London SF

We could not have asked for a better final four. I just finished the Stan v Murray match; Stan moving-on has to be what most non-Brits/Scots would like to see.  Stan, on form, can be pretty breath-taking.  That's more or less what we saw in the Murray match, but a few questionable stretches and some …

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London QF

What a shame that Stan could not play a more leading role in his sequel with the Spaniard.  Who knows what was on Stan's mind, with the Paris terror, etc.  The surface, conditions and recent beating he put on Nadal gave credence to the idea that Stan would be a win away from the SF …

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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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Paris QF

I assume you all watch the tennis live/taped or follow the matches via mobile device if you have a job/life.  Seems a bit redundant for me to constantly update the blog with each-round-drama.  Of course, the most unpredictable thing happened today in Paris R16: Federer lost to Isner.  Oh, it's not that surprising?  Yet another …

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Rafael Federer: Basel 2015

I was prepared to write a post in the event that Nadal overcame Roger today in Basel, explaining how the Nadal win and the reaction (morons sautéing their low tennis IQ in H2H bullshit) completes a perfect microcosm of the these two players' careers against each other.  The reaction would have been: Rafa owns Roger. …

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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 Magic

A lot has happened in Shanghai this week.  It's like a scene in a movie: there's plenty of tension in the air.  We're in a crowded city in which thousands of people are frantically trying to find a seat, pushing and shoving -  another fight is about to break-out between gladiators at this world renowned stadium, somewhere in the far …

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Yep, I’m Fed Up With This Crap

Aside from the blow-smoke-up-Rafa's-ass line of reasoning that I'm all done with and hope to burn to the ground, the Roger-is-a-mental-midget crap is getting thrown-out the backdoor, too.  Keep in mind, the latter is very much fueled by the former.  Indeed, Rafa's bloated legacy offers life-support to the amateur punditry that, in some cases, demoralizes …

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Nadal v Federer Part Two

The Nadal/Federer H2H Where does one begin with this positively over-hyped, misunderstood trivia? Well, we begin, of course at 23-10. Before we begin, one of the main reasons I want to address this "issue" is how unanimous "everyone" seems to be, Federer fan and non-Federer fan alike, on how Nadal just owns Federer.  You, who so …

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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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