MEDIA NOTES 2013
Brisbane, Chennai Sunday Briefing
by Greg Sharko|
BRISBANE FINAL PREVIEW – MURRAY LOOKS TO REPEAT, DIMITROV EYES FIRST CAREER ATP TITLE
• The singles final on Sunday at the Brisbane International features the top seed and defending champion Andy Murray against unseeded Grigor Dimitrov, who is looking to win his first career ATP World Tour Title. The last unseeded champion in the tournament was Michael Llodra in 2008.
• Murray won their only previous meeting in the quarter-finals at Bangkok two years 64 64. In that match Murray converted two of the three break points and saved all three break points he faced.
• Murray is looking to become the first back-to-back tournament winner since Mark Woodforde 1988-89 when the tournament was played in Adelaide. Murray is appearing in his 38th career ATP World Tour level final (24-13 record and 12-2 vs players ranked outside Top 10). The Dunblane, Scotland native had a career-best year in 2012, finishing No. 3 and reaching seven finals (3-4 record). He won his first Grand Slam crown at the US Open (d. Djokovic), gold medal at London Olympics (d. Federer) and the title here in Brisbane (d. Dolgopolov). He also was runner-up at Wimbledon (l. to Federer).
• The 21-year-old Dimitrov, who is making debut in Brisbane, is looking to become the first Bulgarian to win an ATP World Tour title in the Open Era (since 1968). Dimitrov leads the tournament with 49 aces and has only been broken three times in in 47 games. 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 Queen's Club in London on grass (l. to Nalbandian) in June and back-to-back in Bastad (I. to Ferrer) and Gstaad to Bellucci) on clay. He is trying to become the first player to win his first ATP World Tour title in the opening week of the season since Nikolay Davydenko won in Adelaide 10 years ago. Last year there was only one first-time ATP World Tour winner (Martin Klizan in St. Petersburg).
WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner: $78,800 and 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: $41,540 and 150 Emirates ATP Ranking points
FINALS HISTORY –
Murray: Appearing in his 38th career ATP World Tour level final……. 24-13 in finals (3-4 in 2012)
Dimitrov: Appearing in his 1st career ATP World Tour final
SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP Head 2 Heads –
Pat Rafter Arena
A glance at both players serving statistics this week (Murray only played three rounds):
Aces 15 49
1st Serve percentage 69% 61%
1st Serve points won 76% 84%
Service games won 28 of 31 (90%) 44 of 47 (94%)
Break Points Saved 11 of 14 (79%) 13 of 16 (81%)
Break points converted 9 of 17 (53%) 9 of 19 (47%)
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 advanced to the finals for second year in a row after Kei Nishikori retired with a left knee injury, trailing 64 2-0; now is 9-1 in the tournament (8-0 in Brisbane, 1-1 in Adelaide)
• This week No. 4 in 1st serve percentage 69%, No. 8 in 1st serve points won (76%) and No 6 in service games won 28 of 31 (90%), No. 5 in break pts. saved (11 of 14, 79%), and tied for No. 6 in aces (15). Has converted 9 of 17 break points (53%)
• Last year went 3-4 in final matches on ATP World Tour and has a 24-13 career record in finals (12-2 vs players outside Top 10)
• 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 four other finals, including his first 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)
MURRAY BACK-TO-BACK TITLES: Murray is looking to capture back-to-back titles for the sixth time:
2010-11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai
2009-10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada
2007- 08 St. Petersburg
2006-07 San Jose
QUICK STARTS – Since opening the first week of the year in 2007, Murray has reached the final all five times:
2013 – Brisbane Final (vs. Dimitrov)
2012 – Brisbane Winner (d. Dolgopolov)
2009 – Doha Winner (d. Roddick)
2008 – Doha Winner (d. Wawrinka)
2007 – Doha Finalist (l. to Ljubicic)
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 his first career ATP World Tour final, defeating Marcos Baghdatis 63 57 76(5) in 2hr29 mins in the longest match of the tournament. The Bulgarian hit 12 aces and won 79% of his first serve points
• Trying to become the first Bulgarian man to win an ATP World Tour title. Last year players attempting to win their first ATP World Tour title went 1-15 (there were 10 first-time winners in 2011)
• Looking to become the first player to win his first ATP World Tour title in the opening week of the season since Nikolay Davydenko in Adelaide 10 years ago
• Comes in ranked No. 48 and will move to around No. 39 and to around No. 33 if he wins the title
• Dimitrov is trying to become the first unseeded player to win an ATP World Tour title since Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci won in Gstaad on July 22 last year. There were four unseeded winners in 66 events
• This week is No. 1 aces (49), No. 2 in 1st serve points won (84%) and service games won 44 of 47 (94%) and No. 3 in break points saved (81%, 13 of 16). Has converted 9 of 19 break points (47%)
• Looking to join Milos Raonic as only players born in the 1990s to win an ATP World Tour title. Raonic has three titles
• 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
• Career 1-14 vs Top 10; last year 1-7 vs. Top 10 opponents and posted first 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
UNSEEDED WINNERS In 66 tournaments last year on the ATP World Tour there were four unseeded winners:
- Jarkko Nieminen (Q), Sydney
- Jurgen Melzer, Memphis
- Tommy Haas (WC), Halle
- Thomaz Bellucci, Gstaad
DOUBLES FINAL – TOP SEEDS BUTORAC-HANLEY MEET FIRST-TIME DUO MELO-ROBREDO
• Top seeds Eric Butorac of the United States and Paul Hanley of Australia take on the unseeded pair and first- time pairing of Marcelo Melo of Brazil and Tommy Robredo of Spain.
