Dominic Thiem Comes Back From 2 Sets Down To Beat Crowd Favorite Nick Kyrgios at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/12/2021, 6:42 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his third round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


World No. 3 Dominic Thiem took on Australia’s star player, Nick Kyrgios in the third round of the Australian Open. It promised to be a mouthwatering tie and certainly lived up to its expectation. Each error committed by Thiem was being cheered by the crowd. Such was the support Nick received.

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Thiem made a stunning comeback, being two sets down to finally seal the match in his favor, 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 to move into the second week of the tournament. Prior to this, Thiem played Kyrgios back in 2015. Although the Austrian won the game, it was in an unfortunate situation when the Australian star retired from the match after being down 3-4. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts during his third round match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Nick Kyrgios Breaks Dominic Thiem in the First Game of the Match

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As the match began, the Austrian began serving and got broken in the very first game. The one break proved enough for the homeboy Kyrgios to take the opening set. During the set, Thiem served poorly, which cost him the set. On the other hand, Nick hit seven aces past his opponent and eventually won the set 6-4, hitting a forehand winner. 

During the second set, both players held their opening service games. In the third game, Nick smelt an opportunity to get the early break but the Austrian held his nerve and won the game after seven minutes. In the following game, Kyrgios successfully executed an underarm serve. 

In the ninth game of the second set, Nick got the break and took the set 6-4, after consolidating the break by holding his serve. Kyrgios won a majority of his second serve points and hit fewer unforced errors than his opponent. The entire crowd in the stadium was rooting for Nick Kyrgios. 

Dominic Thiem Stays Alive After Taking the Third Set

The Austrian began serving in the third set and within no time handed his opponent two breakpoints. However, he regrouped and eventually took a 1-0 lead. Immediately in the next game, Thiem broke Kyrgios for the first time in the match and took a 2-0 lead. After 33 minutes into the set, Thiem was still hanging in, winning the third set 6-3.

Kyrgios started serving in the fourth set and won the game after 13 minutes. Both players held their service with great effect and in the ninth game, Theim got the first break of the set. He sealed the set 6-4 in the next game, after holding serve in a nervy encounter. 

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem during his third round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

As the match entered into the final set, Nick pepped himself by screaming loud on winning the first point. In the seventh game of the set, Dominic got the break and eventually sealed the match with a stunning backhand down the line winner. He won the set 6-4. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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