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Federer, Nadal To Contest 20th Final

Rome, Italy

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer will play Rafael Nadal for the 20th time in a tour-level final.


• The final on Sunday at the Internazionali BNL D’Italia showcases the 30th meeting between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. It is their first meeting in a final since Nadal won Roland Garros in 2011 and is their 20th overall meeting in a final. Federer has not dropped a set this week while Nadal has lost two.

• This is their second meeting in a Rome final. They battled in an epic five-setter in 2006 as Nadal prevailed in a final set tie-break. Nadal leads their overall head-to-head, 19-10; including 13-6 in finals.
They last met in the quarter-finals at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells in March and Nadal won 64 62. The Spaniard leads 12-2 on clay (they are tied 6-6 on hard, Federer leads 2-1 on grass). Nadal leads 10-4 in ATP Masters 1000 and 8-2 in Grand Sam meetings. 

A LOOK BACK AT MEMORABLE ’06 FINAL – It was on May 14, 2006, one of the greatest clay-court finals in ATP World Tour history took place. Any Federer vs. Nadal clash is must-see television. But the 2006 Internazionali BNL d'Italia final must rank as one of the highs in their 29 previous meetings to date. Nadal, at age 19, underlined his aura of invincibility on clay, by recording his 53rd straight win on the surface, to tie Guillermo Vilas’ mark, and draw level with Bjorn Borg with 16 titles as a teenager. Nadal, the defending champion in Rome,rallied on three occasions in the deciding set. From a 2-4 deficit; when he saved two championship points at 5-6, 15/40, and once again at 3-5 in the tie-break. His 6-7(0), 7-6(5), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(5) victory, which took five hours and five minutes, was his fifth win in six matches against Federer and ensured that it will live long in the memory.

• World No. 5 Nadal, who is a six-time champion (2005-07,’09-10,’12) here, is playing in the final for the eight-time in nine appearances.The only time he didn’t reach the final was in 2008 (l. to Ferrero in 2R). The 26-year-old Spaniard is playing in his eight straight final of the season (5-2 record) and it is the first time in his career he’s advanced to eight finals in a row (previous best was seven in 2011). This is Nadal’s 79th ATP World Tour level final (55-23 mark) and his 35th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (23-11). Nadal is 40-6 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 a final.

• World No. 3 Federer, a two-time finalist here (2003, ’06), is playing in his first final of the year and the 111th of his career. He has a 76-34 career record in finals (21-12 in ATP Masters 1000 finals, 10-15 in clay finals). His last title came at ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati last August (d. Djokovic).This is the first time Federer is trying to win his first title of the season in May since 2009 when he won at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (d. Nadal). He’s won at least one ATP World Tour title every season since 2001 (12 yrs).
Winner: € 501,700 and 1000 Emirates ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: € 246,000 and 600 Emirates ATP Ranking points

Nadal  Appearing in his 79th career ATP World Tour level final…55-23 in finals (5-2 in 2013)
 Appearing in his 35th career ATP Masters 1000 final........23-11 in finals (17-5 on clay)
Federer Appearing in his 111th career ATP World Tour final……..76-34 in finals (first in 2013)
Appearing in his 34th career ATP Masters 1000 final........21-12 in finals (6-7 on clay)

ACTIVE CAREER ATP MASTERS 1000 MATCH WINS LEADERS – Federer and Nadal are the active leaders in career ATP Masters 1000 match wins:
1) Roger Federer 277-80 
2) Rafael Nadal 249-48 
3) Novak Djokovic 185-50 
4) Andy Murray 135-56 
5) Tommy Haas       132-96

ALL-TIME GRAND SLAM TITLE LEADERS  ATP MASTERS 1000 TITLE LEADERS (since 1990)                             
                 No.                                      No.
1) Roger Federer   17                  1) Rafael Nadal        23
2) Pete Sampras    14                  2) Roger Federer       21
3) Roy Emerson    12                  3) Andre Agassi        17
4) Bjorn Borg       11                  4) Novak Djokovic       14
  Rafael Nadal     11                  5) Pete Sampras        11 
  Rod Laver       11                  6) Andy Murray         9
7) Bill Tilden        10                  


