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Two tennis fans keenly discussing the happenings of the ATP and WTA tours, foolhardily making predictions and providing some analysis along the way. Visit jackedward.substack.com (soon to be https://www.onthelinetennis.uk) for more!

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    Episode 75: Davis Cup Review ft. Stephen Boughton

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 30:55


    With Stephen Boughton of The Slice Tennis, we cover everything from last week's Davis Cup Final including Canada's triumph, Australia's run to the final and the drama in the US Team.Canada win the Davis Cup0:29: Team Canada win the Davis Cup.5:50: Felix Auger-Aliassime instrumental to Canadian success.9:20: Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil round off the Canadian Davis Cup team.Australia Runner-up15:12: Alex De Minaur leads Australia to a first final in 19 years.16:58: Nick Kyrgios missing from the roster.Team USA Drama20:25: Rajeev Ram excluded from the US roster as they lose in a deciding doubles tie to Italy.Success for the Davis Cup27:38: A brief look at the numbers for attendance at this year's Davis Cup.

    Episode 74: ATP Finals Review ft. John Silk and Owen Lewis

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 46:40


    With John Silk and Owen Lewis, we cover everything from last week's ATP Finals including Novak Djokovic's run to the title and our thoughts on the rest of the field.Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals1:25: Novak Djokovic's serving performance leads him to a sixth title at the ATP Finals.7:57: Djokovic defeats Casper Ruud in the final.The Field at the ATP Finals12:36: Our thoughts on Taylor Fritz.19:00: Ruud's continued woes in big finals. 22:16: Should Andrey Rublev draw positives or negatives from his semifinal run? 26:07: Stefanos Tsitsipas's fascinating season. 34:14: Daniil Medvedev or Rafael Nadal - who should we be more worried about?43:22: Felix Auger-Aliassime's tournament and season.

    Episode 73: The Billie Jean King Cup ft. Claire Stanley

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 54:08


    With Claire Stanley from the Murray Musings podcast, we cover everything from last week's Billie Jean King Cup including Belinda Bencic leading Switzerland to glory and Great Britain's miraculous run to the semifinals.Group Stages0:43: Great Britain qualify for the semifinals with a dramatic 3-0 victory over Spain.9:35: Storm Sanders and Ajla Tomljanovic lead Australia to the semifinals.14:43: Belinda Bencic plays out of her skin and Viktorija Golubic surprises to see Switzerland through to the semis.24:51: Czechia defeat the US to make it through the group stages.Semifinals32:13: Australia deny Great Britain a chance at the title.40:31: Switzerland power through their singles matches against Czechia.Final44:54: Belinda Bencic and Jil Teichmann lead Switzerland to Billie Jean King Cup glory against Australia.

    Episode 72: WTA Finals ft. Pam Shriver

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 30:02


    Joined by 22-time Grand Slam champion Pam Shriver, we breakdown the WTA Finals looking at Garcia's tournament winning performance, Sabalenka's rollercoaster season, Swiatek's defeat and disappointing debuts for Gauff and Pegula.Tough for the Fans1:36: Difficult debuts for the Americans Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula.Semifinal Qualifiers8:09: Iga Swiatek goes 3-0 in her round-robin matches.13:01: Aryna Sabalenka scraps through Ons Jabeur at the start of the week.15:12: Maria Sakkari also goes 3-0 in the round-robin stage.Swiatek Defeated20:21: Aryna Sabalenka puts on a second-serving clinic to defeat Iga Swiatek.Caroline Garcia wins the WTA Finals24:44: Caro Garcia plays one of her best matches of the year to defeat Sabalenka.

    Episode 71: Paris Masters ft. Gill Gross

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 52:24


    With Tennis Channel broadcaster Gill Gross, we breakdown the Paris Masters analysing Rune's epic final against Djokovic, Djokovic's semifinal against Tsitsipas and Medvedev and Nadal's losses plus Simon retires.Gilles Simon Retires0:57: Gilles Simon retires from tennis.Upsets6:40: Alex De Minaur defeats Daniil Medvedev.15:08: Tommy Paul defeats Rafael Nadal.Alcaraz/Rune20:02: Our first look at the Alcaraz-Rune rivalry.Djokovic's Tournament26:57: Novak Djokovic dismisses Lorenzo Musetti in the quarterfinals.29:45: Djokovic squeaks passed Stefanos Tsitsipas in an epic semifinal win.Holger Rune Is The Champion38:28: Fatigue takes hold of Felix Auger-Aliassime against Holger Rune in the semifinal.39:20: Stan Wawrinka tells Rune to "stop being a baby on the court" after losing to the Dane.41:14: All our thoughts on an epic finale for Rune against Djokovic.

    Episode 70: Basel and Vienna

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 27:11


    Jack Edward and John Silk discuss last week's events on the ATP tour including Felix Auger-Aliassime's third title in as many weeks in Basel and a much-needed title for Daniil Medvedev in Vienna.Basel1:21: Home favourite Stan Wawrinka defeats Casper Ruud and Brandon Nakashima in Basel.5:41: Arthur Rinderknech gets a special mention for his clutch top-20 wins.6:43: Felix Auger-Aliassime wins his third title in a row defeating Holger Rune in the final.11:05: In the semis, FAA extended his head-to-head against Carlos Alcaraz to 3-0.Vienna15:48: Daniil Medvedev gets a much-needed come-from-behind win over Denis Shapovalov in the final of Vienna.19:16: Medvedev's win over Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals.ATP Finals22:30: Favourites for the ATP Finals.

    Episode 69: Guadalajara, Stockholm, Naples and Antwerp

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 50:51


    Jack Edward and John Silk discuss last week's events on the tours including the biggest title of Jessica Pegula's career in Guadalajara, Stefanos Tsitsipas's continued troubles in finals, the mess that was the Tennis Napoli Cup and Felix Auger-Aliassime's dominance indoors.Guadalajara0:55: Marie Bouzkova's emergence as a top player in Guadalajara.3:23: Maria Sakkari comes through tough opposition to make her fourth final of the season.8:24: Jessica Pegula defeats Sakkari to win her first title of the season.14:10: Reviewing the qualifiers for the WTA Finals in Fort Worth.Stockholm18:53: Stefanos Tsitsipas loses a sixth hard-court final in a row against Holger Rune in Stockholm.28:52: Rune wins his second title of the season.Naples30:31: Naples' tournament organisers mess up.35:27: Lorenzo Musetti defeats Matteo Berrettini in an all-Italian final.37:41: The best prospect from Musetti, Rune, Korda, Brooksby and Draper.Antwerp40:28: Is Dominic Thiem back?44:17: Felix Auger-Aliassime proving himself the player to beat indoors and looking at the leaders in the race to the ATP Finals.

    Episode 68: Tokyo, Ostrava, Monastir and Astana

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 45:53


    Jack Edward and Damian Kust discuss the last week on the ATP and WTA Tours including titles for Djokovic in Astana, Krejcikova in Ostrava, Mertens in Monastir and Fritz in Tokyo.Tokyo1:29: Miomir Kecmanovic saves six match points in his win over Dan Evans.2:49: Taylor Fritz breaks Frances Tiafoe's record in tiebreaks to win the title in Tokyo.Ostrava6:57: An introduction to Alycia Parks who defeated Karolina Pliskova and Maria Sakkari back-to-back (lost to eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova). 11:06: Barbora Krejcikova defeats Iga Swiatek in a thriller in Ostrava.Monastir19:38: Ons Jabeur crashes out at her home tournament in Monastir to Claire Liu.24:42: Elise Mertens wins her first title of the season.Astana26:32: Luca Nardi announces himself to the tour in his loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas.31:36: Daniil Medvedev is forced to retire mid-match in an epic against Novak Djokovic.39:32: Djokovic rolls in his final against Stefanos Tsitsipas. 41:22: Djokovic's love affair with the post-US-Open season.

