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ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal loses to Alexander Zverev in opener

  • Posted: Nov 11, 2019
2019 Nitto ATP Finals
Venue: O2 Arena, London Dates: 10-17 November
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Rafael Nadal’s bid to end the year as world number one faltered with a straight-set loss to defending champion Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals.

The Spaniard, a fitness doubt before the season-ending event in London with an abdominal injury, was beaten 6-2 6-4 in their opening round-robin match.

Nadal, who has not completed a tournament since September’s US Open, was out of sorts and error prone.

Earlier, sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat fellow debutant Daniil Medvedev.

The Greek 21-year-old beat the Russian 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 at the O2 Arena.

Novak Djokovic, who can overtake Nadal at the top of the world rankings this week, leads the other group after winning on Sunday.

The top two players in each group after the round-robin stage progress to the semi-finals on Saturday.

The men’s season-ending event, which is taking place in London for the penultimate year, features the top eight players of the year.

Nadal struggles after injury-hit build-up

Nadal had never lost to Zverev in five previous meetings but against the German on Monday he was comprehensively outplayed.

The Spaniard had not completed a tournament since September’s US Open, withdrawing from Shanghai (left hand) and the Paris semi-finals (abdominal), and he had only started serving “very slowly” on Thursday.

He was broken in the fifth game of the first set, netting a routine forehand, and then lost the next five games as Zverev took charge with Nadal failing to carve out a single break point in the entire match.

Nadal has never won the end-of-season showpiece, with injuries often plaguing his attempts. He did not play last year and pulled out after his first match in 2017, with the Spaniard having been unable to participate fully in seven editions of the event.

Djokovic will finish the year as world number one if he wins the tournament and Nadal does not reach the semi-finals.

Alternatively, if the Spaniard fails to win a round-robin match, the Serb will overtake him if he wins two group-stage matches and reaches the final.

‘We won’t go for dinner together’ – Tsitsipas on Medvedev rivalry

Tsitsipas, the youngest player in the tournament, had lost all five of his previous meetings with US Open runner-up Medvedev and the pair have had a difficult relationship since a row over a net cord in Miami last year.

Tsitsipas then called the Russian’s playing style “boring” after a defeat at the Shanghai Masters last month.

The pair are two of the most highly-rated young players in the game – two of four singles players aged 24 or under at this year’s championships – but Tsitsipas was rewarded for being the more aggressive of the two players in a match that featured just one break of serve.

Asked whether beating Medvedev meant extra to him, the Greek said: “It means more than extra.

“It’s a victory that I’ve craved for a long time now and it’s great that it came in this moment.

“Our chemistry definitely isn’t the best that you can find on the tour. It just happens with people that it’s not that you can just like everyone.

“It’s not that I hate him. I guess, as he said, we will not go to dinner together.”

There were no breaks in the first set but Tsitsipas played better in the tie-break, earning the crucial mini-break to move 6-5 ahead by winning a gruelling point at the net with a volley.

The second set was similarly tight but Tsitsipas remained immaculate on serve – he did not face a break point in the match – and eventually broke serve to go 5-4 in front, helped by the Russian choosing not to volley a return at 30-30 that landed in.

Tsitsipas served out the match in the following game, and celebrated enthusiastically after the final point as he moved top of the early group table.

Tsitsipas, who beat Federer en route to the semi-finals of this year’s Australian Open, won the Next Gen event a year ago – the season-ending tournament for players aged 21 or under.

He said he had “goosebumps” when making his debut in London.

“I watched this event for the first time in 2010, I used to watch on TV dreaming of potentially playing on these courts,” he said.

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Zverev Upsets Nadal With Inspired Performance

  • Posted: Nov 11, 2019

Zverev Upsets Nadal With Inspired Performance

German looking to retain his Nitto ATP Finals crown

When at the Nitto ATP Finals, Alexander Zverev brings his best.

The defending champion upset the World No. 1 at The O2 for the second consecutive year on Monday, beating top seed Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4 for his first win against the Spaniard (1-5).

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The 22-year-old German controlled the Group Andre Agassi matchup throughout, showing signs of the level that brought him his biggest title to date last year in London, when he became the first player to beat Roger Federer and then-No. 1 Novak Djokovic in tournament history.

“This means so much, playing here again after winning my biggest title so far in my career here last year. This means everything to me,” Zverev said.

