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Thursday 5 July 2007

Round of 16 bottom half/Quarterfinals top half


Featured matches


Round of 16 bottom half


No. 2 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v No. 14 Mikhail Youzhny 

No. 4 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v No. 16 Lleyton Hewitt (AUS

No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v No. 10 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)

No. 7 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v No. 19 Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)


Quarterfinals top half


No. 1 Roger Federer (SUI) v No. 20 Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)

No. 3 Andy Roddick v No. 12 Richard Gasquet (FRA)







Head-to-head: Nadal leads 4-3

2004     Dubai                            Hard (O)            QF        Youzhny           62 16 61

2005     Doha                             Hard (O)            R32      Nadal                63 76

2005     Australian Open             Hard (O)            R64      Nadal                61 46 46 75 63

2005     AMS Rome                   Clay (O)            R64      Nadal                60 62

2006     US Open                       Hard (O)            QF        Youzhny           63 57 76 61

2007     Dubai                            Hard (O)            QF        Youzhny           76 63

2007     AMS Rome                   Clay (O)            R16      Nadal                62 62


Youzhny’s three wins over Nadal have all come on hard court and all at the quarterfinal stage. Youzhny is one of only three players to have beaten Nadal twice in the last 12 months, alongside Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych. He has a 3-20 win-loss record over Top 5 players: two of those wins over Nadal and the other over another Spaniard Tommy Robredo at last year’s US Open.


                               NADAL                                       v                                        YOUZHNY


                                  21                                        Age                                           25*

                                   2                                  ATP Ranking                                    13

                                  22                                       Titles                                           3

                                50-10                    Career Grand Slam Record                       44-25

                                 12-3                           Wimbledon Record                              15-6

                               231-58                             Career Record                               211-163

                                 16-6                         Career Record - Grass                           28-17

                                 48-7                                2007 Record                                  35-12

                                  5-1                           2007 Record - Grass                              5-0

                                  8-2                        Career Five-Set Record                           9-7

                                   2                       Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          2

                                53-42                      Career Tiebreak Record                         88-73

                                  8-6                          2007 Tiebreak Record                           12-12


*Turned 25 on 25th June


·         Nadal finally advanced to the round of 16 when he defeated Robin Soderling 64 64 67 46 75 in a match that spanned five days due to rain. Nadal dropped his first set of 2007 Wimbledon when he was unable to convert a match point in the third set tiebreak on Monday. After further rain interruptions on Tuesday, the opponents returned to the court on Wednesday with the match standing at 4-4 in the final set. Soderling saved a further four match points before Nadal secured victory.


·         Nadal’s victory over Soderling was his sixth consecutive five-set win, bringing his five set record to 8-2.


·         Nadal began his 2007 Wimbledon campaign by defeating Mardy Fish 63 76 63 in the first round and Werner Eschauer 62 64 61 in the second, before his third round win over Soderling.


·         Nadal is playing at Wimbledon for the fourth time and has advanced to the round of 16 for the second time. He reached the 2006 Wimbledon final, losing to Roger Federer 60 76 67 63 marking the first time in the Open Era that the Roland Garros and Wimbledon finals had featured the same two men in the same season, and the first time since 1952 that it had happened.


·         On his Grand Slam debut as a 17-year-old here in 2003, Nadal became the youngest player to reach the third round since 16-year-old Boris Becker in 1984, losing at this stage to Paradorn Srichaphan 64 64 62.


·         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.


·         For the first time at Wimbledon in the Open Era, two Spaniards have reached the quarterfinals, the other being Juan Carlos Ferrero. There have been only four occasions previously when a Spaniard has reached the last eight: Andres Gimeno in 1970 (lost in the semifinals), Manuel Orantes in 1972 (lost in the semifinals), Feliciano Lopez in 2005 (lost in the quarterfinals) and Nadal in 2006.


·         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 more details, see page 4 of the Preview.]


·         Nadal won his third consecutive Roland Garros title by 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.


·         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 was one of 15 lefthanders starting in the 2007 Wimbledon men’s draw, and is the only one remaining. Last year, he became the first left-handed player to reach the Wimbledon final since Goran Ivanisevic went on to lift the trophy in 2001.


·         Nadal played Wimbledon once as a junior, reaching the semifinals of the boys’ event in 2002 before losing to Lamine Ouahab (ALG) 63 75. That was the only tournament he played on the ITF Junior Circuit.


