Originally Posted by CCTennis
^ tennis wise, there's something not right anymore. His serve is gone. His Backhand is questionable sometime. He has some focus lapses, like today when he led 5-1 in the 1st then let Gabashvili back.
A win is a win. Maybe the pressure being the defending champion for the 1st time.
Next : Chardy or Sock. Not easy.
Serve degraded - not a lot of winning first serves, the placement is not there, the 2nd serves are rarely placed well and the winning percentage is low.
But today his BH was aggressive, the problem was that this played in to the hands of Gabashvili who likes fast exchanges and goes for broke, the slices at the end changed the rhythm and were successful.
the ROS was not so bad although rarely aggressive.
it is clear that Grigor has no single trusted winning shot. when I want to see where Grigor is lacking and must improve I only have to watch Federer. Ok, he can't reach these heights but he should aim at that.
I am happy with his first match regarding his form. he looked ordinary in many moments and weaponless but all in all solid enough in the right moments, with some very good points.