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Rafole #46: A preview of possible tactics and concerns for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for the 2020 French Open final.

2020.10.11 07:01 StorytellerAli Rafole #46: A preview of possible tactics and concerns for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for the 2020 French Open final.

Well here it is. What happened in Rome happened, as Rafa would say, and he's now in his 13th Roland Garros final. Will he go 13 for 13 against his most challenging opponent in Novak? I think he will but there's some things I've noticed in the Rafole matchup (mostly off of clay I must admit but I think these things will be pertinent on Sunday) that may bother the super Spaniard. I'm picking Rafa in five but here's how things may go down that might see Nole lift his 18th. Keep in mind I'll be posting a lot of clips of their matches at the 2014 (final which Rafa won) and 2015 French Open (Quarterfinal which Djoko won) as those matches are the closest for perspective.
1 - Serve-Return Battle
Off of clay, Djokovic for the past few years has typically dominated the serve-return battle. His improved serve and lethal returns helped him edge Nadal in their 2018 Wimbledon (Nadal edged Djokovic in the baseline battle), his serve was very helpful in their ATP Cup meeting where he served 12 aces and won 85% of his first serve points, and in general on faster courts, Djokovic reads Nadal's lefty swing serve like a book, and makes the most of his own serve.
On clay, that advantage for Djokovic mostly disappears, at least with the serve. Rafa's going to make a lot of returns by how he perches near the backfence and unloads topspin and weight on the ball to reach the server's feet. This will force a lot of baseline exchanges of a neutral nature until someone can take charge of the point. As far as returns go, check out how easily Nadal redirects Novak's quite solid returns here, here, here and even on two crucial points here and here. The consistent depth and time-negating ability of Djokovic's returns just don't have much success on clay where Nadal's timing and feel of the ball somehow jumps up a level due to extra time, and so that's why you may have noticed Djokovic experimenting with stepping back for second serve returns on the deuce court a lot this year's RG. It's experimentation but will it pay off? I don't think it will, because Rafa, even if he gets pushed on his service games, will have his own return to back himself with which is more potent on clay by virtue of its sheer spin and margin for error.
2 - Court Geometry Battle
Being a little cheeky with this self-plug here but I've made a post about how Djokovic is the master of court geometry here. It goes in fairly detailed depth but I've neglected to talk about how his opponents, Roger and Rafa, find ways around this uncanny ability of Novak to redirect the ball wherever he wants on surfaces that favor them.
So watch the following clip from their 2016 Doha encounter (much faster, lower bouncing surface but you'll get my point): 4:36. It's a short point, but it perfectly encapsulates the danger that Djokovic poses on faster courts where his flatness of shot and depth is more problematic - when he redirects the ball he does it at unorthodox times, when the ball of his opponent is deep with spin and sometimes at fast paces.
On clay, the court geometry battle usually shifts to Rafa. Look at this point from their 2014 Roland Garros encounter, a long rally. Look how many times Rafa redirects Djokovic's backhand by hitting a forehand down the line. Due to the level of topspin Rafa has, more often than not he can draw Novak off the court on the ad side and hit that forehand down the line to perfection. Also, the backhand down the line is often a big weapon for Rafa on clay. It might be particularly important on Sunday. Although court conditions will lead to a lower bounce than usual, the loopy BH down the line to Novak's backhand is always a pretty useful shot that pushes Nole back if he doesn't take it early.
3. Court-Position Battle
Part of the reason Djokovic had as dominant a season he did in 2015 and the first part of 2016 was due to the influence of Boris Becker on readjusting his court position. Novak used to be one of the most aggressive, baseline hugging players of his era in 2011 but it tended to come and go past that season as he adopted a more defensive, retrieval oriented gamestyle past his breakout year. His court position and his ability to take balls on the rise and send them back with pace was key in his winning matches against Rafa on clay. Here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvrIHPrBQHg&t=295s), here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvrIHPrBQHg&t=539s), here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvrIHPrBQHg&t=724s), and here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvrIHPrBQHg&t=914s) he demonstrates this ability against Nadal in that QF in 2015, a match that will be in the back of the mind of Nadal for sure.
For Nadal, who since 2017, has become far more offensive from the back, especially on clay, he'll need to do as he's done all tournament and play close to the baseline like Djokovic. He's not going to be better than Djokovic in long exchanges and defensively he's not nearly as good as Djokovic even on clay (while he may have been better defensively in 2012, 2013 and even 2014 on clay than Djokovic, his movement has declined due to injuries and a foot disorder which is why he's no longer as good defensively). The key for Nadal is how he attacks the Djokovic ground game with angles/spin which are more viable on clay, by taking the ball on the rise with his advanced court position and bullying Djokovic around the court, taking time away with his baseline hugging.
So it's clear that for both, standing further back and playing defence won't work very well. The one who takes initiative in court position and aggressiveness will be better off.
4. Variety and Court Craft Battle
As you've probably noticed, Djokovic has been employing the drop shot a lot this past year. It was perfection against Tsitsipas and for stretches against Khachanov and Pablo Carreno Busta. But it's still inconsistent, and I wonder if it will be all that effective against Nadal, who reportedly has been practicing hard at getting to drop shots for the past day or so lol. When both are at the net, who will win the cat and mouse volley/sliding drop shot exchanges? That's a big question. And further more, who will attack net more and look to create opportunities at the net? Who will incorporate all their groundstroke types instead of just forehand and backhand? Who will incorporate high moonballs, low slices, half-volleys etc? I would wager Nadal but if Djokovic is smart, he'll look to create opportunities with point construction and net rushes as well. So this category is undecided for me.
5. Power
It's no secret that there's a huge power gulf between Rafa's forehand and most of the tour. With his ferocious combination of huge RPM and terrific angle and pace, he can puncture the defenses of anybody on the planet on clay. But with the conditions (which I will get to in a moment) looking not so helpful for Nadal (lower bounce, balls are heavier, might rain which leads to a pretty dead court), it'll take his experience in finishing points after 3, 4, 5, or even 6 big forehands to shine through. I've mentioned how Djokovic's defence may be better than Rafa's due to his advanced age and injury plagued body but it might not matter if Rafa finds a rhythm with his power off both wings. So Djokovic will need to prove to us he can hit with power too and aim for outright winners. And he can play with that style against Rafa on clay. His power was big in his wins over Rafa on clay in 2011, as show in this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Llu9rFiFt_o&t=208s), this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Llu9rFiFt_o&t=410s), this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Llu9rFiFt_o&t=769s), this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Llu9rFiFt_o&t=800s), this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Llu9rFiFt_o&t=816s), this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOHZjsmpZU8&t=59s), this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOHZjsmpZU8&t=239s) and this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOHZjsmpZU8&t=362s). He has a huge forehand and a streaky backhand when on, and he will need to, and he will I bet, exploit the power of shot he possesses.
6. Court Conditions
I won't harp on about them, but it will be around 8-10 degrees Celsius (50 odd degrees in Fahrenheit) on Sunday in Paris. Although there will be sun with overcast clouds, it will be cold. The courts will be very difficult to hit through, and the bounce will be lower than usual as a result. Not low enough that Rafa's loopy backhand down the line to Novak's backhand won't be exploitable, for an example, but low enough that it becomes easier and more comfortable for Novak to take balls on the rise. Both will need to adjust for the court conditions and I feel Novak will find that particular battle simpler for his game.
7. Mental Battle
Rafa treats every single match like a war to be won, hell, he treats every single point that way. Novak tends to have periods when he disappears mentally when he faces an opponent that pushes or challenges him. But if he has the upperhand in a matchup with this opponent, he usually refocuses and wins. Nadal is the superior clay court player with 12 titles on Phillipe Chatrier court, compared to one. The fans will be rooting for both, but in the tight moments they'll most likely hold out hope for Rafa to pull through. And on top of that, Djokovic hasn't beaten Rafa on clay since 2016. Although the mental battle on grass and hard would usually be in Nole's favor, it shifts to the favor of the great Spaniard. And Rafa will be hungry for victory on top of that.
Prediction
I predict that it will be a tough and close match, at least 4 sets in length. But I just don't see Rafa faltering at this stage of the tournament with his only chance at a slam this year being at his home court. Novak has been shaky in previous rounds and has been struggling with neck injury. Add to the fact that most of the tactical categories above swing in the favor of the Spaniard and unless Novak plays spectacularly well, I just don't think Rafa loses this one, but I do predict it will be a tight five set win for Rafa, and his 13th Roland Garros to date.
I hope you guys enjoy the tennis and stay safe. Hope you enjoyed this analysis of a few factors that may come into play in the final. Take care!
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2020.09.28 23:12 procrastambitious If it wasn't for Covid, today would have been the day that Djokovic equaled Federer for weeks at number 1

As a numbers guy, I track all sorts of stats including weeks at number 1. Trawling through this Wikipedia list that is kept very up to date, made me realise that
  1. Federer has 310 weeks at number 1
  2. Djokovic has 288 weeks at number 1
  3. Covid paused world rankings for exactly 22 weeks
So that this post isn't just one single fact, I have also thought about how this is going to be affected going forward. In case you need a refresher on how the rankings work in 2020, 2021 here are two ATP links: announcement and explanatory FAQ.
Basically, until 2021 you cannot lose ranking points until they get replaced in 2021; you can only improve them (or stay as is). I'm only going to focus on Roland Garros, Paris Masters and the ATP Finals here. Basically, the only people with a chance of knocking off Djokovic from the top are Nadal and Thiem, so in the table below, I show how many points they have already and how many they can gain:
Tournament Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal Dominic Thiem
French Open current points 720 (SF) 2000 (W) 1200 (F)
French Open possible gain 1280 0 800
Paris Masters current points 1000 (W) 360 (SF) 90 (R16)
Paris Masters possible gain 0 640 910
ATP Finals current points 200 (RR) 400 (RR) 800 (F)
ATP Finals possible gain 1300 1100 700
So, the minimum and maximum points look like this (keep in mind Novak currently has 11260, Rafa has 9850 and Domi has 9125):
. Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal Dominic Thiem
Least points 11260 9850 9125
Most points 13840 11310 11535
So, only taking these tournaments into account, Djokovic isn't yet guaranteed end-of-year world number 1. He can guarantee end-of-year world number 1 if he wins three matches at the ATP finals or reaches the finals at the French (this is simply improving his result by a single round in any other tournament). Note, end-of-year is 13 weeks from now.
Stopping Djokovic this year requires one of Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem to win every tournament to the end of the year and for Novak to not improve on last year in every tournament. The only person whose fate is in their own hands is Djokovic.
My prediction: he will retain his number one status at the end of the year and then since the next major tournament is the Australian Open where the points update on January 31st (17 weeks from now) this will bring him to a total of 305 weeks. I find it hard to imagine he doesn't stay number 1 most of next year too.
Edit: added Dominic Thiem rankings
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2020.09.08 03:13 JBHenson The Casual Trash's Guide to the 2020 US Open Men's Quarterfinal -- Shitshow Edition

