Tennis Analogs for NCAA Sweet 16 Teams

As a Kentucky native, I grew up loving basketball.  When my Skyhook was not matched with a 7’2″ frame, I began to drift toward other sports.  In 1985 at 9 years of age, I saw Boris Becker win Wimbledon.  I was hooked.  To be able to combine ATP Tennis with the NCAA Sweet 16 is…

Tennis Power Ranking 2014: Indian Wells Nole on a Role?

Third Tennis Power Ranking 2014 Masters 1000 events always lead to movement Rafael Nadal – Nadal will remain number at least through the conclusion of Miami.  Those who over analyze things might look at a loss to Wawrinka, losing a set and saving match points versus Andujar on clay, losing a set to Stepanek, and then…

Indian Wells 2014 Final Prediction: Djokovic vs. Federer

Novak Djokovic (2) vs. Roger Federer (7) The head-to-head between these two champions stands at 17-15 in favor of Federer.  Each man has produced some instant classic tennis when playing the other.  Federer’s smash lob versus Nole at the 2008 US Open stands out as moment in my memory.  Nole’s 2008 Australian Open semifinal demolition of Federer was…

Two Cool Videos from Indian Wells

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03ndRyTQvdk] Federer running down two overheads (Dolgopolov could have done a bit more with each overhead) Federer and Edberg training.  Some of the best moments at tennis tournaments are just watching players practice.  Seeing how well they have honed their craft and how talented they are is worth the price of a ticket.  

Does Andujar’s Close Call Mean Something?

Pablo Andujar pushed Rafael Nadal to the limit in last week’s semifinal match in Rio. Andujar is not the young clay-court player I keep expecting to break onto the scene and make matches wars of attrition.  He is actually older than Rafael Nadal.  Still, It is a big deal for a baseline player to have…

Quick Hits 16 February 2014

Holding Form Each of today’s ATP finals were won by the favorite.  Tomas Berdych took out a surprisingly (to me at least) resurgent Marin Cilic.  I figured the PED suspension would hurt Marin’s game for some time.  Instead, he’s started 2014 well.  Berdych builds on a strong Aussie Open showing.  A lot of people have…

The 5 Least Important Federer-Nadal Matches

A lot was made about the recent Australian Open match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.  Notable tennis observers even called it a career defining match. Sometimes reality works out in ways that tennis analysts would not predict.  Federer lost to Nadal again, but Rafa getting to 17 majors seems like a more uphill affair…

Davis Cup 2014: First Round Day 3 Recap

Davis Cup 2014: First Round France and Germany set up a big second round match.  The winner should be favored to reach the final. Switzerland with two top 10 players should be favored to reach the final from the bottom half of the draw. The UK team will rise and fall with Andy Murray, but…

Davis Cup 2014: First Round Day 2 Recap

Davis Cup 2014 Germany and France advanced with 3-0 victories on their home courts Switzerland eliminated Serbia on the road 3-0 US Tennis mounted some resistance with a doubles win to head into the final day trailing the UK 1-2.   Italy leads Argentina 2-1. Japan and Kazakstan lead 2-1 on their home courts. Davis…

Davis Cup 2014: First Round Day 1

 Davis Cup 2014 Spain falling behind 2-0 to Germany looks off until one sees Spain’s roster Switzerland could be favored to take the cup this year.  The Swiss lead Serbia 2-0 France and the Czech Republic are Contenders even if the Czechs are tied 1-1 after day 1 Carlos Berlocq needs to calm down The…