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Guys, so Chennai Open is history and bere is a new begining to our only Indian ATP event. The tournament will now be played in Pune starting January 1st.

 

The line up this year looks amazing

 

Check the names. US Open finalist along with the former US Open Champion Marin Cilic will be two of the top seeds.

 

Here is the list of all the overseas players who are coming. Along with Cilic and Anderson, we are going to also get Giles Simon, Bautista Agut and the giant Ivo Karlovic.

 

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This is a brilliant time for Indian tennis. Our youngsters Sumit Nagal, Yuki Bhambr are looking in fine touch. Sumit Nagal in oarticular just beat Yuki who is a top 100 player himself and beat Monfils recently. That along with another younngster Ramkumar make up a great trio of three top India mens tennis players who are all top 75 caliber. So this will be good tournament where lot of Indians might get a wildcard. 

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1 hour ago, kumar713 said:

Disappointed that chennai open is no more :sad: 

Was planning to go this year actually :sad: 

I know it is disappointing for people over there, but we got to do what we got to do to improve and attract more people to ATP Indian tournaments. I hope this is astart of a big era. Lets hope. The line up isn’t bad at all.

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Wawrinka always turned up in Chennai if my memory serves me correct, why doesn't he come to India these days :hitler:? Line up isn't that great as it was in Chennai in the past years (Cilic is no Nadal/Stan) but it is tough when you have Doha ($$$) and Brisbane (same country : AO) taking place at the same time. Hope the Indians do well. 

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On 12/8/2017 at 12:24 AM, Gollum said:

Wawrinka always turned up in Chennai if my memory serves me correct, why doesn't he come to India these days :hitler:? Line up isn't that great as it was in Chennai in the past years (Cilic is no Nadal/Stan) but it is tough when you have Doha ($$$) and Brisbane (same country : AO) taking place at the same time. Hope the Indians do well. 

Stan is injured. Not sure he will play any tournaments before AO.

This lineup is not bad.

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On 12/7/2017 at 1:39 PM, Gollum said:

Wawrinka always turned up in Chennai if my memory serves me correct, why doesn't he come to India these days :hitler:? Line up isn't that great as it was in Chennai in the past years (Cilic is no Nadal/Stan) but it is tough when you have Doha ($$$) and Brisbane (same country : AO) taking place at the same time. Hope the Indians do well. 

Yes, he skipped this time. Last year he skipped because of injury. 

 

However the list is still  good with Cilic coming and Anderson.

 

 

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On 11/24/2017 at 8:37 PM, Cricketics said:

so Chennai Open is history

its the same tournament re-branded. There was a good run in Chennai..highlight must be getting Rafael nadal as top seen in 2008. And Somdev playing the final..good run off to bigger and better now..best of luck Maharashtra.

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53 minutes ago, Vilander said:

its the same tournament re-branded. There was a good run in Chennai..highlight must be getting Rafael nadal as top seen in 2008. And Somdev playing the final..good run off to bigger and better now..best of luck Maharashtra.

Good thing is that the Chennai Open location will continue to have the challenger tournament. It hosted one this year few weeks after Maharashtra Open.

 

Challenger tournaments are really important and lot of Indian players can play and earn cheap important points and play against top 100 ATP level players.

 

We need more such Challengers in India.

 

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On 3/13/2018 at 7:56 PM, Cricketics said:

Bhambri vs Querrey going on. After getting broken early and down 0-2, Bhambri broke back twice and is ahead 4-3 in the first set.

 

 

 

Watched the Bhambri match against Querrey on TV, he has to improve his serve to get some free points, otherwise every point for him is a battle. But I like his groundstrokes and movement. He always had a great backhand, but in the last two years his Forehand has become very strong.

 

We will be at the Miami open this weekend. Hope to see him there, most likely in the second round against Sock. I wish it was someone else, as this match most likely will be in the Stadium. If scheduled in any other courts or even in the Grandstand, we can have a closer look.

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25 minutes ago, eternalhope said:

 

Watched the Bhambri match against Querrey on TV, he has to improve his serve to get some free points, otherwise every point for him is a battle. But I like his groundstrokes and movement. He always had a great backhand, but in the last two years his Forehand has become very strong.

 

We will be at the Miami open this weekend. Hope to see him there, most likely in the second round against Sock. I wish it was someone else, as this match most likely will be in the Stadium. If scheduled in any other courts or even in the Grandstand, we can have a closer look.

