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Anticipated Factors, March 1: A Weekend of Teenage Exploits


Anticipated Factors, my new quick, each day podcast, highlights three numbers as an example stats, traits, and fascinating trivia across the sport.

Up right now: Juan Manuel Cerundolo makes Argentinian tennis historical past, Iga Swiatek proves she’s greater than a one-hit surprise, and Rotterdam kicks off with a barely depleted area.

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The primary quantity is 154, the variety of rating positions gained by Juan Manuel Cerundolo this week. The 19-year-old lefty from Argentina received the Cordoba title in his debut tour-level occasion, the primary Argentine to take action within the Open Period. Whereas he didn’t must face prime seed Diego Schwartzman, he nonetheless wanted to show his mettle towards high quality opponents, together with 3-seed Miomir Kecmanovic, 7-seed Thiago Monteiro, and fifth seed Albert Ramos within the closing. All of these gamers pushed him to 3 units, however Cerundolo bounced again every time, profitable every of the deciders by scores of 6-2 or 6-3. He entered the Cordoba qualifying draw ranked 335 and eight matches later, he heads to Buenos Aires up 154 spots, at 181st on the official checklist. The Tennis Summary Elo scores are much more bullish, rating him 88th, simply forward of Monteiro and fellow teenage prospect Lorenzo Musetti. The following order of enterprise for Juan Manuel is to chase down his older brother, Francisco, at the moment ranked 137th. Whereas Juan Manuel’s efficiency in Cordoba earned him a essential draw place on this week’s Buenos Aires occasion, Francisco will play a closing spherical qualifying match this night.

Our second quantity is 7. 7 is the variety of energetic gamers on the WTA tour who received titles on each laborious courts and clay courts earlier than their twentieth birthday. Iga Swiatek joined the membership on Saturday with a routine win over Belinda Bencic within the Adelaide closing, giving her the laborious courtroom trophy to pair with final fall’s breakthrough at Roland Garros. This can be a uncommon checklist that even Serena Williams doesn’t qualify for. Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova are among the many acquainted names who achieved the identical feat as youngsters, and Swiatek is simply the second, after Dayana Yastremska, to take action within the final decade. Whereas Yastremska wanted third-set tiebreaks to win two of her teenage title matches, Swiatek barely breaks a sweat. Similar to her Roland Garros title run, it was straight units all the best way in Adelaide. Iga’s title strikes her as much as fifteenth within the WTA rankings, which nearly actually underestimates her present degree. Tennis Summary Elo has her at quantity six, solely 4 factors behind Petra Kvitova for a spot within the prime 5.

Right this moment’s third and closing quantity is 10, the variety of gamers who withdrew from this week’s ATP occasion in Rotterdam earlier than the draw was made. The preliminary entry checklist was so star studded that one wag dubbed the event Rotter-slam, however the lack of Rafael Nadal despatched the sector again to typical ATP 500 territory. Nadal is resting his again, and also will skip Acapulco, and is probably not again in motion earlier than the tour returns to European clay. Along with Nadal, 5 extra top-20 gamers opened up locations for alternates, together with Matteo Berrettini, Denis Shapovalov, and Gael Monfils. There’s nonetheless a lot to see on the Dutch indoor occasion this 12 months: Daniil Medvedev enters as the favourite, along with his eye on the quantity two rating place, and at 25 years of age, he’s the oldest among the many prime 4 seeds. Followers preferring veterans received’t be upset both: Andy Murray is right here as a wild card, and the withdrawals bumped Stan Wawrinka into place because the eighth seed.