Statistical Modeling Of ATP Singles Matches (Part V)

Rafael Nadal won his 15th major and 10th French Open title on Sunday, as he cruised over Stan Wawrinka in straight sets. This victory felt inevitable, and yet it's unclear how many formal modeling systems would have called Nadal's dominant run before play began in Roland Garros. The previous article in this series adjusted one of the most popular competitive ranking systems...
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Rafael Nadal earns “la decima”: what next?

With his victory this Sunday, Rafael Nadal made history in becoming the first men’s player ever to win ten times at the same Grand Slam. He dismissed the 2015 champion, Stan Wawrinka, in straight sets to complete the feat. In doing so, he solidified himself as the king of clay. The victory ended a three-year title drought, and put him firmly in first place for the race to London...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal wins French Open, passes Sampras for second most Grand Slam titles

To the shock of no one who follows tennis even a little, Rafael Nadal defeated Stan Wawrinka in straight sets Sunday to win his 10th French Open title.With the victory, Nadal now has 15 Grand Slam titles, one more than Pete Sampras and behind only rival Roger Federer on the all-time list. Prior to Sunday, Nadal had not won the French Open since 2014, as he battled injuries in this late...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal wins the French Open…again

Today, Rafael Nadal capped off the most dominant run in a major tournament that I can remember by destroying Stan Wawrinka and winning his tenth French Open title. Here I will discuss what this means for Nadal’s legacy and his future. There was no man that was able to take a set off Nadal at his favorite tournament this year. Not only that though, he didn’t allow a single opponent...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal through to quarterfinals at French Open

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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Players to watch for at the 2017 French Open

Today the second major tournament of the year, the French Open, kicked off. This year it seems more open to players outside the top tier since the top two ranked players in the world haven’t been playing like their ranking would suggest. However, Rafael Nadal is playing well again on his favorite surface, so he may be tough to stop. Here I will outline a few players to watch, either...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

What does Rafael Nadal’s latest title mean?

Today, Rafael Nadal won his third clay-court title of the season in Madrid and remains undefeated on the surface this year. He took the match in two sets against the youngster Dominic Thiem. What does this mean for the next few big tournaments on clay? So far this year, Nadal has looked like his old, unbeatable self on clay. He stormed his way through Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and...
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May 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Reporter congratulates Rafael Nadal on win despite loss

A reporter at Sunday’s Miami Open final was apparently watching a different match from everybody else.After Rafael Nadal lost the Miami Open title to rival Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, he was congratulated by a journalist on the victory in his post-match press conference. Upon Nadal pointing out that he had actually lost, the reporter then attempted to save face, leading to this awkward...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 04, 2017  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni to step down as his coach after season

Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni will step down as the coach of the tennis player after the season, the uncle told an Italian magazine in an article publicized over the weekend.Toni Nadal, who has coached Rafa throughout his entire career and helped turn him into a 14-time grand slam champion, feels like he has been marginalized by some of the people on Rafa’s team. That includes Carlos...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Roger Federer: Beating Rafael Nadal again would make for ‘sweetest’ major win

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are meeting in a major final again, and that’s quite meaningful to at least one of them.Federer has not won a Grand Slam title since Wimbledon in 2012, and defeating Nadal would be his 18th career major championship. By his own admission, it would be very special to him. Federer vs. Nadal is one of tennis’s great rivalries, and at this point in...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 28, 2017  |  Discuss

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