Comparing age-related pace (ranking progression, tournament-progression, etc) doesn't seem terribly useful at predicting certain degrees of success, such as winning a slam, becoming world number one, and so on.
I think we would be all best served not to pay attention to this kind of data except for statistical purposes.
Cilic looked rather sluggish out there, seemingly avoiding any serious stress on his knee. Which is understandable. Other than that he pretty much was his regular scared self. Nothing really worked for him. Shapovalov, otoh, was in the zone. Twice as mobile and twice as effective on return, despite Cilic serving at relatively high percents. His own first serve remained mostly untouchable. His level this week has been encouraging so far, but I'd rather stay cautiously optimistic than attempt any sorts of predictions. Another big server awaits in the next round.
Was it Borg? I am sure Borg is till now the only player who could play any style of tennis, and play along any side of the court(inside the baseline, outside, at the net etc).
It's not the big 3 members, as Nadal is too topspin and grinding from the baseline oriented, his net game while has...
I'm vehemently opposed to holding the Open at all, have e-mailed the USTA letting them know this on more than one occasion and now this. A terrible idea.
We will continue to simulate the season with the second Grand Slam of 2020 - Roland Garros. The draw for the events will be completely randomized. Qualifiers are randomized as well and the WCs are chosen by me.
ALL-NEW - You may only vote ONCE EVERY TWO HOURS this week AND matches are best of...
Do you reckon this one will go ahead? First in the list to kick the tennis off after 3 months of absence. Almost certain behind closed doors, but all the troubles US has now with covid and massive protests, I am curious what do MTFers think? There is still two months till the August, but no harm...
Steve Fink: "Who is the best player, not just on record but on ability?"
Pat Cash: "𝐃𝐣𝐨𝐤𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐜, he's a freak, he beats other 2 on their best surfaces. Hard to go passed the reality of head to head wins. At his best he's unstoppable."
I've met Pat. Great guy.
Played one set singles with my...