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Anticipated Factors, Feb. 26: Ready for Diego Schwartzman’s First Argentine Title

Anticipated Factors, my new brief, each day podcast, highlights three numbers as an example stats, traits, and attention-grabbing trivia across the sport.

On at the moment’s episode: Iga Swiatek cruises into her first hard-court closing, Schwartzman is in place to lastly hoist a trophy in his residence nation, and Simona Halep reaches one other profession milestone.

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Tough transcript of at the moment’s episode:

The primary quantity is 4.5, the variety of video games that Iga Swiatek has misplaced per match en path to the Adelaide finals. The reigning Roland Garros champion misplaced within the fourth spherical of the Australian Open however has bounced proper again, cruising into her first tour-level onerous courtroom closing by beating two qualifiers, benefiting from a Danielle Collins retirement, and brushing apart Jil Teichmann at the moment in 81 minutes. Her opponent in tomorrow’s title match, Belinda Bencic, has taken a extra scenic route. After a primary spherical bye, Bencic drew two qualifiers and a fortunate loser. At this time’s opponent, Coco Gauff, proved trickier than her entry standing would indicate. Bencic earned a match level at 5-4 within the second set, however did not convert, misplaced the set in a tiebreak, and ended up needing almost three hours to dispatch the American. Whereas Bencic is larger ranked and holds a greater resume on quick surfaces, Tennis Summary Elo scores see Swiatek because the slender favourite to win the title tomorrow.

Our second quantity is 10. 10 is the variety of instances that Diego Schwartzman has entered ATP occasions in his residence nation of Argentina. He’s nonetheless aiming for his first title there, and this week in Cordoba is his finest probability but. In response to the Tennis Summary forecast, he had a greater than 40% of profitable earlier than play started, and going into the quarter-finals, he has a 55% probability of profitable the event. The following-best contender, Benoit Paire, is forty proportion factors behind. Schwartzman had his probabilities twice final February, dropping to Cristian Garin in a three-set closing in Cordoba, then profitable a 3 hour, forty minute match towards Pablo Cuevas in Buenos Aires that compelled him to withdraw earlier than the semi-finals. Maybe his finest probability got here in 2019, when he upset Dominic Thiem within the Buenos Aires semi-final however got here out flat towards Marco Cecchinato within the title match. Diego bought his revenge on the Italian yesterday, dropping solely 4 video games to arrange a quarter-final at the moment towards Albert Ramos.

At this time’s third and closing quantity is 350, the variety of consecutive weeks that Simona Halep has spent within the WTA prime ten. 350 weeks is nice for eighth on the all-time listing, a far cry from Martina Navratilova’s 1,000 straight, however properly forward of some other lively gamers. When Halep first joined the highest ten in January of 2014, she joined the likes of Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska, Jelena Jankovic, and then-number-one Serena Williams. Simona went on to win two titles, attain the Roland Garros closing, and climb all the best way to quantity two earlier than the top of the 12 months. Since then, she has been the one supply of stability on the prime of the WTA ranks. 41 different ladies have joined her within the prime ten, none of them for greater than 250 of her 350 weeks. It will likely be a protracted wait earlier than the Romanian can transfer up one other spot on the all-time listing: seventh place is 420 weeks, held by Hana Mandlikova. However with Halep coming off an Australian Open quarter-final, sitting at quantity three, 2,500 factors forward of quantity eleven, one other 12 months and a half within the prime ten appears eminently achievable.