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2007 ROLAND GARROS

DAY FOUR MEN’S NOTES

Wednesday 30 May 2006

Second Round Top Half

Show court matches

 

PHILIPPE CHATRIER:
     
No. 11 Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Kristof Vliegen (BEL

      No. 18 Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) v Gael Monfils (FRA)

 

SUZANNE LENGLEN:

       No. 22 Marat Safin (RUS) v Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

       No. 1 Roger Federer (SUI) v (WC) Thierry Ascione (FRA)

 

COURT 1:                             No. 32 Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v Michael Llodra (FRA)

                                                No. 7 Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) v Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)

 

COURT 2:                              No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v Werner Eschauer (AUT)

                                                Radek Stepanek (CZE) v  (WC) Eduoard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

 

COURT 3:                              No. 19 Guillermo Canas (ARG) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

 

COURT 6:                              No. 17 Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) v Stefan Koubek (AUT)

 

COURT 7:                              No. 9 Tommy Robredo (ESP) v (Q) Konstantinos Economodis (GRE)

                                                No. 15 David Nalbandian (ARG) v (Q) Ivan Navarro Pastor (ESP)

 

OTHER FEATURED MATCH:      No. 13 Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v Nicolas Lapentti (ECU)

 

On court today…

 

·         2006 runner-up Roger Federer looks to keep his 2007 campaign on track against wild card Thierry Ascione. The ten-time Grand Slam champion has never lost at the second round stage of Roland Garros; his French opponent hasn’t won back-to-back tour-level matches since January 2006.

 

·         2006 semifinalist Ivan Ljubicic meets 2003 boys champion Stanislas Wawrinka, having beaten the Swiss in both their previous encounters. Wawrinka, on the comeback trail after three months out with a right knee injury, was 0-3 on clay this year before coming here.

 

·         Another 2006 semifinalist, David Nalbandian, has a first-time meeting with qualifier Ivan Navarro Pastor. The Spaniard is making his debut at Roland Garros this year.

 

·         No. 11 seed and 2002 boys champion Richard Gasquet bids to equal his best Roland Garros result when he takes on Kristof Vliegen for a place in the third round. A win for Vliegen would see the Belgian equal his best result in any Grand Slam event.

 

·         2003 champion Juan Carlos Ferrero bids to extend a 4-3 winning head-to-head against Stefan Koubek. Until his win over Christophe Rochus by retirement in the first round here, Koubek had lost in the first round of his last five Grand Slam events, his last win in a major coming over Ferrero at the 2004 US Open.

 

·         Juan Ignacio Chela takes on his second Frenchman in the tournament. After defeating Fabrice Santoro in the first round, the Argentine, already a champion on clay this year at Acapulco faces Gael Monfils, whose four career victories at Roland Garros have been in five sets.

 

·         Spaniard Tommy Robredo bids to preserve his record of always reaching at least the third round here against Greek qualifier Konstantinos Economidis, appearing in the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time today.

·         A match-up between two men who advanced to the second round by retirement: Mikhail Youzhny, who didn’t complete a game in his first round win over Jan Hernych, and Nicolas Lapentti, whose opponent Alexander Peya retired in the third set of their match. Today marks the pair’s fourth meeting, all of which have been on clay, and Youzhny leads the series 2-1.

 

·         Two of Youzhny’s Russian Davis Cup teammates: Marat Safin and Nikolay Davydenko. Marat Safin takes on Janko Tipsarevic in a match between two of the three men who managed to complete their matches on Sunday while Davydenko faces Werner Eschauer, who is appearing at Roland Garros for the second time, seven years after his first appearance, when he also reached the second round.

 

·         Guillermo Canas, playing his first Grand Slam for two years takes on Simone Bolelli, who is making his Grand Slam debut.

     

 


 

COURT PHILIPPE CHATRIER

 

NO. 11 RICHARD GASQUET (FRA) v KRISTOF VLIEGEN (BEL)

 

Head-to-head: Vliegen leads 1-0

2006     AMS Hamburg               Clay (O)            R64      Vliegen             64 62

 

                              GASQUET                                                       v                                                        VLIEGEN

 

                                      20                                                             Age                                                            24

                                      13                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  74

                                       4                                                            Titles                                                            0

                                   16-14                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                  5-10

                                     4-5                                         Roland Garros Record                                        2-3

                                  106-71                                             Career Record                                              64-69

                                   40-28                                        Career Record - Clay                                       26-28

                                   25-11                                                 2007 Record                                                 9-14

                                    10-5                                           2007 Record - Clay                                            6-6

                                     3-6                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       1-3

                                       0                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   37-41                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                    27-16

                                     5-8                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        5-2

 

·         Gasquet defeated countryman and wild card Nicolas Mahut 63 62 62 in the opening round.

 

·         Gasquet is playing in his sixth successive Roland Garros and is making his third successive appearance in the second round, having lost in the first round the first three years he played here.

 

·         Last year, Gasquet lost in the second round to eventual semifinalist David Nalbandian 62 36 75 60.

 

·         A win today would equal Gasquet’s best result at his home Grand Slam tournament. He reached the third round in 2005, losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 64 63 62.

 

·         Gasquet has made round of 16 appearances at each of the other three Grand Slam tournaments, this being his best finish to date at a major. He reached the last 16 at 2005 Wimbledon, the 2005 and 2006 US Open, and the 2007 Australian Open.

 

·         In his clay court preparation for Roland Garros, Gasquet reached the final at Estoril, losing to Novak Djokovic 76 06 61, and also advanced to the quarterfinals at AMS Monte Carlo (l. Juan Carlos Ferrero 57 75 62). He lost in the second round at both AMS Rome (to Filippo Volandri) and AMS Hamburg (to Jurgen Melzer).

 

·         Reaching the final at Estoril is Gasquet’s best result of 2007 so far, though in the early part of the season he won three matches in a row to reach the semifinals at Sydney and the round of 16 at the Australian Open, both on hard court.

 

·         Gasquet was the 2002 Roland Garros boys’ champion, defeating compatriot Laurent Recouderc 60 61 in the final.

 

·         Vliegen defeated Danai Udomchoke 62 64 63 in the first round, winning his first match at Roland Garros for two years.

 

·         Vliegen lost in five sets in the opening round here last year to Lukas Dlouhy 46 64 36 76 62.

 

·         This is Vliegen’s fourth successive appearance at Roland Garros and by advancing to the second round he has equalled his best result at this event. He reached the second round as a qualifier here in 2005, defeating Antony Dupuis 64 61 62 in the first round before losing to Mariano Puerta 63 75 62.

 

·         Vliegen is bidding to equal his best Grand Slam result. He has made one previous appearance in the third round of a major in ten Grand Slam tournaments played ahead of this one, reaching the third round at the 2006 Australian Open before losing to Juan Ignacio Chela 61 64 64.

