Working on Eurosport, the seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander previewed the upcoming quarter-finals match between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem at the US Open. 'I think the condition and the surface is perfect for Thiem', recognized Wilander.
'The ball bounces not too high because it's humid. So Nadal is not gonna be able to get the ball too high up to Dominic's backhand. Nadal can't really flat his forehand around as much as Thiem can. So Thiem may hit some winners.
The serve is a big weapon for Thiem. So in terms of game it's perfect. But in terms of the side of a champion, I don't know. Is Thiem ready to do that here? I hope I am wrong, I hope I see a really close match, but it takes so much.' 'The backhand of Thiem is unbelievable, he can play here the way he wants to play', Wilander added.
'Rafa has to change his game more than Thiem has to because of the condition and humidity. But it's such a physical fight for Rafa. Yes he had a very tough match against Karen Khachanov in the previous round, but on the other hand maybe that pushed his level up and he may be unbelievable from now.' The Serena Williams's coach Patrick Mouratoglou said: 'If there is one match not to miss, it's this one.
At the French Open final Nadal prevailed in straight sets. As usual, both players try to hit aggressive forehand. Dominic, under pressure, could not find his accuracy,69% of his backhands ended up short and central. When the Austrian beat Rafa in Madrid, the feat of the match ended up to: one, forehand initiative.
Two: to produce quality shots on the backhand.'