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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-23-2017, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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Rio R2: Thiem def. Lajovic 6-2 7-5

The little bit less muggy player that day prevails. That really was not too pretty to watch.

Anyway, Schwartzman next. These two met last year in the exact same tournament too, with Domi being the winner after two tight 7-5 sets. The other encounter took place in Miami 2015: a close 7-6 7-5 win for Domi. Hopefully Domi can finally reach a SF again.
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Re: Rio R2: Thiem def. Lajovic 6-2 7-5

Thiem was good enough to get the job done. After a a quick transition to clay winning his opening two matches in straight sets and without the need for a tie break is as much as anyone could reasonably have expected. Now a day off before some slightly more sterner challenges over the weekend.
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Re: Rio R2: Thiem def. Lajovic 6-2 7-5

Look, Domi was terrible. He was getting dominated in the rallies, Lajovic controlled the centre of the court completely with some aggressive play. At the moment Domi's style of play is utterly unworkable. He's trying to be aggressive, but he has to wait for the ball to drop so he's always running backwards and feeding the opponent high-bouncing, attackable balls. But if he falls back on defense, his backhand breaks down under no pressure at all. This kind of thing only works for Nadal because Nadal in his prime never missed and you literally had to blast him off the court.
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Re: Rio R2: Thiem def. Lajovic 6-2 7-5

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Look, Domi was terrible. He was getting dominated in the rallies, Lajovic controlled the centre of the court completely with some aggressive play. At the moment Domi's style of play is utterly unworkable. He's trying to be aggressive, but he has to wait for the ball to drop so he's always running backwards and feeding the opponent high-bouncing, attackable balls. But if he falls back on defense, his backhand breaks down under no pressure at all. This kind of thing only works for Nadal because Nadal in his prime never missed and you literally had to blast him off the court.
Thiem lacks confidence at the moment. The same thing happened to Dimitrov in 2015 when he couldn't decide what kind of player he wanted to be. Thiem's groundstrokes pack an enormous punch. Imagine what he could do if he leaned into his shots instead of backpedaling away from them. So much easier said than done at this level of course. I don't think that he'll turn out to be another Almagro. He's got the temperament and weapons of a top-10 player.
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Re: Rio R2: Thiem def. Lajovic 6-2 7-5

thiem wasn t good,but I don t think he was that bad....did what was needed to win.HIs game is not at 2016 level ,but with every win maybe he s getting closer to that level,since his confidence should rise.

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