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Cincinnati Sunday Preview: Federer & Djokovic In First Top 2 Final

Cincinnati, U.S.A.

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer goes for a record fifth Cincinnati title on Sunday.

• A historic No. 1-2 ranked championship takes place on Sunday at the Western & Southern Open as No. 1 Roger Federer meets rival No. 2 Novak Djokovic for the 28th time (fourth this year). It is the first time a World No. 1 and No. 2 are playing each other in the final here in the Open Era (since 1968). This is also the first Cincinnati final between a pair of multiple Grand Slam title winners since Agassi beat Hewitt in 2004. The last final here between two players to rank No. 1: 2005 Federer beat Roddick.

• Federer leads the overall head-to-head series, 15-12, including 11-9 on hard courts (though Djokovic has won the last four meetings on hard courts). They have split their six final meetings. Federer won the last meeting in the semi-finals at Wimbledon last month. In their previous meeting here in the final three years ago, Federer won 6-1, 7-5. Both players have not lost serve (or a set) in the tournament and this is believed to be the first time in the Open Era two players have made an ATP World Tour final without being broken along the way. Federer has held 38 service games (saving three break points) and Djokovic 31 games held (saving 10 break points).

• This is the 22nd time Federer has played a World No. 2 while ranked No. 1 (he is 11-10 in those matches, going 5-10 against Nadal but perfect against everyone else: 3-0 vs Roddick, 2-0 vs Hewitt,  1-0 vs Murray. No. 1 seeds are 36-16 in finals while No. 2 seeds are 10-20 in finals here all-time. This is the first 1-2 seeded final here since 1999 when No. 1 Pete Sampras defeated No. 2 Patrick Rafter.

• Federer is playing in his 108th ATP World Tour level final (75-32 mark) and he’s in his 33rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (20-12). He is 5-2 in finals this year.Federer has the second-most ATP Masters 1000 titles with 20 (Rafael Nadal leads with 21). The 31-year-old Federer is trying to become the oldest winner here since Agassi (34) in 2004. Federer is tied with Mats Wilander for most Western & Southern Open titles in the Open Era with four, winning in 2005, ‘07, ‘09 and ’10. Federer is 4-0 in finals here.

• Djokovic is playing in his 49th ATP World Tour final (31-17 mark) and he’s in his 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (12-9). Djokovic has the fourth-most ATP Masters 1000 titles with 12. Djokovic has won six of the nine current ATP Masters 1000 events, this being one of the three he hasn’t won yet - this is his fourth final here (0-3). He also hasn’t won the Monte-Carlo or Shanghai titles. He has won his last five matches against World No. 1s (beating Nadal five times as No. 1 last year).

Winner: $535,600 and 1000 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: $262,610 and 600 South African Airways ATP Ranking points

 Federer: Appearing in his 108th ATP World Tour final………..…………..75-32 in finals (5-2 in ’12) 
  Appearing in his 33rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final…….20-12 in finals (2-0 in ’12)
 Djokovic: Appearing in his 49th ATP World Tour level final………………31-17 in finals (3-3 in ’12)
  Appearing in his 22st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final……12-9 in finals (2-2 in ’12)

(1) Roger Federer (SUI #1)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS #62) 63 62 (1:00)
3rd Rd: d. Bernard Tomic (AUS #49)  62 64 (1:02)
QF: d. (10) Mardy Fish (USA #20)  63 76(4) (1:27)
SF: d. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI #26) 76(4) 63 (1:35)

(2) Novak Djokovic (SRB #2)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Andreas Seppi (ITA #27)  76(4) 62 (1:30)
3rd Rd: d. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS #50) 60 ret.-shoulder (0:32)
QF: d. (12) Marin Cilic (CRO #15)  63 62 (1:21)
SF: d. (6) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG #9) 63 62 (1:27)

ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 TITLE LEADERS – Federer looks to tie Nadal with his 21st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title while Djokovic is trying to earn his 13th title. Here are the leaders since 1990:
1) Rafael Nadal 21
2) Roger Federer 20
3) Andre Agassi 17
4) Novak Djokovic 12
5) Pete Sampras 11
BACK-TO-BACK CANADIAN-CINCY TITLES – Djokovic is looking to become the fourth player since 1990 to
capture back-to-back titles in Canada and Cincinnati (all three reached US Open final):
2003 – Andy Roddick (Montreal, Cincinnati) – Won US Open
1998 – Patrick Rafter (Toronto, Cincinnati) – Won US Open
1995 – Andre Agassi (Montreal, Cincinnati) – Runner-up US Open

