Three and Out and Luckal

Thiem ends the Italian Renaissance in straights, as we surmised. And Nadal serving at 1-1 here in the first, goes 0-40 and watches as his opponent, Juan Martin, loses the advantage and probably strains his groin or lower back. We go from del Potro getting an early foothold and maybe putting some real pressure on …

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Strokes of Luck & RG SF

Three ("3") is a magical number for many reasons. I am not going to recount its myriad of meanings other than the number reared its head again when three different examples of Nadal's luck struck me this afternoon, with the rain still hanging-over that Nadal v Schwartzman QF. And sure we go back to the …

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Take a Page Out of Rafa’s Book

Sure, I've been critical (overly) of Rafa and his rain saga (most recently Rome), which continues today in his QF match with Schwartzman. What a match. Diego is doing everything I hoped he might be able to do, which is stick around in these points, make all of those great reads that only the clay …

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Beating Nadal and QF Friday

If the match is on clay and it's not in Madrid, and you draw El Toro, you're at the mercy of Rafael Nadal. A poignant illustration of this statement: he's lost only twice at Roland Garros all-time, to Soderling in 2009 and Djokovic in 2015. That's silly. Thought experiment: What do you know about the …

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The Rise of Tennis Discourse

This 2017-2018 chapter in the men's game has been quite annotative on the careers of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic; we're thus provided with more clarity on their contributions, championship legacies, etc. As I have been suggesting with Nadal's latest clay campaign, and extending this line of reasoning to the other two players, these recent times …

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