Truth be told I could not find a thread for this Russian MD pair no matter how long I searched. But after watching them in the most recent daihatsu japan tournament, ivanov became quite frustrated frequently with sozonov’s mistakes or decision making. Obviously one partner is never to fully blame for a loss, but through all their recent matches, ivanov has really been the more consistent partner, makes the plays, makes fewer errors, better situational awareness. Maybe Sozonov was going through a rough patch, but I could definitely feel a lot of tension between the two, likely causing their loss in the semifinals against their japanese opponents. Realistically there is probably no other male player who can really play to sozonov’s level as the talent pool is very small in Russia. Do you all think this is just a temporary thing? Or do you think this will become a long term problem for this pair?