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Rome Final Briefing - Djokovic Meets Nadal Again For Title

Rome, Italy

Nadal© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal looks to avenge his 2011 final Rome defeat to Novak Djokovic.

SUNDAY PREVIEW - FINAL REMATCH BETWEEN TOP TWO SEEDS DJOKOVIC & NADAL
• The Internazionali BNL d’Italia’s Top 2 seeds have made it through to the final and will now square off for the title - a rematch of their championship clash from last year at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament. Both players have defeated Top 10 opponents in their last two matches. This is the first back-to-back final with the same players in the tournament’s history (since 1930).

• World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has only lost one set in four matches this week, the first set of his 46 62 63 third round victory over No. 14 seed Juan Monaco, and he is now through to the 20th ATP Masters 1000 final of his career (11-8 mark). He is trying to capture a third title here (2008 and 2011) and the only other ATP Masters 1000 he has won three times is Miami (2007, 2011 and this year). Djokovic is playing in his 46th career ATP World Tour level final (30-15 record), the 12th on clay (7-4). He is trying to become the fifth player to win the Rome title at least three times.

• World No. 3 Rafael Nadal will move back to No. 2 if he wins the title, is the only five-time winner in Rome history, capturing the crown in 2005-06-07, ’09-10. The only years missing, 2008 and last year were won by Djokovic). The Spaniard has a 35-2 record here with four straight set wins this week and is 15-1 on clay (14-0 on red clay and 28-0 in sets won). Nadal is playing in his 70th career ATP World Tour level final (48-21 mark) as well as his 31st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (20-10). He is currently tied with Roger Federer for the most ATP Masters1000 titles. Nadal is 34-4 lifetime in clay finals and Djokovic is one of two players (Federer) to beat the Spaniard twice in a clay title match.

• Nadal leads the overall head-to-head series, 17-14, including 10-2 on clay. This is their fourth meeting in Rome. Nadal won the first two in 2007 (QF) and ’09 (final) before Djokovic won in last year’s final. Nadal’s 63 61 win in their last meeting on April 22 in the Monte Carlo final on April 22 snapped the Spaniard’s seven-match losing streak against the Serb. Overall this is their 14th meeting in a final (Djokovic leads 7-6 but Nadal is up 3-2 in clay finals).

• Nadal is 14-8 against reigning No. 1s (13-6 against Federer, 1-2 against Djokovic); in his only time playing a World No. 1 in Rome he won, beating Federer back in the 2006 final in five sets

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 46th ATP World Tour level final………………30-15 in finals (2-1 in ’12)
 Appearing in his 20th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final……11-8 in finals (1-1 in ’12)
 Appearing in his 12th clay court final…………………………….7-4 in finals (0-1 in ’12)
 Nadal: Appearing in his 70th ATP World Tour level final………..…….48-21 in finals (2-1 in ’12) 
 Appearing in his 31st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final…..20-10 in finals (1-0 in ’12)
 Appearing in his 39th clay court final……………………………34-4 in finals (2-0 in ’12)


ROAD TO THE FINAL
(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB #1)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Bernard Tomic (AUS #32) 63 63 (1:09)
3rd Rd: d. (14) Juan Monaco (ARG #15) 46 62 63 (2:20)
QF: d. (5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA #5) 75 61 (1:23)
SF: d. (3) Roger Federer (SUI #2) 62 76(4) (1:39)

(2) Rafael Nadal (ESP #3)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Florian Mayer (GER #28) 61 75 (1:21)
3rd Rd: d. Marcel Granollers (ESP #26) 61 61 (1:28)
QF: d. (7) Tomas Berdych (CZE #7) 64 75 (2:06)
SF: d. (6) David Ferrer (ESP #6) 76(6) 60 (2:06)

2012 ATP MASTERS 1000 FINALS -- The first five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments will have been won by the Big 3 of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal. Here is a look at the finals this year:
    Champion   Finalist
Indian Wells Roger Federer John Isner
Miami Novak Djokovic Andy Murray
Monte Carlo Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic
Madrid Roger Federer Tomas Berdych
Rome Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal

ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 TITLE LEADERS – Nadal looks to capture his 21st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and Djokovic his 12th. Here are the leaders since 1990:

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

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 34
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 FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS

(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs (2) Rafael Nadal (ESP) Nadal Leads 17-14
06 Roland Garros (France) Clay QF Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4 ret
07 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard Final Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-5
07 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard QF Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4
07 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome 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 Final Rafael Nadal 7-6(6) 7-5
08 ATP Masters Series 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 Final Rafael Nadal 6-3 2-6 6-1
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome Clay Final 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 Final 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 Final Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-2
11 ATP Masters 1000 Miami Hard Final Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-3 7-6(4)
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay Final Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome Clay Final Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4
11 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass Final Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3
11 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard Final Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-4 6-7(3) 6-1
12 Australian Open (Australia) Hard Final Novak Djokovic 5-7 6-4 6-2  6-7(5) 7-5
12 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay Final Rafael Nadal 6-3  6-1

 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal
 Sets Won: 37 44
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 2 7

 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 2 10
 Hard: 11 5
 Carpet: 0 0
 Grass: 1 2

Note: The winner of the opening set has gone on to win 26 of the previous 31 meetings.

DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 24-year-old Serb (turns 25 on Tuesday) is appearing in his fourth final (2-1) with a 22-3 career mark and has a 7-3 mark vs. Top 10 opponents… He is trying to become the fifth player with at least three titles in Rome: Nadal (five), Thomas Muster (1990, ’95-96), Martin Mulligan (1963, ’65, ’67) and Jaroslav Drobny (1950-52)
• This week has defeated Aussie teenager Bernad Tomic 63 63, No. 14 seed Juan Monaco 46 62 63, No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 75 61 and No. 3 seed Roger Federer 62 76(4)…Has held serve 37 of 43 games (86%), saving five of 11 break points and broken opponents 16 times in 41 games (39%)
• Last year beat No. 1 Rafael Nadal 64 64 for his second title …Lost only 11 games in his first three wins, over Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot 60 63, No. 14 Stanislas Wawrinka 64 61 and No. 5 Robin Soderling 63 60, before winning a 3:02 SF battle vs No. 4 Murray 61 36 76(2)
• Two years ago lost in the quarter-finals in three sets to No. 9 Fernando Verdasco…In 2009, lost to No. 1 Nadal 76(2) 62 in the final…In 2008, he rallied to defeat Stanislas Wawrinka 46 63 63 in the final and went through the tournament without facing a seed
• Made his debut in ‘07 and reached the quarters (d. Soderling, Baghdatis, l. to eventual champn Nadal)

2012 Highlights:
W (2): Australian Open (d Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (d Murray); F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Nadal); SF(2): Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Isner); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Tipsarevic)
YTD W-L: 30-4 (10-2 on clay)
YTD Tie- break: 8-6
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 30 (7 on clay)
Date of Birth: May 22, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 1 (Career-high on July 4, 2011)

2012 in Review:
• The World No. 1 is appearing in his fourth final this season and enters with a 30-4 match record (10-2 on clay)…Last week he lost to countryman Janko Tipsarevic in the quarter-finals in Madrid…Has a 9-3 mark vs. Top 10 (69-57 in career)…Has an 11-8 career mark in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals …One year ago left Rome with a 37-0 record and seven titles
• He is playing in his third clay tournament of the season and reached the final in Monte-Carlo on April 22 (l. to Nadal 63 61)…He’ 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 100-10 match record since the beginning of last year (went 70-6 in 2011)…This is the 46th straight week at No. 1 in South African Airways ATP Rankings (since July 4, ‘11) after Wimbledon title

NADAL FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The left-hander is attempting to capture his sixth title in seventh final and appearing in the final for the fourth straight year (winner in 2005-07, ’09-10) and last year lost to Djokovic 64 64
• Has a 35-2 career match record, 5-1 mark in finals and 9-1 vs. Top 10 opponents
• This week has not dropped a set while holding 35 of 37 service games (95%) while saving 14 of 16 break points (88%)…Has broken serve 15 times in 36 games (42%)…Has posted wins over German Florian Mayer 61 75, countryman Marcel Granollers 61 61, No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych 64 75 and No. 6 David Ferrer 76(6) 60
• His only losses have come in last year’s final (l. to No. 2 Djokovic 64 64) and in the second round (after a bye) in 2008 to countryman Juan Carlos Ferrero 75 61
• Two years ago came in No. 3 and defeated countryman David Ferrer 75 62 in the final…In 2009, he defeated No. 3 Novak Djokovic and became the first player to win four titles in tournament history
• In 2007 he defeated Fernando Gonzalez 62 62 in the title match and in 2006, prevailed in a fifth set tie-break over No. 1 Federer (saved two match points in 5:05 marathon)…In 2005, defeated Argentine Guillermo Coria in a fifth set tie-break (in five hours, 14 minutes) for his first Rome title

