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Halle, London Sunday Briefing

HALLE SUNDAY PREVIEW - FEDERER & HAAS SQUARE OFF IN BLOCKBUSTER FINAL
• Good friends and veterans Roger Federer (30) and Tommy Haas (34) will resume a rivalry on Sunday that has spanned almost 12 years in the final of the Gerry Weber Open - both of them are former champions here too. They both have been broken only once this week (Haas has held 40 of 41 service games and Federer 36 of 37). This is the first all 30-over final in tournament history and second on the ATP World Tour this season. In Sydney, Jarkko Nieminen defeated Julien Benneteau, in an all-30 final.

• Though he has a commanding 10-2 overall lead in their head-to-head, perhaps more daunting is Federer has won his last nine meetings with Haas; also, Federer is 3-0 against the German on grass (never in a final - all three were semi-finals, here at Halle in 2005-06 and at Wimbledon in 2009). Federer also has a 49-match winning streak against Germans since losing to Nicolas Kiefer here in the semi-finals 10 years ago.

• No. 2-seeded Federer survived a quarter-final epic against Milos Raonic, winning in a third set tie-break despite the No. 5-seeded Canadian firing 25 aces, but apart from that he has had few problems, beating Florian Mayer and Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets in his other matches. He is now an incredible 56-5 since last year’s US Open and 39-4 lifetime at this tournament, having won the title five times before in 2003-04-05-06 and ‘08 (he is 5-1 in finals here, losing the 2010 final to Lleyton Hewitt). Federer is playing his 105th career ATP World Tour level final (74-30 mark) and he is 4-0 in finals this season. He is trying to win his 12th career title on grass (11-2 in finals).

•  Haas, a wild card, has taken out three seeds en route to the final -- No. 6 Marcel Granollers, No. 3  Tomas Berdych and No. 8 and defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber (his win over Berdych pushed him to a 2-1 record against Top 10 players this year - he lost to Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open but beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Munich). Haas may not have Federer’s five titles in Halle but he does have one (in 2009) and has now reached the quarter-finals or better here six times. Haas is playing his 22nd career ATP World Tour final (12-9). This is Haas’ first ATP World Tour final since this tournament three years ago when he beat Novak Djokovic for the title. Haas also has won seven finals in a row since his loss to Andre Agassi at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome in May 2002.

WHAT’S AT STAKE
      Winner:         € 119,800 and 250 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
      Runner-up:   €    63,150 and 150 South African Airways ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY
      Haas:      Appearing in his 22nd ATP World Tour final…………12-9 in finals (first in 2012,won last 7 finals)
      Federer:  Appearing in his 105th  ATP World Tour level final…74-30 in finals (4-0 in 2012)

2012 ATP World Tour Title Leaders – Federer is trying to become the first player to win five ATP World Tour titles this season. Here are this year’s leaders:
                         No.
Roger Federer     4
Rafael Nadal       4
David Ferrer       3
Five players with 2

Germans in Halle Finals – There have been five Germans, including Haas, who have captured the Halle title. Haas is trying to become the first German to win the Gerry Weber Open title twice in the event’s 20-year history:
2012 – Tommy Haas  vs. Roger Federer
2011 – Philipp Kohlschreiber      def. Philipp Petzschner
2009 – Tommy Haas  def. Novak Djokovic
2008 – Philipp Kohlschreiber lost to Roger Federer
2003 – Nicolas Kiefer  lost to Roger Federer
2002 – Nicolas Kiefer  lost to Yevgeny Kafelnikov
2000 – David Prinosil  def. Richard Krajicek
1999 – Nicolas Kiefer  def. Nicklas Kulti
1995 – Michael Stich  lost to Marc Rosset
1994 – Michael Stich  def. Magnus Larsson


SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS

(WC) Tommy Haas (GER) vs (2)Roger Federer (SUI) Federer Leads 10-2
00 Sydney Olympics (Australia) Hard SF Tommy Haas 6-3 6-2
00 Basel (Switzerland) Carpet R32 Roger Federer 6-3 6-3
02 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 Tommy Haas 7-6(3) 4-6 3-6 6-4 8-6
02 ATP Masters1000 Paris (France) Carpet R16 Roger Federer 6-2 7-6(2)
05 Halle (Germany) Grass SF Roger Federer 6-4 7-6(9)
06 Doha (Qatar) Hard SF Roger Federer 6-3 6-3
06 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 Roger Federer 6-4 6-0 3-6 4-6 6-2
06 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Roger Federer 6-1 6-3
06 Halle (Germany) Grass SF Roger Federer 6-4 6-7(4) 6-3
07 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard SF Roger Federer 6-4 7-5
09 ROLAND GARROS (France) Clay R16 Roger Federer 6-7(4) 5-7 6-4 6-0 6-2
09 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass SF Roger Federer 7-6(3) 7-5 6-3

