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COUPE ROGERS 2013
Djokovic, Murray, Nadal Feature Thursday In Montreal
Montreal, Canada
by Greg Sharko | 08.08.2013
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MONTREAL THURSDAY PREVIEW – SIX OF TOP EIGHT SEEDS, TOP TWO CANADIANS LEAD THIRD ROUND PLAY
•    The third round at the Rogers Cup on Thursday feature six of the top eight seeds (nine overall) along with the top two Canadians. It’s the first time since 1992 two Canadians (Chris Pridham, Greg Rusedski) are in the third round at the Rogers Cup.

•    In the opening match of the day on Central, Latvian Ernests Gulbis, who has an 0-5 head-to-head record against the British World No. 2 Andy Murray, looks to snap the current 13-match winning streak of the Scot. The 24-year-old Gulbis has successfully qualified for five tournaments this year and enters with a 26-12 (13-3 on hard) match record. He is attempting to reach his third career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final and first since 2010 Madrid (l. to Federer). The 26-year-old Murray extended his winning streak to 13-matches with a 64 76(2) win over Marcel Granollers on Wednesday. The two-time Rogers Cup champion here (2009-10) enters with a 35-5 (20-2 on hard) match record and is attempting to reach his 33rd ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final.

•    The following match is Spanish No. 4 seed Rafael Nadal against Polish No. 15 seed Jerzy Janowicz for the first time. The 27-year-old Nadal dropped just two games against Canadian Jesse Levine on Wednesday to improve to an ATP World Tour-best 44-3 (6-0 on hard) on the year. A two-time champion here (2005, ’08), Nadal is looking to reach his 57th career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final. The 22-year-old Janowicz has gone the distance in both his matches this week, defeating wild card Frank Dancevic 76(5) 36 64 on Wednesday and 36 63 75 over Julien Benneteau on Monday. He is looking to reach his sixth career ATP World Tour quarter-final and third ATP Masters 1000.

•    The first match of the evening session is a first-time meeting between Argentinian No. 6 seed Juan Martin del Potro and Canadian No. 11 seed Milos Raonic. The 24-year-old del Potro enters with a   31-9 (22-5 hard) match record and he captured his 15th career title and third at Washington (d. Isner in 3-sets) on Sunday. He is attempting to reach his 12th career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final. The 22-year-old Raonic became the second Canadian to reach the third round here with a 62 64 win over Mikhail Youzhny. The World No. 13 will look to register three wins in a row for the first time since Barcelona (l. to Nadal in SF). He is trying to reach his third career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final

•    In the last match, two-time reigning champion (three overall) World No. 1 Novak Djokovic looks to extend his 11-match winning streak here in a third-time meeting with Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan (Djokovic leads 2-0). The 26-year-old Djokovic opened his title defense with a 62 61 win over Florian Mayer on Tuesday. He is attempting to win the Rogers Cup for the third year in a row (and fourth overall), having triumphed in 2011 (d. Fish) and 2012 (d. Gasquet). He also lifted the trophy in 2007 (d. Federer). He enters with a 40-6 (21-2 on hard) match record and is attempting to reach his 46th career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final. Djokovic is at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the 93rd week in his career. The 26-year-old Istomin is one win away from his first career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final after knocking off Canadian wild card Filip Peliwo 63 36 63 in the second round on Wednesday and No. 16 seed Janko Tipsarevic 64 63 on Monday. He is 0-4 life-time against World No. 1s.

•    On BN Court; Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic faces Frenchmen Benoit Paire for the first-time. Matosevic is looking to reach his first career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final, while Paire is looking to reach his second - he reached his first earlier this year at Rome (d. Granollers in QF, l. to Federer in SF). Following Czech No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych faces Canadian wild card Vasek Pospisil for the first time. The 27-year-old Berdych enters with a 37-14 (22-6 on hard) match record and is the only player in Top 10 without a title this year. The 23-year-old Pospisil enters with an 8-7 (6-4 on hard) match record and is looking to reach his first career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final and third overall.
In the third match on, an all-Russian encounter takes place as former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko meets qualifier countryman Alex Bogomolov Jr. for the third time (tied 1-1). In the fourth match on Japanese No. 9 seed Kei Nishikori faces French No. 7 seed Richard Gasquet for the third time (Gasquet leads 3-0). The 23-year-old Nishikori is looking to reach his third career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final, while Gasquet is looking to reach his 14th.

TOP 10 ON THE LINE – If Nishikori reaches the quarter-finals AND Janowicz AND Raonic don’t reach the final, the Japanese star will break the Top 10 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time on Monday.

THURSDAY THIRD ROUND FED EX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play by Court

Central

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs Andy Murray (GBR)        Murray Leads 5-0
08 London / Queen's Club (Great Britain) Grass    R16    Andy Murray    5-7    6-1    6-4
08 St. Petersburg (Russia)    Hard (I)    R16    Andy Murray    6-4    6-2
09 Wimbledon (Great Britain)    Grass    R64    Andy Murray    6-2    7-5    6-3
09 US Open (U.S.A.)    Hard    R128    Andy Murray    7-5    6-3    7-5
10 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA)   Hard    R16    Andy Murray    4-6    6-3    7-6(4)

GULBIS FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
•    The 24-year-old Latvian fought off nine of 13 break points faced to defeat Fabio Fognini 63 16 61 to advance to the third round here for the second time. He opened with a 76(4) 64 win over Feliciano Lopez on Monday. He is playing here for the fifth time (5-4 record) and also reached the third round in 2011 (d. Ferrero, Llodra-ret., l. to No. 8 Fish), his last appearance

