Sunday, May 29, 2016
Round of 16 Bottom Half
Men’s Featured matches
No. 2 Andy Murray (GBR) v No. 15 John Isner (USA)
No. 3 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v No. 22 Viktor Troicki (SRB)
No. 5 Kei Nishikori (JPN) v No. 9 Richard Gasquet (FRA)
No. 8 Milos Raonic (CAN) v Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
• Andy Murray will be confident of recording his 6th straight Tour-level victory against John Isner when the 2 men go head-to-head for a place in the quarterfinals. Should Murray maintain his undefeated streak against Isner, he would move ahead of Fred Perry, a 5-time quarterfinalist here, for the most Roland Garros quarterfinals reached by a British man with 6. Isner, meanwhile, is aiming to become the first American man to reach the last 8 here since Andre Agassi in 2003.
• Viktor Troicki ended a 6-match losing streak against Gilles Simon in the 3rd round and will hope to overturn another one-sided head-to-head when he faces Stan Wawrinka in the round of 16. The defending champion has won all 4 of his previous meetings with Troicki, and the Serb will have to end a 19-match losing streak against Top 3 opposition if he is to secure a spot in his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
• Kei Nishikori will look to continue his undefeated record against Richard Gasquet on clay when they meet at a Grand Slam for the first time on Sunday. At stake for Gasquet is a place in the quarterfinals at his home major for the first time on his 13th appearance at Roland Garros. A 7th career win over Nishikori would see him top the list for the most attempts before reaching the last 8 here.
• Milos Raonic faces a surprise opponent in the form of Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who is through to the round of 16 here after recording his first match-wins at Roland Garros since 2011. Ramos-Vinolas, the only lefthander still in the draw, is bidding for his 2nd victory over a Top 10 player on his 23rd attempt. His only win over a Top 10 player was an impressive one – he defeated Roger Federer at Shanghai-1000 last year.
NO. 2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v NO. 15 JOHN ISNER (USA)
Head-to-head: Murray leads 5-0
2010 Australian Open Hard (O) R16 Murray 76(4) 63 62
2011 Hopman Cup Hard (I) R2 Murray 64 62
2011 US Open Hard (O) QF Murray 75 64 36 76(2)
2014 Cincinnati-1000 Hard (O) R16 Murray 67(3) 64 76(2)
2015 Davis Cup (WG-1R) Hard (I) R4 Murray 76(4) 63 76(4)
2015 Shanghai-1000 Hard (O) R16 Murray 67(4) 64 64
A 6th Tour-level meeting between the 2 players but their first on a clay court. This is their 2nd meeting at a Grand Slam, but their first since the 2011 US Open.
7 of the 16 Tour-level sets these 2 have played have gone to a tiebreak. Murray has a 5-2 win-loss record in the 7 tiebreaks he has contested with Isner.
Murray has defeated 6 players on 6 or more occasions without defeat at Tour-level – Feliciano Lopez (10-0), Ivo Karlovic (7-0), Jurgen Melzer (7-0), Joao Sousa (7-0), Viktor Troicki (7-0) and Paul-Henri Mathieu (6-0).
MURRAY v ISNER
29 Age 31
2 ATP Ranking 17
36 Titles 10
162-38 Career Grand Slam Record 51-31
31-8 Roland Garros Record 12-7
577-170 Career Record 301-185
95-40 Career Record – Clay 54-48
25-5 2016 Record 13-8
15-2 2016 Record – Clay 5-4
22-7 Career Five-Set Record 6-14
9 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 1
163-102 Career Tiebreak Record 296-172
6-4 2016 Tiebreak Record 15-13
• MURRAY is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 6th time. This is his 9th Roland Garros appearance.
• If Murray wins today and reaches the last 8 here for the 6th time, he would take sole occupancy of 1st place on the list for most Roland Garros quarterfinals reached by a British man.
Roland Garros quarterfinals reached by a British man
Player RG quarterfinals Years
Andy Murray 6? 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014-15, 2016?
