Battle of the two 22 years old where Thiem seeded 8 for the Championship was the clear favourite,but he failed to deliver and could not find answers to a Czech player serve who is known to take matches to tiebreaks thanks to his firepower serves.
It also seemed at times that Thiem had run out of steam , perhaps playing a lot of matches for the last few months without much rest are taking its toll .
There are players at the tournament who dare to look up and dream. Some obvious one is Andy Murray who teamed up with Ivan Lendl once again and we all knew what happened last time when Ivan came into Murray’s camp . He won the WIMBLEDON! So I believe he definitively can do it this year too .
We also have a calm and emotionless Canadian player Milos Raonic. This 6’5” tall guy ,currently ranked as number 7 steered up a lot of attention lately thanks to a ” bad guy” called John McEnroe the one and only ”you cannot be serious” tennis legend, who become Raonic’s part – time consulting coach. I think Raonic can seriously grab the title this year too.
Then we have twenty two years old Austrian player Dominic Thiem currently ranked as number 8 who is quickly becoming a household name . We will be seeing this young guy at the top probably by the end of this year. That is a calculated prediction . Seeing him playing this year , his talent , work ethic and his mind can take him right at the top five. Why not knock out everybody and win Wimbledon next week then?
I have a soft spot for the upcoming young stars and apart from Thiem there is also the nineteen years old German Alexander Zverev. He may need some more time yet , but surely there is his undeniable talent , hunger and mind set that will get him the place on the top five players in the world very soon.
Nick Kyrgios hugely talented twenty one years old Australian who have the potential to win grand slams but need to mature first. At the moment his mind is not what can give him consistent results that he surely wants and is capable of.
Dominic Thiem continued to play a fantastic tennis last week , beating Federer in semis and Kohlschreiber in final . Against Federer he was a match point down twice in the second set tie break yet came out winning the match much to the Federer’s disappointment.
“Any match you lose is disappointing. But to lose when you have match point means it was a close one,”said Roger after the match.
The final against Kohlschreiber was interrupted by rain and had to be finished in Monday .It took Thiem two hours and eleven minutes to win the match in three sets 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4
It is Dominic’s forth tournament win this year and it feels like we will see him to win more this year with this type of appetite . It tastes sweater for him given that fact , that he won these tournaments on three different surfaces . Specially the win on the grass surprised him too .
“It feels absolutely unreal because I came here without any expectations basically, and I’m pretty sure that it’s the most special title for me,” said Thiem. “I didn’t play that well on grass over the past two years, and this tournament was so strong. I’m the winner here, I really cannot believe it.”
Novak Djokovic proved to be too much for Thiem who did show some great and powerful tennis. However , after losing the first set it did seemed like he run out of steam a little. His game was about lots of power and that requires also control which he did failed to maintain over lots of his shots ,making unforced errors . Not this time then for Thiem who is moving up to number 7 in ATP and we can expect him to be just improving further with experience.
Dominic started off well breaking Goffin in game one , but also thanks to Goffins double fault . Thiem could not confirm the break and was broken back strait away. However it is evident that Thiem is using great power and Goffin at times struggles to return ,hitting the ball into the net. Thiem brokes again in game three .
Both players playing some beautiful shots on the line and we already see some nice rallies that seems favouring Thiem’s game.
Goffin trying to come into the net in order to cutdown on the rallies but Thiem managing to pass him nearly every time. In game eight Thiem making some unforced errors that causing him to costing him game on his serve and levelling the match to four all . Goffin then holds and is up 5/4 and Thiem is first time under pressure on his serve. Goffin is managing well in reading Thiem’s serve ,returning the ball and making points of his serve . Thiem is broken and the set one goes to Goffin.
Goffin serves and takes the game one to love. Thiem seems like he has taken of the foot from the gas a little. In game two he struggles and is broken again. Goffin is leading now 2/0 . However it’s then Goffin who doesn’t confirm the break as he loses his serve too. Thiem is trying to fire himself up and screams few times. In game eight after a long game Thiem is broken and Goffin is serving for set two. He didn’t succeeded and is broken back . On five all Thiem has two break points ,which he doesn’t manage to take and again it’s Goffin ahead 6/5 .Thiem is managing to hold and its Tiebreak in which Dominic is getting the first minibreak . After a nerve racking Tiebreak Theim takes the second set in 63 minutes. Both players playing some great tennis ,there is not much that divides them at the moment.
Thiem starts to serve and is broken to 40 immediately in game one,but he manages to breaks back in game 8 and breaks again in game 10 taking set 3.
In set four Goffin is now showing some visible tiredness and he starts to make more unforced errors and he is quickly down 0/4 and then wins at the end 6/1 .
Match took 2h 51 minutes and Dominic Thiem came out on the top at the end. Up to the second set Tiebreak it could had gone either way. Well done to Thiem and his first Grandslam semi-final in which he will meet Novak Djokovic
Dominic Thiem vs David Goffin
Great match to look forward to.Hopefully the weather will behave
and we will be able to enjoy these two players magic play. At the moment I would vote for Dominic Thiem to win . He looks stronger of the two on the clay, which seems to be his favourite surface . Goffin however won’t give you any cheap points and won’t do many unforced errors. We may see some nice long rallies where patience may prove to be important .
The match was interrupted few times due to heavy rain that troubled the French Open this week and there was not much play at all for the last two days. Players came back and continued where they left the play before the rain and Dominic, well rested took the set 3 in fashionable 30m min and wrapped up the set 4 in 34 minutes. It was a fairly strait forward play for Thiem who played some beautiful shots.