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Corona ATP Weekly Slice: Djokovic Headlines US Open

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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

US Open (New York, U.S.A.)
The US National Championships, known since 1968 as the US Open Tennis Championships, is the second-oldest of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments after Wimbledon, and the only one to have been played each year since its inception in 1881. This is the 134th staging of the event.

This is the 47th US Open and the 184th Grand Slam tournament of the Open Era. The tournament has been held on hard courts at Flushing Meadows since moving from Forest Hills in 1978. This is the second straight year a Monday final is scheduled. From 2008-'12, the final was played on Monday due to inclement weather.

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Novak Top Seed - World No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads the list of seeds at the 2014 US Open. The reigning Wimbledon champion is followed by Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych, Grigor Dimitrov and Andy Murray as the Top 8. View US Open Draw

Federer Aiming For Sixth US Open Title - Having won the title here for five consecutive years from 2004-'08, second seed Roger Federer is bidding to become the fourth man in history to win six or more titles at the US Championships and US Open. He is currently tied with Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras with five trophies each. Richard Sears, William Larned and Bill Tilden all own seven trophies from this tournament. Read: Federer: 'Confidence Was Going Away Quickly'

Retaining The Title - Last year, Andy Murray, who was bidding to successfully defend his US Open title, fell in the quarter-finals to Stan Wawrinka. There have been 12 successful title defences at Flushing Meadows. The last player to retain their title was Roger Federer in 2008.

Player Years Won
John McEnroe 1979-'81 (two defences)
Jimmy Connors 1982-'83
Ivan Lendl 1985-'87 (two defences)
Stefan Edberg 1991-'92
Pete Sampras 1995-'96
Patrick Rafter 1997-'98
Roger Federer 2004-'08 (four defences)

Raonic Eyes Payout - Milos Raonic clinched the 2014 Emirates Airline US Open Series Men’s Bonus Challenge, allowing the Canadian to compete for a $4 million payout, the largest in tennis history at the US Open. Raonic finished with 280 Bonus Challenge points by winning the Citi Open (d. Pospisil), advancing to the Western & Southern Open semi-finals (l. to Federer) and reaching the Toronto quarter-finals (l. to F. Lopez). John Isner and Roger Federer finished second and third, respectively. Read More

First-Timers- There are 23 players making their US Open debut this year: Radu Albot, Facundo Bagnis, Pablo Carreno Busta, Borna Coric, Taro Daniel, Federico Delbonis, Niels Desein, Jared Donaldson, Damir Dzumhur, Victor Estrella Burgos, Marcos Giron, Alejandro Gonzalez, Sam Groth, Filip Krajinovic, Alexander Kudryavtsev, Dusan Lajovic, James McGee, Aleksandr Nedovyesov, Yoshihito Nishioka, Blaz Rola, Noah Rubin, Diego Schwartzman and Dominic Thiem. Seven are playing in their first Grand Slam tournament: Albot, Coric, Desein, Giron, Donaldson, McGee and Rubin

In the Open Era, no man has won the US Open title in his debut. The last Grand Slam champion to win a title on his first appearance at that event was Rafael Nadal at 2005 Roland Garros.

Big Four Lead The Way - Since 2005 Roland Garros when Rafael Nadal won his first Grand Slam title, the Big Four of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Nadal and Andy Murray have combined to win 36 of the past 38 Grand Slam titles - with the only exceptions the 2009 US Open (Juan Martin del Potro) and the 2014 Australian Open (Stan Wawrinka) - for the most dominant era in the history of tennis. Prior to ’05 Roland Garros, in the previous 34 Grand Slam tournaments from ’96 US Open to ’05 Australian Open, there were 18 different winners. During the current stretch, Federer has won 13 titles; Nadal, 14; Djokovic, seven and Murray, two. Read: Could Federer Be Headed Back To No. 1?

30-Over ChampionsRoger Federer, who won Wimbledon in 2012 at 30 years, 335 days, is looking to become the fifth man in the Open Era to win two or more Grand Slams titles after turning 30. Andre Agassi was the last man to achieve the feat, winning the Australian Open in 2001 and ‘03 (at 32 years, 272 days). He is the last 32-year-old Grand Slam winner.

Country Breakdown - There are 40 countries represented in the men’s singles draw at the 2014 US Open, with Spain and France having the most players competing (13 each). There are 12 Americans in the singles draw, as well as eight Germans, seven Argentines, and six each from Australia and Russia.