 

·         Vliegen’s win against Udomchoke in the first round here broke a four-match losing streak in main draw tour-level matches. Having lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the second round at Barcelona 61 62, Vliegen lost all three of his singles matches representing Belgium in the World Team Cup last week, to Florian Mayer 63 64, Jan Hajek 76 64 and Nicolas Almagro 62 61.

 

·         Between his appearances at Barcelona and the World Team Cup, Vliegen attempted to qualify for AMS Rome and AMS Hamburg, losing in the first qualifying round at both. Adding these to his four main draw losses as detailed above, Vliegen in fact broke a six-match losing streak by winning in the first round here (although only main draw tour-level matches are counted in a players’ win-loss record).

 

·         Vliegen’s best result of the European clay court season was reaching the quarterfinals at AMS Monte Carlo, defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu and Marat Safin before losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 61 61. The quarterfinals is Vliegen’s best result on any surface this season – he  also reached the last eight on hard court at Auckland in January (l. David Ferrer 36 63 62).

 

·         Vliegen had another clay court highlight in the Davis Cup first round in February. With Belgium back competing in the World Group for the first time since 2003 and playing Australia, he won both his singles rubbers, defeating Lleyton Hewitt 46 64 36 63 64 in the first rubber and Chris Guccione 64 64 64 in the decisive fifth rubber to help Belgium to a 3-2 victory, the nation’s first in the World Group since 1999.

 


 

NO. 18 JUAN IGNACIO CHELA (ARG) v GAEL MONFILS (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: Monfils leads 1-0

2005     Metz                 Hard (I)              R32      Monfils              26 61 76

 

                                 CHELA                                                           v                                                       MONFILS

 

                                      27                                                             Age                                                            20

                                      21                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  52

                                       4                                                            Titles                                                            1

                                   28-24                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                  10-9

                                     9-6                                         Roland Garros Record                                        4-2

                                226-178                                            Career Record                                              56-54

                                  122-79                                      Career Record - Clay                                       20-17

                                   28-12                                                 2007 Record                                                 8-11

                                    18-8                                           2007 Record - Clay                                            5-4

                                     0-8                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       4-1

                                       0                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   74-76                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                    26-20

                                     4-8                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        5-4

 

·         Chela advanced to the second round at Roland Garros for the fifth time in seven appearances here by defeating Fabrice Santoro 67 60 63 63 in the first round.

 

·         Chela has lost in the second round here twice. On his Roland Garros debut in 2000 he lost to Younes El Aynaoui 63 64 60, while he also lost at this stage in 2005, falling to Fernando Verdasco 75 61 36 75.

 

·         Chela has won his two other second round matches here, in 2003, defeating Giorgio Galimberti 62 57 62 61 before losing to Carlos Moya 62 63 36 26 63 in the third round and in 2004 on his way to his best Grand Slam result (see below)

 

·         Chela recorded his career-best Grand Slam result at 2004 Roland Garros when he reached the quarterfinals. As No. 22 seed, he defeated Olivier Mutis 46 62 76 62 in the round of 16 before losing to Tim Henman 62 64 64.

 

·         Chela lost in the first round last year to Fernando Verdasco 61 63 67 64.

 

·         At No. 18 here, Chela has received the second-highest Grand Slam seeding of his career. His highest Grand Slam seeding was at the 2004 US Open, where he was seeded No. 17.

 

·         Chela is having a good year. He plays here ranked No. 21, having finished 2006 at No. 33, and won his fourth career singles title on clay at Acapulco in March, defeating Carlos Moya 63 76 in the final. He has played well on all surfaces, reaching the semifinals at Costa do Sauipe (clay) and the quarterfinals at Auckland (hard), AMS Indian Wells (hard), AMS Miami (hard) and AMS Rome (clay).

 

·         Chela was part of the Argentine team that won its third World Team Cup title in Dusseldorf last week, alongside Jose Acasuso, Agustin Calleri and Sebastian Prieto. Chela went 1-2 in singles in the event, his sole victory being over Fernando Gonzalez 63 75 in the round robin. He lost the opening match of the final versus Czech Republic, to Tomas Berdych 36 63 76, but Argentina came back to win 2-1.

 

·         Monfils, playing his third Roland Garros, advanced to the second round by defeating Olivier Rochus 46 64 62 36 61.

 

·         Monfils has now won four matches at Roland Garros and all of his victories have been in five sets.

 

·         Last year, as No. 25 seed, Monfils recorded his best Grand Slam result to date when reaching the round of 16 here, winning three five-set matches in the first three rounds before losing to Novak Djokovic 76 76 63 at that stage.

 

·         Monfils’s best results at the other majors are third-round finishes at 2005 Wimbledon and the 2007 Australian Open and a second-round finish at the 2006 US Open.

 

·         Monfils reached the fifth final of his career at Portschach last week, defeating Andy Roddick 75 63 in the quarterfinals and Lleyton Hewitt 64 75 in the semifinals before losing to Juan Monaco 76 63.

 

·         Monfils arrived at Portschach on an eight-match losing streak. The last time that he had won back-to-back matches in 2007 was at the Australian Open, where he advanced to the third round before losing to countryman Richard Gasquet 60 46 75 63.

 

·         Monfils was the Roland Garros junior boys’ singles champion in 2004 (d. Alex Kuznetsov 62 62). He also won the boys’ singles titles at that year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon and finished the year as the No.1-ranked junior and was named ITF Junior World Champion.


 

COURT SUZANNE LENGLEN

 

NO. 22 MARAT SAFIN (RUS) v JANKO TIPSAREVIC (SRB)

 

Head-to-head: Safin leads 1-0

2006     Moscow            Carpet (I)           QF        Safin                 76 36 64

 

Safin and Tipsarevic were two of just three players to complete their matches on the opening day of this year’s Roland Garros on Sunday.

                                                                               

                         SAFIN                                                           v                                                    TIPSAREVIC

 

                                      27                                                             Age                                                            22

                                      25                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  80

                                      15                                                           Titles                                                            0

                                   81-27                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                  6-12

                                    24-8                                       Roland Garros Record                                        2-3

                                373-216                                            Career Record                                              43-57

                                  110-67                                      Career Record - Clay                                       19-13

                                   13-10                                                 2007 Record                                                  7-9

                                     6-5                                             2007 Record - Clay                                            4-1

                                   26-11                                     Career Five-Set Record                                       7-3

                                       0                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     2

                                184-149                                  Career Tiebreak Record                                    22-23

                                     6-7                                          2007 Tiebreak Record                                      4-2

 

·         Safin was the first man to advance to the second round at this year’s Roland Garros, defeating lucky loser Fernando Vicente 61 63 61 in the opening match on Philippe Chatrier on Sunday.

 

·         Safin is making his ninth appearance at Roland Garros. Apart from last year, when he lost in the first round to Fernando Gonzalez, he has always reached at least the third round here.

