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Tokyo, Beijing Friday Preview

Nishikori© AFP/Getty ImagesKei Nishikori will face Tomas Berdych for a place in the Tokyo semi-finals.

TOKYO FRIDAY PREVIEW – FORMER CHAMPS MURRAY & BERDYCH HIGHLIGHT QUARTER-FINAL LINE-UP
• Six of the eight seeds have survived the early rounds and, alongside two dangerous unseeded players, they will contest the quarter-finals Friday of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships.

• First on Centre Court is No. 3 seed Janko Tipsarevic against No. 6 seed Milos Raonic. The only previous meeting between the two was an absolute nail-biter, with Raonic edging Tipsarevic in a three-hour, 14-minute marathon in the final of Chennai in January, 67(4) 76(4) 76(4) - there were no breaks of serve in 36 service games. Tipsarevic said afterwards, “Guys like Milos are special players. It was a great game of tennis and nobody knew until the end who would win - unluckily for me it was I who lost, but hopefully the next time I will get the better of him.” Tipsarevic enters with a 52-20 match record on the season and he’s the only player with at least 20 wins on hard (26-10) and clay (21-7) courts this year. He is No. 9 in the 2012 Race to London points standings. He’s trying to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London next month. Raonic is No. 14 in the standings.

• Next up is top seed and reigning champion Andy Murray against No. 7 seed Stanislas Wawrinka. Murray is looking strong in his first ATP World Tour event since winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open, not losing a set so far this week. Wawrinka has beaten Murray four times before, but since his last win against the Brit - at the 2010 US Open - the Swiss has gone 0-13 against the combined group of Federer, Djokovic, Nadal and Murray (the ‘Big Four’). Murray has a 7-4 overall head-to-head advantage (5-2 on hard courts), winning five of the past six meetings.

• Next up is Cyprus’ Marcos Baghdatis against Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov - the former a former Top 10 player, the latter a former Top 20 player. Baghdatis pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament so far in the second round, taking out No. 4 seed and new Kuala Lumpur champ Juan Monaco, to reach his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the year. Meanwhile, Tursunov is in his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since Moscow last October. The two are tied 1-1 in their head-to-head, but while Tursunov’s win came way back in 2005, Baghdatis’ win came this year in Sydney.

• Last up is No. 2 seed and ’08 champion Tomas Berdych against No. 8 seed Kei Nishikori. Although Nishikori is the underdog in terms of ranking, he has a lot of things going for him in this match-up - not only does he have six Top 10 wins to his name, including two this year (d. Tsonga and Ferrer), but he has actually beaten Berdych in two of their three previous meetings (2-0 on hard courts). Nishikori is the first Japanese player in the quarter-finals here since Takao Suzuki in 2006. Berdych has an impressive 12-3 mark in Tokyo and he’s in the quarter-finals (or better) for the fourth time.

2012 MATCH WINS LEADERS – Tipsarevic is trying to win his 53rd match of the year,which would tie for No. 4:
                             W-L Titles
1) Novak Djokovic 62-11     3
   David Ferrer  62-14     5
3) Roger Federer 61-8     6
4) Nicolas Almagro 53-18     2
    Juan Martin del Potro 53-14     2
6) Janko Tipsarevic 52-20     1

RACE TO LONDON -- There are four positions remaining for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. Three players in contention – Berdych, Tipsarevic, Raonic (among Top 16) are in action Friday. Murray will go to No. 3 in Race with SF. Here is a look at the 2012 points leaders going into Friday
               Points (Add w/SF)
1 Novak Djokovic-X     10,000 (90-pts)  
2 Roger Federer-X  8,895  
3 Rafael Nadal-X   6,840  
4 Andy Murray-X  6,820 (90-pts) 
5 David Ferrer    4,780  
6 Tomas Berdych  3,720 (75-pts)  
7 Juan Martin del Potro  3,670   
8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  2,905 (90-pts)
9 Janko Tipsarevic  2,720 (90-pts)  
10 Nicolas Almagro   2,415
11 Juan Monaco  2,330
12 Richard Gasquet  2,325
13 John Isner   2,115 
14 Milos Raonic   2,035 (90-pts)
15 Marin Cilic   1,970
16 Gilles Simon    1,760  
17 Stanislas Wawrinka    1,720 (90-pts)
 X-Qualified
     
