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Brisbane, Chennai, Doha Thursday Briefing

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray will make his season debut against John Millman in Brisbane.

BRISBANE THURSDAY PREVIEW – SECOND ROUND PLAY CONTINUES; MURRAY, RAONIC, HEWITT FEATURED
• The four remaining quarter-final slots will be filled on Thursday at the Brisbane International highlighted by the top two seeds and former World No. 1.

• The first men’s match on Pat Rafter Arena is Aussie wild card Lleyton Hewitt facing Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin. Hewitt won their previous two meetings at Grand Slams (’08 Australian Open and ’10 Roland Garros). The former World No. 1 Hewitt began his 16th season on the ATP World Tour with a three-set win victory over Russian lucky loser Igor Kunitsyn on Tuesday. The 31-year-old Australian broke serve four times as he made his debut in Brisbane. Istomin dismissed the No. 8 seed and 2012 ATP Newcomer of the Year Martin Klizan. Istomin reached the quarter-finals here last year (l. to Tomic).

• The last men’s match on features Scotsman and reigning champion Andy Murray against Australian qualifier John Millman for the first time. Murray, who is making his ATP World Tour season debut, won his first title Down Under here last year (d. Dolgopolov). Murray broke through to capture his first Grand Slam crown at the US Open (d. Djokovic in five sets) and also earned the gold medal at the London Olympics (d. Djokovic in SF, Federer in F). Millman recorded his first career ATP World Tour match win (1-3) after knocking off Tatsuma Ito in straight sets. This will be the first time he has faced an opponent ranked in the Top 10. The highest ranked player he has ever played was No. 12 Radek Stepanek here in 2010 (l. in first round).

• The other two quarter-final spots will be filled from matches on Court 1. The second match on features No. 2 seed and World No. 13 Milos Raonic of Canada against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. Raonic won the previous ATP meeting in Stockholm in October 2011. The following match is No. 7 seed Jurgen Melzer of Austria against David Goffin of Belgium. Melzer won the first meeting in the quarter-finals of Valencia last November.

• YOUNGEST IN TOP 50 – Three of the five youngest players to finish in the Top 50 last season are in action on Thursday (Nishikori is already in the quarter-finals):

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, 5 days

THURSDAY SECOND ROUND FEDEX ATP Head 2 Heads – In Order of Play by Court

Pat Rafter Arena

(WC) Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) vs Denis Istomin (UZB) Hewitt Leads 2-0
08 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R64 Lleyton Hewitt 7-6(5) 6-3 5-7 6-1
10 Roland Garros (France) Clay R64 Lleyton Hewitt 1-6 6-3 6-4 2-6 6-2

Hewitt FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Newport (l Isner); QF: Stockholm (l Almagro)
YTD W-L: 0-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 28
Date of Birth: February 24, 1981
Emirates ATP Ranking: 82 (year-end), 83 (this week)

• Hewitt, 31, advanced to the 2R with a 63 46 62 win over lucky loser Igor Kunitsyn, who replaced Radek Stepanek (withdrew due to an eye infection). Improved his career tournament record to 23-6
• Playing in Brisbane for the first time after previously held in his hometown of Adelaide. Won titles in 2000 (d. Enqvist) and 1998 (d. Stoltenberg). Also finalist in 1999 (l. to Enqvist) and QF in 2001, ’05, ‘08
• Last year the Adelaide native returned from early season toe surgery to reach final in Newport (l. to Isner) and finish No. 82 after dropping to No. 233 in July
• His best Grand Slam result came at Australian Open, posting wins over Stebe, No.16 Roddick, who retired with a leg injury, and No. 25 Raonic before losing to No.1 Djokovic in four sets in 4R
• Underwent left toe surgery in February and was sidelined for over three months before returning at Roland Garros in late May
• Competed at London Olympics and defeated Stakhovsky and No.14 Cilic before losing in three sets to No. 2 Djokovic in 3R
• Played in Davis Cup World Group playoff tie in Hamburg in September and lost in straight sets to Germans Mayer in 2nd rubber and Stebe in fifth and decisive rubber (Australia lost 3-2)
• Compiled records of 0-3 on clay, 9-7 on hard and 7•4 on grass. Went 1-4 vs. Top 10 opponents, defeating No.10 Monaco in Valencia