    Episode 67: Tel Aviv, Parma, Sofia, Tallinn and Seoul

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 45:51


    Jack Edward and John Silk discuss the last week on the ATP and WTA Tours including titles for Djokovic in Tel Aviv, Krejcikova in Tallinn, Sherif in Parma, Huesler in Sofia and Nishioka in Seoul.Tel Aviv2:28: Novak Djokovic's form coming into the tournament.4:47: Running through Novak's draw.6:29: How Novak performed in the final against Marin Cilic.9:20: Djokovic's chances approaching the ATP Finals.Parma13:30: Maria Sakkari's continued run of losses in the latter stages of tournament and Mayar Sherif's maiden WTA title.Sofia19:50: Marc-Andrea Huesler defeats Holger Rune in the final of Sofia to win his first ATP title.24:55: Huesler's survival from the brink against Kamil Majchrzak earlier in the week.Tallinn26:30: Barbora Krejcikova breaks Anett Kontaveit's streak on indoor hard-courts in winning the title in Tallinn.30:30: Looking at the race to the WTA Finals.Seoul32:56: Yoshihito Nishioka's win over world #2 Casper Ruud in Seoul.38:02: Denis Shapovalov regains some form in defeating Jenson Brooksby to reach his first final of the season.40:10: Nishioka defeats Shapovalov in the final.42:45: Hyeon Chung makes his return to the court.

    Episode 66: Laver Cup, Metz, Tokyo, San Diego and Seoul

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 47:07


    Jack Edward and Vansh Vermani discuss the Laver Cup and Roger Federer's retirement plus other tournaments this week in Metz, Tokyo, San Diego and Seoul.Laver Cup1:01: Thoughts on the Laver Cup in general.5:16: Andy Murray's loss to Alex De Minaur.7:13: Federer's last match playing doubles with Nadal against Tiafoe and Sock and his retirement ceremony.13:31: Djokovic routs Tiafoe on the Saturday.15:41: Auger-Aliassime defeats Djokovic on the Sunday.18:22: Tiafoe clutches out a win against Tsitsipas to win the Laver Cup for Team World.San Diego20:16: Vansh's hometown-hero Brandon Nakashima wins his first ATP title in San Diego.Tokyo25:16: Luidmila Samsonova continues her great form in defeating Qinwen Zheng to win the title in Tokyo.28:43: Sports psychology in tennis.30:22: A couple of facts on the finalists.Metz31:45: Stan Wawrinka continues his comeback with a great win over Daniil Medvedev.37:13: Lorenzo Sonego wins the title in Metz.Seoul40:18: Jelena Ostapenko loses to Ekaterina Alexandrova in the final of Seoul.42:53: Emma Raducanu wins three matches in a row for the first time since last year's US Open.

    Episode 65: Great Britain at the Davis Cup

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 44:09


    Jack Edward and Scott Barclay discuss Great Britain's loss in the group stages of the Davis Cup World Group including their ties against USA, Netherlands and Kazakhstan.1:35: My experience being media accredited at the Davis Cup ties in Glasgow.7:54: The Netherlands tie against Kazakhstan.9:23: Cam Norrie's week in Glasgow.13:24: The late Wednesday doubles between Joe Salisbury/Andy Murray and Rajeev Ram/Jack Sock.20:23: Team GB go crashing out of the Davis Cup in their tie against the Netherlands on Friday.26:05: The atmosphere at the dead rubber on Sunday.

    Episode 64: US Open 2022 Men's and Women's Finals

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 51:18


    Jack Edward and John Silk discuss this year's men's and women's singles finals at the US Open including Iga Swiatek defeating Ons Jabeur and Carlos Alcaraz defeating Casper Ruud. Women's Singles: Iga Swiatek defeats Ons Jabeur0:59: John's experience watching the US Open final live.3:41: Iga Swiatek's ability to deal with pressure and how she performed in the final.12:25: Ons Jabeur's ability to deal with adversity and whether or not she'll win a Slam.21:08: The stats on Iga's US Open win.Men's Singles: Carlos Alcaraz defeats Casper Ruud21:36: The stats on Carlos Alcaraz's US Open win (*10 of 23 titles this year).23:05: Alcaraz's self-belief going into the final and Casper Ruud's success/failures in this match.35:06: Juan Carlos Ferrero's assessment of Carlos after the final.44:36: Alcaraz and the Big Three.

    Episode 63: US Open 2022 Carlos Alcaraz vs Jannik Sinner Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 46:51


    Jack Edward, Vansh Vermani and Owen Lewis review Carlos Alcaraz's epic quarterfinal win over Jannik Sinner at this year's US Open.Story of the Match1:33: Sets 1 and 2.9:22: Set 3.16:54: Set 4.21:32: Set 5.Analysis25:32: Alcaraz's backhand return.28:14: Alcaraz's serving strategy.33:44: The length of the match suited Alcaraz.36:00: Did Sinner play a strategically sounder match?The Bigger Picture39:20: A fleeting comparison to the Big Three.42:03: Leading the new generation.43:46: Does Frances Tiafoe have a chance against Alcaraz?

    Episode 62: US Open 2022 Week One Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 56:39


    Jack Edward, Vansh Vermani and Isabel Wing review everything that happened during the first week of the US Open including Frances Tiafoe's win over Rafa and Nick Kyrgios defeating defending champ Daniil Medvedev plus our picks for the men's and women's semifinalists.Men's Quarterfinals1:02: Nick Kyrgios defeats defending champion Daniil Medvedev.8:01: Karen Khachanov defeats an in-form Pablo Carreno Busta.12:42: Our pick for Matteo Berrettini vs Casper Ruud.18:47: Frances Tiafoe defeats Rafael Nadal.25:19: Andrey Rublev defeats Denis Shapovalov enroute to the quarterfinals.27:32 Our pick for Rublev vs Tiafoe.30:35: Our pick for Jannik Sinner vs Carlos Alcaraz.Women's Quarterfinals35:22: Our pick for Ons Jabeur vs Alja Tomjlanovic.41:22: Our pick for Caroline Garcia vs Coco Gauff. 49:24: Our pick for Iga Swiatek vs Jessica Pegula.

    Episode 61: US Open 2022 Draw Breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 62:48


    Jack Edward and Damian Kust breakdown this year's US Open men's and women's singles draws looking at first-rounds to watch, dark horse picks and players that could go far.Men's Singles DrawFirst Quarter1:14: The picks of the first-rounds in this quarter including Kyrgios/Kokkinakis, Carreno Busta/Thiem and Wolf/Bautista Agut.4:58: Analysing Daniil Medvedev's draw.7:45: Dark horse picks.Second Quarter10:14: Analysing Andy Murray's draw.12:48: Why Taylor Fritz is the favourite for this quarter.16:01: Dark horse picks.Third Quarter17:30: Picking between Hubert Hurkacz and Jannik Sinner.20:55: Picking between Carlos Alcaraz and Borna Coric.23:44: Dark horse picks.Fourth Quarter25:10: Cam Norrie's favourable draw.29:19: Analysing Rafa Nadal's draw.Women's Singles DrawFirst Quarter32:00: Analysing Iga Swiatek's draw.35:48: Dark horse picks.Second Quarter39:48: Picking someone to emerge in this open quarter.42:28: The picks of the first-rounds in this quarter including Raducanu/Cornet, Van Uytvanck/Venus Williams and Collins/Osaka.Third Quarter43:49: Analysing Simona Halep's draw.48:45: A stacked section with Haddad Maia, Andreescu, and Garcia.Fourth Quarter51:05: Picking between Jabeur, Kasatkina, Kudermetova and Rogers.54:00: Serena Williams given a first-round against Danka Kovinic. 56:09: Dark horse picks.Outright Winners58:07: Outright winner picks.

    Episode 60: Cincinnati Masters 2022 (Review)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 59:58


    Jack Edward and David Gertler review everything that happened at the Cincinnati Masters including how Caroline Garcia and Borna Coric made surprising title runs.Cincinnati WTAEarly Exits1:02: Serena Williams loses to Emma Raducanu plus discussing both player's chances at the US Open.5:59: Simona Halep and Coco Gauff opt for caution in the run-up to the US Open.7:09: Iga Swiatek loses to Madison Keys in the round of 16 plus both player's chances at the US.The Finalists13:32: Petra Kvitova survives match point against Jil Teichmann in the first-round.16:37: Caroline Garcia's form throughout the tournament and against Kvitova in the final.Cincinnati ATPEarly Exits23:51: Pablo Carreno Busta suffers a hangover from his Montreal Masters win.26:10: Frances Tiafoe's form in his win against Matteo Berrettini.29:19: Andy Murray's win over Stan Wawrinka and his loss to Cam Norrie.34:10: An introduction to Ben Shelton who defeated Casper Ruud in the second-round.The Finalists38:54: Stefanos Tsitsipas defeats Daniil Medvedev in one of his wins of the season.45:08: Borna Coric becomes the lowest-ranked player to win a Masters title.

