Austrian Dominic Thiem came back against Australian Nick Kyrgios and ended up winning 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and 6-4 in a game that was once again a pressure boiler full of fans’aussies‘, to advance to the round of 16 of the Australian Open.
“I was already contemplating defeat. He is a great player, especially when he is motivated. My final at the Australian Open taught me that nothing is lost until the end.” he assured after three and a quarter hours of effort.
The classic annoying tricks of his rival to mislead and a noisy rostrum that vibrated with every point that fell from the Australian side did not intimidate the reigning US Open champion.
The John Cain Arena once again adorned itself with the scenery of a Davis Cup tie in which it was the last game with the public until at least next Wednesday.
He ended the match with a prodigious parallel backhand and raised his fist amid a thunderous applause from the spectators who witnessed one of the great matches of the tournament.
With the victory, Thiem became the Austrian player with the most appearances in the round of 16 Grand Slam tournaments (15), thus surpassing his compatriot Thomas Muster.
His next opponent will be the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (18) who will arrive fresh to the appointment after overcoming his round after playing only one set, which he won 6-0, as a result of the injury of the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta in the abdominal area.