Nadal Wins 3rd US Open Title – Blog to Close Down Soon

Hi, folks. If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been blogging of late it is not because Djokovic is out. I am starting a business offline and haven’t felt very inspired to write of late. I have been blogging for close to 9 years now as I started this blog at the end of 2008.

It’s been a tremendous run but blogging was never a job for me. Just a hobby. The fact that Djokovic is out is not the reason that I quit blogging but it doesn’t help. The last three grand slam finals have been a disaster and only showed how much tennis needs a healthy Djokovic.

I want to thank everyone who made this blog what it was and for your participation. I also want to thank the haters and trolls who helped make it fun and entertaining for me. I will miss all of you but my Facebook page will still be open so you can find me there if you want to say hello or troll me.

I will leave the option open to starting this blog again when Djokovic comes back but for now, I am closing down because the hosting costs money and my host Hostgator has not been very good so I want to close down before I give them more money for nothing.

Congrats to Nadal for winning a 3rd US Open. He and Federer split slams this year which is insane given where they were just before 2017 and hopefully Djokovic can do something better when he comes back. With Agassi in Djokovic’s corner that is surely a possibility.

I will keep my blog running for a few more days and then close down. I will miss you!

Djokovic Calls It a Season in 2017

Djokovic’s announcement was today and I was happy to hear that he decided to pack it in for the season. Obviously, as a fan, I will miss his tennis but this break is so long overdue that it needs to be this long.

Enough is enough. It is better to do a Federer now and come back in 2018 fresh and 100% healthy. No more unnecessary risks with his all-important health. Health always comes first especially for an athlete because without it, you are on the sidelines.

That is the hard lesson Djokovic had to learn because by not taking a break after he won the personal slam he has pretty much wasted a year on tour and now he has to take an added five months off. His ranking will fall but that is of least importance now.

Djokovic has been in the top 4 for more than 10 years and is the only big 4 member who hasn’t taken an extended break. That in itself is an achievement to stay healthy for that long and play at such a high level for such a long time.

He has earned this break. Apparently, Djokovic had this injury problem since the beginning of 2016 so he was already playing with it for 6 months before he won the French Open. One would have thought after the French Open would have been a good time to call it a day or at the latest after the grass court season but it was the kind of injury he could play with so it was easy to get tempted to play on.

As good as Federer is with scheduling he also played with a bad back in 2013 and as a result, his results suffered.

Health should always come first and Djokovic has learned a tough lesson. The positive thing that came out of this last year on tour was the Agassi partnership which is why I’m pleased to hear Agassi spent more time with Djokovic in Toronto recently and that he will stay Djokovic’s head coach.

I still think that partnership has a lot of potential and I want to at least see what happens with it when Djokovic is healthy and winning titles again.

I think the long break will do Djokovic good and he is capable of doing something similar to what Federer is doing this year. Djokovic is after all 5 years younger than Federer so if Federer can do what he is currently doing then Djokovic has at least the potential to win the calendar slam.

This break will also give Djokovic a chance to work on some things in his tennis that he wasn’t able to work on with the demanding schedule.

Let me know what you think.

The GOAT Debate Is a Fairytale Used to Promote Tennis

First of all, before some people get their knickers in a twist because I often talk about the GOAT, let me make it clear that I always said I don’t really believe in a GOAT but that I liked the debate and speculation.

Now I’m not even sure about that part anymore. Why? Because it has become clearer than ever to me that the GOAT argument is used as a phony marketing tool and that there are far too many variables to determine a GOAT, some of which I will look at in this post. Other variables have also become apparent to me at this Wimbledon like the biased scheduling and the influence of the media which is considerable.

But let’s start with the following:

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I’ve posted tables before which showed that Djokovic gets the toughest draws and face the stiffest competition and the above confirms this fact. It also shows that Federer had the weakest competition of the big four throughout his career.

So not surprisingly, Federer has won the most slams. Some of the most striking facts are that Djokovic won only one of his slams without facing a big 4 member in the final while Federer won 12 slams without facing a big 4 member in the final. Federer has also won 11 slams without facing any big 4 member at all while Djokovic had to beat at least one big 4 member in all the slams he won.

Again, before Fedfans get their knickers in a twist, I am not posting these facts to prove that Djokovic is better than Federer. You can only beat who is in front of you. The reason I am posting this is to show some of the many reasons why a GOAT can never be determined.

As you can see, the number of grand slams won is almost directly proportional to the stiffness of competition faced. How can you possibly say Federer is the GOAT when his slam titles almost dried up when Nadal and Djokovic came of age? Clearly, Nadal and Djokovic had far tougher competition than Federer had.

As the clay court GOAT, Nadal always had clay to rely on as his safe haven on tour where he could make his head-to-heads look impressive and improve his stats like the average ranking of opponent beaten in slam finals. Djokovic didn’t have that luxury which makes his achievements even more impressive.

Again, the idea is not to make it seem like one player’s achievements are greater than the other. The point is that if you take everything into account there is nothing to choose between the big three and you cannot with any certainty claim that one is the GOAT. Each player has their strengths and weaknesses.

Federer is the talented one who currently has the most slam titles. Nadal is the great fighter and clay court GOAT. Djokovic is the most complete if you include the mental aspect and has the highest peak level. They are all incredible players and it is unlikely that any of them will ever be officially crowned the GOAT.

How do you make such a determination with all the variables involved and who has the authority to make it? I hear even some of the all-time greats often call someone a GOAT, mostly Federer. These people work as commentators and calling someone the GOAT sounds sensational and promotes the sport.

But they have no real evidence to back up their claims. There are many more variables than what I touched on in this post. For instance the biased scheduling we saw at Wimbledon but far more importantly the influence of the mainstream media. By always promoting Federer as the embodiment of all that is good and noble and victimizing Djokovic as the villain they influence the way Federer and Djokovic are perceived and treated as a result.

The media has enormous power and in politics, the powerful use it for instance to win elections and to make people vote against their own interests. It is the ultimate brainwashing tool and very easy to fall for if you are not inclined to think for yourself and hold a certain skepticism for everything you hear in the mainstream media.

Anyway, the media is just one other factor that I wanted to include because it is part of a rigged system whether in sport, politics, or whatever the case may be. I never talked about it before but I saw how enormously influential it is in American politics and thought it is an underrated and overlooked influence in tennis.

But I will leave it at that. There are many more reasons that a GOAT can’t be determined but I think these should suffice. The opposition these guys faced to win their slams are enough to prove that a GOAT can’t be determined.

Let me know what you think.