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Hewitt© Getty ImagesLleyton Hewitt took part in Kids' Day on Monday in Brisbane.

BRISBANE TUESDAY PREVIEW – FORMER CHAMPIONS & AUSSIES FEATURED ON FIRST DAY OF NEW YEAR
• The New Year rings in Tuesday as first round singles play concludes at the Brisbane International with former champions playing each other in the last match on Pat Rafter Arena. Overall there are eight main draw singles matches on the schedule.

• The first men’s match on Pat Rafter Arena is Spain’s Tommy Robredo against American qualifier Ryan Harrison in a first-time meeting. Last season the 30-year-old Spaniard finished outside Top 100 for first time in 12 years after being sidelined for five months with a leg injury. He went 5-7 with his best result a quarter-final appearance in Bastad (I. to No.5 Ferrer). Harrison, who is ranked No. 69, didn’t drop a set in three rounds of qualifying. The 20-year-old Harrison won a personal-best 23 matches and achieved a career-high No. 43 on July 16 after his third semi-final of the year in Newport (l. to Isner).

• Next on is Australian wild card Matthew Edben and David Goffin of Belgium. This the second meeting between the two with Goffin winning in straight sets at Kuala Lumpur in 2011. The 25-year-old Edben finished just outside Top 100 at No. 103 after winning a personal-best 17 matches on the ATP World Tour and reaching a career-high ranking of No. 61 in October. In his debut at Roland Garros the young Belgian became the first lucky loser to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam since countryman Dick Norman at Wimbledon in 1995. Goffin posted wins over veterans Stepanek and Clement, both in 5 sets, and Kubot before losing to No. 3 Federer in 4 sets. He finished a year-end best No. 46.

• In the last match of the evening session former champions Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic (2009), takes on Aussie wild card Lleyton Hewitt (1998, 2000). This first round match features two veterans with Hewitt holding a 3-1 head-to-head record. The 34 year-old Czech won their last meeting in the first round at the ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai last October. Stepanek was also runner-up here in 2010 (l. to Roddick). The 31-year-old Hewitt and two-time year-end No. 1 in 2001-02, was runner-up in 1999 and is 22-6 lifetime at the tournament. This is the first time he’s playing in Brisbane. Despite playing a limited schedule in 2012 due to toe surgery, Hewitt, managed to work his way back into the Top 100, finishing at No. 82 after reaching a low of No. 233 in July.

• On Court 1 there are two other matches with Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan taking on No. 8 seed Martin Klizan of Slovakia for the first time and Tatsuma Ito of Japan squaring off against qualifier John Millman of Australia also for the first time.

• On Court 2, there are three other matches with qualifier Jessie Levine, playing for the first time under the Canadian flag, against Colombian Alejandro Falla, No. 7 seed Jurgen Melzer of Austria facing American qualifier Denis Kudla and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov vs. American Brian Baker.  

TUESDAY FEDEX ATP Head 2 Heads – In Order of Play by Court

Pat Rafter Arena

Tommy Robredo (ESP) vs (Q) Ryan Harrison (USA) First Meeting

Robredo FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Bastad (l. Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 5-7
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: November 5, 1982
Emirates ATP Ranking: 115 (year-end), 114 (this week)

• Robredo, 30, is playing in Brisbane for the first time. In his previous tournament appearance in 2006, reached the second round (d. Melzer l. to Serra)
• The Spaniard finished outside Top 100 for 1st time in 12 years after being sidelined for five months with a leg injury. Returned from February leg surgery in June and won title in first tournament back at Caltanissetta Challenger (d. Elias). Also won title in Milan (d. Alund).ln  three events, jumped over 250 ranking spots from No. 470 to No.199
• Compiled a 20-4 match record in Challengers including back-to-back finals on clay in Genova (I. to Montafies) and Seville (1. To Gimeno-Traver)
• In ATP World Tour action went 5-7 and best result was QF in Bastad (I. to No.5 Ferrer in 3 sets). ln lone Grand Siam tournament at US Open reached 2R (d. Seppi, I. to L. Mayer)

