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2007 ROLAND GARROS

DAY FIVE MEN’S NOTES

Thursday 31 May 2007

Second Round Bottom Half

 

 

Show court matches

 

PHILIPPE CHATRIER:
     
No. 14 Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v Gaston Gaudio (ARG)

      Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) v Gilles Simon (FRA)

 

 

SUZANNE LENGLEN:           No. 6 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v (Q) Laurent Recouderc (FRA)

                                                No. 2 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v (Q) Flavio Cipolla (ITA)

 

COURT 1:                             No. 16 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) v Kristian Pless (DEN)

                                                No. 23 Carlos Moya (ESP) v Florent Serra (FRA)

 

COURT 2:                              No. 21 Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) v Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

 

COURT 3:                              No. 20 Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v (WC) Mathieu Montcourt (FRA)

                                                No. 12 David Ferrer (ESP) v Diego Hartfield (ARG)

 

COURT 6:                              No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Oscar Hernandez (ESP)

 

COURT 7:                              (WC) Olivier Patience (FRA) v (LL) Mariano Zabaleta (ARG)

                                                Nicolas Massu (CHI) v Igor Andreev (RUS)

 

 

On court today…

 

·         Twice-defending champion Rafael Nadal bids to extend his 15-0 record at Roland Garros when he meets Flavio Cipolla. The Italian qualifier is making his Grand Slam debut at this event, and at No. 227 is the second lowest-ranked man to reach the second round.

 

·         A clash between two Grand Slam champions when 2004 Roland Garros winner Gaston Gaudio faces 2000 Wimbledon and 2001 US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt. The pair are meeting for the seventh time, notching three wins apiece from their previous encounters.

 

·         Another former Roland Garros winner, Carlos Moya, plays Florent Serra. The 1998 champion has reached at least the third round here for the last five years; his French opponent has never advanced to the third round in his nine previous majors.

 

·         No. 6 seed Novak Djokovic, who has the second-highest number of wins this year behind Nadal, goes for his 37th win of 2007 against Laurent Recouderc. The French qualifier is the lowest-ranked player left in the draw.

 

·         No. 16 seed Marco Baghdatis has a first-time meeting with Kristian Pless. Both are former top juniors, although neither won the Roland Garros boys’ event. They are both bidding to reach the Roland Garros third round for the first time.

 

·         Nicolas Massu and Igor Andreev meet in a rematch of their clay court encounter in the Davis Cup first round in February, won by Andreev to end Chile’s ten-tie winning streak on home ground. Massu had previously beaten Andreev en route to the gold medal at the Athens Olympics.


 

·         No. 12 seed David Ferrer, who conceded the fewest games in the first round (excluding matches won by retirement), bids to reach the third round here for the third year running when he plays Diego Hartfield, the Argentine whose defeat of Robby GInepri ended American interest in this year’s men’s singles.

 

·         No. 21 seed Dmitry Tursunov aims to match his best result at Roland Garros with victory against Fernando Verdasco today. The Spaniard is looking to advance to the third round here for the first time.

 

·         Two players bidding for their 200th career victory, both of whom play French wild cards. No. 22 seed Jarkko Nieminen hopes to reach that milestone against Mathieu Montcourt, while lucky loser Mariano Zabaleta does the same when he plays Olivier Patience.

 

·         A total of six Frenchmen in action in bottom half second round matches. Among those is an all-French match-up between 2000 boys’ champion Paul-Henri Mathieu and Gilles Simon, who have never played each other in main draw competition before.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

COURT PHILIPPE CHATRIER

 

NO. 14 LLEYTON HEWITT (AUS) v GASTON GAUDIO (ARG)

 

Head-to-head:  tied 3-3

2000     AMS Miami                   Hard (O)            R64      Hewitt               76 67 63

2002     Barcelona                      Clay (O)            SF        Gaudio              64 75

2004     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)            R32      Hewitt               16 76 61

2004     World Team Cup            Clay (O)            R1        Gaudio              63 57 76

2004     Roland Garros               Clay (O)            QF        Gaudio              63 62 62

2004     Tennis Masters Cup       Hard (O)            RR        Hewitt               62 61

 

A clash between two of the seven Grand Slam champions to reach the second round of the men’s singles. 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon champion Hewitt takes on 2004 Roland Garros champion Gaudio for the seventh time. The two players have shared the honours in their six previous meetings although Gaudio leads 3-1 in their clay court clashes to date, including victory in their 2004 quarterfinal here.

 

                        HEWITT                                           v                                           GAUDIO

 

                            26                                              Age                                             28

                            16                                      ATP Ranking                                      72

                            26                                            Titles                                             8

                         104-32                        Career Grand Slam Record                        36-29

                           20-7                              Roland Garros Record                             21-7

                        456-144                                 Career Record                                 271-187

                          74-35                              Career Record - Clay                             210-98

                           18-8                                      2007 Record                                     6-11

                            9-4                                  2007 Record - Clay                                 5-8

                          23-10                            Career Five-Set Record                            6-14

                             3                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            2

                         120-96                          Career Tiebreak Record                           80-71

                            2-4                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              0-1

 

·         Hewitt advanced to the second round at Roland Garros for the seventh time in his career by defeating former doubles partner Max Mirnyi 63 61 63 in the first round.

