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Toronto Sunday Preview: Djokovic, Gasquet Clash For Title

Toronto, Canada

Gasquet© Getty ImagesRichard Gasquet is playing in his third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final.

• One player is chasing his 12th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and the other his first as defending champion and World No. 2 Novak Djokovic takes on Richard Gasquet in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday.  Djokovic leads their overall head-to-head meetings, 6-1. Their first three meetings came in 2006-2007 (Djokovic won two of the three meetings in three sets). Their last four meetings have come in 2010-12 with Djokovic winning all nine sets.

• Top seed Djokovic has rebounded from a disappointing ending to his Olympics last week to reach the Rogers Cup final for the third time. He has faced one seed in his first four matches (beating No. 5 seed Janko Tipsarevic in the semi-finals) and has only lost one set and his serve once (beating Tommy Haas in the quarter-finals, 63 36 63). Djokovic is playing in his 48th ATP World Tour level final (30-17 mark) and 21st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (11-9 record). He is trying to become the third player in the Open Era to win the Rogers Cup three times, having won it in 2007 and last year. (Ivan Lendl won it six times and Andre Agassi won three times). Djokovic will stay at No. 2 no matter what happens in the final (behind Roger Federer). Djokovic is currently tied for fourth-most Masters 1000 titles (Nadal leads with 21, then Federer with 20, then Agassi with 17 and Djokovic is tied with Pete Sampras at 11)

•  No. 14 seed Gasquet has beaten three higher seeds to reach this final, namely No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych in the third round, No. 11 seed Mardy Fish in the quarter-finals and No. 8 seed John Isner in the semi-finals. He has only lost one set (and serve five times) in four matches en route to his second final here. Gasquet is playing  in his 16th ATP World Tour final (6-9 mark).Gasquet is playing in his third career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (0-2). He was a runner-up to Federer in both previous finals, at Hamburg in 2005 and here in Toronto in 2006. Gasquet is the only Frenchman in the Open Era to reach the Rogers Cup final (has done it twice) and no Frenchman has won the title in tournament history (since 1881).  Only one ATP Masters 1000 title in the last 10 1/2 years has been won by Frenchman (Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Paris in 2008). Gasquet has spent 40 career weeks in the Top 10, peaking at No. 7 (all 40 were between July 9, 2007 and July 6, 2008, the 52-week period after his Wimbledon SF run in 2007).

•  The last 14 ATP Masters 1000 titles have been won by one of the ‘Big Four’ (the last non-‘Big Four’ player to win an ATP Masters 1000 title was Robin Soderling in Paris at the end of the 2010 season.

Winner:  $522,550 and 1000 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: $256,220 and 600 South African Airways  ATP Ranking points

  Djokovic: Appearing in his 48th ATP World Tour level final………………30-17 in finals (2-3 in ’12) 
    Appearing in his 21st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final……11-9 in finals (1-2 in ’12)
  Gasquet: Appearing in his 16th ATP World Tour final………..…………...6-9 in finals (0-1 in ’12)  
    Appearing in his 3rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final……..0-2 in finals (0-0 in ’12)

(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB #2)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Bernard Tomic (AUS)  62 63 (1:11)
3rd Rd: d. Sam Querrey (USA)   64 64 (1:15)
QF: d. Tommy Haas (GER)   63 36 63 (2:33)
SF: d. (5) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 64 61 (1:45)

(14) Richard Gasquet (FRA #21)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ #69)  63 75 (1:25)
3rd Rd: d. (4) Tomas Berdych (CZE #7)  64 62 (1:24)
QF: d. (11) Mardy Fish (USA #13) 57 61 62 (2:07)
SF: d. (8) John Isner (USA #11)  76(3) 63 (1:20)

• 2012 ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 FINALS – Djokovic  is  appearing in his fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final this season and Gasquet his first. Here is a look at the list of finals:
                       Champion       Finalist
Indian Wells  Roger Federer  John Isner
Miami           Novak Djokovic Andy Murray
Monte-Carlo  Rafael Nadal  Novak Djokovic
Madrid         Roger Federer  Tomas Berdych
Rome           Rafael Nadal  Novak Djokovic
Toronto        Novak Djokovic vs Richard Gasquet     



(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs (14) Richard Gasquet (FRA) Djokovic Leads 6-1
06 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Hard R32 Novak Djokovic 7-6(2) 1-6 6-1
07 Estoril (Portugal) Clay F Novak Djokovic 7-6(7) 0-6 6-1
07 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard RR Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-2
10 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 6-1 6-1
11 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells  Hard QF Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-4
11 Roland Garros (France) Clay R16 Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4 6-2
12 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-3
Other meeting:
05 Cherbourg CH (France) Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 6-2 1-0 ret

                          Novak Djokovic       Richard Gasquet
 Sets Won:                    13                         4
 Tiebreak Sets Won:        2                          0
 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay:                             2                          0
 Hard:                            4                          1

ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 TITLE LEADERS – Djokovic  looks to capture his 12th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. Here are the leaders since 1990:
1) Rafael Nadal 21
2) Roger Federer 20
3) Andre Agassi 17
4) Novak Djokovic 11
    Pete Sampras 11

