However, what won the hearts of the audiences and those watching at home was his act of exemplary sportsmanship.
What Did Dominic Thiem Do?
The match was pretty much in Thiem’s favour as he was serving at 6-3, 4-4 (40-0). His serve which was aimed at the T was called in by the chair umpire.
However, Schwartzman was visibally upset by the decision. Unfortunately, the Argentinian had no review left.
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Dominic Thiem obliged saying that he was ready to challenge. However, as the point had gone in his favour, this was not possible. The chair umpire informed Thiem that he could replay the point if he liked.
In an exemplary display of sportsmanship, Dominic Thiem replayed the point. His sweet gesture was applauded by the fiercly Argentinian crowd and his opponent alike.
How Did The Match Between Thiem And Diego Schwartzman Play Out?
The match was a very good one for the Austrian. After facing a surprise defeat the Croat Borna Coric, Thiem pulled up his socks for this contest. He was rewarded for his efforts as he secured a 6-3, 7-6 (3) victory.
His victory kept Austrian hopes alive at the ATP Cup after the team lost their first contest to the Croats. This was after his compatriot Dennis Novak secured an impressive victory against higher ranked Guido Pella after losing the first set 6-0.
Austria will now be up against the Polish team to take a final shot at the quarter final qualification spot. In the long term, Thiem will be looking at putting an impressive showing at the Auatralian Open.