New York (APA) – Dominic Thiem is relieved after the quirky finish in which he had the upper hand in four sets against Taylor Fritz. Even memories of those painful 5-sets defeat in the knockout round of last year, also in the stands against Juan Martin Del Potro, have come to the fore.
"Juan came to me when I skipped 5: 3, 30: 0," said Thiem in interview room 1 of the US Open. Previously there had been a rain-break of 18 minutes, and it was also from Thiem's point of view, on the border, whether you warm up again or continue to play.
"Then I serve two aces," he said laughing. "But the arm was a bit stiff because I did not do anything for 17 minutes, the second serving was a disaster, I made three of the six double mistakes in one game, and the feeling was not great to open the game again," Thiem said. toe.
Because Fritz suddenly had the opportunity to make a 5: 5 in the fourth set with his own turn of a 2: 5. "Luckily I played a good game for 6: 4"
His very sporting behavior, when he told the opponent that he should use the "challenge rule" at 2: 4 in the third set and his own re-breakball, he would do again at any time. Fritz would have made it almost 5: 2. "I did it anyway, but the ball was clearly good, and if it's so good, I'll tell him, that's how I am."
He can not expect gifts, not even against the next opponent, who was determined some time later. It is the eighth time that South African Kevin Anderson Canada's youngster defeated Denis Shapovalov in 3: 43-4: 6.6: 3.6: 4.4: 6: 6. The 32-year-old Anderson, last year in the US Open and Wimbledon in the final, had to beat more than five sets for the second time in the tournament.
Thiem has a 1-6 record against Anderson and is not the first time favorite. "He is one of the best players on the tour with a huge markup and of all the players who serve so well, by far the best baseline player for me," said Thiem.
Thiem-trainer Günter Bresnik was again satisfied with the implementation of his protégé. "Fritz played the first two sets, he also played very well from the back, he acts as an ox anyway, Dominic has not put enough pressure on him, something can happen." That Thiem now in the second round in Flushing Meadows is, says Bresnik "excellent", especially since the season since the French Open in Paris so far is not as desired.