Hugo Gaston was a challenging opponent for Dominic Thiem in the Gstaad opening round, and he acknowledged that the match might have easily gone in the Frenchman’s favor. Thiem overcame a set deficit on Tuesday to defeat Gaston 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7) and move on to the round of 16 in Gstaad.
Thiem scored three straight points in the third set tie-break to take the lead, 6-5. Gaston won the following two points to defeat Thiem’s match point and earn his first match point after dropping the previous three.
On Gaston’s match point, Thiem made a good return, and Gaston was unable to complete his serve-and-volley effort to win the match. Two hours into the match, after defending against Gaston’s match point, Thiem promptly secured his second match point, which he converted to complete a dramatic comeback victory.
Thiem: The third set was debatable.
“It is usually quite difficult. The third set tie-break was extremely difficult “The ATP website quotes Thiem as saying this after the victory.
“Hugo won the first set, and I won the second, making the first and second sets quite one-sided. The tie-break had to be used since there were no breaks in the third set. In determining sets, ties are always rather evenly split.
It was really near. I’m overjoyed that I prevailed.” The 28-year-old Thiem, who was competing in Gstaad for the third time in his career and for the first time since 2015, said following his victory against Gaston that he had difficulty acclimating to the altitude of the Swiss resort.
The conditions were difficult for me to adjust to, Thiem said. “He was also a good player. He caused me a lot of trouble since he was a finalist the previous year. I relaxed a little after earning the opening break of the second set, i got better at tennis, and it eventually paid off.” In Gstaad, Thiem will face Federico Delbonis in the round of 16.