Thiem survives late wobble to ease past American Sock – tennis
World quantity three Dominic Thiem survived a 3rd-set wobble to beat American qualifier Jack Sock 6-1 6-3 7-6(8) on Wednesday and guide his French Open third-spherical spot.
U.S. Open winner Thiem wanted simply 25 minutes to break 28-yr-previous Sock, a former high 10 participant, 3 times and storm by the primary set.
The Austrian third seed, overwhelmed by 19-instances Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal within the final two Roland Garros finals, was brimming with confidence on his favorite clay floor after successful his first Grand Slam title at this month’s U.S. Open.
“I’m very happy,” Thiem stated in an on-courtroom interview. “I messed it up a bit in the third set, up 4-3 and 40-15.”
“I found myself in the tiebreak and he played very well, particularly in the second and third sets. I was lucky to save the three set points in the tiebreak.”
Sock, whose harm-hit 2019 noticed him tumble down the rankings to his present 310th, tried to combine it up within the second set, hitting a number of very good drop pictures.
But he was finally helpless towards Thiem’s baseline energy and superior health.
Thiem, nonetheless, misplaced his focus within the third set and was damaged twice, making greater than twice as many unforced errors than within the two earlier units mixed to enable Sock two breaks to lead 5-4 and 6-5.
The Austrian, trailing 6-3 within the tiebreak, then saved three set factors earlier than sealing victory on the first alternative.
Thiem will subsequent play the winner of the match between in-kind Norwegian Casper Ruud, a semi-finalist in Rome this month, and American Tommy Paul.