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n88uk
09 Oct 17 02:10
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Masters 1000 in Shanghai for the men.

3 internationals for the women. Not too much going on at these now that Garcia withdrew from Tianjin. Hong Kong has strongest field with Svitolina, Venus, Wozniacki. Tianjin has Sharapova and Kvitova at opposite halves, and Linz is pretty poor by Linz standards.
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Report tof October 14, 2017 10:49 AM BST
^^^Mandy Murray *
Report edy October 14, 2017 11:08 AM BST
wadda mug
Report wisewords October 14, 2017 11:19 AM BST
the Nadal 1.7+ layers *shakes head*
Report mesmerised October 14, 2017 11:19 AM BST
Svetlana Kuznetsova‏Verified account @SvetlanaK27 16m16 minutes ago

Had to pull out of kremlin cup , so sad
Report edy October 14, 2017 11:26 AM BST
me too
Report edy October 14, 2017 11:27 AM BST

Oct 14, 2017 -- 5:19AM, wisewords wrote:


the Nadal 1.7+ layers *shakes head*


he was kind of in a pinch at that point to be fair.

Report wisewords October 14, 2017 11:33 AM BST

Oct 14, 2017 -- 2:24AM, mesmerised wrote:


Slinky back throwing it away ffs


who?

Report wisewords October 14, 2017 11:36 AM BST

Oct 14, 2017 -- 5:27AM, edy wrote:


Oct 14, 2017 -- 11:19AM, wisewords wrote:the Nadal 1.7+ layers *shakes head*he was kind of in a pinch at that point to be fair.


doubt it would have lasted very long against Cilic

Report mesmerised October 14, 2017 11:37 AM BST
Gavrilova = Slinky Back.
Report edy October 14, 2017 11:42 AM BST
Cilic looks happy
Report n88uk October 14, 2017 1:11 PM BST
Federer has been backed in a lot really but does Del Potro's injury which didn't sound that bad in reports really improve his chances that much? Like if Del Potro was that weakened he surely just wouldn't have been playing in the first place.
Report n88uk October 14, 2017 1:11 PM BST
Yet market thinks because he's playing it's even more likely Fed wins.
Report tof October 14, 2017 1:20 PM BST
kamaaan Loger Fedeller !!!LaughLaugh
Report tof October 14, 2017 1:23 PM BST

Oct 14, 2017 -- 7:11AM, n88uk wrote:


Federer has been backed in a lot really but does Del Potro's injury which didn't sound that bad in reports really improve his chances that much? Like if Del Potro was that weakened he surely just wouldn't have been playing in the first place.


anybody that saw him fall could see it woz completely innocuous more drama & attention seeking than anything really ...

Report n88uk October 14, 2017 1:31 PM BST
Fed will probably win, but 1.23 at 2*-3 is just a complete joke really.
Report edy October 14, 2017 1:34 PM BST
What a loser
Report tof October 14, 2017 1:47 PM BST
Fedeller Cry
Report johnni October 14, 2017 2:05 PM BST
"lets go looser lets go"
Report johnni October 14, 2017 2:24 PM BST
waht are they talkuing, what is happeing'+ is ii the audicne speaking too much?
Report caramba October 14, 2017 4:22 PM BST
Any news on Vika recently? Will she play Fed Cup?
Report caramba October 14, 2017 4:24 PM BST
Oh, Luxembourg and Fed Cup says google.
Report edy October 14, 2017 4:28 PM BST
n88 said last night she will not play Luxembourg and he has a very hard time seeing Vika show up for Fed Cup.
Report edy October 14, 2017 4:28 PM BST
She has officially withdrawn from Luxembourg
Report edy October 14, 2017 4:29 PM BST
BGL BNP PARIBAS OPEN @Iwtp_lux
We're sorry to inform that @BaraStrycova (schedule issues) and @vika7 (personal reasons) had to withdraw from the tournament.
12:00 PM - Oct 13, 2017
Report wisewords October 14, 2017 4:32 PM BST
aw, Bara is so adorable.
Report caramba October 14, 2017 4:33 PM BST
thanks for info. You'd also wonder what kind of shape she'd be in if she were to play Fed Cup. No play since Wimbledon and no matches on anything other than grass since RG last year.
Report mesmerised October 14, 2017 5:04 PM BST
Fedal on @ 9.30am tomorrow, North and South America will be happy having to watch between 2.30am-5.30am
Report n88uk October 14, 2017 5:08 PM BST
I have more info since I posted that, but I still don't really see how she will play Fed Cup off no matches. Can you even justify it? Though it might be political as they are using her heavily to advertise it even though they must have full knowledge what's going on.

