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2007 WIMBLEDON

DAY FOUR MEN’S NOTES

Thursday 28 June 2007

Second Round Bottom Half

 

Featured matches

No. 2 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Werner Eschauer (AUT)

No. 4 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Amer Delic (USA)

No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v Chris Guccione (AUS)

No. 7 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Michael Llodra (FRA)

No. 10 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) v Nicolas Devilder (FRA)

No. 11 Tommy Robredo (ESP) v (Q) Wayne Arthurs (AUS)

No. 16 Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

No. 19 Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) v (Q) Yeu-Tzuoo Wang (TPE)

No. 23 David Nalbandian (ARG) v (LL) Frank Dancevic (CAN)

No. 28 Robin Soderling (SWE) v Sebastien Grosjean (FRA)

Nicolas Kiefer (GER) v Fabrice Santoro (FRA)

                                               

On court today…

 

·         2006 runner-up Rafael Nadal has a first career meeting with Werner Eschauer. The Austrian is making his second Wimbledon appearance, seven years after his first.

 

·         Novak Djokovic bids to maintain his record of always reaching the third round here. The Serbian, playing his third Wimbledon, takes on American Amer Delic. Delic was one of just three Americans to reach the second round, the lowest number in the Open Era.

 

·         Another man who has always reached at least the third round here, 2002 runner-up David Nalbandian, looks to continue that run when he plays lucky loser Frank Dancevic.

 

·         Roland Garros semifinalist Nikolay Davydenko bids to advance to the third round at Wimbledon for the first time in his career when he takes on giant lefthander and Wimbledon debutant Chris Guccione.

 

·         Another Wimbledon newcomer, Italy’s Simone Bolelli, meets 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt, who has never lost at this stage of the tournament.

 

·         Six of the record 12 Frenchmen who reached the second round: Nicolas Devilder, Sebastien Grosjean, Michael Llodra, Gael Monfils, Fabrice Santoro and Gilles Simon, who are all unseeded.

 

·         Halle runner-up Marcos Baghdatis plays unheralded French lefthander Nicolas Devilder, who defeated the Cypriot in their lone previous meeting two years ago. This is Devilder’s first year at Wimbledon, and today marks just the third main draw grass court match of his career.

 

·         Another French lefthander, Michael Llodra, comes up against Halle champion Tomas Berdych

 

·         Jonas Bjorkman attempts to reach the third round for the fifth year in a row when he takes on qualifier Yeu-Tzuoo Wang. Wang is bidding to reach the third round of a Grand Slam event for the first time.

 

·         Qualifier Wayne Arthurs, for whom 2007 Wimbledon is his final tournament before retirement, bids to extend a 2-0 record against No. 11 seed Tommy Robredo.

 

·         Veterans Nicolas Kiefer and Fabrice Santoro meet for the eighth time, but first time on grass. Santoro has dominated their series, but Kiefer had his first victory over the Frenchman in their most recent match-up, at 2006 AMS Miami. Kiefer is bidding to keep his comeback from a long-term wrist injury on track; Santoro is hoping to advance to the Wimbledon third round for the first time for six years.

NO. 2 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) v WERNER ESCHAUER (AUT)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

While this is their first meeting at tour level, Nadal defeated Eschauer 62 62 in the second round of qualifying at 2003 AMS Monte Carlo, which was Nadal’s first Masters Series event.

 

                                 NADAL                                            v                                        ESCHAUER

 

                            21                                              Age                                             33

                             2                                       ATP Ranking                                      72

                            22                                            Titles                                             0

                          48-10                         Career Grand Slam Record                          3-4

                           10-3                                Wimbledon Record                                1-1

                         229-58                                  Career Record                                   9-18

                           14-6                              Career Record - Grass                              1-1

                           46-7                                      2007 Record                                      2-2

                            3-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                                1-0

                            7-2                              Career Five-Set Record                             0-0

                             2                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                          53-41                           Career Tiebreak Record                             4-6

                            8-5                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              0-0

                                       

·         Nadal advanced to the second round by defeating Mardy Fish 63 76 63 in the first round.

 

·         Nadal is playing at Wimbledon for the fourth time and has always reached at least the second round here. He has lost once at this stage, in 2005, falling to Gilles Muller 64 46 63 64. 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. He missed the 2004 event with a stress fracture in his left ankle.

 

·         Nadal 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 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 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.

 

·         Eschauer defeated Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 62 36 64 63 in the first round to reach the second round at Wimbledon for the first time.

 

·         This is Eschauer’s second appearance at Wimbledon, but comes seven years after his first. In 2000, as a lucky loser, he lost in the opening round to Alberto Martin 64 64 36 62.

 

·         Eschauer also played in qualifying for Wimbledon in 2002 and 2005 but lost in the first round both times. In total, since appearing at 2000 Wimbledon, Eschauer has made 14 unsuccessful attempts to qualify for Grand Slam events.

 

·         Eschauer has not played in any other grass-court tournament, apart from Wimbledon and Wimbledon qualifying, at any level in either his junior or senior career.

 

·         This is just the third time that Eschauer has competed in a Grand Slam as a direct entrant and plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 72.

 

·         Overall, this is Eschauer’s fifth Grand Slam appearance. He reached the second round at both 2000 and 2007 Roland Garros and lost in the first round at the 2003 US Open.

