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Corona Slice: Federer Aims For Basel Six Pack; Race To London Down To Wire

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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.


Who’s Playing This Week?
There are two ATP World Tour 500 events in Basel and Valencia.
Swiss Indoors Basel: Top-ranked Roger Federer returns to his home event to defend his title, aiming to win his sixth crown in seven years in Basel. The Swiss returns seeking vital points in the battle with Novak Djokovic to finish as the year-end World No. 1. Second seed Juan Martin del Potro enters on the back of his triumph in Vienna, having strengthed his bid to qualify for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Richard Gasquet, No. 11 in the Race To London, is the third seed, while Stanislas Wawrinka, who holds the 16th position, is seeded fourth.
valencia open 500: World No. 5 and two-time champion David Ferrer leads a stellar field in Valencia that fields a number of players vying for one of the final three berths to the season finale at The O2. The Race To London hopefuls include second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (7th), third seed Janko Tipsarevic (9th), fourth seed Juan Monaco (11th), fifth seed John Isner (14th), sixth seed Nicolas Almagro (10th), seventh seed Marin Cilic (15th) and eighth seed Milos Raonic (13th). Reigning champion Marcel Granollers also features in the draw, as well as two-time titlist Juan Carlos Ferrero, who will retire following the tournament.
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Race To London Update
With five of the eight slots locked up for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, this is how the players stack up in their quest to claim one of the three remaining places as of 21 October...

 PositionPlayerPointsIn Action This Week?
6 Tomas Berdych 4,225 No
7 Juan Martin del Potro 3,740 Basel
8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3,310 Valencia
9 Janko Tipsarevic 2,810 Valencia
10 Nicolas Almagro 2,425 Valencia
11 Richard Gasquet 2,370 Basel
12 Juan Monaco 2,340 Valencia
13 Milos Raonic 2,290 Valencia
14 John Isner 2,205 Valencia
15 Marin Cilic 2,105 Valencia
16 Stanislas Wawrinka 1,810 Basel

Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 21 October 2012)
Basel – Singles
Mikhail Youzhny – 397 wins
Richard Gasquet – 295 wins
Juan Martin del Potro – 246 wins
Stanislas Wawrinka – 246 wins
Benjamin Becker – 97 wins
Kevin Anderson – 95 wins
Basel – Doubles
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi – 149 wins
Valencia – Singles
Fernando Verdasco – 349 wins
Feliciano Lopez – 296 wins
Valencia – Doubles
Fernando Verdasco – 97 wins
Rankings Movers
Andreas Seppi 22 (+3 spots) – Career High
Thomaz Bellucci 34 (+7 spots)
Grega Zemlja 50 (+20 spots) – Career High
Gilles Muller 63 (+18 spots)
Gael Monfils 68 (-21 spots)
Malek Jaziri 89 (+23 spots)
James Blake 112 (-28 spots)
26 October – Jordan Kerr (33)

Player To Watch: Juan Carlos Ferrero
FerreroThe 32-year-old Ferrero will play the final tournament of his career in Valencia, stating, “It’s the best possible stage for me to retire.” The former World No. 1 won the event in 1999 and 2003 when it was held on clay. The Spaniard has played just 16 matches in 2012, with his best result coming at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Rome. There, Ferrero reached the third round, upsetting Gael Monfils and taking a set off Roger Federer. Ferrero also won his final Davis Cup appearance, winning a five-set rubber against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin. The wild card has drawn compatriot Nicolas Almagro, the sixth seed.

How To Watch
Follow all of the action from Basel (Not available in Switzerland) and Valencia beginning 25 October.
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In season 4, episode 42, ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Rio celebrates Roger Federer's 300 weeks at No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. 

In Case You Missed It…
In a battle of Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contenders, second seed Tomas Berdych prevailed 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 over top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win the If Stockholm Open title.
Berdych: “London Is Always A Goal Every Season”
Vienna: Top seed Juan Martin del Potro defeated qualifier Grega Zemlja 7-5, 6-3 in the Erste Bank Open final to capture his third trophy of the season.
Del Potro: “It’s Important To Have A Good End Of The Year”
Moscow: Second seed Andreas Seppi rallied past No. 4 seed Thomaz Bellucci 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 to win his first hard-court crown at the Kremlin Cup.
Seppi: “It Has Been A Great Season For Me”
Tommy Haas became just the fourth active player to reach 500 match wins when he defeated Jesse Levine in the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. Haas was presented a special Fiat 500 by tournament director Herwig Straka. More…
• Germany’s Alexander Waske announced his retirement from the ATP World Tour. The 37 year old won four ATP World Tour doubles titles and had singles wins over Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya. Read our exclusive Q&A…
• Spain’s David Ferrer and Wimbledon doubles champions Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen have qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. More…
• UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassador Novak Djokovic launched the "Clothes for Smiles" program, developed in collaboration with professional tennis players, which has established a $10 million fund that helps nurture the dreams of children worldwide, in Tokyo. More…
Juan Martin del Potro prevailed against German qualifier Daniel Brands in a historical win at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. It was the first time in a best-of-three sets match on the ATP World Tour both players hit at least 30 aces since the ATP began keeping RICOH ATP MatchFacts in 1991. Brands fired 32 aces to del Potro's 30. More...
Di Wu will be the first Chinese man to compete in the main draw of next year’s Australian Open after winning the inaugural Asia Pacific Australian Open Wildcard Play-off in Nanjing, China. Wu defeated third seed Danai Udomchoke to clinch the wild card.
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