May 31, 2016

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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2016 Roland Garros – Day 5 Men’s Preview

 

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Thursday, May 26, 2016

2nd Round Top Half

Featured matches

 

No. 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v (Q) Steve Darcis (BEL)

No. 4 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Facundo Bagnis (ARG)

No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
No. 7 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Malek Jaziri (TUN)

No. 11 David Ferrer (ESP) v Juan Monaco (ARG)

No. 12 David Goffin (BEL) v (Q) Carlos Berlocq (ARG)

No. 13 Dominic Thiem (AUT) v Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
 

 

  • Novak Djokovic is bidding for his 50th Roland Garros match-win today when he meets Steve Darcis on Court Suzanne Lenglen. The Serb, who is looking to add a first Roland Garros title to his Grand Slam trophy collection, is hoping to avoid becoming the first Top seed to lose in the 2nd round here since Andre Agassi in 2000.

 

  • 9-time champion Rafael Nadal is also looking to achieve a match-win milestone today. He is hoping to become just the 8th man in history to win 200 Grand Slam matches when he takes on Facundo Bagnis on Court Philippe Chatrier. The Spaniard has lost just once before to a player ranked as low as No. 99 Bagnis on clay, when he was defeated by No. 113 Olivier Mutis at 2004 Palermo.

 

  • Malek Jaziri, who faces Tomas Berdych on Court Suzanne Lenglen, is bidding to become the first Tunisian man to reach the 3rd round here in the Open Era. The last time a Tunisian man reached the 3rd round here was in 1963 when Mustafa Belkhodjia reached that stage.

 

  • There are 5 Frenchmen in action today, all hoping to join Jeremy Chardy, Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon in the 3rd round. 12 Frenchmen reached the 2nd round here from the 16 who started in the men’s main draw – the 3rd highest number of Frenchmen to reach the 2nd round at Roland Garros in the Open Era after 1971, when there were 14, and 2012, when there 13. The highest number of Frenchmen to reach the 3rd round here is 8 in 1971.

 

  • 18 of the 27 men aged 30 or over through to the 2nd round here from the 51 to start the main draw are in action today. It is the 2nd highest number of men aged over 30 to reach the 2nd round at a Grand Slam in the Open Era after the 1977 Australian Open – when 29 over 30s reached the 2nd round.

 

1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v (Q) STEVE DARCIS (BEL)

 

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 2-0

2008     Rome-1000       Clay (O)            R32      Djokovic           64 60

2015     Miami-1000       Hard (O)           R32      Djokovic           60 75

 

A 3rd career meeting between the 2 players, whose only meeting on clay came 8 years ago. Djokovic has never dropped a set against Darcis and has recorded a bagel in each of their 2 previous meetings.

 

Djokovic has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 161 Darcis at Tour-level since he retired with illness after losing the first set 64 against No. 319 Filip Krajinovic in the quarterfinals at 2010 Belgrade. The lowest-ranked player to defeat Djokovic at a Grand Slam is No. 75 Marat Safin in the 2nd round at 2008 Wimbledon.

 

DJOKOVIC                                               v                                                  DARCIS

 

29                                                     Age                                                     32

1                                             ATP Ranking                                           161

64                                                   Titles                                                     2

215-34                          Career Grand Slam Record                           10-23

49-11                                Roland Garros Record                                  4-7

724-149                                     Career Record                                       88-98

171-43                                Career Record – Clay                                 32-32

38-3                                           2016 Record                                            1-2

10-2                                     2016 Record – Clay                                     1-0

27-8                                Career Five-Set Record                                 1-7

4                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               1

200-112                            Career Tiebreak Record                              52-35

12-2                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                   0-0

 

  • DJOKOVIC is bidding to record his 50th match-win at Roland Garros.

 

  • 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, Roger 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 advanced to the 2nd round after defeating Yen-Hsun Lu 64 61 61 in the 1st round on Tuesday.

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to avoid becoming the first Top seed to lose in the 2nd round here since Andre Agassi in 2000.

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to extend his 46-match winning streak against qualifiers at Tour-level. He has not lost to a qualifier at Tour-level since falling to Kevin Anderson at 2008 Miami-1000. Djokovic has a 14-0 win-loss record against qualifiers at the Grand Slams and a 4-0 win-loss record against qualifiers at Roland Garros.

 

  • 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 two 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.

 

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

 

  • Darcis recorded his first match-win at Roland Garros since 2011 after defeating qualifier Marsel Ilhan 63 64 60 in the 1st round.

 

  • Darcis’ best Grand Slam result is reaching the 3rd round as a qualifier here in 2011 (l. Gael Monfils). This is his 8th Roland Garros appearance and his 25th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Darcis defeated Nikola Milojevic (SRB) 36 61 62, Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 63 63 and Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 62 62 in the 3 rounds of qualifying here. It was the 3rd time he has qualified for Roland Garros in 5 attempts, having also qualified here in 2011 and 2013.

 

  • Darcis is through to the 2nd round at a Grand Slam for the 9th time in 25 appearances at the majors. This is his 3rd appearance in the 2nd round at Roland Garros. Last year here he lost to Simone Bolelli in the 1st round.

 

  • Darcis is bidding to record back-to-back match-wins at Tour-level for the first time since he reached the quarterfinals at 2015 Bastad (l. Pablo Cuevas).

 

  • Darcis is contesting just his 5th tournament of 2016 He fell in the 1st round at both the Australian Open
    (l. Guido Pella) and Montpellier (l. Dustin Brown). He gave a walkover due to a wrist injury in the 2nd round at Rotterdam qualifying and missed 3 months of the season from February-May. He returned at the Bordeaux Challenger (FRA) where he reached the quarterfinals (l. Bjorn Fratangelo) – his only clay court appearance at any level this season prior to coming here.

 

  • Darcis’ career-best clay court result is winning the title at 2007 Amersfoort (d. Werner Eschauer). As a qualifier ranked No. 297 he defeated Werner Eschauer to win his first career title. He had not won a Tour-level match prior to this event.

 

  • Darcis reached a career-high ranking of No. 44 in May 2008. He started 2016 at No. 86 but plays here at No. 161.

 

  • Darcis is on a 5-match losing streak in 5 set matches. His only 5-set match-win came against Dmitry Tursunov at the 2011 US Open. He has a 1-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Darcis is playing a No. 1-ranked opponent for the 2nd time. His only other meeting with a No. 1 came against today’s opponent at 2015 Miami-1000. The highest-ranked player Darcis has defeated is No. 5 Rafael Nadal at 2013 Wimbledon.

 

  • Darcis is coached by Juan Francisco Spina.

 

 

 

 

4 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) v FACUNDO BAGNIS (ARG)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

NADAL                                                   v                                                  BAGNIS

 

29*                                                    Age                                                     26

5                                             ATP Ranking                                            99

69                                                   Titles                                                     0

199-30                          Career Grand Slam Record                             2-3

71-2                                 Roland Garros Record                                  2-1

795-168                                     Career Record                                         9-17

364-34                                Career Record – Clay                                  9-15

28-8                                           2016 Record                                            4-6

20-4                                     2016 Record – Clay                                     4-6

17-7                                Career Five-Set Record                                 1-0

3                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

196-128                            Career Tiebreak Record                                 3-5

4-9                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   2-2

*Turns 30 on 3 June

 

  • 9-time champion NADAL is looking to become just the 8th man in history to win 200 Grand Slam matches. The leading all-time performers are as follows:

 

Most Grand Slam match-wins (all-time)

Rank Player Win-loss
1

2

Roger Federer

Jimmy Connors

302-50

233-49

3 Andre Agassi 224-53
4

5

Ivan Lendl

Roy Emerson

222-49

217-48

6

7

8

Novak Djokovic

Pete Sampras

Rafael Nadal

215-34

203-38

199-30

9

10

Stefan Edberg

Ken Rosewall

178-47

171-34

                                                 Note: active players in bold. (Through 2016 Roland Garros 1st round)

 

  • Nadal is bidding to become the first player in the Open Era – and only the 2nd player in history – to win 10 titles at any Grand Slam event. Margaret Court is the only player in history to have won 10 or more titles at one Grand Slam event, winning the Australian Open on 11 occasions between 1960 and 1973 [see Preview page 2].

 

  • Nadal is bidding to further extend the record he set at 2013 Roland Garros for the most men’s Grand Slam titles at any one event. He won the title here in 2005-08 and 2010-14. He is the only man in history to have won 5 titles in a row at Roland Garros.

 

  • Nadal reached the 2nd round here for the 12th straight year after defeating Sam Groth 61 61 61 in one hour 20 minutes on Tuesday.

 

  • Nadal has only once lost to a player ranked as low as No. 99 today’s opponent on clay at 2004 Palermo when he was defeated by No. 113 Olivier Mutis. The last time he lost to a player ranked this low at a Grand Slam was at 2015 Wimbledon when he lost to No. 102 Dustin Brown.

 

  • Last year here, Nadal fell to Novak Djokovic 75 63 61 in the quarterfinals, ending his 39-match winning streak at Roland Garros.

 

  • Nadal’s only losses here came in the round of 16 in 2009 (l. Robin Soderling) and in the quarterfinals in 2015
    (l. Djokovic). His only defeats in 96 best of 5-set matches on clay.

 

  • Nadal is the leading performer in Roland Garros history. He has a 71-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros, ahead of Roger Federer (65-16) and Guillermo Vilas (58-17) [see Preview page 4]. This is Nadal’s 12th successive Roland Garros and his 45th appearance at a major.

 

  • Nadal is one of only 3 players to have won multiple clay court titles this year along with Pablo Cuevas and Dominic Thiem. He won both Monte Carlo-1000 (d. Gael Monfils) and Barcelona (d. Kei Nishikori) for the 9th time.

 

  • Since winning his first title at 2004 Sopot, Nadal has suffered just 25 defeats on clay – 4 of which have come this year. It is only the 2nd time he has suffered 4 or more clay defeats in a season since 2003. He lost in the semifinals at Buenos Aires (l. Thiem), Rio de Janeiro (l. Pablo Cuevas) and Madrid-1000 (l. Andy Murray) and fell to Djokovic in the quarterfinals at Rome-1000.

 

  • Nadal is bidding to win his 50th career clay court title at Roland Garros. By winning the title at Barcelona, he equalled Guillermo Vilas’ Open Era record for the most career clay court titles with 49.

 

  • Nadal is 2nd in the list for the most Tour-level clay court matches won this year. He has a 20-4 win-loss record on clay in 2016, behind Thiem (21-5).

 

  • Nadal has been coached by his uncle Toni since the age of 4.

 

  • Lefthander BAGNIS is bidding to reach the 3rd round at a Grand Slam for the first time. He defeated qualifier Kenny de Schepper 60 62 76(2) in the 1st round.

 

  • This is Bagnis’ 2nd Roland Garros appearance. He also reached the 2nd round on his Grand Slam debut here as a qualifier in 2014 (l. Ernests Gulbis). He defeated Julien Benneteau 61 62 16 36 1816 in the 1st round to equal the record for the longest 5th set (in terms of games) at Roland Garros. It was also the first time he had defeated a Top 50 ranked player and is his only 5 set match to date.

 

  • This is Bagnis’ 4th Grand Slam appearance. As well as reaching the 2nd round at 2014 Roland Garros, he lost in the 1st round as a qualifier at the 2014 US Open (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber) and as a direct acceptance at 2015 Wimbledon (l. Nikoloz Basilashvili). He failed to qualify here in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015.

 

  • Bagnis has played solely on clay in 2016. His best results are winning the Challenger titles at Buenos Aires (ARG) (d. Arthur de Greef), Rio de Janeiro (BRA) (d. Guilherme Clezar) and Santiago (CHI) (d. Rogerio Dutra Silva). He reached a career-high ranking of No. 89 in April and plays here at No. 99.

 

  • Bagnis is bidding to record back-to-back match-wins at Tour-level for just the 2nd time in his career. The only time he has recorded back-to-back Tour-level victories is in reaching the quarterfinals at 2016 Marrakech (l. Albert Montanes).

 

  • Bagnis recorded the best win of his career when defeating No. 36 Joao Sousa in the 2nd round at 2016 Marrakech. He has a 2-7 win-loss record against players in the Top 50 overall, with both of those wins coming on clay.

 

  • Bagnis is one of 5 Argentine men through to the 2nd round at this year’s Roland Garros. The last time Argentina had multiple representation in the 3rd round at a Grand Slam was at 2013 Wimbledon when Juan Monaco reached the 3rd round and Juan Martin del Potro recorded a semifinal finish. The last time it happened here was in 2012, when 4 reached this stage.

 

  • Bagnis was a member of the South American 16 & Under Team in Europe in 2006, funded by the Grand Slam Development Fund.

 

  • Bagnis is coached by Martin Vassallo Arguello, who reached the round of 16 here in 2006. His physical trainer is Cristian Elsseser. He trains in Buenos Aires.

 

6 JO-WILFRIED TSONGA (FRA) v MARCOS BAGHDATIS (CYP)

Head-to-head: Tsonga leads 6-0

2004     Cordoba Challenger Qualifying  Hard (O)           R32      Baghdatis         64 63

2011     Rome-1000                               Clay (O)           R64      Tsonga             63 62

2012     Dubai                                       Hard (O)           R32      Tsonga             76(2) 64

2012     Shanghai-1000                          Hard (O)           R16      Tsonga             62 76(2)

2012     Stockholm                                Hard (I)            SF        Tsonga             64 46 5-2 ret (left groin)

2014     Miami-1000                               Hard (O)           R32      Tsonga             46 76(6) 75

2016     Australian Open                      Hard (O)          R128    Tsonga            64 46 64 62

 

A 2nd round clash between 2 former Grand Slam finalists. Both players achieved their best Grand Slam result at the Australian Open – Tsonga finished as runner-up there in 2008; Baghdatis in 2006.

 

This is the 2nd consecutive Grand Slam meeting between the 2 players, with Tsonga winning their first Grand Slam meeting earlier this year at the Australian Open.

 

Tsonga and Baghdatis are 2 of the 27 men aged 30 or over through to the 2nd round here from the 51 to start the main draw. It is the 2nd highest number of men aged over 30 to reach the 2nd round at a Grand Slam in the Open Era after the 1977 Australian Open – when 29 over 30s reached the 2nd round.

 

 

TSONGA                                                 v                                             BAGHDATIS

 

31                                                     Age                                                     30

7                                             ATP Ranking                                            39

12                                                   Titles                                                     4

99-32                           Career Grand Slam Record                           58-42

26-8                                 Roland Garros Record                                10-10

367-171                                     Career Record                                     324-226

76-42                                 Career Record – Clay                                 51-46

16-8                                           2016 Record                                           15-8

7-4                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     3-3

13-7                                Career Five-Set Record                                16-7

2                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               3

171-124                            Career Tiebreak Record                            133-101

6-5                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   6-1

 

  • TSONGA is bidding to record his 100th Grand Slam match-win today.

 

  • If he wins today, Tsonga will become the 3rd Frenchman in history to record 100 Grand Slam match-wins after Jean Borotra (103) and Henri Cochet (102).

 

  • Tsonga is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 8th consecutive year. He advanced to the 2nd round after defeating qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff 63 64 64 in the 1st round.

 

  • In 8 previous appearances at Roland Garros, Tsonga has lost before the 3rd round just once – falling in the 1st round on his Grand Slam debut as a wild card in 2005 (l. Andy Roddick). 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. Stan 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 1st 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. today’s opponent) and reached the semifinals at the Australian Open (l. today’s opponent), 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 12 Frenchmen to reach the 2nd round here from the 16 who started in the men’s main draw – the 3rd highest number of Frenchmen to reach the 2nd round at Roland Garros in the Open Era after 1971, when there were 14, and 2012, when there 13. The highest number of Frenchmen to reach the 3rd round here is 8 in 1971.

 

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

 

  • BAGHDATIS is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the first time since 2010.

 

  • Baghdatis advanced to the 2nd round here for the 7th time after defeating Gilles Muller 75 64 61 in the 1st round.

 

  • Last year here Baghdatis reached the 2nd round (l. Damir Dzumhur). His best result here is reaching the round of 16 in 2007 (l. Igor Andreev). This is his 11th Roland Garros appearance.

 

  • Baghdatis’ best Grand Slam performance is finishing runner-up unseeded at the 2006 Australian Open. He defeated 3 Top 10 players before losing to Roger Federer in the final. This is his 43rd Grand Slam appearance overall.

 

  • On clay in 2016 Baghdatis reached the quarterfinals at Houston (l. Jack Sock) – the only time he has recorded back-to-back Tour-level match-wins on clay since he reached the quarterfinals at 2012 Munich. He fell in the 1st round at Bucharest (l. Marco Cecchinato) and Madrid-1000 (l. Gilles Simon).

 

  • Baghdatis’ best result in 2016 is finishing runner-up at Dubai (l. Stan Wawrinka). He also reached the quarterfinals as a wild card at Montpellier (l. Richard Gasquet) and the 2nd round at both Rotterdam
    (l. Martin Klizan) and Miami-1000 (l. Nick Kyrgios).

 

  • Baghdatis has lost 12 of his last 13 matches against Top 10 opposition – with his only win in that time coming against No. 7 David Ferrer at 2015 Nottingham. He is on an 8-match losing streak against Top 10 opposition at the Grand Slams, having not defeated a Top 10 player at a major since he defeated No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko at 2007 Wimbledon. The highest-ranked player he has defeated at Roland Garros is No. 25 Ivo Karlovic in 2015.

 

  • Baghdatis is a former Top 10 player. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 8 on 21 August 2006. He plays here at No. 39.

 

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

 

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

 

  • Baghdatis is coached by Dejan Vojnovic.

 

7 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE) v MALEK JAZIRI (TUN)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

Berdych and Jaziri are 2 of the 27 men aged 30 or over through to the 2nd round here from the 51 to start the main draw. It is the 2nd highest number of men aged over 30 to reach the 2nd round at a Grand Slam in the Open Era after the 1977 Australian Open – when 29 over 30s reached the 2nd round.

 

BERDYCH                                                v                                                   JAZIRI

 

30                                                     Age                                                     32

8                                             ATP Ranking                                            72

12                                                   Titles                                                     0

122-50                          Career Grand Slam Record                            6-10

21-12                                Roland Garros Record                                  2-2

562-293                                     Career Record                                       58-66

145-80                                Career Record – Clay                                 24-13

20-10                                          2016 Record                                            6-9

4-3                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     4-2

19-8                                Career Five-Set Record                                 4-6

2                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               1

188-155                            Career Tiebreak Record                              15-25

6-4                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   2-7

 

  • BERDYCH is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 6th time having defeated Vasek Pospisil 63 62 61 in the 1st round. He is contesting his 13th straight Roland Garros. Last year here he fell to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the round of 16.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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’s defeat to No. 99 Dzumhur at 2016 Monte Carlo-1000 was his most recent defeat to a player ranked as low as No. 72 today’s opponent. The last time he lost to a player ranked as low as today’s opponent at a Grand Slam was at 2013 Roland Garros when he was defeated by No. 109 Gael Monfils in 5-sets in the 1st round.

 

  • 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.

 

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

 

  • By reaching the 2nd round here Jaziri has recorded his first Grand Slam match-win since the 2015 Australian Open. He defeated Florian Mayer 64 36 61 62 in the 1st round.

 

  • Last year here Jaziri lost to Andrey Kuznetsov in the 1st round. In his only other appearance here he reached the 2nd round in 2012 (l. Marcel Granollers). He failed to qualify here in 2013 and 2014. This is his 3rd Roland Garros appearance and his 11th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Jaziri’s best Grand Slam result is a 3rd round finish at the 2015 Australian Open (l. Nick Kyrgios). He became the 2nd Tunisian player to reach that stage at a Grand Slam after Mustapha Belkhodjia (1961, 1963 Roland Garros, 1961 Wimbledon).

 

  • Prior to coming here Jaziri reached the quarterfinals at Barcelona (l. Benoit Paire). He lost in the 1st round at Munich (l. Alexander Zverev) and failed to qualify for Rome-1000. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 64 following his Barcelona result and plays here at No. 72.

 

  • In 2016 Jaziri has won 2 Challenger titles on hard court at Guadalajara (MEX) (d. Stephane Robert) and Le Gosier (GUD) (d. Stefan Kozlov). He lost in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Tommy Robredo).

 

  • Jaziri is looking for his first victory over a Top 10 player on his 5th attempt. The highest ranked player he has defeated is No. 22 Viktor Troicki at 2015 Winston-Salem.

 

  • Jaziri entered the men’s doubles here as an alternate with Mikhail Elgin, losing to Julian Knowle/Florian Mayer 62 61 in the 1st round.

 

  • Jaziri has played on Tunisia’s Davis Cup team since 2000 and has a 26-14 record in singles making him the joint most successful Davis Cup singles player for Tunisia together with Walid Jallali.

 

  • Jaziri was a member of the 1998 African 14 & Under ITF Touring Team in Europe, funded by the Grand Slam Development Fund. He was awarded a GSDF travel grant in 2001 and 2002 to play junior world ranking events. He didn’t contest any junior Grand Slams.

 

  • Jaziri’s first son, Malek, was born earlier this month.

 

  • Jaziri is coached by Dejan Petrovic.

 

11 DAVID FERRER (ESP) v JUAN MONACO (ARG)

 

Head-to-head: tied 4-4

2004     Kitzbuhel          Clay (O)            R32      Monaco            63 64

2005     Stuttgart           Clay (O)            R32      Monaco            64 62

2007     AMS Miami       Hard (O)           R64      Ferrer              62 62

2009     Madrid-1000     Clay (O)            R32      Monaco            64 64

2009     Hamburg          Clay (O)            R16      Ferrer               46 75 62

2011     Acapulco          Clay (O)            QF       Ferrer               26 75 62

2011     Valencia           Hard (O)           SF        Monaco            75 16 63

2015     Rio de Janeiro   Clay (O)            QF       Ferrer               63 46 62

 

A 9th meeting for the 2 players but their first at a Grand Slam. They have split their previous clay court meetings 3-3, but Ferrer has won their 3 most recent clay court encounters.

 

Ferrer and Monaco are 2 of the 27 men aged 30 or over through to the 2nd round here from the 51 to start the men’s main draw. It is the 2nd highest number of men aged over 30 to reach the 2nd round at a Grand Slam in the Open Era after the 1977 Australian Open – when 29 over 30s reached the 2nd round.

 

FERRER                                                  v                                                MONACO

 

34                                                     Age                                                     32

11                                            ATP Ranking                                            92

26                                                   Titles                                                     9

135-52                          Career Grand Slam Record                           30-41

41-13                                Roland Garros Record                                13-12

676-321                                     Career Record                                     336-259

314-123                               Career Record – Clay                               236-137

19-10                                          2016 Record                                           11-5

11-5                                     2016 Record – Clay                                    10-3

20-11                               Career Five-Set Record                                 5-9

4                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               2

152-133                            Career Tiebreak Record                             95-108

5-2                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   0-4

 

  • 2013 Roland Garros runner-up FERRER is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 12th straight year. He defeated Evgeny Donskoy 61 62 60 in the 1st round.

 

  • 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.

 

  • MONACO is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the first time since 2012. He defeated Denis Istomin 36 64 63 75 in the 1st round.

 

  • Last year here Monaco reached the 2nd round. He defeated compatriot Federico Delbonis in 5 sets in the 1st round before losing to Teymuraz Gabashvili. Monaco has a 5-9 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall and has won 3 of the 5 five set matches he has contested at Roland Garros.