 

·         This is Eschauer’s third tour-level appearance of the year. At Barcelona, he lost in the first round to Yuri Schukin 64 64 and reached the second round at Roland Garros before losing to Nikolay Davydenko 75 63 61.

 

·         Eschauer has won back-to-back matches at tour level just once, at 2003 Kitzbuhel, where he reached the third round.

 

·         Eschauer has played mainly on the challenger circuit in 2007, winning four titles to date. He collected his fourth title at Lugano on clay just over a week ago. He also won titles at Wroclaw on indoor hard in February and at Monza (ITA) and Chiasso (SUI) on clay in April, as well as reaching the final at Barletta (ITA), also on clay but retired due to illness trailing 36 76 20.


 

NO. 4 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v AMER DELIC (USA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                      DJOKOVIC                                         v                                            DELIC

 

                            20                                              Age                                            24*

                             5                                       ATP Ranking                                      67

                             5                                             Titles                                             0

                          23-10                         Career Grand Slam Record                          4-5

                            6-2                                 Wimbledon Record                                1-0

                          96-44                                   Career Record                                  14-28

                            8-4                               Career Record - Grass                              2-4

                          42-10                                     2007 Record                                     9-13

                            2-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                                2-2

                            5-3                              Career Five-Set Record                             1-1

                             1                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                          39-15                           Career Tiebreak Record                            8-12

                           11-5                              2007 Tiebreak Record                              4-6

* turns 25 on 30 June

 

·         Djokovic defeated Potito Starace 60 63 64 in the first round and is today bidding to maintiain his record of always reaching at least the third round here.

 

·         Djokivic 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.

 

·         In the ten Grand Slams that Djokovic has completed, he has fallen before the third round on only three occasions, and only once since reaching the third round of a major for the first time here in 2005.

 

·         Djokovic posted a career-best Grand Slam result at this year’s Roland Garros, advancing to the semifinals, where he was defeated by Rafael Nadal 75 64 62. He also lost to the eventual champion at the Australian Open, losing to Roger Federer 62 75 63 in the round of 16 there.

 

·         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 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.

 

·         Delic advanced to the second round at his first Wimbledon by defeating Lukas Dlouhy 63 64 57 64.

 

·         Delic attempted to qualify for Wimbledon for the last two years, reaching the final qualifying round in 2005 (l. Arnaud Clement 76 64 64) but falling in the first qualifying round last year (l. Andre Sa 76 62).

 

·         This is Delic’s third Grand Slam event as a direct entrant and his sixth overall, having received wild cards to the 2003-04 US Open and the 2006 Australian Open.

 

·         Delic is making his fourth second round appearance at a Grand Slam and is bidding to reach the third round at a major for the first time. His other second round appearances came at the 2004 US Open (l. Carlos Moya 62 36 63 62), the 2006 Australian Open (l. Nathan Healey 64 67 63 64) and the 2007 Australian Open (l. Richard Gasquet 61 62 64).

 

·         Delic played two grass court events before coming here. He lost to Florent Serra 67 64 64 in the first round at Queen’s and then reached the second round at Nottingham, defeating Justin Gimelstob 64 64 in the first round before losing to Jonas Bjorkman 75 76.

 

·         Delic is bidding to win back-to-back matches at tour level for just the second time. He first achieved this in March this year at AMS Miami on hard court, where he went on to reach the last 16 before losing to Juan Ignacio Chela 63 62.

 

·         Delic was one of three Americans to reach the second round at this year’s Wimbledon, along with James Blake and Andy Roddick. This is the lowest number of American men to reach the second round at Wimbledon in the Open Era, surpassing their previous lowest of four in 2005. US men had the joint second-highest representation (with Spain) in the men’s draw with 14 players. (France had the highest number of players in the men’s draw with 15.)


 

NO. 6 NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO (RUS) v CHRIS GUCCIONE (AUS)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                                   DAVYDENKO                                  v                                       GUCCIONE

 

                                  26                                        Age                                            21

                                   4                                 ATP Ranking                                     96

                                  10                                      Titles                                            0

                                43-25                   Career Grand Slam Record                         3-6

                                  2-5                           Wimbledon Record                               1-0

                              239-177                           Career Record                                 20-22

                                 3-12                        Career Record - Grass                             6-3

                                30-16                               2007 Record                                    8-11

                                  2-1                           2007 Record - Grass                               2-1

                                  7-5                        Career Five-Set Record                            2-1

                                   3                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                           0

                                66-66                     Career Tiebreak Record                          19-12

                                14-10                        2007 Tiebreak Record                             9-5

 

·         For just the second time in six consecutive Wimbledon appearances, Davydenko reached the second round by defeating fellow Russian Evgeny Korolev 76 64 76. He is bidding to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the first time.

 

·         Among all the Grand Slam tournaments, Davydenko has by far his worst record at Wimbledon. Prior to this year he had won just one match, 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 is one of just three tour-level grass court wins he has had in his career, from 15 such matches played. As well as his first round victory in 2005 (see above), 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 round 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 Portschach.

