Former world No. 25 Mischa Zverev described Andy Murray’s shots as “relatively direct” and hinted he had no problems when he faced the Brit at the 2017 Australian Open. In the round of 16 of the Australian Open 2017, Zverev stunned the then number 1 in the world.
1 Murray and beat the Brit 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. Murray knew exactly what Zverev was up to before every point, but still he couldn’t get past the German, who scored practically every point net came. A few weeks earlier, Zverev lost 6-1, 6-1 to Rafael Nadal in Brisbane.
Reflecting on those two games, Zverev said that Nadal had “19 different ways” to overtake him at the net. “Murray can’t accelerate,” Zverev recently told Tennis Magazin. “It sounds strange for a player of his class, but he doesn’t have the train in his arms like Rafa or Federer, or even a Jack Sock.
He had played against Rafa in Brisbane the week before and lost one on one. He didn’t stand a chance. He was able to overtake me in 19 different ways. I couldn’t read the punches from him. They were too fast and also had topspin, so at times it felt like he was going into the net.
But he still fell to the ground. Murray’s forehand and backhand are relatively straight.” Zverev faced Nadal three times and each time he suffered a loss in straight sets. Nadal is one of the best players in the history of tennis and Zverev believes Nadal is capable of defeating his opponents surprising at key moments is one of the reasons for his success.
“Rafa constantly analyzes the game and knows when to create moments of surprise.”
Barbara Schett praises Rafa Nadal
A fully fit Rafael Nadal will be dangerous at the US Open despite his stuttering return to action at the Western & Southern Open, according to tennis analyst Barbara Schett.
“Don’t forget that this was his first game since the injury,” she told Eurosport. “The game is always different from training. And anyone who has had an abdominal injury and a tear in the abdominal muscles knows how it feels.
You must be extremely careful. You worry that you will hurt it again. And I think that’s what we saw on Wednesday. Playing against Coric he was a little unsure of how the body would hold up.
And I’m sure he’ll keep feeling better. If the abdominal muscle is not damaged, he still has a week and a half to improve his health, to improve confidence, also that he can stretch and cannot bend down on the serve because that is the most difficult shot, the serve and The punch.
If that’s the case, Rafa Nadal can certainly become dangerous again at the US Open. I mean he’s so fired up at every single Grand Slam. We saw him play the best tennis of his life this year. You can never write him off.”