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London Friday Preview - Djokovic & Murray Chase Semi-final Berths

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Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic will look to clinch his place in the semi-finals Friday.

• Group A plays its third and final wave of round robin matches at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals today, with the World No. 1 and No. 3 both in action and going for semi-final spots.

• In the day session, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic plays No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych in a rematch of their thriller in the round robin here last year, which Djokovic won in a third-set tie-break. Djokovic leads Berdych in their head-to-head, 10-1, and is 9-0 on hard courts. Last year when they played here, Djokovic rallied from 2-4 down in the third and saving match point to prevail, 36 63 76(3). Djokovic is 2-0 in Group A of the round robin portion, while Berdych is 1-1 (both players beat Tsonga, but they have had different results against Murray - Djokovic won, Berdych lost).  Djokovic is after his 73rd win of the year today (would tie him with Ferrer as leader for the year). Berdych has three wins over World No. 1s, all against Federer (2004 Olympics, 2010 Miami, 2012 US Open). He is 3-13 against World No. 1s (3-7 vs Federer, 0-3 vs Nadal, 0-3 vs Djokovic). Berdych has won 60 match wins this year, his first 60+ year (his previous-best total was 53 last year. Berdych has had the least success against Djokovic of all of the ‘Big Four’:
 ~ vs Djokovic  1-10  
 ~ vs Federer  5-11 
 ~ vs Murray  4-4 
 ~ vs Nadal  3-12 

• In the evening session, No. 3 seed Andy Murray takes a 6-1 head-to-head lead against No. 7 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.  Murray’s only loss came in the first round of the Australian Open in 2008 - the British No. 1 has won all five of their meetings since then. Murray is 1-1 in Group A of the round robin portion, while Tsonga is 0-2 (both players lost to Djokovic, but they have had different results against Berdych - Murray won, Tsonga lost).  Murray is 13-3 on British soil this year, going 0-1 at Queen’s Club (l. opening match to Mahut), 6-1 at Wimbledon (l. to Federer in final), 6-0 at Olympics (d. Federer in final) and 1-1 so far here. Tsonga has not had much success against top players this year - his best win of the year came against then-No. 9 del Potro in Rome (he is 0-11 against Top 8 players this year). Tsonga is chasing his 56th match win of the year today, which would be a career-high for a year (he is currently tied with his previous-best of 55 last year).

GROUP A SINGLES – SEMI-FINAL QUALIFICATION SCENARIOS
• If Djokovic beats Berdych and Murray beats Tsonga…
 - Djokovic wins group, Murray qualifies second
• If Berdych beats Djokovic and Tsonga beats Murray…
 - Berdych wins group, Djokovic qualifies second
• If Djokovic beats Berdych in two sets and Tsonga beats Murray in two sets…
 - Djokovic wins group, Tsonga qualifies second
• If Djokovic beats Berdych in two sets and Tsonga beats Murray in three sets…
 - Djokovic wins group, Murray qualifies second
• If Djokovic beats Berdych in three sets and Tsonga beats Murray in two sets…
 - Djokovic wins group, Berdych qualifies second

• If Djokovic beats Berdych in three sets and Tsonga beats Murray in three sets…
 - Djokovic wins group, Murray qualifies second
• If Berdych beats Djokovic in two sets and Murray beats Tsonga in two sets…
 - Murray wins group, Berdych qualifies second
• If Berdych beats Djokovic in two sets and Murray beats Tsonga in three sets…
 - Berdych wins group, Djokovic qualifies second
• If Berdych beats Djokovic in three sets and Murray beats Tsonga in two sets…
 - Djokovic wins group, Murray qualifies second
• If Berdych beats Djokovic in three sets and Murray beats Tsonga in three sets…
 - Djokovic wins group, Murray qualifies second

• In the day session doubles match, No. 2 seeds and defending champions Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor against No. 5 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna (the head-to-head is tied, 2-2, all of the matches taking place this year and all of them being decided in straight sets). At night, No. 4 seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau take on No. 8 seeds and Wimbledon champions Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen (they have only played once before, with Marray and Nielsen winning a five-set thriller in this year’s Wimbledon final - Marray was the first Brit to reach the men’s doubles final there since 1960 and the first to win the title since 1936).