 

·         Davydenko is playing his 45th tour-level match against a lefthander today, and has a 31-13 win-loss record against lefthanded players. As well as lefthander Scott Draper at 2005 Wimbledon (see above), the only other time Davydenko has faced a lefthanded player at Wimbledon was last year, when he lost in the first round to Alejandro Falla 26 76 76 63.

 

·         Guccione defeated wild card Alex Bogdanovic 76 64 64 in the first round, recording his first victory at Wimbledon.

 

·         Guccione made his Wimbledon debut this year, 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.

 

·         Guccione’s win over Bogdanovic (see above) marks just his third Grand Slam victory, in nine previous Grand Slam matches. This is his seventh Grand Slam event and he has made appearances in the main draws at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, reaching the second round at both - 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.


 

NO. 7 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE) v MICHAEL LLODRA (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: Berdych leads 1-0

2005     World Team Cup            Clay (O)            R2        Berdych            62 61

 

                             BERDYCH                                    v                                         LLODRA

 

                                  21                                        Age                                            27

                                  11                                ATP Ranking                                     68

                                   3                                       Titles                                            1

                                24-15                   Career Grand Slam Record                       13-23

                                  6-3                           Wimbledon Record                               3-6

                               129-84                            Career Record                                 68-100

                                 15-6                        Career Record - Grass                           21-15

                                29-14                               2007 Record                                    9-11

                                  5-0                           2007 Record - Grass                               2-1

                                  9-0                        Career Five-Set Record                            1-6

                                   2                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                           0

                                40-42                     Career Tiebreak Record                          29-49

                                  8-8                          2007 Tiebreak Record                             2-4                        

 

·         Berdych defeated Nicolas Massu 76 64 62 in the first round to advance to the second round at Wimbledon for the third straight year.

 

·         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.

 

·         In Grand Slam play this year, Berdych reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open as No. 13 seed, losing to Nikolay Davydenko 57 64 61 76, but lost in the first round of Roland Garros as No. 10 seed to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 75 64 64.

 

·         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 on a three-match winning streak against Frenchmen, having defeated Arnaud Clement, Nicolas Devilder and Fabrice Santoro at AMS Miami, Munich and Halle respectively. He has also faced a Frenchmen at some stage in the last three Wimbledon Championships.

 

·         Berdych is facing one of the 15 lefthanders to have started in the draw and has an 18-6 win-loss record against lefthanded players.

 

·         Llodra defeated Stanislas Wawrinka 64 64 61 in the first round to advance to the second round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2003.

 

·         Llodra is playing his seventh Wimbledon and has never gone beyond the second round here, losing at that stage on his debut in 2000, to Justin Gimelstob 76 63 64, and in 2003 to Tim Henman 64 64 63.

 

·         Llodra was not ranked high enough for direct acceptance at last year’s Wimbledon, and chose not to play the qualifying event. On his last appearance in 2005, he lost in the first round to fellow Frenchmen Sebastien Grosjean 36 75 46 76 64.

 

·         Llodra contested the grass court warm-up event at Queen’s, his first grass court event since 2005 Wimbledon. He defeated Yen-Hsun Lu 61 61 in the first round but then retired in his match against countryman Paul-Henri Mathieu with a right thigh injury while trailing 76.

 

·         The grass court highlight of Llodra’s career came at 2004 ‘s-Hertogenbosch, where as a wild card, he won his first career singles title, defeating Guillermo Coria 63 64 in the final. A year later, unseeded, he reached the final again but lost to Mario Ancic 75 64.

 

·         Llodra has had an unremarkable year so far and has not won more than two consecutive matches at any tournament this year, recording an 8-11 win-loss record coming into Wimbledon.

 

·         Llodra’s best performance this year was at Zagreb, where he won two matches to reach the quarterfinals before losing to Alexander Peya 63 63. Llodra also contested both Grand Slam events - he lost in the first round of the Australian Open to Radek Stepanek 62 64 60 and reached the third round of Roland Garros before losing to Nikolay Davydenko 64 62 64.

 

·         Llodra is a two-time Grand Slam doubles champion, having won the 2003-2004 Australian Open titles with partner Fabrice Santoro. He is playing doubles here, seeded No. 10 with compatriot Arnaud Clement.

 


 

NO. 10 MARCOS BAGHDATIS (CYP) v NICOLAS DEVILDER (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: Devilder leads 1-0

2005     Chennai            Hard (O)            R32      Devilder             64 67 76

 

                     BAGHDATIS                                        v                                         DEVILDER

 

                            22                                              Age                                             27

                            16                                      ATP Ranking                                     102

                             2                                             Titles                                             0

                          22-11                         Career Grand Slam Record                          1-2

                            6-2                                 Wimbledon Record                                1-0

                          99-50                                   Career Record                                  12-15

                           13-6                              Career Record - Grass                              1-1

                          29-13                                     2007 Record                                     8-10

                            5-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                                1-1

                            7-2                              Career Five-Set Record                             0-0

                             1                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                          39-22                           Career Tiebreak Record                             3-3

                           11-7                              2007 Tiebreak Record                              2-2

                                       

·         Baghdatis defeated Latvian Ernests Gulbis 36 64 63 62 in the opening round. Today he is bidding for his 100th career victory.

 

·         Baghdatis is making his third consecutive Wimbledon appearance. He had his best result here last year, reaching the semifinals by 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.

