Emotions in Sports – Bjorn Borg as an Outlier?

I ate out tonight and a soccer recap show was on the big screen.  The celebrations and the displays of anger over poor plays were quite volatile to the point of being a bit comical.  I know basketball far better than soccer, but again it is easy to think of players celebrating big dunks, making…

The Top 10 Male French Open Champions

The Top 10 Male French Open Champions Rafael Nadal – This is no surprise as Rafa has played Roland Garros 11 times and won the event 9 times!  Rafa’s athleticism, competitive nature, and massive generation of top spin allow him to play clay court tennis with brutal efficiency.  Rafa has dominated this event as no…

Counterpunch – This is Not the Golden Era

As a fan, I have never enjoyed a period of tennis as much as I have from 2004-present. 2003 was a generational shifting year in which the New Balls players won 3 of the 4 majors.  In 2004, Roger Federer gave a dominating and aesthetically pleasing game to this new era.  2005 saw Marat Safin…

The Top 5 Tiers of Tennis Champions

In any career comparisons or GOAT discussions it becomes clear that there are constellations of players with similar levels of achievement.  Running through various players in my head, I have arrived at 5 levels of achievement.  For the sake of simplicity I am going to move from Jimmy Connors forward as he strikes me as…

Who is the Greatest Male Grass Court Player of the Open Era? (POLL)

Martina Navratilova seems to have locked up the female honor here.  Consider the following cases before voting and of course comment below. Bjorn Borg – 5 consecutive Wimbledon titles, 1 Wimbledon runner-up finish, 6 consecutive Wimbledon final rounds reached, 2 Wimbledon quarterfinal finishes Pete Sampras – 7 Wimbledon titles, 7-0 in Wimbledon finals, 1 Wimbledon…

Tennis History: Nadal and Sharapova

A Trip Inside my Unofficial Historical Tennis Rankings The 2012 French Open is in the books.  Sadly, the quick transition to grass rarely allows for the full impact of this event to be appreciated until later in the year.  Still, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova made a great deal of history.  Here is a quick…

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…

The Psychology of Defending Points

Historical Difficulty with Repeating Rafael Nadal won nearly everything of importance from the onset of the clay court season of 2010 through the conclusion of the US Open 2010.  Nadal’s 2011 did not feature the same level of success.  The same could be said for Nadal’s 2008 French Open, Wimbledon, and Olympic Gold trifecta was…