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Wimbledon 2007

DAY ONE MEN’S NOTES

Monday 25 June 2007

First Round Top Half

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show court matches

 

CENTRE COURT:           No. 1 Roger Federer (SUI) v Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS)

                                          No. 25 Carlos Moya (ESP) v Tim Henman (GBR)

 

COURT 1:                        No. 3 Andy Roddick (USA) v Justin Gimelstob (USA)

                                          No. 8 Andy Murray (GBR) v Nicolas Lapentti (ECU)       

 

COURT 2:                        No. 9 James Blake (USA) v Igor Andreev (RUS)

                                          No. 15 Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) v Vince Spadea (USA)

                                           

COURT 3:                        No. 13 Tommy Haas (GER) v (Q) Zack Fleishman (USA)

                                          (WC) Joshua Goodall (GBR) v Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

 

COURT 18:                      No. 24 Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) v Benjamin Becker (GER)

                                          No. 26 Marat Safin (RUS) v (Q) Rik De Voest (RSA)

 

COURT 13:                      No. 5 Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) v Robby Ginepri (USA)

                                          Arnaud Clement (FRA) v (Q) Nicolas Mahut (FRA)

 

Other matches:               No. 12 Richard Gasquet (FRA) v (Q) Bohdan Ulihrach (CZE)

                                          No. 21 Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) v Nicolas Almagro (ESP)

                                         

 

On court today…

 

·         Roger Federer begins his bid to become only the fourth man in history to win five consecutive Wimbledon titles. His first round opponent is Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili, who is making his Wimbledon debut and playing just his third career tour-level grass court event.

 

·         Four-time semifinalist Tim Henman bids for his first Grand Slam match win of 2007 when he plays Carlos Moya. Although this is the pair’s tenth meeting in a series going back 11 years, it is their first match-up for four years, and first meeting on grass. Moya is playing his first grass court match since 2004 Wimbledon.

 

·         An all-American match-up as two-time runner-up Andy Roddick plays Justin Gimelstob. Queen’s champion Roddick will be looking to extend a five-match winning streak, while Gimelstob is hoping for his first tour-level victory since making his comeback from back surgery in March.

 

·         Home hope Andy Murray tests his right wrist in a first-time meeting with Nicolas Lapentti. Murray is playing his first match for six weeks after injuring his wrist at AMS Hamburg; Lapentti, who is playing here for the first time in four years, sat out nearly three months of this season after a hernia operation.

 

·         Tommy Haas makes his comeback from a month out with a right shoulder injury when he plays American qualifier Zack Fleishman, who is making his Wimbledon debut today.

 

·         ’s-Hertogenbosch winner Ivan Ljubicic bids to extend a five-match winning streak when he plays Vince Spadea. Neither man has a particularly good record at Wimbledon, Ljubicic having suffered four first round loses here, and Spadea having lost his opening match seven times.

 

·         No. 9 seed James Blake, in his fifth Wimbledon, faces Roland Garros quarterfinalist Igor Andreev who missed Wimbledon last year after left knee surgery. Andreev trails Blake 0-4 in their series, but this is their first meeting on grass.

 

·         Marat Safin, who at Wimbledon has won less than half the number of matches that he has at the other three Grand Slam events, has a first-time meeting with Rik De Voest. The South African qualifier is making his Grand Slam debut today.

 

·         An all-French match-up between Queen’s runner-up Nicolas Mahut, who qualified here, and Nottingham runner-up Arnaud Clement.

 

·         Feliciano Lopez, who reached the only Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career to date here in 2005, takes on British wild card Joshua Goodall, bidding for his first victory in just his sixth tour-level match.

 

·         Australian Open runner up and No. 5 seed Fernando Gonzalez comes up against Robby Ginepri for the second time in three weeks, the Chilean having won their round of 16 at Queen's.

 

·         Juan Ignacia Chela meets Benjamin Becker in the Wimbledon first round for the second successive year. The Argentinean is looking to avenge last year’s first round defeat.

 

 


 

CENTRE COURT

 

NO. 1 ROGER FEDERER (SUI) v TEIMURAZ GABASHVILI (RUS)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                       FEDERER                                          v                                       GABASHVILI

 

                            25                                              Age                                             22

                            47                                            Titles                                             0

                         125-22                        Career Grand Slam Record                          1-3

                           32-4                                Wimbledon Record                                0-0

                        517-133                                 Career Record                                  16-33

                          64-11                             Career Record - Grass                              1-2

                           30-5                                      2007 Record                                     8-15

                            0-0                                 2007 Record - Grass                                1-2

                           9-10                             Career Five-Set Record                             1-1

                             3                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                        194-108                          Career Tiebreak Record                            11-8

                           10-3                              2007 Tiebreak Record                              5-4

 

·         Federer is making his ninth appearance at Wimbledon, having played here every year since making his debut as a wild card in 1999.

 

·         Federer is bidding to become the fourth player in Wimbledon history to win the men’s singles title for five successive years. He won the 2003 title as No. 4 seed, defeating Mark Philippoussis 76 62 76 in the final. As No. 1 seed, he defended his title for the last three years: in 2004 defeating Andy Roddick 46 75 76 64 in the final; in 2005 again defeating Roddick 62 76 64; and in 2006 defeating Rafael Nadal 60 76 67 63.

 

·         Only seven men in history have won five or more consecutive titles at one Grand Slam event, and Bjorn Borg is the only player to have achieved this feat in the Open Era. Borg was also the last man to win five or more Wimbledon titles, the Swede collecting all five of his trophies at the All England Club in 1976-80. [For more details see page 1 of the Preview.]

 

·         Federer is one of eight men in history to win at least four Wimbledon titles in his career, whether consecutive or otherwise. He is now bidding to become just the fifth man in history to win five career Wimbledon titles. Borg and Sampras are the only men to win five here in the Open Era, Sampras going on to win seven titles. [For more details see page 2 of the Preview.]

 

·         Federer is hoping to extend his 48-match grass court winning streak today. He established his new Open Era record streak on the surface in the first round at last year’s Wimbledon, breaking Bjorn Borg’s previous mark of 41 straight grass court match wins. Federer’s last grass court defeat was in the first round of 2002 Wimbledon, when he lost to qualifier Mario Ancic 63 76 63.

 

·         Federer compiled his record-breaking 48-match grass court winning streak having won both Halle and Wimbledon for the last four seasons. He has defeated 38 different players from 19 different countries during the streak.

