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  1. aldeayeah

    Shanghai/Chengdu/Beijing cancelled, IW extended to 11 days

    https://www.atptour.com/en/news/atp-updates-q4-2021-calendar-august
  2. aldeayeah

    Nadal falls to #6

    After a dire second day, with 4 bogeys and 1 double bogey vs a single birdie on hole 13, Nadal has fallen from the 2nd to 6th place in the Mallorca Pro golf tournament. https://www.marca.com/golf/2021/07/04/60e1d647e2704e6a478b45e7.html
  3. aldeayeah

    Novak out of RG

    One of the higher profile casualties of the RG qualifying draw, alongside other seeded players such as Ilya Ivashka, Damir Dzumhur, Pedro Sousa or Sumit Nagal. (It's been more than a day so I guess it's fair game for GPPD)
  4. aldeayeah

    A Fed-less 2003-07

    From 2003 to 2007, Roger Federer famously won 12 majors. But what if he didn't? This is a thought game. Let's imagine Federer retired with injury in his first match in each of those tournaments. Out of the guys he beat, which of them would get to lift the trophy? Often the clear favorite will...
  5. aldeayeah

    Now Djokovic has it all: war and peace

    quick and dirty translation, still should be much better than a machine translation https://elpais.com/deportes/2021-03-08/djokovic-ahora-lo-tiene-todo-paz-y-guerra.html Now Djokovic has it all: war and peace With 311 weeks at the top of the ranking, the Serb has ousted Federer as the most...
  6. aldeayeah

    Med's streak

    So, this streak may go on after Sunday or it may end there, but it is a great streak either way. Currently running at 20 matches (12 vs top 10), undefeated since Paris last year. Also he beat every other top 10 player except Federer who isn't active: Paris 2020 R32: d. Anderson (86) 6-6 RET...
  7. aldeayeah

    AO 2021 QF: Stefanos Tsitsipas (6) vs Rafael Nadal (2)

    Incoming war! Rafa looked good in R4 while Stefanos has extra rest after @tennis_pro retires. Usually Rafa has the upper hand in this matchup but Tsitsi is a dangerous fella. Still I say Rafa in 3, he seems pretty dialled in.
  8. aldeayeah

    AO 2021 QF: Daniil Medvedev (4) vs Andrey Rublev (7)

    Top Russian duel! Med is the favorite and owns the H2H (Rublev hasn't beaten him since their junior days and then only once, apparently), but Rublev has been looking pretty good against some admittedly inferior oppostion. Who wins? I say Medvedev in 4.
  9. aldeayeah

    Russian Lion Karatsev

    So I haven't seen much talk about this, but Russian 27-year old Aslan Karatsev, ranked 114, in his major debut as a qualifier, is absolutely crushing his side of the AO draw with some Soderling-like ball bashing. Won first round in straights, then obliterated Gerasimov (who had upset Paire)...
  10. aldeayeah

    2020 ATP Finals RR - Rafael Nadal (2) vs Andrey Rublev (7)

    Second WTF match, to be played Sunday 8PM local time. These two go way back, as this pic bears witness: They only played once in 2017, when Andrey was still a teenager. Rafa ended Andrey's first deep slam run quite brutally, beating him 1, 2 and 2 in the USO QF. Of course I expect a much...
  11. aldeayeah

    2020 ATP Finals RR - Dominic Thiem (3) vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (5)

    The first match in this year's WTF (Sunday, 2PM local time) is a replay of last year's final! What are the odds? Thiem leads the matchup 4-3 (3-2 on HC), with their last meeting being last year's final. Neither has looked very good in the later stretch of the season, but I still expect a good...
  12. aldeayeah

    USO 2019 SF - Daniil Medvedev (5) vs Grigor Dimitrov

    It is happening. The final showdown of Generation Useless vs NextGen. How come there's no thread for this yet? Based on form Medvedev should be favorite, but his fitness is suspect. Could be a good match, barring injuries. H2H is 1-1
  13. aldeayeah

    Wimbledon 2014 R16: Stanislas Wawrinka [5] vs Feliciano Lopez [19]

    Interesting match don't you think? Wawrinka is an overall better player, but Lopez is a grass specialist. Wawrinka has one of the best topspin 1HBHs and Lopez has one of the best slice 1HBHs. Wawrinka is more of a baseliner and Lopez S&V's like there's no tomorrow. Wawrinka is a righty, and...
  14. aldeayeah

    Wimbledon 2014 R16: Novak Djokovic [1] vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [14]

    The draw from hell continues. I think Djokovic will revalidate his RG domination and beat Tsonga in 3.
  15. aldeayeah

    Wimbledon 2014 R32: Mikhail Kukushkin vs Rafael Nadal [2]

    So. On paper this is a no-brainer; Kukushkin had won a single match on grass in his whole career before this tournament, and he's spent long stretches of the last few years playing challengers (although, to his credit, he's won quite a few of them); his career high ranking being around #50...
  16. aldeayeah

