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Federer, Basel© AFP/Getty ImagesRoger Federer has a 13-2 record against Juan Martin del Potro going into the Basel final.

BASEL SUNDAY PREVIEW – FEDERER IN 7th STRAIGHT FINAL, DEL POTRO SECOND IN AS MANY WEEKS

• The Swiss Indoors Basel championship on Sunday is a No. 1-2 seeded final as top seed and five-time champion Roger Federer takes on No. 2 Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. This is the fourth time in five years in Basel the top two seeds are meeting in the final (all involving Federer). It’s also the 11th No. 1-2 seeded final on the ATP World Tour this season (No. 1s are 6-4).
 
• Federer, who is appearing in his seventh straight Basel final and ninth overall in 13th Swiss Indoors showing, is 5-3 in hometown finals. He is13-2 lifetime (4-0 indoors) against del Potro, including 6-0 this season. This is the third time they are meeting in a final (’09 US Open, del Potro won in five sets, also Rotterdam final in February, Federer won 61 64). They last met on Aug. 3 in the semi-finals at the London Olympics with Federer prevailing 36 76(5) 19-17 in a three-set record four hours and 26 minutes. Federer leads the ATP World Tour with six titles this season (in eight finals).

• Federer has dominated his hometown tournament, winning 33 of his last 34 matches here (winning the title in 2006-07-08, 2010 and last year- his only loss here in that stretch came in the ‘09 final to Novak Djokovic. Federer is a match win away from holding 4th place alone in the Open Era and if he wins the title, he will tie John McEnroe for No. 3 on the titles list (see below). Federer is 76-32 lifetime in finals.

• The 24-year-old del Potro qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday and the Argentine is making his first final appearance in Basel. He comes in with a nine-match winning streak since his last loss came to Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals at the US Open. Last Sunday he captured his third title of the season in Vienna (d. Zemlja). He has an ATP World Tour-best 16-1 indoor record this year and his only loss came to Federer in the Rotterdam final in February (61-14 overall). In 2008 del Potro won a career-high four titles and the following year he won three titles. This is his 18th career final (12-5 record, 2-3 indoors).

FINALS HISTORY –
 Federer:         Appearing in his 109th ATP World Tour level final……….He is 76-32 in finals (6-2 in 2012)
 del Potro:        Appearing in his 18th  ATP World Tour level final……….He is 12-5 in finals (3-1 in 2012)
 
WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner:          € € 337,900 and 500 South African Airways ATP Ranking points           
       Runner-up:       € 152,350 and 300 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
 
OPEN ERA MATCH WINS LIST – Federer is one match win away from holding No. 4 alone on the Open Era match wins list and he would also tie John McEnroe for third on the titles list:
        Match Wins            Titles
1. Jimmy Connors  1,243  109
2. Ivan Lendl   1,071  94
3. Guillermo Vilas  923  62  
4. John McEnroe  875  77
    Roger Federer  875  76

FEDERER IN BASEL – Federer is playing in his seventh straight final in Basel and ninth overall. He is 5-3 in finals with all five titles coming over different opponents:

2012 – vs. Juan Martin del Potro  ????
2011 – d. Kei Nishikori 61 63
2010 –  d. Novak Djokovic  64 36 61
2009 – l. to Novak Djokovic 64 46 62
2008 – d. David Nalbandian  63 64
2007 – d. Jarkko Nieminen 63 64
2006 – d. Fernando Gonzalez 63 62 76(3)
2001 – l. to Tim Henman 63 64 62
2000 – l. to Thomas Enqvist 62 46 76 16 61

FIVE-TIME TITLE WINNERS – Federer is trying to earn his sixth title in Basel, which would be the third tourn.:

Wimbledon               7      2003-07, '09, ‘12
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  6  2003-04, '06-07, ’10-11   
Basel                           5   2006-08, ’10-11
US Open                       5      2003-08
Halle                           5      2003-06, '08
Cincinnati   5 2007-09, ’11-12   
Dubai      5 2003-05, ’07, ‘12

2012 TITLE LEADERS – Federer leads the ATP World Tour with six titles and del Potro has three titles:
         No.
Roger Federer   6
Novak Djokovic   5 
David Ferrer   5 (in Valencia final)
Juan Monaco   4
Rafael Nadal   4 
Juan Martin del Potro  3
Andy Murray   3

