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Metz, St. Petersburg Monday Preview

Garcia-Lopez© Getty ImagesSeventh seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez is in action at the St. Petersburg Open on Monday.

METZ TOURNAMENT PREVIEW – REIGNING CHAMPION TSONGA LOOKS TO DEFEND TITLE

• This year’s Moselle Open, the first of 10 indoor tournaments leading to the year-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, is led by top Frenchman and reigning champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who comes in as the No. 1 seed for the second year in a row. He is one of two former champions in the field along with countryman Gael Monfils, who won the title in 2009. Monfils is making his return to the ATP World Tour after a knee injury. This is the Frenchman’s first tournament in nearly four months since Nice the week of May 21.

• The No. 2 seed is top German Philipp Kohlschreiber, who was runner-up here three years ago, and is 16th in the Race to London points standings. Kohlschreiber has an 8-6 career mark in Metz. He also was a semi-finalist two years ago. The No. 3 seed is Spaniard Marcel Granollers, who is making his second appearance (2008) in Metz.  The other seeds are: No. 4 Florian Mayer of Germany, followed by No. 5 Andreas Seppi of Italy, No. 6 Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, No. 7 Monfils, and No. 8 Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, a wild card entry.

• Overall, there are a tournament-high seven Frenchmen in the main draw (not including qualifiers). There are four French players in the last round of qualifying on Monday. There are four final round qualifying matches and one main draw match on Monday’s schedule. In the lone main draw match, 20-year-old French wild card Albano Olivetti, who reached the quarter-finals in his previous ATP World Tour tournament this year in February (l. to Llodra), takes on former World No. 4 James Blake for the first time. Olivetti is the youngest player in the draw and Blake is the second-oldest at 32. Both players are making their debut in Metz.

TOURNAMENT QUICK FACTS
CITY:   Metz, France
VENUE:  Les Arenes de Metz
DATE:   September 17-23, 2012
CATEGORY:  ATP World Tour 250
PRIZE MONEY:  € 450,000
DRAW:   28 singles / 16 doubles
SURFACE:  Greenset (Hard)
SINGLES FINAL:  Sunday, September 23, at 3:00 p.m.
DOUBLES FINAL: Sunday, September 23, at 12:45 p.m.
FIRST HELD:  2003
     
2011 FINALS
Singles – (1) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. (4) Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3
Doubles – J. Murray-Sa d. (2) Dlouhy-Melo 6-4, 7-6(7)

RECENT CHAMPIONS/FINALISTS (since 2003)
2011 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga/Ivan Ljubicic
2010 Gilles Simon/Mischa Zverev (in final round of qualifying)
2009 Gael Monfils/Philipp Kohlschreiber
2008 Dmitry Tursunov/Paul-Henri Mathieu
2007 Tommy Robredo/Andy Murray
2006 Novak Djokovic/Jurgen Melzer
2005 Ivan Ljubicic/Gael Monfils
2004 Jerome Haehnel/Richard Gasquet   
2003 Arnaud Clement/Fernando Gonzalez

A LOOK AT THE DRAW
Singles: Player Record  Best Finish 
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 6-1 W-'11
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 8-6 F-'09
Marcel Granollers (ESP) 0-1 R32-'08
Florian Mayer (GER) 1-3 R16-'05
Andreas Seppi (ITA) 3-3 QF-'05
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 2-1 QF-'10
Gael Monfils (FRA) 10-2 W-'09
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 3-1 SF-'05

Wildcards: Nikolay Davydenko, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Albano Olivetti
Youngest: Albano Olivetti (20 years, 9 months)
Oldest:  Ivo Karlovic (33 years, 6 months)
Top Country Breakdown: France 7, Germany 4, Belgium 2, Croatia 2, United States 2
Former Champions in Draw (2): Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2011), Gael Monfils (2009)
Former Finalists in Draw (3): Philipp Kohlschreiber (2009), Paul-Henri Mathieu (2008), Gael Monfils (2005)
* Does not include qualifiers

