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Nadal, Wawrinka To Face Off For Madrid Title

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Nadal© Getty ImagesNadal is aiming to win his third Madrid title

MADRID SUNDAY PREVIEW – WAWRINKA LOOKS FOR FIRST CAREER WIN OVER NADAL IN TITLE MATCH

• The championship on Sunday at the Mutua Madrid Open features World No. 15 Stanislas Wawrinka looking for his first career win over World No. 5 Rafael Nadal.  The Spaniard leads their overall head-to-head series 8-0 (3-0 on clay and 5-0 on hard) and has won all 17 sets played. This is the seventh different ATP Masters 1000 tournament they will have met in and second final (’07 Stuttgart). Both players are in the Top 5 match wins leaders this year.   

• World No. 5 Nadal is playing in the final here for the fourth time in five years and is looking to win his third Madrid title (2005, ’10). He has a career tournament record of 29-8. The only other three-time winner here is Roger Federer. The 26-year-old Spaniard is playing in his seventh straight final of the season (4-2 record) and it’s second time in his career (2011) he’s advanced to seven finals in a row. This is Nadal’s 78th ATP World Tour level final (54-22 mark) and his 34th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (22-11). Nadal is 39-6 lifetime in clay finals, losing to three players – Djokovic (three times), Federer (twice) and Horacio Zeballos (once). Zeballos was his only loss to a non-Top 20 opponent in an ATP World Tour final. 

• No. 15 seed Wawrinka has equaled his career-high nine match winning streak since earning his fourth career ATP World Tour title last week at Oerias (d. No. 4 Ferrer). The 28-year-old Swiss native is playing in his second career ATP Masters 1000 final (’08 Rome, l. to Djokovic) and his 12th final overall (4-7 record). He comes in with a 25-8 record (18-4 on clay) and is one of five players with 25 or more wins on the ATP World Tour. By reaching the final he will return to the Top 10 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time Oct. 6, 2008. He reached a career-high No. 9 in June  2008.

FINALS HISTORY

Nadal          Appearing in his 78th career ATP World Tour level final…54-23 in finals (4-2 in 2013)

Appearing in his 34th career ATP Masters 1000 final..........22-11 in finals (16-5 on clay)

Wawrinka   Appearing in his 12th career ATP World Tour final……..    4-7 in finals (1-1 in 2013)

Appearing in his 2nd career ATP Masters 1000 final.......... 0-1 in finals (0-1 on clay)

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Winner:            € 638,500 and 1000 Emirates ATP Ranking points

Runner-up:       € 313,070 and 600 Emirates ATP Ranking points 

2013 MATCH WINS LEADERS – Nadal and Wawrinka are in the Top 5 with the most match wins on the ATP World Tour this season:Nadal and Wawrinka are among the Top 10 wins leaders this year on the ATP World Tour:

                                      W-L              Titles

1) Rafael Nadal                30-2                4                          

    David Ferrer                30-8                2

3) Novak Djokovic            26-3               3

    Tomas Berdych            26-9               0

5) Stanislas Wawrinka     25-8               1

TOP 10 WINS LEADERS – Nadal and Wawrinka are among the Top 10 wins leaders this year on the ATP World Tour: 

                                       W-L

1)  Novak Djokovic            7-1

2)  Rafael Nadal                6-1                                              

3)  Stanislas Wawrinka     4-5                  

4)  Andy Murray                3-3                

     Tomas Berdych            3-5

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS –

Manolo Santana Court

(5) Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs (15) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)                   Nadal Leads 8-0

07 Australian Open (Australia)                Hard        R32      Rafael Nadal                 6-2    6-2    6-2

07 Stuttgart (Germany)                           Clay        Final    Rafael Nadal                 6-4    7-5

07 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France)       Hard        R16      Rafael Nadal                 6-4    6-3

09 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.)      Hard        R16      Rafael Nadal                 7-6(2)7-6(4)

10 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy)          Clay        QF        Rafael Nadal                 6-4    6-1

10 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (Canada)  Hard        R32      Rafael Nadal                 7-6(12) 6-3

10 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China)   Hard        R32      Rafael Nadal                 6-4    6-4

12 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo          Clay        QF        Rafael Nadal                 7-5    6-4

 

                                                          Nadal                             Wawrinka

            Sets Won:                                     17                                        0

            Tiebreak Sets Won:                        3                                          0

 

            Match Wins By Surface:

            Clay:                                             3                                          0

            Hard:                                             5                                          0

NADAL FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

  • The two-time Madrid champ (2005, ’10) is appearing in the final for the fourth time in five years (except last year) and fifth overall (2-2 record). He opened with a 63 64 win over Frenchman Benoit Paire and followed with a 62 63 victory over Mikhail Youzhny and then beat countrymen No. 4 David Ferrer 46 76 60 and wild card Pablo Andujar 60 64. Comes in with a 29-8 career match record. Last year lost to countryman Fernando Verdasco in the third round
  • This week No. 1 in return games won (18 of 40, 45%)
  • In 2011, reached final (l. to No. 2 Djokovic 75 64). He won titles in 2010 (d. Federer) and ’05 (d. Ljubicic in five sets) and runner-up in 2009 (l. to Federer)
  • In 2008, reached the semis (l. to Simon) and quarters in ‘06 (l. to Berdych) and ‘07 (l. to Nalbandian)
  • Made his debut in 2003 (ranked No. 49) and lost to countryman Alex Corretja in the first round
  • In 2009 semi-final, outlasted Djokovic 36 76(5) 76(9), saving three match points in the final set tie-break to prevail in four hours and three minute battle (longest three-setter)

Madrid Finals (2-2) – Nadal is appearing in his fifth Madrid final and he’s trying to join Federer as the only three-time champions in tournament history (since 2002):

2011 – lost to No. 2 Novak Djokovic 75 64            2009 – lost to No. 2 Roger Federer 64 64

2010 – def. No. 1 Roger Federer 64 76                  2005 – def. No. 12 Ivan Ljubicic 36 26 63 64 76

2013 Highlights:

W(3): Sao Paulo (d Nalbandian); Acapulco (d Ferrer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (d Del Potro); Barcelona (d Almagro); F(2): Vina del Mar (l Zeballos); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic)

2013 Review:

  • The Spaniard is off to a 30-2 start (25-2 on clay) and he’s appearing in his seventh straight ATP World Tour final (4-2 record). Also appeared in seven straight finals two years ago (3-4). Two weeks ago captured his eighth title in Barcelona and improved to 40-1 in Barcelona. His only loss came 10 years ago in the second round to countryman Alex Corretja
  • The Mallorcan native is No. 3 in the Open Era with 39 clay court titles, trailing fellow left-handers  Guillermo Vilas (46) and Thomas Muster (40)
  • Is playing in his 78th career ATP World Tour final, 54-23 (39-6 on clay) in finals (4-2 in 2013). The all-time leader with 22 ATP Masters 1000 titles (22-11 in finals)
  • Had his eight-year title reign at ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo come to end as World No. 1 Djokovic snapped his 46-match winning streak in the final
  • He won his 600th career Tour-level match 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 second career title 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

CLAY COURT SUCCESS  – Nadal has the best career match record on clay in the Open Era with a 279-21 mark (.930) and he’s 39-6 in clay finals. Here's a year-by-year look at Nadal's clay court supremacy since 2005, compiling a 253-11 match record (.958) on the ATP World Tour:

            W-L      Clay Finals

2013 – 25-2       3-2 (l. to Zeballos, Djokovic)

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 (three times), Federer (twice), Zeballos

 

ATP MASTERS 1000 TITLE LEADERS – Nadal is the all-time leader with 22 ATP Masters 1000 titles:

                                    No.

Rafael Nadal                             22                             

Roger Federer                           21                   

Andre Agassi                            17                   

Novak Djokovic                        14                   

Pete Sampras                           11                    

 

OPEN ERA CLAY COURT TITLES LEADERS – Nadal is No. 3 in the Open Era clay court titles leaders list:

                                                                      No.

1) Guillermo Vilas                                             46

2) Thomas Muster                                             40

3) Rafael Nadal                                                 39

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

WAWRINKA FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

  • The Swiss No. 2 is 12-6 lifetime in Madrid and playing here for the seventh year in a row. Appearing in his first final. Has posted wins over Romanian wild card Marius Copil 64 64, Santiago Giraldo 63 63, Grigor Dimitrov 36 64 61, No. 8-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 62 67 64 and No. 6 Tomas Berdych 63 46 64. His previous best was 3R in four of past five years: ‘08 (l. to Lopez), ’09 (l. to No. 5 del Potro), ’10 (l. to No. 1 Federer), ’12 (l. to No. 1 Djokovic)
  • This week No. 3 in return games won (19 of 62, 31%), No. 5 in aces (19) and No. 8 in service games won (54 of 61, 89%)

