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2007 Roland Garros
Paris, France




Wednesday 6 June 2007

Quarterfinals Bottom Half




Show court matches


PHILIPPE CHATRIER:          No. 6 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Igor Andreev (RUS)

No. 2 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v No. 23 Carlos Moya (ESP)





On court today…


·         Rafael Nadal has a sixth career meeting with close friend and mentor Carlos Moya in a match-up between Roland Garros champions and fellow Spaniards. Nadal, who is nine years younger than his countryman, leads their head-to-head 3-2 and is 2-1 against Moya on clay. A win for Nadal will extend his perfect Roland Garros to 19-0; if 30-year-old Moya manages to upset the two-time defending champion, he will be the oldest semifinalist at Roland Garros for 22 years.


·         No. 6 seed Novak Djokovic bids to keep the Serbian success story rolling at this year’s Roland Garros by joining his female compatriots Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic in the last four. Neither Djokovic nor his opponent today, Igor Andreev, has ever reached the semifinal of a major previously. Djokovic would be just the second Serbian man to appear in a Grand Slam semifinal, while Andreev, ranked No. 125, would become the lowest-ranked semifinalist here since Henri Leconte in 1992.






Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 1-0

2007     Estoril                           Clay (O)            R32      Djokovic            62 46 76


Djokovic and Andreev meet for the second time in five weeks, the Serb edging their previous clash in Estoril, on his way to the title there. That match was Andreev’s first career meeting with a player from Serbia, while it was Djokovic’s first clay court meeting with a Russian.


Both players are bidding to reach their first Grand Slam semifinal today.


                      DJOKOVIC                                          v                                        ANDREEV


                            20                                              Age                                           23

                             6                                        ATP Ranking                                   125

                             5                                              Titles                                           3

                           21-9                          Career Grand Slam Record                       16-10

                            9-2                               Roland Garros Record                            9-2

                    Quarterfinalist                      Best Grand Slam Result                   Quarterfinalist

              2006-07 Roland Garros                                                                    2007 Roland Garros

                          93-42                                    Career Record                                101-88

                          34-15                               Career Record - Clay                            51-38

                           39-8                                      2007 Record                                  17-13

                           15-3                                 2007 Record - Clay                              15-9

                            5-3                              Career Five-Set Record                           1-5

                             1                             Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          0

                          39-15                            Career Tiebreak Record                         40-41

                           11-5                               2007 Tiebreak Record                             3-8

                          11:15                              Total Time on Court^                             10:18

^ according to umpire’s scorecard


·         Djokovic defeated Colombian lucky loser Santiago Giraldo 63 76 64 in the first round, French qualifier Laurent Recouderc 63 36 63 61 in the second round and French wild card Olivier Patience 76 26 36 76 63 in the third round, having been two points from defeat at 4-5 in the fourth set. He defeated Fernando Verdasco 63 63 76 in the last 16.


·         Apart from Verdasco, all of Djokovic’s opponents at this year’s Roland Garros have been ranked outside the Top 120.


·         Djokovic is today bidding to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal. He is competing at Roland Garros for the third year in a row, and has advanced to the quarterfinals for the second straight year.


·         Djokovic advanced to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal here last year unseeded. He retired with a lower back injury when trailing eventual champion Rafael Nadal 64 64.


·         Djokovic has retired at Roland Garros both previous times he has played here. He advanced to the second round on his debut here as a qualifier in 2005, retiring there with breathing difficulties and cramping when trailing Guillermo Coria 46 62 32.


·         At 20 years, 19 days at the end of the tournament, Djokovic is the youngest man remaining in the draw. Rafael Nadal became the youngest quarterfinalist since 1993 when he reached this stage on his debut in 2005, aged 19 years, 2 days (on the last day of the event). Djokovic and Nadal will meet in the semifinals here if they both win their quarterfinals today.


·         Djokovic is bidding to become the 12th youngest semifinalist at Roland Garros in the Open Era, although Rafael Nadal was younger than this when advancing to the semifinals, en route to the title, in each of the last two years.


·         Last year here, Djokovic became the first Serbian to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros in the Open Era, and the second Serbian to reach the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam event. Slobodan Zivojinovic had previously reached the last eight of a Grand Slam three times: at the 1985 Australian Open, and 1986 and 1987 Wimbledon. (Note: Serbian men played under the Yugoslav flag until the start of 2004.)


·         Djokovic is bidding to become the second Serbian to reach a Grand Slam semifinal after Slobodan Zivojinovic, who went on to reach the semifinals at the 1985 Australian Open (l. Mats Wilander 75 61 63) and 1986 Wimbledon (l. Ivan Lendl 62 67 63 67 64).


