May 29, 2016

2016 Roland Garros – Day 8 Men’s Preview

226 Wawrinka low bh volley

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
Marcelo Filippini
Mikhail Youzhny 10
10
Tim Henman
Stan Wawrinka 9
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
(l. Djokovic).

• 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.

 

*All statistics courtesy of the International Tennis Federation

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2016 Roland Garros – Day 7 Men’s Preview

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Third Round Top Half

Men’s Featured matches

 

No. 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Aljaz Bedene (GBR)

No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
No. 7 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v No. 25 Pablo Cuevas (URU)

No. 11 David Ferrer (ESP) v No. 21 Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

No. 12 David Goffin (BEL) v Nicolas Almagro (ESP)

No. 13 Dominic Thiem (AUT) v Alexander Zverev (GER)

No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) v Borna Coric (CRO)

  • Safe in the knowledge that he will not have to face Rafael Nadal at 2016 Roland Garros following the 9-time champion’s withdrawal from the tournament with a left wrist injury on Friday, Novak Djokovic continues his bid to complete the career Grand Slam with a clash against Aljaz Bedene. The 26-year-old Briton, who had never won a match at Roland Garros prior to this year, is looking to cause a huge upset on Philippe Chatrier Court and record 3 straight Tour-level match-wins on clay for the first time.

 

  • Despite struggling for the form that took him to the semifinals here in 2014, Ernests Gulbis is seeking to continue his impressive recent record against top players at the Grand Slams. The Latvian has won 4 of his last 5 meetings with Top 10 players at the majors, and will be eyeing another significant upset when he takes on home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Philippe Chatrier Court. In the Frenchman’s favour – he has never lost to a player ranked as low as No. 80 Gulbis at a Grand Slam.

 

  • Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, who are both former finalists in the boys’ singles event here, go head-to-head in a battle between two of the sport’s rising stars. If the prize of becoming the first German through to the round of 16 here since 2013 isn’t enough for Zverev, a win over Thiem would also see the 19-year-old become the youngest man to reach the last 16 in Paris since Djokovic in 2006. Thiem, meanwhile, could become the first Austrian through to the round of 16 here in 6 years.

 

  • Spanish veterans David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez, both aged 34, will meet for the 16th time, but only the 2nd time at a Grand Slam, when they go head-to-head on Court 1. Roland Garros is Lopez’s least successful Grand Slam, having recorded just 10 wins in 16 appearances here, and 2013 Roland Garros finalist Ferrer will have high hopes of extending his 6-match winning streak against his countryman.

 

1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v ALJAZ BEDENE (GBR)

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 1-0

2015     Australian Open          Hard (O)           R128    Djokovic          63 62 64

 

DJOKOVIC                                               v                                                 BEDENE

 

29                                                     Age                                                     26

1                                             ATP Ranking                                            66

64                                                   Titles                                                     0

216-34                          Career Grand Slam Record                            4-11

50-11                                Roland Garros Record                                  2-2

725-149                                     Career Record                                       47-61

172-43                                Career Record – Clay                                 16-26

39-3                                           2016 Record                                           8-11

11-2                                     2016 Record – Clay                                     3-5

27-8                                Career Five-Set Record                                 2-0

4                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

200-112                            Career Tiebreak Record                              24-22

12-2                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                   6-7

 

  • DJOKOVIC is bidding to reach the round of 16 here for the 10th time.

 

  • Djokovic defeated Yen-Hsun Lu 64 61 61 in the 1st round before defeating qualifier Steve Darcis 75 63 64 to record his 50th match-win at Roland Garros in the 2nd round.

 

  • Djokovic is one of just 3 players to have recorded 50 match-wins at each of the Grand Slams in the Open Era after Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Djokovic has a 50-11 win-loss record here compared with 57-6 at the Australian Open, 52-8 at Wimbledon and 57-9 at the US Open.

 

  • Djokovic is looking to win Roland Garros and become just the 8th man in history to complete the career Grand Slam after Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Federer, Rod Laver, Rafael Nadal and Fred Perry (see Preview page 1).

 

  • Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam title that Djokovic has not won. He has won titles at the Australian Open in 2008 (d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), 2011 (d. Andy Murray), 2012 (d. Nadal), 2013 (d. Murray), 2015 (d. Murray) and 2016
    (d. Murray), Wimbledon in 2011 (d. Nadal), 2014 (d. Federer) and 2015 (d. Federer) and the US Open in 2011
    (d. Nadal) and 2015 (d. Federer).

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to avoid becoming the first Top seed to lose before the round of 16 here since Federer lost in the 3rd round in 2004.

 

  • Last year here Djokovic reached his 3rd Roland Garros final (l. Stan Wawrinka 46 64 63 64). He also reached the final here in 2012 and 2014, losing to Nadal on both occasions. Djokovic is making his 12th straight appearance at Roland Garros and his 46th consecutive appearance at a major.

 

  • Djokovic has played 3 clay court events in the lead up to this year’s Roland Garros. He won the title at Madrid-1000 (d. Murray), reached the final at Rome-1000 (l. Murray) and lost in the 2nd round at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Jiri Vesely) – his earliest Tour-level defeat since losing to Grigor Dimitrov in the 2nd round at 2013 Madrid-1000.

 

  • Djokovic has won 5 titles so far this year. As well as winning at Madrid, he won Doha (d. Nadal), the Australian Open, Indian Wells-1000 (d. Milos Raonic) and Miami-1000 (d. Kei Nishikori) – to extend his streak of winning at least 2 titles every year since winning his first at 2006 Amersfoort (d. Nicolas Massu).

 

  • 12 of Djokovic’s 64 career singles titles have come on clay, compared with 49 on hard court and 3 on grass.

 

  • Djokovic won his 2 singles rubbers to help Serbia defeat Kazakhstan 3-2 in March and reach the Davis Cup Serbia will play Great Britain in Belgrade on 15-17 July.

 

  • Djokovic is coached by 3-time Roland Garros semifinalist Boris Becker. He has also been coached by Marian Vajda since June 2006. His wider team includes physios Miljan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch.

 

  • BEDENE has reached the 3rd round at a Grand Slam for the first time.
  • Bedene defeated qualifier Gerald Melzer 46 63 64 64 and Pablo Carreno Busta 76(4) 63 46 57 62 in the opening 2 rounds. His 2nd round victory over Carreno Busta improved his 5 set win-loss record to 2-0

 

  • Bedene’s opening round victories here are his first match-wins at Roland Garros. He lost on both of his previous appearances here – in 2013 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and 2015 (l. Dominic Thiem). He failed to qualify here in 2012 and didn’t attempt to qualify in 2014. This is his 3rd Roland Garros appearance.

 

  • Bedene’s previous best Grand Slam performance was reaching the 2nd round at 2015 Wimbledon (l. Viktor Troicki) and the 2015 US Open (l. Donald Young). He has lost in the 1st round on 9 of his 12 Grand Slam appearances.

 

  • Bedene is bidding to record 3 consecutive wins on clay for the first time in his career. By reaching the 3rd round here he has recorded Tour-level back-to-back match-wins on clay for just the 4th time in his career.

 

  • Bedene had recorded just one Tour-level match-win on clay in 2016 prior to coming here, when he reached the 2nd round at Monte Carlo-1000 (d. Lukas Rosol, l. Rafael Nadal). He fell in the 1st round at Barcelona, Istanbul and as a qualifier at Rome-1000. Earlier in the year on clay he lost in the 1st round at Rio de Janeiro.

 

  • Bedene’s best result of the year is reaching the semifinals at Chennai (l. Borna Coric) – the only other time he has recorded back-to-back Tour-level match-wins in 2016. He also reached the final at the Irving Challenger (USA)
    (l. Marcel Granollers).

 

  • Bedene is bidding for his first victory over a Top 10 opponent on his 8th attempt. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 11 Gilles Simon at 2015 Winston-Salem. He has a 0-3 win-loss record against Top 10 players at the majors and a 0-4 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition on clay.

 

  • Bedene is bidding to join Andy Murray in the round of 16 here for Great Britain. Great Britain has never had multiple representation in the round of 16 in the men’s singles at Roland Garros in the Open Era.

 

  • With Bedene and Murray through to the 3rd round here, it is the 4th time in the Open Era that Great Britain has had multiple representation in the 3rd round of the men’s singles at Roland Garros having also achieved the feat in 1968 (Gerald Battrick, Mark Cox, Paul Hutchins), 1978 (John Lloyd, Buster Mottram) and 1999 (Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski). Bedene changed nationality from Slovenian to British in March 2015.

 

  • Bedene was a member of the 18 & Under International Team in North America in 2007, funded by the Grand Slam Development Fund.

 

  • Bedene is coached by James Davidson. His fitness trainer is Martin Skinner.

