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Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Stars Align In Roland Garros

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

The 2014 Grand Slam circuit continues on the terre battue of Roland Garros. The second major of the year concludes the European spring clay-court season.

Roland Garros
This is the 47th edition of Roland Garros in the Open Era (since 1968) and 81st since the draw was opened to players outside of France in 1925. There are two former champions in this year’s field – eight-time champ Rafael Nadal (2005-08, ’10-13) and 2009 winner Roger Federer. Nadal comes in as the No. 1 seed for the third time at Roland Garros and ninth time overall in a Grand Slam tournament. 2012 runner-up Novak Djokovic is seeded second and newly minted major champion Stan Wawrinka is the No. 3 seed. Last year's finalist David Ferrer is the fifth seed.
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Nadal Looks For Ninth Title – World No. 1 Nadal attempts to win his ninth Roland Garros title in 10 years as he comes in with a 59-1 career record. Nadal’s only loss came on May 31, 2009 to Robin Soderling in the 4R. He is trying to become the first player to win five consecutive titles at Roland Garros. Nadal comes into Roland Garros with three clay-court losses on the season for the first time in the past 10 years. Nadal Ready To Hit Top Form

Federer Grand Slam Streak – This will be Roger Federer’s record 58th consecutive Grand Slam tournament played. He broke the mark he shared with South African Wayne Ferreira at the Australian Open. Federer’s streak began at the 2000 Australian Open and he is the only player to compete in every Grand Slam singles draw in this century. Two other players in that draw (Haas, Hewitt) are also in this year’s Roland Garros draw. Federer: "I have become a touch stronger"

Stan The Man – World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka is 6-0 vs. Top 10 opponents this season (21-4 overall record) and he is one of three players (Nadal, Djokovic) with at least three titles on the ATP World Tour in 2014. The 29-year-old Swiss No. 1 captured his first Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open (d. Nadal) and he is trying to become the first player to win Australian Open and Roland Garros titles in the same season since Jim Courier in 1992. Wawrinka: "I can go far"

2014 Clay-Court Winners – There have been 11 different clay court winners in as many tournaments in the spring clay court circuit leading into Roland Garros. Overall this season there have been 14 different winners in 15 tournaments with Nadal the only two-time winner (Rio de Janeiro, Madrid). This is the first time since 2004 there are 11 different clay winners leading into Paris.

Bryans Closing In On Century Mark – World No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan are closing in on 100 career titles. They are attempting to capture their 99th title together in Paris (Mike has 100 overall, Bob 98). Their 24-match winning streak was snapped in the Madrid final (l. to Nestor-Zimonjic). They are the all-time leaders with 15 Grand Slam titles as a team, winning at least one title from 2005-13. They are two-time champions at Roland Garros (2003, 13) and three-time finalists (2005-06, ’12).

Emirates ATP Rankings Movers
Ernests Gulbis - 17 (+2 spots )
Philipp Kohlschreiber - 24 (+5 spots)
Federico Delbonis - 34 (+11 spots) - career-high
Ivo Karlovic - 37 (+12 spots)
Denis Istomin - 49 (+8 spots)
Leonardo Mayer - 65 (+12 spot)
Jiri Vesely - 81 (+23 spots)

Potential Milestones (as of 25 May)
Roland Garros - Singles
Nicolas Almagro -- 347 wins
Gael Monfils -- 294 wins
Andreas Seppi -- 247 wins
Victor Hanescu -- 199 wins
Jeremy Chardy -- 146 wins
Alejandro Falla -- 99 wins​​

Roland Garros - Doubles
Mike Bryan -- 894 wins
Julian Knowle -- 349 wins
Robert Lindstedt -- 294 wins
Bruno Soares -- 244 wins
Julien Benneteau -- 196 wins
Pablo Cuevas -- 96 wins

Birthdays
26 May - Guillaume Rufin (24)
26 May - Thomas Fabbiano (25)
27 May - Joao Souza (26)
29 May - Kenny de Schepper (27)
2 Jun - Nikolay Davydenko (33)
3 Jun - Rafael Nadal (28)
4 Jun - Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (31)

Player To Watch: Novak DjokovicDjokovic
World No. 2 Novak Djokovic will be making his 10th appearance at Roland Garros (36-9 record) and he is looking to complete a career Grand Slam. In the past seven years, he’s reached the semi-finals or better five times with a runner-up showing two years ago (l. to Nadal). Djokovic is trying to become the eighth player to complete a career Grand Slam. Other players to accomplish the feat are Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Read: Djokovic "Very Motivated and Inspired" Entering Roland Garros

WEEK IN REVIEW

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Defending Roland Garros champions Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams visit the Eiffel Tower ahead of this year's tournament.

In Case You Missed It...

Düsseldorf: Philipp Kohlschreiber captured the Düsseldorf Open title on Saturday, lifting his fifth ATP World Tour trophy after defeating seventh seed Ivo Karlovic 6-2, 7-6(4). Kohlschreiber: "I had some tough and tricky opponents this week, so I am very happy to have won."

Nice: Ernests Gulbis remained perfect in ATP World Tour finals, needing 98 minutes to dispatch Federico Delbonis for the Open de Nice Cote d’Azur title on Saturday. The 6-1, 7-6(5) victory gives Gulbis his sixth trophy in six finals, and his first on clay. "My next goal is to be Top 10, even Top 8. I think if I play well in the Grand Slams, I have a good chance."

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