2019 Roland Garros Aftermath

Aftermath: 1) the consequences or aftereffects of a significant unpleasant event. 2) new grass growing after mowing or harvest. Ha ha. The second definition there is perfect reference to where this bumbling tour is going next, no? In other words, the two definitions provided by my source both perfectly address where the tour just was, …

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Nadal vs Thiem for FO 2019

We will discuss the tournament after tomorrow's final, including the two SFs, some other observations, etc. Two things seem quite apparent right now. This year's French Open has solidified my own impression of this tournament, built through a 40+ year appreciation of the sport. I have heard this sentiment echoed throughout much of the tennis …

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Semi-final Friday

Rain rain -- the red clay The winds of change, leaves falling A glass of champagne ___________________________________________ There's rain in the forecast. Conditions could be tricky for all four. Rafa and Djoker have already reserved their spot in the final, in the popular tennis imagination. They are heavily favored to win their respective matches. The …

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Toward Djokodal Rome Final

Nadal did what everyone knew he'd do: desperately scratch his way to the Rome final. He got a very beatable draw. But it almost doesn't matter who he plays on this surface other than an in-form Djokovic or maybe a high-flying Dominic Thiem. I'm surprised Tsitsipas actually put-up the fight he did, losing on one …

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The Madrid Tea Leaves and Rome . . . and Roland Garros

There are a couple of major story-lines as we reflect on Madrid, and order another beverage on our stop-over in Rome, en route to Paris with the anticipation and excitement for the potential drama of the 2019 French Open. Maybe this little hint at "a couple of major story-lines" is for the readership, for the …

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Domi(nant) Thiem Wins Barcelona

What a run from Dominic Thiem. I don't see this just in terms of a win over Nadal in the Barcelona SF in straights, in total command, on the court named after his lofty opponent, where the Spaniard has won 3 million times (11 times actually); I see this as the Austrian's continued move to …

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The Story of Guido and a Cannoli

Once upon a time: Guido had serve at 4-1 and two game points to go up 5-1 in that first set against Nadal in their Monte Carlo QF match. He had broken Rafa's first three service games. 5-1? Would have been Rafa having to comeback and as we joked the other day about the Spaniard …

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2019 AO: Djokovic Wins #7

What I really liked about the 2019 AO final last night between Novak and Rafa, their 53rd meeting, is how, true to form, this in-form Djokovic makes things so crystal clear for the audience, a crowd we could describe as a bit unhinged in their fanaticism, delusional perhaps: certainly unbalanced. Djokovic's balanced tennis brings all …

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Djokodal By the Numbers

Ha ha. No, I'm not going to parade a bunch of statistics before your eyes and say: "therefore, . . . "  That's not usually what we do. We'll make some references, push a superficial tennis sabermetrics alongside our more interesting analysis, but I leave the numbers galleries to the tongue-tied stat boy and stat …

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Here We Go: Djokodal LIII

Djokovic took care of business, brilliantly we might add. Indeed, we get the 53rd edition of Djokovic v Nadal, which Novak leads 27-25. Calling this rivalry a war is not doing it justice. This should be very good. Novak's 0 2 and 2 v Pouille is perhaps more impressive than Nadal's 3 4 and 0 …

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