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Weekly Snapshot: Big 3 To Make Blue Court Debut In Madrid

Nadal© Mutua Madrid OpenWorld No. 2 Rafael Nadal aims to win his third straight clay-court event this week.

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 Masters 1000 event in Madrid.

Mutua Madrid Open: World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic headlines the fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season that features a new blue clay surface. Djokovic is joined by second-ranked Rafael Nadal (2005, 2010 champion) and third-ranked Roger Federer (2006, 2009 champion).
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Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 7 May, 2012)
Madrid – Singles
Marin Cilic – 194 wins
Viktor Troicki – 145 wins

Rankings Movers
Juan Martin del Potro 11 (+1 spot)
Gilles Simon 12 (-1 spot)
Philipp Kohlschreiber 25 (+9 spots)
Andreas Seppi 32 (+14 spots)
Robin Soderling 46 (-14 spots)
Benoit Paire 67 (+29 spots)
Thomaz Bellucci 69 (-29 spots)
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 73 (+24 spots)
Sergiy Stakhovsky 82 (-14 spots)
Lukas Rosol 93 (-14 spots)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 94 (-19 spots)
Tommy Haas 109 (+25 spots)

7 May – Ryan Harrison (20)
8 May – Benoit Paire (23)
9 May – Gilles Muller (29)

Player To Watch: Novak Djokovic
DjokovicThe Serb is aiming to become the first player to win back-to-back titles in Madrid. Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in last year’s final to notch his first win against the Spaniard on clay. This season, the 24 year old outlasted Nadal in the longest Grand Slam final in history at the Australian Open to collect his fifth major title. He also retained his trophy at the Sony Open Tennis, before falling to Nadal in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title match. Djokovic will open his title defence against Daniel Gimeno-Traver or Victor Hanescu.

Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor overtook Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan for the top spot in the individual ATP Doubles Rankings.
Mirnyi: “It Is A Great Achievement”

How To Watch
Follow all of the action from Madrid beginning 7 May.
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Twitter Top Player Tweets

@DjokerNole (Novak Djokovic)
Stepping out for the 1st time on blue clay.How it feels?Oh, very different for sure. :)

@ivokarlovic (Ivo Karlovic) ‏
Whether I'm happy with the way I played or Not depends greatly on whether I won the match or lost.

@paul_annacone (Paul Annacone) ‏
First hit on BLUE CLAY for RF. This is different, will be interesting to see how the process goes. last I checked, it's the same 4 everyone

@ryanharrison92 (Ryan Harrison)
Anyone else get in the arm rest wars with the person sitting next to you on flights? I won.

@AmerDelic (Amer Delic)
It's Brian Baker's birthday today. I told him to take it easy on the wine and "fromage". That's not on the prep list for the French Open. 

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Video Of The Week
Watch Juan Martin del Potro from match point against Richard Gasquet in the Estoril Open final on Sunday through the trophy ceremony and his various post-match media commitments.

In Case You Missed It…
Top seed Juan Martin del Potro successfully defended his Estoril Open crown, easing past two-time finalist Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2.
Del Potro: “My Best Match Of The Week”

Munich: Fourth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber became the first two-time German winner at the BMW Open, defeating No. 3 seed Marin Cilic 7-6(8), 6-3.
Kohlschreiber: “It’s An Amazing Feeling”

Belgrade: Second seed Andreas Seppi dismissed first-time ATP World Tour finalist Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-2 to capture the Serbia Open 2012 trophy.
Seppi: “My Play Was Solid This Week”

Defending His Honour
Juan Martin del Potro’s repeat performance in Estoril was the 10th time a player on the ATP World Tour retained a title this season. See the other title defences in the chart below...

David Ferrer Auckland
Novak Djokovic Australian Open
Nicolas Almagro Sao Paulo
Milos Raonic San Jose
David Ferrer Acapulco
Novak Djokovic Miami
Pablo Andujar Casablanca
Rafael Nadal Monte-Carlo
Rafael Nadal Barcelona
Juan Martin del Potro Estoril

Mats Wilander has racked up more than 3,000 miles on his trusty west coast Winnebago and east coast RV, making stops all across the United States for Wilander on Wheels after receiving the all clear from his recovery from a kidney laceration.
Wilander: “The Wheels Are Rolling”
Sam Querrey has committed to play the Campbell’s Hall Of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport.
Querrey To Make Fourth Appearance
• After a three month search, thirty youngsters from around the country have been selected to be Ball Kids at this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals held at The O2, London from 5-12 November.
Rusedski: “The Standard Today Is Excellent”

Photo Galleries
Estoril | Munich | Belgrade


Tip Of The Week
Each week, we’ll provide you with a tip on how to get the most out of This week, we’ll show you how to create a new Draw Challenge group.

ATP Website Tip

1. On the navigation bar, hover over the ‘Fans’ tab, and click ‘Draw Challenge’ from the dropdown menu. A new window will open.
2. After logging in, click the ‘Groups’ tab.
3. Find the ‘create a new group’ box and a screen to enter your desired information will appear, with an option to make the group public or private.

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