Defeated Dominic Thiem was Sunday puzzling over his 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 thrashing by Grigor Dimitrov which knocked Austria’s reigning Grand Slam champion out in the Australian Open fourth round.
The third seed who won the US Open five months ago. was humbled in two hours by the Bulgarian who overcame a case of COVID-10 last summer after playing Novak Djokovic’s Adria tour of the Balkans.
Thiem could not pinpoint exactly what went so wrong with his game after outlasting Nick Kyrgios 48 hours earlier in a five-set epic.
“it’s a really bad day today,” Thiem said after going down in front of empty stands due to the current Melbourne virus lockdown.
“It was a bad match for my side.
“The high from the US Open is long gone. It was great for some days, but the tennis world goes on so fast. It had been forgotten already at the French Open (October).”
Thiem hinted that physical issues might have affected his performance but did not dive deeper.
“I don’t want to go closer to them, I don’t want to find any excuses.
“But I’m also not a machine. sometimes I would like to be, but there are really, really bad days.
“As soon as you’re not 100 per cent then results like this come up – that’s exactly what happened today.”
Thiem expressed best wishes to his winning opponent who now leads their series 4-2.
“If he’s on, he’s super tough to play, especially in faster conditions. I really wish him that he can make a great breakthrough at a Grand Slam. He would definitely deserve it. “
Main photo:- Dominic Thiem congratulates Grigor Dimitrov by – Tennis Australia/ MORGAN HANCOCK