Nadal vs Thiem for FO 2019

We will discuss the tournament after tomorrow's final, including the two SFs, some other observations, etc. Two things seem quite apparent right now. This year's French Open has solidified my own impression of this tournament, built through a 40+ year appreciation of the sport. I have heard this sentiment echoed throughout much of the tennis …

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Semi-final Friday

Rain rain -- the red clay The winds of change, leaves falling A glass of champagne ___________________________________________ There's rain in the forecast. Conditions could be tricky for all four. Rafa and Djoker have already reserved their spot in the final, in the popular tennis imagination. They are heavily favored to win their respective matches. The …

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Roland Garros tRain-wreck

I understand the relatively high (I'm being pretty generous here) tennis IQ of the clay court fans (probably fairly European, South American -- wherever clay courts find the most usage and popularity); I acknowledge that the passion for this kind of tennis can certainly provide the basis for an extended knowledge and appreciation for the …

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Fedal XXXIX: RG SF #1

Nadal leads this over-hyped sand-castle of a head-to-head 23-16. The last time they were sequenced to sustain each other's racquet translations was back in March, in Indian Wells, CA. Nadal pulled-out. He had enough to beat Khachanov in the IW QF, but decided he'd gift everyone a healthier Rafa for clay by skipping-out on his …

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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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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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