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Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic plays Florian Mayer in the Beijing semi-finals on Saturday.

BEIJING SATURDAY PREVIEW – DJOKOVIC, TSONGA ONE MATCH AWAY FROM FINAL SHOWDOWN

• Can anyone stop Novak Djokovic at the China Open? The World No. 2 has never lost a match at the ATP World Tour 500-level tournament (12-0) and he is trying to win his third title in Beijing. He is joined in the semi-finals by the No. 3 seed and two unseeded players.

• The first semi-final pits No. 3 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez; both players have been put to the test this week, Tsonga scraping by Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in a third set tie-break in the first round and Lopez being pushed to three sets against Americans Ryan Harrison in the first round and Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals. Tsonga has won all four of their previous meetings (winning nine of the 10 sets, losing one tie-break); but the Spanish veteran has 24 career Top 10 wins.

• Tsonga is making his fourth appearance at this event (7-3 record); reached 2nd Rd. in 2004 and 2007, then reached SFs last year (l. to Berdych). He is playing in his sixth ATP World Tour semi-final of the year (2-3). Tsonga is trying to reach his 15th career ATP World Tour final (9-5 record). Lopez is making his third main draw appearance at this event (4-2 record). He fell early in both previous attempts (1st Rd. in 2006 and 2nd Rd. in 2011). The Madrid native is playing in his third ATP World Tour semi-final of the year (0-2) and he’s trying to reach his eighth ATP World Tour final (2-5 mark).

• In the second semi-final, top seed Novak Djokovic brings a 2-0 career record against Germany’s Florian Mayer. In his first ATP World Tour event since the US Open, Djokovic has looked better and better every match, with increasingly better scorelines in his first three rounds - 61 67(3) 62, 61 63 and 61 62 - and he’s feeling the momentum too. “I have stepped it up at least a level in each match that I have played here,” he said after his quarter-final win. “I will try to keep on going.” Mayer will have to raise his level too, as he hasn’t faced a seeded player en route to the semi-finals.

• Djokovic is the ATP World Tour match win leader this year with 63 (only two other players have cracked 60 - Ferrer has 62 match wins and Federer 61 match wins).The Serb is trying to win Beijing a third time. He has won three titles at four other ATP World Tour events (Aust. Open, Dubai, Miami, Canada); he has never won an event four times. He is making his third appearance at this event (12-0 record). He won the title in both previous appearances, in 2009 (d. Cilic) and 2010 (d. Ferrer). Djokovic is playing in his 13th semi-final of the year (8-4 record). He is aiming to reach his 51st ATP World Tour final (31-19). Mayer is making his third appearance at this event (4-3 record); fell early in all three previous attempts (1st Rd. in 2009-10 and 2nd Rd. last year). He is playing in his 1st ATP World Tour semi-final of the year (was 0-3 in QFs before this week). He is eyeing his 6th ATP World Tour final (1-4).

2012 MATCH WINS LEADERS – Djokovic leads the ATP World Tour with 63 match wins this year:
   W-L Titles
1)Novak Djokovic  63-11     3
2) David Ferrer  62-14     5
3) Roger Federer  61-8     6
4) Nicolas Almagro  53-18     2
    Juan Martin del Potro 53-14     2

SATURDAY SEMI-FINALS FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

Stadium

(3) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP) Tsonga Leads 4-0
07 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R32 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 7-6(4)  6-3
09 Marseille (France) Hard QF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2 6-7(1)  6-4
10 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard R64 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(4) 6-3
12 London Olympics (Great Britain) Grass R16 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(5) 6-4

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: 47-17 (28-8 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 (7-3 record) and second straight semi-final (l. to Berdych last year)…He opened with a 46 61 76 win over Denis Istomin on Tuesday and then had a walkover vs. Nikolay Davydenko (toe injury) and beat Mikhail Youzhny 63 62
• Has held serve 23 of 24 games (96%), saving seven of eight break points and winning 81% of first serve points…Has hit 20 aces
• The top Frenchman is playing in his sixth semi-final of the season (2-3 in SF 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)…9-5 in career finals
• One of three French winners on the ATP World Tour this year – Richard Gasquet in Bangkok last 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

