Episode 55 of the Tennis Abstract Podcast, with Carl Bialik of the Thirty Love podcast, discusses the newly-minted Miami champions. We start with Ashleigh Barty, possibly now the best hard-court player in the game, and mull over how her throwback style will translate to other surfaces this season. The second half is for Roger Federer, who breezed through a weaker-than-usual draw, but did so in particularly dominating style.
We also consider whether Karolina Pliskova has peaked, if Simona Halep will regain the No. 1 ranking, and the future for the pair of Canadian ATP prospects, Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime. We wrap up with some thoughts about the gap on this week’s ATP calendar where Davis Cup used to be.
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(Note: this week’s episode is about 65 minutes long; in some browsers the audio player may display a different length. Sorry about that!)