Austrian tennis player Dennis Novak was happy to be cheered on from the stands by his best friend Dominic Thiem in his Wimbledon qualifying first round match. Thiem, ranked at No. 4 in the world, showed up to Roehampton on Monday to watch his fellow compatriot and close friend Novak.
World No. 104 Novak didn't disappoint Thiem as he beat Dutch Thiemo de Bakker in straight sets to reach the qualifying second round. On Wednesday, Novak clinched a straight-set win over Australia's Alex Bolt to reach the qualifying final round.
"He (Thiem) is my best friend and we hadn’t seen each other for two-and-a-half-months. So when he came on Monday to my match, I was seeing him for the first,” Novak told the Wimbledon website after beating Bolt.
“It was a really good feeling. He’s No .4 in the world, he doesn’t have to come to Roehampton to watch qualifying but he’s a really, really good friend of mine and it also helps me a lot." Novak will fight against rising Swedish star Mikael Ymer for a place in the Wimbledon main draw.