Federer is From a Different Era

No, I am not getting all starry-eyed on Federer. When I say he is from a different era, I am not making some mystical reference to his celestial origins, as if I think Federer's game is just "out-of-this-world." Ha ha. You all know that I don't waste the space on fanatical rants or emotional poetries. I have …

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Djokovic’s Run

All of the discussion right now is on the impressive run of one Andrew Barron Murray. Undoubtedly, he is having a fantastic year, including having collected his sixth ATP title of the year last week in Vienna. His 2016 achievements include, of course, an Olympic gold medal, so the Brit has indeed been on a big run, looking …

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Follow-up to My “Novak is Doomed” Article

Did any of you think that I was saying in that article a few days ago that Novak would never win another major? That THAT was the end of Novak in Flushing Meadows at the hands of Stan the Man? Well, that's not exactly what I meant. i really wanted to underscore how big of …

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Behold the Madness

Matt's Blog exists to counter some of the madness in the tennis universe by which vulnerable community members might become startled, confused, led astray, and disillusioned. Or worse. The sport seems to be under some sort of attack from tennis spokespeople who somehow think they know what the sport needs. In most of these cases, for almost any relevant …

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U.S. Open: Will Novak have to play a SF match?

Or will Monfils get down a set and pull the plug? This is an unreal draw for Djokovic and while this is certainly no fault of the Serb, anyone watching this circus has to say the mad disparity between the two halves is almost ridiculous. Murray/Nishikori and Wawrinka/Del Potro in one half and Djokovic with …

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Looking Back While Moving Forward

I have not written in a while. Obviously. Nor did I watch much tennis other than some Olympics matches and a couple of Toronto/Cincy contests I sniffed perhaps by accident. Between the crumbling nature of competitive excellence on tour and the Djokovic fanboy blowhards, I needed a nice little break. My last post was a bit …

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At the Wimbledon QF

Down goes Djokovic. Consequently, here we are at the great eight of the 2016 Wimbledon men's draw. From my point of view, everything is still intact, as Djokovic's drop in form was predicted and reiterated several times on this blog. This has less to do with insight than it does common sense. Watching his tennis …

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HRFRT: Tour Structure and Numbers

The structure of the ATP tour has changed much over the years. Not only has the structure changed, but the significance of some of the tournaments has changed, as well. Masters events, the 1000s, for instance, are a bigger part of a player's schedule than before. There is no question about this, which anyone can determine …

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The Twelfth Major

Indeed my title is a play on my previous post, but I (we) also need to know that this next chapter in the 2016 ATP tour is all about Djokovic finally securing the elusive FO, which would be his 12th major title. If he can win RG, he'll be locked and loaded to make all kinds …

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2016 Rome QF: Djokovic v Nadal

I really hope you got to see this classic, ideally live. I have watched a lot of tennis in my day and this is truly one of the better matches I have ever seen. The match itself is a classic, but the reverberation for me comes, too, from the context, the careers and histories of …

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