·         Djokovic is also bidding to join compatriots Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, who advanced to the women’s singles semifinals here yesterday, in the last four at Roland Garros. This is the most successful Grand Slam event in the Open Era for Serbia, which had never previously had more than one player through to the quarterfinals in the same major. Russia was the last nation to have three players (Nikolay Davydenko, Elena Likhovtseva and Nadia Petrova) across the men’s and women’s semifinals here, doing so in 2005, and it would be possible for them to repeat this in 2007 if Djokovic loses to Andreev and the Russian joins Davydenko and Maria Sharapova in the last four.


·         Djokovic has not advanced beyond the round of 16 at any other major, reaching that stage at 2006 Wimbledon and the 2007 Australian Open. He has fallen in the third round on both of his appearances to date at the US Open.


·         Against Russians, Djokovic has a 4-3 win-loss record, 1-1 in Grand Slam events. His meeting with today’s opponent Andreev at Estoril (see head-to-head above) is his only previous match with a Russian on clay.


·         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 also ranked No. 6 here.) Victory today is projected to take Djokovic to a new career-high of either No. 3 or No. 4 when the new rankings are published on Monday.


·         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 won the title 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 39-8 win-loss record for the year through the last 16 of Roland Garros is second only to Nadal (40-6) on the tour.


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


·         Djokovic won his first two singles titles in 2006, at Amersfoort on clay in July, and at Metz on indoor hard in October. He also reached the final at Umag but retired with respiratory problems in the first set tiebreak of the final against Stanislas Wawrinka.


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


·         Andreev upset No. 3 seed Andy Roddick 36 64 63 64 in the first round, Nicolas Massu 63 36 63 75 in the second and Paul-Henri Mathieu 76 60 63 in the third before defeating No. 16 seed Marcos Baghdatis 26 61 63 64 in the round of 16.


·         Andreev is appearing in the quarterfinals of a major for the first time, having had his previous best Grand Slam result on his debut here in 2004, when he reached the last 16 before falling to eventual winner Gaston Gaudio 64 75 63.


·         On his way to his previous best performance here in 2004, Andreev 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.


·         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’s best performances away from Roland Garros are third round finishes at the Australian Open (2006) and Wimbledon (2005), and a second round finish at the US Open (2005).


·         At No. 125, Andreev is the lowest-ranked player remaining in the tournament. He is the lowest-ranked quarterfinalist here since the then-ranked No. 140 Marcelo Filippini in 1999, and is now bidding to become the lowest-ranked player to reach the last four at Roland Garros since Henri Leconte, who was ranked No. 200 when reaching the semifinals as a wild card in 1992.


·         Andreev is bidding to become the lowest-ranked semifinalist at any Grand Slam event since Goran Ivanisevic, also ranked No. 125, went all the way to the title at 2001 Wimbledon.


·         Andreev was the only unseeded player to reach the quarterfinals at this year’s Roland Garros. The last unseeded player to advance to the semifinals here was Mariano Puerta in 2005, en route to a runner-up finish.


·         Andreev is bidding to join compatriot Nikolay Davydenko, who defeated Guillermo Canas on Tuesday, in the last four. If he does so, this will be the third time that there have been two Russian semifinalists at a Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era. The two previous occasions were both at the US Open, in 2001 (Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin) and 2006 (Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny).


·         To date, three different Russian men have reached the Roland Garros semifinals in the Open Era, on five occasions: Yevgeny Kafelnikov (1995 and 1996), Marat Safin (2002) and Nikolay Davydenko (2005 and 2007).


·         This is the first time that Andreev has defeated two seeds in the same Grand Slam tournament. The only previous time that Andreev faced two seeds at the same major was at 2005 Wimbledon, where he defeated No. 30 seed Robin Soderling in the first round but then fell to No. 2 seed Andy Roddick in the third round.


·         Andreev has a 8-10 career win-loss record against Top 10 players through his defeat of Andy Roddick in the first round here.


·         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. His actual ranking has already risen to No. 125 and is projected to climb back inside the Top 100 when the new rankings are published on Monday, win or lose today. If he defeats Djokovic and advances to the semifinals, he is expected to return to the Top 50 for the first time since 25 September 2006.


·         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 before coming here were 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.


·         Andreev’s title at 2005 Valencia was the first of his career. He won two other titles that year, at Palermo, also on clay, and at Moscow on indoor carpet, taking his career titles to three.


·         Andreev never competed in any junior Grand Slam tournament.





Head-to-head: Nadal leads 3-2

2003     AMS Hamburg               Clay (O)            R32      Nadal                75 64

2003     Umag                            Clay (O)            SF        Moya                64 64

2005     AMS Montreal               Hard (O)            R64      Nadal                63 67 63

2006     AMS Miami                   Hard (O)            R64      Moya                26 61 61

2006     AMS Rome                   Clay (O)            R64      Nadal                61 26 62


This is Nadal’s sixth meeting with his close friend and mentor, with whom he practises regularly when they are both at home in Mallorca. Nadal leads their overall series and also leads 2-1 on clay. The last three match-ups between Nadal and Moya have all gone to three sets.


