The Story of Guido and a Cannoli

Once upon a time: Guido had serve at 4-1 and two game points to go up 5-1 in that first set against Nadal in their Monte Carlo QF match. He had broken Rafa's first three service games. 5-1? Would have been Rafa having to comeback and as we joked the other day about the Spaniard …

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The DHFE Memo is Back

What is DHFE? Look it up. Many have to have thought (perhaps wildly erroneously) that Novak took the Sunshine Double off (early exits at both tournaments) only to prepare for his clay campaign, as the hunt for Nadal continues (ala the AO final) and clay mastery has to be an unquenchable thirst for the Serbian …

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Monte Carlo Early

Nadal and Djokovic look good for an April clay Masters final. Novak might have found some needed confidence for this clash in his easy win over Fritz today. Nadal continues to roll, but does conceding five games to Dimitrov reveal some vulnerability. 😀 The other interest concerns seeing how the peasants fare in this city …

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Nadal, GTFOH.

https://twitter.com/ATP_Tour/status/1113106667519053829 Two weeks ago he retired from an Indian Wells semi-final, fucking-over an entire population of tennis fans, some of whom were holding a ticket for the match between his clay court highness and Federer. He sure looks like the clay court specialist he is in that video from Twitter. GTFOH. This is from the …

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Federer 2019 Miami Win

How do we organize and develop this post? How many directions can one go on this? These are rhetorical questions, mate. I can go in many directions. How do you all like that HRFRT concept at this point? I've said this many times: my HRFRT treatise in its current form is a very rough draft, …

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Miami Final: Isner vs Federer

Seems like we've seen this match many times. The ledger says it's 5-2 H2H though their last meeting was an Isner win at the the Paris Masters in 2015. So, they haven't played in a while. We'll say this: Big John has become a better finisher later in his career, has a better ROS and …

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Miami SF #1: The FAA Serve

Isner got a little help in that first SF. Tough break for the Canadian. Serving for both the first and second sets, his serve let him down. Credit to Isner for coming-up with some timely ball-striking along with his usual modus operandi, which entails his medieval march with his opponent to the TB dungeon where …

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2019 Miami Semi-final

Very interesting: this change in complexion of the more recent business-end of big tournaments. The Canadians have crashed the party. Too far-fetched to think that the 2019 Miami Open Final could be a match between 18 year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime and 19 year-old Denis Shapovalov? 😀 😀 Or do we get that more familiar ghosty complexion …

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