Australian Open 2021: Quick courts take away little little bit of time for me, says Dominic Thiem
Thiem, a slim loser to Novak Djokovic in final 12 months’s Melbourne last, lastly acquired over the road 7-6 (7/2), 6-2, 6-3 towards Kazakh veteran Mikhail Kukushkin.
US Open champion Dominic Thiem blamed his stuttering begin to the Australian Open on the velocity of the courts after coming via a troublesome opening take a look at Monday.
The third-seeded Austrian, a slim loser to Novak Djokovic in final 12 months’s Melbourne last, lastly acquired over the road 7-6 (7/2), 6-2, 6-3 towards Kazakh veteran Mikhail Kukushkin.
“I simply wanted a while to regulate,” mentioned Thiem, who’s bidding for his maiden Australian Open title.
“I imply, I wish to have time, so the quick courtroom takes it away a bit bit for me, in order that’s not excellent.
“However I’ve to get used to it anyway. I’ve the sensation that it is one of many quicker tournaments I’ve performed in recent times, nevertheless it’s like that, that is tennis.”
Kukushkin, 33, had misplaced his opening-round match at Melbourne on 11 of his earlier 12 appearances.
After saving a set level within the tie-breaker, Thiem dialled up the aggression within the second set as Kukushkin started to misfire. When Thiem broke via for a 3-2 lead there was no approach again for the 89th ranked Kazak.
“Undoubtedly I felt nerves as a result of it was a very long time till the Slam, greater than three weeks from after we arrived to Adelaide,” Thiem mentioned.
“It was not simple. Additionally it was attention-grabbing as a result of I by no means confronted him, which isn’t occurring that usually anymore, as I’ve virtually confronted all people on tour already.”
Thiem will subsequent play both German Dominik Keopfer or Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien, with Australia’s Nick Kyrgios looming as a possible third-round opponent.
Now 27, the baseliner lastly cracked the large time when he produced a historic comeback to beat Alexander Zverev within the US Open last final 12 months.
He’s in Melbourne with out his coach Nicolas Massu, who examined optimistic for the coronavirus , and is as an alternative working beneath his father, Wolfgang.
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