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS ATP RANKINGS POINTS / PRIZE MONEY 
Singles   W  F       SF        QF        R16    R28      
Rankings Pts.    250   150    90         45         20       0  
Prize Money     €71,900 37,860  20,510 11,685  6,885  4,080  
  
Doubles  W F          SF       QF       R16
Rankings Pts.   250  150      90        45        0                    
Prize Money    €21,800  11,480 6,220   3,560  2,090 

Doubles Seeded Teams (Tournament record, best finish - year) 
1 Dodig / Melo   Debut  
2 Mahut / Roger-Vasselin Debut  
3 Brown / Kas    Debut
4 Brunstrom / Nielsen   Debut

RECENT CHAMPIONS (since 2003)
2011 Jamie Murray/Andre Sa
2010 Dustin Brown/Rogier Wassen
2009 Colin Fleming/Ken Skupski
2008 Arnaud Clement/Michael Llodra
2007 Arnaud Clement/Michael Llodra
2006 Richard Gasquet/Fabrice Santoro
2005 Michael Llodra/Fabrice Santoro
2004 Arnaud Clement/Nicolas Mahut
2003 Julien Benneteau/Nicolas Mahut

MONDAY FIRST ROUND FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

Centre Court

(WC) Albano Olivetti (FRA) vs James Blake (USA)    First Meeting

Olivetti FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Marseille (l Llodra)
YTD W-L: 2-1
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 24, 1991
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 213

Blake FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Washington (l Dolgopolov)
YTD W-L: 7-12
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: December , 1979
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 107

OTHER FIRST ROUND HEAD-TO-HEADS – To be played Tuesday or Wednesday *

Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) vs Jesse Levine (USA)       First Meeting

Jan Hajek (CZE) vs Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)   Hajek Leads1-0
12 Bastad (Sweden) Clay R16 Jan Hajek 6-1 7-6(2)
Other meeting:
05 Luxembourg CH (Luxembourg) Hard R32 Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 6-2
 
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs Benjamin Becker (GER)   Karlovic Leads 6-0
07 San Jose (U.S.A.) Hard SF Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5) 7-5
07 Houston (U.S.A.) Clay R32 Ivo Karlovic 7-5 7-6(3)
07 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R32 Ivo Karlovic 6-4 6-3
10 Doha (Qatar) Hard R16 Ivo Karlovic 4-6 6-3 6-2
10 Memphis (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Ivo Karlovic 7-6(6) 7-6(4)
11 Houston (U.S.A.) Clay R32 Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5) 6-4

Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) vs Gilles Muller (LUX)   First Meeting

Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs Ivan Dodig (CRO)   Seppi Leads 2-0
10 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R32 Andreas Seppi 3-6 6-4 6-2
12 Belgrade (Serbia) Clay R16 Andreas Seppi 6-4 6-2

Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Olivier Rochus (BEL)   Rochus Leads 3-2
05 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R64 Olivier Rochus 6-1 6-3 6-3
06 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay R64 Olivier Rochus 4-6 6-4 6-1
06 New Haven (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Olivier Rochus 6-4 6-3
07 Roland Garros (France) Clay R128 Gael Monfils 4-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 6-1
10 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard R32 Gael Monfils 4-6 6-1 6-2
Other meeting:
04 Grenoble CH (France) Hard R32 Gael Monfils 1-6 7-6(9) 7-5
       
Xavier Malisse (BEL) vs Benoit Paire (FRA)    First Meeting

*Does not include qualifiers


ST. PETERSBURG TOURNAMENT/MONDAY PREVIEW –  FORMER CHAMPIONS YOUZHNY, STAKHOVSKY LEAD FIELD
 
• The 18th edition of the St. Petersburg Open is led by top Russian Mikhail Youzhny, who is one of two former champions in this year’s draw. Youzhny won the title in 2004 and was runner-up in 2002 and 2010. The other former winner is Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, who captured the crown in 2009.