Bhambri beat Sock in juniors not once but numerous times,  just like he did beat Lucas Puille earlier in his career and whom he beat again in Indian wells last week, so I am sure playing against Sock will bring Bhambri some good old memory and confidence.

 

But Bhambri first has a tough first round against Mirza Basic whom he has lost to earlier.  Mirza Basic has had some good top 100 wins but then also lost some games to much lower ranked opponents. Basic is one of those guys who is unpredictable on his day. 

 

Also Bhambri was supposed to play Delbonis but Delbonis retired out of the tournament so Basic got the Lucky loser spot.

 

 

Bhambri I fee will beat Jack Sock if he can beat Basic. If he beats both Basic and Sock, he might meet last week Indian Wells Semi finalist - Borna Coric in the third round.

 

Exciting draw dor bBhambri

 

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4 hours ago, Cricketics said:

Bhambri beat Sock in juniors not once but numerous times,  just like he did beat Lucas Puille earlier in his career and whom he beat again in Indian wells last week, so I am sure playing against Sock will bring Bhambri some good old memory and confidence.

 

But Bhambri first has a tough first round against Mirza Basic whom he has lost to earlier.  Mirza Basic has had some good top 100 wins but then also lost some games to much lower ranked opponents. Basic is one of those guys who is unpredictable on his day. 

 

Also Bhambri was supposed to play Delbonis but Delbonis retired out of the tournament so Basic got the Lucky loser spot.

 

 

Bhambri I fee will beat Jack Sock if he can beat Basic. If he beats both Basic and Sock, he might meet last week Indian Wells Semi finalist - Borna Coric in the third round.

 

Exciting draw dor bBhambri

 

I am not talking whether Bhambri will beat Sock or not. Actually I have a feeling with the terrible form Sock is in and how well Yuki is playing he has a very good chance. 

 

I was talking about where the match is going to staged, I am hoping for a non-stadium match as then we will be able to see the match from close. If in the stadium, with our tickets, we will be watching from a good 70 meters away. But with Sock being the marquee Home player, usually they give him the show courts.

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6 minutes ago, eternalhope said:

I am not talking whether Bhambri will beat Sock or not. Actually I have a feeling with the terrible form Sock is in and how well Yuki is playing he has a very good chance. 

 

I was talking about where the match is going to staged, I am hoping for a non-stadium match as then we will be able to see the match from close. If in the stadium, with our tickets, we will be watching from a good 70 meters away. But with Sock being the marquee Home player, usually they give him the show courts.

I think Ladies in Miami get preference for the main stadium usually and with Federer, Djoker, Wawrinka all here, they will take up mostly other main stadium games. Querrey too might get preference more than Sock in the stadium since he did well last week and Del Potro, just my guess. So you will be able to watch up close the Sock vs Bhambri game on outer court hopefully.

 

Lets hope Bhambri wins first round tomorrow.

 

 

 

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36 minutes ago, Cricketics said:

I think Ladies in Miami get preference for the main stadium usually and with Federer, Djoker, Wawrinka all here, they will take up mostly other main stadium games. Querrey too might get preference more than Sock in the stadium since he did well last week and Del Potro, just my guess. So you will be able to watch up close the Sock vs Bhambri game on outer court hopefully.

 

Lets hope Bhambri wins first round tomorrow.

 

 

 

Hope what you say happens. Praying for a Bhambri first round win.

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On 3/21/2018 at 3:52 PM, Cricketics said:

I think Ladies in Miami get preference for the main stadium usually and with Federer, Djoker, Wawrinka all here, they will take up mostly other main stadium games. Querrey too might get preference more than Sock in the stadium since he did well last week and Del Potro, just my guess. So you will be able to watch up close the Sock vs Bhambri game on outer court hopefully.

 

Lets hope Bhambri wins first round tomorrow.

 

 

 

 Bhambri just won his first round. Played really good. Watched the match live.

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49 minutes ago, eternalhope said:

 Bhambri just won his first round. Played really good. Watched the match live.

Ya man, get ready. Bhambri goes into game against Jack Sock having won 3 games in 4  days. As long as he remains fit, he should beat Sock as Bhambri has more confidence right now than Sock.

 

 

I just hope he stays injury free.

 

Most likely the game will be day after tomorrow since in ATP 1000 tournament like this one, earlier rounds allow one day rest usually. Schedule for tomorrow will be updated soon. 

