Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem Full Match | Australian Open 2020 QuarterfinalJul 06, 2023
foreigner there is nothing better than that to start the game in a foreign position. I like him on the court and I saw him at the ATP Cup in his first
matchor two. I thought I was too deep in the court, maybe I was just getting used to it. the new season again, but that's where you can beat these players. I think on a hard court on clay he can stay further back, but on this surface I think he has to play close to the baseline, so he's a big threat, that's good, that's good. To see him early, it's lovely to see the movement of him off the ball on the Jewish side and he also dropped back a bit further.
It will probably cut the angle that would be felt more on the outside and not go as deep as it often does 40 15. thanks 40 13. 40 30 this goes into the backbone of the first set of the backhand side obviously many times it is just better than many of your opponents, those little nuances are coming to the fore here, on the back of a windshield, no doubt. coming soon Fitzy is the rapper here wow that's strong that's Brave I think that's a bit much, isn't it? For me, Brad, too much for me, yeah, I mean, at this point, it's a one-time fight, you know, once you see here for me, this is 60 40. anything can happen in a two-horse race Bradley , I agree that he has been strong through the windscreen, so we are not going to discuss that now and Rafa will have no arguments without
opening the service game.
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The Dominion team to serve both players had only been broken four times before this particular
match, they have been very dominant behind their serves. We see again that a year and a half ago, two years ago, he would have hit exactly the same serve and gotten the same serve. exact return and he would have dropped, walked away from that ball and picked it up, it sounds oh oh, it's just a court position that's already on the return, though isn't it? has been averaging oh, actually, he's almost three meters behind the baseline on average for his second Server Return overall, he loves returning from earlier against the team's second serve and a game.
It is a simple strategy for the Austrian with the serve against all. A great serve, he gets the four from him and comes into play. He dominates from the blocks and does it. very good against the dial overall, if you look at his numbers from that US
openmatch, he has about 10 percent more forehands in play after his serve, which again is a returner and Nadal is an asset exceptional for him, it will be an interesting opportunity. I love it. I have Carlos Moyer's game notes before this one and I see what he felt was going to be significant.
Ah, Carlos gave you his notes from the game. I said I would have liked to have Carlos's right. I need to consult with you. more often in game plans for matches oh impressive literally and figuratively amazing for both in the early exchange of this match incredible depths from both guys throughout this point will be the last time we see one of those foreign extended rallies abroad in New York outside 15. That's phenomenal tennis, it's fun to watch, well, it's difficult to perceive how hard they really hit the ball here, it's not how heavy it comes off the strings abroad, but that we We go back to that meeting at the United States Open. basically sir 65 wide about 20 in the body and almost no damage game no no and he's holding his sword quite comfortably at the start of this match a couple of brilliant exchanges voting well for us 2-1 length oh interesting patch again like you mentioned before the second serve that Rafa was within baseline contact there on that side.
I think that's something that as this set gets deeper and the match gets longer, you'll see him adjust a little bit and come back, maybe trying to just like put a little extra pressure on oh big credit Dominic's team here uses this athleticism and speed offensively there yes, I remember a few years ago he was the president's coach, obviously he had a lot to do with Dominic and the wonderful influence he had. I remembered talking to him about a particular match I watched of Dominic 14. He really played a real all-court game on hard courts and for me I thought a light bulb went off in my mind anyway.
I thought, this kid could be it. The number one and him, yes you can play that well on a hard court, but he stays behind the baseline, sometimes a little bit more for me, but when he shows up like that, it looks devastating, as well as the way he You entered at that point. also a little sneak attack hit the ball, he didn't see it when an approach shot hit the ball, recognized what Rafa was going to do with it and then really used his athleticism to move forward and attack from there. There's certainly some miles on those legs, as there are on both players, that's the foundation you need.
I think in order to get close to winning a Grand Slam, seven matches in two weeks, best of five in the heat, sometimes one of the most challenging things in sports, I think you see me there coming in 15-0 very early right in the baseline, so the big shot works tonight, he has a chance, I think because you have to go there and take a risk with Rafa and it's a slightly lower shooting percentage if he can dominate that shot tonight. I think he has a chance here for two points in a row and we saw the pattern created by David Gol Fan and Alex Dimino during the ETP Cup on that forehand. line was pretty devastating from both guys, it's one of the key elements for them putting Rafa under so much pressure that he's also going to counter it, that was a bit surprising, sounds interesting, although 3C Dominic applies his knowledge of the court clay in that. do sideways, especially going deep, but finding a heavy forehand there Allah Rafa, yes, but still a strange miss, wasn't she?
She was a striking young lady, so the first opportunity is a break for the doll who previously liked to find the backside. of the team at the break point with his first serve changes things quite Fast delivery also from the dark lead fastest of the night still looking for that forehand on the return I feel like Rafa got up a little more break on that ball continued Coming in with that Lefty spin, well that's unfortunate, but you can see the threat to the dummy here tonight, big global tournament here, two of the best players in the world on the court as we speak, correct me if I'm wrong, Brad, but I have not done it.
I've seen him with a backhand cut so far tonight. I think you're absolutely right. 42 percent of his back hats were cut off when he got here. I'm going to take that back. He actually hit one right off the bat. Well, he cut the line to Rafa. backhand Rafa ran in and hit a backhand forehand, it's a dangerous play and that's probably why he hasn't hit one since, well, he was forced to hit a slice, this is live tennis, you haven't been, this isn't the second time. Have you seen this match, yes, I'm interested to see what that number is.
I don't think he's anywhere near 40. You're almost better off just breaking that backhand and trying to hit a big shot down the line than him. it's just keeping the ball in play, it just builds Rafa's confidence over the last few years by just swinging through the backhand return, taking the slice off completely on the second serve and just rolling the dice and he's been erratic and sometimes he doesn't do it. has done. He made so many, but he has never really given the rapper that beat that he likes, he has had a double benefit. Dominic is just what we talked about from the beginning, the backhands from the deep corner, the outside foot, the one-handed backhand, the total commitment on those swings.
I'm not saying he's not timing that shot down the line right now. Wow, yeah, that's hardcore tennis. There is a slider that steps wide around the right inside out for a winner. Yes, don't allow yourself to make too many throws, too far behind the baseline, yes. you're three feet away with that forehand, he can, he can hit a winner, he just has the strength and the power, the racket head accelerations are pretty impressive, the perfect environment for this competition, that It's interesting, that's tennis IQ, you don't have to do things too often. you just pick the moment when the other guy isn't even in his thinking hemisphere.
