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Kitzbuhel, Los Angeles Saturday Briefing

MEDIA NOTES 2012

Haase© GEPA PicturesRobin Haase meets Philipp Kohlschreiber for the first time in the Kitzbuhel final.

KITZBUHEL FINAL PREVIEW - OLYMPIANS MEET FOR FIRST TIME, THEN HEAD OVER TO LONDON

• In one of the most difficult transitions out there, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Robin Haase will square off on clay in the final of the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbuehel on Saturday, and then head over to London for the Olympic Tennis Event, which is held on the lawns of the All-England Club.

• Top seed Philipp Kohlschreiber has had a milestone last few weeks, beginning with reaching the first Grand Slam quarter-final of his career at Wimbledon and now, by reaching the seventh ATP World Tour final of his career, he will make his Top 20 debut in the next South African Airways ATP Rankings; “I knew at some point this year I could reach the Top 20,” he said. “It’s great that it will happen now.”

• Kohlschreiber is in his seventh ATP World Tour final (4-2 career mark… his four titles are spread out across all three surfaces - two on clay, one on grass and one on hard courts)..Kohlschreiber is playing here for the fifth time (8-4 record); best previous result was the quarter-finals in 2006 (l. to Chela).

• No. 3 seed and defending champion Robin Haase has something good going on in Kitzbuehel. In his only previous appearance last year Haase won his first ATP World Tour title (d. Montanes), becoming the first Dutchman in seven years to win an ATP crown. It was also his maiden ATP World Tour final. Haase, who is playing in his 2nd final, is undefeated here (8-0 record). At No. 42, Haase is the only Dutchman in the Top 100 (next-highest is No. 102 Igor Sijsling).

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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 –
Kohlschreiber: Appearing in his 7th ATP World Tour final……….He is 4-2 in finals (1-0 in 2012)
Haase:   Appearing in his 2nd ATP World Tour final………He is 1-0 in finals (0-0 in 2012)

ROAD TO THE FINAL
(1) Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER #23)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. (Q) Attila Balazs (HUN #261)  64 61 (1:10)
QF: d. Lukas Rosol (CZE #97)   64 26 64 (1:43)
SF: d. Filippo Volandri (ITA #99)   67(6) 62 62 (1:47)

(3) Robin Haase (NED #42)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. (Q) Philipp Oswald (AUT #242)  64 36 62 (2:11)
QF: d. Wayne Odesnik (USA #148)  62 64 (1:18)
SF: d. (5) Martin Klizan (SVK #62)   63 63 (1:22)

SATURDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS –

(1) Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs (3) Robin Haase (NED)    First Meeting

Kohlschreiber FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Munich (d Cilic); SF(3): Auckland (l Rochus); Montpellier (l Berdych); Halle (l Haas); QF(4): Delray Beach (l Sela); Eastbourne (l Seppi); Wimbledon (l Tsonga); Hamburg (l Almagro)
YTD W-L: 36-16 (13-6 on clay)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: October 16, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 23

• Kohlschreiber, 28, is playing in Kitzbuehel for the fifth time (8-4 record) with his previous best result the quarter-finals in 2006 (l. to Chela); also third round once (2007) and second round in 2005 and ‘11)
• He came in No. 23 and will  crack the Top 20 for the first time in his career around No. 18 and will go to around No. 16 if he wins the title
• Has a 36-16 match record in 2012 (13-6 on clay) and has already surpassed last year’s mark of 31-27
• Leads the tournament this week in four serving categories: aces (25), first serve pts. won (80%), second serve pts. won (61%) and service games won (89%, 32 of 36)
• The top German is playing in his second ATP World Tour final of the season and seventh of his career …He won the title on home soil in Munich in May (d. Cilic) while falling in the semis in Auckland, Montpellier and Halle
• Has a 4-2 career mark in ATP World Tour finals and three of his titles have come on home soil
• Will play his first round singles match at the London Olympics on Sunday against Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia with the winner to take on No. 5 David Ferrer or Vasek Pospisil

Haase FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF(3): Zagreb (l Lacko); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); Estoril (l Wawrinka)
YTD W-L: 17-18 (11-9 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: April 6, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 42

