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US Open Tuesday Preview - Djokovic, Federer Lead First Round Action

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Djokovic© Getty ImagesWorld No. 1 Novak Djokovic plays Ricardas Berankis for the first time on Tuesday.

• There are 24 singles matches on Day Two with seven Americans on the order of play, including the top two from the home country, John Isner and Sam Querrey.  The remaining 10 matches in the bottom half of the draw and 14 matches in the top half will be played. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who has reached the US Open final the past three years, winning in 2011, begins the night session on Arthur Ashe Stadium.    

• Isner is the third match on Ashe against Italian Filippo Volandri, who is playing his first hard court tournament since the Australian Open in January. Isner has compiled impressive results this summer with a 16-4 match record, highlighted by his seventh career ATP World Tour title in Atlanta and runner-up showings in Washington and ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati. He was a US Open quarter-finalist two years ago, his best Grand Slam result. 

• Djokovic, who began the season with his third straight Australian Open title and sixth overall Grand Slam crown, plays Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis. Djokovic is looking for his 40th career match win (39-7) at the US Open. He’s advanced to the semi-finals or better here the past six years. Berankis was the No. 1 junior in the world in 2007. The 23-year-old Berankis is looking for his first career Top 10 win (0-4).

• No. 5 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, a semi-finalist here last year, plays Italian Paolo Lorenzi on Grandstand. This is the first time Berdych is ranked in the Top 5 going into a Grand Slam tournament.

• No. 10 seed Milos Raonic of Canada takes on Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano in the opening match on Armstrong. Raonic became the first player born in the 1990s to break the Top 10 two weeks ago and he is No. 11 coming into the US Open. In the next match on, Querrey plays Argentine Guido Pella. Querrey, who is ranked No. 31, reached the fourth round here in 2008 and ’10.

• Americans went 1-3 on opening day. Four of the seven Americans in action are 23-under, led by U.S. Boys’ National champion in Kalamazoo, 17-year-old wild card Collin Altamirano, who is the youngest player in the draw. The others are: Denis Kudla (21), Jack Sock (20) and Steve Johnson (23). Qualifier Donald Young, who reached the fourth round two years ago is 24.

(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Ricardas Berankis (LTU) - FedEx ATP Head2Head First Meeting

• Djokovic has a career 33-2 record in Grand Slam 1R matches, winning 30 straight. Losses came to No. 68 Paul Goldstein at 2006 Australian Open and to No. 4 Marat Safin at 2005 Australian Open in his Grand Slam debut.
• Berankis has a career 0-4 record vs. Top 10 opponents and is facing a World No. 1 for the first time.


US Open History:

• Has a 39-7 career record and 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 seven 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:
• 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
• 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
• Picked up his sixth major trophy at the Australian Open (fifth in last 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

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 enters with a 44-8 (25-4 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 Highlights: 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):
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

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.

No. of consecutive
appearances Player Tournaments
23 Roger Federer 2004 Wimbledon – 2010 Australian Open
13 Novak Djokovic 2010 Wimbledon – 2013 Wimbledon
10 Rod Laver 1960 Wimbledon – 1962 US Open
10 Ivan Lendl 1985 US Open – 1988 Australian Open
8 Ashley Cooper 1957 Australian Open – 1958 US Open
7 Jack Crawford 1933 Australian Open – 1934 Wimbledon


US Open History:

• Has a 1-1 career main draw record and qualified here three years ago (d. Sweeting, l. to No. 15 Melzer 7-5 in fifth set). Lost in 2R qualifying two years ago (l. to Meffert) and final round qualifying last year (l. to Smyczek)

Grand Slam History:

• This year has a 2-3 record. As a qualifier, beat F. Mayer in Australian Open 2R before losing to No. 3 Murray in 3R. Afterwards improved from No. 110 to No. 85. Fell in 1R at Roland Garros (l. to Benneteau) and Wimbledon (l. to Mathieu)
• Best career result is 3R at Australian Open in 2011 (d. Matosevic, Nalbandian-ret., l. to Ferrer)

2013 Highlights:

QF(3): Delray Beach (l Roger-Vasselin); Houston (l Isner); Winston-Salem (l Querrey)

2013 in Review:
• Leading into the US Open (4-3 main draw, not including qualifying)
o Winston-Salem: QF (l. to Querrey)
o Cincinnati: Qualifying (l. to Roger-Vasselin in Q1)
o Montreal: Qualifying (l. to Lu in Q1)
o Washington: 1R (l. to Kamke)
o Atlanta: 2R (l. to Dodig)
• The Top Lithuanian best result of the year is three QF - Houston (d. No. 14 Haas in 2R, l. to eventual champion Isner), Delray Beach (l. to Roger-Vasselin) as a qualifier and Winston-Salem (l. to Querrey) last week
• He enters with a 13-13 (10-6 on hard, 3-4 on clay, and 0-3 on grass) match record

Career in Review: 
• The highest ranked player from Lithuania in ATP World Tour history, has won at least eight tour-level matches in each of the past three seasons. In Challengers owns a 70-47 record with two titles and has a 40-23 record in Futures (1-3 in finals)
• Reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 73 in January of 2011

CAREER VS TOP 10 – Has a career 0-4 record (0-1 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents:
l. to No. 3 Andy Murray at 2013 Australian Open
l. to No. 9 Fernando Verdasco at 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells
l. to No. 8 Andy Roddick at 2011 Memphis
l. to No. 7 David Ferrer at 2011 Australian Open

(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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