GROUP B DOUBLES - QUALIFICATION SCENARIOS
• Marray/Nielsen have already won the group
• The winner of the Mirnyi/Nestor vs Bhupathi/Bopanna match will qualify second

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FRIDAY GROUP A MATCH-UPS - FEDEX ATP Head 2 Head
(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs (5)Tomas Berdych (CZE)          Djokovic Leads 10-1
08 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-1
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-2
10 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass SF Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-6(9) 6-3
10 SRB vs. CZE WG SF (Serbia) Hard RR Novak Djokovic          4-6 6-3  6-2  6-4
10 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  Hard RR Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-3
11 Australian Open (Australia) Hard QF Novak Djokovic 6-1 7-6(5)  6-1
11 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-7(5)   6-2  4-2 ret
11 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati  Hard SF Novak Djokovic 7-5 ret
11 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  Hard RR Novak Djokovic 3-6 6-3 7-6(3)
12 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay SF Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-2
12 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4

 Novak Djokovic Tomas Berdych
 Sets Won: 21 7
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 2 2
 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 1 0
 Hard: 9 0
 Grass: 0 1

DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament History
• The Belgrade native has won his first two matches this week, opening on Monday with a 76(4) 63 victory over No 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (saving all three break points) and on Wednesday, rallying past No. 3 Andy Murray 46 63 75 in seventh meeting of year (leads 4-3)
• He is making his fifth straight appearance in the year-end finale (11-9 record) and he’s trying to reach the semi-finals for the third time…Won the title in ‘08 in Shanghai…In first two round robin matches, defeated del Potro and Davydenko, lost to Tsonga, and then beat Simon in three sets 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: 72-12 (47-5 on hard, 2-1 indoor, 15-12 in Tie-breaks, 21-10 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 has won a personal-best 72 matches (70-6 last year) and 5-5 record in finals…Has most wins on hard courts (47-5) and vs. Top 10 opponents (21-10)...Overall has reached semi-finals or better in 14 of 16 tournaments
• Clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking for a second straight year in Monday’s ranking (Nov. 5)…He is the first player to finish No. 1 in back-to-back seasons since Roger Federer from 2004-07…He is the ninth player to accomplish the feat since 1973
• On Tuesday, received two 2012 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals…ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett presented ATP World Tour No. 1 and Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year trophies on court
• 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 15-3 in decisive sets
• Ranks 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 27 of 30 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

BACK-TO-BACK YEAR-END NO. 1 – Djokovic is the ninth different player to finish No. 1 in back-to-back seasons (five players more than twice) in the South African Airways ATP Rankings (since 1973):
2011-12  Novak Djokovic
2004-07  Roger Federer
2001-02  Lleyton Hewitt
1993-98  Pete Sampras
1990-91  Stefan Edberg
1985-87  Ivan Lendl
1981-84  John McEnroe
1979-80  Bjorn Borg
1974-78  Jimmy Connors
 
BERDYCH FASTFACTS
 
Tournament History
• The 27-year-old Czech Republic native evened his round robin record (1-1) with a 75 36 61 victory over No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Wednesday…Opened on Monday with a 36 63 64 loss to No. 3 Andy Murray
• He is making his third Barclays ATP World Tour Finals appearance in a row (4-5 record) and last two years opened round robin play losing to Novak Djokovic (last year in third set TB)
• Reached semi-finals last year (after opening RR loss), defeating Tipsarevic and Ferrer before losing to Tsonga 63 75
• In 2010 (went 1-2), lost to Djokovic, beat Roddick and fell to Nadal in round robin play
2012 Highlights:
W(2): Montpellier (d Monfils); Stockholm (d Tsonga); F(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); Winston-Salem (l Isner); SF(4): Rotterdam (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); US Open (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (l Djokovic); QF(6): Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Halle (l Haas); Tokyo (l Nishikori); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (l Simon)
YTD W-L: 60-21 (40-13 on hard, 17-3 indoor, 20-15 in Tie-breaks, 7-12 vs. Top 10)
YTD Titles: 2
Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 6

