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Murray, Nadal Play Openers Wednesday In Montreal

Montreal, Canada

Murray © Arturo Velazquez – Tennis CanadaAndy Murray will play his first match since winning Wimbledon.

MONTREAL WEDNESDAY PREVIEW – FIVE CANADIANS AND 10 SEEDS IN SECOND ROUND ACTION
•    For the first time at the Rogers Cup five Canadians are in the second round. All five are in action on Tuesday, along with six of the top eight seeds (10 overall).

•    In the opening match of the day on Central, Spaniard Marcel Granollers faces British World No. 2 Andy Murray for the fourth time on the ATP World Tour (Murray leads 2-1). In their last meeting at ATP Masters 1000 Rome this year the Scot retired with lower back injury at one-set all in the second round. The Spaniard would go on to reach his second career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final (l. to Paire). Murray is playing his first match since July 7 when he captured his first Wimbledon crown (d. Djokovic), becoming first British winner since Fred Perry 77 years ago in 1936. The 26-year-old Murray enters with a 12-match winning streak on the season  The two-time Rogers Cup champion here (2009-10) enters with a 34-5 (19-2 on hard) match record The 27-year-old Granollers became the sixth different Spaniard to win ATP World Tour title this season last week at Kitzbühel (d. Monaco). He enters with a 20-17 (6-8 on hard) match record.

•    In the next match on, Spanish No. 4 seed Rafael Nadal faces Canadian wild card Jessie Levine for the second time in the next match on Central. The Spaniard won their only encounter here in 2008 in the second round. The 27-year-old Nadal is a two-time champion here 2005 (d. Agassi) and ‘08 (d. Kiefer) and is playing here for the ninth time with a career tournament record of 21-6. The Mallorcan native has returned with a vengeance in 2013 by reaching the finals in nine of the 10 tournaments he has played and comes in with a 43-3 (5-0 on hard) match record. The only time Nadal has not reached a final came in his last tournament at Wimbledon where he lost in the first round to Belgian Steve Darcis on June 24. The 25-year-old Levine enters with a 6-13 (5-7 on hard) match record. He is attempting to reach the third round at ATP Masters 1000 for the first time in his career and is looking to knock off a top 10 opponent (0-6 mark) for the first time.

•    In the first match of the evening session, top Russian Mikhail Youzhny faces Canadian No. 11 seed Milos Raonic for the second time. In their previous meeting the Canadian came out on top in four sets in third round at the 2011 Australian Open. The 31-year-old Youzhny, who captured the Gstaad title two weeks ago (d. Haase), extended his winning streak to six matches after defeating Austrian Jurgen Melzer 64 76(3) on Tuesday. He enters with a 26-16 (7-7 on hard) match record this year and is playing here for the 11th consecutive year (10-10 mark). The No. 1 Canadian became the fifth player from the home country to reach the second round when he prevailed against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 63 46 75 on Tuesday night. The World No. 13 will look to record back-to-back wins for the first time since Roland Garros (l. to Anderson in 3R). The 22-year-old comes in with a 23-13 (15-5 on hard) record. He began the season 17-6 through April and since May is 6-7.

•    In the last match of the evening session No. 6 seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina faces Ivan Dodig of Croatia for third time (del Potro leads 2-0). The 24-year-old del Potro is playing here for the fifth time and has a career tournament record of 5-4. His best result was reaching the final in 2009 (d. Nadal in QF, d. Roddick in SF, l. to Murray). The Tandil native enters with a 30-9 (21-5 hard) match record and captured his 15th career title and third at Washington (d. Isner in three sets) to improve to 15-6 in finals. The 28-year-old Dodig enters with a 24-19 (12-9 on hard) match record, highlighted by reaching his sixth career ATP World Tour semi-final at Eastbourne (l. to Lopez) in June. He has a career 3-14 (0-3 in 2013) vs. Top 10 opponents, has lost last six since last win over No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Queen’s Club in London in June last year.

CANADIANS IN SECOND ROUND – For the first time in the past 40 years there are five Canadians in the second round. It’s also the most in the second round here of any country:
No. 13 Milos Raonic vs. Mikhail Youzhny
No. 71 Vasek Pospisil vs. Radek Stepanek
No. 132 Jesse Levine vs. No. 4 Rafael Nadal
No. 169 Frank Dancevic vs. No. 15 Jerzy Janowicz
No. 355 Filip Peliwo vs. Denis Istomin

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

Central

Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs (2) Andy Murray (GBR)    Murray Leads 2-1
06 Barcelona (Spain)    Clay    R64    Andy Murray    4-6    6-4    6-2
09 Australian Open (Australia)    Hard    R64    Andy Murray    6-4    6-2    6-2
13 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy)    Clay       R32       Marcel Granollers       6-3    6-7(5)    ret (back)
Other meetings:
04 Spain F18 (Vigo)    Clay    QF    Andy Murray    7-6(9)    6-3

GRANOLLERS FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
•    The 27-year-old Spanaird defeated Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 64 64 on Tuesday to reach the second round and improve to 4-1 here. Made tournament debut last year and reached first career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final (l. to Tipsarevic)
•    With countryman Marc Lopez lost to Bryans in doubles final last year in Toronto

2013 Highlights:
W: Kitzbühel (d Monaco); QF(3): Sydney (l Seppi); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Paire); Gstaad (l Haase)

