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    Bummer. However, bonus with a very good seeding in the French Open, and hopefully can get the doubles title with Davis.
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    Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open II - Doubles
    PTA Masters 1000 - Friday (Quarter Finals) - Madrid, Spain - Clay (Red)

    • Second seeds Heath Davis and Jojo Mustard have eased through their rematch with Antonio Bachunelli and Jean-Alain Depuis as they recorded another straight sets victory. The West CWLanders were on the money right from the start as they broke early and combined beautifully to take the first set 6-3. They never let up as Bachunelli and Depuis failed to overcome the high quality doubles unit as Davis and Mustard advanced to a semi final match against Hayden and Ross Onwye 6-1, 6-3.


    • Fourth seeds Jefferson Drake and Martti Korpinen had it a bit harder in their three-set win over ninth seeded locals Ion Andueza and Sanchez Emelio. Both teams had produced some good results this week, and in a see-sawing affair it was little surprise that the match went to a match tiebreaker. Drake and Korpinen saved their best until last as they got the jump on the Spaniards and secured a semi final spot to reverse their ordinary form as of late 6-2, 3-6, [10-5].


    • They'll meet World No. 1 pairing Hugh James and Ralph Robinson as the Americans survived a mighty shock against Rob Bowenburg and Jarkko Maxum. The CWLanders blew a 7-3 match tiebreak lead after stealing the second set and in the process dropped seven points in a row to a top seeded team who could not believe their luck. Many of those were through unforced errors at the net as James and Robinson stumbled into the semis 6-4, 3-6, [10-7] and left Bowenburg and Maxum disappointed at a substantial choke.


    • Seeded players out: Ion Andueza & Sanchez Emelio.

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    We must have faced the Onwye brothers a few times now. Pretty sure we have a winning record against them.

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    Standard Drake choke. Hopefully I can keep going in the doubles, been a lean year.
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    Dammit. Need those Yanks to lose if we're going to take the #1 ranking.
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    Busan Open Challenger Tennis II
    PTA Challenger Tour - Semi Finals - Busan, Korea Republic - Hard

    • Eighth seed Rick Langley will compete in his fourth Challenger final of the year after a hardfought win over top seed Scotland Rivers in Busan. In one of his biggest career victories, the World No. 117 outlasted his 52nd ranked compatriot in a highly entertaining three-set affair. After Germany's Dieter Bonhof earlier made light work of local hope Lee Inmin 6-4, 6-3, the Korean crowd were entertained by the two CWLanders. But it was Langley who surprised everyone by clawing back from a break down in the third set to tame Rivers with some classy hitting in a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win.


    • Seeded players out: Scotland Rivers.

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    Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open II
    PTA Masters 1000 - Saturday (Semi Finals) - Madrid, Spain - Clay (Red)

    • Daniel Páez Blanco will meet sixth seed Rasmus Olesen in tomorrow's final with Madrid robbed of a showdown between the world's top two players. Blanco showed why he is an overwhelming favourite to claim another French Open title as he literally wiped the floor with Dmitry Orlov in a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing, while Olesen ousted top seed Jason Hall 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.


    • Seeded players out: Jason Hall.
    • Fourth seeds Jefferson Drake and Martti Korpinen failed to convert key opportunities as they fell to a straight sets loss to Hugh James and Ralph Robinson in the semi finals of the doubles draw. For the second match in a row, James and Robinson pulled themselves out of an awkward situation as they came from a break down on two occasions in the first set to secure it in a tiebreak. After their sluggish start, the world's top doubles pairing finally found their rhythm and took advantage of some less-than-stellar volleying from the Australian Open finalists as they surged ahead 5-1. Drake and Korpinen had break points when James and Robinson served for the match, but could not convert them as the top seeds moved to the final 7-6(5), 6-2.


    • Tomorrow's final will decide whether Jojo Mustard moves to World No. 1 on the doubles entry list rankings after he and Heath Davis survived a thrilling second set tiebreaker to beat Moroccan rivals Hayden and Ross Onwye. The pairs have been involved in some entertaining meetings in the past, but it was the second seeds who struck first blood as they took the first set after an entertaining exchange with all four men up at the net. They looked home and hosed at 5-3, but there was a twist in the tale as the Moroccans broke back and took the set to a tiebreaker. There both teams had a number of chances to take the set, but after five match points were squandered Davis and Mustard secured a finals berth with a 6-3, 7-6(12) win including a 14-12 tiebreak scoreline.


