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Aug 09, 2021, 02:34

A much stronger field than participated in the Washington Open  with the following players seeded and only strarting to play on Wednesday:-


1   Danill Medvedev                             T
2   Rafael Nadal                                    B
3   Stefanos Tsitsipas                            B
4   Andrey Rublev                                 T
5   Denis Shapovalov                            T
6   Casper Ruud                                     B
7   Hubert Hurkacz                                T
8   Diego Schwrtzman                           B
9   Felix Augur-Aliassime                     B
10  Robert Bautista-Agut                      B
11  Gael Monfils                                   T
12  Alec de Minaur                               T
13  Christian Garin                               T
14  Giorgi Dimitrov                              B
15  Aslan karatsev                                B
16  Jonathan Sinner                              T

T indicates Top Half of the Draw -    B  indicates Bottom Half of the Draw  

In the meantime it must be noted that of the Top 10 ranked players  Djokovic, Berretini, Thiem   and Federer have  not played in neither the Washington Open nor the Canadian Open - but is likely to play in   Cincinatti next week - the last series before the US Open.     Federer at 48 and Thiem is also  in the race to play in the  EOY tournament  in November are totally out of contention for qualification.    Another bad result in the next three weeks and Nadal will also be out, especially if either Ruud, Shapovalov, Hurkacz and Karatsev  do well in the upcoming series.             
 
Sinner just won in the Washington Open - if that tournament is taken into account he would have been higher in the seedings.    I will give the breakdown of opponents 
 on Wednesday. 

I was looking at the betting in most of the Round 1 matches and even the bookmakers with rare exceptions do not know who will win in Round  1  with the odds being more or less level on most matches.   

Aug 09, 2021, 03:18

Round 2   Match Ups

Top Half of the Draw

1    Daniel Medvedev                       vs           Alexander Bublik

16  Jannik  Sinner                            vs           James Duckworth

12   Alec de  Minaur                         vs           Nikoloz Basikashvili

7    Hubert Hurkacz                          vs           Kei Nishikori

4    Andrey Rublev                           vs           Fabio Fognini

13  Christian Garin                         vs            John Isner

11   Gael Monfils                             vs            John Millman

5    Denis  Shapovalov                    vs            Frances Tiafoe

Bottom Half of the Draw

6    Casper Ruud                              vs           Marin Cilic

9    Felix Auger-Aliassime              vs           Dusan Lajovic

15   Aslan Karatsev                        vs            Karen Khashanov

3    Stefanos  Tsitsipas                   vs            Ugo Humbert

8    Diego   Schwartzman              vs            Bernard Paire

10   Roberto Bautista-Agut           vs            Tommy Paul

14  Giorgi  Dimitrov                     vs             Reilly Opelka

2   Rafael Nadal                            vs             Lloyd  Harris 

Last week in Washington Harris caused a huge upset by beating Nadal in Round 2 and this week Nadal is playing Harris again in Toronto.    No big surprise expected this week.              

                

    

Aug 09, 2021, 07:05

Seeded players remaining after round 2

1   Danill Medvedev                             
2   Rafael Nadal                                    
3   Stefanos Tsitsipas                            
4   Andrey Rublev
5   Denis Shapovalov                            
6   Casper Ruud                                     
7   Hubert Hurkacz                                
8   Diego Schwrtzman                           
9   Felix Augur-Aliassime                     
10  Roberto Bautista-Agut                      
11  Gael Monfils                                   
12  Alec de Minaur                               
13  Christian Garin                          
14  Giorgi Dimitrov                              
15  Aslan Karatsev                                
16  Jannik  Sinner

Nadal is out due to a foot injury and will not play in Cincinnati a well.   Of the rest 7 of the seeded players  went out in Round 2 - namely those seeded in 5, 9 and 12 to 16 positions.   In round 3 there are only 2 seeded players facing each other and those are  Schwartzman and Bautista-Agut.   I give Schwartzman a very small chance of beating Bautista-Agut.     .     .                                      

