Well, low expectations for this one, after two back-to-back 3R exits at Slam events.
Seeded no. 14
R1: Marterer W 6/3 6/2 6/4
R2: Groth W 6/1 6/2 6/1
R3: Dimitrov (17) W 6/3 6/4 6/4
R4: Nadal (3) W 2/6 6/4 6/4 7/5
QF: Thiem (5) L 6/1 2/6 7/6(4) 6/3
Points won: 360
Rank: 13 (+1)
Recap: A sensational run to the last 8. A tournament of many firsts for me. A first Grand Slam second week of the season, a first win over Rafael Nadal, and a season-high ranking of 13. Couldn'y have wished for a better run at SW19. 3 solid straight-sets wins set up a showdown in the last 16 with the World no. 3. I knew this could happen from the moment I looked at the draw. Played him earlier in Rotterdam, only managed to scrap off 4 games in that one. But this was different, it was Wimbledon, a great opportunity since Nadal doesn't play at his best on the lawns. The opening set clearly prompted me to be more aggressive and to try everything to shorten the rallies as much as possible. Even if that meant making more errors. The consequences were great, got an early break in both the 2nd and 3rd sets and all of a sudden, I was in front 2 sets to 1. I started serving better and better, while Rafa's level took a slight drop toward the end of the fourth. I seized the opporunity to break and serve it out. Utterly sensational feeling.
In the end, Thiem was way too powerful for me in the quarters. He was very aggressive and didn't allow me to play my game, although I managed to steal a set and almost make it through. That 3rd set tiebreak was decisive.
Overall, very happy about the result. A fantastic way to end the grass season. Now, it's American hard courts time! And I decided to take a week off and play at Washington before Montreal.
There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary and love for the broken heart...
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