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Young Guns Take Centre Stage On Sunday In Monte-Carlo

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Dimitrov© Getty ImagesGrigor Dimitrov faces Xavier Malisse on Sunday in Monte-Carlo.

CITY: Monte-Carlo, Monaco
SITE: Monte-Carlo Country Club 
DATE: April 14-21, 2013
PRIZE MONEY: €2,646,495 
DRAW: 56 singles/24 doubles 
SURFACE: Clay 

Welcome to the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the year on the ATP World Tour to be held at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. The nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments bring together the best fields in tennis at the most prestigious venues. This year’s draw consists of 15 of the Top 20 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings, including eight of the Top 10. Eight-time reigning champ Rafael Nadal is the lone former winner in the field. Nadal has won 42 tournament matches in a row.

This is one of three outdoor clay-court ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments (Madrid, Rome) while four others are on hard courts in North America (Indian Wells, Miami Cincinnati, Montreal), while two are later in the year (Shanghai, Paris). The 2013 ATP World Tour ends with the exciting Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the official year-end tournament held in London. 

EMIRATES ATP RANKING POINTS & PRIZE MONEY BREAKDOWN                                                The Emirates ATP Rankings are the official rankings in men’s tennis, which began on Aug. 23, 1973. Points are calculated from a player’s performance in the four Grand Slams, the eight mandatory ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, four 500 ATP World Tour tournaments and two 250 ATP World Tour tournaments. The season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London will count as an additional 19th tournament for the eight players who qualify. Below is the ATP Rankings points and prize money breakdown:

SINGLES                W        R-UP           SF         QF        R16      R32      R56    
Rank Points         1000       600           360       180        90         45        10        
Prize Money     € 501,700  246,000    123,800  62,950  32,700  17,235  9,305     

DOUBLES             W            R-UP        SF          QF        R16      R32  
Rank Points        1000         600          360         180       90         0      
Prize Money     € 155,400   76,060      38,150    19,580  10,120  5,340

2013 UPDATE – The first two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments of the season began on hard courts with the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Sony Open in Miami where two members of the Big Four (Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray) won titles:
                     Champion        Finalist
Indian Wells   Rafael Nadal     Juan Martin del Potro
Miami Andy    Murray             David Ferrer

2012 ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 WINNERS – Last season all nine tournaments were won by a Top 5-ranked player. No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer each captured three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles while No. 4 Rafael Nadal won two titles and No. 5 David Ferrer broke through to earn his first ATP Masters 1000 crown. In 2011, all nine were won by the Big Four. Here is a look at last year’s finals:
                           Champion        Finalist
Indian Wells      Roger Federer     John Isner
Miami               Novak Djokovic   Andy Murray
Monte Carlo      Rafael Nadal        Novak Djokovic
Madrid              Roger Federer     Tomas Berdych
Rome               Rafael Nadal        Novak Djokovic
Toronto            Novak Djokovic   Richard Gasquet 
Cincinnati         Roger Federer      Novak Djokovic
Shanghai          Novak Djokovic    Andy Murray
Paris                David Ferrer        Jerzy Janowicz