·         Youzhny advanced to the round of 16 by defeating No. 18 seed Jarkko Nieminen 75 76 63. Previously, he defeated Kristian Pless 64 62 64 in the first round and Gilles Simon 64 46 36 75 64 in the second.


·         Youzhny is bidding to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time in seven Wimbledon appearances. He made three previous appearances in the last 16 here, losing on each occasion: on his debut in 2001 (l. eventual runner-up Patrick Rafter 26 63 62 75), again the following year in 2002 (l. eventual champion Lleyton Hewitt 63 63 75) and as No. 31 seed in 2005 (l. Fernando Gonzalez 76 76 63).


·         Youzhny has made round of 16 appearances at all four majors, but recorded the best Grand Slam result of his career when he won a Grand Slam round of 16 match for the first time at last year’s US Open and went on to the semifinals. Youzhny defeated Tommy Robredo 62 60 61 in the round of 16, and upset No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal 63 57 76 61 in the quarterfinals, before losing in the semis to Andy Roddick 67 60 76 63. Youzhny was one of two Russians to reach the 2006 US Open semifinals (alongside Nikolay Davydenko), marking the second time that had occurred at a Grand Slam in the Open Era (the first time also being at the US Open, in 2001).


·         Youzhny is joined in the round of 16 by countryman and No. 6 seed Nikolay Davydenko.This is just the third time in the Open Era that two Russians have advanced to the round of 16 at Wimbledon, after 2001 (Youzhny and Marat Safin) and 2005 (Youzhny and Dmitry Tursunov).


·          It is six years since a Russian reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Marat Safin doing so in 2001. There have never been two Russians in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in the Open Era.


·         There has been a Russian quarterfinalist at five of the last six majors.


·         Youzhny faces a lefthander for the second match in a row at this year’s Wimbledon and has a 27-20 record playing lefthanders. He has won nine of his last ten matches against lefthanders, his only loss being to Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 at 2007 AMS Rome.


·         Youzhny has also won seven of his last eight matches against Spaniards, including three consecutive victories over Spaniards from the third round through the quarterfinals at the 2006 US Open.


·         Youzhny plays here with a career-high ranking of No. 13, which he reached on the first Monday of the tournament. He won his third career title on indoor hard court at Rotterdam in February, defeating Ivan Ljubicic 62 64 in the final, and a week later was runner-up on hard court at Doha (l. Roger Federer 64 63 in the final). Youzhny was also runner-up on clay at Munich (l. Philip Kohlschreiber 26 63 64).


·         Youzhny played one grass court event in 2007 before coming here. He reached the quarterfinals at Halle before handing a walkover to eventual champion Tomas Berdych because of a lower back injury.


·         Youzhny’s three round of 16 finishes at Wimbledon (see above) are his career grass court highlights to date, along with his semifinal finish at 2003 Halle (l. eventual champion Roger Federer 46 76 62).




Head-to-head: Hewitt leads 1-0

2006     US Open           Hard (O)            R32      Hewitt               63 61 62


                      DJOKOVIC                                          v                                         HEWITT


                            20                                              Age                                           26

                             5                                        ATP Ranking                                    19

                             5                                              Titles                                          26

                          25-10                          Career Grand Slam Record                      109-33

                            8-2                                  Wimbledon Record                              28-7

                          98-44                                    Career Record                               461-146

                           10-4                               Career Record - Grass                           81-18

                          44-10                                      2007 Record                                  23-10

                            4-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                              3-1

                            5-3                              Career Five-Set Record                          24-10

                             1                             Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          4

                          42-16                            Career Tiebreak Record                        120-99

                           14-6                               2007 Tiebreak Record                             2-7


·         Djokovic defeated Potito Starace 60 63 64 in the first round, Amer Delic 63 36 63 76 in the second and Nicolas Kiefer 76 67 62 76 in the third, to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon for the second year running.


·         Djokovic is bidding to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time in his third Wimbledon. On his debut in 2005, as a qualifier, he reached the third round before losing to No. 9 seed Sebastien Grosjean 75 64 57 64 and then in 2006 advanced to the round of 16, losing to No. 7 seed Mario Ancic 64 46 46 75 63.


