World No. 5 Dominic Thiem claims he didn't expect to have an easy job against world No. 163 Emil Ruusuvuori. Finland's Ruusuvuori put up a stunning performance against Thiem as he saw off the back-to-back French Open runner-up 6-3 6-2 in front of his home fans in a Davis Cup clash.
Thiem, a 14-time ATP champion, missed out on a chance bring the crucial third point to his side and close out the tie. "He played a good match. I knew he was in high spirits. He is better than his rankings (suggests) and I think he has a great career ahead of him.
Of course I'm not happy with my performance, I was hoping to play better here," Thiem said after the match, as revealed by the Finnish Tennis Association on Twitter. Ruusuvuori, 20, saved three consecutive break points in the third game of the first set before he claimed the lone break of the set in the sixth game.
Ruusuvuori failed to convert a break point in the third game of the second set but kept his focus as he then won five games in a row to seal the win in style.