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Djokovic, Nadal Meet In Third Monte-Carlo Final Sunday

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic looks to topple Rafael Nadal for the first time in Monte-Carlo.

SUNDAY PREVIEW – DJOKOVIC, NADAL SQUARE OFF IN FINAL FOR THIRD TIME IN FIVE YEARS
• It’s a dream final at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Sunday between World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and reigning eight-time champion, No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal. The two are meeting in the final here for the third time in five years (’09, ’12). Djokovic is looking for his first title in Monte-Carlo.

• Nadal leads their overall head-to-head series, 19-14, and he also leads their overall clay court meetings, 12-2.This is the eighth year in a row they are playing each other, the first since the Roland Garros final last June. Djokovic won all six meetings in 2011 and Nadal won three of four last year. Overall, it’s their 34th meeting, which ties Sampras-Agassi and McEnroe-Connors for the fourth-most meetings in the Open Era.

• The 25-year-old Djokovic, who was extended to three sets in his first two matches, looks to have found his form after dismissing Jarkko Nieminen 64 63 on Friday and Fabio Fognini 62 61 on Saturday. This is one of only two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments he has never won, also Cincinnati, where he is a four-time runner-up. Djokovic is playing in his 56th ATP World Tour level final (36-19 record) and 24th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (13-10 mark). Djokovic is trying to become the first player to beat Nadal three times in a clay court final.

• World No. 5 Nadal has only dropped one set all week. He has dominated this tournament, winning it the last eight years (48-1 career record) and now on a 46-match winning streak here. The 26-year-old Spaniard is playing in his 76th ATP World Tour level final (53-22 mark) and his 33rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (22-10). Nadal is 38-5 lifetime in clay finals, losing to three players – Djokovic and Federer (twice each) and Horacio Zeballos (once).

• Nadal has a career record of 104-51 vs Top 10 opponents and he’s 58-6 vs Top 10 on clay, winning 14 in a row on clay since losing to Djokovic at ‘11 ATP Masters 1000 Rome final. He is also 14-8 against reigning No. 1s (13-6 against Federer, 1-2 against Djokovic) and is 4-0 against reigning No. 1s in Monte Carlo (beating Federer in the 2006-07-08 finals and Djokovic last year).

FINALS HISTORY –
Djokovic Appearing in his 56th career ATP World Tour level final……36-19 in finals (2-0 in 2013)
  Appearing in his 24th career ATP Masters 1000 final……….13-10 in finals (3-4 on clay)
Nadal  Appearing in his 76th career ATP World Tour level final……53-22 in finals (2-1 in 2013)
  Appearing in his 33rd career ATP Masters 1000 final..........22-10 in finals (16-4 on clay)

WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner: € 501,700 and 1000 Emirates ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: € 246,000 and 600 Emirates ATP Ranking points

RIVALRY RESUMES – This will be the eighth year in a row Djokovic and Nadal will meet, the first since the Roland Garros final last June. Overall, it’s their 34th meeting, which ties Sampras-Agassi and McEnroe-Connors for the fourth-most meetings in the Open Era. Here are the 30-plus meetings:
No.
Ivan Lendl vs. John McEnroe 36 Lendl leads 21-15
Boris Becker vs. Stefan Edberg 35 Becker leads 25-10
Ivan Lendl vs. Jimmy Connors 35 Lendl leads 22-13
Pete Sampras vs. Andre Agassi 34 Sampras leads 20-14
John McEnroe vs. Jimmy Connors  34 McEnroe leads 20-14
Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic  33 Nadal leads 19-14

OPEN ERA CLAY COURT TITLES LEADERS – Nadal is No. 3 in the Open Era clay court titles leaders list:
  No.
1) Guillermo Vilas  45
2) Thomas Muster 40
3) Rafael Nadal 38
4) Bjorn Borg, Manuel Orantes 30
6) Ivan Lendl, Ilie Nastase 28
8) Jose-Luis Clerc 21
9) Mats Wilander 20
10) Andres Gomez, Carlos Moya 16

ACTIVE TITLE LEADERS – Nadal and Djokovic are No. 2 and 3 among active players on the ATP World Tour in career titles:
No.
1) Roger Federer 76
2) Rafael Nadal  53
3) Novak Djokovic 36
4) Lleyton Hewitt 28
5) Andy Murray  26

