Thiem-Monfils Match Is a Gem

Dominic Thiem has the biggest backhand on tour according to a 2018 study on backhand pace. And the Austrian, has used it today to bridge a one-set lead against Gaels Monfils in the 4th Round of the French Open today. While the women have two players today contesting matches who I’ve barely heard of, Swiatek and Bolsova? And that’s not a knock on women’s tennis, it’s just a fact, the men are throwing out possibly the best quarter of matches on this day you can imagine, Nishikori-Paire, Thiem-Monfils, Fognini-Zverev, and Del Potro v Khachanov.

Thiem, who in the last three years at the French, has lost to Nadal twice and Djokovic once, has just broken to go up 5-4 in the second set. Like Wawrinka and Federer, Thiem is another European one-hander (where is an American male with a one-hander?) joining Tstsipsas and Shapovalov and Dimitrov who’ve all displayed wicked one-handers this fortnight in Paris. Thiem now goes up two sets to love and he will likely knock out the second and last Frenchman in the draw as Nishikori did earlier, coming back from 5-3 in the fifth set to beat Paire and continue his five-set match mastery.

But Thiem is in good shape. He would definitely be the favorite in a match against either of the two giants, Del Potro and Khachanov and then with Djokovic semis and possibly a Nadal finals, the Austrian would have his work cut out from him to win his first French and first slam, but the Austrian looks very game.

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  • catherine · June 3, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Halep bt Swiatek 6-1 6-0 in 48 mins which I consider something like a disgrace. I did read that Swiatek had a back injury on Friday and if this was so she should probably have withdrawn. There’s nothing to be gained from a match like that. Easiest payday Simona’s ever had.

    Too many injuries around in the women’s draw.

  • catherine · June 3, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    According to Flashscore this match was over in 45 mins of play – 39 mins 1st set and and .06 mins second.

    That last set could fit into Roland Garros’ match highlights quite easily. I wonder how long it’ll take Iga to recover.

  • Dan Markowitz · June 3, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Now the Thiem-Mongolia match didn’t turn into a real challenge for Thiem, but it did have the distinction that both players had their girlfriend tennis players in the stands.

  • Dan Markowitz · June 3, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Doesn’t look too good today when of the 4 women’s Rd of 16 matches, only won went to a third set and that one was a bagel given by Barty to Kenin. I guess there’s intrigue with Anismova who won easily again today and the fact that there’s still three American women in the draw (at least, on this side of the pond there’s interest). But unlike a host of interesting men’s matchups, what’s the one matchup you really want to see in the women’s draw? Halep v Stephens? Not too sexy and no history that I know of between the two in big matches played.

  • Hartt · June 3, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Khachanov vs Delpo was a fun match between 2 big hitters. Karen won in 4 sets, just as darkness would have stopped the match. He played very well, containing his powerful shots, so did not make a ton of UFEs as he sometimes does. He also kept his focus and composure with a crowd that was noisily pro Delpo. This will be Karen’s first QF at a Slam. And he is now No.9 in the live rankings. I suspect Thiem will prevail in their match, but it could be a good one.

  • Hartt · June 3, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Dan, Halep and Stephens had 2 big matches in 2018. Simona had to come from behind to win the RG title against Sloane in a dramatic match. Then she won the Premier 5 tourney in Montreal by defeating Sloane in the final.

  • Dan Markowitz · June 3, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Ok then that’s the match I’ll latch onto, Sloane v Halep, Although, and this is going to shock everyone, I like all these quarterfinal women’s matches: Barty-Keys, Halep- Anismova, Stephens-Konta and Vondrousova-Martic and here’s my prediction: Barty v Halep and Stephens v Martic.

  • Jeff · June 4, 2019 at 2:03 am

    There isn’t a better advertisement for playing tennis for a guy than this match between Thiem and Monfils.

    Simply put, it is hard for me to say who is hotter between their gals. Svitolina and the French girl are simply total babes. These guys are certainly reaping he benefits of being top-rated tennis stars.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 4, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Jeff, monfils always manages to lose these big matches in majors, rarely pulls the upset. Thiem has never lost to la monf which is a credit to him. Yes rare to see two top wta players in opposing boxes watching an ATP match. Rarely happens.

  • Dan Markowitz · June 4, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Not only two WTA players, but two top-level WTA players. Although you see more now than you ever did with Vekic and Wawrinka together and not that Frantangelo ever plays a big match, but he’s dating Keys.

    Sock was supposed to play Challenger in Little Rock, but I don’t see him in the draw. Is it possible the guy is still hurt or has it become psychological now where he just can’t get on the court anymore? Pretty amazing that the top 3 American men players over the past five or so years, Izzie, Q Ball and Sock-less or all out now.

  • Michael In UK · June 4, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Hello all,

    I also greatly enjoyed Kachanov v Delpo. Huge hitting, many great rallies.
    And what about Thiem’s brilliant between the legs winner from the back of the court? Sensational! I loved Monfils’s smile at that one.
    Does anyone else agree the Herbert v Paire match was interesting for varied shot making and more subtle tactical play? I think I saw a reference to the match on Twitter, and still have it recorded.



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