Its been a long time but tennis is back. Ever since the COVID petri dish nightmare that was the Australian Open, we've seen so much go from bad to worse with this sport. Wimbledon? Cancelled. The Olympics? Postponed to 2021...or canceled. Roland Garros? Postponed to October, lets see where your advantage goes now Rafa. And as for Flushing Meadows? Open for business. Yes we have tennis again, albeit with no crowds and no pageantry. But at least we have the big 3 to entertain us right
ROGER FEDERRRRRERRRRRRRRRRRRRR! *Crack UNIT LOST*
RA-FAEEEE—EELLLL NA-DAL! *Title defense vacated*
AAAAAANNNNNNNDDDYYYY MURR—wait you're here? Yeah no. Take your three sets to love defeat and begone!
Which leaves one left. And its the elephant in the room. Oh boy, this is about to get rough.
*Comrade Dyatlov: "What just happened?* NOVAK DJOKOVIC – I want to make it perfectly clear that this was a long time coming. Nole is not a nice guy. Nole is kind of a jerk. Nole frequently beats himself and his own equipment up if he finds himself both mentally and physically behind the eightball. Usually this gets him back in the match and he wins. At Flushing Meadows in 2020, it lost him EVERYTHING. Now lets get one thing straight, the incident with the lineswoman on Sunday was an accident and Djoker looked justifiably horrified and remorseful by what he had done. However the fact that he didn't properly address it after his punishment proves this should be a wake up call and Nole simply stuck a pillow over his ears. (NOTE: Later apologized on Instagram) These are the facts: Novak Djokovic has anger issues. They've been there since he started back in the mid-2000s and they've never really gone away even after he became a title winning machine in the past decade. Because of that, he's lost his prize money from the US Open and his tour points from the event. That's not good enough though. He needs to go away for a while to detox from Tennis. Maybe a ban from the ATP tour for a year. We know the ATP won't do that because they need their poster boy but when did we ever expect the ATP to make the tough decisions. As it stands, Nole my boy, you sir....are a FUCKING IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*COLOR BARS*
...wait there's still a quarterfinal? Oh. 'k.
(WOMP) PABLO CARRENO-BUSTA* – Conglaturation Tennis you are kinda sorta unfucked at least for this fortnight. And all it took was Federer breaking his ankle, Nadal rebranding the Fun House of Your Fucked that is Roland Garros into a Spirit of Halloween, and Carreno-Busta being here on a technicality. With this tournament turning into Yorktown from Hamilton, I would think he'd have a chance and then I remember you're playing Shapovalov in the next round. God help ya
(AIYAIYAIYAIYAIYAIYAIYAAAAI) DENIS SHAPOVALOV – With Miloc Raonic out in Round 3, the hope of Canadian tennis now lies in another pseudo-slav. While he's never made it past the 3rd Round here, Shapovalov does have the distinction of being the only guy left alive in the US Open who's beaten Nadal. That should put the fear of god into Medvedev right?
(AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH) ALEXANDER ZVEREV – Ok Zverev, are you actually going to do something this year? Every time we expect you to go somewhere it always ends up being a brick wall in either the quarters or the semis. Now you got to tangle with Corric. Don't fuck uhhhooohwhoamIkidding.
(LET) BORNA CORRIC – Well look at you, finally past the 4th round and into your first US Open Quarterfinal. All it took was four years too. If there was ever a chance for you to advance to your first ever Grand Slam Final this might be it. You can thank Carreno-Busta later. I hear he accepts checks
(AHARACCK) ALEX DE MINAUR – The new hope of Australian tennis is coming off a good year having won Western and Southern in Mason last week. Not only that but his record at Flushing continues to improve. Is making the round of 8 enough to take the next step or just another brick wall? Only Dominic Thiem knows for sure.
(OHHHH NOOOOOO!) DOMINIC THIEM – Ok Thiem are you actually going to do something this time? The last few go arounds have had you running into the brick wall that is the Big Three every single goddamn time. Pretty spectacularly in fact against Djoker in the Aussie Open final last Februrary. Well that wall is gone so either you climb your way over Medvedev to a title or I dismiss you as the biggest waste of time this side of Raonic. The choice is yours. Just remember that Andy Murray won this once and you don't want to be called worse than Murray.
(DYING HORSE) ANDREI RUBLEV – Everybody's favorite Russian Non-17th Century idol painteBeck lookalike has made it back to the Quarters again for the first time since 2017! What's his prize for this accomplishment? A date to get prison shanked by Medvedev! Nothing more to be said there really
(AND THAT IS WHERE BABIES COME FROM....FOR MACHINES!) DANIIL MEDVEDEV – A cold chill has now gripped me after realizing this crazy-ass Niles Crane lookalike fucker is now the go-to favorite to win it all thanks to Djoker being a dumbass. Clearly this is the worst timeline and only resistance fighters from the future can help save us by making Medvedev slip on a banana peel in his inevitable match-up with Thiem in the semis. Even with Corona-chan there really is no fate but what we make for oursleves mirite? Hur hur.
(WHITE NOISE)
Good lord is this even worth handicapping? At best this tourney will be regarded as an anomaly/blip in the long run of tennis whose only relevancy will be judged if Djokovic gets some serious punishment coming his way next year. I really don't want to bother with these guys but god if you must...
ITS DALEK WHADDAYA EXPECT!: Medvedev/Zverev final. Medvedev will win his first Grand Slam in the worst US Open final since Cilic-Nishikori. Its a fitting end for a complete trainwreck,
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2019.05.03 22:56 the_scientificmethod How will the ATP top50 look at the end of the year if everyone keeps going at their current rate?

I thought it would be interesting to do a quick extrapolation of year-to-date performance for the current ATP top 50. Feel free to skip straight to the tables if you don’t feel like reading the next few paragraphs explaining how they were put together. The column names are reasonably self-explanatory.
The tables below can be read as follows: “Live Rank” is the current live rank as of yesterday, taken from live-tennis.eu, and “Race Pos.” is the current position in the Race to London, from the same website. “52-week Pts” is the player’s ATP ranking points for the last 52 weeks, and “YTD Pts” is just the points accumulated during 2019 so far. “% YTD” is the fraction of 52-week points accounted for by year-to-date points.
“Impr.” is an improvement index. If a player continues to accumulate points for the rest of 2019 at the same rate as he has done so far, his year-end points will be his current points times the improvement index. E.g. an improvement index of 2 means a player is on track to double his current points by the end of the year. To create this index I made a simplifying assumption that points are evenly distributed throughout the year, so that 1/3 of the year having now passed means exactly 1/3 of the available points have accumulated. Of course this isn’t strictly accurate but I don’t think it’s too far off.
Finally, “Proj. Pts” gives the extrapolated year-end ATP ranking points for 2019 assuming each player continues at his current pace, and “Proj. Rank” is the implied rank. To get the implied rank, I just re-ordered the table by projected points, except in cases where the projected points were below the current ATP points for that rank. In those cases, I checked manually to see what rank that amount of points would get you in the current standings. This only affected projected rankings below 40.
 
The first table is ordered by projected ranking at the end of 2019:
 
Name Live Rank Race Pos. 52-week Pts YTD pts % YTD Impr. Proj. Pts Proj. Rank
Novak Djoković 1 1 11160 2405 21.6% 0.65 7215.00 1
Roger Federer 3 2 5590 2280 40.8% 1.22 6840.00 2
Rafael Nadal 2 3 7765 2145 27.6% 0.83 6435.00 3
Dominic Thiem 5 4 5085 1735 34.1% 1.02 5205.00 4
Stefanos Tsitsipas 10 5 3030 1595 52.6% 1.58 4785.00 5
Daniil Medvedev 14 6 2625 1555 59.2% 1.78 4665.00 6
Fabio Fognini 12 7 2840 1190 41.9% 1.26 3570.00 7
Kei Nishikori 7 8 3780 1080 28.6% 0.86 3240.00 8
John Isner 9 9 3085 1060 34.4% 1.03 3180.00 9
Gaël Monfils 18 10 1920 1040 54.2% 1.63 3120.00 10
Roberto Bautista Agut 21 11 1635 980 59.9% 1.80 2940.00 11
Guido Pella 26 12 1470 915 62.2% 1.87 2745.00 12
Félix Auger-Aliassime 29 13 1319 876 66.4% 1.99 2628.00 13
Milos Raonic 16 14 2050 855 41.7% 1.25 2565.00 14
Borna Ćorić 15 15 2525 775 30.7% 0.92 2325.00 15
Laslo Djere 31 16 1246 771 61.9% 1.86 2313.00 16
Lucas Pouille 30 17 1295 770 59.5% 1.78 2310.00 17
Dušan Lajović 23 18 1511 725 48.0% 1.44 2175.00 18
Alexander Zverev 4 19 5565 690 12.4% 0.37 2070.00 19
Denis Shapovalov 20 20 1820 685 37.6% 1.13 2055.00 20
Nick Kyrgios 33 21 1215 650 53.5% 1.60 1950.00 21
Frances Tiafoe 35 22 1185 640 54.0% 1.62 1920.00 22
Radu Albot 44 25 1016 601 59.2% 1.77 1803.00 23
Matteo Berrettini 36 27 1170 580 49.6% 1.49 1740.00 24
Stan Wawrinka 32 26 1230 580 47.2% 1.41 1740.00 24
Cristian Garin 41 28 1038 577 55.6% 1.67 1731.00 26
Diego Schwartzman 25 30 1485 550 37.0% 1.11 1650.00 27
Marco Cecchinato 19 31 1830 540 29.5% 0.89 1620.00 28
Pierre Hugues Herbert 40 34 1038 513 49.4% 1.48 1539.00 29
Márton Fucsovics 34 35 1205 505 41.9% 1.26 1515.00 30
Cameron Norrie 45 36 995 501 50.4% 1.51 1503.00 31
Alex de Minaur 27 38 1439 485 33.7% 1.01 1455.00 32
Gilles Simon 28 39 1385 480 34.7% 1.04 1440.00 33
Kevin Anderson 6 40 4115 475 11.5% 0.35 1425.00 34
Benoît Paire 43 42 1018 458 45.0% 1.35 1374.00 35
Nikoloz Basilashvili 17 48 1930 425 22.0% 0.66 1275.00 36
Grigor Dimitrov 46 51 985 405 41.1% 1.23 1215.00 37
Jan Lennard Struff 49 52 965 400 41.5% 1.24 1200.00 38
David Goffin 24 53 1495 395 26.4% 0.79 1185.00 39
Mikhail Kukushkin 39 60 1050 365 34.8% 1.04 1095.00 40
Kyle Edmund 22 64 1575 345 21.9% 0.66 1035.00 42
Philipp Kohlschreiber 50 66 940 335 35.6% 1.07 1005.00 45
Fernando Verdasco 37 71 1155 295 25.5% 0.77 885.00 57
Karen Khachanov 13 72 2685 290 10.8% 0.32 870.00 59
John Millman 48 75 965 285 29.5% 0.89 855.00 60
Jérémy Chardy 47 83 970 265 27.3% 0.82 795.00 66
Marin Čilić 11 87 2845 245 8.6% 0.26 735.00 71
Pablo Carreño Busta 42 94 1030 225 21.8% 0.66 675.00 80
Juan Martín del Potro 8 280 3225 45 1.4% 0.04 135.00 289
Richard Gasquet 38 - 1105 0 0.0% 0.00 0.00 -
 
