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Sydney, Auckland Thursday Briefing

Ferrer© Getty ImagesThree-time champion David Ferrer plays Lukas Lacko in Auckland on Thursday.

SYDNEY THURSDAY PREVIEW – EIGHT DIFFERENT COUNTRIES REPRESENTED IN QUARTER-FINALS

• For the first time in 10 years, the quarter-finals of the Apia International Sydney are comprised of players from eight different countries. Among the quarter-finalists are two seeds, last year’s finalists and the two youngest players in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings.

• In the opening match of the day on Ken Rosewall Arena, a doubles quarter-final features unseeded Mahesh Bhupathi of India and Daniel Nestor of Canada against No. 4 seeds Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Horia Tecau of Romania. Both teams are teaming up together for the first time this season. Bhupathi won the title here in 2005 and Nestor is a three-time champion (1999, ’01, ’10)

• In the first singles match on, American qualifier Ryan Harrison takes on last year’s runner-up Julien Benneteau of France for the first time. Harrison posted the highest-ranked win of his career on Wednesday over top seed/No. 13-ranked John Isner. The 20-year-old Louisiana native is the second-youngest player in the Top 100 at No. 68 this week. Last season Harrison finished a year-end best No. 70 with three ATP World Tour semi-finals. Benneteau is one of four players left trying to win a first career ATP World Tour title (0-7 in finals). The 31-year-old finished a personal-best No. 35 last season.

• In the evening session, No. 2 Aussie Bernard Tomic meets defending champion Jarkko Nieminen of Finland for the first time. Both players have yet to drop a set in their first two wins. The 20-year-old Tomic, who is the youngest player in the Top 100, is appearing in his first quarter-final in Sydney and second ATP World Tour quarter-final or better on home soil. He was a semi-finalist in Brisbane last year. Tomic finished last season No. 52 after reaching a career-high No. 27 on June 11. He is No. 64 this week. The 31-year-old Nieminen, who was a qualifier a year ago, has a 12-4 career record in Sydney. He defeated Benneteau in last year’s final and was runner-up in 2009 (l. to Nalbandian). Nieminen is the oldest player remaining in the quarter-finals.

• In the final match, No. 8 seed Marcel Granollers of Spain brings a 2-1 record against No. 3 seed Andreas Seppi of Italy.  Granollers won the last meeting on clay in Stuttgart in July 2011. In their only hard court meeting, the Spaniard came back from a two-set deficit in the first round at the US Open in 2010. Granollers is appearing in his first quarter-final in Sydney. Last season the 26-year-old Spaniard finished in the Top 50 for the third year in a row at No. 34. He also teamed with countryman Marc Lopez to capture the doubles crown at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. 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 trying to reach 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).

• On Grandstand, last year’s semi-finalist Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan and top South African Kevin Anderson square off for the first time. Last season Istomin finished in the Top 50 for the second time in three years at No. 43, with a runner-up in San Jose (l. to Raonic). Anderson won his second career ATP World Tour title in Delray Beach (d. Matosevic) and finished in the Top 40 for the second year in a row at No. 37. He is making his main draw debut this week in Sydney. In 2009, lost in 2R of qualifying.

• YOUNGEST IN TOP 100 – The two youngest players in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings are in the quarter-finals on Thursday. 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 days
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, 14 days

THURSDAY QUARTER-FINALS FedEx ATP Head 2 Head – In Order of Play by Court

Ken Rosewall Arena

(Q) Ryan Harrison (USA) vs Julien Benneteau (FRA)   First Meeting

Harrison FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(3): San Jose (l Raonic); Eastbourne (l Seppi); Newport (l Isner); QF: Houston (l Russell)
YTD W-L: 23-24 (2-1 this year)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 7, 1992
Emirates 2013 ATP Ranking: 70 (year-end), 68 (this week)

• Harrison, 20, is appearing in the quarter-finals in his Sydney debut after qualifying into the main draw with three wins. In 1R, defeated Roberto Bautista Agut, who retired at 2-1 due to lower abdominal pain, and followed with a 64 64 victory over top seed/World No. 13 John Isner (highest-ranked win of career)
• Last week made his season debut in Brisbane (as a qualifier) and lost in 1R to Tommy Robredo 64 76
• The last American to reach the semis here was Mardy Fish in 2010 (l. to Baghdatis). Last year two qualifiers reached the semis with Jarkko Nieminen winning the title and Denis Istomin losing in SF
• The young American improved his year-end ranking for a fifth straight season to finish at No. 70
• Came in No. 68 and will move to around No. 58 and if he reaches SF, to around No. 54
• 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 four 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