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5 hours ago, Cricketics said:

Ya man, get ready. Bhambri goes into game against Jack Sock having won 3 games in 4  days. As long as he remains fit, he should beat Sock as Bhambri has more confidence right now than Sock.

 

 

I just hope he stays injury free.

 

Most likely the game will be day after tomorrow since in ATP 1000 tournament like this one, earlier rounds allow one day rest usually. Schedule for tomorrow will be updated soon. 

I will be there Friday and Saturday.  bhambri will be playing Saturday.

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Extremely happy to see how badly Djokovic is playing. He's very lucky he's not the same age as Federer. In 2012 when Federer was as old as Djokovic now, he was booting peak Djokovic from slams and giving him bagels on HC....imagine what he would do to the current version.

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On 3/23/2018 at 6:56 PM, Dil Dil India said:

Extremely happy to see how badly Djokovic is playing. He's very lucky he's not the same age as Federer. In 2012 when Federer was as old as Djokovic now, he was booting peak Djokovic from slams and giving him bagels on HC....imagine what he would do to the current version.

I am not extremely happy. Of course I want Federer to be abead in the race but I do want the competitive Murray and Djoker hunting for titles too so that it pushes other young players arpund also.

 

Though I am surely enjoying Del Potro and many others like Querrey, Anderson doing well.

 

We need different top finishers surely as thats great for the game.

 

I want to see now David Goffin do well. Poor guy whenever he looks good, he gets involved in some freak injuries.

 

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Saw the match live from very close. Kokkinakis upped his level after he settled down his initial nerves. He started playing fearless tennis. The stadium was rooting for Fed, but started appreciating the Aussie as the match progressed. Good to see new players coming up. 

 

Two other matches we saw also ended in tie-breaks, Zverev and Tiafoe scraped thru.

 

Bhambri's match was a disappointment, he made too many errors. His serve was very poor, 107mph was his highest speed with most of them sub 100. Sock played equally bad, but the firepower took him thru.

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On 3/26/2018 at 9:46 AM, eternalhope said:

Saw the match live from very close. Kokkinakis upped his level after he settled down his initial nerves. He started playing fearless tennis. The stadium was rooting for Fed, but started appreciating the Aussie as the match progressed. Good to see new players coming up. 

 

Two other matches we saw also ended in tie-breaks, Zverev and Tiafoe scraped thru.

 

Bhambri's match was a disappointment, he made too many errors. His serve was very poor, 107mph was his highest speed with most of them sub 100. Sock played equally bad, but the firepower took him thru.

WTF that is WTA level or even worse. A few years back I saw the legends event and old man JMac was serving 110mph+  consistently. 

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5 hours ago, Gollum said:

WTF that is WTA level or even worse. A few years back I saw the legends event and old man JMac was serving 110mph+  consistently. 

He has a very good game - groundies, volleys and movement are pretty good. He is also very brainy and knows how to move the ball to keep his opponent guessing, but it is a pity with all these pluses, he is always playing catch-up because of his serve.

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Brilliant finish to last ever Miami tournament at Key Biscayne, the tournament moves to new venue next year in Miami.

 

I am happy for John Isner. He has been the best server in the game for a while. I dare say that had it been a five setter, Zverev would have won, due to more complete game, but Isner covered the court well and he served excellent this tournament. Wasn’t broken through out the tournament or something. Truly the best server in the game.

 

His first ATP 1000 title at the age of 32 after toiling hard on the ATP tour for so many years.

 Well done

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42 minutes ago, Cricketics said:

Brilliant finish to last ever Miami tournament at Key Biscayne, the tournament moves to new venue next year in Miami.

 

I am happy for John Isner. He has been the best server in the game for a while. I dare say that had it been a five setter, Zverev would have won, due to more complete game, but Isner covered the court well and he served excellent this tournament. Wasn’t broken through out the tournament or something. Truly the best server in the game.

 

His first ATP 1000 title at the age of 32 after toiling hard on the ATP tour for so many years.

 Well done

Though the new stadium is much more closer to us, nothing can beat key biscane. It’s so scenic with water all round.

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8 minutes ago, eternalhope said:

Though the new stadium is much more closer to us, nothing can beat key biscane. It’s so scenic with water all round.

I agree, however there had been plenty of complaints about the traffic and stuff. I liked this venue and it saw some great games. I remember Roddick winning here. One of my best memories from this tournament.

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2 hours ago, Cricketics said:

Brilliant finish to last ever Miami tournament at Key Biscayne, the tournament moves to new venue next year in Miami.