Harrison FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(3): Newport (l. Isner), San Jose (l. Raonic), Eastbourne (l. Seppi); QF: Houston (l. Russell)
YTD W-L: 23-24
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 7, 1992
Emirates ATP Ranking: 70 (year-end), 69 (this week)

• Harrison, 20, playing in Brisbane for third consecutive year and looking for first main draw win. Lost in first round last year to Baghdatis and in 2011 to Soderling (as a qualifier)
• The young American improved his year-end ranking for a fifth straight season to finish at No. 70
• Won a personal-best 23 matches and achieved a career-high No. 43 on July 16 after third SF of year in Newport (l. to Isner). Also, SF in San Jose (l. to Raonic) in February and Eastbourne (l. to Seppi) in June. On clay, reached QF in Houston (l. to Russell)
• Made Davis Cup live debut in QF tie vs. France and lost to No.6 Tsonga in four sets in opening rubber (and to Simon in dead rubber).First American teen to play live rubber since Roddick in '01
• In Grand Slam play, reached 2R at Wimbledon (d. Lu, I. to No.1 Djokovic) and US Open (d. Becker, I. to No.8 del Potro in 4 sets). AII four Slam losses came to Top 15 opponents
• Compiled records of 11-13 on hard, 7-4 on grass and 5-7 on clay. Went 0-6 vs. Top 10 opponents, highest ranked win came vs. No. 25 Troicki in Indian Wells. Earned a career-high $480,018

(WC) Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs David Goffin (BEL) Goffin Leads 1-0
11 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Hard R32 David Goffin 6-4 7-6(4)
Other meeting:
10 Loughborough CH (Great Britain) Carpet R32 Matthew Ebden 3-6 6-1 7-5
 
Ebden FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Atlanta (l Muller)
YTD W-L: 17-23
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 26, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 103 (year-end), 105 (this week)

• Ebden, 25, returns to Brisbane for the fourth year in a row (3-3 record) in main draw. Best result was reaching the quarter-finals as a qualifier in 2011 (l. to No. 5 Soderling). Lost to Stepanek last yr. in 1R
• The Aussie finished just outside Top 100 after winning a personal-best 17 matches on the ATP World Tour and reaching a career-high ranking of No. 61 in October
• His best  ATP World Tour result was QF in Atlanta (I. to Muller) and posted first Top 10 win over No.8 Fish at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells where he reached 4R (l. to Isner)
• In Grand Slam tournaments, played in all four for the first time and reached 2R at Australian Open (d. Souza, I. to Nishikori in five sets) and US Open (d. Ito, I. to Chardy)
• In doubles, won third career title in Atlanta (w/Harrison) and finished a runner-up in Sydney (w/Nieminen)
• Compiled records of 15-16 on hard, 2-4 on grass and 0-3 on clay. Earned a career-high $429,771

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

• Goffin, 22, is making his Brisbane main draw debut
• The young Belgian had a breakthrough season to finish in Top 50 and as his country’s top player
• His best ATP World Tour results were QF in opening week in Chennai (l. to No. 9 Tipsarevic in three sets), Winston-Salem (l. to eventual champ No. 10 Isner) and Valencia (d. Isner, l. to Melzer)
• In Grand Slam play, made his debut at Roland Garros as a lucky loser and posted wins over veterans Stepanek and Clement, both in five sets, and Kubot before losing to No. 3 Federer in four sets. Afterwards broke Top 100, leaping from No. 109 to No. 64
• Became first lucky loser to reach 4th round of a major championship since fellow Belgian Dick Norman at Wimbledon in 1995
• Received a wild card into Wimbledon and defeated No. 28 Tomic and Levine in four sets before falling in 3R to No. 12 Fish in straight sets. Made Olympics debut in London and lost in 1R to No. 10 Monaco
• Helped Belgium into ’13 Davis Cup World Group winning both of his matches vs. Sweden in playoff tie
• In Challenger play, compiled a 14-6 record and won two titles, in Guadeloupe in April (d. Zverev) and in Orleans (d. countryman Bemelmans) in late September. Afterwards broke Top 50 on Oct. 1
• Compiled records of 10-7 on hard, 5-3 on clay and 2-4 on grass. Went 0-6 vs. Top 10 opponents and highest-ranked win came over No. 11 Isner at 2R Valencia. Earned a career-high $367,523

Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs (WC) Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) Hewitt Leads 3-1
03 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R32 Lleyton Hewitt 6-3 6-2 6-0
03 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Lleyton Hewitt 6-1 3-0 ret
09 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R16 Lleyton Hewitt 4-6 2-6 6-1 6-2 6-2
12 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai Hard R64 Radek Stepanek 7-5 6-1

Stepanek FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Memphis (l Melzer); QF(3): Brisbane (l Dolgopolov); Halle (l Youzhny); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 24-26
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: November 27, 1978
Emirates ATP Ranking: 31

• Stepanek, 34, former champion playing in Brisbane for the seventh time in his career with a 16-6; won 2009 (d. Verdasco) and was runner-up in 2010 (l. Roddick). Also SF in 2011 and QF last year
• The Czech No. 2 finished in Top 50 singles for ninth time in 10 years and No.3 in ATP Doubles Team Rankings (w/Paes). Finished career-high No.4 in doubles individually
• Helped his country to Davis Cup title (d. Spain 3-2) by winning fifth and decisive rubber over No. 11 Nicolas Almagro in four sets
• Best singles result was SF in Memphis (l. to Melzer) and 3 QF. Compiled records of 17-14 on hard, 4-3 on grass and 3-9 on clay. Went 1-8 vs. Top 10 opponents and lone win came over No.8 del Potro in 2R of Toronto
• In doubles (w/Paes) had 33-10 match record with titles at Australian Open, Miami and Shanghai. Reached final at US Open, and SF at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London

Hewitt FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Newport (l Isner); QF: Stockholm (l Almagro)
YTD W-L: 16-14
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 28
Date of Birth: February 24, 1981
Emirates ATP Ranking: 82 (year-end), 83 (this week)

• Hewitt, 31, playing in Brisbane for the first time and has a career record of 22-6 when the event was previously held in Adelaide; winning titles in 2000 (d. Enqvist) and 1998 (d. Stoltenberg)
• 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 home event at Aus.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

Court 1

Denis Istomin (UZB) vs (8) Martin Klizan (SVK) First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
09 Tashkent CH (Uzbekistan) Hard R32 Denis Istomin 2-0 ret

Tatsuma Ito (JPN) vs (Q) John Millman (AUS) First ATP Meeting
Other meetings:
12 Kaohsiung CH (Taiwan) Hard R32 Tatsuma Ito 6-4 7-5
12 Busan CH (South Korea) Hard F Tatsuma Ito 6-4 6-3
12 Yokohama CH (Japan) Hard R32 Tatsuma Ito 6-4 3-6 7-6(3)

Court 2

(Q) Jesse Levine (CAN) vs Alejandro Falla (COL) First ATP  Meeting
Other meeting:
09 Alessandria CH (Italy) Clay SF Jesse Levine 6-2 6-3

(7) Jurgen Melzer (AUT) vs (Q) Denis Kudla (USA) First Meeting

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs Brian Baker (USA) First Meeting


CHENNAI TUESDAY PREVIEW – AMRITRAJ, DEVVARMAN, PAES HIGHLIGHT CENTRE COURT SCHEDULE
• There are eight first round matches on Tuesday’s schedule at the Aircel Chennai Open with three home country players leading the way on Centre Court.

Leading off on Centre Court is Indian qualifier Prakash Amritraj against Guillaume Rufin of France in a first-time meeting. Amritraj defeated James Ward in the final round of qualifying. This is Amritraj’s ninth main draw singles appearance (2-8 record) and the second time he’s qualified in Chennai, the last coming three years ago. Amritraj played mainly on the Futures circuit in 2012, going 13-3 all on hard courts with one title at India F14 in October. His best career ATP result was a runner-up in Newport (l. Santoro) in 2008. Last season Rufin recorded his first Top 100 year-end ranking by reaching four Challenger finals, winning a title at Villa Allende (d. Marti). He compiled a 34-18 Challenger record. His best ATP result was reaching the quarter-finals in Montpellier (d. Pospisil, F. Lopez l. to Simon). Rufin is playing in Chennai for the first time in his career. 
 
