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A few people picked Blake. If he wins, they should start a fortune telling business :)
Here is the 'syndicated' report for day 4, a high-scoring day on which two entrants got 15/16 correct, though the garlic-eating malingerers still did their best to mess lots of us up by winning or losing when they shouldn't have. As eblunt put it on bt.net:

"I'd like to propose an improvement to future pickem entry forms: Have a 'No GEMs' option that prefills defeats for all the GEMs. You might lose a point or two, but that's a small price to pay to save all that heartache of relying on them to win when required."

Unfortunately, they make a point of failing to lose when required too, so that'll just guarantee us a slam with Dammit v Chokieu and Tsonga v Monfils as the two semi-finals!

Detailed results, etc, can be found at http://www.britishtennis.net/competitions.html

TEAMS LEAGUE

A late surge by TAT, who piled in behind Monfils and Troicki (they must be picking by sticking a pin in the draw and getting lucky, surely?!) allowed them to overhaul BT.net and take the lead, with the Dammitaires remaining in 3rd. The latter team now has the top raw average for R2 so far as well as for R1 and is only being held back by the team size adjustment which recognises that small teams are more likely to get extreme high or low scores, even if the team at the bottom of the table is doing its best to give the lie to this!

JM.org yo-yoed up and down the table all day but ended the day on an upswing, up 4 to 8th, making them the only team to move more than one place on the day.

INDIVIDUALS

Fiercehart (TN) was the only entrant to finish day 4 where he started - with 14/16 correct on Thursday, he has already opened up a lead of 3 points, which is pretty impressive when there are 456 entrants!

A late run allowed Christian (BT) to rise 4 to 2nd, with world no. 6 randall six (IN), down 1 to 3rd, holding onto a place in the top three on tiebreak from world no. 3 Flintstone (IN), Drop-Shot (TA), fr1k4r (SG) & Harold Abadilla (RN), all up 12 to 4= after scoring 14/16 in R2 so far.

The top 10 is completed by Jean-Marc (BT), Ivanatis (MT) & bumfluff (TW), who all got 13/16 on Thursday.

BIG RISERS

Two entrants scored a hugely impressive 15/16 on Thursday and, ominously, they are both people who have finished on the podium in one of the last two slams, an achievement shared by 4th placed Flintstone (IN), who was 3rd at Wimby. They are Jack (TA), 3rd at RG and up 105 to 11th yesterday, and Wimbledon winner and world no. 1 Ashley Harkleroad's ***** (IN), up 196 to 28th.

However, two entrants rose more than 200 places after getting 14/16 of the top half R2 matches correct - Ghandi (GR) & mataeo1983 (TA), both up 209 to 84=. Altogether, 17 entrants rose more than 100 places.

BIG FALLERS

Two entrants got just 5/16 correct and dropped to the bottom, if still well clear of the gorillas - they were christopher (TN) & Rachel (TN), both down 6 to 455=, though 49% is a high score for last place at this stage of a pick 'em!

Higher up the table, even getting 50% correct wasn't enough to avoid a huge drop on such a high-scoring day and 45 entrants fell more than 100 places, with 8 leading the way with spectacular drops of over 200 places. They were brazilian tennis (IN), down 201 to 234th, mmmm8 (TA), zephblabs (TA) & SONIque (AR), all down 208 to 272= despite getting more than half of Thursday's results correct, Lex (CC), down 242 to 358th, Matthew (GR), down 209 to 384th, & Rome AMS winner BalaK (AM), down 247 to 422nd. However, the entrant in the most desperate need of a parachute to break her fall was Swissgirl (IN), down 319 to 383rd - she got 7/16 correct.

TEAM KO

All of the top four seeds are ahead halfway through the L16 round, but no. 12 seeds Rusedski.co.uk lead no. 5 seeds T4Y, no. 11 seeds BBC 606 lead no. 6 seeds AM.com and no. 10 seeds Other Boards lead no. 7 seeds Team CC, so some early reversals of fortune between R1 (used for seeding) and R2 (on which L16 match scores are based) may be on the cards.

