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Madrid Friday Briefing

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Federer© AFP/Getty ImagesRoger Federer has a 12-0 record against David Ferrer.

FRIDAY PREVIEW - DJOKOVIC & FEDERER ONE WIN AWAY FROM SEMI-FINAL SHOWDOWN

• After three-set scares in their opening rounds, the World No. 1 and World No. 3 had simpler wins in the round of 16 and are now in the quarter-finals, one win away from a blockbuster semi-final clash. Overall, six of the top 11 players in the South African Airways ATP Rankings are remaining.

• First up on Manolo Santana is No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych against No. 15 seed Fernando Verdasco; Berdych was the most devastating player in the third round on Thursday, needing just 50 minutes to beat No. 12 seed Gael Monfils, 61 61; but the most impressive victory of the day was Verdasco’s, a 63 36 75 thriller over No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal, rallying from 5-2 down in the third set to score his first victory in 14 career meetings with the 10-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1; Berdych leads the overall series, 9-4, but they are an even 2-2 on clay (with Verdasco winning their last two clay court meetings).

• In the evening session, an all-Serbian clash between World No. 1 Novak Djokovic against No. 7 seed Janko Tipsarevic, who has had to battle over two and a half hours in both of his matches so far this week but he is still standing, and has been rewarded with his first ATP Masters 1000 clay court quarter-final. This is Djokovic’s sixth quarter-final of the season (he is 5-0 in QF matches) and the World No. 1 leads the head-to-head, 4-1, winning their only clay court meeting (at Belgrade in 2009). Tipsarevic is 1-5 in his career against World No. 1s (the win coming against Djokovic at last year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London).

• Next is No. 3 seed Roger Federer against No. 5 seed David Ferrer in a match up of three-time ATP World Tour winners this season. After a scare in his opening match against Milos Raonic, Federer was in top form in his round of 16 match against Richard Gasquet, needing just 58 minutes to dispatch the No. 14 seed, 63 62 (Gasquet had won two of their three previous clay court meetings). Next up is Ferrer, who fought off three match points to beat No. 11 seed Nicolas Almagro on Thursday and win his 30th match of the season - the first player to reach that milestone; the head-to-head between these two 30-year-olds swings completely in Federer’s favor though, 12-0 (and 25-3 in sets) - but two of Ferrer’s three career sets against Federer came in their four clay court meetings.

• On Stadium 3, No. 10 seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina takes a 2-0 career advantage against No. 16 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine. Del Potro has the edge in experience, this being his 10th ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final (has a  4-5 mark) and he’s also undefeated on clay (9-0) this season. Dolgopolov is in just his second ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final (at Shanghai last October).

FRIDAY QUARTER-FINAL FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play by Court

Manolo Santana Court

(6) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs (15) Fernando Verdasco (ESP) Berdych Leads 9-4
05 Sydney (Australia) Hard R32 Fernando Verdasco 3-6 6-4 7-5
07 ATP Masters Series Hamburg  Clay R64 Tomas Berdych 7-6(6) 6-4
07 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Tomas Berdych 7-6(2) 6-1 7-6(3)
07 Tokyo (Japan) Hard QF Tomas Berdych 7-6(7) 4-6 7-5
08 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R32 Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-4 6-0
08 Bastad (Sweden) Clay SF Tomas Berdych 2-6 6-3 6-2
09 Barcelona (Spain) Clay R16 Fernando Verdasco 7-5 5-7 6-4
10 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells  Hard R32 Tomas Berdych 6-0 6-3
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard QF Tomas Berdych 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4
10 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R16 Fernando Verdasco 5-7 6-3 6-2
11 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-2 6-3
11 Beijing (China) Hard QF Tomas Berdych 6-1 6-0
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris  Hard R32 Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-5

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 third quarter-final or better with a 9-7 mark…This week has cruised to a 64 63 win over Kevin Anderson and 61 61 victory over No. 12 seed Gael Monfils (winning 28 of 32 pts. on serve)
• Has not been broken thus far, holding all 17 service games and winning 86% of first serve pts.
• His 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: 24-6 (7-1 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 sixth quarter-final in eight tournaments with a 24-6 match record (7-1 on clay)…Four of his losses have come to Top 10 opponents
• 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)

