June 30, 2016

2016 Wimbledon – Day 3 Men’s Preview

 

2016 WIMBLEDON
DAY 3 MEN’S NOTES
Wednesday 29 June

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Featured matches

2nd Round Top Half
No. 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
No. 3 Roger Federer (SUI) v (Q) Marcus Willis (GBR)
No. 5 Kei Nishikori (JPN) v Julien Benneteau (FRA)
No. 6 Milos Raonic (CAN) v Andreas Seppi (ITA)
No. 9 Marin Cilic (CRO) v Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
No. 11 David Goffin (BEL) v (Q) Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
No. 13 David Ferrer (ESP) v Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
No. 16 Gilles Simon (FRA) v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
No. 30 Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) v Daniel Evans (GBR)

1st Round Bottom Half
No. 8 Dominic Thiem (AUT) v Florian Mayer (GER)
No. 10 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Ivan Dodig (CRO)
No. 18 John Isner (USA) v Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
No. 19 Bernard Tomic (AUS) v Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

On court on Wednesday:

•    Defending champion Novak Djokovic is looking to extend his 29 Grand Slam match winning streak and take sole ownership of 3rd place on the list for most consecutive victories at the majors when he takes on birthday boy Adrian Mannarino on Centre Court.

•    Qualifier Marcus Willis takes on 7-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in just his 2nd Tour-level match in the 3rd match on Centre Court. Willis became the lowest-ranked British man to win a singles match at Wimbledon when he defeated Ricardas Berankis on Monday. Federer has never lost a Tour-level match to a player ranked as low as Willis – he has lost just once at Tour-level to a player outside the Top 200, when he fell to No. 249 Sergi Bruguera at 2000 Barcelona.

•    No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori faces an experienced, albeit currently low-ranked, player when he takes on Julien Benneteau on Court 12. The Frenchman, who missed 8 months of the Tour last year after undergoing abductor surgery, ended an 11-match Tour-level losing streak to reach the 2nd round here. A win over the 2014 US Open finalist would provide another huge confidence boost and see the world No. 547 become the lowest-ranked player to defeat Nishikori at Tour-level.

•    There are 5 former Wimbledon junior champions featuring in 2nd round action today. As well as 1998 Wimbledon boys’ singles champion Roger Federer, 2000 boys’ champion Nicolas Mahut takes on No. 13 seed David Ferrer, 2005 winner Jeremy Chardy plays Steve Johnson, 2008 winner Grigor Dimitrov tackles No. 16 seed Gilles Simon and 2009 champion Andrey Kuznetsov plays 2001 boys’ finalist Gilles Muller.

NO. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v ADRIAN MANNARINO (FRA)
Head-to-head: first meeting

Djokovic has lost to a player ranked as low as No. 55 today’s opponent on one occasion this year, when he fell to No. 55 Jiri Vesely at Monte Carlo-1000. He has not lost to a player ranked as low as today’s opponent at a Grand Slam since he was defeated by No. 75 Marat Safin in the 2nd round at 2008 Wimbledon.

Djokovic has lost just once in his last 40 matches with French players (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Toronto-1000). Overall, he has a 92-17 win-loss record against Frenchmen and has lost to French players at a Grand Slam on 2 occasions – at 2005 Wimbledon (l. Sebastien Grosjean) and at the 2010 Australian Open (l. Tsonga).

Mannarino has beaten a Top 10 player once in 16 attempts – he defeated No. 8 Stan Wawrinka in straight sets in the 3rd round at 2015 Miami-1000. He has lost all of his matches against Top 10 opposition at the Grand Slams, winning just 3 sets in 7 matches.

DJOKOVIC    v    MANNARINO

29    Age    28*
1    ATP Ranking    55
65    Titles    0
222-34    Career Grand Slam Record    18-25
53-8    Wimbledon Record    7-5
731-149    Career Record    96-123
68-15    Career Record – Grass    24-19
45-3    2016 Record    19-15
1-0    2016 Record – Grass    6-3
27-8    Career Five-Set Record    3-3
4    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
201-112    Career Tiebreak Record    36-54
13-2    2016 Tiebreak Record    2-7
*Today is Mannarino’s 28th birthday

•    Top seed and defending Wimbledon champion DJOKOVIC is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 8th straight year. The last time he lost in the 2nd round at a Grand Slam was at 2008 Wimbledon, when as No. 3 seed he was defeated by Marat Safin.

•    Djokovic advanced to the 2nd round after defeating James Ward 60 76(3) 64.

•    By winning his 1st round match, Djokovic recorded his 29th consecutive Grand Slam victory and tied Laver in 3rd place on the list for most consecutive Grand Slam match wins. Djokovic has not lost a Grand Slam match since he was defeated by Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final.

Most consecutive Grand Slam victories
Don Budge    37    1937 Wimbledon – won title at 1938 US Championships
Rod Laver    31    1962 Australian Championships – final at 1968 Roland Garros
Novak Djokovic
Rod Laver    29*
29    2015 Wimbledon – 1st round 2016 Wimbledon
1969 Australian Open – round of 16 at 1970 Wimbledon
*Streak active

•    The top seed has lost in the 2nd round at Wimbledon just once in the Open Era, when Djokovic’s coach Boris Becker fell at this stage in 1987 [see Preview page 8]. The last time the defending Wimbledon champion lost in the 2nd round was in 2013 when 2012 winner Roger Federer was defeated by Sergiy Stakhovsky.

•    Djokovic is bidding to win his 5th straight Grand Slam title and become just the 2nd man in history to win 5 successive Grand Slam events. Don Budge, who won 6 straight Grand Slam events from 1937 Wimbledon – 1938 US Championships, is the only man to achieve the feat.

•    Djokovic is bidding to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold the first 3 legs of the calendar Grand Slam [NB when the Australian Open was played in January].

•    Djokovic is bidding to win his 4th Wimbledon title and move into equal 6th place on the list for the most Wimbledon titles won in history alongside Laver, Reggie Doherty and Anthony Wilding. Just 8 men in history have won 4 or more Wimbledon titles [see Preview page 1].
•    Last year here Djokovic won his 3rd Wimbledon title, defeating Federer 76(1) 67(10) 64 63 in the final. He equalled Becker for Wimbledon titles and became the 6th man in the Open Era to win Wimbledon on 3 or more occasions.

•    Djokovic has not played a Tour-level grass court warm-up event before Wimbledon since he played at Queen’s in 2010. He is one of just 7 different men in the Open Era to have won the Wimbledon title without contesting a grass court warm-up event – in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

•    In Grand Slam play so far this year Djokovic equalled Roy Emerson’s record of 6 Australian Open titles and became the 10th man in history to win 6 or more titles at any one Grand Slam event after defeating Andy Murray in the final. He defeated Murray again in the Roland Garros final to become the 8th man in history to complete the career Grand Slam. He was the 3rd man in history to complete a non-Calendar Grand Slam after Budge and Laver.

•    Djokovic is bidding to win his 13th Grand Slam title. He has won titles at the Australian Open in 2008 (d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), 2011 (d. Murray), 2012 (d. Rafael Nadal), 2013 (d. Murray), 2015 (d. Murray) and 2016
(d. Murray), Wimbledon in 2011 (d. Nadal), 2014 (d. Federer) and 2015 (d. Federer), the US Open in 2011
(d. Nadal) and 2015 (d. Federer) and Roland Garros in 2016 (d. Murray).

•    Djokovic has won 6 titles so far this year – at Doha (d. Nadal), the Australian Open (d. Murray), Indian Wells-1000 (d. Milos Raonic), Miami-1000 (d. Kei Nishikori), Madrid-1000 (d. Murray) and Roland Garros (d. Murray) – to extend his streak of winning at least 6 titles every year since 2011. Just 3 of his 65 career singles titles have come on grass – at Wimbledon in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

•    This is Djokovic’s 12th consecutive appearance at Wimbledon and his 47th straight Grand Slam overall, which puts him in joint 8th-place with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on the list for most consecutive Grand Slam appearances in the Open Era.

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

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

•    Lefthander MANNARINO is looking to reach the 3rd round here for the 2nd time. Last year here, he lost in straight sets to Gael Monfils in the 2nd round.

•    Mannarino advanced to the 2nd round after defeating Kyle Edmund 62 75 64.

•    Mannarino’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 at 2013 Wimbledon (l. Lukasz Kubot). His 2nd round match against John Isner, which lasted 10 points and 15 minutes, was the second shortest match in terms of games at Wimbledon in the Open Era. Isner retired with a left knee injury with the score at 1-1. This is Mannarino’s 6th Wimbledon appearance and his 26th Grand Slam overall.

•    Prior to coming here, Mannarino reached the quarterfinals at ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Ivo Karlovic), the 3rd round at Nottingham (l. Andreas Seppi) and the 2nd round as a qualifier at Queen’s (l. Steve Johnson).

•    Also in 2016, Mannarino reached the semifinals at Nice (l. Dominic Thiem), the quarterfinals at Sofia (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) and Delray Beach (l. Grigor Dimitrov) and the 3rd round at Indian Wells-1000 and Miami-1000. He also won the title at the Noumeau Challenger (CAL) (d. Alejandro Falla).

•    In Grand Slam play in 2016, Mannarino fell in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Sam Groth) but reached the 2nd round at Roland Garros (d. Mikhail Kukushkin, l. Milos Raonic).

•    Mannarino reached a career-high ranking of No. 27 in July 2015 after finishing runner-up at Bogota. He plays here at No. 55.

•    Mannarino has a 3-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches. In his most recent 5-set match he won the first 2 sets of his 2nd round match with Andy Murray at the 2015 US Open, before losing 57 46 61 63 61.

•    Mannarino was one of 16 Frenchmen to start in the main draw here – an Open Era record. The previous record was 15 in 2007, 2011 and 2013.

•    Mannarino was one of 17 lefthanded players to start the men’s main draw here. The last lefthander to win the Wimbledon title was Rafael Nadal in 2010.
•    Mannarino has entered the men’s doubles here with compatriot Lucas Pouille. They will face countrymen and top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut in the 1st round.

•    Mannarino is coached by Erwann Tortuyaux. His fitness trainer is Pascal Supiot.

NO. 3 ROGER FEDERER (SUI) v (Q) MARCUS WILLIS (GBR)
Head-to-head: first meeting

A first meeting for the pair – and only Willis’ 2nd Tour-level match. Willis has won 7 matches to reach the 2nd round, having earned a wild card into qualifying by winning the LTA Wimbledon wild card play-offs.

Federer has never lost at Tour-level to a player ranked as low as No. 772 today’s opponent. The lowest-ranked player that Federer has ever lost to at Tour-level is No. 249 Sergi Bruguera at 2000 Barcelona – that is also the only occasion that Federer has lost to an opponent outside the world’s Top 200.

FEDERER    v    WILLIS

34    Age    25
3    ATP Ranking    772
88    Titles    0
303-50    Career Grand Slam Record    1-0
80-10    Wimbledon Record    1-0
1076-244    Career Record    1-0
148-22    Career Record – Grass    1-0
17-6    2016 Record    1-0
6-2    2016 Record – Grass    1-0
23-19    Career Five-Set Record    0-0
9    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
393-214    Career Tiebreak Record    0-0
7-4    2016 Tiebreak Record    0-0

•    FEDERER is looking to reach the 3rd round for the 14th time in his 18th appearance at Wimbledon. Federer is in 2nd place for the most consecutive Wimbledon appearances behind Jimmy Connors, who has 19 consecutive appearances here. Federer is also 2nd to Connors (21) for most total appearances at Wimbledon.

•    Federer advanced to the 2nd round after defeating Guido Pella 76(5) 76(3) 63 in the 1st round on Monday.

•    The only time Federer has lost before the 3rd round at a Grand Slam in his last 50 major appearances was at 2013 Wimbledon, when as No. 3 seed he was defeated by Sergiy Stakhovsky in the 2nd round.

•    Federer is bidding to become the first man in history to win 8 Wimbledon titles. He would become just the second man in history to win 8 titles at the same Grand Slam event. Rafael Nadal became the first man to achieve this feat by winning the 8th of his 9 Roland Garros titles in 2013.

•    At 34 years 336 days, Federer is looking to become the oldest man in the Open Era to win Wimbledon. He would also be the oldest man to win a Grand Slam since Ken Rosewall won the 1972 Australian Open aged 37 years 62 days.

•    Federer is also looking to close the gap on Martina Navratilova for the most Grand Slam singles wins by a man or woman. Navratilova has a 306-49 win-loss record at the Grand Slams, ahead of Federer (303-50), Chris Evert (299-37) and Serena Williams (298-42).

•    Last year here Federer reached his 10th Wimbledon final – and his 26th Grand Slam final overall – but lost to Novak Djokovic in 4-sets.

•    In 2012, Federer equalled William Renshaw and Pete Sampras’s record of 7 Wimbledon titles by winning his 17th Grand Slam title overall (d. Andy Murray). He also won the title at Wimbledon in 2003-07 and 2009.

•    Federer is in 2nd place on the Open Era list for most match-wins at Wimbledon with a 80-10 win-loss record. Jimmy Connors heads the list with an 84-18 win-loss record here.

•    Federer holds the Open Era record for the most career grass court titles with 15 titles on the surface. In addition to 7 titles at Wimbledon, his other 8 titles were won at 2003-06, 2008 and 2013-15 Halle.

•    Federer is the most successful active player on grass with a 148-22 career win-loss record.
•    In Grand Slam play this year, Federer reached the semifinals at the Australian Open (l. Djokovic) and withdrew from Roland Garros with a back injury. It was the first time he had missed a Grand Slam since the 1999 US Open and ended his record run of 65 consecutive appearances at the Grand Slams.

•    Prior to coming here Federer failed to defend his title at Halle, losing 76(4) 57 63 to Alexander Zverev in the semifinals.

•    Also in 2016, Federer reached the final at Brisbane (l. Milos Raonic) and the semfinals at Stuttgart (l. Dominic Thiem). It is the first time that he has failed to win a title before Wimbledon since 2000.

•    Federer was one of 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Wimbledon main draw – an Open Era record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s draw here. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 – set at 2016 Roland Garros.

•    Federer is coached by former world No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic and Severin Luthi.

•    Lefthanded qualifier WILLIS is making his Grand Slam – and Tour-level – singles debut at this event.

•    Willis advanced to the 2nd round after defeating Ricardas Berankis 63 63 64.

•    By winning his 1st round match, Willis became the lowest-ranked qualifier to reach the 2nd round at a Grand Slam since No. 923 Jared Palmer at the 1988 US Open. Palmer defeated wild card Jeff Tarango in the 1st round before losing to Ronald Agenor in the 2nd round.

•    Willis is also the lowest-ranked British man to win a singles match at Wimbledon. No. 661 Chris Eaton was the previous lowest-ranked British man to win a singles match here in 2008 (d. Boris Pashanski, l. Dmitry Tursunov).

•    Willis came through the LTA Wimbledon wild card play-offs without losing a set. He defeated No. 3 seed Luke Bambridge 76(8) 76(5), Jonny O’Mara 75 64 and Joe Salisbury 63 64 to earn a wild card into Wimbledon qualifying. Ranked No. 775, he was the last direct acceptance into the play-offs.

•    Willis defeated No. 4 seed Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 16 64 61, Andrey Rublev (RUS) 75 64 and Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 36 75 63 64 in the 3 rounds of qualifying. Willis failed to qualify for the singles event here as a wild card in 2009 and 2014, and did not attempt to qualify in 2010-13 or 2015.

•    Willis endured an injury-affected start to the year which limited him to just one tournament in January. As a qualifier he reached the quarterfinals of the Tunisia F1 Futures event (l. Pedro Sousa). He then took up a coaching job while continuing to train and has been playing in German and French tennis leagues.

•    Willis has won a grass-court title. In July 2013, he won the Great Britain F14 Futures (d. Neil Pauffley).

•    Willis has never faced a player ranked as high as today’s opponent. His 1st round opponent, No. 54 Berankis, is the highest-ranked player he has faced. He has won 2 of his 5 matches against Top 100 players at any level: his 1st round win here, and his win over No. 99 Sugita in the 1st round of qualifying here.

•    This year 15 British players started in the men’s and women’s singles’ draws at Wimbledon – the most since 2006 when there were also 15. 8 of them did not use wildcard entry. The last time as many as 8 British players played in the main draw at Wimbledon without using a wildcard was in 1985.

•    Willis was one of the 9 British men who started the main draw here this year – the most since 2006 when there were 10.

•    Willis was ranked No. 15 in the ITF junior rankings in 2008. He reached the 3rd round at Junior Wimbledon in 2007 (l. Gastao Elias) and 2008 (l. Bernard Tomic).

•    Willis is a tennis coach at the Warwick Boat Club.

NO. 5 KEI NISHIKORI (JPN) v JULIEN BENNETEAU (FRA)
Head-to-head: Nishikori leads 3-1
2007     Washington         Hard (O)     R32     Benneteau     62 63
2012     Australian Open     Hard (O)     R32     Nishikori     46 76(3) 76(4) 63
2013     Paris-1000        Hard (I)     R64     Nishikori     64 62
2014     Kuala Lumpur         Hard (I)     FR     Nishikori     76(4) 64

Benneteau has not defeated Nishikori since the pair met for the first time at 2007 Washington. Nishikori has won all 3 of their matches since, including the pair’s only Grand Slam meeting in the 3rd round at the 2012 Australian Open.

NISHIKORI    v    BENNETEAU

26    Age    34
6    ATP Ranking    547
11    Titles    0
53-26    Career Grand Slam Record    42-48
9-6    Wimbledon Record    10-11
277-131    Career Record    246-265
26-18    Career Record – Grass    31-34
34-10    2016 Record    1-7
2-0    2016 Record – Grass    1-1
13-5    Career Five-Set Record    9-8
2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
82-58    Career Tiebreak Record    103-99
9-5    2016 Tiebreak Record    2-3

•    NISHIKORI is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 4th time.

•    Nishikori advanced to the 2nd round here for the 5th straight year after defeating Sam Groth 64 63 75 in the 1st round on Monday. This is 8th Wimbledon and his 28th appearance at a Grand Slam.

•    Last year here Nishikori gave a walkover in the 2nd round with a left calf injury. His best Wimbledon result is reaching the round of 16 in 2014 (l. Milos Raonic). He became the first Japanese man – and the 4th Japanese player overall – to complete a set of round of 16 appearances at all four Grand Slams.

•    At the 2014 US Open, Nishikori became the first Asian male to contest a Grand Slam final after defeating three Top 10 players – Raonic, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic – in consecutive matches before falling to Marin Cilic in the title match.

•    Nishikori’s best result in 2016 is winning his 4th straight title at Memphis (d. Taylor Fritz). He also finished runner-up at Miami-1000 (l. Djokovic) and Barcelona (l. Rafael Nadal). Nishikori has won 11 career singles titles.

•    Nishikori warmed up for Wimbledon at Halle where he gave a walkover in the 2nd round to Florian Mayer due to a rib injury.

•    Nishikori’s career-best grass court results are reaching the semifinals at 2011 Eastbourne (l. Janko Tipsarevic), the quarterfinals at the 2012 Olympic Tennis Event (l. Juan Martin del Potro), the round of 16 at 2014 Wimbledon and the semifinals at 2015 Halle (l. Andreas Seppi) – the only 4 occasions in which he has won 3 consecutive Tour-level matches on grass.

•    Nishikori has never lost to a player ranked as low as No. 547 Benneteau. The lowest-ranked player he has lost to at Tour-level is No. 325 Rohan Bopanna – in 5-sets on grass in Japan’s 2008 Davis Cup tie with India in the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I second round. The lowest-ranked player Nishikori has lost to at a Grand Slam is No. 179 Daniel Evans in the 1st round at the 2013 US Open.

•    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 Wimbledon. 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 reached the quarterfinals here in 1994, joined his team in 2014.
•    BENNETEAU is bidding to reach the 3rd round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2012.
•    Benneteau recorded his first match-win at Wimbledon since 2013 by defeating Illya Marchenko 64 62 76(8) in the 1st round.
•    By defeating Marchenko in the 1st round here, Benneteau ended a 7-match losing streak at the Grand Slams. He had not previously won a match at a major since defeating Pablo Carreno Busta in 5-sets in the 1st round at the 2014 Australian Open.
•    By defeating Marchenko in the 1st round, Benneteau ended an 11-match Tour-level losing streak. He had not previously won a Tour-level match since defeating Vasek Pospisil to reach the quarterfinals at 2015 Sydney
(l. Leonardo Mayer).
•    Benneteau is bidding to record back-to-back match-wins at Tour-level for the first time since he reached the quarterfinals at 2014 Shanghai-1000 (l. Roger Federer).
•    Prior to coming here, Benneteau had lost in the 1st round in all 7 of the Tour-level events he has contested in 2016 – including at the Australian Open (l. Nicolas Almagro) and as a wild card at Roland Garros (l. Lucas Pouille). His best result in 2016 is reaching the quarterfinals as a wild card at the Noumea Challenger (CAL) (l. Alejandro Falla).
•    Benneteau missed last year’s Wimbledon with a sports hernia injury. He underwent abductor surgery on 9 June 2015 and, having missed 8 months of the season, returned at the Noumea Challenger in January 2016. He dropped as low as No. 696 in the rankings in January – his lowest ranking since March 2000 – but plays here at No. 547. He gained entry to Wimbledon using a protected ranking of No. 39.
•    Benneteau warmed up for Wimbledon at Nottingham, where he fell to Ivan Dodig in the 1st round. It was his first Tour-level appearance on a grass court since he fell in the 1st round at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Gilles Muller).
•    Benneteau’s best Grand Slam result is a quarterfinal finish ranked No. 95 at 2006 Roland Garros (l. Ivan Ljubicic). This is his 12th Wimbledon and his 49th major overall.
•    Benneteau’s best Wimbledon result is reaching the round of 16 as No. 32 seed in 2010 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga).
•    Benneteau has never won a Tour-level career singles title, although he has been a runner-up on 10 occasions, at 2008 Lyon, 2008 Casablanca, 2009 Kitzbuhel, 2010 Marseille, 2011 Winston-Salem, 2012 Sydney, 2013 Rotterdam and at Kuala Lumpur in 2012-14.
•    Benneteau has won 10 career doubles titles – including the 2014 Roland Garros title with Edouard Roger-Vasselin. The pair entered the men’s doubles event here and will face Marc Lopez/Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the 1st round.
•    Benneteau is coached by his brother, Antoine Benneteau.

NO. 6 MILOS RAONIC (CAN) v ANDREAS SEPPI (ITA)
Head-to-head: Raonic leads 1-0
2013     Davis Cup (WG-QF)     Hard (I)     R4     Raonic         64 64 36 75
2014     Hopman Cup          Hard (I)     R1     Raonic         62 64

Raonic and Seppi’s only previous Tour-level meeting came in a 2013 Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal, with Raonic winning in 4-sets. The pair also met while representing their nations at the 2014 Hopman Cup.

RAONIC    v    SEPPI

25    Age    32
7    ATP Ranking    45
8    Titles    3
52-21    Career Grand Slam Record    44-45
11-5    Wimbledon Record    14-11
239-111    Career Record    305-321
23-14    Career Record – Grass    47-34
32-8    2016 Record    16-14
5-1    2016 Record – Grass    6-3
6-5    Career Five-Set Record    20-15
0    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    4
152-92    Career Tiebreak Record    110-142
17-5    2016 Tiebreak Record    5-5

•    RAONIC has maintained his record of always reaching the 2nd round here. He is bidding to reach the 3rd round for the 3rd successive year.

•    Raonic advanced to the 2nd round with a 76(4) 62 64 win over clay-court specialist Pablo Carreno Busta.

•    Raonic has lost in the 2nd round here in 3 of his 5 previous appearances – in 2011 (l. Gilles Muller), 2012 (l. Sam Querrey) and 2013 (l. Igor Sijsling).

•    Last year here as No. 7 seed, Raonic fell to Nick Kyrgios in the 3rd round. This is his 6th straight appearance at Wimbledon and his 22nd appearance at a Grand Slam overall.

•    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.

•    At the Grand Slams in 2016, Raonic became the first Canadian man in history to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open and reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas).

•    Prior to coming here, Raonic reached his first grass court final at Queen’s (l. Murray).

•    Raonic’s 2016 highlights also include winning his 8th career title at Brisbane, where he recorded his 2nd career win over Federer in the final, and finishing runner-up at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Novak Djokovic).

•    Raonic plays here at No. 6 – his highest seeding at Wimbledon. His highest Grand Slam seeding came at the 2014 US Open, where he was seeded No. 5.

•    Raonic has only lost one match to an Italian opponent. That defeat came at 2015 Marseille when he lost 64 36 76(3) to Simone Bolelli. He has an 11-1 win-loss record against Italians overall.

•    Raonic was born in Montenegro but moved to Canada in 1994. He started playing tennis age 8.

•    Raonic added 3-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe to his coaching team at 2016 Queen’s. He also works with former world No. 1 Carlos Moya, who reached the round of 16 here in 2004, and Ricardo Piatti. His fitness trainer is Dalibor Sirola and his physiotherapist is Claudio Zimaglia.

•    SEPPI is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 3rd time in the last 4 years.

•    Seppi advanced to the 2nd round thanks to a 62 64 60 win over Guillermo Garia-Lopez.

•    Seppi’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 on four occasions – at 2012 Roland Garros
(l. Novak Djokovic), 2013 Wimbledon (l. Juan Martin del Potro) and at the Australian Open in 2013 (l. Jeremy Chardy) and 2015 (l. Nick Kyrgios).

•    Last year here, Seppi fell in the 3rd round (l. Andy Murray). This is his 12th Wimbledon appearance and 46th major overall.

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Seppi reached the 3rd round at the Australian Open (l. Djokovic) and fell in the 1st round at Roland Garros (l. Ernests Gulbis).

•    Prior to coming here, Seppi played at ’s-Hertogenbosch, where he fell in the 1st round (l. Adrian Mannarino), at Halle where he reached the quarterfinals (l. Florian Mayer) and at Nottingham, where he lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Steve Johnson. Also in 2016, Seppi reached the quarterfinals at Sofia (l. Martin Klizan) and Nice (l. Dominic Thiem).

•    Seppi is looking to record just his 2nd win over a Top 10 opponent at a Grand Slam. His only previous win against a Top 10 player at a major was at the 2015 Australian Open when he defeated Federer to reach the round of 16.

•    Seppi is one of 24 grass court titlists to start in the 2016 Wimbledon men’s main draw. He lifted the trophy at 2011 Eastbourne (d. Janko Tipsarevic). He is the only Italian man to win a grass court title in the Open Era. He has won 3 career singles titles.

•    Seppi is 1 of the 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Wimbledon main draw. This is a Wimbledon record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s singles event. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 at 2016 Roland Garros.

•    Seppi has entered the doubles draw here alongside compatriot Fabio Fognini. The pair play No. 9 seeds Dominic Inglot/Daniel Nestor in the 1st round.

•    Seppi has been coached by Massimo Sartori since 1995. His fitness trainer is Dalibar Sirola.

NO. 8 DOMINIC THIEM (AUT) v FLORIAN MAYER (GER)
Head-to-head: Mayer leads 1-0
2016    Halle     Grass (O)     SF     Mayer     63 64

Florian Mayer won the pair’s only previous meeting, on grass in the semifinals at Halle earlier this month.

Thiem and Mayer are 2 of the pre-Wimbledon tournament winners. Thiem won the title at Stuttgart, while Mayer lifted the trophy at Halle.

THIEM    v    MAYER

22    Age    32
8    ATP Ranking     80
7    Titles    2
16-10    Career Grand Slam Record    36-37
1-2    Wimbledon Record    15-9
111-70    Career Record    228-221
8-7    Career Record – Grass    33-18
47-12    2016 Record    7-4
6-1    2016 Record – Grass    6-1
2-2    Career Five-Set Record    8-5
1    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    3
48-44    Career Tiebreak Record    81-74
18-10    2016 Tiebreak Record    3-2

•    THIEM is bidding to reach the 2nd round and equal his best Wimbledon performance.

•    Last year here Thiem reached the 2nd round (d. Dudi Sela, l. Fernando Verdasco). On his only other appearance here in 2014 he lost to Luke Saville in the 1st round. This is his 3rd Wimbledon appearance and his 11th Grand Slam overall.

•    Thiem’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals at 2016 Roland Garros (l. Novak Djokovic). He became the 3rd Austrian man in history to reach a Grand Slam semifinal after Thomas Muster and Jurgen Melzer. He broke into the Top 10 for the first time at No. 7 as a result and plays here at No. 8.

•    Also in Grand Slam play in 2016 Thiem recorded a 3rd round finish at the Australian Open (l. David Goffin).

•    Thiem warmed up for Wimbledon by winning his first grass court title at Stuttgart (d. Philipp Kohlschreiber) and reaching the semifinals at Halle (l. today’s opponent).

•    Thiem’s title victory at Stuttgart ensured he has won titles on 3 different surfaces in 2016. He also won the titles at Buenos Aires (d. Nicolas Almagro), Acapulco (d. Bernard Tomic) and Nice (d. Alexander Zverev). He has won 47 matches so far in 2016 – the most of any player.

•    Thiem is a former junior world No. 2. He reached the boys’ singles final at Roland Garros as No. 14 seed in 2011, losing to Bjorn Fratangelo 36 63 86. 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 trainer is Alex Stober.

•    MAYER is looking for his first match-win at Wimbledon since 2012. Last year here he lost to Juan Monaco in the 1st round.

•    Mayer’s Grand Slam highlight is reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2004 (l. Sebastien Grosjean) and 2012 (l. Novak Djokovic). This is his 10th Wimbledon appearance and his 38th Grand Slam overall.

•    Prior to coming here Mayer won his 2nd career title at Halle (d. Alexander Zverev) – 5 years after he won his first title at 2011 Bucharest (d. Pablo Andujar). At No. 192 he was the lowest-ranked player to win a title since No. 240 Nicolas Mahut at 2013 ‘s-Hertogenbosch. He also reached the quarterfinals as a qualifier at Stuttgart (l. Roger Federer).

•    Mayer spent 12 months off the Tour between April 2014 and March 2015 with a groin injury He played 13 tournaments in 2015, finishing his season when he retired at the US Open with a torn right adductor tendon which kept him off the Tour until April 2016.

•    In Grand Slam play this year Mayer missed the Australian Open due to a right adductor injury and lost to Malek Jaziri in the 1st round at Roland Garros.

•    Mayer is bidding to end a 10-match losing streak against Top 10 players at the Grand Slams. He has recorded just one victory over a Top 10 player at the majors – when he defeated No. 3 Guillermo Coria in the 2nd round at 2004 Wimbledon. He has a 1-11 win-loss record against Top 10 players at the majors overall.

•    Mayer is on a 5-match winning streak in 5-set matches. He has an 8-5 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall and a 2-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon.

•    Mayer is one of the 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Wimbledon main draw. This is a Wimbledon record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s singles event. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 at 2016 Roland Garros.

•    Mayer is coached by Tobias Summerer.

NO. 9 MARIN CILIC (CRO) v SERGIY STAKHOVSKY (UKR)
Head-to-head: Cilic leads 3-0
2007     Roland Garros Qualifying Draw     Clay (O)     R32     Cilic     62 60
2010     Paris Open             Hard (I)     R32     Cilic    64 46 63
2012     Cincinnati             Hard (O)     R64     Cilic    63 46 64
2013     Chennai             Hard (O)     R16     Cilic    46 62 63

Cilic has won all 3 of the pair’s Tour-level meetings – but Stakhovsky has won a set on each of those occasions. The pair have never met in the main draw at a Grand Slam, but did meet in the final round of qualifying for 2007 Roland Garros.

Cilic has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 94 Stakhovsky at Wimbledon since he fell to No. 145 Arnaud Clement in 2008.

CILIC    v    STAKHOVSKY

27    Age    30
13    ATP Ranking    94
14    Titles    4
78-32    Career Grand Slam Record    19-29
18-8    Wimbledon Record    6-7
362-199    Career Record    155-183
45-22    Career Record – Grass    23-22
20-13    2016 Record    5-8
4-2    2016 Record – Grass    3-2
23-9    Career Five-Set Record    9-6
4    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
134-122    Career Tiebreak Record    78-74
7-12    2016 Tiebreak Record    2-2

•    CILIC is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 6th time. He advanced to the 2nd round after defeating Brian Baker 63 75 63 in the 1st round on Monday.

•    Last year here Cilic equalled his best Wimbledon result by reaching the quarterfinals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. He also reached the last 8 in 2014, losing to Djokovic in 5 sets. This is his 10th straight Wimbledon appearance and his 35th Grand Slam overall.

•    Cilic won his first major title at the 2014 US Open, defeating Kei Nishikori in the final. He was the first Croatian to win a Grand Slam title since Goran Ivanisevic at 2001 Wimbledon. 6 Grand Slam champions started this year’s men’s main draw.

•    Prior to coming here, Cilic reached the semifinals at Queen’s (l. Andy Murray) but lost to Radek Stepanek in the 2nd round at Stuttgart (following a 1st round bye).

•    In Grand Slam play in 2016, Cilic reached the 3rd round at the Australian Open (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) but fell in the 1st round to Marco Trungelliti at Roland Garros. It was the 7th time he had lost in the 1st round at a major in 34 Grand Slam events.

•    Cilic’s best result in 2016 is reaching the finals at Marseille (l. Nick Kyrgios) and Geneva (l. Stan Wawrinka).

•    Cilic has won 14 career singles titles, most recently at 2015 Moscow (d. Roberto Bautista Agut). Just one of his titles has come on grass – at 2012 Queen’s when he defeated David Nalbandian by default. Cilic was trailing 76(3) 3-4 when Nalbandian was defaulted for unsportsmanlike conduct after kicking the front of a sponsor’s advertising board which struck a linesman’s leg.

•    In 2012 Cilic contested the 2nd longest men’s singles match in Wimbledon history, defeating Sam Querrey 76(6) 64 67(2) 67(3) 1715 in the 3rd round in 5 hours 31 minutes. He has won 5 of his 8 five-set matches at Wimbledon and has a 23-9 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Cilic reached the quarterfinals of the boys’ singles at 2005 Wimbledon (l. Robin Haase). He finished the year at No. 2 in the ITF Junior Rankings behind Donald Young after winning junior Roland Garros (d. Antal van der Duim) and reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and the US Open.
•    Cilic is coached by 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic.

•    STAKHOVSKY is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 3rd time and equal his best Grand Slam result.

•    Stakhovsky recorded his first Grand Slam match-win since the 2015 US Open after defeating qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 63 64 64 in the 1st round.

•    Stakhovsky’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the 3rd round on 6 occasions – at the US Open in 2010
(l. Feliciano Lopez) and 2015 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), the 2011 Australian Open (l. Tommy Robredo), 2011 Roland Garros (l. David Ferrer) and at Wimbledon in 2013 (l. Jurgen Melzer) and 2014 (l. Jeremy Chardy). This is his 8th appearance at Wimbledon and his 30th Grand Slam appearance overall.

•    Stakhovsky scored one of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history in 2014 when he defeated defending champion and No. 3 seed Roger Federer 67(5) 76(5) 75 76(5) in the 2nd round. It was his first victory over a Top 10 player in 23 attempts.

•    Stakhovsky’s best result on grass is winning the title at 2010 ’s-Hertogenbosch (d. Janko Tipsarevic) – one of his 4 career titles.

