World No. 3 Dominic Thiem took a page out of Novak Djokovic's playbook as he analyzed what makes the Serb so superior in tiebreaks. Thiem was down 6-3 in the third set tie-break before he won five points in a row to win the tie-break and seal a 6-1 6-3 7-6 (6) win over the American in the French Open second round.
"I checked it out a little bit with Novak actually. I think he is amazing in tiebreaks. He just tries to avoid easy mistakes in the tie-break. That's what I also try to do, just put everything in what I can, just focus even more than in the normal sets, don't do any stupidity because I guess that's super important in these close tiebreaks," Thiem revealed, per Ravi Ubha.
Thiem aims another deep French Open run
Thiem, a back-to-back French Open runner-up, plays next against rising Norwegian star Casper Ruud. Meanwhile, world No. 7 Alexander Zverev confirmed the US Open bubble was better but also gave credit to the French Open organizers for their efforts.
"They are still putting on an effort to do the tournament and still putting on an effort to have a Grand Slam champion. So I have to give credit to them, as well," Zverev said, per Ravi Ubha. "This is a business trip for us.
We are playing a Grand Slam. We are not here for the fun of it. We are not here entertainment. We are not here to, you know, necessarily have a good time. When you are winning, you are having a good time. But outside of the court you are not here necessarily to have a good time.
"Yeah, it's definitely different, but I think a lot of players are still appreciating the opportunity to play. Simple as that." Elsewhere, Stan Wawrinka explained how he spent his days during the lockdown: "Most of the lockdown I was in Switzerland to spend a lot of time with my daughter.
I have to say honestly that I took the lockdown in the right way, the chance to be in Switzerland where we had the chance to still be able to go out, be able to spend time with my daughter. Also it was a great time for that," Wawrinka said, per Ravi Ubha.
"I'm a lucky person. I have a good life. I had a great career already. When you see what's happening around the world, like, I really cannot complain about my situation."