 

·         Safin’s best Roland Garros result is reaching the semifinals in 2002 as No. 2 seed, defeating Sebastien Grosjean 63 62 62 in the quarterfinals before losing to Juan Carlos Ferrero 63 62 64.

 

·         Safin has won two Grand Slam singles titles to date. He defeated Pete Sampras 64 63 63 to win the 2000 US Open and five years later, defeated Lleyton Hewitt 16 63 64 64 to win the 2005 Australian Open title.

 

·         Safin is bidding to win consecutive matches for just the second time this season, having done so to advance to the semifinals at Las Vegas, losing to Lleyton Hewitt 75 61. Since then he has lost his first match at three events, and his second match at three more.

 

·         Safin played four clay court tournaments ahead of 2007 Roland Garros, losing in the second round at all three Masters Series events on the surface: at AMS Monte Carlo to Kristof Vliegen 06 76 64, at AMS Rome to countryman Nikolay Davydenko 76 75, and at AMS Hamburg to Juan Carlos Ferrero 63 76(15).

 

·         Safin has also played two Davis Cup ties on clay in 2007. He defeated Nicolas Massu 63 62 62 in the opening rubber of Russia’s first round tie away to Chile, before losing the fourth rubber to Fernando Gonzalez 63 75 64. In Russia’s home quarterfinal tie versus France in April, Safin defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu 76 63 62 in the decisive fifth rubber, handing defending champion Russia a place in the semifinals in September, where it will be at home to Germany.

 

·         Tipsarevic advanced to the second round at Roland Garros for just the second time in four appearances, defeating countryman and qualifier Dusan Vemic 76 64 46 63 in the first round.

 

·         Last year, Tipsarevic lost to Julien Benneteau 62 64 67 63 in the first round.

 

·         Tipsarevic is today bidding to reach the third round at Roland Garros for the first time. He also advanced to the second round in 2005, defeating Dominik Hrbaty 67 63 36 63 86 in the first round before losing to Fernando Vicente 63 16 76 63.

 

·         If he wins today, Tipsarevic would also equal his best performance in any Grand Slam. He advanced to the third round at 2005 Wimbledon, losing to Thomas Johansson 62 63 61.

 

·         Tipsarevic is bidding to win back-to-back matches for the third time this year. He advanced to the third round at AMS Indian Wells (l. David Ferrer 61 63) and also won both singles rubbers when Serbia defeated Georgia 5-0 in a Davis Cup Europe/Africa Group I tie.

 

·         This is Tipsarevic’s third tour-level event, including Davis Cup, on clay this year. At Casablanca, he defeated Michael Llodra 62 76 in the first round before losing to Jose Acasuso 64 64.

 

·         Tipsarevic won the Zagreb Challenger (d. Julio Silva 36 63 63) in his last tournament before Roland Garros so is on a six-match winning streak at all levels.

 

 

 

 

 


 

NO. 1 ROGER FEDERER (SUI) v (WC) THIERRY ASCIONE (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: Federer leads 1-0

2003     AMS Paris        Carpet (I)           R32      Federer             76 61

 

                              FEDERER                                                        v                                                       ASCIONE

 

                                      25                                                             Age                                                            26

                                       1                                                    ATP Ranking                                                 168

                                      48                                                           Titles                                                            0

                                  120-21                                Career Grand Slam Record                                   2-8

                                    21-8                                       Roland Garros Record                                        1-4

                                512-132                                            Career Record                                              19-36

                                   97-35                                        Career Record - Clay                                        8-14

                                    25-4                                                  2007 Record                                                  2-1

                                    11-2                                           2007 Record - Clay                                            2-1

                                    9-10                                      Career Five-Set Record                                       0-2

                                       3                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                190-108                                  Career Tiebreak Record                                     9-13

                                     6-3                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        0-1

 

·         Federer defeated Michael Russell 64 62 64 in the first round, to advance to the Roland Garros second round for the sixth time.

 

·         Federer is making his ninth appearance at Roland Garros, having played every year since making his Grand Slam debut as a wild card in 1999.

 

·         Although Federer has lost in the first round here three times (1999, 2002 and 2003), he has never lost at the second round stage of Roland Garros.

 

·         Federer has entered his 174th week at No. 1 in the rankings, having been at the top every week since 2 February 2004. This is a record for consecutive weeks at No. 1 – he overtook Jimmy Connors’ mark of 160 straight weeks on 26th February. Federer is in fourth place for the most total weeks at No. 1, behind Pete Sampras (286 weeks), Ivan Lendl (270 weeks) and Connors (268).

 

·         Federer reached the Roland Garros final for the first time last year, becoming the seventh man in the Open Era to reach the final at all four Grand Slam events (the others are Andre Agassi, Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier). Federer’s loss in the final to defending champion Rafael Nadal 16 61 64 76 was one of just five losses for Federer in 2006, four of which were to Nadal (the fifth was to Andy Murray).

 

·         For the third successive year, Federer is bidding at Roland Garros to become only the sixth man in history to win all four Grand Slam titles. The five men to have achieved the ‘career Grand Slam’ are Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver and Fred Perry. Budge and Laver, of course, won the much-coveted Grand Slam, Budge winning all four major tournaments in a single calendar year in 1938, before Laver did so in 1962 and 1969.

 

·         With his chances of achieving both a career Grand Slam and a true (calendar year) Grand Slam still alive, Federer is also bidding, for the second successive year, to become just the third man in history to win four majors in a row. Of the five men to win all four majors in their careers, only Budge and Laver held all four titles at the same time. Perry, Emerson and Agassi were never able to win four consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.

 

·         In the 38 years since Laver completed his second Grand Slam in 1969, Agassi is the only man to have been able to capture the elusive fourth different major. In that time, 11 other men have collected three of the four major titles. In every case, the players failed to win either Roland Garros or Wimbledon to complete their set. [For more detail see Preview page 3.]

 

·         Federer has collected his ten Grand Slam titles in his last 15 Grand Slam tournaments. En route to the 2007 Australian Open crown, he advanced to his 11th successive Grand Slam semifinal, setting a new Open Era record for consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances. He became the first man to win a Grand Slam title without dropping a set since Bjorn Borg at 1980 Roland Garros.

 

·         Although Federer has won three titles so far in 2007, by his standards this season has been disappointing. Before the start of Roland Garros, his win-loss record for the season was only seventh-best, at 24-4. Federer’s victory at AMS Hamburg broke a run of four straight tournament losses, his longest streak without winning a title since taking over the No. 1 ranking in February 2004. After winning the Australian Open and Dubai, Federer lost in the second round at AMS Indian Wells to Guillermo Canas 75 62 (after a first round bye), and again to Canas, 76 26 76, in the round of 16 at AMS Miami. Federer reached the final at AMS Monte Carlo before losing to Rafael Nadal, and was then upset by wild card Filippo Volandri 62 64 in the round of 16 at AMS Rome.

