I watched a bit of the Djokovic Thiem match today and thought two things. Novak looks to have refined his form, looking solid in all aspects of the game – his depth, pace and angles aligning with the GOAT gods. Very poised is the Serb, applauding good points from the apprentice, mastering drop shots from behind the BL, and simply spraying lazers all over the canvas.
Secondly, Thiem looks solid, very promising though today had to have been terribly humbling. I want to say he needs to shorten his mechanics a bit. He has the classic SHBH, but perhaps has too a long stroke on the ball; despite that, when he finds his range he’s certainly poised and can finish the point emphatically, authoritatively. But his length. Watching him play the SHBH with such athleticism (like most of the SHBH practitioners/artists), I thought about the next stage of game development as a guy who can hit his BH either SH or TH – a genuine hybrid. Why not?
Thiem’s style, as appealing as it is aesthetically, seems flawed in today’s game.
For the final, Murray has to absolutely peak. I don’t see it happening in the Final as it might have happened in the Semi-Final. Murray was exceptional vs Wawrinka today – which I discussed a bit in my SF reflection post. Murray’s delivery from the BL was that tremendous 21st century tennis, blending great defense with efficient offense.
Here’s Murray’s problem: he and Djokovic have similar games, but Novak is just that much better technically and mentally. I suspect Murray might be able to hang physically, but the technique and mental fortitude of the Serb should carry the win. That’s Djokovic’s hand. His BH is that much more lethal, his movement more fluent, his timing more precise. He’s on a different level.
Murray needs a solar eclipse to knock off the Djoker.
In the end, Novak cleans-up in 3 or 4 sets.
PS I have to respect the irony of me calling on serendipity throughout the tournament – of an unusual event that might transform the championship, men’s tennis in general – yet here I am, calling for a dud, for Djokovic to complete the Serb-slam, the career GS, his 12th major in routine fashion.
Everyone cheer for Murray to make the match. Cheer louder.
As most of you know, I couldn’t care less about the women’s final. What a shit show is the WTA. Yikes.