This is an interesting one and while Aryna is a strong favourite, not having even lost a set so far, Zheng has shown some real quality. How they both handle this moment mentally will make the difference in my view. There is a different kind of pressure on both with the favourite maybe feeling the expectation of "I should win" and the underdog if she does get a head start to think about and possibly fear the idea of winning a slam? The weight of the nation may feel heavy being only the 2nd ever Chinese player since Li Na who won the women's singles in 2014.
Let's hope for a good match as the women's event hasn't had so many classics that the men's has produced.
Sinner v Medvedev
Sinner has lost only one set and didn't concede even one break point against Novak in the semi final! That stat alone tells us so much about the level that Jannik is playing at. And he has now beaten Novak 3 times since November!! However, Medvedev keeps managing to pull rabbits out of the hat and continues to find a way to win. Zverev had 80% 1st serves with an average speed over 200kph and still lost!
I picked Sinner from the start and I will stick with that as I think he is the best player on the planet at the moment, but Daniil has great character so cannot be written off. The great unknown for Sinner is how he will react mentally to being in a slam final where Medvedev has much more experience.
I'd love Sinner to win for him as a person and also as a role model for kids plus for Italian tennis which hasn't had a male slam winner since Adriano Panatta in 1976 at the French Open. This made a huge impact on tennis participation in Italy at the time and continued to boom until the early 80's. Time for another boost.
Great of Sinner to mention in his post match interview that Bolelli & Vavassori have made the men's doubles final (both Italians). Italy just recently beat Serbia in the Davis Cup final so they are on a roll!
Another example of Novak the BOAT and not the GOAT!
Sure in the first 2 sets he was poor but played really well in the 3rd and was outplayed in the 4th.
The classy GOAT thing to have done would have been to give total credit to Sinner and take it on the chin.
Looking forward to all the finals singles and doubles too!
All comments welcome,