    Episode 59: Montreal and Toronto Masters 2022 (Review)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 60:00


    Jack Edward and Nick Carter review everything that happened at the Montreal and Toronto Masters including how Pablo Carreno Busta and Simona Halep earned their titles.MontrealEarly Exits1:17: Trivia question: Pablo Carreno Busta is now the second-oldest first-time Masters champion of all time. Which player is the oldest? Answer revealed at 29:41. 2:15: Andy Murray loses emphatically to Taylor Fritz.4:09: Tommy Paul defeats Carlos Alcaraz in a high-drama affair.6:02: Casper Ruud proves he has more than one shot against Roberto Bautista Agut.8:20: Nick Kyrgios serve-and-volleys his through Daniil Medvedev.Match of the Tournament12:06: Dan Evans defeats Tommy Paul in Jack's pick for match of the tournament.Hubert Hurkacz13:54: Nick Kyrgios runs out of steam against Hubert Hurkacz.15:58: Hurkacz defeats Casper Ruud in the semifinals.Pablo Carreno Busta20:41: Nick's love of PCB. 24:46: PCB dismantles Jannik Sinner.26:04: What made the difference for PCB in the final against Hurkacz.29:41: Who is the oldest first-time Masters champion of all time?TorontoEarly Exits30:41: Serena Williams loses to Belinda Bencic in her last appearance in Toronto.35:01: Iga Swiatek loses to Beatriz Haddad Maia.Coco Gauff39:01: Coco Gauff's fighting spirit in her wins against Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka.41:46: Gauff becomes the world #1 in doubles.The Semifinalists43:47: Jessica Pegula's consistency this year.46:34: Karolina Pliskova overcomes a poor season to make the semifinals in Toronto.The Final49:20: Is Simona Halep a pusher?52:59 How the final played out between Halep and Haddad Maia.

    Episode 58: Washington, Los Cabos and San Jose

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 49:40


    Jack Edward and Vansh Vermani talk everything from the last week of tour tennis including Kyrgios and Samsonova's titles in Washington, Medvedev's return in Los Cabos and Kasatkina's win in San Jose.Washington ATP0:54: Andy Murray's loss to Mikael Ymer.4:33: Emil Ruusuvuori defeats Hubert Hurkacz.7:54: Yoshihito Nishioka's brilliant run in Washington looking at his semifinal win over Andrey Rublev.13:26: Nick Kyrgios's run through Washington to earn the seventh title of his career.Washington WTA19:04: Luidmila Samsonova's win over Emma Raducanu in the quarterfinals.22:39: Samsonova defeats Kaia Kanepi to win the title in Washington.Los Cabos25:55: Cam Norrie's run to a tenth final in 18 months looking at his semifinal win against Felix Auger-Aliassime in Las Cabos.33:04: Daniil Medvedev defeats Norrie in the final.San Jose37:14: Coco Gauff's win over Naomi Osaka at the start of the tournament.43:20: Daria Kasatkina's win over Shelby Rogers in the final of San Jose.

    Episode 57: Warsaw, Umag, Atlanta, Kitzbuhel and Prague

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 47:29


    Jack Edward and Damian Kust discuss last week's events on the tours including Garcia's win in Warsaw, Sinner's win in Umag, De Minaur's title in Atlanta, Bautista Agut's second clay trophy in Kitzbuhel and Bouzkova's first title in Prague.Poland Open1:25: Damian's positive and negative experiences attending the Poland Open.10:32: Caroline Garcia's win over world #1 Iga Swiatek.Umag21:31: Jannik Sinner defeats Carlos Alcaraz in the final of Umag.25:07: Daniil Medvedev's record vs Frenchman.26:00: Jaume Munar's bad luck.Atlanta30:00: Drama from Jenson Brooksby in his win over Frances Tiafoe. 32:33: Alex De Minaur defeats Jenson Brooksby in the final of Atlanta.Kitzbuhel37:20: Roberto Bautista Agut defeats Filip Misolic in the final of Kitzbuhel.38:36: Some insight into Misolic's game.Prague43:05: Marie Bouzkova defeats Anastasia Potapova in the final of Prague.

    Episode 56: Hamburg, Gstaad and Palermo

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 38:52


    Jack Edward and Owen Lewis discuss last week's events on the tours including Musetti and Pera's wins in Hamburg, Ruud's title defence in Gstaad and Begu's victory in Palermo.Hamburg ATP0:56: Lorenzo Musetti's difficulty closing out matches in Hamburg.4:39: Carlos Alcaraz's complicated route to the final.5:52: How the final played out.12:48: Summing up the stats.Hamburg WTA14:11: Bernarda Pera follows up her victory in Hungary with a title in Hamburg.Gstaad ATP19:22: Dominic Thiem continues his comeback with three wins back-to-back in Gstaad.22:36: The final between Casper Ruud and Matteo Berrettini. 27:28: Berrettini's limits.29:27: Changing Ruud's schedule.Palermo WTA31:26: Irina-Camelia Begu's tough second-round against Oceane Dodin.32:32: Sara Sorribes Tormo's game.37:10: Summing up Begu's stats and a clutch for Kvitova fans.

    Episode 55: The Life of a Tennis Journalist

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 43:35


    Jack Edward talks to the founder of 'The Slice' Stephen Boughton on travelling the world as a tennis journalist.1:21: Stephen Boughton tells us about 'The Slice'.5:07: Thoughts on Tennis Twitter.9:31: Discussing the options for commentary in tennis media.14:05: Stephen's goals as he travels the tour in Europe.19:35: The troubles of getting accredited by the media.31:28: Stephen's favourite Canadian player.36:03: Thoughts on the GOAT debate.

    Episode 54: Wimbledon 2022 Men's Final Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022 29:45


    Jack Edward and Vansh Vermani review the Wimbledon men's singles final between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios.1:28: How Nick Kyrgios won the first set.5:09: How Novak Djokovic changed the dynamic of the match.8:27: How the final three sets played out.12:10: Did Kyrgios ever have a chance in this match?17:21: Does Kyrgios have a chance at majors going forward?22:19: When Djokovic hangs up his racket, who has the potential to dominate at Wimbledon?26:26: Drawing comparisons between Federer and Djokovic.

    Episode 53: Wimbledon Men's Final Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 20:25


    Jack Edward and Damian Kust preview the Wimbledon men's singles final between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios.1:09: Damian's feelings about the final.2:36: Nick Kyrgios's tournament so far.8:51: The match-up between the two players.16:56: Predictions for the match.

    Episode 52: Recapping the First Week of Wimbledon 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 50:51


    I'm joined by Owen Lewis to recap everything from the first week of Wimbledon including the biggest shocks, the best matches and our predicted semifinalists.Our Favourite Matches of the First Week0:44: Watching Andy Murray losing to John Isner live.3:44: Serena Williams' loss to Harmony Tan and Novak Djokovic's win against Tim Van Rijthoven.Biggest Shocks of the First Week4:58: Alizé Cornet upsets Iga Swiatek in the third-round.9:45: Cristian Garin makes it to the quarterfinals.13:01: Jule Niemeier and Tatjana Maria facing off in the quarterfinals.Best Matches of the First Week16:35: Excitement for an exceptional future rivalry as Jannik Sinner defeats Carlos Alcaraz.23:35: Ons Jabeur saves four set points in the first set in her defeat of Elise Mertens.24:48: The drama in Nick Kyrgios' win over Stefanos Tsitsipas.Predicted Semifinalists33:41: David Goffin v Cam Norrie.36:05: Rafael Nadal v Taylor Fritz.37:47: Nick Kyrgios v Cristian Garin.38:59: Amanda Anisimova v Simona Halep.42:15: Elena Rybakina v Alja Tomjlanovic.43:52: Ons Jabeur v Marie Bouzkova.Nadal v Djokovic45:51: Our thoughts on a potential Nadal v Djokovic final.

    Episode 51: Wimbledon 2022 Men's Draw Breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 46:43


    Jack Edward and Damian Kust predict the quarterfinalists and the outright winner from this year's Wimbledon men's singles draw.Top Half1:22: First projected quarterfinalist. Includes Novak Djokovic and Reilly Opelka.4:22: Second projected quarterfinalist. Includes Jannik Sinner, Andy Murray and Carlos Alcaraz.10:05: Third projected quarterfinalist. Includes Casper Ruud, Frances Tiafoe and Pablo Carreno Busta.16:08: Fourth projected quarterfinalist. Includes Hubert Hurkacz, Cameron Norrie and Grigor Dimitrov.Bottom Half19:16: Fifth projected quarterfinalist. Includes Matteo Berrettini, Diego Schwartzman and Alex De Minaur.25:54: Sixth projected quarterfinalist. Includes Stefanos Tsitsipas, Nick Kyrgios and Roberto Bautista Agut.29:45: Seventh projected quarterfinalist. Includes Felix Auger-Aliassime, Taylor Fritz and Dan Evans.36:51: Eight projected quarterfinalist. Includes Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic and Botic Van De Zandschulp.Outright Winner41:39: Our picks for an outright winner.

