Serena is Back and Andreescu has Vengeance
What a week in both sides of the draw. I wasn’t surprised to see Serena play well here and beat Osaka on her way to the final. Her hunger is back, and she’s committed to playing more tournaments day in and day out. Results will come for her.
Andreescu was not on my radar. Most players that come back from a long injury don’t take a big tournament like this by storm. But that’s exactly what Andreescu has done, becoming the first Canadian in 50 years to make it to the Canadian Open final. I don’t know what to make of her. She walks into this high-profile tournament, with limited matches due to her injury, and picks up right where she left off after stunning the field and winning Indian Wells in March. This kid is a fighter. She’s not going away. It’s going be a block buster final with her and Serena, but I have to give the nod to the younger player. Why?
As well as Serena is playing when she gets on top of the point, she is not quite there yet on the defensive side. If Serena gets into more than a three-stroke rally, she is in trouble. That leaves Serena with very little margin for error. So, if her serve and return game are firing on all cylinders, Andreescu shouldn’t be too much of a concern. If they are not, watch out.
On the men’s side it was nice to see Medvedev through. He’s been consistent and solid from the baseline and is almost unbreakable. Kudos to Nick Kyrgios for beating him in the Washington final. If Kyrgios would have had some gas for Montreal, who knows what would have happened. Medvedev is the real deal.
It was sad to see Monfils having to pull out from the Nadal semifinal, but he would have had no chance given the bum ankle he tweaked in the quarters. Nadal should be able to pull this match out with Medvedev. He doesn’t lose many finals against players not named Federer or Djokovic.