Lopez FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(2): Houston (l Isner); Munich (l Kohlschreiber); QF(2): Barcelona (l Ferrer); Gstaad (l Bellucci)
YTD W-L: 23-22 (12-11 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: September 20, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 30

• Lopez, 31, is 4-2 at the Beijing Open and he’s playing in his first semi-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 and 46 64 64 over Sam Querrey, who won one more point (106-105)
• Has been broken seven times during the week (saved 16 of 23 break pts.) while converting nine of 18 break points…Has hit 22 aces
• The Madrid native has a 23-22 match record (12-11 on hard) and making third SF showing this year… Has 1-6 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this season (24-66 in career)
• 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
• Trying to reach his first final since Belgrade in May 2011 (l. to Djokovic) and his last title came in Johannesburg in February 2010 (d. Stephane Robert)…Has a 2-5 career mark in finals
• 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)

LEFT-HANDERS IN TOP 50 – Lopez is the third-highest ranked left-hander on the ATP World Tour:
No. 4 Rafael Nadal
No. 23 Fernando Verdasco
No.  30 Feliciano Lopez
No. 34 Marin Klizan
No. 35 Jarkko Nieminen
No. 37 Jurgen Melzer
No. 40 Thomaz Bellucci
No. 49 Albert Ramos

(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Florian Mayer (GER) Djokovic Leads 2-0
11 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard QF Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-1
12 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass QF Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-1 6-4

Djokovic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(3): Aust Open (d Nadal); ATP Masters 1000 Miami (d Murray); ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (d Gasquet); F(5): ATP Masters 1000 M Carlo (l Nadal);ATP Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal);Roland Garros (l Nadal); ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Federer); US Open (l Murray); SF(4): Dubai (l Murray); ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Isner); Wimbledon (l Federer); London Olympics (l Murray); QF: ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l Tipsarevic)
YTD W-L: 63-11 (38-4 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 and 61 62 over Jurgen Melzer to improve his career record to 12-0 at the Beijing Open (winning 24 of 26 sets)
• Has held serve 28 of 30 games (93%) and won 14 of 28 return games while hitting 23 aces
• 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 63-11 match record (38-4 on hard, most wins in both)…All three titles have been repeat efforts from last year
• Trying to reach his 51st career ATP World Tour level final (31-19 record)
• 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 and has picked up 180 pts. so far
• 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

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

• Mayer, 29 (on Friday), is the No. 3 German (behind No. 19 Kohlschreiber, No. 21 Haas) and he’s appearing in his first semi-final of the season after defeating Fabio Fognini 61 62 and wild cards Marius Copil 36 63 62 and Ze Zhang 63 64 (saved 10 of 11 break points)
• This week has held serve 28 of 31 games (90%), saving 14 of 17 break points, while winning 11 of 29 return games (38%)
• His last semi-final (better) came in September 2011 in Bucharest where he broke through to capture his first career ATP World Tour title (d. Andujar)
• 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 14-8 record
• Has a 9-32 career record vs. Top 10 opponent (1-4 this year) and defeated No. 10 Isner in Miami
• On grass, lost in second round to Federer in Halle and followed with second career Grand Slam 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)

POTENTIAL FINAL HEAD-TO-HEADS

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Novak Djokovic (SRB)  Djokovic Leads 7-5
08 Australian Open (Australia) Hard F Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6(2)
08 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard F Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(4) 6-4
08 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard R16 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 1-6 6-3
08 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard RR Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1-6 7-5 6-1
09 Marseille (France) Hard SF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 7-6(1)
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard QF Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4
10 Australian Open (Australia) Hard QF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(8) 6-7(5) 1-6 6-3 6-1
11 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass SF Novak Djokovic 7-6(4) 6-2 6-7(9) 6-3
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Montreal Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-4 3-0 ret
12 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome Clay QF Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-1
12 Roland Garros (France) Clay QF Novak Djokovic 6-1 5-7 5-7  7-6(6) 6-1
12 London Olympics (Great Britain) Grass QF Novak Djokovic 6-1 7-5

 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Novak Djokovic
 Sets Won: 15 21
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 4 4

