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    Anyone know for how long Djokovic has the #1 ranking secured?

    Tomorrow (Monday 28th January) he starts his 236th week as #1. He has a substantial lead and virtually no points to defend until Rome in mid-May. So it's very likely that he'll be #1 for at least the next three and a half months. But Nadal has nothing to defend until April, either, so I'm not...
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    Kvitova finally to win a non-Wimbledon major?

    Surely her best opportunity, what with Cecchinato (okay, Collins) in the semis and then either Pliskova or Osaka in the final. Not that any of them are easy opponents, but she is at least firm favorite tomorrow. And, if she does win, she will finally be the world #1. Something that should have...
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    10th time lucky for Roberto Bautista-Agut?

    RBA didn't do well in Slams last year (actually, after a good start, it was a disappointing year for him in general) but now gets a 10th shot at a round 4 match. So far, here's his record in them: 1. 2014 AO: lost to Dimitrov 2. 2014 UO: lost to Federer 3. 2015 WI: lost to Federer 4. 2015 UO...
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    Why isn't Ferrer playing the Australian Open?

    I just don't understand why he'd fly all the way to Australia for the Hopman Cup and not stick around long enough to put in a farewell appearance at a major event. I just don't understand why he's winding down his career with exhibitions and challengers and not more meaningful tournaments. It...
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    What a start for the old guys

    Even I think that 2019 is likely to be the year in which younger players make a real impression. But if this is the last stand for the old guard, they are raging against the dying of the light. First week of 2019: In Pune, Anderson (32), Darcis (34, almost 35), and Karlovic (39, almost 40)...
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    Dr Ivo falls one point short

    of a year-end top 100 ranking at the age of 39 and ten months. Will have to settle for #101 instead. Still, hope he starts 2019 well enough to register at least one week in the top 100 after his 40th (28 February).
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    2018 Davis Cup Final: France v Croatia

    Who will win? Tie is on red clay indoors in Lille. Presumably chosen by France to blunt Cilic's threat. On the other hand, neither Monfils nor Gasquet is even in the squad, and Tsonga, who is, is worse on clay than other surfaces. Full rosters are: France = Pouille, Chardy, Mahut, Tsonga, and...
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    GTOAT

    London 2018 is roaring into contention for this award for being the greatest tournament of all time. A few reasons why: 1. 11 of 12 matches go to the higher-ranked player. 2. Both groups finish in ranking order. 3. 11 of 12 matches finish in straight sets. Underlying those three is: 4...
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    No ranking changes from before WTF to after it?

    Looks very possible, although still marginally odds against: 1. Djokovic confirmed both before and after. 2. Nadal confirmed before and after. 3. Federer confirmed before and after. 4. Del Potro before, but Zverev overtakes if he beats Isner tomorrow (which is likely) or goes through in third...
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    Officially retiring, but continuing to slog it out in qualifiers and challengers

    I note that both David Ferrer and Julien Benneteau are doing this. Anyone else? Surely Stephane Robert has claimed to be retiring a few times. And what about Nicolas Mahut? Talking of Benneteau, if he's not yet retired, surely he'd want a wild card to Paris Bercy rather than to be top seed in...
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    Connolly v Court (or Bueno) in the early 1960s

    There don't seem to have been many threads about Maureen Connolly on TTW for a few years, although Margaret Court is still in vogue. So, my question: had Connolly not been injured in the horse-riding accident, how long would it have taken Court or Bueno (or possibly Gibson a few years earlier...
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    Doris Hart

    Perusing old records, I notice that she: a. Reached as many Slam finals as Billie Jean-King and Evonne Goolagong Cawley (18), which is more than the likes of Venus Williams, Justine Henin, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Hana...
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    Number of Years winning at least two majors in open era

    Men's singles list: 1. Federer: 6 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2017) 2=. Djokovic: 4 (2011, 2015, 2016, 2018) 2=. Nadal: 4 (2008, 2010, 2013, 2017) 2=. Sampras: 4 (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997) 5. Borg: 3 (1978, 1979, 1980) 6=. Connors: 2 (1974, 1982) 6=. Lendl: 2 (1986, 1987) 6=. McEnroe: 2...
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    Will Naomi Osaka become the next dominant #1?

