Weekly Snapshot: Nole, Rafa, Roger Seek Paris History Books
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 Grand Slam event in Paris.
Roland Garros: The Top 4 players on the ATP World Tour are all vying to be the story of the tournament. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic goes for his fourth consecutive Grand Slam title, World No. 2 Rafael Nadal aims to win a record-breaking seventh Paris trophy, third-ranked Roger Federer looks to lift his first major title since the 2010 Australian Open, and World No. 4 Andy Murray bids for his first Grand Slam crown.
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Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 27 May, 2012)
Paris - Singles
Andy Roddick - 596 wins
David Ferrer - 445 wins
James Blake - 349 wins
Tomas Berdych - 346 wins
Andy Murray - 345 wins
Marin Cilic - 196 wins
Thomaz Bellucci - 96 wins
Gilles Muller - 95 wins
Nicolas Almagro 13 (+1 spot)
Gael Monfils 14 (-1 spot)
Viktor Troicki 28 (+3 spots)
Andy Roddick 33 (-4 spots)
Nikolay Davydenko 47 (+6 spots)
Leonardo Mayer 62 (+6 spots)
Grigor Dimitrov 87 (+8 spots)
Brian Baker 141 (+75 spots)
Player To Watch: Rafael Nadal
The defending champion in Paris can make history at this year’s event, with an opportunity to break a tie with Bjorn Borg for the most men's singles championships at Roland Garros. Last year, Nadal equalled Borg with six trophies after defeating Roger Federer in four sets. He comes into the year’s second Grand Slam with three clay-court titles on the season, highlighted by his eighth consecutive triumph in Monte-Carlo, record seventh success in Barcelona and dethroning of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a replay of last year’s Rome final.
Nadal Rolling Heading Into Paris
For the seventh time in the past eight years, Rafael Nadal won three European clay court titles prior to Roland Garros. For the first time he didn’t drop a set during his three title run this spring, winning all 30 sets in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome.
Here is a year-by-year look since 2005 of Nadal’s pre-Roland Garros results during the European clay court circuit:
|Year||Clay W-L (Titles)||Titles Sets W-L||RG Result (Sets W-L)|
|2011||17-2 (2)||20-0||Champion (21-3)|
|2010||15-0 (3)||30-2||Champion (21-0)|
|2009||17-1 (3)||28-1||Fourth Round (10-3)|
|2008||15-1 (3)||30-3||Champion (21-0)|
|2007||19-1 (3)||30-1||Champion (21-1)|
|2006||17-0 (3)||37-6||Champion (20- 3), |
includes ret. win (2 sets)
|2005||19-1 (3)||37-6||Champion (21-3)|
WEEK IN REVIEW
Top Player Tweets
Most Popular Facebook Post on Facebook.com/ATPWorldTour
In response to asking Facebook fans what they’d get Novak Djokovic, who turned 25 on 22 May, for his birthday, the following responses stood out...
Vladimir Djokanovic: “Three fighters flying over the sky and making a Serbian flag. Then smaller sport aircraft drawing HAPPY B-DAY!!”
Lian Schmidt: “A big bowl of spaghetti carbonara.”
Video Of The Week
In season 4, episode 21, ATP World Tour Uncovered Presented by Rio profiles legendary trainer Pat Etcheberry. Find out why Jim Courier has only the highest praise for Etcheberry but says, "The thing that he wanted most was something I never gave him."
In Case You Missed It…
Nice: Third seed Nicolas Almagro repeated as champion, ending the dream run of 216th-ranked qualifier Brian Baker by defeating the American 6-3, 6-2 in the final.
Almagro: “I Am Happy With My Form”
Dusseldorf: Serbia captured the Power Horse World Team Cup title, sweeping the Czech Republic 3-0 in the final. Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki won their singles rubbers to clinch the victory.
Serbia Wins Second Dusseldorf Trophy
• The latest issue of DEUCE, ATP’s online magazine, launched Thursday. Stories featuring Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Gilles Simon are among the articles in the edition.
Click To See The Issue!
• Novak Djokovic signed a five-year deal with Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo, ending his contract with Italian company Sergio Tacchini International.
Djokovic To Have Design Input
• World No. 2 Rafael Nadal is the latest personality to be recognised with a wax replica by Madame Tussauds, as the museum unveiled the life-size statue Wednesday at Regents Park in London.
Figure Completed In Four Months | View Photos!
• Two-time Roland Garros finalist Robin Soderling, away from the ATP World Tour the past 10 months due to a battle with mononucleosis, is not fit to return to action yet.
Soderling And Fiancee Expecting First Child
• Jarkko Nieminen will open the first high performance tennis academy in Finland this summer
Nieminen Fulfills A Dream
• Lleyton Hewitt, a four-time champion at The Queen’s Club, and Britain’s James Ward, who enjoyed a memorable run to the semifinals last year, have been awarded the first two wild cards into the AEGON Championships, which takes place 11-17 June.
Hewitt: “I Appreciate The Wild Card”
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 a player’s RICOH ATP MatchFacts by year and surface.
Example: Rafael Nadal, 2012, Clay
1. Type ‘Rafael Nadal’ in the search field at the far right of the navigation bar. Click his name and hit the double right arrow.
2. On Nadal’s profile, click the ‘RICOH ATP MatchFacts’ box.
3. In the dropdown options, select 2012 for the year and clay for the surface, and click the ‘Go’ arrow.
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