Pre-Wimbledon Nerves Part II

Too much build-up to this post and you already know the point. Federer is nervous. His career of reticent play and off-beat chokes make any Fedfan (following suit with their guy) nervous. The only thing about Federer and the nerves in Wimbledon, however, is he shouldn't have anything to be nervous about. Not that he's …

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Pre-Wimbledon Nerves Part I

I suppose nearly every Wimbledon for the past 15 years or so has had the same basic competitive scenario, the same outlook, the same favorites. But this year just seems weird, different, as if everyone's a little more nervous than usual. This has a lot to do with the Big 3, the oligarchy, the Lords, …

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Halle and Queen’s Business End

A bit to cover on this balmy Sunday evening. To be fair, other than the Murray/Lopez drama (Murray back on court, playing with Feli, winning Queen's doubles and the Spaniard winning singles), I wasn't really diving much into this weekend's tennis. To be honest, I didn't watch a lick of the Murray-Lopez senior tour tennis. …

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Halle and Queen’s Club

Federer is set to begin his run in Halle shortly, actually in about 15 minutes, against the Aussie Millman. Interestingly enough, they're 1-1 H2H, the Millman win coming in the 2018 U.S. Open R16, one should recall. Tough little grass introductory draw for the Swiss. Tsonga awaits in 2R, Gasquet/RBA QF, and a likely rematch …

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My Ass and Grass

One last bug up my ass I should dislodge. The Nadal win over Federer in the RG SF was pretty predictable, but poor on-top of that given the shitty conditions. I still liked Federer's court position and ability to get into Nadal's serve, etc., which may have been enhanced in more neutral conditions. We hadn't …

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2019 Roland Garros Aftermath

Aftermath: 1) the consequences or aftereffects of a significant unpleasant event. 2) new grass growing after mowing or harvest. Ha ha. The second definition there is perfect reference to where this bumbling tour is going next, no? In other words, the two definitions provided by my source both perfectly address where the tour just was, …

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Nadal vs Thiem for FO 2019

We will discuss the tournament after tomorrow's final, including the two SFs, some other observations, etc. Two things seem quite apparent right now. This year's French Open has solidified my own impression of this tournament, built through a 40+ year appreciation of the sport. I have heard this sentiment echoed throughout much of the tennis …

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