Dominic Thiem‘s comeback at the Erste Bank Open was stopped in the round of last 16 by the former number 1 in the world, Daniil Medvedev, 6-3, 6-3.
Thiem got off to a good start and kept the match open until 3-3. Then he faced multiple break points. The fourth ultimately went the way of Medvedev with Thiem helping with a double fault. Medvedev then closed the set with a second break.
In the second set, Medvedev started with the serve and never looked back, breaking Thiem to take a 3-1 lead. After 1:38 hours it was 6-3, 6-3 for Medvedev.
Thiem analyzes match
Still, Thiem wasn’t dissatisfied with the match: “The first seven or eight games were really good. After that, I wasn’t able to keep the level and then you get a result like this.” Thiem only had praise for his opponent: “His game is so unpleasant, he makes almost no mistakes and moves extremely well for a player of his size. Also, he hits the balls in a way you can do nothing with them.” The Austrian also knows where he needs to improve in the future: “I don’t get enough break points against good players. It was just one today. Against Hurkacz I had to play two tiebreaks. That puts a lot of pressure on me when I’m serving.”