On Tuesday (January 21st), Dominic Thiem, the talented aggressive baseliner, whom the Roland Garros had described as an “heir to the throne,” had overpowered the 31-year-old Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 to hold forth into the second round of the 2020 Australian Open where the Austrian 5th Seed with a heavy forehand alongside a fearsome single-handed backhand, would take on the 27-year-old Aussie Alex Bolt.
In point of fact, the world’s No. 5, 26-year-old Dominic Thiem, long-cherished for his penetrating and powerful groundstrokes, both cross-courts and down-the-lines, had beaten the 31-year-old Frenchman over all seven of their ATP head-to-head clashes, while alongside Tuesday’s tattering smash, the Austrian fifth Seed had extended his tally eight to nil with a solid victory.
Meanwhile, ahead of his second-round match scheduled to take place on Thursday (January 23rd) against the left-handed Australian underdog, 27-year-old Bolt, praising the Frenchman who gave him some good fights on prior occasions, the unwavering 26-year-old Austrian said in an on-court interview on Tuesday, “The last time I played against him was here [in Melbourne] two years ago.
We’ve always played close matches. He’s a very talented player, so I’m happy to be through to the second round. ”