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Washington Sunday Briefing: Dolgopolov Meets Haas In Final

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

Haas© Getty ImagesTommy Haas will play Alexandr Dolgopolov in the Washington final.

WASHINGTON SUNDAY PREVIEW - DOLGOPOLOV & HAAS SQUARE OFF FOR Citi Open TITLE

• It’s down to the final two at the Citi Open, a rare first-time meeting in an ATP World Tour final
• The No. 2-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov has reached the final without losing a set and has held 34 of his 37 service games (all three of those breaks coming against James Blake in the quarter-finals); now the Ukrainian is into the biggest ATP World Tour final of his career (his other three finals were all at the 250 level)
• Dolgopolov is playing his 4th ATP World Tour final (1-2 in his first 3)
• The No. 4-seeded Tommy Haas hasn’t lost a set all week either and has put on a serving display through his first four rounds, holding 38 of 39 service games (he lost his serve just once, in his second round match against Leonardo Mayer); now the 2000 Olympic silver medalist will play this final on the day of the 2012 Olympic final
• Haas is playing his 24th ATP World Tour final (13-10 in his first 23)
• Haas has won 8 of his last 9 ATP World Tour finals (the loss: Hamburg two weeks ago to Juan Monaco)
• Haas is 8-0 in ATP World Tour finals in the US (Memphis in 1999, Long Island in 2001, Los Angeles and Houston in 2004, Los Angeles, Memphis and Delray Beach in 2006, Memphis in 2007)
• This is the third of six ATP World Tour events in the Emirates Airline US Open Series; Sam Querrey, winner in Los Angeles and a semi-finalist in Washington DC this week, will be the leader going into Toronto (beginning Monday); the winner of today’s final will tie Atlanta champion Andy Roddick for second place with 70 points

ROAD TO THE FINAL

(2) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR #25)
1st Rd.  d. Flavio Cipolla (ITA #96) 6-1 6-3 (0:59)
2nd Rd.  d. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP #97) 6-1 6-3 (0:54)
QFs  d. James Blake (USA #116) 7-6(3) 6-4 (1:22)
SFs  d. (8) Sam Querrey (USA #38) 6-4 6-4 (1:14)

(4) Tommy Haas (GER #36)
1st Rd.  d. (Q) Michael Russell (USA #81) 6-4 6-2 (1:15)
2nd Rd.  d. Leonardo Mayer (ARG #63) 6-4 7-5 (1:39)
QFs  d. Tobias Kamke (GER #107) 6-1 6-2 (1:06)
SFs  d. (1) Mardy Fish (USA #15) 6-3 7-5 (1:33)

SUNDAY FINAL FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEAD - In Order of Play

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

Dolgopolov FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F (2): Brisbane (l. Murray), Washington DC**; SF (1): Umag (l. Cilic); QF (1): Madrid (l. del Potro)
YTD W-L: 22-15 (14-7 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 (4-0 record)
• This week dipped out of Top 20 from No. 17 to No. 25 (after points from last year’s Umag title fell off)
• Will bounce back into Top 20 regardless of today’s result (projected No.16/No.17 range win or lose)
• Dolgopolov is trying to become second Ukrainian in last 15 years to win multiple ATP World Tour titles (since Andrei Medvedev won his 11th and last ATP World Tour title at Hamburg in May 1997, only one other Ukrainian has won multiple ATP World Tour titles - Sergiy Stakhovsky with four)
• Has spent 41 career weeks in Top 20 (peaking at No. 13 for the two weeks of this year’s Australian Open)

Haas FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W (1): Halle (d. Federer); F (2): Hamburg (l. Monaco), Washington DC**; SF (1): Munich (l. Cilic)
YTD W-L: 23-9 (8-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 13
Date of Birth: April 3, 1978
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 36

• Seventh appearance here (15-6 record); in final for first time here; best previous results were 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)
• Fourth player this year to reach ATP World Tour finals on all three surfaces (also Federer, Ferrer, Isner)

DOUBLES FINAL - Anderson/Querrey (RSA/USA) vs. Huey/Inglot (PHI/GBR)
• A pair of unseeded teams has made its way to the doubles final of the Citi Open, with Kevin Anderson and Sam Querrey taking on Treat Conrad Huey and Dominic Inglot for the ATP World Tour 500-level title
• Both teams beat seeded teams en route to the final, Anderson and Querrey beating No. 3 seeds Butorac and Hanley in the quarter-finals and Huey and Inglot beating No. 2 seeds Farah and Qureshi, also in the quarters
• Anderson and Querrey are playing their first ATP World Tour doubles final together
• Huey and Inglot are playing their second ATP World Tour doubles final together (they were runners-up together at Houston earlier this year - losing to Blake and Querrey)
• ATP World Tour doubles final records: Anderson (0-1), Querrey (4-3), Huey (0-3), Inglot (0-1)

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