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Beijing, Tokyo Tuesday Preview

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BEIJING TUESDAY PREVIEW – FIVE SEEDS, LED BY TOP TRIO DJOKOVIC, FERRER, TSONGA, IN ACTION
• The remaining nine first round matches are on Tuesday’s schedule at the China Open, with five seeds leading the way. The top three will be on the National Tennis Stadium.

• In the first men’s match on Stadium, Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan looks for his first win (0-3) against No. 3 seed and top Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. In their last meeting in the first round at the Australian Open in January, the Frenchman won in four sets. Istomin comes in with a 28-28 match record and No. 45 ranking. He’s trying to finish in the Top 50 for the second time in three years (No. 40 in 2010). In February he reached his second ATP World Tour final in San Jose (l. to Raonic). He is 1-13 lifetime vs. Top 10 opponents (1-4 this year) with his lone win coming over No. 5 David Ferrer in March in Indian Wells. Tsonga, who reached the semi-finals here last year (l. to Berdych), is a two-time winner on the ATP World Tour this season (Doha, Metz). He comes in with a 45-17 match record this year.

• In the next match, top seed and World No.2 Novak Djokovic, who won the Beijing title in 2009-10, takes on German qualifier Michael Berrer. Djokovic won the previous meeting in the first round at Wimbledon in 2008. Djokovic is playing in his first tournament since a runner-up showing at the US Open on Sept. 10 (l. to Murray in five sets). The 25-year-old Serb finished No. 1 last season and he was the top player for 53 consecutive weeks until Roger Federer took over on July 9 after Wimbledon. In the 2012 ATP Race to London standings Djokovic has a 990-point lead over No. 2 Federer. Djokovic is 3-5 in finals this year, repeating titles at the Australian Open and ATP Masters 1000 Miami and Toronto. He enters with a 60-11 match record and ATP World Tour-best 35-4 on hard courts (most wins). Berrer is 2-17 against Top 10 opponents and his last win came here two years ago over No. 7 Tomas Berdych. The 32-year-old German is ranked No. 123 with a 5-8 match record on the season. His best result was the semi-finals in Zagreb in February (l. to Youzhny).

• In the evening session, Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei meets No. 2 seed and World No. 5 David Ferrer for the second time. Two years ago Ferrer defeated Lu here in the second round in three sets en route to the final. Lu is 4-11 lifetime against Top 10 opponents and one of his wins came here in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 (d. No. 6 Murray). Ferrer is putting together the best season of his career with a 62-13 match record and five ATP World Tour titles. He is trying to join Janko Tipsarevic as the only players this year to win 20 matches on clay and hard courts. Ferrer is 32-5 on clay and 19-6 on hard.

NOVAK RETURNS – Top seed and World No. 2 Novak Djokovic is looking to win his third Beijing Open title in four years after missing last season. Djokovic addressed the media on Monday in advance of the first round:
“ It's nice to see you all here. Nice to be again back in Beijing, in China, after 2010. Unfortunately I haven't played here last year because of the injury, so I'm excited.  I won this tournament 2009 and 2010, and as I said, I skipped the last year….I really, really want to do well here. I have been playing well.  I won the bronze medal in these courts, so really nicest memories from this tournament.I really look forward to the start of the tournament.  I came here a couple of days ago, so I think I'm ready enough to perform my best.”
(on trying to finish No. 1) “Obviously I will try to dedicate myself and focus to every tournament that I play, try not to think about what's going to happen in the end of the season because there is still, you know, more than a few tournaments to go, you know, here in Asia and then after, indoor season in Europe. So as I said, everything is possible, but I will try to not think about calculations, not think about any other players' results, and just concentrate on my own game.”

