World No. 5 Dominic Thiem was straight honest when assessing his Australian Open second round performance against Australian wildcard Alex Bolt. Bolt, ranked at No. 140 in the world, was a set away from clinching the biggest win or his career but the fell short as the Austrian won 6-2 5-7 6-7 (5) 6-1 6-2.
Thiem appeared to be cruising toward a comfortable two-set lead but Bolt recovered from a break down in the second set to steal the set. The Austrian then lost the third set as well but performed much better in the rest of the match to avoid a shock loss.
"I started well, was in full control, then made a total mess of my service game. I had to fight with a few demons today, was not happy at all with myself and didn't want to accept that I lost the second.
It's difficult to go into a match as such a big favorite," Thiem told Servus TV, per Lukas Zahrer.
Thiem plays next against rising American star Taylor Fritz. "I need to improve a lot in my next round. I had a look at the stats after the fourth, that gave me confidence, because my numbers were good. Things like these happen, I'm happy I'm through," Thiem added.