“I was looking forward to this match, and thanks a lot for all the support, everybody who came out… The atmosphere is the reason why everybody is trying, the goal of the beginning of the season is to make London. Because playing here, playing in front of you all, playing in The O2 is something that we don’t have during the year, and this is so special.”

Zverev took advantage of the quick indoor conditions and played attacking tennis against Nadal, who was playing his first match since withdrawing from his Rolex Paris Masters semi-final on 2 November (abdominal tear).

The German won 88 per cent (30/34) of his first-serve points and never faced a break point.

I did not feel pain in the abdominal at all,” Nadal said. “Sascha, well played, and me, [badly] played, honestly. We can find reasons or excuses, but at the end of the day, [all that] really matters is I need to play much better in two days after tomorrow. That’s the only thing.”

Zverev, after taking the opener and an early break, handed Nadal a window of opportunity with two double faults, falling behind 0/30. But the seventh seed composed himself to escape and never faced such trouble again on his racquet.

Nadal, meanwhile, struggled to find his best tennis. He was broken twice in the first set, both times missing forehands, and in the opening game of the second set, after a lengthy back-and-forth rally, Zverev finished off the break with a forehand volley. Zverev won 75 per cent (6/8) of his net forays.

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The Spaniard particularly struggled to return Zverev’s first serve, let alone win the point to make inroads in the German’s service games.

The whole thing was about the serve,” Zverev said. “Obviously when I play this aggressive tennis, when I play this way, I have now beaten all three guys on this court, Big 3, so it shows that I can play very well and beat the top players.”

The 33-year-old Nadal is looking to finish year-end No. 1 for the fifth time and currently leads second-seeded Djokovic by 440 points in the battle for year-end No. 1. Djokovic faces fifth seed Dominic Thiem on Tuesday night.

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Zverev improved to 3-0 in opening group matches at the Nitto ATP Finals. He beat Marin Cilic in 2017 and 2018.

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Herbert/Mahut Upset Cabal/Farah In Group Max Mirnyi

  • Posted: Nov 11, 2019

Herbert/Mahut Upset Cabal/Farah In Group Max Mirnyi

Last year’s finalist start strongly

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut moved closer to completing their historic doubles season with a maiden crown at the Nitto ATP Finals. The French pair ousted top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3, 7-5 on Monday in Group Max Mirnyi 6-3, 7-5.

“It was a great match for us,” said Herbert. “It was a high-level match from both sides and we knew we needed to be good against the No. 1 team. We’re so happy with the level we played. To come through this first match is something special for us.”

Mahut said, “I remember well how they won Wimbledon, as I was on the other side of the court [with Edouard Roger-Vasselin]. Today we made the best start at the [Nitto] ATP Finals in our five appearances here. We’re really happy to have won today and keeping trying to win.”

Cabal/Farah started off strongly by breaking Herbert’s serve in the opening game, but Herbert/Mahut leveled the score three games later with a gorgeous topspin lob winner from Mahut on Cabal’s serve. Herbert’s aggressive volleying helped the French pair break Cabal’s serve for a 4-2 lead and they rode the slight advantage to an early lead.

The Colombian pair refused to bow out quietly, though. Cabal/Farah let out a roar of delight after breaking Herbert/Mahut for a 3-1 lead in the second set, but a double fault from Farah in the next game gifted the break right back. Both teams remained even until Mahut sprung to life at 5-5 with a forehand volley winner to break Cabal. A smash winner from Herbert in the next game wrapped up play after one hour and 21 minutes.

Herbert/Mahut improved to 5-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Cabal/Farah. Last year’s finalists (l. to M. Bryan/Sock) became the eighth men’s doubles team to complete the career Grand Slam by prevailing in January at the Australian Open (d. Kontinen/Peers). They arrived in London on a high after prevailing two weeks ago on home soil at the Rolex Paris Masters (d. Khachanov/Rublev).

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Hawkeye Analysis: Beware The Medvedev Backhand! Tsitsipas' Strategy Pays Off

  • Posted: Nov 11, 2019

Hawkeye Analysis: Beware The Medvedev Backhand! Tsitsipas’ Strategy Pays Off

Learn what tactics Tsitsipas used in his first victory against the Russian

Stefanos Tsitsipas was on a mission Monday during his debut at the Nitto ATP Finals: avoid Daniil Medvedev’s backhand. That strategy paid dividends for the Greek Star, who defeated Medvedev for the first time in their sixth FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.

