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US Open Monday Preview - Nadal, Federer Headline First Round Action

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Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer will make his Grand Slam record-tying 56th consecutive Grand Slam tournament appearance on Monday.

There are 22 singles matches on opening day with seven Spaniards leading the way. The hottest player in the world, 2010 US Open champion Rafael Nadal, who is undefeated on hard courts this year (15-0) and five-time US Open winner No. 7 Roger Federer, are the headliners on Arthur Ashe Stadium. 

Nadal, who has won an ATP World Tour-best nine titles this season, including an eighth Roland Garros crown, en route to a 53-3 overall match record, plays American wild card Ryan Harrison for the second time (Nadal leads 1-0). Harrison is trying to earn his first career Top 10 win (0-19).

Federer will make his Grand Slam record tying 56th consecutive Grand Slam tournament appearance as he takes on Grega Zemlja of Slovenia (Federer leads 2-0). Federer ties South African Wayne Ferreira with the most consecutive Grand Slam tournaments played in singles. Federer comes in seeded No. 7, his lowest in a Grand Slam tournament since 2002 when he came into the US Open seeded No. 13. Federer has the most match wins at night in Arthur Ashe Stadium (21-1).

(2) Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs (WC) Ryan Harrison (USA) FedEx - ATP Head2Head: Nadal Leads 1-0
13 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R64 Rafael Nadal 7-6(3) 6-2

• World No. 2 Nadal enters the US Open with a career-best 15-match hard court winning streak and coming off  back-to-back hard court titles for the first time at ATP Masters 1000 Montreal and Cincinnati. He has career 34-1 record in Grand Slam 1R matches. Fell to No. 135 Steve Darcis in three sets in the 1R at Wimbledon on June 24 

• The 21-year-old Harrison is looking for his first career Top 10 win (0-19 overall, 0-4 in 2013)


US Open History:
• The 2010 champion (d. Djokovic) is playing here for the 10th time and has a career tournament record of 34-8. He also reached the final in his last appearance in 2011 (l. to Djokovic). Also SF in 2008 (l. to Murray) and ‘09 (l. to eventual champion del Potro ) and QF in ’06 (l. to Youzhny)

• His earliest exit in Flushing Meadows was the 2R in first two visits in 2003 (l. to El Aynaoui) and ’04 (l. to Roddick)

Grand Slam History:
• The 12-time Grand Slam champion – Roland Garros (8), Wimbledon (2), Australian Open (1) and US Open (1) is contesting his 36th career major. Tied No. 3 (w/Emerson) all-time in Slam titles behind Federer (17), Sampras (14)

• Became first man to win the same Grand Slam tournament eight times with his straight-sets win over countryman David Ferrer at Roland Garros (59-1 career record at RG). Has won a Slam title a record nine years in a row

• He is one of only seven players to have won 10 or more Grand Slam titles. Also is the youngest of the seven players to win a career Grand Slam while joining Agassi as the only players with a career “Golden Slam”

• On June 24 at Wimbledon suffered his first-ever 1R defeat in 35 Grand Slam tournaments, losing 76(4) 76(8) 64 to No. 135 Belgian Steve Darcis (lowest-ranked player to defeat the Spaniard in a major). 

2013 Highlights:
W(9): 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); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada (d Raonic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (d Isner); F(2): Vina del Mar (l Zeballos); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic)

