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2007 WIMBLEDON

DAY THREE MEN’S NOTES

Wednesday 27 June 2007

Second Round Top Half

 

 

Featured matches

 

No. 1 Roger Federer (SUI) v Juan-Martin Del Potro (ARG)

No. 3 Andy Roddick (USA) v Danai Udomchoke (THA)

No. 5 Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) v (Q) Alejandro Falla (COL)

No. 9 James Blake (USA) v Andrei Pavel (ROU)

No. 12 Richard Gasquet (FRA) v (Q) Nicolas Mahut (FRA)

No. 13 Tommy Haas (GER) v (Q) Tomas Zib (CZE)

No. 15 Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) v Jan Hernych (CZE)

No. 17 David Ferrer (ESP) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)

No. 26 Marat Safin (RUS) v (Q) Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)

Tim Henman (GBR) v Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

 

On court today…

 

·         Roger Federer bids for his 50th straight win on grass when he plays Juan-Martin Del Potro. The four-time defending champion has never played the 18-year-old Argentine, one of the tallest players on the circuit at 6’ 5”.

 

·         Twice runner-up Andy Roddick, who has never failed to reach the third round at Wimbledon, attempts to maintain that record when he plays Danai Udomchoke, the Asian Games champion, who is bidding to win back-to-back tour-level matches on grass for the first time in his career.

 

·         Tim Henman bids to reach the third round of a Grand Slam event for the first time since the 2005 Australian Open, when he plays Feliciano Lopez in his second successive meeting with a Spaniard. Lopez has advanced to the third round here four times in his previous five appearances.

 

·         Qualifier Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, the lowest-ranked man through to the second round, faces two-time Grand Slam champion Marat Safin in his bid to become just the second Pakistani man after Haroon Rahim to reach the third round of a Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era.

 

·         Two-time grass court titelist Richard Gasquet comes up against qualifier Nicolas Mahut. Queen’s runner-up Mahut has already defeated a higher ranked countryman, Arnaud Clement, in the first round.

 

·         ’s-Hertogenbosch winner Ivan Ljubicic bids to win his seventh successive match when he plays Jan Hernych, having beaten the Czech in their lone previous meeting three years ago. Hernych is hoping to reach the third round of a major for the first time.

 

·         No. 9 seed James Blake and Andrei Pavel face each other for the third time, with their current head-to-head all square. Both men are bidding to match their best results at Wimbledon by reaching the third round.

 

·         Tommy Haas bids to extend a 3-0 record against qualifier Tomas Zib. The Czech, playing just his second tour-level event of the season, is hoping to advance to the third round of a Grand Slam event for the first time.

 

·         2005 quarterfinalist Fernando Gonzalez has a first-time meeting with Colombian qualifier Alejandro Falla.

 

NO. 1 ROGER FEDERER (SUI) v JUAN-MARTIN DEL POTRO (ARG)

 

Head-to-head:  first meeting

 

                       FEDERER                                          v                                        DEL POTRO

                                                                               

                            25                                              Age                                             18

                             1                                       ATP Ranking                                      56

                            48                                            Titles                                             0

                         126-22                        Career Grand Slam Record                          2-4

                           33-4                                Wimbledon Record                                1-0

                        518-133                                 Career Record                                  28-24

                          65-11                             Career Record - Grass                              4-2

                           31-5                                      2007 Record                                    18-12

                            1-0                                 2007 Record - Grass                                4-2

                           9-10                             Career Five-Set Record                             1-1

                             3                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                        194-108                          Career Tiebreak Record                             6-9

                           10-3                              2007 Tiebreak Record                              6-6

 

·         Federer began the fourth defence of his Wimbledon title with a 63 62 64 victory over Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili in the first round.

 

·         This is Federer’s 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 record 49-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.

 

·         During his 49-match winning streak, Federer has defeated 39 different players from 19 different countries through his first round defeat of Gabashvili here. His pre-Wimbledon total of 48 matches was compiled through winning both Halle and Wimbledon 2003-06.

 

·         Federer has now won 29 matches in a row at Wimbledon. During that run, he has dropped just five sets and has never been extended past four sets.

 

·         Federer arrives at 2007 Wimbledon having not played a grass court tournament ahead of The Championships for the first time in his career. (He 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.

 

·         Federer’s eight career grass court titles put him in joint-third place on the list of grass court titles won in the Open Era.

Open Era grass court title leaders

No. of titles

Player

10

Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras

8

Roger Federer, John McEnroe

7

Boris Becker

6

Mark Edmondson, Lleyton Hewitt

 

·         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.

