The Present and the Future

When Federer was coming-off his spring (clay) break last year, you might recall I was pretty skeptical of his plan. Losing to Haas in 2017 Stuttgart meant he had Halle to get his shit together and that looks to have been what happened (if he even needed the warm-up). Winning #19 and #8 happened at …

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Halle and London Semi-Finals and a Look at Tomorrow

Federer v Kudla: I only watched the first set, that fourth game of set two, Federer escaping at 1-2 to keep the match on serve, his break at 5-5 in the second set and his close-out service. The American, as we and everyone else has pointed-out, can play on the grass. So not too surprising …

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Late-June on the Brit and German Grass

Friend: Hey, Matt -- what're you up-to this weekend? Matt: Watching tennis on the tele, writing to a few of my friends regarding said tennis -- between jogs around the hills and cold beers.  You? . . . Friends, nothing and I mean nothing beats a little Friday morning grass courts from London and Halle …

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Dimitrov . . .

Dimitrov . . . I said in my preview that Djokovic should beat the Bulgarian "easily." I actually used that adverb to describe how the beating would occur. They were 4-4 in the first, Djokovic held, and we all watched Dimitrov, literally, hand Djokovic the set from there. He went down 0-40, got it back …

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Queen’s Club and Halle R16/QF

Sports, other than the incredibly useful analogous portrait of life that they provide (beautiful parallel and often perfect teaching tool), are also needed distractions from some of the more difficult and even horrible life circumstances. Dig my stream-of-consciousness (bear with me), tomorrow's the first day of summer, and the boys and girls are playing on …

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