Benneteau FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F(2): Sydney (l Nieminen); Kuala Lumpur (l Monaco); SF: San Jose (l Istomin)
YTD W-L: 27-23 (2-1 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 playing in Sydney for the fifth straight year (9-5 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. 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)
• Trying to extend streak to seven years of having a Frenchman reach semi-finals in Sydney
• 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)

Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)  First Meeting

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 (2-0 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 playing in the main draw for the second time. On Tuesday, he 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). Two years ago in his debut, qualified (ranked No. 209) and lost to Alexandr Dolgopolov in three sets in 1R
• Trying to become the first Aussie to reach the semi-finals or better here since (WC) Chris Guccione was runner-up in 2008 (l. to Tursunov)
• Came in ranked No. 64 and will move to around No. 58 and to around No. 54 if he reaches semi-finals
• 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

TOMIC DOWN UNDER – Tomic has a 17-10 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   2-1   QF -  2013 (vs. Nieminen) 
Australian Open  7-4   4th Rd. - 2012 (l. to Federer)
Davis Cup  5-1   -----

Nieminen FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Sydney (d Benneteau); SF: Bangkok (l Gasquet); QF(3): Montpellier (l Monfils); Rotterdam (l Federer); Belgrade (l Paire)
YTD W-L:  26-27 (3-1 this year)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: July 23, 1981
Emirates ATP Ranking: 41 (year-end), 44 (this week)

• Nieminen, 31, the reigning champion (d. Benneteau) who qualified last year into the main draw, comes into the quarters with a 12-4 career record. On Tuesday, he defeated German qualifier Bjorn Phau 60 61 in 42 minutes (only lost six pts. on serve) and followed with a 63 61 win over lucky loser Ivo Klec.
In 2009, reached the final (d. No. 3 Djokovic, l. to Nalbandian)
• Opened season last week in Brisbane and reached 2R (d. Benneteau, ret. vs Dolgopolov w/migraine)
• Last season the top Finnish player ranked in Top 50 for eighth time in past 11 years, highlighted by his second career ATP World Tour title in Sydney. Lone qualifier to win title during season
• Also reached SF in Bangkok (l. to Gasquet) and QF in Montpellier and Rotterdam, all indoors, and on clay in Belgrade (I. to Paire)
• Has ranked in Top 100 for 12 straight years and has won at least 20 matches in 10 of the past 11 seasons, reaching at least one final seven years in a row
• In Grand Slam play, reached 2R at Roland Garros (I. to Murray), Wimbledon (l. to Baker) and US Open (l. to Isner). Also 2R at London Olympics (l. to eventual champion Murray)
• In final week, runner-up at Helsinki Challenger (l. to Lacko)
• Compiled records of 19-16 on hard, 5-7 on clay and 2-4 on grass. Went 0-6 vs. Top 10 opponents and his highest- ranked win came over No.15 Raonic in Bangkok

(8) Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs (3) Andreas Seppi (ITA) Granollers Leads 2-1
10 Bastad (Sweden) Clay R32 Andreas Seppi 6-4 6-2
10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Marcel Granollers 2-6 5-7 6-3 6-2 6-3
11 Stuttgart (Germany) Clay R32 Marcel Granollers 6-3 3-6 6-1

Granollers FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Umag (l Cilic); QF(3): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (l Tipsarevic); Winston-Salem (l Tsonga); Valencia (l Dolgopolov)
YTD W-L: 23-23 (2-0 this year)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: April 12, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 34 (year-end, this week)

