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Djokovic, Murray, Nadal Play Wednesday In Monte-Carlo

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray practises under Ivan Lendl's watchful eye in Monte-Carlo.

WEDNESDAY PREVIEW – TOP FOUR SEEDS DJOKOVIC, MURRAY, NADAL, BERDYCH IN ACTION

• Second round play concludes on Wednesday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters with No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Andy Murray, No. 3 Rafael Nadal and No. 4 Tomas Berdych taking to the courts for the first time on Court Central. There are 11 second round matches on the schedule.

• In the opening match No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic brings a 2-0 advantage against Marcel Granollers of Spain. The World No. 6 Berdych comes in with a 21-6 record on the year and he’s one of four players with 20+ match wins this season (Ferrer 25, Gasquet 22, and Djokovic 21) and one of two Top 10 players (Federer) without a title. He comes into his first clay court tourney, having reaching the quarter-finals or better in each of his six tournaments played. The 27-year-old Granollers comes into the second round with a 6-8 (1-0 on clay) mark this season. The World No. 4 in doubles turned in his best singles result in Sydney in January when he reached the quarter-finals (l. to Seppi). He is one of a tournament-high nine Spaniards in this year’s singles draw.

• Following World No. 5 Rafael Nadal begins his quest to win his ninth consecutive title here in a first time meeting with Australian Marinko Matosevic. It is the first time that Nadal is playing a Australian here. Nadal is playing here for the 10th time and has an overall record of 44-1, winning 42 consecutive matches. His only loss came to Guillermo Coria in third round in his tournament debut in 2003. He has the best career match record on clay in the Open Era with a 266-20 record and he’s 38-5 in clay finals. The 27-year-old Matosevic is playing his first Top 5 opponent and has career record of 0-3 vs. Top 10 foes.  He is making his tournament debut and he defeated Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 75 63 on Tuesday, converting five of seven break point chances and saving nine of 12 break points faced.

• In the third match, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic takes a 4-3 head-to-head advantage against top Russian  Mikhail Youzhny. This is their first meeting on clay.. Djokovic is playing his first match since spraining his right ankle in the Davis Cup quarter-finals against Sam Querrey on April 7 in Boise, Idaho. Djokovic’s four-set win clinched the tie and sent Serbia into the semi-finals (vs. Canada). Djokovic is a two-time finalist in Monte-Carlo (last year and ’09, l. to Nadal both times).  The former World No. 8 Youzhny is playing here for the ninth time (4-8 record) and is looking to reach the third round for the second time. In his tournament debut in 2001 he lost to Alberto Martin in the third round.

• In the final match, World No. 2 Andy Murray faces qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France for the second time. Murray won their only meeting in three sets in the second round of the 2012 Australian Open. Murray comes in after capturing his ninth career ATP Masters 1000 title at Miami (d. Ferrer) on Mar. 31. The 25-year-old Scot is two wins away from recording his 400th career ATP World Tour-level win (398-125 record). He is playing here for the seventh time (10-6 record) and reached the semi-finals twice (2009 & ’11). The 29-year-old Roger-Vasselin comes in with an 8-7 (2-1 on clay) record and he’s playing in his fourth career ATP Masters 1000 event and first on clay. He was a lucky loser at ATP Masters 1000 Miami replacing Lopez, losing to Devvarman in second round. He has a career record of 1-7 (0-1 in 2013) vs. Top 10 opponents with his lone win over No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro at Tokyo in October 2009 as a qualifier.

WEDNESDAY SECOND ROUND FED EX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play by Court

Court Central

(4) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Marcel Granollers (ESP) Berdych Leads 2-0
10 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R64 Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-3
11 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay R32 Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-0

BERDYCH FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 27-year-old Czech Republic native has a 12-8 mark 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)\

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)

2013 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic enters with a 21-6 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) and Dubai (d. Federer in SF, l. to Djokovic)
• 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)

GRANOLLERS FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 27-year-old Spaniard won his first round on Tuesday 67 63 61 over Romanian qualifier Victor Hanescu to improve his record to 2-4. Also 2nd Rd. in ’09 (d. Acasuso, l. to Nalbandian)
• Three of his losses have come to Top 20 opponents – No. 15 Nalbandian (2R), No. 16 Ferrero (1R) and No. 12 Almagro (1R)

