Well, damn. I guess I jinxed that.
The men's championship match and the ladies match for Azerenka made me feel like I was watching a fight till somebody drops bear knuckles boxing match from the 19th century. Thiem and Azerenka both had bad cramps/tightness in the legs late in their matches.Thiem wins in a five set tie breaker after being down two sets and I am pleased he won. But I got to tell you this was one of the oddest major final matches I have ever seen. Thiem was limping around late and it felt like a fight at the end of the world. Woozy exhausted players who each looked like they had taken control at various points only to loose their grip.
Absolutely bizarre ebb and flow with a drunken sailor feel. Both players deserved to win and lose. Strange match but I am happy for Thiem the young warrior. It would have been a crushing loss for this swashbuckling and likeable player. Instead Zverev is the one dealing with a crushing disappointment.
Strange year and this match fits that theme.