The team had no idea he was going in there nor did anyone else in the stadium, I think. 13. Let's beat him a few times down the line. that outside patch, I think Rafa's thinking that Dominic's thinking that he's thinking that he might be thinking that he's going backwards every time 100 percent there it is again and that's a predetermined plan tonight, isn't it? ? That center serve is difficult for the team to beat with that backhand trying to get enough width from there from so far behind the baseline. All Nadal has to do is put a string on the ball, drop it and the point is to move away from his favorite spot. outside the baseline to be more effective in the game has a fourth game on the board Nadal 4-3 new of all the sweets not ours takes four games to three my phone thank you oh love 13. you must be careful when opening the door for Rafa, a couple of loose decisions due to unforced errors on that last one, I think trying to take that kind of side spin ball down the line, lower percentage, right?
Oh yeah, from the gate and, uh, I love it 14. V8 will pass, he's got a pull bar on the gate now a couple of beautiful overhead shots there the high team can't do anything with it there's three break points for the number one foreigner in the world, can you believe it? Incredible tennis, five games to three, well, it's the perfect balloon that the team thought of. Hitting him, I'm not sure in the end if he really had a choice, but leaving it seemed like he was coming back fast enough to make this hit strong enough to take the place of the air that was going to decide.
It's going to be incredibly deep trying to get that ball out of the air. An incredible shot by Rafa. Yes, in the security line. You can see Dominic when Rafa has been taking that forehand cross towards the backhand. He is trying to get closer to the ball and does not allow Rafa. pick it up on that side, but the moment becomes much more difficult when the ball is going to jump off its surface, isn't it trying to carry the ball up? Oh, that's hell, I was way behind the baseball, that's tough. What is the factor? There are eight out of ten in difficulty.
This is a difficult shot to hit. Control it within that line. Basically, it split the lines at the end there. He was also in good position. A good balance from that position. But that's a tough shot. 30. well Josh is back, that's the danger of that play, we've talked a little about the fact that he does it too many times and Dominic is starting to recognize it, he has time to see Rafa coming and from that distance he can definitely get the ball rolling up to his 30 feet. A foreign challenger with that score could still save him a brilliant set to watch just from the point of view of going back and looking at his historical data on the way they played to see the changes Nadal has brought this set initial here and you can see that the team just doesn't read the service at all, number one in the world, which shows why it's the best set point in the world left for civics.
Come on, it's brilliant of the team, yes, they're quite prepared to go ahead and take. That swinging forehand volley, isn't it? Pat said before he often plays very brave tennis. Dominic made the same move with the forehand volley earlier and got beat. I'm going to keep doing it, thank you, it's a one-headed catch, ah um. There's not going to be anything better than that. We may see a few more shots in this game that are as good as that one, but none better. It's surely a team for me. It's as good as it looks. He just opened his shoulders here and came straight out of The Hitting.
The area of that racket in the middle of the strings look at where the contact point is and that's at chest height and he's just moving that ball from there not to mention the two he hit before that oh let's hope he's well, exactly a good vibe from the team it was. I'm glad he's okay, he might be better than Boris Becker in the old days, weird and classy. The good thing is that he didn't fight it with his ankle, he just let it go. Incredible things where he is persevering Brad with his rising backhand this time multiplies it. perfectly, then he knows these limitations.
I guess he feels like he has enough confidence to pull this off. This is a difficult rising shot. Beautiful. That's all. I'd love to see him play more second game break points just to implant. The team has it in its mind that it may be getting there and when it reaches a crucial stage it goes with its favorite serve. The team has been finding the forehand here on the second serve consistently if it moves in that direction again almost cheating a little bit right now at At this point in this set there may have been more but for me missing three easy like that one is unusual and I wonder why, well I guess this oneIt was born from the fact that he gained great control of the rally he is having. a bit intimidated at the moment by the team once the rallies start to develop he wants the first good hit yes what an effort from Dominic's team to bounce back just the day we are at Sir five he is fine and sweating confusingly out there, it's still there. very warm here in the Melbourne team sometimes in the last 10 minutes it has been too hot to handle even for the world number one oh foreigner he should have done the volley anyway oh great shot from Dominic's teams forcing Rafa to defend and his forehand his last forehand shot up the line off the court the ball to go up and down from that position on the court one of the reasons was because of the rotations on that forehand along the line that are needed to go up and down and that can It will also make you wrap the shooter around the frame sometimes Brad can't, yes, absolutely, especially working off the cut of that earlier, oh, this game has gotten complicated, missed that volley, hit the forehand and Rafa stood on a ball, there he was under pressure, team and what a sense of marking was shown there to maintain that. ball team just has it and away from Nadal incoming great approach shot Gina Dale plays with it or makes it play a difficult foreign one the same abroad remember a few years, well a couple of years ago in the French Open final when he had the tape like this We usually see this exchange so efficient, not this time he actually had the tape under his sweatbands as they apologize there to try to keep them in place because they were slipping down, they were so
fullof sweat all the time oh 30. crucial. moments here for the team not too much Read cameras like that it's certainly easier to say than two when you're there in the middle but he's on the rise right now you're verbalizing the same thing I was thinking points are very valuable right now So good passions in this foreign against these good players with his first shot after his serve, he can put this into play, he will throw it towards the side four of the team or he will throw it behind him and you can see why the team is trying to cover there because he has seen it.
Enough on the right side of him that he had to chase him hard, stupid, I just swung the whole time and it was hard for the team to catch up and control him. The dog six five. Oh, Mr. Team is training the call on the left service line. was canceled, it's only a couple of serves in the last two games by Sun's margin, this one is obviously close enough looking at his ball delivery here, as we see that he is out of this tournament, he has been a little more inconsistent than normal, we'll see. in these moments, in these last moments, if the school holds up, he said that the team has two challenges, he seems to miss those forehands more when he goes, goes, why did he make the first cut towards Nadal's back and then changed his direction and he went it's a risky shot there's a lot of winners there but he's hitting if he makes some mistakes on that return of serve there where he goes for it right away it's a good answer another challenge raffle thinks it's good I think almost I would prefer to serve wide to the first court, go back there and take the third shot.
I mean, it seems like it's a little easier to regain balance and choose his place. I like it, I like the white and I look for the first ball for the offside, yes, he only missed a couple, you know, the game where he was forced before started exactly like that, he missed the forehand well because you have more , yeah, and Nadal is recovering from a wide return, so, yeah, him. It was a bit difficult for him in this first set, he missed too many shots out of the game that was previously broken, he opened with that pattern, he missed the forehand but followed with an unforced error on the backhand that put him down love 30. this time with a As in the second point peace, it is not surprising that we are at six o'clock.
