If fed didn’t come back in 5th set of Ao it’d be 19 19
I'm interested to see Nadal's run at Wimbledon this year. See if 2018 was an anomaly or if he's "back" on grass. That's my immediate post RG thought.Rafa much more beatable on non clay if it’s not his A game that’s definitely true. That said even still it’s a short list of people that have actually capitalized on that and usually it’s been Fed or Djoker doing it not the rest of the tour.
He will never beat nadal at RG unless someone takes him out. I just don’t see it.That "death, taxes and...." joke needs an upgrade.
Nadal's reaction to the second set was telling. Also keep in mind that he (apparently) was on the edge a few months ago, got himself up for this again. Onwards for rafito.
Thiem has time on his side surely, he may need to avoid Nadal in the end (one can only hit so many jumping backhands from shoulder height), but figure it's likely he'll get one of these sometime later.
LOL. I could be a bionic man who lives for 500 years, and I don't think we'll see 12 (and counting) RG titles won ever again. I know we say never say never, but I just can't fathom it. It's total insanity.My liking your post is a not a commentary on your projected longevity.
RAFA with masterful move after that 2nd set by taking a Bathroom break and shoe malfunctioning story. This break completely negated all the momentum Thiem built up by winning the 2nd set
we need a Wimbledon winOk, 12 RG's and 18 slams overall.
Congrats to Rafa and his team.
Now, to real questions.
As a Rafa fan, I don't enjoy his RG titles as much, especially past his 10th.
For some reason, everything past that number doesn't feel special anymore in this regard.
Instead, I would appreciate much more a title in the AUS. Only one there, difficult af.
Or even so, only one, only one title in Wimbledon. More difficult.
But as a fan, I would appreciate them more. That's why I would appreciate also if he would play less and less tournaments, even masters1000 so he could focus more on slams. Thoughts?
Yea!absurd how some people here are criticizing Thiem, he had to play 4 days in a row, Djokovic in the SF and there was the clay GOAT waiting the very next day. Literally something impossible to absolve physically. He has the game to compete with Nadal, but there was no way he could last for 5 sets here.
Congrats to Nadal anyway, he was able to maintain an incredible level through the whole match, which is beyond impressive.
He made deep because he faced all clay courters in first 4 rounds. Once he gets deep - he becomes very difficult to put away. In 2014 and 2017 he showed similarly high level but got big servers in early rounds. 2018 was not anomaly.
I would say more the latter than the former. Thiem probably started to tire by the 4th, but he was better in the 4th than the 3rd, so whatever.Tim was gassed after the 2nd or was the Nadal too good?