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!

Posted in Grand Slams, US Open.

43 Comments

  1. Ru-an, I have really missed your wise words, and having a safe place to rant a little about you know who and his pal. It has indeed been a dismal season, and I don’t blame you for not feeling inspired to write, especially if you are busy doing other things. I was hoping to get your take on why so many players have gone as far as stepping out for the rest of the season – obviously some like Novak and Andy have no choice, but others who would normally play through the pain or maybe sit out one tournament have called it a year. Besides thinking of their own longevity, I wondered if they were making a point – they can’t say anything about the rigged system, but if they know they have little real chance, they may as well take the time out to get fully fit and let ‘those guys’ get their hollow victories against lesser players. It has been nice to see different faces in the latter stages of a tournament, but the finals have been boring and predictable. Unfortunately history won’t say that, only that the number of GS wins for certain rejuvenated players shot up.

    It crossed my mind that you might have decided to call it a day, although I hoped you hadn’t. But hopefully you might feel inspired again when Novak comes back – we’re not expecting miracles from him, but it would be nice if he could manage a few, and tennis will be worth watching again!

    Meanwhile, thank you for all the time and energy you’ve spent on the blog for all these years. I’ve only caught up with you during the comparatively recent years , since you came over from the dark side :-) Thank you for putting a positive spin on the bad times, celebrating in the good times, and giving the haters and trolls a run for their money. The very best of good luck to you with your future ventures – I will look for you on FB and hope you will feel like blogging again next year.

    Thanks again, and…missing you already! :-h

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    Sabine Reply:

    Linsey, I left. a few words of encouragement for Ruan and thanked him for giving us some space to vent our misgivings re: the current rather bizarre situation in pro tennis. Unfortunately my message got lost in cyberspace. So, I try again and wish him all the best for his budding business.
    I will miss the exchanges with you . It was nice to be able to talk about the “unthinkable”, and to know that we are not alone. Thanks for pointing out a certain website to me. It was quite an eye-opener ;-)
    All the best,
    Sabine

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    Lynsey Adams Reply:

    Thanks Sabine, it has been good to talk with you too, and debate ‘the unthinkable’ without getting a torrent of abuse. AND to know I am not just being delusional or bitter when the haters make you feel as if you’re almost the only person in the world that doesn’t worship at the feet of a certain pair of players, and there has to be something wrong with you if you feel that way. We are a small but I think growing minority! Maybe we will talk again if Ru-an comes back to us next year.
    All the best to you too,
    Lynsey

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    Sabine Reply:

    Lynsey, thanks for the nice words. I exchanged a few private messages with the author of the blog you pointed out to me. I told he about our exchange here and read it. He told me that we should continue to ask critical questions . He’s a tennis journalist and quite knowledgeable.
    I’m not a dedicated Novak fan but I fully believe that the tennis universe is a better place when he is a fit participant. He might be able to provide some meaningful competition. Apart from the AO this year’s slams were

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    Sabine Reply:

    extremely boring and fairly predictable.

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    Sabine Reply:

    Since my comments go through apparently when I use the reply button, I try again and wish you all the best, Ruan.
    So long and thanks for all the fish ;-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks, Sabine! Not sure what is going on with the comments. Fish? 🤔

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    Lynsey Adams Reply:

    It’s a jokey thing that people say instead of goodbye – from the cult book series ‘The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. When the Dolphins (who were from outer space) went back, they left a note saying ‘so long and thanks for all the fish’. :-O Or so I’m told by a Hitch-Hiker’s nut…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I like it. I don’t like goodbye!

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    Sabine Reply:

    Hey Lynsey, you got it! Yes, I was quoting Douglas Adams, the guy who found out that the answer to
    the eternal question of the meaning of life is precisely 42 ;-)

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    Lynsey Adams Reply:

    Sabine, we’re not letting him get away! I’m sure we’ll meet again. =D>

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    Ru-an Reply:

    There is always FB!

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    Lynsey Adams Reply:

    Yep, we’ll see you there!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thank you, Lynsey! I think it is just the ridiculously demanding schedule of tennis that has these guys out. There are so many injuries on tour but the ATP wants their money and now they are paying the price for their greed. But even now they are adding more events like the Laver Cup. Tennis has suffered a lot of late and it has revealed how much tennis needs a healthy Djokovic. Maybe you are right that tennis will be interesting again when Djokovic comes back but I am currently in a transitional phase in my life and I am extremely ambitious. The off time will help me get my new business off the ground. Maybe by next year, I will have some time for blogging again and maybe like Djokovic I just need an extended break.