(5) Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs (2) Roger Federer (SUI)   Nadal Leads 19-10
04 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3
05 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard F Roger Federer 2-6 6-7(4) 7-6(5) 6-3 6-1
05 Roland Garros (France) Clay SF Rafael Nadal 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3
06 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard F Rafael Nadal 2-6 6-4 6-4
06 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay F Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6(5)
06 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay F Rafael Nadal 6-7(0) 7-6(5) 6-4 2-6 7-6(5)
06 Roland Garros (France) Clay F Rafael Nadal 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6(4)
06 Wimbledon (England) Grass F Roger Federer 6-0 7-6(5) 6-7(2) 6-3
06 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard SF Roger Federer 6-4 7-5
07 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay F Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4
07 ATP Masters 1000 Hamburg Clay F Roger Federer 2-6 6-2 6-0
07 Roland Garros (France) Clay F Rafael Nadal 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4
07 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass F Roger Federer 7-6(7) 4-6 7-6(3) 2-6 6-2
07 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard SF Roger Federer 6-4 6-1
08 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay F Rafael Nadal 7-5 7-5
08 ATP Masters 1000 Hamburg Clay F Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-7(3) 6-3
08 Roland Garros (France) Clay F Rafael Nadal 6-1 6-3 6-0
08 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass F Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4 6-7(5) 6-7(8) 9-7
09 Australian Open (Australia) Hard F Rafael Nadal 7-5 3-6 7-6(3) 3-6 6-2
09 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay F Roger Federer 6-4 6-4
10 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay F Rafael Nadal 6-4 7-6(5)
10 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard F Roger Federer 6-3 3-6 6-1
11 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard SF Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2
11 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay SF Rafael Nadal 5-7 6-1 6-3
11 Roland Garros (France) Clay F Rafael Nadal 7-5 7-6(3) 5-7 6-1
11 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard RR Roger Federer 6-3 6-0
12 Australian Open (Australia) Hard SF Rafael Nadal 6-7(5) 6-2 7-6(5) 6-4
12 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells  Hard SF Roger Federer 6-3 6-4
13 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard QF Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-2

 Rafael Nadal Roger Federer
 Sets Won: 55 38
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 10 10

 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 12 2
 Hard: 6 6
 Grass: 1 2

• This is the 30th meeting between two of the game’s all-time greats, second in 2013, lt is also their 20th meeting in a final, which ties the Open Era record of Lendl and McEnroe for most final match-ups (although one final was not played due to weather)
• This is the second time in history (’13 Indian Wells) 28 Grand Slam title winners will meet on court (Federer 17, Nadal 11)
• Nadal leads 10-4 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 play and 8-2 in Grand Slam meetings
• Italy is one of 10 different countries they have played in: England (five times), France (five times), United States (five times), Monaco (three times), Spain (three times), Australia (twice), China (twice), Germany (twice), Italy (twice), and United Arab Emirates (once)
• In the previous 29 matches, the winner of the first set has gone on to win 22 times, including last 16 of last 18

RIVALRY CONTINUES – This will be the 30th meeting between Nadal and Federer. Here are the other leading rivalries in the Open Era:
Ivan Lendl vs. John McEnroe         36     Lendl leads 21-15
Boris Becker vs. Stefan Edberg       35     Becker leads 25-10
Ivan Lendl vs. Jimmy Connors        35     Lendl leads 22-13
Pete Sampras vs. Andre Agassi       34     Sampras leads 20-14
John McEnroe vs. Jimmy Connors     34     McEnroe leads 20-14
Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic      34     Nadal leads 19-15

