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Paris Sunday Preview - Ferrer Faces Surprise Finalist Janowicz

Paris, France

Ferrer© AFP/Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer is bidding to win his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final.

• One is chasing his long-awaited first ATP Masters 1000 title, the other might have one of the shortest waits in history - and the two will square off Sunday in the final of the BNP Paribas Masters.

• No. 4 seed David Ferrer is largely considered the best player never to win an ATP Masters 1000 title, which can be backed up by the fact he has the most Masters 1000 match wins without a title (123 wins); Ferrer is 0-3 in ATP Masters 1000 finals (falling to Rafael Nadal in the finals of Rome in 2010 and Monte Carlo in 2011 and to Andy Murray in the final of Shanghai in 2011).

• Ferrer is having the best year of his career, with an ATP World Tour-leading 71 match wins (Novak Djokovic follows with 70) and now he’s on the verge of winning his seventh ATP World Tour title of the year (he is currently tied with Roger Federer for most on tour with six). The 30-year-old Ferrer is trying to become the first Spaniard to win this title (three have been runner-up, Andres Gimeno to Stan Smith in 1972, Sergio Casal to Boris Becker in 1986 and Rafael Nadal to David Nalbandian in 2007). Ferrer is playing in his 33rd ATP World Tour final (17-15 record).

• Qualifier Jerzy Janowicz came into Paris without many expectations - his best ATP World Tour result before this was a quarter-final finish at the 250-level event in Moscow a few weeks ago. This is only his fourth ATP World Tour level main draw tournament of the year (Wimbledon, US Open, Moscow, Paris). But he came through the qualifying and has beaten five Top 20 players to reach the final here (including two Top 10 players – No. 3 Andy Murray and No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic). “I was always a confident guy, but I was dreaming about Top 100, and I broke Top 100 this year,” he said. “I could never expect something like this. I came here to play qualifications, and suddenly I’m in the final.”

• Janowicz, who leads the tournament with 63 aces, was already the first Polish player to reach the quarter-finals of a Masters 1000 event; now he is trying to become the first Pole to win an ATP Masters 1000 title, and also first Pole to win any ATP World Tour title since Wojtek Fibak in Chicago in December 1982. The 21-year-old Janowicz is the first qualifier to reach an ATP Masters 1000 final since Guillermo Canas in Miami in 2007 (l. to Djokovic) and is trying to become the first qualifier to win an ATP Masters 1000 title since Albert Portas in Hamburg in 2001. Janowicz is the first player to reach his first ATP World Tour final at a Masters 1000 event since Max Mirnyi in Stuttgart in 2001 (l. to Haas) and is trying to become the first player to win their first ATP World Tour title at a Masters 1000 event since Portas in Hamburg in 2001.

• Janowicz is the first player to reach the final in his first ATP Masters 1000 event since Harel Levy in Toronto in 2000 (l. to Safin). At No. 69, Janowicz is trying to become the first non-Top 50 player to win a Masters 1000 title since No. 57 Chris Woodruff in Montreal in 1997 (No. 57 Chris Woodruff d. Gustavo Kuerten in final). Janowicz is projected to rise to around No. 26 if he loses and around No. 22 if he wins the title. He will be the first Polish player in the Top 30 since Fibak on February 20, 1984. Fibak reached a career-high No. 10 in July 1977.  Players trying to win their first ATP World Tour title this year are 1-14 in finals (only winner: Martin Klizan in St. Petersburg). Janowicz is 2-1 against Top 10 players (only Top 10 encounter before this event - l. to Murray in Davis Cup).

Winner:           € 479,000 and 1,000 South African Airways ATP Ranking points                  
Runner-up:       € 234,865 and 600 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Ferrer:               Appearing in his 33rd ATP World Tour final………………..He is 17-15 in finals (6-1 in 2012)
                        Appearing in his 4th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final…He is 0-3 in finals (0-0 in 2012)
Janowicz:          Appearing in his 1st ATP World Tour final………………….

