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Fognini, Robredo Headline Monday Action

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Fognini© Getty ImagesFabio Fognini opens his campaign on Monday.

DAY 2: First-round action continues on the second day of play at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters – the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court event of the year. Headlining the day’s play at the Monte-Carlo Country Club is No. 10 seed Fabio Fognini. The Italian, who has compiled a 14-2 record on clay this year, posted two top 10 wins en route to the SF here last year. He goes up against Portuguese youngster Joao Sousa for the first time on Court Central. The other seed in action on Monday is world No. 18 Tommy Robredo. The No. 10 seed takes on David Goffin, who has successfully qualified into a Tour-level event for the sixth time this year (once as a lucky loser). There are nine 1R singles matches in total on today’s order of play. 

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2014 MATCH-WIN LEADERS: Fognini has got his season off to a solid start, opening up the year with a 21-6 record, which puts him tied for third in matches won with Rafael Nadal. The 26-year-old saved his best performances for Latin America in February, reaching the QF or better in his three events on the “Golden Swing”. The Italian clinched the third title of his career in Vina del Mar (d. L Mayer in F), while also advancing to the final in Buenos Aires (l. to Ferrer) and QF in Rio (l. to Dolgopolov). Fognini also posted his first top 10 win of the season and fourth overall when he defeated world No. 8 Andy Murray to help Italy to a 3-2 win over Great Britain in Davis Cup in Naples eight days ago. Here’s a look at the top four match-win leaders in 2014:

RANK PLAYER 2014 W-L
1 Roger Federer 24-4
2 Marin Cilic 22-6
T3 Rafael Nadal 21-3
T3 Fabio Fognini 21-6

CLAY MATCH-WIN LEADERS: Robredo will be looking to join Nicolas Almagro in third place on the all-time clay wins list (active players) today. The 31-year-old dropped down the list after Almagro took advantage of his opening-round defeat to Santiago Giraldo in Houston by reaching the final at the same event (l. to Verdasco). Robredo has a 235-105 lifetime record on the surface.

RANK PLAYER CLAY WINS
1 Rafael Nadal 298
2 David Ferrer 267
3 Nicolas Almagro 236
4 Tommy Robredo 235
5 Juan Monaco 200

DAY 2 FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS

COURT CENTRAL

Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Ivo Karlovic (CRO)


FedEx Head 2 Head: Stepanek leads 3-1

2004 Stuttgart (Germany) Clay R16 R Stepanek 6-2 7-5
2005 Milan (Italy) Carpet R16 R Stepanek 7-6(7) 4-6 7-6(5)
2009 CRO vs. CZE WG SF Clay RR R Stepanek 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(6) 6-7(2) 16-14
2010 Australian Open Hard R128 Ivo Karlovic 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4 3-6 6-4

• Stepanek is making his 11th appearance in Monte-Carlo. He has never advanced beyond the 2R here, falling in the 1R six times. 
• Stepanek opened his season with a QF appearance in Sydney (l. to Del Potro). He has fallen in the 2R at his last three events: Dubai (l. to Federer in 3 sets), Indian Wells (l. to Nadal in 3 sets) and Miami (l. to Seppi in 3 sets). 
• Despite missing three months of the 2013 season after undergoing neck disc surgery on January 21, Stepanek finished the year inside the top 50 for the 10th time in 11 years. He was the second oldest member of the top 50 (behind No. 12 Tommy Haas). In November, he helped his country to Davis Cup glory when Czech Republic beat Serbia 3-2 with Stepanek winning the decisive fifth rubber over Dusan Lajovic. It was the second year in a row the Czechs emerged victorious.
• Karlovic is making his fifth appearance in Monte-Carlo and first since 2009. He advanced to the 2R in his last two appearances here. 
• In February, Karlovic reached his ninth ATP World Tour final in Memphis (l. to Nishikori in F) and made a run to the QF at the ATP 500 event in Acapulco (l. to Dolgopolov). 
• In his first clay-court outing of the season in Houston, Karlovic fell 6-1, 6-4 to Jack Sock in the 1R.
• Karlovic ended the 2013 season ranked No. 77 in the world, marking his 11th straight top 100 finish. His victory in Bogota made him the second oldest winner during the year (behind Tommy Haas, 35) and one of 16 over-30 winners on the ATP World Tour in 2013.

Joao Sousa (POR) vs [10] Fabio Fognini (ITA)

