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Roddick© Getty ImagesFour-time former champion Andy Roddick opens his Queen's campaign on Wednesday.

HALLE WEDNESDAY PREVIEW – SEEDS BERDYCH, DOLGOPOLOV, RAONIC EYE QUARTER-FINALS 
• There are four second round matches on Wednesday’s order of play at the Gerry Weber Open with the No. 3, 4 and 5 seeds in action on Centre Court.

• In the opening match of the day, No. 5 seed and top Canadian Milos Raonic looks for his second straight quarter-final in Halle as he takes on Chinese qualifier Ze Zhang. They met two years ago in a Futures event in Korea #3 and Zhang won 75 75. At the time, Raonic was ranked No. 408 and Zhang No. 479. Raonic, who fired 19 aces in his first round win on Monday over last year’s finalist Philipp Petzschner, is trying to reach his fifth quarter-final of the season. Zhang is trying to advance to his first career ATP World Tour quarter-final.

• In the second match, former Top 10 Russian Mikhail Youzhny and No. 4 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine square off for the third time. They split a pair of hard court meetings, that went the distance (third set) two years ago. Youzhny is one of 12 active players on the ATP World Tour with 40 (or more) career grass court match wins. In February, Youzhny earned his eighth career ATP World Tour title in Zagreb. Dolgopolov opened the season by reaching the final in Brisbane (l. to Murray).

• In the third match, No. 3 seed and 2007 champion Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic brings a 3-1 career mark against Viktor Troicki of Serbia. Berdych won in straight sets here one year ago in the quarter-finals and in the Davis Cup quarter-finals in April on clay. Berdych comes in with a 34-10 match record on the season and he’s 13-4 lifetime in Halle. In February, he captured his seventh career ATP World Tour title in Montpellier, France and last month he was runner-up at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Federer). In addition to his title here five years ago, Berdych was runner-up in 2006 and a semi-finalist last year. Troicki is attempting to break a 25-match losing streak against Top 10 opponents since his last win over No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals of Bangkok in October 2009. Troicki, who was a quarter-finalist in Halle last year, is ranked No. 33 this week. His best results in 2012 are a pair of quarter-finals in Doha and Rotterdam, both in the first two months of play. 

• In the final singles match, Czech Republic No. 2 Radek Stepanek takes on 21-year-old German Cedrik- Marcel Stebe for the first time. The 33-year-old Stepanek is the oldest player in the Top 30 (at No. 26) and he’s trying to reach his first quarter-final in Halle since 2003. His best result this season is the semi-finals in Memphis in February. Stebe is looking to reach his second career ATP World Tour quarter-final. Last July he advanced to his maiden quarter-final in Stuttgart. The young German is 5-9 on the season and he reached a career-high No. 71 in February. He is No. 78 this week.

• LOOKING AHEAD – The top two seeds, World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, and No. 3 Roger Federer, open their grass court campaign on Thursday with Nadal taking on Lukas Lacko of Slovakia and Federer taking on top German Florian Mayer. They both own 3-0 head-to-head records against their opponent.

WEDNESDAY SECOND ROUND FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

Centre Court

(5) Milos Raonic (CAN) vs (Q) Ze Zhang (CHN) First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
10 Korea F3 (Korea) Hard QF Ze Zhang 7-5 7-5

Raonic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Chennai (d Tipsarevic); San Jose (d Istomin); F: Memphis (l Melzer); SF: Barcelona (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 25-8 (4-2 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: December 27, 1990
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 21 (career-high, first set on May 14)
- Second appearance (2011-12) in Halle (3-1 record; Quarter-finals in 2011)

Zhang FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 1-3 (1-0 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: July 4, 1990
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 217
- First appearance in Halle (1-0 record)

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs (4) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) Tied 1-1
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto Hard R32 Alexandr Dolgopolov 1-6 7-6(4)7-5
10 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)    Hard R16 Mikhail Youzhny 6-1 5-7 7-5

Youzhny FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Zagreb (d Lacko); QF: Doha (l Nadal); Dubai (l Federer); Munich (l Cilic)
YTD W-L: 17-8 (40-26 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: June 25, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 31
- Ninth appearance (2002-08, ’10, ‘12) in Halle (10-7 record, Semi-finals in 2003; W/O in ’07 QF)
 
