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Djokovic, Nadal Seek To Reach Indian Wells Final

Indian Wells, U.S.A.

Rafa© Getty ImagesNadal has beaten Berdych 11 times in a row

SATURDAY PREVIEW – DJOKOVIC FACES DEL POTRO, NADAL EYES 12TH STRAIGHT WIN AGAINST BERDYCH

• For the first time since 2009 in Indian Wells there is an all-Top 10 semi-final and only the second time in the past 10 years at the BNP Paribas Open. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic takes on No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro and No. 5 Rafael Nadal faces No. 6 Tomas Berdych.

• First up is No. 5 Nadal, who takes a 12-3 career record against No. 6 Berdych. Nadal has beaten Berdych 11 times in a row (including last six meetings on hard courts) after the Czech Republic native won three of the first four meetings. The two-time champion (2007, ’09) Nadal is looking the reach the final here for the fourth time, also runner-up in 2011. He is appearing in his 43rd career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, 31-11 (2-1 last year) in SF matches and has 233 career ATP Masters match wins and the only active player with more is Federer at 272. Berdych comes in with the second-most match wins on the ATP World Tour this year with 18 and is looking to reach the final of three tournaments (Marseille, Dubai, here) in a row for the first time in his career. He has dropped the least amount of games, 25, coming into the semi-finals, and is trying to reach his first final here (he was a QF in 2010). He is appearing in his 11th career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, 3-7 (1-2 last year) in SF matches..

• The next match features World No. 1 Novak Djokovic against No. 7 seed Juan Martin del Potro. After losing to del Potro at the London Olympics in the bronze medal match, Djokovic has won the last four meetings, dropping only one set, to increase his head-to-head advantage to 8-2. Djokovic is trying to reach his 56th career ATP World Tour level final (36-19 mark) and his 24th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (13-10). He has the fourth-most ATP Masters 1000 titles since 1990 with 13 (Nadal and r Federer both have 21 and Andre Agassi with 17). The 24-year-old del Potro is trying to reach his 20th ATP World Tour level final (14-5 mark) and second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (runner-up in ’09 Montreal). He is trying to become the second Argentine to reach the final here in tournament history. Guillermo Vilas was runner-up in 1977 (l. to Brian Gottfried).

NADAL FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

  • The 26-year-old Mallorcan native is appearing in his eighth straight semi-final here (38-6 record). He opened with a 76 62 win over Ryan Harrison on Saturday night, received a walkover vs. Leonardo Mayer (back) on Monday. On Wednesday, beat qualifier Ernests Gulbis 46 64 75 and on Thursday defeated rival No. 2 Federer 64 62 year in a row. Has won 31 of 35 service games (89%), saving seven of 11 break pts. Has won 10 of 35 return games (29%), lowest of remaining field
  • A year ago, lost to Federer 63 64 in semi-finals.  Two years ago lost to Djokovic in final 46 63 62
  • Last year won doubles title for second time in three years (w/Lopez), defeating Isner-Querrey
  • In 2009, defeated Andy Murray in the final and in ’07, he beat Djokovic in the title match. His other semi-final showings came in 2006 (l. to Blake)  and in ’08 (l. to Djokovic)

2013 Highlights:

W(2): Sao Paulo (d Nalbandian); Acapulco (d Ferrer); F: Vina del Mar (l Zeballos)

2013 in Review:

·        The Spaniard is off to a career-best 15-1 start on the season, winning 12 matches in a row. His previous best start was 15-2 in ’09. This is the first time he’s won two titles coming into IW since 2005

·        In his last tournament on March 2 won his 38th clay-court title and second in Acapulco over No. 4 Ferrer 60 62. Finished the Latin American clay court swing with a 12-1 record and improved to 52-22 in career finals (38-5 on clay)

·        Coming in here, it was 346 days since the Spaniard played his last hard court match at the Sony Open in Miami on March 28, 2012, defeating Tsonga 62 57 64 in a 2:50 battle. Withdrew from his SF match on March 30 with Murray due to tendinitis in his left knee

