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    Reporter: Aditya Soni
    Published: Tuesday, 6 June 2017
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    2017 ROLAND GARROS
    Day 10 Men’s Preview
    Tuesday 6 June

    Featured matches

    Quarterfinals Bottom Half

    No. 2 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v No. 6 Dominic Thiem (AUT)
    No. 4 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)


    Player Country Age Ranking Best Roland Garros performance Best Grand Slam performance
    No. 1 Andy Murray GBR 30 1 RU 2016 3 titles
    No. 2 Novak Djokovic SRB 30 2 W 2016 12 titles
    No. 3 Stan Wawrinka SUI 32 3 W 2015 3 titles
    No. 4 Rafael Nadal ESP 31 4 W 2005-08, 2010-14 14 titles
    No. 6 Dominic Thiem AUT 23 7 SF 2016 SF 2016 Roland Garros
    No. 7 Marin Cilic CRO 28 8 QF 2017 1 title
    No. 8 Kei Nishikori JPN 27 9 QF 2015, 2017 RU 2014 US Open
    No 20. Pablo Carreno Busta ESP 25 21 QF 2017 QF 2017 Roland Garros
    A look at the quarterfinalists…


    On court today…

    • Nine-time Roland Garros champion Nadal, who takes on a fellow Spaniard for the second straight match in Pablo Carreno Busta, is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era to reach 10 semifinals here in the 2nd match on Court Philippe Chatrier. If he defeats Carreno Busta, Nadal will become just the 5th man in the Open Era to reach 10 semifinals at a single Grand Slam event. Carreno Busta, who is already guaranteed to climb to a career-high ranking after producing his best Grand Slam performance here, would rise as high as No. 14 in the world if he can pull off a stunning upset of Nadal.

    • In a repeat of their semifinal match here last year, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem go head-to-head in the quarterfinals in the 2nd match on Court Suzanne Lenglen today. Defending champion Djokovic is looking to reach his 7th straight Roland Garros semifinal and record his 234th Grand Slam match-win – one that would see him move ahead of Jimmy Connors and take sole occupancy of 2nd place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam match-wins.

    • There are 4 men aged 30 or over through to the quarterfinals here – tying the Open Era record for the most 30-somethings to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam. It is the 11th time 4 over 30s have reached the last 8 at a major in the Open Era. The record for the most 30-somethings through to the semifinals at a major is 3 – at 1968 Roland Garros and at the 2017 Australian Open.


    2 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 6 DOMINIC THIEM (AUT)
    Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 5-0
    2014     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           R32      Djokovic           63 64
    2016     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           R16      Djokovic           63 64
    2016     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           SF        Djokovic           62 61 64
    2016     ATP World Tour Finals   Hard (I)             RR        Djokovic           67(10) 60 62
    2017     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)            SF        Djokovic           61 60

    A 6th meeting for the 2 players, their 3rd on clay and their 2nd at Roland Garros, with Djokovic winning their only previous Grand Slam encounter for the loss of just 7 games in the semifinals here last here.

    Djokovic dropped just a single game in the most recent meeting between the 2 players in the semifinals at Rome-1000 last month.

    Possible semifinal head-to-heads

    Nadal Carreno Busta
    Djokovic 26-24 2-0
    Thiem 2-4 4-0

    DJOKOVIC                                                  v                                                       THIEM

    30                                                        Age                                                        23
    2                                                ATP Ranking                                                7
    67                                                       Titles                                                        8
    233-37                            Career Grand Slam Record                             27-13
    59-11                                  Roland Garros Record                                   11-3
    775-161                                       Career Record                                         155-94
    189-46                                  Career Record – Clay                                    80-29
    24-6                                             2017 Record                                            33-12
    12-3                                       2017 Record – Clay                                       21-4
    28-9                                  Career Five-Set Record                                   3-2
    4                                 Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                 1
    215-122                              Career Tiebreak Record                                 59-56
    7-4                                     2017 Tiebreak Record                                     8-7