FRIDAY QUARTER-FINALS FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

Centre Court

(3) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs (6) Milos Raonic (CAN) Raonic Leads 1-0
12 Chennai (India) Hard F Milos Raonic 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 7-6(4)

Tipsarevic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Stuttgart (d Monaco); F(2): Chennai (l Raonic); Gstaad (l Bellucci); SF(4): Marseille (l Llodra); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (l Djokovic); Bangkok (l Simon); QF(4): Dubai (l Djokovic); ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l Murray); Barcelona (l Nadal); US Open (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 52-20 (26-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: June 22, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 9

• Tipsarevic, 28, posted his first match win in Tokyo in fourth visit on Wednesday (d. Simon) and followed with a 64 62 victory over qualifier Marco Chiudinelli (saving all six break points)…Lost in the first round in 2004 (l. to Bogomolov Jr.), ’05 (l. to Baghdatis) and last year (l. to Tursunov)
• He is appearing in his 12th quarter-final of the season and has a 7-4 record in QF matches
• Last week he advanced to his seventh ATP World Tour semi-final of the year in Bangkok (l. to Simon)
• The No. 2 Serb (behind No. 2 Djokovic)  won his third title in Stuttgart (d. Monaco) in July and was runner-up in first week in Chennai (l. to Raonic) and in Gstaad (l. to Bellucci) in July
• Has a 52-20 match record this season, his second straight 50-match wins campaign (54-26 last year)
• He is the only player on the ATP World Tour this season to post at least 20 match wins on hard (26-10)  and clay (21-7) courts…Has 15 more wins on clay than last year (6-4 record)
• Stands No. 9 in 2012 ATP Race to London points standings and last year played in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as an alternate (replaced Murray) and went 1-1 in round robin play

Raonic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(2): Chennai (d Tipsarevic); San Jose (d Istomin); F: Memphis (l Melzer); SF: Barcelona (l Ferrer); QF(4): Halle (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (l Isner); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Wawrinka); Bangkok (l Nieminen)
YTD W-L: 41-16 (29-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: December 27, 1990
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 15
 
• Raonic, 21, the top Canadian and the youngest player in the Top 20 on the ATP World Tour, enters his ninth quarter-final with a 41-16 match record on the season, including a 29-7 mark on hard courts…Has a 4-6 mark vs. Top 10 opponents (d. No. 10 Almagro, No. 9 Tipsarevic, No. 4 Murray, No. 7 Berdych)
• This is the third straight year he’s playing in Tokyo and in his first quarter-final after wins over Radek Stepanek 64 64 and Viktor Troicki 3-0 ret. (leg injury)…Lost in the second round both previous times to Rafael Nadal…Qualified two years ago and ranked No. 200
• His best results this year are a pair of ATP World Tour titles in Chennai (d. Tipsarevic) in first week and San Jose (d. Istomin) on Feb. 19…Also runner-up for second year in a row in Memphis (l. to Melzer) …Reached career-high No. 15 on Sept. 10 after 4th Rd. at US Open (l. to eventual champ Murray)
• Led his country into 2013 Davis Cup World Group by winning a pair of playoff matches vs. South African in Montreal last month
• Made his Olympics debut in London and lost to No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 25-23 in final set in second round (longest set in Olympics) and match lasted 3:57
• He also advanced to the semi-finals in Barcelona on Apr. 28 (d. No. 4 Murray in QFs, l. to No. 6 Ferrer in two tie-breaks)…It was his fourth ATP World Tour semi-final of the season
• This year leads ATP World Tour in service games won (93%), break points saved (74%) and first serve pts. won (83%) while No. 2 in aces (858) behind Isner (917) and No. 8 in second serve pts. won (56%)