·        Appearing in his 43rd career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, 31-11 (2-1 last year) in SF matches. Has 233 career ATP Masters match wins and only active player with more is Federer at 272

·        Playing in his fourth SF of the year (3-0) and last year SF or better seven times on the ATP World Tour (5-2 in SF matches)

·        On his return from left knee injury, after a seven-month absence, the Spaniard reached the Vina del Mar final, lost to Zeballos in three sets, final lasted 2 hrs, 47 mins; broke a 15-match clay winning streak (dating back to May 2012, l. to Verdasco at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid). In doubles (w/Monaco) reached final (l. to Lorenzi-Starace)

·        At Sao Paulo captured title (d. Nalbandian), it was his first title since winning at Roland Garros (d. Djokovic) last year

·        Has a career record of 101-51 (2-0 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents. Has won 11 straight since last loss to No. 3 Federer here in SF last year. Also career 55-31 (2-0 in 2013) vs Top 5 opponents

ACTIVE MATCH WINS LEADERS -- Nadal is approaching his 600th ATP World Tour level match win. He is one of five active players with 500 or more match wins.

BERDYCH FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

  • The 27-year-old Czech Republic native comes in with a 15-8 match record and he’s appearing in the semi-finals for the first time. Three years ago, lost to No. 3 Nadal in the quarters
  • Has not dropped a set in wins over qualifier Mischa Zverev 62 64, No. 27 Florian Mayer 64 61, No. 10 Richard Gasquet 61 75 and Kevin Anderson 64 64. Leads the tournament in break pts. saved (85%, 22 of 26) and has won 15 of 36 return games (42%), which is No. 4
  • He is the first Czech Republic native to reach the semi-finals (or better) since Bohdan Ulihrach advanced to the final in 1997 (l. to Chang)

2013 Highlights:

F(2): Marseille (l Tsonga); Dubai (l Djokovic); QF(2): Chennai (l Bautista Agut); Australian Open (l Djokovic)

2013 in Review:

·        The top player from the Czech Republic enters with an 18-4 match record on the season and has reached the quarter-finals or better in all five tournaments played, including back-to-back finals in

Marseille (l. to Tsonga) and Dubai (d. Federer in SF, l. to Djokovic)

·        Reached seventh career Grand Slam QF at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic)

·        Helped Czech Republic beat Switzerland 3-2 in Davis Cup 1R, winning three points. Partnered with Rosol in doubles rubber, the duo overcame Chiudinelli-Wawrinka 24-22 in fifth set, match lasted 7 hours, 1 minute and is the longest Davis Cup match on record (in time)

·        Playing in third semi-final of the year (1-1) and last season SF or better eight times on ATP World Tour (4-4 in SF matches). He and Federer are the only Top 10 players without a title this season

·        Appearing in 11th career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, 3-7 (1-2 last year) in SF matches

·        Has a career record of 35-77 (2-3 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents, d. No. 2 Roger Federer in SF at Dubai and No. 10 Gasquet here on Wednesday. Also career 15-51 (1-2 in 2013) vs Top 5 opponents

2013 MATCH WINS LEADERS --- Berdych is at No. 2 in match wins on the ATP World Tour this season.

DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

·        The 25-year-old Serb comes into the semi-finals for the fifth time in seven years (except ‘09-10) with a 30-5 record and on Sunday opened with a 60 57 62 win over Italian Fabio Fognini and followed on Tuesday with a 76 61 victory over No. 31 seed Grigor Dimitrov and 60 76(6) over No. 23 Sam Querrey. On Friday, beat No. 8 Tsonga 63 61 in 54 minutes. Has held serve 36 of 40 games (90%), saving six of 10 break pts. Has broken opponents 17 of 39 games (44%), converting 17 of 38 break pts. (45%)

·        Last year lost to John Isner in a third set tie-break in the semi-finals. Won the title in 2008 (d. Fish) and in 2011 (d. Nadal) while reaching the final in 2007 (l. to Nadal) and the QFs in 2009 (l. to Roddick)