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS

(1) Roger Federer (SUI) vs (2) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) Federer Leads 13-2
07 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R64 Roger Federer 6-2 7-5 6-1
07 Basel (Switzerland) Hard (I) R16 Roger Federer 6-1 6-4
08 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Hard (I) QF Roger Federer 6-3 6-3
09 Australian Open (Australia) Hard QF Roger Federer 6-3 6-0 6-0
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay SF Roger Federer 6-3 6-4
09 Roland Garros (France) Clay SF Roger Federer 3-6 7-6(2) 2-6 6-1 6-4
09 US Open (USA) Hard Final Juan Martin Del Potro 3-6 7-6(5) 4-6 7-6(4) 6-2
09 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I) RR Juan Martin Del Potro 6-2 6-7(5)  6-3
11 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard R32 Roger Federer 6-3 7-5
12 Australian Open (Australia) Hard QF Roger Federer 6-4 6-3 6-2
12 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard (I) Final Roger Federer 6-1 6-4
12 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard SF Roger Federer 7-6(5) 7-6(6)
12 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (USA)Hard QF Roger Federer 6-3 6-2
12 Roland Garros (France) Clay QF Roger Federer 3-6 6-7(4) 6-2 6-0 6-3
12 London Olympics (Great Britain) Grass SF Roger Federer 3-6 7-6(5) 19-17

 Roger Federer Juan Martin Del Potro
 Sets Won: 34 10
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 5 3
 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 3 0
 Hard: 8 2
 Grass: 2 0

Federer FastFacts:
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(5): Doha (W/O vs Tsonga); Australian Open (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Djokovic); Roland Garros (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (l Murray); QF: US Open (l Berdych)
YTD W-L: 68-9 (38-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 6/Career Titles: 76
Date of Birth: August 8, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 1

• Federer, 31, has a 47-7 career record in Basel, winning 33 of his past 34 matches…Appearing in his seventh straight final here and ninth overall in 13 previous showings…His only loss since ’06 came to Djokovic in ’09 final…Has a 5-3 record in finals, winning titles from 2006-08 and 2010-11 and runner-up in ’09, 2000 (l. to Enqvist) and  ‘01 (l. to Henman)
• This week leads tournament in service games won (46 of 47, 98%), first serve pts. won (84%) and second serve pts. won (64%) and No. 3 in aces (32)..Has broken 11 times in 45 return games (24%)
• Has posted wins over qualifier Benjamin Becker 75 63, Thomaz Bellucci 63 67 75, Benoit Paire 62 62 and wild card Paul-Henri Mathieu 75 64…del Potro is the first seed he’s facing
• The World No. 1 is playing in his ninth final in 16 tournaments this season and 6-2 in finals…His 875   career match wins is tied for 4th place in the Open Era (w/John McEnroe)…If he wins his 77th career title, would also tie McEnroe for No. 3 on the Open Era titles list (Connors 109, Lendl 94, McEnroe 77)
• He is No. 1 for a record 301st week in the history of the South African Airways ATP Rankings (since Aug. 23, 1973)…Will remain No. 1 next week
• Has a 68-9 match record this season (38-4 on hard, 15-2 on grass and 15-3 on clay)…13-6 vs. Top 10
• He is playing in his second 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
• 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)
• 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)

Del Potro FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(3): Marseille (d Llodra); Estoril (d Gasquet); Vienna (d Zemlja); F: Rotterdam (l Federer); SF(4): Dubai (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Berdych); London Olympics (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Djokovic); QF(5): Sydney (l Baghdatis); Australian Open (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Federer); Roland Garros (l Federer); US Open (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 61-14 (36-9 on hard)
YTD Titles: 3/Career Titles: 12
Date of Birth: September 23, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 8

• del Potro, 24, is making his first final appearance in Basel (10-3 record) and his previous best result was the semi-finals in 2008, the last time he was here…This week has defeated Alejandro Falla 64 61, Brian Baker 75 61, Kevin Anderson 36 76(3) 62 and No. 3 seed Richard Gasquet 62 62…Made his debut in ‘06 and lost in the quarters to No. 7 Gonzalez and next year lost in the 2nd Rd. to No. 1 Federer
• The last Argentine to reach the Basel final was David Nalbandian in 2008 (l. to Federer) and last winner Guillermo Coria in 2003 (d. Nalbandian W/O)
• This week has held serve 36 of 39 games (92%) and won 16 of 42 return games (38%), converting 16 of 32 break points...Has hit 23 aces and putting in 75% of first serves
• Comes in with a nine-match winning streak and last week in Vienna, captured his third ATP World Tour title of the season, defeating Slovenian qualifier Grega Zemlja 75 63…He is 3-1 in finals this year, winning titles in Marseille in February (d. Llodra) and Estoril in May (d. Gasquet) while runner-up in Rotterdam (l. to Federer)…Has a 12-5 career mark in finals (2-3 indoors)
• The Tandil native enters with a career-high 61 match wins (61-14), surpassing his previous best (54) in 2009... Has a 36-9 mark on hard courts (16-1 indoors, only loss to Federer in Rotterdam final)…Has a 5-12 record vs Top 10 opponents this year (25-50 in career, 3-4 in finals)
• On Thursday he clinched a spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London for the first time since 2009 when he reached the final (l. to Davydenko) 
 
