Originally Posted by GeorgeWHitler
In other words it was brainless ball bashing at it's highest quality from the Spanish Russian and the American Russian
More or less, it was, but that's a type of tennis I find very enjoyable.
I agree that Igor was very impressive in how he turned around the semifinal. Dmitry was completely outplaying him, serving bigger, taking the ball earlier, pushing his opponent behind the baseline. It seemed like Igor wasn't getting the time he needed to set up and go for his shots effectively. And in that 2nd set, Andreev kept blowing leads and opportunities, seemingly growing more frustrated and discouraged by the minute. But he pulled out a tough service game at 4-5 after being 2 points away from defeat more than once, then got lucky with some bad errors from Tursunov to break, and the match completely changed from then on. Tursunov was the demoralized one in the final set.
I only worry that Andreev may be fatigued. Many long weeks since the US Open because of all his wins, and also long doubles matches this week (including a 4-5, 5-4, 5-4 battle yesterday after finishing his 3-setter in singles!), but he should be confident with his form and the crowd can motivate him more. And even if Kiefer gets an early lead, you know he'll start choking at some point.