Tennis: Thiem keeps the upper hand against Ofner


Dominic Thiem won the Austrian duel with Sebastian Ofner on Wednesday after a mixed performance. The 28-year-old from Lower Austria defeated the Styrian 6:2 3:6 6:3 in the Round of 16 of the Generali Open in Kitzbühel and now meets the German Yannick Hanfmann (Thursday, not before 3 p.m.). After Bastad and Gstaad, Thiem is in his third quarterfinals in a row on the ATP tour.

In direct duels on the tour with Austrians, Thiem scored 7-3 wins and 2-0 against Ofner. In 2019, when he had played at this event for the last time, the ex-world number three had also defeated Ofner in the round of 16, but much more clearly. As a result, Thiem won his first ATP title in Austria.

“I am very happy that I was able to win here. But it was very different from yesterday and I struggled to adapt. It wasn’t easy to play against Sebastian, but I’m glad I won the match,” said the 28-year-old in an interview after the game. “It was so tight today. If Sebastian holds service here and pulls away, then he would certainly have won.”

The only 20-year-old Styrian Filip Misolic had already surprisingly qualified for the quarter-finals as the first local hero on his tour debut with 6:4 6:0 over Pablo Andujar (ESP). Lower Austria’s Jurij Rodionov, on the other hand, had clearly failed in two sets 1:6 4:6 to Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP/3).

ATP 250 tournament in Kitzbuehel

(Austria, 597,900 euros, sand)

Round of 16 tableau:
Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP/5) * Juan Pablo Varillas (PER) 6:3 6:4
Pedro Martinez (ESP/7) Federico Coria (ARG) 6:4 6:3
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP/3) Yuri Rodionov (AUT) 6:1 6:4
Jiri Lehecka (CZE) Joao Sousa (BY/8) 7:6 (8/6) 1:6 6:3
Filip Misolic (AUT) Pablo Andujar (ESP) 6:4 6:0
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) Aslan Karazew (RUS/4) Wednesday
Dominic Thiem (AUT) Sebastian Ofner (AUT) 6:2 3:6 6:3
Yannick Hanfmann (GER) Iwan Gachow (RUS) ** 6:3 6:7 (5/7) 6:4

* Cancellation by defending champion Casper Ruud (NOR/1)
** statt Tallon Greek Rail (NED/6)


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