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Norrie v. Clarke has started and Cam took the first set 6-4!  This is important in the internecine British tennis world - Cam needs to maintain his position in the hierarchy over the upstart.

 

1-1 in the 2nd.

2-1!!  Cam gets the early break!!

2-all (sigh).  Clarke breaks back.

3-all.

4-3!  Cam breaks again!

5-3.

6-3!  Cam gets his 3rd break of the set and wins 4 and 3.  He's in to the quarters at the last pre-Wimbledon tune-up!

 

In the quarters, Norrie will face Slovakian Lucas Lacko (ATP #95), who upset top-seeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

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That's disappointing.  Still, making the quarters in an ATP250 event right before Wimbledon is a good sign for Cam.  Hopefully, he'll get a good draw and win a few rounds there in his 2nd-ever attempt.

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The Wimbledon draw was announced and Cam Norrie will be playing Aljaz Bedene (pronounced Bed-a-nay), a Slovenian who is ranked #71 and has won 5 Futures titles and 14 Challenger titles in his career.  Bedene was naturalized as a U.K. citizen and played as such from 2011 to 2014, but he now plays again as a Slovenian (and has received a lot of criticism for changing nationalities).  He's good on grass (and Cam isn't yet) so I'd say this is not a good draw and Bedene will be favored heavily.  Last year, in Cam's first Wimbledon, he lost to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga - hopefully, he'll do better this year.  If, perchance, he advances, it'll probably be Pablo Carreno-Busta next and then Isner.  Cam is now ranked #79 after making the quarters at Eastbourne.  The match will be at 5:30 a.m. (CDT) on Monday morning.

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30 minutes ago, Jared said:

Norrie v. Bedene at Wimbledon has been delayed and probably won't even start until tomorrow.  If it is started today late, it probably won't finish until tomorrow.

 

The Wimbledon scoreboard on ESPN has Norrie up 2-1 in the 1st set.  Did they start and stop?

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3 minutes ago, Lyle Lanley II said:

 

The Wimbledon scoreboard on ESPN has Norrie up 2-1 in the 1st set.  Did they start and stop?

They just started.  Maybe they'll get it in - it's 6:15 p.m. there, and with the late sun, it won't get dark until 8:30 or so.

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5-4 as Cam holds!  It's on Court 14 and available on the ESPN+ app.  (But ESPN is mostly showing Wavro v. Dmitrov on Centre Court).

The Camster gets the break and takes the first set 6-4!!

 

2-all in the 2nd.

3-2.  Cam is playing well.  (Meanwhile, Wawrinka is upsetting Dmitrov - and Dmitrov is the top seed in Cam's bracket).

3-all.  Cam had 2 break chances but couldn't convert.

Wavro beats Dmitrov (the #6 seed).

3-4.  Cam gets broken.  (sigh).

But Cam breaks back!  4-all!

5-4.

5-all.

5-6. Cam falls behind 15-40, saves one break point, but not the next.

6-all!  Cam breaks back again!  Into a tie-break!

Bedene evens the match by taking the breaker 7-4.  One set apiece.

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Shadows start to become a factor as the 3rd set commences.  0-1.

Norrie and Bedene hold serve continuously.  4-all in the 3rd. 

4-5.

5-all as Cam barely holds.

5-6.  The pressure is on.

6-all as Cam holds easily.  Into a 3rd set breaker.

The BBC is showing Norrie-Bedene on the big screen on Norrie Hill (formerly Henman Hill, then Murray Hill).

But Cam falls 4-7 (again) in the breaker.  Bedene now leads 2 sets to 1.

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Into the 4th set.  They should get this one in easily before darkness, but if Cam can win it, it'll be iffy if they can finish a 5-setter.

Cam gets the break in the opening game!  1-0!  He needed that.  (Nope - Cam was serving.  My bad).

Not too many matches still playing - maybe ESPN will switch to Norrie-Bedene (like on Norrie Hill).

Major delay - not sure why.

2-1 now.

2-all.  Still even on serve.  This has been an even match - Norrie (#79) and Bedene (#71) is probably why.

2-3.  Cam is broken and things are looking bleak.

2-4.  Cam loses at love.

3-4.

3-5.  The fat lady is warming up.  Cam needs to hold and then break.

4-5.  Cam holds but he desperately needs a break.

Cam falls 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-7 (4-7), 4-6 and loses in the first round (again) at Wimbledon.  Tough loss.  But he won his first set ever there and the grass season is now over for him and he's much better on hard courts.

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Meanwhile, Alex Rybakov apparently decided to skip the Pittsburgh tourney but his ATP ranking has now jumped up to #488 in singles, a career high. Trevor Johnson made the quarters at Tulsa in singles and the finals in doubles and his ATP rankings are now #929 in singles and #878 in doubles.  Trevor is into the main draw at Wichita and won't have to qualify this week.  Reese Stalder is also at Wichita and has won his first two qualies and is scheduled to play Pierce Rollins later today.  Nick Chappell hasn't played since Calgary, but his rankings are now #981 in singles and #506 in doubles.  And Jerry Lopez played at Kelowna (in Canada) and lost his first round in both singles and doubles.  His rankings are now #753 and #1274.  Neither Alastair Gray nor Bertus Kruger have played as yet this summer - they're both still recovering from their injuries. 

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Reese Stalder beat Rollins yesterday 6-3, 7-6 and advanced to the main draw at the Wichita Futures tourney - Reese keeps winning his qualies but hasn't won any main draw matches as yet.  Today or tomorrow, he'll face Isaiah Strode in the opening round (of 32).  Also at Wichita, Trevor Johnson won this morning 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in his opening round match against 8th seeded Evan Zhu and has advanced to the Round of 16.  In doubles, though, Trevor and his partner Alexander Cozbinov are getting killed by the Boyer Brothers (Toby and Dusty).  Like Rybo, Stalder's choice of doubles partner is questionable - last week, in Tulsa, Reese teamed with Will Little, a notorious Baylor player.  Little dumped him though this week (or maybe it was the other way round) and Reese isn't playing doubles at Wichita.