(1)Andy Murray (GBR) vs (7) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) Murray Leads 7-4
05 SUI vs. GBR WG PO (Switzerland) Clay RR Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 7-6(5) 6-4
06 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5 3-6 6-4
08 Doha (Qatar) Hard F Andy Murray 6-4 4-6 6-2
08 Marseille (France) Hard R16 Andy Murray 3-6 7-6(5) 6-1
08 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R32 Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2 7-6(5)
08 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (Canada) Hard R16 Andy Murray 6-2 0-6 6-4
08 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Andy Murray 6-1 6-3 6-3
09 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R16 Andy Murray 2-6 6-3 6-3 5-7 6-3
10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Stanislas Wawrinka 6-7(3)7-6(4)6-3 6-3
11 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard R16 Andy Murray 6-4 3-6 6-3
12 London Olympics (Great Britain) Grass R64 Andy Murray 6-3 6-3

 Andy Murray Stanislas Wawrinka
 Sets Won: 18 16
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 2 3

 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 0 2
 Hard: 5 2
 Grass: 2 0
 
Murray FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(3): Brisbane (d Dolgopolov); London Olympics (d Federer); US Open (d Djokovic); F(3): Dubai (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic); Wimbledon (l Federer); SF: Australian Open (l Djokovic); QF(3): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Berdych); Barcelona (l Raonic); Roland Garros (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 49-11 (28-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 3/Career Titles: 24
Date of Birth: May 15, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 3

• Murray, 25, comes into his 11th quarter-final with a 49-11 match record on the season (28-5 on hard, 12-2 on grass, 9-4 on clay)…Has a 7-3 record in quarter-final matches, winning his last three…Trying to win 50 matches for fourth time in past five years (except 2010)
• He is playing in his first tournament since winning his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open (d. Djokovic in five sets) on Sept. 10…He became the first British Grand Slam tournament champion since Fred Perry in ’36 US Chps.
• The British No. 1 also earned the gold medal at the London Olympics where he beat No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals and No. 1 Roger Federer in the final, winning all five sets and never losing serve (saved 13 break points, nine vs. Federer)…He was the first British man to win the singles gold medal since 1908…Also earned silver medal in mixed doubles (w/Robson), losing to Azarenka-Mirnyi 10-8 in Match Tie-break
• Prior to Olympics, became first British man to reach the Wimbledon final since Bunny Austin in 1938, falling to Federer in four sets
• He opened the year with his 22nd career ATP World Tour title in Brisbane (d. Dolgopolov) and in March was runner-up in Dubai (l. to Federer)…On April 1 in Miami , reached the final (l. to Djokovic)…Also semi-finalist at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic)…Has advanced to the semi-finals or better in seven of last eight Grand Slam tournaments (QF at Roland Garros, l. to Ferrer)…Went 22-3 in Grand Slam play
• One of four players (Federer, Djokovic, Nadal) to qualify for Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London

Wawrinka FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(4): Buenos Aires (l Almagro); Acapulco (l Verdasco); Estoril (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Federer); QF(2): Chennai (l Soeda); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 32-16 (13-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: March 28, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 16

• Wawrinka, 27, the Swiss No. 2, is making his second Tokyo quarter-final appearance in as many visits after defeating wild card Hiroki Moriya 75 46 64 and Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 76 67 75…Three years ago lost to Gael Monfils in the quarters
• Has a 32-16 match record on the season (13-5 on hard) and his best results are four semi-finals –
in Buenos Aires (l. to Almagro), Acapulco (l. to Verdasco) and Estoiril (l. to del Potro) on clay and at ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l. to Federer) on hard courts…Has a 2-8 mark vs. Top 10 opponents
• In Grand Slam play, has compiled an 8-4 mark with third round at Australian Open (l. to No. 10 Almagro), fourth round at Roland Garros (l. to No. 5 Tsonga), first round at Wimbledon (l. to Melzer in five sets) and fourth round at US Open (ret. due to illness vs. Djokovic)
• Has a 3-6 career mark in ATP World Tour finals and reached his lone ATP Masters 1000 final in Rome in 2008 (l. to Djokovic)
 
(Q) Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) Tied 1-1
05 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Dmitry Tursunov 6-4 6-3 6-7(7)  6-2
12 Sydney (Australia) Hard R32 Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 6-4

Tursunov FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 3-10 (2-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: December 12, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 117