Fred Perry 5 1932-1936
Bunny Austin 4 1934-1937
• Murray has reached the quarterfinals at 19 of the last 20 Grand Slam events he has contested since falling to Stan Wawrinka in the 3rd round at the 2010 US Open. The only time he has failed to reach the last 8 at a major in that time was when he fell to Kevin Anderson in the round of 16 at the 2015 US Open. [NB. He missed 2013 Roland Garros with a back injury.]
• Murray is bidding to extend his 8-match winning streak, having won the title at Rome-1000 (d. Novak Djokovic) prior to coming here. It is the 2nd time he has won 8 matches in a row on clay. His longest Tour-level winning streak on clay is winning 10 matches in a row in winning the titles at 2015 Munich and 2015 Madrid-1000 before conceding a walkover due to fatigue against David Goffin in the 2nd round at 2015 Rome-1000.
• If Murray wins today he will face either No. 5 Kei Nishikori or No. 9 Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals. Murray leads Gasquet 7-3 and Nishikori 6-1 in previous meetings.
• Murray advanced to the round of 16 after defeating qualifier Radek Stepanek 36 36 60 63 75 in the 1st round. Murray led 4-2 in the 4th set on Monday night before play was suspended due to darkness and completed the match on Tuesday. He then defeated wild card Mathias Bourgue 62 26 46 62 63 on Wednesday and No. 27 seed Ivo Karlovic 61 64 76(3) on Friday.
• Murray’s win over Stepanek was his 9th career comeback from 0-2 down – putting him in joint-3rd place on the Open Era list for the most 0-2 comebacks with Vitas Gerulaitis, Todd Martin and Roger Federer. Only Aaron Krickstein and Boris Becker have achieved more 0-2 comebacks at Tour-level in the Open Era with 10.
• Murray’s win over Bourgue was his 10th 5-set match-win in his last 11 five-set matches. His only 5-set defeat in that time came against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals at 2015 Roland Garros. Murray has a 7-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros and a 22-7 five set win-loss record overall.
• It is the first time Murray has been extended to 5-sets in both his 1st and 2nd round matches at a Grand Slam. Gaston Gaudio in 2004 is the only man to have won the Roland Garros title having been extended to 5-sets in both his 1st and 2nd round matches in the Open Era.
• Last year here Murray equalled his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the semifinals, where he lost to Djokovic 63 63 57 57 61 in a match that was played over 2 days due to rain. He also reached the semifinals here in 2011 and 2014, losing to Nadal on both occasions.
• Murray was one of the Grand Slam champions to reach the round of 16 from the 5 who started the men’s main draw here. He became the first British male Grand Slam winner since Fred Perry won the 1936 US Open at the 2012 US Open (d. Djokovic), before becoming the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon title in 2013 (d. Djokovic).
• Murray is bidding to add to his US Open and Wimbledon titles and become the 16th man in the Open Era to win at least 3 of the 4 Grand Slam titles [see Preview page 2].
• Murray warmed up for Roland Garros by winning the title at Rome-1000 and reaching the final at Madrid
(l. Djokovic) and the semifinals at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Nadal). Also in 2016 Murray reached his 5th Australian Open final, losing to Djokovic.
• Murray plays here seeded No. 2 – his highest seeding at Roland Garros. He has now been seeded No. 2 at all 4 Grand Slam events. The No. 2 seed has not lost before the quarterfinals at Roland Garros since Andy Roddick fell to Jose Acasuso in the 2nd round in 2005.
• Murray reached the semifinals of the boys’ singles as top seed at 2005 Roland Garros (l. Marin Cilic).
• In March, Murray helped defending champions Great Britain reach the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals for the 3rd year in a row. He won both of his singles matches in the first round tie against Japan in Birmingham, defeating Taro Daniel and Nishikori to help Great Britain defeat Japan 3-1. Great Britain plays Serbia in the quarterfinals in Belgrade on 15-17 July.
• Murray is coached by former ATP pro Jamie Delgado.
• ISNER is bidding to become the first American man to reach the quarterfinals here since Andre Agassi in 2003.
• Isner is looking to equal his best Grand Slam performance and become the first American man to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam since he reached the last 8 as No. 28 seed at the 2011 US Open
(l. today’s opponent). Andy Roddick also reached the quarterfinals at the US Open that year.
