AO Final: Federer Denies Cilic, Claims 20th Major Title

How would you describe this final between Federer and Cilic? Better than 2017 Wimbledon? Illustrative of both mens' tennis character, Federer the best at managing a less-than-stellar form and Cilic so close, so strong at times, but a little clumsy in the end? Erratic. Uneven. I saw someone else describe it as "lumpy;" not bad. …

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2018 AO Draw Analysis

First Quarter: We'll call this the Nadal/Cilic quarter. Nadal is set to see Estrella Burgos, then maybe Leo Mayer R2, perhaps Coric (who's beaten Nadal twice) or Dzhumer R3, and a fourth-rounder against the likes of Isner or Dogopolov. If the Spaniard can get through that bracket, he's into the QF. Granted, his knee is …

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The Return of Djokovic

Postponed. I have been looking forward to addressing his return as a first post back, as a welcomed sight of a tennis great the tour badly needs, as a handy framework with which to preview 2018. Perfect timing, Mubadala exhibition, pre - Doha, Auckland and Brisbane tennis. The news of Novak's continued elbow soreness is …

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