Episode 70 of the Tennis Abstract Podcast, with Carl Bialik of the Thirty Love podcast, attacks the five-hour Djokovic-Federer men’s final from all sorts of angles, including Novak’s excellence on key points, Fed’s surprisingly decent backhand, and the first, awkward tiebreak at 12 games all.
We also celebrate what might have been Simona Halep’s best-ever performance, and question how much of the lopsided final result could be attributed to Halep peaking, and how much to an off-day for Serena Williams. Neither woman is our pick to win the US Open, so we discuss the status of the many of the big names who remain threats in an unstable WTA field.
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(Note: this week’s episode is about 66 minutes long; in some browsers the audio player may display a different length. Sorry about that!)