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DAY THREE NOTES/Saturday, March 15, 2008
Pacific Life Open | An ATP Masters Series Tournament
Indian Wells, California | $3,589,000 (3,339,000 on-site) | Hard

SATURDAY PREVIEW – SIX TOP 10 SEEDS IN SECOND ROUND ACTION, LED BY NO. 2 NADAL, NO. 3 DJOKOVIC

No. 2 and defending champion Rafael Nadal, No. 3 and last year’s finalist Novak Djokovic, along with No. 5 David Ferrer, No. 8 Richard Gasquet, No. 9 James Blake and No. 10 Tomas Berdych highlight Saturday’s second round matches at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Here is a look at the Top 16 seeds playing on Saturday:

No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. (Q) Santiago Giraldo First meeting
No. 3 Novak Djokovic vs. Andreas Seppi Djokovic leads 2-0
No. 5 David Ferrer vs. Olivier Rochus Ferrer leads 4-2
No. 8 Richard Gasquet vs. Robin Soderling Tied 2-2
No. 9 James Blake vs. Marc Gicquel First meeting
No. 10 Tomas Berdych vs. Stanislas Wawrinka Berdych leads 2-1
No. 14 Paul-Henri Mathieu vs.(LL) Fabio Fognini First meeting
No. 16 Guillermo Canas vs. Jonas Bjorkman Bjorkman leads 1-0

The Chase is On – Nadal has cut Federer's No. 1 lead from 1,445 points at the end of last season to 350 points going into Indian Wells. This is the closest margin since May 10, 2004 when Federer led No. 2 Andy Roddick by that same figure. But Federer could build the lead in March since he lost early in Indian Wells and Miami last year while Nadal won Indian Wells and Djokovic reached the final in Indian Wells and won the title in Miami. The No. 1 ranking can't change hands at the Pacific Life Open since Nadal is defending title points (500) while Federer lost in the opening round (5). But depending on the results of both players in Indian Wells, then the No. 1 position could be up for grabs going into Miami. Nadal has quarterfinal points to defend (125) while Federer has fourth round points coming off (75). Federer has ranked a record 215 consecutive weeks at No. 1 since Feb. 2, 2004 while Nadal has been No. 2 a record 138 straight weeks (since July 25, 2005).

SATURDAY SECOND ROUND HEAD-TO-HEADS – In Order of Play by Court

Stadium 1

Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs (3) Novak Djokovic (SRB) Djokovic Leads 2-0
06 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) (I) Hard R32 Novak Djokovic 6-2 2-6 7-5
07 Vienna (Austria) (I) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3

SEPPI FASTFACTS
Tournament Highlights:
The 24-year-old Italian is making his third straight tournament appearance (2-2 record)…Began the tournament on Thursday with a 46 76(3) 62 win over Chilean Paul Capdeville

Last year qualified into the main draw (ranked No. 102) and defeated Alex Kuznetsov in the first round before losing in the second round to Fernando Verdasco…In 2006, lost in the first round to Paul-Henri Mathieu

2008 Highlights QF: Rotterdam (l Soderling);

2008 in Review:
The No. 2 Italian (behind No. 34 Potito Starace) comes into the second round with a 5-6 record on the season with his best result the quarterfinals in Rotterdam (d. No. 19 Hewitt, No. 2 Nadal, l. to Soderling) last month…Has a 4-11 career mark against Top 10 opponents

Reached a career-high No. 39 on Feb. 25 after Rotterdam (comes in No. 40 this week)

Began the first month with a 2-3 mark, losing in the 1st Rd. in Doha (l. to Santoro) and 2nd Rd. in Sydney (d. Tsonga, l. to Stepanek) and the Australian Open (d. Levy, l. to Youzhny)

Last month, won Challenger title in Bergamo, Italy (d. Benneteau)

ATP Masters Series History:
Has an 11-18 career mark in ATP Masters Series tournaments with his best showing the quarterfinals in Hamburg in May 2005 (d. Schuettler, No. 10 Canas, Novak, l. to Gasquet)

Last year compiled a 3-4 main draw record, losing in the 2nd Rd. in Indian Wells, Monte Carlo and Paris…Tried to qualify in three other AMS tournaments

Miscellaneous:
In 2007, won a career-high 22 matches and finished a year-end best No. 50 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, highlighted by reaching his first ATP final…Has finished in Top 75 the last three years

Began first three months with a 3-8 mark and didn’t win back-to-back matches until July when he advanced to his first ATP final in Gstaad on clay (l. to Mathieu in three sets)…Followed with quarterfinal in Kitzbuhel