2013 Highlights:

W(2): Australian Open (d Murray); Dubai (d Berdych)

2013 in Review:  

·        The World No. 1 comes in with a 17-0 match record on the season and did not drop a set en route to his fourth Dubai title on March 2 (d. Berdych). He also extended his winning streak to 21 matches in a row since last loss on October 31, 2012 to Querrey at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris. This is the second-longest winning streak of his career (43 in 2010-11)

·        One of four two-time winners on the ATP World Tour this year, along with No. 4 David Ferrer, No. 5 Rafael Nadal and No. 10 Richard Gasquet

·        He picked up his sixth major trophy at the Australian Open (fifth in last nine Slams) after beating No. 3 Murray in four sets in the final on Jan. 27. Became first player in the Open Era to win three straight Aussie Open titles and first to accomplish the feat since Roy Emerson won five in a row from 1963-67. It was also his fourth title at Melbourne Park overall, joining Agassi and Federer as a four-time winner

·        Helped Serbia beat Belgium 3-2 in Davis Cup World Group 1R, beating Olivier Rochus in singles rubber, Serbia next plays the United States in the QF, the tie will be held in Boise, Idaho

·        Playing in third semi-final of the year (3-0) and last season SF or better 15 times on ATP World Tour (11-4 in SF matches). Has won eight straight SF matches, last loss was to del Potro at the 2012 London Olympics

·        Appearing in 33rd career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final, 23-9 (6-1 last year) in SF matches, has won 12 of his last 13 SF matches going back to 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells, loss came last year here to John Isner

·        Has career record of 90-64 (6-0 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents, has won 14 straight since last loss to No. 3 Andy Murray in the final at the US Open last year

MOST 20+ MATCH WINNING STREAKS – Djokovic is the 10th player since 1975 to win at least 20 matches in a row at least twice. Here are the players with the most 20-plus match streaks since ’75.

DEL POTRO FASTFACTS

Tournament History:

·        The top Argentine comes into the semi-finals for the second time in three years with a 15-4 career record. Has lost one set in wins over former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko 63 64, Germans Bjorn Phau 75 62 and No. 19 Tommy Haas 61 62, and No. 3 Andy Murray 67 63 61

·        His previous best result was the semi-finals two years ago (l  to No. 1 Nadal). Also QF in 2009 (l. to No. 1 Nadal) and last year (l. to No. 3 Federer)

  • He is trying to become the second Argentine to reach the final in tournament history. Guillermo Vilas was runner-up in 1977 (l. to Gottfried)  in nearby Palm Springs. The lone South American winner here is Chilean Marcelo Rios in 1998 (d. Rusedski)
  • Made his debut in 2007 and defeated No. 680-ranked Gustavo Kuerten before losing to No. 16 Richard Gasquet in the second round

·        No. 2 in service games won (93%, 38 of 41 held) and No. 3 in aces with 28 while saving eight of 11 break points (73%) Has won 17 of 41 return games (41%), converting 17 of 41 break pts. (same) 

2013 Highlights:

W: Rotterdam (d Benneteau); SF: Dubai (l Djokovic); QF: Marseille (l Simon)

2013 in Review:

·        The Tandil native enters his third semi-final of this season with a 15-3 match record. Last month in Rotterdam became first Argentine since Vilas in 1982 (d. Connors) to win title, beating Benneteau in straight sets

·        Reached SF at Dubai (l. to Djokovic), saved 3 MPs at 4-5 in third set vs. Baghdatis in Dubai 1R, winning 46 64 76(4)

·        Last season SF or better 10 times on ATP World Tour (5-5 in SF matches)

·        Appearing in seventh career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, 1-5 (0-2 last year) in SF matches, lone came in 2009 at Toronto/Canada (d. Roddick)

·        Dropped the fewest number of games en route to Australian Open 3R, losing 13 games, but then fell to Chardy in five sets

·       Has career record of 29-52 (1-1 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents, career 17-40 (1-1 in 2013) vs Top 5

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