    Road to the Quarterfinals

    DJOKOVIC Time
    Time THIEM
    d. Marcel Granollers 63 64 62 d. Joao Sousa 61 64 63 2:27 2:07 1st round 2nd round 1:20 2:23 d. Bernard Tomic 64 60 62 d. (Q) Simone Bolelli 75 61 63
    d. Diego Schwartzman 57 63 36 61 61 3:19 3rd round 2:03 d. No. 25 Steve Johnson 61 76(4) 63
    d.  No. 19 Albert Ramos-Vinolas 76(5) 61 63 2:27 Round of 16 1:39 d. Horacio Zeballos 61 63 61





    total time on court 10:20 (IBM time) 7:25 total time on court

    • Defending champion DJOKOVIC is bidding to reach his 32nd Grand Slam semifinal and take sole occupancy of 2nd place on the list ahead of Jimmy Connors for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances in the Open Era.

    Grand Slam semifinal appearances (Open Era)
    Roger Federer 41
    Novak Djokovic?? 32??
    Jimmy Connors Ivan Lendl
    Andre Agassi
    31 28
    26
    Rafael Nadal?? Pete Sampras 25?? 23
                                        
    • Djokovic is bidding to reach his 9th Roland Garros semifinal. He could equal Rafael Nadal’s Open Era record for most semifinal appearances here should he win and Nadal lose in the quarterfinals. (See table overleaf)

      
      No. of Roland Garros semifinal appearances (Open Era)
    Rafael Nadal?? 10??
    Novak Djokovic?? 9??
    Roger Federer Bjorn Borg
    Mats Wilander
    7 6
    6

    • Djokovic is looking to reach his 7th consecutive Roland Garros semifinal and extend his Open Era record for most consecutive Roland Garros semifinal appearances. [NB Andy Murray could move into joint-4th place on the list if he reaches his 4th consecutive semifinal here]

    Consecutive Roland Garros semifinal appearances (Open Era)
    Player Consecutive RG SF appearances Years
    Novak Djokovic 6* 2011-16
    Roger Federer Rafael Nadal 5 5 2005-09 2010-14
    Rafael Nadal Mats Wilander 4 4 2005-08 1982-85
       *active streak

    • Djokovic is bidding to record his 234th Grand Slam match-win and take sole occupancy of 2nd place ahead of Connors on the all-time list for most Grand Slam match-wins.

                                      All Grand Slams (all-time)          
    Rank Player Win-loss
    1
    2=
    Roger Federer Jimmy Connors 314-51 233-49
    Novak Djokovic 233-37
    4 5 Andre Agassi Ivan Lendl 224-53 222-49

    • Djokovic is bidding to record his 60th match-win at Roland Garros. By defeating Ramos-Vinolas in the round of 16 here, he took sole ownership of 3rd place on the all-time list for most matches won at Roland Garros ahead of Guillermo Vilas. Only Nadal (76) and Roger Federer (65) have won more matches here.

    • Roland Garros is Djokovic’s 2nd most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches won and semifinals reached, but the only Grand Slam at which he has failed to win multiple titles:


    Titles won Win-loss record Semifinals reached
    Australian Open 6 58-7 6
    Roland Garros 1 59-11 8
    Wimbledon 3 54-9 7
    US Open 2 62-10 10

    • By reaching his 11th Roland Garros quarterfinal, Djokovic has equalled Federer’s Open Era record of 11 appearances in the last 8 here along with Nadal, who also reached his 11th Roland Garros quarterfinal this year.

    • By reaching his 8th straight quarterfinal here, Djokovic has taken sole ownership of 2nd place on the list for most consecutive Roland Garros quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era ahead of Connors (7). Federer (2005-13) heads the list with 9 straight appearances in the last 8 here.

    • By reaching his 38th Grand Slam quarterfinal, Djokovic has closed the gap on Connors (41 quarterfinals) in 2nd place on the list for the most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era. Federer heads the list with 49 appearances in the last 8 at a major.

    • Djokovic’s 5-set victory against Schwartzman in the 3rd round here improved his win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros to 6-2. He has a 29-9 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

    • Djokovic has a 26-8 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Grand Slams. He is one of only 3 men to have won 26 or more 5-set matches at the majors, behind Pete Sampras (29) and level with Lleyton Hewitt (26).

