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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Halle and London Semi-Finals and a Look at Tomorrow

Federer v Kudla: I only watched the first set, that fourth game of set two, Federer escaping at 1-2 to keep the match on serve, his break at 5-5 in the second set and his close-out service. The American, as we and everyone else has pointed-out, can play on the grass. So not too surprising …

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Dimitrov . . .

Dimitrov . . . I said in my preview that Djokovic should beat the Bulgarian "easily." I actually used that adverb to describe how the beating would occur. They were 4-4 in the first, Djokovic held, and we all watched Dimitrov, literally, hand Djokovic the set from there. He went down 0-40, got it back …

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Federer Wins First Stuttgart

Nice little start to 2018 grass for Roger Federer. With that 2017 Mercedes Cup R1 loss to his buddy Haas last year probably lingering, expectations might have been somewhat subdued as he took the court this week, warming-up for his run at #10 in Halle and #9 at Wimbledon. Roger had a good week, for …

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Federer Into Stuttgart Final & We’ve Got Tennis Schwag

Be honest: did you think the mention of schwag meant I'd gone ahead and created some Mcshow Blog schwag? More honesty: would you be reaching for your wallet? I'm going to take that as a double yes, which turns-out to be Kyrgios-like, given his eight DFs today in the Stuttgart SF v Federer. Mcshow Blog …

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