2013 in Review:
• Leading into the US Open (10-0):
o Cincinnati: Winner (d. No. 5 Federer in QF, d. No. 6 Berdych in SF, d. No. 22 Isner)
o Montreal: Winner (d. No. 18 Janowicz in 3R, No. 1 Djokovic in SF, d. No. 13 Raonic)
• The Mallorcan native has made an impressive return this season, reaching the final in 11 of the 12 tournaments (9-2 mark) he has played and comes in with a career-best 53-3 (38-2 on clay, 15-0 on hard and 0-1 on grass) match record. Has a 15-1 record vs. Top 10 opponents this year (only loss to Djokovic in Monte-Carlo final). Won a personal-best 17 matches in 2008 when he was No. 1
• Comes in ranked No. 2 and could reclaim the No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking if he gets to the final AND Djokovic loses before the QF OR if Nadal wins the title and Djokovic loses in the SF or earlier. The Spaniard leads the year-to-date ATP Race points standings by 2,240 points over Djokovic
• Improved to 26-11 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals after picking up his first Cincinnati title and becoming the second Spaniard to win the title (also Moya in 2002). Won back-to-back hard-court finals in successive weeks for the first time in his career (Montreal & Cincinnati). Has a 15-0 record on hard courts this season
• 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. Finished the Golden Swing with a 12-1 match record winning titles at Sao Paulo (d. Nalbandian) and second Acapulco crown with a two-set win over Ferrer. Reached the final at Vina del Mar, match lasted 2h,47m; broke a 15-match clay winning streak (dating back to May 2012, l. to Verdasco at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid). 
• Beat Federer in ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells QF en route to a record-breaking 22nd ATP 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 straight-sets win over Almagro. Has won 39 straight matches at the event and 80 of 82 sets he’s played
• In May, won his third ATP Masters 1000 Madrid crown (also 2005 and 2010); beat Ferrer in QF, Andujar in SF and Wawrinka in final. Defeated Federer for the 14th time in a title match to win his seventh ATP Masters 1000 Rome title (also 2005-07, ‘09’10, & ’12)
• In ATP Matchfacts (as of Aug. 26), No. 2 in Return Games Won (35%), No. 3 in First Serve Pct. (70%), Second Serve Points Won (57%), Break Points Saved (69%), No. 4 in Service Games Won (88%) and Break Points Converted (46%)

Career in Review: Singles Titles (59), Finalist (23); Doubles Titles (8), Finalist (4)
• The Spaniard has finished in the Top 5 in 8 straight seasons, winning at least three titles in each. One of only eight players to hold No.1 ranking for more than 100 weeks (102). Is ninth in Open Era with 59 career titles, including a record eight Roland Garros titles and record 26 ATP Masters 1000 titles
• Has a 26-11 record in ATP Masters 1000 title matches and is 42-6 lifetime in clay court finals, best winning percentage (.933) in Open Era
• Member of Spain Davis Cup Team 2004-06, 2008-09, 2011 (champions in 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011), Spain Olympic Team 2008 (singles gold medal)

2013 MATCH WINS LEADERS – Nadal leads the ATP World Tour this year in match wins and titles: 
W-L Titles
1) Rafael Nadal 53-3 9 
2) Novak Djokovic 44-8 3
3) David Ferrer 42-14 2
4) Tomas Berdych 40-16 0 
5) Tommy Haas 39-17 1

2013 TITLE LEADERS – Nadal leads the ATP World Tour with eight titles this season:
1) Rafael Nadal 9
2) Andy Murray 4
3) Novak Djokovic 3
4) Seven players with 2

RECLAIMING NO. 1 – In the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 1973), only three players have finished No. 1 after losing the top spot. Nadal is trying to become the first player to finish No. 1 three years after his last No. 1 ranking:
   Year-end No. 1 Next Year-end No. 1
Ivan Lendl 1987 1989
Roger Federer 2007 2009
Rafael Nadal 2008 2010


US Open History:

• The Austin, Texas resident has a 2-3 record in the main draw, reaching the 2R in 2010 as a qualifier (d. No. 17 Ljubicic, l. to Stakhovsky in fifth set TB) and last year (d. Becker, l. to No. 8 del Potro in four sets)
• Lost in 1R qualifying in 2008-09 and in main draw two years ago (l. to Cilic)

Grand Slam History:
• Has a 6-13 career record in Grand Slam play (0-6 vs. Top 10) and best result is 2R six times: Australian Open in 2013, Roland Garros in 2013, Wimbledon in 2011-12 and US Open in 2010 and ‘12 

2013 Highlights:
SF: Atlanta (l Anderson); QF: Sydney (l Benneteau)

2013 in Review:
• Leading into the US Open (5-4):
o Cincinnati: 2R (l. to Ferrer)
o Washington: 2R (l. to Hewitt)
o Atlanta: SF (l. to Anderson)
o Newport: 1R (l. to Isner)
• The young American enters with an 11-18 (9-11 on hard, 1-3 on clay and 1-4 on grass) match record
• He is attempting to finish in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings for the third straight year. Last year he reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 43 on July 16 before finishing year-end best No. 70
• Last month reached his sixth career ATP World Tour semi-final in Atlanta (l. to Anderson), his first since Newport last year (l. to Isner). Fell to 0-6 in career SF matches
• In Grand Slam play (2-3 record), reached 2R for the first time at both the Australian Open (l. to eventual champion Novak Djokovic) and Roland Garros (l. to Isner) and lost in the 1R at Wimbledon (l. to Chardy)
• Best ATP Masters 1000 result was 2R at Indian Wells (l. to eventual champ Nadal) and Cincinnati (l. to Ferrer), fell in 1R at Miami (l. to Blake)