The second is ordered by players’ improvement index (“Impr.”):
 
Name Live Rank Race Pos. 52-week Pts YTD pts % YTD Impr. Proj. Pts Proj. Rank
Félix Auger-Aliassime 29 13 1319 876 66.4% 1.99 2628.00 13
Guido Pella 26 12 1470 915 62.2% 1.87 2745.00 12
Laslo Djere 31 16 1246 771 61.9% 1.86 2313.00 16
Roberto Bautista Agut 21 11 1635 980 59.9% 1.80 2940.00 11
Lucas Pouille 30 17 1295 770 59.5% 1.78 2310.00 17
Daniil Medvedev 14 6 2625 1555 59.2% 1.78 4665.00 6
Radu Albot 44 25 1016 601 59.2% 1.77 1803.00 23
Cristian Garin 41 28 1038 577 55.6% 1.67 1731.00 26
Gaël Monfils 18 10 1920 1040 54.2% 1.63 3120.00 10
Frances Tiafoe 35 22 1185 640 54.0% 1.62 1920.00 22
Nick Kyrgios 33 21 1215 650 53.5% 1.60 1950.00 21
Stefanos Tsitsipas 10 5 3030 1595 52.6% 1.58 4785.00 5
Cameron Norrie 45 36 995 501 50.4% 1.51 1503.00 31
Matteo Berrettini 36 27 1170 580 49.6% 1.49 1740.00 24
Pierre Hugues Herbert 40 34 1038 513 49.4% 1.48 1539.00 29
Dušan Lajović 23 18 1511 725 48.0% 1.44 2175.00 18
Stan Wawrinka 32 26 1230 580 47.2% 1.41 1740.00 24
Benoît Paire 43 42 1018 458 45.0% 1.35 1374.00 35
Márton Fucsovics 34 35 1205 505 41.9% 1.26 1515.00 30
Fabio Fognini 12 7 2840 1190 41.9% 1.26 3570.00 7
Milos Raonic 16 14 2050 855 41.7% 1.25 2565.00 14
Jan Lennard Struff 49 52 965 400 41.5% 1.24 1200.00 38
Grigor Dimitrov 46 51 985 405 41.1% 1.23 1215.00 37
Roger Federer 3 2 5590 2280 40.8% 1.22 6840.00 2
Denis Shapovalov 20 20 1820 685 37.6% 1.13 2055.00 20
Diego Schwartzman 25 30 1485 550 37.0% 1.11 1650.00 27
Philipp Kohlschreiber 50 66 940 335 35.6% 1.07 1005.00 45
Mikhail Kukushkin 39 60 1050 365 34.8% 1.04 1095.00 40
Gilles Simon 28 39 1385 480 34.7% 1.04 1440.00 33
John Isner 9 9 3085 1060 34.4% 1.03 3180.00 9
Dominic Thiem 5 4 5085 1735 34.1% 1.02 5205.00 4
Alex de Minaur 27 38 1439 485 33.7% 1.01 1455.00 32
Borna Ćorić 15 15 2525 775 30.7% 0.92 2325.00 15
John Millman 48 75 965 285 29.5% 0.89 855.00 60
Marco Cecchinato 19 31 1830 540 29.5% 0.89 1620.00 28
Kei Nishikori 7 8 3780 1080 28.6% 0.86 3240.00 8
Rafael Nadal 2 3 7765 2145 27.6% 0.83 6435.00 3
Jérémy Chardy 47 83 970 265 27.3% 0.82 795.00 66
David Goffin 24 53 1495 395 26.4% 0.79 1185.00 39
Fernando Verdasco 37 71 1155 295 25.5% 0.77 885.00 57
Nikoloz Basilashvili 17 48 1930 425 22.0% 0.66 1275.00 36
Kyle Edmund 22 64 1575 345 21.9% 0.66 1035.00 42
Pablo Carreño Busta 42 94 1030 225 21.8% 0.66 675.00 80
Novak Djoković 1 1 11160 2405 21.6% 0.65 7215.00 1
Alexander Zverev 4 19 5565 690 12.4% 0.37 2070.00 19
Kevin Anderson 6 40 4115 475 11.5% 0.35 1425.00 34
Karen Khachanov 13 72 2685 290 10.8% 0.32 870.00 59
Marin Čilić 11 87 2845 245 8.6% 0.26 735.00 71
Juan Martín del Potro 8 280 3225 45 1.4% 0.04 135.00 289
Richard Gasquet 38 - 1105 0 0.0% 0.00 0.00 -
 
Some observations that jumped out at me from looking at these tables:
  1. Felix is having an incredible year. Even if his improvement completely stalls and he just continues to accumulate points at the rate he has so far in 2019, he is on track to double his current points and finish just outside the top 10 (13th) by the end of the year. Given the fact that he is likely to keep improving at this age, I think a top 10 year-end finish is quite likely.
  2. Guido Pella’s performance so far in 2019 is really flying under the radar. Seeing him with the second highest improvement index (putting him 12th at year-end if he keeps this up) was a shock to me.
  3. #OurBoy has the 7th highest improvement in 2019 so far, good for 23rd in the world at the end of the year if he keeps going at this rate.
  4. Out of the big three, Federer is the only one whose 2019 performance has improved relative to his 52-week performance. In fact, Djokovic has the 7th lowest improvement index in the current ATP top 50, narrowly edging out Zverev who has the 6th lowest. However, this still puts Novak’s projected rank at year-end no. 1. Rafa’s projected rank drops to third, and Roger’s climbs up to second.
  5. At this rate, the race for YE no. 1 will be really close. Federer’s projected YE points are less than 400 below Djokovic’s, and Nadal’s are 405 below Federer’s. Less than 800 points separate them.
  6. Rivalry between Tittypass and the Bullshit Russian could take on even more significance as they fight for top 5. Current performance sets the Greek on track for 5th, with Medvedev just behind him at 6th.
  7. The limitations of this linear extrapolation method become really clear when you look at the projection for Fognini. Obviously we all know he is on track for world no. 1, but at his current rate he is only expected to finish 7th.
  8. Monfils looking to re-enter the top 10 if he can stay healthy.
  9. Somehow, fucking Jizzner will still be in the top 10 if he keeps going at his current rate.
  10. Delpo’s projection is way skewed due to his injury. Hopefully his Madrid comeback goes smoothly and he doesn’t finish outside the 200 by the end of the year :/
  11. Gasquet and Anderson also sidelined with injuries so far in 2019.
  12. Everyone has been talking about Zverev’s and Khachanov’s poor form in 2019. But holy Jesus Christ look at Cilic! Only 9% of his total points have come in 2019, and this puts him on track to finish 71st in the world if something doesn’t change fast.
 
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2019.01.11 19:28 bekkahthecactus18 10 Years of the Australian Open: 2009-2013

