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Djokovic, Murray, Nadal Feature Thursday In Monte-Carlo

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Nadal© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal will look to extend his winning streak in Monte-Carlo.

THURSDAY PREVIEW – BIG THIRD ROUND LINE-UP FEATURES 11 OF 16 SEEDS
• Third round play on Thursday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters features the top seven seeds and 11 (of top 16) overall in action. 

• In the opening match the French No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga squares off against Austrian Jurgen Melzer for the third time (Tsonga leads 2-0), but first on clay and since 2008. Tsonga knocked out former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko 76(3) 62 on Tuesday to advance to the third round. Tsonga, who did not lift a racquet last week after his long trip to Argentina for France’s Davis Cup tie, said, “It was a pretty good start, but I can do better. I got broken from the start. But I did play a solid match and I was able to manage the situation quite well. I'm happy I won because he can be a very dangerous player. He's proven it in the past. If I was able to win, it means I was able also to do something good on the court.” The Frenchman is looking to reach the quarter-finals here for the second consecutive year. The 31-year-old upset the No.10 seed Nicolas Almagro 64 62 on Wednesday, saving all three break points faced and converting three of six. The left-hander is playing here for the seventh time (7-6 record) and was a semi-finalist in 2011 (d. Federer in QF, l. to Ferrer)

• World No. 5 Rafael Nadal continues his quest to win a ninth consecutive title here as he faces No. 16 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany for the 10th time in the second match of the day. Nadal leads 8-1 but Kohlschreiber won their last meeting last year on grass in the quarter-finals at Halle. The eight time champion has an overall record of 45-1, winning 43 matches in a row. The Spaniard is off to a career-best 18-1 start (13-1 on clay) on the season, winning 15 matches in a row. Kohlschreiber is looking to reach the quarter-finals here for the third time (2007, ’10). He comes in with a career 8-25 (4-8 on clay) vs Top 5 opponents, last win was over No. 2 Nadal in the quarter-final at Halle last year, last win on clay was at 2010 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo d. No. 4 Andy Murray in the second round.

• In the third match, World No. 2 Andy Murray faces No. 13 seed Stanislas Wawrinka for the 13th time. Murray leads 8-4 but has lost both meetings on clay (2008 ATP Masters 1000 Rome and 2005 Davis Cup). Murray is playing his first clay court match of the year and comes in with a 20-2 record. He is one win away from recording his 400th career ATP World Tour-level win (399-125 record). This is the third straight week he’s No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Ranking (seventh in career), first on Aug. 17, 2009. Wawrinka, the No. 2 Swiss behind Federer, comes in with a 15-7 (8-3 record) on clay and has reached the quarter-finals or better at three tournaments. He is playing here for the first time and has a career record of 5-47 vs Top 5 opponents.

• In the final match, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic takes a 6-0 head-to-head advantage against the No. 2 Argentinian Juan Monaco. This is their second meeting on clay and they have never met in a tournament lower than an ATP Masters 1000 event. Djokovic is hopeful he can “elevate his performance” after surviving a second-round scare on Wednesday battling past Mikhail Youzhny 46 61 64. The 25-year-old Serb is a two-time finalist here and the last time he lost in the third round was in 2007 (l. to Ferrer). The Tandil native is looking reach the quarter-finals for the first time in his sixth attempt (6-5 record). He also was in the third round in 2009 (l. to A. Beck). He is No. 7 in Top 10 clay court match wins among active players with an 183-100 mark.

THURSDAY THIRD ROUND FED EX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play by Court

Court Central

(6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT) Tsonga Leads 2-0

08 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7(4) 7-5 6-1
08 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard (I) QF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-2

TSONGA FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights: 
• The 28-year-old Frenchman (birthday on Wednesday) opened with a 63 62 win over former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko on Tuesday. One of two Frenchmen remaining (Gasquet) in the draw
• He is coming off his best result, a quarter-final showing last year after posting wins over German Philipp Kohlschreiber and No. 13 seed Fernando Verdasco before losing to countryman Gilles Simon
• He is making his fourth straight Monte Carlo appearance (5-3 mark), reaching the third round in 2010  (bye, d. Almagro, l. to Ferrero) and second round in ’11 (d. Monaco, l. to Ljubicic) 

