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  1. Canada wins 2-0 and lifts the Davis Cup trophy for the first time in the history of the sport.
  2. Clayton vs Cross & Humphries vs MvG Who you got?
  3. Depends on the pairs I guess. If Shapovalov plays De Minaur then it's good news for Australia. De Minaur is 4-0 vs Shapovalov. Doesn't necessarily mean it'll be 5-0 though. The Canadian will grab a win against de Minaur at some point... FAA beat De Minaur quite comfortably (6-3, 6-2) in 2022 Cincinnati (outdoor hard). He also beat him in straight sets (7-5, 6-3) 5 years ago (2017), in Drummondville, Canada (indoor hard). My gut says Canada wins 2-0 and becomes Davis Cup Champion 🏆 for the first time in history.
  4. Really thought they would overcome the obstacle of Italy. I mean, no Sinner, no Berrettini, yet they find a way to get eliminated...😂
  5. Davidovich Fokina is a young, talented and fearless tennis player. And he happens to be one of the very few Spanish players who actually prefer to play on fast surfaces... I would have gone with him as I said on my initial post about the DC quarterfinals.
  6. yeah.. the doubles kind of worked as insurance premiums; I purchased Croatia exactly because of Mektic/Pavic, as I thought it would be extremely hard for Spain to win both singles. We had the exact same mindset.
  7. Jordan Thompson vs Tallon Griekspoor Alex de Minaur vs Botic van de Zandschulp I'm not gonna bet today. 😐😕
  8. it was a major surprise. Argentina is overhyped though, mostly because it's Messi's final World Cup and everyone expects him to win a trophy.
  9. what's your thoughts on this year's DC in Malaga? Quarterfinals: Italy vs USA Germany vs Canada Australia vs Netherlands Croatia vs Spain My picks in bold. I leave the tie between Australia and Netherlands as a pure toss-up. I think Germany without Zverev has less than 15% chance to advance to the semifinals. Canada with FAA on its squad is an awfully strong team, especially on indoor hard, which is the surface this tournament is played on. It's a shame Sascha is unavailable, I'm sure many fans would anticipate a blockbuster match between him and FAA. Spain has been hit hard by the withdrawal of Alcaraz due to his latest injury. Can Carreno, RBA, Fokina(?), Ramos(?) defeat the likes of Coric, Cilic and Mektic/Pavic? I highly doubt it. RBA's decline is massive. Carreno Busta is a reliable player, but I don't think he fancies these fast indoor hard courts... Fokina might actually be a better choice for the hosts. Italy won't have Berrettini and Sinner as they're both injured. Their team consists of Sonego, Musetti and Fognini/Bolelli. Now, unlike Italy, Team USA has plenty of extremely formidable players. Tiafoe, Tommy Paul, Taylor Fritz & Jack Sock will probably be on their final squad. Tommy Paul, Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz have had career-best seasons. Sock is one of the best doubles players in the world. It's just hard to imagine the current Italian team defeating this team of America.
  10. Bully boy wins you think? No doubt he's a better scorer but can you trust his checkout %? I think Aspinall is mentally tougher on this aspect of the game. Smith's relying on his 180s, if he hits a lot of those, he probably wins, but I just cannot trust him, I don't know. He's the rightful favorite though.
  11. Well they played two sets and were tied twice. Djokovic was the one who broke the tie successfully both times though (7-6, 7-6). Taylor Fritz was serving to win the second set on 5-4 but came up short. He had to be mentally tougher there. It is what it is. Novak will now beat Rublev or Ruud and lift his 6th Masters Cup trophy 🏆.
