SONY OPEN TENNIS 2013
Thirteen Of Top 16 Seeds Compete In Fourth Round Action
by Greg Sharko|
TUESDAY PREVIEW – TOURNAMENT RECORD 13 OF TOP 16 SEEDS IN FOURTH ROUND
• The entire Round of 16 takes the courts on Tuesday at the Sony Open Tennis, as a tournament record 13 of the Top 16 seeds have advanced to the fourth round. Seven of the seeds left are among the Top 10 Emirates ATP Rankings, led by World No. 1 and three-time champion Novak Djokovic.
• The first match of the day is a fifth-time meeting and second this year between No. 3 seed David Ferrer and No. 13 seed Kei Nishikori (series tied 2-2). Ferrer, who is playing here for the 11th consecutive year, advanced to the fourth round for the eighth time overall with a 61 75 win over Italian Fabio Fognini on Sunday. He has a career tournament record of 22-10, advancing to the semi-finals in 2005-06 and the quarter-finals the past two years. The 30-year-old Spaniard is bidding win his third title in 2013 after capturing titles in Auckland and Buenos Aires. The 23-year-old Nishikori is the youngest player left in the draw and is playing in the fourth round here for the second year in a row (l. to Nadal). He is looking to reach the quarter-finals of a ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event for the second time. He was a semi-finalist in Shanghai in 2011 (d. Tsonga in 2R, l. to Murray).
• In the third match on Stadium, World No. 3 Andy Murray moved a step closer to overtaking Roger Federer for the No. 2 spot has he defeated No. 29 seed Grigor Dimitrov 76(3) 63 to advance to his fourth round encounter with No. 16 seed Andreas Seppi of Italy. This is their sixth meeting (Murray leads 4-1 and has dropped only two sets). Seppi won their first meeting on grass in 2006 at Nottingham. Murray, who won the title in 2009 and finished runner-up last year (l. to Djokovic), is aiming for his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title since 2011 Shanghai (d. Ferrer). Seppi has a tournament record of 5-8 and is the first Italian to reach the fourth round here since Gianluca Pozzi in 2000 (l. to Kuerten).Prior to this year’s run, his best result was reaching the second round three times.
• In the last match of the day session No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is tied 1-1 with No. 9 seed Marin Cilic. Tsonga is playing here for sixth time (13-5) and is looking to reach the quarter-finals for the fourth time. He has a career ATP World Tour Masters record of 66-39 with one title at 2008 Paris. The 24-year-old Cilic won his 19th match in a row vs. Americans with his 63 76(3) third round win over John Isner on Monday night. He is looking to reach the quarter-finals of an ATP World Tour Masters Series 1000 event for the sixth time (he is 0-5 in QF matches).
• In the last match of the evening session, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic looks to extend his Miami win streak to 15 as he faces No. 15 seed Tommy Haas for the seventh time. Djokovic leads 4-2 with three wins coming on hard courts, while Haas has won two on grass. Djokovic has fallen in the second round here three times before (2006, ’08, ‘10) but every time he has gotten past that round, he makes it all the way to the final (winning the title in 2007, finishing runner-up in 2009, and winning titles back-to-back in 2011-12). Haas is playing his first No. 1 opponent since the third round of the ‘09 Australian Open (l. to Nadal). He has an 1-13 career record vs. No. 1 foes and his lone win came over 13 years-ago in the quarter-finals of the 1999 Grand Slam Cup (d. Agassi 60 67 64).
• There are four other matches on Grandstand with Albert Ramos (vs. Jurgen Melzer in an unseeded battle), No. 8 seed Richard Gasquet (vs. No. 10 Nicolas Almagro), No. 4 seed Tomas .Berdych (vs. No. 17 Sam Querrey), and No. 7 seed Janko Tipsarevic (vs. No. 11 Gilles Simon).
• SEEDS REMAINING – There are 14 seeds overall (of 32) left in the fourth round, including 13 of the Top 16. The three Top 16 seeds that are out are Argentines No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro, No. 12 Juan Monaco and Canadian No. 14 Milos Raonic.
• COUNTRY COUNT – There are 11 countries remaining in the fourth round, led by France (3), Spain (3), and Serbia (2), Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy and the United States each have one.
• CAREER ATP MASTERS 1000 MATCH WINS LEADERS (Active Players): Five of the Top 10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 career match Wins Leaders among active players have advanced to the 4R:
1) Roger Federer 272-79
2) Rafael Nadal 235-47
3) Novak Djokovic 178-47
4) Tommy Haas 128-93
Andy Murray 128-53
6) Lleyton Hewitt 125-66
David Ferrer 125-81
8) Tomas Berdych 116-71
9) David Nalbandian 113-69
10) Tommy Robredo 111-81.