(1) BritishTennis.net 22.51
(16) Tennisopolis.com 21.44

(9) RafaelNadalFans 22.40
(8) JamieMurray.org 23.14

(5) Tennis4you.com 22.00
(12) Rusedski.co.uk 22.56

(13) Assorted Individuals 21.67
(4) MensTennisForums 22.13

(3) RichardGasquet.net 24.00
(14) RogerFederer.com 21.13

(11) BBC 606 boards 22.33
(6) AndyMurray.com 22.11

(7) Centre Court Forum 22.08
(10) Other Boards 23.07

(15) AndyRoddick.com 21.29
(2) TalkAboutTennis 23.44
Hey, Coldvodka - I noticed that you are moving up. Did you make any interesting picks that could jump you over some people?
M
Hey CV,
Murray pulled through! ... but somehow you went down a bit. Bummer.
Hey join this group for the Bracket players (actually anyone reading that is not yet a member of that group, join it.) It the best way for us to keep in touch and let people know about the upcoming contests.

M
you're doing well, Coldvodka.
I'm down more than 150!
Mark, you're doing great!
I'm still 22, but I picked Gulbis over Roddick - and picked him for another round too. So I think I'm going to start falling like a rock.
Up 64 you are Lainey!
vedddy nice.
M
Yes, I see that. I'm happy about it. I am back on the rise!
You're, of course, looking good too, Mark.
I am predicting that Dusty Dick (I didn't say it:)) from BT has a good chance of winning.
Standings!
So who is Graphite Machete?

