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Nishikori© AFP/Getty ImagesKei Nishikori makes his third appearance in Brisbane.

BRISBANE MONDAY PREVIEW –NISHIKORI, BAGHDATIS, AUSSIE DUO HIGHLIGHT DAY TWO ACTION
•    First round singles play begins on Monday at the Brisbane International with a pair of Australians taking the count on Pat Rafter Arena. Overall there are four main draw singles and four final round qualifying matches on the schedule.

•    In the third match on, Australian Marinko Matosevic takes on No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori for the first time.  The top Aussie was voted by his peers as ATP Most Improved Player of the Year as he climbed from No. 201 in 2011 to a year-end best No. 49. Matosevic went 5-10 vs. Top 50 players with his best win over No. 19 Richard Gasquest in the second round at Eastbourne in June. Nishikori finished a year-end best No. 19, highlighted by his second career ATP World Tour title on home soil in Tokyo (d. Raonic). He became the first Japanese winner in tournament history (since 1972) and first Asian in year-end Top 20 since Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan was No. 11 in 2003.

•    In the last match of the evening session, 20-year-old Australian wild card Benjamin Mitchell, takes on Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis for the first time. Mitchell the youngest player in the draw, at 20 years, 1 month, is playing in Brisbane for the second straight year as a wild card. The right-hander from Gold Coast is playing in just his third career ATP World Tour & Grand Slam match (0-2). He lost in the first round here last year (l. to Ito) and Australian Open (l. to Isner). On the 2012 ATP Challenger Tour was 9-15 overall  Baghdatis is coming off his sixth Top 50 finish (at No. 36) in the past seven years and his best result was the semi-finals at Sydney (l to Benneteau) and Zagreb (l to Lacko). Baghdatis has complied some of his best results Down Under, reaching his first and only Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in 2006 (l. to Federer) and winning his last ATP World Tour title in Sydney in 2010.

•    On Court 2, there are two other matches with No. 6 seed and German Florian Mayer taking on Colombian Santiago Giraldo for the first time and Julien Benneteau of France squaring off with Jarkko Nieminen of Finland. Nieminen leads the series 5-0, having won their last meeting in the final of Sydney last year.

•    TOP FIVE AUSSIES – Matosevic is the highest-ranked Aussie on the ATP World Tour. Here are the top five Aussies (as of Dec. 31):
No. 49 Marinko Matosevic
No. 52 Bernard Tomic
No. 83 Lleyton Hewitt
No. 105 Matthew Ebden
No. 199 John Millman

MONDAY FEDEX ATP Head 2 Heads - In Order of Play by Court

Marinko Matosevic (AUS) vs (5) Kei Nishikori (JPN)        First Meeting

Matosevic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Delray Beach (l Anderson); SF: Los Angeles (l Berankis); QF(3): Munich (l Kohlschreiber); Eastbourne (l Darcis); Vienna (l del Potro)
YTD W-L: 17-19
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: August 8, 1985
2012 ATP Ranking: 49

•    Matosevic, 27, is looking for his first tournament main draw match win in his third straight appearance (0-2)…Last year lost to Tommy Haas and two years ago fell to Andy Roddick. Also lost in final round of qualifying to Matthew Ebden in 2010
•    Last season, the No. 1 Aussie was voted by his peers as ATP Most Improved Player of Year as he climbed from No. 201 in 2011 to a year-end best No. 49
•    Compiled records of 13-15 on hard, 2-3 on grass and 2-1 on clay. His highest-ranked win came over No. 19 Gasquet in Eastbourne. Earned a career-high $382,103

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: 1/Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: December 29, 1989
2012 ATP Ranking: 19

•    Nishikori, 23 (turned on Saturday), returns to Brisbane for the third time (3-2 record) and his best result was the quarter-finals in 2009 (l. to Mathieu). Last year fell in second round to Marcos Baghdatis.
•    The top Asian player from Japan finished a year-end best No. 19, highlighted by 2nd career ATP World Tour title on home soil in Tokyo (d. Raonic). Became 1st Japanese winner in tournament history (since 1972) and 1st Asian in year-end Top 20 since Thai Paradorn Srichaphan was No. 11 in 2003
•    His best Grand Slam result was QF at Australian Open (d. No. 6 Tsonga, l. to Murray)
•    Compiled records of 23-11 on hard, 7-4 on clay and 7-3 on grass.  Earned a career-high $1,044,847

(WC) Benjamin Mitchell (AUS) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)         First Meeting

Mitchell FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-2
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 30, 1992
2012 ATP Ranking: 273 (Yr-end), 327 (this week)

