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Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Elite Eight Ready For Final Showdown

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 final tournament of the year is held on indoor hard at The O2 arena in London.

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals: The eight best singles players and doubles teams of the 2013 season are in London for the year-end championships. Novak Djokovic's hopes of retaining his year-end World No. 1 mantle are alive, while Rafael Nadal looks to enter the off-season with the top spot for the third time. Djokovic is the defending champion at the season finale, riding a 17-match winning streak since the US Open. Six-time champion Roger Federer has qualified for a 12th consecutive year and is joined by countryman Stanislas Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych and Richard Gasquet. View Website

Wawrinka

World No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka was on hand for the draw ceremony on Saturday. Photo credit: Getty Images

London Calling
Here's how the eight singles players competing at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals have fared in the past at the season finale...

Group A Appearance Best Result
Rafael Nadal 6th Runner-up (2010)
David Ferrer 5th Runner-up (2007)
Tomas Berdych 4th Semi-finals (2011)
Stanislas Wawrinka 1st First appearance

Group B Appearance Best Result
Novak Djokovic 7th Champion ('08,'12)
Juan Martin del Potro 4th Runner-up (2009)
Roger Federer 12th Six-time champion
Richard Gasquet 2nd Round Robin (2007)

Doubles Rundown
The nine-time year-end World No. 1 team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan lead the pack in Group A as three-time champions. The Croatian-Brazilian tandem of Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo and the Pakistani-Dutch duo of Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer are also present and are accompanied by 2011 finalists Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.

In Group B, the Austrian-Brazilian pair of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares are five-time champions on the ATP World Tour in 2013. They are joined by a pair of Spanish teams, David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco and defending champions Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. US Open champions Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek round out the group.

Career Match Wins Potential Milestones (As of 4 November 2013)
London - Singles
David Ferrer – 548 wins
Richard Gasquet – 348 wins
Stanislas Wawrinka – 296 wins

London - Doubles
Marcel Granollers – 199 wins

2013 Year-To-Date Potential Milestones (As of 4 November 2013)
London - Singles
Novak Djokovic – 67 wins (seeking third straight 70-win season)
Stanislas Wawrinka – 49 wins

London - Doubles
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan – 67 wins (seeking second career 70-win season)

Birthdays
7 November - Alexandr Dolgopolov (25)

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals has welcomed more than one million fans to The O2 arena over the past four years, establishing itself as the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world. Click here to purchase tickets and be a part of the action. Photo credit: Red Photographic

Player To Watch: Roger Federer
GasquetThe six-time champion is making his 12th consecutive appearance at the season finale and enters with rejuvenated late-season form, following runs to the final in Basel and semis in Paris last week. Federer finds himself in the same group as rivals Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro and will face the Argentine for the third time in three weeks, in round robin play. The runner-up to Djokovic in 2012, the Swiss holds a 42-9 record at the year-end championships and has advanced to the semi-finals in all but one appearance. Read More

How To Watch
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WEEK IN REVIEW

Twitter Top Tweets

@rogerfederer (Roger Federer)
What country are you from and choose 3 words that best describe it? #AskedRF
@stanwawrinka (Stanislas Wawrinka)
@rogerfederer Switzerland : Federer, Chocolate, Bank ...

@stanwawrinka (Stanislas Wawrinka)
Beautiful day... On my way to the O2!! #FinalShowdown ! Photo @Nicarzani pic.twitter.com/EChTjzGyLT

@FerVerdasco (Fernando Verdasco)
Very happy getting the qualification for the London Masters!!! Thanks to my partner @david_marri without him couldn't be possible!

@filippeliwo (Filip Peliwo)
Off to London to practice with Rafa and the rest of the top 8!! #atpWorldtourFinals

@Bryanbros (Bob Bryan)
Was excited for @DjokerNole's annual Halloween walk out. I predicted Freddie Krueger...instead I got nada. #allbusiness

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Video Of The Week
Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych, Richard Gasquet and Stanislas Wawrinka hit the red carpet Saturday night for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals gala, at the Natural History Museum in London. The event raised £410,000 for the new respiratory ward at the Great Ormond Street Hospital. Read More

In Case You Missed It…
Paris: Novak Djokovic became the 15th player in the Open Era to win 40 ATP World Tour titles, defeating defending champion David Ferrer 7-5, 7-5 for the BNP Paribas Masters crown. The victory was his 200th match win at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level and gave him his sixth trophy of the year. For Ferrer, it was his seventh consecutive loss in a final, after triumphing in Auckland and Buenos Aires to open the year. Djokovic: "I am definitely playing the best tennis this year now."

Tidbits

Roger Federer is "excited" to face Novak Djokovic in back-to-back matches. More
Juan Martin del Potro is robbed of his most prized possession at the Paris train station. More
Andy Murray discusses his OBE honour, fantasy football and makes his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals prediction. More
• The FedEx Reliability Zone takes a look at the indoor prowess of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contenders. More
• The nominees for Most Improved Player of the Year have been announced. More
Alejandro Gonzalez is eyeing a strong finish to a career year on the ATP Challenger Tour. More
• The eight-man field is set for the ATP Challenger Tour Finals. More

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