> 73% first servesThe difference between the Big 3 and everybody else is mental. Thiem just checked out mentally after winning that second set. They would have got even better in this set. It's too bad Djokovic crashed in the semi because Rafa is not good today and he would have had plenty of chances.
Have you even been watching Djokovic in this tournament? He's been so unstable that guys who shouldn't even have a chance against him have broken him left and right and taken sets off him.
It is harder to do it in best of 5 than in best of 3. RG is Nadal’s best clay event and most tailor made type of surface. I doubt very much Nadal gave his best in Barcelona. Thiem is staying in the match mentally. He just does not have the tools.But Thiem has beaten him 4 times on clay with that backhand. Rafa is a beast on Chatrier but a lot of Thiem's problem is mental.
I called it over a year ago, chartreuse outfit as a tactical advantage. Total lack of surprise that nadal has actually done it. He'd be jacked on EPO as well right now, or whatever the new peptide isdo you guys think this green Neon shirt gives RAFA a unfair advantage ??
And there is this too . Djokovic was tired , thiem must be a little bit as well.Didn't Djoko have to play 2 tough matches in a day or some such scheduling crap before Rome final ? Why are people pretending that this is a fair contest when Thiem has been playing for the 4th day in a row including 2+ hours yesterday ?
Wonder what will be done next year to take away Nadal's opponent's legs since roof won't let such schedule related robbery happen.
Nadal is playing excellent, and so is Thiem. Thiem cranked out that second set, and Nadal just notched up that third in response. Solid champion’s tennis so far.You know why. Don't play coy. Rafa played great in Rome and in this tournament, but he is not that good today.
Sorry, Laver, Rosewall, Mac and Edberg all served and volleyed on clay on most first serves. They also chipped and charged and attacked the net constantly. Just watch the first three sets of the 1984 FO or the 1989 FO final between Edberg and Chang. Federer has sadly evolved into a baseliner and is only an occasional volleyer. He came in 60 times in 4 sets today which is unusually large for him. But I don't recall him chipping and charging once, it's sadly just not part of his game, even on grass.
For contrast: in the 1984 FO final, Lendl won 20 of 33 approaches (61%), McEnroe 89 of 144 (67%).
"According to the Grand Slam tournament rule book: “A player is allowed to request permission to leave the court for a reasonable time for a toilet break/change of attire break (women's events). Toilet breaks should be taken on a set break and can be used for no other purpose."Always has his tricks when momentum is not with him. Sickening.
Well not as good today is what I meant, and not as good as he has been in this tournament. Nadal might have grounded Novak but Novak would have given him a lot of trouble today and pushed him.> 73% first serves
> 0 double faults
> 26 winners - 23 unforced which are not even unforced but brutal hitting from Thiem
> 83% net points won
> Nadal throwing back everything against Thiem with more interest to boot
How is Nadal not good today? Only a few errors turned the second set, Thiem was playing good. Nadal would've grounded Novak. In 2014 Djokovic also won the first set then lost the next 3 and in the 3rd set he lost 6-2, didn't get a breadstick like Thiem did.
I don't mean the fact that he's a defensive baseliner.Yes.
Have you not been watching Nadal at all?
This set he’s more attacking. But it still does change that Nadal predominantly relies on moonballing and opponents errors
Yea, I can definitely tell his Glutes are getting bigger and bigger every year.I called it over a year ago, chartreuse outfit as a tactical advantage. Total lack of surprise that nadal has actually done it. He'd be jacked on EPO as well right now, or whatever the new peptide is
Never Forget Thiem with his one hander and play style is just as much a threat than Djokovic. and that goes for all surfaces. Only reason Nadal does not have 12 majors off clay is due to injuries.He didn't even make Rafa serve it out. That means he will be serving second in the next set. Rafa will take this in 4.
He probably will tbh. Or at least he should. Lots of players do it after almost every set these days to "clear their head. " Never mind the fact you took a break 30 minutes ago as well, lol.Maybe he should take a play from Nadal's book and go for the double break. Bathroom followed by break of serve.