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Newport, Stuttgart, Umag, Bastad Sunday Briefing

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BASTAD SUNDAY PREVIEW - BLOCKBUSTER ALL-SPANISH FINAL BETWEEN TOP TWO SEEDS

• It will be a perfect final between the Top 2 seeds at the SkiStar Swedish Open on Sunday, as the World No. 5 will play the World No. 10 for the ATP World Tour 250 title. This is the second straight year the top two seeds are in the final. This is also the third all-Spanish final here in the Open Era (2007, 1975).

• Top seed and World No. 5 David Ferrer hasn’t had too much trouble in making the final, going to three sets once (against former No. 5 Tommy Robredo in the quarter-finals - but winning the third set at love) and winning his other two rounds in straight sets; those three wins make Ferrer the first player this year, male or female, to reach 50 wins (he is now 50-9 on the year).

• Ferrer is in his 31st ATP World Tour final (15-15 career mark) and he trying to join No. 1 Roger Federer with five titles on the ATP World Tour this year. Ferrer is 17-5 at Bastad; his best previous results have been winning the title in 2007, finishing runner-up last year (l. to Soderling) and reaching two other semi-finals (2008, ’10).

• No. 2 seed and World No. 10 Nicolas Almagro has had a much tougher path to the final than Ferrer, having to save match point in his opening match against Czech qualifier Ivo Minar and also going to three sets against Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the quarter-finals. He has only gotten better though, winning his semi-final against another Czech, Jan Hajek, in straight sets. Almagro is in his 18th ATP World Tour final, all on clay (12-5 record). He is 17-5 at Bastad; his best previous results have been winning the title in 2010, finishing runner-up in 2007 (l. to Ferrer) and reaching one other semi-final in 2011.

• Ferrer is a perfect 10-0 against Almagro in their head-to-head, although seven of those 10 meetings have gone to three sets, including both of their 2012 meetings - 46 63 62 in the Buenos Aires final and 76(5) 36 76(8) in the third round of Madrid (Almagro had three match points). This is the third time they are meeting in Bastad: 2007 final and last year’s semi-final (both in straight sets).

ROAD TO THE FINAL
(1) David Ferrer (ESP #5)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Simone Bolelli (ITA #128)   64 63 (1:14)
QF: d. (WC) Tommy Robredo (ESP #199)  63 46 60 (2:04)
SF: d. (6) Grigor Dimitrov (BUL #69)  63 75 (1:33)

(2) Nicolas Almagro (ESP #10)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. (Q) Ivo Minar (CZE #216)  16 76(8) 64 (1:55)
QF: d. Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP #106)  76(5) 46 63 (2:15)
SF: d. Jan Hajek (CZE #102)   64 63 (1:07)

WHAT’S AT STAKE
 Winner   €64,700 and 250 South African Airways  ATP Ranking points
 Runner-up  €34,080 and 150 South African Airways  ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY
 Ferrer Appearing in his 31st ATP World Tour final…………………….15-15 in finals (4-1 in 2012) 
 Almagro Appearing in his 18th ATP World Tour final…………………….12-5 in finals (2-1 in 2012)

ALL SPANISH FINALS – This is the fifth all-Spanish final on the ATP World Tour this year:
Buenos Aires  David Ferrer d. Nicolas Almagro
Acapulco   David Ferrer d. Fernando Verdasco
Casablanca  Pablo Andujar d. Albert Ramos
Barcelona  Rafael Nadal d. David Ferrer 

2012 ATP WORLD TOUR TITLE LEADERS
1) Roger Federer   5
2) David Ferrer   4
Rafael Nadal   4
4)    Nicolas Almagro, four others 2

