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Beijing, Tokyo Sunday Final Preview

• Novak Djokovic is one win away from capturing a third China Open title, and standing in his way is the always-dangerous and talented Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

•  After going to three sets in his first match, top seed and World No. 2 Novak Djokovic has gone from strength to strength this week, winning his last three rounds in straight sets and coming into the final with some impressive numbers, not only passing David Ferrer to become the ATP World Tour’s match win leader for the year (Djokovic now has 64 wins, Ferrer 62) but also maintaining his perfect record at the China Open (he is now 13-0 at the ATP World Tour 500-level event).

• Djokovic is trying to win Beijing a third time - he has three-peated at four other ATP World Tour events before (Australian Open, Dubai, Miami, Canada); he has never won an event four times. Djokovic is making his third appearance at this event (13-0). He won the title in both previous appearances, in 2009 (d. Cilic) and 2010 (d. Ferrer). He’s only dropped two sets in his 13 match wins here. The Serb is in his 51st ATP World Tour level final (31-19 record). Djokovic is 16-10 vs. Top 10 opponents in 2012.

• Like Djokovic, No. 3 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was pushed to three sets in his first round match but hasn’t lost a set since then, and not only is he now in his 15th career ATP World Tour final, he is also solidifying his spot at No. 8 in the Race to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. Tsonga is making his fourth appearance at this event (8-3 record). He was a semi-finalist last year (l. to Berdych).
Tsonga is in his 15th ATP World Tour final (9-5 record) and this 500-level title would be his equal-second biggest title, after the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris in 2008 and tied with Tokyo in 2009. He is   4-13 against Top 2 players (2-5 against World No. 1s (one win over Roger Federer and one win over Rafael Nadal) and 2-9 against World No. 2s (two wins over Nadal). But while Tsonga has had those big wins in the past, he’s struggled this year, going 1-8 against Top 10 players, the win coming against No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro in Rome (and Tsonga is actually 0-5 against Top 8 players this year).

• Tsonga has special memories from this tournament, as it was the first ATP World Tour event he ever played, back in 2004 (in his first ever ATP World Tour-level match, he played his first Top 10 player, then-No. 6 Carlos Moya in the first round - and he won that, making it his first Top 10 win); Tsonga said of that week, “For me it was something new to play on the ATP tour. That moment will stay in my memories forever. It was also the first time I played against a Top 10 player, and the first time I won against a Top 10 player. I remember that moment like it was yesterday.”

• Djokovic leads Tsonga in their head-to-head, 7-5, but while Tsonga won five of their first seven meetings (5-3 on hard courts), Djokovic has won their last five meetings (including all three this year - though he did come close to losing at the Roland Garros, having saved four match points).

Winner  $530,570 and 500 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Runner-up $239,200 and 300 South African Airways ATP Ranking points

Djokovic: Appearing in his 51st ATP World Tour level final…………31-19 in finals (3-5 in 2012)
Tsonga Appearing in his 15th ATP World Tour level final………….9-5 in finals (2-0 in 2012)

(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB #2)
1st Rd: d. (Q) Michael Berrer (GER #123) 61 67(3) 62 (1:58)
2nd Rd: d. Carlos Berlocq (ARG #50)  61 63 (1:14)
QF: d. Jurgen Melzer (AUT #37)  61 62 (0:53)
SF: d. Florian Mayer (GER #29)  61 64 (1:00)

