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Vienna, Stockholm, Moscow Monday Preview

del Potro© Getty ImagesJuan Martin del Potro returns to action as the top seed in Vienna.

VIENNA TOURNAMENT/MONDAY PREVIEW –TOP TWO SEEDS DEL POTRO, TIPSAREVIC LEAD STRONG FIELD
• This year’s Erste Bank Open is led by Top 10 stars Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina and Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, both trying to secure one of three spots remaining in the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, Nov, 5-12. The 24-year-old del Potro reached last year’s final in his debut (l. to Tsonga) and he is 7th in the Race standings.Tipsarevic, who is 9th in the Race, is making his third appearance in Vienna and his best showing was the semi-finals in 2009.

• The other seeds are: No. 3 Tommy Haas, who at 34 is the oldest player in the field. Haas won the title here in 2001 and was runner-up the previous year. He has a career mark of 19-8 in Vienna: No. 4 is top Austrian and 2009-10 champion Jurgen Melzer, who is playing in his hometown tournament for the 13th time in the past 14 years (except 2000).The last four seeds are: No. 5 Fabio Fognini of Italy, No. 6 Robin Haase of the Netherlands, No. 7 Benoit Paire of France and No. 8 Xavier Malisse of Belgium.

• In Monday’s action, there are four qualifying matches and two main draw singles matches. In the first main draw match on Centre Court, Steve Darcis of Belgium takes on Gilles Muller of Luxembourg for the first time although Darcis won their Challenger meeting in Poland in 2008. Darcis has put together consistent results with a semi-final in Eastbourne in June and three quarter-finals: San Jose in February, Nice in May and Winston-Salem in August. He has a 22-16 match record. In July, Muller reached his third career ATP World Tour final in Atlanta (l. to Roddick in three sets). He is looking to even his match record (18-19) on the season. He also advanced to the quarter-finals in Belgrade in May and ‘s-Hertogenbosch in June. In the next match on, No. 2 Aussie Marinko Matosevic looks to even his head-to-head mark (0-1) against Top Dutchman No. 6 Haase, who won the previous meeting in March in the first round of Miami. Matosevic is ranked a career-high No. 55 this week. He reached his first ATP World Tour final in Delray Beach in March (l. to Anderson).

• RACE TO LONDON -- There are three positions remaining for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, Nov. 5-12. No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro and No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic are trying to secure a spot in the year-end finale. Here is a look at the 2012 points leaders going into this week:
                                  Points
1 Novak Djokovic-Q     11,410     9 Janko Tipsarevic  2,810 
2 Roger Federer-Q        9,255   10 Nicolas Almagro   2,425
3 Andy Murray -Q          7,510    11 Richard Gasquet   2,370
4 Rafael Nadal-Q           6,840   12 Juan Monaco       2,340
5 David Ferrer -Q           4,780   13 Milos Raonic         2,290   
6 Tomas Berdych              4,080    14 John Isner            2,205  
7 Juan Martin del Potro      3,670   15 Marin Cilic               2,150
8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga          3,295   16 Stanislas Wawrinka  1,810   

Q-Qualified

TOURNAMENT QUICK FACTS
CITY:   Vienna, Austria
VENUE:  Wiener Stadthalle
DATE:   October 15-21, 2012
CATEGORY:  ATP World Tour 250
PRIZE MONEY:  € 550,000
DRAW:   28 singles / 16 doubles
SURFACE:  Hard
SINGLES FINAL:  Sunday, October 21, at 1:30 p.m.
DOUBLES FINAL: Sunday, October 21, following singles final
FIRST HELD:  1974
     
2011 FINALS
Singles – (1) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. (2) Juan Martin del Potro (AUT) 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4
Doubles – (1) Bryan-Bryan d. (2) Mirnyi-Nestor 7-6(10), 6-3