In October, reached first ATP indoor semifinal in Vienna with wins over Baghdatis and No. 13 Ljubicic (l. to eventual champion Djokovic)

In 12 career Grand Slam tournaments, has yet to advance past the 2nd Rd. (5-12 record)

DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS
Tournament Highlights:
The 20-year-old Serb is playing in Indian Wells for the third straight year (5-2 record)

Came in No. 13 last season and broke Top 10 afterwards at No. 10 by reaching his first ATP Masters Series final…Posted straight-sets wins over Ginepri, Korolev, Benneteau, No. 15 Ferrer and No. 14 Murray before falling to No. 2 Nadal 62 75

Two years ago made his debut and lost to Benneteau in the first round

2008 Highlights: W: Australian Open (d Tsonga); SF: Dubai (l Roddick);

2008 in Review:
The young Serb enters Indian Wells with an 11-3 record on the season

He captured his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, defeating No. 5 David Ferrer in the quarterfinals, No. 1 Roger Federer in the semifinals and unseeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a four-sets final...Dropped only one set in seven matches and became first player to win a Grand Slam crown other than Federer (8 titles) and Nadal (3) since '05 Australian Open when Marat Safin won the title

Then played in 1st Rd. Davis Cup tie in Russia and led No. 4 Davydenko two sets to one but retired due to illness

Returned to ATP circuit in Marseille and lost in 2nd Rd. to Frenchman Gilles Simon in three sets

Last week in Dubai, advanced to semifinals before losing 76 63 to eventual champion Andy Roddick

ATP Masters Series History:

Has a 31-16 career mark in ATP Masters Series tournaments, including 24-7 last year, winning titles in Miami (d. Canas) and Montreal (d. No. 3 Roddick, No. 2 Nadal, No. 1 Federer)

Also a finalist in Indian Wells (l. to Nadal), semifinalist in Madrid (l. to Nalbandian) and quarterfinalist in Rome (l. to Nadal) and Hamburg (l. to Moya)

Miscellaneous:
In 2007, the entertaining Serb finished as the youngest player (20) in year-end Top 10 (at No. 3) and he compiled his best season by capturing a personal-high five ATP titles while reaching his first Grand Slam final at US Open Also led his country into 2008 Davis Cup World Group by defeating Australia in a playoff tie Compiled a 19-4 record in Grand Slam play (losing to Federer and Nadal twice each) and 24-7 mark in ATP Masters Series tournaments

Began season by earning his first title Down Under in Adelaide (d. Guccione) and followed with 4th RD at Australian Open (l. to Federer)

In March, reached his first AMS final in Indian Wells (l. to Nadal) and followed with title in Miami without dropping a set (d. Nadal in QF, Murray in SF, Cañas in F)...Held serve 58 of 59 games throughout and afterwards went from 10 to No. 7 on Apr. 2

On clay, picked up title in Estoril (d. Robredo in SF, Gasquet in F) and followed with QF in AMS Rome (l. to Nadal) and Hamburg (l. to Moya) and SF at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal)

On grass, continued success at Wimbledon where he advanced to SF (ret. vs. Nadal with toe blister)

In August, collected his second ATP Masters Series shield in Montreal where he posted wins over No. 3 Roddick (QF), No. 2 Nadal (SF) and No. 1 Federer (F) to become first player to defeat World’s Top 3 since Boris Becker in October 1994 in Stockholm...He also became first player to beat Federer and Nadal in same tournament while they were ranked No. 1 and 2

Made his third appearance at US Open and advanced to his first Slam final, getting past Stepanek in a four hour, 41 minute five-set marathon in 2nd RD before not dropping a set in wins over Moya (QF) and Ferrer (SF)...In title match against Federer, had five first set points and two more in second set before losing each in a tie-break

Went 6-10 vs. Top 10 opponents and compiled marks of 43-12 on hard (second most wins behind Federer’s 44), 18-5 on clay and 6-2 on grass

On Wednesday, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (along with comedian Bill Cosby) in NBC Burbank studio, near Hollywood

(Q) Santiago Giraldo (COL) vs (2) Rafael Nadal (ESP) First Meeting

GIRALDO FASTFACTS
Tournament Highlights:
Made his main draw debut as a qualifier on Thursday, defeating Austrian Werner Eschauer 76(5) 64 in the first round

As the No. 21 seed in qualifying, defeated Adrian Garcia 63 62 in the first round and No. 6 seed Rainer Schuettler 75 75 in the final round

