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PostFatigue, Anyone? Looking at the Stats of the US Open (from Ric Mauricio) (John Eipper, USA, 09/15/21 2:28 am)
Ric Mauricio writes:
Ah, I was just wondering when David Duggan was going to file his latest sports report. And yes, I was mesmerized by the the Women's US Open tournament, rooting for both Emma and Leylah. I was not disappointed. Emma (who was born in Canada, but represents the UK) and Leylah are what we call HAPAs. HAPAs are those who are partially Asian or Pacific Islander. Being a HAPA myself (Filipino, European Spanish, Portuguese, and French), we as HAPAs celebrate our mixed heritages. My children are even more HAPA, since my wife is Chinese-American. My grandkids are even more HAPA, since they are also mixed Euro-Americans.
But let us analyze the game. Coming into the finals, Emma had played 18 sets of tennis, not losing any, and only 1 tiebreaker. The highest ranking players she defeated were #11 Bencic and #17 Sakkari. Leylah, coming into the finals, had played 24 sets of tennis (includes 7 sets in doubles matches). She endured 4 tiebreakers and defeated #3 Osaka, #16 Kerber, #5 Svitolina, and #2 Sabalenka before meeting Emma. So Leylah played 33% more sets than Emma and 4 times more tiebreakers, and met and beat 3 top 5 players. This is not to take anything away from Emma, who played a solid game throughout.
But what about the Men's? Djokovic played 24 sets before the finals, with 2 tiebreakers. He met and beat 2 top 10 players, #4 Zverev (5 grueling sets) and #6 Berrettini. Medvedev played 19 sets before the finals. No tiebreakers. The highest ranking players he beat were #12 Felix Auger-Aliassiame and #24 Evans. So by the time Djokovic reached the finals, he had played 26% more sets than Medvedev. Fatigue anyone? Plus, the broadcasters kept talking about the calendar Grand Slam. Jinx, anyone?
Ah, Monza. The Italian Formula One Grand Prix. And the championship leader Max Verstappen of Red Bull ended up on top of his main rival Lewis Hamilton. Literally. A touch of the rear tires sent Max flying onto the top of the #44 Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and just like that, their race was over. Congratulations to Daniel Ricciardo of Australia, who won the race in his McLaren. I'm a little partial to Ricciardo since in the race rankings, the first three letters of their last name is utilized, thus Ricciardo becomes RIC. Plus, he's just a likeable guy.
The Formula One GP broadcast started at 6:30 am PST, followed by the 49ers game (a nail-biter as the Detroit Lions scored 16 unanswered points after the Niners lost their #1 cornerback), then the US Open Men's Finals, then the Chiefs and Mahomes coming from behind. By the end of the day, I was totally burnt out.
But what a crazy game on Monday Night football between the Ravens and the Raiders. Unbelievable.
Well, a well deserved rest before next weekend.
JE comments: We never pity spectator fatigue, but maybe we should! Ric, you've dissected the US Open as only a financial adviser/CPA could--by the numbers. We tend to view these mega-athletes as immune to fatigue, but they are human, too. It would be instructive to do a historical "technical" analysis on the number of sets each player in the finals has endured prior to the final match. Does the Mauricio Hypothesis hold true--that the finals player with fewer sets under his/her belt tends to emerge victorious?