  12. Been saying for quite some time now that Taylor Fritz has become such an elite tennis player, so advancing to the semifinals came as no surprise to me. He won the match fair and square. Can he beat Novak and reach the final? Well, he's gonna face the best out there, a player who loves playing in front of the Italian crowd and who has won this event multiple times in his career. Also, tennis is about match-ups, and clearly, this isn't a favorable one for Taylor Fritz. Djokovic leads 5-0 and has only dropped 2 sets so far. Taylor Fritz has evolved tremendously ever since their last encounter (QF - Paris Masters 2021) though. Djokovic won 6-4, 6-3 in their lone indoor hardcourt match so far (3 more wins on clay & 1 win on outdoor hard for Novak). As much as I want Taylor Fritz to proceed, I still predict a Djokovic win here. It all comes down to mental fortitude, and that's where the Serb is miles ahead of his rival; I'd dare to say that their backhand ability is now on par. Is it a blasphemy, folks? Don't attack me please. 😂 Seriously, Fritz does some serious damage with his backhand these days and only a few are even noticing. I mean, how else can I justify the odds on the FAA vs Fritz match? It's as if they're afraid to see the reality. Ok, enough with my praise to Fritz. It's just exciting and refreshing to watch an outsider slowly becoming part of the elite, you know what I mean?
  13. I did. I felt that Ruud going 3/3 seemed like overkill, so yes, in combination with what you highlighted about Ruud, his record against the lefties etc, I chose to go with the Spaniard at great odds.
  14. lol I'd say like a slightly better David Ferrer overall. I agree that TF is the clear favorite.
  15. well I guess you guys were right. Nadal had 4 bps but couldn't convert. Then FAA broke him on a game where Nadal was serving with new balls and was actually 40-0 up. He was a shadow of himself right after this. I thought Nadal being the #1 and FAA being a newcomer to this event, could result in at least Nadal winning one set, but that wasn't the case here. A well deserved win for the Canadian.
  16. With all due respect, guys, I think you're underestimating Nadal. Yes he lost to Taylor Fritz in straight sets, but the American is now an elite player. Remember how close he came to defeating Nadal at Wimbledon? Nadal is far from his best, sure, but Taylor Fritz was truly relentless throughout the match. As @neilovan mentioned a couple of posts above, Taylor Fritz was hitting the ball so hard, timing it exceptionally, making no unforced errors whatsoever. I mean, the 9 unforced errors he made playing this aggressive, and against Nadal, is literally nothing. It was one of those rare matches where a player was actually able to hit the ball right in the sweet spot consistently. Fritz was also serving great, creating every angle he wanted; you could see he was brimming with confidence. Make no mistake, the Spaniard is not done yet. Today's another day, and he's got that magical ability to isolate all the negatives from his last match in a corner, and move on with a clear and fresh mindset. I'm not exactly saying he can do wonders, but I believe he has proved time and time again that he's not a player you can easily write off, no matter how vulnerable he might(?) look (I'm sort of choosing to give more kudos to Taylor Fritz than to criticize Nadal). ------------------------------------------------------------------ Taylor Fritz to win a set against Casper Ruud at 1.28 with bet365 Nadal to win a set against FAA at 1.5 with bet365 I guess it'll be a little ridiculous for Fritz not to win at least a set against Ruud, right after his phenomenal performance vs Nadal. Good luck. 🤞
  17. Well I can only see one outcome in tonight's final. A Nakashima win, just as their group stage match. It has no value (1.3) though.
  18. Hmm, Croatia gets the upper hand at the DC tie vs Spain now? Spain's chances are shrinking without Alcaraz on their squad. Have the bookmakers taken this into account?
  19. Lol it's amazing how easily we see a momentum shift in tennis sometimes. Relieved that he managed to prevail 2-1.
  20. My mistake, the current challenger is an indoor hardcourt tournament. I'm really sorry I missed this. Makes things complicated now, don't know if I should cash it out or not.
  21. Gabriel Diallo to beat Antoine Escoffier at 1.61 with bet365 I'm gonna back the tall Canadian to win. It's really hard to break his serve. Escoffier specializes in indoor hard court, he's not as good and effective on outdoor hard. Good luck.🤞
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