TENNIS THREAD- The Clay season continues- onwards to Paris, via Madrid and Rome...

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Raahh Wed 05-May-21 11:47:19

and a few smaller tournaments in between....


The big question at the moment is- will Medvedev ever win a match on clay??

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Raahh Wed 05-May-21 11:49:50

well, he's levelled the match- but it's close.

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Raahh Wed 05-May-21 11:50:25

meanwhile- Karatsev is ahead in the 3rd set against Diego.

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Raahh Wed 05-May-21 11:55:48

I think this might be Daniil's first win at Madrid, because DF might go off the boil a bit now- he did a bit if that second set, and losing the set might rattle him. Daniil might find a bit of 'clay' form grin.

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Raahh Wed 05-May-21 12:01:31

And Diego is out.

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Raahh Wed 05-May-21 12:04:22

If Daniil goes out too, then the bottom half of the draw will be very open. Most of the 'names' will be left in the top half- Rafa, Thiem, Zverev, Rublev dirtball Dan.

Tsitsipas is in the bottom half, I think.

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Raahh Wed 05-May-21 12:11:16

Medvedev does seem to have got to grips with this match- or maybe it's just that DF has lost it. He was playing really well.

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PrivateSpidey Wed 05-May-21 12:13:27

Hi Raahh grin
Thanks for the new thread tennis

Just catching up on the day's results so far...

Raahh Wed 05-May-21 12:14:57

Afternoon Private. grin

I think it's safe to say, Daniil might be celebrating his first win in Madrid today. It's a shame- DF was toe to toe with him for the first two sets really.

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PrivateSpidey Wed 05-May-21 12:19:05

Yes it's looking that way isn't it? I didn't see the first two sets but looking pretty convincing now.

Fizzywinegum Wed 05-May-21 12:19:19

Thanks for the new thread Raahh

I think it’s strange that Karatsev is 27 - where has he been hiding? (And yes I bet quite a few players probably wish he was still hiding!)

Raahh Wed 05-May-21 12:24:23

Fizzy it's really odd- he was a hitting partner at the ATP cup, apparently (Medvedev called him their secret weapon)- but the doubles matches he played there- he lost. Then he turns up at the Aussie open, and beats a bunch of top players- and hasn't looked back.

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Raahh Wed 05-May-21 12:26:17

And Daniil has won- feel a bit sorry for DF. Medvedev will have to do better against Garin who is very good on clay.

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Raahh Wed 05-May-21 13:27:26

Oh, Barty is racing ahead against Kvitova.

I do like Petra. I like them both. grin.

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JaneJeffer Wed 05-May-21 13:32:47

Thanks for the new thread Raahh

Hopefully will get to see Rafa today!

Raahh Wed 05-May-21 13:36:18

I'm hoping I get to see the Rafa match- unfortunately it is on at an awkward time.

The ATP site are calling it 'a showdown' grin. Erm... Alcaraz is probably going to be a good a player in the future, but let's not get ahead of ourselves- it's hardly Roger and Rafa at Wimbledon 2008, is it? grin.

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JaneJeffer Wed 05-May-21 13:39:24

Hope not grin

Fizzywinegum Wed 05-May-21 13:52:38

Yes I don’t want too much excitement this afternoon grin

Players are now younger than my youngest DS - I’m feeling old!

Raahh Wed 05-May-21 15:07:27

I'm score watching from the car.
11 minutes for the first 2 games.
Rafa really does take his time to get going.


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Fizzywinegum Wed 05-May-21 15:15:24

Alcaraz might be injured sad - would be such a shame if he has to retire - think he’s pulled his stomach - back playing now

Fizzywinegum Wed 05-May-21 15:15:55

It’s not all Rafa’s fault Raahh grin

JaneJeffer Wed 05-May-21 15:27:19

Is Rafa going to let him have this game for his birthday?

Fizzywinegum Wed 05-May-21 15:29:01

Yes I think so Jane grin

Phew - he looks so young! (Well he is young). At least it won’t be a bagel

JaneJeffer Wed 05-May-21 15:29:53

Feliz cumpleanos grin

Fizzywinegum Wed 05-May-21 15:34:50


Dirtball Dan is continuing in his quest to take Rafa’s crown - good win over Millman

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