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Does greater competition load going into the second week of a Grand Slam hurt a player's win chances?

Does greater competition load going into the second week of a Grand Slam hurt a player's win chances?

By the time of the Australian Open quarterfinals, Dominic Thiem had already played 10 hours and 23 minutes putting him in the top 20% of match time played to get to the quarters among men competing in Grand Slams in the past decade. And he only got further in the tail of total competition load as the event progressed. In this post, I look at whether the intensity of Thiem’s journey likely made his prospects for the title even more difficult.