ATP Masters Madrid: Thiem wins close match against Meligeni Alves

Dominic Thiem won in the first qualifying round of the ATP Masters in Madrid against Felipe Meligeni Alves 6:2, 3:6, 7:5.

by Daniel Hofmann
last edit: Apr 22, 2024, 05:41 pm

Dominic Thiem played in Munich last week.
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Dominic Thiem played in Munich last week.

Dominic Thiem started the match well and was able to quickly take a comfortable lead with a double break. His command of his own serve was at least present in the very tight moments, so that the player currently ranked 110th in the world was able to fend off all six of his opponent's break chances. As the game progressed, Thiem became more and more confident and deservedly won the first set.

The complete match re-live in the ticker

In the second set, Meligeni Alves reduced his error rate and took control of the match. This consistent phase was enough to equalize the set after a break and bring the match into a decisive third set.

Thiem shows morale and turns the set

The third set turned out to be an emotional rollercoaster ride for the former Grand Slam winner. After losing his serve, Dominic Thiem fought his way back into the match with a strong forehand. But immediately afterwards, Meligeni Alves managed another break because Thiem's number of errors was simply too high.

However, this break was not the decisive factor. The Brazilian served for the match and lost his serve again. The turning point at the end of the match, from which the 128th in the rankings would not recover. After 2:20 hours, the former top 10 player used the second match point of the match.

Dominic Thiem will face the winner of the parallel match between Thanasi Kokkinakis and Gregoire Barrere in the second round of qualifying on Tuesday.

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by Daniel Hofmann

Apr 22, 2024, 05:38 pm
last edit: Apr 22, 2024, 05:41 pm