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Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Ferrer, Gasquet Headline Grass Events

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 final two tournaments in preparation for Wimbledon take place in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Eastbourne. Overall there are 21 of the Top 50 in the Emirates ATP Rankings (as of 9 June) in action.

Topshelf Open ('s-Hertogenbosch)
The 25th edition of the Dutch grass-court tournament feature Spaniards as its top four seeds: David Ferrer, who won the title in 2008 and ’12, Fernando Verdasco, Roberto Bautista Agut and Marcel Granollers. Overall there are seven of the Top 50 in the field. Other seeds are No. 5 Dmitry Tursunov, No. 6 Vasek Pospisil, No. 7 and reigning champion Nicolas Mahut and No. 8 Jurgen Melzer. Ferrer, Mahut, Benjamin Becker (2009) and Tursunov (2011) are the former champions in the field.
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Reigning Champ – One year ago, Frenchman Nicolas Mahut qualified into the main draw ranked No. 240 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He won all three of his qualifying matches in straight sets and then cruised through the main draw, dropping only one set in five matches including a 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 10 Stan Wawrinka in the final. Mahut added another grass title to his trophy case one month later, in Newport. Mahut comes into this year's event as the No. 7 seed ranked No. 40 in the world.

Dutch Title Hopes – There are three Dutchmen in the draw: wild cards Thiemo de Bakker and Jesse Huta Galung along with the No. 2 Dutch player Igor Sijsling. A pair of Dutchmen have lifted the champion’s trophy, with Richard Krajicek triumphing in 1994 and '97 and Sjeng Schalken clinching back-to-back titles in 2002 and '03.

Grass-court Winners – There are four players in the field with at least one ATP World Tour grass-court title: Ferrer (2), Mahut (2), Tursunov (2) and Becker (1). Colombian Alejandro Falla finished runner-up to Roger Federer in Sunday's Halle final.

Dusan On The Rise – Serbian No. 2 Dusan Lajovic, who advanced to the fourth round at Roland Garros in his main draw debut (l. to Nadal), has jumped from No. 116 in the rankings (before his first tournament of the season) to a career-high No. 76 after Paris.

Aegon International (Eastbourne)
The Aegon International gets under way at the International Tennis Center, in its sixth year in Eastbourne after the tournament was held in Nottingham from 1996-'08. This year’s field includes 14 of the Top 50 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, led by top seed Richard Gasquet followed by No. 2 Alexandr Dolgopolov, No. 3 Feliciano Lopez, No. 4 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, No. 5 Ivo Karlovic, No. 6 Gilles Simon, No. 7 Santiago Giraldo and No. 8 Federico Delbonis. Lopez is the reigning champion and other former winners in the field include Gasquet (2005-'06) and Karlovic (2007-'08).
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Gasquet Top Seed– Top seed Richard Gasquet is playing in only his third tournament since April. The World No. 14 has struggled with a back injury this spring, missing the entire clay-court circuit leading into Roland Garros. He returned in Paris to reach the third round (l. to Verdasco) and last week lost in the first round in Halle (l. to Haase). The No. 1 Frenchman advanced to his 21st final in Montpellier (l. to Monfils) in February, his best result of the season.

Dolgo Back In Top 20 – No. 2 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov has returned to the Top 20 after finishing the 2013 in 57th position. The top Ukrainian has compiled a 23-14 match record this season, just one win shy of tying last year’s mark. He has three victories against the Top 10 (including d. No. 1 Nadal in Indian Wells) and five Top 20 victories at nearly the halfway point of the season.

Reigning Champion – Madrid native Feliciano Lopez, who won last year’s title (d. Simon), finished runner-up to Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday's Queen’s Club final. The 31-year-old Spaniard is attempting to capture his fourth ATP World Tour title. His best Grand Slam results have come at Wimbledon where he’s reached the quarter-finals three times while compiling a 26-12 FedEx ATP Win/Loss record.

Lawn Masters – There are four players in the field with at least one ATP World Tour grass-court title: Gasquet and Karlovic, with two apiece, and Lopez and Sam Querrey, who have each won one Eastbourne title.

Wild Card Entries – The three wild cards in the tournament are British natives Kyle Edmund, Daniel Evans and James Ward. The 19-year-old Edmund is the youngest player in the main draw and last year won his first ATP World Tour main draw match at this event (d. De Schepper, l. to No .17 Simon). Ward reached the quarter-finals in 2010.

