Second Service: Dominic Thiem suffers shock defeat; Rafael Nadal coach reveals weakness
For Second Service today, its the latest from Lyon, a coach to Nadal discloses a flaw, and the entry list for Halle builds anticipation.
Results in Lyon produced a big shock as Dominic Thiem fell to British no. 2 Cameron Norrie in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
Norrie was elated with his win over the world No. 4, describing it as “the biggest win of my career.”
Thiem had admitted “I am still trying to find my form. I’m not playing as well as I did in 2019 [at Roland Garros], when I played my best tennis, or as good as in 2018.”
“But I am certain I will play well there [in Paris],” Thiem added on the subject of the French Open.
Meanwhile, Stefanos Tsitsipas continued his strong form to notch a win in his first match in Lyon, defeating American Tommy Paul 6-1, 6-4.
“I feel like I’m playing good tennis, I can play against anyone,” the Greek declared after his win. Tsitsipas will next face Yoshihito Nishioka for a place in the semi-finals.
On the subject of players in form, Rafaal Nadal was in the news again, though this time due to words from his coach Francisco Roig.
Though Nadal has already won both Barcelona and the Italian Open for a record 12th and 10th time respectively so far in 2021, Roig still sees room for improvement ahead of Roland Garros.
“I think a little more mobility is important,” Roig declared to the ATP.
Looking past the clay and on to the grass, the 2021 Noventi Open in Halle announced its player entry list, and the field is looking strong.
Roger Federer will of course be vying for an 11th title, while three more top-10 players are slated to compete: Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev.
Another ATP star has entered the GOAT, as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga weighed in with his opinion on the matter.
Tsonga believes if Nadal can win a 14th French Open and surpass Federer to reach 21 total Slams, “there would definitely be no more debate about the greatest player of all time,” the Frenchman claimed.
Finally, former world No. 2 Alex Corretja back the Next Gen as they continue to close the gap between themselves and the ‘Big Three’.
Corretja believes that the average level on tour has risen a lot, and that experience is the main difference-maker when it comes to results.
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