Weekly Snapshot: Murray's Dream Dunblane Return
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 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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Metz – Doubles
Andre Sa – 198 wins
St. Petersburg – Singles
Denis Istomin – 99 wins
Player To Watch: Gael Monfils
Monfils 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.
WEEK IN REVIEW
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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.
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
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...
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• 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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