VERDASCO FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The Madrid native is appearing in his second quarter-final after defeating Denis Istomin 75 62, Colombian qualifier Alejandro Falla 67(4) 64 64 and World No. 2 Rafael Nadal 63 36 75 after trailing 2-5 in the third set…It was his first career win (1-13) against Nadal
• Has 10-9 career record and playing in his hometown tournament for 10th in a row
• His other quarter-final came in 2009 (d. Ferrero, Monaco, l. to No. 1 Nadal)
• Looking for second Top 10 win here (1-2 mark)…Lost to No. 3 Djokovic in 2007 (2R)

2012 Highlights:
F: Acapulco (l Ferrer); SF: Auckland (l Ferrer); Barcelona (l Nadal); QF: Sao Paulo (l Ramos)
YTD W-L: 18-9 (14-5 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 5 (3 on clay)
Date of Birth: November 15, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 19 (Career-high No. 7 on April 20, 2009)

2012 in Review:
• The 28-year-old left-hander enters his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final with an 18-9 match record on the season (14-5 on clay) and he’s 3-1 in QF matches...On March 3, reached his 17th career ATP World Tour final (5-12) in Acapulco (l. to Ferrer)…Also a semi-finalist in Auckland (l. to Ferrer) and quarter-finalist in Sao Paulo (l. to Ramos) and Barcelona (l. to Nadal)
• Prior to here, in his last tournaments in Barcelona, lost to eventual champion Nadal in semi-finals and fell in the third round in Monte Carlo (l. to No. 5 Tsonga 75(7) 62) in the third round
• Has an 1-5 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this season and broke a nine-match losing streak with win over No. 2 Nadal…It was his third win over a World No. 2 (d. Djokovic in 2010 Monte Carlo, SF and Rome, QF)… Overall has a 16-60 career mark vs. Top 10 foes

(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs (7) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) Djokovic Leads 4-1
08 London / Queen's Club (Great Britain)Grass R16 Novak Djokovic 2-6 6-1 6-4
09 Belgrade (Serbia) Clay R16 Novak Djokovic 6-2 4-6 6-0
11 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard QF Novak Djokovic 7-6(2) 6-7(3)6-0 3-0 ret
11 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  Hard RR Janko Tipsarevic 3-6 6-3 6-3
12 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard QF Novak Djokovic 6-1 7-6(6)
DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The reigning champion has a 16-4 career mark and opened on Tuesday with a 62 26 63 win over Spanish qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver and followed on Thursday with a 76(5) 64 victory over Swiss No. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka
• Last year he defeated No. 1 Rafael Nadal 75 64 for his first title on Spanish soil…Along the way he defeated Kevin Anderson 63 64, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 61 62, No. 6 David Ferrer 64 46 63 and Thomaz Bellucci 46 64 61
• Prior to last year, in 2009 he lost in the semi-finals (l. to Nadal 36 76 76, held three match points, in a three-set record 4:03 marathon)
• He also advanced to the semi-finals in 2007 (l. to Nalbandian)...Made his debut in 2006 and lost to No. 10 Fernando Gonzalez in the quarter-finals
• In 2008, (after a bye), defeated Victor Hanescu before losing to Ivo Karlovic in two tie-breaks in 3rd Rd.

2012 Highlights:
W: Australian Open (d Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (d Murray); F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Nadal); SF: Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Isner)
YTD W-L: 26-3 (6-1 on clay)
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 30 (7 on clay)
Date of Birth: May 22, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 1 (Career-high No. 1 on July 4, 2011)

2012 in Review:
• The World No. 1 comes into his sixth quarter-final with a 26-3 match record (6-1 on clay) this year and is 5-0 in QF matches…Has an 11-8 mark in ATP Masters 1000 finals (six different titles) and 30-15 overall in his career
• He is playing in his sixth tournament of the season and his first since a runner-up in Monte-Carlo on April 22 (l. to Nadal 63 61)…He’s repeated titles at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Miami on Apr. 1  (d. No. 4 Murray) and the Australian Open title on Jan. 29
• Prior to Miami,  lost in the semi-finals to Isner 76 36 76, in Indian Wells, and to Andy 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 96-9 match record since the beginning of last year (went 70-6 in 2011)…This is 45th  straight  week at No. 1 in South African Airways ATP Rankings (since July 4, 2011) after Wimbledon title

TIPSAREVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The No. 2 Serb is making his first quarter-final showing after a bye, defeating Argentine qualifier Frederico Delbonis 76 67 63 and No. 9 seed Gilles Simon 76 57 61 on Thursday
• His only previous appearance here came three years ago when he lost to Mardy Fish in the first round

