China Open, Bejing China, ATP 500

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  1. Moxie

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    DATE: 3-9 October 2016
    SURFACE: Hard
    PRIZE MONEY: $2,916,550
    FIELD SIZE: 32
    DEFENDING CHAMPION: Novak Djokovic

    Seeds:

    1. A. Murray
    2. R. Nadal
    3. M. Raonic
    4. D. Thiem
    5. D. Ferrer
    6. L. Pouille
    7. R. Bautista Agut
    8. R. Gasquet

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    The Tournament:

    The Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center, purpose-built for the 2008 Olympic Games, is the venue for the China Open. In 2011, the venue expanded to an 11-court stadia as it boasted a new 15,000-seat Stadium with a retractable roof, named the Diamond Court due to its likeness. The tennis centre employs space-age air-cooling technology to benefit players and spectators.

    About City

    Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and, with 21+ million inhabitants, is world's most populous capital city. (And second most in China, after Shanghai.) Beijing has 3 millennia of history, richly demonstrated in some of it's most famous attractions: the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, amongst others, and the Beijing Opera. The Great Wall is accessible in the mountains a short drive to the north. At the same time, it has embraced the 21st Century in it's architecture, and the West, as it now has Starbucks, Planet Hollywood, for better or worse. And also for the worse is Beijing's air quality, which is often dreadful and noxious. Shopping is a major tourist attraction. The old district is Wangfujing Street, and the modern option is Taikoo Li Sanlitun. Beijing is at it's most wacky and compelling in the early morning, when the residents take their "Chi" (energy) of the day. They work this out in tai chi, tango dancing, walking their birds in cages, barking like dogs and generally behaving like the Minister of Silly Walks in Monty Python. Mornings in Beijing are like visiting an alternate universe...charmingly.

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    Nice map! Thanks, Billie.
     
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    Folks should remember they can participate in the Draw Challenge here: http://www.tennisdrawchallenge.com (Also for Tokyo.)

    A few things I noticed in the draw: Thiem and Sasha Zverev will meet in the first round. And Rafa, 2nd seed, will likely get Ramos-Viñolas in the second round, who will be in the Chengdu final tomorrow. (Full of fire or tired out?) Then, depending on Dimitrov and Pouille, he could meet Lucas Pouille again, who beat him at the USO. Murray, top seed, looks to have an easier start.
     
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    The Draw:

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    Ferrer beat Cuevas
     
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    Pouille beat Lu. And Nadal/Carreño Busta won in doubles. And qualifier Kyle Edmund beat GGLopez.
     
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    Results from the China Open Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Monday

    6-Lucas Pouille (France) beat Lu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan) 6-1 6-2
    Kyle Edmund (Britain) beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) 6-3 6-2
    7-Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat John Millman (Australia) 6-4 3-6 6-3
    5-David Ferrer (Spain) beat Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay) 6-4 7-6(3)
     
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    Lots of matches scheduled for Tuesday. Thiem vs Zverev one of the most intriguing ones.
     
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    Thiem and Zverev still rained out, but Rafa beat up on Lorenzi pretty good. Serve still needs work. Forehand was firing, and the BH sometimes mis-firing, but looking overall sharp. Must sleep now, peeps. :)
     
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    SEPPI holding his own in the second set...

    but really liking ANDY'S form rightnow-- especially that STRONGER bolder forehand from him...nice to watch.
     
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    china plans to build futuristic subway system running under the Great Wall actually.
    they proposed to build a super-modern highspeed rail system running all the way from southeast asia - through china, up north to north korea and then far east russia -- diving under the sea and surfacing in alaska then canadian west coast , USA west coast, straight down to latin/south america -- spreading to all of south america - and then meet up in the brazilian , argentinian coasts for the atlantic trade -- and then on to africa and circling to middleast and back to asia.

    china was willing to put up the mega-trillion dollar funds and engineering - with the ability to withstand 10 magnitude earthquakes and survival - especially in the alaska straights...

    all of which would have cut transport time by weeks between continents - and costs -

    only one hitch -- USA wouldn't let it pass through california......
     
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    Results from the China Open Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday

    3-Milos Raonic (Canada) beat Florian Mayer (Germany) 6-4 7-6(1)
    Andrey Kuznetsov (Russia) beat Konstantin Kravchuk (Russia) 6-1 6-4
    Fabio Fognini (Italy) beat Viktor Troicki (Serbia) 2-6 6-2 7-5
    Alexander Zverev (Germany) beat 4-Dominic Thiem (Austria) 4-6 6-1 6-3
    Jack Sock (U.S.) beat Zhang Ze (China) 6-3 7-5
    1-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Andreas Seppi (Italy) 6-2 7-5
    2-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) 6-1 6-1
     
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    2-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) 6-1 6-1



     
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    1-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Andreas Seppi (Italy) 6-2 7-5

     
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    Why do I doubt that, with such a multi-national, elaborate, decades-long infrastructure project, that the only hitch is the US and California? B-)
     
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