 

·         Hewitt is making his eighth Roland Garros appearance. Apart from on his debut in 1999, when he lost in the first round, he has always reached at least the third round here.

 

·         Last year, Hewitt lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 62 57 64 62 in the round of 16.

 

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

 

·         Roland Garros is the only major at which Hewitt has not advanced to the final. He has made two final appearances at the US Open, winning the title there in 2001 (d. Pete Sampras 76 61 61), and finishing runner-up in 2004 (l. Roger Federer 61 67 60 64). He won the 2002 Wimbledon title (d. David Nalbandian 61 63 62), and lost in the final at the 2005 Australian Open to Marat Safin 16 63 64 64.

 

·         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 2007 Las Vegas, defeating Jurgen Melzer 64 76. Hewitt has won at least one title every year since winning his first title, aged 16 years 10 months at 1998 Adelaide.

 

·         In his ninth successive Roland Garros, 2004 champion Gaudio advanced to the second round by defeating Frenchman Marc Gicquel 36 63 36 64 63 in the first round.

 

·         Gaudio is today bidding to reach the third round here for the sixth year in a row.

 

·         Gaudio has reached the last 16 here for the last two years, falling to Nikolay Davydenko 63 64 36 63 last year, and to David Ferrer 26 64 76 57 64 in 2005.

 

·         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 reach the second round of the men’s singles, the others being Spaniards Carlos Moya (1998), Juan Carlos Ferrero (2003) and Rafael Nadal (2005-06). He was 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). Johansson and Roddick were both defeated in the first round here.

 

·         Away from Roland Garros, Gaudio has never advanced beyond the third round at either the Australian or US Open and has failed to progress past the second round at Wimbledon.

 

·         Gaudio’s ranking has dropped from No. 34 at the start of 2007 to No. 72 now. If he wins today, it will be only the second time that he has won back-to-back matches all season. He won 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.

 

·         Having been one of a record 15 Argentines to start in the men’s draw, Gaudio is one of ten to advance to the second round, equalling their best performance here, which was set in 2000.


 

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU (FRA) v GILLES SIMON (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

As well as having never previously played each other at tour level, these two French contemporaries have never met each other at lower levels of main draw competition. They did however play each other in qualifying for 2005 AMS Rome, Mathieu winning 64 62 in the second round to gain a place in the main draw.

 

This is the fourth all-French match-up at 2007 Roland Garros, following the first round match between wild cards Jonathan Eysseric and Olivier Patience, between Michael Llodra and Nicolas Devilder, and between No. 11 seed Richard Gasquet and wild card Nicolas Mahut.

 

Mathieu and Simon were among 11 Frenchmen to reach the second round at this year’s Roland Garros, the most for the nation since 1983. Twenty-one Frenchmen started in the draw here, the highest representation for any nation, but short of the record 24 Frenchman who competed here in 1968.

 

                       MATHIEU                                          v                                            SIMON

 

                            25                                              Age                                             22

                            40                                      ATP Ranking                                      56

                             3                                             Titles                                             1

                          15-18                         Career Grand Slam Record                          4-6

                            8-5                               Roland Garros Record                              1-2

                        122-122                                 Career Record                                  45-44

                          57-52                              Career Record - Clay                             24-18

                          20-10                                     2007 Record                                    15-13

                           11-4                                 2007 Record - Clay                                 5-5

                            2-6                              Career Five-Set Record                             1-0

                             0                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                          52-46                           Career Tiebreak Record                           11-17

                            9-2                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              6-3

 

·         Mathieu upset No. 31 seed Florian Mayer 63 64 62 in the first round.

 

·         Mathieu is making his sixth Roland Garros appearance. With the exception of 2004, when he missed the first half of the year with a left wrist injury, he has played every year since making his Grand Slam debut as a wild card here in 2001.

 

·         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 playing in just his third major, he advanced to the round of 16 with wins over Wayne Ferreira, Fabrice Santoro and Jiri Novak. He held a two-set lead against Andre Agassi before losing in five sets, 46 36 63 63 63.

 

·         The round of 16 is Mathieu’s best finish at any Grand Slam tournament. As well as advancing to the last 16 here in 2002, he also reached that stage at the 2006 Australian Open, losing to Sebastien Grosjean 75 62 62.

 

·         Mathieu has won ten of his last 12 matches. He won his first title for five years in the lead-up to Roland Garros, defeating Albert Montanes 61 61 in the final at Casablanca. The following week, he reached the semifinals at Estoril, but retired with a right hip injury when trailing Richard Gasquet 1-3. He lost in the second round at AMS Hamburg in his last event before playing here.

 

·         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 at the end of February.

 

·         Mathieu was the 2000 Roland Garros boys’ champion, defeating Tommy Robredo 36 76 62 in the final.

 

·         Simon defeated Vince Spadea 26 64 64 63 in the opening round, to record his first victory in three Roland Garros appearances.

 

·         Simon lost in the first round in both previous appearances at Roland Garros. As a wild card making his Grand Slam debut here in 2005, he lost to countryman Olivier Patience 62 62 46 63; last year, as a direct acceptance, he lost to Oscar Hernandez 64 62 63.

 

·         This is Simon’s seventh Grand Slam tournament and a win today would equal his best Grand Slam result. He reached the third round at the 2006 Australian Open as a qualifier, having wins over Nicolas Massu and Tomas Berdych in the first two rounds before losing to Thomas Johansson 63 62 61.

