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Wimbledon 2007
Tennis Championships




Friday 6 July 2007



Featured matches


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

No. 2 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v No. 7 Tomas Berdych (CZE)

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

No. 4 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v No. 10 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)



·         This is the youngest group of quarterfinalists (combined ages) in the Open Era at Wimbledon. The oldest of the eight men is Juan Carlos Ferrero at 27, while the youngest is Novak Djokovic at 20. In all Grand Slams, this is the youngest group of quarterfinalists since the 1984 Australian Open.


·         This is the first time that the top four seeds have advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals since 1995. In that year, all four (No. 1 Pete Sampras, No. 2 Andre Agassi, No. 3 Boris Becker and No. 4 Goran Ivanisevic) went on to reach the semifinals.


·         If the top four seeds (Federer, Nadal, Roddick and Djokovic) advance to the semifinals it will be only the third time in the Open Era that the top four seeds at Wimbledon have reached their appointed places in the semifinals, having also happened here in 1993 and 1995. It would also be only the 12th time that the top four seeds have reached the semifinals at any major in the Open Era.


·         Spain is the only country with more than one man through to the last eight. There are seven Europeans in the last eight for the second Slam in a row and the fifth time in the last seven Slams. Before the 2006 Australian Open, the previous occasion that there were seven players from one continent in the last eight of a Grand Slam tournament was the 1990 Australian Open.


·         Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick and Juan Carlos Ferrero are the four Grand Slam champions left in contention.


·         Tomas Berdych and Richard Gasquet are first-time Grand Slam quarterfinalists.


·         Four of the eight have won grass court titles: Roger Federer (eight), Andy Roddick (four), Richard Gasquet (two) and Tomas Berdych (one). Marcos Baghdatis and Rafael Nadal have both reached a final on grass at tour level.


·         Roger Federer is the only Wimbledon boys’ singles champion among the eight quarterfinalists.










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: Berdych leads 3-2

2005                 Bastad                          Clay (O)            FR        Nadal                26 62 64

2005                 AMS Cincinnati              Hard (O)            R64      Berdych            67 62 76

2006                 AMS Toronto                 Hard (O)            R16      Berdych            61 36 62

2006                 AMS Madrid                  Hard (I)              QF        Berdych            63 76

2007                 AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)            SF        Nadal                60 75


This is the 21-year-olds’ first match-up at a Grand Slam event and first on grass. Nadal won their first and last meetings, both on clay, while Berdych defeated Nadal in all of their hard court meetings.


Berdych is one of only four active players to have a winning record against Nadal, where there has been more than one career meeting.

Winning records v Nadal*


Their win-loss

Winning %

James Blake



Dominik Hrbaty



Tomas Berdych



Lleyton Hewitt




*more than one match played


This is also a match-up between two players with the best five-set records. Berdych holds the Open Era record for the greatest number of five-set victories with no defeats, with his perfect 9-0 record in five-set matches, while Nadal’s two five-set wins at this tournament advance his record to 9-2.


                            NADAL                                          v                                        BERDYCH


                               21                                           Age                                           21

                                2                                     ATP Ranking                                    11

                               22                                          Titles                                           3

                             51-10                       Career Grand Slam Record                       27-15

                              13-3                              Wimbledon Record                               9-3

                            232-58                                Career Record                                132-84

                              17-6                            Career Record - Grass                            18-6

                              49-7                                   2007 Record                                  32-14

                               6-1                              2007 Record - Grass                              8-0

                               9-2                           Career Five-Set Record                           9-0

                                3                          Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          2

                             53-42                         Career Tiebreak Record                         45-43

                               8-6                             2007 Tiebreak Record                            13-9


·         Nadal came back from two-sets-to-love down to defeat Mikhail Youzhny 46 36 61 62 62 in his second successive five-set victory to advance to his second Wimbledon quarterfinal.


·         Nadal’s victory over Youzhny followed a 64 64 67 46 75 third round defeat of Robin Soderling in a match that spanned five days due to rain. Earlier, he defeated Mardy Fish 63 76 63 in the first round and Werner Eschauer 62 64 61 in the second.


