Is Clay Nadal’s Weakness?

To paraphrase so many in the tennis world right now (but this isn't news nor revelatory at all): Nadal's dominance on clay is phenomenal; I would say absurd. Before I go on: Congrats, Rafa! But you know me: time for a little perspective ala Mcshow. Let's talk about the clay a little bit more. French …

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Serb Overcomes the Croat on 10th MP

A little weary at the end, but Novak is through 76 75. Thiem next. Not quite the zip on some of those ground strokes, but his defense and serve are on the return. Get yourself something to eat, Mr. Djokovic and take a nap. Bravo. What was more impressive, the Serb's or the Croat's resiliency? …

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Speaking of Novak and Nadal

What a brilliant start for the Serb! The highlights weren't terribly impressive, but the stroke seems to be returning, the serve looks much better, and body language, in general, much improved. The fact that he has the capacity (mental, physical) to open-up shop in Monte Carlo and produce some bakery goods like that has to …

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Same Old

Nadal murdering Zverev on Davis Cup dirt in Valencia 1 4 and 4 is certainly ominous and same old. Sure he had the favorable home court advantage, but you and I know he's unclayable, especially now, knowing this has to be the final chapter of Fedal (yes, they're officially attached -- 2017 made sure of …

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