• Granollers, 26, is making his second straight appearance in Sydney and last year lost to Ebden in three sets in the first round. This week defeated Ebden 57 75 61 in 1R and followed with 62 76(4) victory over Fabio Fognini. This is the Spaniard’s season debut on the ATP World Tour
• The Barcelona native finished in Top 50 for third year in a row, highlighted by runner-up finish in Umag (I. to Cilic) in July. Also QF at ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (l. to No. 9 Tipsarevic), Winston-Salem (l. to No.6 Tsonga) and Valencia (l. to Dolgopolov). Broke Top 20 on July 23 at No.19
• In Grand Slam play, reached a personal-best 4R at Roland Garros (l. to Ferrer)
• Compiled records of 11-12 on hard, 11-8 on clay and 1-3 on grass. Went 0-6 vs. Top 10 opponents and his   highest-ranked win came over No.16 Verdasco in Umag SF
• Played on Davis Cup team and went 1-3 (w/M. Lopez) as Spain lost 3-2 to Czech Republic in final
• In doubles, teamed with countryman M. Lopez to compile a 40-17 record and 3-4 in finals, winning titles at ATP Masters 1000 Rome, Gstaad and year-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London in debut (d. Bhupathi-Bopanna). Also finalist in Acapulco, Barcelona, Umag and Toronto. Best Grand Slam SF at US Open

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 (1-0 this year)
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: February 21, 1984
Emirates ATP Ranking: 23 (year-end, this week)

• Seppi, 28, the top Italian, comes in with a 7-7 career record in Sydney and he opened with a 62 36 63 win over Aussie wild card John Millman. His best result was in 2006 debut (d. No. 4 Hewitt, l. to Andreev). Has not won back-to-back matches since then, losing in 2R in 2008, ’10-11
• 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

Grandstand

Denis Istomin (UZB) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA)    First Meeting

Istomin FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: San Jose (l Raonic); SF: Sydney (l Nieminen); QF(2): Brisbane (l Tomic); Eastbourne (l Harrison)
YTD W-L: 30-32 (4-1 this year)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 7, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 43 (year-end), 46 (this week)

• Istomin, 26, is trying to reach the semi-finals for the second year in a row after posting wins over Aussie wild card James Duckworth 67 64 76 and No. 4 seed Fernando Verdasco 63 63. Last year qualified and reached the semis (l. to eventual champ Nieminen)
• Last week in Brisbane opened the season with a quarter-final (d. Klizan, Hewitt, l. to eventual winner Murray 64 76)
• Last year was QF or better four times on ATP World Tour; best result runner-up in San Jose (l. Raonic)
• The top player from Uzbekistan finished in the Top 50 for second time in three years, reaching his second career ATP World Tour final in San Jose (l. to Raonic)
• Also SF in Sydney (l. to Nieminen) and QF in Brisbane (l. to Tomic) and Eastbourne (l. to Harrison)
• His best Grand Slam result was 4R at Wimbledon where he lost to Youzhny 7-5 in fifth set
• Compiled records of 17-17 on hard, 8-5 on grass and 5-10 on clay.
• Has a career mark of 1-14 vs.Top 10 opponents (1-5 in 2012) and posted his first win over No. 5 Ferrer in Indian Wells.
• Overcame a serious car accident as a teenager to become the most successful player in Uzbekistan tennis history. Has finished in Top 100 in three straight seasons and has 137-83 career Challenger record with nine titles
• Earned a career-high $660,205

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 (2-0 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, the top South African on the ATP World Tour, is into the quarter-finals after wins over Aljaz Bedene 63 36 63 and Feliciano Lopez 63 64. In his previous appearance here, lost in the 2R of qualifying in 2009
• Trying to become the first South African to reach the semi-finals here since former Top 10 Wayne Ferreira in 2004 (l. to Moya)
• 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)
• Also reached QF in San Jose, Houston, London/Queen’s Club, Washington and Basel
• B est 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

 
AUCKLAND THURSDAY PREVIEW – TOP FOUR, FERRER, KOHLSCHREIBER, HAAS, QUERREY REACH QF 

• The Heineken Open quarter-finals on Thursday include the top four seeds, two of which are former champions. There are also two former Top 10 players facing each other.

• In the opening match on Centre Court, Belgium’s Xavier Malisse takes a 2-1 career mark against No. 2 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany. This is their first meeting since 2008 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells, where Kohlschreiber won in three sets. Malisse is playing in Auckland for the fourth time  (3-3 mark). Last year he was a quarter-finalist or better five times on the ATP World Tour and 1-4 in quarter-final matches; His best result was the semi-finals in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (l. to Petzschner). Last season the veteran Belgian finished with his ninth Top 70 finish in the past 12 years. Kohlschreiber finished in the Top 20 (at No. 20) for the first time in his career. He is ranked No. 19 this week. The ’08 champion comes in with a 20-6 career record in Auckland and he’s appearing in his eight quarter-final here, seventh in a row. He is 3-4 in quarter-final matches.

