Nadal Tames Tsitsipas: Two Thoughts

Let's clarify two certainties after watching the Toronto final. 1. Tsitsipas has a tendency to sandbag a tennis match, which basically means he's sandbagging an opponent (for some odd reason playing reserved, too cautious, confused, tanking, etc.). If you disagree, video evidence makes you a fool. One (I) could absolutely argue he sandbagged the crap …

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Toronto Final: Nadal v Tsitsipas

We've reached the tournament final with Stefanos Tsitsipas continuing his run here at the Toronto Masters, beating four top-ten players in the process to face Rafael Nadal later today. We've been following and the tennis has been sensational from this kid, who actually turns 20 today. While on the topic of birthdays, we had Federer …

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Two FOR Two . . . Barely!

There's a difference between 2 and 2, (Grigor) and 2 for 2. Tsitsipas and Anderson are through. If you want to see where the Greek turned it around, watch the ninth game of the second set: Zverev is serving for THE MATCH, 5-3. That's where Stef finally started to put some zip on the ball, …

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Digesting Nadal v Wawrinka

https://twitter.com/jon_wertheim/status/1027754345486589953 Wawrinka and Nadal played an interesting and, yes, entertaining match. One could say with confidence that Wawrinka choked (at 4-4 in the first, at 5-6 after the rain delay, and at 5-4 in the second). One could say more complicatedly that Stanimal choked. I like this version because there's reference to a form from …

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Tsitsipas Defeats Djokovic

An interesting match. Novak never really seemed under much pressure, the TB underscoring this observation. His opponent was attacking, he got down a set, but he was able to play some really nice tennis in that TB to even things up. But the Greek kept coming. This is a very interesting development though probably not …

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Toronto Day 3 and Day 4

In yesterday's post, we pushed the importance of these three matches: Thiem v Tsitsipas (Thiem) Shapovalov v Fognini (Shapovalov) Auger-Aliassime v Medvedev (Felix) You can see I even picked a winner. Let's entertain some explanation. The first is perhaps a harbinger of things to come for Thiem. My criticism of his tennis (his coach) stands …

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O Canada: Day 2 and Day 3

Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime were the biggest winners on Day 2 in Toronto. Sure Stan came back to beat Kyrgios after looking dead in the first set and to make me taste crow, but Kyrgios' injury and tanking history had probably as much to do with that win as anything. Is Stan finding form? We'll see. …

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