2012 Review
• The top player from the Czech Republic has a 60-21 match record (previous high 53 last year) and has compiled a 40-13 record on hard courts, 17-3 indoor and 7-12 record vs. Top 10 opponents…First Czech player to win 60 matches since Petr Korda (61-29) in 1992
• Finished in Top 10 for a third straight year, highlighted by two ATP World Tour titles and two runner-up efforts…The last Czech player to finish in the Top 10 at least three years in a row was Ivan Lendl for 13 consecutive years from 1980-92
• Overall, reached QF or better 14 times, five in ATP Masters 1000 play, including last week in Paris (l. to Simon)…Played all nine ATP Masters 1000 events and compiled a 19-9 record
• He and countryman Radek Stepanek led Czech Republic to Davis Cup final (vs. Spain in Prague next weekend)…Went 5-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles (w/Stepanek)
• Earned indoor titles in Montpellier (d. Monfils) and Stockholm (d. Tsonga) and reached finals in ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Federer) in May and Winston-Salem (l. to Isner, held three MPs)  in August
• His best Grand Slam result was semi-finals at US Open (d. No. 1 Federer in QF, l. to Murray)…Also quarter-finalist at Australian Open (l. to Nadal)…Has reached QFs or better in all four Slams in career

(3) Andy Murray (GBR) vs (7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)            Murray Leads 6-1
07 Metz (France) Hard QF Andy Murray 6-3 6-3
08 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R128 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5  6-4  0-6 7-6(5)
09 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal  Hard SF Andy Murray 6-4 7-6(8)
10 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass QF Andy Murray      6-7(5) 7-6(5) 6-2   6-2
10 ATP  Masters 1000 Shanghai  Hard QF Andy Murray 6-2 6-2
11 London / Queen's Club (Great Britain)Grass Final Andy Murray            3-6 7-6(2)    6-4
12 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass SF Andy Murray            6-3 6-4 3-6 7-5
Other meeting:
04 Nottingham CH (England) Grass R16 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(5) 6-2

 Andy Murray Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
 Sets Won: 15 6
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 3 2
 Match Wins By Surface:
 Hard: 3 1
 Grass: 3 0

MURRAY FASTFACTS

Tournament History
• The 25-year-old Scot is trying to reach the semi-finals for the third time…Opened on Monday with a 36 63 64 victory over No. 5 Tomas Berdych, saving four of five break points (converted two of 12 break chances)…On Wednesday, lost to No. 1 Djokovic 46 63 75 in seventh meeting of season (3-4 record)
• He is making his fifth straight tournament appearance (8-6 record) and his best results are the semi-finals in 2008 and 2010…Last year lost to Ferrer in first match and then withdrew from the tournament due to a groin injury
• In three years he played full round robin schedule, went at least 2-1 each time
• In 2010, defeated Soderling and Ferrer (l. to Federer in RR) and Nadal in SF TB
• In 2009, went 2-1 in RR play but did not advance to SF
• In 2008 debut, defeated Roddick, Simon and Federer in RR play (l. to Davydenko in SF)

2012 Highlights:
W(3): Brisbane (d Dolgopolov); London Olympics (d Federer); US Open (d Djokovic); F(4): Dubai (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic); Wimbledon (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (l Djokovic); SF(2): Australian Open (l Djokovic); Tokyo (l Raonic); QF(3): ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Berdych); Barcelona (l Raonic); Roland Garros (l Ferrer)
qwYTD W-L: 55-15 (34-9 on hard, 2-2 indoor, 17-8 in Tie-breaks,11-7 vs. Top 10)
YTD Titles: 3/Career Titles: 24
Date of Birth: May 15, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 3