 

·         Federer arrives at 2007 Wimbledon having not played a grass court tournament ahead of The Championships for the first time in his career (having made his debut here in 1999). He has not played an official match on grass in 2007 after withdrawing from his usual warm-up event, Halle, citing fatigue. The last man to win Wimbledon without playing a grass court tournament ahead of The Championships was Andre Agassi in 1992.

 

·         Pete Sampras played a grass court warm-up event ahead of all seven of his Wimbledon triumphs. The only year in his entire career that he did not play a warm-up event, in 1996, Sampras failed to win the Wimbledon title, losing in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Richard Krajicek.

 

·         Although Federer has won three titles so far in 2007, at the Australian Open – where he became the first man to win a Grand Slam title without dropping a set since Bjorn Borg at 1980 Roland Garros –Dubai, and AMS Hamburg. However by his standards this season has been disappointing. In the spring he had a run of four straight tournament losses, his longest streak without winning a title since taking over the No. 1 ranking in February 2004. Federer fell in the second round at AMS Indian Wells to Guillermo Canas 75 62 (after a first round bye), and again to Canas, 76 26 76, in the round of 16 at AMS Miami. He reached the final at AMS Monte Carlo before losing to Rafael Nadal, and was upset by wild card Filippo Volandri 62 64 in the round of 16 at AMS Rome before returning to winning form at AMS Hamburg.

 

·         Two weeks ago, Federer reached the Roland Garros final for the second year running, again falling to Rafael Nadal and so narrowly failing in his bid to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, and complete a career Grand Slam.

 

·         The only defending champion to lose in the Wimbledon first round in the Open Era is Lleyton Hewitt, who in 2003 fell to Ivo Karlovic 16 76 63 64. Hewitt is also the only No. 1 seed at Wimbledon in the Open Era to suffer a first round exit.

 

·         Gabashvili is making his Wimbledon debut today.

 

·         This is Gabashvili’s fourth Grand Slam event. He made his debut as a direct entrant at the 2006 US Open, defeating Marcos Daniel 63 62 36 36 63 in the first round before losing in the second round to James Blake 63 64 76. He qualified at this year’s Australian Open, losing in the first round to Lukas Dlouhy 63 61 67 67 1614, and as a direct entrant retired in the first round at Roland Garros, to Flavio Cipolla 76 63 52 ret. (right wrist pain).

 

·          Gabashvili is a direct entrant at 2007 Wimbledon and never previously tried to qualify for this tournament, although he has played the qualifying events for the other three majors. (Successfully reaching the main draw at the 2007 Australian Open, as detailed above.)

 

·         Gabashvili played two grass court events before coming here. He lost in the first round at Halle (to Benjamin Becker 64 76) and in the second round at Nottingham (to Arnaud Clement 76 36 63). Those were the first two tour-level grass court events of his career; in fact, his only previous professional appearance on the surface before 2007 was at the Manchester Challenger in 2004 (losing in the first round to Andrew Banks 36 61 64).

 

·         Gabashvili is having the best year of his career, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 71 in March. He had his best results on U.S. hard court in spring, reaching the quarterfinals as a qualifier at Memphis (retiring at that stage due to illness) and the third round as a qualifier again AMS Indian Wells.

 

·         This season however Gabashvili has also had ten first round losses in tour-level events, including six throughout the entire clay court season. He has played only tour-level tournaments all year.

 

 

 

 


 

NO. 25 CARLOS MOYA v TIM HENMAN (GBR)

 

Head-to-head: Moya leads 5-4

1996     Rotterdam                     Carpet (I)           R16      Henman            76 64

1996     Paris Indoor                   Carpet (I)           R64      Moya                46 63 64

1997     Sydney                         Hard (O)            FR        Henman            63 61

1998     Key Biscayne                Hard (O)            R32      Henman            61 64

1998     ATP Finals, Hanover       Hard (I)              SF        Moya                64 36 75

1999     World Team Cup            Clay (O)            R2        Moya                75 36 76

2001     Basle                            Carpet (I)           SF        Henman            61 64

2002     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)            SF        Moya                64 57 63

2003     Vienna                          Hard (I)              SF        Moya                76 75

 

This is the pair’s first meeting for four years, and their first ever match-up on grass court.

 

                         MOYA                                             v                                          HENMAN

 

                            30                                              Age                                             32

                            19                                            Titles                                            11

                          73-39                         Career Grand Slam Record                        96-47

                            7-7                                 Wimbledon Record                               42-13

                        527-281                                 Career Record                                 493-270

                          13-14                             Career Record - Grass                            82-33

                          25-13                                     2007 Record                                      4-8

                            0-0                                 2007 Record - Grass                                1-2

                          15-17                            Career Five-Set Record                           19-14

                             5                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            4

                        203-147                          Career Tiebreak Record                         176-149

                           11-3                              2007 Tiebreak Record                              4-2

 

·         Moya is making his eighth appearance at Wimbledon. He was forced to miss four of the previous five championships through injury. In both 2005 and 2006, he withdrew with a shoulder injury.

 

·         On Moya’s last appearance at Wimbledon in 2004, he enjoyed a career-best performance to reach the last 16, losing to Lleyton Hewitt 64 62 46 76. He failed to pass the second round on his first six appearances.

 

·         Moya did not play a Wimbledon warm-up event. In fact he has not played on grass since losing to Lleyton Hewitt in the round of 16 at 2004 Wimbledon. That remains his best grass court performance, although he also reached the semifinals at 1999 Halle.

 

·         Moya’s last event was 2007 Roland Garros, where he reached the quarterfinals as No. 23 seed, before losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 64 63 60. His other 2007 highlights include runner-up appearances at Sydney (l. James Blake 63 57 61) and Acapulco (l. Juan Ignacio Chela 63 76), and semifinal showings at Chennai and AMS Hamburg. He has improved his ranking from No. 43 to No. 22 (as at 18 June) since the start of the year.

 

·         Moya won his lone Grand Slam title at 1998 Roland Garros (d. Alex Corretja 63 75 63) and became the first Spaniard to rank No. 1 in the history of the ATP rankings in 1999.

 

·         Henman is making his 14th consecutive appearance at Wimbledon, having played every year since his Grand Slam debut as a wild card here in 1994.

 

·         Henman has reached the semifinals here four times (1998-99, 2001-02), and the quarterfinals another four times (1996-97, 2003-04). He fell in the second round for the second successive year in 2006, to eventual champion Roger Federer 64 60 62.

 

·         Henman is looking for his first Grand Slam match win of 2007. He missed the Australian Open with a right knee injury, and lost in the first round at Roland Garros to qualifier Ernests Gulbis 64 63 62. His last Grand Slam match victory was over Greg Rusedski in the first round at the 2006 US Open, before losing in the second round to Federer.