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 3-2 at Brisbane with a 61 62 win over No. 8 seed Martin Klizan. He won 84 percent of his first serve points and broke the Slovakian four times. Playing here for third consecutive year and last year reached quarter-finals (l. to Tomic)
• 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. Went 1-5 vs. Top 10 opponents and posted his first win over No. 5 Ferrer in Indian Wells. Earned a career-high $660,205
• 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

(1)Andy Murray (GBR) vs (Q) John Millman (AUS) 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, returns to Brisbane as the defending champion (d. Dolgopolov). Has career record of 6-1 (5-0 in Brisbane, 1-1 in Adelaide)
• 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

Millman FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-1
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: June 14, 1989
Emirates ATP Ranking: 228 (year-end), 199 (this week)

• Millman, 23, won his first ever ATP World Tour match (1-3) on Tuesday with a 64 61 win over World No. 79 Tatsuma Ito. He capitalized on four of his seven break points to set a second-round clash with the top seed and defending champion
• Playing in Brisbane for the fourth consecutive year and second straight year as a qualifier (1-3 record). Did not drop a set in three qualifying matches (d. Saville, Bogomolov Jr., Young)
• Last season played mainly on the Challenger Tour and Futures. Compiled 16-14 record in Challengers, highlighted by final in Busan (l. to Ito) and SF at Toyota. In Futures, went 20-8 and 1-1 in finals
• Has career mark of 34-32 in Challengers (28-5 on hard, 5-3 on carpet and 1-4 on clay, one title) and 107-52 in Futures circuit (60-23 on hard, 41-28 on clay and 6-1 on grass, five titles
• Reached career-high ranking of No. 179 in October 11, 2010

Court 1

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs (2) Milos Raonic (CAN) Raonic Leads 1-0
11 Stockholm (Sweden) Hard QF Milos Raonic 7-5 6-4
Other meeting:
09 U.S.A. F2 (U.S.A.) Clay R32 Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-2
 
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

Raonic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(2): Chennai (d Tipsarevic); San Jose (d Istomin); F(2): Memphis (l Melzer); Tokyo (l Nishikori); SF: Barcelona (l Ferrer); QF(4): Halle (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (l Isner); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Wawrinka); Bangkok (l Nieminen)
YTD W-L: 45-20
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: December 27, 1990
Emirates ATP Ranking: 13

(7) Jurgen Melzer (AUT) vs David Goffin (BEL) Melzer Leads 1-0
12 Valencia (Spain) Hard QF Jurgen Melzer 7-6(7) 6-4

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

Goffin FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF(3): Chennai (l Tipsarevic); Winston-Salem (l Isner); Valencia (l Melzer)
YTD W-L: 17-14
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: December 7, 1990
Emirates ATP Ranking: 46

CHENNAI THURSDAY PREVIEW – BERDYCH, CILIC MAKE 2013 DEBUT, BHUPATHI, BOPANNA BACK IN ACTION
• The four remaining second round matches at the Aircel Chennai Open take to the courts on Thursday, with top seed Tomas Berdych and No. 3 Marin Cilic playing on Centre Court.

• The opening match on Centre Court features 2009-10 champion Cilic of Croatia against Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine. Cilic has won their previous two encounters in three sets in 2010 and last year. He is making his sixth consecutive appearance and owns a 13-2 record. He is trying to reach his fourth quarter-final here. Last year he lost in the first round to Kei Nishikori. He has finished in the Top 25 for five straight years (2008-12) while winning at least one title in each of those seasons. Stakhovsky fired 10 aces to defeat qualifier Rubens Bemelmans 76(7) 76(5) in the opening round. The Ukrainian has compiled four Top 100 finishes in the past five years and has a 4-0 record in ATP finals.

