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Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Isner Top Seed In Newport

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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

After a month of grass-court play, two traditional summer European clay-court tournaments take place in Bastad and Stuttgart. In addition, action returns to North America for the first time since April for the Hall of Fame Tennis Championship, the only grass-court tournament in the United States. World No. 7 David Ferrer is the highest-ranked player in action and the top seed in Bastad while Fabio Fognini leads the Stuttgart field. Top American John Isner is the No. 1 seed in Newport.

Hall of Fame Tennis Championships (Newport, U.S.A.)
This year’s field features four former champions, led by top seed and No. 1 American John Isner, who captured the title in 2011-'12. The other seeds are No. 2 Ivo Karlovic, No. 3 and two-time runner-up Lleyton Hewitt, No. 4 and reigning champion Nicolas Mahut, No. 5 Donald Young, No. 6 Steve Johnson, No. 7 and Wimbledon doubles champion Jack Sock and Adrian Mannarino. Other former champions in the field are Rajeev Ram (2009) and wild card Robby Ginepri (2003).

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Big John At The Top - John Isner is the top seed in Newport for the third time in four years. The 29-year-old American has a 13-3 record in Newport and is making his fourth straight visit. He is undefeated as the top seed, winning in 2011-'12. His 13-match winning streak in Newport ended last year with a semi-final loss to Hewitt. Isner is coming off a career-best third-round showing at Wimbledon (l. to Lopez, while hitting 52 aces - second-most of his career). Isner opened the season with his eighth ATP World Tour title in Auckland (d. Lu). This is the 12th time that Isner is the top seed at an ATP World Tour tournament (26-8 record), and for the third tournament this season.

Wild Cards Make Debut - Two of the three wild cards – Mitchell Krueger (20) and Clay Thompson (22) - are making their ATP World Tour main-draw debuts. Krueger was the No. 5 ranked junior in the world in 2012, reaching the Roland Garros and Wimbledon boy's semi-finals. Thompson completed an outstanding four-year collegiate career at UCLA, finishing as the No. 2 player in the country. The other wild card is ’03 Newport champion Robby Ginepri.

Wimbledon Champions In The Draw - There are four players who have won singles or doubles Wimbledon titles appearing in the main draw, including American Jack Sock, who won the 2014 doubles crown (w/Pospisil). The others are: Frederik Nielsen (2012 doubles), Daniel Nestor (2008-'09 doubles), Lleyton Hewitt (2002 singles). In addition, there are three former Wimbledon junior singles titles in the draw: Luke Saville (2011), Donald Young (2007) and Nicolas Mahut (2000). | Watch: Hewitt Trades Racquets For Clubs

SkiStar Swedish Open (Bastad, Sweden)
Three of the top four seeds in the 28-player field are Spaniards, led by David Ferrer, a former two-time champion (2007, ’12); No. 2 Tommy Robredo, also a two-time winner (2006, ’08); No. 3 Fernando Verdasco, last year’s runner-up and No. 4 Jerzy Janowicz. The other expected seeds are No. 5 Joao Sousa, No. 6 Jeremy Chardy, No. 7 and reigning champion Carlos Berlocq and No. 8 Pablo Carreno Busta.

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Reigning Champ - One year ago, 30-year-old Carlos Berlocq of Argentina defeated Fernando Verdasco to capture his first ATP World Tour title. He also reached the doubles final with Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Berlocq is trying to become the first repeat champion in Bastad since countryman Mariano Zabaleta in 2003-'04.

Robredo Returns – Second seed Tommy Robredo is making his 14th appearance in Bastad. The 32-year-old Spaniard is coming off a career-best fourth-round showing at Wimbledon (l. to Federer). Robredo won the Bastad title in 2006 and ’08 and reached the semi-finals five other times. He has a 28-11 FedEx ATP Win/Loss record in Bastad.

Jiri On The Rise – Czech 20-year-old Jiri Vesely, who earned the ATP Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Emirates last year for finishing as the youngest player in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings, is coming off his best showing at a Grand Slam, reaching the Wimbledon third round (d. Monfils in five sets, l. to Kyrgios). He was ranked No. 68 entering Wimbledon.

MercedesCup (Stuttgart, Germany)
This year’s field consists of six of the Top 30 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings (as of 23 June), led by defending champion Fabio Fognini. The other seeds are No. 2 Mikhail Youzhny, No. 3 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 4 Feliciano Lopez, No. 5 Philipp Kohlschreiber, No. 6 Marcel Granollers, No. 7 Santiago Giraldo and No. 8 Federico Delbonis. Youzhny (2002) is the other former champion in the field.

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Reigning Champ - This season, Stuttgart top seed Fabio Fognini claimed his third ATP World Tour title in Vina del Mar the week prior to reaching the Buenos Aires final. Last year, the Italian defeated local favourite Kohlschreiber in the final for his maiden ATP World Tour title. He claimed a second German title, in Hamburg, the following week (d. Delbonis).

