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Tuesday 26 June 2007

First Round Bottom Half


Featured matches


No. 2 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Mardy Fish (USA)

No. 4 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Potito Starace (ITA)

No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v Evgeny Korolev (RUS)

No. 7 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Nicolas Massu (CHI)

No. 10 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) v Ernests Gulbis (LAT)

No. 11 Tommy Robredo (ESP) v Robert Kendrick (USA)

No. 16 Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v (WC) Richard Bloomfield (GBR)

No. 19 Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) v (Q) Fernando Vicente (ESP)

No. 23 David Nalbandian (ARG) v (Q) Mischa Zverev (GER)

(WC) Alex Bogdanovic (GBR) v Chris Guccione (AUS)

(WC) Jonathan Marray (GBR) v Sebastien Grosjean (FRA)

Gael Monfils (FRA) v Thomas Johansson (SWE)

Fabrice Santoro (FRA) v Ivo Karlovic (CRO)


On court today…


·         2006 runner-up Rafael Nadal begins another attempt to become the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1978-80 to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same season. He plays Mardy Fish, who is currently on a six-match losing streak and has lost all three previous meetings with Nadal.


·         In another Spanish-American match-up, No. 7 Tommy Robredo faces Robert Kendrick, who led Nadal by two-sets-to-love before losing in the second round here last year. Both nations had 14 men starting in the 2007 men’s draw here, the second-highest behind France (15).


·         2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt and runner-up David Nalbandian. Hewitt, one of only two Wimbledon champions starting in the men’s draw, faces British wild card Richard Bloomfield, while Nalbandian takes on qualifier Mischa Zverev, who is making his Wimbledon debut today.


·         Novak Djokovic, who has reached at least the third round on both his previous Wimbledon appearances, faces Potito Starace. The Italian is playing his fourth Wimbledon and looking for his first victory at this event.


·         Halle champion Tomas Berdych and runner-up Marcos Baghdatis. Berdych bids to extend his four-match winning streak when he plays Nicolas Massu, who is appearing in his first grass court match of 2007 today. Baghdatis takes on Ernests Gulbis, one of four 18-year-olds in the 2007 men’s draw.


·         Two thirty-something Swedes, Thomas Johansson and Jonas Bjorkman, semifinalists here in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Johansson faces 2004 junior champion Gael Monfils, 12 years his junior, while Bjorkman starts his 14th Wimbledon against qualifier Fernando Vicente, who is on a 12-match losing streak at tour level.


·         Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Nikolay Davydenko bids to improve on his 1-5 Wimbledon record. He plays fellow Russian Evgeny Korolev, who is making his tournament debut today.


·         Nottingham champion Ivo Karlovic, faces his fourth Frenchman in two weeks when he takes on Fabrice Santoro, competing in his 60th Grand Slam event and the fourth-oldest man in the draw.


·         Two more British wild cards, Alex Bogdanovic and Jonathan Marray. Bogdanovic faces fellow lefthander Chris Guccione, while Marray faces two-time Wimbledon semifinalist Sebastien Grosjean who is ranked 201 places higher.




Head-to-head: Nadal leads 3-0

2006     AMS Indian Wells          Hard (O)            R32      Nadal                61 64

2006     Queen’s                        Grass (O)          R32      Nadal                76 61

2006     AMS Madrid                  Hard (I)              R32      Nadal                64 62


Fish has yet to win a set in three previous meetings with the world No. 2, including one previous match-up on grass.


                                 NADAL                                                            v                                                          FISH


                                      21                                                              Age                                                         25

                                       2                                                     ATP Ranking                                                38

                                      22                                                            Titles                                                         2

                                   47-10                                  Career Grand Slam Record                              17-18

                                     9-3                                             Wimbledon Record                                         5-4

                                  228-58                                              Career Record                                         130-109

                                    13-6                                         Career Record - Grass                                   22-15

                                    45-7                                                   2007 Record                                              15-12

                                     2-1                                            2007 Record - Grass                                        0-1

                                     7-2                                        Career Five-Set Record                                    2-4

                                       2                                       Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                   0

                                   52-41                                     Career Tiebreak Record                                 45-59

                                     7-5                                          2007 Tiebreak Record                                      5-5


·         Nadal is playing at Wimbledon for the fourth time. He reached the final here last year, losing to Roger Federer 60 76 67 63. It was the first time in the Open Era that the Roland Garros and Wimbledon finals had featured the same two men, and the first time since 1952 that it had happened.


·         Nadal was the second Spanish man in history to reach the final here, after Manolo Santana won the title in 1966. He also recorded the best performance by a reigning Roland Garros champion at Wimbledon since Andre Agassi advanced to the final here in 1999.


·         Having just won Roland Garros for the third time, Nadal now has another chance to become just the third man in the Open Era, after Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg, to win both the Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles the same year. Borg achieved the feat for three years in succession 1978-80, while Laver also did it in 1962, one of eight men to achieve this in the pre-Open Era. [For the full list of men to achieve this rare double, see page 4 of the Preview.]


·         Nadal has never lost in the first round at Wimbledon. On his debut here as a 17-year-old in 2003, he became the youngest player to reach the third round since 16-year-old Boris Becker in 1984.


·         Nadal warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at Queen’s for the second successive year. He lost in the last eight to eventual runner-up Nicolas Mahut 75 76.


·         Nadal won his third consecutive Roland Garros title earlier this month, as No. 2 seed defeating top seed Roger Federer in the final for the second year running. His 63 46 63 64 victory again ended the Swiss’s player hopes of completing a career Grand Slam. Nadal became 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.


