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Dimitrov© Getty ImagesGrigor Dimitrov plays Jurgen Melzer in the Brisbane quarter-finals.

BRISBANE FRIDAY PREVIEW – MURRAY, SIMON, DOLGOPOLOV, NISHIKORI & BAGHDATIS LEAD QF LINE-UP
• An outstanding quarter-final schedule is set for Friday at the Brisbane International with four of the top five seeds in action.

• The first match on Pat Rafter Arena features Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus against No. 3 seed Gilles Simon of France. They have split their previous four meetings although Simon is up 2-1 on hard courts. Baghdatis advanced to his third consecutive quarter-final in Brisbane (l. to Murray last year and to Roddick in 2011) by knocking out No. 6 seed Florian Mayer. The Cypriot has complied some of his best results Down Under with a career record of 37-14. He reached his lone Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in 2006 (l. to Federer) and won his last ATP World Tour title in Sydney in 2010. Simon secured is his place in the quarter-finals with a straight-sets win over. Colombian Alejandro Falla. The former World No. 6 is looking to reach the semi-finals for a second straight year.

• BAGHDATIS CAREER DOWN UNDER – Baghdatis has a 37-14 career record in Australia:
Tournament Career Record Best Result
Brisbane 7-4  QF 2011 (l. to Roddick), 2012 (l. to Murray), 2013
Sydney  10-2  W 2010 (d. Gasquet)
Australian Open 20-8  F 2006 (l. to Federer)

• The second match on features No. 4 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine against No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan. Nishikori won their only previous meeting in Shanghai in October 2011. Dolgopolov, who is playing in the main draw here for the fourth year in a row, is 7-3 lifetime. He is playing in the quarter-finals for the second year in a row. The No. 18-ranked Ukrainian reached last year’s final (l. to Murray) and finished in the Top 20 for a second straight season. He won his second career ATP World Tour title in Washington (d. Haas). Nishikori advanced to his second quarter-final in Brisbane with a 63 63 win over Tommy Robredo. Last year he reached the quarter-finals eight times on the ATP World Tour, going 2-6 in QF matches with his best result coming on home soil in Tokyo where he won the title (d. Raonic). At 23-years-old Nishikori was the fifth youngest player to finish ranked in the Top 50 last year.

• Third match on showcases top seed and reigning champion Andy Murray of Great Britain against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in a first-time meeting. Murray survived a scare on Thursday in his first match of the 2013 ATP World Tour season. He rallied from dropping the second set to defeat qualifier John Millman 61 57 63 and reach the quarter-finals. Last year the Scot reached the quarter-finals 13 times on the ATP World Tour and went 10-3 in such matches. Istomin defeated former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals for the second year in row (l. to Tomic). He is  1-14 life-time against Top 10 players.

• The last quarter-final will be played on Court 1 featuring the oldest player left in the draw 31-year-old and No. 7 seed Jurgen Melzer of Austria against the youngest player remaining, 21-year-old Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. Dimitrov won their only meeting three months ago at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. Melzer is appearing in his first quarter-final in Brisbane and second overall in the tournament. In 2005, he lost to Juan Ignacio Chela in the quarters in Adelaide. Dimitrov, who is making his debut this week, won all 26 of his first serve points en route to his 63 64 win over the No. 2 seed Milos Raonic.

• YOUNGEST IN TOP 50 – Two of the five youngest players to finish in the Top 50 last season are in action on Friday

Rank  Age
No. 48 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 21 years, 7 months
No. 13 Milos Raonic (CAN) 22 years, 7 days
No. 46 David Goffin (BEL) 22 years, 27 days
No. 26 Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 22 years, 1 month
No. 19 Kei Nishikori (JPN) 23 years, 6 days

FRIDAY QUARTER-FINALS FEDEX ATP Head 2 Heads – In Order of Play by Court

Pat Rafter Arena

Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs (3) Gilles Simon (FRA) Tied 2-2
07 Marseille (France) Hard (I) F Gilles Simon 6-4 7-6(3)
07 Halle (Germany) Grass R32 Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-3
10 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard R32 Marcos Baghdatis 7-6(3) 6-4
12 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris Hard (I) R64 Gilles Simon 7-5 6-1

Baghdatis FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(4): Sydney (l Benneteau); Zagreb (l Lacko); Tokyo (l Nishikori); Stockholm (l Tsonga); QF: Brisbane (l Murray); Munich (l Haas)
YTD W-L: 35-25
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: June 17, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 36

• Baghdatis, 27, improved his tournament record to 7-4 and advanced to his third QF in a row with a 64 62 win over No. 6 seed Florian Mayer. Looking to reach his first SF here. Playing here for the fifth straight year and has reached the quarter-finals the past two years (l. to Roddick in 2011 and eventual champion Andy Murray last season)
• Last season finished in Top 50 for sixth time in seven years (except ’08) and was QF or better six times on ATP World Tour, including four SF results – in Sydney (I. to Benneteau), Zagreb (I. to Lacko), Tokyo (I. to Nishikori) and Stockholm (I. to Tsonga). Also QF in Brisbane (I. to Murray) and Munich (I. to Haas)
• In Grand Slam play, best result was 3R at Wimbledon (l. to Murray). Lost in 2R in other Slam events
• Highest ranked win came over No.10 Monaco in Tokyo 2R. Overall had five Top 20 wins
• Went 26-16 on hard, 6-4 on grass and 3-5 on clay and 1-8 vs. Top 10 opponents

Simon FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Bucharest (d Fognini); F: Bangkok (l Gasquet); SF(5): Brisbane (l Dolgopolov); Montpellier (l Monfils); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Nadal); Nice (l Almagro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (l Janowicz); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Isner)
YTD W-L: 43-25
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: December 27, 1984
Emirates ATP Ranking: 16