RECENT CHAMPIONS/FINALISTS (since 2000)
2011 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga/Juan Martin del Potro
2010 Jurgen Melzer/Andreas Haider-Maurer
2009 Jurgen Melzer/Marin Cilic
2008 Philipp Petzschner/Gael Monfils
2007 Novak Djokovic/Stanislas Wawrinka
2006 Ivan Ljubicic/Fernando Gonzalez
2005 Ivan Ljubicic/Juan Carlos Ferrero
2004 Feliciano Lopez/Guillermo Canas
2003 Roger Federer/Carlos Moya
2002 Roger Federer/Jiri Novak   
2001 Tommy Haas/Guillermo Canas  
2000 Tim Henman/Tommy Haas  
*Bold denotes past champions / runner-up in 2012 draw

A LOOK AT THE DRAW
Singles: Player Record  Best Finish 
   
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 4-1 F-'11
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 3-2 SF-'09
Tommy Haas (GER) 19-8 W-'01
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 20-10 W-'10,09
Fabio Fognini (ITA) 1-1 R16-'11
Robin Haase (NED) 1-2 R16-'07
Benoit Paire (FRA) Debut 
Xavier Malisse (BEL) 2-3 QF-'11

Wildcards: Ernests Gulbis, Andreas Haider-Maurer, Dominic Thiem
Youngest: Dominic Thiem (19 years, 1 month)
Oldest:  Tommy Haas (34 years, 6 months)
Top Country Breakdown:  Austria 5, Spain 4, Argentina 2, U.S. 2
Former Champions in Draw (2): Jurgen Melzer (2009-10), Tommy Haas (2001)
Former Finalists in Draw (3): Juan Maritn del Potro (2011), Andreas Haider-Maurer (2010), Tommy Haas (2000)
Qualifiers to be determined on Monday

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS ATP RANKINGS POINTS / PRIZE MONEY 
Singles                W          F        SF         QF       R16      R28       
Rankings Pts.      250       150      90         45        20         0  
Prize Money     €87,870  46,280 25,070  14,280  8,415   4,985  
  
Doubles               W          F         SF       QF       R16
Rankings Pts.     250        150       90        45        0                    
Prize Money     €26,700 14,030  7,610   4,350   2,550

Doubles Seeded Teams (Tournament record, best finish - year) 
1  Melzer / Peya 2-1 QF-'07,04
2  Knowle / Polasek Debut 
3  Huey / Inglot Debut 
4  Brown / Kas Debut 

RECENT CHAMPIONS (since 2000)
2011 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2010 Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic
2009 Lukasz Kubot/Oliver Marach
2008 Max Mirnyi/Andy Ram
2007 Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski
2006 Petr Pala/Pavel Vizner
2005 Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor
2004 Martin Damm/Cyril Suk
2003 Yves Allegro/Roger Federer
2002 Joshua Eagle/Sandon Stolle
2001 Martin Damm/Radek Stepanek
2000 Yevgeny Kafelnikov/Nenad Zimonjic

*Bold denotes past champions in 2012 draw

About the ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP World Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 62 tournaments in 31 countries, the ATP World Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the ATP World Tour battle for prestigious titles and South African Airways ATP Rankings points at ATP World Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 ranked men’s singles players and top 8 doubles teams, based on their performance throughout the year, will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2012 ATP World Tour No.1 in singles and doubles. For more information, please visit www.ATPWorldTour.com
 
MONDAY FIRST ROUND FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS  - In Order of Play

Centre Court

Steve Darcis (BEL) vs Gilles Muller (LUX)  First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
08 Wroclaw CH (Poland) Hard R32 Steve Darcis 5-7 6-4 6-4

Darcis FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Eastbourne (l Roddick); QF(3): San Jose (l Benneteau); Nice (l Almagro); Winston-Salem (l Berdych)
YTD W-L: 22-16 (10-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: March 13, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 75

Muller FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Atlanta (l Roddick); QF(2): Belgrade (l Seppi); s-Hertogenbosch (l Malisse)
YTD W-L: 18-19 (10-12 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 9, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 81

Marinko Matosevic (AUS) vs (6) Robin Haase (NED) Haase Leads 1-0
12 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami  Hard R128 Robin Haase 6-3 6-4

