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Djokovic, DelPo Lead Friday's Miami Action

Miami, U.S.A.

Djokovic© Getty ImagesWorld No. 1 Novak Djokovic opens his Miami campaign on Thursday.

• The seeds on the top half of the draw make their first appearance of the tournament Friday as the second round begins at the Sony Open Tennis with 16 matches on tap, highlighted by World No. 1 Novak Djokovic beginning his bid for a third straight title here and fourth overall.

• The first men’s match on Stadium is a first-time meeting between No. 3 seed David Ferrer and qualifier Dmitry Tursunov. Ferrer comes in with a 21-4 record on the year (most wins on ATP World Tour), but  he lost in his opening round at Indian Wells (l. to Anderson). He is one of four multiple winners on the ATP World Tour this year, along with No. 4 Rafael Nadal (3), Djokovic (2) and No. 10 Richard Gasquet (2). He has a career tournament record of 21-10, advancing to the semi-finals in 2005-06. He also has reached the quarter-finals the past two years. Tursunov comes in having successfully qualified for his second ATP Masters 1000 event of the year. He qualified at Indian Wells and lost in the first round to Petzschner. Playing here for the sixth time (8-5 mark), first since 2009 and his best result was the fourth round twice –2006 (l. to Federer) and ‘08 (d. No. 8 Gasquet in 2R, l. to Berdych).

• Next up World No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro takes on Tobias Kamke of Germany for the first time. The No. 5 seed del Potro comes in with a 16-4 mark on the year, highlighted by reaching the final last week at Indian Wells (l. to Nadal) and ending the 22 match-winning streak of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. The Tandil native is playing here for the sixth time (13-5) and his best result was the semi-finals in 2009 (l. to Murray). Kamke comes in with a 4-6 mark this year. He qualified for two events this year at Doha (l. to Ferrer in 2R) and Rotterdam (l. to Benneteau in 1R). He is playing here for the third time (1-2) and is looking to reach the third round of an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first-time in his career (1-5 record).

• The first match of the night session is also a first-time meeting between top seed Novak Djokovic and Lukas Rosol. World No. 1 and reigning two-time champion Djokovic is one of three former winners in the field and he is playing here for the eighth straight year (24-4 record). He has lost in the second round here three-times – ‘06 (l. to Coria), ‘08 (l. to Anderson) and ‘10 (l. to Rochus). Rosol advanced to the second round with 14 aces, saving all seven break points he faced in his 75 64 win over Gilles Muller on Wednesday. He has a career 2-4 record vs Top 10 opponents and his last win came in the second round at Wimbledon d. No. 2 Rafael Nadal in five sets.

• On Grandstand, there are three matches, with wild card James Blake (vs. No. 24 Julien Benneteau), former No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko (vs. No. 19 Alexandr Dolgopolov) and former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt (vs. No. 11 Gilles Simon).

• BRYANS IN ACTION – Top seeds and World No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan, who are coming off their ATP World Tour-best fourth title of the season last week in Indian Wells, take on Max Mirnyi and Mikhail Youzhny in the last match on Court 1. Mirnyi and Youzhny are playing together for the first time since Moscow in October 2005 (won title). The Bryans, playing here for the 15th straight year, won the Sony Open title in 2007-08. They also were finalists in 2006.



(3) David Ferrer (ESP) vs (Q) Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)  First Meeting


Tournament Highlights:
• The 30-year-old is making his 11th year in a row and he enters with a 21-10 match record. His best result was the semi-finals in 2005 (l. to Nadal) and ’06 (l. to Federer)
• Last two years advanced to the quarter-finals, losing to No. 15 Fish in 2011 and No. 1/eventual champ Djokovic last year
• Five of his 10 losses have come to Top 10 opponents (in last seven years)
• The highest-ranked Spaniard in the field  and one of nine from his country playing here

2013 Highlights:
W(2): Auckland (d Kohlschreiber); Buenos Aires (d Wawrinka); F: Acapulco (l Nadal); SF(2): Doha (l Davydenko); Australian Open (l Djokovic)

