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  • Jon
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    And I think that means Pete Sampras' record as being number 1 for 6 consecutive years is safe. Probably the only record that Sampras still holds, given what's happened to men's tennis since his retirement.

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  • Jimski
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    Federer beats Djokovic. Nadal ends year as number one. Have to say I'm pleased.

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  • Janik
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    Originally posted by Jimski View Post
    Looks as if Djokovic will end up overtaking Nadal for no1 late on again. Thanks mainly to Nadal's weird inability to avoid injury at this time of year.
    It's not particularly weird - Rafa's style of play is very hard on his joints. His injuries are not random, they are part and parcel of his wins. The gap between them is 600+ points prior to the Finals... but if Rafa is still injured in two weeks time then Djoker probably will go back past.

    Talking of injuries, both groups at the WTA Tour Finals ended up with five players as Bianca Andreescu retired hurt after a set of a match against Karolina Pliskova and subsequently withdrew from the tournament to be replaced by Sofia Kenin. Kenin's only appearance was a dead rubber against Elina Svitolina which she lost in two sets (but that she got very well paid for). The other player through from the purple group was Pliskova, who won what was effectively a Quarter-Final against Simona Halep.
    In the red group, Kiki Bertens, an injury replacement for Naomi Osaka, got hurt herself in her second match against Belinda Bencic and retired after a set and a game. That made this group also pretty clear cut - Bencic and Ash Barty through. The carnage continued in the Semis as Bencic retired hurt in the third set against Svitolina. Fortunately every other game was played to a conclusion, Barty beating Pliskova in three and then topping last year's champion Svitolina in the final. The Aussie ends the year as French Open Champion, Tour Champion and World Number 1. Some people do breakthrough years better than others... and it's clearly time for the WTA to take some time off to get everyone halfway fit again!

    Over in Paris, the other QFs alongside Denis Shapovalov trouncing Gael Monfils saw Novak Djokovic annihilate Stefanos Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov beat Cristian Garin in an all-unseeded encounter and Rafa Nadal beat Jo-Willy Tsonga. Then Djokovic beat Dimitrov (for the nth time) and Shapovalov got a walkover against Nadal. Which meant a second tour final for the young Canuck just two weeks after his first... only to find Djokovic a rather trickier opponent than Nole's compatriot Filip Krajinovic, who Shapovalov beat in Stockholm. This time it went Serbia's way in straight sets.


    And now we are fully into the post-season. Two events this week, the Next Gen Finals for the Men in Milan and the Fed Cup Final for the Women in Perth. The Aussie one. Tsitsipas had qualified as the top ranked player for the Next Gen event, but withdrew to focus on his Tour Finals prep. Felix Auger-Aliassime also withdrew on grounds of being injured, and Shapovalov presumably citing fatigue. The groups are therefore:

    Group A
    #1 Alex de Minaur (WR:18)
    #4 Casper Ruud (63)
    #5 Miomir Kecmanovic (55)
    #8 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (82)

    Group B
    #2 Frances Tiafoe (46)
    #3 Ugo Humbert (56)
    #6 Mikael Ymer (73)
    #8 Jannik Sinner (93)


    The Fed Cup final teams will be announced later in the week.

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    Fair points. How did Emerson get to 12?

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  • ursus arctos
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    As someone who was alive for his first six and old enough to remember him turning pro, I very much agree (though the fact that Rosewall was my childhood tennis hero may colour my recollection).

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  • Janik
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    "Laver would have beaten 15 in the 60s had he not turned pro."

    Maybe, maybe not. Laver's projected record is really a case of double counting as it pre-supposes that it would only have been him not turning pro. If, however, Len Hoad and Ken Rosewall were also still amateurs then it's dubious that Laver would have won any of the 6 Slams he claimed against effectively depleted fields in '60-'62. Laver only went past those two and started winning pro Slams in 1964, and that limits him to 24 possible shots.

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    Grand slam titles this decade, according to Wiki:

    2010s
    13 Nadal
    Novak's 15 equals Federer in the previous decade.

    2000s Laver would have beaten 15 in the 60s had he not turned pro.
    Last edited by Satchmo Distel; 03-11-2019, 11:11.

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  • Jimski
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    Looks as if Djokovic will end up overtaking Nadal for no1 late on again. Thanks mainly to Nadal's weird inability to avoid injury at this time of year.