Supposedly all that happened Oct 12th is Billy's side gave their stuff to the hearing and that's it, next date is Monday Oct 16th.

Only thing that doesn't make sense to me is normally you'd know if it's gonna be like that, ie. why did she ever think Lux was possible then. You'd surely know the setup if it's like that, but I don't know, no information of what is actually going on.
Report n88uk October 14, 2017 5:11 PM BST
Like the stuff about a decision will be made Oct 12th whether she plays Luxembourg makes it sound like a decision was going to be made, but the above stuff makes it sounds like that was never going to happen.

Thing is Sabalenka is now in a final. Sasnovich is in terrible form, but was the player that pretty much got them there. If Vika just come in on nothing it feels political reasons of they want her to play the tie (I read some article about a lot of VIPs going or something), because there is no way you can realistically expect her to come in and dominate the tie which is really what they need.
Report mesmerised October 14, 2017 5:11 PM BST
So Belarus are going to rely on Sabalenka and Sasnovich as they're singles players
Report n88uk October 14, 2017 5:15 PM BST
They don't have any real options. Problem is hypothetically if Vika came in too I bet it would be for Sabalenka too, and on form that is totally the wrong decision really.

This continual dates thing does make me thing maybe Vika's case will be settled soon, as I was expecting it to drag before that tbh, but I really don't know if she will even want to play on no matches. Like she could easily do herself no justice if she played, do you even want to do that in front of your home crowd expecting you to win?
Report mesmerised October 14, 2017 5:24 PM BST
The Lure of winning the Fed Cup may tempt her. Something to add to the CV.

It's amazing to think USA haven't won Fed Cup since the year 2000.
Report wisewords October 14, 2017 5:25 PM BST
remember when they smacked Vika in the face during the semi final celebration?
Report tof October 14, 2017 5:25 PM BST
fecking hell !! even with tmo and video assistance ... errors still happening in currie cup rugby coz refs dont refer s h i t ... wtf
Report tof October 14, 2017 5:25 PM BST
oops !!
Report The Bhoys October 14, 2017 9:51 PM BST
del potro suggesting federer will beat nadal tomorrow but nadal is favorite
Report n88uk October 14, 2017 11:01 PM BST
Sharapova 1.13 seems awfully short to me tomorrow.
Report tof October 15, 2017 7:53 AM BST
Maria lonely at sit downs ...
Report tof October 15, 2017 7:54 AM BST
its a fecking screaming match ... pleez bring back Azarenka ... she's mild in comparison ...
Report tof October 15, 2017 8:09 AM BST
if only Sabalenka concentrated more on playing tinnis instead of outscreaming Maria ...
Report tof October 15, 2017 8:20 AM BST
precisely as such
Report The Bhoys October 15, 2017 8:21 AM BST
what ch?
Report tof October 15, 2017 8:31 AM BST
Idk I'm not in the UK currently ...
Report tof October 15, 2017 8:32 AM BST
...but I see betfair video is screening it ...
Report tof October 15, 2017 8:39 AM BST

Oct 14, 2017 -- 3:51PM, The Bhoys wrote:


del potro suggesting federer will beat nadal tomorrow but nadal is favorite


concerned for Loger Fedeller today ... he's looking very scraggy and Lafael quite the opposite ...

