French Open Predictions for June 1, 2012

Predicted Winners in BOLD 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Nicolas Devilder – Faustian bargain or not for Nicolas, I think Djokovic will overcome the diminutive Devilder in 3 sets. 22 Andreas Seppi vs. 14 Fernando Verdasco – I think Verdasco is favored, but Verdasco, like Gasquet, can lose when no one would expect it.  Seppi is…

Big Man Tennis: JMDP vs. Cilic & Berdych vs. Anderson

Big Man Bracket We know that at least one of the eight quarterfinalists at the 2012 French Open will be at least 6’5″ or 196 cm tall.  Juan Martin del Potro faces Marin Cilic in the round of 32.  Both Delpo and Cilic are 6’6″ or 198 cm tall.  This looked like a promising rivalry…

Quick Update on Roland Garros Coverage

Dear readers, I have not made as many posts as I would normally make given that this is day 4 of the year’s second major, but my day job as a teacher is fairly hectic at this exact time of year.  Things become more manageable tomorrow, and you should see more posts in the coming…

Roger and Serena Make History

Roger’s The One Roger Federer’s four set win today gives him sole possession of holding the most men’s Grand Slam singles match wins in the open era.  His first round match allowed Federer to tie Jimmy Connors for the honor.  I would not make too much of this record.  Many players routinely skipped the Australian…

Down goes Williams

Originally posted on TheSportsKraze:
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Little known Virginie Razzano shocked Serena Williams (pictured above) in the opening round of the French Open yesterday. By Josh Kramer There are few certainties in this life.  Death, taxes, and Serena Williams advancing past the opening round of Grand Slam events.  Yesterday, the three certainties in…

The Pyrenees Are No More – Spain’s Domination of Roland Garros

Louis XIV once said, “The Pyrenees are no more.”  This sparked military conflict as the prospect of Spain and France being ruled by the same person was intolerable for the rest of Europe.  Starting in 1993, Spain reversed King Louis’ notions and erased the Pyrenees in favor of Spanish rule. Wertheim’s Mailbag Jon Wertheim’s mailbag…

ATP Rome Recap: Nadal Defeats Djokovic Once Again

Originally posted on Tennis Atlantic:
ATP Rome Recap: Nadal Defeats Djokovic Once Again By Steen Kirby, TennisEastCoast.com   Rafael Nadal won his 6th Rome title a day later than expected with another relatively easy victory over a clearly frustrated Novak Djokovic, 7-5 6-3. The victory also guarantees Nadal the number two seed at Roland Garros. Djokovic will still be the…

Men Who Stare at Tennis GOATS Part 5 – The Usual Suspects: Rafael Nadal

Part 1 Laid out Key Questions Part 2 Looked at Bjorn Borg’s Credentials and the Difficulties of the GOAT Debate Part 3 Looked at Pete Sampras’ Credentials Part 4 Looked at Roger Federer’s Credentials Rafael Nadal Why Rafael Nadal Might be the GOAT – Rafa’s claim to the GOAT title revolves around three areas of…