FedEx Head 2 Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

• Sousa, who is making his Monte-Carlo debut, is contesting his fourth clay-court tournament of 2014. His best showing this year came in Rio, where he advanced to the QF (l. to Nadal). 
• Last month, the 25-year-old advanced to the 3R at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event for the first time in Miami with wins over No. 64 Carreno Busta and No. 27 Simon (l. to No. 7 Berdych).
• Sousa became the first Portuguese player to win an ATP World Tour title when he emerged victorious in Kuala Lumpur last year, saving a match point against Benneteau in the final. He also became the first player from his country to break the top 50 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
• Fognini is making his sixth appearance in Monte-Carlo. His best showing came last year when he posted top 10 wins over No. 6 Berdych and No. 9 Gasquet to reach the SF (l. to Djokovic).
• Fognini has posted an impressive 14-2 mark on clay this season, reaching the QF or better in his three events on Latin America’s “Golden Swing”. The Italian, who helped his country to success over Great Britain in Davis Cup on home soil just over one week ago, clinched the third title of his career in Vina del Mar (d. L Mayer in F), while also advancing to the final in Buenos Aires (l. to Ferrer) and QF in Rio (l. to Dolgopolov).
• Fognini compiled a 10-0 record through Davis Cup, Vina del Mar and Buenos Aires before falling to David Ferrer in the Copa Claro final.  
• Fognini reached the 4R at both Indian Wells (l. to Dolgopolov) and Miami (l. to Nadal).
• Fognini enjoyed a standout year in 2013, becoming the first Italian to finish in the top 20 since 1978. His year was highlighted by back-to-back crowns in Stuttgart and Hamburg – the first titles of his career – in July. His best performances came on clay, where he posted a 28-10 record.

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs Pablo Andujar (ESP)

FedEx Head 2 Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

Other Meetings:

2007 Tunis CH (Tunisia) Clay R16 Pablo Andujar 6-4 6-4
2010 Orbetello CH (Italy) Clay F Pablo Andujar 6-4 6-3
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati Q Hard — Roger-Vasselin 6-3 5-7 6-0

• Roger-Vasselin, who is contesting his first clay-court event of the season, is appearing in the main draw here for just the second time. He reached the 2R on his debut last year (l. to Murray). 
• Roger-Vasselin started the season strong, reaching the second ATP World Tour final of his career in Chennai (l. to Wawrinka). He also advanced to the 3R at the Australian Open (l. to Anderson in 5 sets) and the QF in both Montpellier (l. to Janowicz) and Marseille (l. to Tsonga). He reached the 2R in Indian Wells (l. to Raonic) and the 3R in Miami (d. Marin Cilic in 2R, l. to Wawrinka). 
• Roger-Vasselin compiled his best season on Tour in 2013, breaking the top 50 for the first time on October 28. He finished the season at a year-end best No. 52 in singles and No. 17 in doubles, winning 23 singles and 34 doubles matches. 
• Andujar is making his third successive appearance in Monte-Carlo. He reached the 2R in both 2012 (l. to Wawrinka) and 2013 (l. to Kohlschreiber). 
• Andujar’s best performances this year came in February. In Rio de Janeiro, he upset world No. 17 Tommy Robredo to advance to his first SF of the year before losing to Rafael Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(10) after letting slip two MPs. In Buenos Aires, the Spaniard reached the QF with an upset win over No. 5 seed Marcel Granollers (l. to Fognini). 
• Andujar finished 2013 in the top 50 for the third year in a row, highlighted by reaching his first ATP Masters 1000 SF in Madrid (l. to Nadal). 

[11] Tommy Robredo (ESP) vs [Q] David Goffin (BEL)

FedEx Head 2 Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

• This will be Robredo’s tenth visit to Monte-Carlo (13-9). The 31-year-old’s best run came in 2006 when he advanced to the QF (l. to Gaudio). The last time he failed to go beyond the 1R was in 2004 when he fell in his opening match to Ivan Ljubicic
• Robredo’s best showing of 2014 came in February in Buenos Aires where he reached the SF (l. to Fognini). He also advanced to the QF in Rio (l. to Andujar). At Indian Wells, Robredo fell to Marin Cilic in the 3R and at Miami his run was halted by Djokovic in the 4R. 
• Robredo finished 2013 inside the top 20 for the first time since 2009 by winning clay titles in Casablanca (d. Anderson) and Umag (d. Fognini).
• Goffin, who came through qualifying, is making his second appearance in Monte-Carlo. He fell in the 1R on his debut last year (l. to Almagro). 
• Goffin is contesting his seventh ATP World Tour main draw of the season, having advanced through qualifying six times (once as a lucky loser). His lone main draw match win this season came over Lukasz Kubot in Acapulco. He fell in the 1R in his other five outings. 
• Goffin finished 2013 outside the top 100. His best results were 3R appearances at both ATP Masters 1000 events in Miami (l. to Almagro) and Cincinnati (l. to No. 1 Djokovic).
• Goffin underwent surgery on September 9 last year after breaking his left wrist in training for Davis Cup playoff tie vs. Israel in Antwerp and missed rest of season. 

COURT DES PRINCES

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [WC] Simone Bolelli (ITA)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Series tied 1-1

2008 ATP Masters1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Simone Bolelli 6-4 6-3
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R64 P Kohlschreiber 4-6 6-1 6-0

Benoit Paire (FRA) vs [Q] Albert Montanes (ESP)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Paire leads 2-1

2011 Barcelona (Spain) Clay R32 Albert Montanes 6-7(3) 6-1 6-4
2013 Hamburg (Germany) Clay R32 Benoit Paire 6-1 6-4
2014 Casablanca (Morocco) Clay R16 Benoit Paire 6-4 5-7 6-4

[Q] Albert Ramos (ESP) vs Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

FedEx Head 2 Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN)

FedEx Head 2 Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

COURT 2

[Q] Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) vs Lukas Rosol (CZE)


FedEx Head 2 Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

Other Meetings:

2011 Braunschweig CH (Germany) Clay F Lukas Rosol 7-5 7-6(2)


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