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London Saturday Preview - Federer Into Semis, Ferrer & Del Potro Aim For Other Semi

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del Potro, Federer© AFP/Getty ImagesJuan Martin del Potro and Roger Federer face off for the second time in as many weeks.

• Roger Federer has qualified for the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, but the other qualifier from Group B isn’t known yet - it will be David Ferrer or Juan Martin del Potro.

• In the day session, No. 2 seed and two-time defending champion Roger Federer takes a   13-3 career record (6-1 this year) against No. 6 seed Juan Martin del Potro. But the 24-year-old Argentine  won their last meeting on Oct. 28 in the final of Basel and also pushed Federer the distance in their two meetings prior to that, losing a five-setter in the Roland Garros quarter-finals and 19-17 in the third set in the Olympic semi-finals. The Argentine also won their only previous meeting at this event (in 2009) and Federer leads 3-2 indoors. If Federer defeats del Potro, the Swiss finishes first in Group B and the night match determines who finishes second (if Ferrer wins, he finishes second; if Ferrer loses, del Potro finishes second).  If del Potro beats Federer, Federer and del Potro will be the two qualifiers from Group B (but who finishes first and who finishes second is more complicated – see scenarios below).

• Federer is on a 12-match winning streak at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (5-0 to win the title the past two years and 2-0 so far this year), the third-longest streak ever at this event. Federer had a 14-match winning streak from 2003 before losing in the ‘05 final and Lendl had a 14-match win streak from 1985 to ’87, lost in ’88 opening match. 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 than anyone with 41 (Lendl is next with 39 match wins). Federer is going for his 71st match win of the year, the fifth time in his career to reach 70 match wins, the last coming in 2006 when he won a personal-best 92 matches. Federer is 14-1 on British soil this year with his only loss coming to Murray in gold medal match of the London Olympics. Del Potro has a won
career-high 64 matches this year (previous-best was 54 in 2009). He is 7-13 against Top 10 players this year (1-6 vs. Federer, 6-7 vs. everyone else). Del Potro is trying to become just the third player ever to beat Federer at back-to-back indoor events, after beating him in Basel (Marc Rosset did it in 2000, Lleyton Hewitt did it in 2002). Del Potro is 7-17 against Top 2 players and actually has a better record against No. 1s:
 - vs No. 1s: 5-6 (three wins over Federer, one over Nadal, one over Djokovic)
 - vs No. 2s: 2-11 (one win over Nadal, one over Djokovic)

GROUP B SINGLES – SEMI-FINAL QUALIFICATION SCENARIOS
• If Federer defeats del Potro and Ferrer defeats Tipsarevic…
 - Federer wins group, Ferrer qualifies second
• If Federer defeats del Potro and Tipsarevic defeats Ferrer…
 - Federer wins group, del Potro qualifies second
• If del Potro defeats Federer and Tipsarevic defeats Ferrer…
 - del Potro wins group, Federer qualifies second
• If del Potro defeats Federer in two sets and Ferrer defeats Tipsarevic in two sets…
 - del Potro wins group, Federer qualifies second
• If del Potro defeats Federer in two sets and Ferrer defeats Tipsarevic in three sets…
- del Potro wins group, Federer qualifies second

• If del Potro defeats Federer in three sets and Ferrer defeats Tipsarevic in two sets…
 - Federer wins group, del Potro qualifies second
• If del Potro defeats Federer in three sets and Ferrer defeats Tipsarevic in three sets…
 - Federer wins group, del Potro qualifies second