 

·         Federer’s recent victory at Hamburg was his fourth win at the tournament and marked his first defeat of Rafael Nadal in six clay court meetings. He defeated the Spaniard 26 62 60 in the final to improve his career head-to-head against Nadal to 4-7.

 

·         Gustavo Kuerten was the last No. 1 seed to win Roland Garros, in 2001. The last No. 1 seed to lose in the second round was Andre Agassi in 2000, the American falling to Karol Kucera 26 75 61 60.

 

·         Wild card Ascione defeated 2005 Roland Garros boys champion Marin Cilic 62 62 61 in the first round to win his first match in five appearances at Roland Garros.

 

·         Ascione made his Grand Slam debut at 2003 Roland Garros as a wild card, and has played every year since, losing in the first round each time. He has received a wild card every year except 2004, when he was a direct entrant.

 

·         Ascione lost in the first round at last year’s Roland Garros to Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo 76 64 67 63.

 

·         Ascione’s defeat of Cilic in the first round here not only broke his four-match losing streak at Roland Garros, it also broke a streak of six first round losses in all Grand Slam events.

 

·         This is Ascione’s ninth Grand Slam event and he has only once previously advanced beyond the first round. As a direct entrant at the 2004 Australian Open, he defeated Felix Mantilla 75 61 76 in the first round before losing in the second round to Rafael Nadal 64 36 75 61.

 

·         Ascione’s first round match here was just his third tour-level match of the year. He qualified on clay at Casablanca in April and reached the second round, defeating Younes El Aynaoui 64 63 in the first round before losing to Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo 64 76.

 

·         Ascione has played mainly on the challenger circuit in 2007, and won the clay court title at Rome in May, defeating Victor-Valentin Crivoi 63 63 in the final.

 

·         Ascione has not won back-to-back matches at tour level since January 2006, when he won two in a row to reach the quarterfinals at Chennai. Ascione has never won more than two consecutive matches at tour level.

 


 

COURT 1

 

NO. 32 NICOLAS ALMAGRO (ESP) v MICHAEL LLODRA (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                      ALMAGRO                                          v                                         LLODRA

 

                            21                                              Age                                           27

                            38                                       ATP Ranking                                    87

                             2                                              Titles                                           1

                           4-10                          Career Grand Slam Record                       11-22

                            3-3                               Roland Garros Record                            4-7

                          65-62                                    Career Record                                 65-98

                          58-42                               Career Record - Clay                             7-19

                          22-12                                      2007 Record                                    6-9

                           20-7                                 2007 Record - Clay                               1-2

                            0-2                              Career Five-Set Record                           0-6

                             0                             Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          0

                          20-35                            Career Tiebreak Record                         29-47

                            4-6                                2007 Tiebreak Record                             2-2


 
NO. 7 IVAN LJUBICIC (CRO) v STANISLAS WAWRINKA (SUI)

 

Head-to-head: Ljubicic leads 2-0

2005     Doha                 Hard (O)            R32      Ljubicic             63 64

2006     Vienna              Hard (I)              QF        Ljubicic             63 62

 

This is the pair’s third career meeting, but first on clay.

 

                              LJUBICIC                                                        v                                                     WAWRINKA

 

                                      28                                                             Age                                                            22

                                       7                                                    ATP Ranking                                                  44

                                       7                                                            Titles                                                            1

                                   27-30                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                  12-8

                                     9-7                                         Roland Garros Record                                        3-2

                                305-199                                            Career Record                                              54-57

                                   72-59                                        Career Record - Clay                                       28-22

                                   25-11                                                 2007 Record                                                  3-6

                                     4-4                                             2007 Record - Clay                                            1-3

                                    7-13                                      Career Five-Set Record                                       6-2

                                       3                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     3

                                149-151                                  Career Tiebreak Record                                    23-39

                                   16-10                                       2007 Tiebreak Record                                        0-2

 

·         Ljubicic defeated Arnaud Clement 61 75 76 in the first round, advancing to the Roland Garros second round for the fourth time.

 

·         Ljubicic is making his eighth successive appearance at Roland Garros and turned things around at last year’s tournament. Having never previously advanced beyond the third round, and having lost in the first round on four occasions, he broke through to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal. Ljubicic defeated Julien Benneteau 62 62 63 in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 64 62 76. This is his best performance in a major to date.

 

·         Ljubicic failed to win back-to-back matches in the four clay court tournaments he contested this season before coming here. He advanced to the third round, after a first round bye, at both AMS Monte Carlo (l. Richard Gasquet 63 67 75) and AMS Hamburg (l. David Ferrer 63 63), and to the second round at Portschach last week (l. Luis Horna 76 64).

 

·         Ljubicic is attempting to win back-to-back clay court matches for the first time since July 2006, when he won two in a row to advance to the quarterfinals at Gstaad (l. Feliciano Lopez 76 63).

 

·         Before moving to clay, Ljubicic was having a good 2007 season, if not quite as impressive as last year, when he had won two titles (Chennai and Zagreb) ahead of Roland Garros. Ljubicic won his seventh career title in the first week of the season on hard court at Doha, defeating Andy Murray 64 64 in the final. He also reached finals on hard court at Rotterdam (l. Mikhail Youzhny 62 64) and on carpet at Zagreb (l. Marcos Baghdatis 76 46 64), as well as reaching the semifinals at AMS Miami, on hard court, losing to Guillermo Canas 75 62.

 

·         Wawrinka came back from two-sets-to-love down to defeat Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 06 57 62 75 64 in the first round. It was his first win at Roland Garros for two years.

 

·         Wawrinka’s first round win was his third comeback from two-sets-to-love down, and second at Roland Garros, having defeated James Blake 67 57 61 63 64 in the second round here in 2005. It improved Wawrinka’s five-set record to 6-2.

 

·         This is Wawrinka’s third appearance at Roland Garros. He made his Grand Slam debut here as a qualifier in 2005 and reached the third round with wins over Nicolas Massu and James Blake (see above), before losing to Mariano Puerta 16 63 61 64. Wawrinka lost in the first round here last year to eventual semifinalist David Nalbandian 62 76 64.

 

·         The third round is Wawrinka’s best finish at a Grand Slam event. As well as reaching that stage here in 2005, he also reached the third round at the 2005 and 2006 US Open, 2006 Wimbledon, and the 2007 Australian Open.

 

·         2007 Roland Garros is just the seventh tournament of the year for Wawrinka. He tore a tendon in his right knee during practice for Switzerland’s Davis Cup World Group first round tie against Spain in February, the tie being held in Geneva, and had to have surgery the following day, subsequently missing almost three months of the season.