 

·         Simon is having the best year of his career. He won his first ATP title on home soil at Marseille in February, defeating Marcos Baghdatis 64 76 in the final. He went on to reach a career-high ranking of No. 38 on 19 March (he plays here at No. 56).

 

·         Simon played five clay court tournaments in 2007 ahead of Roland Garros. He won consecutive matches just once, in reaching the round of 16 at AMS Rome, having wins over Andy Murray and Guillermo Canas before losing to Tommy Robredo 62 62.

 

 

 

 

 


 

COURT SUZANNE LENGLEN

 

NO. 6 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v (Q) LAURENT RECOUDERC (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                      DJOKOVIC                                                       v                                                    RECOUDERC

 

                                      20                                                             Age                                                            22

                                       6                                                    ATP Ranking                                                 306

                                       5                                                            Titles                                                            0

                                    18-9                                  Career Grand Slam Record                                   1-0

                                     6-2                                         Roland Garros Record                                        1-0

                                   90-42                                              Career Record                                                1-0

                                   31-15                                        Career Record - Clay                                         1-0

                                    36-8                                                  2007 Record                                                  1-0

                                    12-3                                           2007 Record - Clay                                            1-0

                                     4-3                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       1-0

                                       1                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   36-15                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                      1-1

                                     8-5                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        1-1

 

·         Djokovic advanced to the second round for the third successive year by defeating Colombian lucky loser Santiago Giraldo 63 76 64, maintaining his record of never having lost in the first round here.

 

·         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.

 

·         Djokovic also advanced to the second round on his debut here as a qualifier in 2005. He was also forced to retire on that occasion with breathing difficulties and cramping, trailing Guillermo Coria 46 62 32.

 

·         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 is ranked No. 6 here.)

 

·         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.

 

·         Qualifier Recouderc made a successful Grand Slam debut here on Tuesday, defeating American teenager Sam Querrey 76 26 60 67 63 in the first five-set match of his career.

 

·         Recouderc 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, and subsequently lost to Oscar Hernandez in the first round.)


 

·         Recouderc plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 306 and is the lowest-ranked player to reach the second round of this year’s men’s draw. He has never been ranked high enough to gain entry into qualifying for any of the other majors. His performance in reaching the second round here is already enough to earn him a new career-high ranking inside the top 250.

 

·         As well as three unsuccessful attempts to qualify at Roland Garros before this year, Recouderc has also played five other tour-level qualifying events without success.

 

·         As well as making his Grand Slam debut here, Recouderc was also making his tour level debut here. The highest level he had played before coming here 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 on the surface 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 now won 27 of his last 29 matches. (Note: only tour-level main draw matches are included in a player’s official win-loss record.)

 

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

 

·         Recouderc was one of 11 Frenchmen to reach the second round at this year’s Roland Garros, equalling the second-highest number from the nation to have done so, matching their performance in 1983. The only time that more Frenchmen have appeared in the second round at Roland Garros was in 1971, when 14 did so.

 

 


 

NO. 2 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) v (Q) FLAVIO CIPOLLA (ITA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                         NADAL                                            v                                          CIPOLLA

 

                            20*                                             Age                                             23

                             2                                       ATP Ranking                                     227

                            21                                            Titles                                             0

                          41-10                         Career Grand Slam Record                          1-0

                           15-0                              Roland Garros Record                              1-0

                         220-57                                  Career Record                                    1-1

                         122-13                             Career Record - Clay                               1-1

                           37-6                                      2007 Record                                      1-0

                           20-1                                 2007 Record - Clay                                 1-0

                            7-2                              Career Five-Set Record                             0-0

                             2                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                          50-40                           Career Tiebreak Record                             1-0

                            5-4                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              1-0

* Turns 21 on 3 June

 

·         Twice defending champion Nadal defeated 18-year-old Juan-Martin Del Potro 75 63 62 in the first round.

 

·         In three appearances at Roland Garros, Nadal has always won his first round match in straight sets. On his Roland Garros debut in 2005, he did not drop a set until his round of 16 match; last year, he reached the third round before dropping a set.

 

·         Including this week, Nadal has been ranked No. 2 for 96 straight weeks since 25 July 2005. (Roger Federer has been at No. 1 for 174 consecutive weeks, since 2 February 2004).

 

·         Nadal has improved his Roland Garros record to 15-0 through the first round. 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, and just the second man for 93 years to do so. 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.]

 

·         The last man to win three or more Roland Garros titles, consecutive or non-consecutive, was Gustavo Kuerten in 2001. (Kuerten also won in 1997 and 2000.) Kuerten is one of six men to have won three or more Roland Garros titles, consecutive or non-consecutive, since the event went international in 1925. [For more details see page 3 of the Preview.]

 

·         Nadal arrived 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, 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 ties 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. He also leads the tour for total match wins this season, being 37-6 through the first round here.

 

·         There have been four occasions on which the defending champion has lost in the second round of Roland Garros in the Open Era: 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. (The defending champion has never lost in the first round of Roland Garros in the Open Era.)

 

·         Qualifier Cipolla won on his Grand Slam debut in the first round, advancing to the second round by defeating Teimuraz Gabashvili 76 63 52 ret. when the Russian retired with right wrist pain.

