Metz – Wednesday, 09/21/2022, 11:12 p.m
After his opening win at the ATP-250 in Metz against Richard Gasquet, Dominic Thiem can draw a quite satisfied balance of the match.
“It was a big challenge, as always against Richard,” says Thiem about Gasquet, who recently won the Davis Cup. “He obviously came here in form. That’s a good sign for me. Confirming it here after five tough matches in Rennes makes me happy.”
Against the now 36-year-old Gasquet (ATP-85.), Thiem also proved to be the more consistent player in rallies, although the start – once again – was bumpy. After the 1: 3, the Lower Austrian got going and won five games in a row.
In this phase, Thiem was clearly the better player – with the necessary killer instinct: The current number 182 used each of his three breakballs.
Set two was much more balanced. Both players gave up their service once, at 5: 4 Thiem missed a match point. After the perfect start to the tie-break (3:0), Austria’s current number four used the fourth match ball after 1:46 hours and then clenched his fist.
Now Hurkacz is waiting: “Biggest challenge”
A much tougher nut awaits on Thursday with world number ten Hubert Hurkacz from Poland.
“Hubert is currently in the top ten, he’s the defending champion – you can’t get a bigger challenge here,” says Thiem, recalling his 0-2 record against the Pole. “I will try everything to show a great match.”
With many points in the 250 hard court tournament, Thiem would come one step closer to his goal of ending the year in the top 100 in the world rankings.