On the eve of the 107th Edition of the Australian Open, I wanted to take some time to go down memory lane. So here we go, Part 1 and 2009-2013.
2009: Rafa’s Hardcourt Dreams Realised: Was it was the epic, high-level 5 hour, 14 minute semi-final between eventual Champion Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco, or the tears of Roger Federer during the trophy ceremony that provided the most poignant moment of the championships? Despite these notable moments occurring in the final few days of the tournament, the journey to this point cannot be forgotten. After his heroics of the previous year, 3rd seed Novak Djokovic returned to Melbourne Park as defending champion, but it wasn’t to be his year, retiring in the quarter-final against Andy Roddick, down 2 sets to 1, due to heat exhaustion. Roddick would then have his hopes ended (as usual, sadly for him), by Roger Federer in the next round. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who had lost the final in the previous year, made a valiant attempt to repeat his success, but was halted by Verdasco in 4 sets, again in the quarterfinal. Bernard Tomic, the defending boy’s champion, won in his main-draw debut, before falling in the 2nd round to Gilles Muller. Juan Martin Del Potro, who would of course have major success later that year, was totally dismantled by Federer in the quarterfinal- but no worry for him, he would eventually get his revenge in the biggest match of his career. Tomas Berdych defeated Stanislas Wawrinka(as he was then known) in the 3rd round- but Stan would exact his revenge years later. This tournament was the first time that Rafael Nadal had finally reached a Major final on hardcourt- and after his epic semi-final match, many believed Federer to be the favourite. 5 hours on court 2 days before a major final- surely, it couldn’t be anything but detrimental? But when you’re 22 with a heart of a lion, you can defy logic. You can go for another 4 hours and 23 minutes, 5 more sets, and hand the then 3-time champion his third devastating Slam final loss in 8 months, who was on the hunt for a record-equalling 14th Grand Slam Title. His first and only Australian Open title to date, Rafael Nadal showed the world that he wasn’t just a natural surfaces specialist- he could win majors on all 3 surfaces. On the women’s side, defending champion Maria Sharapova failed to defend her title- withdrawing before the first ball was struck with a shoulder injury. However, her compatriots ensured that Russia would be a prominent force in the tournament- and with 3 Russians in the final 4 for the first time, Russian tennis was guaranteed a finalist for the third year running. It could have been a Russian clean sweep in the semi-finals, had Svetlana Kuznetsova capitalised on a set and 5-3 lead against Serena Williams, but it wasn’t to be. No worries for her though, she would taste Grand Slam success for a second time just a few months later. Elena Dementieva was no match for Serena in the semi-finals, and neither was Dinara Safina in the final, who had battled past Vera Zvonareva in her semi-final. The final didn’t even last an hour- Serena had won her 10th Slam singles title, her 4th in Melbourne, and returned to world no.1 a few days later. Her sister, Venus Williams beat future champion Angelique Kerber in the first round, before having a surprise loss to eventual quarterfinalist, the unseeded Carla Suarez Navarro. Another future champion, Victoria Azarenka, fell to Serena in the 4th round, but not before defeating future Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova and former champion Amelie Mauresmo on the way. Serena and Venus took the women’s doubles title against Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama, and the Bryan Twins took home the men’s doubles title.
2010: Roger Makes it 4: The men’s tournament didn’t even make it 2 days without a major surprise upset. French Open finalist Robin Soderling lost in the first round against Marcel Granollers, despite having a 2 sets to 0 advantage. Former quarterfinalist James Blake unknowingly competed in his final Australian Open, losing to the newest member of the slam-winning club, Juan Martin Del Potro. His efforts ended with a 10-8 loss in the final set. DelPo would lose to an future finalist and fellow US Open Champion, Marin Cilic in 5 close sets in the 4th round. Cilic’s path to the SF included future champion Stanislas Wawrinka in the 3rd round, wildcard Bernard Tomic in 5 sets, and the “Magician” Fabrice Santoro, in the first round, who played his final slam match. He squeaked past Andy Roddick in the QF, having to weather the Roddick storm, who had battled back from 2 sets to 0 down. He won the first set against perpetual finalist Andy Murray, who himself had an impressive run, including a win by retirement over defending champion Rafael Nadal, who’s knees had forced him to call it quits. Murray also recorded wins over future marathon men, qualifier Kevin Anderson in the first round, and 33rd seed John Isner in the 4th round. The other semi-final was contested between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The former had a rocky start to the championships, losing the first set in the first round to Igor Andreev but recovered to win in 4. He also beat home favourite Lleyton Hewitt in the 4th round, and had to battle past Nikolay Davydenko in the QF. Tsonga, however, didn’t have the easiest time, requiring 9-7 in the final set to defeat Nicolas Almagro in the 4th round, despite being 2 sets to 0 up, but he exacted sweet revenge on the man who had crushed his dreams in the 2008 final, 3rd seed Novak Djokovic, winning in 5 sets to set up a SF meeting with Federer. He wasn’t to reach another slam final, however, and fell in straight sets to the 15 time slam champion. (It appears that in the 3rd Round, Novak Djokovic took his anti-Istomins and crushed the Uzbek in straight sets. Denis Istomin would one day exact his revenge…). For Andy Murray, the final was a sign of things to come. Defeat in straight sets meant that Federer took his 16th Slam title and 4th in Australia. In the ladies’ tournament, Serena Williams defended her title, beating the unranked Justine Henin in the final in 3 sets. China saw 2 women in the semi-finals, future champion Li Na, who was edged out in 2 tiebreak sets by Serena (probably exacting revenge on Venus Williams’ behalf, who had lost to Li Na just the match before), and Zheng Jie, who… didn’t get so close, losing 0 and 1 to Henin. Interestingly enough, Serena’s path to the title included 5 women who were either past or future slam champions. Petra Kvitova in the 2nd round, Samantha Stosur in the 4th round, Victoria Azarenka in the QF, and of course, Li Na and Henin in the SF and F respectively. It was also the first time since 2003 that Maria Sharapova failed to win her opening match at a slam, falling to compatriot Maria Kirilenko in a match that lasted over 3 hours. The Williams Sisters also defended their doubles title, defeating Cara Black/Liezel Huber in the final, and the Bryan Twins also defended.
2011: The Start of Novak’s Dominance: Rafael Nadal was aiming to become the first man since Rod Laver to hold all 4 slam titles at once, but it wasn’t to be, after suffering a straight-sets loss to David Ferrer in the QF. Alexandr Dolgopolov was a surprise QFist, after taking out Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Robin Soderling in the 3rd and 4th rounds respectively, and both in 5 sets, but he lost to defending finalist Andy Murray in 4 sets. Stanislas Wawrinka also made the QF for the second slam in a row, but fell to compatriot Roger Federer in straight sets. Gilles Simon gave Federer much trouble in the 2nd round, forcing a 5th set after being 2 sets to 0 down, but couldn’t complete the upset (Federer let off the hook that time. Wimbledon and US Open wouldn’t be so much fun). Tomas Berdych lost to Novak Djokovic in the QF (revenge for Wimbledon 2010). Djokovic swept aside the defending champion in the SF, and set up a meeting in the final with Murray, who had come back from a set down against Ferrer. Once again, Murray lost in straight sets in the championship match, this time to Novak Djokovic. He would still have belief that he would raise the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup aloft one day- and so did we. In the Ladies’ tournament, defending Champion Serena Williams couldn’t defend either of her 2 titles, withdrawing due to a foot injury. Two women who love a long, complicated match competed in the longest ever women’s slam match in the 4th round, which lasted 4 hours and 44 minutes, ending 16-14 in the 3rd set. Francesca Schiavone got the better of Svetlana Kuznetsova that time, and anyone else would have been utterly spent, but not Schiavone. She proceeded to take a set off the top seed and future champion Caroline Wozniacki in the QF, but fell in 3 sets. Wozniacki lost in the next round to Li Na, who reached the final for the first time- making her the first Asian player to reach a singles slam final. Asia would have to wait only a few more months for a single slam champion, as it was ”Aussie” Kim Clijsters who came back from a set down in the final to win her 4th and Final slam title. The tennis world unknowingly said goodbye to 2 former no.1s: 2004 AO Champion Justine Henin lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the 3rd round. She would later announce her second and final retirement later that year due to an elbow injury. 2009 finalist Dinara Safina lost her final slam match to the eventual champion- and didn’t win a single game. A back injury forced her into retirement, with the unfortunate note of being a slamless former world No.1. Vera Zvonareva found herself in the SF once again, but couldn’t take a set off of Clijsters. As the Williams sisters couldn’t defend their doubles title, it was Gisela Dulko/Flavia Pennetta who won the title, defeating Victoria Azarenka/Maria Kirilenko in the final. In the Men’s doubles, it was the Bryan Twins who made it 3 in a row- the all Indian pairing of Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes were their final victims there.
2012: The Never-Ending Final: Before we get to that final… Kei Nishikori made it to the QF of a major for the first time, before losing to Andy Murray in straight sets. David Ferrer also made another QF, but couldn’t handle the defending Champion, Novak Djokovic, and suffered the same fate. Juan Martin Del Potro enjoyed success to make it to the QF for the first time since 2009, having battled a wrist injury and struggled on his return back to the tour in 2011. Roger Federer sent the gentle giant packing, and advanced to the SF to face his rival, Rafael Nadal, who had in turn battled from a set down against Tomas Berdych. Both semi-finals were greatly anticipated from the time the draw was made, and didn’t disappoint. In the first semi-final, Federer was attempting to defeat Nadal at a major for the first time since the 2007 Wimbledon Final, but it turned out that the first set tiebreak would be all he would win. Nadal advanced to the final in 4 sets, his eye on a second Australian Open title. The second semi-final, a rematch of final from 2011, yielded the same result: Djokovic def. Murray. This time, it went to 5 sets, and Andy was as close as he’d ever been against Djokovic at Melbourne Park. Up 2 sets to 1, recovered from 2-5 down in the final set to have 3 break points at 5-5 to serve for a place in the final, but alas- Djokovic proved too defiant, and broke in the final game to win 7-5 in the 5th. It was becoming clear that only a superhuman effort could dethrone the Serb in Melbourne. Nadal had an extra day’s rest for the final, and with Djokovic's 4 hour 50 minute semi-final just 2 days prior, he appeared to have a good chance at removing some of the scar tissue from the previous 2 slam finals that he’d appeared in- both which were a loss to Djokovic. What followed on that Sunday evening in Melbourne turned into a war of attrition. Neither men could stand during the trophy ceremony, and after 5 hours and 53 minutes of gruelling and grinding tennis, who could blame them? It was Novak Djokovic, recovering from a break down at 4-2 in the final set to win 7-5, a forehand winner sealing the deal. He collapsed onto the ground, roaring at the camera, hugged Nadal, and then ripped off his shirt, slapping his bare chest. The body that had failed him so many times in the past had carried him to a famous, epic victory. While the Women’s final wasn’t so epic- in fact, it was the polar opposite, with Victoria Azarenka crushing Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-0 to win her first Grand Slam title, and reach world no.1 for the first time. The Belorussian defeated the defending Champion, Kim Clijsters, in her final Australian Open, whilst Sharapova had defeated then-Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova to reach the final. Serena Williams, back in Australia, lost to Ekaterina Makarova in the 4th round. Sloane Stephens also made her Australian Open Main-draw Debut, and would go on to do incredible things the following year. The All-Russian pairing of Svetlana Kuznetsova/Vera Zvonareva beat the defending champions Gisela Dulko/Flavia Pennetta in the 3rd round of the womens doubles, and went on to take the title, beating Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci in the final. The Bryan Twins failed to make it 4 in a row in the Men’s Doubles, with Leander Paes teaming up with Radek Stepanek to get his revenge on the Americans in the final.
2013: Andy falls short again: First things first, yes. Novak Djokovic won again, but he didn’t have it easy. 15th seed Stanislas Wawrinka pushed the Serb to the brink in the 4th round- but came up short, 12-10 in the 5th set. Tomas Berdych also took a set from the 2-time defending champion in the QF, but he couldn’t hold on. David Ferrer didn’t stand a chance in the SF, meaning that Novak Djokovic was back in the final for the 3rd year running- a chance to become the first man in the open era to win the AO 3 times in a row. On the other side of the draw, 2nd seeded Roger Federer had a pretty simple first week, as he usually has- expending as little energy as necessary. However, in the QF, that came to an abrupt end as he battled with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for 5 sets, before prevailing. Andy Murray had taken a leaf out of Federer’s book and enjoyed a pretty straightforward run to the SF, including a straight-sets win over Jeremy Chardy in the QF, who had reached that stage of a major for the first time- but Federer and the Brit would go the distance- 4 hours was needed for Murray to reach his 3rd consecutive slam final, defeating Federer for the first and only time at a Slam. The Final began with Djokovic and Murray splitting tie-break sets, but it became clear that Djokovic wasn’t going to let Norman go. An all-too familiar sight was plastered on the back page of British newspapers on Monday morning- Murray with the runner-up plate; Djokovic with the AO trophy. His heroics both at the Olympics the year before and at Flushing Meadows weeks after, however, could never be forgotten. Victoria Azarenka was the defending champion on the women’s side, and successfully defended her title, breaking Chinese hearts in the final, defeating Li Na from a set down. This tournament was also notable for the breakthrough of future slam champion Sloane Stephens, who made an unprecedented run to the semi-finals, including a 6-1, 6-1 victory over unseeded Simona Halep in the First Round, Laura Robson in the 3rd round, and most notably, coming back from a set down against Serena Williams in the QF to set up a clash with Azarenka. Of course, it wasn’t her time just yet, but she proved to the tennis world that she was one to keep an eye on. Though she lost in the final, Li Na took out names such as Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Sharapova in straight sets. It would only be a year before the Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific would have a singles champion from Asia. The ladies’ doubles was won by the all-Italian pairing of Roberta Vinci//Sara Errani, breaking Aussie hearts and defeating Casey Dellacqua/Ashleigh Barty in the final, whilst the Bryan Twins claimed the men’s doubles title for a 6th time.
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2018.03.15 18:24 poompers175 Roger Federer essay for my public speaking class

