For those who were wondering why LCW played so defensive against Brice Leverdez, this is why. LCW has always played an aggressive style, relying on his smash. The problem is, his aggressive style can't keep pace with his age. LCW was trying to change his game into a more defensive game. LCW is trying to do what LD has accomplished. The difference is, LD is more skilled than LCW. LD was able to transition to a defensive style that can save him stamina. If you want to force LD to smash, you beat him in the first set. Then LD will be forced to play aggressive and smash more. But if you let LD take the lead in the first set, and LD keeps the lead, LD will play a defensive style for the remainder of the match. You can see LD play this defensive, rally style against Son Wan Ho. LD was saving his energy against Son Wan Ho so LD can stay fresh for the finals. LD did finally do full power smashes and play aggressive, but he usually does it near the end of the set to seal the victory in the set. Otherwise, if it's early in the set, LD likes to play defensive. The WC has one extra round compared to the SS. LCW was thinking of saving his energy throughout the tournament so that when he reaches the point where he plays Chen Long or LD, his body is as rejuvenated as best as possible. That's why LCW played so defensive against Brice. However, LCW has not mastered this defensive style yet. And truth be told, LCW isn't as skilled as LD so I doubt that LCW can play as defensive as LD. Because it's the finals, I suspect LD can unleash a little and play more aggressive tomorrow against Viktor. However, knowing LD, he likes to pace his energy to the end.