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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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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