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  • PAULPAUL    2,381 posts
    After Juan Martin del Potro's three-set win over Roger Federer in the final at Indian Wells, 6-4 6-7 7-6, he now moves up to sixth in the ATP Rankings ahead of the next Masters event in Miami, which starts this week.

    ATP RANKINGS - TOP 10
    1 Federer 9,660
    2 Nadal 9,370
    3 Cilic 4,905
    4 Dimitrov 4,600
    5 Zverev 4,505
    6 del Potro 4,155
    7 Thiem 3,675
    8 Anderson 3,235
    9 Goffin 3,190
    10 Pouille 2,420
    Also
    12 Djokovic 2,300
    20 Kyrgios 1,945
    29 Murray 1,450
  • The_HussonThe_Husson    27 posts
    Our own T.Kokkinakis takes out No.1 Roger Federer at the Miami Singles with 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) being the result.
  • PAULPAUL    2,381 posts
    edited March 25

    Our own T.Kokkinakis takes out No.1 Roger Federer at the Miami Singles with 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) being the result.

    Was just about to post about this, but you beat me to it.

    With that loss, Nadal will regain the #1 ranking when the new rankings come out.

    http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/miami-2018-saturday-kokkinakis-federer

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  • PAULPAUL    2,381 posts
    edited March 29
    Channel 9 will be broadcasting the Australian summer of tennis from 2020 for five years, for the price of $300m.

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-29/australian-open-tv-rights-nine-signs-300m-deal/9601438

    Will Channel 9 still chase the cricket rights?
  • PAULPAUL    2,381 posts
    Nadal wins his 11th Monte Carlo Masters (2005-12, 2016-18) beating Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-2 in the final.

    He can equal this record for the most wins at the same tournament in the professional era, this week at the Barcelona Open (2005-09, 2011-13 and 2016-17) and at the French Open at Roland-Garros (2005-08, 2010-14 and 2017) in five weeks time.

    Federer's best is nine at Halle (2003-06, 2008, 2013-15 and 2017), followed by eight at Wimbledon (2003-07, 2009, 2012 and 2017) and eight at the Swiss Indoors (2006-08, 2010-11, 2014-15 and 2017). Guillermo Vilas also won eight times at Buenos Aires (1973-79 and 1982).
  • PAULPAUL    2,381 posts
    edited May 3
    PAUL said:

    Nadal wins his 11th Monte Carlo Masters (2005-12, 2016-18) beating Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-2 in the final.

    He can equal this record for the most wins at the same tournament in the professional era, this week at the Barcelona Open (2005-09, 2011-13 and 2016-17) and at the French Open at Roland-Garros (2005-08, 2010-14 and 2017) in five weeks time.

    Won his 11th Barcelona Open on the weekend, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-1 6-2 in the final. He had to win to retain his #1 ranking. Nadal currently $1.40 (with TABtouch) to win his 11th French Open.

    http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/barcelona-2018-final-nadal-tsitsipas

    ATP RANKINGS
    1 Nadal 8,770
    2 Federer 8,670
    3 Zverev 5,195
    4 Cilic 4,985
    5 Dimitrov 4,950
    6 del Potro 4,470
    7 Thiem 3,545
    8 Anderson 3,390
    9 Isner 3,125
    10 Goffin 3,020
    Also
    12 Djokovic 2,220
    24 Kyrgios 1,720
    39 Murray 1,180
  • PAULPAUL    2,381 posts
    edited June 3
    Into the 2nd week of the French Open 

    4TH ROUND MATCH-UPS
    (1) Nadal v (14) Sock Marterer 
    (11) Schwartzman v (6) Anderson 
    (3) Cilic v (16) Edmund (18) Fognini 
    (9) Isner v (5) del Potro 
    (8) Goffin v (10) Carreno Busta Cecchinato 
    (13) Bautista (20) Djokovic v (4) Dimitrov (30) Verdasco 
    (7) Thiem v (12) Querrey (19) Nishikori 
    (15) Pouille Khachanov v (2) A.Zverev 

    (1) Halep v (16) E.Mertens 
    (12) Kerber v (7) Garcia 
    (3) Muguruza v (15) Vandeweghe Tsurenko 
    (11) Goerges S.Williams v (6) Ka.Pliskova (28) Sharapova 
    (5) Ostapenko (26) Strycova v (9) V.Williams Putintseva 
    (13) Keys v (4) Svitolina (31) Buzarnescu 
    (8) Kvitova (25) Kontaveit v (10) Stephens 
    (14) Kasatkina v (2) Wozniacki
  • PAULPAUL    2,381 posts
    edited June 7
    Into the Finals section of the French Open

    MENS QUARTER FINALS
    (1) Nadal trails (11) Schwartzman 4-6 5-3
    (3) Cilic v (5) del Potro 6-6
    Cecchinato beat (20) Djokovic 6-3 7-6 1-6 7-6
    (7) Thiem beat (2) Zverev 6-4 6-2 6-1

    Thiem looks good to make the final and did beat Nadal four weeks ago (on clay in the Q/Fs at the Madrid Open) on route to winning the title there.

