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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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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Wrap D.C. and Preview Toronto

Washington, D.C. You know the big theme in D.C.: taken-over by a bunch of teenagers and Sascha, who's only twenty-one. Tsitsipas had a whiff of hope in that second set, but one can see the difference between these 19 year-olds and Sascha: inexperience and just a natural lack of professionalism. Sascha was de Minaur or …

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QF Friday in Washington, D.C.

A nice mix in D.C. today. Zverev the Younger v Nishikori Goffin v Tsitsipas de Minaur v Murray Kudla v Rublev Good blend of top players, even our token veteran great along with a couple of very talented Lost Gen boys topped with a couple of Next Genners -- and for good measure, Kudla. 😉 …

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Barcelona Final: Nadal’s Legacy

Claydal -- another part to this rough-draft of the "meditation" of said player's sculpture that graces the lawns of our imagined Tuileries Garden-like oasis of tennis greatness The Barcelona Final Claydal How about this for the past, present and future of Rafael Nadal: tomorrow's final, where the #1 seed takes on 19 year-old and #44 …

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Pre-Barcelona Final

We need Tsitsipas v Nadal in this final. Goffin's fitness and misdirection hopefully have a little surprise for the Spaniard, but we really need the young Greek to shame the other Spaniard. Other than the one-hander, Stefanos reminds me a bit of Soderling. His ability to go inside-out or inside-in/CC as well as attack the …

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