 

·         Only two defending champions, Boris Becker in 1987 and Lleyton Hewitt in 2003, have failed to reach the third round at Wimbledon in the Open Era. (Note: The champion did not return to defend the title on three occasions.)

 

·         Boris Becker and Lleyton Hewitt in 1987 and 2003 respectively are also the only two No. 1 seeds not to reach the third round at Wimbledon in the Open Era.

 

·         Del Potro made a successful Wimbledon debut by defeating Davide Sanguinetti 36 63 64 64 in the first round.

 

·         Overall, this is Del Potro’s fifth major. Having already equalled his best Grand Slam result by reaching the second round here, he is now bidding to reach the third round of a major for the first time.

 

·         Del Potro scored his only previous Grand Slam victory at this year’s Australian Open, when he defeated Alessio Di Mauro 63 63 61 before retiring with cramping while trailing eventual runner-up Fernando Gonzalez 76 46 67 64 40.

 

·         Del Potro has never attempted to qualify for Wimbledon.

 

·         Del Potro made his professional grass court debut at Queen’s two weeks ago, defeating Thomas Johansson 62 64 in the first round before losing to top seed Rafael Nadal 64 64. Last week at Nottingham, he improved on that to reach the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champion Ivo Karlovic 76 75.

 

·         Del Potro’s best result of the year came at Adelaide where he advanced to the semifinals, falling to Chris Guccione 63 62.

 

·         At 18 years, 9 months, 3 days, Del Potro was the second-youngest man to start in the men’s singles draw, and is just five days older than Marin Cilic, the youngest player in the men’s draw.

 

·         Del Potro did compete in the junior event at Wimbledon. In 2004, he lost in the second round of the boys’ singles to Scoville Jenkins 63 64.

 


 

NO. 3 ANDY RODDICK (USA) v DANAI UDOMCHOKE (THA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                       RODDICK                                          v                                      UDOMCHOKE

 

                            24                                              Age                                             25

                             3                                       ATP Ranking                                     114

                            22                                            Titles                                             0

                          76-25                         Career Grand Slam Record                          4-6

                           24-6                                Wimbledon Record                                2-2

                        387-122                                 Career Record                                  41-46

                          54-10                             Career Record - Grass                              5-9

                           31-8                                      2007 Record                                     7-12

                            6-0                                 2007 Record - Grass                                2-2

                            9-9                              Career Five-Set Record                             6-2

                             2                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                        183-109                          Career Tiebreak Record                           14-14

                           21-3                              2007 Tiebreak Record                              3-0

                             

·         Roddick advanced to the second round by defeating fellow American Justin Gimelstob 61 75 76.

 

·         Roddick is making his seventh successive appearance at Wimbledon and is today bidding to maintain his record of always reaching at least the third round here.

 

·         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.

 

·         Roddick was one of eight Grand Slam champions to start in the men’s singles draw and one of four men playing here to possess a lone Grand Slam title. Roddick won the 2003 US Open, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero 63 76 63.

 

·         For the fourth time in five years, Roddick started 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 reach the Davis Cup semifinals (they play Sweden in Gothenburg in September).

 

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

 

·         Udomchoke defeated Carlos Berlocq 64 75 63 in the first round.

 

·         Udomchoke is today bidding to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the first time. He also reached the second round on his debut here as a qualifier in 2005 before losing to Mario Ancic 76 36 63 63.

 

·         Udomchoke has reached the third round of a Grand Slam once previously. At this year’s Australian Open, he defeated Martin Vassallo Arguello and Juan Carlos Ferrero in the first two rounds before falling to Novak Djokovic 63 64 57 61.

 

·         This is Udomchoke’s third Wimbledon appearance. Last year, Udomchoke lost to No. 27 seed Dmitry Tursunov 61 64 62 in the first round.

 

·         Udomchoke warmed up for Wimbledon at Queen’s and Nottingham. At Queen’s, he defeated Oscar Hernandez 62 63 in the first round, ending a seven-match losing streak at tour-level, before losing to No. 5 seed Ivan Ljubicic 63 64 in the second round. Udomchoke lost to Lukas Dlouhy 46 63 64 in the first round at ’s-Hertogenbosch last week.

 

·         Udomchoke is bidding to win consecutive matches on grass at the same tournament for the first time in his career.

 

·         Other than in reaching the third round at the Australian Open, Udomchoke has only won back-to-back matches on one other occasion in 2007, winning both singles rubbers to help Thailand defeat Chinese Taipei 3-2 in its Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I first round tie.

 

·         Udomchoke won the men’s singles gold medal at the 2006 Asian Games at Doha, defeating Hyung-Taik Lee 75 63 in the final.