    Episode 50: Queen's, Halle, Birmingham and Berlin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 48:47


    Reviewing last week's tournaments as the grass season develops including Hurkacz's win in Halle, Berrettini's win in Queen's, Haddad Maia's win in Birmingham and Ons Jabeur's win in Berlin.Halle1:19: Hubert Hurkacz defeats the defending champion, Ugo Humbert.6:02: Hurkacz goes on to defeat FAA and Nick Kyrgios.7:59: Daniil Medvedev's meltdown and Hurkacz's brilliance in the final + Hurkacz's chances at Wimbledon compared to Matteo Berrettini's.Birmingham13:40: Beatriz Haddad Maia survives a high-quality three-setter against Simona Halep.17:44: Haddad Maia's chances against Iga Swiatek.Berlin22:35: Coco Gauff's mental strength in her quarterfinal against Karolina Pliskova.26:24: Ons Jabeur's ability to counter Gauff's weaponry.Queen's29:17: Ryan Peniston's win over top-seed Casper Ruud, Wawrinka's win over Frances Tiafoe and Denis Shapovalov's continued woes.33:25: Berrettini's first two wins over Dan Evans and Denis Kudla.35:22: Berrettini's next two wins against Tommy Paul and BVDZ. 38:50: Cilic's loss to Filip Krajinovic in the semifinal.39:59: Krajinovic's level in his final loss to Berrettini.44:29: Berrettini and Hurkacz's chances against Novak Djokovic.

    Episode 49: Starting the Grass Season in Stuttgart, s'Hertogenbosch and Nottingham

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 32:27


    Reviewing the start of the grass season by covering Berrettini's win in Stuttgart, Van Rijthoven and Alexandrova's wins in s'Hertogenbosch and Haddad Maia's win in Nottingham.Stuttgart1:22: Matteo Berrettini successfully comes back from surgery to win his sixth ATP title in Stuttgart.6:40: Andy Murray makes his first ATP final in five months but sustains an ab injury late in the match.9:42: Nick Kyrgios continues to cause drama on the court.s'Hertogenbosch12:04: Tim van Rijthoven caps a dream week with his first ATP title in s'Hertogenbosch.18:49: Aryna Sabalenka's woes this season.22:25: Ekaterina Alexandrova wins the title in s'Hertogenbosch reducing her ranking by half over the course of the last two months.Nottingham23:41: Beatriz Haddad Maia wins her first WTA title defeating Alison Riske in the final.Other Thoughts29:11: Andy's chances of being seeded at Wimbledon.31:03: The first time since 2003 that none of the Big 3 have been in the top-2 in the world.

    Episode 48: French Open 2022 Men's and Women's Finals

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 45:36


    Jack and Gav's review of the men's and women's finals at this year's Roland Garros including Rafa Nadal's win over Casper Ruud and Iga Swiatek's win over Coco Gauff.Women's Final0:53: The pressure on Coco Gauff in getting to her first Grand Slam final.4:44: Swiatek on learning to accept the outcome from Rafa Nadal.8:17: Gauff's technical improvements throughout the tournament.10:58: What Gauff felt Swiatek did particularly well.13:22: Swiatek gets asked an atrocious question in her press conference. Men's Final17:33: How Casper Ruud felt going into the final.19:58: The tactical mismatch between Ruud and Rafa Nadal.22:30: Acknowledging Ruud's success this tournament but discussing his exploitable backhand weakness against better players.26:11: Rafa's treatment on his foot and his plans for a permanent fix.28:41: Rafa's thoughts on playing Wimbledon.32:00: Rafa's motivation for continuing to play.Other Thoughts35:20: Wheelchair final held in Philippe Chatrier for the first time at the French Open.37:50: Peak viewership at this year's Roland Garros.41:21: Dmitry Tursunov splits with Anett Kontaveit.

    Episode 47: French Open 2022 Men's Semifinal Review and Men's and Women's Final Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 67:09


    With special guests Owen Lewis and Vansh Vermani from Tennis and Bagels Podcast, we review the men's semifinals at Roland Garros, including Zverev's retirement against Nadal and Ruud's win over Cilic, plus a preview of both the men's and women's finals between Nadal/Ruud and Swiatek/Gauff respectively. Men's Semifinals1:07: Rafael Nadal moves through to the final after Alexander Zverev goes over his ankle.17:54: Casper Ruud defeats Marin Cilic to reach his first Grand Slam final and Holger Rune's beef with the Norwegian.Men's Final Preview28:52: Preview of the men's final between Nadal and Ruud.Women's Final Preview41:57: Hawkeye on clay, the activist in the Ruud/Cilic match, Amelie Mauresmo's decision to put men's matches on night sessions and Iga Swiatek's dominance.53:53: Preview of the women's final between Swiatek and Coco Gauff.

    Episode 46: Nadal defeats Djokovic at the 2022 French Open

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 42:57


    Our definitive review of Rafael Nadal's blockbuster quarterfinal win over Novak Djokovic at this year's French Open with special guests Owen Lewis and Vansh Vermani from Tennis and Bagels Podcast.1:48: Tactics and execution from both players.16:36: The tenser moments in the fourth set.22:02: How the conditions affected both players.26:40: The significance of the match within their rivalry.33:57: How Djokovic feels after the match and closing thoughts on tactics.

    Episode 45: French Open 2022 Days 1-3

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 47:41


    Everything that's happened in the first round matches of this year's French Open.The Upsets1:17: Pablo Cuevas gives Jenson Brooksby a clay-court lesson.3:11: Filip Krajinovic stifles Reilly Opelka's huge serve.4:32: Tallon Griekspoor defeats Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.6:16: Denis Shapovalov plays a very poor match in his loss to Holger Rune.8:09: Dominic Thiem can't find the forehand return against Hugo Dellien.10:06: Naomi Osaka shows clay promise in her loss to Amanda Anisimova.12:35: Ons Jabeur can't find the answers to Magda Linette.14:36: Kaia Kanepi slays another giant in Garbine Muguruza.15:23: Anett Kontaveit's continued struggles on clay against Ajla Tomljanovic.16:14: Joao Sousa defeats former junior world #1 Chun-hsin Tseng.The Brits18:42: Emma Raducanu grits her teeth against Linda Noskova.20:40: Cam Norrie plays a tidy match against Manuel Guinard.21:20: Dan Evans perplexes Francisco Cerundolo.The French22:00: Corentin Moutet defeats Stan Wawrinka.24:15: Diane Parry upsets defending champion Barbora Krejcikova.26:15: Karolina Pliskova doesn't know Tessah Andrianjafitrimo's name.27:23: Hugo Gaston uses the crowd to full advantage in his five-set win over Alex De Minaur.29:51: Casper Ruud defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final match of the Frenchman's career.The Favourites33:12: Rafa Nadal notches his 106th win at Roland Garros in defeating Jordan Thompson.34:08: Daniil Medvedev defeats a hampered Facundo Bagnis.36:01: Simple win for Novak Djokovic over Yoshihito Nishioka.37:35: Iga Swiatek overpowers Lesia Tsurenko.38:04: Simona Halep overcomes qualifier Nastasja Mariana Schunk.39:02: Carlos Alcaraz in terrifying form against Juan Ignacio Londero.40:10: Paula Badosa plays a confident match against Fiona Ferro.40:50: Andrey Rublev nearly hits a court official in the face.Second Rounds To Watch43:20: Our picks for the second round matches to watch on days 4 and 5.

