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Now, attention switches to Binghamton  where Alex is taking on Sergiy Stakhovsky (ATP#144) in a few minutes.  No Tennis Channel on this one. 

 

3-0!  Despite being a heavy underdog, Alex jumps out to an early lead.  Sometimes, winning begets winning.

3-all.  Ouch.  Sometimes, losing begets losing.

4-3.  Stakhovsky is Ukranian, he's 33, he's 6' 4",with a career high of #31, and he's known for beating Federer at the 2013 Wimbledon.

4-all.

5-4.  For some reason, SofaScore isn't showing the in-game scoring (sigh).

6-all.  Into a breaker!

YESSS!  Rybo takes the breaker 7-6!

 

1-all in the 2nd.

2-all.

3-all.  Another even set.  Which is a good sign for Rybo given Stakhovsky's ranking.

4-all.

Rybo falls 4-6 in the 2nd.

 

But Rybo wins the 3rd set and takes the match 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 in a huge upset!!  He advances to the quarters and opens up the draw because Stakhovsky was seeded high (3rd).  Stacko double faulted the match away in the final set breaker.

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Alex's next opponent will be Joao Magalhaes Hued de Menezes, a Brazilian with an ATP ranking of 238, so it'd be another huge upset if Rybo could pull it out (I think yesterday's W over Stacko was Alex's biggest W ever in terms of ranking).  Menezes had to play an earlier match this morning to advance to the Round of 16, beating Luke Saville 4 and 3, so maybe he'll be a little tired (though I doubt it). 

 

Cam gets a day off in singles in Atlanta - he'll play tomorrow against Alexei Popyrin (Australia; ATP# 95).  Cam and Taylor Fritz lost in doubles yesterday in the quarters against Krajicek and Inglot.

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Unfortunately, Rybakov lost to Menezes 6-7, 3-6 at Binghamton and is out of the tourney.  Nonetheless, it was a good tournament for Rybo, winning 2 rounds in a Challenger, including his biggest career upset.

 

Norrie v. Popyrin will be tomorrow in Atlanta.

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The Norrie Channel (er, the Tennis Channel) will be showing Cam v. Popyrin in a few minutes in the quarters at Atlanta.

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Cam beat Popyrin 7-5, 6-4 and has advanced to the semi-finals at Atlanta for the 2nd consecutive year.  And he did it not playing very well, which had a lot to do with Popyrin's great shots but inconsistent play.  He'll face his doubles partner for the week - Taylor Fritz - an up-and-coming American who skipped college and is ranked 32nd (Cam is currently 54th).  It'll be covered on the Norrie Channel at 6:00 p.m. (CDT).

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Cam lost to Fritz 1-6, 6-3, 3-6 in the semis at Atlanta last night and, once again, his Atlanta experience ends in the semis.  That's still a good result for him, but it would have been good to see him in a final.  He's headed immediately to Los Cabos where he's teaming with Jerry Lopez (o Gerardo Lopez Villasenor si prefiere espanol) in doubles and they're already scheduled to face Diego Schwartzman and Guido Pella tomorrow in the opening round.  Cam's singles match has yet to be scheduled.  Even if he was playing the finals today in Atlanta, Cam would still have been playing tomorrow in Los Cabos, so at least it's an easier commute.

 

Alex Rybakov has headed to Lexington for the Challenger there and he's scheduled to play Evan Hoyt (ATP# 517) in the opening round there tomorrow as well.  Hoyt is a Mexican-born Welsh player, who, like Cam, plays for Great Britain. 

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Alastair Gray and Jacob Fearnley are at the ITF tournament in Roehampton. Both are in the qualifying tournament. Ali will face Michael Shaw later today, and Jacob is playing Barnaby Smith (texas a&m) now. Jacob won the first set 6-4, but is down a break at 4-5 in the second. 

 

Jacob won his match 6-4, 4-6, 10-6, in an upset of the qualifier 7-seed. He needs one more win to reach the main draw.

