Checking-in: Laver Cup

I will certainly post another state-of-the-union/Reaction to 2019 U.S. Open article or two. There’s so much to consider with respect to this last major, the end of 2019 and beyond.  Recall my series of posts following the 2016 U.S. Open. This turned-out to be a very interesting time in men’s tennis with Djokovic at the end of his proverbial rope.

2017 Fedal was on the verge of take-off and Djokollapse 2017 was underway (this version of Djokollapse involved the second half of 2016 – all 2017 – the first half of 2018 — really a two year dip). I say “this version” because, like I said then, he’s done this throughout his career.

I am not saying another dip from Novak is coming, but there’s certainly a lot to discuss as we start to put a bow on 2019, still with some big tournaments on the calendar.

For sure, we sensed a shift at the end of 2016.

We sense another shift coming. Lol.

Hey oh!

It’s Laver Cup 2019!

laver-cup-teams-2019
Yikes. Other than Sock’s doubles advantage, where’s Team World’s capital?

Does the Laver Cup interest us? Sure. But not very much. Not in terms of genuine, heart-wrenching and heart-breaking competitive tennis. The event is what it is (I don’t have the time or the energy to criticize the various motives, business relationships, etc.).

The optics are the most interesting aspect. Remember LC 2017, with Nadal and Federer playing doubles? Or Nadal jumping into Federer’s arms at the conclusion of Federer vs Kyrgios (a good tilt, actually), last match of the “tournament,” result determining the winner of the 2017 Laver Cup?

Cradling the Spaniard like that didn’t help Federer’s ailing back, by the way.  😀

The 2018 version, of course, had Federer and Djokovic teaming-up. Again, great optics. The greats sharing a side, playing with each other after all of these years. . .

Found this floating around the interwebs, wondering today about a Laver Cup schedule, in case I want to catch some of this exhibition. You can’t not like the line-ups, for the sake of name recognition, style match-ups and so forth (see: optics).

An interview with Federer regarding his feelings about playing with his two pals (of course, he’s going to say what he says here, but for even the slightest chance that he’s being even half genuine, this has to make most tennis fans smile):

“For me it was emotional to spend a week around Nadal and Djokovic,” Federer said. (via Express)

“You spend a week with Rafa and you look at his intensity. How can he find a balance?

“Because otherwise, you get crazy. When his training session ends, he is relaxed.

“I was surprised by how he always looks for chances. He returns from behind and forward, with slice and top spin.

“Also Djokovic, he is relaxed. We are similar.

“In order to have success you have to be relaxed. We play so many matches – from 50 to 100. It’s not like boxing where you have one or two matches a year. Five minutes before the match, you have to relax.

What I was surprised the most about Djokovic is his clarity when he wants to win a match.

“He is like ‘this is how I play, so I will have success’.

“Also his process: how and when to eat. Everything needs to be right. I respect it so much.”

Here’s day one’s line-up (9/20):

SINGLES
MATCH 1
  • D. THIEM
  • D. SHAPOVALOV
MATCH 2
  • F. FOGNINI
  • J. SOCK

MATCH 3

  • S. TSITSIPAS
  • T. FRITZ
DOUBLES
  • R. FEDERER
  • A. ZVEREV
  • D. SHAPOVALOV
  • J. SOCK

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Enjoy!

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