“Don’t Know How it is to Play”: Dominic Thiem on Playing Kyrgios or Humbert at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/10/2021, 6:13 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates winning his first round match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Austrian World No.3 Dominic Thiem is on his way to find his second major title at the Australian Open 2021. He has now made it into the 3rd round, defeating Germany’s Dominik Koepfer 6-4, 6-0, 6-2. Looking ahead, the last year’s finalist is ready to face either Nick Kyrgios or Ugo Humbert in his next match.

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With 2 straight-set wins consecutively, the Austrian ace has found himself in a strong position in the tournament. However, Dominic Thiem’s next opponent will bring him his toughest test. Nonetheless, he is going to watch their match and be prepared for any of the two.

Moreover, the Austrian wishes them luck for their match and will face the winner the day after. He said, “May the better [player] win today and I’ll wait for them on Friday.”

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021, Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his first-round match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Dominic Thiem is looking forward to meeting Kyrgios or Humbert on Friday

Among Thiem’s possible opponents, the Australian star Nick Kyrgios will have the support of the home crowd spurring him on. His records against top players also put him in an advantageous position.

But for Kyrgios to go ahead, he will have to pass the Ugo Humbert test first. The 22-year-old French player has had a wonderful 2020, reaching his career highest-ranking of 30. They will set up a great contest to meet the reigning US Open champion in Round 3 of the Australian Open 2021.

Even Thiem himself will catch the live-action of the match. “Of course I’m gonna watch that match. I didn’t face yet both opponent.”

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in action during his second-round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Furthermore, he mentioned that he had met the Aussie star once in Nice, France. But Kyrgios had retired after the 7 game, giving less chance to Thiem to understand his game. The 27-year-old Austrian has also not faced Ugo in his career before.

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He said after his second-round win, “Nick, I think we just played a few games and then he had to retire. So I don’t know how it is to play against both of them but definitely gonna watch it and looking forward to it.”

Last year, Ugo Humbert met Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco, Mexico. There, the Australian retired from the match after losing the first set 6-3. Who do you think will face Dominic Thiem in the next round?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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