•    Mitchell, 20, is playing in Brisbane for the second straight year as a wild card (l. to Ito last year). Lost in the first round of qualifying in 2010-11
•    The right-hander from Gold Coast, Australia is playing in just his third career ATP World Tour/Grand Slam match (0-2). Lost first round last year in Brisbane (l. Ito) and Australian Open (l. Isner)
•    On the ATP Challenger Tour, compiled a 9-15 match record with his best result three quarter-finals, including back-to-back weeks in Burnie and Caloundra in February. Afterwards, reached a career-high No. 209 on Feb. 20
•    Finished season with impressive 18-4 record in five Futures events in Australia, winning title, reaching final and advancing to three semi-finals

Baghdatis FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: 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
2012 ATP Ranking: 36

•    Baghdatis, 27, returns to Brisbane for the fifth straight year (5-4 record) and has reached the quarter-finals the last two years (l. to Roddick in 2011 and eventual champion Andy Murray last season)
•    Last season, the Cypriot finished at No. 36, his sixth Top 50 showing in seven years (except ’08)
•    In Grand Slam play, best result was 3R at Wimbledon (l. to Murray). Lost in 2R in other Slam events
•    Went 26-16 on hard, 6-4 on grass and 3-5 on clay

Court 2

(6) Florian Mayer (GER) vs Santiago Giraldo (COL)        First Meeting

Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)        Nieminen Leads 5-0
07 Marseille (France)    Hard    QF    Jarkko Nieminen    6-2    1-6    6-3
07 ATP Masters Series Montreal (Canada)Hard    R64    Jarkko Nieminen    6-3    6-4
09 Basel (Switzerland)    Hard    R32    Jarkko Nieminen    7-5    6-2
11 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo     Clay    R64    Jarkko Nieminen    4-6    6-3    7-6(3)
12 Sydney (Australia)    Hard    F    Jarkko Nieminen    6-2    7-5


CHENNAI TOURNAMENT PREVIEW – TOP 20 FOURSOME BERDYCH, TIPSAREVIC, CILIC, WAWRINKA IN FIELD
•    The Aircel Chennai Open showcases four Top 20 players, led by top seed and World No. 6 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, a finalist last year. There are also two former champions No. 15 Marin Cilic of Croatia (2009-10) and No. 17 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland (2011). They are also the No. 3 and 4 seeds, respectively.

•    Top seed Berdych, a wild card into the field, made his previous appearance here two years ago and reached the semi-finals (l. to Wawrinka). The 27-year-old Czech Republic native is coming off his third straight Top 10 finish and he led his country to the Davis Cup title over Spain (3-2). He won two ATP World Tour titles (Montpellier, Stockholm) and reached the semi-finals at the US Open (l. to Murray).

•    Tipsarevic compiled a career-best 57-28 match record, finished in the Top 10 for a second straight year and won his third career title in Stuttgart in 2012. The 28-year-old Serb, who  is appearing in Chennai for the sixth time, lost in last year’s final to Milos Raonic 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(4) in 3h14min. in a match without a break of serve. Tipsarevic teamed with Leander Paes to win last year’s doubles title over the Israeli duo of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.

•    Cilic is making his sixth consecutive appearance. He lost in the first round last year to Kei Nishikori.  No. 4 seed Wawrinka finished in Top 20 for the second year in a row and third time in his career (’08). The other seeds are No. 5 Benoit Paire of France, No. 6 Robin Haase a two-time quarter-finalist (2008, ’11) of the Netherlands, No. 7 Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei, and No. 8 Go Soeda of Japan, a semi-finalist here last year. The No. 1 doubles seeds are Mahesh Bhupathi and Daniel Nestor of Canada. Leander Paes is pairing with Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin and are seeded No. 2.

•    On Monday’s schedule, the opening match on Center Court features No. 8 Soeda of Japan against Evgeny Donskoy of Russia for the first time. Soeda is the No. 2 Japanese player (behind No. 19 Nishikori) and he finished a year-end best No. 58 after breaking into Top 50 and getting to career-high of No. 47 on July 23. Soeda reached last year’s semi-finals (l. to Tipsarevic) by defeating the defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-4. Soeda also reached the semi-finals at Atlanta (l. to Muller) by defeating Kei Nishikori in the first ATP quarter-final between Japanese players. Donskoy, 22, is making his first appearance in Chennai and is playing here on a career-high ranking of No. 81. Donskoy is one of four Russians ranked in the Top 100.  Donskoy is looking to win his first ATP World Tour main draw match in five attempts.