  No. of match-ups
Ivan Lendl vs. John McEnroe 20
Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer 20*
Andre Agassi vs. Pete Sampras 16
Boris Becker vs. Stefan Edberg 16
Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal 16
Jimmy Connors vs John McEnroe 15
Boris Becker vs Ivan Lendl 13
*One final not played due to rain

Nadal  Federer
Age (Birthdate) 26 (June 3, 1986) 31 (August 8, 1981)
Emirates ATP Ranking (High) 5 (1 on August 18, 2008) 3 (1 on February 2, 2004)
Birthplace Manacor, Mallorca, Spain Basel, Switzerland
Residence Manacor, Mallorca, Spain Bottmingen, Switzerland
YTD Won-Lost (on clay) 35-2 (30-2) 18-5 (5-1)
YTD/Career Titles 5/55  0/76
Career Won-Lost 618-124  896-203
Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD) 248-48 (18-1) 277-80 (8-2)
Career Tiebreak Record (YTD) 152-91 (5-3) 335-174 (8-2)
Career Prize Money $53,149,756 $76,833,748
Rome W-L (Best Result-Year) 40-2 (Winner-2005-07,’09-10, ’12) 27-12 (Finalist-2003, ’06)
Coach Toni Nadal (Uncle) Paul Annacone 


Tournament Highlights: 
• The 26-year-old left-hander is playing in his eighth final (6-1) in nine years (except ’08). He opened on Wednesday night with a 61 63 win over No.2 Italian Fabio Fognini, followed with a 16 75 64 victory over Ernests Gulbis, 64 46 62 triumph over No. 4 David Ferrer and 62 64 over No. 6 Tomas Berdych. Has a 40-2 career match record and 12-1 vs. Top 10 opponents. Last year won title (d. Djokovic). Also winner in 2005-07, ’09-10
• His only losses have come in 2011 final (l. to No. 2 Djokovic 64 64) and in the second round (after a bye) in 2008 to countryman Juan Carlos Ferrero 75 61
• Three years ago came in No. 3 and defeated countryman David Ferrer 75 62 in the final. In 2009, he defeated No. 3 Novak Djokovic and became the first player to win four titles in tournament history 
• In 2007 he defeated Fernando Gonzalez 62 62 in the title match and in 2006, prevailed in a fifth set tie-break over No. 1 Federer (saved two match points in 5:05 marathon). In 2005, defeated Argentine Guillermo Coria in a fifth set tie-break (in five hours, 14 minutes) for his first Rome title
• This week No. 3 in return games won (17 of 46, 37%) and has hit one ace in four matches. Has been broken eight times (held 37 of 45 games, 82%), saving 21 of 29 break pts. (72%)

Rome Finals (6-1) – Nadal has won the most titles in tournament history. Here is a look at his Rome finals:
2012 – def. No. 1 Novak Djokovic 75 63 2007 – def. No. 6 Fernando Gonzalez 62 62
2011 – lost to No. 2 Novak Djokovic 64 64 2006 – def. No. 1 Roger Federer 67 76 64 26 76
2010 – def. No. 17 David Ferrer 75 62 2005 – def. No. 11 Guillermo Coria 64 36 63 46 76 
2009 – def. No. 3 Novak Djokovic 76 62 