2013 in Review:
•    The Barcelona native became the sixth different Spaniard to win ATP World Tour title this season last Saturday at Kitzbühel (d. Monaco 06 76 64). Also became the first player to win an ATP World Tour title after losing a 6-0 first set since Davydenko beat Nadal 06 76(8) 64 in 2010 Doha final
•    He enters with a 20-17 (14-8 on clay, 6-8 on hard, and 0-1 on grass) match record
•    Reached his second career ATP Masters 1000 QF at Rome (d. No. 2 Murray in 2R ret. (back injury), l. to Paire). Also reached QF at Sydney (l. to Seppi)
•    Best Grand Slam result of the year was 2R at Australian Open (l. to Chardy), fell in 1R at Roland Garros (l. to Lopez) and Wimbledon (l. to Gasquet)
•    In doubles, ranked No. 5 and partnered with countryman Marc Lopez to reach SF at Australian Open (l. to Haase-Sijsling), and at ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to eventual champions Qureshi-Rojer). Also reached QF at Roland Garros (l. to Llodra-Mahut). Lost in 1R at Wimbledon (l. to Cabal-Farah)

CAREER VS TOP 10 OPPONENTS – Granollers has a career 4-19 (1-3 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents. Prior to defeating Andy Murray at ATP Masters 1000 Rome had lost last eight. Here are his wins:
d. No. 2 Andy Murray (ret.-back) at 2013 ATP Masters 1000 Rome
d. No. 10 Gael Monfils at 2011 Valencia
d. No. 8 Robin Soderling at 2010 Australian Open
d. No. 8 James Blake at 2008 Houston

SPANISH WINNERS
– Granollers is one of six different Spaniards to win an ATP World Tour title in 2013:
No.
•    Rafael Nadal         7
•    David Ferrer         2
•    Tommy Robredo     2
•    Feliciano Lopez     1
•    Marcel Granollers    1
•    Albert Montanes     1

MURRAY FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

•    The 26-year-old Scot is a two-time Rogers Cup champion, winning back-to-back titles in 2009 (d. Davydenko in QF, d. Tsonga in SF, d. del Potro) and 2010 (d. Nadal in SF, d. Federer). Has a career tournament record of 19-4. Also reached the semi-finals in 2008 (l. to Nadal)

2013 Highlights:
W(4): Brisbane (d Dimitrov); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (d Ferrer); London / Queen's Club (d Cilic); Wimbledon (d Djokovic); F: Australian Open (l Djokovic); QF(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Berdych)

2013 in Review:
•    The World No. 2 is playing his first tournament since winning Wimbledon (d. Djokovic) on July 7 and enters with a 34-5 (19-2 on hard, 12-0 on grass and 3-3 on clay) match record
•    Became the first British male titlist at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936 with a 64 75 64 win over World No. 1 Djokovic in the final. Extended winning streak to 12 matches. Improved to 2-5 lifetime in major finals. The Wimbledon final was watched by 17.3 million British television viewers
•    One of 10 players on ATP World Tour with multiple titles -- Rafael Nadal (7), Andy Murray (4). Novak Djokovic (3), Juan Martin del Potro (2), David Ferrer (2), Fabio Fognini (2), Richard Gasquet (2), John Isner (2), Nicolas Mahut (2) and Tommy Robredo (2)
•    Finished runner-up in his third Australian Open final, losing to Djokovic in four sets. Beat Federer in five sets in SFs, for the first time at a major (1-3). Was attempting to become the first British man to win the title since Fred Perry in 1934
•    Pulled out of Roland Garros with a lower back injury
•    Began season by defending title in Brisbane  (d. Dimitrov). Dedicated win to Ross Hutchins, who has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma (also sat in player guest box at Wimbledon)
•    On March 31, saved 1 M.P. at 5-6 in 3rd set vs. Ferrer in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami final. Went on to capture his second Miami title and ninth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy on Sunday to replace Federer at No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings; was ranked No. 2 for four weeks from 17 August-7 September 2009. For the first time in his career, he saved a match point in an ATP World Tour final; it was also the first time he had come back from a set down in a SF and F  to win a title
•    Moved back to No. 2 in Emirates ATP Rankings on May 13 after ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid QF exit (l. to Berdych). On May 15, retired with lower back injury at one-set all vs. Granollers in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome 2R
•    On June 16, became the first British man since 1925 to win three Queen’s Club titles; beat Cilic in three-set final for his 27th career trophy. Murray dedicated his victory to Hutchins, who was in attendance for the match. Murray then headlined the ‘Rally For Cancer’, an exhibition raising money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The charity supports The Royal Marsden, the world-leading cancer center treating Hutchins

LONGEST WINNING STREAKS – Murray enters on a 12-match winning streak. The longest winning streaks of this year are:
Player             Matches         Duration
Rafael Nadal         22             April 22-June 24
Rafael Nadal         18             Feb. 11-April 21
Novak Djokovic         17 (22 back to ’12)     Jan. 14-Mar. 16
Fabio Fognini        13            July 8-July 28
Andy Murray         12             June 10-current
Andy Murray         10             Jan. 1-Jan. 27

(4) Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs (WC) Jesse Levine (CAN)    Nadal Leads 1-0
08 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (Canada) Hard    R32    Rafael Nadal    6-4    6-2

NADAL FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
•    The 27-year-old Spaniard is a two-time champion here 2005 (d. Agassi) and 2008 (d. Kiefer) and playing here for the ninth time. Has a career tournament record of 21-6. He also reached the semi-finals in 2007 (l. to Djokovic) and 2010 (l. to Murray). Playing here for the first time since falling to Ivan Dodig in the second round in 2011