•    Stakhovsky warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the 2nd round as a qualifier at both Stuttgart (d. Jan Choinski,
l. Mikhail Youzhny) and Halle (d. Denis Kudla, l. David Goffin). He also reached the quarterfinals at the Manchester Challenger (GBR) (l. Yen-Hsun Lu).

•    Stakhovsky is bidding to record back-to-back Tour-level match-wins for the first time since he reached the 3rd round at the 2015 US Open.

•    Stakhovsky’s best Tour-level results in 2016 are reaching the 2nd round at Marseille (d. Feliciano Lopez, l. Stan Wawrinka), Miami-1000 (d. Nicolas Jarry, l. Jack Sock), Stuttgart and Halle. On the Challenger circuit, he also won the title at Seoul (KOR) (d. Lu).

•    Stakhovsky reached a career-high ranking of No. 31 in September 2010. He dropped to No.122 in the rankings this April – his lowest ranking since October 2009. He returned to the Top 100 after winning the Seoul Challenger and plays here at No. 94.

•    Stakhovsky is bidding to end a 12-match losing streak against Top 20 opposition. He has not defeated a Top 20 player since he defeated No. 7 Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals at 2015 Marseille. Stakhovsky has won 2 of the 3 matches he has played against Top 20 opposition at Wimbledon – defeating No. 3 Federer in 2013 and No. 10 Gulbis in 2014. He has 3-10 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition at the majors overall.

•    Stakhovsky is currently without a coach, having split with former player Fabrice Santoro in February 2016.

NO. 10 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE) v IVAN DODIG (CRO)
Head-to-head: Berdych leads 1-0
2011     Chennai     Hard (O)     R16     Berdych    62 64

Berdych won the pair’s only previous meeting in straight sets at 2011 Chennai.

Berdych and Dodig are 2 of the 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Wimbledon main draw. This is a Wimbledon record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s singles event. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 at 2016 Roland Garros.

BERDYCH    v    DODIG

30    Age    31
9    ATP Ranking     74
12    Titles    1
125-51    Career Grand Slam Record    15-22
32-12    Wimbledon Record    4-4
565-295    Career Record    118-138
53-24    Career Record – Grass    17-13
23-12    2016 Record    7-10
0-1    2016 Record – Grass    1-2
19-8    Career Five-Set Record    6-5
2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    2
188-157    Career Tiebreak Record    59-53
6-6    2016 Tiebreak Record    6-1

•    2010 finalist BERDYCH is contesting his 13th consecutive Wimbledon. Last year here as No. 6 seed he fell in the round of 16 (l. Gilles Simon).

•    Berdych has lost in the 1st round here twice before – on his Wimbledon debut in 2004 (l. Julien Benneteau) and in 2012 (l. Ernests Gulbis).

•    Berdych’s best result here – and at a Grand Slam – came as No. 12 seed in 2010 when he finished runner-up. He defeated No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals before losing to Rafael Nadal 63 75 64 in the final.

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Berdych reached his 6th straight quarterfinal at the Australian Open (l. Federer) and his 3rd career quarterfinal at Roland Garros (l. Djokovic).

•    Also in 2016, Berdych reached the semifinals at Doha (l. Djokovic) and Marseille (l. Nick Kyrgios) and the quarterfinals at Dubai (l. Kyrgios), Miami-1000 (l. Djokovic) and Madrid-1000 (l. Andy Murray).

•    Berdych warmed up for Wimbledon at Halle, where he fell to Marcos Baghdatis in the 1st round.

•    1 of Berdych’s 12 career singles titles has come on grass – at 2007 Halle (d. Marcos Baghdatis).

•    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 sits in 2nd place behind Roger Federer (59) on the list for the most consecutive seedings at a Grand Slam with 44. He plays here seeded No. 10 – his lowest Grand Slam seeding since 2010 Wimbledon when he was seeded No. 12.

•    Since making his debut at the 2003 US Open, Berdych has played in every Grand Slam event. This is his 52nd straight Grand Slam appearance which puts him in 6th place on the men’s list for the longest streak of Open Era Grand Slam singles appearances.

•    Berdych has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 74 Dodig at a Grand Slam since he fell to No. 109 Gael Monfils in the 1st round at 2013 Roland Garros. He has twice lost to a player ranked as low as Dodig at Wimbledon – falling in the 1st round to No. 80 Julien Benneteau in 2004 and No. 87 Ernests Gulbis in 2012.

•    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.

•    DODIG is competing in singles at Wimbledon for the first time since 2013.
•    Dodig failed to qualify here last year, falling to Horacio Zeballos in the final round of qualifying. He missed 2014 Wimbledon with a rib injury.

•    Dodig’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 here in 2013 (l. David Ferrer), when he benefitted from the retirements of Philipp Kohlshcreiber in the 1st round and Igor Sijsling in the 3rd round. He was the 5th Croatian man in the Open Era to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon. He also reached his first Grand Slam doubles final at 2013 Wimbledon with Marcelo Melo, falling to No. 1 seeds Bob/Mike Bryan.

•    In Grand Slam play in 2016, Dodig reached the 2nd round at Roland Garros (d. Mikhail Youzhny, l. Fernando Verdasco) but fell in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Quentin Halys).

•    Dodig’s best result in 2016 is reaching the quarterfinals at Munich (l. Dominic Thiem) – the only time he has recorded back-to-back Tour-level match-wins in 2016. He also reached the final at the Canberra Challenger (AUS) (l. Paolo Lorenzi) and the semifinals at the Irving Challenger (USA) (l. Marcel Granollers).

•    Dodig has lost 15 of his last 16 matches against Top 10 opposition. His only win against a Top 10 player in that time came against No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 2013 Tokyo. Dodig has defeated a Top 10 player on grass once before – when he defeated No. 5 Tsonga at 2012 Queen’s.

•    Dodig’s best Grand Slam win came against No. 18 Kohlschreiber – the No. 16 seed – in the 1st round here in 2013. Prior to then, the last time he defeated a seeded opponent at a Grand Slam was at the 2010 US Open when he defeated No. 27 Fernando Gonzalez. He has a 4-8 record against seeded opposition at the majors.

•    Dodig warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the 2nd round at Nottingham (d. Julien Benneteau, l. Kevin Anderson)  after a 1st round defeat at ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Tatsuma Ito). He is a former grass court finalist – finishing runner up as No. 4 seed at 2011 ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Dmitry Tursunov).

•    Dodig entered the men’s doubles here as No. 5 seed with Melo. The pair will play Paul Henri Mathieu/Benoit Paire in the 1st round.

•    Dodig has played Davis Cup since 2002 and has a 13-26 overall win-loss record. He won the doubles alongside Franko Skugor in Croatia’s 3-2 World Group first round tie against Belgium in March. Croatia will play USA in the World Group quarterfinals in Portland on 15-17 July.

•    Dodig is coached by his brother, Mladen Dodig.

NO. 11 DAVID GOFFIN (BEL) v (Q) EDOUARD ROGER-VASSELIN (FRA)
Head-to-head: first Tour-level meeting
2008     Mons Challenger     Hard (I)     R32    Roger-Vasselin    61 63
2012     Le Gosier Challenger     Hard (O)     SF     Goffin         75 64

Goffin and Roger-Vasselin have never met at Tour-level but have played twice in Challenger events, each recording one win.

Goffin has never lost to a player ranked as low as No. 186 Roger-Vasselin at a major. The lowest-ranked player to defeat him at a Grand Slam is No. 78 Marcos Baghdatis at the 2015 Australian Open. The last time Goffin lost to a player ranked this low at Tour-level was at 2014 Casablanca when he was defeated by No. 273 Roberto Carballes Baena.

GOFFIN    v    ROGER-VASSELIN

25    Age    32
11    ATP Ranking    186
2    Titles    0
23-16    Career Grand Slam Record    15-24
6-4    Wimbledon Record    4-7
122-91    Career Record    84-124
12-13    Career Record – Grass    16-18
29-12    2016 Record    2-2
3-1    2016 Record – Grass    1-0
7-3    Career Five-Set Record    3-6
1    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
36-39    Career Tiebreak Record    40-53
8-9    2016 Tiebreak Record    2-0

•    GOFFIN reached the 2nd round after defeating wild card Alexander Ward 62 63 62 in the 1st round on Monday. This is his 5th straight appearance at Wimbledon and his 17th appearance at a Grand Slam overall.

•    Last year here, Goffin recorded his best Wimbledon result by reaching the round of 16 (l. Stan Wawrinka). He was only the 4th Belgian man in the Open Era to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon after Dick Norman, Xavier Malisse and Olivier Rochus.

•    Goffin’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals at 2016 Roland Garros (l. Dominic Thiem). He was just the 2nd Belgian man to reach the last 8 at Roland Garros after Filip Dewulf (1997-98) and only the 3rd Belgian man in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal after Dewulf and Malisse (2002 Wimbledon).

•    Also in Grand Slam play this year, Goffin reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. Roger Federer). He was the 4th Belgian man to reach the last 16 at the Australian Open and the first since Rochus in 2005.

•    Also in 2016, Goffin reached the semifinals at back-to-back Masters-1000 events at Indian Wells
(l. Milos Raonic) and Miami (l. Novak Djokovic). He plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 11, first achieved after he reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

•    Goffin is bidding to record back-to-back Tour-level match-wins on grass for the 5th time. He warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at Halle (l. Federer).

•    Goffin’s career-best results on grass are reaching the final at 2015 ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Nicolas Mahut) and the round of 16 at 2015 Wimbledon.

•    Goffin plays here as No. 11 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 and Thomas Johansson. He trains at the Belgian Tennis Federation in Mons.

•    Qualifier ROGER-VASSELIN defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili 16 63 64 64 in the 1st round to record his first Grand Slam victory since the 2015 Australian Open.
•    This is Roger-Vasselin’s first Grand Slam singles appearance since 2015 Roland Garros. He failed to qualify at 2015 Wimbledon, the 2015 US Open and the 2016 Australian Open. This is his 8th Wimbledon appearance and his 25th Grand Slam overall.

•    Roger-Vasselin defeated Eduardo Struvay (COL) 64 63, Julian Reister (GER) 61 76(3) and Dennis Novak (AUT) 26 75 76(5) 64 to qualify for the Wimbledon main draw for the 5th time. He heads the list together with Alejandro Falla, Ken Flach and Jimmy Wang for most successful attempts to qualify for Wimbledon.

•    Roger-Vasselin is bidding to reach the 3rd round and equal his best Grand Slam performance. He has reached the 3rd round as a wild card at 2007 Roland Garros (l. Juan Monaco), as a qualifier at 2007 Wimbledon (l. Richard Gasquet) and as a direct acceptance at the 2014 Australian Open (l. Kevin Anderson).

•    Roger-Vasselin has been struggling with a hip injury over the past year and has played a limited schedule. This is just his 3rd Tour-level event of the year. He reached the 2nd round as a qualifier at Montpellier
(d. Gael Monfils, l. John Millman) and lost his opening match as a lucky loser at Barcelona (l. Radek Stepanek). He failed to qualify at 6 other events this year and contested 2 Challenger events.

•    Roger-Vasselin’s victory over No. 17 Monfils in the 1st round at 2016 Montpellier ended a run of 5 straight defeats against Top 20 opposition. He has a 7-39 Tour-level win-loss record against Top 20 opponents overall.

•    Roger-Vasselin is bidding to record his 3rd victory over a Top 20 player at a Grand Slam having defeated No. 20 Juan Ignacio Chela in the 2nd round at 2007 Wimbledon and No. 17 Tommy Robredo in the 1st round at the 2015 Australian Open. He has a 2-11 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition overall at the majors.

•    Roger-Vasselin is a former Top 40 player having reached a career-high ranking of No. 35 in February 2014. He plays here at No. 186.

•    Roger-Vasselin has won 11 career doubles titles including 2014 Roland Garros with Julien Benneteau (d. Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez). They became the first French pairing to win the Roland Garros men’s doubles title since Henri Leconte/Yannick Noah in 1984.

•    Roger-Vasselin has entered the men’s doubles here with Benneteau. They will play Lopez/Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the 1st round.

•    Roger-Vasselin’s father, Christophe, reached the semifinals at 1983 Roland Garros, defeating Jimmy Connors in the quarterfinals before losing to Yannick Noah. The Roger-Vasselins are one of 4 father and son pairs to rank in the Top 100 of the ATP World Tour Rankings along with Phil and Taylor Dent, Leif and Joachim Johansson and Fred and Sandon Stolle.

•    Roger-Vasselin is currently without a coach.

NO. 13 DAVID FERRER (ESP) v NICOLAS MAHUT (FRA)
Head-to-head: Ferrer leads 1-0
2011     Paris-1000    Hard (I)     R32     Ferrer     64 64

Ferrer won the pair’s only previous meeting in 2011. The pair has never met on grass but both are multiple winners of the ’s-Hertogenbosch tournament.

Ferrer and Mahut are 2 of the 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Wimbledon main draw. This is a Wimbledon record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s singles event. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 at 2016 Roland Garros.

FERRER    v    MAHUT

34    Age    34
14    ATP Ranking    51
26    Titles    4
138-53    Career Grand Slam Record    22-42
26-12    Wimbledon Record    7-10
680-324    Career Record    148-186
41-20    Career Record – Grass    61-34
23-13    2016 Record    15-13
2-2    2016 Record – Grass    6-1
20-11    Career Five-Set Record    3-8
4    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
153-135    Career Tiebreak Record    74-103
6-4    2016 Tiebreak Record    6-7

•    FERRER is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 8th time. The last time he lost at a Grand Slam before the 3rd round was on his last appearance here in 2014.

•    Ferrer advanced to the 2nd round after defeating Dudi Sela 62 61 61 in the 1st round on Monday.

•    Ferrer missed Wimbledon last year with an elbow injury, bringing an end to his run of 50 consecutive Grand Slam appearances. He sits in 7th place on the Open Era list for the most consecutive appearances at the majors.

•    Ferrer’s best Wimbledon result is a quarterfinal finish as No. 7 seed in 2012 (l. Andy Murray) and as No. 4 seed in 2013 (l. Juan Martin del Potro).

•    Ferrer’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the 2013 Roland Garros final (l. Rafael Nadal). He set an Open Era record for most appearances at a major before reaching the final (42).

•    Ferrer warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Gilles Muller) (after receiving a 1st round bye) but fell in the 1st round at Halle (l. Andreas Seppi).

•    Ferrer was one of 24 grass court titlists to start in the 2016 Wimbledon men’s main draw. He lifted the trophy at
’s-Hertogenbosch as top seed in both 2008 (d. Marc Gicquel) and 2012 (d. Philipp Petzschner). He has won 26 Tour-level titles overall.

•    At the Grand Slams in 2016, Ferrer reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open (l. Murray) and the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Tomas Berdych). It was his earliest exit at Roland Garros since he fell in the round of 16 in 2011.

•    Also in 2016, Ferrer reached the semifinals at Auckland (l. Jack Sock), Buenos Aires (l. Nicolas Almagro) and Geneva (l. Marin CIlic).

•    Ferrer dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time since October 2010 in May after losing in the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Lucas Pouille),

•    Ferrer has won 4 of his last 5 matches against French players at Wimbledon. His only defeat in that time came to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the round of 16 at 2011 Wimbledon.
•    Ferrer has twice lost to a player ranked as low as today’s opponent at Wimbledon – falling to No. 81 Garcia-Lopez in the 1st round in 2005 and to No. 118 Andrey Kuznetsov in the 2nd round in 2014.

•    Ferrer is coached by Francisco Fogues.

•    MAHUT is bidding to reach the 3rd round here and equal his best Wimbledon – and Grand Slam – performance. He advanced to the 2nd round here after defeating Brydan Klein 76(0) 64 64 in the opening round.

•    Mahut’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 3rd round here in 2006 (l. Roger Federer), at the 2012 Australian Open (l. Novak Djokovic) and twice at Roland Garros – in 2012 (l. Federer) and 2015 (l. Gilles Simon).

•    Last year here, Mahut defeated Filip Krajinovic in the 1st round, before falling in the 2nd round to Tomas Berdych.

•    Mahut’s best result in 2016 is successfully defending the title at ’s-Hertogenbosch as a wild card (d. Gilles Muller). He also reached the semifinals as a qualifier at Rotterdam (l. Martin Klizan) and the quarterfinals as a qualifier at Sydney (l. Viktor Troicki). These are the only times this year that Mahut has record back-to-back Tour-level match-wins.

•    As well as winning ’s-Hertogenbosch, Mahut also warmed up for Wimbledon at Queen’s but lost in the opening round to eventual champion Andy Murray.

•    In Grand Slam play in 2016, Mahut reached the 2nd round at the Australian Open (l. Gael Monfils) and at Roland Garros where he was forced to retire with a left knee injury when trailing Marcel Granollers 63 62 1-0.

•    Mahut has won just one of his last 10 matches against seeded opponents at Grand Slams. That win came against No. 24 Ernests Gulbis at 2015 Roland Garros. He has a 4-24 win-loss record against seeds at the majors.

•    Mahut has never defeated a Spanish player at a Grand Slam. He has lost all 6 of his previous meetings with Spanish opposition at the majors.

•    Mahut was one of 24 grass court titlists to start in the 2016 Wimbledon men’s main draw. He has won 3 titles at ’s-Hertogenbosch – in 2013 (d. Stan Wawrinka), 2015 (d. David Goffin) and this year (d. Muller), and also 2013 Newport (d. Lleyton Hewitt). All four of his career titles have come on grass.

•    Mahut was one of 16 Frenchmen to start the men’s singles draw at Wimbledon this year – an Open Era record. The previous record was 15 in 2007, 2011 and 2013.

•    Mahut has not defeated a player ranked as high as No. 14 today’s opponent since he defeated No. 10 Stan Wawrinka at 2013 ’s-Hertogenbosch.

•    Mahut is a Grand Slam doubles champion. Playing alongside Pierre-Hugues Herbert, he won the US Open men’s doubles title in 2015 (d. Jamie Murray/John Peers). Mahut and Herbert became the first all-French team in history to win the US Open men’s doubles title. The pair has entered the doubles here and are top seeds. They will face Adrian Mannarino/Lucas Pouille in the first round.

•    In 2010, as a qualifier, Mahut lost to John Isner 64 36 67(7) 76(3) 7068 in the 1st round in the longest tennis match in history in terms of number of games and duration. The match lasted 11 hours 5 minutes and totalled 183 games. The final set alone lasted 8 hours 11 minutes. Mahut served 103 aces in the match and Isner 113, which broke all records for number of aces served in a men’s singles match.

•    Mahut is coached by Mark Woodforde, who won 6 men’s doubles titles and a mixed doubles title here, in doubles and Jerome Haehnel, who lost in the 1st round here in 2005, and Gabriel Urpi in singles.

NO. 16 GILLES SIMON (FRA) v GRIGOR DIMITROV (BUL)
Head-to-head: Simon leads 5-1
2009     Marseille             Hard (I)     R32     Simon         46 63 75
2009     Queen’s             Grass (O)     R32     Simon        76(7) 76(5)
2012     Nice                 Clay (O)     R16     Simon         63 63
2012     Olympic Tennis Event – London     Grass (O)     R32     Simon         63 63
2016     Brisbane             Hard (O)     R32     Dimitrov     63 76(10)
2016    Monte Carlo-1000        Clay (O)     R32     Simon         64 63

The pair have met on 6 occasions, with Simon winning 5 of those matches including the 2 that have been played on grass – at 2009 Queen’s and at the 2012 Olympic Tennis Event.

Dimitrov won the first of their 2 meetings in 2016 – at Brisbane – but Simon won their most recent match at Monte Carlo-1000.

SIMON    v    DIMITROV

31    Age    25
20    ATP Ranking    37
12    Titles    4
71-40    Career Grand Slam Record    29-23
17-10    Wimbledon Record    11-6
391-270    Career Record    196-130
38-27    Career Record – Grass    27-18
19-14    2016 Record    19-14
2-2    2016 Record – Grass    1-2
19-11    Career Five-Set Record    4-5
2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
124-129    Career Tiebreak Record    80-69
7-6    2016 Tiebreak Record    12-5

•    SIMON advanced to the 2nd round here for the 9th time after defeating Janko Tipsarevic 46 64 75 63 in the 1st round.

•    Simon’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals at the 2009 Australian Open (l. Rafael Nadal) and at 2015 Wimbledon (l. Roger Federer). This is Simon’s 11th appearance at Wimbledon and his 41st Grand Slam overall.

•    Prior to coming here, Simon reached the quarterfinals at Stuttgart (l. Juan Martin del Potro) but lost in the 1st round at Queen’s (l. Kyle Edmund).

•    Also in 2016, Simon reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open, where he lost in 5-sets to Novak Djokovic, and the quarterfinals at Miami-1000 (l. David Goffin). He reached the 3rd round at Roland Garros (l. Viktor Troicki).

•    Simon has a 19-11 Tour-level win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 2-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon. He also played a 5-set match in Wimbledon qualifying in 2005, when he let a 2-sets-to-love lead slip against Andreas Seppi.

•    Simon’s best result on grass came at 2013 Eastbourne where, as No. 2 seed, he reached the final (l. Feliciano Lopez). As well as reaching the quarterfinals here in 2015, he also reached the semifinals at 2015 Queen’s (l. Kevin Anderson).

•    Simon has won 12 career singles titles, most recently at 2015 Marseille (d. Gael Monfils). None of his 12 career singles titles have come on grass. Along with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, he is the joint-3rd most successful Frenchman in the Open Era in terms of titles won behind Yannick Noah (23 titles) and Richard Gasquet (13).

•    Simon reached a career-high ranking of No. 6 in January 2009 and plays here ranked No. 20.

•    Simon was one of 16 Frenchmen to start in the main draw here – an Open Era record. The previous record was 15 in 2007, 2011 and 2013.

•    Simon was one of the 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Wimbledon main draw – an Open Era record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s draw here. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 – set at 2016 Roland Garros.
•    Simon is coached by Jan de Witt. His fitness trainer is Paul Quetin.

•    DIMITROV’S 63 64 62 victory over qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo in the 1st round here ended a run of 6 straight Tour-level defeats.

•    Last year here Dimitrov recorded a 3rd round finish (l. Richard Gasquet). This is his 7th Wimbledon appearance and his 24th Grand Slam overall.

•    Dimitrov is bidding to win back-to-back matches for the first time since he reached the final at Istanbul (l. Diego Schwartzman). Also in 2016, he reached the final at Sydney (l. Viktor Troicki) and the semifinals at Delray Beach
(l. Rajeev Ram).

•    In Grand Slam play this year Dimitrov reached the 3rd round at the Australian Open (l. Roger Federer) but lost to Troicki in the 1st round in 5 sets at Roland Garros. He has a 4-5 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall and a 1-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon.

•    Prior to coming here Dimitrov lost in the 1st round at Stuttgart (l. Juan Martin del Potro) and Queen’s (l. Janko Tipsarevic). He is a grass court titlist having won the title at 2014 Queen’s (d. Feliciano Lopez).

•    Dimitrov’s Grand Slam highlight is reaching the Wimbledon semifinals in 2014. He defeated defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray in straight sets in the quarterfinals before losing to Djokovic. He was just the 2nd Bulgarian player to reach the last 4 at a major after Tsvetana Pironkova at 2010 Wimbledon and broke into the Top 10 for the first time at No. 9 as a result.

•    Dimitrov recorded a career-high ranking of No. 8 in August 2014 but plays here at No. 37

•    Dimitrov finished 2008 as No. 3 in the ITF Junior Rankings after winning the boys’ singles titles at Wimbledon
(d. Henri Kontinen) and the US Open (d. Devin Britton).

•    Dimitrov was part of the ITF 14 & Under European Team in Europe in 2004-05 and the ITF 16 & Under European A Team in Europe in 2006, funded by the Grand Slam Development Fund.

•    Dimitrov is coached by Franco Davin. His physio is Azdine Bousnana.

NO. 18 JOHN ISNER (USA) v MARCOS BAGHDATIS (CYP)  

Head-to-head: Isner leads 6-0
2009    Los Angeles        Hard (O)    R16    Isner        63 76(11)
2011    Montreal-1000        Hard (O)    R64    Isner        63 64
2011    Winston-Salem        Hard (O)    QF    Isner        16 63 64
2011     US Open        Hard (O)    R128    Isner         76(2) 76(11) 26 64
2013    Washington        Hard (O)    QF    Isner        67(5) 64 64
2015     Atlanta            Hard (O)    FR    Isner        63 63

A 7th career meeting for the 2 players, but their first away from the North American hard court circuit.

Isner defeated Baghdatis to win his 10th – and most recent – career title in their last meeting at 2015 Atlanta.

ISNER    v    BAGHDATIS

31    Age    31
17    ATP Ranking (27 June)    40
10    Titles    4
51-32    Career Grand Slam Record    58-43
7-7    Wimbledon Record    19-10
302-187    Career Record    328-230
31-18    Career Record – Grass    47-31
14-10    2016 Record    19-12
3-1    2016 Record – Grass    4-3
6-14    Career Five-Set Record    16-8
1    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    3
297-175    Career Tiebreak Record    138-103
16-16    2016 Tiebreak Record    11-3

•    ISNER is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 6th time.

•    Isner has twice lost in the 1st round at Wimbledon – falling to Ernests Gulbis on his debut here in 2008 and to Alejandro Falla as No. 11 seed in 2012.

•    Last year here Isner equalled his best Wimbledon performance by reaching the 3rd round (l. Marin Cilic). He also reached the 3rd round in 2014 (l. Feliciano Lopez). This is his 8th Wimbledon appearance.

•    Isner’s 64 36 67(7) 76(3) 70-68 1st round defeat of Nicolas Mahut at 2010 Wimbledon played over 3 days set the record for the longest tennis match in history in terms of number of games and duration. The match lasted 11 hours 5 minutes and totalled 183 games. The final set alone lasted 8 hours 11 minutes. In comparison, the fewest games played through 7 rounds to win a Grand Slam Open Era men’s singles title is 147, by Guillermo Vilas at the 1977 US Open.

•    Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam at which Isner has failed to reach the round of 16. He has had better results at other grass court events, winning 2 career grass court titles at Newport in 2011 (d. Oliver Rochus) and 2012
(d. Lleyton Hewitt). He was also a semifinalist at 2013 Newport (l. Hewitt) and a quarterfinalist at the 2012 Olympic Tennis Event held at the All England Club (l. Roger Federer).

•    Isner warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the 2nd round at Queen’s (d. Juan Martin del Potro, l. Gilles Muller). He also won 2 matches on grass in USA’s 3-1 Davis Cup victory over Australia at Kooyong in March.

•    Isner has played Davis Cup for USA since 2010, compiling a 12-9 win-loss record. USA will host Croatia in the World Group quarterfinals in Portland on 15-17 July.

•    Isner’s career-best Grand Slam performance is reaching the quarterfinals at the 2011 US Open (l. Andy Murray). This is his 33rd Grand Slam overall.

•    In Grand Slam play in 2016, Isner reached the round of 16 at both the Australian Open (l. David Ferrer) and at Roland Garros (l. Murray). His other 2016 highlights include reaching the  semifinals at Houston (l. Jack Sock) and the round of 16 at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Kei Nishikori).

•    Isner is currently without a coach. His fitness trainer is Kyle Morgan.
•    Former Grand Slam finalist BAGHDATIS is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 8th time.

•    Last year here, Baghdatis advanced to the 3rd round for the first time since 2012, falling to David Goffin. This is his 11th Wimbledon appearance and his 44th Grand Slam overall.

•    Baghdatis is a former Wimbledon semifinalist. He reached the last 4 here as No. 18 seed in 2006, defeating Andy Murray in the round of 16 and Lleyton Hewitt in the quarterfinals, before losing to Rafael Nadal. In 2007, he went on to reach the quarterfinals as No. 10 seed (l. Novak Djokovic).

•    Baghdatis’s career-best grass court performance away from Wimbledon is reaching the final at 2007 Halle
(l. Tomas Berdych) and the semifinals at 2015 Nottingham (l. Denis Istomin).

•    Baghdatis has lost 14 of his last 15 matches against Top 20 opposition at the Grand Slams. His only win in that time came against No. 20 Kevin Anderson at the 2013 US Open. He has defeated a Top 20 opponent at Wimbledon on 2 occasions – defeating No. 9 Hewitt in 2006 and No. 4 Nikolay Dayvdenko in 2007.

•    Baghdatis warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at both Halle (l. Alexander Zverev) and Nottingham (l. Pablo Cuevas) after a 1st round defeat at Stuttgart (l. Jan-Lennard Struff).

•    Also in 2016 Baghdatis reached the final at Dubai (l. Stan Wawrinka) and the quarterfinals as a wild card at Montpellier (l. Richard Gasquet) and as a direct acceptance at Houston (l. Jack Sock).

•    Baghdatis’s best Grand Slam performance is finishing runner-up unseeded at the 2006 Australian Open. He defeated 3 Top 10 players before losing to No. 1 Roger Federer in the final.

•    At the Grand Slams in 2016, Baghdatis fell in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and reached the 2nd round at Roland Garros, defeating Gilles Muller before losing to Tsonga in 5-sets. He has a 3-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon and a 16-8 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Baghdatis is a former Top 10 player. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 8 on 21 August 2006 but plays here ranked No. 40.

•    Baghdatis has not lost a Davis Cup singles rubber since 2003. He won 4 singles matches at the Europe Zone Group III event in Tallinn, Estonia in March to extend his winning streak to 36 – surpassing Bjorn Borg (33 straight wins) and setting a new Davis Cup record for consecutive wins.

•    Baghdatis was a member of the ITF Touring Team (funded by the Grand Slam Development Fund) to the 1999 Orange Bowl.

•    Baghdatis is coached by Dejan Vojnovic.

NO. 19 BERNARD TOMIC (AUS) v FERNANDO VERDASCO (ESP)
Head-to-head: Tomic leads 4-1
2009    Brisbane         Hard (O)     R32     Verdasco     64 62
2012     Australian Open    Hard (O)    R128    Tomic        46 67(3) 64 62 75
2014    Stockholm        Hard (I)        QF    Tomic        06 64 76(6)
2015    Shanghai        Hard (O)    R64    Tomic        63 76(3)
2016    Queen’s         Grass (O)    R16    Tomic        67(2) 64 64

A 2nd meeting for the 2 players in as many weeks, having also played at Queen’s earlier this month. Tomic won that encounter to extend his winning streak against Verdasco to 4.

Their only previous Grand Slam meeting went to 5-sets with Tomic fighting back from two-sets-to-love down to win.

TOMIC    v    VERDASCO

23    Age    32
19    ATP Ranking (27 June)    53
3    Titles    7
34-25    Career Grand Slam Record    94-52
10-6    Wimbledon Record    22-13
148-130    Career Record    447-323
24-21    Career Record – Grass    44-30
19-15    2016 Record    18-13
5-3    2016 Record – Grass    2-2
7-2    Career Five-Set Record    22-19
2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    5
85-74    Career Tiebreak Record    172-182
7-12    2016 Tiebreak Record    10-9

•    TOMIC is making his 7th appearance at Wimbledon and his 27th Grand Slam overall. Last year here he lost to Novak Djokovic in the 3rd round.

•    Tomic’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals as a qualifier at 2011 Wimbledon (l. Djokovic). He was the youngest man since Boris Becker in 1986 to reach the last 8 here.

•    At the Grand Slams in 2016, Tomic reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. Andy Murray) and the 2nd round at Roland Garros (l. Borna Coric).

•    Tomic’s 2016 highlight is reaching the final at Acapulco (l. Dominic Thiem). He also reached the semfinals at Brisbane and Queen’s, losing to Milos Raonic on both occasions. As well as playing at Queen’s prior to coming here, he also reached the quarterfinals at ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Nicolas Mahut).

•    Tomic reached a career-high ranking of No. 17 following his semifinal finish at Brisbane earlier this year and plays here at No. 19. He has won 3 career singles titles, all of which have come on hard court – most recently at 2015 Bogota (d. Adrian Mannarino).

•    Tomic has won all 3 of his 5-set matches at Wimbledon. He has a 7-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Tomic had an outstanding junior career, winning the 2008 Australian Open junior title at the age of 15, and the 2009 US Open junior title. He was twice a semifinalist at junior Wimbledon, as No. 1 seed in 2008 (l. Henri Kontinen) and as No. 3 seed in 2009 (l. Andrey Kuznetsov).

•    Tomic is coached by his father John.

•    Lefthander VERDASCO is bidding to reach the 2nd round at Wimbledon for the 11th time.

•    Verdasco’s best Wimbledon performance came in 2013 when he reached the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champion Andy Murray in 5 sets. This is his 14th straight Wimbledon appearance and his 53rd Grand Slam overall.

•    Last year here Verdasco reached the 3rd round after recording back-to-back 5-set wins over Martin Klizan 46 62 63 67(5) 1311 and Dominic Thiem 57 64 57 63 64 before falling to Stan Wawrinka. He has a 22-19 win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 4-5 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon.

•    Verdasco’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals as No. 14 seed at the 2009 Australian Open, losing to Rafael Nadal 67(4) 64 76(2) 67(1) 64 in 5 hours 14 minutes.

•    Verdasco has played at every Grand Slam event since making his debut at 2003 Wimbledon. This is his 53rd straight major. Only 1 man has a longer active streak: Feliciano Lopez (58) [see Preview page 7].

•    Prior to coming here, Verdasco reached the 2nd round at Queen’s (d. Stan Wawrinka, l. today’s opponent) and the 3rd round at Nottingham (d. Victor Estrella Burgos, l. Kevin Anderson) (after receiving a 1st round bye).

•    Verdasco’s best result in 2016 is winning the title at Bucharest (d. Lucas Pouille) – his first title since April 2014.

•    None of Verdasco’s 7 career titles have come on grass. He has reached one grass court final, at 2008 Nottingham (l. Ivo Karlovic).

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Verdasco reached the 2nd round at the Australian Open (d. Rafael Nadal, l. Dudi Sela) and the 3rd round at Roland Garros (l. Kei Nishikori).

•    Verdasco is a former Top 10 player having recorded a career-high ranking of No. 7 in April 2009. He plays here ranked No. 53.

•    Verdasco is coached by David Sanchez and Sergio Perez.

NO. 30 ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV (UKR) v DANIEL EVANS (GBR)
Head-to-head: first meeting

DOLGOPOLOV    v    EVANS

27    Age    26
33    ATP Ranking    91
2    Titles    0
27-23    Career Grand Slam Record    3-5
8-6    Wimbledon Record    1-3
187-166    Career Record    15-28
22-16    Career Record – Grass    6-10
16-10    2016 Record    3-4
3-1    2016 Record – Grass    3-2
7-7    Career Five-Set Record    1-3
2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
76-74    Career Tiebreak Record    12-16
7-1    2016 Tiebreak Record    5-4

•    DOLGOPOLOV is bidding to reach the 3rd round here and equal his best Wimbledon performance.

•    Dolgopolov advanced to the 2nd round here for the 5th straight year after defeating Evgeny Donskoy 62 64 36 76(3).

•    Dolgopolov’s best Wimbledon result is reaching the 3rd round here on 2 occasions – in 2013 (l. David Ferrer) and 2014 (l. Grigor Dimitrov). This is his 7th straight appearance at Wimbledon and his 24th appearance at a Grand Slam overall.

