What if Rafa Got Bored?

Down Goes Nadal?!?!   Rafael Nadal is an absurd 277-12 on clay since 2005.  2 of those 12 losses have come over the past two weeks.  Unlike, Rafa’s 2011 Madrid and Rome losses to Novak Djokovic neither of these losses came against men with Grand Slam titles or in the championship match.  Make no mistake…

Tennis Power Ranking 2014: Miami Crowns a New Number One

Fourth Tennis Power Ranking 2014 Miami Crowns a New Number One Novak Djokovic – Nole ended 2013 on a streak.  He’s back to his winning ways.  Winning back-to-back Masters 1000 events by beating Federer and then Nadal in each final has Novak back to my top spot. Change since last ranking +1 Rafael Nadal – He’s never…

NCAA 2014 Tennis Analog Bracket Elite 8

*** A Reminder – Since this NCAA Season Lacked a Super Dominant Team – No College was Given Rafa, Nole or Roger as an Analog  *** Florida/Andy Murray vs. Dayton/Jurgen Melzer – I have to stick with my original pick of Melzer for Dayton, but Dayton is a team with a lot of speed.  Florida looks…

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…

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…

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…