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Shanghai Final Preview: Djokovic Takes On Murray

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray plays Novak Djokovic in a US Open final re-match on Sunday.

SUNDAY FINAL PREVIEW - DJOKOVIC & MURRAY MEET FOR SIXTH TIME THIS YEAR IN SHOWDOWN
•  For the 17th consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event, one of the ‘Big Four’ will be the champion - but will it be World No. 2 Novak Djokovic or World No. 3 Andy Murray?

• No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic has gone 9-0 since losing to Murray in the US Open final - 5-0 to win Beijing and 4-0 so far in Shanghai (losing just one set in that entire stretch); and by making the final in Shanghai he has made the finals of all nine current Masters 1000 events, just the third player to do that after Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (and if he wins today he would be the first to win seven of those nine current Masters 1000 events - Federer and Nadal have won six).

• Djokovic has an ATP World Tour-leading 69 match wins this year. The 25-year-old Serb is making his third appearance at this event and in his first final (10-2 record). He reached the SFs in both previous attempts, in 2009 (l. to Davydenko) and 2010 (l. to Federer). He is playing in his 52nd ATP World Tour final (32-19 record) and in his 23rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (12-10), the sixth this year (2-3).
He has the fourth-most ATP Masters 1000 titles since 1990 behind Federer-21, Nadal-21, Agassi-17.

• Though he won the US Open, No. 3 seed Andy Murray has not been as perfect as Djokovic since then, going 6-1 (3-1 to reach the semi-finals of Tokyo last week, where he lost to Milos Raonic, and 3-0 so far this week); but with his win over World No. 1 Roger Federer in the semi-finals he improved to  12-0 at this event and will now try to achieve something for the first time in his career: win the same ATP World Tour event three times and first title three in a row (he has won six events twice - San Jose, St. Petersburg, Doha, Queen’s Club, Canada, Cincinnati, Shanghai).

• Murray is trying to beat the ATP World Tour’s Top 2 at the same event for the second time this year, having also done it at the London Olympics (beating Djokovic in the semis and Federer in the final). He is making his third appearance at this event (12-0 record) and trying to three-peat for the first time in his career.He won the title in 2010 (d. Federer) and 2011 (d. Ferrer). Murray is in his 37th ATP World Tour final (24-12 record) and in his 11th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (8-2), second this year (0-1).

• Djokovic leads the head-to-head, 8-7, but the two are 6-6 on hard courts and Murray has won three of their five meetings this year. Murray is also 4-2 in finals, winning the last two encounters in the semi-finals at the Olympics and US Open final on Sept. 10. Murray is 4-2 lifetime in finals vs. Djokovic. Djokovic on getting revenge for his last two losses: "I don't like the word 'revenge.' I never like revenge. I just play tennis and I try to win every match I play. He's a bit more aggressive since losing the Wimbledon final - it's obvious on the court. He goes more for his forehand, which wasn't his strength in the past. Now this year he's improved that stroke and he's more confident on the court, and has more self belief. He's got the results. He won a Grand Slam title."

WHAT’S AT STAKE
Winner  $669,450 and 1000 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Runner-up $328,260 and 600 South African Airways ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY
Murray: Appearing in his 37th ATP World Tour level final………….….24-12 in finals (3-3 in 2012)
  Appearing in his 11th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final…..8-2 in finals (0-1 in 2012)
Djokovic: Appearing in his 52nd ATP World Tour level final……….…… 32-19 in finals (4-5 in 2012)
  Appearing in his 23rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final…..12-10 in finals (2-3 in 2012)

ROAD TO THE FINAL
(3) Andy Murray (GBR #3)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Florian Mayer (GER #25)  w/o
3rd Rd: d. Alexander Dolgopolov (UKR #20) 62 62 (:57)
QF: d. Radek Stepanek (CZE #41)  46 62 63 (2:18)
SF: d. (1) Roger Federer (SUI #1) 64 64 (1:38)

(2) Novak Djokovic (SRB #2)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL #56)  63 62 (0:54)
3rd Rd: d. Feliciano Lopez (ESP #29)  63 63 (1:08)
QF: d. Tommy Haas (GER #21)  63 63 (1:21)
SF: d. (4) Tomas Berdych (CZE #7)  63 64 (1:25)

* Finalists Breakdown –
2012   Titles ATP Masters 1000 Titles     2012 vs Top 10
ATP Rank W-L (on hard)  2012 / Career 2012 / Career Grand Slam Titles  W-L
3 Murray      53-12 (32-6)    3 / 24    0 / 8  1     10-6
2 Djokovic 69-11 (44-4)   4 / 32    2 / 12        5        18-10

2012 TITLE LEADERS – Djokovic is trying to become the third player on the ATP World Tour to win five titles this season and Murray the sixth player to win four titles. Here are the 2012 title leaders:
     No.
Roger Federer  6
David Ferrer  5
Novak Djokovic 4
Juan Monaco  4
Rafael Nadal  4
Andy Murray  3

ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 TITLE LEADERS – Djokovic is trying to earn his 13th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and Murray his ninth title. Here are the title leaders (since 1990):
 No.   No.
1) Roger Federer 21 4) Novak Djokovic 12
  Rafael Nadal 21 5) Pete Sampras 11
3) Andre Agassi 17 6) Andy Murray/Thomas Muster 8

2012 ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 FINALS – Djokovic is 2-3 in ATP Masters 1000 finals this season while Murray is 0-1 Going back to last year the Top 4 have won the past 16 ATP Masters 1000 titles with Djokovic leading the way with seven titles, Federer (4), Nadal (3) and Murray (2). Here is a look at the ‘12 finals:

 Champion    Finalist
Indian Wells Roger Federer John Isner
Miami  Novak Djokovic Andy Murray
Monte-Carlo Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic
Madrid  Roger Federer Tomas Berdych
Rome  Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic
Toronto  Novak Djokovic Richard Gasquet
Cincinnati  Roger Federer Novak Djokovic
Shanghai     Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray

RACE TO LONDON -- There are four positions remaining for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, Nov. 5-12. Here is a look at the updated 2012 points leaders going into Sunday:
        Points
1 Novak Djokovic-Q   11,010 (in Final) 9 Janko Tipsarevic 2,810 (lost in 3R)
2 Roger Federer-Q 9,255 (lost SF) 10 Nicolas Almagro  2,425 (lost 1R)
3 Andy Murray-Q 7,510 (in Final) 11 Richard Gasquet 2,370 (lost in 2R)
4 Rafael Nadal-Q 6,840 12 Juan Monaco 2,340 (lost 2R after bye)
5 David Ferrer  4,780 13 Milos Raonic  2,290 (lost in 2R)
6 Tomas Berdych 4,080 (lost SF) 14 John Isner  2,205 (lost in 3R)
7 Juan Martin del Potro 3,670 15 Marin Cilic  2,150 (lost in QF)
8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3,295 (lost QF) 16 Stanislas Wawrinka 1,810 (lost in 3R)

Q-Qualified

DIFFERENT ATP MASTERS 1000 FINALS – Djokovic has now reached the final in all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in his career, joining Federer and Nadal to accomplish the feat. He is trying to win his seventh different ATP Masters 1000 title (12-10 in finals). Federer and Nadal won seven titles (six current): 
    Winner    Finalist
Indian Wells  2008, 2011 2007
Miami  2007, 2011-12 2009
Monte-Carlo  Never Won Title 2009, 2012
Madrid  2011  2012
Rome  2008, 2011 2012
Canada (Montreal/Toronto) 2007, 2011-12 -------
Cincinnati  Never Won Title 2008-09, 2011-12
Shanghai  in Championship
Paris  2009  ------

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS –

(3) Andy Murray (GBR) vs (2) Novak Djokovic (SRB) Djokovic Leads 8-7
06 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-3
07 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-3
07 Sony Ericsson Open - Miami Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-1 6-0
08 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R16 Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-4
08 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (Canada) Hard QF Andy Murray 6-3 7-6(3)
08 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard Final Andy Murray  7-6(4) 7-6(5)
09 Sony Ericsosn Open – Miami Hard Final Andy Murray 6-2 7-5
11 Australian Open (Australia) Hard Final Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-2 6-3
11 ATP Masters 1000 Rome Clay SF Novak Djokovic 6-1 3-6 7-6(2)
11 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard Final Andy Murray 6-4 3-0 ret
12 Australian Open (Australia) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-7(4) 6-1 7-5
12 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard SF Andy Murray 6-2 7-5
12 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard Final Novak Djokovic 6-1 7-6(4)
12 London Olympics (Great Britain) Grass SF Andy Murray 7-5 7-5
12 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard Final Andy Murray 7-6(10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2

Novak Djokovic Andy Murray
 Sets Won: 20 19
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 2 5
 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 2 0
 Hard: 6 6
 Grass: 0 1

MURRAY FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 25-year-old Scot is looking to earn his third straight title (12-0 record) and he’s dropped one set en route to the final…In the quarter-finals defeated Radek Stepanek 46 62 63 and followed with a 64 64 win over World No. 1 Roger Federer…After a bye and walkover over Florian Mayer, who withdrew due to a rib injury, opened on Thursday with a 62 62 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov
• This week has hit 17 aces, winning 81% of first serve pts. (74% for season) and held serve 28 of 32 games (88%), saving six of 10 break pts. while winning 12 of 31 return games (39%) and converting 12 of 26 break pts. (46%)
• He captured titles in 2010 (d. Federer) and last year (d. Ferrer)
• Played here in the ’08 Tennis Masters Cup and reached the semi-finals (l. to Davydenko)

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(2): Aust Open (l Djokovic); Tokyo (l Raonic); QF(3): ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Berdych); Barcelona (l Raonic); Roland Garros (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 53-12 (32-6 on hard), 17-6 in Tie-breaks
YTD Titles: 3/Career Titles: 24
Date of Birth: May 15, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 3