2008 in Review:
The 20-year-old Colombian native comes into the second round with a 2-1 record on the season in his first hard court tournament

Opened the season by playing in 1st Rd. Davis Cup tie in Uruguay on clay, losing to Pablo Cuevas in five sets in the second rubber before defeating Marcel Felder in a dead rubber

In his only previous tournament, lost in 2nd Rd. in his hometown Bogota Challenger last week

ATP Masters Series History:
This is the first ATP Masters Series tournament of his career

Miscellaneous:
The Colombian No. 2 (behind No. 79 Alejandro Falla) finished a year-end best No. 139 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings last year; came into Indian Wells No. 141 after reaching a career-high No. 115 on Apr. 30, 2007

In October ’07, put together his best stretch with an 11-2 mark in Challenger level play, reaching quarterfinals at Medellin, Colombia, winning title at Quito (d. Lapentti) and reaching final in his hometown Bogota (l. to Daniel)

Compiled a career-best 26-11 mark in Challenger play with a 2-2 mark in finals…Also won Bogota title in March

Qualified into his first Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros and lost to then No. 6-Novak Djokovic 63 76 64 in the first round (only Top 10 opponent he’s faced in his career)

His idol is Colombian President Alvaro Uribe

Considers hard courts favorite surface

Has one older brother, Daniel (28) and one older sister, Carmina (31), who used to play Fed Cup for Colombia.

Says most inspirational people in his life are his parents and that if he wasn't a tennis player he would be a politician or journalist

NADAL FASTFACTS
Tournament Highlights:
The defending champion is making his fourth tournament appearance in five years (missed ’05) and enters with a 12-2 career mark

Made his debut four years ago and lost in 3rd Rd. to Agustin Calleri in a third set tie-break and in ’06, fell to James Blake in the semifinals

Last year, didn’t drop a set in six matches, defeating Clement, Verdasco, Ferrero, Chela, No. 3 Roddick and No. 13 Djokovic in the final…The title was his first since ’06 Roland Garros, breaking an eight month drought

He became first Spaniard to win Indian Wells title since Alex Corretja in 2000 and first left-hander since Marcelo Rios in 1998

2008 Highlights: F: Chennai (l Youzhny); SF: Australian Open (l Tsonga); QF: Dubai (l Roddick);

2008 in Review:
The 21-year-old Mallorca native enters his fifth tournament of the season with a 12-4 record, all on hard courts

Opened the season by reaching final in Chennai, India, defeating countryman Carlos Moya in a three hour, 54 minute semifinal (saved four match pts.) before losing the next day to Mikhail Youzhny 60 61

At Australian Open, advanced to the semifinals without dropping a set before falling 62 63 62 to unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (didn’t break serve)

Last month, lost in the 2nd Rd. in Rotterdam in three sets to Italian Andreas Seppi and last week in Dubai fell to eventual champion Andy Roddick 76 62 in the quarterfinals

ATP Masters Series History:
Has a 91-21 career record since appearing in his first ATP Masters Series in Monte-Carlo four years ago; compiled a 9-8 mark in AMS play in 2003-04 but from 2005-07 is 82-13

Has captured nine career ATP Masters Series shields in 12 finals - 2005-07 Monte Carlo, 2005-07 Rome, 2005 Montreal, 2005 Madrid and 2007 Indian Wells; his three runner-up showings came in ‘05 Miami (l. to Federer in five sets), ’07 Hamburg year (l. to Federer) and ’07 Paris (l. to Nalbandian); has won at least two AMS titles from 2005-07

By reaching the semifinals in Hamburg last year, has advanced to the semis or better in eight of the nine ATP Masters Series tournaments in his career (except Cincinnati - QF in ’06)

Miscellaneous:
Has ranked No. 2 for a record 138 consecutive weeks (since July 25, 2005)

Has a 133-13 career record on clay (18 titles) and 111-44 mark on hard courts (5 titles); only player in ’07 to win at least 30 matches on clay (31-1) and hard courts (31-12)

On clay in ’07, captured five of his six season titles at AMS Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, AMS Rome, Roland Garros and Stuttgart; his only loss on the surface came to Federer in Hamburg final, snapping a record 81-match clay court winning streak; has won 93 of 94 clay court matches since April 2005); won Roland Garros for third straight year, becoming first to do so since Bjorn Borg won four in a row from 1978-1981

In 2006, became the first Spaniard to reach Wimbledon final since Santana won it in 1966

