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Corona ATP Weekly Slice: The Big Four Fight For Grass Glory

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 year's third major, Wimbledon, follows two weeks of grass-court events held in Halle, the Queen's Club (London), Eastbourne and 's-Hertogenbosch.

Wimbledon (Wimbledon, Great Britain)
This is the 128th edition of Wimbledon and the 47th staging of the event in the Open Era (since 1968). Former champions in the field are No. 1 Novak Djokovic (2011), No. 2 Rafael Nadal ('08, '10), No. 3 Andy Murray ('13), No. 4 Roger Federer ('03-'07, '09, '12), and Lleyton Hewitt ('02).

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Federer and Nadal Collision Course - One of tennis’ most celebrated rivalries could be reignited in the semi-finals as seven-time champion Roger Federer and second seed Rafael Nadal find themselves on a collision course in the bottom half of the 2014 draw. Read: Wimbledon Draw Preview | Rafa & Roger: The Rivalry

Nadal the Second Seed – Two-time Wimbledon champion and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is the second seed at the All England Club for the sixth time. This is the second time (2010) he has ranked No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and been seeded No. 2 at the tournament. The Spaniard begins his campaign against Martin Klizan of Slovakia. Read: Nadal Wary Of Tricky Wimbledon Opener

The Top SeedNovak Djokovic is the No. 1 seed for the third straight year at Wimbledon, the first time as World No. 2. The 27-year-old Serb won the Wimbledon crown in 2011 as the No. 2 seed and has reached the semi-finals (l. to Federer) and final (l. to Murray) in his past two outings at the All England Club. He is coming off second runner-up finish at Roland Garros in three years (l. to Nadal). Djokovic is the first player seeded No. 1 for three or more consecutive years at the All England Club since Federer from 2004-'08. Read: Djokovic 'Recharged' and Looks To Becker For Boost

The King of GrassRoger Federer won his record seventh Wimbledon title in 2012 (d. Andy Murray) to tie him with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw for the most singles titles at the All England Club. Federer is making his 16th consecutive appearance at Wimbledon and he has reached the quarter-finals or better in 10 of the past 11 years. In 2013, he was upset in the second round by World No. 116 Sergiy Stakhovsky. Read: Federer: I Can Win Wimbledon

By The Numbers - A look at some of the key statistics ahead of Wimbledon, including the title leaders, winning streaks, tournament debuts and more. Read: Wimbledon - By The Numbers

Tournament Preview - Justin Gimelstob shares highlights of this year's men's singles draw. Watch: Wimbledon Preview

Emirates ATP Rankings Movers
Feliciano Lopez - 26 (-1 spot)
Roberto Bautista Agut - 23 (+5 spots ) - career-high
Joao Sousa - 41 (+7 spots)
Edouard Roger-Vasselin - 50 (+3 spots)
Martin Klizan - 51 (+6 spots)
Nicolas Mahut - 54 (-13 spots)
Benjamin Becker - 65 (+18 spots)
Sam Querrey - 67 (+10 spots)

Potential Milestones (as of 23 June)

Wimbledon - Singles
Rafael Nadal - 699 wins
Andy Murray - 449 wins
Fernando Verdasco - 394 wins
Feliciano Lopez - 348 wins
Gael Monfils - 299 wins
Andreas Seppi - 249 wins
Paul-Henri Mathieu - 246 wins
Ivo Karlovic - 244 wins
Victor Hanescu - 199 wins
Ernests Gulbis - 193 wins
Dudi Sela - 94 wins
Donald Young - 49 wins

Wimbledon - Doubles
Daniel Nestor - 947 wins
Mike Bryan - 897 wins
Robert Lindstedt - 299 wins
Mikhail Youzhny - 149 wins
Pablo Cuevas - 98 wins
Mikhail Elgin - 48 wins
Martin Emmrich - 46 wins
Yen-Hsun Lu - 46 wins

Birthdays
23 Jun - Vasek Pospisil (24)
25 Jun - Mikhail Youzhny (32)
29 Jun - Adrian Mannarino (26)
30 Jun - Dusan Lajovic (24)
1 Jul - Michael Berrer (34)
2 Jul - Kristijan Mesaros (26)

Player To Watch: Andy MurrayMurray
Last year, Andy Murray broke a 77-year British title drought by defeating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final. The No. 1 British player came in as the No. 2 seed, the highest by a British man since Bunny Austin was No. 1 in 1939. Murray was the first British man to win the Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936. Perry did not defend his title the following year.

Since capturing his second Grand Slam crown at the All England Club (also: US Open 2012), Murray has not reached a final. He underwent back surgery last September and finished the season with a 9-3 record after Wimbledon. He has compiled a 27-11 record in 2014, including semi-final showings at Roland Garros and in Acapulco. He had a career-best 19-match grass-court winning streak snapped with a third-round loss to Radek Stepanek at the Aegon Championships. Murray is this year's third seed. Read: Murray Read To Embark On Title Defence

WEEK IN REVIEW

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Video of the Week
With bragging rights on the line, Grigor Dimitrov’s coach, Roger Rasheed, challenged Andy Murray’s fitness trainer, Jez Green, to a 200-meter sprint at Wimbledon Park Athletic Track... for charity.


Read & Watch: Murray and Dimitrov In Hilarious Proxy Race

In Case You Missed It...

Eastbourne: Feliciano Lopez completed a successful title defence on Saturday with a 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-5 victory over top seed Richard Gasquet.
Lopez: "The way I play here is completely different from when I play on the other surfaces around the world."

's-Hertogenbosch: Roberto Bautista Agut mounted an impressive rally to claim his maiden ATP World Tour crown 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 on Saturday, defeating Benjamin Becker in the final.
Bautista Agut: "I played calm and agressive in the last game. I had to celebrate hard (after match point) and enjoy the moment."
More: First-Time Winner Spotlight

Tidbits
GasquetRichard Gasquet, the top seed in Eastbourne, made a trio of feathered friends during the birds' visit to Devonshire Park from the East Sussex Falconry. More...
Andy Murray, Jamie Murray and Ross Hutchins took part in a 'Rally for Bally' charity fundraiser at the Queen's Club, while similar events were staged in other venues, all in memory of former British player Elena Baltacha, who died from liver cancer, aged 30, on 4 May. More...
• German doubles specialist Martin Emmrich proposed to his girlfriend, WTA player Michaella Krajicek, following her first-round win at the Topshelf Open. Read More & Watch
Andy Murray was formally presented with the freedom of the London Borough of Merton. More...
• Veteran tennis writer Robert Davis shares his experiences on the grounds of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Tianjin, China. More...
• Former World No. 2 and 15-time ATP World Tour titlist Tommy Haas announced that he will miss the rest of the 2014 season following arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. More...
Stan Wawrinka joined the ATP Player Council. The newest roster was announced at the general player meeting at Wimbledon. More...
Roger Federer’s six-year service as ATP Player Council President was celebrated at the annual Wimbledon meeting. The Swiss was presented with a commemorative mount and a bottle of Moet & Chandon by his fellow council members. More...
• World No. 83 Benjamin Becker recalls his first encounters with his tennis idols, shares his greatest sports moment and looks back on his strangest match in this Biofile with Scoop Malinowski. More...
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both place in the Top 10 of the World's Highest-Paid Athletes, an annual list compiled by Forbes magazine. More...
• The German 24-year-old Jan-Lennard Struff discusses his improvement on Tour throughout the past 12 months as he continues his rise in the Emirates ATP Rankings. More...

Photo Gallery: Eastbourne | 's-Hertogenbosch


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