Federer is 36 and No. 1 in the World

Shit happens. What are all the legends of the sport saying on a day/night like today/tonight? In the end, everyone, legends included, should say well done, old boy. Raise a pint or a flute. If you know a bit about sport, especially higher stake games and matches, Federer checks all the boxes. The few he's …

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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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Indian Wells. . . and the Peanut Gallery

We will continue our discussion of the IW draw, try to add to the excitement everyone is feeling about the year's first Masters. But first let's take-out the garbage. I love it. I will pound this blog with ATP insight until the cows come home, out-write and out-think my wealthier tennis punditry in straights; be …

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Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic

Murray made the finals in Paris (and is in the process of beating John Isner), putting himself into position to claim his 3rd Masters of the year, seventh ATP title overall. Djokovic lost to Cilic in the QF, so he's no longer #1 in the world (Novak had to make the finals to maintain his #1 ranking). Novak …

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Djokovic’s Run

All of the discussion right now is on the impressive run of one Andrew Barron Murray. Undoubtedly, he is having a fantastic year, including having collected his sixth ATP title of the year last week in Vienna. His 2016 achievements include, of course, an Olympic gold medal, so the Brit has indeed been on a big run, looking …

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U.S. Open at the QF

I have so many thoughts on what's happening in NYC I'm not sure where to begin. I am going to keep this very short (sorry), but it's late, and there are so many bigger conversations I want to start in terms of the tennis here and now and, of course, the bigger  picture - what …

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HRFRT: Roger Created a Monster (or Two)

The long and short of it concerns how Roger's massive championship success early and often through-out the tennis calendar year-after-year created a new and improved champion image and celebrity that became the new character, the new tennis "nature" that may have ruined tennis. In other words, the standards of excellence went through the proverbial roof and now …

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Wimbledon Preview Part 1

We're taking a short break from the HRFRT series. For the record, my impression is that not a lot of people want to hear it. Obviously, there's more in there than just how Federer affected the sport. There are other points being made. Tennis, mirroring its broader culture, has gotten soft and more and more about …

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HRFRT: Federera

Are you wondering about that build-up in the last article? Did you follow the reasoning, the design of the argument? The tour was still evolving massively with our current Masters and Majors landscapes, that we see today, not quite in full bloom. When you watched tennis in the 90's, the Americans were pretty dominant, with Sampras …

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