 

NO. 5 FERNANDO GONZALEZ (CHI) v (Q) ALEJANDRO FALLA (COL)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                      GONZALEZ                                         v                                            FALLA

 

                            26                                              Age                                             23

                             6                                       ATP Ranking                                     119

                             7                                             Titles                                             0

                          43-25                         Career Grand Slam Record                          6-6

                           10-5                                Wimbledon Record                                3-2

                        257-141                                 Career Record                                  30-27

                           15-9                              Career Record - Grass                              4-3

                          23-12                                     2007 Record                                     8-10

                            3-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                                2-1

                           11-9                             Career Five-Set Record                             0-0

                             3                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                         107-69                          Career Tiebreak Record                            11-8

                           10-5                              2007 Tiebreak Record                              5-3

 

·         Gonzalez defeated Robby Ginepri 36 76 62 62 in the opening round.

 

·         Gonzalez is making his sixth successive appearance at Wimbledon. Last year as No. 10 seed he reached the third round, coming back from two-sets-to-love to defeat Marat Safin 46 67 64 64 64 in the second round before losing to David Ferrer 46 26 62 63 64.

 

·         Gonzalez achieved his best Wimbledon result in 2005, reaching the quarterfinals before being defeated by eventual champion Roger Federer 75 62 76. He has made appearances in the quarterfinals of all four Grand Slam events.

 

·         Gonzalez started 2007 by recording the best Grand Slam result of his career, reaching the final of the Australian Open having never previously advanced beyond the quarterfinals at any major. 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, before losing in the final to Roger Federer 76 64 64.

 

·         Gonzalez’s runner-up finish at the Australian Open is the highlight of his season so far. He also won through to the final at AMS Rome (l. Rafael Nadal 62 62), and the quarterfinals at both AMS Hamburg and Queen’s. In contrast to his Grand Slam performance in Melbourne, Gonzalez lost in the first round at Roland Garros as No. 5 seed, falling to Radek Stepanek 62 62 64.

 

·         Queen’s was Gonzalez’s only grass court tournament this season before Wimbledon. After a first round bye, he defeated Janko Tipsarevic 76 46 76 and Robby Ginepri 62 75, before losing in the quarterfinals to Dmitry Tursunov 63 67 64.

 

·         Gonzalez achieved a career-high ranking of No. 5 on 29 January 2007, and plays here at No. 6.

 

·         Falla defeated Sam Querrey 76 61 64 in the first round. He has advanced to the second round for the third time in three Wimbledon appearances.

 

·         At last year’s Wimbledon, also playing as a qualifier, Falla upset No. 9 seed Nikolay Davydenko 26 76 76 63 in the first round, losing in the second round to Philipp Kohlschreiber 64 64 36 76. He also lost in the second round on his debut as a qualifier here in 2004, losing to eventual champion Roger Federer 61 62 60.

 

·         Falla has made all three of his Wimbledon appearances as a qualifier. In last week’s qualifying event, seeded No. 10, he defeated Andis Juska (LAT) 61 63 in the first round, Scott Oudsema (USA) 62 75 in the second round, and Marc Lopez (ESP) 75 75 63 in the final round. Falla also tried to qualify for 2005 Wimbledon, but lost in the final qualifying round.

 

·         This is the seventh Grand Slam tournament of Falla’s career. He has reached the main draw of a major via qualifying on six occasions, his sole appearance as a direct acceptance being at this year’s Roland Garros, when he suffered his only first round loss (to. Martin Vassallo Arguello 63 63 67 76). He has lost in the second round on all five of his other Grand Slam appearances (ahead of this one).

 

·         Falla played two grass court events before 2007 Wimbledon qualifying. He was a quarterfinalist at the Surbiton Challenger (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 63 76) and the second round at Queen’s (l. Marin Cilic 63 64).

 

·         2007 Wimbledon is just the fourth tour-level grass court event of Falla’s career. Apart from 2007 Queen’s, his only grass court appearances have been at Wimbledon, with his two second round finishes at this tournament (see above) being his best performances on the surface so far.

 

·         Falla’s best result this season ahead of Wimbledon was reaching the third round at AMS Miami as a lucky loser. He defeated Sergio Roitman 46 63 61 in the first round and Tommy Haas 64 64 in the second round before losing to Radek Stepanek 63 62. His only challenger event was Surbiton (see above).

