CORONA ATP WEEKLY SLICE 2014
Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Nadal, Wawrinka, Federer Headline Madrid
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?
The fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season, the Mutua Madrid Open, features 17 of the Top 20 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, led by World No. 1 and three-time champion Rafael Nadal (2005, ’10, ’13), three-time winner Roger Federer (2006, ’09, ’12) and former champion Andy Murray (2008).
Mutua Madrid Open (Madrid)
The second of three Spanish tournaments on the ATP World Tour takes place at La Caja Mágica. The facility features three main stadiums with a capacity for 12,500, 3,500 and 2,500, respectively. In the case of rain, all three courts have retractile covers that allow for continuous play. One of Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Federer has claimed this Masters 1000 trophy every year since 2009, when the tournament switched surfaces from indoor hard to clay.
• The Battle For No. 1 – On Monday, Nadal will be No. 1 for the 31st week in a row (since 7 October 2013) and 133rd overall. No. 2 Djokovic had to put his campaign to overtake the Spaniard on hold, focusing instead on recovering from a right arm injury that has forced his withdrawal from Madrid.
• Federer For Four: Federer returns to Madrid for the 11th time. He has lifted the title here three times: 2006 (d. Gonzalez), 2009 (d. Nadal) and 2012 (d. Berdych). The Swiss is hunting for his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title since winning in Cincinnati in 2012. He has fallen in the final at two Masters 1000 events this season: Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic) and Monte-Carlo (l. to Wawrinka).
• Stan is the Man – Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-0 vs. Top 10 opponents this season (20-3 overall), has broken through to win his first Grand Slam and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in 2014. The 2013 Madrid finalist (l. to Nadal) has earned the most points in the Emirates ATP Race to London standings as of 28 April:
• Bryans Closing in on Century Mark – The World No. 1 pairing of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan is closing in on 100 titles on the ATP World Tour. They have 98 titles together (Mike has 100 overall, Bob 98). They enter Madrid with a 21-match winning streak after winning five straight titles in Delray Beach, Indian Wells, Miami, Houston and Monte-Carlo. They compiled their best streak of 25 straight matches in 2013 and are five-time champions in Madrid (2006-07, ’10, ’11, ’13).
Potential Milestones (Match wins as of 5 May 2014)
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is three victories away from reaching 300 match wins while countryman Gael Monfils is six away from the 300 mark. On clay, Lleyton Hewitt is at 98 wins, close to joining Roger Federer as the only active players to win at least 100 matches on clay, grass and hard courts.
Nicolas Almagro - 346 wins
Andreas Seppi - 246 wins
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - 297 wins
Madrid – Doubles
Rohan Bopanna - 199 wins
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi - 199 wins
Nenad Zimonjic - 598 wins
Emirates ATP Rankings Movers
Robby Ginepri 280 (+162 spots)
Martin Klizan 62 (+49 spots)
Jan-Lennard Struff 73 (+23 spots)
Victor Hanescu 80 (+13 spots)
Carlos Berlocq 51 (+11 spots)
Federico Delbonis 42 (+2 spots) - career-high
Vasek Pospisil 31 (-3 spots)
Jiri Vesely 106 (-31 spots)
Player To Watch: Andy Murray
British No. 1 Andy Murray makes his first clay-court tournament appearance of the season. He previously appeared in Miami, in March, where he lost in the quarter-finals to eventual champion Djokovic. Murray holds a 3-1 FedEx Win/Loss record on clay this season. Since the Mutua Madrid Open switched to clay, the Scot has reached the quarter-finals thrice, including last year.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Video of the Week
ATP World Tour Uncovered reflects on Novak Djokovic's domination of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in the past six months and talks to the Serb about his family and hopes for the future.
In Case You Missed It...
Munich: World No. 111 Martin Klizan broke a three-match losing streak against No. 13-ranked Fabio Fognini in a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory in the BMW Open by FWU AG final. This was the Slovak's second title, secured in his 50th match win. In doubles, Jamie Murray and John Peers defeated Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins to take their fourth team title.
Klizan: "I beat many good players... I am very proud of myself that it ended happily.”
Oeiras: Carlos Berlocq claimed his second ATP World Tour title by defeating Tomas Berdych in the Portugal Open final on Sunday. The Argentine is the sixth champion over the age of 30 in 2014. Mexican Santiago Gonzalez and his American teammate Scott Lipsky are now 6-0 in ATP World Tour finals after defending their Oeiras trophy 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 over No. 1 seeds Pablo Cuevas and David Marrero.
Berlocq: "It was a very special match for me. I didn't have any pressure to win."
• Nadal and Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas hosted a star-studded Charity Day in Madrid to raise money for their respective foundations. More...
• Robby Ginepri secured a berth in the Roland Garros main draw after winning the 2014 Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge. More...
• Juan Martin del Potro, who has been recovering from left wrist surgery, is set to start a period of intense rehabilitation after an encouraging visit to the Mayo Clinic. More...
• Former World No. 5 Fernando Gonzalez will begin a coaching role with Santiago Giraldo at Roland Garros. The Colombian Giraldo will continue working on a full-time basis with Felipe Berón. More...
• Former Top 20 player Karl Meiler passed away at the age of 64 on 17 April. The German had been in a coma since November after suffering a fall down the stairs at his home. More...
• Milos Raonic scaled the 100-foot mast of Team Alvimedica’s boat with WTA star Elena Vesnina while in Oeiras. More...
• With the help of a local instructor, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez enjoyed an Oeiras excursion on a jet ski off Torres Beach. More...
• Fabio Fognini slipped into traditional Bavarian costume on “Bavarian Day” in Munich. “It was something different, very nice and a lot of fun,” said the Italian No. 1. More...
• Yevgeny Kafelnikov ascended to the No. 1 position in the Emirates ATP Rankings 15 years ago last week. He was the first Russian to reach that milestone on the ATP World Tour. More...
• ATPWorldTour.com takes a closer look behind the scenes of Mike Carlton's broadcasting work at ATP Challenger Tour events. More...
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