Don’t blink or you’ll miss it. Don’t sneeze or snooze for a quick catnap or it will be over! I’m talking about the quarterfinal match today between Dominic “Sweep the Leg” Thiem and defending champ, Novak Djokovic.
Three sets is all it took for the Thiem to win. 7-6, 6-3, 6-0. And let me tell you, it was a tennis clinic if I ever saw one. Dominic had a strategy and executed it perfectly. This was a rematch from just weeks before where Djokovic won in three sets. Dominic came out and attacked the ball early, hit heavy forehands and backhands across the court, ran for every drop shot at the net. It was really a thing of beauty. And with his fantastic hair blowing in the wind…well it was picture perfect!
Here’s a quick tip for the casual tennis observer. When you watch a match, it really just looks like two guys standing on opposite sides of the net, hitting the ball back and forth. Next time you watch, pay attention to where the player is standing in relation to the baseline (the line in the back of the court). If they are standing inside, is their opponent standing far back from their baseline? If so, this typically means they are being more aggressive…taking the ball earlier, forcing their opponent to scoot back to return the ball. Who wins that point? Likely the player playing more aggressively.
Well, furry friends, Dominic Thiem gets to play Rafa Nadal in the semis. I’m sorry Sweep the Leg, but that’s just the luck of the draw. But don’t be too discouraged….Thiem is the ONLY player to beat Nadal during this year’s clay court season. And besides, I’m calling Dominic as the French Open dark horse!