•    Last year here Dolgopolov lost to Ivo Karlovic 57 63 64 67(4) 13-11 in the 2nd round. He has a 0-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon and a 7-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall. He has not won a 5-set match since defeating Jessie Levine in the 1st round at the 2012 US Open.

•    Dolgopolov recorded his best Grand Slam result at the 2011 Australian Open where he reached the quarterfinals
(l. Andy Murray). He defeated No. 13 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 4 seed Robin Soderling to become just the second Ukrainian man to reach the last 8 at a major.

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Dolgopolov reached the 2nd round at the Australian Open (d. Ricardas Berankis,
l. Roger Federer) but missed Roland Garros with a left abdomen strain.

•    Prior to coming here, Dolgopolov reached the quarterfinals at Nottingham (l. Gilles Muller). His career-best grass court results are reaching the semifinals at both 2010 Eastbourne (l. Michael Llodra) and 2015 Nottingham (l. Sam Querrey).

•    Dolgopolov’s best result in 2016 is reaching the semifinals at Acapulco (l. Bernard Tomic). He also reached the quarterfinals at Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona and Nottingham – the only other times he has recorded back-to-back Tour-level match-wins this year.

•    Dolgopolov reached a career-high ranking of No. 13 in January 2012, but plays here ranked No. 33.

•    Dolgopolov has played tennis since he was 3 years old. His father used to coach countryman Andrei Medvedev, and Dolgopolov used to practice with the former world No. 4.

•    Dolgopolov is coached by 1998 Roland Garros semifinalist Felix Mantilla, who reached the 2nd round at Wimbledon on 4 occasions.

•    EVANS is bidding to reach the 3rd round here and equal his best Grand Slam result.

•    Evans defeated Jan-Lennard Struff 63 67(6) 76(7) 75 in the 1st round to record his first Wimbledon match-win.

•    Evans’ best Grand Slam result is reaching the 3rd round as a qualifier at the 2013 US Open (l. Tommy Robredo). He recorded the best win of his career when he defeated No. 12 Kei Nishikori in the 1st round there.

•    Evans has advanced beyond the 1st round at a Grand Slam for the 2nd time on his 6th Grand Slam appearance. As well as reaching the 3rd round at the 2013 US Open, he fell in the 1st round at Wimbledon as a wild card in 2009 (l. Nikolay Davydenko), 2011 (l. Florian Mayer) and 2014 (l. Andrey Kuznetsov) and as a qualifier at the 2016 Australian Open (l. Feliciano Lopez). He did not attempt to qualify for 2016 Roland Garros.

•    Evans failed to qualify for Wimbledon last year. As a wild card, he fell to Yuichi Sugita in the final round of qualifying. He also failed to qualify for Wimbledon as a wild card in both 2010 and 2013.

•    Evans plays mainly on the Challenger circuit. His best results in 2016 are winning the titles at Drummondvillle (CAN) (d. Edward Corrie) and Taipei (TPE) (d. Konstantin Kravchuk). He also finished runner-up at Dallas (USA) (l. Kyle Edmund) and Busan (KOR) (l. Kravchuk).

•    Evans warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the 3rd round at Nottingham (l. Pablo Cuevas) after a 1st round defeat as a wild card at Queen’s (l. Paul-Henri Mathieu). He ended an 8-match Tour-level losing streak by defeating Liam Broady in the 1st round at Nottingham – his first Tour-level match-win since he defeated Jurgen Melzer at 2014 Queen’s (l. Kevin Anderson).

•    Also on grass in 2016, Evans reached the 2nd round at the Surbiton Challenger (GBR) and fell in the 1st round at the Manchester Challenger (GBR).

•    Evans’ best grass court results are reaching the 3rd round as a wild card at 2013 Queen’s (l. Juan Martin del Potro) and as a direct acceptance at 2016 Nottingham – the only times he has recorded back-to-back Tour-level match-wins on grass.

•    Evans’ career-best result is reaching the semifinals as a lucky loser at 2014 Zagreb (l. Tommy Haas).

•    Evans has a 1-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches – all 4 of those matches have come in Davis Cup. He has played Davis Cup since 2009 and was part of the British team defeated Japan 3-1 in the World Group first round in March. Great Britain will play Serbia in the quarterfinals on 15-17 July.

•    Evans is coached by Mark Hilton.

 

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2016 Wimbledon – Day 2 Men’s Preview

2016 WIMBLEDON
DAY 2 MEN’S NOTES
Tuesday 28 June
1st Round Bottom Half

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Featured matches

No. 2 Andy Murray (GBR) v (WC) Liam Broady (GBR)
No. 4 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Taylor Fritz (USA)
No. 7 Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Aljaz Bedene (GBR)
No. 8 Dominic Thiem (AUT) v Florian Mayer (GER)
No. 10 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Ivan Dodig (CRO)
No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Inigo Cervantes (ESP)
No. 15 Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v (WC) Radek Stepanek (CZE)
No. 18 John Isner (USA) v Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
No. 19 Bernard Tomic (AUS) v Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Stephane Robert (FRA) v Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)

•    World No. 2 Andy Murray gets his quest for a 2nd Wimbledon title underway with a 1st round encounter against compatriot Liam Broady on Centre Court. It is the first time there has been an all-British meeting at a Grand Slam since the 2006 US Open and the first time it has happened at Wimbledon since 2001.

•    2-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, who has lost in the 1st round here 5 times, will hope to avoid another early upset when he takes on promising 18-year-old Taylor Fritz on No.1 Court. A victory for Fritz would see the teenager record his first Grand Slam match-win, and become the lowest-ranked player to defeat Wawrinka at a major since No. 70 Lleyton Hewitt defeated him in the 1st round here in 2013.

•    2 of the pre-Wimbledon tournament winners Dominic Thiem and Florian Mayer face off on No.3 Court today. Thiem won the title at Stuttgart while Mayer lifted the trophy at Halle. No Stuttgart winner has ever won the Wimbledon title but the Halle champion has been crowned champion on 4 occasions.

•    At 37 years 226 days Radek Stepanek is looking to become the oldest man to win a match at a Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors at the 1992 US Open when he takes to No.2 Court against Nick Kyrgios. The Aussie youngster will have other ideas however as he seeks to replicate the kind of form which saw him reach the last 8 here in 2014.

•    Juan Martin del Potro returns to Grand Slam action for the first time since the 2014 Australian Open when he meets veteran Stephane Robert on Court 12. The Argentine missed most of the 2014 and 2015 seasons after having 3 separate surgeries on his left wrist.


NO. 2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v (WC) LIAM BROADY (GBR)  
Head-to-head: first meeting

This is the first all-British men’s meeting at a Grand Slam since the 2006 US Open when Tim Henman defeated Greg Rusedski in the 1st round. The last time there was an all-British encounter at Wimbledon was in 2001 when Barry Cowan defeated Mark Hilton in the 1st round and Tim Henman defeated Martin Lee in the 2nd round.

Murray and Broady are 2 of the 15 British players (men and women) to start in the singles main draws here – the most since 2006, when there were also 15. There are 9 British men starting the singles draw – the most since 2006 when 10 men started the singles draw here.

Murray has a 16-1 win-loss record against players at their home Grand Slam. His only loss to a player at their home major came against Gael Monfils at 2006 Roland Garros. He has defeated all 4 of the Australian players he has faced at the Australian Open, 8 of the 9 French players he has met at Roland Garros and all 4 of the American players he has played at the US Open. This is his first meeting with a Brit at Wimbledon.

Murray has played a Brit twice before – when he defeated Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund at 2016 Queen’s. This is Broady’s first Tour-level meeting with a Brit.

Murray has never lost to a player ranked as low as No. 234 today’s opponent at Tour-level. The lowest-ranked player to defeat Murray is No. 154 Jean-Rene Lisnard at 2006 AMS Monte Carlo. The highest-ranked player Broady has defeated is No. 138 Marinko Matosevic in the 1st round here last year. He has a 0-3 record against Top 100 players.

    MURRAY    v    BROADY

    29    Age    22
    2    ATP Ranking (27 June)    235
    37    Titles    0
    165-39    Career Grand Slam Record    1-1
    46-9    Wimbledon Record    1-1
    585-171    Career Record    1-3
    95-17    Career Record – Grass    1-3
    33-6    2016 Record    0-1
    5-0    2016 Record – Grass    0-1
    22-7    Career Five-Set Record    1-0
    9    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
    167-103    Career Tiebreak Record    0-2
    10-5    2016 Tiebreak Record    0-1

•    2013 Wimbledon champion MURRAY is bidding to become the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon titles since Fred Perry, who won the title here from 1934-36 [see Preview page 2].

•    In 2013, Murray became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years – since Perry in 1936 – after defeating Novak Djokovic 64 75 64 in the final. The triumph, on his 8th Wimbledon appearance, saw him go 2nd on the list for the most attempts before winning the Wimbledon title behind Goran Ivanisevic (14).

•    Murray has always won his opening match at Wimbledon. The last time he lost a Grand Slam 1st round match was at the 2008 Australian Open (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga). This is his 11th appearance here.

•    Murray won his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open, becoming the first British man to win a Grand Slam title since Perry at the 1936 US Championships. He defeated Djokovic 76(10) 75 26 36 62 in the final. He is one of 6 Grand Slam champions to start in the men’s main draw along with Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro, Djokovic, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.

•    Murray is the leading British man all-time in terms of Grand Slam match-wins with a 165-39 win-loss record.

•    Murray warmed up for Wimbledon by winning his 5th Queen’s title (d. Milos Raonic), becoming the first man to win 5 titles at the tournament. 7 of his 37 career singles titles have come on grass.  

•    Murray has won 2 singles titles in 2016. As well as winning the title at Queen’s, he also won Rome-1000
(d. Djokovic). In Grand Slam play this year he reached the final at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros, losing to Djokovic on both occasions. He was the first British man since Bunny Austin in 1937 to reach the Roland Garros final.

•    Murray helped Great Britain to reach the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals for the 3rd straight time earlier this year. He won both of his singles matches and combined with his brother Jamie to win the doubles in the first round tie against Japan. Great Britain will face Serbia in the quarterfinals in Belgrade on 15-17 July.

•    Murray reunited with Ivan Lendl, who coached him between 2012 and 2014, at 2016 Queen’s. His assistant coach is Jamie Delgado.

•    Wild card and lefthander BROADY is bidding to reach the 2nd round and equal his best Grand Slam performance.  

•    Last year here on his Grand Slam debut as a wild card Broady defeated Marinko Matosevic in 5 sets in the 1st round before losing to David Goffin in straight sets in the 2nd round. This is his 2nd Grand Slam appearance. He failed to qualify here in 2011 and 2012.

•    Broady’s 1st round victory here last year against Matosevic was his first Tour-level match-win in the first 5-set match of his career. It was his first match-win on grass (at any level) since July 2013 when he reached the semifinals at the Great Britain F14 Futures (l. Marcus Willis).

•    Broady has played primarily on the Challenger Circuit in 2016. His best performances are reaching the semifinals at Taipei (TPE) (l. Konstantin Kravchuk) and the quarterfinals at Busan (KOR) (l. John Millman).

•    Prior to coming here Broady reached the 2nd round as a wild card at the Surbiton Challenger (GBR) (d. Tim Smyczek, l. Luke Saville) but lost in the 1st round as a wild card at the Manchester Challenger (GBR) (l. Sam Groth), the Ilkley Challenger (GBR) (l. Grega Zemlja) and as a wild card at Nottingham (l. Daniel Evans).

•    This is Broady’s 4th career Tour-level event. In addition to 2015 Wimbledon and 2016 Nottingham, he also played as a wild card at 2012 Queen’s, where he lost in the 1st round to Gilles Muller. All 3 of his Tour-level events have been on grass.

•    Broady was ranked No. 2 in the ITF junior rankings in 2012. He finished runner-up at 2011 Junior Wimbledon
(l. Luke Saville) and at the 2012 Junior US Open (l. Filip Peliwo). He also won the 2010 Junior Wimbledon doubles title with Tom Farquharson and the 2012 Junior Australian Open doubles title with Joshua Ward-Hibbert.

•    Broady’s sister Naomi entered the women’s event here. She lost to No. 17 seed Elina Svitolina 62 63 in the 1st round on Monday.

•    Broady is coached by Nathan Rooney. His physical trainer is Ric Moylan.


NO. 4 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v TAYLOR FRITZ (USA)

Head-to-head: first meeting

    WAWRINKA    v    FRITZ

    31    Age    18
    5    ATP Ranking (27 June)    65
    14    Titles    0
    111-43    Career Grand Slam Record    0-2
    17-11    Wimbledon Record    0-0
    420-243    Career Record    10-12
    26-23    Career Record – Grass    2-4
    27-9    2016 Record    9-11
    0-1    2016 Record – Grass    1-3
    23-19    Career Five-Set Record    0-1
    6    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
    168-160    Career Tiebreak Record    5-2
    11-5    2016 Tiebreak Record    5-2
        
•    Last year here, WAWRINKA equalled his best Wimbledon performance by reaching the quarterfinals (l. Richard Gasquet). He also reached the quarterfinals in 2014 (l. Roger Federer) to complete a set of Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances.

•    Wawrinka has lost in the 1st round here 5 times – in 2005 (l. Fabrice Santoro), 2007 (l. Michael Llodra), 2010
(l. Denis Istomin), 2012 (l. Jurgen Melzer) and 2013 (l. Lleyton Hewitt). His loss to No. 70 Hewitt here in 2013 was the last time he was defeated by a player ranked as low as today’s opponent at a major.

•    Wawrinka is a 2-time Grand Slam champion. He won his first Grand Slam title in his first Grand Slam final at the 2014 Australian Open (d. Rafael Nadal) and also won 2015 Roland Garros (d. Novak Djokovic). He defeated both the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to each of his Grand Slam wins and is the only player to have achieved the feat en route to winning a Grand Slam since Sergi Bruguera won 1993 Roland Garros. He is one of 6 Grand Slam champions to start in the men’s draw here.

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Wawrinka reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open, where he lost to Milos Raonic in 5-sets, and the semifinals at Roland Garros (l. Andy Murray). Aged 31 years 69 days, he was the oldest man to reach the last 4 at Roland Garros since Jimmy Connors (aged 32 years 280 days) in 1985.

•    Wawrinka has a 23-19 win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 1-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon.

•    Wawrinka warmed up for this year’s Wimbledon at Queen’s, where he fell to Fernando Verdasco in the 1st round. His career best grass court performances are reaching the final at 2013 ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Nicolas Mahut) and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2014 and 2015.

•    Wawrinka has played in every major since making his Grand Slam debut at 2005 Roland Garros. This is his 46th consecutive Grand Slam appearance and his 12th straight Wimbledon appearance.

•    Wawrinka has been seeded at every Grand Slam event he has played since the 2008 Australian Open. He is in joint-6th place with Tommy Robredo on the list for most consecutive seedings at a major with 35.

•    Wawrinka was the 2003 Roland Garros junior champion (d. Brian Baker) – the only junior Grand Slam event he contested.

•    Wawrinka started working with former world No. 2 Magnus Norman, whose best result at Wimbledon was reaching the 3rd round in 1997 and 1999, in 2013.

•    FRITZ is bidding to reach the 2nd round on his Wimbledon debut and record his best Grand Slam result.

•    Fritz is making his 3rd Grand Slam appearance. He lost in the 1st round on his 2 previous appearances at a major – as a qualifier at the 2016 Australian Open, where he fell to Jack Sock in 5-sets, and as a direct acceptance at 2016 Roland Garros (l. Borna Coric). He failed to qualify as a wild card at the US Open in 2014 and 2015.

•    Fritz’s career-best result is reaching his first Tour-level final in just his 3rd Tour-level event as a wild card at 2016 Memphis (l. Kei Nishikori). He was the 5th 18-year-old American to reach a Tour-level final in the last 30 years after Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Andy Roddick and Pete Sampras. He broke into the Top 100 for the first time as a result.

•    Also in 2016, Fritz reached the quarterfinals as a qualifier at Acapulco (l. Sam Querrey). In Challenger play, he won the title at the Happy Valley Challenger (AUS) (d. Dudi Sela) and reached the semiifnals at the Le Gosier Challenger (GUD) (l. Malek Jaziri).

•    Fritz warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the 2nd round at Stuttgart (d. Fabrice Martin, l. Roger Federer). He climbed to a career-high ranking of No. 63 as a result. He fell in the 1st round as a wild card at Halle (l. Yuichi Sugita) and as a direct acceptance at Nottingham (l. Adrian Mannarino).

•    Fritz is bidding to record just his 3rd Tour-level match-win on grass. As well as defeating Martin at 2016 Nottingham, he also reached the 2nd round at 2015 Nottingham (d. Pablo Carreno Busta, l. Feliciano Lopez). This is his 5th Tour-level event on grass.

•    Fritz is bidding to end a 5-match losing streak against Top 20 opposition. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 29 Steve Johnson at 2016 Memphis.

•    Fritz ended 2015 as the junior world No. 1 and was presented with the ITF Junior World Champion award during 2016 Roland Garros. In 2015, he won the boys’ singles title at the US Open (d. Tommy Paul) and finished runner-up in the boys’ singles at Roland Garros (l. Paul). He reached the semifinals of the boys’ singles at Wimbledon in 2014
(l. Noah Rubin) and 2015 (l. Reilly Opelka).

•    Also at junior level in 2015, Fritz finished runner-up at the inaugural ITF Junior Masters in Chengdu (l. Andrey Rublev). His runner-up finish saw him earn $13,000 in travel grants to help with his senior career.

•    Fritz, the youngest man in the draw at 18 years 256 days, is one of 3 teenagers to start the men’s main draw here along with Borna Coric and Alexander Zverev.

•    Both of Fritz’s parents were professional tennis players. His mother, Kathy, is a former Top 10 player.

•    Fritz got engaged to Raquel Pedraza during 2016 Roland Garros, proposing in front of the Eiffel Tower.

•    Fritz is coached by David Nainkin and Christian Groh. His fitness trainer is Rodney Marshall.

NO. 7 RICHARD GASQUET (FRA) v ALJAZ BEDENE (GBR)
Head-to-head: first meeting

    GASQUET    v    BEDENE

    30    Age    26
    10    ATP Ranking (27 June)    56
    13    Titles    0
    92-45    Career Grand Slam Record    4-12
    25-10    Wimbledon Record    1-3
    441-252    Career Record    49-64
    53-25    Career Record – Grass    5-8
    19-8    2016 Record    10-14
    0-1    2016 Record – Grass    2-2
    11-13    Career Five-Set Record    2-0
    2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
    151-130    Career Tiebreak Record    26-23
    5-2    2016 Tiebreak Record    8-8

•    Last year here, GASQUET equalled his best Wimbledon performance, and his best performance at a Grand Slam, by reaching the semifinals (l. Novak Djokovic). He also reached the last four here in 2007 (l. Roger Federer) and at the 2013 US Open (l. Rafael Nadal). This is his 11th Wimbledon appearance and his 47th major overall.

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Gasquet missed the Australian Open with a back injury, but reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the first time (l. Andy Murray).

•    In 2016, Gasquet won the title in his first tournament of the year at Montpellier (d. Paul-Henri Mathieu) and reached the round of 16 at 4 other events – Indian Wells-1000 (l. Marin Cilic), Miami-1000 (l. Tomas Berdych), Madrid-1000
(l. Kei Nishikori) and Rome-1000 (l. Nishikori).

•    Prior to coming here, Gasquet fell in the 1st round at Queen’s (l. Steve Johnson). His career-best grass court performance is winning the titles at Nottingham in 2005 (d. Max Mirnyi) and 2006 (d. Jonas Bjorkman).

•    Gasquet is one of 16 Frenchmen to start in the singles draw at Wimbledon this year – an Open Era record. The previous record was 15 in 2007, 2011 and 2013.

•    Gasquet was named ITF Junior Boys’ World Champion in 2002 after winning the boys’ singles at Roland Garros
(d. Laurent Recouderc) and the US Open (d. Marcos Baghdatis). He never played at Junior Wimbledon.

•    Gasquet is coached by Sergi Bruguera, who reached the round of 16 at 1994 Wimbledon, and Sebastien Grosjean, who is a 2-time Wimbledon semifinalist.

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

•    Last year here Bedene recorded his first Wimbledon match-win when he defeated Radek Stepanek in 5-sets in the 1st round before losing to Viktor Troicki in the 2nd round. He is contesting his 4th Wimbledon and his 13th Grand Slam event overall.

•    Bedene’s best Grand Slam performance came at 2016 Roland Garros, where he reached the 3rd round (l. Novak Djokovic).

•    Prior to coming here, Bedene reached the 2nd round at both ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Bernard Tomic) and Queen’s
(l. Andy Murray).

•    Bedene’s best result of the year is reaching the semifinals at Chennai (l. Borna Coric). That result, and reaching the 3rd round at Roland Garros, are the only times he has recorded back-to-back Tour-level match-wins this year. 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 10th attempt. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 11 Gilles Simon at 2015 Winston Salem.

•    Bedene is one of 15 British players in the men’s and women’s singles’ draws at Wimbledon – the most since 2006 when there were also 15. 8 of them did not use wildcard entry. The last time as many as 8 British players played in the main draw at Wimbledon without using a wildcard was in 1985. 9 British men start the main draw here this year – the most since 2006 when there were 10.

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

•    Bedene changed nationality from Slovenian to British in March 2015.

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


NO. 8 DOMINIC THIEM (AUT) v FLORIAN MAYER (GER)
Head-to-head: Mayer leads 1-0
2016    Halle     Grass (O)     SF     Mayer     63 64

Florian Mayer won the pair’s only previous meeting, on grass in the semifinals at Halle earlier this month.

Thiem and Mayer are 2 of the pre-Wimbledon tournament winners. Thiem won the title at Stuttgart, while Mayer lifted the trophy at Halle.

    THIEM    v    MAYER

    22    Age    32
    8    ATP Ranking (27 June)    80
    7    Titles    2
    16-10    Career Grand Slam Record    36-37
    1-2    Wimbledon Record    15-9
    111-70    Career Record    228-221
    8-7    Career Record – Grass    33-18
    47-12    2016 Record    7-4
    6-1    2016 Record – Grass    6-1
    2-2    Career Five-Set Record    8-5
    1    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    3
    48-44    Career Tiebreak Record    81-74
    18-10    2016 Tiebreak Record    3-2

•    THIEM is bidding to reach the 2nd round and equal his best Wimbledon performance.

•    Last year here Thiem reached the 2nd round (d. Dudi Sela, l. Fernando Verdasco). On his only other appearance here in 2014 he lost to Luke Saville in the 1st round. This is his 3rd Wimbledon appearance and his 11th Grand Slam overall.

•    Thiem’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals at 2016 Roland Garros (l. Novak Djokovic). He became the 3rd Austrian man in history to reach a Grand Slam semifinal after Thomas Muster and Jurgen Melzer. He broke into the Top 10 for the first time at No. 7 as a result and plays here at No. 8.

•    Also in Grand Slam play in 2016 Thiem recorded a 3rd round finish at the Australian Open (l. David Goffin).

•    Thiem warmed up for Wimbledon by winning his first grass court title at Stuttgart (d. Philipp Kohlschreiber) and reaching the semifinals at Halle (l. today’s opponent).

•    Thiem’s title victory at Stuttgart ensured he has won titles on 3 different surfaces in 2016. He also won the titles at Buenos Aires (d. Nicolas Almagro), Acapulco (d. Bernard Tomic) and Nice (d. Alexander Zverev). He has won 47 matches so far in 2016 – the most of any player.

•    Thiem is a former junior world No. 2. He reached the boys’ singles final at Roland Garros as No. 14 seed in 2011, losing to Bjorn Fratangelo 36 63 86. 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 trainer is Alex Stober.

•    MAYER is looking for his first match-win at Wimbledon since 2012. Last year here he lost to Juan Monaco in the 1st round.

•    Mayer’s Grand Slam highlight is reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2004 (l. Sebastien Grosjean) and 2012 (l. Novak Djokovic). This is his 10th Wimbledon appearance and his 38th Grand Slam overall.

•    Prior to coming here Mayer won his 2nd career title at Halle (d. Alexander Zverev) – 5 years after he won his first title at 2011 Bucharest (d. Pablo Andujar). At No. 192 he was the lowest-ranked player to win a title since No. 240 Nicolas Mahut at 2013 ‘s-Hertogenbosch. He also reached the quarterfinals as a qualifier at Stuttgart (l. Roger Federer).  

•    Mayer spent 12 months off the Tour between April 2014 and March 2015 with a groin injury He played 13 tournaments in 2015, finishing his season when he retired at the US Open with a torn right adductor tendon which kept him off the Tour until April 2016.

•    In Grand Slam play this year Mayer missed the Australian Open due to a right adductor injury and lost to Malek Jaziri in the 1st round at Roland Garros.

•    Mayer is bidding to end a 10-match losing streak against Top 10 players at the Grand Slams. He has recorded just one victory over a Top 10 player at the majors – when he defeated No. 3 Guillermo Coria in the 2nd round at 2004 Wimbledon. He has a 1-11 win-loss record against Top 10 players at the majors overall.

•    Mayer is on a 5-match winning streak in 5-set matches. He has an 8-5 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall and a 2-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon.

•    Mayer is one of the 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Wimbledon main draw. This is a Wimbledon record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s singles event. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 at 2016 Roland Garros.

•    Mayer is coached by Tobias Summerer.

NO. 10 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE) v IVAN DODIG (CRO)
Head-to-head: Berdych leads 1-0
2011     Chennai     Hard (O)     R16     Berdych    62 64

Berdych won the pair’s only previous meeting in straight sets at 2011 Chennai.

Berdych and Dodig are 2 of the 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Wimbledon main draw. This is a Wimbledon record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s singles event. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 at 2016 Roland Garros.

    BERDYCH    v    DODIG

    30    Age    31
    9    ATP Ranking (27 June)    74
    12    Titles    1
    125-51    Career Grand Slam Record    15-22
    32-12    Wimbledon Record    4-4
    565-295    Career Record    118-138
    53-24    Career Record – Grass    17-13
    23-12    2016 Record    7-10
    0-1    2016 Record – Grass    1-2
    19-8    Career Five-Set Record    6-5
    2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    2
    188-157    Career Tiebreak Record    59-53
    6-6    2016 Tiebreak Record    6-1

•    2010 finalist BERDYCH is contesting his 13th consecutive Wimbledon. Last year here as No. 6 seed he fell in the round of 16 (l. Gilles Simon).

•    Berdych has lost in the 1st round here twice before – on his Wimbledon debut in 2004 (l. Julien Benneteau) and in 2012 (l. Ernests Gulbis).

•    Berdych’s best result here – and at a Grand Slam – came as No. 12 seed in 2010 when he finished runner-up. He defeated No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals before losing to Rafael Nadal 63 75 64 in the final.

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Berdych reached his 6th straight quarterfinal at the Australian Open (l. Federer) and his 3rd career quarterfinal at Roland Garros (l. Djokovic).

•    Also in 2016, Berdych reached the semifinals at Doha (l. Djokovic) and Marseille (l. Nick Kyrgios) and the quarterfinals at Dubai (l. Kyrgios), Miami-1000 (l. Djokovic) and Madrid-1000 (l. Andy Murray).

•    Berdych warmed up for Wimbledon at Halle, where he fell to Marcos Baghdatis in the 1st round.

•    1 of Berdych’s 12 career singles titles has come on grass – at 2007 Halle (d. Marcos Baghdatis).

•    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 sits in 2nd place behind Roger Federer (59) on the list for the most consecutive seedings at a Grand Slam with 44. He plays here seeded No. 10 – his lowest Grand Slam seeding since 2010 Wimbledon when he was seeded No. 12.

•    Since making his debut at the 2003 US Open, Berdych has played in every Grand Slam event. This is his 52nd straight Grand Slam appearance which puts him in 6th place on the men’s list for the longest streak of Open Era Grand Slam singles appearances.

•    Berdych has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 74 Dodig at a Grand Slam since he fell to No. 109 Gael Monfils in the 1st round at 2013 Roland Garros. He has twice lost to a player ranked as low as Dodig at Wimbledon – falling in the 1st round to No. 80 Julien Benneteau in 2004 and No. 87 Ernests Gulbis in 2012.

•    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.

•    DODIG is competing in singles at Wimbledon for the first time since 2013.

•    Dodig failed to qualify here last year, falling to Horacio Zeballos in the final round of qualifying. He missed 2014 Wimbledon with a rib injury.

•    Dodig’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 here in 2013 (l. David Ferrer), when he benefitted from the retirements of Philipp Kohlshcreiber in the 1st round and Igor Sijsling in the 3rd round. He was the 5th Croatian man in the Open Era to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon. He also reached his first Grand Slam doubles final at 2013 Wimbledon with Marcelo Melo, falling to No. 1 seeds Bob/Mike Bryan.  

•    In Grand Slam play in 2016, Dodig reached the 2nd round at Roland Garros (d. Mikhail Youzhny, l. Fernando Verdasco) but fell in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Quentin Halys).  

•    Dodig’s best result in 2016 is reaching the quarterfinals at Munich (l. Dominic Thiem) – the only time he has recorded back-to-back Tour-level match-wins in 2016. He also reached the final at the Canberra Challenger (AUS) (l. Paolo Lorenzi) and the semifinals at the Irving Challenger (USA) (l. Marcel Granollers).

•    Dodig has lost 15 of his last 16 matches against Top 10 opposition. His only win against a Top 10 player in that time came against No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 2013 Tokyo. Dodig has defeated a Top 10 player on grass once before – when he defeated No. 5 Tsonga at 2012 Queen’s.

•    Dodig’s best Grand Slam win came against No. 18 Kohlschreiber – the No. 16 seed – in the 1st round here in 2013. Prior to then, the last time he defeated a seeded opponent at a Grand Slam was at the 2010 US Open when he defeated No. 27 Fernando Gonzalez. He has a 4-8 record against seeded opposition at the majors.

•    Dodig warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the 2nd round at Nottingham (d. Julien Benneteau, l. Kevin Anderson)  after a 1st round defeat at ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Tatsuma Ito). He is a former grass court finalist – finishing runner up as No. 4 seed at 2011 ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Dmitry Tursunov).

•    Dodig entered the men’s doubles here as No. 5 seed with Melo. The pair will play Paul Henri Mathieu/Benoit Paire in the 1st round.

•    Dodig has played Davis Cup since 2002 and has a 13-26 overall win-loss record. He won the doubles alongside Franko Skugor in Croatia’s 3-2 World Group first round tie against Belgium in March. Croatia will play USA in the World Group quarterfinals in Portland on 15-17 July.

•    Dodig is coached by his brother, Mladen Dodig.


NO. 12 JO-WILFRIED TSONGA (FRA) v INIGO CERVANTES (ESP)
Head-to-head: first meeting

    TSONGA    v    CERVANTES
    
    31    Age    26
    12    ATP Ranking (27 June)    75
    12    Titles    0
    100-33    Career Grand Slam Record    1-3
    24-8    Wimbledon Record    1-1
    368-172    Career Record    14-24
    40-17    Career Record – Grass    1-2
    17-9    2016 Record    10-16
    0-0    2016 Record – Grass    0-1
    14-7    Career Five-Set Record    1-0
    3    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
    171-125    Career Tiebreak Record    5-10
    6-6    2016 Tiebreak Record    5-7

•    This is TSONGA’S 9th Wimbledon appearance and his 34th major overall. He has never lost in the 1st round here.

•    Last year here, Tsonga lost to Ivo Karlovic in the 3rd round.

•    Tsonga’s best Wimbledon performance is reaching the semifinals on 2 occasions – in 2011 (l. Novak Djokovic) and in 2012 (l. Andy Murray).

•    Tsonga’s best Grand Slam performance is finishing as runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open. Unseeded, he defeated 3 Top 10 players before losing to Djokovic in the final.

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Tsonga reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. Kei Nishikori) and was forced to retire with an adductor injury in the 3rd round at Roland Garros when leading Ernests Gulbis 5-2.

•    Tsonga’s victory over Marcos Baghdatis in the 2nd round at Roland Garros was his 100th Grand Slam match-win. He is looking to close the gap on Jean Borotra (103 Grand Slam match-wins) and Henri Cochet (102) on the list of Frenchmen with the most Grand Slam match-wins.

•    In 2016, Tsonga’s best performances are reaching the semifinals at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Gael Monfils), the quarterfinals at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Djokovic) and the round of 16 in Melbourne.
    
•    Tsonga did not compete in a grass-court warm-up prior to coming here. In the Open Era, just 7 different men have won the Wimbledon title without playing warm-up event on grass.
    
•    Tsonga is one of 16 Frenchmen in the men’s singles draw at Wimbledon this year – an Open Era record. The previous record was 15 in 2007, 2011 and 2013.

•    Tsonga has won 14 of the 18 matches he has played against Spanish opposition at Grand Slams. He has never lost to a Spanish player at Wimbledon.

•    Tsonga reached the semifinals at 2003 Junior Wimbledon, losing to eventual champion Florin Mergea. He also won the 2003 US Open boys’ title and finished the year ranked junior world No. 2 behind Marcos Baghdatis.

•    Tsonga is coached by Thierry Ascione and Nicolas Escude, who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2001.

•    CERVANTES is contesting his 2nd Wimbledon and his 4th major overall.

•    Cervantes’ best performance here – and at a major – is reaching the 2nd round as a qualifier on his Grand Slam debut in 2012 (l. Mikhail Youzhny).

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Cervantes made his debut at the Australian Open but fell in the 1st round to Evgeny Donskoy. He also made his debut at Roland Garros, losing in the 1stg round to Dominic Thiem.

•    Prior to coming here, Cervantes lost in the 1st round at ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Igor Sijsling) in his only grass-court warm-up event.

•    Cervantes’ best result of the year is reaching the semifinals at Sao Paulo (l. Pablo Carreno Busta). This is the only time he has recorded back-to-back Tour-level match-wins in 2016.

•    Cervantes has never beaten a French player in a Tour-level match. He has lost both his previous meetings with French opponents, to Lucas Pouille at 2015 Hamburg and to Benoit Paire at 2016 Monte Carlo-1000.

•    Cervantes has never defeated a player ranked as high as No. 12 today’s opponent. The best win of his career came against No. 34 Dmitry Tursunov at 2014 Barcelona. The highest-ranked player Cervantes has faced is No. 14 Milos Raonic at 2016 Indian Wells-1000.

•    Cervantes is coached by Javier Ferrer and Israel Vior. His fitness trainer is Jaume Ros.
        


NO. 15 NICK KYRGIOS (AUS) v (WC) RADEK STEPANEK (CZE)
Head-to-head: Kyrgios leads 1-0
2013     Roland Garros     Clay (O)     R128     Kyrgios     76(4) 76(8) 76(11)

    KYRGIOS    v    STEPANEK

    21    Age    37
    18    ATP Ranking (27 June)    121
    1    Titles    5
    20-12    Career Grand Slam Record    57-52
    7-2    Wimbledon Record    19-13
    59-39    Career Record    378-296
    9-5    Career Record – Grass    43-28
    23-9    2016 Record    7-6
    0-1    2016 Record – Grass    2-1
    3-1    Career Five-Set Record    15-24
    2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    6
    49-30    Career Tiebreak Record    159-150
    15-3    2016 Tiebreak Record    1-6

•    KYRGIOS is making his 3rd Wimbledon appearance and his 13th appearance at a major overall. Last year here he recorded a round of 16 finish (l. Richard Gasquet).

