Weekly Snapshot: Federer Continues Indoor Hard-Court Dominance
by Matt Fitzgerald|
Tap into the essentials of the week ahead and re-live the highlights of the past week with our Weekly Snapshot, as we serve up an executive summary of what every fan should know, along with a look at the best in social media.
Who’s Playing This Week?
There is one ATP World Tour 500 event in Memphis, and two ATP World Tour 250 events in Marseille and Buenos Aires.
Regions Morgan Keegan Championships: Two Americans headline the Memphis field. Top seed John Isner reached the final in 2010, and No. 2 seed Andy Roddick is the defending champion. Third seed Radek Stepanek and fourth-seeded Milos Raonic are also former finalists. Stepanek finished runner-up in 2009, while Raonic was edged out by Roddick in last year’s final.
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Open 13: Marseille boasts a strong draw that features four Top 10 players, led by top seed and 2009 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Eighth-ranked Mardy Fish, the second seed, and No. 10 Juan Martin del Potro, the fourth seed, make their event debuts. No. 3 seed Janko Tipsarevic aims to win his first match in Marseille on his second appearance.
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Copa Claro: World No. 5 David Ferrer is the top seed in Buenos Aires, and will look to win his first title at the tournament, having reached the final in 2010. He is joined by defending champion Nicolas Almagro, the second seed, and two Top 20 players who will make their debuts – third-seeded Gilles Simon and No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori.
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Marseille – Doubles
Paul Hanley – 397 wins
Memphis – Doubles
Xavier Malisse – 99 wins
John Isner 13 (+1 spot)
Gael Monfils 14 (-1 spot)
Andy Roddick 27 (-10 spots)
Julien Benneteau 29 (+5 spots)
Milos Raonic 35 (-3 spots)
Nikolay Davydenko 40 (+9 spots)
Denis Istomin 49 (+ 12 spots)
Filippo Volandri 56 (+13 spots)
Dmitry Tursunov 63 (-11 spots)
Ryan Harrison 73 (+21 spots)
Lukas Lacko 77 (-10 spots)
Karol Beck 94 (+10 spots)
Sam Querrey 99 (-14 spots)
Player To Watch: Andy Roddick
The 29 year old has slipped to No. 27 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, his lowest ranking in 11 years. He will look to reestablish himself in Memphis, where he is a three-time champion. Roddick captured his 30th career title last year when he topped rising star Milos Raonic in a thrilling contest, clinching the victory with a diving forehand. The American holds a 35-7 event record, reaching the quarter-final stage in 10 of his 11 appearances. He is bidding to win back-to-back matches for the first time this season.
How To Watch
Follow all of the action from Buenos Aires (Blacked out in Argentina) from 20 February, Marseille beginning 21 February (Blacked out in France, Russia and USA) and Memphis starting 23 February (Blacked out in USA).
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WEEK IN REVIEW
Top Player Tweets
Follow On Twitter This Week: @JackSock
Sock takes on fellow 19-year-old American Ryan Harrison in his Memphis opener. The Nebraska native regularly responds to fans and retweets news items he’s featured in.
Most Popular Facebook Post on Facebook.com/ATPWorldTour
Al Perry: "Lucky Rafa... Lucky Bar! This one's a win-win situation :)"
Anikó Drüszler: "I prefer when he gleams with sweat instead of body oil..."
In Case You Missed It…
Rotterdam: Roger Federer defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 6-4 to win his first title of the season, extending his streak of lifting at least one ATP World Tour trophy to 12 straight years. Federer: 'I Saved My Best For Last'
San Jose: Milos Raonic became the sixth player to win back-to-back crowns in San Jose, beating Denis Istomin 7-6(3), 6-2 to become the first player to win two trophies this season. Raonic: 'I Served Pretty Flawlessly'
By successfully defending his title at the SAP Open, Milos Raonic became the sixth player to repeat as champion in San Jose. See who else achieved the feat in the chart below…
• Novak Djokovic was awarded his nation's highest honour, the Order of the Karadjordje's Star of the 1st degree, by Serbian president Boris Tadic. Djokovic: 'I Am Indebted To My People'
• Rafael Nadal’s appearance with Bar Refaeli in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition hit newsstands last Tuesday. Nadal Sizzles In SI
• Stan Smith was presented his official Hall of Fame ring in San Jose this past Saturday evening.
• Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic saved five match points to edge Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau in the Rotterdam doubles final.
• By capturing the doubles crown with Xavier Malisse in San Jose, Mark Knowles has now won a title in 13 consecutive seasons and 19 of 20 overall.
Tip Of The Week
Each week, we’ll provide you with a tip on how to get the most out of ATPWorldTour.com. This week, we’ll show you how to view the Ricoh ATP MatchFacts Top 200 List.
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1. Hover over the ‘Scores & Stats’ tab, and click on ‘Ricoh ATP MatchFacts’ from the dropdown menu.
2. Scroll down and look for a thin rectangular box that says ‘Top 200 Ricoh ATP MatchFacts’, which is placed above the ‘Related News’ module.
3. The table will appear, giving you the option to select your statistic of choice.
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