·         Djokovic is also bidding to reach his third Grand Slam quarterfinal. He posted his best Grand Slam result at this year’s Roland Garros, advancing to the semifinals, where he lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 75 64 62. He advanced to the last eight of a major for the first time at 2006 Roland Garros, retiring with a lower back injury while trailing Nadal 64 64.


·         As well as losing to the eventual champion at this year’s Roland Garros, Djokovic also fell to the eventual champion at this year’s Australian Open, losing to Roger Federer 62 75 63 in the round of 16.


·         Djokovic is bidding to become the second Serbian player to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals after Slobodan Zivojinovic in 1986-87. Zivojinovic, playing under the Yugoslav flag, went on to reach the semifinals here in 1986.


·         Djokovic was joined in the round of 16 by countryman Janko Tipsarevic, marking the first time that two Serbian men had reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon in the Open Era. (Tipsarevic lost to Juan Carlos Ferrero in their round of 16 match on Tuesday.)


·         Djokovic received his fourth Grand Slam seeding at Wimbledon this year and his highest at No. 4; his previous best was No. 6 at 2007 Roland Garros.


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


·         This is Djokovic’s fifth tournament on grass. As well as three Wimbledons (including this one) and Queen’s this year, Djokovic also played at 2006 ’s-Hertogenbosch, losing in the second round to Jan Hernych.


·         Djokovic has won three tour titles in 2007: Adelaide, AMS Miami and Estoril taking his career total to five titles. He also got to the final at AMS Indian Wells in March, losing to Rafael Nadal 62 75. Through his third round victory here, he has now accumulated a 44-10 win-loss record so far for 2007.


·         Djokovic is the youngest player left in the men’s draw, at 20 years and 39 days. If he defeats Hewitt today, he will become the 25th man aged under 21 to reach the quarterfinals in the Open Era.


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


·         2002 champion Hewitt advanced to the round of 16 for the fourth straight year after defeating wild card Richard Bloomfield 75 63 75 in the first round, Simone Bolelli 62 62 61 in the second round and Guillermo Canas 64 36 63 64 in the third round.


·         Hewitt has now reached the round of 16 on six of his nine appearances at Wimbledon and is bidding to reach the quarterfinals for the fourth straight year and the fifth time overall.


·         Hewitt has reached at least the quarterfinal stage on his last three Wimbledon appearances, losing at that stage in 2004 and 2006 (to Roger Federer and Marcos Baghdatis respectively), but advancing to the semifinals in 2005, losing to Roger Federer again 63 64 76.


·         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.


·         Hewitt is the last remaining Australian in the men’s draw here for the fourth year. The last time that there was no Australian man in the Wimbledon quarterfinals was 1995.


·         Having also won the 2001 US Open, Hewitt was one of 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.


·         Hewitt lost the only match he 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, when he became only the second man in the Open Era (alongside Thomas Johansson) to win two grass court titles in the run-up to Wimbledon.


·         Hewitt’s six career grass court titles, place him second behind Roger Federer for the most grass court titles among active players.


·         Through the third round here, Hewitt has a 81-18 career win-loss record on grass, second only to Tim Henman (83-34) among active players.


·         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.


·         Hewitt played here once as a junior. In 1997, as a 16-year-old, he reached the round of 16 of the boys’ singles, losing to Julien Jeanpierre 63 64.






Head-to-head:  Davydenko leads 1-0

2006     AMS Miami       Hard (O)            R32      Davydenko        26 62 75


                    DAVYDENKO                                        v                                      BAGHDATIS


                            26                                              Age                                           22

                             4                                        ATP Ranking                                    16

                            10                                             Titles                                           2

                          45-25                          Career Grand Slam Record                       24-11

                            4-5                                  Wimbledon Record                               8-2

                        241-177                                  Career Record                                101-50

                           5-12                               Career Record - Grass                            15-6

                          32-16                                      2007 Record                                  31-13

                            4-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                              7-1

                            8-5                              Career Five-Set Record                           7-2

                             4                             Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          1

                          67-66                            Career Tiebreak Record                         40-23

                          15-10                              2007 Tiebreak Record                            12-8


·         Davydenko has reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon for the first time, and has now appeared in the round of 16 at all four majors. He defeated fellow Russian Evgeny Korolev 76 64 76 in the first round, Chris Guccione 36 57 76 64 62 in the second, and Gael Monfils 63 75 63 in the third.