 

  • Monaco’s best Roland Garros – and Grand Slam – result is reaching the round of 16 at Roland Garros in 2007
    (l. Guillermo Canas) and 2012 (l. Rafael Nadal) and at the US Open in 2007 (l. Novak Djokovic) and 2011 (l. Roger Federer). This is Monaco’s 13th appearance at Roland Garros and his 42nd Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Monaco underwent surgery on his right wrist in August 2015 and was out for 6 months, returning at 2016 Buenos Aires. His best result this year is winning the title at Houston (d. Jack Sock). The only other occasion he has recorded back-to-back match-wins this year is at Rome-1000, where he lost to Lucas Pouille in the quarterfinals.

 

  • Monaco has won his last 2 matches against Top 20 opposition having defeated No. 19 Kevin Anderson and No. 4 Stan Wawrinka at Rome-1000. He has a 39-89 win-loss record against Top 20 players overall.

 

  • Monaco reached a career-high ranking of No. 10 in July 2012 after winning the title at Hamburg (d. Tommy Haas). He has won 9 career titles, most recently at 2016 Houston. He plays here ranked No. 92.

 

  • Clay is Monaco’s most successful surface. 236 of his 336 Tour-level match-wins have come on the surface compared to 91 on hard courts, 6 on grass and 3 on carpet. 8 of his 9 career singles titles have also come on clay.

 

  • Monaco is one of 5 Argentine men through to the 2nd round at this year’s Roland Garros. The last time Argentina had multiple representation in the 3rd round at a Grand Slam was at 2013 Wimbledon when Juan Monaco reached the 3rd round and Juan Martin del Potro recorded a semifinal finish. The last time it happened here was in 2012, when 4 men reached this stage.

 

  • Monaco was a member of the ITF/Grand Slam 16 & Under South American Team in Europe in 2000 funded by the Grand Slam Development Fund.

 

  • Monaco is coached by Diego Junqueira and Mariano Zabaleta.

 

 

12 DAVID GOFFIN (BEL) v (Q) CARLOS BERLOCQ (ARG)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

GOFFIN                                                  v                                                BERLOCQ

 

25                                                     Age                                                     33

13                                            ATP Ranking                                           126

2                                                     Titles                                                     2

19-15                           Career Grand Slam Record                            9-28

6-4                                  Roland Garros Record                                  5-8

116-89                                       Career Record                                     118-160

34-25                                 Career Record – Clay                                 88-92

23-10                                          2016 Record                                            1-2

9-4                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     1-2

6-3                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 3-4

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               1

35-36                              Career Tiebreak Record                              44-51

7-6                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   0-0

 

  • GOFFIN is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 3rd time. He defeated wild card Gregoire Barrere 63 63 64 in the 1st round on Tuesday.

 

  • Goffin has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 126 today’s opponent since 2014 Casablanca, when he was defeated by No. 273 Roberto Carballes Baena. The lowest ranked player to defeat him at a Grand Slam is No. 78 Marcos Baghdatis at the 2015 Australian Open.

 

  • 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 Grand Slam performance 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 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Qualifier BERLOCQ is bidding to reach the 3rd round at a Grand Slam for the first time. He defeated Paolo Lorenzi 63 60 62 in the 1st round.

 

  • Last year here Berlocq defeated Illya Marchenko in 5 sets in the 1st round before losing to Richard Gasquet in 5 sets in the 2nd round. He has a 3-4 win-loss record in 5 set matches overall. This is his 9th appearance here and his 29th appearance at a major overall.

 

  • By reaching the 2nd round here, Berlocq has equalled his best Grand Slam result. He reached the 2nd round at Roland Garros in 2007 (l. Potito Starace), 2011 (l. Lukasz Kubot), 2014 (l. Gasquet) and 2015, the US Open in 2011 (l. Novak Djokovic) and 2013 (l. Roger Federer) and the Australian Open in 2012 (l. Ivo Karlovic) and 2013
    (l. Kei Nishikori).

 

  • Berlocq defeated Alejandro Falla (COL) 64 64, Arthur de Greef (BEL) 63 57 97 and Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 62 64 in the 3 rounds of qualifying. It was the first time he had attempted to qualify for a Grand Slam since he failed to qualify here in 2010.

 

  • Berlocq is bidding to record back-to-back Tour-level match-wins for the first time since 2015 Buenos Aires. He played a limited schedule in 2015 and did not start his 2016 singles season until Miami-1000 (where he lost in qualifying) due to a right adductor injury.

 

  • Berlocq’s best result in 2016 is reaching the final at the Aix En Provence Challenger (l. Thiago Monteiro). He also reached the quarterfinals at the Heilbronn Challenger (GER) (l. Jozef Kovalik). His 1st round victory here over Lorenzi was his first Tour-level match-win of the year, having fallen in the 1st round as a qualifier at both Houston and Istanbul and failed to qualify at Miami-1000.

 

  • Berlocq is a former Top 40 player, having reached a career-high ranking of No. 37 in March 2012, but plays here ranked No. 126.

 

  • Clay is Berlocq’s best surface. 88 of his 118 Tour-level match-wins have come on the surface as well as both of his career singles titles. He won the titles at 2013 Bastad (d. Fernando Verdasco) and 2014 Oerias (d. Tomas Berdych).

 

  • Berlocq is one of 5 Argentine men through to the 2nd round at this year’s Roland Garros. The last time Argentina had multiple representation in the 3rd round at a Grand Slam was at 2013 Wimbledon when Juan Monaco reached the 3rd round and Juan Martin del Potro recorded a semifinal finish. The last time it happened here was in 2012, when 4 reached this stage.

 

  • Berlocq was a member of the South American 16 & under Team to Europe in 1999, funded by the Grand Slam Development Fund.

 

  • Berlocq is coached by Francisco Yunis, who reached the 3rd round here in 1987. His fitness trainers are Horacio Anselmi and Hernan Rojas.

 

 

 

13 DOMINIC THIEM (AUT) v GUILLERMO GARCIA-LOPEZ (ESP)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

THIEM                                                    v                                          GARCIA-LOPEZ

 

22                                                     Age                                                    32*

15                                            ATP Ranking                                            51

6                                                     Titles                                                     5

12-9                             Career Grand Slam Record                           39-46

3-2                                  Roland Garros Record                                10-12

101-68                                       Career Record                                     264-290

55-23                                 Career Record – Clay                               120-115

37-10                                          2016 Record                                         16-15

21-5                                     2016 Record – Clay                                    10-7

2-2                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 8-6

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               1

43-41                              Career Tiebreak Record                            103-115

13-7                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                  11-4

*Garcia-Lopez turns 33 on 4 June

 

  • THIEM is bidding to become the first Austrian man to reach the 3rd round here since Jurgen Melzer reached the semifinals here in 2010. Only 3 Austrian men in the Open Era have reached the 3rd round at Roland Garros – Thomas Muster (1987-88, 1990, 1993-1998), Stefan Koubek (1999, 2004) and Melzer (2005, 2008-10).

 

  • Thiem advanced to the 2nd round here for the 3rd straight year after defeating Inigo Cervantes 36 62 75 61 in the 1st round.

 

  • By reaching the 2nd round here, Thiem has equalled his best Roland Garros result. He also reached the 2nd round on his debut here in 2014 (d. Paul-Henri Mathieu. l. Rafael Nadal) and in 2015 (d. Aljaz Bedene, l. Pablo Cuevas).

 

  • Thiem’s best Grand Slam result 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. 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 Pablo Cuevas and Nadal.

 

  • Thiem has won the most matches (21) 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 will play No. 12 seeds Radek Stepanek/Nenad Zimonjic 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.

 

  • GARCIA-LOPEZ is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 3rd time.

 

  • Garcia-Lopez advanced to the 2nd round for the 7th time after defeating Thiemo de Bakker 64 64 57 76(3) in the opening round.

 

  • Garcia-Lopez’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the round of 16 at 2014 Roland Garros (l. Gael Monfils) and at the 2015 Australian Open (l. Stan Wawrinka). This is his 13th consecutive appearance at Roland Garros and his 47th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Last year here as No. 26 seed Garcia Lopez lost to Steve Johnson in 5 sets in the 1st round. He has a 2-1 win-loss record in 5 set matches at Roland Garros and an 8-6 win-loss record in 5 set matches overall.

 

  • Garcia-Lopez’s best result in 2016 is reaching the semifinals on clay in Bucharest (l. Fernando Verdasco). Also on clay this year, he reached the quarterfinals at Marrakech (l. Jiri Vesely), Estoril (l. Benoit Paire) and Geneva (l. David Ferrer) and the 2nd round at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Roger Federer) and Rome-1000 (l. Ferrer). He lost in the 1st round at Madrid-1000.

 

  • Elsewhere in 2016, Garcia-Lopez reached the quarterfinals on hard courts at Chennai (l. Wawrinka) and Sofia
    (l. Gilles Muller) and reached the 3rd round at the Australian Open (l. Kei Nishikori).

 

  • Garcia-Lopez has lost 12 of his last 13 matches against Top 20 opposition. His only win in that time came against No. 14 Marin Cilic at 2015 Shenzhen. He has won 8 of his 23 meetings with Top 20 opposition at the Grand Slams – with his most recent victory coming against No. 3 Wawrinka in the 1st round at 2014 Roland Garros.

 

  • Garcia-Lopez has won 5 career singles titles, 3 of which came on clay – at 2009 Kitzbuhel (d. Julien Benneteau), 2014 Casablanca (d. Marcel Granollers) and 2015 Bucharest (d. Jiri Vesely).

 

  • Garcia-Lopez reached a career-high ranking of No. 23 in February 2011. He plays here ranked No. 51.

 

  • Garcia-Lopez is one of the 27 men aged 30 or over through to the 2nd round here from the 51 to start the main draw. It is the 2nd highest number of men aged over 30 to reach the 2nd round at a Grand Slam in the Open Era after the 1977 Australian Open – when 29 over 30s reached the 2nd round.

 

  • Garcia-Lopez is coached by Diego Dinomo and Jose Aparisi. His fitness trainer is Jose Maria Castillo.

 

 

14 ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT (ESP) v PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: Mathieu leads 1-0

2012     Paris-1000        Hard (I)             R64      Mathieu            64 75

 

BAUTISTA AGUT                                         v                                                MATHIEU

 

28                                                     Age                                                     34

16                                            ATP Ranking                                            65

4                                                     Titles                                                     4

26-14                           Career Grand Slam Record                           43-46

5-3                                  Roland Garros Record                                17-13

140-96                                       Career Record                                     267-287

40-28                                 Career Record – Clay                               103-107

24-10                                          2016 Record                                           10-9

6-4                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     5-5

7-2                                 Career Five-Set Record                               11-12

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               3

49-33                              Career Tiebreak Record                            124-123

10-4                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                   6-2

 

  • BAUTISTA AGUT is bidding to reach the 3rd round and equal his best Roland Garros result.

 

  • Bautista Agut advanced to the 2nd round here for the 4th straight year after defeating Dmitry Tursunov 63 63 61 in the 1st round.

 

  • Bautista Agut’s best Roland Garros result is reaching 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.

 

  • 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’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).

 

  • 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. 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 140 Tour-level victories have come on hard court, compared with 40 on clay and 13 on grass.

 

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

 

  • MATHIEU is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the first time since 2012.

 

  • Mathieu ended a run of 3 straight 1st round defeats at Roland Garros by defeating Santiago Giraldo 64 67(2) 64 16 63 in the 1st round. This is his 14th appearance at Roland Garros and his 47th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Mathieu’s 5-set win over Giraldo in the opening round here improved his 5 set record to 11-13. He has a 5-4 win-loss record in 5 set matches at Roland Garros.

 

  • Mathieu’s best result here – and at a Grand Slam – is reaching the round of 16 as a wild card in 2002 (l. Andre Agassi) and as No. 18 seed in 2008 (l. Novak Djokovic). He also reached the last 16 at the Australian Open in 2006
    (l. Sebastian Grosjean) and 2008 (l. Rafael Nadal) and at Wimbledon in 2007 (l. Andy Roddick) and 2010 (l. Nadal).

 

  • Mathieu’s 2nd round victory over John Isner here in 2012 was the longest match at Roland Garros in terms of games (76) and set a new Roland Garros record for the number of games in the 5th set (34). At 5 hours 41 minutes it was also the second-longest Open Era match at Roland Garros in terms of duration and the 5th longest at any of the majors.

 

  • Mathieu is bidding to end a 19-match losing streak against Top 20 opposition. He has not defeated a Top 20 player since defeating No. 11 Isner at 2012 Roland Garros.

 

  • On clay in 2016, Mathieu reached the quarterfinals at Marrakech (l. Borna Coric) and the 2nd round at Estoril (l. Gilles Simon) and Nice (l. Andreas Seppi). He lost in the 1st round at Sao Paulo and Bucharest and failed to qualify at Rio de Janeiro and Rome-1000.

 

  • Also in 2016, Mathieu finished as runner-up at Montpellier (l. Richard Gasquet) and at the Quimper Challenger (FRA) (l. Andrey Rublev). He fell in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez).

 

  • Mathieu is a former clay court titlist having won the titles at both Casablanca (d. Albert Montanes) and Gstaad
    (d. Andreas Seppi) in 2007. He has won 4 career singles titles.

 

  • Mathieu is a former Top 20 player. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 12 in April 2008. He plays here ranked No. 65.

 

  • Mathieu is one of the 27 players aged 30 or over through to the 2nd round here from the 51 to start the men’s main draw. It is the 2nd highest number of men aged over 30 to reach the 2nd round at a Grand Slam in the Open Era after the 1977 Australian Open – when 29 over 30s reached the 2nd round.

 

  • Mathieu is one of 12 Frenchmen to reach the 2nd round here from the 16 who started in the men’s main draw – the 3rd highest number of Frenchmen to reach the 2nd round at Roland Garros in the Open Era after 1971, when there were 14, and 2012, when there 13. The highest number of Frenchmen to reach the 3rd round here is 8 in 1971.

 

  • Mathieu is one of 3 former Roland Garros boys’ singles champions along with Richard Gasquet and Stan Wawrinka to reach the 2nd round here from the 6 to start in this year’s main draw. He won the junior title here in 2000 (d. Tommy Robredo).

 

  • Mathieu entered the men’s doubles event here with Benoit Paire. They lost to Jonathan Erlich/Colin Fleming 63 60 in the 1st round.

 

  • Mathieu also entered the mixed doubles here as a wild card with Alize Lim. They will play Marin Draganja/Xu Yifan in the 1st round. Mathieu is one of 6 players who entered the men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles events here along with Julien Benneteau, Ivan Dodig, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nicolas Mahut and Paire.

 

  • Mathieu is coached by Nicolas Devilder, who reached the 3rd round at Roland Garros in 2012.

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2016 Roland Garros – Day 4 Men’s Preview

Andy Murray fistpump

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Second round

Featured Men’s matches

No. 2 Andy Murray (GBR) v (WC) Mathias Bourgue (FRA)
No. 3 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Taro Daniel (JPN)

No. 5 Kei Nishikori (JPN) v Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)

No. 8 Milos Raonic (CAN) v Adrian Mannarino (FRA)

No. 9 Richard Gasquet (FRA) v (WC) Bjorn Fratangelo (USA)

No. 16 Gilles Simon (FRA) v Guido Pella (ARG)
No. 17 Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v (LL) Igor Sijsling (NED)
No. 19 Benoit Paire (FRA) v Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS)
 

 

  • Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka both came through tough 5-set 1st round matches and will be hoping for an easier time of it today when they face Mathias Bourgue and Taro Daniel on Courts Phillipe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen respectively. Murray joins Kyle Edmund in action for Great Britain on day 4. They are 2 of the 3 British men through to the 2nd round here along with Aljaz Bedene. It’s the first time since 1975 that Britain has had 3 men through to this stage at Roland Garros.

 

  • Former Roland Garros junior boys’ champions Richard Gasquet and Bjorn Fratangelo face off for the first time on Suzanne Lenglen Court. Gasquet won the boys’ title here in 2002 while Fratangelo was victorious in 2011.

 

  • All 3 of the lucky losers left in the draw are in action today. Igor Sijsling takes on Australia’s Nick Kyrgios on Court 6 after Adam Pavlasek has faced Jeremy Chardy on the same court, while Andrej Martin will play Lucas Pouille on Court 3. The last time multiple lucky losers reached the 3rd round at Roland Garros was in 1982.

 

  • Benoit Paire is a busy man at this year’s Roland Garros along with the 5 other men who have entered the men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles draws. He will be looking to keep his singles hopes alive when he plays Teymuraz Gabashvili on Court 2 and gets his men’s doubles campaign underway with Paul-Henri Mathieu against Jonathan Erlich and Colin Fleming later on the same court.

 

  • Ivo Karlovic, who takes on Jordan Thompson in the opening match on Court 3, is the oldest man to contest the 2nd round at Roland Garros since Jimmy Connors, aged 38 years 280 days, fell in the 3rd round here in 1991. A win over the Australian would see him become the oldest man to reach the 3rd round at a Grand Slam since Connors, aged 39 years 6 days, at the 1991 US Open.

 

 

2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v (WC) MATHIAS BOURGUE (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

MURRAY                                                 v                                               BOURGUE

 

29                                                     Age                                                     22

2                                             ATP Ranking                                           164

36                                                   Titles                                                     0

160-38                          Career Grand Slam Record                             1-0

29-8                                 Roland Garros Record                                  1-0

575-170                                     Career Record                                          1-0

93-40                                 Career Record – Clay                                   1-0

23-5                                           2016 Record                                            1-0

13-2                                     2016 Record – Clay                                     1-0

21-7                                Career Five-Set Record                                 0-0

9                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

162-102                            Career Tiebreak Record                                 2-0

5-4                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   2-0

 

  • MURRAY is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 8th time. This is his 9th Roland Garros appearance.

 

  • Murray advanced to the 2nd round 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.

 

  • 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 Stepanek was also his 9th 5-set match-win in his last 10 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 6-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros and a 21-7 five set win-loss record overall.

 

  • Murray is one of 3 British men through to the 2nd round here along with Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund – the most British men through to the 2nd round at Roland Garros since 1975 when John Lloyd, Martin Robinson and Roger Taylor reached the 2nd round here.

 

  • Great Britain has had multiple representation in the 3rd round of the men’s singles at Roland Garros on just 3 occasions in the Open Era – in 1968 (Gerald Battrick, Mark Cox and Paul Hutchins), 1978 (John Lloyd, Buster Mottram) and 1999 (Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski).

 

  • 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 4 Grand Slam champions to reach the 2nd round 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 (d. Djokovic) 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 has never lost to a player ranked as low as No. 164 today’s opponent at a Grand Slam. The lowest player he has lost to at a major is No. 91 Arnaud Clement at the 2005 US Open.

 

  • 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 3rd round at Roland Garros since Andy Roddick fell to Jose Acasuso at this stage 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 Kei 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.

 

  • Wild card BOURGUE is through to the 2nd round here on his Grand Slam debut.

 

  • Bourgue defeated qualifier Jordi Samper-Montana 75 76(5) 76(6) in the 1st round here on his Tour-level debut.

 

  • Last year here Bourgue fell to Brydan Klein in the 1st round of qualifying. He has unsuccessfully attempted to qualify for a Grand Slam on 8 occasions, also failing to qualify for Roland Garros as a wild card in 2013 and 2014.

 

  • Bourgue’s career best result is winning the title on clay at the Blois Challenger (FRA) (d. Daniel Munoz-De La Nava).

 

  • Bourgue’s best results in 2016 have come on clay. He finished runner-up at the Anning Challenger (CHN) (l. Jordan Thompson) and reached the semifinals at both the Bucaramanga Challenger (COL) (l. Gerald Melzer) and the Santo Domingo Challenger (DOM) (l. Nicolas Kicker).

 

  • Also on clay in 2016, Bourgue reached the 2nd round at Challengers in Santiago (CHI), San Luis Potosi (MEX), Nanjing (CHN) and Bordeaux (FRA), but lost in the 1st round at Aix En Provence (FRA). He failed to qualify for Tour-level events at Marrakech and Nice.

 

  • Bourgue is facing a Top 50 ranked opponent at any level for the first time. The highest-ranked player he has faced – and defeated – is No. 55 Victor Estrella Burgos at the 2016 Bucaramanga Challenger (COL).

 

  • Bourgue entered the men’s doubles event here as a wild card with Calvin Hemery. The pair will play Denis Kudla/Julio Peralta in the 1st round.

 

  • Bourgue won 4 titles as a junior and reached a career-high junior ranking of No. 12. He was a member of the French team that finished runner-up to USA at the 2008 World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic.

 

  • Bourgue is coached by Olivier Malcor.

 

 

 

3 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v TARO DANIEL (JPN)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

Wawrinka has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 93 Daniel at a Grand Slam since losing to No. 116 Simone Bolelli in the 2nd round at 2011 Wimbledon. The lowest-ranked player he has lost to at Roland Garros is No. 41 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the 1st round here in 2014.

 

WAWRINKA                                              v                                                  DANIEL

 

31                                                     Age                                                     23

4                                             ATP Ranking                                            93

14                                                   Titles                                                     0

107-42                          Career Grand Slam Record                             1-3

28-10                                Roland Garros Record                                  1-1

416-241                                     Career Record                                         9-23

157-78                                Career Record – Clay                                  7-12

23-7                                           2016 Record                                           5-10

8-3                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     4-6

23-19                               Career Five-Set Record                                 1-3

6                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               1

165-158                            Career Tiebreak Record                                 7-5

8-3                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   1-3

 

  • Defending champion WAWRINKA advanced to the 2nd round here for the 10th time after defeating Lukas Rosol 46 61 36 63 64 in the 1st round on Monday.

 

  • Wawrinka’s 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].

 

  • 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 4 Grand Slam champions to reach the 2nd round 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 5-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 Milos 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 was one of the 51 men aged over 30 who started the men’s main draw This is a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.

 

  • Wawrinka is coached by 2000 Roland Garros finalist Magnus Norman.

 

  • DANIEL is through to the 2nd round at a Grand Slam for the first time.

 

  • Daniel was leading Martin Klizan 36 46 75 64 3-0 in the 1st round when the Slovak retired with neck pain. It was his first 5-set match-win, having lost all 3 of his previous 5 set matches, and his first career-win over a Top 50 opponent.

 

  • Daniel is bidding to become only the 2nd Japanese man after Kei Nishikori to reach the 3rd round at a Grand Slam since Shuzo Matsuoka at 1995 Wimbledon.

 

  • By reaching the 2nd round here, Daniel has recorded his best Grand Slam performance. He fell in the 1st round on each of his 3 previous appearances at the majors – as a qualifier at both the 2014 US Open (l. Milos Raonic) and 2015 Roland Garros (l. Fernando Verdasco) and as a direct acceptance at the 2016 Australian Open (l. Lukas Rosol).

 

  • Daniel is making his 2nd appearance at Roland Garros and his 4th appearance at a Grand Slam. He has failed to qualify for the majors on 6 occasions – including on his first attempt here in 2014.

 

  • Daniel warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the 2nd round as a qualifier at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Dominic Thiem) and as a direct acceptance at Bucharest (l. Paolo Lorenzi) and Estoril (l. Pablo Carreno Busta). He fell in the 1st round in Marrakech and at the Bordeaux Challenger (FRA).

 

  • Also in 2016 Daniel reached the 2nd round at Montpellier (l. Marcos Baghdatis).

