Federer is 36 and No. 1 in the World

Shit happens. What are all the legends of the sport saying on a day/night like today/tonight? In the end, everyone, legends included, should say well done, old boy. Raise a pint or a flute. If you know a bit about sport, especially higher stake games and matches, Federer checks all the boxes. The few he's …

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The Aftermath of Federer’s 6th Australian Open Title

A few strands of confetti are still pirouetting about Melbourne Park, especially in and around Rod Laver Arena, but most of the Australian Open fanfare has dissipated and moved-on, perhaps similar to a kind of circus or country fair. The excitement of Roger Federer's victory and 20th major certainly has some fans and tennis professionals …

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AO Final: Federer Denies Cilic, Claims 20th Major Title

How would you describe this final between Federer and Cilic? Better than 2017 Wimbledon? Illustrative of both mens' tennis character, Federer the best at managing a less-than-stellar form and Cilic so close, so strong at times, but a little clumsy in the end? Erratic. Uneven. I saw someone else describe it as "lumpy;" not bad. …

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Other Pre-AO Final Ramblings

Here's an article with five reasons why Cilic can beat Federer tonight:The first reason concerns the fact that Cilic has beaten Federer at a grand slam, and then it narrows the point down to having beaten him in a GS SF. As the logic goes, if he's already done this, I will do it again.  …

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2018 AO Final: Federer v Cilic Preview

As hard as this is to believe, I don't have much to say. Federer should win this match v Cilic for a number of reasons. His level, variety, history, career confidence, H2H with the Croatian, the players' friendship (it's genuine), the night match conditions, his staying power helped by his reduced draw rigor, possibility of …

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Federer v Chung SF Preview

The second SF lifts off for us on the U.S. west coast at around 12:30am. Do you know how many times I've been up at 3 and even 4am watching these ATP blokes slug-it-out down-under? Too many. We have another one tonight. If we take a more basic approach to this match, Federer should win. …

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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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