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London Thursday Preview - Federer, Ferrer In Pole Position In Group B

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Ferrer© Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer leads the tour with seven titles in 2012.

• The second Group B round robin matches on Thursday feature the top two title leaders on the ATP World Tour in 2012 and the oldest players in this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

• In the day session, No. 2 seed and reigning two-time champion Roger Federer (31) meets No. 4 seed David Ferrer (30), a match-up between the two 30-somethings in the field. The last time two 30-year-olds played in the year-end finale was in 2001 with Andre Agassi (31) and Goran Ivanisevic (30) in Sydney although they did not meet. Both players are 1-0 in Group B of the round robin portion, winning their first matches on Tuesday (Federer beat Tipsarevic in straight sets, Ferrer beat del Potro in three sets). Federer leads their head-to-head, 13-0, winning 10 of the matches in straight sets (he has also won all five indoor meetings in straight sets, including the last two years here). Federer has a dominant mark against two other active players (14-0 vs Mikhail Youzhny and 13-0 vs. Jarkko Nieminen).

• Federer will qualify if:
 - Federer defeats Ferrer in two sets
 - Federer defeats Ferrer AND Tipsarevic defeats del Potro
• Ferrer will qualify if:
 - Ferrer defeats Federer AND del Potro defeats Tipsarevic

• Federer is the most successful player in the history of the year-end championship, winning more titles than anyone with six (Lendl and Sampras are next with five each) and more match wins than anyone with 40 (Lendl is next with 39). Federer has a 101-1 record against 30-over opponents since losing to Agassi (31) in final of Miami in 2002. His only 30-over loss since then (in 10 years, seven months) was to Tommy Haas (34) in the Halle final in June. Federer is going for his 70th match win of the year, which would be the fifth time in his career he reached 70 match wins, the last coming in 2006 when he compiled a personal-best 92 wins (he had 81 in ’05, 74 in ’04 and 78 in ’03). Federer is 13-1 on British soil this year with his only loss to Murray in the gold medal match at the London Olympics). Federer received two ATP World Tour Awards on Wednesday: Fans’ Favorite (10th straight time) and Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award (eighth time).

• Ferrer has an ATP World Tour-leading seven titles this year (Federer is next with six) and  and 73 match wins (Djokovic is next with 72). Ferrer could pass Nadal for the No. 4 ranking  by reaching the final with two or three RR wins - if he goes 1-2 in RR and qualifies for SFs, would need to win title).  Ferrer is the first player to win 30 or more matches in a season on both clay (32) and hard (30) courts since countryman Rafael Nadal five years ago (he won 31 on clay and hard). Federer and Ferrer both have 11-match winning streaks on the line today, Federer at this event since 2010) and Ferrer during the past two weeks with titles in Valencia and last week in Paris, his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown.

• In the evening session , No. 6 seed Juan Martin del Potro brings a 3-0 career head-to-head record (7-0 in sets) against No. 8 seed Janko Tipsarevic.  Both players are 0-1 in Group B of the round robin portion, losing their first matches on Tuesday (del Potro lost to Ferrer in three sets, Tipsarevic lost to Federer in straight sets). The 24-year-old del Potro has won a career-high 63 matches this year (previous-best was 54 in 2009). He is 6-13 against Top 10 players this year (1-6 vs. Federer, 5-7 vs. others). 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 2011-12  with an 111-52 record and back-to-back Top 10 finishes. Tipsarevic is one of two players (Ferrer) this year to win 20 or more matches on both clay (21) and hard (31) court. 

• In the day doubles match, No. 3 seeds and Australian Open champions Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek meet No. 6 seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez for the second time. They played in the US Open semi-finals and Lopez retired in the first set tie-break due to a calf injury. Both teams won their first round robin match. In the evening session, World No. 1 and US Open champions Bob and Mike Bryan take on No. 7 seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer. The Bryans have won five of the six meetings this year (3-0 on hard). They last met in the semi-finals at the US Open in September with the Bryans winning 63 64.

• Paes/Stepanek will qualify if:
 - Paes/Stepanek defeat Granollers/Lopez in two sets
 - Paes/Stepanek defeat Granollers/Lopez AND Qureshi/Rojer defeat Bryan/Bryan
• Granollers/Lopez will qualify if:
 - Granollers/Lopez defeat Paes/Stepanek AND Bryan/Bryan defeat Qureshi/Rojer

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(2) Roger Federer (SUI) vs (4) David Ferrer (ESP)                   Federer Leads 13-0
03 Vienna (Austria) Hard (I) R32 Roger Federer 6-2 6-2
05 Doha (Qatar) Hard R32 Roger Federer 6-1 6-1
06 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard SF Roger Federer 6-1 6-4
06 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay QF Roger Federer 6-1 6-3
06 Basel (Switzerland) Carpet(I) QF Roger Federer 6-3 7-6(14)
07 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay QF Roger Federer 6-4 6-0
07 ATP Masters Series Hamburg  Clay QF Roger Federer 6-3 4-6 6-3
07 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard (I) F Roger Federer 6-2 6-3 6-2
09 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard R16 Roger Federer 3-6 6-3 6-4
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay SF Roger Federer 7-5 3-6 6-3
10 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I) RR Roger Federer 6-1 6-4
11 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I) SF Roger Federer 7-5 6-3
12 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay QF Roger Federer 6-4 6-4

 Roger Federer David Ferrer
 Sets Won: 27 3
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 1 0
 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 5 0
 Hard: 7 0
 Carpet: 1 0


