The Tennis thread


#7266

In one post match interview, she used the first person pronoun, as in, ‘l played a smart game,’ not that it worried me, just saying that she mentioned ‘l’ in passing.


#7267

And just like that Rafa goes bang and it’s 5-3 serving for the set


#7268

I reckon that’ll be it from thiem. Rafa looks to have gone up a notch and is in beast mode whereas thiem was playing at 110% from the first shot.

Rafa brain will need to explode for thiem to win it from here imo


#7269

And there is the first set 6-3
Come on Rafa get the next one now


#7270

Rafa ramps up the pressure on Thiem, with 2 set points, and only needs 1.


#7271

Bad error from Rafa


#7272

Thiem has made an adjustment and not standing as far back but as a consequence he has hit everything long.


#7273

Both winning their serve easily so far this set


#7274

Game on!


#7275

Rafa with 3 unforced errors on his service game, gives Thiem a couple of well earned break points for the second set. Thiem outhits Rafa to take the second set. The second las point was a huge rally, top quality shot making.


#7276

Wow!

For those on SBS is that Langford for the Wagner knee support thing?


#7277

Rafa hardly dropped a point on serve and then panicked to drop the set.
Surely Thiem’s luck runs out soon


#7278

If you are good enough, luck doesn’t matter.


#7279

He hit a couple of mis hits that on another day could have gone anywhere.
He does appear to have Rafa a bit rattled. Rafa needs to settle or he could get blasted away with Thiem’s power


#7280

Has to hold serve here.


#7281

Thiem goes through patches where he hits 3 or 4 in a row long and Rafa needs to take advantage


#7282

And Rafa breaks and looks mightily ■■■■■■ off.
Might see him lift a cog


#7283

Rafa has drop volleyed to perfection.


#7284

And the double break.
12 of the first 13 points and one of the commentators even said it looked like Thiem has poked the bear


#7285

Rafa picks the cross court reply from his own short ball, and plays a winer into the open court, to break Thiem again. He did a few fist pumps as a result, while Thiem would have been rattled.