Roger Federer is Back to #1 with his 97th Career Title

Roger Federer is #1 again.  He is the oldest #1 in history supplanted Andre Agassi in that category.  Given that he defends 2000 combined points at Indian Wells and Miami, I am not sure that it will be a long reign.  Still, it is fairly unbelievable.  If Rafa wins Acapulco, where the Spaniard is defending…

Simona Halep is the New #1

I started following Simona Halep in 2013 and 2014.  I enjoyed watching her scramble and hit well-timed powerful shots.  Her athleticism and hustle have been a big plus to the WTA Tour for multiple years now.  Halep’s runner-up finishes at the 2014 and 2017 Roland Garros events were bittersweet as she was close to breaking…

Djokovic vs. Murray for #1 – Let them Play Risk

Novak Djokovic plays chess with Boris Becker. pic.twitter.com/0hPrHLCvlS — Mechanics’ Institute (@MILibrary) May 27, 2016 Novak likes board games The Rules: Each Man Gets Armies Based Upon Championship and Runner-up Finishes in 2016.  I simply cut two zeros off of the ranking points of any of these finishes to determine the number of armies.  In…

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…