• Simon, 28, advanced to the Brisbane QF for the second year in a row with a 76(5) 76(5) win over Alejandro Falla. Best result was last year, reaching SF (l. to Dolgopolov). Has 5-4 career record
• Last year QF or better eight times on ATP World Tour and 7-1 in QF matches
• The No. 3 Frenchman (behind No.8 Tsonga, No.10 Gasquet) finished in Top 20 for fourth time in five years and won 43 matches, third-most in a season (51 in ’08, 45 in ’09)
• In late April, captured his 10th career ATP World Tour title in Bucharest (d. Fognini) and in late September runner-up in Bangkok (l. to countryman Gasquet)
• Reached SF in five events – Brisbane (l. to Dolgopolov), Montpellier (I. to Monfils), ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (I. to Nadal), Nice (I. to Almagro) and ATP Masters 1000 Paris (I. to Janowicz)
• Had records of 21-12 on hard,19-10 on clay and 3-3 on grass. Went 5-6 vs. Top 10 opponents with three wins over No.9 Tipsarevic along with No.5 Tsonga and No.6 Berdych
• Has finished in Top 50 in seven consecutive years and has won at least one title in six straight seasons

(4) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs (5) Kei Nishikori (JPN) Nishikori Leads 1-0
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai Hard  QF Kei Nishikori 6-4 6-3

Dolgopolov FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Washington (d Haas); F(2): Brisbane (l Murray); Valencia (l Ferrer); SF: Umag (l Cilic); QF(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Del Potro); Winston-Salem (l Querrey)
YTD W-L: 34-25
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: November 7, 1988
Emirates ATP Ranking: 18

• Dolgopolov, 24, is playing in the main draw for the fourth year in a row (7-3 record) with his best result a runner-up last season (l. to Murray). In 2nd Rd. was leading 62 41 when Jarkko Nieminen was forced to retire due to a migraine
• Last year was QF or better six times on ATP World Tour and 4-2 in QF matches
• The top Ukrainian finished in the Top 20 for a second straight season, highlighted by second career ATP World Tour title in Washington (d. Haas). Reached finals in Brisbane (l. to Murray) in opening week of season and Valencia (I. to Ferrer) in October
• Also made SF on clay in Umag (l. to eventual champion Cilic) and QF at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (I. to del Potro) and Winston-Salem (I. to Querrey)
• In the Grand Slams, advanced to 3R at Australian Open (I. to Tomic in five sets) and US Open (l. to Wawrinka)
• Compiled records of 26-17 on hard, 7-6 on clay and 1-2 on grass and went 1-7 vs. Top 10 opponents with lone win coming over No.5 Tsonga in Madrid

Nishikori FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Tokyo (d Raonic); SF: Kuala Lumpur (l Monaco); QF(6): Australian Open (l Murray); Buenos Aires (l Wawrinka); Barcelona (l Verdasco); Newport (l Ram); Atlanta (l Soeda); London Olympics (l Del Potro)
YTD W-L: 37-18
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: December 29, 1989
Emirates ATP Ranking: 19

• Nishikori, 23, advanced to his second career Brisbane QF with a 63 63 win over Tommy Robredo. Has a 5-2 career record at tournament and also QF in 2009 (l. to Mathieu).
• Last year was QF or better eight times on the ATP World Tour and went 2-6 in QF matches. His best result was winning title on home soil in Tokyo (d. Raonic) and became first Japanese winner in tournament history (since 1972)
• The top Asian player finished a year-end best No.19 and first Asian in year-end Top 20 since Thai Paradorn Srichaphan was No.11 in 2003
• Also made SF in Kuala Lumpur (l. to eventual champ Monaco after holding MP) and QF in six other events-two on hard courts (Australian Open, Atlanta), two on clay (Buenos Aires, Barcelona) and two on grass (Newport, London Olympics)
• In Grand Slam play, reached career-best QF at Australian Open (I. to Murray) and 3R at Wimbledon (l. to del Potro) and US Open (1. toCilic)
• Withdrew from Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros due to abdominal injury. Compiled records of 23-11 on hard, 7-4 on clay and 7-3 on grass. Went 3-5 vs. Top 10 opponents with wins over No.6 Tsonga (Aust. Open), No.5 Ferrer (Olympics and No.6 Berdych (Tokyo). Earned a career-high $1,044,847
• The young Japanese native has finished in Top 100 in four of the past five years while becoming the highest ranked player from his nation in ATP history

(1) Andy Murray (GBR) vs Denis Istomin (UZB) First Meeting

Murray FastFacts:
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(3): Australian Open (l Djokovic); Tokyo (l Raonic); Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (l Federer); QF(3): ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Berdych); Barcelona (l Raonic); Roland Garros (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 56-16
YTD Titles: 3
Career Titles: 24
Date of Birth: May 15, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 3

• Murray, 25, continued his quest to retain the Brisbane title with 61 57 63 win over Aussie qualifier John Millman on Wednesday; now is 7-1 (6-0 in Brisbane, 1-1 in Adelaide)
• Last year was QF or better 13 times on ATP World Tour; went 10-3 in QF matches
• The British No.1 finished a year-end best No. 3, his fifth straight Top 4 ranking, highlighted by Olympic gold medal and first Grand Slam crown
• Won three titles- Brisbane, London Olympics and US Open and reached 4 other finals, including his 1st at Wimbledon. Overall made 10 SF, closing season with SF at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London (I. to Federer)
• Compiled a 56-16 match record, fourth time with at least 55 wins. Had 12 match wins after losing opening set (most on ATP World Tour along w/Djokovic, Federer) and a 14-4 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. Earned silver medal in mixed doubles (w/Robson), losing to Azarenka-Mirnyi
• 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. And fourth different Slam winner during season (first time since '03)
• After US Open, three losses came after holding MP- Tokyo SF (I. Raonic, held 2 MPs), Shanghai final (l. to Djokovic, held 5 MPs) and Paris 3R (I. to Janowicz, 1MP)
• Opened year with title in Brisbane (d. Dolgopolov) and SF at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic in 5 sets).ln March was runner-up in Dubai (l. to Federer) and on April, reached final in Miami (I. to Djokovic)
• Going into '13 season, has advanced to SF or better in seven of last eight Slam tournaments (exception QF at Roland Garros, I. to Ferrer). Went 22-3 in Grand Slams (only behind Djokovic's 24 wins)
• Compiled records of 35-10 on hard, 12-2 on grass and 9-4 on clay (18-9 in TBs). Went 12-9 vs. Top 10 opponents (3-4 vs. Djokovic, 2-3 vs. Federer)
• Finished with personal-best in 1st serve pet. (60%), break pts. saved (67%) and tied 2nd serve pts. won (54%). Earned a career high $5,708,230