RACE TO LONDON -- There are four positions remaining for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. On Tuesday, three players in contention (among Top 16) are in action, Ferrer, Tsonga and Richard Gasquet . Here is a look at the 2012 points leaders going into this week:
          2012 Points
1 Novak Djokovic-X  9,910     9 Janko Tipsarevic  2,720
2 Roger Federer-X  8,920  10 Nicolas Almagro   2,415
3 Rafael Nadal-X   6,840  11 Richard Gasquet  2,325
4 Andy Murray-X  6,730  11 Juan Monaco  2,325
5 David Ferrer    4,780  13 John Isner   2,250
6 Juan Martin del Potro  3,820   14 Milos Raonic   1,990
7 Tomas Berdych   3,720   15 Marin Cilic   1,970
8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  2,905   16 Gilles Simon    1,760  X-Qualified
   
TUESDAY FIRST ROUND FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play by Court

Stadium

Denis Istomin (UZB) vs (3) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) Tsonga Leads 3-0
09 Johannesburg (South Africa) Hard R16 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 6-4
11 Eastbourne (Great Britain) Grass R32 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2 7-5
12 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R128 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 3-6 6-2 7-5

Istomin FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: San Jose (l Raonic); SF: Sydney (l Nieminen); QF(2): Brisbane (l Tomic); Eastbourne (l Harrison)
YTD W-L: 28-28 (15-13 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 7, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 45

• Istomin, 26, is making his second appearance in Beijing…Two years ago lost in the first round to David Ferrer 64 61
• The top player from Uzbekistan comes in with a 28-28 match record on the season (15-13 on hard) and in February he advanced to his second career ATP World Tour final in San Jose (l. to Raonic)…Also a
semi-finalist in Sydney (l. to Nieminen) and quarter-finalist in Brisbane (l. to Tomic) and Eastbourne (l. to Harrison)
• His best Grand Slam result was 4th Rd. at Wimbledon where he lost to Mikhail Youzhny 7-5 in fifth set
• Has a 1-13 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents (1-4 this year) and his lone win came over No. 5 David Ferrer in Indian Wells in March

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: 45-17 (26-8 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 (5-3 record), reaching the semi-finals last year (l. to Berdych) and falling in the second round in 2004 and ‘07
• 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

(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Michael Berrer (GER) Djokovic Leads 1-0
08 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R128 Novak Djokovic 7-5 2-6 6-3 6-0
 
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: 60-11 (35-4 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 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 60-11 match record (35-4 on hard, most wins)…All three titles have been repeat efforts from last year
• Has a 9-0 career record at the Beijing Open, winning 18 of 19 sets (lost only set vs. Verdasco in ’09 quarter-finals)
• Although No. 2 in South African Airways ATP Rankings (behind Federer), stands No. 1 in 2012 ATP Race to London standings, 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 Andy Murray in Dubai 
• Played well on clay with a 16-4 mark, reaching back-to-back finals at ATP Masters 1000 Rome and first at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal in both)…Then reached semi-finals at Wimbledon (l. to Federer)
• Held No. 1 for 53 consecutive weeks (from July 4, 2011 to July 8, 2012) before Federer regained it

HARD COURT FINALS STREAK – Djokovic has won the most hard court matches (35) on the ATP World Tour this season and he’s reached the final in his past four 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

Berrer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Zagreb (l Youzhny)
YTD W-L: 5-8 (4-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: July 1, 1980
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 123

• Berrer, 32, qualified into the main draw with a pair of wins (losing eight games) and he is appearing in Beijing for the third time (2-2 record)…In his previous two visits, lost in the second round in 2006 (l. to Lee) and ’10 (l. to Simon), both in final set tie-breaks
• The Stuttgart native comes in with a 5-8 match record on the season (4-5 on hard) and his best result was the semi-finals in Zagreb in February (l. to Youzhny)…Also 6-5 in Challenger tournaments
• Has a 2-17 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents and his last win came over No. 7 Berdych here in the first round two years ago
• In his lone Grand Slam main draw of the year, qualified at Roland Garros and defeated Jurgen Melzer in five sets (from two sets down) before losing to Frenchman Nicolas Devilder in second round
• In his last tournament in Metz, qualified (d. Hajek) and lost in the second round to Jesse Levine

Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs (2) David Ferrer (ESP)  Ferrer Leads 1-0
10 Beijing (China) Hard R16 David Ferrer 6-3 3-6 6-1

Lu FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: London / Queen's Club (l Cilic)
YTD W-L: 10-16 (6-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: August 14, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 64

