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TCU's Czech signees have cached themselves in Piestany, Slovakia this week and Tadeas and Tomas have finally decided to team up in doubles together and they will be playing tomorrow in the opening round.  In singles, Tadeas (ATP# 657 - seeded 5th) will be playing fellow Czech Marek Jaloviek (ATP #744) and Tomas will be facing Marko Miladinovic.  Piestany is known for its spa (with outdoor pools), which Beethoven and various Kaisers frequented and its museums.

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You belong in the punitentiary, Jared. 🙄

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Alex Rybakov and Reese Stalder are in the Futures tournament in Iowa City this week. Reese lost in the qualifying tournament and didn't make the main draw. Alex is in the main draw and easily defeated Jacob Dunbar (Richmond) 1 and 2. Reese and Alex are both competing in the doubles tournament with non-Frog partners.

 

Our Czech commits won their first-round doubles match to deposit themselves into the next round. Their singles matches are scheduled for tomorrow.

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Tadeas and Tomas will be looking to extend their credit in the singles portion of the Piestany tourney tomorrow - Tadeas already has 2 matches scheduled (weirdly) against Ivan Kosec (a Slovak) and Jalosevic (a Czech).  Tomas will be playing Miladinovic.

 

Alastair Gray was at the Hall of Fame in Newport on the grass this week, but he lost in his Round of 32 match to Kamil Majchrzak (ATP#102 - from Poland) 3 and 4 today.  If he had won, he would have played the top seed - John Isner tomorrow.  Our Boston-area correspondent was assigned to cover this tourney, but we have yet to see his typical comprehensive up close and personal reports.

 

Jacob Fearnley, TCU's Scottish commit, played in the Wimbledon juniors last week  - he lost in the Round of 64 in singles, but made it to the quarters in doubles; teaming with fellow Brit Connor Thomson, who is a UNC-Charlotte commit.

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Instead of playing Kosec, Tadeas instead played Burhan Pavel, a fellow Czech, and won 2 and 4, and thereby received a substantial return on investment at the Piestany tourney - he'll now face Vlad Melnic and then will play Jaloviec (but it's been changed so many times that I have my doubts).  Tomas lost 3-6, 7-5, 1-6 to Miladinovic.  Their next doubles match is scheduled for Friday.  Rybo's doubles match (he's teaming with former Gator Sekou Bangoura) will be later today in Iowa City.

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Rybo and Bangoura advanced to the quarters in doubles tomorrow in Iowa City and will now face Ian Dempster and Korey Lovett (UCF).  In singles, Alex is also into the quarters where he will face Josh Peck (Canada; UNC; ATP #640).

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Rybo just beat Peck 3 and 4 to advance to the quarters in Iowa City.  His doubles match in the quarters will be in a few hours.

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Rybo and Bangoura got past Dempster and Lovett, 7-5, 4-6, 10-7, and face Brits Jack Findel-Hawkins (North Florida) and Mark Whitehouse (Imperial College London) tomorrow. Alex's singles opponent will be Preston Touliatos (Tennessee). 

 

Tadeas Paroulek lost to Melnic today and the drawsheet shows that the opponent of the doubles tandem of Paroulek and Jirousek advanced via walkover, so we've run out of Czechs in Piestany. 

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Touliatos is the Vol that ruthlessly defeated Reese Stalder in the qualies without any compunction, so hopefully Rybo will get some revenge in a few minutes to advance to the semis.

 

Alex leads 5-2 in the opening set.

5-3.  Up a break, Rybo will serve for the set.

Alex takes the first set 6-3!

 

He gets the early break in the 2nd!  1-0!

2-0!

2-1

3-1

4-1!  Another break!  Looking good!

5-1.  Alex holds at love.  Only a matter of time now.

 

Alex Rybakov advances to the semis in Iowa City with a 3 and 2 W over Touliatos!  This is big for Alex because, previously, he has been playing Challengers almost exclusively, but hasn't done so well in them.  So, he's effectively been relegated back to the Futures circuit.  Which he once again is doing well in.  This will help his ranking (currently #479) and his ability to qualify for Challengers.  It'd be great if he could finish with titles in both singles and doubles.

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Rybo's semi-final match against Aziz Dougaz (ATP #573), a Tunisian who played for Florida State, will begin shortly.  He and Bangoura lost last night 2 and 2 in the doubles semi-finals.

 

1-1.  They've started and it looks pretty evenly matched so far.

2-1. Rybo (serving first) holds in a tight game.

2-all.  Alex gets a break point but doesn't convert.

3-2.  Rybo holds fairly easily.

5-3.  Alex gets a break!

5-4. Dougaz breaks back.

5-all.  All square in this tight match.

6-5.  Whew!  Alex holds after falling behind.

6-all.  Into a breaker.

Alex takes the breaker!!  7-4!  On to the 2nd set! 

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That first set took over an hour.  Hopefully, Rybo can take the 2nd in the humidity in Iowa City.  Dougaz will serve first.

 

0-1.  Dougaz not giving up as he holds at love.

1-2.  This set will be tight too.

2-all.

2-3.  Still on serve.

3-all.

YES!!  4-3!  Alex breaks at love and takes the lead!

5-3!

6-3!  Rybo breaks again and takes the match 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to advance to the finals at Iowa City!  He'll play the winner of the other semi between John McNally and Axel Geller tomorrow for the title.

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Alex will be taking on John McNally at 10:00 for the Iowa City title.  McNally beat the defending champ  - Axel Geller - yesterday; he's a current Ohio State Buckeye and has an ATP ranking of #489.

 

And we're off!  Rybo serving first.

1-0.  Good start.

1-all.  Seems pretty even (between #479 and #489).

2-1.  Rybo holds at love.

2-all.  And McNally holds at love.

