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Shanghai Friday Preview: London Hopefuls First Up, No. 2 & No. 3 Face Veterans

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray has a 4-1 record against Radek Stepanek.

• The race to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, a pair of resurgent veterans facing two of the game’s best and a World No. 1 trying to win his first Shanghai title are just some of the many storylines that will take center stage on quarter-inal Friday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

• First on Stadium is No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych against No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the third time (tied 1-1), a battle between two of the leading contenders for one of the last four spots in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (Berdych is No. 6 in the race while Tsonga is No. 8). Berdych has a few stats pointing his way in this one: while Tsonga is 0-3 in ATP Masters 1000 quarter-finals so far this year (falling at this stage in Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome), Berdych is 2-1 (reaching the semi-finals of Monte Carlo and the final of Madrid). Also, the two Top 8 players have different records against their ranking class this year: while Tsonga is 0-6 against Top 8 players this year, Berdych is 3-7; they have met twice, both last fall, with Berdych winning on outdoor hard courts in Beijing and Tsonga winning indoors in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.

• Next up is No. 3 seed Andy Murray against the Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek, who is the lowest-ranked player left at No. 41. After a first round bye and second round walkover, Murray got his Shanghai title defense underway Thursday with a straight-set win over Alexandr Dolgopolov, improving to 10-0 lifetime at this event (he won it in his two previous tries, in 2010-11); now he will face Stepanek, a former No. 8 who is in his first ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final since Paris in 2009 (and his 10th overall - but he actually has an excellent 6-3 career record). Murray leads the head-to-head, 4-1, but Stepanek’s win came in their last hard court meeting, and the Czech does have one Top 3 win to his name, over No. 1 Roger Federer at Rome in 2008 (though he is 1-23 overall against Top 3 players).

• Next up is World No. 2 Novak Djokovic against unseeded German Tommy Haas, who has taken out a pair of seeds to get here - No. 9 Nicolas Almagro and No. 6 Janko Tipsarevic. With a win today, he will not only reach his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final since Paris in 2006 but he will get his 500th career match win (he would be the fourth active player to reach that milestone, after Federer, Rafael Nadal and Lleyton Hewitt). He has won two of his five previous meetings with Djokovic, too; but Djokovic has an ATP World Tour-leading 67 match wins on the year and a 50-1 record this year against players ranked outside the Top 10 (and the only loss coming to a No. 11-ranked John Isner at Indian Wells).

• Last on is World No. 1 Roger Federer against No. 10 seed Marin Cilic; by winning his third round match, Federer secured the post-Shanghai No. 1 ranking, which will be his record 300th career week at the top spot: “I never thought of something like this when I was a little kid, that’s for sure,” Federer said. “I was just hoping one day my dream was going to come true, to play on the regular tour, play Wimbledon, maybe become World No. 1 at some stage.”; Federer is 3-0 against Cilic and has made the semis or better at four of his previous five ATP Masters 1000 events this year (his only pre-semi-final loss coming at Miami, losing to Andy Roddick in the third round).Cilic has two wins over World No. 2s (over Murray and Nadal in 2009) but is 0-3 lifetime against World No. 1s (all three losses coming in 2011, two to Nadal and one to Djokovic , losing all seven sets).
RACE TO LONDON -- There are four positions remaining for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, Nov. 5-12. Five of the top eight in the race are in the quarter-finals with No. 6 Berdych and No. 8 Tsonga looking to improve their point total. No. 15 Cilic will add 180 points and move within 10 points of No. 12 if he could reach the semi-finals. Here is a look at the updated 2012 points leaders going into  Friday:
1 Novak Djokovic-Q 10,590 (in QF)    
2 Roger Federer-Q 9,075 (in QF) 
3 Andy Murray-Q 7,090 (in QF) 
4 Rafael Nadal-Q 6,840  
5 David Ferrer 4,780  
6 Tomas Berdych 3,900 (in QF)  
7 Juan Martin del Potro 3,670  
8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3,295 (in QF)   
9 Janko Tipsarevic 2,810 (lost in 3R)
10 Nicolas Almagro 2,425 (lost 1R)
11 Richard Gasquet 2,370 (lost in 2R)
12 Juan Monaco 2,340 (lost 2R after bye)
13 Milos Raonic 2,290 (lost in 2R)
14 John Isner 2,205 (lost in 3R)
15 Marin Cilic 2,150 (in QF)
16 Stanislas Wawrinka 1,810 (lost in 3R)

WEEKS AT NO. 1 –  Federer is guaranteed of holding No. 1 for the 300th week in his career on Monday. Here are the players with the most weeks at No. 1 in the history of the South African Airways ATP Rankings (since Aug. 23, 1973):
1) Roger Federer  300 (as of Oct. 15)
2) Pete Sampras  286
3) Ivan Lendl  270
4) Jimmy Connors  268
5) John McEnroe  170

500 MATCH WINSTommy Haas is one win away from reaching 500 singles match wins in his career. There are four active players with at least 500 match wins – Roger Federer (870), Rafael Nadal (583) and Lleyton Hewitt (564). On Thursday Max Mirnyi won his 600th career doubles match.