Career in Review: Doubles Titles (2)
• Has a career 0-19 record (0-4 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents
• The American youngster has two Top 100 seasons already after earning his first career match win at age 15
• In 2011, was the second-youngest player in Top 100 (behind Tomic)
• Reached a career-high No. 7 in world junior rankings in April 2008. Advanced to SF at ‘08 Australian Open juniors

AMERICANS IN TOP 100 – Harrison is one of six Americans in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings (overall there are 15 Americans in the main draw):
No. 17 John Isner 
No. 31 Sam Querrey
No. 86 Jack Sock
No. 92 Michael Russell
No. 97 Ryan Harrison
No. 100 James Blake 

– Harrison is looking for his first career Top 10 win. Here are the active players with the most losses without a Top 10 win:
Simone Bolelli 0-29
Ryan Harrison 0-19
Santiago Giraldo 0-17
Carlos Berlocq 0-16
Ivo Minar 0-15

(7) Roger Federer (SUI) vs Grega Zemlja (SLO) - FedEx ATP Head2Head: Federer Leads 2-0
12 Doha (Qatar) Hard R16 Roger Federer 6-2 6-3
13 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard R32 Roger Federer 6-3 6-1

• Federer has a career 51-6 record in Grand Slam 1R matches. Has won 41 consecutive 1R matches; last lost was to Luis Horna at 2003 Roland Garros. He is playing in his 23rd career night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, second most to Andy Roddick (27) and has the most night match wins in Arthur Ashe Stadium (21-1 record)
• Zemlja has a career 1-10 record (0-5 this year) against Top 10 opponents. He has lost six straight since lone came over No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic in Vienna SF last October


US Open History:

• The five-time champion (2004-08) has the best winning percentage (.889. 64-8 record) in the Open Era and is second all-time in tournament history behind Bill Tilden (.910, 71-7)
• Began his career with an 11-4 mark from 2000-03 and since ’04 when he won his first title, has a 53-4 record
• His 40-match Flushing Meadows winning streak ended with five-set loss to del Potro in ’09 final 
• Since last final, lost in SF in 2010-11 (l. to Djokovic 7-5 in fifth both)  and QF last year (l. to Berdych in four sets)
• Playing here for 14th  consecutive year and his earliest exit was 3R in 2000 debut (l. to Ferrero) 

Grand Slam History:

• The all-time Grand Slam singles champion with 17 titles (in 24 finals) claimed at least one in eight straight years (2003-10). Has the most career Grand Slam match wins (257-40)
• His streak of having reached QF or better in 36 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments ended with 2R loss to Sergiy Stakhovsky at Wimbledon. Also has record of 23 straight SF (’04-10) and 10 finals in a row (’05-’07)
• Only player to reach all four Slam finals in a season three times (’06-07, 09)

2013 Highlights:
W: Halle (d Youzhny); F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); SF(3): Australian Open (l Murray); Dubai (l Berdych); Hamburg (l Delbonis); QF(4): Rotterdam (l Benneteau); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); Roland Garros (l Tsonga); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Nadal)

2013 in Review:
• Leading into the US Open (1-2):
o Cincinnati: QF (l. to Nadal)
o Gstaad: 2R (bye, l. to Brands)
o Hamburg: SF (l. to Delbonis)
• Comes into the US Open ranked No. 7, his lowest since Oct. 28, 2002 (at No. 8) and enters with a 32-11 (15-5 on hard, 12-5 on clay and 5-1 on grass) match record. In lone hard court-lead-up, lost in QF at ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l. to Nadal in three). He was playing his first event since 2R at Gstaad on July 25 (1R bye,l. to Brands). 
• The week before, lost to qualifier No. 114 Federico Delbonis in the SF at Hamburg. It marked the second time this year that Federer has lost to an opponent outside the Top 100 and 12th in his career
• The oldest (32) in the Top 10 Emirates ATP Rankings since April 17, 2006 when Andre Agassi at 35 (12 days short of his 36th birthday) was ranked No. 10
• In June, captured his lone title of the year at Halle (d. Youzhny), his 13th career grass court title (13-5 in grass court finals). His 77th title tied John McEnroe for No. 3 in the Open Era titles list
• Best clay-court result of the year is runner-up at ATP Masters 1000 Rome (l. to Nadal) in May, also reached QF at Roland Garros (l. to Tsonga)
• Won his 900th career match at Roland Garros (d. Simon in five sets in 4R). Only three players have won more matches in the Open Era: Jimmy Connors (1,253), Ivan Lendl (1,071) and Guillermo Vilas (929)

Career in Review: 
• The Swiss holds the record for most weeks at No. 1 with 302 and is one of only three players to finish No. 1 at least five times (2004-07, ’09), joining Sampras (6) and Connors (5). Has compiled 11 consecutive Top 10 years
• He is the only active player with more than 900 match wins (910) and also leads with 77 titles (T-No. 3 in Open Era) in 112 finals, winning at least four titles in past 10 seasons from 2003-12.

