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Go Murray go. !!
SEMI-FINALS 'SYNDICATED' REPORT

There are a lot of entrants, mainly Brits, who are deliriously happy right now that their pick 'em chances have been smashed to smithereens - and I'm one of them!

While the Final can still cause lots of movement in the tables, we already have unassailable leaders in the teams league and the individual - well done to BritishTennis.net and to MC (MT), who has somehow managed to open up an 11 point lead over the best of the other 455 entrants! 2nd place, and virtually all of the other places, are still up for grabs in both competitions.

Detailed results (N.B. the changes in what is usually the "Today" column are for the semi-finals as a whole) can be found at http://www.britishtennis.net/competitions.html as usual.

TEAMS LEAGUE

There was remarkably little movement in the teams league over the semis, with the top 6 remaining unchanged, BBC 606, up 2 to 7th, and the Dammitaires, down 2 to 9th after failing to score at all in the semis, swapping places, and the Feddies, up 1 to 11th after top scoring in the semis by far, overtaking the Ducklings, down 1 to 12th.

As mentioned above, BT.net's lead is now unassailable, but 2nd placed TAT will drop to 3rd whoever wins the Final. AM.com (who did well in the SF round but didn't score huge even though their man came through unexpectedly because relatively few of them picked Fed to reach the Final as well) will finish 2nd if Muzza wins the title, but T4Y will do so (their best-ever finish) if Fed wins, a result which would also see the team from his site leap into the top half of the table right at the death and Tennisopolis escape from last place.

The two teams battling for 2nd place in the league are also fighting it out in the team KO 3rd place playoff so with both teams in the team KO Final being composite teams that can't score ranking points, the result of the USO Final will also determine whether AM.com or T4Y grab the 500 team ranking points available in that competition!

INDIVIDUALS

By getting both finalists correct, Canadian MC (MT), up 1 to 2nd, has snatched 1st place from long-time leader christian (BT) and now has an unassailable 11 point lead, having finished 1st= in all of the last four rounds! It looks like MT's crucial picks, as well as getting all of the semi-finalists and finalists correct, were del Potro to reach the QFs, and Querrey, Monfils & Andreev to reach the last 16.

goldfish (BT) up 1 to 3rd, completes the current top three but, like the 2nd placed entrant, can't score in the Final. She replaces team-mate Dusty Dick (BT), down 2 to 5th after failing to score in the semis, while Graphite Machete (TN), up 3 to 4th, who styles himself as a tennis racket (I assume that's what the name means) seems to have won one racket as well in the Tennisopolis site's "comp within this comp"!

Apart from tiphaniie (RG), down 4 to 9th, the rest of the top 10 are all from the same team - dssl973/Ma$terpiec£ (AM), up 38 to 6th, is the top-placed entrant with Muzza as his winner, with hfwardhouse (AM), up 12 to 10th, the only other entrant with Muzza to win who is currently in the top 80. miffy (AM), up 7 to 7th, and Claire Bear (AM), up 10 to 8th, complete the top ten.

ON THE RISE

Around 30 players (less than 7%) got both finalists correct. Of those, the three biggest risers were Gwigs (TN), up 129 to 193rd, mwoods (TA), up 123 to 177th and melissab (RF), up 123 to 144th. Many of the others who got both finalists correct went up over 100 places too.

ON THE SLIDE

Over 200 entrants failed to pick either finalist, including 7 of the post-QF top 10, three of whom managed to hold onto top 10 spots regardless! Those in mid-table who failed to score tended to drop about 50 places, with Lainey (TN), down 55 to 295th just edging the fastest faller spot from Sound (AM), down 54 to 293rd, liam_valid (CC), down 54 to 291st, DJ (IN), down 54 to 168th and Jack Buxton (IN), down 54 to 165th.

