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Thiem was indeed pretty good in the first 8 games, but was still down 3-5.

Just don't see him being a threat with this flat forehand. Too unreliable.
 

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Thiem played decently but Medvedev looks like he is back to his best.
 

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First six, even seven, games were very promising but the complete change of tactics from Medvedev resulted in his fairly commanding win.
Meddy started the match in his default pushing mode he has been operating in the last few months — repetitive, medium-paced, high-percentage backhand cross-court shots that, to be fair, frustrate a LOT of players, just not the top guys. Thiem could not be bothered by them — had enough time and space to do whatever he wanted with the ball and was bossing Meddy around with his single-hander by mixing slices with sharp angles and huge bombs. He was easily the better player by 3-3.
It all changed in game #7 when Medvedev suddenly realized (or was told by Cervara?) that such play would get him howhere — and totally changed his hitting pattern. From that point on he was targetting almost exclusively Thiem's forehand. We know this shot is THE problem for Dominic ever since his comeback and that proved to be the case once again. Almost immediately his FH wing started leaking errors and never stopped till the end of the match. To Meddy's credit, his own forehand which has become increasingly shaky this year was holding up nicely to allow him keep Dominic under pressure — Meddy prevailed in majority of FH to FH exchanges. Thiem hardly having cheap points on serve didn't help him either.
Despite the scoreline, there were quite a few points and shots for highlight reel.
 

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Tough draw for Daniil here with Sinner likely up next but at least he’s back playing top 10 level tennis. It remains to be seen if he’s truly back to his best but at least he looks like he can be competitive again with the real top guys.
 

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Medvedev is very very good again.
 

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Thiem is just not the force of old. Similar to Murray, injuries have caught up with him. Maybe Thiem can hit top 50 but his days of winning big titles are over.
 

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Dominic is slowly clawing his way back. It will take time, and he might not get to his previous level, but I believe he can be top 20 next year which will make all the hard work worthwhile. After all you don't have to be top 10 to have a very good life and income! I also believe he will win tournaments again even if they're not slams.
 

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It is clownish to think Thiem will never get back to his best

I have said all year he has time

But MTF has the patience of a 14 year old girl on Tiktok

Med looked very strong too
 

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Thiem is just not the force of old. Similar to Murray, injuries have caught up with him. Maybe Thiem can hit top 50 but his days of winning big titles are over.
to be fair, he did only win 2 big titles. But he was very very good today actually but med was insane. Was like peak Nole. Rallies today were insane, some very very long, very intense, very precise rallies from both, med defending insanely, with depth AND precision.
 
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