 

·         In the Wimbledon warm-up events, Henman lost to Marin Cilic 76 26 64 in the first round at Queen’s, before reaching the second round at Nottingham, defeating Michael Russell 61 76, then losing to Dmitry Tursunov 76 36 62. His victory over Russell was only his second tour-level match win of the year.

 

·         Henman’s ATP Ranking dropped to No. 78 on 18 June, his lowest ranking since 4 March 1996.

 

·         Henman missed the start of the season with a right-knee injury, returning at the end of February at Las Vegas.


 

COURT 1

 

NO. 3 ANDY RODDICK (USA) v JUSTIN GIMELSTOB (USA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

2002     Washington                   Hard (O)            R32      Roddick            62 62

 

                       RODDICK                                          v                                       GIMELSTOB

 

                            24                                              Age                                             30

                            22                                            Titles                                             0

                          75-25                         Career Grand Slam Record                        19-29

                           23-6                                Wimbledon Record                                9-7

                        386-122                                 Career Record                                 107-168

                          53-10                             Career Record - Grass                            24-33

                           30-8                                      2007 Record                                      0-5

                            5-0                                 2007 Record - Grass                                0-2

                            9-9                              Career Five-Set Record                             7-3

                             2                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                        182-109                          Career Tiebreak Record                           53-70

                           20-3                              2007 Tiebreak Record                              0-0

 

·         Roddick is making his seventh successive appearance at Wimbledon. Last year, when he was also seeded No. 3, he was upset in the third round by Andy Murray 76 64 64.

 

·         Roddick has twice been Wimbledon runner-up, both times losing to Roger Federer. He fell 46 75 76 64 in the 2004 final and 62 76 64 in the 2005 final. He has been defeated by the eventual champion on four of his six previous Wimbledon appearances, losing to Federer 76 63 63 in the 2003 semifinals, and to Goran Ivanisevic 76 75 36 63 in the 2001 third round on his Wimbledon debut.

 

·         For the fourth time in five years, Roddick starts Wimbledon having won at Queen’s. He collected the trophy there three straight years 2003-05, and after a semifinal loss to countryman James Blake in 2006, bounced back to win the title this year, saving a match point to defeat Nicolas Mahut 46 76 76 in the final.

 

·         Queen’s was Roddick’s first tournament victory of 2007. He also reached the final at Memphis (l. Tommy Haas 63 62) and the semifinals at the Australian Open (l. Roger Federer 64 60 62), San Jose (l. Andy Murray 76 64) and AMS Indian Wells (l. Rafael Nadal 64 63). Another highlight of Roddick’s season is compiling a 3-0 singles record to help the USA to reach the Davis Cup semifinals (they play Sweden in Gothenburg in September).

 

·         Roddick has never lost in the first round at Wimbledon. By contrast, at Roland Garros this year, he suffered his fourth first round exit in seven appearances.

 

·         Roddick is coached by 1974 and 1982 Wimbledon champion Jimmy Connors.

 

·         Gimelstob is making his eighth appearance at Wimbledon. He lost in the second round here last year to Ivan Ljubicic 63 76 75.

 

·         Gimelstob has lost in the Wimbledon first round just once previously, in 1999 falling to Jens Knippschild 63 26 57 62 97. His best results at this tournament are three third round finishes, achieved in 1999, 2003 and 2005. He has never advanced further than the third round at any Grand Slam event.

 

·         Gimelstob plays here with a protected ranking of No. 73, having missed the remainder of the 2006 season after the US Open, and the first two months of this year, recovering from major back surgery carried out on 13 September to remove disc fragments.

 

·         Gimelstob made his return from injury at 2007 AMS Indian Wells, and is still looking for his first win since his comeback, having had first round losses in all six tour-level events he played before coming here. His only wins all year to date are three victories in qualifying for Nottingham, before losing in the first round of the main draw to Amer Delic 64 64. Gimelstob’s last match win (including qualifying and challenger events) was in the first round of the 2006 US Open, when he defeated Olivier Marach 62 63 75 (before losing in the second round to David Ferrer).

 

·         As well as qualifying at Nottingham as detailed above, Gimelstob also played on grass at Queen’s as a direct entrant, losing in the first round to Jonas Bjorkman 63 36 61.


 

NO. 8 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v NICOLAS LAPENTTI (ECU)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                       MURRAY                                           v                                         LAPENTTI

 

                            20                                              Age                                             30

                             2                                             Titles                                             5

                           12-7                          Career Grand Slam Record                        38-36

                            5-2                                 Wimbledon Record                                7-7

                          78-42                                   Career Record                                 287-250

                           14-7                              Career Record - Grass                            10-15

                           24-7                                      2007 Record                                      4-5

                            0-0                                 2007 Record - Grass                                0-1

                            3-4                              Career Five-Set Record                           25-12

                             1                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            4

                          27-19                           Career Tiebreak Record                         104-102

                            9-3                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              1-1

 

·         Murray is making his third consecutive appearance at Wimbledon. Last year he reached the round of 16, defeating No. 3 seed Andy Roddick 76 64 64 in the third round before losing to eventual semifinalist Marcos Baghdatis 63 64 76.

 

·         Murray has not competed on the tour since May, after suffering a right wrist injury during his first round match against Filippo Volandri at AMS Hamburg.

 

·         Prior to withdrawing at AMS Hamburg, Murray had an good start to 2007. He successfully defended his title at San Jose, defeating Andy Roddick 76 64 in the semifinals and Ivo Karlovic 67 64 76 in the final, and was also a finalist at Doha (l. to Ivan Ljubicic 64 64). He reached the semifinals at Memphis, AMS Indian Wells and AMS Miami. Murray entered the Top 10 rankings for the first time on 16 April this year, and was at a career-high No. 8 the week of 18 June.

 

·         At this year’s Australian Open, Murray reached the round of 16, losing to No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal 67 64 46 63 61. He withdrew from Roland Garros with his wrist injury.

 

·         Apart from Roland Garros, Murray has reached at least the round of 16 at the other three Grand Slams.

 

·         At 2006 AMS Cincinatti, Murray became only the second player in 2006 to defeat Roger Federer (the other being Rafael Nadal). Unseeded, Murray defeated the world No. 1 and top seed 75 64 in the second round.

 

·         Lapentti is making his eighth appearance at Wimbledon and his first since 2003. He withdrew from the 2004 tournament with a back injury and was not ranked high enough to play 2005 and 2006 Wimbledon (he did not attempt to qualify either).

 

·         Lapentti’s best performance at Wimbledon was in 2002, when he reached the quarterfinals before losing to eventual runner-up David Nalbandian 64 64 46 46 64.

