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Gasquet, Isner, Dimitrov Feature In First-Round Rome Action Sunday

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Gasquet© Getty Images9th seed Gasquet is seeking to post his first career win over Querrey

Internazionali BNL D'Italia PREVIEW

Former champions: 2 – Rafael Nadal (2005-07, ’09-10, ‘12), Novak Djokovic (2008, ’11)
Former finalists: 6 – Novak Djokovic (2012, ‘09), Rafael Nadal (2011), David Ferrer (2010), Stanislas Wawrinka (2008), Roger Federer (2006, ‘03) , Tommy Haas (2002)
Wild cards: 4 – Paolo Lorenzi, Potito Starace, Matteo Viola, Filippo Volandri
Qualifiers: 7 – To be completed Sunday 
Youngest in Draw: Grigor Dimitrov (21 years, 11 months) – birthday on May 16
Oldest in Draw: Tommy Haas (35 years, 1 month)
Players by Country: Spain 7, France 6, Italy 6, Argentina 3, Serbia 3.  Four countries with 2
2013 ATP Tournament Winners in Draw (15 of 19): Rafael Nadal (4), Novak Djokovic (3), David Ferrer (2), Richard Gasquet (2), Andy Murray (2), Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro, Tommy Haas, John Isner, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Janko Tipsarevic, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Stanislas Wawrinka, Horacio Zeballos. Note: Nadal-Wawrinka in Madrid Final. Ernests Gulbis (Delray Beach), Lukas Rosol (Bucharest) in final round of qualifying on Sunday 
* Does not include qualifiers

• The 78th edition of the Internazionali BNL D'Italia, the fifth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, features an outstanding field with 29 of the Top 30 players (No. 26 Florian Mayer injured) in the Emirates ATP Rankings at the Foro Italico in Rome.
• Leading the way is reigning champ and six-time overall winner Rafael Nadal, who was playing in Sunday’s final at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid. The Spaniard has opened the season by reaching seven finals in a row. Two years ago he advanced to seven consecutive finals. Nadal has a 36-2 career record in Rome and last year he defeated World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 75 63 in the final.
• World No. 1 and two-time winner (2008, ’11) Novak Djokovic plays the winner of a qualifier or Martin Klizan. The first seed Djokovic could face is No. 15 seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who is the newest member of the Top 10 after reaching the final at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (vs. Nadal on Sunday). 
• In the quarter-finals, Djokovic could play No. 6 Tomas Berdych or No. 11 Marin Cilic. Berdych meets the winner of John Isner-Denis Istomin. Djokovic has never lost before the quarter-finals in six previous Rome appearances (22-4 record). He is 2-2 in finals and a quarter-finalist in two other visits.
• Nadal is in the second quarter of the draw and he will play the winner of Italy’s top two players Andreas Seppi and Fabio Fognini. The first seed Nadal could face is No. 10 Janko Tipsarevic, who opens against countryman Viktor Troicki. In the quarter-finals, Nadal could play countryman David Ferrer for the second week in a row or No. 14 Milos Raonic, who has a tougher opener against Philipp Kohlschreiber. Ferrer will take on the winner of left-handers Horacio Zeballos or Fernando Verdasco
• In the bottom half of the draw (third quarter), No. 3 Andy Murray plays the winner of Marcel Granollers and former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko. In the third round, Murray could meet No. 16 Kei Nishikori. In the quarter-finals, possible seeded opponents are No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro or No. 12 Nicolas Almagro. Neither player has reached past the quarter-finals. Murray’s best result was the semi-finals two years ago (l. to Djokovic). 
• In the final quarter of the draw, No. 2 seed Roger Federer, a finalist in Rome in 2003 and ’06, opens against the winner of Radek Stepanek and Italian wild card Potito Starce. Last week Federer began hisclay court campaign in Madrid and defeated Stepanek before falling in the third round to Kei Nishikori. In the third round, Federer could play No. 13 seed and friend Tommy Haas. The German has a tough opener against Mikhail Youzhny. In the quarter-finals, Federer could square off with one of the top two Frenchmen in the Emirates ATP Rankings, No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or No. 9 Richard Gasquet. Tsonga plays the winner of a qualifier or big-serving Jerzy Janowicz of Poland. Gasquet takes on top American Sam Querrey. The winner of that match will play Marcos Baghidatis or rising star Grigor Dimitrov, who posted the biggest win of his career over No. 1 Djokovic in Madrid last week. 
• A Top 5 ranked player has won the title the past eight years with Nadal accounting for six titles and Djokovic two. The only unseeded champion in the Open Era is Felix Mantilla in 2003.