Stadium Court

(5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs (4) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Tied 1-1
11 Beijing (China) Hard SF Tomas Berdych 6-4 4-6 6-1
11 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard SF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 7-5
Other meeting:
04 Besancon CH (France) Hard R32 Tomas Berdych 4-6 6-1 6-4


Tournament Highlights:
• The 27-year-old Frenchman is appearing in the quarter-finals for the second time in three years (6-3 record)…After a bye, hit 10 aces and defeated countryman Benoit Paire 76(7) 75 in opening round on Wednesday and followed with a 62 76(2) win over Marcos Baghdatis on Thursday
• Two years ago lost in the quarter-finals (l. to eventual champ Murray)
•  Last year lost in the second round (after a bye) to Kei Nishikori

2012 Highlights:
W(2): Doha (d Monfils); Metz (d Seppi); F: Beijing (l Djokovic); SF(3): Marseille (l Del Potro); Wimbledon (l Murray); Winston-Salem (l Isner); QF(6): Dubai (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Nadal); ATP World Tour 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: 50-18 (31-9 on hard),18-13 in Tie-breaks
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 9
Date of Birth: April 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 6

2012 in Review:
• The top Frenchman in the South African Airways ATP Rankings is appearing in his 13th quarter-final of the season (6-6 in QF matches) and last Sunday he reached his third ATP World Tour final of the year  (2-1) in Beijing where he lost to Djokovic 76 62
• Prior to that, repeated title on Sept. 23 in Metz (d. Seppi) for ninth career ATP World Tour crown …In opening week of the season, captured title in Doha (d. Monfils)
• Comes in with a 50-18 match record (31-9 on hard) and has won at least 50 matches for the third time in four years (55 last year and 53 in ’09)
• Has struggled against Top 10 opponents this year, going 1-9, with the lone win coming over No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro in Rome in May
• Has a 12-6 record in ATP Masters 1000 tournaments and this is his fourth quarter-final – Miami (l. to Nadal), Monte Carlo (l. to Simon) and Rome (l. to Djokovic)…Looking to reach first semi-final
• 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)
• One of three French winners on the ATP World Tour this year – Richard Gasquet in Bangkok on Sept. 30 and Gilles Simon in Bucharest in April
• Trying to qualify for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the third time…Last year lost in the final to Federer

Tournament Highlights:
• The 27-year-old  Czech Republic native is 6-3 lifetime in Shanghai and he’s appearing in his first quarter-final after third round results in his past three visits – losing to Simon in 2009, Garcia-Lopez in 2010 and Lopez last year
• This week after a bye, defeated top Italian Andreas Seppi 63 63 and Sam Querrey 62 67(3) 64

2012 Highlights:
W: Montpellier (d Monfils); F(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); Winston-Salem (l Isner); SF(3): Rotterdam (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); US Open (l Murray); QF(5): Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Halle (l Haas); Tokyo (l Nishikori)
YTD W-L: 52-18 (32-10 on hard), 17-15 in Tie-breaks
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7

2012 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic is appearing in his 12th quarter-final of the season and last week reached the quarters in Tokyo, losing to eventual champion Kei Nishikori
• Comes in with a 52-18 match record (32-10 on hard) and his next win will tie his career best of 53 last year…Has a 6-5 record in quarter-final matches and 4-10 vs. Top 10 opponents with wins over No. 10 Almagro, Aust. Open 4R; d. No. 8 Tipsarevic, Davis Cup QF; d. No. 4 Murray, Monte Carlo QF; and d. No. 1 Federer, US Open QF
• Captured his seventh career ATP World Tour title in Montpellier (d. Monfils) in February and reached finals at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Federer) in May and Winston-Salem in August (l. to Isner after holding three match pts.)
• Has played in previous seven ATP Masters 1000 tournaments this year (16-7 record)…Also a semi-finalist in Monte Carlo (l. to Djokovic) and quarter-finalist in Rome (l. to Nadal)
• He is on pace to finish in Top 10 for third straight year and the last Czech player to finish in Top 10 at least three years in a row was Ivan Lendl for 13 years in a row from 1980-92
• He and Radek Stepanek, also in the quarter-finals, led their country into the Davis Cup final (vs. Spain in Prague) next month…Compiled a 5-0 mark in singles en route to final
• In Grand Slam play, best results were semi-finals at US Open (d. No. 1 Federer in QF, l. to Murray in four sets) and quarter-finals at Australian Open (l. to Nadal)