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    Lynsey Adams Reply:

    You’re very welcome. It’s so true about the punishing schedule, but they probably won’t care unless their Golden Pair start deteriorating again, if they ever do at this rate. Or the audiences start falling away because it’s so one sided and boring. But then those two have so many fans that for now most people are deliriously happy, regardless of who they play in the finals or how they get there With more events being added, I don’t see things changing any time soon. Nobody is forced to watch, but I for one do miss it. Just not interested right now.

    Well Ru-an, whatever you decide to do, once again I wish you all the luck in the world, and thanks again for sharing your thoughts and opinions with us. It has been fun, and something different from all those other run of the mill tennis blogs.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right, as long as Fedal is winning the majority will be happy no matter how boring the slam finals get. That is a pretty pathetic state of affairs!

    ‘It has been fun, and something different from all those other run of the mill tennis blogs.’

    Again, one of the best compliments I could get. You people sure know how to make me feel special! 😊

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    Sabine Reply:

    Again, all the best to you, Ruan. Hope, your business will develop well. And while I don’t expect that the bad things some of us believe to be going on in tennis will go away anytime soon, I think that the next season could be very interesting, hopefully with a healthy and rested Novak. And maybe the younger generation finally starts to make an impact at the slams, too.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks. It’s like I always say, there is no way to determine who cheats and who doesn’t. If one cheats it is likely that all cheats so to me the discussion is completely meaningless and for biased fans unless they suspect the player they are a fan of equally as much. But that’s just me. If you get a kick out of discussing it be my guest.

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    Lynsey Adams Reply:

    You are! :-bd

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    Ru-an Reply:

    🙏

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    Sabine Reply:

    Btw, the Laver Cup is a ridiculous idea IMO! What are they trying to accomplish with that newest venture? Sportswise it’s totally meaningless, even if the participants have fun. In tennis it doesn’t make sense to pit continents against each other. The situation is totally different than in golf. I cannot imagine that this Laver Cup will be a long term success. If anything they should revamp Daviscup which I always liked.

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    Lynsey Adams Reply:

    Absolutely. Laver Cup – an ego/power trip for certain people (IMO).

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  2. Ru-an i will definitely miss you. I may not know all the technicalities of tennis but I am very passionate of the game. I have been a true tennis fan since Agassi-Sampras days. I completely understand your decision to close your blog, tennis without Novak is completely boring. No disrespect to up and coming young guns and the veterans…. but the domination of Rafa and Roger was annihilated by Novak for the last 6 years. And now that he has taken a big break… suddenly these two are back on the limelight again winning slams. I hope the next Asian swing will be more competitive. All the best for the future for you and see you around!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I will miss you too, Aimee. The last three slam finals this year has indeed been a disappointment. Tennis sucks right now. That is how important Djokovic is to tennis!

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  3. After being with you for almost 8 years now, I felt it appropriate to leave a comment on what could be your last post. I’ve really enjoyed your posts over the years and pray you will be blessed, my friend. Cheers!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    JDub! Always a pleasure to hear from you no matter how seldom. We go back a long way, don’t we?! I wish you all the best too and I don’t really want the journey to end. Do stay in touch on FB at least. Who knows, maybe this blog may still be revived.

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  4. Many thanks Ru-an. I will miss your tennis knowledge and expertise, but above all your honesty and calling things in tennis as they are. Tennis without Novak is boring. I hope he comes back stronger and hungrier then ever before. I can totally understand your desicion and wish you all the best in pursuing your career.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks so much, Goran!

    ‘I will miss your tennis knowledge and expertise, but above all your honesty and calling things in tennis as they are.’

    The above quote means a lot to me because that is how I like to see myself. I wish you all the best!

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  5. Say it ain’t so dude!

    Remember it is always darkest before the dawn!

    I will really miss your candor, passion, exaggeration, fatalism and intermittent realism, But mostly I’ll miss your opinions and analysis :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    To tell you the truth the more I read your comments the more I don’t want it to be so either but I think at least a break is in order. Like I said, maybe like Djokovic I also just need a break after a long stretch.

    Love the nouns you used to describe my writing btw. Probably very accurate! :))

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  6. Just continue posting your new articles on your facebook acount whenever you feel like it until you switch to the new histung provider.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I may do that Toni!

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  7. Dear Ru-an,

    All the very best for your new venture. Tennis is not going to be the same without your blog. Thank you so very much for all the insightful blogs over the last decade. I am really going to miss that.

    Take care.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks, man! You are most welcome. You are on FB so I will see you over there ;-)

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  8. Didn’t expect this man :-(

    I was following this blog since 2009 when I was only 17 years old and enjoyed reading it very much.

    Good luck with starting your own business. I hope it’ll be a success for you.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    That’s amazing! Can’t believe some of you have been so long with me. That’s so cool! Also, thank you. Stay in contact on FB and don’t forget about me!

