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Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Will Rafa's Reign Continue?

Corona ATP Weekly Slice

Tap into the essentials of the week ahead and re-live the highlights of the past week with Corona ATP 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 is one ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Monte-Carlo.

Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters: Eight of the Top 10 players are in action at the Monte-Carlo Country Club as the season shifts to the European spring clay-court swing. Top seed Novak Djokovic bids for his first event crown, while second seed Andy Murray seeks his first clay-court title. Both will likely need to dethrone Rafael Nadal if they want to taste victory, as the ‘King Of Clay’ has lifted the trophy eight years running. Fourth seed Tomas Berdych is a two-time semi-finalist (2007, 2012).
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Murray, Djokovic

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic played mini-tennis in front in the Place du Casino. Photo: Getty Images

Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 14 April 2013)
Monte-Carlo – Singles
Andy Murray – 398 wins
Tomas Berdych – 397 wins

Rankings Movers
Kevin Anderson 26 (+3 spots) – Career High
Tommy Robredo 43 (+29 spots)
Albert Ramos 67 (-15 spots)
Ricardas Berankis 70 (+7 spots) – Career High
Michael Russell 88 (-15 spots)
Pablo Andujar 96 (-39 spots)

Birthdays
17 April – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (28)

Player To Watch: Rafael Nadal
NadalThird seed Rafael Nadal brings one of the most impressive streaks in sport to Monte-Carlo, where he is the eight-time reigning champion. Nadal has won 42 matches in a row at the event dating back to his third-round loss in 2003 when he was just 16. The Mallorcan has made a triumphant return from a left knee injury this season after being sidelined for seven months. The 22-time Masters 1000 champion has a 17-1 record and is riding a 14-match win streak, picking up three straight trophies in Buenos Aires (d. Nalbandian), Acapulco (d. Ferrer) and Indian Wells (d. del Potro).

How To Watch
Follow action in Monte-Carlo beginning 15 April with up to 39 live matches. Coverage is available worldwide!
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WEEK IN REVIEW

Twitter Top Tweets

‏‏@jamie_murray (Jamie Murray)
Thanks to everyone for all the nice messages throughout the week.  Great week for the team and a title in the bag! On to sarasota tomorrow.

‏‏@RikdeVoest (Rik de Voest)
A little chilly in Oklahoma City for an outdoor event. Play was cancelled for the day. Below freezing temperatures. pic.twitter.com/ymWePunk8R

@colin_fleming (Colin Fleming)
Just your average car show room in Monte Carlo...McLaren! Got a spare €300,000?!! pic.twitter.com/FZJln5VPw5

@MRusselltennis (Michael Russell)
Wow, lady next to me in dr's office just ripped the magazine page with the cologne sample spray & rubbed the page all over herself #hilarious

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Video Of The Week
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have all had a big impact in the first three months of the 2013 ATP World Tour season. Re-live the big moments so far in season 5, episode 15 of ATP World Tour Uncovered Presented by Rio.

In Case You Missed It…
Casablanca:
Tommy Robredo won his first title in more than two years, topping second seed Kevin Anderson 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3 in the Grand Prix Hassan II final.
Robredo: “I Really Wanted To Win This” 

Houston: Fifth seed John Isner defeated No. 1 seed Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-5 to capture his first clay-court trophy at the US Men’s Clay Court Championship.
Isner: “This Week Is A Little Surprising” 

Tidbits
Bryans• Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan notched their 800th tour-level team victory after winning their semi-final match in Houston. More...
• Last week marked 20 years since Pete Sampras first ascended to World No. 1, as well as 18 years since rival Andre Agassi reached the top spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings. More... 
• Roger Federer will return to play his hometown event at the Swiss Indoors Basel. More...  
• Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky discuss becoming fathers for the first time and choosing the same name for their sons in our exclusive Q&A. More...

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