After Mexico it goes forward in Indian Wells. In the “Desert Paradise of US-millionaires” an intensive fitness camp with the sports scientist Mike Reinprecht from Austrian Steiermark awaits. “This year I will try”, says Dominic, “to make more fitness block during the season. To remain fir and fresh.” Reinprecht announces: “These blocks will be extreme.”
Updated 28.02.2018, 20:58
Click the image to land in THIEM folder on Dropbox and look for ThiemShapovalovAcapulco – the full match record
6:2, 6:3. Well, I was a bit too cautious, not expecting such a good game from Dominic.´The best comment is this quote from ATP website “Former champion Dominic Thiem looked like a hard-court king on Wednesday.”
Yes, maybe just starting, what I expect to happen this season – Thiem will be more impressive on hard court than on clay.
What I would complain about were maybe too many tries of hitting return winners, most of them not successful. But maybe a kind of “training in competition” in relatively comfortable match situation? Anyway look the return winner on a breakpoint to 5:2. This one should count as hot shot of the day 🙂
Kiki winning too, so maybe they should play so many common tournaments as possible?
Today (rather early morning tomorrow) QF against del Potro. Not sure what to expect from Delpo – hopefully no “little white pills” 😉 but maybe heavy support from the crowd?
Match prediction: Thiem wins 7:6, 7:5
Updated 1.03.2018, 10:05
The return of returns 😉
Updated 1.03.2018, 12:17
Click the image to land in THIEM folder on Dropbox and look for ThiemDelpoAcapulco – full match record, wait about 30 minutes for the record to be uploaded
Bad day in the office. Delpo was not in big form and could be defeated. Dominic was too nervous and impatient. Bad tactic to look for instant winners, leading to lots of errors. Delpo could calmly wait for Dominic’s errors and they came. Delpo made also lot of errors, but Dominic was “better” in this aspect.
At 0:1, 4:5 with Delpo serving for the match Dominic started to play more relaxed, showing (too late) the game, he should have been played all the time.
The right tactic against Delpo is to make him running, simply hitting left-right until he makes error. But this is not Dominic’s game.
An old issue came back too. Being 3 times a break ahead and getting re-broken immediately by own errors and finally losing with double fault – it’s still the problem with playing pressure points.
Small and not very nice consolation – Kiki lost too, so they have maybe 1-2 days free to spend together 🙂
Updated 2.03.2018, 09:41
Do you remember these two articles? A RIDDLE and PRESSURE from 2017?
I thought, the lessen was understood and faults repaired. But it looks, they are still there.
Thiem cannot close games, sets and matches, which are actually almost won. Lots of such stories last season, including big tournaments, when he was in top form, fit and could even win titles in Masters and Slams. Berdych in Wimbledon 2017 – leading 5:2 in decider, serving for the match and … losing it. Delpo in US Open! Sandgren in AO. Now Verdasco in Rio (playing like we would rather expect Dominic to play – first strike tennis for oldies). And Delpo again in Acapulco.
I don’t know answers but I know questions. And I know, nobody would drop a word. These questions goes to Thiem, Bresnik and Galo Blanco.
Once again a riddle.
Thiem is topfit. His hard court game matured. No more a trace of a virus illness from Doha. But somehow I don’t remember Thiem smiling and being on fire and playing with courage (as he always did) this year.
Stony, serious face, sometimes grimaces (of pain?) He looks ill. How can anybody be topfit and ill at the same time? Where are comments from Dominic and his team?
Everything only preparation for tons of big titles on clay and later? Not very logic. How can confidence be built-up, while playing many “warm-up” tournaments, ending so poor? And not showing motivation, courage, energy?
Now Thiem should have an additional extreme fitness block before Indian Wells? Who plans such things for a player, who misses energy in matches? For a player, who is maybe ill, but nobody tells?
Again, a riddle too much, the Thiem Team.
Maybe holding his abilities secret before bigger events? I would like it to be true. But … too many doubts.
But this was good !!!
See you at Sunshine Double 🙂
Just seen, that Zverev lost to Delpo in SF 4:6, 2:6.
Looked stats of both matches – vs. Thiem and vs. Zverev. I knew this generally before, but this is now again the same and maybe some explanation, why Delpo is so hard to beat, especially for young guys with not enough experience.
What’s special in these stats, Delpo has substantially higher winning rate at his second serve, higher winning rate when returning both first and second serve, higher breakpoint saving and breakpoint converting rates. All these are pressure points.
