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Another big week in tennis...milestones reached, jumps in rankings and Indian Wells just around the corner.

  • With his recent win over Novak Djokovic in the Dubai final, Roger Federer captured a record seventh title in Dubai and his 84th ATP World Tour crown. He also surpassed the 9,000 aces threshold, becoming one of only four players in history to do so.         
  • Rafael Nadal won his 1st title in nearly 9 months, after defeating Juan Monaco in the finals of Acapulco… adding his 65th overall title. Nadal is now in fifth place on the Open Era titles.          
  • Japan’s Kei Nishikori broke into the top four of the ATP world rankings on Monday.  Three other players also rose to their highest spot ever on the Emirates ATP Rankings: Feliciano Lopez is up to No. 12, Borna Coric  has climbed to No. 61 and Joao Souza is now at No. 75.          
  • Lucie Safarova won the biggest title of her career at the Qatar Open defeating Victoria Azarenka in the final.  She is now up to a career high of No. 11. 

Cover Girl: Maria Sharapova appears in the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) readers' choice contest in the"Entertainment and Celebrity" category for her 2014 cover for The Edit publication. Currently, she's in third place behind Miley Cyrus’ W magazine shot and Kim Kardashian’s notorious Paper cover.

CzechMate: There are now four Czech women in the WTA Top 20: Kvitova, Safarova, Pliskova and Zahlavova Strycova.

The Coaching/Team Roller Coaster Continues:  This week it was announced that Serena Williams is parting ways with long-time hitting partner Sascha Bajin.  He will now be working with Victoria Azarenka.

With Indian Wells is just around the corner, here's a few quick updates:          
  • Juan Martin del Potro hopes to return to action at the BNP Paribas Open after receiving a wild card on Wednesday.
  • In addition, ten Americans have been granted wildcards into the main draws including on the men’s side: Smyczek, Harrison, Kudla, and Krajicek, On the Women’s side:  Gibbs, Townsend, Min,  Chirico, Vickery and  Mattek-Sands.         
  • Petra Kvitova withdrew from Indian Wells this week citing "exhaustion."           
  • HEAD Professional Stringing has taken over the official stringing duties at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open.  This marks the first change in stringing teams Indian Wells in decades. 
Cari Buck is a fan, player, coach and industry professional,with over 25 years experience. Check back weekly for new editions of BaselineBeat, and follow on Twitter @BaselineBeat. 

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