ACTIVE CAREER ATP MASTERS 1000 MATCH WINS LEADERS -- Both are among the Top 6 active ATP World Tour Masters 1000 career match wins leaders are in the finals (listed in bold):
 W-L
1) Roger Federer 272-79 4) Andy Murray 133-54
2) Rafael Nadal 239-47 5) Tommy Haas  130-94
3) Novak Djokovic 182-48 6) David Ferrer 128-82

ATP MASTERS 1000 TITLE LEADERS – Both are among the ATP Masters 1000 title leaders (since 1990):
 No.
Rafael Nadal 22
Roger Federer 21
Andre Agassi 17
Novak Djokovic  13
Pete Sampras 11 

CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEAD –

Court Central

(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs (3) Rafael Nadal (ESP) Nadal Leads 19-14
06 Roland Garros (France) Clay QF Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4 ret
07 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells  Hard F Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-5
07 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard QF Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4
07 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay QF Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-3
07 Roland Garros (France) Clay SF Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-4 6-2
07 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass SF Rafael Nadal 3-6 6-1 4-1 ret
07 ATP Masters 1000 Canada Hard SF Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-3
07 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard RR Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4
08 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells  Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-2
08 ATP Masters 1000 Hamburg Clay SF Rafael Nadal 7-5 2-6 6-2
08 Roland Garros (France) Clay SF Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-2 7-6(3)
08 London / Queen's Club (Great Britain) Grass F Rafael Nadal 7-6(6) 7-5
08 ATP Masters Series Cincinnati (U.S.A.) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-1 7-5
08 Beijing Olympics (China) Hard SF Rafael Nadal 6-4 1-6 6-4
09 ESP vs. SRB WG 1st RD (Spain) Clay RR Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4 6-1
09 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay F Rafael Nadal 6-3 2-6 6-1
09 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay F Rafael Nadal 7-6(2)6-2
09 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay SF Rafael Nadal 3-6 7-6(5) 7-6(9)
09 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-1 6-4
09 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-3
09 Barclays Tour Finals (England) Hard RR Novak Djokovic 7-6(5) 6-3
10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard F Rafael Nadal 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2
10 Barclays Tour Finals (England) Hard RR Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-2
11 ATP World Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard F Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-2
11 ATP World Masters 1000 Miami  Hard F Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-3 7-6(4)
11 ATP World Masters 1000 Madrid  Clay F Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4
11 ATP World Masters 1000 Rome  Clay F Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4
11 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass F Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3
11 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard F Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-4 6-7(3) 6-1
12 Australian Open (Australia) Hard F Novak Djokovic 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7(5) 7-5
12 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay F Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-1
12 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay F Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-3
12 Roland Garros (France) Clay F Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5

 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal
 Sets Won: 38 49
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 2 7

 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 2 12
 Hard: 11 5
 Grass: 1 2

DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 25-year-old Serb rallied from a set down in his first two matches, opening Wednesday with a 46 61 64 win over Mikhail Youzhny and following with a 46 62 62 win over No. 14 seed Juan Monaco. Then beat Jarkko Nieminen 64 63 on Friday and Fabio Fognini 62 61 on Saturday
• Has a 19-6 career record and in the final for the third time (0-2 record). Last year reached his second final, losing 63 61 to No. 2 Nadal. Also lost to Nadal in three sets in ’09
• In 2010, lost in the semi-finals to Verdasco and in ’08, (retired in SF vs. Federer due to illness)
• Two of his six losses have come to No. 1 Federer, in his debut in three sets in 2006 and in ’08…In ‘07, came in No. 7 and after a bye, beat Gaston Gaudio before losing to David Ferrer in the third round
• This week No. 2 in return games won (22 of 43, 51%). Has held serve 34 of 44 service games (77%)

2013 Highlights:
W(2): Australian Open (d Murray); Dubai (d Berdych); SF: ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l del Potro)

2013 in Review: 
• The World No. 1 comes into his first clay court tournament with a 25-2 match record on the season.
• He is appearing in his 56th career ATP World Tour final, 36-19 (7-6 on clay) in finals (2-0 in 2013)
• Appearing in his 24th career ATP Masters 1000 final, 13-10 (3-4 on clay)
• Had his 22-match winning streak snapped by del Potro 46 64 64 in the SF at Indian Wells on Mar. 16. It was his first loss since October 31, 2012 to Sam Querrey in 2R at ATP Masters 1000 Paris. Followed with 4R at ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to No. 18 Haas)
• Prior to Indian Wells, did not drop a set en route to his fourth Dubai title (d. Berdych)
• Helped Serbia beat Belgium 3-2 in Davis Cup World Group 1R in February, beating Olivier Rochus in singles match (on clay). Then clinched QF tie over U.S. 3-1 (d. Isner in straight sets, Querrey in four sets after spraining his right ankle in third game). Serbia hosts Canada in SFs in September
• One of five multiple winners on the ATP World Tour this year, along with No. 5 Nadal (3), No.4 Ferrer (2) No. 2 Murray (2) and No. 9 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
• Has career 90-65 (6-1 in 2013) record vs Top 10 opponents. Prior to loss to No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro in SF of ATP Masters 1000 Indiana Wells last month had won 14 straight going back to loss to No. 4 Andy Murray in the finals of the 2012 US Open