•    On his Wimbledon debut as a wild card in 2014, Kyrgios became the first man to reach the quarterfinals on their Wimbledon debut since Florian Mayer in 2004. Ranked No. 144, he defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 to become the lowest-ranked player to defeat a world No. 1 at a Grand Slam since No. 193 Andrei Olhovskiy defeated Jim Courier in the 3rd round at 1992 Wimbledon. Aged 19 years 70 days, he was the first teenager to defeat a No. 1 at a major since Nadal (aged 19 years 2 days) defeated Roger Federer at 2005 Roland Garros.

•    Kyrgios’ best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals here in 2014 (l. Milos Raonic) and at the 2015 Australian Open (l. Andy Murray).

•    Kyrgios warmed up for Wimbledon at Queen’s, where he fell to Raonic in the 1st round.

•    Kyrgios’ best result in 2016 is winning his first career title at Marseille (d. Marin Cilic), unseeded he defeated 2 Top 10 players (Gasquet and Tomas Berdych) plus Grand Slam champion Cilic to win the title.

•    In Grand Slam play this year Kyrgios lost in the 3rd round at both the Australian Open (l. Berdych) and Roland Garros (l. Gasquet).

•    Kyrgios is on a 3-match winning streak in 5-set matches. He won his only 5-set match at Wimbledon against Gasquet in the 2nd round here in 2014, saving 9 match points to equal the record for the most match points saved by a winner of a Grand Slam match in the Open Era. He has a 3-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Kyrgios is a 2-time Wimbledon junior doubles champion, winning the title in 2012 (with Andrew Harris) and 2013 (with Thanasi Kokkinakis). He has also won the 2012 Junior Roland Garros doubles title (with Harris) and the 2013 junior Australian Open singles title (d. Kokkinakis).

•    At 37 years 226 days wild card STEPANEK is looking to become the oldest man to win a match at a Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors (40 years 11 days) reached the 2nd round at the 1992 US Open.

•    Stepanek is bidding to become the oldest man to win a match at Wimbledon since Connors (38 years 308 days) reached the 3rd round at 1991 Wimbledon.  

•    Last year here Stepanek lost in the 1st round in 5 sets to Aljaz Bedene. This is his 14th Wimbledon appearance and his 53rd Grand Slam overall.

•    Stepanek’s best Wimbledon – and Grand Slam – result is reaching the quarterfinals at 2006 Wimbledon where as No. 14 seed he lost to Jonas Bjorkman in 5 sets. It was his 3rd straight 5-set match, having comeback from 0-2 down to defeat Juan Carlos Ferrero in the 3rd round and then defeated Fernando Verdasco in the round of 16. He has a 6-5 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon and a 15-24 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    On grass this year Stepanek reached the quarterfinals as a qualifier at Stuttgart (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber).

•    Stepanek has won just 7 Tour-level matches this year. His best results in 2016 are reaching the quarterfinals at Stuttgart and the 3rd round as a qualifier at Barcelona (l. Andrey Kuznetsov).

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Stepanek reached the 2nd round as a qualifier at the Australian Open (l. Stan Wawrinka) and lost in the 1st round as a qualifier at Roland Garros having extended Andy Murray to 5-sets.

•    Stepanek struggled with a back injury in 2015, only starting his season in April and winning just 7 Tour-level matches all year. He dropped out of the Top 100 in April 2015 for the first time since July 2007. He dropped as low as No. 369 in the rankings on 20 July – his lowest ranking since December 2001. He plays here at No. 121.

•    Stepanek is a 2-time Grand Slam men’s doubles champion having won the 2012 Australian Open and the 2013 US Open titles with Leander Paes. He has won 18 career doubles titles, most recently at 2015 Bogota with Edouard Roger-Vasselin. He has entered the men’s doubles here with Nenad Zimonjic. The No. 14 seeds will play Steve Johnson/Sam Querrey in the 1st round.

•    Stepanek is coached by Petr Korda, who reached the quarterfinals here in 1998.


NO. 18 JOHN ISNER (USA) v MARCOS BAGHDATIS (CYP)    

Head-to-head: Isner leads 6-0
2009    Los Angeles        Hard (O)    R16    Isner        63 76(11)
2011    Montreal-1000        Hard (O)    R64    Isner        63 64
2011    Winston-Salem        Hard (O)    QF    Isner        16 63 64
2011     US Open        Hard (O)    R128    Isner         76(2) 76(11) 26 64
2013    Washington        Hard (O)    QF    Isner        67(5) 64 64
2015     Atlanta            Hard (O)    FR    Isner        63 63

A 7th career meeting for the 2 players, but their first away from the North American hard court circuit.

Isner defeated Baghdatis to win his 10th – and most recent – career title in their last meeting at 2015 Atlanta.

    ISNER    v    BAGHDATIS

    31    Age    31
    17    ATP Ranking (27 June)    40
    10    Titles    4
    51-32    Career Grand Slam Record    58-43
    7-7    Wimbledon Record    19-10
    302-187    Career Record    328-230
    31-18    Career Record – Grass    47-31
    14-10    2016 Record    19-12
    3-1    2016 Record – Grass    4-3
    6-14    Career Five-Set Record    16-8
    1    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    3
    297-175    Career Tiebreak Record    138-103
    16-16    2016 Tiebreak Record    11-3

•    ISNER is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 6th time.

•    Isner has twice lost in the 1st round at Wimbledon – falling to Ernests Gulbis on his debut here in 2008 and to Alejandro Falla as No. 11 seed in 2012.

•    Last year here Isner equalled his best Wimbledon performance by reaching the 3rd round (l. Marin Cilic). He also reached the 3rd round in 2014 (l. Feliciano Lopez). This is his 8th Wimbledon appearance.

•    Isner’s 64 36 67(7) 76(3) 70-68 1st round defeat of Nicolas Mahut at 2010 Wimbledon played over 3 days set the record for the longest tennis match in history in terms of number of games and duration. The match lasted 11 hours 5 minutes and totalled 183 games. The final set alone lasted 8 hours 11 minutes. In comparison, the fewest games played through 7 rounds to win a Grand Slam Open Era men’s singles title is 147, by Guillermo Vilas at the 1977 US Open.

•    Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam at which Isner has failed to reach the round of 16. He has had better results at other grass court events, winning 2 career grass court titles at Newport in 2011 (d. Oliver Rochus) and 2012
(d. Lleyton Hewitt). He was also a semifinalist at 2013 Newport (l. Hewitt) and a quarterfinalist at the 2012 Olympic Tennis Event held at the All England Club (l. Roger Federer).

•    Isner warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the 2nd round at Queen’s (d. Juan Martin del Potro, l. Gilles Muller). He also won 2 matches on grass in USA’s 3-1 Davis Cup victory over Australia at Kooyong in March.

•    Isner has played Davis Cup for USA since 2010, compiling a 12-9 win-loss record. USA will host Croatia in the World Group quarterfinals in Portland on 15-17 July.

•    Isner’s career-best Grand Slam performance is reaching the quarterfinals at the 2011 US Open (l. Andy Murray). This is his 33rd Grand Slam overall.

•    In Grand Slam play in 2016, Isner reached the round of 16 at both the Australian Open (l. David Ferrer) and at Roland Garros (l. Murray). His other 2016 highlights include reaching the  semifinals at Houston (l. Jack Sock) and the round of 16 at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Kei Nishikori).

•    Isner is currently without a coach. His fitness trainer is Kyle Morgan.

•    Former Grand Slam finalist BAGHDATIS is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 8th time.

•    Last year here, Baghdatis advanced to the 3rd round for the first time since 2012, falling to David Goffin. This is his 11th Wimbledon appearance and his 44th Grand Slam overall.

•    Baghdatis is a former Wimbledon semifinalist. He reached the last 4 here as No. 18 seed in 2006, defeating Andy Murray in the round of 16 and Lleyton Hewitt in the quarterfinals, before losing to Rafael Nadal. In 2007, he went on to reach the quarterfinals as No. 10 seed (l. Novak Djokovic).

•    Baghdatis’s career-best grass court performance away from Wimbledon is reaching the final at 2007 Halle
(l. Tomas Berdych) and the semifinals at 2015 Nottingham (l. Denis Istomin).

•    Baghdatis has lost 14 of his last 15 matches against Top 20 opposition at the Grand Slams. His only win in that time came against No. 20 Kevin Anderson at the 2013 US Open. He has defeated a Top 20 opponent at Wimbledon on 2 occasions – defeating No. 9 Hewitt in 2006 and No. 4 Nikolay Dayvdenko in 2007.

•    Baghdatis warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at both Halle (l. Alexander Zverev) and Nottingham (l. Pablo Cuevas) after a 1st round defeat at Stuttgart (l. Jan-Lennard Struff).

•    Also in 2016 Baghdatis reached the final at Dubai (l. Stan Wawrinka) and the quarterfinals as a wild card at Montpellier (l. Richard Gasquet) and as a direct acceptance at Houston (l. Jack Sock).

•    Baghdatis’s best Grand Slam performance is finishing runner-up unseeded at the 2006 Australian Open. He defeated 3 Top 10 players before losing to No. 1 Roger Federer in the final.

•    At the Grand Slams in 2016, Baghdatis fell in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and reached the 2nd round at Roland Garros, defeating Gilles Muller before losing to Tsonga in 5-sets. He has a 3-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon and a 16-8 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Baghdatis is a former Top 10 player. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 8 on 21 August 2006 but plays here ranked No. 40.

•    Baghdatis has not lost a Davis Cup singles rubber since 2003. He won 4 singles matches at the Europe Zone Group III event in Tallinn, Estonia in March to extend his winning streak to 36 – surpassing Bjorn Borg (33 straight wins) and setting a new Davis Cup record for consecutive wins.

•    Baghdatis was a member of the ITF Touring Team (funded by the Grand Slam Development Fund) to the 1999 Orange Bowl.

•    Baghdatis is coached by Dejan Vojnovic.

NO. 19 BERNARD TOMIC (AUS) v FERNANDO VERDASCO (ESP)
Head-to-head: Tomic leads 4-1
2009    Brisbane         Hard (O)     R32     Verdasco     64 62
2012     Australian Open    Hard (O)    R128    Tomic        46 67(3) 64 62 75
2014    Stockholm        Hard (I)        QF    Tomic        06 64 76(6)
2015    Shanghai        Hard (O)    R64    Tomic        63 76(3)
2016    Queen’s         Grass (O)    R16    Tomic        67(2) 64 64

A 2nd meeting for the 2 players in as many weeks, having also played at Queen’s earlier this month. Tomic won that encounter to extend his winning streak against Verdasco to 4.

Their only previous Grand Slam meeting went to 5-sets with Tomic fighting back from two-sets-to-love down to win.

    TOMIC    v    VERDASCO

    23    Age    32
    19    ATP Ranking (27 June)    53
    3    Titles    7
    34-25    Career Grand Slam Record    94-52
    10-6    Wimbledon Record    22-13
    148-130    Career Record    447-323
    24-21    Career Record – Grass    44-30
    19-15    2016 Record    18-13
    5-3    2016 Record – Grass    2-2
    7-2    Career Five-Set Record    22-19
    2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    5
    85-74    Career Tiebreak Record    172-182
    7-12    2016 Tiebreak Record    10-9

•    TOMIC is making his 7th appearance at Wimbledon and his 27th Grand Slam overall. Last year here he lost to Novak Djokovic in the 3rd round.

•    Tomic’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals as a qualifier at 2011 Wimbledon (l. Djokovic). He was the youngest man since Boris Becker in 1986 to reach the last 8 here.
 
•    At the Grand Slams in 2016, Tomic reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. Andy Murray) and the 2nd round at Roland Garros (l. Borna Coric).  

•    Tomic’s 2016 highlight is reaching the final at Acapulco (l. Dominic Thiem). He also reached the semfinals at Brisbane and Queen’s, losing to Milos Raonic on both occasions. As well as playing at Queen’s prior to coming here, he also reached the quarterfinals at ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Nicolas Mahut).

•    Tomic reached a career-high ranking of No. 17 following his semifinal finish at Brisbane earlier this year and plays here at No. 19. He has won 3 career singles titles, all of which have come on hard court – most recently at 2015 Bogota (d. Adrian Mannarino).

•    Tomic has won all 3 of his 5-set matches at Wimbledon. He has a 7-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Tomic had an outstanding junior career, winning the 2008 Australian Open junior title at the age of 15, and the 2009 US Open junior title. He was twice a semifinalist at junior Wimbledon, as No. 1 seed in 2008 (l. Henri Kontinen) and as No. 3 seed in 2009 (l. Andrey Kuznetsov).

•    Tomic is coached by his father John.

•    Lefthander VERDASCO is bidding to reach the 2nd round at Wimbledon for the 11th time.

•    Verdasco’s best Wimbledon performance came in 2013 when he reached the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champion Andy Murray in 5 sets. This is his 14th straight Wimbledon appearance and his 53rd Grand Slam overall.

•    Last year here Verdasco reached the 3rd round after recording back-to-back 5-set wins over Martin Klizan 46 62 63 67(5) 1311 and Dominic Thiem 57 64 57 63 64 before falling to Stan Wawrinka. He has a 22-19 win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 4-5 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon.

•    Verdasco’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals as No. 14 seed at the 2009 Australian Open, losing to Rafael Nadal 67(4) 64 76(2) 67(1) 64 in 5 hours 14 minutes.

•    Verdasco has played at every Grand Slam event since making his debut at 2003 Wimbledon. This is his 53rd straight major. Only 1 man has a longer active streak: Feliciano Lopez (58) [see Preview page 7].

•    Prior to coming here, Verdasco reached the 2nd round at Queen’s (d. Stan Wawrinka, l. today’s opponent) and the 3rd round at Nottingham (d. Victor Estrella Burgos, l. Kevin Anderson) (after receiving a 1st round bye).

•    Verdasco’s best result in 2016 is winning the title at Bucharest (d. Lucas Pouille) – his first title since April 2014.

•    None of Verdasco’s 7 career titles have come on grass. He has reached one grass court final, at 2008 Nottingham (l. Ivo Karlovic).

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Verdasco reached the 2nd round at the Australian Open (d. Rafael Nadal, l. Dudi Sela) and the 3rd round at Roland Garros (l. Kei Nishikori).

•    Verdasco is a former Top 10 player having recorded a career-high ranking of No. 7 in April 2009. He plays here ranked No. 53.

•    Verdasco is coached by David Sanchez and Sergio Perez.

STEPHANE ROBERT (FRA) v JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO (ARG)
Head-to-head: first meeting

    ROBERT    v    DEL POTRO

    36    Age    27
    79    ATP Ranking (27 June)    165
    0    Titles    18
    10-17    Career Grand Slam Record    63-26
    1-3    Wimbledon Record    14-6
    28-49    Career Record    325-135
    3-5    Career Record – Grass    32-14
    6-6    2016 Record    11-7
    1-1    2016 Record – Grass    3-2
    2-3    Career Five-Set Record    4-9
    1    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
    19-15    Career Tiebreak Record    109-85

•    ROBERT is making his 4th Wimbledon appearance. He has only won one match here in 3 previous attempts – in 2013 (d. Alejandro Falla, l. Benoit Paire). This is Robert’s 18th appearance at a major.

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Robert reached the 3rd round as a qualifier at the Australian Open (l. Gael Monfils) and equalled his career-best performance at Roland Garros by reaching the 2nd round as a wild card (l. Alexander Zverev).

•    In 2014, Robert became the first lucky loser to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. Andy Murray). This is his best Grand Slam performance.
    
•    Robert’s best result in 2016 is reaching the 3rd round at the Australian Open – the only time he has recorded back-to-back Tour-level match-wins this year. He also won the New Delhi Challenger (IND) (d. Saketh Myneni) and reached the final at both the Guadalajara Challenger (MEX) (l. Malek Jaziri) and the Prague Challenger (CZE) (l. Adam Pavlasek).

•    Prior to coming here, Robert reached the 2nd round as a qualifier at Nottingham (l. Pablo Cuevas).

•    Robert is one of 16 Frenchmen in the men’s singles draw at Wimbledon this year – an Open Era record. The previous record was 15 in 2007, 2011 and 2013.

•    Robert has entered the men’s doubles draw here alongside Dudi Sela. The pair will play Marcos Baghdatis/Mikhail Youzhny in the 1st round.

•    Robert is one of 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Wimbledon main draw. This is a Wimbledon record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s singles event. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 at 2016 Roland Garros.

•    DEL POTRO is contesting his 7th Wimbledon and his 28th major overall. This is his first appearance at a Grand Slam since the 2014 Australian Open.

•    Del Potro underwent left wrist surgery in March 2014 and made his comeback in January 2015. He contested 2 events in 2015 before having further surgery on his left wrist. He made his return from a 3rd wrist surgery at 2016 Delray Beach in February, where he reached the semifinals (l. Sam Querrey).

•    Del Potro withdrew from Roland Garros this year to focus on the grass season.
    
•    Del Potro’s best Grand Slam performance is winning the 2009 US Open (d. Roger Federer). His best performance at Wimbledon came on his last appearance here in 2013, when he reached the semifinals (l. Novak Djokovic).

•    Prior to coming here, Del Potro reached the semifinals at Stuttgart (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber) but fell in the opening round at Queen’s (l. John Isner).
    
•    Del Potro’s best result in 2016 is reaching the semifinals at Delray Beach (l. Querrey) and at Stuttgart
(l. Kohlschreiber). He also reached the quarterfinals at Munich (l. Kohlschreiber).

•    Del Potro is on an 8-match winning streak against French opposition. He has not lost to a French player since 2013 Rome, when he fell to Benoit Paire. He has won 42 of his 53 matches against French opponents.

•    Del Potro is working with Dani Vallverdu for 2016 Wimbledon.
    
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2016 Wimbledon – Day 1 Men’s Preview

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

2016 WIMBLEDON
DAY 1 MEN’S NOTES
Monday 27 June
1st Round Top Half

 

Featured matches

No. 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v (WC) James Ward (GBR)
No. 3 Roger Federer (SUI) v Guido Pella (ARG)
No. 5 Kei Nishikori (JPN) v Sam Groth (AUS)
No. 6 Milos Raonic (CAN) v Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)
No. 9 Marin Cilic (CRO) v Brian Baker (USA)
No. 11 David Goffin (BEL) v (WC) Alexander Ward (GBR)
No. 13 David Ferrer (ESP) v Dudi Sela (ISR)
Kyle Edmund (GBR) v Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) v (Q) Marcus Willis (GBR)

On court on Monday

•    Novak Djokovic begins his title defence with a 1st round clash against British wild card James Ward on Centre Court. Djokovic is looking to become just the second man in history to win 5 consecutive Grand Slam titles. Don Budge, who won 6 consecutive Grand Slam events, is the only man to have achieved this feat.

•    7-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer returns to Grand Slam action for the first time since the Australian Open with a 1st round encounter against Guido Pella on Centre Court. The Swiss maestro is looking to add to his 302 Grand Slam victories and close the gap on Martina Navratilova for the most Grand Slam singles wins by a man or woman.

•    Milos Raonic, who has arrived at the All England Club with a 3-time Wimbledon champion in his corner in John McEnroe, will be confident of opening his 2016 campaign with a win when he takes on Pablo Carreno Busta on No. 2 Court. The Spaniard, a clay court specialist, has lost all 4 of the competitive matches he has played on grass at Tour, Challenger, Futures or Junior level.

•    Brits Kyle Edmund, Daniel Evans, Brydan Klein, Alexander Ward, James Ward and Marcus Willis take to the courts today. 9 British men start the main draw here this year – the most since 2006 when there were 10.

•    23 of the 49 men aged 30 or over start this year’s main draw get their Wimbledon campaigns underway today. This is a Wimbledon record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s singles event. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 at 2016 Roland Garros.

NO. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v (WC) JAMES WARD (GBR)
Head-to-head: first meeting

Djokovic has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 177 today’s opponent since he retired due to illness while trailing No. 319 Filip Krajinovic in the quarterfinals at 2010 Belgrade. The only other time he has lost to a player ranked as low as Ward is at 2006 Barcelona, when he fell to No. 178 Daniel Gimeno Traver.

The lowest-ranked player Djokovic has lost to at a Grand Slam is No. 75 Marat Safin in the 2nd round at 2008 Wimbledon.

Ward is playing a world No. 1 for the first time. He has played against Top 10 opposition twice before – losing to No. 8 Fernando Verdasco at 2009 Wimbledon and No. 8 Milos Raonic at 2015 Queen’s. The highest-ranked player Ward has defeated is No. 14 Stan Wawrinka at 2011 Queen’s.

DJOKOVIC    v    WARD

29    Age    29
1    ATP Ranking (20 June)    177
65    Titles    0
221-34    Career Grand Slam Record    3-10
52-8    Wimbledon Record    3-6
730-149    Career Record    25-52
67-15    Career Record – Grass    13-25
44-3    2016 Record    0-2
0-0    2016 Record – Grass    0-2
27-8    Career Five-Set Record    5-3
4    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
200-112    Career Tiebreak Record    13-20
12-2    2016 Tiebreak Record    0-0

•    Top seed and defending Wimbledon champion DJOKOVIC is bidding to maintain his record of always reaching the 2nd round here. The last time he lost in the 1st round at any Grand Slam event was at the 2006 Australian Open
(l. Paul Goldstein).

•    The top seed has lost in the 1st round at Wimbledon just once in the Open Era, when Lleyton Hewitt lost to Ivo Karlovic in the opening round in 2003 [see Preview page 8]. This was also the last time the defending champion lost in the 1st round here. Among all Grand Slams, a defending champion has lost in the 1st round just 4 times in the Open Era.

•    Djokovic is bidding to win his 5th straight Grand Slam title and become just the 2nd man in history to win 5 successive Grand Slam events. Don Budge, who won 6 straight Grand Slam events from 1937 Wimbledon – 1938 US Championships, is the only man to achieve the feat.

•    Djokovic is bidding to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold the first 3 legs of the calendar Grand Slam [NB when the Australian Open was played in January].

•    Djokovic is bidding to win his 4th Wimbledon title and move into equal 6th place on the list for the most Wimbledon titles won in history alongside Reggie Doherty, Rod Laver and Anthony Wilding. Just 8 men in history have won 4 or more Wimbledon titles [see Preview page 1].

•    Djokovic is bidding to extend his 28-match Grand Slam winning streak. He has not lost a Grand Slam match since he was defeated by Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final.

•    Last year here Djokovic won his 3rd Wimbledon title, defeating Roger Federer 76(1) 67(10) 64 63 in the final. He equalled his coach Boris Becker for Wimbledon titles and became the 6th man in the Open Era to win Wimbledon on 3 or more occasions.

•    Djokovic has not played a Tour-level grass court warm-up event before Wimbledon since he played at Queen’s in 2010. He is one of just 7 different men in the Open Era to have won the Wimbledon title without contesting a grass court warm-up event – in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

•    In Grand Slam play so far this year Djokovic equalled Roy Emerson’s record of 6 Australian Open titles and became the 10th man in history to win 6 or more titles at any one Grand Slam event after defeating Andy Murray in the final. He defeated Murray again in the Roland Garros final to become the 8th man in history to complete the career Grand Slam. He was the 3rd man in history to complete a non-Calendar Grand Slam after Don Budge and Rod Laver.

•    Djokovic is bidding to win his 13th Grand Slam title. He has won titles at the Australian Open in 2008 (d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), 2011 (d. Murray), 2012 (d. Rafael Nadal), 2013 (d. Murray), 2015 (d. Murray) and 2016
(d. Murray), Wimbledon in 2011 (d. Nadal), 2014 (d. Federer) and 2015 (d. Federer), the US Open in 2011
(d. Nadal) and 2015 (d. Federer) and Roland Garros in 2016 (d. Murray).

•    Djokovic has won 6 titles so far this year – at Doha (d. Nadal), the Australian Open (d. Murray), Indian Wells-1000 (d. Milos Raonic), Miami-1000 (d. Kei Nishikori), Madrid-1000 (d. Murray) and Roland Garros (d. Murray) – to extend his streak of winning at least 6 titles every year since 2011. Just 3 of his 65 career singles titles have come on grass – at Wimbledon in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

•    This is Djokovic’s 12th consecutive appearance at Wimbledon and his 47th straight Grand Slam overall, which puts him in joint 8th-place with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on the list for most consecutive Grand Slam appearances in the Open Era.

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

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

•    Wild card WARD is bidding to reach the 2nd round at a Grand Slam for only the 3rd time in 11 appearances.

•    Last year here as a wild card Ward recorded his best Grand Slam result by reaching the 3rd round, falling to Vasek Pospisil in 5 sets. He broke into the Top 100 at a career-high No. 89 as a result.

•    Ward is bidding to end a 7-match Tour-level losing streak. He has not won a match at Tour-level since defeating Luca Vanni and Jiri Vesely to reach the 3rd round at 2015 Wimbledon.

•    This is Ward’s 7th Wimbledon appearance and his 11th Grand Slam overall. He has fallen in the 1st round on 8 of his 10 previous Grand Slam appearances, including 4 times at Wimbledon – in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Ward lost in the 2nd round of qualifying for the Australian Open (d. Peter Polansky,
l. Dennis Novikov) and fell in the 1st round of qualifying for Roland Garros (l. Matteo Donati). He has qualified for a Grand Slam on 2 occasions in 19 attempts – at the 2012 Australian Open and 2014 Roland Garros.

•    Ward warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at the Manchester Challenger (GBR) (l. Dustin Brown). He fell in the 1st round as a wild card at both Queen’s (l. Gilles Muller) and Nottingham (l. Malek Jaziri) – the only Tour-level events he has contested in 2016. He failed to qualify at Stuttgart.

•    Ward’s best result in 2016 is reaching Challenger quarterfinals on clay at Tallahassee (USA) (l. Quentin Halys) and on grass at Manchester – the only times he has won back-to-back matches at any level this year.

•    Ward is one of 15 British players (men and women) to start in the singles main draws here – the most since 2006, when there were also 15. There are 9 British men starting the singles draw – the most since 2006 when 10 men started the singles draw here.

•    Ward was part of the Great Britain team that won its first Davis Cup title in 79 years in 2015. Great Britain will travel to Serbia in the World Group quarterfinals in Belgrade on 15-17 July.

•    Ward has entered the men’s doubles here as a wild card with Kyle Edmund. He has only once progressed beyond the 1st round in the doubles event here in 5 attempts – reaching the 2nd round on his Wimbledon debut alongside Alex Bogdanovic in 2009.

•    Ward is coached by Morgan Phillips.

NO. 3 ROGER FEDERER (SUI) v GUIDO PELLA (ARG)
Head-to-head: first meeting

FEDERER    v    PELLA

34    Age    26
3    ATP Ranking (20 June)    51
88    Titles    0
302-50    Career Grand Slam Record    3-8
79-10    Wimbledon Record    0-1
1075-244    Career Record    24-35
147-22    Career Record – Grass    0-3
16-6    2016 Record    13-13
5-2    2016 Record – Grass    0-1
23-19    Career Five-Set Record    2-3
9    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
391-214    Career Tiebreak Record    15-22
5-4                              2016 Tiebreak Record    7-10

•    FEDERER is bidding to become the first man in history to win 8 Wimbledon titles. He would become just the second man in history to win 8 titles at the same Grand Slam event. Rafael Nadal became the first man to achieve this feat by winning the 8th of his 9 Roland Garros titles in 2013.

•    At 34 years 336 days, Federer is looking to become the oldest man in the Open Era to win Wimbledon. He would also be the oldest man to win a Grand Slam since Ken Rosewall won the 1972 Australian Open aged 37 years 62 days.

•    Federer is also looking to close the gap on Martina Navratilova for the most Grand Slam singles wins by a man or woman. Navratilova has a 306-49 win-loss record at the Grand Slams, ahead of Federer (302-50), Chris Evert (299-37) and Serena Williams (297-42).

•    Last year here Federer reached his 10th Wimbledon final – and his 26th Grand Slam final overall – but lost to Novak Djokovic in 4-sets.

•    The last time Federer fell in the 1st round at a Grand Slam was at 2003 Roland Garros (l. Luis Horna). He has lost in the 1st round here 3 times, on his debut as a wild card in 1999, in 2000 and as No. 7 seed in 2002.

•    In 2012, Federer equalled William Renshaw and Pete Sampras’s record of 7 Wimbledon titles by winning his 17th Grand Slam title overall (d. Andy Murray). He also won the title at Wimbledon in 2003-07 and 2009.

•    Federer is in 2nd place on the Open Era list for most match-wins at Wimbledon with a 79-10 win-loss record. Jimmy Connors heads the list with an 84-18 win-loss record here.

•    This is Federer’s 18th consecutive appearance at Wimbledon, putting him in 2nd place behind Jimmy Connors, who has 19 consecutive appearances here. Federer is also 2nd to Connors (21) for most total appearances at Wimbledon.

•    Federer holds the Open Era record for the most career grass court titles with 15 titles on the surface. In addition to 7 titles at Wimbledon, his other 8 titles were won at 2003-06, 2008 and 2013-15 Halle.

•    Federer is the most successful active player on grass with a 147-22 career win-loss record.

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Federer reached the semifinals at the Australian Open (l. Djokovic) and withdrew from Roland Garros with a back injury. It was the first time he had missed a Grand Slam since the 1999 US Open and ended his record run of 65 consecutive appearances at the Grand Slams.

•    Prior to coming here Federer failed to defend his title at Halle, losing 76(4) 57 63 to Alexander Zverev in the semifinals.

•    Also in 2016, Federer reached the final at Brisbane (l. Milos Raonic) and the semfinals at Stuttgart (l. Dominic Thiem). It is the first time that he has failed to win a title before Wimbledon since 2000.

•    Federer is one of 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Wimbledon main draw – an Open Era record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s draw here. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 – set at 2016 Roland Garros.

•    Federer is coached by former world No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic and Severin Luthi.

•    Lefthander PELLA is looking to record his first Wimbledon – and Tour-level grass court – match-win.

•    Pella has played here just once before in 2013 when he retired at 3-4 down in the 5th set of his 1st round match against Jesse Levine with a right hamstring tear. He failed to qualify here in 2015.

•    Prior to coming here Pella lost to Benjamin Becker in the 2nd round at Nottingham (following a 1st round bye). He has lost his opening round match at all 3 of the grass court events he has contested having also lost in the 1st round at 2013 Queen’s (l. Daniel Evans).

•    Pella reached his first Tour-level final at Rio de Janeiro in February, losing to Pablo Cuevas. He broke into the Top 50 for the first time as a result and reached a career-high ranking of No. 39 in March. He plays here at No. 51.

•    In Grand Slam play this year Pella reached the 2nd round at both the Australian Open (d. Steve Darcis,
l. Feliciano Lopez) and Roland Garros (d. Diego Schwartzman, l. Gilles Simon). This is his 2nd Wimbledon appearance and his 9th Grand Slam overall.

•    3 of Pella’s 4 Grand Slam matches in 2016 have been extended to 5-sets. His victory over Darcis at the 2016 Australian Open was his most recent victory in a 5-set match. Following his losses to both Lopez and Simon, he now has a 2-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Pella is bidding to reach the 2nd round here and equal his best Grand Slam result. As well as reaching the 2nd round at the 2016 Australian Open and 2016 Roland Garros, he also reached the 2nd round at 2013 Roland Garros (d. Ivan Dodig, l. Novak Djokovic).

•    Pella is looking to record his 2nd victory over a Top 10 player in his 4th attempt. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 10 Janko Tipsarevic at 2013 Dusseldorf.

•    Pella has entered the men’s doubles here with compatriot Horacio Zeballos. They will play fellow countrymen Guillermo Duran/Maximo Gonzalez in the 1st round.

•    Pella is coached by Gustavo Marcaccio. His physical trainer is Juan Galvan.

NO. 5 KEI NISHIKORI (JPN) v SAM GROTH (AUS)
Head-to-head: Nishikori leads 1-0
2015     Washington     Hard (O)     QF     Nishikori     64 64

NISHIKORI    v    GROTH

26    Age    28
6    ATP Ranking (20 June)    123
11    Titles    0
52-26    Career Grand Slam Record    7-10
8-6    Wimbledon Record    2-2
276-131    Career Record    35-52
25-18    Career Record – Grass    13-10
33-10    2016 Record    3-11
1-0    2016 Record – Grass    1-2
13-5    Career Five-Set Record    1-0
2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
82-58    Career Tiebreak Record    37-35
9-5    2016 Tiebreak Record    1-9

•    NISHIKORI is making his 8th appearance at Wimbledon and his 28th appearance at a Grand Slam.

•    Last year here Nishikori gave a walkover in the 2nd round with a left calf injury. His best Wimbledon result is reaching the round of 16 in 2014 (l. Milos Raonic). He became the first Japanese man – and the 4th Japanese player overall – to complete a set of round of 16 appearances at all four Grand Slams.

•    Nishikori has lost in the 1st round here on 3 occasions – in 2008 (l. Marc Gicquel), as a wild card in 2010 (l. Rafael Nadal) and in 2011 (l. Lleyton Hewitt).

•    At the 2014 US Open, Nishikori became the first Asian male to contest a Grand Slam final after defeating three Top 10 players – Raonic, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic – in consecutive matches before falling to Marin Cilic in the title match.

•    Nishikori’s best result in 2016 is winning his 4th straight title at Memphis (d. Taylor Fritz). He also finished runner-up at Miami-1000 (l. Djokovic) and Barcelona (l. Nadal). Nishikori has won 11 career singles titles.

•    Nishikori warmed up for Wimbledon at Halle where he gave a walkover in the 2nd round to Florian Mayer due to a rib injury.

•    Nishikori’s career-best grass court result is reaching the semifinals at 2011 Eastbourne (l. Janko Tipsarevic), the quarterfinals at the 2012 Olympic Tennis Event (l. Juan Martin del Potro), the round of 16 at 2014 Wimbledon and the semifinals at 2015 Halle (l. Andreas Seppi) – the only 4 occasions in which he has won 3 consecutive Tour-level matches on grass.

•    The last time Nishikori lost to a player ranked outside the Top 100 was at the 2013 US Open when he was defeated in the 1st round by No. 179 Daniel Evans. [NB He gave a walkover to No. 192 Mayer at 2016 Halle.]

•    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 Wimbledon. 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 reached the quarterfinals here in 1994, joined his team in 2014.
•    GROTH is making his 3rd straight appearance at Wimbledon and his 11th appearance at a Grand Slam. He failed to qualify here in 2009 and 2013.

•    Last year here Groth equalled his best Grand Slam result by reaching the 3rd round (l. Roger Federer). He also reached the 3rd round at the 2015 Australian Open (l. Bernard Tomic).

•    Groth is looking to record only his 4th Tour-level match-win this year. His only Tour-level wins this year came at the Australian Open (d. Adrian Mannarino, l. Andy Murray), Miami-1000 (d. Victor Estrella Burgos, l. Dominic Thiem) and Stuttgart (d. Illya Marchenko, l. Thiem).

•    Groth enters Wimbledon with a 3-11 Tour-level win-loss record in 2016, having lost in the 1st round at 7 of the 10 Tour-level events he has contested. He also lost to John Isner in Australia’s 3-1 defeat to USA in Davis Cup in March.

•    Groth is looking for his career best match-win today. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 14 Feliciano Lopez at 2015 Stuttgart. He has lost all 7 of his previous match-ups with a Top 10 player.