 


 

NO. 9 JAMES BLAKE (USA) v ANDREI PAVEL (ROU)

 

Head-to-head: tied 1-1

2002     AMS Cincinnati              Hard (O)            R64      Blake                64 76

2004     Houston                        Clay (O)            QF        Pavel                64 64   

 

                         BLAKE                                             v                                          PAVEL

 

                            27                                              Age                                           33

                             9                                        ATP Ranking                                   122

                             9                                              Titles                                           3

                          36-21                          Career Grand Slam Record                       33-34

                            5-4                                  Wimbledon Record                               9-9

                        225-146                                  Career Record                               271-248

                          22-17                              Career Record - Grass                           22-24

                          25-14                                      2007 Record                                    6-8

                            3-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                              2-2

                            0-9                              Career Five-Set Record                           8-9

                             0                             Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          2

                          80-69                            Career Tiebreak Record                       117-111

                            10-6                              2007 Tiebreak Record                             2-1

 

·         Blake defeated Igor Andreev in the first round 63 64 64.

 

·         Blake is making his fifth appearance at Wimbledon. Last year he reached the third round here for the first time before losing to Max Mirnyi 64 36 46 61 60.

 

·         Blake lost on his other two second round appearances here, in 2002 and 2003. He missed the 2004 tournament after fracturing vertebra, and was knocked out in the first round in 2005.

 

·         Blake’s best Grand Slam result to date is at the US Open, losing in the quarterfinals in both 2005 (l. Andre Agassi 36 36 63 63 76) and 2006 (l. Roger Federer 76 60 67 64)

 

·         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.

 

·         Pavel defeated Juan-Pablo Guzman in the first round 64 64 61.

 

·         Pavel is making his tenth appearance at Wimbledon. Last year, as a wildcard, he defeated Marcel Granollers-Pujol in the first round 76 64 64, before retiring with a back injury in the second round against Marcos Baghdatis when trailing 0-3.

 

·         Pavel is bidding to match his best performance at Wimbledon and reach the third round for the third time. He first reached the third round in 2000 (l. Wayne Ferreira 36 76 75 63) and in 2002 (l. Nicholas Lapentti 36 36 76 64 62), when he was the No. 15 seed.

 

·         Pavel’s best ever Grand Slam result was at 2002 Roland Garros. As No. 22 seed, he reached the quarterfinals, losing to Alex Corretja 76 75 75.

 

·         Pavel warmed up for Wimbledon by losing at Halle, where he lost in the second round to Jarkko Nieminen 76 36 61 and at Nottingham losing to Gilles Simon 62 46 64.

 

·         Pavel’s 2007 singles win-loss record is 5-8, with his current ranking at 122. His career high position was No. 13 on 25 October 2004.

 

·         Pavel has had more success this season on the doubles circuit with partner Alexander Waske, winning the title at Barcelona and reaching the final at Rotterdam.


 

NO. 12 RICHARD GASQUET (FRA) v (Q) NICOLAS MAHUT (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: Gasquet leads 1-0

2007     Roland Garros               Clay (O)            R128                 Gasquet            63 62 62

 

This is a rematch of the pair’s encounter in the first round of this year’s Roland Garros. It is the third all-French match-up so far at 2007 Wimbledon, after Mahut defeated Arnaud Clement, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Julien Benneteau, in their first round matches. Fifteen Frenchmen started in the draw here, the highest representation for any nation at the tournament.

 

Gasquet is the French No. 1, while Mahut is now the French No. 11.

 

                      GASQUET                                          v                                         MAHUT

 

                            21                                              Age                                           25

                            14                                       ATP Ranking                                    77

                             4                                              Titles                                           0

                          17-15                          Career Grand Slam Record                        5-13

                            4-3                                  Wimbledon Record                               3-1

                         109-74                                   Career Record                                 31-59

                           20-9                               Career Record - Grass                            13-7

                          28-14                                      2007 Record                                  12-12

                            3-2                                 2007 Record - Grass                              6-1

                            3-6                              Career Five-Set Record                           0-1

                             0                             Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          0

                          37-43                            Career Tiebreak Record                         12-30

                           5-10                               2007 Tiebreak Record                             5-8

 

·         Gasquet defeated qualifier Bohdan Ulihrach 63 64 64 in the opening round.

 

·         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.

 

·         Gasquet’s best Wimbledon result is reaching the round of 16 in 2005, losing to David Nalbandian 64 76 60. His best result at any Grand Slam tournament is a round of 16 finish, having also reached that stage at the 2005 and 2006 US Open, and the 2007 Australian Open.

 

·         Gasquet played the grass court warm-up events this year at Halle and Nottingham. He lost in the first round at Halle to Aisam Qureshi 76 64, and reached the quarterfinals at Nottingham last week. At Nottingham, Gasquet was bidding to create tournament history by winning the title for three consecutive years, but persistent rain forced his quarterfinal match against Arnaud Clement to be moved to indoor hard court - he lost 64 63.