MONTE-CARLO WINNERS IN THE OPEN ERA 
This tournament was first held in 1897. The tournament became “open” in 1969 and has been part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 siince 1990. Rafael Nadal is the only player to win eight straight titles:
Year      Final
2012 (2)Rafael Nadal d. (1)Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-1
2011     (1)Rafael Nadal d. (4)David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5
2010     (2)Rafael Nadal d. (6)Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 6-1
2009 (1)Rafael Nadal d. (3)Novak Djokovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
2008 (2)Rafael Nadal d. (1)Roger Federer 7-5, 7-5
2007 (2)Rafael Nadal d. (1)Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4
2006 (2)Rafael Nadal d. (1)Roger Federer 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-6(5)
2005     (11)Rafael Nadal d (6)Guillermo Coria 6-3, 6-1, 0-6, 7-5
2004     (3)Guillermo Coria d. (4)Rainer Schuettler 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 
2003     (1)Juan Carlos Ferrero d. Guillermo Coria 6-2, 6-2 
2002     (2)Juan Carlos Ferrero d. Carlos Moya 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 
2001     (2)Gustavo Kuerten d. Hicham Arazi 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 
2000     (8)Cedric Pioline d. Dominik Hrbaty 6-4, 7-6(3) 7-6(6) 
1999     (13)Gustavo Kuerten d. (9)Marcelo Rios 6-4, 2-1 (ret) 
1998     (14)Carlos Moya d. (10)Cedric Pioline 6-3, 6-0, 7-5 
1997     (7)Marcelo Rios d. (12)Alex Corretja 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 
1996     (1)Thomas Muster d. (16)Albert Costa 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 
1995     (9)Thomas Muster d. (2)Boris Becker 4-6, 5-7, 6-1, 7-6, 6-0 
1994     (6)Andrei Medvedev d. (5)Sergi Bruguera 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 
1993     (11)Sergi Bruguera d. Cedric Pioline 7-6, 6-0 
1992     Thomas Muster d. (16)Aaron Krickstein 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 
1991     (9)Sergi Bruguera d. (2)Boris Becker 5-7, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 
1990     (12)Andrei Chesnokov d. Thomas Muster 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 
1989     (14)Alberto Mancini d. (2)Boris Becker 7-5, 2-6, 7-6, 7-5 
1988     (1)Ivan Lendl d. (7)Martin Jaite 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 
1987     (4)Mats Wilander d. Jimmy Arias 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 
1986     (3)Joakim Nystrom d. (4)Yannick Noah 6-3, 6-2 
1985     (1)Ivan Lendl d. (2)Mats Wilander 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 
1984     Henrik Sundstrom d. (2)Mats Wilander 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 
1983     (5)Mats Wilander d. Mel Purcell 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 
1982     (2)Guillermo Vilas d. (1)Ivan Lendl 6-1, 7-6, 6-3 
1981     (2)Jimmy Connors/(3)Guillermo Vilas 5-5 (unfinished-rain) 
1980     (1)Bjorn Borg d. (5)Guillermo Vilas 6-1, 6-0, 6-2 
1979     (1)Bjorn Borg d. (3)Vitas Gerulaitis 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 
1978     (5)Raul Ramirez d. Tomas Smid 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 
1977     Bjorn Borg d. Corrado Barazzutti 6-3, 7-5, 6-0 
1976     (1)Guillermo Vilas d. Wojtek Fibak 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 
1975     Manuel Orantes d. (4)Bob Hewitt 6-2, 6-4 
1974     Andrew Pattison d. (2)Ilie Nastase 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 
1973     (1)Ilie Nastase d. Bjorn Borg 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 
1972     (1)Ilie Nastase d. (3)Frantisek Pala 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 
1971     (3)Ilie Nastase d. (1)Tom Okker 3-6, 8-6, 6-1, 6-1 
1970     Zeljko Franulovic d. Manuel Orantes 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 
1969     (2)Tom Okker d. (5)John Newcombe 8-10, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3 


DEFENDING THE MONTE-CARLO TITLE 
Since 1980, only four players have successfully defended their Monte-Carlo title, Bjorn Borg in 1980, Thomas Muster in 1996, Juan Carlos Ferrero in 2003 and Rafael Nadal from 2006-12 (in bold).
2012 Rafael Nadal Won (d. Novak Djokovic)
2011 Rafael Nadal Won (d. David Ferrer)
2010 Rafael Nadal Won (d. Fernando Verdasco)
2009 Rafael Nadal Won (d. Novak Djokovic)
2008 Rafael Nadal Won (d. Roger Federer)
2007 Rafael Nadal Won (d. Roger Federer)
2006 Rafael Nadal Won (d. Roger Federer)
2005 Guillermo Coria Final (l. to Rafael Nadal)  
2004 Juan Carlos Ferrero First Round (l. to Alex Corretja
2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero Won (d. Guillermo Coria)
2002 Gustavo Kuerten Did not play 
2001 Cedric Pioline First Round (l. to Jiri Novak
2000 Gustavo Kuerten First Round (l. to Karol Kucera
1999 Carlos Moya Quarterfinals (l. Jerome Golmard
1998 Marcelo Rios Did not play 
1997 Thomas Muster Second Round (l to Fabrice Santoro
1996 Thomas Muster Won (d. Albert Costa)
1995 Andrei Medvedev First Round (l. to Richard Fromberg
1994 Sergi Bruguera Final (l. to Andrei Medvedev
1993 Thomas Muster Semifinals (l. to Sergi Bruguera
1992 Sergi Bruguera Second Round (l. to Goran Prpic
1991 Andrei Chesnokov Quarterfinals (l. to Boris Becker
1990 Alberto Mancini Second Round (l. to Henri Leconte
1989 Ivan Lendl Did not play 
1988 Mats Wilander Third Round (l. to Claudio Pistolesi
1987 Joakim Nystrom Second Round (l. to Thomas Muster
1986 Ivan Lendl Did not play
1985 Henrik Sundstrom Semifinals (l. to Ivan Lendl
1984 Mats Wilander Final (l. to Henrik Sundstrom
1983 Guillermo Vilas Quarterfinals (l. to Corrado Barazzutti
1982 No defending champion Rain cancelled Final  
1981 Bjorn Borg First Round (l. to Victor Pecci
1980 Bjorn Borg Won (d. Guillermo Vilas

