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Weekly Snapshot: Murray's Dream Dunblane Return

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray shares his Olympic medals with young fans during his homecoming celebration in Dunblane, Scotland.

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 are two ATP World Tour 250 events in Metz and St. Petersburg.

Moselle Open: Defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga leads a strong field in Metz. The seventh-ranked home favourite will aim to bounce back from a second-round loss at the US Open. Philipp Kohlschreiber, the second seed, finished runner-up in 2009. Third seed Marcel Granollers and fourth seed Florian Mayer round out the top seeds. Seventh seed Gael Monfils, who triumphed three years ago, makes his return from a knee injury, playing his first event since losing his opening-round match in Nice.
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St. Petersburg Open: World No. 29 Mikhail Youzhny is the No. 1 seed in St. Petersburg. The Russian has a 27-9 event record, highlighted by lifting the trophy in 2004. Second seed Denis Istomin looks to improve on his best result, a quarter-final showing in 2009. Third seed Martin Klizan, who reached the US Open fourth round, makes his debut, while No. 4 seed Fabio Fognini bids to win his first match in three attempts at the tournament.
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Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 17 September 2012)
Metz – Singles
Nikolay Davydenko – 447 wins
Andreas Seppi – 196 wins
Benjamin Becker – 97 wins

Metz – Doubles
Andre Sa – 198 wins

St. Petersburg – Singles
Denis Istomin – 99 wins

Rankings Movers
Tobias Kamke 71 (+16 spots)
Victor Hanescu 80 (+17 spots)
Daniel Gimeno-Traver 93 (+20 spots)
Blaz Kavcic 97 (-20 spots)
Paul-Henri Mathieu 99 (+15 spots)

Birthdays
17 September – Tomas Berdych (27)
19 September – Thiemo de Bakker (24)
20 September – Feliciano Lopez (31)
23 September – Marcelo Melo (29)
23 September – Juan Martin del Potro (24)

Player To Watch: Gael Monfils
MonfilsMonfils returns to the tour in Metz after missing nearly four months with a right knee injury. The Frenchman last played in Nice, ultimately missing the final three Grand Slam events of the season, as well as the London 2012 Olympics. Prior to his injury, Monfils had a 14-7 record and reached the finals of Doha (l. to Tsonga) and Montpellier (l. to Berdych). At the Moselle Open, Monfils is 10-2, winning the title in 2009 and finishing runner-up in 2005 (l. to Ljubicic). In his opener, Monfils will take on Olivier Rochus.

How To Watch
Follow all of the action from Metz (Not available in France, USA and Russia) beginning 18 September.
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WEEK IN REVIEW

Twitter Top Tweets

@jojomelzer (Jurgen Melzer)
@IvetaBenesova and I are proud to announce that from yesterday on we are husband and wife! pic.twitter.com/bwCeyGhA

@Bryanbrothers (Mike Bryan) ‏
Great fight by the big man. Ferrer & the Spaniards were 2 good this time. Looking forward to reshuffling the draw & battling again in 2013.

‏@andyroddick (Andy Roddick)
Guy brought a 20 inch tv into the restaurant, plugged it into the wall, and is watching an Adele concert...... #austintexas

@colin_fleming (Colin Fleming) ‏
British invasion of St Petersburg! @RoscoHutchins @k_skupski & I relaxing before the tourny starts on Monday. pic.twitter.com/MKZD0LBZ

@NeilHarmanTimes (Neil Harman) ‏
This is probably my picture of the year pic.twitter.com/dbJhCGxa

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Video Of The Week
Go behind the scenes of Andy Murray's media blitz in New York to celebrate his win at the US Open. See more of Murray's big day out next week on ATP World Tour Uncovered Presented by Rio.

In Case You Missed It…
Davis Cup World Group Semi-finals:
There were two ties featuring four seeded nations.

Spain d. USA 3-1: Ferrer Clinches Final Berth For Spain
Czech Republic d. Argentina 3-2: Berdych Wins Three Points For Czechs

There were also eight World Group Play-offs. Read the final wrap up…
Kazakhstan d. Uzbekistan 3-1
Germany d. Australia 3-2
Israel d. Japan 3-2
Belgium d. Sweden 5-0
Canada d. South Africa 4-1
Brazil d. Russia 4-0
Italy d. Chile 4-1
Switzerland d. Netherlands 3-2

Spanish Domination
With its win over the United States, Spain will aim to lift its fourth Davis Cup crown in five years when they take on the Czech Republic in a replay of the 2009 final in November. See the last five Davis Cup final results in the chart below...

YearHostVisitorResult
2012 Czech Republic Spain ?
2011 Spain Argentina Spain 3-1
2010 Serbia France Serbia 3-2
2009 Spain Czech Republic Spain 5-0
2008 Argentina Spain Spain 3-1

Tidbits
• Former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero announced he will play his final tournament before retiring at the Valencia Open 500. More...
• Scotland’s Andy Murray returned to his hometown of Dunblane, where 15,000 people lined the streets on Sunday to give the World No. 3 a hero’s welcome, celebrating the newly crowned Grand Slam champion and Olympic gold medallist. More…
• The ATP Board of Directors approved a rule change and a trial for the 2013 season, both proposed by the new ATP Competition Committee. More...
• The USTA announced that the 2012 US Open, driven by two of the most compelling singles finals in the tournament’s 131 years, was one of the most successful years in the tournament’s history. More…

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