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Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Federer Returns To His Roots

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 are ATP World Tour 250 events in Gstaad and Umag, while the Emirates Airline US Open Series starts in Atlanta.

Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad: Roger Federer will be hoping to shake off a surprise semi-final loss in Hamburg to Federico Delbonis last week, as top seed here. He is returning to Gstaad, where he made his ATP World Tour debut in 1998, for the first time since winning the 2004 title. The homegrown favourite is joined by the nation’s No. 2, Stanislas Wawrinka, who reached the final in 2005. Defending champion Thomaz Bellucci will be hoping to lift the crown for a third time, having also won it in 2009. Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic and Argentina’s Juan Monaco round out the top four seeds, while 2006 finalist Feliciano Lopez also features.
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BB&T Atlanta Open: World No. 21 John Isner leads the home charge in Atlanta, the first tournament of the Emirates Airline US Open Series. The two-time finalist is bidding to capture his second title of the season following a win in Houston. South African Kevin Anderson, Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Dutchman Igor Sijsling round out the top four seeds. Also in action is two-time champion Mardy Fish, who is contesting his second ATP World Tour tournament since the 2012 US Open, following illness. Former World No.1 Lleyton Hewitt is hoping to break the drought since his last title in 2010.
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Vegeta Croatia Open Umag: France’s Richard Gasquet is making his debut in Umag, and is top seed. He is joined by in-form Italian Fabio Fognini, who won his first two ATP World Tour titles the past two weeks in Stuttgart and Hamburg. Completing the top four seeds is 2011 champion Alexandr Dolgopolov and Fognini’s countryman, Andreas Seppi. Carlos Berlocq and Horacio Zeballos, who both won their first ATP World Tour titles earlier this year, are also in contention. 
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 Wawrinka
Stanislas Wawrinka goes parachuting ahead of the Credit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad. Credit: Blaise/Ecole de Parachutisme de Chateau d'Oex

Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 14 July 2013)
Gstaad - Singles
Robin Haase - 97 wins 

Gstaad - Doubles
Lucas Arnold Ker - 299 wins
Oliver Marach - 197 wins

Atlanta - Singles
Mardy Fish - 297 wins
Yen-Hsun Lu - 95 wins 

Umag - Singles
Florian Mayer - 198 wins 
Dmitry Tursunov - 197 wins

Rankings Movers
Fabio Fognini 19 (+6 spots)
Juan Monaco 30 (-10 spots)
Grega Zemlja 52 (-9 spots)
Dmitry Tursunov 61 (+7 spots)
Federico Delbonis 65 (+49 spots)
Alejandro Falla 83 (+39 spots)
Ivo Karlovic 87 (+68 spots)

Birthdays
23 July - Jarkko Nieminen (32)
24 July - Lukas Rosol (28)

Player To Watch: Mardy Fish 
FishMardy Fish makes a welcome return to action this week in Atlanta. The American is competing in just his second ATP World Tour event since the 2012 US Open, having battled illness concerns for the past 10 months. The American is making his return on a happy hunting ground, having lifted the Atlanta trophy in 2010 and 2011, defeating John Isner both times. He has a 9-1 event record and is seeded sixth.

How To Watch
Follow action in Gstaad (Blackout applies in Switzerland) and Atlanta (Blackout applies in USA) starting 26 July.
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WEEK IN REVIEW

Twitter Top Tweets

@TipsarevicJanko (Janko Tipsarevic)
@btipsarevic and me will be parents...

‏@tomasberdych (Tomas Berdych)
Hele Elle #tb #elle #cover pic.twitter.com/gI3O4WLYvv

@delpotrojuan (Juan Martin del Potro)
I spent an unbelievable weekend at Disney World. I met Minnie!!! facebook.com/photo.php?fbid…

‏@milosraonic (Milos Raonic)
What a great visit to @Bloorview
Few things outside my family and tennis make me happier than seeing the kids happy! pic.twitter.com/IpygqPWo8f

@andyroddick (Andy Roddick)
On my way to "work" @FOXSportsLive .......

@jojomelzer (Jurgen Melzer)
It looks like he needed to do yoga IMMEDIATELY!#outsideagasstation #determination pic.twitter.com/89T3XUpygn

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Video Of The Week
Using his new racquet, Roger Federer crafts this Hot Shot from Hamburg.

In Case You Missed It…
Hamburg: Fabio Fognini wins his second title in as many weeks after saving three match points to defeat Federico Delbonis 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-2 at the bet-at-home Open - German Tennis Championships
Fognini: "I Just Feel Incredible"

Bogota: Two weeks into his comeback from viral meningitis, Ivo Karlovic wins his first trophy in five years by defeating home hope Alejandro Falla 6-3, 7-6(4) at the Claro Open Colombia
Karlovic: "It Was An Unbelievable Week"

Tidbits
• With the start of the summer hard-court swing, we look into records on the surface this year using the FedEx ATP Reliability Index. More
Roger Federer debuts his new racquet, with a larger 98 square-inch frame, in Hamburg. More
• At the Claro Open Colombia, home-grown hero Alejandro Falla receives a $10,000 ATP ACES For Charity grant, in support of Tennis For Colombia. More
• Spain’s Marcel Granollers speaks about juggling duties on the singles and doubles court in Form & Fitness Presented By Compeed. More
Roger Federer and Tommy Haas take time away from the court to visit the Inner Alster Lake in the heart of Hamburg. More
Citi Open organisers confirm Juan Martin del Potro, a two-time champion, will return to Washington this summer as a wild card. More

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