HOW THE NO. 1 SEED HAS FARED IN MONTE-CARLO
Since 1980, the top seed has won seven titles with Nadal accomplishing the feat two of last four years:
Year Top Seed Result 
2012 Novak Djokovic Final (l. to Rafael Nadal)
2011 Rafael Nadal Won (d. David Ferrer)
2010 Novak Djokovic SF (l. to Fernando Verdasco)
2009 Rafael Nadal Won (d. Novak Djokovic)
2008 Roger Federer Final (l. to Rafael Nadal)
2007 Roger Federer Final (l. to Rafael Nadal)
2006 Roger Federer Final (l. to Rafael Nadal)
2005 Roger Federer Quarterfinals (l. to Richard Gasquet)
2004 Juan Carlos Ferrero (2) First Round (l. to Alex Corretja
2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero Won (d. Guillermo Coria)
2002 Lleyton Hewitt First Round (l. to Carlos Moya
2001 Marat Safin First Round (l. to Arnaud Di Pasquale
2000 Yevgeny Kafelnikov Second Round (l. to Dominik Hrbaty)  
1999 Carlos Moya Quarterfinals (l. Jerome Golmard
1998 Pete Sampras Third Round (l. to Fabrice Santoro
1997 Pete Sampras Second Round (l to Magnus Larsson
1996 Thomas Muster Won (d. Albert Costa)
1995 Pete Sampras Second Round (ret.against Paul Haarhuis
1994 Michael Stich Third Round (l. to Yevgeny Kafelnikov
1993 Stefan Edberg Semifinals (l. to Cedric Pioline
1992 Boris Becker Third Round (l. to Aaron Krickstein
1991 Stefan Edberg Second Round (l. to Magnus Larsson
1990 Stefan Edberg Third Round (l. to Juan Aguilera
1989 Mats Wilander Semifinals (l. to Alberto Mancini
1988 Ivan Lendl Won (d. Martin Jaite)
1987 Boris Becker Second Round (l. to Jimmy Arias
1986 Mats Wilander Semifinals (l. to Yannick Noah
1985 Ivan Lendl Won (d. Mats Wilander)
1984 Ivan Lendl Quarterfinals (l. to Henrik Sundstrom
1983 Ivan Lendl First Round (l. to Shlomo Glickstein
1982 Ivan Lendl Final (l. to Guillermo Vilas
1981 Bjorn Borg First Round (l. to Victor Pecci
1980 Bjorn Borg Won (d. Guillermo Vilas)

MULTIPLE ATP WORLD TOUR  MASTERS 1000 WINNERS ON CLAY (since 1990)
                          No.
Rafael Nadal         16 ’05-12 Monte-Carlo, ’05-07, 09-10, ‘12 Rome, ’10 Madrid, ’08 Hamburg
Thomas Muster     6 ’90, ’95-96 Rome, ’92, ’95-96 Monte-Carlo 
Roger Federer       5 ’02, ’04-05, ‘07 Hamburg, ’09 Madrid
Gustavo Kuerten    4 ’99, ‘01 Monte-Carlo, ‘99 Rome, ’00 Hamburg 
Andrei Medvedev   4 ‘94 Monte-Carlo, ’94-95, ‘97 Hamburg 
Novak Djokovic 3 ’11 Madrid, ’08, ’11 Rome, 
Juan Carlos Ferrero 3 ’01 Rome, '02-03 Monte-Carlo 
Marcelo Rios           3 ‘97 Monte-Carlo, ‘98 Rome, ‘99 Hamburg 
Sergi Bruguera        2 ’91, ‘93 Monte-Carlo 
Guillermo Coria      2 ’03 Hamburg, ’04 Monte-Carlo 
Jim Courier            2 ’92-93 Rome 
Carlos Moya           2 ‘98 Monte-Carlo, ’04 Rome 

