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London Wednesday Preview - Rivals Meet For Seventh Time This Year

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Djokovic, Murray© Red PhotographicNovak Djokovic and Andy Murray will face off for the seventh time this season.

• Group A returns to the court on Wednesday in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, with an all-star rematch of the marathon US Open and Shanghai finals first up in the day session.

• The first singles match of the day session features World No. 1 Novak Djokovic against     No. 3  Andy Murray in one of the most competitive rivalries of the season. This is their seventh meeting of the year (tied 3-3) with three of those meetings being particularly close - the Australian Open semi-finals (Djokovic won in a 4:50h five-setter), the US Open final (Murray won in a 4:54h five-setter) and the Shanghai final on Oct. 14 (Djokovic  won in 3:21h, saving five match points). They also met in the semi-finals of the London Olympics with Murray winning 75 75. This is their first meeting in a season finale and only the second indoor match in their rivalry (Djokovic won their previous meeting in ‘06 Madrid. Overall, Djokovic leads the rivalry  9-7, including 7-6 on hard courts.

• Djokovic, who has won 26 of his past 29 matches since losing in the bronze medal match at the Olympics on Aug. 5, received two 2012 ATP World Tour Awards on Tuesday: ATP World Tour No. 1 (after his second straight No. 1 ranking) and the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year (for his contributions through the Novak Djokovic Foundation, his role as a UNICEF ambassador and other charitable ventures). Murray is 9-13 against World No. 1s, compiling an 8-8 record in non-Grand Slam events (1-5 in Grand Slams). He has won three of his last four matches (this year) against World No. 1s (d. Djokovic in Dubai, l. to Djokovic in Miami, d. Federer at London Olympics and d. Federer again last month in Shanghai).

• Both players are 1-0 in Group A of the round robin portion, winning their first matches on Monday (Djokovic beat Tsonga in straight sets, Murray beat Berdych in three sets).

DJOKOVIC & MURRAY SEMI-FINAL QUALIFICATION SCENARIOS
• Djokovic will qualify for the semi-finals if:
 - Djokovic defeats Murray in two sets OR
 - Djokovic defeats Murray AND Tsonga defeats Berdych
• Murray will qualify for the semi-finals if:
 - Murray defeats Djokovic AND Berdych defeats Tsonga

• In the evening session, No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych brings a 3-1 head-to-head record against  No. 7 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Both players are 0-1 in Group A of the round robin portion, losing their first matches on Monday (Tsonga lost to Djokovic in straight sets, Berdych lost to Murray in three sets). Berdych won both meetings this year, last month in the quarter-finals of Shanghai and in the Stockholm final). Berdych, who is 0-3 on British soil this year (1R at Wimbledon, Olympics), is trying to earn his 60th match win of the year, which would be his first 60+ season (his previous-best  was 53 last year). Tsonga is chasing his 56th match win of the year, which would be a career-high (he is tied with his previous-best of 55 last season). Tsonga has struggled this year against Top 8 players (0-10). His highest-ranked win came against then-No. 9 del Potro in Rome.

• The first doubles match of the day features No. 4 seeds and three-time Wimbledon finalists Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau against No. 5 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna. Lindstedt and Tecau have won both of their previous meetings, both this year, in the semi-finals of Madrid and in the final of Cincinnati. In the evening session, No. 2 seeds and reigning champions Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor, who won their second Roland Garros crown in a row, take on No. 8 seeds and Wimbledon champions Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen in a first-time meeting.

MIRNYI/NESTOR & MARRAY/NIELSEN SEMI-FINAL QUALIFICATION SCENARIOS
• Mirnyi/Nestor will qualify if:
 - Mirnyi/Nestor defeat Marray/Nielsen in two sets
 - Mirnyi/Nestor defeat Marray/Nielsen AND Lindstedt/Tecau defeat Bhupathi/Bopanna
• Marray/Nielsen will qualify if:
 - Marray/Nielsen defeat Mirnyi/Nestor in two sets
 - Marray/Nielsen defeat Mirnyi/Nestor AND Bhupathi/Bopanna defeat Lindstedt/Tecau

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WEDNESDAY GROUP A MATCH-UPS - FEDEX ATP Head 2 Head

(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs (3) Andy Murray (GBR)             Djokovic Leads 9-7
06 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Hard (I) R16 Novak Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-3
07 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells  Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-3
07 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (USA) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-1 6-0
08 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay R16 Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-4
08 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (Canada) Hard QF Andy Murray 6-3 7-6(3)
08 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard F Andy Murray 7-6(4)7-6(5)
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard F Andy Murray 6-2 7-5
11 Australian Open (Australia) Hard F Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-2 6-3
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome Clay SF Novak Djokovic 6-1 3-6 7-6(2)
11 ATP  Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard F Andy Murray 6-4 3-0 ret
12 Australian Open (Australia) Hard SF Novak Djokovic  6-3 3-6  6-7(4) 6-1  7-5
12 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard SF Andy Murray 6-2 7-5
12 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard F Novak Djokovic 6-1 7-6(4)
12 London Olympics (Great Britain) Grass SF Andy Murray 7-5 7-5
12 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard F Andy Murray  7-6(10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2
12 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai  Hard F Novak Djokovic              5-7  7-6(11)  6-3

