SONY OPEN TENNIS 2013
Murray, Ferrer Lead First All-European QFs In Miami
by Greg Sharko|
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WEDNESDAY PREVIEW – FIRST ALL EUROPEAN QUARTER-FINAL IN TOURNAMENT HISTORY
• The first All-European quarter-final in Sony Open Tennis history (since 1985) begins on Wednesday as the top half of the draw takes the courts as Spain’s David Ferrer faces Austrian Jurgen Melzer and German Tommy Haas takes on Frenchman Gilles Simon. On Thursday Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic faces Richard Gasquet of France and Andy Murray of Great Britain takes on Marin Cilic of Croatia. Four of the players are in the quarters for the first time (Cilic, Gasquet, Haas, Melzer).
• The quarter-finals also feature three players 30-over: Haas (34), Melzer (31) and Ferrer (30) for the first time here since 2003 (Andre Agassi, Younes El Aynaoui, Todd Martin).
• The day session match is an all 30-over battle between No. 3 seed David Ferrer (30 years, 11 months – turns 31 on April 2) and unseeded Jurgen Melzer (31 years, 10 months) for the ninth time (Ferrer leads 6-2, 1-1 on hard). Ferrer is appearing in his 29th career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final (10-18) and fifth time here (2-2). He is a two-time semi-finalist (2005-06) and has lost in the quarter-finals the last two years, in 2011 (l. to Fish) and last season (l. to Djokovic). The left-handed Austrian is playing in his seventh (different) career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-finals (1-5). His lone ATP Masters 1000 semi-final came in Monte Carlo in 2011. The last Austrian to play in a Sony Open quarter-final was Thomas Muster in 1997 when he won the title (d. Bruguera).
• In the night session No. 15 seed and the oldest player left in the draw, Tommy Haas, faces No. 11 seed Gilles Simon for the sixth time (Haas leads 4-1). The 34-year-old German defeated his first World No. 1 since 1999 Grand Slam Cup in Munich (d. Agassi) on Tuesday night over Djokovic. He snapped the two-time reigning Miami champion’s 14-match winning streak here. He improved to 2-13 against No. 1s. The former World No. 2 is appearing in his 15th career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final (7-7 record, 0-2 last year) in quarter-final matches. He is trying to become the first German to reach the semi-finals in tournament history. The last in the quarters here was Nicolas Kiefer in 2004 (l. to Coria). His last ATP Masters 1000 semi-final was at Paris-Bercy in 2006 (ret. vs. Hrbaty). He won his lone ATP Masters 1000 title on home soil in Stuttgart in 2001 (d. Mirnyi). Simon is one of two Frenchmen to reach the quarter-finals here this year, along with Gasquet. It is the third time in the tournament’s history that two Frenchmen have reached the quarter-finals (1999, ’86). He is appearing in his 10th career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final (4-5 record, 2-1 last year) . His best result was runner-up at ‘08 Madrid (l. to Murray). No Frenchman has won the title in tournament history. Sebastien Grosjean was finalist in ’99.
• 30-OVER TO REACH QF AT ATP MASTERS 1000 -- This is third time since 1990 that three 30-over players have reached the quarters in an ATP Masters 1000 (last time ’12 Shanghai, here in ‘03):
Tommy Haas 34 (4/3/78) l. to Djokovic
Radek Stepanek 33 (11/27/1978) l. to Murray
Roger Federer 31 (8/8/1981) l. to Murray in SF
Andre Agassi 32 (4/29/1970) d. Moya in Final
Todd Martin 32 (7/8/1970) l. to Srichaphan
Younes El Aynaoui 31 (9/12/1972) l. to Agassi
• CAREER ATP MASTERS 1000 MATCH WINS LEADERS (Active Players): Four of the Top 10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 career match Wins Leaders among active players are in the quarter-finals:
1) Roger Federer 272-79
2) Rafael Nadal 235-47
3) Novak Djokovic 178-48
4) Tommy Haas 129-93
Andy Murray 129-53
6) Lleyton Hewitt 125-66
David Ferrer 126-81
8) Tomas Berdych 117-71
9) David Nalbandian 113-69
10) Tommy Robredo 111-81