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Washington Saturday Briefing: Fish, Dolgopolov, Haas & Querrey In SF Action

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

Dolgopolov© Getty ImagesSecond seed Alex Dolgopolov plays eighth seed Sam Querrey in the Washington semi-finals on Saturday.


• The Top 2 seeds - as well as the No. 4 seed and an American on the rise again - highlight today’s semi-final line-up at the Citi Open, an ATP World Tour 500-level event held on the hardcourts of the nation’s capital
• The first semi-final pits No. 1 seed Mardy Fish against No. 4 seed Tommy Haas; Fish is in his first ATP World Tour semi-final of the year, in fact his first ATP World Tour semi-final in 10 months (his last one came at Tokyo in October last year); but the difficulty level steps up in a big way today: Haas has not only won all three of their previous hardcourt meetings in straight sets, he has also won five of his last six matches against Top 15 players
• Fish is trying to reach his 21st ATP World Tour final (6-14 in his first 20)
• Haas is trying to reach his 24th ATP World Tour final (13-10 in his first 23)
• The second semi pits No. 2 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov against No. 8 seed Sam Querrey; both are former Top 20 players and both are playing their third ATP World Tour semi-finals of the year; but the only previous meeting between the two saw Dolgopolov dominate, a semi-close 64 63 scoreline but a 62-minute timeline; Querrey has momentum now though, currently on a seven-match win streak (the second-longest of his career)
• Dolgopolov is trying to reach his 4th ATP World Tour final (1-2 in his first 3)
• Querrey is trying to reach his 13th ATP World Tour final (7-5 in his first 12)
• 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 Querrey are currently co-leaders of the Series with 70 points each 



(1) Mardy Fish (USA) vs. (4) Tommy Haas (GER)     Haas leads 3-1
00 Miami (U.S.A.)  Hard R64 Tommy Haas 6-2 6-1
05 Miami (U.S.A.)  Hard R64 Tommy Haas 7-6(6) 7-5
06 Houston (U.S.A.)  Clay SF Mardy Fish 4-1 ret.
07 Memphis (U.S.A.)  Hard SF Tommy Haas 6-3 6-4

Fish FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF (1): Washington DC**; QF (1): Miami (l. Monaco)
YTD W-L: 13-8 (9-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 6
Date of Birth: December 9, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 15

• Seventh appearance here (8-6 record); is in semi-finals here for first time; previous-best results were two QFs in first two appearances in 2003 (l. to Roddick) and 2006 (l. to Murray); pre-QF losses in other four attempts
• 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)

Haas FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W (1): Halle (d. Federer); R-Up (1): Hamburg (l. Monaco); SF (2): Munich (l. Cilic), Washington DC**
YTD W-L: 22-9 (7-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 13
Date of Birth: April 3, 1978
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 36

• Seventh appearance here (14-6 record); is in semi-finals here for second time, having made semis once before in 2008 (l. to del Potro); also 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)
• Haas has won 5 of last 6 matches against Top 15 players:
     - Munich 2nd Rd: d. No. 5 Tsonga, 6-1 6-4
     - Halle QFs: d. No. 7 Berdych, 6-4 3-6 7-5
     - Halle F: d. No. 3 Federer, 7-6(5) 6-4
     - Hamburg 2nd Rd: d. No. 12 Simon, 4-6 6-3 6-4
     - Hamburg SFs: d. No. 15 Cilic, 7-6(7) 6-0
     - Hamburg F: l. to No. 14 Monaco, 7-5 6-4

(2) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs. (8) Sam Querrey (USA)   Dolgopolov leads 1-0
11 Sydney (Australia)  Hard R16 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 6-3

Dolgopolov FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
R-Up (1): Brisbane (l. Murray); SF (2): Umag (l. Cilic), Washington DC**; QF (1): Madrid (l. del Potro)
YTD W-L: 21-15 (13-7 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 (3-0 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)

Querrey FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W (1): Los Angeles (d. Berankis); SF (2): Queen’s Club (l. Cilic), Washington DC**; QF (1): Memphis (l. Stepanek)
YTD W-L: 21-15 (12-7 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 (4-3 record); fell early in all three previous appearances (lost first match in 2006 and 2010, then second match in 2009)
• Currently on seven-match win streak, the second-longest ATP World Tour-level win streak of his career - longest one was eight wins in a row in 2010 (5-0 to win Queen’s Club, 3-0 to reach Wimbledon fourth round)
• 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)

(1) Mardy Fish (USA) vs. (2) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)    First ATP Meeting
Other Meeting
10 Madrid Qualifying (Spain)  Clay Q2 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7(5) 6-4 7-6(5)

(1) Mardy Fish (USA) vs. (8) Sam Querrey (USA)     Fish leads 2-1
07 Los Angeles (U.S.A.)  Hard R32 Mardy Fish 7-5 6-4
10 Queen’s Club (Great Britain)  Grass F Sam Querrey 7-6(3) 7-5
11 Memphis (U.S.A.)  Hard QF Mardy Fish 6-3 6-4

(4) Tommy Haas (GER) vs. (2) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)   First Meeting

(4) Tommy Haas (GER) vs. (8) Sam Querrey (USA)     Haas leads 3-2
07 Delray Beach (U.S.A.)  Hard RR Tommy Haas 6-4 7-5
07 Memphis (U.S.A.)  Hard QF Tommy Haas 6-2 6-2
07 Houston (U.S.A.)  Clay R32 Tommy Haas 3-6 6-3 7-5
09 Memphis (U.S.A.)  Hard R32 Sam Querrey 7-6(4) 6-4
09 Los Angeles (U.S.A.)  Hard SF Sam Querrey 6-3 7-5

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