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  • Janik
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    Monfils got blown away 2&2. Which is just so typical. :-(

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  • Evariste Euler Gauss
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    So the 8th and final place in the ATP Finals tournament will go to either Berrettini or Monfils. It's very simple: if Monfils wins his Paris QF against Shapovalov he gets it (which would be only his 2nd ever appearance in the tournament). If Monfils doesn't win that match, then Berrettini gets his maiden appearance.

    A Zverev has already limped into the 7th qualifying spot so will have a chance to defend his Tour Finals title.

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  • Janik
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    Originally posted by ad hoc View Post
    How the hell is a round robin supposed to work when one player substitutes another? Osaka didn't play Barty today and Bertens came in in her place. But Osaka had played in the first pair of games. So now there's a table with 5 people in it who will play different numbers of games. How are they going to work that out?
    They just ignore that one player has played a match less, basically. It's ordered by number of wins, then number of defeats, sets won, then sets lost IIRC. Bertens can make the Semis, but only if she wins both her matches. Osaka is out of the tournament.

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  • ad hoc
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    How the hell is a round robin supposed to work when one player substitutes another? Osaka didn't play Barty today and Bertens came in in her place. But Osaka had played in the first pair of games. So now there's a table with 5 people in it who will play different numbers of games. How are they going to work that out?

    I cannot even begin to describe the amount of media coverage yesterday's Halep Andreescu game had in Romania. The media are still discussing the vexed question of exactly how Romanian Andreescu is and whether it's acceptable to support her against Simona

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  • Janik
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    Two home victors today, Thiem taking the crown in Vienna for the first time, Federer in Basel for the tenth.

    That sets up the race for the final places in London thus:-
    7. A.Zverev - 2855
    8. Berrettini - 2660
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    9. Bautista Agut - 2530
    10. Monfils - 2350
    11. Goffin - 2325
    12. Fognini - 2280
    [13. Nishikori - withdrawn from contention due to injury]
    14. Schwartzman - 2115
    15. Wawrinka - 1910
    16. Khachanov - 1830
    17. Isner - 1760
    18. de Minaur - 1685

    Winning the title in Paris is worth 1000 points. Runner-up = 600, Semis = 300, QFs = 180,, R3 = 90, R2 = 45 for de Minaur, 10 for everyone else (de Minaur is not seeded, so doesn't get a R1 bye).
    So everyone from Wawrinka on down would have to win the Paris title to have any chance, and I nearly left them off the list, but... Stan Wawrinka winning a Masters Series? Plausible. John Isner winning the Paris Indoor? Well, he made the final in 2016 so, again, plausible. Karen Khachanov winning the Paris Indoor? What, like he did last year you mean? That only left Alex de Minaur and however slight his chances (if Berrettini wins a match they end) it seemed a bit harsh to leave out only one of the men with a mathematical opportunity from the list.

    On the Brit front, Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie's R1 draws are out. Edmund will play Ricardas Berankis for the right to take on Diego Schwartzman in R2, whilst Norrie faces Milos Raonic with Dominic Thiem awaiting.

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  • Janik
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    On to this week, and two huge events, one with wider significance than the other. That is the WTA Finals. This has the biggest per player prize pot in Tennis history. Not just Women’s Tennis, but any. The total purse is $14million. For comparison, the Men in London will be asked to spread $9million between them. Unfortunately, there is a reason why it’s so big – Sportswashing. The event is taking place in Shenzhen. Just over the border from Hong Kong. Where military manoeuvres have been taking place to intimidate the pro-democracy/human rights protestors. The WTA is arguably even more in China’s pocket than the NBA, and just like that organisation has had a past history of fighting oppression that makes that association hard to square.
    The two groups, called red and purple rather than the flowery names of last week, contain #1 Ash Barty, #3 Naomi Osaka, #6 Petra Kvitova and #7 Belinda Bencic and #2 Karolina Pliskova, #4 Bianca Andreescu, #5 Simona Halep and #8 Elina Svitolina respectively.
    Day 1 is the red group. Osaka beat Kvitova in three, Barty and Bencic are currently on court. Bencic is a set up but a break down in the second. It’s a debut match at the Tour Finals for both players.
    Oh, and the event will decide the year-end World No.1 for the Women. Barty, Pliskova and Osaka are in contention. However, its Barty’s to lose. Or more like to stay fit for. To encourage players to play even if their chances of making it through are gone, there is a participation fee paid and also ranking points awarded simply for taking the court in each round robin match. 125 at time (with another 125 for actually winning). 375 points, i.e. just playing all her scheduled matches, will see Barty safely home for the year-end top spot.

