American hardcourt Challengers 2017

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Re: American hardcourt Challengers 2017

Post by jaydeep » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:32 am

Lee-Purav started with a comfortable straight-sets win over American pair ... Next, they r facing British pair.

At $75K Knoxville Challenger 2017, USA

[R1] (1) Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt Kevin King (USA)/ Bradley Klahn (USA) 62 64

[QF] (1) Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Liam Broady (GBR)/ Marcus Willis (GBR)

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Re: American hardcourt Challengers 2017

Post by S_K_S » Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:06 pm

Good win but another tough one in the next round. Let's hope Willis's serve is having an off day.

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Re: American hardcourt Challengers 2017

Post by prasen9 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:41 am

jaydeep wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:32 am
At $75K Knoxville Challenger 2017, Japan
Needs fixing :-) Then, you can delete this post.

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Re: American hardcourt Challengers 2017

Post by jaydeep » Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:54 am

prasen9 wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:41 am
jaydeep wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:32 am
At $75K Knoxville Challenger 2017, Japan
Needs fixing :-) Then, you can delete this post.
Ha ha ... :rofl:

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Re: American hardcourt Challengers 2017

Post by jaydeep » Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:57 am

Another good win by Lee-Purav against a solid British pair ... Next, they r facing 3rd seed pair Roelofse-Salisbury.

At $75K Knoxville Challenger 2017, USA

[QF] (1) Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt Liam Broady (GBR)/ Marcus Willis (GBR) 60 75

[SF] (1) Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (3) Ruan Roelofse (RSA)/ Joe Salisbury (GBR)

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Re: American hardcourt Challengers 2017

Post by S_K_S » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:14 am

Wow a bagel! Way to go guys. Good win.

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Re: American hardcourt Challengers 2017

Post by S_K_S » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:17 pm

Live on the ATP feed. 6-6 in the 1st set.

7-6(4) a df at 3-3 and a volley into the net at 6-4 give us the set

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Re: American hardcourt Challengers 2017

Post by S_K_S » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:57 pm

Leander Paes/Purav "The" Raja def Ruan Roelofse/Joe Sailsbury 7-6(4), 6-3

Great match by our guys. Flawless, aggressive tennis that didn't give the other guys a look in.

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Re: American hardcourt Challengers 2017

Post by PKBasu » Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:41 am

Just as some here began to call for LP to retire (why?), he takes his new partner to a Challenger doubles final...

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Re: American hardcourt Challengers 2017

Post by prasen9 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:53 am

With that win the king of the east will be getting back to around #62. If he wins the final, he will get back to #60. It is important for him to move his ranking up into the top-50. As it is for Leander.

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Re: American hardcourt Challengers 2017

Post by S_K_S » Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:29 am

Day off for our guys. Final is on Sunday.

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Re: American hardcourt Challengers 2017

Post by S_K_S » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:07 pm

7-6(4) to our guys. Come on, let's get the title.

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Re: American hardcourt Challengers 2017

Post by jayakris » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:34 pm

7-6(4) 43 on serve in the second, after a trade of breaks to 0-2 and 2-2.

Wow, 3 match points saved by the other guys from 15-40 at 6-5 to send it to an TB (one mistake from LP but 2 good points from the other guys)

Okay, our guys went up two minis to 5-1, gave one back and won it on their 5th match point with a winner from LP. 76(4) 76(4). Congrats!!

I was glad to see a superb dive shot from Leander, after a long time (man, at age 44, he is still doing that!) at one of the championship points. Purav had such a steady game. He may have made just 2 or 3 mistakes in the whole match, except for 3 double faults. LP had three aces. He seems to hit the ball harder these days than he used to. But LP was mistake-prone here and there. Anyway, pretty good quality doubles on display in the match.

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Re: American hardcourt Challengers 2017

Post by Saniapower » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:35 pm

Congrats. Leander Paes loves the game.

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Re: American hardcourt Challengers 2017

Post by S_K_S » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:44 pm

Didn't play as well as they did in the semi but that's understandable considering the pressure of the final and the better quality opponents. Our guys played really well on the break points against but otherwise it was a close match as the score suggests. Purav's net play was excellent and he seemed to get into the head of the opponents with his put aways and towards the end of the match his returns were outstanding. The one to get a break for 6-5 in the 2nd set will live in the memory as it was a superb serve down the middle but Purav hit a screamer back. All in my living room were shouting after that return. Leander's volleys were excellent and he was diving around like a man in his 20's. Serves were very good. Only downside was probably a few missed forehands but that would be nit picking.

Overall an excellent win. Let's hope this pair get into the ATP tournaments soon because that's where they belong.

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