Australian Open: Dominic Thiem reacts on a degree towards Dominik Koepfer in Melbourne.© AFP
US Open champion Dominic Thiem stepped up a gear Wednesday to race previous German Dominik Koepfer for the lack of simply six video games and into the Australian Open third spherical. The third seed was within the zone on Margaret Courtroom Enviornment, cruising by 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 to arrange a possible blockbuster conflict subsequent with crowd favorite Nick Kyrgios, who performs French twenty ninth seed Ugo Humbert in an evening session. Left-hander Koepfer, ranked 70, had by no means earlier than defeated a top-five opponent and was out of his depth within the 1hr 39mins mauling.
He gave Thiem a run for his cash within the opening set however then self-imploded on a sizzling day with the Austrian dominating on his serve, returning nicely and proudly owning the baseline.
“It was nice, to be sincere,” Thiem stated of his efficiency.
“I actually love this courtroom and have fairly good stats on it, so tremendous completely happy to be again.”
“In the present day was good,” he added. “My greatest match to date in Australia (this 12 months).
Thiem, a slender loser to Novak Djokovic in final 12 months’s Melbourne closing, lastly cracked the large time when he produced a historic comeback to beat Alexander Zverev within the US Open closing final 12 months.
He’s in Melbourne with out his coach Nicolas Massu, who examined constructive for the coronavirus, and is as a substitute working beneath his father, Wolfgang.
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