Grand Slams can be tiring. For a player to play seven matches from the first round to the final is a tedious task. Often the exhaustion sets in and makes things difficult for the player. The performance drops considerably and results in losing significant points and even an unfortunate loss. Dominic Thiem exhibited the same exhaustion in the quarterfinal match of the French Open 2020.
Facing Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, Thiem was shaky in his game. The Austrian lost some important points and gave away the early advantage to his opponent. His movements were slow and it seemed lethargy seeped into him somehow. At times it was difficult for him to find an answer to his opponent’s lightning-fast returns.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Grand Slams are being organized with a minimum duration between them. The French Open 2020 is being organized just after the US Open 2020. Dominic Thiem went on to win the US Open before coming to the Roland Garros. Prior to the quarterfinal clash, Dominic Thiem had to survive a five-setter match against Hugo Gaston to book his quarterfinal ticket.
Former number 1 and winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, Chris Evert thinks that these two factors have slowed the Austrian.
“Dominic Thiem trying hard to be superhuman, but has winning the US Open and a 5 set match against Hugo Gaston taken its toll on him? Understandable“, the tweet read.
Even though Thiem is exhausted, he’s putting up a great fight in the Philippe Chatrier court. The Austrian is a fighter and we’ve had the opportunity to see him fight till the last breathe. The US Open final and the match against Gaston are two prime examples of them
He faced Alexander Zverev in the finals of the Flashing Meadows. Second seed Thiem was readily under pressure as the German took the first two sets comfortably. The match was slipping from his grip however, he never let that happen. Coming back exquisitely, he took the next two sets to equalize and set up the 5th set for deciding the champion.
Both the players gave their best in the final set. However, Thiem was the better one as he took the set and the match after winning in the tie-breakers.
The five-setter match against Gaston was the opposite of the US Open final. Here Thiem went ahead winning the first two sets. Gaston came back from behind to give a commendable fight. Although Thiem had the last laugh as he took the final set with ease.