Not quite, but its up there. 3 posts is rare, but happensIs this your longest match report ever? Quite an interesting read.
Action is complex with a lot of moving parts - as opposed to describing hitting strength crossed with outlast vs outmanuver vs shot-making crossed with error-proneness
I also don't Medvedev's game that well or the match up. For a player or a match-up I know well, I could write "... then the usual thing happens" or "... he does his usual thing" and I at least could read that and have a good picture of play.
Older matches with a combo of baseline and net play tend to need wider descriptions
At least a couple have gone 4 posts
Match Stats/Report - Borg vs Gerulaitis, Wimbledon semi-final, 1977 | Talk Tennis (tennis-warehouse.com)
Match Stats/Report - Newcombe vs Connors, Australian Open final, 1975 | Talk Tennis (tennis-warehouse.com)
Great game to break , probably best of the match - but he doesn't have a prolonged dominant run. Couple of games before, he survives 10 point hold with 2 break points, Nadal goofing an OH on the second. And first game of 4th is another tough hold for himI watched most of the match (missed a chunk of the 4th set.) What has stuck with me was Med's brilliant play at the tail end of the third set.
Nadal seems to know exactly how to play a guy standing so far back to return (the way he himself does). Med picks it up from him as match wears on and his drop shots aren't particularly effectiveReading your analysis, it's interesting how Nadal's advantage seemed to be mostly tactical (being more willing to go to the net). If Med had the right tactics from the start, this could have been a quite difficult match.
I also think the court was quite slow (in a "dead" way, not in a high bounce way) and it got yet slower as the match progressed. Neither player's favorite conditions and it turned into a bit of a grindfest because of that.
Still, I'd back Nadal to come out ahead if they're both coming to net regularly. He passes better and Med has to volley much better to cope. I'm not too familiar with Med's game, but he doesn't look like the kind of volleyer you'd back to keep being able to pull of makeable, let alone difficult volleys. My feeling is this match is him playing above himself at net and Nadal on the pass can be a nightmare to deal with
The 'grinding' style is normal enough for Nadal. In general, if he can beat an opponent by just outlasting him, he does it. No putting him to the sword for its own sake, especially on slower surfaces. Maybe run him around a bit, but not blast him away
For him, this is particularly proactive with all the serve-volleying and approaching
It took 3-4 days to do the '12 US finalI certainly wouldn't have been thrilled to watch a Murrovic match on that court lol
I've learnt never to tally stats when I'm tired... 1 mistake then, and at the end, I have to go over and find where it is, which can be a pain
I was tired after every break for that one