So the big match yesterday was between Djokovic and Thiem which Djokovic won 6-3, 6-4. It was a pretty dramatic and entertaining match but the quality was not that high. Djokovic served 9 double faults while Thiem only won 1/15 breaks points.
The winner to unforced error ratio from both players was poor as well as you can see. It looked like Djokovic might well drop serve when serving for the match at 5-4 but, as usual, he won the big points.
But you figured even if he dropped serve there he would still get the job done in straight sets. Djokovic was clearly far from his best with all the double faults and poor winner to unforced error ratio which makes this another special victory.
You all know I’ve been hyping up Thiem for some time now and it is great to see him starting to fulfil his potential. He is great to watch. But if Djokovic can beat him while playing so far below his best level he clearly still has a long way to go before catching up.
That is if he ever will. Djokovic has taken tennis to another level which has never been seen before. He wins in straight sets over everyone playing well below his best and when he actually plays his best tennis he utterly destroys his opponent regardless of who it is.
Djokovic will now play against Berdych for the 25th time and he leads the head-to-head 22-2. That match is today and the other quarterfinal played today is Simon vs Goffin.
In the bottom half, it will be Raonic vs Kyrgios tomorrow and Nishikori vs Monfils. Monfils defeated Dimitrov who defeated Murray. It’s not been a good start for Fatherray, but I’m never sad seeing him depart a draw.
The bottom half is actually pretty interesting now. Kyrgios can upset Raonic but he would have to be at his best. As for Monfils he can do the same to Nishikori if he is at his best.