In the last few years, a new generation of athletes have started to take to take over the sports world while many of our childhood heroes begin to fade. Athletes like Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, boxing legend floyd mayweather, Olympic gold medalist Michael phelps, and many more are starting to feel the effects of the aging process and are not as dominant as they once were. However, one athlete continues to defy logic and is continuing to excel in his sport at the ripe age of 36. This man is Roger Federer. Now I am sure many of you pay very little attention to tennis. But Federer is one of the greatest champions in the sports world. Today, I will be discussing with you how Roger Federer has earned the the title of “the greatest player of all time” and has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest athletes of all time.
It all started at Wimbledon in 2001. A relatively unknown Roger Federer was set to play then world number 1 Pete Sampras. Only 19 at the time, Federer was ranked outside the top 50. Sampras had not lost a match at the tournament since 1993 and many believed the match would be a breeze for the seven time Wimbledon champion. However, little did people know they were in the presence of greatness. After almost four hours of play, the Swiss prodigy beat the American record holder 7-6 5-7 6-4 6-7 7-5 ending his streak at the tournament. This was the only time the two tennis greats ever played each other in an official ATP match. Although Federer ended up losing in the quarterfinals to Britain’s Tim Henman, his breakthrough at Wimbledon signaled the record-breaking dominance he would display at the All England Club over the next two decades.
In 2003, at the age of 21, Federer won his first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon, beating Australia's Mark Philippoussis in the final. Although a major success, Federer was still hungry for the number one ranking trailing 12 time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi. Federer finally achieved the number one ranking in 2004 when he won three out of four Grand Slam singles titles and was the first player to achieve this task since 1988. The next few years was where Federer consolidated his dominance. From 2004 to 2009 he won a total of fourteen Grand Slam titles. The only one he was missing however was The French Open. This is because one man gave him a run for his money and continues to do so today. A young Spaniard by the name of Rafael Nadal. Nadal came onto the tour in early 2006 at the age of eighteen. He grew up in Spain where he spent most of his life practicing on clay courts which is the surface of the French Open. He is commonly referred to as “The King of Clay’ in the tennis world since he has won at Roland Garros (French Open) ten times. The rivalry between Nadal and Federer is unlike any other. To put it into perspective it’s like Yankees vs. Redsox. The Patriots vs. The Giants. The Cavaliers vs. The Warriors. These two gladiators of the game met at almost every single Grand Slam finals event and continue to do so today. Normally, it was Federer winning on hard court surfaces, The US Open and The Australian Open, and Wimbledon which is Federer's best tournament. Rafael was impossible to beat at the French since it is on clay courts. The Rivalry between the two went to even greater lengths in 2008 at Wimbledon where the two faced each other in yet another Grand Slam final. It is widely regarded as the greatest tennis match of all time because of its fast paced play and ridiculous shots. (Play Video’s) Nadal ended up winning the match in the fifth set ending Rogers rain at Wimbledon like he did with Sampras back in 01’. This was not the end of Federer however. During that summer he won a gold in the Beijing olympics and the following year won his first and only French Open title. Except it wasn’t against Nadal.
After the 2009 season a new set of stars began to emerge on the tour. There was Novak Djokovic from Serbia, Andy Murray from England, and Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland. For the next few years these players begun to win titles putting Federer somewhat out of the spotlight. He won the Australian Open in 2010 and then Wimbledon in 2012 but it was clear he wasn’t the same player as he once was. On top of this new competition, Federer was struggling with back and knee injuries which plagued him throughout his career. These injuries caused him to miss most 2013 and 2014 season. When he returned in 2015, he continued to struggle with the youths of tennis and it seemed all was lost for the champion. But he never gave up. Going into the Australian open in 2017, Federer was ranked number 16 in the world. This was his lowest ranking since 2002 when he was just 20 years old. Coming off a four month hiatus from tennis, nobody believed he would make it far. But again, he shocked the tennis world. After beating three top ten players he was in the finals again against his biggest foe, Rafa. He ended up winning in 5 sets and got his ranking back in the top 10. After that he went on to win Wimbledon last summer and the Australian open last month. After winning these major tournaments he holds a record setting 20 Grand Slam titles and is now back at world number 1. To date he has 8 Wimbledons, 5 US Opens, 6 Australian Open, and 1 French open under his belt. At the age of 36, he is currently the oldest men's tennis player to ever hold this ranking and has more wins, grand slam titles, and trophies then any other player on the tour. THIS is why Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player of all time and has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. Thank you.
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2018.02.18 07:22 TennisTirades It is possible that the #1 men’s ranking will change as many times in the next 6 months as in the last 5+ years

The top spot in the rankings has changed only five times dating back to November of 2012 when Djokovic took it from Federer.
Federer’s Coronation
Now, we all obviously know that Federer is set to take it back on Monday. But if we look ahead, it’s perfectly likely that we will see it bounce back and forth between he and Nadal as many as four more times by the end of the U.S. Open.
Sunny Days for Rafa
It’s extremely likely that Nadal gets back to the top in the weeks to come. If Federer wins the final in Rotterdam tomorrow he will hold it until at least Indian Wells, as Nadal does not have enough points to gain in Acapulco to surpass him. If Federer does not win the title, Nadal can get it back there by winning the title. Either way, Fed then has 2,000 points to defend from the Sunshine Double while Nadal only has to back up 690.
Mucking Things Up with Clay and Speculation
This is where things get tricky, because we have to start speculating pretty heavily. For the sake of trying to be reasonable and fair, let’s say that that Fed did win Rotterdam, Nadal then won Acapulco, and each won one of the following Masters 1000’s with Nadal making the quarters of the other and Federer the semis (not unfair in my opinion considering that Federer has been generally a better hard court player lately).
That would leave us with the following rankings:
  1. Nadal 10,630
  2. Federer 9,660
And now we’re about to go even more speculative and say that Nadal doesn’t repeat his clay court performance from last year. Now that isn’t to say that he doesn’t do amazingly well again, but he did legitimately have an incredible run on clay last year even by his own lofty standards.
Admittedly, it is pretty unlikely that there Nadal loses more than one (if even that) match on clay with how mediocre the competition seems to be. I’m also going to assume that Federer sits out the clay season.
So what would have to happen here is that Nadal would have to lose a total of 1,000 points off of his immense total of 4,680 from last year.
I think he will still win Roland Garros of course.
So the most likely scenario (most likely... not necessarily likely) scenario in which this happens is that Nadal does not play Barcelona and then loses in the semifinals of either Monte Carlo or Madrid while not improving his result from Rome. Again, I realize this may sound far-fetched, but we’re talking about something that “may” happen. This entire post is speculative.
So if that all plays out, here’s the rankings:
  1. Federer 9,660
  2. Nadal 9,490
So on we go...
The Grass gets Greener for Nadal
Much like the Sunshine Double, this is when things get rough for Roger. Barring any physical setbacks, the Swiss will surely will still go into Wimbledon and Halle as the favorite to retain both titles, but Nadal has so much to gain. The Spaniard has signed up to play Queen’s and has a lot of room to grow his 180 points from last year at Wimbledon.
So let’s say that Fed retains both of his titles while Nadal wins Queen’s and then loses in the quarters of Wimbledon (let’s face it, he really hasn’t been good on grass for a long time). I am also assuming that Federer wins Stuttgart this year, providing a minimal boost of 230 points.
  1. Nadal 10,170
  2. Federer 9,890
And finally...
The Wild Wild West
And finally we’ll head across the Atlantic to the second of the North American hardcourt swings.
Between the Canadian Open and Cincinnati, Roger Federer has 600 points to defend while Nadal has 270. As such, though the gap is minimal, it’s unlikely that Federer overtakes his rival at this point. It’s fully possible of course given how successful the Swiss has been at the Western & Southern Open. But given that he still has overall more points to defend and I find it hard to believe he would play Canada again after what happened last year, I’d say Rafa holds on. For approximation purposes, how about Federer wins Cincinnati while Nadal makes the final in Canada and the semis in Ohio.
Under the bright lights of New York is where this particular turn, and perhaps the eventual year-end top spot, will be decided.
Nadal has 2,000 points to defend here while Federer has 360. In general, people would say that Flushing Meadows is a favorable place for the Swiss, but one shouldn’t downplay how successful the Spaniard has been. While Federer has indeed won 5 U.S. Opens, Nadal has won three since Federer’s last. Both play well here.
That being said, I still think Federer has been the better hardcourt player in the time since their combined resurgence. I think that Federer will outperform Nadal in New York, perhaps by a round or two. How about we say Fed makes the final while Nadal loses in the semis.
So after all that, we’re left with rankings in September of:
  1. Federer 11130
  2. Nadal 9580
Tl;dr With the way Federer and Nadal alternate how each dominated short segments of last season, it is possible, albeit absolutely speculative, that, in the next few months, we could see the four shortest reigns atop the rankings in many years.
edit 7 months (in the title)
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2016.05.10 20:54 Brian67000 Masters Betting Tips: Wawrinka the Value Bet in Italy

Masters Betting Tips: Wawrinka the Value Bet in Italy

The Masters events come thick and fast during the clay court season, and following on from the action in Monte Carlo and Madrid we slip further across Europe to Italy for the Rome Masters. Novak Djokovic is the defending champion – surprise surprise – and after a resounding title win in Spain last week he looks as impressive as ever on clay. So can anybody stop him here?

Outright Betting

Djokovic is the favourite, as ever, at 1.80, and up until a week ago we would have been happy to contest that. But some imperious performances on his way to lifting the Madrid Masters trophy was enough to convince us that the Serb is reaching his peak on the clay.
After Thomaz Bellucci disposed of Gael Monfils in the first round here, Djokovic should reach the quarter-finals at a canter, where a potential meeting with Rafa Nadal awaits. This is a pretty tough quarter with a pair of improving slow court stars, Milos Raonic and Nick Kyrgios, lurking, so perhaps this is one to avoid.
The second quarter is more alluring, and while Roger Federer takes top billing his ongoing absence through injury is enough to put off most punters. He will have to see off the likes of Alex Zverev, Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem to reach the last four too, so the Swiss ace is another to avoid.
Nishikori catches the eye, and despite having played a lot of clay court tennis recently his form is impeccable: losing to eventual tournament champions Nadal in Barcelona and Djokovic in Madrid. He should navigate his way to a quarter-final date with FedereZverev/Thiem with ease, while he may run into Novak in the last four. At 26.00, he’s a tempting each way proposition.
As you may have guessed, it is the bottom half of the draw which offers much of the betting value here, and the third quarter in particular is an eye-catcher. The top seed there is Stan Wawrinka, a fine clay court player who has tasted defeat to an inspired Nadal and his old nemesis Kyrgios recently.
He faces the ever-unpredictable Benoit Paire in his first match, before the likes of Kevin Anderson, Juan Monaco, David Ferrer and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez come into view. That’s not exactly the stuff of nightmares, and while a potential semi-final clash with Andy Murray poses plenty of problems, the 13.00 on offer for Wawrinka looks exceptional value. Let’s add that to the best of today’s betting tips from Bet Advisor. The Swiss ace can also be backed at 1.90 to win that third quarter; a stunning price.
Murray will be confident of coming through the bottom half of the draw, with potential meetings with Roberto Bautista Agut and then Tomas Berdych/David Goffin/Jack Sock agreeable given his improvement on the clay in recent times. He lost to Nadal in the Monte Carlo Masters last four when he had the Spaniard on the ropes, and took a set from Djokovic in their final clash in Madrid last week.
The 29-year-old has beaten some exceptional players on clay in recent weeks, and clearly has the easiest passage to the last four of any of his opponents. At 6.00, many punters will be more than happy to get involved, but we like Wawrinka in the head-to-head stakes: he has beaten Murray in their last three matches and both of their meetings on clay.

