ROLAND GARROS DAY 1
Sunday, May 22, 2016
1st Round Bottom Half
Men’s Featured Matches
No. 5 Kei Nishikori (JPN) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)
No. 8 Milos Raonic (CAN) v Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
No. 15 John Isner (USA) v John Millman (AUS)
No. 17 Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Marco Cecchinato (ITA)
No. 19 Benoit Paire (FRA) v (Q) Radu Albot (MDA)
No. 30 Jeremy Chardy (FRA) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
On court …
- Kei Nishikori will be looking for his 50th Grand Slam match-win when he takes on Simone Bolelli in the 2nd match on Philippe-Chatrier Court. The No. 5 seed, who has recorded just 8 of his 49 victories at the majors at Roland Garros, defeated Bolelli in 5 sets in both of their 2 previous Grand Slam meetings at Wimbledon in 2014 and 2015.
- Former Roland Garros quarterfinalist Milos Raonic gets his quest for a first Grand Slam title underway with a 1st round clash against Janko Tipsarevic on Suzanne-Lenglen Court. Tipsarevic has had an injury-interrupted few seasons and is back in Paris for the first time since 2013. He will be hoping he can return to the kind of form which took him to the last 8 at the US Open on 2 occasions and cause an upset.
- Jeremy Chardy and Leonardo Mayer might be playing each other for the first time at a Grand Slam when they meet on Philippe-Chatrier Court, but they did play each other in the Roland Garros junior boys’ doubles final in 2005. Mayer partnered Emiliano Massa to victory that day but who will come out on top today?
- 11 of the 51 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Roland Garros main draw are in action today. 51 is a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.
5 KEI NISHIKORI (JPN) v SIMONE BOLELLI (ITA)
Head-to-head: Nishikori leads 2-0
2014 Wimbledon Grass (O) R32 Nishikori 36 63 46 76(4) 64
2015 Wimbledon Grass (O) R128 Nishikori 63 67(4) 62 36 63
A 3rd Grand Slam meeting for the 2 players, but their first away from Wimbledon. Nishikori won both of their previous meetings in 5 sets.
NISHIKORI v BOLELLI
26 Age 30
6 ATP Ranking (16 May) 116
11 Titles 0
49-25 Career Grand Slam Record 22-27
8-5 Roland Garros Record 8-9
272-130 Career Record 115-153
58-23 Career Record – Clay 51-54
29-9 2016 Record 2-6
10-3 2016 Record – Clay 1-0
12-5 Career Five-Set Record 5-5
2 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 1
82-57 Career Tiebreak Record 75-69
9-4 2016 Tiebreak Record 4-2
- NISHIKORI is bidding to record his 50th Grand Slam match-win today.
- This is Nishikori’s 6th appearance at Roland Garros and his 27th Grand Slam overall. Last year here as No. 5 seed he recorded his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the quarterfinals, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 5 sets. He was the 2nd Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros after Jiri Satoh did so in 1931 and 1933.
- At the 2014 US Open, Nishikori became the first Asian male to contest a Grand Slam final after defeating three Top 10 players – Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic – in consecutive matches before falling to Marin Cilic in the title match.
- Nishikori warmed up for Roland Garros by finishing runner-up as 2-time defending champion at Barcelona (l. Rafael Nadal). He also reached the semifinals at Madrid-1000 (l. Novak Djokovic) and Rome-1000 (l. Djokovic).
- Nishikori’s best result in 2016 is winning his 4th straight title at Memphis (d. Taylor Fritz). As well as finishing runner-up at Barcelona, he was also a finalist at Miami-1000 (l. Djokovic).
- Nishikori has won 11 career singles titles – 2 of which have come on clay at Barcelona in 2014 (d. Santiago Giraldo) and 2015 (d. Pablo Andujar).
- The last time Nishikori lost to a player ranked outside the Top 100 was at the 2013 US Open when he was defeated in the 1st round by No. 179 Daniel Evans.