• Lu, 29, is appearing in Beijing for the sixth time (3-5 record) and he lost in the second round three times --  in 2004, ’08 and ‘10
• The Chinese Taipei native comes in with a 10-16 match record on the season (6-10 on hard) and his best result was the quarter-finals at the Queen’s Club in London (l. to eventual champ Cilic)
• Has a 4-11 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents (1-1 this year) and his last win came over No. 8 Tipsarevic at Queen’s…In ’08 Beijing Olympics, defeated No. 6 Murray in the first round
• Has a 20-7 record in Challengers with a pair of titles in Singapore in March and Beijing-1 last month

Ferrer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(5): Auckland (d Rochus); Buenos Aires (d Almagro); Acapulco (d Verdasco); s-Hertogenbosch (d Petzschner); Bastad (d Almagro); F: Barcelona (l Nadal); SF(3): ATP Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Roland Garros (l Nadal); US Open (l Djokovic); Kuala Lumpur (l Benneteau); QF(3): Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic); ATP  Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); Wimbledon (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 62-13 (19-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 5/Career Titles: 16
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 5

• Ferrer, 30, who is playing in Beijing for the fourth time (4-3 record), reached the final two years ago in his last visit (l. to Djokovic)…In his other two appearances, lost in the opening round in 2008 (l. to Sela) and ’09 (l. to Gonzalez)
• Last week reached the semi-finals in Kuala Lumpur (l. to Benneteau)
• The No. 2 Spaniard leads the ATP World Tour with 62 match wins and is second with a career-high five titles (Federer leads with six)
• His five titles have come on three different surfaces: Auckland on hard, Buenos Aires, Acapulco and Bastad on clay, and ‘s-Hertogenbosch on grass…Also runner-up on clay in Barcelona
• Compiled a career-best 18-4 record in Grand Slam tournaments, reaching the semi-finals at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal) and the US Open (l. to Djokovic) along with the quarter-finals at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic) and Wimbledon (l. to Murray)…It was first time he reached QFs-better at each in a year
• Has a 16-15 career record in ATP World Tour finals and won his lone Asian title in Tokyo in 2007
 
Lotus Court

(7) Tommy Haas (GER) vs Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) Haas Leads 3-2
02 Munich (Germany) Clay QF Mikhail Youzhny 6-2 2-0 ret
02 Vienna (Austria) Hard R32 Tommy Haas 6-2 2-6 7-5
06 Doha (Qatar) Hard QF Tommy Haas 6-4 6-3
07 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard R16 Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 1-6 6-3
08 ATP Masters1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard R64 Tommy Haas 7-6(2) 2-6 6-4

Haas FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Halle (d Federer); F: Hamburg (l Monaco); Washington (l Dolgopolov); SF: Munich (l Cilic); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 27-13 (12-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 13
Date of Birth: April 3, 1978
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 21

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: 27-16 (14-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: June 25, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 28
Ryan Harrison (USA) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)   First Meeting

Harrison FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(3): San Jose (l Raonic); Eastbourne (l Seppi); Newport (l Isner); QF: Houston (l Russell)
YTD W-L: 23-22 (11-11 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 7, 1992
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 54

Lopez FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(2): Houston (l Isner); Munich (l Kohlschreiber); QF(2): Barcelona (l Ferrer); Gstaad (l Bellucci)
YTD W-L: 20-22 (9-11 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: September 20, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 30

Court 1

Jurgen Melzer (AUT) vs Pablo Andujar (ESP)    First Meeting

(Q) Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs (5) Richard Gasquet (FRA) Gasquet Leads 2-0
10 Brisbane (Australia) Hard R16 Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4
11 Sydney (Australia) Hard R32 Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-3

Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs (Q) Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) Davydenko Leads 2-0

Court 3

Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs Andreas Seppi (ITA)  Benneteau Leads 1-0
12 Sydney (Australia) Hard R32 Julien Benneteau 6-3 6-4
Other meetings
08 Bergamo CH (Italy) Hard F Andreas Seppi 2-6 6-2 7-5
11 Mons CH (Belgium) Hard F Andreas Seppi 2-6 6-3 7-6(4)


TOKYO TUESDAY PREVIEW – FOUR SEEDS, LED BY REIGNING CHAMP MURRAY, HIGHLIGHT SCHEDULE 
• There are 10 opening round matches on Tuesday’s schedule at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, with four seeds leading the way on Centre Court.