•    In the second match, 20 year-old Indian wild card Yuki Bhambri, takes on No. 6 Haase of The Netherlands for the first time. Bhambri the youngest player in the draw at 20 years and 6 months, is playing in Chennai for the third straight year as a wild card. The right-hander from New Delhi has a career record of 2-3 vs. Top 100 and his best win came over No. 43. Denis Istomin in Davis Cup play last year. The 25 year-old Haase is the top ranked Dutchman and he finished just outside Top 50 at No. 56 highlighted by a repeat title performance in Kitzbühel his only ATP World Titles. Haase is 5-3 life-time in Chennai with two quarter-final appearances (2011 & 2008).

TOURNAMENT QUICK FACTS
CITY:            Chennai, India
VENUE:        SDAT Tennis Stadium
DATE:            December 31, 2012 – January 6, 2013
CATEGORY:        ATP World Tour 250
PRIZE MONEY:        $385,150
DRAW:            28 singles / 16 doubles
SURFACE:        Hard
SINGLES FINAL:     Sunday, January 6, at 5:00 p.m.
DOUBLES FINAL:    to follow after singles final
FIRST HELD:        1996

2012 FINALS
Singles – (4) Milos Raonic (CAN) d. (1) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(4)
Doubles – (3) Paes-Tipsarevic  d. (4) Erlich - Ram 6-4, 6-4

RECENT CHAMPIONS/FINALISTS (since 2000)
2012 Milos Raonic/Janko Tipsarevic
2011 Stanislas Wawrinka/Xavier Malisse
2010 Marin Cilic/Stanislas Wawrinka
2009 Marin Cilic/Somdev Devvarman
2008 Mikhail Youzhny/Rafael Nadal
2007 Xavier Malisse/Stefan Koubek|
2006 Ivan Ljubicic/Carlos Moya
2005 Carlos Moya/Paradorn Srichaphan
2004 Carlos Moya/Paradorn Srichaphan
2003 Paradorn Srichaphan/Karol Kucera
2002 Guillermo Canas/Paradorn Srichaphan
2001 Michal Tabara/Andrei Stoliarov
2000 Jerome Golmard/Markus Hantschk
*Bold denotes past champions / runners-up in 2013 draw

A LOOK AT THE DRAW
Seeded Players (Tournament record, best finish - year)
1 Tomas Berdych (CZE)        3-1, SF -‘11
2 Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)     11-5, F-’12
3 Marin Cilic (CRO)         13-2, W-’10, ‘09
4 Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)     10-3, W-‘11
5 Benoit Paire (FRA)         1-1, R16-‘12
6 Robin Haase (NED)         5-3, QF-’11, ‘08
7 Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)         2-4, R16-’12, ‘05
8 Go Soeda (JPN)         3-2, SF-‘12

Wildcards: Tomas Berdych, Yuki Bhambri, Somdev Devvarman
Youngest: Yuki Bhambri (20 years, 6 months)            
Oldest: Jan Hajek (29 years, 4 months)    
Top Country Breakdown: France 3, Czech Republic 2, India 2, Netherlands 2, Russia 2, Slovenia 2
Former Champions in Draw (2): Stanislas Wawrinka (2011), Maric Cilic (2010, 2009)
Former Finalists in Draw (3): Janko Tipsarevic (2011), Stanislas Wawrinka (2010), Somdev Devvarman (2009)
2012 ATP World Tour Winners in Draw (4): Tomas Berdych-2, Marin Cilic-2, Robin Haase, Janko Tipsarevic
* Does not include qualifiers

ATP RANKINGS POINTS / PRIZE MONEY  
Singles         W     F          SF       QF        R16    R32        
Rankings Pts.       250      150      90        45         20       0     
Prize Money     $69,500 36,650 19,835 11,300  6,660 3,945   
        
Doubles     W    F          SF       QF       R16
Rankings Pts.      250     150      90        45        0                   
Prize Money    $21,120  11,100 6,020   3,440   2,020 

Seeded Doubles Teams: (Team record, best finish - year)  
1 Bhupathi / Nestor    Debut 
2 Paes / Roger-Vasselin Debut
3 Bopanna / R. Ram     Debut 
4 Delgado / Skupski    Debut

RECENT CHAMPIONS (since 2000)
2012 Leander Paes/Janko Tipsarevic
2011 Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes (not playing together)
2010 Marcel Granollers/Santiago Ventura
2009 Eric Butorac/Rajeev Ram
2008 Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana
2007 Xavier Malisse/Dick Norman
2006 Michal Mertinak/Petr Pala
2005 Yen-Hsun Lu/Rainer Schuettler
2004 Rafael Nadal/Tommy Robredo
2003 Michael Kohlmann/Julian Knowle
2002 Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes (also won in 1997-98-99)
2001 Byron Black/Wayne Black
2000 Julien Boutter/Christophe Rochus       

