Anticipated Factors, March 25: A Nice Week For a Pair of Swiss Guys


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

Up immediately: Jelena Ostapenko overcomes each her opponent and her serve, Rendy Lu makes a long-awaited return to the winner’s circle, and a pair of prospects take a step ahead on the Lugano Challenger.

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Tough transcript of immediately’s episode:

The primary quantity is 5, the variety of double faults dedicated by Jelena Ostapenko yesterday in her opening service sport… which she nonetheless held. Normally, in case you cough up 4 doubles, the sport is over. If you happen to win some factors in between, you may get a lifeline at deuce, however even then, 5 double faults is normally a bridge too far. Not so for Ostapenko, who not solely held, however received the primary set and the match towards Chinese language wild card Wang Xiyu. Whereas she didn’t miss one other second serve within the first set, she ended up with 10 doubles within the match, the seventh time in her final 16 matches that she’s double faulted on greater than 10% of her service factors. Like within the yesterday’s opening sport, service inconsistency doesn’t appear to carry her again—she’s received 5 of these 7 matches. Subsequent up for the 2017 Roland Garros champion is fortunate loser Kirsten Flipkens, who appears to carry out in the most effective within the Latvian. In every of their two earlier tour-level conferences, Ostapenko has double faulted solely as soon as.

Our second quantity is 1702, the variety of days between Masters 1000 wins towards non-wild playing cards for Yen Hsun Lu. The 37-year-old from Taiwan beat Sam Querrey yesterday, his first tour-level win since 2017, a span through which he has hardly ever been seen on the circuit. Lu, generally generally known as “Rendy,” had received his previous couple of Masters-level matches towards subpar competitors, towards two Chinese language wild playing cards in Shanghai in 2016 and 2017, and over a really younger Casper Ruud in Miami 4 years in the past. For his final Masters win over a direct entry, you need to return 1702 days, to the 2016 Toronto occasion, when he beat Alexander Zverev. For back-to-back wins, you’ll want to dig even additional, to Cincinnati in 2014. That’s unlikely to be the large story this weekend, although, since Lu’s reward for his comeback win is a frightening one: a second-round date with prime seed Daniil Medvedev.

At the moment’s third and ultimate quantity is 7, the variety of units received up to now this week by the younger Swiss duo of Dominic Stricker and Leandro Reidi. Each have been born in 2002, are ranked within the 800s, and obtained wild playing cards into this week’s Lugano Challenger. It’s Reidi’s first challenger and Stricker’s second, and 6 months after they captured world consideration by reaching the 2020 Roland Garros junior ultimate, each have made the most effective of the chance. They received their first-round matches on Monday towards veteran competitors, Jay Clarke and Adrian Menendez Maceiras. Reidi misplaced yesterday in a three-setter towards top-seed Yuichi Sugita, whereas Stricker superior in a third-set tiebreak over Tim Van Rijthoven. Stricker, who turns 19 in August, will break into the highest 700 together with his quarter-final exhibiting, good for the top-ten amongst gamers his age and youthful. Reidi is seven months older, and having misplaced the French Open juniors ultimate to his countryman, he’s already one thing of the underdog of the pair. No matter who’s the higher of the pair, Swiss followers have an rising duo price watching.

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