My day in Stockholm Open 2022

RF-18

Talk Tennis Guru
I was courtside watching Tsitsi vs Ymer. Also saw Tsitsi practice really up close in a showcourt wich is close to the centre court with a swedish guy I don't know the name of, but this guy had Joachim Pim Pim Johansson there with him practicing with Tsitsipas. Apostolos was there too. He is somewhat harsh on Tsitsipas at times. At one point he was facepalming lol. Was quite surreal seeing them so close. Tsitsipas as I suspected was pretty extraordinary watching him in practice and in the match, IMO he really stood out with his game. Amazing player. He is slowly becoming a favourite of mine, if not already. At the end of the practice his dad told a security guard who stood right next to me that only the kids will be able meet up with him, so they put us adults on one side at the end of the practice and kids near where Tsitsi would make his exit. Not that I think it's that important to get a picture with him, I totally understand that the guy is tired and probably can't satisfy everyone cause he'd be there all day. All good IMO. I think the kids are more important, and he totally made their day and happily signed and took pictures with them.

I also saw Tiafoe practice for a little bit, aswell as Holger Rune who had Mouratoglu with him aswell as his mother. I was suprised how calm Holger was though both in practice and in the match. Usually he has his outbursts, but he was calm and focused. Great athlete and ball striker. There is a good balance in his game. He will be top 10 in a year bet on it. Along with Tsitsipas he impressed me the most.

I wasn't too impressed with Norrie though, he is pretty meh but still a solid player. I saw a racket smash from him vs Rune. He always came across as pretty calm to me, but today he was shouting and in the end smashed his racket.

Tiafoe was the only guy btw who after practice came up and signed autographs, took some pictures and chatted with people. I think he just has that kind of a personality who can take the time to socialize, he isn't afraid to be social with strangers. To each their own really. Strikes me as very down to earth.

I wasn't able to catch Shapo and Di minaur practicing, but I saw their match as well courtside. Shapovalov pretty erratic player as I have noticed watching him on tv throughout the years. He is a great striker of the ball but it's too much hit and miss. His movement isn't elite either wich can be an explanation to why he misses so much. Shapo disappointed me to be honest. I still think there is a chance he can achieve something great, he is still pretty young, but not with his current game. Something has to change.

Di Minaur on the other hand the exact opposite, he is solid as a brick but can beat the heck out of the ball when he wants too. A speed demon aswell. All round a really good player and very professional as well as humble. Taller in person than what it appears on tv. He was in complete control of the match from start to finish, he had Shapo wrapped around his finger. Doesn't surprise me he has won 6 titles.
 
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Milanez82

Hall of Fame
A refreshing and insightful thread.
How did Tsitsipas return game look

I remember i used to think Karlovic slice was a joke waiting to be exploited and then i saw him live vs Tsonga in 2016 and that was one razor sharp slice, it wasn't easy attacking it by an in form Tsonga

TV really distorts the reality
 

RF-18

Talk Tennis Guru
A refreshing and insightful thread.
How did Tsitsipas return game look

I remember i used to think Karlovic slice was a joke waiting to be exploited and then i saw him live vs Tsonga in 2016 and that was one razor sharp slice, it wasn't easy attacking it by an in form Tsonga

TV really distorts the reality
Based on today he returned quite well. Good control, didn't miss too many returns either and when he got the ball in play he had a good game plan. But then again Ymer ain't some huge server. So it's hard to say based on one match.
 

pj80

Legend
I was courtside watching Tsitsi vs Ymer. Also saw Tsitsi practice really up close in a showcourt wich is close to the centre court with a swedish guy I don't know the name of, but this guy had Joachim Pim Pim Johansson there with him practicing with Tsitsipas. Apostolos was there too. He is somewhat harsh on Tsitsipas at times. At one point he was facepalming lol. Was quite surreal seeing them so close. Tsitsipas as I suspected was pretty extraordinary watching him in practice and in the match, IMO he really stood out with his game. Amazing player. He is slowly becoming a favourite of mine, if not already. At the end of the practice his dad told a security guard who stood right next to me that only the kids will be able meet up with him, so they put us adults on one side at the end of the practice and kids near where Tsitsi would make his exit. Not that I think it's that important to get a picture with him, I totally understand that the guy is tired and probably can't satisfy everyone cause he'd be there all day. All good IMO. I think the kids are more important, and he totally made their day and happily signed and took pictures with them.

I also saw Tiafoe practice for a little bit, aswell as Holger Rune who had Mouratoglu with him aswell as his mother. I was suprised how calm Holger was though both in practice and in the match. Usually he has his outbursts, but he was calm and focused. Great athlete and ball striker. There is a good balance in his game. He will be top 10 in a year bet on it. Along with Tsitsipas he impressed me the most.

