No. 3 seed Dominic Thiem underlined that he is "not a machine" after suffering a surprise straight-set loss to Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open. Thiem, who finished runner-up at Melbourne Park a year ago, entered the match as the favorite but ended up not winning a single set as Dimitrov won 6-4 6-4 6-0.
Thiem was up by a break in each of the following two sets but failed to capitalize as Dimitrov both times overturned the deficit to take a two-set lead. "I don't want to find any excuses, but the thing also is that I'm also not a machine.
I mean, sometimes I would like to be, but there are really, really bad days. As soon as you're not 100 per cent there on the court on this level, then results like this come up," Thiem said after losing to Dimitrov, per the Australian Open website.
Thiem had a tough third round match
In the third round at Melbourne Park, Thiem recovered from two sets down to beat home favorite Nick Kyrgios and progress into the round-of-16. “It was a special match two nights ago, and of course I woke up maybe a little bit different than on a normal match, especially with all the energy from the crowd.
But from that side, it didn't really affect me today,” Thiem said. Thiem, ranked at No. 3 in the world, claimed his maiden Grand Slam title at last year's US Open. "It's a really bad day today, bad match for my side, the high from the US Open is long gone,” Thiem said.
“It was great for some days, but the tennis world goes on so fast, and I think for everybody and also for myself, on court it was forgotten already at the French Open and doesn't really affect me anymore, especially now that it's four or five months gone”.