 

·         Gasquet’s best result on any surface this year was finishing runner-up at Estoril on clay, falling to Novak Djokovic 76 06 61. He was also a semifinalist at Sydney and a 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.

 

·         Having won twice at Nottingham, Gasquet is one of six players starting in the draw to have won more than one grass court title. The others were Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Jonas Bjorkman and Thomas Johansson. [For more details see page 4 of the Preview.]

 

·         Mahut had his third career victory, and second in two weeks, over his higher-ranked countryman Arnaud Clement in the first round, winning 63 36 76 64.

 

·         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 Arnaud Clement 63 76 in the semis. He lost in the final to No. 2 Andy Roddick 46 76 76, after having a match point in the second set tiebreak.

 

·         Until the start of 2007 Queen’s, Mahut had a 10-28 record in tour matches against Top 50 players, but since then has compiled a 5-1 record against Top 50 opponents, his only loss being to Roddick in the Queen’s final (see above). Mahut is 6-11 versus Top 20.

 

·         From Queen’s through three wins in Wimbledon qualifying and his first round victory on Tuesday, Mahut has now won nine of his last ten 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).


 

NO. 13 TOMMY HAAS (GER) v (Q) TOMAS ZIB (CZE)

 

Head-to-head: Haas leads 3-0

2001     Washington                   Hard (O)            R32      Haas                 63 62

2005     Davis Cup WG PO         Clay (I)              R5        Haas                 67 75 62 60

2005     Vienna                          Hard (I)              R32      Haas                 64 63

 

Haas has won all three of their previous match-ups, but this is their first meeting on grass court.

 

                                  HAAS                                             v                                              ZIB

 

                            29                                              Age                                             31

                            10                                      ATP Ranking                                     133

                            11                                            Titles                                             0

                          67-34                         Career Grand Slam Record                         4-13

                           11-8                                Wimbledon Record                                3-4

                        397-215                                 Career Record                                  41-93

                          27-17                             Career Record - Grass                              6-9

                           24-8                                      2007 Record                                      1-1

                            1-0                                 2007 Record - Grass                                1-0

                          14-14                            Career Five-Set Record                             1-2

                             3                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                        138-112                          Career Tiebreak Record                           20-28

                            7-3                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              1-0

 

·         Haas is facing his second successive qualifier today, having defeated American qualifier Zack Fleishman 63 64 62 in the first round.

 

·         Haas is returning to competition at this tournament for the first time since retiring in the opening 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 the 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, his highlights being 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 enjoyed a successful start to 2007. He reached his third Australian Open semifinal, 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, helping his country to reach the semifinals for the first time since 1995. (Germany will play Russia in Moscow in September).

 

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

 

·         Zib defeated Argentine Diego Hartfield 46 76 36 63 64 in the first round, recording the first five-set victory of his career.

 

·         Zib had lost both his previous five set matches, which came at the 1999 US Open (l. Max Mirnyi 36 26 76 76 63 in the first round) and the 2004 US Open (l. Juan Carlos Ferrero 46 75 76 67 63 in the first round).

 

·         In last week’s qualifying event, Zib was No. 16 seed, and defeated Franco Ferreriro (BRA) 63 60 in the first round, Ivo Klec (SVK) 63 36 75 in the second round and Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 36 36 64 63 62 to reach the main draw. (Note: five-set matches played in qualifying are not counted on a players’ official record.)

 

·         This is Zib’s fifth Wimbledon appearance, but first as a qualifier, and he has reached the second round for the third time. He has yet to advance to the third round here, or at any Grand Slam event.

 

·         Zib has lost in the Wimbledon second round for the last two years, last year losing at this stage to Olivier Rochus 61 61 60, and in 2005 falling to Fernando Gonzalez 64 76 63.

 

·         This is Zib’s first Grand Slam appearance since Wimbledon last year. He has completed 13 majors in his career, losing in the first round ten times, and the second round three times. As well as reaching the second round for the last two years here, he also reached the second round at the 2005 Australian Open, falling to Tommy Robredo 64 26 62 64.

 

·         This is Zib’s first main draw grass court tournament since playing Wimbledon last year. He has never won more than two consecutive grass court matches at any level of competition outside of qualifying events, his grass court highlight being winning two matches in a row to reach the round of 16 at 2005 Queen’s  (l. Ivo Karlovic 62 64).

