Is Clay Nadal’s Weakness?

To paraphrase so many in the tennis world right now (but this isn't news nor revelatory at all): Nadal's dominance on clay is phenomenal; I would say absurd. Before I go on: Congrats, Rafa! But you know me: time for a little perspective ala Mcshow. Let's talk about the clay a little bit more. French …

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Same Old

Nadal murdering Zverev on Davis Cup dirt in Valencia 1 4 and 4 is certainly ominous and same old. Sure he had the favorable home court advantage, but you and I know he's unclayable, especially now, knowing this has to be the final chapter of Fedal (yes, they're officially attached -- 2017 made sure of …

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AO QF: Nadal’s Loss and Federer’s Win

The Nadal loss is. . . stunning for some, predictable for others, symptomatic of the plague of injury, somehow an injustice . . . My crap detector condemned the premature ejaculation over Nadal's championship form against this or that also-ran (I sound pretty disrespectful in these over-generalizations of ATP talent, but I think my point …

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The Nadal Quarter – What!

I still can't quite wrap my brain around this one. Had a fourth espresso this morning to see if that might wake me from this Fellini-like deja-vu-like tennis nightmare. Nadal, up to his old tricks -- throw-in the extended practice "exhibition," a few sinister requests about who can referee his matches, stick the shot-clock up …

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A Word on 2017 Fedal

  Australian Open 2017 Federer's Draw: Melzer Rubin Berdych (10 seed) Nishikori (5) M.Zverev (def. 1) Wawrinka (4) Nadal (9) French Open 2017 Nadal's Draw: Paire Haase N.Basilashvili Bautista Agut (17) Carreno Busta (20) Thiem (6) Wawrinka (3) Wimbledon 2017 Federer's Draw: Dogolpolov Lajovic M.Zverev Dimitrov (13) Raonic (6) Berdych (11) Cilic (7) U.S. Open …

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Quick Nadal v Del Potro Preview

This is the default final as Nadal v Federer would have been, of course; we don't want anyone to forget the dirty undergarments that was the 2017 U.S. Open draw. Anderson v Carreno Busta? Please don't see this as unprovoked criticism, but we have to go out on a limb and say that Anderson, for …

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U.S. Open: Chaos or the New Norm?

No one is safe. Death-toll of the seeds mounts with each passing round. And those who survive fear for their lives. . . There's a bit of chaos partly, again, because of the draw. Let's not dismiss that part of the equation. But the losses yesterday add to the bad music and offensive color schemes. …

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