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TOKYO WEDNESDAY PREVIEW – MONACO,TIPSAREVIC PLAY OPENING MATCHES, MURRAY BACK IN ACTION
• The first round wraps up and the second round begins Wednesday at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, with three current Top 10 players and two former Top 10 players in action.

• First on Centre Court is No. 4 seed Juan Monaco of Argentina against Bulgarian qualifier Grigor Dimitrov in a first round match. Monaco won Kuala Lumpur last week, his seventh ATP World Tour title (and first on hard courts). He also moved back to a career-high No. 10 this week by virtue of the victory and now he tries to keep his momentum going in Tokyo. He beat Dimitrov in their only previous meeting and Dimitrov is 1-11 against Top 10 players (beating No. 7 Tomas Berdych in Miami in March). Dimitrov is a three-time semi-finalist on the ATP World Tour this season.

• Next up is No. 3 seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia against France’s Gilles Simon in another first round match. The two played last Saturday in the semi-finals of Bangkok, with Simon coming out on top - and the Frenchman has come out on top a lot against Tipsarevic, leading their head-to-head series, 5-1 (including 4-0 on hard courts). Simon lost in the final of that tournament to Gasquet and can the former World No. 6 rebound here? Tipsarevic enters with a 50-20 match record on the season and he’s the only player with at least 20 wins on hard (24-10) 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. Simon comes in with a 38-21 record and he captured his 10th career ATP World Tour title in Bucharest in April.

• Next on is No. 7 seed and Swiss No. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka against France’s Jeremy Chardy in a second round match.  Both players played Japanese wild cards in the first round with Wawrinka going three sets against Horiko Moriya while Chardy prevailed 61 75 over Yuichi Sugita. Wawrinka won both previous matches in straight sets on clay, including a quarter-final in Acapulco in March. The No. 16-ranked Wawrinka is a four-time semi-finalist this season. Chardy has climbed from No. 103 at the end of last year to No. 31 this week with a semi-final and four quarter-finals in 2012. He is one of six Frenchmen ranked in the Top 50.

• Last up is top seed and World No. 3 Andy Murray against Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko. In his first match since winning the US Open, Murray beat the big-serving Ivo Karlovic in straight sets, a perfect start to his title defense here in Tokyo. Now the 25-year-old Scot takes on Lacko for the second time. Murray won in straight sets in the first round at the US Open two years ago. Murray is 48-11 on the season with three titles. He is trying to reach his 11th quarter-final this year. Lacko is 0-9 against Top 10 players (and 1-24 in sets - he won a bagel middle set on Rafael Nadal at Doha in 2011, but went down 6-3 in the third set). Lacko advanced to his first career ATP World Tour final in Zagreb in February (l. to Youzhny).

WEDNESDAY SECOND ROUND FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

Centre Court

(Q)Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs (2) Juan Monaco (ARG) Monaco Leads 1-0
11 Barcelona (Spain) Clay R64 Juan Monaco 6-4 6-1

Dimitrov FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(3): London / Queen's Club (l Nalbandian); Bastad (l Ferrer); Gstaad (l Bellucci)
YTD W-L: 20-15 (6-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 16, 1991
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 60

• Dimitrov, 21, qualified into the main draw with a pair of wins over the weekend…He comes in with a 20-15 match record this season (6-7 on hard), already surpassing his match wins total of last year (18) ...Reached a career-high ranking No. 52 on Aug. 22 and is No. 60 this week
• The top Bulgarian in on pace to improve his year-end ranking for a fourth straight year,
• His best stretch came in June-July when he advanced to three semi-finals, at Queen’s Club in London on grass (l. to Nalbandian) and back-to-back in Bastad (l. to Ferrer) and Gstaad (l. to Bellucci) on clay …He won 11 of 15 matches during the stretch
• In Grand Slam play, reached second round at Australian Open (d. Chardy, l. to Almagro in 5 sets), Roland Garros (d. Young, l. to Gasquet) and Wimbledon (d. Anderson, l. to Baghdatis)
• Has compiled an 1-11 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents (1-4 this season) and posted first win over No. 7 Berdych in Miami en route to 4R (l. to Tipsarevic), his best ATP Masters 1000 result

