Dominic Thiem reacts to surviving Marton Fucsovics scare in Rome

Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem insisted he knew that Marton Fucsovics would not be an easy opponent after scraping past the Hungarian at the Rome Masters. 

Thiem, ranked at No. 4 in the world, was on the verge of losing to Fucsovics at the Rome Masters but he managed to win 3-6 7-6 (5) 6-0.

Thiem broke back Fucsovics in the sixth game to level the set at three games apiece but then lost his serve in back-to-back games as the Hungarian won the opener. 

Thiem was also down by a break in the second set but he recovered to force a tie-break and eventually the third set. 

After winning a tight second set, Thiem dominated Fucsovics in the decider to survive a tough Rome opener. 

“It was such a close match, especially in the second set,” said Thiem, per the ATP website. “I knew he’d be a super-tough opponent, particularly coming from different conditions in Madrid. I was fighting all the match and stayed in there. At the end, I got the reward for fighting. I had difficulties with my timing and my serve. I have to hurt my opponent more with my shots. I still won a great match and I will try to improve for tomorrow.”

Thiem was facing a loss 

After winning the 10th point of the second set tie-break to level the tie-break at five points apiece, Thiem absolutely dominated the rest of the match. 

“In that exact moment, I was just focused to win the next point,” said Thiem, when asked about the 4/5 point in the tie-break. “I was down all the time. I lost then first set and then [in the] second [set] I was a break down. [In the] tie-break, I was 4/5 down. So until that point, 5/5, I was down all the match.

“So I told myself, ‘Well, this is the chance now to go up for the first time in the whole match. It’s also, if I win the point, it’s a chance to win the set’. That’s what went through my mind. Luckily I took it.”

Leave a Reply