2013 Highlights:
W(7): 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); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (d Federer); Roland Garros (d Ferrer); F(2): Vina del Mar (l Zeballos); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic)

2013 in Review:
•    The Mallorcan native has returned with a vengeance in 2013 by reaching the finals in nine of the eleven tournaments he has entered and comes in with a 43-3 (38-2 on clay, 5-0 on hard and 0-1 on grass) match record
•    He is playing his first tournament since opening day of Wimbledon on June 24, when he suffered his first-ever 1R defeat in 35 Grand Slam championships, losing 76(4) 76(8) 64 to Belgian Steve Darcis, ranked No. 135 (lowest-ranked player to defeat at a major). Darcis was also the lowest-ranked player to defeat Nadal at any event since J. Johansson (No. 690) at 2006 Stockholm. Kuerten was the last reigning Roland Garros champion to lose in the Wimbledon 1R in 1997
•    After missing the second half of last year due to left knee injury and missing the beginning of 2013 due to a stomach virus took a wild card into first clay court tournament of the season in Vina del Mar in February. On his return from injury he reached the final. Lost to Zeballos in three sets, final lasted 2h,47m; broke a 15-match clay winning streak (dating back to May 2010, l. to Verdasco at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid). Dropped to 36-5 in clay-court finals; since 2005, he has lost just 10 clay matches. In doubles, partnered Monaco to final (l. to Lorenzi-Starace in 2 sets)
•    At Sao Paulo, he captured his 37th clay-court title (d. Nalbandian). It was his first trophy since winning at Roland Garros (d. Djokovic) in June 2012.
•    Won his 38th clay title and second Acapulco crown with two-set win over Ferrer. Finished Golden Swing with a 12-1 match record
•    Beat Federer in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells QFs en route to a record-breaking 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, beating del Potro in three sets. It was his first hard-court title since Tokyo in October 2010. Recorded 600th career match win on March 17 over del Potro
•    Saw his 46-match win streak come to an end at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo, the eight-time defending champion lost to Djokovic in final; lost one set to Dimitrov in QF. Prior to his loss, Nadal had won 81 straight matches on clay in the month of April
•    Won the Barcelona title for the eighth time in nine years with 2-sets win over Almagro. Has now won 39 straight matches at the event and 80 of 82 sets he’s played. Extended Spanish players title streak in Barcelona to 11 years running. Became the first player to win four titles in 2013
•    Extended his record to 23 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles with his third Madrid crown (also 2005 and 2010) and 40th clay trophy (joint No. 2 with Muster in Open Era clay titles list). Beat Ferrer in QF, Andujar in SF and Wawrinka in final. Represented his 55th career title
•    Came through two three-set wins versus Gulbis (3R) and Ferrer (QFs) en route to 24th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome; beat Federer for the 14th time in a title match for sixth trophy of 2013 and 41st career clay crown
•    On June 7, met Djokovic for 35th time – the joint most at tour-level in the Open Era – in the Roland Garros SF. Recovered from a 2-4 deficit in fifth set to win 9-7 to reach eighth final in Paris. Only second time he had been extended to five sets in 59 matches at Roland Garros (also 2011 1R vs. Isner)
•    Became the first man to win the same Grand Slam tournament eight times, breaking a tie with six other players for most titles at a single major. Beat Ferrer in three sets in eighth Roland Garros final. Now has 12 major trophies, moving into a third place tie with Roy Emerson on the all-time list; it was his 57th tour-level title overall and 42nd on clay

2013 MATCH WINS – Nadal is the leader in most wins on the ATP World Tour this year:
                W-L    Titles
1)    Rafael Nadal        43-3    7
2)    David Ferrer        41-12    2
3)    Novak Djokovic        40-6    3
4)    Tommy Haas        37-15    1
5)    Tomas Berdych        36-14    0

LEVINE FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

•    The 25-year-old Canadian advanced to the second round here for the second time with a 64 76(4) win over Belgian Xavier Malisse on Monday.
•    He is making his third tournament appearance (2-2 record) and in previous main draw showings, qualified in 2008 (d. Polansky, l. to No. 2 Nadal) and ’09 (l. to Isner). Lost in first round of qualifying last year and in second round of qualifying two years ago
•    Looking to reach third round at ATP Masters 1000 for the first time in his career, also reach the second round at 2012 Cincinnati (l. to Cilic) as a qualifier

2013 Highlights:
QF: Auckland (l Querrey)

2013 in Review:
•    The left-hander has a 6-13 (5-7 on hard) match record and his best ATP World Tour result came in the second week of the year in Auckland where he qualified and defeated King-Turner and Brian Baker before falling in the quarter-finals (l. to Querrey)
•    In Grand Slam play, reached 2R at Australian Open (d. Robredo, l. to No. 16 Simon), 1R at Roland Garros (l. to No. 15 Nishikori) and 2R at Wimbledon (d. Pella-Ret., l. to No. 8 del Potro)
•    In ATP Masters 1000 events fell in 1R at Miami (l. to Bolelli) and Madrid (l. to Anderson) as a qualifier. Fell in qualifying at Indian Wells (l to Karlovic in Q2) and Rome (l. to Golubev in Q1)
•    Career 7-12 (2-1 in 2013) record vs left-handed opponents

