Is 2019 Nadal Unplayable?

Nadalism is the study of a sport anomaly. I have enough material already for this proposed vignette, a crafty account of the infamous toro de Mallorca. His present form is berserk. Having watched a lot of Nadal over the years, this form is not really something I've seen from him. It's Nadal more aggressive than …

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We Need Djokodal LIII

Or do we? Pouille's run has been a brilliant surprise. If this was closer to 2017, we'd have given him more consideration. But he's been in a bit of a spiral. No question. He stone-walled Raonic. The Canadian had converted 94% of his serve coming-in, had shown glimpses of a 2016 Milos, Wimbledon finalist, etc. …

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The Business End of AO 2019

Tsitsipas has overcome "Robbie Bats" (Brad Gilbert's genius nickname for RBA) in the first QF match. The Greek awaits the winner of Nadal v Tiafoe that's set to toss in about an hour. We have been talking about Stefanos for about a year.  There's really nothing surprising about this run. Even his success last year …

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Tsitsipas, Bautista Agut, Tiafoe … What’s Going on Here?

Not sure if you saw my Live Blog last night during the Federer v Tsitsipas R16 match. Yeah, it is what it is -- my live blog. I don't do Twitter really, so this was just some mid-match "commentary." The tone, if you think it too caustic, then either you're new here or you need …

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Federer v Tsitsipas – Live Blog

If you’re not watching this match (or when you do finally see it) and you’re not impressed with this style and level of play, stop reading my blog and go lock yourself in the bathroom and stay there for a while. My preview nailed this one. This is my brand of tennis. This is timeless. …

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Tsitsipas Triumphs, Thiem Toes-the-Line

As we know, Tsitsipas beat De Minaur, the ultimate two-hander, for the Milan NextGen crown, which, like our Thiem v Coric Paris-Bercy bout, amounts to a short trial of the sport's ferociously antagonistic style ideologies. Hear hear! Nice to see the more elegant, classic and sophisticated doctrine rise in the defeat of the younger, adolescent, …

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Remember to Vote Nov. 6

Stefanos Tsitsipas for President! He (and his running mate Dominic Thiem -- or vice versa) can save this God-forsaken country-sport. Basel QF Tsitsipas v Medvedev is a statement match, if you're interested in those kinds of things. Thiem about to get into the thick of things Vienna (Querrey, then Nishikori). In other words, wash your …

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Why Men’s Tennis is No Longer Worth a Shit

What's it like to be a tennis fan today? If you follow this site, you benefit from some of that delicious draw analysis and match prediction based-off some insight on form, history, etc. Of course, the real beauty of this site revolves around the more original pieces that add perspective to the puppet show before …

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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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