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2007 ROLAND GARROS

DAY THREE MEN’S NOTES

Tuesday 29 May 2006

First Round Bottom Half

 

 

Featured matches
       No. 2 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Juan-Martin Del Potro (ARG)

       No. 3 Andy Roddick (USA) v Igor Andreev (RUS)

       No. 6 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v (LL) Santiago Giraldo (COL)

       No. 8 James Blake (USA) v Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
       No. 10 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
                                               
                                                No. 12 David Ferrer (ESP) v Daniele Bracciali (ITA)

                                                No. 14 Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v Max Mirnyi (BLR)

                                                No. 16 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) v Sebastien Grosjean (FRA)

                                                No. 20 Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

                                                No. 23 Carlos Moya (ESP) v Andreas Seppi (ITA)

                                                No. 31 Florian Mayer (GER) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)

                                                Marc Gicquel (FRA) v Gaston Gaudio (ARG)

                                                Sam Querrey (USA) v (Q) Laurent Recouderc (FRA)

                                                Fernando Verdasco (ESP) v (Q) Jerome Haehnel (FRA)

 

For first round top half matches still to be played, see Day Two Notes

 

 

On court today…

 

·         Twice defending champion Rafael Nadal begins his bid to become the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980, and just the second in the last 93 years, to win three successive titles at Roland Garros. He starts against 18-year old Argentine Juan-Martin Del Potro.

 

·         2006 quarterfinalist Novak Djokovic, who is second only to Nadal for match wins this season, has a first-time meeting with lucky loser Santiago Giraldo. The Colombian is making his Grand Slam debut today and playing just his second tour-level tournament.

 

·         No. 3 seed Andy Roddick bids to win his first Roland Garros match for two years when he faces Igor Andreev, the Russian who was sidelined for six months last year with a knee injury, but who has returned strongly on clay in 2007.

 

·        2004 quarterfinalist Lleyton Hewitt starts his eighth Roland Garros against his former doubles partner Max Mirnyi. The duo captured the 2000 US Open men’s doubles title together.

 

·        2001 semifinalist Sebastien Grosjean, who celebrates his 29th birthday today, plays No. 16 seed Marcos Baghdatis, who until recently resided in Paris. The Cypriot won their only previous meeting, in the third round of Wimbledon last year.

 

·         No. 10 seed Tomas Berdych, who has reached the round of 16 at the last four Grand Slam events, plays Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Berdych has won 14 of his last 19 matches on clay, and is on a three-match winning streak on the surface.

 

·         1998 champion Carlos Moya bids to keep a good clay court season on track when he plays Andreas Seppi. The Italian has lost in the first round of five of his previous eight Grand Slam events.

 

·         2004 winner Gaston Gaudio, who has won back-to-back matches just once so far in 2007, comes up against Marc Gicquel. The Frenchman defeated Gaudio in their lone previous meeting at last year’s US Open, on his way to a Grand Slam-best round of 16 finish.

 

·         No. 8 seed James Blake aims to maintain his 100 per cent record in the first round here when he plays Ivo Karlovic, one of 11 men in the draw to have won a clay court title in 2007.

 

·         Another man who has never lost in the Roland Garros first round, 2005 quarterfinalist David Ferrer, bids to maintain that record against Daniele Bracciali. The Italian, conversely, is looking for his first Roland Garros win.

 

·         Casablanca champion Paul-Henri Mathieu starts his sixth Roland Garros campaign against Florian Mayer, who has lost in the first round on his last two visits here.

 

·         No. 20 seed Jarkko Nieminen bids to extend his 2-0 head-to-head record against Feliciano Lopez.

 

·         Two French qualifiers in bottom half first round matches. Jerome Haehnel, who famously upset Andre Agassi in the first round here three years ago, has a first-time meeting with Fernando Verdasco, who is currently on a six-match losing streak. Laurent Recouderc, the 2002 Roland Garros boys’ runner-up, also has a first-time encounter with the much-improved American Sam Querrey.

 

 

 

 

 


 

NO. 2 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) v JUAN-MARTIN DEL POTRO (ARG)

 

Head-to-head: Nadal leads 1-0

2007     AMS Miami                   Hard (O)            R16      Nadal    60 64

 

                                 NADAL                                                           v                                                     DEL POTRO

 

                                     20*                                                            Age                                                            18

                                       2                                                    ATP Ranking                                                  59

                                      21                                                           Titles                                                            0

                                   40-10                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                   1-3

                                    14-0                                       Roland Garros Record                                        0-1

                                  219-57                                             Career Record                                              24-21

                                  121-13                                      Career Record - Clay                                         6-8

                                    36-6                                                  2007 Record                                                 14-9

                                    19-1                                           2007 Record - Clay                                            1-1

                                     7-2                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       1-1

                                       2                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   50-40                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                      6-8

                                     5-4                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        6-5

* Turns 21 on 3 June

 

·         Twice defending champion Nadal has a 14-0 record at Roland Garros. In 2005 he became the first man to win the event on his debut since Mats Wilander in 1982, defeating Mariano Puerta 67 63 61 75 in the final. He defeated Roger Federer 16 61 64 76 in the 2006 final.

 

·         Nadal is bidding to become the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to collect a third successive Roland Garros title. Borg, who won a total of six Roland Garros titles in the periods 1974-75 and 1978-81, is the only man to have won three in a row here in the Open Era, and the only player to have done so since the event went international in 1925. Three more men achieved the feat pre-1925: Andre Vacherot (won titles 1894-96), Paul Ayme (1897-1900) and Max Decugis (1907-09; 1912-14).

 

·         Roger Federer was, of course, the last man to win a hat trick of titles at any Grand Slam event, winning his third successive Wimbledon title in 2005, and his third successive US Open title in 2006. [See Preview page 2 for more details.]

 

·         Nadal arrives at Roland Garros having just suffered his first clay court loss for more than two years. He had his record-breaking 81-match clay court winning streak broken by Roger Federer at AMS Hamburg last Sunday, falling 26 62 60 in the final. Nadal accumulated his streak after losing to Igor Andreev in the Valencia quarterfinals on 7 April 2005, surpassing Guillermo Vilas’s previous mark of 53 straight clay court match wins with his first round victory at Roland Garros last year. Federer’s defeat of Nadal in Hamburg was his first clay court victory against the Spaniard in six clay meetings on the surface, but Nadal still leads their overall head-to-head 7-4.

 

·         Nadal is one of just two men, along with Buenos Aires and Portschach winner Juan Monaco, to collect multiple clay court titles so far in 2007. For the second year running, Nadal claimed all three of his clay court titles on European clay, winning at AMS Monte Carlo (d. Roger Federer 64 64 in the final), Barcelona (d. Guillermo Canas 63 64), and AMS Rome (d. Fernando Gonzalez 62 62). By winning his 16th career clay court title in Rome, Nadal moved ahead of Carlos Moya as the active player with the most clay court titles. He now stands in tenth place on the list for most career clay court titles won in the Open Era. [See Preview page 2 for more details.]

