Isner and (Again) Djokovic

The way Kevin Anderson has solidified his game to the tune of making now two deep runs at major championships in less than a year, along with his win over Federer in the QF, makes picking Isner almost jingoistic (in this day and age, even a blog about tennis can be interpreted politically by an …

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Prediction of Nadal v Djokovic

What has made much of this golden age so interesting concerns the depth and complexity of these bigger-than-the-sport rivalries (which is part of the flaw of presentism in any discourse, a latest-is-the-greatest, a newest-is-truest stupidity). But these three rivalries' longevity alone (historical fact) makes them significant. There's the Fedal H2H about which folks have gotten …

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Men’s Semi-finals Set

My gut says a final between Djokovic and Isner. But give me a couple of hours, a couple of beers to confirm. I was 3/4 on my QF picks but the riff I played on Federer's ping-pongy tennis, spot-on analysis you only find here, elevates my play to 100%. Addendum on Federer v Anderson He …

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2018 WB Quarter-finals Preview

We'll make this as quick as we can. Raonic v Isner. Raonic has been to this tournament's final, so clearly he has the experience (beating Federer in the SF that year -- 2016 -- doesn't hurt either even though the Swiss was ailing and about to forego the rest of the season). Isner is 3-1 …

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The Present and the Future

When Federer was coming-off his spring (clay) break last year, you might recall I was pretty skeptical of his plan. Losing to Haas in 2017 Stuttgart meant he had Halle to get his shit together and that looks to have been what happened (if he even needed the warm-up). Winning #19 and #8 happened at …

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Halle and London Semi-Finals and a Look at Tomorrow

Federer v Kudla: I only watched the first set, that fourth game of set two, Federer escaping at 1-2 to keep the match on serve, his break at 5-5 in the second set and his close-out service. The American, as we and everyone else has pointed-out, can play on the grass. So not too surprising …

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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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Strokes of Luck & RG SF

Three ("3") is a magical number for many reasons. I am not going to recount its myriad of meanings other than the number reared its head again when three different examples of Nadal's luck struck me this afternoon, with the rain still hanging-over that Nadal v Schwartzman QF. And sure we go back to the …

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Roland Garros QF Part I

Today went pretty well as far as I'm concerned. Sure the picks worked-out, but the best part is we have a decent set of players reaching these final rounds of the French Open. As I just said in a blog comment, if I really took the Cilic v Foghat match seriously, Marin would have been …

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