 

·         2006 was an outstanding year for Baghdatis. Before reaching the Wimbledon semifinals, he advanced to his first Grand Slam final at the 2006 Australian Open, as world No. 54 recording three consecutive wins over Top Ten players – No. 3 Andy Roddick in the round of 16, No. 8 Ivan Ljubicic in the quarterfinals and No. 4 David Nalbandian in the semifnials – before falling in the final to No. 1 Roger Federer 57 75 60 62.

 

·         By contrast, Baghdatis lost in the second rounds at 2006 Roland Garros and the 2006 US Open, but the above results combined with winning his first career title at 2006 Beijing saw his ranking jump up 44 places throughout the year to end the season at No. 12.

 

·         In 2007, Baghdatis has picked up where he left off in 2006, although his Grand Slam results have been less impressive so far. He won his second career title at Zagreb on indoor carpet (d. Ivan Ljubicic 76 46 64 in the final), and also reached another final two weeks later at Marseille on indoor hard (l. to Gilles Simon 64 76), and a third final at Halle on grass (l. Tomas Berdych 75 64). His best Grand Slam result to date this season was a round of 16 appearance at Roland Garros (l. Igor Andreev 26 61 63 64).

 

·         2007 Halle marked Baghdatis’s first career grass court final. That was the only tournament he played on this surface ahead of 2007 Wimbledon, as he then withdrew from ’s-Hertogenbosch with a foot injury.

 

·         Devilder won on his Wimbledon debut when he defeated Argentina’s Mariano Zabaleta 67 64 75 64 in the opening round. It was also his first Grand Slam match win.

 

·         Although this is Devilder’s first year playing at Wimbledon, this is his third appearance in a Grand Slam singles draw. He made his Grand Slam singles debut as a direct entrant at this year’s Australian Open, losing in the first round to countryman Florent Serra 75 62 64, and was also a direct entrant at 2007 Roland Garros, losing in the first round to another countryman, Michael Llodra, 64 63 63.

 

·         Before being a direct entrant here this year, Devilder tried unsuccessfully to qualify for Wimbledon in 2004, 2005 and 2006, losing in the first round of the 2006 qualifying event to Benjamin Becker 76 63. These were three of a total of eight failed attempts to qualify for Grand Slam tournaments, before Devilder competed at the 2007 Australian Open as a direct acceptance.

 

·         Devilder was one of 15 lefthanders to start in the draw here, and one of 11 to advance to the second round.

 

·         Today Devilder is bidding to win back-to-back tour-level matches for just the second time this season, having won two in a row to reach the quarterfinals at Munich (l. Tomas Berdych 64 60). Devilder also reached the last eight at Buenos Aires (l. Diego Hartfield 64 75), having gone 1-1 in the round robin.

 

·         Devilder has also played on the challenger circuit in 2007, his highlight being reaching the semifinals on clay at Bermuda in April (l. Mariano Zabaleta 36 63 76).

 

·         Devilder played the first main draw grass court match of his career at ’s-Hertogenbosch last week. He lost in the first round to eventual runner-up Peter Wessels 64 63. Devilder’s three attempts to qualify for Wimbledon, see above, accounted for the remainder of his grass court experience at any level of competition.

 


 

NO. 11 TOMMY ROBREDO (ESP) v (Q) WAYNE ARTHURS (AUS)

 

Head-to-head: Arthurs leads 2-0

2002     AMS Cincinnati              Hard (O)            R16      Arthurs             76 46 64

2006     St Petersburg                Carpet (I)           R32      Arthurs              63 26 64

 

                      ROBREDO                                          v                                         ARTHURS

 

                            25                                              Age                                             36

                             7                                       ATP Ranking                                     195

                             4                                             Titles                                             1

                          53-26                         Career Grand Slam Record                        24-32

                            6-6                                 Wimbledon Record                                9-8

                        280-171                                 Career Record                                 132-159

                          21-14                             Career Record - Grass                            38-29

                          30-16                                     2007 Record                                      3-1

                            3-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                                1-0

                            7-3                              Career Five-Set Record                            10-3

                             1                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            4

                          90-75                           Career Tiebreak Record                         116-141

                            5-8                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              2-4

 

·         Robredo overcame Robert Kendrick 62 36 63 67 63 in the first round, improving his five-set record to 6-3 and winning his first five-set match since 2005 Roland Garros. It was the first five-set match he had played at Wimbledon.

 

·         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 is today bidding to equal his best Wimbledon result. He has reached the third round here just once previously, in 2003, as No. 25 seed losing to Andy Roddick 76 64 64.

 

·         In contrast to his Wimbledon results, Robredo has reached the round of 16 or better at each of the other three Grand Slam events, and has had four quarterfinal finishes in majors. Three of these were at Roland Garros – in 2003, 2005 and 2007 – and the fourth was at this year’s Australian Open.

 

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

 

·         This is Robredo’s second grass court tournament of the 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 his best grass court results at ’s-Hertogenbosch, having been a semifinalist there three times, in 2001, 2002 and 2004.

 

·         Qualifier Arthurs defeated Dutch wild card and 2006 Wimbledon junior champion Thiemo De Bakker 67 67 76 64 64 in the first round.

