World No. 4 Dominic Thiem insists that a hard fought-win earned over qualifier Federico Delbonis in the Madrid second round can bring him nothing but good. Thiem, 24, was made to work heavily in his Madrid opener as he came from a set down 4-6 6-3 7-5 to edge the Argentine in two hours and 23 minutes of action.
The fifth-seeded Austrian complicated things in the end as he failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game of the third set. The world No. 6 then blew three break points in the following game before he converted his fourth break of the game to open up a 6-5 lead.
Them also failed to convert his first match point in the 12th game but made no mistake on his second match point to seal the win It was the first-ever meeting between the two. It wasn't an ideal day at the office for Thiem but the rising star still managed to find a way to get the win.
"I need such victories to get better. It was of course extremely important that I won," Thiem said post-match. Thiem is now due to meet Indian Wells semi-finalist Borna Coric in the Madrid last-16 on Thursday. The head-to-head record between the two stands at 1-1.