3 up 22 Graphite Machete - USA Bitmap TN 48 50 15 Fed 14 78 113 79.0% 703
17 up 5 Mark 346 USA Bitmap TN 50 48 12 Rafa 13 78 110 76.9% 646
19 up 59 Jon Pennington Pics 429 USA Bitmap TN 47 48 15 Fed 13 76 110 76.9% 644
32 up 37 Onder Sengur - USA Bitmap TN 49 46 12 Nole 12 76 107 74.8% 587
37 up 41 Roseville Rief - USA Bitmap TN 47 48 12 Rafa 14 75 107 74.8% 581
45 dn 10 Nelson - CAN Bitmap TN 49 48 9 Rafa 15 76 106 74.1% 556
45 dn 10 David (TN2) - USA Bitmap TN 49 48 9 Rafa 15 76 106 74.1% 556
63 dn 9 Jason (TN2) - USA Bitmap TN 43 54 9 Fed 15 73 106 74.1% 540
73 up 55 Tom - CHN Bitmap TN 47 46 12 Fed 14 74 105 73.4% 512
79 dn 15 Darius 364 USA Bitmap TN 46 50 9 Fed 15 74 105 73.4% 507
79 dn 15 The Dread Pirate Josh - USA Bitmap TN 46 50 9 Fed 15 74 105 73.4% 507
79 dn 15 Jeff (TN1) - USA Bitmap TN 46 50 9 Fed 14 74 105 73.4% 507
83 dn 14 Paul - ENG Bitmap TN 49 46 9 Rafa 15 75 104 72.7% 488
88 up 64 tennis baller 397 USA Bitmap TN 48 44 12 Nole 12 74 104 72.7% 484
90 dn 12 mike moseley - USA Bitmap TN 47 48 9 Fed 13 74 104 72.7% 480
95 dn 65 Jonty - IND Bitmap TN 46 52 6 Rafa 14 74 104 72.7% 477
98 dn 8 Ryan - USA Bitmap TN 45 50 9 Rafa 14 73 104 72.7% 473
98 dn 8 Jane Krempel - USA Bitmap TN 45 50 9 Fed 14 73 104 72.7% 473
105 dn 70 Coldvodka - USA Bitmap TN 49 48 6 Nole 15 75 103 72.0% 451
108 dn 10 Jay 354 USA Bitmap TN 48 46 9 Fed 12 74 103 72.0% 445
108 dn 10 Meghan - USA Bitmap TN 48 46 9 Rafa 14 74 103 72.0% 445
118 dn 8 DaveB - USA Bitmap TN 46 48 9 Nole 13 73 103 72.0% 435
126 dn 6 Ashwini - IND Bitmap TN 44 50 9 Rafa 15 72 103 72.0% 428
134 up 64 Lainey 302 USA Bitmap TN 48 42 12 Rafa 14 73 102 71.3% 404
134 up 64 Victor - USA Bitmap TN 48 42 12 Rafa 14 73 102 71.3% 404
143 same Mohamad Soorty - PAK Bitmap TN 45 48 9 Nole 14 72 102 71.3% 394
151 dn 82 I - USA Bitmap TN 49 46 6 Fed 14 74 101 70.6% 373
162 dn 72 SATennisguy 501 USA Bitmap TN 45 50 6 Fed 14 72 101 70.6% 361
163 up 78 kinkybear 414 HKG Bitmap TN 45 44 12 Fed 13 71 101 70.6% 358
168 dn 4 Jason (TN1) 585 USA Bitmap TN 44 48 9 Fed 15 71 101 70.6% 352
168 dn 4 DEREK CLACK - CAN Bitmap TN 44 48 9 Rafa 13 71 101 70.6% 352
175 dn 3 amit - USA Bitmap TN 42 50 9 Rafa 15 70 101 70.6% 347
177 up 85 jonathan - USA Bitmap TN 41 48 12 Rafa 14 69 101 70.6% 344
177 up 85 Jerimy - USA Bitmap TN 41 48 12 Rafa 13 69 101 70.6% 344
180 dn 82 Chris Jetton - USA Bitmap TN 48 46 6 Fed 12 73 100 69.9% 327
182 dn 6 p0ntus 284 USA Bitmap TN 47 44 9 Rafa 13 72 100 69.9% 323
182 dn 6 Cliff - USA Bitmap TN 47 44 9 A-Rod 15 72 100 69.9% 323
190 dn 6 Bill B 579 USA Bitmap TN 45 46 9 Fed 14 71 100 69.9% 313
190 dn 6 mjr15 - USA Bitmap TN 45 46 9 Fed 12 71 100 69.9% 313
190 dn 6 Hankhere - USA Bitmap TN 45 46 9 Nole 13 71 100 69.9% 313
190 dn 6 sc00ter - USA Bitmap TN 45 46 9 Rafa 13 71 100 69.9% 313
197 up 84 Manny Moises - PHI Bitmap TN 44 44 12 Rafa 15 70 100 69.9% 308
199 dn 3 Yarik Yarosh - CAN Bitmap TN 41 50 9 Rafa 15 69 100 69.9% 307
