December 6, 2016

Novak Djokovic Wins French Open Title to Complete “Career Grand Slam” and win Fourth Straight Major Title

Djokovic thumbs up-001

(June 5, 2016) Novak Djokovic became the first man since Rod Laver won a calendar Grand Slam in 1969 to win four straight major titles, winning the French Open on Sunday over Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday to complete a career Grand Slam. Djokovic is just the third man to hold all four majors titles at the same time which includes Don Budge 1938 and Rod Laver in 1962 and 1969.

The title gives No. 1 Djokovic his 12 major titles, tying him with Roy Emerson on the all-time list, behind Roger Federer with 17, Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras with 14. The Serb is the eighth man to complete a career “Grand Slam” joining Don Budge, Fred Perry, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal. The 29-year-old is now 12-11 in major finals.

“It’s a thrilling moment,” said Djokovic. “One of the most beautiful I have had in my career. “It’s incredibly flattering to know that Rod Laver is the last one that managed to do that. There are not many words that can describe it. It’s one of the ultimate challenges that you have as a tennis player. I’m very proud and very thrilled. It’s hard for me to reflect on what has happened before and what’s going to happen after. I’m just so overwhelmed with having this trophy next to me that I’m just trying to enjoy this moment.”

“Perhaps the greatest moment of my career.”

After completing the victory, Djokovic took a page out of former Roland Garros champion Gustavo Kuerten’s book, by drawing a heart in the clay and laying on his back inside it to celebrate.

“The most important thing for me is that I wrote down that heart, like Guga did,” Djokovic said after the match. “He gave me the permission to do this. The most important is that I felt the love, and drawing a heart means I will remain on this court with you every day.”

“This is Novak’s day,” Murray said during the trophy ceremony. “Winning all four Grand Slams at once is a great achievement. This is something that is so rare in tennis. What he’s achieved the last 12 months is phenomenal. I’m proud to be part of it today.”

Djokovic has now won 28 matches in a row in major tournaments dating back to last year’s French Open final.

His collection of majors: 6 Australian Opens, 1 Roland Garros, 3 Wimbledons and two U.S. Opens.

The French Open crown marks his 65 title, which puts him at number six on the all-time list behind Jimmy Connors (109), Ivan Lendl (94), Roger Federer (88), John McEnroe (77) and Rafael Nadal (69).

Djokovic is now halfway through a calendar Grand Slam, winning the Australian and French Opens. The last time a man won the first two majors in a year was Jim Courier in 1992.

 

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Garbine Muguruza Defeats Serena Williams to Win Roland Garros for First Major Title

(June 4, 2016) Garbine Muguruza joined the list of first-time major winners when she defeated 21-time major champion and world No. 1 Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4 to capture the Roland Garros title on Saturday in Paris. Muguruza denied history for Williams as the American was trying to win her 22nd major, which would have equaled Steffi Graf for most in Open Era. The Spanish woman reversed the result of last year’s Wimbledon final where she lost to Williams.

For the woman born in Venezuela, it was just the sixth tournament title of her career and first on clay.

Muguruza broke Williams’ powerful serve twice in each set. The 22-year old fought off break points in the fourth game of the first set to stay even at 2-2 and broke serve for 3-2. Williams evened things up and broke in the eighth game for 4-4. They stayed even until the eleventh game when Muguruza broke serve and fended off break points to close the set 7-5.

The second set began with three straight service breaks. Muguruza held onto the break lead and missed out on four match points on Williams’ serve in ninth game. She closed out the match on her serve with a lob winner on the line which she did not realize landed in. Even Williams applauded the winning shot.

Muguruza became the first Spanish woman to win Paris since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1998.

There were reports that Williams was dealing a with adductor injury. Asked about it, she said: “It was OK. I’m not one to ever make excuses and say, like, ‘Oh, my adductor was hurting,’ or whatever. At the end of the day I didn’t play the game I needed to play to win and she did. Adductor or not, she played to win.”

Williams talked about how close the match was:”She won the first set by one point. I mean, that just goes to show you, you really have to play the big points well, and she played the big points really well.”

“She has a bright future, obviously.”

“She knows how to play on the big stage and … clearly, she knows how to win Grand Slams.”

“Garbine played unbelievable.” “The only thing I can do is just keep trying.”

“I can’t explain with words what this day means to me,” Muguruza said.

“I have grown up playing on clay,” Muguruza said during the trophy presentation, “so for Spain, and for me, this is amazing.”