    • Djokovic is looking to avoid becoming the 12th defending champion to lose in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. 2014 champion Nadal was the last defending champion to lose in the last 8 here in 2015.

    • Djokovic is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era – and only the 3rd man in history – to win each of the 4 Grand Slams twice. Roy Emerson and Rod Laver are the only men to have won each Grand Slam on 2 or more occasions. [NB: While Laver completed the feat in 1969, some of the titles were won before the start of the Open Era.]

    • Last year here, Djokovic completed the career Grand Slam by winning his first Roland Garros title, defeating Andy Murray in the final. It was his 12th Grand Slam crown – to add to his triumphs at the Australian Open in 2008 (d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), 2011 (d. Murray), 2012 (d. Nadal), 2013 (d. Murray), 2015 (d. Murray) and 2016 (d. Murray), Wimbledon in 2011 (d. Nadal), 2014 (d. Federer) and 2015 (d. Federer) and the US Open in 2011 (d. Nadal) and 2015 (d. Federer).

    • Djokovic is making his 50th consecutive Grand Slam appearance at 2017 Roland Garros, which puts him in equal-7th place with David Ferrer and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on the list for the most consecutive Grand Slams played in history. He has not missed a Grand Slam since his debut at the 2005 Australian Open. This is his 13th appearance at Roland Garros.

    • Djokovic warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the final at Rome-1000 (l. Alexander Zverev), the semifinals at Madrid-1000 (l. Nadal) and the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. David Goffin). It is the first time since 2012 that he has not won at least one clay court tournament ahead of Roland Garros.

    • Earlier in 2017, Djokovic won the title at Doha (d. Murray) and reached the quarterfinals at Acapulco and the round of 16 at Indian Wells-1000, losing to Nick Kyrgios on both occasions. He failed to defend his title at the Australian Open, where he fell to wild card Denis Istomin in the 2nd round. He withdrew from Miami-1000 due to an elbow injury.

    • 13 of Djokovic’s 67 career singles titles have come on clay, compared with 51 on hard court and 3 on grass.

    • Djokovic has made 2 Davis Cup appearances in 2017, winning the 2 singles rubbers he has contested to help Serbia defeat both Russia in the World Group first round in Nis in February and Spain in the quarterfinals in Belgrade in April. Serbia will face France in Lille in the World Group semifinals in September.

    • Djokovic announced 1999 Roland Garros champion Andre Agassi as his coach ahead of the tournament. He parted company with his long-term coach Marian Vajda and physiotherapists Miljan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch earlier in May.

    • THIEM is contesting the 250th Tour-level match of his career today.

    • Thiem is bidding to reach the semifinals here for the 2nd straight year and become the 2nd Austrian man in history to reach multiple Grand Slam semifinals after Thomas Muster.

    Austrians in Grand Slam semifinals
    Thomas Muster 1989, 1997 Australian Open
    1990, 1995 Roland Garros
    Dominic Thiem 2016, 2017?? Roland Garros
    Jurgen Melzer 2010 Roland Garros

    • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Thiem has become the 2nd Austrian man in the Open Era to reach multiple Roland Garros quarterfinals. Thomas Muster, who reached the last 8 here in 1990, 1995 and 1998 is the only other Austrian man to achieve the feat.

    • Roland Garros is Thiem’s most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches won. He has an 11-3 win-loss record here, compared with 8-3 at the US Open, 6-4 at the Australian Open and 2-3 at Wimbledon.

    • Thiem is in 2nd place on the list for the most Tour-level match-wins in 2017, behind Rafael Nadal. (See table overleaf)


    2017 Tour-level match-wins
    Rafael Nadal 40-6
    Dominic Thiem 33-12
    David Goffin 31-12
    Pablo Carreno Busta Alexander Zverev 27-13 27-10

    • Thiem is in joint-1st place on the list for the most Tour-level clay court match-wins in 2017.

    2017 Tour-level match-wins
    Rafael Nadal 21-1
    Albert Ramos-Vinolas 21-11
    Dominic Thiem 21-4
    Pablo Carreno Busta 20-7
    Alexander Zverev 16-4
    Players still competing at 2017 Roland Garros in bold

    • Last year here Thiem recorded his best Grand Slam performance by reaching the semifinals (l. today’s opponent). This is his 4th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 14th Grand Slam overall.

