More RG Aftermath

As masterful as Nadal's tennis was in painting Undecima, we still have to maintain our core beliefs about the sport, which means generously provide our honest observations and commentary with regards to 2018 Roland Garros that might not blow so much rainbow and magic bunny beauty at my discerning readers (we have standards to uphold …

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The End of Another Glorious Clay Season

I'm pretty nostalgic, which means I love to think about people, the history, the emotions, the possibilities in light of the realities. The best part of this blog remains the inseparable opportunities to reach people like you and try to weave together all of that jazz in terms of tennis (the people, the history, etc.). …

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Rafa Wins RG #11

Another easy win for Nadal, acquiring his 17th major. Imagine if Thiem (really his coaches) had a clue, any semblance of strategy toward point construction, variety, playing percentages? Hitting the ball as hard as you can just won't cut it in Bo5. Sorry. Winning a set from Nadal has become truly mental. The Thiem coaching, …

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2018 Roland Garros Final

Irony has a way of really putting things into perspective. There are so many examples of irony in our lives; what a shame if one doesn't understand, nor can read the irony that surrounds him or her. Tomorrow's French Open final between Spain's Rafael Nadal and Austria's Dominic Thiem looks scheduled for the mid-afternoon, around …

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Three and Out and Luckal

Thiem ends the Italian Renaissance in straights, as we surmised. And Nadal serving at 1-1 here in the first, goes 0-40 and watches as his opponent, Juan Martin, loses the advantage and probably strains his groin or lower back. We go from del Potro getting an early foothold and maybe putting some real pressure on …

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Strokes of Luck & RG SF

Three ("3") is a magical number for many reasons. I am not going to recount its myriad of meanings other than the number reared its head again when three different examples of Nadal's luck struck me this afternoon, with the rain still hanging-over that Nadal v Schwartzman QF. And sure we go back to the …

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Calm Before the Storm

Looks like Nadal/Schwartzman (Philippe-Chatrier) and Cilic/Del Potro (Suzanne-Lenglen) resume around 3:00am my time. You know how much I like polls to gauge what you all think -- ha ha ha. Should I stay-up and live blog the match, rendered sensationally dialed-in by this delicious American beverage I've earned from working three jobs (work, work, blog)? …

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Take a Page Out of Rafa’s Book

Sure, I've been critical (overly) of Rafa and his rain saga (most recently Rome), which continues today in his QF match with Schwartzman. What a match. Diego is doing everything I hoped he might be able to do, which is stick around in these points, make all of those great reads that only the clay …

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Roland Garros QF Part I

Today went pretty well as far as I'm concerned. Sure the picks worked-out, but the best part is we have a decent set of players reaching these final rounds of the French Open. As I just said in a blog comment, if I really took the Cilic v Foghat match seriously, Marin would have been …

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