CORONA ATP WEEKLY SLICE 2013
Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Djokovic, Nadal Head US Open Field
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 Grand Slam event in New York.
US Open: The last Grand Slam of the year gets underway with some enticing contests looming for the top contenders. After playing three of the past four Grand Slam finals against each other, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and defending champion Andy Murray could meet each other in a blockbuster semi-final.
Rafael Nadal will be trying to capitalise on his victory in the Emirates Airline US Open Series by becoming just the third player to complete a summer hard court sweep -- winning both ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments as well as the US Open. The Spaniard could take on Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, a match that would mark their first meeting in New York. Federer will be making his 56th consecutive Grand Slam tournament appearance, tying him with Wayne Ferreira for the record.
Former champion Juan Martin del Potro and top-ranked American John Isner are also coming in off strong performances during the summer hard court events.
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will be trying to pull off a historic feat by winning the Grand Slam in doubles, having already captured the three majors held so far this year.
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Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 26 August 2013)
US Open- Doubles
Mike Bryan – 846 wins
Leander Paes – 649 wins
Paul Hanley – 444 wins
Jonathan Erlich – 297 wins
Oliver Marach – 199 wins
Michal Mertinak – 199 wins
Marcel Granollers – 194 wins
Jamie Murray – 149 wins
Tommy Robredo – 147 wins
Jurgen Melzer 27 (+5 spots)
Gael Monfils 39 (+4 spots)
Guillaume Rufin 91 (+4 spots)
Player To Watch: Andy Murray
Murray will be defending a Grand Slam title for the first time, and also trying to win two in a row after his historic victory at Wimbledon earlier this year. No player has won the US Open in consecutive years since Federer took five straight titles between 2004-2008.
After going 3-2 in Montreal and Cincinnati, the third seed will attempt to resume the hard court success he enjoyed in winning the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Miami earlier this year. Murray plays Michael Llodra in the first round.
WEEK IN REVIEW
@rogerfederer (Roger Federer) Amazing night with so many greats of the game of Tennis at the @ATPWorldTour evening here in New York. http://t.co/nBvlQYTLJA
@DjokerNole (Novak Djokovic) On my way to the United Nations :) it's a really special day today. #excited http://t.co/nzJEpeKjlX
@MRusselltennis (Michael Russell) Great way to start US Open, getting served sushi from Iron Chef Morimoto! #big fan
@jojomelzer (Jurgen Melzer) Thank u guys for all the nice messages and support this week!it has been a good one for me!!
@freddienielsen (Frederik Nielsen) A good week ends with 3 points to the reds. Awesome. Thanks to the Winston-Salem event for a good time. Great tournament!
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Video Of The Week
A memorable evening saw 19 No. 1 players gather together at the ATP No. 1 Celebration event.
In Case You Missed It…
Winston-Salem Open: Jurgen Melzer won his first title of the season at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament in Winston-Salem, taking the final 6-3, 2-1 when Gael Monfils retired with a hip injury.
Melzer: "We put a lot of work in"
• Brain Game: Craig O'Shannessy examines the success of Rafael Nadal in saving break points. More
• Indian Wells continues to make improvements to its tournament grounds. More
• Novak Djokovic has joined Rafael Nadal in qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. More
• Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have clinched the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Ranking for a record ninth time. More
• Doubles stalwart Daniel Nestor won his 900th match. More
• On 23 August, ATP celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Emirates ATP Rankings. More
• The countdown concluded with a look at the past two year-end No. 1s: Nadal, Djokovic.
• Also marking last week's anniversary, those involved in establishing the ranking system looked back on its history. More
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