Nadalism Addendum

First, yesterday's Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Andrey Rublev Adelaide SF was almost blogged as a "must watch," but I didn't quite have the faith in FAA to rise to the occasion.  We've all liked his athleticism and the fact that maybe this is a little era in Canadian tennis that might push guys like Shapo and …

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Nadal’s Style and 2020 in Brief

Nadal's Style Nadal as current #1 in the world is coming-off a massive campaign, 2019 proving that, once again, he is a consummate winner, one of the best at taking advantage of life's opportunities. His French Open legacy is exhibit A for such a claim. Imagine you really have only one particular surface on which …

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I am a Believer

Nadalism is a powerful ideology, so powerful that it can affect nature, the way events happen, the way life unfolds, the way people perform their daily activities. Nadal down-a-set corresponds with my prediction that he would somehow still defeat Tsitsipas. That happened. I have never been more certain of something than I am of Medvedev …

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ATP Finals Draw

Andre Agassi Group: Rafael Nadal Daniil Medvedev Stefanos Tsitsipas Alexander Zverev Bjorn Borg Group: Novak Djokovic Roger Federer Dominic Thiem Matteo Berrettini This is actually fairly meaningless until "they" know the status of Nadal. Granted, all match-ups in this kind of top-of-the-heap draw are going to be tough. If we had to comment (I certainly …

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Rafhahaha

https://twitter.com/bgtennisnation/status/1190656533656260608 All laughing aside, this sucks for the tournament, and the sport in general. I had pricey tickets to the 2019 Indian Wells SFs, where I would have seen Federer v Nadal. Nadal pulled-out of that. Some don't count these retirements in the H2H numbers; I'm sure Rafa is one such statistician/historian. It's a loss. …

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Thoughts Post USO 2019 Part I

First, congrats to Rafa on winning his fourth U.S. Open, and his second major of the year, giving him, as we all know, 19 majors overall. Some are calling Rafa a 2019 year-end #1, as well. I suppose if Novak is really injured, then that's a fair assessment, but there is a lot of tennis …

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U.S. Open SF Preview

My delay in posting is because of work and because this tournament has very little intrigue other than wondering if one of these blokes has enough character to beat Rafa with his bag of tricks on full display at this depleted U.S. Open. Nadal is shameless. His time violations are well-documented. This particular "trick" is …

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Labor Day R16 Conclusion

The bottom-half of the men's draw, the wild wild west we'll call it, with its trusted lucky winner (a little twist of course since he's so often associated with a LL) Rafa Nadal at the head of this class (of misfits). I'm being a little rude, a little insensitive, for sure, but this is only …

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Dumpster Fire

Nothing new here with this absolute no-show from some of these so-called "top seeds." Nothing new that these youngsters have zero class/character/balls/kairos/confidence etc., etc. Thiem, Khachanov, Tsitsipas (tough draw, which we called), Zverev (he went five again -- he's done; in fact, he gets Tiafoe next. I'll take the American in five), and Bautista Agut …

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