    Talking of no.1’s, Rafa Nadal will take over from Novak Djokovic as the Men’s leader regardless of results in Paris. This is because not only do the results from last year’s Paris Masters get scrubbed after this week but also the points from the 2018 Tour Finals. Which Novak made the final of and Rafa didn’t play. Why does the ATP do this? Because then the seedings for this year’s finals reflect the order of the top 8 performers for 2019 and do not take anything from 2018 into account.
    Such is Rafa’s points lead in 2019 to date, he will be more than 1500 ahead of Novak (and therefore assured of the year end no.1) if he wins the title in Paris.
    Brits in the Paris field? Two in singles. Kyle Edmund will attempt to end his losing run against a qualifier or lucky loser in R1. That could well be Cameron Norrie, as Norrie has worked his way through qualifying successfully.
    J.Murray/N.Skupski and Salisbury/Ram play in the Doubles. Neither are seeded, but seeing is done on combined rankings (meaning a brand new pair can be #1 if they happen to be #2 and #3 in the world or similar). Tour Finals qualification by contrast is done on performances as a team, and on that count Salisbury/Ram currently sit sixth in the standings. They need to stay 7th or higher, as the doubles qualification includes entry for any team that wins a Slam title and is ranked between 8th and 20th* (that got Jonny Marray in a few years back w/ Frederik Nielsen) and that rule guarantees a place for Herbert/Mahut despite their overall spot currently being 12th.
    Salisbury/Ram’s chances of qualifying are extremely high, as they would need a specific pairing of teams in the Paris final producing a specific result to displace them. That would be Dodig/Polasek beating Kontinen/Peers in the final match. Even so, until one of these teams is knocked out, or Slisbury/Ram have picked up enough themselves and they will not be able to relax entirely. A run to the QFs and they are assured to their spot, whatever else happens. That means beating Haase/Koolhof (OK, tricky but do-able) and then #1 Cabal/Farah (eep) or Mektic/Skugor.

    * - given that winning a Slam earns a team 2000 points, and 20th spot in the order currently has less than that combined, the 8th-20th caveat seems rather spurious. A slam win, in 2019 at least, means an automatic spot.

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  • Janik
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    Joe Salisbury just retained his Vienna title. w/ Ram this time of course. 6-4 6-75 [10-5]. Literally just now.
    Rojer/Tecau also won the Doubles in Basel whilst I was typing up the above post.

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  • Janik
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    They could do away with everything outside the top 20 or so by now. But that bit matters rather a lot – it shows clearer than the rolling rankings who will need to do what in Paris next week to book their place in London. There are two spots left open at the moment in the singles, and three in doubles to be claimed.
    A number of those battling for the available spots have had good weeks in Vienna. Matteo Berrettini, who currently holds 8th, added a few more points by making the Semis there. Gael Monfils did the same to climb to 10th. However the biggest mover is Diego Schwartzman, whose run to the final has moved him up to 14th spot. His opponent in the title match will be home favourite Dominic Thiem.
    If Schwartman loses he will be 500+ points adrift of the mark needed next week, which would entail reaching the Paris final to qualify. Beat Thiem and he adds another 200 points in one go before he heads west. As for Thiem, he is looking to become just the second Austrian ever to win this event (Juergen Melzer won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 10).
    The Doubles final in Vienna is already underway. Joe Salisbury is the defending champion, having won it last year with Neal Skupski. And he is back in the final this year with regular partner Rajeev Ram. Indeed they currently lead top seeds Kubot/Melo by a set. That Salisbury/Ram are in the final means Bambridge/McLachlan lost in the QFs of course, as the two half-British pairs were playing each other.