• In the first match on, former World No. 8 Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic looks for his first win  against No. 6 and top Canadian Milos Raonic, who won both previous meetings last year. Stepanek is making his seventh Japan Open appearance (7-6 record) and his best result was the semi-finals two years ago. He also was a quarter-finalist in 2005 and last year. He and countryman Tomas Berdych have helped their country to the Davis Cup final (vs. Spain) next month on home soil. The 21-year-old Raonic is the youngest player in the Top 20 and he’s won a pair of ATP World Tour titles in Chennai in the opening week of the season and San Jose in February. He is looking to win his 40th match of the season (39-16). Last week he reached the quarter-finals in Bangkok.

• In the next match, No. 8 seed and Japan’s No. 1, Kei Nishikori, takes on countryman Go Soeda for the second time. In July, Soeda won in straight sets in the quarter-finals of Atlanta. Nishikori is coming off his first ATP World Tour semi-final of the season in Kuala Lumpur where he lost to eventual champion Juan Monaco (after holding a match point). Nishikori is 2-4 lifetime in the Japan Open with his best result the third round in 2008 (l. to Gasquet). He lost in the first round the past two years. Soeda is compiling the best season of his career with a pair of ATP World Tour semi-finals in Chennai and Atlanta. He’s ranked No. 55 after reaching a career-high No. 47 on July 23. Soeda is trying to win his first main draw match (0-7) at the Japan Open.

• In the third match on, top seed/World No. 3 and reigning champion Andy Murray makes his first tournament appearance since capturing his maiden Grand Slam crown at the US Open on Sept. 10 (d. Djokovic in five sets). The 25-year-old Scot brings a 4-0 career mark against lucky loser Ivo Karlovic of Croatia. Murray won the last time in the first round at Wimbledon in June. Karlovic took the place of Frenchman Gael Monfils, who withdrew due to a right knee injury. In July, Murray reached his first Wimbledon final (l. to Federer) and two weeks later captured the singles gold medal at the London Olympics (d. Federer). With his US Open title, Murray became the first British Grand Slam singles champion since Fred Perry won the US Championships in 1936. Karlovic is making his first Tokyo appearance since reaching the semi-finals five years ago. The 33-year-old Croat is ranked No. 79 with a 13-15 match record on the season.

• In the last singles match, No. 5 seed Nicolas Almagro of Spain makes his Tokyo debut against Japanese No. 3 and wild card Tatsuma Ito. Almagro, who is No. 10 in the 2012 Race to London points standings, enters with a 53-17 match record (13-6 on hard) and two ATP World Tour titles this year. Ito has an 1-4 record at the Japan Open and last year he came in ranked No. 130. This week he is No. 66 and his best ATP World Tour result was the quarter-finals in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in June. He also has a 24-7 record in Challenger tournaments with two titles.

• On Court 1, there are five matches, leading off with former World No. 5 Tommy Robredo against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland. Japanese wild card Yuichi Sugita plays Frenchman Jeremy Chardy and there are three qualifiers also in action – Dmitry Tursunov of Russia, Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine and Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland.

TUESDAY FIRST ROUND FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play by Court

Centre Court

Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs (6) Milos Raonic (CAN) Raonic Leads 2-0
11 Memphis (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Milos Raonic 6-4 6-7(10)   7-6(1)
11 Barcelona (Spain) Clay R64 Milos Raonic 6-4 6-2

Stepanek FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Memphis (l Melzer); QF(2): Brisbane (l Dolgopolov); Halle (l Youzhny)
YTD W-L: 20-22 (13-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: November 27, 1978
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 38

