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Post by sirfredperry Sat 01 May 2021, 8:02 am

Big tournaments at Madrid and Rome to come before the slightly-delayed French begins.

Rafa, naturally, will be favourite. In some ways there was more chance of an upset last autumn when Rafa had had little or no practice/clay court time and he STILL won the French.

His performance in that final against Djoko, who wasn't playing badly, was sensational. The Serb has had a couple of surprise results but can be counted upon to be at his best for RG.

As mentioned in an earlier topic, there have been some ultra-long matches in the clay court season so far and you have to wonder whether some players are wearing themselves out.

Meanwhile in Estoril today Cameron Norrie takes on Cilic in the semi. The draw for the men's Madrid is out and Thiem returns and is guaranteed to play a qualifier in his first match. Nada's first test could come against in-form Italian Sinner.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Sat 01 May 2021, 10:31 am

Unless Nadal suddenly gets old in these next few week can’t see anyone beating him in Paris. Tsitsipas played a great match in Barcelona and still lost.
Djokovic skipping Madrid, seems to me anyway, he doesn’t have the belief he can beat Nadal in Paris.

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Post by No name Bertie Sat 01 May 2021, 1:54 pm

With regard the long matches that have been recently noted by some - this is clay, where tactical play, positioning and endurance come to the fore.

Good to see Federer preparing to compete in the French Open. I assume there is now a sufficient gap between the French Open, and the start of the Grass Season / Wimbledon to give the old codger time to recover his knees, his shoulders and back.

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Post by sirfredperry Sat 01 May 2021, 5:56 pm

Excellent result for Cameron Norrie today who beats Cilic in straight sets to advance to the Estoril final. Only Tsitsipas and Rublev have won more matches on the tour this year than Norrie.

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Post by No name Bertie Sun 02 May 2021, 9:56 am

Kyle Edmund doesn't seem to have the physicality to cope with the ATP tour or mens tennis in general.  He had a stellar junior career winning two junior slams (US 2012 & French 2013), but it seems having a great junior career usually doesn't translate into having a stellar adult professional career.

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Post by sirfredperry Mon 03 May 2021, 10:27 am

Cameron Norrie was a set and a break up in the Estoril final but lost out in third-set tiebreak finish. He moves up to 48th in the rankings and is having a fine season.

Bit of a surprise in the women's in Madrid where Muchova beat Osaka.


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Post by sirfredperry Mon 03 May 2021, 4:46 pm

Dan Evans finally overcame Chardy in three sets today after squandering some MPs in the second set.

Intriguing-looking match now due on Wednesday, with Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, who will be 18 on Wednesday, taking on.....Rafa.

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Post by sirfredperry Wed 05 May 2021, 6:09 pm

Another Evans win today in Madrid, with Dan overcoming Millman in three.

The boy Alcaraz only got three games against Rafa but he did break serve at one point and also got.....an 18th birthday cake.

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Post by sirfredperry Fri 07 May 2021, 12:49 pm

Zverev was a step too far for Dan Evans.

Isner sprung something of a surprise by beating Rublev who made the BIG mistake of failing to win the tiebreaks. You don't get many chances to break the Isner serve so you just have to hold your own serve and take your tiebreak chances.

Don't know if there are stats for this sort of thing, but surely Isner has played the most tiebreaks of current players. Every match he plays seems to contain at least one breaker, sometimes two.

As I write Isner has just taken the first set against Thiem WITHOUT resorting to a tiebreak!

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Post by sirfredperry Fri 07 May 2021, 4:45 pm

Rafa beaten. Nadal loses 4 and 4 to Zverev. Is it a pointer for RG? Probably not. Rafa has only won Madrid once since 2014.

Thiem recovered to beat Isner (and no tiebreak sets!).

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Post by sirfredperry Yesterday at 7:45 am

We now head for Rome for another big clay-court tournament following Zverev's victory at Madrid and an impressive effort from Sabalenka to halt Barty's winning streak.

Andy Murray has put himself down for qualifying for RG as the French authorities are waiting to see how fit he is before giving him a WC.

Andy may play in Geneva and so could be in the same draw as a returning Federer.

There could be a replay of the Djoko-Dan Evans match in Rome as the Briton will play Nole if he gets through his first-round match.

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