• By reaching the round of 16 here, Isner has equalled his best Roland Garros performance. He also reached the round of 16 here in 2014 (l. Tomas Berdych), when he became the first American man to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros since Robby Ginepri in 2010. This is his 8th appearance at Roland Garros.
• Isner is bidding to win 4 straight Tour-level match-wins on clay at the same event for the 2nd time in his career. He also achieved the feat in winning his only career clay court title to date 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 is bidding to record 4 straight Tour-level match-wins for the first time since he finished runner-up at 2015 Washington (l. Kei Nishikori). By reaching the round of 16 here, he has recorded 3 straight Tour-level match-wins for only the 2nd time this year – having also done so in reaching the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. David Ferrer).
• Isner has won just one of his last 13 meetings against Top 10 opposition. His only win in that time came against Roger Federer at 2015 Paris-1000 in his most recent meeting with a Top 2-ranked opponent. He has a 1-9 win-loss record against Top 10 players at the Grand Slams, with his only win coming against No. 5 Andy Roddick at the 2009 US Open.
• Isner has a 2-10 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition on clay. His only wins against Top 10 players on the surface came in Davis Cup – when he defeated No. 3 Federer in the 2012 World Group first round and No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2012 World Group quarterfinals.
• If Isner wins today he will face either No. 5 Kei Nishikori or No. 9 Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals. Isner trails Nishikori 1-2 in previous meetings but is level with Gasquet at 2-2 in their previous head-to-heads.
• Isner defeated John Millman 67(4) 76(12) 76(7) 75, Kyle Edmund 64 64 64 and Teymuraz Gabashvili 76(7) 46 26 64 62 in the opening 3 rounds. His 2nd round victory over Edmund was his 50th Grand Slam match-win and his 300th Tour-level match-win.
• Isner’s 3rd round victory over Gabashvili was just his 2nd 5-set match-win in his last 11 five-set matches. He has a 2-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros and a 6-14 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall. He was 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’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the quarterfinals at the 2011 US Open. 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 prior to coming here, Isner had 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, Indian Wells-1000 (l. Nishikori) and the quarterfinals at Auckland (l. Roberto Bautista Agut).
• 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 currently without a coach having split from Justin Gimelstob in April. His fitness trainer is Kyle Morgan.
NO. 3 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v NO. 22 VIKTOR TROICKI (SRB)
Head-to-head: Wawrinka leads 4-0
2009 Monte Carlo-1000 Clay (O) R64 Wawrinka 62 63
2010 Belgrade Clay (O) QF Wawrinka 75 67(3) 76(6)
2015 Shanghai-1000 Hard (O) R32 Wawrinka 76(3) 63
2015 Paris-1000 Hard (I) R16 Wawrinka 64 75
A 5th career meeting for the 2 players but their first at a Grand Slam. Troicki has taken just one set off Wawrinka in 4 previous meetings.
WAWRINKA v TROICKI
31 Age 30
4 ATP Ranking 24
14 Titles 3
109-42 Career Grand Slam Record 41-28
30-10 Roland Garros Record 14-7
418-241 Career Record 243-205
159-78 Career Record – Clay 63-60
25-7 2016 Record 19-12
10-3 2016 Record – Clay 5-4
23-19 Career Five-Set Record 14-13
6 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 4
166-158 Career Tiebreak Record 82-88
9-3 2016 Tiebreak Record 9-4
• Defending champion WAWRINKA is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 3rd time.
• Wawrinka advanced to the round of 16 here for the 6th time after defeating Lukas Rosol 46 61 36 63 64, Taro Daniel 76(7) 63 64 and No. 30 seed Jeremy Chardy 64 63 75 in the opening 3 rounds.
• Wawrinka’s 1st round win over Rosol improved his 5-set win-loss record to 23-19 and improved his 5-set win-loss record at Roland Garros to 8-2. By winning in 5 sets, Wawrinka avoided becoming the first defending Roland Garros champion to lose their opening match here since 1956 champion Lew Hoad fell in the 3rd round (after receiving 2 opening round byes) in 1957.
• Wawrinka is bidding to avoid recording the earliest exit for the defending champion at Roland Garros since 2008 champion Rafael Nadal lost in the round of 16 in 2009.