·         Nadal’s Roland Garros triumph marked his fifth title this season. He also won at AMS Indian Wells (d. Novak Djokovic 62 75), AMS Monte Carlo (d. Roger Federer 64 64), Barcelona (d. Guillermo Canas 63 64), and AMS Rome (d. Fernando Gonzalez 62 62). He leads the tour for titles won so far in 2007.


·         Fish is playing at Wimbledon for the fifth time. He advanced to the third round here last year, retiring when trailing Irakli Labadze 62 because of sickness.


·         The third round is Fish’s best finish at Wimbledon. As well as last year, he reached the third round in 2003, losing to eventual champion Roger Federer 63 61 46 61.


·         Since making his debut here as a lucky loser in 2001, Fish has missed two years: he tried unsuccessfully to qualify in 2002, and missed the 2005 event with a left wrist injury.


·         Fish returned from injury in time for the grass court season, having suffered a freak foot injury when in Dusseldorf for the World Team Cup in May. He sprained ligaments in his foot when kicking a field goal when visiting the NFL Europa team Rhein Fire, and subsequently missed Roland Garros.


·         Fish is today hoping to break a six-match losing streak, which started with his loss in the second round at Houston in April, through first round losses at AMS Rome and AMS Hamburg, two losses in the World Team Cup, and a first round loss at Queen’s to Ivo Karlovic 63 64.


·         Fish had his best results this season in the first two months, reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open (l. countryman Andy Roddick 62 62 62) and San Jose, and the semifinals at Auckland and Memphis. Since Memphis in February, Fish has not won back-to-back matches at any tournament.




Head-to-head: first meeting


                      DJOKOVIC                                                        v                                                     STARACE


                                      20                                                              Age                                                         25

                                       5                                                     ATP Ranking                                                47

                                       5                                                             Titles                                                         0

                                   22-10                                  Career Grand Slam Record                               5-12

                                     5-2                                             Wimbledon Record                                         0-3

                                   95-44                                               Career Record                                           57-60

                                     7-4                                          Career Record - Grass                                      0-3

                                   41-10                                                  2007 Record                                              16-13

                                     1-1                                            2007 Record - Grass                                        0-0

                                     5-3                                        Career Five-Set Record                                    1-4

                                       1                                       Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                   0

                                   39-15                                     Career Tiebreak Record                                 22-14

                                    11-5                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                      5-4


·         Djokovic is playing in his third Wimbledon. Last year he reached the round of 16, losing to No. 7 seed Mario Ancic 64 46 46 75 63, his best performance here to date.


·         In 2005, as a qualifier Djokovic defeated Juan Monaco 63 76 63 and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 36 36 76 76 64, before losing to No 9 seed Sebastien Grosjean 75 64 57 64.


·         Djokovic warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the round of 16 at Queen’s. As No. 4 seed, he defeated Robert Kendrick 36 63 62, before falling to Arnaud Clement 26 63 64.


·         Djokovic is enjoying an excellent season. In Grand Slam play, he has lost to the eventual champion at both tournaments. He reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open, losing to Roger Federer 62 75 63 and at Roland Garros, he was defeated in the semifinals by Rafael Nadal 75 64 62.


·         Djokovic has won three tour titles in 2007: Adelaide, AMS Miami and Estoril. He also got to the final at AMS Indian Wells, losing to Rafael Nadal 62 75.


·         Djokovic achieved a career-high ranking of No. 4 on 11 June 2007.


·         Starace is playing in his fourth Wimbledon. He is yet to reach the second round at the tournament here.


·         On these previous occasions, Starace lost to No. 20 seed Tommy Robredo 64 64 64 in 2004, qualifier Gilles Elseneer 63 76 63 in 2005 and Mikhail Youzhny 60 64 61 last year.


·         Starace didn’t play any grass court warm-up tournaments before Wimbledon. Instead, he played at the Lugano Challenger on clay, reaching the semifinals.


·         Starace’s last tour level match was at Roland Garros, losing to No. 1 seed Roger Federer in the third round, 62 63 60. This matched his best Grand Slam performance to date as he also reached the third round at 2004 Roland Garros.


·         Starace reached his first career singles final at Valencia this season, losing to Nicolas Almagro 46 62 61. He also advanced to the quarterfinals at Barcelona, falling to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 62 75.





Head-to-head: Korolev leads 1-0

2006     Marseille           Hard (I)              R16      Korolev              64 76


This is the second meeting for these fellow Russians, but first on grass.


                           DAVYDENKO                                                      v                                                    KOROLEV


                                      26                                                              Age                                                         19

                                       4                                                     ATP Ranking                                                79

                                      10                                                            Titles                                                         0

                                   42-25                                  Career Grand Slam Record                                1-2

                                     1-5                                             Wimbledon Record                                         0-0

                                238-177                                             Career Record                                           21-21

                                    2-12                                         Career Record - Grass                                      1-1

                                   29-16                                                  2007 Record                                              13-13

                                     1-1                                            2007 Record - Grass                                        1-1

                                     7-5                                        Career Five-Set Record                                    1-1

                                       3                                       Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                   0

                                   64-66                                     Career Tiebreak Record                                   9-13

                                   12-10                                        2007 Tiebreak Record                                      3-7


·         Davydenko is playing his sixth consecutive Wimbledon. As No. 9 seed, he was upset in the first round here last year by qualifier Alejandro Falla 26 76 76 63.


·         Among all the Grand Slam tournaments, Davydenko has by far his worst record at Wimbledon. He has won just one match in five previous Wimbledon appearances, that being in 2005, when he defeated Scott Draper 76 64 63 in the first round, losing in the second round to Jonas Bjorkman 76 21 ret. (wrist injury).