 

·         Lapentti played the grass warm-up event at Nottingham, losing in the first round to Jan Vacek 76 63.

 

·         Lapentti has only played seven tournaments this year at all levels. Following Buenos Aires at the end of February, he underwent surgery for a hernia and returned to action at Portschach in May.

 

·         Lapentti has a 4-5 win-loss record this year. He played at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, but lost in the second round at both tournaments, to David Nalbandian and Mikhail Youzhny respectively.

 

·         Lapentti’s career Grand Slam highlight was reaching the semifinals at 1999 Australian Open. He won four five-set matches, defeating three Swedes before falling to another, Thomas Enqvist, 63 75 61. The following year he reached a career-high ranking of No. 6 in April 2000.

 

·         Lapentti was instrumental in Ecuador’s Davis Cup World Group Play-off win over Great Britain in 2000 - held here at Wimbledon - winning a five-set marathon over Greg Rusedski in the first rubber and defeating Tim Henman and Arvind Parmar in the doubles rubber with his brother Giovanni. Ecuador went on to win the tie 3-2.


 

COURT 2

 

NO. 9 JAMES BLAKE (CHI) v IGOR ANDREEV (RUS)

 

Head-to-head: Blake leads 4-0

2004     Scottsdale                     Hard (O)            R16      Blake                63 62

2005     US Open                       Hard (O)            R64      Blake                62 62 64

2006     Sydney                         Hard (O)            FR        Blake                62 36 76

2006     AMS Indian Wells          Hard (O)            QF        Blake                61 64

 

Andreev has yet to win a match against Blake, although today is their first meeting on grass.

 

                                 BLAKE                                                           v                                                       ANDREEV

 

                                      27                                                             Age                                                            23

                                       9                                                            Titles                                                            3

                                   35-21                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                16-11

                                     4-4                                            Wimbledon Record                                           3-2

                                224-146                                            Career Record                                             101-90

                                   21-17                                       Career Record - Grass                                        8-7

                                   24-14                                                 2007 Record                                                17-15

                                     2-1                                           2007 Record - Grass                                           0-1

                                     0-9                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       1-5

                                       0                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   80-69                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                    40-41

                                    10-6                                        2007 Tiebreak Record                                        3-8

 

·         Blake is making his fifth appearance at Wimbledon. Last year he lost in the third round to Max Mirnyi 64 36 46 61 60.

 

·         Blake has never advanced further than the third round at Wimbledon. He lost in the second round in 2002 and 2003, missed the 2004 tournament after fracturing vertebra and was knocked out in the first round in 2005.

 

·         Blake warmed up for this year’s Wimbledon at Halle, reaching the quarterfinals. He defeated Sam Querrey 46 64 63, Evgeny Korolev 75 61, then lost to Phillipp Kohlschreiber 64 63.

 

·         Blake’s 2007 season started with a win in Sydney (d. Carlos Moya 63 57 61 in the final), and he was also a runner up at Delray Beach (l. Xavier Malisse 57 64 64).

 

·         In 2007 Grand Slam play, Blake reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open, losing to Fernando Gonzalez 75 64 76, and was defeated in the first round at Roland Garros by Ivo Karlovic 64 46 75 75.

 

·         Andreev is making his third appearance at Wimbledon. He missed last year’s Championship having missed six months of the 2006 season, from the end of April to November, after left knee surgery.

 

·         Andreev’s best performance at Wimbledon was in 2005 when he reached the third round losing to Andy Roddick 62 62 76. In 2004, he was defeated in the second round by Fernando Gonzalez 75 63 57 67 63.

 

·         Andreev played at Queen’s for his Wimbledon warm up, but lost in the first round to Gael Monfils 64 63.

 

·         Andreev had his career-best Grand Slam result at 2007 Roland Garros where he was the only unseeded player to reach the quarterfinals, losing to Novak Djokovic 63 63 63. En route in Paris, he defeated No. 3 seed Andy Roddick, Nicolas Massu, Paul-Henri Mathieu and No. 16 seed Marcos Baghdatis. At the Australian Open, he was knocked out in the first round by Vince Spadea 62 76 61.

 

·         In 2007, Andreev’s other best performances have been reaching the round of 16 at AMS Monte Carlo (l. Juan Carlos Ferrero 63 63) and AMS Hamburg (l. Rafael Nadal 64 61). With these results, he continues to climb the rankings after his surgery in 2006 and as of 18 June 2007, was ranked No. 56.

 

 


 

NO. 15 IVAN LJUBICIC (CRO) v VINCE SPADEA (USA)

 

Head-to-head: Spadea leads 3-1

2003     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)            R16      Spadea             16 64 76

2004     Lyon                             Carpet (I)           R16      Spadea             64 76

2005     AMS Miami                   Hard (O)            R32      Ljubicic             63 46 76

2005     Lyon                             Carpet (I)           R32      Spadea             76 75

 

                       LJUBICIC                                          v                                          SPADEA

 

                            28                                              Age                                             32

                             8                                             Titles                                             1

                          28-31                         Career Grand Slam Record                        39-46

                            4-7                                 Wimbledon Record                                6-11

                        312-201                                 Career Record                                 290-316

                          15-16                             Career Record - Grass                            19-31

                          32-13                                     2007 Record                                    16-15

                            6-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                                0-1

                           7-14                             Career Five-Set Record                            10-5

                             3                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            1

                        153-154                          Career Tiebreak Record                          90-119

                          20-13                             2007 Tiebreak Record                              5-2

 

·         Ljubicic is making his eighth straight appearance at Wimbledon. He had his best result at this event last year, reaching the third round as No. 5 seed before losing to Dmitry Tursunov 57 46 61 76 62.

 

·         Ljubicic has had four first round losses in seven previous Wimbledon appearances: in 2000-01, and in 2004-05.

 

·         Ljubicic arrives here on a five-match winning streak, having just won the first grass court title of his career at ’s-Hertogenbosch, defeating Peter Wessels 76 46 76 in Saturday’s final. It was his eighth career title.

 

·         ’s-Hertogenbosch was Ljubicic’s second title of the season, and he has maintained his record of having won at least two titles for the last three years. He won at Doha at the start of 2007 (d. Andy Murray 64 64 in the final), and reached two further finals, at Zagreb (l. Marcos Baghdatis 76 46 64) and Rotterdam (l. Mikhail Youzhny 62 64). Ljubicic was also a semifinalist at AMS Miami and a quarterfinalist at AMS Indian Wells.

