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London Final Preview - Djokovic & Federer: The Ultimate Showdown

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Federer© AFP/Getty ImagesRoger Federer is one win away from his seventh title at the season-ending championships.

•  A blockbuster title match between the ATP World Tour’s Top 2 players is set for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals - just the fourth all-Top 2 final in the 43-year history of the year-end tournament. It’s the second time in three years the top two are meeting in the final. It’s also the first time since 2004 two former year-end champions are in the final (Federer d. Hewitt).

• World No. 1 Novak Djokovic squares off with No. 2 Roger Federer, who leads the head-to-head rivalry 16-12 (tied 2-2 this year). Federer has won their last two meetings in the semi-finals of Wimbledon and final of Cincinnati in August. Federer has a 4-3 advantage in finals    and leads 3-1 indoors. In their only previous meeting at this tournament (and last indoors) two years ago, Federer won the semi-final 61 64. After that loss Djokovic went on a historic 43-match winning streak into June 2011. Here are the four times the World No. 1 and No. 2 have met in the final of the season finale:
- 2012: No. 1 Djokovic vs. No. 2 Federer
- 2010: No. 2 Federer d. No. 1 Nadal
- 1986: No. 1 Lendl d. No. 2 Becker
- 1983: No. 2 McEnroe d. No. 1 Lendl
• Djokovic is playing in his second final at this event. He won the title in 2008 in Shanghai (d. Davydenko). He’s trying to become the ninth different No. 1 ranked player to win the title (16th time overall). Here are the previous No. 1 players to win the title:  Federer (in 2004, ’06-07), Pete Sampras (1994, ’96-97), Ivan Lendl (1985-87), Bjorn Borg (1979-80), Lleyton Hewitt (2002), John McEnroe (1984), Jimmy Connors (1977) and lie Nastase (1973).

• Djokovic is trying to become the ninth player to win the year-end championship at least twice: Federer leads with six titles, Lendl and Sampras five times, Nastase four times, Becker and McEnroe three times, Borg and Hewitt twice each.  Djokovic is going for his 75th ATP World Tour match win of the year, which would make him the ATP World Tour’s match win leader for the year - he is currently tied with Ferrer at 74.

• Federer is playing in his eighth year-end final (6-1) and he’s facing an eighth different opponent. His titles came in: 2003 (d. Agassi), 2004 (d. Hewitt), 2006 (d. Blake), 2007 (d. Ferrer), 2010 (d. Nadal) and 2011 (d. Tsonga). His only runner-up finish came in 2005 (l. to Nalbandian in five sets). Federer is the most successful player in the history of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, winning more titles than anyone with six (Lendl and Sampras are next with five titles each) and more matches with 42 (Lendl is next with 39 match wins).

• Federer is the third player to reach eight or more finals at this event (Lendl nine, Becker eight)
Last year Federer became the oldest winner (30) of the year-end finale and now he’s trying to repeat as a 31-year-old. The previous-oldest winner was 29-year-old Ilie Nastase in 1975. Federer is going for his 72nd match win of the year and this is the fifth time he’s won 70 or more matches, the first since 2006 (92). Federer is 15-2 on British soil and he’s appearing in his third UK final (won Wimbledon, silver medal at Olympics). Federer has a record 302 weeks at No. 1, but when playing World No. 1s he has 5-9 total (2-4 vs. Nadal, 1-2 vs. Hewitt, 1-3 vs. Djokovic and 1-0 vs.  Roddick). Federer is 76-33 in career finals and if he wins, will move to tied for No. 3 on Open Era titles list: Connors 109, Lendl 94, McEnroe 77.

• The doubles final features No. 5-seeded Indian duo Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna against the No. 6-seeded Spanish duo Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, who won the  only previous meeting, in the semi-finals of Rome in May, 64 61).

• There will not only be a first-time champion team at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals this year, there will be two first-time individual doubles champions. None of the four players in action have ever won this title, and only one has made the final:  Bhupathi is 0-4 in finals (w/Mirnyi in 2010, w/Paes in 1997, 1999 and 2000). No Indian player has ever won the year-end doubles title (or singles title, for that matter).  Only two Spaniards have ever won the year-end doubles title, and they won it together back in 1975 (Juan Gisbert and Manuel Orantes). The last Spanish duo to reach the final are Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez in 1990 (also in ’88). The only two Spaniards to win the singles title are Orantes in 1976 and Alex Corretja in 1998.