- Nishikori is the highest-ranked Japanese man in ATP World Tour Rankings history (since 1973). He had the nickname ‘Project 45’ as a major goal was to get him to No. 45 in the rankings, which would be one spot better than the highest by any Japanese man (Shuzo Matsuoka). He plays here ranked No. 6, two spots lower than his career-high ranking of No. 4 which he achieved in March 2015 after reaching the final at Acapulco.
- Nishikori plays here seeded No. 5 – his joint-highest seeding at Roland Garros. He was also seeded No. 5 here last year.
- Nishikori was born in Shimane, Japan, but moved to Florida aged 14. He is coached by Dante Bottini and trains at the Bollettieri Academy. Michael Chang, who won Roland Garros in 1989, joined his team in 2014.
- BOLELLI is making his 10th consecutive Roland Garros appearance and his 29th Grand Slam appearance overall.
- Last year here Bolelli equalled his best Roland Garros – and Grand Slam – result by reaching the 3rd round
(l. David Ferrer). He also reached the 3rd round here in 2008 (l. Michael Llodra), and at Wimbledon in 2008 (l. Lleyton Hewitt), and as a lucky loser in both 2011 (l. Richard Gasquet) and 2014 (l. Kei Nishikori).
- Bolelli is bidding to record his 3rd career victory over a Top 10 player. He has a 2-41 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition – his only wins came against No. 6 Milos Raonic at 2015 Marseille and No. 5 Tomas Berdych at 2015 St. Petersburg. [NB He also defeated No. 6 Gilles Simon at 2009 Hopman Cup.]
- Bolelli is bidding to record his first victory over a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam. He has a 0-9 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition at the majors. His best career-win at the majors is defeating No. 14 Stan Wawrinka at 2011 Wimbledon.
- Bolelli is bidding to record just his 3rd victory of the season He has a 2-6 win-loss record in 2016, with his only wins coming at the Australian Open (d. Brian Baker) and Marrakech (d. Taro Daniel).
- Bolelli struggled with injury prior to coming here and contested just one clay court warm-up event. He reached the 2nd round in Marrakech but conceded a walkover against Borna Coric and withdrew from Monte Carlo-1000 with a left knee tendon injury.
- Bolelli reached a career-high ranking of No. 36 in February 2009. He had wrist surgery after 2013 Wimbledon, returning at the Bergamo Challenger (ITA) in February 2014 and dropped as low as No. 367 in the rankings in April 2014. He plays here at No. 116.
- Bolelli’s best clay court result is finishing runner-up at 2008 Munich (l. Fernando Gonzalez). 3 of his 5 career doubles titles have come on clay – at Munich and Umag in 2011 and at Buenos Aires in 2013. He also won the 2015 Australian Open doubles title with Fabio Fognini (d. Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut).
8 MILOS RAONIC (CAN) v JANKO TIPSAREVIC (SRB)
Head-to-head: Raonic leads 4-0
2012 Chennai Hard (O) FR Raonic 67(4) 76(4) 76(4)
2012 Tokyo Hard (O) QF Raonic 67(5) 62 76(7)
2013 Cincinnati-1000 Hard (O) R32 Raonic 64 76(4)
2013 Davis Cup (WG-SF) Clay (I) R2 Raonic 57 63 36 63 108
RAONIC v TIPSAREVIC
25 Age 31
9 ATP Ranking (16 May) 686
8 Titles 4
48-20 Career Grand Slam Record 49-41
8-4 Roland Garros Record 12-10
231-109 Career Record 270-225
46-29 Career Record – Clay 68-58
24-6 2016 Record 0-1
7-3 2016 Record – Clay 0-1
6-5 Career Five-Set Record 18-10
0 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 5
146-91 Career Tiebreak Record 123-118
11-4 2016 Tiebreak Record 0-1
- RAONIC is making his 5th Roland Garros appearance and his 21st Grand Slam appearance overall. He missed the event last year after undergoing surgery to repair a nerve tissue in his right foot.
- Raonic’s best Roland Garros performance is reaching the quarterfinals in 2014 (l. Novak Djokovic). He became the first Canadian man in the Open Era – and just the 4th Canadian man in history – to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam.
- Raonic’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Roger Federer) and the 2016 Australian Open (l. Andy Murray). At 2014 Wimbledon he became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal after Robert Powell at 1908 Wimbledon.