DIFFERENT ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 TITLES

Can it be done? Winning all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles is perhaps the most difficult task in professional tennis. Andre Agassi won seven of nine different shields along with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, seven of the nine. Here is a look at the leading multiple ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title winners with total and different tournaments won among active players:
Rafael Nadal (22) 6 ’05-12 Monte-Carlo, ’05-07, ’09-10, ‘12 Rome, ’05 Montreal & ‘08 Toronto, ’05   & ‘10 Madrid, ‘07, ’09  ’13 Indian Wells, ’08 Hamburg        
Roger Federer (21)         7       '02 & '04-’05, ‘07 Hamburg, '04-06, ‘12 Indian Wells, '04 & ‘06 Toronto,
‘05-06 Miami, ’05, ’07 & ’09-’10, ‘12 Cincinnati, ’06 & ’09, ‘12 Madrid, ’11 Paris
Novak Djokovic (13) 7 ’07 & ’11-12 Miami, ’07, ’11  Montreal, ’08, ’11 Indian Wells, ’08 & ’11 Rome, 
’09 Paris, ’11 Madrid, ’12 Shanghai
Andy Murray (9) 5 ’08  & ’11 Cincinnati, ’08 Madrid, ’09 &‘13 Miami, ’09 Montreal/’10 Toronto, 
’10-11 Shanghai                              
Nikolay Davydenko (3) 3 ’06 Paris, ’08 Miami, ’09 Shanghai

WINNING ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 TOURNAMENTS BACK-TO-BACK 
In 2011, Djokovic became the first player to win back-to-back titles at least twice in a season: 
Player                   ATP Masters 1000 Titles
Novak Djokovic 2011 Indian Wells, Miami; Madrid, Rome, Montreal (three in a row)
Rafael Nadal 2010 Monte-Carlo  Rome, Madrid
Rafael Nadal 2009 Monte-Carlo, Rome
Andy Murray 2008 Cincinnati, Madrid
Rafael Nadal 2008 Hamburg, Toronto
David Nalbandian 2007 Madrid, Paris
Rafael Nadal 2007 Monte-Carlo, Rome
Rafael Nadal 2006 Monte-Carlo, Rome
Roger Federer 2006 Indian Wells, Miami
Rafael Nadal       2005 Monte-Carlo, Rome
Roger Federer 2005 Indian Wells, Miami
Marat Safin               2004 Madrid, Paris
Andy Roddick           2003 Montreal, Cincinnati 
Andre Agassi           2001 Indian Wells, Miami 
Marcelo Rios           1998 Indian Wells, Miami 
Patrick Rafter           1998 Toronto, Cincinnati 
Andre Agassi           1995 Montreal, Cincinnati 
Pete Sampras 1994 Indian Wells, Miami
Andrei Medvedev     1994 Monte-Carlo, Hamburg 
Michael Chang         1992 Indian Wells, Miami 
Jim Courier               1991 Indian Wells, Miami
 