Wild Cards – Americans were awarded six of the eight wildcards: 2014 USTA Boys’ 18 champion Noah Rubin, Jared Donaldson, Marcos Giron, Ryan Harrison, Wayne Odesnik and Tim Smyczek. Australia’s Bernard Tomic and France’s Michael Llodra also received main draw berths as part of reciprocal arrangements with Tennis Australia and the French Tennis Federation, respectively.

Bryans Aim For Title No. 100 - World No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan are looking to become the first doubles team to capture 100 Tour-level titles. The Bryans, US Open champions in 2005, ’08, ’10, ’12, are record 15-time Grand Slam titlists and record 30-time ATP World Tour Masters 1000 champions. The American twins became the first team to hold all four Grand Slam doubles titles at the same time in the Open Era last year after winning their third Wimbledon title in July 2013, and have finished as the No. 1 team in nine of the past 11 years. Their first title as a tandem came in Memphis in 2001. Individually, Mike has 101 titles - having won in Nottingham 2002 with Mark Knowles and Long Island 2003 with Mahesh Bhupathi - and Bob owns 99 trophies.

Emirates ATP Rankings Movers
Lukas Rosol 27 (+6 spots) - career-high
Yen-Hsun Lu 34 (+4 spots)
Jerzy Janowicz 43 (+9 spots)
David Goffin 56 (+6 spots)
Florian Mayer 69 (+2 spots)
Diego Schwartzman 79 (+1 spot) - career-high

Potential Milestones (as of 25 August)
US Open - Singles
Pablo Andujar - 93 wins
Marco Chiudinelli - 46 wins
Marin Cilic - 293 wins
Ivan Dodig - 96 wins
Marcel Granollers - 147 wins
Ernests Gulbis - 196 wins
Blaz Kavcic - 48 wins
Paul-Henri Mathieu - 247 wins
Juan Monaco - 298 wins
Fernando Verdasco - 399 wins

Birthdays
30 August - Ernests Gulbis (26)
1 September - Gael Monfils (28)
3 September - Dominic Thiem (21)
5 September - Filippo Volandri (33)
5 September - Go Soeda (30)
7 September - Denis Istomin (28)
8 September - Illya Marchenko (27)

Player To Watch: Novak DjokovicDjokovic
Novak Djokovic, who has reached the US Open final the past four years (five overall), winning the title in 2011, faces Diego Schwartzman in the first round. Djokovic returned to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on 7 July after capturing his second Wimbledon title (d. Federer in five sets) and seventh overall major. This is his 109th week at No. 1, which ties Bjorn Borg for seventh-most weeks as World No. 1. Read: Djokovic: 'Everybody Is Starting From Scratch'

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Watch US Open coverage 25 August - 8 September.
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WEEK IN REVIEW

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Video of the Week
See what happens when the Charlotte Observer's Scott Fowler, who rates himself a 4.5 player, attempts to return John Isner's serve in Winston-Salem. Hint: It wasn't pretty.

In Case You Missed It...

Winston-Salem Lukas Rosol lifted his second ATP World Tour trophy after saving two match points to win 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 against Jerzy Janowicz at the Winston-Salem Open final on Saturday.
Rosol: "I didn’t start out well, but I finished strong"

In doubles, the unseeded pairing of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah toppled third seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers 6-3, 6-4 in the doubles final. Read Match Report

Tidbits
Federer • Top seed John Isner, a native of nearby Greensboro, tested his throwing arm against Wake Forest University football players E.J. Scott, Matt James and Jared Crump, while getting some personal coaching from the team's head coach, Dave Clawson. Read: Best of ATP Stars
• Other high-profile tennis players partook in the #IceBucketChallenge to #StrikeOutALS, including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. See Rafa's Challenge | Roger's Challenge | Novak's Challenge | ATP Staff
• World No. 1 Novak Djokovic made a guest appearance Tuesday on the Late Show with David Letterman, where he spoke about his title chances at US Open. Read & Watch
Roger Federer punched his ticket to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for a record 13th year in a row after clinching a sixth title at the Western & Southern Open. Federer joins Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the elite eight-man field at the season finale, to be held at The O2 in London from 9-16 November, where he will be looking to win his seventh crown. Read & Buy Tickets
• As part of the US Open media tour, Tomas Berdych joined USTA Chairman, CEO and President David Haggerty and USTA Executive Director and CEO Gordon Smith to ring the NYSE Opening Bell at The New York Stock Exchange. Read & Watch Video

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