Dolgopolov FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Brisbane (l Murray); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Del Potro)
YTD W-L: 15-12 (5-5 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: November 7, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 20
- Second appearance (2011-12) in Halle (1-1 record; Second Round in 2011)
 
(3) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Viktor Troicki (SRB) Berdych Leads 3-1
09 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells  Hard R64 Viktor Troicki 6-3 6-1
10 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells  Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 6-1 6-3
11 Halle (Germany) Grass QF Tomas Berdych 7-6(3) 6-1
12 CZE vs. SRB WG QF (Czech Rep) Clay RR Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-1 6-2

Berdych FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Montpellier (d Monfils); F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); SF(2): Rotterdam (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); QF(3): Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 34-10 (37-14 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7
- Sixth appearance (2006-09, ’11-12) in Halle (13-4 record; Winner in 2007, Finalist in ’06, SF in ‘11)

Troicki FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Doha (l Monfils); Rotterdam (l Del Potro)
YTD W-L: 17-14 (12-10 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: February 10, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 33
- Fourth appearance (2009-12) in Halle (4-3 record; Quarter-finals in 2011)

Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER)  First Meeting

Stepanek FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Memphis (l Melzer); QF: Brisbane (l Dolgopolov)
YTD W-L: 13-15 (30-18 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: November 27, 1978
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 26
- Fourth appearance (2002-03, ’08, ‘12) in Halle (3-3 record; Quarter-finals in 2003)

Stebe FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 5-9 (1-2 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 9, 1990
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 78
- Second appearance (2011-12) in Halle (1-1 record; Second round in 2012)

LONDON WEDNESDAY PREVIEW – TOP EIGHT SEEDS, LED BY MURRAY, TSONGA, OPEN GRASS CAMPAIGN
• Second round play begins on Wednesday at the AEGON Championships with the top eight seeds beginning their grass court campaign. On Tuesday, 23 of the 24 scheduled first round singles matches were completed with the only exception Paolo Lorenzi and Tatsuma Ito (split first two sets before match was suspended by darkness). The Nos. 9-16 seeds went 8-0 in the first round on Tuesday.

• Leading off on Centre Court is Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin against No. 7 seed and four-time Queen’s Club champion Andy Roddick , who won the previous meeting in Winston-Salem, North Carolina last August in straight sets. Roger-Vasselin enters ranked a career-high No. 67 this week and he is 9-9 on the season. His best ATP World Tour result was a quarter-final in Marseille in February. The 29-year-old Roddick comes in ranked No. 32, his lowest at the Queen’s Club since his debut here in 2011 when he was No. 43. This is the American’s 12th visit here and he has a career mark of 32-6, winning the title from 2003-05 and in ’07.  Roddick has been slowed by ankle and hamstring injuries, thus resulting in a 7-10 match record on the season. His best results are a pair of quarter-finals in San Jose and Delray Beach.

• In the next match on, top seed and two-time Queen’s Club champion Andy Murray brings a 2-0  career mark against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut. Their last meeting came in Marseille four years ago and Murray won 75 76(5). The 25-year-old Scot is 26-8 on the season and in the opening week, he captured his 22nd career ATP World Tour title in Brisbane (d. Dolgopolov).  He is 14-3 lifetime at the Queen’s Club and he’s making his seventh appearance. Mahut, who reached the final here five years ago (l. to Roddick), is appearing at the Queen’s Club for the ninth year. He has an impressive 15-8 career mark here. The Frenchman is coming off a career-best third round showing at Roland Garros (l. to Federer). His best result of the season is a quarter-final in Montpellier in February.

• In the third match, British wild card Jamie Baker plays his second career Top 10 opponent against No. 5-ranked and last year’s finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.  Baker’s previous Top 10 match was a Davis Cup encounter against Argentine David Nalbandian, who was No. 9 at the time in February 2008. Nalbandian won 61 63 63. Baker is ranked a career-high No. 203 this week with his best results in 2012 a title at the Mexico Futures #3 in April and a semi-final at the Bath Challenger in March. Tsonga is coming off a personal-best quarter-final showing at Roland Garros where he fell to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in five sets (after holding four match points). The 27-year-old Frenchman is 28-11 on the season with a title in Doha (d. Monfils), a semi-final in Marseille and five other quarter-finals.