•    Prior to coming here, Groth reached the 2nd round at Stuttgart and the quarterfinals at the Manchester Challenger (GBR) (l. Denis Kudla). He failed to qualify at Queen’s and Nottingham.

•    Groth reached a career-high ranking of No. 53 in August 2015 after reaching the quarterfinals at Washington
(l. today’s opponent). He plays here at No. 123 – his lowest ranking since July 2014.

•    Groth won the only 5-set match he has played – defeating Thanasi Kokkinakis in the 2nd round at the 2015 Australian Open.

•    Groth has entered the men’s doubles here with Robert Lindstedt. They will play Leonardo Mayer/Joao Sousa in the 1st round.

•    Groth reached the Wimbledon Junior boys’ doubles final in 2005 with Andrew Kennaugh (GBR) (l. Jesse Levine/Michael Shabaz).

•    Groth is coached by Ben Mathias.

NO. 6 MILOS RAONIC (CAN) v PABLO CARRENO BUSTA (ESP)
Head-to-head: first meeting

RAONIC    v    CARRENO BUSTA

25    Age    24
7    ATP Ranking (20 June)    45
8    Titles    0
51-21    Career Grand Slam Record    5-11
10-5    Wimbledon Record    0-2
238-111    Career Record    53-74
22-14    Career Record – Grass    0-4
31-8    2016 Record    19-16
4-1    2016 Record – Grass    0-1
6-5    Career Five-Set Record    0-4
0    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
151-92    Career Tiebreak Record    23-28
16-5    2016 Tiebreak Record    7-9

•    RAONIC is bidding to maintain his record of always reaching the 2nd round here.

•    Last year here as No. 7 seed, Raonic fell to Nick Kyrgios in the 3rd round. This is his 6th straight appearance at Wimbledon and his 22nd appearance at a Grand Slam overall.

•    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.

•    At the Grand Slams in 2016, Raonic became the first Canadian man in history to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open and reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas).

•    Prior to coming here, Raonic reached his first grass court final at Queen’s (l. Murray).

•    Raonic’s 2016 highlights also include winning his 8th career title at Brisbane, where he recorded his 2nd career win over Federer in the final, and finishing runner-up at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Novak Djokovic).

•    Raonic plays here at No. 6 – his highest seeding at Wimbledon. His highest Grand Slam seeding came at the 2014 US Open, where he was seeded No. 5.

•    Raonic was born in Montenegro but moved to Canada in 1994. He started playing tennis age 8.

•    Raonic added 3-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe to his coaching team at 2016 Queen’s. He also works with former world No. 1 Carlos Moya, who reached the round of 16 here in 2004, and Ricardo Piatti. His fitness trainer is Dalibor Sirola and his physiotherapist is Claudio Zimaglia.

•    CARRENO BUSTA is bidding to record his first Wimbledon match-win.

•    Carreno Busta is bidding to record his first competitive match-win on grass at any level today. He has a 0-4 win-loss record in the grass court matches he has played at Tour, Challenger, Futures or Junior level – with all 4 of those defeats coming at Tour-level.

•    Last year here Carreno Busta fell to Gael Monfils in the 1st round. He also fell in the 1st round on his debut here in 2014 (l. David Ferrer). He lost his opening matches on his only other career appearances on grass at Nottingham in both 2015 (l. Taylor Fritz) and 2016 (l. Mikhail Youzhny).

•    Carreno Busta is making his 3rd Wimbledon appearance and his 12th appearance at a Grand Slam. He has advanced beyond the 1st round on 4 of his previous 11 appearances at the majors.

•    Carreno Busta’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the 3rd round on his US Open debut in 2014 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga).

•    Carreno Busta’s best result in 2016 is reaching the final at both Sao Paulo (l. Pablo Cuevas) and Estoril (l. Nicolas Almagro).

•    Carreno Busta is bidding to record his first win against a Top 10 opponent on his 10th attempt. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 15 Feliciano Lopez at 2014 Valencia.

•    Carreno Busta’s best surface is clay. He has a 40-43 Tour-level win-loss record on the surface, compared with 13-27 on hard and 0-4 on grass.

•    Carreno Busta reached a career-high ranking of No. 43 in May after reaching the 2nd round as a wild card at Madrid-1000 (l. Gilles Simon). He plays here at No. 45.

•    Carreno Busta has never won a 5-set match. He has a 0-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches and has never contested a 5-set match at Wimbledon.

•    Carreno Busta entered the men’s doubles event here alongside Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The pair will play No. 12 seeds Treat Huey/Max Mirnyi in the 1st round.

•    Carreno Busta is coached by Samuel Lopez and Cesar Fagueras. His physical trainer is Walter Navarro.

NO. 9 MARIN CILIC (CRO) v BRIAN BAKER (USA)
Head-to-head: first meeting

CILIC    v    BAKER

27    Age    31
13    ATP Ranking (20 June)    595
14    Titles    0
77-32    Career Grand Slam Record    7-10
17-8    Wimbledon Record    3-1
361-199    Career Record    18-35
44-22    Career Record – Grass    4-3
19-13    2016 Record    0-5
3-2    2016 Record – Grass    0-1
23-9    Career Five-Set Record    1-1
4    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
134-122    Career Tiebreak Record    19-15
7-12    2016 Tiebreak Record    1-4

•    Last year here CILIC equalled his best Wimbledon result by reaching the quarterfinals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. He also reached the last 8 in 2014, losing to Djokovic in 5 sets.

•    Cilic won his first major title at the 2014 US Open, defeating Kei Nishikori in the final. He was the first Croatian to win a Grand Slam title since Goran Ivanisevic at 2001 Wimbledon. 6 Grand Slam champions started this year’s men’s main draw.

•    Prior to coming here, Cilic reached the semifinals at Queen’s (l. Andy Murray) but lost to Radek Stepanek in the 2nd round at Stuttgart (following a 1st round bye).

•    In Grand Slam play in 2016, Cilic reached the 3rd round at the Australian Open (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) but fell in the 1st round to Marco Trungelliti at Roland Garros. It was the 7th time he had lost in the 1st round at a major in 34 Grand Slam events. This is his 10th straight Wimbledon appearance and his 35th Grand Slam overall.

•    Cilic’s best result in 2016 is reaching the finals at Marseille (l. Nick Kyrgios) and Geneva (l. Stan Wawrinka).

•    No. 595 Baker is the lowest-ranked player Cilic has faced at Tour-level. The previous lowest-ranked player he has faced was No. 553 Janko Tipsarevic at 2016 Queen’s. The lowest-ranked player to defeat Cilic is No. 221 Marius Copil at 2012 Beijing.

•    Cilic has won 14 career singles titles, most recently at 2015 Moscow (d. Roberto Bautista Agut). Just one of his titles has come on grass – at 2012 Queen’s when he defeated David Nalbandian by default. Cilic was trailing 76(3) 3-4 when Nalbandian was defaulted for unsportsmanlike conduct after kicking the front of a sponsor’s advertising board which struck a linesman’s leg.

•    In 2012 Cilic contested the 2nd longest men’s singles match in Wimbledon history, defeating Sam Querrey 76(6) 64 67(2) 67(3) 1715 in the 3rd round in 5 hours 31 minutes. He has won 5 of his 8 five-set matches at Wimbledon and has a 23-9 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Cilic reached the quarterfinals of the boys’ singles at 2005 Wimbledon (l. Robin Haase). He finished the year at No. 2 in the ITF Junior Rankings behind Donald Young after winning junior Roland Garros (d. Antal van der Duim) and reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and the US Open.

•    Cilic is coached by 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic.

•    BAKER is making his first appearance at Wimbledon since 2012, where as a qualifier he reached the round of 16
(l. Philipp Kohlschreiber).

•    Baker’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the last 16 here in 2012. This is his 2nd appearance at Wimbledon and his 11th Grand Slam overall.

•    Baker has had an injury interrupted career. Between November 2005 and July 2011 he had 5 surgeries – left hip surgery in November 2005; a sports hernia surgery in 2006; and left hip, right hip and right elbow surgery in 2008. He played just 2 Challenger events during this period. He took 3 years to fully recover from the elbow surgery and returned unranked in July 2011, winning a Futures event in Pittsburgh.

•    Baker had knee surgery in January 2013 after tearing his lateral meniscus during the 2013 Australian Open, returning to the Tour at 2013 Cincinnati-1000. He also underwent DeNovo NT surgery on his right knee at the end of 2014. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 52 in October 2012 but is currently ranked No. 595. He plays here on a protected ranked of No. 56.

•    Baker returned to the Tour for the first time since the 2013 US Open at the 2016 Australian Open, where he lost in the 1st round to Simone Bolelli. He has lost in the 1st round in the 5 Tour-level events he has played this year and is looking for his first Tour-level match-win since he defeated Denis Istomin in the 1st round at 2013 Cincinnati-1000.

•    Also in 2016, Baker reached the 2nd round at the Savannah Challenger (USA) (d. Tommy Paul, l. Denis Kudla) and the Tallahassee Challenger (USA) (d. Tim Smyczek, l. Noah Rubin). His only other victory this year (at any level) came in the 1st round of qualifying for Houston.

•    Prior to coming here Baker lost to Florian Mayer in the 1st round at Halle. 2016 Wimbledon is just the 4th Tour-level grass court event of Baker’s career. As well as reaching the round of 16 at 2012 Wimbledon and losing in the 1st round at 2016 Halle, he also reached the 2nd round at 2004 Newport (d. Wesley Moodie, l. Jeff Morrison).

•    After undergoing elbow surgery in early 2008, Baker enrolled at Belmont University in Nashville where he began pursuing a business degree while serving as an assistant tennis coach. He completed the degree in May 2015.

•    Baker was a successful junior. He reached a career-high ITF Junior Ranking of No. 2 in June 2003, winning a total of 6 junior singles titles and 3 junior doubles titles. The same year he also reached the quarterfinals at junior Wimbledon (l. Chris Guccione). In 2002, he reached the boys’ doubles final at Junior Wimbledon with Rajeev Ram
(l. Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau).

•    Baker is one of 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Wimbledon main draw – an Open Era record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s draw here. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 – set at 2016 Roland Garros.

•    Baker is being coached by his father Steve at 2016 Wimbledon.

NO. 11 DAVID GOFFIN (BEL) v (WC) ALEXANDER WARD (GBR)
Head-to-head: first Tour-level meeting
2012     Le Gosier Challenger     Hard (O)    R16     Goffin     62 36 76(4)

A first Tour-level meeting for these 2 players. Goffin won on a decisive tiebreak when the pair met at the Le Gosier Challenger in 2012.

GOFFIN    v    WARD

25    Age    26
11    ATP Ranking (20 June)    244
2    Titles    0
22-16    Career Grand Slam Record    0-0
5-4    Wimbledon Record    0-0
121-91    Career Record    0-2
11-13    Career Record – Grass    0-1
28-12    2016 Record    0-1
2-1    2016 Record – Grass    0-1
7-3    Career Five-Set Record    0-0
1    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
36-39    Career Tiebreak Record    1-2
8-9    2016 Tiebreak Record    1-1

•    GOFFIN is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 3rd time.

•    Goffin has lost in the 1st round here on 2 occasions – in 2013 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and 2014 (l. Andy Murray). This is his 5th straight appearance at Wimbledon and his 17th appearance at a Grand Slam overall.

•    Last year here, Goffin recorded his best Wimbledon result by reaching the round of 16 (l. Stan Wawrinka). He was only the 4th Belgian man in the Open Era to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon after Dick Norman, Xavier Malisse and Olivier Rochus.

•    Goffin’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals at 2016 Roland Garros (l. Dominic Thiem). He was just the 2nd Belgian man to reach the last 8 at Roland Garros after Filip Dewulf (1997-98) and only the 3rd Belgian man in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal after Dewulf and Malisse (2002 Wimbledon).

•    Also in Grand Slam play this year, Goffin reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. Roger Federer). He was the 4th Belgian man to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros and the first since Rochus in 2005.

•    Also in 2016, Goffin reached the semifinals at back-to-back Masters-1000 events at Indian Wells
(l. Milos Raonic) and Miami (l. Novak Djokovic). He plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 11, first achieved after he reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

•    Goffin warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at Halle (l. Federer) – one of only 4 times in which he has won back-to-back matches on grass at Tour-level.

•    Goffin’s career-best results on grass are reaching the final at 2015 ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Nicolas Mahut) and the round of 16 at 2015 Wimbledon.

•    Goffin plays here as No. 11 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 and Thomas Johansson. He trains at the Belgian Tennis Federation in Mons.

•    Wild card WARD is looking to record his first Tour-level match-win on his Grand Slam debut.

•    Ward is contesting just his 3rd career Tour-level event. He fell in the 1st round on his only 2 previous Tour-level appearances – as a qualifier at 2013 Stuttgart (l. Fabio Fognini) and as a wild card at 2016 Nottingham (l. Frank Dancevic).

•    Ward plays primarily on the Challenger and Futures Circuits. His career-best result is reaching the semifinals at the 2016 Bangkok Challenger (THA) (l. Sam Barry). Also in 2016, he won the titles at the Turkey F10 Futures
(d. Demian Raab) and the Tunisia F12 Futures (d. Pedro Sousa).

•    Prior to coming here, Ward reached the quarterfinals as a wild card at the Manchester Challenger (GBR) (l. Peter Gojowczyk), but fell in the 1st round as a wild card at both the Surbiton Challenger (GBR) and at Nottingham. He also fell in the 1st round as a wild card in qualifying for Queen’s. He is on a 4-match losing streak on grass at any level.

•    Ward has unsuccessfully attempted to qualify for Wimbledon on 4 occasions. As a wild card, he lost in the 1st round of qualifying in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. He has never attempted to qualify for another Grand Slam.

•    Ward reached a career-high ranking of No. 242 earlier this month after reaching the quarterfinals at the Manchester Challenger. He plays here at No. 244.

•    Ward entered the men’s doubles event here as a wild card with Brydan Klein. The pair will play No. 15 seeds Pablo Cuevas/Marcel Granollers in the 1st round.

•    Ward is one of 15 British players (men and women) to start in the singles main draws here – the most since 2006, when there were also 15. There are 9 British men starting the singles draw – the most since 2006 when 10 men started the singles draw here.

•    Ward is coached by Dani Navarro.

NO. 13 DAVID FERRER (ESP) v DUDI SELA (ISR)

Head-to-head: Ferrer leads 2-1
2008    Beijing            Hard (O)    R16    Sela        63 63
2009    Johannesburg        Hard (O)    R32    Ferrer        62 60
2016    ‘s-Hertogenbosch    Grass (O)    R16    Ferrer        64 64

A 4th career meeting between the 2 players, but their first at a Grand Slam. Ferrer won their only previous meeting on a grass court earlier this month in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Ferrer and Sela are 2 of the 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Wimbledon main draw. This is a Wimbledon record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s singles event. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 at 2016 Roland Garros.

FERRER    v    SELA

34    Age    31
14    ATP Ranking (20 June)    71
26    Titles    0
137-53    Career Grand Slam Record    19-33
25-12    Wimbledon Record    4-7
679-324    Career Record    119-160
40-20    Career Record – Grass    20-23
22-13    2016 Record    7-11
1-2    2016 Record – Grass    4-2
20-11    Career Five-Set Record    7-7
4    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
153-135    Career Tiebreak Record    52-54
6-4    2016 Tiebreak Record    5-3

•    FERRER is contesting his 13th Wimbledon and his 54th Grand Slam overall.

•    Ferrer has not lost in the 1st round at a Grand Slam event since 2005 Wimbledon, where as No. 17 seed he lost to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. It is the only time he has lost in the 1st round at Wimbledon.

•    Ferrer missed Wimbledon last year with an elbow injury, bringing an end to his run of 50 consecutive Grand Slam appearances. He sits in 7th place on the Open Era list for the most consecutive appearances at the majors.

•    Ferrer’s best Wimbledon result is a quarterfinal finish as No. 7 seed in 2012 (l. Andy Murray) and as No. 4 seed in 2013 (l. Juan Martin del Potro).

•    Ferrer’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the 2013 Roland Garros final (l. Rafael Nadal). He set an Open Era record for most appearances at a major before reaching the final (42).

•    Ferrer warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Gilles Muller) (after receiving a 1st round bye) but fell in the 1st round at Halle (l. Andreas Seppi).

•    Ferrer is one of 24 grasscourt titlists to start in the 2016 Wimbledon men’s main draw. He lifted the trophy at
’s-Hertogenbosch as top seed in both 2008 (d. Marc Gicquel) and 2012 (d. Philipp Petzschner). He has won 26 Tour-level titles overall.

•    At the Grand Slams in 2016, Ferrer reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open (l. Murray) and the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Tomas Berdych). It was his earliest exit at Roland Garros since he fell in the round of 16 in 2011.

•    Also in 2016, Ferrer reached the semifinals at Auckland (l. Jack Sock), Buenos Aires (l. Nicolas Almagro) and Geneva (l. Marin CIlic).

•    Ferrer dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time since October 2010 in May after losing in the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Lucas Pouille),
•    Ferrer has twice lost to a player ranked as low as today’s opponent at Wimbledon – falling to No. 81 Garcia-Lopez in the 1st round in 2005 and to No. 118 Andrey Kuznetsov in the 2nd round in 2014.
•    Ferrer is coached by Francisco Fogues.

•    SELA is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the first time since 2011.

•    Sela has lost in the 1st round in 5 of his 7 previous appearances at Wimbledon – in 2008 (l. Olivier Rochus), 2010 (l. Mikhail Youzhny), 2012 (l. Ivo Karlovic), 2014 (l. Mikhail Kukushkin) and 2015 (l. Dominic Thiem).

•    Sela’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 at 2009 Wimbledon (l. Novak Djokovic). This is his 8th Wimbledon appearance and his 34th appearance at a major overall.

•    At the Grand Slams in 2016, Sela equalled his best Australian Open performance by reaching the 3rd round
(l. Andrey Kuznetsov). He fell in 5-sets to Dustin Brown in the 1st round at Roland Garros. He has a 7-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches but has never played a 5-set match at Wimbledon.

•    Sela warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at Nottingham (l. Andreas Seppi) and the 2nd round at ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. today’s opponent). His quarterfinal finish at Nottingham was one of just 3 occasions in which he has recorded 3 straight Tour-level match-wins on grass. He also recorded 3 straight wins on grass in reaching the round of 16 at 2009 Wimbledon and the quarterfinals at 2010 Queen’s.

•    Also in 2016, Sela won the title at the Shenzhen Challenger (CHN) (d. Di Wu) and finished runner-up at both the Happy Valley Challenger (AUS) (l. Taylor Fritz) and the Karshi Challenger (UZB) (l. Marko Tepavac).

•    Sela received a travel grant from the Grand Slam Development Fund in 2001.

•    Sela won his first Tour-level title in doubles at 2016 Istanbul (d. Andres Molteni/Diego Schwartzman) with Flavio Cipolla.

•    Sela entered the men’s doubles event here with Stephane Robert. The pair will play Marcos Baghdatis/Mikhail Youzhny in the 1st round.

•    Sela is coached by Yoav Benzvi.

KYLE EDMUND (GBR) v ADRIAN MANNARINO (FRA)
Head-to-head: first meeting

EDMUND    v    MANNARINO

21    Age    27*
68    ATP Ranking (20 June)    54
0    Titles    0
2-6    Career Grand Slam Record    17-25
0-3    Wimbledon Record    6-5
10-23    Career Record    95-123
3-9    Career Record – Grass    23-19
8-10    2016 Record    18-15
2-2    2016 Record – Grass    5-3
1-2    Career Five-Set Record    3-3
0    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
8-11    Career Tiebreak Record    36-54
7-3    2016 Tiebreak Record    2-7
*Turns 28 on 29 June

•    EDMUND is looking to record his first-ever match-win at Wimbledon. He has lost in the 1st round here on his previous 3 appearances – as a wild card in 2013 (l. Jerzy Janowicz), 2014 (l. Andreas Haider-Maurer) and 2015 (l. Alexandr Dolgopolov).

•    Edmund has lost in the 1st round in 5 of the 7 Grand Slam events he has contested. His only Grand Slam match-wins have come at Roland Garros where he reached the 2nd round as a qualifier in 2015, when he defeated Stephane Robert in 5 sets in the 1st round before giving a walkover to Nick Kyrgios with an abdominal injury, and as a direct acceptance in 2016 (d. Nikoloz Basilashvili, l. John Isner).

•    In Grand Slam play this year, in addition to reaching the 2nd round at Roland Garros, Edmund lost in the 1st round at the Australian Open to Damir Dzumhur in 5-sets. He has a 1-2 win-loss record in 5 set matches and has never played a 5-set match at Wimbledon.

•    Edmund’s best results in 2016 have come on the Challenger Circuit. He won the titles at Dallas (USA) (d. Daniel Evans) and Rome (ITA) (d. Filip Krajinovic) and reached the final at Maui (USA) (l. Di Wu). His best Tour-level performance this year is reaching the quarterfinals as a qualifier at Doha (l. Tomas Berdych) and as a wild card at Queen’s (l. Andy Murray).

•    Prior to coming here as well as reaching the quarterfinals at Queen’s, Edmund recorded a 2nd round finish at Nottingham (d. Lukas Rosol, l. Dolgopolov). He plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 68.

•    Edmund was a successful junior player, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 8 in January 2012. He reached the semifinals at the 2011 Junior US Open and 2013 Junior Wimbledon. He had more success on the doubles court, winning the boys’ doubles titles with Frederico Ferreira Silva at the 2012 US Open and at 2013 Roland Garros.

•    Edmund was also a member of the British Junior Davis Cup team, captained by Greg Rusedski, which won the title in San Luis Potosi, Mexico in 2011.

•    Edmund is one of 15 British players (men and women) to start in the singles main draws here – the most since 2006, when there were also 15. There are 9 British men starting the singles draw – the most since 2006 when 10 men started the singles draw here.

•    Edmund has entered the men’s doubles here as a wild card with compatriot James Ward. The pair will play Argentine duo Federico Delbonis/Diego Schwartzman in the 1st round.

•    Edmund is coached by Ryan Jones.

•    Lefthander MANNARINO is looking to reach the 2nd round here for the 5th time. Last year here he lost to Gael Monfils in the 2nd round.

•    Mannarino’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 at 2013 Wimbledon (l. Lukasz Kubot). His 2nd round match against John Isner, which lasted 10 points and 15 minutes, was the second shortest match in terms of games at Wimbledon in the Open Era. Isner retired with a left knee injury with the score at 1-1. This is Mannarino’s 6th Wimbledon appearance and his 26th Grand Slam overall.

•    Prior to coming here, Mannarino reached the quarterfinals at ‘s-Hertogenbosch (l. Ivo Karlovic), the 3rd round at Nottingham (l. Andreas Seppi) and the 2nd round as a qualifier at Queen’s (l. Steve Johnson).

•    Also in 2016, Mannarino reached the semifinals at Nice (l. Dominic Thiem), the quarterfinals at Sofia (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) and Delray Beach (l. Grigor Dimitrov) and the 3rd round at Indian Wells-1000 and Miami-1000. He also won the title at the Noumeau Challenger (CAL) (d. Alejandro Falla).

•    In Grand Slam play in 2016, Mannarino fell in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Sam Groth) but reached the 2nd round at Roland Garros (d. Mikhail Kukushkin, l. Milos Raonic).

•    Mannarino reached a career-high ranking of No. 27 in July 2015 after finishing runner-up at Bogota. He plays here at No. 54.

•    Mannarino has a 3-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches. In his most recent 5-set match he won the first 2 sets of his 2nd round match with Andy Murray at the 2015 US Open, before losing 57 46 61 63 61.

•    Mannarino was one of 16 Frenchmen to start in the main draw here – an Open Era record. The previous record was 15 in 2007, 2011 and 2013.

•    Mannarino was one of 17 lefthanded players to start the men’s main draw here. The last lefthander to win the Wimbledon title was Rafael Nadal in 2010.

•    Mannarino has entered the men’s doubles here with compatriot Lucas Pouille. They will face countrymen and top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut in the 1st round.

•    Mannarino is coached by Erwann Tortuyaux. His fitness trainer is Pascal Supiot.

RICARDAS BERANKIS (LTU) v (Q) MARCUS WILLIS (GBR)
Head-to-head: first meeting

BERANKIS    v    WILLIS

26    Age    25
53    ATP Ranking (20 June)    775
0    Titles    0
9-14    Career Grand Slam Record    0-0
2-3    Wimbledon Record    0-0
77-78    Career Record    0-0
2-10    Career Record – Grass    0-0
7-9    2016 Record    0-0
0-2    2016 Record – Grass    0-0
5-3    Career Five-Set Record    0-0
2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
32-37    Career Tiebreak Record    0-0
1-5    2016 Tiebreak Record    0-0

•    This is BERANKIS’ 4th appearance at Wimbledon and his 15th appearance at a Grand Slam. He is the only player from Lithuania to appear at a Grand Slam event.

•    Last year here, Berankis equalled his best performance at Wimbledon by reaching the 2nd round (l. Marin Cilic). He also reached the 2nd round here on his Grand Slam debut as a qualifier in 2010 (l. Feliciano Lopez).

•    Berankis’ best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 3rd round at the Australian Open in 2011 (l. David Ferrer) and as a qualifier in 2013 (l. Andy Murray).

•    Berankis has not won a Grand Slam match this year. He lost in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Alexandr Dolgopolov) and at Roland Garros (l. Nicolas Mahut).

•    Prior to coming here, Berankis lost in the opening round at Halle (l. Malek Jaziri) and in the 2nd round at Nottingham (l. Daniel Evans), having received a 1st round bye.

•    Berankis became the first Lithuanian to reach a Tour-level final as a qualifier at 2012 Los Angeles. Ranked No. 141 he lost to No. 2 seed Sam Querrey in the final.

•    Berankis’ best result in 2016 is reaching the semifinals at Memphis (l. Taylor Fritz). Also this year, Berankis won back-to-back Challenger titles at the Gwangju Challenger (KOR) and the Nanjing Challenger (CHN), defeating Grega Zemlja in both finals.

•    Berankis has a 2-2 win-loss record against British players. His only meeting against a British player in a Grand Slam came at the 2013 Australian Open (l. Murray). He won both of his 2 other meetings with British players in best-of-5-set matches, defeating Evans and James Ward in a Davis Cup tie in 2010.

•    Berankis has lost his last 2 matches against qualifiers, at 2015 ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Tatsuma Ito) and at 2015 Shenzhen (l. Hiroki Moriya). He won his only previous meeting with a qualifier at a Grand Slam at 2010 Wimbledon
(d. Carsten Ball).

•    Berankis was ITF Junior World Champion in 2007 and finished the year ranked as the No. 1 junior having won the Junior US Open (d. Jerzy Janowicz). He also reached the semifinals at Junior Wimbledon (l. Uladzimir Ignatik) and the Junior Australian Open (l. Brydan Klein).

•    Berankis is coached by Rainer Schuettler, a former world No. 5 who reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2008, and Dirk Hordorff.

•    Lefthanded qualifier WILLIS is making his Grand Slam – and Tour-level – singles debut.

•    Willis came through the LTA Wimbledon wild card play-offs without losing a set. He defeated No. 3 seed Luke Bambridge 76(8) 76(5), Jonny O’Mara 75 64 and Joe Salisbury 63 64 to earn a wild card into Wimbledon qualifying. Ranked No. 775, he was the last direct acceptance into the play-offs.

•    Willis defeated No. 4 seed Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 16 64 61, Andrey Rublev (RUS) 75 64 and Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 36 75 63 64 in the 3 rounds of qualifying. Willis failed to qualify to play in the singles event here as a wild card in 2009 and 2014, and did not attempt to qualify in 2010-13 or 2015.

•    Willis endured an injury-affected start to the year which limited him to just one tournament in January. As a qualifier he reached the quarterfinals of the Tunisia F1 Futures event (l. Pedro Sousa). He then took up a coaching job while continuing to train and has been playing in German and French tennis leagues.

•    Willis has won a grass-court title. In July 2013, he won the Great Britain F14 Futures (d. Neil Pauffley).

•    Willis has never faced a player ranked as high as today’s opponent. The highest-ranked opponent he has faced is No. 55 Igor Sijsling at the 2014 Nottingham Challenger (GBR). He has won one of his 4 matches against Top 100 players at any level, when he defeated No. 99 Sugita in the 1st round of qualifying here.

•    Willis and No. 791 Albano Olivetti, who also qualified for the main draw here, are the 2 lowest-ranked players to qualify for the men’s singles main draw at a Grand Slam since No. 1,122 Mark Knowles at 1998 Wimbledon.

•    This year there are 15 British players in the men’s and women’s singles’ draws at Wimbledon – the most since 2006 when there were also 15. 8 of them did not use wildcard entry. The last time as many as 8 British players played in the main draw at Wimbledon without using a wildcard was in 1985.

•    9 British men start the main draw here this year – the most since 2006 when there were 10.

•    Willis was ranked No. 15 in the ITF junior rankings in 2008. He reached the 3rd round at Junior Wimbledon in 2007 (l. Gastao Elias) and 2008 (l. Bernard Tomic).

•    Willis is a tennis coach at the Warwick Boat Club.

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2016 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s First Round Head-to-Heads

2016 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s First Round Head-to-Heads (Without Qualifiers)

Singles Head to Head
Career
(Only tour-level main draw matches are counted in head-to-head totals.)
Novak DJOKOVIC v James WARD
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Kyle EDMUND v Adrian MANNARINO
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Lukas ROSOL v Sam QUERREY
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER v Pierre-Hugues HERBERT
Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER LEADS 2 : 0
2014 Halle Grass (O) R16 Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER 6-2 6-4
2016 Stuttgart Outdoor Grass (O) R32 Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER 6-4 6-1

Damir DZUMHUR v Denis KUDLA
TIED 0 : 0
2014 Miami Qualifying Draw Hard (O) R64 Damir DZUMHUR 6-3 6-4

Brydan KLEIN v Nicolas MAHUT
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Dudi SELA v David FERRER
David FERRER LEADS 2 : 1
2008 Beijing Hard (O) R16 Dudi SELA 6-3 6-3
2009 Johannesburg Hard (O) R32 David FERRER 6-2 6-0
2016 ‘s-Hertogenbosch Grass (O) R16 David FERRER 6-4 6-4

David GOFFIN v Alexander WARD
TIED 0 : 0
2012 Le Gosier Challenger Hard (O) R16 David GOFFIN 6-2 3-6 7-6(4)

Nicolas ALMAGRO v Rogerio DUTRA SILVA
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Denis ISTOMIN v Kevin ANDERSON
Kevin ANDERSON LEADS 2 : 0
2013 Sydney Hard (O) QF Kevin ANDERSON 6-4 6-3
2013 Atlanta Hard (O) QF Kevin ANDERSON 6-3 3-6 6-3

Jack SOCK v Ernests GULBIS
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Diego SCHWARTZMAN v Robin HAASE
Robin HAASE LEADS 2 : 0
2013 Hamburg Clay (O) R64 Robin HAASE 7-6(3) 4-6 7-5
2016 Indian Wells Hard (O) R128 Robin HAASE 6-3 6-4

Andreas SEPPI v Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ
Andreas SEPPI LEADS 4 : 1
2007 Monte Carlo Qualifying Draw Clay (O) R16 Andreas SEPPI 6-3 6-3
2008 U.S. Open Hard (O) R64 Andreas SEPPI 6-2 4-6 6-2 6-2
2009 Miami Hard (O) R128 Andreas SEPPI 7-6(6) 6-1
2009 French Open Clay (O) R128 Andreas SEPPI 6-3 6-3 6-1
2012 Doha Hard (O) R16 Andreas SEPPI 7-5 6-3
2015 Zagreb Hard (I) FR Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ 7-6(4) 6-3

Pablo CARRENO BUSTA v Milos RAONIC
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Roger FEDERER v Guido PELLA
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Daniel EVANS v Jan-Lennard STRUFF
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Evgeny DONSKOY v Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV
Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV LEADS 1 : 0
2009 Astana Challenger Hard (I) R32 Evgeny DONSKOY 6-2 7-6(5)
2016 Barcelona Clay (O) R32 Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV 4-6 7-6(9) 6-4
Gael MONFILS v Jeremy CHARDY
Gael MONFILS LEADS 1 : 0
2008 Marrakech Challenger Clay (O) FR Gael MONFILS 7-6(2) 7-6(6)
2009 U.S. Open Hard (O) R128 Gael MONFILS 6-1 6-4 6-3

Malek JAZIRI v Steve JOHNSON
TIED 0 : 0
2012 Izmir Challenger Hard (O) R16 Steve JOHNSON 6-3 5-7 6-4
2014 Dallas Challenger Hard (I) FR Steve JOHNSON 6-4 6-4

Janko TIPSAREVIC v Gilles SIMON
Gilles SIMON LEADS 8 : 2
2008 Rotterdam Hard (I) R16 Gilles SIMON 7-6(4) 7-6(4)
2011 Miami Hard (O) R16 Gilles SIMON 4-6 7-6(3) 6-2
2011 Cincinnati Hard (O) R32 Gilles SIMON 6-7(3) 6-2 6-3
2012 Monte Carlo Clay (O) R16 Gilles SIMON 6-0 4-6 6-1
2012 Madrid Clay (O) R16 Janko TIPSAREVIC 7-6(3) 5-7 6-1
2012 Bangkok Hard (O) SF Gilles SIMON 6-4 6-4
2012 Tokyo Outdoor Hard (O) R32 Janko TIPSAREVIC 4-6 6-3 6-1
2012 Valencia Hard (O) R32 Gilles SIMON 5-4 RET
2013 Miami Hard (O) R16 Gilles SIMON 5-7 6-2 6-2
2015 Bucharest Clay (O) R16 Gilles SIMON 7-5 6-4

Marin CILIC v Brian BAKER
TIED 0 : 0
2016 Wimbledon Grass (O) R128

Borna CORIC v Ivo KARLOVIC
Ivo KARLOVIC LEADS 1 : 0
2015 Bucharest Clay (O) R16 Ivo KARLOVIC 3-6 6-3 6-4

Pablo CUEVAS v Andrey KUZNETSOV
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Santiago GIRALDO v Gilles MULLER
Gilles MULLER LEADS 1 : 0
2012 ‘s-Hertogenbosch Grass (O) R32 Gilles MULLER 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3

Julien BENNETEAU v Illya MARCHENKO
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Sam GROTH v Kei NISHIKORI
Kei NISHIKORI LEADS 1 : 0
2015 Washington Hard (O) QF Kei NISHIKORI 6-4 6-4

Dominic THIEM v Florian MAYER
Florian MAYER LEADS 1 : 0
2016 Halle Grass (O) SF Florian MAYER 6-3 6-4

Dmitry TURSUNOV v Joao SOUSA
Joao SOUSA LEADS 1 : 0
2013 Cincinnati Qualifying Draw Hard (O) R16 Dmitry TURSUNOV 6-1 6-4
2013 St. Petersburg Hard (I) QF Joao SOUSA 6-4 6-3

Alexander ZVEREV v Paul-Henri MATHIEU
Paul-Henri MATHIEU LEADS 1 : 0
2014 Braunschweig Challenger Clay (O) FR Alexander ZVEREV 1-6 6-1 6-4
2014 St Remy Challenger Hard (O) R32 Alexander ZVEREV 6-4 6-2
2015 Aix En Provence Challenger Clay (O) SF Paul-Henri MATHIEU 6-4 4-6 7-5
2016 Montpellier Hard (I) SF Paul-Henri MATHIEU 7-6(11) 7-5
2016 Wimbledon Grass (O) R128

Horacio ZEBALLOS v Mikhail YOUZHNY
Mikhail YOUZHNY LEADS 1 : 0
2009 Moscow Hard (I) R32 Mikhail YOUZHNY 6-1 7-6(5)

Benjamin BECKER v Facundo BAGNIS
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Ivan DODIG v Tomas BERDYCH
Tomas BERDYCH LEADS 1 : 0
2011 Chennai Hard (O) R16 Tomas BERDYCH 6-2 6-4
2016 Wimbledon Grass (O) R128

Roberto BAUTISTA AGUT v Jordan THOMPSON
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Mikhail KUKUSHKIN v Martin KLIZAN
TIED 0 : 0
2010 Furth Challenger Clay (O) R32 Mikhail KUKUSHKIN 7-6(6) 7-5

Fernando VERDASCO v Bernard TOMIC
Bernard TOMIC LEADS 4 : 1
2009 Brisbane Hard (O) R32 Fernando VERDASCO 6-4 6-2
2012 Australian Open Hard (O) R128 Bernard TOMIC 4-6 6-7(3) 6-4 6-2 7-5
2014 Stockholm Hard (I) QF Bernard TOMIC 0-6 6-4 7-6(6)
2015 Shanghai Hard (O) R64 Bernard TOMIC 6-3 7-6(3)
2016 Queen’s Grass (O) R16 Bernard TOMIC 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4

Donald YOUNG v Leonardo MAYER
TIED 1 : 1
2012 Winston-Salem Hard (O) R64 Donald YOUNG 4-6 6-3 6-2
2014 Stockholm Hard (I) R32 Leonardo MAYER 6-4 6-4

Stephane ROBERT v Juan Martin DEL POTRO
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Taylor FRITZ v Stan WAWRINKA
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Richard GASQUET v Aljaz BEDENE
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Marcel GRANOLLERS v Victor ESTRELLA BURGOS
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Vasek POSPISIL v Albert RAMOS-VINOLAS
NO MATCHES PLAYED
John ISNER v Marcos BAGHDATIS
John ISNER LEADS 6 : 0
2009 Los Angeles Hard (O) R16 John ISNER 6-3 7-6(11)
2011 Canadian Open Hard (O) R64 John ISNER 6-3 6-4
2011 Winston-Salem Hard (O) QF John ISNER 1-6 6-3 6-4
2011 U.S. Open Hard (O) R128 John ISNER 7-6(2) 7-6(11) 2-6 6-4
2013 Washington Hard (O) QF John ISNER 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4
2015 Atlanta Hard (O) FR John ISNER 6-3 6-3

Taro DANIEL v Juan MONACO
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Inigo CERVANTES HUEGUN v Jo-Wilfried TSONGA
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Nick KYRGIOS v Radek STEPANEK
Nick KYRGIOS LEADS 1 : 0
2013 French Open Clay (O) R128 Nick KYRGIOS 7-6(4) 7-6(8) 7-6(11)

Dusan LAJOVIC v Dustin BROWN
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Federico DELBONIS v Fabio FOGNINI
Fabio FOGNINI LEADS 2 : 1
2011 Madrid Qualifying Draw Clay (O) R32 Federico DELBONIS 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2
2013 Hamburg Clay (O) FR Fabio FOGNINI 4-6 7-6(8) 6-2
2015 Rio De Janeiro Clay (O) QF Fabio FOGNINI 6-4 6-7(10) 7-6(9)
2016 Buenos Aires Clay (O) R32 Federico DELBONIS 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4

Rajeev RAM v Feliciano LOPEZ
Feliciano LOPEZ LEADS 1 : 0
2010 Johannesburg Hard (O) QF Feliciano LOPEZ 7-6(2) 6-3

John MILLMAN v Albert MONTANES
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Liam BROADY v Andy MURRAY
NO MATCHES PLAYED

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ITF Announces Singles Entries for Rio 2016 Paralympic Tennis Event

 

 

 ITF

 

(June 24, 2106) The ITF announced the full list of singles entries for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Tennis Event at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Barra Olympic Park on 9-16 September. A total of 100 players from 29 countries will compete at the venue for six gold medals, with singles and doubles competitions held in men’s, women’s and quad categories. The doubles teams will be confirmed in July, but will comprise those players already contesting the singles events.

