Archive for January 2018

Jan/18

17

AO Ebbs and Flows

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By Scoop Malinowski

Each Grand Slam certain players inch closer to fulfilling their dreams and their potentials, while others float away, farther and farther away from being contenders and challengers for the big titles.
Each tournament is a constant ebb and flow.

It’s not yet known what direction Ivo Karlovic, a month away from age 39, is heading. In the second round yesterday, the oldest man in the draw won a marathon 76 67 75 46 12-10 epic vs Yuichi Sugita.

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Jan/18

17

Biofile: Tennys Sandgren Interview

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By Scoop Malinowski

Status: ATP ranked 96.

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 185

DOB: July 22, 1991 In: Gallatin, TN

First Tennis Memory: “Playing with my family. I have a court at home. Playing with my mom and brother and my dad. On the court we have in the backyard. I was young, about five or six. Barely getting balls over the net.”

Tennis Inspirations: “My father (David), he was a player. He played some Satellite tournaments. He just loved the game. And he enjoyed playing and he never liked how frustrated I got on the court. He thought it was about enjoyment, finding enjoyment on the court. My younger years I wasn’t necessarily my biggest fan on the court.

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Jan/18

17

Meet Marta Kostyuk

 

The fifteen-year-old wonder has emerged as a star in Melbourne by winning two rounds of the Australian Open. After beating 25 seed Shuai Peng and Olga Rogowska both in straight sets, Marta Kostyuk will now meet fellow Ukrainian – and the favorite to win the entire tournament, Elina Svitolina in the third round.

Here are a few snippets from Kostyuk’s press conference yesterday…

Q. What do you think makes you such a great player so young? What’s been the key to your success?
MARTA KOSTYUK: Well, I heard a lot of times that I’m talented, and I know that, but I know that only talent will not help me to play good.

So I can say that I’m working pretty hard. My preseason was quite long and very tough mentally, because I didn’t play tournaments for two months. I was only practicing. So it was tough. But it was worth it. So, yeah.

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Jan/18

15

AO Observations

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By Scoop Malinowski

Saw three players wearing primarily all white – Shuai Zhang (Nike), Belinda Bencic (Yonex) and Matthew Ebden (Fila).

Pink seems to be the dominant color this year for Nike, with Kyrgios, Dimitrov, Sela, Nadal heavily pinking out.

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Jan/18

14

AO Day One

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Sloane looking sharp early leading the always dangerous Shaui Zhang, up a set and 2-3. Stephens has not won a match since the US Open final.

Looking forward to some big matches today: Tsitsipas vs Shapovalov, Sock vs Sugita, Nadal vs Estrella, Isner vs Ebden, Anderson vs Edmund, Cuevas vs Youzhny, Ostapenko vs Schiavone

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Jan/18

12

Australian Open 2018: So Many Contenders

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By Scoop Malinowski

The top seed and ATP world no. 1 Rafael Nadal lost an epic five setter last year in the final to Roger Federer despite being up 3-1 in the fifth set, but the 31-year-old lefty has not played an official match yet this year and his last match was a loss in three sets at the ATP World Tour Finals to no. 7 seed David Goffin.

Roger Federer, the world no. 2 and defending champion, looked sharp in winning all four of his matches at Hopman Cup two weeks ago. The 36-year-old Swiss, who has won in Melbourne five times, is the odds-on favorite to conquer again.

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Jan/18

10

Have they solved the Shapovalov puzzle?

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By Scoop Malinowski

Denis Shapovalov took the ATP by storm last year, by posting shocking wins against Nadal and Del Potro in Montreal and his surreal US Open run all the way to the round of 16 as a qualifer.

But since entering the top 50 last September, the eighteen year old has struggled.

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Jan/18

10

Sock Could Be Worst Top 10 Player Ever

sockJack Sock, the world #9, got destroyed by world #65, Peter Gojowczyk, yesterday in Auckland, 6-3, 6-3. The American who won the Paris Masters late last year and qualified for the London Masters event as one of the top 8 players still standing, put in a desultory performance against the German, who at 28 is right around his career-high ranking he achieved late last year. Sock who beat the Russian young gun, Karen Khachanov, last week at the Hopman’s Cup before suffering a hip injury against Yugita Sugita in the following match which he retired in, looked about as bad as Sock has looked on a tennis court in the past couple of years.

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Jan/18

8

Bouchard’s ranking falls outside of top 100

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By Scoop Malinowski

The glamour girl of tennis is becoming irrelevant thanks to her fading results.

Eugenie Bouchard, who lost all three of her singles matches at Hopman Cup last week, extended her losing streak to nine after a 6-4, 6-3 loss to 19-year-old Aryna Sabalenka at the Hobart International on Monday.

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Jan/18

8

Federer says he’s better now than ten years ago

(Note: This article was orignally posted in April 2017.)

I asked Juan Martin Del Potro at the 2017 Miami Open if he feels Roger Federer could be playing his finest tennis this year and the intelligent Argentine hardly objected to that notion.

The next day at the Miami Open press conference, Pete Bodo followed up on that story angle by asking Federer himself if it is possible that he actually is playing his best tennis now at age 35?

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