·         Davydenko has reached at least the quarterfinals at each of the other three majors, going on to career-best semifinal finishes at 2005 and 2007 Roland Garros, and the 2006 US Open.


·         Davydenko’s first round victory here two years ago was one of just two tour-level grass court wins he has had in his career, from 14 such matches played. The other was at Halle two weeks ago, when as No. 2 seed he defeated Jurgen Melzer 76 46 62 in the first round, losing in the second to Florian Mayer 64 64.


·         Although Davydenko has yet to win a title in 2007 (he won five last year), he has had some good results on surfaces other than grass this season. He was semifinalist at Roland Garros for the second time, losing to Roger Federer 75 76 76, and reached the quarterfinals at the 2007 Australian Open, losing to Tommy Haas 63 26 16 61 75. Away from the Slams, Davydenko’s highlights are semifinal finishes at Doha, Rotterdam and AMS Rome, and quarterfinal finishes at Barcelona and Portscach.


·         Korolev is making his Wimbledon debut today. He plays here as a direct entrant, and has never previously tried to qualify for the tournament. Neither did he play the event as a junior.


·         At 19 years, four months, Korolev is the fifth-youngest man starting in the 2007 Wimbledon draw.


·         This is the third Grand Slam event of Korolev’s career. On his debut as a qualifier at 2006 Roland Garros, he reached the second round, defeating Andreas Seppi 64 26 36 75 61 in the first round before losing to Gaston Gaudio 63 67 64 36 64 in the second round. As a direct entrant at this year’s Australian Open, Korolev lost in the first round to eventual runner-up Fernando Gonzalez 67 76 63 62.


·         This is just the second main draw grass court tournament of Korolev’s career, at any level. He made his debut at Halle two weeks ago, defeating Stanislas Wawrinka 36 63 64 in the first round before losing in the second to James Blake 75 61. He played at Halle this year as a direct entrant, having failed to qualify there last year.


·         Halle marked Korolev’s return to action after a month out following a hernia operation, which saw him miss Roland Garros. His best tour-level results this season have been reaching the quarterfinals at Sydney and Valencia, and the round of 16 at AMS Indian Wells. Korolev has played only tour-level events or qualifying for tour-level events in 2007.





Head-to-head: Massu leads 2-1

2004     Kitzbuhel                       Clay (O)            R16      Massu              76 36 64

2005     World Team Cup            Clay (O)            R2        Massu              76 63

2007     Munich                          Clay (O)            R16      Berdych            75 61


                              BERDYCH                                                         v                                                       MASSU


                                      21                                                              Age                                                         27

                                      11                                                    ATP Ranking                                                52

                                       3                                                             Titles                                                         6

                                   23-15                                  Career Grand Slam Record                              21-27

                                     5-3                                             Wimbledon Record                                         4-7

                                  128-84                                              Career Record                                         233-190

                                    14-6                                         Career Record - Grass                                     6-10

                                   28-14                                                  2007 Record                                              15-15

                                     4-0                                            2007 Record - Grass                                        0-0

                                     9-0                                        Career Five-Set Record                                    4-6

                                       2                                       Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                   0

                                   39-42                                     Career Tiebreak Record                                 95-73

                                     7-8                                          2007 Tiebreak Record                                      9-4                        


·         Berdych is making his fourth consecutive appearance at Wimbledon. Since his debut in 2004 when he lost in the first round, Berdych has improved on his performance every year, reaching the round of 16 last year before losing to Roger Federer 63 63 64.


·         The round of 16 is Berdych’s best performance at any Grand Slam and he has reached that stage at all of the majors.


·         Berdych won the title at Halle two weeks ago, the first grass court title of his career. Seeded No. 4, he received a walkover from Mikhail Youzhny in the quarterfinals, defeated Jarkko Nieminen 76 64 in the semifinals and Marcos Baghdatis 75 64 in the final.


·         Berdych had a successful clay court season this year posting a 14-6 win-loss record. He reached the semifinals at AMS Monte Carlo (l. Rafael Nadal 60 75) and Munich (l. Mikhail Youzhny 64 63), and won three matches at May’s World Team Cup to help Czech Republic reach the final. He also advanced to the quarterfinals at AMS Rome before losing to Filippo Volandri 62 63.


·         Berdych is one of 13 players in the 2007 Wimbledon men’s singles draw to hold at least one grass court title. 


·         This is Massu’s eighth consecutive appearance at Wimbledon. His best performance to date was reaching the third round in 2001 where he lost to Andre Agassi 63 61 61. Last year, seeded No. 31, he lost in the first round to Andy Murray 61 64 64.


·         Like last year, Massu did not contest a Wimbledon warm-up event and this is his first grass court match of the year.


·         Massu’s third round appearance at 2001 Wimbledon is the only time he has won back-to-back matches on grass.


·         Massu’s standout result this year was winning four successive matches to reach the final at his home tournament Vina del Mar. He defeated Albert Montanes 61 63 in the semifinal before losing to fellow South American Luis Horna 75 63 in the final.


·         In Grand Slam play this year, Massu lost in the first round at the Australian Open to Novak Djokovic 61 61 60 and lost in the second round at Roland Garros to Igor Andreev 63 36 63 75.