- On clay in 2016 Raonic reached the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Murray) and Madrid-1000 (l. Djokovic) but fell in the 2nd round at Rome-1000 (l. Nick Kyrgios).
- Also in 2016, Raonic won his 8th career singles title at Brisbane (d. Roger Federer) and reached the final at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Djokovic). None of his 8 career singles titles have come on clay.
- Raonic became the first Canadian to be seeded in the men’s singles at a Grand Slam event in the Open Era at 2011 Roland Garros. He plays here seeded No. 8 – his joint-highest Roland Garros seeding. He was also seeded No. 8 here in 2014.
- Raonic was born in Montenegro but moved to Canada in 1994. He started playing tennis aged 8.
- Raonic is coached by 1998 Roland Garros champion Carlos Moya and Riccardo Piatti. His fitness trainer is Dalibor Sirola and his physiotherapist is Claudio Zimaglia.
- TIPSAREVIC is bidding for his 50th Grand Slam match-win today.
- Tipsarevic is playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2013. He missed the event in 2014 with a foot injury and in 2015 with a viral infection.
- Tipsarevic underwent surgery in spring 2014 for a benign tumour in his left foot, spending 3 months on crutches. The tumour returned and he had to have further surgery to have 80% of his plantar fascia removed. During his second rehab he spent hours hitting forehands and backhands while confined to a chair. He returned to the singles Tour at 2015 Houston.
- Tipsarevic’s best Roland Garros result is reaching the last 16 in 2012 (l. Nicolas Almagro). This is his 11th Roland Garros appearance and his 42nd Grand Slam overall.
- Tipsarevic’s best Grand Slam performance is a quarterfinal finish at the US Open in 2011 (l. Novak Djokovic) and 2012 (l. David Ferrer).
- Tipsarevic has played just 3 events this year, all of which have been on clay. As a wild card he reached the 2nd round at the Ostrava Challenger (CZE) (d. Hans Podlipnik-Castillo, l. Marek Michalicka) but lost in the 1st round at the Heilbronn Challenger (GER) (l. Carlos Berlocq) and at Geneva (l. Federico Delbonis).
- Tipsarevic is a former Top 10 player having reached a career-high ranking of No. 8 in April 2012. He plays here on a protected ranking of No. 39 but is currently ranked No. 686.
- Tipsarevic has won 4 career singles titles, most recently at 2013 Chennai (d. Roberto Bautista Agut). He has won one title on clay – at 2012 Stuttgart (d. Juan Monaco).
- Tipsarevic is one of 51 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Roland Garros main draw – a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.
- Tipsarevic was a member of the ITF 18 & under Touring team in 2000 and received travel grants from the Grand Slam Development Fund.
- Tipsarevic is coached by Dirk Hordorff. Physiotherapist is Stefan Duell and fitness trainer is Bernardo Carberol.
15 JOHN ISNER (USA) v JOHN MILLMAN (AUS)
Head-to-head: Isner leads 1-0
2015 Beijing Hard (O) R16 Isner 46 76(5) 64
ISNER v MILLMAN
31 Age 26
17 ATP Ranking (16 May) 60
10 Titles 0
48-31 Career Grand Slam Record 3-5
9-7 Roland Garros Record 0-0
298-185 Career Record 15-25
51-48 Career Record – Clay 0-1
10-8 2016 Record 8-9
2-4 2016 Record – Clay 0-0
5-14 Career Five-Set Record 1-2
1 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 0
293-171 Career Tiebreak Record 5-10
12-12 2016 Tiebreak Record 2-7
- This is ISNER’S 8th appearance at Roland Garros. He has lost in the 1st round here on 2 occasions – in 5-sets in both 2008 (l. Juan Ignacio Chela) and in 2011 (l. Rafael Nadal).
- Isner became the first man to take Nadal to 5 sets at Roland Garros in 2011 before losing 64 67 67 62 64 in the 1st round. Isner has a 1-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros and a 5-14 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.