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Ali beat Shaw 1 and 2 at Roehampton and he's scheduled to play another match today against Romain Bauvy (France) in a few minutes.  In doubles, Gray is teaming with his close friend Ewan Moore, who plays at Tulane and they'll play their first match tomorrow.

 

Alex Rybakov has just started against Evan Hoyt at Lexington and he currently trails 2-4 in the first set.

Rybo falls 2-6 in the first set.  Not a good start.

Following his Binghamton performance, Alex has advanced to ATP# 465 - Hoyt is at #512.

 

YESS!!  Rybo wins the 2nd set in a breaker 7-6!  And Alastair has started in England and he currently trails 3-4 in the 1st set against Bauvy.

It's like a TCU team match except they're in Lexington and Roehampton.  Rybo 2-6, 7-6, 0-1, Ali 4-all in the 1st as he breaks back at love! 

Rybo 1-all in the 3rd; Gray 5-all in the 1st.

Alex 1-2; Ali 6-5.

Alastair takes the first set 7-5 with a break!

Alex 2-3 in the 3rd; Ali 3-0 in his 2nd.

Rybo 2-4 (sigh); Gray 4-0!

Bauvy is either injured, cheesing or giving up - Ali has only lost 3 points all 2nd set in 14 minutes.  5-0!

Ali takes the match 7-5, 6-love and wins his 2nd qualie match of the day!  This is great for him (our prospective #1 player in 2020) after going out so early at Surbiton and Newport.

Rybo 2-5.  Not looking good...

Cam Norrie (now ATP# 58) is scheduled to play Gregoire Barrere (France; ATP#111) tomorrow at Cabo; his doubles match w/ Jerry Lopez is tonight. 

Rybo out at Lexington; falling 2-6, 7-6, 2-6 to Hoyt.

Jacob Fearnley lost to Marcus Walters (UCF) 2 and 3 at Roehampton in his 2nd qualie today.  He's still in the doubles though.

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Cam has just started his match at Cabo against Barrere.  Unfortunately, the Norrie Channel, which showed him 4 times last week, is airing a replay of a match from Washington right now.  Alastair Gray's match against Filip Duda (yet another Czech player but we didn't sign him for some reason) was delayed until tomorrow at Roehampton.

 

1-all.  Cam and Jerry lost their doubles match to Pella and Schwartzman 1-6, 6-4, 6-10.

2-1!  Cam gets an early break!  One thing about watching him play all last week I learned was that he's shaved off all his facial hair.  (Facu hasn't though).

3-1!  Jerry tried to qualify for the singles at Cabo but lost his first qualie match to Jung.

3-2.  Tadeas Paroulek has ventured to Novi Sad in Serbia and won his opening rounder against Kiuamov 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 yesterday.

4-2.  Tomas Jirousek made it to the semis at Wels in Austria last week.

4-3.  Jacob Fearnley is still alive in the doubles at Roehampton - into the semis tomorrow.

5-3.  I've looked all over and can't find any results for Bertus Kruger, Luc Fomba, Sander Jong or Max Kurzban all summer.  They all better be working out or Roditi's gonna be mad.

5-4.  Cam had a set/break point but didn't convert.  The last Eduardo Roldan sighting was at Cancun and the last Reese Stalder sighting was at Iowa City.

5-all (sigh).  Cam had 2 set points but got broken instead.

5-6.  The story of the match - Cam had 2 break points but didn't convert.

6-all.  Into a breaker.

Cam takes the breaker 7-5.  He won the first 3 points, lost the next 5 and then won the next 3.  Whew!

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On to the 2nd set.  Cam serving first this time.

1-0.  Cam is now 58th; Barrere 111th.

3-0!  Cam gets an early break again!  The next Challenger is at Aptos (where Cam made the finals in 2016) - don't know if Rybo will be there.

4-0!  Norrie breaks at love and seems to be taking control of the match.

5-0!

7-6, 6-0.  Cam gets a solid W with a bagel in the 2nd and advances at Cabo.

