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Murray, Djokovic Return To Action

Murray© ATPUS Open Andy Murray returns to action this week to defend his Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships title in Tokyo.

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 500 tournaments in Tokyo and in Beijing. With just five weeks to go in the bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race To London heats up this week with 500 ranking points available for the winners of both tournaments.

Currently in ninth position, Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic could overtake eighth-placed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga should he win in Tokyo and the Frenchman fail to lift the trophy in Beijing. The Top 8 players at the end of the regular season, which culminates at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, will qualify for the Final Showdown. Read More....

Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships: World No. 3 Andy Murray plays his first tournament since winning the US Open and ending Great Britain’s 76-year wait for a male Grand Slam champion. The Scot won the double in Tokyo last year, beating Rafael Nadal in the singles final before teaming up with brother Jamie for victory in the doubles. The Scots will also defend their doubles crown this week. Joining Murray in Tokyo are Barclays ATP World Tour Finals hopefuls Tomas Berdych, Janko Tipsarevic, Juan Monaco, Nicolas Almagro and Milos Raonic.

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China Open: World No. 2 Novak Djokovic heads up the China Open field and is bidding to maintain his perfect record in Beijing. The Serbian has a perfect 9-0 event record and is bidding for his third title, having lifted the trophy in 2009 (d. Cilic) and 2010 (d. Ferrer). Djokovic is playing for the first time since losing the US Open final in five sets against Andy Murray. Also in Beijing this week, David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are bidding to press their claims to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.


Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 1 October 2012)
Beijing - Singles
Tommy Haas – 496
Fernando Verdasco – 347

Beijing - Doubles
Max Mirnyi – 599
Robert Lindstedt – 246
Fernando Verdasco – 97

Tokyo – Doubles
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi – 147

Rankings Movers
Juan Monaco 10 (+1 spot)
Gilles Simon 18 (+1 spot)
Jarkko Nieminen 35 (+3 spots)
Bernard Tomic 39 (+2 spots)
Marcos Baghdatis 46 (-10 spots)
David Goffin 48 (+7 spots) – Career High
Daniel Gimeno-Traver 67 (+7 spots)
Andrey Kuznetsov 72 (+19 spots) – Career High
Leonardo Mayer 82 (-20 spots)
Igor Sijsling 87 (+10 spots)

Player To Watch: Kei Nishikori
NishikoriThe Japanese No. 1 competes at the Rakuten Japen Open Tennis Championships as the home favourite. Nishikori, currently World No. 17 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, is coming off a semi-final showing at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur. He has had a career-best season, highlighted by reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals (l. to Murray) and will look to reach at least the quarter-finals in Tokyo for the first time.

How To Watch
Watch up to 11 matches live online from both the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships and the China Open, beginning 4 October (territory restrictions apply).
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Twitter Top Tweets

@rohanbopanna (Rohan Bopanna)
I believe I could fly. Jumped of the Macau tower, the world tallest Bungy .Which was 233 meters/ 764feet . Insaneeeee.

@TipsarevicJanko (Janko Tipsarevic)
On my way to Tokyo…3.15 am check out…#ghostbusters

@ivokarlovic (Ivo Karlovic)
The guy on the plane last night asked me:Are you John Isner? I said:No. He said:You look like him. I asked:Is that a compliment? He left..

@andyroddick (Andy Roddick)
Anyone else wanna see guys make shots just for the awkward golf high five? #rydercup

@BryanBros (Bob Bryan)
Mike working on @MicaelaBryan's split step. Serve and volley tennis will be coming back to the WTA Tour in 2030.

@milosraonic (Milos Raonic)
Enjoyed a Muay Thai lesson today. Thankful I didn’t get beat up!

@Stako_tennis (Sergiy Stakhovsky)
“@ivokarlovic: Difference between good and bad day at the office is 2 points in tie-break 3rd set.” Ivo but this normal for u no?))

@RoscoHutchins (Ross Hutchins)
Pre-practice activity from @colin_fleming #guitarhero when he started singing also it got ugly #earplugs

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Video Of The Week
Go behind-the-scenes at ATP Sunday at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, where Andy Murray made a star appearance and met Korean pop group Apeace.

In Case You Missed It…
Kuala Lumpur:
Argentina's Juan Monaco stepped up his bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday with victory in the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur final. The second-seeded Monaco defeated seventh seed Julien Benneteau of France 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in just over three hours to lift his fourth ATP World Tour title of the year and improve to a 37-15 match record.
Monaco: "We played a great match"

Bangkok: Richard Gasquet won his seventh ATP World Tour title on Sunday at the Thailand Open. The second seed beat his fellow Frenchman and No. 4 seed Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-1 in Bangkok. Gasquet last won an ATP World Tour title in May 2010 at the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur (d. Verdasco). It was his second Asian title, following success at Mumbai in 2007.
Gasquet Beats 2009 Champion

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• Two of the ATP’s young guns, Bernard Tomic and Milos Raonic, donned boxing gloves at the Thailand Open as they challenged some of the country’s top Muay Thai stars in a kickboxing demonstration. More...
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