2012 ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 FINALS – The Big 4 have won the past 17 ATP Masters 1000 titles going back to the beginning of 2011. This is the first time two players are meeting for their first ATP Masters 1000 title since Paris two years ago when Robin Sodeling defeated Gael Monfils. Here are the 2012 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    Andy Murray
Paris          David Ferrer    vs   Jerzy Janowicz

(4) David Ferrer (ESP #5)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Marcel Granollers (ESP #24)   61 63 (1:17)
3rd Rd. d. (16) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI #17)  62 46 62 (2:03)
QF: d. (6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA #7)  62 75 (1:20)
SF: d. (WC) Michael Llodra (FRA #121)  75 63 (1:50)

(Q) Jerzy Janowicz (POL #69)
1st Rd: d. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER #19)  76(5) 64 (1:22)
2nd Rd: d. (13) Marin Cilic (CRO #15)   76(6) 62 (1:26)
3rd Rd. d. (3) Andy Murray (GBR #3)   57 76(4) 62 (2:25)
QF: d. (8) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB #9)  36 61 41 ret. (illness) (1:48)
SF: d. Gilles Simon (FRA #20)   64 75 (1:29)

* LONDON READY – The field is set for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, which begins Monday. The field, including alternate Richard Gasquet, is set. Here are the updated standings going into Sunday and Ferrer will add 400 points with the title:
1 Novak Djokovic-Q         11,420              9 Janko Tipsarevic  2,990 
2 Roger Federer-Q           9,465               10 Richard Gasquet   2,515  (holds tie-break)
3 Andy Murray-Q             7,600               11 Nicolas Almagro  2,515
4 Rafael Nadal-Q              6,795 (W/D)     12 Juan Monaco  2,430
5 David Ferrer-Q              5,630 (in Final) 13 Milos Raonic   2,380   
6 Tomas Berdych-Q          4,405               14 John Isner    2,215   
7 Juan Martin del Potro-Q 4,080                15 Marin Cilic   2,210
8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga        3,490                16 Gilles Simon   2,165   Q-Qualified


Court Central

(Q) Jerzy Janowicz (POL) vs (4) David Ferrer (ESP)      First Meeting


Tournament Highlights:
• The Polish native is the first qualifier to reach the final in Bercy since Radek Stepanek (l. to Safin) in 2004…He qualified into the main draw with a pair of 62 64 wins over Dmitry Tursunov and Florent Serra…In the main draw has defeated five Top 20 opponents, including a pair of Top 10 foes…Opened with a 76 64 win over No. 19 Philipp Kohlschreiber and followed with 76 62 victory over No. 15 (No. 12 seed) Marin Cilic…Then beat No. 3 Andy Murray 57 76 62 (saving match point), No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic, who retired at 36 61 4-1 due to illness, and No. 20 Gilles Simon 64 75
• Leads the tournament in aces (63) and has held serve 55 of 58 games (95%), saving five of eight break points…Also No. 2 in first serve pts. won (84%) and No. 5 in second serve pts. won (60%)

2012 Highlights:
QF: Moscow (l Bellucci)
YTD W-L: 13-3 (7-2 on hard), 9-3 in Tie-breaks
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 13, 1990
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 69

2012 in Review:
• The 21-year-old Pole (turns 22 in nine days) is appearing in his first career ATP World Tour final…Two weeks ago in Moscow, posted wins over Benjamin Becker 76 63 and No. 7 seed Carlos Berlocq before losing to Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 64 76 in his maiden quarter-final
• Trying to become the second qualifier to win an ATP World Tour title  this season (Nieminen in Sydney) and first qualifier to win an ATP Masters 1000 title since Albert Portas in Hamburg in 2001 (d. Ferrero)
• He entered this week ranked No. 69 after reaching a career-high No. 64 last week (Oct. 22) and has an 13-3 match record on the season, including 5-0 in Davis Cup play…Will crack Top 50 next week (around No. 26) and if he wins the title to around No. 22 …Began the year ranked No. 221
• The last player to reach the final in his ATP Masters 1000 debut: Israeli qualifier Harel Levy in Toronto in 2000 (l. to Safin)
• Trying to become the second player born in the 1990s to win an ATP World Tour title (Milos Raonic is the other) and second first-time winner on the ATP World Tour this year (Klizan in St.  Petersburg)…
Players trying to win their first title are 1-14 in finals
• The No. 2 Pole (behind No. 63  Lukasz Kubot) made his Grand Slam debut as a qualifier at Wimbledon and advanced to the third round (l. to F. Mayer 75 in fifth set)
• Made his improvement with success on the Challenger circuit with a 32-9 match record and three titles, in Italy, the Netherlands and Poland
• In opening month of campaign, reached quarter-finals at Great Britain #2 Futures and followed with runner-up at Great Britain #3 Futures