Monaco FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(4): Vina del Mar (d Berlocq); Houston (d Isner); Hamburg (d Haas); Kuala Lumpur (d Benneteau); F: Stuttgart (l Tipsarevic); SF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 37-15 (10-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 4/Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: March 29, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 10

• Monaco, 28, is making his sixth appearance (2-5 record) in Tokyo and his best result was the third round in 2006…Also reached second round in ’09…Playing here for fourth year in a row
• The No. 2 Argentine (behind No. 8 del Potro) is coming off his career-best fourth ATP World Tour title of the season in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday (d. Benneteau), his first on hard courts…In semi-finals, rallied from a 2-5 third set deficit and saved one match point in his 62 26 76(4) win over Kei Nishikori…Back in Top 10 after title, first time since week of Aug. 6 (fourth week overall) …Broke the Top 10 for the first time on July 23 after Hamburg and spent three weeks at No. 10
• He is 4-1 in finals, earning clay titles in Vina del Mar (d. Berlocq) in February, Houston (d. Isner) in April and Hamburg (d. Haas) in July…Also runner-up in Stuttgart (l. to Tipsarevic)
• Has a 37-15 match record on the season (10-6 on hard, 24-7 on clay)
• Has a 7-9 career record in ATP World Tour finals…Last November reached his first final on hard courts in Valencia (l. to Granollers)

(3) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs Gilles Simon (FRA) Simon Leads 5-1
08 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard R16 Gilles Simon 7-6(4) 7-6(4)
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard R16 Gilles Simon 4-6 7-6(3)6-2
11 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard R32 Gilles Simon 6-7(3) 6-2 6-3
12 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay R16 Gilles Simon 6-0 4-6 6-1
12 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay R16 Janko Tipsarevic 7-6(3) 5-7 6-1
12 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard SF Gilles Simon 6-4 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: 50-20 (24-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: June 22, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 9

• Tipsarevic, 28, is looking for his first match win in Tokyo in his fourth visit…Lost in the first round in 2004 (l. to Bogomolov Jr.), ’05 (l. to Baghdatis) and last year (l. to Tursunov)
• He is coming off his seventh ATP World Tour semi-final of the year in Bangkok where he lost 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 50-20 match record this season, his second straight 50-match wins campaign (54-26 last year)
• He is the only player to post at least 20 match wins on hard (24-10) on and clay (21-7) courts this year

Simon FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Bucharest (d Fognini); F: Bangkok (l Gasquet); SF(4): Brisbane (l Dolgopolov); Montpellier (l Monfils); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Nadal); Nice (l Almagro); QF: ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Isner)
YTD W-L: 38-21 (16-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: December 27, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 18

• Simon, 27, is making his second appearance in Tokyo, the first in three years when he lost in the second round (d. Suzuki, l. to Youzhny)…Was ranked No. 10 at the time
• The No. 3 Frenchman (behind No. 7 Tsonga, No. 14 Gasquet) is coming off a runner-up effort in Bangkok on Sunday (l. to countryman Gasquet)…He is 10-3 lifetime in finals
• In late April, he captured his 10th career ATP World Tour title in Bucharest (d. Fognini)
• Also semi-finalist in four tournaments – Brisbane (l. to Dolgopolov) in January, Montpellier (l. to Monfils) in February, ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l. to Nadal) in April  and Nice (l. to Almagro) in May
• Has a 38-21 match record (16-8 on hard and 19-10 on clay) and an 18-42 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents (3-5 this year)

Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs (7) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) Wawrinka Leads 2-0
09 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay R32 Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 7-5
12 Acapulco (Mexico) Clay QF Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5 6-1

Chardy FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Vina del Mar (l Monaco); QF(4): Acapulco (l Wawrinka); Casablanca (l Ramos); Hamburg (l Monaco); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Del Potro)
YTD W-L: 23-17 (9-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: February 12, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 31
• Chardy, 25, is one of six Frenchmen in the Top 50 South African Airways ATP Rankings and enters with a 23-17 match record (9-7 on hard, 12-8 on clay, 2-2 on grass)
• He is making his second appearance in Tokyo and two years ago lost in the second round (d. Roger-Vasselin, l. to No. 10 Roddick)
• His best result was the semi-finals in Vina del Mar in February (l. to eventual champ Monaco) and also a quarter-finalist in Acapulco, Casablanca and Hamburg, all on clay…In August as a lucky loser, reached the quarters at ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l. to del Potro)
• Opened the season ranked No. 103 and won the New Caledonia Challenger title in January before working his way back into the Top 50…Comes in No. 31 and one spot off his career-high of No. 30 on Sept. 10 after personal-best third round at US Open (l. to Klizan)…This is his first tournament since