• In the second match, Canadian qualifier Jesse Levine looks for his first win against No. 4 seed and ’09 finalist Sam Querrey, who won both previous meetings. Levine is playing in his fourth career ATP World Tour quarter-final (0-3). Levine, who was born in Ottawa and resides in Boca Raton, Florida, played last week for the first time under the Canadian flag.  He finished a career year-end high No. 102 after reaching a personal-best No. 69 in October. Last year, Querrey was a quarter-finalist or better seven times on the ATP World Tour with a 4-3 record. Querrey, the No. 2 American (behind No. 13 Isner this week),came back from elbow surgery in June '11 to finish in the Top 25 for third time in four years. After a 13-14 start through June, he finished with a 24-11 record and captured his seventh career title in Los Angeles (d. Berankis), third L.A. crown ('09-10). Also a semi-finalist at Queen's Club in London (l. to Cilic), Washington (I. to Dolgopolov) and Winston-Salem (I. to Berdych).

• In the third match, top seed and reigning champion David Ferrer of Spain takes a 2-0 career record against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia. World No. 5 Ferrer was a quarter-finals or better 16 times on the ATP World Tour in 2012 going 12-4. The Spaniard, a three-time winner in Auckland (2007, ’11, ’12), comes in with a career tournament mark of 21-5 and is playing in his eight career quarter-final.  Last season he finished as the ATP World Tour leader in titles (7) and match wins (76) and was a quarter-finalist or better at all four Grand Slams. The 25-year-old Lacko is making his Auckland debut and looking for first career win over a Top 10 player (0-11 record, 0-6 in 2012). Last week he opened with a quarter-final in Doha (l. to eventual champ Gasquet). He is playing in his sixth career ATP World Tour quarter-final; best result was runner-up last year in Zagreb (l. to Youzhny). The No.2 Slovak (behind No. 30 Klizan) finished a year-end best No. 50. He is No. 48 this week

• The evening session begins with No. 3 seed Tommy Haas of Germnay against wild card Gael Monfils of France. The series is tied at 1-1 with Haas winning the last meeting at 2008 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati where Monfils was forced to retire in the second round due to illness.  At 34 years old, Haas is the oldest player in the singles draw.  Last year he won his 13th career title in Halle (d. Federer) and was named ATP Comeback Player of the Year. The No. 2 German (behind Kohlschreiber) finished as oldest player in Top 50 (No. 21) with biggest jump into Top 25 (184 spots). Monfils is playing in his second quarter-final of the year. Last week he reached quarters in Doha (l. to Brands). Last year he was hampered by a knee injury, finishing outside the Top 20 for the first time since 2007 at No. 78. He comes in this week ranked No. 99 and this is the Frenchman’s first appearance in Auckland in six years (l. to Alberto Martin in 1R). Last year was a quarter-finalist or better four times (3-1 mark).

THURSDAY QUARTER-FINAL FedEx ATP Head 2 Heads – In Order of Play

Centre Court

Xavier Malisse (BEL) vs (2) Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) Malisse Leads 2-1
05 Memphis (U.S.A.) Hard (I) R32 Xavier Malisse 6-3 6-3
05 Barcelona (Spain) Clay R64 Xavier Malisse 6-1 6-2
08 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R64 Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2 5-7 6-4

Malisse FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: ‘s-Hertogenbosch (l Petzschner); QF(4): Bucharest (l Balazs); London / Queen's Club (l Nalbandian); Los Angeles (l Querrey); Washington (l Fish)
YTD W-L:  21-24 (2-0 this year)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: July 19, 1980
Emirates ATP Ranking: 62 (year-end, this week)