Istomin FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: San Jose (l Raonic); SF: Sydney (l Nieminen); QF(2): Brisbane (l Tomic); Eastbourne (l Harrison)
YTD W-L: 30-32
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 7, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 43

• Istomin, 26, improved to 4-2 at Brisbane with a 75 75 win over Lleyton Hewitt. Istomin won 82 per cent of points behind his first serve and capitalized on three of his 12 break points. He is playing here for third consecutive year and last year reached the quarter-finals (l. to Tomic)
• Last year was QF or better four times on ATP World Tour; best result runner-up in San Jose (l. Raonic)
• Last season the top player from Uzbekistan finished in the Top 50 for second time in three years, reaching his second career ATP World Tour final in San Jose (l. to Raonic)
• Also SF in Sydney (l. to Nieminen) and QF in Brisbane (l. to Tomic) and Eastbourne (l. to Harrison)
• His best Grand Slam result was 4R at Wimbledon where he lost to Youzhny 7-5 in fifth set
• Compiled records of 17-17 on hard, 8-5 on grass and 5-10 on clay.
• Has a career mark of 1-14 vs.Top 10 opponents (1-5 in 2012) and posted his first win over No. 5 Ferrer in Indian Wells.
• Overcame a serious car accident as a teenager to become the most successful player in Uzbekistan tennis history. Has finished in Top 100 in three straight seasons and has 137-83 career Challenger record with nine titles
• Earned a career-high $660,205

Court 1

(7) Jurgen Melzer (AUT) vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) Dimitrov Leads 1-0
12 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris Hard (I) R64 Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(2) 6-2
 
Melzer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Memphis (d Raonic); SF: Valencia (l Dolgopolov); QF(2): Zagreb (l Berrer); Beijing (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 20-25
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: May 22, 1981
Emirates ATP Ranking: 29

• Melzer, 31, advanced to his first career Brisbane QF with 64 76(4) win over David Goffin. Previously reached the QF in 2005 Adelaide (l. Chela); career record 5-7 (3-3 Brisbane, 2-4 Adelaide)
• Last year the top Austrian finished in the Top 35 for fifth year in a row and reached QF or better four times on the ATP World Tour with his best result a fourth career title in Memphis (d. No. 13 Isner in QF, Raonic in F)
• Also made SF in Valencia (l. to Dolgopolov) and QF in Zagreb (l. to Berrer) as a qualifier and Beijing (l. to Djokovic)
• In Grand Slam play, three of his four losses came in five sets and won only match at Wimbledon (d. Wawrinka 8-6 in fifth, l. to Lacko in five)
• Helped his country to Davis Cup QF with 1R win over Russia (l. to Spain)
• Compiled records of 16-16 on hard, 2-3 on grass and 2-6 on clay. Went 0-3 vs. Top 10 opponents and his highest-ranked win came over No. 13 Isner in Memphis

Dimitrov FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(3): London / Queen's Club (l Nalbandian); Bastad (l Ferrer); Gstaad (l Bellucci); QF: Basel (l Mathieu)
YTD W-L: 24-19
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 16, 1991
Emirates ATP Ranking: 48

• Dimitrov, 21, playing in Brisbane for the first time advanced to the QF with a 63 64 win over No. 2 seed Milos Raonic; won all 26 of his first serve points
• Last year reached the QF or better four times on the ATP World Tour; with best result SF three times
• The No.1 Bulgarian finished in Top 50 for first time in his career, highlighted by a personal-best 24 match wins and three SF results, at London/Queen's Ciub on grass (l. to Nalbandian) in June and back-to-back in Bastad (I. to Ferrer) and Gstaad to Bellucci) on clay in July (won 11 of 15 matches)
• In Grand Slam play, reached 2R at Australian Open (d. Chardy, I. to Almagro in five sets), Roland Garros (d. Young, I. to Gasquet) and Wimbledon (d. Anderson, I. to Baghdatis)
• Compiled records of 10-11 on hard, 8-5 on clay and 6-3 on grass. Went 1-7 vs. Top 10 opponents and posted 1st win over No.7 Berdych in Miami en route to 4R (I. to Tipsarevic), his best ATP Masters 1000 result. Earned a career-high $413,047
• Career 10-6 vs. left handers; 4-2 in 2012

CHENNAI FRIDAY PREVIEW – TOP FOUR SEEDS ADVANCE TO QUARTERS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
• The top four seeds are in the quarter-finals at the Aircel Chennai Open on Friday. It’s the second year in a row the top four are in the quarters. Top seed Tomas Berdych, No. 2 Janko Tipsarevic and No. 3 Marin Cilic are playing on Centre Court while No. 4 Stanislas Wawrinka is on Court 1.