Aug 10, 2021, 21:09

Round 2    Match Ups

Top Half of the Draw

1    Daniel Medvedev                       vs           

16  Jannik  Sinner                            vs           James Duckworth

12   Alec de  Minaur                         vs           Nikoloz Basikashvili

7    Hubert Hurkacz                          vs           Kei Nishikori

4    Andrey Rublev                           vs           Fabio Fognini

13  Christian Garin                         vs            John Isner

11   Gael Monfils                             vs            John Millman

5    Denis  Shapovalov                    vs            Frances Tiafoe

Bottom Half of the Draw

6    Casper Ruud                              vs           

9    Felix Auger-Aliassime              vs           Dusan Lajovic

15   Aslan Karatsev                        vs            Karen Khachanov

3    Stefanos  Tsitsipas                   vs            

8    Diego   Schwartzman              vs            Bernard Paire

10   Roberto Bautista-Agut           vs            Tommy Paul

Reilly Opelka                                vs             Lloyd  Harris

Will update this as results come in/


Aug 10, 2021, 21:09

Round 3   Match Ups

Top Half of the Draw

1    Daniel Medvedev                       vs           James Duckworth

7    Hubert Hurkacz                          vs             Nikoloz basilashvili

4    Andrey Rublev                           vs             John Isner

11   Gael Monfils                             vs            Frances Tiafoe

Bottom Half of the Draw

6    Casper Ruud                              vs           Dusan Lajovic

3    Stefanos  Tsitsipas                   vs            Karen Khachanov  

8    Diego   Schwartzman              vs            10   Roberto Bautista-Agut

Reilly Opelka                                 vs            Lloyd  Harris

It is difficult to give an indication as to expected performances in this round.   Some observations may be in order:-

*     Medvedev was unpredictable  in clay course matches and on grass.    Opens tadium hard courses are a different proposition and he may in this csse be the favorite.

*     Hurkacz is also rather unpredictable - but he should Basilashvil.

*     Rublev is a toss-up, but hard courts are his favorite surfaceand he may his hands full with the hardserving Isner.    

*   /Ruud to my mind is the hot favorite  to win in this amtch

*    Tsitsipas should win

*     I think Bautista-Agiut has far too many tricks for Dimitrov

*     Opelka and Harris is another toss-up - I hope Harris beats him 

Aug 10, 2021, 21:10

Race to EOY Championship in Turin 

1      Novak Djokovic                              7 130

2      Stefanos   Tsitsipas                          4 660

3      Matteo Berrettini                             3 505

4      Andrey Rublev                                 3 250

5      Alexander Tserev                              3 195

6      Danill Medvedev                              3 020

7      Rafael Nadal                                     2 985

8      Caspar Ruud                                     2 270

9     Hubert Hurkacz                                 2 190

10    Jannik Sinner                                    2 020                                     

11    Alan Karatsev                                   1 785

12   Denis Shapavalov                              1 635

At this stage two of the players who were in the 2020 event in London  are out of the list of players who will not be participating in Turin  - namely   Dominic Thiem and Diego  Schwarzman - are out of contention iro 2021,

The participation of Nadal is under serious threat from the no 8 to 12 position on the log at present  - even though he is at present no 7 of the list of 8 players that will participate in the 2021 event.   However, in view of his rather dubious performance record Nadal may opt out of participation in the Turin event, where last year he was the number 2 seeded player and in the end he and Djokovic - the number 1 seed  - were both out of the series in the semi-finals. 

The fact ois that Djokovic also withdrew from the Cincinnati  tournament.   He behaved so badly last year in that tounament that he was banned from playing in the US Open.   He also misbehaved badly after losing to Sverev in the Olympic Games  Final - so that shows a poor reaction to losing matches and may account for his absence from the Cincinnati tournament.    

I will update the player list  as the season continues.   

    

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Aug 12, 2021, 16:01

Quarterfinal Match-ups

Round 3   Match Ups

Top Half of the Draw

1    Daniel Medvedev                       vs           James Duckworth

7    Hubert Hurkacz                          vs           Nikoloz basilashvili

 4   Andrey Rublev                             vs           John Isner

11   Gael Monfils                             vs              Frances Tiafoe

Bottom Half of the Draw

6    Casper Ruud                              vs           Dusan Lajovic

3    Stefanos  Tsitsipas                   vs            Karen Khachanov  

8    Diego   Schwartzman                 vs          10   Roberto Bautista-Agut

Reilly Opelka                                  vs            Lloyd  Harris


Will be updated as results come in


Aug 12, 2021, 16:01

Quarterfinal Match-ups

Top Half of the Draw

1    Daniel Medvedev                       vs           7    Hubert Hurkacz

11   Gael Monfils                             vs            John Isner

Bottom Half of the Draw

3    Stefanos  Tsitsipas                   vs             6    Casper Ruud

10   Roberto  Bautista -Agut         vs              Reilly Opelka


Will be updated as results come in


Aug 12, 2021, 19:34

Ol Maaik I'm a Russian fan and nearly as bias as you...come on Ruskies ...come on Daniel and Andrey.

Aug 13, 2021, 19:45

Semifinals match upsuarterfinal Match-ups

1    Daniel Medvedev                     vs           John Isner

Bottom Half of the Draw

3    Stefanos  Tsitsipas                   vs              Reilly Opelka


Aug 15, 2021, 00:22

Final Match up

1    Danill Medvedev     vs       Reilly Opelka

Aug 16, 2021, 03:52

Medvedev played one of the best matches in the final against Opelka  I have ever seen him playing - same as what happened in the semi-final against John Insler.  He won in the semi 6-2 and  6-2 and in the final against  Kopelka  6-4,   6-3.

 
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