    WOMENS QUARTER FINALS
    (1) Halep beat (7) Kerber 6-7 6-3 6-2
    (3) Muguruza beat (28) Sharapova 6-2 6-1
    (13) Keys beat Putintseva 7-6 6-4
    (10) Stephens beat (14) Kasatkina 6-3 6-1
  • PAULPAUL    2,381 posts
    It's been good that the French Open has been shown on FTA TV this year, on SBS, from around 10:30-11:00 (WST) at night. The highlights have been shown the following evening from 5pm.

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  • detonatordetonator    1,366 posts
    edited June 7
    Having a throw at the stumps with Keys to beat Stephens.
    Those teeth to blind her opposition :D
  • ThunderstruckThunderstruck    1,964 posts
    edited June 7
    True that @Paul good on you Sbs i like this channel much more than the others..however a quick note to Marion Bartoli put on some more clothes OR get a boob job hun you arent rocking your outfits by a long way :P

    Anyhow...clay is not my favourite surface for viewing but i watched some of Djokovic's match where he was beaten by hmm lets say an averagely performed italian and during which the commentator(not Woodforde the other dude) suggested he is back.Personally i saw only glimpses of this and whilst im not sure he is 100% fit at the minute?..the Joker of old definitely doesnt let a 5-2 lead slip like he did in the 4th set to a nobody.
    The roughly 2 sets i watched were bloody good viewing however(for example two clutch volley winners under massive pressure by Novak in the 4th set were stunning)but he is a ways off his top imo.

    His demeanour during that "bizarre" post match interview suggest he is not feeling he is in top form either.



  • PAULPAUL    2,381 posts
    PAUL said:

    MENS QUARTER FINALS
    (1) Nadal beat (11) Schwartzman 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2
    (5) del Potro beat (3) Cilic 7-6 5-7 6-3 7-5
    Cecchinato beat (20) Djokovic 6-3 7-6 1-6 7-6
    (7) Thiem beat (2) Zverev 6-4 6-2 6-1

    WOMENS SEMI FINALS
    (1) Halep beat (3) Muguruza 6-1 6-4
    (10) Stephens beat (13) Keys 6-4 6-4

    Can Halep finally get that first Grand Slam title in her fourth final?

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  • detonatordetonator    1,366 posts
    PAUL said:

    PAUL said:

    MENS QUARTER FINALS
    (1) Nadal beat (11) Schwartzman 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2
    (5) del Potro beat (3) Cilic 7-6 5-7 6-3 7-5
    Cecchinato beat (20) Djokovic 6-3 7-6 1-6 7-6
    (7) Thiem beat (2) Zverev 6-4 6-2 6-1

    WOMENS SEMI FINALS
    (1) Halep beat (3) Muguruza 6-1 6-4
    (10) Stephens beat (13) Keys 6-4 6-4

    Can Halep finally get that first Grand Slam title in her fourth final?

    YES she can Paul. $-)
  • PAULPAUL    2,381 posts
    Halep is due, she's easily been the most consistent player on the tour in the past 12-18 months. Perhaps like Wozniacki (at the Australian Open this year), she'll finally break through.

    On the other side of the court, since she won the US Open (where she beat Keys in the final, 6-3 6-0), Stephens has been very "hit and miss", having won only 15 matches (including a 8-match losing streak after winning the US Open) before her impressive run this fortnight at Roland Garros.

    STEPHENS SINCE THE US OPEN
    • lost 1st round in Wuhan
    • lost 1st round at the China Open
    • lost both matches in WTA Elite trophy
    • lost both matches in the Fed Cup final
    • lost 1st round at the Sydney International
    • lost 1st round at the Australian Open
    • lost in the Q/Fs at the Mexican Open
    • lost 2nd round at Indian Wells Masters
    • won the Miami Open
    • won both matches in Fed Cup tie vs France
    • lost 1st round in Stuttgart
    • lost 3rd round in Madrid
    • lost 3rd round at the Italian Open
    • lost 1st round in Nuremberg

    FINALS STATS
    • Halep leads the H2H 5-2 (2-0 on clay)
    • All 7 matches have been won in straight sets
    • Stephens has never lost a Tour final (6-0 in finals)
    • Regardless of the result, Halep retains her #1 ranking, while Stephens will move from #10 to a career-high #4 (she had no ranking points to defend as she didn't play any tournaments in 2017 until Wimbledon).
  • PAULPAUL    2,381 posts
    edited June 9
    Straight-sets wins for both Nadal and Thiem in their respective semi-finals.

