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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 Weekly 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 ATP World Tour 500 event in Memphis and two ATP World Tour 250 events in Marseille and Buenos Aires.

U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships: World No. 12 Marin Cilic is the top seed in Memphis. He is joined by two-time defending runner-up and second seed Milos Raonic and the Top 2-ranked Americans, third seed John Isner and fourth seed Sam Querrey, who beat Isner in the 2010 final. Two-time former champion Tommy Haas and reigning titlist Jurgen Melzer are also back.
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Open 13: Sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych leads a jam-packed draw in Marseille fielding five Top 10 players. The Czech will be challenged by No. 2 seed and defending champion Juan Martin del Potro, third seed and 2009 titlist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, fourth seed Janko Tipsarevic, fifth seed Richard Gasquet, winner of two titles this season and No. 6 seed Gilles Simon, who triumphed in 2007.
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Copa Claro: World No. 4 David Ferrer returns to defend his title in Buenos Aires, as he plays his first event since reaching the Australian Open semi-finals (l. to Djokovic). Nicolas Almagro, the 2011 champion and runner-up to Ferrer last year, is seeded second. Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka (pictured below) and fourth seed Thomaz Bellucci also feature.
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Photo: Sergio Llamera-Copa Claro

Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 18 February 2013)
Memphis – Singles
Feliciano Lopez – 298 wins
Benjamin Becker – 99 wins
Alexandr Dolgopolov – 97 wins

Memphis – Doubles
Jurgen Melzer – 247 wins
Lukasz Kubot – 149 wins

Marseille – Singles
Jarkko Nieminen – 345 wins
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – 249 wins

Marseille – Doubles
Michael Llodra – 349 wins
Colin Fleming – 97 wins

Buenos Aires – Singles
Nicolas Almagro – 296 wins

Buenos Aires – Doubles
Lucas Arnold Ker – 297 wins

Rankings Movers
Tommy Haas 18 (+4 spots)
Julien Benneteau 31 (+8 spots)
Grigor Dimitrov 34 (+7 spots) – Career High
Denis Istomin 63 (=16 spots)
Simone Bolelli 67 (+13 spots)
David Nalbandian 78 (+15 spots)
Martin Alund 93 (+18 spots) – Career High
Filippo Volandri 113 (-25 spots)

21 February – Andreas Seppi (29)
22 February – Ross Hutchins (28)
22 February – Andrey Kuznetsov (22)
24 February – Lleyton Hewitt (32)
24 February – Santiago Gonzalez (30)

Player To Watch: Juan Martin del Potro
del PotroThe seventh-ranked del Potro seeks a successful title defence at the Open 13 in Marseille. Last year, the Argentine defeated Michael Llodra to triumph on his debut. Del Potro enters the event on the back of capturing the trophy in Rotterdam, having topped Julien Benneteau. He has a 7-1 season record and is looking to win his 15th tour-level title this week. He has a bye in the first round and could meet Llodra in his opener, should the Frenchman get past David Goffin.

How To Watch
Follow action in Marseille beginning 18 February (not available in France, USA and Russia) and Memphis starting 21 February (not available in USA).
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Twitter Top Tweets

@TommyHaas13 (Tommy Haas)
Thanks so much for the support @saramfoster @officialdfoster , amazing feeling to see your own daughter watching.

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Clay court time.... @ATPcopaCLARO

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Video Of The Week
Hot Shot regular Grigor Dimitrov once again shows off his talent through incredible hustle and speed during his quarter-final win over Marcos Baghdatis in Rotterdam.

In Case You Missed It…
Defending runner-up Juan Martin del Potro went one step further than the year before at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, defeating Julien Benneteau 7-6(2), 6-3 in the final to win the season’s first ATP World Tour 500 event.
Del Potro: “I Played The Way I Needed To”

Sao Paulo: In his second tournament back from a left knee injury, top seed Rafael Nadal triumphed over David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3 to capture his 37th clay-court trophy at the Brasil Open 2013.
Nadal: “I Played My Best Match Of The Week” 

San Jose: Top seed Milos Raonic became the first player in the Open Era to win three straight titles in the Bay Area, beating No. 4 seed Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3 for the SAP Open title in San Jose.
Raonic: “I Don’t Think I Could Have Returned Much Better”  

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