Queen’s Club and Halle R16/QF

Sports, other than the incredibly useful analogous portrait of life that they provide (beautiful parallel and often perfect teaching tool), are also needed distractions from some of the more difficult and even horrible life circumstances. Dig my stream-of-consciousness (bear with me), tomorrow's the first day of summer, and the boys and girls are playing on …

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Federer Wins First Stuttgart

Nice little start to 2018 grass for Roger Federer. With that 2017 Mercedes Cup R1 loss to his buddy Haas last year probably lingering, expectations might have been somewhat subdued as he took the court this week, warming-up for his run at #10 in Halle and #9 at Wimbledon. Roger had a good week, for …

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Federer Into Stuttgart Final & We’ve Got Tennis Schwag

Be honest: did you think the mention of schwag meant I'd gone ahead and created some Mcshow Blog schwag? More honesty: would you be reaching for your wallet? I'm going to take that as a double yes, which turns-out to be Kyrgios-like, given his eight DFs today in the Stuttgart SF v Federer. Mcshow Blog …

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Fed v Kyrgios SF: Must Watch!

Fed looks a little too loose and without a Stuttgart (grass) title in his pantheon (of sorts), Nick certainly represents even a bigger threat. Minimal margins and Federer seemingly working-out his grass kinks (wide range of offensive tennis); this could be interesting. Plus, #1 is on the line. i see trouble for Federer in this …

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Tiafyrgios and Felix Auger-Aliassime!

Strike two, Mcshow. Tiafoe and Kyrgios are out. The first subject is vastly unproven, but I said let's see the young American consolidate Delray Beach. That was a tremendous run highlighted, for me, by his man-handle of Shapovalov. I didn't get to write-up more of that tournament win, but a few qualities emerged in watching …

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AO R16: Dimitrov Outclasses Kyrgios

I was wrong on this one, on the pick to win the match. Kyrgios was awful and Dimitrov was steady enough to take care of business, which is no small task in the heat of R16 play at a major. He played and acted like a top seed. Very good to see this Dimitrov, which …

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Western & Southern Open QF Setting

Incidentally, the last R16 match is still undecided, Nadal v Ramos-Vinolas. But Kyrgios just closed-out Karlovic, so the winner of the Spanish duel will get the volatile (and injured) Aussie in that QF, which actually gets played later today; yesterday's rain delay gives Kyrgios and his QF opponent quite a Friday workload. This could prove …

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Miami QF

Yesterday saw Kei Nishikori play-out what an injured wrist looks like. That's what determined is zero FH, resorting early and often to chippy drop-shots and just getting out-hit. Fognini had very little difficulty with Kei. Fabio hasn't had the toughest draw, but bageling D. Young was a bit of an eye-opener. The American has played well …

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