Report tof October 15, 2017 8:42 AM BST
Loger looks like he may be suffering from a touch of rhabdomyolysis ...
Report tof October 15, 2017 8:52 AM BST
Sabalenka blows it seving for the 2nd then completely falls apart ...
Report tof October 15, 2017 8:53 AM BST
5-2 to 5-6 lol
Report tof October 15, 2017 8:55 AM BST
she woz actually 5-1 up ...
Report tof October 15, 2017 8:59 AM BST
Sabralenks trying to fight ...
Report tof October 15, 2017 9:03 AM BST
TB ... lol
Report Platini October 15, 2017 9:09 AM BST
1.73 looks really skinny on Rafa, no ?
Report jerry maguire October 15, 2017 9:10 AM BST
anybody knowing the winner of gavrilova vs. pavlyuchenkova in advance? :D
Report tof October 15, 2017 9:16 AM BST
the market knows !
Report jerry maguire October 15, 2017 9:16 AM BST

Oct 15, 2017 -- 3:16AM, tof wrote:


the market knows !


gimme your winner pls :)

Report jerry maguire October 15, 2017 9:17 AM BST

Oct 15, 2017 -- 3:16AM, tof wrote:


the market knows !


gimme your winner please :)

Report Platini October 15, 2017 9:18 AM BST
does the market know that Federer is a fast starter in these match ups, and has found a way to win v his nemesis in the last 3 matches ?
Report Platini October 15, 2017 9:25 AM BST
1.80, more like it, and what I expected Cool
Report Angela Rebecchi October 15, 2017 9:33 AM BST
Roof remaining closed. Federer 5 - 1 under such conditions.
Report Platini October 15, 2017 9:38 AM BST
I'm comfortably green now. enjoy the match peeps.
Report The Bhoys October 15, 2017 9:39 AM BST
indoors changes things cant see rafa winning this
Report Angela Rebecchi October 15, 2017 9:49 AM BST
What a start.
Report Platini October 15, 2017 9:57 AM BST
what's new?  "fast start", as I said. It's Fed's way.
Report Angela Rebecchi October 15, 2017 9:58 AM BST
Wow !
Report The Bhoys October 15, 2017 10:33 AM BST
the match looks all federer but it was only 1 break of serve so far
Report Angela Rebecchi October 15, 2017 10:56 AM BST
Wow !
Report tof October 15, 2017 10:56 AM BST
those dancing fans may get arrested for having too much fun ... got friends in China at the mo  and they say so much internnet blocked ...
Report tof October 15, 2017 10:57 AM BST
whatsapp blocked messenger blocked ...
Report Angela Rebecchi October 15, 2017 10:57 AM BST
King Federer, sensational !

7.0+ Aus layers very worried now !

1.7x Nadal backers DESTROYED

Federer at his brutal best.
Report Angela Rebecchi October 15, 2017 10:58 AM BST
Paid out Cool
Report The Bhoys October 15, 2017 11:22 AM BST
yea i duno how nadal was fav to be honest but i had fed 2-0 layed Cry
Report Platini October 15, 2017 12:09 PM BST
I think too much is made of Fed's new backhand as the reason for the turnaround in his form v Nadal. If anything it his serving that's improved the most.
But really it comes down to the fact that his game has not deteriorated with age the same way Nadal's has. Rafa has had a great season but talk of him being back to his best are well wide of the mark. You just have to marvel at how Fed has managed to maintain his level (fitness, condition, movement/speed, shot making, shot selection, court positioning, etc) at his age.
Report The Bhoys October 15, 2017 12:18 PM BST
I agree plat, people talking about nadal being better than ever is nonsense, he played brilliant at roland garros but never net, murray, fed or novak, novak and murray have been of the pace all year, federers backhand has improved immensly, whcih takes away nadals free points on it but your right his serve today was perfect nadal never had a sniff
Report n88uk October 15, 2017 12:34 PM BST
Fed's backhand strategy and just how he handles it has defo improved immensely. Traditionally Nadal could just hit heavy top spin cross court into Fed's backhand from his forehand and win about 70% of points this way. Fed has given up slicing which doesn't work vs Nadal and is now drilling it flat cross court and down the line and Nadal can't answer it.