• Haase, 25, the reigning champion,  is playing his first ATP World Tour final of the year and his second of his career...His previous final came here one year ago when he captured the title (d. Montanes)
• Prior to this week, his best showing were three quarter-finals – Zagreb, Monte Carlo and Estoril
• Has a 17-18 match record on the season (11-9 on clay)
• This week leads the tournament in return games won (41%, 13 of 32) and is No. 2 in service games won (84%, 26 of 31) and break pts. saved (67%, 8 of 12)
• The top Dutchman is playing here for the second time (8-0 record)…In his only previous appearance,  he won the title last year (his first ATP World Tour title and the first Dutchman to win in seven years)
•  At No. 42,  he is the only Dutchman in the Top 100 (next-highest is No. 102 Igor Sijsling)
• Will make his Londonl Olympics debut on Sunday with a first round match against No. 16 seed Richard Gasquet of France

DOUBLES FINAL - (1) Cermak/Knowle (CZE/AUT) vs. (2) Brown/Hanley (GER/AUS)

• Top seeds Frantisek Cermak and Julian Knowle have lost just one set all week, during their semi-final win over No. 4 seeds Elgin/Moser
• Cermak and Knowle are playing their second ATP World Tour doubles final together (they were runners-up at Umag in 2002)
• No 2 seeds Dustin Brown and Paul Hanley have lost two sets this week, against Klizan/Mertinak in the first round and Norman/Waske in the semis (they haven’t played a seed)
• Brown and Hanley are playing their second ATP World Tour doubles final together (they won their first, at Casablanca earlier this year)
• Doubles final W-L: Cermak (27-20), Knowle (13-17), Brown (2-1), Hanley (26-21)

LOS ANGELES SATURDAY PREVIEW – TWO-TIME CHAMP QUERREY TO MEET RAM, MATOSEVIC-BERANKIS BATTLE

• The semi-finals of the Farmers Classic on Saturday are led by two Americans, including the 2009-10 champion, and two players trying to capture their first career ATP World Tour title. 

• This is the third straight ATP World Tour tournament two Americans are facing each other in a SF:
Los Angeles: Rajeev Ram vs Sam Querrey
Atlanta  Andy Roddick d. John Isner
Newport John Isner d. Ryan Harrison Won title

• This is the second ATP World Tour hard court tournament of the North American summer hard court circuit and of the Emirates Airline US Open Series. This is the first of six tourneys leading into the US Open. Last week Andy Roddick won the Atlanta title and is the Emirates Airline US Open Series leader.

• In the first match on Straus Stadium , No. 6 seed Marinko Matosevic of Australia and Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis, ranked No. 141, meet for the third time (tied 1-1). Last year Berankis won in the first round at the Australian Open and in August, Matosevic prevailed in three sets in the opening round in Washington. The 26-year-old Matosevic is appearing in his second ATP World Tour semi-final of his career, both this season. In March, as a qualifier he reached his first final in Delray Beach (l. to Anderson). The winner of this match will try to become the first first-time champion on the ATP World Tour this season. Players trying to win their first title are 0-10 in finals. The 22-year-old Berankis is the first Lithuanian-born player to reach an ATP World Tour semi-final.  His previous best results were a pair of quarter-finals in San Jose in 2010-11. Berankis is also attempting to become the second qualifier to win an ATP World Tour title this year. Jarkko Nieminen accomplished the feat in Sydney in January.

• In the evening match, American Rajeev Ram takes on No. 2 seed and 2009-10 Farmers Classic champion Sam Querrey, who has won two of the previous three meetings on the ATP World Tour. Querrey is also 2-1 in Challenger meetings. Ram’s only win came in their first meeting on grass in the final of Newport three years ago. Querrrey then won hard court meetings later that summer in Indianapolis and in 2010 in Memphis (indoors), both in straight sets. Ram is appearing in his second ATP World Tour semi-final in three weeks. Two weeks ago in Newport, he advanced to his first semi-final in three years, falling to Lleyton Hewitt in three sets. The No. 117th-ranked Ram is 6-3 on the season (2-2 on hard courts). Querrey comes with an 11-match Farmers Classic winning streak, having captured the 2009-10 titles. He has a 12-2 career mark here. Last year at this time he was sidelined with a right elbow injury after undergoing surgery on June 16. This season the 24-year-old Californian has reached the semi-finals at the Queen’s Club in London (l. to Cilic) last month and the quarter-finals in Memphis (l. to Stepanek) in February. Querrey is 16-15 on the year. Two years ago, Querrey won a career-high four ATP World Tour titles, only behind Nadal (7) and Federer (5) while finishing a year-end best No. 18. Querrey is also in the doubles semi-finals (w/Steve Johnson).

