Due to distractions (work), I can’t formulate too many thoughts on the first two QF matches today, so let’s make this simple:
I might say a slight upset would be Thiem beating Monfils today. I guess watching either on Saturday (trying to be transparent here) will be a joy. I prefer Thiem’s style and, quite frankly, would really like to see him play and win (in person). Monfils would be quite the show, as well.
I saw a lot of Monfils prior to IW and he is playing (if he’s still that dangerous, which looks to be the case) out of his mind. He’s always had the athleticism, but this resurgence has a more consistent and fearsome ball striking, from digging-out a shot and returning to sender with explosives, to just simply using that creativity to often out-work and out-class his opponent. I’m still trying to figure-out how Tsitsipas beat him in Dubai. The Greek was belly-up in rallies, body language, etc. A true fighter might be what can still get to Gael even in this form. He’s on fire.
Thiem may have that fight. If the conditions are slower, ball bouncing a little higher, this could help Thiem find some much needed advantage. I hope this is close and brilliant today. I hope Thiem shows-up and makes us all remember, on the eve of clay, how important he is to our sport.
May the best man win.
As for Raonic v Serbia, I’m pulling for Kecmanovic. Clearly the Canadian has the advantage, but hopefully that’s only on paper. Djokonini is into the doubles SF; maybe this will add inspiration to this 19 year-old’s play today. Idemo!