• In the second match on, Jan Hajek takes on wild card Somdev Devvarman for the first time.  The veteran from the Czech Republic has accrued more than 100 wins at both the Challenger and Futures level in over a decade of play. He is 174-110 with nine titles in Challengers and 103-49 with eight titles in Futures. In 2012, Hajek compiled a 29-14 match record in Challengers and won the title at Marburg (d. Haider-Maurer). Devvarman notched his best week on the ATP World Tour here in 2009 when he reached the final as a wild card. His dream run ended when he lost to No. 3 seed Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6.
Last year he was sidelined for nearly seven months with a right shoulder injury. He made his season debut at the London Olympics at the end of July. 

• The final match on is a first round doubles match featuring the No. 2 seeds Leander Paes of India and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France taking on Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana of Thailand. Paes, who has 51 career doubles, won four doubles titles in 2012, three with Stepanek including his seventh career Grand Slam doubles title at the Australian Open. Paes is 29-7 lifetime in Chennai with five titles, including the past two years – 2011 (w/Bhupathi) and 2012 (w/Tipsarevic). He also won the crown from 1997-99 (w/Bhupathi). Roger-Vasselin has three career doubles titles all coming in 2012 and all with Nicolas Mahut. Ratiwatana and Ratiwatana have two career doubles titles including capturing the doubles title here in 2008.

• Court 1 features Matthias Bachinger of Germany against No. 7 seed Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei, followed by Flavio Cipolla of Italy and No. 5 seed Benoit Paire of France; then Dudi Sela of Israel against qualifier Rajeev Ram of the United States.

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

Centre Court

(Q) Prakash Amritraj (IND) vs Guillaume Rufin (FRA) First Meeting

Amritraj FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 10, 1983
Emirates ATP Ranking: 547 (year-end), 551 (this week)

• Amritraj, 29, is playing in Chennai for the ninth time in his career (2-8 main draw record). He won first round matches in 2004 (d. Mankad, l. to Ascione) and ’06 (d. Mello, l. to Stepanek).
• Last year played mainly Futures events, going 13-3 on hard, winning title at India F14 in October
• Has career ATP World Tour level record of 18-31, 73-97 in Challengers and 50-24 in Futures
• Reached career singles ranking of No. 154 in June 2009
• Best career ATP result was runner-up in Newport in 2008 (l. Santoro)
• He is the son of Indian tennis great Vijay Amritraj and cousin of former pro Stephen Amritraj
• Played college tennis at the University of Southern California

Rufin FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Montpellier (l. Simon)
YTD W-L: 3-7
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 26, 1990
Emirates ATP Ranking: 90 (year-end), 92 (this week)

• Rufin, 22, is playing in Chennai for the first time
• In 2012, the Frenchman recorded his first Top 100 season by reaching four Challenger finals, winning title at Villa Allende (d. Marti)
• Best ATP result was QF in Montpellier (d. Pospisil, F. Lopez l. to Simon)
• Qualified into ATP World Tour events four times in six tries, including at Wimbledon and reached 2R (d. Darcis, I. to Almagro)
• Reached SF or better in eight Challengers with 34-18 overall record
• Finalist at Challengers in Timisoara (l. to Hanescu), Quito (I. to Souza) and Buenos Aires (I. to Schwartzman)
• Earned a career high $173,897

Jan Hajek (CZE) vs (WC) Somdev Devvarman (IND) First Meeting

Hajek FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Bastad (l. Almagro)
YTD W-L: 4-7
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: August 7, 1983
Emirates ATP Ranking: 105 (year-end), 106 (this week)