2013 Highlights:
W(5): Sao Paulo (d Nalbandian); Acapulco (d Ferrer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (d Del Potro); Barcelona (d Almagro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (d Wawrinka); F(2): Vina del Mar (l Zeballos); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic)
2013 in Review:
• The Spaniard is off to a 35-2 start (30-2 on clay) and he’s appearing in his eighth straight ATP World Tour final (5-2 record) for the first time in his career. His 30 wins on clay is the most since 2007 (31-1). Also appeared in seven straight finals two years ago (3-4). The last player to reach eight finals in a row was Federer in 2007
•  Last week won his 23rd ATP Masters 1000 title in Madrid (d. Wawrinka) and last month captured his eighth crown in Barcelona (d. Almagro) and improved to 40-1 in Barcelona
• With a title, will move from No. 5 to No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday
• Comes in with a 14-match winning streak since he had his eight-year title reign at ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo come to end to Djokovic in the final on April 21. Had won 46 matches in a row in Monaco
• Has accumulated most points (4,600) this year in ATP Race to London (add 400 with title)
• The Mallorcan native is tied No. 2 (w/Muster) in the Open Era with 40 clay court titles, trailing fellow left-handers Guillermo Vilas (46) 
• Has a 55-23 record in (40-6 on clay) in finals (5-2 in 2013). The all-time leader with 23 ATP Masters 1000 titles (23-11 in finals)
• 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 five 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
• Has a career 107-52 (8-1 in 2013) record vs Top 10 opponents, 57-32 (4-1 in 2013) vs. Top 5 

NADAL VS TOP 10 ON CLAY – Federer is one of four different Top 10 opponents to have beaten Nadal in his career. Nadal is 61-7 vs Top 10 opponents on clay, winning 17 of last 18 matches. Here are his losses:
l. to No. 1 Djokovic at 2013 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid in F
l. to No. 2 Djokovic at 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Rome in F
l. to No. 2 Djokovic at 2011 ATP Masters Madrid in F
l. to No. 2 Federer at 2009 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid in F
l. to No. 1 Federer at 2007 ATP Masters 1000 Hamburg in F
l. to No. 8 Gaudio at 2005 Buenos Aires in QF
l. to No. 4 Moya at 2003 Umag in SF

CLAY COURT SUCCESS – Nadal has the best career match record on clay in the Open Era with a 284-21 mark (.931) and he’s 40-6 in clay finals. Here's a year-by-year look at Nadal's clay court supremacy since 2005, compiling a 258-11 match record (.959) on the ATP World Tour:
     W-L   Clay Finals
2013 – 30-2 5-2 (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


Tournament Highlights:

• The 31-year-old Swiss native has a 27-12 career record in Rome and appearing in his third final (0-2 record). Has not dropped a set and only been broken twice. Opened on Tuesday with a 61 62 win over wild card Potito Starace and followed with a duplicate victory over Frenchman Gilles Simon. On Friday, beat Jerzy Janowicz 64 76 and on Saturday defeated Benoit Paire 76 64
• Leads tournament in service games won (36 of 38, 95%). Has saved nine of 11 break pts.. He is winning 66% of second serve pts compared to Nadal’s 50%
• A two-time runner-up, in 2003 (l. to Mantilla) and ‘06 (l. to Nadal in fifth set TB), his best results, and semi-finals in 2009 and ‘12 (l. to Djokovic). Also was a quarter-finalist in 2008 (l. to Stepanek)
• In 2010, suffered his first opening round loss since 2002 to Ernests Gulbis in three sets 
• He made his debut in 2000 and lost to Andrei Medvedev in the first round. Also lost in the first round two years later to Italian Andrea Gaudenzi 

2013 Highlights:
SF(2): Australian Open (l Murray); Dubai (l Berdych); QF(2): Rotterdam (l Benneteau); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal)