 

·         Until his victory in the first round here, Wawrinka had won just two matches all season, both at the Australian Open, where he defeated Kevin Kim and Paul Capdeville to reach the third round before losing to Rafael Nadal 62 62 62. He had previously lost in the first round at Doha and Auckland, and since making his comeback from his knee injury at AMS Rome, has had three further first round losses: at AMS Rome, AMS Hamburg, and Portschach last week.

 

·         Wawrinka was the 2003 Roland Garros boys champion, defeating Brian Baker 75 46 63 in the final.

 


 

COURT 2

 

NO. 4 NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO (RUS) v WERNER ESCHAUER (AUT)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

Although the two players have never met in the main draw at tour level, they have met twice in qualifying events, here in 2001 and at Vienna in 2002, with Davydenko winning on both occasions

 

                           DAVYDENKO                                                     v                                                     ESCHAUER

 

                                     25*                                                            Age                                                            33

                                       4                                                    ATP Ranking                                                  93

                                      10                                                           Titles                                                            0

                                   38-24                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                   2-3

                                    13-6                                       Roland Garros Record                                        2-1

                                233-175                                            Career Record                                               8-17

                                  110-70                                      Career Record - Clay                                        7-12

                                   24-14                                                 2007 Record                                                  1-1

                                     9-6                                             2007 Record - Clay                                            1-1

                                     7-5                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       0-0

                                       3                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   61-64                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                      4-6

                                     9-8                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        0-0

* Turns 26 on 2 June

 

·         Playing his seventh Roland Garros, Davydenko was the only man to complete a match on Monday, defeating Stefano Galvani 63 61 61 in their first round match.

 

·         Davydenko reached the quarterfinals here last year, losing to David Nalbandian 63 63 26 64.

 

·         Davydenko reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at 2005 Roland Garros before losing to eventual runner-up Mariano Puerta 63 57 26 64 64. He matched that by reaching the semifinals at the 2006 US Open (l. eventual champion Roger Federer 61 75 64).

 

·         Prior to reaching the semifinals here in 2005 (see above), Davydenko had never previously advanced beyond the second round here, losing at this stage on his first three appearances.

 

·         Davydenko played at Portschach last week, having won the title in Austria for the past two years. This time however, as No. 1 seed, he lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Juan Monaco 62 67 64.

 

·         Davydenko’s best result on clay so far this year was reaching the semifinals at AMS Rome, where he defeated Tommy Robredo 16 63 63 in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 76 67 64 in a match lasting three hours, 38 minutes.

 

·         Davydenko’s best results on all surfaces this season have been semifinal finishes, reaching the last four at Doha and indoors at Rotterdam, both on hard court, before doing so at AMS Rome. He was also a quarterfinalist for the third successive year at the Australian Open (l. Tommy Haas 63 26 16 61 75).

 

·         Eschauer advanced to the second round of Roland Garros for the second time, defeating Alexandre Sidorenko 63 36 63 54 ret. (Sidorenko sprained his right ankle when match point down.)

 

·         This is Eschauer’s second appearance here but comes seven years after his first. In 2000, as a qualifier, he also advanced to the second round, losing at this stage to Richard Krajicek 75 63 75.

 

·         Eschauer has attempted unsuccessfully to qualify for Roland Garros every year since qualifying in 2000, coming closest in 2002, when he reached the final qualifying round. Last year he advanced to the second round of qualifying (d. Irakli Labadze, l. Evgeny Korolev).

 

·         This is just the second time that Eschauer has competed in a Grand Slam as a direct entrant after reaching a career-high ranking of No. 85 on 16 April 2007.

 

·         Overall, this is Eschauer’s fourth Grand Slam appearance. He lost in the first round at both 2000 Wimbledon as a lucky loser and the 2003 US Open.

 

·         Since appearing at 2000 Wimbledon, Eschauer has made 14 unsuccessful attempts to qualify for Grand Slam events.

 

·         This is Eschauer’s second tour-level appearance of the year. At Barcelona, he lost in the first round to Yuri Schukin 64 64.

 

·         Eschauer has played mainly on the challenger circuit in 2007, winning three titles to date, at Wroclaw on indoor hard in February and at Monza (ITA) and Chiasso (SUI) on clay in April. He also reached the final at Barletta (ITA), also on clay but retired due to illness trailing 36 76 20.

 

 


 
(WC) EDOUARD ROGER-VASSELIN v RADEK STEPANEK (CZE)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                ROGER-VASSELIN                                    v                                       STEPANEK

 

                            23                                              Age                                           28

                            144                                      ATP Ranking                                    58

                             0                                              Titles                                           1

                            1-0                           Career Grand Slam Record                       27-18

                            1-0                               Roland Garros Record                            6-4

                            3-3                                     Career Record                               159-124

                            2-2                                Career Record - Clay                            59-40

                            2-1                                       2007 Record                                   9-11

                            2-1                                  2007 Record - Clay                               3-5

                            0-0                              Career Five-Set Record                           8-10

                             0                             Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          3

                            1-0                              Career Tiebreak Record                         67-71

                            0-0                                2007 Tiebreak Record                             2-8


 

COURT 3

 

NO. 19 GUILLERMO CANAS (ARG) v SIMONE BOLELLI (ITA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                                 CANAS                                                          v                                                        BOLELLI

 

                                      29                                                             Age                                                            21

                                      22                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  75

                                       7                                                            Titles                                                            0

                                   33-23                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                   1-0

                                    12-6                                       Roland Garros Record                                        1-0

                                210-146                                            Career Record                                               5-11

                                  103-67                                      Career Record - Clay                                         2-5

                                    23-8                                                  2007 Record                                                  5-7

                                    13-5                                           2007 Record - Clay                                            2-3

                                   11-11                                     Career Five-Set Record                                       0-0

                                       1                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   68-60                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                      3-7

                                    11-3                                        2007 Tiebreak Record                                        2-4

 

·         Canas advanced to the second round by defeating Victor Hanescu 63 61 64 in his first Grand Slam match for two years, having returned from a 15-month anti-doping suspension in September 2006.

 

·         Canas is making his seventh appearance at Roland Garros and is bidding to reach the third round here for the fourth time.

 

·         Roland Garros is the scene of Canas’s best Grand Slam performances. He has twice reached the quarterfinals here, going no further than the round of 16 at any other major. Canas first reached the quarters here in 2002, defeating Lleyton Hewitt 67 76 64 63 in the round of 16 before losing to eventual champion Albert Costa 75 36 67 64 60. He returned to the last eight here in 2005 in his last Grand Slam appearance, again losing in five sets, this time to eventual runner-up Mariano Puerta 62 36 16 63 64.

 

·         Canas tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide steroid at 2005 Acapulco and began his 15-month suspension after 2005 Halle the week of 13 June. He returned at the Belem Challenger (BRA) the week of 11 September 2006 and won the title, and has performed strongly since, working his way back up the rankings from a low of No. 514 in September 2006 to No. 20 on 14 May 2007, his highest mark since 8 August 2005. He plays here at No. 22.

