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Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray is the defending champion in Brisbane.

BRISBANE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW – MURRAY DEFENDS TITLE, RAONIC MAKES DEBUT, HEWITT RETURNS

• The 2013 ATP World Tour season officially gets underway Sunday at the Brisbane International with two doubles matches, including top seeds Eric Butorac and Paul Hanley against the Aussie wild card duo of Chris Guccione and Lleyton Hewitt on Pat Rafter Arena.

• This is the fifth year the tournament has been held in Brisbane. The 28-player field is led by World No. 3 and reigning champion Andy Murray, who is the top seed for the second year in a row. The 25-year-old Scotsman won his first ATP World Tour title Down Under 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).

• Murray is joined by top Canadian Milos Raonic, who makes his Brisbane debut and is the No. 2 seed. The 22-year-old won two ATP World Tour titles last season (Chennai, San Jose) en route to finishing a year-end best No. 13.  Other seeds in the field are: No. 3 Gilles Simon of France, who reached the semi-finals last year, No. 4 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, last year’s runner-up, No. 5 Kei Nishikori of Japan, who finished in the Top 20 for the first time at No. 19, No. 6 Florian Mayer of Germany, No. 7 Jurgen Melzer of Austria and No. 8 Martin Klizan of Slovak Republic. Klizan, who is making his debut, was the lone first-time winner on the ATP World Tour last season.

• Along with Murray, former champions in the field are Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic (2009), and Aussie wild card Lleyton Hewitt (1998, 2000). They play each other in the first round. Hewitt, who also was runner-up in 1999, is 22-6 lifetime at the tournament. This is the first time he’s playing in Brisbane. Two of the top up-and-coming players who finished in the Top 50 last season are unseeded David Goffin of Belgium and Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. Both are making their main draw debut.

• There are a tournament-high four Australians in the main draw field (not including qualifiers), with the country’s top player Marinko Matosevic leading the way. Matosevic was last season’s ATP Most Improved Player of the Year, jumping from No. 201 in 2011 to No. 49.

TOURNAMENT QUICK FACTS
CITY: Brisbane, Australia
VENUE: Queensland Tennis Centre
DATE: December 30, 2012-January 6, 2013
CATEGORY: ATP World Tour 250
PRIZE MONEY: $436,630
DRAW: 28 singles / 16 doubles 
SURFACE: Hard
SINGLES FINAL: Sunday, January 6 after doubles  
DOUBLES FINAL: Sunday, January 6 at 1 p.m.
FIRST HELD: 1956 (in Adelaide), fifth year in Brisbane

2012 FINALS
Singles – (1) Andy Murray (GBR) d. (3) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles – (1) Mirnyi-Nestor d. (2) Melzer-Petzschner  6-1, 6-2

RECENT CHAMPIONS/FINALISTS (since 2000)
2012 Andy Murray/Alexandr Dolgopolov
2011 Robin Soderling/Andy Roddick
2010 Andy Roddick/Radek Stepanek
2009 Radek Stepanek/Fernando Verdasco
2008 Michael Llodra/Jarkko Nieminen
2007 Novak Djokovic/Chris Guccione  
2006 Florent Serra/Dominik Hrbaty
2005 Joachim Johansson/Taylor Dent 
2004 Dominik Hrbaty/Michael Llodra
2003 Nikolay Davydenko/Kristof Vliegen
2002 Tim Henman/Mark Philippoussis
2001 Tommy Haas/Nicolas Massu
2000 Lleyton Hewitt/Thomas Enqvist
*Bold denotes past champions / runners-up in 2013 draw

A LOOK AT THE DRAW
Seeded Players (Tournament record, best finish - year)

1. Andy Murray              6-1 W - 2012
2. Milos Raonic               Debut
3. Gilles Simon               4-4 SF - 2012
4. Alexandr Dolgopolov   6-3 F – 2012
5. Kei Nishikori               3-2 QF - 2009
6. Florian Mayer              5-6 QF - 2011
7. Jurgen Melzer              3-7 QF - 2005
8. Martin Klizan                Debut

Wildcards: Matthew Ebden, Lleyton Hewitt, Benjamin Mitchell
Youngest: Benjamin Mitchell (20 years, 1 month)
Oldest: Radek Stepanek (34 years, 1 month) 
*Top Country Breakdown: Australia 4, Colombia 2, France 2, Japan 2
Former Champions in Draw (3): Andy Murray (2012), Radek Stepanek (2009), Lleyton Hewitt (2000, ‘98)
Former Finalists in Draw (4): Alexandr Dolgopolov (2012), Radek Stepanek (2010), Jarkko Nieminen (2008), Lleyton Hewitt (1999)
2012 ATP World Tour Winners in Draw (8): Andy Murray-3, Milos Raonic-2, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Martin Klizan, Jurgen Melzer, Jarkko Nieminen, Kei Nishikori, Gilles Simon

