Murray and Djokovic Colliding in Doha

Doha has gone according to plan although as I tuned-in today Djokovic limped into a 2nd set TB with Verdasco, already down a set. The TB started-off and Djokovic proceeded to go down 2-5 on a point that looked very much like a guy throwing-in the towel. He then faced five MPs. Five. Verdasco has …

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WTF SF: Weathering the Storm

Andy weathered the storm early from Stan. Advanced. We saw this coming a mile away: Murray v Raonic Djokovic v Nishikori The fact that Novak has only played a couple minor talents in getting to his SF seems pretty good for him. This is like the 2016 USO, where he had a Challenger Tour draw. …

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More Draw Analysis: F*ck You, USTA

You'd think the USTA might have half-an-ass in the state of the U.S. men's game. There are several young U.S. players who might be ready to win a couple of big matches in their country's national championships. No one around here is suggesting that the tournament make draws more favorable for certain players although we …

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Looking Back While Moving Forward

I have not written in a while. Obviously. Nor did I watch much tennis other than some Olympics matches and a couple of Toronto/Cincy contests I sniffed perhaps by accident. Between the crumbling nature of competitive excellence on tour and the Djokovic fanboy blowhards, I needed a nice little break. My last post was a bit …

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Impressions of Wimbledon

First of all, congratulations to Andy Murray. Getting that third major does back-up his two odd-ball majors in 2012 (USO) and 2013 (WB) when Djokovic's form took a long-term dive, Nadal was typically erratic and Federer was in the midst of his steady decline. I watched as much of the match (taped) as I could, but, frankly, …

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More SF Reaction and Final Preview

I wrote the "Roger Wilting" piece about ten minutes after the match, while at work. That post, then, was a quick reaction to the Raonic v Federer match: the image of Roger wilting was as vivid as Raonic rising. This image has almost obscured other images of Federer in our tennis imagination. Of course, even …

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Wimbledon Semi-finals

Greetings! Wow. What QF drama to wet our appetites for the next few rounds of this grand slam. Let's rehash yesterday and preview tomorrow. I really only got to watch the Federer v Cilic match, but did see good portions of the Raonic v Querrey and a few highlights of Berdych v Pouille. The Murray …

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