• The remaining seeds are: No. 3 Martin Klizan of Slovakia, who is coming off a Grand Slam best 4th Round at the US Open, No. 4 Fabio Fognini of Italy, No. 5 Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, No. 6 Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei, No. 7 Guillermo Garica-Lopez of Spain and No. 8 Jurgen Zopp of Estonia.

• On Monday’s schedule, there are three singles matches. In the first main draw match on Centre Court, Italian Flavio Cipolla takes on 21-year-old Andrei Vasilevski, who is one of three players from Belarus to qualify into the main draw. Cipolla is ranked No. 81 and in April he reached his first career ATP World Tour semi-final in Casablanca. Vasilevski is making his ATP World Tour main draw debut. He has been playing mostly Futures and Challenger tournaments in his young career. In the next match on, Russian wild card Evgeny Donskoy and No. 7 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain meet for the first time. Donskoy is ranked No. 121 (two spots off his career-high) and he’s earned three Challenger titles this season. Garcia-Lopez is looking to even his match record this year (18-19). In the final match on, German Matthias Bachinger and American Rajeev Ram square off for the first time in an ATP World Tour main draw. They split two previous qualifying meetings.

TOURNAMENT QUICK FACTS
CITY:   St. Petersburg, Russia
VENUE:  Sports Complex “Petersburgsky”
DATE:   September 17-23, 2012
CATEGORY:  ATP World Tour 250
PRIZE MONEY:  $ 410,850
DRAW:   32 singles / 16 doubles
SURFACE:  Hard
SINGLES FINAL:  Sunday, September 23, at 4:00 p.m.     
DOUBLES FINAL:   2:00 p.m.
FIRST HELD:  1995
     
2011 FINALS
Singles –  (4) Marin Cilic (CRO) d. (2) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles – (3) Fleming-Hutchins d. (WC) Elgin-Kudryavtsev 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-8

RECENT CHAMPIONS/FINALISTS (since 2000)
2011 Marin Cilic/Janko Tipsarevic
2010 Mikhail Kukushkin/Mikhail Youzhny
2009 Sergiy Stakhovsky/Horacio Zeballos
2008 Andy Murray/Andrey Golubev
2007 Andy Murray/Fernando Verdasco 
2006 Mario Ancic/Thomas Johansson 
2005 Thomas Johansson/Nicolas Kiefer 
2004 Mikhail Youzhny/Karol Beck 
2003 Gustavo Kuerten/Sargis Sargsian 
2002 Sebastien Grosjean/Mikhail Youzhny 
2001 Marat Safin/Rainer Schuettler 
2000 Marat Safin/Dominik Hrbaty  

A LOOK AT THE DRAW
Singles: Player Record  Best Finish 
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 27-9 W-'04
Denis Istomin (UZB) 2-2 QF-'09
Martin Klizan (SVK) Debut
Fabio Fognini (ITA) 0-2 R32-'10,09
Lukas Lacko (SVK) Debut 
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 1-1 R16-'10
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 0-3 R32-'08,07,05
Jurgen Zopp (EST) Debut 

Wildcards: Evgeny Donskoy, Mikhail Elgin, Temyuraz Gabashvili
Qualifiers: Sergey Betov, Nikolai Fidirko, Andrey Kumantsov, Andrei Vasilevski
Youngest: Andrei Vasilevski (21 years, 3 months)
Oldest:  Florent Serra (31 years, 6 months)
Top Country Breakdown: Russia 6, Italy 4, Belarus 3, Germany 3, Spain 3  
Former Champions in Draw (3): Sergiy Stakhovsky (2009), Mikhail Youzhny (2004)
Former Finalists in Draw (2): Mikhail Youzhny (2010, ‘02), Horacio Zeballos (2009)

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS ATP RANKINGS POINTS / PRIZE MONEY 
Singles   W    F         SF        QF       R16      R32       
Rankings Pts.    250    150      90         45        20         0  
Prize Money     $70,365  37,060   20,070 11,445 6,740     3,990  
  
Doubles  W F          SF        QF       R16
Rankings Pts.   250  150      90         45        0                    
Prize Money    $22,530  11,850 8,420  3,670   2,150 