(3) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA #7)
1st Rd: d. Denis Istomin (UZB #45)  46 61 76(3) (1:56)
2nd Rd: d. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS #43) walkover
QF: d. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS #28)  63 62 (1:09)
SF: d. Feliciano Lopez (ESP #30)  61 41 ret. (0:42)
-- There are four positions remaining for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. The winner of Djokovic-Tsonga will add 200 points to their total. Raonic will move to No. 10 if he wins the Tokyo title. Here is a look at the 2012 points leaders going into Sunday’s final:
        Pts (Add w/Title)
1 Novak Djokovic-Q   10,210 (200-pts) 9 Janko Tipsarevic 2,720
2 Roger Federer-Q 8,920 10 Nicolas Almagro  2,415
3 Andy Murray-Q 6,910  11 Juan Monaco 2,330
4 Rafael Nadal-Q 6,840  12 Richard Gasquet 2,325
5 David Ferrer  4,780 13 John Isner  2,250
6 Juan Martin del Potro 3,820  14 Milos Raonic  2,245 (200-pts)
7 Tomas Berdych 3,720  15 Marin Cilic  1,970
8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3,115 (200-pts) 16 Gilles Simon  1,760 


2012 TITLE LEADERS – Djokovic is trying to become the fifth player on the ATP World Tour to win four titles this season and Tsonga the seventh or eighth player to win three titles. Raonic is in the Tokyo final. Here are the 2012 title leaders:
Roger Federer  6
David Ferrer  5
Juan Monaco  4
Rafael Nadal  4 
Novak Djokovic 3
Andy Murray  3
Raonic/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2    (five others)


(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs (3) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 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

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: 64-11 (39-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 3/Career Titles: 31
Date of Birth: May 22, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 2

• Djokovic, 25, is playing in his ninth final of the season and fifth in a row on hard courts…Has lost his last two finals, at US Open on Sept. 10 (l. to Murray in five sets) and in Cincinnati on Aug. 19 (l. to Federer)…Has a 3-5 record in finals this season and 64-11 match record (39-4 on hard, most wins in both)…All three titles are repeat efforts from last year… Has a 31-19 career record in finals
• Opened with a three-set win over German qualifier Michael Berrer on Tuesday and followed with a 61 63 victory over Carlos Berlocq, 61 62 over Jurgen Melzer and Florian Mayer 61 64 in the semi-finals to improve his career record to 13-0 at the Beijing Open (winning 26 of 28 sets)
• Has held serve 37 of 39 games (95%), saving six of eight break points and won 17 of 36 return games (47%) while hitting 30 aces, second behind Marius Copil (34)…Lost only set in first round vs. Berrer
• 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 300 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 events (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

HARD COURT FINALS STREAK – Djokovic has won the most hard court matches (39) on the ATP World Tour this season and he’s reached the final in his past five hard court tournaments going back to Miami on April 1:
- Miami    defeated Andy Murray
- Toronto  defeated Richard Gasquet
- Cincinnati lost to Roger Federer
- US Open lost to Andy Murray
-Beijing vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

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: 48-17 (29-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 9
Date of Birth: April 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7

• Tsonga, 27, the top Frenchman in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, is playing in his third ATP World Tour final of the season (2-0) and 15th in his career (9-5 record)
• In his last tournament on Sept. 23, repeated title in Metz (d. Seppi) for ninth career ATP World Tour crown …In opening week of the season, captured title in Doha (d. Monfils)…In 2009 won three titles
• He is making his fourth appearance at the Beijing Open (8-3 record) and first final…Last year lost to Berdych in semi-finals…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 and Feliciano Lopez, who retired with a wrist injury trailing 61 4-1
• Has held serve 29 of 30 games (97%), saving seven of eight break points and winning 81% of first serve points and 64% of second serve points…Has hit 27 aces
• 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

DOUBLES FINAL - (1) Bryan/Bryan (USA/USA) vs. Berlocq/Istomin (ARG/UZB)
• Top seeds and World No. 1 Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan didn’t lose a set in their first two matches and received a walkover from Cilic/Matosevic in the semi-finals.
• The alternate team of Carlos Berlocq and Denis Istomin lost a set in their first round win over No. 2 seeds Mirnyi/Nestor but won their next two matches in straight sets.
• The Byrans are trying to win their third Beijing Open title in four years (2009-10) and they come in with a 13-1 career mark. Their only loss came in the semi-finals last year to Llodra-Zimonjic.
• The Bryans have a 6-3 finals record this year with a gold medal at the London Olympics and their record-tying 12th Grand Slam crown at the US Open (d. Paes-Stepanek) among their titles.
* Berlocq and Istomin are playing their first ATP World Tour final together.
• Doubles final W-L: B.Bryan (81-44), M.Bryan (83-45), Berlocq (1-3), Istomin (0-0).

