Duckworth has decided to play qualifiers for the Asian swing instead of playing the American Challengers like a lot of the other Aussies. After losing to Lukas Lacko in QR1 of Tokyo, he has defeated world no. 64 Roberto Bautista Agut in QR1 of the Shanghai Masters - comfortably the best win rankings-wise of his career. He faces Paolo Lorenzi (world no. 85) in the Shanghai FQR.
Disappointing loss to Lorenzi in the Shanghai FQR. I guess he'll play the Aussie Challengers now?
I had high hopes for this match.
Yeah, off to the Australian Challengers now. They should provide some easier points and all but ensure his wild card into the Australian Open and probably Brisbane as well. He may even earn direct acceptance into the Australian Open but he'll need to play exceeding well in the Challengers for that to happen.
The first time (out of two total) I bet on a sports result was Nadal versus Soderling French Open 2009 (Nadal -x.5 games).