Entering the match, Tsitsipas and Medvedev had both won 76 per cent of their first-serve points this season. But it was the 21-year-old who dominated that category inside The O2 in London, winning 89 per cent of his first-serve points compared to 72 per cent for Medvedev.

According to Hawkeye, a staggering 43 per cent of Tsitsipas’ first serves were unreturned by Medvedev, who had won more than 31 per cent of his first-serve return points in 2019 entering the match.

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Tsitsipas targeted Medvedev’s forehand, aiming out wide in the deuce court and down the T in the ad court more than anywhere else.

Tsitsipas First-Serve Placement vs. MedvedevTsitsipas First-Serve Placement

Tsitsipas’ first-serve domination proved key, as Medvedev put all of his second-serve returns into the court, winning 59 per cent of those points.

Even though he was not as successful behind his second serve, Tsitsipas was unrelenting in his strategy. The three-time ATP Tour champion did not go to Medvedev’s backhand once in the ad court, and he only did so three times — a rate of 20 per cent — in the deuce court. And those three second serves were closer to being body serves than they were to the centre service line.

Tsitsipas Second-Serve Placement vs. MedvedevTsitsipas Second-Serve Placement

Medvedev camped deep in the court on return, especially when facing Tsitsipas’ first serve. The Russian returned just one first serve from within three metres of the baseline.

Medvedev Return Contact Point vs. TsitsipasMedvedev Return Contact

Tsitsipas was more focussed on taking his returns early. All of his first-serve returns came closer in than all but one of Medvedev’s. The Greek put 67 per cent of his first-serve returns into play.

Tsitsipas Return Contact Point vs. MedvedevTsitsipas Return Contact

Tsitsipas carried his service strategy to baseline rallies, especially on the forehand side. The sixth seed struck 49 per cent of his forehands to Medvedev’s forehand.

Tsitsipas Forehand Placement vs. MedvedevTsitsipas Forehand Placement

Medvedev was more intent on targeting Tsitsipas’ backhand, hitting 47 per cent of his forehands down the line. Overall, the Russian went to the Greek’s backhand 51 per cent of the time.

Medvedev Forehand Placement vs. TsitsipasMedvedev Forehand Placement

Early in the match, Medvedev contolled the longer rallies, winning eight of the 11 points that lasted more than nine shots in the first set. But Tsitsipas turned the tide in the second set, emerging victorious in five of eight rallies that lasted that long. And targeting Medvedev’s forehand helped him earn what he called, “one of the most important victories of my career”.

– Hawkeye data and visuals courtesy of ATP Media

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Tsitsipas Out In Front Against Medvedev

  • Posted: Nov 11, 2019

Tsitsipas Out In Front Against Medvedev

Greek edges through first set

Stefanos Tsitsipas is one set away from clinching his first win against Daniil Medvedev at the Nitto ATP Finals, grabbing the opening set 7-6(5) as both players make their debut at The O2 in London.

Tsitsipas couldn’t convert the lone break point in the opening set and hit a slice backhand into the net. He struck first in the tie-break and a strong forehand helped him create a 4/2 mini-break advantage, but a forehand approach sent wide two points later tied up the score.

But at 5/5, the Greek produced one of his best points of the match and finished it with a forehand volley winner. Tsitsipas converted the opportunity with an aggressive forehand and let out a roar of delight. He finished the set with 16 winners and won 13 of 17 trips to the net.

Medvedev holds a flawless 5-0 record in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry. Two wins against Tsitsipas came at Masters 1000 events this year in Monte-Carlo and Shanghai. The Russian is seeking his 60th tour-level win of the season.

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Challenger Q&A: Mmoh's Emotional Return To Winners' Circle In Knoxville

  • Posted: Nov 11, 2019

Challenger Q&A: Mmoh’s Emotional Return To Winners’ Circle In Knoxville

American sits down with broadcaster Mike Cation after taking the title in Knoxville

Victory never tasted so sweet for Michael Mmoh. The 21-year-old notched his first title in his comeback from a shoulder injury, defeating an in-form Christopher O’Connell 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to cap a strong week at the Knoxville Challenger.

Mmoh was sidelined for four months earlier this year, before returning to the court at Roland Garros in May. It was a challenging comeback for the Florida resident, but he is beginning to find his form once again as the season winds to a close.

