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Auckland, Sydney Saturday Final Briefing

Tomic© Getty ImagesBernard Tomic will play in his first ATP World Tour final.

AUCKLAND SATURDAY PREVIEW – FERRER LOOKS FOR THREE-PEAT, KOHLSCHREIBER SECOND TITLE
• The singles final on Saturday at the Heineken Open features the top seed and defending champion David Ferrer, who is looking to win the title for a third year in a row and fourth overall while the 2008 winner No. 2 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber is looking for his second here.

• The last time the top two seeds reached the final here was in 1993 when No. 2 Alexander Volkov of Russia defeated No. 1 MaliVai Washington of the U.S.. This is the sixth time it has happened here since 1975. Last year happened 12 times (11 in 2011), with the last 1-2 meeting at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London - No. 1 Novak Djokovic d. No. 2 Roger Federer.

• Ferrer leads the head-to-head 6-3, winning the past three meetings, most recently two years ago here in the quarter-finals 63 67 63. In that match, Ferrer converted three of 15 break points and Kohlschreiber converted just one of 12 break point chances.

• Ferrer is looking to become just the second player to win four titles and three in a row here (Roy Emerson won titles in 1960 and ’65-’67). He would also be the first 30-over winner and second repeat winner in 2013 (Andy Murray successfully defended Brisbane last week). Last year five players 30-over won titles and 17 were repeat winners, The Spaniard is playing in his 34th career ATP World Tour Final (18-15 career record in finals and 16-3 vs players ranked outside Top 10). The No. 2 Spaniard (behind Nadal) put together a career-best season last year, leading the ATP World Tour with seven titles (in eight finals) and 76 match wins. He became the 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).

• Kohlschreiber is looking to become the sixth player to multiple titles here. The ’08 champion comes in with a 22-6 career record in Auckland. The 29-year-old German is playing in his eighth career ATP World Tour Final (4-3 career record and 0-1 vs Top 10 players). Last year he finished in the Top 20 for the 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). Has a career record of 20-49 vs. Top 10, went 3-9 last year with wins over No. 10 Almagro in Auckland, No. 2 Nadal in Halle and No. 10 Isner at the US Open.

WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner: $78,250 and 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: $41,200 and 150 Emirates ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY –
Ferrer:  Appearing in his 34th career ATP World Tour level final……. 18-15 in finals (7-1 in 2012)
Kohlschreiber: Appearing in his 8th career ATP World Tour final……………. 4-3 in finals (1-1 in 2012)

SATURDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads –

Centre Court

(1)David Ferrer (ESP) vs (2) 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 (I) 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

 David Ferrer Philipp Kohlschreiber
 Sets Won: 13 8
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 2 2
 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 2 1
 Hard: 4 2

A glance at both players statistics this week (played three rounds after first round bye):
 Ferrer Kohlschreiber
Aces 10 24
1st Serve percentage 65% 62%
1st Serve points won 74% 78%
Service games won 26 of 30 (87%) 34 of 37 (92%)
Break Points Saved 7 of 11 (64%) 6 of 9 (67%)
Break points converted 12 of 23 (52%) 6 of 12 (50%)

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 (6-1 this year)
YTD Titles: 7
Career Titles: 18
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
Emirates ATP Ranking: 5 (year-end, this week)

• Ferrer, 30, is 23-5 lifetime in Auckland and he’s appearing in his fourth final (3-0). On Friday, was winless in his three previous meetings with wild card Gael Monfils and dismissed the Frenchman 61 62 to advance to the final. Looking for a record-tying fourth title. Last year 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). Won 11 matches in a row since his last loss in 2R (after bye) to Arnaud Clement in 2010
• This week is No. 1 in return games won (12 of 27, 44%), has converted 12 of 23 break point chances and has 10 aces
• Looking to become first 30-over winner of 2013. Last year happened 13 times.
• Looking to be become second repeat winner of 2013, Murray opened the season defending Brisbane; last year happened 17 times
• Last year went 7-1 in final matches on ATP World Tour and has a 18-15 career record in finals (16-3 vs players outside Top 10)
• He began his 2013 campaign last week with SF in Doha (l. to Davydenko)
• 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

CAREER 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

30-OVER WINNERS (13) – Ferrer is looking to become the first 30-over winner of 2013. The oldest winner last year was Tommy Haas (34) in Halle. Here are the other 30-over winners:
Roger Federer (6): Cincinnati (31y11d), Wimbledon (30y11m), Madrid (30y9m), Indian Wells (30y7m), Dubai (30y6m), Rotterdam (30y5m)
David Ferrer (4): Paris (30y7m), Valencia (30y6m), Bastad (30y3m), ‘s-Hertogenbosch (30y2m)
Tommy Haas (1): Halle (34y2m)
Jurgen Melzer (1): Memphis (30y9m)
Jarkko Nieminen (1): Sydney (30y5m)

