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Corona Slice: Tsonga, Berdych Push For London

Corona Weekly Slice

Tap into the essentials of the week ahead and re-live the highlights of the past week with Corona Slice, 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 three ATP World Tour 250 events in Stockholm, Vienna and Moscow.

If Stockholm Open: Top 10 stars Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (No. 1 seed) and Tomas Berdych (No. 2 seed) headline the field in Stockholm. Berdych and Tsonga are currently in line to qualify for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, sitting in the sixth and eighth positions in the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race To London. Third seed Nicolas Almagro is 10th in the Race To London and makes his debut, while 2010 finalist Florian Mayer is seeded fourth.
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Erste Bank Open: Top seed Juan Martin del Potro is back in action for the first time since representing Argentina in the Davis Cup semi-finals. Del Potro is ranked seventh in the Race To London and is joined by contender Janko Tipsarevic. The second seed is on the outside looking in, ranked ninth. Two former champions, third seed Tommy Haas (2001) and fourth seed Jurgen Melzer (2009-2010) also feature in the draw.
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Kremlin Cup: World No. 20 Alexandr Dolgopolov is the top seed, looking to improve on a quarter-final showing in 2010. Andreas Seppi is seeded second and Viktor Troicki, who lifted his first ATP World Tour trophy at the event in 2010, is the No. 3 seed. Sixth-seeded home favourite Nikolay Davydenko (pictured above) returns in his quest to capture a fourth trophy at the event, triumphing in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
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Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 15 October 2012)
Stockholm – Singles
Mikhail Youzhny – 395 wins
Feliciano Lopez – 295 wins
Kevin Anderson – 95 wins
Sergiy Stakhovsky – 95 wins
 
Stockholm – Doubles
Robert Lindstedt – 247 wins
Marcelo Melo – 197 wins
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi – 148 wins
 
Vienna – Singles
Tommy Haas – 499 wins
 
Vienna – Doubles
Andre Sa – 199 wins
 
Moscow – Singles
Benjamin Becker – 97 wins
 
Moscow – Doubles
Rajeev Ram – 97 wins
 
Rankings Movers
Tomas Berdych 6 (+1 spot)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7 (-1 spot)
Radek Stepanek 35 (+6 spots)
Benoit Paire 46 (+6 spots) – Career High
Lukas Lacko 51 (+8 spots) – Career High
Matthew Ebden 123 (-53 spots)
Jack Sock 165 (+55 spots) – Career High

Tidbits
• Roger Federer celebrates his 300th week atop the South African Airways ATP Rankings. Read our tribute...

Birthdays
15 October – Jesse Levine (25)
16 October – Philipp Kohlschreiber (29)
20 October – Flavio Cipolla (29)
21 October – Bernard Tomic (20)

Player To Watch: Janko Tipsarevic
TipsarevicThe World No. 9 looks to add valuable points at the Erste Bank Open in his bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Tipsarevic is just outside the qualification cutline in ninth place, the position he finished in last year before competing as an alternate. He has a 53-22 season record, highlighted by his first clay-court title in Stuttgart (d. Monaco) and semi-final showings at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Madrid (l. to Federer) and Toronto (l. to Djokovic). The Serb also equalled his best major performance by reaching the US Open quarter-finals for a second straight year (l. to Ferrer).

How To Watch
Follow all of the action from Stockholm (Not available in Sweden, USA and Russia) and Vienna (Not available in Austria and USA) beginning 15 October and Moscow (Not available in Russia and USA) starting 17 October.
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WEEK IN REVIEW

Twitter Top Tweets

@DjokerNole (Novak Djokovic)
Hope u'll accept my apology (once again) 4 giving u couple of heart attacks today. Seriously, I'm not doing it on purpose ;)

‏@RSoderling (Robin Soderling)
This morning me and @jennimostrom became parents to a beautiful little girl. We are all feeling great and are extremely happy.

‏@TommyHaas13 (Tommy Haas)
Seeing the Great Wall was a highlight, good times in China. Now a little layover in Dubai to one of my favorite city pic.twitter.com/jOAVzX6N

‏@paul_annacone (Paul Annacone)
can I change the shoe from 287 to 300 for total weeks at #1 ? - congrats RF tremendous effort pic.twitter.com/fCMtFmOl

‏@colin_fleming (Colin Fleming)
Really happy to get the win today in a battle of a match. Thru to our 1st Masters 1000 SF tomorrow! Thanks for the messages of support.

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Video Of The Week
In season 4, episode 41, ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Rio looks at the tense battle to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals next month.

In Case You Missed It…
Shanghai: World No. 2 Novak Djokovic saved five match points to dethrone two-time defending Shanghai Rolex Masters champion Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6(11), 6-3, lifting his fifth trophy of the season.
Djokovic: “It’s Going To Help Me In The Race For No. 1”

Djokovic vs. Murray Rivalry Intensifies
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray squared off for the sixth time this year in Shanghai. Djokovic’s levelled to 3-3 in their season meetings and 9-7 overall in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Catch up on their 2012 clashes in the chart below…

 TournamentRoundResult
Australian Open SF Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-5
Dubai SF Murray 6-2, 7-5
Miami F Djokovic 6-1, 7-6(4)
London 2012 Olympics SF Murray 7-5, 7-5
US Open F Murray 7-6(10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2
Shanghai F Djokovic 5-7, 7-6(11), 6-3

Tidbits
• Reigning Olympic and US Open champion Andy Murray has been named one of AskMen’s Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2012, joining a list topped by James Bond, Usain Bolt and Bill Clinton. More…
• Rainer Schuettler, the 2003 Australian Open finalist, has retired from tennis after a 17-year professional career. More…
• Max Mirnyi recorded his 600th doubles match win in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters, partnering Daniel Nestor. More…
Mirnyi • The ATP has released a statement on the Australian Open prize money discussions. More…
• Dusseldorf will host an ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament in the week before Roland Garros after leading promoter Ion Tiriac and Rainer Schuettler joined forces to acquire the tournament membership. More…

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