Thaw is in the Air

Not enough time or energy to wrap round-by-round these days, but there is certainly some ATP action starting to find a rhythm heading into March. Fedal's IW/MI warm-up is underway (wait: will Federer play Miami? I seem to remember he would not return in 2019 after a dismal '18 showing and wasn't a poor review …

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2008 Wimbledon v 2018 Wimbledon

What is the more significant Championships in terms of drama, legacy and history: Wimbledon 2008 or Wimbledon 2018? The focus of Wertheim's book and the subsequent documentary broadcast on Tennis Channel and available elsewhere is the 2008 final between Rafa and Roger. We know this, given the marketing for this recent piece marking the ten …

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Federer is From a Different Era

No, I am not getting all starry-eyed on Federer. When I say he is from a different era, I am not making some mystical reference to his celestial origins, as if I think Federer's game is just "out-of-this-world." Ha ha. You all know that I don't waste the space on fanatical rants or emotional poetries. I have …

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Miami 2017 Finale

I hope this post isn't as anti-climactic as Sunday's final. Here's how I began my preview of the Miami final a few days ago: "The Fedal final tomorrow is a bit anti-climactic to be honest. If you’re caught-up in the Fedal rivalry, you’re probably a bit confused. If you need any clarity on that, search …

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Follow Miami Fedal Live – Here!

We'll be following the match live here if you want to comment on the blog or follow the action on Twitter. My Twitter feed is on the left-side of the blog and here's a link as well. Does Federer have enough left in the tank to go three sets with Nadal? Several signs point to …

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Miami Final, Fedal and 2017 Federer

That's a lot of Fs, if you know what I mean. We have another Fedal final, this time in a Masters tournament, so the past keeps coming back to haunt the tennis world in a worst-nightmare kind of way (if you fail to see the historic brilliance). First, obviously, we got the AO Final that …

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February Tournament Play and Early 2017 Contenders

I watched Tsonga get his 2nd set break-of-serve of Goffin up 5-4 in their Rotterdam final, which became a run-away title for Jo-Willy 46 64 61. I was literally thinking, if he loses to Goffin here, it's over for Jo-Wilfried. That tenth game of the 2nd set was so typical Tsonga. Microcosm of his career. He …

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AO Collateral Damage: Djokeray/Murkovic

Who's dismissal at the 2017 Australian Open was more surprising, Murrays's or Djokovic's? Murray. The guy was on fumes as much as he ran into an all-court magician (M.Zverev) in the fourth round. Who can ever really know what exactly accounts for these victories and upsets as there are a combination of factors. Which is why when a fangirl …

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2017 Australian Open Hangover: Calling Dr. Ljubičić

Remember the argument I made about a year ago in response to the hiring of Ivan Ljubičić?  The reasoning went something along the lines of Roger needs to start winning ugly; the beauty pageant is over if you want to win anything resembling anything of significance. Re-read this completely different post I wrote on the …

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2017 AO Final: Fedal XXXV

Folks, I haven't had a computer all day (this from my phone), so I'm unable to really write, but what is there really to say at this point? This should be a competitive match, imho, for really two reasons: 1. Dimitrov did push Rafa to the edge.  This point concerns Rafa's form.  He has not …

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