• In the final match on, American lucky loser Ryan Sweeting looks for his first career Top 10 victory (0-8) as he takes on No. 3 seed/World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic, who won the previous two meetings. Sweeting posted his second career grass court win Tuesday, defeating Dmitry Tursunov. Although Tipsarevic has not won an ATP World Tour title this year, he’s compiled a 29-12 match record, reaching the quarter-finals or better in six tournaments. His best result was a runner-up in Chennai (l. to Raonic) in the opening week of the year.

• On Court 1, there are four more matches, with No. 4 seed Gilles Simon of France, No. 5 Feliciano Lopez of Spain, No. 10 David Nalbandian of Argentina and No. 11 Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.

WEDNESDAY SECOND ROUND FEDEX HEAD-TO-HEADS - In Order of Play by Court

Centre Court

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs (7) Andy Roddick (USA) Roddick Leads 1-0
11 Winston-Salem (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Andy Roddick 6-2 6-4

Roger-Vasselin FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Marseille (l Tsonga)
YTD W-L: 9-9 (5-7 career on grass)
Date of Birth: November 28, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 67 (Career-high)
- Second appearance  (2008, ’12) at Queen’s Club (1-1 record; Second round in 2012)

Roddick FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: San Jose (l Istomin); Delray Beach (l Anderson)
YTD W-L: 7-10 (78-19 career on grass, 4 titles)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 30
Date of Birth: August 30, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 32
- 12th appearance (2001, ’03-12) at Queen’s Club (32-6 record; Winner in 2003-05, ’07,SF in ’06, 08-09, 11)

(1) Andy Murray (GBR) vs Nicolas Mahut (FRA) Murray Leads 2-0
07 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (USA)Hard R32 Andy Murray 6-1 6-3
08 Marseille (France) Hard QF Andy Murray 7-5 7-6(5)

Murray FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Brisbane (d Dolgopolov); F: Dubai (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic); SF: Australian Open (l Djokovic); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Berdych); Barcelona (l Raonic); Roland Garros (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 26-8 (49-12 career on grass, 2 titles)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 22
Date of Birth: May 15, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 4
- Seventh appearance  (2005-12, except ’07) at Queen’s Club (14-3 record; Winner in 2009, ‘11)
 
Mahut FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Montpellier (l Berdych)
YTD W-L: 10-9 (29-23 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: January 21, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 65
- Ninth appearance  (2003-12, except ’05) at Queen’s Club (15-8 record; Finalist in 2007)

(WC) Jamie Baker (GBR) vs (2) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
07 Lanzarote CH (Spain) Hard R32 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-2

Baker FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 1-0 (4-11 on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: August 5, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 203 (Career-high)
- Third appearance  (2006-07, ’10, ’12) at Queen’s Club (2-3 record; Second round in 2007, ‘12)

Tsonga FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Doha (d Monfils); SF: Marseille (l Del Potro); QF(5): Dubai (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Simon); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Djokovic); Roland Garros (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 28-11 (21-8 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: April 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 5
-Third appearance  (2007, ’11-’12) at Queen’s Club (6-2 record; Finalist in 2011)

(LL) Ryan Sweeting (USA) vs (3) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) Tipsarevic Leads 2-0
07 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Janko Tipsarevic 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-2
11 Memphis (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Janko Tipsarevic 6-0 7-6(7)

Sweeting FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Houston (l Isner)
YTD W-L: 7-9 (2-5 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: July 14, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 134
- Second appearance  (2011-12) at Queen’s Club (1-1 record; Second round in 2012)

Tipsarevic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Chennai (l Raonic); SF(2): Marseille (l Llodra); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); QF(3): Dubai (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Murray); Barcelona (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 29-12 (29-21 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: June 22, 1984
South African Airways  ATP Ranking: 8
- Eighth appearance  (2005-12) at Queen’s Club (6-7 record; Third round in 2008, ‘11)