204 dn 6 mikeindo 81 USA Bitmap TN 48 42 9 Rafa 12 72 99 69.2% 284
204 dn 6 Ronya Rov - USA Bitmap TN 48 42 9 Fed 14 72 99 69.2% 284
218 dn 7 Bobber02 - USA Bitmap TN 46 44 9 Fed 12 71 99 69.2% 268
226 up 81 DanChen 401 USA Bitmap TN 45 42 12 Fed 12 70 99 69.2% 262
230 dn 8 D - USA Bitmap TN 44 46 9 Rafa 15 70 99 69.2% 256
230 dn 8 CaseyGardiner - USA Bitmap TN 44 46 9 Rafa 16 70 99 69.2% 256
236 dn 87 Vishal - USA Bitmap TN 43 50 6 Rafa 15 70 99 69.2% 252
237 up 82 billxxx - USA Bitmap TN 43 44 12 Fed 12 69 99 69.2% 250
240 dn 6 Susan from Denver - USA Bitmap TN 42 48 9 Fed 15 69 99 69.2% 248
243 dn 91 Andrew - USA Bitmap TN 48 44 6 Nole 15 72 98 68.5% 234
248 dn 7 jvillarreal - USA Bitmap TN 45 44 9 A-Rod 13 70 98 68.5% 224
248 dn 7 antonio - MEX Bitmap TN 45 44 9 Rafa 14 70 98 68.5% 224
259 same James (TN) - USA Bitmap TN 43 46 9 Fed 14 69 98 68.5% 217
262 up 2 Mike Taly - USA Bitmap TN 39 50 9 Rafa 15 67 98 68.5% 214
263 up 2 David (TN1) - USA Bitmap TN 48 40 9 Nole 13 71 97 67.8% 211
269 same angryduck71 - USA Bitmap TN 46 42 9 Nole 12 70 97 67.8% 203
278 up 3 Texas Smash - USA Bitmap TN 44 44 9 Nole 14 69 97 67.8% 193
278 up 3 Tennisgal51 - USA Bitmap TN 44 44 9 Fed 12 69 97 67.8% 193
278 up 3 jmaxl - USA Bitmap TN 44 44 9 Fed 14 69 97 67.8% 193
284 dn 90 John Secolo - USA Bitmap TN 43 48 6 Fed 14 69 97 67.8% 190
289 up 2 rchris1770 - USA Bitmap TN 42 46 9 Nole 14 68 97 67.8% 183
293 up 71 Blindsided - USA Bitmap TN 41 44 12 Rafa 14 67 97 67.8% 180
294 up 3 Mostafa Farshidfard - IRI Bitmap TN 40 48 9 Rafa 14 67 97 67.8% 178
294 up 3 Stacey R - USA Bitmap TN 40 48 9 Fed 14 67 97 67.8% 178
294 up 3 Tennistar - USA Bitmap TN 40 48 9 Nole 15 67 97 67.8% 178
302 dn 91 Alexander - ENG Bitmap TN 46 44 6 Nole 13 70 96 67.1% 169
302 dn 91 Robert C. - USA Bitmap TN 46 44 6 Fed 13 70 96 67.1% 169
305 up 2 ThePoet 221 USA Bitmap TN 45 42 9 Rafa 12 69 96 67.1% 165
305 up 2 Dean Wright - USA Bitmap TN 45 42 9 Nole 14 69 96 67.1% 165
309 dn 87 Brian Pope - USA Bitmap TN 44 46 6 Fed 12 69 96 67.1% 161
309 dn 87 rayko - USA Bitmap TN 44 46 6 Nole 15 69 96 67.1% 161
309 dn 87 ctn - USA Bitmap TN 44 46 6 Fed 15 69 96 67.1% 161
312 up 7 driftin02 266 USA Bitmap TN 43 44 9 Rafa 14 68 96 67.1% 158
312 up 7 Kennypage - USA Bitmap TN 43 44 9 Rafa 14 68 96 67.1% 158
325 up 10 Steven Smith 389 USA Bitmap TN 44 42 9 Rafa 14 68 95 66.4% 144
325 up 10 fmtransmitter - USA Bitmap TN 44 42 9 Rafa 14 68 95 66.4% 144
329 up 65 Brent 441 CAN Bitmap TN 43 40 12 Rafa 14 67 95 66.4% 139
332 up 9 Tim (TN) - USA Bitmap TN 42 44 9 Fed 14 67 95 66.4% 136
332 up 9 Tara - USA Bitmap TN 42 44 9 Rafa 11 67 95 66.4% 136
334 up 65 Mary Hill - CAN Bitmap TN 41 42 12 Rafa 14 66 95 66.4% 134
334 up 65 TrainWreck - USA Bitmap TN 41 42 12 Fed 13 66 95 66.4% 134
336 dn 67 Saj P - USA Bitmap TN 46 42 6 Fed 14 69 94 65.7% 132
344 up 63 Kevin - USA Bitmap TN 44 38 12 Rafa 13 67 94 65.7% 124
345 up 8 Bjornjorno - NOR Bitmap TN 43 42 9 Fed 14 67 94 65.7% 121
345 up 8 cygent - IND Bitmap TN 43 42 9 Fed 14 67 94 65.7% 121
