Australian Open: Dominic Thiem reacts on some extent towards Dominik Koepfer in Melbourne.© AFP
US Open champion Dominic Thiem stepped up a gear Wednesday to race previous German Dominik Koepfer for the lack of simply six video games and into the Australian Open third spherical. The third seed was within the zone on Margaret Court Arena, cruising via 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 to arrange a possible blockbuster conflict subsequent with crowd favorite Nick Kyrgios, who performs French twenty ninth seed Ugo Humbert in an evening session. Left-hander Koepfer, ranked 70, had by no means earlier than defeated a top-five opponent and was out of his depth within the 1hr 39mins mauling.
He gave Thiem a run for his cash within the opening set however then self-imploded on a scorching day with the Austrian dominating on his serve, returning properly and proudly owning the baseline.
“It was great, to be honest,” Thiem stated of his efficiency.
“I really love this court and have pretty good stats on it, so super happy to be back.”
“Today was good,” he added. “My finest match up to now in Australia (this 12 months).
Thiem, a slim loser to Novak Djokovic in final 12 months’s Melbourne ultimate, lastly cracked the large time when he produced a historic comeback to beat Alexander Zverev within the US Open ultimate final 12 months.
He is in Melbourne with out his coach Nicolas Massu, who examined optimistic for the coronavirus, and is as a substitute working below his father, Wolfgang.
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