Another 193 cm tall opponent, making some breakthrough in Paris – don’t expect him to be that hard nut as Stef
Match to play tomorrow, schedule comes after today’s matches are finished. No rest between today and tomorrow but today was a kind of practice. Could not find better than this.
Updated 31.05.2018, 15:05
Third match on Court no. 1 (first match starting 11.00), first is Verdasco vs. Dimitrov – could be long, than a ladies match. Not much weather delays in the air, so maybe starting 16.00-17.00 with chances to finish tomorrow
Updated 31.05.2018, 20:21
An impression about Berrettini (highlights from his match against Zverev in Rome)
I have watched parts of his won match against Tiafoe in Rome. He likes to often change pace, plays many dropshots, lobs, nice guy and smart player but without any special weapon.
Updated 31.05.2018, 22:32
What to expect from Berrettini?
Expect him to play unorthodox tennis. He will try to break Dominic’s rhythm of baseline game, play many dropshots, lobs and volleys. He is so far a Challenger hero, going lastly deep in tournaments on Challenger circuit. This is another kind of tennis. Most have not enough skills to play classic game, so they use different trick shots, go for high risk. Just like Sandgren in AO? Sandgren was/is a player with lots of holes in his skills. But has some patterns, which work quite well against “classic” players. Plays forehands with heavy acceleration and immediately goes to the net. Sometimes this works, sometimes not. Similar things can happen with Berrettini, but his patterns are different. Some problem for Dominic could be “dead balls”, which are difficult for a hard hitting baseliner. Berrettini would have no chance in baseline hitting like between Dominic and Tsitsipas. His strength are – what a paradox – his poor skills.
But he has so far no win over top players, so it will be enough to be prepared for some surprises. First set can be tough to learn this unorthodox game. Fortunately there are more to play 🙂
Updated 1.06.2018, 08:57
Here’s the full match to watch (click the image)
Before I post the comment, must watch the match again.
It was about what I expected. Really hard opponent. One of the new generation of upcoming big hitters. Must be at least 190+ cm tall (optimum maybe between 190 and 195) to have an advantage to hit balls from the height (10 cm is a huge difference, I know this from my own hobby tennis experience) but still be able to move quite well. As they get older, mostly become big servers, very difficult to break but their movement will get worse or they get injuries. But for some years then can be very dangerous. Berrettini ist just one like this. Moreover – it’s (as I wrote before quite the same as with Sandgren – Challenger Tour players build their game (missing more skills) on power serve and power flat shots plus some unorthodox trick shots. If everything goes well, only one such player (Zverev) awaiting him. But first Nishikori, this time a player with top skills and experience, but not a tower 😉
Updated 1.06.2018, 19:35
Updated 1.06.2018, 23:30
Nobody cares after the match is won, but … can be useful to understand tennis better. You may wonder, how could Thiem lose the second set. Leading with a break and serving at 4:3 for 5:3. And then just this. 3 double faults in a row. Rather rare. But it happens and nobody can tell, why: Even the player himself cannot understand this. In the Memorable Moments you will find Dominic’s face just after this has happened. Trying to understand. Having only few seconds to do this. But whatever the reason, you instantly lose focus and while still in the set, when the tiebreaker came, he must have had it in mind. My Goodness, 3 double faults in a row means I’m 0:5 and the opponent serves. The more you try to focus, the more chance you have this to happen ion the worst moment. That’s the whole story. And don’t try to think, Thiem misses mental strength or something like this.
I’m sure, neither Thiem, nor Bresnik or some mental coaching pundit can tell you some reasonable story about such things. If this happens in a decider, you lose the match. And it happens to so many players.
I remember Pablo Cuevas, maybe Buenos Aires 2017 final. He had lots of double faults in the match but still was going to win. And in the crucial moment he suddenly found the solution. He served underhand. It worked. The serve was in, the opponent surprised and the point (and match) won. This can help one time for a match. And professional players feel ashamed doing such tricks. But it is allowed and a correct serve. I remember too, Cuevas was apologizing for this and explained in an interview, he was scared to make another double fault in the all-deciding moment. But this is not a result of long deciding process – should I, can I, what if such shaming serve fails too? No, this is decided without thinking, even if you may think thereafter, you was thinking and consciously and rationally deciding. This is instinct. Sometimes ending well, sometimes bad. You may be Federer or Nadal or Djokovic and still such thing can happen to you.
Updated 2.06.2018, 12:10