Estoril | Thiem still to win on comeback

Austria’s Dominic Thiem, the 2020 US Open champion, lost in the opening round of the Millenium Estoril Open in Portugal in what was his second ATP tournament event of the season since recovering from a wrist injury.

His comeback match has been postponed several times over the last few months but he eventually made it on court last week in Belgrade where he lost out to John Millman of Australia.

In Estoril Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi proved too strong for the former world No.3 and eventually capitulated 6-3 7-6(9) and despite the extended second set tie-break, failed to raise a break point on the Bonzi serve throughout the match.

Bonzi takes on Sebastian Korda, the eighth seed from the US, a 6-2 6-4 winner over another Frenchman, Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Korda’s compatriot, the fifth seeded Frances Tiafoe recovered from a tough first set to defeat Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 2-6 7-5 6-0 on the Portuguese Riviera in what proved a bit of a see-saw match losing the first set only to come back strongly in the second and then dominate the decider.

Next up for Tiafoe is the Portuguese wild card Nuno Borges, who led 6-4 3-0 when his Spanish opponent Pablo Andujar retired.

Spanish qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles defeated Argentina’s Federico Coria 6-4 6-3, and South Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon took down France’s Benoit Paire 6-4 7-5 while sixth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas, the defending champion from Spain defeated Australia’s Jordan Thompson 6-4 3-6 6-4.

The third and last American in the field, seventh seed Tommy Paul lost to the veteran Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-5 6-2.



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