QF Thursday Indian Wells

Due to distractions (work), I can't formulate too many thoughts on the first two QF matches today, so let's make this simple: I might say a slight upset would be Thiem beating Monfils today. I guess watching either on Saturday (trying to be transparent here) will be a joy. I prefer Thiem's style and, quite …

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KISS (Keep it Short, Stupid)

I'm talking about the match, not my posts. Ha ha. Thiem losing in the second round is not very shocking. His style (strategic approach to the point) perpetuates this difficulty he's having. He had a tough first round match, which we discussed. Paire is a talent (a petulant asshole, but a talent). But Thiem needing …

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Tsitsipas Triumphs, Thiem Toes-the-Line

As we know, Tsitsipas beat De Minaur, the ultimate two-hander, for the Milan NextGen crown, which, like our Thiem v Coric Paris-Bercy bout, amounts to a short trial of the sport's ferociously antagonistic style ideologies. Hear hear! Nice to see the more elegant, classic and sophisticated doctrine rise in the defeat of the younger, adolescent, …

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Paris Masters Commentary

A great few days of tennis, which brings me to this question: how can I argue that once again, men's tennis isn't worth a shit when we get this kind of higher-end competition on tour? Well, we're still looking for a heartbeat outside the Top 3 (or even the Top 1 at this point) and …

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Remember to Vote Nov. 6

Stefanos Tsitsipas for President! He (and his running mate Dominic Thiem -- or vice versa) can save this God-forsaken country-sport. Basel QF Tsitsipas v Medvedev is a statement match, if you're interested in those kinds of things. Thiem about to get into the thick of things Vienna (Querrey, then Nishikori). In other words, wash your …

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Federer and Thiem

Federer A quick note on the Federer loss though a little after the fact; despite the disappointment of not getting to see an even sorta-in-form Federer play Djokovic in the QF, Federer has clearly been treading in these kinds of water lately. To truncate this potentially long-winded discussion/post, the loss is totally in-line with what …

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Nadal Punks Thiem in USO QF

As we have said numerous times: we Beliem in Thiem, which means we can't get enough of his tennis, of his humble and humbling genius, of his fight; and the appreciation of this tennis savant only grows with the small developments we're seeing in his game along with runs like this at the 2018 U.S. …

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U.S. Open — Getting Caught-up

Let's run through some of the matches over the past few days.  Unfortunately, I missed several of these (in some cases classic) contests because I was busy with other matters (work and family). Forgive me of my tennis sins. Federer Let's start with that Federer v Kyrgios match. I hope you realize how fair I …

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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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