* Does not include qualifiers

ATP RANKINGS POINTS / PRIZE MONEY  

Singles             W           F       SF        QF       R16    R32        
Rankings Pts.   250         150       90        45       20       0
Prize Money     $78,800 41,540  22,500 12,810 7,550  4,770   

Doubles          W            F       SF       QF       R16
Rankings Pts.   250         150      90      45        0                    
Prize Money    $23,950  12,590 6,820  3,900   2,290

Seeded Doubles Teams: (Team record, best finish - year)  

1. Butorac/Hanley   Debut
2. Fleming/J. Murray Debut 
3. Cabal/Farah Debut 
4. Elgin/Istomin Debut 

RECENT CHAMPIONS (since 2000)
2012 Max Mirnyi/Daniel Nestor
2011 Lukas Dlouhy/Paul Hanley 
2010 Jeremy Chardy/Marc Gicquel
2009 Marc Gicquel/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
2008 Martin Garcia/Marcelo Melo
2007 Wesley Moodie/Todd Perry 
2006 Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram 
2005 Xavier Malisse /Olivier Rochus 
2004 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan 
2003 Jeff Coetzee/Chris Haggard 
2002 Wayne Black/Kevin Ullyett 
2001 David Macpherson/Grant Stafford 
2000 Todd Woodbridge/Mark Woodforde 
* Bold denotes past champions in 2013 draw

About the ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP World Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 62 tournaments in 32 countries, the ATP World Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2013 ATP World Tour will battle for prestigious titles and Emirates ATP Rankings points at ATP World Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 ranked singles players and doubles teams, based on their performance throughout the year, will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2013 ATP World Tour No.1 presented by Emirates. For more information, please visit www.ATPWorldTour.com.

SUNDAY MAIN DRAW MATCHES – Order of Play by Court

Pat Rafter Arena

[1] E Butorac (USA) / P Hanley (AUS) vs [WC] C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) 

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
G Dimitrov (BUL) / K Nishikori (JPN) vs [4] M Elgin (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB)

FIRST ROUND FEDEX ATP Head 2 Heads - In Draw Order (to be played Mon.-Tues.)

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
2012 ATP Ranking: 31

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
2012 ATP Ranking: 83

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

Istomin FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: San Jose (l Raonic); SF: Sydney (l Nieminen); QF: Brisbane (l Tomic); Eastbourne (l Harrison)
YTD W-L: 30-32
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 7, 1986
2012 ATP Ranking: 43

Klizan FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: St. Petersburg (d Fognini); SF: Kitzbuehel (l Haase)
YTD W-L: 19-15
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: July 11, 1989
2012 ATP Ranking: 30

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

Benneteau FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Sydney (l Nieminen); Kuala Lumpur (l Monaco); SF: San Jose (l Istomin)
YTD W-L: 27-23
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: December 20, 1981
2012 ATP Ranking: 35

Nieminen FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Sydney (d Benneteau); SF: Bangkok (l Gasquet); QF: Montpellier (l Monfils); Rotterdam (l Federer); Belgrade (l Paire)
YTD W-L: 26-27
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: July 23, 1981
2012 ATP Ranking: 41

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

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

Nishikori FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Tokyo (d Raonic); SF: Kuala Lumpur (l Monaco); QF: Australian Open (l Murray); Buenos Aires (l Wawrinka); Barcelona (l Verdasco); Newport (l Ram); Atlanta (l Soeda); London Olympics (l Del Potro)
YTD W-L: 37-18
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: December 29, 1989
2012 ATP Ranking: 19

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

Mayer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Beijing (l Djokovic); QF: Wimbledon (l Djokovic); Hamburg (l Haas); Metz (l Seppi)
YTD W-L: 23-26
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: October 5, 1983
2012 ATP Ranking: 28

Giraldo FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Acapulco (l Ferrer); QF: Brisbane (l Simon)
YTD W-L: 21-21
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 27, 1987
2012 ATP Ranking: 57

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

Mitchell FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-2
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 30, 1992
2012 ATP Ranking: 326

Baghdatis FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Sydney (l Benneteau); Zagreb (l Lacko); Tokyo (l Nishikori); Stockholm (l Tsonga); QF: Brisbane (l Murray); Munich (l Haas)
YTD W-L: 35-25
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: June 17, 1985
2012 ATP Ranking: 36

(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
2012 ATP Ranking: 105

Goffin FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: 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
2012 ATP Ranking: 46

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

Dimitrov FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: 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
2012 ATP Ranking: 48

Baker FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Nice (l Almagro)
YTD W-L: 11-13
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 30, 1985
2012 ATP Ranking: 61

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