Match Betting

It’s an intriguing set of last 32 matches that awaits us in Rome, and while most of the big names should win out comfortably expect Zverev to give Federer a real good battle in their encounter.
The Swiss star is still feeling his way back from injury remember, while Zverev has been very active on tour of late; and beaten the likes of Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov in the last fortnight alone. Expect Federer to win, but the young German could give him one hell of a scare. The Zverev +4.5 Game Handicap at 1.75 is well worth adding to our betting tips.
We were also very surprised to see Jack Sock listed as a 3.00 outsider against Goffin; the American has been playing better tennis than the Belgian recently. Back Sock with a +3.5 Game Handicap at 1.80 as he looks more than capable of taking a set from Goffin when they meet later.
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2015.06.01 20:21 dropshot The upcoming men's singles quarterfinals

These are the quarterfinal matchups:
Let's look at each of them.
Nadal vs. Djokovic
Coming into this year's French, Nadal had failed to win a Masters 1000 title on clay. 2004 was the last year Nadal failed to do this. He's won a title every year he's won the French, and even won twice the year he didn't win (2009).
Even so, he's had solid wins each of the first four rounds, though three of his opponents have been youths (Halys, Kuznetsov, and Sock) or at least fairly inexperienced, and Rafa has dominated Almagro in the past. Almagro is still struggling to regain his ranking which dropped due to injury taking him off-court.
Meanwhile Djokovic has won four Masters 1000 titles (Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome). Djokovic beat Nadal at Monte Carlo and has beaten Nadal 5 of the last 6 times they've played. However, the last two times Nadal has beaten Djokovic have been at Slams including last year's French Open and the 2013 US Open.
Djokovic has yet to drop a set in reaching the quarterfinals. Kokkinakis gave him the most trouble winning 12 games. Where Nadal primarily played youth, Djokovic primarily played veterans with wins over Gasquet, Muller, and Nieminen.
Despite Nadal's confidence, Djokovic will come into this match the favorite, and he'll see whether working with Becker has helped him get over a mental block he sometimes has with Nadal. Nadal will want to play long rallies against Djokovic, and get shots back, and hope Djokovic gets nervous. Djokovic will want to dominate the rallies, end the points fairly quickly, and hope Nadal makes more errors than he's accustomed to.
Nadal will probably have to go for bigger first serves, or he'll have to back off his first serve, and try to avoid giving Djokovic too many second serves to look at. Djokovic has been able to dominate opponents on their second serves. Nadal needs to hold about half his second serves if he hopes to have a chance.
Murray vs. Ferrer
There appears to be a bunch of things in Murray's favor. He leads the head-to-head 9-6. He's won 2 clay events since he got married, after having never reached a clay final. He's beaten Rafael Nadal on clay for the first time ever.
Even so, of the 15 matches they've played, 4 have been on clay, and Ferrer has won all four. Even when they don't play on clay, among the "big 4", Ferrer feels the most confident playing Murray, and gives him trouble on all surfaces, including hard courts and grass. In Murray's 4-set victory over Ferrer in the 2012 Wimbledon quarterfinals (thanks to rordan for noting the year), they played 3 tiebreaks in 4 sets with Murray winning 2 of them.
Ferrer has won as many titles on fast surfaces (12) as on clay including 2 grass titles.
Ferrer has won three matches easily, including a thumping of US Open champ, Marin Cilic. His toughest battle was a five setter against Simone Bolleli. However, he dropped only 1 game in the last two sets.
Murray had dropped two sets, one to Sousa and one to Chardy.
Murray may try to play power tennis against Ferrer, though he traditionally mixes grind and power. If he gets into a lengthy match, which is likely, he'll have less energy in the semis to face either Djokovic or Nadal. Ferrer, meanwhile, won't mind grinding because he generally doesn't expect to win a Slam.
One model for Murray's play may be Nishikori. When Nishikori has been beaten, it's been by players that are willing to hit hard against him (see Wawrinka in this year's Australian Open or Murray in his Madrid win). Nishikori has found success beating Ferrer recently, and so Murray may opt to play Ferrer like he plays Nishikori.
Murray should have a small edge, but expect a tough fight.
Wawrinka vs. Federer
After upsetting Nadal in Rome, Wawrinka was crushed by Federer in the semifinals. Federer leads the head-to-head, 16-2. Wawrinka has only beaten Federer at Monte Carlo, but he comes into the quarterfinals without dropping a set. He's only played one seeded player in Gilles Simon, but crushed him handily, so he'll enter the match fresh, as opposed to when he played Federer, and may have had an emotional letdown after beating Nadal on clay.
Wawrinka will also have an extra day to think about how he wants to play Federer. Meanwhile, Federer came off a confident four set win over Monfils after splitting sets the day before which was called due to darkness.
Federer appears to have geared this year to a serious attempt at the French Open title. He skipped Miami, and added Istanbul to his clay events, a title he won. Federer reached the Rome final losing to Djokovic, was upset at Madrid by Kyrgios, and in Monte Carlo by Gael Monfils.
I expect this match to be closer than the blowout in Rome, though I'm favoring Fed. I think Stan will make Fed work for it, so if Fed is misfiring (which happens more to Stan than Fed), then Stan will try to take advantage. Stan has learned (recently) to peak more at the Slams, even if he is more inconsistent in non-Slams.
Nishikori vs. Tsonga
If you didn't know any better, you might think Tsonga leads the head-to-head. After all, Tsonga has been ranked in the top 10 longer than Nishikori. But, no, Nishikori leads the head-to-head 4-1 dating back to a win in 2011. Nishikori has beaten Tsonga at Paris twice, alas, they were both indoors.
They've met once in a Slam, the 2012 Australian Open, in the fourth round, and Nishikori won in 5 sets.
Tsonga will have home court advantage. Nishikori has only played 3 matches to reach the quarterfinals (Becker withdrew), and has done so without dropping a set, so fatigue shouldn't be an issue. Tsonga beat Pablo Andujar in the third round in straight sets (though Andujar did play 5 sets the round before), and Berdych in four sets. Tsonga was serving well, and chasing after the ball well, while Berdych seemed off his game.
Tsonga will want to do well at his home tournament, while Nishikori seems to get a little nervous playing in Slams, so while I favor Nishikori, I think Tsonga could push him.
Conclusion
I can see nearly all matches going both ways. Based on head-to-head record, Federer over Wawrinka should be the most likely result. I think Ferrer upsetting Murray is the most likely upset, though Tsonga and Nishikori is a possibility because they've played each other so few times, and Tsonga should have home court support. Obviously, there's the fact that Nadal has only lost once at Roland Garros and tends to be mentally tough during Slams, especially at the French, so that has a potential to be exciting.
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2013.05.25 18:56 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: I'm Roger Federer, a professional tennis player from Switzerland. AMA!

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Good evening Roger, a group of fans in the tennis subreddit had already thought of some questions so hopefully you can address a couple of these. It's important to do everything in moderation. I live a really healthy lifestyle already. As an athlete I do spend a lot of time to make sure i'm eating the right things at the right time but as I get older I definitely and paying more attention to my nutrition. Sleep is always important. So is treatment.
Are you ever planning on bringing back Darth Federer? Fans love the all black night outfit. Link to 3.bp.blogspot.com. I really loved that outfit. Under the lights in NYC. All black. That was awesome. No plans yet to bring it back yet.. but we'll see.
What do you think is the biggest plus about Switzerland, besides the flag? It's one of the most beautiful countries I've ever seen. So worthwhile to visit. And the people are very accepting and genuine. I also like the fact that there are so many different languages. In such a small country, we have an incredible amount of diversity and influences from abroad. Also, great chocolate. Mountains. Cheese. Rivers. Lakes. Pretty much everything. Just move there.
What is your reaction to this? For you baseball fans out there: Strike 1.
Roger, if you had an upcoming match against a 2007 Roger Federer, what would your strategy be to win and how do you think you would fare? Well first, I hope I'm a better player today than I was back then. I feel like I'm a more complete player today. Although my game hasn't changed much, my experience would allow me fewer mistakes and the ability to deal with challenges a little bit easier.
Hey Roger, just wanted to say that I'm a huge fan of yours. One of the best things I've ever read about you has to be David Foster Wallace's piece for the NY Times. Have you ever read it? If so what did you think of the way he characterized you? I have read it. The thing that struck me is that I only spent 20min with him in the ATP office at Wimbledon, and he was able to produce such a comprehensive piece.
Did you really hit that can off that guy's head? It takes a lot of practice. Kids, I wouldn't try that at home ;)
How do you keep your hair so perfect? I really don't. I fight it every day like everybody else. But thanks.
It's always impressive to watch you do back-to-back interviews in English, German, and French; do you speak any Italian or Romansh? Are there any other languages that you would want to learn? What other sports do you play, and how often do you get a chance to play them? When I stop playing tennis, I'd love to learn how to ice skate so that I can play some hockey as it's one of my favorite sports to watch.
Dear Roger, if there was one rule of tennis you could alter, what would it be? A rule that would only let ME serve from the service line. Whenever I want. Seems fair to me :)
On a serious note: we should get some more Best of 5 set finals back (like at the ATP World Tour finals).
Hey Rog. Can I call you Rog? Yes.
Glaubst Du das Praezision i de maischte Schwizer im Bluet fliesst? Ich wuerd scho sage jo, mir sind generell so erzoge um genau und korrekt z'si. ich bi dr meinig es isch sogar e qualitaet vo uns.
Thank you Roger, I've always hoped that you would do an AMA! First, I want to congratulate you on having such a beautiful family and being an amazing family man as well as an amazing athlete. Second, what are your thoughts on restructuring the tennis season to allow for a slightly longer grass court season and possibly having a Masters 1000 event before Wimbledon? The Tour is adding a week of grass before Wimbledon starting in 2015. Who knows, maybe one day we'll have a Masters 1000. I clearly would love more tournaments on grass :)
Let's not forget 3 of the 4 grand slams used to be on grass.
What was your toughest match ever? Hewitt in Davis Cup 03. - Del Potro in Olympics 2012. - Roddick Wimbledon 09. - Nalbandian 05 World Tour Finals, final. - Rafa Wimbledon 2008. One of the great matches I've been apart of.
Hi Roger! It's unbelievable the kinds of records you've set: most weeks spent at number 1, most grand slams, and many more. My question is: at this point in your career, are there any records or achievements that you still really want? We know you're going to keep playing because you love the sport, but is there anything specific you want to achieve? Highest number of Wimbledon championships, for example? Any record is welcome. 8 Wimbledon would be great. I'd also love to win another ATP World Tour final.
And getting back to World #1.
Roger, you are one of my favourite tennis players, if not my absolute favourite ! What kind of music does a man of your calibre listen to ? It all started for me in Dance & Techno. Then i moved over to Rock. Now i'm all over the place.
What are some of your pre-match rituals? Arrive on time at the courts. Pretty crucial so I don't miss my match.
Go for lunch or dinner. A light meal (pasta, for instance)
Get my ankles taped.
Stretch.
Warm up and match time.
I am very excited that you are doing this AMA. I have been a tennis player my whole life and I even live in the same hometown as John Isner. The first match I ever saw you play on TV was against Rafael Nadal at the Nasdaq 100 Open (now the Sony Ericsson). It was an incredible 5 set win and it was the match that made me fall in love with your game. To this day, I still watch you play every chance I get. I have 5 specific questions about your game that I would very much appreciate the answers to. Thank you!!! In every picture I see of you, you are looking directly at the ball through the strings and your hitting arm is perfectly straight. No other pro in the world does this as well as you. Here is an example I put together of you doing this compared to Murray, Djokovic, and Nadal (picture album) Link to imgur.com My question is, is there a way I can copy this technique? Seeing the pictures are really interesting. funny enough I don't think consciously about looking directly at the ball, but I guess you're right. it's just habits and the way I was taught to play tennis.
Which of your grand slam titles has meant the most to you? My first one. It was a dream come true.
If you could play doubles with one player living or dead who would it be and why? My three choices would be John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg, and Rod Laver. From a historical perspective it would be really fun to play doubles with them as they are all legends.
Hey Roger! I'm a big fan of watching you play! Since players like you, Nadal, or Djokovic have all started off as young players, what advice do you have for young tennis players who have dreams of going professional? Take up Football. No just kidding.
#1 You have to enjoy what you're doing.
It's not always easy but it sure is a whole lot of fun traveling the world, meeting people, learning different cultures and playing against other great people and players. For that, you need to work really hard and play tough and fair. And learn from your losses and your disappointments and make sure you don't look back with regrets.
Federer! What are your thoughts on the decline of the one-handed backhand? Do most players play with two-handed just because it is more consistent and powerful? I would love to see more one-handed backhands but the trend is clearly going 2-handers because we see more baseline tennis.
How do you do that between the legs shot without hitting yourself in a very painful place? Nothing bad ever happened. So i'll keep doing it :)
Mr. Federer, I need help with my serve. Do you have any tips for a beginner trying to improve? Make sure you focus on your ball toss so it's always in the same place. Keep your elbow up. Just try to mirror throwing something.
Hi there! How do you deal with nerves before a match? Is there anything special, or is it all training? Or perhaps something else? Funny enough I could be more nervous about a 2nd round match than a finals match from time to time. Just because you have more doubts on certain days. Unexplainable really. But of course when the big matches roll around you have tendency to be more anxious. I don't really have any specific routines other than having my normal pre-match routine which helps me get comfortable and focused.
How much do you squat? I'm not sure actually. I'll pay attention next time.
¡Hi Roger! Someday you will come to Mexico? here are many fans who love you! please! :") Thanks Fer_Alvarez. I was there in the mid 90's for Juniors and I'd love to come back. We're actually having discussions about coming in December. Stay tuned!
How many cows do you own now? Unfortunately they both have left us :(
Yooo what are the differences between Paul Annacone and Severin Luthi's coaching? Do they give you different kinds of advice/strategy or are they on the same wavelength? (p.s. I'm willing to sell my twitter handle @goderer to you for £30m dude check it) For me it's really important that they get along.. which is definitely the case.
We have a great chemistry and they compliment each other. Paul has great experience on Tour as a player and coach, which is invaluable. And Severin has known me and my game for such a long. So the two together are a great combo.
Hey Roger just wanted to say thanks for everything you have done for the sport of tennis and I will be rooting for you at Roland Garros. Also, that new Wilson commercial turned out great! My sister said she had so much fun participating. Here is the link! Link to youtu.be. Awesome! Glad you liked it. I loved it too.
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2012.08.10 05:21 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: I was a Ballboy at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in 2011 and 2012