• In the evening match, No. 4 seed David Ferrer brings a 3-1 record against No. 8 seed Janko Tipsarevic. But their only meeting in the last four years couldn’t have been closer, a 63 67(5) 26 63 76(4) win for Ferrer two months ago in the US Open quarter-finals (and Tipsarevic was up 4-1 in the fifth set).  Ferrer has an ATP World Tour-leading seven titles this year (Federer is next with six) and is tied with Djokovic for most ATP World Tour match wins this year (both have 73).  Ferrer could pass Nadal for the No. 4 ranking after this event (needs to win this match AND qualify for semi-finals, and then win his semi-final match - doesn’t matter what happens in final).  Ferrer is the first player to win 30 or more matches in a season on both clay and hard in five years (with 32 on clay and 30 on hard - Nadal had 31 on clay and 31 on hard in 2007). In the past 10 years, Ferrer is one of only four players to win seven ATP World Tour titles in a season (Federer has done it five times, Nadal three times and Djokovic once)
Tipsarevic had a career record of 134-138 from 2001 to 2010 with a career-high of No. 33, but has stepped it up big time in 2011 and 2012 (111-53 record with back-to-back Top 10 finishes). The Serb is 4-24 against Top 5 players, his last win over No. 1 Djokovic in Madrid.

• In the day doubles match, top seeds and World No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan look to reach the semi-finals for the fifth straight year as they take on Australian Open champions and No. 3 seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek. A win will guarantee the Bryans a spot in the semi-finals. The Bryans have a 4-2 career head-to-head record against Paes-Stepanek and they last met in the final of the US Open with the Bryans winning 63 64. They also met in the Australian Open final in January with Paes-Stepanek taking a 76 62 victory and their first Grand Slam crown together. In the evening session, No. 6 seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez look for their second win in as many meetings against No. 7 seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer. In April the Spaniards won in Monte-Carlo.

• SEMI-FINAL QUALIFICATION SCENARIOS
Paes / Stepanek have qualified for the semi-finals – The second semi-final spot of Group A will be determined on Saturday after the final round robin match is played:
1) IfIf B. BRYAN / M. BRYAN defeat L. PAES / R. STEPANEK and A. QURESHI / J. ROJER defeat M. GRANOLLERS / M. LOPEZ, then B. BRYAN / M. BRYAN win the group and L. PAES / R. STEPANEK qualify 2nd.
2)  If L. PAES / R. STEPANEK defeat B. BRYAN / M. BRYAN and M. GRANOLLERS / M. LOPEZ defeat A. QURESHI / J. ROJER, then L. PAES / R. STEPANEK win the group and M. GRANOLLERS / M. LOPEZ qualify 2nd.
3)  If L. PAES / R. STEPANEK defeat B. BRYAN / M. BRYAN and A. QURESHI / J. ROJER defeat M. GRANOLLERS / M. LOPEZ, then L. PAES / R. STEPANEK win the group and B. BRYAN / M. BRYAN qualify 2nd.
4)  If B. BRYAN / M. BRYAN defeat L. PAES / R. STEPANEK in 2 sets and M. GRANOLLERS / M. LOPEZ defeat A. QURESHI / J. ROJER in 2 sets, then B. BRYAN / M. BRYAN win the group and L. PAES / R. STEPANEK qualify 2nd.
5)  If B. BRYAN / M. BRYAN defeat L. PAES / R. STEPANEK in 2 sets and M. GRANOLLERS / M. LOPEZ defeat A. QURESHI / J. ROJER in 3 sets, then B. BRYAN / M. BRYAN win the group and L. PAES / R. STEPANEK qualify 2nd.
6)  If B. BRYAN / M. BRYAN defeat L. PAES / R. STEPANEK in 3 sets and M. GRANOLLERS / M. LOPEZ defeat A. QURESHI / J. ROJER in 2 sets, then L. PAES / R. STEPANEK win the group and B. BRYAN / M. BRYAN qualify 2nd.
7)  If B. BRYAN / M. BRYAN defeat L. PAES / R. STEPANEK in 3 sets and M. GRANOLLERS / M. LOPEZ defeat A. QURESHI / J. ROJER in 3 sets, then L. PAES / R. STEPANEK win the group and B. BRYAN / M. BRYAN qualify 2nd.