Head-to-head: Baghdatis leads 1-0

2007     Sydney             Hard (O)            R32      Baghdatis          76 61


                     BAGHDATIS                                                      v                                                       GULBIS


                                      22                                                              Age                                                         18

                                      16                                                    ATP Ranking                                                82

                                       2                                                             Titles                                                         0

                                   21-11                                  Career Grand Slam Record                                1-1

                                     5-2                                             Wimbledon Record                                         0-0

                                   98-50                                               Career Record                                             6-11

                                    12-6                                         Career Record - Grass                                      0-2

                                   28-13                                                  2007 Record                                                2-7

                                     4-1                                            2007 Record - Grass                                        0-2

                                     7-2                                        Career Five-Set Record                                    0-0

                                       1                                       Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                   0

                                   39-22                                     Career Tiebreak Record                                   2-10

                                    11-7                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                      0-6


·         Baghdatis is making his third consecutive Wimbledon appearance.


·         Last year, Baghdatis reached the semifinals here, defeating Andy Murray 63 64 76 in the last 16 and Lleyton Hewitt 61 57 76 62 in the quarterfinals before losing to Rafael Nadal 61 75 63.


·         In 2005 on his Wimbledon debut, Baghdatis lost in the opening round to Mikhail Youzhny 62 36 61 64.


·         Baghdatis warmed up for 2007 Wimbledon by playing at Halle, where he reached his first career final on grass before losing to Tomas Berdych 75 64.


·         Halle was Baghdatis’s third final of the year. He won his second career title at Zagreb on indoor carpet, defeating Ivan Ljubicic 76 46 64 in the final, and also reached the final two weeks later at Marseille on indoor hard before losing to Gilles Simon 64 76.


·         Gulbis is making his Wimbledon debut today and is contesting just the second Grand Slam event of his career.


·         Gulbis made his Grand Slam debut at 2007 Roland Garros, defeating Tim Henman 64 63 62 in the first round, then losing to Albert Montanes 61 62 16 76 in the second.


·         Gulbis has never previously attempted to qualify for Wimbledon and in fact before this year had never played on grass at any point in his career. He made his grass court debut at Queen’s, losing in the first round to Robert Kendrick 76 76, and also lost in the opening round at ’s-Hertogenbosch last week, falling to Guillermo Canas 76 75.


·         Gulbis’s victory over Henman at 2007 Roland Garros (see above) was only his second tour-level victory of the year. He also defeated Ivaylo Traykov 63 62 63 as Latvia defeated Bulgaria 4-1 in a Europe/Africa Group II first round Davis Cup tie on indoor carpet in April.


·         Gulbis has enjoyed more success on the challenger circuit this year, winning at Besancon (FRA) and Sarajevo (BIH), as well as reaching the semifinals at Heilbronn (GER), all on indoor hard.


·         Gulbis made his ATP debut at St Petersburg last year as a wild card, where he advanced to the semifinals. This helped his year-end ranking rise from No. 451 at the end of 2005 to No. 139 at the end of 2006. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 81 on 11 June this year and plays here ranked No. 82.





Head-to-head: first meeting


                             ROBREDO                                                        v                                                    KENDRICK


                                      25                                                              Age                                                         27

                                       7                                                     ATP Ranking                                                87

                                       4                                                             Titles                                                         0

                                   52-26                                  Career Grand Slam Record                                1-6

                                     5-6                                             Wimbledon Record                                         1-2

                                279-171                                             Career Record                                           17-33

                                   20-14                                        Career Record - Grass                                      4-8

                                   29-16                                                  2007 Record                                               3-12

                                     2-1                                            2007 Record - Grass                                        1-2

                                     6-3                                        Career Five-Set Record                                    0-2

                                       1                                       Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                   0

                                   90-74                                     Career Tiebreak Record                                   11-9

                                     5-7                                          2007 Tiebreak Record                                      2-3


·         Robredo is playing his seventh straight Wimbledon. Also as No. 11 seed, he reached the second round last year, falling to Novak Djokovic 76 62 64.


·         Robredo’s best Wimbledon result is reaching the third round in 2003, as No. 25 seed losing to Andy Roddick 76 64 64. By contrast, he has reached the round of 16 or better at each of the other three Grand Slam events.


·         This is Robredo’s second grass court tournament this season. He was No. 1 seed at ’s-Hertogenbosch last week, and reached the quarterfinals before losing to eventual runner-up Peter Wessels 63 63.


·         Robredo has had good results on all surfaces in 2007. He reached the final on hard court at Auckland in January, losing to countryman David Ferrer 64 62, and his other hard court highlights were reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and AMS Miami. On clay, Robredo was a semifinalist at Estoril and a quarterfinalist at AMS Rome and Roland Garros.


·         Kendrick is making his third Wimbledon appearance. He had his best Grand Slam result here last year, when as a qualifier he reached the second round, defeating Yen-Hsun Lu 76 63 60 in the first round and leading Robredo’s countryman and No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal by two-sets-to-love before losing 67 36 76 75 64.


·         Kendrick has played six Grand Slam events ahead of this one and 2006 Wimbledon marks the only time he has won a match so far. He made his Grand Slam debut as a lucky loser at 2003 Wimbledon, falling to Feliciano Lopez 63 64 76.


·         Kendrick reached a career-high ranking of No. 77 in May, and plays here at No. 87. He has won just three tour-level matches so far this year in 12 tournaments completed: in the round robin at Delray Beach (d. Scoville Jenkins 64 64), in the second round at AMS Miami after a first round bye (d. Raemon Sluiter 64 64) and in the first round at Queen’s (d. Ernests Gulbis 76 76).


·         Kendrick has had more success in challenger play in 2007, winning the title at Dallas in February and reaching the final at Naples in May.


·         Queen’s was one of three grass court warm-up events Kendrick played before arriving here. He was a semifinalist at the Surbiton Challenger (l. Ivo Karlovic 63 64) and in tour-level events reached the second round at Queen’s (l. Novak Djokovic 36 63 62) and lost in the first round at Nottingham (l. Dmitry Tursunov 61 64).






