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Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Rafa Embarks On Historic Masters 1000 Quest In Shanghai

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?
The three-week Asian swing concludes with the eighth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the year, in Shanghai. With just four 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 a tantalising 1000 ranking points up for grabs for the winner of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Juan Martin del Potro and Milos Raonic boosted their chances of clinching London berths with runs to the final in Tokyo last week, while Tomas Berdych and Richard Gasquet made significant strides by reaching the semi-finals in Beijing. The quartet will be joined by fellow contenders Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Shanghai. Read More....

Shanghai Rolex Masters: Novak Djokovic used last year's Shanghai title as a springboard to his second consecutive year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking. The defending champion returns with his sights set on keeping pace with newly anointed top-ranked Rafael Nadal. Nadal is making a push for history this week as he attempts to become the first player to win six ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns in one year and five such titles in succession. After triumphing in Indian Wells, Nadal reeled off victories in Madrid, Rome, Montreal and Cincinnati. Read More....

Djokovic and Nadal lead a strong field and could potentially meet in the final, for the second straight week. The Serb has a tough road in front of him as he could face rival and 2010 Shanghai runner-up Roger Federer in the quarter-finals and 2011 finalist David Ferrer in the semis. Nadal, meanwhile, finds himself in the cross-hairs of London hopefuls Berdych, del Potro, Raonic and Wawrinka in the same half.
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Roger Federer attends the unveiling of the "Shanghai 2013" sign along the baseline of the Stadium court to signal the official launch of the tournament. Federer will play doubles with Chinese No. 1 Ze Zhang this week. Photo: Shanghai Rolex Masters

Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 7 October 2013)

Shanghai - Singles
Rafael Nadal - 648 wins
Santiago Giraldo - 95 wins

Shanghai - Doubles
Marcel Granollers - 197 wins
Tommy Robredo - 148 wins
Dmitry Tursunov - 99 wins

Emirates ATP Race To London Movers
Juan Martin del Potro 5 (+1 spot)
Tomas Berdych 6 (-1 spot)
Milos Raonic 10 (+1 spot)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (-1 spot)

Birthdays
7 October - Sam Querrey (26)
8 October - Simone Bolelli (27)
9 October - Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (23)

Player To Watch: Roger Federer
FedererThe Shanghai Rolex Masters marks the first stop in Roger Federer's post-US Open campaign, as the six-time Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champion seeks to bolster his bid to qualify. Federer, who has qualified 11 straight times, is seventh in the Emirates ATP Race to London and is eyeing another strong finish. A potential quarter-final duel with Novak Djokovic looms for the 2010 Shanghai finalist.

How To Watch
Watch Shanghai coverage live online.
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WEEK IN REVIEW

Twitter Top Tweets

@milosraonic (Milos Raonic)
A great week for me in Japan. Just came up a bit short. Thank you for the support. I’ll be back in Tokyo in January for Davis Cup!

‏@delpotrojuan (Juan Martin del Potro)
Locker room picture with my team and the trophy in Tokyo. As always, thank you very much for your messages!!! facebook.com/photo.php

‏@feliciano_lopez (Feliciano Lopez)
Congrats to my friend @RafaelNadal!! Vuelve a ser el número 1 del mundo!! #genio

‏@TipsarevicJanko (Janko Tipsarevic)
One of my favourite players in the history of tennis retired few days ago. El Rey David this sport will miss you greatly! @nalbandiandavid

‏@Stako_tennis (Sergiy Stakhovsky)
The X-man #malisse is retiring now @EthiasTrophy ...what a career ...had a great time with him pic.twitter.com/2sQb0EuCYB

‏@andy_murray (Andy Murray)
Huge refurbishment going on at wimbledon right now... never seen it like this before! pic.twitter.com/39Tfcgtjwj

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Video Of The Week
ATP World Tour Uncovered profiles the big-serving American John Isner and takes a look at the seven-time ATP World Tour titlist's Top 10 pursuit.

In Case You Missed It…
Beijing: Following a pair of hard court defeats to Rafael Nadal during the summer, an inspired Novak Djokovic exacts revenge in straight sets in the China Open final. The Serb stretches his undefeated mark at the China Open to 19-0 with the win, capturing his fourth title in Beijing and snapping Nadal's perfect hard court winning streak in 2013 at 26 straight matches.
Djokovic: "I needed this win today."

Tokyo: Juan Martin del Potro wins his third ATP World Tour title of the year at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, defeating 2012 finalist Milos Raonic 7-6(5), 7-5 in the final. The Argentine moves up to fifth position in the Emirates ATP Race to London with the victory, putting himself in good shape to qualify for his fourth Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Del Potro: "It was a fantastic week for me."

Tidbits
Jonas Bjorkman announces his return to the ATP World Tour, playing doubles with countryman Robert Lindstedt at the If Stockholm Open. More
Grigor Dimitrov looks forward to a strong 2014 ATP World Tour campaign. More
Rafael Nadal steals the World No. 1 throne from Novak Djokovic by reaching the final of the China Open. More
Novak Djokovic vows to fight for year-end No. 1. More
Brad Drewett is honoured in a Beijing ceremony as the Court 1 is renamed Brad Drewett Court. More
Roger Federer helps unveil the new "Shanghai 2013" sign on Stadium Court ahead of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. More
• Former World No. 3 and 2002 Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian announces his retirement from tennis after 13 years. More

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