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Djokovic vs. Tsonga, Murray vs. del Potro Compete In Friday's QFs

Indian Wells, U.S.A.

Djokovic© AFP/Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic has a 9-5 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

FRIDAY PREVIEW – TOP EIGHT FOURSOME DJOKOVIC-TSONGA, MURRAY-DELPOTRO EYE SEMIS

• For the first time in tournament history (since 1976) seven of the top eight players in the Emirates ATP Rankings have reached the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open. Five of the quarter-finalists have captured at least one Grand Slam title. In fact, the last 32 Grand Slam titles have been won by the five (since ‘05 Roland Garros).

• The top half of the quarter-finals on Friday will be played as World No. 1 Novak Djokovic brings a 9-5 career advantage over No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. In the next match, World No. 3 Andy Murray takes a 5-1 career record against World No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro.

• In the opening match, Djokovic brings a 21-match winning streak against No. 8 seed Tsonga. The Serb leads the Frenchman 9-5 in their head-to-head and has won the last seven, dropping just two sets. This is the second-longest winning streak in Djokovic’s career (won 43 in a row in 2010-11). The last time he lost was 134 days ago (Oct. 31, 2012 l. to Querrey at ATP Masters 1000 Paris). Djokovic is appearing in 42nd career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final, 32-9 (7-1 last year) in quarter-final matches. Has career record of 89-64 (5-0 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents and has won 13 straight since his last loss to No. 3 Murray in the final at the US Open last year. Tsonga is playing in his 14th career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final, 3-10 (0-5 last year) in quarter-final matches. His last win was in 2011 in Montreal (d. Almagro). He has a career record of 11-38 (0-1 in 2013) vs Top 5 opponents. He has lost his last 10 vs.  Top 5 since beating No. 2 Nadal in November 2011 at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. Tsonga is 2-6 in his career (lost last four) vs. No. 1s (d. Federer at 2009 Masters 1000 Montreal QF and d. Nadal at 2011 London / Queen's Club QF).

• In the next match, No. 3 seed Murray takes on No. 7 seed del Potro for the first time since his win in 2009 at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Both players come into today’s match evenly matched in the year-to-date MatchFacts. Both players are serving at 66% on the year, winning 76% of 1st serve points and both have saved 43 break points, but Murray has converted 53 break points to 34 for del Potro. Murray is appearing in his 30th career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final, 19-10 (2-1 last year) in quarter-finals and has career record of 62-49 (1-1 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents. del Potro is playing in 11th  career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final, 5-5 (2-1 last year) in such matches. Has a career record of 28-52 (0-1 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents, career 16-40 (0-1 in 2013) vs Top 5. The Tandil native along with Tomas Berdych has dropped the fewest games (17) coming into the quarter-finals.

SEVEN OF TOP 10 IN QUARTER-FINALS…For the first time  here since 2009

No. 1 Novak Djokovic – vs. Tsonga in QF
No. 2 Roger Federer – lost to Nadal in QF
No. 3 Andy Murray – vs. del Potro in QF
No. 4 David Ferrer – lost to Anderson in 2R
No. 5 Rafael Nadal – vs. Berdych in SF
No. 6 Tomas Berdych – vs. Nadal in SF
No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro – vs. Murray in QF
No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – vs. Djokovic in QF
No. 9. Janko Tipsarevic – lost to Gulbis in 2R
No. 10 Richard Gasquet – lost to Berdych in 4R 

• In doubles, the unseeded pairing of Treat Huey of the Philippines and Jerzy Janowicz of Poland face Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil for a spot in the final.  Huey and Janowicz are playing here for the first time and are partnering for the first time. The 27-year-old left-handed Huey won his first and only career doubles title last year at Washington (w/Inglot) and has been a finalist four times, including three times last year. The 24-year-old Janowicz is looking to reach his career doubles final. Peya and Soares are partnering for the 12 time, with a career record of 31-8. They have captured four doubles titles together,  three last year in Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Valencia and one this year at Sao Paulo, The 32-year-old Peya has six doubles titles in 14 finals. The 31-year-old Soares has 12 doubles titles in 19 finals.

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