 

·         At No. 227, Cipolla is the second lowest-ranked man to reach the second round, behind No. 306-ranked French qualifier Laurent Recouderc, who is also in second round action today against No. 6 seed Novak Djokovic.

 

·         Cipolla made four unsuccessful attempts to qualify for Grand Slam events, including for 2006 Roland Garros, before coming through last week’s qualifying competition. Last week, Cipolla defeated countryman Davide Sanguinetti 62 75 in the first qualifying round, Marcel Granollers-Pujol 26 75 64 in the second round and Benjamin Balleret 46 61 75 in the final round to reach the main draw.

 

·         Cipolla lost in the second round of 2006 Roland Garros qualifying, to Diego Hartfield 26 64 75.

 

·         Cipolla’s defeat of Gabashvili here by retirement came in just the second tour-level match of his career. Cipolla’s only previous tour-level match was as a qualifier at 2006 Umag, where he lost in the first round to Jan Hernych 62 61.

 

·         Before coming here, Cipolla’s best results in 2007 were second round finishes at the challenger tournaments in New Caledonia, Durban, Bergamo, Barletta, Monza and Chiasso. He was also runner-up at a clay court ITF Futures tournament in Italy in March (l. Giancarlo Petrazzuolo 63 64 in the final).

 

·         Cipolla owns one career challenger title, winning on clay at Turin in June 2006 (d. Marcel Granollers-Pujol 63 63 in the final).

 

·         Cipolla did not play on the ITF Junior Circuit, so never competed in the Roland Garros boys’ event.

 


 

COURT 1

 

NO. 16 MARCOS BAGHDATIS (CYP) v KRISTIAN PLESS (DEN)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

This is a match-up between two former junior No. 1s. Pless was ITF Junior World Champion in 1999; Baghdatis was ITF Junior World Champion in 2003. Neither of them won the Roland Garros boys’ title.

 

                     BAGHDATIS                                        v                                            PLESS

 

                            21                                              Age                                             26

                            19                                      ATP Ranking                                      81

                             2                                             Titles                                             0

                          19-10                         Career Grand Slam Record                         9-15

                            2-2                               Roland Garros Record                              2-4

                          92-48                                   Career Record                                  55-77

                          28-13                              Career Record - Clay                              9-16

                          22-11                                     2007 Record                                     5-11

                            8-4                                  2007 Record - Clay                                 2-3

                            7-2                              Career Five-Set Record                             1-2

                             1                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            1

                          38-21                           Career Tiebreak Record                           21-34

                           10-6                              2007 Tiebreak Record                              3-8

 

·         Baghdatis handed Sebastien Grosjean an unwanted 29th birthday present when he defeated the Frenchman 63 62 64 in the opening round.

 

·         Baghdatis is making his third successive Roland Garros appearance and has reached the second round for the second year in a row. He is now bidding to reach the third round for the first time.

 

·         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 recorded his career-best Grand Slam result at the 2006 Australian Open where, ranked No. 54 at the time, he reached the final before losing to No. 1 Roger Federer 57 75 60 62. En route to the final he defeated three Top Ten players, beating No. 3 Andy Roddick 64 16 63 64 in the round of 16, No. 8 Ivan Ljubicic 64 62 46 36 63 in the quarterfinals and No. 4 David Nalbandian 36 57 63 64 64 in the semifinals.

 

·         Baghdatis had played five clay court events in 2007 (including Davis Cup) before Roland Garros. At Munich, he had his best career result in a clay court tournament when he reached his first semifinal on the surface, 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, and won 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 on hard court at Marseille, losing to Gilles Simon 64 76.

 

·         Baghdatis lived in Paris and trained at the Mauratoglou Tennis Academy until earlier this year, but has now moved back to Cyprus and is coached by Yiannos Hadjigeorghiou.

 

·         Baghdatis finished 2003 as the No. 1 junior after winning the boys’ title at the Australian Open and finishing runner-up in the US Open boys’ event. He was No. 1 seed in the Roland Garros boys’ tournament that year, but lost in the quarterfinals to Brian Baker 64 75. (He fell in the first round of the junior events here in 2001 and 2002.)

 

·         Pless won his first match at Roland Garros for six years when he defeated Yen-Hsun Lu 63 62 76 in the first round.

 

·         This is Pless’s fifth time playing at Roland Garros and by reaching the second round, he has equalled his best result at this event. He made his Grand Slam debut as a qualifier here in 2001, and defeated Jan-Michael Gambill 46 62 64 75 in the first round, before retiring in the second round trailing Xavier Malisse 40 due to a thumb injury.

 

·         After reaching the second round on his debut in 2001, Pless lost in the first round the next three times he played here, in 2002, 2004 and 2006 (he missed 2003 with a right shoulder injury and was not ranked high enough to play the main draw in 2005). As a qualifier, Pless lost his opening match to Filippo Volandri 64 76 64 last year.

 

·         Pless is now bidding to reach the third round of a Grand Slam event for just the second time in his career, having played 15 majors ahead of 2007 Roland Garros. Pless reached the third round at the 2002 Australian Open, losing to Stefan Koubek 76 75 63.

 

·         A win today would see Pless win three consecutive tour-level matches for the first time for four and a half years, when he won three in a row to reach the semifinals at 2002 Lyon. He has never previously won three consecutive matches in a clay court tournament.