Lopez Back On Clay - Fourth seed Feliciano Lopez, who won the most matches on grass this year (12) after reaching the final at Queen’s (l. to Dimitrov), defending his Eastbourne title (d. Gasquet) and making a run into the Wimbledon fourth round (l. to Wawrinka), is looking to maintain his form on clay. The Madrid native is 4-6 on the surface this season, with his best result coming in the quarter-finals of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Madrid.

Bautista Agut Climbing - One of the most improved players on the ATP World Tour is Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who has climbed from No. 59 in the Emirates ATP Rankings at the end of last year to a career-high No. 23 after earning his maiden title on the grass of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. He then followed with a third-round showing at Wimbledon (l. to Murray). The 25-year-old Spaniard has already surpassed his match wins total from last year (27); he is 28-15 this year (8-5 on clay).

Petzschner Wild Card - Philipp Petzschner is playing in his first ATP World Tour-level main draw since the 2013 US Open. Petzschner, who ranked a career-high No. 35 on 14 September 2009, was sidelined with injury to his right shoulder. He is No. 575 in the Emirates ATP Rankings (as of 23 June). He teamed with Jurgen Melzer to win the Stuttgart doubles title in 2011.

Emirates ATP Rankings Movers
Novak Djokovic 1 (+1 spot)
Rafael Nadal 2 (-1 spot ) -
Roger Federer 3 (+1 spot)
Stan Wawrinka 4 (-1 spot)
Milos Raonic 6 (+3 spots) - career-high
Grigor Dimitrov 9 (+4 spots) - career-high
Andy Murray 10 (-5 spots)
Kevin Anderson 17 (+1 spot) - career-high
Marin Cilic 20 (+9 spots)
Leonardo Mayer 47 (+17 spots) - career-high
Nick Kyrgios 66 (+78 spots) - career-high
Dusan Lajovic 73 (+11 spots) - career-high

Birthdays
10 July - Jiri Vesely (21)
11 July - Martin Klizan (25)
12 July - Pablo Carreno Busta (23)
13 July - Gerald Melzer (24)

Player To Watch: David FerrerFerrer
David Ferrer is making his eighth tournament appearance in Bastad, in search for a third title (2007, ’12). Ferrer captured the SkiStar Swedish Open trophy (d. Almagro) in his last visit two years ago.

The 32-year-old Valencia resident, who owns an 18-5 record at the Swedish tournament, is coming off a second-round exit at Wimbledon (l. to Andrey Kuznetsov in five sets), ending a string of 10 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final appearances. In February, Ferrer captured his third straight title in Buenos Aires (d. Fognini), the 21st in his career. He has won at least one title every year since 2010 (and eight of last nine years).

WEEK IN REVIEW

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In Case You Missed It...

Wimbledon - Singles: Novak Djokovic will return to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday after winning his seventh Grand Slam championship at Wimbledon. The Serb denied Roger Federer an unprecedented eighth title at The Championships, taking the final 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4.
Lopez: "It was a great match to be part of. Roger is a magnificent champion"

Wimbledon - Doubles: Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock capped a dream Wimbledon campaign with a 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 victory over top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the championship match.
Pospisil: "These last two weeks have been amazing, to be honest, because the whole year was a struggle."

Nenad Zimonjic and Sam Stosur won the Wimbledon mixed doubles crown with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Max Mirnyi and Hao-Ching Chan.
Zimonjic: " It was a lot of fun to be on the court with Sam. [I'm] glad she said yes. Glad we took this chance."

Tidbits
Nadal • By winning his opening match at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal became just the 11th player in the Open Era to reach 700 match wins. More...
• Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios produced a 'tweener Hot Shot winner in his takedown of Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon fourth round. Watch...
• By sticking to his strengths, Milos Raonic is focused on breaking into the Top 5 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. Read Profile...
• Top American John Isner will put on the Editor's cap for the ATP Insider this summer, and will begin working on his issue next week at the Hall Of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport. More...
Roger Federer has been named 16th on the Forbes list of the “World’s Most Powerful Celebrities”. The Swiss comes ahead of No. 17 Miley Cyrus, No. 18 Taylor Swift, No. 19 Lady Gaga, No. 20 Kanye West. Beyonce has been named No. 1. More...
• Italy’s Fabio Fognini posed naked for the August issue of British Cosmopolitan to raise awareness of male cancer for Cancer Research UK. More...
• American John Isner joined a trio of Spaniards – Feliciano Lopez, David Ferrer and Pablo Andujar – in an eight-page photo spread in the June edition of Elle Man Mexico, the bi-annual supplement of Elle Mexico. More...
Stan Wawrinka sits in the driver's seat, literally, during an interview with Men's Journal for its July issue. Read Profile...

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