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TCU's 2020 projected #1 player - Alastair Gray - ended up playing 2 matches this morning at Roehampton (SW part of London) due to rain delays yesterday.  First, he beat Czech Filip Duda 2 and 3 and then he beat Rayane Roumane (ATP# 546, an 18-year-old Frenchman and he also invented a famous type of lettuce) 1 and 4.  So now, he's into the quarters at what was (until 2014) the national tennis centre in England.  This is great experience for Ali - he's getting a lot of tough matches in against good competition.

 

Cameron Norrie's match tonight at Los Cabos will be against Mikhail Kukushkin, a Kazakhi who has an ATP ranking of #45.  And, Tadeas Paroulek's Round of 16 match in Novi Sad tomorrow will be against Conner Huertas del Pino, from Peru.

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The Camster lost 5-7, 5-7 to Kukushkin tonight so he's out at Cabo.  I think he might go to Canada next week - we'll see.  Jacob Fearnley's doubles match in the quarters at Roehampton starts in a few hours.  As does Tadeas Paroulek's singles match against Huertas del Pino at Novi Sad, followed shortly by his doubles match in the quarters as well.  And Alastair Gray is also into the quarters at Roehampton this morning against Gabriel Petit, yet another Frenchie (he's 25).

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Ali Gray beat Petit in singles at Roehampton 2 and 1 and has advanced to the semi-finals tomorrow where he will play Daniel Cukierman, an Israeli who just graduated from USC (and was as high as ITA#8 last year).  In doubles, Ali played two matches with his friend Ewan Moore (Tulane) and won both - beating Cornut Chauvinc/Petit 4 and 4 and Bierman/Hands 7-6, 6-2 - and advancing to the semis there as well.  But Jacob Fearnley  lost his doubles match 4-6, 6-2, 8-10 and is out of that tourney.

 

At Novi Sad,  Tadeas Paroulek lost to Huertas del Pino in singles 6-3, 0-6, 3-6 in the quarters, but he and Ursu beat two Chinese players in doubles (Gao/Hu) 4 and 3 and have advanced to the semis against Jotovski and Rakic tomorrow.

 

So Gray is into the semis in both singles and doubles in England and Paroulek is into the semis in doubles in Serbia. 

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Alastair lost to Cukierman 2-6, 6-4, 4-6 in the semis at Roehampton this morning in singles, so he won't have a chance to win his first Futures tourney, but in doubles, he and Ewan Moore won 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 and have advanced to the finals tomorrow.  They'll play Clayton/Johnson at 5:00 a.m.

 

At Novi Sad, Tadeas Paroulek and Vadym Ursu won their semi-final doubles match and have also advanced to the finals tomorrow where they will play Huertas del Pino (who beat Tadeas in singles) and Cordova.

 

So two current Frogs have a chance to pick up doubles titles tomorrow.

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Alastair Gray and Ewan Moore are now doubles champions as they prevailed in straight sets in the finals at Roehampton this morning with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Clayton/Johnson.  This was an excellent tournament for Ali as he made the semis in singles and won the doubles title - he'll get ATP points (and money) from both and it means a successful summer and will position him well for the upcoming college season.

 

Tadeas Paroulek and Vadym Ursu, however, lost in a close 3-setter in the finals at Novi Sad to Huertas del Pino (Tadeas' nemesis) and Arturo Cordova 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 3-10 and didn't win the title in Serbia.  Nonetheless, this was also a good tourney for Tadeas as he made the semis in singles and the finals in doubles.  He's just a freshman recruit and he also will win money and ATP points.

 

These are good signs for the upcoming 2019-20 season.  With the loss of Rybo and Widow, I have some concerns about how good we're going to be, but these results are a step in the right direction.  Especially the fact that both did well in doubles which is often determinative in college tennis.

 

Cam Norrie has indeed traveled to Canada for the Canadian Open where he is scheduled to play Hungarian Marton Fucsovics (ATP #54) in the Round of 64 on Monday.