    • Thiem warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the finals at Barcelona and Madrid-1000, losing to Nadal on both occasions. He is the only player to have defeated Nadal on clay this season, winning in the quarterfinals at Rome-1000 before falling to today’s opponent in the semifinals.

    • Earlier this year, Thiem won his 8th career title at Rio de Janeiro, defeating Pablo Carreno Busta in the final. He also reached the quarterfinals at Brisbane (l. Grigor Dimitrov), Sydney (l. Dan Evans), Rotterdam (l. Pierre-Hugues Herbert), Acapulco (l. Sam Querrey) and Indian Wells-1000 (l. Stan Wawrinka), and the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. David Goffin).

    • Clay is Thiem’s best surface, with 80 of his 155 Tour-level victories coming on the surface. By contrast, he has a 66-57 win-loss record on hard courts and a 9-8 win-loss record on grass.

    • Thiem recorded a career-high ranking of No. 7 after reaching the semifinals here last year, becoming the 3rd Austrian man – and first since Jurgen Melzer in 2011 – to reach the Top 10. He plays here at the same ranking.

    • Thiem is seeded No. 6 at this year’s tournament – his highest Grand Slam seeding. He has been seeded at the past 7 Grand Slams, with his previous highest seeding being No. 8 (at 2016 Wimbledon, the 2016 US Open and the 2017 Australian Open).

    • Thiem is a former junior world No. 2. He reached the boys’ singles final at Roland Garros as No. 14 seed in 2011, losing to Bjorn Fratangelo 36 63 86. As well as reaching the junior Roland Garros final, Thiem’s best junior result is winning the 2011 Orange Bowl.

    • Thiem joined the Austrian military as part of the country’s mandatory national service for 6 months from November 2014-April 2015, but continued to play on Tour during that time.

    • Thiem has been coached by Gunter Bresnik in Vienna since 2004. His physio is Alex Stober.



    4 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) v NO. 20 PABLO CARRENO BUSTA (ESP)

    Head-to-head: Nadal leads 3-0
    2015     Rio de Janeiro   Clay (O)            R16      Nadal                75 63
    2016     Doha                Hard (O)           R32      Nadal                67(5) 63 61
    2016     Rio de Janeiro   Clay (O)            R32      Nadal                61 64

    A 4th meeting for the 2 players and their 3rd on clay, but their first at a Grand Slam. Nadal has not dropped a set in either of their 2 previous clay court meetings.

    This is the 82nd all-Spanish clash at Roland Garros in the Open Era.

    This is the 14th all-Spanish meeting in the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam, and the first since Nadal defeated David Ferrer in 4 sets here in 2014. Of the 14 meetings, 10 have come at Roland Garros.

    By reaching the quarterfinals, Nadal and Carreno Busta have guaranteed Spanish representation in the semifinals here for the first time since 2014 when Nadal went on to win his 9th Roland Garros title.

    Nadal has a 13-0 win-loss record against his fellow Spanish players at Roland Garros and a 20-3 win-loss record against Spaniards at the Grand Slams overall. His only defeats to Spanish players at the majors came against David Ferrer at both the 2007 US Open and the 2011 Australian Open, and Fernando Verdasco at the 2016 Australian Open.

    Nadal is looking to record his 22nd clay court match-win of the season today, while Carreno Busta is aiming for his 21st. Nadal is currently joint top of the list for most Tour-level clay-court match-wins in 2017, while Carreno Busta is in 4th place on the list.

         2017 Tour-level clay-court match-wins
    Rafael Nadal 21-1
    Albert Ramos-Vinolas 21-11
    Dominic Thiem 21-4
    Pablo Carreno Busta 20-7
    Alexander Zverev 16-4
    Players still competing at 2017 Roland Garros in bold

    Nadal and Carreno Busta are also both in the Top 5 for most Tour-level match-wins in 2017. Nadal heads the list, while Carreno Busta is in joint-4th.