 

·         Eight of the last 12 Roland Garros champions entered the event having won at least one clay court title in the months leading up to Roland Garros.

 

·         Nadal’s 19-1 clay court win-loss record ahead of Roland Garros is the best of any player. Countryman Nicolas Almagro tie him for wins on the surface, but has seven losses. [For the 2007 clay court leaders chart, see page 13 of the Preview.]

 

·         Nadal leads the tour for total titles collected in 2007, having won four altogether including his hard court victory at Indian Wells in March.

 


 

·         The defending champion has never lost in the first round of Roland Garros in the Open Era. There have been four occasions on which the defending champion has lost in the second round: in 2004, when 2003 champion Juan Carlos Ferrero fell to Igor Andreev 36 64 64 62; in 2000, when 1999 winner Andre Agassi lost to Karol Kucera 26 75 61 60; in 1998, when 1997 champion Gustavo Kuerten lost to Marat Safin 36 76 36 61 64; and in 1973, when 1972 champion Andres Gimeno lost to Guillermo Vilas 62 57 86.

 

·         Del Potro is making his second appearance at Roland Garros. He made his Grand Slam debut here as a qualifier last year, losing in the first round to 2003 champion Juan Carlos Ferrero 63 26 62 64.

 

·         This is only Del Potro’s fourth Grand Slam tournament. He lost in the first round in his first two appearances at majors, here last year and at the 2006 US Open. He reached the second round at this year’s Australian Open, defeating Alessio di Mauro 63 63 61 in the first round before being forced to retire in the fifth set of his match against eventual runner-up Fernando Gonzalez with cramping. Del Potro was two-sets-to-one up before losing 76 46 67 64 40 ret.

 

·         Del Potro reached a career-high ranking of No. 58 on 2 April and was at the same ranking the week of 21 May. He reached his first ATP semifinal at Adelaide early in the season (l. Chris Guccione 63 62), and his other highlight was reaching the last 16 at AMS Miami before losing to today’s opponent Nadal 60 64.

 

·         Del Potro has had an abbreviated clay court season in 2007. He played just one tour-level clay court tournament ahead of Roland Garros, retiring in the second round at Estoril trailing Agustin Calleri 75 10 because a heavy cold was causing breathing problems. He then attempted to qualify for AMS Rome, but retired in the first round of qualifying, trailing Fabio Fognini 64, because of the same problem.

 

·         Del Potro competed in the Roland Garros junior event in 2004 and 2005. He had his best junior Grand Slam result when he reached the quarterfinals here in 2005, falling to Andy Murray 64 62.

 

·         At 18 years, eight months, Del Potro is the third-youngest man to start in the men’s draw, after 17-year-old French wild card Jonathan Eysseric and qualifier Marin Cilic, who is five days younger than Del Potro.

 


 

NO. 3 ANDY RODDICK (USA) v IGOR ANDREEV (RUS)

 

Head-to-head: tied 1-1

2005     Wimbledon                    Grass (O)          R32      Roddick            62 62 76

2006     AMS Indian Wells          Hard O)             R16      Andreev 64 67 61

 

                              RODDICK                                                        v                                                       ANDREEV

 

                                      24                                                             Age                                                            23

                                       3                                                    ATP Ranking                                                 125

                                      21                                                           Titles                                                            3

                                   75-24                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                12-10

                                     4-6                                         Roland Garros Record                                        5-2

                                381-121                                            Career Record                                              97-88

                                   63-30                                        Career Record - Clay                                       47-38

                                    25-7                                                  2007 Record                                                13-13

                                     5-2                                             2007 Record - Clay                                           11-9

                                     9-9                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       1-5

                                       2                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                178-109                                  Career Tiebreak Record                                    39-41

                                    16-3                                        2007 Tiebreak Record                                        2-8

 

·         Roddick is playing at Roland Garros for the seventh consecutive time and has fallen in the first round on three of his six previous appearances, including last year.

 

·         Last year, as No. 5 seed, Roddick retired in the first round with a left ankle injury, losing to Alberto Martin 64 75 10 ret.

 

·         Roddick has never gone further than the third round at Roland Garros, while he has reached the semifinals or better at each of the other three Grand Slam events. He reached the third round on his debut here in 2001, overcoming cramps in his hands, calves and groin to defeat Michael Chang in the second round, before a left hamstring injury forced him to retire whilst level with Lleyton Hewitt 67 64 22 ret.

 

·         Roddick has played just two clay court tournaments ahead of 2007 Roland Garros. He won one match at AMS Rome before losing in the round of 16 to Juan Ignacio Chela 60 64. He withdrew from AMS Hamburg with right knee soreness, then competed at Portschach last week, losing in the round of 16 to Gael Monfils 75 63.

 

·         Roddick has won two further clay court matches this season, in USA’s Davis Cup first round tie against Czech Republic in February. He defeated Ivo Minar 64 46 62 63 in the first rubber and Tomas Berdych 46 63 62 76 in the decisive fourth rubber in Ostrava to help USA to a 4-1 victory and its first clay court victory in the World Group for ten years. (USA plays Sweden in September’s semifinals.)

 

·         Roddick’s best result this season is reaching the final at Memphis (l. Tommy Haas 63 62). He was also a semifinalist at the Australian Open, San Jose and AMS Indian Wells.

 

·         Andreev is making his third appearance at Roland Garros, but his first for two years, having missed six months of the 2006 season, from the end of April to November, after left knee surgery.

 

·         Andreev had his career-best Grand Slam result on his first Roland Garros appearance in 2004, advancing to the round of 16. He upset defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero 64 62 63 in the second round, causing the joint-earliest lost by a defending champ here in the Open Era, going on to fall to eventual winner Gaston Gaudio 64 75 63.

 

·         Andreev reached a career-high ranking of No. 24 on 3 April 2006, shortly before undergoing knee surgery on 28 April. He returned for the last event of the season, AMS Paris, and made a full comeback for 2007. Andreev dipped down to No. 235 in the rankings on 2 April this year, but plays here on a protected ranking of No. 27.

 

·         Andreev has had his best results on clay in 2007. Having not got beyond the second round at any hard court event, his clay court highlights are winning two matches at AMS Monte Carlo to reach the round of 16, upsetting Fernando Gonzalez 62 26 63 in the second round then losing to Juan Carlos Ferrero 63 63, and reaching the round of 16 at AMS Hamburg before losing to eventual runner-up Rafael Nadal 64 61.

 

·         Andreev’s other clay court highlight of the season came in Russia’s Davis Cup World Group first round tie, a potentially tricky away encounter for the defending champions against Chile in La Serena. Andreev won both his singles matches, defeating Fernando Gonzalez 46 64 63 62 in the second rubber and Nicolas Massu 62 61 67 64 in the decisive fifth rubber, to end Chile’s ten-home-tie winning streak. (Russia will host Germany in September’s semifinals.)

