This match completely turned on the net cord winner that Stan got late in the TB. Without that, Milos wins the 1st set and you probably get a completely different kind of 2nd set (and match) after that.
But as it stands, Milos' game and will dropped off in the second while Stan only raised his own. It was a fairly high quality match to that point too like their other encounters, so that was unfortunate.
Good week for Milos overall, though. Best result ever at MC and he still looks primed to have his best clay season yet.
Stan, on the other hand, is seemingly returning back to his AO form just in time for clay season. Will be interesting to see what kind of challenge he can put up against Nadal tomorrow. I think he can definitely push him if he gets a high percentage of first serves in and brings that new clutch mentality to it.
Kind of tentative 1st Set from both, where Stan kind of struggled on his first Serve (only ~50% I think), while Raonic was in servebot mode with good returns more or less. Nice touches on the net for Raonic which last year fails most of the time. Clutch performance by Stan to keep up and prevent break points, while Raonic was almost gotten a break point too. The TB came and I was personally kind of scared for Stan as he lost the 1st point, but recovered the 1st minibreak with a daring passing DTL. Stan got broken back again, but an error gave Stan I think the point back. Then Stan rallied to get Raonic up to pressure and folded and served up and Ace to finish the match! Hope he really bumps up his 1st Serve as it would be a very big weapon for him against whoever wins next.
We will continue to simulate the season with the second Grand Slam of 2020 - Roland Garros. The draw for the events will be completely randomized. Qualifiers are randomized as well and the WCs are chosen by me.
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Only Borg (x3), Dal (x2), Rogie (x1) and Rod Laver (x1) did it. Borg and Laver are the most impressive since the transition was from grass to clay, instead of a mere change in color (e.g. green to red).
Was it Borg? I am sure Borg is till now the only player who could play any style of tennis, and play along any side of the court(inside the baseline, outside, at the net etc).
It's not the big 3 members, as Nadal is too topspin and grinding from the baseline oriented, his net game while has...
If only W could be uncancelled and be held without fans as well, since it cannot be postponed to a later date and also cannot be held at an alternate venue!! It seems unfair to have the AO, USO, and FO, but not W, it really hurts players like Rogie a lot (Serena too maybe?)... Your thoughts??
I mean, the year 2020 in tennis is really something else.
According to local prosecutors, Basilashvili assaulted his ex-wife in a country house near Tbilisi on May 21st. He was arrested. The court today determined he could be released on bail of ~$31K. The main hearing is scheduled on July...