Australia's Nick Kyrgios thought the outcome could have been different had he realized one of his two consecutive break points in the third set against Dominic Thiem. Kyrgios, a six-time ATP champion, was up by two sets before No.
3 seed Thiem stormed back to win 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 and progress into the Australian Open round-of-16. Thiem claimed his first break of the match in the second game of the third set and then held on to his serve to force a fourth set.
The Austrian earned one break in each of the following two sets and lost no service games to complete a comeback win against Kyrgios. "If I take one of those break points in the 3rd set early I think the match is over in an hour and 45 minutes.
I could definitely feel he was going away towards the end of the second. He was a bit rattled, and I played a heck of a first game in the third set," Kyrgios said after the match, per Ravi Ubha. "I just missed a couple of balls by really nothing, you know.
Maybe if I played more last year, maybe if I trained more, I make those balls, I'm not too sure.' '
Kyrgios unsure about his schedule for 2021
''I can change like the wind. I'm not too sure, depending on what happens with COVID in Australia, you know, I'm assuming we will probably settle it pretty quickly.
But I don't know how I'll have to quarantine in overseas in tournaments," Kyrgios said. "For me personally, man, I'm used to playing in front of packed stadiumds. I'm not gonna force myself around the world when the time is not right where I have to quarantine for a week and then play.
I don't know, I'm not too sure what lies ahead.' ' Kyrgios played his last tournament of the 2019 season in February and he kicked off his 2021 season this February at the Murray River Open.