Australian Open 2021 | Dominic Thiem crashes out after losing to Grigor Dimitrov- Dominic Thiem has been knocked out of the Australian Open 2021 in the fourth round after losing to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov at Rod Laver Arena today. The 2020 US Open champion lost to Bulgarian in straight sets by 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 that lasted for over two hours.
“I think a combination of [a few] things, some little physical issues, plus a real bad day, plus the fact that he’s a great player,” said Thiem after the loss. “If he’s on, he’s super tough to play, especially in faster conditions than now, and I really wish that he can make a great breakthrough at a Grand Slam. He would definitely deserve it.”
Dimitrov was on the top since the beginning of the clash as he won back-to-back sets and kept Thiem under pressure. In the third set, Dimitrov took full control of the match and claimed the set without losing a single point.
“I was entirely trying to focus on what I was doing,” said Dimitrov after the match.
“He might have struggled with something, I don’t know, but I give myself credit for staying focused,” Dimitrov added.
The 29-year-old Dimitrov hit 25 winners, including 10 aces, while Thiem committed 41 unforced errors and won just nine of 28 points on his second serve.
Dimitrov will now take on Russia’s Aslan Karatsev in the quarterfinal match. Bulgarian will be contesting his sixth Grand Slam championship quarter-final.
Earlier today, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka booked her place in the singles quartefinals of the Australian Open 2021. Other winners of the fourth round include S. Hsieh and A. Karatsev. Later today, World No.1 Novak Djokovic and women’s second-seeded Simona Halep will be in action at Rod Laver Arena.
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