·         This is Davydenko’s sixth appearance at Wimbledon. Prior to this year, Davydenko had won just one match here, that being in 2005, when he defeated Scott Draper 76 64 63 in the first round, before losing in the second round to Jonas Bjorkman 76 21 ret. (wrist injury). Last year, he lost to qualifier Alejandro Falla 26 76 76 63 in the first round.


·         Davydenko is bidding to reach his fourth consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal, and his eighth in total. He has never lost in the round of 16 at a Grand Slam.


·         If Davydenko defeats Baghdatis today, he will complete a set of Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances. He has made quarterfinal appearances at each of the other three majors: for the past three years at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros, and at the US Open last year.


·         Davydenko’s best Grand Slam results are three semifinal finishes, achieved at Roland Garros in 2005 (l. Mariano Puerta 63 57 26 64 64) and in 2007 (l. Roger Federer 75 76 76), and the 2006 US Open (l. Roger Federer 61 75 64).


·         Davydenko is joined in the round of 16 by countryman and No. 14 seed Mikhail Youzhny. This marks just the third time in the Open Era that two Russians have advanced to the round of 16 at Wimbledon, after 2001 (Youzhny and Marat Safin) and 2005 (Youzhny and Dmitry Tursunov).


·         It is six years since a Russian reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Marat Safin doing so in 2001. There have never been two Russians in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.


·         Before Davydenko’s victories in the first three rounds here, he had won just two tour-level grass matches in his career, from 14 such matches played. Following his first round victory here in 2005 (see above), his second tour-level grass court win was at Halle just over 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 a 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.


·         Baghdatis defeated Ernests Gulbis 36 64 63 62 in the first round, Nicolas Devilder 60 76 67 62 in the second and No. 23 seed David Nalbandian 62 75 60 in the third.



·         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. He lost to Mikhail Youzhny 62 36 61 64 in the first round on his debut in 2005.


·         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 semifinals – before falling in the final to No. 1 Roger Federer 57 75 60 62.


·         This is Baghdatis’s 12th Grand Slam event and he is bidding to reach his third quarterfinal at a major. He has a 2-2 win-loss record in round of 16 matches at Grand Slam events before this one, winning his matches at this stage at last year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon, but falling in the last 16 at the 2005 Australian Open and at this year’s Roland Garros.


·         Baghdatis is facing a Russian opponent for the seventh time in his career. He has a 1-5 win-loss record against players from the nation in previous meetings. His sole victory came against a Russian player came at Marseille this year, where he defeated Mikhail Youzhny 26 76 75 in the quarterfinals. This is his third meeting with a Russian in a Grand Slam and has lost his previous two.


·         Going into today’s match, Baghdatis has a 8-10 career win-loss record against Top 10 players.


·         As a result of his performances at last year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon and of winning his first career title at 2006 Beijing, Baghdatis 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 reached finals at Marseille on indoor hard in February (l. Gilles Simon 64 76), and  at Halle on grass in June (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.


·         Baghdatis was ITF Junior World Champion in 2003, winning the boys’ singles at the Australian Open and finishing runner-up in that event at the US Open that year. He fared less well at Wimbledon during his junior career, losing in the boys’ singles second round on both of his appearances here, in 2001-02.










Head-to-head: Berdych leads 1-0
2004     US Open           Hard (O)            R128     Berdych            63 26 62 16 63


                       BERDYCH                                                        v                                                     BJORKMAN


                                      21                                                             Age                                                            35

                                      11                                                   ATP Ranking                                                  35

                                       3                                                            Titles                                                            6

                                   26-15                                 Career Grand Slam Record                                86-54

                                     8-3                                            Wimbledon Record                                         28-13

                                  131-84                                             Career Record                                           409-342

                                    17-6                                        Career Record - Grass                                      80-40

                                   31-14                                                 2007 Record                                                16-14

                                     7-0                                           2007 Record - Grass                                           7-2

                                     9-0                                       Career Five-Set Record                                    29-12

                                       2                                      Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                     5

                                   45-42                                    Career Tiebreak Record                                 122-126

                                   13-8                                         2007 Tiebreak Record                                       6-8


·         Berdych is bidding to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. He defeated Nicolas Massu 76 64 62 in the first round, Michael Llodra 76 76 36 76 in the second round, and Hyung-Taik Lee 64 76 76 in the third round.