    MENS SEMI FINALS
    (1) Nadal beat (5) del Potro 6-4 6-1 6-2
    (7) Thiem beat Cecchinato 7-5 7-6 6-1

    FINALS STATS
    • Nadal leads the H2H 6-3 (all been on clay)
    • Thiem won last time, 7-5 6-3, in 2018 Madrid (4 weeks ago)
    • All matches (except 2016 Buenos Aires) have been won in straight-sets
    • Nadal needs to win to retain #1 ranking
    • Regardless of result, Thiem will move up one spot to #7
    • If Nadal wins, will join Margaret Court (Australian Open 1960-66, 1969-71, 1973) as the only players to win 11 Grand Slams at the same tournament (French Open 2005-08, 2010-14, 2017)
    • If Thiem wins, becomes only the second Austrian to win a Grand Slam (Thomas Muster, 1995 French Open)
  • PAULPAUL    2,381 posts
    detonator said:

    PAUL said:

    Can Halep finally get that first Grand Slam title in her fourth final?

    YES she can Paul. $-)
    And she did. The complete opposite to the 2017 final, where she was up a set and a break and lost to Ostapenko. This year, she was down a set and a break, but won 12 of the last 15 games.
  • detonatordetonator    1,366 posts
    PAUL said:

    detonator said:

    PAUL said:

    Can Halep finally get that first Grand Slam title in her fourth final?

    YES she can Paul. $-)
    And she did. The complete opposite to the 2017 final, where she was up a set and a break and lost to Ostapenko. This year, she was down a set and a break, but won 12 of the last 15 games.

    Exorcised a few demons at the same time Paul. Rafa 2 sets up at the moment. Time for bed.
    Game set and match.
  • ThunderstruckThunderstruck    1,964 posts
    Many casting an eye over Wimbledon?
    Don't watch women's tennis much but Ash Barty is worth following.Just two rounds in and 6 of the top 8 women seeds already eliminated :))..and in good news Sharapova the cheat was eliminated in rd 1.

    Men aren't fairing a whole lot better..Cilic, Dimotrov, Goffin and Thiem are gone and Zverev the 4th seed is on the brink of elimination down 2 sets to 1 in a match tbc..if he goes thats 5 of the top 10 goneski and overall 16 seeds have rolled after just 2 rounds.
    3 Aussies are through to the last 32 but only one will progress in Kyrgios who should beat Nishikori.De Minaur continues to develop and a matchup against Rafa is good exposure for the kid do your best young fella thats all we ask(prizemoney of €100000 helps too)

    Dont think Delpo is quite as dangerous on grass? so other than the top 2 blokes who still dominate all the slams Djokovic could be a fair danger, he is getting back to near his top definitely.
    Kyrgios is the other imo.. his serving lately is huge and often unplayable.The "wild one" can give it a nudge and historically he plays real well against Federer and Nadal, does not fear them one bit.
    If im reading the draw right though(and they win their next two matches)a Kyrgios v Djokovic quarter final looms large.
  • PAULPAUL    2,381 posts
    edited July 8
    Into the 2nd week of Wimbledon

    4TH ROUND MATCH-UPS
    (1) Federer v (22) Mannarino (16) Coric
    Monfils (11) Querrey v (8) Anderson
    McDonald (3) Cilic v (13) Raonic
    (9) Isner v (31) Tsitsipas (6) Dimitrov
    Khachanov (7) Thiem v (12) Djokovic
    (24) Nishikori (15) Kyrgios v Gulbis (4) Zverev
    (5) del Potro v Simon (10) Goffin
    Vesely (14) Schwartzman v (2) Nadal

    Hsieh (1) Halep v Cibulkova (15) Mertens
    (12) Ostapenko v Sasnovich (8) Kvitova
    van Uytvanck (3) Muguruza v (14) Kasatkina
    (11) Kerber v Bencic (6) Garcia
    (7) Pliskova v (20) Bertens (9) V.Williams
    (13) Goerges v Vekic (4) Stephens
    (25) S.Williams (5) Svitolina v Rodina (10) Keys
    Giorgi (16) Vandeweghe v Makarova (2) Wozniacki

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  • ciscocisco    654 posts
    Great work Paul. Many thanks

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  • ThunderstruckThunderstruck    1,964 posts
    I jinxed Barty and Kyrgios, both played crapola :-q

    Likely quarter final Nadal V Delpo looms large, that would be a ripping match.Djokovic looks semi final bound as he beats all those b graders in his section and will play the winner.

