Is Tennis too Predetermined?

Although Baker was a prodigy at Center Parcs, he didn’t seem to be anything special at Loughborough at first. Even at that age, you could see the game beginning to stratify. Andy Murray won the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl tournament in Florida at the age of 12; the year before, Baker had played an overseas…

Where Do they Go From Here? A Look at the ATP Top 8

Rafael NADAL – The good news for Rafa is that he has a huge points lead and already has bagged one title in 2014.  The concerning side of things is that Rafa has never followed up one of his dominating years with a year of similar quality.  2009 failed to replicate 2008, and 2011 did not…

2014 The Times They Are a Changin’

Not to go Overboard but Consider the Following: Serena Williams won her first major in 1999 and dominated the second half of 2012 and all of 2013.  Her Australian Open performance was at least pause in her domination. Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open winning streak, consecutive Grand Slam semifinal streak, and winning streak from Fall 2013…

Tennis Power Ranking: Australian Open 2014

More Analysis Will Be Coming Throughout the Upcoming Week First Power Ranking of 2014 Rafael Nadal – A power ranking is supposed to look at the current state of affairs and plot a player’s position.  Rafa won in Qatar and was runner-up at the Australian Open for the second time in 3 years.  Rafa has…

6 October 2013: Quick Hits

Novak Djokovic is still #2 in my Power Rankings (I doubt he cares) and will be #2 in the computer on Monday.  Still, Novak has said the right things since the US Open and beat a less than sharp Nadal in straight sets.  Still, if Nole is willing to match Rafa’s toughness, I think he…

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…

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…

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…

Tennis Power Ranking 2013: Mallorcan Conquistador

Power Ranking 2013 #12 A lot of movement after 2013’s FInal Grand Slam 1.  Rafael Nadal – What can be said.  He missed the Australian Open and lost at the first round at Wimbledon.  Heck, Rafa has lost 2 clay court matches this year.  All of that is true, and Rafa has locked up the…

2013 US Open: Men’s Championship Prediction Djokovic vs. Nadal

2013 US Open Men’s Championship 1 Novak Djokovic vs. 2 Rafael Nadal The top two seeds meet in the final of the US Open just as happened in the 2013 Wimbledon championship match.  Novak Djokovic has won 24 matches in Grand Slam play in 2013, and Rafa has won 13.  Yet, they each have 1…