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Federer, Murray, Ferrer Headline Miami Day 5 Match-ups

Miami, U.S.A.

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer faces qualifier Thiemo de Bakker for the third time.

SUPER SUNDAY: Roger Federer, David Ferrer and Andy Murray headline Day 5 at the Sony Open Tennis as action continues in the bottom half of the draw. Reigning champion Murray opens proceedings on Stadium against Feliciano Lopez with the Brit boasting an 8-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over the Spaniard, who has won just two of the 22 sets they’ve contested.

Two-time champion Federer also holds an unbeaten record over his third-round opponent, Thiemo De Bakker. The pair has met twice before with the Swiss winning in straight sets on both occasions. Ferrer, who missed out on Indian Wells with a left abductor strain, takes a 5-0 Head2Head record into his match with Andreas Seppi with the Spaniard winning all 10 of the sets the pair has played. Novak Djokovic received a walkover after Florian Mayer withdrew with a groin injury and will not play on Sunday.

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CENTURY CLUB: World No. 16 Grigor Dimitrov will bid for his 100th victory on the ATP World Tour when he takes on Kei Nishikori on Sunday. Earlier this year, the Bulgarian cracked the top 20 for the first time, reaching a maiden Grand Slam QF at the Australian Open (l. to Nadal) and clinching a second career title in Acapulco (d. No. 7 Murray, No. 21 Anderson). Dimitrov’s first Tour-level win came in Rotterdam in 2009 when he defeated then World No. 23 Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 before losing 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 to World No. 1 Nadal in the second round. Here’s a look at where his wins have come:

Environment Won Loss FedEx Index
Overall 99 80 .553
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 22 17 .564
Hard 61 49 .555
Clay 22 18 .550
Grass 14 13 .519
Carpet 2 0 1.000

KEI'S MILESTONE: Nishikori will be attempting to reach a landmark of his own when he takes on Dimitrov on Sunday. The Japanese No. 1 is bidding for his 150th victory on the ATP World Tour (149-95). He collected his first win in 2007, defeating Alejandro Falla in Indianapolis; his 50th victory came over Rohan Bopanna in Davis Cup in 2011; and he clinched his 100th in his opening match of 2013, posting a straight sets win over Marinko Matosevic in Brisbane.

FEDERER SERVES UP PERSONAL RECORD>: Federer won 49 of 52 points on serve during his 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over Ivo Karlovic in the first round, which marked the first time he dropped just three points on serve in a single match. His previous low came in Halle last year when he lost five points on serve as he defeated Mischa Zverev 6-0, 6-0.

DAY 5 SELECTED FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS

STADIUM

[6] Andy Murray (GBR) vs [32] Feliciano Lopez (ESP)


FedEx Head 2 Head: Murray leads 8-0

2006 Washington (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Andy Murray 7-5 6-2
2008 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo Clay R64 Andy Murray 7-6(5) 6-4
2010 Los Angeles (U.S.A.) Hard SF Andy Murray 6-0 1-6 6-4
2010 Valencia (Spain) Hard R32 Andy Murray 6-3 7-6(1)
2011 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass QF Andy Murray 6-3 6-4 6-4
2011 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Andy Murray 6-1 6-4 6-2
2012 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Andy Murray 7-6(5) 7-6(5) 4-6 7-6(4)
2014 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R32 Andy Murray 7-6(2) 6-4 6-2

Murray collected his 20th win in Miami with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 win over Matthew Ebden in the second round.
• Murray, who has a residence in Miami, has appeared here eight times, lifting the title in 2009 (d. Djokovic) and 2013 (d. Ferrer).
• Seven of Murray’s last eight matches have gone three sets. He dropped the first set in five of those.
• In Indian Wells, Murray reached the fourth round where he fell in three sets to Milos Raonic.
• Murray advanced to his first SF since undergoing back surgery in Acapulco last month, edging past No. 6 seed Gilles Simon before falling to Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-7(3).
• Murray reached the QF at both the Australian Open (l. to Federer) and Rotterdam (l. to Cilic).
• Murray opened his season in Doha (l. to Mayer 1R), which was his first outing since leading Great Britain to victory over Croatia in the Davis Cup World Group play-offs on 14 September. The Briton underwent back surgery nine days later, which put him out of action for the remainder of the year.
• Murray finished 2013 in the top four of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the sixth straight season. His year was highlighted by four titles, including a maiden crown at Wimbledon.
Lopez, who received a bye in the first round, advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 7-6(3) victory over ‘ATP Star of Tomorrow’ Jiri Vesely. The Spaniard saved all four break points he faced.
• Lopez is making his 12th appearance in Miami (11-11). He has reached the 4R just once, losing at that stage to Djokovic in 2007. • In Indian Wells, Lopez advanced to the 4R (l. to Benneteau).
• Lopez reached his only QF of the year in Delray Beach last month (l. to No. 142 Johnson). At the Australian Open he reached the third round before falling to today’s opponent, Murray.
• Lopez finished 2013 ranked inside the Top 50 for the seventh year in a row, highlighted by a first grass-court title at Eastbourne and third overall. He was one of six Spanish ATP World Tour winners in 2013.
• Lopez is 25-74 against Top 10 opponents and 0-2 this year. His last Top 10 win came in Gstaad last year when he saw off No. 10 Wawrinka in the QF (l. to Haase in SF).

