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SYDNEY FRIDAY PREVIEW – BENNETEAU-ANDERSON MEET, SEPPI-TOMIC SQUARE OFF IN SEMI-FINALS
• The semi-finals of the Apia International Sydney on Friday feature the No. 3 seed/top Italian, a Frenchman in the semi-finals for the third time in four years, a 20-year-old Aussie in his second ATP semi-final and South African trying to become the first winner from his country in tournament history.

• In the opening match of the day on Ken Rosewall Arena, No. 4 seeds Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Horia Tecau of Romania play the Spanish duo of David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco. Mirnyi and Tecau are teaming up together for the first time this season while Marrero and Verdasco won four titles together last year.

• In the first singles match on, last year’s runner-up Julien Benneteau takes a 2-0 head-to-head advantage against South African Kevin Anderson. Both players are unseeded. The Frenchman won the last meeting at the Queen’s Club in London in June 2010. Benneteau is appearing in the semi-finals in Sydney for the third time in four years and he’s trying to win his first career ATP World Tour title (0-7 in finals). A Frenchman has reached the Sydney final the past three years. The 31-year-old, who finished a personal-best No. 35 last season, is the oldest player left. Anderson is making his main draw debut this week here and he’s the first South African to reach the semi-finals since Wayne Ferreira in 2004 (l. to Moya). A South African has never reached the final in tournament history. Anderson is trying to reach his fourth ATP World Tour final (2-1).

• In the next match on, No. 3 seed Andreas Seppi of Italy meets No. 2 Aussie Bernard Tomic, who won the previous meeting in the first round at the Queens’ Club in London in 2010. Seppi is coming off his best season in which he won two ATP World Tour titles and finished a year-end high No. 23. He is appearing in his second semi-final in Sydney. In his debut in 2006, he reached the semis, defeating No. 4 Lleyton Hewitt along the way in the quarter-finals (l. to Andreev). The 20-year-old Tomic is playing in his second ATP World Tour semi-final, the first since Brisbane last year. He is the first Aussie to reach the semis in Sydney since Chris Guccione was runner-up in 2008. The last Aussie winner was Lleyton Hewitt in 2005. Tomic finished last season No. 52 after reaching a career-high No. 27 on June 11. He is No. 64 this week. He will return to the Top 50 by reaching his first ATP World Tour final.

• FRENCHMEN IN SEMI-FINALS – This is the seventh year in a row at least one Frenchman has reached the semi-finals in Sydney, the third time in four years Benneteau has been involved:

2013 – Julien Benneteau vs. Kevin Anderson
2012 – Julien Benneteau (Runner-up)
2011 – Gilles Simon (Winner)
2010 – Richard Gasquet (Runner-up), Julien Benneteau (SF)
2009 – Richard Gasquet (SF)
2008 – Fabrice Santoro (SF)
2007 – Fabrice Santoro (SF)

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

Ken Rosewall Arena

Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA) Benneteau Leads 2-0
09 Lyon (France) Hard (I) R16 Julien Benneteau 7-5 6-2
10 London / Queen's Club (Great Britain)Grass R32 Julien Benneteau 7-5 6-3

Benneteau FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F(2): Sydney (l Nieminen); Kuala Lumpur (l Monaco); SF: San Jose (l Istomin)
YTD W-L: 27-23 (3-1 this year)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: December 20, 1981
Emirates ATP Ranking: 35 (year-end, this week)

• Benneteau, 31, is appearing in the semi-finals in Sydney for the third time in four years (10-5 career record) and this week defeated Spaniard Pablo Andujar 63 57 62 and No. 6 Radek Stepanek, who retired at 40-15 in the first game due a back injury, and qualifier Ryan Harrison 64 62. Last year reached the final with four straight-set Top 50 wins before losing to Nieminen in the final. In 2010, advanced to semi-finals (l. to Gasquet)
• No. 2 this week in return games won (46%, 11 of 24) and No. 4 in aces (14). Has held serve 18 of 23 games (78%), saving four of nine break points
• This is the seventh year in a row a Frenchman has reached the semi-finals in Sydney and the past three finals have included a French player
• Last week opened season in Brisbane and lost in 1R to Nieminen 63 26 61
• Last season the Frenchman finished a year-end high No. 35, highlighted by ATP World Tour finals in Sydney (l. to Nieminen) and Kuala Lumpur (d. No.5 Ferrer in SF, I. to Monaco)
• Has played in 204 career tournaments going into Sydney without an ATP World Tour title (0-7 in finals)
• Also made SF in San Jose (I. to lstomin) and reached 3R in each Grand Slam with 3 losses coming to Top 10 opponents­ No.8 Tipsarevic at Roland Garros, No.3 Federer in five sets at Wimbledon and No.2 Djokovic at US Open
• Suffered right wrist and elbow injuries in Monte-Carlo and missed a month
• Posted Top 20 wins overNo.19 F. Lopez in Sydney and No.14 Simon at Australian Open
• Went 1-8 vs. Top 10 foes and compiled records of 19-16 on hard, 4-3 on clay and 4-4 on grass
• In doubles, won bronze medal at London Olympics (w/Gasquet)
 