 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 0 2
 Hard: 5 3
 Grass: 0 2
 
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Florian Mayer (GER)  Tsonga Leads 2-0
10 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard R16 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 6-3
12 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (USA) Hard R16 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-2

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs Novak Djokovic (SRB)  Djokovic Leads 4-0
07 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R64 Novak Djokovic 6-2 7-5 6-1
07 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-3
11 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 6-3 2-6 6-4
11 Belgrade (Serbia) Clay F Novak Djokovic 7-6(4) 6-2

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs Florian Mayer (GER)   Lopez Leads 3-1
05 Kitzbuhel (Austria) Clay R16 Feliciano Lopez 7-5 6-1
10 Stockholm (Sweden) Hard R32 Florian Mayer 6-2 6-2
11 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard R32 Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-4
11 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai  Hard QF Feliciano Lopez 6-2 6-4
 

TOKYO SATURDAY PREVIEW – MURRAY, RAONIC MEET AGAIN; NISHIKORI, BAGHDATIS EYE FIRST FINAL

• They’re all the No. 1s in their own respective countries, but who will finish first at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships? The field will go from four to two on Saturday with the semi-finals.

• The first semi-final pits top seed and reigning champion Andy Murray of Great Britain against No. 6 seed Milos Raonic of Canada for the third time (tied 1-1). Raonic won the first meeting in April in Barcelona during the clay court circuit but Murray won the last encounter in straight sets at the US Open last month; “When you play a guy with a game like he has, it’s always going to be tricky,” Murray said. “I’ll try to do what I did in New York. I got a lot of returns in play. Once I was in the point, I was able to dictate a lot of them.” Both players cruised through the first two rounds without losing a set but on Friday they were pushed to three sets in the quarter-finals, Murray beating No. 7 Stanislas Wawrinka, 62 36 62, and Raonic getting by No. 3 Janko Tipsarevic, 67(5) 62 76(7) - saving a match point in the third set with a forehand winner;

• Murray is making his third appearance in Tokyo (8-1 record); losing his opening match in 2006 (after 1st Rd. bye, l. to Novak in 2nd Rd.), then winning the title last year (d. Nadal). Murray is playing in his eighth semi-final of the year (6-1 record) and he’s trying to reach his 37th ATP World Tour final (24-12 mark). Raonic is making his third visit in Tokyo (5-2 record); losing in the second round in his first two appearances in 2010-11 (l. to Nadal both times). He is playing in his fifth ATP World Tour semi-final of the year (3-1 record) and looking  to reach his sixth ATP World Tour final (3-2).

• The second semi-final pits unseeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis and No. 8 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan. The winner will reach their first ATP World Tour final of the season. Baghdatis has won all three of their previous meetings in straight sets (on hard courts). Both players took out Top 4 seeds en route to this round, Nishikori beating No. 2 Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals and Baghdatis taking out No. 4 Juan Monaco in the second round. Now there’s some history being made here, as Nishikori is the first Japanese player to reach the semi-finals of the Japan Open (since 1972). Last week in the semi-finals of Kuala Lumpur, Nishikori led Monaco 5-2 in the third set (held one match point) before falling.

• Nishikori is making his fifth appearance at the Japan Open (5-4 record) with his previous best result the third round in 2008 (l. to Gasquet). He lost in the first round in other three previous appearances (2007, 2010-11)  He is playing in his second straight semi-final (last week in Kuala Lumpur) and trying to reach his fourth career ATP World Tour final (1-2 record).  Baghdatis is making his third appearance at this event (6-2 record) and he reached the QFs in 2005 (l. to Ancic) and fell in 1st Rd. last year (l. to Murray)
Baghdatis is playing in his third ATP World Tour semi-final of the year (0-2) and he is trying to reach his 12th career ATP World Tour final (4-7 record). His last final came in Kuala Lumpur on Sept. 26, 2011 (l. to Tipsarevic). His last title came in Sydney in January 2010 (d. Gasquet).

