Tsonga d. Dimitrov 6-7 6-4 6-4 7-6
If Grigor had pulled this off, there would have been a roll call of pieces headlined “a star is born” .
The threadbare allusions to Federer may generate scratchy blackboard noises in all our heads, but they’re not without foundation.
Grigor may have been a set down but he held break points and, as anyone that saw the match will tell you, could quite conceivably have had the upper hand in the fourth. The energy and urgency was with him rather than Jo.
In other words, this was exactly the kind of match he should have turned around if we are to take his ‘talent’ seriously.
That said, if you’re gonna go down to someone….