I wasn't too impressed with Norrie though, he is pretty meh but still a solid player. I saw a racket smash from him vs Rune. He always came across as pretty calm to me, but today he was shouting and in the end smashed his racket.

Tiafoe was the only guy btw who after practice came up and signed autographs, took some pictures and chatted with people. I think he just has that kind of a personality who can take the time to socialize, he isn't afraid to be social with strangers. To each their own really. Strikes me as very down to earth.

I wasn't able to catch Shapo and Di minaur practicing, but I saw their match as well courtside. Shapovalov pretty erratic player as I have noticed watching him on tv throughout the years. He is a great striker of the ball but it's too much hit and miss. His movement isn't elite either wich can be an explanation to why he misses so much. Shapo disappointed me to be honest. I still think there is a chance he can achieve something great, he is still pretty young, but not with his current game. Something has to change.

Di Minaur on the other hand the exact opposite, he is solid as a brick but can beat the heck out of the ball when he wants too. A speed demon aswell. All round a really good player and very professional as well as humble. Taller in person than what it appears on tv. He was in complete control of the match from start to finish, he had Shapo wrapped around his finger. Doesn't surprise me he has won 6 titles.
hope for Tsits vs Rune rematch
 

Lauren_Girl'

Semi-Pro
I was courtside watching Tsitsi vs Ymer. Also saw Tsitsi practice really up close in a showcourt wich is close to the centre court with a swedish guy I don't know the name of, but this guy had Joachim Pim Pim Johansson there with him practicing with Tsitsipas. Apostolos was there too. He is somewhat harsh on Tsitsipas at times. At one point he was facepalming lol. Was quite surreal seeing them so close. Tsitsipas as I suspected was pretty extraordinary watching him in practice and in the match, IMO he really stood out with his game. Amazing player. He is slowly becoming a favourite of mine, if not already. At the end of the practice his dad told a security guard who stood right next to me that only the kids will be able meet up with him, so they put us adults on one side at the end of the practice and kids near where Tsitsi would make his exit. Not that I think it's that important to get a picture with him, I totally understand that the guy is tired and probably can't satisfy everyone cause he'd be there all day. All good IMO. I think the kids are more important, and he totally made their day and happily signed and took pictures with them.

I also saw Tiafoe practice for a little bit, aswell as Holger Rune who had Mouratoglu with him aswell as his mother. I was suprised how calm Holger was though both in practice and in the match. Usually he has his outbursts, but he was calm and focused. Great athlete and ball striker. There is a good balance in his game. He will be top 10 in a year bet on it. Along with Tsitsipas he impressed me the most.

I wasn't too impressed with Norrie though, he is pretty meh but still a solid player. I saw a racket smash from him vs Rune. He always came across as pretty calm to me, but today he was shouting and in the end smashed his racket.

Tiafoe was the only guy btw who after practice came up and signed autographs, took some pictures and chatted with people. I think he just has that kind of a personality who can take the time to socialize, he isn't afraid to be social with strangers. To each their own really. Strikes me as very down to earth.

I wasn't able to catch Shapo and Di minaur practicing, but I saw their match as well courtside. Shapovalov pretty erratic player as I have noticed watching him on tv throughout the years. He is a great striker of the ball but it's too much hit and miss. His movement isn't elite either wich can be an explanation to why he misses so much. Shapo disappointed me to be honest. I still think there is a chance he can achieve something great, he is still pretty young, but not with his current game. Something has to change.

Di Minaur on the other hand the exact opposite, he is solid as a brick but can beat the heck out of the ball when he wants too. A speed demon aswell. All round a really good player and very professional as well as humble. Taller in person than what it appears on tv. He was in complete control of the match from start to finish, he had Shapo wrapped around his finger. Doesn't surprise me he has won 6 titles.
Thanks! Excellent comment.

De Minaur must be pretty fascinating to watch in live... He isn't among my favorite players but I've always been intrigued by his game. NOBODY else plays like him on the Tour!

I agree about Rune. His behavior on the court still needs to improve but for a 19yo, he is already impressive. Definitely will be top-10 in a near future. He lost 3 times this year against Norrie, so this victory should be a huge confidence boost for him. After Zverev in Munich, Tsitsipas in RG and Sinner in Sofia, this is is 4th win against top-15 this year. He's on the right path.

Tiafoe always came accross as a nice guy. He can have discutable behaviors on the court, but it never feels like his mind/heart is in the wrong place. Today's loss was brutal, though... 1 and 1 against Ruusuvuori, I didn't watch the match but it looks bad. I will always like him for preventing another injustice this year (beating Nadal at the US).

The last matchs in Stocholm will be very interesting. I think Tsitsipas will win, but I'll root for the the winner of ADM/Rune.
 

christo

Hall of Fame
When Stefanos matures enough to politely move his Dad out of the coaching box, then hires a proper coach, he will be ready to fulfil his potential.
Not sure why it's taking so long lol.
 

hoodjem

G.O.A.T.
I went to the Munich 250 BMW Open back in April 2022.
Saw Rune, Zverev, Kecmanovic, Basilashvili, Van De Zandschulp, Ruud, and Opelka.