2012 Review
• The British No. 1 is trying to reach the semi-finals for 10th time this season…Has compiled a 55-15 match record (34-9 on hard courts), fourth time with at least 55 wins (66 in ’09, 58 in ’08, 56 last year)…Has 12 match wins after losing opening set (most on ATP World Tour along w/Federer)… Will finish No. 3 for first time in his career after four years in a row at No. 4
• Won three titles (Brisbane, London Olympics, US Open) and reached four other finals
• Has a 13-3 match record on British soil, highlighted by gold medal performance at London Olympics where he beat No. 2 Djokovic in SF and No. 1 Federer in final, winning all five sets and never losing serve (saved 13 break pts., nine vs. Federer)…First British man to win singles gold medal since 1908…Also earned silver medal in mixed doubles (w/Robson), losing to Azarenka-Mirnyi 10-8 in Match TB
• In seventh Wimbledon appearance, became first British man to reach final at All England Club since Bunny Austin in 1938, falling to Federer in four sets
• Earned first Grand Slam crown at US Open in fifth Slam final, defeating Djokovic in five sets…Became first British Grand Slam tournament champion since Fred Perry in ’36 US Chps.
• After US Open, three losses (8-4) came after holding match point – Tokyo SF (l. Raonic, held two MPs), Shanghai final (l. to Djokovic, held five MPs) and Paris 3R (l. to Janowicz, one MP)
• He opened year with title in Brisbane (d. Dolgopolov) and in March was runner-up in Dubai (l. to Federer)…On April 1, reached the final in Miami (l. to Djokovic)
• Also SF at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic)…Has advanced to SF or better in seven of last eight Grand Slam tournaments (QF at Roland Garros, l. to Ferrer)…Went 22-3 in Grand Slams (only behind Djokovic’s 24 wins)
 
TSONGA FASTFACTS

Tournament History
• The 27-year-old Frenchman opened with a 76(4) 63 loss to No. 1 Djokovic on Monday and followed with a 75 36 61 loss to No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych on Wednesday
• He is making his third year-end finale appearance (4-6 record), the second in a row…Last year became first French finalist since Sebastien Grosjean in Sydney in 2001 (l. to Hewitt)
• A year ago opened round robin play with a three-set loss to Federer and then defeated Fish, Nadal and Berdych in SF before losing 63 67 63 to Federer again in final
• In 2008 debut in Shanghai, lost to Davydenko and del Potro before beating Djokovic in three sets in final round robin match

2012 Highlights:
W(2): Doha (d Monfils); Metz (d Seppi); F(2): Beijing (l Djokovic); Stockholm (l Berdych); SF(3): Marseille (l Del Potro); Wimbledon (l Murray); Winston-Salem (l Isner); QF(8): 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); ATP  Masters 1000 Shanghai (l Berdych); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 55-24 (36-15 on hard, 13-6 indoor, 22-15 in Tie-breaks, 1-14 vs. Top 10)
YTD Titles: 2
Career Titles: 9
Date of Birth: April 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 8

2012 Review
• The top Frenchman comes in with a 55-24 match record and he will finish in Top 10 for fourth time in five years (except ‘10), highlighted by two ATP World Tour titles and two runner-up showings…Overall reached the QF or better in 15 tournaments, including five in an ATP Masters 1000 tournament…His 55 wins equals last year’s career-high
• Has a 36-15 record on hard courts and 13-6 indoor…Has struggled against Top 10 opponents with an 1-14 record and his lone win came over No. 9 del Potro in Rome in May)…Had 10-13 mark vs. Top 10 opponents last season
• Captured titles in Doha in opening week of the season (d. Monfils) and in September on home soil in Metz (d. Seppi)…Also runner-up in Beijing (l. to Djokovic) and Stockholm (l. to Berdych)
• In Grand Slam play, compiled a 13-4 record with SF at Wimbledon for second year in a row (l. to Murray), QF at Roland Garros for first time (l. to Djokovic in five sets), 4R at Australian Open (l. to Nishikori in five sets) and 2R at US Open (l. to Klizan)
• At London Olympics, QF in singles (l. to Djokovic) after beating Raonic 25-23 in 2R in longest set in Olympics singles history…Won silver medal in doubles (w/Llodra), losing to Bryan brothers
• One of three French different winners this year along with Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon
• Has a 9-7 career record in finals with six of his titles coming indoors

