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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2020 is Like a THBH

Sure this could be a reference to Nadal's run here at the WTF. But a few thoughts first on a few events since the fall French, when we last exchanged pleasantries. St. Petersburg went to the (once) hottest Russian Rublev. Despite his London loss tonight to Tsitsipas, he still might actually be the best Russian …

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French Quarters

REUTERS/Christian Hartmann To finish my commentary on Thiem vs Schwartzman, I liked Diego in this match and part of that absolutely comes from his results in Rome. He spanked Rafa, played a gem against Shapo and though he came-up against le patron (or il capo) in the final, he showed all kinds of value for …

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The Truth in Real Time

Do you want to know the truth of clay court tennis? Forget for a second the mammoth legacy of Rafael Nadal, who's ownership of the clay court, of Roland Garros and many other dirty venues, has seemingly elevated this surface beyond its mere claim of surface diversity, history and cultural charm. The unevenness of the …

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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 Wins the 2020 U.S. Open

I think for most people involved with this match, including fans (other than Zverev family and fans), the feeling associated with this win is relief. Thiem has been knocking on the door. Most people see Thiem as "deserving" of this title. Granted, this seems like an odd way to describe a championship. One has to …

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Thiem Beats Medvedev: Zverev Next

The Austrian needs to finish this run at the 2020 U.S. Open. Even if Novak had recorded his 18th major in NYC this year, no way would we have held the empty seats or the Fedal/Wawrinka-less field against him. Some fanboys would have, but that is just low-IQ noise that only his/her fellow fantards understand. …

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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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