FRENCHMEN IN TOP 50 – Chardy is one of six Frenchmen in the Top 50 South African Airways ATP Rankings (Spain leads with eight players in Top 50):
No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga No. 31 Jeremy Chardy
No. 14 Richard Gasquet No. 33 Julien Benneteau
No. 18 Gilles Simon  No. 44 Gael Monfils

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: 31-16 (12-5 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 trying to reach his second Tokyo quarter-final in as many visits… Three years ago lost to Gael Monfils in the quarters
• Has a 31-16 match record on the season (12-5 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
• 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)
 
(1)Andy Murray (GBR) vs Lukas Lacko (SVK)  Murray Leads 1-0
10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Andy Murray 6-3 6-2 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: 48-11 (27-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 3/Career Titles: 24
Date of Birth: May 15, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 3
• Murray, 25, comes into the second round with a 48-11 match record on the season (27-5 on hard, 12-2 on grass, 9-4 on clay) and trying to reach his 11th quarter-final in 2012
• 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

Lacko FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Zagreb (l Youzhny)
YTD W-L: 13-18 (10-11 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 3, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 65
 
• Lacko, 24, is making his Tokyo debut and opened with a 60 62 win over Spaniard Albert Ramos
• The No. 2 Slovak (behind No. 34 Klizan) has a 13-18 match record on the season (10-11 on hard) and reached a career-high No. 53 on July 9
• In February, advanced to his first ATP World Tour final in Zagreb (l. to Youzhny)
• Played well in Grand Slam tournaments with career-best third round at Australian Open (d. Ljubicic in five sets, Young, l. to Nadal) and Wimbledon (d. Melzer in five sets, l. to Tsonga)
• Has an 0-9 career mark against Top 10 players (and 1-24 in sets - he won a bagel middle set against Rafael Nadal at Doha in 2011, but lost 6-3 in the third set)

BEIJING WEDNESDAY PREVIEW – DJOKOVIC, DOLGOPOLOV LEAD SECOND ROUND ACTION
• The first wave of second round matches takes the courts of the China Open on Wednesday, with a two-time China Open champ/former No. 1 leading the way on the National Tennis Stadium.

• Top seed and World No. 2 Novak Djokovic takes on Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq in the feature night match. In his first match since losing a dramatic five-set final to Andy Murray at the US Open, Djokovic beat German qualifier Michael Berrer in a tricky three-setter on Tuesday. That win made him 10-0 lifetime at the China Open (he won the title in both previous appearances, in 2009 and 2010). It also gave him his 61st match win of 2012, tied for second on the ATP World Tour this year with Roger Federer - David Ferrer leads with 62 (they are actually the only three with more than 55).

• Berlocq had lost nine of his last 10 matches coming into this tournament but snapped out of that with a three set win over Marinko Matosevic; but now things will get much tougher, as he is 0-10 against Top 10 players and, even more daunting, 1-24 in sets against Top 10 players (he took a set off Tomas Berdych at the ATP World Team Championshiip in Dusseldorf in May, in a tie-break).

• First up on Lotus Court is No. 6 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov against Austria’s Jurgen Melzer. Dolgopolov is looking to reach his first quarter-final here in three appearances; these two have never played before but Melzer has already had two Top 20 wins this year (over John Isner and Feliciano Lopez) and is a former Top 10 player himself, going as high as No. 8 last year.

• Second on Lotus Court is Germany’s Florian Mayer against Romanian wild card Marius Copil. The 21-year-old Copil fired 21 aces during a shock first round upset over No. 4 seed Marin Cilic two days ago, and now he has a first-time meeting with German veteran Mayer - Mayer is trying to reach the quarter-finals at the China Open for the first time in his fourth career appearance.
   
