U.S. Open: The Clay Courts of New York City

https://twitter.com/TennisPublisher/status/1034623043971309570 https://twitter.com/Ubitennis/status/1034627252166778881 This is a part of the sport that many will never understand. What tournament organizers (ATP/majors), in some kind of collective mission, have done to the grass and the hard courts is fraudulent. Remember Federer's comment after Cincy, putting Djokovic's Masters set into perspective. Great achievement for the Serb, but this was never …

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What the 2018 U.S. Open Means

For the big 3. Our hope, to be quite honest, is that a player not part of this triumvirate wins the Open. The optics would be fresh, the discussion far more interesting (and hysterical among fanboys and fangirls) and the play, I would bet, across the tour would improve, with this infusion of belief. Here's …

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Quasi Major Erotica

We are getting geeked for this final major of 2018 (that means really pumped in a technical manner). The story-lines are scantily dressed and talking filthy, as if the hardcore, I mean hard court tennis coming our way (don't touch that one) is going to blow our minds, filthily. I'll keep this short since this …

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What 2018 Cincinnati Means

As I said in my post-Cincy Final post, the win in Cincy is huge for Novak on several fronts. I guess the two that stand-out are: A) this is everyone's favorite: that he has completed the Masters set, thus garnering him all kinds of praise and greatness; and B) that he really has confirmed his …

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2018 Cincy Final: Djokovic Routines Federer 4 and 4

By Roland Garros 2016, Djokovic winning a significant tennis tournament was a foregone conclusion. He won everything, had been basically doing so since 2014. 2015 and 2016 were arguably peak Djoker. Fedal were no where to be found. Murray and Stan made little cameos here and there. The tour belonged to Novak Djokovic. Then Djokollapse, …

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Djokovic v Federer Cincy Final

Djokovic is the favorite in this one for anyone who's been paying attention. Indeed, a surging 31 year-old who just won Wimbledon, still but inevitably finding his world #1 form is a favorite over a 37 year-old who can't really break serve and is getting out hit from the BL by seemingly everyone. Granted, Federer …

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Cincinnati Semi-finals Set

Djokovic had to work a bit to get by a charming Raonic. I almost titled this post "I was Raonic" since that seems to confess my error in overlooking the Canadian as much as I generally do. He played a nice brand of tennis yesterday, mixing-in the slice quite well. The FH broke-down, partly because …

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Cincinnati Day 2 and 3

More quality matches on the schedule today in Cincinnati. Copil and Cilic are off and running, Copil taking the first set in a TB (the one-hander tribe grows in strength). Haase and Zverev are at it, Zverev taking the first set 7-5, but the Dutchman up a break in the second. Still to come: Djokovic …

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Men’s Semi-finals Set

My gut says a final between Djokovic and Isner. But give me a couple of hours, a couple of beers to confirm. I was 3/4 on my QF picks but the riff I played on Federer's ping-pongy tennis, spot-on analysis you only find here, elevates my play to 100%. Addendum on Federer v Anderson He …

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2018 WB Quarter-finals Preview

We'll make this as quick as we can. Raonic v Isner. Raonic has been to this tournament's final, so clearly he has the experience (beating Federer in the SF that year -- 2016 -- doesn't hurt either even though the Swiss was ailing and about to forego the rest of the season). Isner is 3-1 …

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