2019 ATP 250 MercedesCup: General Discussion


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kevin qmto

That Nadal Verdasco AO might be the best 1st round match ever. Fernando played out of his mind that day, and after getting broken to start the 5th, rattled off 6 straight games to take the match. It was legendary.


Congrats to Monfils blnt Stevie Johnson 75 57 76(6), Close match Monfils hit 15 aces and 6 DF's

Monfils v Kudla next

3Fees :)


Congrats to Fucsovics blnt Basilashvili 67 72 75,, Fucs knocks out the 4th seed.. WD,, next opp Milos

3Fees :)


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Basil Fawlty in the Stuttgart haus, losing to WT Fucsovics in three very faulty sets...13 doublettes to be exact.:eek:


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Nothing on Struff or Pouille? Struff crushed Kecmanovic. Pouille took out Medvedev. Those were the more interesting matches for me.
Pouille took out Med? Good for him. Struff...not surprising as he's been playing quite well this season (in spite of me liking/cheering for young Miomir).
I've been too busy to watch other than my fav in the tourney (FA2), and even then it's on replay.
So I appreciate looking through the comments here on TTW about how the matches played out.
Keep the posts coming!


Congrats to Fucsovics blnt Basilashvili 67 72 75,, Fucs knocks out the 4th seed.. WD,, next opp Milos

3Fees :)
What does blnt mean?
Erratic form from Basil once again... Hoping he gets a little more consistent as I thought he'd push on after some good results last year.
Great down the line forehand from Kudla to set up an easy swinging volley putaway. However Kudla doesn't do nearly enough with it and Monfils gets forehand cross court pass.

Inconsequential though, as Kudla holds. 4-4.
Two break point opportunities for Kudla after a great backhand lunging volley winner.

And he's got the break! Kudla has actually been having an easier time on serve than Monfils so chances are he'll serve this set out. 6-5 Kudla.
Another break for Kudla to start the 2nd set. Monfils doesn't look into this at all, like he's using this tournament as a very light tune-up and wants to use minimal energy.
Great back and forth rally by both players unfortunately ends in a forehand error by Kudla and Monfils breaks right back.

The match is moving fast. I turn away for what felt like 2 minutes and Kudla breaks again to go up 2-1.
Monfils struggling with the Kudla serve here (3 unreturned serves and a shank that sets Kudla up for an easy forehand putaway). Very quick hold and it's 3-1 Kudla.
Monfils not only gets to a Kudla drop shot but finishes the point off by flicking a backhand down the line winner to set up break point.

And he does it! It honestly looks like he suddenly woke up or something. Good back and forth rally until Monfils started putting some oomph on his shots, then brought Kudla into net before firing a beautiful back hand down the line for the winner and the break.

What a forehand winner by Monfils to get the set back on serve! Kudla hit a backhand slice down the line behind him and he somehow turned around a bit and ripped the forehand right back down the line past Kudla.
Superb rally that Monfils finishes with a forehand winner! Also set himself up with 2 break points.

And he breaks! Kudla dumps a forehand volley in the net and Monfils breaks again to go up 3-2. 3 straight games won for the Frenchman!
2 unreturnable serves for Monfils. 2-1.

Forehand winner for Kudla and an error for Monfils give Kudla the 3-2 lead. Still on serve
First min-break to Kudla as Monfils didn't do enough with the forehand volley and Kudla nails the running forehand passing shot!
Dangerous times now for Monfils, who loses both his latest two service points and it's now 5-2 Kudla!

Match isn't quite over, as Monfils splits the next two points with Kudla and now he's serving to survive, down 6-3.
Monfils can't quite get the Kudla overhead back in play and Kudla takes it 7-5 6-7(3) 7-6(3) to secure his place in the QF's.

Next up: Matteo Berrettini vs (2) Karen Khachanov.
Haven't been able to watch a lot of it but this match has been pretty much all the Italian. He just broke Khachanov again and will now serve for the match up 5-2 in the 2nd.
Berrettini holds at love for game set and match, finishing it all off with an oh so sweet half volley drop shot. 6-4 6-2.

The Italian looks really, really sharp. I've been impressed. He'll contend for this title for sure.