This is the third meeting between Grand Slam champions at 2007 Roland Garros, and Nadal’s second successive encounter with a fellow Grand Slam winner, following the Lleyton Hewitt v Gaston Gaudio second round match, and the Nadal v Hewitt round of 16 match. 


With an age gap of more than nine years between the players (Nadal is the second-youngest man to reach the last eight, Moya the oldest), this is the quarterfinal with the biggest age disparity.


Nadal took over from Moya as the highest-ranked Spanish man on 25 April 2005, when he entered the Top Ten for the first time at No. 7. (Moya was ranked No. 9 that week.) At AMS Rome last month, Nadal also surpassed Moya for the most clay court titles won among active players.


Most clay court titles (active players)




Most recent title


Rafael Nadal


2007 AMS Rome


Carlos Moya


2006 Buenos Aires


Gustavo Kuerten


2004 Costa Do Sauipe


Guillermo Coria


2005 Umag


Juan Carlos Ferrero


2003 Roland Garros


Gaston Gaudio


2005 Kitzbuhel

Players in bold still active at Roland Garros


“It's going to be a beautiful match to play and very tough for both of us,” said Moya. “I don't think he (Nadal) learned anything from me. And if he learned it, he did much better than me.”


“I don't have any idols, any heroes, nothing, no,” said Nadal. “But sure, having a player like Moya in Mallorca was very, very important for me.  And for sure, I have the opportunity for practice with him a lot of times.  That's helped me a lot.  And having a [role] model close to you is easier, no?  So that's important for me.”


This is the third all-Spanish match-up at 2007 Roland Garros, after the third round matches between Nadal and Albert Montanes, and between David Ferrer v Fernando Verdasco. Fourteen Spanish men started in the draw here, the third-highest representation by any nation.


Nadal and Moya were two of three Spaniards to reach the quarterfinals here, alongside Tommy Robredo, who lost to Roger Federer yesterday. This was not a record for the nation in the last eight at Roland Garros – three Spaniards also reached the quarterfinals here in 2005, and a record four in 2003. The winner of this match will guarantee Spanish representation in the Roland Garros semifinals for the 12th time in 15 years.


Nadal has a 39-7 career win-loss record playing fellow Spaniards, and is on a six-match winning streak against his countrymen through his defeat of Montanes in the third round here. His last loss to a Spaniard was in August last year, when he fell to Juan Carlos Ferrero in the quarterfinals at AMS Cincinnati. Nadal has a 3-0 record against Spaniards at Grand Slam events.


Moya has a 108-45 career records against Spanish opponents. He is 13-3 in Grand Slam events, and is 9-2 at Roland Garros, his only losses to countrymen at this tournament being to Albert Portas in the second round in 1997, and to David Sanchez in the second round in 2001.


                         NADAL                                             v                                          MOYA


                            21*                                              Age                                           30

                             2                                        ATP Ranking                                    26

                            21                                             Titles                                          19

                          44-10                          Career Grand Slam Record                       73-38

                       Champion                         Best Grand Slam Result                      Champion

              2005-06 Roland Garros                                                                    1998 Roland Garros

                           18-0                              Roland Garros Record                           32-10

                         223-57                                   Career Record                               527-280

                         125-13                              Career Record - Clay                          312-124

                           40-6                                      2007 Record                                  25-12

                           23-1                                 2007 Record - Clay                              15-7

                            7-2                              Career Five-Set Record                          15-17

                             2                             Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          5

                          51-40                            Career Tiebreak Record                       203-147

                            6-4                                2007 Tiebreak Record                            11-3

                           8:54                              Total Time on Court^                              9:05

^ according to umpire’s scorecard

* turned 21 on 3 June


·         Nadal defeated Juan-Martin Del Potro 75 63 62 in the first round, Flavio Cipolla 62 61 64 in the second round and Albert Montanes 61 63 62 in the third round. Having celebrated his 21st birthday on his off-day on Sunday, he then defeated No. 14 seed Lleyton Hewitt 63 61 76 in the round of 16.


·         Nadal is the only player remaining in the tournament who has not yet lost a set. This is the first time that Nadal has reached the Roland Garros quarterfinals without losing a set; the furthest he had previously advanced at this event in straight sets was the round of 16, in 2005.


·         Having just turned 21, Nadal is the second-youngest player remaining in the men’s draw after Novak Djokovic, who turned 20 the week before the tournament started. Djokovic plays Igor Andreev in the quarterfinals today.