 

6 JO-WILFRIED TSONGA (FRA) v ERNESTS GULBIS (LAT)

Head-to-head: Tsonga leads 3-2

2008     Adelaide                       Hard (O)           R16      Tsonga             63 62

2009     Bangkok                       Hard (I)            R16      Tsonga             67(3) 76(4) 76(2)

2009     Tokyo                           Hard (O)           QF       Tsonga             46 64 63

2013     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         R64      Gulbis              36 63 63 ret. (left knee tendonitis)

2014     Marseille                      Hard (I)            FR        Gulbis              76(5) 64

 

A 6th meeting between the 2 players and their 2nd at a Grand Slam, but their first on a clay court.

 

Tsonga has never lost to a player ranked as low as No. 80 Gulbis at a Grand Slam. The lowest-ranked player to defeat him at a major is No. 52 Martin Klizan in the 2nd round at the 2012 US Open.

 

TSONGA                                                 v                                                  GULBIS

 

31                                                     Age                                                     27

7                                             ATP Ranking                                            80

12                                                   Titles                                                     6

100-32                          Career Grand Slam Record                           30-34

27-8                                 Roland Garros Record                                 15-9

368-171                                     Career Record                                     219-199

77-42                                 Career Record – Clay                                 70-58

17-8                                           2016 Record                                           6-10

8-4                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     4-4

14-7                                Career Five-Set Record                                 4-9

3                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               3

171-125                            Career Tiebreak Record                              89-98

6-6                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   2-6

 

  • TSONGA is bidding to reach the round of 16 here for the 5th straight year.

 

  • Tsonga advanced to the 3rd round here for the 8th straight year after defeating qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff 63 64 64 and Marcos Baghdatis 67(6) 36 63 62 62 in the opening 2 rounds.

 

  • Tsonga’s 5-set win over Baghdatis in the 2nd round here was his 3rd career comeback from 0-2 down and his first 0-2 comeback on clay. He also came back from 0-2 down to defeat Philipp Petzschner at the 2011 Australian Open and Roger Federer at 2011 Wimbledon.

 

  • Tsonga’s 2nd round win over Baghdatis was also his 100th Grand Slam match-win. He became the 3rd Frenchman in history to record 100 Grand Slam match-wins after Jean Borotra (103) and Henri Cochet (102).

 

  • In 8 previous appearances at Roland Garros, Tsonga has lost before the round of 16 on just 2 occasions – falling in the 1st round on his Grand Slam debut as a wild card in 2005 (l. Andy Roddick) and in the 3rd round in 2011
    (l. Stan Wawrinka). This is his 9th appearance at Roland Garros and his 33rd Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Last year here Tsonga equalled his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the semifinals (l. Wawrinka). Having also reached the semifinals here in 2013 (l. David Ferrer), he became the 2nd Frenchman in the Open Era to reach multiple semifinals at Roland Garros after Henri Leconte, who reached the last 4 here in 1986, 1988 and 1992.

 

  • Tsonga’s best Grand Slam result is finishing runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open (l. Novak Djokovic). Unseeded he defeated three Top 10 players en route to the final.

 

  • Tsonga warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the semifinals at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Gael Monfils) and the 3rd round at Madrid-1000 (l. Milos Raonic) (following a 1st round bye). Also on clay in 2016 he reached the quarterfinals at Buenos Aires (l. Nicolas Almagro) and the 1st round at Rio de Janeiro (l. Thiago Monteiro). He was leading Frank Dancevic 76(7) when the Canadian retired in the dead 5th rubber of the Davis Cup World Group first round in Guadeloupe. Tsonga withdrew from Estoril with a knee injury and Rome-1000 with an adductor strain.

 

  • Tsonga’s semifinal finish in Monte Carlo is his best performance so far in 2016. He has also reached the semifinals at Auckland (l. Roberto Bautista Agut), the quarterfinals at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Djokovic) and the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. Kei Nishikori).

 

  • Tsonga has won 12 career singles titles, all of them coming on hard courts – most recently at 2015 Metz (d. Gilles Simon).

 

  • Tsonga was a successful junior. He won the 2003 US Open boys’ title (d. Baghdatis) and reached the semifinals at the Australian Open (l. Baghdatis), Roland Garros (l. Brian Baker) and Wimbledon (l. Florin Mergea) the same year. As a result he finished the year No. 2 in the ITF Junior World Rankings.

 

  • Tsonga is one of the 15 men aged over 30 to reach the 3rd round from the 51 who started the main draw This is the 2nd highest number of 30-somethings to reach the 3rd round at a Grand Slam in the Open Era after the 1977 Australian Open, when 19 reached this stage. The most 30-somethings to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam in the Open Era is 12 – at the 1977 Australian Open.

 

  • Tsonga is coached by Thierry Ascione, who reached the 2nd round here in 2007.

 

  • GULBIS is looking to reach the round of 16 here for the 3rd time.

 

  • Gulbis advanced to the 3rd round after defeating Andreas Seppi 63 75 64 and No. 26 seed Joao Sousa 62 75 63 in the opening 2 rounds. It is the first time he has recorded back-to-back match-wins at Tour-level since he won 3 straight matches to reach the semifinals at 2015 Vienna (l. Steve Johnson).

 

  • Gulbis is bidding to defeat 2 seeded opponents at the same Grand Slam event for the 3rd time. He has achieved the feat twice before – defeating No. 8 Tommy Robredo and No. 30 Potito Starace at the 2007 US Open and No. 4 Roger Federer and No. 6 Tomas Berdych at 2014 Roland Garros. He has won 7 of his last 9 encounters with seeded players at the majors.

 

  • Gulbis’ best Grand Slam performance is reaching the semifinals here in 2014 – the last time he recorded 3 straight match-wins on clay. He defeated Federer in 5-sets in the round of 16 and Berdych in the quarterfinals before losing to Novak Djokovic 63 63 36 63 in the semifinals. He broke into the Top 10 for the first time as a result at No. 10. He plays here at No. 80.

 

  • Gulbis’ wins over No. 4 Federer and No. 6 Berdych at 2014 Roland Garros are his last wins over Top 10 opposition. He has lost his last 5 meetings with Top 10 players, but has won 4 of his last 5 meetings against Top 10 opposition at the Grand Slams. His only defeat in that time came against No. 2 Djokovic in the semifinals here in 2014 – his most recent meeting with a Top 10 player at a major.

 

  • Roland Garros is Gulbis’ most successful Grand Slam and the only one where he has a positive win-loss record. He has a 15-9 win-loss record here compared with 2-8 at the Australian Open, 6-8 at Wimbledon and 7-9 at the US Open. This is his 10th consecutive Roland Garros appearance and his 35th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Gulbis warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the 2nd round as a qualifier at Rome-1000 (l. Lucas Pouille) and as a direct acceptance at Geneva (l. Marin Cilic). He lost in the 1st round at Barcelona and Munich.

 

  • Also in 2016, Gulbis reached the 2nd round at Montpellier (l. Richard Gasquet) and Marseille (l. Gasquet). He had lost in the 1st round at 6 of the 10 Tour-level events he had contested this year prior to coming here.

 

  • Gulbis has won 6 career singles titles – most recently at 2014 Nice (d. Federico Delbonis), his only title on clay. He has a perfect 6-0 record in Tour-level finals.

 

  • Gulbis is the only Latvian man to compete at a Grand Slam.
  • Gulbis recently split with coach Gunther Bresnik. His fitness trainer is Chris Pealger and his physio is Michal Novotny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. 7 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE) v NO. 25 PABLO CUEVAS (URU)

 

Head-to-head: Cuevas leads 1-0

2015     Beijing              Hard (O)           R32      Cuevas            64 64

 

BERDYCH                                                v                                                 CUEVAS

 

30                                                     Age                                                     30

8                                             ATP Ranking                                            27

12                                                   Titles                                                     5

123-50                          Career Grand Slam Record                           11-20

22-12                                Roland Garros Record                                  6-6

563-293                                     Career Record                                     144-120

146-80                                Career Record – Clay                                104-65

21-10                                          2016 Record                                           20-9

5-3                                      2016 Record – Clay                                    17-5

19-8                                Career Five-Set Record                                 3-8

2                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               1

188-155                            Career Tiebreak Record                              71-43

6-4                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                  12-9

 

  • BERDYCH is bidding to reach the round of 16 here for the 6th time having defeated Vasek Pospisil 63 62 61 and Malek Jaziri 61 26 62 64 in the opening 2 rounds.

 

  • Last year here Berdych fell to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the round of 16. He is contesting his 13th straight Roland Garros.

 

  • Berdych’s best result here came in 2010 when he broke through to his first Grand Slam semifinal
    (l. Robin Soderling). His best result at a major is finishing runner-up at 2010 Wimbledon. He defeated No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, before losing to No. 2 Rafael Nadal 63 75 64 in the final.

 

  • Roland Garros is Berdych’s least successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins. He has a 22-12 win-loss record here compared with 38-13 at the Australian Open, 32-12 at Wimbledon and 31-13 at the US Open.

 

  • Berdych warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the quarterfinals at Madrid-1000 (l. Andy Murray). He also reached the 3rd round at Rome-1000, losing 60 60 to David Goffin – it was the first time he had suffered a double bagel at Tour, Challenger or Futures level. He lost his opening match at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Damir Dzumhur) after receiving a 1st round bye.