2013 Highlights:

W: Oeiras (d Ferrer); F: Buenos Aires (l Ferrer); SF: Casablanca (l Robredo); QF(2): Chennai (l Bedene); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Tsonga)

2013 in Review:

  • The 28-year-old Swiss native comes in with a 25-8 record (18-4 on clay) this season and has reached the quarter-finals or better at six tournaments, including last four on clay – last month at ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo, reached QFs (l. to Tsonga), previous week SF in Casablanca (l. to Robredo in three sets) and title last Sunday in Oeiras (d. No. 4 Ferrer)
  • It was his fourth career ATP World Tour title (4-7 in finals) and first crown since January 2011 in Chennai (d. Malisse)
  • Will jump from No. 15 to No. 10 by reaching the  final and last Top 10 ranking was Oct. 6, ‘08
  • Appearing in his second ATP Masters 1000 final  (0-1 on clay) and previous title match came in Rome in May 2008 (l. to Djokovic)
  • Reached 4R at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Federer) and withdrew from Miami (back/arm)
  • On February 24 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 a 22-60 career record (1-4 in finals) vs. Top 10 opponents (4-5 this year) all four wins came on clay in past three tournaments, over No. 2 Murray in 3R at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo last month, No. 4 Ferrer last week, No. 8 Tsonga on Friday and No. 6 Berdych on Saturday (second time he’s faced three Top 10s in a row,  ’08 Rome – d. No. 8 Blake, d. No. 6 Roddick (ret), l. to No. 3 Djokovic

WAWRINKA VS TOP 10 IN FINALS – The Swiss No. 2 is 1-4 vs Top 10 opponents in ATP World Tour finals:

d. No. 4 David Ferrer at 2013 Oeiras

l. to No. 4 David Ferrer at 2013 Buenos Aires

l. to No. 3 Novak Djokovic at 2008 ATP Masters 1000 Rome

l. to No. 3 Novak Djokovic at 2007 Vienna

l. to No. 2 Rafael Nadal at 2007 Stuttgart

SWISS TOP 10 PLAYERS – Wawrinka is one of four Swiss players to rank in the Top 10 (career-high):

Roger Federer                No. 1 on Feb. 2, 2004

Jakob Hlasek                  No. 7 on April 17, 1989

Marc Rosset                   No. 9 on Sept. 11, 1995

Stanislas Wawrinka         No. 9 on June 9, 2008

DOUBLES FINAL – BRYAN-BRYAN FACE PEYA-SOARES FOR MADRID CROWN

  • World No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan are looking to win their fifth ATP Masters 1000 Madrid title (2006-07, 2010-11).They are playing here for the 12th time with a 25-7 tournament record. They captured their 86th career and their first ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells title (d. Huey-Janowicz). They also won in Sydney, the Australian Open and Memphis, 4-2 record in finals this year. On April 11 Bob became the third player to win 800 career matches in doubles with two wins (1R & QF) in Houston. They come in with a career record of 806-256 (29-6 in 2013).
  • The Australian 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 22-17 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). 
  • The No. 7 seeds and current No. 4 doubles team Peya and Soares are looking to win their first ATP Masters 1000 title and their sixth overall. This year they won titles in Sao Paulo (d. Cermak-Mertinak) and Barcelona (d. Lindstedt-Nestor). They also reached SF at Memphis (l. to Bryans), Acapulco (l. to Bolelli-Fognini) and ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Huey-Janowicz) – their first ATP Masters 1000 SF. They have a career mark of 39-12 (20-7 in ‘13) and are playing together here for the first time
  • The 32-year-old Peya has seven career doubles titles, 7-8 record in finals. He is playing here for the second time, last year lost in 1R (w/Marach, l. to Gonzalez -Kas). He is playing in his first career ATP Masters 1000 final.
  • The 31-year-old Soares has 13 career doubles titles, 13-9 record in finals. He is playing here for the fourth time, best result was reaching the semi-finals in 2009 (l. to Aspelin-Moodie). His best ATP Masters 1000 result was reaching the final of Monte Carlo in 2011 (w/Chela).

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Winner:            € 197,730 and 1000 Emirates ATP Ranking points

Runner-up:       € 96,800 and 600 Emirates ATP Ranking points

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