Poor Mathieu and his ridiculous journey of tight defeats. A couple days ago 5:2 and match point up against Nieminen wasn't enough for him. He had to play as a lucky loser to get one more slap in the face. 6-3, 4:2 (30-30)... 5:4 (30-0) in the final set, 5:4 in the tie-break, and double fault at match point down without even trying to risk the second serve...
stroke <- point <- game <- set <- MATCH -> round -> tournament -> season -> career
once correction. mathieu was up in the last set 5-4 but it was 0-30 on Lu's serve so at least Mathieu didn't choke the game from 30-0 on his own serve. The stats show a few things. Mathieu was ouplayed on second serve points, he didn't come to the net enough and its suprising Lu has more winners. With Mathieu's power advantage that shouldn't happen. It leads me to believe he isn't moving well at this time.
Remarkable to think Lu is the only Chinese player in the top 300 and the only East Asian in the top 100.
Before him Srichaphan (Thai) and Lee (Korean) were the only Asians to make the top 40. Even though hardly any Thais or Koreans ever make the top 300. Interesting how these anomalies pop up every now and then. Goes to show these countries all have talent but no tennis infrastructure.