·         Nadal has improved his Roland Garros record to 18-0 through the first four rounds. In 2005 he became the first man to win the event on his debut since Mats Wilander in 1982, and the fourth-youngest Roland Garros champion in the Open Era, defeating Mariano Puerta 67 63 61 75 in the final. Nadal 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 (going on to win four in a row), and the only player to have done so since the event went international in 1925. Three more men achieved the feat pre-1925.

                                                            Hat tricks at Roland Garros

                                                            Andre Vacherot – 1894-96

                                                            Paul Ayme – 1897-1900

                                                            Max Decugis – 1907-09; 1912-14

                                                            Bjorn Borg – 1978-81


·         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. Bjorn Borg won a record six titles here; Henry Cochet won four; Rene Lacoste, Mats Wilander, Ivan Lendl and Kuerten won three each.


·         The defending champion has reached the semifinals at Roland Garros 17 times in the Open Era. (The defending champion has not returned on three occasions in the Open Era) The defending champion has lost at the quarterfinal stage here nine times. [See page 7 of the Preview for more information.]


·         Nadal is the only lefthander to reach the quarterfinals, from the 13 that started in the draw.


·         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 81-match clay court winning 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).


·         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.


·         With 16 titles on the surface, Nadal now stands in tenth place on the list for most career clay court titles won in the Open Era. [For more information, see page 2 of the Preview.]


·         Nadal’s 23-1 clay court win-loss through the round of 16 here is the best for any player this season.


2007 clay court leaders*





Rafael Nadal



Juan Monaco



Nicolas Almagro


* through completion of Roland Garros round of 16

Players in bold still active at Roland Garros


·         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 40-6 through the round of 16 here.


·         Nadal is in his 98th straight week as world No. 2, having held the ranking since 25 July 2005. (Roger Federer is in his 175th week at No. 1, since 2 February 2004).


·         1998 champion Moya defeated Andreas Seppi 61 36 63 26 60 in the first round, Florent Serra 64 62 64 in the second round, qualifier Juan Pablo Brzezicki 61 63 75 in the third round and fellow ‘thirtysomething’ Jonas Bjorkman 76 62 75 in the round of 16.


·         Moya is making his 12th Roland Garros appearance, having played every year since making his debut in 1996. He has reached the quarterfinals for the fourth time, and the third time in five years.


·         Moya first reached the quarterfinals here in 1998, defeating lefthander Marcelo Rios 61 26 62 64 at this stage en route to the title. He lost in the 2003 Roland Garros quarterfinals to eventual runner-up Martin Verkerk 63 64 57 46 86, and lost in the 2004 Roland Garros quarterfinals to eventual runner-up Guillermo Coria 75 76 63.


·         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 and today’s opponent Nadal are the two Roland Garros champions still alive in the tournament.


·         Away from Roland Garros, Moya’s best Grand Slam result was reaching the Australian Open final in 1997 (l. Pete Sampras 62 63 63). He advanced to the US Open semifinals in 1998 while Wimbledon is his least successful Grand Slam event, making the last 16 just once in seven appearances.


·         At 30 years, 287 days (on the last day of the tournament), Moya is the oldest man to reach quarterfinals at Roland Garros since Andre Agassi in 2003, and the 29th ‘thirtysomething’ to reach a Roland Garros quarterfinal in the Open Era. Moya is bidding to become the 11th-oldest semifinalist here in the Open Era, and the oldest Roland Garros semifinalist for 22 years. Jimmy Connors was 32 days, 280 days (on the last day of the event) when he reached the last four here in 1985, losing in the semis.


·         Against lefthanders, Moya has a 66-36 career win-loss record, which improves to 9-2 in Grand Slam events. He has never lost to a lefthander at Roland Garros.


Moya v lefthanders at Roland Garros



Moya’s result


Marcelo Rios

Won 61 26 62 64 in QF


Petr Korda

Won 67 64 63 61 R64


Feliciano Lopez

Won 61 64 60 in R128


·         Moya has won eight of his last nine matches. He reached the semifinals at AMS Hamburg in his last tournament before coming here, with 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. He lost in the semifinals to No. 1 seed and eventual champion Roger Federer 46 64 62.


·         Ahead of Roland Garros, Moya’s best result on clay in 2007 was reaching the final at Acapulco in March, losing to Juan Ignacio Chela 63 76.


·         Moya has also had good results on hard court this season. He was runner-up on hard at Sydney in January (l. James Blake 63 57 61 in the final), reached the semifinals at Chennai, and the last 16 at AMS Indian Wells.


·         Moya has won 19 career titles, this total including at least one every year 2000-06. Until recently, Moya’s 15 career clay court titles were the most among active players, but Nadal now heads that list after winning his 15th and 16th career titles at Barcelona and AMS Rome. (See table in the head-to-head above.)




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