 

·         Arthurs has said that 2007 Wimbledon will be the final tournament of his 17-year career. Having turned 36 in March, he was the oldest man starting in draw.

 

·         His win over De Bakker was Arthurs’s fourth career comeback from two-sets-to-love down. It was his tenth five-set victory in 13 five-set matches played, but just his second five-set match at Wimbledon, having lost to Alexander Popp 63 67 36 76 1412 in the second round here in 2005.

 

·         Arthurs is playing Wimbledon as a qualifier for the third time in his career. He was also a qualifier here last year, losing in the first round to Fabrice Santoro 76 63 36 61; that marked his first appearance as a qualifier at this event since his debut in 1999.

 

 

 

·         In last week’s qualifying competition, unseeded, Arthurs defeated No. 25 seed Ramon Delgado 75 63 in the first round, Alex Calatrava 76 76 in the second round, and outlasted Christophe Rochus 63 36 67 75 64 in the final qualifying round. (Note: five-set matches played in qualifying events are not counted on a players’ official five-set match record.).

 

·         This is Arthurs’s ninth appearance at Wimbledon. His best results here are round of 16 finishes, achieved on his debut in 1999 as a qualifier, losing to eventual runner-up Andre Agassi 67 76 61 64, and again in 2002, when he also lost to the eventual runner-up, David Nalbandian 64 76 26 76.

 

·         The round of 16 is Arthurs’s best showing at any Grand Slam tournament. As well as reaching the last 16 twice here, he also reached that stage at the 2000 US Open and 2001 Roland Garros.

 

·         Arthurs has played sparingly in his final season. This is just his second tour-level event after the 2007 Australian Open, where as a wild card he advanced to the third round before retiring with a right leg problem when trailing Mardy Fish 3-0. He played five qualifying events without success – for Adelaide, Las Vegas, AMS Indian Wells, Roland Garros and Queen’s – before breaking through for Wimbledon.

 

·         Arthurs has also played a limited doubles schedule in 2007. He competed at Adelaide, the Australian Open, Roland Garros and the Surbition Challenger, and plays here with Justin Gimelstob.


 

NO. 16 LLEYTON HEWITT (AUS) v SIMONE BOLELLI (ITA)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                              HEWITT                                     v                                         BOLELLI

 

                                  26                                        Age                                            21

                                  19                                ATP Ranking                                     65

                                  26                                      Titles                                            0

                               107-33                  Career Grand Slam Record                         2-1

                                 26-7                          Wimbledon Record                               1-0

                              459-146                           Career Record                                  6-12

                                79-18                       Career Record - Grass                             1-0

                                21-10                               2007 Record                                     6-8

                                  1-1                           2007 Record - Grass                               1-0

                                24-10                      Career Five-Set Record                            0-0

                                   4                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                           0

                               120-99                    Career Tiebreak Record                            4-7

                                  2-7                          2007 Tiebreak Record                             3-4

                             

·         2002 champion Hewitt reached the second round for the fourth straight year after defeating wild card Richard Bloomfield 75 63 75. Hewitt has now reached the second round on seven out of his nine appearances at Wimbledon and has never lost at this stage.

 

·         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. Apart from Roger Federer, he is the only other player in the draw to have won a Wimbledon title.

 

·         Having also won the 2001 US Open, Hewitt is one of only four players to have started in the main draw with more than one Grand Slam title, the others being Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Marat Safin (all of whom advanced to the second round).

 

·         Hewitt lost the only match he has played on grass this year ahead of Wimbledon, 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 so far 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.

 

·         Bolelli made a successful Wimbledon debut, defeating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 46 76 64 64 in the first round.

 

·         Having entered the Top 100 for the first time on 30 April 2007, Bolelli was a direct entrant into the main draw at Wimbledon. He had tried to qualify for Wimbledon only once before, in 2006, but lost in the final qualifying round to fellow Italian Stefano Galvani 61 64 75.

 

·         2007 Wimbledon is only Bolelli’s second Grand Slam appearance, having made his Grand Slam debut at this year’s Roland Garros. He reached the second round before losing to Guillermo Canas 64 63 63.

 

·         Bolelli did not have any grass court preparation in the run-up to Wimbledon, and in fact had not competed in any event at any level since Roland Garros.

 

·         2007 Wimbledon is Bolelli’s third grass court event at any level (including qualifying). As well as the Wimbledon qualifying event last year (see above), he also tried to qualify for 2006 Halle but lost in the second round to Rohan Bopanna 76 75.

 

·         Bolelli’s best result in 2007 came at AMS Miami, where he won back-to-back matches at tour level for the first time in his career, defeating Gael Monfils 64 62 and Dmitry Tursunov 67 63 64 before falling to David Ferrer 76 62 in the third round.