2013 Highlights:
QF: Sydney (l Seppi)

2013 in Review:
• The No.4 doubles player in the world comes in with a 6-8 (1-0 on clay) record in singles. Best result was reaching the QF at Sydney (d. Ebden in 1R, Fognini in 2R and l. to Seppi in QF)
• In ATP Masters 1000 events lost 1R at Indian Wells (l. to Nalbandian) and 2R at Miami (l. to Melzer, 1R bye)
• In doubles partnering with countryman Marc Lopez lost in SF at Australian Open (l. to Haase/Sijsling), SF at ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to eventual champions Qureshi/Rojer) and 2R at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Peya/Soares)
• One of seven Spaniards ranked in the Top 50 of Emirates ATP World Rankings at No. 35; joined by No. 4 Ferrer, No. 5 Nadal, No. 12 Almagro, No. 31 Verdasco and No. 43 Robredo
• Career 3-17 (0-1 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents, has lost last seven, last win was over No. 10 Monfils in 2011 at Valencia QF, highest ranked opponent he defeated was No. 8 Robin Soderling in 1R of 2010 Australian Open and No. 8 James Blake in F of 2008 Houston

SPANIARDS IN TOP 50 – Granollers is one of seven Spaniards in the Top 50 Emirates ATP Rankings:
No. 4 David Ferrer No. 35 Marcel Granollers
No. 5 Rafael Nadal No. 37 Feliciano Lopez
No. 12 Nicolas Almagro No. 43 Tommy Robredo
No. 31 Fernando Verdasco

Marinko Matosevic (AUS) vs (3) Rafael Nadal (ESP) First Meeting

MATOSEVIC FASTFACTS 

Tournament Highlights:
• The 26-year-old Aussie made a successful Monte-Carlo debut on Tuesday, defeating ’10 finalist and former World No. 7 Fernando Verdasco 75 63. One of two Aussies (Tomic) in the main draw

2013 Highlights:
SF: Memphis (l Nishikori)

2013 in Review:
• The No. 2 Aussie (behind No. 44 Tomic) has an 8-9 (1-1 on clay) match record on the season and his best result is the semi-finals in Memphis in February (l. to eventual champion Nishikori)
• After opening first month with an 0-3 record on home soil, has won eight of his last 14 matches
• Playing in first clay court tournament of the season. In Davis Cup tie in Uzbekistan on clay, lost to Denis Istomin in four sets in second match on April 5
• Last month in first two ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, lost in third round in Indian Wells (d. Robredo, No. 14 Monaco, l. to Querrey) and first round in Miami (l. to Sela)
• Has  a career 0-3 record vs Top 10 opponents (first this year) and 4-4 (0-1 in 2013) vs left-handers

NADAL FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The reigning eight-time champion has a 44-1 career record with 42 consecutive match wins. Won his fourth title in past six years without dropping a set (d. Djokovic 63 61). The only sets he’s lost in past six years (30 matches) are to Djokovic in ’09 final and Murray in ’11 SF
• Overall has only lost six sets (86-6) 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 17-1 start (12-1 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 266-20 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 240-10 match record (.960) on the ATP World Tour:
        W-L      Clay Finals
2013 – 12-1 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

(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) Djokovic Leads 4-3
06 Wimbledon (England) Grass R32 Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-3
07 Marseille (France) Hard (I) R32 Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 4-6    7-6
07 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard (I) SF Mikhail Youzhny 3-6 7-6(7) 7-5
08 Beijing Olympics (China) Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 7-6(3)6-3
09 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal (Canada)Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4
10 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard (I) SF Mikhail Youzhny 7-6(5) 7-6(6)
10 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard F Novak Djokovic 7-5 5-7 6-3

DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 25-year-old Serb is coming off his second final after losing 63 61 to No. 2 Nadal last year. Has a 15-6 career record. 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 World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l del Potro)

2013 in Review:                                 
• The World No. 1 comes into his first clay court tournament with a 21-2 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) 

YOUZHNY FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 30-year-old Russian is playing in Monte-Carlo for the ninth time (4-8 record) and opened on Monday with a 64 60 win over Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver
• His best result came in 2001 debut (d. Kiefer, Bjorkman, l. to A. Martin). His other win came in ’07 (d. Moya-ret). In his last appearance two years ago (l. to F. Mayer in 1R)