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Both Czech Frogs have now invaded Serbia and will be playing in Novi Sad this week.  Tadeas (ATP# 610)is scheduled to face Timur Kiuamov (ATP# 989) and Tomas (ATP# 828) will face Maciej Rajski (ATP# 705) in singles at the same time tomorrow.  I'm not sure whether Rybo is Aptos this week.

 

In Montreal, Cam Norrie (ATP#62) is about to start against Fucsovics (now #55).

And they're off!  Cam serving first.

2-0!  After an easy hold, Cam gets the early break!

2-all.  Fucsovics strikes back.

3-2.

3-all.  The match has settled down.

4-3.  Barely.  Cam survives a break point.

4-4.  Cam doesn't convert a break point.  The match is live on TC Plus (which I don't have).

4-5 (sigh).

5-all!  Cam breaks back!  (The "pros" always do that).

5-6.  Arrgh!

5-7.  Fucsovics holds at love and takes the first set.  Boo!

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Into the 2nd set trailing...

 

2-0!  The Camster gets the early break yet again! 

3-0.

4-1.

5-1!  Another break!  This set is looking good!

5-2.  Cam broken easily.  (Ouch).

The winner will get #3 seed Sasha Zverev, who has a bye this round.

6-2!  Another break and Cam squares the match at 1-all.  On to the 3rd!

 

4-3 in the 3rd.  No breaks yet.

5-3!!!  Cam gets the key break at a decisive time after falling behind 40-love!!

Cam advances to face Zverev 5-7, 6-2, 6-3!  An excellent finish after a disappointing 1st set!

 

Zverev is ranked at ATP#7, has been in the Top 10 for several years, he won this tourney the last time it was in Montreal (2017), he's seeded 3rd and he beat Cam the one time they played at Acapulco.  Cam was interviewed by the U.K. press and said that because Sasha prevailed last time, the pressure was all on [Zverev.]  Yeah, right - I hope Cam makes a good showing but he will not be favored.

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Alastair Gray lost in the first round to Charlie Broom (GBR, Dartmouth) in Chiswick this morning, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6. 

 

More unhappy news from Novi Sad, as Czech Tomas Jirousek also lost in his first-round match. Tadeas Paroulek has just started his match. 

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Tadeas currently leads 6-2, 4-3 against Kiuamov in Novi Sad.  He's also in the doubles, teaming with Darko Jandric (a Serbian), and they'll play tomorrow.

 

Tadeas holds and it's 5-3.

5-4.  Paroulek will serve for the match.

Tadeas advances in Novi Sad with a 2 and 4 W!

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Rain delay in Montreal, but now it's looking like Norrie v. Zverev will be on the Norrie Channel shortly.  We'll see.

 

And they're off!  (Not on the Norrie Channel though - they're showing Sloane Stephens in Toronto).

 

Norrie up 3-2 (on serve).

3-all.

4-3.  Normally, I root for Zverev - probably because he's one of the very few who might upset Fed, Rafa or Joker - but definitely not tonight.

4-all.  This set is going quickly as both players are serving well.

5-4.  If Cam can somehow win this (doubtful), it will, undeniably, be his biggest W ever.

5-all.  They just switched briefly to the match on the Norrie Channel.

6-5!  Not even 1 break point so far in this match.

6-all.  Cam had 1 set point (the first break point of the match, after a successful challenge), but couldn't convert.  This breaker will be absolutely key!

It's live on the Norrie Channel!  Cam up 2-1 in the breaker!

4-7 and Cam falls 6-7 in the breaker.  In Acapulco, it happened this way and Zverev wiped Cam out the remainder of the match.

 

0-1.  Sasha serving first this set.

1-all.  Cam holds easily - a good sign.

1-2.  Cam couldn't convert 5 break points!  (ARRGH!!!)

2-all.  Cam holds easily and quickly again.

2-3.  Zverev cruised through that one.

3-all.  This time, Norrie saves 2 break points (after Sasha hits a tweener that delighted the crowd and the commentators).

3-4.  Zverev cruising again.