Court 1

(4) Gilles Simon (FRA) vs Simone Bolelli (ITA) Tied 1-1
08 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R32 Simone Bolelli 6-4 6-4
09 Lyon (France) Hard R32 Gilles Simon 7-6(5) 7-6(5)

Simon FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Bucharest (d Fognini); SF: Brisbane (l Dolgopolov); Montpellier (l Monfils); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Nadal); Nice (l Almagro); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Isner)
YTD W-L: 29-14 (17-14 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: December 27, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 13
- Third appearance (2009, ’11-12) at Queen’s Club (1-2 record; Third round in 2009)

Bolelli FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 2-5 (8-6 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 8, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 120
- Second appearance  (2008, ’12) at Queen’s Club (2-1 record; Second round in 2008, ‘12)
 
Steve Darcis (BEL) vs (5) Feliciano Lopez (ESP) Darcis Leads 1-0
11 BEL vs. ESP WG 1st RD (Belgium) Hard RR Steve Darcis 6-7(4)   7-6(6) 7-6(3)

Darcis FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: San Jose (l Benneteau); Nice (l Almagro)
YTD W-L: 9-9 (6-6 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: March 13, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 71
- Second appearance (2009, ’12) at Queen’s Club (3-1 record; Quarter-finalist in 2009)

Lopez FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Houston (l Isner); Munich (l Kohlschreiber); QF: Barcelona (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 11-14 (34-22 career on grass0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: September 20, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 17
- Seventh appearance (2006-12) at Queen’s Club (6-6 record; Semi-finalist in 2010)
 
Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs (11) Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) Baghdatis Leads 1-0
12 Zagreb (Croatia) Hard R32 Marcos Baghdatis 4-6 6-3 6-3

Rosol FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Belgrade (l Andujar)
YTD W-L: 10-12 (1-0 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: July 24, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 101
- First appearance at Queen’s Club (1-0 record)
 
Baghdatis FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Sydney (l Benneteau); Zagreb (l Lacko); QF: Brisbane (l Murray); Munich (l Haas)
YTD W-L: 19-13 (29-16 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: June 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 42
- Third appearance (2005, ’09, ’12)) at Queen’s Club (2-2 record; 2nd Rd. in 2009, ‘12)

(10) David Nalbandian (ARG) vs (Q) Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) First Meeting

Nalbandian FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Buenos Aires (l Ferrer); Belgrade (l Seppi); QF: Sao Paulo (l Volandri); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 16-11 (27-11 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 (6-2 record; Semi-finalist in 2008)
 
Bemelmans FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 2-1 (2-4 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: January 14, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 131
- First appearance at Queen’s Club (1-0 record)

Court 2

(6) Marin Cilic (CRO) vs Matthew Ebden (AUS)    First Meeting

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs Tatsuma Ito (JPN)   First Meeting

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs (14) Gilles Muller (LUX)   First Meeting

Xavier Malisse (BEL) vs (13) Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) Malisse Leads 1-0
11 s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands) Grass QF Xavier Malisse 6-2 6-4

(15) Go Soeda (JPN) vs Ivan Dodig (CRO)   Soeda Leads 2-0
12 Chennai (India) Hard R16 Go Soeda 7-6(6)  6-3
12 JPN vs. CRO WG 1st RD (Japan) Hard RR Go Soeda 6-7(3)  3-6 6-4  6-3  7-5

Court 9

(16) Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)   First ATP Meeting
Other meetings:
02 Binghamton CH (USA) Hard R32 Ivo Karlovic 7-5 7-6(5)
03 Binghamton CH (USA) Hard QF Ivo Karlovic 3-6 7-6(7) 6-4

(9) Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)  Anderson Leads 1-0
12 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R64 Kevin Anderson 3-6 6-1 7-6(3)   6-3

Sam Querrey (USA) vs (12) Denis Istomin (UZB)  Tied 2-2
09 Eastbourne (Great Britain) Grass R16 Denis Istomin 3-6 7-6(3)6-4
09 Los Angeles (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Sam Querrey 6-2 6-0
11 Memphis (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Sam Querrey 6-7(5) 7-6(5)  6-4
12 San Jose (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Denis Istomin 5-7 6-3 7-5

(8) Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)    First Meeting

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(8) Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs Tatsuma Ito (JPN)  First Meeting

 

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