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    The Tennis Thread

    GB vs Australia on BBC1 now.

    1-1 after the first day and GB are 2-1 up in the doubles match.

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    It's amazing how far you can go with a decent player.

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    I'd say he's a bit better than decent. Does guarantee you two wins for nowt, mind.

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    Aye, I'm being a little facetious. Good to see Britain being a force though rather than slumming it in the relegation zones.

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    First set Murray. We're on.

    Belgium or Argentina await in the final.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kikó View Post
    It's amazing how far you can go with a decent player.
    Helped massively that the Swiss sent some wank out and Djokovic only bothered with the first round match.

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    Murray's schooling the fuck out of Tomic here, a proper dicking.

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    I'm about 45 mins behind. I love that drop shot on set point, fantastic.

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    I finished watching just in time for United.

    Murray was absolutely in the zone today. Hardly missed a ball, and some of those passing shots were lovely.

    Tomic looked tired. The second last point sort of summed it up, he lumbered up to a short ball, actually got there in time but just hit it into the net as if he couldn't bare to play another shot.

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    So it's Belgium away in the final. What surface is that likely to be played on?

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    I imagine they'll base their choice on Goffin, but not sure of his best surface.

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    It's November so they'll probably wind up indoors.

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    Sky Sports 3: China Open final

    Nadal vs Djokovic

    Both gave been playing well. Djok was on fire until the semi final where he made more unforced errors than usual and made a meal of closing out the match vs Ferrer (yet still won 6-3, 6-2). Nadal has been looking more like his old self, finding great depth and angles and hitting some brilliant winners.

    On court now warming up.

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    Nadal v Federer in the final in Basel tomorrow. First final between the two since 2013.

    Federer's home city so the crowd will be overwhelmingly in his favour.

    Gasquet misses out on the finals in London after losing, which is possibly for the best given his record against the top players.

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    I'm going to those finals in London and shan't shed a tear at not seeing that tool.

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    Why don't you like him?

    I'm buzzing for this, could be great I think. I'm going Federer in three sets.

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    Murray-Djokovic in the Paris Masters final at 2pm, Sky Sports 4, for anyone interested.

    I'll be watching the Rome derby so will have it recorded for this evening.

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    http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/en/schedule

    The finals in London start on Sunday. I think BBC have one singles match per day and Sky have all the matches bar Murray's first.

    You can see the groups and format here. http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinal...roup-standings Djokovic v Federer is the standout match from the group stage.

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    I thought Murray was skipping this in favour of the Davis Cup?

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    He sort of threatened to and then the ATP said "You're contracted to play, dickhead."

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    Boo. Admittedly, he'll lose to Djokovic but whatever.

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    By the way he'll still play the Davis Cup, which is after these finals. He just wanted more time to prepare on clay.

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    Maybe worth a bump given it's the weekend, and the semis and final are coming up.

    Murray just lost in straight sets to Wawrinka. Muzz completely lost his head, probably up there with the biggest of his meltdowns. Wawrinka was playing out of his skin during some of that second set, he should give Federer a good match.

    Tomorrow's semi-finals:
    Djokovic v Nadal, 2pm
    Federer v Wawrinka, 8pm

    There's the doubles too of course. Andy's brother Jamie Murray and his partner Peers missed out on their chance to finish world no.1, and oddly will change partners next year.

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    Davis Cup today and the weekend.

    Belgium (home) v Great Britain on clay. There are four singles and one doubles.

    BBC has all the coverage and they're currently showing the first match.

    Today - Goffin v Edmund, then Bemelmans v Andy Murray
    Saturday - Coppejans & Darcis v Murray brothers
    Sunday - Goffin v Andy Murray, then Bemelmans v Edmund

    @Yevrah, who did you see in London?

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    Edmund is going to run riot.

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    Saw a shambles of a doubles match and then a pretty good three set group match between Nadal and Ferrer Reg.

    It's a really good set up.

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    3-0 up in the first set so far. Rule Britannia!

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    If Edmunds wins they may as well just give us the trophy and leave Belgium to the jihadis.

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    5-0 first set. Noel is going to be delighted.

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    Goffin has shat the bed here.
    Test.

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    What's going on here?! Great how the Davis Cup raises games.

    We can pretty much rely on Murray winning both of his singles so that'd be the 3 wins needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yevrah View Post
    Saw a shambles of a doubles match and then a pretty good three set group match between Nadal and Ferrer Reg.

    It's a really good set up.
    Heard that match was good. I saw the eventual doubles winners and Murray V Ferrer.

    I agree, it's pretty great we have it for another three years as well.

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    Goffin is back.

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    Head up Kyle, his fight's gone.

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    Oh well.

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    We're in a bit of trouble here.

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    This is a cracking atmosphere. Big third set to win.

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    I guess we've won tennis too now.

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    Wimbledon Champion, Olympic Gold, Davis Cup.

    Murray's donned it.

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    I'm not watching but I can hear the TV from the other room. Whoever just did the national anthem just absolutely butchered it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yevrah View Post
    I guess we've won tennis too now.
    The LTA have done a quite wonderful job over the last 30 years and this just caps off all their hard work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by niko_cee View Post
    Wimbledon Champion, Olympic Gold, Davis Cup.

    Murray's donned it.
    Where would British tennis be without him. He's incredible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yevrah View Post
    I guess we've won tennis too now.
    Those phrases make me cringe.

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    Murray has done pretty damn well considering mahow wrote him off. Who are all these mental tennis fans that suddenly made it to the final in Ghent? Are they going to be there on a cold wintery Tuesday in Stoke?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Floyd View Post
    The LTA have done a quite wonderful job over the last 30 years and this just caps off all their hard work.


    Is there a worse British sporting organisation out there?

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    I umpired a pretty low key cricket match last summer at Roehampton where the early round Wimbledon qualifiers were going on in the same sports complex, and I reckon there were more people (15-20) watching our game than all of the tennis combined - and yet EVERY player in those matches was being ferried in and out of the place in official LTA courtesy cars.

    It's a completely bollocks sport in terms of setup, it makes golf look inclusive in terms of how snotty the clubs are and all that stuff. If we didn't have Wimbledon it would be a dead sport.

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    The Australian Open starts Sunday evening our time. Hewitt plays his last ever tournament. Djokovic is the clear favourite, after winning in Qatar with a performance that Nadal described as the best he's ever seen from any player.

    The draw has been made; the pick is probably Nadal v Verdasco. Fognini v Muller is another interesting one.

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    Nadal - Verdasco jumped out at me considering the former's sketchy recent form. Serena has the highest ranked unseeded player as well and is carrying a knock.

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    I think Nadal's recent form is good enough to beat anyone but 4/5 players at the most. He played well against Djokovic and actually served better than normal; it was just that Djokovic played incredibly.

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    BBC match fixing investigation bringing tennis down. RIP.

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    Over the last decade 16 players who have ranked in the top 50 have been repeatedly flagged to the tennis integrity unit over suspicions they have thrown matches.

    All of the players, including winners of Grand Slam titles, were allowed to continue competing...

    The problem of suspicious betting and match fixing is not going away. Eight of the players repeatedly flagged to the TIU over the past decade are due to play in the Australian Open which starts on Monday 18 January.
    What's left? Rugby?

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