2013 Highlights:
W: Delray Beach (d Roger-Vasselin)

2013 in Review:
•    The Latvian native is looking to finish in the Top 50 Emirates ATP Rankings for first time since 2011 when he finished at No. 24 (31-20 record). Has only one opening round loss in 14 tournaments this season, that coming in last event in Hamburg two weeks ago (after bye, l. to Hajek)
•    He is attempting to reach his third career ATP Masters 1000 QF and first since 2010 Madrid (l. to Federer). Has an 1-2 record in ATP Masters 1000 QF
•    He has successfully qualified for five tournaments this year and enters with a 26-12 (13-3 on hard, 10-7 on clay, 3-2 on grass) match record. The 26 wins are the second-most in his career (31 in 2010)
•    In March, at Delray Beach (d. Roger-Vasselin) became the first qualifier since Nieminen at 2012 Sydney to win an ATP World Tour title in first non-Top 100 final since ‘07 Houston. On March 4, rose 42 spots to World No. 67, returning to Top 100 for first time since 23 July
•    In Grand Slam play (3-2 record), reached 3R for the first time at Wimbledon (d. No. 7 Tsonga in 2R, l. to Verdasco) and 2R at Roland Garros (l. to Monfils)
•    Best ATP Masters 1000 results was 4R as a qualifier at Indian Wells (d. No. 9 Tipsarevic in 2R, No. 20 Seppi in 3R, l. to eventual champion Nadal in three sets), also reached 3R at Rome as a qualifier (l. to Nadal in three sets)
•    Has a career 10-35 record (2-4 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents

CAREER VS TOP 5 OPPONENTS – Gulbis has a 2-19 career record vs Top 5 opponents and has lost his last nine matches. His previous wins have come over:
d. No. 1 Roger Federer at 2010 ATP Masters 1000 Rome
d. No. 3 Novak Djokovic at 2009 Brisbane

2013 VS TOP 10 OPPONENTS – Gulbis has a 2-4 record in 2013 vs Top 10 opponents:
d. No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (ret.-left knee)  at Wimbledon
l. to No 5 Rafael Nadal at ATP Masters 1000 Rome
l. to No. 5 Rafael Nadal at ATP Masters Indian Wells
d. No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells
l to No. 6 Tomas Berdych at Marseille
l. to No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro at Rotterdam

MURRAY FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

•    The 26-year-old Scot extended his winning streak to 13-matches with a 64 76(2) win over Marcel Granollers on Wednesday. He is a two-time Rogers Cup champion, winning back-to-back titles in 2009 (d. Davydenko in QF, d. Tsonga in SF, d. del Potro) and 2010 (d. Nadal in SF, d. Federer). Has a career tournament record of 20-4. Also reached the semi-finals in 2008 (l. to Nadal)

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

2013 in Review:
•    The World No. 2 is playing his first tournament since winning Wimbledon (d. Djokovic) on July 7 and enters with a 35-5 (20-2 on hard, 12-0 on grass and 3-3 on clay) match record
•    Attempting to reach his 33rd ATP Masters 1000 QF, has a 20-12 (1-2 in 2013) record in QF matches
•    Became the first British male titlist 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. Improved to 2-5 lifetime in major finals. The Wimbledon final was watched by 17.3 million British television viewers
•    One of 10 players on ATP World Tour with multiple titles -- Rafael Nadal (7), Andy Murray (4). Novak Djokovic (3), Juan Martin del Potro (2), David Ferrer (2), Fabio Fognini (2), Richard Gasquet (2), John Isner (2), Nicolas Mahut (2) and Tommy Robredo (2)
•    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). Was attempting to become the first British man to win the title since Fred Perry in 1934
•    Pulled out of Roland Garros with a lower back injury
•    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 on Sunday 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 F  to win a title
•    Moved back to No. 2 in Emirates ATP Rankings on May 13 after ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid QF exit (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

LONGEST WINNING STREAKS – Murray enters on a 13-match winning streak. The longest winning streaks of this year are:
Player             Matches         Duration
Rafael Nadal         22             April 22-June 24
Rafael Nadal         18             Feb. 11-April 21
Novak Djokovic         17 (22 back to ’12)     Jan. 14-Mar. 16
Fabio Fognini        13            July 8-July 28
Andy Murray         13             June 10-current
Andy Murray         10             Jan. 1-Jan. 27

GRAND SLAM CHAMPIONS – Murray is one of six active players with a Grand Slam title:
            No.
Roger Federer         17
Rafael Nadal        12
Novak Djokovic         6
Lleyton Hewitt         2
Andy Murray         2
Juan Martin del Potro     1

(4) Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs (15) Jerzy Janowicz (POL)        First Meeting

NADAL FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
•    The 27-year-old Spaniard dropped just two games against Canadian Jesse Levine, which saw the match level at 1-al after 16 minutes, won 62 60 in 1hr12min. He is a two-time champion here 2005 (d. Agassi) and 2008 (d. Kiefer) and playing here for the ninth time. Has a career tournament record of 22-6. He also reached the semi-finals in 2007 (l. to Djokovic) and 2010 (l. to Murray). Playing here for the first time since falling to Ivan Dodig in the second round in 2011

2013 Highlights:
W(7): Sao Paulo (d Nalbandian); Acapulco (d Ferrer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (d Del Potro); Barcelona (d Almagro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (d Wawrinka); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (d Federer); Roland Garros (d Ferrer); F(2): Vina del Mar (l Zeballos); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic)