 

  • Berdych has a 1-5 five-set win-loss record at Roland Garros but has a 19-8 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • 2 of Berdych’s 12 career singles titles have come on clay – as a teenager at 2004 Palermo (d. Filippo Volandri) and at 2009 Munich (d. Mikhail Youzhny).

 

  • Berdych has been a permanent fixture in the Top 10 since 5 July 2010. He has been seeded at every Grand Slam event he has played since the 2005 US Open and plays here at No. 7 – his lowest seeding at Roland Garros since 2012 when he was also No. 7.
  • Berdych has played at every Grand Slam event since making his debut at the 2003 US Open. This is his 51st consecutive major, which puts him in 6th place for the most consecutive Grand Slam appearances in the Open Era [see Preview page 8].

 

  • Berdych is currently without a coach, having split with Dani Vallverdu following Rome-1000. His fitness coach is Azuz Simcich and his physio is Per Bastholt.

 

  • CUEVAS is bidding to become the first man from Uruguay to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam since Marcelo Filippini reached the quarterfinals here in 1999.

 

  • Cuevas defeated qualifier Tobias Kamke 36 62 63 76(4) in the 1st round and wild card Quentin Halys 76(4) 63 76(6) in the 2nd round to reach the 3rd round at Roland Garros for the 2nd straight year.

 

  • By reaching the 3rd round here, Cuevas has equalled his best Grand Slam result. He also reached the 3rd round here last year, losing to Gael Monfils in 5 sets. This is Cuevas’ 7th Roland Garros appearance and his 21st Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Cuevas is on a 5-match losing streak in 5-set matches having not won a 5-set match since defeating Adrian Mannarino in the 1st round here in 2013. He has a 3-8 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Cuevas’ best results in 2016 are winning back-to-back titles at Rio de Janeiro (d. Guido Pella) and Sao Paulo
    (d. Pablo Carreno Busta). At Rio de Janeiro he became the first man to win a Tour-level title without facing a right-hander after defeating 5 straight lefthanders – including Rafael Nadal in the semifinals – en route to the title. He has won 5 career singles titles, all of which have come on clay.

 

  • Cuevas is one of 3 players – along with Nadal and Dominic Thiem – to have won multiple clay court titles in 2016. Cuevas is in 4th place for most clay court match-wins this year with 17 victories, behind Thiem (22 wins), Nadal (21) and Pablo Carreno Busta (18).

 

  • Cuevas’ victory over No. 5 Nadal in the semifinals at Rio de Janeiro is his most recent match-win over a Top 10 player. He has a 3-7 win-loss record against Top 10 players overall but has never faced a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam before.

 

  • Also in 2016 Cuevas reached the quarterfinals at Buenos Aires (l. David Ferrer) and the 3rd round at Miami-1000
    (l. Monfils), Barcelona (l. Benoit Paire) and Madrid-1000 (l. Nick Kyrgios). He fell in the 2nd round at the Australian Open to Kyrgios.

 

  • Cuevas won the doubles title here in 2008 with Luis Horna (d. Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic). Unseeded they were the first South American pair to win a Grand Slam doubles title in the Open Era.

 

  • Cuevas has entered the men’s doubles here with Marcel Granollers, who he partnered to the title at 2009 Moscow and 2010 Costa do Sauipe. They defeated Gilles Muller/Frederik Nielsen in the 1st round and No. 2 seeds Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau in the 2nd round.

 

  • Cuevas underwent knee surgery in October 2011 and again in May 2012 before returning to the court in April 2013. He climbed 191 places during the 2014 season to end the year ranked in the Top 30 for the first time. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 21 after reaching the 3rd round at Indian Wells-1000 in March 2015 and plays here at No. 27.

 

  • Cuevas is coached by Facundo Savio

 

11 DAVID FERRER (ESP) v NO. 21 FELICIANO LOPEZ (ESP)

 

Head-to-head: Ferrer leads 9-6

2005     New Haven                   Hard (O)           SF        Lopez              46 63 62

2006     AMS-Hamburg              Clay (O)           R64      Ferrer               64 62

2006     Stockholm                    Hard (I)            R16      Lopez               36 63 62

2007     Tokyo                           Hard (O)           QF       Ferrer               64 64

2007     AMS-Madrid                 Hard (I)            R32      Lopez               76(3) 75

2008     Dubai                           Hard (O)           QF       Lopez               64 63

2008     Madrid-1000                 Hard (I)            R32      Lopez               64 76(4)

2009     Monte Carlo-1000         Clay (O)           R64      Ferrer               62 63

2009     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           R32      Lopez               46 75 61

2011     Monte Carlo-1000         Clay (O)           R32      Ferrer               62 60

2011     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           SF        Ferrer               67(5) 63 63

2012     Barcelona                     Clay (O)           QF       Ferrer               67(4) 76(7) 63

2013     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           R32      Ferrer              61 75 64

2014     Acapulco                      Hard (O)           R16      Ferrer               76(1) 62

2015     Kuala Lumpur               Hard (I)            FR        Ferrer               75 75

 

A 16th meeting for the 2 players, but only their 2nd at a Grand Slam. They also met at this stage here in 2013.

 

Ferrer has won their last 6 meetings and all of their previous encounters on clay.

 

Ferrer and Lopez are 2 of the 8 Spanish men to reach the 3rd round here – the joint-highest number of Spanish men to reach the 3rd round at Roland Garros in the Open Era. 8 Spanish men also reached the 3rd round here in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The highest number of Spanish men through to the round of 16 here in the Open Era is 6 – in 1998.

 

Ferrer has lost to 3 different Spanish players at Roland Garros in 12 previous meetings with his compatriots here. He has a 6-6 win-loss record against Spanish opposition at Roland Garros with 4 of those losses coming against Rafael Nadal, one against Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo and one against Fernando Verdasco.

 

Roland Garros is Ferrer’s most successful Grand Slam. As well as recording his best Grand Slam performance here in 2013 when he reached the final, he also has a 42-13 win-loss record here compared with 39-14 at the Australian Open, 25-12 at Wimbledon and 30-13 at the US Open. Conversely, just 10 of Lopez’s 85 Grand Slam victories have come at Roland Garros. He has a 22-14 win-loss record at the Australian Open, 30-14 at Wimbledon and 23-14 at the US Open. His best performance here is reaching the round of 16 in 2004, while he has reached multiple round of 16s at the Australian Open and recorded quarterfinal finishes at Wimbledon and the US Open.

 

Ferrer and Lopez are 2 of the 15 men aged over 30 to reach the 3rd round from the 51 who started the main draw here. This is the 2nd highest number of 30-somethings to reach the 3rd round at a Grand Slam in the Open Era after the 1977 Australian Open, when 19 reached this stage. The most 30-somethings to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam in the Open Era is 12 – at the 1977 Australian Open.

 

FERRER                                                  v                                                   LOPEZ

 

34                                                     Age                                                     34

11                                            ATP Ranking                                            23

26                                                   Titles                                                     4

136-52                          Career Grand Slam Record                           85-57

42-13                                Roland Garros Record                                10-15

677-321                                     Career Record                                     410-374

315-123                               Career Record – Clay                               109-114

20-10                                          2016 Record                                         14-12

12-5                                     2016 Record – Clay                                     7-6

20-11                               Career Five-Set Record                               21-11

4                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               3

152-134                            Career Tiebreak Record                            261-218

5-3                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                  11-8

 

  • 2013 Roland Garros runner-up FERRER is bidding to reach the round of 16 here for the 6th straight year. He defeated Evgeny Donskoy 61 62 60 and Juan Monaco 67(4) 63 64 62 in the opening 2 rounds.

 

  • This is Ferrer’s 14th consecutive appearance at Roland Garros and 53rd Grand Slam overall. His run of 50 consecutive Grand Slam appearances came to an end when he missed 2015 Wimbledon with an elbow injury.

 

  • Last year here Ferrer reached the quarterfinals, losing to Andy Murray 76(4) 62 57 61.

 

  • Ferrer’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the final here in 2013, when he lost to Rafael Nadal 63 62 63. He set an Open Era record for most appearances at a major before reaching the final (42).

 

  • On clay in 2016, Ferrer reached the semifinals at Buenos Aires (l. Nicolas Almagro) and Geneva (l. Marin Cilic) and the quarterfinals at Rio de Janeiro (l. Dominic Thiem). He fell in the 3rd round at Madrid-1000 (l. Tomas Berdych) and Rome-1000 (l. Lucas Pouille), subsequently dropping out of the Top 10 for the first time since October 2010. He plays here at No. 11.

 

  • Also in 2016, Ferrer reached the semifinals at Auckland (l. Jack Sock) and the quarterfinals at the Australian Open
    (l. Murray).

 

  • Ferrer plays here seeded No. 11 – his lowest Grand Slam seeding since he was seeded No. 17 at the 2010 Australian Open.