2012 in Review:
• The British No. 1 is appearing in his seventh final of the season and has a 3-3 record in finals (24-12 in career)…This is his first final since winning the US Open on Sept. 10 (d. Djokovic in five sets)
• Trying to beat the No. 1 (Federer) and No. 2 (Djokovic) players for second time in same tourn. in 2012
• This is also his second ATP Masters 1000 final of the year after a runner-up in Miami (l. to Djokovic) on April 1…Has an 8-2 career mark in finals and has won at least one the past four years (2008-11)
• Last week in Tokyo lost in the semi-finals to Raonic in a third set tie-break (held two match points)
• Has a 53-12 match record on the season (32-6 on hard, 12-2 on grass, 9-4 on clay)…Has won 50 matches for fourth time in past five years (except 2010)…He is 10-6 vs. Top 10 opponents
• Captured 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.
• He also earned the gold medal at the London Olympics where he beat No. 2 Djokovic in the semi-finals and No. 1 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 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 Slams
• One of four players (Federer, Djokovic, Nadal) to qualify for Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London

DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 25-year-old Serb has not dropped a set en route to the final…He opened on Wednesday with a 63 62 win over Bulgarian qualifier Grigor Dimitrov in 54 minutes, then followed with a 63 63 victory over Feliciano Lopez, 63 63 over unseeded Tommy Haas and 63 64 over No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych
• Has served well this week, winning 34 of 37 service games (92%), 86% of first serve points with a 71% first serving mark…For the season is winning 74% of first serve pts. with 64% first serve pct…Has won 14 of 35 return games (40%), converting 14 of 24 break points (58%)
• In his last visit here two years ago reached the semi-finals to Federer…In 2009, lost to eventual champion Andy Murray in the semi-finals…Has a 10-2 record
• Won Tennis Masters Cup in final year here in 2008 (d. Davydenko)

2012 Highlights:
W(4): Australian Open (d Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (d Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (d Gasquet); Beijing (d Tsonga); 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: 69-11 (44-4 on hard), 13-11 in Tie-breaks
YTD Titles: 4
Career Titles: 32
Date of Birth: May 22, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 2

2012 in Review:
• The World No. 2 is appearing in his 10th final (in 15 tourn.) this season, including his sixth ATP Masters 1000 final (2-3)…Has the most wins this season in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 play (33-5 record)
• He is coming off his fourth title of the season on Sunday in Beijing where he defeated No. 7 Tsonga in the final…It was his first tournament since a runner-up at the US Open on Sept. 10 (l. to Murray in five sets)…He is 4-5 in finals and he’s reached the final in his last six hard court tournaments
• Has a 69-11 match record (44-4 on hard, most wins in both this year)…Three of his titles are repeat efforts from last year… Has an 18-10 mark vs. Top 10 opponents and 32-19 career record in finals
• Although No. 2 in South African Airways ATP Rankings (behind Federer), stands No. 1 in 2012 ATP Race to London standings with 1,755-point lead over Federer (will add 400 points with title)
• 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
• 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
• Compiled a 16-4 clay mark, reaching finals at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo, Rome and first at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal in each)…Also reached SFs at Wimbledon (l. to Federer)…24-3 in Slams
• 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 (44) on the ATP World Tour this season and he’s appearing in his sixth straight hard court final (third vs Murray) going back to Miami April 1:
- Miami    defeated Andy Murray
- Toronto  defeated Richard Gasquet
- Cincinnati lost to Roger Federer
- US Open lost to Andy Murray
- Beijing defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
- Shanghai vs. Andy Murray

DOUBLES FINAL PREVIEW – NO. 4 SEEDS PAES-STEPANEK MEET NO. 7 SEEDED INDIAN DUO
• No. 4 seeds Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic take on the Indian duo of No. 7 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna in Sunday’s doubles final.
• Paes and Stepanek are through to their second final in a row, having finished runners-up last week in Tokyo (l. to Peya-Soares). The Indian-Czech duo won the Australian Open (d. Bryans) in January and ATP Masters 1000 Miami (d. Mirnyi-Nestor) on March 31. They also reached the US Open final (l. to Bryans) last month. They have already secured their place at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and are one of four teams in the eight-team field.
• Paes and Stepanek are in their sixth career ATP World Tour doubles final together, going 3-2 with titles in Delray Beach in 2004 and the Australian Open and Miami this year.
• Bhupathi and Bopanna were finalists in Cincinnati (l. to Lindstedt-Tecau) in August. They are currently eighth in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings Race to London and are bidding to press their claim to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals by winning their second ATP World Tour title of the season. They won the title in Dubai in March (d. Fyrstenberg-Matkowski).
• Bhupathi is 50-42 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals while Bopanna is 8-13 in finals.
• Paes is 50-36 lifetime in finals and Stepanek 15-12 in finals.

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