Dominic Thiem suffers shock defeat at Rio Open to qualifier Gianluca Mager
Dominic Thiem suffered a shock defeat at the Rio Open’s quarter-finals to German qualifier Gianluca Mager.
The top-seed wasn’t able to navigate his way by their rain-affected experience and instead fell 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 to the planet No 128.
Mager directed 7-6 (7-4) 2-1 when rain forced the game to be suspended on Friday. Then he won the second set 7-5 on Saturday to hit his first ATP Tour semi-final.
“It’s incredible,” said Mager in his post-match interview.
“For me, it was a dream only to play with him. Now that I beat him, for me personally, it is a dream. He is a fantastic, unbelievable player… I am quite emotional.”
Thiem said he wasn’t in his best shape in Rio and the defeat also cost him the opportunity to overtake Roger Federer and secure spot.
“I didn’t play my very best tennis this week. I had been trying all,” he explained. “Unfortunately, I did not deserve to win. He had been a player that is better.
“I had been feeling I had been all the time in defence, together with insufficient power within my strokes. Volley, serve and I tried to perform more competitive , more slices. Nevertheless, it did not work out.”
Even the 128th-ranked Mager, who has yet to eliminate a place in the tournament, is currently confronting Hungary’s Attila Balazs for a location in the past.
Balazs awakens over Pedro Martinez Portero 2-6 6-4 6-2 to secure his position. The Hungarian used a rain delay because he pressured a deciding-set having return from 2-6 2-2.
Another semi-final features that the Christian Garin, two players and fifth-seed Borna Coric.
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