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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The End of Another Glorious Clay Season

I'm pretty nostalgic, which means I love to think about people, the history, the emotions, the possibilities in light of the realities. The best part of this blog remains the inseparable opportunities to reach people like you and try to weave together all of that jazz in terms of tennis (the people, the history, etc.). …

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Rafa Wins RG #11

Another easy win for Nadal, acquiring his 17th major. Imagine if Thiem (really his coaches) had a clue, any semblance of strategy toward point construction, variety, playing percentages? Hitting the ball as hard as you can just won't cut it in Bo5. Sorry. Winning a set from Nadal has become truly mental. The Thiem coaching, …

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2018 Roland Garros Final

Irony has a way of really putting things into perspective. There are so many examples of irony in our lives; what a shame if one doesn't understand, nor can read the irony that surrounds him or her. Tomorrow's French Open final between Spain's Rafael Nadal and Austria's Dominic Thiem looks scheduled for the mid-afternoon, around …

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Roland Garros QF Part I

Today went pretty well as far as I'm concerned. Sure the picks worked-out, but the best part is we have a decent set of players reaching these final rounds of the French Open. As I just said in a blog comment, if I really took the Cilic v Foghat match seriously, Marin would have been …

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Madrid QF Youth Movement

Obviously some interesting tennis today. Credit, of course, to Nadal for insisting that a tour wake the hell up and play some legitimate Masters 1000 tennis. The Shapovalov v Edmund that followed the Nadal v Thiem QF was quite entertaining. Following the Thiem upset of Rafa, even the casual observer sees that what we have …

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Madrid Quarter Finals

I was 3/8 on today's R16. The silver lining? I picked Zverev and Nadal (ha ha), who should face-off in the final on Sunday. I suppose that's what's so disappointing about Del Potro losing (and even Djokovic to a lesser extent since he's been struggling): despite my irrefutable claim that the clay evens the playing …

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Tsitsipas Over Thiem is Not an Upset

I have my second Claydal meditation pretty much ready to write; look for it later today or tonight. Here's why you need me; the lame brain tennis media can not reconcile the following: Tsitsipas' form over the last few months, highlighted by QF appearances in Qatar and Dubai, should give some indication that he's been …

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