 

·         Canas compiled a 28-3 record on the challenger circuit from September onwards through the remainder of the 2006 season, winning a total of four tournaments (Belem, Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Asuncion). After collecting another challenger title at Sao Paulo this January, he stepped up to the ATP tour, and quickly won the title at Costa do Sauipe, his first tour title for two and a half years, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero 76 62 in the final.

 

·         In addition to winning the Costa do Sauipe title, Canas has other good results this year on both clay and hard court. He qualified at AMS Miami and advanced to the final, losing to Novak Djokovic 63 62 64, and was runner-up at Barcelona, to Rafael Nadal 63 64.

 

·         His performance at Barcelona was Canas’s standout result on European clay – he did not advance beyond the second round at his three other events in the run-up to here. He withdrew from AMS Monte Carlo with leg pains, and retired in the first round at Munich with a stomach injury.

 

·         Bolelli made a successful Grand Slam debut, defeating 2003 runner-up Martin Verkerk 61 64 64 in the first round.

 

·         Bolelli moved into the main draw when Xavier Malisse withdrew with a wrist injury, thus gaining direct acceptance into the main draw of a major for the first time.

 

·         Bolelli attempted to qualify at last year’s Roland Garros. He reached the second qualifying round, defeating Dusan Vemic 76 64 in the first qualifying round before falling to Ivan Navarro-Pastor 76 26 64.

 

·         Bolelli had, in fact, tried unsuccessfully to qualify for the last six majors. He came closest at 2006 Wimbledon where he fell in the final qualifying round to countryman Stefano Galvani 61 64 75.

 

·         Bolelli’s best result in 2007 came at AMS Miami, where he won back-to-back matches at tour level for the first time in his career, defeating Gael Monfils 64 62 and Dmitry Tursunov 67 63 64 in the first two rounds before falling to David Ferrer 76 62 in the final.

 

·         Bolelli had won just one match in three clay court tournaments before this year’s Roland Garros, defeating Marat Safin 64 76 in the first round at Barcelona before losing to Potito Starace 64 63 in the second.

 

·         Bolelli has won three Challenger titles and reached another three challenger finals in the last twelve months and plays here on a ranking of No. 75, one place lower than his career-high of No. 74, achieved on 21 May 2007.

 


 
COURT 6
 

NO. 17 JUAN CARLOS FERRERO (ESP) v STEFAN KOUBEK (AUT)

 

Head-to-head: Ferrero leads 4-3

2001     Roland Garros               Clay (O)            R128                 Ferrero              62 62 63

2002     AMS Toronto                 Hard (O)            R32                  Koubek             75 63

2002     Hong Kong                    Hard (O)            R32                  Ferrero              62 64

2004     Wimbledo n                   Grass (O)          R64                  Ferrero              46 75 57 76 86

2004     Gstaad                          Clay (O)            R32                  Koubek             76 64

2004     US Open                       Hard (O)            R64                  Koubek             76 46 67 62 63

2005     AMS Cincinnati              Hard (O)            R64                  Ferrero              06 63 62

 

This is the pair’s eighth meeting in a series stretching back six years. In Grand Slam encounters Ferrero leads 2-1; on clay, they are tied 1-1.

 

                              FERRERO                                                        v                                                        KOUBEK

 

                                      27                                                             Age                                                            30

                                      20                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  70

                                      11                                                           Titles                                                            3

                                   74-27                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                23-29

                                    29-6                                       Roland Garros Record                                        8-7

                                351-179                                            Career Record                                           187-214

                                  185-62                                      Career Record - Clay                                       89-80

                                   20-12                                                 2007 Record                                                 9-13

                                    17-8                                           2007 Record - Clay                                            2-3

                                   17-13                                     Career Five-Set Record                                      10-7

                                       1                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     3

                                130-101                                  Career Tiebreak Record                                    80-55

                                     6-4                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        7-4

 

·         2003 champion Ferrero defeated Amer Delic 67 63 63 64 in the first round, maintaining his perfect record in first round matches at Roland Garros.

 

·         Ferrero is making his eighth appearance at Roland Garros, having played every year since his run to the semifinals on his debut in 2000. He is bidding to reach the third round for the seventh time, having only once failed to get that far (he lost in the second round as defending champion in 2004, to Igor Andreev 64 62 63).

 

·         Ferrero advanced to the third round here last year, losing to Gaston Gaudio 75 75 76.

 

·         Ferrero won his lone Grand Slam title here four years ago, defeating Martin Verkerk 61 63 62 in the final. In the semifinals Ferrero had beaten Albert Costa, avenging his defeat by Costa in the 2002 final.

 

·         Ferrero was one of four former Roland Garros champions starting in the men’s draw, the others being Carlos Moya (1998), Gaston Gaudio (2004) and Rafael Nadal (2005-06). He was also one of five players starting in the draw who possess a lone Grand Slam title, the other being fellow Roland Garros winners Moya and Gaudio, Thomas Johansson (2002 Australian Open) and Andy Roddick (2003 US Open).

 

·         Ferrero has recovered from his fall to as low as No. 98 in the rankings in February 2005, but hasn’t recaptured the form that took him to the title here in 2003, and is still searching for his first title since 2003 AMS Madrid.

 

·         Ferrero’s best results in 2007 have been on clay. He reached the final at Costa do Sauipe, losing to Guillermo Canas 76 62, and was a semifinalist at Acapulco (l. Carlos Moya 26 62 63) and AMS Monte Carlo (l. Roger Federer 63 64).

 

·         Ferrero was runner-up in the Roland Garros boys’ tournament in 1998, losing to Fernando Gonzalez 46 64 63 in the final.

 

·         Koubek defeated qualifier Christophe Rochus 67 76 64 12 ret. in the first round, Rochus retiring with cramps. It marked his first win at Roland Garros for three years, and broke a run of five straight first round losses at Grand Slam tournaments.

 

·         Koubek did not play last year’s Roland Garros. He was not ranked high enough for direct entry, and failed to qualify, losing in the second round of the qualifying competition to Sasa Tuksar 61 63.

 

·         On his last appearance at Roland Garros, in 2005, Koubek lost in the first round to Dmitry Tursunov 46 61 64 61. Until this year, his most recent victory here had been in 2004, when he defeated Ivan Ljubicic 60 16 64 62 in the second round, losing in the third round to David Nalbandian 67 63 76 75.

 

·         Koubek has yet to improve on his debut Roland Garros performance, in 1999, when he reached the round 16, defeating Sebastien Grosjean 63 64 64 in the third round before losing to the previous year’s runner-up Alex Corretja 62 63 75. The following year, in 2000, Koubek was disqualified in the second round after receiving four warnings, losing to qualifier Attila Savolt 36 75 60 52 def.

