After a rainy day in Rome, the play in the Italian city resumed with incessant tennis action on all courts of Foro Italico. Most of the ATP and WTA players played two matches today and compensated for yesterday’s prolonged wait to hit the tennis courts. The Austrian, Dominic Thiem lost 6-4, 4-6, 5-7 to the Spaniard, Fernando Verdasco.
The NextGen clay-courter, Thiem was to have expected a deep run at the Italian Open 2019 and he was drawn in the same half as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. In Madrid last week, he played a thespian match against the Swiss World Number three, where he faced two match points and later pulled off the rabbit out of the hat.
After his second round exit, World NUmber four, Dominic Thiem fumed at the Rome Masters organizers. Despite being aware of the weather conditions of the city yesterday all the players were asked to come for their matches to their respective courts and they had to wait all day because of the rain.
“I don’t like anything how we’ve been treated players in this tournament,” Dominic Thiem ranted. “Yesterday was not acceptable. They told us to be here at seven in the morning and everyone knew it was going to rain all day”.
Dominic Thiem was furious with the organizers of the Italian Open 2019. “They also knew there was going to be a game and the way to the hotel took an hour and a half. I could not get treatment because if not, I would not have been able to sleep and they put me to play today at 10 am. It’s unacceptable. I’m very angry”, Dominic Thiem added.
On the other ATP courts, the ‘Big Three’ of tennis move into the quarterfinals of the Italian Open 2019. Followed by Juan Martin del Potro, Fernando Verdasco, Kei Nishikori, and Diego Schwartzman all booked their quarterfinals berths after playing two consecutive matches on the Italian sludge.