Big John Steals Djokovic’s Thunder

A little Tuesday morning gas: Miami certainly showed the wide-open range of a 1000 draw when the last vestiges of real favorites go away. Del Potro ran-out of gas (speaking of) and into Big John Isner who had over-the-top top form to go with the biggest serve on the tour. If he's breaking you, you're …

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Six Degrees of Grigor Dimitrov

The loss of Raonic last night adds a little exclamation point to my post here about Dimitrov and the lost generation. The exceptionalism of those boys' ineptitude is pretty staggering. And this after 2017 when probably the best known of the bunch Dimitrov won his first Masters (Cincy) and the WTF, not to mention making …

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Miami QF Part II

Chung v Isner went 1:08. John played a perfect match, served massive. Chung's serve is not his strength; playing a serve like Isner makes that even more of a problem. John loves Miami. He loves the high bounce of the court, the overall speed and conditions. Isner has made three Masters finals in his career, …

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Miami Second Week

Two quick observations before I get into this write-up: Streaming tennis on the web has several benefits, one of which involves the viewer not having to listen to TV commentary (of course we can always mute our devices). Granted, I like me some Jim Courier or Annacone or a few of the boys from Sky …

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Fed Says Goodbye to Miami Foreverer

Well, that's my theory at least. We have to expect that he'll begin to play less and less if he actually intends to play another year or two. Remember the context of this 2018 Federer, some of which was provided by this blog. HRFRT was written when Federer had 17 majors, along with the rest …

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Miami Vice

Well, we have our villain for this year's episode of (The) Miami (Open) Vice. The plot goes like this: Novak Djokovic, the Serbian gentleman who has been on a mysterious journey to-and-fro who-the-fuck-knows, returns to Key Biscayne to find himself, finally, and perhaps entertain (allow his fans to at least) the thought of winning an …

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