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26 October 2012

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final by the numbers


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Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final by the numbers:

0 - No nation has come back from 0-2 down to win the Fed Cup Final. Spain in 1998 and Italy in 2006 are the only 2 countries to come back from 1-2 down in a Final.

2 - Just 2 players - Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva - have won both their singles rubbers and played in the winning doubles team in the Final.

6 - The 2012 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final sold out in a record 6 hours.

7 - Of the 14 nations to have reached the Fed Cup Final, 7 have won the Fed Cup trophy in their debut Final. Serbia is looking to become the 8th country to achieve this feat.

9 - 9 nations have won both the Fed Cup and Davis Cup competitions, including Czech Republic. Serbia claimed the Davis Cup title in 2010; can they complete the double in 2012 and make it 10?

11 - 11 countries have won the Fed Cup competition, including Czech Republic. Could Serbia be the 12th?

14 - The 2012 Final marks the 14th time the Final has been played indoors and the 15th time it has been played on hard court.

15 - The title has been decided by the doubles rubber on 15 occasions, most recently last year when Lucie Hradecka and Kveta Peschke defeated Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina to claim the trophy for Czech Republic.

17 - USA has won the Fed Cup title 17 times, the most of any country. Czech Republic could become the joint-second most successful team (with Australia) in terms of titles won if they claim the trophy this year. It would be their 7th Fed Cup title.

19 - The Fed Cup title has been successfully defended on 19 occasions. Can Czech Republic make that 20?

20 - Total number of line umpires required for the Fed Cup Final. Only 9 are on court at any one time.

25 - 25 different captains have won the Fed Cup title. If Dejan Vranes leads Serbia to 2012 glory he would be the 26th captain to lift the trophy; if Petr Pala guides Czech Republic to a second straight title he would be the 14th captain to claim multiple Fed Cup titles.

41 - Serbia is bidding for its 41st Fed Cup victory in the Final. It will be Serbia’s 63rd tie; they currently have a 40-22 win-loss record.

85 - 85 nations participated in Fed Cup in 2012; just two nations remain in contention to lift the trophy.

100 - Petra Kvitova’s dad, Jiri, has bought 100 tickets for the 2012 Fed Cup Final.

110 – More than 110 territories will be showing the 2012 Final on television.

127 - The Final will be Czech Republic’s 127th Fed Cup tie. They currently have a 91-35 Fed Cup win-loss record.

141 - 141 women have played in a Fed Cup Final (not including 2012).

150 - Around 150 Wilson tennis balls will be used during the Fed Cup Final.

1975 - Czechoslovakia reached the Fed Cup Final for the first time in 1975, when they won the first of their 6 titles.

1995 - The Fed Cup competition format changed in 1995 from the best-of-three rubbers to the best-of-five. Spain won the first best-of-five Final in November that year, defeating USA 3-2 in Valencia.

2009 - The inaugural Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award was presented to Melanie Oudin at the 2009 Final in Reggio Calabria, Italy. The 14th Heart Award will be presented at this year’s Final to either Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Petra Kvitova or Lucie Safarova. Vote for who you want to win on FedCup.com!

13,000 - The Czech Tennis Association has sold 13,000 tickets for each day of the 2012 Fed Cup Final.

15,000 - 15,000 people attended the 2005 Fed Cup Final between France and Russia at Roland Garros, Paris, on both days. This is the largest crowd in the competition’s history.

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