Austria's Dominic Thiem absolutely enjoyed his Australian Open third round clash against Nick Kyrgios thought the fans weren't on his side. Thiem, ranked at No. 4 in the world, was on the brink of losing to home favorite Kyrgios before he recovered from two sets down to beat the Australian 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-4.
After coming back from two sets down to beat Kyrgios, Thiem suffered a disappointing loss in straight sets to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in his following match at Melbourne Park. "It was a lot of effort for a relatively little return.
I played one of the most memorable matches of my life against local hero Kyrgios, I came back from two sets down," Thiem recalled in an interview with Der Standard. "The atmosphere in Melbourne was unbelievable, even though the people weren't cheering for me.
And suddenly it was lockdown. I came into the locker room late at night, sweaty, and the facility was being evacuated in the meantime, like after a nuclear incident. Two days later against Dimitrov, the midday heat was extreme and there wasn't anyone.
I didn't manage to push through, to cope with the situation."
Thiem praised Kyrgios
After the match, Thiem gave credit to Kyrgios and spoke positively of the Australian. "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,” Thiem said after the match, per Tennis Majors.
“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."