• Tursunov,  29, qualified into the main draw with a pair of wins over the weekend and opened on Tuesday with a 64 75 victory over Bernard Tomic (never lost serve) and followed with a 75 63 win over Tatsuma Ito…Has an 8-5 career record in Tokyo and two years ago reached QFs (l. to Nadal)…Also 3rd Rd. in 2006-07…He is first qualifier in QF since Ernests Gulbis and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in ‘09
• The Moscow native is playing in his ATP World Tour quarter-final since last October in his hometown tournament (l. to Tipsarevic) and trying to reach first semi-final since June last year when he won title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (d. Dodig)
• Has a 3-10 match record on the ATP World Tour this season and his previous win came over Go Soeda at Roland Garros in May (l. to Benneteau)
• After opening round loss at Australian Open (l. to Tipsarevic), missed three months of season with a left wrist injury
• In June, reached final at Nottingham Challenger (l. to Becker in three sets) and then lost in five straight first round tour level tournaments
• Played in his second Olympics (’08) and lost in first round to Feliciano Lopez 9-7 in third set
• Last month won back-to-back titles at Istanbul (d. Mannarino) and Ismir (d. Marchenko) Challengers in Turkey and jumped from No. 147 to No. 100 in two weeks...Has a 15-4 record in Challengers this year

Baghdatis FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(2): Sydney (l Benneteau); Zagreb (l Lacko); QF(2): Brisbane (l Murray); Munich (l Haas)
YTD W-L: 29-21 (20-12 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: June 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 46

• Baghdatis, 27, is playing in the quarter-finals here for the second time (5-2 record)…In his debut in 2005, defeated No. 10 Mariano Puerta en route and lost to Mario Ancic…Last year lost to eventual champion Andy Murray in first round in three sets…Opened with 76 75 win over qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky and followed with 75 16 63 victory over No. 10-ranked Juan Monaco…It was his first Top 10 win of season (1-6) and broke a 10-match losing streak since defeating No. 5 Murray in first round of Rotterdam in February 2011 (18-35 in career)
• Prior to this week,highest ranked win was over No. 11 del Potro in Sydney QF (four Top 20 wins in ’12)
• Comes in with a 29-21 match record on the season (20-12 on hard) and trying to win 30 matches for fourth time in his career – 48 in 2007, 43 in 2010, 37 in 2006
• The Cypriot is trying to finish in the Top 50 for sixth time in seven years (except ’08) and his best results are a pair of early season semi-finals in Sydney (l. to Benneteau) and Zagreb (l. to Lacko)…Also a quarter-finalist in Brisbane (l. to Murray) and Munich (l. to Haas)
• In Grand Slam play, best result was 3rd Rd. at Wimbledon (l. to Murray)…Lost in 2nd Rd. in other three
• Married former WTA Tour pro Karolina Sprem (on July 14)
(8) Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs (2) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Nishikori Leads 2-1
09 Brisbane (Australia) Hard R16 Kei Nishikori 7-6(7) 6-3
11 Basel (Switzerland) Hard R32 Kei Nishikori 3-6 6-3 6-2
12 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay R16 Tomas Berdych 2-6 6-2 6-4

Nishikori FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Kuala Lumpur (l Monaco); QF(6): Australian Open (l Murray); Buenos Aires (l Wawrinka); Barcelona (l Verdasco); Newport (l Ram); Atlanta (l Soeda); London Olympics (l Del Potro)
YTD W-L: 32-17 (18-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: December 29, 1989
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 17

• Nishikori, 22, is making his fifth appearance in his home country tournament (4-4 record) and opened on Tuesday with a 46 62 63 win over countryman Go Soeda and followed with 57 61 60 victory over Tommy Robredo…He is first Japanese native in quarter-finals since Takao Suzuki in 2006 (l. to Federer in third set TB)…His previous best result was the third round in 2008 (l. to Gasquet)…
• Last weekend he reached his first semi-final of the season in Kuala Lumpur, losing to eventual champion Juan Monaco in three sets after holding match point…Prior to last week, his best results were six quarter-final showings – two on hard courts (Australian Open, Atlanta) two on clay (Buenos Aires, Barcelona) and two on grass (Newport, London Olympics)
• The top Asian player on the ATP World Tour comes in ranked No. 17 with a 32-17 match record (18-10 on hard) and reached a career-high No. 16 on March 19…Finished last season as highest-ranked Japanese player ever at No. 25
• Has a 1-2 career mark in ATP World Tour finals, winning his lone title in Delray Beach in February 2008 (d. Blake)…Also runner-up in Houston (l. to Sweeting) and Basel (l. to Federer) last season