 

  • Ferrer has won 26 career singles titles, most recently at 2015 Vienna (d. Steve Johnson). 12 of his 26 titles have come on clay with his most recent clay title coming at 2015 Rio de Janeiro. This is the first time he has entered Roland Garros without winning a clay court title since 2009.

 

  • Ferrer is coached by Francisco Fogues.

 

  • Lefthander LOPEZ is bidding to reach the round of 16 here for the first time since 2004. He defeated lucky loser Thomas Fabbiano 64 64 36 62 and Victor Estrella Burgos 63 76(8) 63 in the opening 2 rounds.

 

  • Lopez’s best Roland Garros performance is a round of 16 finish in 2004, where as No. 23 seed he lost to Gustavo Kuerten. This is his 16th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 58th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Lopez’s best Grand Slam result is 4 quarterfinal finishes – at Wimbledon in 2005 (l. Lleyton Hewitt), 2008 (l. Marat Safin) and 2011 (l. Andy Murray), and at the 2015 US Open (l. Novak Djokovic).

 

  • On clay in 2016 Lopez’s best result is reaching the semifinals at Houston (l. Juan Monaco). He reached the quarterfinals at Quito (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas), the 3rd round at Barcelona (following a 1st round bye) (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber) and the 2nd round at Madrid-1000 (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) but fell in the 1st round at Monte Carlo-1000 and Rome-1000.

 

  • Also in 2016, Lopez reached the semifinals at Dubai (l. Marcos Baghdatis) and the round of 16 at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Djokovic). He lost in the 3rd round at the Australian Open (l. John Isner).

 

  • Lopez has won 4 career singles titles, none of which have come on a clay court. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 12 in March 2015, finishing the year in the Top 20 for the 3rd time. He plays here at No. 23.

 

  • This is Lopez’s 57th consecutive Grand Slam appearance, which puts him in 2nd place for the most consecutive Grand Slam events played in the Open Era behind Federer (65) [see Preview page 8].

 

  • Lopez entered the men’s doubles event here as No. 15 seed alongside Marc Lopez. The pair defeated Guillermo Duran/Maximo Gonzalez 67(7) 60 75 in the 1st round and Federico Delbonis/Andres Molteni 61 62 in the 2nd round.

 

  • Lopez is coached by Jose Clavet.

 

 

12 DAVID GOFFIN (BEL) v NICOLAS ALMAGRO (ESP)

 

Head-to-head: Almagro leads 3-0

2012     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           R64      Almagro           64 62

2013     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           R32      Almagro           63 64

2013     Monte Carlo-1000         Clay (O)           R64      Almagro           26 61 63

 

A 4th career meeting between the 2 players, but their first at a Grand Slam.

 

Clay is the only surface on which Goffin has taken a set off Almagro in their 3 previous meetings.

 

GOFFIN                                                  v                                               ALMAGRO

 

25                                                     Age                                                     30

13                                            ATP Ranking                                            49

2                                                     Titles                                                   13

20-15                           Career Grand Slam Record                           60-42

7-4                                  Roland Garros Record                                23-12

117-89                                       Career Record                                     379-253

35-25                                 Career Record – Clay                               271-135

24-10                                          2016 Record                                         14-10

10-4                                     2016 Record – Clay                                    13-7

6-3                                 Career Five-Set Record                               13-11

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               2

35-36                              Career Tiebreak Record                            149-166

  • 2016 Tiebreak Record                                  3-6

 

  • GOFFIN is bidding to reach the round of 16 here for the 2nd time and equal his best Grand Slam performance.

 

  • Goffin defeated wild card Gregoire Barrere 63 63 64 and qualifier Carlos Berlocq 75 61 64 in the opening 2 rounds.

 

  • Goffin is bidding to become just the 3rd Belgian man to reach the round of 16 at Roland Garros on multiple occasions in the Open Era. Filip Dewulf (1997-98) and Xavier Malisse (2002, 2004) are the only Belgian men to have reached the round of 16 on 2 or more occasions here.

 

  • Goffin’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the round of 16 on 3 occasions – on his Grand Slam debut here in 2012 (l. Roger Federer), at 2015 Wimbledon (l. Stan Wawrinka) and at the 2016 Australian Open (l. Federer). This year, he became the first Belgian man to reach the last 16 at the Australian Open since Olivier Rochus in 2005.

 

  • At 2012 Roland Garros, Goffin became the first lucky loser to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam since countryman Dick Norman reached that stage at 1995 Wimbledon and just the 8th lucky loser to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam in the Open Era.

 

  • Last year here Goffin reached the 3rd round as No. 17 seed, falling to Jeremy Chardy in straight sets. He is making his 5th consecutive appearance at Roland Garros and his 16th appearance at a Grand Slam event.

 

  • Goffin’s best clay court result is winning the title as a wild card at 2014 Kitzbuhel (d. Dominic Thiem). He has since also won a hard court title – at 2014 Metz (d. Joao Sousa).

 

  • Goffin has a 4-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches on clay and a 6-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall. He won both of the 5-set matches he has played here – defeating Radek Stepanek and Arnaud Clement in 5 sets en route to the last 16 in 2012.

 

  • Goffin warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the quarterfinals at Munich (l. Alexander Zverev) and Rome-1000 (l. Andy Murray) and the 3rd round at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Marcel Granollers). He fell in the 1st round at Madrid-1000 (l. Lucas Pouille).

 

  • At Rome-1000, Goffin became the first player at Tour, Challenger or Futures level to inflict a 60 60 defeat on Tomas Berdych after beating the Czech in the 3rd round. It was the first time he had won a match 60 60 at Tour-level and only the 3rd 60 60 victory of his career at Tour, Challenger of Futures level – having recorded the scoreline in defeating Nicola Ghedin in qualifying at the 2009 Todi Challenger and Christoph Lessiak in qualifying at the 2010 Rabat Challenger. All 3 of his 60 60 triumphs at Tour, Challenger or Futures level have come on clay.

 

  • Goffin’s best results in 2016 are reaching the semifinals at back-to-back Masters-1000 events at Indian Wells
    (l. Milos Raonic) and Miami (l. Novak Djokovic). He reached a career-high ranking of No. 13 after reaching the semifinals at Miami-1000 and plays here at No. 13.

 

  • Goffin plays here as No. 12 seed – his highest Grand Slam seeding.

 

  • Goffin was taught to play tennis by his father, who is a tennis coach at the Barchon Club in Liege.

 

  • Goffin is coached by Thierry van Cleemput.

 

  • ALMAGRO is bidding to reach the round of 16 here for the 5th time.

 

  • Almagro advanced to the 3rd round for the 6th time after defeating No. 24 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 57 62 62 64 and Jiri Vesely 64 64 63 in the opening 2 rounds.

 

  • Last year here, Almagro reached the 2nd round (d. Alexandr Dolgopolov, l. Rafael Nadal). This is his 13th consecutive appearance at Roland Garros and his 43rd Grand Slam overall.

 

  • At 2014 Roland Garros, Almagro retired in the 1st round with a left foot injury while trailing Jack Sock 0-5. He underwent surgery on his left foot on 30 June and didn’t play at Tour-level again until 2015 Sydney. He dropped as low as No. 174 in the rankings in April 2015 as a result – his lowest ranking since September 2003. He has worked his way back up the rankings since and plays here at No. 49.

 

  • Almagro has played predominantly on clay in 2016. His best clay results are winning the title at Estoril (d. Pablo Carreno Busta) – his first title since 2012 – and finishing runner-up at Buenos Aires (l. Dominic Thiem). He also reached the 2nd round at Rio de Janeiro (l. Nadal) and Marrakech (l. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez), but lost in the 1st round at Sao Paulo, Monte Carlo-1000, Barcelona and as a wild card at Madrid-1000.

 

  • Also in 2016 Almagro reached the 2nd round at the Australian Open (d. Julien Benneteau, l. Thiem). It was his first Grand Slam match-win away from Roland Garros since 2013 Wimbledon.

 

  • Almagro’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the quarterfinals here in 2008, 2010 and 2012, losing to Nadal on each occasion, and at the 2013 Australian Open (l. David Ferrer).

 

  • Clay is Almagro’s most successful surface – it is the only surface on which he has a positive win-loss record. All 13 of his singles titles have come on clay – most recently at 2016 Estoril – and 271 of his 379 Tour-level victories have also come on the surface.

 

  • Almagro has won just one of his last 9 matches against Top 20 opposition at the Grand Slams. His only win in that time came against No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic at the 2013 Australian Open. 3 of his 5 victories over Top 20 opposition at the majors have come at Roland Garros.

 

  • Almagro is one of 8 Spanish men to reach the 3rd round here – the joint-highest number of Spanish men to reach the 3rd round at Roland Garros in the Open Era. 8 Spanish men also reached the 3rd round here in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The highest number of Spanish men through to the round of 16 here in the Open Era is 6 – in 1998.