*Bold denotes past champions in 2013 draw

Monday FedEx ATP Head 2 Head – In Order of Play by Court

Centre Court

(8) Go Soeda (JPN) vs Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)        First Meeting

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
2012 ATP Ranking: 58 (year-end), 60 (this week)

•    Soeda,  28, returns to Chennai for the third time in his career (3-2 record) and last year lost in the semi-finals to Tipsarevic
•    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)
•    Compiled records of 10-12 on hard, 1-4 on clay and 2-5 on grass and earned a career-high $299,072

Donskoy FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-4
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 9, 1990
2012 ATP Ranking: 96 (year-end), 81 (this week)

•    Donskoy, 22, is making his first appearance in Chennai and playing here on a career-high ranking of No. 81. He is  one of four Russians ranked in the Top 100 along with No. 25 Mikhail Youzhny, No. 44 Nikolay Davydenko and No. 78 Andrey Kuznetsov
•    Played in four ATP World Tour tournaments and lost in first round each time at Barcelona (l. to Stakhovsky), Belgrade (l. to Lajovic), St. Petersburg (l. to Garcia-Lopez) and Moscow (l. to Roger-Vasselin)
•    The Moscow native put together his most successful Challenger season with a 39-17 match record and five titles in six finals (won title after year-end ranking on Nov. 26 in Tyumen, Russia) to move to No. 81 Earned a career-high $112,576

(6) Robin Haase (NED) vs (WC) Yuki Bhambri (IND)         First Meeting

Haase FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Kitzbuehel (d Kohlschreiber); QF(3): Zagreb (l Lacko); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); Estoril (l Wawrinka)
YTD W-L: 19-28
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: April 6, 1987
2012 ATP Ranking: 56

•    Haase, 25, is making his fourth appearance (5-3 record) with his best result reaching the quarter-finals twice once in 2011 (l. to Wawrinka) and once in 2008 (l. to Cilic)
•    The top Dutchman finished just outside Top 50 at No. 56 highlighted by a repeat title performance in Kitzbühel, rallying to defeat top seed Kohlschreiber in three sets. Also reached three quarter-finals in Zagreb (l. to Lacko), Monte-Carlo (l. to Djokovic), his best career ATP Masters 1000 result, and Estoril (l. to Wawrinka).
•    Compiled records of 12-11 on clay, 7-13 on hard and 0-4 on grass.

Bhambri FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 4-2
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: July 4, 1992
2012 ATP Ranking: 197 (year-end), 217 (this week)

•    Bhambri, 20, is playing in his third straight Chennai main draw (1-2); failed to qualify in ’10, ;09, ’07).
Won his only ATP main draw match in the first round last year (d. Beck), lost to Tipsarevic in 2nd Rd.
•    Last season the top Indian finished in the Top 200 for the first time at No. 197 and reached a career- high No. 174 on October 1. Comes in this week ranked No. 217
•    In 2009, became first Indian to win Australian Open junior title and fourth Indian in history to capture a junior singles Grand Slam title
•    On the ATP Challenger Tour last season, compiled an 18-12 record and broke through to capture his first title in Fergana, Uzbekistan in May. Also QF in four other tournaments

Court 1

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)    Roger-Vasselin Leads 1-0
11 Barcelona (Spain)    Clay    R64    Edouard Roger-Vasselin    6-2    6-4

Aljaz Bedene (SLO) vs Joao Sousa (POR)             First Meeting

Other First Round FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads– To be played Tuesday *
 
Jan Hajek (CZE) vs Somdev Devvarman (IND)             First Meeting

Blaz Kavcic (SLO) vs Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)         First Meeting

Matthias Bachinger (GER) vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)        Lu Leads 1-0
11 Atlanta (USA)    Hard    R32    Yen-Hsun Lu    7-5    7-6(4)
Other meetings:
06 Caloundra CH (Australia)    Hard    R32    Yen-Hsun Lu    6-4    6-1
08 Kyoto CH (Japan)    Carpet    SF    Matthias Bachinger    6-3    6-2

Flavio Cipolla (ITA) vs Benoit Paire (FRA)            Tied 1-1
11 Australian Open (Australia)    Hard    R128    Benoit Paire    6-1    7-5    6-1
12 Casablanca (Morocco)    Clay    QF    Flavio Cipolla    6-3    6-4

* Does not include qualifiers
 best result was 3R at Wimbledon (l. to Murray). Lost in 2R in other Slam events
•    Went 26-16 on hard, 6-4 on grass and 3-5 on clay


DOHA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW –  TOP 20 TRIO FERRER, GASQUET, KOHLSCHREIBER LEAD THE WAY 

•    This is the 21st edition of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha and the top seed is World No. 5 David Ferrer, who is coming off a career-best season in which he led the ATP World Tour with seven titles and 76 match wins. Ferrer put together a 6-0 singles mark in helping Spain to the Davis Cup final (l. to Czech Republic 3-2). The 30-year-old Spaniard is playing in Doha for the first time since 2005 when he lost to Roger Federer in the first round and third time overall (l. in 2nd Rd. in ’03).

