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Steve R.

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  1. No hanging chads, just some hanging drop shots. You can probably form a coalition to protest, after the fact, just about anything. On a less sarcastic note, several of my tennis friends & I just had a conversation, completely apart from Wimbledon, about the charm of the tennis scoring system; specifically, that it’s not cumulative the way other sports are & so a player continuously has the opportunity to re-set and start from 0-0, both at the beginning of every game & every set. All of us played other sports and loved them but, if you go down 6-1 in a baseball, soccer, hockey, football or even a squash game, you need to make up that deficit to win. I guess that there’s a genius there that I appreciate, especially since it serves to keep butts in their seats a lot longer.
  2. Over 50 years of watching tennis & I have never seen a better match. As aFederer fan, it will take a while for me to get over him unsuccessfully serving at double match point - so damn close to winning another major - but all credit to Djokovic for hanging in there and breaking. They are both truly great players in every way. I just wish that I could like Djokovic more. But I don’t.
  3. Okay. I wasn’t really going after #s of Grand Slams being more important, but unattainable for others (like Laver). I was more wondering why your “Race To Be The GOAT” title wasn’t followed by more than one graph (comparing Grand Slams won), like one of weeks ranked as #1, record/titles in secondary tournaments, # of titles on different surfaces, etc. Not asking you to do the research.... just suggesting that stats other than Grand Slam titles would go into my definition of the GOAT.
  4. Interesting. Am I to infer that you closely correlate Grand Slam titles with the GOAT designation?
  5. My wife didn’t believe me when I said (yes, BEFORE the match) that Halep was going to win. Tiriac was fun to watch. He looked scary. Apparently, he still does.
  6. As I said, I’ll be surprised if Djokovic doesn’t win. And, unfortunately (since I’m a Federer fan and like Nadal just fine), I think that Djokovic comes out of this stronger, having had to play real grass court tennis today.
  7. Yeah, but that’s the National news. The party needs to sink major resources into state & local races. I would think that local news media would see this as a money maker and glom onto it, knowing that people like soap operas especially when they know the local “stars”. Abrams’ race in Georgia, Beto’s in Texas, the Fla. Governor and Senate races — all got lots of media coverage. From what I can see right now, all eyes are on the current Democrat Presidential clown car and not these other key places. Shouldn’t Beto have made a run for the other Texas Senate seat, etc?
  8. I don’t mind 20+ Democrats all feeling that they are Presidential material & all of us tuning in to find out which we might think are correct. What I mind is the way too little attention given, by the party & the media, to turning the Senate & the state legislatures. Right now, we could really use the focus that was given to Beto’s Senate run in Texas, etc in order to make sure that states like Virginia don’t remain problematic on major issues like this one.
  9. Still watching? Can you now see how this guy can beat him? I’d be surprised if Djokovic doesn’t win, but he better figure out a way to keep up his rhythm & concentration over the long haul in order to do it.
  10. Absolutely. And then, most likely followed 2 days later by another classic with the winner vs. Djokovic.
  11. And she’s out, dominated by Halep (in my opinion). It’s nice that the announcers fauned over her first set, continuously stating that Halep only won 6 more points than Gauff. To me, that was a meaningless stat if ever I heard one. I hope her people are brighter than to tell her that her comeback win in the previous round (a great match to watch, but, as has been said, not great pro tennis) & this one were where she needs to be going. She looks like she can be a great player with her focus, speed & determination. But, coming under the ball over and over, waiting for an advantage or mistake, does not seem to be the future of women’s tennis. Unless your goal is to be Italian & beat Serena in one US Open semi that is. Don: I assume you know that none of those 4 players was me. I was in Brooklyn, playing at my new “high 4.0” doubles level (solid 4.5 seems to now be in the rear view mirror).
  12. Wow, but did it have to be at Venus’s expense? Great ending. And just the 1st round.
  13. Listening to JMac hold forth to ARod during Jokovic’s 1st round Wimbledon match. He just spent 10 minutes explaining why Felix is the great upcoming player of this generation & why, 5 years from now, we’ll be debating if he’s one of the greatest ever. He went on & on effusively about how good Felix is & gave Denis some props, but with reservations about his lack of height. I just had to hunt down this thread.
  14. I also stayed in Staunton, but went to Zynodoa. I remember it as being very good.
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