First Half report
Well, this is the half-way point of the year, at least this week it has been in my recordkeeping (the week after the completetion of the French Open). I don't know if I'll be able to produce the half-way player files this year (probably not) but here at least is the player records.
Its a come-from-behind victory for Gilles Simon of France who played in 8 matches this past week by qualifying for and reaching the finals of the challenger in Furth. He passes Daniel Gimeno who lost in the first round over at the Sassuolo challenger and finishes the first half of the season on top with 66 matches played. Gimeno finishes with 63. Hector Ruiz comes in third with 57 matches in the books and Jeroen Masson and Michihisa Onoda round out the top 5 with 53 each. In all, 5 Spaniards finish in the top 10 and only 2 French after the French had gotten off to a fast start.
Roger Federer finishes the first half of the year with the best record, percentage-wise. Its an amazing feat when you consider that the list includes all players with much easier competition. Maciej Dilaj of Poland comes out of nowhere to reach second place. Going back to 2001, Dilaj has only played in events in Poland and was unranked at the beginning of the Polish futures series this year, his first action of the year. Completely cold he qualified into Poland F1 and made it all the way to the semifinals and then repeated that last week in Poland F2. That gives him a 12-2 mark and he is in 2nd place. Guillermo Coria's close call at the French Open finals saw him slip a couple of spots to 4th.