it's interesting you bring up this set. I watched the last set of the sinner match this morning since i had to stop watching after the 2nd set when it was live.
Imo the sinner last set is an example of when rafa goes "all out" in terms of groundies, but actually the results are mixed...not...
Drawing from the memory banks, this final reminded me of Sampras/Agassi Wimbledon 1999 in terms of storyline and result.
Rafa started the match at the 2-0 5th set 2013 FO SF level in terms of offense.......amazing to watch.
This guy is good.
Has improved his serve. Has improved his fh dramatically. He used to have a tomic/mannarino fh but now he takes solid cuts on every fh.
That’s post nadal generations big problem, few have top tier fhs. Nearly all have bhs better than fhs on absolute levels. Or mid level fhs...
He is serving well but has his motion changed from 2007 and 2008? Especially the backbend. I get the impression he is much more upright these days and quicker in between the toss and making contact with the ball compared to then.
Thanks for the interview. He nails all the questions as usual, he's a natural. :)
"You know, Andy Murray today didn't win a Grand Slam, but he's much more better player than a lot of player who won a Grand Slam in the past. That's the true."
I remember there being another one of these in the 2001 US open match vs agassi, although I don't remember him being that far off the baseline on this one.
I also like one of his points in the 5 setter that he lost vs. becker in Stuttgart. He was doing full sprints back and forth on the...