Delpo has virtually no nerves. And extraordinary capability of making opponents nervous and get them out of rhythm. Here are some ways he does it, not always fair and sometimes breaking rules (but which umpire would punish such a teddy bear after so hard years of surgeries for time violation or violation of other rules?).
- Between points he is walking like almost dead old man.
- He regularly uses towel after serve fault of the opponent.
This is obvious breaking of the rule, telling, the server’s time for serve since the last point ended is limited and the returner must be ready to receive (if nothing special happens) so the server must not wait for him to be ready. This is intentionally distracting opponents in crucial moments – before first and even worse – before second serve.
- Of course he is allowed to use rule-breaking Federer’s invention to change racket between games, when there is no changeover. So the opponent is waiting even 1 minute since he is ready to serve. At this time the receiver should be ready to receive. But he is just changing the racket. Not because the racket failed. Only because he needs to distract the server. This works very often, resulting in missing first serve or even lose the point with double fault. Imagine there is 5:5 or 5:4 for you in the set and you are serving, either to not get broken on the finish line or to hold serve to win the set. PeRFect moment to be distracted. Thanks Mr. Federer, winner of Sportsmanship Awards every year. Thank Mr. d.P., the second client of Federer’s agency Team8. Thanks, Tony Godsick, for good job in building-up the image of your clients by explaining the umpires, it’s good for tennis (business) those 2 to win matches and tournaments.
POSSIBLE EXPLANATION FOR THIEM’S POOR PERFORMANCE IN RIO AND ACAPULCO
I wrote before how strange I found it. Thiem being topfit and not performing well.
Well, this is speculation. But based on something any good observer of professional tennis should know by heart.
Every player has his main goals for the season. Some have only the biggest, like Federer who because according to ATP rules (age, position in ranking a.s.o.) can skip also mandatory events, so he skips everything and plays only tournaments he wants and plans to win.
Some have opposite plans – to play so much it goes, maybe it happens to make a deep run in one tournament or even win a title?
I think, Thiem has for the first time big plans, focused on Masters and Slams. But he cannot skip anything like Federer and needs some match practice before those bigger tournaments.
So the first one was AO. He played first Doha, then had a virus (maybe not a virus but warm-up before AO scheduled for 3 matches in Doha?) Then he did play very well at AO – the run (which would probably end with SF or even F) was unfortunately broken by Sandgren (I’m still following his presence on tour because of suspicion, he could be heavily doped in AO, maybe just to get Thiem away before he eventually could beat Federer).
Then Buenos Aires ending with title, but without any stellar performance – not needed. Then Rio – again, no plans to win the tournament and “waste” resources before upcoming big goals.
Again the same in Acapulco. Only so much to have some practice on hard surface but remain fresh and fit before Sunshine Double.
Now he plans another short but extreme fitness block in Indian Wells with Mike Ruprecht (specialist in extreme fitness exercises).
This all together can be a big plan to go for big results in IW+Miami. We will see.
I think, Acapulco was some display of what Thiem is able too but with missing motivation to go deep.
In such cases some are retiring after 2-3 matches, when it’s enough for the warm-up, even sometimes telling the media, they are OK but must just save powers for upcoming Slam or Masters. Retiring is not something, Thiem would like to do. So playing matches, not losing intentionally, but going only to some predefined energy loss.
You can see on my Dropbox account (links are available in this post) the whole Delpo match and here in the post a short video of how Dominic suddenly could perform for some games, not giving Delpo any chance, maybe just trying out something, he would play at 100% in upcoming big events.
Maybe you think, I’m crazy or my speculations is rather fantasy then logic. We’ll see soon 🙂
This is how they make big hype from nothing. The only thing is you have the right name. No, not Dominic Thiem, this one is not good. You must call you Federer or del Potro. Then they do things like this.
Just wanted to watch once more the reply of the Delpo match on Tennis TV, where I have full year subscription paid. I have stopped the record too early and now I wanted to recall Dominic’s reaction after the match, just for my thinking about what you can read in my comments to this post. But under the respective link I found only THIS !!!
I’m sorry, I must laugh. You can see better and more spectacular volley in every match in Challengers. Now if this is an unbelievable volley for Delpo, I ask organizers to let Delpo go through qualifications in every match until he retires.
So I could not find what I was looking for, but I somehow recall it from watching live. Thiem was not disappointed with the loss. He absolved his exercise and went with Kiki to the beach or took the flight to Indian Wells, where he has scheduled a fitness camp before IW.
Updated 4.03.2018 14:02