2020 ATP Finals, etc.

I figure I should put a wrap on what happened over the last couple of weeks, how the WTF played-out and so forth. My last post was typed and published in about 2 minutes' time, as Dominic and Daniil headed for a third and deciding set. Thiem should have finished that match in the second …

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French Semi-finals

All things considered, we have the best match-ups possible for this 2020 French Open final four. Tsitsipas is the best player in that 2nd quarter. We were clear and correct on the Medvedev meteor, which burned up just about this time last year after his run ended (miserably I have to add) in NYC in …

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French 2nd and 3rd Rds.

Down in Rafa's draw, we have nothing to report other than all eyes seem to be on the Korda kid, who, like the Ruud kid, may have legitimate legacy in those legs and arms and game. Though let's be fair: Korda's father, Petr, won a major, an Aussie Open in 1998 and lost to Courier …

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Thiem is Too Nice to Win

This match is too early to make such a call (Thiem taking the first set 6-2, Medvedev 5-3 in the second with the break), but Thiem may have just given the Russian this match there at the start of this second set. There was the scratchy umpire "interference" (aka shitty call) where Thiem secured the …

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2020 U.S. Open Semi-finals

Nice to see Thiem squash the overmatched Aussie scrambler in Wednesday's QF. De Minaur has heart, a decent lineage (his mentor Lleyton was a similar kind of two-handed wretchedness) and a future in this sport. He will make a weaker soul weep in loss like we've seen him do, already, many times. In the third …

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On Medvedev and Clay

And on the BH, by extension -- so you know where this is going. Medvedev and Thiem both lost in the last day or so. I am putting Medvedev's loss on him, Thiem's on that awful surface. Ha ha. How far does honesty really get you? I have talked for eons on my criticism of …

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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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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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Story-lines of the ATP Finals

These story-lines reach beyond this season finale in London. Of course. 1. I guess you see what you want to see. I never fell in-line with the Medvedev mob, those loving his tennis and/or his edginess (though I do respect his willingness to give people the finger). He became more and more of a threat …

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Thoughts Post USO 2019 Part II

Yesterday's Part I simply clarified that this year's U.S. Open gave us another rendition of tennis in the Djokodal era. Who gets the better draw (who gets Federer -- which in these Bo5 tournaments, other than WB, means less and less)? Who has the most health? The history of tennis in the 21st century involves …

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