·         Nadal is now on a seven match winning streak in five-set matches. His defeat of Youzhny marked the third time in his career that he has won from two-sets-to-love down: at 2005 AMS Madrid, he overcame Ivan Ljubicic 36 26 63 64 76 in the final and at last year’s Wimbledon, he defeated qualifier Robert Kendrick 67 36 76 75 64 in the second round.


·         Nadal has already appeared in the quarterfinals at all four Grand Slams – 2005-2007 Roland Garros (eventual champion), 2006 Wimbledon (runner-up), 2006 US Open (lost at that stage) and 2007 Australian Open (lost at that stage).


·         Nadal has a 12-4 record against Czechs, three of those losses being to Berdych.


·         Nadal 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.


·         After losing five round of 16 Grand Slam matches, Berdych broke through to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal and is having the best season of his career. He defeated No. 19 seed Jonas Bjorkman 64 60 67 60 in the round of 16, following victories over Nicolas Massu 76 64 62 in the first round, Michael Llodra 76 76 36 76 in the second and Hyung-Taik Lee 64 76 76 in the third. 


·         This is Berdych’s fourth straight appearance at Wimbledon. Since his debut in 2004 when he lost in the first round, he 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.


·         Mirroring his ever-improving performance at The Championships, Berdych also went one step further than his runner-up finish at 2006 Halle by winning the title at Halle last month. Last year, he lost in the final to Roger Federer 60 67 62, but this year, as No. 4 seed, he defeated Marcos Baghdatis 75 64 in the final to win his first grass court title and first title of 2007. He has now won 18 out of 25 career grass court matches.


·         For the past five years, the Wimbledon champion has warmed up for The Championships by winning one of the pre-Wimbledon grass court titles. Roger Federer won the title at Halle in 2003-2006 and went on to lift the trophy at Wimbledon, however this year chose not to contest his usual warm-up event. In 2002, Lleyton Hewitt triumphed at Queen’s Club before winning Wimbledon.


·         Berdych is bidding to become just the third Czech man in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon semifinals, alongside Jan Kodes (1972-73) and Ivan Lendl (1983-84, 1986-90). There has not been a Czech man in the Wimbledon semifinals since Lendl in 1990. Berdych is bidding to go one step further than Radek Stepanek last year, who lost at the quarterfinal stage to Jonas Bjorkman 76 46 67 76 64.


·         Berdych broke into the Top 10 for the first time on 23 October 2006 after a successful year. As well as reaching the final at Halle (see above), he was runner-up at Mumbai and a semifinalist at Adelaide, Stuttgart and AMS Madrid. He plays here just outside of the Top 10 at No. 11.


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


·         Against Top 5 opponents, Berdych has a 5-11 record with three of the five victories being over Nadal (see head-to-head above). He made headlines with his first victory over a Top 5 player when, ranked No. 79, he upset No. 1 Roger Federer 46 75 75 in the second round at the 2004 Athens Olympics.


·         Berdych’s record against Top 5 players is poorer at majors. He has never beaten a Top 5 player at a Grand Slam event, losing all four such matches he has played.


·         Berdych faces his second lefthander of the tournament today and is on a five-match winning streak against lefthanded players. Overall, he has a 19-5 record against lefthanders, his last loss being to Nadal at AMS Monte Carlo this year.


·         Berdych is currently on an eight-match winning streak having won the Halle title last month. Prior to Halle, his highlight of 2007 was winning four matches in a row to reach the semifinals at AMS Monte Carlo (l. Rafael Nadal 60 75). He had further clay court success, reaching the semifinals at Munich, quarterfinals at AMS Rome, and also won three matches at the World Team Cup in May to help Czech Republic reach the final.


·         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. He has reached the round of 16 at all of the other three majors.


·         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).





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.








