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Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Ferrer Leads Hamburg Field

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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.


The sixth ATP World Tour 500 tournament of the season takes place in Hamburg, headlined by wild card entry David Ferrer, ranked No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Nine of the Top 30 are entered in the clay-court event. In Bogota, the two-year-old hard-court tournament features No. 14 Richard Gasquet as the top seed.

bet-at-home Open (Hamburg, Germany)
Six of the Top 25 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings are in the 48-player field, led by Ferrer, who is making his first Hamburg visit in five years. The top eight seeds are Ferrer; No. 2 Fabio Fognini, the reigning champion; No. 3 and 2006 winner Tommy Robredo; No. 4 Alexandr Dolgopolov; No. 5 Mikhail Youzhny; No. 6 Roberto Bautista Agut; No. 7 Philipp Kohlschreiber and No. 8 Marcel Granollers. Three other former champions are in the draw: No. 12 seed Gilles Simon (2011), Juan Monaco (2012) and Andrey Golubev (2010).

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Ferrer Returns As Top Seed - Ferrer accepted a wild card into Hamburg, where he makes his first appearance since reaching the semi-finals in 2009. Ferrer also reached the quarter-finals three times (2004, ’06--07) and owns a 13-7 record in Hamburg. In February, Ferrer captured his third straight title in Buenos Aires (d. Fognini), the 21st of his career. The Spaniard has won at least one title every year since 2010 (and eight of last nine years).

Reigning Champion - Fognini, the second seed, attempts to become the first player to repeat the Hamburg title since Roger Federer in 2004-'05. Last year, Fognini saved three match points in the championship match against Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis. In February, Fognini won his third ATP World Tour title in Vina del Mar (d. Mayer) and the following week reached the final in Buenos Aires (l. to Ferrer).

Home-Country Contingent - There are seven Germans in the main draw (excluding qualifiers), led by Philipp Kohlschreiber, who is making his 10th tournament appearance (7-9 record). His best result was a quarter-final run in 2012. Other Germans in the field are Dustin Brown, Jan-Lennard Struff and wild cards Peter Gojowczyk, Tobias Kamke, Julian Reister, and 17-year-old Alexander Zverev, the youngest player in the field. The last German winner was Michael Stich in 1993.

Claro Open Colombia (Bogota, Colombia)
The player field at the two-year-old tournament is led by top Frenchman Gasquet followed by No. 2 and reigning champion Ivo Karlovic, No. 3 Vasek Pospisil, No. 4 Radek Stepanek, No. 5 Alejandro Falla, No. 6 Alejandro Gonzalez, No. 7 Matthew Ebden and No. 8 Victor Estrella Burgos.

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Reigning Champ - Karlovic, who fell to Lleyton Hewitt in the 2014 Newport final, is the Bogota defending champion and second seed. The towering Croat came into the 2013 event ranked No. 155 in only his second tournament back from a months-long bout with a viral illness, and went on to victory without dropping serve through 60 service games. This season, the 35 year old has reached finals in Memphis (hard), Duesseldorf (clay) and Newport (grass). This is the second time Karlovic has reached three finals on as many surfaces in a season (2007).

Colombian Title Hopes – Two of the top three Colombian players in the Emirates ATP Rankings are in the main draw: 2013 runner-up Falla, the No. 2 Colombian, and Gonzalez, the third highest-ranked Colombian at No. 72. Countrymen Eduardo Struvay and Juan Sebastian Cabal, both wild cards, are also in the draw.

Wimbledon Champion – The Canadian Pospisil is playing his first tournament since capturing the Wimbledon doubles crown with Jack Sock. Pospisil is the No. 3 seed in singles and the top seed in doubles with first-time partner Radek Stepanek. Pospisil and Sock are No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings and are bidding to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Emirates ATP Rankings Movers
Roberto Bautista Agut continues to climb in the Emirates ATP Rankings. By winning his second ATP World Tour title, in Stuttgart, the 25 year old will break into the Top 20 for the first time. The Spaniard has climbed from No. 59 at the end of last year and is a candidate for ATP Most Improved Player of the Year. The 26 year old earned his maiden title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch last month and reached the Wimbledon third round. Below is a list of other players making moves this week:

Roberto Bautista Agut 18 (+5 spots) - career-high
Mikhail Youzhny 19 (+3 spots)
Ivo Karlovic 29 (+2 spots)
Santiago Giraldo 32 (+2 spots) - career-high
Joao Sousa 35 (+5 spots) - career-high
Lukas Rosol 42 (+6 spots)
Leonardo Mayer 46 (+1 spot) - career-high
Carlos Berlocq 56 (-15 spots)
Pablo Cuevas 61 (+50 spots)
Steve Johnson 64 (+5 spots)
Jack Sock 69 (+7 spots) - career-high
Dusan Lajovic 71 (+2 spots) - career-high
Nicolas Mahut 87 (-28 spots)
Sam Groth 99 (+24 spots) - career-high

14 July - Potito Starace (33)
15 July - Peter Gojowczyk (25)
17 July - Daniel Brands (27)
17 July - Bobby Reynolds (32)
18 July - Aljaz Bedene (25)
20 July - Maximo Gonzalez (31)

Player To Watch: Richard GasquetGasquet
Gasquet is looking to jump start his summer campaign as he comes in as the No. 1 seed in Bogota. The 28-year-old Frenchman missed two months this spring with a back injury, returning at Roland Garros where he reached the third round. He then lost in the Halle first round, reached the final in Eastbourne (l. to Lopez) and second round at Wimbledon where he fell to Aussie teenager Nick Kyrgios 10-8 in the fifth set after holding nine match points. Gasquet also was runner-up in Montpellier in February (l. to Monfils). This is the first ATP World Tour tournament Gasquet is playing in South America since February 2010 (Buenos Aires).


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