·         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. In 2005 he reached the third round, losing to Taylor Dent 63 76 63; and last year as No. 13 seed he won through to the round of 16, losing to Roger Federer 63 63 64.


·         In reaching the round of 16 at Wimbledon this year, Berdych has equalled his best performance at any Grand Slam. He has reached the round of 16 at all of the majors, but has lost at that stage on all five previous occasions.


·         Berdych is bidding to become the sixth Czech man to reach the last eight at Wimbledon in the Open Era. The previous five were Radek Stepanek, Petr Korda, Ivan Lendl, Tomas Smid and Jan Kodes.


·         This is Berdych’s highest-ever Grand Slam seeding; his previous best was No. 10 at 2007 Roland Garros.


·         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 is currently on a seven-match unbeaten streak having won the title at Halle last month, 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.


·         Halle was Berdych’s third career singles title. Previously he won at AMS Paris in 2005 (d. Ivan Ljubicic 64 36 46 64) and Palermo in 2004 (d. Filippo Volandri 63 63).


·         Berdych has won 17 grass court matches out of 23 contested in his career. As well as his success at Halle this year (see above), he was also runner-up at Halle last year as No. 5 seed, losing to Roger Federer 60 67 62.


·         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.


·         2006 semifinalist Bjorkman is contesting his second successive Grand Slam round of 16 having defeated three qualifiers at 2007 Wimbledon. He overcame Fernando Vicente 63 61 62 in the first round, Yeu-Tzuoo Wang 60 63 67 64 in the second round, and Wayne Arthurs 62 61 64 in the third round. This is the fifth time Bjorkman has reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon.


·         Bjorkman has faced three qualifiers in a row for the first time in his career at this years Wimbledon. He had faced two in a row at Wimbledon before, defeating David Di Lucia and Stefano Pescosolido in the first two rounds here in 1998.


·         Bjorkman aged 35 years and 107 days (age as at end of tournament) is the oldest man left in the tournament this year, having been the second-oldest man to start in the draw. His third round opponent Wayne Arthurs was the oldest in the tournament.


·         Bjorkman is the oldest man since Jimmy Connors in 1988 to reach the round of 16. Bjorkman would become the oldest man to reach the quarterfinals since Tom Okker in 1979, and the fifth oldest in the Open Era.


·         Bjorkman is bidding to advance to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the third time, having a 2-2 win-loss record in his round of 16 matches here to date.


·         Bjorkman is making his 14th consecutive Wimbledon appearance. Along with Tim Henman, Bjorkman has made more appearances than any other player who started the men’s draw. Overall, this is Bjorkman’s 55th Slam and only Fabrice Santoro among active players, who played his 60th major here, has contested more.


·         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 was one of five men to reach the round of 16 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. The others are Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and Richard Gasquet.


·         Bjorkman has a career grass court win-loss record of 80-40 through the third round here. He has the third best record on the surface of players in the draw, behind Tim Henman (83-34) and Lleyton Hewitt (81-18).


·         Bjorkman held a career-high singles ranking of No. 4 on 3 November 1997.






Head-to-head: Federer leads 8-3

2000     Auckland                       Hard (O)            R32      Ferrero              64 64

2000     US Open                       Hard (O)            R32      Ferrero              75 76 16 76

2002     Tennis Masters Cup       Hard (I)              RR        Federer             63 64

2003     AMS Rome                   Clay (O)            SF        Federer             62 42 ret.

2003     AMS Madrid                  Hard (I)              SF        Ferrero              64 46 64

2003     Tennis Masters Cup       Hard (O)            RR        Federer             63 61

2004     Australian Open             Hard (O)            SF        Federer             64 61 64

2005     Dubai                            Hard (O)            R16      Federer             46 63 76

2005     Wimbledon                    Grass (O)          R16      Federer             63 64 76

2007     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)            SF        Federer             63 64

2007     AMS Hamburg               Clay (O)            R16      Federer             62 63


Federer has won his last six match-ups with Ferrero and their only previous meeting on grass at 2005 Wimbledon. This is Federer’s second meeting with a fellow Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 at this year’s Wimbledon, having defeated Marat Safin in the third round. 2003 Roland Garros champion Ferrero held the No. 1 spot for eight weeks in September and October 2003, while Federer, the winner of 10 Grand Slam titles to date, is in his 179th week at the top of the rankings.


