Final Power Ranking for 2018

 Novak Djokovic – I am sure Nole would have loved to have grabbed the big trophies in Paris and London to end the year.  Still, his Wimbledon and US Open triumphs as well as solving the riddle of Cincinnati more than place him atop men’s tennis for 2018.   On the plus side, finishing the year with…

Tennis Abides: Players of the Year

2018 WTA Player of the Year – Naomi Osaka The 2018 WTA Player of the Year is a topic that could be debated without any clear verdict.  Still, I think Naomi Osaka’s virtuoso performance at the US Open firmly established her as a player who can become the dominant force on the WTA Tour.  She…

Tennis Twitter Highlights 10/27/2018

Down 6-0, 2-0, @SloaneStephens battles back to defeat Pliskova, 0-6, 6-4, 6-1! Will face Svitolina in @WTAFinalsSG championship! pic.twitter.com/ULwFJqGIV7 — WTA (@WTA) October 27, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Milestones All Over the Place Federer extends his own record for most finals at a single tournament on the @ATPWorldTour Federer: 14(Basel)Nadal: 12( Monte Carlo)Federer: 12 ( Halle)Federer: 11(…

My Last Male GOAT Column for at Least 5 Years

I admit it.  I am bored with speculating about who is the greatest of all time (GOAT).  Has any topic gotten more ink or pixels in the tennis universe over the past 20 years? It started with Pete Sampras closing in on Roy Emmerson’s then record 12 major titles.  Then Andre Agassi won the career…

Djokovic vs. Nadal: 51

Nadal when asked if he misses playing against Djokovic: “It’s better to not play him.” — Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) May 19, 2018   Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will square-off for the 51st time tomorrow.  That alone is noteworthy, but when one considers how tightly meshed their careers have been, especially since early 2011, it…

Opinion: Djokovic’s Union and Becker’s Trophies

Novak is not facing Pinkerton Strike Breakers Novak Djokovic’s move to discuss forming a new union prior to the Australian Open commencing was an interesting move.  I don’t think it was a bad one either.  Many people lept at the idea that Djokovic had made enough money and did not need more.  Many stories exist…

Australian Open 2018: January 22nd Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Marton Fucsovics (HUN) – Federer has won 3 matches quickly and at night.  If he gets a 4th quick win in the day, the 36-year-old defending champion will be looking at needing 9 sets with some rest built into the system to win major #20.  It is…