2013 Highlights:
W: Marseille (d Berdych); QF(2): Australian Open (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Djokovic)

2013 in Review:
• The top Frenchman comes into his first clay court tournament with a 17-5 match record (3-0 on clay)
• In February, he earned his 10th career ATP World Tour title in Marseille (d. No. 6 Berdych) and became first player to win an ATP title saving match point(s) in two matches during the same tournament since Sam Querrey in Los Angeles in 2010. Saved five MPs  vs. Tomic in QFs to win 46 63 76(10) and in the final saved one MP at 5-6 in 2nd set TB by hitting back-to-back aces and won 36 76(6) 64 
• Last month, advanced to QF at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic) and 4th Rd. in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami 4R (l. to Cilic)
• In Davis Cup play won two singles matches (d. Berlocq, Monaco) for France in their 3-2 QF loss to Argentina. Won first singles match (d. Weintraub in four sets) in 1R in February
• Reached eighth career Grand Slam QF at Australian Open (l. to Federer in five sets)

FRENCH RANKINGS – Tsonga leads a pack of six Frenchmen in the Top 50 Emirates ATP Rankings:
 8) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 25) Jeremy Chardy
 9) Richard Gasquet 29) Julien Benneteau
13) Gilles Simon 33) Benoit Paire

MELZER FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 31-year-old Austrian on Tuesday rallied past Dutch qualifier Jesse Huta Galung 16 63 62 and followed with a 64 62 win over No. 10 seed Nicolas Almagro. After an 0-3 start here (in 2005, ’07, ’09), has a 7-3 record. Will turn 32 next month (on May 22) and oldest player left in the singles draw
• Two years ago reached the semi-finals (d. No. 12 Haas in 3R, No. 3 Federer in QF, l. to No. 6 Ferrer)

2013 Highlights:
F: Zagreb (l Cilic); QF: Brisbane (l Dimitrov); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Ferrer)

2013 in Review:
• The top Austrian reached the final at Zagreb (l. to Cilic) in February and captured his 300th career tour-level win over Rosol in the QF. Last month, won his third career Challenger title in Dallas (d. Kudla) and followed with quarter-final at ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Ferrer) in 10th appearance
• Reached 3R at Australian Open (l. to Berdych) and advanced to QF at Brisbane (l. to Dimitrov)
• Career 12-53 (0-2 in 2013) record vs Top 10 opponents and has lost last eight since win over No. 3 Roger Federer in QF of 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo

SEVEN  (DIFFERENT) ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 QF – Melzer’s best result in an ATP Masters 1000 tournament is the semi-finals in Monte-Carlo two years ago. Here are his QF (better) results: 
2013 Miami – l. to Ferrer
2011 Monte Carlo – d. Federer, l. to Ferrer in SF
2010 Paris – l. to Federer
2010 Shanghai – l. to Monaco
2010 Madrid – l. to Almagro
2004 Toronto – l. to Kiefer
2004 Hamburg – l. to Hewitt

(16)Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs (3) Rafael Nadal (ESP) Nadal Leads 8-1
07 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R64 Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-3 4-6 6-2
07 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay QF Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-3
07 Stuttgart (Germany) Clay R16 Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3
08 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard R32 Rafael Nadal 3-6 6-1 6-4
10 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R32 Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-2 2-6 7-5
10 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R32 Rafael Nadal 6-1 6-3
10 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (Canada) Hard QF Rafael Nadal 3-6 6-3 6-4
12 Doha (Qatar) Hard R32 Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-7(2) 6-3
12 Halle (Germany) Grass QF Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-4
Other meetings:
02 Spain F15 (Barcelona) Clay QF Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2

KOHLSCHREIBER FASTFACTS

Tournament highlights: 
• The 29-year-old German improved his Monte-Carlo record to 13-6 with a 62 26 76(3) win over Spanish qualifier Pablo Andujar on Tuesday (saving one MP). He opened Sunday with a 64 62 win over Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci. Has never lost in first round. His best results are the quarter-finals in 2007 (l. to No. 2 Nadal) as a qualifier and in 2010 (l. to No. 17 Ferrer). Five of his losses have come to Top 10 opponents

