2020 is Like a THBH

Sure this could be a reference to Nadal's run here at the WTF. But a few thoughts first on a few events since the fall French, when we last exchanged pleasantries. St. Petersburg went to the (once) hottest Russian Rublev. Despite his London loss tonight to Tsitsipas, he still might actually be the best Russian …

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On Medvedev and Clay

And on the BH, by extension -- so you know where this is going. Medvedev and Thiem both lost in the last day or so. I am putting Medvedev's loss on him, Thiem's on that awful surface. Ha ha. How far does honesty really get you? I have talked for eons on my criticism of …

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Ding Dong: Aussie Quarter-finals

So, how'd we do in those R16 matches? Nadal/Kyrgios: "For the sake of the Kyrgios’ recent rise in character, let’s see him advance, though even a great match would help him in this greater cause. #bushfire" I figured he'd lose exactly how that played-out. I didn't even watch much of this match. We were past …

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The Madrid Tea Leaves and Rome . . . and Roland Garros

There are a couple of major story-lines as we reflect on Madrid, and order another beverage on our stop-over in Rome, en route to Paris with the anticipation and excitement for the potential drama of the 2019 French Open. Maybe this little hint at "a couple of major story-lines" is for the readership, for the …

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2019 Miami Semi-final

Very interesting: this change in complexion of the more recent business-end of big tournaments. The Canadians have crashed the party. Too far-fetched to think that the 2019 Miami Open Final could be a match between 18 year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime and 19 year-old Denis Shapovalov? 😀 😀 Or do we get that more familiar ghosty complexion …

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R16 Indian Wells

Let's face the facts: I'm overly interested in the quality of the competition of Semi-final Saturday since I will be there in person. This means I'm most disappointed in Djokovic's loss not for his sake, but for mine. 😀 Are we surprised by the upset of Novak? Sure we are. Yet we've been high on …

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Early Thoughts on Early AO ’19

I have the gargantuan time difference to contend with, what I am calling shitty Tennis Channel and ESPN coverage and other day-in-and-day-out distractions that together curtail my ability to watch all of the early tennis taking place in Melbourne. What's a guy like me supposed to do?  Watch the one-handers, the players who play the …

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