(3) Andy Murray (GBR) vs Radek Stepanek (CZE)           Murray Leads 4-1 (10-2 sets)
05 Wimbledon (England) Grass R64 Andy Murray 6-4 6-4 6-4
07 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Hard R64 Andy Murray 6-4 6-1
09 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard R16 Andy Murray 6-4 6-1
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris  Hard R16 Radek Stepanek 1-6 6-3 6-4
11 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay R32 Andy Murray 6-1 6-4


Tournament Highlights:
• The 25-year-old Scot is two-time defending champion (10-0 record) and he cruised into the quarter-finals with a 62 62 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov on Thursday in his first match of the week (after a bye and walkover over Florian Mayer, who withdrew due to a rib injury
• 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: 51-12 (30-6 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 12th quarter-final of the season, his third in an ATP Masters 1000 …Has an 8-3 in quarter-final matches, winning his last four since a QF loss at Roland Garros (l. to Ferrrer) in June…He is coming off a semi-final last week in Tokyo where he lost to Raonic in a third set tie-break after holding two match points
• Has a 51-12 match record on the season (30-6 on hard, 12-2 on grass, 9-4 on clay)…Has won 50 matches for fourth time in past five years (except 2010)
• Has a 3-3 record in finals this year and 24-12 in his career and went to No. 3 after US Open title
• Last week was 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.
• 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

Tournament Highlights:
• The 33-year-old Czech Republic native is playing in Shanghai for the fourth year in a row and has a 7-3 record…The lowest-ranked player left at No. 41 this week has defeated former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt 75 61, No. 11 seed Richard Gasquet 64 64 and No. 8 seed John Isner 64 67(5) 63 (was never broken) en route to his second quarter-final
• In his debut three years ago, lost to eventual champion Nikolay Davydenko in the quarter-finals
• Followed with first round in 2010 (l. to WC Yan Bai) and second rd. last year (d. Zhang, l. to Berdych)

Stepanek FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Memphis (l Melzer); QF(2): Brisbane (l Dolgopolov); Halle (l Youzhny)
YTD W-L: 23-23 (16-11 on hard), 12-7 in Tie-breaks
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: November 27, 1978
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 41

2012 in Review:
• The No. 2 player from the Czech Republic (behind No. 7 Berdych) comes into his fourth quarter-final of the season, the first since June, with a 23-23 match record (16-11 on hard courts)…Has an 1-6 record vs. Top 10 opponents, defeating No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro in Toronto in August
• His last ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final came in Paris in 2009 when he reached the semi-finals
• He and Berdych have led his country to the Davis Cup final (vs. Spain) next month in Prague in a repeat of the 2009 final (Spain won 5-0 in Barcelona)
• 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
• 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, No. 8 del Potro in opening rubber of Davis Cup semi-finals in Argentina and last week in Tokyo (l. to Raonic)
• 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…
Made singles appearance in ‘08 (as alternate for Andy Roddick) in Tennis Masters Cup and went 0-2

Tommy Haas (GER) vs (2) Novak Djokovic (SRB) Djokovic Leads 3-2
06 Roland Garros (France)  Clay R32 Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-1 7-6(4)
09 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (USA)Hard R32 Novak Djokovic 6-2 7-6(1)
09 Halle (Germany)  Grass F Tommy Haas 6-3 6-7(4)  6-1
09 Wimbledon (Great Britain)  Grass QF Tommy Haas 7-5 7-6(6) 4-6 6-3
12 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto Hard QF Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-3


Tournament Highlights:
• The 34-year-old German is the oldest player left and one of three 30-over remaining (Stepanek 33, Federer 31)…One of two unseeded players (Stepanek) left…This week has lost only one set, in opening round match vs. No. 9 seed Nicolas Almagro 46 76(4) 62…Then defeated former World No. 5 Tommy Robredo 63 63 and No. 9 seed Janko Tipsarevic 62 61
• Playing in the quarter-finals for the first time (4-1 record) and in his last visit  three years ago, defeated countryman Benjamin Becker and retired in second round vs. another countryman Rainer Schuettler due to a shoulder injury after losing first set 64