    Wimbledon 2014 R32: Andy Murray [3] vs Roberto Bautista Agut [27]

    So, the Princess is the first semi serious rival of Murray, who so far has cut through his draw like a knife through hot butter. Will the 's-H champion rattle the defending champ? I don't think so, but it should be an interesting match. H2H: 0-0 My pick: Muzza in 3
  17. aldeayeah

    Wimbledon 2014 R64: Lukas Rosol vs Rafael Nadal [2]

    Match of the tournament :D H2H 1-1 2014 Doha R32 Nadal d. Rosol 6-2 7-6(7) 2012 Wimbledon R64 Rosol d. Nadal 6-7(9) 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4 Will lightning strike twice? Against all common sense (which says that yes, lightning often falls in the same high, electrically conducting places), I think...
  18. aldeayeah

    Wimbledon 2014 R128: Martin Klizan vs Rafael Nadal [2]

    H2H: Nadal leads 1-0 Roland Garros 2013 R64 Nadal d. Klizan 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3 Nadal starts his Wimbledon sojourn against a young lefty, and a potentially dangerous opponent who made R4 in USO in 2012 upsetting Tsonga, took a set from Nadal in RG last year, made third round in both Slams this...
  19. aldeayeah

    RG'14 SF: Ernests Gulbis [18] vs Novak Djokovic [2]

    The Joker vs. the Wild Card H2H 1-4 (0-1 on clay) IW 2011 R32 Djokovic def Gulbis 60 61 Basel 2010 R32 Djokovic def Gulbis 64 62 Brisbane 2009 R32 Gulbis def Djokovic 64 64 Cincy 2008 QF Djokovic def Gulbis 63 64 RG 2008 QF Djokovic def Gulbis 75 76(3) 75 I guess Djokovic in 3, but Gulbis is...
  20. aldeayeah

    RG'14 R16: Fernando Verdasco [24] vs Andy Murray [7]]

    Their first clay encounter! Many of us remember their grueling duels in 2009 AO and 2013 WB... this time though, I favor Nando. Fernando in 4.
  21. aldeayeah

    RG'14 R64: Rafael Nadal (1) vs Dominic Thiem

    The True Final, and quite possibly the only semi interesting match left in Nadal's eighth of the draw (after all seeds vanished, Thiem is the highest ranked player left). Who knows, this could be the nowadays equivalent of those Hewitt - baby Nadal matches of the early to mid 2000s. I...
  22. aldeayeah

    AO 2014 SF: Tomas Berdych (7) vs Stanislas Wawrinka (8)

    Who will the surprise finalist be? I say Stan in 4. Head to Head: Wawrinka 8 - 5 Berdych Last meetings: 2013 WTF RR Wawrinka 6-3 6-7(0) 6-3 2013 USO R16 Wawrinka 3-6 6-1 7-6(6) 6-2 2013 Madrid SF Wawrinka 6-3 4-6 6-4 2013 Davis Cup RR Berdych 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6(5)
  23. aldeayeah

    AO 2014 QF: Novak Djokovic (2) vs Stanislas Wawrinka (8)

    Rematch of the thrilling USO SF. Djokovic in 4?
  24. aldeayeah

    Nobody beats Tommy Robredo 11 times in a row!

    :) ...Except Roddick, Roddick totally does.
  25. aldeayeah

    Player Slam!

    Let's introduce a new term: Player Slam. A player is said to have won a <<player name>> Slam if they have defeated <<player name>> in all 4 majors. For example, Federer has a Career Djokovic Slam: Australian Open (R16 2007) Roland Garros (SF 2011) Wimbledon (SF 2012) US Open (SF 2009, SF...
  26. aldeayeah

    Eastbourne QF - Feliciano Lopez vs Fernando Verdasco

    Lefty duel! Feli playing solid in grass as usual, while Fer just bageled Ramos. Most of their past matches have been pretty close and they know each other's game perfectly. Plus they're buddies, so we may see some relaxed, inspired tennis instead of a chokefest. I say Feli in three.
  27. aldeayeah

    Nadal's late reply to Rochus' accusations

    From Marca, yesterday. Q: Have you had the chance of seeing Olivier Rochus (sic; it was actually Christophe Rochus and indeed Nadal's response seems to be directed at Christophe) face-to-face after he implied that there might be a silent doping ban behind yours and Robin Söderling's long...
  28. aldeayeah

    What was the better match: Nadal vs Federer Rome'06 or Nadal vs Djokovic RG'13?

    For those who can remember both (I only saw parts of the Rome final), what do you think was the better match and why?
  29. aldeayeah

    Nadal's $370K sponsor watch stolen. Yup, again.

    :) http://www.as.com/english/articulo/rafael-nadal-has-300000-euro/20120612dasdenspo_7/Ten
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