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2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
Hi all,
For those participating in the "Slam Challenge" pease place your French Open picks here. If you don't know what I'm talking about, or want a refresher on the rules, or want to see the point totals so far, look here.

You can make your picks and change them up until the first match of the tournament (that means qualifiers), which I believe is on May 26. Obviously you'll want to make adjustments or wait until the draw is out.

I'll make mine just to get the party started. Probably will change them as I go along!

W - Rafa Nadal
F - Roger Federer
SF - Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer
Dark Horse - Tomas Berdych
Wildcard - Tommy Haas

Remember, the Dark Horse can't be one of the Big Four (who now, once again, match up with the 1-4 rankings), and the Wildcard can't be in the Top 10.
(This post was last modified: 24-May-2013 07:19 AM by El Dude.)
20-May-2013 07:25 AM
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
I guess I will wait till the draw comes out.. but Roger is winning anyways Big Smile
21-May-2013 02:43 PM
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
I will probably change this when the draw comes out but...

W - Novak Djokovic
F - Rafa Nadal
SF - Roger Federer, David Ferrer
Dark Horse - Juan Martin Del Potro
Wildcard - Ernests Gulbis
21-May-2013 03:40 PM
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
Dude: I reread the rules, but I can't remember: am I limited to the number of times I can pick certain players?

I think we'll all want to reassess when the draw comes out, esp. given that Nadal will be in the #4 position, and we'll want to see where he lands. Also, JMDP is pending. (Note - Riotbeard.)

But I'll play now, for fun:

W - Rafael Nadal
F - Novak Djokovic
SF - Roger Federer, Jo Wilfried Tsonga
Dark Horse - David Ferrer (Is he too highly ranked?)
Wildcard - Tommy Haas
21-May-2013 06:23 PM
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
Moxie, no - you aren't limited in the number of times that you can pick certain players. Also, Ferrer is fine for the Dark Horse no matter what his ranking. The Dark Horse basically can be anyone other than the Big Four, and isn't ranking dependent. I instituted that because no matter what the rankings, there's that big gap between them and everyone else in terms of likelihood to win a Slam.

So:
Dark Horse - anyone other than Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, and Murray
Wildcard - anyone not ranked in the top 10
23-May-2013 07:21 AM
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
Thanks, Dude. I realize I was conflating your rules with the old Fantasy Tennis two websites ago. Now I got it.
23-May-2013 09:24 AM
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
W - Rafael Nadal
F - Novak Djokovic
SF - Roger Federer, Jo Wilfried Tsonga
Dark Horse - Almagro
Wildcard - Tommy Haas
23-May-2013 03:53 PM
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
W--Novak Djokovic
F--David Ferrer
S--Rafael Nadal & Roger Federer
Dark Horse--Grigor Dimitrov
Wildcard--Tommy Haas

Virgil Cane is the name ...
23-May-2013 04:27 PM
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
(23-May-2013 04:27 PM)shawnbm Wrote:  W--Novak Djokovic
F--David Ferrer
S--Rafael Nadal & Roger Federer
Dark Horse--Grigor Dimitrov
Wildcard--Tommy Haas

Hey Shawnbm.. Do you think that Grigor has the stamnia to last 2 weeks of best of 5 sets at RG and Sharapova:snigger
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23-May-2013 04:38 PM
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
Wow, bold predictions there, shawnbm. I can see Novak upsetting Rafa in the SF, but that would mean Ferrer beating Federer which is hard to imagine.
23-May-2013 08:09 PM
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
W: Federer
F: Djokovic
SF: Nadal, Ferrer

Dark Horse: Tsonga
Wild Card: Gulbis
(This post was last modified: 25-May-2013 10:02 PM by Mog.)
24-May-2013 05:59 AM
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
Wow, amazing how the draw changes things. Better go kick Novak out of the Final.

Mog, you can only have one wild card. If you don't change it I'll assume the first name - Jerzy - is your choice.
24-May-2013 07:13 AM
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
(24-May-2013 07:13 AM)El Dude Wrote:  Wow, amazing how the draw changes things. Better go kick Novak out of the Final.

Mog, you can only have one wild card. If you don't change it I'll assume the first name - Jerzy - is your choice.

Thanks Ei Dude.
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
W: Djokovic
F: Federer
SF: Nadal
SF: Berdych

Dark Horse: Ferrer
Wildcard: Almagro
24-May-2013 07:24 AM
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
W: Ferrer
F: Nadal
SF: Federer
SF: Djokovic

Dark Horse: Tsonga
Wildcard: Gulbis
(This post was last modified: 24-May-2013 08:47 AM by Denisovich.)
24-May-2013 08:44 AM
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
(24-May-2013 08:44 AM)Denisovich Wrote:  W: Ferrer
F: Nadal
SF: Federer
SF: Djokovic

Dark Horse: Tsonga
Wildcard: Gulbis

That's a big call brother.
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
Who takes home the trophy, la Coupe des Mousquetaires? :scratchmyhead:

Here's my picks:

Winner: Novak Djokovic
Finalist: Tomas Berdych
Semis: Rafael Nadal
Semis: Roger Federer

Dark Horse: David Ferrer
Wildcard: Tommy Haas

Honorable mention just for fun: Wink Pablo Carreno-Busta
24-May-2013 11:04 AM
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
(24-May-2013 10:51 AM)britbox Wrote:  
(24-May-2013 08:44 AM)Denisovich Wrote:  W: Ferrer
F: Nadal
SF: Federer
SF: Djokovic

Dark Horse: Tsonga
Wildcard: Gulbis

That's a big call brother.

Trying to jinx it. Everytime I picked Djokovic in the masters draw challenge he lost, so hoping for the same results here. Plus, the worst possible outcome would become a bit more bareble by winning this draw challenge here. I do think Ferrer has a good shot at reaching the semis and possbly the final though.

(24-May-2013 11:04 AM)Didi Wrote:  Honorable mention just for fun: Wink Pablo Carreno-Busta

Big Smile Who on earth is that?
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
(24-May-2013 11:06 AM)Denisovich Wrote:  Big Smile Who on earth is that?

Spain's new hope. He finished 2012 outside of the top 700, now he's about to enter the top 150, won seven future tourneys in a row and managed to beat Serra, Andujar, Haase, Benneteau, Goffin, Fognini and lost in three to Wawrinka in the semis of Estoril. He breezed through the French Open qualifiers. You might never hear anything from the guy again or he could be the new rising star such as Nadal was in 2004. Who really knows. I'm desperate for new rising stars. Big Smile He deserves a honorable mention at least.
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RE: 2013 Slam Challenge - Roland Garros
W - Nadal
F - Federer
SF - Djokovic
SF - Ferrer

Dark Horse - Tsonga
Wildcard - Monfils
24-May-2013 11:39 AM
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