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Corona Slice: Novak, Roger Return To Dubai

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.

LOOKING AHEAD

Who’s Playing This Week?
There are two ATP World Tour 500 events in Dubai and Acapulco and one ATP World Tour 250 event in Delray Beach.

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: The Top 2-ranked players on the ATP World Tour lead a field featuring six Top 10 players. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic returns to action for the first time since triumphing at the Australian Open. Second-ranked Roger Federer looks to defend his title, as he guns for a sixth event crown. Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic are among Djokovic's and Federer's biggest threats.
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Abierto Mexicano Telcel: A trio of Spaniards highlights the draw in Acapulco. World No. 4 David Ferrer is the top seed and the three-time reigning champion. Second seed Rafael Nadal returns to the tournament for the first time since 2005. He is continuing his comeback from a left knee injury after winning the title in Sao Paulo. Third seed Nicolas Almagro triumphed in 2008 and 2009. Stanislas Wawrinka is seeded fourth.
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Delray Beach International Tennis Championships: Top-ranked American John Isner is the No. 1 seed in Delray Beach. Second seed Tommy Haas, the 2006 titlist, is one of four former champions in the main draw. Also returning are fourth seed Kei Nishikori (2008), sixth-seeded defending champion Kevin Anderson, who returns from elbow surgery, and eighth seed Xavier Malisse (2005, 2007). Third seed Sam Querrey bids for his first title of the year.
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Tidbits
• World No. 1 Novak Djokovic now has a vested interest in the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project at the Burj Al Arab, after he named one of the turtles in the project. More…
• Djokovic also took part in an Emirates ATP Rankings Google+ Hangout with 10 lucky fans ahead of the start of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis ChampionshipsMore...
• The ATP has announced the launch of a new ATP Heritage campaign on the back of a number of 40-year Emirates ATP Rankings celebrations planned for 2013. More... 

Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 25 February 2013)
Dubai – Singles
Marcos Baghdatis – 249 wins

Dubai – Doubles
Michael Llodra – 349 wins
Mariusz Fyrstenberg – 298 wins
Marc Lopez – 149 wins
Rajeev Ram – 99 wins

Acapulco – Singles
Nicolas Almagro – 299 wins

Acapulco – Doubles
Jurgen Melzer – 248 wins

Delray Beach – Singles
Benjamin Becker – 99 wins
Alexandr Dolgopolov – 99 wins

Rankings Movers
Kei Nishikori 16 (+5 spots)
Milos Raonic 18 (-4 spots)
Feliciano Lopez 35 (+12 spots)
Marinko Matosevic 39 (+14 spots) – Career High
Denis Istomin 42 (+21 spots)
Jurgen Melzer 49 (-22 spots)
Tommy Robredo 79 (+16 spots)
Dmitry Tursunov 92 (+27 spots)

Birthdays
27 February – Bruno Soares (31)
28 February – Ivo Karlovic (34)
28 February – Florent Serra (32)
1 March – Dick Norman (42)

Player To Watch: Novak Djokovic
DjokovicWorld No. 1 Djokovic makes his anticipated return to action in Dubai, playing his second tour-level tournament of the year. He began his season by becoming the first man in the Open Era to win three successive Australian Open crowns, defeating rival Andy Murray in the final. The Serb has been extremely successful in Dubai, holding a 23-3 record at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament. Djokovic reigned supreme from 2009-2011, winning 18 straight matches at the event before falling to Murray in last year’s semi-finals. He begins his title quest Tuesday against compatriot Viktor Troicki.

How To Watch
Follow action in Dubai beginning 25 February and in Acapulco starting 27 February (not available in Mexico).
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WEEK IN REVIEW

Twitter Top Tweets

@DjokerNole (Novak Djokovic)
Good day today! Celebrated with Brad Drewett and Roger Federer 40 years of the ATP rankings and rich tennis history. Proud to be part of it!

@andyroddick (Andy Roddick)
That awkward moment when you're singing along in the car.... Then you really commit, and shock yourself w how bad you are #neverdothatagain

@RoscoHutchins (Ross Hutchins)
Morning! Heading in to do @bbc1 Breakfast at 8.30am to talk about very exciting event Rally against Cancer! Looking forward to it!

@JackSock (Jack Sock)
Can't help but take a picture of old school captain courier here in Memphis #aircourier pic.twitter.com/Z49Pm9LNqd

@rohanbopanna (Rohan Bopanna)
First title of the year and with a new partner for this week. Thank u @colin_fleming was a pleasure playing with u. pic.twitter.com/RojQkOIxNF

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Video Of The Week
Legends of the game including Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors celebrate 40 years of the Emirates ATP Rankings and the defining achievement of finishing the year as World No. 1.

In Case You Missed It…
Memphis:
Fifth seed Kei Nishikori lifted his second ATP World Tour 500 trophy, dismissing Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 6-3 at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships. Nishikori did not lose a set during the tournament.
Nishikori: “I Served Really Well This Week” 

Marseille: Eighth-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saved a match point to beat World No. 6 Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4, claiming his 10th ATP World Tour title at the Open 13.
Tsonga: “I Never Gave Up” 

Buenos Aires: World No. 4 David Ferrer successfully retained his title at the Copa Claro, defeating third seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to win his 20th ATP World Tour trophy.
Ferrer: “I Am Very Proud” 

Tidbits
• Roger Federer travelled to South Africa to visit pre-schools in the Limpopo Province that are supported by the Roger Federer Foundation. More...  
• Feliciano Lopez notched his 300th match win en route to reaching the final in Memphis. More...
• Lleyton Hewitt talks about his new clothing line, ‘C’mon’, in an exclusive Q&A with ATPWorldTour.com. More...  
• Prize money at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open will see an increase following the ATP Board of Directors’ approval of Indian Wells’ proposed prize money distribution for 2013, the ATP announced. More...
• The Aegon Championships will host 'Rally Against Cancer' - an all-star doubles match featuring Andy Murray and Tim Hemman, on finals day to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which supports The Royal Marsden, the world-leading cancer centre treating British tennis player Ross HutchinsMore...

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