Thoughts Post USO 2019 Part I

First, congrats to Rafa on winning his fourth U.S. Open, and his second major of the year, giving him, as we all know, 19 majors overall. Some are calling Rafa a 2019 year-end #1, as well. I suppose if Novak is really injured, then that's a fair assessment, but there is a lot of tennis …

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Time to Talk Tennis — AO 2019

Hello Since this is my first tennis post in the new year and we have perhaps a few points to wrap from 2018, let's preface our discussion of Melbourne with some final thoughts of last season, a look at 2019, which will of course pretty much blend together as we circle back to preview Novak's …

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2018 Cincy Final: Djokovic Routines Federer 4 and 4

By Roland Garros 2016, Djokovic winning a significant tennis tournament was a foregone conclusion. He won everything, had been basically doing so since 2014. 2015 and 2016 were arguably peak Djoker. Fedal were no where to be found. Murray and Stan made little cameos here and there. The tour belonged to Novak Djokovic. Then Djokollapse, …

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2018 Wimbledon Spells Doom

Am I officially jumping on the Djokovic bandwagon here with this title, guilty of over-valuing his win at Wimbledon? This could be a follow-up to my glowing review of the 2018 tournament that returned Djokovic to the soap opera that is the golden era of the ATP tour. The Serb's run at the July fortnight …

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Madrid Quarter Finals

I was 3/8 on today's R16. The silver lining? I picked Zverev and Nadal (ha ha), who should face-off in the final on Sunday. I suppose that's what's so disappointing about Del Potro losing (and even Djokovic to a lesser extent since he's been struggling): despite my irrefutable claim that the clay evens the playing …

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The Fedal Narrative

Roger's ascension, as we know, is quite historical. He is the oldest man or woman to reach No.1 in the sport. He's 36 years-old. Agassi, at 33, was the previous record holder. But as so many are so quick to claim that this golden era represents the heights of the sport (tough to refute this …

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2017 Fedal Officially Over and Out

Fun while it lasted, no? The lasting image we have of this amazing year, dubbed 2017 Fedal, looks something like two worn-out veterans smiling, waving to the crowd, who's on their feet, some crying, as these old legends, empty, victorious and defeated simultaneously, walk away. . . Think of the various endings that could have …

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Nadalism/FedFan and the WTF

This post started as a return to the contemplation and reconciliation of Nadalism. At the end here, on the eve of WTF, I'm confounded by this contradiction involving Nadal. But the appearance of the Fedfan on my blog broadens this post since Nadalism is this institutionalized bias toward the Spanish great and we all know …

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