DOUBLES FINAL PREVIEW –TOP SEEDS NESTOR-ZIMONJIC MEET HUEY-INGLOT

• Top seeds Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia take on the unseeded duo of Treat Conrad Huey of the Philippines and Dominic Inglot of Great Britain in Sunday’s final.
• Nestor and Zimonjic, teaming together for the first time since ending their full-time partnership at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November 2010 in London, where they lifted the trophy (d. Bhupathi-Mirnyi), have not dropped a set this week. Nestor is 3-3 in Basel finals, winning titles in 2003 and ’06 (w/Knowles) and ’09 (w/Zimonjic). He was runner-up in 2002 (w/Knowles), ’10 (w/Zimonjic) and last year (w/Mirnyi). Zimonjic is in his fourth straight Basel final (2-1), winning last year (w/Llodra).
• Nestor has qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London (w/Mirnyi) and they are 4-2 in finals this season. Nestor is trying to capture his 80th career title (79-51). Zimonjic is playing in his third final in the past five tournaments since September and fourth this year (2-1). He won the title in Rotterdam in February (w/Llodra). Last month he won the title in St. Petersburg (w/R. Ram) and last week was runner-up in Stockholm (w/Lindstedt).  He is 45-30 lifetime in finals.
• Huey and Inglot defeated No. 4 seeds Fyrstenberg-Matkowski in the semi-finals. They are appearing in their third ATP World Tour final of the season. They were finalists in Houston in April (l. to Blake-Querrey) and won Washington in August (d. Anderson-Querrey). Huey is 1-3 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals and both of Inglot’s finals were this year.  


VALENCIA SUNDAY PREVIEW – FERRER LOOKS FOR SIXTH TITLE OF YEAR, DOLGOPOLOV SECOND

• The championship of the Valencia Open 500 on Sunday matches top seed and World No. 5 David Ferrer against unseeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine. Ferrer has won four of the previous five meetings (3-0 on hard courts). He is trying to become the eighth Spanish winner in the past 10 years to win the Valencia title.

• The 30-year-old Ferrer enters with a career-high five ATP World Tour titles in six finals and personal-best 66-14 match record this season. He is trying to become the first player this year to win multiple titles on clay and hard courts. He and Janko Tipsarevic are the only players to win at least 20 matches on clay (32-5) and hard courts (23-7) this year. He is 24-5 lifetime at this tournament, winning the title in 2008 (d. Almagro) and two years ago (d. Granollers). He also was runner-up in 2005 (l. to Andreev).

• The 23-year-old Dolgopolov is appearing in his third ATP World Tour final of the season (1-1) and fourth in his career (2-1). This is his first indoor final. Dolgopolov has served well this week, holding 36 of 37 games and winning 89% of first serve points and 65% of second serve points. In August, he earned his second career title in Washington (d. Haas) and in the opening week of the year in Brisbane he was runner-up (l. to Murray). He will move from No. 21 to No. 16 in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals race standings. He will remain there going into Paris regardless of Sunday’s outcome.
 
WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner:          € € 342,850 and 500 South African Airways ATP Ranking points           
       Runner-up:       € 154,570 and 300 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
 
FINALS HISTORY –
 Ferrer:               Appearing in his 32nd ATP World Tour final………………He is 16-15 in finals (5-1 in 2012)
 Dolgopolov:       Appearing in his 4th ATP World Tour final………………..He is 2-1 in finals (1-1 in 2012)

2012 TITLE LEADERS – Ferrer is tied (w/Djokovic) for the second-most titles on the ATP World Tour this season with five. Here are the 2012 title leaders:
         No.
Roger Federer   6 (in Basel final)
Novak Djokovic   5 
David Ferrer   5
Juan Monaco   4
Rafael Nadal   4 
Juan Martin del Potro  3 (in Basel final)
Andy Murray   3

SPANISH DOMINATION – Ferrer is trying to become the eighth Spanish winner in the past 10 years in Valencia. Here is a look at the finals since 2003 (bold indicates Spaniard):
2012 David Ferrer vs Alexandr Dolgopolov
2011 Marcel Granollers d. Juan Monaco
2010 David Ferrer d. Marcel Granollers
2009 Andy Murray/Mikhail Youzhny
2008 David Ferrer/Nicolas Almagro
2007 Nicolas Almagro/Potito Starace 
2006 Nicolas Almagro/Gilles Simon 
2005 Igor Andreev/David Ferrer 
2004 Fernando Verdasco/Albert Montanes 
2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero/Christophe Rochus 