• If he wins today Wawrinka will face either No. 8 seed Milos Raonic or Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the quarterfinals. He leads Raonic 4-1 and Ramos-Vinolas 6-0 in previous meetings.
• Wawrinka is looking to become the 8th man in the Open Era to successfully defend the Roland Garros title. If he can retain his crown it will be the 17th time in the Open Era that the French Open title has been successfully defended [see Preview page 5].
• Last year here Wawrinka won the title, defeating Novak Djokovic in 46 64 63 64 in the final. He was the first man to win Roland Garros a year after losing in the 1st round since 2002 champion Albert Costa, who had lost in the 1st round in Paris in 2001.
• Wawrinka, who won the junior title here in 2003, was also the first former boys’ champion to win the title here since Mats Wilander in 1988 and at 30 years 71 days was the oldest male champion since Andres Gomez in 1990.
• Wawrinka broke through to win his first Grand Slam title in his first Grand Slam final at the 2014 Australian Open
(d. Rafael Nadal 63 62 36 63). He was the first player to defeat the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to a Grand Slam title since Sergei Bruguera won 1993 Roland Garros. He is one of the Grand Slam champions to reach the round of 16 here from the 5 to start the men’s draw.
• Wawrinka warmed up for Roland Garros by winning the title at Geneva (d. Marin Cilic). He also reached the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Nadal) and the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Juan Monaco) but lost his opening match at Madrid-1000 (l. Nick Kyrgios).
• Wawrinka is on a 7-match winning streak having won the title at Geneva. His career-best Tour-level winning streak on clay is 9 straight wins which he achieved on 2 occasions – in winning the title at 2013 Oeiras through to the final at 2013 Madrid-1000, and in winning the title at 2015 Roland Garros through to the quarterfinals at 2016 Monte Carlo-1000.
• Also in 2016, Wawrinka successfully defended his Chennai title (d. Borna Coric) and won Dubai (d. Marcos Baghdatis). He reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open, losing to Raonic.
• Wawrinka has played in every major since making his Grand Slam debut at 2005 Roland Garros. This is his 12th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 45th consecutive Grand Slam appearance.
• Wawrinka is coached by 2000 Roland Garros finalist Magnus Norman.
• TROICKI is bidding to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the first time.
• Troicki is bidding to become only the 2nd Serbian man to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros after Novak Djokovic, who has reached the last 8 here in 2006-08 and 2010-15.
• If Novak Djokovic wins his 3rd round match against Aljaz Bedene [notes written prior to the start of this match], Troicki and Djokovic will both be bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for Serbia. Serbia has never had multiple representation in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. It has happened twice before at a major – when Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic reached the quarterfinals at the US Open in 2011 and 2012.
• Troicki defeated Grigor Dimitrov 26 63 57 75 63 in the 1st round, was leading Dusan Lajovic 67(4) 63 60 when the Serb retired due to cramps in the 2nd, and defeated No. 16 seed Gilles Simon 64 62 62 in the 3rd.
• Troicki’s 5-set win over Dimitrov in the 1st round improved his 5-set record at Roland Garros to 4-2. He has a 14-13 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.
• Troicki’s victory over No. 18-ranked Simon in the 3rd round was his 4th victory over a Top 20 player at a Grand Slam in 18 attempts. The highest-ranked player he has defeated at a major is No. 12 Marin Cilic at 2013 Roland Garros. He has a 0-10 win-loss record against Top 10 opponents at a Grand Slam.
• Troicki is on a 19-match Tour-level losing streak against Top 3 opponents. His only previous victory over a Top 3 opponent came against No. 3 Novak Djokovic at 2007 Umag.
• Troicki is bidding to record 4 straight Tour-level match-wins on clay for the 2nd time in his career. The only other time he has achieved the feat is at 2012 Dusseldorf where he won all 3 of his round-robin matches against Ivan Dodig, Dmitry Tursunov and Florian Mayer before defeating Radek Stepanek in the final.
• If he wins today Troicki will face either No. 8 seed Milos Raonic or Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the quarterfinals. He trails Raonic 1-3 and Ramos-Vinolas 0-1 in previous meetings.