Anderson FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Delray Beach (d Matosevic); QF(5): San Jose (l Raonic); Houston (l Monaco); London / Queen's Club (l Dimitrov); Washington (l Querrey); Basel (l Del Potro)
YTD W-L: 30-26 (3-0 this year)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: May 18, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 37 (year-end), 36 (this week)

• Anderson, 26, is the first South African to reach the semi-finals here since former Top 10 Wayne Ferreira in 2004 (l. to Moya). Trying to become the first South African to reach the final in tourn. history
• This week has posted wins over Aljaz Bedene 63 36 63, Feliciano Lopez 63 64 and Denis Istomin 64 63. In his previous appearance here, lost in the 2R of qualifying in 2009
• No. 3 this week in service games won (31 of 33, 94%), saving seven of nine break pts. (78%). Also No. 2 in first serve pct. (68%) and No. 3 in aces (23) and second serve pts. won (66%)
• Finished in Top 40 for second straight year, highlighted by second career ATP World Tour title in Delray  Beach in March (d. Roddick in QF, Isner in SF, Matosevic in F). Has a 2-1 career record in finals
• Also reached QF in San Jose, Houston, London/Queen’s Club, Washington and Basel
• Best Grand Slam result was 3R at Australian Open and Roland Garros (l. to Berdych in both)
• Compiled records of 20-18 on hard, 7-6 on clay and 3-2 on grass. Went 0-8 vs. Top 10 opponents and highest ranked win came over No. 11 Isner in Delray Beach

(3) Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs Bernard Tomic (AUS) Tomic Leads 1-0
10 London / Queen's Club (Great Britain) Grass R64 Bernard Tomic 6-3 5-7 6-3

Seppi FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W(2): Belgrade (d Paire); Moscow (d Bellucci); F(2): Eastbourne (l Roddick); Metz (l Tsonga); QF(4): Doha (l Federer); Rotterdam (l Berdych); Bucharest (l Fognini); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Federer)
YTD W-L: 38-27 (2-0 this year)
YTD Titles: 2
Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: February 21, 1984
Emirates ATP Ranking: 23 (year-end, this week)

• Seppi, 28, comes into his second semi-final in Sydney with an 8-7 career record after wins over Aussie wild card John Millman 62 36 63 and No. 8 seed Marcel Granollers 64 75. In 2006 debut, reached SF (d. No. 4 Hewitt, l. to Andreev). Then lost in 2R in 2008, ’10-11
• Trying to become the first Italian to reach the final in tournament history
• Has held serve 21 of 24 games (88%) and broken opponents seven times in 24 games (29%)
• Last season finished in Top 25 for first time in his career, winning ATP World Tour titles in Belgrade (d. Paire) in May and Moscow (d.Bellucci) in October and reaching finals in Eastbourne in June (I. to Roddick) and Metz in September (l. to Tsonga). Also QF in four other tournaments, including hometown in Rome (l. to Federer)
• In Grand Slam play, broke through to reach 4R for first time at Roland Garros where he lost to No.1 Djokovic in five sets (after holding two-set lead)
• Had most match wins (38) in his career, surpassing previous best (30) in 2008
• Compiled records of 16-5 on clay, 18-18 on hard and 4-4 on grass. Went 1-11 vs. Top 10 opponents with lone win over No.10 Isner in Rome
• Has won at least 20 matches in each of the past seven seasons while finishing in the Top 75 for eight years in a row

Tomic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Brisbane (l Murray); QF(3): Delray Beach (l Isner); Munich (l Lopez); Bangkok (l Gasquet)
YTD W-L: 26-27 (3-0 this year)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 21, 1992
Emirates ATP Ranking: 52 (year-end), 64 (this week)