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(2) Roger Federer (SUI) vs (6) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)   Federer Leads 13-3
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 JM 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
12 Basel (Switzerland) Hard (I) Final Juan Martin del Potro 6-4  6-7(5) 7-6(3)

 Roger Federer Juan Martin del Potro
 Sets Won: 35 12
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 6 4

 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 3 0
 Hard: 8 3
 Grass: 2 0

FEDERER FASTFACTS

Tournament History
• The reigning two-time champion and record six-time title holder has qualified for the semi-finals for the 10th time in 11 years (missed in ’08)…He opened on Tuesday with a 63 61 win over No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic, never facing a break point…He followed with a  64 76(5) victory over No. 4 David Ferrer, saving nine of 10 break points
• Has won 12 matches in a row at The O2 since losing to Davydenko in ’09 semi-finals…His personal-best is 14 straight match wins from 2003-04 until losing in ’05 final (l. to Nalbandian)
Ivan Lendl also won a season finale 14 consecutive matches from 1985-87 (lost in ’88)
• Has an 8-2 career record in final round robin matches and looking to finish round robin play undefeated for the eighth time (2002-06, ’10-11)…Did not advance out of RR play (1-2) in ‘08
• He is playing in his 11th straight year-end championship and the only other players to do that are Ivan Lendl (12) and Pete Sampras (11)
• Has a 41-7 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)
• His sixth title last year allowed him to pass Lendl and Sampras with five each…Lendl is last player to win three titles in a row from 1985-87

2012 Highlights:
W: 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: Halle (l Haas); London Olympics (l Murray); Basel (l Del Potro); SF: Doha (W/O vs Tsonga); Australian Open (l Nadal); ATP 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: 70-10 (40-5 on hard, 10-2 indoor, 20-13 in Tie-breaks, 15-7 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 in with a 70-10 match record on the season 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 14-1 record on British soil this season
• Will finish in Top 2 for ninth time in 10 years and has records of 40-5 on hard, 15-2 on grass and 15-3 on clay…His 877 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 15-7 record vs. Top 10 opponents and has the best record after losing first set (12-8) …Also 14-2 in decisive-set matches
• 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)…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

70 MATCH WINS TRIO –  Federer is one of three players with at least 70 match wins this year. This is the first time since 2003 there are three players who have won 70 matches on the ATP World Tour:
       2012   W-L Titles  2003   W-L   Titles
       1)  David Ferrer  73-15     7  1) Roger Federer 78-17 7
      Novak Djokovic  73-12     5  2) Andy Roddick 72-19    6 
       3)  Roger Federer  70-10     6  3) Rainer Schuettler 71-30 2

DEL POTRO FASTFACTS

Tournament History
• The 24-year-old Argentine is 1-1 in Group B round robin play this week…He opened on Tuesday with a 63 36 64 loss to No. 4 David Ferrer…Only won 47% of second serve points to Ferrer’s 68%...On Thursday, defeated No. 8 seed Janko Tipsarevic 60 64
• He is making his third appearance in the year-end finale (5-5 record), his first since reaching the final in 2009 (l. to Davydenko), his previous semi-final or better result…Lost his opening RR match to Murray and then won three-setters over Verdasco, Federer and Soderling
• He is the only new addition in the field from last year
• In 2008, made his debut in Shanghai and went 1-2 in round robin play, losing to Djokovic and Davydenko with a win over Tsonga in between

2012 Highlights:
W(4): Marseille (d Llodra); Estoril (d Gasquet); Vienna (d Zemlja); Basel (d Federer); F(1): 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: 64-16 (39-11 on hard, 19-3 indoor, 27-17 in Tie-breaks, 7-13 vs. Top 10)
YTD Titles: 4/Career Titles: 13
Date of Birth: September 23, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7