- Isner’s best Roland Garros result is reaching the round of 16 in 2014 (l. Tomas Berdych). He was the first American man to reach the round of 16 here since Robby Ginepri in 2010.
- Isner’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the quarterfinals as No. 28 seed at the 2011 US Open
(l. Andy Murray). This is his 32nd appearance at a major.
- In 2012 Isner lost to wild card Paul-Henri Mathieu 67 64 64 36 1816 in the 2nd round. It set a record for the longest match at Roland Garros in terms of games and the 34-game 5th set was the longest in Roland Garros history. At 5 hours 41 minutes it was also the 2nd longest Open Era match at Roland Garros in terms of duration.
- On clay in 2016, Isner has won just 2 matches in 4 tournaments. He reached the semifinals at Houston (following a 1st round bye) (l. Jack Sock), but lost his opening matches at Buenos Aires (l. Dusan Lajovic), Rio de Janeiro (l. Guido Pella) and Geneva (l. Lukas Rosol).
- Also in 2016, Isner reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. David Ferrer) and Indian Wells (l. Kei Nishikori) and the quarterfinals at Auckland (l. Roberto Bautista Agut).
- Isner won his only clay court title as No. 5 seed at 2013 Houston (d. Nicolas Almagro), setting a tournament record of 64 aces. He has won 10 career singles titles – most recently at 2015 Atlanta (d. Marcos Baghdatis).
- Isner has played Davis Cup for USA since 2010. He won both of his singles rubbers as USA defeated Australia 3-1 in the World Group first round in Kooyong in March. USA will face Croatia in the World Group quarterfinals in Portland on 15-17 July.
- Isner is one of 51 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Roland Garros main draw – a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.
- Isner is currently without a coach having split from Justin Gimelstob in April. His fitness trainer is Kyle Morgan.
- MILLMAN is making his Roland Garros debut today. He failed to qualify here in 2010 and 2015. In 2013 he was awarded a wild card into the main draw but had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.
- Millman’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 3rd round at the 2016 Australian Open (l. Bernard Tomic). He reached the 2nd round as a qualifier at 2015 Wimbledon (l. Marcos Baghdatis) but lost in the 1st round as a wild card at both the 2013 and 2015 Australian Opens and as a direct acceptance at the 2015 US Open. This is his 6th Grand Slam appearance.
- This is Millman’s first clay court event of the year (at any level) and just his 2nd Tour-level career clay court event. He lost to Grega Zemlja in the 1st round as a qualifier at 2013 Munich in his only other career Tour-level clay court event.
- In 2016 as well as reaching the 3rd round at the Australian Open, Millman also reached the quarterfinals at Montpellier (l. Paul-Henri Mathieu). He has had success on the Challenger Circuit, reaching the semifinals at Busan (KOR)
(l. Daniel Evans) and the quarterfinals at Seoul (KOR) (gave walkover to Lukas Lacko). He plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 60.
- Millman is bidding for his 2nd victory over a Top 20 player. He has a 1-7 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition with his only previous victory coming against No. 19 Tommy Robredo at 2015 Wimbledon.
- Millman is coached by Gary Stickler and Mark Draper.
17 NICK KYRGIOS (AUS) v MARCO CECCHINATO (ITA)
Head-to-head: first meeting
KYRGIOS v CECCHINATO
21 Age 23
19 ATP Ranking (16 May) 124
1 Titles 0
18-11 Career Grand Slam Record 0-2
2-3 Roland Garros Record 0-0
57-37 Career Record 3-17
17-13 Career Record – Clay 3-13
21-7 2016 Record 3-9
7-3 2016 Record – Clay 3-7
3-1 Career Five-Set Record 0-0
2 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 0
46-29 Career Tiebreak Record 3-1
12-2 2016 Tiebreak Record 1-0
- KYRGIOS is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 3rd time. This is his 4th Roland Garros appearance and his 12th Grand Slam overall.
- Last year here Kyrgios recorded his best Roland Garros result by reaching the 3rd round (l. Andy Murray). He reached the 2nd round on his debut here as a wild card in 2013 (l. Marin Cilic) and fell in the 1st round on his only other appearance here as a wild card in 2014 (l. Milos Raonic).