Final Results in Rome (5-1):
2011 - lost to No. 2 Novak Djokovic 64 64 2007 - d. No. 6 Fernando Gonzalez 62 62
2010 - d. No. 17 David Ferrer 75 62 2006 - d. No. 1 Roger Federer     67 76 64 26 76
2009 - d. No. 3 Novak Djokovic 76 62 2005 - d. No. 11 Guillermo Coria  64 36 63 46 76

2012 Highlights:
W(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (d Djokovic); Barcelona (d Ferrer); F: Australian Open (l Djokovic); SF(3): 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: 32-4 (15-1 on clay)
YTD Tie-break: 5-3
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 48 (34 on clay)
Date of Birth: June 3, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 3 (Career-high No. 1 on August 18, 2008)

2012 in Review:
• The 25-year-old Mallorcan is making his fourth final appearance in seventh tournament and owns a 32-4 match record (15-1 on clay) and two ATP World Tour clay titles…He is ranked No. 3 for the first time since week of May 10, 2010…Will go back to No. 2 with the title
• Has an 8-2 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this season and 96-51 in his career
• Last week he lost in the third round to countryman Fernando Verdasco in Madrid (after holding a 5-2, double break lead in third set)…The loss ended a 22-match clay winning streak since losing to Djokovic in last year’s Rome final
• Prior to last week, he captured his seventh title in Barcelona on Apr. 29 (d. Ferrer) and the previous week he captured his eighth straight ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo crown (d. Djokovic)
• Has a 48-21 career record in ATP World Tour finals (34-4 on clay) and 20-10 in ATP Masters 1000 title matches
• 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 Monte Carlo, 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)
• In Indian Wells, 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

CLAY COURT KING – Nadal has the best career match record on clay in the Open Era with a 246-19 mark (.928) and he’s 34-4 in clay finals. Here's a year-by-year look at Nadal's clay court supremacy since 2005, compiling a 219-9 match record (.960) and 33-4 mark in clay court finals on the ATP World Tour:
      W-L  Clay Finals
2012 – 15-1  2-0 2008 – 24-1 4-0
2011 – 28-2  3-2 (l. to Djokovic twice) 2007 – 31-1 5-1 (l. to Federer)
2010 - 22-0  4-0 2006 – 26-0 4-0
2009 - 23-2     3-1 (l. to Federer) 2005 – 50-2 8-0

Note: Nadal has lost to two players in a clay court final – Djokovic and Federer (twice each)

DOUBLES FINAL – UNSEEDED DUOS GRANOLLERS-M. LOPEZ & KUBOT-TIPSAREVIC IN FINAL

• The Spanish tandem of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez meet Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in an all-unseeded final on Sunday.

• Granollers and Lopez are playing in their fifth ATP World Tour doubles final together and are 0-4 in their previous title matches (Zagreb and Stuttgart in 2011, Acapulco in March and Barcelona last month). They haven’t lost to the final and have taken out three seeds: No. 8 seeds Peya-Qureshi, No. 3 seeds Llodra-Zimonjic and No. 7 seeds Bhupathi-Bopanna.

• Granollers is playing in his second ATP Masters 1000 final (lost in 2009 Paris w/Tommy Robredo) and Lopez is appearing in his third ATP Masters 1000 final (won in Indian Wells twice with Rafael Nadal).

• Kubot and Tipsarevic have lost one set this week, in their first round win over Anderson-Tomic, but they beat three seeded teams in straight sets in their next three matches -- No. 5 seeds Paes-Stepanek, No. 2 seeds the Bryan brothers and No. 4 seeds Lindstedt-Tecau. This is only the second time they are playing together. In March, they reached the quarter-finals in Miami. Both are playing in their first ATP Masters 1000 final.

• Here are the doubles finals W-L of each player: Kubot (6-6), Tipsarevic (1-2), Granollers (6-9), Lopez (6-7).

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