CAREER VS TOP 10: Levine has an 0-6 career record (0-1 in 2013) record vs Top 10 opponents and has won one of 15 sets played, previous results are:
l. to No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro at 2013 Wimbledon 62 76(7) 63
l. to No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 2012 Metz 63 64
l. to No. 5 David Ferrer at 2008 Tokyo 64 46 61
l. to No. 2 Rafael Nadal at 2008 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto 64 62
l. to No 9 James Blake at 2008 San Jose 63 64
l. to No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko  at 2007 US Open 64 60 61

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs (11) Milos Raonic (CAN)    Raonic Leads 1-0
11 Australian Open (Australia)    Hard    R32    Milos Raonic    6-4    7-5    4-6    6-4

YOUZHNY FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
•    The 31-year-old Russian beat Jurgen Melzer 64 76(3) in the first round on Tuesday. He is playing here for the 11th consecutive year, made tournament debut in 2003, and has a career tournament record of 10-10. Best result was third round in 2007 (l. to Davydenko) and 2009 (l. to Djokovic).

2013 Highlights:
W: Gstaad (d Haase); F: Halle (l Federer); SF: Zagreb (l Cilic)

2013 in Review:
•    The veteran Russian captured his ninth career ATP World Tour title at Gstaad (d. Haase) and became one of 13 players 30-over to win a title this year. He enters with a 26-16 (12-7 on clay, 7-7 on hard and 7-2 on grass) match record
•    At Gstaad became the first Russian champion in 18 years.. It was his  first trophy since February 2012, when he was victorious at Zagreb (d. Lacko)…Now 9-11 in finals
•    Reached his first ATP World Tour final on grass at Halle (l. to Federer) in June
•    The former World No. 8 failed in bid to retain Zagreb title, falling to Cilic in SFs. On February 12, retired due to hip injury vs. de Bakker in third set in Rotterdam 1R
•    In Grand Slam play (7-3 record), reached 4R at Wimbledon (l. to eventual champion Murray) and Roland Garros (d. No. 12 Tipsarevic in 3R, l. to Haas,).  At the Australian Open, he rallied from two sets down and saved one match point at 4-5 in the fourth set vs. Ebden in 1R, lost to countryman Donskoy in five sets in 2R
•    In ATP Masters 1000 events best result was 3R at Miami (l to Gasquet) and Madrid (l. to Nadal), lost in 2R at Indian Wells 2R (l. to L. Mayer), Monte Carlo (l. to Djokovic) and Rome (l. to Simon, d. No. 14 Haas in 1R)
•    In Doha, recorded his 400th career ATP World Tour-level singles win 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, joining Yevgeny Kafelnikov (609), Nikolay Davydenko (470) and Marat Safin (422). He surpassed Safin on Saturday and is No. 3 on the Russian list with 423 match wins

30-OVER WINNERS: Youzhny is one of 13 winners over-30 this year on the ATP World Tour (equals 2012):
David Ferrer, Auckland         30 yrs., 9 months
David Ferrer, Buenos Aires     30 yrs., 10 months
Tommy Robredo, Casablanca     30 yrs., 11 months
Tommy Haas, Munich         35 yrs., 1 month
Albert Montanes, Nice         32 yrs., 6 months
Roger Federer, Halle         31 yrs., 10 months
Feliciano Lopez, Eastbourne     31 yrs., 9 months
Nicolas Mahut, ‘s-Hertogenbosch 31 yrs., 5 months
Nicolas Mahut, Newport      31 yrs., 5 months
Carlos Berlocq, Bastad         30 yrs., 5 months
Ivo Karlovic, Bogota         34 yrs., 4 months
Mikhail Youzhny, Gstaad     31 yrs., 1 month
Tommy Robredo, Umag           31 yrs., 2 months

RAONIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

•    The 22-year-old became the fifth Canadian to reach the second round when he prevailed 63 46 75 over Jeremy Chardy on Tuesday. He is playing here for the fourth time (2-3 record). Best result was reaching the QF last year (bye, d. Troicki in 2R, w/o vs Murray in 3R, l. to Isner)
•    Fell in first round in 2009 (l. to No. 10 Gonzalez 6-4 in third set) as a qualifier and 2010 (l. to Hanescu). Also lost  in qualifying in ‘08

2013 Highlights:
W: San Jose (d Haas); SF: Barcelona (l Nadal)

2013 in Review:
•    The top Canadian comes in with a 23-13 (15-5 on hard, 7-5 on clay, and 1-3 on grass) record. Last week fell in the 3R at Washington (l. to Matosevic). Began season 17-6 through April and since May is 6-7. Lone tournament he won back-to-back matches at Roland Garros, 3R (l. to Anderson)
•    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 to 4-3 in ATP World Tour finals after hitting 19 aces to beat Haas. Faced only one break point in 39 service games during week
•    In Grand Slam play (6-3 record), reached 4R at Australian Open for second time in his career (l. to No. 2 Federer) and became the third Canadian man in the Open Era to reach the 4th RD of a Grand Slam, after Laurendeau (1988 US Open) and Nestor (1999 Wimbledon).  Reached 3R at Roland Garros for the second year in row (l. to Anderson) and followed with 2R loss at Wimbledon (l. to Sijsling)
•    Fell in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 4R (l. to Tsonga). On March 25, withdrew prior to ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami 3R vs. Querrey due to strep throat
•    In Davis Cup play won two singles matches (d. Fognini, Seppi) vs. Italy to help Canada reach Davis Cup SFs for first time (in Serbia next month). In 1st Rd. tie, went 2-0 in singles against Spain with wins over Ramos and Granollers