 

·         Until AMS Hamburg, Andreev had the distinction of being the last man to defeat Rafael Nadal on clay, doing so in the 2005 Valencia quarterfinals en route to the title. Nadal then embarked on his 81-match winning streak on the surface, ended in the Hamburg final by Roger Federer.

 

 

 

 

 


 

NO. 6 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v (LL) SANTIAGO GIRALDO (COL)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                             DJOKOVIC                                                       v                                                       GIRALDO

 

                                      20                                                             Age                                                            19

                                       6                                                    ATP Ranking                                                 123

                                       5                                                            Titles                                                            0

                                    17-9                                  Career Grand Slam Record                                   0-0

                                     5-2                                         Roland Garros Record                                        0-0

                                   89-42                                              Career Record                                                3-3

                                   30-15                                        Career Record - Clay                                         1-1

                                    35-8                                                  2007 Record                                                  0-2

                                    11-3                                           2007 Record - Clay                                            0-0

                                     4-3                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       0-1

                                       1                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   35-15                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                      2-4

                                     7-5                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        0-1

 

·         Djokovic is competing at Roland Garros for the third time. The highlight of his Grand Slam career so far came here last year, when unseeded he advanced to the quarterfinals, before retiring with a lower back injury when trailing eventual champion Rafael Nadal 64 64.

 

·         As No. 6 seed here, Djokovic has received the highest Grand Slam seeding of his career. He entered the Top 10 for the first time on 19 March this year and rose to a career-high ranking of No. 5 on 30 April. (He was ranked No. 6 the week of 21 May.)

 

·         Djokovic is having the best season of his short career, having won three titles so far – he and Roger Federer, who has also won three, share second place behind Rafael Nadal (four) for most tournament wins in 2007. Djokovic’s 35-8 win-loss record for the year ahead of Roland Garros was second only to Nadal (36-6) on the tour.

 

·         Djokovic won on hard court at Adelaide, defeating Chris Guccione 63 67 64 in the final, and collected his first Masters Series title at Miami, defeating Guillermo Canas 63 62 64, having a week earlier reached the AMS Indian Wells final (l. Rafael Nadal 62 75). He also won the clay court event at Estoril, defeating Richard Gasquet 76 06 61 in the final.

 

·         Djokovic’s clay court form has dropped off slightly since winning Estoril. He was a quarterfinalist at both Masters Series events in Rome and Hamburg, Hamburg being his last tournament before coming here.

 

·         Djokovic played the junior event at 2003 Roland Garros, losing in the round of 16 to Daniel Gimeno-Traver 62 26 63.

 

·         Giraldo is making his Grand Slam debut today.

 

·         In qualifying for here, as No. 17 seed, Giraldo defeated German Matthias Bachinger 63 76 in the first round and Romanian Dacian Craciun 63 62 in the second round before losing in the final round to Bohdan Ulihrach 63 63. Along with Mariano Zabaleta, Juan-Pablo Guzman and Fernando Vicente, he entered the main draw as a lucky loser due to the withdrawals of Andy Murray, Tommy Haas, Mardy Fish and Evgeny Korolev.

 

·         Giraldo had never previously tried to qualify for Roland Garros. It was only his third attempt at qualifying for a Grand Slam tournament, having lost in the first qualifying rounds for the 2006 US Open and the 2007 Australian Open.

 

·         This is just Giraldo’s second tour-level tournament. He qualified at Chennai in January, losing in the first round to Igor Andreev 63 76. He has also represented Colombia in five Davis Cup matches, which are considered to be tour-level, with a 3-2 record.

 

·         Giraldo is joined by fellow Colombian Alejandro Falla in the 2007 Roland Garros draw. The last time Colombia had two or more men in the first round of a Grand Slam event was 25 years ago at 1982 Roland Garros, when Alejandro Cortes lost at this stage and Jairo Velasco reached the second round.

 

·         Giraldo has played mainly challengers and qualifying for ATP events in 2007. He won the clay court challenger title in his hometown of Bogota in March, defeating Flavio Saretta 76 62 in the final, and was runner-up at San Luis Potosi, also on clay, in April (l. Fernando Vicente 63 63).

 

·         Giraldo is one of seven teenagers starting in the men’s draw, along with fellow 19-year-olds Sam Querrey (older) and Alexandre Sidorenko (younger), 18-year-olds Marin Cilic, Juan-Martin Del Potro and Ernests Gulbis, and 17-year-old Jonathan Eysseric.

 

·         Giraldo played just three events on the ITF Junior Circuit. One of them was the 2005 Roland Garros boys’ tournament, where he lost in the second round to Juan-Martin Del Potro 61 64.

 

 

 

 


 
NO. 8 JAMES BLAKE (USA) v IVO KARLOVIC (CRO)

 

Head-to-head: tied 1-1

2006     Las Vegas         Hard (O)            SF        Blake                76 61

2007     San Jose           Hard (I)              R16      Karlovic             67 76 64

 

                         BLAKE                                                           v                                                      KARLOVIC

 

                                      27                                                             Age                                                            28

                                       8                                                    ATP Ranking                                                  85

                                       9                                                            Titles                                                            1

                                   35-20                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                10-15

                                     5-4                                         Roland Garros Record                                        1-3

                                222-144                                            Career Record                                              75-87

                                   30-33                                        Career Record - Clay                                       17-23

                                   22-12                                                 2007 Record                                                 11-7

                                     6-6                                             2007 Record - Clay                                            4-1

                                     0-9                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       0-5

                                       0                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   80-69                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                    96-88

                                    10-6                                        2007 Tiebreak Record                                       13-6                      

 

·         Blake is making his fifth appearance at Roland Garros and has never lost in the first round here.

 

·         Last year, Blake advanced to the third round here for the first time before losing to Gael Monfils 62 67 76 57 64.

 

·         Blake played four clay court tournaments prior to this year’s Roland Garros, posting his best result at Houston, where he reached the semifinals, losing to Mariano Zabaleta 75 76. This is the only time in his career that Blake has reached the semifinals of a clay court tournament.

 

·         Blake began 2007 in good form, winning the ninth title of his career at Sydney on hard (d. Carlos Moya 63 57 61 in the final). He then reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. Fernando Gonzalez 75 64 76) and reached the final at Delray Beach (l. Xavier Malisse 57 64 64), also on hard.

 

·         Since reaching the final at Delray Beach (see above), Houston is the only time that Blake has won back-to-back matches in tournament play, though he did win both singles rubbers when USA defeated Spain 4-1 in the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal tie in April.

 

·         Karlovic is playing at Roland Garros for the fourth straight year.