•    The No. 2 seed is Richard Gasquet, who is making his return to Doha for the first time in seven years. Last season the 26-year-old Frenchman finished in the Top 10 for the second time in his career (2007) and won his seventh career ATP World Tour title in Bangkok. Other seeds are No. 3 Philipp Kohlschreiber, who finished as the top German last season and won his fourth ATP World Tour title in Munich, No. 4 Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, a semi-finalist here 10 years ago, No. 5 Jeremy Chardy of France, No. 6 Viktor Troicki of Serbia, a semi-finalist in 2010, No. 7 Feliciano Lopez of Spain, and No. 8 Pablo Andujar of Spain.  The lone former champion in the field is former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko, who won the title three years ago. The Russian also was runner-up in 2011. Frenchman Gael Monfils, a finalist in 2006 and last year, comes in unseeded.

•    On Monday’s schedule, there are six first round singles matches, including No. 3 Kohlschreiber, No. 6 Troicki and Davydenko. There are also four final round qualifying matches. Leading off on Centre Court is Italian Simone Bolelli against Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver. Bolelli won both previous Challenger meetings. In the next match on, Romanian Victor Hanescu looks for his first win (0-3) against Davydenko. In the third match, Troicki meets veteran German Bjorn Phau for the second time. Troicki won the previous meeting in Miami in March 2009. In the final match, Croat Ivan Dodig tries to even his record (1-2) against Kohlschreiber.

TOURNAMENT QUICK FACTS    
CITY:            Doha, Qatar
VENUE:        Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex
DATE:            December 31, 2012-January 6, 2013
CATEGORY:        ATP World Tour 250
PRIZE MONEY:        $1,054,720
DRAW:            32 singles / 16 doubles
SURFACE:        Hard
SINGLES FINAL:     Saturday, January 5 at 6:00 p.m.
DOUBLES FINAL:    Friday, January 4, third match-on from 4:00 p.m.
FIRST HELD:        1993

2012 FINALS
Singles – (3) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. (4) Gael Monfils (FRA) 7-5, 5-3
Doubles – Polasek-Rosol d. Lu-Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4

RECENT CHAMPIONS/FINALISTS (since 2000)
2012 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga/Gael Monfils
2011 Roger Federer/Nikolay Davydenko
2010 Nikolay Davydenko/Rafael Nadal
2009 Andy Murray/Andy Roddick
2008 Andy Murray/Stanislas Wawrinka
2007 Ivan Ljubicic/Andy Murray
2006 Roger Federer/Gael Monfils
2005 Roger Federer/Ivan Ljubicic
2004 Nicolas Escude/Ivan Ljubicic
2003 Stefan Koubek/Jan-Michael Gambill
2002 Younes El Aynaoui/Felix Mantilla
2001 Marcelo Rios/Bohdan Ulihrach
2000 Fabrice Santoro/ Rainer Schuettler

*Bold denotes past champions / runners-up in 2013 draw

A LOOK AT THE DRAW
Seeded Players (Tournament record, best finish - year)
1. David Ferrer                      1-2 R16 – 2003
2. Richard Gasquet         0-1 R32 – 2006
3. Philipp Kohlschreiber         5-5 QF – 2008-09
4. Mikhail Youzhny       11-9 SF – 2003
5. Jeremy Chardy         0-1 R32 – 2009         
6. Viktor Troicki             7-4 SF – 2010   
7. Feliciano Lopez         3-3 QF– 2005    
8. Pablo Andujar         0-1 R32 – 2012
                    
Wildcards:    Jabor Mohammed Al Mutawa, Mohamed Safwat, Mousa Shanan Zayed
Youngest:    Jabor Mohammed Al Mutawa (18 years, 7 months)         
Oldest:        Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (34 years, 11 months – turns 35 on Jan. 6)    
Top Country Breakdown: Spain 7, Germany 3, Italy 3, France 2, Qatar-2, Russia-2
Former Champions in Draw (1): Nikolay Davydenko (2010)
Former Finalists in Draw (2): Nikolay Davydenko (2011), Gael Monfils (2012, ‘06)
2012 ATP World Tour Winners in Draw (5): David Ferrer-7, Pablo Andujar, Richard Gasquet, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Mikhail Youzhny
* Does not include qualifiers