Federer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(4): Rotterdam (d Del Potro); Dubai (d Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (d Isner); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (d Berdych); SF(4): Doha (W/O vs Tsonga); Australian Open (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Djokovic); ROLAND GARROS (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 39-5 (105-15 career on grass, 11 titles)
YTD Titles: 4
Career Titles: 74 (11 on grass)
Date of Birth: August 8, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 3
- 10th appearance (2000-06, ’08, ’10, ‘12) in Halle (39-4 record; Winner in 2003-06, ’08; Finalist in 2010)

• Federer, 30, the Swiss superstar is playing in his seventh final in his 10th appearance in Halle… Since losing to Nicolas Kiefer in the semis 10 years ago, he is 5-1 in finals in Halle
• Has held serve 36 of 37 service games (97%) in three matches and has saved four of five break points …No. 2 in second serve pts. won (72%) and No. 3 in first serve pct. (70%)
• Co-leader (w/Nadal) with four titles on the ATP World Tour this season, capturing consecutive 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)…Also won his 20th ATP Masters 1000 crown in Madrid (d. Berdych)
• Has won 56 of past 61 matches and seven of 12 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 74 career titles is No. 4 in the Open Era

Fed in Finals – Federer is 5-1 in finals in Halle, losing only to Lleyton Hewitt two years ago. He’s played seven different opponents:
2012 – vs. Tommy Haas  ????
2010 – l. to Lleyton Hewitt 36 76 64
2008–  d. Philipp Kohlschreiber 63 64
2006 – d. Tomas Berdych 60 67 62
2005 – d. Marat Safin 64 67 64
2004 – d. Mardy Fish 60 63
2003 – d. Nicolas Kiefer 61 63

Haas FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Munich (l Cilic)
YTD W-L: 13-6 (47-23 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 12 (1 on grass, 2009 Halle)
Date of Birth: April 3, 1978
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 87
- 12th appearance (1997-01, ’04-06, ’08-09, ‘11-12) in Halle (23-10 record; Winner in ‘09,SF in 2005-06, ‘12)

• Haas, 34, the oldest player in the singles draw, is appearing in his second final in Halle, having won the title in 2009 (d. No. 4 Djokovic), his last ATP World Tour final/title…At 31, he was the oldest winner in tournament history (since 1993)...Has won seven finals in a row since loss to Andre Agassi in ’02 Rome
• Has held serve 40 of 41 games (98%) saving five of six break pts. while breaking opponents six times
• He came in this week at No. 87 after his third round showing at ROLAND GARROS, his first Top 100 ranking since June 28, 2010…Will jump to around No. 59 and around No. 51 if he wins the title
• The Hamburg native posted his first Top 10 win on grass on Friday (d. No. 7 Berdych) since defeating No. 4 Djokovic in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2009…Has a 42-69 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents (2-1 this year)…

DOUBLES FINAL – TOP SEEDS QURESHI-ROJER MEET HUEY-LIPSKY IN TITLE MATCH

• Top seeds Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer were pushed to match tie-breaks in their first two rounds but won their semi-final in straight sets (they haven’t faced any seeded teams)
• Qureshi and Rojer are playing their second ATP World Tour final together (they won Estoril earlier this year)
• Unseeded Treat Conrad Huey and Scott Lipsky were pushed to match tie-breaks in their first two rounds and won their semi-final in straight sets too (they have faced one seeded team en route to the final however, beating No. 2 seeds Cermak/Knowle in the quarter-finals)
• Huey and Lipsky are playing in their first ATP World Tour final together
• ATP World Tour doubles final W-L: Qureshi (6-7), Rojer (6-8), Huey (0-2), Lipsky (6-6)

LONDON SUNDAY PREVIEW – NALBANDIAN, CILIC TO BATTLE FOR FIRST ATP GRASS COURT TITLE
• The final at the AEGON Championships on Sunday feature the No. 6 and 10 seeds with a first career ATP World Tour grass court title at stake.

• No. 10 seed David Nalbandian of Argentina brings a 4-1 career head-to-head record against No. 6 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia. This will be their first meeting on grass and third overall this season. Cilic won the last encounter in a quarter-final Davis Cup tie in April, rallying from a 1-2 sets deficit to win in five sets (on clay). The 30-year-old Cordoba native is 11-11 in ATP World Tour finals and his last title came in Washington in August 2010. This is also his second career grass court final (’02 Wimbledon, l. to Hewitt). The last Argentine to win an ATP World Tour grass court title was Javier Frana in Nottingham in June 1995.

• The 23-year-old Cilic is making his first final showing in six visits to the Queen’s Club. His previous best results were the quarters in 2007 and last year. Cilic was sidelined for the first seven weeks of the season with a knee injury before returning in late February in Delray Beach. Cilic is 14-9 on the season and last month he advanced to the final in Munich (l. to Kohlschreiber). Cilic is 6-7 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals. His last title came in St. Petersburg last October. This is the Croat’s first career grass final.

