CORONA ATP WEEKLY SLICE 2013
Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Djokovic, Nadal Back In Action In Asia
by Josh Meiseles|
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?
The three-week Asian swing continues with two ATP World Tour 500 outdoor hard-court tournaments in Beijing and Tokyo. With just five weeks to go in the bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the Emirates ATP Race To London heats up this week with 500 ranking points available for the winners of both tournaments. Read More....
Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships: Juan Martin del Potro, currently No. 6 in the Emirates ATP Race to London, heads a strong contingent at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, in Tokyo. Kei Nishikori, seeded fourth, will look to defend his title on home soil, but will face stiff competition from those seeking a berth in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2009 Tokyo champion, enters with momentum at his back following a run to the final in Metz a week ago, and Milos Raonic, the runner-up last year, is coming off his fifth ATP World Tour title, in Bangkok. Del Potro and Tsonga open with tough tests against Marcos Baghdatis and Gael Monfils, respectively, in the first round.
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China Open: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads an elite field at the China Open and is bidding to maintain his perfect record in Beijing. The Serb has an undefeated 14-0 record at the tournament and is seeking his fourth title in five years, most recently ousting Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets for the 2012 crown. Djokovic is accompanied by Emirates ATP Race to London leader and 2005 China Open champ Rafael Nadal. Also in Beijing this week, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych look to further solidify their place in the final eight. Berdych, who is coming off a run to the final in Bangkok, was the 2011 champion, while Ferrer finished runner-up to Djokovic in 2010.Website
Novak Djokovic and WTA player Li Na play an exhibition match in Beijing, celebrating the China Open's 10th anniversary. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
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Player To Watch: Tomas Berdych
Fresh off a run to the final in Bangkok, Tomas Berdych enters the China Open as the fourth seed and is in hot pursuit of a Barclays ATP World Tour Finals berth. The Czech, who hoisted the trophy in Beijing in 2011, is seeking his first title of the year as he continues his quest for a fourth consecutive trip to the year-end championships. He will be challenged by Novak Djokovic, who carries a perfect 14-0 tournament record, and Rafael Nadal and his undefeated 22-0 hard court mark in 2013.
How To Watch
Watch up to 11 matches live online from both the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships and the China Open, beginning 3 October (Blackout restrictions apply).
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WEEK IN REVIEW
@tomasberdych (Tomas Berdych)
Congrats to Milos...He serves from third floor #missile
@milosraonic (Milos Raonic)
A great week for me! Thank you to everyone for the support. We celebrated with brownies! pic.twitter.com/r9Yx9XkMcM
First thing I said when I came round was "did I win?" #somethingsneverchange
@djokernole (Novak Djokovic)
Meet my fiancé and future wife :) So happy! Thank you for wonderful wishes #NoleFam and friends!
@bryanbros (Bob Bryan)
Great to be back in Japan for the 1st time in 21 years. @ 有明コロシアム (Ariake Colosseum) http://instagram.com/p/e12p4eMpRC/
@tommyhaas13 (Tommy Haas)
That's a wrap from @The_Greenbrier Sporting Club. Till next time. pic.twitter.com/v9BcQZhaap Most Popular Facebook Post on Facebook.com/ATPWorldTour
Video Of The Week
ATP World Tour Uncovered profiles the charismatic Frenchman Benoit Paire and takes a look at the World No. 28's career year and recent assault on the rankings.
In Case You Missed It…
Bangkok: Milos Raonic defeated a pair of Top 10 players en route to his fifth ATP World Tour title, at the Thailand Open. The Canadian toppled Tomas Berdych 7-6(4), 6-3 in the final, bolstering his bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Raonic: “I think I'm playing great tennis.”
Kuala Lampur: Joao Sousa captured his maiden ATP World Tour title at the Malaysian Open, denying Julien Benneteau his first title in his ninth final. Ranked No. 77 in the world entering the week, Sousa becomes the first man from Portugal to hoist a trophy on the ATP World Tour.
Sousa: “It's just a dream come true.”
• Nicolas Almagro, Ryan Harrison and Vasek Pospisil help launch the Books For CARE initiative in Kuala Lampur. More
• Novak Djokovic becomes the ninth player in history to remain at No. 1 in the world in the Emirates ATP Rankings for 100 weeks. More
• Jesse Huta Galung discusses what he calls the "best season of my career" and the importance of qualifying for the ATP Challenger Tour Finals. More
• Novak Djokovic announces his engagement to longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic. More
• Novak Djokovic joins China's WTA star Li Na for a battle-of-the-sexes charity match, celebrating 10 years of the China Open More
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