Weekly Snapshot: Murray Goes For London Hat-trick; Rafa, Roger Lead Halle Field
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 are two ATP World Tour 250 events in Halle and London.
Gerry Weber Open: World No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Roger Federer lead a strong field. Nadal makes his first event appearance since 2005, while Federer chases his sixth tournament title and first since 2008. Seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych, the 2007 champion and defending titlist Philipp Kohlschreiber, are among the competitors looking to prevent a Nadal/Federer final clash.
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AEGON Championships: Fourth-ranked Andy Murray returns to London as the reigning champion at The Queen’s Club, looking to win his third trophy on home soil. World No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who finished runner-up to Murray in last year’s final, eighth-ranked Janko Tipsarevic, and four-time former winners Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt also feature in the draw.
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Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 11 June, 2012)
Halle - Singles
Tomas Berdych - 349 wins
John Isner 10 (+1 spot)
Nicolas Almagro 11 (+2 spots)
Philipp Kohlschreiber 34 (-8 spots)
Benoit Paire 59 (+10 spots)
Martin Klizan 60 (+10 spots)
Fabio Fognini 63 (-18 spots)
David Goffin 64 (+45 spots)
Nicolas Mahut 65 (+24 spots)
Dmitry Tursunov 66 (+22 spots)
Edouard Roger-Vasselin 67 (+15 spots)
Malek Jaziri 73 (+21 spots)
Blaz Kavcic 80 (+19 spots)
Juan Ignacio Chela 83 (-38 spots)
Tommy Haas 87 (+25 spots)
Albert Montanes 99 (-34 spots)
Nicolas Devilder 188 (+98 spots)
Player To Watch: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
The fifth-ranked Tsonga enters the AEGON Championships on the back of his best run at Roland Garros, where he held four match points against top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals before being downed by the Serbian in five sets. Tsonga enjoyed great success on grass in 2011, reaching the final at The Queen’s Club (l. to Murray) and advancing to his first Wimbledon semi-final by handing six-time champion Roger Federer his first defeat with a two-set lead in the final eight at the All England Club.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Top Player Tweets
Most Popular Facebook Post on Facebook.com/ATPWorldTour
Video Of The Week
Top doubles pair Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor discuss their improved consistency at Roland Garros after reaching the semi-finals. The duo went on to retain the trophy, defeating Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the final.
In Case You Missed It…
Paris: World No. 2 Rafael Nadal made Roland Garros history, defeating top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in a rain-delayed final that spanned two days to capture his seventh title in Paris, breaking a tie with Bjorn Borg for the most trophies in tournament history.
Nadal: ‘It Is An Emotional Day’ | Visit Nadal DEUCE Tribute
|Player||Number Of Grand Slam Titles|
|1. Roger Federer||16|
|2. Pete Sampras||14|
|3. Bjorn Borg||11|
|3. Rafael Nadal||11|
|5. Jimmy Connors||8|
|5. Ivan Lendl||8|
|5. Andre Agassi||8|
• Novak Djokovic has been selected to carry Serbia’s flag during the opening ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Djokovic: “A Great Honour For Me”
• Celebrating his 38th birthday in Paris, Mahesh Bhupathi captured his eighth Grand Slam mixed doubles title, partnering Sania Mirza to a 7-6(3), 6-1 victory over Santiago Gonzalez and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik to clinch a career Grand Slam in the discipline for the second time.
Bhupathi: “What More Can I Ask For?”
• Top 10 stars Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer have committed to play the China Open in Beijing.
Nadal, Ferrer To Return | Tsonga: “Looking Forward To Coming Back”
• The Texas Children's Ticket Turnback program at the 2012US Men's Clay Court Championship at River Oaks Country Club earned $20,570 for the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute.
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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 past issues of our online magazine, DEUCE.
1. On the navigation bar, hover over ‘News’ and click ‘DEUCE Magazine’ from the dropdown.
2. Find the ‘Browse DEUCE’ editions box towards the top right corner of the page. Hit the double arrow, scroll down to ‘Roland Garros - Wimbledon 2011’ and click.
3. The featured articles in the issue will appear to read.
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