Mmoh, who ascended to a career-high No. 96 a year ago, has been fighting to rebuild his ATP Ranking and rediscover his top form in the second half of 2019. He rises 56 spots to No. 238 with the victory.

It has all come full circle for the American, who won his first Challenger title in Knoxville three years ago. At the time, Mmoh was first embarking on his professional journey. Now, fully healthy, he is targeting a speedy return to the Top 100 in 2020.

Arguably the most important aspect of Mmoh’s week in Knoxville is the maturation he experienced. One week ago, the American was defaulted in Charlottesville after throwing his racquet and inadvertently hitting a linesman. You learn a lot about a person’s character following such a moment, and a devastated and emotional Mmoh responded with great strength and maturity. It was an uncharacteristic moment for one of the more kind and charismatic players on tour, but one that he admits has provided the biggest learning experience of his life.

Mmoh spoke to broadcaster Mike Cation after lifting the trophy…

Congrats, Mike. I keep thinking that you closed out the match on a serve-and-volley. When you won here in 2016, it was as a defensive player. But your attacking today was remarkable. What made you want to close it out that way?
If you told me a couple years ago that I’d serve and volley on set point in the first set and again to do it to win the match, I would have said ‘no chance’. I even shocked myself. I was even talking to my coach Patrick [Frandji] about it and I think all the doubles I played has helped a lot.

Last year I might have played two doubles events, but now I’ve played four in the past couple weeks. Just to get those reps and work on my transition game. I’m getting pumped about that. This was probably my best volleying performance ever. I knew he was going to slice every return and if I came in, I’d get a volley I liked. I just had to go for it and trust myself.

That’s hard to do, especially when you’re at the ranking you are. A match like that means so much. How do you trust yourself like that in matches?
I don’t know. It’s all instincts, honestly. I was just as nervous as anyone watching. Especially those couple deuce games when I’m down break point. It was serve and volley reactions. I wasn’t thinking when I was doing it. It just happened. My intent going into this match was to be aggressive and impose my will. I found out that he wasn’t passing as well, and I won a lot of points when I came to the net. I just knew the percentages were on my side.

What have you been doing in the training sessions with Patrick the past couple weeks?
Everything, from A to Z. Every single drill in the book. I’ve been telling him and he’s been telling me to spend at least a half hour at the net. Every day. Whether I miss a thousand volleys, it might not pay off immediately, but just getting those reps and working that side of my game, I think it’s so beneficial to my game.

In terms of where you are now, you’re pretty much locked into Australian Open qualies worst-case scenario. You also have the lead in the USTA’s wild card challenge. Did you think you would get to this point?
Coming into these few weeks, I definitely thought it was a goal. I was playing well and didn’t get the results I wanted. I played Steve Johnson early in Fairfield. I played Vasek Pospisil in Las Vegas. All the players I was losing to were good players. In practice, my game was there. If I got on a roll, maybe it could happen. After last week, I had no intention of winning the wild card. I just want to be playing and if I win a couple rounds here it’s great. I won my first round and played great. Darian King is always a tough competitor and then my draw opened up a little bit. I believed in myself and took full advantage.


You brought up what happened in Charlottesville. It was very emotional for me, knowing you. And knowing that it’s just not like you. I can’t even imagine what it was like. What were those conversations like with your mom in terms of mentally being ready to be here this week?
Right after the match I went to the little cafe area in Charlottesville. I was sitting down with my mom. I’ll remember this for the rest of my life. I was just balling my eyes out. I was so disappointed in myself and embarrassed. I didn’t know how I would make it past that. I didn’t know how I could even play tennis again, which is so sad. It was a low moment. I took it one moment at a time and one day at a time. My mom definitely gave me a lot of power and a lot of courage.

Getting some practices and matches in was important. Coming into my first round match I was still thinking about it. But it gave me a different perspective. Coming into that day in Charlottesville, I thought the worst thing that could happen was me losing that tennis match. But I would have lost 6-0, 6-0 without doing what I did. I felt so bad in that moment.

To overcome that, I’ve been happy winning tennis matches before, but I’ve never been this proud. I can’t apologize to whoever saw that moment and to that linesman enough. It was a mistake that I will always regret for the rest of my life. From the bottom of my soul, I feel so bad.

It’s ironic because it was Darian King opposite you and he had his unfortunate moment a few years ago in Charlottesville. Did you talk to him at all, because it took him a while to recover?
I actually haven’t spoken to Darian himself, but I’ve had conversations with his brother. His brother talked to me about what Darian went through and his emotions for the next couple of weeks. He really helped me.