THREE-TIME WINNERS
Last season Djokovic and Federer won three ATP Masters 1000 titles. In 2011, Djokovic won a record five ATP Masters 1000 titles (since 1990). The previous best was Roger Federer (2005-06) and Rafael Nadal (2005), who won four in a season. Here is a look at the players who have won at least three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in the same year:
2012   Novak Djokovic Miami, Toronto, Shanghai
2012   Roger Federer Indian Wells, Madrid, Cincinnati
2011    Novak Djokovic Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Rome, Montreal
2010    Rafael Nadal Monte Carlo, Rome, Madrid
2009    Rafael Nadal Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Rome
2008    Rafael Nadal Monte-Carlo, Hamburg, Toronto
2007    Rafael Nadal Indian Wells, Monte-Carlo, Rome
2006    Roger Federer Indian Wells, Miami, Toronto, Madrid
2005    Roger Federer           Indian Wells, Miami, Hamburg, Cincinnati
2005    Rafael Nadal             Monte-Carlo, Rome, Montreal, Madrid
2004    Roger Federer Indian Wells, Hamburg, Toronto                                                          
2002    Andre Agassi         Miami, Rome, Madrid 
1998    Marcelo Rios           Indian Wells, Miami, Rome 
1995    Andre Agassi           Miami, Montreal, Cincinnati 
1995    Thomas Muster       Monte-Carlo, Rome, Essen* (held for one year & moved to Stuttgart in 1996)
1994    Pete Sampras         Indian Wells, Miami, Rome 
1990    Stefan Edberg         Indian Wells, Cincinnati, Paris    

ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 CAREER TITLE LEADERS
There have been 58 different ATP World Tour Masters 1000 winners since 1990. Of those 58 winners, 32 have won at least two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. There are six former ATP World Tour Masters 1000 champions playing in this year’s tournament (bold):
  ATP Masters
Player     1000 Titles
Rafael Nadal 22 David Nalbandian 2
Roger Federer 21 Patrick Rafter 2
Andre Agassi 17 Michael Stich 2
Novak Djokovic 13 Juan Aguilera 2
Pete Sampras 11 Tomas Berdych 1
Andy Murray 9 Guillermo Canas 1
Thomas Muster 8 Roberto Carretero 1
Michael Chang 7 Albert Costa
Boris Becker 5 David Ferrer 1
Jim Courier 5 Sebastien Grosjean 1
Gustavo Kuerten 5 Tommy Haas 1
Marcelo Rios 5 Tim Henman 1
Andy Roddick 5 Thomas Johansson 1
Marat Safin 5 Petr Korda 1
Stefan Edberg 4 Ivan Ljubicic 1
Juan Carlos Ferrero 4 Felix Mantilla 1
Andrei Medvedev 4 Magnus Norman 1
Nikolay Davydenko 3 Karel Novacek 1
Thomas Enqvist 3 Andrei Pavel 1
Carlos Moya 3 Mikael Pernfors 1
Sergi Bruguera 2 Mark Philippoussis 1
Andrei Chesnokov 2 Cedric Pioline 1
Guillermo Coria 2 Albert Portas 1
Alex Corretja 2 Tommy Robredo 1
Wayne Ferreira 2 Greg Rusedski 1
Guy Forget 2 Emilio Sanchez 1
Lleyton Hewitt 2 Robin Soderling 1
Goran Ivanisevic 2 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1
Richard Krajicek 2             Chris Woodruff 1

ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 CAREER MATCH WINS LEADERS (Since 1990)
                      W-L Titles
Roger Federer 272-79  21
Rafael Nadal 235-47  22
Andre Agassi 209-73    17
Pete Sampras 190-70    11
Novak Djokovic 178-48  13 
 
TOURNAMENT FAST FACTS *
Former Champions: 1 – Rafael Nadal (2005-12)
Former Finalists: 2 – Novak Djokovic (2009, ‘12), Fernando Verdasco (2010) 
Wild Cards: 4 – Benjamin Balleret, Juan Martin del Potro, John Isner, Gael Monfils
Qualifiers: 7 – To be completed Sunday
Youngest in Draw: Bernard Tomic (20 years, 5 months)
Oldest in Draw: Radek Stepanek (34 years, 4 months)
Top Country Breakdown: France (7), Spain (6), Argentina (3), Serbia (3). Two Each: Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Russia
2013 ATP Tournament Winners in Draw (11 of 15): Rafael Nadal (3), Novak Djokovic (2), Richard Gasquet (2), Andy Murray (2), Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro, Milos Raonic, Janko Tipsarevic, Bernard Tomic, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Horacio Zeballos. Note: Anderson in Casablanca final; Almagaro-Isner in Houston final

