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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 Vina del Mar, Montpellier and Zagreb.

VTR Open: Top seed Rafael Nadal makes his much anticipated return to action in Vina del Mar. Nadal will play his first tournament in seven months when he makes his event debut, having been sidelined with a knee injury. Second seed Juan Monaco returns to defend his title, along with third seed Jeremy Chardy and fourth seed Pablo Andujar.
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Open Sud de France: A trio of Top 10 stars headlines the field in Montpellier. Reigning titlist Tomas Berdych is the top seed. He beat Gael Monfils in last year’s final. World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic is seeded second, while 2006 champion Richard Gasquet is the No. 3 seed. Fourth seed Gilles Simon is a three-time semi-finalist.
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PBZ Zagreb Indoors: Home favourite Marin Cilic is the No. 1 seed in Zagreb, as he looks to claim his third event title. Second seed Andreas Seppi will look to improve his best previous result, a quarter-final showing in 2006. Defending champion Mikhail Youzhny is the third seed and is joined by 2007 titlist Marcos Baghdatis, the sixth seed.
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Birthdays
10 February – Viktor Troicki (27) 

Potential Milestones

Montpellier - Singles
Julien Benneteau - 195 wins
Sergiy Stakhovsky - 98 wins

Vina del Mar - Doubles

Tommy Robredo - 146 wins
Rafael Nadal - 98 wins
Potito Starace - 98 wins

Zagreb - Singles
Jurgen Melzer - 298 wins
Marcos Baghdatis - 246 wins
Benjamin Becker - 98 wins

Zagreb - Doubles
Jurgen Melzer - 246 wins

Rankings Movers
Marin Cilic 12 (+1 spot)
Milos Raonic 13 (+2 spots)
Juan Monaco 15 (-3 spots)
Jerzy Janowicz 25 (+1 spot)
Mikhail Youzhny 32 (-5 spots)
Lukas Lacko 74 (-25 spots)
Carlos Berlocq 81 (-11 spots)

Player To Watch: Rafael Nadal
NadalWorld No. 5 Rafael Nadal is back competing for the first time since being upset in the second round of Wimbledon in 2012 (l. to Rosol). He is beginning his comeback from a knee injury by playing the “Golden Swing” in Latin America, starting this week in Vina del Mar. Nadal is appearing at a South American event for the first time since 2005, when he captured the Costa Do Sauipe trophy. The 26 year old has won 36 tour-level titles on clay. His latest success came at Roland Garros, where he won a record-breaking seventh crown.

How To Watch
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WEEK IN REVIEW

Twitter Top Tweets

@RafaelNadal (Rafael Nadal)
Camino a Chile!! On my way to Chile! http://fb.me/1llW7ik8U

‏@stanwawrinka (Stanislas Wawrinka)
Ice bath done! Now massage and food... Lets be ready for tomorrow!!!!

@andyroddick (Andy Roddick)
I'll save the suspense as far as nadals return this week. If he plays the tournament on clay this week, he rolls to the title ....

‏@DevinBritton (Devin Britton)
Rule #1: Don't jump in the shower before testing the temperature. Bad things happen to good people.

‏@MicaelaBryan (Micaela Bryan)
Partying with the @USDavisCupTeam! @DavisCup pic.twitter.com/aMWrxJbH 

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Video Of The Week
Ride along with Novak Djokovic during a 3 a.m. dash to Melbourne Airport after his third straight victory at the Australian Open. Video courtesy HEAD Tennis.

In Case You Missed It…
There were eight Davis Cup World Group first-round ties.

CAN d. ESP 3-2
ITA d. CRO 3-2
SRB d. BEL 3-2
USA d. BRA 3-2
FRA d. ISR 5-0
ARG d. GER 5-0
KAZ d. AUT 3-1
CZE d. SUI 3-2

Tidbits
Berdych, Rosol• In the longest match in Davis Cup history, Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol outlasted Marco Chiudinelli and Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(3), 24-22 in seven hours and one minute to win the doubles rubber for the Czech Republic against Switzerland. More…
• Recreational tennis players can now learn directly from Rafael Nadal about the secrets to the Spaniard’s playing techniques through the new Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy App. More…
• Former World No. 8 Radek Stepanek underwent surgery for a neck injury on 21 January and is expected to return to the ATP World Tour later next month. More…
• The Bryan Brothers Foundation brought eight deserving juniors they sponsor to the Davis Cup World Group first-round tie between the USA and Brazil in Jacksonville. Read our exclusive Q&A with Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan
• Paul Flory, the Chairman of the Western & Southern Openin Cincinnati, died aged 90 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. More…
• Organisers of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament and the city of Rotterdam have joined forces to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ATP World Tour 500 event, beginning by unveiling a giant tennis racquet. More…

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