The match did not turn out as many expected with Fan Zhendong completing a commanding 4-0 sweep of Xu Xin. It wasn’t just the scoreline but the manner of Xu’s capitulation that suggest maybe all is not right with the world’s best pen-holder. Fan had it all his way, catching Xu flat-footed on many occasions. Even in the fourth game, when Xu started showing good touches, Fan simply stepped up a gear to complete the blowout.
He’s been on good form this tournament and he’s bounced back quickly from previous defeats and adjusted his mindset really well.
I didn’t expect a straight games win over Xu Xin today. Perhaps he’s still a bit tired from his previous matches.
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