3-all.  Rybo gets a break point but doesn't convert.

4-3.  Still on serve.

4-all.

5-4.

6-all.  Into a breaker!

5-all in the breaker.  It couldn't be tighter.

YESSSS!  Rybo takes the 1st set breaker 7-5!!!  On to the 2nd set with the lead!

 

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1-2 in the 2nd set.  McNally is serving first.

2-all.  Rybakovsky holds at love.

3-all.  Another tight one.

3-4.  The Buckeye hold easily again.

4-all.  Whew!  Alex survives 2 break points.

4-5.

5-all.  The tension is high.  Zero breaks so far in the match.

5-6.

:(:o:angry:!  Rybo broken and loses the 2nd set 5-7.  On to the 3rd between the Frogs and the Buckeyes for the title!

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McNally will serve first again in the 3rd.  C'mon Alex!!

1-all.

2-all.  Alex holds at love.

2-3.  Rybo had 2 breaks but didn't convert.

3-all.

3-4.  Unfortunately, the match is nearly 3 hours long so far and I have to go (maybe someone else can update on the final).

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7 hours ago, PurpleDawg said:

Wooooo!!

 

Fantastic!!  7-3 in the 3rd set breaker!  That's actually his 4th ITF Futures title, but his first this season.  And it's really key because he had done so poorly at Winnetka in his last Challenger and so he grinded it out every day since and dropped down to the Futures level this week and got another championship.  My strategy of not badgering him with inane fanboy/stalker gibberish after he was so down last week appears to have paid off.  Now, he'll protect his ATP ranking and be more likely to qualify for Challengers - which pay more than the $3600 he earned today. 

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Cam Norrie is playing Australian Jordan Thompson in the Atlanta Open right now. Cam took the first set 7-6 (3), but just dropped the second set 4-6. Thompson has an ATP ranking of 43, which is his career high, and he's the tournament 7-seed. Cam's ranking has slipped to 54. Thompson knocked Norrie out of the Miami Open back in March. 

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Yeah, I was following that but didn't do a post because I have to leave shortly and can't watch the finish.  It's 2-all in the 3rd now for the Camster.  Thompson got two early breaks, but Cam just broke back again to even it.  3-2 now as Cam holds for the first time this set.

 

4-2!!  Cam gets his 3rd straight break of the set!

5-2!  Cam holds at love!

5-3.  Cam will serve for the Round of 16.  By the way, it's live on the Tennis Channel!

Cam takes it!!  He's teaming with Taylor Fritz in doubles.  Last year, he made the semis in singles here.

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The Tennis Channel just interviewed him - he said he saw a little kid with a Horned Frog shirt and said Go Frogs!  And then he threw a tennis ball to the kid with the purple shirt on.

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Fresh off his championship at Iowa City, Alex Rybakov has made a quick trip to Binghamton, New York, for the Challenger tourney there.  Play was washed out today due to rain, but Rybo is currently scheduled to face Bernardo Saraiva in the opening round tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. (CDT).  Binghamton, of course, is the Challenger that Cam Norrie won in 2017 (over Jordan Thompson, who he beat today in Hotlanta) and Thompson also was a finalist last year.  Saraiva is Portugeese and played at USF (the University of San Francisco) - he's a doubles specialist and has only achieved a career high in singles of ATP#694 and is currently unranked.  Despite Rybo's title, his ranking has slipped to #537.  Moving immediately back up to the Challenger level is risky, but if he plays like he did in Iowa, it could pay off.  

 

Tadeas Paroulek lost today 3 and 1 in a qualie match in Prague.  Tomas Jirousek went to Pels (Austria) instead and is scheduled to face David Szintai in an opening round match either tomorrow or Wednesday

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Rybo's match against the Don will (supposedly) be starting shortly in Binghamton.

 

And they're off!  Rybo serving first - 1-all.

2-1.  Alexandrovich holds.

2-all.

3-2.  Barely.

3-all.  Alex gets his first break point but doesn't convert.

4-3.  Rybakovsky holds at love.

6-all.  Into a breaker!

4-all in the breaker.

5-all in the breaker.

6-all in the breaker.  Rybo saves a set point.

7-all in the breaker.  Rybo has a set point but doesn't convert.

:angry::o:(.  Rybo falls 7-9 in the 1st set breaker!  Damn!

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On to the 2nd set, trailing...

 

0-1. Saraiva serving first.  Alex just can't buy a break.

1-all.  C'mon Rybo!

YESSS!!!  2-1!!  Alex gets a break!

3-1!  An energized Alexandrovich holds at love!

4-1!!  Another break for the Frog!

5-1.  Another easy hold.  Saraiva may be cheesing to get to the 3rd set - it's a strategy that doesn't always work.

6-1!!  All square as Alex gets his 3rd break of the set and match.  On to the deciding set!  Rybo will serve first.  The 2nd set only took 23 minutes.

 

1-0 in the 3rd!  Rybo holds at love!

1-all.

2-1!

3-2.  Still on serve.

4-2!!!!!!  Another break for Rybakovsky!

5-2!  Another love hold.  Someone, by the name of Alex Rybakov, has taken control of this match!

5-3.  Rybo will serve for the match.

 

Rybo advances to the Round of 16 at Binghamton with a 6-7 (7-9), 6-1, 6-1 W over Saraiva.  And W in any Challenger is a good W for Alex!

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Cam has just started his Round of 16 match against Soon Woo Kwon (ATP#117) on the Tennis Channel.  No real need for constant updates as everyone can just watch it.  Lots of TCU references from the commentators.  Facu is wearing a TCU shirt.

 

Cam now leads 5-2 in the first set.

Make that 6-3 as Cam takes the first set in 33 minutes.

 

Cam advances 3 and 4.  More Frog references in the interview with Cam after the match.

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