Head-to-head: first meeting


                        HEWITT                                                           v                                                 BLOOMFIELD


                                      26                                                              Age                                                         24

                                      19                                                    ATP Ranking                                               194

                                      26                                                            Titles                                                         0

                                  106-33                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                1-3

                                    25-7                                           Wimbledon Record                                         1-3

                                458-146                                             Career Record                                              1-7

                                   78-18                                        Career Record - Grass                                      1-6

                                   20-10                                                  2007 Record                                                0-2

                                     0-1                                            2007 Record - Grass                                        0-2

                                   24-10                                      Career Five-Set Record                                    0-0

                                       4                                       Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                   0

                                  120-99                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                    0-3

                                     2-7                                          2007 Tiebreak Record                                      0-0


·         2002 champion Hewitt is making his ninth consecutive Wimbledon appearance and has only lost in the first round here twice, in 2000 and in 2003. In 2003, he became the only No. 1 seed to lose in the first round at Wimbledon (l. Ivo Karlovic 16 76 63 64).


·         Last year, Hewitt reached the quarterfinals here before losing to Marcos Baghdatis 61 57 76 62. He has advanced to at least the last eight at Wimbledon in four of the past five years.


·         Hewitt collected his second Grand Slam title at 2002 Wimbledon, defeating No. 28 seed David Nalbandian 61 63 62 in the final.


·         Hewitt lost his only match on grass before coming here, falling in the second round at Queen’s (after receiving a first round bye) to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 76 76.


·         As well as being champion here in 2002, Hewitt has won five other grass court titles, winning four times at Queen’s (2000-02, 2006) and at 2001 ’s-Hertogenbosch.


·         Hewitt’s best result of the year to date came on hard court at Las Vegas, where he won his 26th career title, defeating Jurgen Melzer 64 76 in the final. He also advanced to the semifinals on clay at AMS Hamburg and Portschach.


·         Bloomfield is making his fourth appearance at Wimbledon, all of which have been as a wild card.


·         Last year, Bloomfield advanced to the second round here, defeating Carlos Berlocq 61 62 61 before losing to No. 19 seed Tommy Haas 63 64 76.


·         Bloomfield’s first round victory against Carlos Berlocq here last year is his only victory at tour level to date. He has lost all seven of his other matches at this level.


·         Bloomfield attempted to qualify for the 2006-07 Australian Open, 2006 US Open and 2007 Roland Garros, but lost in the first round on each occasion.


·         Bloomfield played three grass court events before coming here. He reached the quarterfinals at the Surbiton Challenger (l. Chris Guccione 76 46 63) and then lost in the first round at both Queen’s (l. Robby Ginepri 64 62) and at Nottingham (l. Jonas Bjorkman 62 60).


·         Bloomfield has played prinicipally on the Challenger circuit in 2007. His best result came at the Wrexham Challenger in January on indoor hard court, where he advanced to the final, losing to Michal Przysiezny 62 63.


·         Bloomfield reached a new career-high ranking of No. 176 on 5 March 2007 and plays here ranked No. 194.




Head-to-head: first meeting


                     BJORKMAN                                                       v                                                      VICENTE


                                      35                                                              Age                                                         30

                                      35                                                    ATP Ranking                                               165

                                       6                                                             Titles                                                         3

                                   83-54                                  Career Grand Slam Record                              23-29

                                   25-13                                          Wimbledon Record                                         1-6

                                406-342                                             Career Record                                         157-210

                                   77-40                                        Career Record - Grass                                     5-10

                                   13-14                                                  2007 Record                                                0-4

                                     4-2                                            2007 Record - Grass                                        0-0

                                   29-12                                      Career Five-Set Record                                    9-6

                                       5                                       Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                   3

                                122-125                                   Career Tiebreak Record                                 62-71

                                     6-7                                          2007 Tiebreak Record                                      1-0


·         Bjorkman is making his 14th consecutive Wimbledon appearance. Along with Tim Henman, Bjorkman has made the most appearances of any player in the men’s draw.


·         Last year, Bjorkman produced his best Wimbledon result when advancing to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Roger Federer 62 60 62.


·         Bjorkman has lost in the first round here on three occasions, the last time being in 2002 (l. Lleyton Hewitt 64 75 61).


·         Bjorkman played two grass court events before arriving at 2007 Wimbledon. He lost in the second round at Queen’s to eventual finalist Nicolas Mahut 63 67 63 and then advanced to the semifinals at Nottingham last week, falling to Arnaud Clement 62 64.


·         Reaching the semifinals at Nottingham was Bjorkman’s best result of the year. He also reached the last 16 at Roland Garros before losing to Carlos Moya 76 62 75, having gone into Roland Garros on a seven-match losing streak (excluding victory in a dead Davis Cup rubber).


·         Bjorkman is one of six men in this year’s men’s singles who have won more than one grass court title, having won at Nottingham in both 1998 and 2002.


·         Vicente is making his seventh Wimbledon appearance and has lost in the first round on his last five appearances here.


·         Vicente qualified for this year’s Wimbledon. As No. 15 seed in last week’s qualifying event, he defeated Rajeev Ram 67 62 108 in the first round, Alex Kuznetsov 62 64 in the second and Michael Lammer 62 06 64 16 97 in the final qualifying round.


·         Last year, Vicente lost in the first round here to No. 24 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero 61 63 62. That was his first appearance here for two years, having failed to qualify in 2004 and 2005.


·         Vicente’s only victory at Wimbledon came on his debut in 1999. He defeated Cecil Mamiit in five sets in the first round before losing to Paul Haarhuis 62 62 62 in the second round.


