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02/20/2020

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Gary  Lee  Moser

So:

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/murray-haunted-2016-roland-garros-final-loss-djokovic-193212048--ten.html

So, again:

Rea-hilllll-lyyyyy? [ admittedly a very weak text replication of Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura.....but I'm not a comedic genius ]

I can only speak for myself but, no matter who's weighing in, shouldn't a "if I could change one result" regret be a combination of
a hugely important tournament and --- AND --- a performance where you were ON THE CUSP OF WINNING --- but disappointingly didn't?

Murray won the first set...then got WAXED in sets 2 & 3 [ 1-6, 2-6 ]...before succumbing 4-6 in a solid-but-unspectacular set 4.

Compare this scenario, if you will, to any of the following:

Roger being 2 points away from a 6th consecutive Wimby title...

Roger being 2 points away from a 6th consecutive USO title...

Roger being 2 points away from a 3rd consecutive WTF title on the way to what might well have played out to 5 consecutive & 7 overall...

Roger being 1 point away [ in the form of 2 consecutive match point opportunities on his own serve ] from an 8th Wimby title...

P.S. --- a key factor in Murray picking this loss was "because clay was such a tough surface for me throughout my career."
My BULLSHIT DETECTOR [ i.e. --- merely looking at his Wikipedia page ] says that BEFORE 2016,
he had made it to THREE French Open Semi-Finals and TWO other French Open Quarter-Finals.
Pete Sampras and Stefan Edberg should've had it so freakin' good!!!

stella

Djokovics Adria Tour events cancelledafter Dimitrov, Coric, a coach and a trainer test positive for Covid 19 ---- after partying, nightclubbing, basketball playing and basically showing no common sense with a virus around.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-8446609/Novak-Djokovic-faces-questions-Adria-Tour-event-Borna-Coric-tests-positive-coronavirus.html

Gary  Lee  Moser

Interesting article on the great modern-era rivalries:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/evert-recalls-ups-downs-long-082233821.html

Was particularly taken by this stat:

"The most intriguing matchups — Martina vs. Chrissie, Roger vs. Rafa and both vs. Novak, Pete vs. Andre,
Serena vs. Venus, John vs. Jimmy and both vs. Bjorn, no last names necessary — all include at least one Wimbledon final."

9 out of 9.

Whereas:

Only 4 out of 9 at the FO...5 out of 9 at the AO...7 out of 9 at the USO.

[ Totals per tournament: 23 at Wimb...11 at the FO...10 at the AO...15 at the USO ]

stella

Hi all. Not sure if this will be seen -- TP, can you make it obvious please ? To those of you who know Olga ( aka Murph ) I've just heard that she had a stroke last weekend. At present she is in the ICU in a hospital in Stanford. Her neighbour is her health contact,and sees her each morning. She says her brain is fully functioning and she is improving. If you want to send her a message you can write it on this thread and I will copy and paste it to send to her or you may send it directly to my e mail stellajim@rogers.com

nick

Wishing Murph speedy and full recovery. Lots of prayers and wishes and love. Get back to normal.

stella

Just to let you all know Murph (Olga ) got back home yesterday

Bettyjane

Two nights ago I thought "I have to write Stella about Olga and then I forgot. I'm very glad that she's home and thanks for this update Stella.

Gary  Lee  Moser

Very good to hear, indeed. Thanks for sharing the update, Stella.

Gary  Lee  Moser

So, if you want a cram-course on why current-era TENNIS fans are far luckier than their GOLF-fan counterparts:

Consider the rivalries of Roger/Rafa...and Roger/Novak...and Rafa/Novak ----- versus Tiger/Phil.

SOURCE:
https://www.yahoo.com/sports/zozos-dreary-finish-might-last-224821607.html

If I'm interpreting correctly here, over a 25 [ TWENTY-FIVE! ] year period of H2H competition,
Tiger/Phil have been in a Sunday-final pairing a mere 10 times.

And...only ONE of those "mere TEN times" was in a Major [ 2001 Masters ].

And...

Going into the final round of that one Major Final, Tiger had already won FIVE of the suckers,
whereas the 5-years-older Phil had won NONE of the 5 Majors that he currently holds.

So, not exactly a cataclysmic-upset-of-expectations for
The Big Cat to stretch his lead from 1-stroke to 3-strokes over the last 18 holes...right?

Gary  Lee  Moser

Golf.

GOLF, even!!!!

Which means I'm --- trust me, only very temporarily --- diverting from our beloved tennis to...(ahem)...golf.

But, to quote the immortal Gale Snoats in RAISING ARIZONA,
"I know you're partial to convenient stores, but dammit, H.I., the sun doesn't rise and set on the corner grocery."

To the point: The 84th edition of The Masters Tournament (postponed from April) is starting in 3 days.

Tiger Woods is a 5-time winner.

Tiger Woods is the defending champion.

And this same Tiger Woods.......................................is a 33-to-1 underdog.

I mean, c'mon...can anybody be totally confident in their understanding of ANY-FREAKING-THING anymore?

[ I..........................think.....................not. ]

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