I learned that in cricket that would be called a draw, not a draw, a draw after five days, after five days and a lot of tea, a big seller in the United States, right? Steve Smith in the house tonight. Fantastic Australian batsman. Good tennis player too. Can you believe it? Have you seen that everyone agrees on the first point of the tiebreaker? They retry that. Is awesome. Big crickets. Alan. borders on one of my favorites there in the front row sitting next to Steve Smith. The tennis of a B is not as good as Steve's witness there on the side of this, that's all the excellent, beyond raising two zero nothing and again you have to admire his creativity is variety, too often it is talked about him in terms of his movement, his problems, his determination, his champion mentality, his skill set is equally impressive, looking to attack at that point, reading from the beginning, creating openings, actively looking to advance when he can, without improvisation.
Had to adjust to the ball touching the net here, so that changes not only the flight pattern but also the timing here for the team touching the net, just tilting it, getting ready to hit it without it touching the net. and then you have to adapt even more. very impressive, he made it look easy, it was not harder, the reactions only speak of his desire, okay, here we go, my heart rate just increased, well, the agility, the athleticism, the movement here of the team, both players, As you said, Rafa irregular doing things that We don't always expect him to change direction going back to that backhand and getting so much rhythm on that ball from that position and the second time he burned a little rubber in this core you can also see the white line that just went up with his back foot as he slid towards that one in the middle of the court which is right above the service box there on the Jewish side another wrong point for no reason team Dominic teams giving the shake legend here he was going to Let's say there's probably a reason and that man who refused to be defeated in this first set, anything less than good from Nadal is being punished by the team and has turned this tiebreaker harder, worried about the forehand line, the lines The team's previous forehand moves, whether made or missed, created that move right there and won that point for the team.
It's very rare to see someone like Rapha guessing with his footwork, but that again is a tribute to the force with which the team hits a tennis ball, one of the biggest hitters on tour or abroad. setback in fact, second toughest on tour behind I know I got it, you got it, go for it sir, I try hard, that's right, you changed the pace against Rapha, you better hit it, baby four, three teams They decided to hit a looping backhand here but it was too short, not that it's an easy ball to knock down but it seems like it's forever.
I think that's always where Ralph is most dangerous on the court when he discovers that his forehand from his strange offside found the ball he wanted but couldn't. Executing that time too well looks like three and you can't argue that he deserved the work he did in the break and Rafa was serving during the first set was really impressive and now coming to the breaker he has been the best player in the breaker. Ah, um, what a 7-6 set for the Austrian team of the second sentence to serve breakfast well reminds Dominic's team that it could be a preparation for a long road ahead.
The obstruction at this point was so good that I was thinking that the team's first couple of hits were hitting the ball so deep from the backhand side and then Rafa just changed the direction of the ball completely changed the complexion of the point oh, are we Talking about hitting your point? He doesn't hit it as flat as that, usually it tends to be a little more spin. Here just flatten this like a pancake, the cold winter is not going to improve the mood. Finishing with that return of Nadal's first service game is big, isn't it after winning a tough fight in the first set?
Staying here is like gold, especially after a hard breaker like that, huh, it's so amazing that the level will drop after a breaker like that, it's so important to keep your pressure level on the other guy as good as the first point was. Rafa Dominique, methodically going through this grip, you know, one thing that's becoming a little bit evident tonight as well, we're talking about the conditions as well in terms of the breathability and everything that he faces on that front as we see just another shot of a forehand with complete conviction every time Dominic's team arrives at the workshop fastest speeds of The tournament for both of them has also dropped considerably tonight and I wonder if that is also due to the humidity in the air, which as We know from Nadal's perspective it is not something he likes, it takes away the pain a little.
Dominic's team have been playing with a little more height on their backhand tonight, about 30 centimeters, trying to elevate the ball, but perhaps again only because the balls spongy when the humidity is not causing the problems they expected for Austria, it has, that boss fluffs up a lot even when the conditions are hot, you put them in this kind of situation, they get big, how many? Today's games require doing that three four, not many games with these balls, the balls come out hot in the first game or two, but I would say that within the command, two games hot, yeah, I mean, it's like you know that They have not fluffed. at first and there they definitely play faster for a game or two but not much more than that, you get a few hits on these balls and they really fluff up when you give them a few hits in yet another game.
Where was that game at 5-3? Carlos will think Nadal is very good at putting those kinds of moments of adversity behind him and they'll have to do that with any last year they changed the ball manufacturer here, right? Donald de Wilson and the double were very frank at times during the tour about the ball, especially at the end of the year when they used a kind of header ball in Shanghai, he doesn't feel it helps him at all, one of the things that people what you don't realize about the pro tour is probably how often you change the ball week after week different balls all the time it's a bit irritating sometimes it would be nice to come up with a standardized ball that you played with you have to change it up a little bit with clay and grass surfaces, but in hard tournaments, it would be nice if all hard tournaments were played with the same ball.
It would be nice if all clay court tournaments played with the same ball, oh foreigner, today it seems that you started trying to flatten it. here at the beginning of team time to take away from the second set, yes, get from A to B faster, right? He intervened and took space in that combination as well 15 30. his response to these moments of crisis has been absolutely correct. here from the team, well coming to the right of Nicholas Masoud, who is, uh, Dennis Novak, also from Austria had an academy that sort of worked with a gun on his chest in the next place also when Dominic was trained by Gunter Presnex He moved away from that in the moment of civility, his mother right behind Wolfgang and Moritz's brother on the right oh well, mixed up, you don't see it very often.
I think we all got there and outperformed the team. I thought I was one in five or six to win. this point from here was unlucky, they haven't had what athlete also to come back and how big was that point 15 30 there to find the end of the line on that LOB team ster beautiful again. I feel like this. continues for any of them to make a break the server has to give them a point or two small unforced airs here or there. I thought we were seeing it a couple of times on team serves in the first set.
He particularly started once he fell. 30 very quick isn't it, but geez, he bounced back well as Mark has talked about the great points he's come back with creating loans, oh god, making quick work of this game so far, just adding someone else there just in case to give the teams something they need. We will look for his peripherals to follow him and that is the ideal platform that you feel for Nadal to just mount some kind of assault here in the team, I love to offer these types of encouragement points for Nadal and he will make you pay at some point oh oh wow, I've been doing that because of the approach that Nadal certainly made on the long shot 13.
