Trying recent once more after taking just a few weeks off, U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem cruised into the third spherical of the Madrid Open with a cushty 6-1, 6-3 win over American Marcos Giron on Tuesday.
Thiem was in management from the beginning on the “Magic Field” heart court docket in what was his first match since March. The fourth-ranked Austrian was coming off early spherical losses in Doha and Dubai and felt like he wanted a break.
“For my recreation, I would like 100% depth and 100% power,” the 27-year-old Thiem stated. “I’m not the man who can serve via a match or who can play with a bit bit depth and continues to be successful. I would like 100% in each facet of my recreation. I used to be simply not capable of put that on court docket like in Doha, Dubai or in the direction of the tip of the Australian Open, in order that’s why it was higher to take a break.”
Thiem, the third seed in Madrid, hasn’t gained a match since breaking via along with his first grand slam title on the U.S. Open in September. He stated his purpose is to be again in prime kind on the French Open.
“There was no anxiousness, however positively I used to be unsure how issues will probably be going,” the two-time finalist in Madrid stated.
“That’s the place I wish to be on the prime of my recreation once more. Two weeks in the past, I used to be unsure if I’m taking part in right here, so the expectations are nonetheless tremendous low. A win like as we speak is already an enormous success, as a result of I get an opportunity to play one other match in a prime degree, so that may assist me once more for the subsequent weeks.”
Thiem stated he’ll seemingly be taking extra break day going ahead in his profession.
“Truly final yr, the six-months break (due to the coronavirus pandemic), it felt so good,” he stated. “It’s positively one thing I contemplate, as effectively, sooner or later to higher take a bit bit extra off. I believe it’s factor to do and particularly whenever you get a bit bit older … The older you get, the extra skilled you get, I believe it’s good to do a break typically. For me, it positively helped.”
Thiem’s subsequent opponent in Madrid will probably be Australian Alex De Minaur, who superior after Lloyd Harris needed to retire from their match. Sixth-seeded Andrey Rublev superior to the third spherical by beating American Tommy Paul 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4, whereas Kei Nishikori reached the second spherical by defeating Karen Khachanov 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2.
Eighth-seeded Matteo Berrettini defeated Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4 in an all-Italian second-round matchup, whereas Alexander Bublik beat Eleventh-seeded Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. American Taylor Fritz misplaced 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 in a first-round match in opposition to Albert Ramos-Viñolas, who’s coming off a title on the Estoril Open. Félix Auger-Aliassime fell 6-1, 6-4 to Casper Ruud.
Within the spherical of 16 of the ladies’s draw, third-seeded Simona Halep, a two-time Madrid champion, was upset by Thirteenth-seeded Elise Mertens, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in a match lasting greater than two and a half hours on the heart court docket.
Two Individuals misplaced — Aryna Sabalenka defeated Jessica Pegula 6-1, 6-2 and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Jennifer Brady 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-3.