February/March 2019 Tournaments

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February/March 2019 Tournaments

Post by sirfredperry on Mon 11 Feb 2019, 12:23 pm

Some big-point tournaments coming up, including the sunshine-double of IW and Miami. You probably saw that Tsonga, after an injury-hit 2018, took the title yesterday in Montpellier. He took out four fellow Frenchman to win it. Good to see him back.

Argentine WC Londero won in Cordoba having never had a single win on the main circuit. Incredible. Far more predictably, Medvedev triumphed in Sofia.

GB women, after some heroic stuff, won all their matches in the Fed Cup in Bath and now face a play-off in April to get promotion. The women have a tournament in Doha this week, while there is a fairly strong field in the men's tournament in Rotterdam. No Fed this year, but he's scheduled to play Dubai later in the month.

Djoko is very secure in the number one position and is likely to be top for some time. I think Fed's record of 310 weeks in total at number one will eventually go.

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Post by Henman Bill on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 10:28 pm

Thanks for your update. Bit quiet on here.

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Post by sirfredperry on Wed 13 Feb 2019, 10:24 am

Bit of a shock in Rotterdam where Dutch WC Tallon Griekspoor bt Khachanov. The Dutchman beat Stan the Man at this tournament last year!

Monfils bt Goffin while Nishi was taken to three sets before winning. Meanwhile in Buenos Aires, David Ferrer continued his farewell tour with a straight sets win over Jaziri. The Spaniard, nearing 37, will play his last tournament in May in Madrid.

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Post by sirfredperry on Fri 15 Feb 2019, 8:27 am

Interesting match-up today in Rotterdam where Tsonga takes on Medvedev. Both are on seven-match winning runs. If JWT comes thru this one we'll know he's well and truly back.

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Post by sirfredperry on Fri 15 Feb 2019, 5:17 pm

Well, Medvedev was far too strong for JWT - winning 4 and 2. Tremendous fight back by Halep in Doha, beating Svitolina 6-4 in the third after her opponent had points for a 5-1 lead in that final set.

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Post by Born Slippy on Fri 15 Feb 2019, 8:31 pm

Wawrinka takes out Shapovalov though as the veterans hit back! Monfils also through with Kei just starting now.

Is this on Amazon Prime by the way? If so, anyone seen the coverage so far?

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Post by sirfredperry on Sat 16 Feb 2019, 8:37 am

In New York today Isner gets to play a guy even taller than him - Opelka. Clearly, the match will reach the heights.

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Post by No name Bertie on Sat 16 Feb 2019, 4:11 pm

I am still wondering whether Wawrinka is now shot or whether he could spring a surprise - but he turns 34 at the end of next month so time is not on his side.

Things should get interesting when we have Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and the next generation competing in upcoming masters.

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Post by sirfredperry on Sat 16 Feb 2019, 6:25 pm

Medvedev's recent good run halted today by Monfils - another 30-something triumph. Frenchman will play winner of Nish and The Man.
Somewhat surprisingly, Halep beaten by Mertens in Doha, but she'll still move back to number two.

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Post by sirfredperry Yesterday at 8:10 am

Stan the Man saw off Nishi in three. Subduing 6ft 11in Opelka was too much of a, um... tall order for the comparatively-diminutive Isner who saw six MPs come and go in a marathon second set tiebreak before losing.

There were no breaks in this match which saw a record number of aces (81) in a three-set encounter. Opelka plays 23-year-old Canadian qualifier Brayden Schnur in the final. Schnur had never won a main tour match before this.

Good news for Delpo fans. The big Argentinian is back next week at Delray Beach.

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Post by sirfredperry Today at 7:50 am

Tourney wins for Monfils, Opelka and Cecchinato. Although missing out on the title, Stan the Man has a big jump in ranking.

The women's tour moves on to Dubai where nearly all the top ladies are playing. Interesting to see how number one Osaka gets on after splitting from her coach.

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