A lot of players were actually super nice about the whole situation. They told me stories of similar things they went through. They said to learn from it. Paolo Lorenzi told me about a story from 10 years ago, where he threw a racquet and it almost hit a ball kid. From that day, he said he will never throw a racquet for the rest of his life. I said that I will make that same initiative.

You have one tournament left this year. It’s in Houston and it’s outside and cold. Where are you at mentally going there?
Well, I’ve only played half the year. I’ve played 30 matches this year and everyone else has played more than 70. I feel relatively fresh. The cold is an aspect that will be a challenge, but I’m ready for it. Nothing is a bigger battle than this week, so forget about 30-degree weather. I’m ready for it.

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Watanuki Clinches Maiden Title On Ninth Championship Point

  • Posted: Nov 11, 2019

Watanuki Clinches Maiden Title On Ninth Championship Point

Revisit the week that was on the ATP Challenger Tour, as we applaud the achievements of those on the rise and look ahead to the week to come

Hyogo Noah Challenger (Kobe, Japan): The tension reached a crescendo with every match point. Yosuke Watanuki was serving for his first ATP Challenger Tour title, but the nerves of the occasion were overwhelming for the 21-year-old.

With the championship on his racquet at 5-4 40/0 in the second set, Watanuki’s level dropped and Yuichi Sugita raised his. In front of nearly 4,000 fans at the Bourbon Beans Dome in Kobe, the Saitama native found himself one point from celebrating his maiden moment on home soil… nine times.

As eight championship points came and went, the expression on Watanuki’s face went from agony to panic. The #NextGenATP star tried everything to seal the victory, from engaging Sugita in backhand slice rallies from the baseline to attacking the net with abandon.

A murmur grew throughout the arena as the 23-point game seemed to extend for an eternity. But in the end, Watanuki would fight off his dogged countryman, saving three break points and eventually crossing the finish line with a massive exhale. At that point, it was more relief than ecstasy.

Watanuki would secure his first ATP Challenger Tour crown without dropping a set all week. In fact, he did not relinquish more than four games in a set in his six matches played. It was a dominant performance to conclude the 2019 season for the budding Japanese star.

At No. 302 in the ATP Rankings to enter the week, Watanuki will vault 76 spots to No. 226. And the victory carries added significance, securing his place in Australian Open qualifying in January.

With the win, Watanuki joins Yoshihito Nishioka as the only Japanese champions aged 21 & under in a decade. After finishing runner-up in Kobe a year ago, he finally wrapped his arms around the trophy.

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Slovak Open (Bratislava, Slovakia): Dennis Novak emerged from a loaded draw to claim the title in Bratislava. With seven players inside the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings, the field was stacked on the indoor hard courts of Slovakia’s National Tennis Centre.

In the end, it was an unseeded Novak who emerged with the trophy, defeating countryman Sebastian Ofner, #NextGenATP star Alexei Popyrin, home favourite Norbert Gombos, third seed Stefano Travaglia, ninth seed Egor Gerasimov and fifth seed Damir Dzumhur for the title. That’s six wins in seven days for the Austrian, who dismissed Dzumhur 6-1, 6-1 in just 49 minutes on Sunday.

It was Novak’s second Challenger crown, having prevailed in Taipei City earlier this year. He is once again knocking on the door of a Top 100 breakthrough, rising to No. 108 in the ATP Rankings.


Uruguay Open (Montevideo, Uruguay): Jaume Munar was the comeback kid throughout the week in Montevideo. The Spaniard rallied from a set down on three occasions, en route to the title at the last outdoor clay-court event of 2019.

Munar ousted third seed Federico Delbonis 7-5, 6-2 on Sunday to triumph, earning his fourth Challenger title and first of 2019. Earlier in the week, he stormed back to defeat Jozef Kovalik, Andrea Collarini and last week’s Guayaquil winner Thiago Seyboth Wild. It was a well-earned championship for the 22-year-old.


Knoxville Challenger (Knoxville, Tennessee, USA): Victory never tasted so sweet for Michael Mmoh. The 21-year-old notched his first title in his comeback from a shoulder injury, which sidelined him for four months earlier this year. He defeated an in-form Christopher O’Connell 6-4, 6-4 to cap a strong week on the indoor hard courts of Knoxville.