• Hajek, 29, is playing in Chennai for the second time (1-1 record) with 2R in 2010 (d. Greul, l. to Giraldo)
• The Czech Republic native finished just outside the Top 100 (at No.105) with his best results coming on Challenger circuit. Compiled a 29-14 match record and won title at Marburg (d. Haider-Maurer)
• Broke through to reach his first career  ATP World Tour SF in Bastad (l. to No.10 Almagro)
• His best results came in June and July. In a five-tourney stretch compiled a 14-3 record in Challengers and went 3-1 in ATP play, reaching final at Prostejov (l. to F. Mayer), SF in Kosice (l. to Bedene), title in Marburg, QF in Braunschweig and SF in Bastad. Improved ranking from No.128 to No. 90
• In lone Grand Slam main draw appearance at US Open, lost to Baker in straight sets

Devvarman FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(2): Chennai (l Tipsarevic); Atlanta (l Muller)
YTD W-L: 0-3
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: February 13, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 656 (year-end), 664 (this week)

• Devvarman, 27, is playing in Chennai for the third time in his career (4-2 mark). 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

Court 1

Matthias Bachinger (GER) vs (7) 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 (5) 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

Dudi Sela (ISR) vs (Q) Rajeev Ram (USA) First ATP Meeting
Other meetings:
05 Aptos CH (USA) Hard R16 Rajeev Ram 2-6 7-5 6-4
06 Sacramento CH (USA) Hard R32 Rajeev Ram 6-3 3-6 6-3
11 Granby CH (Canada) Hard R16 Dudi Sela 6-4 6-2

Court 2

Igor Sijsling (NED) vs (Q) Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
11 US Open Q (U.S.A.) Hard -- Igor Sijsling 6-2 6-3

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

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) vs Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
08 Aachen CH (Germany) Carpet QF Ruben Bemelmans 6-4 7-6(5)

DOHA TUESDAY PREVIEW – FERRER, GASQUET, YOUZHNY OPEN 2013 CAMPAIGN ON CENTRE COURT
• An action-packed New Year’s Day schedule on Tuesday includes six seeds among the remaining10 first round matches of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

• Leading off the order of play on Centre Court is No. 4 seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia against Benjamin Becker of Germany. Youzhny won the previous two meetings on clay in 2007-08. Youzhny, a semi-finalist here 10 years ago, is 11-9 lifetime in Doha. Last year he won his eighth career ATP World Tour title in Zagreb. Becker rebounded back from an elbow injury in 2011 to jump 240 ranking spots from No. 305 in ’11 to No. 65 last season. His best result was the semi-finals in Memphis.

• In the second match on, Czech qualifier Jan Hernych meets No. 2 seed Richard Gasquet for the third time. The Frenchman won both previous meetings in 2007 and ’09. The 33-year-old Hernych is making his third main draw appearance in Doha, having lost in the first round in 2005 and ’09. Gasquet’s previous Doha visit was seven years ago (l. to Henman in 1R) and last year the Frenchman won his seventh career title in Bangkok (d. Simon). He also finished in the Top 10 for the first time in five years.

• In the third match, top seed and World No. 5 David Ferrer plays German qualifier Dustin Brown, who is making his Doha main draw debut. Ferrer won the previous meeting in straight sets at Wimbledon last June. Ferrer is coming off a career-best season in which he led the ATP World Tour with seven titles and 76 match wins. The 30-year-old Spaniard put together a 6-0 singles mark in helping Spain to the Davis Cup final (l. to Czech Republic 3-2). He 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).

• In the final match, Polish No. 2 Lukasz Kubot takes on No. 7 seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Lopez won the previous two meetings on clay in 2010 and grass in 2011. Kubot won a career-high 23 matches last year and finished in the Top 100 for the third year in a row at No. 75. Lopez finished No. 40 last season and his best result was three semi-finals. The Madrid native’s best Doha result is the quarter-finals in 2005.

• There are six outside court matches, including No. 5 seed Jeremy Chardy, No. 8 Pablo Andujar and two-time finalist (2006, ’12) Frenchman Gael Monfils, who comes in unseeded. He is 13-5 in Doha.
 