ATP RANKINGS POINTS / PRIZE MONEY  
Singles         W      F          SF        QF         R16      R32        
Rankings Pts.       250       150       90         45         20         0     
Prize Money    $180,600 95,130  51,530 29,360  17,300  10,250   
    
Doubles     W    F          SF        QF       R16
Rankings Pts.      250     150      90         45        0                     
Prize Money    $57,850  30,400 16,480  9,430   5,520  

Seeded Doubles Teams: (Team record, best finish - year)  
1 Lindstedt / Zimonjic        Debut
2 Knowle / Polasek        Debut  
3 Bracciali / Marach         Debut
4 Cermak / Mertinak        3-1, F - 2010

RECENT CHAMPIONS (since 2000)
2012 Filip Polasek/Lukas Rosol
2011 Marc Lopez/Rafael Nadal
2010 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez/Albert Montanes
2009 Marc Lopez/Rafael Nadal
2008 Philipp Kohlschreiber/David Skoch
2007 Mikhail Youzhny/Nenad Zimonjic (not playing together)
2006 Jonas Bjorkman/Max Mirnyi
2005 Albert Costa/Rafael Nadal
2004 Martin Damm/Cyril Suk
2003 Martin Damm/Cyril Suk
2002 Donald Johnson/Jared Palmer
2001 Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor
2000 Mark Knowles/Max Mirnyi
*Bold denotes past champions in 2013 draw

Monday FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads – In Order of Play by Court

Centre Court

Simone Bolelli (ITA) vs Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)    First ATP Meeting
Other meetings:
05 Rimini CH (Italy)    Clay    R32    Simone Bolelli    6-2    7-6(3)
10 Turin CH (Italy)    Clay    SF    Simone Bolelli    5-7    7-5    6-3

Bolelli FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Kitzbuehel (l Klizan)
YTD W-L: 8-11
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 8, 1985
2012 ATP Ranking: 83 (year-end), 84 (this week)

•    Bolelli, 27, is making his second appearing in Doha (l. to Nadal 63 63 in first round in 2010)
•    The Italian finished in Top 100 for 1st time in three years (at No. 83) with successful Challenger results. Compiled a 27-12 match record and captured titles in Florianopolis (d. Kavcic) and Recanati (d. F. Martin). Also runner-up in San Marino (l. to Klizan), all on clay
•    Best ATP World Tour result was QF in Kitzbühel (l. to Klizan) and 3R at London/Queen’s Club (d. No. 13 Simon, l. to Malisse)
•    In Grand Slam play, lost in 1R at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal) and qualified at Wimbledon (l. to Janowicz)
•    Compiled records of 2-4 on hard, 4-5 on clay and 2-2 on grass. Went 0-3 vs. Top 10 opponents

Gimeno-Traver FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: St. Petersburg (l Fognini); QF: Bastad (l Almagro)
YTD W-L: 6-12
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: August 7, 1985
2012 ATP Ranking: 71 (year-end), 70 (this week)

•    Gimeno-Traver, 27, is looking for his first win in Doha after first round losses in 2010 (l. to Troicki) and 2011 (l. to Bubka)
•    The Spaniard finished in Top 100 for fourth time in past five years with first career indoor SF showing in St. Petersburg (l. to Fognini). Also QF in Bastad on clay (l. to Almagro in three sets)
•    Compiled consistent Challenger results with 3 clay titles and 30-11 match record. In June, won at Monza (d. Montanes) and in September earned titles at Seville (d. Robredo) and Madrid (d. Struff). Also finalist at Cordenons (I. to Lorenzi) in August
•    Lost in 1R at three Grand Slam tournaments- Australian Open (l. to Bogomolov Jr.), Roland Garros (I. to F. Mayer) and US Open (l . to Sijsling), all in straight sets (lost at Wimbledon Q 1R)
•    Compiled records of 3-3 on hard and 3-7 on clay. Went 0-2 vs. Top 10 opponents

Victor Hanescu (ROU) vs Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)    Davydenko Leads 3-0
04 Munich (Germany)    Clay    R16    Nikolay Davydenko    6-7(6) 6-2    6-4
04 Palermo (Italy)    Clay    R32    Nikolay Davydenko    6-2    7-5
09 Hamburg (Germany)    Clay    QF    Nikolay Davydenko    6-3    4-6    6-3
Other meetings:
02 San Marino CH (San Marino)    Clay    R32    Nikolay Davydenko    4-6    6-3    6-4
04 Dnepropetrovsk CH (Ukraine)    Hard    R32    Nikolay Davydenko    6-4    6-2
 