WHAT’S AT STAKE
Winner   €78,935 and 250 South African Airways  ATP Ranking points
Runner-up  €44,945 and 150 South African Airways  ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY
Nalbandian Appearing in his 23rd  career ATP World Tour level final……11-11 in finals (first in 2012)
Cilic  Appearing in his 14th career ATP World Tour final……...l……6-7 in finals (0-1 in 2012)

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX HEAD-TO-HEADS -

Centre Court

(10) David Nalbandian (ARG) vs (6) Marin Cilic (CRO) Nalbandian Leads 4-1
06 CRO vs. ARG WG Qtrs (Croatia) Carpet RR David Nalbandian 6-1 6-1 6-2
10 Washington (USA) Hard SF David Nalbandian 6-2 6-2
10 Basel (Switzerland) Hard R16 David Nalbandian 4-6 6-4 6-4
12 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells  Hard R64 David Nalbandian 7-6(3) 7-6(4)
12 ARG vs. CRO WG QF (Argentina) Clay RR Marin Cilic 5-7 6-4 4-6  7-6(2) 6-3

Nalbandian FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(2): Buenos Aires (l Ferrer); Belgrade (l Seppi); QF(2): Sao Paulo (l Volandri); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 20-11 (31-11 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 11
Date of Birth: January 1, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 39
- Third appearance (2008, ’11-12) at Queen’s Club (10-2 record; Finalist in 2012, Semi-finalist in 2008)

• Nalbandian, 30, who is playing here for the third time, has rallied from a set down in three of his five match wins this week to advance to his first final …His previous best was ’08, (SF,  l. to Djokovic)…Has a 10-2 mark here…Will move from 39 to around No. 36 and around No. 30 if he wins the title
• Has held serve 54 of 64 games this week (83%), saving 16 of 26 break points…Leads the tournament in with 19 return breaks of serve (19 of 63 games, 30%)
• In February, he reached the semi-finals in Buenos Aires (l. to Ferrer) and last month the semis in Belgrade (l. to Seppi), both on clay
• The former World No. 3 enters with a 20-11 match record on the season…He’s helped his country to the Davis Cup semi-finals vs. the Czech Republic with a 1-1 singles mark
• Playing in his 23rd final (11-11) on the ATP World Tour and his last final came in Auckland in January 2011 (l. to Ferrer)…His last title came in Washington in August 2010 (d. Baghdatis)…His previous grass court final came at Wimbledon in 2002 (l. to Hewitt)

Cilic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Munich (l Kohlschreiber)
YTD W-L: 14-9 (20-12 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 6
Date of Birth: September 28, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 25
- Sixth appearance (2007-12) at Queen’s Club (11-4 record; Finalist in 2012, QF in ’07, ’11-W/O)

• Cilic, 23, is making his first final showing in his sixth Queen’s Club appearance…He is the first Croat to reach the final here since Ivo Karlovic in 2005 (l. to Roddick)
• Came in ranked No. 25 and will move to around No. 20-21 if he wins the title (remains same w/R-up)
• Has held serve 33 of 38 games (87%) this week and has broken opponents 14 times, second-most in the tournament  (39%, 14 of 36 games)
• The top Croat on the ATP World Tour enters his second final of the season with a 14-9 match record and his best showing was a runner-up in Munich last month (l. to Kohlschreiber)
• Has a 6-7 career mark in ATP World Tour finals and is appearing in his first grass court final

DOUBLES FINAL – ROLAND GARROS REMATCH BETWEEN TOP TWO TEAMS
• The top two seeds battle it out in the doubles final on Sunday as top seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor take on No. 2 seeds Bob and Mike Bryan. Mirnyi-Nestor won the last meeting in the final at ROLAND GARROS last Saturday.
• Mirnyi and Nestor are playing in their sixth final of the season (3-2). They opened the year with a title in Brisbane and one month later added another title in Memphis. In their last outing at ROLAND GARROS, they defended their title. They also were finalists in Miami and Monte-Carlo.
• Mirnyi is trying to won his first Queen’s Club title in fifth final. He was runner-up in 2002 and ’03 (w/Bhupathi) and a finalist in 2005-06 (w/Bjorkman). Nestor is 3-1 in Queen’s Club finals, winning titles in 2003 and ’07 (w/Knowles) and in ’08 (w/Zimonjic). He also was runner-up in 2004 (w/Knowles).
• The Bryans, who are playing at the Queen’s Club for the 13th time in 14 years, are appearing in their sixth final here after capturing titles in 2001, ’04-05 and last year while finishing runner-up in ‘07. They have a 28-8 career mark at the tournament.
• The Bryans are 3-2 in finals this season and they have captured titles in Sydney (d. Ebden-Nieminen) in January and for the third straight year at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo in April (d. Mirnyi-Nestor) and Nice  last month. They also were finalists at the Australian Open (l. to Paes-Stepanek) in their 20th career Grand Slam final (11-9) and ROLAND GARROS.
• The Bryans have a 78-43 career record in doubles finals and last year they finished as the No. 1 team for a record seventh time in the past nine years. They went 8-3 in finals.

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