    
SATURDAY SEMI-FINALS FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

Centre Court

(1)Andy Murray (GBR) vs (6) Milos Raonic (CAN) Tied 1-1
12 Barcelona (Spain) Clay QF Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(3)
12 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Andy Murray 6-4 6-4 6-2

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: 50-11 (29-5 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 eighth semi-final with a 50-11 match record on the season (29-5 on hard, 12-2 on grass, 9-4 on clay)…Has a 6-1 record in semi-final matches, winning his last six since SF loss to Djokovic at Aust. Open…Has won 50 matches for fourth time in past five years (except 2010)
• Has a 3-3 record in finals this year and 24-12 in his career…No. 3 in Race points by reaching SFs
• The Scot is making his third appearance in Tokyo (8-1 record); losing his opening match in 2006 (after 1st Rd. bye, l. to Novak in 2nd Rd.), then winning the title last year (d. Nadal)…Has held serve 30 of 31 games (97%) and saved seven of eight break points this week…Leads in second serve pts. won (65%)
• 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

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: 42-16 (30-7 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 fifth semi-final with a 42-16 match record on the season, including a 30-7 mark on hard courts…Has a 5-6 mark vs. Top 10 opponents (d. No. 10 Almagro, No. 9 Tipsarevic twice, No. 4 Murray, No. 7 Berdych)…Has 8-14 career mark vs. Top 10…In Chennai, d. Top 10s Almagro, Tipsarevic back-to-back
• This is the third straight year he’s playing in Tokyo and in his first semi-final after wins over Radek Stepanek 64 64, Viktor Troicki 3-0 ret. (leg injury) and Tipsarevic 67 62 76 (saved match pt.)…Lost in the second round both previous times to Rafael Nadal…Qualified two years ago and ranked No. 200
• Has not been broken so far (27 games held) and leads with 36 aces…Also winning 84% first serve pts
• 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%)

Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs Kei Nishikori (JPN) Baghdatis Leads 3-0
09 Memphis (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Marcos Baghdatis 7-5 6-3
10 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Hard R32 Marcos Baghdatis 6-1 6-1
12 Brisbane (Australia) Hard R16 Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-4

Baghdatis FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(2): Sydney (l Benneteau); Zagreb (l Lacko); QF(2): Brisbane (l Murray); Munich (l Haas)
YTD W-L: 30-21 (21-12 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 semi-finals here for the first time (6-2 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 and 62 64 over Dmitry Tursunov…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)
• Has held serve 32 of 35 games this week (91%) and winning 58% of second serve pts.
• 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 30-21 match record on the season (21-12 on hard) and has won 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)
• He is trying to reach his 12th career ATP World Tour final (4-7 record)…His last final came in Kuala Lumpur on Sept. 26, 2011 (l. to Tipsarevic)…His last title came in Sydney in January 2010 (d. Gasquet)
• 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)

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: 33-17 (19-10 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 (5-4 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 and 75 64 over No. 2 seed Tomas Berdych…He is first Japanese native in semi-finals in tournament history (since 1972)…His previous best result was the third rd. in 2008 (l. to Gasquet)
• Leads tournament in return games won (46%, 17 of 37) and pts. won returning first serve (40%)
• 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 33-17 match record (19-10 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

POTENTIAL FINAL HEAD-TO-HEADS

Andy Murray (GBR) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)  Murray Leads 5-3
06 Wimbledon (England) Grass R16 Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-4 7-6(2)
07 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard R64 Marcos Baghdatis 6-1 6-2
10 Roland Garros (France) Clay R32 Andy Murray 6-2 6-3 0-6 6-2
11 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard R32 Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 6-1
11 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R32 Andy Murray 7-6(4)2-6 6-4
12 Brisbane (Australia) Hard QF Andy Murray 6-2  6-2
12 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R32 Andy Murray 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1
12 London Olympics (Great Britain) Grass R16 Andy Murray 4-6 6-1 6-4

Andy Murray (GBR) vs Kei Nishikori (JPN)   Murray Leads 2-0
11 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard SF Andy Murray 6-3 6-0
12 Australian Open (Australia) Hard QF Andy Murray 6-3 6-3 6-1

Milos Raonic (CAN) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)  Raonic Leads 2-0
11 Stockholm (Sweden) Hard R32 Milos Raonic 7-6(5)   6-7(4) 6-4
12 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati  Hard R32 Milos Raonic 6-7(6)   6-3      6-4

Milos Raonic (CAN) vs Kei Nishikori (JPN)   First Meeting

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