 

·         Bolelli has won three Challenger titles and reached another three challenger finals in the last twelve months and plays here on a ranking of No. 75, one place lower than his career-high of No. 74, achieved on 21 May 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

NO. 19 JONAS BJORKMAN (SWE) v (Q) YEU-TZUOO WANG (TPE)

 

Head-to-head: Wang leads 1-0

2006     Queen’s            Grass (O)          R64      Wang    63 63

 

                     BJORKMAN                                        v                                            WANG

 

                            35                                              Age                                             22

                            35                                      ATP Ranking                                     168

                             6                                             Titles                                             0

                          84-54                         Career Grand Slam Record                          3-6

                          26-13                               Wimbledon Record                                2-2

                        407-342                                 Career Record                                  27-30

                          78-40                             Career Record - Grass                              5-7

                          14-14                                     2007 Record                                      3-0

                            5-2                                 2007 Record - Grass                                1-0

                          29-12                            Career Five-Set Record                             1-0

                             5                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                        122-125                          Career Tiebreak Record                           12-15

                            6-7                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              0-2

                             

·         Bjorkman defeated Fernando Vicente 63 61 62 in the first round to reach the second round here for the 11th time.

 

·         Bjorkman is bidding to reach the third round here for the fifth consecutive year and the ninth time overall. He has lost in the second round at Wimbledon twice in 1995 and 1999.

 

·         Bjorkman is making his 14th consecutive Wimbledon appearance. Along with Tim Henman, Bjorkman has made more appearances than any other 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.

 

·         At last year’s Wimbledon, Bjorkman also equalled his career-best Grand Slam result. He also reached the semifinals at the 1997 US Open before losing to Greg Rusedski 61 36 36 63 75. Of those players to reach two or more Grand Slam semifinals in the Open Era, only Wayne Ferreira has a longer gap between his first and second semifinal appearances.

 

·         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.

 

·         At 35 years, 3 months, Bjorkman is the second-oldest man competing in this year’s men’s singles behind Aussie qualifier Wayne Arthurs, aged 36 years, 3 months.

 

·         Wang defeated Igor Kunitsyn 63 64 67 67 62 in the first round.

 

·         This is Wang’s third appearance at Wimbledon. He qualified for this year’s main draw by defeating Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR), Rogerio Dutra Da Silva (BRA) and Andrey Golubev (RUS) respectively in the three rounds of qualifying.

 

·         Last year, as a direct entrant, he reached the second round here for the first time before falling to James Blake 64 62 46 62. He lost in the first round as a qualifier in 2004 to Andy Roddick 63 75 64. He failed to qualify for Wimbledon in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

 

·         Wang is bidding to reach the third round at a Grand Slam for the first time today. Apart from here last year, Wang also reached the second round at the 2006 Australian Open before losing to Jarkko Nieminen 62 76 62. Overall, this is Wang’s seventh Grand Slam appearance.

 

·         Wang has mainly played on the challenger circuit this year, winning the title at Busan (KOR) in his final tournament before coming here. He also reached the semifinal at Fergana (UZB).

 

·         This is Wang’s first tour-level tournament of the year. He played Davis Cup in April, winning both singles rubbers to help Chinese Taipei defeat China 3-2 in an Asia/Oceania Zone Group I relegation tie.

 

·         Wang reached the semifinals of the Wimbledon boys’ singles in 2001, losing to eventual champion Roman Valent.

 


 

NO. 23 DAVID NALBANDIAN (ARG) v (LL) FRANK DANCEVIC (CAN)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                          NALBANDIAN                                       v                                         DANCEVIC

 

                            25                                              Age                                             22

                            25                                      ATP Ranking                                     113

                             5                                             Titles                                             0

                          69-22                         Career Grand Slam Record                          2-2

                           16-4                                Wimbledon Record                                1-1

                        230-118                                 Career Record                                  25-41

                           18-6                              Career Record - Grass                              5-6

                          13-11                                     2007 Record                                     8-10

                            1-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                                2-1

                           14-8                             Career Five-Set Record                             2-3

                             6                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            0

                          76-63                           Career Tiebreak Record                           13-10

                            6-8                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              3-4

                             

·         Nalbandian, playing in his fifth Wimbledon, defeated qualifier Mischa Zverev 63 64 62 in the first round.

 

·         Nalbandian has never failed to reach the third round at Wimbledon on his four previous appearances. Last year, he suffered his earliest exit here, losing in the third round 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.

 

·         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 is one of two active players, along with Roger Federer, to have reached the semifinals or better at all four Grand Slams. He reached that stage here in 2002 en route to the final (see above), at the 2003 US Open, and at 2004 Roland Garros, and completed the set at the 2006 Australian Open. He reached his fifth Grand Slam semifinal at 2006 Roland Garros.

 

·         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.

 

·         Lucky loser Dancevic defeated Stefan Koubek 62 64 62 in the first round to record his first victory at Wimbledon.

 

·         This is Dancevic’s second Wimbledon appearance. He made his debut here last year, when, as a qualifier, he lost to Radek Stepanek 76 63 64 in the first round.

 

·         Dancevic also played the Wimbledon qualifying event this year. Despite losing in the final round of qualifying to Aisam Qureshi 46 76 62 76, he moved into the main draw as a lucky loser when Mario Ancic withdrew. (Ancic is recovering from glandular fever.)

 

·         Dancevic also attempted to qualify for Wimbledon in 2004 (l. Christophe Rochus 61 75 in the first round of the qualifying event) and 2005 (l. Uros Vico 67 76 119, losing in the second round of the qualifying event). In total, Dancevic has made 13 attempts to qualify for Grand Slam events, but has failed to reach the main draw on 11 occasions. His only successes have been at Wimbledon in the last two years.

