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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2865 on: November 02, 2014, 01:12 AM »
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Kudla fell apart when serving for the match and Liam just stepped it up a gear. He won 12 points in a row at the start of that second set, and only dropped two points all set!

Into his first Challenger final, where he'll take on Ed's victor Duckworth. Liam's on fire right now.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2866 on: November 02, 2014, 01:30 AM »
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Oddly the last Brit to make a challenger final was James Ward. Who lost to James Duckworth.

And the last Brit to win a challenger final was also a certain James Ward. Who beat, er, James Duckworth.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2867 on: November 02, 2014, 08:52 AM »
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I know! LOL amazing huh, let's hope that Liam can do what James did and beat James D

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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2868 on: November 02, 2014, 08:34 PM »
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Unfortunately Liam went down 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the final (having started well and then seemed to fade) but a career week will see him rise to the brink of the top 200.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2869 on: November 02, 2014, 08:56 PM »
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Its been a blinding week, he is also in the MD of Knoxville with a SE
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2870 on: November 02, 2014, 11:43 PM »
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By the way, you can catch highlights of Broady's matches right here:

http://new.livestream.com/ATP/charlottesville2014centrecourt

Well worth watching that bagel set against Kudla (or even from 3-5 down, where he won the last 10 games in a row). Some sublime tennis from Broady. Hitting it deep, finding great angles, getting everything back and just wasn't missing. Kudla must have wondered what he had to do just to win a point.

Liam actually won 17 points in a row at one stage, and 27 of the last 29 points.

He has a qualifier in his first round next week, and could face James Duckworth again in the following round if both can win their openers (Duckworth has the veteran Michael Russell).
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2871 on: November 03, 2014, 07:00 AM »
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Brilliant week from Liam! Well done.
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Checked that out and thanx for posting.
Really like Liam's game  -gr8 mover, trixy lefty serve and terrific BDL. Really hoping he's gonna make waves  Fingers crossed Seems to have grown quite a bit since I last watched him too.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2872 on: November 03, 2014, 10:23 AM »
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Believe it or not - before September he'd never as much as won a challenger match!

He had a sticky spell back in June/July when, along with a few others, he was sent out to the US to play some clay futures instead of Wimbledon qualifying (this is where the whole Golding debacle actually started, which I believe played a big part in his recent 'retirement' - still holding out hope that he'll return at some point Frown) - and struggled to begin with, but improved as it went on and ended up winning the last Futures of the tour. Since then he's got a few challenger scalps, won another couple of futures and now had this week with three more fairly big scalps and his first challenger final!

And it's all culminated in him breaking the top 200 for the first time; sneaking in at WR 199. Very Happy

Incredible to think that he started this year barely in the 400s.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2873 on: November 05, 2014, 07:49 PM »
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A great day for the Brits in Knoxville as Broady beats American qualifier Bangour 2&4 and Marcus Willis - who battled through qualifying comprehensively beating top 300 youngster Lokoli before two nail-biting, three set wins - came from behind to beat top 200 player Chase Buchanan 6-7, 6-3, 7-5.

Ed Corrie came very, very close to upsetting top 100 player Sam Groth, but the Australian was hammering down big serves every time Ed got close to breaking and somehow managed to squeak it out 7-6 in the third.

Meanwhile in Traralgon-2 (Australia) Kyle Edmund is into the QFs after edging Van Peperzeel in this first match before gaining revenge quite comprehensively on Yang (who beat him 5&2 not too long ago), winning 2&2 today.

James Ward has his R2 match tomorrow morning our time, after thrashing the third Brit Klein in the first round 2&1 (and Klein has been in great form recently too).
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2874 on: November 06, 2014, 12:34 PM »
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Ward was thrashing the Aussie youngster Thompson 6-1, 1-0 before the latter retired. Ward didn't drop a single point on serve and it lasted just 21 minutes.

Ward faces the very talented Kokkinakis in the next round, whilst Edmund takes on Millman (remember him? Took a set off Murray in Brisbane nearly two years ago), who is on the comeback trail after being out injured.

Both pretty tough QFs, as both Aussies are probably very under-ranked.

In the US, Broady takes on Michael Russell and Willis plays Tennys Sandgren - both later today.

So all four of our Brits playing in challengers face home players. Including R1s - the only ones who didn't were Ward (faced a former Aussie) and Corrie (faced an Aussie in the US).
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2875 on: November 06, 2014, 01:31 PM »
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Lol! "Tennys" Sandgrem! It's like all those docs called "Dr D'Ath!"
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2876 on: November 06, 2014, 10:18 PM »
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It's an all British quarter-final in Knoxville as Liam thrashed Russell (mentioned in Liam's thread) and Marcus Willis yet again came from a set down to win in three against a higher-ranked opponent. Due to his jokey on-court persona, his unique playing style and taking the piss out of himself in relation to comments about his weight, Marcus (or 'Cartman') seems to be a bit of a cult figure in the US at the moment.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2877 on: November 06, 2014, 11:51 PM »
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Hey TMH, thanks for all your updates on the players.  You made me check the results for the challengers today Very Happy
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2878 on: November 07, 2014, 01:27 PM »
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Funny little clip of Marcus Willis' interview with the livestream commentator whilst Sean Thornley (a British doubles player) was warming up.

http://instagram.com/p/vFS8jYve21/

And here's the interview in full (second match down, start of the doubles match between Dancevic/Shamasdin and Elias/Thornley).

http://new.livestream.com/ATP/knoxville2014centrecourt

It's hard not to like Marcus. He has a great personality. It's so frustrating watching him play though, because he clearly has immense talent, but it just makes you wonder how good he'd be if he did shed a few pounds.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2879 on: November 16, 2014, 02:35 PM »
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Dan Smethurst is trying to make certain of AO Q he is top seed in Kuwait and plays a Qualifier in round 1
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