 

·         Before arriving here, Pless had won just four tour-level matches this season in ten tour-level events. His best performances were second round finishes at Chennai, San Jose, Memphis and Portschach. He did however win a challenger title, on indoor clay at Saint Brieuc, France in April, defeating Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 63 61 in the final.

 

·         Like his opponent today, Pless was a top junior, finishing 1999 at No. 1 in the rankings after winning the Australian Open boys’ title and reaching the Wimbledon and US Open junior finals that year. His best junior performances in Roland Garros were third round finishes in 1998 and 1999.

 


 

NO. 23 CARLOS MOYA (ESP) v FLORENT SERRA (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                                  MOYA                                              v                                          SERRA

 

                            30                                              Age                                           26

                            26                                       ATP Ranking                                    77

                            19                                             Titles                                           2

                          70-38                          Career Grand Slam Record                        5-9

                          29-10                              Roland Garros Record                            3-3

                        524-280                                  Career Record                                 44-54

                        309-124                             Career Record - Clay                            18-21

                          22-12                                      2007 Record                                   9-13

                           12-7                                 2007 Record - Clay                               2-4

                          15-17                             Career Five-Set Record                           0-1

                             5                             Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          0

                        202-147                          Career Tiebreak Record                         15-29

                           10-3                               2007 Tiebreak Record                             3-8

 

·         1998 champion Moya reached the second round by defeating Andreas Seppi 61 36 63 26 60 in a match that was suspended in the fourth set due to bad light on Tuesday and completed on Wednesday.

 

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

 

·         Moya is bidding to reach the third round here for the sixth successive year, and the eighth time in his career. He lost in the second round here on his first two appearances in 1996 and 1997, and also in 2001.

 

·         Last year Moya reached the third round here as No. 30 seed, losing to Nikolay Davydenko 61 75 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). Ferrero advanced to the third round on Wednesday while Gaudio and Nadal play their second round matches today.

 

·         Moya was 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). Johansson and Roddick both lost in the first round here.

 

·         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.

 

·         At 30 years, 9 months, Moya is the third-oldest man remaining in the men’s draw behind Jonas Bjorkman and Bohdan Ulihrach, having been one of 16 men aged 30 or over to start here this year.

 

·         Serra advanced to the second round here for the third successive year by defeating Igor Kunitsyn 63 60 62 in the first round.

 

·         Serra has lost in the second round here for the last two years and is today bidding to advance to the third round here for the first time. Last year, Serra lost to Paul-Henri Mathieu 60 76 76 at this stage having lost to Radek Stepanek 63 64 61 in the second round in 2005 as a wild card.

 

·         This is Serra’s fourth consecutive Roland Garros appearance. He lost on his debut in 2004 as a qualifier to Vince Spadea 75 16 46 76 97.

 

·         If he wins today, Serra would advance to the third round of a major for the first time in his 10th Grand Slam event. He also appeared once in the second round of both the Australian Open (2007) and the US Open (2005) but lost on both occasions.

 

·         Serra is bidding to win consecutive matches for just the second time in 2007 today. At AMS Miami, he recorded his best result of the season in advancing to the third round before losing to Feliciano Lopez 76 63.

 

·         Before coming to Roland Garros, Serra had won just one match on clay in 2007 in four tournaments. At AMS Hamburg, he defeated Simone Bolelli 67 62 62 in the first round, falling to Ivan Ljubicic 46 62 62 in the second.

 

·         Serra was one of 11 Frenchmen to reach the second round at this year’s Roland Garros, equalling the second-highest number from the nation to have done so, matching their performance in 1983. The only time that more Frenchmen have appeared in the second round at Roland Garros was in 1971, when 14 did so.

 

 


 
COURT 2
 

NO. 21 DMITRY TURSUNOV (RUS) v FERNANDO VERDASCO (ESP)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                            TURSUNOV                                         v                                        VERDASCO

 

                            24                                              Age                                             23

                            24                                      ATP Ranking                                      51

                             1                                             Titles                                             1

                          21-12                         Career Grand Slam Record                        19-15

                            4-2                               Roland Garros Record                              3-3

                          86-77                                   Career Record                                 113-106

                          11-17                              Career Record - Clay                             56-42

                           7-10                                      2007 Record                                     7-13

                            3-5                                  2007 Record - Clay                                 1-4

                            8-4                              Career Five-Set Record                             3-4

                             1                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            1

                          45-31                           Career Tiebreak Record                           49-49

                            4-1                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              2-9

 

·         Tursunov advanced to the second round for the third successive year by defeating Alessio di Mauro 63 64 36 63 in the first round.

 

·         Tursunov is bidding to reach the third round here for the second successive year. Last year, he reached the third round for the first time before losing to David Nalbandian 26 57 64 62 64.

 

·         The third round is also Tursunov’s best result at the Australian and US Opens. His best Grand Slam finish to date has been the round of 16, achieved at Wimbledon in both 2005 and 2006.

 

·         Tursunov is bidding to win back-to-back matches for just the second time this year. He won four consecutive matches in January, when winning his last two singles matches at the Hopman Cup and then advancing to the third round of the Australian Open (l. Tomas Berdych 62 61 61).

 

·         Tursunov has won just two matches since, both on clay. At Estoril he defeated Florent Serra 46 63 61 in the first round before losing to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 64 63 and a week later at AMS Rome, he defeated Jonas Bjorkman 76 36 61 in the first round, falling to Fernando Gonzalez 62 61.