YOUNG STARS IN TOP 50 – Raonic is one of five players age 23-under in Top 50 Emirates ATP Rankings:
No. 11 Kei Nishikori (23 years, 7 months)
No. 13 Milos Raonic (22 years, 7 months)
No. 18 Jerzy Janowicz (22 years, 8 months)
No. 31 Grigor Dimitrov (22 years, 2 months)
No. 41 Bernard Tomic (20 years, 9 months)

(6) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) vs Ivan Dodig (CRO)    del Potro Leads 2-0
11 Memphis (U.S.A.)    Hard    R16    Juan Martin Del Potro    6-4    6-4
12 London Olympics (Great Britain)    Grass    R64    Juan Martin Del Potro    6-4    6-1

DEL POTRO FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

•    The 24-year-old Argentine is playing here for the fifth time and has a career tournament record of 5-4. Best result was reaching the final in 2009 (d. Nadal in QF, d. Roddick in SF, l. to Murray). Has fallen in the second round the last two years – 2011 (l. to Cilic) and 2012 (l. to Stepanek, 1R bye)
•    He is one of five Argentinians to reach the final, two have gone on to win – David Nalbandian in 2003 (l. to Roddick), Guillermo Canas in 2002 (d. Roddick), Jose Luis Clerc in 1978 (l. to Dibbs), Guillermo Vilas in 1974 and ’76

2013 Highlights:
W(2): Rotterdam (d Benneteau); Washington (d Isner); F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); SF(2): Dubai (l Djokovic); Wimbledon (l Djokovic); QF(2): Marseille (l Simon); London / Queen's Club (l Hewitt)

2013 in Review:
•    The Tandil native enters with a 30-9 (21-5 hard, 7-2 on grass and 2-2 on clay) match record and captured his 15th career title and third at Washington (d. Isner in 3-sets). Joined Vilas (1975, ’77, ’79) as three-time Washington DC champion. (14 match winning streak in Wash.)…Improved to 15-6 in finals
•    One of 10 players on ATP World Tour with multiple titles -- Rafael Nadal (7), Andy Murray (4). Novak Djokovic (3), Juan Martin del Potro (2), David Ferrer (2), Fabio Fognini (2), Richard Gasquet (2), John Isner (2), Nicolas Mahut (2) and Tommy Robredo (2)
•    In February, captured 14th career ATP World Tour title at Rotterdam became first Argentine since Vilas in 1982 (d. Connors) to win title, beating Julien Benneteau in straight sets in final
•    In March, 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)
•    In Grand Slam play (7-2 record) beat No. 4 Ferrer in Wimbledon QF, before losing to Djokovic over five sets in longest Wimbledon SF in tournament history (4h43 m). It was his first major SF appearance since winning the 2009 US Open. Dropped fewest number of games en route to Australian Open 3R, losing 13 games, but then fell to Chardy in five sets. Withdrew from Roland Garros with respiratory virus
•    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), also QF at London / Queen’s Club (l. to Hewitt) and Marseille (l. to Simon)
•    On January 3, 2013 honored with a special mural in his hometown of Tandil, Argentina commemorating his bronze medal performance at the London 2012 Olympics
•    One of seven Argentinians ranked in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings (No. 7) joined by; No. 30 Juan Monaco, No. 46 Carlos Berlocq, No. 54 Horacio Zeballos, No. 57 Federico Delbonis, No. 76 Leonardo Mayer and No. 96 Guido Pella

2013 HARD COURT MATCH WINS LEADERS - del Potro is tied for No. 2 in hard court match wins this year:
                W-L    Titles
1)    Richard Gasquet     22-5     2
2)    Juan Martin del Potro     21-5    2
              Novak Djokovic     21-2     2
             Tomas Berdych     21-6     0
             Kevin Anderson        21-9    0
             
ATP BREAK POINTS SAVED LEADERS – del Potro comes into Montreal ranked No. 4 in break points saved on the ATP World Tour this season:
                     Percent    Matches
No. 1 John Isner        70%     41
No. 2 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga    70%    38
No. 3 Nicolas Almagro        69%    47
No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro    69%    39
No. 5 Tomas Berdych         68%    31

DODIG FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

•    The 28-year-old Croat knocked off Grega Zemlja 61 61 in the first round on Monday. He is playing here for the second time (3-1). Best result was 3R in 2011 (d. Nadal in 2R, l. to Tipsarevic), failed to qualify in 2009 (l. to Ferrero in Q2) and 2012 (l. to Berrer in Q2)

2013 Highlights:

SF(2): Munich (l Haas); Eastbourne (l Lopez); QF(3): Zagreb (l Youzhny); Delray Beach (l Haas); Atlanta (l Hewitt)

2013 in Review:
•    The No. 2 Croat enters with a 24-19 (12-9 on hard, 7-3 on grass and 5-7 on clay) match record
•    Reached sixth career ATP World Tour SF at Eastbourne (l. to Lopez), dropped to 2-4 lifetime in ATP World Tour SF matches, also reached SF at Munich (l. to No. 14 Haas, d. No. 11 Cilic in 2R)
•    In Grand Slam play (5-3 record), reached a major 4R for the first time at Wimbledon (l. to Ferrer in four sets), advanced to 3R of a Grand Slam tournament for first time in 12th major at Australian Open (d. Chinese WC Di in 1R, d. Nieminen in five sets in 2R) before losing to No. 10 Gasquet. Fell in 1R at Roland Garros (l. to Pella 12-10 in fifth set)
•    On 6 July, with Melo, the duo reached their first Grand Slam championship doubles final at Wimbledon (l. to Bryans in four sets
•    Has a career 3-14 record (0-3 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents, has lost last six since last win over No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Queen’s Club in June 2012

