Toward Djokodal Rome Final

Nadal did what everyone knew he'd do: desperately scratch his way to the Rome final. He got a very beatable draw. But it almost doesn't matter who he plays on this surface other than an in-form Djokovic or maybe a high-flying Dominic Thiem. I'm surprised Tsitsipas actually put-up the fight he did, losing on one …

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Novak Takes Rothenberg’s Lunch Money

https://youtu.be/U88Sr0s2MYY Do you know who Ben Rothenberg is?  I've slammed the guy a few times with my teeny tiny Twitter tongue; he's a tennis journalist who, I think, basically writes for Ben and Twitter 😉 He's a big WTA honk and leader of the "anti Best-of-Five" crew. These credentials alone (WTA cheerleader/anti-Best-of-5 clown) make him, …

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The Madrid Tea Leaves and Rome . . . and Roland Garros

There are a couple of major story-lines as we reflect on Madrid, and order another beverage on our stop-over in Rome, en route to Paris with the anticipation and excitement for the potential drama of the 2019 French Open. Maybe this little hint at "a couple of major story-lines" is for the readership, for the …

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The DHFE Memo is Back

What is DHFE? Look it up. Many have to have thought (perhaps wildly erroneously) that Novak took the Sunshine Double off (early exits at both tournaments) only to prepare for his clay campaign, as the hunt for Nadal continues (ala the AO final) and clay mastery has to be an unquenchable thirst for the Serbian …

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What Will Kyrgios Do?

Will the Aussie lose to Kohlschreiber, or beat him (as he should) and then pull-out against Novak? Here's what Nick is up-against. Djokovic said: ‘We’ve always been aware of his qualities and talent, and he’s got big weapons in his game: serve, obviously one of the best serves on the tour; big forehand and can …

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Indian Wells 2019 Draw

Let's look at some of these brackets and potential match-ups. We'll start at the top for obvious reasons.  World #1 is back in action at one of his favorite venues and we get, hopefully, a Djokovic vs Kyrgios 3R war to set the first week on fire. Granted, Nick first has to get by Philipp, …

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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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Djokodal By the Numbers

Ha ha. No, I'm not going to parade a bunch of statistics before your eyes and say: "therefore, . . . "  That's not usually what we do. We'll make some references, push a superficial tennis sabermetrics alongside our more interesting analysis, but I leave the numbers galleries to the tongue-tied stat boy and stat …

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Here We Go: Djokodal LIII

Djokovic took care of business, brilliantly we might add. Indeed, we get the 53rd edition of Djokovic v Nadal, which Novak leads 27-25. Calling this rivalry a war is not doing it justice. This should be very good. Novak's 0 2 and 2 v Pouille is perhaps more impressive than Nadal's 3 4 and 0 …

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