 

·         Koubek’s best result at any Grand Slam event was reaching the quarterfinals at the 2002 Australian Open, defeating Fernando Gonzalez 75 61 67 62 in the round of 16 before losing to Jiri Novak 62 63 62.

 

·         Before defeating Rochus by retirement here, Koubek’s last Grand Slam win was at the 2004 US Open, where he defeated today’s opponent Ferrero 76 46 67 62 63 in the second round, losing in the third round to Joachim Johansson 67 76 61 63. Since then, Koubek has played five of a possible nine Grand Slam events, losing in the first round each time: at 2005 Roland Garros, 2005 Wimbledon, the 2005 US Open, the 2006 US Open, and the 2007 Australian Open.

 

·         Koubek got back into the Top 100 last year, moving up 91 places from 2005 year-end to 2006 year-end. His best result to date in 2007 came at the start of the season, when he reached the final at Chennai before losing to Xavier Malisse 61 63.

 

·         Koubek did not win consecutive matches in three clay court tournaments played this year ahead of Roland Garros, retiring in the second round at Valencia because of a left ankle injury, and losing in the first rounds at Munich and Portschach.

 

           

 


 
COURT 7
 
NO. 9 TOMMY ROBREDDO (ESP) v (Q) KONSTANTINOS ECONOMIDIS (GRE)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                      ROBREDO                                                       v                                                   ECONOMIDIS

 

                                      25                                                             Age                                                            29

                                       9                                                    ATP Ranking                                                 146

                                       4                                                            Titles                                                            0

                                   49-25                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                   1-2

                                    20-6                                       Roland Garros Record                                        1-0

                                274-169                                            Career Record                                              20-15

                                  126-57                                      Career Record - Clay                                        14-2

                                   24-14                                                 2007 Record                                                  3-3

                                     8-5                                             2007 Record - Clay                                            3-0

                                     6-3                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       3-1

                                       1                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     1

                                   89-73                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                     4-12

                                     4-6                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        0-1

 

·         Robredo advanced to the second round by defeating Sergio Roitman 63 64 62 in the first round.

 

·         Robredo is playing his seventh successive Roland Garros and has reached at least the third round on all of his six previous appearances.

 

·         Last year, as No. 7 seed, Robredo reached the round of 16 before losing to Mario Ancic 64 46 26 64 75.

 

·         Robredo has reached the Roland Garros quarterfinals on two occasions, in 2003 and 2005. In 2003, he let slip a two-set lead and lost to countryman Albert Costa at that stage and also lost in five sets in the last eight in 2005, falling to Nikolay Davydenko.

 

·         Roland Garros is Robredo’s most successful major. He reached the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time in 2007 (see below), but has yet to advance beyond the round of 16 at the US Open or the third round at Wimbledon.

 

·         Robredo played five clay court events this year in the lead-up to Roland Garros. His best result was at Estoril, where he advanced to the semifinals, losing to Novak Djokovic 75 61. He also reached the quarterfinals at AMS Rome, falling to Nikolay Davydenko 16 63 63.

 

·         Robredo enjoyed a good start to the 2007 season, reaching the final at Auckland on hard (l. David Ferrer 64 62) and then advancing to the Australian Open quarterfinals (l. Roger Federer 63 76 75) and equalling his best performance in a major (he also reached the quarterfinals here in 2003 and 2005, see above).

 

·         Robredo has a very good junior record at Roland Garros, reaching the semifinals in 1999 (l. David Nalbandian 63 62) and finishing as runner-up in 2000 (l. Paul-Henri Mathieu 36 76 62)

 

·         Economidis recorded his first ever victory in a Grand Slam tournament, defeating Chris Guccione 67 64 64 61 in the first round.

 

·         This is Economidis’s first appearance at Roland Garros, having coming through qualifying. As No. 30 seed in qualifying, he defeated German Bastian Knittel 61 62 in the first round, Italian Simone Vagnozzi 46 62 63 in the second round, and Spaniard Marc Lopez 64 46 63 in the final round.

 

·         Economidis also tried unsuccessfully to qualify at Roland Garros in 2004 and 2006.

 

·         Economidis has also successfully qualified twice at Wimbledon, but failed to advance beyond the first round on both occasions. In 2002, he lost to Feliciano Lopez 63 36 46 76 119 and in 2003, he lost to Nicolas Escude 76 64 76.

 

·         Excluding Davis Cup, Economidis’s victory over Guccione was his first-ever at tour level, in his ninth tournament. He had lost in the first round at his three other tournaments at tour-level in 2007.

 

·         Economidis has fared better on the challenger circuit in 2007, reaching the semifinals at Wroclaw on hard and three quarterfinals, at Durban on hard court, and Casablanca and Prague, both on clay.

 

·         Economidis is Greece’s leading Davis Cup player in terms of total wins. He has a 31-15 win-loss record in matches to date (19-7 in singles).


 

NO. 15 DAVID NALBANDIAN (ARG) v (Q) IVAN NAVARRO PASTOR (ESP)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                          NALBANDIAN                                                    v                                             NAVARRO PASTOR

 

                                      25                                                             Age                                                            25

                                      18                                                   ATP Ranking                                                 102

                                       5                                                            Titles                                                            0

                                   66-21                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                   1-1

                                    17-5                                       Roland Garros Record                                        1-0

                                227-116                                            Career Record                                              10-11

                                   89-44                                        Career Record - Clay                                        10-6

                                    10-9                                                  2007 Record                                                  5-2

                                     4-4                                             2007 Record - Clay                                            5-2

                                    14-8                                      Career Five-Set Record                                       0-0

                                       6                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   74-61                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                      5-4

                                     4-6                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        4-1

 

·         Nalbandian defeated Hyung-Taik Lee 62 61 36 63 in the opening round, maintaining his record of never having lost in the first round at this event.

 

·         Nalbandian is appearing at Roland Garros for the sixth time in his career. He reached the semifinals for the second time last year, as No. 3 seed defeating Nikolay Davydenko 63 63 26 64 in the quarterfinals before retiring with a left abdominal strain against Roger Federer, losing 36 64 52 ret. to hand the world No. 1 his first Roland Garros final. Nalbandian also reached the semis here in 2004, falling to eventual champion and compatriot Gaston Gaudio 63 76 60. He is one of only two active players – the other being Federer – to have reached the semifinals or better at all four Grand Slam events.

 

·         Nalbandian’s best Grand Slam results remains his runner-up finish at 2002 Wimbledon, where, in just his fourth major and playing his first senior grass court event, he became the first man to reach the Wimbledon final on his debut. He defeated Xavier Malisse 76 64 16 26 62 in the semifinals before losing to Lleyton Hewitt 61 63 62.

 

·         Nalbandian was one of five men starting in the draw who have been Grand Slam runners-up without claiming a major title. The other two were 2001 Australian Open finalist Arnaud Clement, 2003 Roland Garros runner-up Martin Verkerk, 2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis, and 2007 Australian Open runner-up Fernando Gonzalez. Only Nalbandian and Baghdatis have advanced to the second round here.