2013 in Review:
•    The Mallorcan native has made an impressive return this season, reaching the finals in nine of the 10 tournaments he has entered and comes in with a 44-3 (38-2 on clay, 6-0 on hard and 0-1 on grass) match record
•    He is playing his first tournament since opening day of Wimbledon on June 24, when he suffered his first-ever 1R defeat in 35 Grand Slam championships, losing 76(4) 76(8) 64 to Belgian Steve Darcis, ranked No. 135 (lowest-ranked player to defeat at a major). Darcis was also the lowest-ranked player to defeat Nadal at any event since J. Johansson (No. 690) at 2006 Stockholm. Kuerten was the last reigning Roland Garros champion to lose in the Wimbledon 1R in 1997
•    Looking to reach his 57th career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final (47-9 record, 4-0 in 2013)
•    After missing the second half of last year due to left knee injury and missing the beginning of 2013 due to a stomach virus took a wild card into first clay court tournament of the season in Vina del Mar in February. On his return from injury he reached the final. Lost to Zeballos in three sets, final lasted 2h,47m; broke a 15-match clay winning streak (dating back to May 2010, l. to Verdasco at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid). Dropped to 36-5 in clay-court finals; since 2005, he has lost just 10 clay matches. In doubles, partnered Monaco to final (l. to Lorenzi-Starace in 2 sets)
•    At Sao Paulo, he captured his 37th clay-court title (d. Nalbandian). It was his first trophy since winning at Roland Garros (d. Djokovic) in June 2012
•    Won his 38th clay title and second Acapulco crown with two-set win over Ferrer. Finished Golden Swing with a 12-1 match record
•    Beat Federer in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells QFs en route to a record-breaking 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, beating del Potro in three sets. It was his first hard-court title since Tokyo in October 2010. Recorded 600th career match win on March 17 over del Potro
•    Saw his 46-match win streak come to an end at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo, the eight-time defending champion lost to Djokovic in final; lost one set to Dimitrov in QF. Prior to his loss, Nadal had won 81 straight matches on clay in the month of April
•    Won the Barcelona title for the eighth time in nine years with 2-sets win over Almagro. Has now won 39 straight matches at the event and 80 of 82 sets he’s played. Extended Spanish players title streak in Barcelona to 11 years running. Became the first player to win four titles in 2013
•    Extended his record to 23 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles with his third Madrid crown (also 2005 and 2010) and 40th clay trophy (joint No. 2 with Muster in Open Era clay titles list). Beat Ferrer in QF, Andujar in SF and Wawrinka in final. Represented his 55th career title
•    Came through two three-set wins versus Gulbis (3R) and Ferrer (QFs) en route to 24th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome; beat Federer for the 14th time in a title match for sixth trophy of 2013 and 41st career clay crown
•    On June 7, met Djokovic for 35th time – the joint most at tour-level in the Open Era – in the Roland Garros SF. Recovered from a 2-4 deficit in fifth set to win 9-7 to reach eighth final in Paris. Only second time he had been extended to five sets in 59 matches at Roland Garros (also 2011 1R vs. Isner)
•    Became the first man to win the same Grand Slam tournament eight times, breaking a tie with six other players for most titles at a single major. Beat Ferrer in three sets in eighth Roland Garros final. Now has 12 major trophies, moving into a third place tie with Roy Emerson on the all-time list; it was his 57th tour-level title overall and 42nd on clay

2013 MATCH WINS LEADERS – Nadal is the leader in most wins on the ATP World Tour this year:
                W-L    Titles
1)    Rafael Nadal        44-3    7
2)    David Ferrer        41-13    2
3)    Novak Djokovic        40-6    3
4)    Tommy Haas        37-16    1
Tomas Berdych        37-14    0

2013 TITLE LEADERS – Nadal leads the ATP World Tour with seven titles this season:
            No.
1)    Rafael Nadal         7
2)    Andy Murray        4
3)    Novak Djokovic        3
4)    Seven players with     2

JANOWICZ FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
•    The 22-year-old Janowicz needed three sets to get past Canadian wild card Frank Dancevic 76(5) 36 64 on Wednesday. He opened with a 36 63 75 win over Julien Benneteau on Monday in his tournament debut. He is the only Pole in the singles main draw

2013 Highlights:
SF: Wimbledon (l Murray); QF(2): Marseille (l Berdych); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Federer)

2013 in Review:
•    The No. 1 from Poland is looking to become the first player from his country to finish in Top 20 Emirates ATP Rankings since Wojtek Fibak was No.15 in 1980
•    Looking to reach sixth career ATP World Tour QF, third ATP Masters 1000 QF, 2-3 (1-2 in 2013) record in QF matches
•    Enters with a 23-14 (11-6 on hard, 7-6 on clay and 5-2 on grass) match record, highlighted by reaching first career Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon (d. Stepanek, No. 16 Almagro, Melzer, Kubot, l. to No. 2 eventual champion Murray in four sets). Hit 103 aces during the tournament
•    In last tournament at Hamburg two weeks ago, retired with right arm injury at 57 04 vs. Verdasco
•    In May, reached second career ATP Masters 1000 QF at Rome (l. to Federer), fourth overall
•    In February, reached third career ATP World Tour QF at Marseille (l. to Berdych)
•    In Grand Slam play, has compiled a 9-3 record, with SF at Wimbledon, 3R at Roland Garros (l. to Wawrinka) and 3R at Australian Open (d. Devvarman in 2R in five sets, down 0-2, l. to Almagro in 3R)
•    At ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells, reached 3R in singles (l. to Gasquet). In doubles partnered with Janowicz, for the first time, to reach the doubles final (l. to Bryans)
•    In Davis Cup play helped Poland beat Slovenia in Davis Cup Group EAGI 1R, beating Kavcic and Zemlja in singles rubbers and South Africa in 2R, beating Andersen and Roelofse. Poland hosts Australia in September in a World Group play-off tie