    There was less success in Basel for those looking to bolster their positions. Sascha Zverev, who sits 7th and as such is the closest to claiming a spot alongside Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, Medvedev, Thiem and Tsitsipas (the already qualified list at the start of these events), lost in R1 to Taylor Fritz. Roberto Bautista Agut (currently 9th) got to the QFs before losing to another tall American, Reilly Opelka. David Goffin (10th) and Fabio Fognini (11th) both fell in R2 and, disappointingly, Stan Wawrinka (15th) was unable to take the court for a QF against Roger Federer after going nearly the full distance in R2 (7-5 in the third) against Frances Tiafoe in R2.
    The Final of this is Federer, going for his third straight title and 10th overall in his home town, against Alex de Minaur, which is a real old blood vs young gun clash. Federer beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in two in the Semis, de Minaur got past Opelka in three tie-breakers.
    The doubles final here is also currently underway, and features the two aforementioned lanky American serving-bots. Fritz/Opelka are currently a set down to #4 Rojer/Tecau though. Rojer/Tecau beat the British pair of J.Murray/N.Skupski in the QFs.


    Switching over to the WTA, the winners of the groups* at the Elite Trophy in Zhuhai were Kiki Bertens, Karolina Muchova, Zheng Saisai and Aryna Sabalenka respectively. Bertens, Muchova and Sabalenka all won both their Round Robin pool matches, but Zheng sneaked through in stupidly dramatic circumstances. The first two matches in the pool had seen Madison Keys beat Petra Martic 6-3 6-4, but then lose to Zheng 6-4 6-2. That meant Keys was out as there was no result of the Martic-Zheng match that would suit; her games difference was -1 and Tennis is a zero sum game – for every game won by one player, it’s lost by her opponent. In a Football table the overall goal difference must always sum to zero and a Tennis round robin is the same. As Key was on -1, Martic and Zheng had to be on a combined +1 and that meant even if Martic won in two sets for everyone to be 1 win, 1 loss, 2 sets won, 2 conceded that one of the two had to finish on a better games difference than Keys.
    In fact, Zheng’s task was simple – win seven games. Do that, and Martic, who came in effectively 7-12, would be on 19-19 to Zheng’s 19-18. The first set went to the Croat 6-4. So Zheng needed three in set two. And she got… three! It ended 6-3. Which must have made for a weird end, as the game where she got over the hump would have lead to celebration, but it wasn’t the end of the match. Martic then won the rest to close out a hollow(ish) victory. “ish” as it was worth $80,000 and 80 ranking points. Which is some consolation.
    After all that Zheng was then beaten by Bertens in the Semis. Sabalenka edged past Muchova in the other Semi, and the Belorussian then beat Bertens in the Final.

    Edit - oop, forgot to say that L.Kichenok/Klepac beat Duan/Yang Z. in the Elite trophy doubles final.

    * - ah yes, the group names. Azalea, Camellia, Orchid and Rose. Which reminds me...
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  • Satchmo Distel
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    Yes I'm not sure why the ATP maintains that list this late in the year.

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  • Janik
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    A bit late for the second one, I suspect. And of course, it's elsewhere (Milan, IIRC) from next year.

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    Murray ranked 127 in the ATP list and 120 in the Race To London

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  • Janik
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    Phrases I didn’t think I would be writing ever again… Joining Andy Murray in the ATP champions parade last week were Andrey Rublev, who claimed his second career title (and this one on home soil in Moscow) by beating Adrian Mannarino comfortably 4&0, and thereby reducing the unfortunate Frenchman’s finals record to 1-8; and Denis Shapovalov, who will always have a special place in his heart for Stockholm as his first Tour (singles) final produced his first victory as he beat Filip Krajinovic also in straight sets.
    They were the singles winners. The Doubles crowns on the ATP side went to Demoliner/Middelkoop who beat Bolelli/Molteni in Moscow, Kontinen/Roger-Vasselin who topped Pavic/Soares in Stockholm and German pairing Krawietz/Mies who did for Salisbury/Ram in Antwerp, thereby denying a British double.

