Roger Dodger

This is an appropriate title given Federer's form today (his somewhat typical pattern in big matches we might call failing to rise to the occasion or simply missing big opportunities -- either with the match in general, or with certain key spots in a big match, which are often breakpoints); it's also an appropriate title …

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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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Style Matters

What did we miss? Another Medvedev Masters title?  Hasn't he won the last 10? But he lost that U.S. Open Final and for that he and his shitty THBH can take another deep breath of lost generation genocide. What else did we miss? Rublev won Moscow and Shapovalov won Stockholm. And one Sir Andrew Barron …

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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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Semi-final Friday

Rain rain -- the red clay The winds of change, leaves falling A glass of champagne ___________________________________________ There's rain in the forecast. Conditions could be tricky for all four. Rafa and Djoker have already reserved their spot in the final, in the popular tennis imagination. They are heavily favored to win their respective matches. The …

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PSA: We Beliem in Thiem

Fuck Serena. Even some of the scheduling, the Tennis Channel programming, the laughable "quality" of the WTA. This "agenda" -- whatever "they" think is "right" and "fair" -- is bad. I have said this here and there on this blog: women's tennis used to be a legitimate competition with legitimate champions and leaders and a …

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Domi(nant) Thiem Wins Barcelona

What a run from Dominic Thiem. I don't see this just in terms of a win over Nadal in the Barcelona SF in straights, in total command, on the court named after his lofty opponent, where the Spaniard has won 3 million times (11 times actually); I see this as the Austrian's continued move to …

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