Djokodal LI: Good News for Roland Garros?

I am going to say, emphatically, yes (with an IF explained below). More to come later after the second SF, but this one is a partial victory for Djokovic for obvious reasons. But what seemed interesting to me, I watched some of this on my phone in bed, dozing, was Novak's calm and at times …

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Rome SF Preview of the Preview

Brilliant work from Djokovic to keep his level high enough to put-away Nishikori, to at least give us a look tomorrow at Djokodal LI in the first SF. Goffin and Zverev still haven't played to decide who faces Cilic in the other SF. But obviously all of the hype is on Nadal v Djokovic. I …

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Serb Overcomes the Croat on 10th MP

A little weary at the end, but Novak is through 76 75. Thiem next. Not quite the zip on some of those ground strokes, but his defense and serve are on the return. Get yourself something to eat, Mr. Djokovic and take a nap. Bravo. What was more impressive, the Serb's or the Croat's resiliency? …

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Speaking of Novak and Nadal

What a brilliant start for the Serb! The highlights weren't terribly impressive, but the stroke seems to be returning, the serve looks much better, and body language, in general, much improved. The fact that he has the capacity (mental, physical) to open-up shop in Monte Carlo and produce some bakery goods like that has to …

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Djokovic v Chung 2018 AO R16

Ваy, 와우, wow. . . Would love to have live blogged this match. So many thoughts racing through my imagination while these two genius' raced along the baseline to-and-fro, chasing their dreams, running from their nightmares. There's a bit of context to a match like this. Penetration. The man with the most violent ground stroke …

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Federer Bedene Translation and Novak is Back

If you didn't watch the Federer v Bedene match, here's your take-away, according to the ATP website and probably a bunch of tweets and other media. As I write this post, that's the main page story, which sounds just delightful. The match was not a masterclass. Bedene resisted once the first set was in the …

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