 

I am happy for John Isner. He has been the best server in the game for a while. I dare say that had it been a five setter, Zverev would have won, due to more complete game, but Isner covered the court well and he served excellent this tournament. Wasn’t broken through out the tournament or something. Truly the best server in the game.

 

His first ATP 1000 title at the age of 32 after toiling hard on the ATP tour for so many years.

 Well done

I saw isners match against vesely late in the evening in the grandstand. He was struggling, had to go out in between to be seen by the Physio and somehow scraped thru. After that match he started playing better but the day matches helped him quite a bit with the sun beating down which makes his serve even more potent. To his credit he also started playing fearless tennis taking more chances from his forehand side and pulling them off. Zverev should have pulled him wide more on the forehand corner and then make Isner hit his backhand on the run where he is vulnerable. I thought he missed a trick there and his FH meltdown started which is the wing which breaks down first when he feels the pressure.

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On 4/29/2018 at 12:26 AM, Gollum said:

Nadal on clay is God, without prime Nole no interest the coming 2 months, Clay God will sweep MC-Barca-Madrid-Rome-RG for the 1st time in his career.

Nole with his current form can't challenge Nadal on clay.

 

Only the so called GOAT who skips clay regularly to avoid getting beatdown can:phehe: 

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11 minutes ago, kumar713 said:

Nole with his current form can't challenge Nadal on clay.

 

Only the so called GOAT who skips clay regularly to avoid getting beatdown can:phehe: 

Fed is 37 years old and doesn't owe anybody anything, I am glad he is making smart scheduling decisions to prolong his career and maximize his chances in SW19-US HC swing. But even peak Fed would have been beaten by this Nadal (but won a set here and there unlike current era mugs) who btw is playing his best clay court tennis since 2012. Only peak Nole had a prayer against Clay GOAT but he is more into vegan crap, love and peace these days.

 

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Finally! Thiem you beauty. Clay season has become interesting now. Though Rafa's level has dropped due to fatigue but Thiem has played well in the last two matches. Easily the 2nd best Clay courter. On his way to a maiden masters title. Deserves one on Clay. He's the only player after djokovic and Gaudio to win more than 2 matches against nadal on clay

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Guys this year’s ATP Washington has been one of the best tournaments with comebacks from WAwrinka and Murray(who eventually retired just for precautionary reasons).

 

Two next gen players have reached the finals - De Minaur and Zverev. The aussie DeMinaur beat another next gen in Rublev to reach the finals.  It should be a brilliant finals today between Zverev and De Minaur. Try to watch this one.

 

 

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4 hours ago, Gollum said:

Cincy final tonight. 1st Djokerer meeting since 2016 AO SF, no matter who wins I will be pleased but come on Fed :cheer:

Either Nole is going to be the 1st man to win all Masters 1000 titles, or Fed is going to even the H2H.

Nope.

A certain chap called Ivan Lendl already is the first man to win all masters 1000 titles. He doesn't 'technically' hold the title because they were called Grand Prix (wtf, right ?) in the 80s. 

But format was still the same as pre-2007:  9 tournaments ( back then Monte Carlo was also a mandatory one) and Bo3 rounds with Bo5 finals.

 

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**** fest by Fed :((, congrats Nole on this historic achievement.....truly a champion player.

 

Based on what I have seen in Rogers Cup and Cincy, Nadal is the clear favorite and Nole is 2nd best bet. Draw will have to open up very kindly for Fed to make a deep run there, his ground game is non existent, his ROS is horrendous. 

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It seems we are finally seeing the permanent decline of Federer. I hope I'm wrong but this is not just a phase anymore. He's 37 now and he cannot evade father time forever no matter how long and consistent a career he has had. He's been showing signs since Canada last year and now this year he's been losing to players he shouldn't have been. 2017 federer would've won against this version of djokovic in straights. He can still be in the top 10 and have a few odd runs based on draws but his days of winning major titles and beating top players are gone. Again I hope I'm wrong.

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Djokovic has gone deep into Federer's head, huge mental block for the Swiss. Moreover he is unable to handle Nole's depth of shots, even with reduced power. Nole's GOAT ROS too nullifies Fed's servebotting to a great extent. I can't see Fed ever prevailing over Nole in a BO5 match, someone else has to take out the Serb if Fed is to add to his tally. I like both of them, whilst Fed may retire with the majors record IMHO Nole has it in him to retire as the true GOAT. Privileged to have followed the greatest (men's) tennis era of all time.

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