• In the next match, World No. 6 Berdych of Czech Republic takes on local favorite Somdev Devvarman for the first time. Both players are wild card entries. Berdych made his previous appearance here two years ago and reached the semi-finals (l. to Wawrinka). The 27-year-old 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 (d. Federer, l. to Murray). Devvarman, who finished runner-up in 2009 (l. to Cilic), jumped off to a strong start with a straight-sets win over Jan Hajek on Tuesday. He has reached six career ATP World Tour quarter-finals,the last in Atlanta in 2011. He has a 0-5 career mark against Top 10 opponents.

• Doubles action continues on Centre Court with two quarter-final matches. The third match on features No. 3 seeds Rohan Bopanna of India and Rajeev Ram of the United States taking on Benoit Paire of France and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. Bopanna and Ram have both won seven career doubles titles and Ram won the 2009 title with Eric Butorac. Wawrinka has one career doubles title and was a finalist here in 2009 (w/Jean-Claude Scherrer). Paire is playing here for the first time. In the final match, top seeds Mahesh Bhupathi of India and Daniel Nestor of Canada square off against Raven Klassen of South Africa and Nicholas Monroe of the United States. Bhupathi-Nestor made a successful debut on Wednesday. Klassen and Monroe are playing together for the first time.

• On Court 1, top Israeli Dudi Sela meets No. 5 seed Benoit Paire of France here for the second year in a row (Sela won in three sets last season) while Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut takes on German Matthias Bachinger, who won the previous meeting in Doha last year.

Thursday Second Round FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads – In Order of Play

Centre Court

(3) Marin Cilic (CRO) vs Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) Cilic Leads 2-0
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris  Hard (I) R32 Marin Cilic 6-4 4-6 6-3
12 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard R64 Marin Cilic 6-3 4-6 6-4
Other meeting:
07 Roland Garros Q (France) Clay -- Marin Cilic 6-2 6-0

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, two-time Chennai champion (’09 & ’10) has a 13-2 main draw record, is trying 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
• 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

Stakhovsky FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Stockholm (l Tsonga)
YTD W-L: 16-28
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: January 6, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 101 (year-end), 103 (this week)

• Stakhovsky, 26 (turns 27 on Sunday), won his main draw debut in Chennai over Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans 76(7) 76(5)
• Last year his best ATP World Tour result was QF in Stockholm (d. F. Lopez, l. to No. 7 Tsonga)
• The No.2 Ukrainian (behind No.18 Dolgopolov) finished just outside Top 100 (at 101) for first time since 2007. Has finished in Top 100 in four of past five years and is 4-0 in ATP World Tour finals
• Qualified in Winston-Salem and reached 3R with wins over Muller and Andujar (I. to Tsonga). Went 0-5 vs. Top 10 opponents during season
• In Grand Slam play, won a round at Australian Open (d. countryman Marchenko, I. to Anderson) and Roland Garros with biggest win of season over countryman No.19 Dolgopolov (I. to Haas)
• In limited Challenger play, reached final at Furth (l. to Kavcic) in June

(1-WC)Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs (WC) Somdev Devvarman (IND) First Meeting

Berdych FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(2): Montpellier (d Monfils); Stockholm (d Tsonga); F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); Winston-Salem (l Isner); SF: 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: 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, playing in Chennai for the second time (3-1 record) and in his previous visit two years ago, reached the semi-finals ( l. to Wawrinka)
• Last year was QF or better 13 times on ATP World Tour with two titles (for first time in career)
• 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)
• Reached QF or better14 times, and did so five times in ATP Masters 1000 play with 19-9 record in those events
• 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

Devvarman FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-1
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: February 13, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 656 (year-end), 664 (this week)