 

  • Daniel’s best Tour-level result on clay is reaching the quarterfinals as a qualifier on his Tour-level debut at 2014 Vina del Mar (l. Nicolas Almagro) – the only time he has won back-to-back matches at Tour-level on any surface.

 

  • Daniel broke into the Top 100 for the first time at No. 93 in November 2015 after winning the Keio Challenger (JPN). He reached a career-high ranking of No. 85 in April after reaching the 2nd round at Monte Carlo-1000 but plays here at No. 93.

 

  • Daniel is playing a Top 10 opponent for the 3rd time. He lost against No. 6 Raonic at the 2014 US Open and No. 2 Andy Murray in Japan’s 3-1 defeat to Great Britain in the 2016 Davis Cup World Group first round.

 

  • Daniel is coached by Jose Altur. His fitness coach is David Andres.

 

5 KEI NISHIKORI (JPN) v ANDREY KUZNETSOV (RUS)

Head-to-head: Kuznetsov leads 1-0

2010     Eastbourne       Grass (O)         R32      Kuznetsov        64 3-1 ret. (hip injury)

 

NISHIKORI                                                v                                             KUZNETSOV

 

26                                                     Age                                                     25

6                                             ATP Ranking                                            40

11                                                   Titles                                                     0

50-25                           Career Grand Slam Record                           13-12

9-5                                  Roland Garros Record                                  3-3

273-130                                     Career Record                                       53-64

59-23                                 Career Record – Clay                                 21-28

30-9                                           2016 Record                                         19-10

11-3                                     2016 Record – Clay                                     6-4

12-5                                Career Five-Set Record                                 2-3

2                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

82-57                              Career Tiebreak Record                              24-25

9-4                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   6-5

 

  • 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.

 

  • This is Nishikori’s 6th appearance at Roland Garros and his 27th Grand Slam overall. Last year here as No. 5 seed he recorded his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the quarterfinals, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 5 sets. He was the 2nd Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros after Jiri Satoh did so in 1931 and 1933.

 

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

 

  • Nishikori warmed up for Roland Garros by finishing runner-up as 2-time defending champion at Barcelona (l. Rafael Nadal). He also reached the semifinals at Madrid-1000 (l. 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.

 

  • KUZNETSOV advanced to the 2nd round following a 62 62 64 victory over Benjamin Becker in the 1st round.

 

  • Last year here Kuznetsov recorded his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the 3rd round (l. Rafael Nadal). This is his 4th Roland Garros appearance and his 13th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Kuznetsov’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 at the 2016 Australian Open (l. Gael Monfils). He was the first Russian to reach the last 16 at the Australian Open since Nikolay Davydenko in 2010.

 

  • Kuznetsov is bidding to record his 3rd career-win against Top 10 opposition. He has a 2-9 win-loss record against Top 10 players having defeated No. 7 David Ferrer in the 2nd round at 2014 Wimbledon and No. 4 Stan Wawrinka at 2016 Miami-1000.

 

  • Kuznetsov has won his last two 5-set matches – against Ferrer at 2014 Wimbledon and Fernando Verdasco at the 2014 US Open. His victory over Ferrer at Wimbledon was his first 5-set match-win and ended a 3-match losing streak in 5-set matches. He has a 2-3 win-loss record in 5 set matches overall.

 

  • Kuznetsov warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the quarterfinals at Barcelona (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber) and Geneva (l. Lukas Rosol). He lost in the 2nd round at Madrid-1000 (l. Nadal) and in the 1st round at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Jeremy Chardy).

 

  • Also in 2016 Kuznetsov reached the quarterfinals at Doha (l. Nadal) and Marseille (l. Marin Cilic). He also reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open and Miami-1000 (l. Nick Kyrgios). He recorded a career-high ranking of No. 39 in April and plays here at No. 40.

 

  • Kuznetsov won the boys’ singles title at 2009 Wimbledon, defeating Jordan Cox 46 62 62 in the final. He won 6 singles titles and 4 doubles titles as a junior, reaching a career-high junior ranking of No. 3 in 2009. He lost in the 2nd round of the boys’ singles event here in 2008 and 2009.

 

  • Kuznetsov has been coached by his father, Alexander, since 1997.

 

8 MILOS RAONIC (CAN) v ADRIAN MANNARINO (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

Raonic has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 58 today’s opponent since he fell to No. 116 Ricardas Berankis at 2014 Moscow. He has not lost to a player ranked as low as today’s opponent at a Grand Slam since falling to No. 64 Igor Sijsling in the 2nd round at 2013 Wimbledon.

 

RAONIC                                                  v                                             MANNARINO

 

25                                                     Age                                                     27

9                                             ATP Ranking                                            58

8                                                     Titles                                                     0

49-20                           Career Grand Slam Record                           17-24

9-4                                  Roland Garros Record                                  2-7

232-109                                     Career Record                                      90-119

47-29                                 Career Record – Clay                                  9-24

25-6                                           2016 Record                                         13-11

8-3                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     4-4

6-5                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 3-3

0                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

147-91                             Career Tiebreak Record                              36-53

12-4                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                   2-6

 

  • RAONIC is bidding to record his 50th Grand Slam match-win.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 4th time. He is making his 5th Roland Garros appearance and his 21st Grand Slam appearance overall. He missed the event last year after undergoing surgery to repair a nerve tissue in his right foot.

 

  • Raonic’s best Roland Garros performance is reaching the quarterfinals in 2014 (l. Novak Djokovic). He became the first Canadian man in the Open Era – and just the 4th Canadian man in history – to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam.

 

  • Raonic’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Roger Federer) and the 2016 Australian Open (l. Andy Murray). At 2014 Wimbledon he became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal after Robert Powell at 1908 Wimbledon.

 

  • On clay in 2016 Raonic reached the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Murray) and Madrid-1000 (l. Djokovic) but fell in the 2nd round at Rome-1000 (l. Nick Kyrgios).

 

  • Also in 2016, Raonic won his 8th career singles title at Brisbane (d. Federer) and reached the final at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Djokovic). None of his 8 career singles titles have come on clay.

 

  • Raonic has won 7 of his last 8 matches against left handed opposition at the Grand Slams. His only defeat in that time came against Feliciano Lopez in his most recent Grand Slam meeting with a left hander in the 3rd round at the 2015 US Open. He has an 8-4 win-loss record against left handers at the majors overall.

 

  • Raonic became the first Canadian to be seeded in the men’s singles at a Grand Slam event in the Open Era at 2011 Roland Garros. He plays here seeded No. 8 – his joint-highest Roland Garros seeding. He was also seeded No. 8 here in 2014.

 

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

 

  • Raonic is coached by 1998 Roland Garros champion Carlos Moya and Riccardo Piatti. His fitness trainer is Dalibor Sirola and his physiotherapist is Claudio Zimaglia.

 

  • Lefthander MANNARINO is looking to reach the 3rd round here and record his best Roland Garros performance.

 

  • Mannarino defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 64 26 62 64 to reach the 2nd round here and equal his best Roland Garros performance. He also reached the 2nd round here in 2014 (l. Guillermo Garcia Lopez).

 

  • Last year here Mannarino fell in the 1st round as No. 30 seed to Jurgen Melzer. He has lost in the 1st round on 6 of his 7 previous appearances here. This is his 8th appearance at Roland Garros and his 25th Grand Slam overall.

 

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

 

  • Prior to coming here, Mannarino reached the semifinals at Nice (l. Dominic Thiem) – ending a 7-match losing streak at any level on clay that took in 1st round defeats at 2015 Roland Garros and 2016 Monte Carlo-1000, Bucharest, Istanbul, Madrid Qualifying and at the Bordeaux Challenger (FRA). He recorded the best clay court win of his career at Nice – defeating No. 21 Benoit Paire in the 2nd round.

 

  • Also in 2016, Mannarino won the title at the Noumeau Challenger (CAL) (d. Alejandro Falla) and reached the quarterfinals at Sofia (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) and Delray Beach (l. Grigor Dimitrov) and the 3rd round at Indian Wells-1000 and Miami-1000. He fell in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Sam Groth).

 

  • Mannarino reached a career-high ranking of No. 27 in July 2015 after finishing runner-up at Bogota. He plays here at No. 58.

 

  • Mannarino is bidding to record his 2nd career victory over a Top 10 player. The best win of his career came against No. 8 Stan Wawrinka at 2015 Miami-1000. He has a 1-14 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition overall.

 

  • Mannarino was one of 16 Frenchmen to start in the main draw here – the highest representation from any nation.

 

  • Mannarino was one of 17 left handed players to start the men’s main draw here.

 

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

 

 

9 RICHARD GASQUET (FRA) v (WC) BJORN FRATANGELO (USA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

Gasquet and Fratangelo are 2 of the former Roland Garros junior champions through to the 2nd round from the 6 to start in this year’s men’s main draw. Gasquet won the boys’ title here in 2002 (d. Laurent Recouderc) while Fratangelo was victorious here in 2011 (d. Dominic Thiem). Fratangelo was the first American to win the boys’ title at Roland Garros since John McEnroe in 1977.

 

GASQUET                                                v                                           FRATANGELO

 

29                                                     Age                                                     22

12                                            ATP Ranking                                           103

13                                                   Titles                                                     0

89-44                           Career Grand Slam Record                             1-2

19-12                                Roland Garros Record                                  1-0

438-250                                     Career Record                                          2-5

119-69                                Career Record – Clay                                   1-0

16-6                                           2016 Record                                            2-3

7-3                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     1-0

11-13                               Career Five-Set Record                                 0-0

2                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

149-128                            Career Tiebreak Record                                 0-1

3-0                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   0-1

 

  • GASQUET is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 6th straight year.

 

  • Gasquet has lost to a player ranked outside the Top 100 3 times at a Grand Slam but never at Roland Garros. His most recent loss to a player ranked outside the Top 100 at a major came against No. 144 Nick Kyrgios at 2014 Wimbledon. The lowest ranked player to defeat him at Roland Garros is No. 74 Kristof Vliegen in the 2nd round in 2007.

 

  • Gasquet is playing at his 13th Roland Garros. Last year here he equalled his best Roland Garros result by reaching the round of 16 (l. Novak Djokovic). He also reached the last 16 here in 2011 (l. Djokovic), 2012 (l. Andy Murray) and 2013 (l. Stan Wawrinka).

 

  • 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 Kei 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. Kyrgios). He missed the Australian Open with a back injury.

 

  • Gasquet was one of the 16 Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw here – the highest representation of any nation.
  • 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.

 

  • Wild card FRATANGELO recorded his first Grand Slam match-win – and the best win of his career – with victory over No. 37 Sam Querrey 63 61 67(3) 63 in the 1st round.

 

  • Fratangelo’s 1st round win over Querrey was his first Tour-level clay court match-win in his first Tour-level clay court tournament. In his only other attempts to play a Tour-level event on clay he failed to qualify at 2014 and 2016 Houston and 2015 Roland Garros.

 

  • This is Fratangelo’s first Roland Garros appearance and his 3rd Grand Slam overall. He lost in the 1st round as a wild card at the 2015 US Open (l. Tomas Berdych) and as a lucky loser at the 2016 Australian Open (l. Stephane Robert).

 

  • Prior to coming here Fratangelo won the Savannah Challenger (USA) (d. Jared Donaldson). He also reached the final at the Bordeaux Challenger (FRA) (l. Rogerio Dutra Silva) and the semifinals at the Sarasota Challenger (USA)
    (l. Mischa Zverev). He lost in the 1st round at the Tallahassee Challenger (USA) (l. Quentin Halys) and failed to qualify at Houston.

 

  • Also in 2016 Fratangelo recorded his first Tour-level victory when reaching the 2nd round as a qualifier at Indian Wells-1000 (d. Teymuraz Gabashvili, l. Novak Djokovic). He lost in the 1st round as a lucky loser at the Australian Open and as a qualifier at Miami-1000 in his only other Tour-level appearances this year. Fratangelo plays here on a career-high ranking at No. 103.

 

  • Fratangelo earned a wild card into the main draw here after winning the USTA Pro Circuit Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge for the American man who earns the most ATP World Tour ranking points at various USTA Pro Circuit clay court events.

 

  • Fratangelo is named after Bjorn Borg.

 

  • Fratangelo is coached by Brad Stine.

 

  1. 16 GILLES SIMON (FRA) v GUIDO PELLA (ARG)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

SIMON                                                   v                                                   PELLA

 

31                                                     Age                                                     26

18                                            ATP Ranking                                            48

12                                                   Titles                                                     0

69-39                           Career Grand Slam Record                             3-7

17-10                                Roland Garros Record                                  2-1

388-267                                     Career Record                                       24-33

123-85                                Career Record – Clay                                 16-17

16-11                                          2016 Record                                         13-11

8-4                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     9-8

18-11                               Career Five-Set Record                                 2-2

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               1

122-129                            Career Tiebreak Record                              15-21

5-6                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   7-9

 

  • SIMON is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 6th straight year. He defeated Rogerio Dutra Silva 76(5) 64 62 in the 1st round.

 

  • Last year here Simon equalled his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the round of 16 (l. Stan Wawrinka). He also reached the round of 16 here in 2011 when he lost to Robin Soderling and in 2013 when he lost in 5 sets to Roger Federer.

 

  • Simon’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals as No. 6 seed at the 2009 Australian Open (l. Rafael Nadal) and as No. 12 seed at 2015 Wimbledon (l. Federer). This is Simon’s 11th appearance at Roland Garros and his 40th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Prior to coming here, Simon reached the quarterfinals at Estoril (l. Pablo Carreno Busta) and Nice (Alexander Zverev) and the 3rd round at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Wawrinka) and Madrid-1000 (l. Andy Murray). He also won a Davis Cup rubber on clay in March – defeating Vasek Pospisil in France’s 5-0 World Group first round win over Canada in Guadeloupe.

 

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

 

  • Simon has an 18-11 Tour-level win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 5-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros.

 

  • Simon has won 12 career singles titles, most recently at 2015 Marseille (d. Gael Monfils). 5 of his 12 singles titles have come on clay. Along with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, he is the joint-3rd most successful Frenchman in the Open Era in terms of titles won behind Yannick Noah (23 titles) and Richard Gasquet (13).

 

  • Simon was one of 16 Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw here – the highest representation of any nation.

 

  • Simon is coached by Jan de Witt. His fitness trainer is Paul Quetin.

 

  • Lefthander PELLA is bidding to reach the 3rd round at a Grand Slam for the first time. He defeated compatriot Diego Schwartzman 62 36 62 63 in the opening round.

 

  • This is Pella’s 2nd Roland Garros appearance. He reached the 2nd round here on his Roland Garros debut in 2013 (d. Ivan Dodig, l. Novak Djokovic). He failed to qualify here in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

 

  • Pella reached the 2nd round at the 2016 Australian Open defeating Steve Darcis in 5-sets in the 1st round before losing to Feliciano Lopez in 5 sets in the 2nd round. He has a 2-2 win-loss record in 5 set matches and has won the only 5-set match he has contested at Roland Garros when defeating Dodig in the 1st round in 2013. This is his 8th major appearance.

 

  • Pella reached his first Tour-level final at Rio de Janeiro in February, losing to Pablo Cuevas. He broke into the Top 50 for the first time as a result and reached a career-high ranking of No. 39 in March. He plays here at No. 48.

 

  • Pella has played primarily on clay in 2016. As well as reaching the Rio de Janeiro final, he also reached the quarterfinals at Bucharest (l. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez) and Nice (l. Adrian Mannarino) but lost in the 1st round at Quito, Buenos Aires, Monte Carlo-1000, Madrid-1000 and Rome-1000.

 

  • Away from clay in 2016 Pella reached the 3rd round at Indian Wells-1000 (l. David Goffin) and the 2nd round at the Australian Open. He also won the first rubber of Argentina’s first round Davis Cup tie against Michal Przysiezny on his Davis Cup debut.

 

  • Pella is bidding for his 4th victory over a Top 20 player. All 3 of his match-wins over Top 20 opposition have come on clay. He has a 3-9 win-loss record against Top 20 players overall.

 

  • As a qualifier Pella reached the semifinals of the boys’ singles at 2008 Roland Garros, losing to Jerzy Janowicz.

 

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

 

17 NICK KYRGIOS (AUS) v (LL) IGOR SIJSLING (NED)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

KYRGIOS                                                 v                                                SIJSLING

 

21                                                     Age                                                     28

19                                            ATP Ranking                                           123

1                                                     Titles                                                     0

19-11                           Career Grand Slam Record                            5-14

3-3                                  Roland Garros Record                                  2-4

58-37                                        Career Record                                       48-84

18-13                                 Career Record – Clay                                  9-20

22-7                                           2016 Record                                            2-1

8-3                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     2-1

3-1                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 1-3

2                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

48-29                              Career Tiebreak Record                              25-34

14-2                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                   1-0

 

  • KYRGIOS is bidding to reach the 3rd round here and equal his best Roland Garros performance. He defeated Marco Cecchinato 76(6) 76(6) 64 in the 1st round on Sunday. This is his 4th Roland Garros appearance and his 12th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Last year here Kyrgios recorded his best Roland Garros result by reaching the 3rd round (l. Andy Murray). He reached the 2nd round on his debut here as a wild card in 2013 (l. Marin Cilic) and fell in the 1st round on his only other appearance here as a wild card in 2014 (l. Milos Raonic).

 

  • Kyrgios’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Raonic) and the 2015 Australian Open (l. Murray). At 2014 Wimbledon, ranked No. 144, he defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 to become the lowest-ranked player to defeat a world No. 1 at a Grand Slam since No. 193 Andrei Olhovskiy defeated Jim Courier in the 3rd round at 1992 Wimbledon. At the 2015 Australian Open, he became the youngest man to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals since Andrei Cherkasov in 1990.

 

  • Kyrgios’ best result in 2016 is winning his first career title at Marseille (d. Cilic). Unseeded, he defeated 2 Top 10 players – No. 10 Richard Gasquet and No. 9 Tomas Berdych – and a Grand Slam champion in Cilic en route to the title.

 

  • Also in 2016, Kyrgios reached the semifinals at Dubai (l. Stan Wawrinka), Miami-1000 (l. Kei Nishikori) and Estoril
    (l. Nicolas Almagro) and the quarterfinals at Madrid-1000 (l. Nishikori). He started the year by teaming with Daria Gavrilova to win Australia’s first Hopman Cup title since 1999. He went 4-0 in singles and 3-0 in mixed doubles at the event as Australia Green defeated Ukraine 2-0 in the final.

 

  • On clay in 2016, as well as reaching the semifinals in Estoril and the quarterfinals at Madrid-1000, Kyrgios reached the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Nadal). He recorded a career-high ranking of No. 19 as a result, having first broken into the Top 20 at No. 20 after reaching the semifinals at Miami-1000.

 

  • Kyrgios was ranked No. 1 in the Junior rankings in January 2013 after winning the boys’ singles title at the 2013 Australian Open (d. Thanasi Kokkinakis). He also won the boys’ doubles title with Kokkinakis at 2013 Wimbledon.

 

  • Kyrgios has entered the men’s doubles here with Alexander Zverev. They will play Pablo Carreno Busta/David Marrero in the 1st round.

 

  • Kyrgios was one of 5 Australian men featuring in this year’s men’s singles main draw – the fewest since 2013, when there were also 5.

 

  • Kyrgios is currently without a coach. His fitness trainers are Will Maher and Matt James.

 

  • Lucky loser SIJSLING defeated qualifier Adrian Ungur 61 62 76(5) in the 1st round. It was his first Grand Slam match-win since 2013 Wimbledon, ending a run of 8 straight 1st round defeats at the majors. He failed to qualify for the 2015 US Open and the 2016 Australian Open.

 

  • Sijsling is bidding to reach the 3rd round and equal his best Grand Slam performance. He reached the 3rd round at 2013 Wimbledon, where he retired with flu while trailing Ivan Dodig 60 61 1-0.

 

  • Sijsling is bidding to become the first Dutchman to reach the 3rd round at Roland Garros since Thiemo de Bakker in 2010.

 

  • By reaching the 2nd round here Sijsling has equalled his best Roland Garros performance. He also reached the 2nd round here in 2013, losing to Tommy Robredo in 5 sets. He has lost both of the 5 set matches he has contested at Roland Garros.

 

  • Last year here as a qualifier Sijsling lost to Ernests Gulbis in the 1st round. This is his 5th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 15th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Sijsling defeated Franko Skugor (CRO) 67(6) 76(5) 63 and Grega Zemlja (SLO) 64 60 before losing to Kenny de Schepper (FRA) 63 62 in the 3 rounds of qualifying.

 

  • Sijsling is one of 3 lucky losers through to the 2nd round from the 4 to start the men’s main draw along with Andrej Martin and Adam Pavlasek. The last lucky loser to reach the 3rd round here was David Goffin, who reached the last 16 here in 2012. The last time multiple lucky losers reached the 3rd round here was in 1982 (Mike Myburg, Marko Ostoja, Gabriel Urpi).

 

  • Sijsling is bidding to record his 7th victory over a Top 20 player. He is currently on a 4-match losing streak against Top 20 opposition having not defeated a Top 20 opponent since he defeated No. 17 Tommy Haas at 2014 Madrid-1000. He has a 6-16 win-loss record against Top 20 players overall.

 

  • Sijsling’s best result in 2016 is a runner-up finish at the Saint Brieuc Challenger (FRA) (l. Alexandre Sidorenko). His best result on clay this season is reaching the quarterfinals at the Heilbronn Challenger (GER) (l. Nikoloz Basilashvili). He won his only Tour-level match of the year (prior to coming here) as a qualifier at Munich (d. Marco Cecchinato, l. Jozef Kovalik).

 

  • Sijsling is coached by Vedrah Tvrtkovic. His physical trainer is Miguel Janssen.

 

19 BENOIT PAIRE (FRA) v TEYMURAZ GABSHVILI (RUS)

Head-to-head: Paire leads 1-0

2016     Barcelona         Clay (O)           R32      Paire    62 75

 

 

PAIRE                                                    v                                             GABASHVILI

 

27                                                     Age                                                    31*

21                                            ATP Ranking                                            79

1                                                     Titles                                                     0

21-21                           Career Grand Slam Record                           17-28

7-6                                  Roland Garros Record                                  9-6

115-122                                     Career Record                                     112-189

51-47                                 Career Record – Clay                                 39-61

16-16                                          2016 Record                                           9-15

9-8                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     2-7

6-4                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 3-6

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

50-56                              Career Tiebreak Record                              53-57

4-7                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   3-3

*Turned 31 on 23 May

 

  • PAIRE is bidding to reach the 3rd round here and equal his best Roland Garros performance. He defeated qualifier Radu Albot 62 46 64 16 64 in the 1st round on Sunday.

 

  • Paire’s 5-set victory over Albot in the 1st round here improved his 5-set win-loss record to 6-4. It was his 2nd 5-set match-win at Roland Garros.

 

  • Last year here Paire equalled his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the 3rd round (l. Tomas Berdych). He also reached the 3rd round here in 2013 (l. Kei Nishikori).

 

  • Paire’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 at the 2015 US Open (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga). This is his 7th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 22nd Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Paire has played 8 clay court events so far this year. His best clay court results in 2016 are reaching the semifinals at Barcelona (l. Nishikori) and Estoril (l. Pablo Carreno Busta). He reached the 3rd round at Monte Carlo-1000
    (l. Andy Murray) and the 2nd round at Rome-1000 (l. Stan Wawrinka) but lost his opening round match at Sao Paulo, Houston, Madrid-1000 and Nice.

