The first Quarterfinal. Two players who both are probably future world no 1 as well future grand slam champions.
Both like this surface although IMO clay suit a little bit more to Thiem.
The current no.8, Dominic Thiem is 22-5 on red dirt in 2018 and he is the only one who defeated Nadal on clay in this season. He has won Lyon, also Buenos Aires earlier, was in finals in Madrid.
The world no. 3, Alexander Zverev is 20-2 on clay in this season. He has won Munich, Madrid and was in final of Rome.
Here on French Open both are yet to win in straight sets. Thiem played every time 4 while Zverev all three rounds won in 5 sets.
Zverev even had to save a match point against Dzumhur.
I see a Djokovic that is running out of gas fast. I see a djokovic that moves worse. I see not the same fighter anymore. He even said himself after an interview that the match ( when he lost against Thiem last year here in Paris ) was lost in the first set. Are you kidding me? Old Djokovic would fight till the end. How many times we saw comeback wins of Nole against guys like Federer and Murray?!
So he has not been good here either. Rookie Munar (and i was expecting this a little bit ) gave him all kind of trouble and Silva Dutra was even breaking the Serb. Especially Djokovic his body language was not good during that match, like he was having a flue, allergy or something like that. He declared afterwards that he was not feeling at his best. Something was going on there for sure and he did not wanted to explain.
On the other side also a sad story, but in a much different way as Agut’s mother died just last week. He decided to play here in paris and beated Istomin in 5 sets, very impressive indeed. Some players collapse, others get strenght out of it and this seems the case with the Spaniard.
Single handed backhand Versus Single handed backhand. Very rare to see the new generation with this shot as all tennis academy´s are teaching for a double grip. Should be more ´safe´, but i do not mind it at all as i love that shot. I tried that shot once but i made a homerun instead, lol. You must be really strong in your arm and wrist. And these two guys are strong indeed. We all remember Wawrinka and Federer of course but these two guys can do also all kind of magic with their backhand.
Thiem a true clay specialist of course. Outgrinding a lot of opponents but in many games i did not like him that much this season on clay. He is 19-5 on clay this year, good of course, but he had some suprising losses.
One of those losses was against this greek Youngster. Really talented kid, very agressive and i like that he is not afraid at all. Remember his ´fight´ with Medvedev.
Stan Wawrinka is slowly coming back after his knee injury, and it looks like he will need quite some time before he even comes close to his old form. Last year’s RG finalist is really struggling, this year he played 10 matches, winning only 4. Short run in AO, losing in straight sets against Sandgren, then a semifinal exit in Sofia against Basic, followed by a defeat against the Dutch ITF player Griekspoor. After the retired match against Ivanska in Marseille, he took a long break untill Rome, only to be defeated by Steve Johnson. Don’t let the win vs. Donaldson change your mind, and Fucsovics proved just how vulnerable Wawrinka is. Stan won only a bit over 50% points on his 1st serve, and the Hungarian was dominating in most rallies and even bageled Wawrinka in 2nd set.
Guilermo Garcia Lopez will test Wawrinka’s movement, and in a best of 5 match, I don’t think Stan can keep up with Garcia Lopez, who is in solid form. His goal will be to move Wawrinka around the court as much as possible, and he has the game for that. Garcia Lopez played in Lyon last week, where he made a solid run, and eventually lost to Thiem in 3 sets.
League One action for me in a game that will be played at Wembley Stadium tomorrow (Sunday 27th May 2018) and kick off at 15:00 UK time. The game will be played between Rotherham United and Shrewsbury Town.
Both sides had a great season and none of these sides would have expected to have the seasons that they have had at all. Both managers (Paul Warne & Paul Hurst) are ex-Rotherham United players and are both well known at Rotherham.
On and off the field these two are friends and that is clear to see, there is such a respect between both managers. This means there is huge bragging rights in place for the winning side. Shrewsbury finished 3rd in the league and ended up 9 points away from an automatic place. The Shrews finished 8 points in-front of the Millers this season so should realistically go into the final as favourites, however, the Millers are favourites for the game.
Peter Gojowczyk could be the winner.
