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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About a Week Out

I start work, another fall semester, next Monday, but this is only a casual coincidence (or is it?) that the year's final major about which we are fairly interested also takes-off and hopefully soars, lifting our imaginations (academic and tennis, to speak of at least two) to ever terrific heights, of which we will be …

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Cincy QF: Nadal Routined By Motivated Kyrgios

How did someone not see this coming. Should have been probably 1 and 3, but Nadal's fight made this a little bit more interesting in the second set. The first set was simply abusive and shows how this surface can pretty much negate so much of Nadal's weapons. Shortened points because of a faster surface …

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