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Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Djokovic Chases Career Golden Masters

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 seventh ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season takes place in Cincinnati this week, led by a star-studded line-up including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, and Milos Raonic. The Big Four (Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Murray) have accounted for the past seven titles and eight of the past 10 overall at this Emirates Airline US Open Series event.

Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati, U.S.A.)
The Western & Southern Open features 16 of the Top 20 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings, including eight of the Top 10. Leading the way is World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who is the top seed for the third time in four years. Djokovic returned last week in Toronto for the first time since Wimbledon and lost in the third round to eventual champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Djokovic is a four-time finalist in Cincinnati, the only ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament he has never won.

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Novak Eyes Career Golden Masters - Djokovic is making his 10th straight tournament appearance and he’s looking for his first Cincinnati title to complete the Career Golden Masters - achieved by winning all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. Djokovic owns 19 Masters 1000 trophies: 4-Miami; 3-Canada, Indian Wells, Rome; 2-Paris, Shanghai; 1-Madrid, Monte-Carlo. Read: Djokovic Looks To Make History In Cincinnati

Big Four Champions - Three of the Big Four have won eight of the past 10 titles in Cincinnati (since 2004), led by Federer winning five times (2005, ’07, ’09-'10, ’12), Murray twice (2008, ’11) and Nadal (last year). The only non-Big Four winners during this stretch are Americans Andy Roddick (’06) and Andre Agassi (’04).

Roger on a Roll – Federer, the second seed, is back in Cincinnati for the 14th year, which ties for second-most appearances of any player in tournament history (Chang-16; Haas, Sampras-14). Federer has won 32 of 40 matches at this event and holds a perfect 5-0 record in finals. Federer turned 33 on 8 August and is the oldest player in the Top 3 of the Emirates ATP Rankings since Andre Agassi (33) was No. 1 on 1 September 2003. Federer has the most hard-court match wins (28) this season and is 2-5 in finals, winning titles in Dubai and Halle. He is one victory away from recording 300 wins at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level, and would be the first player in history to hold this distinction.

Wild Cards – The four main draw wild cards are Robby Ginepri, Steve Johnson, Sam Querrey and Jack Sock. Johnson, who is making his main draw debut, is one position shy of his career-high No. 54 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, reached after a quarter-final run in Washington. Ginepri was a semi-finalist in 2005 and quarter-finalist in ’03, while Querrey advanced to the quarter-finals in ’07. Sock, who is ranked a career-high No. 56, lost in his debut last year.

Defending Doubles Champions – World No. 1 and four-time doubles champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan are closing in on 100 titles on the ATP World Tour, with 98 under their belts as a team. They captured the Cincinnati title in 2003, ’08, ’10 and last year, compiling a 31-12 match record. The twins have a 5-3 record in finals this season, winning five straight titles in Delray Beach, Indian Wells, Miami, Houston and Monte-Carlo. They have played seven tournaments since their last title in Monte-Carlo in April.

Emirates ATP Rankings Movers
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rejoins the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time in five months (10 March) after defeating Roger Federer in the Rogers Cup final. The Frenchman jumps from No. 15 to No. 10. Tsonga defeated No. 1 Djokovic, No. 9 Murray, and No. 8 Dimitrov en route to the final.

Below is a list of other players making moves this week:

David Ferrer 6 (+1 spot)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 10 (+5 spots)
Feliciano Lopez 16 (+9 spots)
Kevin Anderson 17 (+4 spots)
Pablo Cuevas 36 (+5 spots) - career-high
Vasek Pospisil 46 (-19 spots)
Ivan Dodig 54 (+8 spots)
Jack Sock 56 (+4 spots) - career-high
Nick Kyrgios 58 (+12 spots) - career-high

Potential Milestones (as of 11 August)

Cincinnati - Singles
Ivan Dodig - 96 wins
Marcel Granollers - 146 wins
Ernests Gulbis - 195 wins
Fernando Verdasco - 398 wins
Mikhail Youzhny - 449 wins

Cincinnati- Doubles
Tommy Robredo - 148 wins
Mikhail Youzhny - 149 wins

Birthdays
14 August - Yen-Hsun Lu (31)
16 August - Diego Schwartzman (22)
17 August - Denis Kudla (22)

Player To Watch: Novak DjokovicDjokovic
Djokovic began with a 1-3 record in Cincinnati before compiling a 20-6 record in the past six years, reaching the final four times (2008-'09, ’11-'12). Djokovic regained No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on 7 July and enters his 107th week (11 August) as No. 1. Djokovic is 38-5 on the season (17-3 on hard) with a co-ATP World Tour best four titles (w/ Nadal).

How To Watch
Watch Cincinnati coverage 11 August - 17 August. (Territory restrictions apply.)
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In Case You Missed It...

Toronto Jo-Wilfried Tsonga picked up his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title with a 7-5, 7-6(3) defeat of No. 2 seed Roger Federer on Sunday. Tsonga became the first Frenchman to triumph on Canadian soil, claiming his 11th tour-level crown. He will return to the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since March.
Tsonga: "I think for the moment I don't realize really what I achieved this week, but it's a big achievement for me."

In doubles, Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares retained their Rogers Cup crown after a 6-4, 6-3 performance against fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo. The Austrian-Brazilian tandem now own 10 ATP World Tour team titles. Read Match Report

Tidbits
FedererRoger Federer’s fans helped the Swiss No. 1 celebrate his 33rd birthday on 8 August. Using the hashtag #Roger33, fans flocked to Twitter to submit myriad photos, graphics and art to mark the occasion. Federer posed with his favourite artwork. More…
• Rising Australian star Nick Kyrgios will take the reins of the ATP Insider in September. Send in your mailbag questions on Facebook, or on Twitter using #AskNK. More...
• CEO of ATP Americas Mark Young presented Rogers Cup Tournament Director Karl Hale with a 25-year Heritage commemorative trophy as part of the ATP Heritage Award Programme. Canadian stars Milos Raonic and Daniel Nestor also attended the award ceremony. More...
Marin Cilic, Frank Dancevic, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan took to the stage at the Rexall Centre to showcase their artistic talents by adding colour and creativity to sketches prepared for them by artist David Arrigo. Which player's creative work was picked fan favourite? Read More...
• ATP Executive Chairman Chris Kermode presented Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, Kei Nishikori and Ernests Gulbis with an Emirates ATP Top 10 Trophy, commemorating their achievement of breaking into the game’s elite. More...
Tomas Berdych had an early wake-up call Tuesday as he was invited to open the stock market at the Toronto Stock Exchange, the largest stock exchange in Canada and the third largest in North America. Read & Watch Video...

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