That’s a good point—an already-strong draw makes the WC all the more noteworthy.
... or was he?
I could do a whole post that’s just insanely beautiful shots of the venue.
Guilty as charged. I also have to eat shit for this take because Rafa just embarrassed Zverev, 6-1, 6-1. Long live the King...
Yeah, Davis Cup takes place annually, over four weekends spread out through the year. (France vs. Serbia is in September.) It struggles to attract top talent or fan eyeballs; it’d probably do a little better on both fronts if it was less frequent.
sorry, those numbers were accidentally swapped, fixed.
yeah, that’s worded vaguely, but I meant “year to date”
Procedurally, yeah, that’s real bad—you’ve got to challenge before you take a cut at the ball. My sense is that the ump was just trying to make amends for a terrible call, but if he felt that way, he should have just jumped in with an overrule.
Yeah, I expect Kyrgios to beat Fed and Rafa in quick succession in an effort to shut everyone the fuck up.
I actually missed this whole blowup while grabbing a drink, and only caught wind of it via vague Twitter references—can you explain what happened?
Wawrinka also fits into this category, though he’s found a bit more consistency in his late career. Sluggers with a “God Mode” that they occasionally switch on, but just as often, they’re spraying errors on routine balls.
He is probably my favorite athlete of all time.
Worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses. Almost definitely unrelated, but he was spotted at a club at the beginning of Miami.
The obvious empirical point: Andy and Novak have underperformed. That’s significant, but beyond that, this tour is no softer: tons of talent in the 10-20 range. Nobody’s thrilled about playing an underseeded Delpo in the second round, either.
No idea what was going on in his head, but either way, it worked. And if it “sends a message” and frustrates the opponent, even better for Kyrgios. Mind games, etc.
You think? I figure Stan’s still in fantastic shape, and this is just an illusion formed by his round face, broad (but not fat) frame, and constantly disheveled appearance.
Nah, the backhand flick at the end is pretty absurd too—rubber wrists. But yes, I wonder if there was some intentional cat-and-mouse here to sap some energy in the home stretch. Look how softly he pushes that forehand down the line, as if daring RBA to do something with it.
Yeah, not the best decision by RBA there, guess he wasn’t thinking that clearly at a full sprint. Sending it hard to your opponent’s feet (which he did) can work well too, just not when your opponent’s that guy.