* Does not include qualifiers

MAIN DRAW HIGHLIGHTS
• The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season, gets underway Sunday with eight of the Top 10 and 15 of the Top 20 in the Emirates ATP Rankings  competing. The only former champion in the field is reigning eight-time winner Rafael Nadal, who is 44-1 lifetime at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, winning the past 42 matches. The last player to win the Monte-Carlo title prior to Nadal's dominance was Guillermo Coria in 2004. 
• Nadal, who is off to a career-best 17-1 start and he leads the ATP World Tour with three titles, comes in as the No. 3 seed behind Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
• In a re-match of the 2010 final, Nadal could face countryman Fernando Verdasco in the second round, should Verdasco overcome Australian Marinko Matosevic in his opener. Nadal is seeded to meet No. 16 Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round and has a projected meeting with either eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic or No. 11 Gilles Simon in the quarter-finals.
• Second seed Murray heads up the bottom half of the draw and is bidding to reach the final of an ATP World Tour clay-court tournament for the first time. The Scot, who is coming off his 26th tour-level title in Miami, opens his campaign against either Robin Haase, a quarter-finalist this week in Casablanca, or a qualifier. Switzerland’s Wawrinka is a potential third-round opponent for Murray, with Almagro and Tsonga both possible quarter-final challenges.
• World No. 1 Djokovic looks to have recovered from his right ankle injury in time to lead the 56-player field. The Serb practised at the Monte-Carlo Country Club with his coach, Marian Vajda, for 50 minutes on Friday and took part in a fun exhibition with Murray outside the Hotel de Paris on Saturday. The 25-year-old Djokovic begins his tournament on Wednesday against either Mikhail Youzhny or Daniel Gimeno-Traver. One of the most intriguing matches of the first round is between Ernests Gulbis and John Isner, with the winner a possible third-round opponent for Djokovic. 
• The No. 14 seed Juan Monaco is also in that section. Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro is Djokovic’s projected quarter-final opponent, but the Argentine could face competition from 12th seed Milos Raonic, who opens against Julien Benneteau, Alexandr Dolgopolov and Bernard Tomic.
Tomas Berdych is seeded fourth, following the withdrawal of recent Miami finalist David Ferrer due to a leg injury. The Czech faces either Marcel Granollers or a qualifier in the second round and could meet 15th seed Andreas Seppi in the third round. Seventh seed Richard Gasquet, a semi-finalist in 2005, is on course to meet Berdych in the quarter-finals and has a potential third-round meeting with ninth seed Marin Cilic. The in-form Kevin Anderson and Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz are also in that section.

DOUBLES PREVIEW – TOP-RANKED BRYANS, SPANISH DUO HEADLINE DOUBLES DRAW
• World No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan are looking to win their third consecutive ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo title and fourth overall (2007, 2011-’12).  They are playing here for the 10th time with a 19-6 match record. They are coming off a runner-up in Houston on Saturday. They recorded their 800th match win together in the semi-finals. They are 4-1 in finals this season, capturing their 86th and first ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells title (d. Huey-Janowicz) last month. They also won in Sydney, the Australian Open and Memphis. The Aussie Open was their sixth and an all-time Grand Slam record 13th major doubles title. They had shared the Slam record with Aussie greats Newcombe-Roche. The only ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title they haven’t won is Shanghai. They are 22-16 lifetime in ATP Masters 1000 finals.
• The No. 2 seeds are the Spanish duo of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, who reached the semi- finals at the Australian Open (l. to Haase-Sijsling) and closed last season by winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. They come in with career record of 70-30 (14-6 this year) and have four career titles in 10 finals. They reeached the semi-finals at ATP Masters 1000 Miami(l. to Qureshi-Rojer).
• The No. 3 seeds are Robert Lindstedt and Daniel Nestor, who are partnering for the first time. Lindstedt has 17 career doubles titles, including one ATP Masters 1000 title at Cincinnati (w/ Tecau) and is a three-time Wimbledon runner-up with Tecau (2010-12). The 40-year-old Nestor has 80 career doubles titles, 25 ATP Masters 1000 titles (25-18 in finals) and eight Grand Slam crowns.
• The No. 4 seeds are Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Jean-Julien-Rojer of the Netherlands. They captured their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 team title in Miami (d. Granollers-Lopez in SFs, d. Frystenberg-Matkowski in final). They have a career record of 44-31 (3-2 in finals) and both have eight career doubles titles.

SUNDAY PREVIEW – KOHLSCHREIBER, DOLGOPOLOV & TOMIC IN OPENING DAY ACTION
• First round play begins on Sunday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters with three first round matches on Court Central and six qualifying matches on the outer courts. 

