CORONA ATP WEEKLY SLICE 2013
Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Djokovic Reigns In Shanghai As Race Enters Home Stretch
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?
The final ATP World Tour 250 series events of the year are held in Moscow, Stockholm and Vienna. Just three weeks remain in the Emirates ATP Race To London and crucial points are up for grabs for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contenders, ahead of the season finale.
With Juan Martin del Potro clinching the fourth London berth last week in Shanghai, half of the eight-man field has been filled. A trio of contenders are in action this week, with Shanghai semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looking to continue his run of form in Vienna, Richard Gasquet featuring in Moscow, and Milos Raonic, who is less than 250 points behind Tsonga for the eighth and final position, competing in Stockholm.
Kremlin Cup: Frenchman Richard Gasquet plays in Moscow for the first time and is the tournament’s No. 1 seed. Gasquet is attempting to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals from his 10th place position in the Emirates ATP Race To London. Italy’s Andreas Seppi, the defending champion, is the No. 2 seed. Janko Tipsarevic, the 2011 champion, owns a 14-5 record at this event and is seeded No. 3. The tandem of Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau, who have won three titles in 2013, headlines the doubles draw.
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If Stockholm Open: Spain’s David Ferrer leads the field in Stockholm as the No. 1 seed. Canadian Milos Raonic, the No. 2 seed, looks to improve his 11th position in the Emirates ATP Race To London and join the group of eight playing in November’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Third seed Jerzy Janowicz, from Poland, makes his tournament debut this year. In doubles, Sweden’s Jonas Bjorkman, a former World No. 1, returns to the tour, teaming up with countryman Robert Lindstedt.
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Erste Bank Open: Two former champions headline the roster in Vienna. Top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who captured the 2011 title, hopes to continue his strong form after reaching last week’s semi-finals in Shanghai. At ninth place in the Emirates ATP Race To London, the Frenchman is a strong contender to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. No. 2 seed and 2001 champion Tommy Haas is also vying for a spot in the season finale, sitting at 12th place in the Race. Fabio Fognini (No. 3 seed) and Philipp Kohlschreiber (No. 4 seed) are also entered.
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Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 14 October 2013)
Moscow - Doubles
Michal Mertinak – 199 wins
Stockholm - Singles
Santiago Giraldo – 95 wins
Stockholm - Doubles
Johan Brunstrom – 97 wins
Dmitry Tursunov – 99 wins
Vienna - Singles
Fabio Fognini – 145 wins
Vienna - Doubles
Paul Hanley – 446 wins
Player To Watch: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
In 2011, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga used a title run in Vienna to catapult him into the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Frenchman will look to replicate his success this week as he seeks to stave off Richard Gasquet and Milos Raonic for the eighth spot in the Emirates ATP Race to London. Tsonga is in the midst of an impressive run of form after missing 10 weeks of the season with a knee injury. A runner-up in Metz three weeks ago, Tsonga charged into the semi-finals in Shanghai, his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final of the year. The top seed in Vienna, Tsonga has a first round bye and opens against the winner of Daniel Brands and Andreas Haider-Maurer.
How To Watch
Follow all of the action from Moscow (Not available in Russia and USA) and Stockholm (Not available in Sweden, USA and Russia) starting 14 October, and from Vienna (Not available in Austria and USA) beginning 15 October.
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WEEK IN REVIEW
@DjokerNole (Novak Djokovic)
So grateful to have such a great team behind me all these years! and thank you #NoleFam for love and support! HAPPY!… http://say.ly/rDV6Y9b
@rogerfederer (Roger Federer)
Traveling in style, about to board the plane #extraseatneeded pic.twitter.com/MtdpfKVNw1
@delpotrojuan (Juan Martin del Potro)
Very happy about coming back to No. 5 in the rankings. I will keep working to improve. Here's a picture... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?
@tomasberdych (Tomas Berdych)
I want to ride my bicycle #pivotcycles ... pic.twitter.com/c6KFGup2pO
@stanwawrinka (Stanislas Wawrinka)
Always fun to watch LaMonf against Djoko ... @SHRolexMasters pic.twitter.com/IMNQMT4oiT
@kevinanderson18 (Kevin Anderson)
Tough way to finish but I enjoyed @SHRolexMasters as usual! Now heading to another favorite - @IfSthlmOpen (Stockholm) See you there!
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Video Of The Week
We count down the Top 10 Hot Shots of the week at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
In Case You Missed It…
Shanghai: Novak Djokovic improves his winning streak on Chinese soil to 20 matches, edging Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(3) to repeat as Shanghai Rolex Masters champion. Djokovic completes his second consecutive Beijing-Shanghai double with the victory, winning his 15th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown. Del Potro, meanwhile, defeats World No. 1 Rafael Nadal for the first time in over four years, in the semi-finals, earning himself a spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
• Roger Federer and Paul Annacone end partnership after three years. More
• Rafael Nadal has high praise for Juan Martin del Potro following Shanghai defeat. More
• London-bound duo of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares assist with the Vienna draw ceremony. More
• Juan Martin del Potro qualifies for Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. More
• Mikhail Kukushkin has his sights set on a trip to Sao Paulo for the ATP Challenger Tour Finals. More
• Roger Federer eyes Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualification. More
• Inspired by his fans, Roger Federer seeks a strong finish to 2013. More
• Rafael Nadal takes in a Roger Federer match in Shanghai. More
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