345 up 8 hokulele - USA Bitmap TN 43 42 9 Rafa 14 67 94 65.7% 121
345 up 8 Mackin' Hos - USA Bitmap TN 43 42 9 Fed 13 67 94 65.7% 121
350 dn 59 DMil - USA Bitmap TN 42 46 6 Fed 14 67 94 65.7% 117
353 up 11 revlis - USA Bitmap TN 41 44 9 Rafa 14 66 94 65.7% 113
364 up 55 Harry Wang - CHN Bitmap TN 45 36 12 Fed 11 67 93 65.0% 102
368 dn 49 IndianOutlaw - USA Bitmap TN 43 44 6 Rafa 13 67 93 65.0% 96
368 dn 49 Jeff (TN2) - USA Bitmap TN 43 44 6 Nole 13 67 93 65.0% 96
371 up 6 chiro_angel - USA Bitmap TN 42 42 9 Fed 11 66 93 65.0% 93
371 up 6 AK - IRI Bitmap TN 42 42 9 Fed 14 66 93 65.0% 93
371 up 6 slena - USA Bitmap TN 42 42 9 Fed 12 66 93 65.0% 93
374 dn 46 Josh Snead - USA Bitmap TN 41 46 6 Nole 13 66 93 65.0% 90
377 up 8 Med Aguas - USA Bitmap TN 45 38 9 Fed 13 67 92 64.3% 85
382 dn 47 Marc S - USA Bitmap TN 44 42 6 Rafa 15 67 92 64.3% 81
388 up 11 Lady Beagle - USA Bitmap TN 41 42 9 Fed 14 65 92 64.3% 74
391 dn 45 Steffani Bennett - USA Bitmap TN 40 46 6 Rafa 15 65 92 64.3% 72
392 up 13 Edberg's Brother - USA Bitmap TN 37 46 9 Fed 14 63 92 64.3% 71
397 dn 44 phillycheesesteaks 202 USA Bitmap TN 43 42 6 Nole 14 66 91 63.6% 65
399 up 14 Vincent Borrelli - USA Bitmap TN 40 42 9 Rafa 14 64 91 63.6% 63
401 dn 34 Gwigs - USA Bitmap TN 39 46 6 Fed 13 64 91 63.6% 61
402 up 32 Claudia - USA Bitmap TN 37 42 12 Rafa 14 62 91 63.6% 60
406 dn 33 Pencho - BUL Bitmap TN 44 40 6 Rafa 12 66 90 62.9% 55
406 dn 33 JoJohnson - USA Bitmap TN 44 40 6 Rafa 11 66 90 62.9% 55
409 dn 32 Sue Brekka - USA Bitmap TN 42 42 6 Rafa 12 65 90 62.9% 53
412 dn 29 chai - USA Bitmap TN 38 46 6 Fed 15 63 90 62.9% 49
414 dn 82 Alex Y - USA Bitmap TN 46 40 3 Fed 10 67 89 62.2% 47
415 dn 30 steve raifer - USA Bitmap TN 45 38 6 Fed 13 66 89 62.2% 45
417 up 9 pleps71 - JAM Bitmap TN 44 36 9 Fed 11 65 89 62.2% 43
422 dn 23 AJ's Picks - USA Bitmap TN 41 42 6 Tsonga 14 64 89 62.2% 38
426 dn 15 Todd - USA Bitmap TN 42 40 6 Fed 13 64 88 61.5% 34
428 dn 15 Turtle - USA Bitmap TN 40 42 6 Fed 13 63 88 61.5% 31
428 dn 15 Ruby Chen - USA Bitmap TN 40 42 6 Rafa 13 63 88 61.5% 31
433 dn 10 cowhollowcaleb - USA Bitmap TN 41 40 6 Fed 14 63 87 60.8% 26
438 same Chede/Indian/ - IND Bitmap TN 39 38 9 Rafa 11 61 86 60.1% 21
444 dn 4 RobBob - USA Bitmap TN 42 34 6 Fed 12 61 82 57.3% 14
445 dn 4 THETEEBONE - USA Bitmap TN 40 36 6 Fed 9 60 82 57.3% 13
448 same Murat /MK - USA Bitmap TN 38 36 6 Rafa 12 58 80 55.9% 10
449 same Vanessa - USA Bitmap TN 41 32 6 Stani 10 59 79 55.2% 9
450 up 2 mandeeloub - USA Bitmap TN 38 32 9 Blake 9 57 79 55.2% 8
451 dn 1 christopher - USA Bitmap TN 37 36 6 Fed 11 57 79 55.2% 6
452 dn 1 Christina - USA Bitmap TN 39 32 6 Fed 12 57 77 53.8% 5
453 same Becky - USA Bitmap TN 36 34 6 Rafa 10 55 76 53.1% 4
454 same Rachel (TN) - USA Bitmap TN 37 32 3 Fed 9 54 72 50.3% 3
455 same Kopenhagen - CAN Bitmap TN 37 28 3 Rafa 9 52 68 47.6% 2
456 same marta - USA Bitmap TN 38 24 3 Rafa 9 51 65 45.5% 1
DAY 6 'SYNDICATED' REPORT