WEDNESDAY SECOND ROUND FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play by Court

Stadium

(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Carlos Berlocq (ARG) Djokovic Leads 1-0
11 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-0 6-2

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: 61-11 (36-4 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 to improve his career record to 10-0 at the Beijing Open (winning 20 of 22 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 61-11 match record (36-4 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, 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

Berlocq FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Vina del Mar (l Monaco); QF(5): Sao Paulo (l Almagro); Buenos Aires (l Nalbandian); Acapulco (l Giraldo); Houston (l Lopez); Umag (l Dolgopolov)
YTD W-L: 23-26 (5-9 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: February 3, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 50

• Berlocq, 29, is trying to finish in the Top 50 for the first time in his career…Reached a personal-high ranking No. 37 on March 19 and this week comes in No. 50
• The No. 3 Argentine (behind No. 8 del Potro, No. 10 Monaco) is putting together a career-best season with a 23-26 match record (17-13 on clay, 5-9 on hard)
• In February,he reached his first career ATP World Tour final in Vina del Mar, losing to countryman Juan Monaco…Also a quarter-finalist in five other clay tournaments – Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Acapulco, Houston and Umag
• In Grand Slam play, reached 2R at Australian Open (d. Huta Galung, l. to Karlovic), his best result
• Looking for his first career Top 10 win (0-10) and has won only one set (1-24) in previous 10 matches, that coming against Tomas Berdych at the ATP World Team Championshiip in Dusseldorf in May

Lotus Court

Jurgen Melzer (AUT) vs (6) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)  First Meeting

Melzer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Memphis (d Raonic); QF: Zagreb (l Berrer)
YTD W-L: 16-20 (12-11 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
• The top Austrian comes in with a 16-20 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
• 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)

Dolgopolov FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Washington (d Haas); F: Brisbane (l Murray); SF: Umag (l Cilic); QF(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Del Potro); Winston-Salem (l Querrey)
YTD W-L: 28-20 (20-12 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: November 7, 1988
South African Airways  ATP Ranking: 20

• Dolgopolov, 23, the top Ukrainian, is appearing in the second round here for the second time...Two years ago lost to Ivan Ljubicic…On Monday opened with a 60 64 win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
• In August, captured his second career ATP World Tour title in Washington (d. Haas) and in the opening week of the season reached the final in Brisbane (l. to Murray)…Also a semi-finalist on clay in Umag (l. to eventual champion Cilic)
• He is trying to reach his sixth quarter-final of the season and has a 28-20 match record (20-12 on hard)
• In Grand Slam play, advanced to the third round at the Australian Open (l. to Tomic in five sets) and US Open (l. to Wawrinka), his best results of season
• Last week after a bye in Kuala Lumpur,lost in opening match to Colombian Alejandro Falla in three sets


(WC) Marius Copil (ROU) vs Florian Mayer (GER)  First Meeting

Copil FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 3-2 (2-1 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 17, 1990
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 221


• Copil, 21, a wild card entry, posted the biggest win of his career over No. 13-ranked and two-time Beijing finalist Marin Cilic 36 76 64 on Monday, firing 21 aces in 2:26 battle (won 98 to 97 total points)
• The young Romanian is trying to reach his first career ATP World Tour quarter-final…Prior to here, his three tour main draw wins came on home soil in Bucharest, reaching second round in 2009, ’11-12
• Has compiled his best results in Challenger tournaments with a 13-12 match record…He was runner-up at Kazan, Russia (l. to Zopp) in February and semi-finalist in Marburg and Timisoara
• Fell short of playing in his first Grand Slam main draw with final round qualifying loss at US Open (l. to Wang in third set tie-break)
• His career-high ranking of No. 204 on May 9, 2011 and came in ranked No. 221…With first round win will crack Top 200 next week

Mayer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF(3): Wimbledon (l Djokovic); Hamburg (l Haas); Metz (l Seppi)
YTD W-L: 20-22 (6-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: October 5, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 29

• Mayer, 28 (turns 29 in two days), is the No. 3 German (behind No. 19 Kohlschreiber, No. 21 Haas) and he’s trying to reach his fourth quarter-final of the season
• 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 12-8 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)

 

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