Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports. Photo: Alexander Zverev
Day 9 was action packed — as our first hitter, Diego Schwartzman, started off the morning with a riveting comeback victory over Kevin Anderson from two sets down.
After winning the first two sets 6-2, 6-1 — and then going up 5-3 in the third — it looked as though Anderson would move on to the quarters with ease. But, to crudely quote Jake LaMotta — or Robert De Niro’s portrayal of him in Raging Bull, at any rate — he never got Schwartzman down, Ray.
And, from there, the melt began.
Anderson failed to serve the match out at 5-3 in the third, before dropping the set. And then it was déjà vu all over again in the fourth set — as Schwartzman clawed back AGAIN from down 3-5 to force a fifth.
Schwartzman, ultimately, wrestled control of the match in that decisive fifth set — to the delight of anyone who backed our first hitter. He completed the comeback with an epic scoreline of 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (0), 6-2.
On the other hand, our other hitter didn’t fare as well. I expected multiple tiebreaks in the match between John Isner and Juan Martin del Potro — but, in seriously shocking fashion, the pair didn’t play a single one.
And that usually spells trouble when backing Isner, as we did Monday. The Argentine tucked the match away in rather tidy fashion 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Split for us on the day — and time to look ahead to Tuesday, where we have two quarterfinal matches awaiting us. First, we’ll get a rematch of the Madrid final (and meeting of newly budding rivals): Domi Thiem (-155) vs. Sascha Zverev (+140) on Philippe Chatrier. And, following that, on Suzanne Lenglen Court, we’ll see Novak Djokovic (-1250) vs. Marco Cecchinato (+650).
With the latter match so heavily priced in favor of Nole — and not many “upset vibes” surrounding Cecchinato, who won his first match at a Grand Slam this tournament — we’ll focus on the first match of the day on the ATP side. Stuck will also close with a quick preview of both WTA quarterfinal matches on Tuesday. Let’s get to it.
ATP Daily Hitter
Dominic Thiem (-155) vs. Sascha Zverev (+140)
H2H: Thiem leads 4-2
8 a.m. ET