2013 Highlights:
SF: Zagreb (l Cilic)

2013 in Review:
• The Moscow native comes in with a 7-7 (1-0) record on the season and won his 400th career ATP World Tour-level match on January 1, over Benjamin Becker...He’s the ninth active player to accomplish the milestone...He is the fourth Russian to reach the 400 Match Wins Club (see list below)
• Last month  at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, lost in 2R at Indian Wells (l. to Mayer) and 3R at Miami (l. to Gasquet) 
• Fell short of retaining Zagreb title, falling to Cilic in SFs. On Feb. 12, retired due to hip injury against Thiemo de Bakker in third set in Rotterdam 1R
• One of five Russians ranked in the Top 100 at No. 27 No. 41; joined by No. 41 Davydenko, No. 66 Tursunov, No. 74 Kuznetsov and No. 77 Donskoy
• Has career 27-67 (0-1 in 2013) record vs Top 10 opponents, 7-36 vs Top 5 and 0-9 vs World No. 1. The last time he defeated a player in the Top 5 was at 2010 Rotterdam SF (d. No. 2 Djokovic)

RUSSIANS 400 WINS CLUB – Youzhny is one of four Russians with 400+ ATP Tour-level match wins:
                              W-L
Yevgeny Kafelnikov  609-306
Nikolay Davydenko   465-305
Marat Safin                422-267
Mikhail Youzhny       406-296

(Q) Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs (2) Andy Murray (GBR) Murray Leads 1-0
12 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R64 Andy Murray 6-1 6-4 6-4

ROGER-VASSELIN FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 29-year-old Frenchman qualified into the main draw for the first time with a pair of straight-set wins over Tatsuma Ito (64 63) and No. 13 seed Sergiy Stakhovsky (62 64). On Monday, defeated top Dutchman Robin Haase 63 62 in 1st Rd. Father Christophe, reached 2nd Rd. here in 1981 (l. to Taroczy) 

2013 Highlights:
F: Delray Beach (l Gulbis)

2013 in Review:
• The Frenchman comes in with an 8-7 (2-1 on clay) record and playing his fourth career ATP Masters 1000 event and first on clay. Was lucky loser in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l. to de Bakker in Q2), replacing Lopez, losing to Devvarman in 2R, failed to qualify for Indian Wells (l. to Zverev in Q1)
• Reached first career ATP World Tour singles final in Delray Beach (d. No. 15 Isner in SF, l. Gulbis in F)
• Reached 2R at the Australian Open (l. to Benneteau) for the second year in a row, in 1R defeated Bemelmans 11-9 in 95-minute fifth set (match lasted four hours, 25 minutes)
• Has 1-7 (0-1 in 2013) record vs Top 10 opponents, with lone win over No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro in 1R at 2009 Tokyo (as a qualifier). Has lost last six since win

MURRAY FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 25-year-old Scot is coming off a quarter-final effort last year (l. to No. 7 Berdych in three sets)
• He is making his seventh appearance in eight years (except '07) and owns a 10-6 record
• 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 his first clay court match of the year and comes in with a 19-2 record. He is two wins away from recording his 400th career ATP World Tour-level win (398-125 record). 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

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

2013 MATCH WINS LEADERS --- Murray is No. 5 in match wins on the ATP World Tour this season:
                                        W-L              Titles 
1) David Ferrer               25-4           2
2) Richard Gasquet        22-5 2
3) Novak Djokovic          21-2           2  
    Tomas Berdych          21-6         0  
4) Andy Murray             19-2 2

Court Des Princes 

(12) Milos Raonic (CAN) vs Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) Nieminen Leads 1-0
12 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard QF Jarkko Nieminen 6-3 7-6(3)

Raonic FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
W: San Jose (d Haas)
YTD W-L: 14-4 (1-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: December 27, 1990
Emirates ATP Ranking: 15

