Grigor Dimitrov delivers the first biggest stun at Australian Open 2021 by knocking out last year’s finalist Dominic Thiem in straight sets.
Thiem seemed ‘out of gas’ while handing out an easy victory (6-4, 6-4, 6-0) to the Bulgarian at Rod Laver Arena.
Dimitrov, on the other side, booked his spot in the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park after securing his 28th Australian Open victory. Speaking of his next challenge, he may face Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev–who defeated Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime 3-6, 1-6,6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
Dimitrov’s third straight win against Dominic Thiem
Dimitrov has now claimed three successive victories against Thiem, a streak that kickstarted after their first clash at Acapulco in 2016.
“I always like to say the beginning of the year it’s always important to come out of the blocks,” said Dimitrov.
“I think it’s a great way to see where you are at physically – and mentally – and it’s also important to shift the gear every match that you play so right now I’m just focusing on what my plan was these whole weeks.”, He further added.
Despite Thiem looking completely ‘out of gas’, there’s nothing to take away from the befitting response from Dimitrov at the Rod laver Arena. His opponent, however, seems tired and weary after his last match against Nick Kyrgios at John Cain Arena on Friday.
How Dimtrov gone past the Thiem challenge like a walk in the park?
Thiem further committed Forty-one unforced errors with only Twenty-five winners during the match. Dimitrov, on the other side, committed only Eighteen unforced errors, with a similar number of winners.
“I was entirely trying to focus on what I was doing, the game plan that I had,” said Dimitrov.
“I think he might have actually struggled with something, which I don’t know, but I also want to give myself credit for staying focused and composed throughout the three sets. He’s an unbelievable player.”
No excuses for this defeat, though I am not a machine–Dominic Thiem
Although Thiem was completely drained off to his three hours, 21-minute thriller victory over Kyrgios, Dimitrov was simply unbelievable with his skill and stroke play. Thiem, on the other side, accepted the “physical issues” due to Friday’s grueling win.
“I don’t want to find any excuses,” said the current US Open champion. “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 on the court on this level, then results like this come up, and that’s exactly what happened today.”, He further added.
Key Takeaways from this Match
Thiem didn’t pose any serious challenge to the Bulgarian, despite some impact on bits and pieces. Dimitrov, on the other side, was simply phenomenal. The first two sets came up with a similar pattern, with Thiem rushing on to a 3-1 lead.
Still, it was just a matter of time for Dimitrov to reclaim the authority, and he claimed each of the three sets with quite ease. The last set was simply bland and didn’t involve any tough challenge from the Austrian.
Thiem now places his bet on Dimitrov for a title win and hopes for some good performance from the Bulgarian in the coming days.
“I really wish that he can make a great breakthrough at a Grand Slam,” said Thiem. “He would definitely deserve it.”
Dimitrov may face the unseeded Karatsev in the quarter-finals, who just created history in the Australian Open by becoming the first unseeded player in 32 years to achieve the feat.