Originally Posted by AskTheQuestion
Thiem has no chance against Shap on hardcourts.
It can be called an upset if he actually beats him!
"No chance" is an overstatement, IMO. The surface favors Shapovalov, but Thiem has the experience, which cannot be ignored. As much as I am enjoying my ride on Shapobandwagon, I am also realistic. The Menace is raw. Looking past the next match is shortsighted, because his results can and likely will fluctuate. Mental robustness he's been showing lately is fantastic, it gives him chances against almost anybody. Certainly on this surface against someone like Thiem, who is not the fastest to adapt (I am kind here). But there's no guarantee he will sustain it. The pressure of being under the spotlight and being a favorite adds up. Let's see how he deals with it from match to match.
I think this particular matchup is interesting, because there's some similarity between them. First of all, two OHBH's, a righty and a lefty - honestly, can a fan ask for more?
Also, both move very well. And finally, what makes it unpredictable, is that both tend to be somewhat wild - try to hit winners whenever possible and impossible. I can't wait!
Let's just hope Troicki doesn't spoil our party. He's painfully bad nowadays, so he really shouldn't. But like I said, I am taking one match at a time.