SATURDAY SEMI-FINALS FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play
 
Straus Stadium

(6) Marinko Matosevic (AUS) vs (Q) Ricardas Berankis (LTU) Tied 1-1
11 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R128 Ricardas Berankis 6-4  6-2 7-5
11 Washington (USA) Hard R64 Marinko Matosevic 7-6(3) 3-6 6-1

Matosevic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Delray Beach (l Anderson); QF(2): Munich (l Kohlschreiber); Eastbourne (l Darcis)
YTD W-L: 13-10 (9-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: August 8, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 81

• Matosevic, 26, is appearing in his first semi-final in Los Angeles and second of his career on the ATP World Tour, both this year…He’s trying to become the first Aussie to reach the final here since Carsten Ball  in 2009 (l. to Querrey)
• Has held serve 27 of 33 games this week (82%), saving 15 of 21 break pts. (15 of 21)…No. 2 in return games won (13 of 33, 39%) and has broken most in tournament, converting 13 of 23 break pts. (57%)
• The No. 3 Aussie (behind No. 49 Tomic, No. 78 Ebden) is 13-10 on the season (9-6 on hard) and he reached a career-high No. 72 on June 25)…No. 81 this week
• In March in Delray Beach, he qualified into the main draw with three straight-set wins and posting victories over Ivo Karlovic 63 64, No. 6 Alex Bogomolov Jr. 46 61 63 2010 champion Ernests Gulbis 36 61 61 and Dudi Sela 57 64 76(7) before losing to Kevin Anderson in straight sets
• Prior to Delray Beach, he had a 3-15 record on the ATP World Tour and never won back-to-back main draw matches…The Melbourne resident won the Caloundra Challenger on home soil on Feb. 12, defeating countryman Greg Jones
• Has played well on other surfaces, with quarter-finals on clay in Munich (l. to Kohlschreiber) and on grass in Eastbourne (l. to Darcis)
• The Aussie is trying to become the first first-time champion on the ATP World Tour this season… Players trying to win their first title are 0-10 in finals
• The last Aussie to win an ATP World Tour title was Lleyton Hewitt in Halle in June 2010 (d. Federer)

Berankis FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 4-1 (4-1 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: June 21, 1990
 South African Airways  ATP Ranking: 141

• Berankis, 22, is the youngest player remaining and he’s appearing in his first ATP World Tour semi-final…He is the first Lithuania-born player to reach an ATP semi-final…American Vitas Gerulaitis was of Lithuanian descent, reaching a career-high No. 3 and a winner of 27 titles, including the ’77 Aust. Open
• His previous best ATP results were a pair of quarter-finals in San Jose in 2010-11
• Last week in Atlanta won his opening round match (d. Tursunov, l. to Nishikori in three sets), his first ATP World Tour match win since March 2011 in Indian Wells
• Has served well this week: tied No. 1 in break pts. saved (11 of 13, 85%) and No. 2 in service games won (30 of 32 held, 94%) and No. 3 in second serve pts. (63%)
• The Bradenton, Fla. resident was sidelined for four months last year with a right pelvis stress fracture before coming back on Challenger circuit in late July
• In Challenger play, reached final at Winnetka (Illinois) on July 8 (l. to John-Patrick Smith) and was quarter-finalist in Dallas in February and Nottingham in June
• Came in ranked No. 141 and will move to around No. 115 with SF, will crack the Top 100 to around No. 98 if he reaches the final and around No. 74 if he wins the title…Career-high No. 73 on Jan. 31, 2011

Players Trying to Win First Title (0-10) – The winner of the top half semi-final will mark the 11th time this year a player is attempting to capture a first career ATP World Tour title (last year there were 10 first-time winners):

       Player (opponent)  Tournament
    * Julien Benneteau (l. to Jarkko Nieminen)  Sydney
    * Carlos Berlocq (l. to Juan Monaco)  Vina del Mar
    * Lukas Lacko (l. to Mikhail Youzhny)  Zagreb
    * Denis Istomin (l. to Milos Raonic)  San Jose
    * Marinko Matosevic (l. to Kevin Anderson) Delray Beach
    * Albert Ramos (l. to Pablo Andujar)  Casablanca
    * Fabio Fognini (l. to Gilles Simon)  Buchares
    * Benoit Paire (l. to Andreas Seppi)  Belgrade
    * Brian Baker (l. to Nicolas Almagro)    Nice
    * Gilles Muller (l. to Andy Roddick)  Atlanta