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS –

(1)David Ferrer (ESP) vs (2) Nicolas Almagro (ESP) Ferrer Leads 10-0
06 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati  Hard R32 David Ferrer 4-6 7-6(1)  6-0
06 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 David Ferrer 7-6(1) 7-6(6) 6-1
07 Bastad (Sweden) Clay F David Ferrer 6-1 6-2
08 Valencia (Spain) Clay F David Ferrer 4-6 6-2 7-6(2)
09 Valencia (Spain) Hard R32 David Ferrer 7-5 6-7(3) 6-2
11 Acapulco (Mexico) Clay F David Ferrer 7-6(4) 6-7(2) 6-2
11 Barcelona (Spain) Clay SF David Ferrer 6-3 6-4
11 Bastad (Sweden) Clay SF David Ferrer 6-1 6-3
12 Buenos Aires (Argentina) Clay F David Ferrer 4-6 6-3 6-2
12 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay R16 David Ferrer 7-6(5) 3-6 7-6(8)

Ferrer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(4): Auckland (d Rochus); Buenos Aires (d Almagro); Acapulco (d Verdasco); s-Hertogenbosch (d Petzschner); F: Barcelona (l Nadal); SF(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Roland Garros (l Nadal); QF(4): Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); Wimbledon (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 50-9 (29-5 on clay)
YTD Titles: 4/Career Titles: 15
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 5

• Ferrer, 30, the No. 2 Spaniard (behind No. 3 Nadal), has a 17-5 record in Bastad with his best result  winning the title in 2007…Also runner-up last year (l. to Soderling) and semi-finalist in 2008 and 2010
• He comes into his sixth ATP World Tour final of the season with a 50-9 match record (most match wins this year)…Has won a personal-best four titles in five finals (on three surfaces)
• In his last two Grand Slam tournaments, turned in career-bests, with a semi-final at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal) and quarter-final at Wimbledon (l. to Murray)
• Won three of first four tournaments in Auckland (d. Rochus), Buenos Aires (d. Almagro) and Acapulco (d. Verdasco)…Last month won his second career title on grass in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (2008)
• Has a 15-15 career mark in ATP World Tour finals, 8-10 on clay

Almagro FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(2): Sao Paulo (d Volandri); Nice (d Baker); F: Buenos Aires (l Ferrer); SF: Chennai (l Raonic); QF(4): Auckland (l Kohlschreiber); Acapulco (l Verdasco); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Djokovic); Roland Garros (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 43-13 (31-7 on clay)
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 12 (all on clay)
Date of Birth: August 21, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 10

• Almagro, 26, is 17-5 lifetime in Bastad with his best results a title run two years ago (d. Soderling) and a runner-up in 2007 (l. to Ferrer) while reaching one other semi-final last year
• The Spaniard is appearing in his 18th career ATP World Tour final, all on clay (12-5),the fourth this year
(all on clay)…Won titles in Sao Paulo (d. Volandri) in February and Nice (d. Baker) in May…Also a
runner-up in Buenos Aires (l. to Ferrer) in February
• Has a 43-13 record on the season and leads the ATP World Tour with 31 match wins on clay (31-7)
• Returned to the Top 10 this week for the first time since January and 21st week in his career

DOUBLES FINAL - (1) Lindstedt/Tecau (SWE/ROU) vs. (2) Peya/Soares (AUT/BRA)
•  Top seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau haven’t lost a set en route to the final, and took out one seeded team this week, No. 3 seeds Hanley/Knowle in the semi-finals
• Lindstedt and Tecau are a perfect 10-0 in Bastad, winning the title in both previous attempts in 2010 and 2011; this is their 18th ATP World Tour doubles final together (8-9 in their first 17)
•  No. 2 seeds Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil haven’t lost a set en route to the final, and haven’t had to play any seeded teams this week either
•  Peya and Soares are playing their first ATP World Tour doubles final together
• Doubles career final W-L: Lindstedt (14-16), Tecau (11-11), Peya (2-7), Soares (6-8)


NEWPORT SUNDAY PREVIEW – ISNER TRIES TO RETAIN CROWN, HEWITT LOOKS FOR EIGHTH GRASS TITLE

• The championship at the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Sunday features the top seed and defending champion against wild card entry who is a two-time Grand Slam title winner and 2001-02 year-end No. 1. An American has won this title the past three years.