• Tomic, 20, is the first Aussie to reach the semi-finals in Sydney since (WC) Chris Guccione was runner-up in 2008 (l. to Tursunov). The last Aussie winner was Lleyton Hewitt in 2005 (d. Minar). Roger Federer was the last 20-year-old winner here in 2002 (d. Chela)
• He is playing in the main draw for the second time. On Tuesday, defeated top countryman Marinko Matosevic 63 64, converting four of six break pts. and followed on Wednesday with a 76(4) 62 win over No. 5 seed Florian Mayer (hitting 14 aces). On Thursday, rallied to beat defending champion Jarkko Nieminen 67 64 62. Two years ago in his debut, qualified (ranked No. 209) and lost to Alexandr Dolgopolov in three sets in 1R
• Leads the tournament in aces (27) and service games won (33 of 35, 94%), saving four of six break pts. Has won nine of 34 return games (26%)
• Came in ranked No. 64 and will move to around No. 54 and if he reaches the final to around No. 49 (and around No. 43 if he wins the title)
• In 2012, the No.2 Australian (behind No.49 Matosevic) was youngest player in Top 100 for second year in a row, highlighted by SF in opening week of season in Brisbane (l. to Murray) and three QF results
• In Grand Slam play, advanced to 4R on home soil at Australian Open (d. Verdasco, Querrey, Dolgopolov, I. to Federer). Lost in 2R at Roland Garros (d. Haider-Maurer, I. to Giraldo) and US Open (d. Berlocq, I. to Roddick)
• Played in two Davis Cup ties and went 3-1 in singles (1-1 vs Germany in World Group play-off tie in Hamburg, d. Stebe, I. to F. Mayer)
• Compiled records of 17-13 on hard, 8-10 on clay and 1-4 on grass. Went 0-6 vs. Top 10 opponents and highest-ranked win came over No.13 Dolgopolov at Australian Open

SERVING IMPROVEMENT – Here is a look at Tomic’s service game this week compared to 2012:
              Aces  1st Serve Pts. Won  2nd Serve Pts. Won  Service Games   Brk. Pts. Saved
This week     9.0 avg    79% 60%             94% (33 of 35)   67% (4 of 6)
2012         5.0 avg    67% 50%             77%       61%   

TOMIC DOWN UNDER – Tomic has an 18-10 career record in ATP World Tour level events in Australia, including 8-2 last season (only losses to Murray and Federer):
Tournament Career Record Best Result
Brisbane 3-4  SF - 2012 (l. to Murray)
Sydney  3-1  SF - 2013 (vs. Seppi)
Australian Open 7-4  4th Rd. - 2012 (l. to Federer)
Davis Cup 5-1  -----

POTENTIAL FINAL HEAD-TO-HEADS –

Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs Andreas Seppi (ITA) Tied 1-1
12 Sydney (Australia) Hard R32 Julien Benneteau 6-3 6-4
12 Beijing (China) Hard R32 Andreas Seppi 6-1 2-0 ret
Other meetings:
08 Bergamo CH (Italy) Hard F Andreas Seppi 2-6 6-2 7-5
11 Mons CH (Belgium) Hard F Andreas Seppi 2-6 6-3 7-6(4)

Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs Bernard Tomic (AUS) Tomic Leads 1-0
12 Brisbane (Australia) Hard R32 Bernard Tomic 6-2 4-6 7-5
Other meetings:
11 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Q Clay -- Julien Benneteau 6-7(5) 6-4   6-3
11 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati Q (USA)Hard -- Julien Benneteau 7-6(4) 6-7(3) 6-1

Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Andreas Seppi (ITA)  First Meeting

Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Bernard Tomic (AUS) Tomic Leads 1-0
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai Hard R64 Bernard Tomic 7-6(5)  6-7(4) 6-3
Other meeting:
10 Nottingham CH (Great Britain) Grass R32 Kevin Anderson 7-6(8)  6-1

AUCKLAND FRIDAY PREVIEW – FORMER CHAMPS FERRER, KOHLSCHREIBER JOINED BY MONFILS, QUERREY 
• The semi-finals at The Heineken Open on Friday features a three-time champion (2007, ’11, ’12), the 2008 champion, the 2009 runner-up and a former Top 10 player.