Matosevic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Delray Beach (l Anderson); SF: Los Angeles (l Berankis); QF(2): Munich (l Kohlschreiber); Eastbourne (l Darcis)
YTD W-L: 14-17 (10-13 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: August 8, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 55 (Career-high)

Haase FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Kitzbuehel (d Kohlschreiber); QF(3): Zagreb (l Lacko); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); Estoril (l Wawrinka)
YTD W-L: 19-26 (7-11 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: April 6, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 50


OTHER FIRST ROUND HEAD-TO-HEADS – To be played Tuesday or Wednesday *

In Draw Order

Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs Lukas Lacko (SVK)    First Meeting

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs Benoit Paire (FRA)   First Meeting

Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs Filippo Volandri (ITA)   First Meeting

Lukasz Kubot (POL) vs Jesse Levine (USA)   Tied 1-1
07 Delray Beach (U.S.A.) Hard RR Jesse Levine 6-3  6-2
12 Memphis (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Lukasz Kubot 7-6(2) 6-4

Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs Donald Young (USA)   First Meeting

Aljaz Bedene (SLO) vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)  First Meeting

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs Somdev Devvarman (IND)  Gulbis Leads 1-0
09 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard R32 Ernests Gulbis 7-6(7)   6-2

*Does not include qualifiers

STOCKHOLM TOURNAMENT/MONDAY PREVIEW – THREE LONDON HOPEFULS, FORMER NO. 1 HEWITT IN FIELD  
• This year’s If Stockholm Open is led by three players in the Top 10 Race to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. In addition, the defending champion and a two-time World No. 1 is in the field.

• Leading the way is top seed and World No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France followed by No. 2 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. Berdych is 6th and Tsonga is 8th in the Race standings. Both players are trying to make a return trip to the eight-player season finale. The No. 3 seed is Nicolas Almagro of Spain, a wild card entry. Almagro is 10th in the Race. Rounding out the seeds are: No. 4 Florian Mayer of Germany, a finalist here two years ago, No. 5 Feliciano Lopez of Spain, No. 6 Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, No. 7 Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, the 2009 winner, and No. 8 Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, a three-time finalist in Stockhom (2001, ’06, ’11)

• Other headliners in the field include reigning champion Frenchman Gael Monfils, who was the top seed last year and comes in unseeded. Monfils has been bothered by an on-and-off knee injury since Roland Garros.  Aussie veteran Lleyton Hewitt, who was year-end No. 1 in 2001-02, is a wild card entry and he’s making his first appearance in Stockholm in 10 years when he was ranked No. 1. 

• On Monday’s schedule, there are four final round qualifying matches and two main draw matches. Leading off is No. 6 seed Youzhny, the top Russian on the ATP World Tour, against 27-year-old American Brian Baker. Both players are making their Stockholm debut. Youzhny captured his eighth career ATP World Tour title in February in Zagreb (d. Lacko). He is making his first Stockholm visit in 12 years when he lost to then No. 29-ranked Roger Federer. Baker is a candidate for ATP Comeback Player of the Year after missing nearly six years of action after undergoing five surgeries. He returned in July 2011, began this year ranked No. 456 and makes his debut here a career-high No. 56. In the second match, No. 8 seed Nieminen comes in with a career mark of 22-12 in Stockholm, having reached the final in 2001 (l. to Schalken), 2006 (l. to Blake) and last year (l. to Monfils).The 31-year-old Finn takes a 2-0 mark against German Tobias Kamke with both wins coming in Stockholm (in 2007 and last year). Kamke, a quarter-finalist in Stockholm last year,was ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2010.