It wasn't deep enough or wide enough, right? The intention was good sometimes when you premeditate this and you are moving through the ball it all comes down to how well you hit the ball close to the line and if you know you have hit it in the wrong place you are still committed to moving forward , you know you're going to move forward. Having some issues with the crossover approach on that last point as well as mistakes turning into big problems, you didn't address the previous point well enough, this time you perform a drop volley that just isn't really a drop volley and that's what I said before, you know, he started the game with a double fault, opened the door a little and then two failed first serves gave him the opportunity to settle on the point, although aren't mistakesminimal ones that become big problems?
There's no room for era here, well in hindsight, by your lofty standards, three games to two you'll have to respond again like you did in the first set, coming back from a break, a nice deep comeback from that position by Dominic, oh God, Nadal's electrifying backward speed. I mentioned that he had one of the best matches in the world and he does, but I still think that all the notoriety he has around the world is not based on his smash or his volley or some of the other lesser shots, maybe he. he possesses, it's all about his groundstroking game, but how good is it to come back for that Smash and then, with force, take him down?
He is a versatile player who is inspiring hitting heavyweights, just going toe to toe, punching each other in the face while as hard as they can, I would have preferred to say body, yeah that too, maybe they would definitely chase him there oh foreigner, dominating this point during the first three quarters. I'm impressed with Nadal's first serve recovery. coming in basically half-cheating the ball, Dominic had made such a deep return. It's really amazing that after this point you can straighten the crown. It is really surprising. You don't like good tennis. In fact, I have a lot of sympathy for everything.
We'll talk about it after this point or at the end of this game. He's at 100. I just don't understand why we can't be a little more creative with the type of shot clock. Most parties have zero divisions. to four rallies shots from five to nine nine and more why is it when most tennis has been played with an average rally length of four, can't you get 15 seconds? Why when you have a rally like that can't we take it to 30? We don't want to lose rallies like this, but it's always 25 seconds, you hear? an ace you get 25 seconds you play a 40 shot rally you get 25 seconds well, I think Rafa's point was that it is up to the referee's discretion to recognize that point is a little longer to wait to mark the score.
I hear you guys, but I also think that not only is it too long, James, generally speaking, this is kind of generic. I'm saying that tennis takes too much time for me, yes, I think we have to achieve it and if you stretch the clock at every point, even when it doesn't. 15 throws, then you know you can't stretch it any further. I don't believe it. Look, hey, maybe we agree to disagree, but I agree that there should be more, more judgment, possibly by the referee, but the rules are strict too. the clock is maxed out practically every time you have a five hour match, yes, but that's my point, most tennis is played between zero and four strokes, generally there are five short strokes on average, six, so why not do it on average 15 seconds and then do 30 seconds for those exceptional rallies and then someone like Rafa wouldn't take 25 seconds when it's a four shot rally, yeah okay I'm with you and then you're shaving seconds off the day all the time because most of tennis is not 40-shot rallies, but we don't want to lose that part anyway.
It is on warning and we have a long way to go. You may end up losing a first serve at some point. Thanks again. to tennis, these guys are still playing amazing things, aren't they smashing the ball and using the
fullwidth of the court? They caught the outside edge of the line. The foreigner simply threw the air into the service. He doesn't have one. close to his fastest speed of the tournament, which is 2 16. He's at 205 overnight again, suggesting these are pretty tough conditions that would have been the fastest in the tournament for him. He is listening to you more.
Oh, he tried to force it. He was kind. of the offense, he's trying to respond to get the rhythm there, the dial has no problems on that return, a tough numbers game team, team that was behind, stood still in the second set. S, four games to three, about 15 crucial minutes for the Austrian, everything is very tight, right? Now between these two guys, how strong is it to be able to hit what the team did and then be able to hit that along with that speed, just muscles. I thought this was really interesting just from the point of view that, as Mark pointed out above.
The team has barely cut any backhands in all the cuts, the rapper immediately jumped on the ball and attacked it in some way. The team was able to make that shot and win the point. Do you think the move towards the backhand for the team is also a big benefit? remains of the double hand of his that he had when he was a junior and that could also have been a bit botched, which would take away a bit of his forward speed. I can't blame you for losing it a little bit, maybe a little bit on the frame and Rafa. gets caught just going back to that backhand, the team hit on the first point, it's an open position backhand, you don't see many individual players having an open position backhand, yeah, it's good that both teams are now overcoming a little bit, we see more . from the open stance into a hazard stance, but how many times have you seen Roger hit a one-hitter from an open stance?
Yeah, weird forehands you were talking about earlier that wouldn't have necessarily missed him, but almost exactly the same position he's in. missed about four, now four or five from that position, yes, that one hurts incredibly well built, point 14. The team had to cover a lot of ground from the return to the next ball game, the team totally lost the rhythm, four against everyone, is it related? you think about the time violation you still think about it you are still upset maybe you feel a little rushed Andreas egley I think it has a lot to do with it yes I miss this this Instinct to play up to 25 possibly you feel rushed now because you have done it because you he's been given a warning certainly something wears on him he doesn't seem deterred physically once the shot clock became part of the daily process of playing Rafa had to play faster he used to play slower than he does now and so on It's always been a little difficult for him having to play those 25 seconds, but as tough as he is mentally and what we expect of him, seeing him still upset about it right now is a little surprising and doubly so.
The blame at the end was a bit telling I think, but you can't blame the second serve on the watch. You have as much time as you want between the first serve and the second. Yes, good point. Oh, 15 lungs, you could hear the school calling. Can. Look, the shot clock started and that was a perfect start to the game. Nadal can't be distracted, so if you look at the last point, he got agitated with nine seconds still left on the clock, that's a long time. Here again, what are you going to do? there the question is that there were 11 seconds left on the clock when he went into motion, the question is if he is playing faster for that to happen and if that Throne has too specific a rhythm tonight, yes, exactly, oh, it's gone found the big moment here. the service was particularly good on the jewish side for a while now no big surprise it went down the T and it was the perfect service 40-13 oh again well it responded to the big time it sure could have gotten ugly there.
Tonight, isn't it? That's the beauty of the one-handed game, he's just able to spin that ball with that much rotation, he can swing that hard and still have it come down the court so short, entering dangerous territory for the number seed. one here 30 15. look at the cool coverage look at the wrist cutting the anchors on the forehand the next exquisite base that was used on the court at that point is just amazing the referee waited until the crowd calmed down and announced the score probably six seconds, five to six seconds, maybe more once that point ended perfectly, but again, foreign inventions, yes Tom, you really need a service to work here.
