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US Open Sunday Preview: Djokovic, Murray Lead 3rd Rd Action

New York, U.S.A.

Djokovic© Getty ImagesWorld No. 1 Novak Djokovic takes on Joao Sousa

• The third round in the top half of the draw takes place on Sunday with three former US Open winners leading the way, led by reigning champion Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic (2011) and Lleyton Hewitt (2001). Other Top 16 seeds in action include No. 5 Tomas Berdych, No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka and No. 12 Tommy Haas. The lone American left in the draw, wild card Tim Smyczek, is also on the order of play.

• In the first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, World No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan are in 3R action against Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil. The Bryans are trying to become the first team since Aussies Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman in 1951 to win a calendar Grand Slam. The Bryans have won a “Bryan Golden Grand Slam,” capturing the gold medal at the London Olympics last summer and the last four Grand Slam titles.

• In the first singles match on Ashe, defending champion and World No. 3 Murray brings a 2-0 head-to-head record (both on clay) against German Florian Mayer, who is trying to reach the 4R here for the first time. Murray has won 10 straight 3R Grand Slam matches since losing here in 2010 to Wawrinka. Mayer is 1-9 lifetime vs. Top 10 opponents in Grand Slam play.

• In the evening session, Djokovic takes on Portugal’s top player, No. 95th-ranked Joao Sousa, who is trying to become the first player from his country to reach the 4R in a Grand Slam tournament. Djokovic is attempting to reach his 18th straight Grand Slam 4R. Sousa has advanced to the 3R for the first time in a major by winning back-to-back five-set matches in his US Open main draw debut.

• On Armstrong, No. 9 seed Wawrinka meets Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, who is appearing in the 3R here for the first time. Wawrinka, a quarter-finalist here in 2010, won the previous two meetings. In the next match on, No. 12 seed Tommy Haas of Germany, the oldest player (35) in the draw, takes on No. 21 seed and former two-time US Open semi-finalist Mikhail Youzhny for the ninth time (tied 4-4). Haas is a three-time US Open quarter-finalist.

• On Grandstand, No. 5 Berdych, who reached the semi-finals last year, takes a 2-1 record against No. 31 seed Julien Benneteau of France. Benneteau is looking to reach the 4R here for the first time in his 10th US Open appearance. In the next match on, 2001 US Open champion Hewitt, who defeated No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro in a five-set battle on Friday night, squares off with Russian Evgeny Donskoy for the first time. In the next match on, No. 109th-ranked Smyczek takes on Spaniard Marcel Granollers. If Smyczek doesn’t advance to his first Grand Slam 4R, it will be the first time in tournament history no American is in 4R.

• On Court 17, No. 20 seed Andreas Seppi of Italy takes a 5-1 record against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan. The winner will appear in their first career 4R at the US Open.

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(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Joao Sousa (POR)     First Meeting

• Djokovic has a career 27-4 record in Grand Slam 3R matches, winning 17 straight since last loss came to Philipp Kohlschreiber at Roland Garros in 2009
• Sousa is attempting to become the first Portuguese player to reach the 4R at a Grand Slam tournament


US Open History
• Has a 41-7 record and has not dropped a set in his first two wins (broken twice). On Tuesday, opened with a 61 62 62 victory over Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in one hour, 22 minutes (hit 28 winners, 10 aces, saved seven of eight brk. pts. (broke seven times). On Friday, beat German Benjamin Becker 76 62 62, hitting 13 aces (40 winners overall) and converting five of 14 break pts. (broken once)
• Has reached the final the past three years – runner-up in 2010 (l. to Nadal), won title in 2011 (d. Nadal) and runner-up last year (l. to Murray). Overall has reached SF or better past six years
• Also runner-up in 2007 (l. to Federer). His earliest loss was 3R in 2005 (l. to Verdasco) and ’06 (l. to Hewitt)

Grand Slam History:
• Has a 20-2 record this year. Picked up his sixth major trophy at the Australian Open (fifth in nine Slams) after beating No. 3 Murray in four sets in the final. Became the first player in the Open Era to win three straight Australian Open titles and first to accomplish the feat since Roy Emerson won five in a row from 1963-67. It was also his fourth title at Melbourne Park overall, joining Agassi and Federer as a four-time winner
• In the 4R, needed five hours, two minutes to beat No. 17 Wawrinka 12-10 in the fifth set in the fourth-longest match at the Australian Open since 1968
• On June 7, met Nadal for 35th time at Roland Garros SF, the third straight year he reached SF in Paris. Squandered a 4-2 lead in fifth set, losing 9-7; ended a four-match winning streak against Top 4 opposition
• Lost to No. 2 Andy Murray 64 75 64 in the Wimbledon final and dropped to 6-5 in Grand Slam finals. In SFs, beat del Potro in five-sets  which marked longest Wimbledon SF (4:43) in tournament history
• In 2011, captured first Wimbledon crown (d. Nadal) and afterwards became No. 1 for first time (on July 4)

