DelPo v Kyrgios 2nd Set TB

2nd set TB, Kyrgios serving for the set at 6-4. Double fault. He's kept his wits about him for the most part, partly, as I suggested in an earlier post, because his competition here would probably call-him-out (embarrass him) if he acted his usual fool. But a bit of miss there on SP. Del Potro's …

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Three and Out and Luckal

Thiem ends the Italian Renaissance in straights, as we surmised. And Nadal serving at 1-1 here in the first, goes 0-40 and watches as his opponent, Juan Martin, loses the advantage and probably strains his groin or lower back. We go from del Potro getting an early foothold and maybe putting some real pressure on …

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Strokes of Luck & RG SF

Three ("3") is a magical number for many reasons. I am not going to recount its myriad of meanings other than the number reared its head again when three different examples of Nadal's luck struck me this afternoon, with the rain still hanging-over that Nadal v Schwartzman QF. And sure we go back to the …

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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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Indian Wells Wrap

Greetings. There's a lot going-on right now, which does get in the way of posting to my, apparently, insightful yet forgettable blog. In addition, I suspect you all watched the tennis in IW, have a bunch of interesting and thoughtful observations yourself about the tournament, the tour, and some particular players, so why do I …

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Federer Bedene Translation and Novak is Back

If you didn't watch the Federer v Bedene match, here's your take-away, according to the ATP website and probably a bunch of tweets and other media. As I write this post, that's the main page story, which sounds just delightful. The match was not a masterclass. Bedene resisted once the first set was in the …

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The FederPotro Saga and Tsonga

Tsonga should handle Pouille in the Austrian tennis tournament final tomorrow. But you never know. If Jo Willy prevails, it's his, I think, fifth title of the year. Holy shit! Go, Jo Willy (though I like that other guy's game, too, despite his sophomore slump). Federer should handle Del Potro tomorrow in Basel, but this …

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Fed: “pas assez” to this French Revolution

An autumnal 2017 French uprising is underway, my fellow Tennisians. On this eve of the season's final Masters, in picturesque Paris, some French tennis players have attempted an early siege of this final leg of the European indoors. In Vienna, Gasquet took-out first-round opponent Feli Lopez, but more significantly, the tournament's second-seed, and virtual hometown …

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I Juan You to Cheer for Del Potro

Folks, a post is coming later today/tonight to get us caught-up. The boys have been in full flight since, after all, London's Calling . . . "to the faraway towns / Now war is declared and battle come down. . ." That intertext was a no-brainer. Do you Juan to know another no-brainer? Root for …

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Quick Nadal v Del Potro Preview

This is the default final as Nadal v Federer would have been, of course; we don't want anyone to forget the dirty undergarments that was the 2017 U.S. Open draw. Anderson v Carreno Busta? Please don't see this as unprovoked criticism, but we have to go out on a limb and say that Anderson, for …

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