Podcast Episode 17: US Open in Review

Episode 17 of the Tennis Abstract Podcast, with Carl Bialik, is our US Open recap. We start with a discussion of Sloane Stephens–her performance here as well as what we expect from her, and we delve into possible explanations of her impressive performance in particular against aggressive players.

We then talk Nadal and his no-nonsense strategy to defeat Kevin Anderson, and consider best-case scenarios for the rest of Kev’s career. We finish up with some doubles and a bit on this weekend’s Davis Cup ties. As always, thanks for listening!

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Podcast Episode 16: The Second Half of our Second Week Chat

Episode 16 of the Tennis Abstract Podcast, with Carl Bialik, didn’t quite work out as planned — my microphone malfunctioned for much of the first half of the recording — but the second half of our conversation could be salvaged. Thus, this episode is missing the big news of the second week, the all-American women’s semifinals, but we still touched on a variety of burning US Open topics, like the youngsters making news in New York and the inevitable hypotheticals of the players who weren’t able to participate in Flushing this year.

This is a shorter-than usual episode, clocking in at 34 minutes; we hope to return on Friday with another mid-Slam update. Thanks for listening!

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Podcast Episode 15: Return of the Podcast

The long-awaited Episode 15 of the Tennis Abstract Podcast is Carl Bialik’s and my lightning-round update on the summer of tennis and a midway-point checkup of the US Open. I boldly select Diego Schwartzman and Anastasija Sevastova as my picks to win it all, while Carl says much more sensible things.

This is a shorter-than usual episode, clocking in at 34 minutes; we hope to return on Friday with another mid-Slam update. Thanks for listening!

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Podcast Episode 14: Wimbledon Preview

Episode 14 of the Tennis Abstract Podcast is Carl Bialik’s and my Wimbledon preview! We highlight the favorites, the overrated, and the underrated, along with a look at some of the most intriguing matchups. Along the way, we talk about the difficult of making grass court forecasts, and speculate about how players’ consistency changes with age.  Enjoy!

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Podcast Episode 13: Kvitova vs Barty, Serena vs McEnroe, and Federer vs The Field

In the Episode 13 of the Tennis Abstract Podcast, Carl Bialik and I start with Petra Kvitova’s first title back from injury, and her chances as a floater in the Wimbledon draw, along with other returning grass-court threats Victoria Azarenka and Sabine Lisicki.

We move on to what we hope is a sensible, fact-based discussion of John McEnroe’s comments about how Serena Williams would fare on the men’s tour. It runs from about 19:00 to 50:00 — if you want to skip it, we understand. Finally, we talk Federer’s title in Halle, and how much his Wimbledon chances are aided by Wimbledon’s seeding formula, which moves him into the top four. (For more on that, see my post from earlier today.)

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Podcast Episode 12: Fed’s Match Points, Vika’s Return, and Wimbledon’s Seeding Formula

In the Episode 12 of the Tennis Abstract Podcast, Carl Bialik and I get excited about grass season, both for the glories of the surface itself and for the great players it has brought back, including Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka. We talk Fed’s surprise loss, the arcane (but worthwhile) Wimbledon seeding formula, the returning WTA stars who will threaten on grass, David Goffin’s injury, and the debut Challenger title for 16-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime.

We had a lot of fun recording this one. Hope you enjoy it as well!

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Podcast Episode 11: The French Open in Review

In the Episode 11 of the Tennis Abstract Podcast, Carl Bialik and I celebrate the 2017 Roland Garros with a lot to say about the perils of forecasting. Could we have seen Rafa’s resurgence coming? What are the career prospects for Latvian sensation Jelena Ostapenko and women’s runner-up Simona Halep? And what on earth are we supposed to conclude about Andy Murray right now?

It’s a super-sized episode, clocking in just under 80 minutes … and we still couldn’t fit everything in. Enjoy!

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