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Djokovic, Ferrer Lead Sunday's Miami Action

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Ferrer© Getty ImagesFerrer is seeking a sixth straight win over Fognini

SUNDAY PREVIEW – DJOKOVIC, FERRER, BLAKE HEADLINE STADIUM SCHEDULE

• The third round begins on Sunday at the Sony Open Tennis as the top half of the draw looks to advance to the Round of 16.

• The first match on Stadium features No. 3 seed David Ferrer and Fabio Fognini meeting for the third time this year and sixth overall (Ferrer leads 5-0). Ferrer advanced to the third round when qualifier Dmitry Tursunov withdrew prior to their match with acute gastroenteritis. Ferrer comes in with a 21-4 record on the year (most wins on ATP World Tour). 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 and has reached the fourth round seven times overall. Fognini has a career ATP World Tour Masters record of 18-31 and he is playing in the third round for the third time, previously at 2009 Monte-Carlo (l. to Murray) and 2007 Montreal (l. to Federer), both times as a qualifier.

• The fourth match on Stadium is a first-time meeting between World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Somdev Devvarman of India. Devvarman, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 62 in June of 2011, comes in ranked No. 254. He has a protected ranking of  No. 85 after missing nearly seven months last season due to a shoulder injury. The last time Djokovic lost to player ranked outside the Top 100 was in 2010 at Belgrade (l. to No. 319 Filip Krajinovic, 46 ret.) in the quarter-finals. The two-time reigning champion has won 13 matches in a row here since losing to Olivier Rochus in the second round (after bye) in 2010.The three-time champion has never lost in the third round here (4-0), as every time he has passed the second round he has made it all the way to the final. Devvarman, an All-American at the University of Virginia, is looking to win three consecutive matches for the first time since reaching the fourth round at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells in 2011 (l. to Nadal). He is also looking for his first career win over a Top 10 opponent (0-7), 0-2 vs No. 1s.

• In the last match of the evening session Spain’s Albert Ramos looks to avenge his previous  loss to  American wild card James Blake, who won in Winston-Salem in straight sets last August. The 25-year-old Ramos is playing in his 11th ATP Masters 1000 event (9-10 record) and has never advanced past the third round. Last year reached third round at Indian Wells (l. to Andujar) and Miami (l. to Gasquet. The former world No. 4 Blake is playing here for the 12th consecutive year (17-11 mark) and he is a two-time quarter-finalist (2006 l. to Nadal and 2008 l. to Federer). He is looking to win three consecutive matches for the first time since reaching the SF at Stockholm (l. to Nieminen, d. O. Rochus in 1R, d. del Potro in 2R, Nalbandian in QF) in October 2011.

• On Grandstand, there are three matches; with No. 12 seed Kei Nishikori (vs. Xavier Malisse), No. 15 seed Tommy Haas (vs. No. 19 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov) and No. 7 seed Janko Tipsarevic (vs. No. 26 seed Kevin Anderson).

• SEEDS REMAINING – There are 21 seeds (of 32) left in the third round, including 14 of the Top 16. The highest seeds out are Argentines No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro and No. 12 Juan Monaco.

• COUNTRY COUNT – There are 21 countries remaining in the third round, led by France (3), Spain (3) and United States (3). There are two players from: Belgium, Germany, Italy and Serbia.  

SUNDAY THIRD ROUND FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play by Court

Stadium

(3) David Ferrer (ESP) vs (32) Fabio Fognini (ITA)    Ferrer Leads 5-0

 

FERRER FASTFACTS

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 three remaining (from nine started tournament)

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. He 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:

FOGNINI FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

  • The 25-year-old Italian was winless in two previous appearances in 2010 (l. to Lu) and ’11 (l. to Stepanek) before posting an opening round 64 61 win over Michael Llodra (after a bye)

2013 Highlights:

SF: Acapulco (l Ferrer); QF: Buenos Aires (l Ferrer)

2013 in Review:

  • The No. 2 Italian (behind No. 19 Seppi) reached his ninth career ATP World Tour SF in Acapulco (l. to Ferrer) earlier this month
  • Helped Italy reach Davis Cup World Group QFs for first time in 15 years with a four-set victory over Croat Ivan Dodig in fifth match. Also partnered Bolelli to doubles match win
  • In first Grand Slam at Australian Open, reached doubles SFs (l. to Bryans in three sets). They won their second ATP World Tour doubles title in Buenos Aires (d. Monroe-Stadler) last month
  • Has a 1-20 career (0-3) record vs Top 10 opponents, losing 11 in a row since lone win over No. 9 Fernando Verdasco at 2010 Wimbledon in 1R

ITALIANS IN TOP 100 – There are four Italians in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings:

No. 19 Andreas Seppi

No. 36 Fabio Fognini

No. 59 Paolo Lorenzi

No. 76 Simone Bolellli

(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Somdev Devvarman (IND)   First Meeting

DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

  • The 25-year-old two-time reigning champ enters with a 13-match winning streak here, a 25-4 career mark and last year did not drop a set. Opened Friday night with a 61 60 win over Lukas Rosol (53 min.)
  • Last season 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 an 18-1 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.

