What 2018 Cincinnati Means

As I said in my post-Cincy Final post, the win in Cincy is huge for Novak on several fronts. I guess the two that stand-out are: A) this is everyone's favorite: that he has completed the Masters set, thus garnering him all kinds of praise and greatness; and B) that he really has confirmed his …

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2018 Cincy Final: Djokovic Routines Federer 4 and 4

By Roland Garros 2016, Djokovic winning a significant tennis tournament was a foregone conclusion. He won everything, had been basically doing so since 2014. 2015 and 2016 were arguably peak Djoker. Fedal were no where to be found. Murray and Stan made little cameos here and there. The tour belonged to Novak Djokovic. Then Djokollapse, …

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Djokovic v Federer Cincy Final

Djokovic is the favorite in this one for anyone who's been paying attention. Indeed, a surging 31 year-old who just won Wimbledon, still but inevitably finding his world #1 form is a favorite over a 37 year-old who can't really break serve and is getting out hit from the BL by seemingly everyone. Granted, Federer …

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Cincinnati Semi-finals Set

Djokovic had to work a bit to get by a charming Raonic. I almost titled this post "I was Raonic" since that seems to confess my error in overlooking the Canadian as much as I generally do. He played a nice brand of tennis yesterday, mixing-in the slice quite well. The FH broke-down, partly because …

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Rain Interrupted Cincy R16

We'll see how much tennis they can get in this evening. Play has been suspended as the rain has returned with a fury. I've been watching Djokovic v Dimitrov. Dimitrov looked solid in the first set, Djokovic not so much (like his first set v Mannarino), Grigor prevailing pretty easily 6-2. In the second set, …

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Novak on Best-of-Five and Cincy Day 5

https://twitter.com/TennisChannel/status/1029823793823240193 Click on the twitter link to hear the short interview Novak gave at the Tennis Channel desk. His thoughts on the Bo5 format are deplorable and weak. I am surprised he actually thinks even MAJORS should be Bo3. He did note that he disagreed with Federer, with a chuckle, so maybe he's saying this …

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Tsitsipas Defeats Djokovic

An interesting match. Novak never really seemed under much pressure, the TB underscoring this observation. His opponent was attacking, he got down a set, but he was able to play some really nice tennis in that TB to even things up. But the Greek kept coming. This is a very interesting development though probably not …

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Wrap D.C. and Preview Toronto

Washington, D.C. You know the big theme in D.C.: taken-over by a bunch of teenagers and Sascha, who's only twenty-one. Tsitsipas had a whiff of hope in that second set, but one can see the difference between these 19 year-olds and Sascha: inexperience and just a natural lack of professionalism. Sascha was de Minaur or …

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2018 Wimbledon Spells Doom

Am I officially jumping on the Djokovic bandwagon here with this title, guilty of over-valuing his win at Wimbledon? This could be a follow-up to my glowing review of the 2018 tournament that returned Djokovic to the soap opera that is the golden era of the ATP tour. The Serb's run at the July fortnight …

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2008 Wimbledon v 2018 Wimbledon

What is the more significant Championships in terms of drama, legacy and history: Wimbledon 2008 or Wimbledon 2018? The focus of Wertheim's book and the subsequent documentary broadcast on Tennis Channel and available elsewhere is the 2008 final between Rafa and Roger. We know this, given the marketing for this recent piece marking the ten …

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