It will be remembered as one of the most interesting matches of the French Open ’20… Thiem  – fresh US Open champion – needed to give his all to outlast the unknown 20-year-old short Frenchman , who applied a unique tactics of overusing dropshots throughout the match # The Austrian netted a casual forehand having a mini-match point at 4-all in the 3rd set and perhaps it cost him losing his chances of claiming the title – instead of a routine two-hour win, he spent 3 hours 32 minutes on the Philipp Chatrier court running like crazy all over the place, and it could contribute to the fact he ran out of gas when approached the fifth hour of his back-breaking quarterfinal against Schwartzman… The Austrian was serving at 3-all (deuce) in the decider when the opponent helped – Gaston’s dropshots finally stopped working – in the last three games he played 3 out of his 8 dropshots that didn’t land on Thiem’s side.
# Gaston played fifty-nine short balls [ 54 drop-shots & 5 stop-volleys ]:
– won 32 of 54 points when used drop-shots (59%)
– won all 5 points when used stop-volleys
– 8 of his 54 drop-shots didn’t land on Thiem’s side
Efficiency of Gaston’s 54 drop-shots set by set: 3/8… 5/8… 11/13… 4/8… 9/17
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