• By reaching the round of 16 here, Troicki has equalled his best Grand Slam performance. He also reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros in 2011 (l. Andy Murray) and 2013 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and at Wimbledon in 2012
(l. Djokovic) and 2015 (l. Vasek Pospisil).
• Last year here, Troicki reached the 2nd round (d. Jan-Lennard Struff, l. Simone Bolelli) and missed the 2014 event due to an anti-doping ban. This is his 8th Roland Garros and 29th Grand Slam overall.
• Troicki warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the 3rd round at Barcelona (l. Fabio Fognini) (after receiving a 1st round bye) and the 2nd round at Rome-1000 (l. Kei Nishikori). He lost in the 1st round at both Monte Carlo-1000
(l. Simon) and Madrid-1000 (l. Andrey Kuznetsov).
• Troicki’s best result in 2016 is defending his title at Sydney (d. Dimitrov). He also finished runner-up at Sofia
(l. Roberto Bautista Agut) and reached the quarterfinals at Rotterdam (l. Nicolas Mahut) and the 3rd round at the Australian Open (l. Milos Raonic). All of Troicki’s 3 career titles have come on hard courts.
• Troicki entered the men’s doubles here with Robin Haase. The pair lost to No. 3 seeds Ivan Dodig/Marcelo Melo 60 63 in the 1st round.
• Troicki won the decisive 5th rubber as Serbia defeated Kazakhstan 3-2 in the Davis Cup World Group first round. Serbia will play Great Britain in the quarterfinals in Belgrade on 15-17 July.
• Troicki was a member of the ITF Junior Touring Team in Europe and North America in 2004, funded by the Grand Slam Development Fund.
• Troicki is coached by Jack Reader.
NO. 5 KEI NISHIKORI (JPN) v NO. 9 RICHARD GASQUET (FRA)
Head-to-head: Gasquet leads 6-2
2008 Tokyo Hard (O) R16 Gasquet 61 62
2010 Queen’s Grass (O) R64 Gasquet 63 63
2013 Montreal-1000 Hard (O) R16 Gasquet 16 63 63
2013 Paris-1000 Hard (I) R16 Gasquet 63 62
2014 Washington Hard (O) QF Gasquet 61 64
2015 Paris-1000 Hard (I) R16 Gasquet 76(3) 4-1 ret. (side injury)
2016 Madrid-1000 Clay (O) R16 Nishikori 64 75
2016 Rome-1000 Clay (O) R16 Nishikori 61 64
A 9th career meeting between these 2 players, but their first at a Grand Slam.
Nishikori has won both of their 2 previous meetings on a clay court in straight sets – at Madrid-1000 and Rome-1000 this year.
NISHIKORI v GASQUET
26 Age 29
6 ATP Ranking 12
11 Titles 13
52-25 Career Grand Slam Record 91-44
11-5 Roland Garros Record 21-12
275-130 Career Record 440-250
61-23 Career Record – Clay 121-69
32-9 2016 Record 18-6
13-3 2016 Record – Clay 9-3
13-5 Career Five-Set Record 11-13
2 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 2
82-57 Career Tiebreak Record 151-128
9-4 2016 Tiebreak Record 5-0
• NISHIKORI is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 2nd straight year and equal his best Roland Garros performance.
• If he reaches the quarterfinals here for the 2nd straight year, Nishikori would become the 2nd Japanese man to reach multiple quarterfinals at Roland Garros. Jiri Satoh is the only other Japanese man to have reached the quarterfinals here – in 1931 and 1933.
• Nishikori recorded his 50th Grand Slam match-win when defeating Simone Bolelli 61 75 63 in the 1st round. The match was suspended on Sunday at 2-1 in the 3rd set due to rain, resuming on Monday. He then defeated Andrey Kuznetsov 63 63 63 in the 2nd round and Fernando Verdasco 63 64 36 26 64 in the 3rd.
• By defeating Verdasco in 5 sets in the 3rd round here, Nishikori improved his 5-set win-loss record at Roland Garros to 2-1 and his overall 5-set win-loss record to 13-5.
• 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.