• Malisse, 32, advanced to his first QF (3-3 career mark) here with a 76(6) 64 win over Santiago Giraldo, converting one of six break points and serving 15 aces. In 1R, defeated No. 7 seed Martin Klizan 76 36 63. His previous best result was 2R in 2008 (d. Nieminen, l. to Massu)
• Last year QF or better five times on the ATP World Tour and 1-4 in QF matches; best result SF s-Hertogenbosch (l. to Petzschner)
• Last season the veteran Belgian finished with his ninth Top 70 finish in past 12 years
• In first five months had 7-13 record. In next six tournaments went 13-6, with QF at London/Queen's Club (I. to Nalbandian), SF in  's-Hertogenbosch (I. to Petzschner), 4R at Wimbledon (I. to Federer in four sets). Later reached back-to-back QF in Los Angeles (I. to Querrey) and Washington (I. to Fish)
• In doubles, won titles in San Jose (w/Knowles) and Los Angeles (w/Bemelmans)
• Compiled records of 9-16 on hard, career-best 9-3 on grass and 3-5 on clay. Went 0-3 vs. Top 10 opponents
• The Belgian has won at least 20 matches in last three seasons while finishing in Top 100 10 times in past 12 seasons. Finished in Top 50 for five of six years between 2001-06 (except '03). Became first Belgian to finish in Top 25 in 2002

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 (2-1 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 QF for the eighth time with a 76(4) 46 63 win over Alejandro Falla in 2R. Playing in Auckland for the ninth time (20-6 record), seventh  consecutive QF. Also SF last year (l. to Rochus) and 2010 (l. to Clement)
• Last week opened the season with 2R in Doha (d. Dodig, l. to Monfils in three sets) 
• Last year QF or better 10 times on the ATP World Tour and 5-5 in QF 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

(Q) Jesse Levine (CAN) vs (4) Sam Querrey (USA) Querrey Leads 2-0
08 Beijing (China) Hard R32 Sam Querrey 1-6 6-2 7-6(4)
10 Newport (U.S.A.) Grass R32 Sam Querrey 6-3 6-3
Other meetings
06 U.S.A. F3 (United States) Hard R32 Jesse Levine 3-6 6-3 6-3

Levine FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Metz (l Tsonga)
YTD W-L: 7-15 (2-1 this year)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 15, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 102 (year-end), 104 (this week)

• Levine, 25, advanced to his fourth career ATP World Tour QF with a 75 64 win over Brian Baker. Playing in the main draw for second time (2-1 mark), qualified by winning three matches in straight sets (lost 16 games). In previous main draw in 2008 (l. to Ferrero as lucky loser); lost to Kamke in 1R qualifying last year. Qualified for season opener in Brisbane (l. to Falla in 1R)
• Has reached QF three times in his career (0-3), 2008 New Haven (l. to Fish), 2009 Newport (l. to Ram), and Metz last year (l. to Tsonga)
• The Ottawa-born left-hander is competing under the Canadian flag and is eligible to play Davis Cup in upcoming first round tie vs. Spain
• Last season finished a career-high No. 102 after reaching a career high of No. 69 in October
• Played in each Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career, winning a round at Roland Garros (d. Becker, l. to Raonic) and Wimbledon (d. K. Beck, l. to Goffin). At US Open, lost to No. 15 Dolgopolov in five sets in 1R
• At Challenger level, won title in Dallas in February (d. Darcis) and only dropped a set during week.
• Later in season, advanced to back-to-back QF in ATP World Tour event in Metz (d. Germans Stebe, Berrer, l. to No. 7 Tsonga) and Orleans Challenger (l. to Goffin), losing to eventual champions in both
• Compiled 12-9 record in Challengers and earned a career-high $264,222

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 (1-0 this year)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: October 7, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 22

• Querrey, 25, opened 2013 with a 75 63 win over Olivier Rochus, he won 94% of his first serve points and never faced a break point (hitting 18 aces). Playing Auckland for the fourth time (5-3 mark) with his best result a runner-up in 2009 (l. to No. 9 del Potro). Last year lost to countryman Ryan Harrison in 1R
• Last year  QF or better seven times on ATP World Tour and 4-3 in QF 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

(1)David Ferrer (ESP) vs Lukas Lacko (SVK)  Ferrer Leads 2-0
07 Stuttgart (Germany) Clay R32 David Ferrer 6-2 6-2
12 Roland Garros (France) Clay R128 David Ferrer 6-3 6-4 6-1

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 (4-1 this year)
YTD Titles: 7
Career Titles: 18
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
Emirates ATP Ranking: 5 (year-end, this week)