                       FEDERER                                           v                                        FERRERO


                            25                                              Age                                           27

                             1                                        ATP Ranking                                    18

                            48                                             Titles                                          11

                         128-22                         Career Grand Slam Record                       79-28

                           35-4                                 Wimbledon Record                              17-6

                        520-133                                  Career Record                               356-181

                          67-11                              Career Record - Grass                           21-12

                           33-5                                      2007 Record                                  25-14

                            3-0                                 2007 Record - Grass                              4-1

                           9-10                             Career Five-Set Record                          18-13

                             3                             Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          2

                        195-108                          Career Tiebreak Record                       134-104

                           11-3                               2007 Tiebreak Record                            10-7


·         Federer began the fourth defence of his Wimbledon title with a 63 62 64 victory over Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili in the first round. He then defeated Juan-Martin Del Potro 62 75 61 in the second round, and No. 26 seed Marat Safin 61 64 76 in the third round. He advanced to the quarterfinals when his opponent Tommy Haas withdrew from their round of 16 match with a torn stomach muscle. As a result of receiving a walkover in the round of 16, Federer has not played since last Friday.


·         Federer has advanced to the quarterfinals without dropping a set. This is the fifth straight Grand Slam event at which Federer has advanced to the quarterfinals without dropping a set, and the third time that he has done so at Wimbledon, having done so in 2004 and 2006.


·         At last year’s Wimbledon, Federer advanced to a Grand Slam final without dropping a set for the first time. At the 2007 Australian Open, Federer became the first man to win a Grand Slam title without dropping a set since Bjorn Borg at 1980 Roland Garros.


·         Federer is bidding to reach the semifinals for the 13th successive Grand Slam event. Federer set a new all-time record for this at the 2007 Australian Open by surpassing Rod Laver’s run of 10 straight Grand Slam semifinal appearances from 1960 Wimbledon through 1962 Roland Garros, and Ivan Lendl’s streak of ten major semifinals from the 1985 US Open through the 1988 Australian Open.


·         The last time that Federer failed to reach the semifinals in a major was at 2004 Roland Garros where he lost in the third round to Gustavo Kuerten.


·         The last defending champion to lose in the Wimbledon quarterfinals was Pete Sampras on his third defence in 1996, when he was also the last top seed to lose at this stage. [For more details, see pages 6-7 and 10-11 of the Preview.]

·         Federer’s last defeat to a Spaniard other than Rafael Nadal was at 2004 AMS Rome, where he lost to Albert Costa in the second round. Since that defeat, Federer is 31-7 against Spanish opponents, all seven losses being to Nadal.


·         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. He achieved this at Wimbledon, winning the title for five successive years from 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 has collected his ten Grand Slam titles in his last 16 Grand Slam tournaments. If he is able to go on and win his 11th major title at 2007 Wimbledon, he would move into even more exclusive company on the Grand Slam title leaderboard. Four men have 11 or more Grand Slam titles to their names.


All-time Grand Slam title leaders


No. of titles




Pete Sampras



Roy Emerson



Bjorn Borg

Rod Laver



Bill Tilden

Roger Federer


·         Federer has now won a record 51 consecutive matches on grass court. He established a new Open Era record winning 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. (Note: victories by walkover are not counted in a player’s match-winning streak, but the streak is still alive.)


·         During his 51-match grass court winning streak, Federer has defeated 40 different players from 20 different countries through his third round defeat of Safin here, and lost 13 sets (dropping no more than one set per match). His pre-Wimbledon total of 48 matches was compiled through winning both Halle and Wimbledon 2003-06.


·         Federer has now won 31 matches in a row at Wimbledon. During that run, he has dropped just five sets and has never been extended past four sets. (Note: victories by walkover are not counted in a player’s match-winning streak, but the streak is still alive.)


·         Federer arrived 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 withdrew 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.


·         In contrast to Sampras, Bjorn Borg did not play a warm-up event in any of the five years that he triumphed at Wimbledon. Borg did contest a warm-up event in 1974, losing in the first round at Nottingham, and went on to lose in the third round at Wimbledon that year.


·         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



Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras


Roger Federer, John McEnroe


Boris Becker


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.


·         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.


·         Federer won the boys’ singles at Wimbledon in 1998, defeating Irakli Labadze 64 64 in the final.