2012 Review
• The Tandil native has won a career-high 64 matches (48 last year), surpassing his previous best (54) in 2009...He’s trying to reach his 10th semi-final of the season
• Has compiled a 39-11 record on hard courts (19-3 indoor w/three titles)…Overall reached QF or better in 14 tournaments and had 27-17 TB record (most TBs won in Top 10)
• The top Argentine will finish in Top 10 for the first time in three years, highlighted by four ATP World Tour titles in five finals (also won four titles in 2008)
• Following quarter-final loss to Djokovic at US Open on Sept. 6, won 11 straight matches with Davis Cup win (d. Stepanek) and back-to-back indoor titles in Vienna (d. Zemlja) and Basel (d. Federer in third set TB) …His streak ended with 3R loss in Paris (l. to Llodra) last week
• Also won titles in Marseille in February (d. Llodra) in February and repeated on clay in Estoril in May (d. Gasquet) while runner-up in Rotterdam…Has a 13-5 record in finals (3-3 indoors)
• At London Olympics, lost a record 4:26h SF marathon, 19-17 in third set vs. Federer and came back to beat No. 2 Djokovic in bronze medal match
• In Grand Slam play, compiled a 15-4 mark, with QF at Australian Open (l. to Federer), Roland Garros (l. to Federer in five sets) and US Open (l. to Djokovic) and fourth round at Wimbledon (l. to Ferrer)…Defeated Roddick at US Open 4R in American’s final match
• Has a 7-13 record vs Top 10 opponents this year with six losses coming to Federer (1-6)

(4) David Ferrer (ESP) vs (8) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)                Ferrer Leads 3-1
07 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (USA)Hard R32 David Ferrer 6-1 6-3
08 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay R16 David Ferrer 6-4 6-0
08 Beijing Olympics (China) Hard R64 Janko Tipsarevic 7-6(8) 6-2
12 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard QF David Ferrer    6-3  6-7(5) 2-6  6-3  7-6(4)

 David Ferrer Janko Tipsarevic
 Sets Won: 7 4
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 1 2
 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 1 0
 Hard: 2 1

FERRER FASTFACTS

Tournament History
• The 30-year-old Spaniard is 1-1 in Group B round robin play this week…He opened on Tuesday with a 63 36 64 win over No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro and on Thursday he lost 64 76(5) to No. 2 Roger Federer for the 14th time ...Converted only one of 10 break pts.
• He’s trying to reach his third semi-final at the year-end finale in his fourth appearance…Has a 7-7 career record…His best result was a runner-up in Shanghai in 2007 (l. to Federer) after round robin wins over Djokovic, Nadal, Gasquet and Roddick in SF
• Last year reached SF with wins over No. 3 Murray and No. 1 Djokovic, lost to Berdych in round robin play before falling to Federer 75 63
• In 2010, lost all three RR matches in straight sets (Federer, Soderling, Murray)

2012 Highlights:
W(7): Auckland (d Rochus); Buenos Aires (d Almagro); Acapulco (d Verdasco); s-Hertogenbosch (d Petzschner); Bastad (d Almagro); Valencia (d Dolgopolov); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (d Janowicz); F(1): Barcelona (l Nadal); SF(4): ATP World Tour 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 World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); Wimbledon (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 73-15 (30-8 on hard, 13-2 indoor, 20-13 in Tie-breaks, 7-9 vs. Top 10)
YTD Titles: 7
Career Titles: 18
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 5