 

The men’s singles event will feature 52 players, women’s singles 32 players and quad singles 16 players. The quad event is open to both men and women.

 

The entries are a combination of direct acceptances based on the ITF wheelchair world rankings of 23 May 2016, and Bipartite Commission Invitation places awarded by the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Committee and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Four Doubles World Ranking Allocation places have been awarded in the men’s doubles to ensure the strongest possible competition, with these players also receiving entry into the singles. The men’s and women’s winners of the 2014 Asian Para Games and the 2015 Para PanAm Games have also received a direct entry.

 

Two-time Paralympic singles champion Shingo Kunieda of Japan will defend his men’s title in a strong field that also includes world No. 1 and London 2012 silver medallist Stephane Houdet of France. Australian Open champion Gordon Reid of Great Britain, and Roland Garros champion Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina are among the other leading names.

 

The women’s singles is guaranteed a new champion following the retirement of four-time Paralympic singles gold medallist Esther Vergeer of Netherlands. World No. 1 Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot will look to continue the Dutch dominance of the event, having won bronze and silver respectively at London 2012. US Open champion Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain, and Roland Garros champion Marjolein Buis of Netherlands are also among the entries.

 

There will be a new winner of the quad singles, with world No. 1 Dylan Alcott of Australia heading the entries. American David Wagner, a three-time Paralympic singles medallist, will also be bidding for gold, alongside his compatriot and London 2012 bronze medallist Nick Taylor, with whom he has won three consecutive Paralympic men’s doubles titles.

 

The Paralympic Tennis Event will be played on hard court, with nine match courts and six practice courts, including a 10,000-capacity centre court, and 3,000-capacity second show court. The Olympic Tennis Centre will previously be used for the Olympic Tennis Event on 6-14 August.

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “Following the most successful Paralympic Tennis Event in history at London 2012, I am confident that this year’s event will be an equally memorable competition. Wheelchair tennis has become one of the most popular Paralympic sports thanks to its outstanding athletes and great personalities, and we are looking forward to a great atmosphere and some fierce competition.”

 

A full list of entries is below.

RIO 2016 PARALYMPIC TENNIS EVENT

COUNTRIES AND PARTICIPANTS

 

MEN’S SINGLES ENTRY LIST

 

Argentina                  Ezequiel Casco, Gustavo Fernandez (PPA), Agustin Ledesma

Australia                   Adam Kellerman, Ben Weekes

Austria                      Nico Langmann, Martin Legner

Belgium                    Mike Denayer (**), Joachim Gerard

Brazil                        Rafael Medeiros, Mauricio Pomme (**), Daniel Rodrigues, Carlos Santos

Canada                      Philippe Bedard (*)

Chile                         Robinson Mendez (*)

China, P.R.                Dong Shunjiang (**), Zujun Wei

Colombia                  Eliecer Oquendo (*)

France                       Frederic Cattaneo, Stephane Houdet, Michael Jeremiasz, Nicolas Peifer

Great Britain              Alfie Hewett, Marc McCarroll, David Phillipson, Gordon Reid

Greece                      Stefanos Diamantis (*)

Hungary                    Roland Nemeth (*)

Israel                         Adam Berdichevski

Italy                           Fabian Mazzei

Japan                        Shingo Kunieda (AP), Takuya Miki, Satoshi Saida, Takashi Sanada

Korea, Rep.               Ho-Won Im (*), Ha-Gel Lee (*)

Malaysia                    Abu Samah Borhan (*)

Netherlands               Tom Egberink, Maikel Scheffers

Poland                      Kamil Fabisiak, Tadeusz Kruszelnicki

South Africa              Leon Els, Evans Maripa

Spain                        Daniel Caverzaschi , Martin De La Puente, Francesc Tur

Sri Lanka                  Upali Rajakaruna (*)

Sweden                     Stefan Olsson, Dan Wallin (**)

Thailand                    Suthi Khlongrua (*)

USA                          Steve Baldwin (*), Jon Rydberg (*)

 

WOMEN’S SINGLES ENTRY LIST

Brazil                        Rejane Candida (*), Natalia Mayara (PPA)

Chile                         Macarena Cabrillana (*), Francisca Mardones

China, P.R.                Hui Min Huang (*), Zhenzhen Zhu

Colombia                  Angelica Bernal (*)

France                       Charlotte Famin, Emmanuelle Morch (*)

Germany                   Sabine Ellerbrock, Katharina Kruger

Great Britain              Louise Hunt, Lucy Shuker, Jordanne Whiley

Italy                           Marianna Lauro

Japan                        Kanako Domori, Yui Kamiji, Miho Nijo

Korea, Rep.               Ju-Youn Park

Netherlands               Marjolein Buis, Diede De Groot, Jiske Griffioen, Aniek van Koot

Russia                       Ludmila Bubnova, Viktoriia Lvova

South Africa              Kgothatso Montjane

Spain                        Lola Ochoa (*)

Thailand                    Sakhorn Khanthasit (AP)

Turkey                       Busra Un (*)

USA                          Emmy Kaiser, Dana Mathewson, Kaitlyn Verfuerth (*)

 

QUAD SINGLES ENTRY LIST

 

Australia                   Dylan Alcott, Heath Davidson (*)

Brazil                        Rodrigo Oliveira (*), Ymanitu Silva (*)

Great Britain              Jamie Burdekin, Antony Cotterill, Andrew Lapthorne

Israel                         Itay Erenlib, Shraga Weinberg

Italy                           Alberto Corradi

Japan                        Shota Kawano, Mitsuteru Moroishi

South Africa              Lucas Sithole

USA                          Bryan Barten (*), Nicholas Taylor, David Wagner

 

(*) Bipartite Commission Invitation place

(**) Doubles World Ranking Allocation place

(AP) Asian Para Games winner

(PPA) Para PanAm Games winner

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Maria Sharapova Suspended for Two Years for Testing Positive for Meldonium

 

(June 8, 2016) Maria Sharapova has been suspended from tennis for two years for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open. Sharapova said she will appeal the ruling by an independent three-person panel appointed by the International Tennis Federation.

Sharapova was initially provisionally suspended by the ITF in March after she announced that she failed a doping test at the Australian Open.

Below is the press release from the ITF about the decision, a PDF of the decision itself,  a statement from WADA, Sharapova’s statement on her Facebook page and a statement from the WTA tour.

 

 

ITF

From the International Tennis Federation: 8 June 2016 – London, ENGLAND

Decision in the case of Maria Sharapova

An Independent Tribunal appointed under Article 8.1 of the 2016 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the “Programme”) has found that Maria Sharapova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme and as a consequence has disqualified the affected results and imposed a period of ineligibility of two years, commencing on 26 January 2016.

 

Ms. Sharapova, a 29-year-old player from Russia, provided a urine sample on 26 January 2016, after her quarterfinal match at the 2016 Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia. That sample was sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain meldonium, which is a metabolic modulator that is included under section S4 (Hormone and Metabolic Modulators) of the 2016 WADA Prohibited List, and therefore is also prohibited under the Programme.

 

On 2 March 2016, Ms. Sharapova was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample). She promptly admitted that she had committed the Anti-Doping Rule Violation charged, and asked for a hearing before an Independent Tribunal in accordance with Article 8 of the Programme to determine the consequences to be imposed on her for that violation.

 

At a two-day hearing on 18-19 May 2016, the Independent Tribunal received evidence and heard legal arguments from both parties, and subsequently issued a reasoned decision on 8 June, which is available at www.itftennis.com/antidoping. The Independent Tribunal determined that (1) Ms. Sharapova should serve a period of ineligibility of two years; (2) due to her prompt admission of her violation, that period of ineligibility should be back-dated under Article 10.10.3(b) of the Programme to commence from 26 January 2016 (the date of sample collection) and so should end at midnight on 25 January 2018; and (3) her results at the 2016 Australian Open should be disqualified, with resulting forfeiture of the ranking points and prize money that she won at that event.

 

The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP, and WTA. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon a finding that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed under the Programme in compliance with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code. More information on the Programme, sanctions, statistics, and related matters can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.

Full decision in the case of Maria Sharapova 231178

 

WADA statement regarding Maria Sharapova case

WADA acknowledges the decision issued today by the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Independent Tribunal which found that Maria Sharapova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) for the use of banned substance Meldonium, and that, as a consequence, a period of ineligibility of two (2) years has been imposed, commencing on 26 January 2016.

As with all decisions made by Anti-Doping Organizations, WADA will review the decision, including its reasoning, and will subsequently decide whether or not to use its independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

 

Sharapova

Maria Sharapova’s statement on decision from her Facebook page:

Today with their decision of a two year suspension, the ITF tribunal unanimously concluded that what I did was not intentional. The tribunal found that I did not seek treatment from my doctor for the purpose of obtaining a performance enhancing substance. The ITF spent tremendous amounts of time and resources trying to prove I intentionally violated the anti-doping rules and the tribunal concluded I did not. You need to know that the ITF asked the tribunal to suspend me for four years – the required suspension for an intentional violation — and the tribunal rejected the ITF’s position.

While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension. The tribunal, whose members were selected by the ITF, agreed that I did not do anything intentionally wrong, yet they seek to keep me from playing tennis for two years. I will immediately appeal the suspension portion of this ruling to CAS, the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

I have missed playing tennis and I have missed my amazing fans, who are the best and most loyal fans in the world. I have read your letters. I have read your social media posts and your love and support has gotten me through these tough days. I intend to stand for what I believe is right and that’s why I will fight to be back on the tennis court as soon as possible.

Love Maria

P.S. My lawyer prepared a short summary of how the ITF process works so I thought I would pass it along to my fans so you too can be aware of what the ITF rules call for

 

WTA

 

 

WTA Issues Statement on ITF Ruling for Maria SharapovaWTA Statement:  Steve Simon, WTA CEO, in response to today’s ITF ruling in the Sharapova case:

“It is important at all times for players to be aware of the rules and to follow them.  In this case, Maria has taken responsibility for her mistake from the outset.  The WTA supports the process that the ITF and Maria have followed. The ITF has made its ruling and, under the Tennis Anti-Doping Program, the decision may be appealed to the Court Arbitration for Sport. The WTA will continue to follow this closely and we hope it will be resolved as soon as possible.”

 

Related article:

Maria Sharapova Announces She Failed Drug Test at Australian Open

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Tale of the Tape – Novak Djokovic Versus Andy Murray for Roland Garros Title

2016 Roland Garros
Men’s Day 15 Preview
Sunday 5 June
Final

NO. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR)

2016 Roland Garros marks the 115th edition of the French Championships and the 86th tournament since the event became international in 1925. It is also the 193rd Grand Slam tournament of the Open Era, the first of which was 1968 Roland Garros, making this the 49th French Open.

Prize money and ATP ranking points

Today’s champion receives €2,000,000 in prize money, while the runner-up collects €1,000,000. In total, the men’s singles prize fund for 2016 Roland Garros is €12,032,000, a 15.6% increase on 2015. The winner is also awarded 2000 ATP ranking points, with the runner-up receiving 1200.

ATP rankings update

Djokovic and Murray will remain at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, when the ATP rankings are updated on Monday 6 June. Here’s how the rest of the Top 10 will look on Monday.

1    Novak Djokovic
2    Andy Murray
3    Roger Federer
4    Rafael Nadal
5    Stan Wawrinka
6    Kei Nishikori
7    Dominic Thiem
8    Tomas Berdych
9    Milos Raonic
10    Richard Gasquet

No. 1 v No. 2

The last time the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds met in the Roland Garros final was in 2014, when No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated No. 2 Djokovic. It is the 9th time the Top 2 seeds have met in the Roland Garros final in the Open Era, with the No. 2 seed holding a 6-2 win-loss record against the No. 1 seed in finals here. The only victories for the No. 1 seed over the No. 2 seed here came in 1978, when No. 1 Bjorn Borg defeated No. 2 Guillermo Vilas, and 2014, when No. 1 Nadal defeated No. 2 Djokovic.
This the 4th consecutive meeting between the Top 2 seeds at a Grand Slam. The last time the No. 2 seed defeated the No. 1 seed in a Grand Slam final was at the 2013 US Open, when Nadal defeated Djokovic.
The last time the No. 1 seed played the No. 2 seed in a Grand Slam final when neither player had won that Grand Slam before was at 1984 Roland Garros, when No. 2 Ivan Lendl beat No. 1 John McEnroe.

2016 leaders
Djokovic is in 1st place while Murray is in 5th place for the most Tour-level match-wins in 2016.

Most wins in 2016
Novak Djokovic    43-3
Dominic Thiem         41-11
Kei Nishikori        32-10
Rafael Nadal         29-8
Andy Murray        28-5

Murray is in joint-3rd place for most clay court wins in 2016 with an 18-2 win-loss record this year. Djokovic is in 6th place with a 15-2 win-loss record on clay so far this year.

Most clay court wins in 2016
Dominic Thiem        25-6
Rafael Nadal        21-4
Pablo Carreno Busta    18-11
Andy Murray         18-2
Pablo Cuevas        17-6
Novak Djokovic    15-2

Djokovic tops the list for the most titles won this year with 5. Murray, meanwhile, is bidding to win his 2nd title of 2016 and join the 5 men to have won multiple titles this year.

Most titles in 2016
Novak Djokovic        5         Doha, Australian Open, Indian Wells-1000, Miami-1000, Madrid-1000
Dominic Thiem          3          Buenos Aires, Acapulco, Nice
Stan Wawrinka             3           Chennai, Dubai, Geneva
Pablo Cuevas            2            Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo
Rafael Nadal             2           Monte Carlo-1000, Barcelona

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 23-10
2006    AMS Madrid        Hard (I)        R16    Djokovic    16 75 63
2007    AMS Indian Wells    Hard (O)    SF    Djokovic    62 63
2007    AMS Miami        Hard (O)    SF    Djokovic    61 60
2008    AMS Monte Carlo    Clay (O)    R16    Djokovic    60 64
2008    AMS Toronto        Hard (O)    QF    Murray        63 76(3)
2008    AMS Cincinnati        Hard (O)    FR    Murray        76(4) 76(5)
2009    Miami-1000        Hard (O)    FR    Murray        62 75
2011    Australian Open    Hard (O)    FR    Djokovic    64 62 63
2011    Rome-1000        Clay (O)    SF    Djokovic    61 36 76(2)
2011    Cincinnati-1000        Hard (O)    FR    Murray        64 3-0 ret. (right shoulder injury)
2012    Australian Open    Hard (O)    SF    Djokovic    63 36 67(4) 61 75
2012    Dubai            Hard (O)    SF    Murray        62 75
2012    Miami-1000        Hard (O)    FR    Djokovic    61 76(4)
2012    Olympic Tennis Event    Grass (O)    SF    Murray        75 75
2012    US Open        Hard (O)    FR    Murray        76(10) 75 26 36 62
2012    Shanghai-1000        Hard (O)    FR    Djokovic    57 76(11) 63
2012    ATP World Tour Finals    Hard (I)        RR    Djokovic    46 63 75
2013    Australian Open    Hard (O)    FR    Djokovic    67(2) 76(3) 63 62
2013    Wimbledon        Grass (O)    FR    Murray        64 75 64
2014     Miami-1000        Hard (O)    QF    Djokovic    75 63
2014    US Open        Hard (O)    QF    Djokovic    76(1) 67(1) 62 64
2014    Beijing            Hard (O)    SF    Djokovic    63 64
2014     Paris-1000        Hard (I)        QF    Djokovic    75 62
2015    Australian Open    Hard (O)    FR    Djokovic    76(5) 67(4) 63 60
2015     Indian Wells-1000    Hard (O)    SF    Djokovic    62 63
2015    Miami-1000        Hard (O)    FR    Djokovic    76(3) 46 60
2015    Roland Garros     Clay (O)    SF    Djokovic    63 63 57 57 61
2015    Montreal-1000        Hard (O)    FR    Murray        64 46 63
2015    Shanghai-1000        Hard (O)    SF    Djokovic    61 63
2015    Paris-1000        Hard (I)        FR    Djokovic    62 64
2016    Australian Open    Hard (O)    FR    Djokovic    61 75 76(3)
2016     Madrid-1000        Clay (O)    FR    Djokovic    62 36 63
2016     Rome-1000        Clay (O)    FR    Murray        63 63
Djokovic has won 12 of his last 14 matches against Murray. His only losses in that time came in the finals at 2015 Montreal-1000 and 2016 Rome-1000. Djokovic has a 9-7 win-loss record against Murray in Tour-level finals.

Djokovic has a 7-2 win-loss record against Murray at the Grand Slams, and a 4-2 win-loss record against Murray in Grand Slam finals. The only player Djokovic has beaten on more occasions than Murray at a Grand Slam is Roger Federer (defeated 9 times).

It will be the 7th meeting between these 2 players in a Grand Slam final which puts them in joint 2nd position on the all-time leaderboard for most match-ups in a Grand Slam final.

Most head-to-heads in Grand Slam finals (Open Era)
Head-to-head    Grand Slam final meetings
Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal    8
Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray    7
7
Andre Agassi v Pete Sampras
Ivan Lendl v Mats Wilander    5
5

Murray and Djokovic are the closest Grand Slam finalists by age. Murray is just 7 days older than Djokovic. The previous closest Grand Slam finalists in terms of age were Guillermo Vilas and Jimmy Connors who met at the 1977 US Open when Vilas was 16 days older than Connors.

Djokovic has a 4-1 win-loss record against Murray on a clay court.

The winner of this final will enter the list for the most attempts to win Roland Garros. Djokovic will go top of the list for the most attempts before winning the title here if he wins, while Murray will go joint-6th in the list with Albert Costa if he wins the title here:
Attempts to win Roland Garros (Open Era)
Novak Djokovic    12??
Andre Agassi
Andres Gomez
Roger Federer
Stan Wawrinka    11
11
11
11
Thomas Muster    10
Albert Costa
Andy Murray    9
9??

DJOKOVIC    v    MURRAY

29    Age    29
6’2”/1.88m    Height    6’3”/1.91m
99,673,404    Career Earnings (US$)    45,157,463
1    ATP Ranking    2
64    Titles    36
11 titles    Best Grand Slam result    2 titles
220-34    Career Grand Slam Record    165-38
54-11    Roland Garros Record    34-8
729-149    Career Record    580-170
176-43    Career Record – Clay    98-40
43-3    2016 Record    28-5
15-2    2016 Record – Clay    18-2
27-8    Career Five-Set Record    22-7
4    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    9
200-112    Career Tiebreak Record    165-102
12-2    2016 Tiebreak Record    8-4

Road to the Final
DJOKOVIC    Time        Time    MURRAY
d. Yen-Hsun Lu 64 61 61
d. (Q) Steve Darcis 75 63 64    1:30
2:17    1st round
2nd round    3:41
3:34    d. (Q) Radek Stepanek 36 36 60 63 75
d. (WC) Mathias Bourgue 62 26 46 62 63
d. Aljaz Bedene 62 63 63    2:02    3rd round    1:56    d. No. 27 Ivo Karlovic 61 64 76(3)
d.  No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut 36 64 61 75
d.  No. 7 Tomas Berdych 63 75 63
d. No. 13 Dominic Thiem 62 61 64    3:11
2:06
1:48
Round of 16
Quarterfinals
Semifinals    2:40
3:24
2:35    d.  No. 15 John Isner 76(9) 64 63
d. No. 9 Richard Gasquet 57 76(3) 60 62
d. No. 3 Stan Wawrinka 64 62 46 62

total time on court     12:54    (IBM time)      17:50    total time on court

•    DJOKOVIC is bidding to win his first Roland Garros title and become the 3rd man in history to complete a non-calendar year Grand Slam. Only Don Budge and Rod Laver have held all 4 Grand Slam titles at the same time.

•    Budge completed his non-calendar year Grand Slam at 1938 Roland Garros before going on to win the calendar Grand Slam by winning all 4 major tournaments in a single year in 1938. Laver won all 4 majors in 1962 and 1969 – his win at the 1962 US Open completed his set of major titles.

•    Djokovic is looking to become just the 8th man – and 2nd oldest – in history to complete the career Grand Slam after Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Federer, Rod Laver, Nadal and Fred Perry. He is one of 11 men to have collected 3 of the 4 major titles in the Open Era.
Career Grand Slam achievers
Player    Completed at…    Age^
Don Budge    1938 Roland Garros     22 years 357 days
Rod Laver    1962 US Open    24 years 32 days
Rafael Nadal    2010 US Open     24 years 101 days
Fred Perry    1935 Roland Garros    26 years 15 days
Roger Federer    2009 Roland Garros    27 years 203 days
Roy Emerson    1964 Wimbledon    27 years 244 days
Novak Djokovic    2016 Roland Garros??    29 years 14 days
Andre Agassi    1999 Roland Garros    29 years 38 days
^ Age as at the end of the tournament

•    Of the 7 men to possess a career Grand Slam, 4 of them ‘completed the set’ at Roland Garros: Perry in 1935, Budge in 1938, Agassi in 1999 and Federer in 2009.

•    Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam title that Djokovic has not won. He has won 11 Grand Slam 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).

•    Having won the 2016 Australian Open, Djokovic is looking to become the first man in 24 years to hold the first 2 legs of the calendar Grand Slam.
Australian Open-Roland Garros double
1933        Jack Crawford
1938        Don Budge
1953        Ken Rosewall
1956        Lew Hoad
1962        Rod Laver
1963        Roy Emerson
1967        Roy Emerson
1969        Rod Laver
1988        Mats Wilander
1992        Jim Courier

•    Djokovic is looking to avoid becoming the first player in history to lose their first 4 Roland Garros finals. Federer is the only other player in history to have lost 4 Roland Garros finals (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011) but he won the title in 2009.

•    Djokovic is bidding to become only the 4th player in the Open Era (after Federer, Goran Ivanisevic and Ivan Lendl) to win a specific Grand Slam tournament after having lost their first 3 finals at that Grand Slam event. No other players in the Open Era have lost more finals before winning the title at any one Grand Slam.
No. of final appearances at one Grand Slam event before winning first title (Open Era)
Player    No. of appearances in the final at any one Grand Slam before winning the title    Years
Roger Federer    4 Roland Garros finals    Lost 2006, 2007, 2008. Won 2009
Goran Ivanisevic    4 Wimbledon finals    Lost 1992, 1994, 1998. Won 2001
Ivan Lendl    4 US Open finals    Lost 1982, 1983, 1984. Won 1985

•    Djokovic has an 11-8 win-loss record in his 19 previous Grand Slam finals and a 0-3 win-loss record in Roland Garros finals.
Djokovic’s record in Grand Slam finals
Grand Slam    Final Result
2007 US Open    l. Roger Federer 76(4) 76(2) 64
2008 Australian Open    d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 46 64 63 76(2)
2010 US Open    l. Rafael Nadal 64 57 64 62
2011 Australian Open    d. Andy Murray 64 62 63
2011 Wimbledon    d. Rafael Nadal 64 61 16 63
2011 US Open    d. Rafael Nadal 62 64 67(3) 61
2012 Australian Open    d. Rafael Nadal 57 64 62 67(5) 75
2012 Roland Garros    l. Rafael Nadal 64 63 26 75
2012 US Open    l. Andy Murray 76(10) 75 26 36 62
2013 Australian Open    d. Andy Murray 67(2) 76(3) 63 62
2013 Wimbledon    l. Andy Murray 64 75 64
2013 US Open    l. Rafael Nadal 62 36 64 61
2014 Roland Garros    l. Rafael Nadal 36 75 62 64
2014 Wimbledon    d. Roger Federer 67(7) 64 76(4) 57 64
2015 Australian Open    d. Andy Murray 76(5) 67(4) 63 60
2015 Roland Garros    l. Stan Wawrinka 46 64 63 64
2015 Wimbledon    d. Roger Federer 76(1) 67(10) 64 63
2015 US Open    d. Roger Federer 64 57 74 74
2016 Australian Open    d. Andy Murray 61 75 76(3)

•    Djokovic has reached his 6th consecutive Grand Slam final and taken sole ownership of 3rd place on the list for the most consecutive major finals reached in the Open Era. Roger Federer is the only man in the Open Era have reached 6 or more consecutive Grand Slam finals.

Player    Consecutive Grand Slam finals
1    Roger Federer    10 – 2005 Wimbedon – 2007 US Open
2    Roger Federer    8 – 2008 Roland Garros – 2010 Australian Open
3    Novak Djokovic    6 – 2015 Australian Open – 2016 Roland Garros
4    Rafael Nadal    5 – 2011 Roland Garros – 2012 Roland Garros

•    Djokovic has reached his 20th Grand Slam final and moved into equal-2nd place with Rafael Nadal on the all-time list of most appearances in Grand Slam finals, behind Roger Federer (28).

•    Djokovic has reached his 4th Roland Garros final and moved into equal-6th place on the list for most appearances in the Roland Garros final in the Open Era.

•    Djokovic is bidding to record his 28th straight Grand Slam match-win and record his longest Grand Slam winning streak. He has not lost a Grand Slam match since he was defeated by Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final. He also won 27 straight Grand Slam matches when winning the titles at 2011 Wimbledon, the 2011 US Open and the 2012 Australian Open, and finished runner-up at 2012 Roland Garros.

•    Djokovic is bidding to record his 55th match-win at Roland Garros and close the gap on Guillermo Vilas in 3rd place on the list for most Roland Garros victories in history.

All time win-loss at Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal                                   72-2
Roger Federer                                 65-16
Guillermo Vilas                                58-17
Novak Djokovic                             54-11
Ivan Lendl                                        53-12
Jaroslav Drobny                           53-14

•    Djokovic is bidding to become the first top seed to win the title here since Rafael Nadal in 2014. The No. 1 seed has won the title at Roland Garros on just 2 occasions in the last 14 years, with Nadal triumphing as top seed here in 2011 and 2014. Overall, in the 84 French Championships played since seeding began here in 1925, the top seed has won the title 26 times.

•    Djokovic is the only male Serbian Grand Slam champion and also the only Serbian man to appear in a Grand Slam final.

•    By winning his round of 16 match here against Bautista Agut, Djokovic became the first player to surpass $100m in career prize money.

•    By defeating Darcis in the 2nd round, Djokovic recorded his 50th match-win at Roland Garros. He is one of just 3 players to have recorded 50 match-wins at each of the Grand Slams in the Open Era after Federer and Serena Williams. Djokovic has a 54-11 win-loss record here compared with 57-6 at the Australian Open, 52-8 at Wimbledon and 57-9 at the US Open.

•    Djokovic has a 5-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros and a 28-8 Tour-level win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Last year here Djokovic reached his 3rd Roland Garros final (l. 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 quarterfinals. 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.

•    MURRAY is attempting to become the 2nd British man in history to win the Roland Garros title after Fred Perry, who won the title here in 1935. Murray is just the 3rd British man to reach the final here since the event became international in 1925:
British men in the final of the French Championships (since 1925)
Year    Player    Final result
1935    Fred Perry    d. Gottfried von Cramm 63 36 61 63
1936    Fred Perry    l. Gottfried von Cramm 60 26 62 26 60
1937    Bunny Austin    l. Henner Henkel 61 64 63
2016    Andy Murray    v Novak Djokovic

•    Murray is bidding to become the 3rd British player – man or woman – in history to win Roland Garros. As well as Perry in 1935, Sue Barker won the Roland Garros women’s title in 1976.
•    If Murray wins today he will become the 9th man in history to win 3 of the 4 Grand Slam titles and finish as runner-up at the 4th. Murray, who has won the US Open and Wimbledon, has finished runner-up at the Australian Open on 5 occasions.
Winning 3 Grand Slam titles and runner-up at 4th
Player     Missing Grand Slam title    Runner-up appearances
Ken Rosewall    Wimbledon    4 (1954/1956/1970/1974)
Novak Djokovic    Roland Garros???    3 (2012/2014/2015)
Ivan Lendl    Wimbledon    2 (1986-87)
Jean Borotra    US Open    1 (1926)
Jack Crawford     US Open     1 (1933)
Frank Sedgman    Roland Garros    1 (1952)
Lew Hoad    US Open    1 (1956)
Stefan Edberg    Roland Garros    1 (1989)

•    If Murray loses today he will join Jim Courier (won Australian Open and Roland Garros, lost Wimbledon and the US Open) and Fred Stolle (won Roland Garros and the US Open, lost Australia and Wimbledon) as the only 3 men in history to have won 2 of the 4 Grand Slam titles and finished as runner-up at the other 2.

•    Murray is bidding to become the 21st man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slam titles. He is also looking to become the 16th man in the Open Era to win at least 3 of the 4 Grand Slam titles.

•    Murray is a 2-time Grand Slam champion, having defeated today’s opponent in the final on both occasions. He became the first British male Grand Slam winner since Fred Perry won the 1936 US Open at the 2012 US Open, before becoming the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon title in 2013.

•    Murray is bidding to become the 2nd man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after coming back from 0-2 down in his opening round match. Pat Rafter is the only man in the Open Era to have won a Grand Slam after coming back from 0-2 down in his opening round match – defeating Hicham Arazi 46 46 63 63 61 in the first round at the 1998 US Open before going on to win the title.

•    Murray is bidding to become the 2nd man in the Open Era to win the Roland Garros title having been extended to 5-sets in both his 1st and 2nd round matches after Gaston Gaudio in 2004. It is the 2nd time Murray has been extended to 5-sets in both his 1st and 2nd round matches at a Grand Slam, having also played 2 five-set matches in the opening 2 rounds at the 2005 US Open.

•    Murray is bidding to defeat a No. 1 ranked player at a Grand Slam for the 3rd time in his career. His only wins over No. 1 players at the majors came against Rafael Nadal in the semifinals at the 2008 US Open and against today’s opponent in the 2013 Wimbledon final. He has 0-3 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1 at Roland Garros and a 2-11 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1 at the Grand Slams overall.

•    Since he defeated today’s opponent in the 2013 Wimbledon final, Murray has won just 2 of his last 15 meetings against players ranked No. 1. His only wins in that time came in defeating Djokovic to win the titles at 2015 Montreal-1000 and at 2016 Rome-1000.

•    Having defeated No. 1 Djokovic in the final at Rome-1000, Murray is bidding to record successive match-wins over players ranked No. 1 for the 3rd time in his career. He recorded 4 straight wins over No. 1 opposition from 2006-2009, defeating Roger Federer at 2006 AMS Cincinnnati and 2008 Dubai, and Rafael Nadal at the 2008 US Open and 2009 Rotterdam. He also defeated No.1 opposition in back-to-back matches by defeating Federer at both the 2012 Olympic Tennis Event and 2012 Shanghai-1000.

