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Feb 19, 2022, 19:18

There are 2 PTA 500  tournaments this coming week - one in Dubai and the other in Acapulco and here are the seedings of the Dubai Tournament:-

1    Novak Djokovic

2    Andrey Rublev

3    Felix  Auger Aliassime 

4    Jannik Sinner

5    Hubert Hurkacz

6    Denis Shapovalov

7    Aslan Karatsev

8    Roberto Bautista-Agut

Feb 20, 2022, 08:36

I have some time available - so here is the matchups in Round One:


Top Half of the Draw

1  Novak Djokovic                      vs         Lorenzo Musetti

Karen Khachanov                       vs         Alec de Minaur

Marin Cilic                                 vs          Jiri Vesely
8     Roberto Bautista-Agut        vs          Arthur   Rinderknech

Nikoloz Basilashvili                  vs          Alexei Popyrin

Jan-Lennard  Struff                    vs         Ricardas Berankis

David  Goffin                             vs         Taro Daniel

6     Denis Shapovalov               vs         Marcos Fucsovics

Bottom Half of the Draw            

5     Hubert Hurkacz                 vs           Alexander Bublik

Lloyd Harris                             vs           Alex Molcan

Andy Murray                            vs          Christopher O'Connel

4    Jannik Sinner                      vs          Alejandro Davidovich  Fokina

7    Aslan Karatsev                   vs          Mackenzie  McDonald

Filip Krajinovic                       vs           Malek Jaziri

Ilya Ivashka                             vs            Soonwoo  Kwon

2    Andrey Rublev                   vs           Daniel Evans


Feb 20, 2022, 15:18

This is going to be an eye-opener.    In 2021 Djokovic took part in the Aussie Open and then went into hiding and not play in any tournament until the Monte Carlo Open where he was send packing  by Daniel Evans in round 2 of that tournament.   He then went back to Belgrade to play in a local tournament and lost against Karatsen - whom he beat in the semi in the Aussie Open.   The is a difference though - both the two tournaments mentioned were on clay.

So what is the position at present.   The last tournament Djokovic played in ended on 21 November 2021 and he was not really starring in that tournament.   Went through to the semi's where he lost against Zverev on 20 November 2021.   He played no competitive tennis since then and has been out of competition for three months.   Will he be matchfit?    So lets wait and see what happens.         

Feb 21, 2022, 04:39


Top Half of the Draw

1  Novak Djokovic                      vs         Karen Khachanov

8     Roberto Bautista-Agut        vs         Jiri Vesely  

 Ricardas Berankis                     vs          Alexei Popyrin

6     Denis Shapovalov               vs         Taro Daniel

Bottom Half of the Draw            

5     Hubert Hurkacz                 vs          Alex Molcan

4    Jannik Sinner                      vs           Andy Murray    

Mackenzie  McDonald             vs          Filip Krajinovic

2    Andrey Rublev                   vs           Soonwoo  Kwon


Feb 22, 2022, 20:08


Top Half of the Draw

1     Novak Djokovic                  vs        Jiri Vesely  
6     Denis Shapovalov               vs         Ricardas Berankis

Bottom Half of the Draw            

4    Jannik Sinner                      vs         5     Hubert Hurkacz

2    Andrey Rublev                   vs           Mackenzie  McDonald


Feb 24, 2022, 07:52


1     Novak Djokovic                  vs        Jiri Vesely  
6     Denis Shapovalov               vs         Ricardas Berankis

2    Andrey Rublev                     vs          Mackensie McDonald

4    Jannik Sinner                       vs           5     Hubert Hurkacz

Will be updated as results come in.    

Feb 24, 2022, 07:52


6     Denis Shapovalov               vs         Jiri Vesely 

2    Andrey Rublev                     vs         5     Hubert Hurkacz

Feb 24, 2022, 19:23

Unfortunately what I referred to above about Djokovic  has materialized,   He as not match-fit and the way he played against a completely unknown Vesely showed that clearly.  As to Rublev he was atrocious in both the Round 2 and quarterfinal first sets and came back from the near death to win the second and third sets - indeed surprising he actually won the matches.   I give him a near to zero chance to beat Hurkacz and if by sheer luck he wins in the semi- he has s similar chance in the final.       

There is to my mind a three player way chance of winning the tournament - it is between Rublev, Hurkacz and Denis Shapovalo.   However - I would say that Hurkacz is no 1, Shapovalov is no 2 and Rublev no 3 in that stakes.  

Feb 25, 2022, 17:44


2   Andrey Rublev                    vs           Jiri Vesely

I was wrong about Rublev losing to Hurkacz  - he played against him twice before and was twice beaten by him.   Rublev seems to play the tennis he played in 2020 and there is a vast difference in his approach to the game.

 The other game after Shapovalov led 5-4 serving for the match lost his serve.   Thereafter he lost in the third set tie-break.    

Having beaten Hurkacz Rublev must be the favorite to win the Final.          

Feb 26, 2022, 19:28

So Rublev is back - two championships in two weeks is not won easy especially as in the past three weeks  Rublev played in the semi's of three successive tournaments.   He not only won the Marseilles single tournament - he also played in the doubles and won that trophy as well.   Congrats to the guy.   

Jerry Vesely did only lose one service game in 4 matches and broke many services.   Today Rublev won four service breaks and  lost one in a match where he seems to be in charge all the time. 

I think that on the performance today Djokovic would not have beaten Rublev anyway,       

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