French Open 2018- Day 4 Wrap Up
What at collection of matches! When the last ball of the tournament is hit, people will look to day 4 to see the tournament really come alive.
Novak Gets Through
On crazy day 4, Djokovic was able to make his way through the challenge of young Spaniard Munar in a close, but ultimately controlled match by the Serb. Next, Djokovic will face a real taste in clay court expert Roberto Bautista-Agut. This will truly give us an indication of where Novak’s game is at.
After 3 sets, Alexander Zverev, 1 set from going out of the tournament was looking at yet another early loss at a grand slam. At this point, the pressure of the young German must have been rising; another early loss would lead to increased critical questioning from the media, which would create further pressure on Zverev in future grand slams.
Did he let this pressure affect him?
In a word, no.
Zverev raised his level high enough to in fact take the last two sets comfortably 6-1, 6-2. This will give Zverev a lot of confidence going forward into the tournament. Expect big things from the young German over the next two weeks.
Nishikori Breaks French Hearts
Nishikori beat Benoit Paire in another set on Phillipe Chatrier, much to the disappointment of the French crowd. For Nishikori however, this will be a much-needed victory as he gets back into match form after his injury layoff at the start of the year. Certainly, the more matches the Japanese player is able to get though, the more dangerous he will become. He will be confident against his next opponent, Giles Simon, who will not be able to hit Kei off the court.
Thiem Locked In
Before bad light stopped play, Thiem and young Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas were involved in a close match, with Thiem taking a 2 sets to 1 lead. Look out for this match tomorrow, it could be a classic.
Match of the Day- Dimtrov vs Donaldson
This match typified the French open in general. Brutal clay court tennis, packed crowds and an electric atmosphere.
The match reached its crescendo in the fifth set, where the epic match had almost everything you could ask for from a tennis match.
After an apparently cramping Donaldson, Dimitrov served for the match at 8-7. Donaldson however came back fighting to take it to 8-8. His cramping, however, made another appearance in the next game for Dimitrov to again have the opportunity to serve for the match. This time he was able to close out a fabulous match 10-8 in the fifth.
Dimitrov showed his maturity throughout the fifth set, keeping his cool even in the raucous atmosphere and the underarm serving antics of Jared Donaldson. Credit the American; he did all he could to stay in the match even despite his body breaking down.