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Eastbourne, 's-Hertogenbosch Saturday Briefing

Roddick© Getty ImagesAndy Roddick will be looking to win his first title since February 2011.

EASTBOURNE SATURDAY PREVIEW – RODDICK LOOKS TO CONTINUE TITLE STREAK AGAINST REIGNING CHAMP
• The AEGON International championship is an intriguing match-up as one player looks to extend his ATP World Tour title streak while the other tries to defend his title.

• No. 6 seed Andy Roddick, a wild card entry, is appearing in his first ATP World Tour final since winning his 30th title in Memphis in February 2011 (d. Raonic). The 29-year-old American is attempting to increase his ATP World Tour title streak to 12 consecutive years and match Roger Federer, who has the longest streak among active players. Roddick is 30-20 in career finals and his last grass court title came at the Queen’s Club in London in 2007. Roddick came into Eastbourne losing six consecutive matches (the longest streak of his career) and ranked No. 33 (apart from being No. 34 during this year’s Miami fortnight, his lowest ranking in almost 11 years). But he’s only dropped one set this week, that coming in the quarter-finals on Friday vs. Fabio Fognini.  Americans are 0-3 in ATP World Tour finals this year and the last American winner was John Isner in Winston Salem, N.C. last August. 

• No. 3 seed and reigning champion Andreas Seppi, who had an opening round bye, has not dropped a set this week. Seppi is making his fourth career ATP World Tour final showing (2-1) and the second of the season. Last month he picked up his second career title in Belgrade (d. Paire). The 28-year-old Italian is putting together the best season of his career. He advanced to a Grand Slam-best fourth round at Roland Garros, losing to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in five sets (after winning first two sets). Afterwards he improved to a career-high No. 24.

WHAT’S AT STAKE
 Winner   €71,000 and 250 South African Airways  ATP Ranking points  
 Runner-up  €37,400 and 150 South African Airways  ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY
 Roddick is appearing in his 51st career ATP World Tour level final………30-20 in finals (0-0 in 2012)
 Seppi is appearing in his 4th career ATP World Tour final………………2-1 in finals (1-0 in 2012) 

SATURDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS –

(6-WC) Andy Roddick (USA) vs (3) Andreas Seppi (ITA) Roddick Leads 1-0
08 US Open  Hard  Third Round  Roddick    6-2 7-5 7-6(4)

Roddick FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF(2): San Jose (l Istomin); Delray Beach (l Anderson)
YTD W-L: 11-11
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 30
Date of Birth: August 30, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 33

• Roddick, 29, is appearing in his first ATP World Tour final since winning his 30th career title in Memphis (d. Raonic) in February 2011...He’s also trying to extend his title streak to 12 consecutive years and tie Roger Federer for the best mark among active players
• He is also looking to become the first American winner on the ATP World Tour this year (0-3)…John Isner was runner-up at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Federer) in March and Houston in April (l. to Monaco)…Brian Baker was a finalist in Nice (l. to Almagro) last month
• On Friday, he defeated another Italian, Fabio Fognini 63 36 75, and Belgian Steve Darcis 63 3-1 ret. and with his win over Darcis, became 19th player in Open Era to win 600 career matches
• Came into this week with a six-match losing streak before turning things around…His previous best showings were quarter-finals in San Jose in February  and Delray Beach in March 
• Has a 30-20 career record in ATP World Tour finals and he is tied for No. 3 among active players in career titles: Roger Federer (74), Rafael Nadal (50), Novak Djokovic and Roddick (30 each)…He is looking to win his fifth career ATP World Tour title on grass – Queen’s (2003-05, ’07)

Seppi FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Belgrade (d Paire); QF(4): Doha (l Federer); Rotterdam (l Berdych); Bucharest (l Fognini); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Federer)
YTD W-L: 23-16
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: February 21, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 26

• Seppi, 28, the top Italian is trying to defend his title from last year and capture his third career ATP World Tour title, the second of the season
• He enters with a 23-16 match record on the year and last month he earned  his second career ATP World Tour title in Belgrade, defeating first-time finalist Benoit Paire of France
• He’s also advanced to the quarter-finals in four other tournaments -- Doha in the opening week of the campaign (l. to Federer), in Rotterdam in February (l. to Berdych), Bucharest in April (l. to countryman Fognini) and ATP Masters 1000 Rome last month (l. to Federer)
• In the last Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros, he reached a personal-best fourth round, posting back-to-back five-set wins over Mikhail Kukushkin and No. 16 Fernando Verdasco before falling in five sets to No. 1 Novak Djokovic (won first two sets)…Afterwards, climbed to a career-high No. 24


'S-HERTOGENBOSCH SATURDAY PREVIEW - FERRER & PETZSCHNER BATTLE FOR GRASS COURT TITLE
• One has continued to pile up the wins in one of his best seasons, while the other has suddenly revived a somewhat disappointing season - and now they will clash for the Unicef Open crown on Saturday.

• Top seed and World No. 6 David Ferrer has had an excellent season so far, winning three ATP World Tour titles at Auckland, Buenos Aires and Acapulco. It matches his previous personal best for most titles in a year (he also won three in 2007); now he is one win away from setting a new personal best and also matching Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for most titles this season (they both have won four).  Ferrer is playing in his 30th ATP World Tour final (14-15 career mark). Ferrer is playing in his second grass court final on the ATP World Tour (he won ’s-Hertogenbosch in 2008). The 30-year-old Valencia resident enters with a 42-8 match record (most wins on the ATP World Tour). He owns an 11-1 career mark. He is playing his first tournament since a career-best semi-final showing at Roland Garros where he lost to eventual champion Nadal.