• Bhupathi and Bopanna are 2-2 in ATP World Tour doubles finals together (their two titles together both came this year: 500-level Dubai and 1000-level Paris).  Bhupathi is 51-42 in ATP World Tour doubles finals individually, while Bopanna is 7-14. Granollers and Lopez are 2-6 in ATP World Tour doubles finals together (their two titles together came this year: at 1000-level Rome and 250-level Gstaad, both on clay). Granollers is 8-11 in ATP World Tour finals while Lopez is 8-9.

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FINALS SURPASSES ONE MILLION MARK – With two sellout sessions (17,800) on Sunday, the four-year tournament attendance surpassed one million fans at The O2. With a sellout expected on Monday, this year’s tournament will draw a record 263,229 fans and a four-year total of 1,023,438. Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said, "On behalf of the ATP, the players, and all of our event partners, I would like to thank the one million passionate tennis fans who have come through the gates at The O2 over the past four years to watch the best players in the world at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. We appreciate your incredible support and look forward to welcoming you back over the next three years."

WHAT’S AT STAKE – $830,000 for winning title and 500 points
Winner:    Djokovic - $1,760,000 (for week) and 1,500 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
         OR  Federer-  $1,630,000 (for week) and 1,300 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Runner-up:  Djokovic -   $930,000 (for week) and 1,000 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
    OR  Federer - $800,000 (for week) and 800 South African Airways ATP Ranking points

Djokovic: Appearing in his 53rd ATP World Tour level final……He is 33-19 in finals (5-5 in 2012)  
   Appearing in his 2nd  year-end championship final….He is 1-0 in finals
Federer: Appearing in his 110th ATP World Tour level final…..He is 76-33 in finals (6-3 in 2012)  
   Appearing in his 8th year-end championship final…..He is 6-1 in finals

2012 TITLE LEADERS – Federer is second on the ATP World Tour this season with six titles and Djokovic is third with five titles. Here are the 2012 title leaders:
David Ferrer   7  Juan Monaco  4
Roger Federer   6   Rafael Nadal  4
Novak Djokovic  5  Andy Murray  3
Juan Martin del  Potro  4


(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs (2) Roger Federer (SUI)           Federer Leads 16-12
06 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay R64 Roger Federer 6-3 2-6 6-3
06 SUI v. SCG WG PO (Switzerland) Hard (I) RR Roger Federer 6-3 6-2 6-3
07 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 Roger Federer 6-2 7-5 6-3
07 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard QF Roger Federer 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3
07 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal (Canada)Hard Final Novak Djokovic 7-6(2) 2-6 7-6(2)
07 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard Final Roger Federer 7-6(4) 7-6(2) 6-4
08 Australian Open (Australia) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-3 7-6(5)
08 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay SF Roger Federer 6-3 3-2 ret
08 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard SF Roger Federer               6-3 5-7 7-5 6-2
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard SF Novak Djokovic 3-6 6-2 6-3
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome Clay SF Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-3
09 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati  Hard Final Roger Federer 6-1 7-5
09 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard SF Roger Federer 7-6(3)7-5 7-5
09 Basel (Switzerland) Hard (I) Final Novak Djokovic 6-4 4-6 6-2
10 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto  Hard SF Roger Federer 6-1 3-6 7-5
10 US Open (USA)  Hard SF Novak Djokovic     5-7  6-1  5-7 6-2 7-5
10 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard SF Roger Federer 7-5 6-4
10 Basel (Switzerland) Hard (I) Final Roger Federer 6-4 3-6 6-1
10 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I) SF Roger Federer 6-1 6-4
11 Australian Open (Australia)  Hard SF Novak Djokovic 7-6(3) 7-5 6-4
11 Dubai (U.A.E.)  Hard Final Novak Djokovic 6-3    6-3
11 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-2
11 Roland Garros (France) Clay SF Roger Federer     7-6(5) 6-3   3-6 7-6(5)
11 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard SF Novak Djokovic   6-7(7)  4-6 6-3  6-2  7-5
12 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome Clay SF Novak Djokovic 6-2 7-6(4)
12 Roland Garros (France) Clay SF Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-3
12 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass SF Roger Federer 6-3  3-6  6-4 6-3
12 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard Final Roger Federer 6-0 7-6(7)

 Novak Djokovic Roger Federer
 Sets Won: 36 48
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 6  7
 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 3  3
 Hard: 9 12
             Grass:         0                          1