• Devvarman, 27, improved his career Chennai record to 5-2 with a 63 63 win on Tuesday over Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic. He Is playing in Chennai for the third time and is looking to reach the QF for a second time. He was runner-up in 2009 (l. to Cilic) in first career ATP World Tour final. He lost to Tipsarevic in the 2R in last outing in ‘10
• Missed nearly seven months of last year due to a shoulder injury, returning for London Olympics on July 30. Lost to Nieminen in 1R; went 0-3 on ATP World Tour; with best result reaching QF at Challenger in Charlottesville, where he attended Univ of Virginia (l. to Kudla)
• In 2011 won a personal-best 20 matches, finished in Top 100 for first time at No. 84, with a career-high of No. 62 in July, highlighted by reaching his second career ATP World Tour final in Johannesburg (l. to Anderson) in February
• In November 2010, became the first player since Japan's Toshiro Sakai to win singles and doubles gold medals at the Asian Games
• Attended the University of Virginia from 2005-2008 and captured NCAA singles title in back-to-back seasons in 2007 (d. Georgia's John Isner) and 2008 (d. Tennessee's J.P. Smith) and All-American honors both times
• Has an 0-5 career record vs. Top 10 opponents

Court 1

Dudi Sela (ISR) vs (5) Benoit Paire (FRA)  Sela Leads 1-0
12 Chennai (India) Hard R16 Dudi Sela 4-6 6-2 6-4

Sela FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Delray Beach (l Matosevic); QF(2): Chennai (l Raonic); Newport (l Hewitt)
YTD W-L: 12-19
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 4, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 109

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

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) vs Matthias Bachinger (GER) Bachinger Leads 1-0
12 Doha (Qatar) Hard R32 Matthias Bachinger 6-3 6-4
Other meeting:
11 Athens CH (Greece) Hard R16 Matthias Bachinger 6-0 6-2

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

Bachinger FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Bucharest (l Simon); QF: Umag (l Granollers)
YTD W-L: 9-16
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 2, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 104 (year-end), 123 (this week)

DOHA THURSDAY PREVIEW – TOP TWO SEEDS FERRER, GASQUET HEADLINE QUARTER-FINALS
• The quarter-finals on Thursday at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open are led by the top two seeds, the 2010 champion and a two-time finalist. Six of the remaining players are appearing in their first quarter-final in Doha. Four of the quarter-finalists are trying to win their first career ATP title.

• In the first match of the day on Centre Court, German qualifier Daniel Brands meets two-time Doha finalist (2006, ’12) Gael Monfils for the first time. Monfils is joined by countryman Richard Gasquet in the quarter-finals. Brands, who is making his Doha debut, is the lowest-ranked player left at No. 153. He is one of six unseeded players remaining and one of four trying to break through to win a first ATP World Tour title. Monfils is 15-5 lifetime in Doha and he’s appearing in the quarter-finals for the fourth time in six visits. Last year Monfils was hampered with a knee injury, finishing outside the Top 20 for the first time since 2007 at No. 78.

• In the next match on, Lukas Lacko of Slovakia takes on No. 2 seed Richard Gasquet, who won the previous meeting 63 60 in the first round of Nice in May 2010. Lacko is coming off his career-best season in which he finished No. 50 and advanced to his first ATP World Tour final in Zagreb. Gasquet, who rallied from a 2-5 third set deficit on Wednesday vs. Grega Zemlja to post his 300th career win (see below), is appearing in his first quarter-final here. Last season he won his seventh career title in Bangkok (d. Simon) and finished in the Top 10 for the first time since 2007.
 
• In the third match on, top seed and World No. 5 David Ferrer squares off with Italian Paolo Lorenzi for the first time. Lorenzi is one of two Italians remaining (Bolelli) and he’s trying to reach his first career ATP World Tour semi-final. Last season he made his quarter-final debut in Vienna and finished as the No. 3 Italian ranked a year-end best No. 63. He won 37 Challenger matches and two titles. Ferrer has defeated a pair of German qualifiers to reach the quarter-finals here for the first time.The 30-year-old 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 the final match on, 2010 Doha champion Nikolay Davydenko brings a 3-0 career mark against Italian Simone Bolelli. Davydenko has a 23-8 career record in Doha, winning the title three years ago and reaching the final in ’11 (l. to Federer). The 31-year-old Russian is the oldest player remaining and he’s won 21 career titles, sixth-most among active players on the ATP World Tour. Bolelli is appearing in his first quarter-final here and his first on the ATP World Tour since Kitzbuehel last July (l. to Klizan). The 27-year-old Italian’s best ATP World Tour result is a runner-up in Munich in 2008 (l. to Gonzalez).

