The first match after a major career success is always a potential banana skin but Dominic Thiem avoided any French Open slip-up with an impressive defeat to Marin Silich on Monday. It was probably close to 6-4 6-3 6-3. Scorerline suggested but Austrian third seed Thiem gave a clear message that he is more hungry after winning the US Open.
The clash between the 149th and 150th men’s Grand Slam champions and the most recent members of that exclusive club was the first tough obstacle for Thiem. But the 27-year-old showed no signs of any hangover in his first match since the five-set epic, beating 15-year-old Alexander Zverev in the nerve-jangling Flushing Meadows final.
Many players are reducing the tension in their racket wire to counter the heavy, damp situation for the normal Clécourt event to be held in Paris.
But Thiem was tightly wound and slammed directly under the roof of the Philippe Chatier court as he sent the 2014 US Open champion Cilic Packing in a fierce manner.
Thiem, who has put together a stunning French Open CV to reach the semi-finals from 2016 to 2017, said, “I was very happy with the way I originally played from beginning to end.” “I use these situations clearly because in Austria, we have many days like this. From junior time and when I started playing professionally in Croatia or Czech Republic in March, there were many tournaments with similar conditions.
“Cold, heavy balls. This is really nothing new to me, and it helps against people like Marin, as it is a little easier to return their service. “
Sylkic, who finished 40 in Grand Slam for the first time since the 2014 Australian Open, tried to take his opponent into the match with his powerful serve and forehand and made regular visits to the net in the opening round.
Thiem, who also defeated Cilic en Marga for the US Open title, bided his time, and drew 4-4 before coming back to 0-40 in the following game to take the opener. With his powerful single-handed backhand in full flow on the heavy surface, Thiem dominated the second set.
He briefly went on to traverse 0–2 in the third, but switched to Afterburner once again in five games with Cilic crashing cleanly before rotting. Thiem saved a break point when he worked 5-3 and claimed his fourth win in four meetings with Cilic as Croatia bounced back for the second time.
“I was on fire in New York for two weeks, then there was a week in the house where I tried to relax, but didn’t lose all the stress,” Thiem said. “I think I got a good mix, and I’m very happy with this first round today.”
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