2013 Highlights:
F: Auckland (l Ferrer)

2013 in Review:
• The No. 2 German (behind No. 14 Haas) enters with an 8-6 match record on the season (2-1 on clay) and his best result is runner-up in Auckland (l. to Ferrer) in second week of January. Followed with third round at Australian Open (l. to Raonic)
• In ATP Masters 1000 tournaments fell in 2R at Indian Wells (l. to Paire) and 2R at Miami (l. to Goffin)
• With countryman Kas won Doha doubles title (d. Knowle/Polasek); was third team title (also 2008 Stuttgart and 2009 Halle)
• In Davis Cup first round tie vs. Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq on Feb. 1, retired at 4-5 in fifth set after suffering torn hamstring injury. Came back month later in Indian Wells and Miami, losing in opening match in both
• Has a career 20-50 record (0-1 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents, 8-25 (4-8 on clay) vs Top 5 and last win  over No. 2 Nadal in the QF at Halle last June. Last Top 5/10 win on clay at ‘10 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo over No. 4 Murray in 2R

GERMANS IN TOP 100 – Kohlschreiber is one of six Germans in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings:
No. 14 Tommy Haas No. 73 Daniel Brands
No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber No. 78 Tobias Kamke
No. 30 Florian Mayer No. 91 Benjamin Becker

NADAL FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The reigning eight-time champion has a 45-1 career record with 43 consecutive match wins. Opened on Wednesday with a 61 62 win over Marinko Matosevic (first Aussie he’s faced here). In 2012, won his fourth title (of past six) without dropping a set (d. Djokovic 63 61). The only sets he’s lost since 2008 (31 matches) are to Djokovic in ’09 final and Murray in ’11 SF
• Overall has only lost six sets (88-6) during 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 

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 18-1 start (13-1 on clay) on the season, winning 15 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 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 May 2012, l. to Verdasco at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid). In doubles (w/Monaco), reached final (l. to Lorenzi-Starace)
• At Sao Paulo captured title (d. Nalbandian), it was his first title since winning at Roland Garros (d. Djokovic) last year

CLAY COURT DOMINATOR – Nadal has the best career match record on clay in the Open Era with a 267-20 mark (.930) 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 241-10 match record (.960) on the ATP World Tour:
        W-L      Clay Finals
2013 – 13-1 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

(13) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) vs (2) Andy Murray (GBR) Murray Leads 8-4
05 SUI vs. GBR WG PO (Switzerland) Clay RR Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 7-6(5) 6-4
06 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5 3-6 6-4
08 Doha (Qatar) Hard F Andy Murray 6-4 4-6 6-2
08 Marseille (France) Hard R16 Andy Murray 3-6 7-6(5) 6-1
08 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R32 Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2 7-6(5)
08 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (Canada) Hard R16 Andy Murray 6-2 0-6 6-4
08 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Andy Murray 6-1 6-3 6-3
09 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R16 Andy Murray 2-6 6-3 6-3 5-7 6-3
10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Stanislas Wawrinka 6-7(3) 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3
11 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard R16 Andy Murray 6-4 3-6 6-3
12 London Olympics (Great Britain) Grass R64 Andy Murray 6-3 6-3
12 Tokyo (Japan) Hard QF Andy Murray 6-2 3-6 6-2

Stanislas Wawrinka Andy Murray
Sets Won: 17 20
Tiebreak Sets Won: 3 2
Match Wins By Surface:
Clay: 2 0
Hard: 2 6
Grass: 0 2

WAWRINKA FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 28-year-old Swiss native (11-5 record) is trying to reach the quarter-finals for the second year in a row (third overall) after posting wins over Denis Istomin 63 75 and qualifier Albert Montanes 61 61
• Last year posted three straight-set wins over No. 10 seed/No. 16-ranked Feliciano Lopez 61 64, Pablo Andujar 75 63 and No. 8 seed/No. 12-ranked Nicolas Almagro 63 63 before losing to No. 2 Nadal 75 64
• His best result was the semi-finals in 2009 when he defeated countryman Roger Federer for the first time in the third round before losing to No. 3 Djokovic in three sets. In 2010, fell to No. 2 Djokovic in the third round 64 64