• RACE TO LONDON -- There are three positions remaining for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, Nov. 5-12. No. 6 Tomas Berdych, No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 10 are trying to secure a spot in the year-end finale. Here is a look at the 2012 points leaders this week:
                                  Points
1 Novak Djokovic-Q     11,410     9 Janko Tipsarevic  2,810 
2 Roger Federer-Q        9,255   10 Nicolas Almagro   2,425
3 Andy Murray -Q          7,510    11 Richard Gasquet   2,370
4 Rafael Nadal-Q           6,840   12 Juan Monaco       2,340
5 David Ferrer -Q           4,780   13 Milos Raonic         2,290   
6 Tomas Berdych              4,080    14 John Isner            2,205  
7 Juan Martin del Potro      3,670   15 Marin Cilic               2,150
8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga          3,295   16 Stanislas Wawrinka  1,810   
 
TOURNAMENT QUICK FACTS
CITY:   Stockholm, Sweden
VENUE:  Kungliga Tennishallen
DATE:   October 15-21, 2012
CATEGORY:  ATP World Tour 250
PRIZE MONEY:  € 550,000
DRAW:   28 singles / 16 doubles
SURFACE:  Hard
SINGLES FINAL:  Sunday, October 21, at 3:00 p.m.
DOUBLES FINAL: Sunday, October 21, at 12:45 p.m.
FIRST HELD:  1969
   
2011 FINALS
Singles –  (1) Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles – (1) Bopanna-Qureshi d. (4) Melo-Soares 6-1, 6-3


RECENT CHAMPIONS/FINALISTS (since 2000)
2011 Gael Monfils/Jarkko Nieminen
2010 Roger Federer/Florian Mayer
2009 Marcos Baghdatis/Olivier Rochus
2008 David Nalbandian/Robin Soderling
2007 Ivo Karlovic/Thomas Johansson
2006 James Blake/Jarkko Nieminen 
2005 James Blake/Paradorn Srichaphan 
2004 Thomas Johansson/Andre Agassi 
2003 Mardy Fish/Robin Soderling 
2002 Paradorn Srichaphan/Marcelo Rios
2001 Sjeng Schalken/Jarkko Nieminen 
2000 Thomas Johansson/Yevgeny Kafelnikov *Bold denotes past champions / runners-up in 2012 draw

A LOOK AT THE DRAW
Singles: Player Record  Best Finish 
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) Debut 
Tomas Berdych (CZE) 2-3 QF-'06
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) Debut 
Florian Mayer (GER) 4-1 F-'10
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 4-4 QF-'06
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 0-1 R32-'00
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 4-1 W-'09
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 22-12 F-'11,06,01

Wildcards: Nicolas Almagro, Lleyton Hewitt, Patrik Rosenholm
Youngest: David Goffin (21 years, 10 months)
Oldest:  Lleyton Hewitt  (31 years, 7 months)
Top Country Breakdown: Spain 4, France 3, Czech Republic 2, Germany 2
Former Champions in Draw (2): Gael Monfils (2011), Marcos Baghdatis (2009) 
Former Finalists in Draw (2): Jarkko Nieminen (2001, ’06, 11), Florian Mayer (2010)
* Does not include qualifiers (to be completed Monday)

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS ATP RANKINGS POINTS / PRIZE MONEY 
Singles                W          F       SF        QF       R16    R28       
Rankings Pts.    250         150    90         45        20       0  
Prize Money     €87,870  46,280 25,070 14,280  8,415 4,985  
  
Doubles            W           F          SF       QF       R16
Rankings Pts.   250         150      90        45        0                    
Prize Money    €26,700  14,030 7,610  4,350  2,550 

Doubles Seeded Teams (Tournament record, best finish - year) 
   
1 Lindstedt / Zimonjic Debut 
2 Qureshi / Rojer Debut 
3 Melo / Soares 5-2 F-'11
4 Gonzalez / Lipsky Debut 

RECENT CHAMPIONS (since 2000)
2011 Rohan Bopanna/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi
2010 Eric Butorac/Jean-Julien Rojer (not playing together)
2009 Bruno Soares/Kevin Ullyett
2008 Jonas Bjorkman/Kevin Ullyett
2007 Jonas Bjorkman/Max Mirnyi
2006 Paul Hanley/Kevin Ullyett 
2005 Wayne Arthurs/Paul Hanley
2004 Feliciano Lopez/Fernando Verdasco
2003 Jonas Bjorkman/Todd Woodbridge
2002 Wayne Black/Kevin Ullyett
2001 Donald Johnson/Jared Palmer
2000 Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor
*Bold denotes past champions in 2012 draw


