Yup it's hard to predict. Just like Wozniacki who was awful against Fett and was down and out but made it through and is now on fire. Dimitrov the same.Tonight proof predicting by form is never wise. Dimitrov looked like utter crap against Mcdonald but here he is.
I didn't say footwork.... By movement I meant court coverage only which Dimitrov does the best currentlyMy god...do you people know what footwork is? Nadal moves way better than Dimitrov despite his age. Federer's footwork is still better, maybe his court coverage has declined to the point where you could say Dimitrov.
He also seems flexible to me like Novak. Has a lot of those stretching returns on the run and even when it comes to returning some big serves. Definitely one of the best athletes in tennis right now.Yeah I didn't do that. Dimitrov is one of the best movers on Tour now, and it's a weak moving era
That's really the bottom line.Nadal definitely needs to work more to win the neutral rallies and these are the majority of shots the players are engaged in when they face Nadal. This is not grass and Kyrgios cannot rely mostly on his serve, he needs to work and run a lot, and I'm not sure if he has the ability to outlast Nadal. Dimitrov, on the other hand, has proven that he can go toe to toe with Nadal and he'll definitely exhaust him more. The Beijing final showed me that Nadal can wait for Nick's serve 5 meters behind the baseline and still have enough time to chase every ball down and it involves Nick in the types of points he doesn't want to play.
Having said that, I don't believe that either of them will beat him, but, from a selfish perspective, as a Fed fan, I would prefer Dimitrov who could exhaust Nadal for a potential final.
I actually think Kyrgios has bad footspeed and footwork but he hides it well because of his big serve and big game. If you can get him in extended rallies and move him side to side, he becomes very vulnerable. Dimitrov did a good job showing that so far tonight.And you just reinforced my point, because the comparison is with Kyrgios.