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  • PAULPAUL    2,381 posts
    Into the Finals section of Wimbledon

    MENS QUARTER FINALS
    (8) Anderson beat (1) Federer 2-6 6-7 7-5 6-4 13-11
    (9) Isner beat (13) Raonic 6-7 7-6 6-4 6-3
    (12) Djokovic beat (24) Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2
    (2) Nadal beat (5) del Potro 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-4 6-4

    WOMENS QUARTER FINALS
    (12) Ostapenko beat Cibulkova 7-5 6-4
    (11) Kerber beat (14) Kasatkina 6-3 7-5
    (13) Goerges beat (20) Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1
    (25) S.Williams beat Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4
  • detonatordetonator    1,366 posts
    See Federers strategy of avoiding Nadal and not playing the French to concentrate on grass has paid dividends. NOT.
    Rafa destined to win more slams than Fed and become the GOAT.

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  • therealkramertherealkramer    6,220 posts
    detonator said:

    See Federers strategy of avoiding Nadal and not playing the French to concentrate on grass has paid dividends. NOT.
    Rafa destined to win more slams than Fed and become the GOAT.

    Nadal all class in victory. Nothing new there-win or lose. Waiting for Federer's post match interviews filled with excuses how he was underprepared etc etc
  • detonatordetonator    1,366 posts

    detonator said:

    See Federers strategy of avoiding Nadal and not playing the French to concentrate on grass has paid dividends. NOT.
    Rafa destined to win more slams than Fed and become the GOAT.

    Nadal all class in victory. Nothing new there-win or lose. Waiting for Federer's post match interviews filled with excuses how he was underprepared etc etc

    me too.
  • therealkramertherealkramer    6,220 posts
    edited July 13
    It looks like the Serbian Cyborg is BACK. Novak leads Nadal  2 sets to 1 after play was suspended due to the  6+hr Anderson-Isner epic that preceded with the Seth Efrricaan winning 26-24 in the 5th.
  • detonatordetonator    1,366 posts
    Thinks Wimbledon needs 5th set tie breaker. Disrupts scheduling and Final will be a massive letdown due to Isner blistered and fatigued.
  • therealkramertherealkramer    6,220 posts
    edited July 13
    It's land of the giants out there now(Karlovic 6'11", Isner 6'10", Anderson, 6'8", Del Potro, Cilic & Alex Zverev 6'6", Raonic, Tomic 6'5", Krygios 6'4"), with Federer and Nadal & Novak looking like the last of the sub 6'3"/4" greats. A surface like grass highlights just how much of advantage a few extra inches are-maybe not the case on clay though. I think Raonic has missed his chance at Grand Slam glory and will join Tsonga, Dimitrov et al as also rans.
  • PAULPAUL    2,381 posts
    edited July 14
    detonator said:

    Thinks Wimbledon needs 5th set tie breaker. Disrupts scheduling and Final will be a massive letdown due to Isner blistered and fatigued.

    Agree, maybe except for the Final. The fact that Djokovic and Nadal will have to play tomorrow might help Anderson out a little bit, especially if that match ends up going deep into a fifth set. Nevertheless, it's going to be a tough for him, especially when you also add in the 13-11 5th set win over Federer from the match before. Good on him though, into his second Grand Slam final in the past 12 months (2017 US Open).
  • detonatordetonator    1,366 posts
    PAUL said:

    detonator said:

    Thinks Wimbledon needs 5th set tie breaker. Disrupts scheduling and Final will be a massive letdown due to Isner blistered and fatigued.

    Agree, maybe except for the Final. The fact that Djokovic and Nadal will have to play tomorrow might help Anderson out a little bit, especially if that match ends up going deep into a fifth set. Nevertheless, it's going to be a tough for him, especially when you also add in the 13-11 5th set win over Federer from the match before. Good on him though, into his second Grand Slam final in the past 12 months (2017 US Open).



    Correct Paul.

    Sorry I meant to say Anderson in my earlier post.

    Yes definately advantage games for the final set in the final only.

    I am suggesting Anderson has Zero chance in the final against whoever he plays.

    When Isner played that marathon against Mahut a few years ago, he went out next match meekly if I recall. Over to you Paul to follow up


    :D
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