Rafa Gives a Lesson in Sportsmanship

It came to my attention today that Rafael Nadal cried with joy when Roger Federer won Roland Garros in 2009.  Given that Nadal is tied for 2nd on the all-time list of male Grand Slam winners and that Roger Federer is 1st on that list, it seems like a generous outlook from Rafa.  Competitors look…

44 Majors since 1990 by the Numbers: Roland Garros

Prologue Part 1 of this series looked at how Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won 44 of the 96 majors held since 1990.  If Rafa, Roger and Pete don’t add any majors in 2014, they will have won 44% of the Grand Slam events held since 1990.  That is a remarkable accomplishment…

44 Majors Since 1990 by the Numbers: Australian Open

Pete Sampras won his first Grand Slam at the 1990 US Open and eventually broke a long standing record for the most Grand Slam titles in men’s tennis in 2000. Sampras added one more slam in 2002 to set his total at 14.  Roger Federer broke Pete Sampras’ record in 2009 and tallied an additional…

US Open 2013 Weekend Quick Hits

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have met at every slam except for the US Open.  That seems apt to change as both men are in good to frightening form. Sloane Stephens has a lot going for her in terms of mobility, power etc.  I like her chances to make big strides over then next 18…

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…

3 Phases of the GOAT Discussion

GOATs on our Mind Tennis GOAT discussions and debates have been good for fans and the press because we’ve always got something to contemplate.  Here is my breakdown of events that amped up GOAT debates: Career slams and Pete chasing Emerson get the credit or blame Andre Agassi completing the career Grand Slam in 1999…

Top 10 Gentlemen’s Championship Matches #10-#8

This Top 10 List is Based on Matches I have actually seen.  I was four years old and did not see McEnroe vs. Borg in 1980 therefore I can’t rate it.  This is also purely subjective as each of these matches have their merit. 10.  2000 Pete Sampras d. Patrick Rafter 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2…

My Problem with the Federer Post Mortems

My Starting Point I will put my bias out there and state that Roger Federer has been all-time my favorite tennis player to watch since 2003.  I like his game, his balance, his shot making etc.  I also will bluntly say that Roger is not playing near his career best 2006 level, or his 2004-2007…

Who Needs a 5th Major?

Four or Five or? The Indian Wells-Miami section of the tour is a great stretch for tennis fans.  Most of the top players on the ATP and WTA play both events and great matches abound.  It also leads to talk of a “Fifth Major” status for one or the other event.  This talk is not…