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Steve Flink: Dominic Thiem Takes Flight with Upset over Nadal

Steve Flink: Dominic Thiem Takes Flight with Upset over Nadal

The semis are set at the 2020 Australian Open and we are celebrating an amazing first ten days of the tournament by chatting with tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink. We catch up with Steve to get his take on Dominic Thiem's massive takedown of Rafael Nadal on Day 10. "It was a beauty," says Flink. "You have to look at this as another step--a serious step--in the evolution of Thiem as an all-surface player who is really going to be challenging for majors this year. Not just this one or Roland Garros but everywhere, with perhaps the exception of Wimbledon." We talk about the crucial turning points of the match and what it might mean for Thiem going into the semis. We discuss the performance of Nadal and how he could have easily won this match if a few more big points went his way. And what to make of Thiem's nerves at the finish and the sway of Nadal v Thiem as a rivalry moving forward? The discussion then moves to Roger Federer and his match point miracle on Day 9. Will Federer have anything left as he prepares to take on Djokovic tonight? And what about Alexander Zverev? The German is the biggest surprise of the tournament, can he be a factor moving forward? WE also discuss the womens' side of the draw and what makes Ash Barty's run so special on home soil. We chat about the surging Sofia Kenin and why she's a future Top 10 force--but will she be an elite Top 5 talent? And of course we can not overlook the resurgence of Garbine Muguruza. There's a lot to cover ahead of today's Australian Open semifinals, and we did our best to cover it all in about 20 minutes. Thanks for listening, and don't forget to check Steve's work at! You can find that here: And, if you find the time and like the show, please do us a big favor by rating and reviewing the podcast on iTunes or wherever you like to listen. And if you really, REALLY love us -- tell your friends! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Duration: 26 min

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