 

·         Before 2007 Wimbledon, Zib had played just one tour-level match in 2007, falling in the first round as a qualifier at AMS Indian Wells to Michael Llodra 64 64. He has played mainly challengers this season, his best result being reaching the final at the Wroclaw, Poland event on indoor hard court in February, where he lost to Werner Eschauer 57 64 64.

 


 

NO. 15 IVAN LJUBICIC (CRO) v JAN HERNYCH (CZE)

 

Head-to-head: Ljubicic leads 1-0

2004     Indianapolis       Hard (O)            R16      Ljubicic             63 64

 

                       LJUBICIC                                           v                                        HERNYCH

 

                            28                                              Age                                           27*

                            12                                       ATP Ranking                                   130

                             8                                              Titles                                           0

                          29-31                          Career Grand Slam Record                        6-11

                            5-7                                  Wimbledon Record                               2-3

                        313-201                                  Career Record                                 50-69

                          16-16                              Career Record - Grass                            10-8

                          33-13                                      2007 Record                                   6-11

                            7-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                              1-0

                           7-14                             Career Five-Set Record                           1-2

                             3                             Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          0

                        154-154                          Career Tiebreak Record                         19-19

                          21-13                              2007 Tiebreak Record                             1-3

* Turns 28 on 7 July

 

·         Ljubicic defeated Vince Spadea 64 64 46 76 in the first round to extend his winning streak to six matches.

 

·         Ljubicic is making his eighth straight appearance at Wimbledon. He is now bidding to equal his best result at Wimbledon, having advanced to the third round here for the first time last year, as No. 5 seed losing to Dmitry Tursunov 57 46 61 76 62.

 

·         Before reaching the third round here last year, Ljubicic had suffered four first round losses (2000-01 and 2004-05) and two second round losses (2003-03) at Wimbledon.

 

·         Ljubicic’s best Grand Slam result was reaching the semifinals at 2006 Roland Garros, losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 64 62 76. One Slam earlier, at the 2006 Australian Open, he finally advanced beyond the third round of a major for the first time in 26 Grand Slam events, falling at the quarterfinal stage to eventual runner-up Marcos Baghdatis 64 62 46 36 63.

 

·         Ljubicic arrived here 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.

 

·         Hernych defeated Marc Gicquel 06 64 64 64 in the first round, winning his first match at Wimbledon for two years, and claiming his 50th career victory at tour level.

 

·         This is Hernych’s fourth time playing Wimbledon and he has advanced to the second round for the second time. In 2005 he defeated James Blake 16 64 76 76 in the first round, losing in the second round to 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt 62 75 36 63. Hernych lost in the first round here last year to countryman Tomas Berdych 63 64 75.

 

·         Hernych is bidding to reach the third round of a Grand Slam event for the first time, having never advanced beyond the second round of 11 majors played ahead of this one.

 

·         Hernych did not play a grass court event ahead of 2007 Wimbledon, his most recent event on the surface being here last year. He had his career-best performance on grass in 2006, reaching the final at ’s-Hertogenbosch before losing to Ljubicic’s Davis Cup teammate Mario Ancic 60 57 75. That is his only ATP singles final to date.

 

·         Hernych’s best result in 2007 to date is reaching the third round at AMS Indian Wells, where he defeated Tim Henman and Agustin Calleri in the first and second rounds respectively before losing to Nikolay Davydenko 63 61. His first round victory over Gicquel here broke a four-match losing streak.

 

 

 

 

 


 

NO. 17 DAVID FERRER (ESP) v PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                        FERRER                                           v                                          MATHIEU

 

                            25                                              Age                                             25

                            15                                      ATP Ranking                                      39

                             3                                             Titles                                             3

                          27-18                         Career Grand Slam Record                        17-19

                            6-4                                 Wimbledon Record                                2-4

                        175-131                                 Career Record                                 128-125

                            6-6                               Career Record - Grass                             8-12

                          32-12                                     2007 Record                                    26-13

                            1-0                                 2007 Record - Grass                                5-2

                            5-1                              Career Five-Set Record                             2-6

                             2                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                          33-38                           Career Tiebreak Record                           56-49

                            3-5                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              13-5

 

·         Ferrer defeated Sergio Roitman 63 63 61 in the first round to advance to the second round for the fourth time at Wimbledon.

 

·         Ferrer lost at this stage on his debut in 2003 (l. Jiri Novak 62 75 63) and 2004 (l. Hicham Arazi 76 64 63 76).

 

·         Ferrer is making his fifth consecutive appearance at Wimbledon. Last year, he advanced past the second round at Wimbledon for the first time and achieved his best result by reaching the round of 16, defeating No. 10 seed Fernando Gonzalez 46 26 62 63 64 in the third round, before losing to No. 6 seed Lleyton Hewitt 64 64 46 75.