CAREER VS TOP 10 OPPONENTS – Dodig has a career 3-14 (0-3 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents, wins over:
d. No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 2012 Queen’s Club
d. No. 2 Rafael Nadal at 2011 ATP Masters Montreal
d. No. 5 Robin Soderling at 2011 Barcelona

CROATS IN TOP 100 – Dodig is one of three Croats in Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings:
No. 15 Marin Cilic
No. 36 Ivan Dodig
No. 88 Ivo Karlovic

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(WC) Vasek Pospisil (CAN) vs Radek Stepanek (CZE)         First Meeting

Pospisil FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
SF: Bogota (l Falla)
YTD W-L: 7-7 (5-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: June 23, 1990
Emirates ATP Ranking: 71 (Career-high)

Tournament/2013 in Review
•    Pospisil, 23, improved his career record to 3-2 at the Rogers Cup with the biggest win of his career over No. 20-ranked John Isner 57 76 76, hitting 16 aces. This is the third time he’s reached the second round --  last year (l. to Monaco) and 2011 (l. to Federer),). Fell in qualifying three times – 2008 (l. to Young, in Q1), 2009 (l. to Hernych, in Q1) and 2010 (l. to Marchenko, in Q1)
•    He is one of a tournament record five Canadians in the second round, along with Frank Dancevic, Jesse Levine, Filip Peliwo and Milos Raonic
•    The No. 2 Canadian (behind No. 13 Raonic) is playing here on a career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 71 and enters with a 7-7 (5-4 on hard, 2-2 on grass and 0-1 on clay) match record, highlighted by reaching his first career ATP World Tour SF at Bogota (l. to Falla in three sets) last month
•    In Grand Slam play (1-2 record), reached 2R at Wimbledon (l. to Youzhny in five sets), fell in 1R at Roland Garros (l. to Zeballos, after holding two-sets to love lead, lost 8-6 in the fifth set)
•    Won doubles rubber (w/Nestor) versus Italy to help Canada reach Davis Cup SFs for first time
•    Captured his fourth career Challenger title on Sunday in Vancouver (d. Daniel Evans). Also won at Johannesburg (d. Przysiezny) in April and reached final at Rimouski (l. to de Voest) in March). Has a career 4-1 record in Challenger finals
•    Has a career 63-51 (19-7 in 2013) record in Challengers with four titles in five finals and 107-41 in Futures with 10 titles in 12 finals

CANADIANS IN TOP 200 – Pospisil is one of four Canadians in the Top 200 Emirates ATP Rankings:
No. 13 Milos Raonic
No. 71 Vasek Pospisil
No. 132 Jesse Levine
No. 169 Frank Dancevic

Stepanek FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
QF: Eastbourne (l Seppi)
YTD W-L: 11-10 (6-2 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: November 27, 1978
Emirates ATP Ranking: 51

Tournament/2013 in Review
•    Stepanek, 34, the Czech Republic No. 3 (behind No. 6 Berdych, No. 44 Rosol), opened on Tuesday with a 63 67 63 win over No. 12 seed/No. 14 ranked Nicolas Almagro to even his career Rogers Cup record at 9-9. His best result here came in ’07 when he reached the semi-finals with wins over No. 6 Gonzalez, No. 12 Haas and No. 5 Davydenko before losing to No. 1 Federer. Last year lost in 3R after wins over No. 16 Dolgopolov and No. 8 del Potro (l. to Haas)
•    Comes in with an 11-10 (6-2 on hard) match record on the season and coming off a third round last week in Washington (d. Youzhny, l. to Troicki)
•    In June, won Prostejov Challenger title (d. Vesely) and quarter-finalist in Eastbourne (l. to Seppi), his best ATP World Tour result
•    The former World No. 8 underwent neck disc surgery on January 21, which was bothering him in first few weeks of the season. Returned to action at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l. to Ramos) in 1R and followed with 1R in Barcelona (l. to Gulbis)
•    At the Australian Open lost in 3R (d. Troicki in five sets, Lopez, l. to Djokovic), with Paes, as defending doubles champions, the duo fell to Anderson-Erlich in 1st RD
•    Opened year at Sydney, retired in first game in 2R (l. to Benneteau) due to a back injury

CZECHS RANKED IN TOP 100
– Stepanek is one of four Czechs in Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings:
No. 6 Tomas Berdych    No. 51 Radek Stepanek
No. 44 Lukas Rosol    No. 81 Jiri Vesely

(5) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)    Berdych Leads 2-0
10 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (Canada)  Hard    R16    Tomas Berdych    6-3    6-7(5) 6-4
11 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal (Canada) Hard    R32    Tomas Berdych    4-6    6-2     6-3

Berdych FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
F(2): Marseille (l Tsonga); Dubai (l Djokovic); SF(3): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Wawrinka); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); QF(6): Chennai (l Bautista Agut); Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Gasquet); London / Queen's Club (l Cilic); Wimbledon (l Djokovic); Bastad (l de Bakker)
YTD W-L: 36-14 (21-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 6

