Re: Tennis Draw Challenge 2018 - Results & Discussion

it's fixed now so hopefully you've made your picks!

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Interesting picks in Dubai this week.  Thanks to Petra's withdrawal, several of us have Sam Stosur winning this tournament.  Wouldn't that be a wacky result?  Also, 3 poor blokes lost Aggie as a SFist and spotec lost Kiki.

By far the most popular winner pick is Kerber, but there are a couple Svitolinas (TE, Edu), and one Mugu (Ol' Tenny-dab).  Not one person backed Konta to take it, which surprises me.

Over in Budapest, charming home-girl Timea Babos is the favorite, despite her playing a lot of matches.  The field is weak and unpredictable, though, so it makes sense.  Snolly has backed Sasnovich to win, which is a cool pick.  But otherwise the only other winner pick is Cibbie.

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Despite his withdrawing in his last match, everyone's still going with The Berd to win Marseille.  There's a few off Pouilles in there (Arnie, Murree, TE), an RBA (Dwight), and even a Wawa (Drivers), but that's it.  Spotec has Maximillian Marterer in the semis, which is cool.

Delray Beach seems pretty straightforward this year, with JMDP being the obvious favorite.  All of his competition has question marks attached.  But that didn't stop Arnie from picking Jack Sock as his winner.  Although Sock is defending champ, he hasn't won a single non-exo match this year, so how Arnie thinks he'll beat Harrison, Isner, Anderson, and Delpo all in a row is a mystery.  Perhaps Arnie has integrated his lovely new wife into his fantasy tennis habit and is letting her make picks?
Besides him, a few people went with Chung or Querrey over JMDP, which makes more sense.  Both of them, though, may not be at 100%.

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Nice analysis! Also, you forgot my Anderson pick tongue

Last edited by Edu_Anackin (Feb. 19, 2018 2:53pm)

Champion: '16 Padme Cup, '16 Roland Garros Yoda Cup,' 16 Leia Tiara, '15 Lando Calrissian's Ring (250's), '15 GQ "The Green Anackin", '16 Trophy Case Award, '17 BB-8 Cup
Runner Up: '16 Rey Saber, '13 US Open Yoda Cup, '14 R2D2 Phoenix Crown.

I am my own daughter!

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Lost Mlad and Aggie first round in Padme pfffft.

2017 - Rey Saber Champ, Padme Champ, Captain Phasma Champ, Obi Wan Runner Up, BIG 5 Career Slam, Inaugural Yoda Crew Hall Of Fame Inductee, 2016 Padme Runner Up
2015 - Obi Wan Master, King Droid, Yoda Crew Player Of The Year, 2014 Yoda Cup Guru Race Runner Up
2013 - Guru Race Winner (2014 Yoda Cup Guru), US Open Yoda Cup, Yoda Crew Player Of The Year
2012 - Lord Vader, 2011 - Wimbledon Yoda Cup

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Nice summary, Arvis. I agree that Sock is a difficult pick but he has a nice game for windy Delray, not that I am trying to defend Arnie or his wife.

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A couple people have lost their Winner picks already, most notably Adunar's Jack Sock pick. tongue

And there were a few that were hit by withdrawals, as well.  Outside of those, RBA and Sasnovich were both picked as winners and are already out.

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Arvis wrote:

And there were a few that were hit by withdrawals, as well.

Incredible, three withdrawn in my teams in the same week:

Kyrgios ---> Raonic ---> lost in 2nd round
Medvedev ---> Stakhovsky ---> lost in 1st round
Kvitova ---> Stosur ---> lost in 1st round

If it is not a record, it must be a good result in this matter.
Bad luck? sad

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If they don't pull out Rio final will be redone in Acapulco first round. Same thing is possible with Marseille final in Dubai second round. If they do pull out we should encourage them to do it before the deadline Monday.

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We strongly encourage it!

Last edited by Milo (Feb. 24, 2018 10:45pm)

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16 Wimby 14 RG Alpha Cup
12, 13 & 16 King Droid
15 Naboo Cup 14 Lord Vader- RU

Re: Tennis Draw Challenge 2018 - Results & Discussion

most qualifiers have been updated...please check your draws and teams to make sure you're all good to go.