DEVVARMAN FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

  • The 28-year-old Indian is appearing in the third round for the second time in three years (4-1 record) after posting wins over Russian Evgeny Donskoy 46 76(5) 62 and lucky loser Edouard Roger-Vasselin 46 64 75. Rallied from 2-5 TB deficit in 1R, saving nine of 11 break pts. and saved seven of nine in 2R
  • In last appearance two years ago, defeated Potito Starace and Milos Raonic, both in straight sets, before losing to No. 6 David Ferrer 64 62

2013 in Review:

  • Looking to win three consecutive matches for the first time since reaching the 4R at 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Nadal, d. Mannarino 1R, d. Baghdatis 2R, Malisse 3R) as a qualifier
  • Prior reaching 3R here best result was reaching the 2R five-times – Chennai (l. to Berdych), Australian Open (l. to Janowicz), Zagreb (l. to Melzer), Marseille (l. to Tomic) and Dubai (l. to del Potro)
  • Career 0-7 (0-2) vs Top 10 opponents; 0-2 vs No. 1-  ost to No. 1 Nadal at 2011 Indian Wells, lost to No. 1 Roger Federer at 2011 Dubai
  • Missed nearly seven months of last year due to a shoulder injury, returning for London Olympics on July 30. Lost to Nieminen in 1R; went 0-3 on ATP World Tour; with best result reaching QF at Challenger in Charlottesville, where he attended Univ. of Virginia (l. to Kudla)
  • Attended the University of Virginia from 2005-2008 and captured NCAA singles title in back-to-back seasons in 2007 (d. Georgia's John Isner) and 2008 (d. Tennessee's J.P. Smith) and All-American honors both times

Albert Ramos (ESP) vs (WC) James Blake (USA)    Blake Leads 1-0

RAMOS FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

  • The 25-year-old Spaniard comes into the third round for the second year in  a row with a 4-1 record after defeating qualifier Jan Hajek 63 61 and No. 12 seed/last year’s semi-finalist Juan Monaco 62 46 63, his second Top 15 win here in as many years
  • Last year advanced to the third round with wins over Simone Bolelli and No. 15 Feliciano Lopez before losing to No. 17-ranked Richard Gasquet 62 57 63

 

2013 Highlights:

QF(2): Vina del Mar (l Zeballos); Buenos Aires (l Wawrinka)

2013 in Review:

  • The left-hander enters with a 9-8 match record and reached two ATP World Tour QFs on clay in Vina del Mar (l. to eventual champion Zeballos) and Buenos Aires (l. to Wawrinka)
  • In last tournament reached 2R at Indian Wells (l. to Cilic) 
  • Went 1-1 in Spain’s 2-3 1R loss to Canada in Davis Cup, lost to Raonic in 4-sets in first rubber, d. Dancevic in dead rubber
  • One of 14 Spaniards ranked in the Top 100 (No. 4 Nadal, No. 5 Ferrer, No. 12 Almagro, No. 28 Verdasco, No. 34 Lopez, No. 35 Granollers, No. 48 Gimeno-Traver, No. 52 Bautista Agut, No. 58 Andujar, No. 61 Ramos, No. 70 Robredo, No. 87 Montanes, No. 93 Garcia-Lopez, and No. 100 Ramirez Hidalgo)

BLAKE FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

  • The former World No. 4 is playing here for the 12th consecutive year (17-11 record) and is a two-time quarter-finalist: (2006, l. to Nadal and 2008 l. to Federer)
  • En route to third round for first time in two years, posted wins over American wild card Ryan Harrison 62 62 and No. 24 seed Julien Benneteau 62 63
  • The second-oldest player remaining in the field at 33 (behind Haas, 34)

2013 in Review:

  • The 33-year-old American is playing in his fourth ATP World Tour tournament of the year (4-3 record). At ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells reached 2R (l. to Tsonga). He lost in 1R at Delray Beach (l. to eventual champion Gulbis), made ATP World Tour season debut at Memphis lost in 2R (d. No. 29 F. Mayer, l. to Sock). Failed to qualify for Australian Open (l. to Young in Q2). Last month advanced to semi-finals at Dallas Challenger (l. to Ginepri)
  • Comes in ranked No. 95 after finishing last season at No. 129
  • In doubles, partnered with 20-year-old American Jack Sock to reach Memphis final (l. to Bryans) and following week in Delray Beach, the pair reunited to win their first ATP World Tour title (d. Mirnyi-Tecau). Has a 7-3 career record in ATP World Tour doubles finals
30 YEAR-OLDS IN MIAMI – Blake was one of a tournament 22 players 30-over in the draw. He is one of seven 30-over remaining in the third round.

Grandstand

Xavier Malisse (BEL) vs (13) Kei Nishikori (JPN)       First Meeting

Malisse FastFacts:

2013 Highlights:

QF(2): Auckland (l Kohlschreiber); San Jose (l Isner)

YTD W-L: 8-6 (8-6 on hard)

YTD Titles: 0

Career Titles: 3

Date of Birth: July 19, 1980

Emirates ATP Ranking: 53
Miami W-L (Best Result-Year): 10-11 (3R-2004, ’08, ’13)

Nishikori FastFacts:

2013 Highlights:

W: Memphis (d Lopez); SF: Brisbane (l Murray)

YTD W-L: 13-4 (13-4 on hard)

YTD Titles: 1

Career Titles: 3

Date of Birth: December 29, 1989

Emirates ATP Ranking: 15
Miami W-L (Best Result-Year): 4-3 (4R-2012)

(19) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs (15) Tommy Haas (GER)    Dolgopolov Leads 1-0

Dolgopolov FastFacts:

2013 Highlights:

QF(2) : Brisbane (l Nishikori); Memphis (l Matosevic)

YTD W-L: 6-5 (6-5 on hard)

YTD Titles: 0

Career Titles: 2

Date of Birth: November 7, 1988

Emirates ATP Ranking: 22
Miami W-L (Best Result-Year): 4-2 (4R-2011) 

Haas FastFacts:

2013 Highlights:

F: San Jose (l Raonic); SF: Delray Beach (l Gulbis); QF: Auckland (l Monfils)

YTD W-L: 11-5 (11-5 on hard)

YTD Titles: 0

Career Titles: 13

Date of Birth: April 3, 1978

Emirates ATP Ranking: 18
Miami W-L (Best Result-Year):11-11 (4R-2001)

(26) Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs (7) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)     Anderson Leads 1-0

Anderson FastFacts:

2013 Highlights:

F: Sydney (l Tomic); QF(2): Delray Beach (l Isner); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Berdych)

YTD W-L: 14-4 (14-4 on hard)

YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 2

Date of Birth: May 18, 1986

Emirates ATP Ranking: 29
Miami W-L (Best Result-Year): 9-4 (QF-2011)

Tipsarevic FastFacts:

2013 Highlights:

W: Chennai (d Bautista Agut)

YTD W-L: 8-5 (8-5 on hard)

YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 4

Date of Birth: June 22, 1984

Emirates ATP Ranking: 9
Miami W-L (Best Result-Year): 14-6 (QF-2008, ’12)

Court 1

(11) Gilles Simon (FRA) vs Grega Zemlja (SLO)    First Meeting

Simon FastFacts:

2013 Highlights:

SF: Rotterdam (l Benneteau); Marseille (l Tsonga); QF: Brisbane (l Baghdatis); Montpellier (l Paire)

YTD W-L: 14-6 (14-6 on hard)

YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 10

Date of Birth: December 27, 1984

Emirates ATP Ranking: 13

Zemlja FastFacts:

2013 Highlights:

YTD W-L: 4-7 (4-7 on hard)

YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0

Date of Birth: September 29, 1986

Emirates ATP Ranking: 62

Jurgen Melzer (AUT) vs Tobias Kamke (GER)     First Meeting

Melzer FastFacts:

2013 Highlights:

F: Zagreb (l Cilic); QF: Brisbane (l Dimitrov)

YTD W-L: 9-9 (9-6 on hard)

YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 4

Date of Birth: May 22, 1981

Emirates ATP Ranking: 42

Kamke FastFacts:

2013 Highlights:

YTD W-L: 5-6 (5-5 on hard)

YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0

Date of Birth: May 21, 1986

Emirates ATP Ranking: 89

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