 

  • Also in 2016, Paire reached the semifinals at Chennai (l. Wawrinka) and Marseille (l. Marin Cilic). He reached a career-high ranking of No. 18 in January following his semifinal finish at Chennai but plays here at No. 21. He is seeded No. 19 – his highest Roland Garros seeding.

 

  • Paire won his first career singles title at 2015 Bastad (d. Tommy Robredo). He defeated the Top 3 seeds (David Goffin, Robredo, Pablo Cuevas) on his way to the title.

 

  • Paire has entered the men’s doubles here with Paul-Henri Mathieu. They will play Jonathan Erlich/Colin Fleming in the 1st round. Paire has won one men’s doubles title at 2013 Chennai with Wawrinka.

 

  • Paire has entered the mixed doubles here as a wild card with Chloe Paquet. They will play wild card compatriots Pauline Parmentier/Julien Benneteau in the 1st round. Paire is one of 6 players to have entered the men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles events here along with Julien Benneteau, Ivan Dodig, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nicolas Mahut and Mathieu.

 

  • In 2015 Paire was voted Comeback Player of the Year by ATP players following his resurgence up the rankings and his first Tour-level title after missing part of the 2014 season with a knee injury.
  • Paire was one of 16 Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw here – the highest representation of any nation.

 

  • Paire is currently without a coach having split with Lionel Zimbler last week.

 

  • GABASHVILI is bidding to reach the 3rd round at Roland Garros for the 3rd time. He advanced to the 2nd round after defeating Donald Young 76(1) 62 63 in the 1st round.

 

  • Last year here Gabashvili equalled his best Grand Slam performance by reaching the round of 16 (l. Kei Nishikori). He also reached the last 16 here in 2010. As a qualifier he defeated No. 6 seed Andy Roddick in the 3rd round before losing to Jurgen Melzer.

 

  • This is Gabashvili’s 7th appearance at Roland Garros since he made his debut in 2007. He failed to qualify here in 2012 and 2013 and did not attempt to qualify in 2008. This is just the 11th time he has advanced beyond the 1st round at a major in 29 Grand Slam appearances.

 

  • Gabashvili has a 3-6 win-loss record in 5-set matches. He has never played a 5-set match at Roland Garros.

 

  • Gabashvili is bidding to win back-to-back matches for just the 3rd time this year. His best result so far in 2016 is reaching his first Tour-level semifinal at Sydney (l. Viktor Troicki). He also won back-to-back matches in Davis Cup when he defeated both Daniel Windahl and Isak Arvidsson in Russia’s 5-0 victory over Sweden in the Europe/Africa Zone Group I first round.

 

  • Prior to coming here Gabashvili had won just one match on clay in 2016 in reaching the 2nd round at Barcelona
    (d. Nicolas Almagro, l. today’s opponent). He lost in the 1st round at Marrakech, Monte Carlo-1000, Istanbul, Madrid-1000, Rome-1000 and Geneva.

 

  • Gabashvili recorded a career-high ranking of No. 43 in February this year and plays here at No. 79.

 

  • Gabashvili has entered the men’s doubles here with Diego Schwartzman. They will face Nicolas Monroe/Artem Sitak in the 1st round. He won his first doubles title as an alternate at 2015 Houston with Ricardas Berankis (d. Treat Huey/Scott Lipsky).

 

  • Gabashvili was one of 51 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Roland Garros main draw – a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.

 

  • Gabashvili is coached by 3-time Roland Garros quarterfinalist Guillermo Canas.

Statistics come from the International Tennis Federation.

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2016 Roland Garros – Day 3 Men’s Preview

 

 

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

1st Round

Featured matches

 

No. 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)

No. 4 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Sam Groth (AUS)
No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v (Q) Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
No. 7 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Vasek Pospisil (CAN)

No. 11 David Ferrer (ESP) v Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)

No. 12 David Goffin (BEL) v (WC) Gregoire Barrere (FRA)

No. 13 Dominic Thiem (AUT) v Inigo Cervantes (ESP)

No. 18 Kevin Anderson (RSA) v (WC) Stephane Robert (FRA)

  • Novak Djokovic begins his quest for a Roland Garros title, the only Grand Slam missing from his trophy cabinet, with a 1st round clash against Yen-Hsun Lu on Court Philippe Chatrier. The Chinese Taipei player has only played one tournament this year following elbow surgery in January.

 

  • World No. 4 Rafael Nadal gets his campaign for a 10th Roland Garros title underway with an opening match against world No. 100 Sam Groth. The Australian is looking to record his first match-win at Roland Garros – and just his 2nd Tour-level clay court match-win – when he takes on Nadal on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

 

  • David Ferrer enters Roland Garros without having won a clay court title for the first time since 2009 but will be hoping he can recreate the kind of form which took him to the 2013 final here when he takes on Evgeny Donskoy on Court Suzanne Lenglen. The Russian is competing here for the first time since 2013, having failed to qualify in 2014 and 2015.

 

  • 2016 clay court match-win leader Dominic Thiem gets his Roland Garros campaign underway with a 1st round match against Inigo Cervantes on Court 2. Thiem is fresh off the back of his 6th career singles title at Nice and is one of just 3 players to have won multiple clay court titles this year, along with Pablo Cuevas and Nadal.

 

 

1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v YEN-HSUN LU (TPE)

 

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 1-0

2008     Hopman Cup     Hard (I)             RR       Djokovic           75 26 63

2010     Wimbledon      Grass (O)         QF       Djokovic          63 62 62

 

DJOKOVIC                                               v                                                       LU

 

29                                                     Age                                                     32

1                                    ATP Ranking (23 May)                                   95

64                                                   Titles                                                     0

214-34                          Career Grand Slam Record                           21-39

48-11                                Roland Garros Record                                  2-7

723-149                                     Career Record                                     145-199

170-43                                Career Record – Clay                                  6-17

37-3                                           2016 Record                                            0-0

9-2                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     0-0

27-8                                Career Five-Set Record                                 9-6

4                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

200-112                            Career Tiebreak Record                              76-63

12-2                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                   0-0

 

  • 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, Roger 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 has never lost in the 1st round at Roland Garros. The last time he lost in the 1st round at a Grand Slam was at the 2006 Australian Open when he lost to Paul Goldstein.

 

  • 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 two 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.

 

  • LU is bidding to reach the 2nd round and equal his best Roland Garros performance. He reached the 2nd round here in 2013 (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber) and 2015 (l. Kevin Anderson) but has fallen in the 1st round on his other 6 appearances here.

 

  • Lu’s best Grand Slam performance is a quarterfinal finish at 2010 Wimbledon (l. today’s opponent). He defeated No. 5 seed Andy Roddick in the round of 16 before becoming the first player from Chinese Taipei to reach the last 8 at a major. This is his 41st Grand Slam overall.

 

  • After reaching the quarterfinals at 2010 Wimbledon, Lu broke into the Top 50 for the first time. He went on to reach a career-high ranking of No. 33 in November that year. He plays here ranked No. 95.

 

  • Lu has played just one event this year, reaching the final of the Seoul Challenger (KOR) earlier this month (l. Sergiy Stakhovsky). It was his first event (at any level) since the Hua Hin Challenger (THA) in November 2015 having undergone right elbow surgery in January.

 

  • Lu is bidding to record the best win of his career The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 3 Guillermo Coria at 2004 Queen’s and No. 3 David Ferrer at 2014 Auckland. He lost his only previous match against a Top 10 player on clay when he was defeated by No. 10 Milos Raonic at 2014 Monte Carlo-1000.

 

  • Lu was selected for and competed on six 18 & Under ITF/Grand Slam Touring Teams which played on the ITF Junior Circuit, including junior Grand Slams from 1999 to 2001. The Touring Teams are financed by the Grand Slam Development Fund.

 

  • Lu is one of the 51 men aged over 30 to start the men’s main draw here. This is a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.

 

  • Lu is coached by Roberto Antonini. His physio is Stefan Duell.

 

 

4 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) v SAM GROTH (AUS)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

NADAL                                                   v                                                  GROTH

 

29*                                                    Age                                                     28

5                                    ATP Ranking (23 May)                                  100

69                                                   Titles                                                     0

198-30                          Career Grand Slam Record                             7-9

70-2                                 Roland Garros Record                                  0-1

794-168                                     Career Record                                       34-50

363-34                                Career Record – Clay                                   1-3

27-8                                           2016 Record                                            2-9

19-4                                     2016 Record – Clay                                     0-0

17-7                                Career Five-Set Record                                 1-0

3                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

196-128                            Career Tiebreak Record                              37-33

4-9                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   1-7

 *Turns 30 on 3 June

 

  • 9-time champion NADAL is bidding to become the first player in the Open Era – and only the 2nd player in history – to win 10 titles at any Grand Slam event. Margaret Court is the only player in history to have won 10 or more titles at one Grand Slam event, winning the Australian Open on 11 occasions between 1960 and 1973 [see Preview page 2].

 

  • Nadal is bidding to further extend the record he set at 2013 Roland Garros for the most men’s Grand Slam titles at any one event. He won the title here in 2005-08 and 2010-14. He is the only man in history to have won 5 titles in a row at Roland Garros.

 

  • Last year here, Nadal fell to Novak Djokovic 75 63 61 in the quarterfinals. It was just his 2nd defeat in 95 best-of-five-set matches on clay and ended his 39-match winning streak at Roland Garros.

 

  • Nadal is the leading performer in Roland Garros history. He has entered the tournament with a 70-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros, ahead of Roger Federer (65-16) and Guillermo Vilas (58-17) [see Preview page 4]. This is Nadal’s 12th successive Roland Garros and his 45th appearance at a major.

 

  • Nadal’s only losses here came in the round of 16 in 2009 (l. Robin Soderling) and in the quarterfinals in 2015
    (l. Djokovic).

 

  • Nadal is one of only 3 players to have won multiple clay court titles this year along with Pablo Cuevas and Dominic Thiem. He won both Monte Carlo-1000 (d. Gael Monfils) and Barcelona (d. Kei Nishikori) for the 9th time.

 

  • Since winning his first title at 2004 Sopot, Nadal has suffered just 25 defeats on clay – 4 of which have come this year. It is only the 2nd time he has suffered 4 or more clay defeats in a season since 2003. He lost in the semifinals at Buenos Aires (l. Thiem), Rio de Janeiro (l. Pablo Cuevas) and Madrid-1000 (l. Andy Murray) and fell to Djokovic in the quarterfinals at Rome-1000.

 

  • Nadal is bidding to win his 50th career clay court title at Roland Garros. By winning the title at Barcelona, he equalled Guillermo Vilas’ Open Era record for the most career clay court titles with 49.

 

  • Nadal is 2nd in the list for the most Tour-level clay court matches won this year. He has a 19-4 win-loss record on clay in 2016, behind Thiem (20-5).

 

  • Nadal has been coached by his uncle Toni since the age of 4.

 

  • GROTH is looking to record his first match-win at Roland Garros.

 

  • Groth is making his 2nd appearance at Roland Garros and his 10th appearance at a major. Last year here on his Roland Garros debut he fell to Pablo Cuevas in the 1st round. He failed to qualify here in 2013 and 2014.

 

  • Groth is bidding to record his first clay court match-win at any level since he defeated Maxime Teixeira in qualifying at 2015 Nice. This is his first clay court event at any level since 2015 Roland Garros.

 

  • Groth is bidding to record just his 2nd Tour-level clay court match-win today. He has a 1-3 Tour-level win-loss record on clay, compared to 21-38 on hard courts and 12-9 on grass. His only win on clay came against Victor Estrella Burgos at 2015 Houston. No. 56 Estrella Burgos is the highest-ranked player Groth has defeated on clay at any level.

 

  • Groth is looking to record only his 3rd Tour-level match-win this year. His only Tour-level wins this year came at the Australian Open (d. Adrian Mannarino, l. Andy Murray) and Miami-1000 (d. Estrella Burgos,
    Dominic Thiem). He enters Roland Garros with a 2-9 Tour-level win-loss record in 2016, having lost in the 1st round at 6 of the 8 Tour-level events he has contested. He also lost to John Isner in Australia’s 3-1 defeat to USA in Davis Cup in March.

 

  • Groth is looking for his career best match-win today. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 14 Feliciano Lopez at 2015 Stuttgart. He has lost all 5 of his previous match-ups with a Top 10 player.

 

  • Prior to coming here, Groth played 5 consecutive Challenger events – none of which were on a clay court. He reached the quarterfinals at Seoul (KOR) (l. Alexander Kudryavtsev), but fell in the 1st round at Leon (MEX), Taipei (TPE), Busan (KOR) and Bangkok (THA). He retired in both of the last 2 events he has contested – with a right wrist injury at Seoul and a neck injury at Bangkok.

 

  • Groth reached a career-high ranking of No. 53 in August 2015 after reaching the quarterfinals at Washington (l. Kei Nishikori). He plays here at No. 100 – his lowest ranking since August 2014.

 

  • Groth’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 3rd round at both the Australian Open (l. Bernard Tomic) and Wimbledon (l. Roger Federer) in 2015.

 

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

 

  • Groth is coached by Ben Mathias.

 

6 JO-WILFRIED TSONGA (FRA) v (Q) JAN-LENNARD STRUFF (GER)

 

Head-to-head: Tsonga leads 2-0

2014                 Marseille                      Hard (I)            SF        Tsonga             76(4) 75

2015                 Monte Carlo-1000         Clay (O)           R64      Tsonga             64 64

 

TSONGA                                                 v                                                  STRUFF

 

31                                                     Age                                                     26

7                                    ATP Ranking (23 May)                                  101

12                                                   Titles                                                     0

98-32                           Career Grand Slam Record                            3-10

25-8                                 Roland Garros Record                                  1-3

366-171                                     Career Record                                       26-50

75-42                                 Career Record – Clay                                  8-20

15-8                                           2016 Record                                            2-5

6-4                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     1-3

13-7                                Career Five-Set Record                                 1-4

2                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               1

171-124                            Career Tiebreak Record                              13-30

6-5                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   1-2

 

  • Last year here TSONGA equalled his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the semifinals (l. Stan 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.

 

  • In 8 previous appearances at Roland Garros, Tsonga has lost in the opening round just once – on his Grand Slam debut as a wild card in 2005 (l. Andy Roddick). This is his 9th appearance at Roland Garros and his 33rd Grand Slam overall.

 

  • 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 1st 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’s loss to No. 338 Monteiro at 2016 Rio de Janeiro was the last time he lost to a player ranked outside the Top 100. He has never lost to a player ranked outside the Top 100 at a Grand Slam. No. 52 Martin Klizan at the 2012 US Open is the lowest ranked player to defeat him at a major.

 

  • 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. Marcos 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 16 Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw here – the highest representation of any nation.

 

  • Tsonga is one of 51 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Roland Garros main draw – a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.

 

  • Tsonga is coached by Thierry Ascione.

 

  • Qualifier STRUFF is bidding to reach the 2nd round and equal his best Grand Slam result. This is his 4th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 11th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • As No. 4 seed Struff defeated Benjamin Mitchell (AUS) 67(2) 64 63, Andrey Rublev (RUS) 61 76(1) and Andrej Martin (SVK) 64 76(7) in the 3 rounds of qualifying.

 

  • Last year here Struff lost in the 1st round to Viktor Troicki. He also lost in the 1st round here on his Grand Slam debut as a qualifier in 2013 (l. Evgeny Donskoy).

 

  • Struff’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 2nd round as a qualifier at 2013 Wimbledon (l. Jeremy Chardy) and as a direct acceptance at 2014 Roland Garros (l. Gael Monfils) and the 2014 US Open (l. John Isner).

 

  • Struff’s best result on clay in 2016 is reaching the final of the Heilbronn Challenger (GER) (l. Nikoloz Basilashvili). He reached the 2nd round at Munich (l. Juan Martin del Potro) but lost in the 1st round at the Napoli Challenger (ITA) and as a qualifier at Monte Carlo-1000 and Barcelona.

 

  • Also in 2016 Struff reached the semifinals at the Jonkoping Challenger (SWE) (l. Karen Khachanov) and the 2nd round at Montpellier and the Quimper Challenger (FRA).

 

  • Struff is bidding to record the best win of his career. The highest-ranked player Struff has defeated is No. 24 Philipp Kohlschreiber at 2014 Metz and 2015 Doha. He has a 3-16 win-loss record against players in the Top 30.

 

  • Struff is coached by Ute Strakerjahn and Christophe Reichert.

 

7 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE) v VASEK POSPISIL (CAN)

 

Head-to-head: Pospisil leads 2-0

2013     Montreal-1000   Hard (O)           R16      Pospisil            75 26 76(5)

2014     Washington      Hard (O)           R16      Pospisil            62 64

 

A first clay court meeting between the 2 players.

 

Pospisil is bidding to end a 9-match losing streak against Top 10 opposition. He has not defeated a Top 10 player since defeating No. 5 today’s opponent at 2014 Washington.

 

 

BERDYCH                                                v                                                POSPISIL

 

30                                                     Age                                                     25

8                                    ATP Ranking (23 May)                                   46

12                                                   Titles                                                     0

121-50                          Career Grand Slam Record                           10-14

20-12                                Roland Garros Record                                  0-4

561-293                                     Career Record                                       77-97

144-80                                Career Record – Clay                                  1-15

19-10                                          2016 Record                                           4-12

3-3                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     0-4

19-8                                Career Five-Set Record                                 5-6

2                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               1

188-155                            Career Tiebreak Record                              41-58

6-4                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   7-5

 

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

 

  • Berdych has lost in the 1st round at Roland Garros 5 times, most recently in 2013 when he fell to Gael Monfils in 5 sets. He 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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 one of the 51 men aged over 30 to start the men’s main draw here. This is a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.

 

  • 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.

 

  • POSPISIL is bidding to record his first match-win at Roland Garros.

 

  • Pospisil has lost in the 1st round in each of his 4 previous appearances at Roland Garros – in 2012
    (l. Edouard Roger-Vasselin), as a qualifier in 2013 (l. Horacio Zeballos), 2014 (l. Teymuraz Gabashvili) and 2015
    (l. Joao Sousa).

 

  • Pospisil is bidding to end a 14-match losing streak on clay at any level. He has not won a clay court match at any level since he won 3 qualifying matches to reach the main draw at 2013 Roland Garros.

 

  • Pospisil is bidding to record his 2nd career win on clay at Tour-level. He has a 1-15 Tour-level win-loss record on clay, with his only win coming against Julio-Cesar Campozano in Canada’s 3-2 victory over Ecuador in the 2011 Davis Cup Americas Zone Group promotional play-off.

 

  • Pospisil is bidding to end a 4-match Tour-level losing streak, having not won a match since reaching the 2nd round at Miami-1000 (d. Diego Schwartzman, l. Joao Sousa). He has lost in the 1st round in 7 of the 11 tournaments he has contested in 2016.

 

  • Pospisil’s best result in 2016 is reaching the 2nd round at Auckland (d. Ivo Karlovic, l. Jack Sock), Dubai
    (d. Lucas Pouille, l. Marcos Baghdatis), Indian Wells-1000 (d. Jared Donaldson, l. Gilles Simon) and Miami-1000. He has won just 4 of the 16 Tour-level matches he has contested this year.

 

  • On clay in 2016, Pospisil lost in the 1st round at Munich (l. Jan-Lennard Struff), Madrid-1000 (l. Radek Stepanek) and Rome-1000 (l. Andreas Seppi). He also lost to Gilles Simon in the second rubber during Canada’s 5-0 defeat to France in Guadeloupe in the World Group first round in March.

 

  • The highest ranked player Pospisil has defeated on clay is No. 193 Robby Ginepri at the 2012 Sarasota Challenger (USA). He is on a 17-match losing streak against Top 200 opposition at any level on clay and has a 1-21 win-loss record against Top 200 opposition on clay at any level overall.

 

  • Pospisil has won 6 career doubles titles – none of which have come on clay. He entered the men’s doubles event here as No. 7 seed with Jack Sock. The pair will play Thomaz Bellucci/Martin Klizan in the first round.

 

  • Pospisil is coached by Frederic Fontang. His fitness trainers are Cassiano Costa and Jamie Allen.

 

 

11 DAVID FERRER (ESP) v EVGENY DONSKOY (RUS)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

Ferrer has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 75 Donskoy at a Grand Slam since he fell to No. 118 Andrey Kuznetsov at 2014 Wimbledon.

 

FERRER                                                  v                                               DONSKOY

 

34                                                     Age                                                     26

11                                   ATP Ranking (23 May)                                   75

26                                                   Titles                                                     0

134-52                          Career Grand Slam Record                             7-8

40-13                                Roland Garros Record                                  1-1

675-321                                     Career Record                                       26-55

313-123                               Career Record – Clay                                  2-14

18-10                                          2016 Record                                           2-10

10-5                                     2016 Record – Clay                                     1-4

20-11                               Career Five-Set Record                                 3-2

4                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               1

152-133                            Career Tiebreak Record                              15-23

5-2                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   3-6

 

  • 2013 Roland Garros runner-up FERRER is bidding to maintain his record of always reaching at least the 2nd round here.

 

  • 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.

 

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

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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 one of 51 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Roland Garros main draw. This is a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.

 

  • Ferrer is coached by Francisco Fogues.

 

  • DONSKOY is bidding to reach the 2nd round and equal his best Roland Garros performance.

 

  • Donskoy is competing at Roland Garros for the first time since reaching the 2nd round on his debut here in 2013
    (d. Jan-Lennard Struff, l. Kevin Anderson). He failed to qualify here in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

 

  • Donskoy is contesting his 2nd Roland Garros and his 9th Grand Slam overall. His best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 3rd round on his debut at a major at the 2013 Australian Open (l. Kei Nishikori) and at the 2013 US Open (l. Lleyton Hewitt).

 

  • Donskoy’s best result in 2016 is winning the title at the Raanana Challenger (ISR) (d. Ricardas Berankis). His only Tour-level wins this year came in reaching the 2nd round at both the Australian Open (d. Inigo Cervantes Huegun,
    Gilles Simon) and Barcelona (d. Facundo Bagnis, l. Alexandr Dolgopolov). His win over Bagnis was only his 2nd career Tour-level match-win on clay.

 

  • On clay in 2016, Donskoy reached the 2nd round at Barcelona but lost in the 1st round at Marrakech (l. Pablo Carreno Busta), Munich (l. Mikhail Kukushkin) and as a qualifier at Geneva (l. Rajeev Ram).

 

  • Donskoy has never played a 5-set match on clay. He has a 3-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches.

 

  • Donskoy is bidding to defeat a Top 20 opponent for the first time at the 12th attempt. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 21 John Isner at 2013 ’s-Hertogenbosch and No. 21 Tommy Robredo in the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I promotional play-off in 2015. The highest-ranked player he has defeated at Tour-level on clay is No. 97 Bagnis at 2016 Barcelona.

 

  • Donskoy started playing tennis with his father, Evgeny, who gave him his first racket at the age of 7.

 

  • Donskoy is coached by Boris Sobkin.