 

·         As well as playing at ’s-Hertogenbosch, Ljubicic had more grass court preparation at Queen’s the week before, losing in the round of 16 to eventual runner-up Nicolas Mahut 76 63.

 

·         Spadea is making his 12th Wimbledon appearance. Except for 2001, when he was not ranked high enough to play, he has competed here every year since his debut in 1995.

 

·         Only two men in this year’s draw have made more Wimbledon appearances than Spadea: Jonas Bjorkman and Tim Henman, who are both playing here for the 14th time this year. Like Spadea, Fabrice Santoro is also competing for the 12th time.

 

·         At 32 years, 11 months, Spadea is the seventh-oldest man starting in the draw.

 

·         Spadea has lost in the first round here seven times in 11 previous appearances, including for the last two years. He was defeated last year by Fernando Verdasco 36 64 76 63.

 

·         Spadea’s best result at Wimbledon was reaching the round of 16 in 2004, losing to Sjeng Schalken 62 75 36 62.

 

·         Spadea played one grass court event ahead of 2007 Wimbledon, losing in the first round at Nottingham to Richard Gasquet 63 64.

 

·         Spadea’s highlight so far this year was reaching the semifinals at Delray Beach, losing to Xavier Malisse 62 62. He was also a quarterfinalist at Adelaide, San Jose, Houston and Estoril.

 

 

 


 

COURT 3

 

NO. 13 TOMMY HAAS (GER) v (Q) ZACK FLEISHMAN (USA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                          HAAS                                             v                                        FLEISHMAN

 

                            29                                              Age                                             27

                            11                                            Titles                                             0

                          66-34                         Career Grand Slam Record                          1-2

                           10-8                                Wimbledon Record                                0-0

                        396-215                                 Career Record                                   4-11

                          26-17                             Career Record - Grass                              1-1

                           23-8                                      2007 Record                                      1-1

                            0-0                                 2007 Record - Grass                                0-0

                          14-14                            Career Five-Set Record                             0-1

                             3                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                        138-112                          Career Tiebreak Record                             1-3

                            7-3                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              1-0

 

·         Haas is returning to competition for the first time since retiring in the first round at AMS Rome in May with a right shoulder injury. He underwent surgery on the same shoulder in 2002-03.

 

·         Haas is making his ninth appearance at Wimbledon. Last year he reached third round, as No. 19 seed, losing to Tomas Berdych 26 75 76 46 86.

 

·         The third round represents Haas’s best showing at Wimbledon, having also reached this stage in 1998-2000. He has enjoyed greater success at the other Grand Slam events, reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open (1999, 2002, 2007), quarterfinals at the US Open (2004, 2006), and round of 16 at Roland Garros (2002).

 

·         Haas’s career-best grass court performances have been semifinal appearances at ’s-Hertogenbosch in 1999, and Halle in 2005 and 2006.

 

·         Prior to his shoulder injury, Haas had enjoyed a successful start to 2007. He reached his third career semifinal at the Australian Open, as No. 12 seed, losing to Fernando Gonzalez 61 63 61. He won his 11th career title indoors at Memphis (d. Andy Roddick 63 62), and won all three singles rubbers in Germany’s Davis Cup victories over Croatia and Belgium.

 

·         Haas improved his ATP Ranking from No. 44 to No. 11 in 2006, winning three titles.

 

·         Fleishman is making his Wimbledon debut. In qualifying, he defeated David Brewer (GBR) 63 62 in the first round, No. 28 seed Pablo Andujar (ESP) by default in the second round, and No. 8 seed Federico Luzzi (ITA) 61 63 76 in the final round.

 

·         Fleishman had previously tried to qualify for Wimbledon in 2003 and 2006, falling in the final round to Alejandro Falla 57 46 63 63 64 last year.

 

·         Fleishman has made two previous Grand Slam appearances as a qualifier, both at the Australian Open. He lost in the first round in 2006, but reached the second round this year, defeating Agustin Calleri 64 76 57 06 63, before losing to Wayne Arthurs 67 61 64 64.

 

·         This is only Fleishman’s second tour-level event of the year. He has played mainly on the challenger circuit, reaching the final at Valencia (USA) and the semifinals at Dallas.

 

·         Fleishman reached a career-high ATP Ranking of No. 145 on 19 February 2007.

 

·         Fleishman played one season of collegiate tennis at UCLA before turning pro. He was formally a leading American junior, reaching the 1998 US Open junior quarterfinals.


 

(WC) JOSHUA GOODALL (GBR) v FELICIANO LOPEZ (ESP)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                      GOODALL                                          v                                            LOPEZ

 

                            21                                              Age                                             25

                             0                                             Titles                                             1

                            0-3                           Career Grand Slam Record                        28-22

                            0-2                                 Wimbledon Record                                12-5

                            0-5                                     Career Record                                 147-149

                            0-4                               Career Record - Grass                            16-12

                            0-1                                       2007 Record                                    10-12

                            0-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                                0-1

                            0-0                              Career Five-Set Record                             7-4

                             0                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            1

                            0-1                             Career Tiebreak Record                           85-77

                            0-0                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              9-6

 

·         Goodall is playing at Wimbledon for the third successive year, and the second time as a wild card.

 

·         Goodall is attempting to win his first match at Wimbledon. Last year, as a qualifier, Goodall lost in the first round to Melle Van Gemerden 64 75 75. On his debut here in 2005, he fell in the first round to Alessio Di Mauro 63 76 63.

 

·         In his only other Grand Slam match, Goodall also lost in the first round, falling to Paul-Henri Mathieu 63 62 36 63 as a qualifier at the 2006 US Open.

 

·         Goodall is also bidding to win his first-ever match at tour level at his sixth attempt. His last tour level match was at Nottingham last week, where he lost in the first round as a qualifier to Teimuraz Gabashvili 75 63.

 

·         In qualifying at Nottingham, Goodall won consecutive matches for just the second time this year. He has played mainly Futures and Challengers in 2007 and the only other time he has won consecutive matches was in advancing to the semifinals at Great Britain F5 Futures in March at Jersey.

 

·         Lopez is playing at Wimbledon for the sixth successive time.

 

·         Last year Lopez lost in the first round here for the first time, falling to No. 5 seed Ivan Ljubicic 63 64 57 36 119.

 

·         Lopez achieved his best Grand Slam result to date at 2005 Wimbledon, advancing to the quarterfinals before losing to Lleyton Hewitt 75 64 76.

 

·         Lopez has played just one match on grass this year before today. He fell in the first round at Queen’s to Paul-Henri Mathieu 63 67 63.

