Dominic Thiem fought back from two sets down to win his third round clash against Nick Kyrgios in arguably the match of the Australian Open so far.
Playing in front of a frenzied crowd who cheered every missed first serve and every error, in favour of their home-grown hero, Thiem fought against all odds to come back from two sets down and two break points against him in the third set.
Finally finding his serve and his game, Thiem won the remaining three sets with just one break against the Kyrgios serve in each.
After the match, Thiem admitted he had almost already accepted the defeat, but that he used his Grand Slam winning experience as inspiration when he came back from two sets down in the US Open last year.
“I was already dealing with the loss, you know” revealed Thiem.
“it was first of all [my] first match against Nick on his favourite court, with an amazing crowd … there are easier things to do [laughs].
“That’s for sure one of the tougher challenges we have in our sport, you never know what’s coming, he is a huge player when he is on fire like today.
“Honestly, I was dealing with the loss already but then somehow I was fighting myself into the match … since the US Open, I know that impossible is nothing.
“Giving up is never an option. There is always a chance. I was so close to losing it.
“If he breaks me in the first match of the third, the match is over.
“But I was fighting still, and with the break in the third, I realised maybe there was a chance to turn it around.
“I got more used to the court, and to his game, and to the great atmosphere, and the longer the match got, the more comfortable I felt.”
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