2013 in Review:
• The No. 2 Spaniard (behind Nadal) comes in with a 21-4 record on the year (most wins on ATP World Tour). He lost in 2R at Indian Wells (after bye, l. to Anderson). One of four multiple winners on the ATP World Tour this year, along with Nadal (3), Djokovic (2) and Gasquet (2)
• Reached his 36th ATP World Tour final in Acapulco, as three-time reigning champion, lost to Nadal 60 62.. Dropped to 20-16 in title matches
• Successfully defended his Buenos Aires title (d. Wawrinka in three sets) and in turn, lifted his 20th ATP World Tour trophy. It was his 10th clay-court crown, moving into a third place tie with Davydenko and Federer among active players for the most titles on the surface
• At the Australian Open recorded his 500th match win over Almagro in QFs. Reached his second Australian Open SF (also 2011), losing to Djokovic in three sets. Had been attempting to become the fifth Spaniard to reach the final in tournament history
• Tied Roy Emerson’s record of four Auckland titles (d. Kohlschreiber in straight sets final) after third straight triumph. Marked the second time Ferrer had won a tournament in three successive seasons, adding to his current run in Acapulco (2010-2012)
• One of 14 Spaniards currently ranked inside Top 100, seven of which are in top 50 (No. 4 Rafael Nadal, No. 5 David Ferrer, No. 12 Nicolas Almagro, No. 28 Fernando Verdasco, No. 34 Feliciano Lopez, No. 35 Marcel Granollers and No. 48 Daniel Gimeno-Traver)

2013 MATCH WINS LEADERS --- Ferrer is No. 1 in match wins on the ATP World Tour this season:
                                        W-L        Titles
1) David Ferrer               21-4          2
2) Tomas Berdych          18-5           0
3) Novak Djokovic           17-1           2
    Rafael Nadal               17-1           3
    Richard Gasquet         17-4           2


Tournament Highlights:
• The 30-year-old Russian qualified into the main draw and defeated American Tim Smyczek 76 75 in the first round on Wednesday to improve his career record to 7-5 here. Last main draw appearance in ’09
• His best results are fourth round in 2006 (l. to No. 1 Federer) and ’08 (l. to No. 10 Berdych)

2013 Highlights:
SF: Marseille (l Berdych); QF: Dubai (l Berdych)

2013 in Review:
• The Moscow native successfully qualified for his second straight ATP Masters 1000 tournament. Last time out at Indian Wells lost in 1R to Petzschner
• As a qualifier reached his first ATP World Tour SF in Marseille (l. to Berdych) in February since winning his seventh career title in June of 2011 at ‘s-Hertogenbosch
• Reached QF at Dubai and lost to Berdych for the second week in the row
• Has 10-33 career mark (1-2 in 2013) vs Top 10 and last win over No. 9 Tipsarevic at Marseille in the 2R


Tournament Highlights:
• The 26-year-old German won his first main draw match (1-2) here on Wednesday, defeating Slovenian Blaz Kavcic 76 63
• Last year qualified and lost in the first round to Croat Ivan Dodig in a third set tie-break. Made debut in 2011 and lost to Turkish No. 1 Marsel Ilhan 62 61

2013 in Review:
• The Hamburg resident qualified int Doha (l. to Ferrer in 2R) in opening week of season and Rotterdam (l. to Benneteau in 1R) last month. He failed to qualify at Indian Wells (l. to Dancevic in 1R)
• Reached 2R at Dubai (d. Kukushkin, l. to No. 6 Berdych)
• At Australian Open 2R retired due to right shoulder injury at the end of the second set versus Wawrinka
• One of six Germans in Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings (No. 18 Tommy Haas, No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber, No. 26 Florian Mayer, No. 68 Daniel Brands, No. 85 Benjamin Becker, No. 89 Kamke)
• Has 1-8 career (0-2 in 2013) record vs Top 10 opponents and has lost seven straight with only win over No. 6 Berdych at Basel in 2010