• In the first semi-final, second match on Centre Court, No. 2 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany takes on No. 4 seed Sam Querrey for the fourth time. Querrey leads 2-1 all coming at Grand Slams, most recently 2011 Roland Garros with Querrey winning in four sets. Kohlschreiber, the ’08 champion comes in with a 21-6 career record in Auckland and he’s appearing in his fourth semi-final here. He is 1-2 in semi-final matches here. Last year was semi-final or better five times (2-3 mark). The German is looking to advance to his eighth career final (4-3). Querrey, the ’09 runner-up (d. Ferrer in SF, l. to Juan Martin del Potro), is playing in his first semi-final of the year. Last year was semi-final or better four times (1-3 mark). The No. 2 American (behind No. 13 Isner) is looking to reach his 13th career ATP World Tour final (7-5).

• The evening session semi-final features top seed and reigning champion David Ferrer, who takes on wild card Gael Monfils of France. Monfils leads 3-0, with two wins coming on clay at Roland Garros   (1-0 hard in Davis Cup). Ferrer’s appearance in Friday's semi-final marks his second final four appearance in as many weeks. The Spaniard lost to Nikolay Davydenko in his season opener in Doha last week. Last year was semi-final or better 12 times (8-4 mark). He is looking to advance to his 34th career final (18-15). He has reached at least one final every year since 2005. Monfils is playing in his first semi-final of the year. Last week he reached quarters in Doha (l. to Brands). The former Top 10 player, who was hampered by a knee injury last year, reached a career high singles ranking of No. 7 in July of 2011. He is looking to advance to his 18th career final (4-13) and has reached at least one final every year since 2005. Last year he reached the semi-finals or better three times (2-1 record).

• The doubles semi-finals features No. 1 seeds Colin Flemng of Great Britan and Bruno Soares of Brazil taking on the No. 3 seeds Julian Knowle of Austria and Filip Polasek of Slovakia in the first match of the day.  Fleming has five career doubles titles and was a finalist four times. Soares has 10 career doubles titles, five in 2012, has been a finalist nine times including here in 2010 (w/Melo). Fleming-Soares are playing together for the first time. Knowle has 14 career doubles titles, including the 2007 US Open and a finalist 19 times including last week at Doha (w/Polasek). Polasek has nine career doubles titles and a finalist 13 times including here in 2012 (w/Cermak). Knowle-Polasek are playing together for the first time.  The other semi-final features Johan Brunstrom of Sweden and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark against Frantisek Cermak of Czech Republic and Michal Mertinak of Slovakia.  Brunstrom is looking to reach his 12th career doubles final (1-10 mark) was a finalist here in 2011 (w/Huss). Nielsen won his lone career doubles title last year at Wimbledon (w/Marray). Brunstrom-Nielsen are playing together for the first time since last September when they were finalists in Metz. Cermak has 29 career doubles titles and a finalist 20 times, including here last year (w/Polasek). Mertinak has 13 career doubles titles and a finalist nine times. Cermak-Mertinak opened the season last week, losing in the 1R in Doha. They were SF here in 2009 and have seven career titles together.

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

Centre Court

Sam Querrey (USA) vs (2) Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) Querrey Leads 2-1
06 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Sam Querrey 6-3 6-4 6-4
09 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R128 Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(6) 6-3 6-2
11 Roland Garros (France) Clay R128 Sam Querrey 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4

Querrey FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Los Angeles (d Berankis); SF(3): London / Queen's Club (l Cilic); Washington (l Dolgopolov); Winston-Salem (l Berdych); QF(3): Memphis (l Stepanek); Beijing (l Lopez); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (l Llodra)
YTD W-L: 37-25 (2-0 this year)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: October 7, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 22