 

  • Almagro is one of the 15 men aged over 30 to reach the 3rd round from the 51 who started the main draw This is the 2nd highest number of 30-somethings to reach the 3rd round at a Grand Slam in the Open Era after the 1977 Australian Open, when 19 reached this stage. The most 30-somethings to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam in the Open Era is 12 – at the 1977 Australian Open.

 

  • Almagro reached the boys’ semifinals here in 2003, losing to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka.

 

  • Almagro started working with Samuel Lopez in January 2012.

 

13 DOMINIC THIEM (AUT) v ALEXANDER ZVEREV (GER)

Head-to-head: Thiem leads 2-0

2016     Munich             Clay (O)           SF        Thiem               46 62 63

2016     Nice                 Clay (O)           FR        Thiem               64 36 60

 

A 3rd meeting this clay court season for these 2 players, who have required a decisive set in each of their previous meetings.

 

Thiem defeated Zverev in the title match at Nice prior to coming here.

 

Thiem and Zverev both finished runner-up in the boys’ singles event here – Thiem fell to Bjorn Fratangelo in 2011, while Zverev lost to Christian Garin in 2013.

 

THIEM                                                    v                                                  ZVEREV

 

22                                                     Age                                                     19

15                                            ATP Ranking                                            41

6                                                     Titles                                                     0

13-9                             Career Grand Slam Record                             3-3

4-2                                  Roland Garros Record                                  2-0

102-68                                       Career Record                                       41-37

56-23                                 Career Record – Clay                                 21-14

38-10                                          2016 Record                                         23-13

22-5                                     2016 Record – Clay                                    13-5

2-2                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 1-2

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

44-41                              Career Tiebreak Record                              17-24

14-7                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                  9-12

 

  • THIEM is bidding to become the first Austrian man to reach the round of 16 here since Jurgen Melzer reached the semifinals here in 2010. Only 3 Austrian men in the Open Era have reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros – Thomas Muster (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998), Stefan Koubek (1999) and Melzer (2010).

 

  • Thiem advanced to the 3rd round here for the first time after defeating Inigo Cervantes 36 62 75 61 and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 75 64 76(3) in the opening 2 rounds.

 

  • By reaching the 3rd round here, Thiem has recorded his best Roland Garros result. His previous best result here was reaching the 2nd round on his debut in 2014 (d. Paul-Henri Mathieu. l. Rafael Nadal) and in 2015 (d. Aljaz Bedene, l. Pablo Cuevas).

 

  • Thiem is bidding to reach the round of 16 here and equal his best Grand Slam result. His best result at a major is reaching the round of 16 on his US Open debut in 2014 (l. Tomas Berdych). This is his 3rd straight Roland Garros appearance and his 10th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Prior to coming here Thiem recorded his 100th career match-win in the final at Nice (d. today’s opponent). It was his 3rd title of the year having also triumphed at Buenos Aires (d. Nicolas Almagro) and Acapulco (d. Bernard Tomic). 5 of his 6 career singles titles have come on clay. He is one of 3 players to have won multiple clay court titles so far this year along with Pablo Cuevas and Nadal.

 

  • Thiem has won the most matches (22) on clay so far this season. As well as winning 2 titles on the surface, he also reached the final at Munich (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber), the semifinals at Rio de Janeiro (l. Guido Pella) and the 3rd round at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Nadal). He lost in the 1st round at Madrid-1000 (l. Juan Martin del Potro).

 

  • Thiem recorded a career-high ranking of No. 13 in March this year and plays here at No. 15.

 

  • Thiem entered the men’s doubles event here with Dusan Lajovic. The pair lost to No. 12 seeds Radek Stepanek/Nenad Zimonjic 63 62 in the 1st round.

 

  • Thiem is a former junior world No. 2. As well as reaching the junior Roland Garros final, Thiem’s best junior result is winning the 2011 Orange Bowl.

 

  • Thiem joined the Austrian military as part of the country’s mandatory national service for 6 months from November 2014-April 2015, but continued to play on Tour during that time.
  • Thiem has been coached by Gunter Bresnik in Vienna since 2004. His physical trainers are Sepp Resnik and Dr Michael Reinprecht.

 

  • ZVEREV is through to the 3rd round at a Grand Slam for the first time on his Roland Garros debut.

 

  • At 19 years 46 days, Zverev is bidding to become the youngest man to reach the round of 16 at Roland Garros since Novak Djokovic (aged 19 years 20 days) in 2006. If he wins, Zverev would be the youngest man to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam since Bernard Tomic (aged 18 years 255 days) at 2011 Wimbledon.

 

  • If both Zverev and Coric (aged 19 years 204 days) reach the round of 16 here, it will be the first time there has been multiple teenagers in the last 16 at Roland Garros since 2006 (Novak Djokovic, Gael Monfils) and at a Grand Slam since the 2008 US Open (Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori).

 

  • Zverev is bidding to become the first German man to reach the round of 16 at Roland Garros since Tommy Haas reached the quarterfinals and Philipp Kohlschreiber lost in the round of 16 here in 2013.

 

  • By reaching the 3rd round here, Zverev has recorded his best Grand Slam result. His previous best result at a major was reaching the 2nd round on his Wimbledon debut in 2015 (d. Teymuraz Gabashvili, l. Denis Kudla). He fell in the 1st round on his only 2 other appearances at a major – as a qualifier at the 2015 US Open (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber) and as a direct acceptance at the 2016 Australian Open (l. Andy Murray).

 

  • Last year here, Zverev lost to Igor Sijsling in the 2nd round of qualifying – one of 3 times he has failed to qualify for a Grand Slam in 4 attempts.

 

  • Zverev warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching his first Tour-level final at Nice (l. today’s opponent). He also reached the semifinals at Munich (l. today’s opponent), the 3rd round at Barcelona (l. Malek Jaziri) and the 2nd round at both Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Marcel Granollers) and Rome-1000 (l. Roger Federer).

 

  • Also in 2016, Zverev reached the semifinals at Montpellier (l. Paul-Henri Mathieu), the quarterfinals as a wild card at Rotterdam (l. Gael Monfils) and the round of 16 at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Rafael Nadal).

 

  • Zverev plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 41, achieved after his runner-up finish at Nice.

 

  • Zverev has won 7 of his 20 matches against Top 20 opposition. His career best wins came against No. 13 Marin Cilic at 2016 Montpellier and No. 13 David Goffin at 2016 Munich. He has a 3-4 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition on clay.

 

  • Zverev is a former junior world No. 1. He was named 2013 ITF Junior World Champion and went on to win the boys’ singles title at the 2014 Australian Open (d. Stefan Kozlov). As well as finishing runner-up in the boys’ singles at 2013 Roland Garros, he helped Germany reach the 2013 Junior Davis Cup Final (l. Spain).

 

  • Zverev made his Davis Cup debut in Germany’s 3-2 defeat to Czech Republic in the World Group first round in Hannover in March. He fell to Tomas Berdych in 5-sets in the 2nd rubber and to Lukas Rosol in straight sets in the decisive 5th rubber. Zverev has a 1-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches – his only 5-set win came in recording his first Grand Slam match-win against Gabashvili at 2015 Wimbledon.

 

  • Zverev’s brother, Mischa, attempted to qualify here, falling to Vincent Millot as No. 26 seed in the 1st round of qualifying.

 

  • Zverev has reached 2 Tour-level doubles finals with brother Mischa – finishing runner-up as a wild card pairing at both 2015 Munich and 2016 Montpellier. He entered the men’s doubles event here with Nick Kyrgios, losing to Pablo Carreno Busta/David Marrero 63 64 in the 1st round.

 

  • Zverev is coached by his father, Alexander Zverev Sr. His physical trainer is Jez Green.

 

14 ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT (ESP) v BORNA CORIC (CRO)

 

Head-to-head: Bautista Agut leads 2-1

2015     Umag               Clay (O)            QF       Bautista Agut    63 63

2015     Hamburg          Clay (O)            R32      Bautista Agut    63 64

2016     Chennai            Hard (O)           QF       Coric                36 64 76(1)

 

Baustista Agut has won both of their previous clay court meetings in straight sets.

 

BAUTISTA AGUT                                         v                                                   CORIC

 

28                                                     Age                                                     19

16                                            ATP Ranking                                            47

4                                                     Titles                                                     0

27-14                           Career Grand Slam Record                             6-6

6-3                                  Roland Garros Record                                  4-1

141-96                                       Career Record                                       49-50

41-28                                 Career Record – Clay                                 22-18

25-10                                          2016 Record                                         16-14

7-4                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     8-6

7-2                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 3-3

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

50-33                              Career Tiebreak Record                              24-13

11-4                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                   9-6

 

  • BAUTISTA AGUT is bidding to reach the round of 16 and equal his best Grand Slam result.

 

  • Bautista Agut advanced to the 3rd round here to equal his best Roland Garros performance after defeating Dmitry Tursunov 63 63 61 in the 1st round and Paul-Henri Mathieu 76(5) 64 61 in the 2nd round.