 

·         Last year Karlovic won his first-ever match at Roland Garros, defeating Olivier Patience 76 76 76 in the first round before losing to Dominik Hrbaty 46 64 67 75 62 in the second.

 

·         Karlovic has suffered eight first round defeats in his last ten majors. He advanced to the second round at the 2005 US Open as well as at 2006 Roland Garros (see above).

 

·         Karlovic has reached two finals to date in 2007 – the second and third of his career. At San Jose, on indoor hard, he lost in the final to Andy Murray 67 64 76. He captured his first career title at Houston on clay, defeating Mariano Zabaleta 64 61.

 

·         Karlovic has not performed so well during the European clay court season, losing in the first round at Barcelona (l. Andreas Seppi 67 75 63) and failing to qualify at AMS Rome.


 

NO. 10 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE) v GUILLERMO GARCIA-LOPEZ (ESP)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                              BERDYCH                                                        v                                                 GARCIA-LOPEZ

 

                                      21                                                             Age                                                           23*

                                      12                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  64

                                       2                                                            Titles                                                            0

                                   23-14                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                  6-10

                                     4-3                                         Roland Garros Record                                        1-3

                                  124-83                                             Career Record                                              49-65

                                   50-31                                        Career Record - Clay                                       26-34

                                   24-13                                                 2007 Record                                                10-11

                                    15-6                                           2007 Record - Clay                                            3-5

                                     9-0                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       0-1

                                       2                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   36-42                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                    17-23

                                     4-8                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        3-4

* Turns 24 on 4 June

 

·         Berdych is making his fourth successive appearance at Roland Garros. He reached the round of 16 here last year, defeating Nicolas Kiefer 61 ret. (left wrist injury) in the third round before losing to eventual runner-up Roger Federer 63 62 63.

 

·         The round of 16 is Berdych’s best Grand Slam result to date and he has reached the round of 16 at his last four majors, having done so at 2006 Roland Garros, 2006 Wimbledon, the 2006 US Open and the 2007 Australian Open. He also advanced to the round of 16 at the 2004 US Open.

 

·         Berdych has lost once previously in the Roland Garros first round, doing so on his debut in 2004 (to Paradorn Srichaphan 63 64 36 61).

 

·         Berdych broke into the Top 10 (at No. 10) for the first time last October and has maintained his level, playing here at No. 12. Apart from reaching the round of 16 at the 2007 Australian Open (l. Nikolay Davydenko 57 64 61 76), all of Berdych’s other highlights this season have been on clay.

 

·         Berdych has won 14 of his last 19 matches on clay, and is on a three-match winning streak on the surface. He had four wins in a row to advance to the semifinals at AMS Monte Carlo (l. eventual winner Rafael Nadal 60 75), and three in a row to reach the semis at Munich (l. Mikhail Youzhny 64 63). Berdych also advanced to the quarterfinals at AMS Rome (l. Filippo Volandri 62 63), and last week won his last three singles matches to help Czech Republic finish runners-up in the World Team Cup. He defeated Juan Ignacio Chela 36 63 76 in the final versus Argentina, but with Martin Damm lost the decisive doubles to Jose Acasuso and Agustin Calleri 26 64 [10-4].

 

·         Garcia-Lopez is bidding to win his first Roland Garros match for three years. He won his first match as a qualifier making his Grand Slam debut here in 2004, defeating Todd Reid 46 61 62 62, losing in the second round to Tommy Robredo 64 36 75 64. Garcia-Lopez then lost in the Roland Garros first round in 2005 (to Olivier Rochus 76 75 46 63) and in 2006 (to David Ferrer 75 61 60).

 

·         Garcia-Lopez has never advanced beyond the second round in any of his ten Grand Slam appearances ahead of this one. He has fallen in the first round four times.

 

·         Garcia-Lopez reached a career-high ranking of No. 59 on 14 May, and he plays here at No. 64. He was a quarterfinalist on hard court at Delray Beach, losing to eventual champion Xavier Malisse 61 61, and on clay at Estoril, losing to Novak Djokovic 64 16 75. He also won two matches to reach the third round at AMS Indian Wells (l. Michael Russell 61 75).

 

·         Garcia-Lopez was one of 14 Spanish men to start in the men’s draw, the third-most for any nation behind France (21) and Argentina (15).

 

 

 

 


 
NO. 12 DAVID FERRER (ESP) v DANIELE BRACCIALI (ITA)

 

Head-to-head: tied 1-1

2006     Australian Open             Hard (O)            R64      Ferrer                64 64 67 62

2007     Auckland                       Hard (O)            R16      Ferrer               60 61

 

                        FERRER                                                         v                                                     BRACCIALI

 

                                      25                                                             Age                                                            29

                                      14                                                   ATP Ranking                                                 110

                                       3                                                            Titles                                                            1

                                   24-17                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                  7-11

                                     8-4                                         Roland Garros Record                                        0-2

                                172-130                                            Career Record                                              34-51

                                  100-62                                      Career Record - Clay                                       10-15

                                   29-11                                                 2007 Record                                                 6-12

                                    12-4                                           2007 Record - Clay                                            1-3

                                     5-1                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       3-1

                                       2                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     2

                                   32-37                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                    21-22

                                     2-4                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        4-3                       

 

·         Ferrer is playing his fifth successive Roland Garros and has never lost in the first round.

 

·         No. 12 is Ferrer’s highest seeding at Roland Garros and just below his highest-ever at a major, which occurred when he was seeded No. 11 at the 2006 Australian Open and the 2006 US Open.

 

·         At last year’s Roland Garros, as No. 15 seed, Ferrer advanced to the third round before losing to compatriot Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo 76 75 64.

 

·         Ferrer has enjoyed a good European clay court season, reaching the semifinals at Barcelona, the quarterfinals at both AMS Monte Carlo and AMS Hamburg, as well as winning all three of his matches at last week’s World Team Cup.

 

·         Ferrer started 2007 in good form, defeating Tommy Robredo 64 62 in the final at Auckland on hard court to collect the third title of his career.

 

·         Bracciali is playing at Roland Garros for the third year in a row and is bidding for his first victory here today.

 

·         Last year, he lost to countryman Davide Sanguinetti 36 76 63 63 in the first round here, having lost to Richard Gasquet 36 63 62 64 at this stage in 2005 as a lucky loser.

 

·         In his eleven majors to date, Bracciali has lost in the first round six times, twice at both the Australian Open and the US Open, as well as here, whereas he has never lost in the first round in four Wimbledon appearances.

 

·         Bracciali won one match in his three clay-court events before coming here, defeating Robby Ginepri 75 76 in the first round at AMS Rome before falling to Rafael Nadal 64 62. He has not won back-to-back matches at tour level this year.

 

·         Bracciali won the only title of his career to date on clay court at 2006 Casablanca. He defeated Nicolas Massu 61 64 in the final.


