Wow. Thiem likely to go down in that one given their recent form. Reminds me of Queens where Kyrgios got Raonic first round. Too many top players at Queens and opposing ATP 500 had a weaker draw where Kyrgios would have been seeded. Sure enough, Zverev would have been seeded at Japan Open.
Zverev hasn't had Murray's number lately, so hopefully Thiem wins that match. Zverev went down 6-0, 6-1 to Ferrer at Hamburg millions of years ago. Not sure that declined Ferrer will not be trouble for Z. Sock will be no joke for winner of Thiem/Zverev.Zvrv-Muzziah is in the cards. He should really do his Zebra bro a favour and give him some rest
Stamina has been an issue in the Thiem vs Z matches this year to Zverev's detriment. That won't be an issue this time. Zverev has taken sets in every match and looks good to take 2 this time.Ooh, Thiem-Zverev 1R. Zverev has played into good form after a slump whereas Domi is looking to be running out of gas.
Nadal-Pouille rematch? I'll have some of that pls
It seems Sock is looking for new doubles partner. Tomic could be the one!Defending doubles champ were Pospisil/Sock.
Pospisil not playing whilst Sock plays with Tomic. Odd combination considering Sock is 22nd in the world and if he chose a high ranked player he could've been seeded here, instead went with Tomic and due to Tomic being ranked 230th in the world, they weren't seeded.
Tomic/Sock won their 1R match over Begemann/Paes. Next face qualifiers Lorenzi/Pella who upset 4th seeds Huey/Mirnyi.
Good chance for Tomic to get his double rankings up. @Meles Or imagine Tomic with a doubles title Haha as if
Its good that he is thinking about making WTF. A tried and true way of beating Murray is blowing his doors off. I didn't think Pouille could light up Nadal like he did at the US Open, but that backhand. Pouille will find a way. He's improving by leaps and bounds atm. Nadal QF will be quite tasty. If Luca takes Nadal, Raonic, and Murray out this place will erupt.He said he still thinks he has a chance to qualify for the WTF. That'd help him mightily. That'd be great but I'm not so sure he's ready to take on an in-form Andy quite yet.
Had the week off. He was knackered when he played Nadal at US Open after back to back 5 set matches. He's playing better now to my eyes which makes sense as he's similar level without the fatigue issues. Pouille has won his last three sets. 6-2, 6-1, 6-2. Thiem took him to TB in their first set at the Metz final, but other than that Pouille has been on a major roll. Goffin went won 7-6, 6-1 and that easily could have been 1 and 1 as Pouille was up 4-1 with triple break point on Goffin in the first.Pouille getting past Dimitov/Johnson could be a task, he must be knackered too with all his play.
Big question is how in-form will Andy be? He's been very erratic since Rio. Has he recovered sufficiently yet?He said he still thinks he has a chance to qualify for the WTF. That'd help him mightily. That'd be great but I'm not so sure he's ready to take on an in-form Andy quite yet.