    The Russian fans were also denied a double, and of the home variety as Belinda Bencic recovered from a slow start to make sure the Moscow final was not an after the Lord Mayor’s show affair and beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three. That was Bencic’s second title of the season, and upped her seeding for the Tour Finals to #7. Pavlyuchenkova is now 0-2 in finals on the year, 1-2 in Kremlin Cup Finals but 12-6 overall. Bencic stands at 4-6 in WTA Finals, but 2-1 in 2019.
    Over in Luxembourg, the lovely symmetry was denied as Jelena Ostapenko blew Julia Goerges away to deny the German a second successful title defence of the season. That was Ostapenko’s first title in over two years (and just her third overall; the 2017 French Open was her first!), just a week after making her first final in 18 months in Linz. Her mojo is back.
    In doubles, I’ve already noted Gauff/McNally’s title in Luxembourg. The winners in Moscow were Aoyama/Shibahara who beat Flipkens/Mattek-Sands. That is back-to-back tour level titles for the Japanese pair. They also reached a final in the US over the summer, and seem to have found a successful combination.


    And what of this week? Well, the end is nigh. In fact we are already post-season on the WTA, which is running it’s Elite Trophy this week. That is like a Division 2 affair behind the Tour Finals… when did that change?!?
    Alternates for the Finals used to decide whether to play the Elite Trophy based on whether they had got a game in the big show or not. This time around Kiki Bertens and Sofia Kenin are playing the Elite Trophy as the no.1 and 2 seeds. Both won their opening pool match, as did #3 and #4 Madison Keys and Aryna Sabalenka. It’s a 12-woman draw, with four pools of three players leading to Semis and a Final. Which is a very sensible structure, if you ask me.
    There are also two pools of three teams in the doubles of this.

    Meanwhile things are ramping up rather than down on the ATP as the penultimate week of the regular season has two ATP500 events in Alps, in Basel and Vienna respectively.
    Starting with the Swiss Indoors, Roger Federer is going for his third title in a row and 10th overall in an event in his home city that really is the Roger show. He has dropped just six games combined in his opening two rounds. Stan Wawrinka is a win away from joining Federer in the QFs, where the two would meet. To set that up Wawrinka needs to beat Frances Tiafoe, who beat Britain’s only representative in the singles, Dan Evans, in R1.
    Two Brits were in the Doubles, though only the qualies for O’Mara/Lindstedt. And they lost their first game. That left just one team with Brits in it in the main draw, but J.Murray/N.Skupski are doing OK as they through to the QFs after beating a local wild-carded pair. A pair of players of light renown, and not Federer/Wawrinka or anything silly like that. Murray/Skupski will likely have a tougher challenge next up against #4 Rojer/Tecau.
    Oh, Vienna! And oh, Kyle. Edmund lost again, his eighth straight singles defeat and seventh straight R1 exit. He did have the excuse of a tough draw this time, he was up against #3 Matteo Berrettini and as with many other of the defeats recently he won a set. But not the second one. Cameron Norrie has also been in poor form recently, and that continued as he went out in the final round of qualifying to Kohlschreiber. He did need to win to get to that stage, but just once and his defeated foe was a local wild card. Norrie was also unlucky as he had a 50/50 chance of the one lucky loser spot going courtesy of his #2 seeding in the qualies, only to see if go to the other bloke.
    The Vienna doubles had three half-British pairs. One, Bambridge/McLachlan, were top seeds in qualifying and justified that by winning twice to make the main draw, where they have now progressed to the QFs after beating a pair of wild cards in R1 (they also beat a pair of qualifying wild cards in q1, and seem to enjoy stopping Austrian talent). Bambridge/McLachlan’s opponents in the last eight are one of the other British-tinged pairs, #4 Salisbury/Ram. They beat powerful Russians Khachanov/Rublev in R1. The third pair, Inglot/Krajicek, lost to an Argentinian combo in R1.

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    Awesome result.

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  • multipleman78
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    Fantastic result. Murray really is one dogged individual.

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  • Jon
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    Bloody hell! He did it!

    3-6 6-4 6-4

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    A Murray run at the Australian would put him right back in the mix. Just needs to avoid the big three in the first week.

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  • Janik
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    Originally posted by Janik View Post
    The organisers would kill for a Wawrinka-Murray final.
    And indeed that is what they have got. And without leaving a trial of bodies as well. Lucky SOBs. Murray recovered from losing the opening set to beat Humbert in three, Wawrinka cruised past Sinner in two. Its Murray’s first final since spring 2017, and will be his first against Stan since they were both young bucks way back in 2008 (Murray won that match in Qatar in three). Murray won that last championship match in Dubai back in 2017. Two months later Wawrinka won the Geneva Open. That was the last title for either of them, as injuries have ravaged both.
    There is also a Brit in the Antwerp Doubles final, as #2 Salisbury/Ram beat #4 Gille/Vliegen. They play #1 Krawietz/Mies tomorrow.

