Compelling End-of-the-Year Race for Meaning, Purpose

I really don't need to write anything on this blog when the mainstream media does such a fantastic job of providing their celestial tour insight, clarifying the big story-lines and over-arching narratives with such wisdom and eloquence. Right? Nadal has never won the Paris Masters or the year-end championship (WTF) that crowns, generally, the best …

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2018 Cincy Final: Djokovic Routines Federer 4 and 4

By Roland Garros 2016, Djokovic winning a significant tennis tournament was a foregone conclusion. He won everything, had been basically doing so since 2014. 2015 and 2016 were arguably peak Djoker. Fedal were no where to be found. Murray and Stan made little cameos here and there. The tour belonged to Novak Djokovic. Then Djokollapse, …

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2018 Wimbledon Spells Doom

Am I officially jumping on the Djokovic bandwagon here with this title, guilty of over-valuing his win at Wimbledon? This could be a follow-up to my glowing review of the 2018 tournament that returned Djokovic to the soap opera that is the golden era of the ATP tour. The Serb's run at the July fortnight …

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2008 Wimbledon v 2018 Wimbledon

What is the more significant Championships in terms of drama, legacy and history: Wimbledon 2008 or Wimbledon 2018? The focus of Wertheim's book and the subsequent documentary broadcast on Tennis Channel and available elsewhere is the 2008 final between Rafa and Roger. We know this, given the marketing for this recent piece marking the ten …

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Reflecting on 2018 WB aka the Return of the Djoker

He's Actually The Dark Knight There's too much to unpack from this huge win for Djokovic at 2018 Wimbledon. We'll do our best here, for starters, but know that the tour's tenor now looking at the rest of 2018 is out of this world interesting and full of anticipation as Novak has definitively declared war …

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Mcshow on R16: 1-8?

The disaster is not my picks although I've missed everyone! Does this mean Nadal is in trouble?  Lol. Clay is social justice tennis. Other than the insane inequality of Nadal, everyone else, no matter his or her ranking, serve, FH, etc., is on equal footing. This is the everyman surface, a sort of blue-collar version …

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The Rise of Tennis Discourse

This 2017-2018 chapter in the men's game has been quite annotative on the careers of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic; we're thus provided with more clarity on their contributions, championship legacies, etc. As I have been suggesting with Nadal's latest clay campaign, and extending this line of reasoning to the other two players, these recent times …

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Same Old

Nadal murdering Zverev on Davis Cup dirt in Valencia 1 4 and 4 is certainly ominous and same old. Sure he had the favorable home court advantage, but you and I know he's unclayable, especially now, knowing this has to be the final chapter of Fedal (yes, they're officially attached -- 2017 made sure of …

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Big John Steals Djokovic’s Thunder

A little Tuesday morning gas: Miami certainly showed the wide-open range of a 1000 draw when the last vestiges of real favorites go away. Del Potro ran-out of gas (speaking of) and into Big John Isner who had over-the-top top form to go with the biggest serve on the tour. If he's breaking you, you're …

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Miami Vice

Well, we have our villain for this year's episode of (The) Miami (Open) Vice. The plot goes like this: Novak Djokovic, the Serbian gentleman who has been on a mysterious journey to-and-fro who-the-fuck-knows, returns to Key Biscayne to find himself, finally, and perhaps entertain (allow his fans to at least) the thought of winning an …

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