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Davydenko© AFP/Getty ImagesNikolay Davydenko plays for his second Doha title.

DOHA SATURDAY PREVIEW – DAVYDENKO LOOKS FOR SECOND DOHA TITLE, GASQUET FIRST
• The championship on Saturday at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open features 2010 champion Nikolay Davydenko of Russia and No. 2 seed Richard Gasquet, who is trying to become the fourth Frenchman to win the title in the tournament’s 21-year history. The 31-year-old Davydenko, who is unseeded, is looking to become the oldest winner in Doha and the fifth player to win at least two titles (see below). The last unseeded champion here was wild card Nicolas Escude in 2004.

• Gasquet owns a 3-2 career head-to-head advantage (2-1 on hard courts) although Davydenko won the last meeting in the quarter-finals of Rotterdam last February. This is their first meeting in a final.

• Davydenko enters his third Doha final with a 25-8 career match record, winning the title in 2010 (d. Nadal) and reaching the final the following year (l. to Federer). Davydenko is appearing in his 28th career ATP World Tour final (21-6 record), the first since May 2011 in Munich where he won his last title (d. F. Mayer). He has not lost a set or his serve this week, holding 35 service games (saving five break points). He’s trying to defeat Top 10 opponents in the semi-finals and final for the fifth time in his career, the first in three years when he beat No. 1 Federer in SF and No. 2 Nadal in final here three years ago.

• Gasquet is playing in Doha for the first time since 2006 and this week he’s only lost one set en route to the final, that coming in the second round against Slovenian Grega Zemlja, who led 5-2 in the third set. Last season Gasquet won his seventh career ATP World Tour title in Bangkok (d. Simon) and finished in the Top 10 for the first time since 2007. He is trying to become the fourth Frenchman to win the title in Doha, joining Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (last year), Nicolas Escude (2004) and Fabrice Santoro (2000).
 
TWO-TIME DOHA CHAMPIONS – Davydenko is looking to add his name to the list of multiple winners:
   No. (Years)
Roger Federer  3 (2005-06, ’11)
Andy Murray  2 (2008-09)
Petr Korda  2 (1996, ‘98)
Stefan Edberg  2 (1994-95)

WHAT’S AT STAKE –
 Winner:    $180,600 and 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points
 Runner-up:   $95,130 and 150 Emirates ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY –
 Davydenko:  Appearing in his 28th career ATP World Tour final…….He is 21-6 lifetime in finals (0-0 in ’12)
 Gasquet:    Appearing in his 18th career ATP World Tour final……..He is 7-10 lifetime in finals (1-2 in ‘12)
 
Saturday Championship FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads –

Centre Court

Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs (2) 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 (I) 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 (I) R16 Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4
12 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard (I) QF Nikolay Davydenko 7-5 6-3

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, is appearing in his third Doha final (25-8 record), winning the title in 2010 (d. No. 1 Federer in SF, No. 2 Nadal in F) and reaching final in ’11 (d. Nadal in SF, l. to Federer). Opened on Monday with a 62 63 win over Victor Hanescu, followed with a 75 63 victory over No. 4 seed Mikhail Youzhny and in last two rounds, rolled past Simone Bolelli 61 61 and top seed David Ferrer 62 63
• Has not been broken this week, winning all 35 service games (saving five break pts.) and leads in second serve pts. won (67%) and return games won (14 of 34, 41%). The last player to win the Doha title without losing serve was Federer in 2005 (43 games held )
• Came in ranked No. 44 and will move to around No. 39 with final and to around No. 33 if he wins title
• 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)
• Last year 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
• Broke 15-match losing streak vs. Top 10 opponents with win over No. 5 Ferrer. It was his first Top 10 win since defeating No. 1 Nadal in SF here two years ago (37-67 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)
• Compiled records of 18-14 on hard, 5-7 on clay and 1-2 on grass

