Zverev vs. Thiem in SF #2

We split on these last QF match predictions. If I was told I had to come-up with my "sure bet" from yesterday, I would have leaned Wawrinka to take-out Zverev. The Thiem win is as big as the drama that unfolded in that later match. Holy shit. A little bit on this Wawrinka vs. Zverev …

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Aussie Open QF Part II

In Part I, yesterday, we had the bottom half of the draw get us to Djokovic vs. Federer. We should be thrilled with this match-up, but we know Federer is somehow, with his groin, not at all 100%. Watching a bit of this match (unwatchable early on when he looked simply terrible, which I'd seen …

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Nadalism Addendum

First, yesterday's Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Andrey Rublev Adelaide SF was almost blogged as a "must watch," but I didn't quite have the faith in FAA to rise to the occasion.  We've all liked his athleticism and the fact that maybe this is a little era in Canadian tennis that might push guys like Shapo and …

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Nadal’s Style and 2020 in Brief

Nadal's Style Nadal as current #1 in the world is coming-off a massive campaign, 2019 proving that, once again, he is a consummate winner, one of the best at taking advantage of life's opportunities. His French Open legacy is exhibit A for such a claim. Imagine you really have only one particular surface on which …

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Serbia Wins ATP Cup

If Hewitt had followed my game plan, Australia probably beats Spain in the SF. And if Spain's Captain Roig had included my in-put in his ATP Cup Final match strategy, we might have had a different result in that tie, as well. Nadal received a hard court tennis lesson yesterday from Djokovic, and then claimed …

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Felicidades España

Not watching much tennis for in recent days, not much of the Davis Cup Finals, even, that concluded last week with Spain lifting that title for the sixth time, the first time since 2000. I definitely want to give a nice ovation to this team and their leader, not Sergi Bruguera although his competitive tennis …

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Story-lines of the ATP Finals

These story-lines reach beyond this season finale in London. Of course. 1. I guess you see what you want to see. I never fell in-line with the Medvedev mob, those loving his tennis and/or his edginess (though I do respect his willingness to give people the finger). He became more and more of a threat …

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Rafhahaha

https://twitter.com/bgtennisnation/status/1190656533656260608 All laughing aside, this sucks for the tournament, and the sport in general. I had pricey tickets to the 2019 Indian Wells SFs, where I would have seen Federer v Nadal. Nadal pulled-out of that. Some don't count these retirements in the H2H numbers; I'm sure Rafa is one such statistician/historian. It's a loss. …

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Paris Quarter Finals

The two top seeds will be tested today. Djokovic v Tsitsipas and Nadal v Tsonga. I'm rooting for the two one-handers in the other two QF matches, hoping to see Dimitrov and Shapovalov advance. Great to see the Canadian put a bit of wood to Zverev yesterday. Dimitrov destroyed Thiem. If you want to see …

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Thoughts Post USO 2019 Part II

Yesterday's Part I simply clarified that this year's U.S. Open gave us another rendition of tennis in the Djokodal era. Who gets the better draw (who gets Federer -- which in these Bo5 tournaments, other than WB, means less and less)? Who has the most health? The history of tennis in the 21st century involves …

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