• First up is Cilic of Croatia against No. 5 seed Benoit Paire of France in a first-time meeting. Cilic, a two-time champion (2009-10), rallied from a set down in his opening match of the 2013 season to defeat Sergiy Stakhovsky. Cilic fired 15 aces and broke serve three times to claim his 14th win in 16 matches in Chennai. In the shortest match this week, Paire rolled past Dudi Sela 61 60 in 40 minutes and converted five of seven break point chances. The Frenchman was one of most improved players of season, jumping from No. 95 (with five match wins) previous year to No. 47 (with 26 match wins)

• Next on is a rematch of the 2012 semi-finals with No. 8 seed Go Soeda of Japan facing last year’s finalist Tipsarevic. Soeda will be looking to avenge last year’s 61 64 defeat to the Serb in the semi-finals. Soeda battled past Indian qualifier Prakash Amritraj in three sets. Soeda advanced to his first career ATP World Tour semi-final last year. Tipsarevic reached the quarters with a straight-sets win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin on Wednesday. Last year he reached the quarter-finals or best 14 times on the ATP World Tour and went 8-6 in quarter-final matches.

• In the final singles match, top seed and wild card Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic takes on Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in a first-time meeting. World No. 6 Berdych won his season debut on Thursday cruising past Somdev Devvarman. Last year he reached the quarter-finals or better 14 times on ATP World Tour with two titles and went 8-6 in QF matches. Bautista Agut is playing in Chennai for the first time and he advanced to his second career ATP World Tour quarter-final with his win over Matthias Bachinger on Thursday. Bautista Agut was one of 13 Spaniards to finish in the Top 100 in 2012. This is the Spaniard’s first career match against a Top 10 opponent.

• Court 1 features the final quarter-final match as Slovenian Aljaz Bedene meets Swiss and No. 4 seed Stanislas Wawrinka in a first-time meeting. Bedene the youngest player left in the draw at 23 years 5 months, has an 0-3 career record vs. Top 50 opponents. Wawrinka, the 2011 champion, was the only player in year-end Top 20 not to reach an ATP World Tour final last season.

FRIDAY QUARTER-FINALS FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads – In Order of Play

Centre Court

(3) Marin Cilic (CRO) vs (5) Benoit Paire (FRA) First Meeting

Cilic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(2): London / Queen's Club (d Nalbandian); Umag (d Granollers); F: Munich (l Kohlschreiber); SF: Hamburg (l Haas); QF(4): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Djokovic); US Open (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (l Federer); Valencia (l Dodig)
YTD W-L: 39-19
YTD Titles: 2
Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: September 28, 1988
Emirates ATP Ranking: 15

• Cilic, 24, the two-time Chennai champion (’09 & ’10), improved his record to 14-2 here with a 46 62 63 win over Sergiy Stakhovsky to reach his fourth QF at the tournament. He also reached the SF in ’08 (l. to Youzhny)
• Last year he was QF or better nine times on the ATP World Tour (4-5 in QF matches)
• The top Croat finished in Top 20 and won two titles for third time in four years, winning on grass at London/Queen's Club (d. Nalbandian) and on clay in Umag (d. Granollers)
• Missed first eight weeks with a left knee injury before returning Feb. 27 in Delray Beach
• After 3-5 start, reached final in Munich (l. to Kohlschreiber). From May-on, compiled a 36-14 match record and in final 16 tournaments only lost 3 times in opening match
• In Grand Slam play, reached 3R at Roland Garros (I. to del Potro), 4R at Wimbledon (I. to Murray) and QF at US Open (l. to Murray)
• Compiled records of 16-7 on clay, 14-10 on hard and 9-2 on grass (4-0 in 5 sets). Went 1-8 vs. Top 10 opponents (d. No. 10 Isner, Madrid)
• Has finished in Top 25 for five years in a row (2008-12) while winning at least one title during that span

Paire FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Belgrade (l Seppi); SF: s-Hertogenbosch (l Ferrer); QF(3): Auckland (l Rochus); Casablanca (l Cipolla); Basel (l Federer)
YTD W-L: 26-26
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 8, 1989
Emirates ATP Ranking: 47

• Paire, 23, playing in Chennai for the second consecutive year, advanced to the QF for the first time with a 61 60 win over Dudi Sela in 40 minutes (converted five of seven break points). Last year lost in the 2R (l. Sela). Has 3-1 career record in Chennai
• Last year reached QF or better five times on ATP World Tour; 2-3 in QF matches, with best result first career final in Belgrade (l. to Seppi)
• The Frenchman was one of most improved players of season, jumping from No. 95 (with five match wins) in 2011 to No. 47 (with 26 match wins)
• Also SF in 's-Hertogenbosch (I. to Ferrer) and QF in Auckland (l. to Rochus), Casablanca (l. to Cipolla) and Basel (I. to Federer)
• In Grand Slam play, reached 3R at Wimbledon (I. to Baker) and 2R at Roland Garros (d. Ramos, I. to Ferrer) and US Open (d. Dimitrov, I. to Kohlschreiber in 5th setTB)
• Compiled records of 12-10 on clay, 9-14 on hard and 5-2 on grass. Went 0-5 vs. Top 10 opponents and highest-ranked win came over No. 21 Dolgopolov at Wimbledon.
• Earned a career-high $502,783

(8) Go Soeda (JPN) vs (2) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) Tipsarevic Leads 1-0
12 Chennai (India) Hard SF Janko Tipsarevic 6-1 6-4

A Look Back at Last Year’s Meeting – Tipsarevic / Soeda Chennai SF Stats:
   Tipsarevic Soeda
1st Serve   70% (31/44) 54% (33/61)
1st Serve Points Won  80% (25/31) 63% (21/33)
2nd Serve Points Won  69% (9/13) 35% (10/28)
Break Points Converted  66% (4/6) 100% (1/1)
 
Soeda FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(2): Chennai (l Tipsarevic); Atlanta (l Muller)
YTD W-L: 13-21
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 5, 1984
Emirates ATP Ranking: 58 (year-end), 60 (this week)