Nadal hasn't effectively responded to this pattern of play at all since Australia.
Report The Bhoys October 15, 2017 1:03 PM BST
Feds tactics have improved but the courts also suit him which hes played rafa on, indoors today was always guna be tough to win
Report mesmerised October 15, 2017 1:19 PM BST
Anyone that saw Nadal on clay knows full well not only was he back to his best, he surpassed his best.

When has Nadal ever been a hard court goat? there's a reason bottle the clay court season because he knew he'd win jack.
Report mesmerised October 15, 2017 1:22 PM BST
he's always only ever won 2 titles indoors, and I think they were both on clay, or at least 1 in Brazil was many moons ago.
Report mesmerised October 15, 2017 1:22 PM BST
he's also*
Report mesmerised October 15, 2017 1:25 PM BST
there'a reason Federer bottled*

Nadal also wont be winning the World Tour Finals, without Murray and Dkokovic, it's another cheap win for RF.
Report tof October 15, 2017 1:31 PM BST
.
Report The Bhoys October 15, 2017 1:47 PM BST
Nadal will not be winning end of year champs, in fact id back him not to get out of the group depending whos in it
Report mouse trap October 15, 2017 2:12 PM BST
Hong Kong final ready to start now, finally
Report mesmerised October 15, 2017 2:42 PM BST
Slinky Back always makes things hard for herself
Report wisewords October 15, 2017 2:48 PM BST
why do you call her that?
Report mesmerised October 15, 2017 3:12 PM BST
She has a slinky back.
Report wisewords October 15, 2017 3:16 PM BST
what does that even mean?
Report mouse trap October 15, 2017 3:21 PM BST
I heard this was published for mes https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMG9ZKRX4AAcgRw.jpg:large
Report mesmerised October 15, 2017 3:23 PM BST
Cool
Report tof October 15, 2017 3:23 PM BST
Fat Pav's as flummoxed as 88 ...
Report mouse trap October 15, 2017 3:51 PM BST
Calling local experts.
Since BZS withdrew from Lux does it mean she's out of Zhuhai race?
Report mouse trap October 15, 2017 6:12 PM BST
Answer to self: yes, she's out.
Report wisewords October 15, 2017 6:17 PM BST
Scared
Report wisewords October 15, 2017 6:18 PM BST
Pavs got it done in the end!
Report tof October 15, 2017 9:11 PM BST
.
Report tof October 16, 2017 6:54 AM BST
can anyone shed some light on Kontaveit's 2nd half of season demise ...
Report tof October 16, 2017 4:10 PM BST
.
Report Platini October 16, 2017 4:46 PM BST
No way is Nadal back to his best on clay. But he didn't have to be, to win RG this year.
Report mesmerised October 16, 2017 5:28 PM BST
course he was, won 51 out of 55 full sets over the clay court season, dropped just 35 games at the French Open, his best since 2008 where he dropped 41, and the best since Borg in the early 70's, dropped just 22 games in the first 5 matches, a record since 5 set matches were introduced.  His playing style may not be as swashbuckling, but he is even more effective than he's ever been.
Report The Bhoys October 16, 2017 5:46 PM BST
The field was weak tho mes, no murray, novak or federer ok murray and federer wudnt have counted but novak wud have if peak fitness, who did he really beat, thiem?
Report mesmerised October 16, 2017 6:12 PM BST
he's beaten Djokovic 6 times from 7 matches at Roland Garros  including years in which Novak was winning slams and World Number 1 so whilst he would have lost more games, the way Nadal had been playing he would have still been favourite and in all likeliness won, the average rank of players he beat this year at the FO was 29, compared that to the 5 previous times he won FO and it was 2014 = 71.3, 2013 = 22, 2012 = 54.4, 2011 = 51.9, 2010 =116.5, so the overall standard compared to previous years was still high, beat two top 10 players. Federer has never been a problem for him on clay which is why he skipped the clay court season, Murray tbh would not have stood a chance against a Nadal at 75 %.
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