Monday, August 20, 2018

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Couldn't really argue with Novak Djokovic brushing aside Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in Cincinnati, to become the first man to win all nine Masters 1000 tournaments.

There are all sorts of ways to calculate who the Greatest of All Time is -- and the arguments for Federer and Rafael Nadal are extremely compelling. But with Nole's being the only one to hold all four majors simultaneously, having a winning head-to-head against his two rivals (thus far) and now this remarkable feat, there's certainly a case to be made for him as well, assuming he adds to his Grand Slam titles. Assuming everyone is in good shape, the U.S. Open is shaping up to be a real showdown. 

UNIQLO vs. Lacoste ...

Masters of Sets: Nadal, 33/ Djokovic, 31 / Federer, 27

Things on the women's side were as silly as ever. No sooner did Simona Halep finally begin to look like a real number one player -- winning her first major and then capturing the Canadian Open -- she lost to Kiki Bertens, squandering a match point along the way. To be fair, Bertens is a rising star. But I guess I just have to get used to the idea that unlike Evert, Navratilova, Graf, Seles, Serena and Henin, being No. 1 doesn't mean you won't routinely lose to people you shouldn't. (Anyone remember her third-round match against Hsieh Su-wei i at Wimbledon?!) Now wouldn't it be nice if Kiki could keep this up ... you know what I mean, Karolina?

By the way ...

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares -- who have an Australian Open title -- won their first Masters 1000 title in Cincy, beating Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, the latter of whom Jamie had a nice bromance going with earlier in the week!

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