 

 

12 DAVID GOFFIN (BEL) v (WC) GREGOIRE BARRERE (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

GOFFIN                                                  v                                                BARRERE

 

25                                                     Age                                                     22

13                                   ATP Ranking (23 May)                                  242

2                                                     Titles                                                     0

18-15                           Career Grand Slam Record                             0-0

5-4                                  Roland Garros Record                                  0-0

115-89                                       Career Record                                          0-0

33-25                                 Career Record – Clay                                   0-0

22-10                                          2016 Record                                            0-0

8-4                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     0-0

6-3                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 0-0

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

35-36                              Career Tiebreak Record                                 0-0

7-6                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   0-0

 

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

 

  • Last year here Goffin reached the 3rd round as No. 17 seed, falling to Jeremy Chardy in straight sets. He has lost in the 1st round at Roland Garros on 2 occasions – in 2013 (l. Novak Djokovic) and 2014 (l. Jurgen Melzer).

 

  • Goffin’s best Grand Slam performance 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 to reach the last 16 at the Australian Open since Olivier Rochus in 2005.

 

  • At 2012 Roland Garros, 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.

 

  • 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 is making his 5th consecutive appearance at Roland Garros and his 16th appearance at a Grand Slam event.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Wild card BARRERE is making his Tour-level debut here.

 

  • Barrere competes on the Futures and Challenger Circuits. His career-best result is finishing runner-up as a wild card at the 2015 Quimper Challenger (FRA) (l. Benoit Paire).

 

  • Barrere’s career-best clay court result is reaching the quarterfinals at the 2016 Ostrava Challenger (CZE) (l. Stefano Napolitano). He has also won 2 Futures titles on clay – at the 2013 Belgium F9 Futures (d. Joris de Loore) and at the 2016 France F8 Futures (d. Jonathan Eysseric).

 

  • As well as winning the France F8 Futures and reaching the quarterfinals at the Ostrava Challenger prior to coming here, Barrere lost in the 1st round as a wild card at the Aix En Provence Challenger (FRA) (l. Andre Ghem) and failed to qualify at the Bordeaux Challenger (FRA).

 

  • Also in 2016 Barrere reached the semifinals as a qualifier at the Bergamo Challenger (ITA) (l. Pierre-Hugues Herbert) and the 2nd round at the Wroclaw Challenger (POL). He reached a career-high ranking of No. 216 in February after the Wroclaw Challenger and plays here at No. 242.

 

  • Barrere lost in the 1st round in both of his 2 attempts to qualify for a Grand Slam – as a wild card here last year
    (l. Alexander Kudryavtsev) and as a direct acceptance into qualifying at the 2016 Australian Open (l. Marinko Matosevic).

 

  • Barrere is coached by Jerome Potier, who reached the 3rd round of the men’s singles event here in 1985 and 1989.

 

 

13 DOMINIC THIEM (AUT) v INIGO CERVANTES (ESP)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

THIEM                                                    v                                             CERVANTES

 

22                                                     Age                                                     26

15                                   ATP Ranking (23 May)                                   69

6                                                     Titles                                                     0

11-9                             Career Grand Slam Record                             1-2

2-2                                  Roland Garros Record                                  0-0

100-68                                       Career Record                                       14-22

54-23                                 Career Record – Clay                                 11-16

36-10                                          2016 Record                                         10-14

20-5                                     2016 Record – Clay                                    8-10

2-2                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 1-0

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               1

43-41                              Career Tiebreak Record                                5-10

13-7                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                   5-7

 

  • THIEM is bidding to maintain his record of always having reached the 2nd round here.

 

  • Last year here Thiem reached the 2nd round (d. Aljaz Bedene, l. Pablo Cuevas). He also reached the 2nd round on his debut here in 2014 (d. Paul-Henri Mathieu. l. Rafael Nadal). This is his 3rd straight Roland Garros appearance and his 10th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Thiem’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the round of 16 on his US Open debut in 2014 (l. Tomas Berdych).

 

  • 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 Pablo Cuevas and Nadal.

 

  • Thiem has won the most matches (20) 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 will play No. 12 seeds Radek Stepanek/Nenad Zimonjic 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.

 

  • CERVANTES is making his Roland Garros debut.

 

  • This is Cervantes 3rd Grand Slam appearance. He reached the 2nd round as a qualifier at 2012 Wimbledon
    (d. Flavio Cipolla, l. Mikhail Youzhny) and fell in the 1st round as a direct acceptance at the 2016 Australian Open
    (l. Evgeny Donskoy). He has unsuccessfully attempted to qualify for a Grand Slam on 14 occasions including here in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

 

  • Cervantes best clay court result this year is a semifinal finish at Sao Paulo (l. Pablo Carreno Busta). He also reached the 2nd round at Quito (l. Carreno Busta), Rio de Janeiro (l. Alexandr Dolgopolov), Barcelona (l. Andrey Kuznetsov), Estoril (l. Nick Kyrgios) and Geneva (l. Carreno Busta) but lost in the opening round at Buenos Aires, Marrakech, Monte Carlo-1000 and as a qualifier at Rome-1000.

 

  • Cervantes broke the Top 100 in November 2015 following a run to the final of the Montevideo Challenger (URU). He reached a career-high ranking of No. 56 in March this year and plays here at No. 69.

 

  • Cervantes is bidding for his first match-win over a Top 30 opponent. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 34 Dmitry Tursunov at 2014 Barcelona.

 

  • Cervantes won the 2015 ATP Challenger Tour Finals, saving 2 match points to defeat Daniel Munoz-de la Nava in the final in Sao Paulo.

 

  • Cervantes reached his first career doubles final at 2016 Buenos Aires with Paolo Lorenzi, losing to Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah. The pair has entered the men’s doubles event here and will face No. 14 seeds Daniel Nestor/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in the 1st round.

 

  • Cervantes is coached by Javier Ferrer and Israel Vior. His fitness trainer is Jaume Ros. He trains at the Academia Tenis Ferrer in Javea and Benidorm.

 

 

18 KEVIN ANDERSON (RSA) v (WC) STEPHANE ROBERT (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: Anderson leads 2-0

2009                 Roland Garros Qualifying          Clay (O)           R64      Anderson          36 76(9) 97

2009                 Orleans Challenger                   Hard (I)            R32      Robert              76(4) 76(3)

2014                 Acapulco                                  Hard (O)           R32      Anderson          62 76(7)

2014                 Roland Garros                         Clay (O)           R128    Anderson         75 63 64

 

A second 1st round Roland Garros meeting for the 2 players, who also played here during qualifying in 2009. Anderson has won both of their Tour-level encounters in straight sets.

 

Anderson and Robert are 2 of the 51 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Roland Garros main draw – a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.

 

ANDERSON                                              v                                                 ROBERT

 

30                                                     Age                                                     36

20                                   ATP Ranking (23 May)                                   90

3                                                     Titles                                                     0

42-28                           Career Grand Slam Record                            9-16

11-6                                 Roland Garros Record                                  1-5

225-165                                     Career Record                                       26-47

39-37                                 Career Record – Clay                                  9-23

3-6                                            2016 Record                                            4-4

2-3                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     2-3

9-6                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 2-3

2                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               1

129-109                            Career Tiebreak Record                              18-14

5-2                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   2-2

 

  • ANDERSON is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 6th straight year.

 

  • Last year here Anderson reached the 3rd round (l. Richard Gasquet). This is his 7th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 29th Grand Slam overall.
  • Anderson’s best Roland Garros performance is reaching the round of 16 in 2013 and 2014, losing to David Ferrer on both occasions. He became just the 4th South African man to reach the round of 16 on multiple occasions at Roland Garros. He is the only South African man to reach the round of 16 at Roland Garros since Wayne Ferreira in 1996.
  • Anderson’s best Grand Slam performance is a quarterfinal finish at the 2015 US Open. He defeated Andy Murray in the round of 16 before losing to Stan Wawrinka in the last 8.
  • Anderson has played just 6 events this year due to a shoulder injury and minor ankle surgery which kept him off the Tour from end-February – May. At the start of the year, he reached the quarterfinals at Auckland (l. Jack Sock) but retired in the 1st round at back-to-back events at the Australian Open (knee injury) and Delray Beach (shoulder injury). On his return to the Tour at Madrid-1000, he lost in the 1st round to Gael Monfils before reaching the 2nd round at Rome-1000 (l. Juan Monaco) and the quarterfinals at Nice (l. Joao Sousa).

 

  • Anderson’s best clay court performance is reaching the final at 2013 Casablanca (l. Tommy Robredo) – one of only 3 occasions in which he has won 3 consecutive matches on clay.

 

  • Anderson recorded a career-high ranking of No. 10 in October 2015. He plays here ranked No. 20.

 

  • Anderson has won 3 career titles. He won his first career title in his hometown at 2011 Johannesburg (d. Somdev Devvarman) and won the title as No. 7 seed at 2013 Delray Beach (d. Marinko Matosevic) and at 2015 Winston-Salem (d. Pierre-Hugues Herbert).

 

  • Anderson received travel grants from the ITF Grand Slam Development Fund to play junior events in 2004.

 

  • Anderson is coached by former world No. 90 Neville Godwin, who reached the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles here in 2000.

 

  • This is wild card ROBERT’S 6th Roland Garros appearance since 2004. He has lost in the 1st round here on 4 occasions – most recently as a qualifier last year (l. Kyle Edmund).

 

  • Robert’s best Roland Garros result is reaching the 2nd round as a qualifier in 2011. He recorded his only career comeback from 0-2 down against Tomas Berdych before losing to Fabio Fognini.

 

  • Robert’s victory over No. 6 Berdych at 2011 Roland Garros is the best win of his career so far and is the only time he has defeated a seed at a major. He is looking for his 3rd victory over a Top 20 player

 

  • Robert’s best Grand Slam performance is a round of 16 finish as a lucky loser at the 2014 Australian Open (l. Andy Murray). He was just the 9th lucky loser to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam event and the first to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open. This is his 17th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • On clay in 2016, Robert reached the 2nd round as a qualifier at both Estoril (d. Thomas Fabbiano, l. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez) and Rome-1000 (d. Aljaz Bedene, l. Novak Djokovic). He also reached the 2nd round at the Turin Challenger (ITA) but lost in the 1st round as a qualifier at Monte Carlo-1000 and at the Aix En Provence Challenger (FRA).

 

  • Also in 2016, Robert reached the 3rd round as a qualifier at the Australian Open (l. Gael Monfils). He also won the New Delhi Challenger (IND) (d. Saketh Myneni) and reached the final at the Guadalajara Challenger (MEX) (l. Malek Jaziri).

 

  • Robert missed the second half of the 2014 season with a left thigh injury and dropped to No. 558 in the rankings in May 2015. He has been steadily climbing the rankings since then and plays here at No. 90.

 

  • Robert’s best year on the Tour was in 2010 when he reached his only Tour-level final to date at Johannesburg
    (l. Feliciano Lopez). He defeated No. 2 seed David Ferrer in the semifinals in his first meeting with a Top 20 player. As a result he reached a career-high ranking of No. 61 later that month.

 

  • Robert has entered the men’s doubles here as a wild card with Alexandre Sidorenko. The pair will face No. 6 seeds Rohan Bopanna/Florin Mergea in the 1st round.

 

  • Robert is coached by Daniel Meyers.

 

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French Open Day 2
Monday, May 23, 2016
1st Round

Featured matches

No. 2 Andy Murray (GBR) v (Q) Radek Stepanek (CZE)
No. 3 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)
No. 5 Kei Nishikori (JPN) v Simone Bolelli (ITA) – to be completed
No. 8 Milos Raonic (CAN) v Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) – initially scheduled for Sunday
No. 9 Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
No. 10 Marin Cilic (CRO) v (Q) Marco Trungelliti (ARG)
No. 15 John Isner (USA) v John Millman (AUS) – initially scheduled for Sunday
No. 16 Gilles Simon (FRA) v Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA)
No. 29 Lucas Pouille (FRA) v (WC) Julien Benneteau (FRA)
No. 30 Jeremy Chardy (FRA) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG) – initially scheduled for Sunday

On court …

•    Andy Murray comes into Roland Garros on a winning streak following his victory at Rome-1000, and will be hoping he can maintain that kind of form and find a way past veteran qualifier Radek Stepanek on Philippe-Chatrier Court. Thirty-seven-year-old Stepanek, however, is seeking a significant upset in a bid to become the oldest man to win a match at Roland Garros since Jimmy Connors in 1991.

•    World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka faces a familiar foe in the opening match on Philippe-Chatrier Court today. He defeated Lukas Rosol on his way to the title in Geneva last week and will look to do the same today as he starts the defence of his Roland Garros crown. Only 7 men in the Open Era have successfully retained the title here.

•    The home fans have plenty to cheer about with 8 French men taking to the courts. They are assured of another French man in the 2nd round to join opening day winner Benoit Paire as Lucas Pouille, who is seeded at a major for the first time here, takes on Julien Benneteau in the 4th match on Court 1. Having missed Roland Garros last year due to injury, Benneteau is looking to record his first win here since 2013. Leading French hopes Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon are also in action today.

•    After a rain-affected schedule, 8 men’s matches were cancelled before the players took to court on Sunday while a further 3 that had already begun will resume today.

NO. 2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v (Q) RADEK STEPANEK (CZE)

Head-to-head: Murray leads 6-2
2005    Wimbledon        Grass (O)    R64    Murray        64 64 64
2007    Madrid-1000        Hard (I)        R64    Murray        64 61
2009    Cincinnati-1000        Hard (O)    R16    Murray        64 61
2009    Paris-1000        Hard (I)        R16    Stepanek    16 63 64
2011    Monte Carlo-1000    Clay (O)    R32    Murray        61 64
2012    Shanghai-1000        Hard (O)    QF    Murray        46 62 63
2014    Queen’s        Grass (O)    R16    Stepanek    76(10) 62
2016    Madrid-1000        Clay (O)    R32    Murray        76(3) 36 61

MURRAY    v    STEPANEK

29    Age    37
2    ATP Ranking (16 May)    129
36    Titles    5
159-38    Career Grand Slam Record    57-51
28-8    Roland Garros Record    14-12
574-170    Career Record    376-294
92-40    Career Record – Clay    101-81
22-5    2016 Record    5-4
12-2    2016 Record – Clay    3-2
20-7    Career Five-Set Record    15-23
8    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    6
162-102    Career Tiebreak Record    158-150
5-4    2016 Tiebreak Record    0-6

•    This is MURRAY’S 9th Roland Garros appearance. He has lost in the 1st round here just once before – on his debut in 2006 (l. Gael Monfils).

•    Last year here Murray equalled his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the semifinals, where he lost to Novak 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 5 Grand Slam champions to start in 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 Roland Garros by winning the title at Rome-1000 (d. Djokovic) 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 has never lost to a player ranked as low as No. 129 today’s opponent at a Grand Slam. The lowest player he has lost to at a major is No. 91 Arnaud Clement at the 2005 US Open.

•    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 Kei 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.

•    At 37 years 191 days qualifier STEPANEK is bidding to become the oldest man to reach the 2nd round at a Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors (40 years 11 days) at the 1992 US Open.
•    Stepanek is bidding to become the oldest man to win a match at Roland Garros since Jimmy Connors (38 years 280 days) in 1991.

•    As No. 20 seed Stepanek defeated Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) 64 64, Matthew Barton (AUS) 36 62 75 and Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 63 62 in the 3 rounds of qualifying.

•    Last year here Stepanek lost in the 2nd round to Tomas Berdych. This is his 13th Roland Garros appearance and his 52nd Grand Slam overall.

•    Stepanek’s best Roland Garros performance is a round of 16 finish here in 2008, where he lost in 5-sets to David Ferrer.

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

•    On clay this year Stepanek reached the 3rd round as a qualifier at Barcelona (l. Andrey Kuznetsov) and the 2nd round as a qualifier at Madrid-1000 (l. today’s opponent). He failed to qualify at Rome-1000.

•    Stepanek has won just 5 Tour-level matches this year. As well as his victories at Barcelona and Madrid-1000, he also reached the 2nd round at Brisbane (d. Dusan Lajovic, l. Bernard Tomic) and as a qualifier at the Australian Open (d. Tatsuma Ito, l. Stan Wawrinka). He failed to qualify at Dubai, Indian Wells-1000 and Miami-1000 and lost his 1st round match the Bergamo Challenger (ITA).

•    Stepanek struggled with a back injury in 2015, only starting his season in April and winning just 7 Tour-level matches all year. He dropped out of the Top 100 in April 2015 for the first time since July 2007. He dropped as low as No. 369 in the rankings on 20 July – his lowest ranking since December 2001. He plays here at No. 129.

•    Stepanek has won just one of his last 20 meetings with a Top 10 player. His only victory in that time came over No. 5 today’s opponent at 2014 Queen’s. He is bidding for his 2nd victory over Top 10 opposition at a major in his 16th attempt. His only Grand Slam victory against a Top 10 player came against No. 5 Fernando Gonzalez at 2007 Roland Garros.

•    Stepanek is a 2-time Grand Slam men’s doubles champion having won the 2012 Australian Open and the 2013 US Open titles with Leander Paes. He has won 18 career doubles titles, most recently at the 2015 Bogota with Edouard Roger-Vasselin. He has entered the men’s doubles here with Nenad Zimonjic. The No. 12 seeds will play Dusan Lajovic/Dominic Thiem in the 1st round.

•    Stepanek is coached by Petr Korda, who finished runner-up here in 1992.

NO. 3 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v LUKAS ROSOL (CZE)

Head-to-head: Wawrinka leads 4-0
2013     Davis Cup (WG-1R)     Hard (I)     R1     Wawrinka     64 63 64
2015     Geneva         Clay (O)     R16     Wawrinka    64 36 63
2016     Australian Open     Hard (O)     R32     Wawrinka     62 63 76(3)
2016    Geneva            Clay (O)    SF    Wawrinka    62 46 63

A second meeting for the 2 players in as many weeks having played each other in the semifinals at Geneva last week. They are also meeting for the 2nd straight Grand Slam.

Wawrinka and Rosol are 2 of the 51 men aged over 30 to start the men’s main draw here. This is a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.
WAWRINKA    v    ROSOL

31    Age    30
4    ATP Ranking (16 May)    68
14    Titles    2
106-42    Career Grand Slam Record    15-19
27-10    Roland Garros Record    6-5
415-241    Career Record    110-136
156-78    Career Record – Clay    48-43
22-7    2016 Record    12-13
7-3    2016 Record – Clay    4-4
22-19    Career Five-Set Record    6-5
6    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
165-158    Career Tiebreak Record    65-65
8-3    2016 Tiebreak Record    9-7

•    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 5 Grand Slam champions to start in 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. Rafael 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 Milos 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.

•    This is ROSOL’S 6th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 20th Grand Slam overall.

•    Last year here Rosol equalled his best Grand Slam result by reaching the 3rd round (l. Teymuraz Gabashvili). He also reached the 3rd round as a qualifier at 2011 Roland Garros (l. Juan Ignacio Chela), and as a direct acceptance at both 2012 Wimbledon (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber) and the 2016 Australian Open (l. today’s opponent).

•    Rosol warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the semifinals at Geneva (l. today’s opponent). He also reached the quarterfinals at the Aix En Provence Challenger (FRA) (l. Elias Ymer) and the 2nd round at Munich (d. Denis Istomin, l. Alexander Zverev) but lost his 1st round matches at Monte Carlo-1000, Bucharest and the Bordeaux Challenger (FRA).

•    Also in 2016, Rosol reached the quarterfinals at Auckland (l. David Ferrer), the 3rd round at the Australian Open and the quarterfinals at the Irving Challenger (USA) (l. Marcel Granollers).

•    Rosol has won 2 career singles titles – on clay at 2013 Bucharest (d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez) and on hard court at 2014 Winston-Salem (d. Jerzy Janowicz).

•    Rosol is looking for his 3rd victory over a Top 10 opponent at a Grand Slam in his 5th meeting. He famously defeated No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the 2nd round at 2012 Wimbledon and also defeated No. 8 Jurgen Melzer at 2011 Roland Garros. Rosol has a 3-23 win-loss record against Top 10 players overall.

•    Rosol has played Davis Cup since 2011. He lost his opening singles rubber against Philipp Kohlschreiber but won the decisive 5th rubber against Alexander Zverev in Czech Republic’s 3-2 victory over Germany in the first round this year. The Czechs will face France in the quarterfinals in Trinec on 15-17 July.

•    Rosol entered the men’s doubles event here with Ricardas Berankis. The pair will play Marcelo Demoliner/Marin Draganja in the 1st round.

•    Rosol is coached by Jaroslav Levinsky.

NO. 5 KEI NISHIKORI (JPN) v SIMONE BOLELLI (ITA)
Head-to-head: Nishikori leads 2-0
2014    Wimbledon    Grass (O)    R32    Nishikori     36 63 46 76(4) 64
2015    Wimbledon     Grass (O)    R128    Nishikori    63 67(4) 62 36 63

A 3rd Grand Slam meeting for the 2 players, but their first away from Wimbledon. Nishikori won both of their previous meetings in 5 sets.

NISHIKORI    v    BOLELLI

26    Age    30
6    ATP Ranking (16 May)    116
11    Titles    0
49-25    Career Grand Slam Record    22-27
8-5    Roland Garros Record    8-9
272-130    Career Record    115-153
58-23    Career Record – Clay    51-54
29-9    2016 Record    2-6
10-3    2016 Record – Clay    1-0
12-5    Career Five-Set Record    5-5
2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
82-57    Career Tiebreak Record    75-69
9-4    2016 Tiebreak Record    4-2

•    NISHIKORI is bidding to record his 50th Grand Slam match-win today.

•    This is Nishikori’s 6th appearance at Roland Garros and his 27th Grand Slam overall. Last year here as No. 5 seed he recorded his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the quarterfinals, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 5 sets. He was the 2nd Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros after Jiri Satoh did so in 1931 and 1933.

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

•    Nishikori warmed up for Roland Garros by finishing runner-up as 2-time defending champion at Barcelona (l. Rafael Nadal). He also reached the semifinals at Madrid-1000 (l. Novak Djokovic) and Rome-1000 (l. Djokovic).

•    Nishikori’s best result in 2016 is winning his 4th straight title at Memphis (d. Taylor Fritz). As well as finishing runner-up at Barcelona, he was also a finalist at Miami-1000 (l. Djokovic).

•    Nishikori has won 11 career singles titles – 2 of which have come on clay at Barcelona in 2014 (d. Santiago Giraldo) and 2015 (d. Pablo Andujar).

•    The last time Nishikori lost to a player ranked outside the Top 100 was at the 2013 US Open when he was defeated in the 1st round by No. 179 Daniel Evans.

•    Nishikori is the highest-ranked Japanese man in ATP World Tour Rankings history (since 1973). He had the nickname ‘Project 45’ as a major goal was to get him to No. 45 in the rankings, which would be one spot better than the highest by any Japanese man (Shuzo Matsuoka). He plays here ranked No. 6, two spots lower than his career-high ranking of No. 4 which he achieved in March 2015 after reaching the final at Acapulco.

•    Nishikori plays here seeded No. 5 – his joint-highest seeding at Roland Garros. He was also seeded No. 5 here last year.

