Dominic Thiem has followed up his first-round victory with another excellent performance to reach the quarter finals of the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel as he continues his journey to reach the form which took him to the US Open title in 2020 after which he suffered a career threatening wrist injury.
"I just tried to put the first set out of my head and start the match from zero. I had a pretty good start to the second set and that was the turnaround today. DominicThiem
The Austrian, in front of his home crowd, recovered from a poor first set to defeat China’s Zhang Zhizhen 1-6 6-3 6-2 and take a hopeful step forward towards his first title since winning his only major.
He pushed aside his disappointing opening set to take control of the second and subsequently the match.
“The first set was so tough, with completely different conditions to last night,” Thiem said in his post-match interview. “I felt it was 15 degrees warmer and the ball was bouncing completely different. I didn’t know what was going on and it felt that he was playing so fast.
“I just tried to put the first set out of my head and start the match from zero. I had a pretty good start to the second set and that was the turnaround today.
“He was playing very fast, very flat, and if I wasn’t aggressive enough, he would put me away, like he did in the first set. So I tried to play more offensively and make him have more mistakes. I did a good job of that in sets two and three.”
Six players from Argentina lined-up at the start of the tournament and three have made it to the last four. Tomas Martin Etcheverry, the top seed from Buenos Aires, comfortably eliminated his compatriot Guido Andreozzi 6-2 6-2 while Sebastian Baez had an equally comfortable match in ousting Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena, the sixth seed, 6-1 6-2 while the third seeded Pedro Cachin had a bit of trouble before defeating another Spaniard, Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-5 6-3.
Etcheverry will play Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan – a 3-6 6-2 7-6(8) winner over Germany’s Daniel Altmaier, the eighth seed – and if successful as expected as the top seed, he could be facing his countryman Baez in the semis.
Also through to the last eight is Serbia’s Laslo Djere who eventually eased past Tiago Seyboth Wild, a Brazilian wildcard, 7-6(5) 6-3.