• If he wins today, Nishikori will play either No. 2 seed Andy Murray or No. 15 seed John Isner in the quarterfinals. He trails Murray 1-6 but leads Isner 2-1 in their previous head-to-heads.
• 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. 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).
• 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.
• GASQUET is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the first time.
• If he wins today and reaches the quarterfinals for the first time at his 13th Roland Garros, Gasquet would go top of the Open Era list for the most attempts before reaching the quarterfinals here.
Attempts to reach Roland Garros quarterfinals (Open Era)
Richard Gasquet?? 13??
Tommy Haas 12
Mikhail Youzhny 10
Stan Wawrinka 9
• By reaching the round of 16 here for the 5th time, Gasquet has equalled his best Roland Garros result. He also reached the round of 16 here in 2011 (l. Novak Djokovic), 2012 (l. Andy Murray), 2013 (l. Stan Wawrinka) and 2015
• Gasquet advanced to the round of 16 after defeating Thomaz Bellucci 61 63 64, wild card Bjorn Fratangelo 61 76(3) 63 and No. 17 seed Nick Kyrgios 62 76(7) 62 in the opening 3 rounds.
• Gasquet is bidding to record back-to-back match-wins over seeded opposition at Roland Garros for the first time. He has recorded back-to-back match-wins over seeded players on 3 occasions at the majors – at the US Open in 2013 and 2015, and at 2015 Wimbledon. The highest seed he has defeated at Roland Garros is No. 15 Kevin Anderson in the 3rd round here in 2015.
• Gasquet has lost 6 of his last 7 matches against Top 10 opposition. His only win in that time came when No. 7 today’s opponent retired with a side injury at 2015 Paris-1000. He has not defeated a Top 10 opponent on clay since he defeated No. 6 Tomas Berdych in the 2014 Davis Cup World Group semifinals here at Roland Garros.
• If he wins today, Gasquet will play either No. 2 seed Andy Murray or No. 15 seed John Isner in the quarterfinals. He trails Murray 3-7 and is tied with Isner at 2-2 in their previous head-to-heads.
• Gasquet is the only French man through to the round of 16 here from the 16 who started the main draw – the lowest number of French men through to the last 16 at Roland Garros since 2010, when only Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached this stage. 2010 was the last year that no French men reached the quarterfinals here.
• Gasquet’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2007 (l. Roger Federer) and 2015
(l. Djokovic) and at the 2013 US Open (l. Rafael Nadal). This is his 46th major overall.
• Gasquet warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the 3rd round at Madrid-1000 and Rome-1000, losing to today’s opponent on both occasions. He also reached the 2nd round at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Lucas Pouille). Also on clay this season, Gasquet defeated Philip Bester in the 4th rubber of the France v Canada Davis Cup World Group first round tie in Guadeloupe.
• Also in 2016, Gasquet won the title at Montpellier (d. Paul-Henri Mathieu). He has won 13 career titles, 3 of which have come on clay – at 2006 Gstaad (d. Feliciano Lopez), 2010 Nice (d. Fernando Verdasco) and 2015 Estoril
(d. Nick Kyrgios). He missed the Australian Open with a back injury.
• Gasquet is one of the 2 former Roland Garros junior champions through to the round of 16 from the 6 to start in this year’s men’s main draw along with Stan Wawrinka. He won the boys’ singles title here in 2002
(d. Laurent Recouderc).
• Gasquet won the mixed doubles title here in 2004 with Tatiana Golovin, defeating Cara Black/Wayne Black in the final.
• Gasquet is coached by 2-time Roland Garros champion Sergi Bruguera and 2001 semifinalist Sebastien Grosjean.
NO. 8 MILOS RAONIC (CAN) v ALBERT RAMOS-VINOLAS (ESP)
Head-to-head: Raonic leads 1-0
2013 Davis Cup (WG-1R) Hard (I) R1 Raonic 67(5) 64 64 64
RAONIC v RAMOS-VINOLAS
25 Age 28
9 ATP Ranking 55
8 Titles 0
51-20 Career Grand Slam Record 7-18
11-4 Roland Garros Record 4-5
234-109 Career Record 106-132
49-29 Career Record – Clay 76-76
27-6 2016 Record 17-16
10-3 2016 Record – Clay 13-11
6-5 Career Five-Set Record 2-3
0 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 0
149-91 Career Tiebreak Record 36-59
14-4 2016 Tiebreak Record 3-9
• RAONIC is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 2nd time and record his 50th Tour-level clay court match-win.