 

·         Lopez’s best result so far in 2007 was at AMS Miami, where he reached the round of 16 before losing to Novak Djokovic 60 63. The only other time that he has won back-to-back matches this year was at Las Vegas, where he advanced to the quarterfinals, losing to Lleyton Hewitt 63 62.

 

 

 


 

COURT 18

 

NO. 24 JUAN IGNACIO CHELA (ARG) v BENJAMIN BECKER (GER)

 

Head-to-head: Becker leads 1-0

2006     Wimbledon        Grass (O)          R128     Becker              63 36 63 64

 

                         CHELA                                            v                                          BECKER

 

                            27                                              Age                                             26

                             4                                             Titles                                             0

                          28-25                         Career Grand Slam Record                          4-4

                            2-5                                 Wimbledon Record                                1-1

                        226-180                                 Career Record                                  24-29

                            2-7                               Career Record - Grass                              4-4

                          28-14                                     2007 Record                                    15-21

                            0-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                                3-2

                            0-8                              Career Five-Set Record                             0-2

                             0                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                          74-76                           Career Tiebreak Record                           17-16

                            4-8                               2007 Tiebreak Record                             11-11

 

·         Chela is making his sixth appearance at Wimbledon. Last year, he lost in the first round to today’s opponent Benjamin Becker 63 36 63 64. In 2005, he missed the tournament with a groin injury.

 

·         Chela’s best results at Wimbledon came in 2003 and 2004, when he reached the second round, losing to Victor Hanescu 62 61 64 and Thomas Enqvist 63 67 61 36 63 respectively.

 

·         Chela warmed up for Wimbledon at ’s-Hertogenbosch, losing in the first round as No. 6 seed to Julien Benneteau 64 64.

 

·         Chela reached the third round of the 2007 Australian Open, losing to No. 15 seed Andy Murray 63 62 64 and the second round at 2007 Roland Garros, losing to Gael Monfils 36 63 63 61.

 

·         Chela won the fourth tour title of his career this year at Acapulco, defeating Carlos Moya in the final 63 76. Chela’s other 2007 tour highlights include reaching the semifinals at Costa do Sauipe (l. G. Canas 76 61) and five other quarterfinals appearances.

 

·         Becker is making his second appearance at Wimbledon. Last year, he won his first round match against today’s opponent (see above), and then lost to No. 28 seed Fernando Verdasco 64 67 46 63 97

 

·         Becker prepared for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at ’s-Hertogenbosch, losing to Antony Dupius 76 63. The previous week he lost at Halle in the round of 16 to Marc Gicquel 62 76.

 

·         In 2007 Grand Slam play, Becker lost in the first round at both the Australian Open (l. Marat Safin 57 76 36 63 64) and Roland Garros (l. Mathieu Montcourt 63 61 63).

 

·         Becker’s best results this year were in San Jose, losing to Ivo Karlovic in the semifinals 76 75 and Delray Beach, again falling in the semifinals to James Blake 63 76.

 

·         Becker’s best ever Grand Slam performance was at the 2006 U.S. Open where, as a qualifier, he lost to eventual winner Andy Roddick in the round of 16, having earlier ended Andre Agassi’s career in the third round.

 


 

NO. 26 MARAT SAFIN (RUS) v (Q) RIK DE VOEST (RSA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                         SAFIN                                             v                                         DE VOEST

 

                            27                                              Age                                             27

                            15                                            Titles                                             0

                          81-28                         Career Grand Slam Record                          0-0

                            9-7                                 Wimbledon Record                                0-0

                        374-218                                 Career Record                                  16-17

                          18-15                             Career Record - Grass                              2-2

                          14-12                                     2007 Record                                      5-1

                            1-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                                0-0

                          26-11                            Career Five-Set Record                             0-1

                             0                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                        184-151                          Career Tiebreak Record                             5-3

                            6-9                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              1-0

 

·         Safin is making his eighth appearance at Wimbledon. He fell in the second round last year, after losing a two-set lead to Fernando Gonzalez 46 67 64 64 64.

 

·         Safin’s best result at Wimbledon came on his third appearance in 2001, when he reached the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Goran Ivanisevic 76 75 36 76.

 

·         Safin has reached at least the quarterfinals at all four Grand Slams. He won the 2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open titles and was a semifinalist at 2002 Roland Garros.

 

·         Safin warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the third round at Queen’s. As No. 8 seed, he defeated Sebastien Grosjean 36 64 64 in the second round before losing to Ivo Karlovic 76 76.

 

·         Safin’s best results this year have been on hard court. He reached the semifinals at Las Vegas (l. Lleyton Hewitt 75 61) and the quarterfinals at San Jose (l. Benjamin Becker 64 63).

 

·         In Grand Slam play this year, Safin reached the third round at the Australian Open, seeded No. 26 losing to Andy Roddick 76 26 64 76, and the second round at Roland Garros, seeded No. 22, losing to Janko Tipsarevic 64 64 75.

 

·         De Voest is making his Grand Slam debut here as a qualifier. At Wimbledon qualifying as No. 12 seed, he defeated Stefano Ianni (ITA) 75 63 in the first round, Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 64 46 64 in the second, and Pave Snobel (CZE) 61 76 36 63 in the final round.

 

·         De Voest has attempted to qualify for Wimbledon every year since 2002. He previously lost in the first qualifying round on four occasions, but reached the second round in 2005 before falling to Andreas Seppi.

 

·         De Voest has played mainly on the challenger circuit this year. He reached the final at Durban (l. Mathieu Montcourt 57 63 62) and Tallahassee (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 61 64). Two weeks ago he reached the semifinals at Yuba City, losing to Kevin Kim 64 64.

 

·         De Voest has also played four Davis Cup matches for South Africa this year in the Europe/Africa Group 3 zonal event, and won all of them. He has played Davis Cup regularly for the last six years.

 

·         De Voest has played just two tour-level grass court events in his career. He reached the second round at 2003 Queen’s as a qualifier and the second round at 2006 Newport.

 

·         Since turning pro in 1999, De Voest has slowly climbed up the rankings, reaching a career-best of 110 in August 2006 after winning the Mexico City and Vancouver challengers.


 

COURT 13

 

NO. 5 FERNANDO GONZALEZ (CHI) v ROBBY GINEPRI (USA)

 

Head-to-head: Gonzalez leads 2-0

2005     Auckland                       Hard (O)            QF        Gonzalez          63 64

2007     Queen’s                        Grass (O)          R16      Gonzalez          62 75

 

The two players are meeting for the second time in three weeks, Gonzalez having won in the round of 16 at Queens.

