France is on perfect run before heading to Russia. Everything will be better if they beat the United States in this match. France has a lot of advantages in the battle today, from strength to strength, quality players, coach etc. The Blues is considered one of the top candidates, current generation has so many prominent stars spreading across all three lines on a pitch.
United States did not qualify for CONCACAF World Cup 2018. After failing underwent a radical transformation. Coach Sarachan decided to skip a series of old filars to give the young players opportunities. However, these changes are not yet effective.
France is asked to send confirmation that is ready to Mundial, always scored at least twice in their last seven games so will hit again, since Yankees is in transition under the new coach even Americans does not belive yet, as we know they always speak positive about everything what’s belongs or represent their country.
Semi Final of the Roland Garros.
It’s still quite unbelievable we have Cecchinato still at this tournament, with the calibre of players he’s had to play I would have predicted he gets beaten against Carreno-Busta at the 3rd round, but he’s gone on to defeat both Goffin and Djokovic in 4 sets.
Cecchinato against Djokovic showed a totally different side of him, he was very aggressive and at some point with how Djokovic was playing I thought he’d cave in but he showed great mental strength in the 4th set to win 7:6.
Thiem has been amazing all year, he’s got a 23/5 record on clay but he hasn’t been untouchable. Thiem has lost a set in 7 of his last 10 matches, he’s already lost a set each to Berrettini, Nishikori and Tsitsipas at this tournament and how he didn’t loose a set to Zverez is beyond me.
There is this kind of players who are constructing their games behind huge serves and huge forehands. Despite Marin Cilic being a refined version of a big serving and big hitting guy, he has the same main weapons.
And there is this Juan Martin Del Potro who records great success against them, maybe even bigger than the guys in Big4 (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray). Maybe.
Fact is the argentine is serving as big as them, yet he’s way better in returning.
And the advantage these tall guys have against the pack, especially on french clay, the fact that after hitting the ground the ball is rising uncomfortably high, is not that much an advantage against a 1.98 m tall guy like Delpo.
For the past year he had a weak part on that post injury backhand, yet nowdays he is hitting the slice shot much rarely and he’s driving the backhand more often. Goodbye weak spot. With that kick serve out wide and the inside out huge forehand Isner would expose any BH weakness. He didn’t. Even more, as he usually does against the big serving + big hitting guys, Felpo won against Isner by breaking the best serve in the world in every set.
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.