“Growing up, I named my cat Rafa after him. That says a lot about how much I love the guy. He’s my biggest idol. He’s one of the reasons I play tennis. Just watching him play, unbelievable competitor. Just from him I have the never-give-up mentality. Whenever I’m on court, I try to be like him.”
Korda started to play some decent tennis in the third, but he wasn't able to perform to the best of his ability today in the big stadium, bad conditions and an imposing opponent. I'm looking forward to seeing how he develops. I enjoy his style of play.
It is hard to tell what level Nadal is at, but it doesn't look stellar.
only got to watch the first game, Korda looked pretty decent (conditions were poor) and had a few break points, hoped he’d make a match out of it that would last longer so I could catch the end, alas it wasn’t to be
Korda was okay, played as hard as he could. Think this could be a good match on a faster court in a few years, but he lacks the consistency and ability to win any points from a defensive position you need
Wow Korda made a good showing won 4 games. I am being serious.
If it stays windy, this is very good for Rafa. He's a much better wind player than Djok, not sure how it will impact THiem, not as much as it impacts Djok because Thiem hits with more topsin and power than Djok.
I was concerned earlier about rafa haivng too many easy opponents then having to face either sinner or AZ, i.e. having to raise his level suddenly, but after watching this, I'm not concerned any longer.
My only concern is my original one, that Thiem takes too much out of Rafa then faces Djok in a tired state.