 

NO. 14 LLEYTON HEWITT (AUS) v MAX MIRNYI (BLR)

 

Head-to-head: Hewitt leads 4-2

2000     Sydney Olympics          Hard (O)            R64      Mirnyi               63 63

2001     AMS Cincinnati              Hard (O)            R16      Hewitt               16 64 76

2003     AMS Montreal               Hard (O)            R32      Mirnyi               75 67 75

2005     Sydney                         Hard (O)            SF        Hewitt               67 63 62

2005     Queen’s                        Grass (O)          R16      Hewitt               63 16 61

2006     Queen’s                        Grass (O)          R16      Hewitt               46 61 76

 

A first clay court meeting for Hewitt and Mirnyi who shared their first taste of Grand Slam success in 2000, when they captured the men’s doubles title together at the US Open. Since then, Hewitt has gone on to win two Grand Slam singles titles while Mirnyi has added a further three men’s and two mixed doubles titles.

 

                        HEWITT                                                          v                                                          MIRNYI

 

                                      26                                                             Age                                                            29

                                      16                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  54

                                      26                                                           Titles                                                            1

                                  103-32                                Career Grand Slam Record                                30-31

                                    19-7                                       Roland Garros Record                                        2-8

                                455-144                                            Career Record                                           238-223

                                   73-35                                        Career Record - Clay                                       41-54

                                    17-8                                                  2007 Record                                                 5-10

                                     8-4                                             2007 Record - Clay                                            2-4

                                   23-10                                     Career Five-Set Record                                      7-10

                                       3                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     2

                                  120-96                                   Career Tiebreak Record                                 155-130

                                     2-4                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        3-6

 

·         Hewitt is making his eighth Roland Garros appearance. He has not lost in the first round since his debut in 1999.

 

·         Last year, Hewitt lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 62 57 64 62 in the round of 16, the fifth time that he has reached at least that stage at Roland Garros.

 

·         Hewitt’s best performance at Roland Garros was in 2004, when he reached the quarterfinals, losing to Gaston Gaudio 63 62 62, at the beginning of a run of seven majors where he lost to the eventual champion.

 

·         Hewitt made a belated start to the 2007 European clay court season, following an eight-week lay off after AMS Indian Wells with a back injury, returning at AMS Rome.

 

·         Following a first round defeat at AMS Rome (l. Oscar Hernandez 36 76 61), Hewitt displayed some of his best clay court form, reaching successive semifinals at AMS Hamburg (l. Rafael Nadal 26 63 75) and at Portschach (l. Gael Monfils 64 75).

 

·         Hewitt collected the 26th title of his career, the second highest number among active players behind Roger Federer, at Las Vegas, defeating Jurgen Melzer 64 76.

 

·         Mirnyi is playing at Roland Garros for the ninth straight year. He has lost in the first round on six of his previous eight appearances.

 

·         Last year, Mirnyi advanced to the second round here for only the second time, defeating Gilles Muller 63 61 76 in the first round before losing to Nicolas Massu 64 75 64.

 

·         The only other occasion that Mirnyi reached the second round here was on his debut here in 1999 as a qualifier, defeating Mariano Zabaleta 61 76 62 in the first round before losing to Arnaud Di Pasquale 46 67 75 63 63 in the second round.

 

·         Mirnyi began the European clay court season reaching the third round at AMS Monte Carlo (l. Robin Soderling 76 62) but then lost in the first round of his next three tournaments at Barcelona, Estoril and Portschach, as well as in the first qualifying round at both AMS Rome and AMS Hamburg.

 

·         Mirnyi has won just five matches at tour-level in 2007. He won two matches to reach the quarterfinals at Doha and the second round at the Australian Open, both on hard court, in addition to advancing to the third round at AMS Monte Carlo (see above).

 

·         Mirnyi has enjoyed greater success in doubles this year, advancing to the final of the Australian Open and reaching the semifinals at AMS Indian Wells, both with Jonas Bjorkman.


 

NO. 16 MARCOS BAGHDATIS (CYP) v SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: Baghdatis leads 1-0

2006     Wimbledon        Grass (O)          R32      Baghdatis          46 64 64 61

 

                     BAGHDATIS                                                     v                                                     GROSJEAN

 

                                      21                                                             Age                                                           29*

                                      19                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  62

                                       2                                                            Titles                                                            3

                                   18-10                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                72-36

                                     1-2                                         Roland Garros Record                                      19-10

                                   91-48                                              Career Record                                           320-214

                                   27-13                                        Career Record - Clay                                       88-61

                                   21-11                                                 2007 Record                                                  9-8

                                     7-4                                             2007 Record - Clay                                            5-3

                                     7-2                                       Career Five-Set Record                                    14-13

                                       1                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     3

                                   38-21                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                   128-92

                                    10-6                                        2007 Tiebreak Record                                        1-3

*turns 29 today, 29 May

 

·         Baghdatis is making his third successive Roland Garros appearance and is bidding to reach the second round for the second year in a row.

 

·         Last year, Baghdatis won his first match at Roland Garros, defeating Albert Portas 64 64 67 61 in the first round, before losing to Julien Benneteau 36 64 63 67 64 in the second. He lost to David Nalbandian 06 64 64 64 in the first round on his debut here in 2005.

 

·         Baghdatis has played five clay court events, including Davis Cup, before Roland Garros. He achieved his best result at Munich where he reached the semifinals, winning three consecutive matches on clay for the first time in tournament play, before losing to eventual champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 62 63.

 

·         In his other clay court events in 2007, Baghdatis won back-to-back matches at AMS Rome, losing to Novak Djokovic 62 75 in the third round, as well as winning two singles rubbers for Cyprus in its Davis Cup Europe/Africa Group II tie against Finland. He suffered first round losses at both AMS Monte Carlo and AMS Hamburg.

 

·         Baghdatis’s best performance in 2007 came on carpet at Zagreb where he collected the second title of his career, defeating Ivan Ljubicic 76 46 64 in the final. He also reached the final a week later at Marseille, losing to Gilles Simon 64 76.

 

·         Grosjean is making his 11th successive appearance at Roland Garros and has not lost in the first round since 1998.

 

·         Last year, Grosjean advanced to the second round here, defeating Andrei Pavel 63 62 63 in the first round before falling to Martin Vassallo Arguello 16 64 46 75 62.

 

·         Grosjean’s best performance at Roland Garros came in 2001 when he reached the semifinals, defeating Andre Agassi 16 61 61 63 in the quarterfinals before losing to Alex Corretja 76 64 64.

 

·         Before coming to Roland Garros, Grosjean reached the quarterfinals at both Casablanca and Munich on clay, just the second and third time this year that he has won back-to-back matches. (He also advanced to the third round at this year’s Australian Open.)

 

·         Despite reaching the third round of the Australian Open, Grosjean dropped out of the Top 40 on 29 January 2007 for the first time since 19 April 1999.