Rajeev Ram (USA) vs (2) Sam Querrey (USA)  Querrey Leads 2-1
09 Newport (U.S.A.) Grass F Rajeev Ram 6-7(3) 7-5 6-3
09 Indianapolis (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Sam Querrey 7-5 6-3
10 Memphis (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Sam Querrey 6-2 6-3
Other meetings:
05 Aptos CH (USA) Hard R32 Rajeev Ram 6-2 4-6 6-2
06 Winnetka CH (U.S.A.) Hard SF Sam Querrey 6-0 6-3
07 Vancouver CH (Canada) Hard R16 Sam Querrey 6-1 6-4

Ram FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Newport (l Hewitt)
YTD W-L: 6-3 (3-2 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: March 18, 1984
South African Airways  ATP Ranking: 117

• Ram, 28, enters his second ATP World Tour semi-final in three weeks with a 6-3 match record on the season…Two weeks ago he advanced to the semis in Newport (l. to Hewitt)…Afterwards, went from No. 118 to No. 104…It was his first ATP semi-final since winning his lone ATP World Tour title in Newport three years ago (d. Querrey) when he was a lucky loser ranked No. 181
• Leads the tournament with 17 aces and No. 5 in service games won (27 of 31, 87%)
• Prior to Newport, came in with an 0-1 mark on the ATP World Tour, qualifying in Miami in March and losing to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round
• Lost in the final round of qualifying at Wimbledon (l. to Dustin Brown)
• Compiled his best results on Challenger circuit with a 9-5 mark, reaching the final in Leon, Mexico (l. to Zivkovic) and semi-finals in Tallahassee in back-to-back weeks in April
• Finished last year No. 149…Will jump back into the Top 100 around No. 92 (from 117) for the first time since July 5, 2010 (at 98)…If he reaches the final will go to around No. 78 and if he wins the title around No. 66….Career-high is No. 78 on Nov. 16, 2009
• He is working with fitness trainer Ryan Harber, who is from his hometown in Indianapolis

Querrey FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: London / Queen's Club (l Cilic); QF: Memphis (l Stepanek)
YTD W-L: 16-15 (7-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 6
Date of Birth: October 7, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 57

• Querrey, 24, the two-time Farmers Classic (2009-10) champion, enters with an 11-match winning streak on these UCLA courts (12-2 career mark)…His last loss here came to friend Mardy Fish in the  1st Rd. in 2007…Also remaining in doubles semi-finals (w/Steve Johnson)
• Missed last year’s tournament with a right elbow injury (surgery in June 2011) and came back to finish in Top 100 at No. 93
• Leads tournament in first serve pts. won (89%), service games won (100%, 14 of 14) and return games won (50%, 7 of 14)
• This year has compiled a 16-15 match record (7-7 on hard) with his best result the semi-finals at Queen’s Club in London (l. to Cilic) and quarters in Memphis (l. to Stepanek)
• Also reached third round at Wimbledon (d. Raonic, l. to Cilic 17-15 in fifth set in 5:31, second-longest match at All England Club, only behind 11:05-Isner d. Mahut in 2010)
• Played one Challenger tournament in Sarasota in April (on clay) and won title, defeating Russell in semi-finals and Lorenzi in final
• Ranked a season-low No. 106 on April 2 and will move from 57 to around No. 50…If he reaches the final will go to around No. 45 and if he wins the title around No. 37
• Has a 6-5 career mark in ATP World Tour finals and last final/title came here two years ago when he defeated No. 4 Andy Murray in a thrilling three-setter (saving one match point)

POTENTIAL FINAL HEAD-TO-HEADS --

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) vs Rajeev Ram (USA)   First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
10 Bratislava CH (Slovakia) Hard R32 Ricardas Berankis 6-3 6-3

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) vs Sam Querrey (USA)   First Meeting

Marinko Matosevic (AUS) vs Rajeev Ram (USA)  First ATP Meeting
Other meetings:
10 Aptos CH (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Marinko Matosevic 6-1 6-1
11 Kuala Lumpur Q (Malaysia) Hard -- Marinko Matosevic 6-3 6-4

Marinko Matosevic (AUS) vs Sam Querrey (USA)   First Meeting

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