i'm pretty sure that Novak with a decent level will tame Zverev along the match and win
Exactly. I've been watching Tennis for 32 years (and highlights of older matches).
Other than Sampras, I've never seen a player vary his level and still be able to raise his game and WIN so much.
In my book - Novak and Pete are the strongest player mentally of all time.
Djokovic is simply in his own league. A decade ago I thought Rafa was the warrior one but apparently only externally.Easily the worst high profile match of the tournament.
Exactly. Novak was amazing in the RG SF.I might be wrong but I do believe that the best Novak's game was indeed the semi-final RG against Nadal. He really played brilliantly. I haven't seen such a level from him since. Which is a pity. Of course it sucked for Rafa. He played way better than now Zverev and Sinner.
Btw, it seems like Zverev's mental game got worse as did his footwork. Way to go. Waste a few breaks.
Nadal isn't too bad. He is a warrior too. But Novak has definitely surpassed Nadal as Nadal has not been able keep up physically.Djokovic is simply in his own league. A decade ago I thought Rafa was the warrior one but apparently only externally.
I came home earlier from work just to see this game. I've waited for this so I'm really disappointed.
His groundstrokes look a lot flashier yet they don't actually do any damage.I am probably guilty of overhyping Sinner along with others based on some past matches on clay, but atm he doesn't appear to do a single thing very well. Hard to differentiate him from a Bautista type player.
Definitely. Swiatek or her psychologist said exactly what you said. There are plenty of players who're great at practice sessions. Good on paper. But never become champions. Mental strength differentiates champions from wannabes... Nice to see you praise Nadal I really like him but he's more of a choker now as he got older. He missed the clutch moments.Exactly. Novak was amazing in the RG SF.
And yeah Zverev is not of the same cloth mentally. He will NEVER be a GREAT player. At the top level, tennis is more about the mental strength than just about talent and skills.