 
NO. 20 JARKKO NIEMINEN (FIN) v FELICIANO LOPEZ (ESP)

 

Head-to-head: Nieminen leads 2-0

2003     Long Island                    Hard (O)            R32      Nieminen           63 11 ret.

2006     Stockholm                     Hard (I)              QF        Nieminen           63 75

                                                                               

                      NIEMINEN                                                        v                                                          LOPEZ

 

                                      25                                                             Age                                                            25

                                      23                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  73

                                       1                                                            Titles                                                            1

                                   26-19                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                28-21

                                     6-4                                         Roland Garros Record                                        4-6

                                198-140                                            Career Record                                           147-147

                                   68-38                                        Career Record - Clay                                       42-49

                                   12-13                                                 2007 Record                                                10-10

                                     5-6                                             2007 Record - Clay                                            1-2

                                    10-4                                      Career Five-Set Record                                       7-4

                                       1                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     1

                                   76-58                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                    84-76

                                     6-3                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        8-5

                             

·         Nieminen is making his fifth appearance at Roland Garros with just one first round loss (by retirement).

 

·         At last year’s Roland Garros, as No. 16 seed, Nieminen suffered his first opening round exit here, when a stomach upset forced him to retire while trailing Raemon Sluiter 62 76 21.

 

·         Nieminen recorded his best Roland Garros result in 2003. As No. 30 seed that year, he reached the round of 16 before losing to Fernando Gonzalez 63 63 62.

 

·         Nieminen played six clay court events prior to Roland Garros, with his best result coming in his most recent tournament at AMS Hamburg. He advanced to the third round at AMS Hamburg before losing to Novak Djokovic 75 46 64.

 

·         Nieminen’s best result of 2007 to date came at Marseille on indoor hard in February, where he advanced to the semifinals before losing to Marcos Baghdatis 36 63 62.

 

·         Lopez is playing his seventh straight Roland Garros and has lost in the first round for the last two years, and four times overall.

 

·         Last year, Lopez lost to Tomas Berdych 62 64 63 in the opening round here, having lost 62 60 67 64 to Paul-Henri Mathieu, as No. 24 seed at this stage a year earlier.

 

·         Lopez’s best result at Roland Garros came in 2004 when he reached the round of 16 before losing to Gustavo Kuerten 63 75 64.

 

·         Lopez played three clay court tournaments in the lead-up to Roland Garros, at Valencia (lost first round to Alberto Martin 62 36 62), at Barcelona (lost second round to Tommy Robredo 62 62) and at Estoril, where he failed to qualify.

 

·         Lopez’s best results this year have been on hard court. He reached the quarterfinals at Las Vegas and the round of 16 at AMS Miami.

 

 

 


 

NO. 23 CARLOS MOYA (ESP) v ANDREAS SEPPI (ITA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                                  MOYA                                                            v                                                           SEPPI

 

                                      30                                                             Age                                                            23

                                      26                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  95

                                      19                                                           Titles                                                            0

                                   69-38                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                   3-8

                                   28-10                                      Roland Garros Record                                        0-1

                                523-280                                            Career Record                                              52-71

                                308-124                                     Career Record - Clay                                       28-32

                                   21-12                                                 2007 Record                                                 6-12

                                    11-7                                           2007 Record - Clay                                            2-3

                                   14-17                                     Career Five-Set Record                                       3-4

                                       5                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     2

                                202-147                                  Career Tiebreak Record                                    23-28

                                    10-3                                        2007 Tiebreak Record                                        3-8

 

·         1998 champion Moya is making his 12th Roland Garros appearance. He has played here every year since making his debut in 1996.

 

·         Last year Moya reached the third round here as No. 30 seed, losing to Nikolay Davydenko 61 75 63. He has only once lost in the Roland Garros first round, doing so in five sets in 2000 to Hernan Gumy 76 62 46 36 63.

 

·         Moya won his lone Grand Slam title here in 1998 by defeating countryman Alex Corretja 63 75 63 in the final. He is one of four former Roland Garros champions to start in the men’s draw, the others being Juan Carlos Ferrero (2003), Gaston Gaudio (2004) and Rafael Nadal (2005-06).

 

·         Moya is one of five players starting in the draw to possess a lone Grand Slam title. The other four are Ferrero and Gaudio, fellow winners of a lone Roland Garros title as detailed above, Thomas Johansson (2002 Australian Open) and Andy Roddick (2003 US Open).

 

·         Moya has had good results on both clay and hard court so far in 2007. He was runner-up on hard at Sydney in January (l. James Blake 63 57 61 in the final), and on clay at Acapulco in March (l. Juan Ignacio Chela 63 76). Other hard court highlights were reaching the semifinals at Chennai and the last 16 at AMS Indian Wells, and on clay, Moya reached the semifinals at AMS Hamburg just over a week ago.

 

·         Moya’s run to the semis at AMS Hamburg included wins over No. 10 seed Tomas Berdych 36 75 76 in the second round, No. 8 James Blake 16 63 63 in the round of 16 and No. 4 Novak Djokovic 76 46 75 in the quarterfinals. Moya lost in the semifinals to No. 1 seed and eventual champion Roger Federer 46 64 62.

 

·         Moya is one of 16 men aged 30 or over to be competing in the men’s draw here.

 

·         Seppi is bidding to win his first Roland Garros match today. This is his second year playing the tournament, having lost in the first round on his debut last year to Evgeny Korolev 64 26 36 75 61.

 

·         This is Seppi’s ninth Grand Slam event. In eight previous appearances in majors, he has lost in the first round five times, and the second round three times.

 

·         Seppi has not won more than one match in any of his tour-level tournaments this year. He has suffered six first round losses, but reached the second round at the Australian Open (l. Florian Mayer 57 75 62 62), Marseille (l. Jonas Bjorkman 61 60), as a qualifier at AMS Indian Wells (l. Fernando Verdasco 76 63), as a qualifier at AMS Monte Carlo (l. Roger Federer 76 76) and at Barcelona (l. Jarkko Nieminen 64 75).

 

·         Seppi has played one challenger in 2007, reaching the final of the Sunrise tournament in the USA before losing to Gael Monfils 63 16 61.

 

 

 

 

 


 

NO. 31 FLORIAN MAYER (GER) v PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                         MAYER                                                          v                                                       MATHIEU

 

                                      23                                                             Age                                                            25

                                      37                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  40

                                       0                                                            Titles                                                            3

                                   14-13                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                14-18

                                     1-3                                         Roland Garros Record                                        7-5

                                   78-78                                              Career Record                                           121-122

                                   38-35                                        Career Record - Clay                                       56-52

                                   12-13                                                 2007 Record                                                19-10

                                     2-6                                             2007 Record - Clay                                           10-4

                                     2-1                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       2-6

                                       0                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   26-22                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                    52-46

                                     3-2                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        9-2

 

·         Mayer is playing at Roland Garros for the fourth straight year. He has lost in the first round in the last two years.