·         Ferrero advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time in seven Wimbledon appearances when he defeated Janko Tipsarevic 75 63 76 in the round of 16. Previously, Ferrero defeated Jan Hajek 67 46 63 62 75 in the first round, qualifier Gilles Muller 64 64 67 76 in the second and then upset No. 9 seed James Blake 36 63 63 76 in the third.


·         Ferrero’s previous best Wimbledon results were two round of 16 finishes. In 2003, as No. 3 seed, he lost at this stage to No. 13 seed Sebastien Grosjean 62 46 76 76, and in 2005 he fell to eventual champion Roger Federer 63 64 76. Last year, he lost in the third round to Radek Stepanek 57 67 64 62 119.


·         Ferrero has now advanced to the quarterfinal stage at all four majors, becoming the seventh active player to do so alongside Roger Federer, Fernando Gonzalez, Lleyton Hewitt, Rafael Nadal, David Nalbandian and Marat Safin.


·         Having already advanced to the semifinals at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and the US Open, Ferrero is looking to join Federer and David Nalbandian as the only active players to contest semifinals at all four majors by upsetting Federer today.


·         Ferrero’s career highlight was winning the 2003 Roland Garros title, defeating Martin Verkerk 61 63 62 in the final. Roland Garros is the major at which Ferrero has enjoyed most success, having also finished runner-up there in 2002 and reached the semifinals in 2000-01. Ferrero was also runner-up at the 2003 US Open and a semifinalist at the 2004 Australian Open.


·         Ferrero was one of 14 Spaniards to start in the draw here (the joint-second highest nation representation at 2007 Wimbledon behind France) and he is one of two Spaniards still alive in the competition at the time of writing, the other being Rafael Nadal.


·         Ferrero is the fifth Spanish man to advance to the Wimbledon quarterfinals in the Open Era after Andres Gimeno in 1970, Manuel Orantes in 1972, Feliciano Lopez in 2005 and Rafael Nadal last year. Of these four men, Gimeno and Orantes went on to reach the semifinals while Nadal finished as runner-up.


·         This is the third successive year that a Spanish player has reached the quarterfinals here. If Rafael Nadal joins Ferrero in the last eight here this year, it will be the first time in the Open Era that two Spanish players have reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.


·         This is Ferrero’s tenth meeting with the No.1-ranked player and he has a 3-6 win-loss record in previous meetings. His last victory against the No. 1 player was at the 2003 US Open, where he defeated Andre Agassi in the semifinals.


·         Ferrero has won 11 singles titles in his career, but none since 2003. He has eight clay court titles and three hard court titles but none on grass.


·         Ferrero played just one match on grass before coming here, losing in the first round at ’s-Hertogenbosch to Carlos Berlocq 26 63 62.


·         This is the first time in his career that Ferrero has won four consecutive matches on grass. In addition to his round of 16 appearances here, Ferrero also reached quarterfinals at 2005 Halle and 2006 ’s-Hertogenbosch, both of which were 32-draws.


·         Ferrero’s best results of the year to date have been on clay. He reached the final at Costa do Sauipe in February (l. Guillermo Canas 76 62) and also won four matches to advance to the semifinals at AMS Monte Carlo (l. Roger Federer 63 64).




Head-to-head: Roddick leads 2-0

2006     Vienna                          Hard (I)              R16      Roddick            67 61 63

2007     AMS Indian Wells          Hard (O)            R16      Roddick            76 63


Roddick and Gasquet have both reached the quarterfinals without dropping a set. Roger Federer, who takes on Juan Carlos Ferrero in today’s other quarterfinal, is the only other player remaining in the draw yet to concede a set.


                       RODDICK                                           v                                       GASQUET


                            24                                              Age                                           21

                             3                                        ATP Ranking                                    14

                            22                                             Titles                                           4

                          79-25                          Career Grand Slam Record                       20-15

                           27-6                                 Wimbledon Record                               7-3

                        390-122                                  Career Record                                112-74

                          57-10                              Career Record - Grass                            23-9

                           34-8                                      2007 Record                                  31-14

                            9-0                                 2007 Record - Grass                              6-2

                            9-9                              Career Five-Set Record                           3-6

                             2                             Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          0

                        186-109                          Career Tiebreak Record                         37-43

                             24-3                             2007 Tiebreak Record                            5-10


·         Roddick is bidding to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the fourth time in five years. He has never previously lost at the quarterfinal stage.


