CORONA ATP WEEKLY SLICE 2013
Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Race Rivals Jockey For Position in Basel & Valencia
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 final ATP World Tour 500 series events of the year are held in Basel and Valencia, on indoor hard courts. Just two 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.
Swiss Indoors Basel: Top seed and defending champion Juan Martin del Potro looks to continue his late-season momentum ahead of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, having clinched a London berth during his run to the Shanghai Rolex Masters final. Five-time champion and No. 3 seed Roger Federer makes his homecoming with fellow London hopeful, and No. 1 Swiss, Stanislas Wawrinka. Second seed Tomas Berdych and No. 5 seed Richard Gasquet are also looking to strengthen their year-end championship cases. Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin are the top seeds in the doubles draw. Website
Valencia Open 500: Three-time champion and home favourite David Ferrer leads an impressive field in Valencia. Tommy Haas looks to improve his faint Barclays ATP World Tour Finals case in the Emirates ATP Race to London, accompanied by fellow seeds Nicolas Almagro and John Isner. Former champions Marcel Granollers and Fernando Verdasco are also present. A Spaniard has advanced to the final here in nine of the previous 10 years. Four of the top five teams in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings are making the trip to Valencia, including the top-ranked duo of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. Also, Granollers teams with Marc Lopez and Verdasco with David Marrero and are both in the hunt to qualify for the season finale.
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No. 3 seed and two-time Valencia Open 500 champion Nicolas Almagro joined countryman and former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero for the draw ceremony on Saturday. Now the tournament director, Ferrero ended his illustrious career in Valencia last year, falling to Almagro in the first round. Photo credit: Valencia Open 500Emirates ATP Race To London Update
With Andy Murray's withdrawal, four of the eight slots remain up for grabs. This is how the remaining contenders stack up in their quest to qualify as of 21 October...
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Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 21 October 2013)
Basel - Singles
Richard Gasquet – 346 wins
Radek Stepanek – 346 wins
Juan Martin del Potro – 297 wins
Valencia - Singles
Tommy Haas – 547 wins
Fabio Fognini – 146 wins
Valencia - Doubles
Marcel Granollers – 198 wins
21 October - Bernard Tomic (21)
Player To Watch: Roger Federer
The five-time Swiss Indoors Basel champion makes his hometown return, seeking a spark to propel him into the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for a 12th consecutive year. Currently residing in the seventh position in the Emirates ATP Race to London, Federer is looking to stave off a charging trio of Gasquet, Tsonga and Raonic for the remaining berths, while keeping pace with countryman Stanislas Wawrinka. Having reached nine finals in Basel, the most at any tournament in his career, Federer will look to a strong run to galvanise his qualification efforts. The Swiss, seeded third, opens with Adrian Mannarino and could potentially face Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals.
WEEK IN REVIEW
@delpotrojuan (Juan Martin del Potro)
I feel very grateful for being in the list with Federer, Nadal and Ferrer for the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship award.
@Gael_Monfils (Gael Monfils)
Bye bye l afro pic.twitter.com/ikT0aO0y3Z
@jimchardy (Jeremy Chardy)
nice practise with Thomas today! His backhand is still there! @TompaSthlmOpen pic.twitter.com/aVMU5nYltj
@kevinanderson18 (Kevin Anderson)
The joys of packing, somehow it never gets any easier (especially with the addition of some warmer clothes!) pic.twitter.com/4V8NkvCzmh
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In Case You Missed It…
Moscow: Richard Gasquet won his 10th title on the ATP World Tour with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Mikhail Kuskushkin at the Kremlin Cup. The Frenchman overtook countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the final spot in the Emirates ATP Race to London with the win. It is the first time since 2006 that Gasquet has won three titles in a season, having also triumphed in Doha and Montpellier earlier in the year. Gasquet: "It's important for me to qualify for it."
Stockholm: Grigor Dimitrov claimed his first ATP World Tour title with a stunning comeback against David Ferrer, ousting the Spaniard 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the If Stockholm Open. The 22 year old became the eighth first-time champion in 2013 and the first Bulgarian to win in the Open Era. Competing in his first tournament with new coach Roger Rasheed, Dimitrov will ascend to a career-high ranking of 22 with the title. Ferrer, meanwhile, dropped his fifth consecutive final after winning six straight. Dimitrov: "It's one of my biggest wins. To beat a top guy in a final, it's a great feeling." | First Time Winner Spotlight
Vienna: Tommy Haas won his 15th ATP World Tour crown with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Robin Haase in the final of the Erste Bank Open. Haas staved off a valiant effort from the Dutchman to keep his faint Barclays ATP World Tour Finals hopes alive. Twelve years removed from his maiden Vienna crown, the German becomes the 13th player to win multiple titles in 2013. He is also the oldest player to win two titles in one year since Jimmy Connors accomplished the feat in 1989. Haas: "I'm very happy. Obviously it's a great feeling to win a title."
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