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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Is 2019 Nadal Unplayable?

Nadalism is the study of a sport anomaly. I have enough material already for this proposed vignette, a crafty account of the infamous toro de Mallorca. His present form is berserk. Having watched a lot of Nadal over the years, this form is not really something I've seen from him. It's Nadal more aggressive than …

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We Need Djokodal LIII

Or do we? Pouille's run has been a brilliant surprise. If this was closer to 2017, we'd have given him more consideration. But he's been in a bit of a spiral. No question. He stone-walled Raonic. The Canadian had converted 94% of his serve coming-in, had shown glimpses of a 2016 Milos, Wimbledon finalist, etc. …

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KISS (Keep it Short, Stupid)

I'm talking about the match, not my posts. Ha ha. Thiem losing in the second round is not very shocking. His style (strategic approach to the point) perpetuates this difficulty he's having. He had a tough first round match, which we discussed. Paire is a talent (a petulant asshole, but a talent). But Thiem needing …

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