BACK-TO-BACK TOP 10 WINS – Davydenko is attempting to defeat Top 10 opponents in the semi-finals and final for the fifth time in his career, the first since here in Doha three years ago:
2013 Doha ??? (d. No. 5 Ferrer in SF)
2010 Doha (d. No. 1 Federer in SF, No. 2 Nadal in Final)
2009 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals-London (d. No. 1 Federer in SF, No. 5 del Potro in Final)
2009 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (d. No. 4 Djokovic in SF, No. 2 Nadal in Final)
2008 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (d. No. 6 Roddick in SF, No. 2 in Final)

SERVING IMPROVEMENT – Here is a look at Davydenko’s service game this week compared to 2012:
                         1st Serve Pct.      1st Serve Pts. Won    2nd Serve Pts. Won  Service Games   Brk. Pts. Saved
This week         71% 76%  67%                              100%        100%
2012                  70% 65%  48%     74%          61%         

30-OVER WINNERS – Last season on the ATP World Tour there were 13 winners 30-over, led by Roger Federer (six titles), David Ferrer (four), one each – Jurgen Melzer, Jarkko Nieminen and Tommy Haas, who was the oldest winner at 34 years, 2 months.

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, is appearing in his first final in Doha and he’s posted wins over Czech qualifier Jan Hernych 63 64, Slovenian Grega Zemlja 67(7) 64 76(3) after trailing 2-5 in third set, Lukas Lacko 61 63 and German qualifier Daniel Brands 75 75. In previous visit in 2006, lost in the first round to Henman
• Leads the tournament in aces (35) and No. 2 in service games won (44 of 47, 94%), saving 16 of 19 break points (84%). Has won 12 of 46 return games (26%)
• Looking to become the fourth French winner in the tournament’s 21-year history, joining Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (last year), Nicolas Escude (2004) and Fabrice Santoro (2000)
• Will remain at No. 10 and 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)
• Appearing in his 18th career ATP World Tour final (7-10 record). Last season compiled a 1-2 record in finals, winning his seventh 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)

BRISBANE SATURDAY PREVIEW – ALL-STAR FINAL FOUR: MURRAY, DIMITROV, NISHIKORI & BAGHDATIS
• The semi-finals on Saturday at the Brisbane International features the top seed and defending champion Andy Murray, two of the youngest players to finish in the Top 50 last season, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori, and Marcos Baghdatis, who enjoys playing Down Under.

• In the first semi-final on Pat Rafter Arena, the oldest player left in the draw 27-year-old Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, takes on the youngest player in the Top 50, 21-year-old Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. The series is tied 1-1. In their last meeting in the second round at Wimbledon last year, Dimitrov retired in the second set due to illness. Baghdatis knocked off No. 3 seed Gilles Simon on Friday to the reach the semi-finals here for the first time and is looking win his first ATP World Tour title since 2010 Sydney (d. Gasquet). He is playing here for the fifth straight year and he reached the quarter-finals the past two years (l. to Roddick in 2011 and eventual champion Andy Murray last season). The Cypriot has complied some of his best results Down Under with a career record of 38-14. He reached his lone Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in 2006 (l. to Federer). Dimitrov, who is making debut in Brisbane, knocked of the No. 7 seed Jurgen Melzer on Friday to reach his fourth career ATP World Tour semi-final. Last year the No.1 Bulgarian finished in the Top 50 for the first time at No. 48, highlighted by a personal-best 24 match wins and three semi-finals 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. Dimitrov leads the tournament with 37 aces and has only been broken once in 30 games. Here is a look at the service comparisons of both players this week and how they rank in the field:

Dimitrov  Baghdatis
 Aces   37 (No. 1)   26 (No. 2)
 1st serve pts won 88% (No. 1)  82% (No. 3)
 Service Games won 97%, 29 of 30 (No. 1) 93%, 27 of 29 (No. 5)
 Break Pts. Saved 86%, 6 of 7 (T No. 1) 86%, 12 of 14 (T No. 1)