2012 Highlights:
F: Chennai (l Raonic); SF: Marseille (l Llodra); QF: Dubai (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Murray); Barcelona (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 21-9 (6-3 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2 (0 on clay)
Date of Birth: June 22, 1984
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 8 (Career-high No. 8 on April 2)

2012 in Review:
• The 27-year-old Serb  is appearing in his sixth quarter-final of the season (2-3 mark in QFs) and enters with a 21-9 match record (6-3 on clay) and two weeks ago reached the quarter-finals in Barcelona (l. to eventual champion Nadal)…Has won opening round match in all nine tournaments this year
• Last month, played in Davis Cup quarter-final tie in Czech Republic and defeated Radek Stepanek 9-7 in the fifth set in second rubber before losing to No. 7 Berdych in three tie-breaks…Then followed with third round in Monte Carlo (l. to Simon)
• His best result was a runner-up showing in opening week in Chennai (l. to Raonic in three tie-breaks without break of serve)…In February, advanced to semi-finals in Marseille (l. to Llodra) and in March   was quarter-finalist at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Murray)
• Has an 0-4 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this year (12-35 in career, 2-9 on clay) and last clay win came over No. 10 Monfils in first round of Monte Carlo in April 2009

(3) Roger Federer (SUI) vs (5) David Ferrer (ESP) Federer Leads 12-0
03 Vienna (Austria) Hard R32 Roger Federer 6-2 6-2
05 Doha (Qatar) Hard R32 Roger Federer 6-1 6-1
06 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (USA) Hard SF Roger Federer 6-1 6-4
06 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay QF Roger Federer 6-1 6-3
06 Basel (Switzerland) Carpet QF Roger Federer 6-3 7-6(14)
07 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay QF Roger Federer 6-4 6-0
07 ATP Masters Series Hamburg  Clay QF Roger Federer 6-3 4-6 6-3
07 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard F Roger Federer 6-2 6-3 6-2
09 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard R16 Roger Federer 3-6 6-3 6-4
10 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid  Clay SF Roger Federer 7-5 3-6 6-3
10 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  Hard RR Roger Federer 6-1 6-4
11 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  Hard SF Roger Federer 7-5 6-3
 
FEDERER FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 30-year-old Swiss native is appearing in his ninth quarter-final in as many visits…He rallied in his opener on Wednesday to defeat top Canadian Milos Raonic 46 75 76(4), saving seven of eight break points, and followed on Thursday with a 63 62 victory over No. 14 seed Richard Gasquet in 58 minutes …Has held serve 26 of 27 games (96%) and owns a 31-6 career match record and 2-2 in finals
• Last year reached the semi-finals (or better) for the seventh straight time, falling in three sets to Nadal
• In 2010, he reached the final (l. to Nadal 64 76) and it was his fourth title match in five years
• Three years ago he defeated No. 1 Nadal 64 64 in the final and in 2006 he captured the title  (d. Gonzalez)…He was runner-up in 2007 (l. to Nalbandian)…Also a semi-finalist in 2003 (l. to Ferrero) and 2008 (l. to Murray) and quarter-finalist in his 2002 debut (l. to Santoro)

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: 25-3 (2-1 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 sixth quarter-final in as many tournaments this season and comes in with a 25-3 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 the  ATP World Tour Masters 1000 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
• 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 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 42 of past 45 matches and six of nine tournament titles since falling in five sets in last year’s US Open semi-finals (l. to Djokovic)
• Has captured at least one ATP World Tour title for 12 straight years, best among active players (Roddick has 11) and his 73 career titles is No. 4 in the Open Era

FERRER FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 30-year-old Spaniard comes into the quarter-finals in his 10th straight year with a 12-9 career record and after a first round bye, opened with a 76(4) 62 win over Radek Stepanek and followed by saving three match points in a 76(3) 36 76(8) victory over No. 11 seed Nicolas Almagro…Has been broken three times this week and has saved 12 of 15 break points
• Last year lost in the quarter-finals to eventual champion Novak Djokovic 64 46 63
• Two years ago turned in a personal-best semi-final showing (l. to No. 1 Federer in three sets)…En route he posted wins over No. 8 seed Marin Cilic 63 62 and No. 3 seed Andy Murray 75 63
• Also advanced to the quarter-finals in 2005 (d. No. 10 Puerta, l. to Ginepri)

