Podcast Episode 61: Reading Rafael Nadal’s Tea Leaves

Episode 61 of the Tennis Abstract Podcast, with Carl Bialik of the Thirty Love podcast, struggles to draw conclusions from Rafael Nadal’s latest surprise loss in Madrid. The King of Clay has no titles in 2019–not even a clay-court final–but his longer-term track record still suggests he’s the favorite (or close) at Roland Garros.

We also cover the continued late blooming of Kiki Bertens, the surprise relevance of Roger Federer, the return of the always-dangerous Serena Williams, and the abysmal doubles record of Marco Cecchinato.

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(Note: this week’s episode is about 62 minutes long; in some browsers the audio player may display a different length. Sorry about that!)

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