• Raonic defeated Janko Tipsarevic 63 62 76(5) in the 1st round before defeating Adrian Mannarino 61 76(0) 61 to record his 50th Grand Slam match-win in the 2nd and lucky loser Andrej Martin 76(4) 62 63 in the 3rd.
• Raonic’s victory over Mannarino in the 2nd round improved his record against lefthanders at Roland Garros to 4-1. The only lefthanded player to defeat him here is Michael Berrer in 2011. He has a 9-4 win-loss record against lefthanded players at the Grand Slams overall.
• 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 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. He is the only Canadian man in history to reach the quarterfinals here.
• 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. Federer) and reached the final at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Djokovic). None of his 8 career singles titles have come on clay.
• If Raonic wins today he will face either No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka or No. 22 seed Viktor Troicki in the quarterfinals. He trails Wawrinka 1-4 but leads Troicki 3-1 in previous Tour-level meetings.
• 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. It was announced during 2016 Roland Garros that he will be working with John McEnroe during the 2016 grass season. His fitness trainer is Dalibor Sirola and his physiotherapist is Claudio Zimaglia.
• Lefthander RAMOS-VINOLAS is bidding to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the first time.
• Ramos-Vinolas defeated Horacio Zeballos 63 46 75 60, qualifier Marco Trungelliti 63 64 75 and No. 23 seed Jack Sock 67(2) 64 64 46 64 in the opening 3 rounds to record his first match-wins at Roland Garros since 2011.
• By defeating Zeballos in the opening round here, Ramos Vinolas advanced beyond the first round at a major for just the 5th time in 19 Grand Slam appearances. He fell in the 1st round here for 4 straight years – in 2012 (l. Benoit Paire), 2013 (l. Jerzy Janowicz), 2014 (l. Alexandr Dolgopolov) and 2015 (l. Pablo Andujar). This is his 6th Roland Garros appearance.
• By defeating Sock in the 3rd round here in 5 sets Ramos-Vinolas ended a 3-match losing streak in 5-set matches and improved his 5-set win-loss record to 2-3. Both his 5-set match-wins have come at Roland Garros.
• By defeating Sock in the 3rd round, Ramos-Vinolas ended a 7-match losing streak against Top 30 opposition and improved his win-loss record against Top 30 opposition at the majors to 1-10.
• Ramos-Vinolas is bidding for his 2nd victory over a Top 10 player on his 23rd attempt. He is currently on a 6-match losing streak against Top 10 players having not defeated one since 2015 Shanghai-1000, when he defeated No. 3 Roger Federer.
• If Ramos-Vinolas wins today he will face either No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka or No. 22 seed Viktor Troicki in the quarterfinals. He trails Wawrinka 0-6 but leads Troicki 1-0 in previous Tour-level meetings.
• Ramos-Vinolas is the only lefthander remaining in the men’s main draw here from the 17 to start. The last lefthander to win the title here was Rafael Nadal in 2014.
• Ramos-Vinolas’ previous best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 2nd round as a qualifier on his Grand Slam debut here in 2011 (l. Robin Soderling), and as a direct acceptance at the 2012 US Open (l. Fernando Verdasco), 2015 Wimbledon (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and the 2016 Australian Open (l. Marin Cilic).
• Ramos-Vinolas has played predominantly on clay in 2016. His best results are reaching the semifinals at Quito
(l. Victor Estrella Burgos) and the quarterfinals at Istanbul (l. Federico Delbonis). He also reached the 2nd round at Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Madrid-1000, Rome-1000 and Geneva.
• Away from clay in 2016, Ramos-Vinolas reached the 3rd round at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Gael Monfils) and the 2nd round at the Australian Open (l. Cilic) and Miami-1000 (l. Richard Gasquet).
• Ramos-Vinolas is coached by Jose Maria Diaz and Noe Losmozos.