Dominic Thiem is one round ahead at the Erste Bank Open in the Wiener Stadthalle, but the world number three in the round of 16 has to raise his level of play. There it goes on Thursday (from 5:35 p.m., live on ORF1 and in the livestream) against Cristian Garin, three set winner against the Swiss Stan Wawrinka.
Thiem will meet the Chilean for the first time, as was the case with Lucky Loser Witalij Satschko in round one. At least on Tuesday in Vienna, the Ukrainian made sure that the 1,000 spectators at the start of the night session got their money’s worth. For Thiem it got tighter at 6: 4 7: 5 than he would have liked.
“I’ve actually trained well the last few days, with really good opponents,” Thiem pointed out that everything went well in preparation. “But a match is a completely different story, not that easy. It can also happen that things go wrong. If I play badly, I can lose. Definitely an improvement has to be made for Thursday, before that one more good training session. “
Successful start for Thiem
Dominic Thiem made a successful start in the Erste Bank Open. The defending champion had to fight hard against Vitaly Satschko.
Thiem would like to take the high intensity of the last games against Satschko into the game against Garin. “I’m trying to connect there. Garin is a very, very solid player, has no weaknesses and a really good backhand. ”The South American has split his four ATP titles so far between last and this year, this year he struck before the coronavirus break in Cordoba and Rio de Janeiro . After that, Garin was ranked 18 in the world. his career high, he is currently 22nd in the ATP ranking.
Against Garin “make the game fast”
The 24-year-old from Santiago won all of his titles on clay. And that’s where Thiem wants to start: “I think he feels a little more comfortable on sand. That’s where I want to start and make the game faster, ”said Thiem. There will undoubtedly also be valuable tips for Thiem from coach Nicolas Massu, who has already had his compatriot under his wing several times as the Chilean Davis Cup coach.
Thursday will be Austrian Day in the Wiener Stadthalle, because Jurij Rodionov will also contest his round of 16. After his sensational victory against Denis Shapovalov on Monday, an apparently easier task awaits, Daniel Evans is 33rd in the world. but still 120 places better than Austria’s number three. But Rodionov has proven that he can bite into such a task.
ATP 500 tournament in Vienna
(Austria, 1,550,950 euros, indoor, hard court)