 

·         If Tursunov wins and advances to the third round today, this would mark just the third time in his career that he has won back-to-back matches on clay at tour level.

 

·         Tursunov was one of seven Russians to start in this year’s Roland Garros men’s draw, the highest number of Russians to compete here since the break-up of the Soviet Union. Eight players from the Soviet Union took part in the men’s draw here in 1971.

 

·         Verdasco defeated French qualifier Jerome Haehnel 46 62 62 60 in the first round to reach the second round at Roland Garros for the third time.

 

·         Verdasco is making his fourth straight appearance at Roland Garros and is looking to reach the third round here for the first time. Last year, as No. 28 seed Verdasco reached the second round here, losing to Juan Monaco 46 64 64 61. 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’s victory over Di Mauro broke a seven-match losing streak. His last victory before coming here came at 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 six 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 victory over Di Mauro was his first on clay this year. He had 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.

 

·         Verdasco has reached three finals in his career, all on clay. At 2004 Valencia, he defeated Albert Montanes 46 62 62 to take the title. He finished as runner-up at both 2004 Acapulco (l. Carlos Moya) and 2005 Kitzbuhel (l. Gaston Gaudio).

 


 
COURT 3
 
NO. 20 JARKKO NIEMINEN (FIN) v (WC) MATHIEU MONTCOURT (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                      NIEMINEN                                          v                                       MONTCOURT

 

                            25                                              Age                                             22

                            23                                      ATP Ranking                                     130

                             1                                             Titles                                             0

                          27-19                         Career Grand Slam Record                          2-1

                            7-4                               Roland Garros Record                              2-1

                        199-140                                 Career Record                                    3-2

                          69-38                              Career Record - Clay                               3-2

                          13-13                                     2007 Record                                      2-1

                            6-6                                  2007 Record - Clay                                 2-1

                           10-4                             Career Five-Set Record                             0-0

                             1                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                          77-58                           Career Tiebreak Record                             0-1

                            7-3                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              0-1

 

·         Nieminen defeated Feliciano Lopez 62 64 76 in the first round, advancing to the Roland Garros second round for the fourth time.

 

·         Nieminen is bidding for his 200th career victory today, and 70th win on clay.

 

·         Nieminen is making his fifth appearance at Roland Garros. At last year’s event, 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’s best Grand Slam performances are two quarterfinal appearances, at the 2005 US Open (l. Lleyton Hewitt 26 61 36 63 61) and 2006 Wimbledon (l. eventual runner-up Rafael Nadal 63 64 64). He is the only Finnish man or woman to reach the last eight of a Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era.

 

·         Nieminen played six clay court events in 2007 prior to Roland Garros (including a Davis Cup tie), 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.

 

·         Wild card Montcourt upset Benjamin Becker, ranked 87 places above him, 63 61 63 in the opening round.

 

·         This is Montcourt’s second Grand Slam event and second appearance in the second round. He made his debut as a wild card at last year’s Roland Garros, defeating Marcos Daniel 62 64 16 62 in the first round before losing to Lleyton Hewitt 75 63 63.

 

·         Although Roland Garros is the only major where Montcourt has reached the main draw, he has tried to qualify for the Australian Open for the last two years. He also tried to qualify for 2003 and 2005 Roland Garros before receiving a wild card for the last two years.

 

·         Montcourt played the Roland Garros boys’ tournament in 2001, 2002 and 2003, his best result being a quarterfinal finish in 2003, when he lost to Nicolas Almagro 75 75.

 

·         Today marks just the sixth tour-level match of Montcourt’s career, and his first round win over Becker was his third victory. As well as winning one match here last year, Montcourt recently won a match at Portschach, where as a qualifier he defeated Max Mirnyi 64 64 in the first round of the main draw, losing in the second round to Albert Montanes 76 61.

 

·         Montcourt has played mainly on the challenger circuit this year and won his first career challenger title on hard court at Durban in January, defeating Rik De Voest 57 63 62 in the final. He was also a semifinalist in consecutive weeks at Bescancon and Cherbourg, both in France and on indoor hard court. These results helped Montcourt to the career-high ranking of No. 130 he is playing with here.

 

 

 


 
NO. 12 DAVID FERRER (ESP) v DIEGO HARTFIELD (ARG)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                        FERRER                                                         v                                                     HARTFIELD

 

                                      25                                                             Age                                                            26

                                      14                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  89

                                       3                                                            Titles                                                            0

                                   25-17                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                   1-1

                                     9-4                                         Roland Garros Record                                        1-1

                                173-130                                            Career Record                                              11-10

                                  101-62                                      Career Record - Clay                                       11-10

                                   30-11                                                 2007 Record                                                  9-8

                                    13-4                                           2007 Record - Clay                                            9-8

                                     5-1                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       1-0

                                       2                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   32-37                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                      6-4

                                     2-4                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        4-1                       

 

·         Ferrer defeated Daniele Bracciali 61 61 62 in the first round. In terms of games conceded this was the easiest first round win, excluding matches won by retirement.

 

·         Ferrer is playing his fifth successive Roland Garros. He lost in the second round in his first two appearances here in 2003-04.

 

·         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’s best Roland Garros performance came in 2005 when he reached his only Grand Slam quarterfinal to date, falling to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 75 62 60.