 

  • Bautista Agut is bidding to record 3 straight match-wins on clay for the first time since his title win at 2014 Stuttgart. It would be the 4th time he has achieved the feat, having also won 3 straight matches on his way to a semifinal finish at both 2013 Stuttgart and 2014 Madrid-1000.

 

  • By reaching the 3rd round here Bautista Agut has equalled his best Roland Garros result. He also reached the 3rd round as No. 27 seed in 2014 (l. Tomas Berdych). This is his 4th Roland Garros appearance and his 15th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Bautista Agut’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the round of 16 at the Australian Open in 2014 (l. Grigor Dimitrov) and 2016 (l. Tomas Berdych), at the US Open in 2014 (l. Roger Federer) and 2015 (l. Novak Djokovic) and at Wimbledon in 2015 (l. Federer).

 

  • Last year here Bautista Agut reached the 2nd round (l. Lukas Rosol). He also fell in the 2nd round on his debut here in 2013 (l. Jeremy Chardy). He failed to qualify here in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

 

  • Bautista Agut warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the 3rd round at both Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Federer) and Madrid-1000 (l. Djokovic) – the only 2 occasions in which he has won back-to-back matches on clay in 2016 prior to coming here. He fell in the 2nd round at Barcelona (after receiving a 1st round bye) and at Rome-1000.

 

  • Bautista Agut’s best results in 2016 are winning the titles at Auckland (d. Jack Sock) and Sofia (d. Viktor Troicki). He also reached the quarterfinals on hard courts at Chennai, Rotterdam and Dubai and the round of 16 at Miami-1000.

 

  • Bautista Agut’s career-best result on clay is winning the title at 2014 Stuttgart (d. Lukas Rosol). He broke into the Top 20 for the first time as a result at No. 18. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 14 in October 2014 and plays here at No. 16.

 

  • Bautista Agut’s best surface is hard court. 87 of his 141 Tour-level victories have come on hard court, compared with 41 on clay and 13 on grass.

 

  • Bautista Agut is one of 8 Spanish men to reach the 3rd round here – the joint-highest number of Spanish men to reach the 3rd round at Roland Garros in the Open Era. 8 Spanish men also reached the 3rd round here in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The highest number of Spanish men through to the round of 16 here in the Open Era is 6 – in 1998.

 

  • Bautista Agut split with coach Pepe Vendrell ahead of 2016 Roland Garros.

 

  • CORIC is bidding to record his 50th Tour-level match-win today.

 

  • At 19 years 204 days, Coric is bidding to become the youngest man to reach the round of 16 at Roland Garros since Novak Djokovic (aged 19 years 20 days) in 2006. If he wins, Coric would be the youngest man to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam since Bernard Tomic (aged 18 years 255 days) at 2011 Wimbledon. [NB Alexander Zverev (19 years 46 days) would be younger than Coric to achieve the feat if he wins his 3rd round match against Dominic Thiem today.]

 

  • If both Coric and Zverev reach the round of 16 it will be the first time there has been multiple teenagers in the last 16 at Roland Garros since 2006 (Novak Djokovic, Gael Monfils) and at a Grand Slam since the 2008 US Open (Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori).

 

  • Coric is bidding to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam for the first time. He advanced to the 3rd round here after defeating Taylor Fritz 63 61 63 and No. 20 seed Tomic 36 62 76(4) 76(6) in the first 2 rounds.

 

  • By reaching the 3rd round here, Coric has equalled his best Grand Slam performance. He also reached the 3rd round here on his Roland Garros debut in 2015 (l. Jack Sock). This is his 2nd Roland Garros appearance and his 7th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • In 2016, Coric reached his first Tour-level clay court final at Marrakech (l. Federico Delbonis). He also reached the quarterfinals at Estoril (l. Nick Kyrgios) and the 2nd round at Madrid-1000 (l. Djokovic). He fell in the 1st round at Monte Carlo-1000 and Rome-1000.

 

  • Also on clay, Coric lost to David Goffin in 5 sets in Croatia’s World Group first round Davis Cup tie before defeating Kimmer Coppejans in the decisive 5th rubber to secure Croatia’s 3-2 victory over Belgium. Croatia will play USA in the World Group quarterfinals on 15-17 July.

 

  • Also in 2016 Coric reached his first Tour-level final at Chennai (l. Stan Wawrinka) and the 3rd round at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Tomas Berdych). He lost in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas).

 

  • Coric is bidding to end a 14-match losing streak against Top 20 players. His most recent victory over a Top 20 opponent came here last year, when he defeated No. 19 Tommy Robredo in 5-sets in the 2nd round.

 

  • Coric has a 3-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches with his only 5-set match here coming against Robredo in the 2nd round here last year.

 

  • Coric reached the boys’ semifinals at 2013 Roland Garros, losing to eventual champion Christian Garin.

 

  • Coric is coached by Miles Maclagan. His physical trainer is Marino Basic.

 

 

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Marcos Baghdatis,Thanasi Kokkinakis, Ivo Karlovic, Steve Johnson, and Defending Champion Rajeev Ram to compete in Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

 

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NEWPORT, R.I., May 27, 2016 –  When the ATP World Tour comes to Newport, R.I. in July for the first stop of the summer season in the United States, the player field will feature a Grand Slam tournament finalist, several players ranked among the world top-50, a group of the world’s brightest young stars, and Newport fan favorites who have seen success on the International Tennis Hall of Fame grass courts previously.
 
Marcos Baghdatis, from Cyprus who has been ranked as high as world No. 8 and was runner up at the 2006 Australian Open, is set to make his first appearance in Newport. Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis has recently committed to Newport, joining a previously announced group of rising stars in the player field, including Americans Taylor Fritz and Jared Donaldson. The third-highest ranked American Steve Johnson will make his third appearance in Newport, where he was a quarterfinalist in 2014. Defending champion Rajeev Ram will return to Newport, along with last year’s runner up Ivo Karlovic, a big serving pro who is currently ranked world No. 28.
Additional players for the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships are still to be named. The tournament will be played July 10 – 17.
“There is a lot of variety in the player field for this year’s tournament,” commented Tournament Director and Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin. “I think it will be a great experience for fans to see some amazing young talent competing against some of the tour’s more prolific veteran players like Marcos Baghdatis and Ivo Karlovic.”
He continued,  “Also, we’re really working to build an enhanced fan experience in Newport this summer, and that combined with this player field will offer a fantastic week of tennis.”
Fans will enjoy several new amenities at this year’s tournament, notably an entirely new South Grandstand, featuring individual flip down seating rather than the previously used benches. The viewing experience of the tournament will also be significantly enhanced with the addition of videoboards in the stadium and Hawk-Eye replay – an electronic line calling system. Additionally, as a result of the Hall of Fame’s recent expansion and renovation projects, the tournament now has more space to work with and will offer an expanded fan zone featuring a tennis demo court and new on-site dining options.
Special events top off the ATP action, including tennis clinics for both juniors and adults throughout the week, Alex and Ani Ladies Day on Thursday, July 14, and a new event – PowerShares Legends Newport on Sunday, July 17. PowerShares Legends Newport offers a unique opportunity to see tennis legends back in action in a special one-day tournament. The field will feature Andy Roddick, James Blake, Marat Safin, and a fourth player to be named. It’s a particularly special weekend for Safin to compete, as the two-time Grand Slam tournament champion will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on the day prior.
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2016 Roland Garros Day 7 Order of Play

Timea Bacsinszky photo courtesy of MiamiTennisNews.com

Timea Bacsinszky photo courtesy of MiamiTennisNews.com

 

Philippe-Chatrier Court
11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 3
Pauline Parmentier (FRA)
vs.Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [8]
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Serena Williams (USA) [1]
vs.Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [26]
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
vs.Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [6]
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1]
vs.Aljaz Bedene (GBR)

Suzanne-Lenglen Court
11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 3
Alexander Zverev (GER)
vs.Dominic Thiem (AUT) [13]
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Venus Williams (USA) [9]
vs.Alize Cornet (FRA)
Men’s Singles – Round 3
David Goffin (BEL) [12]
vs.Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Monica Puig (PUR)
vs.Madison Keys (USA) [15]

Court 1
11:00 AM
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Elina Svitolina (UKR) [18]
vs.Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [14]
Men’s Singles – Round 3
David Ferrer (ESP) [11]
vs.Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [21]
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Pablo Cuevas (URU) [25]
vs.Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7]
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Kiki Bertens (NED)
vs.Daria Kasatkina (RUS) [29]

Court 2
11:00 AM
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [12]
vs.Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [22]
Men’s Doubles – Round 2
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) [1]
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) [1]
vs.Denis Kudla (USA)
Julio Peralta (CHI)
Men’s Doubles – Round 2
Julien Benneteau (FRA)
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
vs.Vasek Pospisil (CAN) [7]
Jack Sock (USA) [7]
Women’s Doubles – Round 2
Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS)
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)
vs.Serena Williams (USA)
Venus Williams (USA)

