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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Nadalism Addendum

First, yesterday's Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Andrey Rublev Adelaide SF was almost blogged as a "must watch," but I didn't quite have the faith in FAA to rise to the occasion.  We've all liked his athleticism and the fact that maybe this is a little era in Canadian tennis that might push guys like Shapo and …

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2020 Australian Open Draw

We have say this is another Nadal vs Djokovic Final this year if both are healthy and playing well. Whatever confidence Rafa lost against Serbia in the ATP Cup last week, we should assume that he, Moya and Co. will be ready to rumble in Melbourne. Looks like Nadal could have, potentially, a tricky R16 …

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Nadal’s Style and 2020 in Brief

Nadal's Style Nadal as current #1 in the world is coming-off a massive campaign, 2019 proving that, once again, he is a consummate winner, one of the best at taking advantage of life's opportunities. His French Open legacy is exhibit A for such a claim. Imagine you really have only one particular surface on which …

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Serbia Wins ATP Cup

If Hewitt had followed my game plan, Australia probably beats Spain in the SF. And if Spain's Captain Roig had included my in-put in his ATP Cup Final match strategy, we might have had a different result in that tie, as well. Nadal received a hard court tennis lesson yesterday from Djokovic, and then claimed …

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Serbia vs. Russia SF #1

Tricky tie here. Like Evans did to AUS in that QF, can another one-hander give his side an edge? Khachanov has to be favored here though I haven't really seen the Russians play, although I did see Medvedev basically tell Mohamed Lahyani to fuck off during the Russian's rubber against Schwartzman. Lahyani practically gave Medvedev …

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