 

·         Nalbandian has played an abbreviated season so far, Roland Garros being just his ninth event (including the Davis Cup quarterfinals). Having led Argentina to the Davis Cup final at the end of 2006 (they lost to Russia), he sat out the first round of this year’s competition in February to rest. He retired with a back injury in the second round at AMS Monte Carlo (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber 75 41 ret.), then reached the quarterfinals at Barcelona in his last tournament appearance before coming here. Nalbandian withdrew from the Masters Series events in Rome and Hamburg with the back injury.

 

·         Nalbandian’s best result in 2007 was winning three matches to reach the last 16 at the Australian Open, before losing to Tommy Haas 46 63 62 63. He won two in a row to advance to the last 16 at AMS Indian Wells, and the quarterfinals at Barcelona.

 

·         Making his Roland Garros debut, Navarro Pastor defeated fellow qualifier Boris Pashanski 76 64 64 in the first round.

 

·         This is just Navarro Pastor’s second Grand Slam tournament. He qualified at 2004 Wimbledon, losing in the first round to Mardy Fish 63 62 63.

 

·         In last week’s qualifying competition, seeded No. 5, Navarro Pastor defeated Joshua Goodall 36 62 62 in the first round, Harel Levy 63 64 in the second round, and countryman Pablo Andujar 57 64 86 in the final round to reach the main draw.

 

·         Navarro Pastor had tried to qualify for Roland Garros three times previously without success. He lost in the first round of the 2002 and 2005 qualifying events, and reached the final round of last year’s qualifying event before losing to Sasa Tuksar 76 63. These were three of a total of eight failed attempts to qualify for Grand Slam tournaments.

 

·         Navarro Pastor’s first round match marked his fifth tour-level win this year. After compiling a 1-1 record in the round robin as a direct entrant at Vina Del Mar, he entered the Valencia main draw as a lucky loser and won three successive tour-level matches to reach his second career ATP semifinal, having reached his first at the same tournament in 2005. This year, Navarro Pastor defeated Evgeny Korolev 63 61 in the quarterfinals before losing to Potito Starace 67 60 75.

 

·         Navarro Pastor has played mainly on the challenger circuit in 2007, reaching the semifinals at Barletta (l. Carlos Berlocq 64 60) and Prague (l. Jiri Vanek 76 62).

 

 


 
OTHER MATCH
 
NO. 13 MIKHAIL YOUZHNY (RUS) v NICOLAS LAPENTTI (ECU)

 

Head-to-head: Youzhny leads 2-1

2002     Stuttgart Outdoor           Clay (O)            R16      Youzhny           62 64

2003     Stuttgart Outdoor           Clay (O)            R32      Youzhny           63 26 63

2003     Kitzbuhel                       Clay (O)            R32      Lapentti             63 63

 

This is the pair’s fourth career meeting, and they have always played each other on clay. Both men advanced to the second round as a result of retirements.

 

                              YOUZHNY                                                        v                                                       LAPENTTI

 

                                      24                                                             Age                                                            30

                                      15                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  65

                                       3                                                            Titles                                                            5

                                   39-24                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                38-35

                                     6-6                                         Roland Garros Record                                      10-10

                                204-162                                            Career Record                                           287-248

                                   58-49                                        Career Record - Clay                                     163-116

                                   28-11                                                 2007 Record                                                  4-3

                                     9-4                                             2007 Record - Clay                                            3-1

                                     8-7                                       Career Five-Set Record                                    25-12

                                       2                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     4

                                   86-71                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                 104-101

                                   10-10                                       2007 Tiebreak Record                                        1-0

 

·         Youzhny advanced to the second round without completing a game when his first round opponent, Jan Hernych, retired with lower back pain eight minutes into the first game of their match. With Hernych serving, nine points had been played and the score was advantage Youzhny.

 

·         Youzhny was one of three Russian men to be among the first five players to reach the men’s second round. Davis Cup teammate Marat Safin was the first man to win his opening round match before rain interrupted play on Sunday. (Two more men later progressed on Sunday, Janko Tipsarevic and Potito Starace). Nikolay Davydenko was the only man to win a match on a rain-hit Monday, before Youzhny became the first man through to the second round on Tuesday.

 

·         Youzhny is playing at Roland Garros for the seventh consecutive year and this is the fifth straight time he has advanced to the second round. Last year, Youzhny lost in the second round here to 1998 champion Carlos Moya 63 64 62.

 

·         A win today would equal Youzhny’s best result at Roland Garros, which is his least successful Grand Slam tournament. He has gone on to the third round here just once previously, in 2004, losing at that stage to Nicolas Escude 62 75 67 62. Youzhny has reached the round of 16 or better at each of the other three majors.

 

·         In the lead-up to Roland Garros, Youzhny reached the seventh final of his career, his second on clay, at Munich, losing to Philipp Kohlschreiber 26 63 64.

 

·         Munich (see above) was Youzhny’s third final of the year. He won his third career title at Rotterdam on indoor hard court in February, defeating Ivan Ljubicic 62 64 in the final, and a week later reached the final at Dubai, also on hard court, losing to Roger Federer 64 63. This is the first time in his career that Youzhny has reached more than two finals in the same year and it is reflected in the fact that he equalled his career-high ranking of No. 15 on 21 May and plays here at the same ranking.

 

·         Lapentti advanced to the second round when his first round opponent, Alexander Peya, retired with digestive problems, Lapentti winning 61 64 21 ret.

 

·         This is Lapentti’s 11th time playing Roland Garros. He lost in the second round last year to Raemon Sluiter 61 64 61.

 

·         Lapentti’s best result at Roland Garros was reaching the round of 16 in 2000, as No. 11 seed defeating Wayne Ferreira 57 63 75 63 in the third round before losing to eventual champion Gustavo Kuerten 63 64 76.

 

·         Lapentti’s best Grand Slam result was reaching the semifinals at the 1999 Australian Open, where he won four five-set matches before losing to Thomas Enqvist 63 75 61.

 

·         This is just Lapentti’s fifth tournament of the season. He missed three months of 2007 after Buenos Aires the week of 20 February due to a groin injury. He won his first round robin match there before withdrawing with the injury. He returned for the AMS Hamburg qualifying event, but lost in the first qualifying round, so made his main draw comeback at Portschach (see below).

 

·         Lapentti’s bests results in four previous tournaments this season were reaching the second round at the 2007 Australian Open (l. David Nalbandian 64 64 64) and at Portschach last week (l. Nikolay Davydenko 64 62). He lost in the first round at Auckland and retired after one win at Buenos Aires as detailed above.

 

·         Lapentti has not won back-to-back tour-level matches since September last year, when he won four in a row to advance to the final at Palermo on clay (l. Filippo Volandri 57 61 63).

 

 

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