 

·         Ferrer didn’t have any grass court preparation for this year’s Wimbledon and last played at Roland Garros. Seeded No. 12, he reached the third round before losing to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 46 76 63 63.

 

·         Ferrer’s best ever Grand Slam result was at 2005 Roland Garros, when he reached the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 75 62 60.

 

·         Ferrer has had a consistent season so far. He began the year by winning the title at Auckland, defeating Tommy Robredo in the final 64 62. He went on to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open, the quarterfinals at AMS Indian Wells and AMS Monte Carlo, and the semifinals at Barcelona.

 

·         Mathieu defeated Radek Stepanek 76 62 62 in the first round to advance to the second round for the first time since 2002.

 

·         Mathieu is making his fifth appearance at Wimbledon. Last year as No. 32 seed, Mathieu lost to Mark Philippoussis in the first round 57 76 63 76.

 

·         By reaching the second round, Mathieu has equalled his best performance at Wimbledon. On his debut in 2002, he defeated Francisco Clavet before losing to David Nalbandian 76 76 63.

 

·         Mathieu warmed up for this year’s Wimbledon at Queen’s and Nottingham. He won two matches at Queen’s to reach the round of 16 (l. Dmitry Tursunov 67 63 63) and two matches at Nottingham to reach the quarterfinals (l. Jonas Bjorkman 62 63 64).

 

·         Mathieu won his first title since 2002 at Casablanca in April this year, the third of his career. He defeated Marc Gicquel 63 75 in the semifinals and Albert Montanes 61 61 in the final. He also reached the semifinals in Estoril the following week, but had to retire in the first set with a hip while trailing Richard Gasquet 31.

 


 

NO. 26 MARAT SAFIN (RUS) v (Q) AISAM-UL-HAQ QURESHI (PAK)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                         SAFIN                                             v                                        QURESHI

 

                            27                                              Age                                           27

                            24                                       ATP Ranking                                   279

                            15                                             Titles                                           0

                          82-28                          Career Grand Slam Record                        1-0

                           10-7                                 Wimbledon Record                               1-0

                        375-218                                  Career Record                                 22-15

                          19-15                              Career Record - Grass                            13-6

                          15-12                                      2007 Record                                    2-1

                            2-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                              2-1

                          26-11                             Career Five-Set Record                           2-5

                             0                             Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          0

                        185-151                          Career Tiebreak Record                         14-12

                            7-9                                2007 Tiebreak Record                             2-0

 

·         Safin is playing his second consecutive qualifier today. He defeated South African qualifier Rik De Voest 76 64 75 in the first round.

 

·         This is Safin’s eighth Wimbledon appearance. He fell in the second round last year, 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 made quarterfinal appearances at all four Grand Slams, but Wimbledon is the only major at which he has not progressed to the semifinals. He won the 2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open titles and was a semifinalist at 2002 Roland Garros.

 

·         Safin was one of four multiple Grand Slam winners starting in the 2007 Wimbledon draw, alongside Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt and Rafael Nadal.

 

·         The 2005 Australian Open was Safin’s 15th and most recent tournament title. Since then, he has reached two finals without success: at Halle, in his only appearance in a grass court final (l. Roger Federer 64 67 64) and on home soil at 2006 Moscow (l. countryman Nikolay Davydenko 64 57 64).

 

·         Safin warmed up for 2007 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 in 2007 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 lost in the third round at the Australian Open, as No. 26 seed losing to Andy Roddick 76 26 64 76, and in the second round at Roland Garros, as No. 22 seed losing to Janko Tipsarevic 64 64 75.

 

·         Qureshi won on his Grand Slam singles debut when he defeated fellow qualifier Lee Childs 63 64 76 in the opening round.

 

·         Unseeded in last week’s qualifying competition, Qureshi defeated Hector Ruiz-Cadenas (ESP) 61 62 in the first round, Michal Przysiezny (POL) 62 76 in the second round and No. 4 seed Frank Dancevic (CAN) 46 76 62 76 in the final round to reach the main draw. [Dancevic later also entered the main draw as a lucky loser.]

 

·         Before this event, Qureshi had made 11 unsuccessful attempts to qualify for a Grand Slam tournament, including four times for Wimbledon: in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005.

 

·         Qureshi is the fourth Pakistani man to play at Wimbledon in the Open Era, and the second to reach the second round after Haroon Rahim, who reached this stage twice, in 1975 falling to No. 9 seed Tom Okker 89 46 97 63 60, and in 1976 falling to No. 6 Guillermo Vilas 97 63 64.