• World No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan, who are playing in  the final at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid, are looking to win their third ATP Masters 1000  Rome title (2008, ‘10).  They are playing here for the 13th time with a 24-11 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.  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 title they haven’t won is Shanghai. They are 22-17 lifetime in ATP Masters 1000 finals. On April 11 Bob became the third player to win 800 career matches in doubles with two wins (1R & QF) in Houston. Going into Madrid final, they have a career record of 806-256 (29-6 in 2013).
• The No. 2 seeds are defending champions and the Spanish duo of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, who reached the semi- finals at the Australian Open (l. to Haase-Sijsling) and closed last season by winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. The come in with career record of 72-33 (16-9 this year) and have four career titles in 10 finals. They reached semi-finals at ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Qureshi-Rojer).
• The No. 3 seeds are Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Daniel Nestor of Canada who are partnering for the fourth time. In their debut they reached the quarter-finals at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  reached final at Barcelona (l. to Peya-Soares) and quarter-finals last week at ATP Masters Madrid (l. to Peya-Soares). Lindstedt has 17 career doubles titles (17-19 in finals), including one ATP Masters 1000 title at Cincinatti (w/ Tecau) and is a three-time Wimbledon runner-up with Tecau (2010-2012). The 40-year-old Nestor has 80 career doubles titles (80-52 in finals), 25 ATP Masters 1000 titles (25-18 in finals) and eight Grand Slam doubles titles. They are playing together here for the first time.
• The No. 4 seeds are Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands. They captured their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 team title at Miami (d. Granollers-Lopez in SFs, d. Frystenberg-Matkowski in final). They have a career record of 45-34 (3-2 in finals) and both have eight career doubles titles. They are playing together here for the first time.

• First round play begins on Sunday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia with six first round matches, three on Centrale and three on Supertennis Arena. 

• In the first match on Centrale Italian wild card Matteo Viola faces Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov for the first time. The 25-year-old Viola is making his tournament and ATP Masters 1000 debut. He comes in with a 1-3 mark on the year. His only win came at Rotterdam as a qualifier as he defeated Granollers and lost to Simon in the second round. He also qualified for Zagreb (l. to Klizan) and Dubai (l. to Rosol). Has a career record of 181-111 and eight Futures titles and 64-65 (0-4 in 2013) in Challengers and two titles. The 24-year-old Dolgopolov comes in with an 11-9 (3-3 on clay) record this season. He is a three-time quarter-finalist this year and is looking for his first tournament win in three appearances.

• Next on is top American Sam Querrey against French No. 9 seed Richard Gasquet for the second time. Querrey won their only meeting in 2008 at ATP Masters Monte Carlo in the third round. Querrey enters with a 14-9 (0-1 on clay) record this year and has been a semi-finalist twice. Last week he lost to Jerzy Janowicz in the opening round at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid. He is playing here for the fifth time (2-4 record) and has reached the second round the past two years. The French No. 2 (behind No. 8 Tsonga) is looking to rebound from losing his opening match last week in the second round at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Gimeno-Traver). He is off to the best start of his career with a 23-7 (2-2 on clay) match record. Last year didn’t win his 23rd match until first round at Wimbledon in June. One of five players this year with multiple ATP World Tour titles, winning in Doha (d. Davydenko) and Montpellier (d. Paire). Joins Rafael Nadal (4 titles, playing final in Madrid), Novak Djokovic (3), David Ferrer (2) and Andy Murray (2) as multiple title winners in 2013.

• In the last match Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis faces Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov for the fifth time and second time this year (Dimitrov leads 3-1). The 27-year-old Baghdatis comes in with a 9-8 (0-2 on clay) match record on the season and his best result was SF in opening week in Brisbane (d. Simon, l. to Dimitrov in third set TB). He is playing here for the sixth time (3-5 record) and has lost in the first round the past three years. Best result was reaching the third round in 2007 (l. to Djokovic). The 21-year-old Dimitrov, the youngest player in the main draw (turns 22 on May 16), comes in with a 16-10 match record (5-3 on clay). Last year he won his 16th match of the season in July in Gstaad and finished with a 24-19 record. He is one of five players age 23-under in Top 30 Emirates ATP Rankings at No. 28.  He reached his first career ATP World Tour final in Brisbane (l. to Murray) and first ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final in Monte Carlo (l. to Nadal in three sets). Last Tuesday in Madrid he posted the biggest win of his career over World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the second round  He playing here for the first time.