4-all.  Barely.  This time, Cameron saves 3 break points.

4-5.  The Norrie Channel switched briefly again to this match.

4-6.  Cam broken at love and he loses the match on the first service break of the match.  Good showing, but...

 

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Tadeas Paroulek was in the same singles bracket as Tomas Jirousek at Novi Sad and he thus played the guy who beat Tomas this morning - Maciej Rajski - and won in a tight 3-setter, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and has advanced to the quarters where he will now face Yshai Oliel (ATP# 569), a 19-year-old Israeli, who is also a two-time Junior Orange Bowl champ.  He's only alive in singles now as he and Darko lost in doubles yesterday.

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Tadeas Paroulek won yet again this morning in a 3-set victory over Oliel at Novi Sad.  He won the first set 7-6, got bageled 0-6 in the 2nd and then came back and took the 3rd set 6-4.  This puts him in the semis in singles for the second consecutive week in Serbia - this is very impressive for an incoming college freshman.  Is he that good or are the fields at these tourneys not so strong?  Next up tomorrow will be Marko Miladinovic, an 18-year old Serb, playing on his home courts.

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Here's a current look at where all the various past, present and future Frogs stand in the ATP singles and doubles rankings as of today.  Bear in mind that, starting this year, there is also a separate ranking - ITF World Rankings - which is really only applicable to those who play only ITF events (Futures and transition tour tourneys) and which then determines eligibility for ATP events (Challengers , ATP 250's, ATP1000's, Slams), but to list those too will only confuse me/you, so let's ignore them for now.

 

Cameron Norrie - 62 (singles) and 170 (doubles); 

Nick Chappell - 553 (singles) and 1006 (doubles)

Gerardo Lopez Villasenor (Jerry Lopez) - 568 (singles) and 1171 (doubles)

Tadeas Paroulek  - 610 (singles and 615 (doubles)

Alex Rybakov - 651 (singles) and 1527 (doubles)

Tomas Jirousek - 828 (singles) and 2281 (doubles)

Alastair Gray - 986 (singles) and 1373 (doubles)

Trevor Johnson - 1479 (singles) and 1262 (doubles (hasn't played since last November and appears to have "retired")

Reese Stalder - 1551 (singles) and 997 (doubles)

Eduardo Roldan - 1792 (singles) and 1789 (doubles)

Jacob Fearnley - NR (singles) and 1441 (doubles)

Bertus Kruger - NR and NR

Sander Jong - NR and NR

Luc Fomba - NR and NR

Max Kurzban - NR and NR

Juan Martin- NR and NR

 

Given this list, you can see why Tadeas Paroulek's recent performance is so impressive; he's moved past Rybo in ATP rankings even though Alex has principally been playing Challengers and Tadeas has only played a series of Futures.   And when Rybo actually plays Futures, he wins them (Iowa City).  He's also ahead of Alastair Gray, but Ali has only played 4 tourneys this summer and 1 of them was an ATP250 and 1 was a Challenger.  And Kruger, Fomba, Jong, Kurzban and Martin haven't been playing tourneys this summer at all.  Cam has been slipping a little since his CH of Top 50.  How does all this translate into our projected line-up next year?  Only Roditi really knows.  My guess at present is Gray at #1, Kruger at #2, Paroulek at #3, Fomba at #4, Jong at #5, Roldan at #6 and Jirousek, Fearnley, Kurzban and Martin either in doubles or on the bench.  But who knows until they start playing each other this fall? 

 

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Sadly, probably because I was bragging on him yesterday, Tadeas Paroulek lost this morning in a close 3-setter at Novi Sad 4-6, 6-3, 4-6 to Miladinovic in the semis and is out of the tourney.  Because he probably will be travelling to Ft. Worth soon to enroll as a Frog, this may be his last tourney as a non-Frog.  He's had a good summer, but I may have to revise my guess as to where he will play on the Frog team, I mean, if you can't even beat Miladinovic, how can you expect to be playing at the #3 position for TCU?

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