 

·         Last year, Mayer lost his first round match here to Stefano Galvani 46 60 76 36 75.

 

·         Mayer’s only Roland Garros victory was on his debut here in 2004. As a qualifier, he defeated Fernando Gonzalez 67 61 60 76 in the first round before losing to Nicolas Escude 64 63 64.

 

·         Mayer has won just two matches in five clay court tournaments this year. He advanced to the second round at AMS Hamburg (d. Mikhail Youzhny 64 26 76, l. Jarkko Nieminen 62 64) and then won one of his three matches at last week’s World Team Cup, defeating Kristof Vliegen 63 64.

 

·         Mayer’s best results of 2007 came in reaching the quarterfinals at Delray Beach on hard (l. James Blake 63 64) and at Rotterdam on hard (l. Ivan Ljubicic 64 62).

 

·         Mathieu is making his sixth Roland Garros appearance. He has played every year since 2001 with the exception of 2004, when he missed the first half of the year with a left wrist injury.

 

·         Last year, Mathieu reached the third round here before losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 57 64 64 64.

 

·         Mathieu’s best result at Roland Garros came in 2002. As a wild card, he advanced to the round of 16 and lost a two-set lead in losing to Andre Agassi 46 36 63 63 63.

 

·         Mathieu won his first title for five years in the lead-up to Roland Garros, defeating Albert Montanes 61 61 in the final at Casablanca. He also reached the semifinals at Estoril the following week but retired with a right hip injury when trailing Richard Gasquet 1-3.

 

·         Mathieu missed a month of the 2007 season after rolling an ankle when four points from victory against Fernando Verdasco in the first round of the Australian Open. He returned at Las Vegas.


 

MARC GICQUEL (FRA) v GASTON GAUDIO (ARG)

 

Head-to-head: Gicquel leads 1-0

2006     US Open           Hard (O)            R32      Gicquel             60 46 46 61 76

 

This is the pair’s second meeting at a Grand Slam tournament, the Frenchman winning in the third round of last year’s US Open on his way to a Grand Slam-best round of 16 finish.

 

                              GICQUEL                                                        v                                                         GAUDIO

 

                                      30                                                             Age                                                            28

                                      41                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  72

                                       0                                                            Titles                                                            8

                                     5-4                                   Career Grand Slam Record                                35-29

                                     1-2                                         Roland Garros Record                                       20-7

                                   31-28                                              Career Record                                           270-187

                                    9-10                                         Career Record - Clay                                      209-98

                                    9-11                                                  2007 Record                                                 5-11

                                     4-4                                             2007 Record - Clay                                            4-8

                                     2-1                                       Career Five-Set Record                                      5-14

                                       1                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     2

                                   12-12                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                    80-71

                                     3-3                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        0-1

 

·         Gicquel is making his third appearance at Roland Garros. As a wild card here last year, he reached the second round, losing to Nicolas Kiefer 60 61 57 36 119. He qualified for 2004 Roland Garros, losing in the first round to Fernando Vicente 36 76 64 62.

 

·         This is only the fifth major that Gicquel has contested, and he recorded the standout result of his Grand Slam career when he reached the round of 16 at last year’s US Open, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero 75 63 64 in the second round and today’s opponent Gaudio 60 46 46 61 76 in the third round before losing to eventual champion Roger Federer 63 76 63. He has never passed the second round at any other Grand Slam tournament.

 

·         Gicquel reached a career-high ranking of No. 38 on 30 April this year, and plays here at No. 41. His best result in 2007 was on clay – he reached the semifinals at Casablanca, losing to Paul-Henri Mathieu 63 75. He was also a quarterfinalist on indoor carpet at Zagreb earlier in the season (l. Mikhail Youzhny 75 62).

 

·         Gicquel is attempting to break a three-match losing streak today. After losing in the semis at Casablanca (see above), he fell in the first round of his next two tournaments before arriving here, at AMS Rome to Juan Ignacio Chela 26 64 61 and at AMS Hamburg to Gilles Simon 61 60.

 

·         Gicquel was one of 21 Frenchmen to start in the 2007 Roland Garros draw. This is the highest representation for any country in this year’s tournament, but is not a new record for France, the nation having had 24 men start here in 1968. However the last time as many as 21 Frenchmen played here was three years ago, when 21 also started.

 

·         2004 champion Gaudio is making his ninth successive appearance at Roland Garros. He has reached the last 16 here for the last two years, in 2006 falling to Nikolay Davydenko 63 64 36 63, and in 2005 falling to David Ferrer 26 64 76 57 64.

 

·         Gaudio was a surprise winner here three years ago, saving two match points in the fifth set to defeat No. 3 seed Guillermo Coria 06 36 64 61 86 in the first all-Argentine final in Grand Slam history. He became the second Argentine after Guillermo Vilas to win a Grand Slam title.

 

·         Gaudio is one of four former Roland Garros champions to start in the men’s draw, the others being Spaniards Carlos Moya (1998), Juan Carlos Ferrero (2003) and Rafael Nadal (2005-06). He is also one of five players starting in the draw to possess a lone Grand Slam title, the other being fellow Roland Garros winners Moya and Ferrero, Thomas Johansson (2002 Australian Open) and Andy Roddick (2003 US Open).

 


 

·         Gaudio’s ranking has dropped from No. 34 at the start of 2007 to No. 72 now. He has only won back-to-back matches once all season, winning two in a row to reach the quarterfinal on clay at Acapulco in March, before losing to Juan Carlos Ferrero 64 61. Gaudio has lost in the first round at seven of the 11 events he has played ahead of this one, including most recently at AMS Hamburg, where he fell to Richard Gasquet 61 64.

 

·         Gaudio was one of 15 Argentines to start in the men’s draw. This is a new Open Era record for the nation in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament. The previous record for Argentine representation in the Roland Garros men’s draw was 12 players, achieved in 2000, 2002 and 2003.

 


 

SAM QUERREY (USA) v (Q) LAURENT RECOUDERC (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                              QUERREY                                                        v                                                    RECOUDERC

 

                                      19                                                             Age                                                            22

                                      67                                                   ATP Ranking                                                 312

                                       0                                                            Titles                                                            0

                                     3-2                                   Career Grand Slam Record                                   0-0

                                     0-0                                         Roland Garros Record                                        0-0

                                   19-22                                              Career Record                                                0-0

                                     1-4                                          Career Record - Clay                                         0-0

                                   13-11                                                 2007 Record                                                  0-0

                                     1-4                                             2007 Record - Clay                                            0-0

                                     0-0                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       0-0

                                       0                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                     6-7                                       Career Tiebreak Record                                      0-0

                                     4-3                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        0-0

 

·         Querrey is making his Roland Garros debut today. He has never previously tried to qualify for the men’s event here.

