After a break of almost seven weeks, Dominic Thiem celebrated a clear victory on his return to the ATP tour. The 27-year-old from Lower Austria prevailed on Tuesday in his opening game at the Masters 1000 tournament in Madrid against the American qualifier Marco Giron after just 57 minutes 6: 1 6: 3. In the round of 16, Thiem, seeded number three, meets Australian Alex de Minaur.
Thiem’s first service game after the break was a bit shaky. The world number four fell behind with 0:30, but then still won the game. The 27-year-old Giron equalized, but after that the game became a playful one-way street. Thiem managed a break to 3: 1 and added another to 5: 1 with a strong backhand. After only 22 minutes Austria’s number one used their second set ball.
Even after that, the world number 91, whose favorite surface is hard court, was lost. With a score of 1: 1, Thiem managed to make it 2: 1 thanks to a double error by Giron. The Austrian’s game was just too powerful for the underdog, who was very often in defense mode. But it didn’t go as fast as in the first sentence. With his back to the wall, Giron did some nice rallies. Of course, that didn’t change anything about Thiem’s victory. When Giron served, Thiem used his fourth match point after a forehand error by the American.
Thiem “very satisfied” with the start
“The fact that he (Giron, note) had to play 3:26 hours yesterday certainly played into my cards. But it also helped that I knew the conditions here on the Center Court very well. But I’m very satisfied with the first match after such a long time, ”said Thiem, who is hoping for an improvement against the 22-year-old de Minaur, in the winner’s interview. Against the world number 24. Thiem has won all three duels so far.
In Madrid, the Lichtenwörther has already made it to the final twice, this time he is also satisfied with less. “The expectations before the tournament were very low. For me, every match, every win in Madrid is a success. That’s why I’m happy with the way I started. ”On Wednesday, Thiem has no play, the duel with de Minaur does not follow until Thursday. “I want to make good use of the day to train so that I can get in even better and then play against de Minaur as best I can,” said Thiem.
ATP 1000 tournament in Madrid
(Spain, 3,226,325 euros, sand)