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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2805 on: July 09, 2014, 07:38 PM »
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And Edmund joins him in the QFs with a 7-5, 6-4 win against Gerasimov (82 places above him).

In the QFs Cox will face the in-form Gilles Muller (who has barely lost a match at this level since his comeback) and Kyle will take on Dan's doubles partner Niels Desein (27yo ranked #234).

Kyle's forehand is quite a weapon. Absolutely lashes it. Lovely technique, if a bit unorthodox.

I can remember discussing with this Nigel last year during Eastbourne soon after Kyle beat De Schepper. His game reminds me a lot of Roddick's, with the wristy forehand in particular.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2806 on: July 11, 2014, 12:38 PM »
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Kyle has just beaten Desein 6-4, 6-4 to make his first Challenger semi-final. Smile

Should really have been a lot more comfortable - having broken Desein three times in a row he had 6BPs (including three at 0-40) up 4-1* but Desein clung on and then broke back to love when Kyle served for it - only for Kyle to break straight back for the win (after Desein had saved another two break/match points). Pretty tense towards the end.

That said it was Desein who had all the break points in the first set that Kyle fended off before capitalising with Desein serving at *4-5.

Dan Cox on next against Gilles Muller. Kyle faces the winner.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2807 on: July 11, 2014, 02:25 PM »
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Dan Cox is out
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2808 on: July 11, 2014, 05:05 PM »
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Cox lost 4&3. He always struggles against the big servers. He was actually an immediate break up in both sets but ultimately Muller had too much power against him.

Muller has brushed aside almost everyone at this level in the last few months. Will be interesting to see how Kyle gets on against him.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2809 on: July 13, 2014, 05:21 PM »
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In Ilkley, the only non-Brit who made it out of R1 went on to win the whole thing - Team Bath's Kiwi Marcus Daniell beat Lewis Burton in 2&5 in the final. Daniell actually won this event last year as well I believe. He actually had to save MPs in his first match against young Oli Hudson.

That's Lewis' best haul after over a year of struggling to make a QF - 15 points for the final as it's a $15k event. Klein and Pauffley both picked up 8 points for making the semis, whilst teenagers Jonny O'Mara, Andrew Watson (relatively unknown 17yo - upset Ed Corrie) and Julian Cash (beat top seed Dave Rice) both get 3 points or making the QFs along with 22yo Keelan Oakley.

There's another British Futures next week in Frinton, whilst Edmund (Recanati) and Golding (Kaohsiung) are playing in Challengers and James Ward is in the Bogota ATP event (top seed in qualifying - has been discussed in his own thread). Not sure about the likes of Cox or Smethurst.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2810 on: July 14, 2014, 08:16 AM »
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Cox and Smethurst are in Binghampton and Richard Gabb is in Granby (both Challengers).

Ward is into the FQR in Bogota and gets 6 points for his win (a very topsy-turvy 1-6, 6-1, 7-6(3) against a doubles specialist - discussed in the Ward thread).
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2811 on: July 17, 2014, 08:45 AM »
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Excellent win for Dan Cox who puts an end to the 16 match winning streak of 17yo American Jared Donaldson, coming from a set down to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Donaldson was pretty much unplayable first set and a half, but Cox hung in there and came through a few very tight games in the third to close it out (including saving 4BPs at 4-3).

Plays the WR445 Darian King in the QFs, so a good chance of a semi-final here potentially. Unfortunately Dan Smethurst lost in R1.

Richard Gabb also recorded his first ever main draw Challenger win, beating a qualifier in the 600s 4&5.

Kyle Edmund beat Marc Giner 6-1, 6-4 in Recanati to make another Challenger R2 (mentioned in the Edmund thread).

And James Ward is into R2 of the Bogota 250 event after defeating Matt Ebden 6-4, 3-0 retired. He came through qualifying so that is worth 32 points so far. Faces Jimmy Wang (WR133) next. Mentioned in the Ward thread.

In Ilkley, biggest shock defeat was top seed Marcus Willis in R1 to Thornton-Brown. Only one non-Brit made it to R2... and that was an Irishman. Last week's winner Daniell isn't playing.

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George Coupland WR 675 v (WC) Adam Thornton-Brown WR 1379
(3) Ed Corrie WR 355 v Myles Orton WR 1120
(4) Brydan Klein WR 451 v Josh Ward-Hibbert WR 819
(2) Dave Rice WR 310 v (6) Josh Milton WR 482
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2812 on: July 17, 2014, 11:08 AM »
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Excellent win for Dan Cox who puts an end to the 16 match winning streak of 17yo American Jared Donaldson, coming from a set down to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Donaldson was pretty much unplayable first set and a half, but Cox hung in there and came through a few very tight games in the third to close it out (including saving 4BPs at 4-3).


I watched most of this match - Dan Cox v another talented 17 year old, wearing same stripey top as Alexander Zverev!

Not much tennis at first, with lots of unreturnable serves from Donaldson - apparently serving at 120+mph - sounds high for a 17 year old? He only lost three points on serve in the first set. It wasn't looking good for Dan, but he hung on in the 2nd set, saving break points and eventually getting a break himself. Donaldson was getting more and more frustrated, complaining about line calls, Dan complaining about the complaining. There was quite a lot of talk going on between Donaldson and his coach and dad, with Dan having a bit of a go at the dad at one point! 

In the 3rd set Dan got an early break, and it looked as though it could all go one way - but absolutely not, there were some tense and hard fought games with break points coming and going for both. It was gripping - and all helped along by the wonderful Mike Cation commentary.

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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2813 on: July 17, 2014, 09:50 PM »
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Richard Gabb (WR484) today beat the world #82 Lukas Lacko 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to make his first Challenger QF!

His biggest win by a mile. Wow.

Takes on Irish #1 James McGee in the QFs (who is on the brink of making the top 200 for the first time).

Elsewhere, Kyle lost 3&3 to Bozoljac and Ward was crushed 3&1 by Wang.

At Futures level Liam Broady (1) and Luke Bambridge (3) both cruised into the QFs winning 1&2.

And in Ilkley the top three seeds (Rice, Corrie and Klein) and George Coupland are all into the SFs.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2814 on: July 19, 2014, 01:57 PM »
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Dan Cox reaches his first Challenger semi-final with a 3&2 win over King. Smile Plays Stakhovsky tonight.

Gabb lost 3&4 to McGee.

Broady is into the semis in his US futures but Bambridge lost (both were playing under-ranked college players).

And in Ilkley it is Dave Rice who is victorious, beating Klein in a final set 'breaker yesterday before beating Coupland 4&4 in the all-Gosling final today.

Dave might well take out his CH of #283 now (will be close), whilst Coupland is flying up the rankings - he's very good on the grass. The two also won the Doubles final yesterday.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2815 on: July 19, 2014, 02:36 PM »
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Dan Cox and Dan Smethurst are into the Final of the doubles a Binghamton without having hit a ball! their opps retired
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2816 on: July 20, 2014, 09:02 AM »
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Dan Cox lost his semi to Sergei in straight sets, but he played very very well.
Richard Gabb won his first qualification round in Lexington beating the number 5 seed
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2817 on: July 20, 2014, 10:20 AM »
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Broady into the final. Plays the college kid who beat Bambridge in the QFs.

Lots of Brits in challenger action against next week.

Golding and Gabb (mentioned above) both through in their respective qualifying matches. Oli into the FQR in Astana and Gabb into QR2 in Lexington.
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