2018 U.S. Open: the Vengeance of Novak and Serena

The U.S. Open men's final was, unfortunately, a bit too predictable. I never liked del Potro in this tournament, as a dark horse, for instance -- I said he was too stiff, the BH still a big liability, etc. I liked Stan (Stan had SP in that first set TB against Raonic. He wins that, …

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My 2 Cents on Serena-gate

https://twitter.com/mcshow_blog/status/1038797514491621376 https://twitter.com/mcshow_blog/status/1038798220497842177 https://twitter.com/mcshow_blog/status/1038799047371370496 You should know my view of Serena Williams. This tennis blog got a little traction when a post of mine was published on another blog, so readers (and critics) subsequently followed the breadcrumbs to Mcshow Blog. Let's not forget this other critical point about yesterday's women's final brouhaha: Osaka was definitively in …

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USO Final: Novak v Juan Martin

I really only saw some of the Djokovic v Nishikori match and this I could have done without, other than we have definitive confirmation that Djokovic is playing flawless tennis. Some of this may be his opponents, but when we factor-in Wimbledon (I start back to that Rome SF where a one-legged Novak scared the …

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U.S. Open Men’s SFs

Del Potro v Nadal -- 1:00pm PST. I'll make this quick since it's all about the matches at this point. A little perspective can help, but we just want to see two gents go to war (in both matches!). That Thiem v Nadal QF still resonates in our tennis imagination. That was a milestone for …

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Federer and Thiem

Federer A quick note on the Federer loss though a little after the fact; despite the disappointment of not getting to see an even sorta-in-form Federer play Djokovic in the QF, Federer has clearly been treading in these kinds of water lately. To truncate this potentially long-winded discussion/post, the loss is totally in-line with what …

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Nadal Punks Thiem in USO QF

As we have said numerous times: we Beliem in Thiem, which means we can't get enough of his tennis, of his humble and humbling genius, of his fight; and the appreciation of this tennis savant only grows with the small developments we're seeing in his game along with runs like this at the 2018 U.S. …

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U.S. Open — Getting Caught-up

Let's run through some of the matches over the past few days.  Unfortunately, I missed several of these (in some cases classic) contests because I was busy with other matters (work and family). Forgive me of my tennis sins. Federer Let's start with that Federer v Kyrgios match. I hope you realize how fair I …

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Federer v Kyrgios 3R USO

Match begins in about 30 min, unless the women's match currently in Arthur Ashe goes on and on. There's been some ambivalence regarding Federer's form for sure.  This, along with that age, forces everyone to entertain a Federer loss, especially given the nature of sport (anything can happen on any day -- that's why they …

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Another U.S. Open Quiz!

What do Mohamed Lahyani, Nick Kyrgios and Roger Federer have in common? They looked like garbage today in Day 4 play in and around Flushing Meadows. Federer We'll start with Federer (to be fair, we're not questioning his character). I clarified how the end of his R1 match was near fatal, having a chance at …

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