Next Gen v Fedal R3 Tonight

In a couple of hours, Federer and Fritz will begin their third round match in Rod Laver Arena. This is Fritz's first match on any one of the major's stadium courts. Hell, he's coming-off a four-set win over Monfils and set to play Federer in the third round of the Australian Open. Great for American …

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KISS (Keep it Short, Stupid)

I'm talking about the match, not my posts. Ha ha. Thiem losing in the second round is not very shocking. His style (strategic approach to the point) perpetuates this difficulty he's having. He had a tough first round match, which we discussed. Paire is a talent (a petulant asshole, but a talent). But Thiem needing …

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3rd Round: the Bottom-half

In the bottom-half, they're through two rounds and this is already what we see: Federer’s Quarter Cilic v Verdasco RBA v Khachanov Tsitsipas v Basiashvili Fritz v Federer Cilic is the 4th or 5th best player in the world, period. He's been making big final rounds now for a few years. He was last year's …

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Early Thoughts on Early AO ’19

I have the gargantuan time difference to contend with, what I am calling shitty Tennis Channel and ESPN coverage and other day-in-and-day-out distractions that together curtail my ability to watch all of the early tennis taking place in Melbourne. What's a guy like me supposed to do?  Watch the one-handers, the players who play the …

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AO 2019 — More Draw Analysis

The most interesting questions at this point revolve around the Big 3 and mainly Novak. How would Novak succumb to an early exit in this tournament? Who could possibly beat the six-time winner, the winner of the last two majors, the current and future #1 player in the world? I uploaded some videos below, three …

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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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The Aftermath of Federer’s 6th Australian Open Title

A few strands of confetti are still pirouetting about Melbourne Park, especially in and around Rod Laver Arena, but most of the Australian Open fanfare has dissipated and moved-on, perhaps similar to a kind of circus or country fair. The excitement of Roger Federer's victory and 20th major certainly has some fans and tennis professionals …

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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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Other Pre-AO Final Ramblings

Here's an article with five reasons why Cilic can beat Federer tonight:The first reason concerns the fact that Cilic has beaten Federer at a grand slam, and then it narrows the point down to having beaten him in a GS SF. As the logic goes, if he's already done this, I will do it again.  …

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