• In the next match, top seed and reigning champion Andy Murray of Great Britain squares off against No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori for the third time. Murray leads 2-0, winning their last meeting in the quarter-finals at last year’s Australian Open. In their two previous matches Murray converted 12 of 27 break points while Nishikori was two of 10. Murray advanced to the semi-finals as he defeated Denis Istomin in straight sets. Last year he reached the semi-finals 10 times on the ATP World Tour and went 7-3 in such matches. After winning last year (d. Dolgopolov) he reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open  (l. to Djokovic). The Dunblane native had a career-best year in 2012 winning the US Open (d. Djokovic), Olympic gold  at London Olympics (d. Federer), and reaching the Wimbledon final (l. to Federer). Nishikori advanced to his first semi-final in Brisbane with a straight-sets win over No. 4 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov. The 23-year-old Nishikori is looking to win his third ATP World Tour title. Last year he reached the semi-finals twice on the ATP World Tour, going 1-1 with his best result coming on home soil in Tokyo where he won the title (d. Raonic). At 23, Nishikori was the fifth youngest player to finish ranked in the Top 50 last year and second-youngest in Top 20 behind Raonic.

SATURDAY SEMI-FINALS FEDEX ATP Head 2 Heads – In Order of Play

Pat Rafter Arena

Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) Tied 1-1
11 Munich (Germany) Clay R16 Grigor Dimitrov 3-6 7-6(6) 6-2
12 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R64 Marcos Baghdatis 7-5 4-1 ret (illness)

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 8-4 and advanced to his first SF here with a 63 64 win over No. 3 seed Gilles Simon. Looking to reach his first final here. Playing here for the fifth straight year and reached the quarter-finals the past two years (l. to Roddick in 2011 and eventual champion Andy Murray last season)
• No. 3 this week in first serve points won (82%), tied for No. 1 in break pts. saved (12 of 14, 86%) and No. 2 in aces with 26. Has converted nine of 18 break points (50%)
• Last season finished in Top 50 for sixth time in seven years (except ’08) and was SF four times on ATP World Tour, went 0-4 in SF matches – in Sydney (I. to Benneteau), Zagreb (I. to Lacko), Tokyo (I. to Nishikori) and Stockholm (I. to Tsonga).
• Has a 4-7 career mark in ATP World Tour finals with last final in Kuala Lumpur in 2011 (l. to Tipsarevic) and last title in Sydney (d. Gasquet) in 2010
• 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

CAREER DOWN UNDER – Baghdatis has a 38-14 career record in ATP World Tour level events in Australia:
Tournament  Career Record  Best Result
Brisbane  8-4   SF 2013 (vs. Dimitrov)
Sydney   10-2   W 2010 (d. Gasquet)
Australian Open  20-8   F 2006 (l. to Federer)

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 SF with a 63 62 win over No. 7 seed Jurgen Melzer, firing 17 aces and converting all three of his break point chances. He is looking to reach his first ATP World Tour final
• This week is No. 1 aces (37), 1st serve points won (88%) and service games won 29 of 30 (97%) and tied No. 1 in break points saved  (86%, 6 of 7). Has converted seven of 11 break points (63%)
• 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, went 0-3 in SF matches 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

(1)Andy Murray (GBR) vs (5) Kei Nishikori (JPN) Murray Leads 2-0
11 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai  Hard SF Andy Murray 6-3 6-0
12 Australian Open (Australia) Hard QF Andy Murray 6-3 6-3 6-1

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 first Brisbane SF with a 64 76(3) win over No. 4 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov. Has a 6-2 career record at tournament, previous best result was QF in 2009 (l. to Mathieu)
• No. 3 this week in 2nd serve points won (66%), No. 4 in service games won (28 of 30, 93%) and No. 2 in return games won (9 of 30, 35%)
• Last year on ATP World Tour was 1-1 in SF 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
• Has 7-16 career record vs. Top 10 opponents (3-5 last year with wins over No. 6 Tsonga at Aust. Open, No. 5 Ferrer at Olympics and No. 6 Berdych in Tokyo)