(WC) Matteo Viola (ITA) vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) First Meeting

Viola FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 1-3 (0-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: July 7, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 130
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): debut
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 0-1 (0-1)
Rome W-L (Best Result-Year): Main draw debut

Dolgopolov FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
QF(3): Brisbane (l Nishikori); Memphis (l Matosevic); Munich (l Dodig)
YTD W-L: 11-9 (3-3 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: November 7, 1988
Emirates ATP Ranking: 23
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 24-27 (2-4)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 38-38 (6-3) 
Rome W-L (Best Result-Year): 0-2 (1R-2011-12)

Sam Querrey (USA) vs (9) Richard Gasquet (FRA) Querrey Leads 1-0
08 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R16 Sam Querrey 2-6 6-4 6-3

Querrey FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
SF(2): Auckland (l Kohlschreiber); San Jose (l Raonic)
YTD W-L: 14-9 (0-1 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: October 7, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 18
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 41-41 (3-3)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 83-84 (7-7)
Rome W-L (Best Result-Year): 2-4 (2R-2011-12)

Gasquet FastFacts:

2013 Highlights:
W(2) Doha (d Davydenko); Montpellier (d Paire); SF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Murray); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Fognini)
YTD W-L: 23-7 (2-2 on clay)
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 9
Date of Birth: June 18, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 9
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 85-62 (8-4)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 104-100 (7-4)
Rome W-L (Best Result-Year): 11-6 (SF-2011)

Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) Dimitrov Leads 3-1
11 Munich (Germany) Clay R16 Grigor Dimitrov 3-6 7-6(6) 6-2
12 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R64 Marcos Baghdatis 7-5 4-1 ret
13 Brisbane (Australia) Hard SF Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 5-7 7-6(5)
13 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard QF Grigor Dimitrov 6-7(4) 7-6 6-3

Baghdatis FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
SF: Brisbane (l Dimitrov); QF: Rotterdam (l Dimitrov)
YTD W-L: 9-8 (0-2 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: June 17, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 38
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 36-44 (0-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 105-83 (2-9)
Rome W-L (Best Result-Year): 3-5 (3R-2007)

Dimitrov FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
F: Brisbane (l Murray); SF: Rotterdam (l Del Potro); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 16-10 (5-3 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 16, 1991
Emirates ATP Ranking: 28
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 15-11 (7-4)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 29-34 (5-7)
Rome W-L (Best Result-Year): debut

Supertennis Arena

Denis Istomin (UZB) vs John Isner (USA) Tied 1-1
09 Indianapolis (U.S.A.) Hard R16 John Isner 6-4 6-4
13 Memphis (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Denis Istomin 6-4 6-3

Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT) Tied 1-1
10 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay R64 Jurgen Melzer 6-2 2-6 6-4
11 Vienna (Austria) Hard QF Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3

Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) Granollers Leads 1-0
11 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay R64 Marcel Granollers 7-5 6-2

Horacio Zeballos (ARG) vs Fernando Verdasco (ESP) First Meeting

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs (14) Milos Raonic (CAN) Raonic Leads 1-0
13 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R32 Milos Raonic 7-6(4)  6-3 6-4

(10) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs Viktor Troicki (SRB) Tipsarevic Leads 2-1
08 Moscow (Russia) Hard R16 Viktor Troicki 6-3 6-4
11 Moscow (Russia) Hard F Janko Tipsarevic 6-4 6-2
12 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard R32 Janko Tipsarevic 6-2 7-6(3)

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

Juan Monaco (ARG) vs Benoit Paire (FRA) First Meeting

Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs (12) Nicolas Almagro (ESP) Benneteau Leads 2-1
07 New Haven (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Nicolas Almagro 6-7(5) 6-3 6-3
08 Auckland (New Zealand) Hard R16 Julien Benneteau 6-4 2-6 6-2
11 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Julien Benneteau 6-2 6-4 6-3

(16) Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs (WC) Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) First Meeting

(13) Tommy Haas (GER) vs Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) Tied 3-3
02 Munich (Germany) Clay QF Mikhail Youzhny 6-2 2-0 ret
02 Vienna (Austria) Hard R32 Tommy Haas 6-2 2-6 7-5
06 Doha (Qatar) Hard QF Tommy Haas 6-4 6-3
07 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard R16 Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 1-6 6-3
08 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Tommy Haas 7-6(2) 2-6 6-4
12 Beijing (China) Hard R32 Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 4-6 6-2

(WC) Filippo Volandri (ITA) vs Gilles Simon (FRA) Simon Leads 2-0
05 Stuttgart (Germany) Clay R32 Gilles Simon 6-3 2-6 6-4
13 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R128 Gilles Simon 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-2

Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs (WC) Potito Starace (ITA) Stepanek Leads 2-0
08 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Radek Stepanek 7-5 6-3 6-1
09 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R64 Radek Stepanek 6-4 4-6 6-2 4-6 6-3

*does not include qualifiers

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