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Jan/23

27

Big Day At AO

Novak Djokovic was cruising 5-1 in the semifinal vs Tommy Paul but suddenly the American throttled into his turbo gear and fought back to 5-5 and a 30-love lead. It was a similar blown lead to the one Djokovic fumbled away at US Open 2020 vs Pablo Carreno Busta up 5-4 and 40-love triple set […] Continue to read full article...

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Jan/23

21

Agut Has Solved Murray

Roberto Bautista Agut lost the first three times he played Andy Murray, in 2014 on grass, 2015 on clay and then 2016 in the Shanghai final on hard 76 61. But the Spaniard renowned for his consistency must have figured something out over the next two years. Their fourth meeting was at 2019 Australian Open […] Continue to read full article...

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In boxing, the experts like to talk about who is the pound for pound best fighter in the world. It’s a debate to celebrate and honor who is the best all around skilled talent and not necessarily the biggest and strongest heavyweight champion. In tennis I nominate the best pound for pound, inch for inch […] Continue to read full article...

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Jan/23

18

AO Day 3

Mackenzie McDonald showed why one American coach once told me a couple of years ago, “he has the best strokes of all the American players.” The former NCAA champion from UCLA dominated Rafael Nadal from the baseline and forced him into his old fabricated injury act down when 64 53. Forget about Nadal’s old tricks, […] Continue to read full article...

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Jan/23

17

Fritz Ready To Shock The World In Melbourne

Taylor Fritz is a quiet contender to win the 2023 Australian Open. His top credentials to become the next Grand Slam champion of tennis are considerable. Fritz is ranked no. 9 in the world and 5-1 so far this year with wins vs Zverev, Berrettini, Hurkacz, Lehecka and Basilashvili (three top 15 wins all in […] Continue to read full article...

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Jan/23

15

AO 23 Begins

Coco Gauff routed Katarina Siniakova but needed about seven match points to finish off Katarina Siniakova 61 64. Team Coco must have banished Patrick Mouratoglou as a coaching figure, Diego Moyano was with the Gauff parents in the box. Good win for Gauff but the forehand and second serve can still get shaky. Next up […] Continue to read full article...

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Jan/23

15

Tennis Intimidation

The big stars in the top 5 possess a natural intimidation factor that has an effect on the lower ranked players they meet in the first week of a Grand Slam. A former ATP champion of Sydney in 1980 Fritz Buehning explained how it works. “You’re down a break before the match starts. You’re nervous. […] Continue to read full article...

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Jan/23

14

Champion Gasquet Reigns Supreme Again

By Scoop Malinowski Richard Gasquet has won sixteen ATP singles titles in his pro tennis career but today’s title in Auckland surprised even himself. Gasquet somehow found a way to dig out of a 0-3, love-40 deficit to defeat Cam Norrie 46 64 64. Gasquet had last won an ATP title in 2018. The 36 […] Continue to read full article...

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Jan/23

13

Novak Djokovic Proves “Love Conquers All”

By Scoop Malinowski A year ago the hate mob media monster destroyed the greatest tennis champion in history. The hate mob media monster assassinated his character over his decision to decline to inject himself with a dangerous, risky drug shot that does not work. The hate mob media monster succeeded in banning Djokovic from playing […] Continue to read full article...

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Jan/23

11

Six Hunters Of Melbourne

By Mark Scoop Malinowski (This feature appears in the March/April issue of FINAL Magazine.) A phenomenon of nature is the instinct of the alpha wolf to sense who his successor in the wolfpack will be. When that determination is made, the alpha wolf doesn’t try to eliminate the rival or fight him off, he accepts […] Continue to read full article...

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