CORONA ATP WEEKLY SLICE 2013
Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Can Rafa Rebound?
by ATP Staff|
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.
Who’s Playing This Week?
There is one ATP World Tour 500 event in Barcelona and one ATP World Tour 250 event in Bucharest.
Barcelona Banc Open Sabadell: Rafael Nadal looks to rebound from his first Monte-Carlo defeat in nine years as he bids for his eighth Barcelona crown. The second-seeded Nadal has won 34 matches in a row at the event. Players looking to usurp Nadal include top seed David Ferrer, third seed Tomas Berdych and fourth seed Nicolas Almagro.
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BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy: Janko Tipsarevic is the top seed in Bucharest, having accepted a wild card. The Serb will be among the competitors looking to upend defending champion Gilles Simon, who has won 15 of his 16 matches at the tournament. Third seed Andreas Seppi, fourth seed Mikhail Youzhny and 2011 titlist Florian Mayer also feature.
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Player To Watch: David Ferrer
World No. 4 David Ferrer returns to action for the first time in three weeks. The Spaniard is coming off a runner-up finish at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami, where he held a championship point before losing out to Andy Murray in a final set tie-break. Ferrer brings a 25-5 season record to the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, where he is the No. 1 seed. The 31 year has finished runner-up at the event in four of the past five years, falling to Rafael Nadal on every occasion. Ferrer is seeking his fourth title on home soil.
WEEK IN REVIEW
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In Case You Missed It…
Monte-Carlo: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated eight-time reigning champion Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-6(1) to win his first Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters trophy.
Read Match Report | Djokovic: 'The Best I Can Play On Clay'
Thrice As Nice
With his win over Nadal in Monte-Carlo, Djokovic became the first player to defeat the Spaniard in three clay-court finals. See his other final victories in the chart below.
|2011||ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid||7-5, 6-4|
|2011||ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome||6-4, 6-4|
|2013||ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo||6-2, 7-6(1)|
• Julien Benneteau and Nenad Zimonjic saved seven match points to topple two-time defending titlists Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters doubles final. More...
• Stanislas Wawrinka has agreed to a trial coaching period with former World No. 2 Magnus Norman. More...
• The annual ATP Player Revue took place on Wednesday night at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel, with Rafael Nadal and Juan Monaco hosting proceedings alongside Cristina Cimino. More...
• The FFT announced an increase to Roland Garros prize money, with the payout for the 2013 men's events to rise to €10.1 million - a 19 per cent increase on 2012 prize money levels. More...
• Ivan Lendl will take on the man he coaches after joining forces with Tomas Berdych to face Andy Murray and Tim Henman in the Rally Against Cancer doubles exhibition on finals day at the Aegon Championships. More...
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