·         Vicente is also on a six-match losing streak at all Grand Slams. The last time he advanced beyond the first round was at 2005 Roland Garros, where he went on to reach the third round as a qualifier. In his 29 Grand Slams before this one, Vicente has fallen in the first round on 14 occasions.


·         Vicente is bidding for his first tour-level victory since June 2006, when he defeated Martin Lee 63 62 at Queen’s. His subsequent loss to Lleyton Hewitt, 46 64 62 in the second round, marked the start of a 12-match losing streak at tour level. Vicente is 0-4 on the tour in 2007.


·         Vicente has also played on the challenger circuit in 2007, winning at San Luis Potosi (MEX) and reaching the quarterfinals at Tunis, both on clay. He has not won back-to-back matches in any of his other seven challengers.




Head-to-head: first meeting


                          NALBANDIAN                                                     v                                                      ZVEREV


                                      25                                                              Age                                                         19

                                      25                                                    ATP Ranking                                               134

                                       5                                                             Titles                                                         0

                                   68-22                                  Career Grand Slam Record                                1-1

                                    15-4                                           Wimbledon Record                                         0-0

                                229-118                                             Career Record                                              4-5

                                    17-6                                         Career Record - Grass                                      1-2

                                   12-11                                                  2007 Record                                                1-2

                                     0-1                                            2007 Record - Grass                                        0-1

                                    14-8                                       Career Five-Set Record                                    0-0

                                       6                                       Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                   0

                                   76-63                                     Career Tiebreak Record                                    4-2

                                     6-8                                          2007 Tiebreak Record                                      1-1


·         Nalbandian is making his fifth appearance at Wimbledon. He reached the third round here last year, losing to Fernando Verdasco 76 76 62.


·         Nalbandian reached his first Grand Slam final on his Wimbledon debut in 2002. He defeated Nicolas Lapentti 64 64 46 46 64 in the quarterfinals and Xavier Malisse 76 64 16 26 62 in the semifinals, before losing to Lleyton Hewitt 61 63 62 in the final. This is his most successful Grand Slam performance to date and remarkably was achieved in his first ever professional grass court event.


·         Nalbandian has never lost in the first round at Wimbledon. In fact, he has always reached at least the third round here at all four Grand Slams.


·         Since reaching the final in 2002, Nalbandian’s best performance at Wimbledon has been a quarterfinal finish in 2005 (l. Thomas Johansson 76 62 62).


·         Nalbandian warmed up for Wimbledon at Halle, but as No. 7 seed lost in the first round to Marc Gicquel 57 62 64.


·         Nalbandian reached the round of 16 at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year, losing to Tommy Haas 46 63 62 63 and Nikolay Davydenko 63 76 36 76 at that stage respectively.


·         Nalbandian’s other highlight of 2007 was reaching the quarterfinals at Barcelona. After a first round bye, he defeated two Spaniards (Alberto Martin and Carlos Moya) in the next two rounds before losing to another Spaniard David Ferrer 76 62.


·         Qualifier Zverev is making his debut at Wimbledon. This is only his second Grand Slam appearance, having made his Grand Slam debut at this year’s Australian Open, losing in the second round to Robby Ginepri 64 75 61.


·         As No. 14 seed in the Wimbledon qualifying event, Zverev defeated Razvan Sabau 75 61 in the first round, Chris Eaton 76 62 in the second round and No. 20 seed Stefano Galvani 61 61 57 36 75 in the final round.


·         Zverev played the grass court event at Halle, his only other second tour level event of the year. He lost in the first round to compatriot Simon Stadler 64 76.


·         Aside from the Australian Open and Halle, Zverev has played solely on the challenger circuit this year. After a streak of six back-to-back defeats dating from February’s Wroclaw Challenger, he went on to win five matches in a row to take the title at Karlsruhe in May.


·         Following his win at Karlsruhe, Zverev reached a career-high ranking of 128 on 11 June and plays here at No. 134.


·         Zverev has never tried to qualify for Wimbledon before this year.




Head-to-head: first meeting

This is the only all-lefthanded match-up in the first round. Bogdanovic and Guccione are two of 15 lefthanders starting in the men’s draw.


                         BOGDANOVIC                                                    v                                                   GUCCIONE


                                      23                                                              Age                                                         21

                                     108                                                   ATP Ranking                                                96

                                       0                                                             Titles                                                         0

                                     0-6                                    Career Grand Slam Record                                2-6

                                     0-5                                             Wimbledon Record                                         0-0

                                    9-21                                                Career Record                                           19-22

                                    7-15                                         Career Record - Grass                                      5-3

                                     2-4                                                    2007 Record                                               7-11

                                     2-2                                            2007 Record - Grass                                        1-1

                                     0-1                                        Career Five-Set Record                                    2-1

                                       0                                       Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                   0

                                    6-11                                      Career Tiebreak Record                                 18-12

                                     1-3                                          2007 Tiebreak Record                                      8-5


·         Bogdanovic is playing his sixth Wimbledon, and sixth as a wild card. He has played here every year since making his debut in 2002 and has never won a match, losing in the first round last year to Rafael Nadal 64 76 64.


·         Bogdanovic has made one Grand Slam appearance outside Wimbledon, qualifying for the 2004 US Open and losing in the first round to Alex Calatrava 63 36 46 61 64.


·         Bogdanovic has played three grass court events coming into 2007 Wimbledon, his highlight being reaching the round of 16 at Queen’s as a wild card. He defeated Hyung-Taik Lee and Jamie Baker in the first two rounds, before losing to eventual champion Andy Roddick 46 76 64. Bogdanovic was also a wild card at Nottingham, losing in the first round to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 64 76, and earlier played the Surbiton Challenger (l. second round to countryman Richard Bloomfield 62 75).