CAREER VS TOP 10 – Janowicz has a 4-8 (2-6 in 2013) career record vs. Top 10 opponents (losing last three). Here are his career wins:
d. No. 9 Richard Gasquet at 2013 ATP Masters 1000 Rome
d. No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 2013 ATP Masters 1000 Rome
d. No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic at 2012 ATP Masters 1000 Paris
d. No. 3 Andy Murray at 2012 ATP Masters 1000 Paris

(6) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) vs (11) Milos Raonic (CAN)    First Meeting

DEL POTRO FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
•    The 24-year-old Argentine opened on Wednesday night rallying from 1-4 down (two breaks) in third set to beat Ivan Dodig 64 46 75. Playing here for the fifth time and has a career tournament record of 6-4. Best result was reaching the final in 2009 (d. Nadal in QF, d. Roddick in SF, l. to Murray). Has fallen in the second round the last two years – 2011 (l. to Cilic) and 2012 (l. to Stepanek, 1R bye)
•    He is one of five Argentinians to reach the final, two have gone on to win – David Nalbandian in 2003 (l. to Roddick), Guillermo Canas in 2002 (d. Roddick), Jose Luis Clerc in 1978 (l. to Dibbs), Guillermo Vilas in 1974 and ’76

2013 Highlights:
W(2): Rotterdam (d Benneteau); Washington (d Isner); F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); SF(2): Dubai (l Djokovic); Wimbledon (l Djokovic); QF(2): Marseille (l Simon); London / Queen's Club (l Hewitt)

2013 in Review:
•    The Tandil native enters with a 31-9 (22-5 hard, 7-2 on grass and 2-2 on clay) match record and captured his 15th career title and third at Washington (d. Isner in 3-sets). Joined Vilas (1975, ’77, ’79) as three-time Washington DC champion. (14 match winning streak in Wash.). Improved to 15-6 in finals
•    Attempting to reach 12th career ATP Masters 1000 QF, 6-5 (1-0 in 2013) in QF matches
•    One of 10 players on ATP World Tour with multiple titles -- Rafael Nadal (7), Andy Murray (4). Novak Djokovic (3), Juan Martin del Potro (2), David Ferrer (2), Fabio Fognini (2), Richard Gasquet (2), John Isner (2), Nicolas Mahut (2) and Tommy Robredo (2)
•    In February, captured 14th career ATP World Tour title at Rotterdam became first Argentine since Vilas in 1982 (d. Connors) to win title, beating Julien Benneteau in straight sets in final
•    In March, reached his second career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final at Indian Wells (d. No. 19 Haas in 4R, No. 3 Murray in QF, No. 1 Djokovic in SF, l. to No. 5 Nadal in F)
•    In Grand Slam play (7-2 record) beat No. 4 Ferrer in Wimbledon QF, before losing to Djokovic over five sets in longest Wimbledon SF in tournament history (4h43 m). It was his first major SF appearance since winning the 2009 US Open. Dropped fewest number of games en route to Australian Open 3R, losing 13 games, but then fell to Chardy in five sets. Withdrew from Roland Garros with respiratory virus
•    Reached SF at Dubai (l. to Djokovic), saved 3 MPs at 4-5 in third set vs. Baghdatis in Dubai 1R, winning 46 64 76(4), also QF at London / Queen’s Club (l. to Hewitt) and Marseille (l. to Simon)
•    On January 3, 2013 honored with a special mural in his hometown of Tandil, Argentina commemorating his bronze medal performance at the London 2012 Olympics
•    One of seven Argentinians ranked in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings (No. 7) joined by; No. 30 Juan Monaco, No. 46 Carlos Berlocq, No. 54 Horacio Zeballos, No. 57 Federico Delbonis, No. 76 Leonardo Mayer and No. 96 Guido Pella

2013 HARD COURT MATCH WINS LEADERS – del Potro is tied for the lead in hard court match wins in 2013:
                W-L    Titles
1)    Richard Gasquet     22-5     2
Juan Martin del Potro     22-5    2
3)    Novak Djokovic         21-2     2
             Tomas Berdych     21-6     0
             Kevin Anderson        21-9    0
             
ATP BREAK POINTS SAVED LEADERS – del Potro comes into Montreal ranked No. 4 in break points saved on the ATP World Tour this season:
                     Percent    Matches
No. 1 John Isner        70%     41
No. 2 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga    70%    38
No. 3 Nicolas Almagro        69%    47
No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro    69%    39
No. 5 Tomas Berdych         68%    31

RAONIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
•    The 22-year-old became the second Canadian to reach the third round here with a 62 64 win over Mikhail Youzhny. On Tuesday became the fifth Canadian to reach the second round when he prevailed 63 46 75 over Jeremy Chardy. He is playing here for the fourth time (4-3 record). Best result was reaching the QF last year (bye, d. Troicki in 2R, W/O vs Murray in 3R, l. to Isner)
•    Fell in first round in 2009 (l. to No. 10 Gonzalez 6-4 in third set) as a qualifier and 2010 (l. to Hanescu). Also lost  in qualifying in ‘08
•    The last time two Canadians reached the third round here was in 1992 when Chris Pridham (l. to Mansdorf) and Greg Rusedski (l. to Agassi)

