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Weekly Snapshot: Will Nadal Shine Again In Monte-Carlo?

Nadal© P.Fitte/Realis/SmettRafael Nadal was presented a montage of photos celebrating his seven Monte-Carlo triumphs.

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.

LOOKING AHEAD

Who’s Playing This Week?
There is one ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Monte-Carlo.

Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters: Seven of the world’s top eight players are in action at the first clay-court Masters 1000 event of the season. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic bids to lift his first trophy at the tournament, but may have to usurp seven-time defending champion Rafael Nadal to do so. Fourth-ranked Andy Murray is in Djokovic’s half of the draw, while fifth-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is in Nadal’s section.
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Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 16 April, 2012)
Monte-Carlo – Singles
Viktor Troicki – 145 wins

Monte-Carlo – Doubles
Daniel Nestor – 849 wins
Mike Bryan – 748 wins
Julien Benneteau – 147 wins
Ross Hutchins – 99 wins

Rankings Movers
John Isner 9 (+1 spot)
Mardy Fish 10 (-1 spot)
Jurgen Melzer 29 (-8 spots)
Pablo Andujar 39 (+19 spots)
Albert Ramos 42 (+10 spots)
Flavio Cipolla 73 (+12 spots)
Igor Andreev 82 (+18 spots)
Dmitry Tursunov 87 (-12 spots)
Michael Russell 112 (+24 spots)

Birthdays
17 April – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (27)

Player To Watch: Rafael Nadal
NadalThe World No. 2 is yet to win a title this season, but has favourable odds to change that this week in Monte-Carlo as the perennial contender to lift the trophy. He enters the event as the seven-time reigning champion with a 39-1 tournament record. Nadal, looking to break a tie with Roger Federer for the most Masters 1000 crowns with 19, has strung together a staggering 204-8 record on clay since 2005. Thus far in 2012, Nadal’s best finish was a runner-up showing at the Australian Open, edged out by top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the longest Grand Slam final in history.

Tidbits
Ivan Ljubicic retired from professional tennis following his first-round defeat to countryman Ivan Dodig in Monte-Carlo.
Ljubicic: “I Didn’t Expect It To Be This Emotional”

How To Watch
Follow all of the action from Monte-Carlo (All matches available worldwide) beginning 16 April.
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WEEK IN REVIEW

Twitter Top Player Tweets

@DjokerNole (Novak Djokovic)
I'm sure you know skinny legs on the left are mine, but whose legs are on the right?hint: big server ;) say.ly/xFL33Cr

@Bryanbrothers (Mike Bryan)
You're 2 clicks away from giving 25 "ThankYou" points to our cause, Tennis in the Parks! These points = real dollars! citi.com/everystep

@AmerDelic (Amer Delic)
@Bryanbrothers @Bryanbros Did you wear the same jackets just to mess with everyone? http://t.co/rU2UtTON

@djmruss (Michael Russell)
Reached career high doubles ranking this week! Thanks partner @bobbyreynolds82

@RafaelNadal (Rafael Nadal)
Thanks Novak I'm very happy because we can play a great match at the Bernabeu for Rafa Nadal Foundation! http://t.co/7QhbzNPF

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Federer

Fan-tastic Feedback
In response to asking fans to submit their favourite Ivan Ljubicic memory, these comments stood out.
Mikael Lövkvist: “My favourite Ljubicic memory (among many) is when he won Indian Wells, and his coach kissed him on the head after the match. Their joy touched my heart so deeply. All the best, Ivan! Thank you for many memorable moments, and for playing the game of Tennis with such integrity, and creative poise.”

Mario Sarić: “I will always remember him playing in Portorož 1.round futures 10000$. A set, a break and 40:0 down to Fernando Morente (spain). Morente hits a winner but the ball explodes. Ljubo won the match in 3.” ‎

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Video Of The Week
Ivan Ljubicic reflects on his 14-year career on the ATP World Tour, having decided to retire at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. ATP World Tour stars Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, pay tribute to the former World No. 3.

In Case You Missed It…
Houston:
Fourth seed Juan Monaco knocked off second-seeded John Isner 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to capture the US Men’s Clay Court Championship trophy.
Monaco: “We Played A Great Final”

Casablanca: Third seed Pablo Andujar successfully defended his title with a 6-1, 7-6(5) victory over first-time finalist and countryman Albert Ramos.
Andujar: “This Is Very Special To Me”

Triumphing Twice In 2012
With his victory in Houston, Juan Monaco became the fifth player to win at least two titles this season. The rest of the multiple trophy winners are listed in the chart below…

PlayerTitles
David Ferrer 3 (Auckland, Buenos Aires, Acapulco)
Roger Federer 3 (Rotterdam, Dubai, Indian Wells)
Milos Raonic 2 (Chennai, San Jose)
Novak Djokovic 2 (Australian Open, Miami)
Juan Monaco 2 (Vina del Mar, Houston)

Tidbits
Richard Lewis was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Wimbledon.
Lewis: “I Am Delighted”
Andy Murray has committed to play the AEGON Championships in London for the next five years.
Murray At Queen’s Club Through 2016
• As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, R.I. will pay tribute to two tennis-playing survivors with a special exhibit in their honour, opening next week.
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