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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Del Potro Does it Again

Does what again, exactly? He followed-up the brilliant Thiem R16 match by putting it to Federer in the QF. He also prevented, again, a Nadal v Federer USO match. If you've seen enough of Del Potro over the years, you know that he has some of the biggest big match balls on the ATP. His …

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Indian Wells 2017

What a start to the year for the 35 year-old Roger Federer. He had a "dip" in Dubai, but what the hell. Federer's dominance in Indian Wells, out playing his opponents relentlessly, netted him his fifth PNB Paribas Open (to match Djokovic's five IW titles). In the season's biggest and most popular Masters-level tourney, he …

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2017 IW R3 Djokovic v Del Potro: Reality Check

I really shouldn't be watching tennis or writing as I'm in a bit of a pinch at work, but my. . .oh my the tennis has been interesting in Indian Wells over the last few days. This is a very short post; but let me say what I wanted to say last night after watching …

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Last on This Draw Hysteria

In the end, no one knows for sure what goes into a draw other than presumed tradition and objectivity with some minor manipulation, as I have seen mentioned. When you start throwing around words like "fixed," or "rigged" you sound like a fanboy. That's just the way it is. This is very much a matter …

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2017 Dubai and Acapulco Takeaways

I did not get my post up fast enough prior to the Federer loss, but my brain and responsibility to the blog both wanted to articulate the importance of Murray winning this tournament; having the loss of Federer at hand, such a post would sound like meaningless rationalization. Should've tweeted it. 😀 Much of the …

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Bang Bang Bang (Quick Post – Ka Pow!)

I watched a bit of the Tsonga v Kyrgios Open 13 SF and was abundantly pleased, expectations met. Tsonga has such a tremendous ability on the court, can raise his level and beat ANYONE in the sport. This potency has waned of late, with age of course, but we are always on the look-out. Rotterdam …

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Reader Poll!

Just kidding. I prefer the actual discussion of these questions that websites and blogs often offer their readers. Sure polls and surveys are "fun" and interesting and easy, I suspect. But let's hear what you have to say, rather than "see" what button you push. 😀 Who needs an Acapulco win more: Djokovic or Nadal? …

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Indian Wells Preview: ATP 250 & 500 Action

The build-up to Indian Wells has intensified with some business-end of tournament play in Rio, Marseille and Delray Beach this weekend, followed by some big boy tennis next week in Dubai and Acapulco. In Rio, the lone 500 this week, we have maybe a Thiem v Dolgopolov final in the cards though Thiem has to …

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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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