 

·         Qureshi is bidding to become just the second Pakistani man to reach the third round of a Grand Slam event in the Open Era. Rahim advanced to the third round at the 1971 US Open (at the time played on grass), before losing to John Alexander 67 46 60 64.

 

·         Most of Qureshi’s 22-15 career win-loss record is accounted for by Davis Cup matches, which are considered to be at tour level on a players’ record. Ahead of 2007 Wimbledon, Qureshi had played just three tour-level tournaments (not including Davis Cup), and they were all on grass. He lost in the first round of his first two - as a qualifier at 2004 Nottingham and as a qualifier at ’s-Hertogenbosch - but reached the second round as a qualifier two weeks ago at Halle, upsetting Richard Gasquet 76 64 in the first round before falling to Philipp Kohlschreiber 64 63.

 

·         In main draw events below tour level, Qureshi’s best grass court performance was reaching the semifinals at the 2002 Manchester Challenger (l. Karol Beck 46 76 63).

 

·         At No. 279, Qureshi is the lowest ranked man to reach the second round. (Nicolas Kiefer is unranked here.) He has played mainly on the ITF Futures circuit in 2007, winning two titles on hard court in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

 

·         Qureshi has played four Grand Slam doubles events, his highlight being reaching the round of 16 at 2002 Wimbledon with Israeli partner Amir Hadad (l. Martin Damm/Cyril Suk 61 76 64). He was the first Pakistani man ever to reach the round of 16 of the Wimbledon doubles event, and the partnership made headlines because Qureshi is Muslim, and Hadad is Jewish. Qureshi also teamed with Hadad at the 2002 US Open and 2003 Wimbledon, while he played 2003 Roland Garros with Daniel Vacek.

 


 

TIM HENMAN (GBR) v FELICIANO LOPEZ (ESP)

 

Head-to-head: tied 1-1

2006     Dubai                Hard (O)            R32      Henman            62 76

2007     Las Vegas         Hard (O)            RR        Lopez               67 63 64

 

A third career meeting for Tim Henman and Feliciano Lopez, with their series tied at 1-1. Both men will be out for a measure of revenge as Henman eliminated a Spaniard and Lopez defeated a Brit in the first round here.

 

                       HENMAN                                           v                                            LOPEZ

 

                            32                                              Age                                             25

                            74                                      ATP Ranking                                      78

                            11                                            Titles                                             1

                          97-47                         Career Grand Slam Record                        29-22

                          43-13                               Wimbledon Record                                13-5

                        494-270                                 Career Record                                 148-149

                          83-33                             Career Record - Grass                            17-12

                            5-8                                       2007 Record                                    11-12

                            2-2                                 2007 Record - Grass                                1-1

                          20-14                            Career Five-Set Record                             7-4

                             4                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            1

                        176-149                          Career Tiebreak Record                           85-77

                            4-2                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              9-6

 

·         Henman defeated No. 25 seed Carlos Moya 63 16 57 62 1311 in the first round to bring his five-set record at Wimbledon to 9-3. This is the third consecutive year that Henman has won his opening round match in five sets. At four hours, 10 minutes, this was the longest first round match in this half of the draw. (Bottom half first round matches were still on court at the time of writing.)

 

·         Henman has lost in the second round at Wimbledon for the last two years. In 2005, as No. 6 seed, he fell to Dmitry Tursunov 36 62 36 63 86 while last year he lost to eventual champion Roger Federer 64 60 62.

 

·         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. Among players in the 2007 men’s draw, only Jonas Bjorkman has made as many appearances here.

 

·         Henman has reached the semifinals here four times (1998-99, 2001-02), and the quarterfinals another four times (1996-97, 2003-04). He also reached the semifinals at Roland Garros and the US Open in 2004.

 

·         Having recorded his first Grand Slam victory of the year here, Henman is now looking to advance to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in nine tournaments. He last reached the third round at the 2005 Australian Open, falling to Nikolay Davydenko.

 

·         Henman 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 prior to this year’s Wimbledon 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.

 

·         Lopez defeated British wild card Joshua Goodall 61 64 64 in the first round.

 

·         Lopez is playing at Wimbledon for the sixth successive time and is bidding to reach the third round here for the fifth time.

 

·         Last year was the only year to date that Lopez failed to reach at least the third round here, losing in the first round 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 played just one match on grass before coming to Wimbledon. He fell in the first round at Queen’s to Paul-Henri Mathieu 63 67 63.

 

·         This is the fourth British opponent that Lopez has faced at Wimbledon in his six appearances.

 

·         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.

 

 

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