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With all the recent success of Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, the Serbian Tennis Federation came up with the idea of releasing tickets early for Serbia’s Davis Cup play-off against Australia.

The plan has definitely worked, as the September event sold out for every day within hours. Also, with the capacity of Belgrade’s Beogradska Arena at 19,962, this already assures the highest attendance in the history of the competition outside a final.

(via Davis Cup)


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Head-to-head: Ferrero leads 1-0

2006 Australian Open Hard (O) R64 Ferrero won 63 36 57 63 62

Ferrero advanced to the round of 16 for the third time in seven Wimbledon appearances when he upset No. 9 seed James Blake 36 63 63 76 in the third round. In the first round he defeated Jan Hajek 67 46 63 62 75 followed by qualifier Gilles Muller 64 64 67 76 in the second.

Ferrero is bidding to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time, having lost his two previous round of 16 matches here. 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.

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event where Ferrero has failed to reach the quarterfinal stage. He advanced to the quarterfinals or better at 2000-03 Roland Garros, the 2003-04 Australian Open, and the 2003 US Open.

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, the other being Rafael Nadal.

Ferrero is bidding to become 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.

Ferrero was won of eight Grand Slam champions to appear in the 2007 Wimbledon main draw, and five champions are still alive in this year’s competition, including Ferrero. The other four are Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick.

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.

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).

Ferrero achieved the No. 1 spot in the rankings on 8 September 2003, after reaching the 2003 US Open final was ranked there for eight weeks. He is one of four men to have been ranked No. 1 still alive at this year’s Wimbledon, along with top seed Roger Federer, No. 3 seed Andy Roddick and No. 16 seed Lleyton Hewitt.

Tipsarevic advanced to the round of 16 of a Grand Slam for the first time at Wimbledon, by winning three five-set matches and improving his five-set record to 10-3. He began his Wimbledon campaign by defeating Alexander Peya 46 36 63 64 63 in the first round, Florent Serra 63 62 67 36 62 in the second and No. 5 seed Fernando Gonzalez 63 36 63 46 86 in the third round.

In defeating Gonzalez, Tipsarevic recorded his first career victory over a Top 10 player.

Tipsarevic is the fourth man to win all of his first three matches in five sets at Wimbledon in the Open Era, behind Russell Simpson (1982), Alex Radulescu (1996) and Jason Stoltenberg (1998).

No man has played four five-set matches through the first four rounds at Wimbledon in the Open Era. However, Jan Kodes played a record four consecutive five-set matches at Wimbledon in 1974, from the second round through to the quarterfinals. He lost his quarterfinal match 36 63 63 68 63 to Jimmy Connors.

Five men have played four successive five-set matches at a Grand Slam tournament, but all of them lost their fourth match. However, at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Goran Ivanisevic played and won four five-set matches in a row en route to a semifinal finish.

Tipsarevic has posted his best Grand Slam result by reaching the round of 16 here. His previous best performances at a major were two third round appearances – at 2005 Wimbledon, where he lost to Thomas Johansson 62 63 61, and at this year’s Roland Garros where he lost to Tommy Robredo 63 64 60.

Tipsarevic is the third different Serbian to reach the last 16 here, after Slobodan Zivojinovic, who reached this stage in 1986-89, and Novak Djokovic, who reached this stage last year. (Djokovic could still reach this stage again if he defeats Nicolas Kiefer in their third round clash.)

Tipsarevic is bidding to become the second Serb to advance to the Wimbledon quarterfinals in the Open Era after Slobodan Zivojinovic in 1986-87.

Tipsarevic is also bidding to win his first match against a Spaniard in six meetings. As well as losing to Ferrero at the 2006 Australian Open (see head-to-head), Tipsarevic has also lost to Fernando Vicente, (2005 Roland Garros), Tommy Robredo (2005 Umag and 2007 Roland Garros) and David Ferrer (2007 AMS Indian Wells).

Last year at Wimbledon, Tipsarevic lost in the first round, falling to Andy Roddick 67 64 76 62.

Tipsarevic has now won three consecutive matches for the first time in his tour-level career. His best performances throughout his professional career, outside of the Grand Slams, is winning two matches to reach the quarterfinals at 2006 Nottingham, 2006 Moscow, 2007 AMS Indian Wells and this year’s ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

After a poor start to the year – he lost in the first round of his first six tournaments – Tipsarevic reached at least the second round of his subsequent seven tournaments including this one. He also won the Zagreb challenger on clay in May and climbed to a career-high ranking of No. 62 on 18 June. He plays here ranked No. 64.

Tipsarevic warmed up for Wimbledon at Queen’s and ’s-Hertogenbosch. After losing to Fernando Gonzalez in the second round at Queen’s, he went on to reach the second grass court quarterfinal of his career at ’s-Hertogenbosch, losing to eventual champion Ivan Ljubicic 63 67 63.

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