Alex Bolt reveals lessons from Dominic Thiem Australian Open clash

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Alex Bolt reveals lessons from Dominic Thiem Australian Open clash

Australia's Alex Bolt has revealed that beating former world No. 6 at the Australian Open has been his most memorable Australian Open memory. In 2019, Bolt stunned Simon in five sets to make his maiden third round at Melbourne Park, before losing to Alexander Zverev.

“I’ve had a few – but the most memorable would have to be my match against Simon, when I came back after saving match points to win in five sets,” Bolt told Tennis Australia. Bolt recovered from two sets to one down to stun Simon 2-6 6-4 4-6 7-6 (8) 6-4.

“It felt like there was 50,000 people in the stands in that fifth set. It was just unreal,” he said.

Bolt reveals lessons from the Dominic Thiem match

Bolt beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Australian Open first round last year, before losing to world No.

3 Thiem in his following match. "It shows that I can stick it with the best,” Bolt said of his biggest lesson from the Thiem match. “It also showed I needed to improve my fitness base. I sorted of petered out in the last couple of sets, but it still gives me great confidence that I can take it to anyone in the world”.

Bolt acknowledged last year was tough but he is now in positive spirits. “With all the uncertainly going on around COVID, it took a lot of mental resilience to stay focused, do what I can to get ready and be in the best possible shape when there was an opportunity to play," Bolt said.

“I’ve had a lot of time to hone my skills and get better at a few things. Now I’m really eager to start the new season”. Also, Bolt admitted he feels privileged to be from a country that hosts a Grand Slam.

“I feel very fortunate to be from a country that has a home Grand Slam and has wildcards to offer,” Bolt said. “I’m trying to prepare the best I can and make the most of the opportunity I have”.