2012 Review
• The Valencia resident is trying to reach his 13th semi-final of the season and his career-best 11-match winning streak ended against Federer on Thursday (also won 11 in a row earlier this year)...Leads ATP World Tour with seven titles (in eight finals) and his 73 match wins is a personal-best (previous-best 61 wins,three titles in ‘07)…Djokovic also has won 73 matches
• Has played in most singles matches (88) on ATP World Tour and in his career (previous hight 84 in ’07 and ‘10)
• Last two weeks won back-to-back titles in his hometown Valencia (d. Dolgopolov) and his first ATP Masters 1000 crown in Paris (d. Janowicz) last Sunday…He is oldest first-time ATP Masters 1000 winner since Ivan Ljubicic (31) in Indian Wells in 2010
• He is only player to win multiple titles on clay and hard courts this year and is first player since Nadal in 2007 to win at least 30 matches on clay and hard courts…Has records of 32-5 on clay and 30-8 on hard courts (13-2 indoor)…Also personal-best 11-2 on grass… Has best match winning percentage (.929) in decisive-set matches (13-1)
• Captured titles on three surfaces: Auckland,  Valencia aned ATP Masters 1000 Paris on hard, Buenos Aires, Acapulco and Bastad on clay, and ‘s-Hertogenbosch on grass…Also runner-up on clay in Barcelona (l. to Nadal)…Overall reached QF or better in 16 tournaments
• Ranks in Top 4 in all four return of serve categories and No. 2 in second serve points (57%) and No. 8 in service games won (86%)
• Led his country to Davis Cup final for fourth time in past five years (vs. Czech Republic in Prague next weekend) with 4-0 singles record
• Compiled a career-best 18-4 record in Grand Slam tournaments, reaching SF at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal) and US Open (l. to Djokovic) along with QF at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic) and Wimbledon (l. to Murray)…It was first time reached QFs (better) in a season
• In doubles, lost bronze medal match at London Olympics (w/F.Lopez) to Benneteau-Gasquet
• One of four Spaniards to win an ATP World Tour title this year (Ferrer-7, Nadal-4, Almagro-2, Andujar-1)…Spain has won a season-high 14 titles (in 21 finals) and have led ATP World Tour in titles for past six years

SEVEN TITLES CLUB – Ferrer is one of only four different players to win at least seven ATP World Tour titles in a season over the past 10 years (since 2003):
2012 – David Ferrer   7
2011 – Novak Djokovic  10
2010 – Rafael Nadal  7
2008 – Nadal   8
2007 – Roger Federer 8
2006 – Federer   12
2005 – Federer, Nadal  11
2004 – Federer   11
2003 – Federer   7

2012 MATCH WINS LEADERS – Ferrer leads the ATP World Tour in match wins and titles this year:
   W-L Titles
       1) David Ferrer  73-14     7
2)  Novak Djokovic  72-12     5
       3)  Roger Federer  69-10     6
4)  Juan Martin del Potro 63-16     4
5)  Tomas Berdych  60-21     2
 
TIPSAREVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament History
• The 28-year-old Belgrade native is 0-2 in Group B round robin action this week…He opened on Tuesday losing to No. 2 Roger Federer 63 61, and on Thursday he lost to No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro 60 64…He’s been broken eight times in his first two matches
• Last year as an alternate came in for injured Andy Murray and played two RR matches… Lost to Berdych in a third-set TB before beating countryman Djokovic 63 36 63

2012 Highlights:
W(1): Stuttgart (d Monaco); F(2): Chennai (l Raonic); Gstaad (l Bellucci); SF(5): Marseille (l Llodra); ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (l Djokovic); Bangkok (l Simon); Vienna (l Zemlja); QF(6): Dubai (l Djokovic); ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l Murray); Barcelona (l Nadal); US Open (l Ferrer); Tokyo (l Raonic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (l Janowicz)
YTD W-L: 57-27 (31-17 on hard, 11-8 indoor, 24-15 in Tie-breaks, 3-9 vs. Top 10)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: June 22, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 9