2013 Highlights:
W: San Jose (d Haas); SF: Barcelona (l Nadal)

2013 in Review:
•    The top Canadian comes in with a 24-13 (16-5 on hard, 7-5 on clay, and 1-3 on grass) record. Last week fell in the 3R at Washington (l. to Matosevic). Began season 17-6 through April and since May is 7-7. Lone tournament he won back-to-back matches at Roland Garros, 3R (l. to Anderson)
•    Looking to reach his third career ATP Masters 1000 QF and 18th overall, 11-6 (0-2 in ATP Masters 1000). Also looking for first Top 10 win of season (0-3) and 9-17 in career (6-6 last year)
•    Became the first player to win three straight San Jose titles in a row in the Open Era and the first since Trabert from 1953-55. Improved to 12-0 at the tournament and to 4-3 in ATP World Tour finals after hitting 19 aces to beat Haas. Faced only one break point in 39 service games during week
•    In Grand Slam play (6-3 record), reached 4R at Australian Open for second time in his career (l. to No. 2 Federer) and became the third Canadian man in the Open Era to reach the 4th RD of a Grand Slam, after Laurendeau (1988 US Open) and Nestor (1999 Wimbledon).  Reached 3R at Roland Garros for the second year in row (l. to Anderson) and followed with 2R loss at Wimbledon (l. to Sijsling)
•    Fell in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 4R (l. to Tsonga). On March 25, withdrew prior to ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami 3R vs. Querrey due to strep throat
•    In Davis Cup play won two singles matches (d. Fognini, Seppi) vs. Italy to help Canada reach Davis Cup SFs for first time (in Serbia next month). In 1st Rd. tie, went 2-0 in singles against Spain with wins over Ramos and Granollers

YOUNG STARS IN TOP 50 – Raonic is one of five players age 23-under in Top 50 Emirates ATP Rankings:
No. 11 Kei Nishikori (23 years, 7 months)
No. 13 Milos Raonic (22 years, 7 months)
No. 18 Jerzy Janowicz (22 years, 8 months)
No. 31 Grigor Dimitrov (22 years, 2 months)
No. 41 Bernard Tomic (20 years, 9 months)

(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Denis Istomin (UZB)    Djokovic Leads 2-0
10 Australian Open (Australia)    Hard    R32    Novak Djokovic    6-1    6-1    6-2
11 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.)    Hard    R64    Novak Djokovic    6-0    6-1

DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
•    The 26-year-old opened his title defense with a 62 61 win over Florian Mayer on Tuesday. He is attempting to win the Rogers Cup for the third year in a row (and fourth overall), having triumphed in 2011 (d. Fish) and 2012 (d. Gasquet). He also lifted the trophy in 2007 (d. Federer). The Serb is chasing his 15th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown and second of the year after victory in Monte-Carlo (d. Nadal).
•    He is playing here for the seventh time (24-3 record) and has never lost prior to quarter-finals. Reached semi-finals in 2010 (l. to Federer), also reached quarter-finals in 2008 (l. to Murray)-09 (l. to Roddick)

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(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l del Potro); Roland Garros (l Nadal); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Berdych)

2013 in Review:
•    The World No. 1 enters with a 40-6 (21-2 on hard, 13-3 on clay and 6-1 on grass) match record and three titles in four finals. This is the Serb’s 93rd week at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings
•    Attempting to reach his 46th career ATP Masters 1000 QF, 34-10 (2-1 in 2013) career record in QF matches. Withdrew prior to his QF match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 2011 Paris
•    He is playing in his first tournament since July 7 when he lost to No. 2 Andy Murray 64 75 64 in the Wimbledon final. He dropped to 6-5 in career Grand Slam finals. In SFs, beat del Potro in five-sets  which marked the longest Wimbledon SF (4:43) in tournament history
•    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
•    Became the 40th man in ATP World Tour history to record 500 match wins after he beats No. 26 seed Dimitrov in Roland Garros 3R. Defeated Kohlschreiber in four sets to reach 16th straight major QF. On 7 June, met Nadal for 35th time – the joint most at tour-level in the Open Era – in the Roland Garros SFs, the third straight year he had reached the stage. Squandered a 4-2 lead in fifth set, losing 9-7; ended a four-match winning streak against Top 4 opposition.
•    Did not drop a set en route to his fourth Dubai title, extended winning streak to 18 matches since last loss on 31 October 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

ISTOMIN FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
•    The 26-year-old Uzbekistan knocked of Canadian wild card Filip Peliwo 63 36 63 on Wednesday and No. 16 seed Janko Tipsarevic 64 63 in the first round on Monday. He is playing here for the second time (2-1 record). He fell in the 1R in his tournament debut in 2010 (l. to Benneteau) as a qualifier

2013 Highlights:
SF: Memphis (l Lopez); QF(4): Brisbane (l Murray); Sydney (l Anderson); San Jose (l Raonic); Atlanta (l Anderson)

2013 in Review:
•    The top player from Uzbekistan reached his seventh career ATP World Tour SF at Memphis (l. to Lopez in three sets) and enters with a 24-21 (17-10 on hard, 6-8 on clay and 1-3 on grass) match record). Last week squandered 4 M.P. in 7-6(9) third set TB loss to Querrey in Washington 2R
•    Looking to reach his first career ATP Masters 1000 QF and 18th overall (7-10 record)
•    Also reached QF at Brisbane (l. to Murray), Sydney (l. to Anderson), San Jose (l. to eventual champion Raonic) and Atlanta (l. to Anderson)
•    In Grand Slam play (2-3 record), reached 2R at Australian Open (l. to Seppi) and Roland Garros (l. to Davydenko), fell in 1R at Wimbledon (l. to Seppi)
•    Best ATP Masters 1000 result was 2R three times – Indian Wells (l. to No. 2 Federer), Madrid (l. to No. 4 Ferrer) and Rome (l. to No. 6 Berdych)
•    Career 1-18 (0-4) vs Top 10 opponents, has lost eight straight since defeating No. 5 David Ferrer at 2012 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells

CAREER VS WORLD NO. 1 – Istomin is looking for his first win over a World No. 1 (0-4). His previous results:
l. to No. 1 Roger Federer 75 63 at 2012 London Olympics
l. to No. 1 Rafael Nadal 62 76(5) 75 at 2010 US Open
l. to No. 1 Rafael Nadal 76(4) 46 64 at 2010 London / Queen’s Club
l. to No. 1 Roger Federer 62 63 62 at 2006 Australian Open

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(Q) Marinko Matosevic (AUS) vs Benoit Paire (FRA)            First Meeting

Matosevic FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
SF: Memphis (l Nishikori); QF: Washington (l Tursunov)
YTD W-L: 15-21 (12-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: August 8, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 74

Tournament/2013 in Review
•    Matosevic, 27, qualified and won his first two matches 62 63 over German qualifier Benjamin Becker and 5-0 Ret. over No. 10 seed Tommy Haas, who retired with a  right shoulder injury. One of two qualifiers left in the draw (Bogomolov Jr.)
•    Last week lost in the quarter-finals in Washington (d. Blake, Davydenko,  Raonic,  l .to Tursunov in third set TB). It was his seventh career ATP World Tour QF (3-4 overall, 3-2 on hard)
•    The No. 3 Aussie (behind No. 41 Tomic, No. 63 Hewitt) enters with a 15-21 (12-9 on hard, 2-7 on clay, and 1-4 on grass) match record
•    In February, reached third career ATP World Tour SF at Memphis (d. Querrey in 2R, d. Dolgopolov in QF, l. to Nishikori ret. at start of 2nd set versus Nishikori with a bone bruise on his right foot)
•    In Delray Beach 1R versus Go Soeda failed to convert 3 M.P. in 76(6) 3rd set loss
•    On July 9, retired due to food poisoning after losing first set 62 versus Sock in Newport 1R
•    In Grand Slam play (0-3 record), lost in 1R at Australian Open (l. to Cilic), Roland Garros (l. to No. 5 Ferrer) and Wimbledon (l. to Rufin)
•    Fell in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells 3R (l. to Querrey)
•    Partnering w/Hewitt, the duo finished runner-up at San Jose (l. to Malisse-Moser 10-4 in Match TB) in first career ATP World Tour doubles final. They defeated  World No. 1 Bryans in QFs and won three matches in Match TBs
•    Working with former doubles great and Tennis Hall of Famer Mark Woodforde

Paire FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
F: Montpellier (l Gasquet); SF(2): Chennai (l Bautista Agut); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Federer); QF(2): Casablanca (l Robredo); Stuttgart (l Hanescu)
YTD W-L: 27-21 (11-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 8, 1989
Emirates ATP Ranking: 27

Tournament/2013 in Review
•    Paire, 24, comes into the third round after defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 76 75 and No. 8 seed Stanislas Wawrinka 62 76 (also plays doubles w/Wawrinka)
•    Comes in with a 27-21 (13-10 on clay, 11-8 on hard and 3-3 on grass) record this year and reached his second career ATP World Tour final at Montpellier (l. to Gasquet) Fell to 0-2 in finals. Also reached first career ATP Masters 1000 SF at Rome (l. to Federer) this year
•    In Grand Slam play reached 3R of a Grand Slam for the first time at Roland Garros (l. to Nishikori) and again at Wimbledon (l. to Kubot). Fell in the 1R at Australian Open (l. to No. 2 Federer)
•    Reached SF in opening week of season in Chennai (l. to Bautista-Agut, d. Cilic in QF) and in Casablanca (l. to eventual champ Robredo)
•    In March, advanced to 3R for first time at ATP Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells (d. Kohlschreiber in 2R, l. to Simon)
•    Captured third career Challenger title at Le Gosier (d. Stakhovsky) in March and improved to 59-42 overall in Challengers and 3-3 in Challenger finals

TOP 30 FRENCHMEN – Paire is one of seven Frenchmen in Top 50 Emirates ATP Rankings:
Mo. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga    
No. 9 Richard Gasquet    
No. 17 Gilles Simon    
No. 27 Benoit Paire    
No. 28 Jeremy Chardy    

(5) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs (WC) Vasek Pospisil (CAN)            First Meeting

Berdych FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
F(2): Marseille (l Tsonga); Dubai (l Djokovic); SF(3): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Wawrinka); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); QF(6): Chennai (l Bautista Agut); Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Gasquet); London / Queen's Club (l Cilic); Wimbledon (l Djokovic); Bastad (l de Bakker)
YTD W-L: 37-14 (22-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 6

Tournament/2013 in Review
•    Berdych, 27, comes in with an 11-8 career Rogers Cup record after opening with a 63 64 win over Alex Dolgopolov on Wednesday. Last year lost in the third round (bye, d. Benneteau, l. to Gasquet). Has reached quarter-finals three times (2006, ’10-11). In ’06, d. Nadal en route; l. to Gasquet), 2010 (l. to Federer) and 2011 (l. to Tipsarevic). Also 2nd Rd. & 1st Rd. twice
•    This is the Czech Republic native’s first tournament since Bastad where he lost in the quarter-finals (l. to de Bakker). Has advanced to the QF or better 11 times in 13 tourn. this year (5-6 in QF matches)
•    The top player from the Czech Republic enters with a 37-14 (22-6 on hard, 9-5 on clay and 6-2 on grass) match record. His best results are back-to-back finals in Marseille (l. to No. 8 Tsonga) and Dubai (l. to No. 1 Djokovic, d. No. 2 Federer in SF). Only player in Top 10 without a title this year
•    In Grand Slam play reached eighth career Grand Slam QF and third at Wimbledon (l. to Djokovic), third QF at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic) and fell to Gael Monfils  7-5 in the fifth set at 1R Roland Garros
•    Reached 13th career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final at Rome (l. to 5 Nadal, d. No. 1 Djokovic in QF)
•    In other ATP Masters 1000 events, SF at Indian Wells (l. to No. 5 Nadal), QF at Miami (l. to No. 10 Gasquet), lost in 3R at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l. to Fognini)
•    Captured 400th career ATP Tour-level win over Jerzy Janowicz at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid in 2R
•    Helped Czech Republic beat Switzerland 3-2 in Davis Cup 1R, winning three points. Partnered with Rosol in doubles rubber, the duo overcame Chiudinelli-Wawrinka 24-22 in fifth set, match lasted 7 hours, 1 minute and is the longest Davis Cup match on record (in time)