Tournament Highlights:
• The 24-year-old Argentine is making his sixth Sony Open appearance (13-5 record) and last year lost in fourth round to No. 5 David Ferrer 63 63
• His best result was the semi-finals three years ago (came in No. 7) and posted wins over Spaniards No. 12 Ferrer (4R) and No. 1 Nadal (QF) in third set tie-break before losing to No. 4 Murray in three sets
• Also advanced to fourth round in ’07 debut (l. to No. 2 Nadal) and two years ago (l. to Fish)
• Three Argentines have reached the final in tournament history – Alberto Mancini in 1992 (l. to Chang), Guillermo Coria in 2004 (ret. vs. Roddick) and Guillermo Canas in 2007 as a qualifier (l. to Djokovic)

2013 Highlights:
W: Rotterdam (d Benneteau); F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); SF: Dubai (l Djokovic); QF: Marseille (l Simon)

2013 in Review:
• The Tandil native enters with a 16-4 match record on the season and last week became the second Argentine to reach the finals at Indian Wells. Guillermo Vilas was runner-up in 1977 in Palm Springs (l. to Brian Gottfried).  He beat No. 3 Murray (QF) and No. 1 Djokovic, both from a set down before falling to No. 5 Nadal 46 63 64 (led 3-1 in second), dropping to 18-41 vs Top 10 opponents
• 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)
• Lost to Chardy in five sets at Australian Open in third round
• The top ranked Argentinian is one of six players from his country ranked in Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings (No. 7 del Porto, No. 14 Juan Monaco, No. 39 Horacio Zeballos, No. 63 Leonardo Mayer, No. 69 Carlos Berlocq and No. 84 Martin Alund)

(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs (Q) Lukas Rosol (CZE)    First Meeting


Tournament Highlights:
• The 25-year-old two-time reigning champ enters with a 12-match winning streak here, a 24-4 career mark and last year did not drop a set. Posted wins over Marcos Baghdatis 64 64, countryman Viktor Troicki 63 64, 75 63 over No. 17 Richard Gasquet , 62 76(1) over No. 5 Ferrer, 60 76(5) over No. 21 Juan Monaco and 61 76 over No. 4 Murray in the final
• One of three players with at least three titles here – Agassi (6) and Sampras (3)
• Two years ago came in No. 2 and defeated  No. 1 Nadal 46 63 76(4) in the title match
• He won the title in 2007 (d. No. 2 Nadal in QF, Murray in SF, d. Canas in F) and was runner-up in ’09 (l. to Murray)

2013 Highlights:
W: Australian Open (d Murray); Dubai (d Berdych); SF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Del Potro)

2013 in Review:                          
• The World No. 1 comes in with a 17-1 and had his 22-match winning streak snapped by del Potro 46 64 64 in the SF at Indian Wells last Saturday. It was his first loss since October 31, 2012 to Sam Querrey in 2R at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris
• Prior to Indian Wells, did not drop a set en route to his fourth Dubai title (d. Berdych)
• One of four multiple winners on the ATP World Tour this year, along with No. 4 Nadal (3), No. 4 Ferrer (2) and No. 10 Gasquet (2)
• 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

WEEKS AT NO. 1 LEADERS – This is the 73rd week Djokovic is No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He surpassed Stefan Edberg, who had 72. Here are the players with the most weeks at No. 1:
1) Roger Federer 302
2) Pete Sampras           286
3) Ivan Lendl                 270
4) Jimmy Connors         268
5) John McEnroe           170
6) Bjorn Borg                 109
7) Rafael Nadal             102
8) Andre Agassi             101
9) Lleyton Hewitt   82
10) Novak Djokovic   73          


Tournament Highlights:
• The Prerov resident opened on Wednesday with a 75 64 win over Gilles Muller, hitting 14 aces and saving all seven break points he faced. Has a 3-1 career record here
• Last year made his main draw debut and reached the third round with wins over Llodra and Granollers (l. to No. 16 Nishikori)
• The last Czech Republic player to reach the final here was Tomas Berdych in 2010 (l. to Roddick)

