Eurosport tennis expert Mats Wilander thought that Dominic Thiem would lose to Nick Kyrgios but the Austrian impressed with his mental strength and progress into the Australian Open round-of-16. Thiem, seeded at No. 3, recovered from two sets down to beat home favorite Kyrgios 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 at Melbourne Park.
After losing the opening two sets of the match, Thiem claimed one break in each of the following three sets and lost no service games to complete a comeback win against Kyrgios. "I was really convinced that he was going to let go here.
This will be a perfect time for an athlete to say, 'Whoah whoa whoa, this is good enough, Nick is beating me.' But he didn't. Rafa Nadal doesn't, Novak Djokovic doesn't, Roger Federer doesn't and Dominic Thiem doesn't let anymore,'' Wilander said of Thiem.
Thiem praised Kyrgios after the match
“I was already dealing with the loss, you know, it was first of all the first match against Nick and here on is favourite court with an amazing crowd,” said Thiem after the match.
“I think there are easier things to do! So for sure that’s one of the tougher challenges we have in our sport as you never know what’s coming. He’s a huge player when he’s on fire like today, so honestly I was dealing with the loss already, but somehow I was fighting myself in the match and since the US Open, you know impossible is nothing”.
Thiem recovered from two sets down in the US Open final to beat Alexander Zverev for his maiden Grand Slam title. “That match showed me, that US Open, that giving up is never an option, there is always a chance as today I was so close to losing.
If he breaks me in the first game in the third set the match is over. But I was fighting still and then with the break in the third set I realised that maybe there’s a chance to turn it around”.