Pospisil FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
SF: Bogota (l Falla)
YTD W-L: 8-7 (6-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: June 23, 1990
Emirates ATP Ranking: 71 (Career-high)

Tournament/2013 in Review
•    Pospisil, 23, improved his career record to 4-2 at the Rogers Cup with a 62 64 win over former World No. 8 Radek Stepanek. On Tuesday, scored the biggest win of his career over No. 20-ranked John Isner 57 76 76, hitting 16 aces. This is the first time he’s reached the third round. His previous best showing was the second round last year (l. to Monaco) and 2011 (l. to Federer)
•    He was one of a tournament record five Canadians in the second round, along with Frank Dancevic, Jesse Levine, Filip Peliwo and Milos Raonic
•    The No. 2 Canadian (behind No. 13 Raonic) is playing here on a career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 71 and enters with an 8-7 (6-4 on hard, 2-2 on grass and 0-1 on clay) match record. Will jump to around No. 65 on Monday
•    Last month advanced to his first career ATP World Tour semi-final in Bogota (l. to Falla in three sets)
•    In Grand Slam play (1-2 record), reached 2R at Wimbledon (l. to Youzhny in five sets), fell in 1R at Roland Garros (l. to Zeballos, after holding two-sets to love lead, lost 8-6 in the fifth set)
•    Won doubles rubber (w/Nestor) versus Italy to help Canada reach Davis Cup SFs for first time
•    Captured his fourth career Challenger title on Sunday in Vancouver (d. Daniel Evans). Also won at Johannesburg (d. Przysiezny) in April and reached final at Rimouski (l. to de Voest) in March). Has a career 4-1 record in Challenger finals
•    Has a career 63-51 (19-7 in 2013) record in Challengers with four titles in five finals and 107-41 in Futures with 10 titles in 12 finals
 
CAREER VS TOP 10 OPPONENTS – Pospisil has an 0-5 career record vs Top 10 opponents (0-11 in sets):
l. to No. 10 Juan Monaco 75 64 at 2012 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto
l. to No. 5 David Ferrer 64 64 at 2012 London Olympics
l. to No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 61 63 63 at 2012 Davis Cup WG R1
l. to No. 5 David Ferrer 63 63 at 2011 Valenica
l. to No. 3 Roger Federer 75 63  at 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal

CANADIANS IN TOP 200 – Pospisil is one of four Canadians in the Top 200 Emirates ATP Rankings:
No. 13 Milos Raonic
No. 71 Vasek Pospisil
No. 132 Jesse Levine
No. 169 Frank Dancevic

Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS)    Tied 1-1
12 Beijing (China)    Hard     R32    Nikolay Davydenko    7-5    6-1
12 Moscow (Russia)    Hard (I)    R32    Alex Bogomolov Jr.    7-5    6-4

Davydenko FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
F: Doha (l Gasquet); QF: Dubai (l Federer)
YTD W-L: 18-18 (13-9 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 21
Date of Birth: June 2, 1981
Emirates ATP Ranking: 47

•    Davydenko, 32, the oldest player remaining, is into the third round at the Rogers Cup for the sixth time after defeating No. 14 seed Gilles Simon 26 61 61 and Pablo Andujar 61 46 63. Has a 12-8 career mark and trying to reach the quarter-finals for the third time (2007, l. to Stepanek) & ’09 (l. to No. 3 Murray)
•    The former World No. 3 comes in with an 18-18 (13-9 on hard and 5-7 on clay) match record.
•    In opening week of season, reached 28th career ATP World Tour final at Doha (d. No. 5 Ferrer in SF, l. to Gasquet). Has 21-7 mark in finals. It was first final since capturing title in Munich in ‘11 (d  F. Mayer)
•    Trying to reach first QF since March in Dubai (l. to Federer). His last ATP Masters 1000 QF came in Paris in 2011
•    In Grand Slam play lost to No. 9 Gasquet in 3R at Roland Garros and No. 2 Federer in 2R at Australian Open. Did not play Wimbledon

RUSSIANS 400 WINS CLUB – Davydenko is No. 2 in career match wins among Russians:
                               W-L
Yevgeny Kafelnikov    609-306
Nikolay Davydenko   472-315
Mikhail Youzhny         425-306
Marat Safin                 422-267

Bogomolov Jr. FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 1-4 (1-3 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 23, 1983
Emirates ATP Ranking: 83

