Tennis is Better than Ever

I have taken-up the argument of this Roger-is-now-better-than-ever debate and declared it bankrupt.  It's complete wizardry, poppycock and tomfoolery.  People, don't believe a word of it. It's an episode of Mission Impossible where all the cool agents get smashed and killed.  Roger is quite advanced in age when it comes to competing on a regular basis vs. the …

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GOAT

I shouldn't be surprised or at all annoyed by the constant talk of G.O.A.T. in tennis that permeates many tennis conversations these days.  We're at the tail end of a great era of tennis.  The Roger era has been historical, was complicated by the play of Nadal and Djokovic, and has given way, definitively, to the …

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Tennis Excellence

The Shanghai draw looks absolutely festive.  Looking forward to following along as the men wrap-up the outdoor play and ready themselves for the indoor hard courts. Let's go ahead and get this out of the way: Djokovic looks unstoppable.  I have yet to watch the Nadal/Djokovic Beijing final, but we know what happened and know …

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Asia

A little update on the actual tennis from my end. Japan.  Love Stan preparing for this last big stretch of HC.  The next few weeks should be loaded with victory and death. Japan has a huge draw. Stan, Paire, Kyrgios, Cilic, Simon, Nishikori, et al.  Paire has been playing well for months, it seems, but …

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The TSQ (The Tennis Status Quo)

I referenced the tennis status quo in yesterday's post, where I'm trying to qualify one particularly distorted view. Found this in the mainstream today: Tim Joyce from RealClearSports.com wrote a piece about the Federer/Djokovic USO final. Here are a couple of passages: "But consider: what if it were Rafael Nadal across the net from Federer on …

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Marking Your Territory

How would you define Bjorn Borg's dominance?  Ivan Lendl's?  What about Pete Sampras' demonstrative GOAT dominion where he euthanized the end of the previous era, built a nice little British-American empire and then handsomely fought off his own demise?  How would you define Nadal's tenure?  Objectively, fast forwarding another five years into the future, when Roger …

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So much for my pep talk . . .

. . .Or: I sure nailed that one. This morning, I was somehow moved to sit down with my coffee and jot down the bona fide playbook, provide a sketch of the real map of this evening's men's U.S. Open Championship. Excerpt (still warm from this morning's printing press): But what is likely to happen today if …

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