2021 Roland Garros Final

Let's start by saying the Nadal vs Djokovic match was really one of the most compelling tennis matches we've ever seen. For a number of reasons, but the genius begins with the tennis, how these two battle, break serve, somehow save their serve, come-up with the clutch dig, the lob, the sheer strength and elegance, …

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French SF Friday

Both matches are exactly what we wanted. The set-up is perfect, really. The parallel is ideal. The legends against the best this crap youth can muster in a major championship competition. Put all of the Aslan the Great comedy, the big Russian invasion for that matter, the Berrettinis, the . . . uh that's about …

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Djokovic vs Medvedev AO Final

I wish I could pull-off this preview in haiku form or perhaps more accurately as a senryū. Maybe I'll work on this kind of approach with my post-match analysis. There isn't too much to say about this one :D. Medvedev appears to be the hottest player in the draw though the world #1 and eight-time …

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The Age of Denial

How many of you watched the Djokovic vs Zverev QF last night, live? We were in that 3 to 4am river; I drifted in and out like some sort of drug addict. My dog was looking at me funny. But I was wide awake for the final act of this tennis match. How about that …

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2020 ATP Finals, etc.

I figure I should put a wrap on what happened over the last couple of weeks, how the WTF played-out and so forth. My last post was typed and published in about 2 minutes' time, as Dominic and Daniil headed for a third and deciding set. Thiem should have finished that match in the second …

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GOAT: Flawed or Beautiful?

Following our latest GOAT vs GOAT in a major final, with the outcome having significant statistical and theoretical consequences that fuck with people's emotions, thoughts, and arguments, let's take a dive into this GOAT discussion that revolves around the Big 3. Remember that this is mainly a conversation had by fans who mostly come to …

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Nadal Wins 13th, 100th, 20th . . .

I'm not a numerologist, but do those numbers mean something deeper, or is this just part of the statistical debris left blowing around Philippe-Chatrier following the 2020 men's French Open final in which Rafael Nadal steamrolled Novak Djokovic 0 2 and 5. I kid you not: after the first two games of the match, I …

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2020 French Final: Djokodal LVI

Who do you got in this championship match? We pinned this to our destiny when the draw was announced two weeks ago. We needed this match. 2020 has been relentless. We've clamored for normalcy, even the past, because there is so much doubt now and about the future. The tennis over the last couple of …

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What’s at Stake

😉 Let's talk briefly about why Djokovic and Nadal both need to win their respective matches tomorrow and go on to raise La Coupe des Mousquetaires on Sunday. You already know the answer to this two-sided question, but I have about an hour before a Zoom beer with a pal, so let's drop another post …

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French Semi-finals

All things considered, we have the best match-ups possible for this 2020 French Open final four. Tsitsipas is the best player in that 2nd quarter. We were clear and correct on the Medvedev meteor, which burned up just about this time last year after his run ended (miserably I have to add) in NYC in …

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