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How much training did you go through; what did it entail? For my first year there were 3 stages of training. The first stage involved training at school, twice a week before school - one session fitness one session ball skills (rolling and feeding). Then if we were selected out of the 50 from school (10 places) we went to wimbledon training (1000 people for 150 places or so) which was once a week mixing fitness, ball skills and court practise) these went on for three hours. After we were chosen from this stage they basically kicked out all the bad people and focussed more on us. i met tsonga nadal and djokovic umm the mens final last year and i had tsonga a few times. i delivered towels to djokovic and nadal last year in the mens final and talked to them both :) (commence fan boying)
Thanks for the reply, dude. Men's final? Sick. Yeah I know right? It was such a live atmosphere !
Mandatory question: Who's the biggest jerk and who's the nicest player? Tsonga is such a lovely guy we were having some banter on court :) i would definitely turn for him ;) also federer is such a nice guy :) ummm ferrer was a bit of a douce because he spat in his towel which he then went on to throw in the ball kid's faces.
I knew it - Ferrer is a DOUCHE !!! Ultimate douche.
I actually met Tsonga when he was at the US Open a while ago. Nicest athlete I've ever met - just a down to earth, great guy. Yeah exactly!!
Autographs? Did you get any player equipment (sweatband, a ball used etc.). Is "the catch" famous in the ball boy world? Where you nervous you would go to get a ball and fall in front of millions (what was the most nerve racking thing you had to endure)? Did they have a physical fitness test and if so what did it entail? Did you smell Federer.. does he smell good? I bet he does. No autographs as we werent allowed to ask! we each got a tin of used balls at the end of the tournament which they were selling at about 35 i think. ahaha yeah the stage is a nerve wracking one! my friend fainted on camera XD yes three hour sessions once a week for 6 months federer smells like cream of victory.
I have a question! Are you going an answer any of these questions??? Also, proof? Yeah i can answer your questions and ill put proof up after i finish my dinner!!
THIS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SOME FUCKING FOOD. Ahaha i hadnt eaten since breakfast :'(
How loud are Sharapova's grunts in person? Ridiculously loud!!
How many towels does Andy Roddick go through in one match? One - unfortunately for him!! its normally dripping by the end :@
What was the punishment if you held up play by slipping or dropping a tennis ball? Nothing just the stares of the players who look at you like youre a moron.
Seems like a pretty strict job. Was it difficult to get hired? Easy to get fired? Unbelievably strict!! everything by the book or youre out. Honestly i dont know why i went through it, probably because at its peak it was really fun but yes it was incredibly strict. No electronics in case you speak to the media. No talking outside. No anything apart from stand straight, be quick and roll straight and flat.
Who has the most annoying habits? Also, who's the most uppity player? NADAL NADAL NADAL He doesnt come off as a nice guy - he is OCD extreme! you cannot interrupt his rituals.
Next time you see him can you tell Nadal not to pick his ass so much live on tv infront of millions of viewers, he does it ALL THE TiME!! Maybe someone should invent underwear for him that doesnt crawl up his butt. Or maybe he's trying to get extra attention to his shorts which he is paid to advertise? That or he's got a very itchy butt! And yes I will tell the 2nd best player in the work exactly that next tome i see him.
Does Serenas ass really look that great in person? She is a lot more intimidating in person!!! so i didnt try and peek!
Relevant. Ahaha nah i dont even find here attractive tbh - i prefer the junior girls considering they are a lot closer to my age!
Do you enjoy balls? Who doesnt ;)
Who is your favourite tennis player? Would you trust that player, William Tell style, to stand 10m away from you and knock an apple off of your head by hitting a tennis ball at it? Tsonga and federer are my favourites. NO - although Link to www.youtube.com
What was the pay like? Umm it wasnt classified as pay because otherwise it would have been less than minimum wage!! I worked it out that it came to less than £1 per hour!! but yes we did get a 'voluntary contribution'
How do you guys deal with sitting in that crouched position through long rallies? It looks painful. Bloody hell you dont understand. One hour on one hour off crouched down for two solid weeks - it becomes very painful!!!
Have you ever been tempted to put Federer's jacket on? Yes who isnt???!?!?!?
How did you get that job? Do they look anywhere specific or is it just a standard application process? Was it volunteer work? If not, how well did pay (exact numbers not necessary)? We werent payed as such but we did receive money as a 'voluntary contribution' because it was too little of an amount to be called payment (it would class as almost slave labour if it were called payment) !! £170 for the two weeks (£10 a day plus travel expenses)
Were you there for Djokovic's matches? If so I'm jealous. No sadly :( i had him last year so kind of.
Nicest player? Worst player? Was there much snobbery? Did you get any cool goodies? Like players towels or other items? Are you actually a fan of tennis? Tsonga/ federer = best ferrer= worst snobbery in terms of what? umm yes :) got to keep all of my ralph lauren kit and got free balls, posters and some other cool stuff :) i had the british junior doubles champion (who were competing in the mens doubles) and one of them left their sweat bands down but because im not allowed to help the court coverers clear the court i had to stand there and watch somebody else pocket them :'( Yes i am a great fan of tennis and follow the slams when i can :) although there were loads of people there who werent!!
Which pro have you had the most interaction with? Do they actually acknowledge you and talk to you? Who's your favorite? Tsonga is the only one who talked to me - hes such a nice guy and a crowd pleaser!! But on the whole the players do not acknowledge you because they are so focussed on their game which I think is perfectly fine!
Are those balls hard to catch? Not with training.
Do you play tennis as well? If so, did you find that you learned more by actually being around pros than by simply practicing on your own time? Ahaha yeah i do play tennis but not competitively :) after the tournament i was SOO excited to go and play like an absolute beast because wimbledon level feels like normal after watching it for 10 hours a day for two weeks! but no it didnt help my physical game but just my mental game (choices of shots, placement etc)
Were you rooting for Murray this year? I'm assuming you're from the UK, so what was it like seeing a countryman in the Wimbledon final? Yeah the atmosphere for murrary was electric there!! i personally didnt like him before that tournament because he never showed any reason for me to like him - he was a a bit of a douche but his crying at the end kind of bucked his trend so next year im all for murray!
Did you ever want to yell Hush!!! at Sharapova? Ahaha no i wouldnt want to ruin my chances with her ;)
***** Question (madcaesar): I have a question! Are you going an answer any of these questions??? ** Also, proof? Answer (Thadderful): yeah i can answer your questions and ill put proof up after i finish my dinner!! ***** (continued below) Huh?
Have you ever worked with any BallMen? Nah the age range is 13-17.
Any players mean or rude to you? Not really!!
What tennis player was rudest to you? Nobody they were all respectful to me.
How many new balls are used in a match? Or rather, how many times is each ball re-used? One group of 6 balls is used at any one time. these 6 balls are replaced after the first 7 games and then after that 9 games (the ball change is deferred for two games for a tie break)
Have you ever wanted to throw a ball at a player while he/she serves to mess up their game? NONONO i would be kicked out!! also i have never had cause to, apart from it might be funny / to get on tv.
What is the the worst you've been treated by a tennis professional? Do any come to mind as straight up jerks? Not any that i encountered but ive heard stories - ferrer spits everywhere into his towel and expects the ballboys to handle his spit :'(
Who is the nicest female tennis player? Did you have any interactions with the tv commentators? If so, who is the nicest one? Umm i didnt have any interaction with the tv commentators - actually no Tim Henman comes down to our underground pen every year to congratulate us so him i suppose.
Nicest female tennis player was one of the juniors who was actually my age!! she was quite hot aswell actually but also very considerate of making us run :)
Shouldn't be. It's the summer holidays. The weather is nice (here at least), maybe he went outside? Or playing video games. Outside !! have to stay fit for next year!
Have you ever told a girl this hoping it would get you laid? If so, did it work? Umm no - and no.
Can you please try it and report back. Thanks. Ahaha sure - I can see the line 'im exceptionally talent with my balls' coming (ha) off pretty well :)
What's the most embarrassing screw-up you've made in your ballboy career? I haven't had that many tbh, a few slips here and there but the worst mistake I ever made was that I went to roll the ball to the base (ball bit standing up) and started to turn back to my kneeling position too early in the roll meaning that the ball bounced off my foot and across the court to the base in the other corner! I was so worried somebody saw it (ballboy staff) but I was lucky!
Did you have a chance to take part in the Olympic tournament too? No sadly i dont live in the correct borough! i would have loved to though - lots of my friends did.
Hey mate, are there going to be any answers? As a tennis player I would really like to know what Fed and Rafa are like during changeovers... The feds is a calm dude :) he didnt even take any water for like 3 whole sets once!! very calm and complacent. Rafa however is the opposite. I dont like him that much tbh - he is too fidgety and he will shout at you if you do anything to break his routines and rituals!! sorry about the delay.
In your opionion does the Higgs field theory (as in the Higgs Boson) hold enough validity to explain why objects as small as atoms hold enough energy to explain the force of nuclear explosions? Also would you care to say which upskirt view you enjoyed the most at Wimbledon? In my opinion there hasnt been enough research on the matter and we dont have enough facts to know that. Ummm myself and tsonga having banter on court or the mens final last year.
Do you plan on answering any questions? Yes.
Why do the ballboys throw 3 balls at the players and then immediately the players bounce one back? Is it in the Wimbledon regulations or something that they must throw 3? No the players ask for as many as they want but they just take all three sometimes, some take one and then ask for another if they double fault, its the player's choice.
what does RAFA shout? Vamos (come on in spanish) but it sounds like bvamos.
Hey, thanks Thadderful! I've never seen Fed drink more than a few sips between games/sets; I always wondered about that. Thanks again, mate!!! Dont worry about it :) it was ridiculous it was so hot and the other guy was practically having a bath!!
Did you have any funny slips that made it on tv? Did anyone you know? Nah i have had some slips but not on any major courts luckily enough!! the outside courts get very slippery as soon as it starts raining.
How many tennis player's balls did you fondle? Oooh too many ;)
Is this you? No but that is my friend robert from two years below - i trained him and my teacher uploaded that to youtube i thinK!
Ever met Del Potro? If so, what's he like? Nah but i saw him - he seems like a nice guy but i never met him so i cant answer fully!
Is there a hierarchy or something similar to determine which ball kids advance to the finals? Yeah definitely! In 2011 (in my experience) it was more: the better the individual the better courts you're on and therefore the better players you see! This year I found it more to be based on how good your team was so an entire team could be hindered by a vast day or a bad member. Also during training to get to the championships there is an ongoing point scoring system which is a collection of your score in various tests put together to find an overall score which is used to determine how good you are overall. Some things which would be tested are rolling accuracy over long distances (the long roll), the accuracy of rolls over short distances - hitting a can from ten feet with three attempts, the speed at which you can roll and receive (the wall bounce), your general ball skills (changing two balls between your hands as many times in 10 seconds we were getting like 30 times if you want to try!) and there were also tests on speed and ability to change direction quickly whilst handling balls (putting it down and then picking it up again on the way back etc. I hope this helped - I gave a little extra info because I'm bored and in bed but ask away of you want!
Seeing this post just reminded me: Can we get someone who washed dishes at this summer's Olympics to do an AMA? Don't know if funny or douche.
Can we have proof? And answers to questions? Yeah im getting proof now.
What's the best story you have from your time at Wimbledon? Ummm i wasnt actually on the court for the men's final last year but i went on by the players entrance 3 games in to deliver towels to djokovic and nadal into a packed centre court - it was amazng!! That or the court coverers trying to guess my name (Thaddeus) which not many people are going to guess! they went through the most ridiculous names for nearly an hour - i had to spell it out with my hand on the floor at the end!
Did you grab a lot of balls? Oooh lots!!
Did the constant rain delays bug you as much as it bugged the television viewers? No actually it was nice that it rained so much! It may not look like it but it is hard work being on court and the rain made it cooler and we also didn't have to work as much! Although we did end up passing at least a few 8 hour periods underground
Why do you have to hold the tennis balls straight up in the air before giving them to the players. It looks like referee movements, which is fine, but if it weren't on the professional stage it would just look a bit awkward don't you think? Yes very awkward!! it is supposed to look professional and if everybody does it the same way it does look good! there is no particular reason for it being straight up except thats the way we were taught!
What was the weirdest habbit/pre game routine that you saw a player do? Ummmm, Rafa is the weirdest i think, he has to have his water bottles in the correct place all the time! apart from that there are stretches and stuff, some prayers but nothing too major.
Knew a couple girls in highschool (this was before they switched back to primary and secondary schools) that got to be ballgirls at Wimbledon. Were all the ballboys/girls from the local schools or can people from other areas apply too? All local schools - its the only method of induction - check out the website if you want they have a list of schools that they take from.
How do you apply for such a position? There was an assembly at my school about it and I turned up to the training! That was it! It's only available for local schools though
Is there an upper age limit to this? 18 if youre keen but nobody does that.
Yeah 17/18 because that is the last year of school but normally people dont do it above 16.
Did you automatically get asked to work the Olympics too? No local schools were used for wimbledon however only schools from raynes park and merton got the job for the olympics.
What was the selection process like? I feel a giant game of hungry hungry hippos would be a pretty good test. Ahaha the original hunger games ;) answered elsewhere if you want to look - too long for twice.
Would you do it again? Yes if i get back in for next year, which if i do will be my last year.
So how is tiffins treating you? Haha how did you work that out? And good! Thanks for asking stalker!
Why so you bellboys and ballgirls have to act so cordial . Holding your hands in the air when passing balls etc ? Its just the way we have to work!!! it looks smart.
Who's your favourite player? Tsonga - such a nice guy and a beast on top!
How big is your ball sac, would you say? Ummm enough for three nice big tennis balls.
Why are there no Ballmen? Because they only take from schools.
On a scale from 1-handicapped, how much do your knees hurt? Fucking hell. You dont understand the pain. Two weeks of kneeling down. try it !!! they still hurt whenever i have to stand up and there were 3 inch scabs on them by the end of the two weeks.
Proof? I had it im just re uploading it
Did you have to go through a workout / training regiment before actually starting? Answered elsewhere but yes.
Have they ever considered letting you wear very thin knee pads? Say only half an inch thick so you don't look too goofy? No they are very strict about their uniform so unless they were made by ralph lauren no!
I'm sure they could pay Ralph Lauren to make some. Apparently ralph lauren PAYS THEM to be able to make their kit!!!
I never understand the concept...people decide to do AMA's, and then they split only to come back hours later to apologize and say >>I went out so that i could return to some questions but then... :D. Anyway....what do they feed you at wimbledon? What do the players eat? Do any of them have specific snacks they demand to eat while they play? We get so much crappy junk food but we get loads of it and burn off the calories so its okay!! the players eat whatever they want, i dont actually know but i would guess healthy stuff! yeah they often ask for bananas or they bring special sachets of 'juice' (legal of course)!
Advertising. Yeah exactly.
Will you answer a question? Yes.
Bone any ball girls? Nope - we all had a party on wimbledon common on the final sunday but no 'boning' for me!
Posts AMA. Doesn't answer a single question. Ahaha shit sorry - i was dragged out of the house after waiting here for half an hour! My bad everybody :(
Federer has always seemed a real gentleman to me. Yeah he is such a class act and for so long, personally i think he is the best to ever play however that is with quite a short lifespan and obviously havent seen the previous legends.
Since my knees have only just recovered. You're certainly blowing this AMA. Yeah sorry :(
She doesn't grunt during her practices, I saw her at the US open. Yeah thats true actually.
Chill out guys. It's only been an hour. He probably wants to wait for a lot of questions before he starts. Thankyou but no :( i went out XD but im here now fire away.
You should blur out your name in the proof and also the address (if it's yours). Thankyou so much! I'm on my iPod now so I can't but I'll door when get up tomorrow!
They just get to keep the kit i think.. No money aswell
Is your name alex and are you an mi6 spy. Nah not mr Rider im afraid!!! I really want to read that book again now! The book description is not much like irl which i found confusing considering horowitz went there! also its annoying alex went there and got a job without doing any training!
Ha... ball boy. So many innuendos there!
Well no questions seem to be answered. 3 of my friends were Ballboys too at Olympics this year. Sorry!!
If I had to guess, it might be because a can of tennis balls comes with 3 in it. So I guess they give them all the balls and they just throw the one they don't like back. Again, just a guess. Nah sorry mate!!
OK so I was wrong about the size of the cans. Everything else is correct though. Yeah pretty much.
Not a question, but I believe after the U.S. Open last year there was an AMA from a ballboy. If somebody could find that I think that would help a lot of basic questions. No actually there are a load of differences - firstly wimbledon is like the army compared to macdonalds (US open) in terms of strictness
I'm sorry for that douchebag Andy Roddick. Not really a question. It's just....I'm sorry. -America. Nah hes a great player and its incredible to watch him play!! but yeah.. douche.
I love it when jackasses do AMAs and then just piss off. did you let all the other ballboys snatch up the netters, too? slacker. Sorry bout that :( i did wait for quite a while - my life isnt just the computer!!
Is life as a ball boy or a ball girl anything like the stuff going on in caddy shack? Dont know what that is sorry!!
Ever taken one to the face? Nearly!!! a serve bounced off of the net post and hit the chair right next to my head!! i caught it though so i looked smooth ;)
Federer or Nadal, who's a gentleman? Someone had to ask. Let's end it once and for all, fellas. Federer is such a gentleman in my opinion compared to nadal. He just has a much more friendly and warm attitude which probably comes with years of supremacy compared to nadal who doesnt seem to hold such a nature about himself.
Do you have balls up your ass? LOLno.
PROOF MOTHERFUCKER, DO YOU HAVE IT? Yes uploading on imgur now.
Right. About 50 questions so far. What is the best amount of questions to return to the AMA to actually answer things? Or is he back in school and can't actually answer? No school here starts again on september 7th.
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2011.08.17 16:08 boobscomefromrussia Day 4 of Cincinnati Masters: Grandstand Central.

