2020 is Like a THBH

Sure this could be a reference to Nadal's run here at the WTF. But a few thoughts first on a few events since the fall French, when we last exchanged pleasantries. St. Petersburg went to the (once) hottest Russian Rublev. Despite his London loss tonight to Tsitsipas, he still might actually be the best Russian …

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What’s at Stake

😉 Let's talk briefly about why Djokovic and Nadal both need to win their respective matches tomorrow and go on to raise La Coupe des Mousquetaires on Sunday. You already know the answer to this two-sided question, but I have about an hour before a Zoom beer with a pal, so let's drop another post …

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French Semi-finals

All things considered, we have the best match-ups possible for this 2020 French Open final four. Tsitsipas is the best player in that 2nd quarter. We were clear and correct on the Medvedev meteor, which burned up just about this time last year after his run ended (miserably I have to add) in NYC in …

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On Medvedev and Clay

And on the BH, by extension -- so you know where this is going. Medvedev and Thiem both lost in the last day or so. I am putting Medvedev's loss on him, Thiem's on that awful surface. Ha ha. How far does honesty really get you? I have talked for eons on my criticism of …

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Roger Dodger

This is an appropriate title given Federer's form today (his somewhat typical pattern in big matches we might call failing to rise to the occasion or simply missing big opportunities -- either with the match in general, or with certain key spots in a big match, which are often breakpoints); it's also an appropriate title …

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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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