MOST NIGHT MATCH WINS IN ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM – Federer is No. 1 all-time in most night match wins in Arthur Ashe Stadium:
             Player Wins (Years)
1. Roger Federer 21 (2003-2012)
2. Andy Roddick 20 (2001-2012)
3. Andre Agassi 14 (1997-2006)
4. Rafael Nadal 13 (2005-2011)
5. Novak Djokovic 11 (2007-2012)

MOST NIGHT MATCHES PLAYED IN ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM – Federer is No. 2 all-time in most night matches (22) played in Arthur Ashe Stadium
             Player         Matches (Record)
1. Andy Roddick 27 (20-7)
2. Roger Federer 22 (21-1)
3. Andre Agassi 17 (14-3)
4. Rafael Nadal 15 (13-2)
5. James Blake 13 (7-6)
Note: Other US Open night records in USTA/2013 US Open Media Guide on pgs. 152-153

WEEKS AT NO. 1 LEADERS – Federer has spent the most weeks at No. 1 (302 weeks) in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since Aug. 23, 1973):
1) Roger Federer 302  6) Bjorn Borg 109
2) Pete Sampras     286  7) Rafael Nadal 102
3) Ivan Lendl           270  8) Andre Agassi 101
4) Jimmy Connors     268  9) Novak Djokovic 96
5) John McEnroe       170 10) Lleyton Hewitt 80


US Open History:

• Has a 2-1 career record and qualified last year for the first time after losing in the qualifying four previous appearances: 2007, ’09-10 (1R) and in ’11 (final round)
• Last year defeated Mello and Stebe before losing to Tipsarevic in 3R

Grand Slam History:
• Has an 8-10 career record and in his last Grand Slam at Wimbledon, reached 3R with wins over Russell and Dimitrov (11-9 in fifth set) before losing to No. 8 del Potro. At Australian Open, ret. in 1R vs. Granollers and lost in 2R at Roland Garros (d. Giraldo, l. to Nishikori)

2013 Highlights:
QF: Casablanca (l Anderson)

2013 in Review:
• Leading into the US Open (0-3 in main draw, not including qualifying):
o Winston-Salem: 1R (l. to Garcia-Lopez)
o Cincinnati: Qualifying (l. to Roger-Vasselin in Q2)
o Montreal: 1R (l. to Dodig)
o Washington: 1R (l. to Smyczek)
• The top Slovenian is on track to finish in the Top 75 Emirates ATP Rankings for the second year in a row. He enters with a 13-19 (5-5 on clay, 4-3 on grass and 4-11 on hard) match record
• Best result is reaching second career ATP World Tour QF at Casablanca (l. to Anderson)
• Fell in the 3R at ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Simon), London / Queen’s Club (l. to Berdych) and Wimbledon (l. to del Potro)
• Improved to 6-8 in Challenger finals with title on home soil at Portoroz (d. Fischer) in July

Career in Review:
• The Slovenian has climbed up the rankings with more than 100 wins at both Challenger and Futures level. Has a 147-115 record in Challengers with six titles and 124-58 in Futures with nine titles 

CAREER VS TOP 10 –Zemlja has a career 1-10 (0-5 this year) vs Top 10 opponents:
• l. to No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro at 2013 Wimbledon
• l. to No. 6 Tomas Berdych at 2013 London / Queen’s Club
• l. to No. 10 Janko Tipsarevic at 2013 Munich
• l. to No. 2 Roger Federer at 2013 Rotterdam
• l. to No. 10 Richard Gasquet at 2013 Doha
• l. to No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro at 2012 Vienna
• d. No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic at 2012 Vienna
• l. to No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic at 2012 US Open
• l. to No. 3 Roger Federer at 2012 Doha
• l. to No. 8 Gael Monfils at 2011 Wimbledon
• l. to No. 9 Andy Roddick at 2012 Washington

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