For detailed results, please visit http://www.britishtennis.net/Competitions.html

Another day where (for me anyway but clearly lots of others too), it all turned sour overnight. I can't imagine any circumstances in which, before the tournament, I'd have picked Pics to lose to Nishikori or Flake to crumble against Fish in straight sets, but unfortunately I had the PEM (paella-eating malingerer) and the MEM (McDonalds-eating malingerer) reaching the QFs. Let nobody ever say that any of us use pick 'em as a vehicle to over-generalise about certain nationalities *cough* - it's all meant in fun, really it is!

TEAMS LEAGUE

BT.net held onto top spot for another day, but the small 6-player team of Dammitaires is piling on the pressure, leading yet another round based on unadjusted averages and up another place to 2nd. TAT, up 1 to 3rd, are back in the top three as AM.com, down 2 to 4th, drop out.

Other than that, the only movers were MTF, up 2 to 7th, swapping places with Rusedski.co.uk, down 2 to 9th, but this is of particular importance given that those two teams are involved in a KO match at the moment.

INDIVIDUALS

Pick 'em debutant Christian (BT) held onto 1st place for another day with 117 points, with LINK3 (AM) just 1 point behind on 116. However, with both of these entrants and the two who were in 3=, randall six (IN) & nicki (AM), only getting a rather average 4/8 correct on Saturday and both dropping 6 places to 9=, it has now become incredibly tight at the top.

Also just a point behind the leader are MC (MT) & Graphite Machete (TN), both up 22 to 3=. They were two of just seven entrants who managed to top score with 6/8 on Saturday - Dusty Dick (BT), up 37 to 8th and the highest climber into the top 10 was another. Meanwhile, 5/8 on day 6 was enough to lift Flintstone (IN), Drop-Shot (TA) & Peter (GR) back up 3 to 5=.

ON THE RISE

The other four entrants who scored 6/8 on Saturday were Jon Pennington Pics (TN), up 61 to 17th, wolf (BT), up 104 to 24th, shotgun (MT), up 155 to 114th, and Anthony (AR), whose 171 place rise to 131st made him the fastest riser of the day. In addition, a few entrants scoring 5/15 managed rises of just over 100 places lower down the table.

ON THE SLIDE

It looked so promising for jm-fan (JM) yesterday, up in 5th place and with all R3 winners still in the mix, but only 3 of his 8 possible winners came through yesterday and he dropped 20 places to 25th. Indeed, unlike the the entrant with the most R2 winner picks surviving R1 who did well in R2, neither of the entrants with all R3 winner picks surviving R2 had a good day yesterday.

However, bigger falls were reserved for those who got just 2/8 of yesterday's winners, including Coldvodka (TN) (who has clearly spent too much time with Marat Safin recently!), down 128 to 163rd, and more than a dozen others dropping around 100-150 places, but the biggest faller of all, with just 1/8 correct yesterday, was LooseString (IN), down 170 to 392nd.

TEAM KO QFs

(1) BritishTennis.net 12.26
(9) RafaelNadalFans 10.80

(5) Tennis4you.com 11.12
(13) Assorted Individuals 10.44

(3) RichardGasquet.net 13.00
(6) AndyMurray.com 11.19

(10) Other Boards 12.40
(2) TalkAboutTennis 12.00

TEAM KO 9-16 MATCHES

(16) Tennisopolis.com 10.05
(8) JamieMurray.org 11.14

(12) Rusedski.co.uk 10.83
(4) MensTennisForums 11.80

(14) RogerFederer.com 11.25
(11) BBC 606 boards 11.50

(7) Centre Court Forum 11.19
(15) AndyRoddick.com 11.14
DAY 7 'SYNDICATED' REPORT

For detailed results, etc, please see http://www.britishtennis.net/Competitions.html

Early in the day yesterday, I said on AM.com: "Verdasco 70% v Andreev 25% - I steal a march on 3/10 entrants if 'dasco wins, I lose ground on 1/4 of them if Andreev wins (odd pick by me - I usually treat Andreev as reliable and 'dasco as borderline muppet, though I suffered for that at Wimby!)"

In fact, it was yet another case in this tournament of getting messed up by doing research - 'dasco led the H2H 3-0, but no longer just a 'borderline muppet' (having cost me heaps of places at Wimby when he kept winning then lots of places here by losing), he lost tamely in straight sets. I'm sure over 2/3 of the other entrants will share my annoyance at this one!

Still, it was another muppet who really did for me and about 100 others yesterday, Gonzo's win against Nieminen dropping those of us in mid-table who didn't have him about 50 places in one fell swoop. Grrr!

TEAMS

It was a very good day in the league for BT.net, who were the top scoring team in R3 and have extended their lead to more than 3 points. AM.com, up 2 to 2nd, and T4Y, up 2 to 3rd, replaced the Dammitaires, down 2 to 4th and TAT, down 2 to 5th, in the top three, but 2nd to 4th places are covered by only about 0.1%!

