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Uh, speaking of long 5th sets, it's de ja vu all over again at Wimbledon as Isner (a Norrie victim earlier this Spring) and Anderson are at 22-all in the 5th set now.  Joker and Rafa aren't going to finish today (and may not even start).

 

Anderson finally wins 26-24.

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Congratulations to our second wildcard recipient Alex Rybakov! @AlexRybakov27 has had a hot summer winning @ITF_Tennis   Futures events at Buffalo and Rochester and ranking as high as 6th this past season. @TCUMensTennis #LGTChallenger #USTAProCircuit #Tennis #Binghamton #NewYork

7:13 PM - 13 Jul 2018

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20 hours ago, FractalFrog said:

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Congratulations to our second wildcard recipient Alex Rybakov! @AlexRybakov27 has had a hot summer winning @ITF_Tennis   Futures events at Buffalo and Rochester and ranking as high as 6th this past season. @TCUMensTennis #LGTChallenger #USTAProCircuit #Tennis #Binghamton #NewYork

7:13 PM - 13 Jul 2018

This will be good for Alex in that he won't have to win 3 qualies.  Of course, the defending champion at Binghamton is Cameron Norrie - I doubt if he'll be back to defend his title, but maybe Rybo will keep the title in TCU's hands.  (Joker takes Wimbledon).

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7 minutes ago, Boston Frog said:

Unfortunate timing for that match 

 

 

Would have been funny if the 3 Lions had made the WC Final to see empty stands at Centre Court for the men's final.  The powers-that-be at the All-England were pretty full of themselves - they wouldnt even let TVs on site be tuned to the soccer matches.  They had 3 years to re-schedule the final so overlapping would not have been a potential problem.  But noooo........Even BBC1 was ready to bump Wimbledon.

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What other college sports fan board has not only an active, dedicated tennis thread, but TWO, count 'em, TWO highly skilled and knowledgeable correspondents covering the sport, ladies and gentlemen? Let's hear it for Jared and FractalFrog! 👏

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11 hours ago, FractalFrog said:

Nick Chappell upset Petros Chyrsochos to reach the singles quarterfinals in the Futures tournament in Iowa City, and he and partner Alec Adamson have made it to the doubles final.

That's a huge W for Nick and a good sign that his singles game is improving.  Chrysochos was seeded 4th.  He's got Brit Lloyd Glasspool (seeded 6th) today in the quarters at 11:00 a.m. in Iowa City.

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Chappell v. Glasspool is underway in the quarters at Iowa City.  Nick lost the first set 4-6, but currently leads 4-3 in the 2nd set (on serve).  The doubles final is scheduled for later today.

 

4-all.

5-4.  Nick holds at love.

5-all.  Glasspool holds at love.

6-all.  Into a tie-break.  Nick needs this.

Chappell falls 4-6, 6-7 (3-7).  (sigh).  Hopefully, he and Alec Adamson will win the doubles title over Felix Corwin and Matic Spec.

 

And they did!  Chappell and Adamson won the doubles final 2-6, 6-2 and then 10-6 in the super breaker and take the title in Iowa!

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This week Cam Norrie will return to action in Atlanta on hard courts - he's scheduled to play #60 Tunisian Malik Jaziri tomorrow in the main draw of the ATP250 event.  Alex Rybakov will be at the Binghamton Challenger and he also starts tomorrow and will be facing #352 Israeli Edan Leshem in the first round of the main draw.  And Nick Chappell is listed as an entrant at the Champaign Futures tourney although I don't know who he'll be playing as yet or when.  Trevor Johnson, Reese Stalder and Jerry Lopez  might be there too but I didn't see their names on the acceptance list.

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Norrie v. Jaziri is underway and Cam just won the first set 7-5 after coming back from being a break down on the grandstand court at Atlanta.

 

1-0 as Cam gets an early break in the 2nd set.

3-0!  Up two breaks!

4-0.  Looking good.

5-0.

 

The Camster advances to the Round of 16 7-5, 6-0 in Hotlanta!

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Alex Rybakov's match against Leshem at Binghamton has been delayed until tomorrow, but you can vote for him for Big12 Athlete of the Year at the Big12 site or on twitter if you want.  Faker Mayfield is probably the favorite, but there's still time to bring home the W for Rybo.

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17 hours ago, Jared said:

but you can vote for him for Big12 Athlete of the Year at the Big12 site or on twitter if you want.

Their twitter link goes nowhere. I've asked them to fix it and will post here when/if they do.

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3 hours ago, PurpleDawg said:

Their twitter link goes nowhere. I've asked them to fix it and will post here when/if they do.

The voting window apparently has expired, so I don't think they're gonna fix it.