Rafael's point or two gifts are only useful here, it would be as if the gold team had him under pressure. He digs into this ball and works like a champion to lift it. Team Dominic, it has to be, surely one day he will give his all to this school. Well, we're a little above the court surface, isn't it hard to see the? trajectory from here one for a moment I thought I could have done you were talking about three points with the serve so far Dominic Tim has put every ball in play in this game, I hope he fails here on a second serve, that's courage, you have to do it. be good enough to make your touch, that's courage, I mean skill, I mean the return was too short, maybe a fraction, I mean, but you have to be not too like that, not too short, thread the needle to the line 15 35 6 less for Tuesday, but you should, this has been an exceptional predominant team.
There are no three points. There are no three points for Rafa in this game. Needs one here more than ever moving away from two sets to love the lead. Well, how prominent will our memory be? At that point, after this match is over, Four Hands Up, the line in this game is that whoever wins the match well for Nadal now in a few hours is so different from the breakthrough he produced in the last service game, that It was flat and low. got that one to bounce, got it out of the foreign team's hitting zone, relative safety of a tiebreaker as he still has work to do, size, make sure the momentum potentially comes our way in this competition, has a lot of work to do in front. he, if the team keeps coming back like this at that point, James is in play, you know, a seismic shift in a couple of points and it can happen, it just shows that we are sitting on the fence here, this is strange for anyone, especially in the second serve, you have to hit that first return deeper, right?
It is very difficult, it is very difficult from that position with the ball moving away from you with the left-handed spin to try to find it as a backhand, it is almost impossible to retain it. from hitting a forehand on the first ball, then it has to be a little bit deeper, it has to be a ball that doesn't give you the opportunity to just line it up and tee off on that line, finish it the first shot needs to go in in the rally team, the best thing that can happen to Rafa now that the clock is off.
I never understand why he doesn't throw the ball and catch it. Do you have a yes on the clock? You have unlimited time are you trying to break the rules because of the way he was joking? Okay, absolutely, you're right, he could throw the ball, that was a little joke, but wow, this isn't hard. Miss for the champion. Well, I think the teams heard that because of the quality of his push already in this match Nadal did not want to push it too deep and the team was on track his balance is something else his strength in the shot well, you must be impressed, it is done every increasingly larger as the points become more significant.
I think one of the things about that previous point too is that psychologically it's so big when you feel like you're in a position to win a point and the other guy steals it from you. an air team or something else now in the driver's seat here double mini foreign break just reading the game like a master right now, but when he realized that his service was so good, he left, that was what his good friend Tom Gullickson would call service and survey. It wasn't a volley serve. I examined the situation and then moved forward. I love Tommy Galaxy, he better keep up his level, although Nadal won't give him anything from here and with some Fierce already in this second set, breaking team and at noon and Nadal was leaving. to make something happen, Jimmy Van Allen had a thing because this creates drama.
Absolutely inventor of the jump-off, there is a very fine line, sometimes it doesn't exist between we decide to go after him too late, him, too late in the rally, I mean, him. It was probably a little early, wasn't it a little early? or the decision was a little late because his point of contact was definitely way behind him on that ball, he's a little off balance and he went for the winner. Do you want to participate in these contests? It is not like this? You don't want to be indifferent. This man has led an army of believers for the last decade and they still believe?
Are you hesitating? He certainly is in terms of the scoreboard, it's not settled. although the team perhaps for the first time, even if it is ready to win in this second set, has something substantial to lose, it was losing in the first, it came out of a hole after Nadal could not serve and it will tighten, it knows how. Significantly, this is now, he feels that he has something to lose because he directed total love. You return from the fall to four threes like Nadal. You feel like everything is to win here. It gives you a different approach.
Incredible. It is difficult to choose psychology. the 4-0 point of the game was huge, just created a bit of hope for Rafa surpassed his two points, oh wow, another police force from the Austrian, a crudeness in his terms at times that is simply disconcerting as the players They have to be very brave at this moment. you can't back down at all from anything, okay, the outside looks great when it comes out, but it bounces so high off this surface that it's left to hit perfectly. I think he read that he was a little inside the linebase.
I was reading that Tim was a little more off balance and deeper than he was, but Dominique Tim's movement towards that ball was nominal, yes, but the rapper knows he's moving more, right? Did he still hit the drop shot? Who said that point two is that? I feel like one of the most important keys that the team has had has really come to the service of Rafael Nadal. The consistency of the returns made in that set through the breaker. If that continues on this set, it will make it very uncomfortable. Can we see his amazing Rafa continue to slide? that in the reverse, but Dominic sees them now, oh 13.
I thought he did it at first, like John said before. Rapha needs as many free points as he can get. Rapha is certainly very interested in getting up and running here quickly. At the other end try to see if you can take advantage of any adrenaline dip in the first game some feeling that you are playing a mirror image of yourself you are playing a person who is physically fit, there is no that kind of dip or drift off If you want off the computer for 10 or 15 minutes because you can't handle the pace, the intensity, the physical work that you can to cleanse a younger version of yourself right now, excuse me, I'm interested in this, please, I need this.
What's on this album, do you think the water bottles and so many other things that we offer? Sending the rackets to get really strong is just a little tic he has. You know he has to do it to feel comfortable. he gets the racquets back and just puts them in the bag to be honest with you Jim Courier problems that sometimes he used to send the racquet and then he never used the racquet I always had to run to the Stringer, although Fitz you had to do it something he used to stop and drink a beer very quickly sometimes Jim demanded of me, oh my God, that tells me that Nadal when he falls behind or when he approaches he tries to increase the speed of advance, he did it in his previous match, he wants to grab the match by the neck and shake him, but he tried to step forward, there the team came back at him, the raffle was the forehand line, the backhand line, trying to dictate and control the points, but a team that hit the winner, well, Big question now, what will happen?
Determining this match for me is how long Dominic's team can play at this level. Can he play another full set or two sets and if he does, he is the favorite team for the safe game and it is, uh, it is with Dominic, it allows the windbreak to see the light 64 Swain, did we see where he went after the first set? No, we didn't, he wouldn't. There's been a bit of a change of course as we know a lot of tennis players are Great Farm racers, but the wind predictor still only has it at 64 percent. It fits well if you were the win predictor, where do you have it now? same in two sets for?