• Soeda, 28, improved his career record to 5-2 at Chennai with a 76(2) 36 64 win over Indian’s Prakash Amritraj in two hours and 29 minutes to reach his second career QF at the tournament. Last year lost in the semi-finals to Tipsarevic
• Last year reached QF or better two times on ATP World Tour (2-0 in QF matches), subsequently lost in SF both times
• The No. 2 Japanese player (behind No. 19 Nishikori) finished a year-end best No. 58 after breaking into Top 50 and getting to career-high No. 47 on July 23. Reached 2 ATP SF in Chennai (d. Dodig, No. 17 Wawrinka, l. to No. 9 Tipsarevic) and Atlanta (d. Nishikori in 1st ATP QF between Japanese players, l. to Muller)
• Early in season compiled a 22-5 match record on Challenger circuit with three titles. In first Challenger in Honolulu, captured title (d. Ginepri) and played in 1R Davis Cup home tie vs. Croatia, defeating Dodig in five sets in opener (l. to Karlovic in decisive fifth rubber)
• In March, reached final at Singapore Challenger (l. to Lu) and two weeks later won Pingguo Challenger title (d. Jaziri). Following month, won title at Kaohsiung (d. countryman Ito)
• In May, defeated Roddick in ATP World Team Championship in Düsseldorf. Followed with 1R loss at Roland Garros (l.to Tursunov) and on grass reached 2R at London / Queen’s Club (d. Phau, l. to Dodig) and Wimbledon (d. Kunitsyn, l. to No. 9 del Potro in four sets), lone Slam win of year
• Career 0-8 vs. Top 10; last year went 0-4 vs. Top 10 opponents and had Top 20 wins over No. 17 Wawrinka (Chennai) and No. 19 Nishikori (Atlanta).
• Earned a career-high $299,072
• The veteran from Japan is among active career Challenger title leaders with 12 titles while boasting a 191-102 record. Also owns six titles with a 91-51 record in Futures

Tipsarevic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Stuttgart (d Monaco); F(2): Chennai (l Raonic); Gstaad (l Bellucci); SF(5): Marseille (l Llodra); ATP World Tour 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 World Tour 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: 57-28
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: June 22, 1984
Emirates ATP Ranking: 9 (year-end)

• Tipsarevic, 28, advanced to the Chennai QFs for the fifth consecutive year with a 62 63 win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Won 81 percent of his service points, did not face a break point and broke the Frenchman four of five chances. Playing in Chennai for the sixth time (12-5 record); finalist last year (l. to Raonic), semi-finalist in 2011 (l. Malisse) and 2010 (l. Cilic) and quarter-finalist in ‘09
• Last year QF or best 14 times on ATP World Tour (8-6 in QF matches)
• The No.2 Serb (behind Djokovic) compiled a career-best 57-28 match record and reached three finals (1-2).One of two players (Ferrer) to win at least 20 matches on clay (21-7) and hard courts (31-18)
• Put together his second straight Top 10 season by reaching QF or better in 14 tournaments, including SF at ATP Masters 1000 events in Madrid (l. to Federer) and Toronto (l. to Djokovic)
• Won first ATP clay title in Stuttgart (d. Monaco). Finalist here (l. to Raonic) and Gstaad (l.  to Bellucci)
• Went 11-4 in Grand Slams with QF at US Open (l. to Ferrer in 5th set TB)
• Finished No.9 with career-best 632 aces (7.8 avg.)
• Was 24-15 in TBs and had 3-10 record vs. Top 10 opponents, including win over No.1 Djokovic in QF of Madrid

(1-WC)Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)  First Meeting

Berdych FastFacts:
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: 61-23
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 6

• Berdych, 27, won his opening match of the 2013 season and advance the Chennai QFs for the second time with a 63 61 win over local wild card Somdev Devvarman. Won 82 percent of his service points,  did not face a break point and converted four of his nine break points to advance in 65 minutes. Now is 4-1 and is looking to reach Chennai semi-finals for second time ( l. to Wawrinka in 2011)
• Last year was QF or better 14 times on ATP World Tour with two titles (for first time in career) and went 8-6 in QF matches
• Became first Czech Republic native with three straight Top 10 seasons since Ivan Lendl had 13 in a row (1980-92). Also first Czech to win 60 or more matches since Petr Korda (61) in 1992
• Won indoor titles in Montpellier (d. Monfils) and Stockholm (d. Tsonga) with finals at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid to Federer) and Winston-Salem (I. to Isner, held three MPs)
• Led Czech Republic to first Davis Cup title since 1980, putting together records of 6-1 in singles and 4-0 in doubles (w/Stepanek). Defeated Spain 3-2 in Prague in final
• Reached SF at US Open (d. No.1 Federer in QF, I. to Murray) and QF at Australian Open (l. to Nadal)
• Compiled records of 41-15 on hard courts (18-5 indoor), 19-5 on clay and 1-3 on grass. Went 7-14 vs. Top 10 opponents

Bautista Agut FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: St. Petersburg (l Fognini)
YTD W-L: 3-10
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 14, 1988
Emirates ATP Ranking: 80

• Bautista Agut, 24, playing in Chennai for the first time and he advanced to his second career QF on the ATP World Tour with a 76(4) 63 win over Matthias Bachinger. Other QF was in St. Petersburg (l. Fognini) last September indoors
• The Spaniard finished in the Top 100 for the first time with a strong effort at Challenger level, winning three titles while compiling a 28-8 match record. In ATP World Tour play, won three matches – one in
Miami (d. Seppi) and two in St. Petersburg (d. Lu, Gabashvili)
• One of an ATP World Tour-high 13 Spaniards to finish in the Top 100 last season
• Qualified in six of the 10 ATP level tournaments he played, including his first Grand Slam event at Australian Open to Mello). Lost in last round of qualifying at Wimbledon and US Open
• Two of his three Challenger titles came on Italian clay, in Rome (d. Machado) and Orbetello (d. Lajovic). Also won on home soil on hard courts in Pozoblanco (d. Brugues-Davi) and afterwards broke Top 100 on Aug.13 (at No. 95)
• Earned a career-high $180,358