·         Bogdanovic is playing here with a career-high ranking of No. 108. His best tour-level result in 2007 is reaching the round of 16 at Queen’s as detailed above, his two wins there being his only two tour-level victories so far this season. Bogdanovic has had some good results on the challenger circuit this season, winning the title on hard court at Valencia in April (d. Zack Fleishman 64 67 63 in the final) and a week later, reaching the final on indoor hard court at Cardiff (l. Frederic Niemeyer 64 75).


·         Following the withdrawal of world No. 8 Andy Murray because of a right wrist injury, Bodganovic is the second highest-ranked Brit in the draw (behind No. 74-ranked Tim Henman).


·         Guccione is making his Wimbledon debut today. He plays as a direct entrant, following failed attempts to qualify for the last two years.


·         Last year, Guccione lost in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying to Sergiy Stakhovsky 61 62. In 2005, he lost in the second qualifying round for Wimbledon to Jamie Delgado 64 75.


·         This is the seventh Grand Slam event Guccione has played. He has made appearances in the main draws at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, and to date his best result is a second round finish, which he has achieved at both events. He reached the second round on his Grand Slam debut as a wild card at the 2004 Australian Open (l. Robby Ginepri 64 63 63) and as a qualifier at 2005 Roland Garros (l. Paul-Henri Mathieu 63 64 64).


·         Guccione reached a career-high ranking of No. 95 last week, and plays here not far off that mark, at No. 96. He reached his first ATP final as a wild card at Adelaide at the start of this season, losing to Novak Djokovic 63 67 64, but has not won back-to-back tour-level matches since. Guccione was in fact on a nine-match losing streak at tour level until Queen’s, where he defeated Andreas Seppi 76 64 in the first round (l. second round to Arnaud Clement 64 64).


·         Before Queen’s, Guccione also played the grass court challenger at Surbiton, as No. 4 seed reaching the semifinals (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 57 64 76) to record his best challenger result so far this year.




Head-to-head: first meeting


                       MARRAY                                                          v                                                   GROSJEAN


                                      26                                                              Age                                                         29

                                     263                                                   ATP Ranking                                                62

                                       0                                                             Titles                                                         3

                                     0-2                                    Career Grand Slam Record                              72-37

                                     0-2                                             Wimbledon Record                                        23-8

                                     4-7                                                  Career Record                                         322-217

                                     4-6                                          Career Record - Grass                                   46-21

                                     0-0                                                    2007 Record                                              11-11

                                     0-0                                            2007 Record - Grass                                        2-2

                                     0-2                                        Career Five-Set Record                                  14-13

                                       0                                       Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                   3

                                     3-4                                        Career Tiebreak Record                                128-92

                                     0-0                                          2007 Tiebreak Record                                      1-3


·         Marray is making his third appearance at Wimbledon. He did not receive a wild card for last year’s tournament.


·         Marray is bidding to win his first match here, having lost in the first round in 2004 and 2005. This is the only Grand Slam he has ever competed at.


·         This is Marray’s first tour level event of the year. He failed to qualify for the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Queen’s and Nottingham (see below) and has played just two challengers this year (Lanzarote and Surbiton), losing in the first round at both.


·         After losing in the first round at Surbiton, his first grass court event of the year, Marray attempted to qualify for Queen’s and Nottingham. He lost in the second round at Queen’s qualifying event to Wayne Arthurs 63 62 and reached the final qualifying round at Nottingham qualifying, losing to fellow Brit Joshua Goodall 62 75 in the quarterfinals.


·         Marray took three months off after this year’s Australian Open qualifying event to rest a right shoulder injury which had troubled him since the start of the year. He returned to action at the Lanzarote Challenger at the end of April, but lost in the first round to Jan Vacek 63 62.


·         Marray has played doubles at Wimbledon every year since 2002.


·         Grosjean is making his ninth appearance at Wimbledon. He twice reached the semifinals here, in 2003 and 2004, and reached the quarterfinals as No. 9 seed in 2005.


·         Last year, as No. 15 seed, Grosjean reached the third round before losing to Marcos Baghdatis 46 64 64 61.


·         This is the first time since 2000 that Grosjean has not been seeded at Wimbledon.


·         Grosjean warmed up for Wimbledon at Queen’s and Nottingham. He lost in the second round at Queen’s to Marat Safin 36 64 64, and also in the second round at Nottingham, to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 64 63.


·         Grosjean reached the third round at the Australian Open this year, losing to David Nalbandian 57 46 76 64 61. At 2007 Roland Garros, he lost in the first round to Marcos Baghdatis 63 62 64.


·         Grosjean’s year so far has been average by his standards. He reached the quarterfinals at Casablanca and Munich but has amassed an 11-11 win-loss record coming into Wimbledon.


·         Grosjean has a solid record in Grand Slam play, having previously reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros as well as here.





Head-to-head: first meeting


                       MONFILS                                           v                                     JOHANSSON


                            20                                              Age                                           32

                            73                                       ATP Ranking                                    75

                             1                                              Titles                                           9

                          11-10                          Career Grand Slam Record                       56-39

                            2-2                                  Wimbledon Record                             18-10

                          58-57                                    Career Record                               331-264

                            6-7                                Career Record - Grass                           44-26

                          10-14                                      2007 Record                                  14-15

                            1-2                                 2007 Record - Grass                              0-2

                            4-1                              Career Five-Set Record                          16-10

                             0                             Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          3

                          27-22                            Career Tiebreak Record                       158-148

                            6-6                                2007 Tiebreak Record                             8-8


·         Monfils is making his third consecutive appearance at Wimbledon. Last year, seeded No. 21, he lost in the first round to Igor Kunitsyn 57 76 63 64.