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 a 64 76(3) win over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan on Friday; now is 8-1 in the tournament (7-0 in Brisbane, 1-1 in Adelaide)
• This week No. 4 in 1st serve percentage 69%, No. 10 in 1st serve points won (75%) and No 6 in service games won 23 of 25 (92%), No. 3 in break pts. saved (10 of 12, 83%), and tied for No. 6 in aces (11). Has converted six of 12 break points (50%)
• Last year was SF or better 10 times on ATP World Tour and went 7-3 in SF matches
• Has a 24-13 career record in ATP World Tour finals
• 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)

QUICK STARTS – Since opening the first week of the year in 2007, Murray has reached the final all four times:
2012 – Brisbane     Winner (d. Dolgopolov)
2009 – Doha           Winner (d. Roddick)
2008 – Doha           Winner (d. Wawrinka)
2007 – Doha           Finalist (l. to Ljubicic)           

POTENTIAL FINAL HEAD-TO-HEADS

Andy Murray (GBR) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)  Murray Leads 5-3
06 Wimbledon (England) Grass R16 Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-4 7-6(2)
07 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard R64 Marcos Baghdatis 6-1 6-2
10 Roland Garros (France) Clay R32 Andy Murray 6-2 6-3 0-6 6-2
11 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard R32 Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 6-1
11 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R32 Andy Murray 7-6(4) 2-6 6-4
12 Brisbane (Australia) Hard QF Andy Murray 6-2 6-2
12 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R32 Andy Murray 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1
12 London Olympics (Great Britain) Grass R16 Andy Murray 4-6 6-1 6-4

Andy Murray (GBR) vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)   Murray Leads 1-0
11 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard QF Andy Murray 6-4 6-4

Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)   Baghdatis Leads 3-1
09 Memphis (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Marcos Baghdatis 7-5 6-3
10 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Hard R32 Marcos Baghdatis 6-1 6-1
12 Brisbane (Australia) Hard R16 Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-4
12 Tokyo (Japan) Hard SF Kei Nishikori 6-2 6-2

Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)   First Meeting

CHENNAI SATURDAY PREVIEW – TIPSAREVIC, JOINED BY TRIO LOOKING FOR FIRST CAREEER ATP TITLE
• The No. 2 seed/last year’s runner-up along with three players looking to win their first ATP World Tour title are in Saturday’s semi-finals at the Aircel Chennai Open.

• ATTEMPTING TO WIN FIRST CAREER ATP WORLD TITLE: Three players remaining are trying to win their first ATP World Tour title. There was only one first-time winner last year (Klizan in St. Pete).
Player  Previous Career Best Result
Bedene  QF - 2012 Vienna ( l. to Tipsarevic)
Bautista Agut QF - 2012 St. Petersburg (l. to Fognini)
Paire  Final -  2012 Belgrade (l. to Seppi)

• The first semi-final features Slovenian Aljaz Bedene against No. 2 seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia for the second time. Tipsarevic won their only meeting last October in the Vienna quarter-finals when Bedene was forced to retire due to a left leg injury Tipsarevic advanced to the semi-finals for the fourth straight year with a 62 64 win over Go Soeda.The World No. 9 compiled a 57-28 match record last year and reached the semi-finals or better eight times on the ATP World Tour (3-5 in SF matches). Bedene, the youngest player left in the draw at 23 years, 5 months, advanced to his first career ATP World Tour semi-final after knocking off the 2011 champion and No. 4 seed Stanislas Wawrinka 62 76(6). It was his first career win over an opponent in the Top 50. Both players have only dropped serve twice this week.
Here is a look at their serving stats this week:
Bedene  Tipsarevic
 Aces   15 (No. 6)   11 (No. 9)
 1st serve pts won 78% (No. 3)  83% (No. 1)
 2nd serve pts won 65% (No. 2)  62% (No. 4)
 Service Games won 93%, 27 of 29 (No. 1) 88% 15 of 17 (No. 3)
 
• In the following match, unseeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain takes on No. 5 seed Benoit Paire of France in a first-time meeting. Playing against a Top 10 player for the first time in his career, Bautista Agut recorded the biggest win of his career over World No. 6 and top seed Tomas Berdych in the third longest match (2:18) this week. The 24-year-old is playing in his first career ATP World Tour semi-final. Paire advanced to the semi-finals after a three-set win over two-time champion and No. 3 seed Marin Cilic. 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). Both are looking to become just the second player from their country to win title here in tournament history (since 1996). Spaniard Carlos Moya won back-to-back titles in 2004-2005 and Frenchman Jerome Golmard won in 2000.