SPANIARDS in TOP 100 – Bautista Agut was one of an ATP World Tour-high 13 Spaniards to rank in the Top 100 last season:
No. 4 Rafael Nadal
No. 5 David Ferrer
No. 11 Nicolas Almagro
No. 24 Fernando Verdasco
No. 34 Marcel Granollers
No. 40 Feliciano Lopez
No. 42 Pablo Andujar
No. 50 Albert Ramos
No. 70 Daniel Gimeno-Traver
No. 76 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
No. 80 Roberto Bautista Agut
No. 91 Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo
No. 96 Albert Montanes

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Aljaz Bedene (SLO) vs (4) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)  First Meeting

Bedene FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Vienna (l Tipsarevic)
YTD W-L: 4-4
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: July 18, 1989
Emirates ATP Ranking: 98 (year-end), 86 (this week)

• Bedene, 23, making his debut in Chennai, advanced to his second career ATP World Tour QF with a  75 63 win over No. 5 seed Robin Haase of The Netherlands. Last year reached QF at Vienna (l. to Tipsarevic) in October.  Youngest player left in the draw at 23 years 5 months
• His countryman Grega Zemlja became first Slovenian to reach an ATP final last year in Vienna (l. to del Potro as a qualifier)
• The No. 3 player from Slovenia finished in Top 100 for first time with consistent results in Challenger play. Compiled a 32-10 match record and won four titles In limited ATP World Tour play, went 4-4, qualifying in Belgrade and reaching 2R (d. Klizan, l. to Nalbandian). Also reached 1st ATP Tour QF in Vienna (d. Garcia-Lopez, Young; l. to Tipsarevic)
• Of his four Challenger titles three came on clay, in Casablanca (d. Devilder) in March, Barletta (d. Starace) in April, Kosice (d. Greul) in June. The following month, won title on hard courts in Wuhan (d. Ouanna) and finished runner-up in An-Ning (l. to Zemlja)
• Tried to qualify in each Grand Slam tournament and lost in 2R at Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open
• Earned a career-high $108,616
• Career 0-3 vs Top 50; l. No. 38 Fabio Fognini in Davis Cup 2011, No. 49 David Nalbandian in 2012 Belgrade and No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic in 2012 Vienna

Wawrinka FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(4); Buenos Aires (l. Almagro), Acapulco (l. Verdasco), Estoril (l. del Potro), Cincinnati (l. Federer); QF(3) Chennai (l Soeda), Monte-Carlo (l. Nadal), Tokyo (l. Murray)
YTD W-L: 35-20
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: March 28, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 17 (year-end)

• Wawrinka, 27, advanced to the Chennia QF for the fourth consecutive year with a 64 63 win over Germany’s Cedrik-Marcel Stebe. Playing here for the fifth consecutive year (11-3 mark); winner in 2011 (d. Malisse, finalist in  2010 (l. to Cilic), QF last year (l. to Sodea). Only lost in the 1R in ‘09 debut
• Last year reached QF or better seven times on the ATP World Tour (4-3 in QF matches) and best result SF four times. Also QF three times
• The Swiss No.2 (behind Federer) finished in Top 20 for second year in a row and third time in career ('08), advancing to four SF:  Buenos Aires (l. to Almagro), Acapulco (l. to Verdasco) and Estoril (I. to del Potro) on clay and at ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (d. No.5 Ferrer, I. to Federer) on hard
• Only player in year-end Top 20 not to reach an ATP World Tour final during season
• In Grand Slam play, compiled an 8-4 record with 3R at Australian Open (l. to No.10 Almagro), 4R at Roland Garros (l. to No.5 Tsonga), 1R at Wimbledon (l. to Melzer in 5 sets) and 4R at US Open (ret. due to illness vs. Djokovic)
• Compiled records of 19-9 on clay, 16-9 on hard and 0-2 on grass
• Went 2-11 vs. Top 10 opponents, posting wins over No.8 Tipsarevic in Rome and No.5 Ferrer in Cincinnati

DOHA FRIDAY PREVIEW – TOP TWO SEEDS, FORMER CHAMPION, QUALIFIER IN SEMI-FINALS
• The semi-finals on Friday at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open feature the top two seeds, the 2010 champion and a qualifier trying to reach his first career ATP World Tour final. This is the fourth straight year the top two seeds are in the semi-finals and the first time since ‘06 two unseeded players are in the semis.

• In the first semi-final, German qualifier Daniel Brands takes on No. 2 seed Richard Gasquet, who won the previous meeting on clay in Gstaad in July 2010. The No. 153rd-ranked Brands won five main draw matches on the ATP World Tour last season and in his Doha debut, he’s won three qualifying and three main draw matches. He is the first qualifier to reach the semi-finals in Doha since Czech Bohdan Ulihrach advanced to the final in 2001 (l. to Rios). Brands is appearing in his third career ATP World Tour semi-final. He is the first German in the semis here since Tommy Haas in 2006. Gasquet is also in his first Doha semi-final and it’s the fourth time in the past five years at least one Frenchman has reached the semis. Last year Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Gael Monfils in an all-French final. In 2012, Gasquet won his seventh career title in Bangkok (d. Simon) and finished in the Top 10 for the first time since 2007. He is playing in Doha for the first time since 2006.
 
• In the next match, top seed and World No. 5 David Ferrer looks to even his career record (2-3) against 2010 champion Nikolay Davydenko, who has a 24-8 career record in Doha and he’s appearing in his sixth semi-final. He’s the only player remaining who has yet to lose a set. In fact, he’s not been broken, holding all 27 service games. Along with his title three years ago, reached the final in 2011 (l. to Federer) and semi-finals in 2005, ’07-08. Ferrer won the last meeting in the quarter-finals of Valencia in November 2011. The 31-year-old Russian is trying to break a 15-match losing streak vs. Top 10 opponents. His last Top 10 win came here in the semi-finals two years ago over No. 1 Rafael Nadal. The 30-year-old Ferrer is coming off a career-best season in which he led the ATP World Tour with seven titles and 76 match wins. A Spaniard has never won the singles title in the tournament’s 20-year history. In 2010, Rafael Nadal l. to Davydenko, and in 2002, Felix Mantilla l. to Younes El Aynaoui.