    Episode 44: Meet the 2022 French Open Men's Qualifiers

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 65:24


    Damian Kust joins us armed to the teeth with everything you need to know about this year's men's French Open qualifiers.Bottom Half1:21: Former junior French Open champion Geoffrey Blancaneaux faces Marton Fucsovics.4:38: Challenger Tour stalwart Bjorn Fratangelo faces Jannik Sinner.7:28: Coming back from a doping suspension, late-blooming Italian Franco Agamenone faces Mackenzie Mcdonald.12:20: The "energizer bunny" of tennis Zdeněk Kolář faces Lucas Pouille.16:49: Lucky loser and "sneaky good server" Pedro Cachin takes on veteran qualifier Norbert Gombos.22:32: Solid tennis to qualify from Italian youngster Giulio Zeppieri surprises Damian as he goes on to face Hubert Hurkacz.26:36: Former junior world #1 from Taipei Chun Hsin-Tseng faces Joao Sousa.Top Half29:55: Dangerous on his day but out of form, lucky loser Juan Ignacio Londero faces Carlos Alcaraz.32:05: Former college player from Portugal Nuno Borges faces Karen Khachanov.37:01: Junior world #1 way back in 2009, Aussie Jason Kubler faces Denis Kudla.40:08: Lopsided Argentinian Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna faces Taylor Fritz.42:22: Typically dogged Spanish clay-courter Bernabe Zepata Miralles faces Michael Mmoh.45:24: Coming back from foot surgery, Austrian Sebastian Ofner faces Alexander Zverev.47:25: A complete player maybe without the X factor required for the tour, Russian Pavel Kotov faces Botic Van De Zandschulp.51:11: Atypical to the other French Open qualifiers, big-serving Borna Gojo faces Alejandro Tabilo.55:01: Argentinian, counter-puncher, competitive - Camilo Ugo Carabelli faces Aslan Karatsev.56:44: On the cusp of the top-100 for the first time in his career at 26 years old, Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas faces Felix Auger-Aliassime.1:00:39: Russian Andrey Kuznetsov continues his return from a break from tennis and faces Diego Schwartzman.

    Episode 43: Rome Masters 2022 (Review)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 61:28


    Our review of an exciting Rome Masters focussing on Novak Djokovic's run to the title, including a quiz in honour of his 1000th win, and digging into Iga Swiatek's continued dominance on the tour.2:09: Quality of the tournament in general.Men's3:58: Assessing Rafa Nadal's chances at the French Open after his ongoing foot injury made him unable to stay competitive in his loss to Denis Shapovalov. 9:51: Stefanos Tsitsipas saves two match points against Grigor Dimitrov in the second-round. 13:03: Gav's disappointment with Marin Cilic continues.15:01: #Isnerman lose to Mektic and Pavic in the doubles final.17:19: Stan Wawrinka's chances of coming back after his one-sided loss to Novak Djokovic.20:38: An outstanding match played by both as Djokovic defeats Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets.25:17: Casper Ruud's form after his loss to Djokovic.27:14: Novak Djokovic defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas to lift his 38th Masters trophy + the favourites for the French Open.Djokovic's 1000th Win Quiz32:28: Honouring Djokovic's 1000th win with a tough quiz from Gav.1. (32:58) Djokovic recorded his 1000th win on Saturday over Casper Ruud. He beat Andy Murray to win his 400th career match - at which year and event did this occur?2. (33:35) Who did Djokovic defeat to win his first ATP Tour title?3. (34:41) Djokovic famously recorded a 43-match streak from the end of 2010 to the middle of 2011. Who are the only two players on the ATP Tour to have recorded longer win-streaks? 4. (36:08) Who are the only other four players to have recorded over 1000 match wins? (worth 4 points)5. (36:35) Who did Djokovic beat to win his first year-end title?6. (37:25) How many ATP 250 titles has Djokovic won throughout his career?7. (38:19) Outside of Wimbledon, how many grass-court singles titles has Djokovic won?8. (39:47) Where did Djokovic win his one ATP doubles title?9. (40:27) How many of Djokovic's 87 titles have been won on hard-courts?10. (41:23) Out of all the levels of the ATP Tour (Grand Slams, Masters, 500, 250s), at which level has Djokovic lost the fewest finals?Women's42:28: Maria Sakkari loses to Ons Jabeur from 6-1 5-2 30-0 up.46:52: Jabeur continues her run of form saving a match point against Daria Kasatkina.49:33: Iga Swiatek defeats Jabeur in the Rome final + Swiatek's chances at the French Open.54:53: Vika Azarenka's valiant effort in her first set loss to Swiatek.56:50: Laura Robson is forced to retire.

    Episode 42: Madrid Masters 2022 (Review)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 66:37


    Our review of an entertaining Madrid Masters focussing on Carlos Alcaraz's wins over Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal plus Ons Jabeur's maiden WTA 1000 title.Men's Madrid Masters1:50: Andy Murray's form in his wins over Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov.12:34: Jack Draper send warning signs to the tour in his loss to Andrey Rublev.16:51: Dan Evans's tennis IQ in his loss to Andrey Rublev.19:26: Rafael Nadal survives a thriller against David Goffin.22:17: Carlos Alcaraz gets his first win over Rafa.29:27: Alcaraz backs up his win over Rafa with a win over Novak Djokovic.36:35: An underwhelming final as Carlos Alcaraz defeats Alexander Zverev who was out of sorts due to tournament scheduling issues.Women's Madrid Masters41:45: Naomi Osaka fails to find her clay-court game against Sara Sorribes Tormo.45:28: Emma Raducanu shows promise in her loss to Anhelina Kalinina.49:25: Jessica Pegula defeats Jil Teichmann to reach her first WTA 1000 final. 52:42: Ons Jabeur puts on a drop-shot masterclass against Simona Halep.56:07: Another tidy match for Jabeur in her semifinal win over Ekaterina Alexandrova.58:53: Ons Jabeur wins the Madrid Masters defeating Jessica Pegula in a nervy final.

    Episode 41: Estoril, Munich and Boris Becker

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 43:55


    A discussion on Sebastian Baez's win in Estoril, Holger Rune's win in Munich and Boris Becker's prison sentence.Estoril1:14: The tournament venue. 2:50: Frances Tiafoe's comeback over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the quarterfinals.7:13: Tiafoe saves three match points against Sebi Korda in the semis.11:35: Sebastian Baez overcomes a slow start to defeat Marin Cilic in the second-round. 13:39: Baez plays a high-quality match against Albert Ramos-Vinolas.16:20: Baez picks up his first ATP title defeating Tiafoe in the final.Munich20:27: Alexander Zverev says he played "his worst match of the last five, six, seven years" in his loss to Holger Rune.26:01: Botic Van De Zandschulp is forced to retire in the final handing Rune his first ATP title under unfortunate circumstances.27:43: Rune's attitude on the court.32:27: Ranking changes of the week.Boris Becker36:31: Boris Becker is sentenced to two and a half years in prison over bankruptcy.

    Episode 40: Wimbledon Ban, Barcelona, Belgrade and Stuttgart

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 52:10


    A discussion on Wimbledon's decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players at this year's tournament, Carlos Alcaraz's win in Barcelona, Djokovic's run to the final in Belgrade and Swiatek's continued dominance in Stuttgart.Off The Court1:04: Wimbledon decide to ban Russian and Belarusian players from this year's tournament.13:30: Andy Murray accepts a wild-card to the Madrid Open.14:44: Emma Raducanu splits with Torben Beltz after five months.Barcelona18:09: Cam Norrie plays a 27-minute game against Marton Fucsovics.19:09: A wobble in Carlos Alcaraz's first match against Soon-woo Kwon.20:51: Alcaraz comes through a spicy match against Stefanos Tsitsipas.28:20: Alex De Minaur very nearly defeats the eventual champion in their semifinal match.33:10: Alcaraz defeats Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets to win the Barcelona Open.Belgrade34:31: Novak Djokovic survives in his first-round against Laslo Djere.35:39: Miomir Kecmanovic forces Djokovic to raise his level. 36:43: Djokovic wins a third-consecutive match from a set down against Karen Khachanov.37:15: Andrey Rublev wins the Serbia Open bagelling Djokovic in their third set in the final.Stuttgart41:17: Bianca Andreescu makes her return to the court. 42:40: Iga Swiatek wins a fourth consecutive title in Stuttgart.43:36: Liudmila Samsonova very nearly defeats Swiatek in their semifinal match.47:45: Swiatek routs Aryna Sabalenka in the final to continue her amazing win-streak.