Muguruza will see her ranking move up from No. 4 to No. 2 as of Monday.

 

More to follow…..

 

 

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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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Serena Williams Reaches French Open Final Versus Muguruza; Djokovic To Face Murray for Title

 

(June 3, 2016) The world’s top tennis players Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic are seeking to make their own histories this weekend at Roland Garros.

Serena Williams advanced to her fourth French Open final besting Kiki Bertens 7-6(7), 6-4. The 34-year-old will take on 22-year-old Spaniard Garbine Murguza in Saturday’s women’s final. Should Williams win, she’ll tie Steffi Graf for most major titles in the Open Era at 22.

Djokovic has reached his fourth Roland Garros final in five years defeating up-and-comer No. 13 Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. The Serb is looking complete a career Grand Slam. The French Open title would complete the set.

Djokovic will face off against No. 2 Andy Murray who reached his first Roland Garros final beating defending champion Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. Murray is the first British man since 1937 to reach the final.

Murray won his last encounter against Djokovic, on clay at the Italian Open.

“I’m extremely proud,” said Murray on-court. “I never expected to reach the final here.”
“I’d always struggled on the clay and then in the past two years I’ve had some of my best results. I hope I can put on a good match for the crowd on Sunday.

“I knew today if I wanted to win I was going to have to play one of my best clay-court matches. Stan’s record here the past two years has been unbelievable. He was playing better every match here. I played one of my best matches today. I’m looking forward to the final now.”

This will be a rematch of the Australian Open final.

“I’m sure that it’s going to be a final with a lot of emotions and a lot of exchanges from the baseline, because we have similar styles of game,” Djokovic said. “I know his game, he knows mine.”
“It’s another Grand Slam title up for grabs for both Andy and myself,” Djokovic said. “One thing I know I can expect when I get on the court with him is it’s going to be a very physical battle.”
This will be Djokovic’s 20th major final and Murray’s 10th.

If Djokovic wins on Sunday, he be the eighth man to win all majors in a career joining Don Budge, Fred Perry, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal.

 

“The first set wasn’t easy,” Williams said of Bertens in French during her on-court interview. “I needed to play better because she was playing very well, but I’m very happy to win today.”

Williams had to fight off two set points in the first set.

Bertens became the first Dutch woman since 1977 to reach the semifinals.

Serena Williams is in her 27th major final going up against Muguruza on Saturday. The two met in the final of last year’s Wimbledon. The American has a 3-1 record against the Spanish woman. The lone loss came in the second round of Roland Garros.

Serena leads No. 4 seed Muguruza 3-1 in their head-to-head, but Muguruza’s lone win came here in Paris, when the Spaniard stunned the top seed in the second round in 2014.

Muguruza moves up to No. 3 in the world by reaching the final. She’ll jump to No. 2 in the world, if she wins the title.

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2016 Roland Garros – Day 13 Men’s Preview

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Friday, June 3, 2016
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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2016 Roland Garros – Day 7 Men’s Preview

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Third Round Top Half

Men’s Featured matches

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 1-0

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

 

DJOKOVIC                                               v                                                 BEDENE

 

29                                                     Age                                                     26

1                                             ATP Ranking                                            66

64                                                   Titles                                                     0

216-34                          Career Grand Slam Record                            4-11

50-11                                Roland Garros Record                                  2-2

725-149                                     Career Record                                       47-61

172-43                                Career Record – Clay                                 16-26

39-3                                           2016 Record                                           8-11

11-2                                     2016 Record – Clay                                     3-5

27-8                                Career Five-Set Record                                 2-0

4                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

200-112                            Career Tiebreak Record                              24-22

12-2                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                   6-7

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Head-to-head: Tsonga leads 3-2

2008     Adelaide                       Hard (O)           R16      Tsonga             63 62

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

2009     Tokyo                           Hard (O)           QF       Tsonga             46 64 63

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

TSONGA                                                 v                                                  GULBIS

 

31                                                     Age                                                     27

7                                             ATP Ranking                                            80

12                                                   Titles                                                     6

100-32                          Career Grand Slam Record                           30-34

27-8                                 Roland Garros Record                                 15-9

368-171                                     Career Record                                     219-199

77-42                                 Career Record – Clay                                 70-58

17-8                                           2016 Record                                           6-10

8-4                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     4-4

14-7                                Career Five-Set Record                                 4-9

3                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               3

171-125                            Career Tiebreak Record                              89-98

6-6                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   2-6

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Head-to-head: Cuevas leads 1-0

