Toward Djokodal Rome Final

Nadal did what everyone knew he'd do: desperately scratch his way to the Rome final. He got a very beatable draw. But it almost doesn't matter who he plays on this surface other than an in-form Djokovic or maybe a high-flying Dominic Thiem. I'm surprised Tsitsipas actually put-up the fight he did, losing on one …

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Novak Takes Rothenberg’s Lunch Money

https://youtu.be/U88Sr0s2MYY Do you know who Ben Rothenberg is?  I've slammed the guy a few times with my teeny tiny Twitter tongue; he's a tennis journalist who, I think, basically writes for Ben and Twitter 😉 He's a big WTA honk and leader of the "anti Best-of-Five" crew. These credentials alone (WTA cheerleader/anti-Best-of-5 clown) make him, …

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Rafa Reigns, Takes Rome and No. 1 Heading into Paris.

"Reigns" -- get it? Yeah, you saw my last post, no? Probably the most spot-on, articulate post of ATP matters I've ever written. Zverev losing the first set 6-1 (destroyed, after breaking Nadal in the opening frame), then winning 9 of the next 12 games, taking the second set 6-1 and finding an early break …

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Djokodal LI: Good News for Roland Garros?

I am going to say, emphatically, yes (with an IF explained below). More to come later after the second SF, but this one is a partial victory for Djokovic for obvious reasons. But what seemed interesting to me, I watched some of this on my phone in bed, dozing, was Novak's calm and at times …

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Rome SF Preview of the Preview

Brilliant work from Djokovic to keep his level high enough to put-away Nishikori, to at least give us a look tomorrow at Djokodal LI in the first SF. Goffin and Zverev still haven't played to decide who faces Cilic in the other SF. But obviously all of the hype is on Nadal v Djokovic. I …

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Beating Nadal and QF Friday

If the match is on clay and it's not in Madrid, and you draw El Toro, you're at the mercy of Rafael Nadal. A poignant illustration of this statement: he's lost only twice at Roland Garros all-time, to Soderling in 2009 and Djokovic in 2015. That's silly. Thought experiment: What do you know about the …

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Mcshow Blog Update & Rome R32

Tough to believe it's been a year. A year since what? After all, we've been going strong on tennis since about this time of year 2015. Turns-out, I suspect, this is an interesting time of year. In terms of tennis and in terms of my availability to do what I really like to do. Last …

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