World No. 80 John Millman kept it respectful after beating Dominic Thiem as he noted that the Austrian has just returned from a long injury break and that it's not realistic to expect him to play great right from the start.
Thiem, who was sidelined 10 months, made his long-awaited comeback from a wrist injury in late March. On Tuesday, Thiem played his second match since returning as Millman defeated the Austrian 6-3 3-6 6-4 in the Belgrade first round.
“It is great to be back here,” Millman said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “I was looking forward to coming back and play. All credit to Domi. I can’t claim it was one of my biggest wins because he is just coming back from injury and I know how hard that is, coming back from three surgeries myself.
“I know it has been tough for Domi but the game is better having him back. Especially on this surface. I have got to take this win because when he gets better and fitter, it is going to be tough”.
Millman edged out Thiem in three sets
Millman claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game but got broken back immediately in the following game.
However, Millman kept his focus as he broke Thiem again in the fifth game and then held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener. After losing the first set, Thiem bounced back in the second set as he broke Millman in the fourth game and held on to his serve the rest of the set to force a decider.
The first break points of the third set were seen in the eighth game, when Thiem saved two consecutive break points to level the set to four games apiece. Millman missed out on two break points in the eighth game but didn't make the same mistake in the 10th game as he broke Thiem when the Austrian was serving to stay in the match.