2013 MATCH WINS LEADERS --- Djokovic and Nadal are among the ATP World Tour wins leaders in 2013:
 W-L Titles
1) David Ferrer 25-5 2 
 Novak Djokovic 25-2 2
3) Richard Gasquet 23-6 2 
4) Tomas Berdych 22-7 0
5) Rafael Nadal 21-1 3
  Andy Murray  20-3 2

WEEKS AT NO. 1 LEADERS – Djokovic is No. 1 for the 77th week in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He will tie Hewitt (w/80 weeks) on May 6 for ninth place. Nadal has ranked No. 1 for 102 weeks, seventh-most:
 No.
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 80
10)Novak Djokovic  77 (will tie Hewitt on May 6)

NADAL FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The reigning eight-time champion has a 48-1 career record with 46 consecutive match wins. Opened on Wednesday with a 61 62 win over Marinko Matosevic and followed with a 62 64 victory over No.16 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber , then beat Grigor Dimitrov 62 26 64 and No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 63 76
• In 2012, won his fourth title (of past six) without dropping a set (d. Djokovic 63 61). He’s only lost three sets since 2008 (34 matches), to Djokovic in ’09 final , Murray in ’11 SF and Dimitrov QF on Friday
• Overall has only lost seven sets (94-7) during 46-match winning streak (in 2005-06 SF & F, ’09 F, ’11 SF). In 2010, only lost 14 games in five matches en route to title over Verdasco
• His lone loss came in the third round to Guillermo Coria in 2003 (did not play in 2004 due to injury)
• Since the loss to Coria in ’03, has captured titles over Coria in 2005, World No. 1 Federer from 2006-08, Djokovic in ’09 and ‘12, Verdasco in ’10 and Ferrer in ’11. Has a 15-0 mark vs. Top 10 opponents
• In 2008, won doubles title (w/Robredo), first player to win both titles in same year since Nastase in 1973
• This week No. 3 in second serve pts. won (60%) and service games won (33 of 39, 85%), saving 13 of 19 break pts. (68%) and No. 8 in return games won (17 of 41, 41%)

Monte-Carlo Finals (8-0) – Nadal is unbeaten in Monte-Carlo finals, defeating five different opponents:
2012 - d. No. 1 Novak Djokovic 63 61 2008 - d. No. 1 Roger Federer 75 75
2011 - d. No. 6 David Ferrer 64 75 2007 - d. No. 1 Roger Federer 64 64
2010 - d. No. 12 Fernando Verdasco 60 61 2006 - d. No. 1 Roger Federer 62 67 63 76
2009 - d. No. 3 Novak Djokovic 63 26 61 2005 – d. No. 9 Guillermo Coria 63 61 06 75

2013 Highlights:
W(3): Sao Paulo (d Nalbandian); Acapulco (d Ferrer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (d del Potro); F: Vina del Mar (l Zeballos)

2013 in Review:
• The Spaniard is off to a career-best 21-1 start (16-1 on clay) on the season, winning 18 matches in a row and capturing his 600th career in the final of ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells on Mar. 17 (d. No. 2 Federer in QF, No. 6 Berdych in SF and No. 7 del Potro in F). Had lost last six hard court finals since title in Tokyo on Oct. 10, 2010 (d. Monfils). Leads ATP World Tour with three titles
• He is appearing in his 76th career ATP World Tour final, 53-22 (38-5 on clay) in finals (3-1 in 2013)
• Appearing in his 33nd career ATP Masters 1000 final, 22-10 (16-4 on clay)
• He captured his 38th clay-court title (38-5 in finals) and second in Acapulco over No. 4 Ferrer 60 62. Finished Latin American clay court swing with a 12-1 record. It was first time he played there since’05
• On his return from left knee injury, after a seven-month absence, the Spaniard reached the Vina del Mar final, lost to Zeballos in three sets, final lasted 2 hrs, 47 mins; broke a 15-match clay winning streak (dating back to 2012, l. to Verdasco at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid). In doubles (w/Monaco),runner-up
• At Sao Paulo captured title (d. Nalbandian), it was his first title since winning at Roland Garros (d. Djokovic) last year
• Career 104-51 (5-0 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents, 58-6 vs Top 10 on clay has won 14 straight overall since last loss to No. 2 Federer in ’12 Indian Wells SF. Also 14 in a row on clay since losing to Djokovic at 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Rome final