    Episode 39: Monte Carlo Masters 2022 (Review)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 46:00


    Our review of an entertaining Monte Carlo Masters, looking at the biggest upsets, the most dramatic matches and dissecting Stefanos Tsitsipas's final three matches.0:46: The difficulty winning service points in Monte Carlo.The Upsets2:52: Alejandro Davidovich Fokina pulls off the upset of the week defeating Novak Djokovic in the second-round.7:21: Felix Auger-Aliassime continues to struggle with form in his loss to Lorenzo Musetti.10:30: Carlos Alcaraz plays a loose match in his loss to Sebi Korda.14:51: Casper Ruud still playing hard-court tennis against varied serving from Grigor Dimitrov.The Drama19:16: Alexander Zverev squeaks passed Jannik Sinner in a third-set tiebreak.24:50: Hubi Hurkacz performs well on clay but loses narrowly to Grigor Dimitrov.28:32: ADF makes his first ATP final defeating Dimitrov in a hard-fought semifinal.The Champion31:15: Stefanos Tsitsipas recovers from a double-break down in his quarterfinal against Diego Schwartzman.34:52: Tsitsipas outplays Zverev in their semifinal match-up.39:43: Tsitsipas defends his Monte Carlo title defeating ADF in straight sets.

    Episode 38: Tsonga, Houston, Charleston, Marrakech, Bogota and Monte Carlo

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 34:53


    A mini-quiz on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, everything that happened in last week's tournaments including titles for Opelka in Houston, Bencic in Charleston, Goffin in Marrakech and Maria in Bogota, plus a quick preview of Monte Carlo.Jo-Wilfried Tsonga1:26: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga mini-quiz.2:21: 1. Who did Tsonga beat in his first-round in his 2008 Australian Open final run?3:17: 2. Can you name Tsonga's two Masters titles (year and event)?4:16: 3. Outside of the Big Four, who are the two players to beat Tsonga in Grand Slam semifinals?5:57: 4. In what year and event did Tsonga win an Olympic medal?6:46: 5. Which member of the Big Four did Tsonga have the best record against in terms of match-win percentage?Houston8:35: Nick Kyrgios receives a point penalty in his semifinal loss to Reilly Opelka.10:34: Cristian Garin breaks a five-match losing streak.12:25: John Isner and Reilly Opelka contest the tallest final in ATP history in Houston.Charleston17:57: Belinda Bencic wins the first clay-court title of her career in Charleston.19:23: Ons Jabeur admits to feeling very emotional after losing another final.Marrakech22:13: David Goffin finds some form in his final win over Alex Molcan in Marrakech.Bogota25:55: Tatjana Maria becomes the first two-time mother to win a title on the WTA Tour in Bogota.Monte Carlo27:26: Stan Wawrinka loses to Alexander Bublik as his comeback continues.29:05: A potential quarterfinal meeting between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz.30:10: Marin Cilic downs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a battle of the vets.31:42: Holger Rune wins the Sanremo Challenger and his first qualifying match in Monte Carlo on the same day.

    Episode 37: Miami Masters 2022 (Review)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 47:25


    Our review of an entertaining Miami Masters focussing on different players including Nick Kyrgios, Daniil Medvedev, Casper Ruud, Naomi Osaka and eventual champions Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek.ATPJannik Sinner v Nick Kyrgios1:15: Controversy from Nick Kyrgios in his loss to Jannik Sinner.Daniil Medvedev9:03: Daniil Medvedev figures out Jenson Brooksby in an exciting first time meeting.11:24: The defending champion Hubi Hurkacz defeats Daniil Medvedev in a scrappy affair.Casper Ruud14:24: Casper Ruud makes his first Masters final defeating Alexander Zverev along the way in the quarterfinals. Carlos Alcaraz19:33: Why everyone loves Carlos Alcaraz.22:57: Miomir Kecmanovic narrowly misses out on a win over the eventual champion.25:19: Though he didn't bring his best level, Alcaraz defeats defending champion Hurkacz.28:34: Alcaraz overpowers Ruud to become the first Spanish winner in the tournament's history.WTANaomi Osaka31:40: Naomi Osaka rolls a neck-injury-suffering Danielle Collins.33:08: Osaka overturns her 0-3 record against Belinda Bencic to reach her first Miami final.Iga Swiatek 38:32: Petra Kvitova had the tools to trouble Iga Swiatek but couldn't put it together.41:06: Swiatek wins a third-consecutive Masters title defeating Naomi Osaka in the final.

    Episode 36: Miami Masters 2022 (Days 1-8)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 44:59


    A mid-tournament recap of everything that's happened in the first few rounds of the Miami Masters and a mini-quiz on Ash Barty after her retirement announcement.ATP Miami1:00: Venue change from Crandon Park to the Hard Rock Stadium.5:36: Andy Murray continues his first-round win/second-round loss record from this year but shows encouraging signs going forward.Upsets10:01: Nick Kyrgios emphatically defeats Andrey Rublev.11:50: Francisco Cerundolo upsets Reilly Opelka and Gael Monfils.Drama14:50: Jenson Brooksby's racket throw.16:31: Jannik Sinner saves match points in his first two matches. 19:30: Thanasi Kokkinakis saves match point against Diego Schwartzman with a stunning forehand pass.The Ridiculous19:49: Three absurd shots from J. J. Wolf, Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Bublik.21:17: Carlos Alcaraz defeats Marin Cilic in an encouraging match for Cilic fans.Marbella22:52: A stacked Challenger draw in Marbella with Dominic Thiem and Stan Wawrinka making their comebacks.Ash Barty24:04: Ash Barty retires from professional tennis.25:46: A mini-quiz on Ash Barty.1. How many singles titles did Ash Barty win in her career? (1)2. Ash Barty has made six Grand Slam doubles finals. How many has she won and who was her partner in four of those finals? (2)3. Barty won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. Who was her partner? (1)4. Barty won the WTA Finals once defeating Elina Svitolina. What was the year and what was the score in the final? (2)5. What was the last WTA-1000 title of Barty's career? (1)WTA MiamiUpsets30:30: Irina-Camelia Begu defeats Aryna Sabalenka.32:56: Ann Li defeats Annet Kontaveit.34:14: Katerina Siniakova defeats Emma Raducanu.36:37: Beatriz Haddad Maia defeats Maria Sakkari.Introducing38:28: Linda Fruhvirtova announces herself to the tour with wins over Elise Mertens and Victoria Azarenka.40:11: Differences between Linda and her sister Brenda.Our Picks41:22: Quick picks for tonight's matches.

    Episode 35: Indian Wells 2022 (Review)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 47:38


    Our review of an exciting couple of weeks in Indian Wells including some of Rafa's best matches and Iga Swiatek's run to back-to-back WTA 1000 titles.Indian Wells Men's DrawBig Upsets1:23: Gael Monfils plays a smart match against top-seed Daniil Medvedev.5:56: Jenson Brooksby unpicks fifth-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.Defending Champ8:40: Disrespectful from Indian Wells towards defending champ Cam Norrie plus his win over Brooksby. 11:49: Carlos Alcaraz knocks Cam Norrie out of the tournament in a surprisingly tricky match.Matches of the Tournament13:35: Rafael Nadal defeats Nick Kyrgios in three drama-filled sets.22:19: Rafael Nadal defeats Carlos Alcaraz in one of the matches of the season.The Final29:39: Taylor Fritz wins the Indian Wells Masters defeating Nadal in the final.Indian Wells Women's DrawDefending Champ33:25: Paula Badosa defeats Veronika Kudermetova dropping zero sets enroute to the semifinals.The Semifinals35:03: Maria Sakkari's racket technology.36:50: Sakkari defeats Paula Badosa in three sets to make her first WTA-1000 final.38:39: Iga Swiatek wins her semifinal against Simona Halep.The Final42:31: Swiatek wins the Indian Wells Masters defeating Sakkari in the final.

    Episode 34: Indian Wells 2022 (Days 1-5)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 35:26


    A mid-tournament recap of everything that's happened in the first few rounds of Indian Wells.Losing Champs0:57: Naomi Osaka. Windy conditions in her first-round win over Sloane Stephens and distress at being heckled in her second-round loss to Veronika Kudermetova.7:09: Andy Murray. Good win in a third meeting with Taro Daniel this year and positives to draw from a tight loss to Alexander Bublik.The Comebacks11:27: Christopher Eubanks saves three match points against Max Cressy.12:33: Karolina Pliskova and Borna Coric come close in their returns to the tour.13:42: Amanda Anisimova retires from her match against Leylah Fernandez after losing a tight second set.14:41: Benoit Paire double faults his lead away against Dominik Koepfer.15:27: Garbine Muguruza loses 12 of the last 13 games to Alison Riske after winning the first nine.17:36: Rafael Nadal survives a double break deficit in his win against Sebastian Korda.Big Upsets21:08: Tommy Paul defeats Alexander Zverev who was mentally struggling following Acapulco.23:38: Jasmine Paolini defeats Aryna Sabalenka for her first top-10 win.24:34: Botic Van De Zandschulp defeats Felix Auger-Aliassime for his second top-10 win. Is he now the best player in the top-50 not to have won a title?Playing Well27:59: Daniil Medvedev wins his first match as #1 in the world against Tomas Machac.29:16: Iga Swiatek continues to win matches from a set down in defeating Anhelina Kalinina and Clara Tauson.30:32: Simona Halep continues a decent start to the tournament by defeating Coco Gauff in straight sets.31:26: Harriet Dart reaches the first WTA-1000 fourth-round of her career.Our Picks For Tonight32:16: The best matches to watch on the 14th of March and our winners for each match.

