nadal 64 64 in the final…Also won title in 2006 (d. Gonzalez)…He was runner-up in 2007 (l. to Nalbandian) and ’10 (l. to Nadal)…Also a semi-finalist in 2003 (l. to Ferrero), ‘08 (l. to Murray) and last year (l. to  Nadal)
• Has lost one set during the week, that coming in opening match vs. top Canadian Milos Raonic 46 75 76(4), saving seven of eight break points…Since then, defeated No. 14 seed Richard Gasquet 63 62 in 58 minutes, No. 5 David Ferrer 64 64, and No. 7 seed Janko Tipsarevic 62 63…Has held serve 44 of 45 games (98%), saving 10 of 11 break points…Winning 81% of first serve points

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)
YTD W-L: 27-3 (4-1 on clay)
YTD Titles: 3/Career Titles: 73 (9 on clay)
Date of Birth: August 8, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 3 (Career-high No. 1 on Feb. 2, 2004)

2012 in Review
• The Swiss superstar is playing in his fourth final in sixth tournament this season and comes in with a 27-3 match record in his first clay court event…Prior to this week, his last outing was a third round three-set loss to Andy Roddick in  Miami on Mar. 26…The loss broke a 16-match winning streak
• His only previous clay match was a four-set Davis Cup loss to American John Isner on Feb. 10
• Will move to No. 2 with the title and last time ranked No. 2 was week of March 14, 2011011)
• Playing in his 104th career final on the ATP World Tour (73-30), 32nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (19-12) and 25th clay final (9-15 mark, 2-12 coming vs. Nadal)…Has captured at least one ATP World Tour title for 12 straight years, best among active players (Roddick has 11 but yet to win this year) and his 73 career titles is No. 4 in the Open Era
• He won consecutive ATP World Tour titles in Rotterdam (d. del Potro) on Feb. 19, Dubai (d. Murray) on Mar. 3 and his 19th career ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells on Mar. 18 (d. No. 9 del Potro, No. 2 Nadal, No. 11 Isner in final three rounds without dropping a set)
• During 16-match winning streak, only dropped three sets, to Nikolay Davydenko in semi-finals of Rotterdam and to Milos Raonic (3R) and Thomaz Bellucci (4R) in Indian Wells
• Has won 44 of past 47 matches and six of nine tournament titles since falling in five sets in last year’s US Open semi-finals (l. to Djokovic)
• By winning semi-final match, has surpassed $70 million in career prize money (most in pro tennis)

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• He is the all-time leader in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 match wins (257) and has a career mark of 257-76 with 19 ATP Masters 1000 titles, trailing only Nadal (20)
• He has won seven different tournament titles – Hamburg (four times), Indian Wells (four 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…19-12 overall in finals

ON A ROLL – Federer is 44-3 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 – (d. Isner in Final)        39-2
2012 Miami - (l. to Roddick in 3rd Rd.)                           40-3
2012 Madrid - (vs Berdych in Final)                           44-3 

BERDYCH FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 26-year-old Czech Republic native is playing in Madrid for the eighth time in nine years (except ’10) and enters his first final with an 11-7 mark…This week has not lost a set in wins over Kevin Anderson 64 63, No. 12 seed Gael Monfils 61 61 (winning 28 of 32 pts. on serve), No. 15 seed Fernando Verdasco 61 62 and No. 10 Juan Martin del Potro 76(5) 76(6)
• He is trying to become first player from Czech Republic to win the title (Jiri Novak was runner-up in ’02)
• Has held serve 35 of 37 games (96%) en route to the final, saving six of eight break points (held first 26 games before losing serve twice in SFs)…Also has won 13 of 35 return games (37%) and converted 13 of 15 break points (87%)
• His previous best result was the semi-finals in 2006 (d. No. 6 Roddick, No. 2 Nadal, l. to No. 10 Gonzalez) and a quarter-finalist last year (l. to Bellucci)

2012 Highlights:
W: Montpellier (d Monfils); SF: Rotterdam (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); QF: Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 26-6 (9-1 on clay)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 7 (2 on clay)
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7 (Career-high No. 6 on October 18, 2010)

2012 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic comes into his second ATP World Tour final in eight tournaments with a 26-6 match record (9-1 on clay)…Four of his losses have come to Top 10 opponents
• He is appearing in his 14th career ATP World Tour final (7-6 mark), third in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (1-1) and fifth on clay (2-2)
• His best result was capturing his seventh career ATP World Tour title in Montpellier, France on Feb. 5  (d. Monfils in final)…Also a semi-finalist in Rotterdam (l. to No. 10 del Potro) and Monte-Carlo (l. to Djokovic) along with quarter-finalist at Australian Open (l. to No. 2 Nadal) and Dubai (l. to No. 4 Murray)
• In first two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in March, reached fourth round in Indian Wells (l. to No. 12 Almagro) and third round in Miami (l. to Dimitrov)
• Prior to Monte Carlo, won both of his singles Davis Cup QF matches vs. Serbia, defeating Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic, both in straight sets…Czech Republic will play Argentina in SFs in September
• Has a 2-4 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this year (28-64 in career)…Also 1-4 in finals vs. Top 10 opponents with lone win over No. 10 Ljubicic in 2005 Paris final

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• Has a 1-1 career mark in finals, capturing his first title in Paris in 2005 (d. Ljubicic in five sets) and reaching final in ’10 Miami (l. to Roddick)…With a title here, he would become the first player to win ATP Masters 1000 titles more than five years apart
• Also SF  in ’06 Madrid, ’07 Monte Carlo, ’08 Miami, ’11 Cincinnati, ’11 Paris, ’12 Monte Carlo
• Has a 101-64 career match record and one of 12 active player with at least 100 wins

DOUBLES FINAL –LINDSTEDT-TECAU TO MEET POLISH DUO IN TITLE MATCH
• No. 6 seeds Robert Lindsedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania take on No. 4 seeds Marius
Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland.
• Fyrstenberg and Matkowski are playing in their 34th ATP World Tour doubles final together (12-21 record, they have never reached an ATP World Tour final with another player). This is their third final of the season, having won in Barcelona two weeks ago and reaching the final in Dubai in March. The Poles are playing in their third Madrid final, having won the title in 2008 after reaching the final the previous year. Lindstedt-Tecau were 1-2 in Madrid together the past two years.
• Lindstedt and Tecau are 7-7 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 third ATP World Tour final of the season. They won the title in Bucharest two weeks ago and were finalists in Rotterdam in February). In 2010 they were 4-1 in finals together.
• Doubles final W-L records: Lindstedt (13-14), Tecau (10-9), Fyrstenberg (12-21), Matkowski (12-21).

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