Tournament Highlights:
• The 30-year-old Spaniard is appearing in his first final and this week has posted a 61 63 win over countryman Marcel Granollers, a 62 46 62 victory over No. 16 seed Stanislas Wawrinka, 62 75 triumph over No.6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and 75 63 over French wild card Michael Llodra
• Leads the tournament this week in return games won (16 of 41, 39%) and has held serve 38 of 42 games (90%), saving 15 of 19 break points (79%)
• He is making his eighth appearance in Bercy (11-7 record)…His previous best results were QFs in 2005 (l. to Roddick), ‘07 (l. to Nalbandian) and last year (l. to Isner); also 3rd Rd. in 2010; has lost opening match three times (1st Rd. in ‘04 and 2nd Rd. after opening bye in ‘06 and ‘08)
• A Spaniard has never won this title…There have been three finalists with Rafael Nadal (l. to Nalbandian) in 2007, Sergio Casal (l. to Becker) in 1986 and Andres Gimeno in 1972 (l. to Smith)

2012 Highlights:
W(6): Auckland (d Rochus); Buenos Aires (d Almagro); Acapulco (d Verdasco); s-Hertogenbosch (d Petzschner); Bastad (d Almagro); Valencia (d Dolgopolov) 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: 71-14 (28-7 on hard), 20-12 in Tie-breaks
YTD Titles: 6
Career Titles: 17
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 5

2012 in Review:
• The No. 2 Spaniard enters his eighth final (6-1) with a career-best 71-14 match record (previous-best 61 match wins and three titles in ’07)…Has played well in tie-breaks (20-12)…He and Janko Tipsarevic are the only players this year to win at least 20 matches on clay (32-5) and hard courts (28-7)
• Has won 123 ATP Masters 1000 matches, most of any player without a Masters 1000 title…He’s reached three finals: in ’10 Rome, ’11 Monte Carlo (l. to Nadal in both), ’11 Shanghai (l. to Murray)
• Last Sunday captured his career-best sixth ATP World Tour title (in seven finals) of the season in Valencia (d. Dolgopolov)…It was his third Valencia crown (2008, ’10, ’12)…He and Federer are title leaders this year…Has a 12-1 record in decisive set matches
• He 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)…He is the only player to win multiple titles on clay and hard 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
• Has a 17-15 career record in ATP World Tour finals and both of his indoor titles came in Valencia

2012 MATCH WINS LEADERS – Ferrer is the ATP World Tour match wins leader this season and he could be the titles leader as well on Sunday:
                                      W-L Titles
1)  David Ferrer              71-14     6
            Novak Djokovic  70-12     5
3)  Roger Federer           68-10     6
4)  Juan Martin del Potro 63-15     4
5)  Tomas Berdych          59-20     2

2012 TITLE LEADERS – Ferrer is tied (w/Federer) for the most titles on the ATP World Tour this season:
David Ferrer               6
Roger Federer            6
Novak Djokovic          5 
Juan Monaco             4
Rafael Nadal              4 
Juan Martin del Potro  4
Andy Murray              3
DOUBLES FINAL - (5) Bhupathi/Bopanna (IND/IND) vs. (7) Qureshi/Rojer (PAK/NED)
• This final features two of the eight teams who will play at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

• No. 5 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna have lost one set in their three matches en route to the final, beating No. 4 seeds Fyrstenberg/Matkowski, 67(5) 63 104.  Bhupathi and Bopanna are playing their fourth ATP World Tour doubles final together (they are 1-2 in finals, all this year, winning Dubai and finishing runners-up at Cincinnati and Shanghai).

• No. 7 seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer have gone the distance in two of three rounds en route to the final, winning their second round match with Lopez/Zimonjic 17-15 in the match tie-break (saving two match points) and their semi-final with Cilic/Melo 11-9 in the match tie-break. Qureshi and Rojer are playing their third ATP World Tour doubles final together (they are 2-0 in finals, both this year, winning Estoril and Halle).

• ATP World Tour doubles final W-L: Bhupathi (50-42), Bopanna (6-14), Qureshi (7-7), Rojer (7-8)
ATP  Masters 1000 doubles titles: Bhupathi (15), Bopanna (1), Qureshi (1), Rojer (0)

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