    Episode 33: Lyon, Monterrey and Murray/Lendl

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 45:35


    Discussion of last week's tournaments in Monterrey and Lyon, upsets in Davis Cup qualifying, Murray and Lendl's renewed partnership and our picks for Indian Wells.Lyon2:00: Caroline Garcia continues her comeback with three consecutive three-set wins.5:33: Zhang Shuai wins her first title in five years.6:43: Dayana Yastremska reaches her first final in two years despite the pressures of being from Ukraine.Monterrey11:20: Elina Svitolina donates her prize money in her quarterfinal run to the Ukranian army.12:22: Leylah Fernandez reaches her first final since the US Open.Davis Cup14:40: Upsets from Davis Cup World Group qualifying over the weekend.Murray/Lendl21:26: Andy Murray teams up with Ivan Lendl for a third time for a fresh perspective on his comeback.Indian Wells35:02: Our picks for the men's event at Indian Wells.38:50: Our picks for the women's event at Indian Wells.

    Episode 32: Acapulco, Dubai, Doha, Santiago and Guadalajara

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 52:00


    Discussing everything that happened in last week's tournaments including titles for Nadal in Acapulco, Rublev in Dubai, Swiatek in Doha, Martinez in Santiago and Stephens in Guadalajara. Acapulco0:43: Daniil Medvedev claims the world #1 ranking. Can Gav name the last eight world #1's preceding Medvedev?4:14: Alexander Zverev is disqualified from Acapulco after a violent outburst towards the umpire.9:04: Cam Norrie defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas to earn the joint-highest-ranked victory of his career.13:38: Rafael Nadal continues where he left off in Australia defeating the new world #1 in straight sets.17:33: Nadal keeps his winning streak going defeating Norrie in the final.Dubai19:30: Marin Cilic's umbrella-gate.21:20: Andy Murray loses to Jannik Sinner.23:05: Sinner saves multiple match points in a win for the first time in his career. 24:56: Jiri Vesely's run to the final of Dubai defeating five-time champion Novak Djokovic along the way.28:54: Andrey Rublev defeats Hubert Hurkacz and Jiri Vesely in the semifinals and final respectively to win the fifth ATP 500 of his career.Doha33:28: Caroline Garcia defeats Simona Halep in one of the best victories of her comeback.34:30: Anett Kontaveit continues her winning streak but ends Jelena Ostapenko's. 36:29: Iga Swiatek overcomes her poor head-to-head against Maria Sakkari and thrashes Anett Kontaveit in the final.Santiago41:16: Pedro Martinez defeats Sebastian Baez in the final of Santiago.43:56: The future for Baez.Guadalajara45:28: Brenda Fruhvirtova makes her WTA debut against Sloane Stephens.47:00: Sloane Stephens defeats Marie Bouzkova in the final of Guadalajara.Team GB47:50: Jack Draper's ascendancy up the rankings.

    Episode 31: Rio, Doha, Dubai, Marseille and Delray Beach

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 56:04


    Discussing everything that happened in last week's tournaments including titles for Alcaraz in Rio, Bautista Agut in Doha, Ostapenko in Dubai, Rublev in Marseille and Norrie in Delray Beach.Rio1:03: What Carlos Alcaraz' win in Rio meant to him, the records he's broken and his dissimilarity to Nadal.4:28: Alcaraz overpowers Matteo Berrettini from the baseline in their quarterfinal.10:00: The effectiveness of Alcaraz' drop-shot in his semifinal victory over Fabio Fognini.13:00: Francisco Cerundolo does well in the Golden Swing for another year but loses a tight match to Diego Schwartzman.17:04: Alcaraz defeats Schwartzman in the final.Doha (Men's)18:55: Roberto Bautista Agut's comfortableness in Doha.20:48: Andy Murray's tough loss to RBA.25:55: RBA digs in against Khachanov and Basilashvili, spoke about the difference in the conditions compared to last year's final.Dubai (Women's)30:33: Iga Swiatek continues to struggle with her serve in her loss to Jelena Ostapenko. 33:00: A hardy win over Petra Kvitova is swiftly followed by another against Simona Halep for Ostapenko.36:03: Ostapenko returns to the top-20 after defeating Veronika Kudermetova in the final.Marseille36:56: Benjamin Bonzi finally makes his breakthrough at ATP-level.40:55: No worries for Felix Auger-Aliassime in his loss in the final to Andrey Rublev.Delray Beach48:02: Cam Norrie wins the third title of his career defeating Reilly Opelka in the final.

    Episode 30: Rotterdam, Dallas, Buenos Aires and St. Petersburg

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 42:06


    Discussing everything that happened in last week's tournaments including titles for Auger-Aliassime in Rotterdam, Opelka in Dallas, Ruud in Buenos Aires and Kontaveit in St. Petersburg. Rotterdam1:03: Aslan Karatsev serves for the match twice against Tallon Griekspoor but ultimately loses.3:43: Andy Murray's loss to Felix Auger-Aliassime.6:44: Jiri Lehecka comes through qualifying to reach the semifinals.9:34: Felix Auger-Aliassime wins his first title on his ninth attempt emphatically defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas.Dallas 14:42: John Isner and Reilly Opelka play the longest tiebreak in ATP history.17:50: Reilly Opelka defeats Jenson Brooksby to win his third ATP title.Buenos Aires22:49: The final match of Juan Martin Del Potro's career against Federico Delbonis.27:29: Casper Ruud defeats Diego Schwartzman overcoming a partisan crowd in Buenos Aires.St. Petersburg31:50: Anett Kontaveit wins an epic over Maria Sakkari in St. Petersburg. Miscellaneous36:53: Dominic Thiem may be suing his doctor over a mistake in his wrist surgery.38:07: Jannik Sinner considers hiring a new coach over Riccardo Piatti.38:32: Brenda Fruhvirtova wins a second ITF title at 14 years old.39:24: Toni Nadal has a choice opinion on Novak Djokovic's 2021 season.

    Episode 29: Juan Martin Del Potro, Pune, Montpellier and Cordoba

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 44:27


    In honour of his retirement announcement, Gav hosts a quiz on Juan Martin Del Potro, plus everything that happened in the ATP-250 tournaments in Pune, Montpellier and Cordoba.Juan Martin Del Potro Quiz1:13: Juan Martin Del Potro announces his retirement from tennis. Gav made a quiz in his honour (try and beat Jack's score of 15/20!).3:22: During his famous US Open win in 2009, Del Potro is best known for beating Rafa and Federer in the semifinals and final, respectively - but who did he beat in the quarterfinals? (1)4:12: Del Potro has won 22 singles titles in his career. How many of these are Grand Slams, Masters 1000s, ATP 500s and ATP 250s? (4, one per level of tournament)5:16: Before reaching the Indian Wells final in 2018, Del Potro had reached the final on one previous occasion. Which year was this, who defeated him and what was the score? (3)6:41: Aside from the gold medal match in Rio in 2016, Del Potro and Murray have played in one ATP final. Which year and event was this and what was the score? (3)8:03: Del Potro's come back from two sets to love down once in his Grand Slam career. What was the year and who was the opponent? (2)10:02: Del Potro's last ATP final came at the 2018 China Open. Who defeated him in the final? (1)10:23: Del Potro has made the final of the ATP Finals once in his career. What was the year and who was the opponent? (2)11:11: What is Del Potro's career-high ranking and in what year did he achieve this? (2)11:36: What is Del Potro's well-known nickname? (1)12:01: Del Potro and Andy Murray famously had an argument in Rome in 2008. Who was the chair umpire for the match? (1)12:55: Our favourite Del Potro matches.Pune15:18: The Ymer brothers defeat Karatsev and Monfils, players likely to be fatigued by the Australian Open.18:43: Lorenzo Musetti continues to struggle with his concentration throughout matches. 20:44: Emil Ruusuvuori hits scary forehands enroute to the final.22:22: Joao Sousa wins his fourth career title.Montpellier24:54: Gael Monfils plays a poor match after the disappointment of the Australian Open.26:26: Richard Gasquet and Adrian Mannarino keep the French fans happy with a couple of wins apiece.30:04: Alexander Bublik wins the first title of his career defeating Alexander Zverev in the final.Cordoba32:03: Alejandro Tabilo plays Albert Ramos Vinolas in the first final of his young career.36:38: Cristian Garin suffers an uncharacteristically early loss in a Golden Swing tournament.38:00: Juan Ignacio Londero takes advantage of his wild-card and vets Benoit Paire and Fernando Verdasco lose in their opening rounds.Andy Murray40:08: Andy Murray decides to skip the clay season and teams back up with Dani Valverdu.