    2017 Tour-level match-wins
    Rafael Nadal 40-6
    Dominic Thiem 33-12
    David Goffin 31-12
    Pablo Carreno Busta 27-13
    Alexander Zverev 27-13
    Players still competing at 2017 Roland Garros in bold

    Nadal has not lost a clay court match to a player ranked as low as No. 21 today’s opponent since falling No. 45 Pablo Cuevas in the semifinals at 2016 Rio de Janeiro.

    Nadal and Carreno Busta won a doubles title together at 2016 Beijing, defeating Jack Sock/Bernard Tomic in the final.
    Possible semifinal head-to-heads

    Djokovic Thiem
    Nadal 24-26 4-2
    Carreno Busta 0-2 0-4







    NADAL                                                      v                                           CARRENO BUSTA

    31*                                                        Age                                                        25
    4                                                ATP Ranking                                               21
    72                                                       Titles                                                        3
    213-32                            Career Grand Slam Record                             13-14
    76-2                                   Roland Garros Record                                    6-4
    846-180                                       Career Record                                         102-97
    386-35                                  Career Record – Clay                                    62-51
    40-6                                             2017 Record                                            27-13
    21-1                                       2017 Record – Clay                                       20-7
    19-9                                  Career Five-Set Record                                   3-6
    3                                 Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                 1
    208-134                              Career Tiebreak Record                                 44-40
    8-3                                     2017 Tiebreak Record                                    11-5
                                                  *Turned 31 on 3 June

    Road to the Quarterfinals

    NADAL Time
    Time CARRENO BUSTA
    d. Benoit Paire 61 64 61 d. Robin Haase 61 64 63 1:52 1:49 1st round 2nd round 1:36 2:41 d. Florian Mayer 64 62 62 d. Taro Daniel 75 64 46 60
    d. Nikoloz Basilashvili 60 61 60 1:31 3rd round 2:19 d. No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov 75 63 64
    d. No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut 61 62 62 1:51 Round of 16 4:17 d. No. 5 Milos Raonic 46 76(2) 67(6) 64 86





    total time on court 7:03 (IBM time) 10:53 total time on court

    • 9-time champion NADAL is looking to win his 100th best-of-5-sets match on clay. He has a 99-2 win-loss record in best-of-5-sets matches on clay. His only defeats came at Roland Garros – in the round of 16 in 2009 (l. Robin Soderling) and the quarterfinals in 2015 (l. Novak Djokovic).

    • Nadal is bidding to reach his 25th Grand Slam semifinal and close the gap on Andre Agassi in 5th place on the Open Era list for most Grand Slam semifinal appearances. Djokovic is looking reach his 32nd major semifinal today.

    Grand Slam semifinal appearances (Open Era)
    Roger Federer 41
    Novak Djokovic?? 32??
    Jimmy Connors Ivan Lendl
    Andre Agassi
    31 28
    26
    Rafael Nadal?? Pete Sampras 25?? 23

    • Nadal is bidding to reach his 10th Roland Garros semifinal and extend the record the Open Era record he set in 2014 for most Roland Garros semifinal appearances in the Open Era. Djokovic could equal Nadal’s record should he win and Nadal lose in the quarterfinals.

    No. of Roland Garros semifinal appearances (Open Era)
    Rafael Nadal?? 10??
    Novak Djokovic?? 9??
    Roger Federer Bjorn Borg
    Mats Wilander
    7 6
    6



    • Nadal is bidding to become just the 5th man in the Open Era to reach 10 semifinals at a single Grand Slam event. Roger Federer has achieved the feat at 3 of the majors, while Jimmy Connors has done so at 2 Grand Slams. (See table overleaf)





    Players to reach 10 semifinals at a single Grand Slam event (Open Era)
    Roger Federer 13 Australian Open semifinals, 11 Wimbledon semifinals, 10 US Open semifinals
    Jimmy Connors 14 US Open semifinals, 11 Wimbledon semifinals
    Andre Agassi 10 US Open semifinals
    Novak Djokovic 10 US Open semifinals
    Rafael Nadal?? 10 Roland Garros semifinals??