Tournament History
• The Belgrade native has reached his second final with an undefeated record (4-0)…Opened on Monday with a 76(4) 63 victory over No 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (saving three break pts.), on Wednesday he rallied past No. 3 Andy Murray 46 63 75 in seventh meeting of year (leads 4-3), on Friday beat No. 5 Tomas Berdych 62 76(6) and in the semi-finals, came back to defeat No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro 46 63 62…No. 2 in tourney in first serve pts. won (81%) service games won (90%, 45 of 50), saving 14 of 19 break pts…Has won 12 of 49 return games (4%
• He is making his third appearance in the semi-finals in his fifth straight year-end finale (12-9 record)…Won the title in ‘08 in Shanghai…In first two matches, defeated del Potro and Davydenko, lost to Tsonga, and then beat Simon in semis and Davydenko 61 75 in final
• Two years ago reached the semi-finals, going 2-1 in round robin play before falling to eventual champion Federer 61 64
• In 2007 debut went 0-3 in round robin play, 2-1 in ’09 but did not qualify for semi-finals and last year went 1-2, defeating Berdych in third set tie-break, and falling to Ferrer and Tipsarevic in final two matches

2012 Highlights:
W(5): Australian Open (d Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (d Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (d Gasquet); Beijing (d Tsonga); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (d Murray); 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 Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Isner); Wimbledon (l Federer); London Olympics (l Murray); QF(1): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Tipsarevic)
YTD W-L: 74-12 (49-5 on hard, 4-1 indoor, 16-12 in Tie-breaks, 23-10 vs. Top 10)
YTD Titles: 5/Career Titles: 33
Date of Birth: May 22, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 1

2012 Review
• The 25-year-old Serbian is appearing in his 11th final in 17 tournaments this season (5-5 record)…Has won a personal-best 74 matches (70-6 last year) and has most wins on hard courts (49-5) and vs. Top 10 opponents (23-10)…Has a 33-19 career record in finals
• Clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking for a second straight year in last Monday’s ranking…He  is the first player to finish No. 1 in back-to-back seasons since Roger Federer from 2004-07 and the ninth player to accomplish the feat since 1973
• Compiled most match wins in Grand Slam (24-3) and ATP Masters 1000 play (34-6 record)… Went 4-1 in five-set matches and 16-3 in decisive sets
• Came into London ranked in Top 2 in all four return of serve categories – No. 1 in pts. won returning 2nd serve (56%) and No. 2 in return games won (35%), break pts. converted (47%) and pts. won returning 1st serve (36%)
• Lost in bronze medal match at London Olympics (l. to del Potro) on Aug.5…Also lost to Murray in the semi-finals (left with 45-9 record)…Rest of year has won 29 of 32 matches, reaching five straight finals, including US Open where he lost in five sets to Murray
• Three of his titles were repeat efforts from last year – Australian Open (d. Nadal in record 5:53h marathon), his fifth Grand Slam crown, and ATP Masters 1000 events in Miami and Canada (Toronto)…Also won back-to-back Asian titles in Beijing (d. Tsonga) and ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (d. Murray, saving five match points)
• Played well on clay with a 16-4 record, reaching finals at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo, Rome and first at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal in each)…Had chance to win four Slam titles in a row but lost in Monday final in four sets
• Reached semi-finals at Wimbledon for third year in a row (l. to Federer) and afterwards lost No. 1 after holding it for 53 consecutive weeks (from July 4, 2011 to July 8, 2012)…Federer regained No. 1 after his Wimbledon title
• He joins Federer (five times) and Nadal (twice) to finish No. 1 at least twice since  2004

2012 MATCH WINS LEADERS – Djokovic and Federer are among the match wins leaders this year:
   W-L Titles
1) David Ferrer  74-15     7
   Novak Djokovic  74-12     5
3)  Roger Federer  71-11     6
4)  Juan Martin del Potro 65-17     4
5)  Tomas Berdych  60-22     2