DOUBLES GROUP B MATCH

(2) Max MIRNYI / Daniel NESTOR v  (5) Mahesh BHUPATHI / Rohan BOPANNA
TIED 2 : 2
2012  ATP Masters 1000 Miami Hard (O) SF MIRNYI / NESTOR               6-2 6-4
2012  ATP Masters 1000 Rome Clay (O) QF BHUPATHI / BOPANNA         6-4 7-5
2012  Queen's/London Grass (O) QF MIRNYI / NESTOR               7-6(7) 6-4 
2012 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai Hard (O)  QF BHUPATHI / BOPANNA          7-6(7) 6-4

MIRNYI / NESTOR
Tournament History:
• The No. 2 seeds and reigning champions are 1-1 in round robin play this week…They opened on Monday with a 46 76(1) 12-10 victory over No. 4 Lindstedt-Tecau, saving one match point at 8-9 in Match TB…On Wednesday, lost to No. 8 Marray-Nielsen 76(3) 46 12-10 (after holding match point at 10-9)
• Last season they made their debut together in London and went undefeated (5-0), capping the week with a 75 63 victory over No. 8 Fyrstenberg-Matkowski in the final…Along the way, defeated  No. 1 Bryan brothers 76(6) 64 in the semi-finals after going  3-0 in Group B play
• Overall, Mirnyi is 20-14 in his ninth appearance, including a title run in 2006 (w/Bjorkman)
• Nestor is a four-time champion, winning in 2007 (w/Knowles) and 2008, ’10  (w/Zimonjic) along with last year…Overall the Canadian is 33-20 in his 14th year-end showing

2012 Review
• The veteran duo teamed together for a second straight year after a brief partnership in 2000, capturing four titles in six finals, including repeat Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros and following at the Queen’s Club on grass, defeating the Bryans in both finals
• They have compiled a 42-17 match record this season and they have not won back-to-back matches since June at Queen’s Club in London where they won the title (d. Bryans)…In last seven tournaments from Wimbledon leading into this week had a 4-7 record (after 37-9 start through Queen’s)
• They opened season with title in Brisbane (d. Melzer-Petzschner) and following month repeated title in Memphis (d. Dodig-Melo)
• Their runner-up showings came in ATP Masters 1000 tournaments in Miami (l. to Paes-Stepanek) and in Monte Carlo (l. to Bryans)
• Besides their title in Paris where they didn’t drop a set in six matches (12-0), other Grand Slam results included SF at Australian Open (l. to eventual champs Paes-Stepanek), second round at Wimbledon (l Bracciali-Knowle) and first round at US Open (l. to Johnson-Sock)
• The Canadian captured his 80th career doubles title with former partner Nenad Zimonjic in Basel and joined Mike Bryan (84), Todd Woodbridge (83) and Bob Bryan (82) as only players with 80 doubles titles in Open Era
 
BHUPATHI / BOPANNA

Tournament History:
• The No. 5 seeds are 1-1 this week in round robin play…They made their debut together at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 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
• Bhupathi is making his 12th appearance at the season finale, fifth in a row, and has a 22-22 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 the final in his debut in 1997 and 1999-2000… He was runner-up two years ago (w/Mirnyi) and he reached the 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 partnered for first full year and compiled a 2-2 record in finals, culminating the regular season on Sunday with their biggest title together at ATP Masters 1000 Paris (d. Qureshi-Rojer in final)
• They have compiled a 32-21 match record together, including a 16-8 mark in ATP Masters 1000 action…Struggled in Grand Slam events (3-4) and best showing 3R at Australian Open
• 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)
• 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

(4) Robert LINDSTEDT / Horia TECAU v (8) Jonathan MARRAY / Frederik NIELSEN
MARRAY / NIELSEN LEADS 1 : 0
2012 Wimbledon Grass (O) FR MARRAY / NIELSEN          4-6 6-4 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 6-3