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Reese Stalder is currently playing Isaiah Strode at Wichita on Court 4 and trails 4-5 in the first set.  He really needs to win at least one match in the main draw to earn his first ever ATP points and achieve a ranking.   

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YESSS!!  The Red Widow upset Strode 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 and has won a round in a main draw of an ATP tourney and will now be ranked for the first time ever!  He's won 8 straight sets and 4 straight matches and both he and The Trevor will be in the Round of 16 tomorrow in Wichita.  Stalder will play ex-Virginia Cavalier Collin Altamirano and Trevor will play Brit Ryan Peniston (both scheduled for 10:30 a.m.).

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Unfortunately, The Trevor is losing to Peniston (not sure how it's pronounced), a Brit who plays for Memphis 2-6, 2-5 and seems likely to fall, but the Red Widow currently is upsetting the Cav Altamirano 6-3, 1-0, which would qualify for a major upset if he could win.

 

Trevor falls to Peniston 2-6, 2-6, but Reese is now up 6-3, 2-0 on Altamirano.

3-0!  Reese goes up 2 breaks!  Welcome to the ATP rankings Mr. Stalder!

4-0!  The Red Widow is rolling!

5-1.

Wow!  Playing the best tennis of his life, Reese Stalder blasts his way (3 and 1) into the quarters at Wichita!  That's 5 straight match W's and 10 straight set W's!!  Not sure who he plays next, but Vuks and Andy Harris are still in it.  This is the tourney that the Camster won just 3 years ago.  Could Reese duplicate that feat and add to the list of Frog winners this summer?

 

I just looked it up - a chance for Frog revenge as Reese will face Peniston tomorrow.

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For some reason, all of the other quarters were played this morning, but the Stalder-Peniston match wasn't scheduled until tonight.  Reese won the first game, but has lost the next 7 and trails 1-6, 0-1.  Not looking good.

 

Stalder falls in the quarters 1 and 3.  But making the quarters ensures that he'll get an ATP point or two and this means that he's started on his pro career.  They say that the  "first points are always the hardest."  He probably doesn't have enough to avoid 3 qualie rounds at most Futures tourneys but he's on his way.

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I was googling Alex Rybakov earlier this morning because I was wondering what he was up to having skipped the Pittsburgh Futures tourney after two consecutive Futures titles in Buffalo and Rochester and I was stunned to find out that he had entered the Winnetka Challenger (Winnetka is a suburb of Chicago and only about 11 miles away from my home) and, not only that, he was scheduled to play at 11:20 this morning on Centre Court against Osgar O'Hoisin, an Irishman who plays #4 for the Wisconsin Badgers.  So, I immediately hopped on my bike and made it to the Nielson Tennis Center just as the first match was ending, and, lo and behold, Rybo then walked on to the court, all decked out in purple.  And he proceeded to wallop O'Hoisin 3 and 3 and advance to the third round of qualies at the 27th annual Winnetka Challenger, the only pro tourney in the Chicagoland area.  He served great and was never in danger of being broken and he broke Osgar 3 times and cruised.  If you've ever seen Rybo play, his natural tendency is just to whale on the ball every single shot - he sure could use a nasty top spin lob to add to his arsenal, and he occasionally just whales on it so hard it just sails 8 feet out.  But otherwise, he played great.  He needs to win tomorrow to make the main draw.

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Unfortunately, Alex lost today to Aziz Dougaz, a Tunisian who plays for the FSU Seminoles 6-7, 4-6.  So, I won't be going back to Winnetka for any matches (the qualies were free to the public, but it would have been at least $20 to go to any of the main draw matches).  Still, it was fun to actually see him play live yesterday.  But he was far too into his tennis and talking with his pro buddies to pay any attention to his "fan".  Like Cam, success at the Futures level has only whetted his appetite for playing at higher levels - I'm guessing that he'll try more Challengers this summer.

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23 minutes ago, Boston Frog said:

That's kind of uncool. How many fans does he have? 

Well, he wasn't uncool about it - he just didn't wander over to the gate where we "fans" were hanging out.  Instead, after his W, he stayed on court and talked to other players and then hit a few balls in doubles with some of them.  And then, he just headed to the locker room.  By contrast, Osgar (the guy he beat) came over and gabbed a while with his numerous Wisconsin fans.  Perhaps Alex just didn't know that there was a TCU fan there too.  The crowd (about 100 or so) were mostly Big10 fans (primarily Northwestern plus a dozen or so Badgers) and had been generally for O'Hoisin throughout the match, so from Rybo's perspective, he was in hostile territory.  But Rybo (as Roditi has said) is usually very business-like about his tennis; unlike Cam and others, he doesn't check out the crowd and play to it, he's dialed in and very focused about what he's doing.  It's like the difference between Lee Trevino (always talking to everyone) and Jack Nicklaus (stares straight ahead and very focused on his game) on a golf course.  Don't read anything into it; I didn't.

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Norrie lost to Bedene in the first round in singles, but in doubles he teamed with Jay Clarke, and they made it to the Round of 64 before, a few days ago, losing in an epic match 4-6, 7-6(7-5), 7-5, 4-6, and 20-22 in the fifth set.  No tie-breaks in the 5th set at Wimbledon.

 

(And speaking of long 5th sets, Federer just lost 6-2, 7-6, 6-7, 4-6, 11-13 to South African Kevin Anderson (who played at Illinois) in the quarters.)

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