 

·         Overall, this is Dancevic’s third Grand Slam appearance. Apart from appearing at Wimbledon twice, he also played at the 2007 Australian Open as a direct entrant, recording his first Grand Slam victory against Victor Hanescu 63 63 76 in the first round before losing to Lleyton Hewitt 64 64 36 64.

 

·         Dancevic played at Queen’s before coming here, defeating Sergio Roitman 63 67 61 in the first round before losing to Dmitry Tursunov 75 61 in the second round.

 

·         Dancevic is today bidding to win back-to-back matches at the same tournament for the first time at tour level. Excluding team competitions, Dancevic has a 16-29 win-loss record at tour level.

 

·         Dancevic’s best result of the year at all levels was reaching the final of the Bermuda challenger on clay in April. He lost to Mariano Zabaleta 75 57 63 in the final.


 

NO. 28 ROBIN SODERLING (SWE) v SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: Soderling leads 1-0

2004     AMS Cincinnati              Hard (O)            R64      Soderling           36 63 64

 

                           SODERLING                                  v                                       GROSJEAN

 

                                  22                                        Age                                            29

                                  28                                ATP Ranking                                     62

                                   2                                       Titles                                            3

                                10-16                   Career Grand Slam Record                       73-37

                                  3-4                           Wimbledon Record                               24-8

                               118-94                            Career Record                                323-217

                                13-11                       Career Record - Grass                           47-21

                                24-13                               2007 Record                                   12-11

                                  2-1                           2007 Record - Grass                               3-2

                                  3-5                        Career Five-Set Record                          14-13

                                   2                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                           3

                                55-57                     Career Tiebreak Record                         129-92

                                10-11                        2007 Tiebreak Record                             2-3                        

 

·         Soderling recorded his first win at Wimbledon for four years in the first round, defeating Olivier Rochus 63 62 62.

 

·         This is Soderling’s fifth appearance at Wimbledon. He is bidding to reach the third round for the first time since 2003, when on his debut as a qualifier, he reached the third round before losing to Tim Henman 63 61 64. He lost in the first round on his next three appearances here, again to Henman in last year’s first round 67 63 62 16 63.

 

·         Soderling’s best performance at any major is a third round finish. As well as reaching the third round here in 2003 (see above), he reached the third round at the 2005 US Open (l. Guillermo Coria 62 67 61 64).

 

·         Soderling warmed up for 2007 Wimbledon at Halle. He defeated Stefan Koubek 57 63 75 in the first round but fell to eventual runner-up Marcos Baghdatis 67 64 63 in the second round.

 

·         Soderling’s first round victory over Rochus was his first Grand Slam win of 2007. As No. 23 seed, he lost in the first round of the Australian Open to Florian Mayer 36 64 36 64 60 and again in the first round at Roland Garros, where he retired with a stiff neck while trailing Albert Montanes 76 41.

 

·         Soderling’s best performances this year have been semifinal finishes at Doha (l. Ivan Ljubicic 36 64 76), Marseille (l. Gilles Simon 62 76), and Dubai (l. Mikhail Youzhny 75 62). He also won three matches in a row at AMS Monte Carlo to reach the quarterfinals (l. Tomas Berdych 57 63 60).

 

·         Soderling has also won all of his three Davis Cup matches this year. In Sweden’s World Group first round tie against Belarus he defeated Vladimir Voltchkov in the opening singles rubber, and followed this up with a five-set defeat over Max Mirnyi in the decisive fourth rubber, having saved two match points. In the quarterfinals, Soderling overcame Argentina’s Juan-Martin Del Potro 76 76 64 to help his nation reach the semifinals for the first time in six years. Sweden hosts USA in Gothenburg in September.

 

·         Soderling’s career grass court highlights are semifinal finishes at 2004 and 2006 Nottingham.

 

·         Grosjean defeated wild card Jonathan Marray 62 76 75 in the first round to advance to the Wimbledon second round for the fifth straight year. Last year, as No. 15 seed, Grosjean reached the third round before losing to Marcos Baghdatis 46 64 64 61.

 

·         Grosjean is making his ninth appearance at Wimbledon and is bidding to reach the third round for the eighth time. He twice reached the semifinals here, in 2003 and 2004, and reached the quarterfinals in 2005.

 

·         The semifinals represent Grosjean’s best finish at any Grand Slam. As well as doing so twice here (see above), he also reached the semifinals at the 2001 Australian Open and 2001 Roland Garros.

 

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

 

·         Grosjean warmed up for 2007 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 has a good record on grass. As well as reaching the semifinals here on two occasions (see above), he won the 2000 Nottingham title and reached the finals at 2003 and 2004 Queen’s.

 

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

 

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


 

NICOLAS KIEFER (GER) v FABRICE SANTORO (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: Santoro leads 6-1

1999     Australian Open             Hard (O)            R32      Santoro            76 61 63

2000     Doha                             Hard (O)            SF        Santoro             75 64

2000     AMS Indian Wells          Hard (O)            R64      Santoro             61 64

2001     AMS Hamburg               Clay (O)            R16      Santoro             63 63

2001     AMS Montreal               Hard (O)            R32      Santoro             46 64 63

2002     AMS Indian Wells          Hard (O)            R32      Santoro             76 61

2006     AMS Miami                   Hard (O)            R64      Kiefer                76 26 64

 

This is the pair’s eighth meeting, but first on grass. Santoro has dominated their series, dropping just one set in his first six meetings with the German, but Kiefer scored his first victory over his older opponent at 2006 AMS Miami.