2013 Highlights:
QF: Zagreb (l Melzer)

2013 in Review:
• The 27-year-old Czech Republic native comes in with a 6-7 record and his best result was QF in Zagreb (l. to Melzer), and three 2Rs –  Doha (l. to Lorenzi), Australian Open (l. to Raonic) and Dubai (l. to Seppi). Lost in 1R at Indian Wells (l. to Hewitt)
• Helped Czech Republic beat Switzerland 3-2 in Davis Cup 1R, winning doubles rubber. Partnering w/Berdych, 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 terms of duration). The previous longest was the fifth rubber of the 1982 World Group QF between McEnroe (USA) and Wilander (SWE), which lasted 6 hours, 22 minutes
• Has career record of  2-4 (0-0 this year) vs Top 10 opponents and last win came in 2R at Wimbledon, defeating No. 2 Rafael Nadal in five sets


(WC) James Blake (USA) vs (24) Julien Benneteau (FRA) Benneteau Leads 2-1
07 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Julien Benneteau 6-2 7-6(1)
09 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R64 James Blake 6-4 6-4
10 Eastbourne (Great Britain) Grass R32 Julien Benneteau 7-6(3) 7-5

(19) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) Davydenko Leads 2-0
11 Barcelona (Spain) Clay R64 Nikolay Davydenko 6-4 7-6(6)
12 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Nikolay Davydenko 6-1 6-1

(11) Gilles Simon (FRA) vs (WC) Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)  Simon Leads 2-0
07 Marseille (France) Hard R16 Gilles Simon 6-1 3-2
09 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Gilles Simon 6-1 6-2

Court 1

Igor Sijsling (NED) vs (15) Tommy Haas (GER)   Haas Leads 2-0
13 Auckland (New Zealand) Hard R16 Tommy Haas 6-3 6-4
13 Delray Beach (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Tommy Haas 5-7 6-4 ret

Court 2

(12) Juan Monaco (ARG) vs Albert Ramos (ESP)  Ramos Leads 1-0
12 Acapulco (Mexico) Clay R32 Albert Ramos 7-6(2)   5-3   ret

(Q) Dudi Sela (ISR) vs (7) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)  Tipsarevic Leads 2-0
06 ISR v. SCG EAGI 1st RD (Israel) Hard RR Janko Tipsarevic 7-6(3) 2-6 6-0 6-4
09 Chennai (India) Hard R16 Janko Tipsarevic 7-6(3) 6-4

Somdev Devvarman (IND) vs (30) Feliciano Lopez (ESP) First Meeting

Court 3

Michael Llodra (FRA) vs (32) Fabio Fognini (ITA)  Fognini Leads 2-1
10 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay R64 Michael Llodra 6-3 6-3
12 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R64 Fabio Fognini 7-5 6-3
12 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R128 Fabio Fognini 3-6 6-3 6-4 7-5

(26) Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Horacio Zeballos (ARG)  Anderson Leads 1-0
12 Roland Garros (France) Clay R64 Kevin Anderson 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-0

Court 6

Victor Hanescu (ROU) vs (13) Kei Nishikori (JPN)  Nishikori Leads 2-0
12 Buenos Aires (Argentina) Clay R16 Kei Nishikori 3-6 7-5 6-1
13 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R128 Kei Nishikori 6-7(5) 6-3 6-1 6-3

Court 7

(22) Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs Xavier Malisse (BEL)  Tied 1-1
10 Delray Beach (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Jeremy Chardy 6-3 7-6(5)
12 Washington (USA) Hard R16 Xavier Malisse 6-3 6-2

(31) Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT)  Melzer Leads 1-0
11 Barcelona (Spain) Clay R32 Jurgen Melzer 6-1 6-3

Court 8

Grega Zemlja (SLO) vs (23) Florian Mayer (GER)  First Meeting

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