Home » The Gstaad opener was a nail-biter, and Dominic Thiem’s reaction to saving match point summed up the entire
The Gstaad opener was a nail-biter, and Dominic Thiem’s reaction to saving match point summed up the entire
Dominic Thiem acknowledged that his first round match against Hugo Gaston in Gstaad could have gone in favor of the Frenchman. Despite falling behind 1-6 in the first set, Thiem rallied to defeat Gaston 7-6 (7), 1-6, 7-6 (7) on Tuesday and advance to the round of 16 in Gstaad.
Thiem took a commanding lead of 6-5 in the breaker of the deciding set after winning three points in a row. Following a three-game losing streak, Gaston won the next two games to save Thiem’s match point and earn his own.
Gaston had match point, but Thiem came back with a powerful return, and Gaston’s serve-and-volley attempt failed. Thiem saved Gaston’s match point and then won the match after two hours of play with his own comeback victory.
For Thiem, the third set was close.
“It’s always a huge ordeal. That third-set tie-break was incredibly challenging “According to the ATP website, Thiem made the following comment after his victory. “Hugo won the first set easily, and I won the second set easily, but both were very one-sided.
The third set also went without a break, so the outcome was decided by a tie-break. Set deciding tie-breaks are always a toss-up. That was the closest we came. Glad I came out on top.” Thiem, now 28 years old, is making his third appearance in Gstaad, and first since 2015.
After his victory over Gaston, Thiem admitted that the high altitude in Gstaad was affecting his play. Theim said, “It was difficult for me to adjust to the new surroundings.” “He was a good player, too. The fact that [he was a] finalist last year caused him to cause me a lot of hassles.
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After I got that first break in the second set, I was able to relax a bit and enjoy myself. I began to raise my game to a higher level, and it paid off in the end.” In the round of 16 in Gstaad, Thiem will take on Federico Delbonis.