- Kyrgios’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Milos Raonic) and the 2015 Australian Open (l. Murray). At 2014 Wimbledon, ranked No. 144, he defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 to become the lowest-ranked player to defeat a world No. 1 at a Grand Slam since No. 193 Andrei Olhovskiy defeated Jim Courier in the 3rd round at 1992 Wimbledon. At the 2015 Australian Open, he became the youngest man to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals since Andrei Cherkasov in 1990.
- Kyrgios’ best result in 2016 is winning his first career title at Marseille (d. Cilic). Unseeded, he defeated 2 Top 10 players – No. 10 Richard Gasquet and No. 9 Tomas Berdych – and a Grand Slam champion in Cilic en route to the title.
- Also in 2016, Kyrgios reached the semifinals at Dubai (l. Stan Wawrinka), Miami-1000 (l. Kei Nishikori) and Estoril
(l. Nicolas Almagro) and the quarterfinals at Madrid-1000 (l. Nishikori). He started the year by teaming with Daria Gavrilova to win Australia’s first Hopman Cup title since 1999. He went 4-0 in singles and 3-0 in mixed doubles at the event as Australia Green defeated Ukraine 2-0 in the final.
- On clay in 2016, as well as reaching the semifinals in Estoril and the quarterfinals at Madrid-1000, Kyrgios reached the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Rafael Nadal). He recorded a career-high ranking of No. 19 as a result, having first broken into the Top 20 at No. 20 after reaching the semifinals at Miami-1000.
- Kyrgios was ranked No. 1 in the Junior rankings in January 2013 after winning the boys’ singles title at the 2013 Australian Open (d. Thanasi Kokkinakis). He also won the boys’ doubles title with Kokkinakis at 2013 Wimbledon.
- Kyrgios is one of 5 Australian men featuring in this year’s men’s singles main draw – the fewest since 2013, when there were also 5.
- Kyrgios is currently without a coach. His fitness trainers are Will Maher and Matt James.
- CECCHINATO is bidding to record his first Grand Slam match-win on his Roland Garros debut.
- Cecchinato is making his 3rd Grand Slam appearance. He lost in the 1st round on his Grand Slam debut at the 2015 US Open (l. Mardy Fish) and at the 2016 Australian Open (l. Nicolas Mahut). He failed to qualify for Roland Garros in 2014 and 2015.
- Cecchinato is bidding to record just the 4th Tour-level match-win of his career. Prior to coming here he recorded his career best result by reaching his first Tour-level quarterfinal at 2016 Bucharest (l. Federico Delbonis). It was the first time he had won back-to-back matches at Tour-level and improved his career Tour-level win-loss record to 3-17.
- Cecchinato ended a run of 13 consecutive Tour-level defeats to record his first Tour-level match-win
(d. Adrien Bossel) in Italy’s 5-0 Davis Cup victory over Switzerland in March.
- All 3 of Cecchinato’s Tour-level victories have come on clay. He has a 0-4 Tour-level win-loss record on hard courts, 3-13 on clay courts and has never contested a Tour-level match on grass.
- Cecchinato lost in the 1st round of 8 of the 9 Tour-level tournaments he has contested this year. He has solely played on clay at Tour-level since the Australian Open – falling in the 1st round as a qualifier at Buenos Aires, as a direct acceptance at Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Munich, and as a wild card at Monte Carlo-1000 and Rome-1000. He started the season with 1st round defeats on hard courts at Doha and at the Australian Open. .
- Cecchinato broke into the Top 100 for the first time at No. 99 in July 2015 after reaching the semifinals at the San Benedetto Challenger (ITA). He reached a career-high ranking of No. 82 in October 2015 after reaching the semifinals at the Rome Challenger (ITA), but plays here ranked No. 124.
- This is Cecchinato’s 3rd meeting with a Top 20 player, having lost to Milos Raonic in the opening round at both Monte Carlo-1000 and Rome-1000. Cecchinato’s career-best win came against No. 39 Marcos Baghdatis in the 1st round at 2016 Bucharest.
- Cecchinato is coached by Cristian Brandi. His physical trainer is Umberto Ferrara.