• Querrey, 25, advanced to the Auckland SF for the second time with a 64 76(5) win over Jesse Levine, hitting 14 aces. Playing Auckland for the fourth time (6-3 mark) with his best result a runner-up in 2009 (d. Ferrer, l. to No. 9 del Potro) Last year lost to countryman Ryan Harrison in 1R
• This week No. 1 in first serve points won (89%) and service games won (21 of 22, 95%), No. 4 in aces (32) and No. 6 in 1st serve percentage (65%). Has converted 4 of 15 break point chances
• Last year  SF or better four times on ATP World Tour and 1-3 in SF matches
• Last season the No. 2 American (behind No. 14 Isner) came back from right elbow surgery in June '11 to finish in the Top 25 for third time in four years
• After a 13-14 start through June, finished with 24-11 record. Captured seventh career title in Los Angeles (d. Berankis), his third title there ('09-10). Also SF at Queen's Club in London  (l. to Cilic), Washington (I. to Dolgopolov) and Winston-Salem (I. to Berdych). Made QF in Beijing (I. to F. Lopez) with back-to-back Top 25 wins over Verdasco and Seppi. In last event, reached third career ATP Masters 1000 QF in Paris, defeating No. 2 Djokovic (l. to Llodra)
• Reached 3R at Wimbledon (l. to Cilic 17-15 in fifth set in 5h31m, second-longest Wimbledon match behind 11h05m-lsner d. Mahut in 2010) and US Open (I. to Berdych)
• Played two Challenger tournaments (5-1) with title on clay in Sarasota in April (d. Lorenzi in final)
• Compiled records of 28-16 on hard, 7-4 on grass and 2-5 on clay. Went 1-7 vs. Top 10 opponents and 20-13 in TBs
• The American has compiled six straight Top 100 seasons and a 7-5 record in ATP World Tour finals

Kohlschreiber FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Munich (d Cilic); F: Kitzbuehel (l Haase); SF(3): Auckland (l Rochus); Montpellier (l Berdych); Halle (l Haas); QF(5): Delray Bch (l Sela); Eastbourne (l Seppi);Wimb.(l Tsonga); Hamburg (l Almagro); Metz (l Monfils)
YTD W-L: 42-24 (3-1 this year)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: October 16, 1983
Emirates ATP Ranking: 20 (year-end), 19 (this week)

• Kohlschreiber, 29, the 2008 champion (d. Ferrero), advanced to the SF for the fourth time with a 76(6), 64 win over Xavier Malisse. Playing in Auckland for the ninth time (21-6 record, 2-1 in SFs), second consecutive SF. Also SF last year (l. to Rochus) and 2010 (l. to Clement)
• This week No. 2 in 2nd serve points won (68%), No. 4 in service games won (24 of 26, 92%) and No. 6 in aces (14). Has converted 4 of 8 break point chances
• Last week opened the season with 2R in Doha (d. Dodig, l. to Monfils in three sets) 
• Last year SF or better five times on the ATP World Tour and 2-3 in SF matches
• The top German finished in Top 20 for first time in his career, highlighted by his fourth ATP title on home soil in Munich in May (d. Cilic). Also runner-up in Kitzbühel (l. to Haase)
• Compiled a personal best 42 match wins and SF in three other tournaments – Auckland (l. to Rochus), Montpellier (l .to Berdych) and Halle (l. to Haas). Also reached 5 other QF
• In Grand Slam play went 11-4 and advanced to first QF at Wimbledon (d. Haas in 1R in five sets, l. to Tsonga in four sets) and 4R at Australian Open (l. to del Potro) and US Open (l. to Tipsarevic)
• Compiled records of 20-14 on hard, 13-7 on clay, 9-3 on grass and 23-18 in TB. Went 3-9 vs. Top 10 opponents with wins over No. 10 Almagro in Auckland, No. 2 Nadal in Halle and No. 10 Isner in five sets at US Open. Earned a career-high $1,063,408
• The German has compiled six straight Top 50 seasons while winning at least 30 matches in each

(1)David Ferrer (ESP) vs (WC) Gael Monfils (FRA) Monfils Leads 3-0
08 Roland Garros (France) Clay QF Gael Monfils 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-1
10 FRA vs. ESP WG QF (France) Hard RR Gael Monfils 7-6(3)6-2 4-6 5-7 6-4
11 Roland Garros (France) Clay R16 Gael Monfils 6-4 2-6 7-5 1-6 8-6

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 (5-1 this year)
YTD Titles: 7
Career Titles: 18
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
Emirates ATP Ranking: 5 (year-end, this week)

