Let the beast off the leash, but reined him in by the end.Exactly this. Yesterday, it seemed like the only way Thiem could beat Tsitsipas was by redlining.
Tsitsipas did very well in forcing him to be too aggressive and make errors.
It was a gamble, though, because in the third Thiem started zoning and nearly took the match!
But until Thiem broke back in the third, it was working just as planned.
Tsitsipas looks like a bird.Ok, NOT ugly per se, just against Tsitsipas (and Fed, for that matter)). Otherwise, Safin's just plain. And it's not a matter of taste or 'sexiness'. Long head, low brow, heavy jaw, small, inexpressive features... There are Tatars who look better than this, with proportionate features, dark lively eyes, etc.