2012 Highlights:
W: Halle (d Federer); F(2): Hamburg (l Monaco); Washington (l Dolgopolov); SF: Munich (l Cilic); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 30-14 (15-9 on hard), 11-5 in Tie-breaks
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 13
Date of Birth: April 3, 1978
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 21

2012 in Review:
• The No. 2 German (behind No. 19 Kohlschreiber), is making his sixth ATP World Tour quarter-final showing of the season, his second in an ATP Masters 1000 event (Toronto)…In August, only player to take a set vs. Djokovic, who won the title
• He is the oldest player in the Top 50 and he’s jumped from No. 205 at the end of last year to No. 21… Will move into the Top 20 next week for first time since May 10, 2010...Has a 1-2 record in 2012 finals
• Since a 4-4 start, has won 26 of his past 36 matches going back to Munich in May when he reached the semi-finals (l. to Cilic)…Has a 13-3 match record in Germany this season and 4-3 vs. Top 10 opponents
• In June he earned his 13th career title in Halle (d. Federer), his first final/crown since 2009 Halle (d. No. 4 Djokovic)…He is oldest ATP World Tour winner since Fabrice Santoro (35) in ’08 Newport
• Won eight finals in a row (since loss to Andre Agassi in ‘02 Rome) until falling in Hamburg in July (l. to Monaco)…Then lost first U.S. final in career (8-1) in Washington in August (l. to Dolgopolov)
• Qualified and reached the third round at Roland Garros (l. to Gasquet), then broke Top 100 at No. 87 (from 112) for first time since June 28, 2010…After Halle title, jumped from No. 87 to No. 49


Tournament Highlights:
• The 25-year-old Serb opened on Wednesday with a 63 62 win over Bulgarian qualifier Grigor Dimitrov in 54 minutes, winning 36 of 41 points on serve…Then followed with a 63 63 victory over Feliciano Lopez, again only losing five points on serve…
• 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 an 8-2 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: 67-11 (42-4 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 15th quarter-final in as many tournaments this season and 13-1 in QF matches with his only loss to countryman Janko Tipsarevic in Madrid in May
• 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 five hard court tournaments …Overall has advanced to the semi-finals or better in 13 of 14 tournaments with the only exception a quarter-final in Madrid (l. to Tipsarevic)
• Has a 67-11 match record (42-4 on hard, most wins in both this year)…Three of his titles are repeat efforts from last year… Has a 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 1,615-point lead over 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 (31-5) 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

2012 MATCH WINS LEADERS – Djokovic leads the ATP World Tour with 67 match wins this year:
   W-L Titles
1) Novak Djokovic  67-11     4
2)  Roger Federer  63-8     6
3)  David Ferrer  62-14     5
4)  Nicolas Almagro  53-19     2
    Juan Martin del Potro 53-14     2
    Janko Tipsarevic  53-22     1

(1)Roger Federer (SUI) vs (10) Marin Cilic (CRO) Federer Leads 3-0
08 ATP Masters 1000 (France) Hard (I) R16 Roger Federer 6-3 6-4
11 ATP  Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R16 Roger Federer 6-4 6-3
11 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Roger Federer 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-2


Tournament Highlights:
• The 31-year-old Swiss native opened on Wednesday with a 75 63 victory over qualifier Yen-Hsun Lu…Won 28 of 30 first serve pts. (93%)…Then followed with a 46 76(4) 60 win over countryman No. 16 seed Stanislas Wawrinka on Thursday to guarantee his 300th week at No. 1 next week
• He is playing in Shanghai for the first time since reaching the final two years ago (l. to Murray 63 62)
• Played the Tennis Masters Cup here at the Qizhong Tennis Center from 2005-08 and won the title twice, in 2006 (d. Blake) and ’07 (d. Ferrer)…Also runner-up in 2005 (l. to Nalbandian in five sets) 

2012 Highlights:
W(6): Rotterdam (d Del Potro); Dubai (d Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (d Isner); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (d Berdych); Wimbledon (d Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (d Djokovic); F(2): Halle (l Haas); London Olympics (l Murray); SF(4): Doha (W/O vs Tsonga); Aust. Open (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Djokovic); Roland Garros (l Djokovic); QF: US Open (l Berdych)
YTD W-L: 63-8 (33-3 on hard), 17-11 in Tie-breaks
YTD Titles: 6
Career Titles: 76
Date of Birth: August 8, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 1

