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Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Stars Align In Indian Wells

Corona ATP 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?
March Mania commences on the ATP World Tour with the first of nine prestigious ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, in Indian Wells. Rafael Nadal is the top seed and defending champion, while the most decorated player in event history, Roger Federer, seeks his fifth crown. Novak Djokovic, a titlist in 2008 and 2011, is seeded second.

BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells)
The BNP Paribas Open gets underway Thursday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and is headlined by a star-studded field, including 47 of the Top 50 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. The main draw will be revealed Tuesday. In 12 of the past 13 years (except 2010) a Top 5 player has left as champion. One year ago, Rafael Nadal came in ranked No. 5 in his first hard court tournament of 2013. He closed with his third Indian Wells title (2007, 09, 13), defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the final.
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$70 Million Expansion – A new addition to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is the 8,000-seat Stadium 2, which took 10 months and 10 days to complete and features three restaurants: Piero's PizzaVino, The Chop House and Nobu. Watch time lapse.

Elite Company Lleyton Hewitt is two match wins away from becoming the third active player on the ATP World Tour to reach the 600 Wins Club in his career. The 33-year-old Aussie won Indian Wells titles in 2002-03 and was runner-up in ’05. Roger Federer (935) and Rafael Nadal (674) are the only two active players with at least 600 wins.

Former Champions Return – Four former Indian Wells champions return this year as coaches.

Player Coach Year(s) Won
Novak Djokovic
Boris Becker
1987-88
Roger Federer
Stefan Edberg
1990
Milos Raonic
Ivan Ljubicic
2010
Kei Nishikori
Michael Chang
1992, '96-97

Bryans Look to Repeat – It took 15 attempts before Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan captured their first doubles title at the BNP Paribas Open. The Bryans, who also were finalists in 2003 and ’06, have a career record of 28-13 in Indian Wells.

Birthdays
5 March - Blaz Kavcic (27)
13 March - Steve Darcis (30)

Player To Watch: Stanislas WawrinkaWawrinka
World No. 3 and Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka makes his first appearance on the ATP World Tour since capturing his first career Grand Slam crown at Melbourne Park (d. Nadal). The 28 year old is the only undefeated player (11-0) in the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. He began the season with a title in Chennai before putting together wins over Top 10 opponents Djokovic, Berdych and Nadal to clinch the title Down Under. The next week he helped Switzerland to a Davis Cup first round victory over Serbia.

How To Watch
Watch coverage of Indian Wells (Territory restrictions apply.)
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WEEK IN REVIEW

Twitter Top Tweets

@stepec78 (Radek Stepanek)
Good morning from beautiful Indian Wells! Always good to be back @bnpparibasopen. Time to run off the jet lag... pic.twitter.com/b7qGozIGk4

@rogerfederer (Roger Federer)
Great week here in #dubai thanks to everyone for making the week special! Crowds were absolutely amazing. #cooltoplaythisway #happymoments

@tomasberdych (Tomas Berdych)
Thank you Dubai...Congrats to legend @rogerfederer ...thx all fans!!! tom

@kevinanderson18 (Kevin Anderson)
Any other sports where one wakes up at 4am the day after finals of a tourney, travel 9 hours to a new country & compete the very next day?

@Kohlscribbler (Philipp Kohlschreiber)
Happy about 300 wins :) #MoreToCome #AimHigh

@MardyFish (Mardy Fish)
Literally impossible not to post this... pic.twitter.com/3hzqMajOFb

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Video of the Week
An early-season candidate for Point of the Year, Grigor Dimitrov displays his speed and flexibility - and gets the crowd on its feet - in this Hot Shot against Andy Murray in Acapulco.

In Case You Missed It...

Dubai: Roger Federer rallied from a set and a break down to defeat Tomas Berdych for his sixth Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title. The 32 year old, who had beaten rival Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, claimed his 78th tour-level crown, taking him above John McEnroe to standalone third in the all-time title leaders list. More...

Acapulco: Grigor Dimitrov won his second ATP World Tour crown, surviving a stern test from Kevin Anderson at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel. Dimitrov claimed the trophy in the tournament's first edition on outdoor hard courts, after 20 years on red clay. More...

Sao Paulo: Federico Delbonis won his maiden ATP World Tour title at the Brasil Open 2014, defeating first-time finalist Paolo Lorenzi in the final. Delbonis, the first unseeded Sao Paulo champion since 2007, was competing in his second tour-level final. More...

Tidbits
• The Shanghai Rolex Masters, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and Aegon Championships were announced as the Tournaments of the Year in the 2013 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon. Read | Watch
• Sao Paulo top seeds Tommy Haas and Nicolas Almagro participated in a special tennis clinic, with the proceeds going towards non-profit organisations that help more than 200 children with disabilities. More
Rafael Nadal and Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have been nominated for 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards, with the ceremony being held 26 March in Kuala Lumpur. More
• Robert Davis gives his latest dispatch from the ATP Challenger Tour in Guangzhou, China. More
• Discover how Goran Ivanisevic's influence has had an immediate impact on countryman and pupil Marin Cilic. More
• Dive into this week's Brain Game as Craig O'Shannessy explains the tactical key to Roger Federer's semi-final victory over Novak Djokovic in Dubai. More


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