Tournament/2013 in Review: 
• Raonic is making his third appearance in a row (3-2 record) and on Monday opened with a 61 64 win over Frenchman Julien Benneteau. Two years ago in debut (d. Llodra, Gulbis, l. to No. 6 Ferrer in 3rd Rd.). Last year lost in 1st Rd. to Albert Montanes in three sets
• The top ranked Canadian comes in with a 14-4 record (1-0 on clay, 13-4 on hard) and became the first player to win three straight San Jose titles in a row in the Open Era and the first since Trabert from 1953-55. Improved to 12-0 at the tournament and 4-3 in ATP World Tour finals after hitting 19 aces to beat Haas. Faced only one break point in 39 service games during the week
• Led Canada to their first Davis Cup SF, going 2-0 against Spain with wins over Ramos and Granollers and 2-0 against Italy with wins over Fognini and Seppi. Canada faces Serbia in the SFs in September
• In ATP Masters 1000 play reached 4R at Indian Wells (l. to Tsonga, d. Cilic in 3R), at Miami withdrew prior to his 3R match with Querrey due to illness (strep throat)
• Became the third Canadian man in the Open Era to reach the 4th Rd. at Australian Open (l. to Federer)

Nieminen FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
SF: Montpellier (l Gasquet); QF(2): Sydney (l Tomic); Rotterdam (l Del Potro)
YTD W-L: 15-8 (1-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: July 23, 1981
Emirates ATP Ranking: 49

Tournament/2013 in Review: 
• Nieminen is making his eighth main draw appearance (7-7 record) and opened on Monday with a 61 62 victory over Serb Viktor Troicki. His best result came in 2003 when he reached the third round (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 15-8 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

(Q) Albert Ramos (ESP) vs Fabio Fognini (ITA) Fognini Leads 2-0
11 Santiago (Chile) Clay R16 Fabio Fognini 3-6 7-5 6-4
12 Eastbourne (Great Britain) Grass R32 Fabio Fognini 7-6(2) 6-7(3) 6-2
Other meeting:
09 San Benedetto CH (Italy) Clay SF Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-2

Ramos FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
QF(2): Vina del Mar (l Zeballos); Buenos Aires (l Wawrinka)
YTD W-L: 11-9 (6-3 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: January 17, 1988
Emirates ATP Ranking: 67

Tournament/2013 in Review: 
• Ramos qualified into the main draw with a pair of wins and on Tuesday opened with a 63 63 win over Czech Republic No. 2 Radek Stepanek. Last year made debut and lost to Nishikori in first round
• The left-handed Spaniard enters with an 11-9 match record on the season (6-3 on clay, 5-6 on hard) and his best ATP World Tour result is a pair of quarter-finals in Vina del Mar (l. to eventual champ Zeballos in three sets) and Buenos Aires (l. to Wawrinka)

Fognini FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
SF: Acapulco (l Ferrer); QF: Buenos Aires (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 10-9 (7-3 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 24, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 32

Tournament/2013 in Review: 
• Fognini is making his fifth straight main draw showing in Monte-Carlo (5-4 record) and on Monday opened with a 36 64 64 victory over countryman/No. 18-ranked Andreas Seppi. His best result is the third round 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 a 10-9 match record on the season (7-3 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)

Jurgen Melzer (AUT) vs (10) Nicolas Almagro (ESP) Tied 2-2
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay QF Nicolas Almagro 6-3 6-1
10 Vienna (Austria) Hard (I) SF Jurgen Melzer 6-4 6-4
11 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R16 Jurgen Melzer 6-1 6-4
12 ESP vs. AUT WG QF (Spain) Clay RR Nicolas Almagro 6-2 6-2 6-4

Melzer FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
F: Zagreb (l Cilic); QF(2): Brisbane (l Dimitrov); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 12-11 (1-4 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: May 22, 1981
Emirates ATP Ranking: 36

Tournament/2013 in Review:
• Melzer, who reached the semi-finals here two years ago (d. No. 12 Haas in 3R, No. 3 Federer in QF, l. to No. 6 Ferrer), comes in with a 6-6 career record. On Tuesday, rallied past Dutch qualifier Jesse Huta Galung 16 63 62. After an 0-3 start here (in 2005, ’07, ’09), has a 6-3 record
• 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)

SEVEN  (DIFFERENT) ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 QF – Melzer’s best result in an ATP Masters 1000 touranment 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