 

                        KIEFER                                            v                                         SANTORO

 

                            29*                                             Age                                             34

                              -                                        ATP Ranking                                      70

                             6                                             Titles                                             4

                          54-35                         Career Grand Slam Record                        57-59

                           15-9                                Wimbledon Record                               10-11

                        313-227                                 Career Record                                 424-401

                          36-22                             Career Record - Grass                            27-25

                            1-1                                       2007 Record                                    12-10

                            1-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                                2-2

                          12-10                            Career Five-Set Record                           19-14

                             5                            Comebacks from 0-2 Down                            1

                          99-76                           Career Tiebreak Record                         143-120

                            1-1                               2007 Tiebreak Record                              9-2

* Turns 30 on 5 July

 

·         Kiefer won his first match for nearly 13 months when he upset No. 30 seed Filippo Volandri 63 76 61 in the first round.

 

·         Kiefer missed more than a year of the circuit, from 2006 Roland Garros to 2007 Halle, with a left wrist injury. As No. 13 seed at 2006 Roland Garros, he injured his wrist in his second round defeat of Santoro’s countryman Marc Gicquel, retiring with the problem in the third round when trailing Tomas Berdych 61. Kiefer subsequently underwent surgery on the wrist on 17 July and made his comeback as a wild card this year at Halle, losing in the first round again to Berdych 64 76.

 

·         Kiefer plays here unranked, having earned no points in the last 13 months (he did not received any for his first round loss at 2007 Halle because he played as a wild card). He plays 2007 Wimbledon on a protected ranking of No. 17.

 

·         This is Kiefer’s tenth Wimbledon appearance. Until missing last year with his wrist injury, he had played every year since making his debut in 1997. On his last appearance here, in 2005, Kiefer reached the third round as No. 25 seed, losing to eventual champion Roger Federer 62 67 61 75. He was the only player to take a set off Federer that year.

 

·         Kiefer has never bettered the result he achieved on his Wimbledon debut in 1997, when he advanced to the quarterfinals in just his third Grand Slam event. Kiefer defeated Yevgeny Kafelnikov 62 75 26 61 in the round of 16 before losing to Todd Woodbridge 76 26 60 64.

 

·         Kiefer had his best Grand Slam result four months before his injury, when he advanced to the semifinals at the 2006 Australian Open, defeating Sebastien Grosjean 63 06 64 67 86 in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Roger Federer 63 57 60 62.

 

·         Following his appearance in last year’s Australian Open semifinals, Kiefer went as high as No. 11 in the rankings on 24 April 2006. This was his highest position for nearly six years, since he reached No. 8 on 29 May 2000. Kiefer peaked at a career-high ranking of No. 4 on 10 January 2000.

 

·          Kiefer was one of 13 men starting in the draw to have won at least one grass court title, collecting his at 1999 Halle (d. Nicklas Kulti 63 62 in the final). Kiefer has had the majority of his best grass court results at his home event, going on to be runner-up at Halle in 2002 and 2003.

 

·         Santoro defeated Nottingham champion Ivo Karlovic 46 76 76 36 64 in the first round. It was the 19th five-set victory of his career, and third at Wimbledon. His other two five-set victories at this event were also in the first round: he defeated Agustin Calleri 26 76 64 46 63 in 2002, and Andreas Vinciguerra 46 63 26 62 62 in 2003.

 

·         Santoro is making his 12th appearance at Wimbledon and has reached the second round for the eighth time. He is now bidding to advance to the third round for the first time since 2001, when he defeated Max Mirnyi 76 61 64 at this stage. He then retired in the third round with a right shoulder injury and compensatory back complaint when trailing Mikhail Youzhny 75 60 20.

 

·         Santoro has lost in the Wimbledon second round for the last five years, 2002-06, and also lost in the second round 1999-2000. Last year Santoro fell in the second round to Tomas Berdych 64 67 26 76 64 (his only five-set loss at this event).

 

·         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, and is chasing Andre Agassi’s record mark of 61 Grand Slam appearances. Santoro is also playing his 36th consecutive Grand Slam event at 2007 Wimbledon. [For more details see pages 4-5 of the Preview.]

 

·         With Santoro’s best Wimbledon result being a third round finish in 2001 (see above), this is his least successful Grand Slam tournament.

 

·         Santoro recorded his best Grand Slam result at the 2006 Australian Open, when he reached the quarterfinals in his 54th major. Among Open Era players, no other man has made as many appearances in majors before reaching the quarterfinals 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. Interestingly, the 2006 Australian Open was also where today’s opponent Kiefer achieved his best Grand Slam result. (See his notes above.)

 

·         Santoro played the pre-Wimbledon grass court 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 singles results this year have been quarterfinal finishes at Chennai and Dubai. In doubles, he has won two titles (Dubai and AMS Rome) with Nenad Zimonjic, with whom he is competing in the 2007 Wimbledon doubles event.

 

·         Santoro has won two Grand Slam doubles titles, teaming with Michael Llodra to win the Australian Open 2003-04.

 

 

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