2012 Highlights:
W: Auckland (d Rochus); Buenos Aires (d Almagro); Acapulco (d Verdasco); F: Barcelona (l Nadal); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 30-5 (18-2 on clay)
YTD Titles: 3/Career Titles: 14 (8 on clay)
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 6 (Career-high No. 4 on Feb. 25, 2008)

2012 in Review:
• The No. 2 Spaniard is off to a career-best 30-5 start and he’s appearing in his seventh quarter-final or better this season…In his last tournament, he reached his fourth ATP World Tour final showing of the year on Apr. 29, losing in his fourth Barcelona title match to Nadal 76 75
• The Valencia resident enters with an 18-2 mark on clay (12-3 on hard)…Prior to Barcelona, lost his first clay court match in the opening round (after bye) to Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci in Monte Carlo
• Co-leader (w/Federer) with three titles and ties a career-high (also in 2007)…Has a 14-15 career mark in ATP World Tour finals, 8-10 on clay
• 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)

Stadium 3

(10) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) vs (16) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) Del Potro Leads 2-0
11 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells  Hard R32 Juan Martin Del Potro 7-6(3) 6-3
12 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard R32 Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 7-6(5)

DEL POTRO FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 23-year-old Argentine is appearing in his third quarter-final in six Madrid visits and owns a 12-4 career mark…This week has not dropped a set en route to defeating Florian Mayer 64 62, Mikhail Youzhny 64 76(1) and Marin Cilic 62 64…Has saved 13 of 16 break points
• His previous best result was the semi-finals in 2009 (d. No. 3 Murray, l. to No. 2 Federer)…In ’08, reached quarter-finals (d. No. 7 Nalbandian, l. to No .2 Federer)

2012 Highlights:
W: Marseille (d Llodra); Estoril (d Gasquet); 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: 30-6 (9-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 2
Career Titles: 11 (4 on clay)
Date of Birth: September 23, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 11 (Career-high No. 4 on January 11, 2010)

2012 in Review:
• The Tandil native is appearing in his seventh quarter-final in eighth tournament this season with a 30-6 match record, including a 9-0 mark on clay (winning all 20 sets)
• He is coming off a repeat title effort in Estoril last Sunday (d. Gasquet), his second ATP World Tour title of year and first clay court tournament…He won two Davis Cup matches on clay in Buenos Aires in the quarter-finals vs. Croatia, defeating Karlovic and Cilic in straight sets
• In February, he captured his 10th career title in Marseille (d. Llodra); four of six losses have come to Federer (Australian Open QFs, Rotterdam final, Dubai SFs, Indian Wells QFs)…11-5 in career finals
• Returned to Top 10 after Australian Open, his first time in the elite since returning from wrist injury lay-off in 2010; moved up to No. 9 coming in here after SF finish in Dubai (career-high is No. 4)…Has ranked in Top 10 for 11 of 14 weeks this year

DOLGOPOLOV FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 23-year-old Ukrainian is appearing in his first quarter-final here after posting wins over Pablo Andujar 76(5) 64, Andreas Seppi 67(5) 76(5) 63 and No. 4 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 75 36 76(2)…
Has hit 31 aces this week, second behind Raonic (37)
• In his previous two visits in Madrid, qualified two years ago and defeated Seppi and lost to No. 2 Nadal…Last year fell in the opening round to Santiago Giraldo 61 75…Has a 4-2 career mark

2012 Highlights:
F: Brisbane (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 15-9 (5-2 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1 (1 on clay)
Date of Birth: November 7, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 20 (Career-high No. 13 on January 16)

2012 in Review:
• The top Ukrainian on the ATP World Tour is appearing in his second quarter-final of the season and second career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 QF (Shanghai last October)
• He opened the campaign by reaching the final in Brisbane (d. No. 12 Simon in SF, l. to No. 4 Murray) and followed with 3rd Rd. at Australian Open (d. Jones, Kamke in five sets, l. to Tomic in five)
• But after 6-2 start in first month, struggled in next seven tournaments with a 6-7 mark before winning three matches this week…In March, reached fourth round at Indian Wells (d. No. 2 Nadal)
• With his first Top 10 win of the season (1-5) over No. 5 Tsonga on Thursday, broke a nine-match losing streak vs. Top 10 foes and is 3-18 in his career

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