2013 in Review:
• The Swiss superstar is playing in his first ATP World Tour final of the season and 111th of his career. He is 76-34 in career finals (10-15 on clay). His last title came at ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati last August (d. Djokovic).The last time he won his first title of the season in May was in 2009 at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (d. Nadal)
• Appearing in his 34th career ATP Masters 1000 final, 21-12 record and first since winning Cincinnati last year (d. Djokovic). Has won last four ATP Masters 1000 finals played – 2012 Cincinnati, ‘12 Madrid (d. Berdych), 2012 Indian Wells (d. Isner) and 2011 Paris (d. Tsonga)
• He is playing in his second clay court tournament of the season and last week in Madrid, defeated Stepanek in opening match after bye (l. to Nishikori in 3rd Rd.). It was his first tournament since losing to Rafael Nadal in quarter-finals at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells on Mar. 15
• Enters with an 18-5 (5-1 on clay) match record. He and No. 6 Tomas Berdych are only players in Top 10 without a title this year
• Opened year by reaching the Australian Open SF for the 10th straight year, lost to Murray 62 in fifth set SF after defeating Tsonga in QF 76(4) 46 76(4) 36 63 – it was the first time in his career he played back-to-back five-set matches. By beating Tomic in 3R became the first man to win 250 Grand Slam matches. Reached SF at Dubai (l. to Berdych in three sets)and QF at Rotterdam (l. to Benneteau)
• Approaching 900 career wins on the ATP World Tour (896-203). Only three players have won more matches in the Open Era: Jimmy Connors (1,243), Ivan Lendl (1,071) and Guillermo Vilas (923)
• Career 162-85 (1-3 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents, 78-51 (0-2 in 2013) vs Top 5 

DIFFERENT TITLES – Federer is trying to win his eighth different ATP Masters 1000 title. Here are his 21 titles:
'02 & '04-’05, ‘07 Hamburg, '04-06, ‘12 Indian Wells, '04 & ‘06 Toronto,
‘05-06 Miami, ’05, ’07 & ’09-’10, ‘12 Cincinnati, ’06 & ’09, ‘12 Madrid, ’11 Paris

OPEN ERA TITLE LEADERS – Federer is trying to tie McEnroe for No. 4 in the Open Era titles list: 
1) Jimmy Connors 109
2) Ivan Lendl      94
3) John McEnroe   77
4) Roger Federer  76 

• The No. 1 seeds Bob and Mike Bryan square off against the No. 6 seeds and Indian duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna.

• World No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan 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 87th title last week at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid. In March, they won their first ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells title (d. Huey-Janowicz) in 15th attempt. They also won in Sydney, the Australian Open and Memphis. They have a 5-2 record in finals this year. Last month, Bob became the third player to win 800 career matches in doubles with two wins in Houston. Going into Rome final, they have a career record of 810-256 (33-6 in 2013).

• The Aussie Open was their sixth and an all-time Grand Slam record 13th major doubles title to break the record they shared with Aussie greats Newcombe-Roche. The only ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles titles they haven’t won is Shanghai. They 23-17 lifetime 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 87. 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 third appearance at the Olympic Games. They won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (d. Clement-Llodra).

• The No. 6 seeds Bhupathi and Bopanna have a career record of 40-30 have two career titles in five finals. They are looking to capture their second career ATP Masters 1000 title. Last year they defeated Qureshi- Rojer in the final at Paris, also runner-up at Cincinnati and Shanghai. Their other title came at Dubai last year (d. Fyrstenberg -Matkowski). They are playing together here for the second time (4-1 mark) and reached the semi-finals last year (l. to Granollers-Lopez).

• The 38-year-old Bhupathi has 52 career doubles titles, 52-44 in finals. He is playing here for the 16th straight year and is a two-time champion (2004 w/Mirnyi and 1989 w/Paes in tournament debut). He is looking for his 17th career ATP Masters 1000 title (16-12 record in finals). He owns four Grand Slam doubles titles in 10 finals, the only Grand Slam he has not won is the Australian Open where he has been a finalist three times. Also owns eight mixed doubles titles, two at each of the Grand Slams. Captured his 52nd career doubles title at Dubai w/Llodra (d. Lindstedt/Zimonjic). Reached a career-high doubles ranking of No. 1 in April of 1999.

• The 33-year-old Bopanna has eight career doubles titles (8-16 record in finals). He is playing here for the second time. He is playing in his fifth career ATP Masters 1000 final, 2-2 record in finals. Captured his eighth career doubles title earlier this year at Marseille (w/Fleming ) over Qureshi-Rojer. He reached a career-high doubles ranking of No. 8 in March 2012.

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