TEAM KO FINALS - based on QFs, SFs & Final - after 6 of 7 matches

FINAL: (9) RafaelNadalFans lead (10) Other Boards 21.4-19.13
3-4: (6) AndyMurray.com lead (5) Tennis4you.com 20.62-20.12
5-6: (2) TalkAboutTennis lead (1) BritishTennis.net 20.69-20.4
7-8: (13) Assorted Individuals lead (3) RichardGasquet.net 17.81-14.17
9-10: (7) Centre Court Forum lead (16) Tennisopolis.com 20-19.22
11-12: (12) Rusedski.co.uk lead (14) RogerFederer.com 19.61-18.78
13-14: (4) MensTennisForums lead (15) AndyRoddick.com 19.8-15.21
15-16: (8) JamieMurray.org lead (11) BBC 606 boards 20.93-20.67
Why, yes sir, you are right!! Graphite Machete stands for my ProKennex Heritage Type C Redondo, which I invariably use like a machete on my backhand slices. Can't wait to play with the Avery M3, which happens to be 100% graphite too.

Kudos/thanks to you and the www.britishtennis.net team for all the hard work and time you have invested in this effort.
Congratulations Graphite!!!!!
Indeed! congratulations! also, way to go, roger!!
Congrats on winning our FIRST EVER grand prize for a bracket challenge. Excellent picks. And you represented us well in the big picture, finishing 2nd out of 450+/- players!
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2008 US OPEN 'BATTLE OF THE BOARDS' PICK 'EM CONTEST - final 'syndicated' report

So, the biggest 'Battle of the Boards' yet comes to an end, and what a BOTB it's been! Full detailed results can be found at http://www.britishtennis.net/competitions.html and the updated Hall of Fame at http://www.britishtennis.net/pickem/hallfame.htm?n=1 - the overall rankings will be updated later this week and I will post again when they are available.

TEAMS LEAGUE

Winning Rounds 3 & 4 helped to give the 35-strong BritishTennis.net team a clear lead that they did not relinquish, ending up winning by nearly 5 points - they came top on unadjusted averages and average picks correct too, as they completed a commanding victory to improve on their 3rd place finish last year.

Fed's win lifted 17-player team Tennis4you.com up 2 to 2nd, giving them their first-ever top three finish, ahead of the QF-winning 36-strong TAT team, down 1 to 3rd, who managed to hold off the leaders in the overall team race Team CC, up 1 to 4th on Monday, as AM.com dropped 2 to 5th.

Fed's 13th grand slam title produced a late surge by the Feddies, who roared up 5 places to 6th after winning their second round in a row. Whether the two RF team members who picked Nole instead of "Rogi" will ever feel able to show their faces on his forum again remains to be seen ...

Overall no. 2 team Rusedski.co.uk dropped 2 to 8th, so it was a bad day for the boards of both GB's slam finalists from the last 30 years. All of the other teams moved down 1, mainly thanks to the Feddie surge, but 132-strong Tennisopolis managed to lift themselves one place off the bottom right at the end, sending the Ducklings down there in their place.

INDIVIDUALS

Not surprisingly, the fnal top 10 was dominated by some of the 1/3 of entrants who picked Fed to retain the title.

Congratulations to MC (MT), 58th ranked before this pick 'em, who kept the US Open title in MTF's hands (amalyn (MT), 124th this year, won it last year) by coming top or equal top in each of the last five rounds! He became the second Canadian to win one of these contests after BalaK (AM) who triumphed in Rome AMS earlier this year.

The winner finished an astounding 13 points ahead, giving him over 100 ranking points more for the USO than first-time picker Graphite Machete (TN) from the USA, up 2 to 2nd, who seems to have nabbed the Tennisopolis racket prize.

Scotland's Claire Bear (AM), up 5 to 3rd, may have relinquished her Cincy title a few weeks ago, but having now finished 3rd out of 456 entrants here, she can truly consider herself the "Queen of hard" (ooer!), so very well done to her and to the top two as well.

The other places in the top 5 were also taken by entrants who picked Fed to win, Eva (RF) from Estonia, up 7 to 4th, and another first-timer, billxxx (TN), up 7 to 5th.

Two Rafa-to-win pickers held on in the top 10 - long-time leader Christian (BT), down 4 to 6th (he shared getting the most individual picks correct, 98/127, with the eventual winner), and goldfish (BT), down 4 to 7th. Three more Fed-to-win pickers complete the top 10 - s0mil (TY), up 5 to 8th, Marko Mitic (TY), up 7 to 9th, and Akhenaten (BT), up 10 to 10th.