    Over in Stockholm, the singles final will be between a player at the other end of his career from the old stags butting antlers in Antwerp: #4 Denis Shapovalov (20). This is a significant moment for the Canadian, as for all the hype around him it’s a first ever ATP Final. He’s been knocking on the door for the past two years, and is finally through. The match will produce a first-time champion as Filip Krajinovic will be on the other side of the net. The Serb has been in two ATP Tour level finals previously, one in 2017 and one earlier this year, but lost both.
    Shapovalov beat Sugita in two to break through, whilst Krajinovic toppled #5 Carreno Busta. Oh, and something I missed yesterday on Sugita. His QF win came against Janko Tipsarevic. Getting over the line proved very difficult – Sugita finally managed it on his 10th match point, claiming a deciding set breaker 7-4. Why is this notable? Well, Tipsarevic is retiring at the end of this season. His pro career will end with the Davis Cup Final, but this was his last ATP tournament, and a good fighting conclusion it was.
    The Doubles final in Sweden is #3 Pavic/Soares vs Kontinen/Roger-Vasselin.

    Over in Moscow, two straight sets semis provided wins for #6 Andrey Rublev over #3 Marin Cilic and #7 Adrian Mannarino against Andreas Seppi. Rublev has one previous ATP Tour level title from three finals appearances (Umag 2017). Mannarino also has one crown to his name, at Rosmalen this year. That, however, is from eight previous championship matches. And since finally getting over the hump, he has lost in a title decider again (in Zhuhai last month).
    The Men’s Doubles in the Russian capital has been completed #4 Demoliner/Middelkoop beating Bolelli/Molteni.


    Why was the Moscow Men’s Doubles completed? Well, three finals in a day appears to be considered the max for a tournament. And Moscow is a combined Men’s and Women’s event, but at a higher level for the females. So their draws take effective precedence. The big match of the day (biggest for either gender, really) was the bottom half Semi. Belinda Bencic was playing for the eighth and final spot in the WTA Tour Championships. Beat Kiki Mladenovic and it was hers, lose and it went to Serena. A 6-3 set and then a 6-4 one later and Bencic could start mentally preparing for the matches ahead in China. And Serena could start to unpack her bags, as I rate the chances of her flying halfway around the world to be an alternate for an event as diddly-squat.
    Before Bencic heads back to the Far East, she has a final to play in Russia. And against a home player as well, in the person of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat Karolina Muchova in three. Pavlyuchenkova is a few years older than the Swiss, and has won a far amount more than her opponent here. She has 12 WTA titles to her name (including winning this very event once previously) from 19 previous finals. Bencic, by contrast, has 3 crowns from 9 prior goes. However, Pavlyuchenkova is now over a year since her last winners speech, and only made her first final of the season last month in Japan (l to Osaka); Bencic won in Dubai back in February.
    We already knew the line-up for the Kremlin Cup doubles final yesterday (#3 Flipkens/Mattek-Sands vs Aoyama/Shibahara).

    And finally, Luxembourg. The Semis here produced wins for Jelena Ostapenko (WC) over #8 Anna Blinkova and #2 Julia Goerges against #3 Elena Rybakina. Ostapenko also got to the final last week in Linz (l to Gauff), which means she has reached a quarter of her career finals in the last fortnight. She only has two previous final wins as well. But as one of these was the French Open, she won’t be bothered about a poor strike rate. And Goerges? Well, she must be pretty happy with the defence she has made of her title. If she can go the final step, it will complete an unusual set for the German – in 2018 she won two titles, the first coming in Auckland in the opening week of the season and the later in Luxembourg in the final set of events. So far in 2019 Julia has one title to her name… from Auckland in week 1! She appears to have some favoured events here going on…
    The Luxembourg doubles final has happened, and it’s another title for Gauff/McNally to go with their Washington success and Gauff’s singles title bow in Linz last week. As previously, they won 6-2 6-2. Neither of the young Americans has lost a WTA Final (yet).

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