•    Nishikori was born in Shimane, Japan, but moved to Florida aged 14. He is coached by Dante Bottini and trains at the Bollettieri Academy. Michael Chang, who won Roland Garros in 1989, joined his team in 2014.
•    BOLELLI is making his 10th consecutive Roland Garros appearance and his 29th Grand Slam appearance overall.
•    Last year here Bolelli equalled his best Roland Garros – and Grand Slam – result by reaching the 3rd round
(l. David Ferrer). He also reached the 3rd round here in 2008 (l. Michael Llodra), and at Wimbledon in 2008 (l. Lleyton Hewitt), and as a lucky loser in both 2011 (l. Richard Gasquet) and 2014 (l. Kei Nishikori).
•    Bolelli is bidding to record his 3rd career victory over a Top 10 player. He has a 2-41 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition – his only wins came against No. 6 Milos Raonic at 2015 Marseille and No. 5 Tomas Berdych at 2015 St. Petersburg. [NB He also defeated No. 6 Gilles Simon at 2009 Hopman Cup.]
•    Bolelli is bidding to record his first victory over a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam. He has a 0-9 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition at the majors. His best career-win at the majors is defeating No. 14 Stan Wawrinka at 2011 Wimbledon.
•    Bolelli is bidding to record just his 3rd victory of the season today. He has a 2-6 win-loss record in 2016, with his only wins coming at the Australian Open (d. Brian Baker) and Marrakech (d. Taro Daniel).
•    Bolelli struggled with injury prior to coming here and contested just one clay court warm-up event. He reached the 2nd round in Marrakech but conceded a walkover against Borna Coric and withdrew from Monte Carlo-1000 with a left knee tendon injury.
•    Bolelli reached a career-high ranking of No. 36 in February 2009. He had wrist surgery after 2013 Wimbledon, returning at the Bergamo Challenger (ITA) in February 2014 and dropped as low as No. 367 in the rankings in April 2014. He plays here at No. 116.
•    Bolelli’s best clay court result is finishing runner-up at 2008 Munich (l. Fernando Gonzalez). 3 of his 5 career doubles titles have come on clay – at Munich and Umag in 2011 and at Buenos Aires in 2013. He also won the 2015 Australian Open doubles title with Fabio Fognini (d. Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut).

NO. 8 MILOS RAONIC (CAN) v JANKO TIPSAREVIC (SRB)

Head-to-head: Raonic leads 4-0
2012     Chennai         Hard (O)     FR     Raonic        67(4) 76(4) 76(4)
2012     Tokyo             Hard (O)     QF    Raonic        67(5) 62 76(7)
2013     Cincinnati-1000     Hard (O)     R32     Raonic         64 76(4)
2013     Davis Cup (WG-SF)     Clay (I)         R2     Raonic         57 63 36 63 108

RAONIC    v    TIPSAREVIC

25    Age    31
9    ATP Ranking (16 May)    686
8    Titles    4
48-20    Career Grand Slam Record    49-41
8-4    Roland Garros Record    12-10
231-109    Career Record    270-225
46-29    Career Record – Clay    68-58
24-6    2016 Record    0-1
7-3    2016 Record – Clay    0-1
6-5    Career Five-Set Record    18-10
0    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    5
146-91    Career Tiebreak Record    123-118
11-4    2016 Tiebreak Record    0-1

•    RAONIC is making his 5th Roland Garros appearance and his 21st Grand Slam appearance overall. He missed the event last year after undergoing surgery to repair a nerve tissue in his right foot.

•    Raonic’s best Roland Garros performance is reaching the quarterfinals in 2014 (l. Novak Djokovic). He became the first Canadian man in the Open Era – and just the 4th Canadian man in history – to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam.

•    Raonic’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Roger Federer) and the 2016 Australian Open (l. Andy Murray). At 2014 Wimbledon he became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal after Robert Powell at 1908 Wimbledon.

•    On clay in 2016 Raonic reached the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Murray) and Madrid-1000 (l. Djokovic) but fell in the 2nd round at Rome-1000 (l. Nick Kyrgios).

•    Also in 2016, Raonic won his 8th career singles title at Brisbane (d. Roger Federer) and reached the final at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Djokovic). None of his 8 career singles titles have come on clay.

•    Raonic became the first Canadian to be seeded in the men’s singles at a Grand Slam event in the Open Era at 2011 Roland Garros. He plays here seeded No. 8 – his joint-highest Roland Garros seeding. He was also seeded No. 8 here in 2014.

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

•    Raonic is coached by 1998 Roland Garros champion Carlos Moya and Riccardo Piatti. His fitness trainer is Dalibor Sirola and his physiotherapist is Claudio Zimaglia.

•    TIPSAREVIC is bidding for his 50th Grand Slam match-win today.

•    Tipsarevic is playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2013. He missed the event in 2014 with a foot injury and in 2015 with a viral infection.

•    Tipsarevic underwent surgery in spring 2014 for a benign tumour in his left foot, spending 3 months on crutches. The tumour returned and he had to have further surgery to have 80% of his plantar fascia removed. During his second rehab he spent hours hitting forehands and backhands while confined to a chair. He returned to the singles Tour at 2015 Houston.

•    Tipsarevic’s best Roland Garros result is reaching the last 16 in 2012 (l. Nicolas Almagro). This is his 11th Roland Garros appearance and his 42nd Grand Slam overall.

•    Tipsarevic’s best Grand Slam performance is a quarterfinal finish at the US Open in 2011 (l. Novak Djokovic) and 2012 (l. David Ferrer).

•    Tipsarevic has played just 3 events this year, all of which have been on clay. As a wild card he reached the 2nd round at the Ostrava Challenger (CZE) (d. Hans Podlipnik-Castillo, l. Marek Michalicka) but lost in the 1st round at the Heilbronn Challenger (GER) (l. Carlos Berlocq) and at Geneva (l. Federico Delbonis).

•    Tipsarevic is a former Top 10 player having reached a career-high ranking of No. 8 in April 2012. He plays here on a protected ranking of No. 39 but is currently ranked No. 686.

•    Tipsarevic has won 4 career singles titles, most recently at 2013 Chennai (d. Roberto Bautista Agut). He has won one title on clay – at 2012 Stuttgart (d. Juan Monaco).

•    Tipsarevic is one of 51 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Roland Garros main draw – a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.

•    Tipsarevic was a member of the ITF 18 & under Touring team in 2000 and received travel grants from the Grand Slam Development Fund.

•    Tipsarevic is coached by Dirk Hordorff. Physiotherapist is Stefan Duell and fitness trainer is Bernardo Carberol.

NO. 9 RICHARD GASQUET (FRA) v THOMAZ BELLUCCI (BRA)

Head-to-head: Gasquet leads 3-0
2011     Roland Garros        Clay (O)     R32     Gasquet    62 63 36 63
2011     Montreal-1000         Hard (O)     R32     Gasquet     61 64
2012    Madrid-1000        Clay (O)     R64     Gasquet     46 64 76(5)

GASQUET    v    BELLUCCI

29    Age    28
10    ATP Ranking (16 May)    39
13    Titles    4
88-44    Career Grand Slam Record    21-28
18-12    Roland Garros Record    7-7
437-250    Career Record    174-181
118-69    Career Record – Clay    114-81
15-6    2016 Record    8-14
6-3    2016 Record – Clay    7-9
11-13    Career Five-Set Record    7-7
2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    2
149-128    Career Tiebreak Record    87-82
3-0    2016 Tiebreak Record    4-3

•    GASQUET is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 6th straight year.

•    Gasquet is playing at his 13th Roland Garros. Last year here he equalled his best Roland Garros result by reaching the round of 16 (l. Novak Djokovic). He also reached the last 16 here in 2011 (l. Djokovic), 2012 (l. Andy Murray) and 2013 (l. Stan Wawrinka).

•    Gasquet has fallen in the 1st round at Roland Garros on 4 occasions, most recently in 2010 (l. Murray).

•    Gasquet’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2007 (l. Roger Federer) and 2015
(l. Novak 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 Kei Nishikori on both occasions. He also reached the 2nd round at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Lucas Pouille). Also on clay in 2016, Gasquet defeated Philip Bester in the 4th rubber of the France v Canada Davis Cup 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).

•    Gasquet is one of the 16 Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw here – the highest representation of any nation.
•    Gasquet is one of 6 former Roland Garros junior champions to start in this year’s men’s main draw. He won the boys’ title here in 2002 (d. Laurent Recouderc) and was named ITF Junior World Champion the same year.

•    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.

•    Lefthander BELLUCCI is contesting his 8th Roland Garros and his 29th Grand Slam overall.

•    Bellucci’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the round of 16 as No. 24 seed at 2010 Roland Garros (l. Rafael Nadal). He was the first Brazilian to reach that stage of a major since Gustavo Kuerten at 2004 Roland Garros.

•    Bellucci is bidding to end a 20-match losing streak against Top 10 opposition. He has not defeated a Top 10 player since defeating No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic in the final at 2012 Gstaad. Bellucci has a 0-12 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition at the majors. The highest-ranked player he has defeated at a major is No. 16 Ivan Ljubicic at 2010 Roland Garros.
•    On clay in 2016 Bellucci reached the final at Ecuador (l. Victor Estrella Burgos). He also reached the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Novak Djokovic). the 2nd round at Munich (l. Ivan Dodig) and Geneva (l. Federico Delbonis) but lost his opening match at Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Monte Carlo-1000, Barcelona and Madrid-1000.

•    All 4 of Bellucci’s career titles have come on clay – at Gstaad in 2009 (d. Andreas Beck) and 2012 (d. Janko Tipsarevic), at 2010 Santiago (d. Juan Monaco) and at 2015 Geneva (d. Joao Sousa).

•    Clay is the only surface on which Bellucci has a positive win-loss record. 114 of his 174 Tour-level victories have come on the surface, compared with 55 on hard court and 5 on grass.

•    Bellucci was a member of the ITF International Junior Touring Team in 2004, supported by the Grand Slam Development Fund.

•    Bellucci entered the men’s doubles event here with Martin Klizan. The pair will play No. 7 seeds Vasek Pospisil/Jack Sock in the 1st round.

•    Bellucci is coached by Joao Zwestch.

NO. 10 MARIN CILIC (CRO) v (Q) MARCO TRUNGELLITI (ARG)
Head-to-head: first meeting

CILIC    v    TRUNGELLITI

27    Age    26
11    ATP Ranking (16 May)    167
14    Titles    0
77-31    Career Grand Slam Record    1-1
16-9    Roland Garros Record    0-0
358-196    Career Record    3-4
89-59    Career Record – Clay    2-2
16-10    2016 Record    1-2
4-2    2016 Record – Clay    0-0
23-9    Career Five-Set Record    0-0
4    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
134-119    Career Tiebreak Record    1-1
7-9    2016 Tiebreak Record    1-0

•    CILIC is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 5th straight year.

•    Last year here Cilic equalled his best Roland Garros result by reaching the round of 16 (l. David Ferrer). He also reached the round of 16 here in 2009 (l. Andy Murray) and in 2010 (l. Robin Soderling). This is his 10th consecutive Roland Garros appearance and his 34th Grand Slam overall.

•    Cilic has lost in the 1st round at Roland Garros on 2 occasions – on his debut here as a qualifier in 2007
(l. Thierry Ascione) and as a direct acceptance in 2011 (l. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo).

•    Cilic is one of 5 Grand Slam champions to start in the men’s main draw here. He won his first major title at the 2014 US Open, defeating Kei Nishikori in the final. He was the first Croatian to win a Grand Slam title since Goran Ivanisevic at 2001 Wimbledon.

•    Cilic withdrew from Monte Carlo-1000, Madrid-1000 and Rome-1000 with a knee injury and contested just one clay court event prior to coming here – finishing runner-up as a wild card at Geneva (l. Stan Wawrinka). He defeated Kimmer Coppejans but lost to David Goffin on his only other appearance on clay in 2016 in Croatia’s 3-2 Davis Cup World Group first round victory over Belgium in March.

•    Also in 2016, Cilic finished runner-up on hard courts at Marseille (l. Nick Kyrgios) and reached the quarterfinals at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Goffin) and Rotterdam (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber).

•    Cilic has won 14 career singles titles, most recently at 2015 Moscow (d. Roberto Bautista Agut). Just one of his titles has come on clay – at 2012 Umag (d. Marcel Granollers).

•    Cilic has a good 5-set record. He has won 18 of his last 22 matches that have been extended to 5-sets and has a 23-9 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall. He won his only previous 5-set match at Roland Garros against Leonardo Mayer in the 3rd round here in 2010.

•    Cilic is one of 6 junior Roland Garros champions to start the men’s draw. He won the boys’ singles at 2005 Roland Garros (d. Anton van der Duim) and finished the year at No. 2 in the ITF Junior rankings behind Donald Young, having reached the quarterfinals at the other 3 Grand Slams.

•    Cilic is coached by 3-time Roland Garros quarterfinalist Goran Ivanisevic.

•    Qualifier TRUNGELLITI is making his Roland Garros debut.

•    Trungelliti defeated Matthias Bachinger (GER) 67(6) 75 63, Dennis Novikov (USA) 75 36 75 and Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) 76(4) 60 in the 3 rounds of qualifying here. It was the 2nd time he had qualified for a major in 9 attempts. He failed to qualify for Roland Garros in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

•    Trungelliti is bidding to reach the 2nd round here and equal his best Grand Slam performance. He reached the 2nd round on his Grand Slam debut as a qualifier at the 2016 Australian Open (d. Jozef Kovalik, l. Grigor Dimitrov) – his only Tour-level match-win in 2016.
•    Trungelliti is bidding to record the 4th Tour-level match-win of his career. As well as reaching the 2nd round at the 2016 Australian Open, he also reached the 2nd round on clay as a qualifier at 2012 Umag (d. Paolo Lorenzi, l. Carlos Berlocq) and as a lucky loser at 2013 Buenos Aires (d. Facundo Arguello, l. Fabio Fognini). He fell in the 1st round at the only other Tour-level event he has contested as a qualifier at 2016 Indian Wells-1000 (l. Andrey Kuznetsov).

•    Trungelliti plays mainly on the Challenger Circuit. His best results in 2016 include reaching the quarterfinals on hard courts at the Noumea Challenger (CAL) (l. Jordan Thompson) and on clay courts at the Rome Challenger (ITA) (l. Filippo Volandri).

•    Also on clay in 2016, Trungelliti failed to qualify for Tour-level events at Barcelona and Estoril.

•    Trungelliti plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 167.

•    Trungelliti is playing a Top 20 opponent for the first time. The highest ranked player he has defeated at any level is No. 72 Leonardo Mayer at the 2012 Buenos Aires Challenger (ARG).

•    Trungelliti is one of 9 Argentine men featuring in the men’s main draw here – the most at Roland Garros since 2009 when there were 13 and the most at a Grand Slam since the 2010 US Open when there were also 9.

•    Trungelliti is coached by Marco Trunge.

NO. 15 JOHN ISNER (USA) v JOHN MILLMAN (AUS)

Head-to-head: Isner leads 1-0
2015        Beijing               Hard (O)        R16     Isner      46 76(5) 64

ISNER    v    MILLMAN

31    Age    26
17    ATP Ranking (16 May)    60
10    Titles    0
48-31    Career Grand Slam Record    3-5
9-7    Roland Garros Record    0-0
298-185    Career Record    15-25
51-48    Career Record – Clay    0-1
10-8    2016 Record    8-9
2-4    2016 Record – Clay    0-0
5-14    Career Five-Set Record    1-2
1    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
293-171    Career Tiebreak Record    5-10
12-12    2016 Tiebreak Record    2-7

•    This is ISNER’S 8th appearance at Roland Garros. He has lost in the 1st round here on 2 occasions – in 5-sets in both 2008 (l. Juan Ignacio Chela) and in 2011 (l. Rafael Nadal).

•    Isner became the first man to take Nadal to 5 sets at Roland Garros in 2011 before losing 64 67 67 62 64 in the 1st round. Isner has a 1-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros and a 5-14 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Isner’s best Roland Garros result is reaching the round of 16 in 2014 (l. Tomas Berdych). He was the first American man to reach the round of 16 here since Robby Ginepri in 2010.

•    Isner’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the quarterfinals as No. 28 seed at the 2011 US Open
(l. Andy Murray). This is his 32nd appearance at a major.

•    In 2012 Isner lost to wild card Paul-Henri Mathieu 67 64 64 36 1816 in the 2nd round. It set a record for the longest match at Roland Garros in terms of games and the 34-game 5th set was the longest in Roland Garros history. At 5 hours 41 minutes it was also the 2nd longest Open Era match at Roland Garros in terms of duration.

•    On clay in 2016, Isner has won just 2 matches in 4 tournaments. He reached the semifinals at Houston (following a 1st round bye) (l. Jack Sock), but lost his opening matches at Buenos Aires (l. Dusan Lajovic), Rio de Janeiro (l. Guido Pella) and Geneva (l. Lukas Rosol).

•    Also in 2016, Isner reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. David Ferrer) and Indian Wells (l. Kei Nishikori) and the quarterfinals at Auckland (l. Roberto Bautista Agut).

•    Isner won his only clay court title as No. 5 seed at 2013 Houston (d. Nicolas Almagro), setting a tournament record of 64 aces. He has won 10 career singles titles – most recently at 2015 Atlanta (d. Marcos Baghdatis).

•    Isner has played Davis Cup for USA since 2010. He won both of his singles rubbers as USA defeated Australia 3-1 in the World Group first round in Kooyong in March. USA will face Croatia in the World Group quarterfinals in Portland on 15-17 July.

•    Isner is one of 51 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Roland Garros main draw – a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.

•    Isner is currently without a coach having split from Justin Gimelstob in April. His fitness trainer is Kyle Morgan.

•    MILLMAN is making his Roland Garros debut today. He failed to qualify here in 2010 and 2015. In 2013 he was awarded a wild card into the main draw but had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.

•    Millman’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 3rd round at the 2016 Australian Open (l. Bernard Tomic). He reached the 2nd round as a qualifier at 2015 Wimbledon (l. Marcos Baghdatis) but lost in the 1st round as a wild card at both the 2013 and 2015 Australian Opens and as a direct acceptance at the 2015 US Open. This is his 6th Grand Slam appearance.

•    This is Millman’s first clay court event of the year (at any level) and just his 2nd Tour-level career clay court event. He lost to Grega Zemlja in the 1st round as a qualifier at 2013 Munich in his only other career Tour-level clay court event.

•    In 2016 as well as reaching the 3rd round at the Australian Open, Millman also reached the quarterfinals at Montpellier (l. Paul-Henri Mathieu). He has had success on the Challenger Circuit, reaching the semifinals at Busan (KOR)
(l. Daniel Evans) and the quarterfinals at Seoul (KOR) (gave walkover to Lukas Lacko). He plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 60.

•    Millman is bidding for his 2nd victory over a Top 20 player. He has a 1-7 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition with his only previous victory coming against No. 19 Tommy Robredo at 2015 Wimbledon.

•    Millman entered the men’s doubles event here with Ken Skupski. The pair will play Federico Delbonis/Andres Molteni in the 1st round.

•    Millman is coached by Gary Stickler and Mark Draper.

NO. 16 GILLES SIMON (FRA) v ROGERIO DUTRA SILVA (BRA)

Head-to-head: first meeting

Simon and Dutra Silva are 2 of the 51 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Roland Garros main draw. 51 is a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.

SIMON    v    DUTRA SILVA

31    Age    32
18    ATP Ranking (16 May)    85
12    Titles    0
68-39    Career Grand Slam Record    3-6
16-10    Roland Garros Record    0-2
387-267    Career Record    14-25
122-85    Career Record – Clay    11-17
15-11    2016 Record    1-3
7-4    2016 Record – Clay    1-2
18-11    Career Five-Set Record    2-0
1    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
121-129    Career Tiebreak Record    6-4
4-6    2016 Tiebreak Record    0-0

•    SIMON is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 6th straight year.

•    Simon has fallen in the 1st round here on 3 occasions, on his debut as a wild card in 2005 (l. Olivier Patience) and as a direct acceptance in 2006 (l. Oscar Hernandez Perez) and 2008 (l. Radek Stepanek).

•    Last year here Simon equalled his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the round of 16 (l. Stan Wawrinka). He also reached the round of 16 here in 2011 when he lost to Robin Soderling and in 2013 when he lost in 5 sets to Roger Federer.

•    Simon’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals as No. 6 seed at the 2009 Australian Open (l. Rafael Nadal) and as No. 12 seed at 2015 Wimbledon (l. Federer). This is Simon’s 11th appearance at Roland Garros and his 40th Grand Slam overall.

•    Prior to coming here, Simon reached the quarterfinals at Estoril (l. Pablo Carreno Busta) and Nice (Alexander Zverev) and the 3rd round at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Wawrinka) and Madrid-1000 (l. Andy Murray). He also won a Davis Cup rubber on clay in March – defeating Vasek Pospisil in France’s 5-0 World Group first round win over Canada in Guadeloupe.

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

•    Simon has an 18-11 Tour-level win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 5-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros.

•    Simon has won 12 career singles titles, most recently at 2015 Marseille (d. Gael Monfils). 5 of his 12 singles titles have come on clay. Along with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, he is the joint-3rd most successful Frenchman in the Open Era in terms of titles won behind Yannick Noah (23 titles) and Richard Gasquet (13).

•    Simon is one of 16 Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw here – the highest representation of any nation.

•    Simon is coached by Jan de Witt. His fitness trainer is Paul Quetin.

•    DUTRA SILVA is making his first Roland Garros appearance since 2013 and his first Grand Slam appearance since the 2013 US Open.

•    Dutra Siliva is bidding to record his first match-win at Roland Garros. He lost in the 1st round on his 2 previous appearances here as a qualifier in 2012 (l. John Isner) and as a direct acceptance in 2013 (l. Ernests Gulbis). He failed to qualify here in 2007, 2011 and 2014.

•    Dutra Silva is bidding to reach the 2nd round and equal his best Grand Slam performance. He reached the 2nd round at the US Open as a lucky loser in 2011 (l. Alex Bogomolov Jr), as a direct acceptance in 2012
(l. Novak Djokovic) and as a qualifier in 2013 (l. Rafael Nadal). His only other Grand Slam appearance came at 2013 Wimbledon, where he fell to Sergiy Stakhovsky in the 1st round.

•    Dutra Silva is bidding to record his 2nd Tour-level match-win of 2016. His only Tour-level victory this year came in reaching the 2nd round at Estoril (d. Benjamin Becker, l. Borna Coric). He fell in the 1st round in his only other Tour-level appearances this year as a lucky loser at Miami-1000 (l. Andrey Kuznetsov) and as a direct acceptance at Quito
(l. Pablo Carreno Busta).

•    Dutra Silva plays primarily on the Challenger circuit. On clay on the Challenger circuit in 2016 he won the title at Bordeaux (FRA) (d. Bjorn Fratangelo) and finished runner-up at Santiago (CHI) (l. Facundo Bagnis). He also reached the semifinals at Buenos Aires (ARG) (l. Bagnis) and the quarterfinals at Barletta (ITA) and Aix En Provence (FRA).

•    Dutra Silva reached a career-high ranking of No. 84 in May 2013 but dropped out of the Top 100 later that month and slipped as low as No. 515 in the rankings in April 2015 after several months out with a thigh injury at the end of 2014. He has steadily climbed the rankings since and plays here at No. 85.

•    Dutra Silva is bidding to record just his 2nd career victory over a Top 50 opponent at Tour-level. His career-best win came against No. 40 Vasek Pospisil in 5 sets in the 1st round at the 2013 US Open. He has a 1-12 win-loss record against Top 50 opposition at Tour-level.

•    Dutra Silva is coached by Andres Schneiter, who is the former coach of Gustavo Kuerten. Schneiter reached the 3rd round of the men’s doubles event at Roland Garros in 2002.

NO. 29 LUCAS POUILLE (FRA) v (WC) JULIEN BENNETEAU (FRA)

Head-to-head: Benneteau leads 1-0
2013    Marseille    Hard (I)        R32    Benneteau    76(0) 63

A first clay court meeting for the 2 players. This is the only all-French clash in the 1st round of the men’s draw.

