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Washington Friday Briefing: Americans Fish, Querrey & Blake Go For SF Spots

Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Querrey© Getty ImagesSam Querrey looks to extend his winning run with victory over Kevin Anderson.

• Three former Top 10 players (including a former World No. 2 and a former World No. 4) are among an all-star final eight at the ATP World Tour-500 level Citi Open, but only four of them will be left after Quarter-Final Friday

• First up on Stadium is an all-German battle between No. 4 seed Tommy Haas and Tobias Kamke; Kamke, who took out No. 7 seed Benoit Paire earlier in the week, is playing his first ATP World Tour quarter-final of the year, but will have to raise his game against Haas, who is 3-0 in ATP World Tour quarter-finals this year; a former World No. 2, Haas has also been rocketing up the rankings this year, starting the season outside the Top 200 but going as high as No. 35 last week (No. 36 this week); this will be a first-time meeting

• Next is No. 1 seed Mardy Fish against Belgium’s Xavier Malisse; Fish is going for his first ATP World Tour semi-final of the year while Malisse is going for his second (he did it on grass at ‘s-Hertogenbosch); similarly, Fish is going for his first semi-final here while Malisse is going for his second (he did it in 2010); the two have a close head-to-head, with Fish up 2-1 (losing their only clay court meeting easily and toughing out three set wins in their two hardcourt duels); Malisse hasn’t had a Top 20 win on anything but grass since March 2011 though

• Next up is No. 3 seed Kevin Anderson against No. 8 seed Sam Querrey; Querrey is fresh off his first ATP World Tour title of the year in Los Angeles and has extended his winning streak to six matches in a row with two wins here (over Igor Andreev and Benjamin Becker); Querrey leads the head-to-head, 5-3, though he has lost their last two meetings, earlier this year in the early rounds of Miami (on hard) and Houston (on clay)

• Last up is No. 2 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov against American James Blake; this is a special tournament for Blake, who won his first ATP World Tour title right here 10 years ago (the first of his 10 career ATP World Tour titles, which have all come on hardcourts); now he has revived his year here - before this week he only had one ATP World Tour-level match win on the season, and he has scored two to get to this, his first quarter-final of the year; Dolgopolov, who is making his tournament debut, won the pair’s only previous encounter in straight sets

• This is the third of six ATP World Tour events in the Emirates Airline US Open Series; Atlanta champion Andy Roddick and Los Angeles winner Sam Querrey are currently co-leaders of the Series with 70 points each 

FRIDAY QUARTER-FINALS FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS - In Order of Play

Stadium

(4) Tommy Haas (GER) vs. Tobias Kamke (GER)     First Meeting

Haas FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W (1): Halle (d. Federer); R-Up (1): Hamburg (l. Monaco); SF (1): Munich (l. Cilic); QF (1): Washington DC**
YTD W-L: 21-9 (6-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 13
Date of Birth: April 3, 1978
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 36

• Seventh appearance at this event (13-6 record); best previous results are one SF in 2008 (l. to del Potro) and three QFs in 1997 (l. to Korda), 2007 (l. to Isner) and 2009 (l. to Gonzalez)
• Started year at No. 205 but got all the way up to No. 35 last week (dipped one spot to No. 36 this week); biggest jump of the rise came on June 18 after winning Halle (rose 38 spots from No. 87 to No. 49)
• Is 3-0 in QFs this year (d. Baghdatis in Munich QFs, Berdych in Halle QFs and Mayer in Hamburg QFs)

Kamke FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF (1): Washington DC**
YTD W-L: 6-14 (5-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 21, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 107

• Second appearance at this event (3-1); reached second round in only other appearance in 2011 (l. to Isner)
• In 14 previous ATP World Tour-level main draws this year, never won back-to-back matches (10 first round losses and four second round losses); also fell in ATP World Tour qualifying four times
• Last time reaching an ATP World Tour QF and winning back-to-back matches was Stockholm last October

(1) Mardy Fish (USA) vs. Xavier Malisse (BEL)  Fish leads 2-1
03 Cincinnati (U.S.A.)  Hard R32 Mardy Fish 7-5 6-7(5) 6-1
05 Roland Garros (France)  Clay R128 Xavier Malisse 6-2 6-1 6-1
06 Madrid (Spain)  Hard R64 Mardy Fish 5-7 6-3 7-5

Fish FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF (2): Miami (l. Monaco), Washington DC**
YTD W-L: 12-8 (8-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 6
Date of Birth: December 9, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 15

• Seventh appearance at this event (7-6 record); reached QFs in first two tries in 2003 (l. to Roddick) and 2006 (l. to Murray) but fell early last four tries (lost first match in 2007, 2008 and 2009, then second match in 2010)
• Missed two and a half months between April and June - underwent operation to rectify an irregular heartbeat in May (returned at Wimbledon, reaching fourth round before falling to Tsonga)
• Fell from No. 13 to No. 15 this week, lowest ranking since Miami fortnight in 2011 (was No. 15 there too); has some big points to defend in coming weeks as well (was finalist in Canada and semi-finalist in Cincy last year)
• One of four Americans in Top 50 (No. 11 Isner, No. 15 Fish, No. 21 Roddick, No. 38 Querrey)