Emirates ATP Rankings Movers
Feliciano Lopez 25 (+4 spots)
Yen-Hsun Lu 45 (+3 spots)
Lukas Rosol 50 (+6 spots)
Alejandro Falla 54 (+15 spots)
Pablo Carreno Busta 61 (+12 spots)
Jiri Vesely 66 (+8 spots)
Dustin Brown 78 (+7 spots) - career-high

Potential Milestones (career match wins as of 16 June)

Eastbourne - Singles
Jeremy Chardy - 147 wins
Donald Young - 48 wins

Eastbourne - Doubles
Pablo Cuevas - 97 wins
Robert Lindstedt - 298 wins
Yen-Hsun Lu - 46 wins
Bruno Soares - 249 wins

's-Hertogenbosch - Singles
Victor Hanescu - 199 wins
Paul-Henri Mathieu - 246 wins

's-Hertogenbosch - Doubles
Benjamin Becker - 49 wins
Martin Emmrich - 46 wins

Birthdays
16 June – Benjamin Becker (33)
17 June – Marcos Baghdatis (29)
18 June – Richard Gasquet (28)
21 June – Ricardas Berankis (24)
22 June – Janko Tipsarevic (30)

Player To Watch: David FerrerFerrer
World No. 7 David Ferrer is making his fifth 's-Hertogenbosch appearance and bids for a third title (2008, ’12) at the grass-court event. Ferrer was the top seed in both of his Dutch title runs. The 32-year-old Valencia resident owns a 12-2 tournament record. Ferrer is playing in his first tournament since reaching his 10th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal). In February he captured his third straight title in Buenos Aires (d. Fognini).

How To Watch
Watch 's-Hertogenbosch coverage beginning 16 June and Eastbourne coverage beginning 17 June. (Territorial restrictions apply.)
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WEEK IN REVIEW

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Video of the Week
Watch as Roger Federer loses track of the score following his match point against Kei Nishikori in the Halle semi-finals.

In Case You Missed It...
Halle: Second seed Roger Federer captured his seventh Gerry Weber Open title and his 14th grass-court crown on Sunday after defeating Alejandro Falla 7-6(2), 7-6(3).
Federer: "I really enjoy winning titles. It is what I play for, to play and receive a standing ovation at the end. I am very pleased with my performance."

The Queen's Club, London: World No. 13 Grigor Dimitrov saved one match point against Feliciano Lopez 6-7(8), 7-6(1), 7-6(6) as he captured his first ATP World Tour grass-court title on Sunday.
Dimitrov: "I just fought hard and left everything out on the court - that was my main goal. I achieved what I was looking for."

Tidbits
Federer • It hasn't all been about tennis for the players at this week’s ATP World Tour tournaments. ATPWorldTour.com provides a recap of the highlights. More…
• Was Feliciano Lopez hitting against a wall… or Radek Stepanek? See this thrilling rally from Queen’s.
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi was invited to the the House of Commons, Westminster, London on Tuesday by the Honourable Speaker John Bercow to celebrate the Pakistani player's founding of the Stop War Start Tennis Foundation. More…
Ross Hutchins was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December 2012. This past week, as a cancer survivor he switched his tennis whites for a suit as the tournament director of the Aegon Championships. Profile Part I | Part II
• It was standing room only during an open practice session for Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Marco Chiudinelli at the Gerry Weber Open on Wednesday in Halle. More…
• In reaching his ninth Gerry Weber Open final, a dialed-in Federer experienced something new as he defeated Kei Nishikori: he lost track of the score. More...
Chris Kermode, the ATP Executive Chairman and President, presented Gerry Weber Open Tournament Director Ralf Weber the ATP European Award of Excellence for the best fan experience. More...
• Croatia's Ivo Karlovic, who has won five tour-level titles and leads the ATP World Tour for most aces hit in 2014, reveals the last time… Read Q&A
Andy Murray ended months of speculation as he announced that his new coach will be former WTA World No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Amelie Mauresmo. More…
• After a scratchy comeback on the European clay, the 21-year-old Tomic is now looking to make a fresh start to his 2014 season on the grass. More…

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