Berdych FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Montpellier (d Monfils); F(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); Winston-Salem (l Isner); SF(3): Rotterdam (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); US Open (l Murray); QF(4): Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray); ATP Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Halle (l Haas)
YTD W-L: 50-17 (30-9 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 6

• Berdych, 27, the top Czech Republic native, enters with a 12-3 career mark in Tokyo and he’s appearing in the quarter-finals for the fourth time…Won the title in 2008 (d. del Potro), a semi-finalist in ’07 and quarter-finalist in ’09…This week has defeated Benoit Paire 61 76 and Alejandro Falla 63 75
• Has posted 50 match wins (50-17 record) for the second consecutive year (won 53 last season) and playing in his 11th quarter-final of the season
• He is on pace to finish in Top 10 for third straight year and in February, captured his seventh career ATP World Tour title in Montpellier (d. Monfils)…Also reached finals at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Federer) in May and Winston-Salem in August (l. to Isner after holding three match pts.)
• He and Radek Stepanek led their country into the Davis Cup final (vs. Spain in Prague) next month
Compiled a 5-0 mark in singles en route to final
• In Grand Slam play, best results were semi-finals at US Open (d. No. 1 Federer in QF, l. to Murray in four sets) and quarter-finals at Australian Open (l. to Nadal)


BEIJING FRIDAY PREVIEW – DJOKOVIC, TSONGA, ZHANG HIGHLIGHT QUARTER-FINAL SCHEDULE
• All four quarter-finals take place at the China Open on Friday, highlighted by a home country hero trying to keep his run going and a former No. 1 who hopes to stay unbeaten on these courts.

• First up on National Tennis Stadium is the quarter-final that’s sure to have the biggest fan fare at the end of the day, Germany’s Florian Mayer, who celebrates his 29th birthday today against Chinese wild card Ze Zhang, who has thrilled his home crowd so far this week, not only becoming the first Chinese player to reach an ATP World Tour quarter-final since Bing Pan reached the semi-finals of Seoul in 1995, but also, with his second round upset of World No. 14 Richard Gasquet, the first Chinese player ever to beat a Top 20 player. Now he has a quarter-final meeting with former Top 20 player Mayer, who doesn’t seem to feel too comfortable in this round as of late - in the last 12 months he is 0-5 in ATP World Tour quarter-finals (losing all of those matches in straight sets). His last semi-final (better) came in September 2011 when he captured his first ATP World Tour title in Bucharest (d. Andujar).

• At night, top seed and 2009-10 Beijing champion Novak Djokovic faces Austria’s Jurgen Melzer. In his first match since his loss to Andy Murray in the final of the US Open, Djokovic was pushed to three sets by German qualifier Michael Berrer, but then he found his bearings in a routine second round victory over Carlos Berlocq. Things get much trickier now for the World No. 2, however, as not only is Melzer a former Top 10 player - he has been as high as No. 8 - but he also won the pair’s last meeting, a five-setter in the 2010 Roland Garros quarter-finals (Melzer actually holds the distinction of being the only player ever to come back from two-sets-to-love down to beat Djokovic at a Grand Slam). Djokovic does lead the overall head-to-head, 2-1, and is 11-0 lifetime at the Beijing Open.

• The other two quarter-finals are on Lotus Court, with No. 3 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga taking on Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, who is 3-2 against the Frenchman (Youzhny has been as high as No. 8) and American Sam Querrey facing Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, who has won two of the previous three meetings (both are former Top 20 players).

RACE TO LONDON -- There are four positions remaining for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. Djokovic has already secured a spot and Tsonga is trying to qualify for the second year in a row. Here is a look at the updated 2012 points leaders going into Friday:

               Points (Add w/SF)
1 Novak Djokovic-X     10,000 (90-pts)  
2 Roger Federer-X  8,895  
3 Rafael Nadal-X   6,840  
4 Andy Murray-X  6,820 (90-pts) 
5 David Ferrer    4,780  
6 Tomas Berdych  3,720 (75-pts)  
7 Juan Martin del Potro  3,670   
8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  2,905 (90-pts)
9 Janko Tipsarevic  2,720 (90-pts)  
10 Nicolas Almagro   2,415
11 Juan Monaco  2,330
12 Richard Gasquet  2,325
13 John Isner   2,115 
14 Milos Raonic   2,035 (90-pts)
15 Marin Cilic   1,970
16 Gilles Simon    1,760  
17 Stanislas Wawrinka    1,720 (90-pts)
 X-Qualified   
   