    • Seeded players out: Jefferson Drake & Martti Korpinen; Hayden Onwye & Ross Onwye.

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    Yus! Solid win against a decent team there... Now to help El Mustardo take that coveted #1 ranking for the Wessies!

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    Busan Open Challenger Tennis II
    PTA Challenger Tour - Final - Busan, Korea Republic - Hard

    • Rick Langley has claimed his second Challenger title of the season with a hard fought three-set win over Germany's Dieter Bonhof. Knowing a victory would put him just a handful of points outside of the top hundred, Langley produced a fantastic display in a see-sawing match as the dangerous German produced plenty of highlights with his compact and powerful style. Langley held a good four or five inches on his opponent, but only won the first set through some fantastic defensive play against the punching forehand drives from the dimunitive Bonhof. Those groundstrokes enabled the unseeded German to take the second set 6-4, and send the match to a deciding third set. Both players had early opportunities to break, but it was Langley who took his as he cooly took the title 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-4 to move to No. 104 in the world.


    • Seeded players out: None.

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    Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open II - Singles
    PTA Masters 1000 - Sunday (Finals Day) - Madrid, Spain - Clay (Red)

    • Sixth seed Rasmus Olesen has let a golden opportunity to become the second player to beat Daniel Páez Blanco on clay as he blew a two-set-to-love lead; capitulating in five tense sets in front of a fiercely patriotic crowd in Madrid. That crowd was stunned into silence as the clay court legend Blanco misfired completely after a dominant week as the Dane took a 6-2, 6-3 lead. But the World No. 2, who had dropped just one set before the final, fought back strongly and showed his undoubted clay class as he powered his way into a fifth set through sheer brute force. It was clear then that Olesen was done as he wilted under the strain of an almost Davis Cup like atmosphere and the second best player in the world hitting his straps; Blanco mowing through him in the decider to claim a hat trick of titles 2-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1.


    • Seeded players out: Rasmus Olesen.
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    Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open II - Doubles
    PTA Masters 1000 - Sunday (Finals Day) - Madrid, Spain - Clay (Red)

    • Jojo Mustard will be named the No. 1 ranked doubles player this Monday after he and Heath Davis stormed to their third title as a team this season with a straight sets victory over Hugh James and Ralph Robinson. In a battle of the top two doubles pairings in the world, Davis and Mustard were spoiling for a scrap early as both teams exchanged breaks of serves to be level at 3-3. After letting an early break slip, the French Open champs were stunned into submission by the second seeds who claimed another break of service to lead 5-3. While Davis failed to serve out the set, James gave the Westerners three set points with a badly timed double fault and it was Mustard who pounced with a roaring forehand into the tramlines.

    The second set promised more of the same as both Mustard and Robinson served out to love, but the promise was quickly shattered as Davis and Mustard left the Americans in their wake. There was to be no match tiebreaker as they secured five straight games to snatch the doubles title 6-4, 6-1 and allow Mustard to become the first CWLand player to make it to the number one ranking on either board.

    • Seeded players out: Hugh James & Ralph Robinson.

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    Congratulations to Rick Langley for some fine consistent tennis being rewarded with a career high ranking. A top notch player for the future. Also, with Mustard shooting up to No. 1 in the doubles rankings we now have the top two teams having a seeding score of 5 (1+4 and 2+3). What this means for French Open seeding I have nfi at this point, but at a guess I'd say Mustard/Davis get the top seed.

    Amazingly, they've gone eight matches without dropping a set in doubles play. Last defeat came to Machado/Rodrígues at Miami where they blew a first set bagel to lose 6-0, 3-6, [9-11].
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    Proud as punch to take out the number one ranking. Has been a great season for Mustard. Big thanks to Davis as well who has been a great partner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright View Post
    Proud as punch to take out the number one ranking. Has been a great season for Mustard. Big thanks to Davis as well who has been a great partner.
    Big ups to El Mustardo as well - such an excellent player. We've had an excellent run of form on the doubles court and hopefully we can continue that at Roland Garros.

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    That's also Mustard's sixth title of the season. Immense.

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