Tuesday FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads – In Order of Play by Court

Centre Court

(4) 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)

Youzhny FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Zagreb (d Lacko); SF(2): Halle (l Federer); St. Petersburg (l Klizan); QF(7): Doha (l Nadal); Dubai (l Federer); Munich (l Cilic); Wimbledon (l Federer); Beijing (l Tsonga); Stockholm (l Berdych); Basel (l Gasquet)
YTD W-L: 33-21
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: June 25, 1982
Emirates ATP Ranking: 25

• Youzhny, 30, has an 11-9 career record in Doha and his best result is the semi-finals 10 years ago (l. to Gambill). Also a QF in 2006-07 and last year
• The top Russian finished in the Top 35 for the seventh year in a row and in Top 50 for11th straight year
• Captured his eighth career ATP World Tour title in Zagreb in February (d. Lacko) and SF in Halle (I. to Federer) in June and St. Petersburg (1. to eventual champ Klizan) in September. Also reached QF in 7 other tournaments, including personal­ best at Wimbledon (1. to Federer), his fifth QF in a Grand Slam (has reached QF in each Slam)
• Compiled records of 20-12 on hard, 7-3 on grass and 6-6 on clay. Went 2-9 vs. Top10 opponents with wins over No.8 Fish in 2R in Dubai and No.8 Tipsarevic in 3R at Wimbledon

Becker FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Memphis (l Raonic); QF: Newport (l Harrison)
YTD W-L: 10-14
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: June 16, 1981
Emirates ATP Ranking: 65

• Becker, 31, is 2-2 lifetime in Doha, losing in the second round in 2010 (l. to Karlovic) as a qualifier, and last year (l. to Monfils), both in three sets
• The German returned to Top 100 after an elbow injury in 2011 sidelined him for six months.Jumped 240 ranking positions from previous season, third biggest improvement in Top 100
• Compiled a combination of ATP World Tour (10-14 record) and Challenger (21-8) results with SF in Memphis (l.. to Raonic) and QF in Newport (ret. vs. Harrison) while winning title at Nottingham Challenger (d. Tursunov) in June and Ortisei (d. Seppi) in November
•  Went 7-10 on hard and 3-3 on grass courts

(Q) Jan Hernych (CZE) vs (2) Richard Gasquet (FRA) Gasquet Leads 2-0
07 Marseille (France) Hard R32 Richard Gasquet 6-1 7-5
09 Barcelona (Spain) Clay R64 Richard Gasquet 4-6 6-3 6-2

Hernych FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Gstaad (l Tipsarevic)
YTD W-L: 2-1
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: July 7, 1979
Emirates ATP Ranking: 194 (year-end), 193 (this week)

• Hernych, 33, is 0-2 in Doha, losing in the first round in 2005 (l. to Rusedski) and ’09 (l. to Monfils)
• Last season the Czech native played in his only ATP World Tour main draw in Gstaad in July (l. to Tipsarevic)
• Put together his best results in Challengers with title in Sarajevo and SF at Aptos
• Reached his lone ATP World Tour final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in June 2006 (l. to Ancic in three sets)
• His career-high ranking is No. 59 on April 27, 2009
• Has a 1-21 career record vs. Top 10 opponents and his lone win came over No. 6 Davydenko in 1st Rd. of Valencia in April 2006

Gasquet FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Bangkok (d Simon); F(2): Estoril (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada (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 making his second appearance in Doha and in his previous visit in 2006, lost in the first round to Tim Henman 64 64
• The No. 2 Frenchman (behind No. 8 Tsonga) finished Top 10 for 1st time since 2007. Won 42 matches, second-most in career (49 in ’07), and reached third 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 1st since May 2010 (Nice). Also finalist on clay in Estoril in May (l. to del Potro). 1 of
• Reached 4R of each Grand Slam for 1st 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 3 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 (Q) Dustin Brown (GER) Ferrer Leads 1-0
12 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R128 David Ferrer 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4

Ferrer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(7): Auckland (d Rochus); Buenos Aires (d Almagro); Acapulco (d Verdasco); s-Hertogenbosch (d Petzschner); Bastad (d Almagro); Valencia (d Dolgopolov); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (d Janowicz); F: Barcelona (l Nadal); SF(4): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Roland Garros (l Nadal); US Open (l Djokovic); Kuala Lumpur (l Benneteau); QF(4): Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); Wimbledon (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 76-15
2012 Titles: 7
Career Titles: 18
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
Emirates ATP Ranking: 5