2012 MATCH WINS LEADERS – Djokovic is trying to win his ATP World Tour-best 63rd match of the year:
   W-L Titles
1) Novak Djokovic 62-11     3
   David Ferrer  62-14     5
3) Roger Federer 61-8     6
4) Nicolas Almagro 53-18     2
    Juan Martin del Potro 53-14     2
6) Janko Tipsarevic 52-20     1
   
   
FRIDAY QUARTER-FINALS FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play by Court

Stadium

Florian Mayer (GER) vs (WC)Ze Zhang (CHN)     First Meeting

Mayer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF(3): Wimbledon (l Djokovic); Hamburg (l Haas); Metz (l Seppi)
YTD W-L: 21-22 (7-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: October 5, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 29

• Mayer, 29 (today), is the No. 3 German (behind No. 19 Kohlschreiber, No. 21 Haas) and he’s appearing in his fourth quarter-final of the season after defeating Fabio Fognini 61 62 and wild card Marius Copil 36 63 62
• His last semi-final (better) came last September in Bucharest where he broke through to capture his first career ATP World Tour title
• After a slow start (8-14 through May), turned things around with title at Prostejov Challenger in Czech Republic (d. Hajek) in second week of Roland Garros…Since June has 13-8 record
• On grass, lost in second round to Federer in Halle and followed with second career quarter-final at Wimbledon (2004) as he won back-to-back five-setters in second (d. Petzschner) and third (d. Janowicz) rounds, then No. 19 Gasquet in fourth round before falling to Djokovic in straight sets
• Returned to clay in Hamburg and reached quarter-finals, losing to countryman Haas
• Last month in Davis Cup playoff tie vs. Australia, defeated Hewitt and Tomic to lead his country to 3-2 victory and advancement into 2013 World Group draw
• In last tournament two weeks ago, advanced to quarter-finals in Metz (l. to Seppi)

Zhang FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 3-4 (2-2 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: July 4, 1990
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 165 (Career-high)

• Zhang, 22, is playing in the main draw here for the second straight year and opened with a 64 61 first round win over countryman Di Wu and followed with a career-best 64 36 64 victory over No. 14-ranked Richard Gasquet…Last year lost to No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round
• The top Chinese player on the ATP World Tour is ranked a career-high No. 165 this week and will move to around No. 150 and to around No. 130 if he reaches the semi-finals…In his previous ATP main draw tournament this year, he qualified in Halle (d. Kamke, l. to Raonic)
• The last Chinese player to reach the quarter-finals/semi-finals in an ATP World Tour tournament was Bing Pan in April 1995 in Seoul…He lost to Lars Rehmann in the semi-finals
• Has compiled his best results in Futures (2-3 in finals) and Challenger tournaments (16-12 record)
• Won titles at China Futures #5 in April and Netherlands #3 in July…Runner-up at China #2, Australia #1 and China #6 Futures

TOP 5 CHINESE PLAYERS – Here is a look at the Top 5 ranked Chinese players on the ATP World Tour:
                             Ranking
1) Ze Zhang         No. 165
2) Di Wu               No. 176
3) Yu Chang         No. 374
4) Zhe Li               No. 390
5) Mao-Xin Gong  No. 426

(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT) Djokovic Leads 2-1
06 Metz (France) Hard F Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-2
09 Halle (Germany) Grass QF Novak Djokovic 6-1 6-4
10 Roland Garros (France) Clay QF Jurgen Melzer 3-6 2-6 6-2  7-6(3) 6-4

Djokovic FastFacts:
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(5): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Roland Garros (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Federer); US Open (l Murray); 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: 62-11 (37-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 3/Career Titles: 31
Date of Birth: May 22, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 2