• Top seed and reigning champion John Isner, who is the top American on the ATP World Tour, looks to become the first back-to-back champion here since Fabrice Santoro in 2007-08 and accomplish the feat for the first time in his career. Only two other players have earned back-to-back titles here (Greg Rusedski in 2003-04, Bryan Shelton in 1991-92). The No. 11-ranked Isner is appearing in his third ATP World Tour final this season on as many surfaces after runner-up efforts at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Federer) on hard and Houston (l. to Monaco) on clay. Isner is 3-7 lifetime in finals. His last title came in Winston-Salem, N.C. last August (d. Benneteau).

• Isner jumped off to a 20-7 start in the first four months but since May has compiled a 7-5 mark and this is the first tournament he’s won back-to-back matches. The 27-year-old Tampa resident leads the tournament in aces (56), first serve pct. (70%), service games won (98%, 46 of 47) and break pts. saved (88%, 7 of 8). Isner is trying to become the second American winner in 2012 (Roddick won in Eastbourne on June 23).
 
• Wild card and former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt  is making his first appearance in an ATP World Tour final since winning his 28th title in Halle in June 2010 (d. Federer). The only two wild card winners here are Isner last year and Aussie Mark Philippoussis in 2006. Hewitt is ranked No. 233 and he’s trying to become the lowest-ranked winner on the ATP World Tour since Kei Nishikori (at No. 244) in Delray Beach in March 2008 and in tournament history (since 1976). The 31-year-old Hewitt is appearing in his  43rd career final (28-14), the eighth on grass (7-0). He’s won four different grass court titles: Queen’s Club in 2000-01, ’02, ’06, ‘s-Hertogenbosch  in ’01, Wimbledon in ‘02  and Halle in ’10. Hewitt leads the tourney in return games won (22 of 45, 49%) pts. won returning first serve (39%) and 2nd serve (62%)

• Hewitt has won the two previous meetings, in October 2009 in ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai, and 2010 ATP World Team Cup in Duesseldorf, both by 6-2, 6-4 scores.

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 –
 Isner Appearing in his 11th career ATP World Tour final………….. 3-7 record (0-2 in 2012)
 Hewitt Appearing in his 43rd career ATP World Tour level final……..28-14 record (0-0 in 2012)

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

Center Court  

(1)John Isner (USA) vs (WC) Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) Hewitt Leads 2-0
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai  Hard R64 Lleyton Hewitt 6-2 6-4
10 ATP World Team Chp (Duesseldorf)         Clay RR Lleyton Hewitt 6-2 6-4

Isner FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Federer); Houston (l Monaco); SF: Delray Beach (l Anderson); QF(2): Memphis (l Melzer); Nice (l Davydenko)
YTD W-L: 27-12 (4-1 on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: April 26, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 11

• Isner , 27, is appearing in his third ATP World Tour final of the season on as many surfaces, the first since Houston in April when he reached the final (l. to Monaco)
• The top American jumped off to a 20-7 start through April and has compiled a 7-5 mark and this is the first time he’s won back-to-back matches since Houston
• Last year came in ranked No. 46 and won the title (d. Rochus) and became the third straight American to win the title here, joining Rajeev Ram (2009) and Mardy Fish (2010)
• Has led the U.S. into the Davis Cup semi-finals (vs. Spain) with wins over Frenchmen No. 13 Gilles Simon and No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in April at the Monte-Carlo Country Club…In February, beat No. 3 Roger Federer in first round tie in Switzerland
• In March, advanced to his first ATP Masters 1000 final in Indian Wells, defeating World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals before losing to Federer…Afterwards, broke into the Top 10 for the first time on Mar. 19...Has spent 11 weeks in Top 10 since then (No. 11 this week)
• The top American leads the ATP World Tour with a 24-10 tie-break mark (most TBs won), 4-0 this week
• Leads the tournament in aces (56), first serve pct. (70%), service games won (98%, 46 of 47) and break pts. saved (88%, 7 of 8)
• He is appearing in his 11th career ATP World Tour final (3-7) and last title came in Winston-Salem prior to last year’s US Open (d. Benneteau)

Hewitt FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 8-5 (4-2 on grass)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 28
Date of Birth: February 24, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 233