 Novak Djokovic Andy Murray
 Sets Won: 22 20
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 3 5
 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 2 0
 Hard: 7 6
 Grass: 0  1

DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament History
• The Belgrade native opened on Monday with a 76(4) 63 win over No 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, saving all three break points and defeating the Frenchman for the fifth time this year (5-0)
• He is making his fifth straight appearance in the year-end finale (10-9 record), winning 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: 71-12 (46-5 on hard, 1-1 indoor, 15-12 in Tie-breaks, 20-10 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 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 2003-07…He is the ninth player to accomplish the feat since 1973
• Has won a personal-best 71 matches (70-6 last year) and 5-5 record in finals (in 16 tournaments)…Has most wins on hard courts (46-5) and vs. Top 10 opponents (20-10)
• 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 14-3 in decisive sets…Overall reached semi-finals or better in 14 of 16 tournaments
• 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 26 of 29 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
   
MURRAY FASTFACTS
 
Tournament History
• The 25-year-old Scot rallied on Monday for a 36 63 64 victory over No. 5 Tomas Berdych, saving four of five break points (converted two of 12 break chances)
• He is making his fifth straight tournament appearance (8-5 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)
YTD W-L: 55-14 (34-8 on hard, 2-1 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 has compiled a 55-14 match record this season (34-8 on hard courts) and he will finish No. 3 for first time in his career after four straight No. 4 year-end rankings…Has 12 match wins after losing opening set (most on ATP World Tour along w/Federer)
• Won three titles (Brisbane, London Olympics, US Open) and reached four other finals
• Has a 13-2 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 (8-3) 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)
 
(5) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs (7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)     Berdych Leads 3-1
11 Beijing (China) Hard SF Tomas Berdych 6-4 4-6 6-1
11 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  Hard SF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 7-5
12 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai Hard QF Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-6(4)
12 Stockholm (Sweden) Hard F Tomas Berdych 4-6 6-4 6-4
Other meeting:
04 Besancon CH (France) Hard R32 Tomas Berdych 4-6 6-1 6-4

BERDYCH FASTFACTS
 
Tournament History
• The 27-year-old Czech Republic native opened on Monday with a 36 63 64 loss to No. 3 Andy Murray…He is making his third straight appearance in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (3-5 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: 59-21 (39-13 on hard, 16-3 indoor, 20-15 in Tie-breaks, 6-12 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 finished in Top 10 for a third straight year, highlighted by two ATP World Tour titles and two runner-up efforts…He is trying to win his 60th match of the season for the first time…Has a 59-21 match record, (previous high 53 last year) and has compiled a 39-13 record on hard courts, 16-3 indoors and 6-12 record vs. Top 10 opponents
• 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

TSONGA FASTFACTS

Tournament History
• The 27-year-old Frenchman opened with a 76(4) 63 loss to No. 1 Djokovic on Monday and he is making his third year-end finale appearance (4-5 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: 55-23 (36-14 on hard, 13-5 indoor, 22-15 in Tie-breaks, 1-13 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 55-23 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
• 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)
• Has a 36-14 record on courts and 13-5 indoors)…Has struggled against Top 10 opponents with an 1-13 record and his lone win came over No. 9 del Potro in Rome in May)
• 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

(4) Robert LINDSTEDT / Horia TECAU v (5) Mahesh BHUPATHI / Rohan BOPANNA
LINDSTEDT / TECAU LEADS 2 : 0
2012  ATP Masters 1000 Madrid            Clay (O)             SF LINDSTEDT / TECAU                             6-4 1-6 [10-7]
2012  ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati          Hard (O)  Final LINDSTEDT / TECAU                        6-4 6-4

LINDSTEDT / TECAU

Tournament History
• The Swedish-Romanian duo 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)
• 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 44-20 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 12-8 in ATP Masters 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

BHUPATHI / BOPANNA

Tournament History:
• The No. 5 seeds 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)
• Bhupathi is making his 12th appearance at the season finale, fifth in a row, and has a 21-22 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 31-21 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
 
DOUBLES GROUP B MATCH

(2) Max MIRNYI / Daniel NESTOR v (8) Jonathan MARRAY / Frederik NIELSEN – First-Time Meeting

MIRNYI / NESTOR

Tournament History:
• The No. 2 seeds and reigning champions 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
• 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 20-13 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 last year…Overall the Canadian is 33-19 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 a 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 42-16 match record this season and they are attempting to win back-to-back matches for first time 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

MARRAY / NIELSEN

Tournament History:
• The No. 8 seeds made their Barclays ATP World Tour Finals debut on Tuesday, defeating No. 5 seeds Bhupathi-Bopanna 64 67(1) 12-10 after saving two match points at 8-9 and 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

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 9-4 match record on the season in their sixth  tour level tournament
• 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 put together an impressive run at the All England Club…Began with 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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