    • Nadal has dropped just 20 games in reaching the quarterfinals here – the 2nd fewest games he has dropped in reaching the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam. The fewest games he has dropped in reaching the last 8 at a major is 19 – at 2012 Roland Garros. The fewest games he has dropped in reaching the semifinals at a Grand Slam is 25 – at 2008 Roland Garros.

    • By reaching his 11th quarterfinal here, Nadal equalled Federer’s Open Era record for most Roland Garros quarterfinals. Djokovic also reached his 11th Roland Garros quarterfinal here.

    • By reaching his 31st Grand Slam quarterfinal, Nadal closed the gap on Ivan Lendl in 5th place on the list for most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era. Only Federer (49 major quarterfinals), Connors (41), Djokovic (38), Andre Agassi (36) and Lendl (34) have reached the last 8 at a Grand Slam more often than Nadal.

    • Nadal has lost in the quarterfinals here on one previous occasion – when he fell in straight sets to Novak Djokovic in 2015.

    • Nadal is the leading performer in Roland Garros history. He has a 76-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros, ahead of Roger Federer (65-16), Novak Djokovic (59-11) and Guillermo Vilas (58-17).

    • Roland Garros is Nadal’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins, titles won and semifinals reached.

    Grand Slam Titles won Win-loss record Semifinals reached
    Australian Open 1 51-11 5
    Roland Garros 9 76-2 10??
    Wimbledon 2 40-9 5
    US Open 2 46-10 5

    • Nadal’s 3rd round win over Basilashvili was the first time a man has dropped just one game in a completed match at Roland Garros since 2008, when Tomas Berdych defeated wild card Robert Smeets 61 60 60 in the 1st round and David Ferrer defeated Fabrice Santoro 60 61 60 in the 2nd round.

    • Nadal’s 3rd round win over Basilashvili was his best victory in a best-of-5-sets match on clay in terms of games dropped. He has dropped 3 games or fewer in best-of-5-set matches on clay on 7 occasions:

    Nadal dropping 3 games or fewer in best-of-5-set matches on clay
    Event Result Games dropped
    2008 Roland Garros – R16 d. Fernando Verdasco 61 60 62 3
    2008 Roland Garros – QF d. Nicolas Almagro 61 61 61 3
    2009 Davis Cup – WG 1R d. Janko Tipsarevic 61 60 62 3
    2012 Roland Garros – R16 d. Juan Monaco 62 60 60 2
    2014 Roland Garros – R128 d. Robby Ginepri 60 63 60 3
    2016 Roland Garros – 128 d. Sam Groth 61 61 61 3
    2017 Roland Garros – R32 d. Nikoloz Basilashvili  60 61 60 1

    • Nadal is bidding to become the first player in the Open Era – and only the 2nd player in history – to win 10 titles at any Grand Slam event. Margaret Court is the only player in history to have won 10 or more titles at one Grand Slam event, winning the Australian Open on 11 occasions between 1960 and 1973 [see Preview page 1].

    • Nadal is bidding to further extend the record he set at 2013 Roland Garros for the most men’s Grand Slam titles at any one event. He won the title here in 2005-08 and 2010-14. He is the only man in history to have won 5 titles in a row at Roland Garros.

    • Last year here, Nadal gave a walkover ahead of his 3rd round match with Marcel Granollers due to a wrist injury. This is Nadal’s 13th successive Roland Garros and his 48th appearance at a major.
    • Nadal is one of only 2 players to have won multiple clay court titles this year along with Alexander Zverev. He won his 10th titles at both Monte Carlo-1000 (d. Albert Ramos-Vinolas) and Barcelona (d. Dominic Thiem) – becoming the first man in the Open Era to win a singles tournament on 10 occasions – and his 30th Masters 1000 title at Madrid (d. Thiem).

    • Nadal is bidding to win his 53rd career clay court title at Roland Garros. By winning his 50th clay court title at Monte Carlo-1000, he set an Open Era record for the most career clay court titles ahead of Vilas (49).

    • Nadal has been coached by his uncle Toni since the age of 4. He added 1998 Roland Garros champion Carlos Moya to his coaching team ahead of the 2017 season.