•    By reaching his 10th Grand Slam final, Murray has equalled Fred Perry for the most appearances in a Grand Slam final by a British man (since the Challenge Round was abolished at Wimbledon in 1922):

Player    Appearances in a Grand Slam final
Fred Perry    10 – US Championships 1933-34, 1936, Australian Championships 1934-35, French Championships 1935-36, Wimbledon 1934-36
Andy Murray    10 – US Open 2008, 2012, Australian Open 2010-11, 2013, 2015-16, Wimbledon 2012-13, Roland Garros – 2016

•    By reaching the final here, Murray has equalled Boris Becker in 12th place on the list for the most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era with 10. Only 3 active players have reached more Grand Slam finals than Murray – Roger Federer (27), Rafael Nadal (20) and today’s opponent (20).
•    By reaching the Roland Garros final for the first time, Murray has become the 10th man in the Open Era to reach the final at all 4 Grand Slam events. He is the 3rd oldest to achieve the feat:

Age to complete the set of Grand Slam final appearances (Open Era)
Player    Completed at…    Age^
Jim Courier    1993 Wimbledon    22 years 321 days
Rafael Nadal    2010 US Open    24 years 101 days
Andre Agassi    1995 Australian Open    24 years 275 days
Roger Federer    2006 Roland Garros    24 years 307 days
Novak Djokovic    2012 Roland Garros    25 years 19 days
Stefan Edberg    1991 US Open    25 years 232 days
Ivan Lendl    1986 Wimbledon    26 years 121 days
Andy Murray    2016 Roland Garros    29 years 21 days
Rod Laver*    1969 US Open    31 years 31 days
Ken Rosewall*    1971 Australian Open     36 years 73 days
^ Age as at the end of the tournament
* Also reached all 4 Slam finals in the pre-Open Era

•    Murray is bidding to record his 166th Grand Slam match-win today and close the gap on John McEnroe (167) in 9th place on the Open Era list for most victories at the majors. By reaching the semifinals here, Murray overtook Boris Becker (163) to take sole ownership of 10th place on the Open Era list.

•    Murray is bidding to extend his record for the most Roland Garros match-wins by a British man in history:

Most Roland Garros match-wins by a British man (all-time)
Player    Win-loss record
1.    Andy Murray    34-8
2.    Fred Perry    28-5
3.    Bunny Austin    23-6
4.    Patrick Hughes    21-6
5=   Billy Knight
Bobby Wilson    19-10
19-9

•    Murray is on an 11-match winning streak – his longest Tour-level winning streak on clay. His previous longest winning streak on clay was 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.

•    Murray has never played more than 2 five-set matches at the same Grand Slam event. As well as contesting 2 five-set matches here, Murray also contested 2 five-set matches at the 2005 US Open (d. Andrei Pavel in the 1st round, l. Arnaud Clement in the 2nd round) and at 2014 Roland Garros (d. Philipp Kohlschreiber in the 3rd round,
d. Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals).

•    Murray’s win over Stepanek in the 1st round 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 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 today’s opponent 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.

•    By reaching the final here, Murray has recorded his best Roland Garros performance. His previous best performance here was reaching the semifinals in 2011 (l. Nadal), 2014 (l. Nadal) and 2015, when he lost to today’s opponent 63 63 57 57 61 in a match that was played over 2 days due to rain. This is his 9th Roland Garros appearance.

•    Murray warmed up for Roland Garros by winning the title at Rome-1000 and reaching the final at Madrid-1000
(l. today’s opponent) and the semifinals at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Nadal). Also in 2016 Murray reached his 5th Australian Open final, losing to today’s opponent.

•    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.

•    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.

*Statistics courtesy of the ITF

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Semifinals

No. 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v No. 13 Dominic Thiem (AUT)
No. 2 Andy Murray (GBR) v No. 3 Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

A look at the semifinalists…

Player    Country    Age    Ranking    Best Roland Garros performance    Best Grand Slam performance
No. 1 Novak Djokovic    SRB    29    1    RU 2012, 2014, 2015    11 titles
No. 2 Andy Murray    GBR    29    2    SF 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016    2 titles
No. 3 Stan Wawrinka    SUI    31    4    W 2015    2 titles
No. 13 Dominic Thiem    AUT    22    15    SF 2016    SF 2016 Roland Garros

•    Novak Djokovic will look to keep his hopes of completing his Grand Slam set alive by defeating Dominic Thiem for a place in his 20th Grand Slam final. Thiem is looking for his first victory over the world No. 1 as he looks to continue his run at what has been his breakthrough Grand Slam.
•    Andy Murray, meanwhile, is seeking to end a 3-match losing streak against Stan Wawrinka and become the first British man to reach the Roland Garros final since Bunny Austin in 1937. If he is to achieve the feat, he will also have to end a 6-match losing streak against Top 4 opposition at the majors.
•    Defending champion Wawrinka is hoping to remain on course to successfully retain his Roland Garros title. Just 8 men have successfully defended the title here in the Open Era.
•    Murray has spent the most time on court of the 4 semifinalists with 15 hours 15 minutes of match time under his belt so far at this year’s Roland Garros, while Djokovic, despite several interruptions to his matches due to rain, has been on court for the least amount of time at just 11 hours 6 minutes.

NO. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 13 DOMINIC THIEM (AUT)

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 2-0
2014    Shanghai-1000        Hard (O)    R32    Djokovic    63 64
2016    Miami-1000        Hard (O)    R16    Djokovic    63 64

A 3rd career meeting between the 2 players but their first at a Grand Slam.

Thiem has never taken a set off Djokovic.

Djokovic has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 15 Thiem at a Grand Slam since losing to No. 27 Jurgen Melzer in the quarterfinals here in 2010.
Possible final head-to-heads
Murray    Wawrinka
Djokovic    23-10    19-4
Thiem    0-2    1-2

DJOKOVIC    v    THIEM

29    Age    22
6’2”/1.88m    Height    6’1”/1.85m
1    ATP Ranking    15
64    Titles    6
219-34    Career Grand Slam Record    16-9
11 titles    Best Grand Slam result    Roland Garros semifinalist 2016
53-11    Roland Garros Record    7-2
728-149    Career Record    105-68
175-43    Career Record – Clay    59-23
42-3    2016 Record    41-10
14-2    2016 Record – Clay    25-5
27-8    Career Five-Set Record    2-2
4    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
200-112    Career Tiebreak Record    45-43
12-2    2016 Tiebreak Record    15-9

Road to the Semifinals
DJOKOVIC    Time        Time    THIEM
d. Yen-Hsun Lu 64 61 61
d. (Q) Steve Darcis 75 63 64    1:30
2:17    1st round
2nd round    2:38
2:25    d. Inigo Cervantes 36 62 75 61
d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 75 64 76(3)
d. Aljaz Bedene 62 63 63    2:02    3rd round    2:50    d. Alexander Zverev 67(4) 63 63 63
d.  No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut 36 64 61 75
d. No. 7 Tomas Berdych 63 75 63    3:11
2:06    Round of 16
Quarterfinals    2:53
2:51    d. Marcel Granollers 62 67(2) 61 64
d. No. 12 David Goffin 46 76(7) 64 61

total time on court    11:06    (IBM time)    13:37    total time on court

•    DJOKOVIC is bidding to reach his 6th consecutive Grand Slam final and take sole ownership of 3rd place on the list for the most consecutive major finals reached in the Open Era. Roger Federer is the only man in the Open Era have reached 6 or more consecutive Grand Slam finals.

Player    Consecutive Grand Slam finals
1    Roger Federer    10 – 2005 Wimbedon – 2007 US Open
2    Roger Federer    8 – 2008 Roland Garros – 2010 Australian Open
3    Novak Djokovic??    6 – 2015 Australian Open – 2016 Roland Garros??
4    Rafael Nadal    5 – 2011 Roland Garros – 2012 Roland Garros

•    Djokovic is bidding to reach his 20th Grand Slam final and move into equal-2nd place with Rafael Nadal on the all-time list of most appearances in Grand Slam finals [see table overleaf]:

1    Roger Federer    28
2=    Novak Djokovic??
Rafael Nadal    20??
20
4    Ivan Lendl    19
5    Pete Sampras    18
6    Rod Laver    17

•    Djokovic is bidding to reach his 4th Roland Garros final and move into equal-6th place on the list for most appearances in the Roland Garros final in the Open Era:

Roland Garros finals reached (Open Era)
Player    No. of GS semifinals
Rafael Nadal    9
Bjorn Borg    6
Ivan Lendl
Mats Wilander
Roger Federer    5
5
5
Novak Djokovic??
Guillermo Vilas    4??
4

•    Djokovic is through to his 30th Grand Slam semifinal. He has a 19-10 win-loss record in his 29 previous Grand Slam semifinals and a 3-4 win-loss record in his 7 previous semifinals at Roland Garros:

Grand Slam    Semifinal Result    Eventual finish
2007 Roland Garros    l. Rafael Nadal 75 64 62
2007 Wimbledon    l. Nadal 36 61 4-1 ret. (infected toe blister)
2007 US Open    d. David Ferrer 64 64 63    Runner-up
2008 Australian Open    d. Roger Federer 75 63 76(5)    Winner
2008 Roland Garros    l. Nadal 64 62 76(3)
2008 US Open    l. Federer 63 57 75 62
2009 US Open    l. Federer 76(3) 75 75
2010 Wimbledon    l. Tomas Berdych 63 76(9) 63
2010 US Open    d. Federer 57 61 57 62 75    Runner-up
2011 Australian Open    d. Federer 76(3) 75 64    Winner
2011 Roland Garros    l. Federer 76(5) 63 36 76(5)
2011 Wimbledon    d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 76(4) 62 67(9) 63    Winner
2011 US Open    d. Federer 67(7) 46 63 62 75    Winner
2012 Australian Open     d. Andy Murray 63 36 67(4) 61 75    Winner
2012 Roland Garros    d. Federer 64 75 63    Runner-up
2012 Wimbledon    l. Federer 63 36 64 63
2012 US Open    d. Ferrer 26 61 64 62    Runner-up
2013 Australian Open     d. Ferrer 62 62 61    Winner
2013 Roland Garros    l. Nadal 64 36 61 67(3) 97
2013 Wimbledon    d. Juan Martin del Potro 75 46 76(2) 67(6) 63    Runner-up
2013 US Open    d. Stan Wawrinka 26 76(4) 36 63 64    Runner-up
2014 Roland Garros    d. Ernests Gulbis 63 63 36 63    Runner-up
2014 Wimbledon    d. Grigor Dimitrov 64 36 76(2) 76(7)    Winner
2014 US Open    l. Kei Nishikori 64 16 76(4) 63
2015 Australian Open     d. Wawrinka 76(1) 36 64 46 60    Winner
2015 Roland Garros    d. Murray 63 63 57 57 61    Runner-up
2015 Wimbledon    d. Richard Gasquet 76(2) 64 64    Winner
2015 US Open    d. Marin Cilic 60 61 62    Winner
2016 Australian Open    d. Federer 61 62 36 63    Winner
2016 Roland Garros    v. Dominic Thiem    ??

•    By reaching his 30th Grand Slam semifinal, Djokovic has closed the gap on Roger Federer (39 semifinals) and Jimmy Connors (31) on the list for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances in the Open Era.

•    Djokovic is bidding to record his 27th straight Grand Slam match-win and equal his longest Grand Slam winning streak. He has not lost a Grand Slam match since he was defeated by Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final. His longest Grand Slam match-winning streak is 27, which took in the titles at 2011 Wimbledon, the 2011 US Open and the 2012 Australian Open, and a runner-up finish at 2012 Roland Garros.
•    Djokovic is bidding to record his 54th match-win at Roland Garros and take sole ownership of 4th place on the list for most Roland Garros victories in history.

All time win-loss at Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal                                   72-2
Roger Federer                                 65-16
Guillermo Vilas                                58-17
Novak Djokovic                             53-11
Ivan Lendl                                        53-12
Jaroslav Drobny                            53-14

•    The top seed has failed to reach the final here just once in the last 5 years – when Djokovic fell to Nadal in the 2013 semifinals.

•    By reaching his 8th Roland Garros semifinal, Djokovic has taken sole ownership of 2nd place on the list for most appearances in the last 4 here in the Open Era behind Rafael Nadal (9 Roland Garros semifinals). He has reached 9 US Open semifinals, 7 Wimbledon semifinals and 6 Australian Open semifinals.

•    Djokovic has reached his 6th consecutive Roland Garros semifinal and taken sole ownership of the record for most consecutive Roland Garros semifinal appearances reached in the Open Era ahead of Roger Federer (2005-09) and Rafael Nadal (2010-14), who each reached 5 consecutive semifinals here.

•    Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam title that Djokovic has not won. He has won 11 Grand Slam 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 looking to become just the 8th man – and 2nd oldest – in history to complete the career Grand Slam after Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Federer, Rod Laver, Nadal and Fred Perry. He is one of 11 men to have collected 3 of the 4 major titles in the Open Era.
Career Grand Slam achievers
Player    Completed at…    Age^
Don Budge    1938 Roland Garros     22 years 357 days
Rod Laver    1962 US Open    24 years 32 days
Rafael Nadal    2010 US Open     24 years 101 days
Fred Perry    1935 Roland Garros    26 years 15 days
Roger Federer    2009 Roland Garros    27 years 203 days
Roy Emerson    1964 Wimbledon    27 years 244 days
Novak Djokovic    2016 Roland Garros??    29 years 14 days
Andre Agassi    1999 Roland Garros    29 years 38 days
^ Age as at the end of the tournament

•    Of the 7 men to possess a career Grand Slam, 4 of them ‘completed the set’ at Roland Garros: Perry in 1935, Budge in 1938, Agassi in 1999 and Federer in 2009.

•    By winning his round of 16 match here against Bautista Agut, Djokovic became the first player to surpass $100m in career prize money.

•    By defeating Darcis in the 2nd round, Djokovic recorded his 50th match-win at Roland Garros. He is one of just 3 players to have recorded 50 match-wins at each of the Grand Slams in the Open Era after Federer and Serena Williams. Djokovic has a 53-11 win-loss record here compared with 57-6 at the Australian Open, 52-8 at Wimbledon and 57-9 at the US Open.

•    Djokovic has a 5-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros and a 28-8 Tour-level win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Last year here Djokovic reached his 3rd Roland Garros final (l. 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 quarterfinals. 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.

•    THIEM is bidding to become the 2nd Austrian player – man or woman – in history to reach a Grand Slam final. 1995 Roland Garros champion Thomas Muster is the only Austrian player to reach the last 2 at a major.

•    At 22 years 276 days, Thiem is bidding to become the youngest player to reach a Grand Slam final since Andy Murray (22 years 261 days) at the 2010 Australian Open. He would be the youngest player to reach the Roland Garros final since Rafael Nadal (22 years 5 days) in 2008.

•    By reaching the semifinals here, Thiem is projected to break in to the Top 10 for the first time at No. 7 when the new ATP rankings are released on Monday 6 June. If he wins the title here he will be No. 6.

•    Thiem is bidding to become the first No. 13 seed to reach a Grand Slam final since Alex Corretja finished runner-up here in 2001. The No. 13 seed has won the Roland Garros men’s singles title once in the Open Era – when Andre Agassi won here in 1999.

•    Thiem is looking to record his first victory over a world No. 1 player on his 4th attempt. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 2 Roger Federer at 2016 Rome-1000. He has a 0-2 win-loss record against Top 10 players at the majors.

•    All 4 of Thiem’s victories against Top 10 players have come on clay. He has a 4-14 win-loss record against Top 10 players overall.

•    If Thiem reaches the Roland Garros final on his 3rd appearance here he would go into joint-11th place on the Open Era list for least appearances before reaching the last 2 here. Alberto Berasategui, Jim Courier, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Zeljko Franulovic, Andres Gimeno, Jan Kodes, Carlos Moya and Niki Pilic also reached their first Roland Garros final on their 3rd appearance here.

•    By reaching the semifinals here, Thiem has recorded his best Grand Slam result. His previous best result at a major was reaching the last 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.

•    By reaching the semifinals 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. Nadal) and in 2015 (d. Aljaz Bedene,
l. Pablo Cuevas).

•    Thiem is in 2nd place on the list for the most Tour-level match-wins in 2016, behind today’s opponent:

2016 Tour-level match-wins
Novak Djokovic    42-3
Dominic Thiem    41-10
Kei Nishikori    32-10
Rafael Nadal    29-8

•    Prior to coming here Thiem recorded his 100th career match-win in the final at Nice (d. Alexander Zverev). 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 Cuevas and Nadal.

•    Thiem has won the most matches (25) 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).

•    Clay is Thiem’s best surface, with 59 of his 105 Tour-level victories coming on the surface. By contrast, he has a 44-39 win-loss record on hard courts and a 2-6 win-loss record on grass.

•    Thiem has a 2-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches with his most recent 5-set victory coming against Gastao Elias in Austria’s Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie against Portugal. He has never played a 5-set match here.

•    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. He reached the boys’ singles final at Roland Garros as No. 14 seed in 2011, losing to Bjorn Fratangelo 36 63 86. 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 trainer is Alex Stober.

NO. 2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v NO. 3 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI)

Head-to-head: Murray leads 8-7
2005    Davis Cup (WG-PO)    Clay (I)        R2    Wawrinka    63 76(5) 64
2006    AMS Miami        Hard (O)    R128    Wawrinka    75 36 64
2008    Doha            Hard (O)    FR    Murray        64 46 62
2008    Marseille        Hard (I)        R16    Murray        36 76(5) 61
2008    AMS Rome        Clay (O)    R32    Wawrinka    62 76(5)
2008    AMS Toronto        Hard (O)    R16    Murray        62 06 64
2008    US Open        Hard (O)    R16    Murray        61 63 63
2009    Wimbledon        Grass (O)    R16    Murray        26 63 63 57 63
2010    US Open        Hard (O)    R32    Wawrinka    67(3) 76(4) 63 63
2011    Shanghai-1000        Hard (O)    R16     Murray        64 36 63
2012    Olympic Tennis Event    Grass (O)    R64    Murray        63 63
2012    Tokyo            Hard (O)    QF    Murray        62 36 62
2013     Monte Carlo-1000    Clay (O)    R16    Wawrinka     61 62
2013    US Open        Hard (O)    QF    Wawrinka    64 63 62
2015    ATP World Tour Finals    Hard (I)        RR    Wawrinka    76(4) 64

A 16th career meeting between the 2 players and their 5th at a Grand Slam.

Murray has lost his last 3 meetings with Wawrinka, having not defeated the Swiss since 2012 Tokyo.

Wawrinka has won all 3 of their clay court meetings in straight sets, and dropped just 3 games in their most recent clay court meeting at 2013 Monte Carlo-1000.

Murray and Wawrinka have a 2-2 win-loss record against each other at the Grand Slams, though Wawrinka has won both of their last 2 meetings at a major.
Possible final head-to-heads
Djokovic     Thiem
Murray    10-23    2-0
Wawrinka    4-19    2-1

MURRAY    v    WAWRINKA

29    Age    31
6’3”/1.91m    Height    6’0”/1.83m
2    ATP Ranking    4
36    Titles    14
164-38    Career Grand Slam Record    111-42
2 titles     Best Grand Slam Result    2 titles
33-8    Roland Garros Record    32-10
579-170    Career Record    420-241
97-40    Career Record – Clay    161-78
27-5    2016 Record    27-7
17-2    2016 Record – Clay    12-3
22-7    Career Five-Set Record    23-19
9    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    6
165-102    Career Tiebreak Record    168-159
8-4    2016 Tiebreak Record    11-4

Road to the Semifinals
MURRAY    Time        Time    WAWRINKA
d. (Q) Radek Stepanek 36 36 60 63 75
d. (WC) Mathias Bourgue 62 26 46 62 63    3:41
3:34    1st round
2nd round    3:11
2:07    d. Lukas Rosol 46 61 36 63 64
d. Taro Daniel 76(7) 63 64
d. No. 27 Ivo Karlovic 61 64 76(3)    1:56    3rd round    1:59    d. No. 30 Jeremy Chardy 64 63 75
d.  No. 15 John Isner 76(9) 64 63
d. No. 9 Richard Gasquet 57 76(3) 60 62    2:40
3:24    Round of 16
Quarterfinals    2:56
1:56    d. No. 22 Viktor Troicki 76(5) 67(7) 63 62
d. Albert Ramos-Vinolas 62 61 76(7)

total time on court    15:15    (IBM time)    12:09    total time on court

•    MURRAY is attempting to become the first British man in the Open Era to reach the Roland Garros final. Only 2 British men have reached the final here since the event became international in 1925:

British men in the final of the French Championships (since 1925)
Year    Player    Final result
1935    Fred Perry    Defeated Gottfried von Cramm 63 36 61 63
1936    Fred Perry    Lost Gottfried von Cramm 60 26 62 26 60
1937    Bunny Austin    Lost to Henner Henkel 61 64 63

•    Murray is bidding to reach his 10th Grand Slam final and equal Fred Perry for the most appearances in a Grand Slam final by a British man (since the Challenge Round was abolished at Wimbledon in 1922):

Player    Appearances in a Grand Slam final
Fred Perry    10 – US Championships 1933-34, 1936, Australian Championships 1934-35, French Championships 1935-36, Wimbledon 1934-36
Andy Murray    9 – US Open 2008, 2012, Australian Open 2010-11, 2013, 2015-16, Wimbledon 2012-13

•    Murray is bidding to equal Boris Becker in 12th place on the list for the most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era with 10. Only 3 active players have reached more Grand Slam finals than Murray – Roger Federer (27), Rafael Nadal (20) and Novak Djokovic (19)* [*Djokovic is bidding to reach his 20th Grand Slam final here].

•    Murray is also bidding to reach the Roland Garros final for the first time and become the 10th man in the Open Era to reach the final at all 4 Grand Slam events. Djokovic is the last man to reach the final at all 4 Grand Slam events at 2012 Roland Garros. Murray would be the 3rd oldest to achieve the feat:

Age to complete the set of Grand Slam final appearances (Open Era)
Player    Completed at…    Age^
Jim Courier    1993 Wimbledon    22 years 321 days
Rafael Nadal    2010 US Open    24 years 101 days
Andre Agassi    1995 Australian Open    24 years 275 days
Roger Federer    2006 Roland Garros    24 years 307 days
Novak Djokovic    2012 Roland Garros    25 years 19 days
Stefan Edberg    1991 US Open    25 years 232 days
Ivan Lendl    1986 Wimbledon    26 years 121 days
Andy Murray??    2016 Roland Garros??    29 years 21 days??
Rod Laver*    1969 US Open    31 years 31 days
Ken Rosewall*    1971 Australian Open     36 years 73 days
^ Age as at the end of the tournament
* Also reached all 4 Slam finals in the pre-Open Era

•    Murray has reached his 19th Grand Slam semifinal and extended his record for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances by a British man ahead of Fred Perry (13 semifinals). Murray has reached the semifinals at the Australian Open 6 times, Roland Garros 4 times, Wimbledon 6 times and the US Open 3 times.

•    Murray has a 0-3 win-loss record in semifinals here, compared with 2-1 at the US Open, 2-4 at Wimbledon and 5-1 at the Australian Open. He went on to reach the final after contesting his first semifinal at both the US Open and Australian Open, but lost in 3 Wimbledon semifinals before reaching the final in his 4th.

Murray’s Grand Slam semifinal appearances
Grand Slam    Opponent    Result
2008 US Open    Rafael Nadal    d. 62 76(5) 46 64
2009 Wimbledon    Andy Roddick    l. 64 46 76(7) 76(5)
2010 Australian Open    Marin Cilic    d. 36 64 64 62
2010 Wimbledon    Rafael Nadal    l. 64 76(6) 64
2011 Australian Open    David Ferrer    d. 46 76(2) 61 76(2)
2011 Roland Garros    Rafael Nadal    l. 64 75 64
2011 Wimbledon    Rafael Nadal    l. 57 62 62 64
2011 US Open    Rafael Nadal    l. 64 62 36 62
2012 Australian Open     Novak Djokovic    l. 63 36 67(4) 61 75
2012 Wimbledon    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga    d. 63 64 36 75
2012 US Open    Tomas Berdych    d. 57 62 61 76(7)
2013 Australian Open    Roger Federer    d. 64 67(5) 63 67(2) 62
2013 Wimbledon    Jerzy Janowicz    d. 67(2) 64 64 63
2014 Roland Garros    Rafael Nadal    l. 63 62 61
2015 Australian Open    Tomas Berdych    d. 67(6) 60 63 75
2015 Roland Garros    Novak Djokovic    l. 63 63 57 57 61
2015 Wimbledon    Roger Federer    l. 75 75 64
2016 Australian Open    Milos Raonic    d. 46 75 67(4) 64 62
2016 Roland Garros    v Stan Wawrinka    ??

•    Murray is bidding to record his 165th Grand Slam match-win today and close the gap on John McEnroe (167) in 9th place on the Open Era list for most victories at the majors. By reaching the semifinals here, Murray overtook Boris Becker (163) to take sole ownership of 10th place on the Open Era list.

•    Murray is bidding to end a 6-match losing streak against Top 4 opposition at the Grand Slams. He has not defeated a Top 4 opponent at a major since defeating No. 1 Djokovic in the final at 2013 Wimbledon. He has a 5-18 win-loss record against Top 4 opposition at the majors overall.

•    Murray is bidding to defeat a Top 4 player on clay for the 3rd time. He has a 2-10 win-loss record against Top 4 opposition on clay, with his only wins coming against No. 4 Nadal at 2015 Madrid-1000 and No. 1 Djokovic in the final at 2016 Rome-1000.

•    By reaching the semifinals here for the 4th time, Murray has moved into joint-8th place on the list for most Roland Garros semifinal appearances in the Open Era:

Most Roland Garros semifinal appearances (Open Era)
Rafael Nadal    9
Novak Djokovic    8
Roger Federer    7
Bjorn Borg
Mats Wilander    6
6
Andre Agassi
Ivan Lendl    5
5
Sergi Bruguera
Jimmy Connors
Jim Courier
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Andy Murray
Guillermo Vilas    4
4
4
4
4
4

•    By reaching the last 4 here, Murray has reached his 19th Grand Slam semifinal and moved into joint-8th place with Stefan Edberg and John McEnroe on the Open Era list for most Grand Slam semifinals reached. Federer (39 semifinals), Djokovic (30) and Nadal (23) are the only active players to reach the last 4 at a Grand Slam on more occasions than Murray.

•    Murray is the only British player – man or woman – to have reached 4 semifinals at Roland Garros. Murray is one of just 4 British players along with Fred Perry (1935-36), Bunny Austin (1935, 1937) and Ann Jones (1968-69) to reach multiple semifinals here.

•    Murray is bidding to extend his record for the most Roland Garros match-wins by a British man in history:
Most Roland Garros match-wins by a British man (all-time)
Player    Win-loss record
1.    Andy Murray    33-8
2.    Fred Perry    28-5
3.    Bunny Austin    23-6
4.    Patrick Hughes    21-6
5=   Billy Knight
Bobby Wilson    19-10
19-9

•    Murray has now reached the semifinals at 5 of the last 6 Grand Slam events he has contested since falling to Djokovic in the quarterfinals at the 2014 US Open. The only time he has failed to reach the last 4 at a major in that time was when he fell to Kevin Anderson in the round of 16 at the 2015 US Open.

•    Murray is bidding to record his 11th straight win and record his longest Tour-level winning streak on clay. He has won 10-match straight matches on clay, having won the title at Rome-1000 (d. Djokovic) prior to coming here – equalling his longest Tour-level winning streak on the surface. He also won 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.

•    By defeating No. 1 Djokovic in the final at Rome-1000 prior to coming here, Murray ended a 6-match losing streak against Top 4 opposition. He has won just 4 of his last 23 matches against Top 4 opposition at Tour-level.

•    Murray has never played more than 2 five-set matches at the same Grand Slam event. As well as contesting 2 five-set matches here, Murray also contested 2 five-set matches at the 2005 US Open (d. Andrei Pavel in the 1st round, l. Arnaud Clement in the 2nd round) and at 2014 Roland Garros (d. Philipp Kohlschreiber in the 3rd round,
d. Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals).

•    Murray’s win over Stepanek in the 1st round 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 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 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.

•    By reaching the semifinals here, Murray has equalled his best Roland Garros performance. He also reached the semifinals here last year, when he lost to Djokovic 63 63 57 57 61 in a match that was played over 2 days due to rain, and fell to Nadal at this stage in both 2011 and 2014. This is his 9th Roland Garros appearance.

•    Murray is one of the 3 Grand Slam champions to reach the semifinals 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-1000
(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.

•    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.

•    Defending champion WAWRINKA is bidding to reach his 3rd Grand Slam final and his 2nd at Roland Garros.

•    Aged 31 years 69 days, Wawrinka is looking to become the oldest man to reach the final at Roland Garros since Niki Pilic finished runner-up here aged 33 years 280 days in 1973. Wawrinka is the oldest man to reach the semifinals at Roland Garros since Jimmy Connors reached the last 4 here aged 32 years 280 days in 1985.

•    By reaching the semifinals here, Roland Garros has become Wawrinka’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of matches won. He has a 32-10 win-loss record here, compared with 31-10 at the Australian Open, 17-11 at Wimbledon and 31-11 at the US Open.

•    Wawrinka is one of 3 Swiss players – men or women – to have reached a Grand Slam final in history alongside Roger Federer (27 Grand Slam finals) and Martina Hingis (12).

•    Wawrinka is bidding to record his 10th straight-win and record a new career-best Tour-level winning streak on clay. He also recorded 9 straight victories 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. His career-best Tour-level winning streak is 13 matches (winning the title at 2014 Chennai through the round of 16 at 2014 Indian Wells-1000).

•    Wawrinka is bidding to become the first No. 3 seed to reach a Grand Slam final since No. 3 Rafael Nadal won the title here in 2013.

•    Wawrinka is bidding to record his 8th victory over a Top 2 opponent on his 43rd attempt. His most recent victory over a Top 2 player came against today’s opponent at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals. He has a 4-8 win-loss record against Top 2 players at the Grand Slams, with his 4 victories occurring in his last 6 matches with them at the majors. He has won 2 of the 3 matches he has played against Top 2 opposition at Roland Garros.

•    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. The last boys’ champion to win multiple titles at Roland Garros was Wilander, who won the men’s title here in 1982, 1985 and 1988.

•    Wawrinka, who won 2015 Roland Garros aged 30 years 71 days, is looking to become the 5th man in the Open Era to win 2 or more Grand Slams titles after turning 30. Andre Agassi was the last man to achieve the feat, winning the Australian Open in 2001 at 30 years, 274 days and again aged 32 years, 272 days in 2003.

•    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].

•    Wawrinka has reached his 6th Grand Slam semifinal. Just 3 Swiss men have reached a Grand Slam semifinal in history – Federer (39), Wawrinka (6) and Marc Rosset (1).

•    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 broke through to win his first Grand Slam title in his first Grand Slam final at the 2014 Australian Open
(d. 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 repeated the feat when winning 2015 Roland Garros.

•    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 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).

•    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.

*All stats courtesy of the International Tennis Federation

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2016 Roland Garros – Day 10 Men’s Preview

 

Men’s Featured matches

 

Round of 16 – Top Half

No. 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
No. 7 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v No. 11 David Ferrer (ESP)

No. 12 David Goffin (BEL) v Ernests Gulbis (LAT)

No. 13 Dominic Thiem (AUT) v Marcel Granollers (ESP)

 

Quarterfinals – Bottom Half

No. 2 Andy Murray (GBR) v No. 9 Richard Gasquet (FRA)
No. 3 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

 

On court today…

 

  • After Monday’s washout – the first time a day has passed without a ball being struck due to weather at Roland Garros in 16 years – there are 6 men’s singles matches scheduled today.

 

  • In today’s quarterfinals, world No. 2 Andy Murray and defending champion Stan Wawrinka will look to set their 5th Grand Slam meeting when they take on French favourite Richard Gasquet and world No. 55 Albert Ramos-Vinolas, respectively. Murray has only lost once in 16 attempts to a player at their home Grand Slam, losing to Gael Monfils here in 2006, while Wawrinka has never lost to a player ranked as low as Ramos-Vinolas at Roland Garros.

 

  • Two of the players in round of 16 action today feature in the list for most Roland Garros quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era. Novak Djokovic is looking to reach his 10th Roland Garros quarterfinal to draw level with Rafael Nadal in 2nd place on the list for most appearances in the last 8 here, while David Ferrer will hope to follow in the footsteps of the greats and equal Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander with 7 quarterfinals appearances here.

 

                            Most Roland Garros quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Roger Federer 11
Novak Djokovic??

Rafael Nadal

10??

10

Andre Agassi

Guillermo Vilas

9

9

Jimmy Connors 8
Bjorn Borg

David Ferrer??

Ivan Lendl

Mats Wilander

7

7??

7

7

 

 

 

 

 

1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 14 ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT (ESP)

 

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 4-0

2013     Dubai               Hard (O)           R16      Djokovic           61 76(4)

2014     Dubai               Hard (O)           R16      Djokovic           61 63

2015     US Open          Hard (O)          R16      Djokovic          63 46 64 63

2016     Madrid-1000     Clay (O)           R16      Djokovic           62 61

 

A 5th career – and 2nd Grand Slam – meeting between the 2 players.

 

Djokovic dropped just 3 games against Bautista Agut in their only previous meeting on clay at 2016 Madrid-1000.

 

Djokovic has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 16 Bautista Agut at a Grand Slam since he fell to No. 27 Jurgen Melzer in the quarterfinals at 2010 Roland Garros.

 

Bautista Agut is bidding to become the first Spanish man other than Rafael Nadal to defeat a world No. 1 at a Grand Slam since David Ferrer defeated No. 1 Nadal at the 2011 Australian Open.

 

Bautista Agut has a 0-4 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1. The highest-ranked players he has defeated are No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro at the 2014 Australian Open and No. 5 Tomas Berdych at 2014 Indian Wells-1000. The highest-ranked player he has defeated on clay is No. 13 Gilles Simon at 2013 Monte Carlo-1000.

 

DJOKOVIC                                               v                                         BAUTISTA AGUT

 

29                                                     Age                                                     28

1                                             ATP Ranking                                            16

64                                                   Titles                                                     4

217-34                          Career Grand Slam Record                           28-14

51-11                                Roland Garros Record                                  7-3

726-149                                     Career Record                                      142-96

173-43                                Career Record – Clay                                 42-28

40-3                                           2016 Record                                         26-10

12-2                                     2016 Record – Clay                                     8-4

27-8                                Career Five-Set Record                                 7-2

4                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               1

200-112                            Career Tiebreak Record                              50-33

12-2                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                  11-4

 

  • DJOKOVIC is bidding to reach the quarterfinals for the 28th straight Grand Slam and take sole occupancy of 2nd place ahead of Jimmy Connors for the most consecutive quarterfinal appearances at the majors. The last time he failed to reach the last 8 at a Grand Slam was at 2009 Roland Garros, when as No. 4 seed he lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the 3rd round.

 

Most consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player Consecutive appearances
Roger Federer 36
Jimmy Connors

Novak Djokovic

27

27*

*Streak active

                                (NB: In the Borg/Connors/Lendl era, players frequently did not compete in 4 majors per year)

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to reach his 36th Grand Slam quarterfinal and equal Andre Agassi in 3rd place on the list for the most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era.

 

Most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player No. of appearances
Roger Federer 47
Jimmy Connors 41
Andre Agassi

Novak Djokovic

36

36??

Ivan Lendl 34
  • Djokovic is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 10th time and move into joint-2nd place on the list for most Roland Garros quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era.

 

                            Most Roland Garros quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Roger Federer 11
Novak Djokovic??

Rafael Nadal

10??

10

Andre Agassi

Guillermo Vilas

9

9

Jimmy Connors 8
Bjorn Borg

David Ferrer??

Ivan Lendl

Mats Wilander

7

7??