19 BENOIT PAIRE (FRA) v (Q) RADU ALBOT (MDA)
Head-to-head: first meeting
PAIRE v ALBOT
27 Age 26
21 ATP Ranking (16 May) 137
1 Titles 0
20-21 Career Grand Slam Record 0-2
6-6 Roland Garros Record 0-0
114-122 Career Record 31-19
50-47 Career Record – Clay 12-6
15-16 2016 Record 3-4
8-8 2016 Record – Clay 1-2
5-4 Career Five-Set Record 3-0
1 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 3
50-56 Career Tiebreak Record 5-6
4-7 2016 Tiebreak Record 1-0
- PAIRE is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 5th straight year. Last year here he lost to Tomas Berdych in the 3rd round.
- Paire’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 at the 2015 US Open (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga). This is his 7th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 22nd Grand Slam overall.
- Paire has played 8 clay court events so far this year. His best clay court results in 2016 are reaching the semifinals at Barcelona (l. Kei Nishikori) and Estoril (l. Pablo Carreno Busta). He reached the 3rd round at Monte Carlo-1000
(l. Andy Murray) and the 2nd round at Rome-1000 (l. Stan Wawrinka) but lost his opening round match at Sao Paulo, Houston, Madrid-1000 and Nice.
- Also in 2016, Paire reached the semifinals at Chennai (l. Wawrinka) and Marseille (l. Marin Cilic). He reached a career-high ranking of No. 18 in January following his semifinal finish at Chennai but plays here at No. 21. He is seeded No. 19 – his highest Roland Garros seeding.
- Paire won his first career singles title at 2015 Bastad (d. Tommy Robredo). He defeated the top 3 seeds (David Goffin, Tommy Robredo, Pablo Cuevas) on his way to the title.
- In 2015 Paire was voted Comeback Player of the Year by ATP players following his resurgence up the rankings and his first ATP title after missing part of the 2014 season with a knee injury.
- Paire is one of 16 Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw here – the highest representation of any nation.
- Paire is coached by Lionel Zimbler.
- Qualifier ALBOT is bidding for his first Grand Slam singles match-win on his Roland Garros debut.
- As No. 27 seed Albot defeated Pere Riba (ESP) 63 63, Christian Lindell (SWE) 61 75 and Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 60 76(1) in the 3 rounds of qualifying.
- Albot made his Grand Slam singles debut as a qualifier at the 2014 US Open, losing in the 1st round to Gilles Simon. In his only other Grand Slam appearance, he lost in the 1st round as a direct acceptance at the 2015 US Open (l. David Ferrer). He failed to qualify here in 2014 and 2015.
- Albot reached the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles event here last year with Lukas Rosol (l. Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini). He won his first career doubles title at 2015 Istanbul with Dusan Lajovic (d. Robert Lindstedt/Jurgen Melzer).
- Albot’s has won just 3 Tour-level matches so far this year. As well as winning 2 Davis Cup rubbers in Moldova’s Europe/Africa Zone Group III event in March, he also reached the 2nd round as a qualifier at Bucharest (d. Paul-Henri Mathieu, l. Fernando Verdasco). 28 of his 31 Tour-level match-wins have come in Davis Cup.
- Albot has had more success on the Challenger Circuit in 2016, reaching the semifinals at Karshi (UZB) (l. Dudi Sela) and the quarterfinals at Samarkand (UZB) (l. Ramkumar Ramanathan).
- Albot is a former Top 100 player having reached a career-high ranking of No. 85 in August 2015 after reaching the final at the Prague Challenger (CZE) (l. Rogerio Dutra Silva). He plays here at No. 137.
- Albot is bidding for his 2nd victory over a Top 30 player. He has a 1-1 win-loss record against Top 30 players having lost to No. 7 Ferrer at the 2015 US Open but defeated No. 24 Viktor Troicki at 2015 Kuala Lumpur.
- Albot is the only player – man or woman – from Moldova to have contested a Grand Slam.
- Albot was a member of the ITF 16 & under Team to Europe in 2005, supported by the Grand Slam Development Fund.