16 Wimby 14 US Open Yoda Cup
16 Wimby 14 RG Alpha Cup
12, 13 & 16 King Droid
15 Naboo Cup 14 Lord Vader- RU

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We will try to post an update here when qualifiers are added and if/when someone withdraws before or after the bracket deadline. Hope this assists until a better fix can be implemented.

Last edited by Milo (Feb. 25, 2018 11:27pm)

16 Wimby 14 US Open Yoda Cup
16 Wimby 14 RG Alpha Cup
12, 13 & 16 King Droid
15 Naboo Cup 14 Lord Vader- RU

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Milo wrote:

most qualifiers have been updated...please check your draws and teams to make sure you're all good to go.

ALL QFS HAVE BEEN UPDATED!

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16 Wimby 14 RG Alpha Cup
12, 13 & 16 King Droid
15 Naboo Cup 14 Lord Vader- RU

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Over in Delray, young Frances Tiafoe got his first ATP singles title, shocking everyone.  Arvis got the bracket win here, somehow, but only with 19 points.  This tournament was SO unpredictable that spotec achieved the ignominious feat of finishing with single-digit points.

Marseille saw Karen Khachanov win his 2nd ATP singles title.  No one predicted that in brackets, of course, but a quintet of us had Pouille as runner-up.  Of those 5, Dtrain got the win by 1 point, with a total of 32.

But in the big 500 tournament, Rio de Janeiro, yet again nobody correctly predicted the winner, with Diego Schwartzman also acquiring his 2nd ATP title and first 500 title.  Marco19 and Arvis shared the win on this one, having The Schwartz as runner-up, but they won with only 36 points.  Sadly, spotec also brought up the rear here as well, ending a miserable week of ATP brackets for him.

Arvis gained the most points last week with 79 total.  This leaves us with Tenny and HTS still leading the Overall, BHP leading in 500s, and Tenny with a pretty huge lead in 250s.

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With AVU's big upset over Cibbie in Budapest, a few of us missed out on a big windfall of Winner points.  Still, Drivers managed to break 20 with a 22-point win here, just barely edging out HTS and Dtrain.

However, in Dubai, Edu and TE both got a pretty huge bracket payday, being the only ones to correctly predict Svitolina as champ.  they finished with 48 and 47, respectively, leaving 3rd-place finisher Tenedab in the dust with his measly 31.
To put their scores in perspective, Budapest Champ Drivers finished the week with only 45 points between both of her WTA brackets.

So Edu finishes last week as our Biggest Gainer, with a total of 67 points gained.

That leaves us with Edu taking 2nd place in Overall, with Adunar continuing to lead.  Adunar is also first in both 280 and 470 formats.

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I was some 80 points behind Arnie 3 or 2 weeks ago, I really thought I was gonna take the whole year to take the difference away, if at all. Really pleased with my last couple of weeks big_smile

Champion: '16 Padme Cup, '16 Roland Garros Yoda Cup,' 16 Leia Tiara, '15 Lando Calrissian's Ring (250's), '15 GQ "The Green Anackin", '16 Trophy Case Award, '17 BB-8 Cup
Runner Up: '16 Rey Saber, '13 US Open Yoda Cup, '14 R2D2 Phoenix Crown.

I am my own daughter!

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Great week last week for you Edu, that rocketed you up the leaderboard, nice work.

Thanks for the quick weekly summaries too Arvis. big_smile

2017 - Rey Saber Champ, Padme Champ, Captain Phasma Champ, Obi Wan Runner Up, BIG 5 Career Slam, Inaugural Yoda Crew Hall Of Fame Inductee, 2016 Padme Runner Up
2015 - Obi Wan Master, King Droid, Yoda Crew Player Of The Year, 2014 Yoda Cup Guru Race Runner Up
2013 - Guru Race Winner (2014 Yoda Cup Guru), US Open Yoda Cup, Yoda Crew Player Of The Year
2012 - Lord Vader, 2011 - Wimbledon Yoda Cup

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Thanks! big_smile

Champion: '16 Padme Cup, '16 Roland Garros Yoda Cup,' 16 Leia Tiara, '15 Lando Calrissian's Ring (250's), '15 GQ "The Green Anackin", '16 Trophy Case Award, '17 BB-8 Cup
Runner Up: '16 Rey Saber, '13 US Open Yoda Cup, '14 R2D2 Phoenix Crown.