•  In what could be the beginning of a long rivalry, the two youngest stars in the Top 20 on the ATP World Tour, 21-year-old Milos Raonic and 22-year-old Kei Nishikori - meet for the first time in the final of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships on Sunday. It is the youngest final in 58 tournaments on the ATP World Tour this year. It will be a showdown between the tournament’s top server and returner.
Raonic leads with 49 aces (broken once in 43 games), while Nishikori has won 21 of 45 return games.

• After straight set wins in his first two rounds, No. 6 seed Milos Raonic of Canada has survived a pair of dramatic three-setters in his last two rounds, saving a match point to beat No. 3 seed Janko Tipsarevic in the quarter-finals, 67(5) 62 76(7), then rallying from 4-1 down in the third set and saving two match points to beat top seed and defending champion Andy Murray in the semi-finals, 63 67(5) 76(4); his win over the No. 3-ranked Murray was the best win of his career (his previous-best win also came over Murray earlier this year in Barcelona, when he was No. 4).

• Raonic is making his third appearance at this event (6-2 record); reached 2nd Rd. in first two appearances in 2010-11 (l. to Nadal both times). Raonic is in his fourth ATP World Tour final of the season (2-1) and sixth of his career (3-2). He is 3-0 in 250-level finals and 0-2 in 500-level finals (so he is looking for his biggest title). If the Canadian wins, he will move from No. 14 to 10 in the 2012 ATP Race points standings. The top eight players qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.

• No. 8 seed Kei Nishikori has had the opposite path to Raonic, going to three sets in his first two rounds (rallying from a set down to beat countryman Go Soeda, 46 62 63, then doing it again to beat former World No. 5 Tommy Robredo, 57 61 60). In his last two rounds he won in straight sets (over No. 2 seed Tomas Berdych and Marcos Baghdatis). He was already the first player from Japan to reach the semi-finals here, and now he is the first Japanese player in the final. Nishikori is making his fifth appearance at this event (6-4 record); best previous result was 3rd Rd. in 2008 (l. to Gasquet). Nishikori is in his fourth career ATP World Tour final (1-2), his first since last November in Basel (l. to Federer). His lone title came in Delray Beach in February 2008 (d. Blake).

Winner   $308,130 and 500 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Runner-up  $138,920 and 300 South African Airways ATP Ranking points

Raonic  Appearing in his 6th career ATP World Tour final…..has a 3-2 record…….2-1 in finals this year
Nishikori Appearing in his 4th career ATP World Tour final…..has a 1-2 record.……0-0 in finals this year

(6) Milos Raonic (CAN #15)
1st Rd: d. Radek Stepanek (CZE #38)   64 64   (1:23)
2nd Rd: d. Viktor Troicki (SRB #32)    30 ret.-leg  (0:07)
QF: d. (3) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB #9)  67(5) 62 76(7)  (2:43, saved 1 mp)
SF: d. (1) Andy Murray (GBR #3)    63 67(5) 76(4)  (2:46, saved 2 mp)
(8) Kei Nishikori (JPN #17)
1st Rd: d. Go Soeda (JPN #55)    46 62 63 (2:29)
2nd Rd: d. Tommy Robredo (ESP #125)  57 61 60 (1:55)
QF: d. (2) Tomas Berdych (CZE #6)   75 64 (1:58)
SF: d. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP #46)   62 62 (1:01)

