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Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Delpo's No. 1 Record, Ferrer Goes For Fifth In Auckland

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?
After a busy opening week of the 2014 season with seven of the Top 10 in action, No. 3 David Ferrer leads the field at the Heineken Open in Auckland and No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro headlines the Apia International Sydney draw. Here’s a look at the two tournaments:

Heineken Open (Auckland)
There are six Top 30 players in this year’s Heineken Open, led by four-time champion and World No. 3 David Ferrer, who returns to Auckland for the ninth year in a row and 10th overall (24-5 record). Ferrer is joined by former champions John Isner (2010) and Kohlschreiber (2008) in the field. Ferrer tops the list of seeds, followed by Tommy Haas, Isner and Kevin Anderson.

CAREER MULTIPLE TITLES: Ferrer has won multiple titles at six tournaments, leading with Auckland four times, including the past three years:

Tournament No. of Titles Years Won
Auckland 4 2013, '12, '11, '07
Valencia 3 2012, '10, '08
Acapulco 3 2012, '11, '10
Bastad 2 2012, '07
Buenos Aires 2 2013, '12
's-Hertogenbosch 2 2012, '08

TENTH ANNIVERSARY: This year marks the 10th anniversary of Rafael Nadal reaching his first career ATP World Tour final. The then 17-year-old Spaniard lost to Dominik Hrbaty 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the 2004 Auckland final.

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Apia International Sydney
World No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro makes his third appearance in four years in Sydney and comes in as the top seed for the second time. The 25-year-old Argentine, who is the youngest player in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, is coming off a second straight season with four titles. The tournament's top four seeds are del Potro, Jerzy Janowicz, Andreas Seppi, and Dmitry Tursunov. There are three former champions in the field: Bernard Tomic (2013), Jarkko Nieminen (2012) and Tursunov (2008).

DELPO AS TOP SEED: The Argentine has won four titles and compiled a 19-match winning streak while seeded No. 1 in his past four tournaments: 

Year Tournament Final
2013 Basel d. Federer in Final
2013 Tokyo d. Raonic in Final
2013 Washington d. Isner in Final
2012 Vienna d. Zemlja in Final

AUSSIE CHAMPS: Last year Tomic became the ninth different Aussie to win the Sydney title in the Open Era, the first since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005. Hewitt is the last Aussie to win back-to-back titles in 2004-05. Tomic was the first of eight first-time winners on the ATP World Tour last year and the youngest winner (20) in 2013.

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Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan appear at the Apia International Sydney for the 11th time. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Bryans Open Season: Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who have finished No. 1 on the ATP World Tour in nine of the past 11 years and are reigning two-time champions and three overall in Sydney, begin their 2014 campaign. They are making their 11th tournament appearance (25-7). They have reached the final in their past five visits to Sydney (did not play in 2010). Last season they tied a career-best season with 11 titles (also in ’07, ’10), winning three Grand Slam and five ATP Masters 1000 titles.

Potential Milestones (Career match wins as of 5 January 2014)
Auckland - Doubles
Paul Hanley - 447 wins
Alexander Peya - 196 wins

Sydney - Doubles
Chris Guccione - 47 wins

Birthdays
6 January - Sergiy Stakhovsky (28)
6 January - Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (36)
12 January - Paul-Henri Mathieu (32)

Player To Watch: John Isner
IsnerNo. 3 seed John Isner won his first career ATP World Tour title in Auckland four years ago (d. Clement). It is the 28-year-old American’s lone title (of seven) outside the U.S. Isner last played Auckland in 2011 when he reached the quarter-finals. He made his debut in 2009 as a qualifier (ranked No. 144), advancing to the quarter-finals.

Isner has led the ATP World Tour in aces in three of the past four years. Last season he finished as the top American for the second straight year at No. 14 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
Isner Hopes To Rekindle Auckland Flame

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WEEK IN REVIEW

Twitter Top Tweets

@djokernole (Novak Djokovic)
Watching Melbourne Victory play. Great stadium.. :-) pic.twitter.com/qcSDfV7l4l

@tomasberdych (Tomas Berdych)
No troubles ...we won doubles...#wearefamily pic.twitter.com/MyJN8HFAhK

@TipsarevicJanko (Janko Tipsarevic)
Became a master in setting up strollers...:) #comingsoon #family http://instagram.com/p/irNykIAHPZ/

@KolhiATP (Philipp Kohlschreiber)
Mental torture for @RohanEwalt during our morning chess game. #nomistakes #blackwins #1:0kohli pic.twitter.com/GI07GaKMLU

@Roger_Rasheed (Roger Rasheed)
Great to be back and no time to waste. Good session on Margaret Court tonight. court looks great. pic.twitter.com/hF1f0wvNaP

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Video Of The Week
See how Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov fared at lifeguard training in Brisbane.

In Case You Missed It:

Doha: World No. 1 Rafael Nadal fights off Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-2 in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open final. The Spaniard now owns 61 tour-level singles titles, putting him at eighth place in the list of most titles won in the Open Era.
Nadal: "It's the first time in my career that I start the season with a title."

Brisbane: No. 2 Australian Lleyton Hewitt prevails against top seed Roger Federer 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp final. This is the 32 year old’s first appearance in a final on home soil since the 2005 Australian Open.
Hewitt: "Playing against the best players is why you still play the game."

Chennai: Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka notches his 302nd victory to secure his fifth ATP World Tour singles title. He defeats Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-5, 6-2 in 95 minutes.
Wawrinka: "I need to keep pushing myself to try to improve."

Tidbits
FerrerChris Kermode began his three-year term as ATP Executive Chairman and President on 1 January 2014. Kermode Q&A 
Roger Federer speaks to ATPWorldTour about expecting his third child and his season ahead. More...
Denis Istomin talks about the strategy for winning a point after breaking a string. More...


 

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