As we know, Tsitsipas beat De Minaur, the ultimate two-hander, for the Milan NextGen crown, which, like our Thiem v Coric Paris-Bercy bout, amounts to a short trial of the sport’s ferociously antagonistic style ideologies. Hear hear! Nice to see the more elegant, classic and sophisticated doctrine rise in the defeat of the younger, adolescent, inferior tennis zeitgeist.
But this was a bit anticlimactic, as well, given all of the Milan rule-change rigmarole and the fact that the victorious Greek lad seemingly was only a few 2018 match wins from London (perhaps that’s a bit of stretch). Good on Stefanos for consolidating that 2018 form he displayed as early as Barcelona, where he met Nadal in the final and then continued to make similar type runs amongst deep ATP fields, perhaps highlighted by another final against Nadal in Toronto, where Tsitsipas had beaten four top-10 opponents including the rising Djoker, as well as Sascha, and Kevin Anderson.
Thiem, our other prominent one-handed cleric, has lost to Anderson in their first round-robin match at the London Nitto ATP Finals. This is not a surprise; I guess Anderson is not burned-out quite yet.
My preview in my last post:
In Federer’s group, Nishikori is playing well, but the real battle seems to be between Thiem and Anderson — has Anderson played himself out, over-played? If not, he’s had a ton of success to lift him in these kinds of matches. On this surface, he should fare quite well. I would like to see Thiem come through, but Anderson, if he still has form, might be a tough out.
Pretty simple really. Anderson has had a great year, playing some pretty meaningful tennis at the top of tour. Thiem is a great fighter, but Anderson has a lot to overcome if he’s in form — the serve, both wings from back of the court, the ability to come to net, a very tall order indeed at 6’8″.
We’re early in this tournament, but a good start for Anderson, for sure, given that both players still have to play Federer and Nishikori.
By the time I hit publish on this post, Nishikori might have secured the upset of Federer in their first match of this WTF. He won the first set in a TB and they’re on serve in the second, Kei breaking back in the second game after getting broken in the first game of this second set. So, Federer certainly has his hands full there.
Ah, Nishikori just broke again so he’s serving 4-2 in the second.
All is mostly a side-show for the Djoker coronation b(sure Federer I thought like many of us might make a little run here as the end is certainly near — and given his skill-to-surface advantage in London). Tough to see Novak getting chased from this competition.
But Federer is all but done here v Nishikori as Federer serves to stay in the match at 2-5.