RACE TO LONDON -- There are four positions remaining for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. With his SF Murray moves to No. 3 in the Race. Raonic will jump to No. 10 if he wins the title. Here is a look at the 2012 points leaders going into Sunday’s final:
         Points (Add w/F)
1 Novak Djokovic-Q   10,210 (200-pts) 9 Janko Tipsarevic  2,720
2 Roger Federer-Q  8,920  10 Nicolas Almagro   2,415
3 Andy Murray-Q  6,910   11 Juan Monaco  2,330
4 Rafael Nadal-Q  6,840   12 Richard Gasquet  2,325
5 David Ferrer    4,780  13 John Isner   2,250
6 Juan Martin del Potro  3,820   14 Milos Raonic   2,245 (200-pts)
7 Tomas Berdych  3,720   15 Marin Cilic   1,970
8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  3,115 (200-pts) 16 Gilles Simon   1,760   


Centre Court

(6) Milos Raonic (CAN) vs (8) Kei Nishikori (JPN) First Meeting

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: 43-16 (31-7 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 fourth final with a 43-16 match record on the season, including a 31-7 mark on hard courts…Has a 6-6 record vs. Top 10 opponents (d. No. 10 Almagro, No. 9 Tipsarevic twice, No. 3 & 4 Murray twice, No. 7 Berdych)…In Chennai, d. Top 10s Almagro, Tipsarevic back-to-back in last two rounds
• This is the third straight year he’s playing in Tokyo (6-2 record) and in his first final after wins over Radek Stepanek 64 64, Viktor Troicki 3-0 ret. (leg injury), Tipsarevic 67 62 76 (saved match pt.) and Murray 63 67 76 (saved two match pts.)…Lost in the second round both previous times to Nadal…Qualified two years ago and ranked No. 200
• Leads with 49 aces and has been broken once so far (42 of 43 games held, 98%), saving six of seven break points…Also winning 83% first serve pts…Has won nine of 45 return games (20%)
• 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%) and came in No. 2 in aces (858) behind Isner (917) and No. 8 in second serve pts. won (56%) …Has surpassed 900 aces for first time with 49 this week (907 total)

2012 TITLE LEADERS – Raonic is trying to become the seventh or eighth player on the ATP World Tour to win three titles this year. Two-time winner Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is in the Beijing final. Here are the 2012 title leaders:
Roger Federer  6 
David Ferrer  5 
Juan Monaco  4
Rafael Nadal  4   
Novak Djokovic  3
Andy Murray  3
Milos Raonic/Tsonga 2  (five others)

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: 34-17 (20-10 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 (6-4 record) and first two wins came in three sets, defeating countryman Go Soeda 46 62 63 and former No. 5 Tommy Robredo 57 61 60 before straight set wins over No. 2 seed Tomas Berdych 75 64 and Marcos Baghdatis 62 62… He is the first Japanese native in the final in tournament history (since 1972)…His previous best result was the third rd. in 2008 (l. to Gasquet)
• Leads tournament in return games won (47%, 21 of 45) and pts. won returning first serve (39%)…Has been broken eight times (37 of 45 games held, 82%), saving 10 of 18 break points
• 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 34-17 match record (20-10 on hard) and reached a career-high No. 16 on March 19…Will move to No. 15 on Monday…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

DOUBLES FINAL - (1) Paes/Stepanek (IND/CZE) vs. (4) Peya/Soares (AUT/BRA)
Top seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek have lost just one set en route to the final    (beating defending champs Andy and Jamie Murray in the quarter-finals, 64 36 102).
•  By virtue of winning their semi-final match on Saturday, Paes and Stepanek became the fourth team to qualify for the eight-team doubles event at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
• Paes and Stepanek are in their fifth ATP World Tour doubles final together, going 3-1 in their first four (winning Delray Beach in 2004 and the Australian Open and Miami this year).
• No. 4 seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares have also lost just one set en route to the final (beating Jeremy Chardy and Marcelo Melo in the quarter-finals, 67(4) 63 108).
•  Peya and Soares are in their third ATP World Tour doubles final together, going 1-1 in their first two (winning Kuala Lumpur last week).
• Here are the doubles final records of each: Paes (50-35), Stepanek (15-11), Peya (3-8), Soares (7-9)

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