• Hewitt, 31, is playing in Newport for the first time since 1998 when he came in as a 17-year-old ranked No. 162…Underwent left toe surgery in February and was sidelined for more than three months before returning at Roland Garros in late May
• Will jump from No. 233 to around No. 151 and if he wins the title to around No. 121
• Coming into Newport , the Adelaide native lost three straight opening round matches (Roland Garros, Queen’s, Wimbledon) before winning four in a row here without facing an opponent in Top 100
• Leads in return games won (49%, 22 of 45) and No. 4 in break pts. converted (52%, 22 of 42)
• The Aussie is appearing in his first ATP World Tour final since June 2010 when he won his last title in Halle (d. Federer)
• The 2001-02 year-end No. 1 has a 28-14 career mark in finals, including 7-0 on grass
• The last Aussie to reach the final/win the title here was Mark Philippoussis in 2006 (d. Gimelstob)… Other Aussie winners: Wally Masur (1988) and John Fitzgerald (1983)

ACTIVE CAREER TITLE LEADERS – Hewitt is No. 5 among active title leaders on the ATP World Tour:
    No.
1) Roger Federer  75
2) Rafael Nadal  50
3) Andy Roddick  31
4) Novak Djokovic  30
5) Lleyton Hewitt  28

DOUBLES FINAL – NO. 2 FLEMING-HUTCHINS FACE NO. 3 GONZALEZ-LIPSKY IN TITLE MATCH
• No. 2 seeds Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins of Great Britain will face No. 3 Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Scott Lipsky of the U.S. in Sunday’s doubles final. All four players are trying to earn their first title in Newport. Gonzalez was runner-up two years ago (w/Rettenmaier).

• Fleming and Hutchins are looking to become the first British duo to win the title in Newport. They are also eyeing their third ATP World Tour title of the season (Delray Beach, Eastbourne). They are 3-0 career in finals together. They won their first title last October in St. Petersburg.

• Gonzalez and Lipsky are appearing in their second ATP World Tour final together after a successful title debut in Barcelona in April 2011 (d. Bryans). Gonzalez is 3-2 lifetime in finals and his last title came in Kitzbuehel last summer. Last month Lipsky was runner-up in Halle (w/Huey). He is 6-7 lifetime in finals and his last title came in Barcelona in April 2011.


STUTTGART SUNDAY PREVIEW – TOP TWO SEEDS TIPSAREVIC, MONACO BATTLE FOR FIRST GERMAN TITLE

• The top two seeds meet in Sunday’s MercedesCup championship. It’s the first time since 1996 in Stuttgart the top two seeds are playing in the final. That year, Thomas Muster defeated Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

• Top seed and World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia is playing in his ninth career ATP World Tour final (2-6), the first on clay. This is also his second final of the season after he opened the 2012 campaign with a runner-up in Chennai. The No. 8th-ranked Tipsarevic is the only Top 10 player without a title this season. He is looking to become the first Serbian to win the Stuttgart title.

• No. 2 seed Juan Monaco of Argentina is making his 14th career appearance in an ATP World Tour final and he’s looking for his sixth title (all on clay). The No. 14th-ranked Monaco is compiling the best season of his career with a pair of ATP World Tour titles (Vina del Mar, Houston) and a 26-9 match record.  The No. 2 Argentine (behind No. 9 del Potro) is trying to finish in the Top 20 for the first time in his career. Monaco is looking to become the first Argentine winner in Stuttgart since del Potro in 2008.

• Monaco has won two of the previous three meetings with both wins coming on clay in Germany (’09 ATP World Team Cup in Duesseldorf, ’11 Hamburg). Tipsarevic’s lone win came in a Davis Cup dead rubber in last year’s semi-finals in Serbia.

