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Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Isner Returns To Winston-Salem

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 American ATP World Tour event of the season, the Winston-Salem Open, features 12 of the Top 50 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Winston-Salem Open (Winston-Salem, U.S.A.)
The fourth-year tournament on the campus of Wake Forest University is led by top seed and 2011-'12 champion John Isner, second seed Kevin Anderson and third seed Tommy Robredo. The top three Americans (four of top five) in the Emirates ATP Rankings are in the draw.

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Big John Top Seed - John Isner, native of nearby Greensboro, returns to Winston-Salem for the third time in four years. This will be the first time the 29-year-old American is the top seed at the tournament. He is undefeated (10-0) in Wake Forest, winning back-to-back titles in 2011-'12. This is the fifth time this season Isner is the top seed. Isner took the crown in his last outing as the tournament No. 1, defeating Dudi Sela for the Atlanta title. Isner opened the season with his eighth ATP World Tour title, in Auckland (d. Lu).

Defending Champion - Reigning champion Jurgen Melzer is making his fourth straight Winston-Salem appearance. The Austrian left-hander was sidelined by a shoulder injury before returning to the Tour in mid-April. The 33 year old, who reached the ‘s-Hertogenbosch semi-final in his best run of the season, looks to break a four-match losing streak.

Robredo Enters Off Big Win – Third seed Tommy Robredo is coming off his second victory over a World No. 1 after defeating Novak Djokovic in the Cincinnati third round. The 32-year-old Spaniard is playing in Winston-Salem for the third straight year (1-2).

Rubin's Debut – Wimbledon junior champion and USTA Boys' 18s national winner Noah Rubin makes his ATP World Tour debut in Winston-Salem. The 18 year old from Rockville Center, N.Y., who last week won the national U.S. junior tournament in Kalamazoo, Mich., earned a singles and doubles (w/Kozlov) wild card into the US Open. Rubin, who is ranked No. 585 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, will attend Wake Forest this fall. He lost his first-round singles match to fellow American Bradley Klahn.

Americans On The Rise – No. 2 American Donald Young has climbed from No. 96 at the end of last year to No. 46 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Two weeks ago, Young advanced to the semi-finals in Washington (l. to eventual champion Raonic) and afterwards he broke into the Top 50 for the first time since 18 June 2012. No. 3 American Steve Johnson is expected to crack the Top 50 for the first time after his third-round showing in Cincinnati. The 24-year-old four-time All-American (University of Southern California) has climbed from No. 157 at the end of last year to No. 49 on 18 August. He has four Top 20 wins this season.

Harrison Returns – Wild card Ryan Harrison, who has been sidelined with a stress fracture in his foot, makes his return to action for the first time since Atlanta last month. The 22-year-old has a 4-11 match record on the ATP World Tour this season.

Emirates ATP Rankings Movers
David Ferrer 5 (+1 spot)
Milos Raonic 6 (+1 spot)
Julien Benneteau 27 (+17 spots)
Lukas Rosol 33 (+5 spots)
Steve Johnson 49 (+6 spots) - career-high
Jerzy Janowicz 52 (+13 spots)
Jack Sock 55 (+1 spot) - career-high

Potential Milestones (as of 18 August)

Winston-Salem - Singles
Marcel Granollers - 146 wins
Paul-Henri Mathieu - 246 wins

Birthdays
18 August - Igor Sijsling (27)
20 August - Bradley Klahn (24)
21 August - Nicolas Almagro (29)
22 August - Mischa Zverev (27)

Player To Watch: Kevin AndersonDjokovic
Top South African Kevin Anderson accepted a wild card for his second visit to Winston-Salem. Anderson defeated Stan Wawrinka en route to a quarter-final finish in Toronto (l. to Dimitrov), and also reached the final eight in Washington, D.C. (l to Young). Two years ago, Anderson lost in the Winston-Salem opening round.

How To Watch
Watch Winston-Salem coverage 18 August - 24 August. (Territory restrictions apply.)
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Video of the Week
Roger Federer uses Milos Raonic as target practice in their Cincinnati semi-final on Saturday. Watch live matches at http://www.tennistv.com/

In Case You Missed It...

Cincinnati Roger Federer earned his 80th singles title and 22nd at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level by overcoming David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 on Sunday. This was the first Masters 1000 final to feature two players over the age of 30. Federer, 33, improved to a perfect 6-0 in Cincinnati finals and to a 16-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the 32-year-old Ferrer.
Federer: "I'm very happy about the week... Just really pleased that I was able to back up a tough week last week [in Toronto]."

In doubles, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan handed Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock their first loss with a 6-3, 6-2 in a rematch of this year's Wimbledon final. Read Match Report

Tidbits
FedererAndy Murray ensured Justin Gimelstob did his bit for the #IceBucketChallenge in Cincinnati as he challenged the ATP Board Member live on air to take the cold plunge in aid of fighting ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Read & Watch Video...
Jack Sock threw the first pitch at a Cincinnati Reds baseball game; Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares visit a children's hospital and Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan headlined an all-star ATP Doubles Showdown presented by ATP ACES For Charity. Read Best of ATP Stars...
• Former US Open semi-finalist Robby Ginepri reveals the last time he missed a flight, strung his own racquets and more. Read 'Last Time..."
• ATP Americas Tournament Board Representative Gavin Forbes presented Western & Southern Open CEO Elaine Bruening with a 25-year Heritage commemorative trophy as part of the ATP Heritage Award Programme. More...

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