• Doubles semi-final action features the German pair of Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich taking on the twin duo of Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana of Thailand.  Begemann and Emmrich won their first ATP World Tour doubles title together last year in Vienna and are playing here for the first time. The Ratiwatanas have two career doubles titles, including here in 2008. The other semi-final features Raven Klassen of South Africa and Nicholas Monroe of the United States taking on Paire and Wawrinka. Klassen and Monroe are playing together for the first time. Wawrinka has one career doubles title and was a finalist here in 2009 (w/Scherrer). Paire is playing here for the first time. 

SATURDAY SEMI-FINALS FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads – In Order of Play

Centre Court

Aljaz Bedene (SLO) vs (2) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) Tipsarevic Leads 1-0
12 Vienna (Austria) Hard QF Janko Tipsarevic 6-2 4-2 ret (left leg)

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 first career ATP World Tour SF with a 62 76(6) win over No. 4 seed Stanislas Wawrinka. Last year he reached QF in Vienna (l. to Tipsarevic) in October. He is the youngest player left in the draw at 23 years 5 months
• This week is No. 1 in service games won (27 of 29, 93%), No. 3 in 1st serve points won (88 of 113, 78%), No. 2 in 2nd serve points won (41 of 63, 65%) and No. 6 with aces (15). Has converted 10 of 19 break points (53%)
• 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).
• 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 1-3 vs Top 50; d No. 17 Stanislas Wawrinka here on Friday, l. No. 38 Fabio Fognini in Davis Cup 2011, No. 49 David Nalbandian in 2012 Belgrade and No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic in 2012 Vienna

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 SFs for the fourth consecutive year with a 62 64 win over Go Soeda. Playing in Chennai for the sixth time (13-5 record); finalist last year (l. to Raonic), semi-finalist in 2011 (l. Malisse) and 2010 (l. Cilic). Also quarter-finalist in ‘09
• This week No. 1 in 1st serve points won (83%), No. 4 in 2nd serve points won (18 of 29, 62%), No. 3 in service games won (15 of 17, 88%) and No. 9 in aces (11). Has converted nine of 13 break pts (69%).
• Last year SF or best 8 times on ATP World Tour (3-5 in SF 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

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) vs (5) Benoit Paire (FRA) First ATP Meeting
Other meetings:
11 Cherbourg CH (France) Hard R16 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 6-4
11 Valencia Q (Spain) Hard -- Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 6-1

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 first career SF on the ATP World Tour with a 75 26 63 win over top seed/World No. 6 Tomas Berdych in 2h13 minutes. His previous best ATP World Tour result was QF was in St. Petersburg (l. Fognini) last September indoors
• This week is No. 2 in 1st serve percentage (71%) and No. 3 in return games won (13 of 34, 38%)
• 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

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 SF for the first time with a 64 16 75 win over No. 3 seed Marin Cilic in 1h53 minutes. Last year lost in the 2R (l. Sela). Has 4-1 career record in Chennai
• This week No. 1 in aces (24), No. 2 in 1st serve points won (84 of 107, 79%), and return games won (12 of 30, 40%). Has converted 12 of 22 break point chances (55%). Played the shortest match of the tournament, d. Sela 61 60 in 40 mins in 2nd Rd.
• Last year reached SF or better twice on ATP World Tour; 1-1 in SF matches, with best result first career ATP World Tour 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

POTENTIAL FINAL HEAD-TO-HEADS –

Aljaz Bedene (SLO) vs Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)  First Meeting

Aljaz Bedene (SLO) vs Benoit Paire (FRA) First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
09 Austria F7 (Austria)  Clay  F Aljaz Bedene   6-4 6-0

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) First Meeting

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs Benoit Paire (FRA)  First Meeting

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