Tournament/2013 in Review
•    Berdych, 27, comes in with a 10-8 career Rogers Cup record and last year lost in the third round (bye, d. Benneteau, l. to Gasquet). Has reached quarter-finals three times (2006, ’10-11). In ’06, d. Nadal en route; l. to Gasquet), 2010 (l. to Federer) and 2011 (l. to Tipsarevic). Also 2nd Rd. & 1st Rd. twice
•    This is the Czech Republic native’s first tournament since Bastad where he lost in the quarter-finals (l. to de Bakker). Has advanced to the QF or better 11 times in 13 tourn. this year (5-6 in QF matches)
•    The top player from the Czech Republic enters with a 36-14 (21-6 on hard, 9-5 on clay and 6-2 on grass) match record. His best results are back-to-back finals in Marseille (l. to No. 8 Tsonga) and Dubai (l. to No. 1 Djokovic, d. No. 2 Federer in SF). Only player in Top 10 without a title this year
•    In Grand Slam play reached eighth career Grand Slam QF and third at Wimbledon (l. to Djokovic), third QF at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic) and fell to Gael Monfils  7-5 in the fifth set at 1R Roland Garros
•    Reached 13th career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final at Rome (l. to 5 Nadal, d. No. 1 Djokovic in QF)
•    In other ATP Masters 1000 events, SF at Indian Wells (l. to No. 5 Nadal), QF at Miami (l. to No. 10 Gasquet), lost in 3R at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l. to Fognini)
•    Captured 400th career ATP Tour-level win over Jerzy Janowicz at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid in 2R
•    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)

Dolgopolov FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
QF(3): Brisbane (l Nishikori); Memphis (l Matosevic); Munich (l Dodig)
YTD W-L: 16-17 (9-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: November 7, 1988
Emirates ATP Ranking: 37

Tournament/2013 in Review
•    Dolgopolov, 24, improved his Rogers Cup record to 4-3 with a 76 64 win over top South African Kevin Anderson on Tuesday. His best result was the third round in 2010 (d. Petzschner, No. 14 Youzhny, l. to No. 7 Berdych). Followed with second round in 2011 (l. to No. 9 Berdych) and first round last year (l. to Stepanek). All three of his losses here have come to Czech Republic opponents
•    The top ranked Ukrainian at No. 37 comes in with a 16-17 match record (9-7 on hard, 4-6 on clay, and 3-3 on grass), with three QFs - Brisbane (l. to No. 19 Nishikori) in opening week, Memphis (l. to Matosevic) in February and Munich (l. to Dodig) in May
•    Has a 3-23 career record vs. Top 10 opponents (0-3 this year) and his last win came over No. 5 Tsonga at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid in May 2012
•    In Grand Slam play, reached  third round at Wimbledon (l. to No. 4 Ferrer) for the first time in his career, fell in 1R at Roland Garros (l. to Tursunov) and Australian Open (l. to Monfils)
•    Best ATP Masters 1000 result was 3R at Miami (l. to No. 18 Haas), also 2R at Indian Wells (l. to Berlocq) and Monte Carlo (l. to No. 7 del Potro)
•    Won four points in Ukraine’s two Davis Cup Europe / Africa Group II matches, in 1R vs Slovak Republic in (d. Martin, Lacko) and in 2R vs Sweden (d. Arvidsson, Eriksson). )  Ukraine next plays Spain in the World Group play-off in September
•    Reached career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 13 in January 2012

(WC) Frank Dancevic (CAN) vs (15) Jerzy Janowicz (POL)    First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
12 Wolfsburg CH (Germany)    Carpet    QF    Jerzy Janowicz    7-6(3)   5-3    ret

Dancevic FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 1-2 (1-2 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 26, 1984
Emirates ATP Ranking: 169

Tournament/2013 in Review
•    Dancevic, 28, opened on Tuesday with a 57 76(6) 61 win over qualifier Yen-Hsun Lu. Has a 6-10 career record at the Rogers Cup, with his best result coming here in 2007 when he advanced to the quarter-finals (d. del Potro, Odesnik, Verdasco, l. to No. 2 Nadal 6-3 in third set). Also reached 2R in 2006 and ’08. Has lost last three first round matches here (2009-10, ’12)
•    The Niagra Falls native is playing in his second ATP World Tour main draw of the season. In March, qualified at ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l .to Kubot)
•    A member of Canada’s Davis Cup team in first round win over Spain, defeating Marcel Granollers in straight sets in second match and lost to Albert Ramos in dead rubber
•    His best results have come in Challengers with a 17-9 match record and one title, in Granby last month (d. Lacko in three sets). Jumped from No. 193 to No. 161 afterwards. Comes in No. 169 this week

Janowicz FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
SF: Wimbledon (l Murray); QF(2): Marseille (l Berdych); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Federer)
YTD W-L: 22-14 (10-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 13, 1990
Emirates ATP Ranking: 18