• Ferrer, 30, needed just 54 minutes to improve to 22-5 lifetime here with a 62 61 win over Lukas Lacko.  Playing in his fifth career SF (3-1 mark) at Auckland; lost in SF in 2009 (l. to Querrey)
• No. 1 in return games won (8 of 20, 40%), has converted 8 of 17 break point chances and has 8 aces
• Looking for a record-tying fourth Auckland title. Joined Roy Emerson (1960, '65-67) and Onny Parun (1973, '75-76) as the only three-time champions; Won titles last year (d. Rochus), 2011 (d. Nalbandian) and ‘07 (d. Robredo). Has won eight matches in a row since his last loss in 2R (after bye) to Arnaud Clement in 2010
• He began his 2013 campaign last week with SF in Doha (l. to Davydenko)
• Last year SF or better 12 times on ATP World Tour and 8-4 in SF matches
• 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 and played in most singles matches (91) on ATP World 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 first ATP Masters 1000 crown in Paris (d. Janowicz). Oldest first-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
• In doubles, lost bronze medal match at London Olympics (w/F. Lopez) to Benneteau-Gasquet
• Ranked in Top 4 in three of four return of serve categories and No. 2 in second serve points (57%)
• One of four Spaniards to win an ATP title during year (Ferrer-7, Nadal-4, Almagro-2, Andujar-1) and Spain won a season-high 14 titles (in 21 finals) and have led ATP World Tour in titles for past six years
• Earned a career-high $4,409,340

MULTIPLE TITLES – Ferrer has won multiple titles at five tournaments:
 Auckland (3) – 2012, ’11, ‘07
 Valencia (3) – 2012, ’10, ‘08
 Acapulco (3) – 2012, ’11, ‘10
 Bastad (2) – 2012, ‘07
‘s-Hertogenbosch – 2012, ‘08
 
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 (5-1 this year)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: September 1, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 78 (year-end), 99 (this week)

• Monfils, 26, advanced to his first SF of the season with 36 75 63 win over No. 4 seed Tommy Haas. Playing Auckland for second time career 3-1 record, 1R 2007 (l. to Martin)
• No. 1 in aces (41) and break points saved (25 of 28, 89%), No. 3 in service games won (37 of 40, 93%). Has converted 9 of 20 break point chances
• Last year SF or better three times on ATP World Tour and 2-1 in SF matches
• Last week he opened the season with a quarter-final showing in Doha (l. to Brands)
• Last season finished outside Top 20 for first time since 2007 as he struggled with a right knee injury on and off during season. Missed 3 1/2 months before returning week of Sept. 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 (l. 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
• Has finished in the Top 50 in seven of the last eight seasons and has reached at least one final in each of those seasons (4-13 career record)
• Has a 20-40 career W-L  vs. Top 10 opponents (1-3 in 2012) with lone win over No. 2 Nadal in Doha SF

POTENTIAL FINAL HEAD-TO-HEADS

David Ferrer (ESP) vs Sam Querrey (USA)   Ferrer Leads 2-1
09 Auckland (New Zealand) Hard SF Sam Querrey 3-6 6-3 7-6(4)
10 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard R32 David Ferrer 7-5 6-2
12 ESP vs.USA WG SF (Spain) Clay RR David Ferrer 4-6 6-2 6-2 6-4

David Ferrer (ESP) vs Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)  Ferrer Leads 6-3
05 ATP Masters 1000 Miami Hard R128 David Ferrer 6-2 7-6(6)
06 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R64 Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2 6-2
07 World Team Championship (Germany)Clay RR David Ferrer 6-3 7-5
08 GER v. ESP WG QF (Germany) Hard RR David Ferrer 6-7(3) 6-3 6-4 6-2
08 World Team Championship (Germany)Clay RR Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1 6-0
08 ATP Masters 1000 Paris Hard R32 Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-2
09 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard R16 David Ferrer 6-4 6-2
10 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay QF David Ferrer 7-5 7-6(1)
11 Auckland (New Zealand) Hard QF David Ferrer 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3

Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Sam Querrey (USA)   Monfils Leads 1-0
07 Poertschach (Austria) Clay R32 Gael Monfils 6-4 7-5

Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)  Monfils Leads 8-1
08 Vienna (Austria) Hard SF Gael Monfils 6-4 5-7 7-6(2)
09 Metz (France) Hard F Gael Monfils 7-6(1) 3-6 6-2
10 FRA vs. GER WG 1st RD (France) Hard RR Gael Monfils 6-1 6-4 7-6(5)
11 Halle (Germany) Grass SF Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-3
11 GER vs. FRA WG QF (Germany) Clay RR Gael Monfils 7-6(3) 7-6(5) 6-4
11 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati  Hard R16 Gael Monfils 6-2 6-2
12 ATP 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay R64 Gael Monfils 7-5 6-7(2) 6-3
12 Metz (France) Hard QF Gael Monfils 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4
13 Doha (Qatar) Hard R16 Gael Monfils 6-4 2-6 6-4

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