I love it, I was biased towards Rapha before it started, I was still biased two sets into loving you. I show you that you are accusing the wind forecaster of being biased. No, actually I think it's probably 70 percent, I mean Rafa, if he has a set under his belt. will change teams and has a record of one love against him in Hardcore, it was closer, wasn't it at the US Open in 2018 at 13 o'clock 30? C15, okay, another one leads two games to one, okay, a short segment is that a play against a team is too difficult with the pace of the ball coming from the Austrian, it is definitely a tactic that Rafa employs against many players, so We haven't seen much of him tonight, I think I respect Dominic's setback. he usually likes to take the backhand cut down the line, we haven't seen much of that game, he's saying the ball like a soccer ball, though isn't he, he's just watching it, yeah, I think if the rapper uses that little cut from Murphy, he uses a little bit further down the line, he better get it right because if this way, if the team runs towards that ball, his backhand will finish the point like this, yeah, it's just one, I think which is a sign of respect for the team's backhand that you give them. a little time on that side and he's going to hurt you.
The first Foreman was phenomenal getting to the next ball and hitting a forehand was just as phenomenal from here from here he was off the singles line and then off the singles line. Again he reminds me of a ginger redhead he used to train. Would he be in Melbourne? He's probably commenting, so I can't hear what I'm saying. I tried not to say too many good things about him. Well, he won this tournament twice. I know. that and jumped into the yarra river twice with her trainer with her trainer I grew an extra finger after that you know I'm not surprised big team curia huh oh my god she's too good she looks a bit like a fair winner Not at this time.
Is he 40? 13. He Talks about remaining Brave What are the probabilities you see? I kept listening to it since the ATP Cup. Keep supporting yourself, friend, himself right now. I think I like, uh, Mark, pet. She comments that fortune favors the brave, there is no doubt about that. they are still throwing massive body shots non stop and Dominic is taking them all and returning them just as big if not better coming out of Dominic Kim's party he has been labeled as a clay court specialist to some extent patch you and my. I thought going into the match that this surface potentially gave him a bit of an advantage, yes, it certainly hasn't been a big advantage. 7,676 people might think that's a little strange, of course, with teams having four wins on a clay court but in five sets.
It definitely feels like the conditions this year, the way they are playing, are quite long, but this gave a great opportunity to give people pause, sir, you still have a lot of work to do here, especially against the rudos and the boring people who haven't done it. like so many returns it's almost 10 in terms of misses from Paul like that, but what he's done is when he hit it, he made it count, he's got about a 10K lead on his first serve return and he's got an 11 lead on his second service, taking off the fantastic dance.
For Nadal still, oh, we're on Rafa, changing his return position here for a second. It was interesting. Both second serves, he came well inside the baseline, the first one was well supported on the ball and you think Dominic would come back to the second. and say, okay, see if you can reach this again. I think one of the interesting statistics we have here is also Dominic's serve, 42 for this set, on first serves, 52 for the match. It's amazing that he was able to do it. 60 after the first to overcome the service game of him serving that lower percentage, this is similar to what we saw in the first two sets.
Dominic a bit loose, double fault, kind of wild swing on them, full volley knocks him down 15 30... this is what led to his serve falling in both sets before finding the first serve when it mattered there, although 40 30. that's an expensive seat reminds me of when I fed you earlier Fitz, it didn't happen, foreign spectators, absolute rays of intensity between those two in that last rally and once again the Austrian held his own oh my god 15 lengths me like the intention there I saw that the opening took space with his feet look at this statistic Corelli more than nine balls Dominic Tim winning 17. against Rafa's seven Yes, the difference between winning the most of the more than nine rallies in New York that day in the only other match in a hardcore Rapha winning 17 teams against 15.
I think it's so important that I tell you that you control the game by winning the shorter rallies you pass. your games, but you really defeat your opponents by getting through those longer rallies, so emotional because the pool stand is a little lower, it's getting to a more uncomfortable height here for the team, ah, okay, there's still many beliefs of Nadal's reaction there that it can change. This around things seems a bit ominous, four games to three, still 4-3 Nadal, which is what caused the dial to change in thinking position, isn't it? He's trying to do something basically, the team has been serving a lot of seconds off of Nadalgo.
It's basically a cross court in the middle and brings all four teams into play. He just changed direction to the forehand, both first points, which was also a great second serve. 178 on that not-much kick that actually crossed the court, it was not an easy effort. but at this level they make it look so big, well measured with this movement that sits under the ball very well, yes the smash is hard in a beautiful moment that you have to do it when you run forward, absolutely, we really he's shown a lot of serve and volume there, which was a more classic forehand volley rather than the Top Spin volley, good club on that ball, he's a real Old Court player on this surface when he plays like that, isn't he? ?
That's where I think he has a chance to win a major, if he can be a true all-court player on a hard court, why can't he win the US Open or the Australian Open? No, he can win the French Open, but we're talking about a guy who's probably twice that. Number of French starts on the second best clay court of all time, so you're on board six Rafa 12. He's absolutely right. I mean, over the last few years it's probably fair to say it's been the second best clay court, isn't it safe? It has been in the final question, yes, I have had a doubt, but I think it is fine with Rafa with Rafa there until the rude is over.
I think he almost has a better chance here in a tough hole against Rafa, but I want him to have a genuine chance. of winning not only the French Grand Slam but also other Grand Slams and I love when he plays that full court game ah the great defense wasn't how deep that forehand was yes it's moving before Rafa connects his second serve right now the problem for Rapha is if he comes out wide, the teams four are so powerful on the backhand and the boring 90 of the time takes his double hand on that first crosscourt shot and now suddenly he has to protect the entire baseline , we've seen how good four and up teams are that they're going to wear a little bit of sweat on the court here to take a little extra time, so you're actually forced to give the team something that you know is working well. , not a bad thought process on the team's part, but the serve just beat it on that occasion.
I love the 15 second serve. I tried to run, it wasn't a bad move. Oh wow, 17. Foreign time, six minutes before the three hour mark of this contest, so it's a where are we going to go? here another tiebreaker potentially looming 20 20 minutes before 11 p.m. m. I wouldn't be surprised if we're still here tomorrow it seems to serve to stay in the third, so the second serve changes, it goes the other way and it goes in, it's going fast. on the forehand, but this time Dial's backhand return was that good, those first two rays from Nadal put him in a serious defensive position, oh my god, you talked about a movie on this broadcast, Craig and decide cutting, it handles it that easily.
