Austrian tennis superstar Dominic Thiem was extremely satisfied with the way he served against former world No. 5 Jo Wilfried Tsonga in his opener at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna. Thiem, seeded at No. 1, needed two sets to overcome the Frenchman in the most anticipated first round match of the first round action in Vienna as he won 6-4 7-6 (2).
The Austrian put up a great serving display as he hit seven aces, won 80 percent of his first serve points and didn't face a single break point in just less than two hours of play. "I gave him not a single break point and served well,” Thiem said after the match, per Reuters.
“I had a high percentage and it was important to always get the first point. I think it was 0-15 only once. It’s easier if you’re not under pressure all the time." Thiem earned the first break of the match in the seventh game of the first set and then routinely held on to his serve to win the opener.
The Austrian missed out on four break point chances in the second set but still got the job done in two sets as he cruised past the tie-break to set up a round-of-16 meeting against Fernando Verdasco.