2013 Highlights:
F: Buenos Aires (l Ferrer); SF: Casablanca (l Robredo); QF: Chennai (l Bedene)

2013 in Review:
• The No. 2 Swiss, behind Federer, comes in with a 15-7 record (8-3 on clay) and has reached the quarter-finals or better at three tournaments, two on clay 
• Last week in Casablanca lost to eventual champion Tommy Robredo in three sets 
• Reached 4R at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Federer) and withdrew from Miami (back/arm)
• On 24 February, at Buenos Aires, contested his first ATP World Tour final since 2011, when he captured the title in Chennai…Fell to Ferrer in three-set Buenos Aires final
• Represented Switzerland in 3-2 loss to Czech Republic in Davis Cup 1R, going 1-2 over the weekend
• At the Australian Open, reached the 4R, losing to Djokovic 12-10 in fifth set. At one stage led 61 52
• Has career 18-59 (0-4 in 2013) record vs Top 10 opponents, losing last nine (last Top 5 win over No. 5 David Ferrer in the 2R of ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati last year). Career 5-47 vs Top 5 opponents

WAWRINKA WINS OVER TOP 5 OPPONENTS -- Wawrinka is 5-47 vs Top 5 opponents with wins over:
No. 5 David Ferrer 2012 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati
No. 4 Andy Murray 2010 US Open 
No. 2 Roger Federer 2009 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo
No. 2 David Nalbandian 2006 Basel
No. 3 David Nalbandian 2006 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati

MURRAY FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 25-year-old Scot is making his seventh appearance in eight years (except '07) and opened with a 61 64 win over French qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin on Wednesday (won 90% of first serve pts., 38% second serve pts.). Has an 11-6 career match record
• He is coming off a quarter-final effort last year (l. to No. 7 Berdych in three sets)
• In 2011, he reached his second semi-final in three years (l. to Nadal 64 26 61). In ’09, reached his first clay court semi-final, defeating  No. 9-ranked Davydenko 76(1) 64 for his first Top 10 win on clay (l. to Nadal). He was first British player to reach the semi-finals here since Tim Henman in 2002 (l. to Moya)
• Has two opening round losses, in 2006 debut (l. to Lisnard) and three years ago (l. to Kohlschreiber)

2013 Highlights:
W(2): Brisbane (d Dimitrov); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (d Ferrer); F: Australian Open (l Djokovic); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l del Potro)

2013 in Review:
• The World No. 2 is playing in his first clay court tournament of the year and comes in with a 20-2 record. He is one win away from recording his 400th career ATP World Tour-level win (399-125). This is the third straight week he’s No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Ranking (seventh in career), first on Aug. 17, ‘09
• He captured his ninth career ATP Masters 1000 title in Miami on Mar. 31 (d. No. 5 Ferrer in third set TB, saving 1 MP at 5-6 in 3rd set). It was first time in his career he saved a match point in an ATP World Tour final and it was also first time he had come back from a set down in a semi-final (d. Gasquet 67(3) 61 62) and final (d. Ferrer 26 64 76(1) to win an ATP World Tour title. He also won Miami 2009
• Reached QF at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to del Potro), his first tournament since losing in the final at the Australian Open to Djokovic in four sets on Jan. 27. Beat Federer in five sets in SFs, for the first time at a major. Was attempting to become the first British man to win the title since Fred Perry in 1934 (1-5 in major finals)
• Began his ATP World Tour season by winning a second-straight Brisbane title (d. Dimitrov), his 25th career ATP World Tour level title
• Prior to the start of Indian Wells he was named Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award winner in Rio de Janeiro. Last year, captured his first major championship at the US Open, the London 2012 Olympics singles gold medal and mixed doubles silver medal

MILESTONE MATCH WINS – Murray is trying to win his 400th career match. Here are his milestone wins:
No.  1     d. Santiago Ventura 2005 Queen’s Club, 1R
No. 100  d. Thomas Johansson 2008 Doha, QF
No. 200  d. Juan Carlos Ferrero 2009 Wimbledon, QF
No. 300  d. Mardy Fish 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati, SF
No. 400  vs. Stanislas Wawrinka 2013 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo, 3R  

(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs (14) Juan Monaco (ARG) Djokovic Leads 6-0
05 Wimbledon (England) Grass R128 Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3
07 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 7-5 7-6(2) 6-7(6) 6-1
09 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard (I) R32 Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-5
10 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard (I) R32 Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3
12 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-0 7-6(5)
12 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R16 Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-2 6-3