Regarding performances of Fucsovics, I would say this is the best tournament to reach a final in. His performances on clay were starting to look a little bit better in Munchen. There where he was eliminating one of the big clay courters Italy had seen. Pella couldve been a relative dangerous oponent but had a bad day. I say this because Max Marterer eliminated him after and Marterer was playing a good tenis in front of home croud but still, far from top 50 atp for sure.
Anyway, here in Geneva, Fucsovics handled a big downgrading morale like Wawrinka’s that is decreasing day by day. Tiafoe couldve been an oponent but as usually gets knocked out from match to match. And as for Ramos, really unstable tenis player. No chance for him against Fucsovics and many players from top 100.
Peter is feeling great in Switzerland. He had a more tougher draw to handle starting with Karlovic, David Ferrer or Fognini. He done the job against Karlovic’s abusive serving and handled tactically Ferrer and Fognini. Fognini was clearly the favorite to win against him but he lost in minimum.
Another Irish Premier League game for me that will be played at Waterford RSC and will kick off at 19:45 UK time. The game will be played between Waterford FC and Derry City.
The home side have had a great start to their season and currently lie in 3rd! They’ve managed 1o wins, 3 draws and 6 defeats whilst scoring 26 goals and conceding 22 in their 19 league games. Waterford haven’t won in their last 5 league games with 3 defeats and 2 draws.
What stands out to me is that most games has seen quite a few goals! 3 of their last 6 league games has seen over 2.5 goals. Their home form has been good this season and they have been hard to beat here. They’ve even managed a wins vs Cork City 2-1!
The away side lie in 4th in the table just 3 points behind Waterford, however, they have a game in hand and could overtake them with a win as they have a far better goal difference.
Derry have scored 33 goals and conceded 26 goals in their 18 league fixtures. 5 of their last 7 league games has seen over 2.5 goals. Their last 4 away games has also seen over 2.5 goals too.
At the end of the 2017/18 season Dinamo recovered on time after negative streak of 5 matches on a warm Saturday night Maksimir Stadium was a place of celebration It is 19th time after a convincing 3-1 win over local rival Inter Zapresic.Played with determination and with a greater level easily beat Inter Zapresic and “lift the trophy”.
Having said that in the field will be the champion and the third classified of the championship hoping, therefore, for exciting game.
Huge stake, Dinamo in search of 11th double crown, while Hajduk’s first trophy after winning the Cup in 2013.
These two teams will now play their fifth game this season, having measured their strength on four occasions in the Croatian championship, of course line of 10 corners were crossed several times.
I am not sure about total of goals here but corners should be delivered by both sides.
Derby day confront the best offensive team in the league vs the best defensive so far.
In early phase of Allsvenskan 2018 Hammarby really shocked the Swedish football community with leading the serie by 6 points. 8 streit wins so far.
AIK is also undefeated so far and have a really impressive defensive as the stats can tell it, they are also defensive minded which explain a lot. 5 Goals only let in till today.
Sometimes safe way of playing cost them too many draws. They played against Östersund last game and were in the lead by 1-0 and went on full defensive almost which turn against in last minutes of the game.
Both offer goals, home side scored twenty-four goals in their opening nine games and AIK done fourteen. Past head to head also support today’s prediction.
This year’s Scottish FA Cup final will be played between the Scottish champions Celtic and Motherwell at Hampden Park.
Celtic recently secured their 7th consecutive Premiership title with an emphatic 5-0 victory over rivals Rangers. They are far and away the best side in the league as demonstrated against the Gers and they can destroy any side in this country at any given point.
They won the league by 9 points in the end and never looked troubled at any point throughout the season. They boast goals all over the pitch with Scott Sinclair scoring 10 goals and Dembele, Griffiths and Edouard all scoring 9 each.
There doesn’t seem to be any major injury issues for the Hoops so Brendan Rodgers should be able to field whichever side he likes.
Their opponents Motherwell finished the season competing in the relegation group. They did finish top, beating St Johnstone by a couple of points but from April they have only played the sides at the bottom of the table as the relegation group don’t play any of the championship group.