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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Madrid and the Clay Debate

We're at the SF in Madrid and let's take a look at how we got here. Nadal beat Kuztensov, Querrey and Sousa. He now gets Murray in a rematch of last year's Madrid final, where Murray triumphed over the clay king 3 and 2. Certainly Nadal is looking to use this to fuel his 2016 …

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Ho Hum: Carry-on, Mr. Djokovic

Nothing surprising about Miami but we first and foremost need to acknowledge how much we appreciate the consistency and willful greatness of the Djoker. Had Kyrgios gotten past Nishikori, we might have had some fireworks. I did not see the Aussie - Japanese tilt, but understand that Kei was strong, aggressive and professional in spanking the youngster. …

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Miami, Money, and the Americans, Oh My

I didn't really mention anything about Raonic in my last post, summing-up IW play. Good for him to make his first Masters final. As it were, he had re-injured himself, which Novak graciously acknowledged thoroughly in post-match interviews, not that the Canadian had much of a chance anyways. Again, Novak has really pinpointed his tournament …

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Sampras and Nadal

First, a heart-felt farewell to the great Bud Collins. If you don't know who this is, you have some work to do. He helped make tennis what it is today, was a very important voice and pioneer in the tennis discourse as it made its way to television and the global audience we know and …

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