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    Siddharth Reply:

    Hey Ruan

    I’ve been following your blog since the summer of 2009. It is saddening to know that one of my regular haunts on the web is going to shut down. I have not commented frequently on the articles here but have enjoyed reading your opinions on a sport I love and the debates around them. The agreements, disagreements and arguments gave it a unique flavour. Good luck for everything that’s there to come. I am sure that you’ll bring the same enthusiasm and passion to your latest venture as you did to this blog.

    Stay blessed!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hey, Siddarth I have not forgotten you and your interesting comments. Also crazy how long you have been following my blog! You are the readers who are very special to me. Thanks for everything and I wish you all the best too. But again, don’t forget about me. Currently after receiving comments from people like you I am still having a hard time of letting go of my blogging. So I am definitely considering starting my blog again next year and in the meantime, I will be on FB!

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  9. Dear Ru-An,
    I am sorry to see that you are shutting down the site. However, I wanted to wish you well in future endeavors. Please keep me posted.

    Regarding the best or GOAT, that is a harder question to answer, particularly in tennis. I can make an argument for Novak, Rafa, or Roger as GOAT. (Rod Laver and Pete Sampras should also receive consideration.)

    (1) Many give the GOAT designation to Roger. I am glad a friend, my cousin, and I went to the 2004 US Open were he put on a master class against Hewitt 6-0, 7-6, 6-0. I was lucky to see in person when his incredible run of greatness began. He has the most slams at 19 and may retire with the most. His timing was perfect as his prime was AFTER Agassi’s and Sampras’ primes and BEFORE the rise of Nadal and Djokovic. Roger beat good or even excellent players who never won a slam (Phillippousis, Gonzalez, Baghaditis, Berdych), Roddick only won 1, and Hewitt and Safin won 2 each.

    Agassi and Sampras as well as Djokovic and Nadal had much tougher competition as they were born born within a year, respectively in the pairings (Agassi-Sampras, Djokovic-Nadal). Therefore, they took many trophies from each other.

    (2) Roger TRAILS his two greatest rivals. Roger trails Rafa 23-14; Roger trails Novak 23-22. The latter does not include a walkover before the 2014 World Tour Final.

    (3) Rafa deserves some GOAT consideration as he leads Roger 23-14. If he beat Roger in the 2017 Australia Open Final, he would have been the first man in the Open Era to complete the career double grand slam or winning each slam 2 or more times. Rafa still only has 1 Aussie Open. Rafa has 3 more slams than Novak though Rafa trails Novak 26-24.

    To complete the career double grand slam, Novak and Roger would have to win Roland Garros for a second time. Roger skipped the entire clay court season this year and Novak lost in the QF.

    (4) Regarding Novak, he leads Roger 23-22. It does NOT include the walkover at the 2014 World Tour Final in London.

    In May 2016, Mr. Laver considered Djokovic equal to Roger in the GOAT debate.

    Mr. Laver’s quote was BEFORE the following.

    (I) Novak won Roland Garros to complete the career grand slam and reach 12 grand slams.

    (II) Novak won 4 consecutive slams like Mr. Laver (1962, 1968) and Don Budge (1937-1938).

    (III) Novak is the first player to win 4 consecutive slams on 3 different surfaces. Neither Messrs. Laver nor Budge did so in 1962/1969 and 1937-1938.

    (IV) Novak is the only person to beat both Roger and Rafa in EVERY SLAM. Roger never beat Rafa at Roland Garros. Plus, Roger and Rafa have never met at the USO.

    (V) Novak leads the H2H of each of his major rivals. Novak 26 – Rafa 24. Novak 23 – Roger 22. Novak 25 – Andy Murray 11. Novak 19 – Stan Wawrinka 5.

    (VI) Robin Williams said that “[t]ennis is chess at 90 miles per hour.” On a related note, tennis uses chess like ELO Ratings to rank players based upon the quality of their competitors. Novak has the highest ever ELO Rating of 2570.6 in 2016.

    The highest ever ELO Ratings of other current players.

    2570.6 Novak Djokovic in 2016
    2524.3 Roger Federer in 2007
    2489.5 Rafa Nadal in 2013
    2412.6 Andy Murray in 2016

    Novak compared to Current and Past greats’ highest ever ELO Ratings.