2015     Beijing              Hard (O)           R32      Cuevas            64 64

 

BERDYCH                                                v                                                 CUEVAS

 

30                                                     Age                                                     30

8                                             ATP Ranking                                            27

12                                                   Titles                                                     5

123-50                          Career Grand Slam Record                           11-20

22-12                                Roland Garros Record                                  6-6

563-293                                     Career Record                                     144-120

146-80                                Career Record – Clay                                104-65

21-10                                          2016 Record                                           20-9

5-3                                      2016 Record – Clay                                    17-5

19-8                                Career Five-Set Record                                 3-8

2                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               1

188-155                            Career Tiebreak Record                              71-43

6-4                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                  12-9

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • Cuevas is coached by Facundo Savio

 

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

 

Head-to-head: Ferrer leads 9-6

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

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

2006     Stockholm                    Hard (I)            R16      Lopez               36 63 62

2007     Tokyo                           Hard (O)           QF       Ferrer               64 64

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

2008     Dubai                           Hard (O)           QF       Lopez               64 63

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2015     Kuala Lumpur               Hard (I)            FR        Ferrer               75 75

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

FERRER                                                  v                                                   LOPEZ

 

34                                                     Age                                                     34

11                                            ATP Ranking                                            23

26                                                   Titles                                                     4

136-52                          Career Grand Slam Record                           85-57

42-13                                Roland Garros Record                                10-15

677-321                                     Career Record                                     410-374

315-123                               Career Record – Clay                               109-114

20-10                                          2016 Record                                         14-12

12-5                                     2016 Record – Clay                                     7-6

20-11                               Career Five-Set Record                               21-11

4                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               3

152-134                            Career Tiebreak Record                            261-218

5-3                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                  11-8

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • Ferrer is coached by Francisco Fogues.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • Lopez is coached by Jose Clavet.

 

 

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

 

Head-to-head: Almagro leads 3-0

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

GOFFIN                                                  v                                               ALMAGRO

 

25                                                     Age                                                     30

13                                            ATP Ranking                                            49

2                                                     Titles                                                   13

20-15                           Career Grand Slam Record                           60-42

7-4                                  Roland Garros Record                                23-12

117-89                                       Career Record                                     379-253

35-25                                 Career Record – Clay                               271-135

24-10                                          2016 Record                                         14-10

10-4                                     2016 Record – Clay                                    13-7

6-3                                 Career Five-Set Record                               13-11

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               2

35-36                              Career Tiebreak Record                            149-166

  • 2016 Tiebreak Record                                  3-6

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • Goffin is coached by Thierry van Cleemput.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • Almagro started working with Samuel Lopez in January 2012.

 

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

Head-to-head: Thiem leads 2-0

2016     Munich             Clay (O)           SF        Thiem               46 62 63

2016     Nice                 Clay (O)           FR        Thiem               64 36 60

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

THIEM                                                    v                                                  ZVEREV

 

22                                                     Age                                                     19

15                                            ATP Ranking                                            41

6                                                     Titles                                                     0

13-9                             Career Grand Slam Record                             3-3

4-2                                  Roland Garros Record                                  2-0

102-68                                       Career Record                                       41-37

56-23                                 Career Record – Clay                                 21-14

38-10                                          2016 Record                                         23-13

22-5                                     2016 Record – Clay                                    13-5

2-2                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 1-2

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

44-41                              Career Tiebreak Record                              17-24

14-7                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                  9-12

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

2015     Umag               Clay (O)            QF       Bautista Agut    63 63

2015     Hamburg          Clay (O)            R32      Bautista Agut    63 64

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

 

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

 

BAUTISTA AGUT                                         v                                                   CORIC

 

28                                                     Age                                                     19

16                                            ATP Ranking                                            47

4                                                     Titles                                                     0

27-14                           Career Grand Slam Record                             6-6

6-3                                  Roland Garros Record                                  4-1

141-96                                       Career Record                                       49-50

41-28                                 Career Record – Clay                                 22-18

25-10                                          2016 Record                                         16-14

7-4                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     8-6

7-2                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 3-3

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

50-33                              Career Tiebreak Record                              24-13

11-4                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                   9-6

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Murray and Wawrinka Reach French Open Fourth Round in Straight Sets

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

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

Rafael Nadal Out of French Open with Injured Left Wrist

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Rafael Nadal Out of French Open with Injured Left Wrist

 

Nadal at changeover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nadal holds a 72-2 record in Paris.

 

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