2012 SINGLES TITLES LEADERSDavid Ferrer won an ATP World Tour-best 76 matches and seven titles last year. Ferrer and Federer were the only two players to win titles on all three surfaces – clay, grass and hard.
Player  Total Clay Grass Hard
David Ferrer  7 3 1 3
Novak Djokovic  6 -  6
Roger Federer  6 1 1 4
Juan Martin del Potro 4 1 - 3
Juan Monaco 4 3 - 1
Rafael Nadal  4 4 - -
Andy Murray 3 - 1 2

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 (4-1 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 final for the second time with a 64 76(2) win over No. 4 seed Sam Querrey. Playing in Auckland for the ninth time (22-6 record)
• This week No. 2 in 2nd serve points won (67%) and in service games won (34 of 37, 92%) and No. 4 in aces (24). Has converted 6 of 12 break point chances
• Last week opened the season with 2R in Doha (d. Dodig, l. to Monfils in three sets)
• Last year went 1-1 in final matches on ATP World Tour, has a 4-3 career record in finals and is 0-1 vs players in Top 10. In 2008 Doha (l. to No. 1 Federer)
• 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.
• Earned a career-high $1,063,408
• Career vs. Top 10 20-49, went 3-9 last year with wins over No. 10 Almagro in Auckland, No. 2 Nadal in Halle and No. 10 Isner in 5 sets at US Open
• The German has compiled six straight Top 50 seasons while winning at least 30 matches in each

MULTIPLE TITLES – Kohlschreiber is looking to become the sixth player to win multiple titles in Auckland:
Roy Emerson (4): 1960, 1965-67
David Ferrer (3) 2007, 2011-12
Onny Parun (3): 1973, 1975-76
Dominik Hrbaty (2): 2001, ‘04
Tim Wilkison (2): 1979, 1982

AUSTRALIAN OPEN RESULT AFTER WINNING AUCKLAND (since 2000) – Here is a look at how the Auckland champions have performed at the AUSTRALIAN OPEN (best result was ’98 champion Marcelo Rios, who reached the final, l. to Korda):
   Aust. Open Result
2012 David Ferrer  QF (l. to Djokovic)
2011 David Ferrer   SF ( l. to Murray)
2010 John Isner   4R (l. to Murray)
2009 Juan Martin del Potro  QF (l. to Federer)
2008 Philipp Kohlschreiber 4R (l. to Nieminen)
2007 David Ferrer  4R (l. to Fish)
2006 Jarkko Nieminen  3R (l. to Nalbandian)
2005 Fernando Gonzalez 3R (l. to Nalbandian)
2004 Dominik Hrbaty  3R (l. to Grosjean)
2003 Gustavo Kuerten  2R (l. to Stepanek)
2002 Greg Rusedski  3R (l. to Henman)
2001 Dominik Hrbaty  QF (l. to Rafter)
2000 Magnus Norman  SF (l. to Kafelnikov)

DOUBLES FINAL –TOP SEEDS FLEMING-SOARES MEET BRUNSTROM-NIELSEN
• Top seeds Colin Flemng of Great Britain and Bruno Soares of Brazil take on the unseeded pairing of Johan Brunstrom of Sweden and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark.

• Fleming-Soares are playing together for the first time while Brunstrom-Nielsen are playing together for the first time since last September when they were finalists in Metz.

• The 28-year-old Fleming is 5-4 lifetime in finals. He won two titles last year in Eastbourne and Delray Beach (both w/Hutchins). He is playing here for the first time. Last week he opened the season by reaching the quarter-finals in Brisbane (w/J. Murray). He reached a career-high of No. 24 in March of 2012 and currently is ranked No. 26.

• The 30-year-old Soares is playing in his 20th ATP World Tour final and he is 10-9 lifetime in finals. Last year the Brazilian finished in the Top 20 for the second year in a row and captured a career-high five ATP World Tour titles with three different partners. He won a career-high 43 matches. He is playing here for the fourth time and was a finalist in 2010 (w/Melo). He reached a career-high of No. 14 in May of 2005 and is currently ranked No. 19. He has won at least one title in each of the past five years. He is playing in his first tournament of the year.

• The 32-year-old Brunstrom is playing in his 12th ATP World Tour Final, 1-10 overall. His lone title came in 2010 at Gstaad (w/Nieminen). He is playing here for the third time and was a finalist two years ago (w/Huss). The left-hander is playing in his first tournament of the season. He reached a career-high of No. 31 in March of 2010 and currently ranked No. 73. He was a four-time All-American at Southern Methodist University (three times in doubles, once in singles).