WHAT’S AT STAKE
 Winner   €64,700 and 250 South African Airways  ATP Ranking points
 Runner-up  €34,080 and 150 South African Airways  ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY
 Tipsarevic    Appearing in his 9th ATP World Tour final…………………….2-6 in finals (0-1 in 2012) 
 Monaco   Appearing in his 14th ATP World Tour final……………………5-8 in finals (2-0 in 2012)

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIPS FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

Centre Court

(1)Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs (2) Juan Monaco (ARG) Monaco Leads 2-1
09 ATP World Team Chp (Duesseldorf) Clay RR Juan Monaco 6-4 7-6(8)
11 Hamburg (Germany) Clay R32 Juan Monaco 6-2 6-4
11 SRB vs. ARG WG SF (Serbia) Hard RR Janko Tipsarevic 6-2 ret

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: 35-14 (17-6 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: June 22, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 8

• Tipsarevic, 28, enters his first career ATP World Tour final on clay with a 35-14 match record (17-6 on clay) this season…Saved four match points in QF win over Phau
• Has won opening round match in 15 of 16 tournaments this year with only opening loss in Rome (l. to Wawrinka) in May
• 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 May, in Madrid (l. to Federer)…Also a quarter-finalist in three other tournaments
• In May, led his country to a 3-0 victory over Czech Republic in Power Horse World Team Cup
• Has a 2-6 career mark in ATP World Tour finals and only player this year in the Top 10 without a title

Monaco FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(2): Vina del Mar (d Berlocq); Houston (d Isner); SF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 26-9 (19-5 on clay)
YTD Titles: 2
Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: March 29, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 14

• Monaco, 28, is making his third ATP World Tour final appearance of the season and first in Stuttgart… He has an 11-3 career mark here
• The No. 2 Argentine (behind No. 9 del Potro) is appearing in his 14th final of his career (5-8)…Won clay titles in Vina del Mar (d. countryman Berlocq) in February and Houston (d. Isner) in April
• Has a 26-9 match record on the season (19-5 on clay)
• On pace to finish in the Top 20 for the first time in his career…Best year-end ranking is No. 23 in 2007

DOUBLES FINAL – CHARDY-KUBOT MEET MERTINAK-SA IN TITLE MATCH

• Jeremy Chardy of France and Lukasz Kubot  of Poland reached their second ATP World Tour doubles final when they defeated Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-4, 6-4 in 76 minutes at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart.
• Michal Mertinak of Slovakia and Andre Sa of Brazil improved to a 14-8 match record on the season after they lost 11 of their service points in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Martin Emmrich and Bjorn Phau.
• Chardy and Kubot were finalists in Bucharest in April. Chardy has a 1-4 record in ATP World Tour doubles finals, while Kubot is 6-7 in title matches. Kubot also reached the Rome final in May.
• Mertinak and Sa will appear in their fourth ATP World Tour final of 2012, which includes runner up finishes in Buenos Aires (l. to Marrero-Verdasco), Sao Paulo (l. to Butorac-Soares) and Delray Beach (l. to Fleming-Hutchins). Mertinak is 12-8 and Sa 7-14 in career doubles finals.
 

UMAG SUNDAY PREVIEW – TOP CROAT CILIC FACES GRANOLLERS FOR TITLE

• Croatia’s No. 1 player - in fact their only Top 50 player - goes for ATP World Tour glory on home soil on Sunday as he faces a Spaniard on the rise in the final of the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag.

• No. 2 seed Marin Cilic, ranked No. 15, has stormed through the draw this week without losing a set; his closest call came in the semi-finals against No. 3 seed and defending champion Alexandr Dolgopolov, who had beaten Cilic in the 2011 final, served for the first set at 5-4 before Cilic stormed back to take the first set then rolled to a 75 62 victory.

• Cilic has won 11 of his last 12 matches: 5-0 at Queen’s Club (first title on grass), 3-1 at Wimbledon (l. to Murray in fourth round) and 3-0 so far at Umag (in today’s final). Cilic is playing in his 15th ATP World Tour final (7-7 career mark, 0-3 on clay). Cilic is playing in Umag for the fifth time (8-4 mark) and his best result was a runner-up last year (l. to Dolgopolov). He is trying to become the first Croat to win this title since the tournament’s first year in 1990 (Goran Prpic beat Goran Ivanisevic in all-Croat final).

