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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2020 Roland Garros Start

An early statement from Stan? And they're off. Stan destroying Andy is a "that should be the case"; Nishikori getting through in five sounds about right; Zverev ending his proceedings in three is a very good sign for the German; Coric losing in four to a guy named Norbert Gombos makes me smile (both the …

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2020 Australian Open Draw

We have say this is another Nadal vs Djokovic Final this year if both are healthy and playing well. Whatever confidence Rafa lost against Serbia in the ATP Cup last week, we should assume that he, Moya and Co. will be ready to rumble in Melbourne. Looks like Nadal could have, potentially, a tricky R16 …

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ATP Finals Draw

Andre Agassi Group: Rafael Nadal Daniil Medvedev Stefanos Tsitsipas Alexander Zverev Bjorn Borg Group: Novak Djokovic Roger Federer Dominic Thiem Matteo Berrettini This is actually fairly meaningless until "they" know the status of Nadal. Granted, all match-ups in this kind of top-of-the-heap draw are going to be tough. If we had to comment (I certainly …

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GTFOH, Roland Garros.

This draw can go to hell. The fucking balls on this FO brain-trust to take the biggest most wretched dump they could find all over the world of men's tennis, simple common sense or any sane person's conscience. I read the ATP's "analysis" of the draw; they basically stuck a tennis racquet up their ass. …

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What Did I Say.

In my last post, I pretty overwhelmingly said Nadal is a clear favorite going in to Roland Garros. This conclusion had hindsight and foresight reinforcements. Hindsight involves the guy's history at this major, on this surface in general. I have committed to developing this brilliant thesis that I call Nadalism. This is his cup-of-tea, his …

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Indian Wells 2019 Draw

Let's look at some of these brackets and potential match-ups. We'll start at the top for obvious reasons.  World #1 is back in action at one of his favorite venues and we get, hopefully, a Djokovic vs Kyrgios 3R war to set the first week on fire. Granted, Nick first has to get by Philipp, …

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2019 AO R16 Match-ups

We've reached the final sixteen for this first major championship of 2019. From the top: First Quarter Djokovic v Medvedev This quarter had a load of pretenders (Novak snacks), and you know I've been "requesting" this Medvedev match because this guy can play. Should be good, perhaps a whiff of resistance from the Russian before …

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