Almagro FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
F: Houston (l Isner); SF(2): Buenos Aires (l Wawrinka); Acapulco (l Nadal); QF(2): Australian Open (l Ferrer); Sao Paulo (l Nalbandian)
YTD W-L: 18-7 (11-4 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 12
Date of Birth: August 21, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 12

Tournament/2013 in Review:
• Almagro is playing in Monte-Carlo for the seventh year in a row (7-6 record) and opened on Tuesday with a 26 61 63 win over young Belgian David Goffin. Looking to reach the third round for the fourth time – 2008 (l. to Andreev), ’11 (l. to Melzer) and last year (l. to Wawrinka)
• The 26-year-old Spaniard is coming off his first ATP World Tour final of the season last Sunday in Houston (l. to Isner), his first on U.S. soil (12-7 career finals record, all on clay)
• Has an 18-7 match record this season (11-4 on clay) and season aces leader (266) on the ATP World Tour. Also No. 2 in first serve pts. won (79%) and No. 5 in second serve pts. won (56%)
• Reached first ATP World Tour SF of year in Buenos Aires (l. to Wawrinka) in February and first career Grand Slam QF on hard at Australian Open (l. to Ferrer). Has reached QF at Roland Garros three times

CLAY COURT MATCH WINS LEADERS – Almagro is No. 3 among active players on the ATP World Tour with 217 career match wins on clay:
  W-L
1) Rafael Nadal 266-20   
2) David Ferrer 247-99   
3) Nicolas Almagro      217-101 
4) Tommy Robredo 215-95                                    
5) Juan Monaco 182-100 

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs (14) Juan Monaco (ARG) Monaco Leads 2-1
07 Bastad (Sweden) Clay R32 Juan Monaco 7-6(6) 3-6 6-4
09 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R16 Ernests Gulbis 6-3 4-1 ret
10 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R128 Juan Monaco 6-3 7-6(5) 6-1

Gulbis FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
W: Delray Beach (d Roger-Vasselin)
YTD W-L 14-3 (3-0 on clay) 
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: August 30, 1988
Emirates ATP Ranking: 56

Tournament/2013 in Review: 
• Gulbis, the last direct acceptance into the draw, opened on Tuesday with a 46 62 63 win over American wild card John Isner. He is making his fourth appearance in Monte-Carlo (3-3), the first in two years when he defeated No. 21 Dolgopolov (l. to Raonic). Also lost in second round in '10 (d. Chiudinelli, l. to Wawrinka). Made debut in '09 and lost to Kohlschreiber in first round
• The Latvian comes in with a 14-3 match record (3-0 on clay) on the season and last season didn't win his 14th win until the US Open. Played here in Monaco in Davis Cup tie Apr. 5-7 and won both matches in straight sets. His last tournament was last month at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells where he qualified and lost to eventual champion Nadal 7-5 in third set in fourth round
• Prior to Indian Wells, qualified in Delray Beach and won third career ATP World Tour title, winning three qualifying matches and five in main draw, highlighted with third set TB win over No. 19 Haas in SF and Roger-Vasselin in final. Has climbed from No. 139 at the end of last year to No. 56 this week in the Emirates ATP Rankings 

Monaco FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
SF: Houston (l Isner)
YTD W-L: 6-7 (6-4 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: March 29, 1984
Emirates ATP Ranking: 20

Tournament/2013 in Review: 
• Monaco  is making his sixth appearance in a row (5-5 record) and opened  on Tuesday with a 64 60 win over top Slovak Martin Klizan. Trying to reach the third round for the first time since ’09 (d. Chardy, Robredo, l. to A. Beck). Last year retired in first round with a sprained ankle (vs. Haase) 
• 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 6-7 match record on the season (6-4 on hard). 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

Court 2

(9) Marin Cilic (CRO) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA) Cilic Leads 2-0
09 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R128 Marin Cilic 6-3 6-2 6-7(4)  6-3
11 Beijing (China) Hard QF Marin Cilic 7-6(4) 4-6 6-1

(13) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) vs (Q) Albert Montanes (ESP) Wawrinka Leads 2-1
06 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R128 Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-0
07 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R64 Albert Montanes 3-6 6-1 7-6(3)
08 Barcelona (Spain) Clay QF Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4

Court 9

Florian Mayer (GER) vs Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) First Meeting

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