In 2005, won a teenage record 11 titles and became first teenager to finish No. 2 since Boris Becker in 1986 and highest year-end ATP Ranking ever by a Spaniard

Has a sparkling 23-7 career record in finals (9-3 in ATP Masters Series) with four of the losses coming to Federer ('05 Miami, '06 Wimbledon, ’07 Hamburg, ’07 Wimbledon)

Marc Gicquel (FRA) vs (9) James Blake (USA) First Meeting

GICQUEL FASTFACTS
Tournament Highlights:
The 30-year-old Frenchman opened the tournament Thursday with a 64 63 victory over Italian No. 1 Potito Starace

Last year came in ranked No. 42 and lost to American Michael Russell 63 75 in the first round

2008 in Review:
The Frenchman enters his fifth tournament of the season with a 3-4 record

Prior to his opening round victory on Thursday, his only wins came at the Australian Open where he reached the 3rd Rd., defeating Yen-Hsun Lu and Stanislas Wawrinka (retired) before falling to No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko

Last month won the Besanco, France Challenger title, defeating Austrian Alexander Peya in the final

ATP Masters Series History:
Has a 2-9 career record in ATP Masters Series tournaments with his only previous win in Monte Carlo last year (d. Mayer)

Miscellaneous:
In 2007, the Frenchman finished in Top 100 for second straight year at No. 70 (No. 50 in ’06) and established a personal-high 21 match wins

Reached the quarterfinals or better at six tournaments, including second career ATP final in Lyon where he beat No. 9 Tommy Robredo before losing to countryman Sebastien Grosjean

Has a 1-6 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents and in ’07 compiled records of 8-8 on clay, 6-2 on clay, 5-12 on hard and 2-3 on grass

In 2006, advanced to his first career ATP final in Lyon, losing to countryman Richard Gasquet…that year reached a Grand Slam-best 4th Rd. at the US Open, defeating No. 18 Ferrero and No. 24 Gaudio (l. to Federer)

BLAKE FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:

The 28-year-old American comes into Indian Wells for the eighth straight year with a 15-7 career record

Two years ago he reached his first ATP Masters Series final (d. No. 2 Nadal in SF, l. to Federer in F) and afterwards broke into Top 10 for the first time on Mar. 20

Also advanced to the quarterfinals in 2003 (l. to Kuerten) and ’04 (l. to Labadze)

2008 Highlights: F: Delray Beach (l Nishikori); QF: Australian Open (l Federer); San Jose (l Ginepri);

2008 in Review:
The No. 2 American (behind Roddick) enters his fifth tournament of the season with an 11-4 record (10-4 on hard)

Began season with opening round loss to Santoro in Sydney but rebounded back with first quarterfinal at Australian Open…Rallied from two-sets deficit in 3rd Rd. vs. Grosjean to win in five before losing to Federer

Then helped U.S. to 4-1 Davis Cup victory over Austria on clay in Vienna by defeating Stefan Koubek in four sets

Following week, reached final in Delray Beach (l. to Nishikori) and continued with quarterfinal in San Jose (l. to Ginepri)

Was scheduled to play following week in Memphis but withdrew due to right knee injury

ATP Masters Series History:
Has a 51-42 career record in ATP Masters Series tournaments since making his debut in Indian Wells as a wild card eight years ago (l. to Rusedski in 1st Rd.)

Compiled a 28-27 mark between 2000-05 before improving to 23-15 the last two years – reached final in I.W. in ’06 and Cincinnati last year (l. to Federer both times)

His 15 match wins in Indian Wells is a personal-best in AMS play followed by Cincinnati with 11

Miscellaneous:
In 2007, the Tampa resident compiled another consistent season with two ATP titles in five finals, winning in Sydney (d. Moya) and New Haven (d. Fish) while finishing No. 13 with a 54-24 match record

Compiled a 43-14 mark on hard courts (second-most wins along with Djokovic behind Federer’s 44)

Also helped U.S. to its first Davis Cup title (d. Russia 4-1) in 12 years by posting a 5-2 singles mark during year (d. Youzhny, Tursunov in F)

Reached finals in Delray Beach (l. to Malisse in three rain-delayed sets), Los Angeles (l. to Stepanek) and ATP Masters Series Cincinnati (l. to Federer)

In 2006, finished a year-end best No. 4 with five ATP titles in eight finals and reached final at season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai (l. to Federer)