LINDSTEDT / TECAU

Tournament History
• The Swedish-Romanian duo are 0-2 in Group B round robin play this week…They opened on Monday with a 46 76(1) 12-10 loss to No. 2 seeds and defending champions Mirnyi-Nestor on Monday (held one match point at 9-8)…On Wednesday they lost to No. 5 Bhupathi-Bopanna 63 57 10-5
• Last season they made their Barclays ATP World Tour Finals debut and opened with a 76 61 win over Bhupathi-Paes before losing in straight sets to the Bryans and Melzer-Petzschner

2012 Review
• The third-year duo have compiled a 44-21 match record this season and they are 4-3 in finals
• Played well in Grand Slam tournaments with a 12-4 record, highlighted by their third straight Wimbledon final (l. to Marray-Nielsen in five sets)
• Also compiled a 12-8 record in ATP Mastrs 1000 tournaments…Their biggest title came in August at ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati, defeating three London qualifiers: Granollers-M. Lopez in QF, Bryans in SF and Bhupathi-Bopanna in final
• Captured first title of season on clay in Bucharest (d. Chardy-Kubot) and two weeks later reached final at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Fyrstenberg-Matkowski)
• Put together strong results on grass with title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (d Cabal-Tursunov) and runner-up at Wimbledon where they fell to the wild card duo of Marray-Nielsen 6-3 in fifth set
• Returned to clay in Bastad and won title without dropping a set (d. Peya-Soares
• In  August, reached SF at ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (l. to Granollers-Lopez) and followed with title run in Cincinnati…At final Grand Slam event at US Open, lost in third round to Knowle-Polasek
• In final three tournaments coming into London, went 1-3 and Lindstedt retired in opening round match at ATP Masters 1000 Paris due to a neck injury

MARRAY / NIELSEN

Tournament History:
• The No. 8 seeds have reached the semi-finals and guaranteed of winning Group B in their Barclays ATP World Tour Finals debut, defeating No. 5 seeds Bhupathi-Bopanna 64 67(1) 12-10 after saving two match points at 8-9 and 9-10, and following with a 76(3) 46 12-10 win over No. 2 seeds and defending champions Mirnyi-Nestor, saving match point at 9-10
• Marray is the first native-born Briton to play doubles in the year-end championship (South African-born Neil Broad, who played in 1990 and ’96 in year-end finale, was member of British Davis Cup team in 1991)…Nielsen is the first Dane to qualify for season-ending finale
• “We’re pretty surprised we're through after two matches,” said Marray. “It wasn't something we really talked about. We were just coming here to try to enjoy and try to perform to the best of our abilities really. We can enjoy the next match really. There's no pressure on us again really. It's really a great situation, I think.”
• Nielsen added, “We were aware of the fact we were underdogs, [the] lowest ranked team, a special exempt due to a loophole in the rules. That's obviously something different. At the same time we're comfortable being here level wise. We weren't here just to make up the numbers."

2012 Review
• The surprise team in this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualified into their first year-end finale with Wimbledon crown…They have a 10-4 match record on the season in their sixth  tour level tournament…This is the first time they’ve won back-to-back matches together since their Wimbledon title run
• In June in their first pairing of the year leading into The Championships, they reached the Nottingham Challenger final (lost to Huey-Inglot)
• The wild card team at the All England Club began with a five-set first round win over Granollers-M. Lopez, one of four teams they beat en route that qualified for London…In third round, they edged out Qureshi-Rojer 7-5 in fifth set, followed with another five-set victory over Cerretani-Roger-Vasselin in QF, beat No. 2 seeds Bryans in four sets and No. 5 seeds Lindstedt-Tecau in five-set title match…Marray was first British doubles champion at Wimbledon since 1936 and Nielsen was first Dane to win doubles crown
• Following Wimbledon, they played together in four tournaments (2-4 record)  prior to this week’s season finale with first round in Cincinniati, Winston-Salem, second round at US Open (l. to Levine-Matosevic) and QF in Basel (l. to Fyrstenberg-Matkowski)
• In final tournament of regular season, Marray reached SF at ATP Masters 1000 Paris (w/Hanley)…This week Marray broke the Top 20 for the first time in his career at No. 20

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