CORONA SLICE 2013
Corona Slice: Novak, Roger Star In Melbourne
by Matt Fitzgerald|
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 one Grand Slam event in Melbourne.
Australian Open: Defending champion Novak Djokovic is the top seed in the first major tournament of the 2013 season. Djokovic is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era to win three straight titles at the event. The top half of the draw includes fourth seed David Ferrer, fifth seed Tomas Berdych and eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic.
Second seed Roger Federer, who seeks an Open Era record fifth event title, and two-time runner-up Andy Murray, the No. 3 seed, feature in the bottom half. They are joined by sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro and seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 finalist.
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Kevin Anderson 31 (+5 spots)
Marcos Baghdatis 35 (-4 spots)
Bernard Tomic 43 (+21 spots)
Jarkko Nieminen 70 (-26 spots)
Gael Monfils 86 (+13 spots)
Jesse Levine 88 (+16 spots)
Olivier Rochus 126 (-37 spots)
14 January – Ruben Bemelmans (25)
15 January – Marcin Matkowski (32)
17 January – Albert Ramos (25)
18 January – Olivier Rochus (32)
19 January – Horia Tecau (28)
20 January – Malek Jaziri (29)
20 January – Robert Farah (26)
21 January – Nicolas Mahut (31)
23 January – Pablo Andujar (27)
25 January – Adrian Ungur (28)
Player To Watch: Novak Djokovic
Djokovic returns as the No. 1 seed at the Australian Open, where he is seeking to capture his fourth crown in six years, having triumphed in 2008, 2011 and 2012. Last year, Djokovic prevailed over Rafael Nadal in the longest Grand Slam final in history and went on to clinch the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking for the second season in a row. Djokovic has a 32-5 record at Melbourne Park and has reached the semi-finals or better at his past 10 major tournaments. He opens his title campaign Monday against Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu.
WEEK IN REVIEW
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In Case You Missed It…
Auckland: World No. 5 David Ferrer tied Roy Emerson’s record of winning four Heineken Open titles, defeating 2008 champion and second seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 76(5), 6-1 to clinch his third straight crown at the event.
Ferrer: “The First Set Was The Key”
Sydney: Australian Bernard Tomic captured his first ATP World Tour title, topping Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3 in the Apia International Sydney final.
Tomic: “I Feel Unstoppable” | Read Tomic Spotlight Q&A
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!
With his triumph at the Apia International Sydney, Bernard Tomic became the ninth home grown player in the Open Era to win the event. See who Tomic joined in the chart below...
|Tony Roche||1969, 1974 (Dec.), 1976|
|Phil Dent||1971, 1979|
|Geoff Masters||1974 (Jan.)|
|John Fitzgerald||1984, 1988|
|Lleyton Hewitt||2000-01, 2004-05|
• One of the brightest and well-liked personalities in doubles will take time away from tennis to confront a different battle: cancer. Ross Hutchins has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. More...
• The transformation of Janko Tipsarevic becoming a Top 10 player is featured in DEUCE, which debuts a new rolling format in 2013. More…
• World No. 13 and top-ranked American John Isner withdrew from the Australian Open due to a knee injury. More…
• The ATP and Rolex, the leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, have announced a new multi-year partnership from 1 January 2013, in which Rolex becomes the Official Timekeeper of the ATP World Tour. More…
• The ATP and leading tennis equipment manufacturer Tecnifibre have announced a new five-year partnership in which Tecnifibre becomes an Official Partner of the ATP World Tour. More…
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