French Open Draw 2018

  Wawrinka I was literally preparing a few notes for a post on the Swiss second-string, in fact looking at his 2015 pre-Roland Garros results to see any kind of pattern that might lift our hopes for his 2018 French Open campaign. We have a pretty good indicator of Stan's chances against Rafa in Paris …

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Happy Birthday, Djokovic

You have probably seen a lot of birthday wishes around the internet today for the Serbian great. We certainly wish him happiness, health and continued progress on the court! Aside from all of the great comments from his competitors and others, announcements about his fundraiser, inspired by his birthday, I particularly like this tweet: https://twitter.com/DjokerNole/status/999042482758303744

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Rafa Reigns, Takes Rome and No. 1 Heading into Paris.

"Reigns" -- get it? Yeah, you saw my last post, no? Probably the most spot-on, articulate post of ATP matters I've ever written. Zverev losing the first set 6-1 (destroyed, after breaking Nadal in the opening frame), then winning 9 of the next 12 games, taking the second set 6-1 and finding an early break …

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Djokodal LI: Good News for Roland Garros?

I am going to say, emphatically, yes (with an IF explained below). More to come later after the second SF, but this one is a partial victory for Djokovic for obvious reasons. But what seemed interesting to me, I watched some of this on my phone in bed, dozing, was Novak's calm and at times …

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Rome SF Preview of the Preview

Brilliant work from Djokovic to keep his level high enough to put-away Nishikori, to at least give us a look tomorrow at Djokodal LI in the first SF. Goffin and Zverev still haven't played to decide who faces Cilic in the other SF. But obviously all of the hype is on Nadal v Djokovic. I …

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