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Corona Slice: Czechs, Spaniards Battle For Pride

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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 is the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final, held in Prague.
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Czech Republic vs. Spain (Indoor Hard): The host Czech Republic will look to lift its first trophy since 1980, while Spain bids for its fourth crown in five years. In their most recent meeting, the Spaniards won the 2009 final with a commanding 5-0 victory, but that was played on clay, their surface of preference. Read more...

Team CZE: Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol, Ivo Minar
Team ESP: David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro, Marcel Granollers, Marc Lopez

Davis Cup Final Teams

Rankings Movers
Leonardo Mayer 67 (+10 spots)
Lukas Rosol 71 (+13 spots)
Horacio Zeballos 84 (+11 spots)
Michael Russell 85 (+18 spots)
Tobias Kamke 94 (-11 spots)
Evgeny Donskoy 98 (+24 spots) – Career High
Edouard Roger-Vasselin 100 (+6 spots)
Jesse Levine 106 (-21 spots)
Malek Jaziri 116 (-27 spots)

13 November – Jerzy Janowicz (22)
14 November – Alejandro Falla (29)
15 November – Fernando Verdasco (29)

Player To Watch: Radek Stepanek
StepanekAt 33 years of age, Stepanek has an opportunity to help his country secure its first Davis Cup title in 32 years in this weekend’s final. While the focus is on teammate Tomas Berdych, Stepanek’s role could prove significant in the Czech Republic winning, or losing. Stepanek’s most notable singles result in 2012 came on an outdoor hard court, reaching the quarter-finals at the Shanghai Rolex Masters with wins over Richard Gasquet and John Isner. He excelled in doubles with India’s Leander Paes, winning the Australian Open, two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns, reaching the US Open final and the semi-finals on his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals debut.

How To Watch
Follow all of the action from the Davis Cup by watching live coverage on the ITF website starting 16 November 2012.
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Twitter Top Tweets

@DjokerNole (Novak Djokovic)
So happy!!! Thank u all for ur love and support! Now is holiday time :)

@M_Granollers (Marcel Granollers)
Here I leave a picture with my friend and partner @marclopeztarres

@Bryanbros (Bob Bryan)
Today was a big day. We had the grand opening of Baby Disneyland in our living room.

@TommyHaas13 (Tommy Haas)
Really proud and honored for receiving comeback player of the year award. Special thanks to my colleagues for voting for me. #atp

@ryanharrison92 (Ryan Harrison)
So pumped to be in Australia for @mattebden wedding!

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Video Of The Week
In part one of his victory lap after winning the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, we follow Novak Djokovic from victory on court through his marathon post-match behind-the-scenes activities in this exclusive feature. Watch part two here...

In Case You Missed It…
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals: Novak Djokovic captured his sixth title of the season, defeating second seed and six-time champion Roger Federer 7-6(6), 7-5 to win the season finale at The O2 in London.
Read Match Report | Djokovic: “This Was My Time, My Moment”

• Sixth seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez became the second Spanish team to win the season-ending championships when they topped fifth-seeded Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna7-5, 3-6, 10-3 for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title. More…
• Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and the No. 1 duo of Bob and Mike Bryan each took home a pair of honours in the 2012 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon. More…
• The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals  welcomed its 1 millionth fan through the doors of The O2 to watch the prestigious season finale. The attendance milestone was reached during the evening semi-final session, when a sold-out crowd of 17,800 people were on hand to watch Roger Federer beat Andy Murray. More…
• The ATP announced the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals will be played in London at The O2 through 2015, and that Barclays has extended its title sponsorship of the tournament. More…
• Milos Raonic was honoured in a special ceremony at Queen's Park in Toronto, presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by MPP Peter Shurman. More…

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