Novak Djokovic Juan Monaco
Sets Won: 14 2
Tiebreak Sets Won: 3 1

Match Wins By Surface:
Clay: 1 0
Grass 1 0
Hard: 4 0

DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 25-year-old Serb opened Wednesday with a 46 61 64 win over Russian Mikhail Youzhny to improve his career record to 16-6. It was the first time he opened here in three sets since ’07 (d. Gaudio). Last year he reached his second final, losing 63 61 to No. 2 Nadal. Also lost to Nadal in three sets in ’09 final
• 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

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 22-2 match record on the season. 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

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. Here are the players with the most weeks at No. 1:
                                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) 

MONACO FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The Tandil native is making his sixth appearance in a row (6-5 record) and opened on Tuesday with a 64 60 win over top Slovak Martin Klizan and followed with a 60 36 63 victory over Latvian Ernests Gulbis. Last appeared in third round in ’09 (d. Chardy, Robredo, l. to A. Beck). Last year retired in first round with a sprained ankle (vs. Haase) 

2013 Highlights:
SF: Houston (l Isner)

2013 in Review: 
• The No. 2 Argentine (behind No. 7 del Potro) is coming off a semi-final in Houston last weekend (l. to eventual champion Isner 16 64 64). Enters with a 7-7 match record on the season (7-4 on clay). Three of his wins have come in Davis Cup play (two in 1R vs. Germany and one in QF vs. France). Argentina will take on defending champion Czech Republic in semi-finals
• Reached fifth career ATP World Tour doubles final at Viña del Mar, losing with Nadal (l. to Lorenzi-Starace) and in singles lost 2R (after bye) to Rufin
• The Argentine fell to World No. 79 Kuznetsov in straight sets in Australian Open 1R (had his serve broken nine times). Lost four straight opening round matches in Vina del Mar, Sao Paulo, ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells and Miami 
• Represented Argentina in 5-0 win over Germany in Davis Cup World Group 1R, beating F. Mayer and Kamke in singles matches
• Has career 16-43 (0-1) record vs Top 10 opponents, including 5-19 (2-10 on clay) vs Top 5. Last win over a Top 5 opponent was over No. 5 David Ferrer in SF of ‘11 Valencia. He has never defeated a World No. 1 (0-3)

MONACO WINS OVER TOP 5 OPPONENTS – Monaco is 5-19 vs Top 5 opponents with wins over:
No. 5 David Ferrer 2011 Valencia`
No. 4 Andy Murray 2010 Valencia
No. 4 Andy Murray 2009 ATP 1000 Masters Rome
No. 2 Rafael Nadal 2007 Stuttgart
No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko 2007 Poertschach

Court Des Princes 

(4) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Fabio Fognini (ITA) Tied 1-1
09 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (Monaco) Clay R64 Fabio Fognini 1-6 6-3 6-3
11 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Tomas Berdych 7-5 6-0 6-0

Berdych FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
F(2): Marseille (l Tsonga); Dubai (l Djokovic); SF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); QF(3): Chennai (l Bautista Agut); Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Gasquet)
YTD W-L: 22-6 (1-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 6
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 118-72 (8-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 124-133 (1-2)
Monte-Carlo W-L (Best Result-Year): 13-8 (SF-2007, ’12)

Tournament/2013 in Review:
• The 27-year-old Czech Republic native opened Wednesday with a 75 64 win over Spaniard Marcel Granollers.Has a 13-8 mark in Monte-Carlo and he’s coming off his second semi-final last year (l. to Djokovic). He also reached the semi-finals in 2007 (d. No. 6 Robredo in 3R, l. to No. 2 Nadal)
• He is playing here for the ninth time in 10 years (except ’08).  Last year posted wins over Marin Cilic 76(3) 61, No. 12 seed Kei Nishikori 26 62 64 and No. 3 seed Andy Murray 67(4) 62 63
• The last Czech winner here was Ivan Lendl in 1988 (d. Martin Jaite)
• The top player from the Czech Republic enters with a 22-6 match record on the season and has reached the quarter-finals or better in all six tournaments played, including back-to-back finals in Marseille (l. to Tsonga) on Feb. 24 and Dubai (d. Federer in SF, l. to Djokovic) on Mar. 2
• In ATP Masters 1000 events reached SF at Indian Wells (l. to No. 5 Nadal), fell to 3-8 in ATP Masters 1000 SFs and QF at Miami (l. to No. 10 Gasquet) 
• Reached seventh career Grand Slam QF at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic)
• Helped Czech Republic beat Switzerland 3-2 in Davis Cup 1R, winning three points. Partnered with Rosol in doubles rubber, the duo overcame Chiudinelli-Wawrinka 24-22 in fifth set, match lasted 7 hours, 1 minute and is the longest Davis Cup match on record (in time)