 

                      GONZALEZ                                         v                                          GINEPRI

 

                            26                                              Age                                             24

                             7                                             Titles                                             2

                          42-25                         Career Grand Slam Record                        20-20

                            9-5                                 Wimbledon Record                                3-4

                        256-141                                 Career Record                                 128-122

                           14-9                              Career Record - Grass                            20-16

                          22-12                                     2007 Record                                     6-11

                            2-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                                2-2

                           11-9                             Career Five-Set Record                             5-5

                             3                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            1

                         106-69                          Career Tiebreak Record                           42-56

                            9-5                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              2-3

 

·         Gonzalez is making his sixth successive appearance at Wimbledon. Last year he reached the third round, losing to David Ferrer 46 26 62 63 64. He achieved his best result in 2005 reaching the quarterfinals, where he was defeated by eventual champion Roger Federer 75 62 76.

 

·         Gonzalez warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at Queen’s. After a first round bye, he defeated Janko Tipsarevic and today’s opponent Robby Ginepri, before losing to Dmitry Tursunov 63 67 64.

 

·         Gonzalez started the season with a Grand Slam best performance, reaching the final of the Australian Open, losing to Roger Federer 76 64 64. En route to the final, Gonzalez defeated four top 20 players, No. 19 seed Lleyton Hewitt in the third round, No. 5 seed James Blake in the round of 16, No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals and No. 12 seed Tommy Haas in the semifinals.

 

·         In 2007, Gonzalez also won through to the final at AMS Rome and the quarterfinals at both AMS Hamburg and Queen’s. As the No. 5 seed at Roland Garros, he lost in the first round to Radek Stepanek 62 62 64.

 

·         Gonzalez achieved a career-high ranking of No. 5 on 29 January 2007.

 

·         Ginepri is playing his fifth successive Wimbledon. He fell in the first round last year, being defeated by Radek Stepanek 67 63 64 62.

 

·         Ginepri’s best performance at Wimbledon came in 2004, when he reached the round of 16, losing to Sebastien Grosjean 62 62 76. He was defeated in the first round on his other three appearances.

 

·         Before losing to today’s opponent Fernando Gonzalez in the third round at Queen’s (see above), Ginepri defeated Richard Bloomfield 64 62 and Florent Serra 64 76. Ginepri also warmed up at Nottingham, but was a first round loser to Paul Henri Mathieu 63 64.

 

·         Ginepri’s career-best Grand Slam performance was reaching the semifinals at the 2005 US Open, losing to Andre Agassi 64 57 63 46 63. In the process, he became the first man to play four consecutive five-set matches at the US Open in the Open Era.

 

·         The 2007 season hasn’t seen much success for Ginepri, who has lost in the first round in seven of his 11 tournaments. His best result was in the Australian Open where he reached the third round, losing to James Blake 76 75 62.

 

 

ARNAUD CLEMENT (FRA) v (Q) NICOLAS MAHUT (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: Mahut leads 2-0

2006     Casablanca       Clay (O)            R16      Mahut               63 76

2007     Queen’s            Grass (O)          SF        Mahut               63 76

 

This is the third meeting for these fellow Frenchmen, and the second in two weeks, Mahut having defeated Clement in the semifinals at Queen’s on his way to his first ATP final.

 

In the 18 June rankings, Clement was the French No. 2, while Mahut was the French No. 12.

 

                       CLEMENT                                          v                                           MAHUT

 

                            29                                              Age                                             25

                             4                                             Titles                                             0

                          49-38                         Career Grand Slam Record                         4-13

                          12-10                               Wimbledon Record                                2-1

                        262-244                                 Career Record                                  30-59

                          38-28                             Career Record - Grass                             12-7

                          18-15                                     2007 Record                                    11-12

                            8-2                                 2007 Record - Grass                                5-1

                           8-14                             Career Five-Set Record                             0-1

                             3                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                         108-87                          Career Tiebreak Record                           11-30

                           7-10                              2007 Tiebreak Record                              4-8

 

·         Clement is playing his 11th Wimbledon, having competed here every year since making his debut as a qualifier in 1997. He lost in the second round here last year to David Nalbandian 64 64 63.

 

·         Clement’s best results at Wimbledon are two round of 16 finishes, in 2001 as No. 13 seed (l. Marat Safin 60 63 62) and unseeded in 2002 (l. Nicolas Lapentti 36 75 26 75 63).

 

·         Clement has won eight of ten matches played on grass so far in 2007. He was a semifinalist at Queen’s, losing to today’s opponent Mahut (see head-to-head above), and reached the final at Nottingham last Saturday, falling to Ivo Karlovic 36 64 64.

 

·         Clement’s results on grass have been his best all season. Before arriving at Queen’s, he had only won back-to-back matches once all year, winning two in a row to record a quarterfinal finish on hard court at Zagreb (l. Marcos Baghdatis 62 67 76).

 

·         Mahut is making his second appearance at Wimbledon. He made his debut last year as a direct entrant, and recorded the best Grand Slam result of his career by reaching the third round. He defeated Jurgen Melzer and Kristof Vliegen in the first and second rounds respectively before losing to eventual champion Roger Federer 63 76 64.

 

·         Although this is just his second Wimbledon, it is the 14th Grand Slam event of Mahut’s career. Apart from here last year (see above), he has never advanced beyond the second round of a major, and has lost in the first round ten times, including in his first nine Grand Slam appearances.

 

·         In last week’s qualifying competition, as No. 2 seed, Mahut defeated Noam Okun 75 63 in the first round, Joseph Sirianni 64 64 in the second round, and Simon Stadler 63 76 61 in the final qualifying round. It was his fourth attempt to qualify for Wimbledon, having been unsuccessful 2003-05.

 

·         Mahut had the best result of his career at Queen’s just over a week ago, advancing to his first career singles final. In an impressive run as an unseeded player, he upset four seeded opponents, No 11 Jonas Bjorkman 63 67 63 in the second round, No. 5 Ivan Ljubicic 76 63 in the round of 16, No. 1 Rafael Nadal 75 76 in the quarterfinals and No. 14 Clement in the semis as detailed above. He lost in the final to No. 2 Andy Roddick 46 76 76, after having a match point in the second set tiebreak.

 

·         From Queen’s through three wins in qualifying for here, Mahut has now won eight of his last nine matches on grass. (Note: only main-draw tour-level matches are counted in a players’ win-loss record.)

 

·         Until Queen’s, the only time Mahut won back-to-back matches this season, including matches played at challenger level, was in winning two to reach the third round at AMS Indian Wells (l. Andy Murray 61 63).