- Albot is coached by Liam Smith.
30 JEREMY CHARDY (FRA) v LEONARDO MAYER (ARG)
Head-to-head: Chardy leads 2-1
2012 Vina Del Mar Clay (O) R16 Chardy 75 62
2012 Sao Paulo Clay (I) R16 Mayer 46 75 62
2015 Montreal-1000 Hard (O) R32 Chardy 46 76(4) 62
A 3rd clay court meeting for the 2 players but their first at a Grand Slam.
The 2 players met in the junior boys’ doubles final here in 2005, when Mayer/Emiliano Massa defeated Chardy/Sergei Bubka 26 63 64 to win the title.
CHARDY v MAYER
29 Age 29
32 ATP Ranking (16 May) 51
1 Titles 1
41-32 Career Grand Slam Record 26-26
14-9 Roland Garros Record 11-7
201-200 Career Record 128-133
80-70 Career Record – Clay 65-52
12-12 2016 Record 10-11
4-4 2016 Record – Clay 4-5
9-2 Career Five-Set Record 3-3
1 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 0
102-107 Career Tiebreak Record 77-69
4-6 2016 Tiebreak Record 4-6
- CHARDY is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 6th consecutive year.
- Last year here Chardy equalled his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the round of 16 (l. Andy Murray). He also reached the last 16 here as a wild card in 2008 (l. Nicolas Almagro).
- Chardy’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the quarterfinals at the 2013 Australian Open (l. Murray). This is his 33rd appearance at a major.
- Chardy’s best result on clay this year is reaching the 3rd round at Barcelona (following a 1st round bye) (l. Kei Nishikori) and Rome-1000 (l. Murray). He reached the 2nd round at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) and lost in the 1st round at Madrid-1000 (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas).
- Also in 2016 Chardy reached the quarterfinals at Doha (l. Illya Marchenko), Sydney (l. Gilles Muller) and Delray Beach (l. Juan Martin del Potro).
- Chardy’s only career singles title came on clay at 2009 Stuttgart (d. Victor Hanescu). 2 of his 3 career doubles titles have also come on clay – with Lukasz Kubot at 2012 Stuttgart and 2015 Bastad.
- Chardy is on a 5-match winning streak in 5-set matches. He has won all 3 of the 5-set matches he has played at Roland Garros and has a 9-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.
- Chardy was a prolific junior. He finished 2005 ranked No. 4 in the ITF Junior Rankings after winning the boys’ singles at Wimbledon and finishing runner-up in the boys’ singles at the US Open.
- Chardy is one of 16 Frenchmen to start in the main draw here – the highest representation of any nation.
- Chardy is coached by Magnus Tideman, who reached the 3rd round at Roland Garros in 1983. His fitness trainer is Frederic Lefevre.
- MAYER is contesting his 8th straight Roland Garros and his 27th Grand Slam overall.
- Mayer’s best Roland Garros result is reaching the 3rd round in 2010 (l. Marin Cilic), as a qualifier in 2011 (l. Robin Soderling), 2012 (l. Nicolas Almagro), 2014 (l. Rafael Nadal) and 2015 (l. Cilic).
- Mayer’s best result at a major is reaching the round of 16 at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Grigor Dimitrov).
- On clay in 2016, Mayer reached the quarterfinals at Estoril (l. Nicolas Almagro) and the 2nd round at Buenos Aires
(l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and Nice (l. Dominic Thiem). He fell in the 1st round at Madrid-1000 and Rome-1000.
- Also in 2016, Mayer reached the quarterfinals at Doha (l. Novak Djokovic) and the 3rd round at Indian Wells (l. Cilic).
- Mayer won both his singles rubbers in Argentina’s Davis Cup World Group first round tie to help Argentina to a 3-2 victory over Poland. Argentina will play Italy in the quarterfinals in Pesaro on 15-17 July.
- Mayer has won one career singles title, which came on clay at 2014 Hamburg (d. David Ferrer). At No. 46 he was the lowest-ranked winner of an ATP-500 tournament since No. 54 Radek Stepanek won Washington in 2011.
- Mayer is coached by Leo Alonso.