• Stepanek 33, the No. 2 player from the Czech Republic (behind No. 6 Berdych), is playing in Tokyo for the seventh time (7-6 record)…His best result was the semi-finals two years ago and a quarter-finalist in 2005 and last year (l. to Ferrer)
• His best result was the semi-finals in Memphis in February (l. to eventual champ Stepanek) and a quarter-finalist in Brisbane (l. to Dolgopolov) in January and Halle (l. to Youzhny) in June
• He and Berdych have led his country to the Davis Cup final (vs. Spain) next month on home soil in a repeat of the 2009 final (Spain won 5-0 in Barcelona)
• Looking to win his first singles match since mid-August in Cincinnati where he defeated No. 11 Monaco in second round (l. to Fish in 3R)…Then lost to No. 12 Nicolas Almagro in 1st Rd. at US Open and to No. 8 del Potro in opening rubber of Davis Cup semi-finals in Argentina
• In doubles, captured the Australian Open title (w/Paes), defeating the Bryans, and reached the US Open final (losing to the Bryans)…Have qualified for the 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: 39-16 (27-7 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 with a 39-16 match record on the season, including a 27-7 mark on hard courts
• This is the third straight year he’s playing in Tokyo and lost in the second round both 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%)

(8) Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs Go Soeda (JPN)  Soeda Leads 1-0
12 Atlanta (USA) Hard QF Go Soeda 6-2 6-1

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: 30-17 (16-10 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 (2-4 record) and his best result was the third round in 2008 (l. to Gasquet)…Has lost in the first round the past two years
• 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)
• Comes in ranked No. 17 with a 30-17 match record (16-10 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

Soeda FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(2): Chennai (l Tipsarevic); Atlanta (l Muller)
YTD W-L: 12-17 (9-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 5, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 55

• Soeda, 28, is playing in the Japan Open for the eighth straight year (since 2005) and he’s looking for his first main draw win (0-7)…Has won two of 16 sets in Tokyo (in 2005 and ’07)
• Comes in ranked No. 55 with a 12-17 match record on the season and reached a career-high No. 47 on July 23 after his semi-final result in Atlanta (d. Nishikori, l. to Muller)
• Early in season compiled a 22-5 match record on Challenger circuit with three titles
• In the opening week of the season, qualified and advanced to his first semi-final in Chennai, India, defeating No. 36 Ivan Dodig in 2nd Rd. and No. 17 Stanislas Wawrinka in QFs before losing to No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets…Afterwards, jumped from No. 120 to No. 99, his first Top 100 ranking since April 25, 2011 (at No. 91)…Then lost in 2nd Rd. of qualifying at Australian Open
• In first Challenger of season in Honolulu, captured title (d. Ginepri) and played in first round Davis Cup home tie vs. Croatia, defeating Dodig in five sets in opener (lost to Karlovic in fifth/decisive rubber)
• In March, reached final at Singapore Challenger (l. to Lu) and two weeks later won Pingguo, China Challenger title (d. Jaziri)…Following month, won title at Kaohsiung, Taiwan (d. countryman Ito)
• In May, defeated Roddick in ATP World Team Championship in Duesseldorf…Followed with first round loss at Roland Garros (l.to Tursunov) and on grass reached second round at Queen’s (d. Phau, l. to Dodig) and Wimbledon (d. Kunitsyn, l. to No. 9 del Potro in four sets)

(1)Andy Murray (GBR) vs (LL) Ivo Karlovic (CRO) Murray Leads 4-0
07 San Jose (U.S.A.) Hard (I) F Andy Murray 6-7(3) 6-4 7-6(2)
08 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (USA)Hard R32 Andy Murray 7-6(7) 6-7(3) 6-3
08 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard SF Andy Murray 6-4 6-4
12 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R64 Andy Murray 7-5 6-7(5) 6-2 7-6(4)

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: 47-11 (26-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 3
Career Titles: 24
Date of Birth: May 15, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 3

• Murray, 25, comes in with a 47-11 match record on the season (26-5 on hard, 12-2 on grass, 9-4 on clay) and playing in his first tournament since winning his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open (d. Djokovic in five sets) on Sept. 10…The first British Slam 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)…In his last hard court event on Apr. 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)
• One of four players (Federer, Djokovic, Nadal) to qualify for Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London

