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Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Can Rafa Rebound?

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.


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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23 April – Alex Bogomolov Jr. (30)
23 April – Eduardo Schwank (27)
25 April – Juan Sebastian Cabal (27)
26 April – John Isner (28)
27 April – Horacio Zeballos (28)

Player To Watch: David Ferrer
FerrerWorld 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.

How To Watch
Follow action in Bucharest beginning 22 April (Not available in Romania, USA and Russia) and Barcelona starting 25 April.
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Twitter Top Tweets

‏‏@DjokerNole 4h (Novak Djokovic)
No, Pierre. Be nice. This trophy is here to stay!

@rohanbopanna (Rohan Bopanna)

@NieminenJarkko (Jarkko Nieminen)
I enjoyed every moment on court. This was one of the best weeks in my career. Feels great to achieve something I haven't achieved before.

@kevinanderson18 (Kevin Anderson)
Hey @SharkoTennis does @RafaelNadal record in month of Apr match mine for month of Dec? Last beaten in '03 (juniors) Unbeaten as pro or am

@Bryanbros (Bob Bryan)
We feel lucky to have spent the evening at the Royal Palace as guests of Prince Albert. He was such an incredibly gracious host.

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Video Of The Week
Follow Novak Djokovic through his trophy presentation and media commitments after winning the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters crown.

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.

Year Final Score
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)

Benneteau/ZimonjicJulien 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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