Mmoh, who ascended to a career-high No. 96 a year ago, has been fighting to rebuild his ATP Ranking and rediscover his top form in 2019. He rises 56 spots to No. 238 with the victory.

It has all come full circle for the American, who won his first Challenger title in Knoxville three years ago. At the time, Mmoh was first embarking on his professional journey. Now, fully healthy, he is targeting a speedy return to the Top 100 in 2020.


The penultimate week of the 2019 season features five tournaments on three continents.

Top seed Tennys Sandgren, defending champion Bradley Klahn and veteran Ivo Karlovic lead the charge at the Challenger 125 event in Houston. Also in the United States, Denis Kudla is the top seed in Champaign and is joined by Blaz Rola and Emilio Gomez.

On European soil, Henri Laaksonen leads the charge at the inaugural Tali Open in Helsinki, Finland. Emil Ruusuvuori, the Finnish No. 1, is also in action. And at a snowy Sparkassen ATP Challenger in northern Italy, Jannik Sinner returns to the circuit after lifting the trophy at the Next Gen ATP Finals.

In Asia, top Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran leads the field in Pune. Countryman Sumit Nagal and Aussie James Duckworth are competing at the Balewadi Sports Complex.

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Hawkeye Analysis: Thiem Steps Up To Take Fight To Federer

  • Posted: Nov 11, 2019

Hawkeye Analysis: Thiem Steps Up To Take Fight To Federer

Austrian improved to 5-2 against Federer in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series

Dominic Thiem upset Roger Federer on Sunday night at the Nitto ATP Finals with a clear and aggressive game plan that he executed well and stuck to throughout his 7-5, 7-5 victory.

These 10 Hawk-Eye graphics help tell the story of how Thiem improved to 5-2 against the Swiss in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series and earned his first opening victory at the season finale.

First-Serve Placement
Thiem pounded the Federer backhand throughout their Group Bjorn Borg matchup, and that was no more evident than with his serve. Federer, meanwhile, went after Thiem’s forehand with his first offering.

Thiem First-Serve Placement
<a href=''>Roger Federer</a> against <a href=''>Dominic Thiem</a> Hawkeye analysis

Federer First-Serve Placement
<a href=''>Roger Federer</a> against <a href=''>Dominic Thiem</a> Hawkeye analysis

Second-Serve Placement
With his second serve, Thiem stuck to his plan and continued to go after the Federer backhand wing, but Federer flipped the script. He no longer targetted Thiem’s forehand but instead attacked his backhand side.

Thiem Second-Serve Placement
<a href=''>Roger Federer</a> against <a href=''>Dominic Thiem</a> Hawkeye analysis

Federer Second-Serve Placement
<a href=''>Roger Federer</a> against <a href=''>Dominic Thiem</a> Hawkeye analysis

Rally Hit Points
Thiem, especially on clay, has been known to sag behind the baseline, allowing him plenty of time to hack away at big forehands and backhands, and it’s been Federer who has been on the attack, seizing every opportunity to come forward and play inside the baseline.

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But on Sunday evening, it was the Austrian who spent nearly the majority of his evening inside the baseline, and Federer who was forced defend behind the baseline.

Thiem Rally Hit Points
<a href=''>Roger Federer</a> against <a href=''>Dominic Thiem</a> Hawkeye analysis

Federer Rally Hit Points
<a href=''>Roger Federer</a> against <a href=''>Dominic Thiem</a> Hawkeye analysis

Backhand Hit Points
Nowhere on court was Federer forced to defend from more than his backhand wing, as Thiem relentlessly brought the power to Federer’s one-hander, giving the Swiss few options.

Thiem Backhand Hit Points
<a href=''>Roger Federer</a> <a href=''>Dominic Thiem</a> Hawkeye analysis

Federer Backhand Hit Points
<a href=''>Roger Federer</a> <a href=''>Dominic Thiem</a> Hawkeye analysis

Court Coverage
If you’re Thiem’s coach, Nicolas Massu, this might your favourite graphic. The Austrian spent the entire two sets on the attack against Federer, hardly letting the Swiss play offence.

Thiem Court Coverage
<a href=''>Roger Federer</a> <a href=''>Dominic Thiem</a> Hawkeye analysis

Federer Court Coverage
<a href=''>Roger Federer</a> <a href=''>Dominic Thiem</a> Hawkeye analysis

– Hawkeye data and visuals courtesy of ATP Media

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