Fognini often plays to the level of his opponents, which is good news for fans eager to see a battle. But less than a year removed from two ankle surgeries, Fognini’s fitness level might play a factor. It’s been a fantastic and unexpected run for the Italian, but it will likely come to a screeching halt on Saturday.
Eurosport’s Mats Wilander said of Norrie’s performance: “He did very well. It was a good match from Norrie and maybe a step in the right direction.
“But I think he was playing way too much to Nadal’s backhand and you can’t do that. You go into this match thinking, ‘If I’m going to beat Rafa, I need to look at what Novak Djokovic does’, for example.
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Djokovic eventually recovered to win the fifth set comfortably, although he insisted he was a doubt for his last-16 tie with big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, and Nadal admitted it was a ‘strange match’.
‘I don’t like to have a lot of opinions on other matches, no? Anyone has his personal feelings,’ said Nadal.
‘Of course have been a very strange match. But I can’t have an opinion, because I don’t know what’s he’s feeling because for two sets looks like he’s going to retire and then in the fifth I think he played quite normal a lot of points. I don’t know. A strange feeling for me like a spectator. But that’s it. He found a way to win, so well done.’
“No, I’m certainly not a fan of Nadal,” she said when calling in to 3AW radio station, using the fake name of Lisa.
“I think he’s incredibly boring and he goes through all those OCD rituals all the time. The only reason I happened to be at the match was because I’d been at the previous match between Coco Gauff and Elina Svitolina. I stuck around to watch the boring Nadal. I think the fact pictures of me have gone viral reflects how incredibly boring his matches are. Why would you want to focus on a spectator? I know it’s a bit embarrassing. It’s probably not a great look for me, but what’s done is done? My daughter wasn’t too happy because she thinks I’m so embarrassing.”
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