‘Just a real bad day’ – Dominic Thiem refuses to offer up any excuses after shock defeat

Dominic Thiem has put his Australian Open defeat to Grigor Dimitrov down to ‘a real bad day,’ although he said there were also some ‘physical issues.’

The number three seed and reigning US Open champion was barely recognisable from his usual self as he crashed to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 defeat in the fourth round on Sunday.

Thiem’s performance was so far removed from his usual self many believed he may be playing with an injury, but he refused to offer excuses.

“I think a combination of some things, some little physical issues, plus a real bad day, plus the fact that, well, he’s a great player,” Thiem explained.

“So a combination of those three things, and a result like that can happen.”

When asked to elaborate on the physical issues, Thiem said: “Well, some little physical issues.

“I don’t want to go closer to them. I don’t want to find any excuses.

“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 there on the court at this level, then results like this come up, and that’s exactly what happened today.”

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