Malisse FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF (1): ‘s-Hertogenbosch (l. Petzschner); QF (4): Bucharest (l. Balazs), Queen’s Club (l. Nalbandian), Los Angeles (l. Querrey), Washington DC**
YTD W-L: 20-18 (8-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: July 19, 1980
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 67

• Fourth appearance at this event (6-3 record); best previous result was SFs in 2010 (l. to Baghdatis; d. No. 19 Isner and No. 8 Berdych en route, his only two previous matches here against Top 20 players); lost opening match in other two tries in 1999 (l. to Tillstrom first round) and 2011 (l. to Russell in second round after bye)
• Last four Top 20 wins have all come on grass (Simon and Verdasco at Wimbledon this year, Mayer and Melzer at Wimbledon last year); last Top 20 win on hardcourt was at Indian Wells in March 2011 (Tsonga)
• Has spent three career weeks in Top 20 (all at No. 19, from August 12 to September 8, 2002)

(3) Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs. (8) Sam Querrey (USA)    Querrey leads 5-3
08 Las Vegas (U.S.A.)  Hard F Sam Querrey 4-6 6-3 6-4
09 Queen’s Club (Great Britain)  Grass R32 Sam Querrey 7-5 6-3
10 Los Angeles (U.S.A.)  Hard R16 Sam Querrey 7-6(8) 4-6 6-0
10 Toronto (Canada)  Hard R32 Kevin Anderson 7-6(4) 4-6 6-4
11 Rome (Italy)  Clay R64 Sam Querrey 7-6(1) 1-0 ret.
12 Memphis (U.S.A.)  Hard R16 Sam Querrey 7-6(4) 6-4
12 Miami (U.S.A.)  Hard R64 Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-7(3) 6-3
12 Houston (U.S.A.)  Clay R16 Kevin Anderson 7-6(3) 3-6 7-6(2)
Other Meeting
07 Sacramento CH (U.S.A.)  Hard R32 Sam Querrey 6-3 3-6 6-3

Anderson FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W (1): Delray Beach (d. Matosevic); QF (4): San Jose (l. Raonic), Houston (l. Monaco), Queen’s Club (l. Dimitrov), Washington DC**
YTD W-L: 24-15 (14-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: May 18, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 34

• Second main draw appearance at this event (3-1 record); reached third round in only other main draw appearance in 2011 (l. to Troicki); also fell in qualifying in 2010
• Since winning second ATP World Tour title in Delray Beach this year (and beating No. 30 Roddick and No. 11 Isner en route), has gone 1-6 against fellow Top 40 players (only win came against Lopez at Queen’s Club)
• At No. 34, only South African in Top 150 (next-highest is No. 152 Izak Van der Merwe)

Querrey FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W (1): Los Angeles (d. Berankis); SF (1): Queen’s Club (l. Cilic); QF (2): Memphis (l. Stepanek), Washington DC**
YTD W-L: 20-15 (11-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: October 7, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 38

• Fourth appearance at this event (3-3 record); fell early in all three previous appearances (lost first match in 2006 and 2010, then second match in 2009)
• Was ranked outside Top 100 as recently as mid-April but with strong results last three and a half months has shot back into Top 40 (biggest jump was this week after winning Los Angeles - 19 spots, No. 57 to No. 38)
• Has spent 23 career weeks inside Top 20 (peaking at No. 17 for two weeks right after 2011 Australian Open)

(2) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs. James Blake (USA)    Dolgopolov leads 1-0
10 New Haven (U.S.A.)  Hard R32 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 6-2

Dolgopolov FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
R-Up (1): Brisbane (l. Murray); SF (1): Umag (l. Cilic); QF (2): Madrid (l. del Potro), Washington DC**
YTD W-L: 20-15 (12-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: November 7, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 25

• First appearance at this event (2-0 record)
• This week dipped out of Top 20 from No. 17 to No. 25 (after points from last year’s Umag title fell off)
• Has spent 41 career weeks in Top 20 (peaking at No. 13 for the two weeks of this year’s Australian Open)

Blake FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF (1): Washington DC**
YTD W-L: 3-8 (3-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: December 28, 1979
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 116

• Ninth appearance at this event (17-7); best previous results were winning title in 2002 (d. Srichaphan in final - was first ATP World Tour title), runner-up finish in 2005 (l. to Roddick) and QFs in 2003 (l. to Agassi)
• Before this week had one ATP World Tour-level win this year (d. Harrison 16 63 75 in first round of Atlanta a few weeks ago); has now scored two ATP World Tour-level wins this week alone - d. No. 5 seed Andujar in first round, 46 62 62, and qualifier Chiudinelli in second round, 62 64 - first straight set win of year)
• All 10 career ATP World Tour titles have come on hardcourts (14 other finals: 9 hard, 3 grass, 2 clay)
• Has spent 131 career weeks in Top 10 (peaked at No. 4 for six weeks in late 2006/early 2007)

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