I thought this place had died.
I'm trying CPR on this board.
We're no longer in that age. First, more distance meant that your opponent made you run around a lot. Now, more distance means that you are fitter and could run more
You're right it's the Nadal/Djokovic/Murray era after all. I wonder if the IBM analysts checked the data on a good number of matches to conclude that there is a higher pourcentage where the players who covered the most distance won or if they just assumed as you said that it means that you are fitter. Though after watching Kyrgios played yesterday who sometimes was walking instead of running I can understand where they coming from.
So good news, today Gasquet was the fitter player
Anyway, this stat really must be interpreted according to the match-up.
I've watched the first 2 sets and the beginning of the 3rd, Richard was solid, he was going for his shots and as usual played a lot with angles. Berlocq made this easy by throwing a lot of UEs around.
Dimitrov has won their last meeting and just won Brisbane so he's logically the favorite.
The fact that Grigor is the favorite is a good thing that remove a little bit pression from his shoulder even though Djokovic losing and opening the draw add more pressure.
I still hope Gasquet will find the weapons to hurt him as he did in their previous meetings. I think Grigor doesn't like the big top spin so Richard should mix his game using both attacks and moonballs.
Allez ! Good luck!