    • CARRENO BUSTA is contesting his 200th Tour-level match today.

    • Carreno Busta is bidding to become the 13th Spanish man to reach the semifinals at Roland Garros in the Open Era. Only 2 other active Spanish players have made the last 4 here – today’s opponent (9 times) and David Ferrer (twice).

    • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Carreno Busta has recorded his best Grand Slam result. His previous best result at a major was reaching the 3rd round at the US Open in both 2014 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and 2016
      (l. Dominic Thiem) and at the Australian Open this year (l. Denis Istomin).

    • Carreno Busta earned his career-best win in the round of 16 by defeating No. 6 Milos Raonic. He ended a 16-match losing streak against Top 10 opposition to record his first win over a Top 10 player. It was his first victory against a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam in 6 attempts.

    • Carreno Busta’s 5-set victory against Raonic was his first victory in a 5-set match at Roland Garros. He has a 1-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches here and a 3-6 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

    • Carreno Busta has won 6 of his last 7 matches against lefthanded players. The only lefthander he has lost to in that time is Federico Delbonis in the 2nd round at Miami-1000 earlier this year. He has a 13-16 win-loss record against lefthanded players overall.

    • If he wins today, Carreno Busta is projected to rise to No. 14 in the world. By reaching the quarterfinals here he will rise to a career-high ranking of No. 17 when the new rankings are released on Monday 12 June. He rose to a previous career-high ranking of No. 18 in May this year after winning the title at Estoril and plays here at No. 21.

    • Carreno Busta’s previous best result at Roland Garros was reaching the 2nd round here in 2015 (l. Jack Sock) and 2016, when he fell to Aljaz Bedene in 5-sets. This is his 5th appearance at Roland Garros and 15th Grand Slam overall.

    • Carreno Busta’s best result in 2017 is winning his first clay court title at Estoril, defeating Gilles Muller in the final. Also on clay in 2017, he reached the final at Rio de Janeiro (l. Thiem), the semifinals at Buenos Aires
      (l. Alexandr Dolgopolov) and Sao Paulo (l. Pablo Cuevas) and the 3rd round at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Novak Djokovic) and Barcelona (l. Yuichi Sugita) (after receiving a 1st round bye). He lost in the 2nd round at Rome-1000 (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) and the 1st round at Madrid-1000 (l. Benoit Paire).

    • Elsewhere in 2017, Carreno Busta reached the semifinals at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Stan Wawrinka), the quarterfinals at Sydney (l. Andrey Kuznetsov) and the 3rd round at the Australian Open. He lost his opening match at Miami-1000.

    • Clay is Carreno Busta’s strongest surface. He has a 62-51 win-loss record on clay, compared to 40-41 on hard courts and 0-5 on grass.

    • Carreno Busta plays here seeded No. 20 – it is the 2nd time he has been seeded at a Grand Slam, after he was seeded No. 30 at the Australian Open this year.

    • Carreno Busta has won 3 career singles titles. In addition to winning at Estoril earlier this year, he won 2 titles on hard courts in 2016 – at Winston-Salem (d. Bautista Agut) and Moscow (d. Fabio Fognini). He has also won 3 doubles titles – on clay at 2016 Quito with Guillermo Duran and at 2017 Rio de Janeiro with Cuevas, and on hard courts at 2016 Beijing with today’s opponent.

    • Carreno Busta entered the men’s doubles here with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The pair, who reached the final at the 2016 US Open together, were No. 10 seeds but gave a walkover to Rogerio Dutra Silva/Paolo Lorenzi in the 1st round due to Garcia-Lopez’s left thigh injury.

    • Carreno Busta made his Davis Cup debut in 2016. He played his first live rubbers in Spain’s 3-2 World Group first round victory over Croatia in Osijek in February, winning the decisive 5th rubber against Nikola Mektic. He fell to Viktor Troicki as Spain lost 4-1 to Serbia in the World Group quarterfinals in Belgrade in April.

    • Carreno Busta is coached by Samuel Lopez and Cesar Fagueras. His physical trainer is Walter Navarro.


     **** All statistics courtesy of  Grand Slam Media and the ITF.


    Source : TennisPanoama {link}
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