• Leading off is No. 16 seed Philip Kohlschreiber of Germany against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil for the fifth time (series tied 2-2). It’s the first time they have meet since 2010, that year they meet four times including here in the first round with the German winning in three sets. The 29-year-old Kohlschreiber comes in with a 6-6 record on the year, highlighted by reaching the final in Auckland (l. to Ferrer). He is playing here for the seventh year in a row  (11-6 record) with his best result the quarter-finals twice – 2007 as a qualifier (l. to Nadal) and 2010 (l. to Ferrer). The 25-year-old Bellucci comes in with a 5-8 (1-3 on clay) mark, with his best result the fourth round at ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Seppi). He is playing here for the fourth time (2-3 record) and his best result was third round last year (l. to Haase).

• In the next match, Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov squares off with Aussie Bernard Tomic for the sixth time (Dolgopolov leads 4-1). Last year they meet in second round here with Dolgopolov winning in three sets and converting four of ten break point chances and saving six of seven break points faced. The 24-year-old Dolgopolov is playing here for the fourth time (2-3 record), best result was reaching the third round last year (l. to Djokovic in 3-sets). He is playing his first clay match of the year (8-6 overall) and is a two-time quarter-finalist this year (Brisbane and Memphis). He reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 13 in January of 2012. The 20-year-old Tomic won his first ATP World Tour title in Sydney (d. Anderson) this year. He is playing here for the third time (1-2 mark), best result was second round last year. He is one of six players under the age of 23 to rank in Top 50 of Emirates ATP Rankings at No. 43; he is joined by No. 15 Raonic (22), No. 16 Nishikori (23), No. 24 Janowicz (22), No. 35 Dimitrov (21) and No. 32 Klizan (23).

• The last match of the day is just the second meeting between Belgium’s Xavier Malisse and Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov. Malisse won their only meeting last year in Bucharest. The 32-year-old Malisse is looking for his second win here in eight appearances. His lone win came eight years ago when he defeated Juan Ignacio Chela in the first round.  He comes in with an 8-5 mark on the year highlighted by reaching the quarter-finals in Auckland and San Jose. He won his ninth career ATP World Tour doubles title in San Jose (w/Moser, d. Hewitt-Matosevic). The 21-year-old Dimitrov is making his tournament debut. He comes in with an 11-7 record on the year and he dropped one set in route to his first ATP World Tour final in Brisbane (l. to Murray) in the opening week of the season

SUNDAY FIRST ROUND FED EX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

Court Central

(16) Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) Tied 2-2
10 Auckland (New Zealand) Hard R16 Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 6-1
10 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R64 Philipp Kohlschreiber 2-6 6-3 7-6(3)
10 Hamburg (Germany) Clay R16 Thomaz Bellucci 7-5 6-4
10 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard R64 Thomaz Bellucci 7-6(5) 5-7 6-3

Kohlschreiber FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
F: Auckland (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L (clay): 6-6 (0-1) 
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: October 16, 1983
Emirates ATP Ranking: 21
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 48-51 (0-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 111-106 (5-3)
Monte Carlo W-L (Best Result-Year): 11-6 (QF-2007, ‘10)

Bellucci FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
YTD W-L (clay): 5-8 (1-3)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: December 30, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 40
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 22-33 (2-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 59-51 (4-1)
Monte Carlo W-L (Best Result-Year): 2-3 (3R-2012)

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs Bernard Tomic (AUS) Dolgopolov Leads 4-1
10 Brisbane (Australia) Hard R32 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 6-4
11 Sydney (Australia) Hard R32 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7(3)6-1 6-2
11 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard R16 Alexandr Dolgopolov 5-7 6-1 6-0
12 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R32 Bernard Tomic 4-6 7-6(0) 7-6(6) 2-6 6-3
12 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R32 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2 5-7 6-1

Dolgopolov FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
QF: Brisbane (l Nishikori); Memphis (l Matosevic)
YTD W-L (clay): 8-6 (0-0)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: November 7, 1988
Emirates ATP Ranking: 22
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 23-25 (1-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 35-37 (3-2)
Monte Carlo W-L (Best Result-Year): 2-3 (3R-2012)