Tournament Highlights:
• The reigning champ has a 21-3 career mark and defeated countryman/No. 5 seed Janko Tipsarevic 64 61 in the semi-finals…On Friday posted wins over American Sam Querrey 64 64 and former World No. 2 Tommy Haas 63 36 63… On Wednesday beat Aussie teen Bernie Tomic 62 63
• Has only been broken once this week, in second set vs. Haas (42 of 43 games held, 98%), saving 21 of 22 break points (95%)
• The last back-to-back champion was Andy Murray in 2009-10 and trying to become the first three-time Canadian champ since Andre Agassi (1992, ’94-95)…Last year defeated No. 8 Mardy Fish 62 36 64 in the final in Montreal…Also won title in 2007 in Canadian debut (d. Federer)
• In last Toronto visit two years ago, lost to Federer in semi-finals…In ’07, posted wins over No. 3 Roddick in QF, No. 2 Nadal in SF and No. 1 Federer, becoming first player to beat Top 3 at same tournament since Becker at 1994 Stockholm, also first player ever to beat Federer and Nadal at same tournament while they were ranked No. 1 and No. 2)
• Also reached quarter-finals in 2008 (l. to Murray) and 2009 (l. to Roddick)

Djokovic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(2): Australian Open (d Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (d Murray); F(3): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Roland Garros (l Nadal); SF(4): Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Isner); Wimbledon (l Federer); London Olympics (l Murray); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Tipsarevic)
YTD W-L: 49-9 (24-2 on hard), 10-8 in Tie-Breaks
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 30
Date of Birth: May 22, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 2

 2012 in Review:
• The World No. 2 enters his sixth final of the season (2-3) with a 49-9 match record on the season (24-2 on hard) and his two titles were repeat performances from last year at the Australian Open (d. Nadal) on Jan. 29 and ATP Masters 1000 Miami (d. Murray) on April 1…Has an ATP World Tour best 24-4 mark in ATP Masters 1000 play and 30-17 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals (11-9 in ATP Masters 1000)
• Last year left Montreal with his ninth title of the year and a 53-1 match record
• The 25-year-old Serb is coming off a bronze medal 75 64 loss to Argentine Juan Martin del Potro last Sunday…Lost in the semi-finals to eventual gold medalist Andy Murray
• En route to winning his fifth Grand Slam title (third in a row) Down Under (d. Murray and Nadal in back-to-back five-setters in SFs and final)…His 5:53 marathon win over Nadal was longest Slam final ever
• Prior to Miami,  lost in the semi-finals to Isner 76 36 76, in Indian Wells, and to Andy Murray in Dubai 
• Played well on clay with a 16-4 mark, reaching back-to-back finals at ATP Masters 1000 Rome and first at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal in both)…Then reached semi-finals at Wimbledon (l. to Federer)
• Held No. 1 for 53 consecutive weeks (from July 4, 2011 to July 8, 2012) before Federer regained it


Tournament Highlights:
• The 26-year-old Frenchman is making his second final appearance in seventh Rogers Cup visit (15-6 mark) in the past eight years (except ’09)…Opened with a 63 75 win over Mikhail Kukushkin and followed with 64 62 win over No. 4 seed/No. 7 ranked Tomas Berdych, No. 11 Mardy Fish 57 61 62 and No. 8 seed John Isner 76(3) 63
• The last player outside the Top 20 to reach the final here was Nicolas Kiefer (No. 37) in 2008 (l. to Nadal) and last Rogers Cup winner outside the Top 20 was No. 43 Andrei Pavel in 2001
• No. 3 this week in return games won (14 of 42, 33%) and has broken opponents most in tournament while holding serve 40 of 45 games (89%)…No. 3 in first serve pts. won (81%) and No. 4 in aces (26)
• In 2006, reached the final with wins over No. 6 Blake, Verdasco, No. 14 Berdych and No. 31 Murray before falling to No. 1 Federer 26 63 62…He is  only Frenchman to reach Rogers Cup final and trying to become first French winner in tournament history (since 1881)
• In 2008, defeated No. 5 Ferrer before falling to No. 2 Nadal 67 62 61 in quarter-finals
• Last year lost in the third round to No. 10 Nicolas Almagro

2012 Highlights:
F: Estoril (l Del Potro); QF(5): Sydney (l Istomin); Montpellier (l Kohlschreiber); Rotterdam (l Davydenko); Marseille (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 30-15 (15-8 on hard), 6-8 in Tie-breaks
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 6
Date of Birth: June 18, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 21

2012 in Review:
• The No. 3 Frenchman (behind No. 6 Tsonga, No. 14 Simon) enters his second final of the season with a 30-15 match record on the season (15-8 on hard) and his best result came on clay in Estoril in May when he reached the final (l. to del Potro)…He is 0-2 lifetime in ATP Masters 1000 finals
• He also was a quarter-finalist in five other tournaments, four on hard courts – Sydney (l. to Istomin), Montpellier (l. to Kohlschreiber), Rotterdam (l. to Davydenko) and Marseille (l. to del Potro)
• Will move from No. 21 to around No. 12 by reaching the final/winning the title
• Has a 6-9 career mark (1-4 on hard) in ATP World Tour finals and his last title came on home soil in Nice in May 2010 (d. Verdasco)
• Trying to become the third French winner on the ATP World Tour this season: Gilles Simon (Bucharest) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Doha)…The last French ATP Masters 1000 winner was Tsonga in ’08 Paris
• Has a 20-56 career record vs. Top 10 opponents (3-6 this year) with wins over No. 9 Tipsarevic at Aust. Open, No. 4 Murray at ATP Masters 1000 Rome and No. 7 Berdych here this week
• In doubles, won a bronze medal (w/Benneteau) at London Olympics, defeating Ferrer-F. Lopez

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