Djokovic Wins 8th Aussie Open

We're late on our Aussie final commentary, but there's almost not much to say (which sounds ridiculous coming from me since I always have plenty to say). Still, Novak outlasted the up-and-comer who'd probably shot his load getting to the final. Remember, in this era of THE THREE GREATEST PLAYERS TO EVER PLAY, you'll have …

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2020 AO Final: Djokovic vs. Thiem

I don't have enough bloody time to get into this right now, but what exactly is there to get into?  We are going to hopefully see a great match, with a couple of turning-points, shifts in momentum, etc. Time to watch tennis. A straight-set clinic from the Serb would be a let down. To be …

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Quick Note on Zverev/Thiem Before a Nap

Wish I could write my full response to the Djokovic win over Federer last night; I have a lot to say about that "scene." Obviously, the result is the least of our concern. I want to meditate on the Federer legacy; this is a bit complicated since I have already begun work on said legacy …

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Zverev vs. Thiem in SF #2

We split on these last QF match predictions. If I was told I had to come-up with my "sure bet" from yesterday, I would have leaned Wawrinka to take-out Zverev. The Thiem win is as big as the drama that unfolded in that later match. Holy shit. A little bit on this Wawrinka vs. Zverev …

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Aussie Open QF Part II

In Part I, yesterday, we had the bottom half of the draw get us to Djokovic vs. Federer. We should be thrilled with this match-up, but we know Federer is somehow, with his groin, not at all 100%. Watching a bit of this match (unwatchable early on when he looked simply terrible, which I'd seen …

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Ding Dong: Aussie Quarter-finals

So, how'd we do in those R16 matches? Nadal/Kyrgios: "For the sake of the Kyrgios’ recent rise in character, let’s see him advance, though even a great match would help him in this greater cause. #bushfire" I figured he'd lose exactly how that played-out. I didn't even watch much of this match. We were past …

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Melbourne R16 — Here We Go!

Nadal vs. Kyrgios I should save this for last, but we're going from top to bottom. This is exactly what we wanted when we saw the draw. Khachanov's stock has dropped and Kyrgios has made the 4th round of a major, set to play Nadal with whom there's been past drama and decent competition, dating …

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Aussie Open Day 2

I didn't get to see much. The ESPN broadcast yields scant coverage, but the fact that I have YouTube TV does limit my options (happy as can be with this streaming service, by the way). I watched Fognini save himself at the end of the fifth against Opelka. Apparently, there was all kinds of drama …

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Aussie Open Day 1

With the time difference and not having my priorities straight, I did not see much of the first round yesterday, of the men's bottom half of the draw beginning their journeys. I saw the end of the Federer vs Johnson match and the Swiss 6-time champ looked pretty smooth in his movement, variety, etc. One …

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Air Quality > Tennis Quality

As we all know, despite a lack of mainstream tennis media coverage (ATP/Tennis.com, etc.), the poor air quality in Melbourne is having a massive impact on the tournament. At least one player, on the women's side, had to pull-out of qualifying following a fit of coughing. Other players have had much difficulty playing or practicing. …

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