Hanescu FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 6-13
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: July 21, 1981
2012 ATP Ranking: 64 (year-end), 62 (this week)

•    Hanescu, 31, is making his fourth visit to Doha (2-3 record) and his best result is the quarter-finals in 2009 (l. to No. 8 Roddick)
•    The top Romanian finished in Top 100 for ninth time in 10 years with consistent Challenger results. Won three Challenger titles and runner-up in three other tournaments while compiling a 40-8 match record. Went 6-13 in ATP World Tour play
•    From June 25 through Sept. 23, compiled a 35-6 match record and ranking jumped from No.153 to
No. 58 in a 9-Challenger tournament stretch. Won titles in Timisoara (d. Rutin), Banja Luka (d. Haider-Maurer) and Szczecin (d. Cervantes) while reaching finals in Arad (I. to Bagnis), Bercuit (l. to de Bakker) and Sibiu (l. to Ungur)

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
2012 ATP Ranking: 44

•    Davydenko, 31, the lone champion in this year’s field (2010, d. Nadal), is making his 10th appearance in Doha (21-8 record). Has only lost in first round twice (’04, l. to No. 1 Roddick; last year, l. to No. 3 Federer). Also runner-up in 2011 (l. to Federer) and semi-finalist in 2005, ’07-08
•    Last season the Russian finished in Top 50 for l0th straight year, highlighted by three SF results-Rotterdam (I. to Federer), Nice (I. to Baker) and Metz (I. to Tsonga)
•    Streak of nine straight years with an ATP World Tour title came to an end (from 2003-11)
•    Posted three Top 20 wins over No. l6 Gasquet (Rotterdam), No. ll lsner (Nice) and No.l6 Dolgopolov (Cincinnati). Went 0-9 vs. Top 10 opponents
•    Compiled records of 18-14 on hard, 5-7 on clay and 1-2 on grass
 
(6) Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs Bjorn Phau (GER)        Troicki Leads 1-0
09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard    R32    Viktor Troicki    6-4    6-3
Other meeting:
07 Busan CH (Korea)    Hard    SF    Viktor Troicki    7-5    6-3
 
Troicki FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Doha (l Monfils); Rotterdam (l Del Potro)
YTD W-L: 26-29
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: February 10, 1986
2012 ATP Ranking: 38

•    Troicki, 26, is appearing in Doha for the fifth time (7-4 record), reaching the semi-finals three years ago (l. to Nadal) and the quarter-finals the past two years (l. to Federer in 2011, Monfils last year)
•    The No.3 Serb (behind No.1 Djokovic, No.9 Tipsarevic) finished in Top 40 for fourth consecutive year with his best results two quarter-finals: Doha (I. to Monfils) and Rotterdam (I. to No.10 del Potro)
•    In Grand Slam play, reached fourth round at Wimbledon for first time (d. Granollers, Klizan, Monaco, I. to No.1 Djokovic)
•    Compiled records of 14-17 on hard, 8-8 on clay and 4-4 on grass. Went 0-9 vs. Top 10 opponents and his highest-ranked win came over No.14 Monaco at Wimbledon

Phau FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Stuttgart (l Tipsarevic)
YTD W-L: 7-14
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 4, 1979
2012 ATP Ranking: 76 (year-end), 75 (this week)

•    Phau, 33, is making his main draw debut and one of three Germans in the field (Becker, Kohlschreiber)
•    Finished in Top 100 for first time since 2006 with a year-end best No.76
•    Compiled a 23-7 match record on Challenger circuit with titles on home soil in Heilbronnn (d. Bemelmans) in late January and in Bergamo (d. Kudryavtsev) three weeks later
•    Best ATP World Tour result was QF in Stuttgart in July (l. to eventual champ Tipsarevic ,held four MPs)
•    In Grand Slam play, qualified at Australian Open (l. to O. Rochus) and reached 2R at Wimbledon (d. Odesnik, l. to Roddick) and US Open (d. Authom, l. to Federer)
•    Compiled records of 4-5 on clay, 2-7 on hard and 1-2 on grass. Went 0-2 vs. Top 10 opponents and highest-ranked win came over No. 37 Berlocq in Miami

