The media are rubbing their hands in anticipation of another Nadal/Djokovic clay showdown. If Nadal can get by Fognini and Djokovic, Nishikori in the quarterfinals, the media and many fans will be as giddy as pigs in shit or college students at happy hour. This would be their first match since last year’s Madrid Masters Semifinal, which Nadal won 6-2, 6-4.
Djokovic’s winning H2H 26/24 is no match for Nadal’s clay dominance. Also, his slow return from his elbow injury only support another clay win for Nadal.
The narratives for the French Open are being written! We can now forget about Nadal’s lost to Thiem in Madrid’s quarterfinal 5-7, 3-6.
Much has been said about Roger Federer’s schedule. The star skipped the French Open to not only rest his body, but give himself the best opportunity to secure his ninth Halle and eight Wimbledon titles. At thirty-five he is playing for his legacy.
Alexander Zverev stands in his way. The twenty-year old is a dangerous opponent who has already won titles on hard-court (Open Sud de France), clay (MW Open by FWU) and grass (Internazionali BNL d’Italia) this season. He beat the elegant one in the Halle semi-final last year after losing to him in Rome.
Federer comes into the final tested: Y. Sugita>M. Zverev>F. Mayer>K. Khachanov. However, none of those matches pushed him as much as Zverev will. The youngster has the ability to stop Federer’s momentum. Zverev may make the often called maestro rethink his Wimbledon strategy and campaign. It would be surprising if this match did not go three sets or at the very least two very tough sets with tie-breakers, if both are healthy. So who do think will take the Gerry Weber Open title?