FRENCH 300 WINS CLUB – With his second round win over Grega Zemlja, Richard Gasquet became the eighth Frenchman in the Open Era to win at least 300 matches on the ATP World Tour:
                           Match Wins
1) Yannick Noah           476
2) Fabrice Santoro         470
3) Cedric Pioline           389
4) Guy Forget             378
5) Henri Leconte           377
6) Sebastien Grosjean       341
7) Arnaud Clement          316
8) Richard Gasquet        300

Thursday Second Round FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads – In Order of Play

Centre Court

(Q) Daniel Brands (GER) vs Gael Monfils (FRA) First Meeting

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, the lone qualifier and lowest-ranked player remaining (at No. 153), is making his Doha debut this week. Two of his three qualifying wins came in three sets and he then defeated No. 5 seed Jeremy Chardy 64 64 on Tuesday and Egyptian wild card Mohamed Safwat 46 63 62 on Thursday
• 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

Monfils FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F(2): Doha (l Tsonga); Montpellier (l Berdych); SF: Metz (l Seppi); QF: Bangkok (l Simon)
YTD W-L: 19-10
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: September 1, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 78 (year-end), 77 (this week)

• Monfils, 26, comes into his fourth quarter-final in Doha in six appearances after defeating local wild card Mousa Shanan Zayed 60 63 and No. 3 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 64 26 64. He is making his sixth visit to Doha and owns a 15-5 record. Last year reached his second final, highlighted by wins over No. 5 seed Viktor Troicki 62 63 and top seed Rafael Nadal 63 64 before losing to countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga . Also runner-up in ‘06 (l. to Federer) and SF in ‘09 (l. to Roddick)
• Last season the Frenchman finished outside the Top 20 for first time since 2007 as he struggled with a right knee injury on and off during the season. Missed 3 1/2 months before returning week of September 17 (played three events)
• His best results were runner-up showings in Doha (I. to Tsonga) in January and Montpellier(l. to Berdych) in February. Also a SF in Metz in September (I. to Seppi) and QF in Bangkok (1. to Simon)
• In his lone Grand Slam outing, reached 3R at Australian Open (I. to Kukushkin in five sets)
• Compiled records of 16-7 on hard and 3-3 on clay. Went 1-3 vs. Top 10 opponents with lone win over No.2 Nadal in Doha SF

Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs (2) Richard Gasquet (FRA) Gasquet Leads 1-0
10 Nice (France) Clay R32 Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-0

Lacko FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Zagreb (l Youzhny)
YTD W-L: 13-21
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 3, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 50 (year-end), 51 (this week)

• Lacko, 25, the No.2 Slovak (behind No. 30 Klizan), is appearing in the quarter-finals in Doha for the first time after wins over Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 61 26 64 and No. 6 seed Viktor Troicki 63 75 In his previous main draw showing two years ago, lost to No. 1 Nadal 76 06 63 in the second round
• Last season jumped from No. 112 in 2011 to a year-end best No. 50 highlighted by first ATP World Tour final in Zagreb (l. to Youzhny)
• Played well in Grand Slam tournaments with career-best 3R at Australian Open (d. Ljubicic in five sets, Young, I. to Nadal) as a qualifier and Wimbledon (d. Melzer in five sets, I. to Tsonga)
• Closed season by winning Helsinki Challenger(d. Nieminen) and breaking career-high Top 50 afterwards
• Compiled records of 10-14 on hard, 3-3 on grass and 0-4 on clay. Earned a career-high $406,162
• Has won more than 200 matches at the Challenger and Futures level. Owns a 138-101 career Challenger record with six titles and a 78-25 record in Futures with eight titles

