ATP Kitzbuhel: Thiem's clay season ends in disaster! Berrettini reach QF


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ATP Kitzbuhel: Thiem's clay season ends in disaster! Berrettini reach QF

Unlike the other players from the top, world number 8 Dominic Thiem has taken the different approach after Wimbledon, entering Hamburg and Kitzbuhel on clay in order to collect as more points as possible on his beloved surface before heading to North America for the hard court swing.

The only problem is, that didn't work on the court and Thiem has won just two matches in Hamburg before hitting the exit door in the second round in front of the home crowd in Kitzbuhel, stunned by the qualifier Martin Klizan 6-1 1-6 7-5 in an hour and 58 minutes.

Klizan prevailed in their previous match here in 2012 as well, also winning in Cincinnati in 2015, never losing to Thiem in the main draw matches. Dominic has won just three matches after reaching the final at Roland Garros and he couldn't match Klizan's pace today, losing serve three times from eight opportunities he gave to the Slovak, breaking Klizan only twice in the second set.

Martin was off to a perfect start and he managed to recover from a poor second set, keeping his serve intact in the decider and scoring a late break to bring the win home and reach the quarters, his first since Munich in May.

Thiem was able to win just two points on the return in the first set and he got broken in the fourth game when his forehand landed long. The top seed made an even bigger error from his stronger wing in game six, losing serve again to trail 5-1 and allowing Klizan to serve for the set.

A left-handed Slovak sealed the deal with a service winner in game seven to clinch the opener 6-1 after just 24 minutes. The Austrian had to raise his level and he started to play better in set number two, breaking Klizan's serve in game two with a cross court forehand winner.

Martin had a chance to pull it back in game five but Dominic repelled three break points with winners to stay in front. After missing his chances, Martin lost his serve again in game six and Thiem held at love a few minutes later to grab the set and set up a decider where he was the favorite now.

The fifth game of the final set could have been crucial, with Klizan saving three break points, and he fends off another at 5-5 to remain on the positive side of the scoreboard. Serving to stay in the match, Dominic sprayed a forehand drive volley error to lose serve and end his clay season in the worst possible way.

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