Roland Garros at the QF

Djokovic v Zverev Perhaps the only player(s) who can challenge the Serb's historical run at his second La Coupe des Mousquetaires, his second Novak Slam, his sixteenth major and his Double career Grand Slam are an absolutely rampant Thiem and/or Nadal. However, this is sport; and what complicates my first point above is that there …

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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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Cincy Day 2 — We’re on Topic

A lot of interesting matches yesterday, today and this should continue throughout the week. North American hard courts and the best players having to play their best. This is (let's use this adjective yet again to get our point across) the best tennis of the year: the most rigorous and cleanest test of tennis to …

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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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Comeback Andy v Setback Stan

(WC) Murray v (WC) Wawrinka happened today in Eastbourne. Remember our little Murray is not Djokovic discussion last week? They're dissimilar for a few reasons, but we were talking primarily about Djokovic giving Murray advice on the comeback: it's mental, mate; it won't be easy. I responded then with Murray is not Djokovic. Murray had …

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2017 French Final: La Decima

The last two lines of my preview of this match were: "A guy can dream 😉 Enjoy the match!" Dream crushed and not an enjoyable match. Not only was the match a terse rejection of my blog's final proposal, but Wawrinka has to be thinking the same thing: Dream crushed and not an enjoyable match. …

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2017 Roland Garros Final Preview

We know pretty much the story of this final: Rafael Nadal has put himself into position to win La Decima. People have been talking about this for awhile, sure a bit last year when he seemed to be finding his confidence before pulling-out of the major mid tournament. The talk has gotten much louder this …

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RG 2017: QF Wrap and SF Preview

Djokovic Hopefully you read my reaction to Thiem crushing Djokovic's dream of a return to the kind of championship tennis we saw from Novak back in 2016. To be clear, not that any of you are not aware of my general concern for all things men's tennis, this slump/collapse/decline of Novak is fairly troubling. Though …

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Roland Garros QF Preview

Let's keep this party bus rolling into the business-end of the tournament. We have big-time top-seeded match-ups as we've reached the final eight. Murray v Nishikori This leans Murray because he's gaining confidence, having survived his draw. I would call his a decent draw with the Klizan FH, the gentle giant DPo and a rising …

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