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS –

Agora

(1) David Ferrer (ESP) vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)  Ferrer Leads 4-1
10 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard R64 David Ferrer 3-6 6-3 6-4
10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 David Ferrer 6-2 6-2 6-3
11 Acapulco (Mexico) Clay SF David Ferrer 5-7 6-1 6-1
11 Nice (France) Clay QF Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 1-6 7-5
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris  Hard (I) R16 David Ferrer 6-3 6-2

Ferrer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(5): Auckland (d Rochus); Buenos Aires (d Almagro); Acapulco (d Verdasco); s-Hertogenbosch (d Petzschner); Bastad (d Almagro); F: Barcelona (l Nadal); SF(4): ATP Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Roland Garros (l Nadal); US Open (l Djokovic); Kuala Lumpur (l Benneteau); QF(4): Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic); ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); Wimbledon (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 66-14 (23-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 5/Career Titles: 16
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 5

• Ferrer, 30, is making his seventh final appearance of the season and has a career-best  66-14 match record with five titles in six finals (previous best 61 match wins and three titles in ’07)
• This week has lost one set in four matches, defeating Belgian qualifier Olivier Rochus 75 75, countryman Albert Ramos 64 62 and No. 6 seed/compatriot Nicolas Almagro 63 75, and qualifier Ivan Dodig 64 67 61…Has a 24-5 lifetime at this tournament, winning the title in 2008 (d. Almagro) and two years ago (d. Granollers)…Also runner-up in 2005 (l. to Andreev)
• This week has won 42 of 47 service games (89%), saving 11 of 16 break points and 15 of 45 return games (33%)…Reached doubles SFs (w/Ferrero) …At London Olympics, lost in bronze medal doubles match (w/F.Lopez)
• Has a 16-15 career record in ATP World Tour finals and won his lone indoor title in Valencia in 2010
• The No. 2 Spaniard (behind Nadal) has captured titles on three surfaces: Auckland on hard, Buenos Aires, Acapulco and Bastad on clay, and ‘s-Hertogenbosch on grass…Also runner-up on clay in Barcelona (l. to Nadal)…Trying to become first player to win multiple titles on clay and hard this year
• He and Janko Tipsarevic are the only players this year to win at least 20 matches on clay (32-5) and hard courts (23-7) this year.
• Compiled a career-best 18-4 record in Grand Slam tournaments, reaching the semi-finals at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal) and the US Open (l. to Djokovic) along with the quarter-finals at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic) and Wimbledon (l. to Murray)…It was first time he reached QFs-better at each in a year

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: 34-23 (26-15 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: November 7, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 21

• Dolgopolov, 23, the top Ukrainian on the ATP World Tour, is appearing in his first final in Valencia and this week has defeated Italian lucky loser Filiippo Volandri 63 76(6) on Tuesday, Gilles Muller 64 64, defending champion Marcel Granollers 60 62 and Jurgen Melzer 62 64…Last year made his debut and lost to eventual champion Granollers 63 64 in the first round
• Has served well, leading the tournament in service games won (97%, 36 of 37), first serve points won (89%) and second serve pts. won (65%)…Has broken opponents 12 of 36 games (33%)
• He is playing in his third ATP World Tour final of the season, all on hard courts (1-1), and fourth in career (2-1)…Has a 34-23 match record (26-15 on hard) and second year with 30 wins (38-29 in 2011)
• 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) in July and quarter-finalist at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to del Potro) and Winston-Salem (l. to Querrey)
• 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 finishes in a Slam tournament
• Has an 1-6 match record vs. Top 10 opponents this year and his lone win came over No. 5 Tsonga in the third round of Madrid in May (3-19 in career, 0-7 vs. Top 3)…No longer working with Jack Reader
• Will move from No. 21 to No. 16 in Barclays ATP World Tour Finals race standings and still has a chance to qualify for London season-ending finale…Will not move regardless of final outcome
 
DOUBLES FINAL PREVIEW – UNSEEDED SPANISH DUO TAKE ON SURGING NO. 2 SEEDS

• The unseeded Spanish tandem of 0 and Fernando Verdasco meet No. 2 seeds Alexander Peya of Austria and and Bruno Soares of Brazil in Sunday’s doubles final.
• Peya and Soares have not dropped en route to the final and they have won 11 of their past 12 matches together, following back-to-back title runs in Kuala Lumpur (d. Fleming-Hutchins) and Tokyo (d. Paes-Stepanek). Soares is coming off a title last week in Stockholm with compatriot Marcelo Melo.
• Marrero and Verdasco are chasing their fifth ATP World Tour title of the season after winning clay-court crowns in Hamburg (d. Munoz-de la Nava-Dutra Silva), Umag (d. Granollers-M. Lopez), Acapulco (d. Granollers-M. Lopez) and Buenos Aires (d. Mertinak-Sa).

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