Friday Semi-finals FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads – In Order of Play

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(Q) Daniel Brands (GER) vs (2) Richard Gasquet (FRA) Gasquet Leads 1-0
10 Gstaad (Switzerland) Clay R16 Richard Gasquet 6-7(5) 6-3  6-0

Brands FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Bucharest (l Bachinger)
YTD W-L: 5-8
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: July 17, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 117 (year-end), 153 (this week)

• Brands, 25, has won three qualifying and three main draw matches en route to the semi-finals. He’s the first qualifier to reach the semi-finals in Doha since 2001 when Czech Bohdan Ulihrach advanced to the final (l. to Rios). Two of his three qualifying wins came in three sets and he then in the main draw, defeated No. 5 seed Jeremy Chardy 64 64, Egyptian wild card Mohamed Safwat 46 63 62 and two-time Doha finalist Gael Monfils 61 75. The last German finalist here is Rainer Schuettler in 2000 (won in ’99)
• No. 2 this week in first serve pts. won (79%) and No. 4 in service games won (31 of 34, 91%) and aces (20). Has converted 10 of 16 break points (63%)
• Came in ranked No. 153 and will jump to around No. 121, to around No. 106 with final and around No. 83 if he wins the title
• Last season finished at No. 117 and his best ATP World Tour result was quarter-finals in Bucharest (l. to Bachinger). Qualified at US Open (d. Ungur, l. to No. 13 Cilic 7-5 in fifth set)
• In Vienna, lost to No. 8 del Potro in three tie-breaks (without service break) in 2nd Rd. and fired 32 aces
• On Challenger circuit, won title on home soil in Eckental (d. Gulbis) in November and reached QF three times
• His best year-end ranking is No. 92 in 2009 and reached his first ATP World Tour SF in Munich (l. to Youzhny). Best Grand Slam result is 4th Rd. at Wimbledon in 2010 (d. No. 5 Davydenko, l. to No. 13 Berdych in four sets) and afterwards ranked a career-high No. 66 on July 5

Gasquet FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Bangkok (d Simon); F(2): Estoril (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (l Djokovic); SF: Basel (l Del Potro); QF(5): Sydney (l Istomin); Montpellier (l Kohlschreiber); Rotterdam (l Davydenko); Marseille (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 42-22
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: June 18, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 10

• Gasquet, 26, has reached the semi-finals in Doha for the first time with a 63 64 victory over Czech qualifier Jan Hernych, 67(7) 64 76(3) win over Slovenian Grega Zemlja (trailed 2-5 in third set) and 61 63 triumph over Lukas Lacko. In previous visit in 2006, lost in the first round to Tim Henman 64 64
• Leads the tournament in aces (28) and No. 3 in service games won (32 of 35, 91%), saving 13 of 16 break points (82%). Has converted 10 of 20 break points
• A Frenchman has now reached the semi-finals or better in Doha in four of past five years (except ’10)
• Last season the No. 2 Frenchman (behind No. 8 Tsonga) finished in the Top 10 for first time since 2007. Won 42 matches, second-most in career (49 in ’07), and reached third career ATP Masters 1000 final in Toronto (l. to Djokovic)
• Looking to reach 18th career ATP World Tour final (7-10). Last season compiled a 1-2 record in finals, winning his seventh ATP World Tour title in Bangkok (d. countryman Simon), his first since May 2010 (Nice). Also finalist on clay in Estoril in May (l. to del Potro).
• Reached 4R of each Grand Slam for first time: Australian Open (l. to No. 5 Ferrer), Roland Garros (l. to No. 4 Murray), Wimbledon (d. No. 11 Almagro, l. to F. Mayer) and US Open (l. to No. 5 Ferrer)
• Played well indoors (12-5 record), winning Bangkok title, SF in Basel (l. to del Potro) and three QF. Went 3-9 vs. Top 10 opponents with wins over No. 9 Tipsarevic (Aust. Open), No. 4 Murray (Rome) and No. 7 Berdych (Toronto)
• In doubles, won bronze medal at London Olympics (w/Benneteau)
 
(1)David Ferrer (ESP) vs Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) Davydenko Leads 3-2
04 Palermo (Italy) Clay QF David Ferrer 6-2 2-6 6-4
07 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard QF Nikolay Davydenko 6-2 6-4
09 Hamburg (Germany) Clay SF Nikolay Davydenko 7-5 7-6(2)
10 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard R16 Nikolay Davydenko 4-6 6-3 7-5
11 Valencia (Spain) Hard (I) QF David Ferrer 6-3 6-4

Ferrer FastFacts:
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: 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: 76-15
2012 Titles: 7/Career Titles: 18
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
Emirates ATP Ranking: 5

• Ferrer, 30, is playing in the semi-finals for the first time after defeating a pair of German qualifiers, rallying in his season opener 57 63 62 over Dustin Brown, and following with a 63 62 victory over Tobias Kamke. On Thursday, beat Italian Paolo Lorenzi 63 60
• Leads the tournament in return games won (41%, 12 of 29 games) and has held serve 29 of 32 games (91%), saving nine of 12 break points (75%). No. 3 in second serve pts. won (61%)
• This is the first time since 2005 the Spaniard is playing in the opening week of the season. From 2006-12 began the year in Auckland. Eight years ago here lost in the first round to Federer. In his other appearance in ’03, lost in the second round (d. Sluiter, l. to Gambill).
• The No. 2 Spaniard (behind Nadal) put together a career-best season, leading the ATP World Tour with seven titles (in eight finals) and 76 match wins. Became first player since Nadal in ’07 to win at least 30 matches on clay (32) and hard (33) courts. Finished in Top 10 for third year in a row (fourth overall)
• Captured titles on three surfaces: Auckland, Valencia and ATP Masters 1000 Paris on hard, Buenos Aires, Acapulco and Båstad on clay, and ‘s-Hertogenbosch on grass. Also runner-up on clay in Barcelona (l. to Nadal)
• Only player during year to win multiple titles on clay and hard. Overall reached QF or better in 16 tournaments and had career-best 11-match winning streak twice
• Led his country to Davis Cup final for fourth time in past five years (l. to Czech Republic 3-2) with 6-0 singles record
• Played in most singles matches (91) on tour and in his career (previous high 84 in ’07 and ‘10)
• During European indoor circuit, won back-to-back titles in his hometown Valencia (d. Dolgopolov) and his 1st ATP Masters 1000 crown in Paris (d. Janowicz). Oldest 1st-time ATP Masters 1000 winner since Ivan Ljubicic (31) in Indian Wells in 2010
• 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 he reached all four QF (or better) in a season
• Posted records of 32-5 on clay and 33-8 on hard courts (14-2 indoor). Also personal-best 11-2 on grass. Had best match winning percentage (.938) in decisive-set matches (15-1). Went 2-1 in RR play in Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. Earned a career-high $4,409,340

