“Not Running on a Full Tank” – Dominic Thiem Ahead of His Quarterfinal Battle at French Open 2020

Published 10/04/2020, 5:01 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 4, 2020. Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his fourth round match against France’s Hugo Gaston REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


France’s 20-year-old, Hugo Gaston, made it to the front pages of French journals and newspapers after dispatching the three-time Grand Slam champion, Stan Wawrinka, in the third round of French Open 2020. In the subsequent round, Gaston set up his pre-quarterfinal match against two-time Roland Garros finalist, Dominic Thiem, and elated his home crowd with his staggering drop shots and accuracy on the Court Philippe-Chatrier.

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However, despite all his phenomenal efforts, he lost 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3 to a relentless Dominic Thiem.

The reigning US Open champion was sprinting back and forth throughout his match to respond to all the incisive drop shots by Gaston. Consequently, for the next 48 hours, Dominic will spend time on his recovery and recuperate from the three hours and 30 minutes of tussle on Sunday evening.

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Dominic Thiem on recovery for the quarterfinals at French Open 2020

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 4, 2020. Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates with France’s Hugo Gaston after their fourth round match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Dominic Thiem will now face his good friend and doubles partner Diego Schwartzman in the Roland Garros quarterfinals. During his post-match press conference, the Austrian ace reflected on his recovery and his next battle against Schwartzman.

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“I’m not running on a full tank anymore. That’s for sure. So I try to recover as good as I can. If I’m able to do that, it’s going to be an exciting match. If not, if somehow I don’t make it until Tuesday, I think he’s going to be the heavy favorite,” Thiem said of Schwartzman.

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Before coming to Paris, Schwartzman reached the finals at Rome Masters. En route, he dethroned the defending champion, Rafael Nadal, in the quarterfinals and later lost to the Serbian legend, Novak Djokovic, in the title match.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 4, 2020. Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman celebrates after winning his fourth round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Charles Platiau

At the French Open, the Argentine is yet to drop a set and is all geared up to lock horns with his mate and new Grand Slam champion, Dominic Thiem.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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