2012 Review
• The No. 2 Serb (behind Djokovic) has compiled a career-best 57-27 match record (most wins) and one of two players (Ferrer) to win at least 20 matches on clay (21-7) and hard courts (31-17)…Had a career record of 134-138 from 2001-10 with career-high rank of No. 33 in May ’08 and past two years is 111-53… Has ranked in Top 10 every week since Nov. 14, 2011
• Put together his second straight Top 10 season by reaching QF or better in 14 tournaments, including US Open for first time, and SF in pair ATP Masters 1000 events in Madrid (l. to Federer) and Toronto (l. to Djokovic)….Also QF in Miami (l. to Murray) and Paris (d. No. 10 Monaco, l. to Janowicz)
• In July, he captured his first career ATP World Tour title on clay in Stuttgart (d. Monaco) and opened season with a runner-up in Chennai (l. to Raonic)…Also finalist in Gstaad (l. to Bellucci) in July
• In Grand Slam play, had an 11-4 record with QF at US Open (l. to. Ferrer in fifth set TB), 4R at Roland Garros (l. to Almagro) and 3R at Australian Open (l. to Gasquet) and Wimbledon (l. to Youzhny)
• Has a 3-9 record vs. Top 10 opponents with two wins coming on clay in May over countryman No. 1 Djokovic in QF of Madrid and over No. 7 Berdych in World Team Championship final in Duesseldorf …Last week defeated No. 10 Monaco in 3R of Paris

DOUBLES GROUP A MATCH

(1)Bob BRYAN / Mike BRYAN v (3) Leander PAES / Radek STEPANEK
BRYAN / BRYAN LEADS 4 : 2
2006  ATP Masters 1000 Rome Clay (O) R16 BRYAN / BRYAN               6-1 7-5
2012  Sydney  Hard (O) QF BRYAN / BRYAN              7-6(5) 7-6(7)
2012  Australian Open Hard (O) FR PAES / STEPANEK              7-6(1) 6-2
2012  ATP Masters 1000 Miami Hard (O) SF PAES / STEPANEK            6-4 6-4
2012  ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay (O) QF BRYAN / BRYAN               6-2 6-0
2012  US Open  Hard (O) FR BRYAN / BRYAN               6-3 6-4

BRYAN / BRYAN

Tournament History
• The top seeds and three-time champions (2003-04, ’09) look to reach their fifth consecutive semi-final and eighth overall in the year-end finale (26-14 record)
• They opened on Monday with a 75 57 11-9 loss to No. 6 seeded Spaniards Granollers and M. Lopez (held one match point at 9-8) and followed on Thursday with a 75 64 win over No. 7 seeds Qureshi and Rojer
• Last season they advanced to the semi-finals, losing to eventual champions Mirnyi-Nestor 76 64…They also were finalists in 2008 (l. to Nestor-Zimonjic)
• They have qualified for the season-ending championship 11 times (did not play in ’07 due to Mike injury)…They have a 6-3 record in final round robin matches 

2012 Review
• The American twins have a 60-12 match record on the season and this is the seventh straight year they have won at least 60 matches (and eighth in last nine)…They snapped a three-match losing on Thursday after falling in the opening round in Shanghai and Paris and here on Monday
• They have finished No. 1 for a record eighth time in past 10 years, highlighted by a 7-3 record in finals...They have won a team record 82 titles together and they are only team in the Open Era (since 1968) to win at least five titles for 10 years in a row and 750 matches
• They earned their record-tying 12th Grand Slam title at US Open (d. Paes-Stepanek) and won gold medal at London Olympics (d. Llodra-Tsonga) along ATP Masters 1000 titles in Monte Carlo (d. Mirnyi-Nestor) and Toronto (d. Granollers-M. Lopez)
• They have won at least one Grand Slam crown for eight straight years and are tied with Aussie Hall of Famers John Newcombe and Tony Roche for Slam titles
• Overall they compiled a 20-3 match record in Grand Slam play and 16-6 in ATP Masters 1000 tournaments…They were finalists at Australian Open (l. to Paes-Stepanek) and at Roland Garros (l. to Mirnyi-Nestor)…They reached SF at Wimbledon (l. to eventual champs Marray-Nielsen)…They also captured titles in Sydney in opening tournament of year, Nice in May and Beijing in October for third time in four years
• With Beijing title, Mike became all-time doubles titles leader in Open Era with his 84th crown, eclipsing Todd Woodbridge’s record of 83