Tournament History
• The reigning two-time champion and record six-time title holder is appearing in his eighth final (6-1 record) in 11 years…Opened on Tuesday with a 63 61 win over No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic, followed with a  64 76(5) victory over No. 4 David Ferrer, saving nine of 10 break pts, and on Saturday lost to No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro 76(3) 46 63…His 12-match winning streak came to an end, his first loss since to Davydenko in ’09 semi-finals…Beat No. 3 Murray 76 62 in SF
• Leads tournament in aces (25), service games won (91%, 41 of 44), saving 10 of 13 break pts. (77%) and second serve pts. won (63%)…Has converted 10 of 20 break pts
• He is playing in his 11th straight year-end championship and only other players to do that are Ivan Lendl (12) and Pete Sampras (11)… Lendl is last to win three titles in a row (1985-87)
• Has a 42-8 tournament record and most match wins in year-end tournament history…His six titles (over six different opponents) have come in three cities: Houston in 2003 (d. Agassi) and ‘04 (d. Hewitt), Shanghai in 2006 (d. Blake), 2007 (d. Ferrer) and London in 2010 (d. Nadal) and last year (d. Tsonga)…Also runner-up in 2005 (l. to Nalbandian in five sets)

FEDERER  IN YEAR-END FINALS (6-1) – Federer has faced eight different opponents in the final:
2012 – vs. Novak Djokovic 
2011 – d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, London  63 67(6) 63
2010 – d. Rafael Nadal, London  63 36 61
2007 – d. David Ferrer, Shanghai  62 63 62
2006 – d. James Blake, Shanghai  60 63 64
2005 – lost to David Nalbandian, Shanghai 67(4) 67(11) 62 61 76(3)
2004 – d. Lleyton Hewitt, Houston  63 62
2003 – d. Andre Agassi, Houston  63 60 64

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 Masters 1000 Cincinnati (d Djokovic); F(3): Halle (l Haas); London Olympics (l Murray); Basel (l del Potro); SF(5): Doha (W/O vs Tsonga); Australian Open (l Nadal); ATP Masters 1000 Rome (l Djokovic); Roland Garros (l Djokovic); ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (l Murray); QF: US Open (l Berdych)
YTD W-L: 71-11 (41-6 on hard, 11-3 indoor, 21-14 in Tie-breaks, 16-8 vs. Top 10)
YTD Titles: 6/Career Titles: 76
Date of Birth: August 8, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 2

2012 Review
• The 31-year-old Swiss native comes into his 10th final of the season with a 71-11 match record and this is the fifth time in his career he’s won at least 70 matches…Prior to this year the last time was in 2006 when he compiled a career-high 92 match wins (92-5 record) …That was also his fourth straight year with 70-more match wins
• Has compiled another outstanding season with six titles in nine finals, including his 17th Grand Slam crown, a return to No. 1, and a silver medal at the London Olympics…Has a 15-2 record on British soil this season
• Will finish in Top 2 for ninth time in 10 years and has records of 41-6 on hard, 15-2 on grass and 15-3 on clay…His 878 career match wins is No. 4 in the Open Era and he’s one title away from tying John McEnroe for No. 3 on titles list (Connors 109, Lendl 94, McEnroe 77)
• Has compiled a 16-8 record vs. Top 10 opponents and has a 12-9 record after losing first set  …Also 14-3 in decisive-set matches (two losses to del Potro)
• Broke Sampras’ record of 286 weeks at No. 1 on July 16, one week after regaining top spot with his seventh Wimbledon crown (d. Murray), only tournament he’s won seven times…Held No. 1 for 17 weeks (302 in career) before Djokovic took over on Monday
• Captured consecutive titles in Rotterdam (d. del Potro), Dubai (d. Murray) and ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells (d. No. 9 del Potro, No. 2 Nadal, No. 11 Isner in final three rounds without losing a set)…Won his 20th ATP Masters 1000 crown in Madrid (d. Berdych) on clay
• After Wimbledon, earned silver medal at London Olympics (l. to Murray) after beating del Potro in record 4:26h 19-17 in third set SF…Then won record fifth Cincinnati title, his record-tying 21st  ATP Masters 1000 crown (along w/Nadal) by defeating Djokovic in final…Was not broken during week,holding serve 47 games
• In final Slam at US Open, reached quarter-finals (l. to Berdych)…Has a Grand Slam record 34 straight QFs or better and last time he didn’t reach second week in a Slam was ’04 Roland Garros (l. to Kuerten in 3R)
• In Davis Cup World Group playoff tie on clay in the Netherlands and won both of his singles matches in straight sets and helped his country into ’13 World Group
• Has captured at least one ATP World Tour title for 12 straight years (along w/Roddick), longest active streak

YEAR-END CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS – Federer is appearing in his eighth year-end championship final match. Here are the players with the most finals:

   No. (W-L)
1 ) Ivan Lendl  9 (5-4)
2)  Roger Federer 8 (6-1)
     Boris Becker  8 (3-5)
4) Pete Sampras 6 (5-1)
5) Ilie Nastase  5 (4-1)


(5) Mahesh BHUPATHI / Rohan BOPANNA v  (6) Marcel GRANOLLERS / Marc LOPEZ
2012 ATP Masters 1000 Rome                          Clay (O) SF GRANOLLERS / LOPEZ                    6-4 6-1


Tournament History:
• The No. 5 seeds went 2-1 in round robin play in their season finale debut together and then beat No. 3 Paes-Stepanek 46 61 12-10 (saving match point) in the semi-finals…They opened on Tuesday, falling to No. 8 seeds Marray-Nielsen 64 67(1) 12-10 (after holding two MPs at 9-8 and 10-9)…On Wednesday they defeated No. 4 seeds Lindstedt-Tecau 63 57 10-5 and on Friday qualified into semi-finals with a 76(5) 67(5) 10-5 win over No. 2/defending champions Mirnyi-Nestor
• Bhupathi is making his 12th appearance at the season finale, fifth in a row, and has a 24-22 match record with four runner-up showings…He is playing with a fourth different partner…He compiled a 13-9 record w/countryman Leander Paes, reaching final in his debut in 1997 and 1999-2000… He was runner-up two years ago (w/Mirnyi) and reached SF in ’09 (w/Knowles)
• Last year Bopanna made his debut and was winless in RR play (0-3) with Qureshi

2012 Review
• The Indian tandem have compiled a 34-21 match record together, including a 16-8 mark in ATP Masters 1000 action…They are playing in their third final in last four tournaments
• They partnered for first full year and have compiled a 2-2 record in finals, culminating the regular season last Sunday with their biggest title together at ATP Masters 1000 Paris (d. Qureshi-Rojer in final)
• After a 6-4 start in first two months, captured title in Dubai, defeating Poles Fyrstenberg-Matkowski 10-5 in Match TB final
• Played well on clay with back-to-back SF in ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Lindstedt-Tecau) and Rome (l. to Granollers-M. Lopez)
• Went 6-7 over next two months before turning things around with runner-up at ATP Masters
1000 Cincinnati (l. to Lindstedt-Tecau)
• Struggled in Grand Slam events (3-4) and best showing was 3R at Australian Open
• In two of final three tournaments, reached title match at ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (l. to Paes-Stepanek 10-5 in Match TB) and won crown at ATP Masters 1000 Paris…With QF win over Fyrstenberg-Matkowski, secured spot in London


Tournament History:
• The No. 6 seeds went 2-1 in round robin play in their debut and in the semi-finals beat No. 8 seeds and Wimbledon champions Marray-Nielsen 64 63…They opened on Monday, defeating World No. 1 and three-time season finale champions Bryans 75 57 11-9 (saved one match point at 8-9)…It was their first win (1-3) against the Americans this year…On Thursday they lost to No. 3 Paes-Stepanek 75 64 and on Saturday beat No. 7 Qureshi-Rojer 64 62
• They are the first Spanish duo to play in the season finale since Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez in 1994…Casal-Sanchez are last Spanish finalists in year-end championship in 1990 (also in ’88)…They won 44 titles together during their career
• The only Spanish duo to win the season finale are Juan Gisbert and Manuel Orantes in 1975 in Stockholm…They won the title with best round robin record

2012 Review
• The Barcelona natives compiled a 2-4 record in finals and played well in ATP Masters 1000 tournaments with an 11-3 match record…Overall they have a 39-16 record this season
• Teamed up in February for first round Davis Cup tie vs. Kazakhstan and won in straight sets…Also played in QF (vs. Austria) and SF (vs. U.S.) ties…Although they lost both, Spain won and advanced to final vs. Czech Republic (they have been named to team)
• Put together best results on clay with titles at ATP Masters 1000 Rome (d. Kubot-Tipsarevic) and Gstaad (d. Farah-Giraldo)…Also runner-up in Acapulco (l. to Marrero-Verdasco), Barcelona (l. to Fyrstenberg-Matkowski) and Umag (l. to Marrero-Verdasco)
• On hard courts, runner-up at ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l. to Bryans 12-10 in Match TB) and reached first SF at US Open (l. to Paes-Stepanek)…That was also their last SF together
• Only played in one tournament, Valencia (QF), after US Open, since Granollers missed one month of action due to an abdominal injury

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