Aussie Open Day 1

With the time difference and not having my priorities straight, I did not see much of the first round yesterday, of the men's bottom half of the draw beginning their journeys. I saw the end of the Federer vs Johnson match and the Swiss 6-time champ looked pretty smooth in his movement, variety, etc. One …

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Serbia Wins ATP Cup

If Hewitt had followed my game plan, Australia probably beats Spain in the SF. And if Spain's Captain Roig had included my in-put in his ATP Cup Final match strategy, we might have had a different result in that tie, as well. Nadal received a hard court tennis lesson yesterday from Djokovic, and then claimed …

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Serbia vs. Canada Live Blog

Right now, two things, one everyone sees, one no one sees: FAA continues to look absolutely amateurish. Take a page from Shapo and get a coach (great to see Youzhny still at the controls in Shapo's ((Canada's)) box!). Novak is with a partial mind toward tanking this rubber/tie, and getting some downtime before the very …

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Tennis of Consequence

Am I putting too much value and expectation on (over reading) today's Federer vs Djokovic? I said this is Federer's last chance to avenge the 2019 WB collapse he suffered against the Serb. First of all, this isn't WB at all, so my assertion has to get over that obstacle first and foremost. Federer will …

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Rafhahaha

https://twitter.com/bgtennisnation/status/1190656533656260608 All laughing aside, this sucks for the tournament, and the sport in general. I had pricey tickets to the 2019 Indian Wells SFs, where I would have seen Federer v Nadal. Nadal pulled-out of that. Some don't count these retirements in the H2H numbers; I'm sure Rafa is one such statistician/historian. It's a loss. …

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Paris Quarter Finals

The two top seeds will be tested today. Djokovic v Tsitsipas and Nadal v Tsonga. I'm rooting for the two one-handers in the other two QF matches, hoping to see Dimitrov and Shapovalov advance. Great to see the Canadian put a bit of wood to Zverev yesterday. Dimitrov destroyed Thiem. If you want to see …

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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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