Head-to-head:  Djokovic leads 1-0

2007     AMS Rome       Clay (O)            R16      Djokovic            62 75


                      DJOKOVIC                                          v                                      BAGHDATIS


                            20                                              Age                                           22

                             5                                        ATP Ranking                                    16

                             5                                              Titles                                           2

                          26-10                          Career Grand Slam Record                       25-11

                            9-2                                  Wimbledon Record                               9-2

                          99-44                                    Career Record                                102-50

                           11-4                               Career Record - Grass                            16-6

                          45-10                                      2007 Record                                  32-13

                            5-1                                 2007 Record - Grass                              8-1

                            5-3                              Career Five-Set Record                           7-2

                             1                             Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          1

                          45-16                            Career Tiebreak Record                         42-23

                             17-6                             2007 Tiebreak Record                            14-8


·         Djokovic is bidding to reach his second successive Grand Slam semifinal, having reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at 2007 Roland Garros. He is contesting his third Grand Slam quarterfinal.


·         Djokovic defeated 2002 champion and No. 16 seed Lleyton Hewitt 76 76 46 76 in the round of 16. Previously he 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.


·         Djokovic is bidding to become only the second Serbian player to reach the Wimbledon semifinals after Slobodan Zivojinovic in 1986. Zivojinovic, playing under the Yugoslav flag, went on to lose in the 1986 semifinals to Ivan Lendl 62 67 63 67 64.


·         This is Djokovic’s career-best performance on grass. He has played four previous events on the surface, with his previous best showing a round of 16 appearance at 2006 Wimbledon.


·         Through his round of 16 victory here, Djokovic has now accumulated a 45-10 win-loss record so far for 2007, placing him second behind Rafael Nadal (49-7) for total number of match wins.


·         Djokovic is the youngest player to reach this year’s quarterfinals, at 20 years and 39 days (age at end of event).


·         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 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.


·         Djokovic is making his third appearance at 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 posted his best Grand Slam result at this year’s Roland Garros, as No. 6 seed 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 has won three tour titles in 2007: Adelaide (d. Chris Guccione 63 67 64), AMS Miami (d. Guillermo Canas 63 62 64) and Estoril (d. Richard Gasquet 76 06 61), taking his career total to five titles. He also reached the final at AMS Indian Wells (l. Rafael Nadal 62 75).



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


·         Baghdatis is bidding to reach the semifinals for the second successive year. He is contesting his third Grand Slam quarterfinal, having won both previous quarterfinals at the 2006 Australian Open and 2006 Wimbledon.


·         Baghdatis upset No. 6 seed Nikolay Davydenko 76 63 63 in the round of 16. Previously he 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.


·         Following his round of 16 victory over Davydenko, Baghdatis now has a 9-10 career win-loss record against Top 10 players.


·         Baghdatis warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching his first grass court final at Halle, where he lost to Tomas Berdych 75 64. He then withdrew from ’s-Hertogenbosch with a foot injury. Baghdatis has now won 16 of his last 19 grass court matches, having also reached the semifinals at 2006 ’s-Hertogenbosch.


·         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 No. 6 seed Lleyton Hewitt 61 57 76 62 in the quarterfinals, before losing to No. 2 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.


·         As a result of his performances at last year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon and winning his first career title at Beijing, Baghdatis saw his ranking rise 44 places during 2006 to end the year at No. 12. He achieved a career-high ranking of No. 8 in August 2006.


·         This year Baghdatis won the second title of his career at Zagreb on indoor carpet (d. Ivan Ljubicic 76 46 64 in the final), and reached finals at Marseille on indoor hard (l. Gilles Simon 64 76), and at Halle on grass (see above). In Grand Slam play, he reached the second round at the Australian Open (l. Gael Monfils 76 62 26 60), and round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Igor Andreev 26 61 63 64).


·         Baghdatis was ITF Junior World Champion in 2003, after winning the boys’ singles at the Australian Open and finishing runner-up at the US Open. 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.


·         Baghdatis moved back to Limassol, Cyprus this year, having trained in Paris since the age of 13 on an Olympic Solidarity Youth Development Progamme Scholarship. He was also a member of an ITF Development Touring Team in 1999, funded by the Grand Slam Development Fund.






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