Thiem had lost four of his nine games at the beginning of 2021 and had imposed a break in play after the opening defeat in Dubai against the South African Lloyd Harris in mid-March in order to be able to reset and prepare for the French Open as well as possible.
In Madrid he returned to the tour fresh and in a good mood – Giron didn’t even have a break chance, while the Austrian took advantage of four of his nine chances.
“Every match here in Madrid is a success for me,” said the 27-year-old after his victory and admitted that his expectations for this tournament were “very low” beforehand.
“It was really good for the first match after such a long time,” said Thiem, almost surprised.
Berrettini clearly wins the Italian duel against Fognini