Tournament/2013 in Review
•    Janowicz, 22, made Montreal debut Tuesday with a 36 63 75 win over Frenchman Julien Benneteau
•    Enters with a 22-14 (10-6 on hard, 7-6 on clay and 5-2 on grass) match record, highlighted by reaching first career Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon (d. Stepanek, No. 16 Almagro, Melzer, Kubot, l. to No. 2 eventual champion Murray in four sets). Hit 103 aces during the tournament
•    The No. 1 from Poland is looking to become the first player from his country to finish in Top 20 Emirates ATP Rankings since Wojtek Fibak was No.15 in 1980
•    In last tournament at Hamburg two weeks ago, retired with right arm injury at 57 04 vs. Verdasco
•    In May, reached second career ATP Masters 1000 QF at Rome (l. to Federer), fourth overall
•    In February, reached third career ATP World Tour QF at Marseille (l. to Berdych)
•    In Grand Slam play, has compiled a 9-3 record, with SF at Wimbledon, 3R at Roland Garros (l. to Wawrinka) and 3R at Australian Open (d. Devvarman in 2R in five sets, down 0-2, l. to Almagro in 3R)
•    At ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells, reached 3R in singles (l. to Gasquet). In doubles partnered with Janowicz, for the first time, to reach the doubles final (l. to Bryans)
•    In Davis Cup play helped Poland beat Slovenia in Davis Cup Group EAGI 1R, beating Kavcic and Zemlja in singles rubbers and South Africa in 2R, beating Andersen and Roelofse. Poland hosts Australia in September in a World Group play-off tie

(Q) Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) vs (3) David Ferrer (ESP)    Ferrer Leads 1-0
12 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)    Hard    R16    David Ferrer    6-4    6-2

Bogomolov Jr. FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 1-4 (1-3 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 23, 1983
Emirates ATP Ranking: 83

Tournament/2013 in Review
•    Bogomolov, Jr., 30, who qualified into the main draw, improved his career record to 3-4 at the Rogers Cup with a 62 46 63 win over Frenchman Michael Llodra on Tuesday. He also reached second round in 2004 debut (d. Karlovic, l. to No. 4 Moya) and in 2011 (d. Mannarino, l. to No. 7 Monfils)
•    One of six Russiains in Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings and has an 1-4 record on ATP World Tour this season. Qualified at Australian Open  (l. to Baker in five sets), Memphis (l. to Russell), Wimbledon (l. to Robredo) and Washington last week (l. to Kuznetsov)
•    His best results have come on Challenger circuit with a 22-7 match record and titles in Guadalajara (d. Ram) in April and Kun-Ming (d. De Voest) in May
•    Has a 3-16 career record vs. Top 10 opponents and his last win came over No. 10 Tsonga at ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati two years ago. Also has wins over No. 3 Haas (’02 Los Angeles) and No. 5 Murray (’11 Miami)

Ferrer FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
W(2): Auckland (d Kohlschreiber); Buenos Aires (d Wawrinka); F(4): Acapulco (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Murray); Oeiras (l Wawrinka); Roland Garros (l Nadal); SF(2): Doha (l Davydenko); Australian Open (l Djokovic); QF(3): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Wimbledon (l del Potro)
YTD W-L: 41-12 (16-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 2
Career Titles: 20
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
Emirates ATP Ranking: 3

Tournament/2013 in Review
•    Ferrer, 31, is making his eighth Rogers Cup appearance (5-7 record) and first in three years. His best result here is the 3rd Rd. in 2008 (bye, d. Ginepri, l. to Gasquet). Has never won back-to-back matches
•    The top Spaniard comes in at a career-high No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and he’s playing in his first tournament since reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon (l. to No. 8 del Potro) on July 3
•    He comes in with a 41-12 match record on the season (16-4 on hard, 21-6 on clay, 4-2 on grass) and has the second-most match wins behind Nadal (43)
•    Has advanced to the quarter-finals or better in 11 of 14 tournaments and last year QF or better 16 times on ATP World Tour (12-4 in QFs). He is 2-4 in finals and his last final came at Roland Garros on June 9 (l. to Nadal), his maiden Grand Slam title match. Did not drop a set en route to the final
•    Successfully defended his Buenos Aires title (d. Wawrinka in three sets) and in turn, lifted his 20th ATP World Tour trophy. It was his 10th clay-court crown
•    Reached the final in Acapulco, as three-time reigning champion, lost to Nadal 60 62. Also finalist at ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Murray held one MP) in March and Oeiras (l. to Wawrinka) in May
•    At the Australian Open recorded his 500th match win over Almagro in QFs. Reached his second Australian Open SF (also 2011), losing to Djokovic in three sets. Had been attempting to become the fifth Spaniard to reach the final in tournament history
•    Tied Roy Emerson’s record of four Auckland titles (d. Kohlschreiber in straight sets final) after third straight triumph. Marked the second time Ferrer had won a tournament in three successive seasons,
adding to his run in Acapulco (2010-2012)

Court 9

(13)Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT)        Gulbis Leads 2-1
08 ITA vs. LAT EAGI Play-offs (Italy)    Clay    RR    Ernests Gulbis    7-6(2) 6-1    6-1
09 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China)    Hard    R64    Fabio Fognini    7-6(3) 6-3
11 Nice (France)    Clay    R32    Ernests Gulbis    3-6    6-3    6-3

(WC) Filip Peliwo (CAN) vs Denis Istomin (UZB)        First Meeting

Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs Pablo Andujar (ESP)        First Meeting

Court 5

Benoit Paire (FRA) vs (8) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)        Wawrinka Leads 2-0
12 Australian Open (Australia)    Hard    R128    Stanislas Wawrinka    6-1    6-1    7-5
12 Buenos Aires (Argentina)    Clay    R16    Stanislas Wawrinka    6-3    5-7    6-2

(10) Tommy Haas (GER) vs Marinko Matosevic (AUS)        Haas Leads 1-0
12 Brisbane (Australia)    Hard    R32    Tommy Haas    6-3    7-5

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