    There's been a lacuna at the top of the women's game for a while, but can she fill it? Today, she looked better than Williams in every aspect other than the serve. And her serve was decent. Not that much worse than Williams at the same age, but Williams's serve improved a lot over time. Osaka...
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    How long will there be no men under 30 without a slam title?

    New era dawns on 28 September. When does it end?
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    Help me, Kei Nishikori. You're my only hope!

    Unless Kei wins, on 28 September, all male Slam champions will be 30+. Even if Kei wins, on 28 December, all male Slam champions will be 29+. (All male Slam champions are currently 29+). Actually, I think it's a good thing. But why waste a good Star Wars quote?
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    Scheduling too much in favor of big three

    Tomorrow sees Djokovic v Millman in the evening and Cilic v Nishikori in the day. In no world is the repeat of a former final in this tournament that is very likely to be hard fought a worse spectacle than a top player beating up a journeyman, no matter how well the journeyman played in the...
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    Will the USTA ever ask Nadal to play a top-ten opponent again?

    No top ten opponent since the final of 2013. No top ten opponent until at least the quarter-finals this year. Thiem in a battle with Fritz right now. Could leave Anderson and Del Potro as the only top ten opponents until the final. Bottom half still has #s 2, 4, 6, 7, and 10 fighting it out.
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    Thiem to reach a major quarter-final off clay before he turns 25?

    So far, Thiem has three appearances in the last eight of a major: he lost the final of Roland Garros in 2018, and in the semi-finals of the same event in both 2016 and 2017. (Unfortunately for him he played the eventual champion in the semis both times). But he hasn't yet made a quarter-final...
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    US Open 2018, Round 3: Milos "RaoMUG" Raonic [25] v Stan "the Man" Wawrinka

    Could be a good one. Raonic beat Simon more easily than Wawrinka beat Humbert. Will be a test of Stan's return of serve.
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    US Open 2nd round: Andy Murray v Fernando Verdasco [31]

    Seems like a good test of where Murray's at. He has a good record against Verdasco, but clearly won't win unless he's in reasonably good shape. That isn't true of a match against Duckworth, which he can win in bad shape, or of a match against Del Potro, where the "reasonably" needs to be...
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    Why use your main court when you've got so many smaller courts instead?

    US Open now only scheduling two day matches on Ashe. Concrete being a natural surface clearly needs rest so that it doesn't end up looking like mud by the end of the two weeks.
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    When are Berdych and Tsonga scheduled to return to the tour?

    Any chance of a US Open appearance for either?
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    2018 Newport, Rhode Island, 250 Discussion

    Bit disappointed that Murray didn't take a wild card here to get in some more match practice on grass, but still an interesting crop of players for the last grass event of the year: Mannarino, Muller, Baghdatis, Karlovic, Mahut, Stakhovsky, Ebden, and Mischa Zverev. Thoughts?
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    Women's doubles final moved to court 1

    @Aussie Darcy I think this is more unfair than the delay to the women's singles final. First of all, it's not even 6 p.m. yet so the men's doubles final could easily be done in time to start the women's doubles at 8 or 8:30. But beyond that, they could have held over the women's doubles to...
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    Mike Bryan to end major drought?

    The Bryan brothers last won a major at the 2014 US Open, and they turned 40 in April. Bob is injured right now, so Mike is partnering Jack Sock at Wimbledon. Given his singles form, you'd think that Sock would be a major liability, but they are through to the final. Can Mike pick up another...
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    Del Potro looking good, will lose to Nadal in quarter-finals

    Solid performance so far from Del Potro against Lopez. If he gets this done, the next two rounds look relatively straightforward: Paire or Shapovalov and then Simon or Ebden. Can he keep two of the sets close against the Nadal next Wednesday before he gets too tired?
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    Show court schedule for early days

    Any thoughts on who they'll put on the big courts in round 1? I expect something like this, assuming little rain: Monday Center Court: 1. Federer v Lajovic 2. Rus v S. Williams 3. Wawrinka v Dimitrov Court 1: 1. Cilic v Nishioka 2. Lepchenko v Wozniacki 3. Monfils v Gasquet Tuesday...
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    Five lucky losers already in the men's singles draw at Wimbledon

    And play doesn't start for another 63+ hours. There's a first round match between lucky losers: Tomic and Hurkacz. Getting to the point where they might as well not bother playing the final round of qualifying and just let them all in.
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