·         Monfils competed in the grass court warm-up events at Queen’s and ‘s-Hertogenbosch. He lost in the second round at Queen’s to Max Mirnyi 67 62 75 and the first round at s-Hertogenbosch to Ivan Ljubicic 36 63 60.


·         Monfils’s best performance of 2007 was at Portschach. As a wild card he reached the final, defeating  No. 2 seed Andy Roddick 75 63 in the quarterfinals, fourth seed Lleyton Hewitt 64 75 in the semifinals, before losing to Juan Monaco 76 63 in the final.


·         Before reaching the final at Portschach, Monfils was on a streak of eight consecutive losses. His last victory prior to Portschach was at the Australian Open – he defeated Marcos Baghdatis in the second round before losing to compatriot Richard Gasquet 60 46 75 63.


·         Monfils reached the third round at his home Grand Slam, Roland Garros, losing to No. 15 seed David Nalbandian 76 57 64 76.


·         Monfils won the Wimbledon boys’ singles in 2004.


·         Johansson is making his 11th appearance at Wimbledon. He posted his best result here in 2005 when he reached the semifinals, losing to Andy Roddick 67 62 76 76, but last year as No. 12 seed he lost in the first round to fellow Swede Jonas Bjorkman 36 76 61 61. This marked just his second first round loss at Wimbledon.


·         The only other time that Johansson advanced to the last four of a major was at the 2002 Australian Open, where he went on to win his only Grand Slam title to date. He is one of eight Grand Slam champions in the 2007 Wimbledon men’s singles draw [see Preview for further details].


·         Johansson lost in the first round at Queen’s and Nottingham to Juan-Martin Del Potro and Arnaud Clement respectively. He is on a four-match losing streak, having also lost in the first round at Roland Garros (l. Jan Hajek 75 76 76).


·         Johansson has not won more than two consecutive matches at any tournament this year, doing so at Zagreb, AMS Indian Wells and Barcelona. He has a 14-15 win-loss record for 2007 coming into Wimbledon.







Head-to-head: Santoro leads 1-0

2006     Miami               Hard (O)            R128                 Santoro             63 76


                             SANTORO                                                        v                                                    KARLOVIC


                                      34                                                              Age                                                         28

                                      70                                                    ATP Ranking                                                45

                                       4                                                             Titles                                                         2

                                   56-59                                  Career Grand Slam Record                              11-16

                                    9-11                                           Wimbledon Record                                         5-4

                                423-401                                             Career Record                                           84-89

                                   26-25                                        Career Record - Grass                                   23-12

                                   11-10                                                  2007 Record                                               20-9

                                     1-2                                            2007 Record - Grass                                        8-1

                                   18-14                                      Career Five-Set Record                                    0-6

                                       1                                       Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                   0

                                141-120                                   Career Tiebreak Record                                102-90

                                     7-2                                          2007 Tiebreak Record                                     19-8                       


·         Santoro is making his 12th appearance at Wimbledon and his ninth in a row. After losing in the first round here on his first three appearances, Santoro has not lost in the first round since then. Last year he reached the second round before losing to Tomas Berdych 64 67 26 76 64.


·         2007 Wimbledon is Santoro’s 60th major overall. He has now moved up to second place in the Open Era list of most Grand Slam tournaments played (behind Andre Agassi at 61). Santoro is also playing his 36th consecutive Grand Slam event here [for more details see Preview pages 4-5].


·         Wimbledon is Santoro’s least successful Grand Slam tournament. He achieved his best result here in 2001, reaching the third round before retiring to Mikhail Youzhny 75 60 20 ret. with a right shoulder injury and compensatory back complaint.


·         Santoro’s best Grand Slam result was at the 2006 Australian Open, when he reached the quarterfinals. Among players in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal, no other man has made as many appearances in majors before doing so for the first time. Santoro defeated David Ferrer 64 75 75 in the round of 16, then lost in the quarterfinals to David Nalbandian 75 60 60.


·         Santoro played the Wimbledon warm-up events at Halle and ‘s-Hertogenbosch. He reached the second round at Halle (l. Tomas Berdych 63 76) and retired with a stomach problem in the first round at ‘s-Hertogenbosch when trailing Kristof Vliegen 63 11.


·         Santoro’s best results this year have been quarterfinal finishes at Chennai and Dubai.


·         Karlovic is making his fifth successive appearance at Wimbledon. He is bidding to reach the second round for the first time since 2004. Last year he lost to Stanislas Wawrinka 76 36 62 67 119 in the first round.


·         Karlovic’s best result at Wimbledon is a round of 16 finish in 2004, which is also his best Grand Slam performance to date. He defeated Feliciano Lopez 76 76 67 75 in the third round before losing to eventual champion Roger Federer 63 76 76.


·         Karlovic warmed up for Wimbledon at Queen’s, advancing to the semifinals before losing to Arnaud Clement 75 64. He avenged that loss a week later, winning the title at Nottingham last week by defeating Clement 36 64 64 in the final. This was his first grass court title and the second of his career, having won his first title at Houston on clay in April.


·         Karlovic is the first player this year to reach finals on three different surfaces (clay, grass, hard).


·         Karlovic has reached three tour-level finals this year. As well as Houston and Nottingham (see above), he advanced to the final at San Jose, defeating Benjamin Becker 76 75 in the semifinal before losing to Andy Murray 67 64 76 in the final.


·         Karlovic plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 45. 

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