• Ferrer, 30, improved to 21-5 lifetime here with a 64 26 63 win over Yen-Hsun Lu.  Playing in his eight career QF (4-3 mark) at Auckland; only time missed 2R in 2010 (l. Clement)
• 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 QF or better 16 times on ATP World Tour and 12-4 in QF 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

2012 TITLE LEADERS – Ferrer led the ATP World Tour with seven titles last season:
         No.
David Ferrer   7
Novak Djokovic   6 
Roger Federer   6
Juan Martin del Potro  4
Juan Monaco  4
Rafael Nadal  4 
Andy Murray   3

Lacko FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F Zagreb (l. Youzhny)
YTD W-L: 13-21 (4-1 this year)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 3, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 50 (year-end), 48 (this week)

• Lacko, 25, making his Auckland debut this week, knocked off Italian Paolo Lorenzi 63 63 in 1R and No. 8 seed Thomaz Bellucci 63 75 in 2R
• Last week opened 2013 by reaching QF at Doha (d. Garcia-Lopez, Troicki, l. to Gasquet)
• Career QF or better six times or better on ATP World Tour (1-5 record coming in); best result runner-up last year in Zagreb (l. to Youzhny)
• The No.2 Slovak (behind No. 30 Klizan) finished a year-end best No. 50 highlighted by first ATP World Tour final in Zagreb (l. to Youzhny) and is a career-high No. 48 this week
• Played well in Grand Slam tournaments with career-best 3R at Australian Open (d. Ljubicic in five sets, Young, I. to Nadal) as a qualifier and Wimbledon (d. Melzer in five sets, I. to Tsonga).
• Closed season by winning Helsinki Challenger(d. Nieminen) and breaking career-high Top 50 afterwards
• Compiled records of 10-14 on hard, 3-3 on grass and 0-4 on clay. Earned a career-high $406,162
• Career 0-11 vs. Top 10 (0-6 last year, 0-1 in 2013, l. to No. 10 Gasquet in Doha QF last week)

(4) Tommy Haas (GER) vs (WC) Gael Monfils (FRA) Tied 1-1
06 ATP Masters 1000 Rome  Clay R64 Gael Monfils 6-2 3-6 6-4
08 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard R32 Tommy Haas 5-1 ret

Haas FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Halle (d Federer); F (2): Hamburg (l Monaco); Washington (l Dolgopolov); SF: Munich (l Cilic); QF(3): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (l Djokovic); ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (l Djokovic); Vienna (l Zemlja)
YTD W-L: 31-16 (1-0 this year)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 13
Date of Birth: April 3, 1978
Emirates ATP Ranking: 21 (year-end, this week)

• Haas, 34, the oldest player in the draw, needed just 56 minutes to defeat qualifier Igor Sijsling 63 64 in his ATP World Tour season debut. Playing here for the first time since 2000 (6-2 record). In his 1999 debut at age 20, was runner-up to Dutchman Sjeng Schalken
• Last year QF or better seven times on ATP World Tour and 4-3 in QF matches
• Last season named ATP Comeback Player of the Year and the No. 2 German finished as oldest player in Top 50 with biggest jump into Top 25 (184 spots)
• Won his 13th career title in Halle (d. Federer) in first final since ‘09. Oldest ATP winner since Fabrice Santoro (35) in  ’08 Newport
• Had a 13-3 record in Germany, including Halle title, Hamburg final and Munich SF
• Streak of eight straight finals won (since loss to Agassi in ’02 Rome) ended in Hamburg (l. to Monaco). Then lost first U.S. final in career (8-1) in Washington (l. to Dolgopolov) in  August
• Compiled records of 16-11 on hard, 10-4 on clay and 5-1 on grass. Went 3-3 vs. Top 10 opponents
• Has nine Top 25 finishes and enters quarter-finals with 501 career match wins, just fourth active player to reach that milestone (Federer-878, Nadal-583, Hewitt-568)

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 (4-1 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 second QF of the season with 64 62 win over Australian qualifier Greg Jones, career 2-1 in Auckland , 1R 2007 (l. to Martin)
• Last week he opened the season with a quarter-final showing in Doha (l. to Brands)
• Last year QF or better four times on ATP World Tour and 3-1 in QF matches
• 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)

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