POUILLE    v    BENNETEAU

22    Age    34
31    ATP Ranking (16 May)    550
0    Titles    0
1-8    Career Grand Slam Record    41-47
1-3    Roland Garros Record    15-13
30-32    Career Record    245-263
15-11    Career Record – Clay    46-59
14-10    2016 Record    0-5
9-4    2016 Record – Clay    0-1
0-1    Career Five-Set Record    9-8
0    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
19-7    Career Tiebreak Record    102-98
7-2    2016 Tiebreak Record    1-2

•    POUILLE is bidding to reach the 2nd round here and equal his best Grand Slam result.

•    Pouille’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 2nd round as a wild card at 2013 Roland Garros
(l. Grigor Dimitrov). It was his first Tour-level match-win on his Grand Slam debut.

•    Last year here as a wild card, Pouille lost in the 1st round to Gilles Simon. He has lost in the 1st round in all 7 of his Grand Slam appearances since reaching the 2nd round here on his debut at a major. This is his 4th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 9th Grand Slam overall.

•    On clay in 2016, Pouille reached his first Tour-level final at Bucharest (l. Fernando Verdasco) and his first Masters-1000 semifinal as a lucky loser at Rome (l. Andy Murray). He also reached the 3rd round as a wild card at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and the 2nd round as a qualifier at Madrid-1000 (l. Sam Querrey).

•    Also in 2016, Pouille reached the quarterfinals at Brisbane (l. Milos Raonic) and the round of 16 at Miami-1000
(l. Simon).

•    Pouille broke into the Top 50 for the first time at No. 31 after reaching the semifinals at Rome. He is seeded at a Grand Slam for the first here at No. 29.

•    Pouille reached a career-high ranking of No. 23 on the junior circuit. He reached the quarterfinals of the boys’ event at the 2011 Australian Open and the 2nd round as a wild card at 2010 junior Roland Garros. He was a member of the French team that finished runner-up to USA at the 2008 World Junior Tennis Finals.

•    Pouille has entered the men’s doubles here with Adrian Mannarino. The pair will face Oliver Marach/Fabrice Martin in the 1st round.

•    Pouille is coached by Emmanuel Planque.

•    Wild card BENNETEAU is bidding to record his first-match win at Roland Garros since 2013.

•    Benneteau missed last year’s Roland Garros with a sports hernia injury. He underwent abductor surgery on 9 June 2015 and, having missed 8 months of the season, returned at the Noumea Challenger (CAL) in January 2016. He dropped as low as No. 696 in the rankings in January – his lowest ranking since March 2000 – but plays here at No. 550.

•    Benneteau has lost in the 1st round in all 5 of the Tour-level events he has contested in 2016 – including at the Australian Open (l. Nicolas Almagro). His best result in 2016 is reaching the quarterfinals as a wild card at the Noumea Challenger (l. Alejandro Falla).

•    On clay in 2016, Benneteau reached the 2nd round as a wild card at the Aix En Provence Challenger (FRA)
(d. Albano Olivetti, l. Thiago Monteiro) but lost in the 1st round as a wild card at the Barletta Challenger (ITA)
(l. Alexey Vatutin) and at Rome-1000 (l. Richard Gasquet). He failed to qualify for the Turin Challenger (ITA).

•    Benneteau is bidding to end a 9-match Tour-level losing streak. He has not won a match at Tour-level since defeating Vasek Pospisil in the 2nd round at 2015 Sydney.

•    Benneteau is bidding to record his first Tour-level match-win on clay since he defeated Jurgen Melzer in the 1st round at 2014 Monte Carlo-1000. He has lost all 5 of his Tour-level appearances on clay since then.

•    Benneteau’s best result here – and at a Grand Slam – is a quarterfinal finish ranked No. 95 in 2006 (l. Ivan Ljubicic). This is his 14th Roland Garros and his 48th major overall.

•    Benneteau has never won a Tour-level career singles title, although he has been a runner-up on 10 occasions, at 2008 Lyon, 2008 Casablanca, 2009 Kitzbuhel, 2010 Marseille, 2011 Winston-Salem, 2012 Sydney, 2013 Rotterdam and at Kuala Lumpur in 2012-14.

•    Benneteau has won 10 career doubles titles – 2 of which have come on clay including the 2014 Roland Garros title with Edouard Roger-Vasselin. The pair entered the men’s doubles event here as wild cards and will face Albert Ramos-Vinolas/Jiri Vesely in the 1st round.

•    Benneteau is one of 51 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Roland Garros main draw. This is a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.

•    Benneteau is coached by his brother, Antoine Benneteau.

NO. 30 JEREMY CHARDY (FRA) v LEONARDO MAYER (ARG)

Head-to-head: Chardy leads 2-1
2012     Vina Del Mar         Clay (O)     R16     Chardy        75 62
2012     Sao Paulo         Clay (I)         R16     Mayer        46 75 62
2015     Montreal-1000        Hard (O)     R32     Chardy        46 76(4) 62

A 3rd clay court meeting for the 2 players but their first at a Grand Slam.

The 2 players met in the junior boys’ doubles final here in 2005, when Mayer/Emiliano Massa defeated Chardy/Sergei Bubka 26 63 64 to win the title.

Chardy and Mayer have also been drawn to play against each other in the 1st round of the men’s doubles event here. Chardy is partnering Fernando Verdasco while Mayer is playing alongside Joao Sousa.

CHARDY    v    MAYER

29    Age    29
32    ATP Ranking (16 May)    51
1    Titles    1
41-32    Career Grand Slam Record    26-26
14-9    Roland Garros Record    11-7
201-200    Career Record    128-133
80-70    Career Record – Clay    65-52
12-12    2016 Record    10-11
4-4    2016 Record – Clay    4-5
9-2    Career Five-Set Record    3-3
1    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
102-107    Career Tiebreak Record    77-69
4-6    2016 Tiebreak Record    4-6

•    CHARDY is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 6th consecutive year.

•    Last year here Chardy equalled his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the round of 16 (l. Andy Murray). He also reached the last 16 here as a wild card in 2008 (l. Nicolas Almagro).

•    Chardy’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the quarterfinals at the 2013 Australian Open (l. Murray). This is his 33rd appearance at a major.

•    Chardy’s best result on clay this year is reaching the 3rd round at Barcelona (following a 1st round bye) (l. Kei Nishikori) and Rome-1000 (l. Murray). He reached the 2nd round at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) and lost in the 1st round at Madrid-1000 (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas).

•    Also in 2016 Chardy reached the quarterfinals at Doha (l. Illya Marchenko), Sydney (l. Gilles Muller) and Delray Beach (l. Juan Martin del Potro).

•    Chardy’s only career singles title came on clay at 2009 Stuttgart (d. Victor Hanescu). 2 of his 3 career doubles titles have also come on clay – with Lukasz Kubot at 2012 Stuttgart and 2015 Bastad.

•    Chardy is on a 5-match winning streak in 5-set matches. He has won all 3 of the 5-set matches he has played at Roland Garros and has a 9-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Chardy was a prolific junior. He finished 2005 ranked No. 4 in the ITF Junior Rankings after winning the boys’ singles at Wimbledon and finishing runner-up in the boys’ singles at the US Open.

•    Chardy is one of 16 Frenchmen to start in the main draw here – the highest representation of any nation.

•    Chardy is coached by Magnus Tideman, who reached the 3rd round at Roland Garros in 1983. His fitness trainer is Frederic Lefevre.

•    MAYER is contesting his 8th straight Roland Garros and his 27th Grand Slam overall.

•    Mayer’s best Roland Garros result is reaching the 3rd round in 2010 (l. Marin Cilic), as a qualifier in 2011 (l. Robin Soderling), 2012 (l. Nicolas Almagro), 2014 (l. Rafael Nadal) and 2015 (l. Cilic).

•    Mayer’s best result at a major is reaching the round of 16 at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Grigor Dimitrov).

•    On clay in 2016, Mayer reached the quarterfinals at Estoril (l. Nicolas Almagro) and the 2nd round at Buenos Aires
(l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and Nice (l. Dominic Thiem). He fell in the 1st round at Madrid-1000 and Rome-1000.

•    Also in 2016, Mayer reached the quarterfinals at Doha (l. Novak Djokovic) and the 3rd round at Indian Wells (l. Cilic).

•    Mayer won both his singles rubbers in Argentina’s Davis Cup World Group first round tie to help Argentina to a 3-2 victory over Poland. Argentina will play Italy in the quarterfinals in Pesaro on 15-17 July.

•    Mayer has won one career singles title, which came on clay at 2014 Hamburg (d. David Ferrer). At No. 46 he was the lowest-ranked winner of an ATP-500 tournament since No. 54 Radek Stepanek won Washington in 2011.

•    Mayer is coached by Leo Alonso.

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2016 Roland Garros – Day 1 Men’s Preview

 

ROLAND GARROS DAY 1

Sunday, May 22, 2016

1st Round Bottom Half

Men’s Featured Matches

No. 5 Kei Nishikori (JPN) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

No. 8 Milos Raonic (CAN) v Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
No. 15 John Isner (USA) v John Millman (AUS)
No. 17 Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Marco Cecchinato (ITA)
No. 19 Benoit Paire (FRA) v (Q) Radu Albot (MDA)
No. 30 Jeremy Chardy (FRA) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
On court …

 

  • Kei Nishikori will be looking for his 50th Grand Slam match-win when he takes on Simone Bolelli in the 2nd match on Philippe-Chatrier Court. The No. 5 seed, who has recorded just 8 of his 49 victories at the majors at Roland Garros, defeated Bolelli in 5 sets in both of their 2 previous Grand Slam meetings at Wimbledon in 2014 and 2015.

 

  • Former Roland Garros quarterfinalist Milos Raonic gets his quest for a first Grand Slam title underway with a 1st round clash against Janko Tipsarevic on Suzanne-Lenglen Court. Tipsarevic has had an injury-interrupted few seasons and is back in Paris for the first time since 2013. He will be hoping he can return to the kind of form which took him to the last 8 at the US Open on 2 occasions and cause an upset.

 

  • Jeremy Chardy and Leonardo Mayer might be playing each other for the first time at a Grand Slam when they meet on Philippe-Chatrier Court, but they did play each other in the Roland Garros junior boys’ doubles final in 2005. Mayer partnered Emiliano Massa to victory that day but who will come out on top today?

 

  • 11 of the 51 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Roland Garros main draw are in action today. 51 is a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.

 

5 KEI NISHIKORI (JPN) v SIMONE BOLELLI (ITA)

Head-to-head: Nishikori leads 2-0

2014     Wimbledon      Grass (O)         R32      Nishikori          36 63 46 76(4) 64

2015     Wimbledon      Grass (O)         R128    Nishikori          63 67(4) 62 36 63

 

A 3rd Grand Slam meeting for the 2 players, but their first away from Wimbledon. Nishikori won both of their previous meetings in 5 sets.

 

NISHIKORI                                                v                                                 BOLELLI

 

26                                                     Age                                                     30

6                                    ATP Ranking (16 May)                                  116

11                                                   Titles                                                     0

49-25                           Career Grand Slam Record                           22-27

8-5                                  Roland Garros Record                                  8-9

272-130                                     Career Record                                     115-153

58-23                                 Career Record – Clay                                 51-54

29-9                                           2016 Record                                            2-6

10-3                                     2016 Record – Clay                                     1-0

12-5                                Career Five-Set Record                                 5-5

2                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               1

82-57                              Career Tiebreak Record                              75-69

9-4                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   4-2

 

  • NISHIKORI is bidding to record his 50th Grand Slam match-win today.

 

  • This is Nishikori’s 6th appearance at Roland Garros and his 27th Grand Slam overall. Last year here as No. 5 seed he recorded his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the quarterfinals, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 5 sets. He was the 2nd Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros after Jiri Satoh did so in 1931 and 1933.

 

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

 

  • Nishikori warmed up for Roland Garros by finishing runner-up as 2-time defending champion at Barcelona (l. Rafael Nadal). He also reached the semifinals at Madrid-1000 (l. Novak Djokovic) and Rome-1000 (l. Djokovic).

 

  • Nishikori’s best result in 2016 is winning his 4th straight title at Memphis (d. Taylor Fritz). As well as finishing runner-up at Barcelona, he was also a finalist at Miami-1000 (l. Djokovic).

 

  • Nishikori has won 11 career singles titles – 2 of which have come on clay at Barcelona in 2014 (d. Santiago Giraldo) and 2015 (d. Pablo Andujar).

 

  • The last time Nishikori lost to a player ranked outside the Top 100 was at the 2013 US Open when he was defeated in the 1st round by No. 179 Daniel Evans.

 

  • Nishikori is the highest-ranked Japanese man in ATP World Tour Rankings history (since 1973). He had the nickname ‘Project 45’ as a major goal was to get him to No. 45 in the rankings, which would be one spot better than the highest by any Japanese man (Shuzo Matsuoka). He plays here ranked No. 6, two spots lower than his career-high ranking of No. 4 which he achieved in March 2015 after reaching the final at Acapulco.

 

  • Nishikori plays here seeded No. 5 – his joint-highest seeding at Roland Garros. He was also seeded No. 5 here last year.

 

  • Nishikori was born in Shimane, Japan, but moved to Florida aged 14. He is coached by Dante Bottini and trains at the Bollettieri Academy. Michael Chang, who won Roland Garros in 1989, joined his team in 2014.
  • BOLELLI is making his 10th consecutive Roland Garros appearance and his 29th Grand Slam appearance overall.
  • Last year here Bolelli equalled his best Roland Garros – and Grand Slam – result by reaching the 3rd round
    (l. David Ferrer). He also reached the 3rd round here in 2008 (l. Michael Llodra), and at Wimbledon in 2008 (l. Lleyton Hewitt), and as a lucky loser in both 2011 (l. Richard Gasquet) and 2014 (l. Kei Nishikori).
  • Bolelli is bidding to record his 3rd career victory over a Top 10 player. He has a 2-41 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition – his only wins came against No. 6 Milos Raonic at 2015 Marseille and No. 5 Tomas Berdych at 2015 St. Petersburg. [NB He also defeated No. 6 Gilles Simon at 2009 Hopman Cup.]
  • Bolelli is bidding to record his first victory over a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam. He has a 0-9 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition at the majors. His best career-win at the majors is defeating No. 14 Stan Wawrinka at 2011 Wimbledon.
  • Bolelli is bidding to record just his 3rd victory of the season He has a 2-6 win-loss record in 2016, with his only wins coming at the Australian Open (d. Brian Baker) and Marrakech (d. Taro Daniel).
  • Bolelli struggled with injury prior to coming here and contested just one clay court warm-up event. He reached the 2nd round in Marrakech but conceded a walkover against Borna Coric and withdrew from Monte Carlo-1000 with a left knee tendon injury.
  • Bolelli reached a career-high ranking of No. 36 in February 2009. He had wrist surgery after 2013 Wimbledon, returning at the Bergamo Challenger (ITA) in February 2014 and dropped as low as No. 367 in the rankings in April 2014. He plays here at No. 116.
  • Bolelli’s best clay court result is finishing runner-up at 2008 Munich (l. Fernando Gonzalez). 3 of his 5 career doubles titles have come on clay – at Munich and Umag in 2011 and at Buenos Aires in 2013. He also won the 2015 Australian Open doubles title with Fabio Fognini (d. Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut).

 

8 MILOS RAONIC (CAN) v JANKO TIPSAREVIC (SRB)

 

Head-to-head: Raonic leads 4-0

2012     Chennai                        Hard (O)           FR        Raonic              67(4) 76(4) 76(4)

2012     Tokyo                           Hard (O)           QF       Raonic              67(5) 62 76(7)

2013     Cincinnati-1000             Hard (O)           R32      Raonic              64 76(4)

2013     Davis Cup (WG-SF)      Clay (I)             R2        Raonic              57 63 36 63 108

 

RAONIC                                                  v                                             TIPSAREVIC

 

25                                                     Age                                                     31

9                                    ATP Ranking (16 May)                                  686

8                                                     Titles                                                     4

48-20                           Career Grand Slam Record                           49-41

8-4                                  Roland Garros Record                                12-10

231-109                                     Career Record                                     270-225

46-29                                 Career Record – Clay                                 68-58

24-6                                           2016 Record                                            0-1

7-3                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     0-1

6-5                                 Career Five-Set Record                               18-10

0                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               5

146-91                             Career Tiebreak Record                            123-118

11-4                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                   0-1

 

  • RAONIC is making his 5th Roland Garros appearance and his 21st Grand Slam appearance overall. He missed the event last year after undergoing surgery to repair a nerve tissue in his right foot.

 

  • Raonic’s best Roland Garros performance is reaching the quarterfinals in 2014 (l. Novak Djokovic). He became the first Canadian man in the Open Era – and just the 4th Canadian man in history – to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam.

 

  • Raonic’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Roger Federer) and the 2016 Australian Open (l. Andy Murray). At 2014 Wimbledon he became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal after Robert Powell at 1908 Wimbledon.

 

  • On clay in 2016 Raonic reached the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Murray) and Madrid-1000 (l. Djokovic) but fell in the 2nd round at Rome-1000 (l. Nick Kyrgios).

 

  • Also in 2016, Raonic won his 8th career singles title at Brisbane (d. Roger Federer) and reached the final at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Djokovic). None of his 8 career singles titles have come on clay.

 

  • Raonic became the first Canadian to be seeded in the men’s singles at a Grand Slam event in the Open Era at 2011 Roland Garros. He plays here seeded No. 8 – his joint-highest Roland Garros seeding. He was also seeded No. 8 here in 2014.

 

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

 

  • Raonic is coached by 1998 Roland Garros champion Carlos Moya and Riccardo Piatti. His fitness trainer is Dalibor Sirola and his physiotherapist is Claudio Zimaglia.

 

  • TIPSAREVIC is bidding for his 50th Grand Slam match-win today.

 

  • Tipsarevic is playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2013. He missed the event in 2014 with a foot injury and in 2015 with a viral infection.

 

  • Tipsarevic underwent surgery in spring 2014 for a benign tumour in his left foot, spending 3 months on crutches. The tumour returned and he had to have further surgery to have 80% of his plantar fascia removed. During his second rehab he spent hours hitting forehands and backhands while confined to a chair. He returned to the singles Tour at 2015 Houston.

 

  • Tipsarevic’s best Roland Garros result is reaching the last 16 in 2012 (l. Nicolas Almagro). This is his 11th Roland Garros appearance and his 42nd Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Tipsarevic’s best Grand Slam performance is a quarterfinal finish at the US Open in 2011 (l. Novak Djokovic) and 2012 (l. David Ferrer).

 

  • Tipsarevic has played just 3 events this year, all of which have been on clay. As a wild card he reached the 2nd round at the Ostrava Challenger (CZE) (d. Hans Podlipnik-Castillo, l. Marek Michalicka) but lost in the 1st round at the Heilbronn Challenger (GER) (l. Carlos Berlocq) and at Geneva (l. Federico Delbonis).

 

  • Tipsarevic is a former Top 10 player having reached a career-high ranking of No. 8 in April 2012. He plays here on a protected ranking of No. 39 but is currently ranked No. 686.

 

  • Tipsarevic has won 4 career singles titles, most recently at 2013 Chennai (d. Roberto Bautista Agut). He has won one title on clay – at 2012 Stuttgart (d. Juan Monaco).

 

  • Tipsarevic is one of 51 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Roland Garros main draw – a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.

 

  • Tipsarevic was a member of the ITF 18 & under Touring team in 2000 and received travel grants from the Grand Slam Development Fund.

 

  • Tipsarevic is coached by Dirk Hordorff. Physiotherapist is Stefan Duell and fitness trainer is Bernardo Carberol.


 

15 JOHN ISNER (USA) v JOHN MILLMAN (AUS)

 

Head-to-head: Isner leads 1-0

2015        Beijing            Hard (O)        R16     Isner      46 76(5) 64

 

ISNER                                                    v                                                MILLMAN

 

31                                                     Age                                                     26

17                                   ATP Ranking (16 May)                                   60

10                                                   Titles                                                     0

48-31                           Career Grand Slam Record                             3-5

9-7                                  Roland Garros Record                                  0-0

298-185                                     Career Record                                       15-25

51-48                                 Career Record – Clay                                   0-1

10-8                                           2016 Record                                            8-9

2-4                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     0-0

5-14                                Career Five-Set Record                                 1-2

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

293-171                            Career Tiebreak Record                                5-10

12-12                                2016 Tiebreak Record                                   2-7

 

  • This is ISNER’S 8th appearance at Roland Garros. He has lost in the 1st round here on 2 occasions – in 5-sets in both 2008 (l. Juan Ignacio Chela) and in 2011 (l. Rafael Nadal).

 

  • Isner became the first man to take Nadal to 5 sets at Roland Garros in 2011 before losing 64 67 67 62 64 in the 1st round. Isner has a 1-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros and a 5-14 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Isner’s best Roland Garros result is reaching the round of 16 in 2014 (l. Tomas Berdych). He was the first American man to reach the round of 16 here since Robby Ginepri in 2010.

 

  • Isner’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the quarterfinals as No. 28 seed at the 2011 US Open
    (l. Andy Murray). This is his 32nd appearance at a major.

 

  • In 2012 Isner lost to wild card Paul-Henri Mathieu 67 64 64 36 1816 in the 2nd round. It set a record for the longest match at Roland Garros in terms of games and the 34-game 5th set was the longest in Roland Garros history. At 5 hours 41 minutes it was also the 2nd longest Open Era match at Roland Garros in terms of duration.

 

  • On clay in 2016, Isner has won just 2 matches in 4 tournaments. He reached the semifinals at Houston (following a 1st round bye) (l. Jack Sock), but lost his opening matches at Buenos Aires (l. Dusan Lajovic), Rio de Janeiro (l. Guido Pella) and Geneva (l. Lukas Rosol).

 

  • Also in 2016, Isner reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. David Ferrer) and Indian Wells (l. Kei Nishikori) and the quarterfinals at Auckland (l. Roberto Bautista Agut).

 

  • Isner won his only clay court title as No. 5 seed at 2013 Houston (d. Nicolas Almagro), setting a tournament record of 64 aces. He has won 10 career singles titles – most recently at 2015 Atlanta (d. Marcos Baghdatis).

 

  • Isner has played Davis Cup for USA since 2010. He won both of his singles rubbers as USA defeated Australia 3-1 in the World Group first round in Kooyong in March. USA will face Croatia in the World Group quarterfinals in Portland on 15-17 July.

 

  • Isner is one of 51 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Roland Garros main draw – a record for the most 30-somethings to start in the main draw at a Grand Slam. The previous highest number was 41 at the 2016 Australian Open.

 

  • Isner is currently without a coach having split from Justin Gimelstob in April. His fitness trainer is Kyle Morgan.

 

  • MILLMAN is making his Roland Garros debut today. He failed to qualify here in 2010 and 2015. In 2013 he was awarded a wild card into the main draw but had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.

 

 

 

  • Millman’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 3rd round at the 2016 Australian Open (l. Bernard Tomic). He reached the 2nd round as a qualifier at 2015 Wimbledon (l. Marcos Baghdatis) but lost in the 1st round as a wild card at both the 2013 and 2015 Australian Opens and as a direct acceptance at the 2015 US Open. This is his 6th Grand Slam appearance.

 

  • This is Millman’s first clay court event of the year (at any level) and just his 2nd Tour-level career clay court event. He lost to Grega Zemlja in the 1st round as a qualifier at 2013 Munich in his only other career Tour-level clay court event.