APRIL CLAY STREAK – Nadal has won 81 straight matches on clay in the month of April. During his clay court streak in April he has won 14 titles – eight in Monte-Carlo and six in Barcelona. His last loss on clay in April came on Apr. 8, 2005 to Igor Andreev in the quarter-finals of Valencia.

CLAY COURT DOMINATOR – Nadal has the best career match record on clay in the Open Era with a 270-20 mark (.931) and he’s 38-5 in clay finals. Here's a year-by-year look at Nadal's clay court supremacy since 2005, compiling a 244-10 match record (.961) on the ATP World Tour:
 W-L Clay Finals
2013 – 16-1 2-1 (l. to Zeballos)
2012 – 23-1  4-0 2008 – 24-1 4-0
2011 – 28-2 3-2 (l. to Djokovic both)  2007 – 31-1 5-1 (l. to Federer)
2010 - 22-0  4-0 2006 – 26-0 4-0
2009 - 24-2  3-1 (l. to Federer)  2005 – 50-2 8-0
Note: Nadal has lost to three players in a clay court final – Djokovic and Federer (twice each), Zeballos

NADAL VS TOP 10 ON CLAY – Nadal is 58-6 vs Top 10 opponents on clay and here is a look at his losses:
l. to No. 2 Djokovic at 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Rome in F
l. to No. 2 Djokovic at 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid in F
l. to No. 2 Federer at 2009 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid in F
l. to No. 2 Federer at 2007 ATP Masters 1000 Hamburg in F
l. to No. 8 Gaudio at 2005 Buenos Aires in QF  l. to No. 4 Moya at 2003 Umag in SF

DOUBLES FINAL – BRYAN-BRYAN FACE BENNETEAU-ZIMONJIC FOR MONTE CARLO CROWN
• The No. 1 seeds Bob and Mike Bryan square off against the France’s Julien Benneteau and Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic Here is a look at their road to the final:

• 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 22-6 match record. They are coming off a runner-up in Houston last 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 have won at least five titles per year since 2002 and twice won 11 titles – 2007, ‘11.

• The Aussie Open was their sixth and an all-time Grand Slam record 13th major doubles title to break the record they shared with Aussie greats Newcombe-Roche.

• The only ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles titles they haven’t won is Shanghai. They have a career record of 22-16 in ATP Masters 1000 finals.

• The Bryans won their 80th career title together at 2012 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (d. Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez). They have won the most doubles titles as a team with 86. Mike Bryan won two additional titles with different partners in 2002 at Long Island (w/Bhupathi) and Nottingham (w/Knowles).

• The Bryans completed a career ‘Golden Slam’ by winning a gold medal in the men’s doubles at the 2012 London Olympics (d. Michael Llodra/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga). It was their 3rd appearance at the Olympic Games. They won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (d. Arnaud Clement/Llodra).

• Benneteau and Zimonjic are partnering for the first time.

• The 31 year-old Benneteau is appearing in his 12th career ATP World Tour doubles final and fourth ATP Masters 1000 doubles final. He has a 6-5 (1-3 in ATP Masters 1000) record in finals and won his lone TP Masters 1000 title in Shanghai in 2009 w/Tsonga. He was runner-up here in 2007 w/Gasquet (l. to Bryan/Bryan). He is playing in his first doubles final since 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (w/Mahut, l. to Bopanna/Qureshi).

• The 36-year-old Zimonjic is appearing in his 79th career ATP World Tour doubles final and 23rd ATP Masters 1000 doubles final. He has a career 47-31 (12-20 in ATP Masters 1000) record in finals. He captured his 41st career title in February at Rotterdam w/Lindstedt. He is a four time title winner here – 2009-10 (w/Nestor), 2005 (w/Paes) and 2004 (w/Henman); he was also a finalist here in 2006 (w/Santoro). He is a three time Grand Slam winner with Daniel Nester at Roland Garros in 2010 and Wimbledon in 2008 and 2009. He has won at least one doubles title per year since 1999 and won a career high nine titles in 2009 all with Nestor. He reached a career-high doubles ranking of No. 1 in November of 2008.

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