Serb Overcomes the Croat on 10th MP

A little weary at the end, but Novak is through 76 75. Thiem next. Not quite the zip on some of those ground strokes, but his defense and serve are on the return. Get yourself something to eat, Mr. Djokovic and take a nap. Bravo. What was more impressive, the Serb's or the Croat's resiliency? …

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Speaking of Novak and Nadal

What a brilliant start for the Serb! The highlights weren't terribly impressive, but the stroke seems to be returning, the serve looks much better, and body language, in general, much improved. The fact that he has the capacity (mental, physical) to open-up shop in Monte Carlo and produce some bakery goods like that has to …

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Monte Carlo QF – The Survival of the Serb

Following the Djokollapse of 2016, we discerned even after a win over Murray in the 2017 Doha final that Novak still had much work to do to convince any of us actual tennis detectives that he was out of trouble. The Djokofans rejoiced, sending him on his merry way to Melbourne for his annual AO crown. He …

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Monte Carlo Midweek: Djokovic Still Struggling and Dimitrov Succumbing

The title above pretty much covers the biggest news thus far at the Monte Carlo Masters where we're into the R16. I watched the Djokovic match with Simon and the only thing that might undermine my inference (and my title) is if Simon turned-out to be playing an even higher-level of his unusual brand of (awkward) …

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Monte Carlo

Greetings. Are you ready for some dirt balling along the French Riviera? Seems a bit of a contradiction. I have already written much about my opinions of the clay, yet here we are on the eve (play is underway obviously) of the European dirt harvest. Congrats to Steve Johnson for taking the U.S. Clay Champs last week …

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