Man, Zverev's forehand was ridiculous today, pathetic pushy stroke. I doubt he hit twenty attacking forehands all match. Sinner, in contrast, was always driving through his FH and running Zverev side by side with it. His shot tolerance on either wing was impressive as well, preventing Zed from pushing his way through. Quite clutch, too, particularly in the first set saving many BPs. Nice to see servebot pushrev shown his proper place by a younger and better talent. Sinner has an imposing game, worth rooting for.
The first set was extremely tight, but Sinner was great BP down. Saved 5/5 BP's across 3-1&5-3 games, including a delicious point bossing a BH2BH rally down BP at 5-3 ended with a wicked angled shot.
He wasn't even peaking, missed quite a bit at times, but he always stuck to his guns and eventually made Zverev pay. But he almost made a hash of things. He froze on a couple of shots when Zverev offered him put-aways.
Of course it's pretty hard to dictate against someone like Sinner or Fognini, none the less Zverev was too passive. His baffled look after Sinner punishes his passive shots, funny.
And a lot of the times he tried attacking, but couldn't get through, as Sinner who has such cleaner and more economical strokes, very easily got on the front foot again by just having superior medium/rally shots.
Critical part deciding point: Sinner's play down BP at 2-0 -AD 4th set, similar to Tsitsipas' BP convertion against Munar on Tuesday, when he just did not let up, and continued creating angles and penultimate shots against an ever-retrieving opponent.
Onto Rafa, and the ultimate tennis challenge.
P.S: Every Sinner "C'mon" is bliss. They don't come too often, making them all the more special.
Future multiple-slam champion def "Who choked harder than Coria in his only grand slam final?" tennis trivia answer.
Seriously now, it seems like career-threatening injury is preventing Zverev to show his full potential. He's been showing symptoms of pushfluenza since the start of the year, but it got him really bad in New York and today he even had to take a MTO. His servebot pills don't seem to work well. Or maybe they just work depending on his opponent, he was aggressive against challenger-level opposition and nervous cramping Thiem for 2 sets.
But even without it Sinner is just a more talented player, he would've won anyway.
Horrible wind and throat injury and peaking opponent was too much even for Sascha to overcome. What a shame to lose the tournament favourite like this. The title will be heavily asterisked now, even more than in 2009.
Zverev, on return in particular, is a pusher of the highest order. I don't like using that term but he just was shovelling the ball up the middle waiting for errors and letting sinner smack winners left and right. He was a bit more aggressive on serve but he was thoroughly outplayed by sinner today. I'm officially a sinner fan now, he's so much fun to watch.