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So Novak can still miss out if he either falls outside the top 20 or if someone wins the US Open and is ranked higher than him…and is also outside the top 7.

Djokovic would finish in the top 20 most years with his current point total. Given that Wimbledon isn’t giving points, that threshold will also drop a lot this year.

Since the Open will award the full 2000 points, it will be hard for someone to win it and fall outside the top 7, but also ahead of Novak. In the current rankings it would require a winner like Opelka, Isner, Schwartzman, or Berrettini.
 

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That match was fun. Osaka is rusty but played well, but Gauff was locked in, especially on serve. Gauff was up 6-4, 5-1 and had Osaka at 0-40, but then Osaka turned into her old #1 self and pulled it back to 5-4 before Gauff was able to finish on her 9th match point, 6-4, 6-4.

Also kind of amazing that Osaka has only ever won seven tournaments and four are hardcourt Grand Slams and a 5th is Indian Wells. For a while there were top ranked women (Wozniacki is one I remember) who had no good Grand Slam results, Osaka is the exact opposite.
 
Also kind of amazing that Osaka has only ever won seven tournaments and four are hardcourt Grand Slams and a 5th is Indian Wells. For a while there were top ranked women (Wozniacki is one I remember) who had no good Grand Slam results, Osaka is the exact opposite.
So you're basically saying Osaka is to women's tennis as Brooks Koepka is to men's golf? ;)
 

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I do my best not to follow golf but yes, it looks almost identical.

Another thing they pointed out on the telecast last night was that Osaka's 4 Grand Slams were in back to back hardcourts two years apart which would mean she would win the next two. Seems pretty unlikely but she did look healthy and is getting matches under her belt, she won the 2018 US Open/2019 Australian and the 2020 US Open/2021 Australian, she has never gotten out of the third round at the French or Wimbledon. She is 46-9 career at the two hardcourt Slams and just 11-8 at the other two, I did not realize she was such a specialist.
 

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Also I guess Osaka will not be seeded at the US Open? She is ranked #40 last I see, but she has won four of the last eight hardcourt Slams and is 24 and seemingly healthy, that is going to be a rough early round draw for someone.

Gauff as I said really steamrolled her for most of the match but when Coco got asked after about that late charge from Osaka, she said something like 'I mean, maybe two of those points were even possibly winnable for me, I was just hoping she stopped playing that well at some point and if not, it wasn't my day'.

Their career head to head now is 2-2, really I think my two favorite female players in a long time, so I hope they meet a lot more.
 

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Another interesting thing they said about Gauff last night that I didn't know was that basically until this hardcourt season, she has pretty much always entered both singles and doubles, but now for the first time she is solely focusing on singles. She is the youngest in the top 20, still just 18.
 
Another interesting thing they said about Gauff last night that I didn't know was that basically until this hardcourt season, she has pretty much always entered both singles and doubles, but now for the first time she is solely focusing on singles. She is the youngest in the top 20, still just 18.
I was just talking with Pete Odgers, who did the world feed commentary on Gauff-Osaka last night, and she was very complimentary about the standard of the match and was particularly pleased to see Osaka smiling and having fun out there and even pumping her fist during her strong second-set fightback. In addition to Gauff focusing on singles and not both singles and doubles, I think it's great for both players to be able to focus just on playing tennis for a while, rather than trying to save the world or take political positions that are above their pay grade. (In the abstract, it's great for athletes to be engaged with the world beyond their sport...but when you're a teenager, or were very recently a teenager, and are thrust into the limelight so much so soon and never really get the chance to fully figure the world out in your own time, that's such a monumental burden to bear.)
 
Gauff and Badosa played a first set today of very high quality and a tiebreak which was outstanding...right up until the point that Gauff double-faulted away the set. And then the wheels basically came off and Badosa streaked away to win. (Gauff should still reach the Top 10 at the end of the week unless Kasatkina wins the tournament in San Jose, but it's a good reminder that Gauff is still young enough that we should expect this sort of inconsistency from her.)