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…

Strokes of Genius Documentary Airs on July 1st

While I consider Novak Djokovic’s 5 set 2012 Australian Open final victory over Rafael Nadal to be the greatest match ever played (to this point?), this should be an interesting documentary.

Food for Thought on Nadal’s Grand Slam Haul

Howard Bryant of ESPN pointed out after the 2017 US Open that those dismissing Nadal as only a threat on clay are wrong due to Rafa having as many non-clay majors as Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg. 11 Roland Garros Titles = Borg + Wilander + Courier’s Haul or 11 Roland Garros Titles = Borg…

Roland Garros 2018: Men’s Thoughts

Not shockingly, I think the top tier of contenders for the 2018 Roland Garros crown is occupied by a lone individual.  Here are my tiers of interest for the second Grand Slam event of 2018: Tier 1 – Rafa Rafael Nadal is ranked #1, the defending champion, a 10-time champion (!), and won Monte Carlo,…

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…

Australian Open 2018: Day 3 Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winner in BOLD [1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Leonardo Mayer (ARG) – Mayer is a rugged player who will try to test Rafa, but an upset here would be stunning. [3] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs. [Q] Mackenzie McDonald (USA) – Dimitrov has to believe in himself a lot more than he did in year’s past due to…

Australian Open 2018: Day 1 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [3] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs. [Q] Dennis Novak (AUT) – How will Dimitrov deal with increased expectations?  I am not sure, but he should win this match. [1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) – Rafa has a very workable draw Down Under. [16] John Isner (USA) vs. Matthew Ebden (AUS) –…