PAES / STEPANEK

Tournament History
• The No. 3 seeds have qualified for the semi-finals and they are playing in the season finale for the first time together…They opened on Tuesday with a 64 75 victory over No. 7 Qureshi-Rojer…They saved all six break points…On Thursday, they beat Granollers-M. Lopez 75 64
• The 39-year-old Paes is making his 14th appearance (21-27 record) and has reached four finals – 1997, 1999 and 2000 (w/Bhupathi) and ’05 (w/Zimonjic) …He is playing in the year-end championship for the eighth straight season...Last year lost in the SF (w/Bhupathi)
• Stepanek was a singles alternate in the ’08 Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai and replaced Andy Roddick, who withdrew with an ankle injury…Lost to Federer and Simon in straight sets

2012 Review
• The first-year duo have compiled a 32-9 match record, winning three of five finals… They have played well in big tournaments with titles at Australian Open (d. Bryans) and ATP Masters 1000 events in Miami (d. Mirnyi-Nestor) and Shanghai (d. Bhupathi-Bopanna)
• After opening year with QF in Brisbane, put together strong fortnight in Melbourne, losing only one set in their six matches…Went 4-0 in tie-breaks
• In 12 tournaments together (coming into London), reached QF or better nine times
• In final Grand Slam tournament, reached final at US Open, getting to title match without dropping a set before falling 63 64 to Bryan brothers
• In October played two events in Tokyo (l. to Peya-Soares) and following week earned title at ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (d. Bhupathi-Bopanna 10-5 in Match TB)
• The Indian captured his 50th career doubles crown in Miami (later winning his 51st) and one of five active players to accomplish feat, joining Mike Bryan (84), Bob Bryan (82), Daniel Nestor (80) and former partner Mahesh Bhupathi (51)…He began season with title in Chennai (w/Tipsarevic in first-time pairing)

(6) Marcel GRANOLLERS / Marc LOPEZ v (7) Aisam QURESHI / Jean-Julien ROJER
GRANOLLERS / LOPEZ LEADS 1 : 0
2012 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay (O) R32 GRANOLLERS / LOPEZ 6-4 6-4

GRANOLLERS / M. LOPEZ

Tournament History:
• The No. 6 seeds are 1-1 in round robin play this week…They made their debut at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 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
• They are the first Spanish duo to play in the season finale since Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez in 1994…Casal-Sanchez won 44 titles together during their career and they were finalists at the year-end championship in 1988 and ‘90

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 37-16 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

QURESHI  / ROJER

Tournament History
• The No. 7 seeds are 0-2 in round robin play this week…They made their season finale debut  together on Tuesday, losing to No. 3 seeds Paes-Stepanek 64 75 and on Thursday they lost to No.1 Bryan brothers 75 64
• The 32-year-old Qureshi made his debut last year (w/Bopanna) and went winless (0-3) in RR
• The 31-year-old Rojer is appearing in his first year-end championship after serving as an alternate last season (w/Butorac)

2012 Review
• The first-year duo compiled a 2-1 record in ATP World Tour finals and played well in Grand Slam tournaments with an 11-4 match record and two SF results (34-24 overall record)
• After a slow start (5-9) in first four months, won first title on clay in Estoril in May (d. Knowle-Marrero) and continued consistent play with SF in Nice and Roland Garros (l. to Bryans in both)
• On grass, captured title in Halle (d. Huey-Lipsky) and lost in 3R at Wimbledon to eventual champions Marray-Nielsen 7-5 in fifth set (after losing first two sets)
• During summer hard court circuit, lost in QF in Match TB in Toronto and Cincinnati before putting together SF run at US Open (l. to eventual champs Bryans)
• Finished season strong with SF in Stockholm and runner-up at ATP Masters 1000 Paris (l. to Bhupathi-Bopanna)…In second round win over F. Lopez-Zimonjic, saved two match points and prevailed 17-15 in Match TB

 

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