I agree that the most fun part was hanging out by the practice courts. You could really get close to the players, and a good view of them. Very different from television.
 
I was courtside watching Tsitsi vs Ymer. Also saw Tsitsi practice really up close in a showcourt wich is close to the centre court with a swedish guy I don't know the name of, but this guy had Joachim Pim Pim Johansson there with him practicing with Tsitsipas. Apostolos was there too. He is somewhat harsh on Tsitsipas at times. At one point he was facepalming lol. Was quite surreal seeing them so close. Tsitsipas as I suspected was pretty extraordinary watching him in practice and in the match, IMO he really stood out with his game. Amazing player. He is slowly becoming a favourite of mine, if not already. At the end of the practice his dad told a security guard who stood right next to me that only the kids will be able meet up with him, so they put us adults on one side at the end of the practice and kids near where Tsitsi would make his exit. Not that I think it's that important to get a picture with him, I totally understand that the guy is tired and probably can't satisfy everyone cause he'd be there all day. All good IMO. I think the kids are more important, and he totally made their day and happily signed and took pictures with them.

I also saw Tiafoe practice for a little bit, aswell as Holger Rune who had Mouratoglu with him aswell as his mother. I was suprised how calm Holger was though both in practice and in the match. Usually he has his outbursts, but he was calm and focused. Great athlete and ball striker. There is a good balance in his game. He will be top 10 in a year bet on it. Along with Tsitsipas he impressed me the most.

I wasn't too impressed with Norrie though, he is pretty meh but still a solid player. I saw a racket smash from him vs Rune. He always came across as pretty calm to me, but today he was shouting and in the end smashed his racket.

Tiafoe was the only guy btw who after practice came up and signed autographs, took some pictures and chatted with people. I think he just has that kind of a personality who can take the time to socialize, he isn't afraid to be social with strangers. To each their own really. Strikes me as very down to earth.

I wasn't able to catch Shapo and Di minaur practicing, but I saw their match as well courtside. Shapovalov pretty erratic player as I have noticed watching him on tv throughout the years. He is a great striker of the ball but it's too much hit and miss. His movement isn't elite either wich can be an explanation to why he misses so much. Shapo disappointed me to be honest. I still think there is a chance he can achieve something great, he is still pretty young, but not with his current game. Something has to change.

Di Minaur on the other hand the exact opposite, he is solid as a brick but can beat the heck out of the ball when he wants too. A speed demon aswell. All round a really good player and very professional as well as humble. Taller in person than what it appears on tv. He was in complete control of the match from start to finish, he had Shapo wrapped around his finger. Doesn't surprise me he has won 6 titles.
Tiafoe is really one of the best guys but his behaviour & comments after winning against Rafa still baffle me.
 

morten

Hall of Fame
Tiafoe annoyed me in this tournament, as did Tommy Paul, just not interrested in playing or giving their best, so dissapointing...
 

Mischko

Semi-Pro
Nice thread

Shapo was good in practice, with Polansky. They were hitting really hard. On wednesday Shapo won but smashed a racquet and gave it later to a boy, who was then carrying it around the KTH. He just stood next to me with his dad, while watching Rune - Garin, a great match btw, so I asked him to see it, a black SV95, 52/52 sticker in the throat, that was a cool experience.

I also saw Garin practice, and Ruusuvuori too, that was cool. On the first day Paul/Norrie won doubles against Ruusuvuori/Sousa, and Tommy Paul is a fabulous player, special talent. I was hoping to see some more of him, but it was not to be this year..

Tsitsipas is so athletic and strong physically, it's impressive to see him play live. He's an attacking player, so he'll always have a difficult match if he's attacked non stop, has to defend/transition a lot, and Rune is a hard hitter.

RS Pro balls used in Stockholm, and Umag, reward hard hitting, it doesn't surprise me that Tsitsipas, Shapovalov won in previous years, and that Rune managed to punch through Tsitsipas today.

Norrie would most definitely prefer slow floating balls, like the ultra slow Head Tour XT (Penn XD) in Indian Wells, and the upcoming Paris Masters. Although tournaments with slow balls started compensating with fast surfaces, like AO etc, so fans and commentators mistakenly talk about "fast conditions" while players can barely get the ball to move.

It will be interesting to see if Basel switched to Tour XT and if they will have a slicker surface to compensate for the slow balls, if they have switched. Previously they had the fastest Head Tour ball, no wonder Federer liked it, besides playing at home of course. Now all Head sponsored tournaments are switching to Tour XT, like Laver Cup, which drastically changes the conditions vs the old Tour ball.
 
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