[5] Roger Federer (SUI) vs [Q] Thiemo de Bakker (NED)


FedEx Head 2 Head: Federer leads 2-0

2012 NED vs. SUI WG Play-Off (The Netherlands) Clay RR Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 6-4
2013 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard R16 Roger Federer 6-3 6-4

Federer advanced to the third round with a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over 2014 ace leader Ivo Karlovic. The Swiss won 49 of 52 points on serve during the 74-minute encounter, which marked the first time he dropped just three points on serve in a single match. His previous low came in Halle last year when he dropped five points on serve against Mischa Zverev.
• Federer, who missed out on the Sony Open Tennis last year, returns to Miami for the 15th time (42-12). The Swiss lifted the title in 2005 (d. Nadal) and 2006 (d. Ljubicic).
• Federer advanced to his 116th ATP World Tour final and his 35th at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level in Indian Wells last weekend before falling to No. 2 seed Djokovic in three sets.
• Federer clinched his first title of the season and 78th overall in Dubai in February (d. world No. 2 Djokovic in SF and No. 6 Berdych in F). The Swiss moved clear of John McEnroe (77 titles) into third place on the all-time title list with the win, behind Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).
• Federer opened his season with a run to the final in Brisbane (l. to Hewitt). At the Australian Open, he defeated No. 10 Tsonga and No. 4 Murray en route to the SF (l. to No. 1 Nadal).
• In 2013, Federer became the oldest player to finish a season inside the Top 10 since Andre Agassi (35) in 2005. He was also the first player since Pete Sampras (1990-2001) to finish in the Top 10 for 12 years in a row. His streak of 11 straight years inside the Top Five came to an end, however.
De Bakker, who came through qualifying without dropping a set, picked up his first win of the season with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Victor Hanescu in the first round. He followed up his opening win with a 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 6-2 upset of No. 28 seed Fernando Verdasco in the 2R.
• De Bakker is making his third appearance in Miami. He has never gone beyond the third round.
• De Bakker had an 0-3 record on the season before this week with first-round losses in Dubai (l. to Kohlschreiber), Rotterdam (l. to Gasquet) and Davis Cup (l. to Berdych).
• De Bakker is 3-16 lifetime against Top 10 opposition and 0-2 this year. His last top 10 win came over No. 6 Berdych in the QF in Bastad last season (l. to Berlocq in SF).

[31] Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs [4] David Ferrer (ESP)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Ferrer leads 5-0

2005 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R32 David Ferrer 6-3 6-3
2006 ESP v. ITA WG PO (Spain) Clay RR David Ferrer 6-2 6-2
2006 Stockholm (Sweden) Hard R32 David Ferrer 6-1 6-4
2011 Nice (France) Clay R16 David Ferrer 6-3 6-2
2013 Oeiras (Portugal) Clay SF David Ferrer 6-1 6-4

Seppi booked his place in the third round with a near three-hour victory over Stepanek, 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-4.
• Seppi is making his 10th appearance in Miami (6-9). The only time he advanced beyond the third round was last year when he reached the fourth round before falling to eventual champ Murray.
• Seppi has yet to win back-to-back matches this season. In Indian Wells he defeated Sam Querrey in straight sets before falling 6-0, 6-2 to Wawrinka.
• Seppi finished 2013 inside the Top 25 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the second year in a row and reached the SF on five different occasions. He also had the most five-set wins on the ATP World Tour (7-1).
• Seppi went 0-7 against Top 10 opponents last year. In total he is 6-58 against such opposition with his last victory coming over No. 10 Isner in Rome two years ago.
Ferrer returned from injury to defeat Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-0 and advance to the third round. The Spaniard saved six of six break points during the 78-minute match.
• Ferrer returns to Miami for the 12th time (26-11). His best showing came last year when he advanced to the final (l. to Murray after holding a MP).
• On 27 February, Ferrer retired with left abductor strain at 6-2, 2-4 versus Kevin Anderson in the QF at Acapulco; he subsequently withdrew from ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells.
• Ferrer ended a seven-match losing streak in ATP World Tour finals when he defeated Fabio Fognini to clinch his third Copa Claro crown in a row in February. The Spaniard reached the SF in Auckland (l. to Lu) and the QF in Melbourne (l. to Berdych) in January.
• Ferrer is one of a handful of Top 20 players who began 2014 with a new coach. The Spaniard is now working with Jose-Francisco Altur after parting ways with longtime coach Javier Piles.
• Ferrer finished the 2013 season at a year-end best No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. It was the third year in a row he finished inside the top five and also the fourth straight year in which he won at least 55 matches. The 31-year-old played a Tour-high 84 matches during the season.

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