Fognini FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
SF: Acapulco (l Ferrer); QF: Buenos Aires (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 11-9 (8-3 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 24, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 32
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 20-32 (4-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 47-42 (3-3)
Monte-Carlo W-L (Best Result-Year): 6-4 (3R-2009, ‘13)

Tournament/2013 in Review: 
• Fognini is making his fifth straight main draw showing in Monte-Carlo (6-4 record) and on Monday opened with a 36 64 64 victory over countryman/No. 18-ranked Andreas Seppi and followed with a 63 75 win over Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos. In ’09 debut as a qualifier (d. No. 25 Berdych, No. 18 Cilic, l. to No. 4 Murray). Last year lost in the second round (d. Llodra, l. to Haase)
• The No. 2 Italian (behind No. 18 Seppi)  comes in with an 11-9 match record on the season (8-3 on clay) and his best results came during the Latin American clay court circuit with a semi-final in Acapulco and quarter-final in Buenos Aires (l. to Ferrer in both)
• Has an 1-21 career record (0-10 on clay) vs. Top 10 opponents (0-4 this year) and his lone win came over No. 9 Verdasco in the first round of Wimbledon in 2010

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs Florian Mayer (GER) Mayer Leads 1-0
11 Munich (Germany) Clay QF Florian Mayer 7-6(4) 3-6 6-4

Dimitrov FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
F: Brisbane (l Murray); SF: Rotterdam (l Del Potro)
YTD W-L 13-7 (2-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 16, 1991
Emirates ATP Ranking: 34
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 13-9 (5-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 28-33 (4-6)
Monte-Carlo W-L (Best Result-Year): 2-0 (3R-2013)

Tournament/2013 in Review:
• Dimitrov made his main draw debut Sunday, defeating Belgian Xavier Malisse  63 62 and followed on Tuesday with a 76 61 victory over No. 10-ranked Janko Tipsarevic. Last year came in ranked No. 86 and lost in final round of qualifying (l. to Kukushkin)
• The 21-year-old Bulgarian is the youngest player left and comes in with a 13-7 record (2-0 on clay) and he’s trying to reach his first career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final
• In the opening week of the season, he dropped one set en route to his first ATP World Tour final in Brisbane (l. to Murray). Rose from World No. 48 to No. 41 on January 7 
• In Rotterdam, in QFs versus Baghdatis, the Bulgarian won 18 straight points from 5-6 second set (5-6 serving game to love, TB 7-0, 0-0 serving game to love, streak ended after 0-40 in Baghdatis’ first service game in the third set). Won 63 in third set (lost in SFs to del Potro).Career-high No. 31 on Mar 4
• Last month, lost in 3R at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic) and followed with same result in Miami (l. to Murray). In doubles (w/Nielsen), lost in SFs in Miami (l. to Fyrstenberg-Matkowski)
• Has career record of 2-18 vs. Top 10 (1-4 this year) and prior to his win over Tipsarevic, beat No.  7 Tomas Berdych at ATP Masters 1000 Miami in 3R last year. Had lost nine in a row in between

YOUNG STARS IN TOP 50 – Dimitrov is one of seven players age 23-under in Top 50 Emirates ATP Rankings:
No. 15 Milos Raonic (22)
No. 16 Kei Nishikori (23)
No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz (22)
No. 28 Martin Klizan (23)
No. 33 Benoit Paire (23)
No. 34 Grigor Dimitrov (21)
No. 44 Bernard Tomic (20)
 
Mayer FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
YTD W-L 6-8 (2-1 on clay) 
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: October 5, 1983
Emirates ATP Ranking: 30
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 35-42 (3-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 63-60 (2-2)
Monte-Carlo W-L (Best Result-Year): 4-4 (3R-2013)

