I'm still in a state of mild disbelief because I honestly thought that Zverev had the third set in his pocket until that massive choke, but even then things got a tad nerve-racking. There's certainly truth in the saying that no match is ever over until the last ball has been played.
Estimated time for Andy's match today is 5 pm EST, 10 pm BST. It's 4th on Grandstand.
Also Andy's comments on the match from the ATP website -
“I don’t think either of us played particularly well when we were close to the finishing line, but [that was] maybe to be expected since we haven’t played any matches for such a long period. He didn’t serve so well at the end, which obviously helped me but I fought hard and it is a good effort to win that after not playing for a while.”
After it had finished I had one of those periods when I could do nothing! It was just not real that Andy with 30 matches in three years was so good. I took an hour to recover and go to bed. I suppose that will be an advantage for another late night tonight?
I think Andy has his best chance against the Canadian IF he can start well again. I think his comments regarding how they both played last night was spot-on. The bit he said about the silence when he threaded a ball past Sascha down the line was revealing of how much a showman he can be. I am interested that the German may be difficult to coach (Lendl stayed very little time) and that his second serve issue is now a mental block. I can understand that as performance can be totally frustrated by the mind faltering with belief in skills available. In his case I do wonder if he should adopt the repeat first serve for his second. He had over 50% success in first serves so statistics would tell you that the chance of two failing in a row is small. Why not go fast for both serves if the body allows? I am sure that all players have really fast and stock first serves to avoid burn out of the body so to me it seems totally possible. I could never serve slowly, when I played, all those years ago and it at times did become a big problem that reduced enjoyment considerably!