 

Rybo v. Leshem was suspended because of rain with Alex trailing 4-6, 2-1 at Binghamton.  Cam Norrie is scheduled to play against Jeremy Chardy in singles and, with Taylor Fritz, against Joe Salisbury and Jonathan Erlich in doubles later today in Atlanta.

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Norrie/Fritz beat Salisbury/Erlich 3 and 4, so they're into the quarters in doubles at Atlanta.  Norrie v. 6th-seeded Chardy is listed as TBD so I'm guessing it'll be tomorrow.  Rybakovsky's match is still suspended, but there are others scheduled, so maybe it'll start up again today - we'll see.  

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Alex lost to Leshem in the first round at Binghamton 4 and 3 - moving up to the Challenger level is better competition, but he isn't having nearly as much success as on the Futures circuit.  But Cam Norrie did that and he's now at the ATP level and he won today over Jeremy Chardy at Atlanta today to advance to the quarters 5-7, 6-4,  6-4.  And he and Fritz are playing in doubles right now and it's 6-3, 0-1 over Raja/Skupski in the quarters.  Cam will next face 2nd seeded Nick Krygios tomorrow night in singles.  Meanwhile, in Champaign, Nick Chappell lost in the Round of 32 to Sebastien Boltz.  But in doubles, Nick and Julien Bradley made it to the semis but lost today 6-2, 3-6, 8-10 to Perez/Emhardt.  Another good doubles performance from Nick.

 

Cam's still alive in both singles and doubles - this could be his best performance yet in an ATP 250 event, which is part of the U.S. Open Series.

 

Oops-well, not alive in doubles as Norrie/Fritz fall 6-3, 1-6, 9-11.

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Check it out!  Cam Norrie beat Krygios 7-5, 3-0 (retired) in the quarters tonight at Atlanta and is now into the semis of an ATP-level event for the 2nd time in his young career (he previously did it at Lyon).  He'll face 8th seeded Ryan Harrison tomorrow night at 6:00 pm. - Harrison has an ATP ranking of #53 and has won 1 ATP-level event in his career.  He also was coached by David Roditi back when Roditi was with the USTA's West region before he became TCU's coach.  It'll be a tough match for Cam to win - Harrison beat #3 seed Hyeon Cheng 6-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) in a 3-set thriller today.

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Sadly, although Cam started out strong and won the first set tonight 6-2, Harrison came back to take the match by winning the next two sets 3 and 2.  So, Cam made his 2nd ATP-level semi but couldn't make it to the finals.  Still, though, it was a good tourney for Norrie.  But most of the top pros were in Hamburg this week and haven't yet crossed the pond to begin competing in the U.S. Open series.  So Cam's chances at D.C. this week and in later weeks at Cincinnati and other Open prelims will be more difficult to succeed.  Nonetheless, he should continue rising in the ATP rankings - prior to Atlanta, he was at #75. 

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Not wasting any time, Alex Rybakov is already in action at his next Challenger event - he beat Julian Bradley (another Irishman) yesterday 1 and 3 in a first round qualie in Lexington and is currently playing ex-Northwestern star Strong Kirchheimer.  He lost the first set 4-6, but is up 4-3 in the 2nd set.  If he wins this, he'll still have another qualie to win to make the main draw (no wild card this week like at Binghamton last week).

 

4-all.  I'm still not sold on Rybo moving up exclusively to the Challenger level.  (I like it when he wins the Futures tourneys).

4-5.  Alex is broken in a looong game.

5-all!  Rybo breaks back!

6-5!

7-5!!  Alex breaks again and takes the 2nd set!

 

1-0.  Into the third w/ a hold.

3-all.  The third set is tight.

4-3.  Still even on serve.

5-3!  Alex gets the key break and will serve for the match!

6-3!  Rybo serves it out at love and advances to a third round qualie!  4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

 

He'll face South African Ruan Roelofse in tomorrow's 3rd round qualie.

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Instead of going to D.C., where most of the top players are this week, Cam and Facundo decided to go to the Los Cabos Open in Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of Baja for this week's tourney.  Norrie is scheduled to play qualifier Prajnesh Gunneswaran, a 28-year-old Indian who has an ATP ranking of #177 in the first round, probably tomorrow.  Cam is now #74 and will be favored.  If he had just beaten Harrison, he would have been facing Isner in the Atlanta final today.

 

Alex's 3rd qualie match against Roelofse (South African #153) at Lexington is about to start.  If Rybo (#523) can win, it'd be a big upset.

 

After some brief rain, they've started and it's 3-2, even on serve.

3-all.

4-3.

5-4.

6-5.

7-5.  Alex gets the break and wins the first set!

 

1-0 in the 2nd.

3-2.

Rybo takes the match 7-5, 7-6!!  He's into the main draw at Lexington!

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