Court 3
11:00 AM
Men’s Doubles – Round 2
Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
Joao Sousa (POR)
vs.Chris Guccione (AUS)
Andre Sa (BRA)
Women’s Doubles – Round 2
Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) [3]
Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) [3]
vs.Jocelyn Rae (GBR)
Anna Smith (GBR)
Men’s Doubles – Round 3
Eric Butorac (USA)
Scott Lipsky (USA)
vs.Lukasz Kubot (POL) [9]
Alexander Peya (AUT) [9]
Mixed Doubles – Round 1
Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP)
Mate Pavic (CRO)
vs.Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [3]
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) [3]
Mixed Doubles – Round 1
Alize Cornet (FRA)
Jonathan Eysseric (FRA)
vs.Olga Savchuk (UKR)
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)

Court 6
11:00 AM
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ)
vs.Karin Knapp (ITA)
Men’s Doubles – Round 2
David Guez (FRA)
Vincent Millot (FRA)
vs.Jamie Murray (GBR) [4]
Bruno Soares (BRA) [4]
Mixed Doubles – Round 2
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) [4]
Florin Mergea (ROU) [4]
vs.Martina Hingis (SUI)
Leander Paes (IND)
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Borna Coric (CRO)
vs.Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [14]

Court 16
12:00 PM
Women’s Doubles – Round 2
Margarita Gasparyan (RUS)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
vs.Darija Jurak (CRO)
Ana Konjuh (CRO)
Women’s Doubles – Round 2
Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER)
Laura Siegemund (GER)
vs.Michaella Krajicek (NED)
Barbora Strycova (CZE)
Mixed Doubles – Round 2
Andreja Klepac (SLO)
Treat Huey (PHI)
vs.Elena Vesnina (RUS) [5]
Bruno Soares (BRA) [5]
Mixed Doubles – Round 1
Tatjana Maria (GER)
Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
vs.Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)
Rohan Bopanna (IND)

Court 17
11:00 AM
Women’s Doubles – Round 2
Andreja Klepac (SLO) [11]
Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [11]
vs.Misaki Doi (JPN)
Naomi Osaka (JPN)
Men’s Doubles – Round 2
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)
David Marrero (ESP)
vs.Radek Stepanek (CZE) [12]
Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) [12]
Men’s Doubles – Round 2
Daniel Nestor (CAN) [14]
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) [14]
vs.Jonathan Erlich (ISR)
Colin Fleming (GBR)

Mixed Doubles – Round 2
T.B.D.
vs.Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)
Henri Kontinen (FIN)
Mixed Doubles – Round 2
Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) [7]
Max Mirnyi (BLR) [7]
vs.Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)

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Roland Garros Day 6 Results

Shelby Rogers photo by Tracey Lee

Shelby Rogers photo by Tracey Lee

ROLAND GARROS – PARIS, FRANCE

MAY 22 – JUNE 05 2016

RESULTS – FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016
Women’s Singles – Third Round
[2] A. Radwanska (POL) d. [30] B. Strycova (CZE) 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-2
[4] G. Muguruza (ESP) d. Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 6-3, 6-0
[6] S. Halep (ROU) d. N. Osaka (JPN) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
S. Rogers (USA) d. [10] P. Kvitova (CZE) 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-0
[21] S. Stosur (AUS) d. [11] L. Safarova (CZE) 6-3, 6-7(0), 7-5
[13] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d. [24] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-1, 6-4
T. Pironkova (BUL) d. [19] S. Stephens (USA) 6-2, 6-1
[25] I. Begu (ROU) d. A. Beck (GER) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

Women’s Doubles – First Round
Diatchenko/Voskoboeva (RUS/KAZ) d. [A] Broady/Chirico (GBR/USA) 6-1, 6-4

Women’s Doubles – Second Round
[1] Hingis/Mirza (SUI/IND) d. Hibino/Hozumi (JPN/JPN) 6-2, 6-0
[4] Babos/Shvedova (HUN/KAZ) d. Cibulkova/Flipkens (SVK/BEL) 1-4 ret.
[5] Garcia/Mladenovic (FRA/FRA) d. Beck/Wickmayer (GER/BEL) 6-4, 6-2
[6] Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. Kichenok/Kichenok (UKR/UKR) 6-1, 6-3
[7] Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. Dabrowski/Martinez Sanchez (CAN/ESP) 6-2, 7-6(5)
Krunic/Lucic-Baroni (SRB/CRO) d. [8] Atawo/Spears (USA/USA) 7-6(6), 6-3
[9] Xu/Zheng (CHN/CHN) d. Lisicki/Petkovic (GER/GER) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
[10] Goerges/Ka. Pliskova (GER/CZE) d. McHale/Vandeweghe (USA/USA) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)
Krejcikova/Siniakova (CZE/CZE) d. Liang/Wang (CHN/CHN) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Bertens/Larsson (NED/SWE) d. Irigoyen/Kania (ARG/POL) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Brengle/Maria (USA/GER) d. Cornet/Linette (FRA/POL) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1

Men’s Singles – Third Round

Andy Murray (GBR)[2] d. Ivo Karlovic (CRO)[27] 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(3)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[3] d. Jeremy Chardy (FRA)[30] 6-4, 6-3, 7-5
Kei Nishikori (JPN)[5] d. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4
Milos Raonic (CAN)[8] d. Andrej Martin (SVK) 76(4) 6-2, 6-3
Richard Gasquet (FRA)[9] d. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)[17] 6-2, 7-6(7), 6-2
John Isner (USA)[15] d. Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 76(7) 4-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
Viktor Troicki (SRB)[22] d. Gilles Simon (FRA)[16] 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d. Jack Sock (USA)[23] 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

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Murray and Wawrinka Reach French Open Fourth Round in Straight Sets

(May 27, 2016) Andy Murray did not need five sets to win on Friday at the French Open as he did in his first two matches. The No. 2 seed after playing five-set marathons in his first two rounds, beat big-serving Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (3) Friday. Murray will play American John Isner for a place in the final eight. The 15th seed Isner beat 79th-ranked Teymuraz Gabashvili 7-6(7), 4-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

The biggest news came off the court at Roland Garros, when nine-time champion Rafael Nadal held a news conference to withdraw from the tournament with a left wrist injury.

Rafael Nadal Out of French Open with Injured Left Wrist

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka beat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 to reach the round of 16.

No. 6 ranked Kei Nishikori needed five sets to survive Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4. Nishikori will play Richard Gasquet next. Gasquet straight-setted Nick Kyrgios.

 

No. 8 seed Milos Raonic overcame and painful hip to beat No. 133 ranked lucky loser Andrej Martin 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3.

 

No. 23-seeded Jack Sock fell 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to No. 55 Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a 4 hour, 11-minute marathon.

 

In women’s action, the last woman to reach the main draw by ranking cutoff, No. 108 Shelby Rogers upset No. 10 seed and two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-0 to make the fourth round. For Rogers reaching the round of 16 is her best results at a major.

 

Seeds Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep and Samantha Stosur all advanced. Halep had to rally to beat the 101st-ranked Naomi Osaka 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Last year’s finalist is out. Lucie Safarova lost to former French Open finalist Sam Stosur 6-3, 6-7 (0), 7-5.

 

No. 19 seed Sloane Stephens was dismissed by Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 6-1.

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Rafael Nadal Out of French Open with Injured Left Wrist

 

Nadal at changeover

(May 27, 2016) Nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the tournament with an injured left wrist.  The 14-time major champion called a news conference to make the announcement.

“I have to retire from the tournament because of problem in my wrist that I have had for a couple of weeks,” Nadal said.

“Yesterday I played with injection on the wrist. I could play, but yesterday night I start to feel more and more pain,” said the world No. 5.

“I did MRI. The results are not positive and the thing is it’s not 100 percent. If I keep playing it’s going to be broken the next couple of days. We took some risks with the injections. It is the tendon, and if I continue to play I would not be able to play the rest of the tournament.”

“If I go on playing, it’s going to break and that would mean months off the circuit.”

“Now is a tough moment but it’s not the end. I feel the right motivation and energy to be back at Roland Garros next couple of years.”

“We’re gonna work hard to be ready for Wimbledon. We expect to recover quick, to be ready for Wimbledon.”

He was scheduled to play his third round match on Saturday against Marcel Granollers, who will receive a walkover into the fourth round.

Nadal holds a 72-2 record in Paris.