Tournament/2013 in Review: 
• Mayer is one of two Germans (Kohlschreiber) left in the third round after defeating wild card Benjamin Balleret 57 61 62 and Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 57 64 64. Has a 4-4 match record and this is his best result.  In ’05 debut (d. Benneteau, l. to Puerta) and two years ago (d. No. 14 Youzhny, l. to Gil)
• The No. 3 German (behind No. 14 Haas, No. 21 Kohlschreiber) is trying to reach his first ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season and his third career ATP Masters 1000 QF (’11 Rome, Shanghai). His last ATP quarter-final (better) came in Beijing last October when he was a SF (l. to Djokovic)
• He comes in with a 6-8 match record on the season and this is the first tournament he’s won back-to-back matches this year. Opened Down Under with 2nd Rd. in Brisbane (l. to Baghdatis), Sydney (l. to Tomic) and Australian Open (l. to Berankis). Also 2nd Rd. in Indian Wells (l. to Berdych)

(9) Marin Cilic (CRO) vs (7) Richard Gasquet (FRA) First Meeting

Cilic FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
W: Zagreb (d Melzer); QF(3): Chennai (l Paire); Memphis (l Nishikori); ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 17-5 (4-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 9
Date of Birth: September 28, 1988
Emirates ATP Ranking: 11
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 49-47 (6-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 78-87 (8-2)
Monte-Carlo W-L (Best Result-Year): 7-5 (3R-2010-11, ’13)

Tournament/2013 in Review: 
• Cilic, the top Croat is making his sixth appearance in a row (7-5 record) and his best result is the third round in 2010 (bye,d. Andreev, l. to Montanes), '11 (d. Volandri, Riba, l. to Federer) and this year after wins over Horacio Zeballos 62 67 62 and Kevin Anderson 62 63.. Last year lost in the 2nd Rd. (d. Bolelli, l. to No. 7 Berdych).The only time he lost in the 1st Rd.  was in '08 debut (l. to Kiefer)
• The 24-year-old Croat comes in with a 17-5 (4-0 on clay) record. Became the first three-time Zagreb titlist in February (d. Melzer; also won trophy in 2009-2010). Also reached QF at Chennai (l. to Paire) and Memphis (l. to Nishikori) – saved 3 MPs vs. Sijsling in 2R at 46 and 67 in third set TB win
• Reached his sixth career ATP Masters 1000 QF at Miami (l. to Murray, d. Isner in 3R, d. Tsonga in 4R), and fell to 0-6 in QF matches. Reached 3R at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Raonic)
• One of two Croats in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings (No. 11 Cilic, No. 55 Ivan Dodig)

Gasquet FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
W(2): Doha (d Davydenko); Montpellier (d Paire); SF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 22-5 (1-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 9
Date of Birth: June 18, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 9
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 84-60 (7-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 104-99 (7-3)
Monte-Carlo W-L (Best Result-Year): 13-7 (SF-2005)

Tournament/2013 in Review:
• Gasquet, comes in with a 13-7 career match record and opened on Tuesday with a 61 36 61 win over countryman Benoit Paire. In last appearance two years ago, lost in third round to No. 1 Nadal 62 64. Only opening round loss in ’03 (l. to Nalbandian). Looking to reach third QF
• His best result was semi-finals in 2005 when he defeated No. 1 Federer in QF (l. to Nadal in three sets)
• In 2007, he advanced to the quarter-finals (d. No. 8 Ljubicic, l. to Ferrero in three sets)
• In 2008, lost in the third round (l. to Querrey) and in 2010 fell in the second round (l. to Berdych)
• The No. 2 Frenchman (behind No. 8 Tsonga) is off to the best start of his career with a 22-5 match record (all on hard). Last year didn’t win his 22nd match until 3R at Roland Garros
• Along with Rafael Nadal (3), Novak Djokovic (2), David Ferrer (2) and Andy Murray (2), one of five players on tour this year with multiple titles, won at Doha (d. Davydenko) and Montpellier (d. Paire)
• Last month in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, lost in 4R at Indian Wells (l. to No. 6 Berdych) and reached SF in Miami (d. No. 12 Almagro in 3R, d. No. 6 Berdych in QF, l. to No. 3 Murray). 
• On April 4, pulled out of France's Davis Cup team with a right ankle injury, France lost to Argentina 3-2
• At Doha, on January 2, with his 2R win over Zemlja, became the eighth Frenchman in the Open Era to win at least 300 matches on the ATP World Tour…Joined Noah (476), Santoro (470), Pioline (389), Forget (378), Leconte (377), Grosjean (341), Gasquet (320) and Clement (316)
• Reached the Australian Open 4th RD for the fourth time (also 2007-08, ‘12), losing to compatriot Tsonga in four sets
• Represented France in 5-0 Israel in Davis Cup World Group 1R, beating Sela and Weintraub in singles