Ivan Dodig (CRO) vs (3) Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)                Kohlschreiber Leads 2-1
11 CRO vs. GER WG 1st RD (Croatia)    Hard    RR    Philipp Kohlschreiber    6-4    3-6    4-6  7-6(6) 6-4
12 Delray Beach (U.S.A.)    Hard    R16    Philipp Kohlschreiber    6-2    6-2
12 Valencia (Spain)    Hard    R32    Ivan Dodig    6-2    7-6(6)

Dodig FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Valencia (l Ferrer); QF(2): Zagreb (l Baghdatis); London / Queen's Club (l Querrey)
YTD W-L: 16-26
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: January 2, 1985
2012 ATP Ranking: 73 (year-end), 72 (this week)

•    Dodig, 27 (turns 28 on Wednesday), is making his main draw debut
•    Last season the Croat finished in the Top 75 for second straight year and his best ATP World Tour result was the semi-finals in Valencia in late October (l. to Ferrer). Also QF in Zagreb and at London/Queen's Club where he defeated No.5 Tsonga in third set TB (I. to Querrey)
•    In Grand Slam play, won only match at US Open (d. Moriya, I. to eventual champion Murray)
•    Represented his country in Davis Cup (1-2), World Team Cup (1-2) and Olympics (1R)
•    Went 1-3 vs. Top 10 opponents and compiled records of 10-14 on hard, 3-4 on grass and 3-8 on clay

Kohlschreiber FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Munich (d Cilic); F: Kitzbuehel (l Haase); SF(3): Auckland (l Rochus); Montpellier (l Berdych); Halle (l Haas); QF(5): Delray Bch (l Sela); Eastbourne (l Seppi); Wimbledon (l Tsonga); Hamburg (l Almagro); Metz (l Monfils)
YTD W-L: 42-24
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: October 16, 1983
2012 ATP Ranking: 20

•    Kohlschreiber, 29, the top German, is making his sixth Doha appearance (5-5 record) and his best result is the quarter-finals in 2008 (l. to Ljubicic) and ’09 (l. to Federer)
•    Last season finished in the Top 20 for first time in his career, highlighted by his fourth ATP title in Munich in May (d. Cilic). Also runner-up in Kitzbühel (l. to Haase), both on clay
•    Compiled a personal best 42 match wins and SF in three other tournaments – Auckland (l. to Rochus), Montpellier (l .to Berdych) and Halle (l. to Haas). Also reached five other QF
•    In Grand Slam play went 11-4 and advanced to 1st QF at Wimbledon (d. Haas in 1R in 5 sets, l. to Tsonga in four sets) and 4R at Australian Open (l. to del Potro) and US Open (l. to Tipsarevic)
•    Compiled records of 20-14 on hard, 13-7 on clay, 9-3 on grass and 23-18 in TB. Went 3-9 vs. Top 10 opponents with wins over No. 10 Almagro in Auckland, No. 2 Nadal in Halle and No. 10 Isner in five sets at US Open. Earned a career-high $1,063,408
 
Court 1

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs Albert Ramos (ESP)            First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
09 Tarragona CH (Spain)    Clay    SF    Paolo Lorenzi    6-4    6-4

Grega Zemlja (SLO) vs Fabio Fognini (ITA)            Fognini Leads 2-0
11 ITA vs. SLO EAG 1 2nd RD (Italy)    Clay    RR    Fabio Fognini    1-6    6-4    6-4    6-4
11 Beijing (China)    Hard    R32    Fabio Fognini    6-4    6-1

Other First Round FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads– To be played Tuesday *

Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs (6) Pablo Andujar (ESP)            Andujar Leads 2-0
11 Kitzuehel (Austria)    Clay    R32    Pablo Andujar    3-6    6-3    6-3
12 Belgrade (Serbia)    Clay    QF    Pablo Andujar    6-4    6-3

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Benjamin Becker (GER)        Youzhny Leads 2-0
07 Munich (Germany)    Clay    R16    Mikhail Youzhny    7-6(4) 7-6(3)
08 Roland Garros (France)    Clay    R128    Mikhail Youzhny    6-1    6-3    7-6(4)

Lukasz Kubot (POL) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)            Lopez Leads 2-0
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay    R64    Feliciano Lopez    6-3    6-3
11 Wimbledon (Great Britain)    Grass    R16    Feliciano Lopez    3-6    6-7(5) 7-6(7) 7-5     7-5

(WC) Mohamed Safwat (EGY) vs (WC) Jabor Mohammed Ali Mutawa (QAT)     First Meeting

Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Mousa Shanan Zayed (QAT)         First Meeting

Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)        Garcia-Lopez Leads 2-0
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R128    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez    4-6    6-4    7-5
11 Zagreb (Croatia)    Hard    R16    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez    6-1    2-6    6-2

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