    2570.6 Novak Djokovic in 2016
    2524.3 Roger Federer in 2007
    2519 Bjorn Borg in 1980
    2496 John McEnroe in 1985
    2489.5 Rafa Nadal in 2013
    2458 Ivan Lendl in 1986
    2412.6 Andy Murray in 2016
    2384 Jimmy Connors in 1979
    2383 Boris Becker in 1990
    2376 Pete Sampras in 1994
    2355 Andre Agassi in 1995
    2355 Mats Wilander in 1984
    2346 Stefan Edberg in 1988
    2325 Guillermo Vilas in 1978

    ELO Data courtesy of TennisAbstract. H2H Data courtesy of the ATP.

    (4) Bottom Line (For Me) : I agree with Mr. Laver’s designation of Novak and Roger as co-GOATs.

    Basketball fans have been lucky to see all time greats in Jordan, Kobe, and LeBron over the past 30+ years. We are seeing Novak, Rafa, and Roger play against each other for most of their careers. We are blessed as tennis fans to see all time greats play against each other at the same time. Basketball fans had a some overlap with Kobe and Jordan and then with Kobe and LeBron. Imagine if they were all playing great at the same time; the LeBron/Jordan/Kobe debates would literally shut the Internet down on a regular basis.

    http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/15452386/tennis-rod-laver-comes-goat-novak-djokovic-roger-federer-equal

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks, Tom and good comment. I mostly agree.

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  10. Tom, you mean the same ELO system that on http://tennisabstract.com/reports/atp_elo_ratings.html ranks Murray higher than Nadal? I guess that Murray is a better tennis player than Nadal then, based on the quality of his competition. Who knew! Goodbye, normal tennis metrics, here comes ELO ranking. Are you even aware of how these rankings are calculated? If you were, you’d never advance such a poor argument on any tennis player’s behalf.

    Moreover, you seem to place enormous emphasis on and stock in Djokovic’s one-match H2H lead over Federer, and then on his other granular (yet undoubtedly significant) statistical achievements. Why not advance the same achievements for Nadal and Federer, or heck, Sampras? You think those guys don’t have comparable paper accomplishments? And is it really so shocking that a legendary player six years younger than Federer would overtake him at the tail end of the latter’s already very long career? Or that Federer correspondingly scored many victories over Djokovic while Novak was inexperienced?

    Your commentary lacks balance, and the fact that you are ready to anoint Djokovic as co-GOAT with Federer when Djokovic’s slam deficit stands at 7 (not even equal to Sampras; but hey, Sampras was in a weak era because Roger and Rafa didn’t play then) simply by virtue of ELO, a one-match H2H lead, and a listing of his singular achievements only underscores the point. I think that even Ru-an, who readily admits his Djokovic bias, wouldn’t go to such convoluted lengths.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Tom can answer for himself but I don’t think that’s what he is saying. Djokovic has a higher peak than Federer. I agree with that. I like ELO ratings because it looks at all 3 surfaces, not just one where a player did their best so that Nadal doesn’t get away with having such an unbalanced resume.

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    Tom Djurdjevich Reply:

    Ru-an,
    Many thanks for the forum and agreement as I have been busy with work.

    NoMorphy,
    Yes, I am aware how the ELO rankings are calculated and used that site in my initial post. Murray’s current ELO is higher than Nadal’s but Nadal’s Peak Match ELO is higher, 2489.5 in 2013 to 2412.6 in 2016 for Murray. For me, Nadal is a better player than Murray.

    Pete Sampras is an all time great though never even made an RG Final. Djokovic beat the “King of Clay” at RG, Rome, and Madrid. I do think Djokovic will eventually tie and pass Sampras.

    Like Ru-an, I am biased toward Djokovic. However, I like and respect Nadal and Federer. (I was supposed to meet Nadal through a friend in Rio at Carneval in February 2016 but Nadal took a late wild card to Buenos Aires.) Congratulations to Nadal and Federer for winning 2 slams each in 2017! The amazing thing is all three have found a way to adjust and elevate their games.

    I attended one of those early victories that Federer had over Djokovic at the 2007 US Open Final, his first grand slam final when he was 20 years old. Federer won 7-6, 7-6, 6-4. Federer had achieved his peak ELO of 2524.3 at Dubai in 2007 according to the Tennis Abstract you shared. Contrast that with three years earlier when Federer put on a 6-0, 7-6, 6-0 master class against Hewitt at the 2004 US Open Final that I also attended. Hewitt was the youngest Men’s #1 ever and a two time grand slam champion.

    I don’t think it was “convoluted”. If Rod Laver is going to make such a statement as Federer and Djokovic being co-GOATs in May 2016, I’ll put lots of weight in his judgment. Mr. Laver made that statement when Djokovic trailed Federer by 5 slams and BEFORE Djokovic won his 4th CONSECUTIVE SLAM at RG a month later. No one else has done it since Mr. Laver; no one has ever done it on 3 different surfaces, not Messrs. Laver or Budge.

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