7

7

 

  • Djokovic advanced to the round of 16 after defeating Yen-Hsun Lu 64 61 61, qualifier Steve Darcis 75 63 64 and Aljaz Bedene 62 63 63 in the opening 3 rounds. It is the 7th straight Grand Slam that he has reached the round of 16 without dropping a set. He has reached the Roland Garros quarterfinals without dropping a set only once before – in 2015.

 

  • By defeating Darcis in the 2nd round, Djokovic recorded his 50th match-win at Roland Garros. He 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 51-11 win-loss record here compared with 57-6 at the Australian Open, 52-8 at Wimbledon and 57-9 at the US Open.

 

  • If Djokovic wins today he will face either No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych or No. 11 seed David Ferrer in the quarterfinals. He leads Berdych 23-2 and Ferrer 16-5 in their previous meetings.

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to avoid becoming the first Top seed to lose before the quarterfinals here since Nadal lost in the round of 16 in 2009.

 

  • 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).

 

  • 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.

 

  • BAUTISTA AGUT is bidding to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the first time.

 

  • Bautista Agut advanced to the round of 16 here for the first time after defeating Dmitry Tursunov 63 63 61, Paul-Henri Mathieu 76(5) 64 61 and Borna Coric 62 63 63 in the opening 3 rounds.
  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Bautista Agut has equalled his best Grand Slam result. He also reached 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). This is the first time he has reached the round of 16 at a major without dropping a set.

 

  • Bautista Agut is one of 4 Spanish men to reach the round of 16 here along with David Ferrer, Marcel Granollers and Albert Ramos-Vinolas – and is bidding to join Ramos-Vinolas in the quarterfinals. The highest number of Spanish men to reach the last 8 at a Grand Slam is 4 at 2003 Roland Garros (Albert Costa, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya, Tommy Robredo).

 

  • Bautista Agut is bidding to record 4 straight Tour-level match-wins on clay for the 3rd time. He has achieved the feat on 2 occasions – reaching the semifinals at 2014 Madrid-1000 (l. Rafael Nadal) and winning the title at 2014 Stuttgart (d. Lukas Rosol).

 

  • If Bautista Agut wins today he will face either No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych or No. 11 seed David Ferrer in the quarterfinals. He trails Berdych 2-4 and Ferrer 0-2 in their previous head-to-heads.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here Bautista Agut has recorded his best Roland Garros result. His previous best result here was reaching the 3rd round as No. 27 seed in 2014 (l. Berdych). This is his 4th Roland Garros appearance and his 15th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Last year here Bautista Agut reached the 2nd round (l. 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 has a 7-2 win-loss record in 5 set matches. He has never played a 5 set match at Roland Garros.

 

  • 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 had 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. 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 142 Tour-level victories have come on hard court, compared with 42 on clay and 13 on grass.

 

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

 

2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v NO. 9 RICHARD GASQUET (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: Murray leads 7-3

2006     AMS Toronto    Hard (O)           SF        Gasquet           62 75

2007     AMS Paris        Hard (I)            QF       Gasquet           63 06 64

2008     Wimbledon      Grass (O)         R16      Murray             57 36 76(3) 62 64

2009     Dubai                Hard (O)           QF       Gasquet           w/o (illness)

2010     Roland Garros Clay (O)           R128    Murray             46 67(5) 64 62 61

2011     Wimbledon      Grass (O)         R16      Murray             76(3) 63 62

2012     Rome-1000       Clay (O)           R16      Gasquet           67(1) 63 62

2012     Roland Garros Clay (O)           R16      Murray             16 64 61 62

2013     Miami-1000       Hard (O)           SF        Murray             67(3) 61 62

2014     Toronto-1000    Hard (O)           R16      Murray             w/o (abdominal strain)

2015     Cincinnati-1000 Hard (O)           QF       Murray             46 61 64

2015     Paris-1000        Hard (I)            QF       Murray             76(7) 36 63

 

An 11th meeting for the 2 players and their 5th at a Grand Slam. Murray has won all of their previous encounters at a major and is on a 4-match winning streak against Gasquet. Murray also leads their clay court meetings 2-1.

 

Murray has a 15-1 win-loss record against players at their home Grand Slam. His only loss to a player at their home major came against Gael Monfils at 2006 Roland Garros. He has defeated all 4 of the Australian players he has faced at the Australian Open, 7 of the 8 French players he has met at Roland Garros and all 4 of the American players he has played at the US Open. He has never faced a Brit at Wimbledon.

 

Murray is on a 15-match Tour-level winning streak against French opposition, his last loss came against Gilles Simon at 2015 Rotterdam. He has a 20-3 win-loss record against French players on clay – with his most recent loss coming against today’s opponent at 2012 Rome-1000.

Possible semifinal head-to-heads

  Wawrinka Ramos-Vinolas
Murray 8-7 0-0
Gasquet 2-1 3-1

 

MURRAY                                                 v                                                GASQUET

 

29                                                     Age                                                     29

2                                             ATP Ranking                                            12

36                                                   Titles                                                   13

163-38                          Career Grand Slam Record                           92-44

32-8                                 Roland Garros Record                                22-12

578-170                                     Career Record                                     441-250

96-40                                 Career Record – Clay                                122-69

26-5                                           2016 Record                                           19-6

16-2                                     2016 Record – Clay                                    10-3

22-7                                Career Five-Set Record                               11-13

9                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               2

164-102                            Career Tiebreak Record                            151-128

7-4                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   5-0

 

Road to the Quarterfinals

MURRAY Time   Time GASQUET
d. (Q) Radek Stepanek 36 36 60 63 75

d. (WC) Mathias Bourgue 62 26 46 62 63

3:41

3:34

1st round

2nd round

2:08
2:10
d. Thomaz Bellucci 61 63 64

d. (WC) Bjorn Fratangelo 61 76(3) 63

d. No. 27 Ivo Karlovic 61 64 76(3) 1:56 3rd round 2:10 d. No. 17 Nick Kyrgios 62 76(7) 62
d.  No. 15 John Isner 76(9) 64 63 2:40 Round of 16 2:35 d. No. 5 Kei Nishikori 64 62 46 62
         
total time on court 11:51 (IBM time) 9:03 total time on court

 

  • MURRAY is bidding to reach the semifinals here for the 4th time and move into joint-8th place on the list for most Roland Garros semifinal appearances in the Open Era [see table overleaf]:

 

 

 

                 Most Roland Garros semifinal appearances (Open Era)

Rafael Nadal 9
Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer

7*

7

Bjorn Borg

Mats Wilander

6

6

Andre Agassi

Ivan Lendl

5

5

Sergi Bruguera

Jimmy Connors

Jim Courier

Juan Carlos Ferrero

Andy Murray??

Guillermo Vilas

4

4

4

4

4??

4

*Written prior to Djokovic’s round of 16 match here

 

  • Murray is bidding to reach his 19th Grand Slam semifinal and move into joint-8th place with Stefan Edberg and John McEnroe on the Open Era list for most Grand Slam semifinals reached. Federer (39 semifinals), Djokovic (29*) and Nadal (23) are the only active players to reach the last 4 at a Grand Slam on more occasions than Murray. [NB *Written prior to Djokovic’s round of 16 match.]

 

  • Murray is bidding to reach his 19th Grand Slam semifinal and extend his record for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances by a British man ahead of Fred Perry (13 semifinals). Murray has reached the semifinals at the Australian Open 6 times, Roland Garros 3 times, Wimbledon 6 times and the US Open 3 times.

 

  • Murray is the only British player – man or woman – to have reached 3 semifinals at Roland Garros. Murray is one of just 4 British players along with Fred Perry (1935-36), Bunny Austin (1935, 1937) and Ann Jones (1968-69) to reach multiple semifinals here.

 

  • Murray is bidding to record his 164th Grand Slam match-win today and take sole ownership of 10th place on the Open Era list for most victories at the majors. He is currently joint-10th with Boris Becker (163-40).

 

  • Murray is bidding to extend his record for the most Roland Garros match-wins by a British man:

 

Most Roland Garros match-wins by a British man (all-time)

Player Win-loss record
1.     Andy Murray 32-8
2.     Fred Perry 28-5
3.     Bunny Austin 23-6
4.     Patrick Hughes 21-6
      5=   Billy Knight

Bobby Wilson

19-10
19-9

 

  • Murray has lost in the quarterfinals here twice before, falling to Fernando Gonzalez in 2009 and to David Ferrer in 2012. This is his 9th Roland Garros appearance.

 

  • The last time Murray lost to a player ranked outside the Top 10 was at the 2015 US Open, when he was defeated by No. 14 Kevin Anderson in the round of 16. Since then all his losses have come against Top 5 opposition.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here Murray has taken 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 now reached the quarterfinals at 20 of the last 21 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 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 9-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 9 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.

 

  • Murray’s win over Stepanek in the 1st round 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.

 

  • 2 of Murray’s 9 career comebacks from 0-2 down have come against today’s opponent – at 2008 Wimbledon and 2010 Roland Garros.

 

  • 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 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 2 Grand Slam champions to reach the quarterfinals from the 5 who started the men’s main draw here [NB. Written prior to Djokovic’s round of 16 match with Roberto Bautista Agut.]. 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • GASQUET is bidding to reach the semifinals here for the first time.

 

  • If Gasquet reaches the semifinals here for the first time on his 13th Roland Garros appearance, he would go top of the Open Era list for the most attempts before reaching the last 4 here.

 

                            Attempts to reach Roland Garros semifinals (Open Era)

Richard Gasquet?? 13??
Andres Gomez

Stan Wawrinka

11

11

David Ferrer

Cedric Pioline

10

10

 

  • Gasquet is looking to become the 11th different Frenchman to reach the semifinals here in the Open Era. The last Frenchman to reach the last 4 here was Jo-Wilfried Tsonga last year.

 

  • Gasquet is bidding to reach his 4th Grand Slam semifinal and move into joint-2nd place with Sebastien Grosjean, Henri Leconte and Cedric Pioline on the Open Era list for the most Grand Slam semifinals reached by a Frenchman. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tops the list with 6 appearances in the last 4 at a major.

 

  • Gasquet is on a 30-match losing streak against Top 2 opposition. He has recorded just one victory over a Top 2 player, when he defeated No.1 Roger Federer at 2005 AMS Monte Carlo.

 

  • Gasquet is bidding to defeat 3 seeded players at a Grand Slam for the 3rd time and at Roland Garros for the first time. He defeated No. 32 Dmitry Tursunov, No. 10 Milos Raonic and No. 4 David Ferrer on his way to a semifinal finish at the 2013 US Open, and No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 26 Nick Kyrgios and No. 4 Stan Wawrinka on his way to a semifinal finish at 2015 Wimbledon.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here at his 13th Roland Garros, Gasquet has gone to the top of the Open Era list for the most attempts before reaching the quarterfinals here ahead of Tommy Haas (12 attempts).

 

  • Gasquet’s previous best Roland Garros result is reaching the round of 16 here in 2011 (l. Novak Djokovic), 2012
    (l. today’s opponent), 2013 (l. Stan Wawrinka) and 2015 (l. Djokovic).

 

  • Gasquet’s victory over No. 5 Nishikori in the round of 16 is his best win at Roland Garros. The previous highest seed he had defeated here was No. 15 Kevin Anderson in the 3rd round in 2015.

 

  • By defeating No. 17 Kyrgios and No. 5 Nishikori here, Gasquet has recorded back-to-back match-wins over seeded opposition at Roland Garros for the first time.

 

  • Gasquet’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2007 (l. Federer) and 2015
    (l. Djokovic) and at the 2013 US Open (l. 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 Nishikori 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 quarterfinals from the 6 to start in this year’s men’s main draw along with 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.

 

 

3 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v ALBERT RAMOS-VINOLAS (ESP)

 

Head-to-head: Wawrinka leads 6-0

2012     Acapulco                     Clay (O)            R16      Wawrinka         63 36 63

2012     Shanghai-1000             Hard (O)           R64      Wawrinka         76(1) 76(5)

2013     Buenos Aires                Clay (O)             QF       Wawrinka         76(4) 64

2013     Oeiras                           Clay (O)             R16      Wawrinka          16 63 64

2015     US Open                      Hard (O)           R128    Wawrinka        75 64 76(6)

2016     Geneva                         Clay (O)             R16      Wawrinka          61 61

 

A 7th career meeting between the 2 players and their 5th on clay, but just their 2nd at a Grand Slam.

 

Wawrinka has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 55 Ramos-Vinolas at a Grand Slam since losing to No. 70 Lleyton Hewitt in the 1st round at 2013 Wimbledon. The lowest-ranked player he has lost to at Roland Garros is No. 41 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in 2014.

Possible semifinal head-to-heads

  Murray Gasquet
Wawrinka 7-8 1-2
Ramos-Vinolas 0-0 1-3

 

WAWRINKA                                              v                                        RAMOS-VINOLAS

 

31                                                     Age                                                     28

4                                             ATP Ranking                                            55

14                                                   Titles                                                     0

110-42                          Career Grand Slam Record                            8-18

31-10                                Roland Garros Record                                  5-5

419-241                                     Career Record                                     107-132

160-78                                Career Record – Clay                                 77-76

26-7                                           2016 Record                                         18-16

11-3                                     2016 Record – Clay                                   14-11

23-19                               Career Five-Set Record                                 2-3

6                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

167-159                            Career Tiebreak Record                              36-59

10-4                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                   3-9

 

Road to the Quarterfinals

WAWRINKA Time   Time RAMOS-VINOLAS
d. Lukas Rosol 46 61 36 63 64

d. Taro Daniel 76(7) 63 64

3:11

2:07

1st round

2nd round

3:05

2:49

d. Horacio Zeballos 63 46 75 60

d. (Q) Marco Trungelliti 63 64 75

d. No. 30 Jeremy Chardy 64 63 75 1:59 3rd round 4:11 d. No. 23 Jack Sock 67(2) 64 64 46 64
d. No. 22 Viktor Troicki 76(5) 67(7) 63 62 2:56 Round of 16 2:20 d. No. 8 Milos Raonic 62 64 64
         
total time on court 10:13 (IBM time) 12:25 total time on court

 

  • Defending champion WAWRINKA is bidding to reach the semifinals here for the 2nd time and become only the 2nd Swiss man to reach the last 4 here on multiple occasions after Roger Federer (7 appearances).

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to reach his 6th Grand Slam semifinal. Just 3 Swiss men have reached a Grand Slam semifinal in history – Federer (39), Wawrinka (5) and Marc Rosset (1).

 

  • If he wins today, Roland Garros would become Wawrinka’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of matches won. He has a 31-10 win-loss record both here and at the Australian Open, compared with 17-11 at Wimbledon and 31-11 at the US Open.

 

  • Aged 31 years 69 days, Wawrinka is looking to become the oldest man to reach the semifinals at Roland Garros since Jimmy Connors reached the last 4 here aged 32 years 280 days in 1985 [NB. David Ferrer, aged 34 years 64 days, would become the oldest man through to the last 4 here since Andres Gimeno, aged 34 years 306 days, at 1972 Roland Garros if he reaches the semifinals.]

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to extend his 10-match winning streak against left-handed opposition at the Grand Slams. He has not lost to a lefthanded player at a major since he fell to Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals at 2013 Roland Garros. He has a 19-6 win-loss record against lefthanded players at the majors overall.

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to avoid becoming the 2nd consecutive defending champion to lose in the quarterfinals here. 2014 champion Nadal lost in the last 8 here in 2015. The defending champion has lost in the quarterfinals here on 11 occasions in the Open Era.

 

  • 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 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].

 

  • Wawrinka, who won 2015 Roland Garros aged 30 years 71 days, is looking to become the 5th man in the Open Era to win 2 or more Grand Slams titles after turning 30. Andre Agassi was the last man to achieve the feat, winning the Australian Open in 2001 at 30 years, 274 days and again aged 32 years, 272 days in 2003.

 

  • 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 is one of 2 former Roland Garros junior champions through to the quarterfinals here along with Richard Gasquet.

 

  • Wawrinka broke through to win his first Grand Slam title in his first Grand Slam final at the 2014 Australian Open
    (d. 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 2 Grand Slam champions to reach the quarterfinals here from the 5 to start the men’s draw. [NB. Written prior to Djokovic’s round of 16 match with Roberto Bautista Agut.]

 

  • 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 bidding to record his 9th straight-win and equal his career-best Tour-level winning-streak on clay, 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.

 

  • Lefthander RAMOS-VINOLAS is bidding to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam for the first time.

 

  • Ramos-Vinolas is bidding to become the 13th Spanish man in the Open Era to reach the semifinals at Roland Garros.

 

  • Ramos-Vinolas is bidding to record 5 straight Tour-level match-wins for the first time. By reaching the round of 16 here, Ramos-Vinolas has won 4 straight Tour-level matches for the 2nd time in his career. He also achieved the feat in finishing runner-up at 2012 Casablanca (l. Pablo Andujar).

 

  • Clay is Ramos-Vinolas’ most successful surface and the only surface on which he has a positive win-loss record. He has a 77-76 win-loss record on clay, compared with 28-50 on a hard court and 2-6 on grass.

 

  • Ramos-Vinolas reached a career-high ranking of No. 38 in May 2012 but plays here at No. 55. If he wins today, he is projected to rise to a career-high ranking of around No. 25 when the ATP rankings are released on Monday 6 June. By reaching the quarterfinals here, he is projected to rise to around No. 35.

 

  • 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, Ramos-Vinolas has ended a 7-match losing streak against Top 30 opposition. By also defeating Raonic, he has improved his win-loss record against Top 30 opposition at the majors to 2-10.

 

  • Ramos-Vinolas is bidding to record his 3rd career victory over a Top 10 opponent. By defeating Raonic in the round of 16 here, Ramos-Vinolas ended a 6-match losing streak against Top 10 players and improved his career win-loss record against Top 10 opposition to 2-23. His only other win against a Top 10 player came against No. 3 Roger Federer at 2015 Shanghai-1000.

 

  • 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.

 

7 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE) v NO. 11 DAVID FERRER (ESP)

 

Head-to-head: Ferrer leads 8-6

2004     Gstaad                         Clay (O)            R32      Ferrer               26 63 64

2004     Palermo                        Clay (O)            SF        Berdych            75 64

2005     Hamburg                      Clay (O)            R64      Berdych            62 26 63

2006     Stuttgart                       Clay (O)            SF        Ferrer               63 75

2007     World Team Cup           Clay (O)            R1        Ferrer               61 63

2007     AMS Paris                    Hard (I)             R16      Ferrer               64 62

2010     Kuala Lumpur               Hard (I)             QF       Ferrer               46 75 64

2011     ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I)             RR       Berdych            36 75 61

2012     Davis Cup (WG-FR)      Hard (I)             R4        Ferrer               62 63 75

2013     Paris-1000                    Hard (I)             QF       Ferrer               46 75 63

2013     ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I)             RR       Berdych            64 64

2014     Australian Open          Hard (O)          QF       Berdych           61 64 26 64

2015     Doha                            Hard (O)           FR        Ferrer               64 75

2016     Madrid-1000                 Clay (O)           R16      Berdych            76(8) 75

 

A 15th career meeting for the 2 players, but only their 2nd Grand Slam encounter.

 

The pair are tied at 3-3 in their 6 previous clay court meetings, but Berdych won their first clay court encounter since 2007 in straight sets earlier this year at Madrid-1000 – his only win over a Top 20 opponent on clay in his last 6 matches with Top 20 opposition on the surface.

 

While Ferrer leads the head-to-head 8-6, Berdych has won 3 of their last 4 meetings.

 

Berdych and Ferrer are 2 of the 6 players aged over 30 to reach the round of 16 here from the 51 to start in the men’s main draw. It is the 2nd straight year six 30-somethings have reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the joint-most since 1969, when there were 8. The most over 30s to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros is 4 – in 1968, 1969, 2013 and 2015.

 

BERDYCH                                                v                                                 FERRER

 

30                                                     Age                                                     34

8                                             ATP Ranking                                            11

12                                                   Titles                                                   26

124-50                          Career Grand Slam Record                          137-52

23-12                                Roland Garros Record                                43-13

564-293                                     Career Record                                     678-321

147-80                                Career Record – Clay                               316-123

22-10                                          2016 Record                                         21-10

6-3                                      2016 Record – Clay                                    13-5

19-8                                Career Five-Set Record                               20-11

2                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               4

188-155                            Career Tiebreak Record                            153-134

6-4                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   6-3

 

  • BERDYCH is bidding to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for a 3rd time. He defeated Vasek Pospisil 63 62 61, Malek Jaziri 61 26 62 64 and No. 25 seed Pablo Cuevas 46 63 62 75 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • If he reaches the quarterfinals here for the 3rd time, Berdych would close the gap on Ivan Lendl and Jan Kodes for the most Roland Garros quarterfinals reached by a Czech man. Lendl reached the quarterfinals here on 7 occasions, while Kodes reached the last 8 on 4 occasions.

 

  • Berdych is bidding to record back-to-back match-wins over seeded opposition at Roland Garros for the 3rd time. He achieved the feat in defeating No. 17 John Isner, No. 4 Andy Murray and No. 11 Mikhail Youzhny here in 2010 and No. 27 Roberto Bautista Agut and No. 10 Isner at Roland Garros in 2014.

 

  • 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 23-12 win-loss record here compared with 38-13 at the Australian Open, 32-12 at Wimbledon and 31-13 at the US Open.

 

  • Berdych has won just one of his last 8 matches against Top 20 opposition at the Grand Slams. His only win in that time came against No. 3 Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals at the 2015 Australian Open.

 

  • If Berdych wins today he will face either No. 1 seed Djokovic or No. 14 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals. He trails Djokovic 2-23 but leads Bautista Agut 4-2 in previous meetings.

 

  • 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. 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.

 

  • 2013 Roland Garros runner-up FERRER is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 7th time and move into joint-7th place on the list for most Roland Garros quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era.

 

                            Most Roland Garros quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Roger Federer 11
Novak Djokovic??

Rafael Nadal

10??

10

Andre Agassi

Guillermo Vilas

9

9

Jimmy Connors 8
Bjorn Borg

David Ferrer??

Ivan Lendl

Mats Wilander

7

7??

7

7

 

  • Ferrer is one of 4 Spanish men through to the round of 16 here along with Robert Bautista Agut, Marcel Granollers and Albert Ramos-Vinolas and is bidding to join Ramos-Vinolas in the quarterfinals. The highest number of Spanish men to reach the last 8 at a Grand Slam is 4 at 2003 Roland Garros (Albert Costa, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya, Tommy Robredo).

 

  • Ferrer is the 2nd most successful Spanish man in terms of Grand Slam match-wins. He has a 137-52 win-loss record at the majors, behind Rafael Nadal (200-30).

 

  • If Ferrer wins today he will play either No. 1 Novak Djokovic or No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals. He trails Djokovic 5-16 but leads Bautista Agut 2-0 in their previous head-to-heads.

 

  • Ferrer has lost 12 of his last 13 matches against Top 10 opposition. His only win in that time came against No. 10 Marin Cilic in the round of 16 here last year.

 

  • Ferrer advanced to the round of 16 here for the 6th straight year after defeating Evgeny Donskoy 61 62 60, Juan Monaco 67(4) 63 64 62 and No. 21 seed Feliciano Lopez 64 76(6) 61 in the opening 3 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).

 

  • 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 43-13 win-loss record here compared with 39-14 at the Australian Open, 25-12 at Wimbledon and 30-13 at the US Open.

 

  • 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. today’s opponent) 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.

 

12 DAVID GOFFIN (BEL) v ERNESTS GULBIS (LAT)

 

Head-to-head: tied 1-1

2014     Acapulco          Hard (O)           R16      Gulbis              61 36 76(5)

2015     Madrid-1000     Clay (O)            R64      Goffin               36 61 75

 

GOFFIN                                                  v                                                  GULBIS

 

25                                                     Age                                                     27

13                                            ATP Ranking                                            80

2                                                     Titles                                                     6

21-15                           Career Grand Slam Record                           31-34

8-4                                  Roland Garros Record                                 16-9

118-89                                       Career Record                                     220-199

36-25                                 Career Record – Clay                                 71-58

25-10                                          2016 Record                                           7-10

11-4                                     2016 Record – Clay                                     5-4

7-3                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 4-9

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               3

35-36                              Career Tiebreak Record                              89-98

7-6                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   2-6

 

  • GOFFIN is bidding to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the first time.

 

  • Goffin is bidding to become just the 2nd Belgian man to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros in the Open Era. Filip Dewulf (1997-98) is the only Belgian man to have reached the quarterfinals here in the Open Era. Just 2 Belgian men have made Grand Slam quarterfinals in the Open Era – Dewulf and Xavier Malisse (2002 Wimbledon).

 

  • Goffin defeated wild card Gregoire Barrere 63 63 64, qualifier Carlos Berlocq 75 61 64 and Nicolas Almagro 62 46 63 46 62 in the opening 3 rounds here.

 

  • Goffin’s 5 set victory over Almagro improved his 5-set win-loss record on clay to 5-1. He has won all 3 of the 5-set matches he has played here – as well as defeating Almagro, he defeated Radek Stepanek and Arnaud Clement in 5 sets en route to the last 16 in 2012. He has a 7-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Roland Garros is Goffin’s most successful Grand Slam. As well as reaching the round of 16 here on multiple occasions, 8 of his 21 Grand Slam match-wins have come here compared with 5 at Wimbledon and 4 at both the Australian Open and the US Open.

 

  • If he wins today Goffin will face No. 13 seed Dominic Thiem or Marcel Granollers in the quarterfinals. He leads Thiem 4-2 and is level with Granollers at 1-1 in previous meetings.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Goffin has equalled his best Grand Slam result. He also reached the last 16 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 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.

 

  • GULBIS is looking to reach the quarterfinals here for the 3rd time.

 

  • Gulbis advanced to the round of 16 after defeating Andreas Seppi 63 75 64, No. 26 seed Joao Sousa 62 75 63 and was trailing No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2-5 when the Frenchman retired with an adductor injury.

 

  • Gulbis is bidding to win 4 straight Tour-level matches for the first time since he reached the semifinals here in 2014.

 

  • If he wins today Gulbis will face No. 13 seed Dominic Thiem or Marcel Granollers in the quarterfinals. He trails Thiem 1-3 and is tied with Granollers at 2-2 in previous Tour-level meetings.

 

  • By reaching the 3rd round here, Gulbis recorded back-to-back match-wins at Tour-level for the first time since he won 3 straight matches to reach the semifinals at 2015 Vienna (l. Steve Johnson).

 

  • Gulbis is bidding to defeat 3 seeded opponents at the same Grand Slam event for the first time. He has defeated 2 seeded opponents at a Grand Slam on 3 occasions – defeating No. 8 Tommy Robredo and No. 30 Potito Starace at the 2007 US Open, No. 4 Roger Federer and No. 6 Tomas Berdych at 2014 Roland Garros and No. 26 Sousa and No. 6 Tsonga here this year. He has won 8 of his last 10 encounters with seeded players at the majors.

 

  • Gulbis has won 6 of his last 7 meetings with Top 20 players at the Grand Slams. His only loss in that time came against No. 2 Novak Djokovic at 2014 Roland Garros. He has an 8-9 win-loss record against Top 20 players at the majors overall.

 

  • Gulbis’ best Grand Slam performance is reaching the semifinals here in 2014. He defeated Federer in 5-sets in the round of 16 and Berdych in the quarterfinals before losing to 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 has not won a 5-set match since defeating Federer in the round of 16 here in 2014 for his first 5-set match-win at Roland Garros. He has a 4-9 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Roland Garros is Gulbis’ most successful Grand Slam and the only one where he has a positive win-loss record. He has a 16-9 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 is one of just 3 Latvian men ranked in the Top 1000 along with Mikelis Libietis (474) and Martins Podzus (623).

 

  • Gulbis’ 21-year-old sister Laura Gulbe has played in Pro Circuit events and has played Fed Cup 3 times for Latvia.

 

  • Gulbis recently split with coach Gunther Bresnik. His fitness trainer is Chris Pealger and his physio is Michal Novotny.

 

 

 13 DOMINIC THIEM (AUT) v MARCEL GRANOLLERS (ESP)

Head-to-head: Thiem leads 3-0

2014     Barcelona         Clay (O)            R32      Thiem               36 63 62

2014     Hamburg          Clay (O)            R32      Thiem               26 63 75

2014     Kitzbuhel          Clay (O)            QF       Thiem               64 75

 

A 4th clay court meeting for the 2 players but a first for 2 years and their first at a Grand Slam.

 

The winner of this match will reach their first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

 

THIEM                                                    v                                           GRANOLLERS

 

22                                                     Age                                                     30

15                                            ATP Ranking                                            56

6                                                     Titles                                                     4

14-9                             Career Grand Slam Record                           33-34

5-2                                  Roland Garros Record                                 12-8

103-68                                       Career Record                                     176-205

57-23                                 Career Record – Clay                                 98-99

39-10                                          2016 Record                                         12-13

23-5                                     2016 Record – Clay                                     8-7

2-2                                 Career Five-Set Record                                11-5

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               4

44-42                              Career Tiebreak Record                              50-70

14-8                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                   4-7

 

  • THIEM is bidding to become the first Austrian man to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam since Jurgen Melzer reached the semifinals here in 2010. Only 2 Austrian men in the Open Era have reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros – Thomas Muster (1990, 1995, 1998) and Melzer (2010).

 

  • Thiem advanced to the round of 16 here for the first time after defeating Inigo Cervantes 36 62 75 61, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 75 64 76(3) and Alexander Zverev 67(4) 63 63 63 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • Thiem’s victories over Cervantes and Garcia-Lopez in the opening 2 rounds here were his first match-wins against Spanish opponents at Roland Garros. He lost his only previous encounter with a Spanish player here in 2014, when he was defeated by Rafael Nadal. He has a 5-3 win-loss record against Spanish players at the majors overall.

 

  • If Thiem wins today he will face either No. 12 seed David Goffin or Ernests Gulbis in the quarterfinals. He trails Goffin 2-4 but leads Gulbis 3-1 in previous Tour-level meetings.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 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. Nadal) and in 2015 (d. Aljaz Bedene,
    Pablo Cuevas).

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Thiem has equalled his best Grand Slam result. He also reached the last 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. Zverev). 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 Cuevas and Nadal.

 

  • Thiem has won the most matches (23) 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 has a 2-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches with his most recent 5-set victory coming against Gastao Elias in Austria’s Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie against Portugal. He has never played a 5-set match here.

 

  • 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. He reached the boys’ singles final at Roland Garros as No. 14 seed in 2011, losing to Bjorn Fratangelo 36 63 86. 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.

 

  • GRANOLLERS is bidding to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the first time.

 

  • If Granollers reaches the quarterfinals here on his 35th appearance at a major he will go into 3rd place on the Open Era list for most attempts to reach the last 8 at a Grand Slam.

 

Most attempts to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal (Open Era)

Player No. of appearances
Fabrice Santoro 54
Mark Woodforde 38
Marcel Granollers?? 35??
Todd Woodbridge 34

 

  • If Granollers reaches the quarterfinals here on his 9th Roland Garros appearance he will enter the Open Era list for most attempts to reach the last 8 here.

 

Most attempts to reach a Roland Garros quarterfinal (Open Era)

Player No. of appearances
Richard Gasquet??* 13??
Tommy Haas 12
Marcelo Filippini

Mikhail Youzhny

10

10

Marcel Granollers??

Tim Henman

Stan Wawrinka

9??

9

9

*Written prior to the completion of Gasquet’s round of 16 match on Sunday

 

  • Granollers advanced to the round of 16 here for the 3rd time after defeating No. 32 seed Fabio Fognini 75 64 63, and was leading Nicolas Mahut 63 62 1-0 when the Frenchman retired with a left knee injury in the 2nd round. He received a walkover into the round of 16 after Rafael Nadal, his 3rd round opponent, withdrew from the event with a left wrist injury.

 

  • Granollers’ win over Fognini in the 1st round here ended a 6-match losing streak against seeded players at the majors and was his first victory over a seeded player at a Grand Slam since he defeated No. 25 Ivo Karlovic at the 2014 US Open. He has a 4-21 win-loss record against seeded players at the Grand Slams overall.

 

  • If Granollers wins today he will face either No. 12 seed David Goffin or Ernests Gulbis in the quarterfinals. He is tied 1-1 with Goffin and 2-2 with Gulbis in previous Tour-level meetings.

 

  • Granollers is one of 4 Spanish men through to the round of 16 here along with Robert Bautista Agut, David Ferrer and Albert Ramos-Vinolas and is bidding to join Ramos-Vinolas in the quarterfinals. The highest number of Spanish men to reach the last 8 at a Grand Slam is 4 at 2003 Roland Garros (Albert Costa, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya, Tommy Robredo).

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Granollers’ has equalled his best Grand Slam result. He also reached the last 16 at Roland Garros in 2012 (l. Ferrer) and in 2014 (l. Milos Raonic), and at the 2013 US Open (l. Novak Djokovic). This is his 9th consecutive Roland Garros and his 35th appearance at a major.

 

  • Granollers is bidding to defeat a Top 20 player at a Grand Slam for the 2nd time. His only win over a Top 20 player at a major in 19 attempts came against No. 8 Robin Soderling at the 2010 Australian Open. He is on a 13-match losing streak against Top 20 opponents at the majors.
  • Granollers has lost 10 of his last 11 Tour-level matches against Top 20 opposition. His only win in that time came against No. 13 Goffin at 2016 Monte Carlo-1000. He has a 20-64 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition overall.

 

  • Granollers warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the quarterfinals as a lucky loser at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Gael Monfils) and as a direct acceptance at Istanbul (l. Ivo Karlovic). He also reached the 2nd round at Barcelona (l. Nadal) and Nice (l. Alexander Zverev), but lost his opening match as a lucky loser at Madrid-1000 (l. Joao Sousa).

 

  • Granollers broke the Top 20 for the first time in July 2012 at a career-high ranking of No. 19. He plays here ranked No. 56.

 

  • Granollers has won 3 of the 5 five-set matches he has played at Roland Garros. He has an 11-5 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Granollers has won 4 career singles titles, 3 of which came on clay – at 2008 Houston (d. James Blake), 2011 Gstaad (d. Fernando Verdasco) and 2013 Kitzbuhel (d. Juan Monaco), where he became just the 2nd player to win a Tour-level title after losing a 60 first set in the final.

 

  • Granollers is one of the 6 players aged over 30 to reach the round of 16 here from the 51 to start in the men’s main draw. It is the 2nd straight year six 30-somethings have reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the joint-most since 1969, when there were 8. The most over 30s to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros is 4 – in 1968, 1969, 2013 and 2015.

 

  • Granollers is a successful doubles player and has won 10 career doubles titles. He finished as runner-up in the men’s doubles here in 2014 with Marc Lopez, losing to Julien Benneteau/Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the final. They also finished as runner-up at the 2014 US Open (l. Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan).

 

  • Granollers entered the men’s doubles here with Pablo Cuevas. They defeated Gilles Muller/Frederik Nielsen 62 63 and No. 2 seeds Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau 57 64 63 in the opening 2 rounds. They will play No. 14 seeds Daniel Nestor/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in the 3rd round. The last man to win both the singles and doubles titles at Roland Garros was Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1996.

 

  • Granollers is coached by Jose Maria Arenas. His physical trainer is Sergi Valldaura.
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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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