I am my own daughter!

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Nicely done, Edu!

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Good move Edu!

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Very nice job in Vader this week Tomas-Murreee  cool

...the Padawan teaches the Master wink

Last edited by Milo (Mar. 3, 2018 3:03pm)

16 Wimby 14 US Open Yoda Cup
16 Wimby 14 RG Alpha Cup
12, 13 & 16 King Droid
15 Naboo Cup 14 Lord Vader- RU

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Thanks Milo - But you will always be the Master...

It is your destiny to return to the best player in the world very soon... And I will continue my training with you..!!!

PS - Shout out to Tono for his good advise...

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So, just a quick preamble for some tennis news close to my heart before I can get to any summaries of last week:

Sara Errani won the Indian Wells 125k Challenger, only dropping one set along the way.  Which player was the one to win that one set against her?  Claire Liu.

Hopefully this means she's rounding into form!

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In a tournament normally dominated by the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, Robert Bautista Agut gave us all an Agut Punch by winning it all in Dubai.  This was especially surprising considering the losing streak he was on pre-tourney.  Exactly ZERO of us predicted this win.
However, 4 of us correctly predicted Pouille as runner-up, and consequently those 4 were the Top 4 scorers here, with Sexy Lexy taking the first place position with 33.  That's a full 20 points over last place spotec, who continues to weep and gnash his teeth on a weekly basis.  To put that in perspective, perrenial fantasy doofus Arvis won an entire tournament last week with only 19 total points last week.

It was a different story over on the outdoor hardcourts in Acapulco, with two big favorites JMDP and Big Kev playing in the final.  Many of us would have predicted that were it not for basically all of us having Taro Daniel as Winner.  Either way, the Argentine won, and those of us who picked him as Runner Up beat those of us who did not.  HTS, Marco, and Ol' Tenny all tied for the win with 38 points, 17 above last place Aiur.

And in the smallest tournament of the week, Sao Paulo, Dtrain got the win by correctly predicting 3 of 4 SFists, including Nicolas Jarry, somehow.  Seriously, how the heck?
Anyway, although this was a 250, the point totals were similar to the two 500s, with Dtrain scoring 33 and last place TE scoring 18, a 15 point swing.
Although spotec finally saw some success here, being the only person to correctly predict Fognini as champ, he managed to do that and still not get first place.  How frustrating.

Lexus and Marco tied for Top ATP Scorer this week with 88 points.  This changes nothing in the Overall, with Tenedab and HTS still scrapping for the top spot, only 3 points  separating them.  In the 500s, BHP drops two spots, with TE taking #2 and Sexy Lexy taking #1 with two good performances this week.  And in 250s, Tenny continues to dominate easily.

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Only one WTA tournament this week, a shared one in Acapulco, and hardly any correct SFist predictions were to be found among us.  Interestingly, though, our champ Dwight correctly had Voegele as runner-up, which led him to a fairly dominant win, beating 2nd-place Drivers by 6 points for a total of 30.  He gained 18 points on last place Marco, who suffered a mirror-reverse result from his ATP efforts this same week.

Adunar is still in the lead Overall by 10 over 2nd place Edu, with BHP in 3rd.  Adunar also continues to lead the 280s, but just barely, with only 10 points between him and 7th place Tono.

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#WTA qualifiers were added at Indian Wells!

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Happy to see some love for Petra in our IW brackets.  Both spotec and Drivers picked her to win.  If it had just been spotec, I'd be worried. (jk spotec)

But Halep is the most popular winner pick by a good margin.  And Snolly has Serena as his Winner, which is both insane and distressingly possible.  Interestingly, no one took a shot on Pliskova or Svitolina to get an upset trophy.

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Arvis, that fine. smile

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