2018 WB Quarter-finals Preview

We'll make this as quick as we can. Raonic v Isner. Raonic has been to this tournament's final, so clearly he has the experience (beating Federer in the SF that year -- 2016 -- doesn't hurt either even though the Swiss was ailing and about to forego the rest of the season). Isner is 3-1 …

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Queen’s Club Draw

We touched briefly on the Halle draw this week, at least from Federer's perspective. His top half really gets interesting in the SF, although to overlook those first three opponents seems a bit rude, no? But you get the picture. Thiem, if he can sell his wares on grass, something he's been able to do …

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French Open Draw 2018

  Wawrinka I was literally preparing a few notes for a post on the Swiss second-string, in fact looking at his 2015 pre-Roland Garros results to see any kind of pattern that might lift our hopes for his 2018 French Open campaign. We have a pretty good indicator of Stan's chances against Rafa in Paris …

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2018 Madrid Draw: A Few Thoughts

Stefanos v Sascha tomorrow could be quite an occasion, seemingly cousins though I am still a bit smitten with the 19 year-old's ability to come to net. That bottom bracket seems loaded (for tourney runners-up), but clay generally has that evened-playing-field feel. Fognini, Ramos-Vinolas and anyone else, practically, who gets the good wind (even Isner …

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2018 AO Draw Analysis

First Quarter: We'll call this the Nadal/Cilic quarter. Nadal is set to see Estrella Burgos, then maybe Leo Mayer R2, perhaps Coric (who's beaten Nadal twice) or Dzhumer R3, and a fourth-rounder against the likes of Isner or Dogopolov. If the Spaniard can get through that bracket, he's into the QF. Granted, his knee is …

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U.S. Open Early Observations

I didn't weigh-in on Federer getting put into that top half, but I suppose I did mention the draw was a joke. Murray's pull-out highlighted the stupidity of the draw; it was lopsided and a joke even before Murray's exit. I think we're all pretty skeptical of there being some kind of objective draw. I …

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Rogers Cup 2017 Draw

Good evening/morning/day: I had hoped to post a broad write-up on the tennis I saw from D.C. and Los Cabos. Myriad story-lines and thoughts about players, court speed, Fedal 2017, the US Open, the loss of Stan to add to the plague that's hit the ATP, etc. But that will have to wait - not …

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2017 Wimbledon Draw

Morning chore: finding a good visual bracket one doesn't have to scroll to death, click on different quarters, etc., one where the interested can sit back and get a pretty good look. Here you go: Wikipedia (CLICK). This has a nice lay-out, includes the seeds and even has some other tidbits, such as the clarification …

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Miami Looking Like Indian Wells #Fedkyrinka

The boys that played well in IW are more or less still doing damage in Miami. Just at a glance you have Federer, Wawrinka, Kyrgios, and Sock looking good along with others like Zverev and Nishikori. But that top four are definitely not missing a beat. I'm pretty sure I mentioned in my last post …

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