Dominic Thiem has been dumped out of the Australian Open in straight sets after the meekest of defeats to Grigor Dimitrov.
Thiem, who won the US Open last September, had looked in decent enough form throughout the tournament so far, and he produced an outstanding performance to beat Nick Kyrgios in the third round.
However, he was barely even recognisable on Rod Laver Arena, being bageled on the way to a 4-6, 4-6, 0-6 defeat to the 18th seed Bulgarian.
“Throughout every season you have one of those matches where you just keep the ball rolling and I think today was just one of those days,” Dimitrov said.
“I was entirely trying to focus on what I was doing and the game plan I had.
“He might have actually struggled with something which I don’t know, but I want to give myself credit for staying focused and composed throughout the three sets.
“He’s an unbelievable player and a great friend off the court so I’m not going to be that humble. Of course I’m very happy to be in the quarter-finals.”
Dimitrov will now face qualifier Aslan Karatsev in the quarter-finals after he came from two sets down to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime.
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