Doubles Seeded Teams (Tournament record, best finish - year) 
1  R. Ram / Zimonjic Debut 
2  Fleming / Hutchins 4-0 W-'11
3  Cermak / Mertinak 0-2 R16-'10,09
4  Moser / Skupski Debut 

RECENT CHAMPIONS (since 2000)
2011 Colin Fleming/Ross Hutchins
2010 Daniele Bracciali/Potito Starace
2009 Colin Fleming/Ken Skupski
2008 Travis Parrott / Filip Polasek
2007 Daniel Nestor / Nenad Zimonjic
2006 Simon Aspelin / Todd Perry
2005 Julian Knowle / Jurgen Melzer
2004 Arnaud Clement / Michael Llodra
2003 Julian Knowle / Nenad Zimonjic
2002 David Adams / Jared Palmer
2001 Denis Golovanov / Yevgeny Kafelnikov
2000 Daniel Nestor / Kevin Ullyett

MONDAY FIRST ROUND FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

Flavio Cipolla (ITA) vs (Q) Andrei Vasilevski (BLR)    First Meeting

Cipolla FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Casablanca (l Andujar)
YTD W-L: 14-21
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 20, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 81

Vasilevski FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 28, 1991
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 785

(WC) Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) vs (7) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)  First Meeting

Donskoy FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-2
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 9, 1990
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 121

Garcia-Lopez FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Stuttgart (l Monaco); QF(2): Auckland (l Verdasco); Casablanca (l Andreev)
YTD W-L: 18-19
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: June 4, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 68

Matthias Bachinger (GER) vs Rajeev Ram (USA) First ATP Meeting
Other meetings:
11 Stockholm Q (Sweden) Hard -- Matthias Bachinger 7-6(6)  6-0
12 ATP Masters 1000 Miami Q (USA) Hard -- Rajeev Ram 6-2 6-4  

Bachinger FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Bucharest (l Simon); QF: Umag (l Granollers)
YTD W-L: 9-15
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 2, 1987
South African Airways  ATP Ranking: 111

Ram FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(2): Newport (l Hewitt); Los Angeles (l Querrey)
YTD W-L: 6-5
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: March 18, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 98

OTHER FIRST ROUND HEAD-TO-HEADS – To be played Tuesday & Wednesday

In Draw Order –

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN)        First Meeting

Sergey Betov (BLR) vs Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)        First Meeting
 
Martin Klizan (SVK) vs Mikhail Elgin (RUS)   First Meeting

Simone Bolelli (ITA) vs Horacio Zeballos (ARG)  Bolelli Leads 1-0
12 Kitzbuehel (Austria) Clay R32 Simone Bolelli 7-5 7-5

Philipp Petzschner (GER) vs Ricardas Berankis (LTU)      First Meeting

Andrey Kumantsov (RUS) vs Jurgen Zopp (EST)       First Meeting

Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs Roberto Bautista-Agut (ESP)        First Meeting

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) vs Nikolai Fidirko (BLR)      First Meeting
 
Igor Andreev (RUS) vs Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)       First Meeting

Tobias Kamke (GER) vs Fabio Fognini (ITA)   Kamke Leads 1-0
10 Bucharest (Romania) Clay R32 Tobias Kamke 6-3 7-5
Other meeting:
08 Turin CH (Italy) Clay QF Fabio Fognini 6-3 2-6 7-6(5)

Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs Grega Zemlja (SLO)   Zemlja Leads 1-0
11 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R128 Grega Zemlja 6-4 3-6 7-6(8)  6-4
Other meetings:
09 Recanati CH (Italy) Hard R32 Lukas Lacko 6-4 6-3
12 Dubai Q (U.A.E.) Hard -- Lukas Lacko 6-4 6-4

Florent Serra (FRA) vs Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)  Serra Leads 1-0
08 Gstaad (Switzerland) Clay R32 Florent Serra 7-6(2) 7-6(5)

Lukasz Kubot (POL) vs Denis Istomin (UZB)    First Meeting

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