The Story of Guido and a Cannoli

Once upon a time: Guido had serve at 4-1 and two game points to go up 5-1 in that first set against Nadal in their Monte Carlo QF match. He had broken Rafa's first three service games. 5-1? Would have been Rafa having to comeback and as we joked the other day about the Spaniard …

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Nadal, GTFOH.

https://twitter.com/ATP_Tour/status/1113106667519053829 Two weeks ago he retired from an Indian Wells semi-final, fucking-over an entire population of tennis fans, some of whom were holding a ticket for the match between his clay court highness and Federer. He sure looks like the clay court specialist he is in that video from Twitter. GTFOH. This is from the …

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Nadal: 2019 Indian Wells

Sorry for the delay in this little post-Indian Wells discourse. Obviously, the injury to Nadal was very bad news for the entire tennis community (anyone with a pulse). We were frothing for sure, but watching the QF between Rafa and Karen had us walking very gingerly around this idea that we'd get this much anticipated …

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Nadalism in the AO Aftermath

Did you read Steve Tignor's really poor reflection after the Nadal v Djokovic AO final? The guy makes a ridiculous comparison between this 2019 AO final and those of Federer v Djokovic a few years ago.  He actually wrote this line here: "The Serb’s startlingly one-sided 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win was reminiscent of some of …

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My First Post of the Year, Again

Probably no need to really write about anymore ATP during the 2019 season as I covered everything to a "T" in this first post of the year. Ha ha ha. Actually, stay-tuned, I have a nice response to some weak tennis journalism relating to Nadal and the AO; I then proceed to take another big …

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2019 AO: Djokovic Wins #7

What I really liked about the 2019 AO final last night between Novak and Rafa, their 53rd meeting, is how, true to form, this in-form Djokovic makes things so crystal clear for the audience, a crowd we could describe as a bit unhinged in their fanaticism, delusional perhaps: certainly unbalanced. Djokovic's balanced tennis brings all …

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Is 2019 Nadal Unplayable?

Nadalism is the study of a sport anomaly. I have enough material already for this proposed vignette, a crafty account of the infamous toro de Mallorca. His present form is berserk. Having watched a lot of Nadal over the years, this form is not really something I've seen from him. It's Nadal more aggressive than …

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Notadraw and Dimwitrov

I watched the entirety of the Tiafoe v Dimitrov match. As close as it seemed on the score board, this was just classic Grigor, playing small in all the wrong places (as if there's a time to play small). Even when the American started to crack physically and the entire crowd including the call of …

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3rd Round: the Bottom-half

In the bottom-half, they're through two rounds and this is already what we see: Federer’s Quarter Cilic v Verdasco RBA v Khachanov Tsitsipas v Basiashvili Fritz v Federer Cilic is the 4th or 5th best player in the world, period. He's been making big final rounds now for a few years. He was last year's …

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Paris Masters Commentary

A great few days of tennis, which brings me to this question: how can I argue that once again, men's tennis isn't worth a shit when we get this kind of higher-end competition on tour? Well, we're still looking for a heartbeat outside the Top 3 (or even the Top 1 at this point) and …

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