Madonna hurts the team right away and also serves four. Five played those first two points extremely aggressively. It's not the first time we've seen that service at love 30 and we give credit to the team for coming up with a first service. We also found the first service but not the. final this time thanks Cam Nadal got his first set of Night On The Board oh foreigner I think he still feels like he can win this week The comeback has begun in earnest for the world number one oh my god you just feel a little change in strength Russia is a little freer with his swings right now the start of that game started and Dominic just has a little tension thanks that's your team very few players can hit a ball like this team Taking It On The Rise towards the open space.
I wish I had that one in the last game, those two setbacks that started showing up in the service games here. Halfway through the third set he put in that excellent service game, suddenly it seemed like he had found with a little more certainty the location closest to the lines, oh I stopped that return for a while, the team found another one there, oh okay good night that might loosen them up a bit we haven't seen him make that mistake too often it's hard to be perfect oh a bit of a missed shot from the rapper 15 to 30 created more angle on the court and it made it harder for the team there, they had to go for a low percentage to win there, it was so far from the court, a little bit of negative body language there.
Dominic raises his arms as if to say a little luck when he went against him, that's concentration, surely it's a big mistake, there's no room, is there a big mistake when he's so tight and he just made one there? I feel like you both made the mistake. Rapha made the same mistake at times in the second set with the drop shot. Now, as a team with this one, he did very well to almost get out of the problem that was created, but now he has a bigger problem 30 14. We are more measured in that touch shot, the drop shot was just a control point, oh yeah, he mentally fixed on the drop shot and he hit it wrong and Rapha got to that ball on topof the Apex, so it was a good comeback.
Point one was for the Steel team's nerves and helped them get out of trouble. The first serves came back to help him fix something he almost missed at the end of the last set. We made some mistakes and it was In the match, Nadal did it easily and the chances of quickly reaching the side of the fourth so that the Spaniard had the courage to try again Deuce has to stay firm, well, it's his move, it's his best move , It does not work. slowing down the racket head now it's too late, it's too late, come on, foreign challenge, yes, me too, we were just informed that that also happened, that will make Rafa happier, uh, mental strength, strength for the character, you build this. resistance for many years, right?
You can't just snap your fingers and play at this level for a sustained period of time. It's definitely tested there in that game. We know he has the physical abilities to stay out there for a long time. time, but there is also that mental exhaustion that was a serious test that he overcame there, it is very selective, but it does not usually give you the only opportunity to get out of the problem and overcome it. I knew I had Rafra in one piece. of rope and I wasn't going to give him a free kick oh that was a nasty opener, it's just that an Australian said what was that, no, it's American, sure, it's 100 in a good half meter, let's see where it crosses. the baseline, the other side, the team has two challenges left, well, it's easier on this second court to have a better effect with that can opener of yours.
I'm starting to get a little into rapper serves, aren't you with this game now? It looks the same as before, where he was willing to do the work to get to every ball playing defense to find offense, forcing Rafa to hit an extra ball during rallies. What's happening? That's the shot of the day for me so far. killer, but the fact that he's just stepping back beforehand is having more influence in this game, I think any other shot, this one, excuse me, this one, here we go, he's taking that ball, taking that ball like you say on the cusp of the rebound and I'm just driving through that ball big time 90 the wind predictor says the team will pass the finish line I'm not a big fan of the wind prediction no, it's going too far off course yeah, I mean, it's the, I mean the chances of it being difficult are not to create at least one or two break chances in this set if it's very small, yes I'm with you, if Nadal doesn't have more than 10 chances to win this match from here I'll go, oh oh, this is so beautiful.
Also, let's not forget that he was almost in danger on the fast break here in the fourth. A lifetime of commitment to the cause and playing the right shot. There has been no room for doubt. In my opinion, he is the best player who has not won a Major. Yes, the men's game without a doubt at this point sensitivity well done on the part of Rapha's defense the defense from that first ball how many boys are going to get to that ball and not only get to it but then force him to play still below five on the tour I think a lot of guys put a racket on that not a lot of guys do it well decent catch sure in the doll's mind that's the best I think she's been pretty solid she's a solid player he looks strong no one can deny that the team leads three games to one foreigner or the dream when he came here, he respects all opponents, he would have respected Dominic's team, even more the ball has been detonating, thanks to the teams, the racket in this quarter set in the last three games, if you are in the team camp right now, you want it. to open up his game a little bit more, take a little risk here, see if you can get the second break, yeah, he hasn't been taking enough risks as he's been, oh look, 15.
Well, there certainly have been some players on the trip against. Nadal thought the way to play it was to go hard with the forehand because if you play safe or if you hook the ball across the court you don't penetrate with it, he works you and finally gets a forehand and he The attacking players have tried to throw that forehand hard, only a few have been good enough to do it tonight. The team has used the Port process. It is not like this? He also hits the ball bigger than most of the others. Yes, it's okay to have a tactic. weapon to back him up absolutely a little sadness there he will have to win because Rapha is not going to give a toy no, that's one thing Omar about his game, he wins games against the team of best players, he doesn't sit back he doesn't wait for them to miss the foreigner, ah, foreigner, he rarely does, to be fair, he also found his first serve in his fourth set. 87, oh, that's something you love about him, he doesn't get off the hook, he's just doing this. routine and it's just not, no, that's amazing, if we hit one of those in a match we'd be happy, wouldn't it be just once in a lifetime for me?
I hope I'm fair. He was talking about precision, not the power to back it up. I'm not sure we had just one as accurate as that. It would be nice, you just feel the tension, it's 15 in the whole game, but with every point right now I just feel the tension, oh. That is exactly the forehand played so many times in the ATP Cup and Alex Deminar learned from it. He did the same. Give him the magic area. Is small. You just have to be good enough to hit it. No doubt about that. But he is a flyer.
He likes to cheat on his right a little to look for that forehand shot from the offside position he rises to the occasion the team leads four games to two ah a for them that is the best tonight for sure the defense although the defense how many balls did he play to stay at that point but look how far back he is when he finally goes around the back just amazing Bow amazing in every way how often do you see Rafa stop dead well there was a shop there really isn't like that yeah" "I wanted to know what happened tonight, you just need to go back and watch the three hours and 30 minutes of this match to know why Dominique wins for the first time.
He has had the measure of Rafa, very few can say that, oh yes, yes you." . If we had made that blue we would all have fallen, but there may have been no sound, but I would have been speechless, come up, the rapper says, but it's still in, it's still within reach of touching it. He goes 3-4 in the fourth combination, the first. the serve has been so good in this set oh well you said you can't be perfect and he just drops that short ball, which we've talked about a little bit to get him going, keep it low and that's the wrong choice.