• Ferrer, 30, is playing in 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

Brown FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Stuttgart (l Garcia-Lopez)
YTD W-L: 4-5
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: December 8, 1984
Emirates ATP Ranking: 154 (year-end), 167 (this week)

• Brown, 28, qualified into the main draw and he’s making his debut. Lost in the 1R of qualifying last year (l. to countryman Bjorn Phau)
• The Jamaican-born German was 4-5 on the ATP World Tour last season and his best result was the quarter-finals in Stuttgart with back-to-back Top 50 wins over Davydenko and Paire (l. to Garcia-Lopez)
• On the Challenger circuit, won title at Bath and SF at Sarajevo
• Reached a career-high No. 89 on Jan. 17, 2011 and his best year-end ranking is No. 92 in 2010
• Has an 0-2 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents, losing to No. 4 Murray at ’10 US Open and Ferrer

Lukasz Kubot (POL) vs (7) 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

Kubot FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF(3): Memphis (l Becker); Bucharest (l Simon); Gstaad (l Dimitrov)
YTD W-L: 23-27
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 16, 1982
Emirates ATP Ranking: 75 (year-end), 74 (this week)

• Kubot, 30, is making his third main draw appearance in Doha (2-2 record) and his best result was the quarter-finals in 2010 (l. to Troicki in third set TB). Lost in the first round last year (l. to Seppi)
• The No. 2 player from Poland (behind No. 26 Janowicz) won a career-best 23 matches on ATP World Tour with three QF results – Memphis (l. to Becker) in February, Bucharest (l. to Simon) in April and Gstaad (l. to Dimitrov) in July
• Best Grand Slam result was 3R at Roland Garros (l. to Goffin)
• In doubles, won seventh career title in Stuttgart (w/Chardy) and runner-up at Bucharest (w/Chardy) and ATP Masters 1000 Rome (w/Tipsarevic)
• Compiled records of 11-15 on hard, 8-8 on clay and 3-4 on grass. Went 0-3 vs. Top 10 opponents and posted two Top 20 wins over No. 19 Dolgopolov in Rotterdam and No. 20 Granollers in Gstaad

Lopez FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(3): Houston (l Isner); Munich (l Kohlschreiber); Beijing (l Tsonga); QF(2): Barcelona (l Ferrer); Gstaad (l Bellucci)
YTD W-L: 26-27
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: September 20, 1981
Emirates ATP Ranking: 40

• Lopez, 31, is 3-3 lifetime in Doha and his best result is the quarter-finals in 2005 (l. to Federer). His last showing here was in ’06 when he lost in the second round (l. to Baghdatis)
• The Madrid native finished in Top 50 for sixth straight year with three SF results- on clay in Houston (I. to Isner) and Munich (I. to Kohlschreiber) and on hard courts in Beijing (ret. vs. Tsonga). Also reached QF in Barcelona and Gstaad on clay and 3R at London Olympics (d. Tursunov, No.10 Monaco, I. to No. 6 Tsonga). Lost in bronze medal doubles match (w/Ferrer) to Benneteau-Gasquet
• His best Grand Slam result was 4R at Australian Open (d. Isner, I. to No. 2 Nadal)
• Compiled records of 15-16 on hard, 8-8on clay and 3-3 on grass. Went 1-8 vs. Top 10 opponents with lone win coming over No.10 Monaco at London Olympics

Court 1

Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs (8) 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

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

Gael Monfils (FRA) vs (WC) Mousa Shanan Zayed (QAT) First Meeting
 
Court 2

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

(5) Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs (Q) Daniel Brands (GER)  First Meeting

Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) vs (Q) Tobias Kamke (GER) First ATP Meeting
Other meetings:
07 Braunschweig CH (Germany) Clay R32 Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 4-6 6-1 6-4
07 Szczecin CH (Poland) Clay R32 Tobias Kamke 6-3 4-6 6-1
08 Roland Garros Q (France) Clay -- Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 4-6 6-4 6-3

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