Cincy Day 2 — We’re on Topic

A lot of interesting matches yesterday, today and this should continue throughout the week. North American hard courts and the best players having to play their best. This is (let's use this adjective yet again to get our point across) the best tennis of the year: the most rigorous and cleanest test of tennis to …

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Nadal Pulls-out of Cincinnati

If you didn't see this coming, or some kind of move in that direction, click "Follow Mcshow Blog." Even if you did, click and follow 😉 We predicted this, more or less, last night. We’ll see what happens in Cincy, but I have to imagine he has little interest in going very deep there. His …

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Nadal Tames Tsitsipas: Two Thoughts

Let's clarify two certainties after watching the Toronto final. 1. Tsitsipas has a tendency to sandbag a tennis match, which basically means he's sandbagging an opponent (for some odd reason playing reserved, too cautious, confused, tanking, etc.). If you disagree, video evidence makes you a fool. One (I) could absolutely argue he sandbagged the crap …

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Toronto Final: Nadal v Tsitsipas

We've reached the tournament final with Stefanos Tsitsipas continuing his run here at the Toronto Masters, beating four top-ten players in the process to face Rafael Nadal later today. We've been following and the tennis has been sensational from this kid, who actually turns 20 today. While on the topic of birthdays, we had Federer …

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Digesting Nadal v Wawrinka

https://twitter.com/jon_wertheim/status/1027754345486589953 Wawrinka and Nadal played an interesting and, yes, entertaining match. One could say with confidence that Wawrinka choked (at 4-4 in the first, at 5-6 after the rain delay, and at 5-4 in the second). One could say more complicatedly that Stanimal choked. I like this version because there's reference to a form from …

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Reflecting on 2018 WB aka the Return of the Djoker

He's Actually The Dark Knight There's too much to unpack from this huge win for Djokovic at 2018 Wimbledon. We'll do our best here, for starters, but know that the tour's tenor now looking at the rest of 2018 is out of this world interesting and full of anticipation as Novak has definitively declared war …

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Isner and (Again) Djokovic

The way Kevin Anderson has solidified his game to the tune of making now two deep runs at major championships in less than a year, along with his win over Federer in the QF, makes picking Isner almost jingoistic (in this day and age, even a blog about tennis can be interpreted politically by an …

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Prediction of Nadal v Djokovic

What has made much of this golden age so interesting concerns the depth and complexity of these bigger-than-the-sport rivalries (which is part of the flaw of presentism in any discourse, a latest-is-the-greatest, a newest-is-truest stupidity). But these three rivalries' longevity alone (historical fact) makes them significant. There's the Fedal H2H about which folks have gotten …

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Men’s Semi-finals Set

My gut says a final between Djokovic and Isner. But give me a couple of hours, a couple of beers to confirm. I was 3/4 on my QF picks but the riff I played on Federer's ping-pongy tennis, spot-on analysis you only find here, elevates my play to 100%. Addendum on Federer v Anderson He …

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