In this week’s Changeover Podcast, Brodie of Mind The Racket, Amy, Juan José, and Lindsay talk about the Andy Murray’s return at the Queen’s Club, Roger Federer’s first title of the season in Halle, Donna Vekic’s amazing run in Birmingham, and more.
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Much thanks for the guide on how to pronounce ‘s-Hertogenbosch; I greatly appreciated that, although I think I’ll follow your lead in referring to it as the Topshelf Open.
The fact that many of you had no idea about who to pick to win the tournaments this week cracked me up. This week really does feel like the lull before the Wimbledon storm, doesn’t it?
Bryans won 8 titles in 2013, 44-6 record overall(Davis Cup, San Jose, Miami, Davis Cup, Houston and Monte Carlo)
Bryans last loss was at Monte Carlo vs Benneteau and Zimonjic. Bryans had 7 match points in that final but could not deliver on any one of them.
Because she’s blonde and thin and has what seems like a symmetrical face (I’ve only ever seen it on shady streams, so idk for sure), I’m really worried the American media will try to overpromote Vekic and then turn on like they did Sloane when she says one thing wrong or loses a few too many. Yes, Sloane said some dumb things, but the backlash was unreal and insane. Maybe Vekic will be a thickskinned ‘I don’t give a’ type, but for reasons I”m not really smart enough to fully understand, that’s a trait women tend to have less than men, even if the current top three, come to think, all do. She’s a lot of fun to watch, but yeah, the American media attack on Vika just made me soooo sad. So I’m concerned.
Also, since I bothered to figure it out for my own knowledge and amusement, and you guys hint on it, I’ll quickly post the scenario for Ferrer to make the top three. If Federer loses in the final, all Ferrer has to do is make the third round to pass him. A loss earlier for Fed and David doesn’t even to need to show up. Also, Federer d Ferrer in the final would do it, though I can’t see that happening. One of those scenarios happening seems quite likely to me.
Less likely is the path to stay above Nadal, but it is simple. If they lose in the same round, Ferrer will be ahead by ten points. There exist draws where Nadal could lose in the quarters and there are draws where Ferrer could make the semis. So, it’s possible, and as much as don’t like watching him, it would be sorta neat I guess.
Also, his loss in Den Bosch doesn’t matter at all to this, because Ferrer has so many 250 titles. It might matter to the race for 4 for the US, but given Roger’s recent form, I can’t see him having a good enough summer to make that actually a race anyway. I think Roger at five in New York is nearly a given.
Finally, I can’t remember who didn’t pick a loser, but I nominate Jack Sock for that individual. In a challenger, he lost to Somdev Devvarman from something like 62 52 up. Egads! Of course, that might be good news for Brody, Milos is looking more and more likely to win a 2018 slam by default. (I like to pretend Benoit is young enough to still be a prospect, personally)
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