I am writing a few hours before Rafael plays his match against the always difficult Fabio Fognini. In his last game, my nephew already felt the positive effect of the treatment he received for his back problems, which prevented him from playing the ATP Cup. I hope he follows the trend and that he can face the Italian with guarantees.
Who also seems Having overcome his physical problems is Novak Djokovic , who has managed to qualify for the quarterfinal round after defeating Canadian Milos Raonic. In the case of the Serbian, it is surprising that so repeatedly annoyances come over him , to the point of sowing doubts about his permanence in the tournament, and then disappear overnight.
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I will not be the one who doubts the veracity of his pain, something very common in an elite athlete. It probably hides them less than it should, a normal practice on the circuit. More than once, a player loses due to annoyances that he keeps to himself so that they do not sound like an excuse.
And this is precisely the feeling that the surprising defeat of Dominic Thiem against the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov has caused me. Actually, I do not know it, and perhaps it has only paid for the fatigue from the intense match that he played in the previous round against Nick Kyrgios. Obviously, the Austrian was one of the favorites to reach the final rounds, if not the final. Without a doubt, a disappointment for the fans
The most discouraging data for the Spanish fans has been the defeat of Garbiñe Muguruza and the fact that none of our representatives will go to the second week of the competition. In women's tennis we are forced to put all our hopes in what she does, as she is much more diminished in terms of relays than in the men's team.
And it was a real shame. Garbiñe has been defeated in a magnificent match against Naomi Osaka, probably the fittest player on the WTA circuit. It was a game of great intensity and tight groundstrokes, in which everything was decided at the last minute. One sleeve each has been tightly scored. And in the third set, despite the fact that our tennis player has advanced with a hopeful 5-3, getting to have two match balls, the lack of a bit of luck and the success of her rival with the serve in the moments key have prevented him from staying in the tournament. A missed opportunity, but a hopeful course ahead.
And so we start the final stretch and get ready to enjoy the last week of the first big of the year, again with the stands empty and with the hope that it will only be a matter of a few A few days for the rest of the world to envy the fans who, sitting in the stands, clothe the tennis players giving them much more strength than they imagine. Hopefully we see all of them too. Well, everyone except the one with the comb.