MONDAY FIRST ROUND FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

Centre Court

(6) Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Brian Baker (USA)    First Meeting

Youzhny FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Zagreb (d Lacko); SF(2): Halle (l Federer); St. Petersburg (l Klizan); QF(5): Doha (l Nadal); Dubai (l Federer); Munich (l Cilic); Wimbledon (l Federer); Beijing (l Tsonga)
YTD W-L: 29-18 (16-9 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: June 25, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 27

Baker FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Nice (l Almagro)
YTD W-L: 10-11 (2-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 30, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 56 (Career-high)

(8) Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Tobias Kamke (GER) Nieminen Leads 2-0
07 Stockholm (Sweden) Hard R32 Jarkko Nieminen 6-1 6-2
11 Stockholm (Sweden) Hard QF Jarkko Nieminen 3-6 7-5 6-1
Other meeting:
09 Jersey-2 CH (Great Britain) Carpet SF Jarkko Nieminen 6-7(7) 6-2 6-3
 
Nieminen FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Sydney (d Benneteau); SF: Bangkok (l Gasquet); QF(2): Montpellier (l Monfils); Rotterdam (l Federer); Belgrade (l Paire)
YTD W-L: 25-25 (18-14 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: July 23, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 39

Kamke FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Washington (l Haas)
YTD W-L: 6-17 (5-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 21, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 68

* OTHER FIRST ROUND HEAD-TO-HEADS – Tuesday or Wednesday (in draw order)

Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)  Mathieu Leads 5-3
03 Kitzbuhel (Austria) Clay R16 Feliciano Lopez 3-6 6-3 3-0 ret
03 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal(Canada)Hard R32 Feliciano Lopez 6-4 3-6 7-5
03 Moscow (Russia) Carpet R32 Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1 6-4
05 Roland Garros (France) Clay R128 Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2 6-0 6-7(5) 6-4
07 London / Queen's Club (Great Britain)Grass R64 Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3
07 Gstaad (Switzerland) Clay R16 Paul-Henri Mathieu 4-6 6-4 7-6(4)
10 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (USA)Hard R64 Feliciano Lopez 3-6 6-3 6-4
12 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard R32 Paul-Henri Mathieu 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4
Other meeting:
02 Tunis CH (Tunisia) Clay R16 Feliciano Lopez 7-5 7-6(3)

Albert Ramos (ESP) vs Ricardas Berankis (LTU)  First Meeting

Jan Hajek (CZE) vs Alejandro Falla (COL)   Falla Leads 1-0
11 Delray Beach (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Alejandro Falla 6-1 2-0 ret
Other meeting:
11 Rennes CH (France) Hard R32 Jan Hajek 6-3 3-6 6-1

David Goffin (BEL) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)   First Meeting

Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)   First Meeting

Patrik Rosenholm (SWE) vs Gael Monfils (FRA)  First Meeting

Jurgen Zopp (EST) vs Pablo Andujar (ESP)   First Meeting

 * Does not include qualifiers


MOSCOW TOURNAMENT/MONDAY PREVIEW –  DOLGOPOLOV, SEPPI, TROICKI LEAD KREMLIN CUP FIELD 
• The 23rd edition of the Kremlin Cup is led by top Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, No. 1 Italian Andreas Seppi and 2010 winner Viktor Troicki of Serbia. They are the top three seeds in this year’s 28-player field. Troicki also reached the final last year.

• Rounding out the seeds are No. 4 Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil, who is making his Kremlin Cup debut,  No. 5 and three-time Kremlin Cup champ Nikolay Davydenko, No. 6 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, No. 7 Carlos Berlocq of Argentina and No. 8 Tatsuma Ito of Japan. Overall there are five Russians in the draw, all in the top half. The country's first pro international tennis tournament has been dominated by Russian players with 14 winners of the past 22 titles, including six of the past eight. Yevgeny Kafelnikov won a record five consecutive titles between 1997-2001 followed by Davydenko with three titles.