I'm going to try and make this short, cause I need to leave for the tournament soon!
Today we arrived just in time to watch world #1 Novak Djokovic practice with doubles player Zimonjic. I think Novak was just trying to get acclimated to the Cincy weather because he wasn't very social and was overall quite boring to watch (compared to earlier years).
After Djokovic, I went to Grandstand to watch John Isner vs Radek Stepanek. At the same time, Serena Williams was on Center Court, but I was too involved in Isner's match to leave. after 2 hours and 47 minutes, Stepanek won the match 7-5, 5-7, 7-6. The crowd was not too pleased, to say the least.
I headed over to court 3 to a huge crowd waiting for Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez play doubles against Serbian players Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic. Gilles Simon was just finishing up with Melzer, winning the match.
The doubles match was by far the most entertaining match I've seen to date. Not only is Rafa an intense player, but his partner Lopez is an incredibly smart doubles player. Troicki and Tipsarevic played well together also. Rafa and Marc won the match in a ten point tie break.
real quick cause I'm running out of time: saw James Blake slaughter Fognini, missed the end of sharapova's match by a hair, then saw a rematch from the US open of Federer vs del Potro, but it was less than thrilling and Federer won the match easily (although he wasn't playing at his best.)
Tonight what i'm looking forward to is Djokovic vs Harrison. stay tuned!
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