Nitto ATP Finals Sees Dimitrov Crowned

Good match between Goffin and Dimitrov, the Bulgarian coming through finally 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. On these last three matches: I got to watch finally the Federer v Goffin match (son's soccer game, what can I say - but of course I could follow on my phone, which, by the way, reveals a lot about a …

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2017 Fedal Officially Over and Out

Fun while it lasted, no? The lasting image we have of this amazing year, dubbed 2017 Fedal, looks something like two worn-out veterans smiling, waving to the crowd, who's on their feet, some crying, as these old legends, empty, victorious and defeated simultaneously, walk away. . . Think of the various endings that could have …

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Final Thoughts on the Semifinals

Goffin looked quite good in taking care of business against an overwhelmed, or concave Thiem (happy off-season, Dom: good luck in the off-season, working-on better court position). Goffin's ability to find such different angles looks positively poised to play in the ATP Finals SF. Federer should overtake the Belgian, but stranger things have happened. Hearing …

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Group Becker Wraps: Federer & Sock Advance to Semifinals

I watched just a bit of the Federer v Cilic though I happened to catch the end of the first set TB. That was just strong tennis from the big Croatian, no two ways about that. Big serve, hitting lines and finishing at the net. Set point was brilliant. An odd set of circumstances: the …

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Nadalism/FedFan and the WTF

This post started as a return to the contemplation and reconciliation of Nadalism. At the end here, on the eve of WTF, I'm confounded by this contradiction involving Nadal. But the appearance of the Fedfan on my blog broadens this post since Nadalism is this institutionalized bias toward the Spanish great and we all know …

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2017 Nitto ATP Finals Draw

Singles – Group Pete Sampras [1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) [4] Dominic Thiem (AUT) [6] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [7] David Goffin (BEL) Singles – Group Boris Becker [2] Roger Federer (SUI) [3] Alexander Zverev (GER) [5] Marin Cilic (CRO) [8] Jack Sock (USA) There you have it. We suspect, only just beginning here to sip our …

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Congrats, 2017 WTF-bound Jack Sock

We do need to take a moment and say congrats to Sock. He's become a pretty familiar face on tour, under some bigger lights. He's been there for a while in doubles, where he's won a major, an Olympic gold medal (in mixed) among other highlights. His singles' play is maturing now. The write-up about …

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