·         Roddick extended his current winning streak to nine matches by defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu 62 75 76 in the round of 16. Previously he defeated fellow American Justin Gimelstob 61 75 76 in the first round, Danai Udomchoke 63 64 76 in the second, and Fernando Verdasco 63 64 76 in the third.


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


·         Roddick has been defeated by the eventual champion on four of his six previous Wimbledon appearances. In addition to his final defeats by Federer in 2004 and 2005, he lost 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 the only American man to reach the round of 16. This was not the worst showing by American men in the round of 16 here – there have in fact been two years in the Open Era when no US men got this far: last year, and in 2002. The USA started with 14 men in the draw, the joint second-highest representation (with Spain) by a nation after France (15 players).


·         Roddick plays his second successive Frenchman today. Roddick has a 7-1 record versus Frenchmen in Grand Slams, having not lost to a player from the nation at majors since 2004 Roland Garros, when in his first Grand Slam meeting with a Frenchman, he lost to Olivier Mutis 36 63 67 63 62 in the second round. Roddick has a 38-9 career record against Frenchmen.


·         Roddick was one of eight Grand Slam champions to start in the men’s singles draw, and is one of five still alive in the tournament, along with No. 1 seed Roger Federer and No. 20 Juan Carlos Ferrero, who are also through to the quarterfinals, and No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 16 Lleyton Hewitt, who are through to the round of 16.


·         Roddick won his lone Grand Slam title at the 2003 US Open, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero 63 76 63. He returned to the US Open final last year, losing to Roger Federer 62 46 75 61, taking his total number of appearances in Grand Slam finals to four.


·         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 22nd career title, and first tournament victory of 2007. He also reached the final this season 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).


·         For the past five years, a player who has won one of the pre-Wimbledon grass court titles has gone on to win Wimbledon the same year. Federer won both Halle and Wimbledon 2003-06; prior to that, in 2002, Lleyton Hewitt won Queen’s before becoming Wimbledon champion. This year, Federer has not played a grass court warm-up event ahead of 2007 Wimbledon.


·         Roddick’s four career grass court titles put him in third place among active players for titles won on the surface. Only three active men have won more than two grass court titles.


Grass court titles (active players)



Other titles

Total grass

Roger Federer




Lleyton Hewitt




Andy Roddick





·         Roddick is coached by 1974 and 1982 Wimbledon champion Jimmy Connors, who made his last appearance in the Wimbledon round of 16 in 1988, as No. 5 seed losing at this stage to Patrik Kuhnen 57 76 76 67 63.


·         Gasquet has reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal in his 16th Grand Slam event.


·         Gasquet defeated three successive Frenchmen to reach the quarterfinals, qualifier Nicolas Mahut 64 63 64 in the second round, qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin 63 64 62 in the third round, and wild card Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 64 63 64 in the round of 16. He defeated another qualifier Bohdan Ulihrach 63 64 64 in the opening round.


·         Gasquet is bidding to become the first French semifinalist here since Sebastien Grosjean reached back-to-back semifinals in 2003-04. Grosjean was the last French semifinalist at any Grand Slam event.


·         Gasquet has a 1-11 career win-loss record against Top 5 players. His only victory came against world No. 1 Roger Federer at 2005 AMS Monte Carlo – since then he has lost his last nine meetings.


·         Gasquet is making his fourth consecutive appearance at Wimbledon. His previous best performance was reaching the round of 16 in 2005, losing to David Nalbandian 64 76 60. Last year, he lost in the first round to eventual champion Roger Federer 63 62 62.


·         Gasquet had lost all four previous Grand Slam round of 16 matches, 2005 Wimbledon, 2005 and 2006 US Open, and 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. 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 indoors on hard court - he lost 64 63.


·         Gasquet’s best result on any surface to date 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. He lost in the second round at Roland Garros to Kristof Vliegen 76 63 61.


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


·         Gasquet received his highest Wimbledon seeding this year at No. 12. Gasquet’s highest-ever Grand Slam seeding was No. 11 at 2007 Roland Garros.


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


·         Gasquet has won four titles in his career. As well as winning at Nottingham in 2005 and 2006, he was victorious on clay at Gstaad in 2006 and on indoor carpet at Lyon in the same year.







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