 

OTHER FEATURED MATCHES

 

NO. 12 RICHARD GASQUET (FRA) v (Q) BOHDAN ULIHRACH (CZE)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                      GASQUET                                          v                                         ULIHRACH

 

                            21                                              Age                                             32

                             4                                             Titles                                             3

                          16-15                         Career Grand Slam Record                        28-35

                            3-3                                 Wimbledon Record                                3-9

                         108-74                                  Career Record                                 230-245

                           19-9                              Career Record - Grass                             5-13

                          27-14                                     2007 Record                                      1-1

                            2-2                                 2007 Record - Grass                                0-0

                            3-6                              Career Five-Set Record                             6-8

                             0                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            1

                          37-43                           Career Tiebreak Record                           63-79

                           5-10                              2007 Tiebreak Record                              0-2

 

·         Gasquet is making his fourth consecutive appearance at Wimbledon. Last year, he lost in the first round to eventual champion Roger Federer 63 62 62.

 

·         After losing in the first round on his debut in 2004, Gasquet went on to reach the round of 16 in 2005 losing to David Nalbandian 64 76 60. This is his best performance at Wimbledon.

 

·         Gasquet played the grass court warm-up events at Halle and Nottingham. He lost in the first round at Halle to Aisam Qureshi and reached the quarterfinals last week at Nottingham as twice-defending champion and No. 1 seed. Gasquet was bidding to create tournament history by winning the singles title at Nottingham for three consecutive years, but persistent rain forced his quarterfinal match against Arnaud Clement to be moved to indoors on hard court which he eventually lost 64 63.

 

·         Gasquet’s best result on all surfaces this year is finishing runner-up at Estoril on clay, falling to Novak Djokovic 76 06 61.

 

·         In 2007, Gasquet was also a semifinalist at Sydney and quarterfinalist at Adelaide, Marseille and AMS Monte Carlo.

 

·         Gasquet began the Grand Slam year with a round of 16 finish at the Australian Open, defeating compatriot Gael Monfils 60 46 75 63 in the third round before losing to Tommy Robredo 64 62 36 64.

 

·         Gasquet reached a career-high ranking of No. 11 on 11 June this year.

 

·         Qualifier Ulihrach is making his tenth appearance at Wimbledon. He is bidding to reach the second round for the first time since 1999, having suffered six successive first round defeats.

 

·         Ulihrach’s best performance at Wimbledon came in 1996 when he reached the third round.

 

·         This year marked the first time Ulihrach has had to qualify for Wimbledon. In last week’s qualifiying event, Ulihrach defeated Alun Jones (AUS) 62 26 97 in the first round, Lars Burgsmuller (GER) 63 64 in the second round and Go Soeda (JPN) 57 64 16 62 62 in the final round.

 

·         Ulihrach reached the second round of this year’s Roland Garros as a qualifier, losing to Jan Hajek 16 62 76 36 62. He was not ranked high enough for the Australian Open and did not attempt to qualify.

 

·         Apart from qualifying for 2007 Roland Garros, Ulihrach has played solely on the challenger circuit this year. He won the Ostrava Challenger on clay in May (d. Lukas Dlouhy 64 64 in the final), had a semifinal finish at Prostejov (l. Florian Mayer 46 64 60) and was a quarterfinalist at his first three events of the year in Heilbronn, Wroclaw and Casablanca.

 

·         Since making his Grand Slam debut at 1995 Roland Garros, Ulihrach’s best Grand Slam performances have been round of 16 finishes at the 1999 Australian Open and 1999 Roland Garros.

 

NO. 21 DMITRY TURSUNOV (RUS) v NICOLAS ALMAGRO (ESP)

 

Head-to-head: Tursunov leads 2-0

2005     Wimbledon        Grass (O)          R128     Tursunov           76 76 61

2006     AMS Paris        Carpet (I)           R32      Tursunov           63 54 ret. (torn quad muscle)

 

This is a rematch of the pair’s meeting in the first round here two years ago, which was won by Tursunov in straight sets.

 

                            TURSUNOV                                                      v                                                      ALMAGRO

 

                                      24                                                             Age                                                            21

                                       1                                                            Titles                                                            2

                                   21-13                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                  4-11

                                     8-3                                            Wimbledon Record                                           0-2

                                   92-80                                              Career Record                                              65-63

                                   18-10                                       Career Record - Grass                                        0-3

                                   13-13                                                 2007 Record                                                22-13

                                     6-2                                           2007 Record - Grass                                           0-0

                                     8-4                                       Career Five-Set Record                                       0-3

                                       1                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     0

                                   47-32                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                    21-35

                                     6-2                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                        5-6

 

·         Tursunov is making his fourth consecutive appearance at Wimbledon. He has never lost in the first round here.

 

·         At last year’s Wimbledon, as No. 27 seed, Tursunov reached the round of 16 for the second year in a row, upsetting No. 5 seed Ivan Ljubicic in five sets in the third round before falling to Jarkko Nieminen again in five sets 75 64 67 67 97. He reached his first Grand Slam round of 16 here in 2004, losing to Sebastien Grosjean 64 67 63 36 61.

 

·         Tursunov’s best Grand Slam performances have been at Wimbledon. He has never reached the round of 16 at any of the other Grand Slams.

 

·         Tursunov warmed up for Wimbledon at Queen’s and Nottingham and posted his best performances this year by reaching the semifinals at both tournaments. On both occasions he fell to the eventual champion - Andy Roddick 64 75 at Queen’s and Ivo Karlovic 75 64 at Nottingham.

 

·         Until Queen’s, Tursunov had not won back-to-back matches since the Australian Open, where he reached the third round. After the Australian Open he took six weeks off to rest a left wrist injury, returning at AMS Indian Wells in March.

 

·         Almagro is making his third appearance at Wimbledon, but looking for his first victory, having lost in the first round both previous times he has played here.

 

·         On his Wimbledon debut in 2005, Almagro lost in the first round to today’s opponent Tursunov 76 76 61. Last year he fell in the opening round here to Mario Ancic 76 75 76.

 

·         Almagro has never advanced beyond the second round at any of his 11 previous Grand Slam events.

 

·         This is Almagro’s first match on grass since Wimbledon last year. He has only played three grass court matches in his entire career and is winless so far, having lost in the first round at 2006 Nottingham (to Daniele Bracciali 16 63 76) as well as twice at Wimbledon (see above).

 

·         Almagro’s best results this season have been on clay. He defended his title at Valencia, defeating Potito Starace 46 62 61 in the final, and was a semifinalist at Buenos Aires and quarterfinalist at Costa do Sauipe, Acapulco and AMS Hamburg.

 

 

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