CORONA ATP WEEKLY SLICE 2014
Djokovic Chases After Emerson's Melbourne Records
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?
All eyes are on Melbourne as the first Grand Slam of 2014 gets under way at the AUSTRALIAN OPEN. Novak Djokovic returns as the three-time defending champion; Rafael Nadal is entered as the top seed in his first appearance at this major in two years, and Lleyton Hewitt makes a record 18th appearance at the tournament.
AO Preview: Nadal, Djokovic Lead The Way
HEWITT TIES AUSSIE RECORD: Lleyton Hewitt is making his 18th appearance in Melbourne, equalling Fabrice Santoro for the most AUSTRALIAN OPEN appearances. Hewitt already holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in Melbourne. Hewitt is in equal fifth place, alongside Fabrice Santoro and Guillermo Vilas, for the most appearances at a single Grand Slam.
More: Hewitt Readies For 18th Assault
AUSTRALIAN OPEN APPEARANCES (ALL-TIME)
|Rank||Player||AUSTRALIAN OPENs Played|
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Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic is seeded No. 2 at the 2014 AUSTRALIAN OPEN. Photo: AFP/Getty Images DJOKOVIC GOES FOR FOUR AND FIVE: Having won the AUSTRALIAN OPEN title in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Djokovic is bidding to become just the second man to win four consecutive AUSTRALIAN OPEN singles crowns. Only Emerson has won four or more in a row with five straight titles.
Djokovic is also bidding to become the second man in history to win 5 or more AUSTRALIAN OPEN singles titles. Roger Federer is also looking to win five titles here. The only man to collect more than 5 titles in Melbourne is Roy Emerson.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN TITLE LEADERS (ALL-TIME)
|Roy Emerson||6||1961, 1963-67|
|Andre Agassi||4||1995, 2000-01, 2003|
|Jack Crawford||4||1931-33, 1935|
|Novak Djokovic||4||2008, 2011-13|
|Roger Federer||4||2004, 2006-07, 2010|
|Ken Rosewall||4||1953, 1955, 1971-72|
Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 12 January 2014)
AUSTRALIAN OPEN - Singles
Alejandro Falla - 94 wins
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez - 195 wins
Richard Gasquet - 349 wins
Santiago Giraldo - 97 wins
Tommy Haas - 547 wins
Lleyton Hewitt - 596 wins
Philipp Kohlschreiber - 293 wins
Radek Stepanek - 349 wins
14 January - Ruben Bemelmans (26)
17 January - Albert Ramos (26)
18 January - Olivier Rochus (26)
21 January - Nicolas Mahut (32)
21 January - James Duckworth (22)
23 January - Pablo Andujar (28)
25 January - Adrian Ungur (29)
Player To Watch: Rafael Nadal
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal returns to Melbourne for the first time in two years when he lost to Djokovic in the longest Grand Slam final in history, a five hour, 53-minute marathon that went 7-5 in the fifth set. The 27-year-old Spaniard is making his ninth appearance at the tournament (35-7 record), capturing the title in 2009 (d. Federer in five sets). This is the third time he’s come in as the No. 1 seed (’09, ’11-QF). He has advanced to the quarter-finals or better in his past six visits.
Last season Nadal finished No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the third time (2008, ’10, ’13), winning 10 titles and compiling a 75-7 match record. Nadal is the only player to win a Grand Slam title for nine straight years. He opens his Melbourne campaign against Australian Bernard Tomic.
Enthusiastic Nadal Ready For Aussie Open Return
WEEK IN REVIEW
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Auckland:: World No. 14 John Isner claims his eighth ATP World Tour title by defeating Yen-Hsun Lu 7-6(4), 7-6(7) in the final of the Heineken Open in Auckland. The American won his first title at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament in 2010. His two titles in Auckland are the only trophies he has won outside of the U.S.A.
Isner: "I felt like I was hitting the ball the best I have all week."
Sydney: Top seed Juan Martin del Potro captures his 18th tour-level title on Saturday as he dethrones reigning champion Bernard Tomic, 6-3, 6-1, in the final of the Apia International Sydney. Del Potro is the first Argentine to win the Sydney title since David Nalbandian triumphed in 2009. He improves to an 18-7 record in finals.
Del Potro: "Starting the year in this way is very, very positive."
• Two-time major champion and Australia Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has announced that he will be teaming up with countryman Lleyton Hewitt to compete in the doubles draw at the 2014 AUSTRALIAN OPEN. More...
• Ukraine's Sergei Bubka competed in his first match – at the AUSTRALIAN OPEN qualifying tournament – 14 months after falling through a fourth-floor Paris apartment window, suffering multiple injuries. More...
• There will be two Chinese male players in the AUSTRALIAN OPEN main draw for the first time after Ze Zhang came through qualifying to join Di Wu. More...
• During his run at the Apia Sydney International, Dmitry Tursunov answers questions about the last time… Tursunov Q&A
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