• Djokovic, 25, opened with a three-set win over German qualifier Michael Berrer on Tuesday and followed with a 61 63 victory over Carlos Berlocq to improve his career record to 11-0 at the Beijing Open (winning 22 of 24 sets)
• He is playing in his first tournament since reaching the US Open final on Sept. 10 (l. to Murray in five sets)…Has a 3-5 record in finals this season and 62-11 match record (37-4 on hard, most wins)…All three titles have been repeat efforts from last year
• Although No. 2 in South African Airways ATP Rankings (behind Federer), stands No. 1 in 2012 ATP Race to London standings, came in 990 points ahead of Federer
• His repeat performances from last year came at the Australian Open (d. Nadal) on Jan. 29, ATP Masters 1000 Miami (d. Murray) on April 1 and ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (d. Gasquet) on Aug. 12 …Has most wins this season in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 play (29-5) and Grand Slam tournaments (24- 3)
• Prior to Toronto, lost the bronze medal match 75 64 loss to Argentine Juan Martin del Potro…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 Murray in Dubai SFs 
• Played well on clay with a 16-4 mark, reaching finals at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo, Rome and first at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal in each)…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

Melzer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Memphis (d Raonic); QF: Zagreb (l Berrer)
YTD W-L: 17-20 (13-11 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: May 22, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 37

• Melzer, 31, is appearing in the Beijing Open for the second time…Two years ago lost in the first round to No. 10 Tomas Berdych…Opened on Tuesday with a 61 46 76 win over Spaniard Pablo Andujar and followed with a 76 26 61 win over No. 6 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov
• The top Austrian comes in with a 17-20 match record on the season and in February he captured his fourth career ATP World Tour title in Memphis (d. No. 13 Isner in QF, Raonic in F)…Also advanced to the quarter-finals in Zagreb (l. to Berrer) as a qualifier
• Has a 12-50 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents (0-2 this year) and his last win came over No. 3 Federer in the quarter-finals at Monte-Carlo in April 2011
• In Grand Slam play, three of his four losses came in five sets and won only match at Wimbledon (d. Wawrinka 8-6 in fifth, l. to Lacko in five)
• Helped his country to Davis Cup quarter-finals with pair of wins in first round tie vs. Russia (l. to Spain)

Lotus Court

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs (3) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) Youzhny Leads 3-2
08 Australian Open (Australia) Hard QF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 6-0 7-6(6)
09 Tokyo (Japan) Hard F Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-3
09 Valencia (Spain) Hard R32 Mikhail Youzhny 6-7(3) 6-0 3-0 ret
10 Roland Garros (France) Clay R16 Mikhail Youzhny 6-2 ret
11 Marseille (France) Hard QF Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 2-6 6-4

Youzhny FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Zagreb (d Lacko); SF(2): Halle (l Federer); St. Petersburg (l Klizan); QF(4): Doha (l Nadal); Dubai (l Federer); Munich (l Cilic); Wimbledon (l Federer)
YTD W-L: 29-16 (16-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: June 25, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 28

• Youzhny, 30, is 10-4 lifetime at the Beijing Open and he reached the final in his debut in 2004 (l. to Safin)…Also a quarter-finalist in 2005 and last year (l. to Ljubicic)…Opened with 64 46 62 win over No. 7 seed Tommy Haas and followed with a 63 63 win over South African Kevin Anderson
• Has a 29-16 match record this season (16-7 on hard) and is 2-7 vs. Top 10 opponents (27-64 career), defeating No. 8 Mardy Fish in 2nd Rd. in Dubai and No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic in 3rd Rd. at Wimbledon
• The top Russian captured his eighth career ATP World Tour title in Zagreb (d. Lacko) in February and a semi-finalist in Halle (l. to Federer) and St. Petersburg (l. to eventual champ Klizan) two weeks ago
• His best Grand Slam result is the quarter-finals at Wimbledon (l. to Federer) in his first tournament as a
30-year-old

Tsonga FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(2): Doha (d Monfils); Metz (d Seppi); SF(3): Marseille (l Del Potro); Wimbledon (l Murray); Winston-Salem (l Isner); QF(6): Dubai (l Del Potro); ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l Nadal); ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Simon); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Djokovic); Roland Garros (l Djokovic); London Olympics (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 46-17 (27-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 9
Date of Birth: April 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7

