TEDIOUS! Dominic Thiem Pulls Through Marton Fucsovics To Reach Italian Open 2021 Pre-Quarterfinals

Published 05/12/2021, 6:10 AM CDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 4, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his round of 32 match against Marcos Giron of the U.S. REUTERS/Sergio Perez


World No. 4 Dominic Thiem took on Hungarian tennis player Marton Fucsovics in the second round of the ATP Italian Open 2021. It was their second meeting, with the Austrian having won their first clash.

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After a tough battle, the Austrian ace beat Fucsovics again and moved into the next round after winning the match 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0.

Set 1: Marton Fucsovics draws first blood over Dominic Thiem 

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In the opening set, Dominic Thiem served poorly as compared to his Hungarian opponent. Marton won 68% of his first-serve points, whereas Dominic won 57% of his first-serve points, giving the 29-year-old player the advantage in the set.

Dominic broke his opponent just once in the set and it was his opponent who struck harder, breaking Thiem thrice. In the end, it was Fucsovics’s 16 winners that hit the Austrian hard as  he claimed the opening set 6-3.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021, Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics reacts during his second round match against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Set 2: Thiem scrapes through, hanging in the match

In the following set, the Hungarian player continued proceedings in a similar manner to the first set. He was serving slightly better than his Austrian opponent; however, both players broke each other. 

It was 100 minutes into the match, and both players were locked in at 4-4. The match had reached the moment in which Dominic had to raise the bar in order to come out on top. 

At the same time, Marton was not handing his opponent any freebies. He looked like a man on a mission and was making life difficult for Dominic. Eventually, the set had to be decided in a tiebreaker. Thiem’s experience came into play and he won the tiebreaker and thus the second set, 7-6 (5).

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 6, 2021, Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his third round match against Australia’s Alex de Minaur REUTERS/Juan Medina

Set 3: A bagel in the final set

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Thiem began proceedings in the final set of his second-round match at the Italian Open and took a 1-0 lead. He broke his opponent thrice and sealed the set 6-0 in his favor to move into the next round. 

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After winning his match today, the Austrian player will face the winner of the match between Gianluca Mager and Lorenzo Sonego in the fourth round.

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Rohan Kollare

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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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