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Nadal, Djokovic, Federer In Round Of 16 Action On Thursday

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic has won his last 11 matches.

TOP SIX BID FOR MONTE CARLO QUARTER-FINALS: The world’s top six players – Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka, Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer – are all in action on a star-studded Day 5 in Monte-Carlo, which sees the remaining 16 players all take to court. There are eight countries represented in the R16 with Spain leading the way with six players.

BIG-FOUR DOMINATION: In the past 36 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments (since 2010 Monte-Carlo), Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Murray have accounted for 34 titles (28 of the past 29). The only exceptions over the last four years came in Paris-Bercy in 2010 (Soderling) and 2012 (Ferrer). During that stretch, Djokovic won 13 titles, Nadal 11 titles and Murray and Federer earned five each.

SURFACE LANDMARK: Nadal, who has the best match-win percentage on clay (.934), is one win away from becoming the 11th player in the Open Era to win at least 300 matches on clay. Countryman Carlos Moya was the last player to win at least 300 career matches on the surface in 2007. Nadal, who takes on Andreas Seppi today, posted his first ever win on clay in 2002 in Mallorca against Ramon Delgado (l. to Rochus in 2R). The all-time clay win leaders are:

RANK PLAYER W-L WIN PCT. TITLES
1 Guillermo Vilas 644-163 .798 46
2 Manuel Orantes 489-147 .769 30
3 Thomas Muster 422-127 .769 40
4 Jose Higueras 376-164 .696 15
5 Eddie Dibbs 368-127 .743 14
6 Carlos Moya 337-143 .702 16
7 Ivan Lendl 329-75 .814 28
8 Ilie Nastase 327-96 .773 27
9 Andres Gomez 322-138 .700 16
10 Jose-Luis Clerc 301-88 .774 21
11 Rafael Nadal 299-21 .934 43

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DJOKOVIC LOOKS TO EXTEND STREAK: Djokovic will look to make it 12 wins in a row when he takes on Pablo Carreno Busta today. The Serb is looking to become the fifth player to successfully defend his crown here, after Bjorn Borg (1980), Thomas Muster (1996), Juan Carlos Ferrero (2003) and Nadal (2006-'12). He has won the last four ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events – Shanghai, Paris, Indian Wells and Miami – as well as the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.

DAY 5 FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS

COURT CENTRAL

[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs Andreas Seppi (ITA)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Nadal leads 4-1
2005 ITA vs. ESP WG PO (Ita) Clay RR Rafael Nadal 6-1 6-2 5-7 6-4
2006 ESP v. ITA WG PO (Spain) Clay RR Rafael Nadal 6-0 6-4 6-3
2008 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard R16 Andreas Seppi 3-6 6-3 6-4
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R32 Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-3
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard R32 Rafael Nadal 7-6(4) 7-6(3)


• Nadal kick-started his bid for a ninth Monte-Carlo crown with a 6-4, 6-1 win over qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili, converting on all five of his BP opportunities.
• Nadal is going for his 300th career win on clay today (299-21) and his 50th in Monte-Carlo (49-2).
• Nadal is making his 11th appearance in Monte-Carlo. After falling to Guillermo Coria in the 3R on his debut in 2003, the Spaniard went on to clinch eight titles in a row from 2005-2012. His reign in the Principality came to an end in last year’s final when he lost to Djokovic. That loss also brought an end to Nadal’s 81-match winning streak on clay in the month of April.
• Nadal and Djokovic hold all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles between them, as well as the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals: Monte Carlo 2013 (Djokovic), Madrid 2013 (Nadal), Rome 2013 (Nadal), Montreal 2013 (Nadal), Cincinnati 2013 (Nadal), Shanghai 2013 (Djokovic), Paris 2013 (Djokovic), Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London 2013 (Djokovic), Indian Wells 2014 (Djokovic) and Miami (Djokovic).
• Nadal opened the season by defeating Gael Monfils to clinch the title in Doha. Qatar was the 17th different country the Spaniard had lifted an ATP title in. In chronological order, he had previously won in Poland, Brazil, Mexico, Monaco, Spain, Italy, France, Sweden, Germany, Canada, China, U.A.E., U.S., England, Australia and Japan. He went on to reach the 2014 Australian Open final (d. No. 6 Federer in SF, l. to Wawrinka in F).
• Nadal collected his 43rd clay-court title and 62nd overall when he defeated Dolgopolov in the inaugural Rio Open in February. The Spaniard equaled Guillermo Vilas in seventh place on the Open-Era titles list with the victory.
• In Indian Wells, Nadal advanced to the 3R where he was upset in three sets by Dolgopolov. He bounced back to reach the final in Miami (l. to Djokovic).
• Nadal appeared in a career-high 14 finals in 2013, winning 10 titles. He returned to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on 7 October and finished the season in top spot for the third time.
• In 2013, Nadal became the first player to win 35+ matches on both clay and hard courts in a season.
• Nadal has been ranked in the top five longer than any active player (since 9 May 2005) and his total of 62 career titles is the second-best among active players (Federer, 77).
• Nadal was named as the recipient of the Laureus World Comeback of the Year award at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur in March. It was his third Laureus statuette overall. He also won the Laureus Sport of the Year award in 2011 and the Newcomer of the Year award in 2006.
• Nadal is bidding to reach his 62nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 QF and second of the season. He is also looking to reach his tenth successive QF in Monte-Carlo.
• Seppi booked his place in the 3R with a 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Pablo Andujar in two hours and 49 minutes. The Italian upset No. 13 seed Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 7-6(4) in his opening match.
• Seppi is making his ninth appearance in Monte-Carlo. He lost in the 2R in his first seven outings here before falling in the 1R last year (l. to Fognini).
• Prior to this week, Seppi had yet to win back-to-back matches this season. He reached the 3R in both Indian Wells (l. to Wawrinka) and Miami (l. to Ferrer) after receiving 1R byes.
• Seppi helped Italy reach the Davis Cup SFs for first time in 16 years with a 3-2 win over Great Britain. He beat James Ward in the fifth rubber after losing to Andy Murray.
• Seppi finished 2013 inside the top 25 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 is bidding to reach his fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 QF and first since Rome in 2012 (l. to Federer). His other two QF appearances at this level came in Hamburg in 2008 (l. to Federer in SF) and 2005 (l. to Gasquet in QF). The Italian’s last Tour-level QF appearance came in Moscow last October (l. to Kukushkin in SF).

Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs [4] [WC] Roger Federer (SUI)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Federer leads 1-0
2014 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard QF Roger Federer 6-2 6-2

• Rosol advanced to the R16 at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event for the first time with back-to-back straight-set wins over qualifiers Evgeny Donskoy and Michael Llodra.
• Rosol is making his main draw debut in Monte-Carlo. In his only previous visit here in 2012, he fell in the 1R of qualifying (l. to Rufin). • Rosol’s best showing of the season came in Dubai where he advanced to the QF (l. to Federer). In his other seven outings this year, the Czech fell in the 1R five times with his only match-wins coming in Sydney (d. Sousa, l. to Tursunov in 2R) and Indian Wells (d. Lajovic, l. to Murray). In March, he dropped down to Challenger level where he clinched the title in Irving (d. S Johnson).
• The Czech finished 2013 in the top 50 for the first time after capturing a maiden ATP World Tour title in Bucharest (d. Garcia-Lopez).
• Rosol is 2-11 against top 10 opponents and 0-3 this year. His last top 10 win came in 2012 when he shocked then world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the 2R at Wimbledon, winning 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. His other top 10 win came over No. 8 Jurgen Melzer at Roland Garros in 2011.
• Rosol is looking to reach his second QF of the season (Dubai) and the first of his career at Masters 1000 level. He advanced to the QF on four occasions in 2013.
• Federer opened his account with a straightforward 6-1, 6-2 victory over Radek Stepanek, his first win on clay this season. The Swiss won 29 of 33 points behind his first serve, while saving two of two BPs.
• Federer also played back-to-back matches against Czechs Stepanek and Rosol in Dubai in Feb.
• Federer’s 25 wins are the most on Tour this year. He is closing in on 950 career wins (948-219).
• Federer returns to Monte-Carlo for the 11th time and for the first time since 2011. He reached the final here in 2006, 2007 and 2008, falling to Nadal each time. He has never won the title here.
• 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 advanced to his 116th ATP World Tour final and his 35th at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level in Indian Wells before falling to No. 2 seed Djokovic in three sets. In Miami, he was upset in three sets by Kei Nishikori in the QF.
• 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.
• Federer is bidding to reach his third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 QF of the season and 66th overall. He is also looking to reach his ninth QF in Miami.

[LL] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [2] Novak Djokovic (SRB)

FedEx Head 2 Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

• Carreno Busta, who had never won an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 match before this week, reached the 3R with back-to-back straight-set wins over Ivan Dodig and Gael Monfils. The Spaniard fell to Evgeny Donskoy in a third set TB in the last round of qualifying before advancing as a lucky loser.
• Carreno Busta is making his debut in Monte-Carlo.
• Carreno Busta’s best performance of the season came last week in Casablanca where he advanced to a Tour-level QF for the second time in his career (l. to Granollers). Prior to Casablanca, the 22 year old had fallen in the 1R in seven of his eight Tour outings this year with his lone victory coming over Filippo Volandri in Vina del Mar (l. to Chardy).
• The Spaniard was voted ATP Most Improved Player of the Year after making the biggest jump in the top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, improving from No. 715 to 65 in 2013. He was one of 14 Spaniards to finish the season inside the top 100.
• Carreno Busta played 96 main draw matches across Futures, Challengers and the ATP World Tour last season. The 22-year-old picked up his first Tour match win in Casablanca, beating compatriot Andujar. His highest-ranked win of 2013 came over No. 25 Fabio Fognini in Oeiras.
• Carreno Busta is bidding to reach his third ATP World Tour QF after his maiden QF appearance last year in Oeiras (d. Fognini in QF, l. to Wawrinka in 3 sets in SF) and last week in Casablanca.
• Djokovic opened his account with an impressive 6-1, 6-0 win over qualifier Albert Montanes.
• Djokovic is making his eighth appearance in Monte-Carlo. He lifted his maiden crown here last year, ending Nadal’s 8-year reign in the final. He has reached the SF or better in his last five visits.
• Djokovic arrives in Europe after a successful March in the U.S. The Serb completed the Indian Wells/Miami sweep for the second time in his career, defeating Roger Federer in the BNP Paribas Open final before seeing off Rafael Nadal in the Sony Open Tennis final. He surpassed Andre Agassi in both Masters 1000 titles (18) and Masters 1000 match wins (210) with his Miami win.
• Djokovic’s other competitive outings this year came at the Australian Open (l. to eventual champion Wawrinka in QF) and Dubai (l. to eventual champion Federer in SF).
• Djokovic finished 2013 in the top three for the seventh year in a row, winning seven titles in nine finals (2nd-most in career). He ended the year on a 24-match winning streak.
• Djokovic has won the last four ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events – Shanghai, Paris, Indian Wells and Miami – as well as the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
• Djokovic is bidding to reach his eighth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 QF in succession and 52nd overall. He is looking to reach his sixth QF in Monte-Carlo.

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