In fact, 7 of the top 8 teams in the overall team rankings now fill the top 7 places in the USO teams league. Team CC stayed steady in 6th, but there was more movement just below them. Rusedski.co.uk, up 2 to 7th, BBC 606, up 2 to 8th, and the Feddies, up 2 to 9th, all gained ground at the expense of MTF, down 3 to 10th, and JM.org (did they have a bad day!), down 3 to 11th. The Ducklings and the massed ranks of Tennisopolis continue to bring up the rear.

INDIVIDUALS

With 6/8 correct on Sunday, Christian (BT) has managed to hold onto 1st place for another day, if only just! Also scoring 6/8, MC (MT), up 1 to 2nd, and Dusty Dick (BT), up 4 to 4th, ended up joint top scorers in R3 with 12/16 correct, but they were outscored yesterday by tiphaniie (RG), whose 7/8 on Sunday was worth a 15 place rise to 3rd. miffy (AM), up 7 to 5th, completes the top 5. Apart from tiphaniie, one other entrant rose more than 10 places into the top 10, dssl973 Ma$terpiec£ (AM) moving up 13 to 10th.

ON THE RISE

6/8 or 7/8 tended to be needed for a rise yesterday, 5/8 to stay about the same and 4/8 less tended to result in a fall. Quite a few players rose just over 100 places, but the biggest riser by a clear margin was Gucci (VB), up 163 to 110=, who scored 7/8 on Sunday.

ON THE SLIDE

There were quite a few falls of just over 100 places as well, but the entrants most in need of a parachute to break their fall were those who fell more than 150 places, i.e. lou (RG), down 156 to 189=, WindassWonderland (IN), down 182 to 280th, shotgun (MT), down 173 to 287=, andrewjshields (RF), down 152 to 360=, and sallydaisy (JM), down 152 to 423rd.

All of these entrants got just 2/8 correct on Sunday except for Sally, who equal low-scored with her furry friends at the bottom of the table with just 1/8 - coincidentally, she now has another SGB (serial gorilla-botherer) Fitz (JM), down 36 to 424th, just behind her!

OUTLOOK

Just one entrant, Aymen (LH) in 20=, has all eight quarter-finalists still alive as we go into the L16, and only US bot Homer has less than three. Everyone else has between 3 and 7 QFists left in, though there seems to be only a small correlation between this number and peoples' current positions, so expect lots more big moves up and down the table over the next couple of days!

TEAM KO

BT.net may have done better than any of the other big teams in R3, but they were unfortunate to meet the best of the composite teams in the team KO QFs, going out to the RafaelNadalFans. Indeed, all of the top three seeds lost their QFs giving us an unusual-looking semi-final line-up. In the 9-16th place QFs, the most exciting match was Team CC v the Ducklings, which was tied at 19.50-19.50 after 14 matches, but the overall no. 1 team didn't quack when the going got tough and ended up avoiding the ultimate ignominy by winning the tie over the last two matches.

TEAM KO QFs

(1) BritishTennis.net 26.40
(9) RafaelNadalFans 27.60

(5) Tennis4you.com 25.24
(13) Assorted Individuals 23.63

(3) RichardGasquet.net 24.50
(6) AndyMurray.com 24.65

(10) Other Boards 25.80
(2) TalkAboutTennis 24.58

9-16 PLACE QFs

(16) Tennisopolis.com 24.61
(8) JamieMurray.org 22.50

(12) Rusedski.co.uk 24.83
(4) MensTennisForums 23.60

(14) RogerFederer.com 25.88
(11) BBC 606 boards 25.00

(7) Centre Court Forum 25.04
(15) AndyRoddick.com 24.43

SEMI-FINALS

(9) RafaelNadalFans v (5) Tennis4you.com
(6) AndyMurray.com v (10) Other Boards

5-8, 9-12 & 13-16 SFs

(1) BritishTennis.net v (13) Assorted Individuals
(3) RichardGasquet.net v (2) TalkAboutTennis

(16) Tennisopolis.com v (12) Rusedski.co.uk
(14) RogerFederer.com v (7) Centre Court Forum

(8) JamieMurray.org v (4) MensTennisForums
(11) BBC 606 boards v (15) AndyRoddick.com

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