2013 MATCH WINS LEADERS --- Gasquet is tied for No. 2 with 22 match wins on the ATP World Tour in 2013:

                                        W-L              Titles 
1) David Ferrer               25-5           2
2) Novak Djokovic          22-2           2
    Richard Gasquet      22-5           2    
    Tomas Berdych          22-6         0 
5) Andy Murray              20-2 2

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs (5-WC) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) del Potro Leads 4-0
08 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R16 Juan Martin del Potro 6-1 6-3
08 ATP Masters Series Madrid (Spain) Hard R32 Juan Martin del Potro 6-2 4-2 ret
11 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal (Canada)Hard R64 Juan Martin del Potro 6-4 6-0
13 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard QF Juan Martin del Potro 6-3 6-4
Other meeting:
05 Biella CH (Italy) Clay R32 Juan Martin del Potro 6-3 6-2

Nieminen FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
SF: Montpellier (l Gasquet); QF(2): Sydney (l Tomic); Rotterdam (l Del Potro)
YTD W-L: 16-8 (2-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: July 23, 1981
Emirates ATP Ranking: 49
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 54-64 (6-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 141-112 (7-0)
Monte-Carlo W-L (Best Result-Year): 8-7 (3R-2003, ’13)

Tournament/2013 in Review: 
• Nieminen is making his eighth main draw appearance (8-7 record) and opened on Monday with a 61 62 victory over Serb Viktor Troicki and followed with a 63 16 76(3) win over No. 12 Milos Raonic. This is the second time he’s reached the third round. In ’03, d. Dent, Kafelnikov, l. to Chela. Last two years lost in the second round to eventual champion Nadal
• The top Finnish player on the ATP World Tour is playing in his first clay court tournament of the season  with a 16-8 match record. His best result was the semi-finals in Montpellier (l. to Gasquet) in February. Also a quarter-finalist in Sydney where he was defending champion (l. to Tomic) and in Rotterdam (l. to del Potro). All three losses came to the eventual winner
• Has a 10-67 career record against Top 10 opponents and has lost 17 in a row since defeating No. 6 Ferrer in the first round of Rotterdam in February 2011

del Potro FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
W: Rotterdam (d Benneteau); F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); SF: Dubai (l Djokovic); QF: Marseille (l Simon)
YTD W-L 17-5 (1-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 14
Date of Birth: September 23, 1988
Emirates ATP Ranking: 7
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 63-32 (6-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 84-68 (5-3)
Monte-Carlo W-L (Best Result-Year): 1-1 (3R-2013)

Tournament/2013 in Review:
• del Potro on Tuesday returned to Monte-Carlo for the first time in four years and rallied for a 16 64 63 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov. In’09, came in ranked No. 5 and lost to Ivan Ljubicic in opening round (after bye). In ’08, lost in second round of qualifying (l. to Gicquel)
• The Tandil native enters his first clay court tournament of the year with a 17-5 (1-0 on clay) match record. Trying to reach his fifth quarter-final in six tournaments this season
• Last month reached his second career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final at Indian Wells (d. No. 19 Haas in 4R, No. 3 Murray in QF, No. 1 Djokovic in SF, l. to No. 5 Nadal in F) 
• Fell in 2R of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Kamke) in last tournament
• At Rotterdam became first Argentine since Vilas in 1982 (d. Connors) to win title, beating Julien Benneteau in straight sets in final
• Reached SF at Dubai (l. to Djokovic), saved 3 MPs at 4-5 in third set vs. Baghdatis in Dubai 1R, winning 46 64 76(4)

ARGENTINES IN TOP 100 – del Potro is one of seven Argentines in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings:
No.  7 Juan Martin del Potro
No. 20 Juan Monaco No. 63 Carlos Berlocq
No. 40 Horacio Zeballos No. 92 Martin Alund
No. 62 Leonardo Mayer No. 98 Federico Delbonis

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