 

·         This is the third Grand Slam singles event of Querrey’s career. He made his Grand Slam debut as a wild card at the 2006 US Open, reaching the second round before losing to Gaston Gaudio 36 62 61 64. He received a wild card for this year’s Australian Open and advanced to the third round with wins over Jose Acasuso and Florent Serra, before losing to Tommy Robredo 64 67 62 61.

 

·         Querrey is ranked No. 67 here, not far off the career-high ranking of No. 66 he reached on 23 April. After winning two consecutive tour-level matches for the first time at the Australian Open (see above), Querrey went on to reach his first ATP quarterfinal as a wild card at Memphis (l. Tommy Haas 62 62), then another the week after as a wild card at Las Vegas (l. Evgeny Korolev 64 64).

 

·         Querrey made his tour-level clay court debut at Houston in April, but has won just one match in four clay court tournament appearances from Houston until arriving here, defeating Luis Horna 76 64 at Estoril. Querrey lost in the first round at Houston, Barcelona and Portschach.

 

·         Querrey jumped a huge 629 places up the rankings in 2006, the year he finished high school, to end the season at No. 127 after a strong performance on the challenger circuit where he won three titles. He turned professional in June 2006, turning down a full scholarship offer to play tennis at the University of Southern California.

 

·         Querrey played the Roland Garros junior event in 2005 and reached the quarterfinals, losing to Lukas Lacko 67 63 63.

 

·         Recouderc is making his Grand Slam tournament debut today. He has finally qualified for Roland Garros at his fourth attempt, having received a wild card for the qualifying tournament here for the past four years (including this year). He lost in the first qualifying round in 2004 and 2005, reached the second qualifying round in 2006, and finally won all three rounds to reach the main draw this year, with wins over Jan Mertl (CZE) 63 64 in the first round, No. 21 seed Raemon Sluiter 76 63 in the second round, and No. 7 Juan-Pablo Guzman 64 46 97 in the final round. (Guzman later entered the main draw as a lucky loser.)

 

·         Recouderc was runner-up in the 2002 Roland Garros boys’ tournament, losing in the final to countryman Richard Gasquet 60 61.

 

·         Today marks Recouderc’s tour-level debut. The highest level he has played to date is the challenger circuit, where his career highlights are quarterfinal finishes at Valladolid (Spain, hard court) in 2004, and at Penza (Russia, hard court) in 2006.

 

·         In 2007, Recouderc has competed in a mixture of challengers, futures, and qualifying events and has found his form on clay in the last two months. He has won four futures titles this year, all since the beginning of April: two in successive weeks in Egypt, and two more in successive weeks in Great Britain and Algeria respectively. Including main draw and qualifying events at all levels of competition, Recouderc has in fact won 26 of his last 28 matches. (Note: only tour-level main draw matches are included in a player’s official win-loss record.)

FERNANDO VERDASCO (ESP) v (Q) JEROME HAEHNEL (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                            VERDASCO                                                      v                                                       HAEHNEL

 

                                      23                                                             Age                                                            26

                                      51                                                   ATP Ranking                                                 186

                                       1                                                            Titles                                                            1

                                   18-15                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                   1-4

                                     2-3                                         Roland Garros Record                                        1-2

                                112-106                                            Career Record                                              10-16

                                   55-42                                        Career Record - Clay                                         1-8

                                    6-13                                                  2007 Record                                                  2-1

                                     0-4                                             2007 Record - Clay                                            0-0

                                     3-4                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       0-0

                                       1                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   49-49                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                      7-5

                                     2-9                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        1-0

 

·         Verdasco is making his fourth straight appearance at Roland Garros. As No. 28 seed here last year, he reached the second round, losing to Juan Monaco 46 64 64 61.

 

·         Verdasco has never advanced beyond the second round at Roland Garros. As well as last year, he reached the second round on his debut in 2004, losing to Juan Ignacio Chela 75 62 62.

 

·         Unusually for a Spaniard, Verdasco has had his best Grand Slam results on faster surfaces, reaching the round of 16 at the 2005 US Open (l. Jarkko Nieminen 62 76 63) and at 2006 Wimbledon (l. Radek Stepanek 67 63 46 64 62). He had two hard courts at home when growing up.

 

·         Verdasco is bidding to break a six-match losing streak today. He is winless since AMS Indian Wells in March, where after a first round bye he defeated Andreas Seppi 76 63 in the second round. Verdasco then fell in the third round to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 64 64, before losing his first match at five subsequent events before arriving here: AMS Miami (after a first round bye), the Davis Cup quarterfinals versus USA (he played just one rubber), Valencia, AMS Monte Carlo, AMS Rome and AMS Hamburg.

 

·         Verdasco’s six-match losing streak takes in all the clay court matches he has played thus far in 2007. In fact, he has not won a match on clay since September last year, when he reached the quarterfinals at Palermo, defeating Jan Hajek 62 62 in the second round before losing in the quarterfinals to Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo 63 64.

 

·         Verdasco’s best result in a disappointing year so far was reaching the quarterfinals at Las Vegas, before losing to Marat Safin 61 64.

 

·         Haehnel is making his third appearance at his home Grand Slam tournament, and second as a qualifier.

 

·         Haehnel made a spectacular Grand Slam debut as a qualifier at 2004 Roland Garros. Ranked No. 271, he upset No. 6 seed Andre Agassi 64 76 63 in the first round, handing the legendary American just his second first round loss at Roland Garros, and just his eighth career defeat by a qualifier. It was Haehnel’s first win at tour level; he went on to lose in the second round to countryman Michael Llodra 63 62 36 61.

 

·         2007 Roland Garros is just the fifth Grand Slam event that Haehnel has contested, and since that impressive debut, he has had first round losses at three majors: the 2005 Australian Open, 2005 Roland Garros (l. Luis Horna 76 75 63) and 2005 Wimbledon.

 

·         Unseeded in last week’s qualifying competition, Haehnel defeated Albert Portas 62 36 63 in the first round, No. 11 seed Federico Luzzi 64 64 in the second round, and No. 28 Gorka Fraile 64 62 in the final round.

 

·         This is Haehnel’s fourth tour-level match of the year, and the first outside of Hopman Cup in January, where he compiled a 2-1 singles record representing France with Tatiana Golovin. In the mixed team competition in Perth, Haehnel defeated Mardy Fish 75 46 76 and Mark Philippoussis 41 ret. (right knee injury), before losing to Dmitry Tursunov 61 64.

 

·         Before the 2007 Hopman Cup, Haehnel’s last tour-level victory was more than two years ago at Marseille in February 2005, when he had a first round win against countryman Jean-Rene Lisnard 62 67 64.

 

·         Haehnel has played mainly challengers in 2007, his highlight being reaching the final at Cherbourg (FRA) on indoor hard court in March, losing to Federico Luzzi 75 76.

 

 

 

 


 

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