The highest-placed entrant out of those in the pre-USO top 20 was Dusty Dick (BT), down 6 to 11th, while dssl973/Ma$terpiec£ (AM), down 6 to 12th, was the highest placed entrant who picked losing finalist Andy Murray to win.

The highest placed pre-USO top 10 player was Flintstone (IN), down 17 to 38=.

ON THE RISE

Five entrants rose 77 places as a result of the Final - David Carter (BT), up to 224th, Speedy (BB), up to 225th, x5daisy (RF), up to 228th, walo (RF), up to 243rd, and TheLogo (TY), up to 244th.

ON THE SLIDE

There was tight competition for 'most in need of a parachute' on the final day, with cazza99 (AM), down 37 to 192nd, just edging it! The bottom five in the final table (8 of the bottom 10 in fact) were all newbies from Tennisopolis, so I guess a bit of experience of these comps can help!

ROBOTS

With a good performance in the middle rounds, Billy the bookie finished top of the Bots, about equal with the 23rd best human, with the ranking and ATP race bots following on behind him.

Average Joe proved that the consensus of 456 heads gives a better than average result, while the US Open Series bot (whose accuracy was hampered by losing lots of contenders to the Olympics) finished just below halfway and the American bot finished below the last human, if still above the gorillas, who went hungry.

GROUPS

After going behind during the QFs, the kids overtook the adults right at the end to lead the series 5-3 in 2008, though they trail 6-7 all-time.

They may have lost the SF and Final rounds, but male entrants beat female entrants by more than three points after winning the first five rounds. Males lead 6-2 this year, 9-4 all-time, though the '2' for females this year were both slams, the AO and Wimby, so slams were split 2-2 with all the AMS events in 2008 so far being won by the men.

It was a similar story in fans v actives, with fans also winning by just over 3 points - they lead the series 8-0 in 2008 (!), 10-3 all-time.

TEAM KO FINALS

FINAL: (9) RafaelNadalFans beat (10) Other Boards 21.4-20.53
3-4: (5) Tennis4you.com beat (6) AndyMurray.com 23.41-21
5-6: (1) BritishTennis.net beat (2) TalkAboutTennis 22.2-21.67
7-8: (13) Assorted Individuals beat (3) RichardGasquet.net 19.71-14.17
9-10: (7) Centre Court Forum beat (16) Tennisopolis.com 22.96-22.24
11-12: (14) RogerFederer.com beat (12) Rusedski.co.uk 25.34-20.39
13-14: (4) MensTennisForums beat (15) AndyRoddick.com 21.2-17.21
15-16: (11) BBC 606 boards beat (8) JamieMurray.org 23-22.43

Not one of the 13 teams with 5+ entrants finished in the same place in the KO among those 13 teams as they did in the league. You have to feel for JM.org who ended up last in the team KO despite scoring more than any other losing team in the final round!

OVERALL RANKINGS

Unfortunately, I won't be able to find the time to do these immediately, but they will be published later this week and I will post again when they are available.

I can tell you that there is very little change in the team race, but the four teams behind Team CC have bunched up to an incredible extent, leaving the race for the year-end top spot wide open!

THANKS, and the NEXT BOTB

Thank you for taking part in the US Open BOTB, I hope you had fun. Give yourself a BIG pat on the back if you finished in the top 100, or even the top half in such a tough comp! Thanks also to Bethan for getting all those entries into the system in the first place!

The next BOTB pick 'em will be Madrid AMS, with entries likely to open on 10 or 11 October, when the race will really be on for year-end no. 1 among both the individuals and the teams!
thanks, Steven.
well I picked the winner don't know how I did all the way thru, how can we find out how we did?
you can sorta cross-reference your picks here, http://www.britishtennis.net/pickem/2008uoe3.htm?n=1 with your earned points here, http://www.britishtennis.net/pickem/2008uo.htm?n=1. you can see that you earn 1 pt for every correct 1st-round winner, 2 pts for 2nd-rounders, etc etc, ... and 7 for the correct winner.
thanks!
I'm not sure who won the racquet, but congrats to whoever you are :)

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