• The 29-year-old Nielsen is playing in his third career doubles final (1-1 record). He teamed with Jonathan Marray to win Wimbledon as a wild card team. The top Danish player in doubles finished a year-end best No. 21 individually and No. 9 in ATP Doubles Team Rankings (w/Marray). He made his debut at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London and reached SF (l. to eventual champs Granollers-M. Lopez). They compiled a 10-6 match record in six tournaments. Currently ranked a career-high No. 21. He is making his season and Auckland debut.

WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner: $23,770 and 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: $12,500 and 150 Emirates ATP Ranking points

SYDNEY SATURDAY PREVIEW – ANDERSON-TOMIC SQUARE OFF WITH TITLE ON THE LINE
• The championship of the Apia International Sydney is an all-unseeded battle between Kevin Anderson of South Africa and Aussie No. 2 Bernard Tomic, who is appearing in his first ATP World Tour final. Anderson is the first South African to reach the singles final in tournament history while Tomic is the first Aussie in the Sydney final since Chris Guccione in 2008 (l. to Tursunov).

• This is the second ATP World Tour meeting between the two. Tomic won in three sets in the first round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Oct. 10, 2011. In that match, there was only one break of serve as Anderson fired 25 aces and saved 11 of 12 break points in the loss.

• Anderson, who is making his main draw debut here this week, saved two match points (on aces) in his semi-final victory over last year’s finalist Julien Benneteau. The 26-year-old Anderson is appearing in his fourth ATP World Tour final (2-1) and his last title came in Delray Beach, Fla. last March, defeating current Aussie No. 1 Marinko Matosevic.

• Tomic is trying to become the ninth different Aussie to win the Sydney title in the Open Era. The last Aussie champion was Lleyton Hewitt in 2005 (d. Minar). Hewitt, at 18, was the youngest Aussie winner in 2000. The 20-year-old Tomic came in ranked No. 64 this week and he is expected to return to the Top 50 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday (around No. 49) and around No. 43 if he wins the title. The last first-time winner in Sydney was South Korean Hyung-Taik Lee in 2003 (d. Ferrero). Last season there was one first-time winner on the ATP World Tour, Martin Klizan of Slovakia. He won the title in St. Petersburg. Players trying to win their first title were 1-15 in finals.

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 –
 Anderson:   Appearing in his 4th career ATP World Tour final………He is 2-1 lifetime in finals (1-0 in 2012)
 Tomic:  Appearing in his 1st career ATP World Tour final

UNSEEDED WINNERS – This will be the first unseeded winner on the ATP World Tour this season. Last year there were four unseeded winners in 66 tournaments:
-Jarkko Nieminen (Q), Sydney
-Jurgen Melzer, Memphis
-Tommy Haas (WC), Halle
-Thomaz Bellucci, Gstaad  

YOUNGEST IN TOP 100 – For the second week in a row one of the youngest players in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings is in an ATP World Tour final. Last week Grigor Dimitrov was runner-up in Brisbane (l. to Murray). Here is a look at the Top 5 youngest players in the Top 100:

Rank  Age
No. 64 Bernard Tomic (AUS) 20 years, 2 months
No. 68 Ryan Harrison (USA) 20 years, 8 months
No. 41 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 21 years, 7 months
No. 78 Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)21 years, 10 months
No. 15 Milos Raonic (CAN) 22 years, 16 days

SATURDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FedEx ATP Head 2 Head –

Ken Rosewall Arena

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

A glance at the serving statistics of their previous ATP World Tour meeting in Shanghai on Oct.10, 2011
 Anderson Tomic
Aces 25 7
1st Serve percentage 62% 67%
1st Serve points won 81% 77%
2nd Serve points won 40% 69%
Break Points Saved 11 of 12 2 of 2

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 (4-0 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 final in tournament history. He saved two match points (with aces) in his SF win on Friday against Julien Benneteau. He began the week with 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
• Leads the tournament in aces (41) and No. 2 in service games won (44 of 49, 90%), saving 14 of 19 break pts. (74%). Has won 78% of first serve pts. and 57% of second serve pts.
• Came in ranked No. 36 and will move to around No. 31 and to around No. 27 if he wins the title
• 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

2012 Match Point(s) Saved Winners – Last season Anderson was one of five players to win an ATP World Tour title after saving match point (he was only player outside Top 20):
Player    Tournament/Opponent   Round M.P. Saved
Kevin Anderson Delray Beach – d. Andy Roddick 26 76(9) 64 QF Saved 3 M.P.
Janko Tipsarevic Stuttgart – d. Bjorn Phau 67(6) 76(2) 64 QF Saved 4 M.P.
John Isner Winston-Salem d. Tomas Berdych 36 64 76(9)  Final Saved 3 M.P.
Juan Monaco Kuala Lumpur – d. Kei Nishikori 62 26 76(4) SF Saved 1 M.P.
Novak Djokovic Shanghai – d. Andy Murray 57 76(11) 63 Final Saved 5 M.P.
 