2013 Highlights:
W(3): Australian Open (d Murray); Dubai (d Berdych); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (d Nadal); F: Wimbledon (l Murray); SF(3): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Del Potro); Roland Garros (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada (l Nadal); QF(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Berdych); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Isner)

2013 in Review:
• Leading into the US Open (5-2):
o Cincinnati: QF (1R, bye, l. to Isner)
o Montreal: SF (1R, bye, d. Gasquet in QF, l. to Nadal)
• The World No. 1 has a 46-8 (27-4 on hard, 13-3 on clay and 6-1 on grass) match record and three titles in four finals. This is the Serb’s 94th week at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings
• His two-year title reign in Canada ended at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Montreal with his SF loss in third set tie-break to Rafael Nadal. It was their 36th career meeting (Nadal leads 21-15) – which ties Lendl-McEnroe for the most meetings in the Open Era
• Became the 40th man in ATP World Tour history to record 500 match wins after he beat No. 26 seed Dimitrov in Roland Garros 3R
• Did not drop a set en route to his fourth Dubai title, extended winning streak to 18 matches since last loss on October 31, 2012
• Fell in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells SFs (l. to del Potro), ending his perfect 17-0 start on the season
• Won his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo, beating eight-time reigning champion Nadal to snap the Spaniard’s 46-match win streak at the tournament. It was his 14th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy and he became the first player to win three clay-court finals against Nadal
• Lost to Berdych for first time in three years in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome QFs; had led 62 52 but lost 64 in third set
• Helped Serbia beat Belgium 3-2 in Davis Cup World Group 1R, beating O. Rochus in singles rubber
• Won two singles rubbers (d. Isner, Querrey) for Serbia vs. United States to reach Davis Cup SF (vs. Canada) in Belgrade next month

Career in Review: Singles Titles (37), Finalist (20); Doubles Titles (1), Finalist (1)
• The Serbian has finished in the Top 3 each of the past six seasons, winning more than 60 matches and at least two titles in each. He owns 37 overall titles, including six Grand Slams and 14 ATP Masters 1000 crowns
• In 2011, was year-end No. 1 for first time and first player with 10 titles in a season since Federer (2012) in 2006, doing so in 11 finals, including three Grand Slams and five ATP Masters 1000 titles. He opened with 41-match winning streak
• In Davis Cup has a 24-9 career record (22-7 in singles) in 19 ties and member of 2010 winning team

WEEKS AT NO. 1 LEADERS – Djokovic has spent 96 weeks (No. 9 all-time) at No. 1 in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since Aug. 23, 1973).

SEMI-FINALS STREAK (since 1925) -- Djokovic has reached 13 straight Grand Slam semi-finals coming into the US Open. He is in second place behind Federer (23) for the most consecutive Grand Slam semi-final appearances. The last time he failed to reach the semis at a major was when he lost to Jurgen Melzer in the quarter-finals at ‘10 Roland Garros.

CAREER GRAND SLAM 3R MATCHES – Djokovic has a 27-4 career record in Grand Slam 3R matches, winning last 17 since ’09 Roland Garros. Two of his four  losses have come at US Open:

2009 Roland Garros l. to Phillip Kohlschreiber

2006 US Open l. to Lleyton Hewitt

2005 US Open l. to Fernando Verdasco

2005 Wimbledon l. to Sebastien Grosjean 


US Open History:

• Has advanced to 3R with back-to-back five-set wins over No. 25 seed Grigor Dimitrov 36 63 64 57 62 and Finnish No. 1 Jarkko Nieminen 16 63 36 63 64. These are first five set matches of his career.
• He is first Portuguese man to reach 3R at US Open
• Prior to this year, lost in 2R qualifying in 2011 and 1R qualifying last year

Grand Slam History:
• In Grand Slam play, has a 4-3 record this year and has reached 2R round-better in each main draw played: 2R at Australian Open (d. Smith, l. to No. 3 Murray) and Roland Garros (d. Soeda, l. to Lopez). Fell in final round qualifying at Wimbledon (l. to Reister)
• Made Grand Slam debut as a qualifier last year at Roland Garros (l. to Granollers)