• Qualifier Philipp Petzschner, ranked No. 145, came in with a 3-10 record on the year but has closed the gap somewhat with three wins (and walkover) en route to this week’s final. He is trying to become the lowest-ranked winner this season and the second qualifier to win a title. Jarkko Nieminen won the Sydney title in January as a qualifier.  He has four career Top 10 wins to his name and is 4-11 against the elite overall (two of the wins came on grass - Verdasco and Berdych in Halle). Petzschner is playing in his third career ATP World Tour final (1-1 in finals). The 28-year-old German is playing in his second grass court final on the ATP World Tour (he was a finalist at Halle last year). He is the fifth German to reach the final here (3-1 mark) in tournament history. Benjamin Becker won the title as a qualifier in 2009 after Michael Stich (1992) and Christian Saceanu (1991).

• This is the first meeting between the two.

WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner:   € 68,220 and 250 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Runner-up:  € 35,920 and 150 South African Airways ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY –
Ferrer:   Appearing in his 30th ATP World Tour final…………………….14-15 in finals (3-1 in ’12) 
Petzschner:  Appearing in his 3rd ATP World Tour final………..……. ……..1-1 in finals (0-0 in ’12)  
    
ROAD TO THE FINAL
(1) David Ferrer (ESP #6)
1st Rd: d. (Q) Pierre-Ludovic Duclos (CAN #244)  6-4 6-4 (1:32)
2nd Rd: d. Leonardo Mayer (ARG #62)     6-3 6-1 (1:00)
QF: d. (WC) Igor Sijsling (NED #112)    6-0 6-1  (:42)
SF: d. Benoit Paire (FRA #60)    7-6(5) 3-6 6-1 (1:44)

(Q) Philipp Petzschner (GER #145)
1st Rd: d. Dmitry Tursunov (RUS #128)    6-4 6-2 (1:07)
2nd Rd: d. (WC) Mate Pavic (CRO #640)   W/O
QF d. Edoardo Roger-Vasselin (FRA #69)   6-4 7-6(6) (1:35)
SF: d. Xavier Malisse (BEL #95)    7-5 7-5 (1:28)

SATURDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS –

Centre Court
 
(1) David Ferrer (ESP) vs (Q) Philipp Petzschner (GER)  First Meeting

Ferrer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(3): Auckland (d Rochus); Buenos Aires (d Almagro); Acapulco (d Verdasco); F: Barcelona (l Nadal); SF(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Roland Garros (l Nadal); QF(3): Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer)
YTD W-L: 42-8
YTD Titles: 3
Career Titles: 14
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 6

• Ferrer, 30, the No. 2 Spaniard (behind No. 2 Nadal), comes into his fifth ATP World Tour final of the season with a 42-8 match record (most match wins this year)…Has a 3-1 mark in final matches
• In his last tournament at Roland Garros, reached his first semi-final in Paris in his 10th attempt (l. to eventual champion Nadal)
• The Valencia resident has an 11-1 career mark in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and 10 of 11 wins have come in straight sets…The ’08 champion’s only loss came here in his last appearance in ’09 QF (l. to Navarro)
• This is his first final since April 29 in Barcelona, lost to Nadal 76 75 for the fourth time in the Barca final
• Won three of first four tournaments in Auckland (d. Rochus), Buenos Aires (d. Almagro) and Acapulco (d. Verdasco)…Also a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open and Miami (l. to Djokovic in both) and third round at Indian Wells (l. to Istomin)
• His three titles ties a career-high (also in ‘07) and  is third-best on the ATP World Tour behind Federer and Nadal (four each) …Has a 14-15 career mark in ATP World Tour finals, 8-10 on clay (1-0 on grass)
• Has a 27-12 career mark on grass and his best result at Wimbledon is the fourth round in 2006, ‘10-11

Petzschner FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 6-10
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: March 24, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 145

• Petzschner, 28, is appearing in the final here for the first time and prior to this year the German had a 1-4 mark, losing in the first round in 2003, ’05 and ’09 (his lone win came in ’04)
• Qualified into the main draw with three wins and this is his best ATP World Tour result since last June when he reached the final in Halle (l. to Kohlschreiber)
• He is appearing in his third career ATP World Tour final, having won his first title as a qualifier in Vienna in 2008 (d. Monfils)…Last week countryman Tommy Haas captured the title in Halle (d. Federer)
• Should climb from No. 145 to around No. 100 by reaching the final and around No. 77 if he wins the title
• Opened the first month (2-2) with second round showings in Brisbane and Australian Open and won his third match in Memphis in February…Then lost four first rounds in a row before turning things around
• Has an 18-15 career mark on grass

DOUBLES FINAL – (1) Lindstedt/Tecau (SWE/ROU) vs. Cabal/Tursunov (COL/RUS)
• Top seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau haven’t lost a set en route to the final and will be playing their 16th ATP World Tour doubles final together (7-8 career mark)
• Juan Sebastian Cabal and Dmitry Tursunov, unseeded, haven’t lost a set this week either and took out No. 4 seeds Lipsky/Paes along the way; this is their first ATP World Tour doubles final together
• ATP World Tour doubles final W-L: Lindstedt (13-15), Tecau (10-10), Cabal (0-1), Tursunov (5-4)

 

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