• On Monday’s schedule, there are four qualifying and four main draw matches. The first men’s match on Centre Court is a first-time meeting between No. 6 Istomin against German Bjorn Phau, who turned 33 years old on Oct. 4. In February, Istomin reached his second career ATP World Tour final in San Jose (l. to Raonic) and he advanced to a Grand Slam-best 4th Round at Wimbledon (l. to Youzhny 7-5 in fifth set). Phau has played on the Challenger circuit and his best ATP World Tour result was the quarter-finals in Stuttgart in July (l. to eventual champion Janko Tipsarevic after holding four match points). Phau comes in ranked No. 83 with a 7-13 match record this season.

• In the evening match, American Rajeev Ram plays Malek Jaziri of Tunisia for the first time. Both players are making their main draw debut in Moscow. Ram is a two-time ATP World Tour semi-finalist this season, in Newport and Los Angeles. Jaziri reached a career-high ranking No. 69 on July 16 and he comes in ranked No. 112. Jaziri is 3-10 on the ATP World Tour and 22-12 on the Challenger circuit.

• On Court 2, there are two first round matches with Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain facing Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic. Rosol posted the biggest win of his career over No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon in June, prevailing in five sets. The next match on features No. 8 seed Ito against Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain in a first-time. Ito earned the biggest win of his career over No. 12 ranked Nicolas Almagro two weeks ago on home soil in Tokyo.

• RACE TO LONDON -- There are three positions remaining for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, Nov. 5-12. Here is a look at the 2012 points leaders going into this week:

                                  Points
1 Novak Djokovic-Q     11,410     9 Janko Tipsarevic  2,810 
2 Roger Federer-Q        9,255   10 Nicolas Almagro   2,425
3 Andy Murray -Q          7,510    11 Richard Gasquet   2,370
4 Rafael Nadal-Q           6,840   12 Juan Monaco       2,340
5 David Ferrer -Q           4,780   13 Milos Raonic         2,290   
6 Tomas Berdych              4,080    14 John Isner            2,205  
7 Juan Martin del Potro      3,670   15 Marin Cilic               2,150
8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga          3,295   16 Stanislas Wawrinka  1,810   

TOURNAMENT QUICK FACTS
CITY:   Moscow, Russia
VENUE:  Olympic Stadium
DATE:   October 15-21, 2012
CATEGORY:  ATP World Tour 250
PRIZE MONEY:  $ 673,150
DRAW:   28 singles / 16 doubles
SURFACE:  Hard 
SINGLES FINAL:  Sunday, October 21, following 1:00 p.m. WTA final
DOUBLES FINAL: Saturday, October 20, or Sunday, October 21, TBA
FIRST HELD:  1990
   
2011 FINALS
Singles – (1) Janko Tipsarevic  (SRB) d. (2) Viktor Troicki (SRB) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles – (1) Cermak-Polasek d. Berlocq-Marrero 6-3, 6-1

RECENT CHAMPIONS/FINALISTS (since 2000)
2011 Janko Tipsarevic/Viktor Troicki
2010 Viktor Troicki/Marcos Baghdatis
2009 Mikhail Youzhny/Janko Tipsarevic
2008 Igor Kunitsyn/Marat Safin
2007 Nikolay Davydenko/Paul-Henri Mathieu
2006 Nikolay Davydenko/Marat Safin `
2005 Igor Andreev/Nicolas Kiefer
2004 Nikolay Davydenko/Greg Rusedski
2003 Taylor Dent/Sargis Sargsian
2002 Paul-Henri Mathieu /Sjeng Schalken
2001 Yevgeny Kafelnikov/Nicolas Kiefer
2000 Yevgeny Kafelnikov/David Prinosil  *Bold denotes past champions / runners-up in 2012 draw
 
A LOOK AT THE DRAW
Singles: Player Record  Best Finish 
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 2-2 QF-'10
Andreas Seppi (ITA) 1-1 R16-'11
Viktor Troicki (SRB) 10-3 W-'10
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) Debut 
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 19-6 W-'07,06,04
6   Denis Istomin (UZB) 4-4 SF-'10
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 0-1 R32-'11
8   Tatsuma Ito (JPN) Debut 

