What a time for Italian tennis! Even Travaglia beating the likes of Nishikori in a 5-setter... :O
Well he used to have a javelin serve, moved to platform stance in 2018. That produced more powerful serves including a record best 24 aces in 4 sets (Wimbledon). This serve he has now loses power and precision, every pt on serve seemed to extend to long rallies, inevitable handicap. 110mph used to be his first serve average. If it's now 100mph or under, that's very bad, and something he must work on.Is it just me? Didn't Nishikori's serve get even slower when he came back? His average 1st serve speed in this match was below 100 mph, which is pretty much the average on WTA tour isn't it? I heard he's been working on his serve with Max, his new coach and a former big server. I can see some change in his serving motion but I don't see it paying off at all at the moment.
Lol do you think it would have been less comical if Nishikori made it? Come on.Nadal's draw is now comical to the point it might actually hurt him, no one who could make the semi of a 250 til the QF.
If Nishikori was in form and well rested then it would've been a decent match. Are you forgetting Madrid 14? Nishikori was dominating Nadal until the injury. But yeah current Nishikori would be a feast for NadalLol do you think it would have been less comical if Nishikori made it? Come on.
Nadal-Nishikori on clay is one of the most painful things to watch if you care for the sport of tennis. I'm very happy Travaglia came through.
I still agree that Nadal's draw till the Semis is a joke, of course. Let's hope that he will meet Thiem or Schwartzman in the Semis at least.
Oh COME ON! You seriously want to compare Madrid with Roland Garros.If Nishikori was in form and well rested then it would've been a decent match. Are you forgetting Madrid 14? Nishikori was dominating Nadal until the injury. But yeah current Nishikori would be a feast for Nadal