2013 in Review:
• Leading into the US Open (0-1 main draw, not including qualifying and Challengers)

o Winston-Salem: 2R (1R bye, l. to Bogomolov, Jr.) as a lucky loser
o Cincinnati: Qualifying (l. to Tursunov in Q2)
o Guimaraes (CH): Winner (d. Copil)
o Poznan (CH): QF (l. to Robert)
o San Benedetto (CH): R-up (l. to Martin)
o Todi (CH): QF (l. to Riba)
• The No. 1 Portuguese has a 6-9 (3-5 on hard, 3-4 on clay) match record and prior to the US Open best result was 2R at Australian Open (l. to Murray), Roland Garros (l. to Lopez) and Acapulco (l. to Giraldo)
• Captured Challenger titles at Guimaraes, Portugal (d. Copil) and Furth, Germany (d. Odesnik). Also reached finals at San Benedetto, Italy (l. to Martin), 5-2 record in Challenger finals. Has a 19-5 Challenger record this year

Career in Review:
• The young Portuguese player has improved his ranking every year, thanks in part to a 80-56 Challengers with five titles in seven finals, and 108-75 Futures record (7-4 in finals)
• Reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 86 on March 18, 2013
• Career 0-1 record vs Top 10 opponents, l. to No. 3 Andy Murray at 2013 Australian Open in 2R

PORTUGUESE IN TOP 100 – Sousa is one of four players from Portugal to rank in Top 100 in history of Emirates ATP Rankings (since Aug. 23, 1973):

                                    Career-High (Date)

Rui Machado                 No. 59 (Oct. 3, 2011)

Frederico Gil                 No. 62 (April 25, 2011)

Nuno Marques               No. 86 (Sept. 25, 1995)

Joao Sousa                  No. 86 (Feb. 18, 2013)

(3) Andy Murray (GBR) vs Florian Mayer (GER)   Murray Leads 2-0

11 Rome (Italy) Clay QF Andy Murray 1-6 6-1 6-1

13 Madrid (Spain) Clay R32 Andy Murray 7-6(11) 7-6(3)

• The reigning champion and World No. 3 Murray has a career 22-4 record in Grand Slam 3R matches and has won 10 straight since his last 3R loss to Stanislas Wawrinka here in 2010.
• Mayer is attempting to reach the 4R of a major for the third time in his career. Both previous appearances came at Wimbledon in 2004 and 2012


US Open History
• The reigning champion has a 31-7 match record and in first two rounds has only been broken twice while breaking opponents 11 times. On Wednesday night, opened with a 62 64 63 win over Michael Llodra (converted six of eight break pts., lost serve once and hit 34 winners/five unf. errors). On Friday, beat Argentine Leonardo Mayer 75 61 36 61, saving eight of nine break points while breaking five times (won 76% of 2nd serve pts, 67% 1st)
• Last year defeated No. 2 Djokovic in five sets to become first British winner since Fred Perry in 1936. Also runner-up in ’08 (d. No. 1 Nadal, l. to No. 2 Federer) and SF in 2011 (l. to Nadal)
• His earliest lost came in 2R in 2005 debut as a qualifier (l. to Clement 60 in fifth set)

Grand Slam History:
• Has a 15-1 record this year in Grand Slam play. In last Grand Slam event, became first British champion 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. The Wimbledon final was watched by 17.3 million British television viewers
• 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). Pulled out of Roland Garros with a lower back injury
• Has a 2-5 career record in Grand Slam finals, reaching Wimbledon final last year (l. to Federer) and at Australian Open in 2010-11 (l. to Djokovic). Has a 115-28 career record in Grand Slam tournaments

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(3): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Berdych); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Berdych)

2013 in Review:
• Leading into the US Open (3-2):
o Cincinnati: QF (1R, bye, l. to No. 6 Berdych)
o Montreal: 3R (1R bye, l. to Gulbis)

• The World No. 3 has a 39-7 (24-4 on hard, 12-0 on grass, 3-3 on clay) match record  (5-4 vs. Top 10 foes) and has been QF or better eight times on the this year
• Had his 13-match winning streak snapped by Ernests Gulbis in the 3R at ATP Masters 1000 Montreal.
• One of 10 players on ATP World Tour with multiple titles this season
• 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 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 final to win a title
• Moved back to No. 2 in Emirates ATP Rankings on May 13 after QF at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (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

Career in Review: Singles Titles (28), Finalist (14), Doubles Titles (2), Finalist (2)
• The Dunblane native has compiled five consecutive Top five seasons and owns the most titles in the Open Era by a British man (28)
• Reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 2 in August of 2009
• Has a 6-1 Olympic record (’12 London gold), ’08 Beijing 1R and also claimed mixed doubles silver in London (w/Robson)
• In Davis Cup , has a 16-6 career record (14-1 in singles) in 11 ties

CAREER GRAND SLAM 3R MATCHESMurray has a career 22-4 record in Grand Slam 3R matches. Here are losses::

2010 US Open l. to Stanislas Wawrinka

2008 Roland Garros l. to Nicolas Almagro

2007 US Open l. to Hyung-Taik Lee

2005 Wimbledon l. to David Nalbandian


US Open History:

• Has a 6-7 career record and trying to reach 4R for first time. Appearing in 3R for second time in three years. Two years ago, lost to No. 5 Ferrer in 3R
• Captured his 200th career tour-level match win over Juan Monaco 64 62 3-0 who retired in 1R with a stomach ache, headache). On Friday, defeated American qualifier Donald Young 75 63 64, hitting 10 aces while breaking seven times (saved 10 of 13 break points)
• Last year retired in 1R to Jack Sock trailing 63 62 3-2 due to dizziness/illness
• Has an 0-2 record vs. Top 10 opponents at US Open: ’04 (ret. vs No. 7 Agassi in 2R), ’11 (l. to No. 5 Ferrer in 3R)

Grand Slam History:
• In Grand Slam play, has a 3-3 record this year. At Australian Open saved two match points vs. Rhyne Williams in 1R five-set win then lost to qualifier Ricardas Berankis in 2R. Fell in 1R at Roland Garros (l. to Istomin, ret. with right thigh injury at end of third set) and Wimbledon (l. to No. 1 Djokovic)
• Trying to reach 4R in a Grand Slam tournament for third time in career
• Has a 33-31 career record (1-9 vs. Top 10 opponents) and best result is QF at Wimbledon debut (d. No. 3 Coria for lone Top 10 Slam win, l. to Grosjean) and last year (d. Gasquet, l. to No. 1 Djokovic)

2013 Highlights: SF: Bucharest (l Garcia-Lopez); QF(3): Munich (l Haas); Halle (l Gasquet); Hamburg (l Federer)

2013 in Review:
• Leading into the US Open (5-5):
o Cincinnati: 1R (l. to Isner)
o Montreal: 2R (l. to No. 1 Djokovic)
o Umag: 1R (l. to Kavcic)
o Hamburg: QF (l. to Federer)
o Stuttgart: 2R (l. to Monfils)
o Braunschweig (CH): Winner (d. Vesely)
• The No. 3 German has reached quarter-finals or better four times on the ATP World Tour this year (1-3 record) and enters with a 21-20 (7-9 on hard, 12-9 on clay and 2-2 on grass) match record
• In April, reached 12th career ATP World Tour SF at Bucharest (l. to Garcia-Lopez)
• On home soil, reached QF at Hamburg (l. to No. 5 Federer), Halle (l. to No. 9 Gasquet), and Munich (l. to eventual champion Haas)
• Reached 3R at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l. to Dimitrov) and Indian Wells (l. to Berdych)
• After falling in 1R at Wimbledon (l. to No. 1 Djokovic) captured his 11th career Challenger title at Braunschweig (d. Vesely), improved to 11-8 in Challenger finals

Career in Review: Singles Titles (1), Finalist (4), Doubles Finalist (1)
• Has compiled Top 75 seasons in eight of the past nine years and has a career record of 140-53 in Challengers
• Reached career-high singles ranking of No 18 in June of 2011 and won a career-best 45 matches and claiming his first career title in Bucharest (d. Andujar)
• Has a 9-39 career record (0-6 in 2013) and 1-9 in Grand Slam play vs Top 10 opponents. Has lost 11 straight since last win over No. 10 John Isner at 2012 ATP Masters 1000 Miami. His lone Top 10 win in Grand Slam play came over No. 3 Coria in 2R at Wimbledon in 2004

GERMANS IN TOP 100 – Mayer is one of seven Germans in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings.

No. 13 Tommy Haas
No. 25 Philipp Kohlschreiber
No. 47 Florian Mayer
No. 51 Daniel Brands
No. 87 Benjamin Becker
No. 89 Tobias Kamke
No. 96 Jan-Lennard Struff

CAREER VS TOP 10 IN SLAMS – Mayer has an 1-9 career record vs Top 10 opponents in Grand Slam play:
l. to No. 1 Novak Djokovic at 2013 Wimbledon
l. to No. 1 Novak Djokovic at 2012 Wimbledon
l. to No. 5 David Ferrer at 2011 US Open
l. to No. 5 Juan Maritn del Potro at 2010 Australian Open
l. to No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro at 2009 Australian Open
l. to No. 5 Andy Roddick at 2006 Wimbledon
l. to No. 1 Roger Federer at 2006 Australian Open
l. to No. 7 Andre Agassi at 2004 US Open (ret.)
d. No. 3 Guillermo Coria at 2004 Wimbledon
l. to No. 8 David Nalbandian at 2004 Australian Open

CAREER VS TOP 5 – Mayer has a 4-17 career record vs Top 5 opponents with wins over:
d. No. 2 Rafael Nadal at 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai
d. No. 5 Robin Soderling at 2010 Stockholm
d. No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko at 2007 Halle
d. No. 3 Guillermo Coria at 2004 Wimbledon

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