Davydenko FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(3): Rotterdam (l Federer); Nice (l Baker); Metz (l Tsonga); QF: Kuala Lumpur (l Nishikori)
YTD W-L: 24-23
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 21
Date of Birth: June 2, 1981
Emirates ATP Ranking: 44

• Davydenko, 31, the lone champion in this year’s field (2010, d. Nadal), is appearing in the semi-finals for the sixth time (2-3 record). He opened on Monday with a 62 63 win over Victor Hanescu ,followed with a 75 63 victory over No. 4 seed/countryman Mikhail Youzhny and 61 61 triumph over Simone Bolelli. He is making his 10th appearance in Doha (24-8 record). Also runner-up in 2011 (l. to Federer), semi-finalist in 2005, ’07-08 and quarter-finalist in ‘06
• Has not been broken this week, winning all 27 service games (saving five break pts.) and No. 2 in second serve pts. won (63%) and break pts. converted (10 of 14, 71%)
• Posted three Top 20 wins over No. 16 Gasquet (Rotterdam), No. 11 lsner (Nice) and No.16 Dolgopolov (Cincinnati). Went 0-9 vs. Top 10 opponents
• Looking to break 15-match losing streak vs. Top 10 opponents since defeating No. 1 Nadal in SF here two years ago (36-67 career record)
• Last season the Russian finished in Top 50 for 10th straight year, highlighted by three SF results-Rotterdam (I. to Federer), Nice (I. to Baker) and Metz (I. to Tsonga)
• Has a 21-6 career record in ATP World Tour finals and last title came in Munich in May 2011 (d. Mayer)
• Streak of nine straight years with an ATP World Tour title came to an end (from 2003-11)
• Compiled records of 18-14 on hard, 5-7 on clay and 1-2 on grass

CAREER ACTIVE TITLE LEADERS – Davydenko and Ferrer are among the active title leaders on the ATP World Tour:
                  No.
1 Roger Federer     76
2 Rafael Nadal      50
3 Novak Djokovic    34
4 Lleyton Hewitt      28
5 Andy Murray       24
6 Nikolay Davydenko 21
7 David Ferrer      18

POTENTIAL FINAL HEAD-TO-HEADS –

David Ferrer (ESP) vs Daniel Brands (GER)  First Meeting

David Ferrer (ESP) vs Richard Gasquet (FRA)  Ferrer Leads 8-1
04 Stuttgart (Germany) Clay R16 David Ferrer 6-4 6-2
07 Tokyo (Japan) Hard F David Ferrer 6-1 6-2
07 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard RR David Ferrer 6-1 6-1
08 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto Hard R16 Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-3
09 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard SF David Ferrer 6-2 6-2
09 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard R64 David Ferrer 6-4 6-3
12 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 David Ferrer 6-4 6-4 6-1
12 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay QF David Ferrer 7-6(4) 6-3
12 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R16 David Ferrer 7-5 7-6(2) 6-4

Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs Daniel Brands (GER) Brands Leads 1-0
10 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R64 Daniel Brands 1-6 7-6(5) 7-6(8) 6-1

Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs Richard Gasquet (FRA) Gasquet Leads 3-2
05 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R16 Richard Gasquet 4-6 7-5 6-2
05 RUS v. FRA WG QF (Russia) Clay RR Nikolay Davydenko 6-2 4-6 6-2 6-1
10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 6-2
12 Montpellier (France) Hard R16 Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4
12 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard QF Nikolay Davydenko 7-5 6-3

DOUBLES FINAL – GERMAN DUO TAKE ON NO. 2 SEEDS IN NEAR REPEAT FINAL
• The unseeded German duo of Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber are back in the doubles final and they take on No. 2 seeds Julian Knowle of Austria and Filip Polasek of Slovakia. In last year’s Doha final, Polasek and Lukas Rosol defeated the German tandem.

• Kas and Kohlschreiber are appearing in their fifth ATP World Tour doubles final together (2-2). They won the title in their debut in Stuttgart in July 2008 and also on home soil in Halle in June 2009. Along with last year’s runner-up in Doha, they were finalists in Basel in ’08. They have lost one set this week.

• Kas is 3-13 lifetime in finals and he’s trying to break a losing streak of five finals in a row since last winning in Bangkok in October 2010. Kohlschreiber is appearing in his 10th ATP World Tour doubles final (6-3) and his last title came in Halle in ’09.

• Knowle and Polasek first teamed up last August in Winston-Salem and they are 11-7 lifetime together. In their first Grand Slam at the US Open, they reached the quarter-finals (l. to Paes-Stepanek). In October, they were finalists in Vienna. Knowle’s previous appearance in Doha was in 2007 and Polasek is making his third visit (8-1 record).

• Knowle is 14-18 lifetime in doubles finals on the ATP World Tour while Polasek is 9-12. He’s won at least one title in each of the past five years.

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