Karlovic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF(2): Zagreb (l Youzhny); Metz (l Davydenko)
YTD W-L: 13-15 (11-9 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: February 28, 1979
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 79
• Karlovic, 33, has a 4-2 card mark in Tokyo and the last time he came here was five years ago when he reached the semi-finals (l. to Ferrer)…Made his debut in 2003 and lost in the second round
• On Sunday, lost in the final round of qualifying in a third set tie-break to Swiss Marco Chiudinelli
• The Zagreb native injured his right foot while practicing in Umag in July and missed North American summer hard court circuit…Was sidelined for two months and after first round four-set exit to Murray at Wimbledon, returned at US Open and lost to Jimmy Wang in opening round
• Comes in ranked No. 79 with a 13-15 match record (11-9 on hard) and his best results are a pair of indoor quarter-finals in Zagreb (l. to Youzhny) in February and Metz (l. to Davydenko) two weeks ago
• Has a 13-40 career record vs. Top 10 opponents (0-3 this year) and his last win came over No. 6 David Ferrer in Indian Wells in March 2011…His last Top 3 win came over No. 3 Djokovic in 3R at ’08 Madrid

(5) Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs (WC) Tatsuma Ito (JPN)  First Meeting

Almagro FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(2): Sao Paulo (d Volandri); Nice (d Baker); F(2): Buenos Aires (l Ferrer); Bastad (l Ferrer); SF(2): Chennai (l Raonic); Hamburg (l Monaco); QF(5): Auckland (l Kohlschreiber); Acapulco (l Verdasco); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Djokovic); Roland Garros (l Nadal); London Olympics (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 53-17 (13-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 12
Date of Birth: August 21, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 12

• Almagro, 27, is the only player on Tuesday’s Centre Court schedule making his Japan Open debut
• Has put together his best season with a career-high 53 match wins while capturing clay titles in Sao Paulo (d. Volandri) in February and Nice (d. Baker) in May…Also runner-up in Buenos Aires and Bastad (l. to Ferrer in both)
• Helped his country to the Davis Cup final (vs. Czech Republic) with a five-set win over No. 10 John Isner in the second rubber of semi-final tie last month…Overall went 5-0 in singles during the year
• His best Grand Slam result was the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the third time (2008, ’10), losing to eventual champion Nadal…Also quarter-finalist at London Olympics (l. to Murray)
• Has a 12-6 career mark in ATP World Tour finals, all on clay

Ito FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: s-Hertogenbosch (l Paire)
YTD W-L: 7-14 (2-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 18, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 66

• Ito,  24, the No. 3 Japanese player on the ATP World Tour behind Nishikori and Soeda, is putting together his best pro season
• Has reached a career-high ranking of No. 65 on June 25 and this week is No. 66
• Early in the year, won a pair of Challenger titles while compiling a 24-7 match record
• In ATP World Tour play, has a 7-14 match record and his best result is the quarter-finals on grass in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in June (l. to Paire)

Court 1

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Tommy Robredo (ESP)  Robredo Leads 6-1
02 Vienna (Austria) Hard R32 Tommy Robredo 6-3 6-3
03 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (USA)Hard R64 Tommy Robredo 6-2 0-1 ret
06 Bastad (Sweden) Clay SF Tommy Robredo 3-6 6-2 6-4
06 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Carpet QF Tommy Robredo 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 6-4
07 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA Hard R32 Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 6-1
08 Bastad (Sweden) Clay QF Tommy Robredo 6-2 7-6(4)
10 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto Hard R64 Tommy Robredo 6-1 6-4
Other meeting:
00 Espinho CH (Portugal) Clay SF Tommy Robredo 6-4 6-4

Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs (WC) Yuichi Sugita (JPN)  First Meeting
 
(Q) Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs Bernard Tomic (AUS)  First Meeting

(Q) Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) Stakhovsky Leads 1-0
10 New Haven (U.S.A.) Hard QF Sergiy Stakhovsky 5-7 6-1 7-6(4)
Other meeting:
03 Bukhara CH (Uzbekistan) Hard R16 Marcos Baghdatis 7-5 6-2

Martin Klizan (SVK) vs (Q) Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)   First Meeting
 
Court 4

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) vs Alejandro Falla (COL)  Bellucci Leads 3-1
08 Indianapolis (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Alejandro Falla 3-6 6-4 6-1
09 COL vs. BRA AG I 2nd RD (Colombia)Clay RR Thomaz Bellucci 7-6(5) 3-6 7-6(6) 6-2
11 Los Angeles (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Thomaz Bellucci 6-0 6-1
12 BRA vs. COL AG1 2nd Rd (Colombia)Clay RR Thomaz Bellucci 2-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 6-3

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