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Discussion in '2019 Tournaments' started by CLELY, Aug 18, 2019.
Would these two oldies have enough energy left for the next few rounds if they go at this pace ?
yeah, he was playing 200% his ability. Now or never.
Where's xia xuanze ?
Not at all. LD just plays unbelievably passive and harmless. Conditions seem to be a bit on the slow side from what I've seen so far, with a quite manageable drift, so not a lot of unforced errors. Worse wind conditions and a faster hall would've played into LD's hand.
NTM playing well and going all out as if all he cares about is winning this match.
Lin Dan nowadays always play like that, it's NTM who is stepping up from the get-go, from what I see.
Well well it's gonna be very tough for LD
I don't know,I've a feeling it's going to be a Pyrrhic victory for either one.
Did Morten almost say "Fed(erer).." before he corrected himself "Lin Dan" ? lol
LD didn't seem to happy with that
Not the game of his life if all he does is play high clears and the occasional drop shot. He does have the upper hand in terms of patience right now, and LD either cant keep up the lifts or doesnt have the patience to.
Another worrying sign is that LD didnt manage to move NTM more than he had to move in the opening game, and a match with both players moving the same amount will almost always favor NTM (few notable exceptions, almost none of which havent retired at this point).
Let's see if LD has now adjusted to the venue and conditions and can step up a gear, and if NTM can match him or not.
Xia Xuanze has put Li Zhifeng in charge of Lin Dan for the last few years and forward.
No real way to know unless the winner manages to advance further (the only conclusive evidence it wasn't a Pyrrhic victory). If they lose next round, it might have been this strenuous match, or maybe just their natural not-so-high level. It'll be open to interpretation and people will go with their natural biases (I'll wager you'd accredit LD losing in the next round to this match going 3 games, I personally probably wouldn't).
Morten said there's no drift in this hall, that's good.
Lin Dan hasn't been playing an attacking game for so long that every time when he tries to do so or inject pace, there's a half chance of him mistiming his shot, it seems.
Morten seems to agree with my point of there being no perceivable drift (interval of G2)
Lin Dan in his younger days wouldn't mishit so many attacking shots
Seems to me like he's so intent on preserving energy that he isn't willing to play those shots with high intensity, and that drastically increases the chances of making an error. Whether he's doing it out of strategic reasons or whether he's tired/'lazy' - I'd say it's a habit of his strategic approach these days.
Seems to me like he's certain of this game and is trying to tire out NTM preemptively for G3.
Morten is reading Lin Dan's game well