 

  • In 2016 as well as reaching the 3rd round at the Australian Open, Millman also reached the quarterfinals at Montpellier (l. Paul-Henri Mathieu). He has had success on the Challenger Circuit, reaching the semifinals at Busan (KOR)
    (l. Daniel Evans) and the quarterfinals at Seoul (KOR) (gave walkover to Lukas Lacko). He plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 60.

 

  • Millman is bidding for his 2nd victory over a Top 20 player. He has a 1-7 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition with his only previous victory coming against No. 19 Tommy Robredo at 2015 Wimbledon.

 

  • Millman is coached by Gary Stickler and Mark Draper.

 


 

17 NICK KYRGIOS (AUS) v MARCO CECCHINATO (ITA)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

KYRGIOS                                                 v                                            CECCHINATO

 

21                                                     Age                                                     23

19                                   ATP Ranking (16 May)                                  124

1                                                     Titles                                                     0

18-11                           Career Grand Slam Record                             0-2

2-3                                  Roland Garros Record                                  0-0

57-37                                        Career Record                                         3-17

17-13                                 Career Record – Clay                                  3-13

21-7                                           2016 Record                                            3-9

7-3                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     3-7

3-1                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 0-0

2                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

46-29                              Career Tiebreak Record                                 3-1

12-2                                  2016 Tiebreak Record                                   1-0

 

  • KYRGIOS is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 3rd time. This is his 4th Roland Garros appearance and his 12th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Last year here Kyrgios recorded his best Roland Garros result by reaching the 3rd round (l. Andy Murray). He reached the 2nd round on his debut here as a wild card in 2013 (l. Marin Cilic) and fell in the 1st round on his only other appearance here as a wild card in 2014 (l. Milos Raonic).

 

  • Kyrgios’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Milos Raonic) and the 2015 Australian Open (l. Murray). At 2014 Wimbledon, ranked No. 144, he defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 to become the lowest-ranked player to defeat a world No. 1 at a Grand Slam since No. 193 Andrei Olhovskiy defeated Jim Courier in the 3rd round at 1992 Wimbledon. At the 2015 Australian Open, he became the youngest man to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals since Andrei Cherkasov in 1990.

 

  • Kyrgios’ best result in 2016 is winning his first career title at Marseille (d. Cilic). Unseeded, he defeated 2 Top 10 players – No. 10 Richard Gasquet and No. 9 Tomas Berdych – and a Grand Slam champion in Cilic en route to the title.

 

  • Also in 2016, Kyrgios reached the semifinals at Dubai (l. Stan Wawrinka), Miami-1000 (l. Kei Nishikori) and Estoril
    (l. Nicolas Almagro) and the quarterfinals at Madrid-1000 (l. Nishikori). He started the year by teaming with Daria Gavrilova to win Australia’s first Hopman Cup title since 1999. He went 4-0 in singles and 3-0 in mixed doubles at the event as Australia Green defeated Ukraine 2-0 in the final.

 

  • On clay in 2016, as well as reaching the semifinals in Estoril and the quarterfinals at Madrid-1000, Kyrgios reached the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Rafael Nadal). He recorded a career-high ranking of No. 19 as a result, having first broken into the Top 20 at No. 20 after reaching the semifinals at Miami-1000.

 

  • Kyrgios was ranked No. 1 in the Junior rankings in January 2013 after winning the boys’ singles title at the 2013 Australian Open (d. Thanasi Kokkinakis). He also won the boys’ doubles title with Kokkinakis at 2013 Wimbledon.

 

  • Kyrgios is one of 5 Australian men featuring in this year’s men’s singles main draw – the fewest since 2013, when there were also 5.

 

  • Kyrgios is currently without a coach. His fitness trainers are Will Maher and Matt James.

 

  • CECCHINATO is bidding to record his first Grand Slam match-win on his Roland Garros debut.

 

  • Cecchinato is making his 3rd Grand Slam appearance. He lost in the 1st round on his Grand Slam debut at the 2015 US Open (l. Mardy Fish) and at the 2016 Australian Open (l. Nicolas Mahut). He failed to qualify for Roland Garros in 2014 and 2015.

 

  • Cecchinato is bidding to record just the 4th Tour-level match-win of his career. Prior to coming here he recorded his career best result by reaching his first Tour-level quarterfinal at 2016 Bucharest (l. Federico Delbonis). It was the first time he had won back-to-back matches at Tour-level and improved his career Tour-level win-loss record to 3-17.

 

  • Cecchinato ended a run of 13 consecutive Tour-level defeats to record his first Tour-level match-win
    (d. Adrien Bossel) in Italy’s 5-0 Davis Cup victory over Switzerland in March.

 

  • All 3 of Cecchinato’s Tour-level victories have come on clay. He has a 0-4 Tour-level win-loss record on hard courts, 3-13 on clay courts and has never contested a Tour-level match on grass.

 

  • Cecchinato lost in the 1st round of 8 of the 9 Tour-level tournaments he has contested this year. He has solely played on clay at Tour-level since the Australian Open – falling in the 1st round as a qualifier at Buenos Aires, as a direct acceptance at Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Munich, and as a wild card at Monte Carlo-1000 and Rome-1000. He started the season with 1st round defeats on hard courts at Doha and at the Australian Open. .

 

  • Cecchinato broke into the Top 100 for the first time at No. 99 in July 2015 after reaching the semifinals at the San Benedetto Challenger (ITA). He reached a career-high ranking of No. 82 in October 2015 after reaching the semifinals at the Rome Challenger (ITA), but plays here ranked No. 124.

 

  • This is Cecchinato’s 3rd meeting with a Top 20 player, having lost to Milos Raonic in the opening round at both Monte Carlo-1000 and Rome-1000. Cecchinato’s career-best win came against No. 39 Marcos Baghdatis in the 1st round at 2016 Bucharest.

 

  • Cecchinato is coached by Cristian Brandi. His physical trainer is Umberto Ferrara.

 

 

19 BENOIT PAIRE (FRA) v (Q) RADU ALBOT (MDA)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

PAIRE                                                    v                                                   ALBOT

 

27                                                     Age                                                     26

21                                   ATP Ranking (16 May)                                  137

1                                                     Titles                                                     0

20-21                           Career Grand Slam Record                             0-2

6-6                                  Roland Garros Record                                  0-0

114-122                                     Career Record                                       31-19

50-47                                 Career Record – Clay                                  12-6

15-16                                          2016 Record                                            3-4

8-8                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     1-2

5-4                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 3-0

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               3

50-56                              Career Tiebreak Record                                 5-6

4-7                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   1-0

 

  • PAIRE is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 5th straight year. Last year here he lost to Tomas Berdych in the 3rd round.

 

  • Paire’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 at the 2015 US Open (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga). This is his 7th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 22nd Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Paire has played 8 clay court events so far this year. His best clay court results in 2016 are reaching the semifinals at Barcelona (l. Kei Nishikori) and Estoril (l. Pablo Carreno Busta). He reached the 3rd round at Monte Carlo-1000
    (l. Andy Murray) and the 2nd round at Rome-1000 (l. Stan Wawrinka) but lost his opening round match at Sao Paulo, Houston, Madrid-1000 and Nice.

 

  • Also in 2016, Paire reached the semifinals at Chennai (l. Wawrinka) and Marseille (l. Marin Cilic). He reached a career-high ranking of No. 18 in January following his semifinal finish at Chennai but plays here at No. 21. He is seeded No. 19 – his highest Roland Garros seeding.

 

  • Paire won his first career singles title at 2015 Bastad (d. Tommy Robredo). He defeated the top 3 seeds (David Goffin, Tommy Robredo, Pablo Cuevas) on his way to the title.

 

  • In 2015 Paire was voted Comeback Player of the Year by ATP players following his resurgence up the rankings and his first ATP title after missing part of the 2014 season with a knee injury.
  • Paire is one of 16 Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw here – the highest representation of any nation.

 

  • Paire is coached by Lionel Zimbler.

 

  • Qualifier ALBOT is bidding for his first Grand Slam singles match-win on his Roland Garros debut.

 

  • As No. 27 seed Albot defeated Pere Riba (ESP) 63 63, Christian Lindell (SWE) 61 75 and Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 60 76(1) in the 3 rounds of qualifying.

 

  • Albot made his Grand Slam singles debut as a qualifier at the 2014 US Open, losing in the 1st round to Gilles Simon. In his only other Grand Slam appearance, he lost in the 1st round as a direct acceptance at the 2015 US Open (l. David Ferrer). He failed to qualify here in 2014 and 2015.

 

  • Albot reached the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles event here last year with Lukas Rosol (l. Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini). He won his first career doubles title at 2015 Istanbul with Dusan Lajovic (d. Robert Lindstedt/Jurgen Melzer).

 

  • Albot’s has won just 3 Tour-level matches so far this year. As well as winning 2 Davis Cup rubbers in Moldova’s Europe/Africa Zone Group III event in March, he also reached the 2nd round as a qualifier at Bucharest (d. Paul-Henri Mathieu, l. Fernando Verdasco). 28 of his 31 Tour-level match-wins have come in Davis Cup.

 

  • Albot has had more success on the Challenger Circuit in 2016, reaching the semifinals at Karshi (UZB) (l. Dudi Sela) and the quarterfinals at Samarkand (UZB) (l. Ramkumar Ramanathan).

 

  • Albot is a former Top 100 player having reached a career-high ranking of No. 85 in August 2015 after reaching the final at the Prague Challenger (CZE) (l. Rogerio Dutra Silva). He plays here at No. 137.

 

  • Albot is bidding for his 2nd victory over a Top 30 player. He has a 1-1 win-loss record against Top 30 players having lost to No. 7 Ferrer at the 2015 US Open but defeated No. 24 Viktor Troicki at 2015 Kuala Lumpur.

 

  • Albot is the only player – man or woman – from Moldova to have contested a Grand Slam.

 

  • Albot was a member of the ITF 16 & under Team to Europe in 2005, supported by the Grand Slam Development Fund.

 

  • Albot is coached by Liam Smith.

 

 

30 JEREMY CHARDY (FRA) v LEONARDO MAYER (ARG)

 

Head-to-head: Chardy leads 2-1

2012     Vina Del Mar                 Clay (O)            R16      Chardy             75 62

2012     Sao Paulo                     Clay (I)             R16      Mayer               46 75 62

2015    Montreal-1000               Hard (O)           R32      Chardy             46 76(4) 62

 

A 3rd clay court meeting for the 2 players but their first at a Grand Slam.

 

The 2 players met in the junior boys’ doubles final here in 2005, when Mayer/Emiliano Massa defeated Chardy/Sergei Bubka 26 63 64 to win the title.

 

                          CHARDY                                                 v                                                  MAYER

 

29                                                     Age                                                     29

32                                   ATP Ranking (16 May)                                   51

1                                                     Titles                                                     1

41-32                           Career Grand Slam Record                           26-26

14-9                                 Roland Garros Record                                 11-7

201-200                                     Career Record                                     128-133

80-70                                 Career Record – Clay                                 65-52

12-12                                          2016 Record                                         10-11

4-4                                      2016 Record – Clay                                     4-5

9-2                                 Career Five-Set Record                                 3-3

1                               Comebacks from 0-2 Down                               0

102-107                            Career Tiebreak Record                              77-69

4-6                                   2016 Tiebreak Record                                   4-6

 

  • CHARDY is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 6th consecutive year.

 

  • Last year here Chardy equalled his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the round of 16 (l. Andy Murray). He also reached the last 16 here as a wild card in 2008 (l. Nicolas Almagro).

 

  • Chardy’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the quarterfinals at the 2013 Australian Open (l. Murray). This is his 33rd appearance at a major.

 

  • Chardy’s best result on clay this year is reaching the 3rd round at Barcelona (following a 1st round bye) (l. Kei Nishikori) and Rome-1000 (l. Murray). He reached the 2nd round at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) and lost in the 1st round at Madrid-1000 (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas).

 

  • Also in 2016 Chardy reached the quarterfinals at Doha (l. Illya Marchenko), Sydney (l. Gilles Muller) and Delray Beach (l. Juan Martin del Potro).

 

  • Chardy’s only career singles title came on clay at 2009 Stuttgart (d. Victor Hanescu). 2 of his 3 career doubles titles have also come on clay – with Lukasz Kubot at 2012 Stuttgart and 2015 Bastad.

 

  • Chardy is on a 5-match winning streak in 5-set matches. He has won all 3 of the 5-set matches he has played at Roland Garros and has a 9-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Chardy was a prolific junior. He finished 2005 ranked No. 4 in the ITF Junior Rankings after winning the boys’ singles at Wimbledon and finishing runner-up in the boys’ singles at the US Open.

 

  • Chardy is one of 16 Frenchmen to start in the main draw here – the highest representation of any nation.

 

  • Chardy is coached by Magnus Tideman, who reached the 3rd round at Roland Garros in 1983. His fitness trainer is Frederic Lefevre.

 

  • MAYER is contesting his 8th straight Roland Garros and his 27th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Mayer’s best Roland Garros result is reaching the 3rd round in 2010 (l. Marin Cilic), as a qualifier in 2011 (l. Robin Soderling), 2012 (l. Nicolas Almagro), 2014 (l. Rafael Nadal) and 2015 (l. Cilic).

 

  • Mayer’s best result at a major is reaching the round of 16 at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Grigor Dimitrov).

 

  • On clay in 2016, Mayer reached the quarterfinals at Estoril (l. Nicolas Almagro) and the 2nd round at Buenos Aires
    (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and Nice (l. Dominic Thiem). He fell in the 1st round at Madrid-1000 and Rome-1000.

 

  • Also in 2016, Mayer reached the quarterfinals at Doha (l. Novak Djokovic) and the 3rd round at Indian Wells (l. Cilic).

 

  • Mayer won both his singles rubbers in Argentina’s Davis Cup World Group first round tie to help Argentina to a 3-2 victory over Poland. Argentina will play Italy in the quarterfinals in Pesaro on 15-17 July.

 

  • Mayer has won one career singles title, which came on clay at 2014 Hamburg (d. David Ferrer). At No. 46 he was the lowest-ranked winner of an ATP-500 tournament since No. 54 Radek Stepanek won Washington in 2011.

 

  • Mayer is coached by Leo Alonso.
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Tennis Channel 2016 French Open Coverage Schedule

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LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2016 -Tennis Channel will offer French Open coverage during its 10th year in Paris, underway May 22-June 5. With close to 80 percent of all live French Open hours on television this year, 15 days of action from first ball through championship point, seven days of exclusive on-air coverage, 10-hour match windows, late-night encores, and a talent roster that sees Tracy Austin join other Hall of Famers and sportscasters, the network will dedicate more than 325 total hours to the two-week competition, with another 500 hours available digitally.

 

New in 2016, Tennis Channel is expanding its total live match hours at Roland Garros (commonly referred to as the French Open) to 110, up from around 65 live hours last spring. This will create an exclusive, 10-hour window of daily live play for almost half the tournament, immediately followed by encore matches throughout the night and up to the start of the next day’s competition. Coverage this year will run from the first point of opening day through the men’s and women’s singles semifinals and mixed-doubles championship – expanding to include all men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals Also new, Tennis Channel will add outer-court matches to its encore lineup.

 

The network is also adding close to 100 hours of Roland Garros qualifying matches on air and on digital subscription service Tennis Channel Plus this week, as contenders battle for position in the tournament’s main draw. This is the first time that Tennis Channel has shown qualifying matches at any of tennis’ four major competitions. This week live matches begin at 4 a.m. ET on Tennis Channel Plus every morning, with same-day delayed coverage on air beginning Tuesday, May 17, at 1 p.m. ET. Roland Garros qualifying matches this year feature several Americans, among them Melanie Oudin, Ryan Harrison and Frances Tiafoe.

 

This year Tennis Channel’s typical Roland Garros schedule begins with live matches from 5 a.m. ET to approximately 3 p.m. ET, when play concludes with nightfall in Paris. From 3 p.m. to 5 a.m. ET, the network will show encore matches from the day, with the last four hours dedicated to the above-mentioned tournament outer courts.

 

Hour-long lead-in show Tennis Channel Live at Roland Garros will introduce each day’s competition on Sunday, May 22, and again from Tuesday, May 31, through the final day of play, Sunday, June 5. This Saturday, May 21, a special edition of Tennis Channel Live at Roland Garros will air from the stadium grounds at 12 p.m. ET, with a look at the scenarios in play as tennis’ clay-court season approaches its pinnacle. Also this week, with the release of the Roland Garros tournament draw Friday, May 20, Tennis Channel’s Racquet Bracket: Roland Garros will air live from the network’s Los Angeles studio at 8 p.m. ET and analyze the matchups and potential outcomes.

 

Broadband and Digital Coverage

The network’s Tennis Channel Plus digital subscription service will offer live and on-demand matches during Roland Garros, adding another 450 hours to Tennis Channel’s on-air coverage. Subscribers will be able to choose from five different courts on the first Sunday through second Monday of the event, four courts on both Tuesday and Wednesday of the second week, and three each on the second Thursday and Friday of the competition. All Tennis Channel Plus matches will be available for on-demand viewing following their conclusion, in addition to both singles championships.

 

Tennis Channel Plus is also adding 50 hours of live tournament-qualifying matches during the week leading into Roland Garros, beginning Monday, May 17, and running through Saturday, May 21, on the eve of the competition. Housed on the network’s

Tennis Channel Everywhere app and online, Tennis Channel Plus is available to everyone in the United States, regardless of whether they subscribe to Tennis Channel.

 

The Tennis Channel Everywhere app is free to all Apple and Android users and features videos, highlights and tennis updates. The app can be accessed on Apple TV, Roku TV and Amazon Fire devices as well. Most users who also subscribe to Tennis Channel are able watch the network whenever and wherever they want through the app at no extra charge.

 

Tennis Channel’s website, www.tennischannel.com, will provide real-time scoring, interactive tournament draws, daily highlights, interviews, features and segments.

 

Social media users can remain engaged with Tennis Channel on numerous platforms during Roland Garros, including: Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel), Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/tennischannel).

 

Tennis Channel’s Live 2016 French Open Coverage

 

Date                                        Time (ET)                  Event                                     

Sunday, May 22                      4 a.m.-3 p.m.               First-Round Action

Monday, May 23                    5 a.m.-3 p.m.               First-Round Action

Tuesday, May 24                    5 a.m.-3 p.m.               First-Round Action

Wednesday, May 25               5 a.m.-3 p.m.               Second-Round Action

Thursday, May 26                   5 a.m.-3 p.m.               Second-Round Action

Friday, May 27                       5 a.m.-3 p.m.               Third-Round Action

Saturday, May 28                    5 a.m.-Noon                Third-Round Action

Sunday, May 29                      5 a.m.-Noon                Round-of-16 Action

Monday, May 30                    5 a.m.-3 p.m.               Round-of-16 Action

Tuesday, May 31                    7 a.m.-1 p.m.               Quarterfinals

Wednesday, June 1                 7 a.m.-1 p.m.               Quarterfinals

Thursday, June 2                     6 a.m.-2 p.m.               Mixed Doubles Final,

Women’s Singles Semifinals

Friday, June 3                         6 a.m.-11 a.m.             Men’s Singles Semifinal

 

Tennis Channel’s Roland Garros encore match telecasts include same-day replays of the men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, and men’s and women’s doubles finals, as follows (ET):

 

Tuesday, May 31 – 1 p.m.-1 a.m.: men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals

Wednesday, June 1 – 1 p.m.-1 a.m.: men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals

Thursday, June 2 – 6 p.m.-11 a.m.: women’s singles semifinals

Friday, June 3 – 5 p.m.-8 a.m.: men’s singles semifinals

Saturday, June 4 – 2 p.m.-6 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m., 1:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m.: women’s singles final; 6 p.m.-8 p.m., 10 p.m.-midnight, 3:30 a.m.-6 a.m.: men’s doubles final

Sunday, June 5 – 2 p.m.-5 p.m., 8 p.m.-11 p.m.: men’s singles final;

5 p.m.-8 p.m.: women’s doubles final

(Following the tournament, additional encores will air during the week of June 6.)

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US Davis Cup Team to Host Quarterfinal Tie Versus Croatia in Beaverton, Oregon

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From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 5, 2016 – The USTA today announced that the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton, Ore., has been selected as the site for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Quarterfinal between the United States and Croatia, July 15-17.  Davis Cup will return to the greater Portland area for the first time since hosting the 2007 Davis Cup Final versus Russia, where the U.S. captured their last Davis Cup title, defeating the Russians, 4-1. Founded in 1900, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 135 nations entered in 2016.

The best-of-five match series begins on Friday, July 15, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match. And the final day of play on Sunday features the two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off, followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

The USTA will be constructing a 6,000-seat stadium around the current main court at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton. The USTA has partnered with the Oregon Sports Authority to bring this event to the Portland area.  

“Portland holds a special place in U.S. Davis Cup history when we won the title here in 2007,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President. “We are thrilled to bring world-class tennis back to the area with Beaverton as our host and help grow the game in this community. We look forward to fans filling the stands and coming out to cheer on Team USA as we try to move one step closer to the Davis Cup trophy once again.”

Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, June 3, at 10 a.m. PT. An exclusive pre-sale for USTA members will take place on Wednesday, June 1, and Thursday, June 2. From Friday, June 3, through Thursday, June 23, only three-day ticket packages will be sold at prices ranging from $90 to $500 ($30 to $166 per day), representing the greatest initial ticket value.  Beginning on Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. PT and pending availability, fans will then have access to only single-day tickets for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday with prices ranging from $40 to $175 per day. Fans are encouraged to purchase three-day ticket packages to take advantage of the best prices and to ensure availability.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.usta.com/daviscup or by calling 888-484-USTA (8782).

This is the fourth time that the greater Portland area has hosted Davis Cup. Portland’s Memorial Coliseum played host to the last three ties, including the 2007 Davis Cup Final, where Andy Roddick, James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan won the last Davis Cup title for the U.S. over Russia. The Memorial Coliseum also hosted Davis Cup in 1981 and 1984, in which the U.S. won both of those match-ups against Australia.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome the return of the Davis Cup back to the Portland area following the US Davis Cup Championship match hosted here nine years ago,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO, Oregon Sports Authority. “We look forward to hosting the most prestigious tennis event in the world this coming July and we know all tennis fans in Oregon and the Northwest will be ecstatic about the opportunity to witness the best in tennis once again.”

The winner of this match advances to the World Group Semifinal, held September 16-18, for a chance to compete for the 2016 Davis Cup title.

U.S. Davis Cup Team Captain Jim Courier will select the four players to represent the United States no later than ten days prior to the event.  Croatia is likely to be led by 2014 US Open singles champion Marin Cilic, who is currently ranked No. 11 in the world.

Croatia holds a 3-0 record over the United States in Davis Cup, one of only three countries that hold a winning record over the U.S. The U.S. last faced Croatia in the 2009 World Group Quarterfinal in Porec, Croatia, in which Croatia won 3-2 with Cilic and Ivo Karlovic leading the team. The U.S. also faced Croatia in the 2005 World Group First Round in Los Angeles and in the 2003 World Group First Round in Zagreb, Croatia. This will be the United States’ first home tie since 2014 in Hoffman Estates, Ill., as the U.S. team competed on the road against Great Britain and Uzbekistan last year and faced Australia in Melbourne this year.

The site selection is subject to final approval by the International Tennis Federation. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the World Group Quarterfinal.

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