• Tsonga, 27, is making his fourth appearance at the Beijing Open (6-3 record), reaching the semi-finals last year (l. to Berdych) and falling in the second round in 2004 and ’07…He opened with a 46 61 76 win over Denis Istomin on Tuesday and then had a walkover vs. Nikolay Davydenko (toe injury)
• The top Frenchman is playing in his 12th quarter-final of the season (5-6 in QF matches)
• In his last tournament on Sept. 23, repeated title in Metz (d. Seppi) for ninth career ATP World Tour crown …In the opening week of the season, captured title in Doha (d. Monfils)
• One of three French winners on the ATP World Tour this year – Richard Gasquet in Bangkok on Sunday and Gilles Simon in Bucharest in April
• Put together a 13-4 record in Grand Slam play with repeat semi-final at Wimbledon (l. to Murray) and quarter-finals at Roland Garros…Also quarter-finalist at London Olympics (l. to Djokovic in both)
• Trying to qualify for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the third time…Last year lost in the final to Federer

Sam Querrey (USA) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)  Lopez Leads 2-1
08 ESP vs. USA WG SF (Spain) Clay RR Feliciano Lopez 7-6(3) 7-6(4)
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard R64 Feliciano Lopez 6-7(5) 7-5 6-2
12 Winston-Salem (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Sam Querrey 6-3 6-4

Querrey FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Los Angeles (d Berankis); SF(3): London / Queen's Club (l Cilic); Washington (l Dolgopolov); Winston-Salem (l Berdych); QF: Memphis (l Stepanek)
YTD W-L: 31-21 (22-12 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: October 7, 1987
South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 26

• Querrey, 24 (turns 25 in two days), is 3-2 in Beijing and appearing in his first quarter-final  after beating No. 8 seed Fernando Verdasco 57 63 64 and Andreas Seppi 61 64 (both Top 25 opponents)
• On July 29, captured his seventh career ATP World Tour title in Los Angeles (d. Berankis), his third tournament crown (2009-10)
• Has compiled a 31-21 match record (22-12 on hard) and also a semi-finalist at Queen’s Club in London (l. to Cilic) in June, Washington (l. to Dolgopolov) and Winston-Salem (l. to Berdych) in August
• His best Grand Slam result is the third round at Wimbledon (d. Raonic, l. to Cilic 17-15 in fifth set in 5:31, second-longest match at All England Club, only behind 11:05-Isner d. Mahut in 2010) and US Open (l. to Berdych in four sets)
• At this time last year was playing in the Sacramento Challenger and ranked No. 120…Underwent right elbow surgery in June 2011 and came back to finish in Top 100 at No. 93
• Played one Challenger tournament in Sarasota in April (on clay) and won title (d. Lorenzi in final)
• Ranked a season-low No. 106 on April 2

Lopez FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(2): Houston (l Isner); Munich (l Kohlschreiber); QF(2): Barcelona (l Ferrer); Gstaad (l Bellucci)
YTD W-L: 22-22 (11-11 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: September 20, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 30

• Lopez, 31, is 3-2 at the Beijing Open and he’s also playing in his first quarter-final in Beijing…He opened with a 76 57 62 win over American Ryan Harrison on Tuesday and followed with a 63 76 victory over Hen-Ysun Lu of Chinese Taipei
• The Madrid native has a 22-22 match record on the season (11-11 on hard) and he’s making his fifth  ATP World Tour quarter-final showing this year
• His best results have come on clay, reaching the semi-finals in Houston (l. to Isner) in April and Munich (l. to Kohlschreiber) in May…Also a quarter-finalist in Barcelona in April and Gstaad in July
• He reached the third round at the London Olympics (d. Tursunov, No. 10 Monaco, l. to No. 6 Tsonga)…Lost in bronze medal doubles match (w/Ferrer) to Benneteau-Gasquet
• His best Grand Slam result was fourth round at the Australian Open (d. Isner, l. to No. 2 Nadal)

SPANIARDS IN TOP 30 – Lopez is one of an ATP World Tour-high six Spaniards in the Top 30 :
No. 4 Rafael Nadal
No. 5 David Ferrer
No. 12 Nicolas Almagro
No. 23 Fernando Verdasco
No. 24 Marcel Granollers
No.  30 Feliciano Lopez

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