Opportunity knocks. We are down to the last 16 but now four will be become two in the bottom quarter and before you know it two will be become one but who out of Grigor Dimitrov, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin or Dennis Istomin will potentially make the semi-finals of the Australian Open?
I kind of feel David can fall under the radar at the major tournaments. I’m not sure why but probably because he just hasn’t had a major stand out moment in big matches, he’s made it around the top 10 in the world but hasn’t done anything yet that makes me go WOW! He has Dominic Thiem next which will be a big test for him and amazingly has only ever recorded four top 10 wins in his career three of which were last year so there is a lot still to prove!
Thiem is talented, he will reach the top at some point in his career it’s just a matter of when. My criticism of Thiem last year was that he basically took part in the tennis version of coach trip. If you haven’t seen it’s a program about people on a coach that travel a number of countries in a short amount of time and I think Thiem took part in 29 tournaments last year which isn’t ideal to be fresh for the big ones and ended up missing top tournaments due to injury. A win against David would be big for him and a spot in the semi-finals is achievable as the highest seed left in that bottom quarter of the draw.
He’s back. I have a piece on him coming up about the key changes to his game. He’s achieved highs and lows in a short career so far and seems to be focused and his game has steel in it now. Title win in Brisbane was a magnificent achievement which is why he is my one to watch throughout the season and more importantly in Melbourne where I think he can get to a semi-final!
His name is known world-wide. The wildcard ranked outside the top 100 in the world pulled off the shock of the tournament dumping out Novak Djokovic from two sets to one down and another win puts him in the last 16. The momentum is with the man from Ubekistan but a win against Grigor Dimitrov would be very tough as he aims to for a place in the quarter finals.
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