Thoughts Post USO 2019 Part II

Yesterday's Part I simply clarified that this year's U.S. Open gave us another rendition of tennis in the Djokodal era. Who gets the better draw (who gets Federer -- which in these Bo5 tournaments, other than WB, means less and less)? Who has the most health? The history of tennis in the 21st century involves …

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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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Medvedev Storms the Castle

Good enough title for ya? Medvedev's quality is nothing new. Prior to his win over Novak in Monte Carlo and other "highlights" from the Russian in the past weeks that've gotten everyone all frothy on this 23 year-old, we liked his tennis last year and then some. Here's some discussion from about nine months ago …

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2019 WB Final: Tennis Divinity or Brutal Blood Feud?

I have no idea how to write this post -- what direction to go, how to make this interesting. So many things have already been said, observed, clarified. Hell, read the comments from some of my astute readers on the last couple of posts. Great insight, articulation, voice, engagement. Thanks always for reading, folks, and …

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Delayed Reaction to WB Final

Folks, sorry for the delay. Sure, I'm partly still stunned and practically speechless. But, as you know, I'm never really at a loss for words. Nor am I trying to buy more time in order to craft, as we speak, an epic post analyzing what was an incredible match between Federer and Djokovic. Of course, …

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Wimbledon Final Preview

https://youtu.be/hIwDqbiFEwg   https://youtu.be/u89PQ5r-Fck   https://youtu.be/VwA6In_X44M   https://youtu.be/P44NKPTBxso   I had a more extended and thoughtful post in mind for this massive match tomorrow between the eight and four-time Wimbledon champs Federer and Djokovic. It's late here, I've been at a soccer tournament all day, eating and drinking-in all of the fun of that kind of …

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Wimbledon Semi-final Preview

We have a nice little line-up for tomorrow's Wimbledon men's singles semi-finals. Though some of the draws burst into flames and let, in some respects, the dogs in, we arrive at a final four most tennis fans can appreciate, which may be a gigantic understatement. The Big 3 are alive and well, seemingly. Roger, you …

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Wimbledon QF Preview: Legends Speak

The Joker https://youtu.be/cq5vcVRQv4Q That's Roger more or less. Remember the TSQ? The public, per usual, has a lot of the reading on these matters a bit off, perhaps way off. They call Novak the Djoker. Wrong. Roger is the one goofing around, having fun; his whole enterprise is an exhibition. Start with the way he …

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2019 Roland Garros Aftermath

Aftermath: 1) the consequences or aftereffects of a significant unpleasant event. 2) new grass growing after mowing or harvest. Ha ha. The second definition there is perfect reference to where this bumbling tour is going next, no? In other words, the two definitions provided by my source both perfectly address where the tour just was, …

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Semi-final Friday

Rain rain -- the red clay The winds of change, leaves falling A glass of champagne ___________________________________________ There's rain in the forecast. Conditions could be tricky for all four. Rafa and Djoker have already reserved their spot in the final, in the popular tennis imagination. They are heavily favored to win their respective matches. The …

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