What 2018 Cincinnati Means

As I said in my post-Cincy Final post, the win in Cincy is huge for Novak on several fronts. I guess the two that stand-out are: A) this is everyone's favorite: that he has completed the Masters set, thus garnering him all kinds of praise and greatness; and B) that he really has confirmed his …

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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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Preview Some Tennis Commentary

The Smell of Farm Animals Remember when I started the tennis commentary era on this blog (I covered mountain running prior to that -- look at almost anything pre-2015) with Djokovic rolling, and Fedal literally going nowhere, the GOAT debates were hot-and-heavy (they always are I suspect with certain folk). The idea was Fedal had …

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Is Clay Nadal’s Weakness?

To paraphrase so many in the tennis world right now (but this isn't news nor revelatory at all): Nadal's dominance on clay is phenomenal; I would say absurd. Before I go on: Congrats, Rafa! But you know me: time for a little perspective ala Mcshow. Let's talk about the clay a little bit more. French …

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Clarification on ATP Injury

This is an addendum to my last post, I actually just published. First of all, injury is just part of the sport. I mentioned that many of the players injured are, in fact, older, 30-something to be exact. I guess this isn't some dawning of a new age of tennis where players don't necessarily peak …

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5 Reasons Djokovic Fans Should Avoid Sharp Objects; or Shit or Get Off the Pot

Rome Fallout Zverev Wins first Masters (first guy born in the 90s to win one ((sad))) and Djokovic Confirms Bizarre Form Sorry for the delay in writing about the Rome final, Agassi, etc. To be honest, part of the delay was due to needing to watch the final on replay (my life, dear friends, is …

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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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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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Before the Dawn, The Collapse

The end of the year is near, hence the dawn of a new calendar that comes with another year of old traditions, the possibility of new ones, new or some of those repeated expectations, hopes and the manifestation of dreams. All of these things and more come when we turn from December to January. In …

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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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