 

·         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.

 

·         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.

 

·         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.

 

·         Hartfield recorded his first victory in a Grand Slam event here on Wednesday, defeating Robby Ginepri 64 16 57 64 62, in a match that had been suspended at one set all due to bad light on Tuesday.

 

·         In defeating Ginepri in the first round here, Hartfield ended American interest in this year’s men’s singles at Roland Garros, meaning that for the first time in the Open Era no American man advanced to the second round at Roland Garros. [For more details, see Day 4 Review.]

 

·         Last year, on his Grand Slam debut, as a qualifier, Hartfield lost to top seed Roger Federer 75 76 62 here.

 

·         Hartfield’s success in last year’s qualifying event at Roland Garros was his only one to date in seven previous attempts. He reached the second qualifying round at 2005 Wimbledon (l. Arvind Parmar 76 63) and the final qualifying round at 2006 Wimbledon (l. Kevin Kim 76 75 61) but has failed to win a match in his other four attempts.

 

·         Hartfield made his tour level debut at last year’s Roland Garros and played one subsequent event in 2006, reaching the third round at Stuttgart.

 

·         Hartfield has played mainly at tour level in 2007, reaching his first career semifinal at his hometown event at Buenos Aires on clay in February (l. Alessio Di Mauro 61 64) and also the quarterfinal at Portschach last week (l. Lleyton Hewitt 62 62).

 

·         Hartfield has also played on the challenger circuit in 2007. His best result is reaching the final at Sao Paolo in January on hard, his only non-clay court tournament of the year so far. He also reached the semifinal at Prague and the quarterfinal at Bogota.

 

·         Hartfield reached a career-high ranking of No. 80 on 19 March 2007 and plays here ranked No. 89.

 

 

 

 

 


 

COURT 6

 

NO. 28 PHILIPP KOHLSCHREIBER (GER) v OSCAR HERNANDEZ (ESP)

 

Head-to-head: Hernandez leads 1-0

2006     Palermo            Clay (O)            R32      Hernandez         61 61

 

                      KOHLSCHREIBER                                                v                                                    HERNANDEZ

 

                                      23                                                             Age                                                            29

                                      32                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  61

                                       1                                                            Titles                                                            0

                                   10-11                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                  3-10

                                     2-2                                         Roland Garros Record                                        3-3

                                   61-74                                              Career Record                                              28-51

                                   27-33                                        Career Record - Clay                                       28-43

                                   18-13                                                 2007 Record                                                  8-6

                                    12-5                                           2007 Record - Clay                                            8-6

                                     1-1                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       0-0

                                       0                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   27-20                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                    16-14

                                    10-1                                        2007 Tiebreak Record                                        5-3


 

COURT 7

 

(WC) OLIVIER PATIENCE (FRA) v (LL) MARIANO ZABALETA (ARG)

 

Head-to-head: Zabaleta leads 1-0

2006     Palermo            Clay (O)            R32      Zabaleta            75 36 63

 

                      PATIENCE                                          v                                         ZABALETA

 

                            27                                              Age                                             29

                            129                                     ATP Ranking                                      88

                             0                                             Titles                                             3

                           5-10                          Career Grand Slam Record                        20-26

                            3-3                               Roland Garros Record                             11-8

                          20-36                                   Career Record                                 199-207

                          14-20                              Career Record - Clay                            146-114

                            3-5                                       2007 Record                                      6-4

                            3-3                                  2007 Record - Clay                                 6-4

                            1-3                              Career Five-Set Record                             3-9

                             1                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                          10-16                           Career Tiebreak Record                           77-86

                            0-0                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              3-2

 

·         Patience defeated 17-year-old fellow wild card Jonathan Eysseric in the first round 61 36 62 64.

 

·         This is Patience’s fourth Roland Garros appearance, having played here for four years in a row, each time as a wild card. He lost in the first round here last year to Ivo Karlovic 76 76 76.

 

·         Patience is bidding to reach the third round of his home Grand Slam event for the first time. He has twice previously reached the second round: in 2004 (l. Hyung-Taik Lee 64 64 63) and in 2005 (l. David Ferrer 63 76 75).

 

·         If he wins today, Patience will equal his best result at any major, having advanced to the third round at the 2004 Australian Open as a qualifier. He had back-to-back wins over two Russians, Igor Andreev and Nikolay Davydenko, before losing to James Blake 61 63 62.

 

·         Patience is bidding to win back-to-back tour-level matches for the first time since February 2006, when he won three in a row on clay to reach the semifinals at Salvador (l. Alberto Martin 62 57 76).

 

·         Roland Garros is just Patience’s sixth tour-level event of 2007. So far he has not progressed beyond the second round at any tour-level tournament this year, losing at this stage at Estoril, where he played as a qualifier. Patience went 1-1 in the round robin at Vina Del Mar, and had first round losses at Chennai, the Australian Open and Costa do Sauipe.

 

·         Patience has also played challengers this season, his highlight being a runner-up finish at Rabat (MAR) on clay in March, where he lost in the final to Stefano Galvani 61 61. He was also a semifinalist at the San Remo Challenger (ITA), his last event before playing here. Fourteen of his 17 challenger, ATP and qualifying tournaments have been on clay.

 

·         Lucky loser Zabaleta upset countryman and No. 26 seed Agustin Calleri 64 67 76 75 in the first round.