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 (4-0 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 final 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 Friday, defeated top Italian Andreas Seppi 76(10) 64, saving all six break points.On Tuesday, defeated top countryman Marinko Matosevic 63 64, converting four of six break pts. and followed 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
• This week No. 2 in aces (35) and service games won (44 of 49, 90%), saving 10 of 12 break pts. (83%) Has won 10 of 45 return games (22%)
• Came in ranked No. 64 and will move to around No. 49 (and around No. 43 if he wins the title)
• Looking to join Milos Raonic as only players born in the 1990s to win an ATP World Tour title. Raonic, who is a three-time winner, earned his first title at age 20 in San Jose in February 2011
• 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)

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     8.9 avg    79% 61%             96% (44 of 46)   83% (10 of 12)
2012         5.0 avg    67% 50%             77%       61%   

AUSSIE TITLE WINNERS – Tomic is trying to become the ninth different Aussie to win the Sydney title in the Open Era (last winner was Lleyton Hewitt in 2005. Hewitt, at 18, was the youngest Aussie winner in 2000):

Year   Winner              Runner-up      Result
2005 Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) Ivo Minář (CZE) 7-5 6-0
2004 Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) Carlos Moyá (ESP) 4-3 retired
2001 Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) Magnus Norman (SWE) 6-4 6-1
2000 Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) Jason Stoltenberg (AUS) 6-4 6-0
1988 John Fitzgerald (AUS) Andrei Chesnokov (USSR)6-3 6-4
1984 John Fitzgerald (AUS) Sammy Giammalva Jr. (USA)6-3 6-3
1982 John Alexander (AUS) John Fitzgerald (AUS) 4-6 7-6 6-4
1979 Phil Dent (AUS) Hank Pfister (USA) 6-4 6-4 7-5
1976 Tony Roche (AUS) Dick Stockton (USA) 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4
1975 Ross Case (AUS) John Marks (AUS) 6-2, 6-1
1974 Dec.Tony Roche (AUS) Phil Dent (AUS) 7-6 4-6 3-6 6-2 8-6
1974 Jan. Geoff Masters (AUS) Colin Dibley (AUS) 6-1 6-4 6-2
1973 Malcolm Anderson (AUS)Ken Rosewall (AUS) 6-3 6-4 6-4
1971 Phil Dent (AUS) John Alexander (AUS) 6-3 6-4 6-4
1969 Tony Roche (AUS) Rod Laver (AUS) 6-4 4-6 9-7 12-10

TOMIC AT HOME – Tomic has a 19-10 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  4-1  Final - 2013 (vs. Anderson)
AUSTRALIAN OPEN 7-4  4th Rd. - 2012 (l. to Federer)
Davis Cup 5-1  -----

DOUBLES FINAL – WORLD NO. 1 BRYANS TAKE ON NO. 4 SEEDS MIRNYI-TECAU

• Top seeds and World No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan are back in the Apia International Sydney doubles final for the fifth time in six years (did not play in 2010) and sixth time overall as they take on No. 4 seeds and the first-time duo of Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Horia Tecau of Romania.
• The Bryans saved two match points in their first round win over Cabal and Matkowski and have not dropped a set in their next two matches. Mirnyi and Tecau have not dropped a set en route to their first final in Sydney. 
• The Bryans, coming off their record eighth year-end No. 1 ranking in 10 years, are 2-3 in Sydney finals. They won titles in 2009 and last year and were were finalists in 2004, ’08 and ’11. They have won the most titles together in the Open Era and come in with a career mark of 82-44. Last season they compiled a 7-3 record in finals. They are the only team to win over 750 matches (780-250) and at least five titles for 10 straight years.
• They won their 12th Grand Slam crown at the US Open (d. Paes-Stepanek), marking the eighth year in a row they have captured a Slam title. They are tied with Aussie greats Newcombe-Roche for the most Grand Slam doubles titles. They also captured the gold medal at the London Olympics and were finalists at the AUSTRALIAN OPEN and Roland Garros.
• The 35-year-old Mirnyi is 45-39 in doubles finals and prior to this week, he had a 3-7 career record in Sydney. Last year he won his sixth career Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros (w/Nestor). Tecau made his previous appearance in Sydney last year (lost in 1R). The 27-year-old Romanian is 13-11 in career finals. He was 4-3 last year in finals (w/Lindstedt). He was runner-up at Wimbledon for the third time.

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