*2012 ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 FINALS – Federer and Djokovic have combined to win four of the six ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles this season. This will be the 16th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final in a row (since the beginning of last year) won by a current Top 4 player: Federer (3), Djokovic (7), Rafael Nadal (3) and Andy Murray (2). Here is a look at the list of finals this year:
  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 Richard Gasquet
Cincinnati     Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic

* Finalists Breakdown –
2012   Titles ATP Masters 1000 Titles     2012 vs Top 10
ATP Rank W-L (on hard)  2012 / Career 2012 / Career Grand Slam Titles  W-L
1  Federer 55-7 (27-2)   5 / 75    2 / 20       17         12-4
2 Djokovic 54-9 (29-2)   3 / 31    2 / 12        5        14-8


Center Court
(1)Roger Federer (SUI) vs (2) Novak Djokovic (SRB) Federer Leads 15-12
06 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R64 Roger Federer 6-3 2-6 6-3
06 SUI v. SCG WG PO (Switzerland) Hard RR Roger Federer 6-3 6-2 6-3
07 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 Roger Federer 6-2 7-5 6-3
07 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard QF Roger Federer 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3
07 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal Hard Final Novak Djokovic 7-6(2) 2-6 7-6(2)
07 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard Final Roger Federer 7-6(4) 7-6(2) 6-4
08 Australian Open (Australia) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-3 7-6(5)
08 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo Clay SF Roger Federer 6-3 3-2 ret
08 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard SF Roger Federer 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-2
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard SF Novak Djokovic 3-6 6-2 6-3
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome Clay SF Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-3
09 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard Final Roger Federer 6-1 7-5
09 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard SF Roger Federer 7-6(3)7-5 7-5
09 Basel (Switzerland) Hard Final Novak Djokovic 6-4 4-6 6-2
10 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto Hard SF Roger Federer 6-1 3-6 7-5
10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 5-7 6-1 5-7 6-2 7-5
10 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard SF Roger Federer 7-5 6-4
10 Basel (Switzerland) Hard Final Roger Federer 6-4 3-6 6-1
10 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard SF Roger Federer 6-1 6-4
11 Australian Open (Australia) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 7-6(3) 7-5 6-4
11 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard Final Novak Djokovic 6-3  6-3
11 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-2
11 Roland Garros (France) Clay SF Roger Federer 7-6(5) 6-3 3-6 7-6(5)
11 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-7(7) 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-5
12 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome Clay SF Novak Djokovic 6-2 7-6(4)
12 Roland Garros (France) Clay SF Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-3
12 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass SF Roger Federer 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-3

 Novak Djokovic Roger Federer
 Sets Won: 36 46
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 6 6
 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 3 3
 Hard: 9 11
       Grass:     0              1


Tournament Highlights:
• The Swiss native is trying to become the first five-time champion in the Open Era (4-0)…Swede Mats Wilander also won four titles
• Has posted wins over Alex Bogomolov Jr. 63 62, Aussie teenager Bernard Tomic 62 64, No. 10 seed Mardy Fish 63 76 in a repeat of the ‘10 final and countryman Stanislas Wawrinka 76 63…Has a 29-7 career mark
• Leads the tournament in service games won (38 of 38), facing only three break points and No. 2 in first serve pts. won (84%) and second serve pts. won (64%)
• He went 1-4 in first four appearances (2000, 2002-03-04); has gone 28-3 in eighth visit, winning title four times in 2005 (d. Roddick), ‘07 (d. Blake), ‘09 (d. Djokovic ),’10 (d. Fish)… Has19-2 record in odd years, 10-5 in even years

2012 Highlights:
W(5): Rotterdam (d Del Potro); Dubai (d Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (d Isner); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (d Berdych); Wimbledon (d Murray); F(2): Halle (l Haas); London Olympics (l Murray); SF(4): Doha (W/O vs Tsonga); Australian Open (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Djokovic); Roland Garros (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 55-7 (27-2 on hard), 15-10 in Tie-breaks
YTD Titles: 5/Career Titles: 75
Date of Birth: August 8, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 1

