Calm Before the Storm

Looks like Nadal/Schwartzman (Philippe-Chatrier) and Cilic/Del Potro (Suzanne-Lenglen) resume around 3:00am my time. You know how much I like polls to gauge what you all think -- ha ha ha. Should I stay-up and live blog the match, rendered sensationally dialed-in by this delicious American beverage I've earned from working three jobs (work, work, blog)? …

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Roland Garros QF Part II

Wednesday's QF matches: Schwartzman just played a dandy five-setter, but we believe he'll push Nadal to four sets, no? No? Nadal is 5-0 v the diminutive Argentine and recently beat him in Madrid 3 and 4. I have to think Schwartzman plays him smart and gets into a set or two, avoiding the bakery goods, …

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Roland Garros QF Part I

Today went pretty well as far as I'm concerned. Sure the picks worked-out, but the best part is we have a decent set of players reaching these final rounds of the French Open. As I just said in a blog comment, if I really took the Cilic v Foghat match seriously, Marin would have been …

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Today’s R16 and Tomorrow’s R16

Today's R16 Really I was 4/4 on my predictions; you have to give me that fourth win, especially with my touching allusion to the Italian Renaissance. You might recall how bad a few of my predictions were about a month ago, perhaps during Madrid? I'll take the losses just as well as I'll take the …

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Quick R16 Preview

I have not been studying French Open tennis during this first week of play, but knowing quite a bit about the boys, their patterns and the patterns of the current competitive play, let's have ourselves a little look at tomorrow's action. Djokovic has been on my tele more than any other. His is an interesting …

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What’s “Rain” in Italian? La Pioggia

Obviously the Nadal match today was the most interesting turn of events. Remember what I said a couple of times in probably a couple of posts: Nadal, in my humble opinion, is not as dominant as he was last year, let alone five years ago. Yet this is what the TSQ will have you believe. …

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French Open Draw 2018

  Wawrinka I was literally preparing a few notes for a post on the Swiss second-string, in fact looking at his 2015 pre-Roland Garros results to see any kind of pattern that might lift our hopes for his 2018 French Open campaign. We have a pretty good indicator of Stan's chances against Rafa in Paris …

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French Open 2017 Aftermath Part II

To continue the thread from my previous post, Nadal has to be considered a favorite for The Championships. His form is too high and devastating to not be considered transferable to another surface, such as the homogenized grass, especially in the slower conditions during the first week or so. If one wants to certify the …

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