Tournament History
• The reigning two-time champion and record six-time title holder opened on Tuesday with a 63 61 win over No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic…Never faced a break point and only lost one point on first serve (winning 20 of 21 points) despite 51% 1st serve mark
• Has won 11 matches in a row at The O2 since losing to Davydenko in ’09 semi-finals
• Has a 10-0 career record in second round robin matches and looking to reach the semi-finals for the 10th time in 11 appearances…Only time he 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 40-7 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
• 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: 69-10 (39-5 on hard, 9-2 indoor, 19-13 in Tie-breaks, 14-7 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 is attempting to win his 70th match of the season (69-10) and the last time he won at least 70 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 13-1 record on British soil this season
• Will finish in Top 2 for ninth time in 10 years and has records of 39-5 on hard, 15-2 on grass and 15-3 on clay…His 876 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 14-7 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

MATCH WINS LEADERS – With his victory on Tuesday, Federer moved to No. 4 in the Open Era career match wins leaders list:
    Match Wins
1) Jimmy Connors  1,243
2) Ivan Lendl  1,071
3) Guillermo Vilas  923
4) Roger Federer  876
5) John McEnroe  875

YEAR-END WINS LEADERS – Federer is the leader with 40 career match wins in the year-end championship. Here are the leaders:
    W-L Titles
1) Roger Federer  40-7    6
2) Ivan Lendl  39-10    5
3) Boris Becker  36-13    3
4) Pete Sampras  35-14    5
5) Ilie Nastase  22-3    4
Andre Agassi  22-20    1


Tournament History
• The 30-year-old Spaniard opened on Tuesday with a 63 36 64 win over No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro…He won 68% of second serve points to del Potro’s 47%
• He is making his fourth appearance in year-end finale (7-6 record), third in a row…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: 73-14 (30-7 on hard, 13-1 indoor, 20-12 in Tie-breaks, 7-8 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 enters with a career-best 11-match winning streak (also earlier this year) and leads the ATP World Tour with seven titles (in eight finals) and 73 match wins (previous-best 61 wins, three titles in ‘07)… Has played in most singles matches (87)
• 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 30-7 on hard courts (13-1 indoors)…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 (vs. Czech Republic) 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

– 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

(6) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) vs (8)Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) del Potro Leads 3-0
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard R32 Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4 6-1
11 Delray Beach (U.S.A.) Hard F Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4 6-4
11 SRB vs. ARG WG SF (Serbia) Hard RR Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5 6-3 6-4


Tournament History
• The Argentine 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%
• He is making his third appearance in the year-end finale (4-5 record), his first since reaching the final in 2009 (l. to Davydenko)…Lost his opening RR match to Murray and then won consecutive 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

del Potro FastFacts:
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: 63-16 (38-11 on hard, 18-3 indoor, 27-17 in Tie-breaks, 6-13 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 63 matches, surpassing his previous best (54) in 2009... Has also compiled a 38-11 record on hard courts (18-3 indoors 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 6-13 record vs Top 10 opponents this year with half his losses coming to Federer (1-6)

Tournament History
• The 28-year-old Belgrade native opened Group B play on Tuesday, losing to No. 2 Roger Federer 63 61
• 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: 57-26 (31-16 on hard, 11-7 indoor, 24-15 in Tie-breaks, 3-8 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 57-26 match record (most wins) and one of two players (Ferrer) to win at least 20 matches on clay (21-7) and hard courts (31-16)…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 111-52… 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 3-8 record vs. Top 10 opponents with two wins coming on clay 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


(3) Leander PAES / Radek STEPANEK v (6)Marcel GRANOLLERS / Marc LOPEZ
2012 U.S. Open Hard (O) SF PAES / STEPANEK         6-6 RET (Lopez calf injury)


Tournament History
• The No. 3 seeds are playing in the season finale for the first time together and they opened on Tuesday with a 64 75 victory over No. 7 Qureshi-Rojer…They saved all six break points
• The 39-year-old Paes is making his 14th appearance (20-27 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 31-9 match record, winning three of five finals … 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)


Tournament History:
• The No. 6 seeds 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
• 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

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 37-15 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)
• Only played in one tournament, Valencia (QF), after US Open, since Granollers missed one month of action due to an abdominal injury

(1)Bob BRYAN / Mike BRYAN v (7) Aisam QURESHI / Jean-Julien ROJER
2012  Sydney                         Hard (O) R16 BRYAN / BRYAN                       7-5 6-4
2012  ATP Masters 1000 Madrid        Clay (O) R16 QURESHI / ROJER                    4-6 6-4 [18-16]
2012 Nice                         Clay (O) SF BRYAN / BRYAN                       6-4 6-4
2012  Roland Garros                           Clay (O) SF BRYAN / BRYAN                       6-3 7-6(6)
2012  ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati   Hard (O) QF BRYAN / BRYAN                       4-6 6-4 [10-4]
2012  U.S. Open                         Hard (O) SF BRYAN / BRYAN                       6-3 6-4


Tournament History
• The top seeds and three-time champions (2003-04, ’09) 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)
• They have a 25-14 career match record together at the year-end finale and last season they advanced to the semi-finals (or better) for the fourth straight year (l. to Mirnyi-Nestor) and seventh overall …Also finalists in 2008
• 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 second round robin matches 

2012 Review
• The American twins 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 have a 59-12 match record on the season and are trying to win at least 60 matches for a seventh straight year and eighth in last nine…They are trying to snap a three-match losing streak after falling in the opening round in Shanghai and Paris and here on Monday
• 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


Tournament History
• The No. 7 seeds made their season finale debut  together on Tuesday, losing to No. 3 seeds Paes-Stepanek 64 75
• 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 (34-23 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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