Tournament/2013 in Review
•    Bogomolov, Jr., 30, who qualified into the main draw, improved his career record to 4-4 at the Rogers Cup with a 62 64 win over World No. 3 David Ferrer on Wednesday. Opened with a 62 46 63 victory over Frenchman Michael Llodra on Tuesday. He also reached second round in 2004 debut (d. Karlovic, l. to No. 4 Moya) and in 2011 (d. Mannarino, l. to No. 7 Monfils)
•    Has a 4-16 career record vs. Top 10 opponents after his win over No. 3 Ferrer. His previous Top 10 win came over No. 10 Tsonga at ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati two years ago. Also has wins over No. 3 Haas (’02 Los Angeles) and No. 5 Murray (’11 Miami)
•    One of six Russians in Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings and has a 2-4 record on ATP World Tour this season. Qualified at Australian Open  (l. to Baker in five sets), Memphis (l. to Russell), Wimbledon (l. to Robredo) and Washington last week (l. to Kuznetsov)
•    His best results have come on Challenger circuit with a 22-7 match record and titles in Guadalajara (d. Ram) in April and Kun-Ming (d. De Voest) in May

(9) Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs (7) Richard Gasquet (FRA)    Gasquet Leads 2-0
08 Tokyo (Japan)    Hard    R16    Richard Gasquet    6-1    6-2
10 London / Queen's Club (Great Britain) Grass    R64    Richard Gasquet    6-3    6-3

Nishikori FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
W: Memphis (d Lopez); SF: Brisbane (l Murray); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Andujar)
YTD W-L: 27-12 (17-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: December 29, 1989
Emirates ATP Ranking: 11 (Career-high)

Tournament/2013 in Review:
•    Nishikori, 23, rallied to beat Canadian wild card Peter Polansky 46 64 62 on Monday night to register his first main draw win here (2-1 record) and beat Andreas Seppi 46 75 61 on Tuesday. Last year he lost in the 2R (l. to Querrey, had 1R bye). Failed to qualify in 2007 (l. to Gabashvili in Q1)
•    The top Asian player in the Top 20 Emirates ATP rankings at a career-high No. 11 is attempting to become the first Japanese man to crack the Top 10. Will be in the Top 10 on Monday if he reaches the quarter-finals and Raonic and Janowicz don’t reach the final here
•    Enters with a 27-12 (17-6 on hard, 8-4 on clay and 2-2 on grass) match record. Last week he lost to Marcos Baghdatis 3R at Washington
•    Won his third ATP World Tour title at Memphis (d. No. 12 Cilic in QF, d. Lopez) in February and second at ATP World Tour 500 level (also 2012-Tokyo). Did not drop a set all week
•    Retired with a left knee injury in Brisbane SF, while trailing Murray 64 20
•    Retired in Delray Beach 1R versus Karlovic at 4-5 due to an oblique strain
•    In Grand Slam play (8-3 record), became first Japanese player to reach Roland Garros 4R since 1938 after beating Paire; lost to Nadal in three sets, also reach 4R at Australian Open (l. to Ferrer), fell in the 3R at Wimbledon (l. to Seppi) for the second year in a row
•    Best ATP Masters 1000 result was reaching second career QF at Madrid (d. No. 2 Federer in 3R, l. to Andujar), best result was 2011 Shanghai (l. to Murray). Win over Federer was just his fourth win over a Top 5 opponent. Also reached 4R at Miami (l. to No. 5 Ferrer), and 3R at Indian Wells (l. to Berlocq)

Gasquet FastFacts:
2013 Highlights:
W(2): Doha (d Davydenko); Montpellier (d Paire); SF(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Murray); Halle (l Youzhny); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Fognini)
YTD W-L: 33-12 (22-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 2
Career Titles: 9
Date of Birth: June 18, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 9

Tournament/2013 in Review
•    Gasquet, 27, a two-time finalist here, in 2006 (l. to Federer) and last year (l. to Djokovic), opened with a 63 62 win over Slovak Martin Klizan on Tuesday. Has a career record of 16-7 at the Rogers Cup (4-3 in Montreal, 12-4 in Toronto)
•    The No 2 Frenchman (behind No. 8 Tsonga) is playing in his first hard court tournament since March when he advanced to the semi-finals at ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Murray in three sets)
•    This is his second tournament since losing in the third round at Wimbledon (l. to Tomic). On July 24 in his last tournament in Umag, lost in the opening round (l. to Montanes)
•    He comes in with a 33-12 (22-5 on hard, 7-5 on clay and 4-2 on grass) match record. Has reached the quarter-finals or better five times. Last year he didn’t win his 33rd match until 3R at US Open
•    Captured titles in Doha (d. Davydenko) in opening week of season and Montpellier (d. Paire) in February.  One of 10 players on ATP World Tour this season with multiple titles -- Rafael Nadal (7), Andy Murray (4). Novak Djokovic (3), Juan Martin del Potro (2), David Ferrer (2), Fabio Fognini (2), John Isner (2), Nicolas Mahut (2) and Tommy Robredo (2).
•    In March at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, lost in 4R at Indian Wells (l. to No. 6 Berdych) and reached SF in Miami (d. No. 12 Almagro in 3R, d. No. 6 Berdych in QF, l. to No. 3 Murray)
•    On April 4, pulled out of France's Davis Cup team with a right ankle injury, France lost to Argentina 3-2
•    At Doha, on January 2, with his 2R win over Zemlja, became the eighth Frenchman in the Open Era to win at least 300 matches on the ATP World Tour -- Noah (476), Santoro (470), Pioline (389), Forget (378), Leconte (377), Grosjean (341), Gasquet (328) and Clement (316)
•    In Grand Slam play reached 4R at Roland Garros lost to No. 10 Wawrinka after being up 2-sets to love, also reached 4R at the Australian Open 4th RD for the fourth time (also 2007-08, ‘12), losing to compatriot Tsonga in four sets. Fell in the third round at Wimbledon (l. to Tomic)
•    Reached career-high singles ranking of No. 7 in July of 2007

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