Stadium 2

(5) David Ferrer (ESP) vs Olivier Rochus (BEL) Ferrer Leads 4-2
04 Roland Garros (France) Clay R128 David Ferrer 6-1 6-1 6-3
06 Auckland (New Zealand) Hard QF Olivier Rochus 6-2 6-0
06 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard R16 Olivier Rochus 6-4 6-4
06 ATP Masters Series Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R16 David Ferrer 6-7(5) 7-6(2)7-5
07 ATP World Team Chp. (Germany) Clay RR David Ferrer 6-3 6-4
08 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard R16 David Ferrer 3-6 7-5 6-1

Ferrer FastFacts:
2008 Highlights:
QF
: Auckland (l Benneteau); Australian Open (l Djokovic); Dubai (l Lopez);
YTD W-L: 9-4
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 5"
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 5

Rochus FastFacts:
2008 Highlights:
QF
: Zagreb (l Bolelli);
YTD W-L: 5-6
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: January 18, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 67

Dudi Sela (ISR) vs (17) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) First Meeting

Sela FastFacts:
2008 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 3-6
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 4, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 64

Tsonga FastFacts:
2008 Highlights:
F
: Australian Open (l Djokovic); SF: Adelaide (l Nieminen);
YTD W-L: 10-4
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 17

(19) Carlos Moya (ESP) vs (WC) Robby Ginepri (USA) Series Tied 1-1
03 ATP Masters Series Miami (USA) Hard QF Carlos Moya 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(4)
05 ATP Masters Series Cincinnati (USA) Hard R16 Robby Ginepri 6-3 6-4

Moya FastFacts:
2008 Highlights:
F
: Costa do Sauipe (l Almagro); SF: Chennai (l Nadal);
YTD W-L: 9-6
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 20
Date of Birth: August 27, 1976
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 19

Ginepri FastFacts:
2008 Highlights:
SF
: Delray Beach (l Blake); San Jose (l Stepanek); Las Vegas (l Anderson);
YTD W-L: 10-3
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: October 7, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 91

(18) Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs (Q) Wayne Odesnik (USA) First Meeting

Baghdatis FastFacts:

2008 Highlights:
SF
: Marseille (l Ancic);
YTD W-L: 6-5
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: June 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 18

Odesnik FastFacts:
2008 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 2-4
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 21, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 123

Stadium 3

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) vs (10)Tomas Berdych (CZE) Berdych Leads 2-1
05 ATP Masters Series Rome (Italy) Clay R64 Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1 6-4
07 CZE v. SUI WG PO (Czech Republic)Carpet RR Tomas Berdych 7-6(2) 6-4 7-5
07 Basel (Switzerland) Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 7-5 6-4

(32) Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs (WC) Donald Young (USA) Lopez Leads 1-0
07 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Feliciano Lopez 3-6 6-3 7-6(5) 7-5

(16)Guillermo Canas (ARG) vs Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) Bjorkman Leads 1-0
02 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R32 Jonas Bjorkman 6-3 6-2 6-4

Court 4

(8) Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs Robin Soderling (SWE) Series Tied 2-2
06 Nottingham (England) Grass SF Richard Gasquet 7-6(7) 7-6(5)
06 Lyon (France) Carpet QF Richard Gasquet 4-6 6-3 6-3
07 Marseille (France) Hard QF Robin Soderling 6-1 7-6(4)
08 Marseille (France) Hard R16 Robin Soderling 4-6 6-3 6-2
Other Meetings:
03 Besancon Challenger (France) Hard QF Robin Soderling 3-6 6-3 7-6(5)
03 Zagreb Challenger (Croatia) Clay R32 Robin Soderling 4-6 7-5 7-6(4)

Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs (28)Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) Chela Leads 1-0
05 Los Angeles (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Juan Ignacio Chela 3-6 6-4 6-2

Court 5

(Q) Robin Haase (NED) vs (21) Juan Monaco (ARG) Monaco Leads 1-0
07 ATP Masters Series Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Juan Monaco 6-4 6-4

Court 6

(14) Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) vs (LL) Fabio Fognini (ITA) First Meeting

Hyung-Taik Lee (KOR) vs (26) Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) Nieminen Leads 2-0
02 ATP Masters Series Cincinnati (USA) Hard R32 Jarkko Nieminen 6-2 3-6 7-5
05 Barcelona (Spain) Clay R64 Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 7-6(4)

(27)Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs Xavier Malisse (BEL) Malisse Leads 2-0
05 Memphis (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Xavier Malisse 6-3 6-3
05 Barcelona (Spain) Clay R64 Xavier Malisse 6-1 6-2


 

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