Click on the twitter link to hear the short interview Novak gave at the Tennis Channel desk. His thoughts on the Bo5 format are deplorable and weak. I am surprised he actually thinks even MAJORS should be Bo3. He did note that he disagreed with Federer, with a chuckle, so maybe he’s saying this about Bo5 just to be antagonistic? But I doubt it. He seemed genuine in his imbecilic perspective on Bo5. What a shame.
I can’t even fathom this point-of-view.
As for the tennis yesterday that I was able to watch.
Kyrgios, in all of his antic-filled bullshit, toyed with a very difficult Coric. When he wants to play, he’s unplayable, almost. I didn’t see the second set, but I suspect Nick tanked. Get him off the tour until he can pass this character test of playing hard, trying and not acting like a fourteen year-old.
Stan continues to roll. A Federer v Stan QF could be phenomenal. The two Swiss should be able to advance today in their respective matches.
Djokovic v Dimitrov should be a Novak routine win unless he continues to play like that first set against Mannarino and Dimitrov actually puts together some brilliant hard court tennis. He has the game for this surface; he is the defending champ. However, I see a three-set Novak win at worst for the Serb. Losing to Dimitrov would be a tough loss in his pre-USO tune-up.
Chung v Del Potro needs to still be played from yesterday. Not sure about Juan Martin’s health. Not sure this has much consequence if his wrist is ailing, even if does win.
Shapovalov v Raonic should favor the big serve of Milos. Denis getting through that would be a marvelous sign of his hard court tennis at this point.
The Khachanov v Cilic has my interest, as well. Khachanov is becoming a legit power tennis player along the lines of a Querrey. Does he take the next step? Cilic should win here, but Karen’s confidence is growing. Should be good.
Anderson v Goffin and Haase v Carreno Busta fill-out the day’s schedule.
Shaping-up to be a nice next few days of business-end Masters tennis.