Roger Dodger

This is an appropriate title given Federer's form today (his somewhat typical pattern in big matches we might call failing to rise to the occasion or simply missing big opportunities -- either with the match in general, or with certain key spots in a big match, which are often breakpoints); it's also an appropriate title …

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Tennis of Consequence

Am I putting too much value and expectation on (over reading) today's Federer vs Djokovic? I said this is Federer's last chance to avenge the 2019 WB collapse he suffered against the Serb. First of all, this isn't WB at all, so my assertion has to get over that obstacle first and foremost. Federer will …

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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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Style Matters

What did we miss? Another Medvedev Masters title?  Hasn't he won the last 10? But he lost that U.S. Open Final and for that he and his shitty THBH can take another deep breath of lost generation genocide. What else did we miss? Rublev won Moscow and Shapovalov won Stockholm. And one Sir Andrew Barron …

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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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2019 WB Final: Tennis Divinity or Brutal Blood Feud?

I have no idea how to write this post -- what direction to go, how to make this interesting. So many things have already been said, observed, clarified. Hell, read the comments from some of my astute readers on the last couple of posts. Great insight, articulation, voice, engagement. Thanks always for reading, folks, and …

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Delayed Reaction to WB Final

Folks, sorry for the delay. Sure, I'm partly still stunned and practically speechless. But, as you know, I'm never really at a loss for words. Nor am I trying to buy more time in order to craft, as we speak, an epic post analyzing what was an incredible match between Federer and Djokovic. Of course, …

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Wimbledon Final Preview

https://youtu.be/hIwDqbiFEwg   https://youtu.be/u89PQ5r-Fck   https://youtu.be/VwA6In_X44M   https://youtu.be/P44NKPTBxso   I had a more extended and thoughtful post in mind for this massive match tomorrow between the eight and four-time Wimbledon champs Federer and Djokovic. It's late here, I've been at a soccer tournament all day, eating and drinking-in all of the fun of that kind of …

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