It was another heartbreaking loss for Rafael Nadal – for the second year in a row he lost an epic five setter – last year to Fabio Fognini and last night to Lucas Pouille – Rafa still looks great and his fighting spirit hasn’t waned a fraction but there is a difference now – There is a difference because Nadal used to win these matches and in the last two or three years he is losing these battles – The difference in my opinion is that the other players are better now and they are getting better and better while Nadal is still the same player who is not improving anymore and compounding his troubles Rafa could be losing that quarter step or even half step to certain regions of the courtContinue to read full article...
I came into tonight’s match between SteveJo and Del Po thinking the American had a chance at the upset, but in reality, it was the no. 243 player, the Italian, Alessandro Giannessi, who was playing in his first slam at the age of 26, who had a better chance of upending Stan Wawa. What can you make of SteveJo’s performance tonight? He was right in the mix in the first set and then in a close breaker, the USC Trojan (oddly both Johnny Mac’s and Brad Gilbert’s daughters both go to USC), chose not to challenge a shot that proved out by Del Po, allowing the Argentine to win the set on the next point.Continue to read full article...
Happy to announce my fifth tennis book “Facing McEnroe” is finished and available-here is a quick excerpt. (Cover photo by June Harrison)
“John’s game really started to click when he went to college. He didn’t burn himself out as a junior.”
Fritz Buehning: “We grew up together, he was a year older. We grew up playing (USTA) Eastern tennis. I have a picture of us playing doubles when he was 12 and I was 11. He was one year ahead of me so I didn’t face him all that much in juniors. He was always (ranked) 1 or 2 in the East and I was always ranked 1 or 2 in my age group. He ended up going to the semifinals of Wimbledon while still in high school. I graduated high school a year early because I combined junior and senior years so I was a freshman at UCLA the same year he was a freshman at Stanford. We played Stanford three times in dual matches. Those were pretty exciting matches. On the (ATP World) Tour I played him once in singles in Stockholm. I won the first set but I ended up losing in three sets. I’d say we played at least twenty times in doubles and I won once at Queen’s Club. The time I won, I was partnered with John Austin and John was with Peter Fleming.”Continue to read full article...