French Open Day 6 Wrap Up
The best and most important matches from a wild day in Paris
Fist big upset
In my predictions for this match, I thought that Verdasco would cause an upset, based on the fact that the Spaniard has had some success in this match up in the past and Dimitrov has found it difficult at Roland Garros. What I did not predict was the proficiency that Verdasco would be able to march through this match.
A close first set started out the match, with Verdasco saving a total of 4 set points while serving at 5-6, saving all, including one with an excellent, wrongfooting, serve ace. Despite being a mini break down in the tie break, Verdasco again came back form the brink to take he tie break and first set.
In the second, Dimitrov effectively gave up the set by making four unforced errors on his serve in the middle of the set and give Verdasco a seemingly unsurmountable lead; Dimitrov has never come back from a two-set deficit. He did show fight in the 3rd set, twice coming back from a break down, but ultimately Verdasco was the superior player today and came play effectively, without being spectacular, to create the upset.
Verdasco will be a dangerous player going forward in the draw. He will play Novak Djokovic in the next round in what promises to be a thrilling match.
The Comeback Continues
In this match, Djokovic was at the emotional he has been for probably the entire season. Shouting, celebrating, even one time epically smashing his racket, Djokovic appeared to be mentally at the edge.
This is how, historically, Djokovic has been at his best. This would suggest The Serb is now locked into the tournament, very different from how he came into the 1st round feeling ‘flat’. This presents a problem to the rest of the draw, as it appears Djokovic is a hungry as ever to do well in this tournament. He has successfully made it into the 4th round, and his experience may begin to shine through in these latter rounds.
Match of the day
Possibility the match of the tournament so far, Zverev and Dzumhur went at it for 3 hours and 52 minutes in an epic contest full of drama.
Dzumhur played excellent tennis to go 2 sets to 1 up, dominating the young German for much of the match. In the fourth set, he even broke serve and was 4-3 up. At 6-5 he even served for the match, which was where the pressure on Dzumhur told for the first time. The class of Zverev began to show, and he took the set to a tiebreak, which he took relatively comfortably.
It was the fifth set, however, which truly elevated this match up to the best in the tournament.
Despite going an early break down, Dzumhur fought magnificently to go up 4-2 in the fifth. Although he was broken, he had a match pint of Zverevs’ serve at 4-5, but a strong serve from the German quickly erased the Bosnian’s hopes. Zverev then stormed to victory, 7-5 in the fifth.
For Zverev, this was an incredibly important milestone. Amazingly, this was the first time he has ever beaten a top 50 player in a grand slam. It was also consecutive 5 set wins for the German, who must now have confidence in his game if required to go the distance.
Can Zverev keep going in Paris? He has looked shaky in his last two matches, but still managed to get the win, which is the sign f a true champion. At the moment, Zverev is a hard player to predict, and we will have to wait and see how Zverev can bounce back after these two physically demanding matches.