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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Kyrgios Wins the Point

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1O3q0sgW5o/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link But he lost the match, and has totally lost the plot, as well as anyone who might defend him (me). He's a complete liability on the court for the fans (who might be offended by his behavior, who might be betting on the match -- gambling is legal in many parts of the world …

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From What Planet Hails the ATP?

Source The ATP site will most likely move-on from this announcement, lead image/story since the 2019 Wimbledon semi-finals just became set for play on Friday with Djokovic vs RBA in one and Fedal in the other. Perhaps this Nitto ATP Finals "news" is just a position holder while the staff frantically get their stories written …

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