Wildcards: Evgeny Donskoy, Teimuraz Gabashvili, Andrey Kuznetsov
Youngest: Andrey Kuznetsov (21 years, 7 months)
Oldest:  Ivo Karlovic (33 years, 7 months)
Top Country Breakdown: Russia 4, Italy 3, Germany 2, Spain 2  
Former Champions in Draw (2):Viktor Troicki (2010), Nikolay Davydenko (2004, ’06-07)
Former Finalists in Draw (1): Viktor Troicki (2011)
* Does not include qualifiers (to be completed Monday)

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS ATP RANKINGS POINTS / PRIZE MONEY 
Singles               W          F        SF        QF       R16     R28       
Rankings Pts.    250        150     90         45        20        0  
Prize Money   $121,520  64,000  34,670 19,750 11,640  6,895 
  
Doubles            W            F          SF        QF       R16
Rankings Pts.   250          150      90         45        0                    
Prize Money   $36,950   19,410 10,520  6,020  3,520 

Doubles Seeded Teams (Tournament record, best finish - year) 
1  Cermak / Mertinak 3-1 F-'09
2  Elgin / Istomin 1-1 QF-'11
3  Berlocq / Bogomolov Jr. Debut 
4  Junaid / R Ram Debut 

RECENT CHAMPIONS (since 2000)
2011 Frantisek Cermak/Filip Polasek 
2010 Igor Kunitsyn/Dmitry Tursunov
2009 Pablo Cuevas/Marcel Granollers
2008 Sergiy Stakhovsky/Potito Starace 
2007 Marat Safin/Dmitry Tursunov
2006 Fabrice Santoro/Nenad Zimonjic
2005 Max Mirnyi/Mikhail Youzhny
2004 Igor Andreev/Nikolay Davydenko
2003 Mahesh Bhupathi/Max Mirnyi
2002 Roger Federer/Max Mirnyi
2001 Max Mirnyi/Sandon Stolle
2000 Jonas Bjorkman/David Prinosil
*Bold denotes past champions in 2012 draw


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

Centre Court

(6) Denis Istomin (UZB) vs Bjorn Phau (GER)     First Meeting

Istomin FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: San Jose (l Raonic); SF: Sydney (l Nieminen); QF(2): Brisbane (l Tomic); Eastbourne (l Harrison)
YTD W-L: 29-30 (16-15 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 7, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 43

Phau FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Stuttgart (l Tipsarevic)
YTD W-L: 7-13 (2-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 4, 1979
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 83

Rajeev Ram (USA) vs Malek Jaziri (TUN)      First Meeting

Ram FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(2): Newport (l Hewitt); Los Angeles (l Querrey)
YTD W-L: 7-7 (4-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: March 18, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 94

Jaziri FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 3-10 (0-3 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: January 20, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 112

Court 2

Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs Lukas Rosol (CZE)  First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
11 Le Gosier CH (Guadeloupe) Hard R16 Lukas Rosol 7-6(2) 6-1

(8) Tatsuma Ito (JPN) vs Roberto Bautista-Agut (ESP)  First Meeting

* OTHER FIRST ROUND HEAD-TO-HEADS – Tuesday or Wednesday (in draw order)

Simone Bolelli (ITA) vs Ivo Karlovic (CRO)   Bolelli Leads 1-0
08 CRO v. ITA EAG I 2nd Round (Croatia) Hard RR Simone Bolelli 7-6(7) 6-3 6-4

Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) vs Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) Davydenko Leads 1-0
12 Beijing (China) Hard R32 Nikolay Davydenko 7-5 6-1

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) vs Flavio Cipolla (ITA)  Cipolla Leads 1-0
07 Roland Garros (France) Clay R128 Flavio Cipolla 7-6(6)  6-3 5-2 ret
Other meeting:
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Q Clay -- Flavio Cipolla 6-2 7-5

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) vs Benjamin Becker (GER)   First Meeting

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) vs Carlos Berlocq (ARG)  First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
09 Todi CH (Italy) Clay R32 Carlos Berlocq 6-1 6-1

* Does not include qualifiers

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