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    Re: '18 USO Day 9 OoP & Discussion

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    After a match like the one Nadal just survived against Thiem, always worth remembering what Jimmy Connors once said to me about Rafa: “He plays like he’s broke.”
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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    Re: '18 USO Day 9 OoP & Discussion

    Thiem has a spectacularly flashy game and he is highly entertaining. But as we've learned with Sharapova, that go for broke style on every point can win you a lot of matches but it also has some limitations -- just as big servers have limitations in their game.

    Mainly the go for broke style leaves a player with a limited ability to improvise and use touch and finesse to finish off points -- and that is what allowed Nadal to win the match even though his ground strokes on both wings were 6 mph slower than Thiem's. This point was perfect encapsulated on match point when Nadal got pushed into a defensive position and had to come up with something that would keep him in the point. And what shot did he choose? A lob -- a touch shot that had the best chance of being a winner and also had the best chance of drawing an error. The shot didn't float over Thiem's head for said winner but it did result in the next best thing -- drawing an error. Game, set, match, Rafa.
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    Re: '18 USO Day 9 OoP & Discussion

    Women's Singles - Quarterfinals
    [19] A.Sevastova (LAT) d. [3] S.Stephens (USA) 62 63
    [17] S.Williams (USA) d. [8] Ka.Pliskova (CZE) 64 63

    Men's Singles - Quarterfinals
    [1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) d [9] Dominic Thiem (AUT) 06 64 75 67(4) 76(5)
    [3] Juan Martin del Potro (ESP) d [11] John Isner (USA) 67(5) 63 76(4) 62

    Women's Doubles - Quarterfinals
    [2] Babos/Mladenovic (HUN/FRA) d. [6] Hradecka/Makarova (CZE/RUS) 76(5) 62
    [13] Barty/Vandeweghe (AUS/USA) d. Jakupovic/Khromacheva (SLO/RUS) 62 63

    Men's Doubles - Quarterfinals
    [5] Cabal/Farah (COL/COL) d. [15] Bopanna/Roger-Vasselin (IND/FRA) 64 64
    [7] Kubot/Melo (POL/BRA) d. Krajicek/Sandgren (USA/USA) 64 62

    Mixed Doubles - Quarterfinals
    C McHale/C Harrison (USA/USA) d [5] Sestini-Hlavackova / Roger-Vasselin (CZE/FRA) 63 64
    Rosolska/Mektic (POL/CRO) d Olaru/Skugor (ROU/CRO) 76(5) 64

    Girls' Singles - Second Round

    Boys' Singles - Second Round

    Girls' Doubles - First Round

    Boys' Doubles - First Round

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    Re: '18 USO Day 9 OoP & Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan View Post
    In Thiem's previous matches against Nadal at Roland Garros he won a total of 23 games, and last night he won 28 games. Hopefully that is a sign that he will be able to step up against these top players in future matches.
    Would really like to see him score a Masters one of these months. I realize comparisons are the devil's work and all, but every now and then I can't help thinking, "C'mon, man. Isner has one. Sock has one. Your boy Alex has three. Get yourself together!"

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