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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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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