2012 in Review:
• The World No. 1 is playing in his 14th quarter-final of the season (12-1 in QF matches) and he is guaranteed his 300th week at No. 1 in the history of the South African Airways ATP Rankings (since Aug. 23, 1973)…Has 870 career match wins, tying Andre Agassi for fifth-most in the Open Era
• He is playing in his first tournament since reaching the quarter-finals at the US Open on Sept. 5 (l. to Berdych)… Afterwards (Sept. 14-16) played in Davis Cup World Group playoff tie on clay in the Netherlands and won both of his singles matches in straight sets
• Prior to the US Open, won his ATP World Tour-best sixth title of the season in Cincinnati, his record-tying 21st  ATP Masters 1000 crown (along with Nadal) by defeating Djokovic in the final…Was not broken during the tournament, holding serve all 47 games
• Has a 63-8 match record this season (33-3 on hard, 15-2 on grass and 15-3 on clay)
• Earned a silver medal at the London Olympics on Aug. 5 (l. to Murray in straight sets)… Prior to that (three weeks earlier)  captured his seventh Wimbledon crown (d. Murray) and 17th career Grand Slam title…Afterwards he returned to No. 1 on July 9 and following week broke record of most weeks at No. 1 with 287 (surpassing Sampras)
• Captured consecutive titles in Rotterdam (d. del Potro) on Feb. 19, Dubai (d. Murray) on Mar. 3 and 
ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells on Mar. 18 (d. No. 9 del Potro, No. 2 Nadal, No. 11 Isner in final three rounds without dropping a set)…Won his 20th ATP Masters 1000 crown in Madrid (d. Berdych)
• Has captured at least one ATP World Tour title for 12 straight years (along w/Roddick, who retired at the US Open), best among active players and his 76 career titles is No. 4 in the Open Era (Connors 109, Lendl 94, McEnroe 77)
• Has a Grand Slam record 34 straight quarter-finals or better and last time he didn’t reach second week in a Slam was ’04 Roland Garros (l. to Kuerten in third round)

30-OVER PLAYERS TO RANK NO. 1 – Since the inception of the South African Airways ATP Rankings on Aug. 23, 1973, five players 30-over have ranked No. 1. Federer is trying to become the first 30-over to finish the season No. 1:
                                         Oldest Age at No. 1  
Andre Agassi            33
Roger Federer            31
Jimmy Connors            30
Ivan Lendl            30
John Newcombe            30


Tournament Highlights:
• The 24-year-old Croat is appearing in the quarter-finals for the first time after wins over qualifier Lukasz Kubot 75 63, Martin Klizan 75 61 and Fernando Verdasco 46 61 64
• Prior to this week was winless (0-3) in Shanghai, losing to Tomas Berdych in 2009, Andreas Seppi in 2010 and Albert Ramos last year

2012 Highlights:
W(2): London / Queen's Club (d Nalbandian); Umag (d Granollers); F: Munich (l Kohlschreiber); SF: Hamburg (l Haas); QF(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Djokovic); US Open (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 37-16 (12-7 on hard), 12-14 in Tie-breaks
YTD Titles: 2
Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: September 28, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 16

2012 in Review:
• The top Croat comes into his seventh quarter-final  with a 37-16 match record on the season (12-7 on hard courts) and last week he lost in the first round to Romanian wild card Marius Copil in Beijing (his first opening round loss since Rome)
• Since a 10-9 start through Roland Garros, has won 27 of his past 34 matches going back to Queen’s Club week of June 11…Has an 1-7 match record vs. Top 10 opponents this year with his lone win coming over No. 10 John Isner in the second round of Madrid in May (12-35 in career)
• In June, captured first career ATP World Tour title on grass at the Queen’s Club in London (d. Nalbandian)…Then followed with fourth round at Wimbledon (l. to Murray)
• In next two tournaments on clay, became first Croat to win Umag title since 1990 (d. Granollers) and followed with semi-final in Hamburg (l. to Haas)
• Then made appearance in London Olympics and lost in 2nd round (d. Melzer) to Lleyton Hewitt
• Prior to June, was runner-up in Munich (l. to Kohlschreiber) in May…Best Grand Slam result is quarter-finals at US Open (l. to eventual champ Murray in four sets)
• Did not make season debut until week of Feb . 27 in Delray Beach due to knee injury last fall
• Has an 8-7 career record in ATP World Tour finals and has won at least one title for past five years

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