Comeback Andy v Setback Stan

(WC) Murray v (WC) Wawrinka happened today in Eastbourne. Remember our little Murray is not Djokovic discussion last week? They're dissimilar for a few reasons, but we were talking primarily about Djokovic giving Murray advice on the comeback: it's mental, mate; it won't be easy. I responded then with Murray is not Djokovic. Murray had …

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What is the Biggest Surprise of 2017?

For starters, we might say there a few surprises to this tennis season, beginning with #2017 Fedal. That these ATP elder statesmen have, combined, won every major championship and every Masters level tournament, minus Rome (that's 3 majors and 4 Masters tournaments between the two) is a bonafide trip down memory lane. To round-off the …

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Wimbledon QF Preview and A Rant

Quarter Finals 1. Murray (3 set R16) v Querrey (5 set R16) My numerology is fantastic! Everyone who played a three-set R16 match raise your hand. You are going to win your QF match and advance to the SF! Congratulations! This is a conspiracy and we've let this one go a little too far. You …

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2017 Wimbledon Commentary Catch-up

You're supposed to say, "do you want some chips with that 'catch-up'?" Thanks for the comments while I was gone; no internet service where I was, which is pretty primitive at this point in time and it wasn't like I was in the bush. As I went into town, I could see and publish comments …

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Notes on a Wednesday

The grass continues to befuddle a few of our higher ranked players and, in fact, as you know, London this week has become a kind of journeyman's journey. The top three seeds are vanquished at Ageon Championships with Murray getting beat in straights by lucky loser Thompson from Australia, Raonic getting over powered by Aussie …

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The Palantír: Chaos, Chaos and Andy and More Chaos

A palantír (sometimes translated as "Seeing Stone" but literally meaning "Farsighted" or "One that Sees from Afar"; cf. English television) is a crystal ball, used for both communication and as a means of seeing events in other parts of the world or in the distant past (Encyclopedia). You might recognize the reference from J. R. …

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Nadal vs Wawrinka Roland Garros Final

Nadal is up two sets to zip over Thiem as I begin this post, 63 64. I'll have to re-write this if Dominic comes back and makes this really really interesting. But I really doubt that's going to happen (the match has thus ended, as I edit this, with Nadal closing out the final set …

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RG 2017: QF Wrap and SF Preview

Djokovic Hopefully you read my reaction to Thiem crushing Djokovic's dream of a return to the kind of championship tennis we saw from Novak back in 2016. To be clear, not that any of you are not aware of my general concern for all things men's tennis, this slump/collapse/decline of Novak is fairly troubling. Though …

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Roland Garros QF Preview

Let's keep this party bus rolling into the business-end of the tournament. We have big-time top-seeded match-ups as we've reached the final eight. Murray v Nishikori This leans Murray because he's gaining confidence, having survived his draw. I would call his a decent draw with the Klizan FH, the gentle giant DPo and a rising …

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Roland Garros Quarter Finals

In tomorrow's matches, Murray will beat the 21 year-old "Special-K" (Karen Khachanov) but what a nice run from the Russian who beat Berdych and Isner en route to his R16 date with the no. 1 seed. Murray looks like he's finding some energy and stronger form with Lendl looking on and the stakes terribly high. …

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