There, Dominic in that position literally got caught between a drop shot and nothing in the last second left him right in the middle, yeah, I think he had to drill that as deep as he could, get under the ball, how good that was. that first box, which is the same ball we've been talking about, was incredible from that position, it was just as good as the second book, hopefully, my goodness, May and the breadth of an hour abroad, it was interesting, As we talked before, it is one of the first times that Rafa looked to play that cut down the line to the backhand that both throughout the tournament against each opponent he will challenge again, there is a cloud of smoke that hit so hard it is almost unbelievable. that can keep it within limits? of the core, a necessary game for the Austrian, oh, to face a foreigner, to give himself the double chance.
I mean, there's an outside chance that it could break, so you don't want to let this game go too soon, I don't think so, oh 14 15. Oh god, it really well spread the team on the way there, it just got He made it as hard to beat as he could, that little forehand paddle, such an important skill as a player, coming from all kinds of different areas around the court. Ney, the reputation he has had. Outmatched for most of these four sets, can the team finish him off? Thank you, it's not just the location, it's the willingness to change things, he has been very consistent during this set, he is starting the games with that great serve for the team, is that like that again? there, thanks for these new balls, he flies a little more, shortens your aim, doesn't it a little?
It's interesting that the goal was right in the middle of the court on that ball, oh, let it save oh 15 30. You can't tell. I am not thinking about this first double of the set thank you please thank you foreigner I think the result of the round in the tournament and his opponent has affected him a lot serving for the match comes as standard trying to guess where it will go for Rapha I means that It went wide twice here in this game in the second quarter it missed both does that mean it's going to go to the middle down over the bottom of the net here Rafa has to guess oh well that's why I've all produced one? of all-time great comebacks saving seven match points, the dummy is perhaps going to produce his own comeback here by not having certain match points, but the team unquestionably blinked, just like you said, fits before the hardest part To make it close, he definitely hit the pressure there, three forehand errors and a double fault and it was a testament to the quality of his tennis that he knew he had to chase too, although if he had had a tentative attitude he would have lost the game of Anyway, it's most likely true. foreign match team has to stay, so oh okay community, because when he plays tennis like that he is simply unstoppable, just dominate, keep your excitement until the end of the point, thank you, the atmosphere is two, let's go to the areas of civil force that is Raphael Nadal six five fourth set we think we could still be here tomorrow and there is a good chance that we will be three hours 52 on the match clock at 20 minutes to midnight the team serves to stay in the fourth how good was that volley he had to make takes away all the rhythm of this passion to start the game saving in wow, so we'll see if you can see well, this time he went over, but from Rafa's perspective and the promising signs that this hit on the right is failing a bit, here he got away with it.
The team's Bradford is taking a quick step to the left of him waiting for one to come out of the team's rifle, a winner. Oh, can he win three tiebreakers in one match? Well, it definitely can. We are also serving the great recovery of the team. he got an extra challenge right here, so it's different, it's a different approach from the referee that we saw a few games ago. She waited, waited, waited, waited, she maybe she knew she was out of her mind and let him have his way, but that was different. Definitely, some time ago, yes, going back to the quality, consistency, depth, power that we saw for most of the breakfast of this set, as far from the baseline as the service line, just a little bit of confidence was lost on the inside-out four and I think that's what contributed to him hitting that drop shot, he put it in a gear bag, don't use it now.
I don't think on clay it's a little easier to hit. It has to be perfect here on this surface. He knows it was the wrong choice. Well, he is. Complicating the problem, didn't he have the perfect game plan when he was executing it? Suddenly, a drop shot serves the volley. Pressure can make any player lose their way. If you are absolutely right, he needs to reorganize himself to find what he needs. was that he was doing that thing that was so successful in dominating the forehand oh oh yeah, maybe he had no influence on them as a result of that point, but everyone is nervous, including the Alliance people, what that does is refer to a first server. yes, you see, it doesn't change the complexion, but we have to wait and see if he does.
Dominic was comfortable on the point, the lethal beauty of this forehand is really too much for Nadal to handle and contribute to the era where you have to give Tim a lot of credit right now after losing serve during the match struggling with those first two points on his breaker serve, we talked about how Rafa never goes away, he's been the gold standard for competing under pressure, so when you see him miss a ball it's like it's shocking, yeah, don't expect it, yet there is no point on serve in this tiebreaker, well that was a really good volley because he was committed to advancing, he missed his steps slightly and had Mind's presence there for the volley of justice.
I accelerated and hit short, impressive for me, incredible response from Rafa. I totally agree with you, Fitz, we did see that a little bit earlier in the point, as Dominic moved forward, he looked like he got a little confused with his feet. He got close to the ball and then was still able to control it and make a good play. A little out of it, he was there for a second, but he had the presence of mind, and was clearly sure there was plenty too. of space on the line but it's a very difficult shot to hit on the run like that ah um I was on the ground five two really team practiced the role at the beginning of the game how good it is that the presence of mind just made sense Rapha took a little on his right, maybe he thought he was going to stay down longer thinking he was going to be able to get past him, he couldn't get up fast enough, well it's amazing that Rafters is about toComing out here now like we need more drama, well, don't you, don't you, don't you, it has, it has, you just get the feeling that it does.
Dominic needs this point, having to take it out with two really difficult points on the right center service line, the ball was called, thanks external. there's a challenge left I'm tight I know the movie but he found the wide one the balls have five games now Tim seems to adapt to that first serve a little better what a trip what an adventure what entertainment goes to the middle If he has to, he's been going to the middle thank you very much, has been his go-to throughout this set. Are we out of this game? Final Destination needs to keep your body language positive.
Here's Matt Foreigner's point. He probably strays too far again. backhand Cross Court from the return second match point left Bottom line no decision goodness no decision wow yes this I'm not sure this is good yes and he looks worried he looks worried this is amazing oh my god imagine if he didn't have a challenge, I would have had to play over the top knowing the ball was out, have you ever been a part of something like this? Wow, the dominant team here is switching sides knowing they just lost a couple of match points they already served for the match at 5.-4 and had one of the simplest forehands they've had in a long time to finish the match and try to change the direction away from what works.
Check this out, how's it for composure? The other side, the last match point, the last match point for the team that the forehand should have gone the other way if it goes the other way with that ball there is a 98 chance that he will get it even if Rafa goes that way no problem omg I'm probably saying he can't get the towel he's had some of those he had a net chord on set point in the second set and Nadal did everything here and the team just beat him outright to Pace, the tape when he passed was what closed the second match point with his own serve, white again Fitz oh.
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