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 quarter-finals in Doha for the first time with a 63 64 victory over Czech qualifier Jan Hernych and 67(7) 64 76(3) win over Slovenian Grega Zemlja (trailed 2-5 in third set). In previous visit in 2006, lost in the first round to Tim Henman 64 64
• A Frenchman has reached the semi-finals or better in Doha in three of past four 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)
• 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 Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)  First Meeting

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, has defeated a pair of German qualifiers to reach the quarter-finals, rallying in his season opener 57 63 62 over Dustin Brown on Tuesday and following with a 63 62 victory over Tobias Kamke
• He is playing in Doha for the first time since 2005 when he lost in the first round to Roger 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

Lorenzi FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Vienna (l Muller)
YTD W-L: 8-17
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: December 15, 1981
Emirates ATP Ranking: 63 (year-end), 64 (this week)

• Lorenzi, 31, is playing in his first quarter-final in Doha after posting straight-set wins over Spaniard Albert Ramos 76(4) 61 and Czech Lukas Rosol 60 64. In previous visit in 2010, lost in 1R to Chiudinelli
• Trying to become the first Italian to reach the SF in Doha since Filippo Volandri in 2006 (l. to Monfils)
• Last season the No. 3 Italian finished in Top 100 for first time in three years with a career-best No. 63 ranking and strong play on Challenger circuit, compiling a 37-10 match record and a 2-6 record in finals. Also won eight ATP World Tour matches, highlighted by first QF in Vienna (l. to Muller)
• In first four months, reached finals at Salinas (l. to Pella), Guadalajara (I. to Alves), San Luis Potosi (I. to Ramirez­ Hidalgo) and Sarasota (I. to Querrey), all on clay
• Did not win back-to-back matches again until August when he won title at Cordenons (d. Gimeno-Traver). A month later, reached final on home soil in Todi (I. to Kuznetsov)
• Played in each Grand Slam tournament and lost in 1R, falling to No.1 Djokovic at Australian and US Opens. Fell to No.13 Almagro at Roland Garros and to Mahut in five sets at Wimbledon
• Compiled records of 3-7 on clay, 4-7 on hard and 1-3 on grass. Earned a career-high $285,324
• Has an 0-5 career record vs. Top 10 opponents, losing to Djokovic three times and Nadal, Soderling (once each)

Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs Simone Bolelli (ITA) Davydenko Leads 3-0
08 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (USA) Hard R32 Nikolay Davydenko 6-7(5) 7-5 6-1
08 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R32 Nikolay Davydenko 6-2 7-6(5)
09 Umag (Croatia) Clay QF Nikolay Davydenko 7-6(10) 6-1

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), opened on Monday with a 62 63 win over Victor Hanescu and followed with a 75 63 victory over No. 4 seed/countryman Mikhail Youzhny. He is making his 10th appearance in Doha (23-8 record). Also runner-up in 2011 (l. to Federer), semi-finalist in 2005, ’07-08 and quarter-finalist in ‘06
• 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)
• 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. 16 Gasquet (Rotterdam), No. 11 lsner (Nice) and No.16 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
 
CAREER ACTIVE TITLE LEADERS – Davydenko is No. 6 among 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

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
Emirates ATP Ranking: 83 (year-end), 84 (this week)

• Bolelli, 27, is making his first quarter-final appearance in Doha after defeating Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 63 67 76 and Lukasz Kubot 26 64 64. In previous visit in 2010, lost to Nadal 63 63 in 1R
• Last season the Italian No. 4 finished in Top 100 for first 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 results were 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)
• Reached his lone ATP World Tour final in Munich in May 2008 (l. to F. Gonzalez)
• Compiled records of 2-4 on hard, 4-5 on clay and 2-2 on grass. Went 0-3 vs. Top 10 opponents

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