• Butorac and Hanley are appearing in their second career ATP World Tour Doubles final. They went 8-7 last year; best results were a final in Bangkok and semi-finals at the Queen’s Club in London. They have just lost one set this week. They are making debut in Brisbane.
• The 31-year-old Butorac is 13-6 lifetime in finals. He won his 13th career doubles title last February in Sao Paulo (w/Soares). He reached a career-high doubles ranking of No. 17 in August of 2011 and is currently ranked No. 41. He’s won at least one title each of the past six years. Played collegiately at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, a Division III school, from 2001-03, capturing NCAA singles and doubles titles (w/Kevin Whipple) in '03. Earned All-American honors in singles and doubles three seasons.
• The 35-year-old Hanley is playing in his 50th career ATP World Tour final (26-23 record). He captured his 26th career title last April in Casablanca (w/Brown). He went 37-28 last season. Besides reaching the final at Bangkok last year he also reached the finals at Kitzbuhel (w/Brown) and Montpellier (w/Murray). He reached a career high doubles ranking of No. 5 in November of 2006 and is currently ranked No. 36. He’s won at least one title in each of the past 10 years.
• The 29-year-old Melo is 10-11 in career finals. He won his 10th ATP World Tour title last October in Stockholm (w/Soares). He went 44-27 last season and also reached the final in Memphis (w/Dodig) and was a semi-finalist six times. In Grand Slam play, he reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Playing here ranked No. 18 one spot off his career high of No. 17 in October of 2012. He’s won at least one title in each of the past six years.
• The 30-year-old Robredo is 10-7 lifetime in singles finals and 4-5 in doubles finals on the ATP World Tour. He did not play a doubles match last season and his last title came in Auckland two years ago. He reached a career-high doubles ranking of No. 16 in April of 2009.
WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner: $ 23,950 and 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: $12,590 and 150 Emirates ATP Ranking points
CHENNAI FINAL PREVIEW – TIPSAREVIC AIMING FOR FOURTH CAREER TITLE, BAUTISTA AGUT FIRST
• The singles final on Sunday at the Aircel Chennai Open features No. 2 seed and last year’s finalist Janko Tipsarevic against unseeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in a first-time meeting. The 28-year-old Serb is looking to win his fourth career ATP World Tour title. Bautista Agut, who is looking to win his first career ATP crown, is the third unseeded player to reach a tour final in the first week of the season. Nikolay Davydenko was runner-up in Doha on Saturday (l. to Gasquet) and Grigor Dimitrov was playing No. 3 Andy Murray in Brisbane. The last unseeded champion here and first-time winner was Michal Tabara of the Czech Republic in 2001.
• The 24-year-old Bautista Agut advanced to his first career ATP World Tour final after losing the first set to No. 5 seed Benoit Paire in the semi-finals. In the quarter-finals playing against a Top 10 player for the first time, the No. 80-ranked Bautista Agut recorded the biggest win of his career over World No. 6 and top seed Tomas Berdych. He is trying to become the first Spaniard to win the title here since Carlos Moya (d. Srichaphan) in 2005. Moya also won the title in ’04.
