Quarter-finals Preview

Federer v Wawrinka Roger looked great in the first set, but really beatable in the second set. Mayer held the offensive advantage in many rallies there down-the-stretch. Roger needs to step-up the offense, S&V more, try to finish these points on his terms. Looked a little like Halle and Wimbledon where he just didn't have …

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DelPo v Kyrgios 2nd Set TB

2nd set TB, Kyrgios serving for the set at 6-4. Double fault. He's kept his wits about him for the most part, partly, as I suggested in an earlier post, because his competition here would probably call-him-out (embarrass him) if he acted his usual fool. But a bit of miss there on SP. Del Potro's …

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Rain Interrupted Cincy R16

We'll see how much tennis they can get in this evening. Play has been suspended as the rain has returned with a fury. I've been watching Djokovic v Dimitrov. Dimitrov looked solid in the first set, Djokovic not so much (like his first set v Mannarino), Grigor prevailing pretty easily 6-2. In the second set, …

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Moreover re: Best-of-Five

Here is a discussion of the Bo5 between Annacone, Davenport and Weissman (of TC). Consider Annacone as another traitor or diseased mind. I don't get this bizarre mutiny. Click the twitter link to listen to the short discussion. https://twitter.com/TennisChannel/status/1030054088463937537 So, to keep tabs on this roughly: Novak and Andy are for Bo3. Roger and Rafa …

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Novak on Best-of-Five and Cincy Day 5

https://twitter.com/TennisChannel/status/1029823793823240193 Click on the twitter link to hear the short interview Novak gave at the Tennis Channel desk. His thoughts on the Bo5 format are deplorable and weak. I am surprised he actually thinks even MAJORS should be Bo3. He did note that he disagreed with Federer, with a chuckle, so maybe he's saying this …

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Haase Takes-out Zverev R2

Whether the quickness of the courts got to the big German, or his strong start to the summer hard courts is just on the wane, or his karma is catching-up with him, having made some ill-advised, snotty little comments about Tsitsipas after his loss to the Greek in Toronto. . . or Haase showed how …

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Cincinnati Day 2 and 3

More quality matches on the schedule today in Cincinnati. Copil and Cilic are off and running, Copil taking the first set in a TB (the one-hander tribe grows in strength). Haase and Zverev are at it, Zverev taking the first set 7-5, but the Dutchman up a break in the second. Still to come: Djokovic …

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Cincy Day 2 — We’re on Topic

A lot of interesting matches yesterday, today and this should continue throughout the week. North American hard courts and the best players having to play their best. This is (let's use this adjective yet again to get our point across) the best tennis of the year: the most rigorous and cleanest test of tennis to …

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