“Soviet sport” – on the second semi-final of the Australian major.
Dominic Tim in four sets against Alexander Zverev for the first time reached the final of the Grand slam not on clay. In General, Austria is considered to be pure gruntovka. He stayed twice in the semifinals, “Roland Garros”, and the same conceded in the final match in Paris.
In 2018 he finished the series against Rafael Nadal of 21 consecutive wins on the red sand, and then reached the final of the Open championship of France, but there was a convincing revenge from the Spanish tennis king on his favourite surface a year later repeated his success, but again the title went to Nadal. Tim progressed gradually began to better adapt to the rapid, relative to the ground, a style of play on hard, which gave its fruits. At the end of last year, the Austrian reached the final of the tournament in London, and now, in case of victory in the final, has the first opportunity to take third place in the ATP rankings, overtaking Roger Federer.
If in the first set, Zverev is much better, the German takes the first goal in 90% of cases, making three breaks and deservedly takes the party, already in the second set, the Tim comprises a second and even third gear starts to play more aggressively, constantly trying to aggravate the situation on the court, putting the opponent in an awkward position and forcing mistakes. In the end, restores parity. In the remaining two sets played out the fourth number of a rating is always ahead, imposes a high energy tennis, forcing the opponent to catch up. Zverev spends a lot of resources on something that is banal not to be outdone, so on a tie-break it is banal does not remain, and, after four hours, the dream team celebrates the victory.
Tim noted that the match was tough:
– It wasn’t easy. I have been on the court for more than four hours against Rafa Nadal, which is one of the most intense players on the tour. I fell asleep at 5 am the day before yesterday, so to recover was the problem. In the beginning of the match the adrenaline was hit hard in the blood, so in the first set I still had problems.
In the final the Austrian is already waiting for Novak Djokovicwith a perfect statistics of wins in decisive matches at the Australian Open. The Serb became seven-time winner in Melbourne.