 

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Roland Garros Day 5 Women’s Results

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ROLAND GARROS – PARIS, FRANCE
$16,474,735

MAY 22 – JUNE 05 2016

RESULTS MAY 26, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[8] Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 6-4 6-4
[26] Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Timea Babos (HUN) 6-4 6-3
[1] Serena Williams (USA) d. Teliana Pereira (BRA) 6-2 6-1
[9] Venus Williams (USA) d. Louisa Chirico (USA) 6-2 6-1
[14] Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Kurumi Nara (JPN) 7-5 6-1
[29] Daria Kasatkina (RUS) d. Virginie Razzano (FRA) 3-6 6-1 6-3
[12] Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Qiang Wang (CHN) 6-1 6-3
Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Tatjana Maria (GER) 6-3 6-7(5) 6-4
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) d. Irina Falconi (USA) 6-3 6-1
[15] Madison Keys (USA) d. Mariana Duque-Mariño (COL) 6-3 6-2
Karin Knapp (ITA) d. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 6-3 6-4
Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 6-4 6-1
[18] Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. Taylor Townsend (USA) 6-3 6-0
Monica Puig (PUR) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 7-5 6-7(4) 7-5
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) d. [28] Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-2 6-2
[22] Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Ana Konjuh (CRO) 6-4 3-6 6-0

Women’s Doubles – First Round
Krajicek/Strycova (NED/CZE) d. [12] Arruabarrena/Errani (ESP/ITA) 1-6 6-1 7-5
Bertens/Larsson (NED/SWE) d. [2] Mattek-Sands/Safarova (USA/CZE) 6-4 6-3
Krunic/Lucic-Baroni (SRB/CRO) d. Jans-Ignacik/Knoll (POL/SUI) 2-6 6-1 6-3
McHale/Vandeweghe (USA/USA) d. Dushevina/Olaru (RUS/ROU) 6-3 6-0
Doi/Osaka (JPN/JPN) d. Arcangioli/Paquet (FRA/FRA) 6-3 6-1
Gasparyan/Kuznetsova (RUS/RUS) d. [15] King/Kudryavtseva (USA/RUS) 6-2 6-3
Lisicki/Petkovic (GER/GER) d. Gibbs/Watson (USA/GBR) 6-4 6-4
Krejcikova/Siniakova (CZE/CZE) d. [16] Chuang/Hsieh (TPE/TPE) 6-2 6-4
[3] Chan/Chan (TPE/TPE) d. Bondarenko/Savchuk (UKR/UKR) 6-4 6-3
Rae/Smith (GBR/GBR) d. Kato/Nara (JPN/JPN) 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3
Cibulkova/ Flipkens (SVK/BEL) d. Georges/Lim (FRA/FRA) 6-2 6-3
[7] Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. Stosur/Zhang (AUS/CHN) 6-1 6-4

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Tennis Channel’s Signature Series: Barnstormers Set to Debut on June 2

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LOS ANGELES, May 26, 2016 – Tennis Channel’s upcoming documentary, Signature Series: Barnstormers, reveals the untold story of a small group of tennis pioneers who spent decades fighting an unjust system to ultimately create the sport’s modern Open Era. The 90-minute film debuts on Thursday afternoon, June 2, at approximately 2 p.m. ET, immediately following the network’s live coverage of the women’s singles semifinals at Roland Garros. Commonly known as the French Open, the tournament ushered in the Open Era in 1968 with its admittance of professionals vs. the majors’ traditional “amateurs only” player fields.

Narrated by renowned actor/director and passionate tennis fan Robert Redford, and written by Sports Illustrated’s award-winning Jon Wertheim, Barnstormers investigates the sport’s evolution from the 1920s until the fight for “open tennis” was won. The documentary, for the first time, brings to light an era when pro players suffered greatly for the game they loved, while so-called amateurs were accepted and supported by institutionalized tennis’ national federations with inside sponsorships and under-the-table payments. For decades the best tennis players in the world faced an excruciating reality: declare yourself a professional and forfeit your eligibility as a contender in the sport’s most hallowed events – for the rest of your life.

Tennis Channel unspools the decades-long story of tennis’ two-class system: a thread that links the pioneering Suzanne Lenglen and Bill Tilden in the 1920s to the rollicking adventures of Hall of Famers like Rod Laver, Bobby Riggs, Pancho Gonzales, Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad, Butch Buchholz, Tony Trabert and the rest of American-icon Jack Kramer’s ragtag bunch of mid-century professionals. Legends now, in their day these were stars who would play wherever they could get a gig – stretching their portable canvas tennis court out in high school gymnasiums, on roof tops and at ice-hockey rinks – while sleeping in cars before heading off overnight to the next town.

The project took three years to make and involved hundreds of hours of archival-footage research and worldwide interviews with almost every living former Barnstormer, some of whom have since passed away, including Hall of Famer player/inovator Mike Davies, to whom the film is dedicated. What emerges is a classic tale of rebels fighting to change a long-established, highly powerful system.

“Tennis Channel’s Barnstormers pulls the curtain back on an era of sports history that doesn’t get the attention it deserves, but was nevertheless vital for the very existence of the professional tennis that fans around the world enjoy today,” said Ken Solomon, president, Tennis Channel. “Jack Kramer, Pancho Gonzalez, Rod Laver and many other daring men and women risked so much for the belief that high-quality tennis was a profession in itself that should be appreciated at the sport’s highest levels. Without them there would be no Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert, Andre Agassi, Serena Williams, Roger Federer or countless other stars who have profited financially and otherwise due to the sacrifice of these visionaries.”

The pantheon of tennis is filled with all-time greats who made the decision to turn professional and sacrifice their ability to compete in the sport’s premier competitions, Althea Gibson, Fred Perry, Gussie Moran, Don Budge and Pauline Betz a handful among them. Historians Richard Evans and Steve Flink contribute to Tennis Channel’s
Barnstormers with on-air appearances by Donald Dell and Roger Federer. The film also includes many of the stars who defined the groundbreaking era, including Kramer, Rosewall, Laver, Trabert, Buchholz, Fred Stolle, Tony Roche, Mal Anderson and Pancho Segura, as well as several “lady Barnstormers” like Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals.

 

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Sofia Kenin and Ulises Blanch Lead US Juniors to Compete at the French Open Junior Championships

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 26, 2016 – Ulises Blanch, the No. 3-ranked junior in the world, and 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s National Champion and US Open girls’ finalist Sofia Kenin lead a deep field of American boys and girls currently set to compete at the French Open Junior Championships in Paris.

With 12 girls and nine boys entered into the main draw or qualifying, the U.S. has the most players entered into the Roland Garros junior draw via direct acceptance by a wide margin. China and Japan, the next-highest countries, each have eight. Additionally, two of the top three girls’ seeds will be American – No. 2 Amanda Anisimova and No. 3 Kayla Day.

American juniors will look to continue their recent success at the French Open. Three of the boys’ singles semifinalists were American last year, with Tommy Paul beating Taylor Fritz in the first all-American French Open boys’ singles final, dating back to 1947. CiCi Bellis also reached the girls’ semifinals in 2015, while Paul, William Blumberg, Caroline Dolehide and Katerina Stewart were all doubles finalists.

USTA Player Development National Coaches Leo Azevedo, Sylvain Guichard, Jamea Jackson, Henner Nehles and Adam Peterson will be providing support to all American players participating in the French Open junior championships. Players participating in the main draw will receive a $1250 grant from USTA Player Development, and those players’ full-time, personal coaches traveling with them to Paris will also receive a $1250 grant.

U.S. Girls in French Open Juniors

Main Draw

Amanda Anisimova (14, Hallandale Beach, Fla.; Coaches: Konstantin and Olga Anisimova, Nick Saviano)

Kayla Day (16, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Coaches: Henner Nehles, Mike Gennette)

Usue Arconada (17, College Park, Md.; Coach: Frank Salazar)

Sofia Kenin (17, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Coach: Alex Kenin and Stephen Huss)

Alexandra Sanford (17, Westerville, Ohio; Coach: Henner Nehles)

Maria Mateas (16; Braintree, Mass.; Coach: Calin Mateas)

Michaela Gordon (16, Los Altos Hills, Calif.; Coach: Alex Poorta)

Morgan Coppoc (17, Tulsa, Okla.; Coach: Trent Tucker)

Caty McNally (14, Cincinnati; Coach: Lynn Nabors-McNally)

#Claire Liu (16, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Coach: Adam Peterson, Mike Gennette)

#Received a special exemption main draw entry with her results at this week’s Astrid Bowl junior tournament in Belgium.

Qualifying

Ellie Douglas (15, McKinney, Texas; Coach: Luis Herrera)

Natasha Subhash (14, Fairfax, Va.; Coach: Bear Schofield)

U.S. Boys in French Open Juniors

Main Draw

Ulises Blanch (18, Pompano Beach, Fla; Coaches: Daniel Garcia, Rodrigo Alvarez, Claudio Menna)

John McNally (17, Cincinnati; Coach: Lynn Nabors-McNally)

J.J. Wolf (17, Cincinnati; Coach: David Kass)

Nathan Ponwith (18, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Coach: Lou Belken)

Sam Riffice (17, Roseville, Calif.; Coach: Lori Riffice)

Vasil Kirkov (17, Tampa, Fla.; Coaches: Leo Azevedo, Stoyan Kirkov)

*Brandon Holt (18, Rolling Hills, Calif.; Coach: Peter Lucassen)

Qualifying

Oliver Crawford (17, Spartanburg, S.C.; Coaches: Anthony Stewart, Kelly Jones)

Gianni Ross (17, Chicago; Coaches: Jack Sharpe, Robbye Poole)

* Received a main draw wild card through a reciprocal agreement with the French Tennis Federation.

 

 

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