• Tipsarevic advanced to his 11th career ATP World Tour final after knocking off Aljaz Bedene in three sets in the semi-finals. He is 3-7 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals. He is looking to become the first Serbian to win the Chennai title. In last year’s final he lost to Milos Raonic 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(4) in 3h14min, the longest three-set final (time) on the Tour last year, in a match without a break of serve.
WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner: $69,500 and 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: $36,650 and 150 Emirates ATP Ranking points
FINALS HISTORY –
Bautista Agut: Appearing in his 1st career ATP World Tour final
Tipsarevic: Appearing in his 11th career ATP World Tour final……He is 3-7 lifetime in finals (1-2 in 2012)
SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads –
A glance at the finalists this week: (Tipsarevic only played three rounds):
Bautista Agut Tipsarevic
Aces 8 20 (No. 4)
1st Serve percentage 69% (No. 3) 66% (No. 6)
1st Serve points won 68% 78% (No. 2)
Service games won 77% 90% (No. 1)
Break Points Saved 13 of 25, 52% 5 of 8, 63% (T No. 9)
Break points converted 17 of 50, 34% 13 of 22, 59% (No. 3)
Bautista Agut FastFacts:
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, advanced to his first career final on the ATP World Tour with a 36 61 64 win over No. 5 seed Benoit Paire. The Spaniard withstood 15 aces and converted four of nine break point chances. His previous best ATP World Tour result was the QF was in St. Petersburg (l. to Fognini) last September indoors
• He is looking for his second Top 10 win after beating No. 6 Tomas Berdych in the QF on Friday
• Looking to become the second Spaniard to win title here, joining Carlos Moya (2004-05)
• This week is No. 3 in 1st serve percentage (69%) and No. 2 in return games won (17 of 47, 36%). Has converted 17 of 50 break pts (34%)
• Last season there was one first-time winner on the ATP World Tour, Slovak Martin Klizan, who won in St. Petersburg. Players trying to win their first ATP title were 1-15 in finals last year
• Came in ranked No. 80 and will move to around a career-high No. 55 and to around No. 46 if he wins the title. Came in with a 3-12 career record on the ATP World Tour before winning four matches here
• Last season 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
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 final for the second year with a 46 62 62 win over Aljaz Bedene. Playing in Chennai for the sixth time (14-5 record); finalist last year (l. to Raonic), semi-finalist in 2011 (l. Malisse) and 2010 (l. Cilic). Also quarter-finalist in ‘09
• Appearing in his 11th career ATP World Tour final (3-7 lifetime) and looking to become first Serbian player to win Chennai title
• This week No. 1 in service games won (27 of 30, 90%) and return games won 13 of 31 (42%), No. 2 in 1st serve points won (78%), No. 4 in 2nd serve points won (36 of 60, 60%), and No. 4 in aces (20). Has converted 13 of 22 break pts (59%)
• 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
DOUBLES FINAL – FRENCH-SWISS DUO TAKE ON GERMAN TANDEM
• The sixth all unseeded doubles final (2000, ’06-07-08-09) in the history of Chennai features Benoit Parie of France and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland taking on the German duo of Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich.
• Wawrinka and Paire are playing together for the fourth time. They lost in the first round in their three previous tournaments. They defeated No. 3 seeds Bopanna and Ram in the quarter-finals.
• Wawrinka has one career doubles title and was a finalist here in 2009 (w/Scherrer). He is 1-4 lifetime in finals with lone win coming at Beijing Olympics (w/Federer). He had a 5-9 record last year with two quarter-finals - Monte Carlo (w/Troicki) and Chennai (w/Beck).
• Paire is playing in his first career ATP World Tour doubles final. Last year he was 2-13 and finished ranked No. 382. He reached a career high of No. 310 in September of 2011 and is playing here for the first time.
• Begemann and Emmrich won their first ATP World Tour doubles title together last year in Vienna and are playing here for the first time. Both are playing in just their second career doubles final
• Begemman now has a career ATP World Tour doubles record of 7-2. He is currently ranked No. 80 in doubles. Emmrich is1-1 in doubles finals. He lost in Belgrade last year (w/Siljestrom). In 2012, he had a 10-11 record, reached a career of No. 52 in October and is currently ranked No. 58.
WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner: $ 23,950 and 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: $12,590 and 150 Emirates ATP Ranking points