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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AO Final: Federer Denies Cilic, Claims 20th Major Title

How would you describe this final between Federer and Cilic? Better than 2017 Wimbledon? Illustrative of both mens' tennis character, Federer the best at managing a less-than-stellar form and Cilic so close, so strong at times, but a little clumsy in the end? Erratic. Uneven. I saw someone else describe it as "lumpy;" not bad. …

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Other Pre-AO Final Ramblings

Here's an article with five reasons why Cilic can beat Federer tonight:The first reason concerns the fact that Cilic has beaten Federer at a grand slam, and then it narrows the point down to having beaten him in a GS SF. As the logic goes, if he's already done this, I will do it again.  …

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2018 AO Final: Federer v Cilic Preview

As hard as this is to believe, I don't have much to say. Federer should win this match v Cilic for a number of reasons. His level, variety, history, career confidence, H2H with the Croatian, the players' friendship (it's genuine), the night match conditions, his staying power helped by his reduced draw rigor, possibility of …

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AO QF: Nadal’s Loss and Federer’s Win

The Nadal loss is. . . stunning for some, predictable for others, symptomatic of the plague of injury, somehow an injustice . . . My crap detector condemned the premature ejaculation over Nadal's championship form against this or that also-ran (I sound pretty disrespectful in these over-generalizations of ATP talent, but I think my point …

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Federer Routines Cilic for Eighth Wimbledon Title

You probably watched the final, at least heard about what happened or didn't happen. We could blame the blister, I guess. Quite unfortunate for the aspiring ATP threat with one major and one Masters. Cilic looked solid through the first four games, had the BP, missed, was broken in the next game, lost the first …

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Wimbledon Men’s Final Storylines

  There are several. Brainstorming these kinds of elements (adding to the overall perspective of the match) can help one see either a strategy or a theme that may help clarify the outcome - which is often coincidence. But there could be irony, logic, tragedy and beauty (emotion) that all come into play in such …

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Cilic and Federer Set 2017 Wimbledon Men’s Final

The only tennis I missed this morning was the first set TB of Cilic v Querrey and the third and final set of Federer v Berdych. I replayed the final frame of Fedych and learned via news source that Cilic let slip a 4-1 lead in that first set TB. His ability to regroup and …

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WB Eve of the Men’s Semi-finals

Roger I think covered it all here. He's been reading my blog. Sam is dangerous, so is Cilic and Berdych. I brought all of this to light in my QF preview and elsewhere. Also, Roger points-out, good luck to Novak and Andy getting healthy. In my Rant, I clarified how important player health is to …

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Wimbledon QF Preview and A Rant

Quarter Finals 1. Murray (3 set R16) v Querrey (5 set R16) My numerology is fantastic! Everyone who played a three-set R16 match raise your hand. You are going to win your QF match and advance to the SF! Congratulations! This is a conspiracy and we've let this one go a little too far. You …

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