North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

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Re: North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

Post by S_K_S » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:41 am

kishash wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:09 am
Rajiv there is absolutely no reason for me to join the forum to criticize and insult Ram as that would happen if one personally knew him and had some animosity neither of which is the case with me.
Welcome to the forum and I hope you will continue to stay and post regularly as we need new faces and opinions. Some do sometimes give it both barrels to newcomers, especially when their favourite gets a spanking, but I hope that won’t put you off.

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Re: North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

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Re: North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

Post by VReddy » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:09 pm

Thank you for the highlights, Samarth.

To call out though - Ram was primarily a Futures level player (with win/loss record in challengers around ~40%) till mid-last year and its only been like 6-8 months since he has made that transition. Expecting him to make that next big jump (from 120-160 rank to 80-120 bucket) would be a bit tough when he hasn't even really established on the higher echelon Challenger level yet (established in my opinion = >60% win-loss record).

I would have generally thought that he would need 2-3 years to get used to this new standard and gradually move up to the 80-120 bucket around 24-25 age. However, his association with Casal (?) seems to be fast tracking that progression. My naive observation shows that he has already moved from non-existent backhand (apart from slice) to a weak backhand which he can use to hang-in the rally quite often but not good enough to force errors as often yet.

He has only changed his approach from the last year of playing Futures when he was in points trouble to playing Tennis in ATP events which one would think is more appropriate for Yuki (and say Ram an year or two later). Given the strong backing he seems to enjoy from both Casal / Mahesh, I hope he retains his top-160 ranking this year while playing in the more challenging events.

Also hope that he enters the Clay season sooner than later. He seems to have forgotten his point building skill in favor of a good serve/volley game over the last year (or atleast I would assume so, if all he did in the past was play in the European Clay Circuit)

Win/loss comparison (year-wise) by event category for Ram: https://www.coretennis.net/tennis-playe ... stats.html

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Re: North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

Post by S_K_S » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:00 pm

Paes/Raja vs Sock/Withrow has started. LP came back from 15-40 in their 1st service game to hold.

http://live.livewidget.net/streamvideo1 ... 95172.html

3-5 one break of Raja's serve. Haven't had a look in on their serve so far.

3-6 not able to get their returns going at all.

0-1 LP broken to 30 on a DF. 3 screaming return winners from the Americans to set up the break points.

1-4 LP broken to 30. Winners again from the Americans and a df from LP. Just no magic today. Both have been very flat.

2-4 finally break Withrow to 30 with some good all round play

2-5 Purav broken to love. Americans have served better and returned better.

[R1] Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) lost to Jack Sock (USA)/ Jackson Withrow (USA) 3-6, 2-6

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Re: North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

Post by jaydeep » Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:55 pm

Divij-Scott started with a good win against Sitak-Koolhof.

At $622K Delray Beach Open 2018, Florida, USA

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Scott Lipsky (USA) bt Wesley Koolhof (NED)/ Artem Sitak (NZL) 76(3) 62

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Re: North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

Post by Varma » Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:17 pm

Irrespective of who he is playing with, Divij has pretty consistent of late.

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Re: North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

Post by bujilover » Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:21 pm

Wow! That's an impressive win against a team that has had more experience playing together. Go Divij!!! :goodluck:

Up next, it's either the 3rd seeds McLachlan/Nys or Treat Huey/Steve Johnson. I fancy the latter's chances more in this R1 match.

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Re: North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

Post by jaydeep » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:16 am

Next, they r facing 3rd seed Japnese-French pair.

At $622K Delray Beach Open 2018, Florida, USA

[QF] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Scott Lipsky (USA) vs (3) Ben McLachlan (JPN)/ Hugo Nys (FRA)

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Re: North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

Post by jaydeep » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:43 am

Divij-Scott lost in the match tie-break against third seeds after winning the first set.

At $622K Delray Beach Open 2018, Florida, USA

[QF] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Scott Lipsky (USA) l (3) Ben McLachlan (JPN)/ Hugo Nys (FRA) 63 36 5-10

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Re: North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

Post by bujilover » Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:03 am

This week, Jeevan and Purav Raja are partnering together (first time?) in Indian Wells at the big $150K+H challenger.

Seeded 4th, they will be up against youngsters T Fritz and R Opelka (6’11”).

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Re: North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

Post by bujilover » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:16 am

Indian Wells $150K+H Challenger

R1 Jeevan Neduncheziyan/Purav Raja 6-2 7-6 [W] Taylor Fritz/ Reily Opelka

Great start. They play Liam Broady/Matt Reid next in the QF. :goodluck:

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Re: North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

Post by sameerph » Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:05 pm

Jeevan and Purav lost in the quarter final.

At $150K+H Indian Wells Challenger 2018, USA

[QF] (4) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l. Liam Broady (GBR)/ Matt Reid (AUS) 36 46

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Re: North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

Post by PKBasu » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:26 am

The Indian Wells Masters begins today with the qualifiers. There are 12 slots (in a draw of 96) available to qualifiers, so Yuki will definitely be seeded in the qualifiers (he is 10th on the entry list). RamK will also be in the qualifying rounds at this Masters event.

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Re: North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

Post by sameerph » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:58 pm

Looks like the mens qualifying will only start on Tuesday. There will be 24 seeds in qualies. Yuki likely to be among top 12 seeds and RamK among 13-24 seeds. Hope they get a good draw.

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Re: North American ATP tournaments Feb-March 2018

Post by PKBasu » Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:21 pm

Strange that they don’t announce the qualifying draw until a few hours before the matches start.
If the women’s qualifying draw is anything to go by, there are 48 slots in qualifying, and announcing 24 seeds eliminates the possibility of seeds meeting each other in Q1. Barring accidents, Yuki should have a good chance of qualifying, and RamK will need one upset victory to qualify.
12 qualifiers will each take one of the 64 slots in R1, with 32 players getting byes to R2. This offers a fairly good opportunity for qualifiers to win a round in the main draw too.

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