I haven’t seen the match, actually, but saw this coming from miles away. Remember, I was in attendance when Federer and Coric played another 1000 SF, in Indian Wells, March of this year. Brilliant match. Federer Houdini-ed his way out of that loss, gave the youngster a very valuable tennis lesson that day. The Croat continues to climb (despite typical-for-his-generation drops in form); again, he’s the mini Djoker, for his fierce athletic style, aspiring THBH. We probably don’t want to form too many expectations, however.
Oh but the tennis world remains shocked by it all.
Tennis.com is using the verb “stunned” to describe the Coric win today.
ATP web headquarters looks similar: Borna Serves Up Stunner, Ousts Roger In Shanghai
I said in yesterday’s tête-à-tête with Wlady: “Not sure he gets by Coric. If he does, hope he’s ready for some bagels.”
I had already said in yesterday’s post that Novak looks bored. That was before today’s 2 and 1 snack v Zverev.
I have to imagine that Novak, Roger and Rafa facetime each other, little conference calls, the three of them, just sharing a good laugh or two at this odd sport history of sorts that they’ve created, curated, and mythologized.