 

·         Zabaleta is hoping to have his 200th career victory today.

 

·         Zabaleta is making his ninth appearance at Roland Garros. He played for eight years in a row 1997-2004, but missed the last two years. He was absent from the 2005 event because of a foot injury, and in 2006 tried to qualify, but lost in the first qualifying round to Harel Levy 36 63 75.

 

·         Zabaleta was the No. 1 seed in the qualifying event for this year’s Roland Garros. He defeated Augustin Gensse (FRA) 63 64 in the first round and Wayne Odesnik (USA) 76 57 63 in the second round, then lost in the final round to Marcos Daniel (BRA) 63 36 64. He entered the main draw as a lucky loser along with Santiago Giraldo, Juan-Pablo Guzman and Fernando Vicente due to the withdrawals of Andy Murray, Tommy Haas, Mardy Fish and Evgeny Korolev.

 

·         Zabaleta is making his sixth appearance in the Roland Garros second round. His best results at this event are round of 16 finishes in 2002 and 2003: in 2002 he lost to Alex Corretja 63 62 75, and in 2003 he lost to Guillermo Coria 64 76 57 67 63.

 

·         The highlight of Zabaleta’s Grand Slam career was reaching the quarterfinals at the 2001 US Open, where he lost to defending champion Marat Safin 64 64 62. That is the only time that Zabaleta has won any matches at the US Open in seven appearances there.

 

·         Zabaleta is bidding to reach the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since here four years ago, when he advanced to the round of 16 for the second straight year (see above).

 

·         Zabaleta has played limited tour-level events in 2007, and they have all been on clay. He did not win back-to-back tour-level matches on South American clay, but reached the final as a qualifier at Houston in April, losing to Ivo Karlovic 64 61.

 

·         Zabaleta has played a mixture of tour-level, challenger and qualifying events in 2007, all of which have been on clay. He has won two challenger titles, at La Serena (CHI) and Bermuda, and was runner-up at another in Florianopolis (BRA).

 

·         Zabaleta won the Roland Garros junior title 12 years ago, defeating compatriot and namesake Mariano Puerta 62 63 in the 1995 final.

 


 

NICOLAS MASSU (CHI) v IGOR ANDREEV (RUS)

 

Head-to-head: tied 1-1

2004     Athens Olympics           Hard (O)            R16      Massu             63 67 64

2007     Davis Cup WG 1R          Clay (O)            R5        Andreev 62 61 67 64

 

Massu and Andreev have met twice previously representing their countries. This is a rematch of their clay court encounter on 11 February this year, when Andreev defeated Massu in the decisive fifth rubber of the Chile v Russia Davis Cup World Group first round tie in La Serena, Chile. The win handed defending champions Russia a 3-2 victory, and ended Chile’s ten-tie winning streak at home.

 

Massu’s victory over Andreev in the third round of the 2004 Olympics led eventually to the greatest moment of Massu’s career. He went on to win the singles gold medal in Athens, having a day earlier teamed with Fernando Gonzalez to win the doubles and so hand Chile its first Olympic gold medal in any sport.

 

                        MASSU                                            v                                         ANDREEV

 

                            27                                              Age                                             23

                            49                                      ATP Ranking                                     125

                             6                                             Titles                                             3

                          21-26                         Career Grand Slam Record                        13-10

                            7-6                               Roland Garros Record                              6-2

                        233-189                                 Career Record                                  98-88

                         146-90                             Career Record - Clay                             48-38

                          15-14                                     2007 Record                                    14-13

                          14-10                                2007 Record - Clay                                12-9

                            4-6                              Career Five-Set Record                             1-5

                             0                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                          95-73                           Career Tiebreak Record                           39-41

                            9-4                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              2-8

 

·         Massu outlasted fellow South American Luis Horna 64 75 36 67 62 in the first round, recording his fourth five-set victory in ten played. His win over Horna avenged his defeat by the Peruvian in the 2007 Vina Del Mar final (see below).

 

·         Massu is making his seventh appearance at Roland Garros. He reached the third round last year, as No. 32 seed falling to eventual runner-up Roger Federer 61 62 67 75.

 

·         Massu is today bidding to equal his best Roland Garros result. As well as last year (see above), he reached the third round at 2004 Roland Garros before losing to Tommy Robredo 62 60 62.

 

·         Massu recorded the best Grand Slam result of his career at the 2005 US Open, where he reached the round of 16, defeating Stanislas Wawrinka 64 63 60 in the third round before falling to eventual runner-up Guillermo Coria 64 26 67 62 62.

 

·         Clay is the only surface on which Massu has won back-to-back matches in 2007. His highlight so far this season was reaching the final in his hometown of Vina Del Mar, losing to Luis Horna 75 63.

 

·         Massu is the only remaining Chilean in the men’s draw. Three Chileans started here, but the other two lost in the opening round. No. 5 seed and 2007 Australian Open runner-up Fernando Gonzalez fell to Radek Stepanek, while qualifier Paul Capdeville lost to No. 29 Filippo Volandri.

 

·         Andreev upset No. 3 seed Andy Roddick 36 64 63 64 in the first round .

 

·         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 loss by a defending champion 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 (see also head-to-head above). Andreev won both his singles matches, defeating Fernando Gonzalez 46 64 63 62 in the second rubber and today’s opponent 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.

 

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