    Episode 28: Australian Open 2022 (Men's and Women's Finals)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 40:57


    Our review of a gripping conclusion to the Australian Open, including Ash Barty ending Australia's 44-year wait for a home hero and Rafael Nadal rewriting the history books.Women's Singles0:36-3:36: How Ash Barty's slice helped her win matches in the run-up to the final.3:36-5:54: Danielle Collins uses her return of serve to blow of Iga Swiatek off the court in their semifinal.5:54-12:34: Barty defeats Collins in the final to become the first Australian woman since Chris O'Neil 44 years ago to win the Australian Open.Men's Singles12:34-17:44: Denis Shapovalov shows their is progress to be made in his five-set loss to Rafa.17:44-21:05: Daniil Medvedev saves match-point in his quarterfinal victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime.21:05-24:16: Rafael Nadal proves a brutal match-up for Matteo Berrettini.24:16-27:18: Coaching controversy in Medvedev's defeat of Stefanos Tsitsipas.27:18-32:51: Rafa defeats Medvedev in one of the greatest comebacks in the history of our sport.32:51-36:11: Unpacking the records broken by Rafa.36:11-39:55: Medvedev's choice words on his displeasure with the partisan crowd.

    Episode 27: Australian Open 2022 (Mid-Week Recap)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 37:25


    A mid-tournament recap of everything that's happened in the first four rounds of the Australian Open.The Lighter Stuff0:36-3:44: Medvedev's box office match with Kyrgios and his questionable tactics against Cressy.3:44-6:45: Our hits and misses from our Australian Open quarterfinal predictions. Tactical Standouts6:45-11:30: Shapo executes a steadier style of play whilst Zverev continues to struggle with his second-serve in important Grand Slam matches (plus: Andy Roddick disagrees with me on Twitter!).11:30-12:44: Swiatek survives Sorana Cirstea's pacey backhand returns.12:44-14:16: Clara Tauson aims for Anett Kontaveit's right hip in her win over the sixth-seed.Most Grit14:16-17:48: Berrettini and Alcaraz win 159 points apiece in a five-set epic.17:48-19:52: Mannarino comes through a 4-hour and 38-minute four-set match to defeat Karatsev. 19:52-21:52: Alize Cornet reaches a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time in 63 attempts beating Halep in three sets.Potential For Lower-Ranked Players21:52-24:20: In scintillating form, Madison Keys sets up an alluring match with Barbora Krejcikova.Biggest Saves24:20-26:27: Amanda Anisimova saves two match points against the defending champion Naomi Osaka.26:27-29:04: Felix Auger-Aliassime continues to play clutch tennis in the biggest moments at the Slams in his victory over Cilic.29:04-30:53: Kaia Kanepi defeats Aryna Sabalenka in a rollercoaster match. Looking Ahead32:40-33:54: Hype for Gael?33:54-35:41: Who wins in Rafa v Shapo?35:41-36:15: Is Sinner a favourite to win the Australian Open?36:15-36:50: Quarterfinals to watch.

    Episode 26: Australian Open 2022 (Days 1 & 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 32:15


    All of the latest on the first two days of action at the Australian Open.The Lighter Stuff1:01-2:01: Berrettini thanks his Imodium tablets after being sick during his win over Nakashima.2:01-3:59: Nick Kyrgios sets the crowd into a frenzy against Liam Broady.3:59-4:30: Medvedev laughs at his own joke.Tactical Standouts4:30-6:46: Cam Norrie's game doesn't flourish on a quick hard-court against Sebi Korda.6:46-8:51: Sakkari deals with Maria's unorthodox game surviving floaty slices and chip-and-charges.8:51-10:13: Barty takes advantage of Tsurenko's poor serves.Biggest Fluffs10:13-11:35: Humbert loses to Gasquet in four sets.11:35-12:00: Kvitova loses to Cirstea winning only four games.12:00-13:49: Coco Gauff loses to Wang in straight sets. 13:49-15:41: Kokkinakis can't recover from his first title-run in his loss to Hanfmann.Most Grit15:41-17:45: Andy Murray comes through a vintage five-setter against Nikoloz Basilashvili.17:45-18:47: John Millman personifies grit in his win over Feli Lopez.18:47-20:33: Karatsev hits 107 unforced errors on his way to victory over Jaume Munar.20:33-21:45: FAA loses more points in his win over Ruusuvuori.Potential For Lower-Ranked Players21:45-22:44: Madison Keys maintains her rhythm against Sofia Kenin.22:44-24:20: Taro Daniel has increased the weight of his serve and may prove difficult against Andy Murray.24:20-26:23: Camila Osorio Serrano shows promise in her loss to Naomi Osaka but needs to make improvements to her serve if she's to progress.Biggest Saves26:23-27:23: Sabalenka keeps her head against Storm Sanders.27:23-27:49: Rybakina comes through a tight match against her countrywoman Diyas.27:49-28:49: Zidansek scrapes a win against Rus after almost letting go of the match.Looking Ahead28:49-29:20: Opportunity knocks for one sixteenth of the draw in the bottom half of the women's draw.29:42-30:50: De Minaur with an open path to the fourth-round after Casper Ruud withdraws.30:50-31:31: Second-round matches to watch.

    Episode 25: The ATP Cup, Melbourne and Adelaide

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 48:09


    We break down a stacked week in Australia including Canada's win at the ATP Cup, Rafa's victory over Maxime Cressy in Melbourne and Ash Barty's dominant run in Adelaide.2:01-5:37: Discussion of Novak Djokovic's medical exemption and visa cancellation.ATP Cup5:37-6:57: Quick summary of all the ATP Cup results.6:57-10:45: UK beat USA, Dan Evans a stand out player throughout the tournament, Cam Norrie playing his ninth match against Taylor Fritz.10:45-12:25: UK win two ties but don't qualify as Felix Auger-Aliassime beats Alexander Zverev, Canada clinching Group C after a poor start.12:25-17:29: Russia win Group B thanks to Daniil Medvedev's win over Matteo Berrettini.17:29-21:18: Roberto Bautista Agut wins an epic versus Hubert Hurkacz to see Spain through to the final.21:18-22:03: Though Medvedev hands FAA a drubbing, Canada beat Russia to go through to the final.22:03-23:37: Team Canada win the ATP Cup after FAA pulls off a massive win against RBA.23:37-25:01: Our dark horse picks at the Australian Open based on form at the ATP Cup.ATP Melbourne Summer Set 1 26:25-27:39: A bird relieves itself on Reilly Opelka's hat.27:39-32:57: Maxime Cressy serve and volleys his way to a final but is beaten by Rafa coming back from injury.WTA Adelaide International 1 32:57-33:57: Aryna Sabalenka serves 18 double faults against Kaja Juvan.33:57-34:53: Indian Wells final rematch in the first round in Paula Badosa v Victoria Azarenka.34:53-39:33: Ash Barty dominates in Adelaide whilst Iga Swiatek can't find the weapons to overpower the best on hard-courts.WTA Melbourne Summer Set 139:33-42:19: Naomi Osaka makes her comeback plus Andrea Petkovic shares her comparison of Osaka and Williams.42:19-44:35: Simona Halep wins the title in Melbourne - can you guess how often she broke serve this week in 50 return games?WTA Melbourne 2 and ATP Adelaide 144:35-46:41: Amanda Anisimova wins in Melbourne, Gael Monfils wins in Adelaide, Thanasi Kokkinakis reaches the semis of a tournament for the first time in five years.

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