Tomic FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
W: Sydney (d Anderson); QF: Marseille (l Tsonga)
YTD W-L (clay): 13-6 (0-0)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: October 21, 1992
Emirates ATP Ranking: 43
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 12-15 (2-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 32-20 (6-6)
Monte Carlo W-L (Best Result-Year): 1-2 (2R-2012)

Xavier Malisse (BEL) vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) Malisse Leads 1-0
12 Bucharest (Romania) Clay R32 Xavier Malisse 6-2 6-4

Malisse FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
QF(2): Auckland (l Kohlschreiber); San Jose (l Isner)
YTD W-L (clay): 8-7 (0-0)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: July 19, 1980
Emirates ATP Ranking: 50
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 43-63 (2-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 113-102 (3-4)
Monte Carlo W-L (Best Result-Year): 1-7 (2R-2005)

Dimitrov FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
F: Brisbane (l Murray); SF: Rotterdam (l del Potro)
YTD W-L (clay): 11-7 (0-0)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 16, 1991
Emirates ATP Ranking: 35
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 10-9 (2-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 27-33 (3-6)
Monte Carlo W-L (Best Result-Year): First appearance

OTHER FIRST ROUND HEAD-TO-HEADS – In draw order *

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) Youzhny Leads 2-0
09 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R64 Mikhail Youzhny 7-5 6-4
09 Kitzbühel (Austria) Clay R32 Mikhail Youzhny 6-2 7-6(7)

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs (WC) John Isner (USA) Gulbis Leads 1-0
08 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R128 Ernests Gulbis 7-5 7-5 6-7(3)  7-6(6)

Martin Klizan (SVK) vs (14) Juan Monaco (ARG) First Meeting

(12) Milos Raonic (CAN) vs Julien Benneteau (FRA) Tied 1-1
11 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard R64 Julien Benneteau 6-7(5)  7-6(5) 6-4
12 CAN vs. FRA WG 1st RD (Canada) Hard RR Milos Raonic 6-2  6-4 7-5

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Viktor Troicki (SRB) Troicki Leads 2-1
10 New Haven (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Viktor Troicki 7-5 6-3
10 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard R16 Jarkko Nieminen 7-6(4) 6-2
11 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard R16 Viktor Troicki 7-6(4) 7-5

Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs Andreas Seppi (ITA) Seppi Leads 4-1
07 Kitzbühel (Austria) Clay R16 Andreas Seppi 7-6(3) 7-5
08 New Haven (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Andreas Seppi 6-4 6-2
10 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R64 Andreas Seppi 6-0 6-3
10 Hamburg (Germany) Clay R16 Andreas Seppi 6-4 6-4
12 Bucharest (Romania) Clay QF Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-7(4) 6-4
Other meetings:
04 Turin CH (Italy) Clay R16 Andreas Seppi 7-5 4-6 6-2
10 Genova CH (Italy) Clay SF Fabio Fognini 6-2 4-6 6-4

(9) Marin Cilic (CRO) vs Horacio Zeballos (ARG) Cilic Leads 1-0
11 Munich (Germany) Clay R16 Marin Cilic 6-3 7-6(7)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA) First Meeting

Ivan Dodig (CRO) vs Benoit Paire (FRA) First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
08 St. Brieuc Q (France) Clay -- Benoit Paire 7-5 7-6(5)

(WC) Benjamin Balleret (MON) vs Florian Mayer (GER) First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
02 Spain F20 (Gran Canaria) Carpet R32 Florian Mayer 6-0 ret

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) vs (11) Gilles Simon (FRA) Simon Leads 2-0
12 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Gilles Simon 6-4 6-2
13 Marseille (France) Hard R16 Gilles Simon 6-3 6-1

Marinko Matosevic (AUS) vs Fernando Verdasco (ESP) Verdasco Leads 1-0
11 Washington (USA) Hard R32 Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-4

David Goffin (BEL) vs (10) Nicolas Almagro (ESP) Almagro Leads 2-0
12 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Nicolas Almagro 6-4 6-2
13 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Nicolas Almagro 6-3 6-4

(13) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) vs Denis Istomin (UZB) Tied 1-1
10 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R128 Denis Istomin 6-7(5) 6-1 2-6  7-6(4) 6-3
12 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard R32 Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 4-6 6-4

* Does not include qualifiers

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