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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Serbia vs. Canada Live Blog

Right now, two things, one everyone sees, one no one sees: FAA continues to look absolutely amateurish. Take a page from Shapo and get a coach (great to see Youzhny still at the controls in Shapo's ((Canada's)) box!). Novak is with a partial mind toward tanking this rubber/tie, and getting some downtime before the very …

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2019 Miami Semi-final

Very interesting: this change in complexion of the more recent business-end of big tournaments. The Canadians have crashed the party. Too far-fetched to think that the 2019 Miami Open Final could be a match between 18 year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime and 19 year-old Denis Shapovalov? 😀 😀 Or do we get that more familiar ghosty complexion …

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Toronto Day 3 and Day 4

In yesterday's post, we pushed the importance of these three matches: Thiem v Tsitsipas (Thiem) Shapovalov v Fognini (Shapovalov) Auger-Aliassime v Medvedev (Felix) You can see I even picked a winner. Let's entertain some explanation. The first is perhaps a harbinger of things to come for Thiem. My criticism of his tennis (his coach) stands …

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O Canada: Day 2 and Day 3

Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime were the biggest winners on Day 2 in Toronto. Sure Stan came back to beat Kyrgios after looking dead in the first set and to make me taste crow, but Kyrgios' injury and tanking history had probably as much to do with that win as anything. Is Stan finding form? We'll see. …

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Montreal Final: Federer v Zverev

Even if Nadal had survived Shapovalov and then beaten Mannarino, his hypothetical SF v Zverev could have been a loss, as well. Zverev is into his 6th final in 2017. Along with Federer and Nadal, the class of NextGen has clearly been one of the year's brightest lights in these darkened days of the end …

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Coupe Rogers Semi-final Saturday

What's the more interesting storyline here? 2017 Federer ? or ATP Youth On the Rise? 😉 The second SF is rich, very rich. Sure, the first entails Federer's continued 2017 epilogue, which is nothing short of spectacular, but that's a known quantity, a known quality, if you will. We don't want to discourage any hype surrounding …

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