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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Barcelona Final: Nadal’s Legacy

Claydal -- another part to this rough-draft of the "meditation" of said player's sculpture that graces the lawns of our imagined Tuileries Garden-like oasis of tennis greatness The Barcelona Final Claydal How about this for the past, present and future of Rafael Nadal: tomorrow's final, where the #1 seed takes on 19 year-old and #44 …

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Here I Go Again: My Tennis Crap Detector

Fuck the AO and the ATP. Beyond the injury issues that plague the sport, about which many are concerned; the money -- did you hear what Djokovic said at the players-only meeting? and other problems this tour -- and society in general -- deals with, the Australian Open, as we begin voyage on this new …

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The Nadal Quarter – What!

I still can't quite wrap my brain around this one. Had a fourth espresso this morning to see if that might wake me from this Fellini-like deja-vu-like tennis nightmare. Nadal, up to his old tricks -- throw-in the extended practice "exhibition," a few sinister requests about who can referee his matches, stick the shot-clock up …

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Auckland Final and Melbourne Fitness

Roberto Bautista Agut prevailed over Juan Del Potro today in the ASB Classic final 61 46 75. I tuned-in at the start of the second set with the Spaniard in total control, having dominated the first set, with three service breaks. Del Potro looked tired and the match call confirmed this. In fact, Tracy Austin …

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