• No. 4 seed Marcel Granollers, ranked No. 24, has had a tougher road to the final, going to three sets in all of his matches so far this week (Potito Starace, Matthias Bachinger and top seed Fernando Verdasco). But he has finished strong every time and is now in his first ATP World Tour final of the year (he hadn’t even been to a quarter-final in 2012 before this week). Granollers is expected to crack the Top 20 for the first time (from No. 24 to around No. 19 and if he wins the title to around No. 17) . Granollers has a 3-1 mark in ATP World Tour finals. He is playing in Umag for the second time (3-1 mark). In his only previous appearance, in ‘09, he lost in the first round (was No. 99-ranked qualifier).

• Cilic leads the head-to-head with Granollers, 4-1, winning their first four meetings (including their only clay court meeting) but Granollers did win their most recent meeting (on hard courts)

WHAT’S AT STAKE
 Winner   €64,700 and 250 South African Airways  ATP Ranking points
 Runner-up  €34,080 and 150 South African Airways  ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY
 Granollers Appearing in his 5th ATP World Tour final………………………3-1 in finals (0-0 in 2012) 
 Cilic Appearing in his 15th ATP World Tour final…………………….7-7 in finals (1-1 in 2012)

ROAD TO THE FINAL
(4) Marcel Granollers (ESP #24)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Potito Starace (ITA #95)   64 36 63 (2:26)
QF: d. Matthias Bachinger (GER #108)  16 63 75 (2:17)
SF: d. (1) Fernando Verdasco (ESP #16)  62 67(5) 61 (2:52)

(2) Marin Cilic (CRO #15)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Daniel Brands (GER #120)   63 62  (1:05)
QF: d. Wayne Odesnik (USA #130)  64 60  (1:31)
SF: d. (3) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR #19)  75 62  (1:21)

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS –

Centre Court

(4) Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs (2) Marin Cilic (CRO) Cilic Leads 4-1
08 ATP Masters Series Paris (France) Hard R32 Marin Cilic 6-4 7-6(2)
09 Chennai (India) Hard SF Marin Cilic 6-4 6-3
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay R64 Marin Cilic 6-2 6-7(4) 6-1
10 Chennai (India) Hard R16 Marin Cilic 6-7(3) 6-3 6-4
11 Valencia (Spain) Hard R16 Marcel Granollers 3-6 6-3 7-5

Granollers FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 14-14 (11-6 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: April 12, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 24

• Granollers, 26, is playing in Umag for the second time and three years ago came in No .99 and lost in the first round as a qualifier (l. to Almagro)
• The Barcelona native is making his first ATP World Tour final showing of the year and comes in with a 14-14 match record (11-6 on clay)
• His previous best results are the fourth round at Roland Garros (l. to Ferrer) and third round in Rome (l. to Nadal)
• He is appearing in his fifth career ATP World Tour final (3-1) with last title in Valencia (d. Monaco) last November…His other two titles came on clay: 2008 Houston (d. Blake) and 2011 Gstaad (d. Verdasco)
• Will jump from No. 24 to around a career-high No. 19 and if he wins the title to around No. 17

TOP 5 SPANIARDS – Granollers is the No. 5 Spaniard in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. Ferrer and Almagro are playing in the Bastad final on Sunday
   
2012 Titles
No. 3 Rafael Nadal  4
No. 5 David Ferrer  4
No. 10 Nicolas Almagro  2
No. 16 Fernando Verdasco 0
No. 24 Marcel Granollers 0

Cilic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: London / Queen's Club (d Nalbandian); F: Munich (l Kohlschreiber)
YTD W-L: 21-10 (12-6 on clay)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: September 28, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 15

• Cilic, 23, is making his fifth Umag appearance (8-4 mark) and last year was runner-up (l. to Dolgopolov)…He is trying to become the first Croat to win the title since the tournament’s first year in 1990 when Goran Prpic defeated Goran Ivanisevic in all-Croat final
• Last month, captured first career ATP World Tour title on grass at the Queen’s Club in London (d. Nalbandian)…Then followed with fourth round at Wimbledon (l. to Murray)
• The top Croat on the ATP World Tour enters his third final of the season with a 21-10 match record (12-6 on clay) and his best clay result was runner-up in Munich (l. to Kohlschreiber) in May
• Has a 7-7 career mark in ATP World Tour finals (0-3 on clay) and has won at least one title for past five years

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