2012 in Review:
• The 31-year-old World No. 1 is making his eighth final appearance (5-2) in 13th tournament this season
•  Has an ATP World Tour-best 55 match wins this year (55-7), including 27-2 on hard courts
• He is making his first appearance since earning a silver medal at the London Olympics on Aug. 5 (l. to Murray in straight sets)… Prior to that (three weeks earlier) he captured his seventh Wimbledon crown (d. Murray) and 17th career Grand Slam title…Afterwards he returned to No. 1 on July 9 and following week broke record of most weeks at No. 1 with 287 (surpassing Sampras)…This is 291st week overall at No 1…Came in with a 75-point lead over No. 2 Djokovic and will remain No. 1 by reaching the final
• Co-leader (w/Ferrer) with five titles on the ATP World Tour this season, capturing consecutive titles in Rotterdam (d. del Potro) on Feb. 19, Dubai (d. Murray) on Mar. 3 and his 19th career ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells on Mar. 18 (d. No. 9 del Potro, No. 2 Nadal, No. 11 Isner in final three rounds without dropping a set)…Also won his 20th ATP Masters 1000 crown in Madrid (d. Berdych)
• Has captured at least one ATP World Tour title for 12 straight years (along w/Roddick), best among active players and his 75 career titles is No. 4 in the Open Era (Connors 109, Lendl 94, McEnroe 77)
• Has a Grand Slam record 33 straight quarter-finals or better and last time he didn’t reach second week in a Slam was ’04 Roland Garros (l. to Kuerten in third round)

30-OVER PLAYERS TO RANK NO. 1 – Since the inception of the South African Airways ATP Rankings on Aug. 23, 1973, five players age 30-over have ranked No. 1:
                     Oldest Age at No. 1
Andre Agassi      33
Roger Federer      31
Jimmy Connors      30
Ivan Lendl      30
John Newcombe      30

Tournament Highlights:
• The 25-year-old Serb is trying to capture his first title here and he’s appearing in the final for the fourth time in five years (0-3 mark)
• Has held serve all 31 games thus far (saving 10 break points) and broken opponents 11 times…He opened with a 76(4) 62 win over top Italian Andreas Seppi on Wednesday and followed with a 6-0 ret. victory (shoulder) over Nikolay Davydenko, 63 62 triumph over No. 12 seed Marin Cilic and 63 62 over No. 6 seed Juan Martin del Potro
• In last year’s final, retired vs. Andy Murray due to right shoulder pain after trailing 6-4, 3-0…It was his third final in four years (19-7 record)…Also runner-up in ‘08 (l. to Murray) and ’09 (l. to Federer)
• He lost early in first three appearances from 2005-07, going 1-3 but has compiled 17-4 mark since 2008…Two years ago he reached quarter-finals (l. to Roddick)

2012 Highlights:
W(3): Australian Open (d Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (d Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (d Gasquet); F(3): ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Nadal); ATP 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: 54-9 (29-2 on hard), 11-8 in Tie-breaks
YTD Titles: 3
Career Titles: 31
Date of Birth: May 22, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 2

2012 in Review:
• The World No. 2 is appearing in his seventh final (3-3) of the season and enters with a 15-match hard court winning streak…Last Sunday in Toronto defeated Richard Gasquet in the final…He has a 54-9 match record (29-2 on hard)
• He will remain No. 2 next week in the South African Airways ATP Rankings and if he wins the title will have 11,670 points and Federer will have 11,765…If Federer wins the title, he will have 12,165 and Djokovic 11,270
• His other 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 28-4 mark in ATP Masters 1000 play and 31-17 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals (12-9 in ATP Masters 1000)
• Last year left Cincinnati with 9-1 mark in finals and a 57-2 match record
• Prior to Toronto, lost the bronze medal match 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

HARD COURT STREAK – Djokovic comes in with a 15-match winning streak on hard courts going back to Miami where he defended his title. He also defended his Canadian title last week in Toronto. Here is a look at his serving dominance during the winning streak:
- Miami    12-0 sets, 55 of 60 games, 25 of 30 break pts saved
- Toronto  10-1 sets, 50 of 51 games, 25 of 26 break pts saved
- Cincinnati 7-0 sets, 31 of 31 games, 10 of 10 break pts saved
Totals: 29-1 sets, 136 of 142 games held, 60 of 66 break pts. saved

• No. 4 seeds Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania will meet the Indian duo No. 6 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna in Sunday’s doubles final.
• Lindstedt and Tecau knocked out No. 2 seeds and three-time Cincinnati champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 7-5, 6-7(5), 10-2 in the semi-finals while Bhupathi and Bopanna defeated unseeded Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo. The No. 3 ranked team in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings are 3-3 in finals this season.
• The Swedish/Romanian duo are looking to win their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title together. They finished runner-up in Madrid (l. to the Fyrstenberg/Matkowski) in May and they also were finalists at Wimbledon last month for the third straight year.
• Bhupathi and Bopanna are bidding to lift their second trophy of the season after their title in Dubai in March.
• Bhupathi is aiming for his third title at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. He was victorious in 2001 and last year (w/Paes). He also was runner-up in ’02 and ’10 (w/Mirnyi).
• Bhupathi is 50-41 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals while Bopanna is 8-12 in finals. Lindstedt is looking to even his career mark in finals (15-16) while Tecau is 12-11 in career finals.

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