CORONA ATP WEEKLY SLICE 2013
Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Three Berths Remain As Race Reaches Paris Climax
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 ATP World Tour regular season concludes this week with the ninth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the year, in Paris. Held on indoor hard courts, the BNP Paribas Masters represents the final week in the Emirates ATP Race To London. Critical points are up for grabs ahead of the season finale at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
BNP Paribas Masters: The game's biggest stars are in action this week in Paris, with five former champions present. David Ferrer is looking to retain his title, having claimed his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown here a year ago. The No. 3 seed, who halted the stunning run of Jerzy Janowicz in last year's final, is coming off consecutive final runs in Stockholm and Valencia. Fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal is chasing history in Paris as he looks to become the first player to win six ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns in one year.
Roger Federer finds himself in Novak Djokovic's half of the draw and has a potential rematch of the Swiss Indoors Basel final with Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals. Federer needs one match victory to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for a 12th consecutive year. Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet reside in the other remaining qualifying spots, with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga close on their heels. Milos Raonic needs to reach the final to have an outside chance at punching his ticket to London. Tommy Haas, Nicolas Almagro and Mikhail Youzhny also have faint hopes of qualifying if they win the title.
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World No. 1 Rafael Nadal practising at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy on Saturday. The Spaniard is playing the tournament for the fourth time, with his best result coming as the runner-up in 2007. Photo credit: AFP/Getty ImagesEmirates ATP Race To London Update
With Andy Murray's withdrawal, three of the eight slots remain up for grabs. This is how the remaining contenders stack up in their quest to qualify as of 28 October...
*Must win Paris to have a chance to qualify
Emirates ATP Doubles Team Race to London Update
Five doubles teams have clinched London berths, with three duos still awaiting their fate. Less than 1,000 points separate the Polish Power of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski with six teams for the eighth position. Finalists in Paris last year, Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer are currently in the sixth spot and are seeking their second consecutive trip to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. 155 points ahead of them is the Spanish tandem of David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco, who are hoping to qualify for the first time.
Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 28 October 2013)
Paris - Singles
Tommy Haas – 547 wins
Richard Gasquet – 346 wins
Radek Stepanek – 346 wins
Fabio Fognini – 148 wins
Jerzy Janowicz – 46 wins
Paris - Doubles
Marcel Granollers – 198 wins
3 November - Lukas Lacko (26)
Player To Watch: Richard Gasquet
In the final position in the Emirates ATP Race to London, the 27-year-old Frenchman finds himself in the crosshairs of countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. With a blockbuster third round encounter laden with Barclays ATP World Tour Finals implications in the cards, Gasquet and Tsonga will have the opportunity to potentially duel for the last berth. The Paris champion in 2008, Tsonga is eyeing his third consecutive appearance at the Final Showdown while Gasquet is seeking his first in six years. Read More
WEEK IN REVIEW
@VasekPospisil (Vasek Pospisil)
Played great today! Few more days to stockpile as much Swiss chocolate as possible.
@deniskudla (Denis Kudla)
It's unfortunate I am not playing Charlottesville this year but paris is a pretty good substitute. #cville #unwillbemissed
@tomasberdych (Tomas Berdych)
It's always one of my goals at the beginning of each season!It's an honour to qualify!Thank you my team and fans Tom pic.twitter.com/6uP9Ov7Jmw
@rohanbopanna (Rohan Bopanna)
Reached Paris, did not feel the 3 hour journey at all from Basel. The weather is lovely and Paris looks beautiful as ever.
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In Case You Missed It…
Basel: Juan Martin del Potro defended his Swiss Indoors Basel crown, defeating five-time champion Roger Federer for the second consecutive year, 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-4. It was del Potro's fourth ATP World Tour 500 series title of the year after claiming wins in Rotterdam, Washington and Tokyo. Federer advanced to the Basel final for a 10th time, tying the record for most finals at a single tournament with Guillermo Vilas (Buenos Aires). Del Potro: "We played the best match of the tournament today."
Valencia: Mikhail Youzhny denied David Ferrer a repeat title at the Valencia Open 500, prevailing 6-3, 7-5 in the final. Youzhny became the fourth 30-over player to win multiple titles in 2013, joining Ferrer, Tommy Haas and Nicolas Mahut. It was his first win over a Top 5 opponent in more than three years, when he upset Novak Djokovic in Rotterdam in 2010. For Ferrer, it was the Spaniard's sixth consecutive defeat in an ATP World Tour final this year. Youzhny: "It is a really good tournament and has a great atmosphere."
• Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares retain their Valencia Open 500 title, saving four match points to upset Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. More
• Roger Federer is one match win from qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. More
• Milos Raonic assesses his 2013 season and his bid to qualify for the Final Showdown. More
• The nominees for Comeback Player of the Year have been announced. More
• Visit the new BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com, an innovative website for the season finale with responsive design. More
• Roger Federer held an event for his foundation at Lindt chocolate headquarters. More
• Tomas Berdych has punched his ticket to London. More
• Richard Gasquet discusses his resurgent 2013, including his run to the US Open semis. More
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